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

Archive for the ‘Style and Function’ Category

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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…

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.

DrapeStyle Commercial & Hospitality

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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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