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

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Living Room Drapes

One of the common themes that we are finding is that more and more of our Clients are converting their living rooms into more of a Home Theater Room.  They are going with the larger flat panel televisions and want to make their living rooms as “Theater Like” for those afternoons where they want to crawl up on the couch and watch a movie or a game.  We always try to suggest to them when considering their living room drapes to upgrade to our Blackout Lining option.  Blackout is a synthetic lining which blocks out about 98% of the light from penetrating through the drapery fabric.  The result is that blackout helps to convert your typical living room into a Home Theater Room.  And, maybe the best part is that you can upgrade to blackout lining for only $99 per panel – any size panel, at DrapeStyle.

One other added benefit is that the blackout lining is going to help protect your all of your interior fabrics from sun damage and fading, including your carpets.  And, if that is not enough, Blackout will also help reduce your energy bills by providing additional insulation.  If you are buying drapes for you living room, you really should give Blackout lining some serious consideration.

 

 

Belgian Linen Drapes

Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles.  This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles.  In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too.  These Custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier.  The weave is little more relaxed and they hand so beautifully.  Like any natural linen, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them.  If you need too you can hit them with a little steam which will also make the wrinkles relax sooner.

We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons.  For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge.  None, zip, zero, so hurry.  If you want one of our Designer Fabric edge-bands we are going to have to up-charge you for those but the solids are on the house for as long as we can afford it!

Like with Silk Drapes, our Linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy.  For $99 bucks per panel the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.

If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please call one of our Designers.  They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our Clients.

 

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Belgian Estate Linen Drapes with Contrasting Edge-Band

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Belgian Linen Drapes in Oyster with Grosgrain Ribbon in Black

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from.  The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often?  Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes?  The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes.  Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.

If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole.  You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.

If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment.  You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted.  If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.

Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons.  When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.

 Custom Striped Silk Drapes with Grommets

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Custom Silk Drapes with Grommets at DrapeStyle

 

 Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets

 

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Contemporary Custom Grommet Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes in Linen

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Grommets by DrapeStyle

 

 Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Birmingham Alabama

Let’s Exchange Curtain Ideas Birmingham Alabama!

If you are looking for custom drapery in Birmingham Alabama you should be contacting DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been assisting customers worldwide, throughout the US and Canada, in creating custom drapes for over ten years. Our staff of experienced interior designers and drapery experts are waiting to assist you in creating the best solutions to treat your windows.
Do you have tall two story windows and need extra long drapes? Do you have a wall to wall sliding door and need extra wide drapes? No matter what kind of tricky window you may have, we have you covered! Our custom drapery consultants are here to help and walk you through the process. Confused about pleat styles? Unsure of color choice? Concerned about taking measurements? Let us take out the guess work from your project. Simply give us a call.
Don’t let your zipcode dictate where you shop. Whether you live in Birmingham Alabama or Scarsdale New York, you can own beautiful custom drapes hand stitched in our Orange County California drapery workroom. Let’s talk curtains and exchange ideas today!

Contemporary Roman Shades

We love these Roman Shades in Gate White /Black.  Roman Shades can be very contemporary and don’t need to be expensive!  We have some great options that start under $250 per shade which includes linings.  You can also experiment with layering silk drapes over Roman Shades for added depth, contrast and texture.

 

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Love These Contemporary Roman Shades in Black and White!

 

Flat Roman Shade in Gate Black / White by DrapeStyle.

 

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Contemporary Roman Shades in Black and White Cotton

 

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Contemporary Roman Shade in Schumacher Imperial Trellis Fabric by DrapeStyle

 

Combining Drapes and Roman Shades, or even Shutters is a great way to add more depth and interest to a window or door.  You can specify that the Roman Shades be “decorative” which will help stretch your budget.  Call one of our Designers, we would love to give you some ideas on how to add Roman Shades to your Home!

 

 

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

Christian Sinatra

Making Silk Drapes

At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes.  Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada.  Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm.  Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world.  India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.

Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each.  They are all 54 inches wide.  The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light.  We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it.  As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk.  At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject.  When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area.  Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins.  It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.

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Examining Silk Fabric for Drapery

 
Christian Sinatra

DrapeStyle Atlanta

If you are thinking custom drapes in Atlanta you should be thinking DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been manufacturing premium custom silk drapes, linen drapes and Roman Shades and shipping them to Atlanta for the past decade.  We are happy to provide you with free samples of some of the most exclusive fabrics from Mills like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet and Beacon Hill.  Plus we have exclusive DrapeStyle Silks and Linens that will compliment any decor.

If you have tall windows and need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes, we have you covered.  We manufacture each of our drapes and Roman Shades to order in our California Workroom.  Call one of our Designers and let us show you how easy it is to Exchange your Curtains for amazing DrapeStyle quality for a price that will wonder why you waited so long.

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

Wow, custom drapes can really cost a fortune. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to Professional Interior Designers or Decorators to help them make the “right” choices when it comes to selecting their window treatments. When considering custom drapes there are a few very important components to consider, one of them is your “pleat style”. What is a “pleat” you ask? The “Pleat” or as it is often referred to as the “heading’ is the top of the drapery panel that attaches to the drapery rod or track. For literally hundreds of years this drapery headings have been “decorated” into a variety of styles that range from very classic or traditional to modern and contemporary. Let’s walk through each of the most common pleat styles for custom drapes and help you find the “right” one for your home.

The “Flat Pleat” or “Flat Panel”. A Flat drapery panel is one that does not have a pleat at the top of the drape. This is the most basic of drapery panel and is very common. With a flat panel you will attach the panel to the current rod using drapery pins which are attached to the back of the panel. The flat panel is considered to be very relaxed and casual and is often used for light weight fabrics in informal rooms. Think, a soft blowing sheer linen drapery panel in a beach cottage.

The “Rod-Pocket” Drapery Panel. A Rod-Packet panel is a Flat panel but instead of attaching to a rod by pinning it using drapery hooks, the panel is slid over the rod using a “pocket” which is sewn into the panel. While still a very casual look, the rod-pocket will remain affixed to the rod and will not “billow” like a flat panel will. A Rod-Pocket panel is the most common type of panel that you will find in your “big box” retail store. Designers will generally shy-away from Rod-Pocket Panels as they are considered to look and be “cheap” in most circles.
The “French Pleat”. So now we are moving into the more intricate pleat styles that you will find in most high-end drapery retailers. The French Pleat is extremely classic and features a fluted fold at the top of the panel which is “tacked” about three inches down from the top. The result is a fluted, almost floral looking fold that has been popular since the 17th Century. The French Pleat is considered more formal and ornate and you will find many a European Castle plenty of French Pleated Silk Drapes in their windows.
The “Parisian Pleat”. A close relative to the French Pleat is the Parisian Pleat. Like the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat featured a three-finger fluted fold at the top of the pleat. With the Parisian Pleat, however, the fold is tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to the bottom. The result is a “pinched” looking floral pleat where the folds are gathered at the top. This “Pinch” feature is why the Parisian Pleat is also often times referred to as a “Pinch Pleat”.
The “Inverted Pleat”. Both the Parisian Pleat and French Pleat are considered very traditional and classic. The Inverted Pleat, however, is more contemporary and modern. The Inverted Pleat is where the Seamstress creates inverted folds at the top of the drape and then stitches them from the rear of the drapery panel. The result is a very clean looking and highly tailored drapery pleat that is very “classy” but also very modern and elegant. The Inverted Pleat is used with many different types of fabrics.
The “Cartridge Pleat”. A Cartridge Pleat is formed by creating rolls in the drapery fabric which are sew into round, cylindrical cartridges. The cartridges are generally 2-3 inches in diameter and are stuffed with a pillow fill material or paper. The resulting “cartridge” is typically 4-6 inches long and they are spaced apart to match the materials pattern.
The “Grommet Pleat”. The most contemporary of all drapery pleats would have to be a “Grommet Pleat”. Grommets are usually made of brass to resist corrosion, especially when used for custom outdoor drapes and can range in size from less than an inch is diameter to over 4 inches in diameter. Drapery panels featuring grommets can be challenging to open and close and the drapery provider will often recommend a “drapery wand” to help you slide the drapery panel open and closed.

While these are the most common of drapery pleats, there are literally dozens more. Pleats that feature buttons, tabs and ribbons are common and will usually be specified by your Designer or Decorator. The most important factor in selecting the correct pleat for you drapes is to be sure that you are working with a competent Professional who can help guide you through your wide range of options. Today, custom drapes are extremely expensive and it is much better to do your homework in advance.

Christian Sinatra

My Sister Bought Her Drapes at Restoration Hardware

The internet and eCommerce have literally transformed the way we buy everything today. Who would have considered buy appliances, clothing, even food through a website just ten short years ago. Today we have such amazing resources at our finger-tips. Sites like Houzz and Pinterest give us the ability to drool over images of things we want, need and most of the time can’t afford.

The Custom Drapery Industry, no exception. For good or for bad, the days of heading downtown to the local drapery store are over. Most of the main street storefronts have either migrated to the web or are about too.

As a Consumer we now have more information, more options and better resources than ever before. We’ve been in the Custom Drapery Business for a very long time and we thought we would give you as much information as we possibly can. Even if you end up buying your draperies elsewhere, we hope you appreciate the information.

Chapter I: My Sister Bought her Drapes from Restoration Hardware. Yes. It is true, and now the whole world will know. My Wife and I own a Custom Drapery Company and my little sister bought her drapes from Restoration Hardware. Now, a little background. We are from New Jersey. Working Class New Jersey where most of my Family still lives. My Sister and her husband bought a new home in a brand new upscale community in southwest New Jersey. They love it. Big beautiful new homes averaging over 4000 square feet each. These are the McMansions that became popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  Really huge tall windows with great views and vaulted ceilings.  Stainless steel kitchens with two dishwashers.

So Lori buys this new home and all of her new friends in the neighborhood are hiring Interior Designers / Decorators to help them all deck the places out. Lori calls me and asks what I think and I tell her to go ahead and hire this Decorator that she was referred too. You know, got to keep up with the Jones’. Well, a few months later and I get the call. “Ron”, her Decorator has suggested that she buy new drapes at Restoration Hardware. He does it all of the time she tells me. Now, they wont be wide enough but Ron has a resource where they are going to buy two pair of drapes and then sew them together. Oh boy.

Flash forward 2 years. Now, my Parents buy a house about two miles away from my Sister, also in a new development. This one though, no McMansions. These homes are, well, single level. No stairs. Wide hallways and a lot of hand-rails. You got me, right? But these houses are nice, I mean, really nice. And, Like Lori, all of these Ladies are hiring Decorators too!

So now I get the call from my Mother and I brace myself. If she tells me that she is buying Restoration Hardware Drapes I am going to have a brain freeze. Turns out that her Decorator suggested that you buy her drapes from a place called DrapeStyle! An “Online Company” she says. My Mom could not have been more tickled.

Now the best part. My Mom has DrapeStyle and she is 78. My Sister has Restoration Hardware and she is 44. My Sister goes to my Mom’s house and sees her drapes. Now the calls are really coming…

“How could you have let me buy that c…p, from Restoration Hardware!”, “Moms drapes are so much better!”

Sometimes “kids” just have to learn for themselves.

Here is the real deal. The Thai Silk Drapes from Restoration Hardware were really not all “that bad”, but they weren’t DrapeStyle. They were lined but not interlined, the fabrics were thin. The hems were short and cheap. They just weren’t “custom”.  And the reality is that they didn’t cost much less than DrapeStyle and by the time she paid the tailor to sew the two panels together, they really were about the same price as DrapeStyle 100% Custom.  Lori spent a lot of time and a lot of money on those drapes and now we are making her new ones.  She gets the “Family Discount” but she would have been much happier if she would have just ordered from DrapeStyle to begin with.

The Greek Key Viceroy Drape

We love the whole “Hollywood Regency” look.  You can really incorporate some of the design elements into a wide variety of decor.  The Greek Key is a timeless design that will lend itself to almost any interior.  We make these gorgeous custom drapes in your choice of solid silk fabric and apply the Greek Key Trim to the leading edge.

Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and choosing a dramatic and bold color.  We love the choice of yellow silk on this drape with the bold black Greek Key Trim.  Experiment a little and create a truly unique design for your home.  If you need some design advice, please call one of our Designers who will be happy to make suggestions and help you create an amazing focal point for your room.

 

 

Greek Key Custom Drapes

The Viceroy Drape by DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

Let’s face it, you can buy your standard size typical drapery panels anywhere.  The panels, which are typically made in China are often inexpensive and the quality is “OK”.  But if you are looking for some really unique custom drapery styles in silk and linen than you really need to give one of our Designers a call. At DrapeStyle, we have dozens of unique drapery styles available online but we also will create a “one of a kind” custom drapery design just for you.  And, they often won’t cost you more than the standard sized drapery panels you will find at a Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen Store.  As a matter of fact, we can design your entire room of silk or linen drapes, Roman Shades and valances without you ever walking into a curtain or Shade Store.  If you need extra long panels, wider panels or drapery to fit an odd-shaped window, we have you covered.  You can even send us photo of the window and we can create a sketch for you to give you a visual of how your drapery and hardware will look.

 

Unique Custom Drapery

Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle