If you ever move into a new house without window treatments, that usually becomes your number one priority. Forget painting, forget updating bathrooms, heck - forget running water! A girl needs some privacy. However, purchasing window treatments for an entire house can get pretty pricey at $20-$50 a pop in hardware alone. For the Brooklyn House, we were located downtown and our house was literally six feet from one of our neighbors. I didn't have time to shop around and ended up buying the same satin-nickel curtain rod with glass ball finials from Target for all of the windows. This neighborhood is nicer, so it made more sense to splurge on nicer hardware (a rule I use across the board in renovations).
For the Myrtle House, we have had plenty of time to scour for deals. I realized on our last visit to the house that our large, original windows are in fact 60" wide, so that means we need longer curtain rods than the standard 24"-48" kind (ie more expensive). Bummer.
I first started the shopping search online, and then after becoming desperate, started looking into DIY options. (PVC or electrical conduit?) I came across a link of a cute curtain rod from Hobby Lobby of all places. At $7.99 each, I think they are a steal. I have seen them marked down 30% online, but I know Hobby Lobby also circulates a 40% off coupon quite often. (Click the images to link to the product pages).
Another unexpected curtain rod treasure trove was at Ross! I actually ended up buying all of the needed curtain rods for the Myrtle House (minus two) for $40 total. They are not fancy or tremendously ornate, but given the area and price point of the house, they are a perfect fit. Plus I know that we will not have to sleep with one eye open due to lack of privacy those first few nights. :) If your budget is a little grander than our Myrtle House budget, check out HomeGoods. They have lovely hardware at very reasonable prices.
When it comes to window treatments, do you splurge or try to save? Any other stores I should check out?