Story by Pamela A. Keene
On August 9, Millie’s Drapery and Decorating had a rebirth of sorts, moving back to its long-time location at 1732 Cleveland Highway and a brand new building. “Our grand opening was exactly 12 months to the day from the fire we had last year,” says Chris Kinsey, office manager and third-generation businessman with Millie’s. “My great Aunt Mildred Dougherty started this business back in 1968, so that makes us almost 50 years old.”
Today the store is owned by Chris’ parents, June and John Kinsey. His sister Melissa Hulsey is the head designer. The store continues its tradition of creating window treatments and home décor for people across North Georgia. “Many people think we just make draperies, but we offer so much more, including shades, blinds and custom plantation shutters,” Chris says. “And we offer home décor and upholstery services, as well as rugs and an array of options that can really tie a home together.”
From valances and cornices to draperies and shutters, Millie’s stays current with home decorating trends. It offers a variety of fabrics in an array of colors, textures and patterns. “The classic look is making a comeback,” Chris says, “with people choosing straight pleated panels that either frame a window or are functional to open and close.”
He says that plantation shutters have become extremely popular and they’re available in many styles and colors. “We can custom match trim colors and stains, and they come in wide or narrow louvers, depending on the taste and style of the homeowner.” The store can also install arched shutters and offers different hanging options, including an inside-mount hanging strip that showcases the window trim.
Draperies have long been used to finish an interior design or to provide privacy, but Chris says that window treatments can also help decorate a room with light. “They can accentuate the natural light, just by the types of draperies, the style and design that you choose.”
Solid-colored textured linen fabric is popular for homes today, but he says the store’s customers also choose toile with its distinctive two-tone line illustrations or fabrics with prints such as paisley. Sheer panels are not as popular.
Because Millie’s makes window treatments and upholsters furniture, it’s easy to carry a design theme throughout a home. “Our designers are the stars, because they can help homeowners envision the look that is right for them,” he says. The store also makes custom bedding, pillows and other accessories, as well as rugs, lamps, decorative rods and finials.
“We think of ourselves as a one-stop shop for home décor,” Chris says. “And although we don’t do flooring, Dollar Floors has a store in our same building. In fact, they installed the flooring in our store.”
MIllie’s Drapery and Design is open 9 am. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the store at www.milliesdrapery.com or call 770-532-3819.
Here’s a quick drapery glossary:
Cornice – Header placed above a window to hide hardware, it is typically made of wood and covered with fabric.
Curtain – A panel of hemmed fabric that’s hung from a rod at the top of a window and either ends at the lower window sill or the floor. It may be unlined.
Draw Draperies – Pleated window treatments hung from a traverse rod that can be opened or closed.
Swag – Finished fabric that’s draped over a rod and may frame the top of a window.
Valance – short curtain that’s generally used at the top of a window to cover the drapery hardware or the tops of drapery panels.