Everything You Need To Know About Custom Window Treatments


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By Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole and Kole Interior Design. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Even with the most picturesque view, great window treatments finish a room. Today, Joann and Kelly are joined by Tracie Bresnahan, the owner of Custom Creations with an impressive history in the home apparel industry. The three make a compelling case for investing in custom window treatments that will last. Tune in to this episode to hear about the importance of hardware, working with a designer, and having a great installer.


  • [03:35] Tracie talks about some common downfalls of ready-made window treatments.
  • [07:48] Working with a designer to create custom window treatments.
  • [09:15] The role hardware plays in window treatments.
  • [17:07] Tracie shares how people fall in love with motorization.
  • [23:01] Even shower curtains can benefit from being customized.
  • [25:27] Why having a trusted installer is crucial.


  • It does cost more to have custom window treatments, but it is an investment that will last. The quality of custom window treatments far outweighs ready-made window treatments.
  • It is important to contact a designer for custom window treatments. There is so much more involvement than just measuring and picking a fabric.
  • A trusted installer is crucial to the end product.


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Kandrac & Kole was voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and has been featured on HGTV as well as in The New York Times, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Home Magazine and many others as well as participants of the One Room Challenge Spring 2020. Kandrac & Kole has established a well known reputation for their approachable, dynamic personalities, their signature use of color and pattern and their one of a kind, custom designs.

As industry experts for residential and commercial design, Joann Kandrac & Kelly Kole share upbeat and entertaining narratives regarding their design projects, travels and personal stories on their popular blog, their podcast and via national speaking engagements. Joann and Kelly’s love and commitment to the power of interior design also extends towards their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala.

Tracie Bresnahan holds a bachelor’s degree in ApparelEngineering and a Master's degree in Quality AssuranceTechnology from Southern PolytechnicState University. She worked in the apparel and consumer products industries for 17years. Tracie openedCustom Creationsin 1996, fabricating custom window treatments and accessories. With her engineering background, she has built a business specializing in one-of-a-kind and challenging design solutions for clients as well as custom-designed upholstered furniture. Collaborating with her on some of her projects is her husband Brian, who has a degree in architectural engineering. He is a huge asset in designing and building custom projects with her for clients. She has been honored with several window-covering awards. 2020 Workroom of the Year•Member–Window Coverings Assoc. of America (WCAA)10+ years•WCAA National President, 2018-present•Atlanta Chapter Publicity Chairperson, 2013-2018•Atlanta Chapter Past President, 2012-2014•Atlanta ChapterPresident 2010-2012•Atlanta Chapter Secretary, Treasurer and Industry Partner Liaison (8 years)•Featured presenter at annual International Window Coverings Expo, 2010 and 2011


This episode is sponsored by Maxim Lighting. Maxim Lighting is a family-owned company founded byJacob Sperling, who immigrated to the United States and built this global brand as a creative visionary. Known for lighting fixtures that flawlessly mix the latest metals and technology into iconic designs, Maxim Lighting honors traditional, timeless styles while embracing the latest home fashions. Maxim speaks to today’s sophisticated designers and consumers who understand good design, quality, originality, and demand quality craftsmanship. Maxim Lighting is deeply grounded in family as the next generation of Sperlings, Naomi, Nathan, Adena andDahlia strengthen and expand the capabilities of the brand. The company’s family values and gratitude towards its loyal clientele shine through new ideas, new designs, and new services that come from a grounded tradition of customer service and excellence. Check them out at https://www.maximlighting.com.

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