High Country Drapery Designs is a full-service custom window treatment company serving the Southeastern United States. We design, measure, create and install gorgeous Custom Window Treatments including: Draperies, Blinds, Roman Shades, Interior Shutters, Cornices. Top Treatments and more. We are also experts in Motorized Window Treatments. Custom Pillows and Custom Bedding are also available at High Country. You can be assured we will manage the entire process from helping you choose fabric and treatments to measuring your space to the final installation. We have Designers on staff who can help you create your perfect home or room design. We also offer reupholstery services. So if you have a room design in mind but a piece of furniture doesn’t quite meet your design goals, we can reupholster it for you. So your home and/or room is picture perfect. Contact us today to learn more. 

 

OUR TALENTED TEAM

Jill Ballew

Jill Ballew

Principal Designer & CEO

Location: Corporate Headquarters, Chickamauga Georgia

You’ll be hardpressed to find someone with the expertise Jill has in textiles and custom window treatment design and installation. Jill Ballew brings 25 years of Design experience to every project. Jill understands both the design of the products as well as the quality and construction behind each product because every product is hand made. Jill combines beautiful designs with functional solutions. She’s been at the forefront of motorized treatments for years and is an innovator in blending beauty with any functional needs a homeowner or Designer may have. You can count on Jill to be well-versed on current trends while bringing a fresh Southern feel to her beautiful designs.

Favorite Food: Ravioli 

What do you do in your Free Time: Tell me about this “Free Time”. Lol travel.


Francesca Banks

Designer

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Francesca was born and raised in Chicago, where she attended Loyola University for her Undergraduate Education and Harrington College of Design for her Master’s Degree in Interior Design. Francesca brings her expert Design perspective to every space and creates beautiful window treatments of all types working with Clients in both the Chattanooga and Knoxville areas. She relocated to Chattanooga a year ago to be close to her family. In her spare time you’ll find her obsessing over her dogs or hunting for vintage furniture finds.

Favorite Food: Italian

Free Time: Spend time with family or hikes with my husband/dogs.

Contact Francesca at: [email protected]

 

 

Beth Mills   

Designer 

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Beth has been a Designer now with High Country Drapery Designs for over a year creating beautiful custom window treatments in partnership with Designers / Builders throughout the Greenville, Asheville and Cashiers areas. Beth has a strong Math background as an educator which is very important in measuring and installing perfect treatments. Beth was recently selected by a very talented Interior Designer to work in partnership for the Cashiers Designer Showhome creating breathtaking drapery, Roman shades and reupholstery. Beth travels throughout South and North Carolina assisting Clients wherever they may be.

In her free time she spends time with her children and grand kids, travels and spends time in the great outdoors. 

Favorite Food: Pasta

Free Time: Hike. Kayak. Enjoy nature. I just started pickleball. We shall see …. 

Contact Beth at: [email protected].

 

Krista Savadge

Operations Manager  

Location: Corporate Headquarters, Chickamauga Georgia

Krista is an incredible asset to the High Country Drapery Designs Team. She has been with High Country now for 2 years and is responsible for overseeing the creation of all of our new window treatments across every location. Her role includes: planning, ordering, ensuring the fabric is inspected, ensuring hardware is received and working properly, monitoring/managing workroom work flow and Krista oversees all timelines on the projects. There are so many moving parts in this process and Krista oversees it all. You’ll also find Krista creating motorized Roman Shades and building custom valances and top treatments. When she’s not managing workflow, she’s spending time with her family. 

Favorite Food: Chicken N Dumplings form the Groovey Gourmet

Free Time: I love to read but most of my free time is spent with my husband watching our kids play soccer/baseball/basketball.

 

 

  Thyra DeCicco

Marketing Manager  

Location: Corporate Headquarters, Chickamauga Georgia

Thyra also relocated to Chattanooga from downtown Chicago to join her family. Thyra has an Undergraduate Degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University with a degree of concentration in (you guessed it) Marketing. Prior to joining High Country, Thyra was a VP at an Ad Agency and also worked in Real Estate with Christie’s International Real Estate focusing on the luxury market. When she’s not posting something on Social Media she’s walking her dogs … or moving in some way, shape or form.

Favorite Food: Indian.

Free Time: I love to restore old homes and move (physically), walk, workout, etc. 

 

 

 

Thanh Pitts

Seamstress

Location: Corporate Headquarters, Chickamauga Georgia

Thanh brings with her decades of experience as a seamstress to High Country and oversees window treatment creation in our workroom. You only need to watch Thanh in action briefly to witness her impeccable attention to detail, precision and perfectionism. If you spend time in the workroom with Thanh she can’t help but share her breadth of knowledge which is a true gift.

“If it isn’t perfect, it isn’t finished” should be Thanh’s credo. Thanh has been a seamstress for many years with one of Chattanooga’s top tailors and we are delighted to have her on our team. 

In her free time she loves to create through knitting and crochet.

 

Favorite Food: Anything spicy. Vietnamese noodles are a favorite.

Free Time: I love to knit and crochet. 

 

Contact our team today and let’s get started on creating beautiful custom window treatments for your home. 
 
 
 
 
 
Take a peek at our current beautiful work for our clients across the Southeast here —>>> Current Projects. 

“Jill is so easy to work with. Her suggestions were on trend and on budget. There are other projects coming up in the future and I will definitely use her. I highly recommend her.”

Caroline S.
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“Jill is so easy to work with. Her suggestions were on trend and on budget. There are other projects coming up in the future and I will definitely use her. I highly recommend her.”

Caroline S.

“Jill is the kind of person that earns your trust the moment you meet her. If you have any windows that need attention, she is the covering specialist you need to use! Professional, knowledgeable and downright awesome.”

Travis Y.

“High Country did an amazing job on my plantation shutters! Jill has an incredible eye for design and decor. She came to my home within just a couple of days after I called to measure and the install was quick and efficient. Excellent customer service, expert advice and affordable. I am currently working on my second project with High Country!”

Carrie E.