I have been fortunate enough to carve out a niche in the design world where I can create custom window coverings, bedding, and upholstery for both residential and commercial projects. When it comes right down to it, drapery is my passion. Through the years I have worked with some amazing designers like Kelly Wearstler and the Novogratz’ and I have designed window coverings for diverse commercial clients like the Saint Cecilia Hotel, Uchiko, Uchi, Perla’s and Adelante Boutique.
I think that fabric is like a living, breathing entity. It is a styling wild card with no rules in terms of how it hangs and what it will do. I think that is what makes my business a true artistic expression. No two projects are alike and everything is in the details. I derive inspiration from diverse sources: nature, period styles, pop culture, other countries and, of course, fashion.
I love to combine color and texture and pattern in ways that reflect my clients’ personal style while keeping the architecture and practicality at the forefront of every drapery design project. From track systems with clean neutral drapery that extend as a continuation of the walls to designs featuring luxurious pleated silk with applied trims and decorative rods, a range of attitudes fill the Cush Cush continuum.
STEPHANIE MOORE has enjoyed a career that spans the worlds of fashion, film costuming and interior design. After studying fashion and fabric design at the University of North Texas and the Paris Fashion Institute, Stephanie entered the fashion design industry as an assistant designer and patternmaker.
Living in Austin among the burgeoning film industry led Stephanie to try her hand at costuming. As a patternmaker and costumer Stephanie’s work can be seen in such films as The Newton Boys, Varsity Blues, Where The Heart Is, and Office Space.
Although Stephanie enjoyed the excitement and opportunities offered while working in the film business, she yearned for something of her own. She started the first phase of Cush Cush in 1998. Stephanie sourced saris directly from India and designed bedding with the brightly colored fabrics. The richly hued duvet covers, pillows and make up bags were a hit with design savvy Austinites and the fabrics, colors and textures of India remain a signature for Stephanie and continue to influence her design aesthetic.
Stephanie’s most recognizable effort is most likely her store, Cush Cush Fabrics and Furnishings. A unique undertaking for its time, “Cush Cush” offered a tantalizing array of sumptuous vintage and new fabrics, trims, furniture, gifts and accessories for the home. Customers could work with her knowledgeable staff to create window treatments, bedding, cushions, and pillows using the stores in-house custom design services.
Her current endeavor, Cush Cush Design was borne out of her desire to work on her own and meld the worlds of fashion and interior decoration. Stephanie’s fashion background informs her approach to designing window treatments and has won her a loyal and growing clientele. •