Calling All Window Mistreaters

I’ve been slaving away at the Window Mistreatment ebook due out in January and I’d love to include some of you who have mistreated your windows. I get emails every week from people sharing their mistreatments and I really love seeing all of your ideas and creations, there are lots of you out there who have mistreated and lived to tell about it.

Here’s what I’m looking for::

FANTASTIC photos of inspiring window mistreatments.  You don’t need to have a blog but, if you do have a blog and have a post about your mistreatments and are chosen to be featured in the ebook, I will link to your post.

Send me an email by next Monday, December 6th and include FANTASTIC PHOTOS IN NATURAL LIGHT of your mistreatments.  I’ll be the first to admit that is is hard to get a good photo of a window.  One of my tricks is to back waaaaaay up in the room and focus the camera on the wall or the floor while still getting the mistreatment in the photo.  This will fool the camera into thinking that you aren’t taking a photo of a bright window and it will take a better photo. Then, go into whatever photo editing you have and crop out all the extra stuff.

See this photo?  It’s the original of the one above, I just cropped it to focus on the window in the top photo.

In order for me to link to a post about your mistreatments, your post needs to have a single topic {that being the mistreatment, and how you made it}.  No one wants a link to a post that shows my great aunt coming home from the hospital after wart surgery and then she shares her recipe for head cheese casserole that happens to mention the window mistreatment I put up.  SINGLE TOPIC POSTS.  This is also a great reminder on how to get linked to on other’s blogs, write about one thing per post and you will up your linkability worth.

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So, if you want to submit your window mistreatment here’s what you do::

Email me: nestergirl{at}gmail{dot}com with the words “window mistreatment submission” in the subject line by Monday December 6th.

Include ONE or TWO FANTASTIC photos OR if you have a blog and have written a post about your mistreatments, you can include a link to your post.

Make sure to include any interesting information like the cost or how you used something creative or whatever.

I’ll contact you by December 13th if I can include your submission.

Thank you all so much for embracing my mistreating ways.  I remember being so nervous publishing the first window mistreatment post, wondering if everyone online would laugh at me.  I love that I have found a kindred spirit in you and that we can agree that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

PS Don’t forget the #MrsMeyers twitter party at 9pm EST tonight!


  1. I try very hard not to mistreat my windows :)

    Love all the winder treatments in your pics!

  2. So excited for your E-book, Nester! I do have a post about mistreatments. I did the “pouf” with a big canvas drop cloth after being inspired by your work. :) I’ll have to dig up the post and do some editing…..

  3. Fun! I do have one in my powder room that I’d love to include. However, I’ll check to see how the pics look and forward the link onto you. It was a step by step post and only about the mistreatment.

  4. What a great idea for an ebook!! I have none to submit…I torture myself with lining drapes and all that…silly me! Janell

  5. Hailey Johnston says

    I have some pretty fabulous mistreatments I want to share! hopefully the sun will peak through this nasty winter drab outside so I can capture them and send them to you! :)

  6. No thanks. Lined drapes save energy, both in winter AND summer. Spend the time to do it the right way. Lower your heating and cooling costs: LINE your drapes. Unlined drapes get bleached out quickly and then you’ll need to replace them anyway, more wasted time and money.

    So you aren’t saving anything in the long run, by taking the easy way out.

    • Miranda that is a great point. I have never been one to close my drapes or depend on them for warmth, I guess I’m on Al Gore’s bad list. For me, window treatments are a decorative part of my home that don’t really even cover my windows~no bleaching. We are lucky to live in a fairly new home and have energy efficient windows and even blinds that we can pull down.

      If you depend on your drapes to keep your home warm or want to close them for privacy, then the unlined, simple fabric mistreatments are not for you. But, you have yet to read the book, I have an entire chapter devoted to embellishing premade drapes–so your store bought warm drapes can be a little more customized.

      Woo hoo, window mistreatments for everyone!

      • It’s also really easy to line the mistreated windows. I just hot glued some thick lining fabric to my pretty fabric and slapped em up on the window with some fringe. They do keep the playroom nice and toasty… but all my other mistreated windows are just for decoration. I don’t necessarily think I took the easy way out… just the less expensive way out. : )

        • oh and don’t forget, a flat twin sheet can be used as a simple white lining, it’s not going to help with warmth but, if you see some of your mistreatment from the outside, then the white sheet clipped up on the inside of the mistreatment helps from looking tacky.
          That made sense in my head. I’ll explain it better in the book.
          I hope.

  7. so I did my very first set of mistreatment’s yesterday. I was so ridiculously proud of myself, but my husband seemed a bit indifferent. I might just send you a picture to brag to SOMEONE that I too can make windows look pretty with a simple piece of fabric:)

  8. I just started following your blog and I am inspired by your window treatments (or “mistreatement”) in this room. I would love to do that in my sunroom! Tips please? Did you make them yourself and if so where did you get the fabric? Love it!

  9. Dear Nester,

    I posted a comment on one of your older posts about a mantel party you had back in April (?) without realizing you probably won’t get a comment that old. I need help with my mantel though (or should I say, non mantel?). Here is what I said:

    Hi Nester,

    Love all of the mantel party pics.
    I have a dilemma with my own fireplace though: there is NO mantel! How should I decorate this area? It is a large white open space/wall, with no shelving, a fireplace and a hearth.


    Elise Jones

  10. So these aren’t WINDOW mistreatments, but they’re similar in function and the same in nature. I don’t have a great camera, so these were the best pics I got. They were quick (a 45-minute project), super-easy, and I find them to be the perfect solution for my messy shelves.

    I love how these shelving mistreatments hide my junk, but make it easy to still access all my junk. They also add a pretty flair to my workspace. They were super easy to make too: I just measured out my fabric, cut it to size, then ironed the seams in place using the wonderful non-sewing tool of Stitch Witchery adhesive strips. I left an opening at the top enough to slip a thin dowel rod through, screwed some hooks into both sides of the shelf, and slipped the dowel right through the hooks to hang my “curtains”. I love ’em!

    These pictures are featured on my blog post about our home-school room make-over. Nester, if you have any suggestions on how to successfully post full-size photos on your WordPress blog, PLEASE let me know!

  11. Girl, I have mistreated every room in my house. No lie. Even the bathroom with no windows has a mistreated shower curtain. : )

  12. HI! I was hoping you would share the name of that blue chevron fabric in the example picture and the striped fabric. I have been searching forever for that striped one with no such luck :( Also, do you have some designers you like to go to when looking for new fabric?? That is also affordable…

  13. That’s it!
    That’s the fabric that I’ve been looking for to finally pull my living room together!!!
    (The fabtastic one, in the lower left corner of your board.)
    Oh please, oh please, do share your source… Or at least offer some hints on how to track down fabric (or wallpaper etc.) when you finally find what you love, but have no idea how to get a hold of it. (If I knew how to do a droopy eyed, pleading-faced emoticon, this is where I’d put it.)

  14. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  15. I ooo’d,aaaaah’d & LOL’d thru the history of “mis”treatments-love it *all*! Am relatively new via the 31-dayers and thank thank you Nester for linking the original&trackbacks. Cant *wait* to see the ebook! I’ve always sewed, and tho 8 never went so far as pleater tape& hem weights, you got me on everything else. I have learned i can make some purty nifty “mis”treatments with staple guns & table cloths the last couple years,tho,and some darn cute hanky valances from the “cutter” variety-cuphooks,twine&teeny clothespins. Sure wish I had my ‘puter online instead of working the web solely thru my limited cellphone,but maybe you’ll do a 2nd edition someday? Such gr8 ideas & fun here. Thank u again! -s-

  16. Where can I find the Window Mistreatments book? I have searched and searched and cannot find how to get it.

  17. I LOVE these curtains! I NEED to know where you got this striped fabric!!!!??? LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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