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 curtains, nursery drapery, alberta drapery

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!  

Online Shopping at Q!

Online Shopping at Q!

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

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, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, custom drapery, style

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

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!


Show & Share - Georgian College Design Expo

Show & Share - Georgian College Design Expo

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, ready made drapery, window treatments, custom drapery, style, working mom, decorators, designers, design expo, student, georgian college, trade show

As a small business owner my goal for 2015 was to say "YES" to things that I find scary or out of my comfort zone.  Sounds simple enough right?  Sure, easy for you to say!

Since January 1 I've really tried to open my mind to grow our business and it's working!  When Mary Dobson (or as she is known on social media marythecurtainlady) messaged me through Twitter to ask if we would be interested in having a booth at the Georgian College Design Expo my first inclination was to say "No thank you very much" because Marilyn was going on vacation at that time, we didn't have a trade show display/sign/thingies and well, to be honest, networking scares me!!  But I remembered my committment to saying "YES" and I could hear Wendy from Juice Marketing whispering "doooo iiiiitttt" and I did it, I said "YES!".  

So that lead to a month of frantically and carefully planning and plotting what to bring, how to pack it all and how to get everyone to our booth!  Thank goodness Laura is amazing and is also good at saying "YES" because she did so much to make it easy for us to attend and totally impress at the show.  We designed and ordered a roll up sign so the attendees would know who we are and what we do and the folks at Logo Print were amazing and fast and professional.  We built a drapery panel display from scratch to showcase our Perfect Panels custom made to order drapery curtain panels which turned out so much better than I imagined thanks to Crystal being so efficient with the staple gun and covering it in record time.  I made a couple of aprons advertising our draw for free drapes and we packed up all of our Etsy toss cushions and away we went.  As a last minute change of plans I ended up with my youngest son, Sebastian, along (because what is life without a curve ball or two?) so I had to whip him up a custom onesie as well and off we went!   

We met up with lovely students from the Design Program and they were so helpfull getting us set up, helping with the baby and taking it all down when it was over so a great big thank you to them!!  We met up with some long lost sales reps that have moved north and also some new designers and decorators from the Collingwood area that were excited to have found us!  There were also several homeowners who were excited to hear about our Shop At Home service and that we would travel to Barrie, Holland Landing, Bradford, Muskoka or Collingwood.  More often than not people were delighted to hear that we could provide fast and efficent custom curtains, pillows and bedding and ship anywhere in Canada for free!  

Overall, I'm ecstatic I said "YES" and that it all worked out so well.  Next time someone asks us to do up a booth we are ready!!  If you know anywhere that is looking for a drapery speaker or set up we are the folks they need!  Thank you to our staff, extra thanks to Laura and a big thanks to Georgian College Design Expo for having us!  We can't wait to go back next year!!!  

100% Silk Collection - Ready Made Drapery Made Just For You!

100% Silk Collection - Ready Made Drapery Made Just For You!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, custom drapery, style, drapery linings, pottery barn, restoration hardware

If you've been following along as we roll out our new ready made lines, thank you!!  Here is a good look at our new 100% Silk Collection of ready made drapery curtain panels.  

Why Get 100% Silk Drapery Ready Mades?

These panels are made from the best of the best when it comes to ready made goods available and they come with our standard Q excellent quality so you can be sure to be amazed at how lovely they hang!

Our 100% Silk Collection offers 60 stunning colours of silk (see above).  Each panel is handmade in Canada in our workroom in Mississauga, Ontario (right on the border of Oakville).  Each panel is fully customizable and comes with 100% cotton lining and interlining or soft blackout lining and interlining.  What is interlining you ask?  Interlining is a layer of cotton flannel like material that is placed between the face fabric and the lining to protect the face fabric from the sun and also in the case of silk to give the panel weight and depth of colour to the sheen of the silk.  We never compromise and want each of our panels to be perfect so we insist silk be interlined each and every time for the perfect finish our clients have come to expect from us.  

The 100% Silk Perfect Panels start at $282 per perfect width.  

Like all of our Perfect Panels they are fully customizable, choose your heading pleat style, choose your lining and choose your length and width.  We want them to fit and hang perfectly and this price point is less that what you would pay for Restoration Hardware panels in their same category.  Trust me, these won't disappoint!  They ship in under 3 weeks or are ready for pick up if you live in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Toronto, Vaughan etc.  You can find them in our Etsy shop and soon you will be able to find them right here in our online store which is in the works!  Stay tuned!!

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!

House Linen Ready Made - Custom Drapery Made Fast For You!

House Linen Ready Made - Custom Drapery Made Fast For You!

KEYWORDS :: custom drapery workroom, ready made drapery, window treatments, curtains, mississauga, custom drapery, drapery linings, pottery barn, restoration hardware, buy curtains online, canadian, manufacturing, ready made curtains, ikea, buy drapery online

It's incredible what happens when you stop listening to that inner voice that says "you can't" do things.  We always said that our workroom makes custom drapery only.  For years we were rigid in our perception of what we could or should make and that served us well for a time.  After a while it became clear we needed to add blinds to our offering and much to Marilyn's dismay (she's always been partial to soft treatments, love her!) and so we softened our view of what we could do a bit.  

After we renovated and rebranded we really felt like we had the power to make changes in our business like never before and then after meeting Wendy from Juice Marketing Group our inner voice that said "you can't, you shouldn't, you won't" got a big "BE QUIET" and we have now taken a big leap in giving our market what it needed: A truly custom, fast turn around, well price, ready made product.  It was by opening our ears to what our client wanted and this is how our new collections of Perfect Panels came to be!

Seriously, we had no idea how much our market was needing this until we whispered it out into a mailing last month and BAM!  We've had literally tons of new clients walking through our doors wanting to learn more about what we have to offer!  Impressive!  This power of "YOU CAN" is really making changes in our business and our first up for the blogosphere is our stunning House Linen Collection!

Let me clarify what I mean when I say "ready made".  These panels are ready for you in under 2 weeks.  They are not ready for quick sale from our shop and I'll tell you why:  We want them to be perfect.  We want you to choose the perfect length, perfect lining, perfect pleat and perfect colour.  We could have them all ready to go but then you wouldn't get that perfect fit and look you deserve and the price would be the same!  When you are ready to order we will ask you all the right questions and you won't be disappointed!  Time and again we have been hearing the same response from our clients: "we were so happy with the way it turned out - flawless!" 

                      Available in 20 lovely colours to suit any space!

Why Get It?

If you are in the market for a linen blend that performs well, is easy to hang and look beautiful on it's own, is an excellent price point and comes in a bunch of soft, lovely colours then this is the ready made panel for you.  They start at $183 per width which is incredible for essentially a custom made drapery curtain panel.  It can be made to fit any size window and we can even sort out getting the hardware just right for you!  It will have our perfect hems, choice of cotton or blackout lining, perfect heading in whichever pleat you choose and it comes with the same quality as all of our custom drapery - perfect!  Because the fabric is blended linen with polyester it hangs without the lived in look of linen and is low maintenance as far as dressing is concerned.  It can be made with banding or ribbon details if you so desire for a minimal increase to the cost and it's available in our store in Mississauga, at the Oakville border (email Laura if you need help!) or online in our Etsy shop.  

  Above: House Linen Banded Perfect Panel in Cotton and Echo                  


This panel is perfect for bedrooms, family rooms, office areas, basements and dens and brings a custom drapery into your home without incurring the expense of our white glove Shop At Home service (which is also pretty amazing!).  We had a lovely couple in last week looking for something better than Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn or Ikea and they were over the moon to have found us, in their price range, with someone to answer all of their questions to make sure it's made to their liking.  It's a huge bonus that these are all handmade in Canada and there is no nasty exchange rate to contend with!

We've really hit the nail on the head with this one it seems!  Stay tuned for next week when I cover another one of the ready made collections available now at Q. Design!