How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be good to share some ideas on how to be more energy efficient. There are many things you can do to help make your home more energy efficient. Including our favorite, use interlined draperies in your home to keep the cold and heat out! Read on for more ideas that will help you save money in both the winter and summer months:

Get rid of energy vampires: cell phone chargers, electric toothbrushes, and other appliances still consume electricity even if they are not in use or turned off. By plugging them in just when they need to be used, you can save on average 6-8% of electricity, which accounts for an overall amount of $7 billion nationwide.

Replace Incandescent Bulbs: in 2014, manufacturers stopped producing 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs (100-watt and 75-watt bulbs were already phased out). But we’re not doomed to live in the dark. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient than your old incandescent bulbs. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.

Reverse your ceiling fan in winter: ceiling fans are more energy efficient than air conditioners, so if you can make the switch, do so. Secondly, ceiling fans can help keep your home warmer in the winter by simple reversing the fan’s direction to spin clockwise. In doing so, you’ll push the hot air downwards so that any heating that rises will be evenly distributed throughout your home.

Add Insulation to Your Attic: adding insulation to your attic can help seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs. The amount of insulation needed to cover your attic depends on your home’s size and the climate in your region, but you will recoup your money in a couple of years.

Wash your clothes with warm or cold water: 90% of the electricity consumed by your washer is used to heat up water. The next time you put a load in, make sure that you use soap that can be used with cold or warm water and adjust the settings.

Switch to low flow showers heads: the average shower head uses 5 gallons of water per minute, but changing them with low flow options you can reduce your consumption to 2.5 gallons per minute or less.

Buy Energy Star Products: Energy Star products, such as refrigerators, televisions, stoves, washers and air conditioners, meet energy-efficient specifications set by the EPA. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. If you plan to replace an appliance soon, consider getting an Energy Star-certified product.

Window treatments & rugs insulate your home: window treatments and rugs can be strategically used to maintain your home’s temperature. In the winter draw your drapes or shades at night to block out the cold air and keep the warmth in. Interlining your window coverings can add added insulation properties. Contact us for more information on this.


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Drapery Seams Happen

Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched
Designer Drape in Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc, pattern matched

 

 

 

 

Seams happen.

But that’s ok, we can deal with seams beautifully and make it so you don’t even know they’re there and still create beautiful custom drapes.

 

 

Most of our fabrics start out at 54″. Then once you start sewing the pleats and side hems, the solid colored fabric will measure 26″ wide at the top of the drape when completed. This is 1 “width” of fabric. This is fine if your custom drapes are going to be decorative, meaning that they will be stationary and you don’t plan on opening and closing them. But what if you have a wide window or your need to  close your drapes? Then we start to sew together “widths” of fabric to meet your specifications.  If you need a drape that is 80″ wide, you would order a 3 width drape. And our seamstresses are so talented, that they will hide the seams in the back of the pleats so that you don’t see them. This goes for patterns and striped fabrics too. Check out our measuring guide for more information.

How to cut fabric when matching a pattern
How to cut fabric when matching a pattern

Seams for Roman shades will be a little more obvious, but we have a solution for that too. We order enough fabric so that we can match up the pattern on all of your Roman shades. Does everyone do that? Not really, which is why you should do your homework before purchasing custom window treatments.

Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade
Contemporary Cotton Gate Black/White, Flat Roman Shade
Flat Roman SHade, Stripes are pattern matched
Flat Roman Shade, stripes are pattern matched

 

Seams can’t really be avoided but they can look good. Your custom made drapes should have details like bottom weights, drapery pins, double bottom hems and headers and premium linings.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, French pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware
Striped Silk Veranda 3, French Pleat, Stainless Steel Hardware

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time and costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our products are made from the highest quality materials right here in the USA. For more information or questions, please contact us.

Striped Silk Veranda 3, Inverted Pleat, Classic Iron Hardware

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Outdoor Decorating with Performance Fabrics

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It’s starting to warm up (finally!) and I think just about everyone experienced a colder than usual winter this year and we’re all looking forward to warmer days!

And as the weather gets warmer, we will start to venture outside. So, if your outdoor space ready for Spring? Do you need to freshen up your outdoor cushions, drapes and pillows?

Dupione Oak 8057-0000

Dimone Sequoia 8031-0000

Canvas Terracotta 5440-0000

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has a large selection of performance fabrics to brighten your outdoor space and provide privacy and protection from the wind and sun. And as always, you can customize your outdoor drapes to your specifications.

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Sunbrella

The undisputed king of the outdoor textile industry, Sunbrella brings the same great qualities as their marine offerings to your home with their vast selection of high-quality upholstery fabrics. These 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics won’t visibly fade, making them perfect for sunrooms and south-facing windows, which receive the most sunlight throughout the day. Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are indoor/outdoor fabrics, so they’ll look just as great on your porch or patio as in your living room. They’re also stain resistant and easy to clean if you have messy kids or pets to consider.

Trina Turk

Trina Turk’s outdoor fabrics for Schumacher are bold, vibrant and dramatic. The color palettes used in her abstract and geometric designs are clearly influenced by her work as a modernist fashion designer in Southern California. Trina Turk has an incredible selection of colorful outdoor fabrics, ideal for upholstery fabrics and drapery fabrics. Whether you use the fabric for upholstery, drapery, or outdoor cushions, it is destined to be a great accent. Her geometric fabrics are a best-seller and have definitely landed her a place on our list of favorite designers!

 

Visit our outdoor drapery page or outdoor pillow page for ideas and available patterns of performance fabrics. Need a little help? We’re here to help you design your custom dream drapes, pillows and Roman shades. And since they’re custom made, you decide the length, width and details, all made right here in the USA.


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Decorating Tiny Spaces

Decorating Tiny Spaces

When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a 600 square foot apartment. It was just north of Los Angeles and it was all we could afford. But it was newly built, in a great neighborhood, somewhat cozy and I tried to make it as stylish as I could, with lots of hand me down furniture. We definitely had to make the most of our small living space and made use of every inch we had.

Streamline Your Space

What do you really need? When you are starting out in your first home, this may not be a problem because you may not have much. But if you are down sizing, ask yourself what is really essential? Do you really need three crock pots or two vacuum cleaners?

Use Visible Storage

Use bookcases, the back of doors, shelving under coffee tables. Bookcases can store items other than books, the back of doors can store jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Consider furniture that can be used for double duty; ottomans that you can store blankets in, coffee tables that offer storage or a bottom shelf to store books and remotes. Make the most of vertical spaces, think about going up. by utilizing shelving, bookcases, and cabinets.

Create Open Spaces

Open shelving, coffee tables, bookcases and create an open airy feel even when you have utilized these spaces for storing essentials. Mirrors, see through acrylic furniture, and shiny surfaces will make spaces look larger.

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I used to have an assortment of mismatched furniture. I painted it all black to create a more cohesive look and accented it with a deep forest green color. Choose one accent color to keep things simple and effortless.

Keep walls neutral and light to create a larger looking space. Hang draperies high and wide, this will allow the eye to move up and make the brain think the windows and rooms, are larger than they really are. Keep fabrics light to allow more natural light to really open up the space.

Use decorative containers to hide clutter or store essentials. Baskets, bowls and pretty boxes can be used to store personal items.


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Draperies with Grommets

Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.

Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:

Will your drapery be “functional”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often.  If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.

You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that will attach to the leading drapery ring.  The baton will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands.  Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.

 

 

We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.

 

Will your drapery be “decorative”? If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them dressed down by your installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.

Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.

If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.

Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.


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What is Drapery Stack Back?

Dupioni Silk Drapes
Dupioni Silk Drapes in French Blue

Stack Back is a term most designers know and use when I am helping them with a window project. But it is important for our retail customers to know about this term as well.

Stack Back is essentially the amount of space that a drape will take up when it is pushed opened. To make it easy, we usually calculate Stack Back as 25% of the width of the drape for French, Flat Panels and Parisian pleated drapes. For Inverted and Cartridge pleated drapes, figure 28%.

Solid Linen Drapes in Leather, French Pleat

This can be important if you are limited on wall space on the sides of your window or if you would like your drapes to completely “stack off the glass”. Meaning, that if you do not want to obstruct your view when your drapes are drawn open, you want the drapes to stack off the glass. This may also be important if your drapes are covering a door that you will need to open and close. You will want to make sure the drapes completely stack off the glass.

Stack Back will also help you determine how long your drapery rod should be. If you would like your drapes to stack off the glass, you will want to make sure that the drapery rod is long enough to accomodate the drape’s Stack Back. Stack Back can also give your windows the illusion that they are taller and wider than they really are, which makes your room look larger.

Custom Linen Drapes with Banding
Custom Linen Drapes with Banding

Remember to think about the whole design. And if you have questions, we’re here to help, just contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.


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Why Does DrapeStyle Sell Drapes Separately?

Why does DrapeStyle sell drapes separately? We get this question quite often and the simple answer is that every window and every home has different needs. The next questions I usually get is, “Do people really buy just one drape?”. Yes they do.

Most of the time our customers will purchase a pair of drapes. If you would like a pair of drapes, be sure that your quantity is “2” when you are ordering online. But what if you have a sliding glass door? Because we have the ability to make any width or length drape, we can make you one drape for the sliding glass door. Maybe your sliding glass door opens on one side. Maybe you don’t have any room on the side of your door to put another drape. If this is your situation, you may want to consider purchasing a traverse track to make is easier to open and close your drape.

What if you have windows on either side of your fireplace? Not a problem, we would essentially make a pair of drapes, but you would only need to put one drape on each window.

In a similar situation, you may only have room for one drape on either side of your bed. Order a pair of drapes, the same size but only hang one drape on each window.

 

Needing decorative drapes for a wall of windows? We can do that too. You may need an odd number of decorative drapes to separate your windows and we can absolutely make these for your specifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a unique situation? Contact us and we would be happy to help you figure out a solution for your window treatments. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we have experienced just about every situation. All of our drapes are handmade from the highest quality materials by the most talented seamstresses right here in Phenix, Arizona. The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think its worth it and we think you’ll be pleased.


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Window Dressing On A Budget

Love the way custom drapes look but looking for a more cost effective to achieve that look? Here are a few tips to keep the cost of your drapery down.

A drape made with patterned fabric may cost more than a plain fabric, because you have to buy extra material just to match patterns across the seams. The bigger the pattern repeat, the more waste there is, and there really isn’t anything you can do about it. To keep costs down, look for a plain cotton or linen, or something with a very small pattern repeat.

 

Did you fall in love with the most expensive fabric?  If privacy isn’t an issue or you find that you can purchase inexpensive shades to achieve privacy, you can use the drapes as an accent. Purchase smaller side panels, pillows and tie backs in your favorite fabric and you will still be able to enjoy that pattern you love.

 

It’s always best to use generous amounts of an inexpensive fabric in drapes to get the best bang for your buck. Love the look of silk? Maybe you can find a polyester that has a similar look and feel for less money.

Purchase ready made curtains and have a custom detail added to them like additional banding, a trim on the leading edge.

To stay within budget, look for discontinued fabrics or shop at outlets stores to find lower prices on fabric for your drapes.

Consider installing the drapes yourself. With detailed instructions it really isn’t too difficult to hang drapery hardware and drapes.

Think about purchasing drapes as an investment. Purchasing drapes with energy saving interlining and linings can help lower the costs of your energy bill.

Contact DrapeStyle for more information on draperies, pillows or Roman shades. We have been in business for over 15 years and our trained consultants can help you design your dream drapes. Right here in the USA.


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What Pleat Style Do I Choose?

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.

What is the style of your room? Is it modern/contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?

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?

Will the drapes be functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just framing your window)?

Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our seven options is easy.

Rod Pocket-typically used in traditional spaces, this pleat style 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. Keep this in mind especially is your drapes are long, you may not be able to reach them in order to move them.

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. This style will need to be dressed down to get an even fullness.

 

Grommet-clean and uniform by design, Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes and 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 looses the lines as it falls towards the floor. This works with modern and 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 the flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drapes. This 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 three-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open and close this 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 pleat 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. But if you need a little advice, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and everything is still made in the USA.


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We Set High Production Standards

You’ve decided on having custom drapes made. What makes DrapeStyle different from other retailers?

DrapeStyle’s online business has been around for 15 years. The small business owner has owned her local workroom for over 35 years.

Read our reviews. We have had thousands of satisfied customers and many of them have shared their experiences: https://www.drapestyle.com/houzz-custom-drapes.html

DrapeStyle sets high production standards.

We still believe in hand making each order. From the time your order enters production, your fabric will be cut by hand, patterns and stripes will be matched and even the DrapeStyle tag is hand sewn for a professional, finished look.

Small details like these make all the difference:

  • Blind stitching
  • Drapery pins installed
  • Bottom weights on all drapes, indoor and out
  • Metal grommets are used instead of plastic grommets
  • All seams and hems are sewn-not glued together
  • We color match the thread to the fabric instead of using a clear nylon monofilament
  • If you order pleated drapes over 25″ wide, there will be seams.  However, we hide the seams towards the back of the pleats so it is not visible
  • Made in the USA-we are located in Phoenix, Arizona

And real, live, people answer the phone to help you with your window treatment project. We are here to help! Contact us for more information about DrapeStyle, fabric samples or just when you need a little advice.

DrapeStyle’s high production standards when making custom drapes takes little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it.


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Are Linen Drapes a Durable Choice?

 

Estate Linen Drape with Banding

One of the most common questions I am asked about custom made drapery is “What is the best fabric for my drapery?”. The simple answer is that it “depends”. Linen is becoming more and more popular for our customers in the US and Canada. It seems like we have been seeing linen drapery in more and more catalogs and large retail locations which may have added to its spike in popularity. Linen has been used for drapery for literally thousands of years. In fact, linen drapes have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.

Estate Linen Drape with Banding
Estate Linen Drape with Banding

 

Linen is relatively inexpensive and widely available in a large variety of weights and weaves. Linen absorbs color dies very well which results in deep rich color. When it comes to drapery there are a few features of linen that are important to consider.

Linen can hold some pretty stubborn wrinkles. Over time, when used as drapery, the wrinkles will relax but you may want to use a steamer to expedite the process. DrapeStyle uses great care in folding, packing and shipping our drapery to minimize the wrinkles before our clients receive them.

Manhattan Linen Blended Drape

Linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to use a high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely. It is for this reason that DrapeStyle’s linen drapes include Hanes high-quality white sateen lining at no extra cost.

Linen comes from the flax plant and because of this, it is sustainable. Every part of the flax plant is used, it is resilient, it can grow in poor soil conditions, and it needs less water than cotton to grow.

Amboise Linen Drape
Ambala Linen Blended Drape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At DrapeStyle we offer a wide variety of linen drapery to choose from. If you are concerned about wrinkles you may want to consider our Manhattan Linen Collection which features a blend of linen and polyester fabric. The polyester component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles. Vern Yip’s Napa fabric is also an excellent choice for a linen blended fabric. Both blended linens are a great value.

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 handmade to your specifications. If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please contact us and we can walk you through all of the options available.

Amboise Linen Roman Shade

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Why Line Your Curtains?

Curtain linings may seem an unnecessary expense, but there’s more to curtain linings than you might think. Here are five good reasons why it’s a good idea to use them in your next curtain project.

Silk and Linen Drapes
french pleat linen drapes
Sheer Linen Ivory Drapes

 

1     Windows, particularly windows without double glazing, are areas of great heat loss. Lining your curtains adds an extra layer, and increases the insulation. Thicker curtains will also insulate a room from noise outside, absorb sound, and make a room feel cosier.

2     Adding a lining to curtains will help keep out more light, especially if you use a blackout lining. This is a lining which has had a coating applied which blocks the pores in the weave which normally allow the light to pass through, so no light passes through the fabric itself. Look for a blackout lining which retains its soft characteristics and isn’t stiff and plasticky. Note that blackout lining on it’s own will not block all the light from a window – some will creep around the edges of a curtain or blind. It’s very difficult to actually blackout a room completely! But blackout lining will certainly help get a child off to sleep.

Privacy Lining vs. Blackout Lining

3   Linings also protect your beautiful curtain fabric from fading. The light from south and west facing windows is particularly damaging to fabrics.

    Add designer style to a window treatment with colored linings. Some of the most glamorous interior decorator- styled curtains use an alternative fabric, such as a coordinating check or stripe, as a lining, so the curtains look great front or back. Get the look without expense by using a colored sateen lining – most suppliers have a range of colors as well as the standard cream and white. DrapeStyle’s standard lining is white but ask us about other colors available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5     Finally, curtain linings are not just functional, they add to the aesthetics of your curtain project. Just a simple lining will make your expensive face fabric drape better, and look fuller and more glamorous.

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Marimekko-Finnish Design House

One of my favorite design houses is Marimekko. I recently had the pleasure of visiting New York City and made a stop at the Marimekko flagship store on Fifth Avenue. Read more on this incredible design house that has been around for so many years.

 

It all began in 1949

Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small Helsinki-based textile printing company, in 1949. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfil her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex.

One of the young artists was Maija Isola, whose Amfora design was among the first fabrics printed at Printex.

A lot of admirers but no buyers – how do you use such unusual fabrics?

Armi’s solution: a fashion show filled with color, style and exceptional patterns! The clothes designed by renowned fashion designer Riitta Immonen were literally sold on the spot. Marimekko was registered as a company five days later, on 25 May 1951. The following year Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki.

Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined Marimekko in 1953 to design clothing and print patterns. What Vuokko did for Finnish women can be equivalent to what Coco did for French women; one should be able to move freely in one’s clothes. Alongside her radical loose-fitting dress designs, Vuokko created one the most enduring Marimekko classics: the unisex Jokapoika (every boy) shirt in the striped Piccolo pattern.

Jacqueline Kennedy purchased seven Marimekko dresses in Massachusetts and wore one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1960, increasing popularity in the United States.

Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life. The company grew rapidly and its product range expanded to include a variety of accessories and home items. Armi Ratia built a utopia called Marikylä (Marimekko Village), whose aim was to house the staff and to function as a laboratory for product design and Marimekko living.

Today

Marimekko’s global expansion has been in full swing in the ’10s. The number of Marimekko stores outside Finland has more than doubled, including flagship stores in New York City and Sydney, and several new markets haven been opened up in Asia.

Marimekko fashion has been prominently showcased in the international arena. The Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Copenhagen Fashion Weeks have all seen premiere presentations of Marimekko collections. A true never-before-seen event was Marimekko’s fashion show in collaboration with the world-renowned Jin Xing Dance Theatre in Shanghai’s People’s Park in 2012.

Among new additions to the team of fashion designers are award-winning Satu Maaranen and Teemu Muurimäki whose Unikko (poppy) dresses created in celebration of the iconic pattern’s 50th anniversary were featured in a number of international fashion magazines.

Design collaboration with two famed international brands, Converse and Banana Republic, brought Marimekko high global visibility. In 2012, Marimekko and Finnair began a unique partnership: two Unikko-patterned aircraft fly from Helsinki to Finnair’s long-haul destinations, and passengers on all Finnair flights can enjoy textiles and tableware with Marimekko patterns.

The output capacity of the textile printing factory in Helsinki was tripled in 2011 with the acquisition of a new rotary printing machine.

In 2015, Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko and Mika Ihamuotila assumed joint responsibility for the running of the company. Tiina acts as the President and CEO and Mika as the Executive Chairman of the Board.


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Drapery Length

Hover.  Break.  Puddle.  You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?

Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought.  First, ask yourself a few questions:

What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for?  Is it formal or casual?

Does this room get a lot of traffic?  You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room?  Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?

What kind of flooring is in this room?  Carpet?  Tile?  Wood?  What length will look best with your type of flooring?

Finishing Touch

Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger.  So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.

What a difference drapes make!  

This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
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Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!

This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is.  Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling.  Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length.  If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding.  Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.

     

Next, let’s define a few terms:

Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:

This is the most popular option for customers to select.  Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often.  If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.

Salaam Dupioni Custom Silk Drapery

White Linen with Sand Border and Velvet Ribbon Detail

Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:

Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch.  All fabrics look great with this look.

Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:

Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle.  This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel.  Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
 Double Bordered Dupioni in New Ivory + Cashmere Border

Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle.  This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often.  This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!

Shown: Milano Lucia with Optional Emperor Tassel in Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:

A more formal, luxurious feel.  Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle.  This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often.  For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.


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Cyber Monday 2018

CYBER MONDAY DEALS! Drapestyle is offering $75 off on all drapes and roman shades purchased today!

On Cyber Monday shop deep discounts on custom window treatments including, drapes, curtains and roman shades AND receive $75 off your order of $999 or more.

There’s no better time to shop-save up to 40% on all our drapes and curtains, including silkslinen and cotton, and refresh your home by adding new window treatments.  With over 600 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find something that will compliment your home.  Want to view fabric samples before you buy?  Order fabrics samples and use the code “SAMPLES” at checkout to get your first $10 in samples for free.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop our Cyber Monday sales and online deals comfortably at home on your PC or laptop, or on the go from your tablet or cell phone.  You’ll receive $75 off your order and you won’t have to brave the crazy crowds!  Shop now because this offer ends at midnight tonight!

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


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A Visit from Candice Olson

Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week the DrapeStyle team had the pleasure of meeting acclaimed interior designer Candice Olson, at the Kravet showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

 

On a beautiful afternoon, during the design center’s “Desert Design Days”, Candice spoke to the group of designers and business owners for about an hour. She spoke about her education and how it led to her early days as a design apprentice working on commercial projects and then eventually starting her own business. After doing appearances on a local design show, she transition into the HGTV show Divine Design, we all loved.

She mentioned that her major influence right now is nature, as she creates new fabrics for “her look” due to come out next year.  She also mentioned that she is working on designing the interior of a car for a major car company in hopes of attracting the number one buyers of this car, women.

 

Classic yet contemporary, sophisticated while accessible, these fabrics represent Candice’s love of everyday elegance. Interior Designer, Author and TV star, Candice is considered to be a pre-eminent design authority. DrapeStyle couldn’t be happier to add her collection of luxury fabrics to our designer collection.

Candice’s extraordinary technique, dynamic personality, and sophisticated style have made her a nationally acclaimed interior designer, author, and TV superstar. Candice’s signature style is one she describes as “a fusion of traditional form, scale and proportions, with the clean, crisp, simplistic beauty of modern design.”

Coeur Vapor
Coeur Vapor
Zuma Cloud
Zuma Cloud

 

We invite you to view our new Candice Olson fabric collection and order samples for yourself. Since 2002, DrapeStyle has provided quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, and excellent customer service.

DrapeStyle is proud to feature Candice Olson fabrics, available for your custom made window treatments projects. If you need a little advise about your window treatment project, we are here to help. DrapeStyle has won the best in Customer Satisfaction for five years in a row! Simply contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!

DrapeStyle Team
The DrapeStyle Team

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History of Curtains

The perk of buying curtains online has not always existed. For one thing, online shopping in general depended on the invention of the Internet. Prior to that, curtains were sold in department stores and boutique shops, made at home by the textile-fanciers, and completely non-existent in the way we know them today. Take a trip through curtain history to learn more.

A Timeline of Curtain History

31st Century B.C.

From the early 3100 B.C. to the 3rd Century B.C., the great Egyptians invented curtains and used them throughout their entire rule. The very first curtains were made of animal hides and hung in doorways with hooks. However, through the years the Egyptians spun textiles from flax and linen at first, followed by wool, silk, and cotton. These were very valuable because these materials were more flexible but still provided a similar layer of warmth as that from the hides.

Seventh to Sixth Centuries B.C.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, another discovery of curtain panels dates back to the 6th and 7th Centuries B.C. in ruins from Olynthus civilization in modern Greece and from Pompeii and Herculaneum civilizations in modern Italy. It is suspected these people used curtain panels to divide rooms, as opposed to our traditional window treatment use.

Early and Middle Ages

Since the Early to Middle Ages are also known as the Dark Ages, there is not much proof of curtain use at this time. However, during the 6th-15th centuries, we can suspect at least the more affluent people hung curtains in doorways and over windows to keep warm. Those large castles can be quite dark, dreary, and cold!

Renaissance Era

The Renaissance (14th-17th centuries) brought life, color, and light to the everyday people. Architecture started to embrace the use of glass panes as windows, which brought in the light but also the creepers. For the first time, people were able to see directly into another’s private space. Therefore, those who lived during the Renaissance used fabrics over the windows for privacy. It is worth noting, though, that although this use sounds just like how we use curtains today, the design was still vastly different.

18th to 19th Centuries

The eastern countries of Persia, India, and China excelled at weaving silks in beautiful patterns, and in the 18th and 19th centuries, these tricks of the trade expanded through Europe and the western worlds, especially in United Kingdom, France, Holland, and Italy. During the late 19th century, the development of machinery propelled the textile industry and made way for mass production and easy accessibility for individual homeowners. The designs were big, bold, and beautiful! At this time textile designers also made use of lace to create the first edition of the sheer curtains we know and love today.

20th Century to Present

The 20th century and 21st century have proved that anything is possible when it comes to curtains. With machinery and technology making incredible advancements, people are able to design and to create nearly any style or size of curtain. Curtain panels are hung over windows for privacy, warmth, and decoration, and they are hung in large rooms as dividers. The possibilities are endless!

Need a little more information on curtains? Do you have questions about replacing your current drapes? Contact DrapeStyle, we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!


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DrapeStyle Welcomes Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks

Designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks

DrapeStyle is pleased to introduce the addition of Jeffrey Alan Marks fabrics. World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made his way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!

Branches Drapes

Jeffrey Alan Marks’ designs are infused with fresh inforality, good nature and playful charm. Internationally recognized as one of today’s most influential American designers, this California talent catures each client’s personality to create timeless and livable interiors.

Whitecap Chair & Pillow

From London townhouses to Malibu beach compounds, Jeffrey’s work resonates. His thoughtful spaces are purposeful and authentic, begging to be lived in. For over two decades, his firm’s relaxed yet tailored interiors have stood apart.  Named one of “the town’s most-wanted designers” by The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Alan Marks believes the design process should be fun and creative like his designs and personal style. Jeffrey studied design at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in England and lived in Paris and Milan for many years allowing his work to draw cues from Italian and French methods.

Angelus Roman Shade

His colorful, comfortable design style translates to the atmosphere at his firm, JAM, Inc. Based in Santa Monica, the firm designs and develops luxury homes in America and the United Kingdom and develops commercial projects including restaurants and retail stores. New projects includes a chain of restaurants in Korea and exclusive eateries in New York, Montecito, and West Hollywood.

Designer Jeffrey Alan Marks

Jeffrey is included in House Beautiful’s list of the most influential decorators in American History and is on Elle Decor magazine’s A-List. His work is regularly published by major shelter magazines including Elle Decor, German Architectural Digest, and the British In Style Home. Often invited to share his design philosophy and laid-back personality, Jeffrey is a favorite among worldwide television viewers and design industry forums.

Onshore Drapes, Parisian Pleats

To view his fabrics, please visit DrapeStyle.com or contact us for more information.


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Happy Labor Day Weekend

Happy Labor Day from DrapeStyle!

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

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

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

Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite
Dupioni Bordered Silk Drapes in Cashmere and Graphite

DrapeStyle will be closed Monday, September 3rd.  We will be back on Tuesday to help you with your window treatment needs!  In the meantime, please browse our website for inspiration and information about the most beautiful custom drapes available today!  We can make any width or length drape in over 600 fabrics.  And with a team of talented seamstress, you are sure to receive the highest quality draperypillows and Roman shades.

If you need a little advice or would like to order fabric swatches, please let us know.

We have been in business for over 15 years, if you appreciate good design and superior quality DrapeStyle is your answer. And as always, your window treatments will be made right here in the USA.


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Decorating with Indoor Plants

Decorating with indoor plants, borrowed from www.bioadvanced.com:

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.

Breathing Easier

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants –orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads –do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

Releasing Water

As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.

Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Improving Health

Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.

The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture commissioned a workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. In another study by the AgriculturalUniversity of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.

Sharpening Focus

A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taughtin rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.

How Many Plants?

The recommendations vary based on your goals.
To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) every 129 square feet. In office or classroom settings, position plants so each person has greenery in view.
To purify air, use 15-18 plants in 6-8-inch diameter pots for an 1,800-square-foot house. That’s roughly one largerplant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4-5-inch pots).

Remember that for the best success with any houseplant, you need to match the right plant to the right growing conditions. Learn more in Tips for Healthy HouseplantsFor low light situations, choose a plant adapted to those conditions

Best Plants for Indoor Use

 

Common Name Latin Name Benefits Best use
 

 

Spider Plant

 

 

Chlorophytum comosum

 

 

Purifies air rapidly; removes formaldehyde

 

 

Living spaces

Dragon Tree1

 

Dracaena marginata

 

 

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene

 

Living spaces
Gerbera Daisy2  

Gerbera jamesonii

 

Releases oxygen at night; purifies air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene

 

Bedrooms to refresh nighttime air or living spaces
English Ivy Hedera helix

 

Removes benzene from air

 

Dorm rooms or home office
Boston Fern

 

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’  

Humidifies air

 

Living spaces; note that dry winter rooms can quickly kill Boston ferns; mist plants daily for best results
Philodendron3

 

Philodendron

 

Purifies air; removes

formaldehyde

 

Living spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls, carpets, etc.
Snake Plant

 

Sansevieria trifasciata

 

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide

produced by fuel-burning appliances

 

Living spaces, kitchens, rooms with wood stoves
Peace Lily

 

Spathiphyllum

 

 

Removes mold from air

 

Bathrooms or damp areas of

home


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