CYBER MONDAY DEAL

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS! Drapestyle is offering $100 off on all drapes and roman shades purchased today!

Shop deep discounts on custom window treatments including, drapes, curtains and roman shades AND receive $100 off your order of $1199 or more.

There’s no better time to shop-save up to 20% on all our drapes and curtains, including silks, linen 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.

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Choose from options such as velvet trim, fabric banding, tassels 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 desgin consultants will help you desgin the perfect pair of drapes or Roman shades.  Contact us at: 800.760.8257 or question@drapestyle.com

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Happy National Button Day!

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National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby. This is a celebration day for all button collectors, skilled and novice.

The appeal of buttons is clear. They come in every shape, color and style, from pearly white shirt buttons, to ornate Victorian affairs, to cute fastenings shaped like insects and animals. Any outfit can be updated by adding the right buttons, and sewing them on is one of the easiest types of needlework to learn. And they don’t just belong near buttonholes, either. Clusters of buttons can be used to decorate almost everything, and even on their own in jars they are delightful to handle, play with and admire. Some collect them, but most just lose them. Regardless, nearly everyone seems to love them, or at least regard them with fascination.

In case you may be thinking that buttons do not deserve their own holiday, try to imagine what life would be like without them. Sure, we have zippers and velcro, but could you imagine velcro down the front of your elegant blouse? Of course not!

wooden-font-b-button-b-font-font-b-art-b-font-diy-handmade-flower-butterfly-eagleButton, usually disk like piece of solid material having holes or a shank through which it is sewed to one side of an article of clothing and used to fasten or close the garment by passing through a loop or hole in the other side. Purely decorative, non-utilitarian buttons are also frequently used on clothing.

In medieval Europe, garments were laced together or fastened with brooches or clasps and points, until buttonholes were invented in the 13th century. Then buttons became so prominent that in some places sumptuary laws were passed putting limits on their use.

By the 14th century buttons were worn as ornaments and fastenings from the elbow to the wrist and from the neckline to the waist. The wearing of gold, silver, and ivory buttons was an indication of wealth and rank. Expensive buttons were also made of copper and its alloys. The metalsmith frequently embellished such buttons with insets of ivory, tortoiseshell, and jewels. More commonly, buttons were made of bone or wood. Button forms of these materials were also used as foundations for fabric-covered buttons. Thread buttons were made by wrapping the thread over a wire ring.

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In the 18th century luxury metals and ivory largely replaced fabric, although embroidered buttons in designs to complement particular garments were popular. Pewter, the familiar metal of the age, was used to make molded or stamped-out buttons, but these were scorned by the wealthy. Cast brass buttons, particularly calamine brass, with ornamental and distinguishing designs, also became popular on both military and civilian dress.

In the middle of the 18th century, Matthew Boulton, the English manufacturer and partner of James Watt, introduced the bright, costly, cut-steel button, which was made by attaching polished steel facets to a steel blank. In France the facets of the cut-steel button were elaborated by openwork designs. During the first quarter of the 19th century, a less costly stamped steel button was made in an openwork pattern. Brass buttons that were gilded by dipping in an amalgam of mercury and gold also became popular.

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The two-shell metal button was introduced about the same time as the stamped-steel type by B. Sanders, a Danish manufacturer in England. The two shells, thin metal disks enclosing a small piece of cloth or pasteboard, were crimped together on the edges. Sanders also originated the canvas shank. By 1830 fabric-covered buttons were being made mechanically. Also coming into use were animal horns and hoofs, which could be made malleable by heating and then could be cut, dyed, and molded.

Buttons were also made of ceramics and glass. Porcelain buttons became a French specialty; they were decorated by hand painting or by transfer printing designs using colored inks. Bohemia, in the present-day Czech Republic, produced most of the colored glass used in button manufacture.

In Japan, ceramic buttons, hand painted in traditional motifs, were developed. Buttons with an intricately carved thickness of vermilion lacquer on a wooden base became a Chinese specialty, and decorated and lacquered papier-mâché buttons became popular in Europe in the late 1800s.

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The use of the pearly shells of sea mollusks in button making increased with the mechanization of production. Shell was separated into its component layers by treatment with a nitric acid solution, and blanks were cut out by tubular saws. Holes were bored in the blanks for sewing, and an engraved decoration was mechanically applied. At first only seashell was used, but in the 1890’s the American manufacturer John F. Boepple began to use the less iridescent but abundant freshwater mussel shells found along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

In the 20th century, buttons became primarily utilitarian, not decorative, and in many applications were supplanted by the zipper. Buttons began to be made of plastics such as cellulose, polystyrene, and polyvinyl resins; designs tended to be abstract or geometric. Mass-production machines produce molded buttons either by compressing powdered plastics or by injection—forcing liquid plastic into individual molds through small openings.

Some old buttons are considered valuable and are collected for their art and workmanship. The place, date, and name of the maker are usually marked on their backs.

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Fixer Upper Style at DrapeStyle

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White on white. Natural fabrics. Barn doors, metal baskets, glass jars, industrial furniture, shiplap paneling. If this sounds like a dream to you, then you’re probably a fan of the “Fixer Upper” style. Popularized by the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” where the hosts renovate dilapidated houses and transform them into beautiful, functional and family friendly dream houses.

“Fixer Upper”, “Country Chic” or “Antique Farmhouse” mixes rustic with modern.  To create this look, incorporate natural and modern touches.  Neutral tones throughout the entire home such as eggshell, white, cream, grey and taupe, will create a cohesive look. Re-purposing items is an inexpensive way to make something look the way you want.

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Simple, soft, elegant draperies can add a touch a texture. Just make sure they’re in neutral tones and in a sheer or linen fabric. DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics that would be perfect for the “Fixer Upper” style.  You can order free samples here.

 

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Another “Fixer Upper” favorite are dining rooms – simple and beautiful. A dining room is a staple in every home and with the right decor they can be very inviting. Don’t forget about table-scapes; using books, wreaths, or other found vintage items.

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If you know what to look for it is easy to achieve the “Fixer Upper” look and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Flea markets, vintage stores even places like Home Goods may have deals on “Fixer Upper” decor.

If you need a little help with your “Fixer Upper” window treatments, DrapeStyle is here to help.  Whether you need Roman Shades, Drapes or Pillows, we can help you create the look you desire.  Since 2002, DrapeStyle has been creating some of the most beautifully well made draperies right here in the USA. Please contact us for more information, you will be pleased.

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DrapeStyle offers FREE shipping!

 

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Wait, what??!!  Free Shipping??!!

Yes! you heard us correctly!

DrapeStyle is now pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING!

The highest quality fabrics, meticulous craftsmanship, made in the USA…and now there’s another reason to love DrapeStyle:

FREE Shipping within the 48 contiguous states!

Free standard UPS ground shipping is now included on all drapery, Roman Shades, outlet purchases and pillow orders at no extra cost. (Some items that are too large or too heavy for ground shipping may incur an additional oversize freight charge).*

So whether you order one drape, or a whole household of pillows, your shipping is FREE!

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If you have been thinking about updating your home with custom drapes, curtains, or roman shades, NOW is the time to act!  DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics to choose from, 7 pleat styles to choose from, several lining options, and now FREE SHIPPING!  Extra long drapes?  No problem.  Designer fabrics?  No problem.  Drapes and curtains on sale?  No problem!  Save up to 20% now at www.DrapeStyle.com.

Should you have any questions regarding free shipping or any of DrapeStyle’s products, please feel free to contact our designers at: 800.760.8257 or at: question@drapestyle.com. We are happy to help you with your project.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has received the Best of Houzz Customer Service Award three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  For well over a decade, DrapeStyle has manufactured the finest custom drapery available for designers and homeowners.  And as always, your drapes, curtains and roman shades will be made here in the USA.

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*The fine print: Standard UPS ground delivery within the 48 contiguous U.S. states applies to Custom Drapes, Roman Shades, Outlet Purchases and pillows only.  Oversized items, drapery hardware, and expedited shipping may incur additional charges. Please see www.drapestyle.com for more details.

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Pillow Arranging Made Easy

 

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Martyn Bullard Adras Caravan Pillows, Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Drapes & Pillows

Thinking about adding a pop of color to your sofa?  Don’t know where to start when selecting pillows?  To some, pillow arranging can be stressful.  But it doesn’t have to be!

As you stroll down the pillow aisles of the home decor stores, you see all the beautiful colors and styles of pillows that you have to have!  But, putting a great grouping of pillows together on a sofa can sometimes be a different story.  A sofa is like a blank canvas and pillows are the pops of color, design and texture you put on it.  Getting it right can sometimes be difficult!

GuideHere are a few hints to get you started.  Start with a couple of anchor pillow, a larger sized pillow for the outside of the sofa.  Moving towards the center, start to select smaller sized pillows, alternating patterns and fabrics.

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Pull out colors from around the room to really tie the look together.  Odd numbers are more appealing, so as you work towards the center of the sofa, end with one fun decorative pillow.

Get creative!  Try using a few patterns.  As long as they are in the same color family, they will work.

TropicalUse pillows to make a statement!  If you purchase pillow covers and down inserts you can change the pillow covers seasonally.  You can store the covers neatly in a drawer and use the inserts over and over again!

To maintain the look of your pillows, give your pillows a good shake and punch in the sides to redistribute the feathers in the insert.  Flat pillows look old and tired.

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So the bottom line is have fun when selecting your pillows!  Pillows are an inexpensive way to change the look of your sofa without breaking the bank.  Change the look as your style changes, or change the look as the seasons change.  Need a little more inspiration?  See our custom pillow pages for a truly custom look for your sofa.  At DrapeStyle, everything we make is custom made, so if you can dream it, we can make it!

Please contact us for more information, or for a complementary catalog.


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Vern Yip now at DrapeStyle!

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Inspired by his world travels and background in architecture, Trend Fabrics and DrapeStyle.com have collaborated and are pleased to introduce the addition of Vern Yip fabrics.  Vern Yip’s global aesthetic, paired with his precise and clean lines, has set him apart as a leading trendsetter. The environments he creates are always warm, timeless and effortlessly livable.

His extraordinary technique, dynamic personality and sophisticated style have made him a nationally acclaimed interior designer, columnist and TV superstar.

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It all began with his Atlanta design firm, Vern Yip Designs, where he still works with clients from all over the world to this day. His interior design work has been award-winning, including the prestigious 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, and he has been prominently featured in countless interior design and media publications.

Most known for his TLC show Trading Spaces and his various HGTV shows including HGTV Design Star, Deserving Design, HGTV Urban Oasis and Live at Vern’s House, and his columns in both HGTV Magazine and the Washington Post, Vern continues to provide invaluable insight into creating environments that are simultaneously beautiful and functional.

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Whether you are in the market for custom draperies, pillows or custom roman shades, you are sure to discover something from the Vern Yip Fabric Collection that will enhance your home.

DrapeStyle invites you to browse the Vern Yip Fabric Collection and discover the bright colors and bold designs for yourself.  Our designers are happy to assist you with any questions you may have 800.760.8257.

Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Custom Made Pillows

Everything we make at DrapeStyle is custom made.  Including pillows.  DrapeStyle has over 400 fabrics to choose from and any of them can be custom made into pillows for you.  What size?  With or without welt?  Polyester? Down? You make the call and we’ll make them beautiful!

Put it in Neutral.  Soft tones of beige and taupe:

Crawford - Washed   Essex Pearl Mojave - Sand

Cool Blues.  One of the “hottest” colors in home decorating today:

Abaza - Resist  Hyland Navy  Trellis - Navy

 

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Fire it up.  Red is hot:

Maya - Fire  Rouge  Pismo Spice

Pleased as Punch.  Pinks make a splash:

Serenity Poppy  Pink  Blossom Spice

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Green with Envy.  Chartreuse is electric:

Watermelon  Adras - Caravan  Sikar - Citrus

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This week marks the first day of Fall.  What better way to welcome Autumn than to refresh your home with warm harvest hues!  Pillows are an inexpensive way to quickly change your home for the holidays.  Please contact us for more ideas and inspiration and browse our luxurious fabrics here.


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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”
“It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”


You might recall that last year Sherwin-Williams chose “Alabaster” white as the Color of the Year. Well, are you ready for their 2017 pick? Drumroll, please: The big winner is “Poised Taupe,” which isn’t hot or cold, dark or light, but something in the middle zone. Or, according to what Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”
The company says the hue is a modern take on a timeliness classic and explained their choice in a statement: “It signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” We have to say, this color definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.

“Neutrals are shifting,” Wadden says. “For five years everybody’s talking about gray ― well, they’re warming up.” So, basically, if you want to stay ahead of the trends, this color is calling your name. Even though it’s not a bright red, blue or other in-your-face hue, it’ll make a statement as soon as guests enter your home. If you can’t picture what this would look like in your home, allow us to help.

In an entry way with wood floors and white trim it comes off as traditional and inviting — but we recommend adding a few colorful accents (like the orange flowers seen here!) to keep the space from feeling stuffy or boring.


Meanwhile, if you want to use it in your bedroom, try to stick with light-colored floors and bedding so the hue doesn’t transform your nighttime escape into a dark cave.


And in the kitchen, this dark neutral will pair well with most existing color schemes (so you won’t have to invest in brand new dishes). Here, a rustic yellow and seafoam green hold their own against the gray walls.

Everyone is loving this color, so I thought I would re-post this article from Elle Decor, by Lauren Smith, originally posted August 31, 2016.

DrapeStyle has many fabrics that would compliment this color scheme.  View our fabrics here, or simply contact us for more ideas and inspiration.  At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows since 2002.

If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes. Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.


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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

labor-day-weekendHappy Labor Day from DrapeStyle!

Here is a little information about Labor Day, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

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Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite

DrapeStyle will be closed Monday, September 5th in honor of Labor Day.  We will be back on Tuesday to help you with your window treatment needs!  In the meantime, browse our website for inspiration and information about the most beautiful custom drapes available today!  We can make any width or length drape in over 400 fabrics.  And with a team of talented seamstress, you are sure to receive the highest quality drapery, pillows and Roman shades.

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If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.


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Sunbrella Drapes and Pillows: Resists Mildew & Fading

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It’s August and the summer’s still going strong.  Enjoy your outdoor space even more with outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella.  DrapeStyle carries all of Sunbrella’s beautiful bright fabrics and can make them into any size outdoor drape you can dream of!

Drapery made with Sunbrella fabric not only ties together your indoor and outdoor style, it protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. The use of sheers, canvas, or decorative patterns will make your design flow from one space to the next.  DrapeStyle carries Sunbrella fabrics in a range of colors and patterns so match any color scheme you can conjure.

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Sunbrella is also easy to care for.  Most spills and stains can be cleaned up by spaying on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn) and water.  Then simply sprayed off with water and let air dry.

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric.  To remove mold or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water.  Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.  Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.  Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and let air dry.

Neutral DeckAnd did you know you can recycle your Sunbrella fabric?  It’s true.  For over 25 years, Sunbrella acrylic manufacturing waste has been delivered to recycling partners who convert the materials into industrial products such as felt, automotive insulation, and filtration.  You can contact Sunbrella and learn more on how to recycle your pre- or post-consumer fabric waste, including used awning covers, boat covers and upholstery fabric.

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And for a finishing touch, no outdoor space is complete without accessories such as a collection of throw pillows, blankets and even a rug. DrapeStyle’s custom pillows tie the look of a room or outdoor space together with color and texture and can easily be changed on a whim or for a seasonal shift.  Custom made outdoor pillows are available in all of Sunbrella’s colors and patterns.

Please see the beautiful fabrics for yourself or phone us and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Designing an Outdoor Room

Designing an outdoor room is a lot like designing a room inside your home. Design principles such as balance, mood, scale, proportion and unity still apply, with the added challenge of managing unpredictable natural elements. While there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors – lounging in a chair by the pool, sitting among your flowers on a garden bench, watching the neighbors stroll by from the rocking chair on the front porch – there is something special about creating a room that is fully considered from a design perspective, but just happens to be outside.

Here are our favorite ways to elevate your current outdoor space into a beautifully designed outdoor room.

Choose a Focal Point

Ask yourself how you plan to use the outdoor room and let your design revolve around the function. Will you entertain in the space? Play games with your children? Dine al fresco? Once you’ve determined the main function of the space, make that the focal point and choose furniture, fabrics and accessories just as you would for an indoor space. For an outdoor dining room, start with a beautiful teak table with dining chairs upholstered in fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric. A retractable awning over the dining space keeps the room cool during the mid-day heat and can be opened after the sun goes down to reveal the stars above.

Take Control of Light and Shade

Part of the joy of being outdoors is feeling the warm sun on our skin and the wind blowing through our hair. But when the sun gets too hot, a covered porch offers the perfect retreat from the elements. A simple covered porch can be elevated to the status of outdoor room with the addition of retractable power screens. A custom-fit power screen made with easy-to-clean Sunbrella shade fabric allows you to enjoy the comforts of an outdoor living room all year long.

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize

Adding accessories is the easiest and quickest way to elevate your current outdoor space into a bonafide outdoor room. Decorative pillows in coordinating Sunbrella fabrics make the outdoor furniture just as cozy as your living room sofa, and stylish lanterns serve as reading lamps at twilight. Be sure to incorporate other accessories that you would normally see inside, such as a Sunbrella throw for when the breeze picks up, a Sunbrella rug for softness underfoot and hanging artwork that bring your personality into the design.

No roof? No problem.

An outdoor space doesn’t have to have an awning or a roof to be considered a room. A large slate patio serves as the blueprint for this outdoor living room in the middle of the backyard. Comfortable love seats are arranged in a symmetrical layout to encourage conversation and a large, stone fire pit provides warmth while performing double duty as the coffee table. Side tables add both interest and function, and marine-inspired lanterns serve as living room lamps when the sun goes down.

*originally published on:  http://shine.sunbrella.com/post/125528127127/designing-an-outdoor-room


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Don’t Forget the Drapes!

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You may have already painted your room just the right color, found furniture that matches, and hung artwork that complements the color of the room, yet it still feels like something is missing. The room just does not seem to have the look and feel you were going for. It needs more color or more depth.

Drapes to a room are like jewelry to your outfit.

People sometimes underestimate the dramatic effect drapes can have in a room. The right drapes can draw in all of the other design and color in the room and make everything work together. They create a strong focal point and add a touch of refinement and culture to any room.

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In some situations, simply adding drapes by themselves can be just enough to liven up an otherwise boring area in the room. Here are some ideas to consider when dressing up an area with drapes:

DrapeStyle has over 400 colors and patterns to choose from.

As we mentioned above, drapes can instantly add sophistication and class to a room by introducing a strong presence of color or patterns. Drapes often draw the color scheme out from the rest of the room tying everything together. A pattern or color is the perfect way to break up the monotony of a neutral colored room. Most people prefer to use drapes instead of furniture to add patterns or colors to a room. This allows them to make changes more easily down the road. DrapeStyle offers a range of colors and patterns in silk, cotton, linen and more.

Linens, Silks, Cottons and more.

Because drapes are made from so many different types of material, they are great way to add texture to a room. A thick, heavy drape can be quite dramatic, while a softer lightweight drape can add just the right touch of texture. Using drapes in conjunction with furniture in the room can help liven things up and make the room appear more cultured. Try going bold with suede, velvet or tapestry style drapes to really enhance a boring room.

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Making a statement is easy, and DrapeStyle can help.

Drapes are so much more than just colors and patterns. So much of the statement they make in a room has to do with their length and how they are hung. In most cases, the longer the drapes are, the stronger the statement is. Long, sweeping drapes add formality and drama to a room. Drapes hung in front of windows with other treatments such as blinds or shutters add depth, interest and color.

The right drape can have a huge impact on any room in your home. If you are looking to liven up a room or make a dramatic change, be sure to check out the many different drapery DrapeStyle.com has to offer.

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Happy “Thread The Needle Day”

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Happy “Thread The Needle Day”.  Who knew there was such a thing, right?

Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning.  Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew.  I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started.  What about you?  Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?

Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store.  This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.

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Keep an open mind.  Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it.  When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc.  Practice, practice, practice.  You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread.  Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills.  And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.

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Make things you like.  If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it.  When I started sewing, I had a cousin that was a toddler.  That poor kid had the cutest, silliest, outfits made for him.  His mother was kind enough to actually have him wear them (or at least long enough to take pictures and send them to me).  Those photos will be great for embarrassing him later in life.

Search the internet.  Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials.  I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.

Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle.  We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002.  Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years experience so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.


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Make a Big Impact with Patterns…

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DrapeStyle’s Contemporary Cotton & Traditions Printed Cotton Drapery Collection combines the luxury of modern fabrics with the essence of traditional designs.

Offered in a wide range of both vibrant and neutral color pallets at an incredibly affordable price-point.  The collections include patterns from classic stripes and chevron designs to the more elaborate scrolls, links and the extremely popular gate design.  Whether you choose bold or neutral colors, custom drapery in these fabrics will add sophistication to any room.

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All of our cotton collection patterns start with heavy weight 7oz. cotton and cotton blend fabrics.  Beautiful patterns are printed on the fabric.  We then custom make your drapes to any length and width.  Our high quality privacy lining is added at no additional cost.  For higher insulation qualities, blackout lining and interlining are available for an additional charge.

All of our fabrics can be made into Pillows and Roman shades.  Simply contact us with your window dimensions and we would be more than happy to provide you with a quote.

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Experience how unique these patterned fabrics are.  Order a sample today or contact one of our design team members to learn more.

Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.

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DrapeStyle has also been awarded the Best of Houzz award for customer service three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  Great customer service paired with the highest quality custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows.  You are sure to find exactly what you need to make your house a home.

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Blackout Lining for Drapes

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Selecting drapery lining and interlining, including blackout lining, for your new drapes, curtains or roman shades is one of the most important decisions you can make for creating the “Perfect Custom Curtain or Drape” for your home.  By adjusting your lining and interlining choices, you can create specific results for your room.  Whether you are trying to reduce light penetration, reduce external noise, save on energy costs or just wish to create a fuller bodied drape, your drapery lining choice is key.

Properly lined and well made custom drapery and roman shades can provide significant insulating benefits and reduce your homes energy usage.  Blackout lining offers exceptional UV protection.  This will protect your drapes from sun damage and keep your home cooler this summer.  It also provides complete privacy, muffles sound and lasts longer than any other window treatment.Blackout

 

 

 

 

 

 

We often refer to “Blackout Lining” as the “Boutique Hotel Look”.  Blackout lining is almost exclusively used in hotel rooms.  It blocks nearly 100% of the outside light from penetrating the drape.  Blackout lining is a synthetic material which can be very rigid (like in most hotels). There are several types and grades of blackout lining.  At DrapeStyle we use a very specific blackout lining that is extremely flexible and soft.  Blackout lining can be quite expensive.  But if you are looking for nearly complete blockage of sunlight, streetlights and UV protection, it is a great investment.

DrapeStyle only uses Hanes linings and interlinings.  Hanes is one of the oldest textile manufacturing firms in America.  While Hanes is well known for their clothing fabrics, those in the textile industry know Hanes for their high-quality linings and interlinings.  Hanes is recognized as the leader in residential drapery lining products.  Designers insist on Hanes because they know that without a high quality lining or interlining, the sun will fade and destroy any drape quickly.  A high quality lining not only makes the drape look better and feel better but it is critical to ensuring your drapes will not fade or disintegrate from the sun.

DrapeStyle is pleased to offer blackout lining for an additional $99 per drapery panel.  You may also select blackout lining for your Roman Shades for a nominal fee.  Blackout lining will more than pay for itself when you consider the amount of heat that it will deter from entering your home this summer, and the protection it will offer your other home furnishings.

Check out the website for more details or contact us directly and we would be happy to help you!

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Window Coverings Association of America

wcaa logoThe Window Coverings Association of America is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and its dealers, decorators, designers, and workrooms who are our members.

WCAA was founded in 1986 as a division of the National Decorating Products Association. In 1993, the association left and became the Window Coverings Association of America.

Today the WCAA has almost 1,000 members in North America and the Caribbean.

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Our mission is to make available educational opportunities, to encourage a code of ethics for fair practices, and to work for the betterment of the retail window coverings industry.
Our goals are to make available educational and motivational opportunities, to work for the betterment of the interior fashions industry and to encourage a code of ethics for fair business practices.*

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has been a member of WCAA for many years and the benefits of this organization are well worth the membership fee.

Benefits includes networking events, educational programs, member discounts, marketing tools, and leadership opportunities are just to name a few.  The WCAA presents 10 webinars each month.  I have personally have gained so much from these webinars that are full of information.  From how to run your business more efficiently to showing you the latest and greatest products for making quality draperies and roman shades.

And once your business becomes a member, all employees will have access to the benefits.  I encourage you to join this wonderful organization if you own your own business or are part of the trade.  More information can be found here: www.wcaa.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So not only does DrapeStyle create some of the most beautiful window treatments, but we continue to learn and expand our knowledge so that we can continue to bring you the best products and customer service.  We are happy to help you with your window treatment needs.  Simply contact us with any questions you may have.

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Deep Discounts to The Trade!

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Did you know that DrapeStyle offers discounts to our Trade Customers?

If you are a designer, architect or commercial group, we invite you to apply.  It’s fast and free.  Once approved, you’ll be eligible for deep discounts on the highest quality custom made Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows and Drapery Hardware.

 

DrapeStyle’s Trade Program highlights include:

  • Generous trade discount on Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows and Hardware.
  • When you call DrapeStyle you will not be speaking with a “Sales Person”, you will be speaking with a Design Professional who understands your business and respects your time.
  • DrapeStyle is your single wholesale source for luxurious fully lined and interlined Custom Drapery, Roman Shades, and Custom Drapery Hardware.
  • We can confirm your renderings or provide you with a rendering to share with your client prior to production.
  • Our designers can consult with you to determine correct specifications for your projects.
  • Each member of DrapeStyle’s talented production team has at least 25 years of experience in fabricating draperies for the trade.
  • Enjoy access to over 2000 fabrics including Schumacher, Kravet, Robert Allen, Sunbrella, Celerie Kemble, Trina Turk, Vern Yip, as well as DrapeStyle’s own branded silk and linen.
  • We accept COM orders for trim and banding with prompt return of excess material.
  • Full service workroom for residential, commercial and hospitality installations.
  • DrapeStyle Features Hanes ® linings and interlinings.
  • Exclusive incentives and trade promotions throughout the year.

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DrapeStyle also offers a Trade Package which includes over 500 samples of fabrics, linings, trims and ribbons.  Once your company is registered as a DrapeStyle Trade Customer, you can order DrapeStyle’s Trade Package for only $99.

When you order a Trade Package from DrapeStyle you will receive the following:

  • Over 500 samples of fabrics, linings, ribbons and trims.
  • Samples are approximately 5″x 5″ on heavy card stock, labeled with fabric name and fiber content.
  • A dedicated support representative.
  • Your $99 purchase price is refundable with your first order of $999 or more.

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After placing an order with DrapeStyle, your client will receive their custom made window treatments within 4-6 weeks (if the fabric is on back order, we will contact you with an estimated in stock date).  Expedited orders are excepted, additional charges may apply.  To make payment easy, DrapeStyle excepts American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card, company checks, PayPal and PayPal Credit.  Ordering is easy, simply give us a call and one of our design representatives will be happy to assist you.  For more information, take some time and read through our To The Trade page.

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At DrapeStyle we are committed to helping our trade partners be as successful as possible.  We are more than a drapery workroom or supplier, we are your marketing partner. Our goal is to provide our designers and trade partners with the very best marketing resources available, while providing the highest quality custom drapery.  Made in the USA since 2002, you can be assured that you clients will receive the highest quality window treatments on the market today.

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Drapery 101

DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row.  That’s because we love to help out customers!  We want you to be completely satisfied with your window treatments.  And if we can help you along the way, we are happy to do so.  Feel free to contact us for a quote, fabric samples, or even if you just have a few questions.

Here are some terms that pertain to window treatments:

 

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Bay Window: A window that protrudes outward from the main wall.  Usually comprised of a group of divided windows.

Bias: The diagonal grain in fabric.  The bias grain runs at a 45 degree angle to the straight grain and tends to stretch if pulled.

Blackout Lining: A heavy opaque material placed on the backside of the fabric blocking nearly 100% of light from penetrating through the drape.  Often used in hotels, media rooms or any application wherein privacy and darkness are required.

Blind Stitch: A sewing stitch so made as to be invisible on the right side and often nearly invisible on the wrong side.  DrapeStyle blind stitches all hems.

Box Pleats: Inverted tailored pleats which create a classical boxy look. See “Pleat Guide”.

Bracket: Attaches to the wall or ceiling and used to support a drapery rod.

Buckram: A heavy stiff fabric which is used to support or stiffen the header of the drapery panel.  Also known as “Crinoline”.

Bump Interlining: A very heavy weight interlining made of cotton flannel.  Placed between the fabric and lining for added insulation and thickness of the drape.

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Cascade Roman Shade: A shade constructed with evenly spaced horizontal pockets reinforced with rods.

Cartridge Pleat: A round pleat measuring 2-1/2 inches in diameter supported by a stiff paper which can be removed for cleaning.

Cornice: A decorative wooden, fabric, or foam header placed above a window to conceal drapery hardware.

Cotton: A woven fabric made of cotton yarns produced from a blend of cotton and chemical fibers or obtained by weaving cotton and mixed threads.

Crinoline: A heavy stiff fabric which is used to support or stiffen the header of the drapery panel. Also known as “Buckram”.

Curtain: Usually unlined, a curtain is a panel of hemmed fabric hung from a rod at the top of a window.

 

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Drapability: How well fabric can fall or flow into folds.

Double Bracket: Attaches to the wall or ceiling and used to support two drapery rods.  Usually used to hang sheer drapes and decorative drapes on the same window.

Dupioni Silk: Sometimes known as dupion or douppioni, silk dupioni is a shimmering silk that is created by weaving silk threads of two different colors into a weave that seems to change colors as the silk is moved in different light. Constructed with threads made from rough silk fibers that are harvested from double cocoons or single cocoons that are spun side by side and interlocked.

 

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End-Bracket: The brackets on each end of a drapery pole, affixed to a wall used to support the drapery pole.

End Cap: Decorative end-piece on a drapery rod.

 

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Fan Folding: A method of folding pleated drapery into a long band to decrease or prevent wrinkles.

Finial: Decorative end-piece on a drapery rod.

Finish: Product applied to fabric as a protection against water marks and fading.

Flannel Interlining: A heavy weight interlining made of cotton flannel.  Placed between the fabric and the lining for added insulation and thickness of the drape.

Flat Pleat: Also known as a “Flat Panel” the top of the drapery panel is finished with buckram tape to keep the panel firm at the top. Drapery hooks are installed on the back of the panel which attach to the eyelets of the drapery rings.

French Door:  A door with rectangular panes of glass extending the full length. Usually hung with a pair of doors in one frame, with both doors opening outward.

French Pleat: A traditional drapery pleat which is “pinched” allowing the top part of the pleat to fan. Also known as Pinch Pleat.

Fringe: A decorative trim sewn onto the edges and hems of drapery panels.

Fullness: Refers to the width of the fabric in relation to the curtain rod or other mounting.  DrapeStyle’s draperies are made with 2 times fullness.  Sheer draperies are made with 2 ½ times fullness.

 

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Grommet: A drapery grommet is used to reinforce the holes which are cut through the fabric allowing a drapery rod to be passed through.

 

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Hand Woven Silk: An incredibly luxurious natural silk that is hand spun on century-old looms in India. The soft texture has natural imperfections and unique weave that make it the perfect fabric for custom drapery.

Heading: The top portion of the drape which usually consists of a pleat or stiffener material.  DrapeStyle uses a standard 5” buckram heading.

Hem:  The edge or border of a garment, drape, etc., especially at the bottom.  DrapeStyle uses a standard 5” double bottom hem and 1 ½” double side hems.

Holdback: A decorative piece of hardware that holds draperies to either side of the window.

Hooks: Drapery hooks are used to connect the drape to the drapery rings. They are attached to the top back of the drape and behind the pleats. DrapeStyle only uses heavy duty long lasting steel plated drape hooks.

 

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Inside Mount: A drapery rod or shade which attaches to the inside of a window frame.

Inverted Pleat: A neat and tailored style of pleat, similar to a box pleat.

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Jamb: The interior side of a window frame.

 

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Kravet: Established in 1918, Kravet is an industry leader in to-the-trade home furnishings. This fifth-generation family business distributes high end fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories.

 

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Linen: A textile made from the fibers of the flax plant.  Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.

Lining: Fabric used as a backing for drapery. DrapeStyle’s standard lining provides body and fullness, light control, and privacy.

London Roman Shade: Gathered at the sides for a casual elegance & softness. When lowered the balloon shape is visible at the bottom of the shade.

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Bullard is an international designer who is widely known for his eclectic and always stylish interiors, mixing period and ethnic pieces into modern environment.

Mulberry Silk: The highest quality silk available for purchase.  Mulberry silk has its history in China, where local farmers grow mulberry leaves for silkworms to feed on. The resulting cocoons are spun into raw Mulberry silk fibers.  Because the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth are fed only mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world.

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Outside Mount: A drapery rod or shade which attaches to the outside of the window frame.

Overlap: Refers to the size of the area that the right panel of the drapery will overlap the left panel when the draperies are completely closed. The purpose of the overlap is to ensure that the drapery panels meet properly, and that there is no separation between the two sides when the draperies are drawn. DrapeStyle uses a standard 3 ½” overlap.

 

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Panel: A single unit of drapery comprising of one or more widths or cuts.

Parisian Pleat: A pleat style that is tacked at the top of the flute allowing the fabric under the flute to fan out.

Pattern Matching: Stripes and patterns are lined up with the repeat to produce professional looking drapes.  DrapeStyle makes every effort to pattern match draperies and Roman Shades.

Pillow/Throw Pillow: A bag or case made of cloth that is filled with feathers, down, or other soft material.  A small pillow on a chair, couch, etc., primarily for decoration.

Pleated Roman Shade: A neat and tailored style of shade that lays flat when lowered.

Polyester: A strong and durable synthetic fabric. Polyester dries quickly and can be washable or dry clean only. Polyester is often used as a blend with other fabrics to lend wrinkle resistance. It is not the easiest fabric to remove stains from, and doesn’t breathe as well as other fabrics may.

Projection: The distance from the front of the drapery rod or bracket to the wall on which it is mounted.

Puddle: When drapery panels are allowed to drape and puddle onto the floor to create a soft, full look.

 

 

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Relaxed Roman Shade: Features a relaxed bottom of the shade and sophisticated softness while keeping the tailored look of the traditional flat roman style.

Repeat: How often the pattern is duplicated within the fabric. One repeat is one full pattern.

Return: A way to cleanly finish the top of a window treatment by enclosing the hardware and the top of the drapery.  A return is measured from the front of the rod to the wall.  DrapeStyle uses a standard 3 ½” return.

Ring: Used to hang a drape from the drapery hook onto a drapery rod.

Robert Allen:  For more than 75 years, Robert Allen has been serving the residential and hospitality design community by offering premium fabrics, luxurious furnishings and ground-breaking design services that are relevant and timeless.

Rod Pocket: A stitched pocket at the top of the drape is gathered or shirred onto a curtain rod.

Roman Shades: A Roman Shade is flat when lowered and covers the window glass completely.  It is raised horizontally through a series of cords.

 

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Sateen: A tightly woven cotton fabric resulting in a smooth and shiny finish.

Schumacher: F. Schumacher & Co. is a privately held company based in New York City and Newark, Delaware, that designs high quality products for the interior design industry in the United States.

Sheers: A sheer drape is the type that allows the most light through the fabric, which also means it offers the least privacy.  May be made from natural or synthetic fibers.

Shot Tape: A small diameter cotton tube that is filled with a single line of approximately 1/8 inch lead balls to form a continuous cord.  This cord is placed in the bottom hem to add weight to the curtain.  DrapeStyle uses Shot Tape for Outdoor Draperies.

Silk: A fine lustrous fiber produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons, especially the strong, elastic, fibrous secretion of silkworms used to make thread and fabric.

Splicer: Used to connect two drapery rods together.

Sunbrella: From awnings to marine to casual furniture, Sunbrella fabrics have led the industry with extensive styles and colors while providing sun and mildew protection.

Swag: One or more pieces of fabric draped over a rod, typically used at the top of a window treatment.  Also known as a festoon.

 

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Taffeta: Taffeta is a crisp, smooth woven fabric made from silk fibers.  The word is Persian in origin, and means “twisted woven.”  It is considered to be a “high end” fabric, suitable for use in ball gowns, wedding dresses, curtains and wall coverings.

Tassel: A pendent ornament consisting commonly of a bunch of threads, small cords, or other strands hanging from a roundish knob or head, used on clothing, in jewelry, on curtains, etc.

Tie-Back: A loop of cloth, cord, etc., which is placed around a curtain or drape to hold it open to one side.

Traverse Rod: A horizontal drapery rod in which drapes slide to open or close when pulled by cords.

 

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Velvet: A type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel.  Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.

 

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Weights: Drapery weights are placed just inside the hem to help the curtains stay in position and improve the fabric drape.  DrapeStyle adds drapery weights to all drapes.

Width: Refers to the width of fabric when it comes of the bolt. One width is one piece of fabric, may be any length, which can be sewn to another piece of fabric.


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Celebrate Memorial Day with Custom Made Outdoor Drapes!

 

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The weather’s starting to warm up and soon we’ll be entertaining outdoors.  It’s not too early to start thinking about outdoor drapes and curtains.  Outdoor drapes can provide privacy, protection and style to your outdoor space.  DrapeStyle custom makes drapes, curtains, and pillows in a variety of colors and patterns, in quality, weather resistant outdoor fabrics.

Order by April 22nd and you’re guaranteed FREE UPS Ground delivery* by Memorial Day.

 

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Do you have an outdoor shower?  Fun and functional, outdoor showers are an easy way to clean up after a day at the beach.  Why not add a beautifully bright shower curtain?  Coordinate your shower curtain color with the color of your home or other outdoor fabrics. Your kids might actually look forward to cleaning up!

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When you order from DrapeStyle, you’ll receive the highest quality drapery and pillows.  Our drapes and pillows are made from heavyweight fabric from Sunbrella®, or Schumacher’s outdoor fabric designer Trina Turk.  Our outdoor drapes are weather resistant and available in any length imaginable.  All of our drapes include details such as bottom weighted corners.  You also have a choice of six different pleat styles, including solid brass corrosion resistant grommets.  Our pillows include a polyester insert and you have your choice of welting and size.  Available in any of our fabrics, our pillows are suitable for use indoors or out.  Add matching tiebacks and pillows for a truly custom look for your space.  And as always, your drapes and pillows will be made right here in the USA in our own Phoenix, Arizona studio.

*Free standard UPS ground shipping is available to the 48 contiguous states.  Free shipping is now included on all drapery, Roman Shades, outlet purchases and pillow orders at no extra cost. (Some items that are too large or too heavy for ground shipping may incur an additional oversize freight charge).

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Tiffany Blue Trending Now…

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Just the words, “Tiffany Blue” conjure up thoughts of a little, blue, box, with a white satin bow.  Then your mind starts to dream up the beautiful things that little box can hold.

The color known as Tiffany Blue was selected by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany for the cover of Blue Book, Tiffany’s annual collection of exquisitely handcrafted jewels, first published in 1845.  Also referred to as robin’s-egg blue or forget-me-not blue, this distinctive color may have been chosen because of the popularity of the turquoise gemstone in 19th-century jewelry.  Turquoise was also a favorite of Victorian brides who gave their attendants a dove-shaped brooch of turquoise as a wedding day memento.

Tiffany Blue was later adopted for use on Tiffany shopping bags, as well as in advertising and other promotional materials.  True to the founder’s vision, the Tiffany Blue Box became an icon of luxury and exclusivity.

 

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Pantone (the company responsible for developing the standardized color reproduction system) developed, and closely guards, the formula for the Tiffany Blue color.  No one else can legally use THE Tiffany Blue color.

The Tiffany Blue has been a popular trend, and you can purchase just about anything in this shade, including window treatments. DrapeStyle has several blue fabrics that would work well with this classic theme.  We would be happy to send you fabric samples of any of our beautiful blues, and your first $10 in samples are free.  Everything DrapeStyle makes is custom made, so you are free to design your very own drapes, Roman Shades or pillows in any of our over 500 fabrics.

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TIFFANY & CO., TIFFANY, the color TIFFANY BLUE and the TIFFANY BLUE BOX are trademarks of Tiffany and Company.


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