For a long time we've made do with drapery rods improvised from bamboo branches and cup hooks. This was a great DIY solution when we came up with it five years ago because we were decorating with virtually no money.
But it wasn't just a budget-driven choice. We have large windows--and lots of them--and we needed really simple window treatments. Garden bamboo and cup hooks were more subtle and unobtrusive than 99% of the fussy, finial-heavy drapery hardware we saw in the stores at the time.
Flash forward to the era of Crysta modern drapery rods. These are refreshingly elegant and unobstrusive.
Crystas come with either a nickel plated acrylic finial on a telescoping acrylic rod, or an acrylic finial with a metal collar and rod. Price ranges from $33 to $48 depending on length.
Available at PlushPod.