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What is a Width?

What is a “Width”?  This is probably the question I am asked most often from customers.

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You ordered fabric samples.  You taped the fabric samples to your wall next to the window.  You lived with those samples taped to your wall for two weeks, and finally decided on a color.  Now you’re ready to order your drapes.

Quantity, check.  Fabric, check.  Pleat, check.  Length, check.  Width…..width?  Do I need 1 width?  2 and a half widths?  What IS a width?

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.

 

 

These pictures are examples of drapes that do not have overlaps, they are not wide enough to completely close:

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DrapeStyle also creates 3 1/2″ returns-a return is a piece of fabric at the end of the drape that returns back to the wall so that light does not shine through the sides.  So what started as a 54″ wide piece of fabric, is now a 26″ wide drape with French Pleats.

Here are some examples of returns:

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So based on all of these details, NOW how many widths do I need?

 

DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.

 

Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.  This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?

 

Here’s a chart to help you:

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Or, when you are entering your information online, next to the width you select, it will tell you how wide the drape will be:

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Bottom line, DON’T SWEAT IT!

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
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DRAPESTYLE awarded Best of Houzz

 

DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona  Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016  

Over 35 Million Monthly Users Nominated the Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals from Around the World

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DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The industry leader of custom draperies and Roman Shades for over a decade was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize DRAPESTYLE, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow DrapeStyle on Houzz, or visit the DrapeStyle website: www.drapestyle.com

 

 

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About DRAPESTYLE

At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, pillows and roman shades available anywhere and delivering the best value to our customers since 2002.  Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer.  After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, pillows and roman shades for over a decade.

 

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DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.  On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel, professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features:

Value Pricing: When you purchase your window treatments from DrapeStyle you can be confident that you are getting the absolute best value anywhere:

  • Perfect Length, Same Price. At DrapeStyle you can select most drapery from 84″ to 105″ lengths for no additional charge.
  • Six Pleat Styles – One Price. Choose from French Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Rod-Pocket, Rod-Pocket with Flange or Parisian Pleated Drapery for the same price. Grommets require an additional charge.
  • Premium Linings and Interlinings. Nothing makes drapery more luxurious than premium heavy-weight linings. At DrapeStyle we only use the finest linings and interlinings by Hanes.
  • Exclusive Luxurious Fabrics. We feature luxurious fabrics from some of the finest mills in North America, Europe and India, many of which are exclusive to DrapeStyle.
  • DrapeStyle Rewards. When you purchase your window treatments at DrapeStyle you are eligible to earn DrapeStyle Rewards Points which can be redeemed for custom pillows, drapery, accessories or nearly any product in our store.

 

 

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And our best quality feature, Our People. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. We’ll even create a sketch for you if you need one. We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Refresh

 

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How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?

I usually make two; one resolution I know I can keep, like, I vow to take a multivitamin everyday.  And the other is more of a goal.  This year, my “goal” is to clean out and organize my craft closet.  I have a craft closet, stuffed full of all things crafty; jewelry making stuff, pillow making stuff, party decorating stuff, sewing stuff, 4th of July decorations, St. Patty’s day decorations, floral arranging stuff… You get the point.  So I plan on cleaning out my closet, and reorganize everything so it’s easy to get to.  And I’m going to try and get my husband to clean out the garage.  And I think if we clean and purge enough, we might have enough “stuff” to hold a yard sale.

 

Resolve to Refresh…

If the New Year puts you in the same mind set; cleaning out and organizing, you may find that you want to update a few things around the house.  What about custom made window treatments and pillows?

Much like a well tailored suit, custom window treatments in the correct length and width, can make all the difference.  And DrapeStyle can help.  We’ve been making custom drapes and roman shades since 2002.  In any length and any width, we can create a look that’s just right for your home.  You know how good you look in a tailored outfit, if it fits good, you feel great.  It’s the same with window treatments.

Sure, you can purchase drapes at the department store in the lengths they want to sell.  Sure, you can go to the home store and purchase the same ready made roman shades your neighbors have.  Or you can get custom window treatments made in your choice of over 400 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and dozens of different trims, tassels, fringe and ribbon for that truly custom look.

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Need some inspiration?  Order our free catalog and you’ll be inspired by the designs, color pallets and attention to detail DrapeStyle puts into every order.  We have been making quality window treatments and pillows for over a decade.  Our design studio has a talented team of seamstresses that have, on average, 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the manufacturer, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle.  Each drape we make includes the same quality features, something we will continue to honor in the New Year.

 

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Need a little help?  Contact one of our design consultants and we’ll help you create a custom look for your home made from the highest quality fabrics and meticulous craftsmanship.  And at DrapeStyle, we take pride in being able to say our products are made right here in the USA.

So if you’re thinking about updating for the New Year, and you are thinking about silk, linen or cottondrapes, or roman shadespillows or hardware; DrapeStyle can help you create a custom, tailored, one of a kind window treatment that’s a perfect fit for your home.  What better way to ring in the New Year?

 

 

Happy Holidays from DrapeStyle!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from DrapeStyle!

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible.  Our customers.

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Without our customer’s support and confidence, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love doing most; making beautiful, luxurious custom window treatments for customers all over the world.  At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, roman shades and pillows, available anywhere. DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.

On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features.

We have been delivering the best value to our customers since 2002, and look forward to many, many more years.  We at DrapeStyle would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a safe and happy holiday.

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So that our employees may spend the holiday with family and friends, DrapeStyle will be closed December 24th through 27th and December 31st through January 3rd.

We look forward to continuing to serve you in the New Year, with exceptional service, value and design.

Happy Holidays,
The Staff at DrapeStyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside! DrapeStyle Can Help!

Winter’s coming…and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, you’d better stock up on long johns and firewood.  Especially if you’re east of the Rockies, predictions are, you are going to be hit hard!  Pair that with rising energy costs, and your monthly home heating costs could go through the roof!

Here are 7 things you can do to help combat a cold house and make your thermostat happy:

 

1. Add A Down Filled Comforter

Down has always been the preferred insulator when worn or for bundling up while sleeping.  Body heat is trapped between the little fluffs of down, creating a re-generating heat source that will keep you warm all night long.  There are different weight levels available-some are even available with dual-zone comforters for bed partners with different sleeping temperature preferences! The best down originates from birds from the coldest climates, such as Hungarian or Siberian geese.  Plus, using a duvet allows you to change your room’s look easily from season to season or from one style to another without having to reinvest in a quality insert. 

2. Use A Humidifier 

Cold, winter air is notoriously dry, often leaving your home’s humidity around 10%…far short of the ideal of 30-40%  Having the correct humidity levels not only provides additional warmth to a house, but it also has many other benefits such as reducing allergens, reducing the risk of furniture damage, and controlling static electricity.

3. Change The Direction Of Your Ceiling Fans 

Most fans spin and pull air up to the ceiling.  By simply reversing the direction of your ceiling fan and pushing the rising heat back down into your living space, you can save as much as 10% on energy costs.  Ceiling too high to manually change blade direction?  This may be a good time to replace your fan with one with a built-in remote control.

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4. Reinforce Cold, Drafty Areas 

 Windows — Take a candle or incense stick to the window on a breezy day.  Move around the frame, inside and outside of the trim, and see if the smoke moves.  If it does, you have a draft spot.  Use paintable caulk for around the trim and silicone caulk outside if you can.  There are window weatherstrips available at most home improvement stores as well.  Insulating your window draperies can help keep the draft from entering the room as well.

Doors — The old, simple solution is a draft dodger-a fabric tube filled with sand or rice that lays along the bottom of your door.  Etsy has some fun and stylish options.  The best option, however, is to replace the weather stripping around your door, including the threshold strip. 

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5. Add Insulated Drapery Lining 

DrapeStyle can help with this one!  DrapeStyle offers insulated drapery lining, also called thermal lining, for all drapes and roman shades.  It’s common for drafts to come in around windows.  However, most pre-fabricated drapery panels available at most retailers, come with a simple, thin lining or with no lining at all.  DrapeStyle’s custom drapes and roman shades include lining! Let us help you select the interlining that’s best for your climate.  Interlining also adds body and weight to your drapes for a very luxurious, custom look. Our skilled workroom can add the following interlining to your drapes:

Flannel Interlining— Similar to the lightweight flannel sheets your grandma used, this supple lining goes between the face fabric and standard sateen lining.  Flannel interlining has been shown to reduce heat loss by 25%.

Bump Interlining— Originally used in Europe’s cold-climate country homes, bump interlining offers the most insulation for cold and sound.  It also gives a nice weight and drape to fine fabrics, such as silk.

6. Add Rugs To Bare Floors

Aside for the obvious (that rugs are warmer than tile or wood), wool rugs in particular are a natural insulator similar to down.  They’re hypoallergenic, provide moisture, and are incredibly durable.  Well-kept wool rugs can be handed down through generations.  Even better than an area rug would be wall-to-wall wool carpeting.

7. Get An Energy Audit

An inexpensive (often subsidized-check with your local electric company) professional test for air leaks, insulation levels and other thermal performance factors is the best way to learn where the cold is getting into your house.  They will give you tips and tricks to help keep the cold out, and often times will do the work themselves at a discounted fee.  Click here for more information on audits. 

 

So there you have it, 7 great ways to help keep the cold out this winter.  Or, you could always take up baking, not only will the heat from the oven heat up your home, but the baked goods you hand out to neighbors and co-workers will get you off of Santa’s naughty list!

 

 

Pantone names two colors of the year: ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

A SOFTER TAKE ON COLOR FOR 2016: FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE BLENDING OF TWO SHADES, ROSE QUARTZ AND SERENITY, ARE CHOSEN AS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Rose_Quartz_Serenity_PCI_LogoAs consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

 

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WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

 

 

ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY COLOR PAIRINGS

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.*

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*Originally posted on: https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

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DRAPERY LINING-How Do I Choose?

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Drapery Lining Guide – The Smart and Beautiful Way to Save Energy.

Selecting drapery lining and interlining 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.  There have been several recent studies on just this topic.  In fact, one energy study conducted by University of Texas, noted that adding insulated drapes to a single glazed window reduces heat loss by 56% (48% for double glazed windows). It also provides complete privacy, muffles sound and lasts longer than any other window treatment.

 

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The following are the lining and interlining options DrapeStyle offers, and their purpose:

 

Standard Lining: A quality drape is manufactured with a lining which backs the primary drape material.  The lining protects the drape material from the damaging effects of sunlight which, over time, will fade and deteriorate the drape fabric, whether it is silk, linen, cotton or polyester.  Quality linings are typically made from a blend of cotton and polyester.  The cotton provides softness to the material while polyester provides wrinkle resistance and moisture protection.  Standard lining adds a layer of protection with moderate light penetration.

 

 

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Flannel Interlining: The interlining is the layer of material between the fabric and the lining.  DrapeStyle uses a 100% cotton, premium, heavy-weight flannel interlining.  The flannel is loosely woven to provide a greater insulating factor and dramatically add to the fullness of your custom drapes.  You may choose flannel interlining and standard lining, or flannel interlining and blackout lining to your custom drapes.

 

 

 

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Bump Interlining: Bump Interlining, or “English Bump” as it is often called is an extremely heavy-weight 100% cotton flannel interlining.  The name “English Bump” refers to its use as the home’s primary insulation in early nineteenth century England.  At more than twice the thickness and weight as our flannel interlining, bump is the perfect choice when sound and climate insulation are required.  Bump interlining is sandwiched between the fabric and the lining.  You may add bump interlining with your standard lining or blackout lining.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Here is an example of lining and interlining combinations and their effect on the drape:

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Standard Lining None Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Standard Lining Flannel Interlining Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Blackout Lining Flannel Interlining Exceptional Very Good Very Good Exceptional
Standard Lining Bump Very Good Exceptional Exceptional Very Good

 

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.

 

Still have questions?  We’re here to help.  At DrapeStyle we have been making premium quality custom drapery for homeowners and designers in the US and Canada since 2002.  If you have questions or would like samples of any of our fabrics or linings, please contact one of our designers at 800.760.8257.  We will be happy to help you with the process of ordering your custom drapes, curtains or roman shades.

Place Your Order for Christmas Delivery Now!

Now is the time to finalize your custom drapery order for Christmas delivery for only $21.99!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware before Christmas?    There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.

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DrapeStyle offers hundreds of fabrics including silk, linen, cotton, and polyester blends that can be made into any style drape, curtain or roman shade.  We also feature designer fabrics from Schumacher, Robert Allen and Kravet.  The customization continues with your choice of lining; sateen, interlining, bump or blackout lining.

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So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, you won’t find a better selection than at www.drapestyle.com.  If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order, send you fabric samples or just offer some advice.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by November 6th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed Christmas delivery on custom drapes and roman shades for only $21.99.*

 

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*$21.99 standard UPS ground delivery by Christmas for all 50 U.S. states.  Applies to in stock fabric for Custom Drapes and Roman Shades only.  Over sized items, drapery hardware, and rush deliveries may incur additional charges.  $50 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other offers, use code 913 at checkout.  Offer expires November 6, 2015.

 

Window Treatment Solutions for French Doors

Window Treatments for French Doors

At DrapeStyle, one of the most common questions we get asked is, “What kind of window treatments do I put on my french doors?”

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So often the answer is roman shades.  DrapeStyle can custom make roman shades in any width and length, therefore we can cover ANY french door of ANY size.   DrapeStyle literately, has hundreds of fabrics suitable for roman shades. One shade?  Two shades?  That is up to you.   Both options look great, but if you are considering one shade, you will probably need to mount the shade above the moulding so that there is enough clearance for the doors to open and close.  If you opt for one shade per window or door, you have a choice between outside or inside mounted shades, both are great additions to french doors.

  Roman Shades work very well on French Doors. Choose the fabric, style and lift system that works for you! By Budget Blinds of Susquehanna Valley. www.budgetblinds.com:

 

Drapes are a great option as well.  You can select any style, any pleat and any fabric.  The drapery rod will be hung above the moulding, usually about three inches, and will need to extend past the doors a few inches on either side of the doors.  If you will be opening and closing the drapes often, we suggest that you design your drapes with drapery rings and rods or a traverse rod.  Grommets don’t always slide very easily.

 

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Want a more designer look?  Add roman shades AND drapes to your french doors.  This will give you that designer touch that is often overlooked. The roman shades will give you the privacy you need and the drapes will provide that decorative touch.  Mix and match patterns and colors!  Layer on the texture!  DrapeStyle has over 400 fabrics so you are sure to find fabrics that will compliment each other and look great in your home.  You could even custom order a couple of different patterns of drapes that coordinate with your roman shades, and change them out with the seasons!

 

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Not into patterns?  Consider a clean, monochromatic look.  Neutrals are very in right now,  and they can create a serene and soothing environment perfect for your bedroom.  DrapeStyle has dozens of neutral colored silks, linens and cotton fabrics to choose from.  You can even order samples of anything you see on the website so that you can view the fabrics in your own home.  For a truly custom look, roman shades are an inexpensive way to cover your french doors.  Purchasing window coverings is an investment and we want you to be satisfied with your purchase.  That’s why designers are here to help you with the ordering process.  We’re here Monday-Friday 9am-5pm MST so don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Getting Rid of Our Old Shutters

When my husband and I moved into our very first home, started a family, and had very little idea, if any, the difference between window treatments or no window treatments, our neighbor insisted to keep the off-white shutters that were already in our home. The shutters that dangled centimeters from the window, the shutters with the kind of texture that made everything else in our living room look beyond glamorous (which is unfortunately far from true), the shutters that were so yellowed and tinted from the sun’s warmth that they made the rest of our house look an overwhelming shade of white, the shades we were embarrassed to admit had moved into our home before we did and that there was, what felt like, no way of kicking them out… otherwise referred to by my husband and I as the “ugly shutters”. Fortunately, when my mother- in -law stopped by for a visit to babysit our toddler, we came home to greet our shutters at the side of the curb were they belonged, accompanied by the rest of the junk we so desperately needed to get rid of. It finally felt like we had our home to ourselves. Yet, the sun’s heat was almost unbearable in August, scorching the dark hardwood floors and leaving us with sunburns when we were simply just roaming from room to room. Spraying sunscreen on our little one didn’t feel necessary when we weren’t at the beach, and the expensive hardwood fading little by little was irritating, and the naked windows were far from helpful in the privacy department, so we experimented with another technique… drapery. What innovative technological advancements had our society made since the 14th century that were more brilliant than drapes? I would have to get back to you on that one…   The easy-breezy sweep of the fabulous cloth to immediately shade our living room saved us sunscreen rashes, expensive hardwood floor replacements, and a whole lot of cringing from visitors. Drapery is an effective, beautiful, and a very convenient addition to our home. This sort of window treatment rescued my family from the teeth-grinding, sweaty palms, and ‘tsk tsk’ing kind of embarrassment from visiting friends and co-workers who are now impressed with our immense upgrade from the “ugly shutters” to the recently renamed “best thing that has ever happened to a window”.

Love Hearing from Our Customers

Nothing makes our day like getting little notes and photos from our Customers.  They provide a constant reminder to us that when we focus on taking care of our Customers the rest will take care of itself.

At DrapeStyle, we simply provide the very best value, service and quality in the custom drapery and window treatment market.

“Dear DrapeStyle,

The drapes I ordered from your company are beautiful and are very well made. I hope these pictures do them justice. They look fantastic in my great room.”

We also love getting your pictures so please keep them coming!!

 

 

 

Mojave Stone Custom Contemporary Drapery

Mojave Stone Custom Contemporary Drapery

Mojave Stone Custom Cotton Drapery by DrapeStyle

Mojave Stone Custom Cotton Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

Having Trouble Decising Between Silk Drapes or Linen Drapery?

We get lots of Customers who just can’t make the decision between new custom silk drapery or linen drapes.  Sometimes that answer they decide on is….”both”.  Why not?  Silk and Linen blend together like peanut butter and jelly.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been combining silk and linen into unique drapery styles and designs for over a decade.  We love the simple but elegant Silk Bordered Linen Drapery where we start with your choice of linen fabric and then add a contrasting silk border in your choice of Dupioni or Taffeta.  We make each one panel to order in our workroom so we are not bound by the typical constraints of larger retailers.  After all, every drapery and curtain panel we make at DrapeStyle is 100% custom.  No ready made drapes here.

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

 

Another best seller at DrapeStyle has been our Hotel Drape in linen.  We start with your choice of any of our linen fabrics and then hand-apply four silk bands.  These panels take a lot of time to make but we really think they’re worth it.  If you need some help in choosing the perfect combination of fabrics please don’t hesitate to call one of our Designers who are standing by.

 

The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

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Making the Silk and Linen Custom Draepry

 

 

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The DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

We’re excited to introduce the new DrapeStyle Luxe Collection for 2014.  These contemporary drapes are available in 25 amazing fabrics including the Parker which features the Nautical Knot Embroidery.  Our Luxe Collection is available in any of our pleat styles including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat and Grommets.  These fabrics are in short supply so order your samples as soon as possible!

Most of the Luxe collection is comprised of Linen / Poly Blends or 100% Polyester which is wrinkle resistant and durable.  You can get an extra long drapery panel at 135 Inches long and 46 inches wide, lined and interlined in the Parker Sapphire as shown below, for under $500 per panel.  Once again DrapeStyle is proving that you can get high-end luxurious custom drapes without over-paying!  These prices are valid until May 9th.

 

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The Luxe Collection by DrapeStyle shown in Parker Sapphire with Parisian Pleat.

 

 

Linen Drapes

Linen has been one of our most popular fabrics for over a decade.  We offer a few varieties of Linens all of which make classic and luxurious custom drapes.  Which is the right Linen Fabric for you drapes and you home?  Let’s first discuss a little about what linen is, how it is made and little history of this fabric.

Linen is actually harvested from the Flax Plant and dates back to ancient Egypt as early as the 4th Century BC.  Originally Flax was boiled and woven into Linen fabric which was used extensively for tunics, gowns and even wrapping of the bodies of the deceased.  Later when the milling and production processes improved so that Linen could be woven into longer lengths it was used to create decorative draperies for the Ancient Kings and Pharaohs.  When King Tut’s Tomb was discovered and opened, they found linen drapes still hanging where they had been for centuries.

Later Linen production moved to Europe where the process was further improved and the fabrics were used for clothing, upholstery and even for the insulation of homes.

Linen is a great choice for custom drapery and Roman Shades as it is heavy, well-insulating and comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors.  It is also typically, more economical for drapery when compared to other types of fabrics like silk.

At DrapeStyle we offer a few varieties of Linen for our drapery.  Our Classic Linen is a well-made heavy-weight Linen that is imported form Europe.  We love to create different drapery styles with Linen such as our Bordered Linen, Banded Linen and Hotel Drape in Linen.  Our Classic Linen is available in a variety of solid colors.

Our Patterned Linen is the some Linen Fabric as our Solid Classic Linen and comes in both traditional and contemporary patterns including the popular Ikat and Chevron Patterns.

Our Estate Linen is a heavier weight and softer woven linen that makes incredible custom drapes.  Our Estate Linen is also known as Bristol Linen and it has a much wider and looser weave.  I would suggest ordering samples of both the Classic Linen and the Estate Linen and you can easily see the difference in the weave of the fabrics.

This year we introduced our Manhattan Linen Collection.  Our Manhattan Linens are a blend of Linen and Polyester and make amazing drapes.  The primary benefit of blending some Polyester into the Linen Weave is to reduce the amount of wrinkle that you will get from 100% Linen.  If we get any comments and concerns about Linen it is that it wrinkles easily and will usually need to be steamed to release the wrinkles.  The blending of the Polyester significantly reduces the amount of wrinkles and also makes it much easier to remove any wrinkles that may exist.

Finally we offer our Sheer Linen Collection.  Like the name implies, our Sheer Linens are extremely lightweight (they can easily be seen through) and are very similar to gauze in weave and texture.  Our Sheer Linens are the perfect fabrics for those casual bungalow drapery panels.  When you think of Sheer Linens just think of Coastal Living Magazine, relaxed and casual.

Please feel free to call one of our Designers to answer any questions that you may have about our linen fabrics and custom linen drapes.

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

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

 

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Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle

How Much are Custom Drapes?

We get this question all of the time.  The answer, depends.  At DrapeStyle all we do it make quality custom made drapes from scratch, everyday.  Our draperies range in price from as little as $199/panel for a simple solid linen, silk or cotton to over $1,000 per panel for some of our Schumacher Fabrics.  We like to think that we can really help you get high quality custom draperies for any budget.  In fact, if you are looking for drapery from a major retailer like Ethan Allen or Restoration Hardware, you can probably buy 100% custom in your choice of pleat style, lining and width from DrapeStyle for the same price or even less.  How can we compete with the big retailers?  Well, for one reason, we don’t have a warehouse where we keep hundreds if not thousands of “ready-made” drapery panels.  All of that inventory is just really expensive.  Instead, we keep a small amount of fabric in stock and only order exactly what we need to make each set of drapes.  No excess inventory and no waste means, lower costs.  It’s just that simple.

Thanks for shopping DrapeStyle.

The New DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

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

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

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Selecting the Perfect Drapery Pleat Style

We are often asked by our customers “Which pleat style do I choose”? There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.
1- What is the style of you room? Is it Modern/ Contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?
2- How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?
3- Are the drapes functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just frame your window)?

Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our 7 options is a breeze.
Rod Pocket – Typically used in Traditional spaces this pleat is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily.
Flat Panel (no pleats) – Flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. You will have to dress your drapery each time you open and close to achieve a uniform look.
Grommet- Clean & uniform by design Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes & diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.
Inverted- If you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body the Inverted Pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but loses the lines as it falls toward the floor. This pleat works with Modern & Transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.
Cartridge – the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of a flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drape. The look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.
French Pleat (Pinch Pleat) – The French Pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the 3-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open & close this pleat requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.
Parisian Pleat – a twist on the traditional French Pleat the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for Modern or Transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.
Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice.

The DrapeStyle Store

If you are someone who likes to sit down with a real Interior Designer in a relaxed comfortable setting before buying your next set of custom drapery or Roman Shades, than we invite you to visit our DrapeStyle Store.  As of today, we only have one store which is located in the StoneMill Design Center in Costa Mesa but we are working on adding additional locations soon.  We are open to the public and you can stop in anytime without an appointment but we do encourage you to make an appointment so we can be sure that we have a Designer available to meet with you.

In our Store, Designers are not paid on commission.  They get paid as a Team, so, there is no high-pressure sales pitch.  We just want to be sure that you get the perfect custom drapes or Roman Shades for your home.  Located behind our Store is our Workroom where we actually make your drapes and Roman Shades.  Of course, if time permits we would be happy to give you a tour of the Workroom and show you exactly how your drapery is made.

We feature over 400 fabric options from leading Fabric Mill like Robert Allen, Schumacher, Kravet, Sunbrella and Lee Jofa just to name a few.  You can also checkout larger fabric headers to take home.

The DrapeStyle Store is located at:

2915 Red Hill Ave

Suite A-018

Costa Mesa, CA  92626


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Drapery Design. It’s All in the Details…

In The Details.

We’ve all heard the saying “the devil is in the details”, for me the details are the most exciting part of any project. There is nothing like finding the perfect accent piece to complete your masterpiece.

Have you ever been out and about and you see a little trinket that reminds you of someone you know & just the thought of giving it to them puts a smile on your face? The high you get giving it to them and seeing the priceless look on their face when they realize that you know them so well…that’s one of my favorite parts of designing for my clients.

Completing a room with custom drapery is one of the best ways to add detail to your room. Finding the perfect shade of Silk or Linen opens the door to a world of possibilities. Do I add a border, maybe a trim? How about a contrasting edge band? Is there a complimenting sheer or Roman Shade I should consider? These are some of the many options that I love helping my clients with.

Working at DrapeStyle I am in constant awe of the incredible fabrics & trimming options that we are presented with. Just today I met with a mill representative who brought over 20+ books of their latest trim collections. I was immediately inspired. From tape trims, to rusche to tassel trim my mind was racing. I’m looking forward to pulling together a number of trim options to coordinate with our existing drapery styles and I have already started sketching some new ideas inspired from my meeting today. The possibilities are endless; the “details” are endless.

DrapeStyle Designer Amy

DrapeStyle Designer Amy