Faux Naturals

By Kate Riley November 2, 2017

I popped into Restoration Hardware yesterday and they had the most beautiful lighted birch trees and it was love at first sight. Unfortunately their versions were too pricey for me, and I thought well I could probably DIY my own with some white lighted branches, but then I hopped on Amazon and found these birch trees with a nice base for less than half the RH price so I ordered them instead.

When it comes to greenery, the real deal has the most appeal, but I do love a great faux alternative, one that can be dressed up with sparkly additions or embellished with simple ribbon. A good fake can look very close to the real thing (like these pictured below) but the added bonus is they last for years and can be reused in several seasons.







As nature intended, anything with real leaves eventually dries to a crisp so I’m happy to substitute faux naturals here and there to get the look of the real thing.

eucalyptus branch / faux birch stem / red berry wreath / olive branch wreath

birch candles / lighted birch tree / boxwood garland / berry garland

mixed leaf garland / boxwood wreath

inspiration images sources:  100 layer cake  / crate + barrel / atelier ea


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.


atlanta homes mag


d stone builders

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.


west elm

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.


traditional home


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.



trims shown: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12


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!