Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

Getting Rid of Our Old Shutters

When my husband and I moved into our very first home, started a family, and had very little idea, if any, the difference between window treatments or no window treatments, our neighbor insisted to keep the off-white shutters that were already in our home. The shutters that dangled centimeters from the window, the shutters with the kind of texture that made everything else in our living room look beyond glamorous (which is unfortunately far from true), the shutters that were so yellowed and tinted from the sun’s warmth that they made the rest of our house look an overwhelming shade of white, the shades we were embarrassed to admit had moved into our home before we did and that there was, what felt like, no way of kicking them out… otherwise referred to by my husband and I as the “ugly shutters”. Fortunately, when my mother- in -law stopped by for a visit to babysit our toddler, we came home to greet our shutters at the side of the curb were they belonged, accompanied by the rest of the junk we so desperately needed to get rid of. It finally felt like we had our home to ourselves. Yet, the sun’s heat was almost unbearable in August, scorching the dark hardwood floors and leaving us with sunburns when we were simply just roaming from room to room. Spraying sunscreen on our little one didn’t feel necessary when we weren’t at the beach, and the expensive hardwood fading little by little was irritating, and the naked windows were far from helpful in the privacy department, so we experimented with another technique… drapery. What innovative technological advancements had our society made since the 14th century that were more brilliant than drapes? I would have to get back to you on that one…   The easy-breezy sweep of the fabulous cloth to immediately shade our living room saved us sunscreen rashes, expensive hardwood floor replacements, and a whole lot of cringing from visitors. Drapery is an effective, beautiful, and a very convenient addition to our home. This sort of window treatment rescued my family from the teeth-grinding, sweaty palms, and ‘tsk tsk’ing kind of embarrassment from visiting friends and co-workers who are now impressed with our immense upgrade from the “ugly shutters” to the recently renamed “best thing that has ever happened to a window”.

Confessions of a Drapery Buyer

Why I Chose Custom Drapery versus Readymade

Draperies add beauty to your windows but when it comes to deciding whether to go for custom drapes or readymade ones, there is much debate going on. Many opt for readymade ones because they don’t want to be bothered with the details, sizes, and other design elements but for those who are looking beyond the usual offerings of drapes, custom made ones are definitely worth it.

Why Custom Drapery Rocks

Compared to readymade drapes, custom drapery is more flexible for homeowners because they can easily mix and match the rest of their home decorations with the drapes they’re going to put up. Unlike in readymade ones, the options for homeowners become limited which can affect their home’s theme.

Another advantage to custom drapes is that you can get the exact measurement based on your window’s needs. Readymade drapes tend to be limited in width and height which means you’ll need to do some alterations, which can take up most of your time.

With custom drapes, your home won’t look like the rest of the households that make do with readymade drapes. Yours will be unique and more beautiful because it is personalized. You can either come up with your own design or let a professional interior designer help you choose the right design, fabric, and colors based on your existing interior design. What’s more, you’ll see more creative choices to consider compared to readymade ones which means you’ll have more ideas on how to dress up your windows and the rest of your home.

Custom drapes tend to last longer because more attention is given to the details even the tiny ones. Since readymade drapes are mass-produced, they are less likely to last a lifetime, which is the downside to them.

Are Custom Drapes Right for You?

If you are still undecided whether to go for readymade drapes or custom made ones, here’s one thing to take into consideration. The price of readymade drapes is considerably cheaper compared to custom made drapes but if you’re going to look at it long term, you’ll find that you’ll save more by investing on custom made drapes.

Although the initial cost of purchasing custom made drapes is higher compared to others, since the fabrics used are of the highest quality plus the designs are built around your preferences, you’ll get significant savings in the long run because you don’t need to buy every few years. And since the designs are unique, your guests will be impressed on the unique look of your windows.

If you are willing to dole out that extra cash for window treatments, you should definitely consider custom drapes. After all, these drapes will work best with the rest of your home furnishings and can last you a very long time.

Lux for Less at DrapeStyle

Simply said, there really is no substitute for good quality.  When it comes to custom made drapery, Roman Shades and window treatments you should expect to get what you pay for.  If you are looking for inexpensive ready-made curtains you have a wide variety of retailers to choose from.  Walk into any Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or similar retailer and you’ll find a good selection of panels that will fit most budgets.

If you are looking for true “custom” quality your choices become a little less plentiful and the “way” you buy will have a huge impact on your final products quality.  One option is to hire your own Interior Designer or Decorator.  These professionals will help you determine the best fabrics selection for your room and will measure for the perfect fit.  Once you’ve decided on your window treatments, your Designer will have your drapery made at a custom workroom who caters to the “Trade”.  You will get very high quality but you will also expect to pay the most for this level of service.

At DrapeStyle, we started as a custom drapery workroom and sold exclusively through Designers.  Over time as our Industry evolved our business evolved too.  Today, we still sell to many of the most prestigious Designers in the US and Canada.  But you no longer need to be a Designer or Decorator to get amazing lux quality at DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle you will find the finest fabrics in the World from some of the most prestigious mills including Schumacher, Kravet and Robert Allen.  And, because we are the manufacturer, you are just not going to get a better price anywhere.  When you buy your drapery from DrapeStyle you are buying from the exact same place Designers have been buying from for over a decade.

Call one of our Designers and let us show you how we can help you over the phone to design your space, select your fabrics and get the true “Lux Quality” you will just not find at any other national retailer.

 

 

 

Creating a Contemporary Look with Drapery

We are getting so many inquiries from Customers all over the US and Canada who are transitioning their decor to contemporary.  From Palm Springs to Palm Beach, Designers and Homeowners are “updating” to classic modernism and contemporary styling.

Fortunately custom drapery may be one of the more affordable ways to transition a space quickly and dramatically.  Many Designers are turning to the classic custom sheer drapery which is extremely inexpensive relative to other fabrics, to make a modern statement within any space.  We like our classic white sheers layered behind silk or linen which really adds depth.  Choose more modern pleats with your sheers and hang them on a simple and inexpensive track system.  Or, you may even opt for grommets over a sleek stainless steel rod.

In the home below the Client wanted to create a contemporary look while keeping his dark wood accents in his floor and furniture.  We used solid silk dupioni drapery and then layered them over sheers.  Layering adds more options to open the drapes and keep the sheers closed as in the photo.  Keeping the sheers closed adds some privacy and soft lighting to the space.  We used a iron rod with simple iron rings which coordinated very well with the dark wood floors and furniture.

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Love Hearing from Our Customers

Nothing makes our day like getting little notes and photos from our Customers.  They provide a constant reminder to us that when we focus on taking care of our Customers the rest will take care of itself.

At DrapeStyle, we simply provide the very best value, service and quality in the custom drapery and window treatment market.

“Dear DrapeStyle,

The drapes I ordered from your company are beautiful and are very well made. I hope these pictures do them justice. They look fantastic in my great room.”

We also love getting your pictures so please keep them coming!!

 

 

 

Mojave Stone Custom Contemporary Drapery

Mojave Stone Custom Contemporary Drapery

Mojave Stone Custom Cotton Drapery by DrapeStyle

Mojave Stone Custom Cotton Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

DrapeStyle Named “Best of Houzz” for 2015

We at DrapeStyle are delighted to have received the Best of Houzz award for Client Satisfaction once again in 2015!  This is the second consecutive year that we have been recognized by the Houzz Community for providing the “highest Level of Client Satisfaction” for Custom Drapery, Roman Shades and our entire line of Custom Window Treatments.  While there may be some “high-fives” around the office today this award is really just a affirmation that taking care of our Customers is our primary focus at DrapeStyle.  There are no gimmicks, no short-cuts or trendy new business strategies that take the place of the most basic of business principals.  Simply, make the Customer your most important priority and the rest will take care of itself.

The new Houzz award comes at a unique time in our Company’s evolution.  The recent move of our headquarters, sales, and operations to Phoenix from Orange County has provided plenty of distractions.  The Houzz “badge” is a great reminder for all of us that while we are working out the logistics, processes and details in our new location that if we all keep our eyes clearly focused on “taking care of the Customer” we’ll be just fine.

Thank you to all of our Customers for making DrapeStyle your choice for the best value in custom made drapery anywhere.

Who Ships Window Treatments Internationally?

It’s no secret that DrapeStyle ships our custom made drapery and window treatments throughout the US and Canada.  What you may not know is that we also ship internationally to Countries as far away as France, Australia, Japan, China and the UK.  When we firsts started shipping our drapery and drapery hardware we thought, “how hard can it be?”.  We learned that shipping our drapes overseas required some serious preparation.  For example, we have had a few Clients in Australia (we love the accent by the way), who have ordered several times.  The orders were large, enough to decorate an entire home.  We initially thought that we would just “box them up” and ship the drapes like we would any other order.  When we packed them, however, we quickly realized that we needed a little sturdier of a container considering these draperies were going to the other side of the world.  So we contacted a local shipping / freight forwarder, and we are sure glad we did.  They built us a very sturdy crate using “certified” wood that came along with a “certificate”.  Like me you are probably asking what the heck “certified wood” is.  It turns out that some Countries, including Australia, are very concerned about foreign insects crossing their borders.  Many insects burrow their way into wood that is then used to build crates that ship goods.  The little critters then catch a free ride into new Countries.  So, this “certified” wood means that it is free of any hitch-hiking critters.

We got a pretty good education on the nuances of shipping our drapery into a lot of different Countries and we really think it benefits our Customers.  Nothing worse than ordering your living room drapery, roman shades or any window treatments and then having them held-up at Customs or worse, rejected by Customs and shipped back to the Manufacturer.

So if you live in Paris Texas or Paris France we are confident that we will make you the very highest quality custom drapery available and have them arrive at your doorstep in perfect condition.

If you have any questions about our International Shipping please call one of our Designers at 800-760-8257.

 

 

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At DrapeStyle we ship our custom made drapery, roman shades and valances all over the world,

 

 

Special Offer for Our Canadian Customers

At DrapeStyle we have been making our custom curtains, drapery and window treatments for Clients in Canada for well over a decade.  Some of our very first Designers Clients, in fact, were in Canada.  We appreciate our Canadian Customers and value them immensely.

Now, we are a little Company and we don’t spend much time researching international currency fluctuations.  In fact, have a hard time figuring out the exchange rates whenever I travel so I just stick to credit cards.  So when we heard that the currency exchange rate for the Canadian Dollar to US Dollar we thought we would dig into the subject a bit.  We were pretty surprised to see how much the exchange rate changed and how fast.  In just 5 months the Canadian Dollar has gotten significantly weaker versus the US Dollar.  This change in the rate certainly makes it less desirable for our Canadian Customers to buy their custom made window treatments (or any product for that matter) from any supplier in the US.  So, at DrapeStyle, we are going to do something about it.  Starting today Canadian Customers can save an additional 5% Off their custom made drapery, Roman Shades, drapery hardware and window treatments when they purchase them from DrapeStyle.  Just use the Coupon Code “Canada” at checkout.

Now, we can’t extend this offer forever.  The offer will end on March 13th, 2015.  It is not available to The Trade and can not be combined with any other offers.

Please call any of our Designers for details and thank you for shopping at DrapeStyle!

Canadian Customers can Save an Extra 5% Off Custom Drapes and Window Treatments at DrapeStyle

Canadian Customers can Save an Extra 5% Off Custom Drapes and Window Treatments at DrapeStyle

Perfect Window Treatments for Bathrooms and Kitchens

Occasionally we will get a call from a Customer or Designers who is trying to find a window treatment for a bathroom or a kitchen.  Drapery is a tough option for either of these rooms but we specify Roman Shades for bathrooms and kitchens all of the time.  As a matter of fact one of our more popular photographs is of a Roman Shade that we made for a bathroom.  You can’t see it in the photo but just beneath the Shade is a large bathtub.  Roman Shades provide a lot of versatility for odd sized windows or kitchens or bathrooms when a traditional curtain or drapery treatment is not practical.

Very often we see Roman Shades in kitchens over the sink area, laundry rooms, pantries and mud rooms.  They offer great privacy, especially when they are properly lined and interlined.

We try to teach our Designers to think “outside the box” when it comes to custom window treatments for any room in your home.  And, of course all of our Roman Shades are made right here in the USA in our custom workroom.

 

Roman Shades are Contemporary Window Treatments suitable for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Roman Shades are Contemporary Window Treatments suitable for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Time to Order Your Outdoor Drapery!

I know – Seems crazy.  It’s the end of February and half of the Country is enduring ice-cold temperatures.  The weather report is “cold”, “colder” and even “coldest”.  So, lets all change the conversation!  Let’s start looking forward to spring!  Believe it or not it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start getting your outdoor furnishings ready to enjoy every moment.

So, let’s talk about getting some new custom outdoor drapery from DrapeStyle.  We offer a wide variety of amazing outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella (the leader in outdoor fabrics) that make beautiful custom drapes, shades and pillows.  Whether you like bold stripes, neutral solids and modern prints, chances are we have you covered.  Our Designers can help you determine the exact sizes you need and offer some great suggestions on coordinating fabrics.

Of course, we also have a full line of outdoor drapery hardware that is made to endure years of outdoor weather exposure and can also be customized to your exact specifications.  Ask one of our Designers for help selecting the hardware components you will need as well.  Please don’t be intimidated by the word “custom”.  At DrapeStyle “Custom” does not mean “Expensive”.  As a matter of fact, we can probably make you amazing custom outdoor drapery at pricing lower pricing than you will find at many larger retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen!  And, when you order from DrapeStyle, you are getting 100% American Made Custom at the exact size and fabric you need.

We’ll need 4-6 weeks to make your custom outdoor drapes which means, if you order now, you should expect them to be delivered in mid-April.  Order now and you’ll have one more thing to look forward too with Springs arrival!!

 

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

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Having Trouble Decising Between Silk Drapes or Linen Drapery?

We get lots of Customers who just can’t make the decision between new custom silk drapery or linen drapes.  Sometimes that answer they decide on is….”both”.  Why not?  Silk and Linen blend together like peanut butter and jelly.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been combining silk and linen into unique drapery styles and designs for over a decade.  We love the simple but elegant Silk Bordered Linen Drapery where we start with your choice of linen fabric and then add a contrasting silk border in your choice of Dupioni or Taffeta.  We make each one panel to order in our workroom so we are not bound by the typical constraints of larger retailers.  After all, every drapery and curtain panel we make at DrapeStyle is 100% custom.  No ready made drapes here.

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

 

Another best seller at DrapeStyle has been our Hotel Drape in linen.  We start with your choice of any of our linen fabrics and then hand-apply four silk bands.  These panels take a lot of time to make but we really think they’re worth it.  If you need some help in choosing the perfect combination of fabrics please don’t hesitate to call one of our Designers who are standing by.

 

The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

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Making the Silk and Linen Custom Draepry

 

 

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Is Linen The Best Fabric for Custom Drapery?

One of the most common questions were are asked when speaking to a Client about new custom made drapery is “what is the best fabric for my drapery?”.  The simple answer is that it “depends”.  Linen is, and has been becoming more and more popular for our Customers in the US and Canada.  It seems like we’ve been seeing Linen Drapery in more and more catalogs and larger Retailers like Restoration Hardware and Ethan Allen which may have added to its spike in popularity.  Linen has been used for drapery for literally thousands of years.  In fact, linen drapes have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.

Linen is relatively inexpensive and widely available in a large variety of weights and weaves.  Linen absorbs color dies very well which results in deep rich color.  When it comes to drapery there are a few features of Linen that are important to consider;

Linen hold some pretty stubborn wrinkles.  Over time, when used as custom drapery, the wrinkles will relax but you may want to use a steamer to expedite the process.  We use great care in folding, packing and shipping our drapery to minimize the wrinkles before our Clients receive them.

For the most part, linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time.  Especially when exposed to direct sunlight.  Be sure to use a very high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely.

At DrapeStyle we offer a wide variety of Linen Drapery to choose from.  If you are concerned about wrinkles you may want to consider our Manhattan Linen Collection which features a blended linen and poly fabric.  The Poly component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles.  Plus, our Manhattan Linens are a great value.

If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please call one of our Designers who can walk you through all of the options available.

Wait Until You See This….

We just completed a Project in Southern California.  The photoshoot is next week and all of the custom drapes that went into this 10,000 square foot custom home came out of our new Arizona Workroom.  Simply said, they are going to knock your socks off!  Here is just a little teaser of what to expect but the “real” photos are coming from one of Southern California’s best Architectural Photographers and, although I am admittedly biased, the drapes steel the show!  We dressed eight rooms of this amazing brand new Spanish Colonial and a variety of linens and sheers.  We mixed Roman Shades with Drapery for depth and texture and added a extra helping of Schumacher, Robert Allen and our own line of Bristol Linen that you are not going to find at Restoration Hardware!

Stand by for the full photo shoot images coming in the next couple of weeks!

Stay tuned for the full photoshoot!

Stay tuned for the full photoshoot!

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Don’t Miss This Sale Pricing

We are offering some of the best values on custom made curtains and drapes in our history!  And, for a limited time you can save an extra $25 instantly when you sign-up for DrapeStyle Rewards.  Whether you are looking for traditional elegance of solid silk drapery or summer casual linen you really can’t find a better time to get the world-class quality from DrapeStyle at amazing prices!  Even if you have considered purchasing ready-made draperies from Restoration Hardware, Horchow, Macy’s or Ethan Allen you really need to call one of our Designers.  Our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility allows us to deliver the finest quality custom drapes at simply the best value anywhere in the US or Canada.

Here are some examples of the values at DrapeStyle…

Solid Silk Dupioni Custom Drapes – 87 Inches Long, 54 Inches Wide in a Inverted Pleat with Blackout Lining – Regular Priced at $737 per panel now just $553!  Remember these panels are custom made and are available in any pleat style including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Parisian Pleat and two Grommet options!

Thinking of Linen?  How about our most luxurious Bristol Linen in your choice of length, pleat, width and lining option at 20% off our normal pricing.  Custom Made, Designer Quality at simply incredible pricing.

Need some help in choosing the right fabric, pleat or size, just call one of our Designers for assistance.  But hurry, these values won’t last for long!

 

 

DrapeStyle Re-Locates to Phoenix, Arizona

We are so excited to be settled into our new facility in Phoenix, Arizona.  Our new location and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will allow us to manufacturer our custom drapery and roman shades faster than ever while maintaining all of the DrapeStyle quality our Clients expect.  The new facility has tripled the size of our drapery workroom.  Now that we have all of the extra room and extra equipment we have also been able to add additional Seamstresses to help speed production.

Our move to Phoenix is a great example of DrapeStyle’s ongoing commitment to manufacturer and sell the highest quality custom drapery you can buy, all made by talented People right here in America.

Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to serving you for many years to come!

Still Time to Order Your Custom Drapes for the Holidays!

Can you believe that it’s almost November again?!?!?  Wasn’t it just the middle of summer?  At DrapeStyle this is our busiest time of the year.  We love the Holidays but it is really crunch time for us getting everyone their brand new custom drapes delivered in time for Thanksgiving and all of the Holidays which are fast approaching.  If you have not ordered yet for the Holiday than we urge you to please measure up those windows and give us a call for pricing.  Our Designers would be happy to help you check your window sizes and determine the best drapery or Roman Shades to really make your Home shine for the Holiday season!  And, to help you along, we have some of our very best prices ever right now, so hurry!

 

No Payments + No Interest for 6 Months With PayPal Credit!

For a limited time, when you checkout using PayPal Credit you can furnish your entire home with beautiful DrapeStyle Custom Drapes and make no payments and pay no interest for 6 months!  You must select PayPal and checkout, conditions and restrictions apply but don’t wait, this deal will not last for long!

Buying Custom Drapes? Look for a WCAA Member First!

When you are considering making an investment on new custom drapes for your home you should always check to see that the Manufacturer is a Member in good standing of the Window Covering Association of America.  The WCAA is the primary Industry Association for the custom window treatment industry and helps to provide guiding policy and standards that all Members agree to follow.  Becoming a Member of the WCAA a Manufacturer agrees to follow the guidelines of the WCAA and is carefully monitored by the WCAA.  DrapeStyle has been a proud Member of the WCAA since 2010 and we look forward to many more years supporting the organization and our Industry in general.

 

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Always Gratefull for Wonderful Reviews from Our Clients!

As the daughter of a professional seamstress, I was at first hesitant to order custom drapes online. I was quickly won over by the speedy shipment of the sample fabrics I had ordered. The fabrics were of the highest quality and every question or concern I had was easily put to rest by the outstanding customer representatives. I ordered my first pair of double width french pleated silk curtains for my dining room. The drapes arrived beautifully wrapped and with such care that it was obvious the company took great pride in its product. The lining, stitching and detail work are all incredible. I was so reassured that I hired them again to create treatments for my study a few months later. The typical turn around time is 5-8 weeks. As the 8 week mark approached, I received notice that my fabric was still not available from the mill and I was given the option to wait for it’s arrival or change my fabric choice. I decided to wait. In the meantime, the fabric was further discounted. The representatives at DrapeStyle did not hesitate to adjust my order to my benefit. Furthermore, they expedited my order so that once the fabric arrived, it would be only a week before the drapes were in my hands. Once again, they are stunning. And so for the third time, I have placed an order with DrapeStyle to custom make drapes for my living room. I know they will be greater than I can even envision. Thank you so much, DrapeStyle, for truly providing outstanding customer service and unparalleled product quality.
Sincerely,
Melissa Bowman, MD

Betsy Ross – Drapery Seamstress

So we just returned from our summer sojourn to the East Coast.  This year we took the kids into Philadelphia for a couple of days to explore the historic sites.  We hit all of the normal stuff.  Saw Ben Franklin’s tomb, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the People in the City of Brotherly Love were pleasant and helpful.  We really had a great trip.

One of the interesting things that we learned was on the tour of Betsy Ross’s home.  Well, for one, her real name was not Betsy Ross but actually Elizabeth Griscom.  We were also happy to know that her profession was that of a Seamstress.  She repaired upholstery and made bed-linens.  Her primary job was actually making custom drapes and curtains for paying Customers in the Philadelphia area.  She was know for very high quality which is why General Washington asked her to sew the very first American Flag.  When Washington asked her to sew the flag she confided that she had never even made a flag before but he was so impressed with her sewing skills he engaged her to sew the Flag.