Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

April 24th, 2014

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape

 

The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.

 

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Silk Drapery Construction

April 24th, 2014

More goes into making a high-quality Custom Silk Drape than you may think.  Here are some of the quality construction elements of why our custom silk drapes have been Designers favorites for over a decade.  These are the drapes that House and Garden Called “Beautifully Made to Order”.

 

 

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Quality Construction Features of our Custom Silk Drapes

 

A: 100% Brass Grommets: Grommets are one of the most popular Pleat Styles for Silk Drapes. At DrapeStyle, we only use high-quality 100% Brass Grommets on all of our drapery. Brass Grommets will resist corrosion and will not discolor the drapery fabric. Our Grommets are also powder-coated (when a color is selected) which is much more resistant to peeling and chipping than paint. Finally, we hand-press each Grommet into the drapery panel. Hand-Pressing helps us to protect our fabrics from pulls, tears and “puckering” that are very common with “machine-pressed” Grommets.

B: 1-1/2 Inch Double Side-Hems: At DrapeStyle, all of our drapes are made with Double Side-Hems. Double Side-Hems really define “Custom” are are typically never seen in “store-bought” drapery. When making our side hems we use double the material, including linings and interlinings to create a very thick and heavy edge for the drapery panel. Making double side-hems uses twice the fabric than single side-hems but are one of the defining characteristics of High Quality Custom Silk Drapes.

C: 100% Indian Silk: We import all of our Silk Fabrics directly from India, many of which, are exclusive to DrapeStyle. India is the indisputable leader in weaving premium Silk Fabrics used in textiles worldwide. In fact, India has been weaving silk fabrics for literally thousands of years. At DrapeStyle we use Indian Silk exclusively, and never use lower quality (although cheaper) Thai Silk or any other inferior silk fabrics. Before we make your drapes we inspect the fabric by unrolling it in front of a back-light which shines through the material showing the fabrics flaws. Unacceptable flaws in the fabrics are rejected.

D: 4″ Double Bottom-Hem: Like our Double Side-Hems, we also use a 4″ Double Bottom-Hem on all of our silk drapes. Using a double-thick Bottom-Hem gives the drapery panel more fullness and allows it to “puddle” on the floor with more weight and thickness. Interior Designers and Decorators who know custom drapes would never specify anything other than a Double Bottom Hem.

E: Bottom Weights: We sew-in steel weights to the bottom corners of all of our custom silk drapes unless instructed otherwise. These weights are unique to “custom drapes” and are absolutely critical to the appearance of a well-made drape. The bottom-weights make the drapery panel hang straight and uniform and keep them from blowing in the slightest breeze. If you want “lighter” drapes that will blow more easily in the wind you can ask that we do not install the bottom weights.

 
Christian Sinatra

Custom Grommet Drapes

April 23rd, 2014

When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from.  The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often?  Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes?  The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes.  Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.

If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole.  You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.

If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment.  You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted.  If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.

Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons.  When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.

 Custom Striped Silk Drapes with Grommets

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Custom Silk Drapes with Grommets at DrapeStyle

 

 Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

Contemporary Custom Grommet Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes in Linen

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Grommets by DrapeStyle

 

 Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Birmingham Alabama

April 23rd, 2014

Let’s Exchange Curtain Ideas Birmingham Alabama!

If you are looking for custom drapery in Birmingham Alabama you should be contacting DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been assisting customers worldwide, throughout the US and Canada, in creating custom drapes for over ten years. Our staff of experienced interior designers and drapery experts are waiting to assist you in creating the best solutions to treat your windows.
Do you have tall two story windows and need extra long drapes? Do you have a wall to wall sliding door and need extra wide drapes? No matter what kind of tricky window you may have, we have you covered! Our custom drapery consultants are here to help and walk you through the process. Confused about pleat styles? Unsure of color choice? Concerned about taking measurements? Let us take out the guess work from your project. Simply give us a call.
Don’t let your zipcode dictate where you shop. Whether you live in Birmingham Alabama or Scarsdale New York, you can own beautiful custom drapes hand stitched in our Orange County California drapery workroom. Let’s talk curtains and exchange ideas today!

Extra Long Curtains and Drapes

April 23rd, 2014

It seems that almost all of the new homes that are being built lately feature huge, extra long and panoramic windows.  These windows are dramatic and provide amazing views but can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to buying custom curtains or drapes.  If you visit most of the typical Retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen you are probably not going to find drapery that will cover extra long windows.  Most retailers won’t have drapes that go beyond 120 inches.

At DrapeStyle we make each drapery panel to order and we can literally make any length or width you can imagine.  We “specialize” in “custom”.  Nothing is ready-made and we seriously don’t have any templates or restrictions, and we can ship your drapes, no matter how long or wide they are to almost anywhere on the planet.  We’ve made extra long drapes for Clients as far away as Australia, and, I don’t think you can get much further away from Orange County, California than Australia.  We can make longer curtains for Homeowners, Churches, Hotels, Restaurants and really any location.  Here are a couple of photos of extra long drapes we made here at DrapeStyle.  Oh, and we can also arrange to have your extra long or wide drapes installed as well!

We made these extra long drapes for a restaurant in San Francisco.  They were over 25 feet long.

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Here is another angle of the same really, really long drapes.

DrapeStyle makes custom curtains and drapes for any size of window

DrapeStyle Makes Custom Made Window Treatments for Extra Long and Extra Wide Windows.

 

 

Extra Long Curtains by DrapeStyle

Extra Long Curtains by DrapeStyle

 

 

We can ship your extra, extra long drapes to almost anywhere on the planet.  Here are a set of drapes that were 240 inches long going to a Customer in Australia!

At DrapeStyle we LOVE Extra Long Curtains and Drapes!

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Extra Long Drapes going to Australia

 
Christian Sinatra

Contemporary Roman Shades

April 23rd, 2014

We love these Roman Shades in Gate White /Black.  Roman Shades can be very contemporary and don’t need to be expensive!  We have some great options that start under $250 per shade which includes linings.  You can also experiment with layering silk drapes over Roman Shades for added depth, contrast and texture.

 

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Love These Contemporary Roman Shades in Black and White!

 

Flat Roman Shade in Gate Black / White by DrapeStyle.

 

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Contemporary Roman Shades in Black and White Cotton

 

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Contemporary Roman Shade in Schumacher Imperial Trellis Fabric by DrapeStyle

 

Combining Drapes and Roman Shades, or even Shutters is a great way to add more depth and interest to a window or door.  You can specify that the Roman Shades be “decorative” which will help stretch your budget.  Call one of our Designers, we would love to give you some ideas on how to add Roman Shades to your Home!

 

 

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Custom Drapes and Roman Shades used to create a great window treatment together.

Christian Sinatra

Making Silk Drapes

April 23rd, 2014

At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes.  Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada.  Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm.  Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world.  India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.

Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each.  They are all 54 inches wide.  The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light.  We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it.  As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk.  At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject.  When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area.  Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins.  It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.

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Examining Silk Fabric for Drapery

 
Christian Sinatra

DrapeStyle Atlanta

April 22nd, 2014

If you are thinking custom drapes in Atlanta you should be thinking DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been manufacturing premium custom silk drapes, linen drapes and Roman Shades and shipping them to Atlanta for the past decade.  We are happy to provide you with free samples of some of the most exclusive fabrics from Mills like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet and Beacon Hill.  Plus we have exclusive DrapeStyle Silks and Linens that will compliment any decor.

If you have tall windows and need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes, we have you covered.  We manufacture each of our drapes and Roman Shades to order in our California Workroom.  Call one of our Designers and let us show you how easy it is to Exchange your Curtains for amazing DrapeStyle quality for a price that will wonder why you waited so long.

Linen Drapes

April 22nd, 2014

Linen has been one of our most popular fabrics for over a decade.  We offer a few varieties of Linens all of which make classic and luxurious custom drapes.  Which is the right Linen Fabric for you drapes and you home?  Let’s first discuss a little about what linen is, how it is made and little history of this fabric.

Linen is actually harvested from the Flax Plant and dates back to ancient Egypt as early as the 4th Century BC.  Originally Flax was boiled and woven into Linen fabric which was used extensively for tunics, gowns and even wrapping of the bodies of the deceased.  Later when the milling and production processes improved so that Linen could be woven into longer lengths it was used to create decorative draperies for the Ancient Kings and Pharaohs.  When King Tut’s Tomb was discovered and opened, they found linen drapes still hanging where they had been for centuries.

Later Linen production moved to Europe where the process was further improved and the fabrics were used for clothing, upholstery and even for the insulation of homes.

Linen is a great choice for custom drapery and Roman Shades as it is heavy, well-insulating and comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors.  It is also typically, more economical for drapery when compared to other types of fabrics like silk.

At DrapeStyle we offer a few varieties of Linen for our drapery.  Our Classic Linen is a well-made heavy-weight Linen that is imported form Europe.  We love to create different drapery styles with Linen such as our Bordered Linen, Banded Linen and Hotel Drape in Linen.  Our Classic Linen is available in a variety of solid colors.

Our Patterned Linen is the some Linen Fabric as our Solid Classic Linen and comes in both traditional and contemporary patterns including the popular Ikat and Chevron Patterns.

Our Estate Linen is a heavier weight and softer woven linen that makes incredible custom drapes.  Our Estate Linen is also known as Bristol Linen and it has a much wider and looser weave.  I would suggest ordering samples of both the Classic Linen and the Estate Linen and you can easily see the difference in the weave of the fabrics.

This year we introduced our Manhattan Linen Collection.  Our Manhattan Linens are a blend of Linen and Polyester and make amazing drapes.  The primary benefit of blending some Polyester into the Linen Weave is to reduce the amount of wrinkle that you will get from 100% Linen.  If we get any comments and concerns about Linen it is that it wrinkles easily and will usually need to be steamed to release the wrinkles.  The blending of the Polyester significantly reduces the amount of wrinkles and also makes it much easier to remove any wrinkles that may exist.

Finally we offer our Sheer Linen Collection.  Like the name implies, our Sheer Linens are extremely lightweight (they can easily be seen through) and are very similar to gauze in weave and texture.  Our Sheer Linens are the perfect fabrics for those casual bungalow drapery panels.  When you think of Sheer Linens just think of Coastal Living Magazine, relaxed and casual.

Please feel free to call one of our Designers to answer any questions that you may have about our linen fabrics and custom linen drapes.

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Modern Drapes. Vintage Machines.

April 22nd, 2014

At DrapeStyle we like to think of ourselves as on the “cutting-edge” of technology.  I mean we have the iPad Apps, we are “Cloud Based” and our phones are VOIP.  Yes, we are cutting-edge.  We have cutting-edge technology in our Workroom too.  Cutting-edge circa 1936.  I love this equipment.  The sewing machines that we use to manufacturer our drapes are straight out of the Industrial Revolution.  These things are made out of steel, not a piece of plastic to be seen.  They run 14 hours a day, 5 days a week.  When I say “run”, I mean they are sewing, in constant motion for 10-12 hours a day and they have been doing that for roughly 60 + years.  It is truly an amazing feat of “Technology”.  We keep them maintained and well oiled and aside from that they just work.  No re-booting required.  Some of these machines have made tens of thousands of custom drapes.

Let me introduce you to a few of them…

First, I’d like you to meet our “Tacker”.  This machine was made in Leeds England in the late 1940′s by the Adamson Machine Company.  The Company has long been out of business so they obviously “don’t make these anymore”.  The tacker is used for making drapery pleats like a French Pleat or Pinch Pleat.  The Tacker just makes one deep stitch over-and-over again.  The tacker is very powerful and is capable of sewing through multiple layers of lining and interlinings without missing a beat.  If you own a Drapery Manufacturing Company you simply “must have” this machine or one like it and, you seriously can not buy one of these “new”.  As a matter of fact, this one is just getting broken in and should be around long after all us are gone.

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The Adamson Vintage Drapery Tacker.

 

 

Now let me introduce you to our Drapery Pleater.  We have a few of these by my favorite has to be our Singer 269.  The 269 began it’s life in the 1950′s as a “Tacker” like the Adamson but in the 1970′s a Company from New York called Camatron started to convert old 269′s into Drapery Pleating Machines.  The converted 269′s are a highly coveted work horse for Drapery Workrooms and are still very popular.  Like the Adamson, they work all day long without skipping a beat.

 

 

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The Singer 269 Drapery Pleating Machine.

 

 

The “Youngster” of our Crew has to be our US Blindstitch Machine.  The Blindstitch is used to stitch the sides of the drapery panels in a very specific way.  The stitch that the Blindstitch is “loose” so that the sides of the drapery panels don’t pucker or wrinkle.  The tension of the stitch is very critical and varies depending on the thickness of the drapery fabric being used.  Our US Blindstich was built in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

 

US Blindstitch Machine

Our US Blindstitch Machine

 

I sincerely look at all of these machines as works of art and I love to watch them run.  When I think about the talent that went into designing this “technology” I am simply astonished considering that these machines were designed and manufactured before the computer age.  These machines were literally designed using a slide rule and a calculator and they work within a hairs-width tolerance.

There are plenty of people who question why we would be making custom drapes in America when we could simply have them made in India, Pakistan or China.  I guess that the only answer I can give is that we are passionate about what we do, the tools we do it with and the Customers we do it for.  We’ll keep making custom drapes right here in American as long as American’s keep buying our Custom Drapes.

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Drapery Design Trends – Layering Drapery and Roman Shades

April 22nd, 2014

One of the latest trends that we are seeing with custom drapes and window treatments is the layering of multiple treatments in one window.  for years we have layered sheers under drapes using a traverse or double rod.  Today we are seeing more drapery layered over Roman Shades.  We are also seeing drapery layered over hard wood shutters.  The layering of treatments has been a Designers secret for years.  By layering drapes and Roman Shades you are creating more depth and texture on the window or door which also allows you to work with different fabric types and patterns.  As an example you can choose a classic solid linen or silk drape with a bolder patterned fabric on the Roman Shade.

You may think that this method may be more expensive than a single treatment on the window but here is what Designers would suggest; If you are going to use drapery in conjunction with a Roman Shade you can spend less on the drapery fabric and than spend more on the Roman Shade Fabric.  Make the Roman Shades “Decorative” vs. “Functional” and you will need much less fabric on the Roman Shade and still get the “pop” of an expensive designer fabric.  In the attached example we use a relatively inexpensive solid linen for the drapery fabric and then used a Schumacher Fabric for the Roman Shades.  The Roman Shade fabric really stands out and makes the whole look work.

At DrapeStyle, our Designers can help you maximize your budget and get creative with your drapery.

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Roman Shades

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

April 22nd, 2014

Wow, custom drapes can really cost a fortune. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to Professional Interior Designers or Decorators to help them make the “right” choices when it comes to selecting their window treatments. When considering custom drapes there are a few very important components to consider, one of them is your “pleat style”. What is a “pleat” you ask? The “Pleat” or as it is often referred to as the “heading’ is the top of the drapery panel that attaches to the drapery rod or track. For literally hundreds of years this drapery headings have been “decorated” into a variety of styles that range from very classic or traditional to modern and contemporary. Let’s walk through each of the most common pleat styles for custom drapes and help you find the “right” one for your home.

The “Flat Pleat” or “Flat Panel”. A Flat drapery panel is one that does not have a pleat at the top of the drape. This is the most basic of drapery panel and is very common. With a flat panel you will attach the panel to the current rod using drapery pins which are attached to the back of the panel. The flat panel is considered to be very relaxed and casual and is often used for light weight fabrics in informal rooms. Think, a soft blowing sheer linen drapery panel in a beach cottage.

The “Rod-Pocket” Drapery Panel. A Rod-Packet panel is a Flat panel but instead of attaching to a rod by pinning it using drapery hooks, the panel is slid over the rod using a “pocket” which is sewn into the panel. While still a very casual look, the rod-pocket will remain affixed to the rod and will not “billow” like a flat panel will. A Rod-Pocket panel is the most common type of panel that you will find in your “big box” retail store. Designers will generally shy-away from Rod-Pocket Panels as they are considered to look and be “cheap” in most circles.
The “French Pleat”. So now we are moving into the more intricate pleat styles that you will find in most high-end drapery retailers. The French Pleat is extremely classic and features a fluted fold at the top of the panel which is “tacked” about three inches down from the top. The result is a fluted, almost floral looking fold that has been popular since the 17th Century. The French Pleat is considered more formal and ornate and you will find many a European Castle plenty of French Pleated Silk Drapes in their windows.
The “Parisian Pleat”. A close relative to the French Pleat is the Parisian Pleat. Like the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat featured a three-finger fluted fold at the top of the pleat. With the Parisian Pleat, however, the fold is tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to the bottom. The result is a “pinched” looking floral pleat where the folds are gathered at the top. This “Pinch” feature is why the Parisian Pleat is also often times referred to as a “Pinch Pleat”.
The “Inverted Pleat”. Both the Parisian Pleat and French Pleat are considered very traditional and classic. The Inverted Pleat, however, is more contemporary and modern. The Inverted Pleat is where the Seamstress creates inverted folds at the top of the drape and then stitches them from the rear of the drapery panel. The result is a very clean looking and highly tailored drapery pleat that is very “classy” but also very modern and elegant. The Inverted Pleat is used with many different types of fabrics.
The “Cartridge Pleat”. A Cartridge Pleat is formed by creating rolls in the drapery fabric which are sew into round, cylindrical cartridges. The cartridges are generally 2-3 inches in diameter and are stuffed with a pillow fill material or paper. The resulting “cartridge” is typically 4-6 inches long and they are spaced apart to match the materials pattern.
The “Grommet Pleat”. The most contemporary of all drapery pleats would have to be a “Grommet Pleat”. Grommets are usually made of brass to resist corrosion, especially when used for custom outdoor drapes and can range in size from less than an inch is diameter to over 4 inches in diameter. Drapery panels featuring grommets can be challenging to open and close and the drapery provider will often recommend a “drapery wand” to help you slide the drapery panel open and closed.

While these are the most common of drapery pleats, there are literally dozens more. Pleats that feature buttons, tabs and ribbons are common and will usually be specified by your Designer or Decorator. The most important factor in selecting the correct pleat for you drapes is to be sure that you are working with a competent Professional who can help guide you through your wide range of options. Today, custom drapes are extremely expensive and it is much better to do your homework in advance.

Christian Sinatra

My Sister Bought Her Drapes at Restoration Hardware

April 22nd, 2014

The internet and eCommerce have literally transformed the way we buy everything today. Who would have considered buy appliances, clothing, even food through a website just ten short years ago. Today we have such amazing resources at our finger-tips. Sites like Houzz and Pinterest give us the ability to drool over images of things we want, need and most of the time can’t afford.

The Custom Drapery Industry, no exception. For good or for bad, the days of heading downtown to the local drapery store are over. Most of the main street storefronts have either migrated to the web or are about too.

As a Consumer we now have more information, more options and better resources than ever before. We’ve been in the Custom Drapery Business for a very long time and we thought we would give you as much information as we possibly can. Even if you end up buying your draperies elsewhere, we hope you appreciate the information.

Chapter I: My Sister Bought her Drapes from Restoration Hardware. Yes. It is true, and now the whole world will know. My Wife and I own a Custom Drapery Company and my little sister bought her drapes from Restoration Hardware. Now, a little background. We are from New Jersey. Working Class New Jersey where most of my Family still lives. My Sister and her husband bought a new home in a brand new upscale community in southwest New Jersey. They love it. Big beautiful new homes averaging over 4000 square feet each. These are the McMansions that became popular in the late 90′s and early 2000′s.  Really huge tall windows with great views and vaulted ceilings.  Stainless steel kitchens with two dishwashers.

So Lori buys this new home and all of her new friends in the neighborhood are hiring Interior Designers / Decorators to help them all deck the places out. Lori calls me and asks what I think and I tell her to go ahead and hire this Decorator that she was referred too. You know, got to keep up with the Jones’. Well, a few months later and I get the call. “Ron”, her Decorator has suggested that she buy new drapes at Restoration Hardware. He does it all of the time she tells me. Now, they wont be wide enough but Ron has a resource where they are going to buy two pair of drapes and then sew them together. Oh boy.

Flash forward 2 years. Now, my Parents buy a house about two miles away from my Sister, also in a new development. This one though, no McMansions. These homes are, well, single level. No stairs. Wide hallways and a lot of hand-rails. You got me, right? But these houses are nice, I mean, really nice. And, Like Lori, all of these Ladies are hiring Decorators too!

So now I get the call from my Mother and I brace myself. If she tells me that she is buying Restoration Hardware Drapes I am going to have a brain freeze. Turns out that her Decorator suggested that you buy her drapes from a place called DrapeStyle! An “Online Company” she says. My Mom could not have been more tickled.

Now the best part. My Mom has DrapeStyle and she is 78. My Sister has Restoration Hardware and she is 44. My Sister goes to my Mom’s house and sees her drapes. Now the calls are really coming…

“How could you have let me buy that c…p, from Restoration Hardware!”, “Moms drapes are so much better!”

Sometimes “kids” just have to learn for themselves.

Here is the real deal. The Thai Silk Drapes from Restoration Hardware were really not all “that bad”, but they weren’t DrapeStyle. They were lined but not interlined, the fabrics were thin. The hems were short and cheap. They just weren’t “custom”.  And the reality is that they didn’t cost much less than DrapeStyle and by the time she paid the tailor to sew the two panels together, they really were about the same price as DrapeStyle 100% Custom.  Lori spent a lot of time and a lot of money on those drapes and now we are making her new ones.  She gets the “Family Discount” but she would have been much happier if she would have just ordered from DrapeStyle to begin with.

The Greek Key Viceroy Drape

April 21st, 2014

We love the whole “Hollywood Regency” look.  You can really incorporate some of the design elements into a wide variety of decor.  The Greek Key is a timeless design that will lend itself to almost any interior.  We make these gorgeous custom drapes in your choice of solid silk fabric and apply the Greek Key Trim to the leading edge.

Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and choosing a dramatic and bold color.  We love the choice of yellow silk on this drape with the bold black Greek Key Trim.  Experiment a little and create a truly unique design for your home.  If you need some design advice, please call one of our Designers who will be happy to make suggestions and help you create an amazing focal point for your room.

 

 

Greek Key Custom Drapes

The Viceroy Drape by DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Pleated Drapes

April 21st, 2014

When it comes to pleat options for custom drapes, there may not be anywhere that provides you with a wide selection of pleat styles than DrapeStyle.  Here are some of the “standard” drapery pleat options we offer with sketches.  Please keep in mind that these are just “standard” options.  Since we manufacturer all of our custom drapes internally, we have the ability to make any pleat style you can imagine.

Images are below but let’s give a brief description of each drapery pleat style:

  • Inverted Pleat:  The Inverted Pleat is a very clean and tailored pleat which is considered a more contemporary pleat style.  Our Inverted pleat is 4 inches in length and is available in all drapery fabrics.
  • 8-Inch Inverted Pleat:  The 8-Inch Inverted Pleat is the same as the standard inverted pleat but the actual pleat is twice as long than the standard inverted style.
  • Flat Pleat:  The Flat Pleat is the most basic custom drapery panel wherein the top, or “header” of the drapery panel is not pleated but left flat.  These panels are hung using drapery pins which are installed on the back of the panel.
  • Cartridge Pleat:  The Cartridge Pleat is somewhat “Transitional” in style meaning that it can be used in “Traditional” style homes as well as more “Contemporary” style homes.  At DrapeStyle we used a Patent Pending process to make our Cartridge Pleats wherein we fill the void in the center of the pleat with a foam insert.  The insert supports the pleat so that is maintains a uniform size and also prevents insects from “living” in the pleat of the drape.  We also offer a Goblet Pleat (not shown) which is similar to the Cartridge with a shorter and wider cartridge that looks like a wine goblet.
  • French Pleat:  The French Pleat is probably our most popular pleat style.  The French Pleat is also the most traditional and recognizable drapery pleat we offer.
  • Parisian Pleat:  Similar to the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat consists of three “fingers” that are sewn together.  On the Parisian Pleat the fingers are then “tacked” at the top of the pleat creating a “pinch”.  Because of this “pinch” the Parisian Pleat is also referred to as a “Pinch” Pleat style.
  • Grommets:  Grommet Drapery Panels are the most contemporary of our pleat styles.  We offer several options of grommet colors and sizes including those which are made for use on outdoor drapes.  All of our grommets are inserted by hand in our own Workroom.
  • Rod-Pocket:  We offer two versions of the traditional rod-pocket drapery panel.  The most basic is a simple rod-pocket where a pocket is sewn into the top of the drapery panel where the drapery rod is inserted.  We also offer a rod-pocket with flange where we leave a 2-inch portion of fabric at the top of the panel which will remain above the drapery rod.  Neither of the rod-pocket options will include drapery pins or hooks that are used to attach the panel to rings.

When it comes to selecting the right pleat for your custom drapes, there really isn’t a “correct” pleat style to choose.  Call one of our Designers and we’ll be happy to send you more images and help you select the perfect pleat for your window.

 

 

 

Christian Sinatra

Custom Drapes Online

April 18th, 2014

Ever wonder where some of the best Interior Designers and Decorators in the US and Canada go to buy their quality custom drapes online?  For over a decade they have been coming to DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle we have been helping Homeowners all over the US and Canada as well as some of the best Interior Designers and Decorators find the best values on custom made drapes online.  We feature over 400 luxurious Designer Fabrics from leading Mills like Schumacher, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen and our own line of premium imported silk and linen fabrics.  We hand-craft each custom drapery panel to order in our own Orange County Studio and ship them worldwide.  So, if you need something other than standard sized ready-made drapery that come in 106 inch or 108 inch lengths than just call one of our Designers and let us make you the custom draperies and Roman Shades that have been featured in magazines for over a decade.

Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

April 18th, 2014

Let’s face it, you can buy your standard size typical drapery panels anywhere.  The panels, which are typically made in China are often inexpensive and the quality is “OK”.  But if you are looking for some really unique custom drapery styles in silk and linen than you really need to give one of our Designers a call. At DrapeStyle, we have dozens of unique drapery styles available online but we also will create a “one of a kind” custom drapery design just for you.  And, they often won’t cost you more than the standard sized drapery panels you will find at a Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen Store.  As a matter of fact, we can design your entire room of silk or linen drapes, Roman Shades and valances without you ever walking into a curtain or Shade Store.  If you need extra long panels, wider panels or drapery to fit an odd-shaped window, we have you covered.  You can even send us photo of the window and we can create a sketch for you to give you a visual of how your drapery and hardware will look.

 

Unique Custom Drapery

Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes

April 18th, 2014

I know this may be a little old fashioned but, at DrapeStyle, we are still setting grommets in our custom made drapes by hand, just like it has been done for over 100 years.  And, yes, we are doing this in the United States!  When you are dealing with very high-quality custom made silk and linen drapes, or Designer Quality Drapes in fabrics like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet or Beacon Hill, you really need to set the grommets by hand.  Using a machine is just going to increase the chances that the fabric gets damaged.  At DrapeStyle, we have been hand-setting our grommets for over a decade and we have set thousands of them in nearly every finish imaginable.  Our most popular finishes are brushed nickel, shiny nickel, brass and black.  All of our grommets are made from Brass so they will not rust and are suitable for outdoor curtains, drapery or awnings as well.

Here is a little video demonstrating how we set our grommets by hand.

Christian Sinatra

Custom Drapery by DrapeStyle is no longer available at Costco

April 18th, 2014

Many people ask us if our custom silk and linen drapes are still available via Costco and/or Costco.com, they are not.  We enjoyed a great relationship with Costco but our drapery styles and process has evolved to being a much more “custom” product that did not lend itself to high-volume, low-touch retail.  As more and more online retailers are selling “ready-made” or “out-of-the-box” custom silk drapes and linen drapes we at DrapeStyle decided to focus on higher-end custom that you just can’t find from any larger Retailer like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen, etc.  So if you are still looking for DrapeStyle custom drapery at Costco you won’t find us there but you can still find us at DrapeStyle.com.

Design Advice for Custom Made Curtains and Drapery

April 17th, 2014

Do you need to hire a professional Interior Designer or Decorator to help design and select the perfect set of custom drapes for my home?  Maybe, maybe not.  At DrapeStyle we help thousands of Clients, the most of whom are Homeowners, create amazing custom drapes that fit perfectly into their homes.  We do this by employing the most talented Team of Sales Designers in the Drapery and Window Covering Industry.  When you call DrapeStyle and you are considering spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on custom drapes you deserve to speak with a Professional Designer who is able to “consult” with you and assist you.  Our Sales Designers are not paid on commission.  Their simple motivation, as is ours as a Team is to provide the very best Customer Service and support as we possibly can.

Our typical Client has questions.  A lot of questions.  They will often describe what they are looking for, what their vision is.  Once we get the measurements, which are most often provided by our Clients, our Designers go to work doing what they do best.  I will often walk through our Design Center and I will see one of our Designers working on a sketch for a Client.  So many times I am really amazed at the talent that we have.  Here are some of the sketches I picked up this week.  Of course, we don’t “charge” for this type of service, it is all part of working with DrapeStyle!

Custom Drapery Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Design by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle