Several months ago I bought these pretty waterfall valances at Tuesday Morning. They were only $20 each. The original price was $50! They are a very weighty, embossed damask fabric with a pleated ruffle. There are curtain panels that go with these valances, according to the photograph on the front of the package, but the store did not have any of the panels. No worries; I was glad to get the valances for a good price and once I figure out how to finish off these windows, I'm sure I'll come up with something!
I wanted to use "fancy" curtain rods with these, so I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and picked out these brushed nickel rods and these fabulous finials to put on the ends.
The valances were purchased for our bedroom windows. Currently the windows have roller shades on them; I bought the roller shades recently to replace the fabric blinds that were left by the previous owners.
The fabric blinds were okay, but they got awfully dusty and they didn't keep out much light. They were also motorized blinds (we have the same ones downstairs in the living room), but they didn't seem to be very high quality and, in fact, when we bought our house in 2006, two out of the three blinds in this room didn't work. We tried changing the batteries, but that didn't work, so we had to leave the blinds where they were (which was always down). It kind of sucked! I was glad to be rid of them finally!
I haven't yet decided how to "finish off" the windows. The roller shades do let in a little light at the sides, which is mostly due to the fact that the windows have the wide, reeded molding and because these are all original windows, they are somewhat of an odd size. I have run into that before with curtains! Our windows are very long and also very wide and it's sometimes difficult to find the right sizes.
The roller shades, however, are mostly for blocking out the afternoon sun; they are insulated shades, so they are sort of thick, and because our bedroom faces south, we get a great deal of sun in the room in the afternoon and evening, which is nice in winter, but not so nice in summer!
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