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Contributor's Lounge

Our hand picked contributors bring decades of expertise from different areas of the industry including interior designers, installers, dealers, product manufacturers, and influencers. If you are interested in become a contributor too, please send us your information here to be considered.

Kelli Vitari

Olympic Designer Workroom specializes in all things custom window treatments and home décor -- anything from custom drapery and cornices to things like upholstery and bedding -- and services all of Western Washington state. What started as a workroom to the trade for soft furnishings has now expanded to offer hard treatments from Norman, ProDesign, and Tableaux for both wholesale and retail clients. I'm still a one-woman operation, but am quickly expanding! I have degrees in both Residential and Commercial Interior Design and have worked as a designer, a fabricator, and an installer - both independently and for other workrooms and design firms across the country. Over the last 15 years, my work has been featured in multiple Parade of Homes/Tour of Homes in various locations, on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in Architectural Digest, in the homes of many professional athletes and coaches, and in Window Fashion's Vision Magazine as a multiple winner of the IWCE sponsored Artisan Project.
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www.olympicdesignerworkroom.com

Marie Kurmin

Kurmin Kreations provides custom-made window treatments and window coverings, including curtains, drapes, shades, valances, and Hunter Douglas, Horizon and Alta blinds and shades to homeowners throughout the Greater Boston area, including the South Shore and Metro West, and on Cape Cod and the islands. We also custom design and fabricate throw pillows and bedding accessories, such as duvet covers, bed skirts, and accent pillows. In addition to working with homeowners, we also work in collaboration with the region’s finest interior designers. 

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www.kurminkreations.com

 

Gary Hudson

Installation Nation, LLC is a full turnkey measure and installation service company to the trade only. We provide services for every type of interior window fashion and outdoor shading solution. Our Core Team has more than 150 years off collective experience in virtually every aspect of the industry. Most of us have worked in the installation field, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and franchising over the years. Our depth of experience and knowledge throughout all of these sectors means that we know firsthand what our Customers want and need from an installation company.

https://www.installation-nation.com
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Cathy Wilkerson

Cathy Wilkerson has been a buyer and merchandiser in the home furnishings industry for over three decades. Cathy has developed product with leading textiles manufacturers in Europe, Asia and the US. She is currently the Territory Sales Manager for Norman Window Fashions. She has extensive knowledge in both soft and hard window treatments and textiles used at the window and upholstery.
Cathy a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Textile Design and has been a teacher in the CE department at RISD for over 10 years. She teaches a variety of courses in window treatments, textiles and color and design to interior design students. In her spare time Cathy loves to sew, knit, weave and dye with indigo pigment.
Cathy lives in Massachusetts with her husband Mark and their dog Olive.
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Lisa Hayse

Lisa is Co-Owner and Business Manager for Schammerhorn, Inc., a family owned company specializing in custom window treatments. Located in Wichita, KS, Schammerhorn services residential, commercial, to the trade, and interior design projects ranging from 1 shade to 500+. Hard treatments, soft treatments, bedding and more are ordered and built custom for each job. In addition to custom window treatments, we have extensive knowledge in motorization and automation, 3M Window Film, and we work with builders, architects, interior designers, and homeowners to specify best choices and power needs. Founded in 1932, our company has over 100 years of combined experience in the window treatment field. We provide quality products with outstanding service and enjoy working with our customers to deliver the best solutions possible.
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https://schammerhorn.com/

Julie Murphy

I began my foray into the art of window treatment fabrication as the sole proprietor of a home-based business in 2006. It was only natural that my passion fed a desire to expand capacity to meet the needs of my growing clientele. With the merger of two successful businesses in 2014 and the right team of skilled and experienced professionals, I could offer more designers a longer list of products and services without cutting out what I value the most: quality, efficiency, and collaboration.

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https://designerdraperiesofboston.com/

Jessica Taylor

For over 10 years, Jessica has helped build successful window coverings businesses in the Southwest. Total Blinds & Window Tinting is Northern New Mexico's only full service window covering business specializing in residential and commercial window coverings as well as residential and commercial window tinting and security film. Jessica is also the founder of the Window Covering Entrepreneur Organization, a community dedicated to personal and professional development for the window covering industry.

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https://www.wceorg.com/