Home Depot Guest Post: All About Windows


All About Windows (Trappings and Treatments and Trim, Oh My!)

They say windows are the “eyes” of a home. In the same way that mascara, liner and eye shadow can convey different messages based on how they are applied, various types of window dressings can express different styles in a room.  Here are some different ways you can cover your casement windows and give your home that distinctive and personal look. Let’s expound a bit more as we discuss some ideas for the myriad messages and numerous ways you can cover your casement windows.

Roman Shades

First on the list is the elegant roman shade. Whether mounted on the inside or outside of the window, roman shades prove crisp, clean lines that help define the parameters of both the window and the overall room.

Here are some general ways to achieve a custom look when you create your own treatments:

When you have a smaller room or have other busy patterns on the furniture or bedding, consider a clean and simple fabric or pattern for your shades for simple understatement.

Use fabric with edge banding or add trim to add color contrast and definition to your shades.

Drawback Curtains

This is where you can really show your style! With drawback curtains, you not only have the particular fabric through which to express your personality, you also have various hardware and trim options to add to the mix. Here are some suggestions on the different “feels” you can evoke through specific pairings of fabric and trappings.

The Eco Advocate

Using organic fabrics and all natural materials can indicate your dedication to bringing the outdoors in while keeping your carbon footprint outside to a minimum.

Why not drape organic cotton curtains from a unique bamboo rod? Tie it all together with jute strips or lengths of rope as tiebacks.

Alternatively, attach a strip of natural jute trim to the edge of your curtains. You can find these in varying widths and styles – some of the knit braids even have a shimmer to add a bit of sparkle! Select a fabric in a darker color for contrast or in a complementary pattern that will coordinate with the jute’s neutral color.

From Red Carpets to Royalty

Not much says “luxury” and “extravagance” quite like heavy drapes or richly colored tapestry-style curtains. From silk to velvet to heavy brocade, just-above-floor to just-below-ceiling hanging curtains help to elongate a room and add an “A-List” touch of class.

All bets are off when it comes to the styles of trim these regal beauties can pull off. Consider pairing these types of curtains with silk ties, braided cords, ribbons, or fringe and piping with beads or tassels – when done tastefully, you can make it the more the merrier!

For hanging heavy drapes, go with thick rods in brushed metal finishes – just make sure when you mount the rods, they can support the weight of whatever treatments you choose!

What are some of your favorite trims or trappings to add to your window treatments?

Jay Harris is a Home Depot “on the floor” sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s blog. His interests include providing tips to homeowners on energy efficient windows and casement window advice.



Top 5 DIY Interior Decor Projects


M&J has an extensive home decor section. We pride ourselves on our selection of rhinestones, fringe, ribbon, cords, cordedge, and tassels. Each of our trims can transform your home from winter to spring. We understand that every detail is keen when adding an element of style and sophistication. Here are five of our top interior decor projects for spring!

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For more DIY home fashion ideas check out some of our previous posts.

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By Blerona

There are a lot of simple ways to embellish anything with ribbon, and seems you always get the perfect finish. My particular favorite thing to embellish are vases, one simple ribbon can add so much character. With this simple design you can decorate any home or table setting. All you need is a vase, ribbon and some fresh flowers. I even added some rocks for more detail.

50mm Midori Dupioni Silk Ribbon Style#37302 – color Dahlia

Click here to Learn how to tie the perfect bow

Skirted Tables


By Nicole

I love the crisp tailored look of these trimmed out skirted tables! I think it adds a fresh dimension to a traditional idea. Skirted tables are a great way to hide something ugly,give yourself more storage and create something beautiful!

So when I scavenged through my Mother in Laws basement and found the perfect size sofa table, I was so excited to make a chic table skirt for it!

My inspiration: This foyer by Tom Scheerer

This linen console from Beach Dwelling… I love the laces, so beachy and whimsical!

Blogger Eddie Ross took this old pedestal sink from grungy to gorgeous with his black and white skirt!

He inspired Jenny of Little Green Notebook to do the same! Hers is a no-sew DIY!

Here is a photo of the my skirted table! The fabric, an awesome KWID for Lee Jofa was on the pricy side, so I had my friend pillow maker Melanie of Plum Cushion whip this up for me!

We used a jacquard  to give it that crisp tailored look that I loved in the photos above.

Here is a close up of the fabric and the jacquard!

You can learn how to do it yourself with this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens!

Check out my other blog Sketch42!

DIY Decorative Feather Throw Pillows


By Roseann


I was very thrilled when M&J recently began carrying feather patches.  We have been having a lot of fun with them creating all types of accessories that fit right in with this season’s hot trend.  So, you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered the new much larger version, a 20” x 15” feather mat (style #43361-Brown/Green Iris) available by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim.  I thought this would look great on a throw pillow, and since I am currently looking to change the look of my apartment this came in just the nick of time.  Throw pillows make a great accent in any room.  By mixing colors and textures you can liven up the place and create a new ambiance with out the expense of purchasing new furniture or the timely chore of painting.


Decorative Throw Pillows


By Nicole Cohen

Is your home desperately in need of some high fashion glamour? Throw pillows are an easy way to punch up a room, and they can be changed at your whim. However, decorative throw pillows can be very expensive, especially if you buy more than one of them.

Now you can add that little extra something to your home at a minimal cost.

I began to notice many high end designer home stores carrying pillows adorned with many of the things sold at M&J Trimming. I improvised on the designs I saw in high end department stores and created this fun pillow for my home. This design works on any shape pillow and any color.

I made a 18 sq” silk pillow, using about 5 yards of brown 3/8” grosgrain ribbon.

The easiest pillow to sew is a simple square pillow.




  1. To make your pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are one half inch bigger than your finished pillow measurement on each side.
  2. Take your grosgrain ribbon and lay it diagonally across the brighter side of one of the squares of fabric.  If you like this arrangement cut the ribbon and sew it on diagonally. Sew to the edge of the fabric, so that when you close the pillow, the ribbons will disappear into the seam. 
  3. This is where the fun begins, begin to sew the strips of ribbon in as many random directions as you can. Alternate horizontal, vertical and different diagonal strips to achieve a random look.
  4. When you are satisfied that the face of your pillow is striped to perfection, place the two squares so that they are on top of each other and so that the brighter side of one square faces the side with the ribbons. 
  5. Sew around three sides of the fabric squares, using a half inch seam allowance. (A seam allowance is the measurement from the edge of the fabric to where you want the sewing machine to stitch the fabric.) On the fourth side of the squares, sew a third of the way in from each side. This leaves you with an open space in the middle of that side. Use that space to turn your pillow right side out.
  6. At last, you are ready to finish your pillow. Stuff it firmly and then hand stitch the opening closed. Now, you can repeat the process to make a matching pillow.

You can also achieve the same look with less work by taking an existing pillow and using SoBo fabric glue to glue the strips of ribbon onto your pillow case. If you do choose to glue the ribbons on, be aware that the edges will not be as clean as the sewed in version.