Creativity is the best policy...when it comes to saving pennies with home design! Visit your local home improvement or lighting store, pick out a few inexpensive ceiling molds & a shade of spray paint that will pop on your walls... & VOILA, you have affordable and unique wall art!
Instead of using the old mini blind slats, hand sew small plastic rings to the places where the slats above have their holes. Thread the mini-blind string through the rings and tie at the bottom ring. OR glue/sew pockets using add'l liner fabric to hide slats. See PureOfFaith.blogspot.com in favorites.