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    Welcome to my showcase of design ideas and inspiration for custom home décor, flattering window treatments and other soft furnishings. I have been blessed by being invited into many beautiful homes and meeting the nicest people. I am among the fortunate few who truly enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding profession. Thank you for looking at my work.

pleated valance


This striped pleated valance unifies the bay window and doors with pleats strategically placed. The length of the jabots as well as the arch of the treatment add visual interest to the room. Modern shutters add privacy, furnishings and interest to the room. Honeycomb shades are hidden under the valance for privacy when needed.

  • Ella SandersFebruary 1, 2015 - 7:10 pm

    Looking for the swags jabots bay window valance

  • Kathy SteffensJuly 25, 2015 - 11:59 am

    I want to put valances over 2 patio doors. No drapes at the side. Please give me some ideas. I have verticals hanging on both in great room.

  • Susan DorbeckAugust 16, 2015 - 2:47 pm

    Hi Kathy, Almost any style can be modified for a bay window. Feel free to look for some ideas under my valance category of google valances for bay windows for more ideas. Thanks, Susan

drapery panels


A couple of stationary drapery panels in the corners of this sun room help soften the room and bring your eye up to the high ceilings and the arched window without taking away from the backyard views.  The drapery panels were banded with a generous chocolate brown band on both outside edges leading up to the  three inch header.  They were shirred on a decorative wooden spiral rod with acorn finials and cinched at the waist for maximum outside views.


drapery panels

gathered panels


Stationary drapery panels shirred on a rod with a common valance. All you need is a utility rod for this window treatment, no finials, no special brackets, just clean and simple. A two inch header tops off the treatment. Honeycomb shades are hidden underneath the window treatments when privacy is needed.  The panels are hung beyond the window casings adding width and height to the windows and filling the wall with fabric and softness.

shirred panels and valance

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