We surprise ourselves here sometimes. Making beautiful custom drapery and roman shades, toss pillows and valances is what we do best. We do it perfectly every day. This morning was no exception except that when Marilyn came into my office and I remarked how lovely my close friends new home (at the drywalling stage) is going to be she said "I saw the photo of the great room coffered ceiling on Katie's instagram and the first thing I noticed was a lack of space for the drapery hardware they selected" - in other words "we have a problem"!
Katie Campbell Interiors is doing the design work there and I immediately called her to let her know we foresaw an issue with the amount of space to mount the hardware she had carefully selected long ago when the house was still in the plans stage. You see, drapery is the last thing that happens in a custom build (or any home really) and so there have been so many other stages in the process that can hinder the drapery part. So while other drapery workrooms might not be on instagram, or they are on there but lack the experience to know that this photo wasn't just a lovely shot of a work in progress but it was a sign we needed to make sure the next step (adding trim) was done in such a way that it will allow the drapery that has been spec'd to go in!
What do you see when you look at this photo?
As experts in custom drapery, the first thing that we see is a small amount of space between the window and the bulkhead. Once the trim goes in that means the drapery will have to mount on a channel track under the bulkhead flush. Totally doable but if they add a crown or other detail we could end up in a situation that would mean redesigning the drapery for this space - not ideal. These high ceilings and large spaces need vertical fabric to create warmth and texture. The hard surfaces of flooring and tile need the fabric to absorb the echo. Our job is to work with the builder via the interior designer to ensure the drapery can still happen the way the design requires.
This was a lucky save on a cold December morning. It's part of the service we offer and it's why we are a bit pricier than other places. We have a lot of experience. We take our time and get it right. We watch out for our designer clients to make sure their design can become a reality. We have a passion for perfect drapery. We love what we do and we are doing it even when we are scrolling our Instagram!