This week our workroom will be closed so that our employees can take a much needed break from making all of the beautiful items our customers enjoy so much! We wish you, your family, and friends a fun and safe holiday as we celebrate America’s Independence Day!
I’m reposting this article I found on www.onetoughjob.org.
Independence Day (or Fourth of July) is a great time to teach your children about American history while also relaxing and enjoying the weather. Here are some ways to incorporate education into your celebration.
teach some history
Use these kid-friendly resources to teach your kids about the importance of the holiday.
Teach your kids about our government by staging your own kid-friendly mini-democracy. Make ballot boxes and have the kids vote on things throughout the celebration such as hamburgers vs. hot dogs or chocolate ice cream vs. vanilla.
make a tasty and patriotic treat
Patriotic popcorn balls are both fun and easy snacks to make with your young ones!
15 cups of salted popcorn
½ cup of butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
Red & blue M&M’s (either original or pretzel!)
1. Remove kernels from popcorn and place in large mixing bowl
2. Melt butter and mini marshmallows over medium heat until mixture is completely smooth
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then generously cover popcorn
4. Mix in your M&M’s, then with wet hands make popcorn balls and set aside on wax paper to cool
Drapes and curtains never go out of style! The fabric might but not the style.
From the beginning, window coverings were used for protection from the elements, for privacy, and to help keep the cold or warmth inside the home. The same holds true for today. Window coverings can help insulate your windows and help lower heating or cooling bills. Window coverings can provide much needed privacy-unless you don’t mind that your neighbors know what you’re up to! And window coverings can provide much needed color, texture and interest to your walls.
In the medieval times the more clothes people wore, the richer they were. The same rule applied to their homes and window treatments, the more fabrics and colors the window had the richer the family was. That’s how valances, cornices and curtains with trim were designed, to show the wealth of the family.
When I tell people that I design custom window treatments for a living they often ask, “Do people still buy curtains?”. And the answer is yes. Now, not everyone wants a beautifully textured silk drape with heavy lining, but we have a variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. Whether your taste is modern or classic, contemporary or industrial, we have something for everyone.
The benefit of purchasing draperies hasn’t always existed. At one time, window treatments were only available for purchase at stores. But now you can enjoy shopping from your home with the ease and convenience of online shopping. Looking for hard to find sizes? Let us make a custom sized drape or Roman shade for you. All shipped for free, directly to you.
DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We continue to custom make quality drapes, shades and pillows by hand. Nothing is ready made. Well made draperies will last 10-20 years or more. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and cost a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.
“Can I use outdoor fabrics indoors?” I get this question a lot. The answer is simply, yes.
Today’s outdoor fabrics are durable, fade resistant, stain resistant and drape beautifully. They are perfect for high traffic areas, kids rooms, and places where pets reside. You wouldn’t know that the fabrics were made for outdoors; they are of such high quality, and excellent hand that you can really use them anywhere. Pillows, sofas, draperies, dining room chairs, ottomans, you name it. I have personally sold our outdoor fabric for all of these uses and they turned out beautiful.
There are so many colors and patterns to choose from that you are sure to find something to compliment your decor. If you don’t see it on our website, let us know and we will order it for you.
Clean up is a breeze. Simply remove any debris before cleaning. Then wash area with soap and water. Usually this will do this trick but you may also try laundering the upholstery covers. For mold and mildew, you may need to wash with a water and bleach solution.
Please contact for more information on using outdoors fabrics, or view our collection of fabrics here. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We continue to custom make quality drapes, shades and pillows by hand. Nothing is ready made. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and cost a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.
As people today move through life, they adopt and blend other cultures with their own. The result is a design direction that celebrates mixed influences and cross cultural fertilization. Increasingly nomadic, our urban centers already considered cultural melting pots, are becoming progressively more diverse.
Years of globalization and the movement of people as well as product has brought about a globalized color palette and design aesthetic devoid of premeditation that we call the Celebration of Multicultural. A mash-up of influences and impossible to pin down to any one starting point, the aesthetic of Celebration of Multicultural is the epitome of a celebration of diversity. Ad-hoc curation wins, preoccupations of provenance are abandoned and designs are indiscriminately playful. The outcome is a montage of influences: old and new, traditional and experimental, synthetic and organic.
Excerpted with permission from VIEWPOINT COLOUR Issue 03 – The Play Issue.
If you desire something bold and beautiful, DrapeStyle’s Custom Silk Drapes are available in dozens of colors to choose from. You choose your fabric, pleat style, width and length and we’ll make the most beautiful high quality draperies available. For more information or to speak to one of our in house designers, please contact us. At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
Custom Pillows are the perfect complement to any drapery. Beautifully crafted, we make each pillow to order right here in our Arizona studio. When you order custom pillows with your custom drapes, curtains or roman shades, our seamstresses will cut the pillow fabric along with the drape fabric for a perfect match.
Choose from genuine Schumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen or any of DrapeStyle’s hundreds of fabrics. Not everything needs to match. Mix it up! Choose a coordinating solid with your printed roman shades. Add a band of your pillow fabric to your custom drapes or curtains. The possibilities are endless!
DrapeStyle’s custom pillows include:
22″ x 22″
Available in any DrapeStyle fabric
Optional matching cording detail
Your choice of 100% down or down/poly blend insert
Inside seams are finished to prevent the fabric from fraying
Handmade to order in the USA
It is little touches like these that have given DrapeStyle the reputation of producing luxurious, quality custom products right here in the USA.
For more information contact us or view our pillow page. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We continue to custom make quality drapes, shades and pillows by hand. Nothing is ready made. DrapeStyle’s way of making custom products takes a little more time and cost a little more but we think it’s worth it. We think you’ll be pleased.
Here is an interesting story I found on Atlas Obscura: https://goo.gl/VjBSPE
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread.
Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ PUBLIC DOMAIN
In October 1789, during a trip to Connecticut, U.S. President George Washington described some “exceeding good” silk lustring and “very fine” silk thread that were part of a growing domestic industry. In fact, by the time Washington wrote those words in his journal, the area that became the state of Connecticut in 1788 had been practicing raw silk production, known as sericulture, for over half a century—and silk was on the rise.
By 1826, three out of every four households in Mansfield, Connecticut, were raising silkworms, and by 1826, Congress commissioned a report on the potential for a U.S. silk industry. By 1840, Connecticut outpaced other states in raw silk production by a factor of three. Within the next two decades, however, the industry would collapse, leaving the country to wonder what went wrong.
The unlikely development of Connecticut’s silk industry came about thanks Ezra Stiles, the seventh president of Yale University. Stiles was a sericulture enthusiast who experimented with cultivating mulberry trees, silkworms’ primary food source, and even wore gowns made from Connecticut silk to ceremonies. He also sent mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs across the state, and advocated for state-sponsored bounties to encourage farmers to plant mulberry trees.
One of the biggest triumphs for the early industry was figuring out how to adapt sericulture to cold weather. Such tactics included keeping silkworms warm by raising them in attics, and figuring out how to feed them in cold weather. Michael Cook, a modern sericulturist, describes the intense care and feeding schedule silkworms require.
“Rise early, feed the worms before work; feed them again at lunch, feed them again in the evening and clean a dozen or so big trays, feed them again before bed. I was feeding a garbage bag full of [mulberry] leaves and small branches daily. Cocooning was a nightmare,” says Cook. In Connecticut with deciduous mulberry trees, that intensive feeding schedule was a problem in years with early frost. One innovation to extend the feeding season was to dry mulberry leaves, then mix them with water and flour to feed to silkworms.
Inspired by Connecticut’s raw silk production, local entrepreneurs invested in machinery to manufacture silk thread and fabric from reeled silk filaments. In 1810, the Hanks brothers opened the United States’ first silk-mill in Mansfield, Connecticut, and in 1838, the Cheney brothers opened a mill which would eventually expand to 38,000 spindles, and become the largest silk manufacturer in the U.S. The future looked bright for silk.
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread. Beginning with Stiles, Connecticut sericulturists had always used an Italian variety of white mulberry, Morus alba, to feed their silkworms. However, in the 1830s, as the industry pushed to expand quickly, farmers and investors latched onto a Chinese variety, Morus multicaulis, a subspecies of black mulberry which produced larger leaves and more of them per tree (today M. multicaulis refers to a different plant, a subspecies of M. alba). It could also be harvested more often. The price of M. multicaulis skyrocketed as speculators sought to profit from selling cuttings from these fast-growing trees.
Samuel Whitmarsh, a “charismatic and unreliable businessman” who owned a silkworm cocoonery in Massachusetts, stoked the M. multicaulis craze with pamphletstrumpeting the benefits of this new type of tree, and letters to various silk trade publications. Daniel Stebbins, Whitmarsh’s business associate during the craze, later recounted the story of one tree that a speculator bought in Massachusetts for $25 and sold in Connecticut to a farmer named Elder Sharp for $50. Sharp then declined an offer for $450 for a quarter share of the tree; within a year the tree was worthless. The bubble had popped.
In the bubble’s aftermath in the early 1840’s, companies along the East Coast went bankrupt, as did Whitmarsh, and angry farmers tore out their orchards. Joshua Grant, a silk producer in Baltimore, calledthe collapse a “dire disaster that has overspread the land like a funeral pall.” Then a series of harsh winters, followed by a blight in 1843-44, killed many of the remaining mulberry trees.
Despite everything, in 1847, Stebbins remained hopeful about the “sequel of the silk industry.” But the region’s sericulture had one insurmountable flaw that prevented this revival: Stiles’ gowns aside, Connecticut’s silk was not industrial grade, so silk-mills could not use it to manufacture fabric. According to cultural anthropologist Dr. Janice Stockard, who has interviewed silk reelers in South China, reeling—the practice of unwinding the filaments of silk from their cocoons—requires observation, training, and practice. In 19th-century Connecticut households, women were expected to learn the skill from pamphlets.
“In pamphlets, the term ‘spinning’ described the critical technique of reeling silk from cocoons,” Stockard says. “Women in farming households improvised, based on their experience spinning wool and using technology found in the home, including the wool wheel.”
The product they ended up with was adequate for sewing thread, but not strong enough for the industrial-silk-manufacturing infrastructure that Connecticut had begun to build. According to one scathing assessment, “Connecticut women in 70 years have not improved their knowledge of reeling.” Another issue, Stockard says, was the expectation that women could reel silk “whenever leisure from other duties permitted.” In other words, women were supposed to wedge a high-skill, time-intensive task into their already full workloads, and the result was sub-par silk.
“Simultaneously unwinding several cocoons from a basin of near-boiling water while twisting these filaments into one even thread and reeling it onto a wheel was hard,” Stockard says. “If reeling was interrupted to tend to a child or chore, the silk would gum up and lump.” Faced with this weak, lumpy thread, Connecticut manufacturers began to import raw silk from China, Japan, and Italy.
By 1881, sericulture in Connecticut had been entirely abandoned. The now much older Elder Sharp, who had valued his mulberry tree so highly, said, “Our silk was good, bright and strong, needing only patience to better understand the reeling… let us do what we can at this late day to repair our error.” Instead, silk-mills continued to import from Asia and continued to manufacture silk fabric through the mid-20th century. Today, the legacy of Connecticut’s silk industry can be seen in the white mulberry trees which have spread everywhere and are now considered an invasive species.
DrapeStyle has been manufacturing custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. If you have questions or need a little advice, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information or pricing on your custom window treatments.
Toile, pronounced “twal”, is a fabric, from the French word meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”, particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. It can refer to the fabric itself, a test garment (generally) sewn from the same material, or a type of repeated surface decoration (traditionally) printed on the same fabric. The term entered the English language around the 12th century.
It’s covering everything from beds to walls in a variety of decor styles, including French country, eclectic and even modern. Here is a little information about toile:
The name is from a French term meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”
Toile is used as an abbreviation of the term toile de Jouy (twäl-də-ˈzhwē), a term that translates to “cloth of Jouy”
Toile de Jouy is named after Jouy-en-Josas, France where, in 1760, the factory Oberkampf was founded. Up until that time in France, printing on cotton was done with wooden blocks. Oberkampf was the first company to bring copperplate printing, popular in England and Ireland, to France. The finer lines on the copperplates allowed for greater variation in light and shade. It also allowed for larger repeat patterns; thus enabling artists to be much more creative with the designs. The pastoral scenes depicted on toile de Jouy told a story and included many major events of the time. The scenes were done in a single color on a white or off-white background.
Today toile has come to refer to any type of similar printed fabric.
DrapeStyle has been making drapes right here in the USA for over a decade. Our seamstresses make each drapery panel to order with quality details you won’t find everywhere. Details like double side-hems, hand-sewn corners, bottom weights and 5 inch buckram headings. At DrapeStyle, we don’t cut-corners. We use the highest quality fabrics, linings and components possible. Maybe that’s why when House and Garden reviewed online drapery retailers they called our draperies “Beautifully Made to Order”.
Please contact us for more information or for a custom quote. Let us help you design your dream drapes, you will be pleased.
Whether you have your drapes custom made or purchase them ready made, the way you hang your curtains or drapes will make all the difference. So below for few tips on what not to do.
Don’t hang the drapery rod too low. And in fact, the trend now is to hang curtains and drapes high, close to the ceiling. This will give the illusion that the window is taller than it really is. A good rule of thumb is at least 4″-6″ above the window molding.
Select a rod that is wider than the width your window. This will allow enough room for the panels to hang on either side of your window and allow a small amount of the panels to cover the window at all times. It also tricks your eye into thinking the window is much larger than it actually is. The rule of thumb is go 8″-12″ wider than your window.
Don’t purchase drapes that are too short. Don’t skimp of the length of the drapes. Most retailers only offer set sizes. Have your curtains custom made if needed. It doesn’t cost much more than ready made drapes and it will make all the difference. And for a romantic look, go a little longer and allow the curtains to puddle on the floor. Afraid of the curtains getting dirty? Hang them right at floor for a more tailored look.
Don’t skimp of the width. You want your curtains to feel full, not skimpy. If you actually plan to close your curtains on occasion, the curtains should be about two times the width of the actual window. Use DrapeStyle’s measuring guide for more information and tips.
Make sure the drapery hooks are placed at the correct height. This is called the “pin set”. DrapeStyle’s standard pin set is 3/8″. We insure that all of the drapery hooks are spaced properly so that all you have to do is place the drapery hooks through the drapery rings. Installation is very easy.
For more information please visit our website or contact us. We are happy to help. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we know draperies. We would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.
If you go online and search for hammocks or garden swings there are literally thousands to choose from. Don’t have a couple of trees to hang your hammock? Not a problem, stands are available for most of them. Every color, style, shape and material is available. What a great way to enjoy these warmer days!
Even the traditional porch swing has been updated. What a comfy way to enjoy a visit with friends, read a book or take a nap!
Claims that sleeping in a hammock can lead to faster, deeper sleep and there’s no pressure points. Sleeping outdoors can expose you to fresher air, it can reduce stress and with a reduction in blue lights or florescent lights, your melatonin levels may increase.
If you’re thinking of adding some fun to your outdoor space, consider DrapeStyle. We can make outdoor pillows and outdoor curtains to match your hammock or swing. We only use quality outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella and Schumacher. For more information about our custom outdoor items, please visit our website or contact us here. We have been making quality custom draperies, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. We would love to help you design your dream drapes!
It’s Spring! And here in Phoenix our temperatures have already reached the nineties! Which means most people have started using their ceiling fans (and probably air conditioners!). Here are a few tips and ideas for cooling your home with ceiling fans.
One way to maximize the energy-saving benefits of ceiling fans is to alternate the rotation direction of the fans during different times of the year. By alternating the rotation direction, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and reduce your energy costs in the process.
The direction of your ceiling fan’s blade rotation will cause the air to either be forced downward toward the floor or upward toward the ceiling. Knowing this difference helps you determine which direction is best given the season.
The forward rotation direction where the blades move counterclockwise (where the leading blade is pointing upward), is used in the summertime. This setting cools the room via the wind-chill effect, as the air is forced down on you. With a ceiling fan running in this direction, the temperature will feel about eight degrees cooler than it actually is.
The reverse setting, where the blades move clockwise (and the leading blade is pointing downward), pulls cool air upward, forcing the warmer air near the ceiling downward to heat the room. The fan should be set at a low speed in this direction.
By manipulating the rotation direction you can affect the room temperature without having to adjust your thermostat. Not having to use your home heating and cooling systems as much will reduce your energy costs and help you to be more environmentally conservative.
An energy-efficient home will allow you to lower your home’s heating and cooling bills. One of the most effective ways to enhance your ceiling fans’ cooling and heating effects is to insulate your home through window coverings.
The harder your home’s heating and cooling systems have to work to maintain a comfortable temperature, the more expensive your heating and cooling costs will be. By taking steps to warm your home in the winter and cool it in the summer, especially through insulated draperies, you will reduce your home’s energy demands, resulting in lower bills.
If you need more information on insulated window treatments, contact us here at DrapeStyle. We have been making custom window treatments for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you find a solution to your heating and cooling costs. And with over 600 fabrics to choose from, your windows will be efficient and look great!
We are loving this paint from Sherwin Williams! Black Magic is bold and mysterious and it is Sherwin William’s color of the month for April. And just look at the way it makes light colored draperies pop! Are you bold enough to give it a try?
Whether you paint your walls or your trim this color, you can find fabulous fabrics to go with this paint. Check out our Classic Linen Collection. You can choose from dozens of great solid colors or customize your look by adding banding or trims.
At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, curtains and Roman shades for over 15 years. The trends may change but our dedication to quality and service has not. Visit our website for more ideas or to order free samples.
Window treatments are much more than a covering for your windows. Benefits include enhancing the functionality and style of your windows, increase your homes value, and provide much needed privacy and temperature control.
Some of the most common types of treatments include drapes, curtains, sheers, blinds, and shutters. They can be used alone or combined with other styles. Some of the reasons for choosing window treatments include:
Aesthetics: One of the main advantages of using the window treatments is to enhance the overall visual appeal of your rooms. You can choose from different types of treatments according to your interior design. A window treatment can transform any room. Often, the rooms in our home become boring and we want to change things up. This usually means moving furniture or buying brand new pieces. However, a custom window treatment can make any room look completely different. By increasing or decreasing the amount of light a room receives, it can look brand new.
Privacy: Our custom window treatments allow you to control not only the light levels in your home but privacy as well. For many, the home is our private space so being able to block the outside world is something we desire. Our custom treatments allow you to do just that, making your home feel as private as you would like.
Blocking UV rays: When light shines in our home, we are exposing ourselves to the harmful ultraviolet rays the sun emits. One of the best Benefits of Window Treatment is being able to filter these rays. Our treatments can filter sunlight so UV rays do not cause damage to your skin. Long-term exposure to UV rays can cause irreparable damage and even cancer.
Energy saving: Most window treatments are good insulators. When it is very hot outside the covering on your windows prevent the heat from entering inside. In the same way, during winter, the heat from inside the room does not escape outside letting you to enjoy the warmth inside. So you will be using less of the heating and cooling devices, ultimately leading to energy savings and energy efficiency.
Easy Maintenance: Most window treatments are easy to maintain. Draperies and fabric shades may need to be professionally cleaned occasionally. But most times, a light vacuuming or dusting will help keep them looking great for years.
If you are in need of window treatments please visit our website ww.DrapeStyle.com. We have been making custom draperies, curtains and Roman shades for over 15 years. And with over 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re sure to find a fabric that will compliment your home. Contact us for more information.
Did you know that DrapeStyle offers discounts to our Trade Customers?
If you are a designer, architect or commercial group, we invite you to apply. It’s fast and free. Once approved, you’ll be eligible for deep discounts on the highest quality custom made Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows and Drapery Hardware.
DrapeStyle’s Trade Program highlights include:
Generous trade discount on Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows and Hardware.
DrapeStyle is your single wholesale source for luxurious fully lined and interlined Custom Drapery, Roman Shades, and Custom Drapery Hardware.
Our designers can consult with you to determine correct specifications for your projects.
Each member of DrapeStyle’s talented production team has at least 25 years of experience in fabricating draperies for the trade.
Enjoy access to over 2000 fabrics including Schumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen, Sunbrella, Celerie Kemble, Trina Turk, Vern Yip, as well as DrapeStyle’s own branded silk and linen.
We accept COM orders for trim and banding with prompt return of excess material.
DrapeStyle Features Hanes ® linings and interlinings.
DrapeStyle also offers a Trade Package which includes over 500 samples of fabrics, linings, trims and ribbons. Once your company is registered as a DrapeStyle Trade Customer, you can order DrapeStyle’s Trade Package for only $99.
When you order a Trade Package from DrapeStyle you will receive the following:
Over 500 samples of fabrics, linings, ribbons and trims.
Samples are approximately 5″x 5″ on heavy card stock, labeled with fabric name and fiber content.
A dedicated support representative.
Your $99 purchase price is refundable with your first order of $999 or more.
After placing an order with DrapeStyle, your client will receive their custom made window treatments within 4-6 weeks (if the fabric is on back order, we will contact you with an estimated in stock date). Expedited orders are excepted, additional charges may apply. To make payment easy, DrapeStyle excepts American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card, PayPal and PayPal Credit. Ordering is easy, simply give us a call and one of our design representatives will be happy to assist you. For more information, take some time and read through our To The Trade page.
At DrapeStyle we are committed to helping our trade partners be as successful as possible. We are more than a drapery workroom or supplier, we are your marketing partner. Our goal is to provide our designers and trade partners with the very best marketing resources available, while providing the highest quality custom drapery. Made in the USA since 2002, you can be assured that you clients will receive the highest quality window treatments on the market today.
April 6th is National Tartan Day! Here is a little info I found online that I thought I would share. What is a tartan? It is defined as: a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid, especially of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan. Probably thoughts of a kilt come to mind, however a tartan can be in any form. Let’s celebrate this fabric!
National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.
What Do People Do?
National Tartan Day parades occur in major cities such as New York on or around April 6. These parades often feature bag-pipe bands playing Scottish music and people dressed in kilts with tartan patterns that represent their Scottish clans. Special award events are also held on Tartan Day, often organized by groups such as the American Scottish Foundation.
The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed on April 6, 1320. The American Declaration of Independence was, in fact, modelled on this particular document. Almost half of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent.
The US Senate Resolution on National Tartan Day was passed on March 20, 1998. From that point onward, National Tartan Day was designated as a day for all Americans, particularly those of Scottish descent, on April 6 each year.
Here is a fun video I found, take a look and maybe you’ll learn a little something!
DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and it is a “Mom and Pop” business. Although our “Mom and Pop” don’t have much to do with the day to day operations anymore, their passion, drive and reputation in the community has made DrapeStyle the success it is today. National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is observed annually on March 29th. This day honors all small business owners. Join us in celebrating!
Owning your own business is a goal that many people strive to attain. It takes long hours, hard work and much dedication. Countless hours of nurturing the business are needed in the process of growing the business. From starting out to building and expanding, a successful small business is the goal of every owner.
Our economy couldn’t run without small mom and pop businesses. They create economic growth and provide almost 70% of all new jobs in the country. That’s why every year on March 29 we acknowledge the more than 27 million small businesses in this country by celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! The holiday was established by Rick and Margie Segel in honor of their parents and the successful hat shop they opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square foot, $2 million dollar clothing shop. It is a special day to appreciate the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to run a small business. So on March 29, head to your favorite small business to say thank you!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Support the small business in your community by searching them out and frequenting them often. Hear about an interesting local spot? Go on an adventure to check it out, then tell all your friends!
Use social media
Most small businesses are happy to get a little extra attention. Make sure to follow your favorites on all their social media platforms and promote them whenever possible.
Write a “thank you” note
Running a small business is really hard work. If there’s a special Mom and Pop shop you care about, take a moment to write a note to let the owners and employees know how much you appreciate all the effort and care they put into making your experience wonderful. Support the privately owned small businesses in your communities. Use #MomPopBusinessOwnersDay to post on social media.
It used to be that when you mentioned high performance fabric thoughts of thick, rigid polyester used to come to mind. Today, all manufacturers have a line of high performance fabrics that look, feel and drape like any other fabric. High performance fabrics are durable and easy to clean and consumers today are demanding these more and more. They stand up to children, pets and everyday wear and tear making them an ideal choice for family rooms, chairs and more.
At DrapeStyle we use Sunbrella fabrics for outdoor drapes and pillows, however some customers have requested these fabrics for indoor use and we have made drapes and curtains that will stand up to just about anything they put them through.
Performance Fabric Content
Traditional dyeing processes only leave color on the surface of fiber, so they easily fade. Sunbrella’s polyester fibers are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments, making the fabrics resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight. All Sunbrella fabrics are engineered to resist mold and mildew. Should exposure to dirt and debris cause mold and mildew to occur, they can be easily and safely cleaned with bleach. Because color goes to the core of fibers, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned with solvents such as bleach without losing color.
Many of the brands we carry such as Kravet and Robert Allen manufacture performance fabrics. If something interests you, please let us know and we will work with you to design truly beautiful and durable window treatments and pillows. Consider performance fabrics because life happens. Contact us for more information or visit www.DrapeStyle.com.
You probably didn’t even realize this was a thing. But training your drapes, along with a couple of other things I’ll point out, are really crucial to know when you are purchasing drapes and curtains. And you know what? DrapeStyle does ALL of these.
Training Your Drapes
For uniform folds from header to hem, training your drapes, will give your window that professional high end look. Your drapes will hang straight, they will have beautiful folds and they won’t flare at the bottom.
Every drape or curtain that DrapeStyle hand makes, will be fan folded and wrapped with a few DrapeStyle “cuffs”. This includes all pleated and flat panels. Fan folding is folding the drape, at each pleat, in accordion style in uniform folds, from header to hem. This task will take two or three people to accomplish, depending on the length of the drape. The drape is then wrapped with a few cuffs to hold the folds. The drape is then placed in a plastic bag and sealed shut. Essentially, your custom drapes have started their “training”. Once you have received your drapes from us, you will want to hang them for a couple of days so the wrinkles can work their way out. You may want to leave the DrapeStyle cuffs on, while you do this. And on a side note, most drapery installers prefer that drapes be fan folded! This makes their job easier.
If you have purchased ready made drapes, they will probably be folded into a small, tight square and will need to be removed from the package and pressed before hanging. Steam or iron the drapes, hang them and then open the drapes to either side of the window to arrange the pleats neatly in folds. Be sure to include the fabric and the lining in the folds. Wrap 4-inch wide ribbons around the drapes near the top, the middle and close to the bottom. Pin the ribbons in place; do not tie them, as the knots make dents in the fabric. Or if you must tie the ribbons, make sure they are loose enough so that they don’t dent and wrinkle the fabric. You may be able to steam your folds, just check the manufacturers instructions on fabric care. You will want to leave these ribbons on for about a week while your drapes are in “training”.
Training your drapes takes a little effort and time but it will make the world of difference if you have purchased ready made drapes or curtains.
One reason DrapeStyle’s window treatments always hang so neatly to the floor? Small, flat weights are sewn into the bottom corners, which helps to create a long, straight line from rod to floor without your drapes flaring at the bottom. Weights are installed inside the hem and then hand sewn shut so the weight won’t fall out.
If you have purchased ready made drapes that don’t have bottom weights, you can purchase drapery weights at a fabric or craft store or use metal washers from the hardware store in lieu of weights. Use a seam ripper to open the seam at the bottom corner of your curtains, drop your weight inside, and use a needle and matching thread to hand-sew the pocket closed.
Buckram isn’t much to look at but what it does is gorgeous; beautiful, uniform, crisp pleats. Buckram is a white, stiff fabric that is sewn between the layers of fabric at the header (top) of the drapes. One of DrapeStyle’s standard features is to use 5″ buckram in the header to create beautiful pleats. This reduces sagging and reinforces the fabric when opening and closing the drape or curtain.
To learn more about DrapeStyle’s features and visit our About DrapeStyle Page. We have been making luxurious custom window treatments, the correect way, for over 15 years. Our talented seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience making beautiful, luxurious drapes and curtains. Please contact us and let us help you design your dream drapes.
Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time.
If your furnishings are near or facing a window, there is a good chance that they may be damaged from the sun’s rays. Protection for your furniture is not much different than protection for your skin. Long-term exposure to sunlight can damage your furnishings similar to your skin. The sun has different effects on leather, fabric, and wood. Our window treatments will help protect not only your furnishings from the sun but yourself as well. They help filter the harsh effect from sunlight, like UV rays.
Natural light is great but can be harmful to your furnishings over time. Direct or even non-direct sunlight can cause fading, discoloration and even damage to fabric. UVA and UVB rays account for the most damage along with heat and infrared energy. Leaving windows unprotected allows UVA and UVB rays to penetrate your home and over time ruin your home furnishings.
Why does the sun bleach fabrics? It’s all down to science. There is water present in all fabrics, and the ultraviolet light from the sun catalyses a reaction between the water and the oxygen in the atmosphere, which produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent which works by breaking down the chemical bonds that give dyes their color. As well as breaking down the color of the dye, the sun’s rays can also cause the fabric to become brittle and more prone to breakage.
How can you prevent fabric from fading? All fabrics will eventually fade, but there are steps you can take in order to slow the process down:
Tinted windows can block around 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays
Ensure the curtain track is wide enough so that your curtains can be pulled back from the window during the day
Use curtains with a good quality lining; this provides better insulation and helps to protect them from sun damage
Use sheer curtains during the day to keep the sun out and allow you some privacy in your home, closing your main curtains in the evenings only
Drapes and curtains are not only great for blocking out the suns rays, but they will also keep hot air out during the summer and warm air in during the winter. Before the heat of the day builds inside your room it is a good idea to close your blinds to block any sunlight and heat that may enter your home.
DrapeStyle has been providing the highest quality curtains and drapes for over 15 years. We are a family company that is committed to providing customers with high-quality service and care. We use only the highest quality linings and interlinings from Hanes. Hanes is one of the oldest textile manufacturing firms in America. While Hanes is well known for their clothing fabrics, those in the textile industry know Hanes for their high-quality linings and interlinings. Hanes is recognized as the leader in residential drapery lining products. For more information on our linings, please see our lining guide.
Our bodies must rest and recharge in order to keep operating at full capacity. It doesn’t really matter whether we like this or not, there are many important and necessary processes of regeneration that happen at night and this is what good night’s sleep serves for.
How does our modern lifestyle affect our sleep?
For many people, it is completely irrelevant when they go to bed, when they work and when they turn off the lights. Are you glued to your phone or laptop right until you hit the pillow (and maybe even after)? Or maybe, even with the best intentions, streetlights and city lights flood your bedroom. What we all need to understand is that darkness is a necessity for our beauty sleep.
What are the benefits of sleeping in complete darkness.
Still think beauty sleep is just for your good looks? At night our bodies produce melatonin, which allows us to fall asleep, and stay asleep. We produce this hormone the most between 11pm and 3am, and even the slightest ray of sunlight or artificial light interrupts the secretion of this important hormone. Less melatonin in the blood causes fatigue, bad mood, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, poor concentration and many other problems.
Melatonin supports the immune system and protects us from ailments such as heart attacks triggered by stress, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and many other neurological damages and bacterial and viral infections. When you sleep in complete darkness you can expect your levels of melatonin to increase. Proper and regular secretion of this hormone will even slow down the aging process.
How to create complete darkness
We should accept the fact that we are living in a bright world, which means that we need to take some measures to create darkness. For instance, we can turn off the TV and put down our phones well before bedtime and most importantly wear an eye mask to sleep. High-quality eye masks like can provide complete darkness for you to sleep better, no matter where you sleep.
First, we’ll go over why using artificial lighting too close to bed can damage your health. Melatonin helps us to relax and get ready to sleep, but the blue light from smartphones and tablets actually suppresses this hormone. Melatonin lowers blood pressure, glucose levels, and body temperature, which help us to prepare for a restful sleep.
With the proper amount of melatonin in your system, your cortisol levels will also remain relatively low, allowing you to relax and get to sleep.However, artificial lighting actually raises your stress hormones at night, and frequent exposure can cause a plethora of health problems, including excess body fat, weight gain, inflammation, insulin resistance, and heart problems. It can also contribute to insomnia and even affect hormones responsible for the regulation of your appetite.
So, by keeping your room dark at night, you not only will get to sleep faster and wake up feeling more rested, but you’ll also have a lesser risk of developing health problems due to excess nighttime light exposure.
A good rule of thumb is to simply turn off electronics a few hours before bed, and dim the lights in your room. Make it a relaxing environment for sleep so that when bedtime comes, you actually feel like falling asleep.
Even dim light at night can causes issues, though. Chronic exposure to dim light in the evening leads to depressive symptoms in hamsters, such as drinking less sugar water that they normally would have interest in. When researchers took away the dim lights at night, they found the depression went away.
If you have night lights on, lights from your computer or phone, or even a street lamp outside, consider covering them with a blanket or getting black-out curtains for your windows.
DrapeStyle can help by making custom drapes or curtains featuring blackout lining. Our high quality blackout lining, made by Hanes, can block out 99% of the light. Let us make custom drapes for you, with your choice of fabric, pleat style, and lining. Using curtains and drapes with blackout effects and help you obtain better sleep. Contact us for more information or to order fabric samples.
Your window treatments may be decorate or functional. They may compliment your furnishings or they may be the focal point of your room. But have you ever thought about where and why we started using window coverings?
Initially, people covered windows for only practical purposes, and any decorative function the treatments served was secondary. Thick, heavy draperies kept the warmth in old buildings and served as an insulation to thin windowpanes. Shutters, in the Middle Ages, were placed over small windows to the outside and secured from the inside via a small latch. Steadily, with the advent of better trade relationships and routes, linens, prints, and silks became more readily available from the East and Italy, and draperies and curtains became much more decorative in nature. While we still use draperies and curtains in colder climates to help insulate homes, window dressing has become so much more than materials insulating a window.
As a society that traveled, each new destination we visited brought forth new ideas and styles about how to treat windows. Blinds were an innovation brought from India. Screens for dividing a space and creating privacy in a room were adapted from Japan and balloon shades were an advent of the Venetians. Along with the arrival of more modern amenities and innovations in homes, such as double pane glass and central heating and air-conditioning, the need for heavy curtains has waned and the industry of window coverings has also grown; ushering in modern and more sleek ideas, solutions, and styles.
Drapes and Curtains
Curtains can be a wonderful way to enhance your décor, add texture, pattern and color to an environment, all while creating a type of screen between you and the outside world. Curtains can be very simple, a pleated drapery or panel of fabric that hangs straight down from a pole, or they can be elaborate and more complex, with a fuller volume, more fabric or highly decorative fabric, valances or complex hardware and perhaps a swag or tiebacks. Most importantly, curtains tend to become a focal point in the room and can draw attention to the view or décor. The choice of color texture and pattern adds to a room’s intimacy, aesthetic and warmth. They can also be a practical way to filter light, insulate during the winter, create privacy, and reduce noise in busy cities.
Blinds and Shades
Shades and blinds are one of the most popular and most versatile means of treating windows. They offer the flexibility of filtering daylight, creating screens between the interior and the outdoors, and they even have the ability of blocking light completely while maintaining your view.
Blinds and shades can be lowered or raised as the user desires, which can be primarily accomplished using a spring mechanism or cord system and can also me motorized for ease of use. Aesthetically shades and blinds offer a clean and simple way to dress a window, without competing with the architecture or style of the window. Further, shades are often the best solution in kitchens and bathrooms and can be a more functional and economical alternative in these areas.
Shades are some of the best alternatives for awkward windows, small windows or doors as they can be made to fit any size window
Shutters and Screens
Shutters are one of the most architectural ways to treat any window. They are permanently attached to the outside of the window frame and either swing open or stack on the side of a window.
Shutters can be one of the best ways to insulate a room, reduce outside noise, and provide privacy all while filtering the light.
Today the most popular style of shutter is the plantation shutter, and is a beautiful alternative to other shading systems. Screens can also be a unique and creative way to add privacy to an interior or define a space. They also tend to serve as an additional piece of furniture, and come in a variety of materials and fashions.
Deciding on your Treatment
No matter what the project the most important aspect for ensuring that the chosen window treatment will be perfect in your home is that the treatment has been well made and precisely finished. Chances are you have given a great deal of thought to the furniture and décor in your home and that forethought should also extend to window coverings.
Need a little more help? Let DrapeStyle help you make a little history by designing your dream drapes. We have been in business for over 15 years making draperies and Roman shades from the finest fabrics and trims. Contact us for more information or for samples of our fabrics.