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Debra Barrett

Principal
Window Dressings/ Soft Design Lab


Region: Chicago/Midwest


Window fashion visionary, creative catalyst, design confidante and industry presence for more than 30 years, I feel I am a design expert with a unique perspective. My aim is to inspire and energize the design industry. As an interior designer, I combined my twin passions-design and soft furnishings- by founding Window Dressings, a couture window treatment and soft furnishings firm near Chicago, Illinois. I am best known and have built a reputation for cutting edge couture treatments. A five-time winner of the Window Fashions Design Competition, I am a designer whose specialty is finding imaginative solutions to challenging design problems.

My design career has taken many paths, and my fascination with what’s around the corner has led me to my current roles as a designer, speaker, educator, trend forecaster and design coach and consultant.

As an editor and writer, I write on a variety of design topics, from styling secrets and high impact materials to design technology and consumer trends affecting design. I am widely published and quoted and my work frequently appears in the media.

As a sought after speaker and design educator, I frequently speak at national conferences, design events and association venues on a variety of design and trend topics. I am an IACET accredited speaker and a member of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Board of Directors and Withit. Most recently, I was awarded the Educator of the Year (2015) award by Withit and the Window Coverings Industry Icon Award (2016).

As a trend strategist and brand ambassador, I attend dozens of industry trade shows, design exhibits, and design events to keep abreast of the hottest new trends and product innovations and to develop design intelligence and interior forecasts. I have been able to travel the globe tracking developments in the ever-evolving world of design of and allowing me to provide designers with exclusive access to some of the world’s best design destinations through my Décor Tours.

A self-proclaimed fabric-a-holic, I concentrate on textiles and the complex world of window coverings and soft furnishings. Everyone should have a passion project and mine is Soft Design Lab. I co-founded SDL, an online base camp and creative community dedicated to providing advanced education on soft furnishings design.

As a thought leader and market intelligence consultant, I regularly work with industry partners, consumers and professionals to impart business insights and lateral inspiration that informs innovation through presentations, white papers and products.


Joined WithIt: 2014
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