When I installed lightweight linen curtains in our Seattle guest room a few years ago, I spent hours looking for curtain rods that would mount on the inside of my gorgeous old windows, and, the most challenging part, had a brushed nickel finish. My search ended when I found concealed-mount solid brass café sets made to order—they were stable and classic and clean-lined. So I was happy to see that Rejuvenation Hardware has added similar made-to-order café curtain rods to their offerings; available in six finishes, including brushed nickel and polished nickel.
Below: The Outside-Mount Café Set, similar to the mount used in the photo above, is $45.
Below: The Concealed-Mount Café Set mounts on the inside of window; available in made-to-order lengths up to 60 inches; $45 at Rejuvenation Hardware.
Below: The Inside-Mount Café Set with visible bracket is $45.