Charm and character. Achieving the farmhouse look is combining old and new. And everything shouldn’t match. Here are a few ideas on how to add a little Farmhouse Charm to your home.
There are probably many places near you that sell reclaimed wood. Even Home Depot sells it, it is now so popular. Reclaimed wood can be used to accent a wall, a ceiling, a backsplash, use them as shelving, or trim out something entirely. With its rustic look, reclaimed wood adds a rustic feel to modern homes. And because you’ve decreased the demand for newly sourced lumber, you’ll be helping with deforestation!
Wicker furniture is an indispensable part of rustic, cottage and farmhouse interiors, not only for outdoor spaces. Go for some cool pieces for your kitchen and dining area. These can be wicker stools for the breakfast space and comfy chairs for the dining space. You can paint the furniture with grey or creamy paint to fit a neutral interior, and even neutral wicker furniture will add a texture to the space. There’s much modern wicker furniture of eye-catchy shapes, for example, armchairs, side tables and benches, they will look cool and cozy yet very chic and modern.
Shutters can be used for various decor and functional DIYs in your home, they are great to add a vintage feel while keeping the interior farmhouse-like. Shutters can be attached to the wall and become cool farmhouse-inspired decorations or even a headboard for your bed – sand them a bit to give them a worn look. Shutters can be also turned into benches, chairs, shelving units, even a kitchen island. Paint them pastels or cream, add shelves or a countertop. This is a creative way to add a farmhouse feel to the space while making it eye-catchy and interesting.
There are many ways to decorate with shiplap. Whole rooms, accent walls, fireplaces, ceilings, cabinets and powder rooms (as an alternative to wainscoting or bead board), even kitchen backsplashes. You may choose to leave it in its natural warm tone or paint it. Either way it will add interest and character to any room.
White walls, countertops, dishes and more. White makes everything look fresh and it’s easy to add a little color as the seasons change.
Like jewelry to an outfit, draperies are to a room. The finishing touch for any room is adding decorative or function draperies. Choose a natural fabric such as linen, in a neutral color. Unstructured and relaxed, these drapes will finish off your charming farmhouse home. Visit DrapeStyle for more ideas on Farmhouse Charm. Linen and linen looking fabrics are available in a variety of colors.
If you are interested in adding a bit of Farmhouse Charm to your home, contact us. We can provide you with fabric samples for draperies that will finish of your room. Your first ten dollars in samples are free. View the samples here and pick your favorites.
What is a Width? This is how we measure the width of your draperies. Here’s more information on how to figure out what width you need.
You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag. What is a “width”? This is the question I am asked most often. A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain. Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide. 1 width starts out at 54″ wide. The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat. Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching. Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.
DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:
Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X
X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.
Ask yourself how wide is your window? Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on? If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window. So your finish width is 56″.
Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps. 56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.
Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like. Usually the number of drapes is 2. So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.
This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness. Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking. At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great. You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking. Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close. After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?
We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes! Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest. DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row. We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience. We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
Here is an interesting story I found on Atlas Obscura: https://goo.gl/VjBSPE
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread.
Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ PUBLIC DOMAIN
In October 1789, during a trip to Connecticut, U.S. President George Washington described some “exceeding good” silk lustring and “very fine” silk thread that were part of a growing domestic industry. In fact, by the time Washington wrote those words in his journal, the area that became the state of Connecticut in 1788 had been practicing raw silk production, known as sericulture, for over half a century—and silk was on the rise.
By 1826, three out of every four households in Mansfield, Connecticut, were raising silkworms, and by 1826, Congress commissioned a report on the potential for a U.S. silk industry. By 1840, Connecticut outpaced other states in raw silk production by a factor of three. Within the next two decades, however, the industry would collapse, leaving the country to wonder what went wrong.
The unlikely development of Connecticut’s silk industry came about thanks Ezra Stiles, the seventh president of Yale University. Stiles was a sericulture enthusiast who experimented with cultivating mulberry trees, silkworms’ primary food source, and even wore gowns made from Connecticut silk to ceremonies. He also sent mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs across the state, and advocated for state-sponsored bounties to encourage farmers to plant mulberry trees.
One of the biggest triumphs for the early industry was figuring out how to adapt sericulture to cold weather. Such tactics included keeping silkworms warm by raising them in attics, and figuring out how to feed them in cold weather. Michael Cook, a modern sericulturist, describes the intense care and feeding schedule silkworms require.
“Rise early, feed the worms before work; feed them again at lunch, feed them again in the evening and clean a dozen or so big trays, feed them again before bed. I was feeding a garbage bag full of [mulberry] leaves and small branches daily. Cocooning was a nightmare,” says Cook. In Connecticut with deciduous mulberry trees, that intensive feeding schedule was a problem in years with early frost. One innovation to extend the feeding season was to dry mulberry leaves, then mix them with water and flour to feed to silkworms.
Inspired by Connecticut’s raw silk production, local entrepreneurs invested in machinery to manufacture silk thread and fabric from reeled silk filaments. In 1810, the Hanks brothers opened the United States’ first silk-mill in Mansfield, Connecticut, and in 1838, the Cheney brothers opened a mill which would eventually expand to 38,000 spindles, and become the largest silk manufacturer in the U.S. The future looked bright for silk.
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread. Beginning with Stiles, Connecticut sericulturists had always used an Italian variety of white mulberry, Morus alba, to feed their silkworms. However, in the 1830s, as the industry pushed to expand quickly, farmers and investors latched onto a Chinese variety, Morus multicaulis, a subspecies of black mulberry which produced larger leaves and more of them per tree (today M. multicaulis refers to a different plant, a subspecies of M. alba). It could also be harvested more often. The price of M. multicaulis skyrocketed as speculators sought to profit from selling cuttings from these fast-growing trees.
Samuel Whitmarsh, a “charismatic and unreliable businessman” who owned a silkworm cocoonery in Massachusetts, stoked the M. multicaulis craze with pamphletstrumpeting the benefits of this new type of tree, and letters to various silk trade publications. Daniel Stebbins, Whitmarsh’s business associate during the craze, later recounted the story of one tree that a speculator bought in Massachusetts for $25 and sold in Connecticut to a farmer named Elder Sharp for $50. Sharp then declined an offer for $450 for a quarter share of the tree; within a year the tree was worthless. The bubble had popped.
In the bubble’s aftermath in the early 1840’s, companies along the East Coast went bankrupt, as did Whitmarsh, and angry farmers tore out their orchards. Joshua Grant, a silk producer in Baltimore, calledthe collapse a “dire disaster that has overspread the land like a funeral pall.” Then a series of harsh winters, followed by a blight in 1843-44, killed many of the remaining mulberry trees.
Despite everything, in 1847, Stebbins remained hopeful about the “sequel of the silk industry.” But the region’s sericulture had one insurmountable flaw that prevented this revival: Stiles’ gowns aside, Connecticut’s silk was not industrial grade, so silk-mills could not use it to manufacture fabric. According to cultural anthropologist Dr. Janice Stockard, who has interviewed silk reelers in South China, reeling—the practice of unwinding the filaments of silk from their cocoons—requires observation, training, and practice. In 19th-century Connecticut households, women were expected to learn the skill from pamphlets.
“In pamphlets, the term ‘spinning’ described the critical technique of reeling silk from cocoons,” Stockard says. “Women in farming households improvised, based on their experience spinning wool and using technology found in the home, including the wool wheel.”
The product they ended up with was adequate for sewing thread, but not strong enough for the industrial-silk-manufacturing infrastructure that Connecticut had begun to build. According to one scathing assessment, “Connecticut women in 70 years have not improved their knowledge of reeling.” Another issue, Stockard says, was the expectation that women could reel silk “whenever leisure from other duties permitted.” In other words, women were supposed to wedge a high-skill, time-intensive task into their already full workloads, and the result was sub-par silk.
“Simultaneously unwinding several cocoons from a basin of near-boiling water while twisting these filaments into one even thread and reeling it onto a wheel was hard,” Stockard says. “If reeling was interrupted to tend to a child or chore, the silk would gum up and lump.” Faced with this weak, lumpy thread, Connecticut manufacturers began to import raw silk from China, Japan, and Italy.
By 1881, sericulture in Connecticut had been entirely abandoned. The now much older Elder Sharp, who had valued his mulberry tree so highly, said, “Our silk was good, bright and strong, needing only patience to better understand the reeling… let us do what we can at this late day to repair our error.” Instead, silk-mills continued to import from Asia and continued to manufacture silk fabric through the mid-20th century. Today, the legacy of Connecticut’s silk industry can be seen in the white mulberry trees which have spread everywhere and are now considered an invasive species.
DrapeStyle has been manufacturing custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. If you have questions or need a little advice, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information or pricing on your custom window treatments.
Toile, pronounced “twal”, is a fabric, from the French word meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”, particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. It can refer to the fabric itself, a test garment (generally) sewn from the same material, or a type of repeated surface decoration (traditionally) printed on the same fabric. The term entered the English language around the 12th century.
It’s covering everything from beds to walls in a variety of decor styles, including French country, eclectic and even modern. Here is a little information about toile:
The name is from a French term meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”
Toile is used as an abbreviation of the term toile de Jouy (twäl-də-ˈzhwē), a term that translates to “cloth of Jouy”
Toile de Jouy is named after Jouy-en-Josas, France where, in 1760, the factory Oberkampf was founded. Up until that time in France, printing on cotton was done with wooden blocks. Oberkampf was the first company to bring copperplate printing, popular in England and Ireland, to France. The finer lines on the copperplates allowed for greater variation in light and shade. It also allowed for larger repeat patterns; thus enabling artists to be much more creative with the designs. The pastoral scenes depicted on toile de Jouy told a story and included many major events of the time. The scenes were done in a single color on a white or off-white background.
Today toile has come to refer to any type of similar printed fabric.
DrapeStyle has been making drapes right here in the USA for over a decade. Our seamstresses make each drapery panel to order with quality details you won’t find everywhere. Details like double side-hems, hand-sewn corners, bottom weights and 5 inch buckram headings. At DrapeStyle, we don’t cut-corners. We use the highest quality fabrics, linings and components possible. Maybe that’s why when House and Garden reviewed online drapery retailers they called our draperies “Beautifully Made to Order”.
Please contact us for more information or for a custom quote. Let us help you design your dream drapes, you will be pleased.
Whether you have your drapes custom made or purchase them ready made, the way you hang your curtains or drapes will make all the difference. So below for few tips on what not to do.
Don’t hang the drapery rod too low. And in fact, the trend now is to hang curtains and drapes high, close to the ceiling. This will give the illusion that the window is taller than it really is. A good rule of thumb is at least 4″-6″ above the window molding.
Select a rod that is wider than the width your window. This will allow enough room for the panels to hang on either side of your window and allow a small amount of the panels to cover the window at all times. It also tricks your eye into thinking the window is much larger than it actually is. The rule of thumb is go 8″-12″ wider than your window.
Don’t purchase drapes that are too short. Don’t skimp of the length of the drapes. Most retailers only offer set sizes. Have your curtains custom made if needed. It doesn’t cost much more than ready made drapes and it will make all the difference. And for a romantic look, go a little longer and allow the curtains to puddle on the floor. Afraid of the curtains getting dirty? Hang them right at floor for a more tailored look.
Don’t skimp of the width. You want your curtains to feel full, not skimpy. If you actually plan to close your curtains on occasion, the curtains should be about two times the width of the actual window. Use DrapeStyle’s measuring guide for more information and tips.
Make sure the drapery hooks are placed at the correct height. This is called the “pin set”. DrapeStyle’s standard pin set is 3/8″. We insure that all of the drapery hooks are spaced properly so that all you have to do is place the drapery hooks through the drapery rings. Installation is very easy.
For more information please visit our website or contact us. We are happy to help. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we know draperies. We would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.
If you go online and search for hammocks or garden swings there are literally thousands to choose from. Don’t have a couple of trees to hang your hammock? Not a problem, stands are available for most of them. Every color, style, shape and material is available. What a great way to enjoy these warmer days!
Even the traditional porch swing has been updated. What a comfy way to enjoy a visit with friends, read a book or take a nap!
Claims that sleeping in a hammock can lead to faster, deeper sleep and there’s no pressure points. Sleeping outdoors can expose you to fresher air, it can reduce stress and with a reduction in blue lights or florescent lights, your melatonin levels may increase.
If you’re thinking of adding some fun to your outdoor space, consider DrapeStyle. We can make outdoor pillows and outdoor curtains to match your hammock or swing. We only use quality outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella and Schumacher. For more information about our custom outdoor items, please visit our website or contact us here. We have been making quality custom draperies, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. We would love to help you design your dream drapes!
It’s Spring! And here in Phoenix our temperatures have already reached the nineties! Which means most people have started using their ceiling fans (and probably air conditioners!). Here are a few tips and ideas for cooling your home with ceiling fans.
One way to maximize the energy-saving benefits of ceiling fans is to alternate the rotation direction of the fans during different times of the year. By alternating the rotation direction, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and reduce your energy costs in the process.
The direction of your ceiling fan’s blade rotation will cause the air to either be forced downward toward the floor or upward toward the ceiling. Knowing this difference helps you determine which direction is best given the season.
The forward rotation direction where the blades move counterclockwise (where the leading blade is pointing upward), is used in the summertime. This setting cools the room via the wind-chill effect, as the air is forced down on you. With a ceiling fan running in this direction, the temperature will feel about eight degrees cooler than it actually is.
The reverse setting, where the blades move clockwise (and the leading blade is pointing downward), pulls cool air upward, forcing the warmer air near the ceiling downward to heat the room. The fan should be set at a low speed in this direction.
By manipulating the rotation direction you can affect the room temperature without having to adjust your thermostat. Not having to use your home heating and cooling systems as much will reduce your energy costs and help you to be more environmentally conservative.
An energy-efficient home will allow you to lower your home’s heating and cooling bills. One of the most effective ways to enhance your ceiling fans’ cooling and heating effects is to insulate your home through window coverings.
The harder your home’s heating and cooling systems have to work to maintain a comfortable temperature, the more expensive your heating and cooling costs will be. By taking steps to warm your home in the winter and cool it in the summer, especially through insulated draperies, you will reduce your home’s energy demands, resulting in lower bills.
If you need more information on insulated window treatments, contact us here at DrapeStyle. We have been making custom window treatments for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you find a solution to your heating and cooling costs. And with over 600 fabrics to choose from, your windows will be efficient and look great!
We are loving this paint from Sherwin Williams! Black Magic is bold and mysterious and it is Sherwin William’s color of the month for April. And just look at the way it makes light colored draperies pop! Are you bold enough to give it a try?
Whether you paint your walls or your trim this color, you can find fabulous fabrics to go with this paint. Check out our Classic Linen Collection. You can choose from dozens of great solid colors or customize your look by adding banding or trims.
At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, curtains and Roman shades for over 15 years. The trends may change but our dedication to quality and service has not. Visit our website for more ideas or to order free samples.
Window treatments are much more than a covering for your windows. Benefits include enhancing the functionality and style of your windows, increase your homes value, and provide much needed privacy and temperature control.
Some of the most common types of treatments include drapes, curtains, sheers, blinds, and shutters. They can be used alone or combined with other styles. Some of the reasons for choosing window treatments include:
Aesthetics: One of the main advantages of using the window treatments is to enhance the overall visual appeal of your rooms. You can choose from different types of treatments according to your interior design. A window treatment can transform any room. Often, the rooms in our home become boring and we want to change things up. This usually means moving furniture or buying brand new pieces. However, a custom window treatment can make any room look completely different. By increasing or decreasing the amount of light a room receives, it can look brand new.
Privacy: Our custom window treatments allow you to control not only the light levels in your home but privacy as well. For many, the home is our private space so being able to block the outside world is something we desire. Our custom treatments allow you to do just that, making your home feel as private as you would like.
Blocking UV rays: When light shines in our home, we are exposing ourselves to the harmful ultraviolet rays the sun emits. One of the best Benefits of Window Treatment is being able to filter these rays. Our treatments can filter sunlight so UV rays do not cause damage to your skin. Long-term exposure to UV rays can cause irreparable damage and even cancer.
Energy saving: Most window treatments are good insulators. When it is very hot outside the covering on your windows prevent the heat from entering inside. In the same way, during winter, the heat from inside the room does not escape outside letting you to enjoy the warmth inside. So you will be using less of the heating and cooling devices, ultimately leading to energy savings and energy efficiency.
Easy Maintenance: Most window treatments are easy to maintain. Draperies and fabric shades may need to be professionally cleaned occasionally. But most times, a light vacuuming or dusting will help keep them looking great for years.
If you are in need of window treatments please visit our website ww.DrapeStyle.com. We have been making custom draperies, curtains and Roman shades for over 15 years. And with over 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re sure to find a fabric that will compliment your home. Contact us for more information.
DrapeStyle is pleased to introduce the addition of Candice Olson fabrics. World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made her way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!
Candice Olson, a leading designer in the United States and Canada, began her career in commercial and residential design after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work before moving her design career to television. In fact, earlier in her career, The New York Times identified her as “one to watch”. Candice’s foray into television began when a Canadian station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and her engaging personality led to a weekly stint as a design contributor to the show.
Today, Candice can be seen as the host and designer on HGTV’s Candice Tells All, Devine Design and as a judge on Design Star. She has been featured on the Today show, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, Candice writes a syndicated biweekly newspaper column that runs in more than 400 U.S. newspapers. “The collections I have created embody my signature fusion of traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty and crispness of modern design. The marriage of contrasts; old and new, minimal and adorned, sleek and lustrous, delivers a look that is current yet timeless, fresh yet familiar. In 2005, Candice launched “The Candice Olson Collection” a successful brand of home decor products, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, bedding and more.
“I have the best job in the world. After many years building my reputation as a professional designer, I find it’s important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes. But another important lesson learned is to have a good laugh. It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me-and each other-laughing.”
We invite you to view our new fabric collection and order samples for yourself. Since 2002, quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service. Let us help you create your dream drapes!
DrapeStyle of Phoenix, Arizona, Awarded Best Of Houzz® 2017
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
DrapeStyle of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. For the 4th year in a row, the online custom drapery company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz® 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including DrapeStyle said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”
At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, curtains, pillows and Roman shades available anywhere since 2002. Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer. After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, valances and Roman shades for over a decade. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
Houzz® is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
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There’s no better time to shop-save up to 20% on all our drapes and curtains, including silks, linen and cotton, and refresh your home by adding new window treatments. With over 500 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find something that will compliment your home. Want to view fabric samples before you buy? Order fabrics samples and use the code “SAMPLES” at checkout to get your first $10 in samples for free.
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Need a little advice? We’re here to help. Our desgin consultants will help you desgin the perfect pair of drapes or Roman shades. Contact us at: 800.760.8257 or email@example.com
This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving here at DrapeStyle, in Phoenix, Arizona. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, everyone brings a food item to share for lunch. We do this on Monday so that we can enjoy the delicious leftovers all week! We line up all of the food offerings on a table outside the break room, set up extra tables in the break room, and we fill our plates (some of us more than once!) with delicious food. It is rare that we all get to eat together at the same time, so it’s a wonderful way to start our long holiday weekend.
We are so thankful for so many things, but especially our customers. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here! So we try to take great care of you. From the time you order fabric samples, to adding the finishing touches to your window treatments, we will be here to assist you every step of the way. Whether it’s by phone or email, feel free to reach out to us.
This week, DrapeStyle will be closed Thursday through Sunday, and we will back in the office on Monday, November 28th to assist you. We hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!
National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby. This is a celebration day for all button collectors, skilled and novice.
The appeal of buttons is clear. They come in every shape, color and style, from pearly white shirt buttons, to ornate Victorian affairs, to cute fastenings shaped like insects and animals. Any outfit can be updated by adding the right buttons, and sewing them on is one of the easiest types of needlework to learn. And they don’t just belong near buttonholes, either. Clusters of buttons can be used to decorate almost everything, and even on their own in jars they are delightful to handle, play with and admire. Some collect them, but most just lose them. Regardless, nearly everyone seems to love them, or at least regard them with fascination.
In case you may be thinking that buttons do not deserve their own holiday, try to imagine what life would be like without them. Sure, we have zippers and velcro, but could you imagine velcro down the front of your elegant blouse? Of course not!
Button, usually disk like piece of solid material having holes or a shank through which it is sewed to one side of an article of clothing and used to fasten or close the garment by passing through a loop or hole in the other side. Purely decorative, non-utilitarian buttons are also frequently used on clothing.
In medieval Europe, garments were laced together or fastened with brooches or clasps and points, until buttonholes were invented in the 13th century. Then buttons became so prominent that in some places sumptuary laws were passed putting limits on their use.
By the 14th century buttons were worn as ornaments and fastenings from the elbow to the wrist and from the neckline to the waist. The wearing of gold, silver, and ivory buttons was an indication of wealth and rank. Expensive buttons were also made of copper and its alloys. The metalsmith frequently embellished such buttons with insets of ivory, tortoiseshell, and jewels. More commonly, buttons were made of bone or wood. Button forms of these materials were also used as foundations for fabric-covered buttons. Thread buttons were made by wrapping the thread over a wire ring.
In the 18th century luxury metals and ivory largely replaced fabric, although embroidered buttons in designs to complement particular garments were popular. Pewter, the familiar metal of the age, was used to make molded or stamped-out buttons, but these were scorned by the wealthy. Cast brass buttons, particularly calamine brass, with ornamental and distinguishing designs, also became popular on both military and civilian dress.
In the middle of the 18th century, Matthew Boulton, the English manufacturer and partner of James Watt, introduced the bright, costly, cut-steel button, which was made by attaching polished steel facets to a steel blank. In France the facets of the cut-steel button were elaborated by openwork designs. During the first quarter of the 19th century, a less costly stamped steel button was made in an openwork pattern. Brass buttons that were gilded by dipping in an amalgam of mercury and gold also became popular.
The two-shell metal button was introduced about the same time as the stamped-steel type by B. Sanders, a Danish manufacturer in England. The two shells, thin metal disks enclosing a small piece of cloth or pasteboard, were crimped together on the edges. Sanders also originated the canvas shank. By 1830 fabric-covered buttons were being made mechanically. Also coming into use were animal horns and hoofs, which could be made malleable by heating and then could be cut, dyed, and molded.
Buttons were also made of ceramics and glass. Porcelain buttons became a French specialty; they were decorated by hand painting or by transfer printing designs using colored inks. Bohemia, in the present-day Czech Republic, produced most of the colored glass used in button manufacture.
In Japan, ceramic buttons, hand painted in traditional motifs, were developed. Buttons with an intricately carved thickness of vermilion lacquer on a wooden base became a Chinese specialty, and decorated and lacquered papier-mâché buttons became popular in Europe in the late 1800s.
The use of the pearly shells of sea mollusks in button making increased with the mechanization of production. Shell was separated into its component layers by treatment with a nitric acid solution, and blanks were cut out by tubular saws. Holes were bored in the blanks for sewing, and an engraved decoration was mechanically applied. At first only seashell was used, but in the 1890’s the American manufacturer John F. Boepple began to use the less iridescent but abundant freshwater mussel shells found along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
In the 20th century, buttons became primarily utilitarian, not decorative, and in many applications were supplanted by the zipper. Buttons began to be made of plastics such as cellulose, polystyrene, and polyvinyl resins; designs tended to be abstract or geometric. Mass-production machines produce molded buttons either by compressing powdered plastics or by injection—forcing liquid plastic into individual molds through small openings.
Some old buttons are considered valuable and are collected for their art and workmanship. The place, date, and name of the maker are usually marked on their backs.
Now is the time to finalize your custom drapery order for Christmas delivery! Place your order by November 18th and receive $50 off and free delivery!
Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shades, pillows and drapery hardware before Christmas? There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments. Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship. For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.
And if you place your order by November 18, 2016, you will receive $50 off your purchase of $999 or more*. After that, we may be able to fill your order, but rush shipping fees may apply. Contact us for more information, we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.
DrapeStyle has been making custom drapery for homeowners and for commercial applications for over a decade. Our team of seamstresses each have an average of 25 years experience. We have also been awarded Best of Houzz in customer satisfaction three years in a row. We love to help our customers design their dreams drapes. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
*New orders only, cannot be combined with any other offer. $50 off may be applied to orders of $999 or more. Free shipping applies to pillows, drapery and roman shades for in stock fabrics only. Free shipping applies to orders shipped within the contiguous US only via UPS ground. Please see our website for complete details.
White on white. Natural fabrics. Barn doors, metal baskets, glass jars, industrial furniture, shiplap paneling. If this sounds like a dream to you, then you’re probably a fan of the “Fixer Upper” style. Popularized by the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” where the hosts renovate dilapidated houses and transform them into beautiful, functional and family friendly dream houses.
“Fixer Upper”, “Country Chic” or “Antique Farmhouse” mixes rustic with modern. To create this look, incorporate natural and modern touches. Neutral tones throughout the entire home such as eggshell, white, cream, grey and taupe, will create a cohesive look. Re-purposing items is an inexpensive way to make something look the way you want.
Simple, soft, elegant draperies can add a touch a texture. Just make sure they’re in neutral tones and in a sheer or linen fabric. DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics that would be perfect for the “Fixer Upper” style. You can order free samples here.
Another “Fixer Upper” favorite are dining rooms – simple and beautiful. A dining room is a staple in every home and with the right decor they can be very inviting. Don’t forget about table-scapes; using books, wreaths, or other found vintage items.
If you know what to look for it is easy to achieve the “Fixer Upper” look and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Flea markets, vintage stores even places like Home Goods may have deals on “Fixer Upper” decor.
If you need a little help with your “Fixer Upper” window treatments, DrapeStyle is here to help. Whether you need Roman Shades, Drapes or Pillows, we can help you create the look you desire. Since 2002, DrapeStyle has been creating some of the most beautifully well made draperies right here in the USA. Please contact us for more information, you will be pleased.
Free standard UPS ground shipping is now included on all drapery, Roman Shades, outlet purchases and pillow orders at no extra cost. (Some items that are too large or too heavy for ground shipping may incur an additional oversize freight charge).*
So whether you order one drape, or a whole household of pillows, your shipping is FREE!
If you have been thinking about updating your home with custom drapes, curtains, or roman shades, NOW is the time to act! DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics to choose from, 7 pleat styles to choose from, several lining options, and now FREE SHIPPING! Extra long drapes? No problem. Designer fabrics? No problem. Drapes and curtains on sale? No problem! Save up to 20% now at www.DrapeStyle.com.
Should you have any questions regarding free shipping or any of DrapeStyle’s products, please feel free to contact our designers at: 800.760.8257 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you with your project. Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has received the Best of Houzz Customer Service Award three years in a row. We love our customers and it shows! For well over a decade, DrapeStyle has manufactured the finest custom drapery available for designers and homeowners. And as always, your drapes, curtains and roman shades will be made here in the USA.
*The fine print: Standard UPS ground delivery within the 48 contiguous U.S. states applies to Custom Drapes, Roman Shades, Outlet Purchases and pillows only. Oversized items, drapery hardware, and expedited shipping may incur additional charges. Please see www.drapestyle.com for more details.
Thinking about adding a pop of color to your sofa? Don’t know where to start when selecting pillows? To some, pillow arranging can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be!
As you stroll down the pillow aisles of the home decor stores, you see all the beautiful colors and styles of pillows that you have to have! But, putting a great grouping of pillows together on a sofa can sometimes be a different story. A sofa is like a blank canvas and pillows are the pops of color, design and texture you put on it. Getting it right can sometimes be difficult!
Here are a few hints to get you started. Start with a couple of anchor pillow, a larger sized pillow for the outside of the sofa. Moving towards the center, start to select smaller sized pillows, alternating patterns and fabrics.
Pull out colors from around the room to really tie the look together. Odd numbers are more appealing, so as you work towards the center of the sofa, end with one fun decorative pillow.
Get creative! Try using a few patterns. As long as they are in the same color family, they will work.
Use pillows to make a statement! If you purchase pillow covers and down inserts you can change the pillow covers seasonally. You can store the covers neatly in a drawer and use the inserts over and over again!
To maintain the look of your pillows, give your pillows a good shake and punch in the sides to redistribute the feathers in the insert. Flat pillows look old and tired.
So the bottom line is have fun when selecting your pillows! Pillows are an inexpensive way to change the look of your sofa without breaking the bank. Change the look as your style changes, or change the look as the seasons change. Need a little more inspiration? See our custom pillow pages for a truly custom look for your sofa. At DrapeStyle, everything we make is custom made, so if you can dream it, we can make it!
HURRY & SAVE UP TO 20% FOR THE HOLIDAYS! GUARANTEED THANKSGIVING DELIVERY ON CUSTOM DRAPES, ROMAN SHADES & PILLOWS. SAVE $50 and GET FREE SHIPPING!
Fall weather brings to mind warm colors, festive foods and pumpkin spiced everything.
Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shades, pillows and drapery hardware before the holidays? There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments. Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship. For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.
If you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, you won’t find a better selection than at www.drapestyle.com. If you need a little advice, we’re here to help. Our designers are happy to assist you with your order. So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 21st and use coupon code 245 and receive $50 off. And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed Thanksgiving delivery*.
Inspired by his world travels and background in architecture, Trend Fabrics and DrapeStyle.com have collaborated and are pleased to introduce the addition of Vern Yip fabrics. Vern Yip’s global aesthetic, paired with his precise and clean lines, has set him apart as a leading trendsetter. The environments he creates are always warm, timeless and effortlessly livable.
His extraordinary technique, dynamic personality and sophisticated style have made him a nationally acclaimed interior designer, columnist and TV superstar.
It all began with his Atlanta design firm, Vern Yip Designs, where he still works with clients from all over the world to this day. His interior design work has been award-winning, including the prestigious 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, and he has been prominently featured in countless interior design and media publications.
Most known for his TLC show Trading Spaces and his various HGTV shows including HGTV Design Star, Deserving Design, HGTV Urban Oasis and Live at Vern’s House, and his columns in both HGTV Magazine and the Washington Post, Vern continues to provide invaluable insight into creating environments that are simultaneously beautiful and functional.
DrapeStyle invites you to browse the Vern Yip Fabric Collection and discover the bright colors and bold designs for yourself. Our designers are happy to assist you with any questions you may have 800.760.8257.
Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA. Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.