Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

New Fabric Arrivals at DrapeStyle

We are getting some great new fabrics in all of the time at DrapeStyle.  We recently got some new Sunbrella Fabrics for our line of Custom Outdoor Drapery and Pillows.  Keep in mind, you can always use this versatile Sunbrella Fabric for almost any application including interior Roman Shade and Roller Shades.

Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut

We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.

Seattle, Sammamish, Bellevue

I remember spending a week up in Seattle during the month of May.  Went up for a wedding which was on Whidbey Island which was really one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to in the US.  I know that we were pretty close to Canada and when I think Canada, I think Cold.  And, yes, middle of May and it was freezing up there.  When I speak to Clients that we have up in the Pacific Northwest I always suggest that when they are considering their new Window Treatments to take that Seattle weather into consideration.  We always recommend our thermal blackout linings because in addition to being cold, Seattle is also wet.  Our Blackout Linings are made of a synthetic material that will not absorb moisture like many typical drapery linings.  Whenever a lining absorbs moisture it has the potential to create mold and mildew.  I hope that our well-insulated custom drapes are working to keep many a home warm and cozy during those long cold Seattle Winters.

Chicago

More and more often when Homeowners and Interior Designers are looking for custom silk drapes, custom linen drapes or Roman Shades they are thinking about DrapeStyle.  After-all, DrapeStyle has been selling custom drapes in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over a decade.  We’ve spent a great deal of time in Hinsdale, Riverside, Oak Park and Naperville measuring and installing amazing custom drapery for some of Chicago’s best Interior Designers.  Whether the homes are restoration, new construction or re-model, our Team of Designers can help you find the perfectly fitted custom drapery for any sized window including those extra long windows.

We also always recommend a well insulated and lined custom drapery for our Mid-Western Clients.  Our thick linings and interlinings can help eliminate drafts and better insulate windows and doors in the frigid cold Chicago winters!

Where to Buy Silk Drapes in Tucson, Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona

At DrapeStyle we may be a Southern California Based Company but we have a lot of heart and soul that still lives in Tucson.  We have several Employees that are from Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale, and, we sell a lot of custom drapery in Arizona.  Whether we are shipping boxes of custom drapes to the Sam Hughes Neighborhood in Tucson, DC Ranch in Scottsdale or even Oro Valley we have probably covered more ground in Southern and Central Arizona than any other drapery retailer.  As a matter of fact we are in the process of looking for a new drapery showroom location in Scottsdale.  So, if you are looking for custom drapes in Tucson, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Oro Valley or any other area of Southern Arizona – Wildcat or Sun Devil, than DrapeStyle is the right place.

 

Custom Drapes at Less Than Half Price?

If you are looking for probably the absolute best bargain in custom made silk and linen drapes you definitely need to check out THE | OUTLET by DrapeStyle.  In THE | OUTLET you wont just find half price drapes but you will find custom made designer quality drapery and accessories at discounts of up to 75% off retail.  How is this possible?  Well, in THE | OUTLET, we use first quality remnant fabrics and sample fabrics that we get from Mills to make gorgeous draperies that are often one of a kind.  We try to use all of the remnants we have including trims, banding and fringes to make some amazing creations that you are not going to find anywhere else.  And, most of them are better quality silk and less expensive than half price drapes and they include outdoor drapery, Roman Shades and even tassels, tie-backs and accessories.  The one caveat with THE | OUTLET and all of our sale items is that many are unique and in limited quantities, so if you see something you like, grab them fast!

Will My Silk Drapes Fade in The Sun?

A frequent Designer Dilemma is how to be sure that delicate and expensive fabrics are protected from the damaging UV Rays of the Sun.  We are frequently asked by our Clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes, they will.  We have Clients who purchase luxurious blue silk drapes, yellow silk drapes or our deep red silk drapes and are understandably concerned about fading of the rich colors in the fabrics.  The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight.  If possible we always suggest “blackout” lining as the blackout material is comprised of a sythetic membrane that is almost 100% inpenatrable from the sun.  Blackout lining is the best way to protect you silk drapes, or any drapery fabrics from fading.  In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets from fading as well.  Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves.  Most of the better Interior Decorators will almost always suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their Clients.  They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset Client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.

Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition. Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done. We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own. For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows. When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process. Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation. Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free. Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths. After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric. If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice. It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice. Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission. You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person. If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience. At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”. When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction. When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.

When it comes to selecting custom window treatments it is always best to call a qualified Designer or Retailer early.

Why Custom Silk Drapery Prices are Rising

If you are waiting for the perfect time to buy your custom made drapery for your home, hotel or business, there may never be a better time than right now.  The truth is that, when it comes to custom silk drapes or Roman Shades, the price of raw silk from India is climbing every month.  In fact, prices of silk fabrics have increased 20% from 2013 to 2014.  The reason for the increase is complicated but the short story is that most of the worlds silk fabrics are woven in India.  India has been the world leader in producing silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.  The problem that India has, however, is that they rely on China for the “raw silk”.  Raw Silk is harvested from Silk Works who naturally produce raw silk.  The raw silk is harvested just like any other natural product would be – and it is susceptible to environmental forces.  Too much rain, too little rain, too much heat or too little heat effects production.  No different really than how Midwest and Southwest Farmers in the US harvest cotton.  The difference is that the raw silk comes from the silk work, so it is really more analogous to harvesting milk from cows.  Unfortunately the weather in China in recent years has not been optimal for silk worm production.

The second and more serious long-term issue facing India’s Silk Production is the rise of China’s Middle Class.  As little as 15 years ago their was a very small segment of China’s population who would even consider buying products made of Silk.  Today the economy in China is booming and the middle-class is exploding.  With this new found wealth, more Chinese are buying products made in Silk.  Families are buying traditional Chinese Kimonos made in silk rather than polyester or a cheaper blend of synthetic materials.  As this portion of China’s Economy Grows, they are demanding more of the Products and Services that once were considered “Export Only”.  As a result, China is keeping the majority of best quality of Raw Silk for themselves.  The lower quality Raw Silk is now sent to India where the Mills have much more difficulty yielding good quality silk fabrics in high volume.  Thus, prices go up.

The global impact of China’s rising Middle-Class and the increased demand for aspirational products and services is that the price of those products and services will rise around the world.  When you consider that China has the largest population on the planet, even minute increases in domestic consumption can send shock-waves around the world.

What does this mean to US Consumers of products like Silk Drapes?  It means that prices will only be increasing for the foreseeable future.

 

DrapeStyle To The Trade

Our To-The-Trade Program has never been stronger at DrapeStyle.  We’ve been making custom drapery for some of the best Designers in the US and Canada for over a decade for good reason.  When you work with DrapeStyle on your Custom Drapery Project you will be working with a trained, experienced Designer to help you specify the perfect drapery.  At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People” but Designers who are not paid on commission.  Our Designers want to make sure that you look as good as you can for your Clients.  We are experienced in custom drapery and Roman Shades for Homeowners as well as Commercial and Hospitality Clients.  And, we have a network of over 100 Installers who can help ensure that your project is completed properly, on-time and on-budget.  If you are a Professional Interior Designer who wants to work with our Team please call Stefeny Stanyer at 800-760-8257 ext 115 and Partner with DrapeStyle!

No Interest Financing & No Payments for 6 Months

For a limited time you can buy your custom drapes at DrapeStyle and enjoy No Interest and No Payments for Six Months when you choose Bill Me Later as your payment method.  Bill Me Later is a PayPal Company and is providing this excellent financing offer through selected PayPal Merchants.  We think it’s a great deal for our Customers as they can get more of the custom made silk, linen and velvet drapes or Roman Shades they need now and stretch their budget with no-interest.  This Program is subject to certain restrictions and we encourage you to visit the Bill Me Later page for all of the details.

The Simple White Silk Drape

When we look at all of the custom drapery style that we make and sell everyday here at DrapeStyle we make some observations.  One truth that we see year-after-year in our business, as interior design trends change, is that there are a few styles that endure.  Think of them as the short black cocktail dress of fashion.  In Drapery, one of the classic styles that is a cornerstone of interior design is the classic white silk drapes that we make month after month.  It just seems that in any length, width or pleat style, the simple white silk drapes seem to compliment any interior.  We make them for Homeowners, Designers and even hotels and restaurants.  You just can’t go wrong with classic elegance and versatility.  White is always a “Designers best friend”.  It may often seem to be the “safe choice” but often times it is the best choice.  It has certainly proven itself to be an enduring classic for many, many years.

Oh, you may also want to try them paired with Sheers, Roman Shades, Roller Shades or even Shutters!

 

White Silk Drapes

The Classic White Silk Drapery

Shipping our Drapery Worldwide

Once in a while we like to give thanks where and when thanks are due.  Just call it good Karma.  It’s no secret that DrapeStyle not only ships extra long custom drapery valances and Roman Shades all over the US and Canada, but we also ship them Worldwide.  We ship custom drapes to Australia, Japan, France, Switzerland and even China!  Whenever we have one of these shipments going that requires some custom boxing or crating we always call the folks at Airway Packing for help.  They build our custom boxes and crates to perfect specs and they know exactly what the Customs requirements are for each Country that we are shipping too.  So, like a few weeks ago when we needed to ship a crate of long custom made drapes to Australia, the folks at Airway made us the perfect create to make sure that they arrived safely and made it through Customs without delay.  Thanks very much to Todd and his Crew at Airway.

custom drapes Australia

At DrapeStyle we ship our custom made drapery, roman shades and valances all over the world,

Bill Me Later

Bill Me Later is a PayPal Company that provides point of sale financing for Products which are purchased through qualifying Stores.  DrapeStyle has been offering Bill Me Later for the last 18 months and we really believe that the service adds a great deal of value for our Clients.  Since our typical transaction size is larger than an average online retailer, DrapeStyle Customers can get Free Financing on their custom drapery and window treatments when they use Bill Me Later.  The “No Payments-No Interest” Program offered by Bill Me Later to DrapeStyle Customers let’s our Clients get more of our Products while deferring payments and interest.  It’s really a great offer.

Los Angeles and the Valley

Yep, it’s true, the best place to get an incredible deal on amazing Designer Quality Custom Drapery is not in LA, or the San Fernando Valley.  And, it’s not in Downtown LA either.  For over a decade the best Designers in LA and the Valley have been buying their custom made draperies in Orange County at DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has made more silk and linen drapes for Hollywood Celebrity homes that any other Drapery Manufacturer, period.  Why?  Probably because Designers trust our Team of Designers and Installers, plus, we own our own Workroom, our own equipment and we have a staff of the most talented Seamstresses in the United States and Canada.  We have celebrity Clients who insist that our Seamstresses make the drapes that go into their estate homes in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Shady Canyon, Lake Sherwood, Calabasas, Newport Coast, Laguna Beach and Pelican Hill just to name a few.  We aren’t going to drop names because we value the privacy of our Clients but we feel confident that we’ve made more drapery for Sports Stars, Movies Stars and Celebrities than any other drapery retailer in America.

 

 

HGTV Junkie

Ok – We admit it.  We are all HGTV Junkies at DrapeStyle!  We have a couple of Camps here too.  Some are a little “Old School” and love to watch Candice Olson.  Candice has done some amazing things in the Fabric World and we actually carry some of her Fabrics that she made in conjunction with one of our favorite Mills, Kravet. The Canadian born Olson seems to have really “blown-up” since her original days on HGTV and we see her everywhere now.  Could not be happier for her.

A couple of us in the office can’t get enough of of the Minneapolis native Nicole Curtis.  We love her and we love the amazing things she does with older mid-west homes.  No doubt that some us think that Nicole is the “next big thing” for both the DIY Channel and HGTV.

We haven’t had the chance to work with either of them yet but we really hope that when Candice Olson or Nicole Curtis think Custom Drapery they think DrapeStyle!

New York City

Have you ever considered that the best place to buy luxury custom made drapery and Roman Shades in New York City may not even be in New York?  That’s right, if you ask a lot of Interior Designers and Decorators they will tell you that you may not find the best value in custom drapery in SoHo, or on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side or even in Mid-Town.  Nope, the best value in window treatments in New York may be in California.  At DrapeStyle we have sold thousands of custom draperies, Roman Shades and drapery hardware all over New York City.  As a matter of fact, we’ve been the Designers Secret Source for Window Treatments for over a decade.  At DrapeStyle we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality custom made drapery at the best value possible.  We feature fabrics from all of the leading Mills in the US and Europe as well as our own line of premium imported silk fabrics.  Each panel is made to order in our own Workroom by a staff of talented Seamstresses who have, on average, over 20 years of hand-making couture luxury drapery for Homeowners and Designers all over the US and Canada, including many in New York City.  So, if you are looking for premium custom drapery in New York City don’t look for a Store, just look online for DrapeStyle.com!

How Much are Custom Drapes?

We get this question all of the time.  The answer, depends.  At DrapeStyle all we do it make quality custom made drapes from scratch, everyday.  Our draperies range in price from as little as $199/panel for a simple solid linen, silk or cotton to over $1,000 per panel for some of our Schumacher Fabrics.  We like to think that we can really help you get high quality custom draperies for any budget.  In fact, if you are looking for drapery from a major retailer like Ethan Allen or Restoration Hardware, you can probably buy 100% custom in your choice of pleat style, lining and width from DrapeStyle for the same price or even less.  How can we compete with the big retailers?  Well, for one reason, we don’t have a warehouse where we keep hundreds if not thousands of “ready-made” drapery panels.  All of that inventory is just really expensive.  Instead, we keep a small amount of fabric in stock and only order exactly what we need to make each set of drapes.  No excess inventory and no waste means, lower costs.  It’s just that simple.

Thanks for shopping DrapeStyle.

Extra Long Draperies

A Client called us with a common dilemma.  She had purchased a new home in a brand new Development in Orange County that was just completed by The Irvine Company.  The Irvine Company, like almost all current builders and developers are building new home with extremely tall windows.  We’ve visited some new Developments back east that were built by Toll Brothers that had windows that were almost 25 feet tall.  These are dramatic architectural design elements that are beautiful but certainly present a challenge when it comes to finding window treatments or drapery for extra long windows.  At DrapeStyle, we make drapery for these longer windows all of the time.  The reality is, you won’t be able to buy drapery at a retail store like Restoration Hardware that will accommodate these windows.

Another consideration when ordering these extra long drapes is making sure that the hardware that you select will support the weight of the draperies.  Drapes that are 10-20feet long are going to be quite heavy and there is just no way that a typical telescoping pole is going to support the weight of the drapes.  You will need to be sure that you are getting solid rods that are properly mounted to support the weight of the drapery fabric.

 

 

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

SoCo Orange County

Have you been to SoCo, The South Coast Collection in Orange County yet?  We’ve been spending some time there over the last 18 months and there really seems to be constant turnover.  At one point a couple of years ago we were considering opening a custom drapery store in SoCo but we just couldn’t pull the trigger.  The tenants that were there were very high-end and consistent with what we would consider our “peers” but we just didn’t see very much foot traffic.  And, the traffic we did see were mostly Students from the surrounding schools including the Paul Mitchell School in SoCo itself.

One of the Tenants that seemed to be a “cornerstone” Tenant for SoCo was Pal + Smith.  Pal + Smith is a Newport Beach based Design Firm who was one of the first to move into SoCo.  I was surprised when I noticed they had moved out of their premier location just off the central courtyard.  I understand that they have relocated out of SoCo to new location on Baker street in Costa Mesa.

The restaurants seem to be doing well at SoCo.  I haven’t been during dinner hours but I know when I stop during lunch time they seem to be thriving.

The OC Mix which is part of SoCo is a very hip and unique concept.  The Mix features a compilation of small “micro-showrooms” all under one roof.  While originally most of the showrooms were all focused around Home Decor, I have noticed a more eclectic mix now ranging from designer sunglasses to beach cruiser bicycles.  The even have a very trendy lingerie store.

We do really love spending time at SoCo, including the weekends when they have the Farmers Market take over most of the parking lot.  Burnham really did a great job in re-purposing this once forgotten space.

French Pleated Custom Drapery

The French Pleat is one of the oldest and most classic pleat styles for custom made curtains or drapery.  The French Pleat is also known as a Pinch Pleat and these two terms are often used interchangeably.  The French Pleat is formed by creating three folds at the top of the drapery panel.  These three folds are then “pinched” about three inches down from the top of the drapery panel and tacked using a industrial sewing machine.  The three folds are then fanned out at the the top forming a fluted fan.  When forming the pleat it is important to fold all layers of the drapery fabric including the buckram, lining and interlining.  These layers will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for a typical sewing machine to penetrate.  You will need to use an industrial machine known as a “Tacker” to be able to penetrate all of the layers of fabrics.

One of our Classic Drapery Pleat Tackers we use everyday at DrapeStyle.  Yes, this machine was actually made in Leeds England!

 

Drapery Pleat Tacker

Image of One of Our Classic Industrial Drapery Pleat Tacking Machines

French Drapery Pleat Style

French Drapery Pleat Style by DrapeStyle