In all reality, this window just needs to be completely replaced, but that's just not in the budget. You can see part of the half-round window above that has always just driven me crazy. Why do builders put these crazy difficult windows in?
I had gotten a quote for a custom Roman shade to cover the window, but at $2000, it wasn't in the budget either. Who spends that on a blind? After quite a bit of searching for an alternative, I found this blind at West Elm. It was a deal at $79.00!
It fit the space perfectly and helped hide the half-round (at least when the sun isn't shining through). It all was still a little bland for me with the ivory cabinets and brown walls (the walls are next on my to-do list!) so I pulled the shade down and tried to work a little budget friendly magic. I ordered 7 yards of 2 1/4" grosgrain ribbon from MJ Trim for $1.98/yd and set to work at soon as it came in the mail.
I extended the shade all the way out and started trimming the edges with the ribbon using my favorite adhesive for fabric.
I put the trim down both sides first trying to keep it as straight as possible and eyeballing equal distance from the edge on both sides.
Nest I did the bottom and top and just folded the ribbon over at both ends a bit to cover the cut edge.
While I waited for that to dry I broke out some black paint I had leftover from painting my front door and painted the trim around the window.
After the shade was dry I hung it back up and, voila!
I think those fashion gurus might just be right; everybody (or everything) could use a little black dress.