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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Buying Custom Drapes? Look for a WCAA Member First!

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

 

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WCAA Logo

Always Gratefull for Wonderful Reviews from Our Clients!

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

Betsy Ross – Drapery Seamstress

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

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

 

 

Online Drapery Reviews

One of the great things about the internet is that it adds so much transparency to shopping because online drapery reviews are everywhere.  As a Online Drapery Retailer we are under the microscope with every single order, every single Customer.  Today we have to be (and I like to think we have always been) laser focused on Customer Service and Custom Support.  That is not to say that we don’t mess up.  We do.  I think the critical thing to do when “messing up” is to face up to it.  Accept the responsibility, learn from it and try everything in your power to not let it happen again.  In our business we are making a “Custom Product”, Draperies.  It may sound simple but there are a lot of moving parts to manage.  There are fabric issues, back-logs, dye-lots, deadlines and a million other little things that can simply fall off the tracks.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been a leading online retailer of custom drapery for over a decade.  We try very hard to take care of our Customers and focus on quality.  Thankfully our online drapery reviews speak for themselves.  Not 100% perfect, but, who is?  We are a business of humans making things with their hands and what is more human than to error on occasion.

Here is one of our favorites from Houzz…

This is the first time I used an online company to purchase custom drapery. I was apprehensive about the process given the fact that measurements for this type of project need to be accurate. The company was very responsive in getting fabric samples out to me quickly. I contacted them a few times to make sure that I had the correct dimensions on my order and they were very helpful in walking me through the process. The quality of the finished product is excellent as well as the customer service and the drapes fit perfectly.

 

 

Curtain & Drapes Review

A nice review we received today on Houzz…

 

DrapeStyle provided amazing custom window treatments and hardware for our home. The quality, craftsmanship and design help and advice was/is excellent. We shopped all the usual suspects for custom drapery/treatments. Drapestyle did it the way “I” wanted (drapery & valances & Roman Shades) and at a reasonable price – reasonable for custom treatments :-) All hand made in the USA including high quality USA made hardware. I finished the install just last night and am absolutely 100% thrilled with the results.

Combining Custom Drapes with Roman Shades

We love to combine different textures with our drapes.  We’ll often combine Roman Shades and Woven Shades.  So often Clients think that they have to chose between “shades” or “drapes” when they can actually get a great combination of texture and depth by using both styles in concert.  Even if you are dealing with larger windows where you need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes you can still get a great look with either a Roman Shade, Woven Shade or even try layering a sheer behind the draperies.

Also, don’t think that if you are looking at two treatments you are looking at double the price.  When you are using two different styles we can often save your budget by using less material in the drapery, especially if you are just going to be using it as a static panel.  Give one of our Designers a call and we can help you find the best solution for your windows.

 

 

 

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Chocolate Custom Silk Drapes with Schumacher Tie-Back.

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Cashew Solid Dupioni Drapes with Inverted Pleat

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Aqua Blue Dupioni Silk Drapes

DrapeStyle and Costco

DrapeStyle is no longer selling our custom drapes at Costco via Costco.com.  If you have ordered fabric samples for our silk drapes or linen drapes from Costco and have any questions regarding our Products please call one of our Sales Designers at 800-760-8257.  If you have already purchased our drapes via Costco and have a warranty related question you can direct those questions to Costco or a Costco Warehouse Location.

The DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

We’re excited to introduce the new DrapeStyle Luxe Collection for 2014.  These contemporary drapes are available in 25 amazing fabrics including the Parker which features the Nautical Knot Embroidery.  Our Luxe Collection is available in any of our pleat styles including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat and Grommets.  These fabrics are in short supply so order your samples as soon as possible!

Most of the Luxe collection is comprised of Linen / Poly Blends or 100% Polyester which is wrinkle resistant and durable.  You can get an extra long drapery panel at 135 Inches long and 46 inches wide, lined and interlined in the Parker Sapphire as shown below, for under $500 per panel.  Once again DrapeStyle is proving that you can get high-end luxurious custom drapes without over-paying!  These prices are valid until May 9th.

 

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The Luxe Collection by DrapeStyle shown in Parker Sapphire with Parisian Pleat.

 

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from.  The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often?  Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes?  The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes.  Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.

If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole.  You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.

If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment.  You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted.  If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.

Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons.  When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.

 Custom Striped Silk Drapes with Grommets

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Custom Silk Drapes with Grommets at DrapeStyle

 

 Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

Contemporary Custom Grommet Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes in Linen

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Grommets by DrapeStyle

 

 Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle

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Custom Grommet Drapes

I know this may be a little old fashioned but, at DrapeStyle, we are still setting grommets in our custom made drapes by hand, just like it has been done for over 100 years.  And, yes, we are doing this in the United States!  When you are dealing with very high-quality custom made silk and linen drapes, or Designer Quality Drapes in fabrics like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet or Beacon Hill, you really need to set the grommets by hand.  Using a machine is just going to increase the chances that the fabric gets damaged.  At DrapeStyle, we have been hand-setting our grommets for over a decade and we have set thousands of them in nearly every finish imaginable.  Our most popular finishes are brushed nickel, shiny nickel, brass and black.  All of our grommets are made from Brass so they will not rust and are suitable for outdoor curtains, drapery or awnings as well.

Here is a little video demonstrating how we set our grommets by hand.

Christian Sinatra

Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition. Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done. We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own. For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows. When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process. Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation. Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free. Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths. After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric. If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice. It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice. Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission. You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person. If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience. At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”. When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction. When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.

When it comes to selecting custom window treatments it is always best to call a qualified Designer or Retailer early.

Bill Me Later

Bill Me Later is a PayPal Company that provides point of sale financing for Products which are purchased through qualifying Stores.  DrapeStyle has been offering Bill Me Later for the last 18 months and we really believe that the service adds a great deal of value for our Clients.  Since our typical transaction size is larger than an average online retailer, DrapeStyle Customers can get Free Financing on their custom drapery and window treatments when they use Bill Me Later.  The “No Payments-No Interest” Program offered by Bill Me Later to DrapeStyle Customers let’s our Clients get more of our Products while deferring payments and interest.  It’s really a great offer.

How Much are Custom Drapes?

We get this question all of the time.  The answer, depends.  At DrapeStyle all we do it make quality custom made drapes from scratch, everyday.  Our draperies range in price from as little as $199/panel for a simple solid linen, silk or cotton to over $1,000 per panel for some of our Schumacher Fabrics.  We like to think that we can really help you get high quality custom draperies for any budget.  In fact, if you are looking for drapery from a major retailer like Ethan Allen or Restoration Hardware, you can probably buy 100% custom in your choice of pleat style, lining and width from DrapeStyle for the same price or even less.  How can we compete with the big retailers?  Well, for one reason, we don’t have a warehouse where we keep hundreds if not thousands of “ready-made” drapery panels.  All of that inventory is just really expensive.  Instead, we keep a small amount of fabric in stock and only order exactly what we need to make each set of drapes.  No excess inventory and no waste means, lower costs.  It’s just that simple.

Thanks for shopping DrapeStyle.

Extra Long Draperies

A Client called us with a common dilemma.  She had purchased a new home in a brand new Development in Orange County that was just completed by The Irvine Company.  The Irvine Company, like almost all current builders and developers are building new home with extremely tall windows.  We’ve visited some new Developments back east that were built by Toll Brothers that had windows that were almost 25 feet tall.  These are dramatic architectural design elements that are beautiful but certainly present a challenge when it comes to finding window treatments or drapery for extra long windows.  At DrapeStyle, we make drapery for these longer windows all of the time.  The reality is, you won’t be able to buy drapery at a retail store like Restoration Hardware that will accommodate these windows.

Another consideration when ordering these extra long drapes is making sure that the hardware that you select will support the weight of the draperies.  Drapes that are 10-20feet long are going to be quite heavy and there is just no way that a typical telescoping pole is going to support the weight of the drapes.  You will need to be sure that you are getting solid rods that are properly mounted to support the weight of the drapery fabric.

 

 

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Moving Jobs and Draperies to Charlotte from Los Angeles

It really is a sign of the times.  It seems that the migration of jobs out of Los Angeles and California in general continues.  Our small business has experienced some of our Employees and Contractors moving from Orange County and Los Angeles to Charlotte North Carolina.  We are in the business of designing and making custom draperies for a wide variety of Customers.  We sell our Drapery throughout the US and Canada to Homeowners and Designers.  We had a small niche which was selling Drapery to Television and Movie Production Companies and Set Designers in Los Angeles.  We’ve been in this business for many years.  About three years ago the Set Design potion of our business started a steady decrease in revenue.  It’s not that Production Companies no longer needed drapery for their TV or Movie Sets but, those Sets and Productions were simply moving out of LA and California.

Where did all of the Production go?  Well, a lot of it went to Canada where Production Crews are “Non-Union” and much less expensive than their Hollywood counterparts.  We also saw a decent migration of the Productions that we made custom drapery for move to Charlotte.  By moving to Charlotte, Production Companies were able to enjoy lower taxes and wages than LA and not have to manage with cross-border issues when going to Canada.  Sadly for DrapeStyle, we actually had one of our very best Drapery Installers move to Charlotte from Orange County.  Like the Entertainment Industry, Bill is now enjoying a much lower cost of living, lower taxes and better lifestyle than when he was here in Southern California.  With so much TV Production moving to the Carolina’s we may end up opening a new drapery workroom there to support the industry.  I can’t help but to think of the irony as so much of the drapery and textile world was born in North Carolina only to leave for places like Mexico and China.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring many of those jobs back to that part of the Country?