Hi kitty29 (of whom I'm still VERY jealous d/t her having lakefront property with a cabin to boot!
)! I've always been considered artistic but for the life of me I can't make decisions about decorating, and what might look good. I have a good friend who ROCKS at this -- but, she searches magazines for ideas (cuts out desired pages and keeps them in a notebook; colors, window dressings, etc), and she also goes through the open houses (new homes) for ideas. She takes her camera and if she sees an interesting window dressing or furniture or arrangement, she takes a picture. When developed, the picture is added to the notebook.
She recently purchased fabric to make living room and family room drapes, and for accent pillows (complete with fringe and braid trim). These aren't your everyday make-gathered-curtains-from-sheets drapes, either! But, she went out with her notebook and scoured the area discount fabric stores, etc . . . Is now in the midst of cutting and sewing (she hired someone to do some of the more complicated sewing, stuff she doesn't feel qualified to do). I saw the fabrics and was just amazed; it will look very elegant indeed!
BUT, back to your dear cabin! I did a search for window cornices, and came up with several sites (I only checked the ones on the first page, too!
) that detail covering one with fabric, with tin, making one from scratch, . . . etc. (or you could rip it out and do your own thing . . . sheers draped over an attractive rod OR, if you found just the right size of weathered branch (or two or three), you could drape the fabric over that, after you've affixed it to the wall in whatever fashion you want to do that.
'Course, if you prefer French Country, you'll have to do your homework and decided on what YOU like! How fun for you!
Oh, and the electric light in back of the cornice? Do you have a friend who might know how to remove it? Or, ask at Home Depot or Lowe's, they might have some suggestions, or know someone who could (inexpensively) remove it. Your neighbor or another area person might know a handyman in the area who wouldn't mind doing a small job like that.
Keep us apprised, it sounds like fun! Ah, deciding colors, themes, schemes, dreams . . .