Tie It Back!
by Sonya Weiss
Every house has curtains-from the inexpensive ones to designer ones. Some are homemade. Yet all need to serve the same purpose. Give the homeowner privacy and on hot, summer days, keep the sun from heating the room up like the broiler in an oven.
Curtains come in a variety of lengths from the bottom of the windowsill to floor length. They come in every color that you can imagine. You can find them in sheer lace for a country flair or in room darkening colors to serve the purpose of helping blot out a neighbor's annoying flood light.
With curtains you'll usually find your plain tie backs to open the curtain up-maybe to let in the fresh air or the sunshine. But tie backs can serve another purpose. Tie backs are one decorating category that many people overlook, not realizing how much they can do to add a touch of sophistication or decorating appeal to curtains.
You can tie living room curtains back with things such as sprigs of flowers-silk for long term or you can use real flowers if you're hosting a special event and want a little something extra. You can also use ivy, jute rope or festive holiday ribbons.
In a child's room, you can make tie backs from small toys that you glue to ribbon. For a baby boy's room, you could do this with a cute pair of sneakers or little cowboy boots and for a girl's room, you can use a pair of ballerina slippers.