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Bow (or Bay) Window Rescue

Giving a contemporary window a vintage look can be quite a challenge.

We love the natural light this window provides, but wanted to soften the look a bit.

It took a while to find fabric we liked, but finally found this great stripe called Belle Isle Stripe (Dove) from Fabric.com. The off-white lower panels are from Ikea and have a beautiful natural weave.  Ikea has the best neutral curtains for a great price. The long panels were cut and hemmed to fit.  Right now they are tied with simple twine.  Think this is temporary…maybe change to a burlap ribbon???

This peaceful cafe stye valance is easily created using two long boards. The one at the ceiling is a 1×2 and the fabric is stapled on.  The lower board is a 1×4 and the fabric drapes over it.  Just love how the valance reaches the ceiling.

This is our pup’s favorite spot…he can watch the whole neighborhood. We call it DogTV.

The before pic.