Romance a Window

A sheer covering softens the view but won't interfere with special architecture.

To create the window covering, hide a standard tension rod inside 1-inch PVC pipe that has been shirred with fabric. (Be sure to sand off any lettering on the pipe that will show through the fabric.) Then, stitch large wooden cafe rings at large intervals to a hemmed panel of inexpensive, polyester sheer fabric and hang the curtain from the pipe. A full curtain at least 1 1/2 times the width of the window ensures a graceful drape.