Laura Manning Bendik

(301) 467-6706

Business Description
I am a professional interior designer specializing in model home design and residential interiors. I have 20 years of experience working with national builders (i.e. Winchester Homes, Stanley Martin, Ryan and NV Homes) and their homeowners.

I will travel to your home and meet with you to gather information and photos to create an "Action Plan" for the areas of your home that you would like help with. We will discuss your likes and dislikes, color preferences and furniture styles. We will also go over the things that you would like to keep in the existing space(s) ,what things you envision adding and your budget for doing so.

I will deliver a typewritten "Action Plan" back to you within one week of the initial meeting. It will include step by step details to create the dream interior that you have always wanted. The "Action Plan" will also include paint selections, finely detailed concept sketches of your spaces and lists of retail and trade sources for furniture, art and accessories.

Please call or email me to set up a meeting to start your "Action Plan".
Ellicott City, MD US 
laura bendik 
8785 Stonehouse Drive,
Ellicott City, Maryland,
United States, 21043 
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Wildflower Designs Unlimited, LLC
I was a window treatment specialist for almost 40 years. Styles come and go, standard fullness changes and local preferences vary dramatically. When I was a young student doing my OJT in a "drapery workroom", the standard for fullness was only double and hems and headings were turned under 1" and then 4". Far less full than todays standard unless you buy your window treatments at K-Mart. But then all things Country came into popularity in this rural area along with gathered cotton curtains up to 5 times fullness and always tied back. Thankfully that style passed.
There was a time when every middle class home hired someone like me to design their window treatments about every 15 years like clockwork. That has all changed with the younger generations as they do the Pottery Barn thing and send their possessions to a landfill every 5 years or so. Notice I refer to the Middle Class. The only Upper Class people in this area, those who still want the luxury of custom window treatments hire designers from more urban areas.
What I am trying to express is that home-owners have the right to decorate their homes as they wish, styles come and go and as a designer, you can only guide your clients in what is appropriate. If they truly want swags or lace or Austrian shades, so be it. But our job is to design them tastefully. I find it truly arrogant when designers feel they must have a "signature" look and refuse to listen to their clients and their real wants or desires. Even Austrian shades or antique satin swags can be designed tastefully..... It's all a matter of skill.
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Leah McGrew
I only worry about privacy in the front of my house, but I'm not that concerned about looks. The back of my kitchen has no curtains at all, the trees provide the privacy in the summer when most people in the apartments out back might be standing around looking at us. The other reason for curtains in my house is in the bedrooms for light control. Here I have the issues of window air conditioners, and the curtains have to be above them.

I have made most of the curtains in my house, or at least adapted bought curtains. I personally don't care for the "puddling" of drapes, but that's because I have 2 blind roommates and cats who think puddled drapes are good places to sleep (actually attempted to pull down a drape in the living room before I replaced them.) I now have tab top curtains in there with pockets, just because I think they are cute. These are one of two sets I bought and the only one I haven't actually sewed to adapt, instead using cute, cheap, broaches to pin it up over the ac and to keep them closed. I would actually love to make my own out of old jeans and have even smaller pockets but that's a chore for a different time.
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