Ways to Make Your Room and Windows Look Larger

Drapes add impact through the use of color, pattern, texture and decorative details. And when hung right, they can give the illusion of height in a room, visually widen a window and let in huge amounts of light. You don’t have to be an expert to know how to hang drapes. If your space is small, or you just want your windows to appear larger, here are some simple ways to make your windows look larger.

If you have the space, try using a drapery rod that is 60-80 percent larger than the window. Each drapery panel should span from the rod’s end to just past the outer edge of the window glass. In both cases, the eye assumes the extra fabric at each end of the rod covers window instead of wall.

Make short windows look taller by hanging floor-length curtains or draperies at or near the ceiling. Installing the rod 2 inches below the ceiling molding is ideal. Just be sure your finial isn’t too large for this.

To make a short window look taller, have draperies made from printed fabric with a vertically inclined pattern. Vertical patterns include more than just stripes; you can use any pattern that draws your eye up and down rather than side to side. To make tall, narrow windows look wider, choose a horizontal pattern that draws your eye across instead of up. If you want to create the illusion of both height and width, opt for a vertically inclined pattern, or use a solid or random print.

To make a small window look both taller and wider, do both of the above. Install an extra-long drapery rod at or near the ceiling. Hang floor-length curtain or drapery panels from the rod, with the leading edges just overlapping the outside edges of the window glass.

Now for the rest of the room:

We all know of white’s reflective qualities. It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher. Finally, in small spaces that can quickly become cluttered looking, white is a good choice because it simplifies a space and emphasizes the architecture

Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.

 

 

Also avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the usable space in the room. For example, a sleek sofa or chair will give you as much sitting room as its overstuffed cousin but will take up much less of your room. If you’re wanting a large statement piece, hang it on the wall (a piece of art and mirror). Don’t consume valuable living space by putting it on the floor.

 

If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room down. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the sense of airiness in the room.

 

 

 

 

With these tips you’re sure to create a larger looking, airy space. And when you’re ready to purchase your drapes, please contact DrapeStyle. We have been in the online business for 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of custom drapery experience. Please visit our Houzz page for more information.

 


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Ideas for Outdoor Drapes, Curtains and Pillows

Outdoor drapes can provide privacy, protection and style to your outdoor space. DrapeStyle custom makes drapes, curtains, and pillows in a variety of colors and patterns, in quality, weather resistant outdoor fabrics.

Another great feature of our Outdoor Drapery is the weight that we sew into the bottom of each panel. The weight is actually a long thin flexible weighted rope that holds the drapery panel down so it doesn’t blow in the breeze. We also use weather resistant poly buckram at the header (top of the panel) and polymer thread which is also weather resistant. If you like to add grommets to your outdoor drapes we offer 100% brass grommets in a matt-nickel finish and black finish. You are simply not going to find these quality details in any outdoor drapery you buy from any online retailer or department store!

PLUS, order now and you’ll receive FREE UPS Ground delivery*.

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

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


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Guide on How to Hang Curtains

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

This was originally posted by Casa Collective.  This guide has some really good information that would be good to share.

THE NO-FUSS GUIDE ON HOW TO HANG CURTAINS

THE CURTAIN ROD

  • The standard mounting height for a curtain rod is 4″ to 6″ above the window frame.
  • The higher you install the rod, the taller the window will appear. To make a window appear taller, install the rod from 8″ above the window frame to as high as the ceiling or bottom of crown molding.
  • If you have low ceilings and want to create the illusion of greater height, install the rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
  • To allow more light to come in when the curtains are open, the curtain rod should extend a minimum of 3″ beyond the window frame on each side.
  • To make a window appear wider and more grand, extend the rod 3″ to 6″ beyond the frame on each side.
  • Generally, the rod should be no more than 1/3 wider than the width of the window. For example, on a 54″ window you can add up to 9″ on each side (54 x 1/3 = 18) . That means the curtain rod can be up to 72″ in length.
  • If you have decorative trim that you’d like to reveal when the curtains are drawn back, allow at least a 12″ extension on both sides.

WIDTH OF CURTAINS

  • If the curtains are just framing the window and won’t be opened, you only need 1-1/2 times the width of the window.
  • To ensure that the curtains look full when closed, the combined width of the panels should be 2 to 2-1/2 times the width of the window.
  • For more fullness, opt for three times the width.
  • Always round the number up when determining the width of your panels. And when in doubt, go for the wider width.

LENGTH OF CURTAINS

  • Floor length curtains should just skim the floor or hang a 1/2″ above it.
  • You could allow a break of 1″ to 3″. This break is similar to what they do for trousers. The style is great for helping to compensate for uneven floors.
  • To create a more extravagant puddling effect, allow for an extra 6″ to 9″ in length. Tuck the fabric underneath and “poof” it up. Keep in mind, each time you vacuum the floor you’ll have to readjust the puddling. And if you have pets, they love to curl up on the extra fabric.
  • To determine the measurement of floor length curtains, measure from the top of the rod to the floor. Then subtract as necessary to allow for hanging hardware. If you plan to puddle the curtains on the floor, add the additional inches needed to do so.
  • In kitchen and high traffic areas, consider choosing a curtain length that skims the window sill.

 

MORE TIPS

  • Cafe curtains should be installed halfway up the window and be parallel to the fixed horizontal mullion (the vertical bar between the panes of glass). The length should just skim the window sill.
  • It’s easier to hem curtains than to make them longer, so always round up your measurements.

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Tiebacks, Tassles, and Holdbacks Oh My!

Holdbacks to pull back draperies

 

 

Holdbacks go by several different names including medallions, tie backs and rosettes. No matter what you call them, they’re a great addition to your window treatment. Holdbacks alone can be use to create elegant swag treatments, or use them along with your drapery rods as tie backs.

When you think of traditional holdbacks tassels might come to mind. Available in any color and size, tassels are a classic way to complete the look of your drapery. Fabric tiebacks can also be used to pull back draperies and let the light in. Order fabric tiebacks in matching or contrasting colors or patterns to add interest to your draperies.

Many times drapery hardware will have matching holdbacks, or medallions. Available in wood, iron, or composite material, these are a great way to finish the look and pull your drapery out of the way.

Holdbacks, or medallions, can also be used to hang valances or drapery that will be decorative, instead of functional. Easy to install and inexpensive, you can create a unique look by using holdbacks to hang your window treatments. Or use a combination of the above.

Holdbacks can be used to hang draperies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if you’re looking for a unique look, get creative! Re-purpose a pretty door knob or use a remnant of rope or ribbon. For kids rooms you can tieback drapes with a stuffed animal, flowers or garland.

Trim your windows with decorative or functional tiebacks, tassels and holdbacks for a finished designer look.

 

 

If you have questions please contact us for more information, fabric samples or design help. DrapeStyle has been helping customers for 15 years, design their dream drapes and we would be happy to help you too. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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The American Flag-Betsy Ross

In honor of Flag Day this week, here is some information about the first seamstress that made our first flag;

Elizabeth Griscom — also called Betsy, the eighth child and a fourth-generation American, was born on January 1, 1752.

Betsy went to a Friends (Quaker) public school. For eight hours a day she was taught reading, writing, and received instruction in a trade — probably sewing. After completing her schooling, Betsy’s father apprenticed her to a local upholsterer. Today we think of upholsterers primarily as sofa-makers and such, but in colonial times they performed all manner of sewing jobs, including flag-making. It was at her job that Betsy fell in love with another apprentice, John Ross, who was the son of an Episcopal assistant rector at Christ Church.

 

 

 

Quakers frowned on inter-denominational marriages. The penalty for such unions was severe — the guilty party being “read out” of the Quaker meeting house. Getting “read out” meant being cut off emotionally and economically from both family and meeting house. One’s entire history and community would be instantly dissolved. On a November night in 1773, 21-year-old Betsy eloped with John Ross. They ferried across the Delaware River to Hugg’s Tavern and were married in New Jersey. Her wedding caused an irrevocable split from her family.

Less than two years after their nuptials, the couple started their own upholstery business. Their decision was a bold one as competition was tough and they could not count on Betsy’s Quaker circle for business. As she was “read out” of the Quaker community, on Sundays one could now find Betsy Ross at Christ Church sitting in pew 12 with her husband. Some Sundays would find George Washington, America’s new commander in chief, sitting in an adjacent pew.

Betsy Ross was a widow struggling to run her own upholstery business. Upholsterers in colonial America not only worked on furniture but did all manner of sewing work, which for some included making flags.

Betsy would often tell her children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends of a fateful day, late in May of 1776, when three members of a secret committee from the Continental Congress came to call upon her. Those representatives, George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, asked her to sew the first flag. George Washington was then the head of the Continental Army. Robert Morris, an owner of vast amounts of land, was perhaps the wealthiest citizen in the Colonies. Colonel George Ross was a respected Philadelphian and also the uncle of her late husband, John Ross. According to Betsy, General Washington showed her a rough design of the flag that included a six-pointed star. Betsy, a standout with the scissors, demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip.

According to Betsy Ross’s dates and sequence of events, in May the Congressional Committee called upon her at her shop. She finished the flag either in late May or early June 1776. In July, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time at Independence Hall. Amid celebration, bells throughout the city tolled, heralding the birth of a new nation.


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Window Treatments for Bathrooms

Window treatment for your bathrooms. Everyone needs them, most likely you will need privacy for this space. So it’s a good thing there are so many options! Here are just a few:

Roman Shades

Decorative, inexpensive, and literally 1000’s of fabrics to choose from. Available in any color, you are sure to find a color or pattern to match your bathroom. And with so many possible styles, Roman Shades are so versatile that you can take your bathroom from smooth and sleek to classic and traditional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinyl Blinds

You can have the look of wood blinds in your bathroom. Where moisture is a factor, vinyl blinds are a great way to get the look you want. They won’t crack, warp or mildew so they are a perfect solution for the bathroom. Different finishes are available and you can even add a pop of color by adding decorative cloth tape.

 

Cafe Curtains

Beauty and privacy are possible with cafe curtains while letting in the natural light. Your view will remain while gaining light privacy by adding cafe curtains to the lower half of your window.

Vinyl Shutters

Classic shutters offer a stylish, elegant look. Shutters are also available in vinyl so they won’t crack or warp like wood. You can even use them like cafe curtains and use them on the bottom portion of your window.

 

Valances

Valances are a great way to add a pop of color to your window. Select a pattern or color that complements your bathroom’s color scheme. If privacy isn’t an issue, they can be used alone. Or, use them with a blind or cafe curtain. Valances can also make the window (and the bathroom) look larger. By having the valance mounted on the outside of the window, and higher than the window, you create a larger looking window resulting in a larger looking room.

 

If you are looking to dress up your bathroom window, or need a bit of privacy, give DrapeStyle a call. We can custom make drapes, curtains, Roman shades and valances to suit your needs.

Big or small, all bathrooms windows could use window treatments. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience so DrapeStyle is your go to place for all of your window treatment needs.

 


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Home Office Ideas with DrapeStyle

Today, more than ever, many of us are working from home. Studies have shown that working from home improves productivity, reduces unscheduled absences and improves employee satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your commute less than 15 seconds? Here are a few tips that might help:

  • Set aside a place specifically for work. You’ll be able to deduct it from your taxes and help you mentally by keeping work separate from your home life.
  • Create a daily work schedule. Defining specific work hours will set limits on your phone calls and emails cutting into your personal time.
  • Make a point to build workplace relationships. With those you work with and business connections. Working from home doesn’t mean you always have to stay at home.
  • Network electronically. Get active in LinkedIn groups that relate to your work, employer, alma mater, past employers, or other interests that you follow.

So going back to the first point, why not make your home office a thing of beauty? Make your work space easy to work in, have the tools you need to make working more efficient. Make your space a place you ENJOY working in. A new desk, a comfortable chair, files to keep organized. And don’t forget your office window! Roman shades or draperies can really add a lot to your work space. Make your space, yours, make it inviting, make it beautiful!

See something you’d like us to duplicate? We can do it. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. There’s probably nothing they haven’t seen or made. You can forward your ideas and pictures to us and we will let you know whether or not we can duplicate the design.

Want to add a trim or banding? We can do that too. For a unique, one of a kind look, let us help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information and ideas.


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National Zipper Day-April 29th

 

 

National Zipper Day is observed each year on April 29th.  This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.

 

I thought it would be fun to learn more about this unofficial national holiday.

It was first in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”. Howe never made an attempt to market his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.

Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker”. Being very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.  Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success.  Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator.

In 1906, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company.  He was highly skilled and known for his devotion to the company.  In 1913, he invented the modern zipper. The patent for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.

By 1923, B.F. Goodrich popularized the word zipper as it applied to use in the boots and pouches it made.  The company even copyrighted the name for a time.

You can find the world’s longest zipper at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport.  The zipper measures 6,000 feet long.  The name of the hotel’s nightclub is “Zippers”.

 

However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.


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Classic, Stylish, Roman Shades

 

 

As Spring quickly approaches I want to open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Here in Phoenix, come summertime, our shades will be lowered due to the intense heat. Keeping your shades or drapes drawn shut can keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. So being able to keep my shades raised in the Spring is a welcomed event!

 

DrapeStyle can make Roman shades in any of the over 500 fabrics we offer. From designer fabrics to a basic linen shade, you will receive the finest quality custom made shade available anywhere. Standard privacy lining as well as blackout lining are optional when designing your shade. If you want a breezy, informal look, try an unlined linen shade. It will still provide needed privacy when lowered, and it will remain beautiful when raised up.

 

Looking for something more formal? Consider a Roman Shade made from 100% Dupioni Silk. Available in every color imaginable, a silk shade will add beauty and richness to any room. Pick a shade style such as London or pleated and it will dress up your room.

 

Mixing and matching Roman shades and draperies in the same room is a great way to create interest and style. Want to add dimension to the room? Select drapes AND a Roman shade. Layering your window treatments can create quite a statement.

Need a little help determining the size of your shade? Need fabric samples? Just need a little design advise? Please feel free to contact us. Our designers are happy to take your call and help you design your dream shades. We love making our customers happy. In fact, we have been awarded Best of Houzz four years in a row for superior customer service.

DrapeStyle prides itself on the quality and high standards put into each drape, curtain, Roman shade and pillow we make. Everything at DrapeStyle is custom, nothing is “Ready Made” but the difference is unsurpassed, and we think you’ll agree.


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National Tweed Day-April 3rd

NATIONAL TWEED DAY

Today is National Tweed Day. Who knew, right? I thought it would be fun to share what I found online about this day.

National Tweed Day is observed annually on April 3rd.  This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.

 

Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated  to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed.  Tweed was born on April 3, 1823.  He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time.  While being considered the “poster boy”  for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history.  He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of  stolen public money.

Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the tweed fabric.  Originally produced in Scotland, the fabric is a durable, rough, woolen cloth which was originally hand woven. The colors are traditionally earthy and blend well with the Scottish landscape. There are different families of tweed with different categories and styles of tweed that fall into these differing categories. Depending from which estate the tweed represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the pattern woven, it could be a very special tweed indeed. Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.

 

 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Here are a few suggestions from http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com

***Do some research on William Tweed

***Watch Sherlock Holmes, Indian Jones or James Bond movies with family and friends

***Wear tweed on this day.  This may include tweed dunks, suits, scarfs, trousers, caps or jackets

***Design a fashionable tweed attire and wear it for the day

***Visit the Tweed Museum of Art (it’s located at the University of Minnesota-who knew??!!)

***Listen to tweed music or Bob Dylan’s “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”

***Have fun with friends and family at the Tweed River Festival (In Australia!)

***Research the dog which became extinct in the 1800’s called the Tweed Water Spaniel

***Learn how tweed is made

***Go fishing on the River Tweed (In the United Kingdom!)

***Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media

However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.


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Alternative Closet Door Ideas

If your closet doors need a little updating, or if your space is limited and you don’t have room for a door that swings out, consider adding drapes in lieu of closet doors. This also works well when you have a space that needs a little camouflaging.

Bi-fold doors can be functional, but what if you want to update the look? Or add a little more style to your space? Replacing your closet doors with draperies could be the thing you are looking for. And you will be able to access your clothes a little easier!

 

 

 

 

Installing the draperies is quite easy.  A drapery rod can be installed on the inside of the closet, on the door jam or above the opening.
The possibilities are endless. Try using a pattern or color to really make the draperies pop. You can use tiebacks to pull back the draperies exposing your well-organized closet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has over 500 fabrics to choose from and several hardware styles if you are thinking of adding draperies to your closet doors. You are sure to find something that matches your home decor. Please view our fabrics and order fabric samples to see them in your own in your own home. If you need a little help determining the size of your draperies, we’re here to help. We love helping our customers! DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service four years in a row. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

 

 


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Candice Olson is Here!

Candice Olson, Designer

Candice Olson fabrics are now at DrapeStyle!

Candice Olson-Zuma
Candice Olson-Zuma
Candice Olson-Coeur
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Candice Olson-Denali
Candice Olson-Denali

 

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 Olson fabrics; Denali drapes, Chloe chairs.

Candice Olson fabrics; Denali drapes, Chloe chairs.

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.”

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, excellent customer service.

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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 four years in a row! Simply contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!


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Trending Now-Winter Whites

When you design with winter whites, the resulting interior can be fresh, warm and inviting. Shades of white are the perfect interior design palette to counter the gloomy doldrums of winter. Always a chic choice, decorating with white is a here-to-stay classic, and it doesn’t have to be cold and impersonal.

Top designers use classic white shades to create a relaxed living style with distressed furniture, flowers, plants, and muted accessories. The result? Rooms that look lovely and lived in.

Start with a white painted room and you have a blank canvas for everything. The layering of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy. Don’t try to match shades; enjoy the subtleties. Select rich fabrics and layer objects of different textures.

 

Consider white walls your easel. Art assumes greater prominence when placed in a white interior. Gallery owners have long displayed artwork against white walls for maximum effect.

A pop of color goes a long way in a white room. Almost any hue will bloom against a white backdrop and it is easy to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood warms up even the most sparsely furnished winter white room, Have kids or pets? Consider stain resistant, or even outdoor fabrics. They can be durable and washable. Worried about your white drapes? Add a colored border to the bottom if the fabric will be grazing the floor.

Love the winter white look? Great rooms start with great fabrics. Explore DrapeStyle’s hundreds of designer fabrics in an amazing variety of colors, patterns and styles. Whether you are looking for custom made Roman shades, Drapes or pillows, DrapeStyle has a large selection of richly textured fabrics in cream, parchment, oyster and ivory to create the room of your dreams.

 


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What is a Dye Lot?

A dye lot is a record taken during the dyeing of yarn to identify yarn that received its coloration in the same vat at the same time. Yarn manufacturers assign each lot a unique identification number and stamp it on the label before shipping. Slight differences in temperature, dyeing time, and other factors can result in different shades of the same color between different dye lots of otherwise identical production. Although the component elements of a dye lot number are of interest only for internal business record keeping, retail yarn consumers have an interest in ensuring that they purchase a given color of yarn from identical dye lots.

Woven textile fabrics receive their color in various ways. The most common fabrics are either woven in a natural state and then piece dyed or are woven with a combination of yarn dyed and/or solution dyed yarns.

 

 

 

 

 

Piece dyeing occurs when the fibers are spun into white or natural yarn and then woven into fabric called greige-goods. After the fabric is constructed, mills then immerse the greige-goods into large tubs or vats where the color is applied to the entire roll. The dyed goods are then dried and finished in preparation for shipping. Typical dye lots will range from 300-800 yards at a time based on the weight of the yarn, the type of yarns used, and the dye tub size. This process is most often used in solid fabrics where the mill wants a broad color range. Although excellent and well performing options, piece dyed fabrics typically have the greatest color variance from one lot to the next versus yarn dyed woven fabrics.

Yarn dyeing applies color after the white or natural fibers have been spun into yarn. Dyeing occurs when the yarns are wound onto cones and placed into a high pressure tube where the color is applied onto and through the yarn through pressure dying. After drying, the yarns are woven into a constructed piece of fabric. Cotton, rayon and linen yarns are often yarn dyed and commonly used for multi colored fabrics such as woven stripes, gingham checks and plaids.  

Solution dyeing is commonly used on synthetic yarns like polyester, nylon, polypropylene and acrylic. In this process, color is mixed directly into a liquid solution before being extruded into long fibers and then spun into colored yarns thus making them extremely colorfast and consistent. That is why many outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella, are woven with solution dyed acrylic or polyester. This process yields large volumes of yarn so typically solution dyed yarns are used in the warp for both commercial and decorative fabrics. These colored fibers are then woven into finished goods often using yarn dyed goods in the filling.  Color consistency on these types of products is excellent.

During the color dyeing process, the batch of yarn or constructed fabric is assigned an identification number recording the specific color formula it received. Even though the same dyes are used every time, noticeable color variations can occur especially in piece dyeing of finished goods.

What causes color variations in dye lots? Temperature, time, water source and human error all contribute to slight variations between dye lots. The difference can be subtle to extremely visible. Industry standards allow up to a 6% difference in a color variation. DrapeStyle makes every effort to insure that the fabric sample you receive is from the same dye lot as the fabric we purchase for your job. Our fabric vendors have been in business for many any years and they also do everything they can to insure consistency with their dye lots.

Because of these industry standard dye lot variations, it’s important you always purchase enough fabric of the same dye lot in order to complete your window treatments.

So if you are ordering multiple drapes and/or shades for the same room, we strongly suggest that you order them all at the same time to insure the fabric comes from the same dye lot.

If you have any questions about Dye Lots or window treatments, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Candice Olson fabrics are now at DrapeStyle!

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

candice-portraitCandice Olson, a leading designer in the United States and Canada, began her career in commercial and residential design after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.  Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work before moving her design career to television.  In fact, earlier in her career, The New York Times identified her as “one to watch”. Candice’s foray into television began when a Canadian station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and her engaging personality led to a weekly stint as a design contributor to the show.

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Today, Candice can be seen as the host and designer on HGTV’s Candice Tells All, Devine Design and as a judge on Design Star. She has been featured on the Today show, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, Candice writes a syndicated biweekly newspaper column that runs in more than 400 U.S. newspapers. “The collections I have created embody my signature fusion of traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty and crispness of modern design. The marriage of contrasts; old and new, minimal and adorned, sleek and lustrous, delivers a look that is current yet timeless, fresh yet familiar. In 2005, Candice launched “The Candice Olson Collection” a successful brand of home decor products, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, bedding and more.  

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“I have the best job in the world. After many years building my reputation as a professional designer, I find it’s important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes. But another important lesson learned is to have a good laugh. It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me-and each other-laughing.”

We invite you to view our new fabric collection and order samples for yourself.  Since 2002, quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service.  Let us help you create your dream drapes!

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DrapeStyle Announces Cord Changes for Roman Shades

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DrapeStyle now includes a continuous cord loop on all of its’ Roman shades. There has been a lot of talk in the media about some retailers offering safer solutions for cords for Roman Shades. The safety of our customers is very important to us. This is one of the reasons DrapeStyle has decided to discontinue making Roman Shades with the standard cord lock. DrapeStyle will offer continuous corded shades as our standard cord, so that we can continue to manufacture custom window treatments for our customers.

Some of the benefits of a continuous cord; it has a fixed length, no matter the size of the shade. The cord loop remains the same length whether the shade is up or down, creating a neater appearance and there won’t be any dangerous dangling cords.

The continuous cord also has a break away feature, should something get caught in the cord, the continuous cord will break in half.

This is also great news for large and heavier shades. The continuous cord distributes the weight evenly and will allow you to easily lift and lower the shade no matter how heavy or how large the shade is. DrapeStyle can make Roman Shades to your specifications, even larger ones that you won’t find at your typical drapery store.Chevron Shades

 

As manufacturers continue to innovate and introduce new technologies, DrapeStyle will continue to look into other cording options for Roman Shades. Current corded products comply with the current safety standards are essential to meet the needs of consumers, including the elderly and users with disabilities.

DrapeStyle will continue to offer great prices on custom made Roman Shades. Any of our over 500 fabrics can be used to make Roman Shades. With all of these fabric choices and five different pleat styles, the possibilities are limited to only your imagination. If you have questions about our Roman Shades or need a little advise ordering them, please feel free to contact us.Grey Kitchen Shade

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Zen Drapery Hardware Collection

 

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Look at the unique drapery hardware DrapeStyle has just added to their collection! Introducing the Zen collection.  With the ability to mix and match different materials, you can create a truly unique look.  An eclectic mix of wood, bamboo and metal with a contemporary feel.

 

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Inspired by the serene Asian influence, the Zen hardware collection combines materials and styles that reflect natural elements. With river pebbles and pagoda finials, the Zen collection captures the exotic and organic essence of the Eastern inflection.  The Zen Collection is available in the following drapery rod styles: plain wood, wood with a bamboo veneer and metal. Drapery rods can be custom cut to your specifications at no additional cost.Ball Finials

 

 

 

 

 

 

To round out the collection; brackets, rings and finials are available in four wood and bamboo finishes: Smoke, Cognac, Java and Natural and two metal finishes: Nickel and Bronze.

DrapeStyle continues to offer you the finest in window treatment fabrics and window hardware.  Check back often to see the latest additions!  For more information on the Zen collection, or any of DrapeStyle’s drapery hardware collections, please contact us. We would be happy to help you with your drapery hardware, roman shade or drapery needs.

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

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

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

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Trina Turk Fabrics at DrapeStyle

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Here at DrapeStyle we feature several designers.  One of which is Trina Turk. Her fabrics are bright and bold, creative with a touch of retro.

Over the past two decades Trina’s modern and upbeat outlook has melded classic American design with a California confidence. What began as a women’s clothing collection has organically evolved into a many categories, with California-inspired patterns and pure color leading the way.

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Trina Turk Fabric is by far one our favorite lines. Trina Turk is an amazing designer, partly because she knew at a fairly young age what she wanted to do when she grew up, followed her passions, and now she is extremely successful and has evolved what began as a women’s contemporary clothing line into a mini lifestyle brand. Trina studied apparel design at the University of Washington, leading her to work for various companies designing ready-to-wear women’s apparel.
Trina realized in 1995 that her resume wasn’t going to cut it if she wanted offers to design her own line of women’s clothing. Her next step was to launch her own company-selling everything from fabric to home accessories. And within the same year, her products were being sold in major department stores such as Barney’s New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2009 her wholesale sales topped $40 million. Her successes lead to the opening of her own boutiques in major cities around the United States. Those boutiques and her online store are a huge success today.

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Trina has drawn constant inspiration from the cocktail party and poolside lifestyle of the desert, which definitely lead to her line of indoor/outdoor fabrics for F Schumacher. Trina Turk Fabric for F Schumacher is filled to the brim with eye-popping colors and patterns that without a doubt will add excitement to any design. Many of which you can view here. The fabric quality is to die for, not to mention how cute it is! 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!

outdoor-pillowsSee all of Trina Turk’s bright and breezy outdoor fabrics, available for custom made pillows and drapes, by DrapeStyle. If you need a little help determining the size of your drapes, or if you would like to order fabric samples, contact us. We’re here to help.  We want to help you design your dream drapes.

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Dupioni, Handwoven and Taffeta Silk

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Here at DrapeStyle, we sell more silk drapes than anything else. You won’t find better quality silk and exclusive colors anywhere. Our designers are often asked questions about our silk fabrics. Here are a few facts about this stunning natural fabric:

  • Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics
  • An all-climate fabric, it is warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter. Worn as a second layer, it warms without being bulky
  • In spite of its delicate appearance, it is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well
  • While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength
  • Silk takes color well, washes easily, and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing

Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of silk drapery we offer at DrapeStyle.  The three primary categories of are Dupioni, Taffeta and Handwoven, also known as Matka.  All of our silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.

Silk Dupioni , or Douppioni, is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture. Dupioni is a lustrous silk often woven from two different colors of threads, so that it shimmers or changes color in the light. Dupioni is made from an irregular, rough silk reeled from double cocoons or cocoons nested together, making it necessary to reel them together. An elegant woven fabric made with a tight plain weave, fine warp yarns, filling yarns that form prominent, irregular crosswise ribs. Usually brightly colored, it has a moderately crisp drape, fairly reflective luster, and a nubby texture. DrapeStyle carries a wide variety of Dupioni in both solids and stripes.

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Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal  and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave. Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style. Please view our fabulous Striped Silk Taffeta drapes here.

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DrapeStyle’ s European influenced, 100%  Handwoven Silk collection is the new look of silk.  We like to describe it as a  marriage between the elegance of silk and the natural texture of linen.  This combination gives it a unique,  heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs.  In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers. View all of the colors of our Handwoven Silk Collection and see for yourself this beautifully textured fabric.

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DrapeStyle offers free fabric samples, so that you can view our luxurious fabrics in your own home.  Please view our fabrics and your first $10 are free. If you have questions, please contact us, we are happy to help you determine the right length or width, or offer suggestions on fabrics, pleat styles and more.

We have been making custom draperies, Roman shades and pillows for nearly 15 years. DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Happy National Argyle Day!

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NATIONAL ARGYLE DAY

This week we celebrate National Argyle Day. Who knew this even existed, right? Here is a little information about the fabric.

Deriving from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyle in western Scotland, the argyle pattern used for kilts and plaids and from the patterned socks (known as “tartan hose”). Worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century, is recognized and honored each year on January 8th on National Argyle Day

blue-argyle-romper-setMost commonly referring to the overall pattern made of diamonds or lozenges, the word “argyle” sometimes is used referring to an individual diamond in the design. Layers of overlapping motifs are found in most layouts adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement and texture.  Typically in the pattern, there is an overlay of inter-crossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds.

 

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The design’s popularity was helped by its identification with the Duke of Windsor, Pringle of Scotland (a luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer).  The duke, like many others, used the pattern for golf clothing on both jerseys and long socks that were needed for the plus-fours trouser fashion of the day.

16 Argyle Projects for Argyle Day

What do you do on National Argyle Day? I really don’t know. But I found a website that came up with some fun projects. Click the link above for some crafty, fun ideas. And please view our website. We don’t carry argyle fabric, but we have many fabrics that would coordinate with your argyle sofa!

In fact, DrapeStyle carries over 500 fabrics that can be made into the drapes of your dreams. Please contact one of our designers for more details or questions about ordering custom made drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes, and it shows. DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz in customer service three years in a row. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased!

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