Drapery Length

Hover.  Break.  Puddle.  You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?

Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought.  First, ask yourself a few questions:

What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for?  Is it formal or casual?

Does this room get a lot of traffic?  You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room?  Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?

What kind of flooring is in this room?  Carpet?  Tile?  Wood?  What length will look best with your type of flooring?

Finishing Touch

Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger.  So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.

What a difference drapes make!  

This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
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Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!

This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is.  Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling.  Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length.  If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding.  Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.

     

Next, let’s define a few terms:

Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:

This is the most popular option for customers to select.  Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often.  If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.

Salaam Dupioni Custom Silk Drapery

White Linen with Sand Border and Velvet Ribbon Detail

Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:

Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch.  All fabrics look great with this look.

Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:

Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle.  This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
 Double Bordered Dupioni in New Ivory + Cashmere Border

Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle.  This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often.  This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!

Shown: Milano Lucia with Optional Emperor Tassel in Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

A more formal, luxurious feel.  Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle.  This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often.  For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.


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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.

Flannel

•   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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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2019.

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

“In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind,” Pantone said in the news release. “Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”

About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.


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Oval Office Curtains

We recently lost President H. W. Bush, and after looking at the news coverage and seeing photos from when he was in the Oval Office, I began to think about all the changes the Oval Office has gone through. Particularly the drapes. So I did some research about the Oval Office and how and why the changes come about.

Original Oval Office c. 1909

President William Howard Taft made the West Wing a permanent building, expanding it southward, doubling its size, and building the first Oval Office. Designed by Nathan C. Wyeth and completed in 1909, the office was centered on the south side of the building, much as the oval rooms in the White House are. Taft intended it to be the hub of his administration, and, by locating it in the center of the West Wing, he could be more involved with the day-to-day operation of his presidency. The Taft Oval Office had simple Georgian Revival trim, and was likely the most colorful in history; the walls were covered with vibrant seagrass green burlap.

Replica of the Oval Office during President Herbert Hoover’s era

On December 24, 1929, during President Herbert Hoover’s administration, a fire severely damaged the West Wing. Hoover used this as an opportunity to create more space, excavating a partial basement for additional offices. He restored the Oval Office, upgrading the quality of trim and installing air-conditioning. He also replaced the furniture, which had undergone no major changes in twenty years.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Congress has always been tasked with appropriating funds for the care, repair, refurnishing and maintenance of the White House and its grounds. Each incoming president has found furnishings that were worn out and in need of replacement due to everyday wear and tear. Congress approved funds enabling a new president to carry out structural improvements and purchase new furnishings from auctions, private sales and other sources, as well as occasionally authorizing the sale of furnishings that were out of repair or unfit for use.

Replica of the Oval Office during President Harry S. Truman’s era
Oval Office during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s era

As of late, most Presidents rely on the White House collections of furniture, rugs, portraits, and objects to furnish the residence and the Oval Office.  Others, such as Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, have declined to use the appropriated money in favor of using private funds.

Caroline and Kerry Kennedy in the Oval Office
President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office

 

 

 

 

President Gerald Ford

 

Oval Office during President Jimmy Carter’s era

Presidents have the option to have new furnishings made or reuse furnishings from past Presidencies. Furnishings are stored for future use.

President Ronald Reagan
Oval Office during President Clinton’s era

 

 

 

Installing President George W. Bush’s draperies
President Barack Obama

President Trump opted for reusing President Clinton’s draperies and President George W. Bush’s sofas.

Current Oval Office

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Jeffrey Alan Marks at DrapeStyle

 

DrapeStyle announced the addition of Jeffrey Alan Marks fabrics last month and the response has been incredible! World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made his way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!

Jeffery Alan Marks- Oceanview, Chair & Pillows

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

 

Jeffrey Alan Marks Fabrics

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, he 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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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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Black Friday Deals 2019

Black Friday deals start THIS WEEK!

PLUS save $75 off your DrapeStyle order! Everyone is advertising Black Friday deals and DrapeStyle is no exception. You don’t need to wait until Friday. Starting on Thursday save on drapescurtainsroman shadespillows and drapery hardware AND save $75 on your order. Select from over 600 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and 4 different lining options.

 

Shop from the convenience of your own home and save on silklinen and cotton drapes.  With discounts as much as 40% off, these are some of the lowest prices of the year.  You’ll find great deals at www.drapestyle.com PLUS, when you sign up for DrapeStyle rewards, you will instantly earn $25 off your first purchase!  That’s a total of $100 off!

So if you are in need of replacing older window treatments, updating your home or simply don’t have any window treatments at all, consider DrapeStyle for all of your drapery, roman shade and drapery hardware needs. And for a limited time, save up to 40% off regular prices, PLUS save $75!

*Use coupon code “FRIDAY” at checkout.  $75 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Offer expires on November 23, 2018.


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A Visit from Candice Olson

Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week the DrapeStyle team had the pleasure of meeting acclaimed interior designer Candice Olson, at the Kravet showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

 

On a beautiful afternoon, during the design center’s “Desert Design Days”, Candice spoke to the group of designers and business owners for about an hour. She spoke about her education and how it led to her early days as a design apprentice working on commercial projects and then eventually starting her own business. After doing appearances on a local design show, she transition into the HGTV show Divine Design, we all loved.

She mentioned that her major influence right now is nature, as she creates new fabrics for “her look” due to come out next year.  She also mentioned that she is working on designing the interior of a car for a major car company in hopes of attracting the number one buyers of this car, women.

 

Classic yet contemporary, sophisticated while accessible, these fabrics represent Candice’s love of everyday elegance. Interior Designer, Author and TV star, Candice is considered to be a pre-eminent design authority. DrapeStyle couldn’t be happier to add her collection of luxury fabrics to our designer collection.

Candice’s extraordinary technique, dynamic personality, and sophisticated style have made her a nationally acclaimed interior designer, author, and TV superstar. Candice’s signature style is one she describes as “a fusion of traditional form, scale and proportions, with the clean, crisp, simplistic beauty of modern design.”

Coeur Vapor
Coeur Vapor
Zuma Cloud
Zuma Cloud

 

We invite you to view our new Candice Olson fabric collection and order samples for yourself. Since 2002, DrapeStyle has provided quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, and excellent customer service.

DrapeStyle is proud to feature Candice Olson fabrics, available for your custom made window treatments projects. If you need a little advise about your window treatment project, we are here to help. DrapeStyle has won the best in Customer Satisfaction for five years in a row! Simply contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!

DrapeStyle Team
The DrapeStyle Team

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Metropolitan-Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

 

Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

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“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this  understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty.”

And Benjamin Moore didn’t stop with the introduction of Metropolitan. The brand has also released its Color Trends 2019, a palette of hues, ranging from neutrals to rich blues and greens, that all complement Metropolitan. benjamin moore 2019 color of the year

Whether you choose to go bold in an entryway by pairing Metropolitan with navy or use the gray shade with a mix of other neutrals in a living room, the curated palette is sure to spark paint ideas.


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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?

Creative Halloween Drapes Creative Halloween Drapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Creative Halloween Window


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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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What is a Drapery Width?

What is a Width? This is how we measure the width of your draperies. Here’s more information on how to figure out what width you need.

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.

Drapes not wide enough, drapery rod too long.

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.

Drapes not wide enough to completely cover window.

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?

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 drapesroman 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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How To Recycle Your Drapes

There’s nothing better than hanging brand new curtains but many homeowners are unsure what to do with their old curtains. Often they are still in great shape but simply don’t fit in with the décor anymore. Here are some ideas to help you upcycle your old curtains.

1. Rope off a little privacy

You can use curtains to create unique little private areas within your home. Do you have a corner that’s not being used? Part of a room that’s just empty space? Use curtains to create your own reading nook, an office nook, or even turn one large room into two small rooms. All you need to do is hang your curtains between your private space and public space.

2. Top off a table

Curtains can make an incredible table even more amazing. Depending on both the size of the table and the size of the fabric it may work as a tablecloth or a simple table runner. Some may require sewing to get them the perfect shape but with others you can simply drape a drapery panel over your table and bask in how perfect it looks.

3. Rethink your bedroom

Canopy beds are amazing but creating a similar look with ceiling curtains can be even more dramatic and fantastic. The end result is whimsical, cozy, and a unique style. This works for both adults and little girls and is especially fun with sheer curtains. Just install a curtain rod from the ceiling and hang your sheets around your bed.

4. Conceal clutter

Don’t you wish you could magically get rid of clutter? What if you could hide the shelf that holds your laundry detergent and dryer sheets? What if your craft room could look organized without buying a billion shelves? Just cover these cluttered areas with curtains! It’s a very simple solution. When you’re using these areas you can keep the curtains open but when company comes and you want to give them the idea that your home is an organized oasis, just pull them closed.

5. Donate them to a local charity

Charities may have many uses for your used draperies. They may donate them to families recovering from disasters, they may sell them at resale shops and use the proceeds to support their charity, or they may use them in their own offices. There are many options in virtually communities, and in most cases your donation will be tax deductible.

6. Use your curtains as room dividers

Curtains as room dividers are a wise way to prevent investing in installing a door or buying room dividers. It’s a less permanent solution when you need to temporarily turn one space into several spaces. You can also create rooms in lofts by installing your old drapes.

7. Replace your shower curtain

If your old curtains are in great shape and you love the pattern, just add a plastic liner on the inside of your shower and use them as a shower curtain. This is a very inexpensive, affordable option for virtually anyone to complete. Just make sure you’re ready to not use them as traditional curtains anymore. Even though the plastic liner will prevent them from being saturated with water, there is the potential for eventual water damage.

8. Use curtains as closet doors

Almost everyone has dealt with it at least once in their lives: that annoying closet door that will not stay on its runner. The best way to get rid of this annoyance once and for all is to replace the closet door with a curtain. Simply take your old curtains, install a curtain rod – or use a tension rod – and you instantly have a stylish closet door that won’t drive you crazy!

Are your daperies stained or damaged in places? Why not recycle them into pillows, pillowcases or cushion covers? Or repurpose that old fabric or donate them and give them a new life.

When you’re ready to refresh your decor, please contact us. DrapeStyle has over 600 fabrics to choose from and we can make any length or width drapery for your home.


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Plaidurday is October 5th

At DrapeStyle we celebrate all kinds of fabric, and we love all types of prints.

Plaidurday. Who knew it was a thing, right? Well it’s this week and why not celebrate and wear a little plaid? He’s a little info I found about this National Holiday: http://plaidurday.com/

THE WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION OF PLAID

Plaidurday is the worldwide celebration of plaid. It occurs annually on the first Friday of October. There are lots of ways to celebrate! With plaid we can all make a positive impact in the world.

A BRIEF HISTORY

It all began in Lansing, Michigan. In part, it was inspired by the heckling one young man received from his co-workers. These co-workers (who he secretly has great admiration for) noticed that he was wearing plaid quite frequently. At which point we ask, what else would he wear? Solid colors? Polka dots? Stripes that don’t intersect? Argyle?  Sounds foolish.

On the morning of August 26, 2010, an epiphany was had. Plaidurday! The word came to this young man’s mind. From where, nobody knows. But perhaps there is a higher being who happens to love plaid just as much as he does.

The part-gingerfull-Yooper, plaid-wearing man was destined to create the greatest holiday that ever existed. Plaidurday: The Worldwide Celebration of Plaid.

This day would bring together all the wonderful plaid-wearing people of the world.

The inaugural celebration took place on October 7, 2011. And forevermore the first Friday of October will be dedicated to plaid.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

You can never plan too far in advance. Past, present and future Plaidurday dates.

  • October 5, 2018
  • October 4, 2019
  • October 2, 2020
  • October 1, 2021
  • October 7, 2022
  • October 6, 2023
  • October 4, 2024
  • October 3, 2025

For more information and events:

twitter: @plaidurday

https://www.facebook.com/plaidurday

https://www.instagram.com/plaidurday/

If you have questions about plaid or any other pattern, please contact us. We are here to help you with all of your custom drapery needs!


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Sherwin Williams Announces Color of the Year 2019

Forged by sun. Fired by desert. Introducing Cavern Clay SW 7701, the 2019 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year. Ancient, yet fully alive. Bohemian, yet totally refined.

“We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s — with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair.”

 

“Cavern Clay brings new life to any living space. It’s right at home with natural furnishings, including exposed floors, wood furniture, leather upholstery and worldly textiles.”


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History of Curtains

The perk of buying curtains online has not always existed. For one thing, online shopping in general depended on the invention of the Internet. Prior to that, curtains were sold in department stores and boutique shops, made at home by the textile-fanciers, and completely non-existent in the way we know them today. Take a trip through curtain history to learn more.

A Timeline of Curtain History

31st Century B.C.

From the early 3100 B.C. to the 3rd Century B.C., the great Egyptians invented curtains and used them throughout their entire rule. The very first curtains were made of animal hides and hung in doorways with hooks. However, through the years the Egyptians spun textiles from flax and linen at first, followed by wool, silk, and cotton. These were very valuable because these materials were more flexible but still provided a similar layer of warmth as that from the hides.

Seventh to Sixth Centuries B.C.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, another discovery of curtain panels dates back to the 6th and 7th Centuries B.C. in ruins from Olynthus civilization in modern Greece and from Pompeii and Herculaneum civilizations in modern Italy. It is suspected these people used curtain panels to divide rooms, as opposed to our traditional window treatment use.

Early and Middle Ages

Since the Early to Middle Ages are also known as the Dark Ages, there is not much proof of curtain use at this time. However, during the 6th-15th centuries, we can suspect at least the more affluent people hung curtains in doorways and over windows to keep warm. Those large castles can be quite dark, dreary, and cold!

Renaissance Era

The Renaissance (14th-17th centuries) brought life, color, and light to the everyday people. Architecture started to embrace the use of glass panes as windows, which brought in the light but also the creepers. For the first time, people were able to see directly into another’s private space. Therefore, those who lived during the Renaissance used fabrics over the windows for privacy. It is worth noting, though, that although this use sounds just like how we use curtains today, the design was still vastly different.

18th to 19th Centuries

The eastern countries of Persia, India, and China excelled at weaving silks in beautiful patterns, and in the 18th and 19th centuries, these tricks of the trade expanded through Europe and the western worlds, especially in United Kingdom, France, Holland, and Italy. During the late 19th century, the development of machinery propelled the textile industry and made way for mass production and easy accessibility for individual homeowners. The designs were big, bold, and beautiful! At this time textile designers also made use of lace to create the first edition of the sheer curtains we know and love today.

20th Century to Present

The 20th century and 21st century have proved that anything is possible when it comes to curtains. With machinery and technology making incredible advancements, people are able to design and to create nearly any style or size of curtain. Curtain panels are hung over windows for privacy, warmth, and decoration, and they are hung in large rooms as dividers. The possibilities are endless!

Need a little more information on curtains? Do you have questions about replacing your current drapes? Contact DrapeStyle, we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!


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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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Draperies for Outdoor Showers

With summer in full swing outdoor showers are being used often after trips to the beach or lake, or even just showering off while enjoying the outdoors and nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether spending a day at the beach, exploring the forest or working in the garden, outdoor living gets dirty pretty fast. Instead of tracking the outdoors into the house at the end of the day, outdoor showers are a luxury that is surprisingly affordable. 

 

If you live near the ocean or simply want an outdoor shower, opt for an enclosure that gives you the privacy you desire. Outdoor shower enclosures are available in a wide range of prices. The enclosures offer privacy so you can shower in the buff and change outside, without upsetting the neighbors.

An outdoor shower enclosure gives you far more freedom of use for an outdoor shower. Instead of a place for a quick rinse, you can supply soap and towels, and use complete showering facilities. You can even install a simple solar water heater to provide you with a few minutes of hot water to bathe with.

And when you are ready to add a shower curtain, contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We would be happy to custom make a curtain for your outdoor (or indoor) shower. Please visit our outdoor drapery page and see the beautiful shades of genuine Sunbrella fabrics.

And as always, your curtains will be made 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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