Who can guess what is really expensive, but so worth the investment?…..window treatments! I know everyone is sticker shocked at first, but once up…..worth every penny! Window treatments are like the best accessory for your little black dress.
(courtesy of: My Notting Hill)
Most of my time right now is sketching and finding fabrics for windows. What many people do not realize is all the hours that goes into a window treatment. Here is the breakdown…..first, I visit the customer’s house and get a quick measurement. Second, I take a picture of the window and all of the surrounding areas for clues. Third, grab all the fabrics that I would like to see as possibilities and to inspire me on a style. Sometimes, I find that the style comes first and that will dictate a certain fabric. Okay, now for the fun part which is the sketching…..coming up with the perfect treatment to frame the window. Last, I revisit the customer’s house and ponder the choices…..coming up with my favorite two and having them pick from there. Fun stuff!
Now the dreaded pricing begins…..hours of figuring fabric, calling for price of fabrics, and discussions with the workroom. Now lets just hope the fabric chosen is in stock and not the dreaded ‘D’ word Discontinued…..oh yes… if so the process would start all over again. Don’t get too excited because once I share the cost with a new customers they might be scared off (secret: once hooked they will never say no again). Now, if I get the green light I have work orders to the workroom and ordering ahead of me.
(Traditional Home Oct 08)
(courtesy of: myblinds.blogspot)
Let me tell you it is worth the 6 to 8 weeks for the window treatment to be born. Certainly it is an investment, but I hope there is a better understanding of all the work that takes place behind the scenes. The designer plays a big part, but lets not forget the hardworking person sewing the draperies. That is a job you would not want me to do because I can not even sew a button! Even though much work is involved I love the whole process. The end result is just the icing on the cake…..one happy customer with some beautiful draperies!
Dress Your Window!