Selecting the Perfect Drapery Pleat Style

March 17th, 2014

We are often asked by our customers “Which pleat style do I choose”? There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.
1- What is the style of you room? Is it Modern/ Contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?
2- How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?
3- Are the drapes functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just frame your window)?

Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our 7 options is a breeze.
Rod Pocket – Typically used in Traditional spaces this pleat is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily.
Flat Panel (no pleats) – Flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. You will have to dress your drapery each time you open and close to achieve a uniform look.
Grommet- Clean & uniform by design Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes & diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.
Inverted- If you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body the Inverted Pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but loses the lines as it falls toward the floor. This pleat works with Modern & Transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.
Cartridge – the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of a flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drape. The look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.
French Pleat (Pinch Pleat) – The French Pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the 3-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open & close this pleat requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.
Parisian Pleat – a twist on the traditional French Pleat the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for Modern or Transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.
Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice.

The DrapeStyle Store

March 17th, 2014

If you are someone who likes to sit down with a real Interior Designer in a relaxed comfortable setting before buying your next set of custom drapery or Roman Shades, than we invite you to visit our DrapeStyle Store.  As of today, we only have one store which is located in the StoneMill Design Center in Costa Mesa but we are working on adding additional locations soon.  We are open to the public and you can stop in anytime without an appointment but we do encourage you to make an appointment so we can be sure that we have a Designer available to meet with you.

In our Store, Designers are not paid on commission.  They get paid as a Team, so, there is no high-pressure sales pitch.  We just want to be sure that you get the perfect custom drapes or Roman Shades for your home.  Located behind our Store is our Workroom where we actually make your drapes and Roman Shades.  Of course, if time permits we would be happy to give you a tour of the Workroom and show you exactly how your drapery is made.

We feature over 400 fabric options from leading Fabric Mill like Robert Allen, Schumacher, Kravet, Sunbrella and Lee Jofa just to name a few.  You can also checkout larger fabric headers to take home.

The DrapeStyle Store is located at:

2915 Red Hill Ave

Suite A-018

Costa Mesa, CA  92626


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Where Designers Buy Custom Drapery

March 17th, 2014

Have you ever wondered where Interior Designers buy their gorgeous and luxurious custom made drapery and Roman Shades?  Well, for over a decade Designers in the US and Canada have been buying them from DrapeStyle.  After all, that’s how DrapeStyle was began.  You see, we had an idea that if we could reduce our costs by selling directly to Designers over the Web we could sell our drapery at a lower price and still have enough profit left over to run the business.  That’s how it all started.  We have grown to be one the Nations largest online retailer of Custom Made Drapery, Roman Shades and Curtains selling to both Residential and Commercial Designers as far away as Australia.  Our drapes help to furnish some of the most majestic homes in the nation but mostly they are in homes just like yours.  Since when you buy drapes from DrapeStyle, your buying directly from the Manufacturer.  No middleman and no middleman mark-up.  Just amazing high quality drapery and Roman Shades at affordable prices.  And, because we are the manufacturer, we can make your drapes in any length, width or pleat style you can imagine.  Lining Options?  Oh, do we have lining options.  Blackout, Bump, Heavy Flannel.  Whatever lining you can imagine we have it.  We literally have dozens of lining options to choose from.

Now, for the best part.  We also give plenty of free advice from real Designers, not Sale People.  Our Designers do not work on commissions so there is no pressure.  Just good advice and a genuine concern for making your you love your drapes as much as we did making them.  Keep in mind that if you don’t see exactly what your looking for on our Website, please call one of our Designers for help.

 

 

 

Custom Drapery Price Comparison

March 14th, 2014

If you are in the market for new custom drapes or Roman Shades than this little price comparison may be helpful.  We’ve compared the top three online retailers of custom drapery and roman shades and compared their prices for comparable fabrics and linings.  When we could we actually compared the exact same fabrics from Mills like Robert Allen.  We hope this is helpful and makes your shopping experience a little easier!

  • Our First Comparison is for a Solid Silk Dupioni Panel:

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$600.10
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$311.94
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk21"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$541.35

  • Our Second Chart is for the same fabric – wider drapery panel:

 

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$883.15
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$438.59
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk 54"106"Lining + InterliningPinch Pleat$1,262.25

  • Our Third Chart is for the same fabric – Blackout Lining:  (Note:  DrapeStyle includes Interlining with Blackout)

RetailerDrapery FabricPanel WidthPanel LengthLiningPleat StylePrice per Panel
The Shade StoreDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout LiningPinch Pleat$520.20
DrapeStyleDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout Lining Pinch Pleat$522.19
Smith and NobleDupioni Silk 54"106"Blackout LiningPinch Pleat$481.20

 

 

 

Bargain Shopping for Custom Drapes

March 13th, 2014

Ever wish you could get your hands on a pair of amazing custom drapes at an even more amazing deal?  Well, let me let you in on a little secret.  Turns out that when leading online custom drapery retailer DrapeStyle is finished using their drapes for catalog photo-shoots, showroom samples or just have overstock fabrics that post those drapes on a part of their website called THE OUTLET.  They don’t promote it very often but you can actually buy amazing and unique, often one of a kind custom drapes for 50-70% off retail price.  You won’t have all of the flexibility to create your own custom size but if they will work in your home you’ll get an amazing deal.  Remember though, these are unique items and they often only have one pair available so, if they work, grab them really fast before they are gone.  You’ll get amazing quality and an even more amazing price, keep in mind that these are usually the drapery panels that they are featuring for a catalog!

 

 

Drapery Design. It’s All in the Details…

March 13th, 2014

In The Details.

We’ve all heard the saying “the devil is in the details”, for me the details are the most exciting part of any project. There is nothing like finding the perfect accent piece to complete your masterpiece.

Have you ever been out and about and you see a little trinket that reminds you of someone you know & just the thought of giving it to them puts a smile on your face? The high you get giving it to them and seeing the priceless look on their face when they realize that you know them so well…that’s one of my favorite parts of designing for my clients.

Completing a room with custom drapery is one of the best ways to add detail to your room. Finding the perfect shade of Silk or Linen opens the door to a world of possibilities. Do I add a border, maybe a trim? How about a contrasting edge band? Is there a complimenting sheer or Roman Shade I should consider? These are some of the many options that I love helping my clients with.

Working at DrapeStyle I am in constant awe of the incredible fabrics & trimming options that we are presented with. Just today I met with a mill representative who brought over 20+ books of their latest trim collections. I was immediately inspired. From tape trims, to rusche to tassel trim my mind was racing. I’m looking forward to pulling together a number of trim options to coordinate with our existing drapery styles and I have already started sketching some new ideas inspired from my meeting today. The possibilities are endless; the “details” are endless.

DrapeStyle Designer Amy

DrapeStyle Designer Amy

The Growing Trend of Motorization for Custom Drapery

March 13th, 2014

We are really seeing more interest in providing “motorization” to our Clients. At DrapeStyle we have experience with complex motorization projects which we offer to our local Clients in Southern California.

To begin lets discuss what exactly is custom drapery motorization? Almost everyone has seen the movie where the owner of a mansion pushes a button to have her drapery slide open to reveal an incredible view of the ocean. Or, push a button in a home theater to darken the room in the middle of the afternoon to enjoy a movie. This is drapery motorization. When we motorize drapes we are adding an electronic engine to the hardware to automatically open and close the drapes.

There are several types of motors and hardware systems available and the prices of those systems are really becoming more affordable to the average homeowner. With the most basic system you can purchase a track with a battery powered motor that does not require any wiring and is operated by a simple remote control. These systems are available from manufacturers like Somfy and start at just in the couple-hundred dollar range. The limitations of these systems will require that the weight of the drapery to be within the requirements of the system. These systems are also available for Roman Shades and Roller Shades as well.

More complex motorization systems will require that a Contractor / Electrician hard-wire the system into your home. These systems will generally be part of a “whole-home automation” package where lights and drapery or shades are all integrated into a system that controls the homes lights, audio and other electronics. Fully integrated installations are often installed as part of new home construction or a major remodel due to the extensive internal wiring and installation.

If you are looking for a hybrid system there are plenty of options available that will require some wiring to be completed by a Contractor or Electrician without major demolition or remodeling. In a typical drapery motorization project, our DrapeStyle Installer will coordinate and in many cases recommend a contractor who can facilitate the wiring while our installer manages the installation of the drapery, shades and tracks.

For more information on drapery motorization please contact a DrapeStyle Designer at 800-760-8257

Using Roman Shades in Conjunction with Custom Drapes

March 12th, 2014

Sometimes when trying to decide between Custom Drapes for your windows or Custom Roman Shades the answer just may be “yes”. Yes, as in “both”. One of our all time favorite looks is using a Roman Shade in conjunction with a drape. This technique adds depth and texture to your room and lets you play with more fabric colors and textures as well. Consider using a solid custom drape along with a strong pattern with your Roman Shade or vice-versa. In the attached image we are using a really bold fabric on the Roman Shade, Schumacher Imperial Trellis in navy along with a solid linen custom drape in navy and white. The fabrics work really well together and really create a nice depth of field to the room and window.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match silk and linens as well. You could get a great look by mixing a solid silk roman shade in a base color along with a complimenting custom drape in a patterned linen or poly.

Have fun and let us know how we can help design your next set of custom drapes!

custom roman shades and drapes

Custom Drapes and Roman Shades used to create a great window treatment together.

DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction

March 7th, 2014

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DrapeStyle Awarded “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction On Houzz.com

DrapeStyle celebrates their award for Outstanding Client Satisfaction from the largest residential design database in the world, Houzz.com.

COSTA MESA, CA (March 6, 2014) – Enjoying the benefits of their company’s attention to detail DrapeStyle in Costa Mesa, California celebrates their recent Outstanding Client Satisfaction award from Houzz.com. Lauded as the largest residential design database in the world Houzz gave the coveted “Best of Houzz” award to DrapeStyle in January. Giving the highest level award for client satisfaction the home remodeling site has to offer, the Houzz community weighed in with a resounding vote. Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle said of the award, “It’s an honor to be recognized by Houzz in any regard. However to be recognized by the site’s community for something we pride ourselves in well, we just couldn’t be happier.”

Always pleased by well-deserved recognition DrapeStyle has also been featured in popular publications such as Southern Living, House & Garden, Veranda and The Nest. Described by House & Garden as “Beautifully Made to Order”, DrapeStyle’s designs resonate with a wide section of the marketplace. Understandably so given their commitment to making every order, regardless of the handiwork involved, in their own California studio. Providing hundreds of exclusive handmade fabrics from North America, Europe and India the window treatment manufacturer makes custom drapery and curtains for indoor or outdoor use as well as Roman shades. Additionally, DrapeStyle offers custom pillows in myriad designs and colors.

Staying true to the customer service commitment DrapeStyle makes it simple for clients in specific markets to shop for window treatments from home. The “Shop at Home Consultation” program offers clients a design professional that will walk them through fabric, texture and color selections all complimentary to their home or office. Catering further to their clientele DrapeStyle offers a manufacturing and workmanship guarantee.

About DrapeStyle:

DrapeStyle is a leading manufacturer and online retailer of designer quality custom made drapery, curtains and Roman shades. The company is available for in-home consultations in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California as well as Central New Jersey, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The custom drapery manufacturer sells to home owners and designers in the US and Canada.

For more information visit www.DrapeStyle.com. To read about the “Best of Houzz” award click on http://www.houzz.com/pro/drapestyle/drapestyle.

Custom Drapery FAQ’s

February 28th, 2014

We recently added a new FAQ Page to our Site. We’d love any feedback and additional questions that we need to address are always welcome.

Thanks!

DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction!

February 25th, 2014

DrapeStyle Wins "Best of Houzz"

DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz”

DrapeStyle was voted highest in Client Satisfaction by the Houzz Community!

Palm Springs

February 25th, 2014

Palm Springs, Ranch Mirage, here we come! Look for a new DrapeStyle Custom Drapery Showroom on the 111 near the River Walk in Rancho Mirage soon!

Also – Please be sure to join our Circle at Google+

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Shopping at Home Expanding!

January 14th, 2014

We’ve received some really great feedback from our Shop at Home Drapery Services in Southern California so, away we go. So far we have added Northern California (the Bay Area) as well as Philadelphia, New Jersey and Chicago. We will continue to add more Markets as we find great Designers to partner with.

If you are not familiar with our Shop at Home Services here is a quick recap. At DrapeStyle we work with very talented Interior Designers all over the US and Canada. Some of them ‘specialize’ in Window Treatments while others are either generalists or have other specialties. We have asked those who have an interest or specialty in drapery to see if they have an interest in partnering with DrapeStyle for our Shop at Home Program. It’s really a win-win-win relationship as we are able to service more Clients and our Designers get to meet more new Customers as well. I think the biggest winner is the Customer who can shop for their Window Treatments in the comfort of their own home with a talented Designer. I stress “Designer” because these are not your typical “Sales Person” but an actual trained Interior Designer who has experience in all facets of Design.

In addition to our Shop at Home Services we are also currently looking at some great new Showroom Locations to be opened this Spring. We are currently looking in Central / Northern New Jersey primarily the Parsippany Rt 22 Corridor. In addition to New Jersey we are also looking in the Chicago Suburbs.

Thanks for reading.

New Google Catalog is Out!

October 2nd, 2013

DrapeStyle is now on Google Catalogs!  Check it out!

 

Custom Drapery is All We Do, Since 2002!

August 12th, 2013

 

It’s no secret that the key to good Marketing is the ability of the Marketer to be able to explain very clearly what their company does.  The Company Mission, Service or Product Offering.  It is probably one of, if not THE most basic concepts in Business and yet, one of the most elusive.  Sounds simple and it’s not.  The Business Author Jim Collins wrote an entire book about the Concept in the book called Good to Great, which I highly recommend.  Very simply the book describes how Companies who have lost site of their “Core Business”, and who are unable to communicate that core competency clearly are doomed to failure.  Do one thing, do it consistently well and communicate what you do well and you will succeed.  Never take your eye off the ball.

At DrapeStyle, part of my responsibilities is to manage our Marketing efforts and one of the fundamental cornerstones of those efforts is to be sure that the World knows exactly what it is that we do.  After over a decade of trying, I am still working on it.  Have not mastered it yet but still chipping away day-by-day.  I am reminded every single day of where I am failing…and here is an example or two…

When you are in e-commerce one of the metrics or data points we look at to see how our business is doing and if we are getting in front of the “right” Customer is by looking at Search Queries.  A Search Query is just the word, keyword or term that a Customer uses to either find You, or to find what they are looking for on your Website or Store.  In our case, we sell Custom Made Drapery – that’s it.  Now we sell some hardware, tie-backs and accessories but they are just that, accessories.  Our Core Competency, Our Mission and our Business is to make very high-quality custom drapes.  When we say “Custom” what we mean is that we actually take rolls of fabrics, thousands of fabrics and convert them into drapery.  That is what we do.

Getting back to Search Queries.  So, you have “External Search Queries” – Where a potential Customer is looking for something using a Search Engine (Google, Bing, etc.).  And, there are Internal Search Queries where a Customer is on your website and looking for a product or service within your site.  So, in our case Customers may search via Google or Bing or Yahoo for “Custom Drapes” and they will find DrapeStyle.  Or, they may search for “Drapes” and find DrapeStyle.  Researching the search external queries will tell you quite a lot about what Customers are looking for and how they found you externally – Silk Drapes, Linen Drapes, Cotton Drapes, Pleated Drapes, etc.

The Internal Search Queries are equally important because they are going to tell you as a Marketer how well the Market / Public is understanding Your Message,  Your Products, Your Service, Your Value Proposition.  In our case, we sell Custom Drapes.  So, when a Customer arrives on our website and do not understand…quickly, that we sell Custom Made Drapes, than, we are failing.  When someone searches “Red Velvet Drapes” on our site, or “Red Silk Curtains“, or “124 inch lined drapery panels”, or “French Pleated Linen Drapes” than we have failed.  The Customer does not understand that ALL of our drapes can be made to be blackout drapes.  All of our drapes are available in any pleat style imaginable and come in any length or width you need.  And that we can make any color Velvet, Silk, Linen or Cotton Drapes they wish.  And, yes, we get dozens of these search queries per day.  We fail, but keep learning and keep refining our message every single day.

I guess the fact that after 10 years of trying to communicate that at DrapeStyle all we do is make Custom Drapes proves that even the simplest business concepts can be the most demanding to perfect.  But please do tell your friends, 100% custom, any size, any pleat, any fabric and color – that is all we do.

 
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Summer is Flying By!

August 6th, 2013

Sorry – We have been a bit slow this summer in keeping up with our Blog Posts.  We’ll be back on it soon!

 

 

Time Trial Window Treatments Where to Get Last-Minute Coverage in Curtains

June 24th, 2013

Reprinted from House and Garden Magazine.

1.  Ballard Designs

What we ordered:  84-In silk panels in Dutches Blue, lined with cotton.

Delivery:  Overnight for $18 plus standard delivery charges.

Quality:  The 2-inch flange above the rod pocket is a pretty detail.

Fast Track:  Simple and Basic.  No overnight delivery for online orders.

 

2.  Anthropologie

What we ordered:  Tuscan Rose cotton panels with valance trimmed in pom-poms.  $68 each.

Delivery:  Overnight with a $24 charge; three days $19.

Quality:  Not much in the way of frills but the price was right.

Fast Track:  Perfect for a little girls bedroom.

 

3.  DrapeStyle

What we ordered:  Pink silk taffeta panels with red edge banding, lining, interlining and French pleats, $757.

Delivery:  Our rush order arrived in one week with a $49 charge, but count on three to four weeks for fabric in stock.

Quality:  Beautifully made to order.

Fast Track:  Choose from 29 silks or 16 tasteful linens.  Plain curtains may be ordered on the web, but for fancy touches you must call.

 

4.  The Curtain Exchange

What we ordered:  Mica silk taffeta embroidered panels in taupe, $1,795

Delivery:  Grab-and-go, 80 designs at 22 stores nationwide.  Custom orders in a mere two to four weeks.

Quality:  Opulent, as you would expect for this price.

Fast Track:  Big store selection, small-store convenience, allows 48-hour trial period.

 

A review of Curtain Retailers by House and Garden Magazine

 

 

Great Drapes for Our Friends in Australia!

June 20th, 2013

We love making great curtains, drapes and window treatments here at DrapeStyle.  That’s no secret.  We ship our Drapes all over the world.  One of our favorite places to ship them to is Australia.  We’ve been making drapes and shipping them to the Aussies for over a decade..and they seem to love us!

Here is a fun photo of our most recent order of a bunch of drapes and a really long roman shade getting ready to leave our warehouse destined for a home in South Australia.

More Gorgeous DrapeStyle Custom Curtains and Roman Shades bound for South Australia!

If you’re in Australia and are looking for amazing Custom Drapery, Curtains or Window Treatments please call DrapeStyle!

Updated Sale Pricing

May 6th, 2013

We’ve updated our current Sale Pricing and extended the discounts until May 17th!  Our new Sale features Custom Silk Drapes at 15% Off, Solid Classic Linen Drapes at 20% Off and our popular Striped Silk Dupioni at 15% Off.

Our Pricing on Custom Roman Blinds is still some of the most competitive in the industry with custom roman shades and blinds in your choice of over 400 designer fabrics!

 

 

 

Adding The Finishing Touches…

April 12th, 2013

We were making the the finishing touches to these beautiful drapes from our Hotel Collection this morning.  Really gorgeous color combination this Customer chose.  These custom silk drapes will be finished today and shipped to a new home.  We love it when our Customers choose some really unique combinations to make their drapes truly personalized for their home.  Your not going to find these at Restoration Hardware or anywhere else for that matter.

Beautifully Made to Order at DrapeStyle.  Since 2002, right here in California!