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What is a Width?

What is a “Width”?  This is probably the question I am asked most often from customers.


You ordered fabric samples.  You taped the fabric samples to your wall next to the window.  You lived with those samples taped to your wall for two weeks, and finally decided on a color.  Now you’re ready to order your drapes.

Quantity, check.  Fabric, check.  Pleat, check.  Length, check.  Width…..width?  Do I need 1 width?  2 and a half widths?  What IS a width?

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.



These pictures are examples of drapes that do not have overlaps, they are not wide enough to completely close:



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DrapeStyle also creates 3 1/2″ returns-a return is a piece of fabric at the end of the drape that returns back to the wall so that light does not shine through the sides.  So what started as a 54″ wide piece of fabric, is now a 26″ wide drape with French Pleats.

Here are some examples of returns:

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So based on all of these details, NOW how many widths do I need?


DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.


Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.  This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?


Here’s a chart to help you:





Or, when you are entering your information online, next to the width you select, it will tell you how wide the drape will be:

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Bottom line, DON’T SWEAT IT!

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
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Made in the USA





Veteran’s Day is this week and it reminds me how grateful I am to the men and women who have served this great country.  How proud I am to live in this great country.  How fortunate I am to live in this great country.  When my husband and I bought our first home 15 years ago, do you know what the first thing I bought was?  No, not drapes.  An American flag!  I couldn’t wait to fly an American flag outside my own home, I am so proud to be an American!

Which leads me into thinking about “Made in the USA”.  What exactly does that mean?  Does that really matter?


DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.


A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:

  • In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York.  DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics.  To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
  • The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
  • We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
  • Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
  • DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows.  Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • Our hardware is hand forged in Los Angeles by artisans who pride themselves in creating products by hand.

So as you can see, we support many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.












Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!


Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.






Birmingham Alabama

Let’s Exchange Curtain Ideas Birmingham Alabama!

If you are looking for custom drapery in Birmingham Alabama you should be contacting DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been assisting customers worldwide, throughout the US and Canada, in creating custom drapes for over ten years. Our staff of experienced interior designers and drapery experts are waiting to assist you in creating the best solutions to treat your windows.
Do you have tall two story windows and need extra long drapes? Do you have a wall to wall sliding door and need extra wide drapes? No matter what kind of tricky window you may have, we have you covered! Our custom drapery consultants are here to help and walk you through the process. Confused about pleat styles? Unsure of color choice? Concerned about taking measurements? Let us take out the guess work from your project. Simply give us a call.
Don’t let your zipcode dictate where you shop. Whether you live in Birmingham Alabama or Scarsdale New York, you can own beautiful custom drapes hand stitched in our Orange County California drapery workroom. Let’s talk curtains and exchange ideas today!

DrapeStyle Atlanta

If you are thinking custom drapes in Atlanta you should be thinking DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been manufacturing premium custom silk drapes, linen drapes and Roman Shades and shipping them to Atlanta for the past decade.  We are happy to provide you with free samples of some of the most exclusive fabrics from Mills like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet and Beacon Hill.  Plus we have exclusive DrapeStyle Silks and Linens that will compliment any decor.

If you have tall windows and need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes, we have you covered.  We manufacture each of our drapes and Roman Shades to order in our California Workroom.  Call one of our Designers and let us show you how easy it is to Exchange your Curtains for amazing DrapeStyle quality for a price that will wonder why you waited so long.

My Sister Bought Her Drapes at Restoration Hardware

The internet and eCommerce have literally transformed the way we buy everything today. Who would have considered buy appliances, clothing, even food through a website just ten short years ago. Today we have such amazing resources at our finger-tips. Sites like Houzz and Pinterest give us the ability to drool over images of things we want, need and most of the time can’t afford.

The Custom Drapery Industry, no exception. For good or for bad, the days of heading downtown to the local drapery store are over. Most of the main street storefronts have either migrated to the web or are about too.

As a Consumer we now have more information, more options and better resources than ever before. We’ve been in the Custom Drapery Business for a very long time and we thought we would give you as much information as we possibly can. Even if you end up buying your draperies elsewhere, we hope you appreciate the information.

Chapter I: My Sister Bought her Drapes from Restoration Hardware. Yes. It is true, and now the whole world will know. My Wife and I own a Custom Drapery Company and my little sister bought her drapes from Restoration Hardware. Now, a little background. We are from New Jersey. Working Class New Jersey where most of my Family still lives. My Sister and her husband bought a new home in a brand new upscale community in southwest New Jersey. They love it. Big beautiful new homes averaging over 4000 square feet each. These are the McMansions that became popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  Really huge tall windows with great views and vaulted ceilings.  Stainless steel kitchens with two dishwashers.

So Lori buys this new home and all of her new friends in the neighborhood are hiring Interior Designers / Decorators to help them all deck the places out. Lori calls me and asks what I think and I tell her to go ahead and hire this Decorator that she was referred too. You know, got to keep up with the Jones’. Well, a few months later and I get the call. “Ron”, her Decorator has suggested that she buy new drapes at Restoration Hardware. He does it all of the time she tells me. Now, they wont be wide enough but Ron has a resource where they are going to buy two pair of drapes and then sew them together. Oh boy.

Flash forward 2 years. Now, my Parents buy a house about two miles away from my Sister, also in a new development. This one though, no McMansions. These homes are, well, single level. No stairs. Wide hallways and a lot of hand-rails. You got me, right? But these houses are nice, I mean, really nice. And, Like Lori, all of these Ladies are hiring Decorators too!

So now I get the call from my Mother and I brace myself. If she tells me that she is buying Restoration Hardware Drapes I am going to have a brain freeze. Turns out that her Decorator suggested that you buy her drapes from a place called DrapeStyle! An “Online Company” she says. My Mom could not have been more tickled.

Now the best part. My Mom has DrapeStyle and she is 78. My Sister has Restoration Hardware and she is 44. My Sister goes to my Mom’s house and sees her drapes. Now the calls are really coming…

“How could you have let me buy that c…p, from Restoration Hardware!”, “Moms drapes are so much better!”

Sometimes “kids” just have to learn for themselves.

Here is the real deal. The Thai Silk Drapes from Restoration Hardware were really not all “that bad”, but they weren’t DrapeStyle. They were lined but not interlined, the fabrics were thin. The hems were short and cheap. They just weren’t “custom”.  And the reality is that they didn’t cost much less than DrapeStyle and by the time she paid the tailor to sew the two panels together, they really were about the same price as DrapeStyle 100% Custom.  Lori spent a lot of time and a lot of money on those drapes and now we are making her new ones.  She gets the “Family Discount” but she would have been much happier if she would have just ordered from DrapeStyle to begin with.

Custom Drapes Online

Ever wonder where some of the best Interior Designers and Decorators in the US and Canada go to buy their quality custom drapes online?  For over a decade they have been coming to DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle we have been helping Homeowners all over the US and Canada as well as some of the best Interior Designers and Decorators find the best values on custom made drapes online.  We feature over 400 luxurious Designer Fabrics from leading Mills like Schumacher, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen and our own line of premium imported silk and linen fabrics.  We hand-craft each custom drapery panel to order in our own Orange County Studio and ship them worldwide.  So, if you need something other than standard sized ready-made drapery that come in 106 inch or 108 inch lengths than just call one of our Designers and let us make you the custom draperies and Roman Shades that have been featured in magazines for over a decade.

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Custom Drapery by DrapeStyle is no longer available at Costco

Many people ask us if our custom silk and linen drapes are still available via Costco and/or Costco.com, they are not.  We enjoyed a great relationship with Costco but our drapery styles and process has evolved to being a much more “custom” product that did not lend itself to high-volume, low-touch retail.  As more and more online retailers are selling “ready-made” or “out-of-the-box” custom silk drapes and linen drapes we at DrapeStyle decided to focus on higher-end custom that you just can’t find from any larger Retailer like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen, etc.  So if you are still looking for DrapeStyle custom drapery at Costco you won’t find us there but you can still find us at DrapeStyle.com.

Seattle, Sammamish, Bellevue

I remember spending a week up in Seattle during the month of May.  Went up for a wedding which was on Whidbey Island which was really one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to in the US.  I know that we were pretty close to Canada and when I think Canada, I think Cold.  And, yes, middle of May and it was freezing up there.  When I speak to Clients that we have up in the Pacific Northwest I always suggest that when they are considering their new Window Treatments to take that Seattle weather into consideration.  We always recommend our thermal blackout linings because in addition to being cold, Seattle is also wet.  Our Blackout Linings are made of a synthetic material that will not absorb moisture like many typical drapery linings.  Whenever a lining absorbs moisture it has the potential to create mold and mildew.  I hope that our well-insulated custom drapes are working to keep many a home warm and cozy during those long cold Seattle Winters.


More and more often when Homeowners and Interior Designers are looking for custom silk drapes, custom linen drapes or Roman Shades they are thinking about DrapeStyle.  After-all, DrapeStyle has been selling custom drapes in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over a decade.  We’ve spent a great deal of time in Hinsdale, Riverside, Oak Park and Naperville measuring and installing amazing custom drapery for some of Chicago’s best Interior Designers.  Whether the homes are restoration, new construction or re-model, our Team of Designers can help you find the perfectly fitted custom drapery for any sized window including those extra long windows.

We also always recommend a well insulated and lined custom drapery for our Mid-Western Clients.  Our thick linings and interlinings can help eliminate drafts and better insulate windows and doors in the frigid cold Chicago winters!

Where to Buy Silk Drapes in Tucson, Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona

At DrapeStyle we may be a Southern California Based Company but we have a lot of heart and soul that still lives in Tucson.  We have several Employees that are from Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale, and, we sell a lot of custom drapery in Arizona.  Whether we are shipping boxes of custom drapes to the Sam Hughes Neighborhood in Tucson, DC Ranch in Scottsdale or even Oro Valley we have probably covered more ground in Southern and Central Arizona than any other drapery retailer.  As a matter of fact we are in the process of looking for a new drapery showroom location in Scottsdale.  So, if you are looking for custom drapes in Tucson, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Oro Valley or any other area of Southern Arizona – Wildcat or Sun Devil, than DrapeStyle is the right place.


Shipping our Drapery Worldwide

Once in a while we like to give thanks where and when thanks are due.  Just call it good Karma.  It’s no secret that DrapeStyle not only ships extra long custom drapery valances and Roman Shades all over the US and Canada, but we also ship them Worldwide.  We ship custom drapes to Australia, Japan, France, Switzerland and even China!  Whenever we have one of these shipments going that requires some custom boxing or crating we always call the folks at Airway Packing for help.  They build our custom boxes and crates to perfect specs and they know exactly what the Customs requirements are for each Country that we are shipping too.  So, like a few weeks ago when we needed to ship a crate of long custom made drapes to Australia, the folks at Airway made us the perfect create to make sure that they arrived safely and made it through Customs without delay.  Thanks very much to Todd and his Crew at Airway.

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At DrapeStyle we ship our custom made drapery, roman shades and valances all over the world,

Los Angeles and the Valley

Yep, it’s true, the best place to get an incredible deal on amazing Designer Quality Custom Drapery is not in LA, or the San Fernando Valley.  And, it’s not in Downtown LA either.  For over a decade the best Designers in LA and the Valley have been buying their custom made draperies in Orange County at DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has made more silk and linen drapes for Hollywood Celebrity homes that any other Drapery Manufacturer, period.  Why?  Probably because Designers trust our Team of Designers and Installers, plus, we own our own Workroom, our own equipment and we have a staff of the most talented Seamstresses in the United States and Canada.  We have celebrity Clients who insist that our Seamstresses make the drapes that go into their estate homes in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Shady Canyon, Lake Sherwood, Calabasas, Newport Coast, Laguna Beach and Pelican Hill just to name a few.  We aren’t going to drop names because we value the privacy of our Clients but we feel confident that we’ve made more drapery for Sports Stars, Movies Stars and Celebrities than any other drapery retailer in America.



New York City

Have you ever considered that the best place to buy luxury custom made drapery and Roman Shades in New York City may not even be in New York?  That’s right, if you ask a lot of Interior Designers and Decorators they will tell you that you may not find the best value in custom drapery in SoHo, or on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side or even in Mid-Town.  Nope, the best value in window treatments in New York may be in California.  At DrapeStyle we have sold thousands of custom draperies, Roman Shades and drapery hardware all over New York City.  As a matter of fact, we’ve been the Designers Secret Source for Window Treatments for over a decade.  At DrapeStyle we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality custom made drapery at the best value possible.  We feature fabrics from all of the leading Mills in the US and Europe as well as our own line of premium imported silk fabrics.  Each panel is made to order in our own Workroom by a staff of talented Seamstresses who have, on average, over 20 years of hand-making couture luxury drapery for Homeowners and Designers all over the US and Canada, including many in New York City.  So, if you are looking for premium custom drapery in New York City don’t look for a Store, just look online for DrapeStyle.com!

SoCo Orange County

Have you been to SoCo, The South Coast Collection in Orange County yet?  We’ve been spending some time there over the last 18 months and there really seems to be constant turnover.  At one point a couple of years ago we were considering opening a custom drapery store in SoCo but we just couldn’t pull the trigger.  The tenants that were there were very high-end and consistent with what we would consider our “peers” but we just didn’t see very much foot traffic.  And, the traffic we did see were mostly Students from the surrounding schools including the Paul Mitchell School in SoCo itself.

One of the Tenants that seemed to be a “cornerstone” Tenant for SoCo was Pal + Smith.  Pal + Smith is a Newport Beach based Design Firm who was one of the first to move into SoCo.  I was surprised when I noticed they had moved out of their premier location just off the central courtyard.  I understand that they have relocated out of SoCo to new location on Baker street in Costa Mesa.

The restaurants seem to be doing well at SoCo.  I haven’t been during dinner hours but I know when I stop during lunch time they seem to be thriving.

The OC Mix which is part of SoCo is a very hip and unique concept.  The Mix features a compilation of small “micro-showrooms” all under one roof.  While originally most of the showrooms were all focused around Home Decor, I have noticed a more eclectic mix now ranging from designer sunglasses to beach cruiser bicycles.  The even have a very trendy lingerie store.

We do really love spending time at SoCo, including the weekends when they have the Farmers Market take over most of the parking lot.  Burnham really did a great job in re-purposing this once forgotten space.

Grosse Pointe Draperies

At DrapeStyle we sell our custom made drapery all over the US and Canada but their are a few places that we really sell a lot of draperies too.  One of those places is Grosse Pointe Michigan.  So much so that we decided to visit Grosse Pointe and Troy Michigan, another one of our “Hot Spots”.

When we arrived in Grosse Pointe, just outside of Detroit, it didn’t take long to see why our traditional custom draperies do so well there.  This is the epicenter of grand homes that displayed the well-earned fruits of many of the leaders of the Industrial Revolution.  These homes were the result of “steel money” or “auto money” and they are simply gorgeous.  Huge home on equally huge parcels of land with two-store tall windows adorned with billowing draperies that puddle gracefully onto polished oak wood floors.  These are more than Homes, they are Manors and Showpieces of a proud time in American History.  Driving through Grosse Pointe you can really get a sense for the time when “Masters of Industry” would build monuments that would become part of their and their Families lasting legacies.  We loved our visit and can’t wait to go back.

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?

Marlboro to Moorestown and Cherry Hill New Jersey

On our way to Central and South New Jersey next week for a great little photo shoot for our next Catalog.  We’ll be visiting a couple drapery installations we did in Marlboro and Manalpan and then heading toward Philadelphia.  The Clients in Marlboro purchased a new home in 2009 and we’ve completed making the custom drapes for their entire home.  We’ll shoot there as well as Manalpan in mid April.

Once we complete our two day photo shoot we’ll be heading over to Haddonfield and Cherry Hill where we will be meeting with some of our Designers that we have worked with over years.  They have been asking us to open a custom drapery store in the Philadelphia and Cherry Hill area for a long time.  There are some great locations in Haddonfield, Moorestown and the Cherry Hill areas.  Plus, we get do to some grocery shopping at Wegmans!  Princeton is also a consideration.

Currently our Shop at Home service is really busy in New Jersey and New York.  Until the Stores are open we always invite our Clients to use the Shop at Home Service.  Our Shop at Home Program allows you to see samples of our drapery fabrics and linings and get some great advice from a Professional Interior Designer.  One of the many benefits of shopping in your own home is that you can really spend the time to coordinate your drapery fabrics with your other furnishings.  And, having a Designer there to help with the process is always a plus.

While in New Jersey we’ll also be looking at a new custom drapery workroom that we are considering the purchase of.  Having a workroom in New Jersey would help us get our custom drapes and shades to Clients in New York and New Jersey faster than ever.

Stay tuned.




Charlotte and Matthews North Carolina

We were driving from Matthews on our way through Ballantyne going to see some amazing homes in Dilworth and Myers Park.  The drive, and shopping in Ballatyne is really great, tons of new stores being built.  We found a little drapery store tucked into a unique store in Ballantyne Commons.  The Store is basically a group of small showrooms who rent space within one retail store in a nice new shopping center.  It really is a great concept.  The one thing that is a little odd is that the stores are not typically staffed with someone to help you or answer questions.  I think that when it comes to purchasing custom drapes like those we sell a DrapeStyle this concept probably wouldn’t work.  But, if you just want to get a couple ready made, simple panels it’s probably a good spot for you.

We left Ballantyne Commons and headed to Myers Park.  This is such a gorgeous and regal old community which is in the process of a “revival”.  Myers Park, reminded us of Hindsdale or Naperville outside of Chicago.  These communities are within a 15 minute commute to downtown Chicago or, in the case of Myers Park and Dilworth, Charlotte.  The downtown areas are full of well-paying jobs which are now primarily in the Financial Services industries with, in the case of Charlotte, the Headquarters of some major banks such as Bank of America.

Many of the young executives at these firms are buying older homes in Dilworth and Myers Park and completely renovating them.  These classic homes, which were originally built in the 18th Century are getting complete makeovers and many of them are nothing short of fabulous.  We had the chance to tour some of the homes with a Real Estate friend who lives in the area.  We fell in love with the classic architecture and style of these homes and we were happy to see that most of the renovations are in keeping with the time-period and style of the area.  Like in Hinsdale and Naperville, there is a little conflict with the older established residents who are opposed to any change but, for the most part, folks seem to be co-existing.

We visited the home of a DrapeStyle Client from years ago.  We had made her some long custom drapes in Taffeta Silk that hang over her extra large living room windows.  She used a traverse rod and layered sheers behind the silk drapes.  In the morning she loves to open the draperies and leave the sheers closed.  From her kitchenette she can just see the outline of the hundred year old oak tree which stands proudly in her from yard.  We suggested that she line the silk drapes with blackout lining and she is happy that she did.  At night she closes the long silk drapes which block our nearly all of the light and occasional street noise from passing cars.  What a lovely day in the Greater Charlotte area.  We are so lucky to have such great clients down here which gives us a great opportunity to visit these historic neighborhoods and homes.




Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Daniel Island

We were down in one our most favorite Cities in America recently.  The Queen City Herself, Charleston South Carolina.  We just love Charleston and Charleston has always been a DrapeStyle kind of town!  It’s no wonder, the homes in Charleston are simply to die for.  We toured some of the Cities most historic homes and then went out to look at some of the new homes being built in communities like Ion in Mt. Pleasant.  Amazing Low Country homes with huge porches on two and three levels overlooking lovely town squares and parks for the children.  We were joined by a Designer who we have worked with for years and had a chance to see some of the custom window treatments that we have made for her and her Clients.  We love the style of Charleston and we love their taste in custom drapery.

After Touring Ion and Mt. Pleasant we took a ride over the Wando River to one of my most favorite places in the United States, Daniel Island, South Carolina.  We fell in love with Daniel Island back in the late 90’s when we almost purchased a home site there.  We discovered it when Coastal Living Magazine had their “Showhome” on the Island.  At the time they were just developing the Island and I thought that it would be a great location for a custom drapery store (this was pre-DrapeStyle).  I remember touring some of the model homes and loving the wide pine planked floors and lovely porches.  It seemed like there was a golf course at the end of each street.  Back then you could buy a “premium” lot for about $45,000.  And that was just too much money for us.

Today we visit Daniel Island whenever we are in the Charleston Area.  We would love to find a Home in Charleston or Daniel Island that we could use for a Catalog Shoot at some point but in the meantime we’ll keep shipping our drapery and Roman Shades down there.  The Folks in South Carolina also love their Valances as well.  So, if you are in Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Daniel Island or anywhere in South Carolina we really appreciate your support of DrapeStyle and ask you to remember us when your are next in the market for your gorgeous set of custom drapes!


Dallas, Flower Mound, McKinney and North Texas

We had a chance to tour some homes in North Texas and Flower Mound Texas.  Builders like Toll Brothers, David Weekley, Lennar and Darling are building some wonderful communities there.  We love to visit these new Communities while we are out speaking to Installers and Designers in the area.  We have a great affinity with Flower Mound and some of these builders as there homes always seem to be perfect fits for our custom drapery and Roman Shades.  On this trip we were looking at some locations for a photo shoot.  We love to shoot down in Texas because the style of most of the homes there are really a great match for DrapeStyle.  And, let’s face it, there are worse places to have to work than Dallas.

We looked at some homes in West Park, McKinney and Dallas.  All great areas and the homes there are just gorgeous.  Incredibly high ceilings, long windows and amazing architecture and style.  Builders like Toll Brothers are building some very high quality homes and when these Homeowners and Designers think of custom window treatments we love that they are very often thinking of DrapeStyle.