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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.

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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.

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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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How To Care For Your Drapes

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How should I care for my drapes?  This is a question I get asked quite frequently.

The best answer I can give is, “Let a professional take care of it”.  With each drapery order from DrapeStyle, you will receive instructions on how to care for your drapes.  You shouldn’t try to clean them yourself.  You do not want to launder, wash or dry clean your drapes. Typical household cleaners can permanently damage the fabric.  You should have your drapes professionally cleaned by a company that has experience with draperies.  Not every dry cleaner knows how to properly clean drapes, so do a little research and locate a drapery cleaner so that you can protect your beautiful investment.

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Vacuuming and dusting your draperies can help. Regular cleaning reduces the build up of allergens like dust mites, animal hair and dander, and may offer some relief to those with allergies or asthma.  If drapes are touched often, natural oils in the skin can leave residue that builds up and attracts further dust.  Without proper and regular cleaning, dusty and grimy window treatments begin to look dull and discolored, detracting from the beauty of the window or door that they cover.  Regularly cleaning your window treatments prolongs the life of fabrics and keeps colors from becoming dingy.

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Purchasing your drapes and roman shades from DrapeStyle is an investment.  And one of the best ways to maintain the look and feel of your window treatments is regular cleaning.  If you have any questions about how to maintain your window treatments, please contact us, and we would be happy to help you.

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Happy Independence Day!

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DrapeStyle wishes you and your family a happy 4th of July.  In honor of our nations independence, here is a little information about our country’s flag:

 

The national flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”), bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed starts arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars.  The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 state of the United states of America, and the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the United States.

The current design of the U.S. flag is its 27th.  The design of the flag has been modified officially 26 times since 1777.  The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959.  The 50-star flag was ordered by former president Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 55 years.

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Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a naval flag designer, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the 1777 flag while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board’s Middle Department.

The origin of the stars and stripes design has been muddled by a story disseminated by the descendants of Betsy Ross. The apocryphal story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch handed to her by George Washington. No evidence for this exists either in the diaries of George Washington nor in the records of the Continental Congress. Indeed, nearly a century passed before Ross’ grandson, William Canby, first publicly suggested the story in 1870.  By her family’s own admission, Ross ran an upholstery business, and she had never made a flag as of the supposed visit in June 1776.  Furthermore, her grandson admitted that his own search through the Journals of Congress and other official records failed to find corroboration of his grandmother’s story.

The family of Rebecca Young claimed that she sewed the first flag.  Young’s daughter was Mary Pickersgill, who made the Star Spangled Banner Flag.  According to rumor, the Washington family coat of arms, shown in a 15th-century window of Selby Abbey, was the origin of the stars and stripes.

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The flag is customarily flown year-round at most public buildings, and it is not unusual to find private houses flying full-size flags.  Some private use is year-round, but becomes widespread on civic holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, and on Independence Day.  On Memorial Day it is common to place small flags by war memorials and next to the graves of U.S. war veterans.  Also on Memorial Day it is common to fly the flag at half staff, until noon, in remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting in U.S. wars.

So today, fly your flag proudly in honor of America’s Independence.  DrapeStyle will be closed on Monday, July 4th.  We will be back on the 5th to help you with your window treatment needs.  In the meantime, you may contact us and leave a message, and we contact you when we return.

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DrapeStyle’s Featured Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is an international designer who is widely known for his eclectic and always stylish interiors, mixing period and ethnic pieces into modern environments.  Whether designing commercial or residential interiors, Martyn’s palates are colorful and strong, yet always show a sense of humor.

He has expanded his brand to include furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, home fragrances and product licenses with some of the world’s most distinguished home collection brands.  To Martyn, modern luxury is comfort.

Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim, as well as the respect of such A-List clientele as Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few.

His work has appeared in over 4000 publications worldwide and his book, ‘Live, Love, & Decorate,’ has given us a glimpse into his glamorous world of dramatic spaces and exquisite detail. Beyond the notoriety of his design firm, Martyn is also known for his fabulous line of products including furniture, fabric, flooring, fragrances, and soon to be fashion and jewelry.

 

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard is celebrated for his trailblazing designs for luxury resorts, exquisite high-end retail shops, and lavish residential projects, as well as his affinity for mixing a broad range of styles in his eclectic, sophisticated, yet always comfortable interiors.

Bullard’s trademark attention to details, adventurous use of color and texture, and worldly and historical reference points are hallmarks of his oft talked about style.  He is also known for his veritable commitment to quality and oftentimes travels the globe in order to track down the world’s most beautiful objects.  Bullard continuously draws upon these intercontinental adventures as well as his penchant for studying and collecting both vintage decorative arts and pedigreed antiquities to create a constantly evolving, yet indefinable style.

 

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DrapeStyle features many of Martyn’s fabrics, and any of them can be custom made into Drapes, Roman Shades or Pillows.  Please contact one of our designers to learn more about custom window treatments.

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“National Sewing Machine Day”

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National Sewing Machine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated annually on June 13.   This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.   In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model.  This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.

 

Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832 and John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.

Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories.  This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.  Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution, the invention of the sewing machine had one of the largest impacts on the United States.

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Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing and draperies.  Places like crafts fairs, flea markets, and Etsy sell beautiful sewing machine-made clothes along with numerous other sewing machine-made items.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002.  Nothing at DrapeStyle is “Ready Made”.  The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it.  All of our drapes are made from the highest quality materials.  And most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have an average of 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

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Please contact one of our designers for more information on custom made drapes, roman shade or pillows.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Let’s Talk Texture. Handwoven Silk.

With Pillow                                                                                                                                                                                                        Silk is commonly thought to be one of the most treasured and luxurious fabrics in the world. The textile is a sign of high class and refined taste, and has been adored by designers and consumers for the entirety of its long and complex history.

Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, and China remains the top producer of silk today.  India is the second largest producer of silk but the largest consumer of silk.  Silk is one of the strongest fibers.  It can be weaken when exposed to too much sunlight.

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Drapestyle carries several types of silk, including beautifully textured, Handwoven Silk.  Available in 18 colors, our handwoven silk is soft with a touch of sheen.

Handwoven Silk is a bit different than Taffeta Silk.  Where Taffeta Silk has a smooth finish, Handwoven Silk is more textured and has slubs.  Slubs are soft thick fabric nubs purposely set for this desired effect.  At DrapeStyle, sateen lining and flannel interlining are complementary when you purchase silk drapes.  This helps insulate your windows during hot and cold months, protects the silk fabric from sun damage, and adds body and fullness to the drape.

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DrapeStyle also adds drapery weights to the inside of the bottom hem of all drapes, 1 1/2″ double side hems, 5″ headers and bottom hems, and all striped silks are patterned matched.  It’s details like this that has made DrapeStyle a favorite among designers and home owners since 2002.  And all of our window treatments are made right here in the USA.  Using the highest quality fabrics paired with a talented team of seamstresses and you are sure to love your drapes as much as we loved making them.

If you have any questions about the different types of silk DrapeStyle offers, please contact one of our designers.  We love helping our customer 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 Memorial Day from DrapeStyle!

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Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations.  Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials.  On a less somber note, many people throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

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DrapeStyle to would like to remember and thank those who have served our country. DrapeStyle will be closed on Memorial Day, but will be back on Tuesday, May 31st, to help you with your window treatment needs.

DrapeStyle is your source for custom made drapes, Roman shades, pillows and drapery hardware.  With over 500 fabrics in silk, linen, cotton and polyester, and dozens of trims and ribbons, Drapestyle is sure to have something that will compliment your home.  Pair that with the most talented team of seamstresses and you have a winning team at DrapeStyle.  Our seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience.

DrapeStyle prides itself on our customer service.  We have been awarded best of Houzz in customer satisfaction three years in a row.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  In the meantime, please visit the DrapeStyle website for details of our current sales or to order fabric samples.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Custom Robert Allen Designer Drapes at DrapeStyle

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Robert Allen has counted the ballots of over 2,600 interior designers and they have a true blue winner.  Batik Blue is Robert Allen’s 2016’s color of the year.

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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.

Their design philosophy centers on color, and they’ve circled the globe seeking inspiration and working with mills in far-flung places that align with their principles. Their tireless efforts have not only resulted in thousands of colors, but thousands of the right colors.

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We invite you to look through all of Robert Allen’s beautiful blues.  DrapeStyle continues to carry gorgeous fabrics from several designers and transforms them into incredible custom drapery.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002.  Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made”.  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 the highest quality materials, and, most importantly, each drape is handmade.  Handmade by a team of seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

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DrapeStyle has also been awarded the Best of Houzz for customer service three years in a row. We love helping our customers create their dream drapes!

 

We are happy to help you select the perfect window treatments for your home or office. Whether you need drapes, curtains, roman shades or drapery hardware, DrapeStyle is happy to help you with your window treatment needs.  Please contact us for more information or visit our website for more details.

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Sheer Elegance at DrapeStyle

 

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Subtle.  Classic.  Beautiful. Sheer drapes add so much to a room.  And now that the weather is warming up, I can’t help and think about how beautiful these light and airy drapes will look with a spring breeze blowing through them.

 

DrapeStyle carries a variety of beautiful sheers.  From 100% linen, to durable polyester, our sheers will create an easy, breezy feeling in your home or office.

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Our sheer voile drapes are beautiful on their own, or paired behind patterned drapes for a little privacy.  Made of the softest, finest polyester, our voile drapes will add elegance while softly filtering light into your room.  Optional five inch dupioni silk banding is available.

 

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Dramatic and contemporary, DrapeStyle’s designer sheers are perfect on their own. Our Summer Sheer and Lexus Sheer drapes are constructed with bottom weights, four inch clear buckram headings, and blind stitched.  Metal finishes are just some of the options available.

 

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Our 100% linen and linen blend drapes offer sheer designs with texture, while adding understated elegance to your windows.  Choose from patterns such as Tropez, Cannes, Vanderbilt and more.  Several neutral colors and patterns are available, perfect for any home.  Made in the USA with your choice of pleat style.

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Whether you are pairing sheers with a patterned or solid colored drape, or looking for sheers to stand on their own, DrapeStyle has what you are looking for.  Contact us with questions about measuring or determining the size sheer you need for your window. Our designers are happy to help you with all of your window treatment needs.  We want you to be as happy with your drapes are we were making them in our Phoenix, Arizona studio!

If you would like samples of any of our sheers, you can order them online or over the phone.  All of our sheers are on sale now, so act quickly for best selection.

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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.
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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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Why Do My Drapes Need Weights?!

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You probably didn’t even realize there was such as thing as drapery weights.  Not all companies put weights in the draperies.  But DrapeStyle does.  Why do you need weights?

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Simply put, your drapes will look better.  If you look at the drape on the left side, it looks crisper than the drape on the right.  Your drapes won’t flap and your pleats will stay put.  We realize that custom made drapes are an investment, and we want them to look as good as you do!  Drapery weights are just one of the many details DrapeStyle puts into their drapes.  Drapery weights are small in size and are placed in the bottom hem of the drapery panels.  They will be invisible from the front and back, you’ll never know they are there!

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What about outdoor drapes?  Yes, they also get weights.  DrapeStyle puts “shot tape” or “leaded weight tape” in the bottom hem of outdoor drapes.  Shot tape consists of a long very small diameter cotton tube, filled with a line of leaded balls to form a continuous cord.  This is placed inside the bottom hem from one side of the drapery panel to the other.

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Drapery weights, 1 1/2″ double side hems with blind stitching, 5″ double buckram headings, 5″ double bottom hems, 3 1/2″ returns and overlaps….these are just some of the details that DrapeStyle puts into their drapes.  Not all custom drapes are created equal, so be sure to do your homework and ask what is included in the price of your drapes.

At DrapeStyle, we have been in business for over a decade.  Our team of talented seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments.  When you buy your draperies from DrapeStyle you are buying directly from the manufacturer.  Everything is made right here in the USA.

And our customer service can’t be beat!  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best in Customer Service by Houzz three years in a row.  When you call DrapeStyle, you will be speaking with a designer, not a sales person.  So whether you are in need of Drapes, Curtains, Roman Shades, Pillows or Drapery Hardware, we are here to help.

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Feel free to contact us if you need a little advice on measuring, fabric samples or designing your dream drapes.

Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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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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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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And in case you were wondering…….

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


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Shabby Chic Interiors

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Shabby chic interiors evoke a warm, comfy, casual feeling.  It is an extremely popular trend in home decorating, weddings, crafting and more.  Some of the characteristics of Shabby Chic are layering on the texture such as wicker, linencotton, and burlap.  Don’t be afraid to mix furnishings in different finishes, colors and styles, or from different eras.  Introduce painted, stained and distressed woods, as well as metals and iron.  Vintage fixtures, hardware and accessories married with white or pastel-painted cabinets are the essence of today’s shabby chic style.

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Another characteristic of Shabby Chic is well worn furniture with beautiful patinas.  For a truly unique piece, create your own patina by removing some of the paint on furniture with steel wool.  Use a piece of furniture differently than that it was originally made for.  What a great way to reuse, re purpose and up-cycle!

This neutral toned nursery in beige and white centers around leaf-detail rug, with all-white furnigure including shelving and dresser, with corner slipcover armchair under oval wall mirror.

Need more ideas for Shabby Chic?  Add lots of fun, feminine touches like ruffles, ribbon, florals.  DrapeStyle has dozens of fabrics that could be used for the Shabby Chic trend!  Check out the Shabby Chic page for more ideas.  Any of our fabrics can be used to make Custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows.

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All of our fabrics can be viewed online and ordering samples is quick and easy.  We’ll even give you your first $10 in samples free. Simply use coupon code “SAMPLES” at checkout.  We’ll have your fabric samples to you within a few days and when you’re ready to order, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.  DrapeStyle has been in business since 2002, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.  And you do too!  Thanks to great customers like you, our feedback and reviews are excellent.  We have been awarded the Best of Houzz in customer service three years in a row.  So if you need a little help with measuring, fabric advice, or even if you would like to place your order over the phone, we’re here to help.

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IKAT trends

 

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IKAT (pronounced ee-kot) continues to be one of the hottest trends in home and fashion today.  Ikat comes to us from places like Indonesia, India, and central Asia.

Ikat is defined as “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design.

What does this really mean?  You can easily add a bit of this fun, global style to your home without breaking the bank!

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Some easy ways to incorporate Ikat into your home are:  Ikat Room

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Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to add a pop of color and the latest Ikat trend.  Available in a variety of prints, DrapeStyle has several options for custom made pillows.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns within the same hue.

 

 

 

 

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Wall Art

Another inexpensive way to add style and color to a room.  Ikat wall art is available almost anywhere.  You could even make your own art by purchasing a bold Ikat fabric and “frame it” over canvas stretcher bars you can purchase at any craft store.

 

 

 

 

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A tray, vase, rug, footstool or pouff; items like these throughout the room can really add a punch of color and carry through the Ikat theme.

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Drapes or Roman Shades

This is where DrapeStyle can be a tremendous help.  We have several Ikat patterns available for custom drapes in any style you choose.  Ikat patterns also look great made up in a Roman Shade and pillows.  At DrapeStyle, little details like matching up patterns, weighted bottoms, blind stitching, and 3 1/2″ returns, have made DrapeStyle one of the largest suppliers to home owners and designers throughout the US and Canada.
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So whether your decor is traditional, rustic or eclectic, Ikat patterns can be incorporated into your room’s decor.  DrapeStyle has many Ikat fabrics to choose from.  We carry designers such as Robert Allen, Kravet, Schumacher and Trina Turk, and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Once you have received your samples, feel free to contact one of our designers that can help you design your dream drapes.  At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  We love our customers and it shows!  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in customer service for three years in a row.  Pair that with our talented team of seamstresses, who have on average, 25 years of experience, and you have a winning team!  As always, your drapes will be hand made right here in the USA.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience-you will be pleased.

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