Christmas Custom Drapery

Christmas Custom Drapery

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, custom drapery, mississauga, window treatments, curtains, shop at home, buy online

Is your home ready for the Holidays??

We know everyone wants their home to look it's very best for the holiday season and at Q. Design we can help!  If you are looking to have custom drapery, custom roman shades, toss pillows or window or bench seats made and installed before Christmas now is the time to book your free Shop At Home consultation with one of our drapery experts!  We are ready to help you cover your windows with stunning window treatments and we service Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Toronto, Etobicoke, Vaughan, Markham, Hamilton and everywhere else in the GTA.  We also have an online store where you can order your custom drapery online and have it shipped free within Canada or with a low cost anywhere else in the United States or the world.  We are happy to help walk you through every step of the custom drapery order process.  We can also help with bedding and upholstery.  Q. Design prides itself on being a one stop shop for all of your soft furnishings in your home and we can help you reupholster your furniture with beautiful new fabrics as well!

Don't delay as our custom drapery schedule is filling up quickly!  Please contact us today to book your free Shop At Home consultation.  If you don't know where to start, drop me a line and I will help you get what you need to have beautiful custom drapery and curtains finishing your home this Christmas!


~Lindsay, Owner

Hot Days Call For Drapery!

Hot Days Call For Drapery!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, custom drapery, mississauga, oakville, window treatments, toronto, curtains, drapery linings, shop at home, vaughan

Hot enough for you??  The last few weeks have been pretty warm in the Toronto area and we have been reminded of how custom drapery and blinds can really make all the difference in keeping the heat out and the air conditioning in.  Drapery offers the highest rating for energy efficiency when it comes to window coverings and we can help you with selecting the correct drapery lining to suit your home, lifestyle and heating and cooling needs.  We offer cotton, dimout, blackout and sheer linings to ensure you get exactly what you need in your custom drapery product.  

A double layer of protection using both blinds and over drapery can also help to make sure you are maximizing your energy efficiency and also protecting your furniture and flooring from sun damage.  By having a light filtering screen or roller blind or custom drapery sheer product closed all the time in times of high sun you ensure your heating or cooling stays put and the UV light is filtered correctly for longevity of your other lovely home products.  

Not sure what you need in the way of window coverings?  We are always happy to help through our free Shop-At-Home custom drapery service in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Toronto, Vaughan and surrounding local area or by email and our online store for those that are further away in Canada and the United States (and worldwide)!  We pride ourselves on demystifying drapery and your window covering needs to ensure you get a perfect finish that suits your needs every time.  Contact us today for more information and until we speak, stay cool and get out in it before winter is upon us once again!


Online Shopping at Q!

Online Shopping at Q!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, custom drapery, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, free canadian shipping, canadian made, online shopping, handmade

I'm a busy mom of 3 little ones and online shopping has become a must for me to save time in my life for the more important things.  I'm so excited to tell you that Q. now offers an easy peasy online shopping experience for beautiful made to order custom drapery!  We puzzled over the best way to bring amazing quality drapery and toss pillows at a market friendly price point and over the last year we have developed and honed our Q2 Perfect Panels and toss pillows to suit just that.  We have worked tirelessly to get the online shop up and running and it's finally here!  We can ship anywhere in the world but shipping within Canada is entirely free!  We are happy to walk you through the process of measuring and selecting fabrics and you can order fabric samples to ensure it's the right choice for your space.  We will be adding new items all the time and in the very near future you will see decorative drapery hardware in addition to the stunning drapery curtain panels and toss pillows.  

Even more exciting Julie over at Elliven Studio wrote the nicest things about ordering our made to order drapery from us!  I hope you like the store and when you are looking for perfect custom drapery that you will think of us!


go custom with cobi!

go custom with cobi!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, custom drapery, mississauga, ready made drapery, style, window treatments, curtains, cobi ladner, cobistyle, soft roman shade, linen sheer, workroom, shop online, ribbon, banding

I know drapery can seem like a scary beast sometimes and we get all kinds of clients saying things like "I just don't know what to put on my windows so I've still got those paper blinds from Home Depot on them, HELP!" and that makes me feel sad because we can make drapery so simple.  If you are a designer that is new or never done drapery we are happy to educate you through our Brunch & Learns or if you are a homeowner we have a few levels of service that you can use including free Shop at Home or online shopping here (starting in June!) but every level of service includes our help to get exactly what you need to have gorgeous window treatments without it being complicated, time consuming or difficult.  

Our mission is to get every step of the process right and that includes adding custom details to our Q2 Perfect Panels to make them perfect for you.  It can be so easy to customize our cobistyle Perfect Panels.  The photo below is a perfect example of how we can meet any need with our cobistyle line.

The drapery panels in the photo are a stunning Telefina fabric that is an embroidered linen in a large medallion that is just to die for but because of the cost of the fabric for the panels, the sheers needed to be inexpensive AND still have great quality and texture and that's where cobistyle Dickens panel came in:

Shown here from our cobistyle collection as a single tunnel top panel we can make it into any size, style, valance, roman shade ~ anything really to suit your space!

In the case of the sheers in the dining room we used the Dickens sheer off the bolt and made it into sheers that were 2 Fold Pinch Pleated and 10 feet wide to suit the window.  So simple for us to do this as we are manufacturing each order as it is placed so you can have it exactly how you want it!  The cost on the sheers as shown in the dining room is $675 - a great price for custom sheers to fit a 10 foot wide window!!!  The sheer itself provides privacy and light filtration and is a soft white colour which suits a variety of esthetics.  

You can also add custom details to make them your own.  Shown below with an Inverted Pleat and and a gross grain ribbon added, the Dickens sheer becomes a bit more sophisticated and tailored.  The cost is a bit higher for this labour intensive add on and also there is a cost for the ribbon itself but for the end product it's totally worth it and the colours of ribbon available are endless!


We've also made Dickens into a soft roman shade with a small valance flap and it's just stunning!  Soft and relaxed and just perfect for those windows that need a little pretty but not a lot of light blockage or lengthening with drapery...

The possibilities are endless and we would love to hear from you in the studio in Mississauga or in our email today about what you need to finally cover those windows with beautiful custom drapery.  We are happy to come out to your home and help you shop in your space too!  Hope to hear from you soon!

~ Lindsay

The Evolution of Our Q. Perfect Panels

The Evolution of Our Q. Perfect Panels

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, custom drapery, mississauga, ready made drapery, style, window treatments, curtains

Our online drapery products are evolving.  We have been over and over how we want to bring our perfect custom drapery to the entire world (big goals!) and how to go about letting every level of buyer know what is available to them.  My previous post went into great detail about what we offer to our trade clients and I'm busy collecting testimonials from them about how they see our service which is so exciting.  It's come to my attention though that our every day homeowner isn't aware of how we can help them.  We have such a great custom drapery service and have been around for over 15 years (even though my mom has been at it for 30+) so I'm always surprised when people arrive in the studio and say "Did you guys just open?" or "I didn't even know you were here!" - yikes!  

Nonetheless, we had 2 walk-in clients last week purchase from our Q2 (as in Q "squared") Perfect Panels ~ Quick Quality Custom Drapery by Q. Design.  That's the full handle for this NOT ready made drapery product.  This is the first time we've called it that in the internet world as this product has been evolving with us over the past 6 months as we've developed it.  It is truly custom and while the public may want to call it a "ready made", it's not ready made, we make each custom drapery order as it is placed, by hand, just for you!  It can be the perfect colour, size, style for you and you can add anything you like or add cushions, valances, bench seats, anything really to coordinate!  The price point is competative with ready mades you can buy from China and India so that's super neat but the quality is really top knotch!

Order your today by emailing Q2@qdesigncentre.com or visit our Etsy shop...or shop it here {coming soon!!}

What’s Under Our Umbrella To Help You?

What’s Under Our Umbrella To Help You?

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, custom drapery, mississauga, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, decorators, professional service, designers, fully insured, trade service

The last couple of weeks have been crazy good!  We have met so many great new designer clients and had some really amazing custom drapery orders come in from some of our favourite existing designers.  The epiphany I had last weekend though was that maybe our new folks don't fully understand how we save the trade time on their window coverings orders!  Or if they know they aren't maximizing our service so I want to take a moment in this blog to cover how we can save designers time and in the end time is money!  We sometimes hear our pricing is high but one of our new clients compared our pricing to a home sewer that couldn't get the orders out on time (we are about 25% higher but we carry overhead, insurance and benefits and run a fully above board business) and also to Tonic Living (we are about 5% higher but we offer the full service below which explains the variance).  Once our clients try our full service they never look back and continue to grow their business, get higher budget projects because our work photographs so well and become great referral and marketing material!

So what does our Full Service look like step by step??

  • check measure to ensure accuracy in quoting and manufacture

  • consulting on the correct treatments for each window from style, hardware, blinds and optimal fabric choices

  • help you select the perfect fabrics or made to order drapery to suit your desired treatments and budget

  • quote your job for labour and lining cost, yardage, hardware quanities (we can quote before the measure too of course!) 

  • order all of your memo sampling and have it sent to you and/or loan you fabric and blinds books for your client presentations

  • help you select the correct blinds or shutters if you need them - we carry Hunter Douglas and Maxxmar and have great trade discounts

  • order all of your fabric, hardware, blinds and trimmings for you at trade prices - same as what you would pay if you maintain your own account

  • manage your CFA's and any fabric delays (we chase the product so you don't have to!)

  • manufacture all of your drapery, bedding, toss cushions to within 1/8" accuracy

  • install, steam and dress your drapery and install your blinds or shutters

  • carry all the necessary liability and WSIB insurance to protect your business on install day

If that doesn't scream "HOW DO I GET IN ON THIS GREAT SERVICE TODAY?!" I don't know what does!  But if you need a little extra incentive we will tack on an additional 5% discount to your hard coverings blinds and shutters if you place those orders with us along with your custom drapery and bedding orders.  We want to help you see how easy it can be.  

We hear all the time "when I want it done properly I go to Q." which is excellent (although why wouldn't you want it done properly?!) and one of our faves had this to say this week:

"My primary goal as a decorator is to design beautiful window treatments and soft furnishings for my clients and I can always rely on Q. Design to take care of the rest of the details. It makes my job so much easier when Q. Design handles the entire job from start to finish - check measure to installation - and I don’t need to be chasing down suppliers or handling the details of ordering and sampling. I can focus on growing my business and building relationships with my clients and know that everything else is being handled. There are never any surprises on installation day. Their work is always consistently beautiful, detailed and professionally executed."

 ~ Katie Campbell 

I hope this helps our trade clients see how we can make window covering so simple!  They are complex but they don't need to be complicated or time consuming for busy designers and decorators!  We've got you covered!