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Monika Hibbs Nursery Reveal!

Monika Hibbs Nursery Reveal!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, oakville, custom drapery, style, toronto, drapery linings, monika hibbs, british columbia drapery, nursery drapery, alberta drapery, nursery curtains

It's a big week over here at Q. Design with Monika Hibbs' nursery reveal up on glitterguide.com and oilostudio.com!  We started working with Monika Hibbs back in October when she was ready to add perfect custom drapery to her gorgeous new home and it's been such a great experience for us.  Monika is a pleasure to work with, she knows how important great drapery is and she understands that each space is unique and requires bespoke details which our very customizable online drapery collections offer.  When it came time to design the nursery drapery Monika knew she needed blackout for her new baby to get the best sleep possible and so we suggested our House Linen in Winter as you can line it with the 100% blackout product we use and it still looks amazing.  Because the nursery has fabulous wallpaper from anewall the drapery needed to have pretty details but not be the focal point and so we added a double row of ribbon just below the top tack pleats and down the leading edges in a soft pink.  Just stunning don't you think??

The simple pleat style and soft pink ribbon are just right and the satin brass hardware from our online shop finishes it perfectly, just the way we like it!  

You can find all the drapery details here and we've added a soft blue and soft grey ribbon option as well so there is something for everyone!  If you need help figuring out how to measure, what size you need or which hardware items to order we are happy to walk you through that as well!  Drop us a line here!  Perfect custom drapery is what we love and we look forward to working with you!  

How Long Should Your Drapes Be?

How Long Should Your Drapes Be?

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, oakville, custom drapery, style, toronto, shop online, puddling, drapery length

We get asked all the time how long drapery should be and the answer is really a personal one!  

Here's a quick break down of the options and things to be mindful of:

Clearing

Drapery should never be shorter than 1/2" off the floor otherwise it looks like it wasn't made correctly much like pants that are too short!  Clearing the floor is a safe bet for homes that have young children and pets (like mine!).  By having the drapery off of the floor you maintain the cleanliness of the bottom hem and it works well for drapery that is open and closed often.  

Kissing

Kissing the floor is our most popular ordered length and the hardest to get just right!  When the drapery is kissing the floor it is just meeting the floor surface without creating any folds in the fabric.  A light smooch if you will!

Breaking

This is when the fabric is on the floor 1/2" to 1" and breaks like the hem of a pant on a shoe.  We see this ordered very frequently.  This creates a soft and luxurious look and also helps to anchor the folds of the pleats.  It's great for fabrics that are susceptible to stretching and shrinking in humidity like linen as it masks the length variance.  It's also great for homes where the floors are not entirely level.  It can mask a multitude of sins!

Resting

When a drape is resting on the floor the fabric sits 2"-3" on the floor.  A bit more added luxury than the break and gives an even greater amount of fabric to anchor the shape of the pleats.  We love to see the fabric bend at the floor and be dress so it looks tidy yet relaxed.  We joke that drapery that is resting is more a french kiss (wink wink).

Puddling

A much more traditional choice is when a drape puddles on the floor.  This puddling is standard 8" on the floor but applies to anything 5" or longer.  A true puddle allows you to turn the hem of the drape under and create a pool of fabric at the base of your treatment.  

 

The best way to get the exact finish at the floor you want is to have your drapes made custom and with our workroom we work within an eighth of an inch accuracy so it's a perfect finish every time!  We offer shop at home service to homeowners in Southern Ontario and we ship our online product all over North America!  We are always happy to help walk you through the process of getting perfect drapery so please contact us today!

Shop At Home for Custom Drapery

Shop At Home for Custom Drapery

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, oakville, style, toronto, bedding, vaughan, shop at home, drapery, burlington, custom curtains, etobicoke, upholstery, valances, reupholstery

New Year = Fresh Start!  Update your home with custom drapery with Q. Design's Shop At Home service!  We bring our showroom to your door for selecting your fabrics and high quality hardware for your perfect window treatments in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Toronto, Etobicoke, Vaughan and Woodbridge.  We have a wide range of fabric and hardware along with blinds and shades to suit any budget or space.  We pride ourselves on helping you fit your style and colour scheme or if you need more help we can support you in selecting paint colours and other items as they coordinate with our perfect drapery.  We can also make custom bedding, valances and we offer upholstery and reupholstery if you need it!  Our pricing is exactly the same as other workrooms in the area like National Drapery.  If you have a quote from National Drapery we will match it and our quality is second to none!  Our previous clients have given us great reviews on Homestars and Houzz and are always impressed that we exceed their expections.  Our drapery and curtains are the best available in the greater Toronto area.  We hope you shop with us today!  We look forward to providing you with the best custom drapery and curtains, high quality blinds and shades, even motorized!  As well as great toss cushions, upholstery and reupholstery, custom valances and custom bedding!  Call us at 905-607-1040 to schedule your free shop at home appointment today or email us if you prefer!

Why choose the best?

Why choose the best?

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, oakville, custom drapery, toronto, designer, drapery, burlington, drapery hardware, designer workroom

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!

Hot Days Call For Drapery!

Hot Days Call For Drapery!

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

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!

~Lindsay

100% Linen Custom Drapery in a Ready Made Format - VOILA!

100% Linen Custom Drapery in a Ready Made Format - VOILA!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, oakville, custom drapery, style, toronto, pottery barn, restoration hardware, canadian, linen drapery, linen, linen curtains

Last week we covered how great our new ready made Perfect Panels are doing and how they are miraculously solving window covering issues everywhere and it's pretty great the feedback we are still getting!  This week I want to show you our 100% Linen Collection.  This collection is just the bees knees!  Sometimes a room needs a natural element to soften the hard edges of our finishes, hardwood, tile etc.  Human made fibers have their place too but the depth of colour you get and the natural look and feel when using natural products in custom drapery is a pretty special thing.  We are so happy to have both linen and silk (stay tuned next week!) offerings in our new Perfect Panels custom drapery ready mades.  If you love linen and are on a budget, these panels are for you!  No need to sacrifice quality for price point.  Don't shop Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn or Ikea when you can have these Perfect Panels at such a reasonable price!

100% Linen Collection

Our 100% Linen Collection offers 42 lovely colours to fit any colour scheme (see above).  There are even some bright colours for kids rooms!  The linen we use has a medium weight and has that trademark linen "lived in" look.  These panels bring a rustic and natural element to your space and won't ever look perfectly wrinkle free so if you can't live with a few wrinkles try the House Linen Collection!  The beauty of linen is that it adds a texture and is versatile and extremely durable and can withstand strong sun exposure. These 100% Linen Perfect Panels are fully customizable and ready in 2 weeks!  They come with 100% cotton lining and you choose your pleat style, length and widths.  So easy! They start at $204 per width.  You can customize these panels further and add banding details for $15 per band per width.  Custom drapery with our great quality doesn't have to cost a fortune!  Stay with me next week as we ooooh and aaaah over our 100% silk collection!

Welcome to our new online home! ~ Lindsay

Welcome to our new online home! ~ Lindsay

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, mississauga, oakville, custom drapery, toronto, working mom, bedding, family life, family business

Hey Laura (and everyone else!),

Welcome to our new online home and our brand new blog!!  I've worked so hard getting this ready and I'm so proud to share it with you!  

Here is a little bit about me and my life at present for those out there in the blogosphere (Laura, you already know WAY more than you’d like about me after sitting 6 feet away from me my entire pregnancy) but let’s get all those new folks up to speed! 

I’m Lindsay Woods and I own Q. Design Drapery & Design Resource Centre with my mom.  From a very young age she instilled a passion for working hard and a true love of what we call "touching the fabrics".  We never tire of finding ways to bring great quality to our clients and also feeling passionate about textiles and drapery in all of their forms.  Another great development is that both of my sisters have recently taken up residence on our staff which has been great since I gave birth to my THIRD baby 6 months ago and I love being home with him as much as I can! 

I have a phenomenal husband, Adam, a super neat-o daughter Quinn who is 7, a very smart and spiffy son, Henry who is 4 and I spend a lot of my time right now in the house, working on our business, setting up new contacts and playing with and feeding my newest human, Sebastian and that got me thinking!  Laura is sitting at her desk, surrounded by gorgeous cobistyle drapery and our new readymade lines and steps from the gorgeous showroom...

...that we built 2.5 years ago and only a hop skip and jump from our humming workroom...

...that is constantly churning our gorgeous drapery, bedding and softgoods for designers and homeowners in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Muskoka, Toronto – actually, can you get there by car?  We will make your drapes!!  So why not start a blog conversation?  You are a young, urban dweller with a great eye and a design education and I’m a young (almost! Come on!) suburbanite with 3 kids and an SUV, surely you can teach me a thing or two about how to make my house and windows more hip (am I dating myself?  Who says hip???) and I can tell you all about the ins and outs of running a booming drapery business while raising a young family and the trials and tribulations of covering up those windows so nobody can see the mess that a family can make inside!

You in??

~Linds