Window Whimsy

October 18, 2010 | My Jottings

We have lived in this big house for two and a half years now, and unless we are directed otherwise, we are still planning on putting it up for sale in 2011, and downsizing. After an amazing amount of remodeling and redecorating, not much is left to do. But even though the kitchen was completely renovated before we moved in, I never put up any valances until recently.

I wanted something 1) blue and white, 2) something with a large print because the kitchen is good-sized, 3) a little different but not outlandish and 4) very easy to make.

These are simple rectangular panels sewn from Waverly fabric (sun resistant) I found very inexpensive online. I bought the off-white curtain rods and the rings with clips online at Penney’s. When Sara first saw them last week she said, “Mom, they don’t hang, they dance!”

So that’s what I think when I see them now. Dancing valances. (You can click to enlarge the photos if you like.)

I think every room needs a bit of whimsy and I like the result. Here’s where I would like your input. One person who saw them said I need to put up more rings to clip to the curtains. Another person thought they had just enough. I’m undecided, and I do have extra off-white rings I could add.

When you look at these photos, do you think I should add a few more rings, or keep the valances as they are? Please leave your comments, and I thank you for your opinions!

UPDATE added on Oct. 22: I took the advice of the majority and added four rings to the kitchen valances. Here’s a new photo:

Thank you for your input!  I like them better….

Have a blessed week!


  1. Sharon says:

    I think maybe one or two more rings.

  2. Larry says:

    Perhaps they are like the rings of life shown in God’s creation noticed only when you cut the tree down, with time you can always add more, least it sags too much. 🙂

  3. Ember says:

    I think they look fun as they are; the word whimsical is right. But if over time you start to find them annoying, a few more rings will make them look more conventional. They look great anyway, and the pattern and colour are lovely.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Ember. I think you’re right about adding more rings to make them look more conventional. 🙂

  5. Christy says:

    I think I’m allergic to “sag”………….more rings.

  6. Just Julie says:

    I’ll put a few more up and send you a photo, Christy!

  7. Savannah says:

    I like the rings the way they are!! =)

  8. Deb says:

    What a neat and easy window treatment! I think I’d also add more rings.
    I’m wondering if I once read a story about an unconventional window with a whimsical valance that danced……

  9. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Savannah and Deb. What story would that be, Deb? I’d be interested in reading it. 🙂

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