How to Choose the Right Curtains

Professional advice from:
Amanda Duffield of Unidrape Blinds & Interiors
Mary Gannon
Sarah Quilliam of Hillarys
Curtains are much more than just window dressing. They can form the basis of a room’s whole look and atmosphere. Of course they’re practical too, offering privacy, warmth and energy-saving benefits. However, with so many fabrics, patterns and styles to choose from, it can take time to find the right curtains for your space. Start by looking at how these fabulous homes have embraced curtains and follow the buying advice of these experts.

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DrapeStyle’s Featured Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is an international designer who is widely known for his eclectic and always stylish interiors, mixing period and ethnic pieces into modern environments.  Whether designing commercial or residential interiors, Martyn’s palates are colorful and strong, yet always show a sense of humor.

He has expanded his brand to include furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, home fragrances and product licenses with some of the world’s most distinguished home collection brands.  To Martyn, modern luxury is comfort.

Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim, as well as the respect of such A-List clientele as Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few.

His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide and his book, ‘Live, Love, & Decorate,’ has given us a glimpse into his glamorous world of dramatic spaces and exquisite detail. Beyond the notoriety of his design firm, Martyn is also known for his fabulous line of products including furniture, fabric, flooring, fragrances, and soon to be fashion and jewelry.

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is celebrated for his trailblazing designs for luxury resorts, exquisite high-end retail shops, and lavish residential projects, as well as his affinity for mixing a broad range of styles in his eclectic, sophisticated, yet always comfortable interiors.

Bullard’s trademark attention to details, adventurous use of color and texture, and worldly and historical reference points are hallmarks of his oft talked about style.  He is also known for his veritable commitment to quality and oftentimes travels the globe in order to track down the world’s most beautiful objects.  Bullard continuously draws upon these intercontinental adventures as well as his penchant for studying and collecting both vintage decorative arts and pedigreed antiquities to create a constantly evolving, yet indefinable style.

 

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DrapeStyle features many of Martyn’s fabrics, and any of them can be custom made into Drapes, Roman Shades or Pillows.  Please contact one of our designers to learn more about custom window treatments.

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“National Sewing Machine Day”

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National Sewing Machine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated annually on June 13.   This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.   In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model.  This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.

 

Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832 and John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.

Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories.  This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.  Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution, the invention of the sewing machine had one of the largest impacts on the United States.

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Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing and draperies.  Places like crafts fairs, flea markets, and Etsy sell beautiful sewing machine-made clothes along with numerous other sewing machine-made items.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002.  Nothing at DrapeStyle is “Ready Made”.  The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it.  All of our drapes are made from the highest quality materials.  And most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have an average of 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

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Please contact one of our designers for more information on custom made drapes, roman shade or pillows.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Let’s Talk Texture. Handwoven Silk.

With Pillow                                                                                                                                                                                                        Silk is commonly thought to be one of the most treasured and luxurious fabrics in the world. The textile is a sign of high class and refined taste, and has been adored by designers and consumers for the entirety of its long and complex history.

Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, and China remains the top producer of silk today.  India is the second largest producer of silk but the largest consumer of silk.  Silk is one of the strongest fibers.  It can be weaken when exposed to too much sunlight.

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Drapestyle carries several types of silk, including beautifully textured, Handwoven Silk.  Available in 18 colors, our handwoven silk is soft with a touch of sheen.

Handwoven Silk is a bit different than Taffeta Silk.  Where Taffeta Silk has a smooth finish, Handwoven Silk is more textured and has slubs.  Slubs are soft thick fabric nubs purposely set for this desired effect.  At DrapeStyle, sateen lining and flannel interlining are complementary when you purchase silk drapes.  This helps insulate your windows during hot and cold months, protects the silk fabric from sun damage, and adds body and fullness to the drape.

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DrapeStyle also adds drapery weights to the inside of the bottom hem of all drapes, 1 1/2″ double side hems, 5″ headers and bottom hems, and all striped silks are patterned matched.  It’s details like this that has made DrapeStyle a favorite among designers and home owners since 2002.  And all of our window treatments are made right here in the USA.  Using the highest quality fabrics paired with a talented team of seamstresses and you are sure to love your drapes as much as we loved making them.

If you have any questions about the different types of silk DrapeStyle offers, please contact one of our designers.  We love helping our customer design their dream drapes.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row.  We invite you to read our Houzz reviews, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience.  You will be pleased.

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