Trimming Plain Curtains

By Kate Riley October 30, 2017

Happy Monday friends! It was an exciting weekend for us. On Saturday, my son was awarded a first degree black belt in taekwondo after training for five years. I am so proud of my little man!

I spent Sunday at home doing chores around the house. One of them was finally hanging my living room curtains. It took me a month to get around to it after my floors were refinished. :) As I was ironing the wrinkles out of the linen I was reminded how even after three years I still like the simple white curtains with Greek key trim.

Not all windows cry out for pattern. Often a plain curtain will do! One of the best ways to give a basic curtain panel a little extra flair is with curtain trim. There’s no sewing required if you use fusible web tape which makes it so easy to apply.


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Retailers know that plain curtains with embellished edges are appealing, this is a good example from West Elm of plain panels with an embroidered border.


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If you have patterned panels, trim is not off limits. Find a trim that complements your existing print and take them to the next level by adding an interesting border.


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In my home’s more formal living room, I made my curtains by adding pewter Greek key trim (always classic) to both sides of white linen panels. Mine is sewn on but as previously mentioned, any trim can always be attached to panels with iron on fusible web tape purchased online or from a local sewing supply store.




I prefer trims that are minimum 1 ½ inches wide so that they can be admired from across the room. Look for embroidered patterns or ones that add a dash of color. Tassels or pom poms are fun too.



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Sources for Curtain Trim:


M&J Trimming

Decorators Best

Robert Allen

Calico Corners

Online Fabric Store

Inside Fabric

Buy Fabrics

Joanns Fabrics




What about you? Have you used curtain tape or trim on your home’s window panels? Feel free to share I’d love to see your projects!


Spotlight: Zellige Tile

By Kate Riley October 26, 2017

Backsplash tile is always on my mind whether it’s a project I’m currently working on or one that’s coming up soon. The look that’s caught my eye lately is the one achieved with zellige tile.

Zellige tiles are made with terracotta and they originate in Morocco. Zellige (pronounced zill-eejh) acquires its coloring from the historic clay body that is a rich terra cotta, inherently forcing it’s hue through all the glazes. The tiles are formed from the earth and baked in kilns (source).

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I love how the subtle gloss surface highlights the flaws in these tiles and the imperfections are the attraction. The uniform shapes achieve balance with a grid or subway application. I ordered a few samples last week in blue hues for my studio kitchen, I’ve been meaning to add a gorgeous backsplash to that space for many years. I have high hopes one of them will do.

Meanwhile, take a peek at some of these zellige tile applications. These tiles look right at home in European or old world inspired spaces, but they are also a fresh alternative to basic subways tiles in modern kitchens and bathrooms.



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