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

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DrapeStyle Welcomes Stefeny Stanyer – Expands In-Home Consultations

We are happy to introduce Stefeny Stanyer as the newest addition to our DrapeStyle staff. Stefeny will be working as a design consultant providing sales support to our walk-in customers as well as phone sales. Stefeny has 5+ years experience as a window treatment specialist working primarily with Interior Designers on complex projects, combined with her formal education in Interior Design we are confident that she can provide expert assistance for our customers’ growing needs. With Stefeny now on board we are thrilled to offer in-home consultations to local customers who wish for extra guidance in designing their draperies and selecting their fabrics.

New iPad App Coming From DrapeStyle

So we uploaded our new iPad App today to the Apple Store and we are really excited about it.  The new app will be an update to our current version.  The coolest feature of the new App is that you now order fabric samples online via the App!

We’ve also done some updating to the content of the app, featuring some great new images and added more drapery hardware and accessories like tassels and tie-backs.  Still can’t order drapes from the app but, after all, that’ what we have the website for.

We really look forward to your feedback on the new App!

 

Happy 12-12-12!

Not sure of what the significance of 12-12-12 is but I guess we should “celebrate” it?  I saw on the morning news that thier is a rush for people to get married today so that their wedding license says “12-12-12″.  So, for whatever it may be worth, “Happy 12-12-12″ from all of us at DrapeStyle!

Restoration Hardware Drapery & DrapeStyle

So I was sitting in my local Restoration Hardware in Fashion Island last week.  I really do love that store, they have really great stuff.  I’m sitting in that new “aero” looking chair with the leather and stainless steel.  Might be aluminum with the rivets showing.  Really cool Howard Hughes looking chair.  I really do love it.

So, I’m sitting there and next to me sitting on the matching couch to the chair is this really nice couple.  They are speaking to one of the Sales Associates about buying some drapes for their large windows.  Now look, if you are looking for ready-made drapes that are pretty good quality.  And, you need them NOW, than by all means go visit your local Restoration Hardware and see what they have.

Now here is where things got a little bit off track.  So, this Couple has extra long and extra wide windows that they need drapery for.  So they are going to buy eight ready-made drapery panels from Restoration Hardware and have them sewn together.  My ears have perked-up a bit.  They do the calculations to figure out exactly how much coverage they need and determine the 8 panels will handle it.  Sew 4 together for each side.  I’m thinking this is pretty creative.  They were not crazy about the rod-pocket pleat option or the fact that their local seamstress was going to charge them $300 to sew them all together but they were committed to the idea.

I’m still admiring the leather and aluminum chairs.

The next thing I know they are up at the register checking out.  I hear the Sales Associate give them their total.  It came to almost $2,000 for their Cotton / Linen Blend Drapes.  Youser!  Now on top of the $2,000 they are going to pay their seamstress to sew the panels together to make two large panels – keep in mind, these are still rod-pockets!  They are spending $2,300 for ready-made drapes.

Of course I bit my tongue.  Would not be polite to me to say something while I am sitting in Restoration.  After all, I really do love their stuff.  But let me get this off my chest.  If you are going to buy ready-made drapery panels and sew them together to make larger panels, please call us.  Tell us what you need and what your budget is.  I will almost guarantee that the difference in price will be negligible and the quality will be much better.  I promise.  In the long-run you will be much, much happier.

Now, if you are looking for a really cool leather-aluminum chair, I can’t help you their, go to Restoration Hardware for sure.

 

 

Adding New Finials

We are updating some of our Drapery Hardware Pages.  Really cool new finials, holdbacks and tiebacks to see!  Check them out!

The Holiday Season!

The Holiday Season is upon us and our little drapery elves are working their little fingers off trying to get your curtains ready and shipped before the Holidays!  We love this time of year.  It is our busiest time for sure and our Seamstresses really do love when they have a ton of work to do.  We are working 7 days per week in our workroom from now until all of our Christmas order commitments are shipped.

It is this time of year when we are really busy that we are really most thankful for all of the orders we get during the year.  It is so gratifying to be able to employ such great People and make great product right here in the USA.  Thank you to all of our Customers who have supported us for well over a decade.

Updated Site Design

So we launched a fresh new site design last week, really hope you like it.  Our goal is to provide you with more great information on our custom made drapery and curtain products and show you more images of our products.  We will never be “done” but I think we are always moving in the right direction.

We also finished the beta on our new iPad Application design.  We updated it with more great drapery pictures and most importantly we have now integrated the ability for you to order fabric samples directly form the App.  Most Retailers like DrapeStyle who have relied on a printed catalog for decades are looking to, or have already completely abandoned their print catalog.  I don;t think that we will ever completely eliminate our catalog but having complimentary tools like our iPad App will only expand our presence in our Customers Homes.  We really hope you enjoy the App and, if you still want the printed Catalog, it will always be available for you.

Thanks for your support and for our entire IT Team for their efforts.

 

Custom Roman Blinds for any Budget

About six months ago DrapeStyle opened our new Orange County California Production Facility.  With our expanded capacity we are making more Roman Blinds than ever before and prices to fit any budget.  Unlike most Roman Shade and Blind Retailers, DrapeStyle makes our Blinds to order, by hand in the USA.

Our Shades and Blinds are available in over 300 fabric options from incredible Designers and Mills like Schumacher, Kravet, Lee Jofa and Duralee just to name a few.  Of course if you are on a Budget, we have your Blinds too.  Our Budget conscious Blinds are available in 100 cotton fabrics and poly/cotton blends.  Regardless of your selection of fabric, all of our shades and roman blinds are made to the exact same custom specifications that you would expect from DrapeStyle including solid hardwood header boards.

Our Roman Blinds and Shades ship in 2-3 weeks and are a perfect compliment to our custom made curtains and drapery.

Restoration Begins Today

Our hearts go out to everyone in the Tri-State Area.  At DrapeStyle we have a very special connection to the area, especially the Jersey Shore where several of us are from and we still spend a great deal of time there.  The one important truth that I keep reminding myself us is the resilience of the American People, especially those from New York and New Jersey.

It is easy to forget that hurricanes, major hurricanes are frequent along the Central Atlantic Seaboard.  As I child I was a witness to several.  I also remember my grandmother showing me photos of the storm that hit Long Beach Island in 1962.  My Family has had a home on LBI since the early sixties and in the late fifties my grandfather would often spend weekends in the fall on LBI duck hunting.  He was there in 1962 when a storm nearly wiped the island away.  Although not considered a hurricane, the storm of 62′ cleared nearly all of the home off the island.  Of course, when these homes were built they weren’t built to today’s building codes.  Almost none of the houses were built on pilings and most were used as weekend bungalows or hunting cabins.  After the storm of 1962 building codes required homes to be built to much higher standards and piling requirements were made code.

Our LBI Home is in Ship Bottom.  We’re at the center of the island in a working class neighborhood.  Not nearly as popular as Beach Haven and not as cosmopolitan as Love Ladies but it has been our family retreat since the mid-sixties.  My father bought the home after we had rented it for a couple summer weekends.  The owner just asked if he was interested and after an exchange of about $6,000 our family owned an LBI home.  My dad often laughs that, at the time, he had no idea what the house was worth – or that he could have bought a beach front or bay front home for maybe $500 more.  Didn’t really matter and still doesn’t.  My childhood was spent at that home and most of my happiest memories are there.

Nearly half of a century after after my parents purchased the home it is still as much of a part of my Families DNA than ever before.  My children now consider LBI their summer home and although we live on the west coast, not a mile from the beach, they can’t wait until we travel back to LBI every summer.  For them, LBI is the beach.

The little shack that we spent the summers in when I was a child was replaced by a new home in the mid-1980’s.  The original home that we named “The Aussie” was the “original” LBI Home.  What it lacked in amenities it certainly made up for in character.  No heat, no air-conditioning and a screen door that I can still hear slapping shut when I think about it.  Every inch of that house had memories attached to it.  Memories that I hope I never forget.

Time will pass for this disaster and homes will be rebuilt.  Neighbors will become closer and communities will thrive.

We Love Long Beach Island New Jersey at DrapeStyle!

 

 

 

DrapeStyle Shipping and Installing Nationwide for Over a Decade

We get calls all of the time about installing our drapes all across the US and Canada.  Our list of DrapeStyle Installers has you covered – coast-to-coast.  Our custom drapery ships all over the world including Austrailia, Switzerland and the UK.  But we really like shipping luxurious DrapeStyle Drapery to places like Flower Mound Texas, The Woodlands, Charlotte North Carolina and all over South Florida.  We’ve got you covered in Boca Raton, Miami and all of Broward County.  We’ve got you covered in Ocean County New Jersey, all of North and South Jersey for that matter.  Chicagoland?  Yep, how is Naperville, Hinsdale and Oakpark?

We may be based in California but after over a decade of installing our Roman Blinds, Drapery Hardware and Window Treatments all over this Country we are pretty confident that we’ve got you covered from Kona to Kansas City.

 

New Catalog Shipped

We just shipped out new 36 page drapery catalog about a week ago.  Man, it really is a lot of hard work to put one of these together.  We’re all so excited when we got it back from the printer, smelling the ink (just one of our staff was) and then here comes the mail for today.  Right on top of the pile is the new Restoration Hardware Catalog.  My gosh, really?  This thing is like three volumes thick, each volume over a hundred pages!  They must have a staff of 50 people working on this thing!

Crazy how expensive the printing of a good catalog is too.  To be honest, we have printed our catalog for years in China where we were spending about half of what we would pay to print in the US.  This edition, however, we brought it back to the US.  It is noticeably better quality, especially the colors.  When you are selling widgets and the color doesn’t make a big difference than maybe you can print in china, but when selling custom curtains and drapery color matters.  We’re back in the US to stay, I’m pretty confident of that.

Oh, the iPad version of the catalog is out too.  We love the iPad and we are making some great new improvements to it that will be out next month.  Soon you will be able to order fabric samples directly from the iPad App!  Pretty sweet!

 

Order Drapery Style Catalog

DrapeStyle Custom Drapery Catalog

 

Custom Drapes for Large Windows

When you are looking for new custom drapery to cover your large, small or odd sized windows, chances are that you won’t find what you need at one of the chain stores.  Most of the chain stores carry ready-made drapes that are made in India or China and typically come in for or five sizes.

My Sister recently bought a new home in Haddonfield New Jersey.  Haddonfield is in Southern New Jersey and is a really gorgeous historical town.  The homes in Haddonfield are historical and very traditional with plenty of character to spare.  When Pam purchased the home she wanted to replace all of the drapery with a combination of silk and linen.  Because the windows are nearly 200 years old they are quite drafty and don’t provide a great deal of insulation during the cold New Jersey winters.

When Pam measured the windows none of them were what you would consider “standard” sizes.  They also weren’t very large.  Her ceilings are high but like most homes built during this period the windows (glass was an expensive luxury) were small and drafty.  An important thing to remember is just because you you have small windows you should still select you drapery as if they were large windows.  Especially if you have high ceilings.  Adding tall drapery will add a great deal of height to the space and hide the fact that you have small windows.

In my Sisters home will also added English Bump Interlining.  English Bump is a very thick cotton flannel lining that has been used for centuries to help provide insulation in homes. As you would guess by the name, English Bump originated in England where wealthy aristocrats would use it to insulate their drafty homes.  Bump still works amazingly well and really makes a room cozy and well insulated.  Another benefit of Bump is that it really adds weight to the drapery and makes them “hang” very elegantly.  If you have a drafty room you should really consider Bump.  Also consider this golden rule for truly elegant and luxurious drapery and curtains, if you have large windows, tall windows, round windows or small windows, you still want to use the maximum height available.  Don’t skimp with standard size ready-made drapes, truth is you can get quality custom drapery which will last years longer and provide you with great insulation.

 

 

 

 

Houzz and DrapeStyle

We are loving some of the new Drapery Ideabooks at Houzz!

 

 

 

Quality Custom Drapery at Ready Made Prices

We often get phone calls about ready-made drapes.  You know, the ones sold at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware as well as other larger retailers.  These drapes are typically made in China or India and are available in “standard” lengths and widths.  Generally ready-made drapes come in 84 inches, 96 inches and 108 inches and come in a rod-pocket header or pleat style.  There really is nothing wrong with ready-mades and for the majority of home-owners they will work just fine.

The challenge with ready-made curtains is when you have a window that is not “standard”.  Most new homes today are being built with custom windows that are no longer cookie cutter, standard window sizes.  Windows today are typically wider than average and certainly much taller than standard.  With taller and wider windows you really are not going to get away with ready-made curtains or drapery.  Especially if you you are looking for quality of fabrics and linings.

When we speak to Customers who have a ready-made budget but custom taste we often direct them to the discount department of our website called THE | OUTLET.  We started THE OUTLET about five years ago as a way of selling, at deep discounts, the remnant drapery fabrics that we had left over from orders we had finished.  At DrapeStyle, we literally make each drapery by hand and we will very often have left-over fabrics.  We started to store all of these fabrics in a small warehouse space that we had and then one day realized, wow, we have a lot of fabric left over and so THE | OUTLET was born.

The important thing to realize about our Outlet is that you are not buying damaged or rejected items.  In most cases you are just buying drapery that we are making from remnant fabrics from larger jobs.  When we list curtains or drapery on The Outlet we will calculate what the maximum length and widths are that we are able to make from the fabric and let our Customers select their exact measurements up to the maximum we can make.  Of course, since we already have the fabric on hand (and have paid for it) we can and do discount items in The Outlet by 30%, 40%, 50% or even as much as 70% off the retail price.  And, as an added bonus, we can also usually make the drapery in The Outlet faster because we have the fabric in our warehouse.

So, getting back to ready-mades.  I know this has been a long winded explanation, but for our budget-minded Customers who have taller windows, wider windows or just odd-shaped windows and they still want very high quality, please keep an eye on THE OUTLET!  We love it when we can help a Customer save 50-60% off and still get the truly hand made custom quality drapery that they would not have gotten from a department store.  Even if your looking for blinds on a budget, roman shades or pillows make sure to check The Outlet often!

Just one word of advice, when you see drapes in the perfect size on sale in The Outlet don’t hesitate, you need to buy the fast.  Items in The Outlet move very quickly and many times when they are gone, they are gone!

 

 

Preparing for Next Catalog Shoot

Well it’s that time of year again.  We’re starting to prepare for a new photo shoot for images that will be used in our next catalog.  Every year we try to complete about three photo shoots, some years a little less, some years a little more.  For our next shoot I thought it would be fun to take you through the creative process with us.  I’ll try to leave out most of the boring and tedious logistical details and focus on how we approach each shoot creatively.  How we determine which windows to shoot, how we dress them, etc.  Tag along, I hope you will enjoy the process.

For our next shoot we spent a few weeks looking for a suitable location.  Finding the “right” location is probably the most difficult part, and arguably the most important part of any photo-shoot.  We try to never shoot int he same house more than once and each home we find will always have some specific challenges.  Are the windows too wide, too dark, too tall.  What is the style of the house and does it mix with the types of window treatments we are trying to shoot?  There is also the delicate matter of working with the Homes Owners.  We are always very professional and extremely respectful of the contents and decor of any home we shoot in but there are always challenges that arise with scheduling, timing, even whether the Owners pets will be inconvenienced by our crew.

For this shoot we are lucky.  We found a home that is not very far from our offices in Orange County.  And, the best part is that it’s a bank-owned property that is totally vacant.  Love this.  We have a couple blocks of time that we have booked and we will be in the house exclusively for eight hours at a time.  The down-side (there are always down-sides) is that the house is not 100% perfect.  It is brand new construction with large, tall windows and doors with great hardware and really high dramatic ceilings.  I think the home is probably 5,500 square feet.  Unfortunately, the back yard was never completed by the Developer before he apparently lost the home to the Bank.  So we don’t have a killer background to shoot where we would be able to hang some great outdoor drapes or shades.

The basic style of the home is more “Tuscan” with dark woods, very high ceilings, lots of iron and exposed beams.  So the idea of shooting contemporary window treatments is not going to work.  And, unlike the more bleached wood look that is pretty hot at the moment (thanks to Restoration Hardware) the woods in this home are more in the cherry wood and teak.  We can work with this.

Once we’ve selected the appropriate windows and doors that will be shooting we will next have to send out one of our Installers to measure.  The windows are a bit odd-sized and no doubt 100% custom.  Our Installers will visit the home in the next couple of days and get all of the measurements that we will need to start specifying the hardware.  The hardware has the longest lead-time of anything we sell so we will want to get that order in as soon as possible.  We’ll be looking at iron hardware for sure as it will compliment the homes interior the best.  The taller ceilings and windows will require some extra production time for the curtains as well.

Stay tuned for the next installment as we determine fabrics that we’ll be start to create or drapery and shades from.

DrapeStyle Photo Shoot Location

 

Great Custom Curtain and Drapery Pleat Options

So it’s hard enough to select the perfect fabric for your new curtains or drapes but you also need to decide on a pleat too. There are so many too choose from from the traditional French Pleat, also know as the Pinch Pleat and almost a dozen more. Well, let’s first just slow down a relax. Picking the perfect pleat for your new custom curtains or drapes is really easy.

First, let’s look at your style of decor. Is it traditional? Contemporary? Maybe Transitional? Whatever your style of decor, DrapeStyle has the perfect pleat for you. Shoot, we could even make a unique pleat just for your own room.

In general terms you want to match your drapery or curtain pleat to your style. If your modern or contemporary choose a grommet pleat. Traditional you will generally go with a French or Parisian pleat. And if you are somewhere in between, or Transitional, than go for the inverted or or box pleat. And, of course, if you just know what the pleat looks like but don’t know it’s name just call us and we can identify it for you.

You may also take some time to look at some great images on Pinterest or Houzz. DrapeStyle has images posted but we can also make anything you see from one of the thousands of Designers who post thier images on these sites. So, just look around and have fun. Once you find the perfect custom curtain or drapery style then just give us a call and send us the pictures. We’ll make it for you from scratch!

Thanks for visiting!

Custom Drapery…Fast!

We can’t beleive that we are on the doorstep of another Holiday Season at DrapeStyle. This is our busiest time of the year. Everyone want their custom drapes and they want their custom drapes fast! Well, since opening our newest production facility in Costa Mesa, CA this year, we are are better prepared to get your orders out quickly than ever. But, if you are considering ordering custom curtains for this years Holiday Season, please don’t wait! Order early for fastest delivery!

And, of course, Happy Holidays from all of us at DrapeStyle!!

Custom Curtains and Drapes by DrapeStyle

Schumacher Custom Drapes in Amboise Linen color Griege by DrapeStyle. Hand-Made in the USA

More Custom pillow Options at DrapeStyle!

Hey Ya’ll. Just a quick note to let you know what DrapeStyle has expanded it’s amazing custom made pillow offerings. You can now order custom pillows in two sizes in fabrics by Schumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen and more plus Outdoor Pillows in Sunbrella Fabrics! Check out the new landing pages for Custom Pillows!

Hyland Pewter

We’re really loving our new Hyland Collection of Custom Curtains and Drapery. These fabrics are contemporary, elegant and of course made right here in America.  Do your windows a favor and dress them in gorgeous, quality custom made curtains and drapes!

Hyland Pewter Contemporary Custom Curtains

Hyland Pewter Custom Drapes by DrapeStyle

More Custom Roman Shade Options from DrapeStyle

We’ve added to our line of custom made roman shades. Our new cotton roman shades are more affordable than ever. Choose from a wide variety of contemporary fabrics and select your length and width. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for please give one of our Designers a call at 800-760-8257!

And, of course, DrapeStyle manufactures all of it’s Custom Roman Shades, Custom Made Curtains and Window Treatments in America!