Our Story

At Outlooks Design we really care. Our lead designer Paula Grypma says nothing makes her happier than the process of making her clients’ home décor dreams a reality. She loves sourcing the perfect fabrics and finding the perfect solutions for window coverings that filter light, protect privacy, and function as beautifully as they look.

Paula has been creating custom window coverings, draperies and soft furnishings solutions for over 20 years, starting with a small home-based business in the Saanich Peninsula near Victoria, BC, while her three children were young. Once they became more independent, Paula continued learning her craft at several large custom-design houses in Victoria.

Today, her studio, complete with a full range of window coverings, including blinds, fabric and hardware samples, is located just off Beacon Avenue in Sidney, BC. She also provides her clients with custom bedding and bed linen options through the Cover Story Bedding line.

Paula specializes in fabrics because she loves what they can accomplish in a room; get them right, and any space – whether it’s a room, a boat, a store or an office – will feel and look complete. Through the many lines we carry, we can also find the perfect wallpaper for any space in your home.

She adds, “years of experience in the business have taught me that personal care is the best way to ensure my clients get exactly what they want in window covering treatments and soft furnishings. I realize how happy it makes me when I see the look of delight on their faces after the unveiling! We are committed to upholding our most cherished values in every project and task we take on.”

We’re delighted to be featured on Houzz and to have been awarded their coveted Best Of Houzz Service Award for 2021. Browse some of our favorite projects in our profile, and let us know what you think. Perhaps they can serve as inspiration for your own custom project. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our latest projects and inspiration.

Best of Houzz Service Award 2021 for Outlooks Design

Paula Grypma, owner, Outlooks Design

We had just had a very unsatisfying experience with a large supplier of window coverings when Paula at Outlooks Design was referred to us. Thankfully, Paula was able to take on our project for the same quote as was provided by the much larger (but very poor service oriented) company. We are happy to say that Outlooks Design did a fabulous job of all our window coverings and has provided strong after sales product support to assist us with two minor manufacturing issues we encountered (not Outlooks issue at all).  Thank you Paula and the Outlooks Design team! We will definitely use you again for any more window coverings we need.

Laura and Steve, Clients

Let’s Talk

We are committed to upholding our most cherished values in every project and task we take on.

We begin with a virtual or in-person in-home consultation to see your space and discuss what you need. It may be simple as new blinds for privacy, an innovative drape for an awkward window, or fresh upholstery for an old heirloom – whatever your home needs, we can come up with a solution together.

The next step is to put together a selection of fabrics and hardware ideas for you, along with a sketch of what your space will look like using different options. From there, we can narrow down to the final, perfect option that combines both beauty and function.

The final step is to have your custom design brought to life at a competitive price, installed by talented local trades people, who provide quality workmanship.

Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help you bring your vision to life.

For blinds, drapery or upholstery I would not go to anyone else and could not recommend more highly. Paula Grypma does such beautiful work that you are going to want to just keep coming back until every room feels like it belongs in a magazine spread.

Susan, Client
Photo of master bedroom decorated by Outlooks Design