After several attempts at making roman shades for the upper windows in the living room, I ended up scrapping them. For whatever reason, they just didn't look "right" to me.
These are the "balloon" valances I made years ago... later they were replaced with vintage bark cloth.
I think the roman shades bothered me because they are very tailored and hung flat inside the window casings. The fact that the upper windows are so much smaller in height than the lower ones made the pleated shades look weird.
So I stuck with what works... for now, at least.
A $10 drop cloth from Big Lots and a few hours later, and this is what I wound up with. Just as an aside, I've used drop cloths before (including the upholstery on the foot stool shown). I've always bought them at Home Depot, and even after washing them they've always been a little stiff (which is not necessarily a bad thing for some projects...). But the one I bought at Big Lots was a much lighter weight and was a better choice for the window treatments. It's not as darkening as the other cloths, either.
I would have taken a shot of all of the windows, but the foot stool is the only other thing in the room right now and things are lookin' pretty sparse!
How long until Thanksgiving? I need to get hot!