Custom Made with Sarah Richardson

One of DrapeStyle’s most popular designers is Sarah Richardson. We invite you to view her fabrics and read more about this talented designer.

Sarah Richardson has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers.  She launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, she is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience.  Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.

Known for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

DrapeStyle can custom make Roman shades, pillows and draperies in your choice of Sarah Richardson fabrics. For more information contact us and we would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.


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Get to Know Vern Yip

Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:

Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.

Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you? 

A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!

Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world! 

Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? 
A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.

Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.

Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.

On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.

Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.

In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living. 

Q. What are your best small space living hacks?

A. My answer is two-fold:

1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.

2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.


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Threading the Needle

This week, on July 25th, we celebrate “Thread The Needle Day”. Who knew there was such a thing, right?

Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning. Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew. I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started. What about you?  Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?

Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store. This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.

Keep an open mind. Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it. When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc. Practice, practice, practice. You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread. Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills. And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.

Make things you like. If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it. Search the internet. Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials. I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.

Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle. We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002. Our seamstresses have each been threading the needle for an average of 25 years so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.


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Window Covering Myths

Jeffrey Alan Marks Oceanview Shade

Drapes should be hung on the window trim

Don’t cover up your beautiful trim molding! Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.

DrapeStyle customers can enjoy professional design services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!

Window treatments will make my home too dark

Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products for light control. See our lining guide for more information.

Kravet fabrics

Window coverings will block my views

Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution. Need more information? Review our measuring guide.

You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic

Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments.

Minimalistic window coverings

Window treatments are all the same

If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage.

Schumacher Amboise Linen Zinc

A retail chain will have the best pricing

Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices, so do your research on the types of fabrics being used and the type of construction. In most cases, for the same price retail chains charge, you could purchase custom made window treatments from DrapeStyle in sizes you need, not the limited sizes the retail chains want to offer.

For more information or questions, please contact us.


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Guaranteed Chanukah Delivery on Custom Drapes!

 

The Linen Hotel Drape in Eggshell with Silver Banding and Inverted Pleat

Order by October 16th for Guaranteed Holiday Delivery!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows or drapery hardware before the holidays?    Before you know it out of town relatives and friends will be dropping by for holiday merriment.  There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.  And if you order by October 16th, you are guaranteed Chanukah delivery for a flat fee of $21.99.*

Making of The Hotel Drape at DrapeStyleMaking of The Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

 

 

 

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

 

So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, start by addressing fabrics (or lack thereof).  Fabrics can add texture and color to a room, and you won’t find a better selection or better customer service than at DrapeStyle.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle was awarded the Best of Houzz customer service award for 2015.

If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order to insure delivery by Chanukah.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 16th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed UPS ground delivery by Chanukah for only $21.99.*

The Silk Hotel Drapery CollectionPillow 3

DrapeStyle Luxe Custom Drapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Standard UPS ground delivery for all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces applies to in stock fabrics for custom drapes and roman shades only.  Oversized items, drapery hardware, and rush deliveries may incur additional charges.  $50 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.  Offer expires October 16, 2015.

 
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Custom Roman Shades as a Window Treatment Option!

Trellis Citrine

 

 

 

 

We love the look of drapes, so much so it’s even in our name!  

But did you know DrapeStyle also makes Custom Roman Shades?

When lowered, Roman Shades can provide light control, privacy and insulation to your windows.  When raised, they look like a decorative valance-what an easy and inexpensive way to transform your space!

Standing alone or paired with our custom drapes or custom curtains, DrapeStyle’s Roman Shades are a stand-out!  Each shade is made-to-order according to your specifications right here in our Arizona studio. Choose from any of our Silks, Linens, Cottons, or Polyester blends, along with noise reducing, privacy, or blackout lining options. The customization continues with your choice of cord position and outside or inside mount options.  All shades include cleats and mounting hardware.

 

Flat Striped Roman Shade

   Relaxed Linen Roman Shade     Flat Trellis Midnight Roman Shade

 

Inside or Outside Mount?

Inside Mount

Once you’ve selected your fabric from DrapeStyle’s 450 fabrics choices, you will need to determine whether you want to mount your Roman Shades inside or outside the window.  Would you like a more tailored look?  Do you have beautiful molding around your windows you would like to showcase?  You may want to consider Roman Shades that are mounted on the inside of the window frame.  When measuring for your Roman Shade, take three measurements for the width; at the top of the window, the middle and the bottom.  Your width will be the smallest of the three measurements.

For the length, again, take three measurements; left side, middle and right side.  Your length will be the longest of the three lengths.  A minimum depth of 1 ½” within the window casing is needed in order to mount the shade.

Flat Gate Black & White Flat Roman Shade

Trellis Navy Flat Roman Shade     Flat Gate Black & White 2 Roman Shades

 

Outside Mount

Would you like to create the illusion that your window is larger than it really is?  Would you like to hide an unattractive window?  Are there any obstructions that might hinder you from mounting the Roman Shade inside the window frame?  Outside mounted shades offer more flexibility for mounting.  For instance, the shade can be mounted anywhere above the window. You can create the illusion of a larger window by hanging your Roman Shade higher than the top of the window frame.  This is also a good option when there is not enough depth within the window casing to mount the shade inside.  The outside mount will also provide the best light blockage and privacy.

To measure for an outside mounted Roman Shade, measure the total width of your coverage area.  We recommend that you add 1-1 ½” to each side beyond the casing of your window.  This will be your ordering width.  For the length, measure the height of the coverage area and add 1” above the top casing for mounting.

Whichever mounting option you select, Custom Roman Shades are a great way to dress up a window and enhance your living space.

Relaxed Gate Grey Roman Shade

Relaxed Linen Large Roman Shade     Flat Patterned 2 Roman Shades

 

What is Control Position?

This is a simple one.  Would you like the continuous cord that raises and lowers the shade, to hang on the left side or the right side of the shade?

 

Which Shade Style Do I Choose?

Selecting a shade style will depend on your style and usage of your Roman Shade.  All of DrapeStyle’s fabrics can be used to make any style of shade.  If you need a little help, we’re here to guide you through the process: 800.760.8257.  Here are some helpful descriptions of different types of shades:

 

Flat Roman Shades

Flat Roman Shades are made with one piece of fabric and lay flat against the window.  They offer a clean uncluttered look.  Whether you are using a pattern or a solid fabric, the Flat Roman Shade is a classic way to enhance your room!

Flat Checkered drapes & roman shades

Flat large striped roman shade    Flat roman shade rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Flat Shade

 

 

Pleated Roman Shade

Soft, overlapping folds are created with the Pleated Roman Shade.  Silk fabrics offer an elegant look when made into this style of shade.  The Pleated Shade is also a great choice if it will be raised and lowered often.

Pleated Roman Shade Redering

Coffee Pleated Roman Shade

Red Pleated Roman Shade

Custom Roman Shades, Pleated Shade

 

 

 

Relaxed Roman Shade

Relaxed and unstructured, the Relaxed Roman Shade is great for decorative use.  Mounted outside or inside the window frame, this shade is casually beautiful.

Relaxed Stone 2 Roman Shades     Relaxed Green 3 Roman Shades   Relaxed Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, Relaxed Shade

 

 

Cascade Roman Shade

Made with evenly spaced pockets reinforced with rods, excellent functionally and a great look are created by the crisp pleated style of the Cascade Roman Shade.

Cascade Roman Shade Rebdering

Cascade flowered 3 roman shades

Cascade beige 3 roman shades

Custom Roman Shades, Cascade Shade

 

 

London Roman Shade

The London Roman Shade never fails to make a statements.  A classic, timeless design, this shade looks great in both solids and patterns.  The wider the window, the fuller the London Shade, therefore it is not recommended for very narrow windows.

London Linen Roman Shade

London Patterned Roman Shade  London Roman Shade Rendering

Custom Roman Shades, London Shade

 

Do I need Lining?

In one word, YES.  Lining not only gives the Roman Shade weight so that it drapes beautifully, but lining your Custom Roman Shades protects the fabric from damaging sunlight.  Selecting the appropriate lining for your room will make all the difference.

Will the shade be in a room such as a nursery or a theater room where you don’t want any light to come through?  You will need Blackout Lining.

Would you like privacy but still want some light to come through?  Select Sateen Lining.

Are your windows drafty in the winter or does the sun pour through in the summer?  Select Bump Lining to repel the heat and absorb cold.

 

Your Order is Complete!

And there you have it!  In just a few easy steps you can order Custom Roman Shades to properly fit your windows.  Or, if you still have questions, you can contact one of our designers and they will be happy to assist you with designing your very own Custom Roman Shades.  For more inspiration and ideas, please visit: http://www.drapestyle.com/custom-roman-shades.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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