The Design Process

Is it intimidating when considering the custom design process? How does this work? What if you have no idea what you want? Maybe all you know is that something is missing; cohesiveness or possibly the feel of home.

Posted on: 
January 11, 2024
Brenda Hite Baxter
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Initial Call

When you call our office you are connected with one of our talented designers. Custom Drapery Designs is a woman-owned and operated, award-winning, drapery design firm. We specialize in custom, couture drapery design, Hunter Douglas shades, motorization, custom bedding ensembles, and re-upholstery. We understand the first call can feel intimidating, but we want you to know it’s just us on the other end and we are looking forward to hearing from you! We assure you working together will be an enjoyable, informative and rewarding experience!

The initial conversation is to get to know you and hear about your design needs. We listen carefully to what is said and ask questions to better understand your personal design preference.

We take great pride in the complete scope of the project balancing well with your existing interior. It is important to complete your space and feel as if our custom project’s addition has now added purpose and interest.

With the initial call, be prepared to express your personal style, color preferences, and defined need.

  • Are you looking for light-filtering?  Possibly the evening sun is making its presence known in a not-so-great way in one of your rooms. Your investments, like the grand piano, hardwood floors and upholstery need to be protected from the harsh light. The proper drapery lining will assist with the privacy, full-function drapery as well as support the optimal flow for light filtering and ambiance.
  • Are you wanting full-function drapery or stationery? Are you are needing privacy in a room? Are you wanting the windows to further express your interior style? The addition of beautiful soft-flowing fabrics, or rich, bold color and texture, add depth and the right amount of personality to the space. Additionally, pleat styles for drapery headings equally allow you to express personal style. Function is another consideration such as motorization and scene programming for energy efficiency, comfort and convenience.
  • What is your style: modern, transitional, contemporary, or traditional?  Maybe you have not quite defined your style. Do not worry!  We can review your home’s architectural style and your current furnishings. We’ll hear about your existing color hues and ask about any art and area rugs to consider when balancing patterns and layering texture.
  • It is also important to discuss the project scope and desired investment value.

After gathering all of this information, it is time to schedule an in-home consultation so we may expand on our mission and present beautiful elements to inspire your projects direction.


This is the fun part!  After we have outlined your preference in the project’s investment, we are ready to schedule an in-home consultation where we share fabric inspirations, decorative trim embellishments, hardware ideas, optimal lining recommendations, and possibly Hunter Douglas shade samples for concept and function and visual understanding. We measure the windows and with the highlights from our meeting, head back to the design studio to complete the details for our presentation which two-dimensionally illustrates how our custom project will look three-dimensionally.


Our design studio is filled with beautiful materials from a vast compilation of national and international textile, trimming and hardware industry vendors. We have baskets with stunning hand selected inspiration fabrics organized by color group, as well as, fabric books loaded with brilliant texture. We have upholstery, velvets, chenille, cotton prints, silk textures, fine weaves, linen, and sheers. We also have hand selected a huge assortment of decorative braids and ornate passementerie for that perfect finish.

We have industry relationships with the finest custom drapery hardware from motorization and traverse, curve and bend, and forged iron, ALL with beautiful custom metal and wood finishes.

Custom Drapery Designs is a Centurion Showcase Hunter Douglas dealer and we have walls dedicated to shade sampling for better visual understanding of fashion and function. We have years of experience incorporating Hunter Douglas shades within our designs.


Visuals play such an important role in obtaining a better understanding of how the complete custom project will look at the finish. Once back in the office, we expand on the design highlighting the inspiration from our in-home consultation.  We hand sketch the design for an optimal visual, gather sampling of the materials, and hand select the custom hardware to compliment the final drapery design.


The presentation appointment is exciting! We present the final drapery design ensuring the full scope of design meets the original investment outlined. Our goal is to listen to your wish list and answer beyond your expectations.

Once the client has decided on the final drapery design and the initial investment complete, production begins!  Now the vision is 6-8 weeks away from coming to life.


Each project is professionally measured, and our designers personally manage each project from beginning to final installation.  During the measure, the workroom and designer will confirm every detail is outlined. The projects fabrics, decorative trim elements and custom hardware are purchased and await the completion of production.


Then it is here, installation day!  Our white glove professional installation team and your personal designer are there to ensure the project’s installation is a stress-free, successful experience.  We especially love to watch the unveiling and excitement in our client’s eyes when the completed installation is revealed. Our clients are very important to us and often become great friends and repeat clients.

Now that we have removed the feel of intimidation, let’s work together to find the feel of home!

The Design Process
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