Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

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Custom Drapes, Value Pricing at DrapeStyle

In our never-ending quest to remain the leading Online Custom Drapery Retailer we have changed our pricing method a smidgen.  We call it “Value Pricing” and here is what we have done.  The vast majority of our Clients don’t really need extra long or extra wide custom drapes, they need the “standard sizes”.  When we say “standard size” we mean 84 inches to 105 inches.  About 90% of our Customers would fit into those drapery lengths and we want to be sure that we are as aggressively priced as possible.  Going forward, on the majority of our draperies you will not be charged anything extra for your exact length from 84 to 105 inches.  So if you need a 99 inch custom drape it will cost the same amount as a 102 or 84 inch panel.  This should also help if you really need a 96 inch panel but would like a little more fabric to get that “puddle” on the floor.  Now you can add a 4-5inch puddle and pay the same price.  We really should call this “Puddle Pricing!”.  We really hope this new pricing helps you extend your budget a bit and get the luxurious custom drapes in silk and linen that you want, at the length you want without having to resort to “ready-made” panels.

 

Same Blog, New Look

We’ve just updated the look of the DrapeStyle Blog and we really hope you like it.  We also have a new refreshed focus. Going forwardm I will be blogging about all of the custom drapery, Roman Shades and fabric topics that I used too, and now more “interior design” ideas as well.  After all, drapery is our focus at DrapeStyle but we are really passionate about all things “Interior Design”.  I hope you enjoy the new look and we can bring you topics that interest and inspire you.

Thanks for reading!

Lisa.

Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape

 

The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.

 

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Making Silk Drapes

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

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

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Examining Silk Fabric for Drapery

 
Christian Sinatra

Modern Drapes. Vintage Machines.

At DrapeStyle we like to think of ourselves as on the “cutting-edge” of technology.  I mean we have the iPad Apps, we are “Cloud Based” and our phones are VOIP.  Yes, we are cutting-edge.  We have cutting-edge technology in our Workroom too.  Cutting-edge circa 1936.  I love this equipment.  The sewing machines that we use to manufacturer our drapes are straight out of the Industrial Revolution.  These things are made out of steel, not a piece of plastic to be seen.  They run 14 hours a day, 5 days a week.  When I say “run”, I mean they are sewing, in constant motion for 10-12 hours a day and they have been doing that for roughly 60 + years.  It is truly an amazing feat of “Technology”.  We keep them maintained and well oiled and aside from that they just work.  No re-booting required.  Some of these machines have made tens of thousands of custom drapes.

Let me introduce you to a few of them…

First, I’d like you to meet our “Tacker”.  This machine was made in Leeds England in the late 1940′s by the Adamson Machine Company.  The Company has long been out of business so they obviously “don’t make these anymore”.  The tacker is used for making drapery pleats like a French Pleat or Pinch Pleat.  The Tacker just makes one deep stitch over-and-over again.  The tacker is very powerful and is capable of sewing through multiple layers of lining and interlinings without missing a beat.  If you own a Drapery Manufacturing Company you simply “must have” this machine or one like it and, you seriously can not buy one of these “new”.  As a matter of fact, this one is just getting broken in and should be around long after all us are gone.

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The Adamson Vintage Drapery Tacker.

 

 

Now let me introduce you to our Drapery Pleater.  We have a few of these by my favorite has to be our Singer 269.  The 269 began it’s life in the 1950′s as a “Tacker” like the Adamson but in the 1970′s a Company from New York called Camatron started to convert old 269′s into Drapery Pleating Machines.  The converted 269′s are a highly coveted work horse for Drapery Workrooms and are still very popular.  Like the Adamson, they work all day long without skipping a beat.

 

 

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The Singer 269 Drapery Pleating Machine.

 

 

The “Youngster” of our Crew has to be our US Blindstitch Machine.  The Blindstitch is used to stitch the sides of the drapery panels in a very specific way.  The stitch that the Blindstitch is “loose” so that the sides of the drapery panels don’t pucker or wrinkle.  The tension of the stitch is very critical and varies depending on the thickness of the drapery fabric being used.  Our US Blindstich was built in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

 

US Blindstitch Machine

Our US Blindstitch Machine

 

I sincerely look at all of these machines as works of art and I love to watch them run.  When I think about the talent that went into designing this “technology” I am simply astonished considering that these machines were designed and manufactured before the computer age.  These machines were literally designed using a slide rule and a calculator and they work within a hairs-width tolerance.

There are plenty of people who question why we would be making custom drapes in America when we could simply have them made in India, Pakistan or China.  I guess that the only answer I can give is that we are passionate about what we do, the tools we do it with and the Customers we do it for.  We’ll keep making custom drapes right here in American as long as American’s keep buying our Custom Drapes.

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

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

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

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

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

Christian Sinatra

My Sister Bought Her Drapes at Restoration Hardware

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes “kids” just have to learn for themselves.

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

Pleated Drapes

When it comes to pleat options for custom drapes, there may not be anywhere that provides you with a wide selection of pleat styles than DrapeStyle.  Here are some of the “standard” drapery pleat options we offer with sketches.  Please keep in mind that these are just “standard” options.  Since we manufacturer all of our custom drapes internally, we have the ability to make any pleat style you can imagine.

Images are below but let’s give a brief description of each drapery pleat style:

  • Inverted Pleat:  The Inverted Pleat is a very clean and tailored pleat which is considered a more contemporary pleat style.  Our Inverted pleat is 4 inches in length and is available in all drapery fabrics.
  • 8-Inch Inverted Pleat:  The 8-Inch Inverted Pleat is the same as the standard inverted pleat but the actual pleat is twice as long than the standard inverted style.
  • Flat Pleat:  The Flat Pleat is the most basic custom drapery panel wherein the top, or “header” of the drapery panel is not pleated but left flat.  These panels are hung using drapery pins which are installed on the back of the panel.
  • Cartridge Pleat:  The Cartridge Pleat is somewhat “Transitional” in style meaning that it can be used in “Traditional” style homes as well as more “Contemporary” style homes.  At DrapeStyle we used a Patent Pending process to make our Cartridge Pleats wherein we fill the void in the center of the pleat with a foam insert.  The insert supports the pleat so that is maintains a uniform size and also prevents insects from “living” in the pleat of the drape.  We also offer a Goblet Pleat (not shown) which is similar to the Cartridge with a shorter and wider cartridge that looks like a wine goblet.
  • French Pleat:  The French Pleat is probably our most popular pleat style.  The French Pleat is also the most traditional and recognizable drapery pleat we offer.
  • Parisian Pleat:  Similar to the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat consists of three “fingers” that are sewn together.  On the Parisian Pleat the fingers are then “tacked” at the top of the pleat creating a “pinch”.  Because of this “pinch” the Parisian Pleat is also referred to as a “Pinch” Pleat style.
  • Grommets:  Grommet Drapery Panels are the most contemporary of our pleat styles.  We offer several options of grommet colors and sizes including those which are made for use on outdoor drapes.  All of our grommets are inserted by hand in our own Workroom.
  • Rod-Pocket:  We offer two versions of the traditional rod-pocket drapery panel.  The most basic is a simple rod-pocket where a pocket is sewn into the top of the drapery panel where the drapery rod is inserted.  We also offer a rod-pocket with flange where we leave a 2-inch portion of fabric at the top of the panel which will remain above the drapery rod.  Neither of the rod-pocket options will include drapery pins or hooks that are used to attach the panel to rings.

When it comes to selecting the right pleat for your custom drapes, there really isn’t a “correct” pleat style to choose.  Call one of our Designers and we’ll be happy to send you more images and help you select the perfect pleat for your window.

 

 

 

Lisa Sinatra

Unique Custom Drapery and Roman Shades

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

 

Unique Custom Drapery

Custom Drapery Design with Banding and Borders by DrapeStyle

Moving Jobs and Draperies to Charlotte from Los Angeles

It really is a sign of the times.  It seems that the migration of jobs out of Los Angeles and California in general continues.  Our small business has experienced some of our Employees and Contractors moving from Orange County and Los Angeles to Charlotte North Carolina.  We are in the business of designing and making custom draperies for a wide variety of Customers.  We sell our Drapery throughout the US and Canada to Homeowners and Designers.  We had a small niche which was selling Drapery to Television and Movie Production Companies and Set Designers in Los Angeles.  We’ve been in this business for many years.  About three years ago the Set Design potion of our business started a steady decrease in revenue.  It’s not that Production Companies no longer needed drapery for their TV or Movie Sets but, those Sets and Productions were simply moving out of LA and California.

Where did all of the Production go?  Well, a lot of it went to Canada where Production Crews are “Non-Union” and much less expensive than their Hollywood counterparts.  We also saw a decent migration of the Productions that we made custom drapery for move to Charlotte.  By moving to Charlotte, Production Companies were able to enjoy lower taxes and wages than LA and not have to manage with cross-border issues when going to Canada.  Sadly for DrapeStyle, we actually had one of our very best Drapery Installers move to Charlotte from Orange County.  Like the Entertainment Industry, Bill is now enjoying a much lower cost of living, lower taxes and better lifestyle than when he was here in Southern California.  With so much TV Production moving to the Carolina’s we may end up opening a new drapery workroom there to support the industry.  I can’t help but to think of the irony as so much of the drapery and textile world was born in North Carolina only to leave for places like Mexico and China.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring many of those jobs back to that part of the Country?

Design Delema, Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition.  Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done.  We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own.  For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows.  When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process.  Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation.  Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free.  Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths.  After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric.  If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice.  It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice.  Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission.  You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person.  If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience.  At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”.  When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction.  When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.  At DrapeStyle we only hire Sales Designers who have completed advanced classes at either Design Schools (Such as Interior Designers Institute (IDI) in Newport Beach) or a 4-year University.  We love to bring in Interns who are Students at IDI and then, after they graduate, have them come on as full-time Sales Designers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Where Designers Buy Custom Drapery

Have you ever wondered where Interior Designers buy their gorgeous and luxurious custom made drapery and Roman Shades?  Well, for over a decade Designers in the US and Canada have been buying them from DrapeStyle.  After all, that’s how DrapeStyle was began.  You see, we had an idea that if we could reduce our costs by selling directly to Designers over the Web we could sell our drapery at a lower price and still have enough profit left over to run the business.  That’s how it all started.  We have grown to be one the Nations largest online retailer of Custom Made Drapery, Roman Shades and Curtains selling to both Residential and Commercial Designers as far away as Australia.  Our drapes help to furnish some of the most majestic homes in the nation but mostly they are in homes just like yours.  Since when you buy drapes from DrapeStyle, your buying directly from the Manufacturer.  No middleman and no middleman mark-up.  Just amazing high quality drapery and Roman Shades at affordable prices.  And, because we are the manufacturer, we can make your drapes in any length, width or pleat style you can imagine.  Lining Options?  Oh, do we have lining options.  Blackout, Bump, Heavy Flannel.  Whatever lining you can imagine we have it.  We literally have dozens of lining options to choose from.

Now, for the best part.  We also give plenty of free advice from real Designers, not Sale People.  Our Designers do not work on commissions so there is no pressure.  Just good advice and a genuine concern for making your you love your drapes as much as we did making them.  Keep in mind that if you don’t see exactly what your looking for on our Website, please call one of our Designers for help.

 

 

 

The Growing Trend of Motorization for Custom Drapery

We are really seeing more interest in providing “motorization” to our Clients. At DrapeStyle we have experience with complex motorization projects which we offer to our local Clients in Southern California.

To begin lets discuss what exactly is custom drapery motorization? Almost everyone has seen the movie where the owner of a mansion pushes a button to have her drapery slide open to reveal an incredible view of the ocean. Or, push a button in a home theater to darken the room in the middle of the afternoon to enjoy a movie. This is drapery motorization. When we motorize drapes we are adding an electronic engine to the hardware to automatically open and close the drapes.

There are several types of motors and hardware systems available and the prices of those systems are really becoming more affordable to the average homeowner. With the most basic system you can purchase a track with a battery powered motor that does not require any wiring and is operated by a simple remote control. These systems are available from manufacturers like Somfy and start at just in the couple-hundred dollar range. The limitations of these systems will require that the weight of the drapery to be within the requirements of the system. These systems are also available for Roman Shades and Roller Shades as well.

More complex motorization systems will require that a Contractor / Electrician hard-wire the system into your home. These systems will generally be part of a “whole-home automation” package where lights and drapery or shades are all integrated into a system that controls the homes lights, audio and other electronics. Fully integrated installations are often installed as part of new home construction or a major remodel due to the extensive internal wiring and installation.

If you are looking for a hybrid system there are plenty of options available that will require some wiring to be completed by a Contractor or Electrician without major demolition or remodeling. In a typical drapery motorization project, our DrapeStyle Installer will coordinate and in many cases recommend a contractor who can facilitate the wiring while our installer manages the installation of the drapery, shades and tracks.

For more information on drapery motorization please contact a DrapeStyle Designer at 800-760-8257

Using Roman Shades in Conjunction with Custom Drapes

Sometimes when trying to decide between Custom Drapes for your windows or Custom Roman Shades the answer just may be “yes”. Yes, as in “both”. One of our all time favorite looks is using a Roman Shade in conjunction with a drape. This technique adds depth and texture to your room and lets you play with more fabric colors and textures as well. Consider using a solid custom drape along with a strong pattern with your Roman Shade or vice-versa. In the attached image we are using a really bold fabric on the Roman Shade, Schumacher Imperial Trellis in navy along with a solid linen custom drape in navy and white. The fabrics work really well together and really create a nice depth of field to the room and window.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match silk and linens as well. You could get a great look by mixing a solid silk roman shade in a base color along with a complimenting custom drape in a patterned linen or poly.

Have fun and let us know how we can help design your next set of custom drapes!

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

DrapeStyle Wins “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction

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DrapeStyle Awarded “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction On Houzz.com

DrapeStyle celebrates their award for Outstanding Client Satisfaction from the largest residential design database in the world, Houzz.com.

COSTA MESA, CA (March 6, 2014) – Enjoying the benefits of their company’s attention to detail DrapeStyle in Costa Mesa, California celebrates their recent Outstanding Client Satisfaction award from Houzz.com. Lauded as the largest residential design database in the world Houzz gave the coveted “Best of Houzz Custom Drapes” award to DrapeStyle in January. Giving the highest level award for client satisfaction the home remodeling site has to offer, the Houzz community weighed in with a resounding vote. Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle said of the award, “It’s an honor to be recognized by Houzz in any regard. However to be recognized by the site’s community for something we pride ourselves in well, we just couldn’t be happier.”

Always pleased by well-deserved recognition DrapeStyle has also been featured in popular publications such as Southern Living, House & Garden, Veranda and The Nest. Described by House & Garden as “Beautifully Made to Order”, DrapeStyle’s designs resonate with a wide section of the marketplace. Understandably so given their commitment to making every order, regardless of the handiwork involved, in their own California studio. Providing hundreds of exclusive handmade fabrics from North America, Europe and India the window treatment manufacturer makes custom drapery and curtains for indoor or outdoor use as well as Roman shades. Additionally, DrapeStyle offers custom pillows in myriad designs and colors.

Staying true to the customer service commitment DrapeStyle makes it simple for clients in specific markets to shop for window treatments from home. The “Shop at Home Consultation” program offers clients a design professional that will walk them through fabric, texture and color selections all complimentary to their home or office. Catering further to their clientele DrapeStyle offers a manufacturing and workmanship guarantee.

About DrapeStyle:

DrapeStyle is a leading manufacturer and online retailer of designer quality custom made drapery, curtains and Roman shades. The company is available for in-home consultations in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California as well as Central New Jersey, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The custom drapery manufacturer sells to home owners and designers in the US and Canada.

For more information visit www.DrapeStyle.com. To read about the “Best of Houzz” award click on http://www.houzz.com/pro/drapestyle/drapestyle.

Shopping at Home Expanding!

We’ve received some really great feedback from our Shop at Home Drapery Services in Southern California so, away we go. So far we have added Northern California (the Bay Area) as well as Philadelphia, New Jersey and Chicago. We will continue to add more Markets as we find great Designers to partner with.

If you are not familiar with our Shop at Home Services here is a quick recap. At DrapeStyle we work with very talented Interior Designers all over the US and Canada. Some of them ‘specialize’ in Window Treatments while others are either generalists or have other specialties. We have asked those who have an interest or specialty in drapery to see if they have an interest in partnering with DrapeStyle for our Shop at Home Program. It’s really a win-win-win relationship as we are able to service more Clients and our Designers get to meet more new Customers as well. I think the biggest winner is the Customer who can shop for their Window Treatments in the comfort of their own home with a talented Designer. I stress “Designer” because these are not your typical “Sales Person” but an actual trained Interior Designer who has experience in all facets of Design.

In addition to our Shop at Home Services we are also currently looking at some great new Showroom Locations to be opened this Spring. We are currently looking in Central / Northern New Jersey primarily the Parsippany Rt 22 Corridor. In addition to New Jersey we are also looking in the Chicago Suburbs.

Thanks for reading.

DrapeStyle’s Custom Drapery Workroom – Costa Mesa

Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom.  I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does.  Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.

DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China.  We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others.  We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.

Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made.  It may make a difference to you.

Thanks as always.

 

DrapeStyles Custom Drapery Workroom in Orange County, California

DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California

Amazing Blackout Custom Curtains and Drapery

We did a little informal demonstration to better illustrate how much light blackout lined custom curtains and drapery eliminate.  The following photo is shot on a single window with two linen drapery panels.  One of the curtains was made with blackout lining and one was made with standard privacy lining.  The photo was shot on a hot and sunny afternoon.  The difference between the two curtain panels is quite dramatic.  When you see how much of the light is blocked by the blackout lining (95%) you really get a better understanding how using quality blackout lined curtains, drapery or roman shades would significantly lower you homes energy bills and save your interior upholstery fabrics from sun damage.   At DrapeStyle we encourage the use of blackout lining whenever the application is appropriate.  It certainly adds weight to the drapery but if you are using quality drapery hardware blackout is really the way to go when buying your next pair of custom drapery or curtains.

Blackout Lined Custom Curtains and Drapes

A good comparison of blackout lined curtains vs. normal lining

 

DrapeStyle is Simply the best place to buy Window Curtains Online

Today DrapeStyle formally announced our new “Price Matching Program”.  In short, DrapeStyle will not be undersold on quality custom window curtains and drapes for your home.  There really has never been a better time or place to buy custom window curtains online than at DrapeStyle.  You just can’t get better value, designs or quality fabrics from leading Mills like Schumacher, Rober Allen, Kravet and Fabricut just to name a few.

At DrapeStyle we have designs to suit nearly any style including Contemporary Grommet Drapery Panels, Floral Linen Pleated Drapes, Traditional Prints including Country Style Curtains and Shades.  And, of course, ordering fabric samples couldn’t be easier at DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle also offers a huge variety of curtain hardware from contemporary glass and steel and

Please visit us and be sure to keep checking on THE | OUTLET where you will find discounts on overstock custom drapes at half price.