To the Trade:
Would you love to provide for your clients, creative, original window treatments like the ones you’ve pictured in your mind or seen in magazines, but hesitate to take on the responsibilities and risks of a large project or a unique design? Are your design projects limited as you stay with the tried and true?
As a designer, have you struggled to navigate the complexities of window covering specifications required on a work order, not to mention the intricacies’ involved with sourcing, engineering and specifying the necessary hardware, knowing that so much rides on the accuracy of each measurement? One may be tempted to avoid custom window fashions altogether knowing that if there are any errors, a remake is often necessary, involving costs and project delays which are second only to the embarrassment and frustration one may feel.
You are not alone. This scenario is quite common. Window treatments have become increasingly complex since the days when pinch pleated panels on an oval rod, or board mounted swags and cascades were the status quo. Add to that the technological advancements in hard window treatments along with motorization, and it’s no wonder window treatments require a specialist. How else could one be expected to keep up!
To my designer clients I offer my services as a window coverings specialist. Some feel this is the future of custom window fashions. I’m available to manage your project from design concept through to installation, assist with the selection of suitable fabrics and trims for soft window treatments, and pull from my extensive sample library for hard treatments including blinds, shades, and shutters. I’ll estimate materials and labor, source hardware and engineer the layout, measure, order, sketch, coordinate and oversee the installation and follow through with customer service to ensure client satisfaction.
I keep up with the latest trends and products and so provide all the knowledge my designer clients will ever need to ensure a successful window treatment project and a happy client.
My designer clients find that as a result of hiring me to handle the window coverings portion of their projects, they are able to concentrate their time and energies on what they do best.
So designers, with experience by your side, may you never again feel intimidated by large scale projects or challenging windows. This confidence may be all you need to begin incorporating creative, original window fashions into your design projects.