I am currently helping a friend finish the design of her 2-bedroom condo. When it came down to the selection of window treatments, I knew the space (especially the living room) needed a wow factor. The living room has an almost 10 foot wide window and covering it with standard premade curtain panels would blow the budget.
My friend is lucky — she knows someone who sews on the side and has offered to make drapery for her. We are going to pick up a bright, colorful print fabric and try to keep the price under $30/yard, which fits right into the budget! If you have any friends who sew, don't be afraid to purchase fabric and have curtains made. If you are on a really tight budget, my go-to fabric store is Michael Levine.
Britex Fabrics: The Italian Plum Floral Cotton Fabric (featured above) is $22.99/yard
Mood Designer Fabrics: The Cherry Floral Print is $25/yard
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