Because seeing is believing…
The possibilities seem limitless, the choices unending, when it comes time to start planning a remodel. The shops and showrooms on the following pages understand this. Many have arranged complete vignettes that incorporate all of the elements you’ll need for a successful remodel.
Window Express & Gotcha Covered Fabrics
91 Mid-Tech Dr., Unit A, West Yarmouth; 508-778-0708
Window Express and Gotcha Covered Fabrics, although off the beaten path, is well worth the visit for those looking to upgrade their window treatments. With great customer service and quality products, it’s not surprising that Window Express has been in business for more than four decades.
“You can’t be in business for over forty years unless you’ve provided quality products and have satisfied customers,” says Harris, who runs the business alongside her son and husband, both master window treatment installers.
Window Express offers an array of window treatment solutions, from custom fabric window coverings to shades, shutters and blinds. The deceptively spacious showroom has a book room, where sample books of indoor, outdoor and upholstery fabrics are tidily displayed alongside trims and hardware. “I am really into organization,” says Harris, which is a trait that serves her well as a longstanding business owner and design consultant.
The showroom also has a fabric display area at the front of the store, an in-stock fabric section and a Hunter Douglas Gallery showroom filled with the latest designs in blinds, shades and shutters. “It helps to educate clients on the options available,” says Harris.
“Window treatment innovation is always changing. If you got blinds five years ago, there are different products out there now that you may also want to look at,” says Harris. One of the most innovative products on the market today is Hunter Douglas shades with PowerView™, which is controlled from a remote control, iPad or smartphone. “[The industry is] trying to do away with cords for child and pet safety,” explains Harris, “so motorization is big.”
In addition to offering custom fabric window treatments and Hunter Douglas shades, blinds and shutters, Window Express also provides upholstery services as well as custom-made seat cushions and slipcovers.
800 Main St., Dennis; 508-385-3410
It’s easy to get lost amidst the sea of coastal-inspired businesses on Cape Cod. But Deep BLUE, a home décor shop and gift store owned by longtime friends and business partners Bridget Cahill and Amy Mason, is a breath of fresh (coastal) air. “We wanted it to feel beachy,” Mason explains, “like summer year-round.” Cahill, underscoring this point, swiftly sums up the shop’s aesthetic as “beachy-farmhouse.”
Originally a horse barn built in 1865, the storefront is a fitting space for beachy farmhouse home décor. Open and airy with rustic barn board floors and exposed beams, the 900-square-foot shop has enough space to accommodate an upstairs office (where Cahill, who also designs bathroom and kitchen remodels, operates Seaside Baths) and a showroom on the first floor that is filled with unique home accessories, local artwork, refinished furniture and Mason’s sea-themed handiwork.
Mason, an illustrator and graphic designer by trade, started Stony Brook Design in 1998 as a creative outlet for her talents. Her greeting cards and “bold and happy seashore” textiles are now an integral part of Deep BLUE’s coastal-casual brand of gifts and home wares. “All my designs tend to be whimsical,” says Mason, including her fabric line, which can be purchased by the yard or used as the foundation for custom pillows, lampshades, seat cushions and covers.
Cahill and Mason, who share a wildly contagious passion and enthusiasm for design, hope to inspire customers with their business. “We would like to think that we are a place where someone could come and find this one special piece, whether it is a small piece or a big piece, whatever it is, that floats their boat,” says Mason with a smile. And who knows? That purchase may spur a whole new design concept for the home because, says Mason, “You never know where that inspiration is going to come from.”
24 Elm St., Cohasset; 781-383-0684
Fleming’s Lighting mixes old-fashioned customer service with the latest in lighting solutions. Stepping into the shop, located inside a quaint 18th-century building in Cohasset Village, is indeed like traveling back in time. “We are very personable,” says Frank Smith, who in 1983, bought the business that he manages with his wife and co-owner, Joy. “We started out offering lamps and shades and evolved over the years into a full lighting source,” Frank says.
The shop displays hundreds of lighting options from more than 50 top design brands. Look up, and you’ll find an impressive selection of pendants, chandeliers,
flush- and semi-flush-mount ceiling lights, as well as indoor and outdoor lanterns, hanging from the lofty 13-foot ceiling; look left and right and you’ll see wall sconces, picture lights and table and floor lamps sharing space with a variety of gifts and decorative accessories. “The breadth of what we have here is exciting,” exclaims Frank, who adds that if customers can’t find what they are looking for, he and the staff are happy to search for just the right solution and order it.
Fleming’s also offers design services, employing lighting design consultants who are experts in ambient, task (including under-cabinet) and accent lighting. Lighting design consultant Megan Broderick explains, “We provide our customers with in-depth information about a product, like its functionality, our experiences with that product, its durability in a coastal environment-—that kind of knowledge so they know what they are buying.” Here, customers also have the option to try out a product, says Frank, and “If you don’t like it, you can bring it back within 30 days.”(A restocking fee may apply.) All these extra services have made Fleming’s a popular lighting resource with a devoted following. “Today,” says Frank, “we have customers who first visited Fleming’s with their parents, and now they are buying lighting for their own homes.”