GETTING GUEST ROOM READY WITH SARAH RICHARDSON

Reposted from Kravet

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

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

Tips from Sarah Richardson:

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

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

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

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


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Drapery Seams Happen

Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched
Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched

 

 

 

 

Seams happen.

But that’s ok, we can deal with seams beautifully and make it so you don’t even know they’re there and still create beautiful custom drapes.

 

 

Most of our fabrics start out at 54″. Then once you start sewing the pleats and side hems, the solid colored fabric will measure 26″ wide at the top of the drape when completed. This is 1 “width” of fabric. This is fine if your custom drapes are going to be decorative, meaning that they will be stationary and you don’t plan on opening and closing them. But what if you have a wide window or your need to  close your drapes? Then we start to sew together “widths” of fabric to meet your specifications.  If you need a drape that is 80″ wide, you would order a 3 width drape. And our seamstresses are so talented, that they will hide the seams in the back of the pleats so that you don’t see them. This goes for patterns and striped fabrics too. Check out our measuring guide for more information.

How to cut fabric when matching a pattern
How to cut fabric when matching a pattern

Seams for Roman shades will be a little more obvious, but we have a solution for that too. We order enough fabric so that we can match up the pattern on all of your Roman shades. Does everyone do that? Not really, which is why you should do your homework before purchasing custom window treatments.

Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade
Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade

Flat Roman SHade, Stripes are pattern matched
Flat Roman Shade, stripes are pattern matched

 

Seams can’t really be avoided but they can look good. Your custom made drapes should have details like bottom weights, drapery pins, double bottom hems and headers and premium linings.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, French pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware
Striped Silk Veranda 3, French Pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time and costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our products are made from the highest quality materials right here in the USA. For more information or questions, please contact us.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, Inverted Pleat, Classic Iron Hardware

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Sleeping in a Dark Room: How Important is it?

 

Our bodies must rest and recharge in order to keep operating at full capacity. It doesn’t really matter whether we like this or not, there are many important and necessary processes of regeneration that happen at night and this is what good night’s sleep serves for.

How does our modern lifestyle affect our sleep?

For many people, it is completely irrelevant when they go to bed, when they work and when they turn off the lights. Are you glued to your phone or laptop right until you hit the pillow (and maybe even after)? Or maybe, even with the best intentions, streetlights and city lights flood your bedroom. What we all need to understand is that darkness is a necessity for our beauty sleep.

What are the benefits of sleeping in complete darkness.

Still think beauty sleep is just for your good looks? At night our bodies produce melatonin, which allows us to fall asleep, and stay asleep. We produce this hormone the most between 11pm and 3am, and even the slightest ray of sunlight or artificial light interrupts the secretion of this important hormone. Less melatonin in the blood causes fatigue, bad mood, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, poor concentration and many other problems.

Melatonin supports the immune system and protects us from ailments such as heart attacks triggered by stress, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and many other neurological damages and bacterial and viral infections. When you sleep in complete darkness you can expect your levels of melatonin to increase. Proper and regular secretion of this hormone will even slow down the aging process.

How to create complete darkness

We should accept the fact that we are living in a bright world, which means that we need to take some measures to create darkness. For instance, we can turn off the TV and put down our phones well before bedtime and most importantly wear an eye mask to sleep. High-quality eye masks like can provide complete darkness for you to sleep better, no matter where you sleep.

First, we’ll go over why using artificial lighting too close to bed can damage your health. Melatonin helps us to relax and get ready to sleep, but the blue light from smartphones and tablets actually suppresses this hormone. Melatonin lowers blood pressure, glucose levels, and body temperature, which help us to prepare for a restful sleep.

With the proper amount of melatonin in your system, your cortisol levels will also remain relatively low, allowing you to relax and get to sleep. However, artificial lighting actually raises your stress hormones at night, and frequent exposure can cause a plethora of health problems, including excess body fat, weight gain, inflammation, insulin resistance, and heart problems. It can also contribute to insomnia and even affect hormones responsible for the regulation of your appetite.

So, by keeping your room dark at night, you not only will get to sleep faster and wake up feeling more rested, but you’ll also have a lesser risk of developing health problems due to excess nighttime light exposure.

A good rule of thumb is to simply turn off electronics a few hours before bed, and dim the lights in your room. Make it a relaxing environment for sleep so that when bedtime comes, you actually feel like falling asleep.

Even dim light at night can causes issues, though. Chronic exposure to dim light in the evening leads to depressive symptoms in hamsters, such as drinking less sugar water that they normally would have interest in. When researchers took away the dim lights at night, they found the depression went away.

If you have night lights on, lights from your computer or phone, or even a street lamp outside, consider covering them with a blanket or getting black-out curtains for your windows.

 

 

 

DrapeStyle can help by making custom drapes or curtains featuring blackout lining. Our high quality blackout lining, made by Hanes, can block out 99% of the light. Let us make custom drapes for you, with your choice of fabric, pleat style, and lining. Using curtains and drapes with blackout effects and help you obtain better sleep. Contact us for more information or to order fabric samples.

 

 

 
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Please Call for Longer Lengths

We really need to communicate this better.  At DrapeStyle we make each custom curtain panel, drapery panel and roman blind or roman shade to order.  Since we make each of them from scratch from the roll of fabric there is literally no limit to the length or width of drape that we can make.  So, if you have 18 foot tall windows, we can make your drapes for them.  Have extra wide windows. no problem.  We make drapes for virtually every size and shape of window there is, period.  We even make custom curtains for stages and auditoriums.

The following image is for draper that we made for a restaurant in San Francisco.  The curtains are about 25 feet long and they turned out to be, well, gorgeous.

Please call us if you can seem to find the perfect width or length on our website.  Also, please be sure to check the wide variety of lining options as well, including blackout lining and English Bump.

DrapeStyle makes custom curtains and drapes for any size of window
DrapeStyle Makes Custom Made Window Treatments for Extra Long and Extra Wide Windows.

 
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Blackout Curtains and Drapes

When it comes to luxury custom silk and linen drapery there is really one secret of better interior decorators that you need to know.  Designers and Decorators who really want to bring value to their Clients will almost always specify blackout curtains and drapery for their homes.  If you are in the warm tropical climate in Florida or in the cold and wet Northeast Blackout Curtains will make a huge difference for your home.  Blackout will reduce the light (almost all of it) from passing through your drapes and ultimately increase the life time of your drapes, carpet and upholstery.

Blackout also has the added benefit of making your room perfectly dark when you want it.  So, Home Theaters or just a cozy bedroom or living room are perfect for blackout drapery.  And blackout doesn’t need to break the bank.  At DrapeStyle we offer an upgrade on any of our custom drapery panels to “Blackout” for just $99.  Well worth the investment.  If you have ever considered upgrading your drapery lining to blackout you really need to make the investment, it will pay dividends for years to come!

 
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We Know Drapes, Blinds and Curtains.

Once in a while we get the chance to be part of a really cool decorating or restoration project.  Our most recent was in Paris California at the March Air Force Base.  The Base is well over 50 years old and they had the opportunity to re-decorate the Officers Club.  The Club was, well, it was tired.  But it also had tons of character.  You could sit in the 1950’s era deep red leather lounge chairs and just think of the conversations that Officers must have had in them back in World War II.  I think most of the paint and wallpaper was pretty original and the bar top – definitely.  The Team in charge of the re-model kept all of the that nostalgia and just freshened it up a bit.  They really maximized their budget.

DrapeStyle was awarded the bid to make all of the new custom curtains and drapes.  The Design Team chose a classic sheer curtain style and roman blinds that worked really well and didn’t break the bank.  We’ve done many commercial drapery projects at DrapeStyle but this was our first time doing a Project for the Military.  We really felt proud to have been selected and to have been able to make the new drapery right here in the USA.  I guess at the end of the day it just made us proud to be Americans.

Thank you very much to all of those who serve.

 

 

 

 

 
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Custom Drapery for Large, Wide or Extra Long Windows

Can DrapeStyle make very long curtains and drapery?  Extra wide curtains and drapes?  Blackout curtains?  The answer, of course, is YES!  We really need to do a better job of letting everyone know that DrapeStyle makes each drapes from scratch.  We don’t bring them in from India or China, we actually unroll the fabric, cut them and make the drapery the old fashioned way.  Making drapes here in the US went our of fashion about five decades ago but we still make them here.  Manufacturing in the US – California no less, is certainly not the least expensive way to make drapery but it does allow us to make the very best quality in the business.  Luxury and quality custom made drapery is what we have been about for well over a decade.

So, the short answer is, yes – DrapeStyle can make your extra long drapes, extra wide drapery and blackout curtains for your home theater room!  If you don’t see exactly what you need on our website just give us a call.  Our Team of Designers (Yes – they really are Designers) can help you create the perfect drapery to your exact specifications and measurements.  And we can probably make them for less than what you would think.  Just give us a call!

 
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What a Difference a Drape Makes

I felt no need to cover my big open wall of windows. The openness made my small living area look like it included the wide strip of water that flowed by. A constantly changing scene of boats and birds. Besides, the house across the water has been empty for years.

It all changed when the new neighbors moved in. When I could watch their big screen TV from my living room I realized they could see in my living room as well! The hunt for window treatments was on…

I knew I wanted something that would let the light in, block my neighbor’s vision and not require an equity loan to pay for. But did I want a curtain or a drape? And just what is the difference anyway? A quick search on Wikipedia provided this answer:
A curtain (sometimes known as a drape, mainly in the US, or drapery, mainly in the UK) is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portières. Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building’s window to block the travel of light, for instance at night to aid sleeping, or to stop light from escaping outside the building (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons). In this application they are also known as “draperies

OK, so since privacy is my issue, I’m looking for draperies. Not having needed draperies for years, I was surprised to find that the local chain stores specializing in them had gone the way of the dinosaur. I hit up all the department stores and was disappointed at the mundane, (and often tacky) selection of color, fabric, and style for drapes. Moving on to custom drape stores I found prices that would really break the bank.

The next step was an on-line search. Since I wasn’t born with the “style/fashion gene” this was my last resort. I really needed a sales person to walk me through the selection process. How would I find that on-line?

A Google search provided an abundance of options. I was immediately drawn to “DrapeStyle.com”. The two things I was looking for! The quote from House & Garden Magazine really appealed to me “Beautifully Made to Order”. The choice of style and fabric was amazing – silk, linen, sheer, French pleats, grommets. Best of all, a phone call proved that they really do have designers on hand who patiently answered my questions and expertly assisted me with the design process. And at a price that didn’t break the bank!

My DrapeStyle.com drapes are perfect! The sheers that I selected let in the light and softly cover my windows. They are transparent enough to allow me to watch the boats go by, but provide the privacy I was looking for. The order process was painless and the custom made drapes arrived quickly. I love the new look of my living room! Hmmmm, I wonder what DrapeStyle.com drapes could do for my bedroom…
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The Art of Hanging Drapery

The Art of Hanging Drapery
The Art of Hanging Drapes

We all know that the best Designers can create amazing spaces from humble beginnings. But how do they do it? Well here are a few “Insider Secrets” on how to flatter your windows that you won’t find anywhere else.

Dressing your windows is as important to completing your perfect space as anything else you do. Many leading Designers actually think it is the Most Important feature of a room that should not be over-looked.

If you are dressing a window in a space with a lower ceiling it is important to create the illusion of more height. It’s very similar to fashion, if you’re a short framed person you probably don’t want to be wearing Capri pants. So with low ceilings it’s best to hang your hardware close to the ceiling and let the drapes puddle onto the floor. The longer drape and more fabric will give the illusion of a taller ceiling.

Conversely, if your home has higher ceilings and taller windows you can easily get a more tailored look by having the drape fabric just touch the floor or even hover an inch above it. This is a great “mid-century” look that is becoming very popular in many of the boutique hotels. Like a “slim-fit” suit, this tailored look is very fashionable and flattering, but you’ve got to have the “tall, long-lines” to get away with it said Amy Pearce a Design Consultant at DrapeStyle in California.

Speaking of the “Boutique Hotel” look, you may want to also consider adding Blackout Lining as well. Blackout blocks about 99% of the light from penetrating the room which is perfect for a bedroom or den where you may want added privacy. Blackout is also popular in media rooms, “You can close the drapes in the middle of the day and create a perfect atmosphere for watching a movie” Pearce said.

Another great practice with taller windows is to get wider panels and “stack” them off to each side. “When you stack the drapes on narrow windows you can really give the illusion of a grander more dramatic space”, Pearce said, “the added fabric also absorbs more of the ambient noise and makes the room much more intimate and comfortable”, Pearce added.

The final consideration you should make is that of the insulating factor or “R-Value” that drapery can have. “Most People don’t realize that adding drapery that is well lined and interlined can reduce the energy loss through windows and walls by as much as 40%”, Pearce said. Well made drapes can actually pay for themselves over time.
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DrapeStyle Commercial & Hospitality

DrapeStyle Custom Drapes for Gitane
Commercial Drape Project

Every once in a while it occurs to me that some people may not know that DrapeStyle services Commercial and Hospitality. Unfortunately for us it usually comes in the form of a question from a Customer asking “Do you have a Commercial and Hospitality Program”? Yikes, not good that a Customer would have to ask. So just a quick entry about DrapeStyle Commercial and Hospitality. Turns out that, our roots are actually in Commercial Design, not Residential Design. Yep, that’s how we started it all. Our Founders came from the Commercial space, University trained in Interior Architecture (BA) and worked for some of the leading Architecture Firms in the US. It was that training and experience working with Companies like Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte & Touche and Sempra Energy that lead to DrapeStyle. So, at DrapeStyle, we are ready to talk Commercial and Hospitality when you are. We’ve completed projects from Switzerland (yes, Switzerland) to New York, Boston and all over California. Our portfolio includes corporate headquarters, restaurants, hotels and condos. Here is a taste of one of our most recent projects in San Francisco. Take a look and please keep us in mind, we’d love to talk to you about your project.

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