Give Your Drapes or Pillows a New Look
Home by Eva knows fabric.
Could the fabrics in your house use a refresh? Eva Suwak may be one of Arlington’s best-kept interior design secrets when it comes to textiles. “When I moved [here] about 10 years ago, I couldn’t find someone who could do custom window treatments for my new house,” says the self-taught designer. “But I’ve always been handy, so I figured out how to do it myself.” Soon friends—and friends of friends—were requesting her services, and a business was born.
Now operating as Home by Eva, the Yorktown mom of three helps clients redesign everything from headboards and daybeds to pillows, slipcovers and Roman shades, sourcing fabric and lavishing attention on details like piping, edging, zipper placement and strategic pleating. Suwak, who is as handy with a power tool as she is with a needle and thread, not only creates custom furnishings but can also solve design problems—like creating cornices to camouflage uneven window moldings.
She says she strives to keep her pricing fair; a custom 20-by-20-inch knife-edge pillow, for example, might cost about $70 (more, if it involves designer fabric), but she can help clients economize as needed. Turnaround is about two weeks, depending on the scope of the project.