This was a very complicated cornice job for a baby nursery. We fabricated one of the cornices to fit the slanted ceiling.
Interior Design Services
"Crafting Art from Fabrics"
40 Rockbridge Rd, Suite 300, Lilburn, GA 30047
Judy Alcorn started this business exactly 40 years ago in her garage. I bought it from her in March so that she could retire.
We aren't very active on social media currently. Our website is Interior-Designer-SVC.com. Being updated soon to reflect the change in ownership.
I would say that this is a super helpful group of very experienced workroom owners and designers. All the veterans are more than willing to share their knowledge. Don't be afraid to ask any question as these folks have seen it all.
I really enjoy the great people that make up my workroom and the variety of the different projects and fabrics. It's just a lot of fun to see the projects come together and add to the beauty of our customer's homes and businesses.
Being an avid runner, I am seeking to break the 4 hour mark in a full marathon. While having competed in 25+ half marathons (13 miles), I've only completed one full marathon (26 miles).
I like the KISS principle: (Keep it Simple, Stupid). Make your processes/procedures/answers as straight forward and easy to understand as possible. No one likes it complicated.
I've been lucky to have traveled to all the continents of the world except Antarctica. There are so many adventures I've enjoyed from hiking the Great Wall of China to riding an elephant in Cambodia to a safari in Uganda to diving the Great Barrier Reef to ziplining jungles in Costa Rica, it's really hard to pick a favorite. I will say that Cape Town, South Africa, was one of my absolute favorite places to have seen. It is a stunning place that I want to travel to see again. And then maybe jump over to Antarctica...
Drapery Specialist at Dutchmans Casual Living
Address 4400 Bankers Circle Suite I, Atlanta, GA 30360
Facebook: @dutchmansdesigns· Furniture
Instagram @ dutchmanscasual
After I graduated from High School, I started working at Forsyth Fabrics in their trim department in 1998. I was taking classes in Atlanta with the intention of receiving an Interior Design degree. I ended up falling in with textiles and decided to move to Columbus, Ohio, to pursue a degree in Textiles and Clothing. While in school, I also worked for Calico Corners. I learned so much about draperies and custom-made products it became a new passion of mine. After receiving my B.S in Textiles from Ohio State, I moved back to Atlanta and started working for workrooms and furniture manufacturers. I currently work for Dutchmans Casual Living as their drapery specialist. I support all 5 locations with all their drapery projects. I love training new designers and sharing my knowledge of what I have learned through my career.
I would encourage them to become a member because of the networking and friendships that are made in this group. I am new to the WCAA but have already found it to be extremely valuable.
I love that I can be creative and share my talents with other people. I have made some amazing friendships with clients and co-workers in this field. Our industry is always coming up with new products which keeps it exciting.
I would like to learn more about motorization and do a project for a client!
I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in March of 2020. I fought my battle through Covid and ended up beating it with the help of my amazing support team. I am so grateful to have been given a second chance in life and to be able to continue to work in the field I love.
Facebook @splendid drapes
Phyllis started my drapery business 7 years ago, mainly part time. Transitioning from apparel, I have a degree in fashion Design from American Intercontinental university and continued education certificates from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I worked in different areas in the fashion industry in New York but mainly pattern drafting and draping in sample rooms where I worked primarily with designers to bring sketch concepts to sample products.
It is an invaluable organization. Meeting all the wonderful ladies and gents in the business community is nothing short of inspiring, educational, and packed wealth of experience, wisdom, and lasting friendships.
I enjoy trying to figure out how to tackle a project (especially one of a kind!) and getting it accomplished.
Pottery or glass sculpturing- I love the art of molding unshaped media into something beautiful.
"Do Good and Good will come to you"…Author ‘unknown’.
I have a 5 language fluently and sometimes I find myself reasoning/thinking/calculating in one and having to translate my thought process. It delays my output.
Facebook & Insta: @jlsdesignstn
Houzz/Google: JLS Designs
My first experience was the holiday party a few years back just before COVID kicked back up again. Everyone was so welcoming as it was my first in person meeting with the group.
I Love the people I get to meet, the problems I solve and that my office changes daily.
I have worked in my high profile homes in and around the Nashville area, from artists, singers, football players and coaches.
My biggest challenge right now is “expanding” my business to the ATL area from being in Nashville for 22 years. I am starting over with growing my clientele and getting to know my target markets. It’s a challenge and I am up for it!
I love to travel, so it would be hard for me to pick but I would say my most favorite recently was Turks and Caicos. My husband and I were married there while on vacation over the Christmas break and it was perfect!
When I was in high school in Texas I raised a pig for the FFA and show it. The local grocery store bought her. Her name was Piggy Sue.
Skydiving and Bungee Jumping.
Like most of us, we wear many hats since we work alone. I tend to try and get a workout in first thing (it doesn’t happen if I don’t), race to appointments, try to get a quote, order or emails done in between, race home to keep working or hit the grocery store for dinner ingredients. After dinner, we typically grab a glass of wine and catch up on our shows or watch a movie and then head to bed to start the race all over again the next day.
On a rainy day, I love to stay in bed under the covers. On a sunny day, I love being outside. I could be walking, running, biking, reading a book or napping in my porch swing.
I started my business in January of 2005 after a 20-year career with a Fortune 500 Corporation, first in Dayton OH, then Des Moines, IA, and now in the Atlanta area since 2020.
Haston Interiors offers complete design services including
.....But my favorite room to design is the Bedroom. I love the array of fabrics you can use for custom bedding and coordinating accessories.
I am relatively new to WCAA Atlanta but have found the members to be a great supportive group of professionals who help each other and freely share their resources with the “newbie”. My membership has been a worthwhile investment.
My most enjoyable moment of any project in my business is the reveal and the look on the client’s face when they see the transformation of their space. When they cry, yes, sometimes they do, I feel their emotion too. That makes all the work that was put into it worth every minute.
“They” say that no matter how old you are, you never stop learning. Another thing I have heard over the years is that if you love what you do, you will be successful. I believe that to be true but, you must put in the work to find the best way to do things and always make your customer feel that they are the most important person at that moment.
My favorite thing to do is travel. I have been to 47 states and 12 foreign countries. Thankfully, my husband does as well, and we have had many adventures. The most memorable place has always been the Grand Canyon. The first time I saw it I was 12. My father insisted that we got up very early and be on the rim at sunrise. It was an amazing site and the vastness of it was breathtaking. As the sun inched up over the horizon, the shadows moved, the colors changed, and the whole canyon took on a life of its own. Several years ago, I was able to introduce my husband to it for the first time. It was winter with snow in pockets in the crevices. The color palette was totally different. It was another way for me to see it and now he is hooked.
Chic Unique Designs, LLC
Facebook.com/Chic Unique Designs
Houzz.com/pro/Chic Unique Designs
FAVORITE PROJECT- RAISED SWAGS
I started my business back in 2004 after completing courses at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy. I've been a member of the Window Covering Association since 2007.
The benefits of joining WCAA are immeasurable. The organization offers excellent opportunities to stay on top of new trends and techniques in our industry which are offered on the national and local levels. It is a valuable support system for your business with the added benefit of learning and sharing from other members. Camaraderie among the Atlanta chapter makes the membership more than worthwhile. Members are always willing to share resources, ideas, and sometimes potential clients.
One achievement that stands out for me was being selected to decorate the White House for Christmas in 2012. Just reading the acceptance letter from the White House was exhilarating enough, but the experience to actually work in "The People's House" was incredible. I spent one full wonderful week working with a design team assigned to decorate the East Room and marveled in its history. The end result was stunning and featured on HGTV. It was truly an unforgettable honor.
Graphic Design..There are several programs (Affinity Designer, Inkscape,Canva) I want to learn, but finding the time...you know the rest.
This was shared by one of my childhood friends, and is an appropriate reminder for our busy lives, " Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you." (Anne Lamott).
On a 2004 Girls Trip, I worked up the nerve to go zip lining in the rainforest of Costa Rica. I was so nervous the whole time we were getting strapped up with the harnesses, helmets and ropes. Then we headed to the first platform from which to push off. What was I thinking?! We ziplined to fifteen different platforms of varying heights, and at one, we rappelled 17 feet down a tree by a rope. By the time we reached the last platform, I was comfortable enough (or foolish enough) to zip backwards and upside down, while looking at the jungle below! After we finished, I realized I had my camera around my neck, tucked in my shirt. Fortunately, it was still there, and I lived to tell about that foolish fun.
Sew Cozy Interiors, LLC
4002 Highway 78
Snellville, Georgia 30039
Google My Business/Sew Cozy Interiors
We have been in business serving the public for 19 years. Initially started part-time for the lst 6 years then last 13 years has been full time. We started our business in 2002.
-Measure and Installations of Drapery
-Soft Furnishings fabrication for the Home.
Do you want access to local and National workrooms that can help in problem solving?
Do you enjoy like minded professionals who thrive for the pinnacle of our profession?
Do you want to keep up with trends and changing rules regarding Window Treatment Safety?
Do you want to network with some of the largest, most successful workrooms in the area and show your clients your professional edge for knowledge, access to wholesale only accounts and material?
Most enjoyed about the business is the install or delivery of products. I love when the client is pleased with the product. To see sincere joy, happiness, glee! It is priceless. Because there is so much thought, math, time, preparation, anguish, and yes, sometimes worry about if everything is going to go right at the install. I love the tips and referrals the best!!!
Don’t talk about Money, Religion or Politics in Mixed company.
My favorite place I visited was the Royal School of Needlework in England. In 2017. I took a class in Whitework, which is found on a lot of ceremonial pieces, like bridal or christening gowns. I’ve always adored Needlework. It was a beautiful Castle and the artisanship, attention to detail and attention to perfecting the skill of hand embroidery is phenomenal.
SCARLET THREAD CONSULTING
Facebook: Scarlet Thread Consulting
There have been so many memorable experiences with WCAA Atlanta that I don’t think I can narrow it down. Having been a member for a very long time, I have seen the chapter go through success and challenges. What I would say overall makes the chapter so memorable is the lasting friendships and support that come out of working together side by side to build our businesses.
I think what I am most proud of is that I am still in business after 21 years. And what is so cool is the trajectory my business has taken. I started as a small, home-based workroom. Began working with designers, started teaching at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy, became an owner of the Academy with a partner group, sold, began coaching, started a podcast and authored a book. All these experiences in our industry have allowed me to make a lasting impact on other businesses and their ability to be financially stable and viable. And their success is the best part of all that I have done and continue to do.
I would love to be able to sketch and watercolor on the spot – and have it be beautiful. Kind of like the beautiful designs Leslie Fehling creates.
I think some of the best advice I have gotten is to consider what I do best and then focus on making that stronger. I don’t have to be or offer all that everyone else wants.
On a rainy day one of my most favorite things to do is to sit on my porch on the sofa, wrap up in a light blanket with my two little dogs, Abigail and Khloe, and grab a great book. Reading is my escape and on vacation I am known to read a fiction novel a day.
Resaca, GA (near Dalton)
Houzz: Lisa Jones Interiors
Favorite Project of
Lisa Jones Interiors, Inc.
I’ve been in business for 23 years and am now in school at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga finishing my interior design degree. I plan to continue operating my custom workroom but adding interior design services.
What I would say to someone considering WCAA is that the knowledge you will gain and the people you will get to know make it so worth it. I have been a member for 2 years, but because of Covid, then shoulder surgery, then school this last year, I have missed a lot of meetings. However, it’s been very nice being able to connect by email or text with other members for advice, technical help, or referrals. Being a one-person workroom can be very isolating at times, but being a member of WCAA has changed that.
What I enjoy most about what I do is using my design and fabricating skills to create custom, personalized soft furnishings for my clients and see them get excited about the finished product. I also enjoy the flexibility this career has given me, in that I have been able to work from home and raise my girls and be a part of all of their activities through the years.
If I could pick a new skill in an instant, it would definitely be cabinetmaking. I would be building custom cabinets all over my house and studio if I could do it!
I would choose a quote instead and my favorite quote is, “ Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Pablo Picasso.
I get up about 5:30am - drink coffee - drink more coffee - sit in my chair on the computer for a couple of hours reading emails, catching up on bookkeeping, placing fabric, hardware, and supply orders, and doing any homework for school then feed the cat, the horses, the chickens, and all the goats, and then myself head down to my basement studio and work all day on the jobs I have going, unless it’s a school day, in which case I leave at 6:30am for Chattanooga, go to class until 4:30pm; and then head home and get a little sewing or computer work done.
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