"Make a template
and forget the math!"
furniture THRIFTING tips
how to make a TUFTED bench
don't mix CLEAN and DIRTY colors
real WORKROOM tour: the sophisticated touch
the transparency initiative – RESULTS
8 ways to FRESHEN your walls
control your FINANCES
busFIRST AID in the workroom
How to Make a Tufted Bench
by Caterina Meadows
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I found these cast iron legs at the Nashville Flea Market. They were perfect for my bench because they were 18" tall. My bed is on risers, so anything shorter looked like a step rather than a bench.
I decided I wanted my bench 10" narrower than my bed and not quite 2 ft deep. So I cut the 5/8" plywood and the 5" foam 65 x 22.
Build a square frame out of the 2 x 4 s the exact size of your board. This is called the riser.
My legs were pre-drilled, which means they are installed similar to a cabinet knob. The screw enters from the back - through the wood, then into the back of the leg.
We made a wedge for the inside corners of the riser to attach the legs in the corners since I didn't want them facing on the front or sides. We pre-drilled two holes in the wedge for the leg screws.
This is what they looked like when they were installed in the corners:
Prepare for Tufting
First, I determined the middle of the plywood with a vertical and horizontal line. Then I cut a piece of paper the size I wanted the tufted squares and centered it diagonally on the board as shown.
The diagonal lines should look like this. Drill holes in the corners of each square.
Position the plywood on top of the foam making sure it is aligned perfectly. Spray paint the holes so that the paint comes through to transfer the dot placement to the foam.
Cut the holes in the foam about 2" deep. A serrated edge knife works great unless you have one of these. I found this nifty tool in my husband’s workbench that works great. It's really meant for cutting wood.
Determine your Fabric Cut Size
Measure across the top of your foam, and down both sides.
Mine measured across the top and down the sides 65(top) +5(side) +5(side) = 75. From front to back and down the sides it was 22+5+5=32. So total it was 75x32.
Next, I determined how much to allow for each tuft. Push a cloth measuring tape all the way into the foam. I needed to allow 3" of fabric for each tuft.
I had 8 tufts across and 3 tufts front to back. I needed 3" of fabric for each tuft. So I allowed 24" (8x3) additional fabric for the width and 9" (3x3) additional fabric for the depth or length
My fabric needed to be 99"x41" (75+24) x (32+9). Add plenty to wrap around to staple, so my cut ended up being 105"x 47".
Lay Dacron or batting out on a flat surface.
Center foam, top side down on top of the batting then lay plywood on top also centered. Pull batting up on top of plywood and staple working from the middle out. Fold and tuck the corners. Make sure batting is smooth. Flip it over. Find the center of your fabric and place it directly on top of the center hole of the batting covered foam.
Cover your buttons with fabric. Fill the button with a little hot glue before clicking the back onto it. This helps the pin to stay secure after they are pulled into the tuft of the cushion.
Thread them with tufting twine or dental floss. Make sure you have enough length to go through the foam and plenty to tie off. I cut mine 18" long. Double the strands if you are using dental floss.
Pull the twine through from the bottom of the board working your way from the middle out. It helps to be able to get under the board so laying it on sawhorses or on two chairs works great.
Form tucks or folds between buttons as you go. It should look like this:
Wrap fabric around edges forming the pleats down the side of the foam and staple. Form uniform tucks at the corners.
Make your piping. When using piping on upholstery, it is recommended to cut it on the straight rather than on the bias like you would do if you were using it on a valance or pillow.
Staple piping onto the board so that the seam is even with the edge of the board and the cord sits just past the edge. Pulling it straight and tight. Clip seam allowance at corners so it turns easily
Staple cardboard tack strip so that it holds the piping straight along the edge.
It should look like this when you have all the buttons pulled and the piping/cardboard strip is stapled onto the back. Note the zigzag stapling of the cord. This keeps the buttons nice and tight
Cover the riser with batting and fabric.
We used L brackets to attach the platform to the riser base, and I stapled lining fabric on the bottom to finish it off.
Ta da! All finished and in place!
Fabric for the top of the bench
7/8” Cover Buttons (and fabric to cover)
Welt cord (fabric to cover)
5” foam sheet
2 2x4x6 boards
Drill and drill bits
Foam hole cutter or serrated edge knife
Fabric measuring tape
Caterina Meadows founded Pate-Meadows Designs over 25 years ago with her business partner Leigh Pate. Although Leigh retired in 2015, Caterina continues their legacy through many different outlets including window treatment pattern making, drapery hardware, and their You Tube Channel "OutOnThaPorch". Read full biography here.
8 Furniture Thrifting Tips
by Kippi O'Hern
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This article originally appeared in Kippi's blog, which you can read here.
Thrift Shops are all the rage right now and you never know what diamond you may find in the rough. Furniture is always our first stop in a thrift shop; looking for a chair to reupholster or a desk to make shabby chic. So we wanted to share some tricks of the trade to keep in mind next time you go "Goodwill hunting"!
Chairs and Sofas:
Always check out the legs of the chair! Sometimes you can find vintage chairs with wooden legs in mint condition – those are always a steal!
Check for missing parts. If the arm has come off the chair, don’t waste your time thinking you can repair it. You will likely run in to a slew of structural issues and a large headache. Know when to pass!
Don’t be deterred by atrocious fabrics! They did a lot of weird things in the 60’s and 70’s – some fabrics are super groovy, others hurt your eyes…don’t be deterred by ugly fabric. The fabric is the first thing to go when reupholstering or it isn’t visible when making a slipcover. Look past it and appreciate the chair for its unique style and excellent condition.
Just look at the overall condition. If springs are sprawling out and the back is torn up, you probably ought to pass. Look for finds in decent condition-there is such a thing as beyond repair.
Desks, Bookshelves, and tables:
Don’t buy composite…just don’t.
Look for solid wood. If you can’t lift it by yourself, that is probably a good sign that it is solid wood and that, my friends, is gold! These pieces can last hundreds of years if well-kept and can be a great focal point of the room when your project is complete!
Don’t worry about polishes and finishes on solid wood. You can easily sand off the varnishes that grace almost every piece of furniture at the thrift shop. Our FAVORITE way to transform ugly varnished pieces is Dixie Belle Paint, which we sell in our store and online. These are decorative chalk paints that last and give a beautiful texture and color to vintage pieces, bringing them into this century! If you’re a crafter and haven’t heard of Dixie Belle, you have not lived! These paints require little to no prep and look professional when you finish!
Go vintage! Don’t be afraid to explore with a piece from the 60’s because, with some love and elbow grease, you can make any old piece timeless!
A client of ours recently found an old, ugly chair at the thrift shop. By following these tips and having us reupholster it, she now has a beautiful, custom refurbished, inexpensive chair that she couldn’t love more!
Good luck with your "GoodWill hunting" and keep these tips in mind next time you’re at the thrift shop with $20 in your pocket! Make it fun and make it yours!
Patrick and Kippi O'Hern have been working together since 1989 on various home improvement and decorating projects. While attending the University of Maryland Kippi took textile classes which has helped them with assisting clients on which types of fabrics to use for any application. They both have personal strengths they bring to the job. Such as, Kippi has a design idea, but it seems impossible to execute a plan to achieve the results she wants, but Patrick has the vision to make it happen. They seem to tag team with each other while working. One of them is on either side of the cutting table, and they move about sharing the space and cutting without speaking and working together seamlessly getting the project completed.
Patrick is an expert, and award-winning, upholsterer. On the other hand, Kippi has won multiple slipcover awards, taught slipcover classes, and her designs have been featured in magazines. This project is a perfect example of them working together to accomplish the task.
We are pleased to announce WCMA awards for two products: Design Art Crystal on Iron Rods, and Iron Facia for Motorized and Manual Traversing Tracks.
Design Art Crystal on Iron Rods has won WCMA's 2017 Best Style Concept. It features five styles of beautiful 24% lead hand-cut crystal. Each comes with a standard base, but may be paired with Petite, Classic or Sculpted decorative bases. Brass hardware may be left unpainted to match gold tones, painted silver to match silver tones, or painted to match the pole finish. Every piece is hand-painted in 58 Décor Finishes or your own custom finish. Sculpted bases are also available in the Dual Finish System with 11 Accent Finishes.
Iron Facia for Motorized and Manual Traversing Tracks has won WCMA's 2017 Best Technical Innovation. Orion’s traversing systems come with many great features, plus plenty of options to choose from. Traversing collections are available in iron, wood, and lightweight embossed metal designs, in over 100 finishes and over 200 different finial styles. When using our traversing systems, draperies will open and close more easily than traditional rod and ring combinations, reducing wear and tear to keep them looking beautiful. Use them manually with cords or batons, or combine them with Somfy Motorization for smooth, quiet, and powerful motor operation. Heavy-duty single or double track systems are available up to 30 feet in length, are easy to use, and allow for a wide range of drapery styles. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to create that perfect design!
Real Workroom Tour:
The Sophisticated Touch
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Join Jeanelle Dech as she tours The Sophisticated Touch in Snellville, GA. You'll love meeting Pamela Lin and learning about the evolution of her workroom. Efficiency tips abound in this episode - from the color-arranged thread wall (with corresponding bobbins) to the clever use of vertical blind louvers as templates, you will be wildly impressed by Pamela's ingenuity!
Pamela Lin owns The Sophisticated Touch, a window coverings and soft furnishings studio in Snellville, Ga. Before coming to the U.S. from Taiwan in 1982, Pamela was a printed circuit board layout designer and technician. These graphics skills help her today with scaled drawings, window design, and fabrication. Pamela has been published in Drapery & Design Professional magazine and was an instructor for Custom Workroom Conference-17. She is a member of the Designers Workroom Council and is treasurer of WCAA’s Atlanta chapter.
Have you ever wondered about those Tootsie Pops in the bolts of Angel's Lining?
A visit to www.angelslinings.com solved the mystery! Read the story below:
What’s with the Sucker?
by Ralph Angel
When my wife and I started up this part of our company 20 years ago, the two of us did it all – orders, receiving, warehousing, billing, packing, and shipping. In the middle of a long workday, my wife unwrapped a Tootsie Pop. I asked for one myself, thinking a little sugar fix would help get me through the afternoon. While we were working and enjoying our suckers, my wife got a bright idea – what if we snuck a few Tootsie Pops into the tube that holds the fabric, for our customers to enjoy?
I wasn’t convinced. It would be a waste of money, and some customers might not appreciate the candy or even find it. We argued back and forth for a few days, and then my wife did what she wanted to do and didn’t bother to tell me.
A week later, I was taking phone orders and before hanging up a customer said, “I want to thank you for putting those Tootsie Pops in the fabric tube. You just made a very miserable day turn great and put a smile on everyone’s face in the workroom.”
I started to stammer and stutter, and then said, “My pleasure.”
Well, the rest is history, and we now spend $12,000 each year on Tootsie Pops to brighten everyone’s day. Our customers love getting them, and some of the stories I’ve heard about those suckers would have you falling on the floor laughing.
The moral of the story? Do what your wife tells you and don’t fight the system!
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First of all, no client will ever ask you to choose colors for their home based on the color wheel. They will never ask you to design window treatments using a complementary or triadic color scheme. Or, any of the other myriad of schemes based on the placement of colors around the wheel.
But, in terms of color...
He or she will ask you to find something that goes with the sofa or the walls. They may say they want the drapery to be light and flowing, or be a punch of color in the room, or be ‘fun and fresh’. These requirements all involve color.
If you are working with a color scheme – and you are when you design drapery – you need to understand some of what a color wheel tells you. It’s a tool.
The best way to describe color is to use the three comparisons below. Is the color:
warm, or cool?
light, or dark?
clean, or dirty?
Warm or Cool
Warm: from orange-red at the top of the wheel, through yellow and green to blue-green near the bottom.
Cool: from the start of blue-green to and through blue and to blue-red near the top of the color wheel.
The cool colors on the blue/red side tend to evoke a calm feeling more than the colors which are considered ‘warm’ which are more invigorating colors. Cool colors used in a north-facing room will accentuate the cooling effect of the Northern light which tends to cast a blue light, making rooms feel cool. Warm colors in the room will assist in reducing the cooling effect. Similarly, the colors from the cool side of the wheel tend to cool down the blazing east, south, or west heat of the summer sun.
Consider this: Just by looking at the rooms in the slide show below, which feels warm and which feels cool?
Light or Dark
Light: a color appears paler than another.
Dark: a color appears more intense than another.
And all of these are best described ‘in comparison to’. For example:
Clean or Dirty
Colors which sit on the outermost ring your color wheel are the pure unadulterated colors. These are sometimes described as jewel tones.
The muted version of the jewel tone is shown below in a rectangle outside this color wheel.
Muted, or dirty, colors are any jewel-toned color that has been muted through the addition of the complementary color. If your yellow paint is too bright and you ask the paint specialist to tone it down a bit, they will probably add some purple to the paint. Purple is the complementary color to yellow. In equal amounts the two together make gray.
Clean and dirty colors do not work together: clean colors intensify the muted aspect of dirty colors and make them look dirtier, or just plain ugly, in comparison.
Mixing warm and cool colors can be used to create high contrast.
Complementary colors are one cool and one warm, they are opposite each other on a color wheel.
Think of the Christmas colors of red and green. The complement to blue is orange; to yellow it’s purple, and so on.
Choosing a drapery color
How do you know if you should use warm or cool colors for the drapery? The wall color is your lead. Because the drapery will be juxtaposed against the wall color, the wall is the boss.
No mixing clean and dirty. Find the undertones in the wall paint and work with that. No putting yellow, gold, or orange-beige drapery on pink-beige walls. Blue drapes can look wonderful with pink-beige walls, but it is tricky because pink-beige is dirty. So, your blue needs to be muted, too. No robins-egg blue here.
Start looking around you for examples of mixing clean and dirty colors. You will see them everywhere, and they are almost always the combinations you look at and know something is off, but you don't know what it is. Now you will know.
Linda Erlam is the owner of Design Sewlutions, based in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. She is a Master Sewer and Interior Designer specializing in fabric-based home décor items. Linda designs and creates draperies, slipcovers, Roman blinds and bedding; she also assists clients with color coordination and furniture placement. Linda’s blog, Design Sewlutions Design Dilemmas is included on the recommended blog feeds page of the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library. Linda is the author of the e-book Window Treatments for Designers and Decorators, a reference for workrooms, designers, or retail clients. She is also the author of Everyday Design Dilemmas. Linda’s books are available for purchase on her website: Designsewlutions.ca
Don't Mix Your Cleans and Dirties
by Linda Erlam
Easy Spring Plus
by Elki Horn
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She makes it look so easy! Well, because it is. Watch as Elki shares how to install a shade fabricated with the Easy Spring Plus lift system on L-brackets, despite the head rail being in the way. This is a question that Elki gets frequently, so she's happy to demonstrate her method on a waterfall Roman shade as well as a reverse-roll shade.
Elki Horn opened Interior Elegance by Elki (located in Wayne, NJ) in 1993, after a nine-year collaboration with Calico Corners and a prior career as a dental hygienist. She is a master at workroom-designer communication. She has been a mentor to many starting workroom businesses and is passionate about sharing her methods and systems with others to increase workroom productivity and profit.
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It all started with a question during a meeting of the NJ Chapter of WCAA:
"What is my financial ceiling, if I work alone and don't want to work nights and weekends?"
And, so it began. Jeanelle Dech and Vita Vygovska met several times in the fall of 2017 to discuss the question, and the lack of industry information available to answer it. They saw an opportunity to lead the way and The Transparency Initiative was born.
The first activity of the program was a survey of custom soft furnishings professionals requesting basic information about business demographics and income. The short, anonymous survey was launched at the end of February 2018 and closed on April 20th. Nearly 400 business owners in the soft furnishings industry completed the questionnaire, creating a valid benchmark and a solid base to build upon with future data gathering efforts.
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How To Control
So They Don't
by Michele Williams
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This article originally appeared in Michele's blog which you can read here.
If I told you, “Start driving!”, your first question would be, “To where?!” It sure makes sense to have a direction before you put the pedal to the metal.
So then why would someone operate a business without a financial plan? It’s the same thing—how will you know where you’re going if you don’t have a sense of the numbers that will get you there?
The Scary Side Of Finances
The financials are the management side of the business, and so many creatives put energy into the product without much attention to the finances. Often, the financials are just plain scary – these are the numbers that indicate whether the business is a success or failure. Sometimes, there isn’t a knowledge base about finances to understand the terms or procedures to managing money; it’s confusing and therefore, scary to approach.
Either way, the numbers exist and ignoring them won’t serve you well. Your business must generate money to stay alive, and you better believe that it matters just as much as your production side. Don’t let your fear derail your business!
Get In Control Of Your Business
I have seen many clients discover that the numbers can be their friends and not their enemies. My knowledge about finances and understanding of their role in your business can be shared. Let me give you the power to control your finances!
Once you understand the numbers, much of the fear will dissipate. You can see your future and set your course based on our work today with your current finances; You can make forecasts, predictions, and begin to have a strategy for the future of your business; You can make decisions based on the cash flow and income statement so that you have a clear process to follow -- all by working with the numbers.
There is a clear before and after that comes from taking control of your finances. In the creative world, uncertainty is the nature of the work. However, it is possible to make some concrete and specific actions about your finances even in the face of the unknown. Once you can control those aspects, then you will see your business from a very different vantage point that puts you in a position of power.
Come work with me to reduce any fears about finances and embrace the numbers as your friend, and you will see the difference in your business. Click here to learn how you can start to unravel the mystery of the numbers, end your fears, and take charge of your finances and business.
Michele Williams is fiercely committed to guiding creative business owners in the understanding of complex business concepts and processes in a simplified way and helping them to be profitable at the same time.
Michele is the owner of The Scarlet Thread. She owns a drapery workroom as well as a strategic coaching business. Michele is a Profit First Certified Coach, and she is the president of the National WCAA and a member of the Atlanta and Virtual chapters of WCAA. Michele is also a member of WFCP, Design Collective, NAPW, and Designers’ Workroom Council. For more information go to www.scarletthreadconsulting.com .
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As a designer, I receive many calls from potential clients needing help decorating their walls, most without a clue as to where they should start. A method I like to begin with is taking inventory of what the client currently has that will work in their space, and then using some additional ideas to add more wall décor to their home. These are just a few of my favorite methods.
1. Inspirational framed words. Vinyl lettering doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture on the surface of a wall anymore. Try printing or stenciling your favorite inspirational quote on a piece of paper and framing it, or better yet use some old barn wood. Don’t forget, stand-alone words can dress up a wall as well, and those too do not have to be permanent.
2. Gallery wall. Grouping framed images together to create a statement; this look can be created in many different ways. Some of the most common types of groupings are a grid (symmetrical), linear (horizontal or vertical line) or salon style (placing your collection in close proximately of each other).
3. Mirrors, glass, and lucite. Mirrors provide visual depth, reflect light and come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and finishes to suit all types of décor. You can also group different mirrors to create a collage on a wall. Furthermore, light travels through lucite and glass objects due to its transparency and makes a room seem larger and less cluttered; think glass tables, lucite chairs, shelving, vases, etc.
4. Greenery. Invite Mother Nature inside your home. An essential (and my favorite) component within a room. Invest in urns with realistic looking boxwood leaves or grasses and floral to compliment any rooms décor. Stay away from prearranged floral and make an original arrangement following the palette you have chosen for your room.
5. Clocks. Big or small, a fun way to add some whimsy and purpose to a rooms décor. Feeling daring? Try a frameless version and attach the numbers right onto your wall. You can purchase kits online from various retailers.
6. Metal art. Mix up shapes, sizes, and finishes. Alone this can look cold and unfinished. However, when paired with other elements like glass and wood, metal artwork helps complete a cohesive look.
7. Empty frames, old windows, and shutters. Another favorite of mine since I often lean grouped items against a wall and arrange in layers to create dimension. This method is very versatile since I am not necessarily making holes in the client's wall to create this look.
8. Sconces. Adding light to a room with a candle, wired, plug-in or battery-operated wall sconce. This addition provides an added element of décor serving a functional purpose in a room. Use to complete a wall vignette, adding temporary or permanent architectural feature.
Jill Ragan Scully
Working as an interior designer, drapery workroom, and upholsterer for over 20 years, Jill has a strong passion for the soft furnishings industry. This diverse skill set is apparent in each room she designs for her clients. Recognizing a need for increased accessibility to a wider variety of products and services for her colleagues, Jill recently founded My Designer Concierge, a virtual design showroom and social media management company to the trade.
8 Ways to Freshen Up Your Walls
by Jill Ragan Scully
She's Coming to Philadelphia!
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Join Susan Woodcock and learn the steps for creating successful window treatment solutions by bringing design elements together in harmony. From color, fabric, and style, to layering hard and soft treatments, you will gain professional knowledge and tips for designing draperies, top treatments, shades, and blinds.
*This is a continuing education course specifically for Interior Designers and Custom Workrooms to earn 1 IDCEC approved credit.*
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Susan Woodcock owns Home Dec Gal a how-to sewing and decorating resource and custom workroom in western North Carolina, and is a Craftsy.com instructor and international speaker. She’s also worked in marketing and brand management and co-produces the Custom Workroom Conference with her husband, Rodger Walker. Susan’s publishing credits include Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades and Top Treatments (Singer, 2016). In 2017 Susan and Rodger founded Custom Workroom Technical Center, a hands-on training facility dedicated to the workroom industry. She credits her mother with teaching her to sew and inspiring her career of creativity.
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Welcome to a new feature of the Drapery & Design Digital Digest!
The Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library team will be searching Instagram for beautiful images for design and fabrication inspiration. If we select one of your photos for publication, we'll include a photo credit and link to your Instagram when we publish.
Here's how it works:
Follow csf_resource_library on Instagram, and we'll follow you back!
If we see a photo we'd like to include, we'll contact you for permission to use it.
Or, better yet, if you want to make sure we notice a certain image, give it a #csfrl and we'll check it out!
(Note: using #csfrl implies permission, so we may use in the Digital Digest - with photo credit and Instagram link, of course - without contacting you.)
We hope you enjoy this new feature. Flip through this month's photos in the slide show. We are looking forward to viewing your creations!
Photo credits and Instagram links:
Susan Woodcock: @homedecgal
Penny Bruce: @dentondrapes
Ceil DiGuglielmo: @CeilDi
Kelly McGrory: @coveredandsitched
Monique Becker: @becker_home
Amanda Smith: @sewunordinarydrapery
Patti Ayers: @pillowsandpleats
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The Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library presents Jeanelle Dech for this CIRCLE TIME broadcast on The Six C's of Pricing Custom Work.
Participate in this webinar to improve your quoting skills. Jeanelle explains the six C's of pricing (Costs, Competition, Creativity, Curve, and Confidence) and why they are critical to knowing your value as a custom soft furnishings professional.
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So, you’ve determined the number of pleats and spaces you need for a panel, but when you calculate your pleats you end up with some incomprehensible size like 8.3257”! What’s a workroom to do?!?
Go metric. Convert that ungainly 8.3257” into a manageable 21 cm or 211mm and you’re good to go!
Once you get your pleat size tap on “inch” then CONV (the yellow button on my calculator) then “cm” or “mm”.
I frequently use this conversion method when figuring pleats, and it works like a charm.
Judy Soccio is an award-winning window treatment specialist. Her company, Judy Soccio Designs, provides in-home consultation and full service design, fabrication and installation of window treatments with an emphasis on the vintage home.
Her work has been published in local, trade and national shelter magazines and she has written for Victorian Homes, Arts & Crafts Home and the Revival, WF Visions, and Drapery & Design Professional Magazine.
In addition to her daily adventures in the drapery trade, Judy is a frequent presenter at design schools and consumer events where she speaks on a variety of window treatment and self-promotion topics.
Quick Tip for a Measurement Challenge!
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Cover photo : Patti Ayers, Pillows and Pleats
Caterina Meadws, Pate-Meadows Designs
Kippi O'Hern, Kippi at Home
Jen Assetto, In the Fringe
Liz Kelly, The Workroom Channel
Jill Ragan Scully, My Designer Concierge
Judy Soccio, Judy Soccio Designs
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