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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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.

Kravet Riad Dune Shams and Coverlet

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.

Kravet Riad Dune Draperies and Shade

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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Still Made in the USA

DrapeStyle has been in business for over 17 years and still makes all of our custom products; drapes, Roman shades and pillows, right here in the US. Our workroom is located in Phoenix, Arizona and our goal is to provide you with the highest quality products in a timely fashion.

custom roman shades and drapes

Why do we feel it is so important to purchase goods made in the USA?

Some of the repercussions of products not made in the us includes:

  • Poor working conditions. Many times working conditions in other countries are lower than in the US.
  • Longer production times. When goods are made over seas, it takes longer for the product to reach the US
  • Poor quality control. Many times workers work on producing quantity, not quality
  • Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. 

Some of the benefits of buying in the US:

  • You’ll be keeping jobs here in America. And by creating more jobs you will be putting money back into our economy.
  • Lower Carbon Footprint: Goods shipped from overseas to America, burn fossil fuels and spew out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel. Purchasing goods made in the USA won’t have to travel as far creating a cleaner environment for generations to come.
  • Many foreign labor standards allow unsafe working conditions in many countries. When you buy made in the USA products, you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.

DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

For questions or advice, contact us and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes!


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What Does Custom Mean?

Dupioni Striped Silk in Veranda 9, Matte Nickel Grommets

What does it really mean to have something custom made? At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom made to your specifications. Read on for more information.

Any length or width-really! We’ve made some of the largest drapes you’ve ever seen!

Custom means hand sewn. A real human being hand sews your drapes and Roman shades to order. No puckering, no bunching, no gaps.


The Fairmont Drape in Seashell with Pebble banding, Cartridge Pleat

Custom means that we can hide the seams. If you need a wide drape, we may have to sew a couple of pieces of fabrics together. But no worries, we will hide the seams within the pleats so you don’t even know they’re there!

No over looking mistakes. We give the drapes a once over before they are shipped out to make sure your drapes are just as you ordered them.

Schumacher fabric in Ambala Oyster

At DrapeStyle we have been making drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made”. All of our products are made from only the highest quality materials, and made by a team of talented seamstresses who an average, have 25 years of experience.

Schumacher fabric in Amboise Linen Zinc

Need a little design advice? Not sure what size to order? Contact us and we would be happy to help! Because we are a small family owned business, you will talk to a real person when you call that can help you with the ordering process. We feel that the DrapeStyle way of making custom window treatments takes a little more time, cost a little more money but we think it’s worth it.


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Ideas for Camouflaging Problem Windows

Do you have different sized windows in the same room? Do you have an awkward sized window? Want to give the illusion that there’s a window? Off center windows can really make decorating difficult. Here are some ideas on how to camouflage challenging windows.

Extend the drapery rods beyond the frame molding. 12 inches if you have the space. Or extend your drapery from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. This tricks the eye and you can’t tell where the windows start and stop, making you believe the window is larger than it is. This will give the illusion that your window is wider than it is.

Layer curtains and shades. By hanging shades just below the drapery rod it will make the window appear taller than it is. This layering look also makes your room look high end.

Use sturdy, thick fabrics. This will give you a high end look and the treatments won’t look skimpy. Use fabric with a vertical pattern or stripes that will draw your eye up. Fabric with a horizontal pattern or stripes will give the illusion the window is wider than it really is.

Outside mounted roman shades. By buying shades that are wider and longer than your window, will give the illusion the window is longer than it really is. And when the shade is pulled up, most of the glass will be exposed.

Need more ideas or suggestions? Feel free to contact one of our designers. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 16 years and we are great at problem solving!


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Window Covering Myths

Jeffrey Alan Marks Oceanview Shade

Drapes should be hung on the window trim

Don’t cover up your beautiful trim molding! Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.

DrapeStyle customers can enjoy professional design services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!

Window treatments will make my home too dark

Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products for light control. See our lining guide for more information.

Kravet fabrics

Window coverings will block my views

Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution. Need more information? Review our measuring guide.

You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic

Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments.

Minimalistic window coverings

Window treatments are all the same

If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage.

Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc

A retail chain will have the best pricing

Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices, so do your research on the types of fabrics being used and the type of construction. In most cases, for the same price retail chains charge, you could purchase custom made window treatments from DrapeStyle in sizes you need, not the limited sizes the retail chains want to offer.

For more information or questions, please contact us.


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Where Should I Hang My Curtains?

Curtains complete a room. They add warm, texture and color to any space. Here’s a few comments about this common question that we get often: Where Should I hang My Curtains? High and wide is usually the key. It gives the illusion that your room and window are larger than they are. The trend now is to hang your curtains about two inches from the ceiling. If you have very tall ceilings you may want to hang your curtains right at the ceiling or even consider purchasing a ceiling mounted traverse track.

If you are wanting the curtains to block out light, be sure that the curtain rod is high enough and wide enough to cover the window and then some. You don’t want the sunlight peaking through. Extend the curtain rod at least 4-6 inches past the window. Again, you will want to make sure that the entire window is covered, especially if you are wanting to block out the light. You may need to extend the curtain rod even further if you don’t wan t your curtains to block your view.

A few questions to ask yourself before you buy; Are they going to be decorative or functional-how wide do I really need my curtains? For decorative curtains, figure the curtain width to be 1/3 of the window width is a good rule of thumb. Will I draw these closed with my hands or should I purchase batons-oils from your hands can damage and dirty curtains fabric over time, consider purchasing batons to draw the curtains open and closed. How large is my curtain hardware-take into consideration the diameter of your curtain rod, this will affect the length of the curtains. Unless you are purchasing cafe curtains, the drape to reach the floor. If you want a more luxurious, formal look, and a few inches to a foot so that the curtains will puddle on the floor.

Most importantly, make sure your curtains are long enough, which might mean getting them custom made. Curtains are the finishing touch in any room and if they don’t look good it’s like wearing jewelry that doesn’t match your outfit. With so many different sized windows, many people are turning to custom made window treatments and they’re more affordable than you think. DrapeStyle can make any width or length curtain in any fabric you choose. We have been in business for over 15 years so we know a thing or two about custom made curtains. Everything is made here in the USA and shipped directly to you. For more information contact us.


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Decorating Tiny Spaces

Decorating Tiny Spaces

When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a 600 square foot apartment. It was just north of Los Angeles and it was all we could afford. But it was newly built, in a great neighborhood, somewhat cozy and I tried to make it as stylish as I could, with lots of hand me down furniture. We definitely had to make the most of our small living space and made use of every inch we had.

Streamline Your Space

What do you really need? When you are starting out in your first home, this may not be a problem because you may not have much. But if you are down sizing, ask yourself what is really essential? Do you really need three crock pots or two vacuum cleaners?

Use Visible Storage

Use bookcases, the back of doors, shelving under coffee tables. Bookcases can store items other than books, the back of doors can store jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Consider furniture that can be used for double duty; ottomans that you can store blankets in, coffee tables that offer storage or a bottom shelf to store books and remotes. Make the most of vertical spaces, think about going up. by utilizing shelving, bookcases, and cabinets.

Create Open Spaces

Open shelving, coffee tables, bookcases and create an open airy feel even when you have utilized these spaces for storing essentials. Mirrors, see through acrylic furniture, and shiny surfaces will make spaces look larger.

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I used to have an assortment of mismatched furniture. I painted it all black to create a more cohesive look and accented it with a deep forest green color. Choose one accent color to keep things simple and effortless.

Keep walls neutral and light to create a larger looking space. Hang draperies high and wide, this will allow the eye to move up and make the brain think the windows and rooms, are larger than they really are. Keep fabrics light to allow more natural light to really open up the space.

Use decorative containers to hide clutter or store essentials. Baskets, bowls and pretty boxes can be used to store personal items.


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Do You Have “Sticky” Drapery Rods?

Even if your wooden drapery rods work perfectly to start with, they can begin to stick after a few years, making pulling the curtains a frustrating operation!

There are several reasons for this:

  • The original paint or varnish finish on the rod can wear and roughen with use across the top.
  • An accumulation of household dust on the top of the rod can dry out the wood and makes it slightly ‘sticky’.
  • Changes of humidity can open out the wood grain a little and also cause the rings and rod to catch on each other.
  • If you have a telescoping rod, curtains may get stuck every time you draw them open or closed. The rings will catch on the transition between the two rods.
  • Height is a factor. The longer the drapes, the more weight you have to pull. Are your drapes lined and interlined? The added weight may be making the drapes harder to draw.

Patterned Linen Drapes

But not to worry, there are some easy fixes:

  • Purchase curtain slide tape that adheres to the top of your drapery rod. The tape allows the rings to slide easily. In most cases your drapery rod is high enough and you won’t see the tape.
  • Purchase wands or batons can help draw your drapes. Attaching a wand or baton to the first drapery ring will allow you to pull your drapes more easily.
  • Consider a traverse rod to help with heavy draperies. Traverse rods are perfect for heavier draperies and DrapeStyle offers a variety traverse hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about drapery hardware DrapeStyle would be happy to answer them for you. We have been in business for over 15 years and we love helping our customers design their dream drapes. And everything is still made right here in the USA. For more information please contact us.


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We Set High Production Standards

You’ve decided on having custom drapes made. What makes DrapeStyle different from other retailers?

DrapeStyle’s online business has been around for 15 years. The small business owner has owned her local workroom for over 35 years.

Read our reviews. We have had thousands of satisfied customers and many of them have shared their experiences: https://www.drapestyle.com/houzz-custom-drapes.html

DrapeStyle sets high production standards.

We still believe in hand making each order. From the time your order enters production, your fabric will be cut by hand, patterns and stripes will be matched and even the DrapeStyle tag is hand sewn for a professional, finished look.

Small details like these make all the difference:

  • Blind stitching
  • Drapery pins installed
  • Bottom weights on all drapes, indoor and out
  • Metal grommets are used instead of plastic grommets
  • All seams and hems are sewn-not glued together
  • We color match the thread to the fabric instead of using a clear nylon monofilament
  • If you order pleated drapes over 25″ wide, there will be seams.  However, we hide the seams towards the back of the pleats so it is not visible
  • Made in the USA-we are located in Phoenix, Arizona

And real, live, people answer the phone to help you with your window treatment project. We are here to help! Contact us for more information about DrapeStyle, fabric samples or just when you need a little advice.

DrapeStyle’s high production standards when making custom drapes takes little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it.


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Why Add Interlining To Your Curtains and Drapes?

Drape with Bump

Interlining is a thick, soft blanket-like fabric which is sandwiched between the decorative fabric and the lining. Once you have seen and experienced curtains and blinds that have been interlined, you will want to have all of your curtains interlined!  Here’s a guide to interlining and how to use it successfully.

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•   Interlining makes curtains look luxurious and drape elegantly.  It’s the key to getting a grand, full, lush look.

•   Lined and interlined curtains absorb more sound, and provide greater insulation from cold and heat, than curtains with just lining.

•   Interlining is not just for curtains. You can also interline Roman shades.

•   Interlined curtains can’t be washed, and must be cleaned by a specialist.

•   Interlined curtains are considerably heavier than curtains that are just lined.  Make sure that your track or pole is able to take the weight.  Metal tracking is a worthwhile investment – plastic tracking may deform and perform badly under the weight of interlined curtains.

•   The interlining is held in place between the face fabric and the lining with vertical lines of loose locking stitches.  This is done by hand and adds an extra process to the making up of curtains, which adds to the cost if you are having them professionally made.

Dupioni Silk Gothic Red

Bump

A thick cotton-based fabric which drapes well.  Bump gives the most body to curtains, and is the type favored by most professional curtain makers.

Flannel

A lighter brushed cotton interlining for small curtains where heavy bump would be out of proportion.  It’s also used to interline swags and tails, pelmets and valances to give them a soft padded look, to match the interlined curtains beneath.

Interlining curtains is highly recommended for that lush, full look. It will also help with insulating your windows from the cold and heat. Take a look at the different lining options available here. DrapeStyle offers interlining on all of their curtains. For more information, or for samples of linings, please contact us.

Silk Drape with Bump

 
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Cyber Monday 2018

CYBER MONDAY DEALS! Drapestyle is offering $75 off on all drapes and roman shades purchased today!

On Cyber Monday shop deep discounts on custom window treatments including, drapes, curtains and roman shades AND receive $75 off your order of $999 or more.

There’s no better time to shop-save up to 40% on all our drapes and curtains, including silkslinen and cotton, and refresh your home by adding new window treatments.  With over 600 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.

Choose from options such as velvet trimfabric bandingtassels and tie backs.  Customize your drapes even further with blackout lining or bump interlining and make your drapes work for you by cutting down heating and cooling costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop our Cyber Monday sales and online deals comfortably at home on your PC or laptop, or on the go from your tablet or cell phone.  You’ll receive $75 off your order and you won’t have to brave the crazy crowds!  Shop now because this offer ends at midnight tonight!

Need a little advice?  We’re here to help.  Our design consultants will help you desgin the perfect pair of drapes or Roman shades.  Contact us at: 800.760.8257 or question@drapestyle.com.


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Decorating Halloween Windows

This week I will celebrate my favorite holiday; Halloween. I love decorating my home, I love dressing up and I love handing out full size candy bars to the trick-or-treaters! I thought it would be fun to share some photos I found of Halloween windows.

Available at Walmart.com
Available at Walmart.com

Available at Walmart.com
Available at Walmart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at these fun designs. What a great and inexpensive way to change out your drapes with the season! Do you have a window these would look fun on?

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How fun would it be to make curtains in the colors of candy corn, or to have some really luxurious drapes made from orange and black linen? We can do that, because everything we make; Curtains, Roman shades and Pillows, is custom made right here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Creative Halloween Window

Creative Halloween Window

Visit DrapeStyle.com for ideas and pricing on customizable curtains. We have been in business for over 15 years. Our dedication to quality takes a bit more time and costs a bit more money, but we think its worth it. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years experience and there’s probably nothing they haven’t made! Contact us for more information.

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How to Add Farmhouse Charm to Your Home

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.

Reclaimed Wood

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

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

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.

 

Shiplap

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 Everything

White walls, countertops, dishes and more. White makes everything look fresh and it’s easy to add a little color as the seasons change.

Draperies

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.
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DrapeStyle Welcomes Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks

Designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks

DrapeStyle is pleased to introduce the addition of Jeffrey Alan Marks fabrics. World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made his way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!

Branches Drapes

Jeffrey Alan Marks’ designs are infused with fresh inforality, good nature and playful charm. Internationally recognized as one of today’s most influential American designers, this California talent catures each client’s personality to create timeless and livable interiors.

Whitecap Chair & Pillow

From London townhouses to Malibu beach compounds, Jeffrey’s work resonates. His thoughtful spaces are purposeful and authentic, begging to be lived in. For over two decades, his firm’s relaxed yet tailored interiors have stood apart.  Named one of “the town’s most-wanted designers” by The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Alan Marks believes the design process should be fun and creative like his designs and personal style. Jeffrey studied design at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in England and lived in Paris and Milan for many years allowing his work to draw cues from Italian and French methods.

Angelus Roman Shade

His colorful, comfortable design style translates to the atmosphere at his firm, JAM, Inc. Based in Santa Monica, the firm designs and develops luxury homes in America and the United Kingdom and develops commercial projects including restaurants and retail stores. New projects includes a chain of restaurants in Korea and exclusive eateries in New York, Montecito, and West Hollywood.

Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks

Jeffrey is included in House Beautiful’s list of the most influential decorators in American History and is on Elle Decor magazine’s A-List. His work is regularly published by major shelter magazines including Elle Decor, German Architectural Digest, and the British In Style Home. Often invited to share his design philosophy and laid-back personality, Jeffrey is a favorite among worldwide television viewers and design industry forums.

Onshore Drapes, Parisian Pleats

To view his fabrics, please visit DrapeStyle.com or contact us for more information.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend

Happy Labor Day from DrapeStyle!

Here is a little information about Labor Day, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated this holiday.

Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite
Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite

DrapeStyle will be closed Monday, September 3rd.  We will be back on Tuesday to help you with your window treatment needs!  In the meantime, please browse our website for inspiration and information about the most beautiful custom drapes available today!  We can make any width or length drape in over 600 fabrics.  And with a team of talented seamstress, you are sure to receive the highest quality draperypillows and Roman shades.

If you need a little advice or would like to order fabric swatches, please let us know.

We have been in business for over 15 years, if you appreciate good design and superior quality DrapeStyle is your answer. And as always, your window treatments will be made right here in the USA.


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Decorating with Indoor Plants

Decorating with indoor plants, borrowed from www.bioadvanced.com:

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.

Breathing Easier

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants –orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads –do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

Releasing Water

As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.

Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Improving Health

Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.

The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture commissioned a workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. In another study by the AgriculturalUniversity of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.

Sharpening Focus

A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taughtin rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.

How Many Plants?

The recommendations vary based on your goals.
To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) every 129 square feet. In office or classroom settings, position plants so each person has greenery in view.
To purify air, use 15-18 plants in 6-8-inch diameter pots for an 1,800-square-foot house. That’s roughly one largerplant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4-5-inch pots).

Remember that for the best success with any houseplant, you need to match the right plant to the right growing conditions. Learn more in Tips for Healthy HouseplantsFor low light situations, choose a plant adapted to those conditions

Best Plants for Indoor Use

 

Common Name Latin Name Benefits Best use
 

 

Spider Plant

 

 

Chlorophytum comosum

 

 

Purifies air rapidly; removes formaldehyde

 

 

Living spaces

Dragon Tree1

 

Dracaena marginata

 

 

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene

 

Living spaces
Gerbera Daisy2  

Gerbera jamesonii

 

Releases oxygen at night; purifies air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene

 

Bedrooms to refresh nighttime air or living spaces
English Ivy Hedera helix

 

Removes benzene from air

 

Dorm rooms or home office
Boston Fern

 

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’  

Humidifies air

 

Living spaces; note that dry winter rooms can quickly kill Boston ferns; mist plants daily for best results
Philodendron3

 

Philodendron

 

Purifies air; removes

formaldehyde

 

Living spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls, carpets, etc.
Snake Plant

 

Sansevieria trifasciata

 

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide

produced by fuel-burning appliances

 

Living spaces, kitchens, rooms with wood stoves
Peace Lily

 

Spathiphyllum

 

 

Removes mold from air

 

Bathrooms or damp areas of

home


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