I'm considering having a few roman shades made, one for the dining room and two for the master bedroom. Even though DIY projects are on the list for 2012, this project--requiring linings and hardware--would be a little advanced for me! I love the sheer linen shade pictured above (photo: Martha Stewart--you can find a DIY roman shade tutorial at this link, too).
I picked up a few (well, more than a few) samples at Atlanta's Forsyth Fabrics. It's hard to tell from the photo, but all of these samples are 100% linen; some are sheer but all would have a nice translucent quality. I'm sticking with solids since there's not much of a color scheme going in the rooms yet. I'm planning to do the inside-mount style (top photo); click here to see an example of the outside-mount style. Let's hope I can make up my mind on the fabric! I'll keep you posted. UPDATE: See the finished product here.