Wondering if your room needs a change?  Something I do from time to time is just take down my window treatments {or mistreatments}.  Take them down, live with it for two days–48 hours, this is key.  You will experience one of two emotions both starting with “Oh my word”:

1. Oh my word, this room looks so much bigger, better, lighter {insert any positive reaction} maybe I need to rethink how I’m dressing my windows.

2. Oh my word, this room desperately needs pattern, color {or whatever it was that your treatments were adding to the equation} I can’t wait to get those things back up.

You might even experience a third emotion.

3. Hmm, I kind of like it bright and empty but I still want something up there I don’t know what to do

If you find yourself saying the third sentence–like I was last week when I took mine down, then first put your old treatments back up and take note of your first reaction.  When I put mine up I was instantly happy and once again in love with my yellow and red buffalo checks.  I was surprised at how much I liked them when I put them back.  If you put your old stuff back up and love it, then yippie, keep them around for awhile.  If you put them back up and don’t love them, take them down and start looking for other options.



If you are new here, you need to know about window mistretments–if you are old here, you could teach about window mistretments.

There are many many ways to dress a window without spending thousands.  I call them window MIStreatments:

Mistreatment: (n). covering for a window that is quick, cheap and pretty. may or may not need hardware does not require sewing. a real designer’s worst nightmare.

Mistreating: (v). the act of treating a window with dignity and respect without use of the following: hundreds of dollars, sewing, time, crying, divorce, child neglect…

Here are a few I’ve done


5 Minute Topper: Window Mistreatment 101


Using a Premade Drape as a Topper {just hang it on a rod and hike it up with two ribbons.


Ultimate 3 fabric mistreatments–NO SEW!


Mistreatment Tricks


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!!!!


Rodless panels


And of course the famous red check fold and poof no sew window treatment. {tomorrow it will be two years since I post this–and I’ve had these mistreatments for 5 years!}

Please tell me I’m not the only crazy person who takes down my window treatments from time to time to make sure they are still relevant, doing their job, and most importantly still something I love…you do it too, right?

Some of these posts are from two years ago meaning two houses ago, so don’t get too confused when you see all sorts of different rooms!