Featuring beautiful and functional shades, blinds, swags, and valances, this home decoration guide provides an in-depth look at a wide variety of non-drapery window coverings. Instructions for creating and installing many styles of shades are provided with both the beginner and the expert do-it-yourself homemaker in mind. Included are tips for creating countless variations on classic styles, including roman shades, cloud shades, balloon shades, Austrian shades, and shade toppers. The environmental advantages of shades are also stressed, with detailed information on each shade s ability to conserve energy by holding heat during the winter while reflecting the sun in the summer. Tips on care and upkeep, plus yardage charts complete the book.