The venerable author guides the design process 150 years after her birth.

Online PR News – 06-September-2012 – POMFRET, CONNECTICUT – POMFRET September 2012- Recently featured in the New York Times and Vogue; there is renewed focus on the life and home of novelist Edith Wharton. Wharton was not only the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1921; she was also a well respected garden and interior designer of her time. Restoration efforts are currently underway at her estate, The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts. Pomfret, Connecticut based Stitch Custom Drapery is actively involved with refurbishment of the bedroom suite. Crafted by Stitch Custom Drapery with careful hand-sewn detail, the window treatments for Wharton’s bedroom and bathroom have recently been installed. Now the red toile fabric for the boudoir has arrived from France, and the process of creating ruffled drapery consistent with photographs of the original (circa 1905) will begin.

Stitch Custom Drapery owner, drapery designer and seamstress, Christine Kalafus is excited to be a part of the process. Photographs and written descriptions of the estate from the early 1900’s were important guides, as Kalafus illustrated the proposed result with drawings for the curators. She explains that it can be difficult to imagine how drapery can transform a space. Says Christine Kalafus, “I love handing a rendering to my clients and seeing their eyes light up!”

The Mount is celebrating a year-long event focusing on the relevance and contributions of Edith Wharton. Kalafus adds, “Edith and her architect Ogden Codman Jr. wrote The Decoration of Houses in 1897. They were comprehensive and detailed in their descriptions of ideal home décor. There is an entire chapter devoted to windows. I thought very carefully about what I am entrusted with creating at The Mount and hope it is consistent with these standards.”

The estate is open for tours and greets thousands of visitors every year. “I look forward to the guest’s enjoyment of the drapery. It is a beautiful home and quite dramatic. The curators and other artisans and designers have very carefully cultivated it. I feel very fortunate to contribute.” said Kalafus. The September 2012 issue of Vogue includes photographs of the estate in a photo story shot by Annie Leibovitz. The drapery from the Bedroom and Library-to which extensive repair to existing drapery was done by Stitch in 2011-are visible in two of the images.

Stitch Custom Drapery is located at 28 Mashamoquet Road (Route 101) in Pomfret Center, CT.
Owner, Drapery Designer and Seamstress Christine Kalafus was formally educated in Interior Design and trained to sew bespoke soft-furnishings to the trade and general public.
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For additional information on The Mount, please visit For inquiries about Stitch Custom Drapery and their involvement with the Edith Wharton home The Mount, please call Christine Kalafus at 860-630-0090 or email at