Thursday, May 26, 2011

Maryland WCAA Shade Workshops

The Maryland Chapter of the Window Coverings Association America (WCAA) held a shade workshop on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  In this hands-on workshop members constructed Roman shades using the Sure-Shade Lift Band System from Rowley Company.

This was the chapter's second workshop using Rowley shade products.  Kris Ozgar, WCAA-MD Chapter President shared, "in the first workshop we constructed shades using the shroud cord method and in this workshop we used the lift bands.  Everyone enjoyed it so much! It is so much more fun with a group.  We had 10 chapter members attend this workshop that was held in my workroom".

 Members pictured are: Barb Morton,  Paula Snyder, Barb Smith, Jane Klinefelter, and Lydia Cress.  
Photo courtesy of Kris Osgar
The WCAA-MD chapter has 23 members of which 18 are workrooms.  It is an active chapter that meets once a month.  In addition to regularly scheduled business meetings, the group plans extra activities such as hands-on workshop events, field trips, and community service projects.  Thirteen of MD-WCAA member workrooms participated in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last summer in Baltimore.

To learn more about the WCAA and to find a chapter in your area, visit

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pillows Make the Outdoors Cozy

Outdoor living has become a popular lifestyle trend.  From seaside decks to city terraces, any outside space works for dining, entertaining or just relaxing.  One of the simplest ways to create instant outdoor living is with pillows.  Custom or ready-made, pillows add an easy touch of comfort and color.  Choose outdoor fabrics and washable inserts; the options are endless! Add pillows on benches, chairs or swings. Small lumbar pillows are the perfect size for cafe' size dining chairs and bolsters look smart on a chaise lounge.

Bright blue bullseye pillows from
A Turkish summer home features a tented deck with an endless view and endless pillows from
Rowley Company has the supplies you need to create outdoor pillows including Polyfoam Welt Cord, Outdoor Thread and Nylon or Molded Tooth Zippers.

 Relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rowley Company Exhibits at VISION-11 in Las Vegas

Rowley Company exhibited at VISION-11April 24-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This annual event sponsored by Window Fashion VISION magazine features seminars for industry professionals as well as exihibitors and attendees from all over the world.

View from the main aisle as you entered the exhibit hall.

Our booth was consistently busy and we enjoyed meeting customers, friends and associates and sharing our newest products including the stylish and modern Aria metal hardware line from Finestra® Decorative Hardware.

One of the Finestra® Decorative Hardware displays featuring Aria, the new metal collection.

Shade styles and lift systems were a hot topic at this years show and attendees spent time discussing the options available from Rowley Company including the Sure-Shade family of products.  Attendees had great questions and the input shared in invaluable to our continued development of products and services.

Susan Woodcock and Scott Rowley with attendees, answering questions about shade systems.
During the event, Rowley Company's Amy Johnson, Laurie Medford and Susan Woodcock were busy presenting seminars and demonstrations showcasing products and techniques on a wide variety of topics such as decorative hardware, linings, wave draperies, zippers, FirmaFlex, Italian stringing, laminated shades and much more. 

Laurie Medford demonstrates how to assemble traversing track hardware.
Thank you to everyone that visited our booth to see our display, place an order or just to say "hello".  We enjoyed being in the southwest and sharing Rowley Company products and services with you. 

The bedding display feature feather/down and polyester pillow forms plus a custom headboard with decorative hardware and buttons.
The grommet press was a popular display.  This photo was taken before the show floor opened, note how neat and tidy the grommet table is! After the show opened fabrics, grommets and buttons covered the table for attendees to try.