Here's her room before any making-over began. Just keeping it real for you, with the mess and all:
Here's a less scary pic:
My solution was to cover the giant transom window with a pelmet, a.k.a. cornice or valance. I was inspired by this window from Hi Sugarplum:
It looks so pretty and fancy....until you look at the back.
Basically all it is is foam board and duct tape. Simple, right?!?!? Hi Sugarplum provides a great tutorial on how to make the pelmet, but I'll give you a few highlights.
Start with your foam board. I got mine at Michael's for about $2.70/piece, but I just saw them at the dollar store for only $1. I had to use 4 pieces and duct taped them all together. To cut the board, just use a knife, score the board and then break it.
Next, duct tape batting and fabric all over the thing. Staples don't really work in the foam board, so duct tape is the best bet. For fabric, I took some Pottery Barn curtains that K has had in her room FOREVER and just cut them up to fit. I didn't want to spend a lot on fabric, because I was kind of dubious about how this project would turn out; and, because of its size, if it would even hang on the wall.
Here she is getting ready to be hung:
Come back tomorrow and I promise you better pictures! You will also be able to see the curtains that I made. I know you're excited!