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

Moving Jobs and Draperies to Charlotte from Los Angeles

It really is a sign of the times.  It seems that the migration of jobs out of Los Angeles and California in general continues.  Our small business has experienced some of our Employees and Contractors moving from Orange County and Los Angeles to Charlotte North Carolina.  We are in the business of designing and making custom draperies for a wide variety of Customers.  We sell our Drapery throughout the US and Canada to Homeowners and Designers.  We had a small niche which was selling Drapery to Television and Movie Production Companies and Set Designers in Los Angeles.  We’ve been in this business for many years.  About three years ago the Set Design potion of our business started a steady decrease in revenue.  It’s not that Production Companies no longer needed drapery for their TV or Movie Sets but, those Sets and Productions were simply moving out of LA and California.

Where did all of the Production go?  Well, a lot of it went to Canada where Production Crews are “Non-Union” and much less expensive than their Hollywood counterparts.  We also saw a decent migration of the Productions that we made custom drapery for move to Charlotte.  By moving to Charlotte, Production Companies were able to enjoy lower taxes and wages than LA and not have to manage with cross-border issues when going to Canada.  Sadly for DrapeStyle, we actually had one of our very best Drapery Installers move to Charlotte from Orange County.  Like the Entertainment Industry, Bill is now enjoying a much lower cost of living, lower taxes and better lifestyle than when he was here in Southern California.  With so much TV Production moving to the Carolina’s we may end up opening a new drapery workroom there to support the industry.  I can’t help but to think of the irony as so much of the drapery and textile world was born in North Carolina only to leave for places like Mexico and China.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring many of those jobs back to that part of the Country?

Marlboro to Moorestown and Cherry Hill New Jersey

On our way to Central and South New Jersey next week for a great little photo shoot for our next Catalog.  We’ll be visiting a couple drapery installations we did in Marlboro and Manalpan and then heading toward Philadelphia.  The Clients in Marlboro purchased a new home in 2009 and we’ve completed making the custom drapes for their entire home.  We’ll shoot there as well as Manalpan in mid April.

Once we complete our two day photo shoot we’ll be heading over to Haddonfield and Cherry Hill where we will be meeting with some of our Designers that we have worked with over years.  They have been asking us to open a custom drapery store in the Philadelphia and Cherry Hill area for a long time.  There are some great locations in Haddonfield, Moorestown and the Cherry Hill areas.  Plus, we get do to some grocery shopping at Wegmans!  Princeton is also a consideration.

Currently our Shop at Home service is really busy in New Jersey and New York.  Until the Stores are open we always invite our Clients to use the Shop at Home Service.  Our Shop at Home Program allows you to see samples of our drapery fabrics and linings and get some great advice from a Professional Interior Designer.  One of the many benefits of shopping in your own home is that you can really spend the time to coordinate your drapery fabrics with your other furnishings.  And, having a Designer there to help with the process is always a plus.

While in New Jersey we’ll also be looking at a new custom drapery workroom that we are considering the purchase of.  Having a workroom in New Jersey would help us get our custom drapes and shades to Clients in New York and New Jersey faster than ever.

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Charlotte and Matthews North Carolina

We were driving from Matthews on our way through Ballantyne going to see some amazing homes in Dilworth and Myers Park.  The drive, and shopping in Ballatyne is really great, tons of new stores being built.  We found a little drapery store tucked into a unique store in Ballantyne Commons.  The Store is basically a group of small showrooms who rent space within one retail store in a nice new shopping center.  It really is a great concept.  The one thing that is a little odd is that the stores are not typically staffed with someone to help you or answer questions.  I think that when it comes to purchasing custom drapes like those we sell a DrapeStyle this concept probably wouldn’t work.  But, if you just want to get a couple ready made, simple panels it’s probably a good spot for you.

We left Ballantyne Commons and headed to Myers Park.  This is such a gorgeous and regal old community which is in the process of a “revival”.  Myers Park, reminded us of Hindsdale or Naperville outside of Chicago.  These communities are within a 15 minute commute to downtown Chicago or, in the case of Myers Park and Dilworth, Charlotte.  The downtown areas are full of well-paying jobs which are now primarily in the Financial Services industries with, in the case of Charlotte, the Headquarters of some major banks such as Bank of America.

Many of the young executives at these firms are buying older homes in Dilworth and Myers Park and completely renovating them.  These classic homes, which were originally built in the 18th Century are getting complete makeovers and many of them are nothing short of fabulous.  We had the chance to tour some of the homes with a Real Estate friend who lives in the area.  We fell in love with the classic architecture and style of these homes and we were happy to see that most of the renovations are in keeping with the time-period and style of the area.  Like in Hinsdale and Naperville, there is a little conflict with the older established residents who are opposed to any change but, for the most part, folks seem to be co-existing.

We visited the home of a DrapeStyle Client from years ago.  We had made her some long custom drapes in Taffeta Silk that hang over her extra large living room windows.  She used a traverse rod and layered sheers behind the silk drapes.  In the morning she loves to open the draperies and leave the sheers closed.  From her kitchenette she can just see the outline of the hundred year old oak tree which stands proudly in her from yard.  We suggested that she line the silk drapes with blackout lining and she is happy that she did.  At night she closes the long silk drapes which block our nearly all of the light and occasional street noise from passing cars.  What a lovely day in the Greater Charlotte area.  We are so lucky to have such great clients down here which gives us a great opportunity to visit these historic neighborhoods and homes.

 

 

 

Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Daniel Island

We were down in one our most favorite Cities in America recently.  The Queen City Herself, Charleston South Carolina.  We just love Charleston and Charleston has always been a DrapeStyle kind of town!  It’s no wonder, the homes in Charleston are simply to die for.  We toured some of the Cities most historic homes and then went out to look at some of the new homes being built in communities like Ion in Mt. Pleasant.  Amazing Low Country homes with huge porches on two and three levels overlooking lovely town squares and parks for the children.  We were joined by a Designer who we have worked with for years and had a chance to see some of the custom window treatments that we have made for her and her Clients.  We love the style of Charleston and we love their taste in custom drapery.

After Touring Ion and Mt. Pleasant we took a ride over the Wando River to one of my most favorite places in the United States, Daniel Island, South Carolina.  We fell in love with Daniel Island back in the late 90′s when we almost purchased a home site there.  We discovered it when Coastal Living Magazine had their “Showhome” on the Island.  At the time they were just developing the Island and I thought that it would be a great location for a custom drapery store (this was pre-DrapeStyle).  I remember touring some of the model homes and loving the wide pine planked floors and lovely porches.  It seemed like there was a golf course at the end of each street.  Back then you could buy a “premium” lot for about $45,000.  And that was just too much money for us.

Today we visit Daniel Island whenever we are in the Charleston Area.  We would love to find a Home in Charleston or Daniel Island that we could use for a Catalog Shoot at some point but in the meantime we’ll keep shipping our drapery and Roman Shades down there.  The Folks in South Carolina also love their Valances as well.  So, if you are in Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Daniel Island or anywhere in South Carolina we really appreciate your support of DrapeStyle and ask you to remember us when your are next in the market for your gorgeous set of custom drapes!

 

Dallas, Flower Mound, McKinney and North Texas

We had a chance to tour some homes in North Texas and Flower Mound Texas.  Builders like Toll Brothers, David Weekley, Lennar and Darling are building some wonderful communities there.  We love to visit these new Communities while we are out speaking to Installers and Designers in the area.  We have a great affinity with Flower Mound and some of these builders as there homes always seem to be perfect fits for our custom drapery and Roman Shades.  On this trip we were looking at some locations for a photo shoot.  We love to shoot down in Texas because the style of most of the homes there are really a great match for DrapeStyle.  And, let’s face it, there are worse places to have to work than Dallas.

We looked at some homes in West Park, McKinney and Dallas.  All great areas and the homes there are just gorgeous.  Incredibly high ceilings, long windows and amazing architecture and style.  Builders like Toll Brothers are building some very high quality homes and when these Homeowners and Designers think of custom window treatments we love that they are very often thinking of DrapeStyle.

Custom Drapery in Houston and The Woodlands Texas

It really never seems to amaze us.  Year after year when we look at where we ship most of our Custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Valances Houston and The Woodlands in particular are always at the top of the list.

We recently took a business trip to Houston where we stayed at the historic and charming Houstonian Hotel in downtown.  What a wonderful and quaint hotel.  We also stayed at the stylish Magnolia which is also in Downtown Houston.  The service at both hotels was wonderful and we spent a great deal of time talking about window treatments there.

We had some extra time so we took a ride out to The Woodlands where have sold so many draperies over the years.  We had a chance to tour The Woodlands which is a wonderful master planned Community about 45 minutes drive from Houston.  The homes in The Woodlands are nothing short of amazing.  Most are huge estate sized (or shall I say “Texas Sized”?).  Huge windows with some amazing drapery in all styles from traditional to ornate to contemporary.  We really love to have the opportunity to work with so many Designers and Homeowners in Houston and The Woodlands on their Custom Drapery Projects.  We also spend a lot of time with folks in Kingwood which, similar to The Woodlands is another amazing master planned community just outside of Houston.  We will be looking at opening a location in the future in either The Woodlands, Kingwood or in Downtown Houston.

In the meantime we have some great installers in Houston and The Woodlands for measuring and installations services.

Speaking of Houston, the homes in the University area are amazing as well.  Love the charm and character of Houston and the Texas Sized hospitality we always seem to find there.

 

Design Delema, 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.  At DrapeStyle we only hire Sales Designers who have completed advanced classes at either Design Schools (Such as Interior Designers Institute (IDI) in Newport Beach) or a 4-year University.  We love to bring in Interns who are Students at IDI and then, after they graduate, have them come on as full-time Sales Designers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short and Sweet Reviews

We just love when we get little tiny short and unsolicited reviews from our Customers. There are like tiny little hugs.

Although we don’t like “bad reviews” and, yes, we get them. Making custom drapes is as much an Art as it is a “Science” and sometimes we make mistakes. Our process for poor reviews is more important than the process for good reviews for obvious reasons. When we get a poor review we embrace it and try to learn from it. We share it Company Wide. And then, we meet and to discuss it and determine “what happened” and “how to make sure it never happens again”. The reality of the matter is that everyone is going to get the occasional bad review. They should really be looked at as “learning opportunities”. What we learn from them is often priceless.

Here is a nice one from today..

Just installed my drapes and they look great and fit perfectly. Thanks to your company’s assistance I was able to get the correct dimensions. Will be recommending your website.

Keep them coming and thanks for reading.

Custom Window Valance

We love to make custom window valances at DrapeStyle.  There is so much variety of what we can do in terms of adding trims and fringes you are really only limited by your imagination.  Our Seamstresses have been making valances for decades and they make a great compliment to your window treatments.  We will often make valances to compliment your drapery and add a little extra detail to completing your room.

Valances are also a good option when combined with custom made Roman Shades which can be layered under the valance to add privacy.

At DrapeStyle, our custom made valances and window treatments are available in any length, width or fabric that we offer.  Please call one of our Designers who can help you design your next set of window treatments and provide some great professional design advice.

 

Window Valance

Adding a Trim Detail to a Custom Made Window Valance

 

 

Custom Made Shower Curtains

Yep.  We’ve done it before and yes, we can still do it.  If you are looking from some really unique custom made shower curtains, chances are we can make them for you.  We don’t offer them online but if you call one of our Designers at 800-760-8257 we’ll be happy to discuss some options with you.

 

 

Interior Designer Advice, Selecting Your Curtain and Drapery Fabric

I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric  for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality.  There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.

1.  Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.  You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that you will attach to the leading drapery rings.  The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric.

If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse.  Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons.  You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.

Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”.  Grom-O-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel.  There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric.

If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them hung and “dressed” by your Installer.  For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from.  You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

2.  The second major consideration is sun exposure.  How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too?  If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection.  You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined.  Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time.  You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric.  The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel.  If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want  to consider blackout lining.  Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.

Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy.  If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight.  Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive.  Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them.  This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.

3.  Outdoor Curtains and Drapery.  When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella.  Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices.  The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would.  Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Outdoor Drapery Fabric Options

The New DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

Our Designers have selected some gorgeous new fabrics for our new Luxe Drapery Collection by DrapeStyle.  These fabrics are unique and some are exclusive to DrapeStyle.  We have small quantities from a variety of smaller boutique Fabric Houses and we really love them.  Hope you do too.

Our first selections are gorgeous thick woven velvet and a embroidered poly featuring a infinity knot embellishment.  Order fabric samples quickly as these fabrics won’t last long!

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Custom Roman Shade Styles

Love the look of drapery but don’t have a lot of space, roman shades are the solution. Roman shades are a timeless compliment to finish off your windows. DrapeStyle custom makes all of our Roman Shades here in our Costa Mesa workroom. Flat Roman Shades are our most requested style and are featured on our website .  We also offer 4 additional styles that will be added to our site in the coming weeks.
Flat Roman – neat and clean our Flat Roman shade works well with any décor. When lowered the shade is flat with no horizontal seams.
Relaxed Shade – the relaxed bottom of the shade offers a sophisticated softness while keeping the tailored look of the flat roman style.
London Shade – gathered at the sides the London shade presents a casual elegance & softness. When lowered the balloon shape is visible at the bottom of the shade.
Cascade – constructed with evenly spaced horizontal pockets reinforced with rods the Cascade Shade is a beautifully structured option.  Similar to the Flat Roman the Cascade offers a flat tailored front.
Pleated – soft pockets or horizontal folds are the trademark of our Pleated Shade. The Pleated Shade shade provides uniform structure with a contemporary softness.
Roman shades can be made in any of our fabrics. We also have the ability to add trimmings, contrast banding & borders. The combinations are limitless.

 

London Roman Shade Style

London Roman Shade Style

Relaxed Roman Shade Style

Relaxed Roman Shade Style

Cascade Roman Shade Style

Cascade Roman Shade Style

Pleated Roman Shade Style

Pleated Roman Shade Style

Flat Roman Shades by DrapeStyle

Flat Roman Shades by DrapeStyle

Selecting the Perfect Drapery Pleat Style

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

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

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

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

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…

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