05
Oct

My Visit to Kravet Design Studio NYC!


In an amazing stroke of luck and knowing the right people in the right places, I lucked out and got an invitation to a tour of Kravet’s Design Studio in New York City!  My friend Marie and I arrived around 10:30 on the Friday morning after stopping in at the Union Square market for a coffee and a baked good or two.  Jennifer Powell, the social media coordinator for Kravet, greeted us in the lobby and our tour began.  To be quite honest I had no idea to expect.  I think I was unprepared for
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05
Oct

Rub-a-dub-dub: Demystifying Double Rubs


Choosing an upholstery fabric can be a daunting task. As with other fabric applications, a designer or homeowner will first be attracted to a certain fabric for a specific job based on aesthetics only. But don’t fall in love too quickly as certain fabrics may not be suitable for upholstery applications. In general, high traffic areas of a home or commercial spaces require more durable fabrics. But how do you determine the durability of a fabric? There are two methods of testing for abrasion i
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…”


… and so the conversation begins with a designer, decorator or homeowner. When it comes to designing a custom drapery treatment, there is so much to know. In light of House and Home Magazine‘s recent article in the June 2012 issue, Drapery 101, we have discovered a need for information on all aspects of window treatments and a real disconnect between drapery experts, designers and homeowners with regards to these integral details. I am fresh out of design school and like most confident grads
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #1


“Now what?”: Determining the Function of Your Treatment It is very simple to look at your window and know that something is missing. It is not so simple to determine what it is that your window requires. Most people would agree that you can completely decorate your home, but until you have window treatments, the look just isn’t finished. Imagine the room below (Princess Margaret Hospital Lottery House; Design by Lynda Reeves [House and Home] and treatments by Q. Design) without the draperi
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #2


Fashion vs. Function: Fabric Choices This is the fun part…selecting a fabric for your window treatment. In this stage of the game, aesthetics means a lot, but certain fabric types function better than others and this is what I am learning about today. Before we get into the details of individual types of fabrics, let’s review some of the more basic aspects of fabric information: 1. Warp and Weft (Selvages) Woven fabrics are made by interlacing two sets of yarns, referred to as the warp and w
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #3


The shop has been busy and customers always come first, but I am finally getting back to my research and training. So far we have discussed the function of your treatment and fabric choices. The next step is to determine the heading style for your draperies. This can seem like a simple task, but each heading creates a very different look overall. 1.      Pinch pleat (two-prong or three-prong) / (4”, 6” or 8”) Good ol’ pinch pleat draperies; a traditional and classic choice for your
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #4


The Line Up: Lining Choices Part of what makes a custom window treatment so appealing is that they are custom lined to suit your specific needs. Depending on the lining choice, you can achieve various looks and weights for your treatment. Purchasing fabric and having custom draperies made is a large investment for your home and the lining protects the treatment and extends the life of the product. Blackout Blackout lining is a bit of a stiffer and heavier option for your draperies. If you have a
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05
Oct

Princess Margaret Lottery Home 2012 Complete!!


A big THANK YOU to Lynda Reeves and the House and Home team for choosing Q. Design once again to execute the custom drapery and soft goods for this year’s Princess Margaret Lottery Home in Oakville. We are so proud to share our work in this home designed by Lynda Reeves Design Studio and Canadian House and Home Magazine!  Every year we sign on to do the custom drapery, cushions and other soft goods for this amazing project and it is a whirlwind through our shop but we are so happy to share ou
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #5


Finials, Rods and Rings, Oh My!: Hardware and Placement Once you have designed a beautiful drapery treatment, it is time to determine the type and style of hardware for your window. You can choose to go purely functional or more decorative. Or you can combine both function and decor with some of the newer options that Q. Design offers. Types of hardware: functional and decorative I-beam An I-beam is exactly what it sounds like. It is a rod in the shape of the letter “I” that acts as a track
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #6


The beauty of a custom treatment is that you have full control over every aspect of your drapery, including its finished length. There are a number of ways that you can design your treatment to finish, all of which have their own style. 1. Clearing the floor: No, we don’t mean what happens when you go into the middle of a dance floor and pull out your signature move. We are talking about customizing your drapery treatment so that it finishes ¼” off of the floor. This type of finish works be
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #7


The last step in the any design process is to accessorize! Once all of the function has been addressed, and the practical details have been nailed down, it is time for even more pretty. There are a number of ways to accessorize your drapery panel itself, or the hardware. 1. Ribbons/trims Fabric is beautiful all on its own, but often a solid fabric or subtle pattern can be enhanced with beautiful trims or ribbons. We have seen this done in many different ways and is really only limited by your ow
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05
Oct

“So I have this window…” – Blog #8


By now we know all of the basic building blocks of a custom window treatment. But of course we also know that there is a huge learning curve and there is always new information, especially given the fact that a custom treatment is really only limited by the extent of your imagination. The more complicated treatments are those that go in a bay, bow or arch window. A lot of people shy away from draperies in these unique windows, but a custom treatment can really enhance the architecture and soften
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05
Oct

Keep Your Down/Feather Pillow Happy!


I received this really great card in the mail from our favourite bedding provider Eastern Accents entitled “KEEP YOUR DOWN PILLOW HAPPY!”.  It was a great way to inform folks about how to care for their feather filled cushions.  It says quite simply the following: “Your down filled pillow will naturally lose its loftiness unless it receives a daily fluff.  It might also deflate if kept in a room with high humidity.  To remove moisture, put your pillow in the dryer for a few minutes wit
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05
Oct

Cobi Ladner at Penney & Co.


Last evening, I had the pleasure of attending an event with Cobi at Penney and Co. in Whitby. Penney and Co. is owned and run by Michael Penney, a decorator and former editor at House and Home Magazine with a clear vision and passion for design and decoration. Cobi’s brand, cobistyle, is comprised of a furniture line, home accessories, fabric, lighting and most recently with the help of Q. design, drapery! Cobi and I set out in the late afternoon for our mini road trip to Whitby, and despite s
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05
Oct

cobistyle: The Importance of Colour


There is always a place for white (just look outside today, it’s everywhere!), but interior decorating is not just about white and neutrals. White walls, white furniture or accents and white fabrics can be beautiful, but they require colour to achieve balance, life and soul in a space. Cobi Ladner started the cobistyle brand to help homeowners inject their personality into their space through the use of colour. The cobistyle brand is known for bold colour accents, Asian influences and an overa
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04
Oct

Wellspring Cancer Support Network


Have you heard of Wellspring?  I hope you haven’t had need for this wonderful service but let me tell you about this amazing centre for cancer support which is entirely free of charge.  Q. Design had the opportunity to be involved in the overhaul of the Halton-Peel Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House.  They took a small house and made it into a gorgeous, spacious home for supporting those living with cancer and their families.  We were able to manufacture drapery, window cushions and toss c
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04
Oct

Custom Monograms


Creating custom soft goods is all about making items for your home that are 100% personal and tailored to suit your style. What is more personal then adding your initials, a family crest or company logo to your custom soft goods? Q. Design is now offering custom monogramming on any of your custom products, such as toss cushions, bedding, or custom napkins and table linens for your home or even a wedding. All of the monogramming is quoted on a per job basis and is dependent on the size, number o
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04
Oct

The easiest way to change your decor


Update your space using fabric! Fabric brings colour, pattern and texture into your home while acting as an easier alternative to a full scale re-design. Depending on your budget, the extent of incorporating fabric may vary, but the result will always pack a punch! Simple Solution: Fabric Covered Bulletin Board Bulletin boards do not have to be cluttered and boring. Covering a bulletin in fabric creates an instant pop of colour equivalent to wall art. This is a great rainy day DIY project. You s
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04
Oct

Winner! Gagnon!


Every year Hunter Douglas does a promotion for dealers to win a trip for 2 to somewhere amazing.  5 star luxury amazing!  This year, for the first time, our team has exceeded the sales target and Crystal and Marilyn will be heading to Jamaica in November!  This is great news for our location, we have grown in leaps and bounds since March of last year and are so proud of our ever growing team!  WAY TO GO!
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04
Oct

Workroom standards II


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Our Q. Design production team adhere to the highest quality of workroom standards. Our first Workroom standards blog (March 16th 2012) reviewed standards regarding production specifically. Today, we want to outline our standards pertaining to the way Q. Design handles fabric before it is manufactured into gorgeous drapery. When a bolt of fabric has been received by Q.Design and is ready for production, the next step is for our cutter to cut the fabric into its assigned pattern for sewing. Before
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04
Oct

Bedding Beauty


Bedding is just one of the many soft goods items that Q. Design manufactures and distributes.  We offer a full range of custom bedding through our facility. In addition, we offer a gorgeous ready-made line through Eastern Accents. The line has the same quality as our product only it comes at a lower price point due to their large production volume.  Many people desire custom bedding yet don’t quite understand the details.  Here is an insiders look at bedding from a manufacturer/artisan poin
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04
Oct

cobistyle blog: national velvet


Cobi Ladner posted a great blog today about velvet drapery! We re-posted the blog below! You can also view the blog on Cobi’s website! http://www.cobistyle.com/index.php/blog/velvet_drapes national velvet Posted by Cobi on Monday November 04, 2013 at 08:54 AM If you’re into decorating, certain magazine pictures stay with you forever. One like that for me, was the House Beautiful feature of The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Gartner’s Manhattan apartment, with pumpkin orange velvet drapes (yes,
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04
Oct

Easy Christmas Decorating


Every year at this time I get into the Christmas spirit and start thinking about dragging down the boxes from the second level storage in my garage and spending hours trying to get everything laid out just so. The thought of it usually squashes a bit of the spirit and I drag my feet a little. I have to really motivate myself to get it done. With 2 young kids it’s a lot of work to decorate for the holidays. This year I’ve decided to simplify my life!  Instead of getting out a whole bunch of
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04
Oct

Is it time to start over?


A small portion of our orders are remakes. There are certain cases where a client has moved or redecorated and wants to use a set of drapery in a different room or in a new home.  There are several things to consider when deciding to remake and reuse a set of drapery: 1) What is the content of the fabric?  Some fabrics will tolerate a remake better than others.  Man-made fibres (polyester, rayon, viscose etc) will hold up in remakes better than the natural fibres of silk, linen and wool. 2) I
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04
Oct

Holding Drapery Back


More recently, designers and home owners have been opting for their drapery to hang without the use of decorative tiebacks or holdbacks. More contemporary pleat options such as Ripplefold and Inverted Pleats are intended to hang in a more tailored fashion making tiebacks obsolete.  There is still, however, a demand for both traditional décor and for functionality in which case, tiebacks and holdbacks prevail! Often, the terms tiebacks and holdbacks are used interchangeably. Both function simil
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04
Oct

Winterize with Drapery!


We have about 1 week until Christmas and it’s getting quite snowy and very, very cold! Most of us are putting the finishing touches on our holiday decorating, but it’s never too late for new holiday decor inspiration and ideas! Winterize with Drapery!   Some households decide to swap out their drapery with the seasons. Sheers and lighter weight fabrics allow the sun and breeze to come into the home during the spring and summer months. Come fall and winter, heavier fabrics, more fabric and l
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04
Oct

Do you know your toss cushions?


Toss cushions are an excellent way to add colour, depth, comfort and style to a space. At Q. Design, we manufacture many different styles from decorative and traditional to sleek and contemporary. Listed below are the most common categories of toss cushions. Knife Edge: Knife edge is the simplest and cleanest of toss cushion styles.  Another term we often hear to describe this style is Dog Eared. When fluffed and chopped, the top of a knife edge toss should come to two crisp points Piped: Pipin
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04
Oct

Romans


Roman blinds are popular not only because of their style, but because they are easy to install into most windows including tight and/or awkward spaces.  Like all window treatments, they must be created to an exact size mounting either inside or outside of the window. One thing to keep in mind is how romans function in terms of light control. There are times when in the raised position the folded up fabric may block part of the top of the window, making them unsuitable for smaller rooms where li
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03
Oct

How To Line Linen Sheers


In the last 3 years, linen sheers have become a very popular choice for window treatments. One of the most popular selections this year has been Threadcount’s Dusk Linen which when manufactured into drapery looks stunning! The fabric hangs beautifully and looks absolutely gorgeous when the sun shines through it. When it comes to lining linen sheers there are a few things to consider. First off, linen is the most durable natural fibre you can find in drapery – even more so than polyester! A 1
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03
Oct

Decor Trend: Partition Panels


One of the requests we get from our designers is to create a panel of fabric to function as a space efficient door. This makes a ton of sense considering many closet doors take up useable space when open. Another great thing about a space dividing panels is that they function as a decorative way to bring style into a space. Like any drapery fabric, the sky is the limit when it comes to pattern, colour, texture and embellishments! Whether it’s a closet, awkward nook or intentionally carved out
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03
Oct

Reasons NOT to buy fabric online!


There are many reasons not to buy your fabric over the internet, but through years of experience, we have discovered that there are a few recurring scenarios that we would not want you to get caught in. Consumers of any kind look for better deals online, and the same is true of fabric. We acknowledge that you will certainly find the same patterns online that we offer in our showroom and often, at a lower price point. But like most things, it is usually too good to be true. First of all, the han
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