Kravet Celebrates 100 Years

Kravet celebrates their 100th anniversary.  Read more about this incredible company:

The storied tale of Kravet Inc.’s 100-year-old history starts in 1903. Samuel Kravet arrived in New York City from Russia. With a passion for men’s fashion and luxury tailoring, he started selling buttons, elastics and zippers for apparel. He would often visit the luxurious homes of his clients, which inspired a new endeavor: trimmings, tassels and tie-backs for the home.

Kravet Fluid Quince
Kravet Fluid Quince
Woven together through the years thread by thread with people, places and passion, Kravet has grown in size. All the while remaining true to its founding principles: extraordinary quality, unwavering integrity, and uncompromising commitment to the industry.
Kravet Riad Clove
Kravet Riad Clove
Five generations and 100 years later, these same principles continue to act as Kravet’s guiding light. Style curators search far and wide to supply only the finest, most luxurious and unique product in the world.
Every idea and vision is stitched together. Each piece an essential fiber in our vibrant tapestry, to tell one story.
Kravet Prospect Shadow
Kravet Prospect Shadow
Along the way, they have expanded. This includes a distinct global style, exhibited perfectly by brands Lee Jofa, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils.
Their commitment to innovation continues with its latest venture, CuratedKravet.com.  Designers can find an edited selection of finished products. They are available for an easy shopping experience and in some cases shipping within days of placing an order. On this centennial celebration, Kravet honors its history and looks to its future – which is as bright as the brilliant people who make Kravet what it is today.
DrapeStyle is proud to feature Kravet fabrics and we congratulate them on their milestone.  DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years. We make each drape, each Roman shade and each pillow, by hand. We use the finest fabrics such as those manufactured by Kravet. We, too, make our products with extraordinary quality, and unwavering integrity. Please join us in congratulating them on their 100th anniversary. For more information on Kravet or to order samples, please contact us.
DrapeStyle Team Members
DrapeStyle Team Members

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Baby It’s Cold Outside-Why You Need Interlining!

With the arrival of the cold winter months, having the heat on all the time is tempting although it could be extremely costly and environmentally damaging especially for home with our double insulated windows.

It’s been said that heating accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption while the cost of running an average three-bedroom home exceeds the average mortgage or rent payment.

This figure is likely to skyrocket as winter comes. For poorly insulated or homes of larger sizes; there are ways to maximize what you’re paying for and keep your home warm without having to spend a fortune on heating.

Add flannel or bump interlining to your drapes to prevent heat loss

With poorly insulated or single glazing windows, constant heating is required to maintain a warm temperature in the home as heat can easily escape through the gaps and even the seal of good window frames can degrade over time.

Flannel lined drapes are a great way to save on energy bills as the additional layer can help retain warmth inside a room during the colder weather. With extra layers of flannel or bump interlining, the thicker lining also adds fullness and body to the drapes which creates a more luxurious look.

Similarly, interlining can actually block heat from coming in during the warmer weather. This style of lining is great for keeping your room at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons. They also have the added benefits of being blackout and noise reducing.

Flannel or Bump interlining is placed between the fabric and the lining. It adds body and insulation to the drape. For an additional fee, DrapeStyle can add either to your draperies. Order samples here to see for yourself what a difference adding interlining can add to your drapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your curtains and drapes shut at night

To maximize the heating, shut your drapes so that the warmth can be retained as much as possible. Most studies suggest 18.5ºC or 65ºF as the optimal temperature for sleeping while temperatures below 12 ºC or 54ºF and above 23.8 ºC or 75ºF is said to be disruptive.

Use door curtains

I’ve always lived in the South West, so I’ve never thought of this, but it makes since if you live in a colder climate. Use door curtains for maximum coverage and keep the cold air out while giving your home a polished look upon entrance. Although useful and convenient, draught excluders are only able to provide a bottom seal whereas door curtains can cover all gaps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on interlining, see our lining guide or contact us. We are happy to help you determine what would best suit your drapery needs.


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Layering with Sheer Voile

What is Voile?

Voile is a French word, pronounced “vwahl”. The definition; a light, plain-weave, sheer fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool used especially for making dresses and curtains. Sheer draperies may be used alone, or layer for a more luxurious look.

 

Think Practical

Voile curtains give the feeling of a bright and spacious interior. Plus, they are easy to incorporate in any room of the home. These 100% polyester sheers are perfect for layering behind a pair of decorative curtains to block out light in the evening while also maintaining your privacy.

 

 

Embrace Pattern

Patterned voile draperies are a fantastic way to create a point of focus that draws your eye. Voile fabrics come in a variety of styles and interesting patterns. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add pattern and color to a room.

 

Opt for Understated

The opposite of adding voile curtains to attract attention; you can also layer voile curtains to create an understated finish without having to purchase multiple sets of new curtains – an affordable option if your curtains are made-to-measure.

Layering with Shades

If you have roman shades or blinds on your windows, using sheers as your draperies will soften the look while adding a layer of texture. Using Roman shades or blinds will provide the privacy you need while the sheers can help diffuse the light.

Whether you’re looking to add privacy to your home, create a focal point in a room, or reduce the vibrancy of your patterned or colorful drapes, voile drapes are an excellent, versatile choice. Layering can be done in stages, as your budget allows.

If you have any questions about Voile curtains, please contact us or view our sheer drapes here. At DrapeStyle, our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies. Paired with the best fabrics and quality service, you will be pleased with the results.


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OUR BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!

Start the New Year out with our BIGGEST sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery! Please see our sale page for more details.

Striped Silk Taffeta Drapes
Striped Silk Drapes with tassel with puddle on the floor creating a elegant designer Look.

We import the highest quality silks and linens available. Our Striped Taffeta is a gorgeous heavy weight silk with rich colors and texture which make incredibly elegant drapery.

Dupioni Silk in Nutmeg

Solid Silk Dupioni is so versatile. We love to coordinate silk with linen for a great depth of color and texture.

Start with any of our classic or Estate Solid Linen and then select your banding linen fabric and we’ll make you a gorgeous creation you won’t find anywhere else.

Estate Linen in oatmeal with coffee banding

Finishing touches. Our iron and stainless steel hardware are made in California by a family owned workshop. Each piece is hand-made to order and is available in a large variety of finishes. Hardware to drapes is like the jewelry to your ball gown.

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At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Pantone Color of the Year

ANNOUNCING PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET, PANTONE® COLOR OF THE YEAR 2018.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.

To read more, visit: https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

Color of the Year 2018 Color Chips


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Gold Rush

I have to admit that when I first saw this gold trend my mind immediately went to the early 90’s shiny tacky brass. But this isn’t the brass and glass colonial chandelier you had hanging over your dining table. Today’s gold fixtures have been updated to look sleek and contemporary. Warm hues as accent pieces or hardware, in a satin finish.

Go for the gold in the bathroom-knobs, drawer pulls, towel rings and wall sconces all come in beautiful golden hues. Replacing your plumbing fixtures can be an easy and inexpensive way to add a little gold to your home.

Wallpaper with shine. Adding a gold wallpaper will add depth and richness to your room and adds a focal point to your space.

It’s sleek, it’s sophisticated and it’s stunning. Metallic accents can add a pop of glam and sophistication to your home. Try adding metallics to a dark painted room. The shine from the metal will add drama and shine to your room.

Adding metallics to your home can help create a focal point, or add a feeling of luxury and glamour. DrapeStyle has many fabrics that can compliment your gold accents. Please view our fabrics for ideas and designs. Contact us for more information and ideas. DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies, curtains, Roman shades and pillows for 15 years. We have a team of talented seamstresses that can make just about anything you dream up. Contact us for more information.


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Cyber Monday Deals Start NOW!

DrapeStyle is offering $100 off all online drapes, Roman shades, pillows and drapery hardware purchased today!

Shop deep discounts on custom window treatments including, drapes, curtains and Roman shades AND receive $100 off your order of $999 or more.

There’s no better time to shop-save up to 20% on all our drapes and curtains, including silkslinen and cotton and refresh your home by adding new window treatments. With over 500 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find something that will compliment your home. Want to view fabric samples before you buy? Order fabrics samples and use the code “SAMPLES” at checkout to get your first $10 in samples for free.

Choose from options such as velvet trimfabric bandingtassels and tie backs. Customize your drapes even further with blackout lining or bump interlining and make your drapes work for you by cutting down heating and cooling costs.

Shop our Cyber Monday sales and online deals comfortably at home on your PC or laptop, or on the go from your tablet or cell phone. You’ll receive $100 off your order and you won’t have to brave the crazy crowds! Shop now because this offer ends at midnight tonight!

Need a little advice? We’re here to help. Our design consultants will help you design the perfect pair of drapes or roman shades. Contact us at: 800.760.8257 or question@drapestyle.com

VIEW CYBER MONDAY DEALS

*$100 discount applies to new orders over $999 only, cannot be used with any other coupon. Use coupon code “CYBER” at checkout. Shipping charges may apply. Offer expires November 27, 2017.


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Easy Autumn Updates

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Living Room Drapes with a six inch puddle.

Warm colors

As the weather cools you want to be cozy inside, so use warm colors to make your home feel inviting. There’s a bit of psychology going on here. We favor cool colors like blue and green during the hot months because they help us think of water and shady lawns. So during the cool months, use warm colors like red and yellow to conjure up warm fires hot drinks, and cozy blankets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texture

This is a good way to warm up a space with neutral color palette. Touch a piece before you decide on it-it’s the tactile fell various materials, such as rustic wood tables, scratchy woven baskets, bumpy sisal rugs and soft fur blankets.

Striped Dupioni Silk in Veranda 14 with French Pleat.

 

Pattern

We associate fall with textiles like burlap, fleece an wool not only for their warmth but also for the bold patterns like plaids and stripes that come with them. Plaid is a classic fall choice that turns any room into a fall-friendly atmosphere, whether with throw pillows, blankets or prints on the wall.

Striped Silk Taffeta Drapes
Striped Silk Drapes in Milano Lucia with a tassel creating an elegant designer look.

Natural Elements

No fall decor is complete without a few pumpkins, gourds and fall leaves. Go outside and hunt around for bits of nature you can bring inside to display on your coffee table, scatter over your dining table centerpiece or put in a bowl on the mantel.

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Custom Linen Drapes in Napa Chocolate with Parisian Pleat

Enticing Scents

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, chai-these are the scents of fall. Brew cups of tea to get you in the mood, and place batches of potpourri or candles around your home. You can also make a batch of spiced rum or cider to fill the house with the delicious scent.

If you are interested in updating your home with warm autumn tones, please visit our website. We have a variety of different fabrics and colors in autumn tones. We offer free fabric samples and free shipping*. Please see our website for more details or contact us for more information.


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Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year-Oceanside

We are loving Sherwin Williams color of the year! Oceanside is a bold, beautiful, deep color that will make a statement in any room in your home!

2018 Color of the Year

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is our 2018 Color of the Year. A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

It is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.

Using the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, you can explore the Color of the Year and with the swipe of a finger see it on any wall.

Tag your Oceanside Twitter and Instagram posts with #SWCOLORLOVE or upload a photo.

2018 Key color combinations featuring Oceanside

Oceanside’s versatility allows it to play well with many colors. It is a bright counterpart to equally eye-catching colors like Exuberant Pink SW 6840 or Honey Bees SW 9018 or it can rest relaxingly alongside other blues like In the Navy SW 9178 or Adrift SW 7608. It is also the ideal companion for corals and copper metallic tones because of its timeless association with nature.

 

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Window Treatments for the Bedroom

What to turn your bedroom into a luxurious retreat? Need room darkening drapes so you can sleep ’till noon? We can help!

Choose lightweight sheers for a comfortable, relaxed look. The natural light will make your space feel peaceful and airy. Choose linen sheers or lightweight polyester. Keep them unlined to let in lots of light.

 

 

For Spring and Summer try a floral drape. Fresh and bright, florals can add pattern and interest. Our Vern Yip, Candice Olson and Sarah Richardson Collections have many floral fabrics to choose from.

Many of our customers request room darkening drapes for their bedrooms. By adding blackout lining to your drapes or curtains, you can block out 95% of light. This can really improve your sleep, block out street lights, and enjoy sleeping in ’till noon! Cooling down your room will also happen if you purchase blackout drapes.

If you are especially sensitive to light or if you have young children that nap during the day, you may want to consider blackout drapes. You will sleep better in a cold, dark room.

Want a luxurious feel for your bedroom? Consider our 100% silk drapes. Available in 40 colors, you’re sure to find a shade that will compliment your room. Have them pool, or puddle on the floor to create a rich, luxurious look. Add 6″-12″ to the length of your drapes to create this classic, sumptuous look.

 

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Hardware Sale

 

 

 

 

It’s our BIGGEST sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery hardware! Please see our hardware page for more details.

Global Elements Hardware
Global Elements Hardware

Marrakesh inspired, our Global Elements drapery hardware collection mixes handcrafted metal with stunning distressed wood finishes that will give you the flexibility to create your own dynamic combinations. All of our drapery rods can be cut to your exact size prior to shipping.

Classic Minimalism Hardware

Our Classic Minimalism drapery collection adds a modern sophistication to your décor while keeping the overall look clean and understated.

Decorative Wood Hardware

Our Traditional Drapery Hardware Collection features classic finials, rings and hold backs for larger drapery poles. We can cut each rod to your specific specifications. Available in 6 designer finishes.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the US since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Save BIG as We Celebrate 15 Years of Success!

 

 

 

It’s our BIGGEST sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

 

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery! Please see our sale page for current pricing and more details.

Kravet has been one of the world’s leading design houses since 1918. Featuring collaborations wih designers like Thom Filicia, Lee Jofa, Candice Olson and Windosor Smith. Kravet continues to set the highest standards in quality and design.

The Classic Sheer never goes out of style. Choose a simple yet elegant flat panel or personalize them by adding an optional top band or custom pleat style.

Our Silk Hotel Collection is a bit contemporary with a bold single contrasting trim detail in your choice of any of our solid silks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Dwell Studio Fabric Collection by Robert Allen

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle carries many designer fabrics, including fabrics from Dwell Studios. Some of our best selling fabrics come from this line. Eclectic, modern, colorful. Just a few ways to describe these fabulous fabrics.

 

 

Feel free to browse the Dwell Studios Modern CollectionDwell Studios Modern Archive Collection, or the Dwell Studios Modern Bohemian Collection. We can make any of our draperies or Roman shades in the Dwell Studio fabrics. If you see something you like, we would be happy to send you samples of any of the Dwell Studios Fabric Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At DrapeStyle you determine your pleat style. Blackout lining, interlining and English bump are all examples of the lining options you can choose from. Do you need drapes or shades in lengths and widths not generally offered at other retailers? We custom make draperies and Roman shades to your specifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has been making drapes right here in the USA for over a decade. Our seamstresses make each drapery panel to order with quality details you won’t find everywhere. Details like double side-hems, hand-sewn corners, bottom weights and 5 inch buckram headings. At DrapeStyle, we don’t cut-corners. We use the highest quality fabrics, linings and components possible. Maybe that’s why when House and Garden reviewed online drapery retailers they called our draperies “Beautifully Made to Order”.

Please contact us for more information or for a custom quote. Let us help you design your dream drapes, you will be pleased.


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Fabric Samples Available from DrapeStyle

 

At DrapeStyle, we’ve been making draperies for 15 years. It’s something we are very passionate about. The first step we suggest customers take, is to order fabric samples.  As we all know, computer monitors can vary in the way they perceive color. We want to be sure you are ordering exactly what you had in mind. By ordering fabric samples, you will be able to see the fabric up close, and in your home’s lighting. A lot of our customers tell me that they tape the fabric samples to the wall near the window they want draperies made! They will live with the samples for a few days and determine which color is best.

Need a little help narrowing down the fabrics? (we have over 600!) Customers are usually drawn towards a particular color or fabric. Do you love texture? I would suggest linen or handwoven linen. Want a dramatic classic look? Take a look at our Dupioni solid and striped silks. Looking for the latest trendy fabric? Check out our designer fabrics; Vern Yip, Sarah Richardson, Celerie Kemble, Candice Olson and more.

 

Once you have determined which fabric works best for you, take a look at our measuring guide. This will help you determine the best length and width for your draperies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which lining do you select? Again we have a guide to help you determine what would work best for your home. But as always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

Think you’re ready to place your order? Simply place your order online or contact us for any questions you may have. You will have your custom made drapery in about five weeks. It’s that easy!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Cozy Reading Nook Ideas

Need to get away but don’t have the time for a vacation? Want to escape a busy work day? Get lost in a book! And let DrapeStyle help you create the perfect reading nook in your own home.

Set up a spot near a sunny window or bookshelf for curling up with a book. A window seat is the perfect potential reading nook. Add a shelf with some of your favorite reads. Add a comfy cushion, a few pillows and blankets to make it cozy.

Make sure there is adequate lighting. If there isn’t enough natural light, hang a couple of sconces or add a floor lamp to the sitting area.

Kids rooms are the perfect place to create a reading space. Instilling good reading habits early will carry them through life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating places to sit and read will tempt adults and children away from the call of online living and into a book instead. DrapeStyle is a custom workroom that has years of experience in making draperies, window cushions and pillows, that can help you create your own private reading nook. See our website for ideas and pricing or contact us for a custom quote.


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Celebrating 15 Years of Success!

Celebrating our 15 year anniversary!

Back in 2002 we started an online custom drapery company. Something we loved doing, something we truly felt that we were good at. Something we knew we could do well. And who would believe we would still be serving our customers 15 years later! We are humbled that our customers still have such faith in us, and we welcome new customers every day, to look through our luxurious fabrics and see and feel the quality for themselves.

For 15 years, DrapeStyle has produced the highest quality drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in the USA. We started in a small space in Southern California, and now we have a 10,000 square foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you are in the market for custom draperies, Roman shades or pillows, DrapeStyle can help.  Silk, cotton or linen.  Contact DrapeStyle and we will help you decide the right fabric for your application.

And our best quality feature is our people. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. And you can rest assured that the most experienced, talented seamstresses will be making your window treatments. Each has an average of 25 years of sewing experience and have many, many years of making custom window treatments.

DrapeStyle opened its doors (and computers?) 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

You can certainly find cheaper drapes anywhere. But if you want gorgeous, high quality custom drapes that you will be proud to hang in your home, you won’t find a better value than DrapeStyle. Please join us in celebrating our 15th anniversary, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Ways to Make Your Room and Windows Look Larger

Drapes add impact through the use of color, pattern, texture and decorative details. And when hung right, they can give the illusion of height in a room, visually widen a window and let in huge amounts of light. You don’t have to be an expert to know how to hang drapes. If your space is small, or you just want your windows to appear larger, here are some simple ways to make your windows look larger.

If you have the space, try using a drapery rod that is 60-80 percent larger than the window. Each drapery panel should span from the rod’s end to just past the outer edge of the window glass. In both cases, the eye assumes the extra fabric at each end of the rod covers window instead of wall.

Make short windows look taller by hanging floor-length curtains or draperies at or near the ceiling. Installing the rod 2 inches below the ceiling molding is ideal. Just be sure your finial isn’t too large for this.

To make a short window look taller, have draperies made from printed fabric with a vertically inclined pattern. Vertical patterns include more than just stripes; you can use any pattern that draws your eye up and down rather than side to side. To make tall, narrow windows look wider, choose a horizontal pattern that draws your eye across instead of up. If you want to create the illusion of both height and width, opt for a vertically inclined pattern, or use a solid or random print.

To make a small window look both taller and wider, do both of the above. Install an extra-long drapery rod at or near the ceiling. Hang floor-length curtain or drapery panels from the rod, with the leading edges just overlapping the outside edges of the window glass.

Now for the rest of the room:

We all know of white’s reflective qualities. It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher. Finally, in small spaces that can quickly become cluttered looking, white is a good choice because it simplifies a space and emphasizes the architecture

Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.

 

 

Also avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the usable space in the room. For example, a sleek sofa or chair will give you as much sitting room as its overstuffed cousin but will take up much less of your room. If you’re wanting a large statement piece, hang it on the wall (a piece of art and mirror). Don’t consume valuable living space by putting it on the floor.

 

If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room down. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the sense of airiness in the room.

 

 

 

 

With these tips you’re sure to create a larger looking, airy space. And when you’re ready to purchase your drapes, please contact DrapeStyle. We have been in the online business for 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of custom drapery experience. Please visit our Houzz page for more information.

 


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Guide on How to Hang Curtains

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This was originally posted by Casa Collective.  This guide has some really good information that would be good to share.

THE NO-FUSS GUIDE ON HOW TO HANG CURTAINS

THE CURTAIN ROD

  • The standard mounting height for a curtain rod is 4″ to 6″ above the window frame.
  • The higher you install the rod, the taller the window will appear. To make a window appear taller, install the rod from 8″ above the window frame to as high as the ceiling or bottom of crown molding.
  • If you have low ceilings and want to create the illusion of greater height, install the rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
  • To allow more light to come in when the curtains are open, the curtain rod should extend a minimum of 3″ beyond the window frame on each side.
  • To make a window appear wider and more grand, extend the rod 3″ to 6″ beyond the frame on each side.
  • Generally, the rod should be no more than 1/3 wider than the width of the window. For example, on a 54″ window you can add up to 9″ on each side (54 x 1/3 = 18) . That means the curtain rod can be up to 72″ in length.
  • If you have decorative trim that you’d like to reveal when the curtains are drawn back, allow at least a 12″ extension on both sides.

WIDTH OF CURTAINS

  • If the curtains are just framing the window and won’t be opened, you only need 1-1/2 times the width of the window.
  • To ensure that the curtains look full when closed, the combined width of the panels should be 2 to 2-1/2 times the width of the window.
  • For more fullness, opt for three times the width.
  • Always round the number up when determining the width of your panels. And when in doubt, go for the wider width.

LENGTH OF CURTAINS

  • Floor length curtains should just skim the floor or hang a 1/2″ above it.
  • You could allow a break of 1″ to 3″. This break is similar to what they do for trousers. The style is great for helping to compensate for uneven floors.
  • To create a more extravagant puddling effect, allow for an extra 6″ to 9″ in length. Tuck the fabric underneath and “poof” it up. Keep in mind, each time you vacuum the floor you’ll have to readjust the puddling. And if you have pets, they love to curl up on the extra fabric.
  • To determine the measurement of floor length curtains, measure from the top of the rod to the floor. Then subtract as necessary to allow for hanging hardware. If you plan to puddle the curtains on the floor, add the additional inches needed to do so.
  • In kitchen and high traffic areas, consider choosing a curtain length that skims the window sill.

 

MORE TIPS

  • Cafe curtains should be installed halfway up the window and be parallel to the fixed horizontal mullion (the vertical bar between the panes of glass). The length should just skim the window sill.
  • It’s easier to hem curtains than to make them longer, so always round up your measurements.

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The American Flag-Betsy Ross

In honor of Flag Day this week, here is some information about the first seamstress that made our first flag;

Elizabeth Griscom — also called Betsy, the eighth child and a fourth-generation American, was born on January 1, 1752.

Betsy went to a Friends (Quaker) public school. For eight hours a day she was taught reading, writing, and received instruction in a trade — probably sewing. After completing her schooling, Betsy’s father apprenticed her to a local upholsterer. Today we think of upholsterers primarily as sofa-makers and such, but in colonial times they performed all manner of sewing jobs, including flag-making. It was at her job that Betsy fell in love with another apprentice, John Ross, who was the son of an Episcopal assistant rector at Christ Church.

 

 

 

Quakers frowned on inter-denominational marriages. The penalty for such unions was severe — the guilty party being “read out” of the Quaker meeting house. Getting “read out” meant being cut off emotionally and economically from both family and meeting house. One’s entire history and community would be instantly dissolved. On a November night in 1773, 21-year-old Betsy eloped with John Ross. They ferried across the Delaware River to Hugg’s Tavern and were married in New Jersey. Her wedding caused an irrevocable split from her family.

Less than two years after their nuptials, the couple started their own upholstery business. Their decision was a bold one as competition was tough and they could not count on Betsy’s Quaker circle for business. As she was “read out” of the Quaker community, on Sundays one could now find Betsy Ross at Christ Church sitting in pew 12 with her husband. Some Sundays would find George Washington, America’s new commander in chief, sitting in an adjacent pew.

Betsy Ross was a widow struggling to run her own upholstery business. Upholsterers in colonial America not only worked on furniture but did all manner of sewing work, which for some included making flags.

Betsy would often tell her children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends of a fateful day, late in May of 1776, when three members of a secret committee from the Continental Congress came to call upon her. Those representatives, George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, asked her to sew the first flag. George Washington was then the head of the Continental Army. Robert Morris, an owner of vast amounts of land, was perhaps the wealthiest citizen in the Colonies. Colonel George Ross was a respected Philadelphian and also the uncle of her late husband, John Ross. According to Betsy, General Washington showed her a rough design of the flag that included a six-pointed star. Betsy, a standout with the scissors, demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip.

According to Betsy Ross’s dates and sequence of events, in May the Congressional Committee called upon her at her shop. She finished the flag either in late May or early June 1776. In July, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time at Independence Hall. Amid celebration, bells throughout the city tolled, heralding the birth of a new nation.


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Home Office Ideas with DrapeStyle

Today, more than ever, many of us are working from home. Studies have shown that working from home improves productivity, reduces unscheduled absences and improves employee satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your commute less than 15 seconds? Here are a few tips that might help:

  • Set aside a place specifically for work. You’ll be able to deduct it from your taxes and help you mentally by keeping work separate from your home life.
  • Create a daily work schedule. Defining specific work hours will set limits on your phone calls and emails cutting into your personal time.
  • Make a point to build workplace relationships. With those you work with and business connections. Working from home doesn’t mean you always have to stay at home.
  • Network electronically. Get active in LinkedIn groups that relate to your work, employer, alma mater, past employers, or other interests that you follow.

So going back to the first point, why not make your home office a thing of beauty? Make your work space easy to work in, have the tools you need to make working more efficient. Make your space a place you ENJOY working in. A new desk, a comfortable chair, files to keep organized. And don’t forget your office window! Roman shades or draperies can really add a lot to your work space. Make your space, yours, make it inviting, make it beautiful!

See something you’d like us to duplicate? We can do it. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. There’s probably nothing they haven’t seen or made. You can forward your ideas and pictures to us and we will let you know whether or not we can duplicate the design.

Want to add a trim or banding? We can do that too. For a unique, one of a kind look, let us help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information and ideas.


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