Did I already mention the downstairs drapes that came with the house when we bought it? They were pink, with giant blue and green flowers festooned all over. Not exactly what we would have chosen, so, we needed to replace these overly-festive panels with something a little more subdued.
We settled on espresso brown sheers, and they are lovely paired with the new panels!
Again, I had to create my own valences to cover up my less-than-attractive white curtain rods, so I went with a box-style valence. Completely straight across, the full width of one panel to display the repeating motif I told you about. Boy can my husband pick curtains or what?
But when it came to the wide front window, I had a bit of a challenge. One panel width was too narrow to cover the rod, but two widths were too wide and ended up gathering and bunching. What I did was to create a pleat in the middle in order to take up the extra width, hide the center seam where the two panels are stitched together, and to create mirror images of the motif on both sides of the pleat.
Again, allow me to say "Voila!" with the appropriate amount of flourish!