As a small retail custom drapery workshop owner of 40 years it has been my privilege to create beautiful window treatments for a variety of homeowners.
In 1999, after completing the interior treatments of one of my clients, they asked me to solve another more challenging problem they had. They wanted a covering for their screen porch that could be installed on the outside of the porch, but would be easy to operate from the inside. This began one of the most difficult and rewarding designs I have ever done. They loved the shades; I had solved their problem and created one for myself.
Now the challenge was to create an exterior shade that could be operated from inside the porch, but also to improve the protective qualities, function and bring much needed beauty to this new treatment. Besides my custom drapery business, my husband and I had a very small but much loved dairy farm, deep in the north woods of Wisconsin. Appreciation for quality equipment that worked well, was durable and simple to use, shaped the focus of Weather Queen Shades. Love of the craft involved in creating beautiful window treatments gave structure to the design.
By 2009 it was obvious that these shades where needed and loved. Homeowners, architects and builders were requesting the shades and at 62 years of age, I knew that I would not be able to meet the demand. For over 20 years I had worked with a local wholesale custom workshop, subcontracting sewing jobs they needed me to fabricate and ordering the custom roller shades from them that were needed for my homeowners. Romanzia Window Specialties of Chetek, Wisconsin, has specialized in custom roller, roman and various other decorative shades for both commercial applications and high end interior designers for over 25 years. Knowing the quality of their work it was time to enlist their help. For the next 4 years we worked hand in hand. I stayed in the field, doing what I love best, working with homeowners and builders, while refining and improving the functionality and installation techniques. Romanzia focused on systems and quality control to meet the exacting standards needed.
Weather Queen Shades has developed slowly in a small community. We have, and continue to, listen to our homeowners, builders, fabricators, machining experts and installers. We have received tremendous support and assistance from many in our community. We want our business to be one of care and support for all involved: one that will create growth for our partner’s businesses; allow contractors to build nicer, more livable screen porches; give architects and decorators a whole new living area to design; and provide homeowners with the protected outdoor living room they always wanted.
Living in the deep north woods of Wisconsin I believe the success of Weather Queen Shades and the local quality people we work with fabricating our shades, extruding our track, powder coating and painting our hardware is reflected in a quote that has been on my workroom wall for over 35 years.
“I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must. If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, and pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson “Journals”
To make screen porches the easy to maintain living room they were meant to be.
To produce a product that is easy to use, durable, beautiful, and keeps its promises.
To support and focus on quality of life in the workplace and community.