Make Your Room Appear Bigger With Drapery

You absolutely adore your home. It is the place you have always dreamed of, where you can come home at the end of the day, eat in the dining room, relax in the living room and sleep comfortably in your bedroom. However, there is always that one room in your home you wish looked a little bigger, one that might make you feel a little claustrophobic when you enter it.

If you have this issue, then that’s not a problem. An easy solution is drapes! Drapes can fool the eye by setting off an illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is.

The first thing to remember is that any space will look bigger if it is well-lit by natural light. It is time to get rid of your heavy, thick drapes and welcome the bright sun into your home with sheer draperies. Classic sheer drapes that are a beautiful addition to any room. Whereas dark drapes have a tendency to close up a room, sheers open rooms up more. The light colors available will make your smaller room feel more airy and open. Open up your drapes during the day and see the difference a simple change can make by creating more light and the appearance of more space.

Another option is long drapes for length as well as wide draperies for width. While drapes are not a magic wand that will make your room bigger (sorry), it can at least appear to be a larger space. Elongate any room in your home with long floor-length drapes. Floor-length drapes also give a more dramatic feel in the home. Keep in mind that these drapes look best when they reach the ground – you don’t want extra material dragging on the floor. Additionally, wider draperies will make your room appear roomier.

Don’t feel as if you are cramped in a small space. Give a room in your home a makeover today with new drapery! DrapeStyle has beautiful drapes that are custom-made for your room to help give the illusion of a bigger space.


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Drapery Not Just For Indoors – Take Them Outside

Since spring is coming up in a few months, you may be thinking of ways to give the outside of your home an upgrade so you can enjoy the warmth as much as you can. If easy, quick home improvement tactics are what you are aiming for, then consider outdoor drapery ideas. Drapes for your outdoors add a unique touch to your home as well as creating a relaxing space to getaway from the bustle of your busy day.

Outdoor drapery is available to make your outdoor areas the place for outdoor play, reading, barbecues and more. The best outdoor drapes are custom-made using quality materials to withstand the weather outside. Perfect colors ranges for any outside setting are soft blues to natural. For those into patterns, outdoor drapes are available in those styles as well. If the afternoon sun gets too bright for your eyes, you can simply pull the drapes closed so you can still enjoy the fresh air outside.

Don’t worry about the drapes fading – some styles of them are available in Sunbrella® Fabrics, which have a 3-year warranty against fading or sun damage. You can throw them in the washing machine. Another plus is that they are mildew resistant if you are in damp or rainy areas.

If you have a covered deck or porch, you can even apply drapery there. This is a perfect idea for creating more privacy when you are having get-togethers. With a decorative curtain rod and drapery hooks, you can hang alluring linen draperies that will bring more enclosure to your outdoor room.

To further create a calm environment, throw a pillow on your wicker chair or loveseat. Pillows with fabrics perfect for outdoors are perfect when they match your drapes. You’ll gain a comfortable, inviting place to kick back and read or entertain your guests.

Take advantage of your beautiful yard and the warm weather by installing outdoor drapery this spring. DrapeStyle has all your draperies that best outfit your home. Check out the selection and enjoy more time outside this summer.


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Make Your Window Draperies A Work of Art

Are your boring old window drapes making you yawn every time you walk past them in your home? If so, maybe it’s time explore the palette of options available to make your draperies in your home an artistic expression.

Dressing up your home to create a luxurious space is all about the texture and fabrics of drapes that you use.

Placing velvet draperies into a room is a perfect place to start. These traditional favorites have a rich look and they keep your room dark when they are drawn, which creates a classy look if you accent the drapes with soft lit lamps and majestic chairs and sofas. Not only is it easy on the eyes, velvet drapes can be energy efficient. By purchasing velvet drapes with thermal flannel interlining, one can cut down energy costs by 33%.

Another option to beautify your windows is to use sumptuous silk drapery that will add a look of luxury and sophistication to your home. Silk drapes add a softer quality than velvet drapes. Silk drapes can feature designer trim, bands, and embroidery; you should select a color that best matches your furniture and color in your room. If you choose, you can also purchase silk drapes with thermal flannel to make your home more energy efficient.

Craving more light in your home? Sheer draperies never go out of style and allow more sunshine in. White and ivory sheer colored drapes will make any room appear more open and airy, as well as elegant.

After installing your drapes, it is time to accessorize. Give your room an elegant look with gorgeous tassels instead of metal or wood hold-backs. You can also accent the tassels by placing classy finials as a decorative ornament at the ends of your curtain rods. Finials are available in classic iron styles that feature fleur-de-lis to decorative wood finial in a pineapple or artichoke motif.

If these ideas sound like an excellent way to upgrade rooms in your place, DrapeStyles offers all of these products. Make your home into your own piece of art today.


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DrapeStyle Launches Easy Pull Drapery Hardware with Child Safe, Responding to Government Recall of 50 Million Shades and Blinds

(PRWEB) December 16, 2009 — DrapeStyle responded today to the government and window covering industry’s recall this week of more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds, due to an increased risk of children being strangled by a loop system cord, with a safer new single cord Easy Pull Traverse Drapery Rod System with the Child Safe® System from Paris Texas Hardware. DrapeStyle is a leading American manufacturer of custom drapes based in California. The company’s new Easy Pull drapery hardware with Child Safe® not only features a safer single cord, but is also adjustable in length.
The new Easy Pull Traverse Drapery Rod System with the Child Safe® System is compatible with all

DrapeStyle custom drapes and window treatments and includes the following features and benefits:

A safe single cord, not the typical “loop” system, which prevents children from becoming entangled in the cord.
The cord length may be adjusted to keep it out of reach of small children.
Includes mounting brackets.
Compatible with all 2-1.4” Finials.
Includes Matching Rings.
Available in Length of 4’, 6’, 8’, 12’.
Choose from Side Draw Operation or Center Draw.
Wood Fascia attaches to Aluminum Track.
Simple, fast, and easy installation.

“With five deaths and 16 near-strangulations from Roman shades reported and three deaths connected to roll-up blinds, The Consumer Product Safety Commission and window covering industry urged parents this week to make sure the shades and blinds in their home have no cord children can access,” said Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle. “Being a leader in the custom drape and window treatment industry, we felt the need to respond by immediately making available to the consumer the safe new Easy Pull Traverse Drapery Rod System with Child Safe® System from Paris Texas Hardware. With this new system the cord length can easily be adjusted by parents or adults to keep it out of the reach of babies, toddlers, and small children, while the safe single cord prevents entanglement should contact occur,” concluded Sinatra.

DrapeStyle’s Easy Pull Drapery Hardware with Child Safe® is priced from $460.

Visit http://www.drapestyle.com/child-safe-drapery-rods.html for purchase or more information.


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What a Difference a Drape Makes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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DrapeStyle’s 2010 Catalog Photo-Shoot is Complete!

We’ve just returned from our 2010 Catalog Photo-Shoot – gorgeous stuff! Our Designers worked hard to create an incredible collection of Window Treatments you won’t see anywhere else! For 2010 we’ve added Roman Blinds in Schumacher Fabrics, Barbara Barry, Kelly Werstler, Trina Turk and, of course, DrapeStyle’s own Collection.

Also new for 2010 are Custom Drapes in a Faux Silk that are hard to tell from real silk. We make them just like our famous silk drapes using the highest quality linings. Perfect for those of us on a bit tighter budget.

All of the photo-shoot samples will be in THE | OUTLET at huge discounts soon so please keep watching!

Window Drapery Catalog Photo Shoot
Window Drapery Catalog Photo Shoot


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Buying your Dream Drapes at Half Price – The Perfect Formula!

Since we began DrapeStyle nearly 10 years ago, our mission has never wavered. When you are looking to purchase your perfect set of custom made dream drapes you can get them here at half price of what you would expect to pay from a typical Designer. It is important, however, to point out that not all half price drapes are created equal. Many online “discounters” who claim to be selling a quality curtain at half price are typically selling “cheap” poorly made curtains which are imported. These typical “ready-made” curtains are made using low quality lining, material and construction.

When your looking for your dream drape it pays to dig a little deeper and understand the construction and quality of materials that are going into your drapery. Consider the weight of the silk or linen used, the quality and weight of the lining and interlining. Finally, consider if your next set of drapery are made. While some may consider buying American Made Drapery Noble, others find it Practical. Should Mrs. Smith ever need her window treatments hemmed or repaired in the future She may find that buying from a US Manufacturer is more than just noble.


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DrapeStyle Partners with Billabong on “Casa Surf” Hotel Remodel

DrapeStyle has partnered with surfwear giants Billabong and Etnies on the remodel of the historic Casa Del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA. An original “boutique” hotel, Casa Del Camino was dubbed “Casa Surf” by many of the legendary Hollywood guests from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Built in 1927, Casa Surf is a classic landmark and part of California architecture and history.

Later this year Casa Surf will undergo an extensive renovation and has it’s Design Team will be creating a surf theme with influences from several Southern California surfwear companies. DrapeStyle was selected to provide the custom drapery for the project which, although we cant let the cat out of the bag just yet, are “awesome”!

We promise to bring you photos as soon as the project completes in the early spring of 2010.


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DrapeStyle Completes “Astoria” in Central Park West – Irvine

DrapeStyle Completes Drapes for
DrapeStyle Completes Astoria

DrapeStyle recently completed the Astoria Project in Irvine, CA. This “Urban Chic” hire-rise residential tower is located in the heart of the new Central Park West Community of Irvine. DrapeStyle was fortunate to work with leading OC Designer and Interior Design Institute Instructor Richard Thompson on this Project. Richard designed these gorgeous metallic sheer drapes with a silk border and large grommets. They really rounded out the rooms in this Irvine Company Project.

We like the drapes so much we just may add them to our catalog!

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Customers Outside of California Save the Sales Tax When Buying at DrapeStyle.com!

We thought it might be a good idea, as today is April 15th, to make a short entry regarding the dreaded subject of “Taxation”. Fortunately, for Customers of DrapeStyle and many other Internet Retailers, at least for the time-being, the news is good. As of today, DrapeStyle is only required to collect Sales Tax for online purchases which are being shipped to a California Address. This is because our DrapeStyle Business locations, or Nexus, are all based in California. So if you are lucky enough to be living outside of California, than No Sales Tax for you! For many of our Customers in states with high sales tax rates this can mean you are saving 6-10% on your order. No bad.

Unfortunately for all of us, the good news may not last for long. There are proposals being debated in Congress that, if ratified, would require that Internet Retailers begin collecting sales tax for sales transacted with residents in the States of Maryland and Hawaii. While these “State-Specific” Tax Changes may be the early adopters, the successful passage of such legislation would set the stage for a National Internet Sale Tax in the future.


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How to Choose the Correct Lining for Custom Drapes

Choosing Drapery Lining
Choosing Drapery Lining

When considering your next set of custom drapes, selecting the correct lining may be the most important choice you make. Designers have always had a little secret when designing custom drapes for their Clients; the lining and interlining.

“It may sound like just an insignificant part of the construction of a drape but the lining may be the most overlooked and critical part of the Designing Process”, said Christian Lee, Production Manager at DrapeStyle in California. “Most consumers who buy ready-made drapes just don’t really know what they’re missing, by adding the perfect lining we can give the Client much more value for their money when compared to imported or ready-made”, Lee Added.

So let’s explore the options and the benefits of each.

The lining is the backing fabric used in the construction of a custom drape. It is used to create more fullness and protect the fabric from the harmful effects of sunlight. “A good lining is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. The cotton makes it soft to the touch and the polyester allows it to stand up to years of UV rays,” Lee said. “Use a 100% poly lining and it’s too stiff, use 100% cotton and it will disintegrate after just a couple of years,” Lee added.

Between the lining and the drape fabric is the Interlining. The interlining is sandwiched between the two fabrics. “The interlining is really where all of your options are and can make a huge difference in the value and lifespan of the drape”, Lee said. “You have great options today and there are some important considerations regarding the insulating factor of the curtain, the sound barrier performance and overall look of the product” Lee said.

“Most people are unaware that, according to the US Department of Energy about 25-30% of their homes energy is lost through their windows,” Lee added. “Installing custom drapes with a heavy-weight (6oz) cotton flannel interlining can reduce the loss of heat by 25% in the winter and also reduce heat gain in the summer by up to 33%” Lee said. When choosing an interlining material you should use a 100% cotton flannel material which will provide great insulation plus an added sound barrier.

For those who live in a frigid climate, you may also want to consider using an English Bump Interlining which is about twice the thickness of flannel interlining. As the name implies, English Bump is a traditional material that was used in the cold damp winters of England to keep homes warm. “You really have to know what you’re doing with Bump”, said Lee, “It is very heavy and difficult to properly sew but the results are amazing, it’s like wrapping a blanket around your house”.

Another common interlining is “Blackout” or “Outblack” which blocks about 99% of the sunlight from penetrating through the drape. “Blackout has never been more popular with our Clients”, said Lee. “We have always used blackout for many high-end hotels and restaurants and now consumers are asking for it for their home media rooms, bedrooms, etc.” Lee added. Blackout protects the drapery fabric and may also protect the upholstery in the room by blocking the harmful UV rays that can destroy upholstery fabric.

“There are some great options available today and when using the right fabric, lining and interlining combination you can get far more value out of custom drapes than ever before”, Lee said. “If you really do the math, buying well-made custom-drapes from the right place will often cost you less in the long-run than buying a ready-made product.”


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The Art of Hanging Drapery

The Art of Hanging Drapery
The Art of Hanging Drapes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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DrapeStyle Commercial & Hospitality

DrapeStyle Custom Drapes for Gitane
Commercial Drape Project

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

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Go ‘Green’ with DrapeStyle

Welcome to the DrapeStyle Blog. Why a Blog? Good question and I hope an equally good answer, “Information & Education”. We’ll strive to give you some good ideas and the best honest advice possible, and hopefully we’ll have some fun with it too.

So here we go…the inceptual Blog entry.

Saving Energy with DrapeStyle:

At DrapeStyle we consider ourselves “Green”. We love the planet, we love the environment and we love labrador puppies. We’d like to see them all flourish for generations to come. Now, what we would really love is to be “Green” and maybe save a couple of dollars in the process, that would be worth a bushel full of labrador puppies.

So, the money thing. Can you believe that according to the US Department of Energy, 25% of your energy expense leaks out of your windows. 25%. That’s more than I thought too. So if my average utility bill runs $250/Month or $3000/year of which $750 is wasted through your windows.

DrapeStyle to the rescue! You knew this was coming right? Well, we have the data, so let’s share it with you. The University of Texas at Austin, (we Love those Longhorns), did an energy study. They called it “The Drape Defense”. See why we love those Longhorns! In this study they found, and published, that a well insulated drape can reduce the heat loss of a single glazed window by up to 56%.

The savings are even better in the summer months and hot climates!. According to a study conducted by The University of Florida (Sorry Longhorns), well-made drapes can reduce the amount of heat-gains in your home by up to 33%!
I’m sure you knew this instinctively, but now when the Hubs comes home and you’ve got your new DrapeStyle covering your windows you can just tell him that your saving energy by the gobs!

Love it.
Here are the references so you don’t think we’re making this stuff up.

University of Texas Study

US Dept. of Energy


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