“90s Selfie” Diane (Sunshine Designer), Christopher Lowell (TV Celebrity, Interior Designer), Linda (Sunshine Designer). Diane is still with us, and Linda is retired but still takes calls on request.
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Here’s a great pic of a few of our lady employees hanging out together at someone’s house. Nice hair!
“Definitely Not a Bored Room Meeting” Christopher Lowell chatting it up with some very happy employees. Design hard, play hard.
“Employees or Family?” Both. It wasn’t back then and isn’t uncommon now for the Sunshine family to hang out “just because”.
2019 Sunshine Drapery Team
Here’s a sneak peek into all the happenings in our Design Workroom.
Back in the 90s we rented out the Westport Playhouse where Christopher Lowell graciously gave an amazing presentation. Christopher Lowell is an interior designer and television personality. He is best known for hosting the television shows Interior Motives and The Christopher Lowell Show. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 for his work on the latter program.The event was completely sold out and all the proceeds went to a local charity. This picture shows the entire gang who helped put it all together.
We’re in the News!
Drapery Hardware over the years
Blinds, Shades, Shutters in Time
SEO – otherwise known as search engine optimization. Most customers utilize google as they dominate the industry. Customers can find out specific detail of window covering products and at times, their research into one or two areas actually makes the consumer extremely knowledgeable. With a few clicks, there is a wealth of knowledge out there and it honestly has forced companies who sell window coverings to “be on their toes” and up to date on product knowledge. SEO of course has brought out the absolute need for a web site. Plus a web site that is easy to navigate and shows well. Companies like Sunshine need to rank high in SEO search and much of marketing budgets today go into this are of digital. In 1969 when we first started, there was of course no internet. In fact, we did not even have colored photos. Decorators had to sketch ideas to show customers. Before the internet really took off, we switched from black and white and sketched to making albums of colored photos for the decorators. Today, there is no need for a photo album!!! Photos are taken digitally and stored into a drop box. Decorators used to lug around thick price books with formulas to figure yardage and price. Today, this is gone and all in the cloud. Today, our decorators use ipads and rely solely on this to present to customers. Technology has also brought out the likes of Pinterest and Houzz…places for customers to see ideas and get inspired.
Reviews – The BBB is still a viable place for customers to see how a company is rated even if the company is not a registered member. Sunshine proudly has an A plus rating with the BBB. With technology, consumers now can look on line for reviews. This can be good and bad as some consumers use this area in a way that it was not meant to be used. In other words, customers should give any company an opportunity to correct an issue if one arises no matter what business. Some customers just feel the need to use the review aspect as a means to “bully” and even threaten a company. Let me just say that this is not the majority of people. But it only takes a few people to put in accusations that may or may not be true.