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yelenas designs inc  

PO Box 184 - Saint Charles, IL 60174
Custom drapery firm that designs and makes all our drapery. We also offer upholstery services and blind and shades

Dave Draves - 630-513-6705  


Blinds or Shades - Install or Replace
Drapes or Curtains - Install or Replace
Drapes or Curtains - Repair or Alter
Electronic Drape, Shade or Blind Opener - Install
Electronic Drape, Shade or Blind Opener - Repair or Service
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Questions & Answers
Q: What advice would you give to a customer looking to hire a company like yours?
A: When shopping for custom window treatments you should always make sure the firm you are dealing with is actually the workroom making the drapes. Very few firms actually make draperies most order their drapes from a large factory workroom or someone working from home with a basic home sewing machine. The most common problem that happens with this arrangement is the quality of the product, the restriction to the basics and mistakes in ordering that leaves the firm loosing money in the remake leaving you without a resolution. The other important advice I can give you is always compare exactly the same design and fabric. Custom drapery have so many difference in the amount of labor required from one design to the next that if you don't compare the same design you could be over paying.

Q: What is the most common type of project or service your company provides?
A: At Yelena's Designs we try to design the best window treatment for the room it will be in. One of our most popular designs is our split panel which is a drapery panel made from two fabrics. The first fabric is split in half and sewn on each side of the second fabric.

Q: In what ways is your company environmentally friendly?
A: In todays world the enviroment is a major issue. We make every attempt to respect the enviroment and many of our vendors do as well. We try to use fabrics made from recycled products when ever we can. We also incorporate energy effecient motors for our treatments.

Q: What would you like your customers to know about your company?
A: Yelena's Designs was started in 2000 by Yelena and Dave. We have four awards for our drapery, we have been fortunate enough to have worked on National Landmarked Projects and we have enoyed working on projects in Florida, Long Island, Hawaii, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Washington D.C, Indiana and France. We are a small husband and wife firm but, we are one of the best in the country and we love what we do.

Q: What is your company best known for?
A: We are best know for our unique drapery designs and superb quality

Q: What separates your company from the competition?
A: Our talent is the number one thing that seperates us from the rest. Custom window treatments is an art and to be one of the best you have to have talent.

Q: Does your company offer a warranty or guarantee?
A: We do offer a warranty, We warranty our draperies for 10 years from time of installation. Details of this warranty is on the back of every contract.

Q: What questions do customers most frequently ask you? What is your answer?
A: What is the process for getting window treatments? The process is as follows. First we come to your location, in the first meeting we will measure, take photos and discuss what you want to achomplish. We then return to our workroom and begin designing the best treatement for your windows. The second appointment we return to your location with fabrics, trims, hardware examples, designs and detailed estimates, During this meeting you wiil choose the design you like or we will work together to change the designs to meet your needs. This could be adjusting fabrics or design to acheive the look you want or the price you need.

Q: Does your company offer discounts to senior citizens or veterans?
A: Yes, we offer a 105 discount for seniors and veterans

Q: Describe a project or service that your company recently completed (include challenges, costs, and innovative solutions).
A: We had a project for a client in North Aurora who ownes a 200 year old estate in the North of France. The client came to us for window treatments after several disappointing meetings with firms in France. The challenge was how to design, make and deliver treatments for the entire estate without having been there. With photos of the estate and measurements supplied by the client we designed everyroom. Once we finished making all the treatments we built a large wooden container that we hung all the draperies, valances and blinds in. We placed several moisture absorbing crystal bags to help control wrinkling and had the container loaded into an international shipping container for the 2 month sea vogage to a port in France. All the treatments arrived in perfect condition with no wrinkling or puckering .

Q: Has your company received any awards?
A: We have received four awards from the International Window Coverings Competitions

Q: What forms of payment do you accept? (cash, check, credit cards, etc.)
A: We accept cash, check, credit cards

Project Gallery  
Yelena's Designs Making the Word a more Beautiful place

We started out in 2000 with a home sewing machine in the basement and the help of a fabric store called loomcraft. Every weekend Yelena would sit in Loomcraft and help the customers design draperies that is many cases she would be hired to make. In 2002 we moved into our first retail showroom in Batavia at Randall rd and Fabyan pkwy where we enjoyed 9 great years. In 2011 with a changing market we closed the showroom and moved to a strictly in-home service. With all the changes we have been blessed with wonderful clients and amazing projects. We have been blessed with a career we truly love
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Designing out of the box

We love to design new and interesting window treatments. We have been lucky enough to have several clients who share our passion. The kitchen window above is one example of this. A distressed white wood cornice with inset boxes for accessories a under compartment that holds the drapery hardware and a solar shade. Building this treatment was a lot of fun but hearing all the rave reviews from our client really made it worth the work
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This is a beatiful master bedroom design done in the white and silver color sceme. The drapes are accented by the crystal sheers.
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This kitchen bay window is framed by our arched flat valances with faux silk roman shades. This design adds softness and interest to a hard surface area
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This is a unique design for a kitchen. The custom distressed wood cornice complete with accessory cubbies and lighting also hides a solar shade under and these soft floral cotton print drapes. This design was created and made by Yelena's Designs.
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This sunroom treatment was awarded specialty window treatment in the International Window Coverings Ingenous Window treatments awards in Tampa Florida. This design was made with faux leather panels, chenille swags, iron hardware on the ceiling. This design is one of our most stunning works.
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Leather walls

This waiting area at the Xsport fitness in Massapequa Long Island New York is a unique wall upholstery project. Four foot diamond pattern with one inch decorative nail heads at the intersections make this waiting area special. The wall upholstery was done with a special track system.
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How We Charge For Our Services
Blinds or Shades - Install or Replace
- $75.00 to $225.00 fixed fee (standard, 4-bedroom house)
Blind installation is fairly straight forward a 4 bedroom 1500 sqft house would be $75 a 4 bedroom 3500 sqft house would be $150 and a large home over 3500 sqft would be $225

Drapes or Curtains - Install or Replace
- $160.00 to $600.00 fixed fee per window
Drapery installation is complicated, each treatment requires a different procedure, we typically charge by the contract not window, So if we are installing a room with 4 windows using decorative hardware and the drapes are made by us the cost would be $170. If we are installing a 2 story drapery made by us the cost is $600.

Drapes or Curtains - Repair or Alter
- $50.00 to $95.00 per hour (plus materials)
This pricing is extremely difficult to quote without having a product to quote. Alterations can be very simple or extremely difficult depending on the quality of the original work and the changes being made.

Electronic Drape, Shade or Blind Opener - Install
- $160.00 to $700.00 per window
Electronic or motorized window treatments require speciality tools and knowledge to install correctly, Depending on the manufacturer of the motors the programing can require a large effort.

Electronic Drape, Shade or Blind Opener - Repair or Service
- $65.00 to $100.00 per hour (plus materials)
Repairing electronic window treatments in most cases means removal and shop time to repair this is typically not a field repair

Furniture - Upholster
- $50.00 per hour (plus materials)
The pricing in this area is not by the hour. Upholstery is priced by the piece for this reason the avg low is the cost for a dining seat. Upholstery is always priced by the piece in the industry. A wingback chair normally has a labor rate of $450 the average sofa costs $700

Interior Decorators - Residential
- $95.00 to $135.00 per hour (plus materials)
Interior design is almost always priced by the hour

Interior Designers - Residential
- $75.00 to $115.00 per hour (plus materials)
interior decorating is a plan for the homeowner to implement

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