home sweet home: windows and walls

“Have you hung the pictures yet,”  my friend would ask every week.

“No, not yet,”  I would reply.

It was my friend’s theory that once the pictures were on the walls, you were officially moved in.

That was six years ago this summer.   My walls have been decorated and redecorated more times than I can count.

And I’ve learned a few tricks in the process:

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Save money with DIY art.

Everything from children’s artwork, to your favorite family photo to free images online provide inexpensive options for covering those bare walls.

Art with no frame?  No problem.  In just a few easy steps, you can frame it yourself.

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Most people hang their pictures and artwork too high.  Follow this simple formula to get it right every time.

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Now, let’s talk about windows.  

Linens make great curtains.  Turn a flat sheet into two panels.

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Or use pillow cases like Kathy from Petticoat Junktion did.

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Sheers are another inexpensive option.  

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Better Homes & Gardens sells a very affordable line of curtains at Walmart. 

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Or you can go for a more custom look and sew your own window treatments, or have them made for you.

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Visit my Windows and Walls board on Pinterest for more inspiring and affordable ideas.


See you in class,

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Blogging allows Mrs. Hines to hone her natural skills as a writer and has led to the launch of The Write Touch, an online editorial service. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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  1. Good Morning Sharon, I hope you’re having a fun weekend….and thanks for sharing my pillowcase curtains :-)

  2. You’re very welcome! It’s been a very relaxing and fun weekend so far….I stayed up til the wee hours blogging and decorating!

  3. You stay up to the wee hours a lot don’t you? I do too but not decorating because our house is too small and I would probably wake up my husband but I do try to quit working on my blog by about 10:30 or 11:00 then I chill for a while watching something funny on tv.

  4. Sharon, those are some very good tips! I agree with you that so many people hang their artwork too high. And I’ll have to say that I have never thought to make curtains out of pillowcases. I made our kitchen curtains out of one panel that I bought at Target. I cut it up into 4 parts and glued the hems. I should do a blog post about it, but I made them before I started blogging and have no pics of the process! Thanks for visiting today and leaving you sweet comment.

  5. Your kitchen curtains are so cute! Love the black and white and the pattern. They add a lot to your window and bring out the check patterned skirt.

    I bet you could share the tutorial using another curtain….

  6. Great tips, Sharon!! I agree with you also that some people tend to hang their pictures too high! It’s one of the first things I noticed when I look at a room, especially if they’re too high! Drives me nuts!! LOL!! Have a wonderful Sunday!!~~Angela

  7. Lots of great ideas here!! And I will be moving in soon, I will be hanging lots of artwork and dealing with curtains.

  8. Something tells me you’ll do just fine! And btw, I’d love to help you settle in to the new house anyway I can. I mean that! Please let me know if and how I can help.

  9. Thanks for the ideas, I’ll have to keep this in mind for sure!!

  10. Hi Sharon, Hanging art to high has always been a pet peeve of mine… so glad you talked about it today!

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