Making curtain rods out of towel bars!
When I was re-doing our living room, and really thinking about every aspect of the space, I realized that I didn't like curtain rods to go completely across the top of the window if there was no reason for it. I mean, how many of us actually close their curtains? Because we have blinds, we just use our curtains for decoration and sound absorption. So I thought outside the box. I went with honey oak wooden hand towel holders at less than $5 a pop. I painted them up to my liking and they serve the purpose . . . at a much less expensive cost than typical curtain rods.