Dear TEOT: Affordable Bedroom Curtains

We recently got a note from a reader, Courtney, who is seeking affordable curtains for her and her boyfriend’s bedroom.

Courtney already has woven shades on the window and her boyfriend is complaining that the shades filter the light but don’t block enough and a lot of morning sun is still pouring through. Her budget is ideally less than $60.00. The bed in the room is dressed with this quilt and furniture similar to this. After I sent her some suggestions she wrote back,

I like them all!! Thanks for sending this over. I think the first and third are my favorite, just to break it up a bit. My boyfriend was a little worried about the light coming through (he is basically wanting Vegas blackout curtains). While I know these options will not provide that, I think it should still help a little. What do you think?

Thanks again for sending these!

Here’s my advice to Courtney and her boyfriend-

If the curtains aren’t lined it will provide minimal light blockage coupled with the woven shade. Hotel curtains are blackout curtains and you have to specifically buy that. If curtains/drapes are dark in color and are lined then that will probably get you as close as you can get to blackout without buying blackout.

I have ivory, lined linen curtains from Pottery Barn in my bedroom and no shade and they probably provide maybe a little more light blockage than what you are getting out of the woven shade by itself.

I don’t think Courtney wants to go up in price so I kept them pretty affordable, even on sale the PB drapes are roughly $100 a panel. But I did a little more looking and found these,

Affordable Curtains

1 Crate & Barrel Kendal Yellow Curtain/ 2 Assembly Home MOA Double Arrow Curtain/ 3 Overstock Cream Pinstripe Linen Curtain/ 4 West Elm Steel Cotton Canvas/ 5 West Elm Painterly Jacquard Curtain/ 6 West Elm Ikat Ogee Linen Curtain/ 7 Crate & Barrel Lila Curtains/ 8 Crate & Barrel Pippa Persimmon Curtain


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A little help from my friends…

Fresh from vacay and already I need help.

Could you be so kind as to offer me a suggestion on where I could locate a nice assortment of tape or trim that looks similar or exactly like this,

My office and I thank you.

image via Pinterest

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Trends: Valance over Shade

There are tons of examples of window valances and truthfully I’m not entirely convinced that they are good…but I’ve noticed a little resurgence in valances particularly mounted over shades. Do you think the shades freshen the look of a valance?

I’ll leave it up to you to decide – valance – yes or no?

alessandra branca valance over shade

Alessandra Branca

House of Turquoise kitchen valance


Bonesteel Trout Hall valance kitchen

Bonesteel Trout Hall

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A word on Country Curtains

Let’s talk window treatments for a moment.

I need a boat load of them in the new house. I’m trying to be more organized and have a narrower focus when it comes to getting things done in our house but I’m not having any success so far. I’m all over the place. I decided that I wanted to elevate the look of the master bedroom windows because we painted the room (hasn’t been revealed) and we obviously need privacy in that room and I’m beginning to get angry everyday that I have to look at dingy mini blinds from the early 1990s.

So a couple of weeks ago I started hunting for some shades. I already have the Pottery Barn Peyton drapes,

pottery barn peyton drape french ivory

I’d like to layer a simple, fabric roller shade behind the Peyton drape. Sounds easy enough right, NO. Here’s a list of places I visited in search of the shades I wanted.

  • Lowes
  • Home Depot
  • Target
  • The Shade Store
  • Smith + Noble
  • Linens & Things
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • JC Penney
  • Ebay
  • Pottery Barn
  • West Elm
  • Restoration Hardware
  • IKEA
  • Budget Blinds
  • Linensource
  • Overstock
  • Ebay
  • Country Curtains

Country Curtains was a long shot because I refused to give up and pay Smith + Noble $130 or more for one custom shade. Jackpot! Not only did they have almost exactly what I was looking for, they had a rather wide selection of a bunch of shades I liked and they offer free samples, so I ordered 7 of them.

Country Curtains shade samples

I chose the insulated weaver shade for the master. Although the shade is not a custom fit they offer so many widths that the one you need is probably available.

weaver shade country curtains

I’m also thinking about ordering these for DC’s room and then embellishing them myself with chocolate grosgrain ribbon like this,

hranowsky-library trim roman shade

Angie Hranowsky

I’m going to order the bamboo insulated shades for the living room, love the binding on the sides and the fact that they are lined,

bamboo insulated shade country curtains

Sample hanging out in the window until purchase time,


There are some other fabulous choices too like,

ticking stripe shade country curtains textured woven shade country curtains

ignore the valance focus on the classic ticking stripe or how about a neutral woven shade, Country Curtains gets a big recommendation from me and no I didn’t get paid to say this but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to.

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The time has come my fair friends. We have discussed these curtains more than once.

My arrival back to my Santa Monica apartment met with me with a box full of lined yellow silk curtains. I put out a help me post to see if the world could make my dreamy curtains a reality. Several of you responded including Jamie from She got the hook up! It took some time, cause as I declare over and over and over….. the pockets are shallow.

Roomate Kate and I agreed that these would make the statement and we scraped our extra monies. We didn’t save much more money compared what I had imagined it might cost to start with the fabric I found in the garment district, but there was ZERO headache, and the final product is significantly more like the above photo than what I had found. I will need to pleat myself, and there is still hardware to purchase and hang close to the ceiling…. but since there are yella curtains laying all over my living room with great anticipation, I thought I may as well go ahead and share them. (carelessly tossed over the vertical blinds – which need to come DOWN asap…..)

What do you think!? (get yours from Jamie’s Furbish Studio.)

The Estate of Things chooses Yellow Curtains for the Treehouse

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Help Me!

Remember how I found fabric for curtains…. Well, I’m over that. I did the math and it would amount to about $550 to get these babies lined and sewn, not to mention the pain in the neck of finding a seamstress, getting the materials, etc. etc.

So……… I implore – any ideas for where to start shopping for a cheaper, quicker version of these yellow Belle curtains? I’ve never shopped for such a thing before.

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What I learned…

I read an amazing post about window treatments on Cote de Texas yesterday, which I highly recommend reading.  I was perusing a Better Homes & Gardens slideshow about color and pattern when I came across this image,

the estate of things chooses better homes and gardens bedroom

Now this was meant to be a study in the use of pastels but what I noticed was the window treatments that were used in this room.  It appears that it is one large natural shade, mounted on the outside of the bank of three windows.  If this were my room, I’m pretty sure my instinct would’ve been to hang three separate bamboo shades but after reading CdT’s post I realize I may have been chopping up that nice horizontal line of windows.  What’s your preference here?

Update-CdT also wrote a great post about Restoration Hardware turning Belgian. Also a great read.

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Really digging Little Green Notebook

Thank you to Isuwannee who linked us up on a farewell post with several other of her Blog Favorites. They were all great reads for me.

I was doing my usual quick break peruse and just loved this DIY Pinch Pleated Curtain post over at LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK. Check her out! Isn’t that room a really great mix of colors and textures.. Are you falling in love with everything black and white like I am…? (I’ve noticed several of my last posts have included a stripe here and there.)

The Estate of Things chooses Little Green Notebook Pearl Street Interiors

This room is totally giving me some tangible ideas for a now completely empty guest room that I need to put back together. (My roomates moved out this week.) A humoungo thanks to Jenny at Little Green Notebook for the ideas… Including a totally easy and inexpensive matching Bookshelf job. Your room looks great.

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Bedroom Window Treatment

Dear Sarah,

I know its not what we discussed, but I accidentally loved them too much to leave them. So I bought these curtains for my bedroom from Pier1. If they don’t work into the ModGyp scheme that we devised then I decided that they could easily translate into teeny tiny curtains in the Vintage Shasta Camper.

The Estate of Things chooses Pier One Curtain Window Panel Honeycomb

Keep your eyes peeled for complimentary patterns.

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