We realize that you have many choices of where to buy your next set of custom drapes. When we started DrapeStyle about twelve years ago the notion of buying or selling custom curtains online was really just a novelty at best. No one really thought that it was a good idea or a realistic one for that matter. Over a decade later with over 50,000 Customers in ten countries the idea of buying everything, including custom drapes is not only accepted but in most cases now the “norm”.
Sometimes we look back to catalogs and marketing pieces we made ten years ago and it’s fun to just reminisce. Here is one of our first tv commercials we made that we used to run on local television.
We sincerely look forward to the next ten years for sure!
I know it’s crazy to start thinking about Outdoor Drapery again. After all it’s not even Christmas yet. You know that as soon as the Holidays are over you’ll start thinking about Spring and getting your house ready for outdoor entertaining. This really is the best time of year to buy your outdoor drapery when you are not in a panic to get them installed. Order now and you can really take your time.
At DrapeStyle we have dozens of great outdoor fabrics to choose from. You probably already know Sunbrella for great outdoor fabrics but we have some great contemporary designer outdoor fabrics as well. Remember, we can also make your custom outdoor pillows to match!
We’re always looking for photos from our Clients and Customer to post on both our Drapery Design Blog – here, as well as our Pinterest Page, Houzz and our Facebook Fan Page. If you have purchsed drapes, curtains, roman shades, blinds or even pillows please forward us some images and we will post them or all of our fans to see!
We are pleased to announce that, based on popular demand, we will have a few new DrapeStyle Showrooms opening in 2013. We’re not allowed to say the exact locations but it looks like Chicago, New York / New Jersey and Ft. Lauderdale are first on the list! Shorty thereafter in Dallas as well.
The new studio concept will feature all of DrapeStyle’s current Collection of Luxury Custom Drapes, Curtains, Roman Shades, Blinds and Hardware. We are only opening locations where we already have an Certified Drapery Installer Base. Like our current Southern California Store, we will offer shop-at-home / in-home consultations as well as professional installation services. Our Drapery Workroom / Production Facility will remain in Orange County, CA.
Stay tuned for more details and thanks so much for over 10 years of support.
At DrapeStyle we’ve been making contemporary drapes for over a decade. When we say “Contemporary” here is what we mean.
Contemporary Pleat Styles: The most popular pleat for contemporary curtains or drapes is the Grommet Pleat. We offer many different style of grommets from large stainless steel to medium sized brushed nickel and brass. Of course, we hand-press each grommet right here in our Orange County Workroom. As a matter of fact, we have a short video of how we hand press each grommet here:
Contemporary Fabrics: When it comes to contemporary fabrics for drapes, curtains or roman shades and blinds we really have you covered. At DrapeStyle we have over 300 fabric styles many of them are contemporary metallic or geometric. We even have some amazing metallic sheer fabrics that are awesome and we usually use grommets with them as well. A few years ago Schumacher introduced the Imperial Trellis Fabrics that really defined the “Hollywood Regency” look which is really vintage contemporary and is used in so many mid-century homes in Palm Springs and LA. We offer contemporary geometric fabrics in linen, cotton and polyester to meet anyone’s budget.
But our contemporary fabrics are certainly not exclusive to the west coast. We’ve done some amazing contemporary projects in New York, Connecticut and Florida as well. Here is a great shot of some contemporary modern drapes we did for a high-rise project in LA. Notice how we marry the metallic fabrics with over-sized grommets for a very modern look.
We used a very modern metallic fabric to make these drapes and then used the over-sized grommets in matte-nickel to really make them ultra-contemporary.
Modern Length and Width: Like the way suit styles or hem-line styles vary, so do the cuts of drapery and curtains. For a more modern or contemporary look most Designers are opting for less “puddle” where the bottom hem of the drapes end about 1-2 inches above the floor. This is a contrast from traditional drapery lengths that will often “puddle” on the floor with an extra 6-8 inches of fabric.
Can we really have arrived at another Friday so quickly? It really seems that time is accelerated during this time of year. We are busy working on all of the orders we need to get shipped before Christmas. Our “Drapery Elves” are back there in their Drapery Workroom working themselves silly. Thanks for all of your support as always!
One of the things we all love about online shopping is that most purchases are excluded from State Sales Tax. This is a controversial issue in most states and changes may be afoot in the near future but for now the law is pretty clear. If an online retailer does not have a “physical presence” in a state than they are excluded from collecting sales tax in that state. For DrapeStyle and our Customers we try to be very clear on every page of our Store. We only charge Sales Tax on transactions that are purchased and being shipping to an address in the State of California. There is quite a bit of “chatter” that we may only have a year or two left before we start charging sales tax in / for every State we ship to, but for now, it is just California.
When you are considering a large purchase (like our Drapes) the sales tax issue can be a pretty big deal, often amounting to hundreds of dollars. So, to be clear (if not redundant) if you are outside of California we do not collect sales tax on your drapery purchase. Important point as we are not Tax Advisers – but we think that you are supposed to claim the purchase to your local tax district and pay them sales tax.
These are some amazingly beautiful custom made curtains and drapery in your choice of pleat and lining options, including Blackout Lined!! Look at these hand-woven silks we just added at 31% Off! You could not buy the fabric and make your own drapes for what these cost! And they are all hand made right here in Orange County, USA! Don’t miss these amazing deals, most at more than Half Price!
Seriously, we are selling most off the drapes at or below our cost! Have you seen the Edge-Banded Estate Linen Drapes with gorgeous banding? They’re Now 70% OFF! You could not make your own drapes at these prices! We are clearing out the warehouse for the end of the year. Grab these deals while you can, no coupon or code required!
We are happy to introduce Stefeny Stanyer as the newest addition to our DrapeStyle staff. Stefeny will be working as a design consultant providing sales support to our walk-in customers as well as phone sales. Stefeny has 5+ years experience as a window treatment specialist working primarily with Interior Designers on complex projects, combined with her formal education in Interior Design we are confident that she can provide expert assistance for our customers’ growing needs. With Stefeny now on board we are thrilled to offer in-home consultations to local customers who wish for extra guidance in designing their draperies and selecting their fabrics.
So we uploaded our new iPad App today to the Apple Store and we are really excited about it. The new app will be an update to our current version. The coolest feature of the new App is that you now order fabric samples online via the App!
We’ve also done some updating to the content of the app, featuring some great new images and added more drapery hardware and accessories like tassels and tie-backs. Still can’t order drapes from the app but, after all, that’ what we have the website for.
We really look forward to your feedback on the new App!
Not sure of what the significance of 12-12-12 is but I guess we should “celebrate” it? I saw on the morning news that thier is a rush for people to get married today so that their wedding license says “12-12-12″. So, for whatever it may be worth, “Happy 12-12-12″ from all of us at DrapeStyle!
So I was sitting in my local Restoration Hardware in Fashion Island last week. I really do love that store, they have really great stuff. I’m sitting in that new “aero” looking chair with the leather and stainless steel. Might be aluminum with the rivets showing. Really cool Howard Hughes looking chair. I really do love it.
So, I’m sitting there and next to me sitting on the matching couch to the chair is this really nice couple. They are speaking to one of the Sales Associates about buying some drapes for their large windows. Now look, if you are looking for ready-made drapes that are pretty good quality. And, you need them NOW, than by all means go visit your local Restoration Hardware and see what they have.
Now here is where things got a little bit off track. So, this Couple has extra long and extra wide windows that they need drapery for. So they are going to buy eight ready-made drapery panels from Restoration Hardware and have them sewn together. My ears have perked-up a bit. They do the calculations to figure out exactly how much coverage they need and determine the 8 panels will handle it. Sew 4 together for each side. I’m thinking this is pretty creative. They were not crazy about the rod-pocket pleat option or the fact that their local seamstress was going to charge them $300 to sew them all together but they were committed to the idea.
I’m still admiring the leather and aluminum chairs.
The next thing I know they are up at the register checking out. I hear the Sales Associate give them their total. It came to almost $2,000 for their Cotton / Linen Blend Drapes. Youser! Now on top of the $2,000 they are going to pay their seamstress to sew the panels together to make two large panels – keep in mind, these are still rod-pockets! They are spending $2,300 for ready-made drapes.
Of course I bit my tongue. Would not be polite to me to say something while I am sitting in Restoration. After all, I really do love their stuff. But let me get this off my chest. If you are going to buy ready-made drapery panels and sew them together to make larger panels, please call us. Tell us what you need and what your budget is. I will almost guarantee that the difference in price will be negligible and the quality will be much better. I promise. In the long-run you will be much, much happier.
Now, if you are looking for a really cool leather-aluminum chair, I can’t help you their, go to Restoration Hardware for sure.
Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom. I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does. Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.
DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China. We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others. We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.
Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made. It may make a difference to you.
Thanks as always.
DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California
The Holiday Season is upon us and our little drapery elves are working their little fingers off trying to get your curtains ready and shipped before the Holidays! We love this time of year. It is our busiest time for sure and our Seamstresses really do love when they have a ton of work to do. We are working 7 days per week in our workroom from now until all of our Christmas order commitments are shipped.
It is this time of year when we are really busy that we are really most thankful for all of the orders we get during the year. It is so gratifying to be able to employ such great People and make great product right here in the USA. Thank you to all of our Customers who have supported us for well over a decade.
So we launched a fresh new site design last week, really hope you like it. Our goal is to provide you with more great information on our custom made drapery and curtain products and show you more images of our products. We will never be “done” but I think we are always moving in the right direction.
We also finished the beta on our new iPad Application design. We updated it with more great drapery pictures and most importantly we have now integrated the ability for you to order fabric samples directly form the App. Most Retailers like DrapeStyle who have relied on a printed catalog for decades are looking to, or have already completely abandoned their print catalog. I don;t think that we will ever completely eliminate our catalog but having complimentary tools like our iPad App will only expand our presence in our Customers Homes. We really hope you enjoy the App and, if you still want the printed Catalog, it will always be available for you.
Thanks for your support and for our entire IT Team for their efforts.
We are so loving our Roman Shades and Roman Blinds at DrapeStyle. We’re having fun creating some great traditional and contemporary looks! Consider layering your Drapery over Roman Shades for great depth and contrast! Don’t forget to add blackout lining to roman shades and blinds as well!
DrapeStyle makes each Roman Blind and Roman Shade by Hand in California
We had a Designer create a nice illustration of our Cartridge Pleat Custom Curtains and Drapes. Just thought it might appeal to some of our Customers. Don’t know if we will use it for anything other than this Blog POst but I think the Artist did a really nice job.
Cartridge Pleat Drapes have been around forever and they are one of our more popular pleat options. Maybe because you can’t buy them at most big box retailers or a Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Etc. They take a special machine to make and they really do need a little extra care from our Seamstresses. They really are a very nice pleat and I often see them going into very high-end Hotels. Typically your Boutique Hotels.
I hop you like the image. We’ll be making them of each of our Custom Pleats soon.