So I’ve lived in my home for 7 and a half years and we have a great view of our lake and woods so I’ve never wanted to cover it up with drapes, blinds or curtains. Until now. I am tired of it looking like I’m getting ready to move. The edges look hard to me and pokey. ha ha I guess that is a word. These pictures are of my kitchen where I’m lucky enough to have 10 windows! Not so lucky when you figure up the cost of window treatments.
For all these years we’ve suffered through the sun coming in and blinding us during this time of year when the sun is low all the way through spring. Our kitchen table is along the long wall of windows that are south facing and it gets hot, too. Since we have our big meal at noon, the sun has always been a problem during this time. I’ve finally had enough. Maybe it’s the added aggravation of the twin kittens! (Which one by the way peed twice on the floor last night and once in the box that has trash bags in them!!! arrgh!!!) So this photo is what I’ve come up with to be a makeshift sun block for the 30 minutes we sit there and eat. Pretty sad.

Make shift tacky
less tacky but isn’t working

Ok, so here it is a little prettier, but when the sun is coming in, it only shades the chair on the right. I absolutely love paprika color and I think it looks fabulous especially with the sun coming in gently right now, but my walls are very close to this color so I want more contrast. I have touches of black everywhere and a dark sage-y green and black countertops.

So I’ve been looking online and found a valance from JC Penny and I think I really like it and want to commit to it. I can hide a shade under it and pull it down as needed. Here it is.

Love this!!

I think I’m in love with the black and white, it’s just a tad French-y looking and I kinda like that. I really love this fabric and I want it!!! Unfortunately, it is not big enough for my windows plus they are $29.99 each, and that is on sale! Normally they are $55. Oh boy. I cannot afford that. That would be $160.45 which really isn’t that bad for the whole room, but it doesn’t matter, because they are too short by 10″.

This is Waverly fabric called Bluebell I think from what I read on the valance description So I thought to myself I could just buy the fabric and make some myself. I’ve made several sets of simple curtains for myself in the past. So I’ve been on a mad search for this fabric and cannot find it! Could it be Waverly made this fabric just for Penny’s? Surely not! I hope not! Has anyone got any ideas on what to do next??

Long wall of windows
still pokey but cute with kitten on couch 😉

speaking of kittens, here’s my attempt to keep them out of plants (below)


If anyone has ideas on how to get ahold of this fabric, I’m all ears! I may have to settle for something similar, but I really want to try my best to get it. I may even try to make my own fabric with some fabric paint and a brush or maybe stamps? I’ll take all the ideas I can get… HELP!

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