Turning a necessity into a successful business came naturally to Laura Barone. She moved a lot, and was always in need of window coverings for each new place. A designer with a love of fine fabrics, she saw her skills in sewing and home decor as a way of helping others create warm, inviting, comfortable pieces for they’re living space — and with that, Smashing Windows! was born. This creative entrepreneur sat down with This Week In Worcester to share some details of her unique shop-at-home business, and why she chose to be a sponsor for Ladies Night Out Worcester.

Can you share with us a bit about your business and how you got started?

“I am the  the owner and designer for Smashing Windows!, the business I started 29 years ago. I had moved to 12 different homes in 15 years and began to sew my own drapes to save money when decorating!  Now my company designs, manufactures, and installs custom window treatments, decorative bedding, and a variety of domestic soft goods. We offer color consultations and interior design services, and are an authorized dealer of Hunter Douglas Window Coverings, carrying thousands of fabrics and drapery hardware pieces.”

What brought you to Ladies Night Out Worcester and what do you like about it?

“I am interested in participating in Ladies’ Night Out Worcester because of my success in other trade shows. I like to meet women, face to face, and share with them a few of the newest window coverings on the market today.”

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Where can women interested in your services find you?

“You can reach Smashing Windows! to arrange an in-home consultation at (508) 517-3010, [email protected] or find us on the web at www.smashingwindows.us. See you at the show!”


Women Entrepreneurs In Worcester: 20 Days of Vision features local women entrepreneurs and creative small business owners who are sponsors of Ladies Night Out Worcester. The hope is that by letting them share their work in their own words, readers will recognize the incredibly talented community of women we have here in our city, and consider them as a thoughtful, local option for products, classes, artwork and services.

Laura and her business, Smashing Windows!, is a sponsor of Ladies Night Out Worcester, being held on Friday, November 16th, 2018, from  6-10pm at The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

For tickets to Ladies Night Out Worcester—Only $10 per guest—go to

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