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designQ VS designQ Shop – What’s the Difference?!

Let’s start at the beginning.

What even is designQ? 

designQ is the interior design center for Qualico Builders, and a part of the Qualico Group of Companies. 

When you buy a new home from a Qualico Edmonton builder, you will receive an interior design appointment with designQ to select your interior finishing’s .(depending on the stage of construction of your new home)

Not only does designQ service builder clients, but we also design the showhomes for those builders. Which is where the idea of designQ Shop was born. 

Now jump ahead 8 years with me.

Enter designQ Shop. 

For years we’ve had the same question get asked over and over again – where can I buy the furniture I see in your showhomes?! So we thought why don’t we offer that same furniture for people to purchase? Thus the idea was born – and now here we are!

So what is the difference between the 2? Let’s break it down below. 

When you purchase a new home through Pacesetter Homes, Sterling Homes or Streetside Developments, you automatically get an interior design appointment with designQ to select the interior finishes for your home! *

designQ Shop is open to anyone! Purchased a new home with a different builder? Live in an older home? Your Grandma really, really needs a new couch? Send them our way! 

At designQ you will select the interior finishing’s for your new home. Items such as the flooring, paint, cabinetry, plumbing, doors, railing, and so on. *

At designQ Shop you can select the interior comfort’s for your home – old or new! Items such as blinds, drapery, wall features, furnitre & decor. 

Your designQ Interior Selections appointment will always take place as far away from the possession of your home as possible. This will allow the builder lots of time to order and install the products. 

The designQ Shop appointment can happen at any time, suited to your schedule! However, we are able to coordinate the install of certain items to happen before you move in – so if you are able to get it done soon enough then go for it! 

Our entire product library is online, so you can search by the builder to see all the options they offer. You can add items to your wishlist, and then bring them with you to your appointment. 

None of the interior selection items can be purchased online, only at your design appointment. 

Most items from the Shop are available to purchase online with any major credit card. In addition you can finance your purchase through PayBright as well! You also have the option to come in to the design center for a free consultation, and purchase items at that time.

When you purchase a new home with any of the Qualico Edmonton builders, your interior design appointment is free!*

Even if you purchase a home that is already completed, all of the interior selections were selected by designers at designQ. So no matter what stage the house is at, you still get a home with designer curated selections. 

* Applicable only to homes under construction, and subject to builder’s discretion. 

An interior design consultation with designQ Shop is always complimentary, and with no obligation to buy anything! 

No matter what type of home you have, whether it’s a new build, old build, a renovation, or anything else – we would love to opportunity to help you design a beautiful space you can feel comfortable in. 

designQ is a one-stop shop! You can select everything for the interior of your home under one roof – which makes it convenient, easy and fun. Our professional interior designers work in partnership with your builder to ensure everything going into your home is accurate, and suited to your homes plans. 

However, some interior finishes may be limited to select depending on the stage of construction of your new home. 

If you have built a home with a Qualico Edmonton builder already, then we will have access to your interior selections and your job plans. Making selecting the interior comforts to coordinate with your selections quick and easy!  Our professional interior designers are also very familiar with staging by blueprints, and ensuring all furniture will fit in the intended location in your home. 

Our product library is primarily online and in the showhomes throughout the city, so there may be a bit of travel involved on your part should you wish to see a piece in person. 

Thank you!

Have a question? Fill out the form below and we will happily get back to you within 2 business days. 
Want to book an appointment? Click here! 

Why Adding Window Coverings to your Home is a Smart Investment

Let me start with asking you a question.

What do you expect from your windows? 

a) Thermal Control – keeping the heat in, and the cold out and vice-versa depending on the season

b) Blocking harmful UV rays from entering my home, protecting my flooring & furniture

c) Keep prying eyes out!

d) All of the above!

If you picked any of the above options, then you need to get window coverings for your home. Most people might assume that window blinds and drapery are just for decoration and light control, but that’s not entirely accurate. They play a much bigger role than one might think! 

BRRR.. Baby It's Cold Outside!

During the winter months, having the right window covering is crucial to keeping the cold air out. While any type of window blind will help insulate your windows, and keep you snug and warm, we have found that the best option is the Cellular Shade. 

Cellular shades have little built in honeycomb pockets to help add an extra layer of protection between the icy air outside, and the warm air inside. 

Whatever window covering you do choose, it’s important to keep the blind or shade open during the day on the windows that get full sun, and closed when the sun sets to create a barrier from the cold. 

Adding drapery panels around your blinds or shades can help create an additional layer of protection as well, and they also look beautiful too! 

Oh Wait.. Now It's Hot, Hot, Hot

It may be hot outside, but it doesn’t have to be inside! In the warmer months of the year, window coverings still act as a buffer but in the opposite way to winter. They can help keep the cool air in, and the hot air out. 

Blackout shades can be especially useful for blocking out most of the heat, and the light, keeping the room cooler longer. 

It’s important to keep shades, blinds or shutters completely closed and lowered on sunny windows. In doing this, you can help reduce heat gain by up to 45%. 

Keep Them Rays Out!

Ultraviolet radiation (UV Rays) is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the human eye. UV rays are present in sunlight, and can be harmful to not only your skin, but also your furniture & the inside of your home because you guessed it – UV rays enter your home right through your windows! 

Over time, to much exposure to direct sunlight can make the fabric on your sofas and chairs fade, and the wood elements prone to breaking & cracking.

In addition to potentially harming your furniture, it can also effect things like your flooring. Overtime it can dry, warp, crack or fade your beautiful hardwood flooring. 

Unfortunately they don’t make sunscreen for floors or sofa’s yet (and even if they did – can you imagine applying that every day?!) So what’s left? Your windows of course! Used properly, window coverings can dramatically reduce the amount of harmful UV rays that enter your home. 

Peek-a-Boo.. I see you!

Your home is YOUR home. Your sanctuary. Your private getaway. Whatever you call it – it’s yours and no one else’s. So why would you want all your neighbors peeking into your windows to see if you are actually there, and not just ignoring the doorbell? 

Any type of window covering will give you the added privacy you are wanting, while still looking great as well. An added perk though to having a wood blind is you can subtly peek through them to spy on that new neighbor who just moved in across the street. 

So why should you invest in window coverings? 

a) They will save you money by reducing your overall heating bills

b) They will help your furniture and flooring last longer

c) Karen from next door will never know you are home

d) They will add value, and a beautiful finishing touch to your home!

Thank you!

Have a question? Fill out the form below and we will happily get back to you within 2 business days. 
Want to book an appointment? Click here! 

What Can You Purchase with designQ Shop?

And how much will it cost?!

This question is probably on everyone’s mind right now, and rightfully so! Take a look below as I explore a few of the more custom items you can purchase with designQ shop, and how the price can differ between homes. 

Blinds and Shades

Click below to view all of the different blind and shade options we offer at designQ. 

Does your home have windows? 

I’m hoping you said yes. If it does have windows, then you will for sure need something to cover them up. Winter is coming, and not only do blinds help to keep the cold out and warmth in, they also provide a visual “warmth” to your space. 

At designQ, we offer numerous varieties of blinds and shades. Each come with their own pro’s and con’s, and of course their own price point. 

So how much do they cost? Well that depends. Here are a few factors that would affect the price of blinds for your home:

  • Type of Blind – Do you want a wood, a shade, a cellular, a  shutter…
  • How many windows does your home have?
  • What sizes are those windows? 
  • What style of header would you like?
  • What type of operating system do you prefer – manual, or something more snazzy? 
  • Would you like a standard fabric, or an upgraded fabric?
  • And the list goes on… 

To give you an idea of an approximate cost —–

For a roller shade, with a standard header & operating system and starter fabric selections, based on an average 10 window home, with installation they would start at $4,200 pre-gst. 

For a dual shade, with a standard header & operating system and starter fabric selections, based on an average 10 window home, with installation they would start at $5,000 pre-gst

For a faux wood blind, with a standard header & operating system, and based on an average 10 window home, with installation they would start at $6,100 pre-gst. .

Want a more accurate quote? Contact us here and we would be happy to help!


Custom Drapery

Click below to view all of the different blind and shade options we offer at designQ.

Drapery is like the lipstick to your windows. It’s the cherry on top of the cake. It’s the sprinkles on the doughnut. It’s…. you get what I’m saying. 

Is drapery needed to effectively block out the light, or give you privacy? No. Blinds or shades can do that no problem. 

But is drapery wanted? Oh yeah. A beautiful drapery panel that coordinates effortlessly with your interior adds that finishing touch to any room. It just kicks your interior up a notch, and will get people asking (or at least thinking) – is this a showhome?

The options for drapery are endless. Which again makes giving a price without seeing your home or home plans very difficult. 

A few things to consider when selecting drapery:

  • What material, style, color, feel of fabric would you like?
  • What type of header style?
  • Don’t forget about the rod and finials (those little end caps to keep the fabric in place) – there are as many options of those as there are fabric colors!
  • How many windows does your home have?
  • What size are the windows?
  • And on and on… 

To give you an idea of an approximate cost —

To complete drapery in an average 10 window home with a starter fabric panel in a standard height, with a standard header and traditional rods & finials, with installation they would start at $6,100 pre-gst. 

But would you really want the neutral, beige lipstick? 

Wall Paper and Wall Features

Imagine if you were a fish. Not a big scary fish, but a little goldfish in a bowl on a console table in someone’s home. And what do fish do all day long? They swim around, and check out their surroundings. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could give that fish something cool to look at? Because who wants a boring wall? 

Enter – wall paper and wall features. 

The growing trend for this year, and into next year as well is wallpaper, But this isn’t your Grandma’s wallpaper. Oh no. This new wallpaper has texture, character, color, soul. It has everything you want to spice up your… room… and create a stunning backdrop. 

Just like drapery, there are a million choices of wallpaper. But it really boils down to what look you are trying to achieve. There are wallpapers that have a strong bohemian vibe to them, or a geometric style, even full on murals. But there are also very calm, soothing natural papers that add just a touch of shine to your room without being overbearing. 

And let’s not forget about wall features. When I say features, I mean a statement piece for your wall that is more than just paper. Think rustic barn wood with knots and cracks, stunning shiplap panels, faux brick or even concrete panels. If you can think it, chances are it’s out there somewhere (maybe not at designQ – but we will try our best). Feature walls are in line with wallpaper trend wise. Everyone is doing it. It’s all the rage on Pinterest and HGTV – and so you might as well add it to your home because we don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. 

To give you an idea of an approximate cost —

For wallpaper, on a 8′ x 14′ flat, basic wall for a starter (but still excellent quality from the UK) Geometric paper, with install it would be $1,100 pre-gst. 

For rustic barn wood panels, on a 8′ x 14′ flat, basic wall it would be, with installation, $2,100 pre-gst. 

Something to think about isn’t it?


Click below to view all of the different wallpaper options we offer at designQ.

Click below to view all of the different wall feature options we offer at designQ

Furniture & Decor

Click below to view the entire furniture & decor product catalogue from designQ Shop.

The final piece, and maybe even the most important piece to a room, is where you can put your butt down. 

The newest addition to our designQ family is furniture & decor. Our amazing team of talented interior designers have been conceptualizing and staging the showhomes for Qualico builders for years. They select every detail from the grout colors all the way to the pillow shams. They know their stuff. And they want you to know it too. Or at least have it. 

Starting in August of 2020, designQ started offering furniture & decor sales to anyone and everyone. Now when you wander through a Qualico showhome, and you fall in love with a bed or a couch or a table – chances are you can get it! 

Which furniture items do we sell? 

  •  Area Rugs
  • Art, Mirrors & Wall Decor
  • Beds & Mattresses
  • Lighting
  • Seating & Custom Sofas
  • Storage
  • Tables
  • Custom Upholstery Items
All the prices of our furniture and decor items can be found on our e-commerce website – You can purchase items online, or book a free design consultation and have one of our designers help you select pieces for your home! 

Thank you!

Have a question? Fill out the form below and we will happily get back to you within 2 business days. 
Want to book an appointment? Click here!