Mistreatment Secret

Look at that. A beautiful mistreatment. Yes, the rod is off center but it was a 25 cent yard sale find, I think it’s some kind of flag pole thing. But look at that toile. I must have a really tall window in my bathroom. Don’t you wish that you had tall windows too?

What?!? Look how high I hung my rod! Isn’t that illegal? I mean, it’s not covering the window, it’s covering the actual wall. What the?

Look there again, in the bedroom. Now you can see that I started hanging where the wall met the ceiling and worked my way down. The room looks taller on the left because the window appears higher. Hmmm.

Surely not. Even over the tub I have tricked you yet again. I’m so tricky.

This is the single biggest mistake we make when hanging our mistreatments. It’s also the easiest fix. The fabric is there to compliment and dress the window. Not to cover it. This goes for the sides of the windows too. Don’t let your drapes be covering half of your natural light. Now, look around your house and see if your mistreatments are hung too low. If they are hung right on top of the trim of the window and you have 6-144 inches to the ceiling, then just raise them up. The difference will be amazing.

One more thing and that’s all I’m gonna say. David Cook.

I added some of him to my play list at the very bottom of the blog if you want to scroll down and listen. You can scroll down within the play list to find the Cook and others. That really is all I’m gonna say.


  1. NICE! My friend turned me on to your website yesterday, and I am loving this! I just learned to sew this year, and all I can say is phooey to wasting time with straight lines!

    You could probably find a big tassle (I think some people use them to tie back curtains…) to hang from that uneven side of your $.25 rod and it would look like it was totally planned. If not, I have to say that I didn’t even notice the length discrepancy until I read the paragraph.

    I cant wait for my broken wrist to heal so I can go mistreat some windows!


  1. […] More secrets–please obey.  Even if you love your current window treatments, if your rod is right above the window casing and all your fabric is covering the window, you are missing out on so much light!  The fabric should not be covering light–let it cover the wall and end at the start of the window!!!! […]

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  3. […] here’s how I used the panel in my old house. You remember the trick, right? Hang that rod high to make the room look bigger. The top of that window is right above […]

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