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Looking for a way to spruce up a room for the spring season without the hassle of a complete makeover? Give any space a quick face lift with new curtains.

Window treatments can either fade into the background, or stand out in a crowded room. Just as the right accessories (like rods and finials) can make a statement, the fabric makes an even bigger one. Get whatever luxurious look you’re dreaming up, for a cost that won’t give you nightmares.

Fabrics That Only Look Rich
Shop these websites. You’ll need about 7 yards for two 84″ panels.
fabric swatches

    A huge range of affordable, high-quality linens in hundreds of colors.
    Judy linen in winterfresh blue, $9.50 per yard
    If you’re looking for a print, this is the place. You can even upload your own design and have it printed on fabric.
    Crosscriss by Holli Zollinger, from $16 per yard
    Traditional, modern, and everything in between. And with weekly coupons, prices that can’t be beat.
    Baretta Seaside by Home Essentials, $10 per yard
    This warehouse buys surplus fabric, then passes the wholesale price on to you.
    Mirage medallion citrus, $23 per yard
    Designer fabrics, including exclusive lines, at a discount. To save even more, watch the clearance sections and sign up for email coupons.
    Soho Outdoor in sorbet, $14 per yard

Punch Up Plain Panels
Try this easy way to fake the look of pricey window treatments: Buy inexpensive panels and add your own trim.

The DIY decorators at HGTV Magazine used an $11 faux linen curtain from Kmart and updated it with trim. You can find ribbon and other trim for as little as $1 a yard at or Sew, hot glue, or iron it on with hem tape, like Stitch Witchery.


Clockwise from top left: Large pom-pom trim in orange, $3 per yard,; Wright’s extra wide double fold bias tape in Mediterranean, $2 for 3-yard pack,; 23mm box pleated chromspun ribbon edging in cardinal, $10 per yard, M&J Trimming, 888-849-8201; Godiva geometric trim in denim/beige, $8 per yard, M&J Trimming 888-849-8201

Excerpt originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.

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The Frugal Guide to Fancy Curtains
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Curtains can make a room. They can add color, pattern, or texture instantly, and create an airy inviting space. They can also cost a pretty penny, but don’t have to. HGTV Magazine put together a go-to guide for fancy curtains on a budget. Check out these DIY and store-bought window treatments, and read on for all the rods and ends you’ll need to finish your new look.

5 Frugal Buys
Good-looking curtain rods and finials can be as costly as the curtains themselves. Here are some budget-minded sets.

inexpensive curtain rods

1. Umbra 28″–48″ staff drapery rod in black, $20, 2. Lincoln 28″–48″ rod in champagne silver, $27, 3. Versailles Home Fashions 48″ torch rod in antique gold, $40, 4. Style Selections 28″–48″ acrylic ball rod in bronze, $20, 5. Studio Tribeca 28″–48″ rod in Tuscan bronze, $25,

1 Cheap Rod, 3 Ways
Spray paint the same 99-cent IKEA Räcka 28″ curtain rod three different colors, then add fun finials for a sneaky way to save!

diy curtain rods

Blue: Satin Periwinkle paint by Krylon, Skulptur finial, $5 for a set of 2, Gold: Brown paint by Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered, Rope Ball finial, $20 for a set of 2, Floral: Aged Brass paint by Rust-Oleum American Accents Designer Metallic, Hand-painted amaryllis finial, $38 for a set of 2,

Excerpt originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.

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Readers rejoice — the May issue of HGTV Magazine is bigger than ever before! That means more how-tos, more budget decorating, more house tours, more landscaping ideas, more expert tips, and more design inspiration — whew, that’s a lot more stuff.

May cover

180 pages behind this cheery cover

The issue hits newsstands on April 9, but subscribers’ mailboxes are being stuffed today. Feeling a little left out? Sign up here to become a subscriber and be amongst the crowd who doesn’t have to wait (or even leave their home) to get the latest design, decorating, and DIY advice. For now, here’s a sneak peek inside the largest issue yet.


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The color blue is having a moment! Our editors at HGTV Magazine just love the hue, and the March issue (on newsstands now) shows it. When mixed with white, blue becomes especially easy to use and oh-so-pretty to decorate with.


A sea of blue (with a pop of green) on our March cover

We featured some of our favorite blue and white pillows in this issue and think they’d look just as good in your home as they did in our magazine. Now’s your chance to win one pillow in either of two designs you see on the cover.

Here’s what to do: Enter for your chance to win by emailing us at with the subject line: Blue Pillows. Tell us your favorite way to decorate with the color blue in your home, and we’ll pick our favorite four ideas.

Hurry, though — contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, March 6. If your entry is chosen, we’ll respond to you directly. Good luck!
Subscribe to HGTV Magazine and be inspired by all of our covers!

Need more of a blue fix? Check out February’s Color of the Month: robin’s egg blue. It’s more of a cool, teal blue that’s perfect for welcoming the coming spring.

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It’s time, friends. Time to introduce you to the final “after” in our long sunroom makeover project! And if you need a refresher on what the space used to be, enjoy a few progress videos here, here and here. You won’t believe the transformation!:

For info on how to get the look in your own home, I’ve created a source list for you here. Happy shopping, and thanks so much for joining us on this wild ride!

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Upcycling. You love it, right? Equal parts upgrading and recycling, the art of upcycling promises to breathe new life into those found objects you just aren’t quite sure what to do with. Case in point: a fruit crate I was gifted by some lovely blogger friends while teaching a course in Portland last summer. You might argue that a fruit crate is an odd gift, but to a design blogger? A fruit crate is the mecca of possibility.

Upcycling 101: From Fruit Crate to Toy Chest - Erin Loechner

Still, the aforementioned crate sat dusty in my entryway, begging to be used for more than hat, gloves and scarf storage. And as we started to plan our little one’s nursery (she’s due in July!), the thought hit me: why not transform this fruit crate into a rustic toy chest with a hot pink caster twist? The project was easy peasy and took just a few materials: casters, spray paint, spare wood and the crate itself! Here’s how we pulled it off:

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For those of you who happened to tune into The Nate Berkus Show last week, I hope you spotted two familiar faces! That’s right, Ken and I had the pleasure of welcoming Nate’s kind audience into our home a few months ago, and the segment has officially aired!

Click on Nate's photo to watch us on the show!

And because the renovation magic all began here on, I thought I’d share links below to a few of the projects we shared on the home tour, just in case you’ve missed a few along the long, wild ride!:


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Sunroom update time! For those of you following along at home, our back porch sunroom has been a massive work in progress for oh, the last six months or so (in case you’ve missed it, check out the before video here, and an in-progress video here!). We’re thrilled to be in the home stretch and can happily report that by this time next month, you’ll see the big, final, fully-decorated-and-loaded reveal. Can you hardly wait?

Sunroom Renovation Update - Erin Loechner

The excitement is brewing!


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