The Art of Handcrafted Textiles

Reposted from Fabricut’s blog:

There is something unmistakably appealing about the handmade. The rich history of textiles as one of the oldest forms of art continues to influence textile design today, with handmade techniques passed down through generations of textile designers. As we continue to find inspiration in handcrafted textiles, we’ve pulled together several new products developed with handcrafting processes and images of the artisans at work.

Employing handcrafting techniques including screen printing, fabrics like Ion Damask are printed at our mill by artisans who apply the pattern by hand down the bolt of fabric. Ion Damask’s natural linen ground is the perfect backdrop for the hand-screened damask design, bringing a more relaxed look ideal for bohemian or globally inspired interiors.

Using the same screen printing technique, pattern Amaris Stripe’s small-scale design is printed onto a cotton/linen blend ground. Hand-screening the fabric design lends the fabric a uniqueness unlike anything made entirely by machine.

If you are interested in any of Fabricut’s fabrics, let us know! DrapeStyle can custom make draperies, Roman shades or pillows in any of Fabricut’s fabrics. Contact us for more information.


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National Button Day

November 16th is National Button Day! Here are some fun facts about buttons. Reposted from:https://nationaltoday.com/national-button-day/

Once simply ornamental in nature, the button as a means to fasten clothes has been around since 13th century Germany. Since then, a wide variety of materials like wood, clay, shells, and plastic have been used to make buttons in every size, shape, and color. A button jar can morph into a great craft project, extra game tokens, or fashion embellishment. Sure, we have zippers and Velcro now, but buttons are just more fun, interesting, and whimsical. Buttons can even be works of art, so take time to appreciate those useful, pretty little things on National Button Day.

National Button Day – History

Buttoned up button

​2014-A button that was once part of a Texas confederate navy uniform circa the Civil War sold for over $2,000.​

​Muscatine, Iowa became pearl button capital of the world

​1900-Noting the abundance of pearl mussels in nearby waters, a German immigrant opened a button-making factory in small town Iowa, which soon grew to be the largest manufacturer of pearl buttons in the world.

Button-down collars invented

1896-​Polo players were the first to button down their collars to stop them from getting in the way during a match; Brooks Brothers copied the look and created a lasting trend in 1896.​

​The church denounced buttons

​1300-Europe was so button crazy, the church started calling them the “devil’s snare.” This was probably because most women’s clothing of the time buttoned up the front.​

Button Makers Guild established

​1250-The French established the first collective that designed artisan buttons, making buttons a status symbol.

National Button Day Activities

  1. Upcycle with buttons-Have a shirt you don’t wear anymore? Change out the buttons and make it new again. Sew on some shiny metal buttons to give it an on-trend military look, or sew on kitschy novelty buttons to reflect your favorite hobby, animal, or even food. Be unique, original, and eco-friendly all at the same time.
  2. Go on a treasure hunt-Hit a thrift shop, rummage, or garage sale. Be on the lookout for old clothing with unique buttons. Collectors love finding ones depicting mini works of art, that were worn by famous people, or reflect a certain era. Research to see if any of your finds are worth more than what you paid.
  3. Start a button jar-Snip buttons from unused pieces of clothing, claim ones you find lying loose, buy novelty ones when it strikes your fancy, or pick ones up on the cheap when thrifting. Then, the next time you need a button, you’ll have a big variety of sizes, shapes and colors from which to choose.

​3 Facts To Really Push Your Buttons

  1. What side you button up on is gender-based​-Women’s clothing traditionally buttons on the right (reportedly because it was easier for maids to dress the ladies they served that way) and men’s on the left (they dressed themselves).
  2. Boutonnière means buttonhole in French​-Boutonnieres go through a little slit in the lapel of men’s jackets that looks the same as a buttonhole, so we repurposed the French word for buttonhole to describe the flower in English.
  3. ​Buttons on uniform sleeves were put there to stop soldiers from wiping their noses​-Widely repeated but never satisfactorily confirmed, it is said that Napoleon ordered brass buttons be placed on the sleeves of all military uniforms so soldiers would be discouraged from wiping their noses on them.

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Why Buy Single Drapery Panels?

Why does DrapeStyle sell their drapes individually?

I get this question quite often. I explain to clients that sometimes it might be more convenient to have one drape. And other times the window may only require one drape. Let me explain. You may have a narrow window and one drape is more than enough to cover the window.

You may have a window on either side of your bed or a fireplace, for example. Space might be limited, but you require privacy or you may just want to add color or texture to the space. Or sometimes reaching behind the bed to open and close your window treatments isn’t possible.

One drape can be beautiful and functional, and may cost a bit less than two! A sliding glass door would be another application for one drape. Does your slider open on one side? Is the wall space limited on one side of the slider? Would it be easier if your view wasn’t block and one drape stacked to the side of the slider?

If you need a little design advice or help with determining what size drapery you need, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we love helping customers design their dream drapes! Whether you need one drape or two, we can create a look for you within your budget that you will love!


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Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore has announced their color of the year for 2020. A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.

View more on the complementary color palette:


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Why Buy Made-to-Measure?

With designs for custom homes becoming more and more creative and more options are made available for spec homes, ‘normal’ sized windows aren’t so normal anymore. The trend for windows (and ceiling heights) are getting higher and higher and purchasing ready made window coverings isn’t really an option any more.

Made-to-Measure curtains are more expensive as they require expert craftsmanship, each curtain and Roman shade we make are made with precision and care. But what you receive in return is a finished product that will last for years as they are crafted with expertise.

Pinch pleat, French pleat, Inverted pleat, Grommet; these are just a few choices of curtain heading styles that are available in Made to Measure. Variations of curtain headings are not common with Ready Made curtains as they are more complex and more expensive to make. DrapeStyle can create any type of heading you wish, contact us for information on the best selection for your application.

Are you looking for curtains that can block out unwanted light, or are you looking for curtains that can keep your home warm during winter and cool during summer? There are various types of lining with the main types being standard, blackout, interlining, thermal and acoustic. Having custom curtains made means you choose your lining option. Read more here about DrapeStyle’s lining options.

Our seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. At DrapeStyle, nothing is ready made. We custom make your dream drapes and curtains to your specifications, right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Please contact us for more information.


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Top Reasons to Interline Your Curtains

Curtains aren’t just for adding some design element to your room, they provide privacy and in some cases, much needed insulation. Read on to find out the benefits that will make you want to add a lining to your curtains.

Sun Protection-Curtains fabrics, of any material, color and design need to be taken care off from the harsh sunlight as UV can damage the color and the curtain folds. Adding interlining for the curtains not only help to limit sun exposure inside the room, but it also protects the fabric from UV ray damage and increases the life of the curtain itself.

Volume– Lined curtains are sometimes a great way to add body to the curtains that sometimes have a tendency to look flimsy and lifeless. With custom drapery, silk or taffeta curtains are ideal for interlining and add a certain flair to the interior look. Interlining, in short, makes sure to give off an expensive look that a normal fabric may not have. This is one reason why DrapeStyle includes interlining on all of our silk curtains.

Noise and Insulation-If you live in extremely cold or hot areas, then adding a specific fabric for interlining can help in insulation from the natural elements or heat loss and transfer. Besides protecting the valuable furniture and fabric from sun exposure, interlining your curtains and blinds can also guard you against unwanted noise pollution.

If you have questions about your specific application, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been making custom curtains, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. Our talented team would be happy to work with you to create your dream drapes and curtains.


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Top Curtain Trends for Fall

Top Curtain Trends for Fall

Bold Prints-If you want to make an interior design statement, then go for the bright and bold prints that are coming back in trend this season. Big prints in mustard yellow or indigo make for a perfect autumn look to complete your room. Keep the textile in the room simple and go big with prints on curtains or blinds with different fabrics like silk, linen and cotton to get the best look possible with a softer edge.

Sheers-If you want to add more subtle touches to your living rooms, then try adding sheer curtains with a neutral base and some bold and bright red or orange curtain appliqué to get playful. The translucent fabric makes sure the light is plenty and the prints and design embody the autumn season inside your home.

Autumnal Colors-The easiest way to change up a room, especially if you have a neutral coloured room decor is by adding bold and bright orange and red curtain hues for the season. You can add different layers and shades of the same colour with an ombre curtain look, to add more volume and amp up the season festivities by going all out! Remember to stick to one color theme and don’t go overboard with the textiles in the room!

Organic Materials-Natural woven blinds in bamboo and matchstick. They filter the light and provide just the right amount of privacy. Woven blinds are often eco friendly and sustainable and they look great paired with fabric curtain panels.


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GETTING GUEST ROOM READY WITH SARAH RICHARDSON

Reposted from Kravet

RICHARDSON SHARES HER MUST-HAVES FOR A COZY GUEST RETREAT THAT WILL MAKE YOUR OVERNIGHT VISITORS FEEL EXTRA SPECIAL.

Nothing says “welcome to your home-away-from-home” quite like a comfortable, stylish and well-equipped guest room. I chose unique pieces that are both relaxed and stylish so that family and friends are guaranteed to have a memorable stay this holiday season.

Tips from Sarah Richardson:

  1. The Perfect Table Lamp – The large-scale look of the McCool Table Lamp offers maximum impact and lights the whole room. Set between two twin beds for example, the light effortlessly provides ample illumination for both guests.
  2. Pillows Aplenty – I’m fussy about pillows and assume my guests are the same, so I make every bed with one polyester pillow and one soft down (or down alternative) pillow so guests can pile up on as many or as few pillows as they like.
  3. Storage Space – A bedside table with a drawer, a large-top surface and a cubby or shelf for storage will help guests spread out and unpack a bit. Try to limit personal accessories and keep clutter to a minimum so the room feels finished but not too busy.
  4. Soft Carpet Underfoot – A carpet that’s soft underfoot and big enough that bare feet will land on the rug when they wake up is a must-have. Adding a rug also helps to stifle sound and floor creaks in older houses, so guests can walk without tiptoeing.
  5. Consistent Color Scheme – Your guest room doesn’t needs to resemble the presidential suite, but it shouldn’t look like the land of castoffs either. Try to make everything cohesive so it’s inviting to spend time in and your guests feel you’re happy they’ve arrived.
  6. Comfy Chair – If space permits, I always add a chair or two to bedrooms. Some guests like to have a bit of quiet time.  A comfortable chair gives them the perfect spot to sit and read or get some work done, if they so please.

100% Cotton Sheets – A freshly made bed (especially by someone else, no less) is always a treat!  It’s easy to make your guests feel like they’ve just checked into a hotel by putting a bit of thought and care into the amenities.

Layers On The Bed – We all run on different temperatures, so layer up the bed with an extra quilt or blanket for options.  If you don’t put it on the bed as a decorative layer, make sure you tell your guests where to find additional bedding in case it’s needed in the night.  I can’t sleep if I’m cold and always want to help my guests get some good zzz’s!

Take A Test Drive – My number one rule for every guest room is that you need to have tried it out and feel confident that it is actually well-equipped and comfortable.  I learned this the hard way.  In my guest room at the farm, I didn’t realize that the board supporting the mattress wasn’t attached to the frame of the bed until we had a visitor and heard a big crash late one night when the plywood slipped off the frame after being nudged every time the bed was made. Trying to reassemble a bed in your PJ’s is not what good hosting is all about…talk about a wake-up call!


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Who is Houzz?

What is Houzz? Have you been on this website? You should, there is an overwhelming amount of information and ideas on this website and a great resource for professionals that can help make your house a home.

Started in 2008 by Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen as a result of their own remodeling project. Houzz is a place to browse and save beautiful home photos. A place to find the right design and construction professionals. A place to connect with others who have been there too. Houzz started as a side project but has become a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals—across the country and around the world.

Soon after Houzz started, DrapeStyle jumped onboard after seeing the impact this could have on the interior design community. Getting feedback helps other customers learn more about a product or a company. This is essential for an online company like DrapeStyle.

Not all of our reviews are favorable, but we try our best to resolve any issues to the satisfaction of our customers. But we ask all customers to review their purchase in hopes of sharing their experience with others.

On DrapeStyle’s Houzz page you can look through images of past projects and get ideas for your own window treatment project. Our blogs are also listed there for even more information. And yes, you can read our reviews.

DrapeStyle is proud to partner with Houzz and proud to say that we have earned the Best of Houzz Award for Client Satisfaction six years in a row. Contact DrapeStyle for questions we are happy help!


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Top 5 Drapery Mistakes

Want that custom look for your drapery but you’re a bit overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Here is a list of things to address when purchasing drapery for your home.

Not Wide Enough

There’s nothing worse than having the sun peak through your drapes and the sunlight smack you in the face when all you want is to sleep. You’ll want to order your drapery at least 1 1/2 times wider than the window you are trying to cover. See DrapeStyle’s formula for figuring width sizes.

Not High Enough

You will want to hang your drapery at least 4′-6″ above the window molding. The trend now is to hang them even higher, very close to the ceiling. This will make your window and your room look larger than it is. Never hang your drapery on the molding. If space doesn’t allow you to hang drapery above the molding, then you may want to consider having a Roman shade made for the window.

Not Long Enough

Purchase drapery that is within 1/2″ of the floor, or longer if you would like a puddled look. When drapes are too short, it just makes the room look off. If you purchased drapes that are too short, you may be able to lengthen them by adding a band of fabric to the bottom. When in doubt, always order longer.

Not Enough Fullness

This relates to flat panels or drapery panels without pleats. Yes, you may have enough fabric to cover your window but does it look like you’ve hung a bed sheet in your window? Add extra widths to your draperies so that your drapes look great even when open.

Wrong Hardware

If draperies are like the outfit to your room then hardware is like the jewelry to your draperies. Don’t skimp on the hardware, make sure the length and scale is appropriate for you draperies and windows. Most of the time the drapes will cover a bit of your window on each side. This will give the illusion that your window is larger than it really is. Now if you’ve got a fabulous view and you don’t want to block any of the window when the drapes are open, you’ll need to purchase a drapery rod that is long enough to accomodate the drapery stack. You’ll also want to make sure you have purchased a sturdy drapery rod and the appropriate brackets to hold the weight of your drapes.

If you have any questions about drapery we are here to help! DrapeStyle has been making custom drapery, Roman shades and pillow for over 15 years. We would be happy to help you with your window treatment project. Contact us for more information.


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Refresh Your Home

Refreshing your home by season or just when you feel you need a new look, here are some easy ways to accomplish this.

Throws and pillows.

Be daring and perhaps try a shade that you normally don’t include in your home, as pillows and throws can be found at any price point and are easy enough to change out on demand.

Botanicals.

Whether you’re using fresh or faux florals, they just brighten your home! Try adding some to various rooms in your home. Make small arrangements and larger ones, and try using different objects for vases.

Rugs.

They won’t break the bank and you can easily switch them out in the kitchen or bathroom to add some color and freshen up your rooms. Refresh your home with a new rug and you’ll immediately see a difference! Rugs have a special ability to add warmth and definition to the spaces they’re in. So, if you’re looking to redefine your space, there’s no better way to do it than with a new area rug.

Bedding.
Your bed is essentially the centerpiece of your bedroom. Therefore, if you’re looking to bring some more life to your bedroom design, then there’s no better way to do it than by updating your bedding. Switching out bedding as the seasons change can be an easy and inexpensive way to update your look. Check out places like Ross and Marshall’s for fun fresh colors at inexpensive prices.

Window Treatments.

If your room is the outfit, then the window treatments are like the jewelry of that outfit. Don’t neglect your windows, window treatments are the finishing touch to any room. Layer window treatments by using shades and draperies then switch out the draperies as the seasons change.


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Silk is Superior. Here’s Why.

DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies for over 15 years and shipping them all across the US and Canada. And our most popular fabric for draperies is silk. Know for its luster, strength, and drapability, silk is one of the most beautiful fabrics and is a perfect choice for draperies.

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 shipped 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 and the fabric is 54 inches wide. The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes, 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 fabric, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections.

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. We make every drape as if it is going into our own home, we use only the finest materials and workmanship.

The result are beautiful draperies you can be proud to hang in your home. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience and they make each drape by hand in our Phoenix, Arizona workroom. The DrapeStyle way of making custom draperies takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. Contact us for more information on how we can help you design your dream drapes.


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Custom Made with Sarah Richardson

One of DrapeStyle’s most popular designers is Sarah Richardson. We invite you to view her fabrics and read more about this talented designer.

Sarah Richardson has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers.  She launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, she is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience.  Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.

Known for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

DrapeStyle can custom make Roman shades, pillows and draperies in your choice of Sarah Richardson fabrics. For more information contact us and we would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.


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How to Train Your Drapes

Did you know there is a training period when you purchase drapes? At DrapeStyle we make every effort to pack your drapes the same day they will be shipped out to minimize the time your custom draperies are in the shipping box. But once you receive them, here are a few tips when hanging your draperies.

If you can’t hang your draperies right away, we recommend taking them out of the box. Your drapes will be wrapped in clear plastic, will most likely be long and will be folded in order to fit them in a shipping box. We recommend that you take them out of the box and lay them flat on a large table or drape them over a chair to minimize the wrinkles.

Once you take your drapes out of the plastic bags, you will notice that the drapes have been fan folded. Not all companies do this, but by taking this extra step, the pleats are preserved. Your draperies will also have paper cuffs on them. You are welcome to keep these cuffs on them for a few days while the wrinkles work their way out.

Your draperies were also made with weights. Weighted bottoms will allow your draperies to hang beautifully. This is another additional step not all retailers take, but at DrapeStyle, weights are standard on all indoor and outdoor draperies.

If after you have allowed your draperies to hang for a couple of weeks and you still have stubborn wrinkles, you may iron your draperies on a low setting.

And if you can’t remember these tips once you receive your drapes, not to worry. A care card is included with every order to insure your draperies will look as good as they do in our catalog.


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Get to Know Vern Yip

Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:

Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.

Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you? 

A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!

Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world! 

Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? 
A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.

Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.

Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.

On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.

Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.

In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living. 

Q. What are your best small space living hacks?

A. My answer is two-fold:

1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.

2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.


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Sheer Perfection

The classic sheer drapery panel that never goes out of style. Whether your style is relaxed and casual, or classic and refined, DrapeStyle can custom make a sheer for you.

Choose a simple yet elegant flat panel or personalize them by adding an optional top-band or custom pleat style. When you buy your custom drapes from DrapeStyle you are buying “factory direct”.

Our sheers are available in linen blends and polyester. They are perfect alone or paired with a pattern drape. Each made from the highest quality materials, fabricated right here in Phoenix, Arizona.Contact us for more information and we would be happy to help you design your sheers.


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Corner Window Solutions

I recently helped my in laws replace their window treatments. They had a few challenges, and it dawned on me, “standard” isn’t really “standard”. Every home has a unique design, unique windows and unique situations. But not to worry, there are solutions. And DrapeStyle can help.

My in laws have two corner windows that emphasise their beautiful view. They are on a hill so privacy isn’t an issue. However, the afternoon sun can be pretty intense, and they were looking for solutions to block the sun, so they came to me for suggestions.

Like I mentioned, they don’t need window coverings for privacy and they are working with a budget. They have a lot of wood in their home so naturally, my first suggestion was to add drapes to add color and softness to their home. Compared to shutters or shades, drapes are a less expensive alternative. Drapes will also draw your eye up and out, making the room and windows look larger than they really are.

The first step was to address the drapery hardware. When purchasing drapery hardware, you’ll first want to confirm that the collection has a swivel corner connector. This will be the item that connects two drapery rods in a corner. If it swivels, it will be much easier to work with.

If you need the drapes to be functional, meaning that the drapes will be opened and closed often, you may want to consider by-pass brackets and rings. If you need the drapes to completely close and meet in the corner, they will need to slide past the brackets allowing you to do this.

DrapeStyle offers a variety of different solutions for your window hardware, including corner hardware. Contact us for more information and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.


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Threading the Needle

This week, on July 25th, we celebrate “Thread The Needle Day”. Who knew there was such a thing, right?

Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning. Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew. I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started. What about you?  Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?

Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store. This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.

Keep an open mind. Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it. When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc. Practice, practice, practice. You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread. Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills. And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.

Make things you like. If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it. Search the internet. Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials. I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.

Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle. We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002. Our seamstresses have each been threading the needle for an average of 25 years so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.


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What Are Drapery Hooks?

Drapery hooks, what are they? DrapeStyle uses a lot of these little things and you probably don’t even know that they’re there. But they can make all of the difference when creating custom draperies.

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Drapery Hooks

DrapeStyle uses heavy duty, silver metal drapery hooks on our custom draperies. Why? to hold up the heaviest of draperies and to ensure that the pleats look as good as they did when they were created. One of the final steps in creating your custom drapes, drapery hooks are installed by hand on each drape on the header, on flat panel and pleated drapes.

Drapery Hook on Drapery Ring

The drapery hooks then slide into the eyelet on your drapery ring. We highly recommend purchasing drapery rings as appose to clips on rings. Clip on rings can have a tendency to snag to tear the fabric. And if the drape is heavy, the drape can slide out of the clip.

It takes a bit more time and money to install metal drapery hooks but that’s one of the many differences between DrapeStyle and other retailers. At DrapeStyle, we take the time to hand make every pillow, drape and Roman shade as if it was going into our own home. With a team of seamstresses that each have an average of 25 years experience, you know you will receive window treatments made with the highest quality materials and standards. And as always, everything is made right here in America.

DrapeStyle Team

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Do You Need to Line Your Draperies?

How do you protect delicate fabrics such as silk, from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun?  We are frequently asked by our clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes. 

The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight. DrapeStyle only uses Hanes brand linings and interlinings. Hanes is one of the best companies out there and they produce some of the highest quality linings in the business.

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DrapeStyle includes our standard white lining and white flannel interlining on all silk draperies. Not only will this significantly protect the fabric against sun damage, it will add body and weight to the drape making it look more full and lush.

If more insulation is needed we suggest selecting blackout lining. The blackout material is comprised of a synthetic membrane that is about 99% impenetrable from the sun. In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets in the same room, from fading as well. Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves. DrapeStyle only charges $99 per drapery panel to add blackout lining which is a great deal considering what it could cost to replace sun damaged furniture and drapes.

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Most Interior Designers will suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their clients. They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.

If you would like more information about insulating, blackout or flannel linings, please see our lining guide or contact us. We’re here to help you create your dream drapes.

DrapeStyle Team


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