I’ll get back to work shortly.
Have I properly introduced you all to the other half of DeCocco Design Drapes? Gail Healy is an expert seamstress who runs an amazing workroom (It’s Curtains) that produces high end, fully custom window treatments for area interior designers and customers all over the eastern half of the United States. I was one of those designers working with Gail and we always had FUN coming up with gorgeous drapes, valances, roman shades, etc. for my clients. We would often say that we wanted to find a way to work together more often.
Well, be careful what you wish for! Back in January of this year, I called Gail with the idea to start up DeCocco Design Drapes. She jumped on board with both feet and became a full partner in this new endeavor. Gail isn’t making our drapes–she’d have to clone herself many times over. We now have our own workroom to manage that task.
Gail’s enthusiasm, vast workroom knowledge, kindness, sense of humor and love of popcorn are evident every single day. On top of all that, Gail is into organization, research, record-keeping and financial responsibility. OMG! It was hard for me to even type that last sentence–I’m not saying I don’t share in those tasks, I’m just sayin’ I hate them.
Most of all, Gail loves her husband and kids, her boat and water skis, eating chocolate and popcorn (office staples) and to have fun. And to laugh. We laugh all the time, mostly at ourselves. Learning how to get an eCommerce site up has been quite the education and our brains are in flames by the end of many days, but it also has it’s share of hysterical moments.
Put those two halves together and you get DeCocco Design Drapes! Your online source to make your windows sparkle with style.
Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, isn’t it? Mother Nature really struts her stuff. You think green leaves and flowers in every shade are pretty? Then they all turn a riot of hot shades and it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road when you drive as the scenery is so stunning. Love it!
We start to think of fun holidays and gathering with family and friends, and of cozy evenings snuggling on the sofa. I might change out a few of the accent pillows, using richer colors and fuzzy textures and then put a warm throw over a chair near a big window with a beautiful view, but has a bit of a draft.
Flanking that beautiful-but-drafty window with a pair of gorgeous drapes in a color like Spicy Amber (shown here on our Modern Stripe pattern with q European header) is a quick and easy way to get ready for the season. We use a thick nap lining with this fabric, to give it nice body, but it also provides some great insulation against any coolness coming in from the window frame.
We’re very proud of our product. Gail and I wanted to offer something different, something better. Our fabrics come from some of the top fabric houses in the U. S.. The patterns are stylish with a timeless appeal and of a lovely weight–no flimsy stuff for us–or for you. These drapes will hang from their rods proudly, substantially, richly. The colors are glorious. Some are fun, some are elegant; they’re all exquisite.
We’re going to use this blog to talk about how easy it can be to put drapes in your home with spectacular effect. We’ll also talk about the differences in our drapes when compared with anything else in the marketplace, and occasionally show some sneak peaks of upcoming additions to our line of gorgeous drapery panels. It won’t be all drapes all the time, of course. I can’t help but throw in personal stuff and I want you to get to know Gail better. She’s a wonderful business partner and a great friend. Together, we eat a lot of popcorn and a little good chocolate during our workdays. We work very hard, but we also laugh A LOT in the office and on buying trips (and during meetings and on the phone and…).
So watch for posts about linings, hems, trims, swatches, lengths, headers, widths, rods, etc. So much goes into window treatments. But we’ve got it all covered for you at DeCocco Design Drapes. We’ve even put our email address right on the ordering pages of the website in case you need some professional advice before you order. Gail and I will personally help you make the right choice. And really, I can’t say it enough that we’ve made ordering online EASY. And shipping is free! Wait till you see.
Tomorrow is Labor Day. Boy, we have labored at DeCocco Design this year! Lots of great design projects, working with wonderful clients who wanted to see big changes in their homes. Dreamy stuff. At the same time we’ve been working to get the new website up and running to be able to launch the online Drapes collection. The picture above is my laptop keyboard. You can see that the letters are wearing off. There are also keys that are hanging on for dear life and a collection of cookie crumbs. It’s quite a sight. But all the work is about to pay off, as the website is scheduled to make it’s debut tomorrow. On Labor Day. Poetic justice, for sure. I thought we would launch on April Fools Day and I thought that would be appropriate. Ha. Tell God your plans and watch Her laugh.
Today I’m very antsy about the new site, so I took myself off to Macy’s to buy a new handbag. Nothing fancy–I’m as hard on handbags as I am on laptop keyboards. I replaced the old black bag with a new black bag. Every time I buy a different color bag, I regret it. Here’s a pic of the new handbag:
Looks a lot like the keyboard, doesn’t it? Has lots of nice pockets to stash a variety of supplies. Big sale at Macy’s today. Isn’t there a big sale at Macy’s every day? Hmmm, I can’t leave you with these dark and rather dreary pictures. Let me see what else I can dig up….
Oh yeah! The Beautyberry is in bloom. Such a pretty plant. And, even though the deer have obliterated my sweet patch of Black Eyed Susans, a couple showed up in a new spot:
And when our son, Chris, was visiting a week ago, he helped me plant a Fall garden. Very small, but all that I can handle right now. There will be several kinds of lettuces, spinach, peas and swiss chard. Chris is a great gardener. Things are sprouting already! I’ll get some pics for you. I want you to know that you don’t have to be neat and tidy and all Martha Stewart-ish to have a garden (I love Martha, but I cannot BE Martha-like).
We’ll talk again tomorrow.