Celebration of Multicultural

PANTONE Color Institute

Celebration of Multicultural

LAURIE PRESSMAN

Pantone Color Institute
May 21, 2018

As people today move through life, they adopt and blend other cultures with their own. The result is a design direction that celebrates mixed influences and cross cultural fertilization. Increasingly nomadic, our urban centers already considered cultural melting pots, are becoming progressively more diverse.

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Years of globalization and the movement of people as well as product has brought about a globalized color palette and design aesthetic devoid of premeditation that we call the Celebration of Multicultural. A mash-up of influences and impossible to pin down to any one starting point, the aesthetic of Celebration of Multicultural is the epitome of a celebration of diversity. Ad-hoc curation wins, preoccupations of provenance are abandoned and designs are indiscriminately playful. The outcome is a montage of influences: old and new, traditional and experimental, synthetic and organic.
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Excerpted with permission from VIEWPOINT COLOUR Issue 03 – The Play Issue.

If you desire something bold and beautiful, DrapeStyle’s Custom Silk Drapes are available in dozens of colors to choose from. You choose your fabric, pleat style, width and length and we’ll make the most beautiful high quality draperies available. For more information or to speak to one of our in house designers, please contact us. At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

 

 


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How Connecticut’s Homegrown Silk Industry Unraveled

Here is an interesting story I found on Atlas Obscura: https://goo.gl/VjBSPE

The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread.

Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914.

Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ PUBLIC DOMAIN

In October 1789, during a trip to Connecticut, U.S. President George Washington described some “exceeding good” silk lustring and “very fine” silk thread that were part of a growing domestic industry. In fact, by the time Washington wrote those words in his journal, the area that became the state of Connecticut in 1788 had been practicing raw silk production, known as sericulture, for over half a century—and silk was on the rise.

By 1826, three out of every four households in Mansfield, Connecticut, were raising silkworms, and by 1826, Congress commissioned a report on the potential for a U.S. silk industry. By 1840, Connecticut outpaced other states in raw silk production by a factor of three. Within the next two decades, however, the industry would collapse, leaving the country to wonder what went wrong.

The Cheney Brothers silk mill in South Manchester, Connecticut.
The Cheney Brothers silk mill in South Manchester, Connecticut.

The unlikely development of Connecticut’s silk industry came about thanks Ezra Stiles, the seventh president of Yale University. Stiles was a sericulture enthusiast who experimented with cultivating mulberry trees, silkworms’ primary food source, and even wore gowns made from Connecticut silk to ceremonies. He also sent mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs across the state, and advocated for state-sponsored bounties to encourage farmers to plant mulberry trees.

One of the biggest triumphs for the early industry was figuring out how to adapt sericulture to cold weather. Such tactics included keeping silkworms warm by raising them in attics, and figuring out how to feed them in cold weather. Michael Cook, a modern sericulturist, describes the intense care and feeding schedule silkworms require.

Ezra Stiles, 1770.
Ezra Stiles, 1770. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART/ PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Rise early, feed the worms before work; feed them again at lunch, feed them again in the evening and clean a dozen or so big trays, feed them again before bed. I was feeding a garbage bag full of [mulberry] leaves and small branches daily. Cocooning was a nightmare,” says Cook. In Connecticut with deciduous mulberry trees, that intensive feeding schedule was a problem in years with early frost. One innovation to extend the feeding season was to dry mulberry leaves, then mix them with water and flour to feed to silkworms.

Inspired by Connecticut’s raw silk production, local entrepreneurs invested in machinery to manufacture silk thread and fabric from reeled silk filaments. In 1810, the Hanks brothers opened the United States’ first silk-mill in Mansfield, Connecticut, and in 1838, the Cheney brothers opened a mill which would eventually expand to 38,000 spindles, and become the largest silk manufacturer in the U.S. The future looked bright for silk.

<em>Morus alba</em>, also known as White Mulberry or Common Mulberry.
Morus alba, also known as White Mulberry or Common Mulberry. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread. Beginning with Stiles, Connecticut sericulturists had always used an Italian variety of white mulberry, Morus alba, to feed their silkworms. However, in the 1830s, as the industry pushed to expand quickly, farmers and investors latched onto a Chinese variety, Morus multicaulis, a subspecies of black mulberry which produced larger leaves and more of them per tree (today M. multicaulis refers to a different plant, a subspecies of M. alba)It could also be harvested more often. The price of M. multicaulis skyrocketed as speculators sought to profit from selling cuttings from these fast-growing trees.

Samuel Whitmarsh, a “charismatic and unreliable businessman” who owned a silkworm cocoonery in Massachusetts, stoked the M. multicaulis craze with pamphletstrumpeting the benefits of this new type of tree, and letters to various silk trade publications. Daniel Stebbins, Whitmarsh’s business associate during the craze, later recounted the story of one tree that a speculator bought in Massachusetts for $25 and sold in Connecticut to a farmer named Elder Sharp for $50. Sharp then declined an offer for $450 for a quarter share of the tree; within a year the tree was worthless. The bubble had popped.

Silkworm cocoons.
Silkworm cocoons. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY) NEGATIVES

In the bubble’s aftermath in the early 1840’s, companies along the East Coast went bankrupt, as did Whitmarsh, and angry farmers tore out their orchards. Joshua Grant, a silk producer in Baltimore, called the collapse a “dire disaster that has overspread the land like a funeral pall.” Then a series of harsh winters, followed by a blight in 1843-44, killed many of the remaining mulberry trees.

Despite everything, in 1847, Stebbins remained hopeful about the “sequel of the silk industry.” But the region’s sericulture had one insurmountable flaw that prevented this revival: Stiles’ gowns aside, Connecticut’s silk was not industrial grade, so silk-mills could not use it to manufacture fabric. According to cultural anthropologist Dr. Janice Stockard, who has interviewed silk reelers in South China, reeling—the practice of unwinding the filaments of silk from their cocoons—requires observation, training, and practice. In 19th-century Connecticut households, women were expected to learn the skill from pamphlets.

“In pamphlets, the term ‘spinning’ described the critical technique of reeling silk from cocoons,” Stockard says. “Women in farming households improvised, based on their experience spinning wool and using technology found in the home, including the wool wheel.”

Fully grown striped silk worms.
Fully grown striped silk worms. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION (UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY) NEGATIVES

The product they ended up with was adequate for sewing thread, but not strong enough for the industrial-silk-manufacturing infrastructure that Connecticut had begun to build. According to one scathing assessment, “Connecticut women in 70 years have not improved their knowledge of reeling.” Another issue, Stockard says, was the expectation that women could reel silk “whenever leisure from other duties permitted.” In other words, women were supposed to wedge a high-skill, time-intensive task into their already full workloads, and the result was sub-par silk.

“Simultaneously unwinding several cocoons from a basin of near-boiling water while twisting these filaments into one even thread and reeling it onto a wheel was hard,” Stockard says. “If reeling was interrupted to tend to a child or chore, the silk would gum up and lump.” Faced with this weak, lumpy thread, Connecticut manufacturers began to import raw silk from China, Japan, and Italy.

By 1881, sericulture in Connecticut had been entirely abandoned. The now much older Elder Sharp, who had valued his mulberry tree so highly, said, “Our silk was good, bright and strong, needing only patience to better understand the reeling… let us do what we can at this late day to repair our error.” Instead, silk-mills continued to import from Asia and continued to manufacture silk fabric through the mid-20th century. Today, the legacy of Connecticut’s silk industry can be seen in the white mulberry trees which have spread everywhere and are now considered an invasive species.

DrapeStyle has been manufacturing custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. If you have questions or need a little advice, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information or pricing on your custom window treatments.


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Decorating with Toile

What is Toile?

Toile, pronounced “twal”, is a fabric, from the French word meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”, particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. It can refer to the fabric itself, a test garment (generally) sewn from the same material, or a type of repeated surface decoration (traditionally) printed on the same fabric. The term entered the English language around the 12th century.

It’s covering everything from beds to walls in a variety of decor styles, including French country, eclectic and even modern. Here is a little information about toile:

  • The name is from a French term meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”
  • Toile is used as an abbreviation of the term toile de Jouy (twäl-də-ˈzhwē), a term that translates to “cloth of Jouy”
  • Toile de Jouy is named after Jouy-en-Josas, France where, in 1760, the factory Oberkampf was founded. Up until that time in France, printing on cotton was done with wooden blocks. Oberkampf was the first company to bring copperplate printing, popular in England and Ireland, to France. The finer lines on the copperplates allowed for greater variation in light and shade. It also allowed for larger repeat patterns; thus enabling artists to be much more creative with the designs. The pastoral scenes depicted on toile de Jouy told a story and included many major events of the time. The scenes were done in a single color on a white or off-white background.
  • Today toile has come to refer to any type of similar printed fabric.

 

 

DrapeStyle has been making drapes right here in the USA for over a decade. Our seamstresses make each drapery panel to order with quality details you won’t find everywhere. Details like double side-hems, hand-sewn corners, bottom weights and 5 inch buckram headings. At DrapeStyle, we don’t cut-corners. We use the highest quality fabrics, linings and components possible. Maybe that’s why when House and Garden reviewed online drapery retailers they called our draperies “Beautifully Made to Order”.

 

Please contact us for more information or for a custom quote. Let us help you design your dream drapes, you will be pleased.


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Baby It’s Cold Outside-Why You Need Interlining!

With the arrival of the cold winter months, having the heat on all the time is tempting although it could be extremely costly and environmentally damaging especially for home with our double insulated windows.

It’s been said that heating accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption while the cost of running an average three-bedroom home exceeds the average mortgage or rent payment.

This figure is likely to skyrocket as winter comes. For poorly insulated or homes of larger sizes; there are ways to maximize what you’re paying for and keep your home warm without having to spend a fortune on heating.

Add flannel or bump interlining to your drapes to prevent heat loss

With poorly insulated or single glazing windows, constant heating is required to maintain a warm temperature in the home as heat can easily escape through the gaps and even the seal of good window frames can degrade over time.

Flannel lined drapes are a great way to save on energy bills as the additional layer can help retain warmth inside a room during the colder weather. With extra layers of flannel or bump interlining, the thicker lining also adds fullness and body to the drapes which creates a more luxurious look.

Similarly, interlining can actually block heat from coming in during the warmer weather. This style of lining is great for keeping your room at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons. They also have the added benefits of being blackout and noise reducing.

Flannel or Bump interlining is placed between the fabric and the lining. It adds body and insulation to the drape. For an additional fee, DrapeStyle can add either to your draperies. Order samples here to see for yourself what a difference adding interlining can add to your drapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your curtains and drapes shut at night

To maximize the heating, shut your drapes so that the warmth can be retained as much as possible. Most studies suggest 18.5ºC or 65ºF as the optimal temperature for sleeping while temperatures below 12 ºC or 54ºF and above 23.8 ºC or 75ºF is said to be disruptive.

Use door curtains

I’ve always lived in the South West, so I’ve never thought of this, but it makes since if you live in a colder climate. Use door curtains for maximum coverage and keep the cold air out while giving your home a polished look upon entrance. Although useful and convenient, draught excluders are only able to provide a bottom seal whereas door curtains can cover all gaps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on interlining, see our lining guide or contact us. We are happy to help you determine what would best suit your drapery needs.


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Layering with Sheer Voile

What is Voile?

Voile is a French word, pronounced “vwahl”. The definition; a light, plain-weave, sheer fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool used especially for making dresses and curtains. Sheer draperies may be used alone, or layer for a more luxurious look.

 

Think Practical

Voile curtains give the feeling of a bright and spacious interior. Plus, they are easy to incorporate in any room of the home. These 100% polyester sheers are perfect for layering behind a pair of decorative curtains to block out light in the evening while also maintaining your privacy.

 

 

Embrace Pattern

Patterned voile draperies are a fantastic way to create a point of focus that draws your eye. Voile fabrics come in a variety of styles and interesting patterns. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add pattern and color to a room.

 

Opt for Understated

The opposite of adding voile curtains to attract attention; you can also layer voile curtains to create an understated finish without having to purchase multiple sets of new curtains – an affordable option if your curtains are made-to-measure.

Layering with Shades

If you have roman shades or blinds on your windows, using sheers as your draperies will soften the look while adding a layer of texture. Using Roman shades or blinds will provide the privacy you need while the sheers can help diffuse the light.

Whether you’re looking to add privacy to your home, create a focal point in a room, or reduce the vibrancy of your patterned or colorful drapes, voile drapes are an excellent, versatile choice. Layering can be done in stages, as your budget allows.

If you have any questions about Voile curtains, please contact us or view our sheer drapes here. At DrapeStyle, our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies. Paired with the best fabrics and quality service, you will be pleased with the results.


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OUR BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!

Start the New Year out with our BIGGEST sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery! Please see our sale page for more details.

Striped Silk Taffeta Drapes
Striped Silk Drapes with tassel with puddle on the floor creating a elegant designer Look.

We import the highest quality silks and linens available. Our Striped Taffeta is a gorgeous heavy weight silk with rich colors and texture which make incredibly elegant drapery.

Dupioni Silk in Nutmeg

Solid Silk Dupioni is so versatile. We love to coordinate silk with linen for a great depth of color and texture.

Start with any of our classic or Estate Solid Linen and then select your banding linen fabric and we’ll make you a gorgeous creation you won’t find anywhere else.

Estate Linen in oatmeal with coffee banding

Finishing touches. Our iron and stainless steel hardware are made in California by a family owned workshop. Each piece is hand-made to order and is available in a large variety of finishes. Hardware to drapes is like the jewelry to your ball gown.

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At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Gold Rush

I have to admit that when I first saw this gold trend my mind immediately went to the early 90’s shiny tacky brass. But this isn’t the brass and glass colonial chandelier you had hanging over your dining table. Today’s gold fixtures have been updated to look sleek and contemporary. Warm hues as accent pieces or hardware, in a satin finish.

Go for the gold in the bathroom-knobs, drawer pulls, towel rings and wall sconces all come in beautiful golden hues. Replacing your plumbing fixtures can be an easy and inexpensive way to add a little gold to your home.

Wallpaper with shine. Adding a gold wallpaper will add depth and richness to your room and adds a focal point to your space.

It’s sleek, it’s sophisticated and it’s stunning. Metallic accents can add a pop of glam and sophistication to your home. Try adding metallics to a dark painted room. The shine from the metal will add drama and shine to your room.

Adding metallics to your home can help create a focal point, or add a feeling of luxury and glamour. DrapeStyle has many fabrics that can compliment your gold accents. Please view our fabrics for ideas and designs. Contact us for more information and ideas. DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies, curtains, Roman shades and pillows for 15 years. We have a team of talented seamstresses that can make just about anything you dream up. Contact us for more information.


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Cyber Monday Deals Start NOW!

DrapeStyle is offering $100 off all online drapes, Roman shades, pillows and drapery hardware purchased today!

Shop deep discounts on custom window treatments including, drapes, curtains and Roman shades AND receive $100 off your order of $999 or more.

There’s no better time to shop-save up to 20% on all our drapes and curtains, including silkslinen and cotton and refresh your home by adding new window treatments. With over 500 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find something that will compliment your home. Want to view fabric samples before you buy? Order fabrics samples and use the code “SAMPLES” at checkout to get your first $10 in samples for free.

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

Shop our Cyber Monday sales and online deals comfortably at home on your PC or laptop, or on the go from your tablet or cell phone. You’ll receive $100 off your order and you won’t have to brave the crazy crowds! Shop now because this offer ends at midnight tonight!

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

VIEW CYBER MONDAY DEALS

*$100 discount applies to new orders over $999 only, cannot be used with any other coupon. Use coupon code “CYBER” at checkout. Shipping charges may apply. Offer expires November 27, 2017.


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Black Friday Deals Start NOW!

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Black Friday deals start NOW!

PLUS save $100 off your DrapeStyle order! Everyone is advertising Black Friday deals and DrapeStyle is no exception. You don’t need to wait until Friday. Save all week on drapescurtainsroman shadespillows and drapery hardware AND save $100 on your order. Select from over 500 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and 4 different lining options.

CUSTOM PILLOW IN SCHUMACHER ABAZA RESIST INDIGO

Shop from the convenience of your own home and save on silk,   linen and cotton drapes. With discounts as much as 20% off, these are some of the lowest prices of the year. You’ll find great deals at www.drapestyle.com PLUS, when you sign up for DrapeStyle rewards, you will instantly earn $25 off your first purchase! That’s a total of $125 off!

ROBERT ALLEN CUSTOM DRAPERY IN BLOSSOM TWILIGHT

 

 

 

 

So if you are in need of replacing older window treatments, updating your home or simply don’t have any window treatments at all, consider DrapeStyle for all of your drapery, roman shade and drapery hardware needs. And for a limited time, save up to 20% off regular prices, PLUS save $100 off this week!

 

*Use coupon code “FRIDAY” at checkout. $100 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only. Can not be combined with any other coupons. Shipping fees may apply. Offer expires November 24, 2017.

ROBERT ALLEN CUSTOM DRAPERY IN ARMOR CAVIAR

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Fun Crafts for Celebrating National Button Day

National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby.

I found this great website that has dozens of crafts you can create using buttons. So celebrate National Button Day by making something you can wear or decorate your home with!

These 26 Adorable Projects Will Totally Change The Way You Look At Buttons!

Whether you’re a sewing master or an all-round crafter, you may be one of the many who have a big collection of buttons stashed away. There’s no way that you’ll be able to use them all up on fixing buttonless shirts, so perhaps it’s time to think outside the box a little. These cute and clever button projects will give you some fantastic inspiration with regards to putting your collection to good use in non-traditional ways.

Button Bowl

Button Bowl

This cute and whimsical button bowl is the perfect way to store your little bits and bobs like jewelry or keys. It uses the same method as the cotton thread balls where you use a balloon to create the shape you want, much like a mold, which is then popped and discarded once everything is set and dried. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYnCrafts

Quick Bookmarks

Quick Bookmarks

Everything you make doesn’t always have to be grand or complicated; you can make something as simple as a button bookmark with a paperclip that you know will be put to good use. It’s a quick and easy craft that can really help your school-going kids. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – IHeartNaptime

Simple Wall Art

Simple Wall Art

I just love this fleur-de-lis symbol, although, of course you can go with practically any image or monogram as long as it’s not too detailed or finicky. The best part about this project is that you don’t have to sew the buttons – you can cheat and just glue them on! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Makely

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

If you have a good range of sizes among all your forgotten buttons, then you may be able to make yourself a few of these charming Christmas tree ornaments. If you don’t have enough greens, though, you can either spray paint them or simply embrace the non-traditional colors. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ModernMinerals

Beautified Button Shoes

Beautified Button Shoes

Whether you want to vamp up an old pair of shoes, or you found a plain pair on sale for next to nothing, a really cute way to do so is to add buttons. You’ll have to take the longer sewing route with these; when considering all the movement of your feet in your shoes, the buttons may just pop off if you use hot glue to attach them. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – StarsForStreetlightsILoveToCreate and Scrapbook&CardsToday

Fridge Magnets

Fridge Magnets

Ok, so here’s a really nice and easy craft that is so simple, yet people don’t seem to think about it – button fridge magnets! It really is as easy as it sounds: glue magnets onto the buttons and you’re good to go! It adds a fun and playful element of whimsy to your kitchen. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BigBoxDetox

Necklaces

Necklaces

There are so many ideas and ways that you can make some really pretty and interesting necklaces, ranging from simple to intricate to chunky, so I’ve found a handful for you to gloss over and get some inspiration for your own creation. Or, you could just make them all! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – YellowBlackbirdOhoh, TheDrewFamily and LittleMissMomma

Bracelets

Bracelets

As with the necklaces, your button bracelet making possibilities are seemingly endless. There are so many techniques that you can use, so once again, let your own imagination and creativity run wild and see what you can make with the types of buttons that you have. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – OhDearAngieResinObsessionHopeStudios and HomesteadRevival

Leather Cuff

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I love all things bohemian, so this leather button cuff is right up my alley. If you can get the blank leather cuff with all the hardware on it then you’re already halfway there, otherwise you’ll just have to attach those yourself. This could make a really interesting belt idea, too! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LilBlueBoo

Cupcake Art

Cupcake Art

This is just too cute! It’ll perfectly adorn something like a nursery or child’s playroom. After seeing the tutorial, it’s clear that you can paint and button just about any image, but the cupcakes are definitely my favorites! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BustedButton

Headband

Headband

Making a really cute button headband is actually really easy. The toughest part is just deciding on which buttons to use and how to arrange them – you can cover the entire piece of fabric, or you could just make a little accent part on the side. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheRibbonRetreat

Flower Bouquet

Flower BouquetThese felt and button flowers are just adorable, and they’re so much fun to make, too! You could get your little ones involved in the project so that they can proudly display them in their rooms, or even give them to their teachers as gifts. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AmericanCrafts

Garland

Garland

This Christmassy garland is a real cinch to make if you can do a simple chain stitch. I love the holiday themed colors that can turn your home into a real festive place, but of course, you can just pick any colors for absolutely any time of the year. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BlogALaCart


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Easy Autumn Updates

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Living Room Drapes with a six inch puddle.

Warm colors

As the weather cools you want to be cozy inside, so use warm colors to make your home feel inviting. There’s a bit of psychology going on here. We favor cool colors like blue and green during the hot months because they help us think of water and shady lawns. So during the cool months, use warm colors like red and yellow to conjure up warm fires hot drinks, and cozy blankets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texture

This is a good way to warm up a space with neutral color palette. Touch a piece before you decide on it-it’s the tactile fell various materials, such as rustic wood tables, scratchy woven baskets, bumpy sisal rugs and soft fur blankets.

Striped Dupioni Silk in Veranda 14 with French Pleat.

 

Pattern

We associate fall with textiles like burlap, fleece an wool not only for their warmth but also for the bold patterns like plaids and stripes that come with them. Plaid is a classic fall choice that turns any room into a fall-friendly atmosphere, whether with throw pillows, blankets or prints on the wall.

Striped Silk Taffeta Drapes
Striped Silk Drapes in Milano Lucia with a tassel creating an elegant designer look.

Natural Elements

No fall decor is complete without a few pumpkins, gourds and fall leaves. Go outside and hunt around for bits of nature you can bring inside to display on your coffee table, scatter over your dining table centerpiece or put in a bowl on the mantel.

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Custom Linen Drapes in Napa Chocolate with Parisian Pleat

Enticing Scents

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, chai-these are the scents of fall. Brew cups of tea to get you in the mood, and place batches of potpourri or candles around your home. You can also make a batch of spiced rum or cider to fill the house with the delicious scent.

If you are interested in updating your home with warm autumn tones, please visit our website. We have a variety of different fabrics and colors in autumn tones. We offer free fabric samples and free shipping*. Please see our website for more details or contact us for more information.


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Last Days to Save on Hardware!

It’s our BIGGEST HARDWARE sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery hardware! Please see our hardware page for more details.

Our Zen Drapery Hardware Collection is a new and exciting line of products that allows you to mix and match different materials such as wood, bamboo and metal for a truly unique look. Inspired by the serene Asian influence, the Zen hardware collection combines materials and styles that reflect natural elements. All rods can be cut to size before shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Toronto Glass Collection is a perfect combination of modern, contemporary stainless steel drapery hardware married with traditional blown glass.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the US since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time and costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year-Oceanside

We are loving Sherwin Williams color of the year! Oceanside is a bold, beautiful, deep color that will make a statement in any room in your home!

2018 Color of the Year

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is our 2018 Color of the Year. A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

It is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.

Using the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, you can explore the Color of the Year and with the swipe of a finger see it on any wall.

Tag your Oceanside Twitter and Instagram posts with #SWCOLORLOVE or upload a photo.

2018 Key color combinations featuring Oceanside

Oceanside’s versatility allows it to play well with many colors. It is a bright counterpart to equally eye-catching colors like Exuberant Pink SW 6840 or Honey Bees SW 9018 or it can rest relaxingly alongside other blues like In the Navy SW 9178 or Adrift SW 7608. It is also the ideal companion for corals and copper metallic tones because of its timeless association with nature.

 

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Hardware Sale

 

 

 

 

It’s our BIGGEST sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery hardware! Please see our hardware page for more details.

Global Elements Hardware
Global Elements Hardware

Marrakesh inspired, our Global Elements drapery hardware collection mixes handcrafted metal with stunning distressed wood finishes that will give you the flexibility to create your own dynamic combinations. All of our drapery rods can be cut to your exact size prior to shipping.

Classic Minimalism Hardware

Our Classic Minimalism drapery collection adds a modern sophistication to your décor while keeping the overall look clean and understated.

Decorative Wood Hardware

Our Traditional Drapery Hardware Collection features classic finials, rings and hold backs for larger drapery poles. We can cut each rod to your specific specifications. Available in 6 designer finishes.

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the US since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Save BIG as We Celebrate 15 Years of Success!

 

 

 

It’s our BIGGEST sale ever!

DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

 

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with our most generous discount on ALL online drapery! Please see our sale page for current pricing and more details.

Kravet has been one of the world’s leading design houses since 1918. Featuring collaborations wih designers like Thom Filicia, Lee Jofa, Candice Olson and Windosor Smith. Kravet continues to set the highest standards in quality and design.

The Classic Sheer never goes out of style. Choose a simple yet elegant flat panel or personalize them by adding an optional top band or custom pleat style.

Our Silk Hotel Collection is a bit contemporary with a bold single contrasting trim detail in your choice of any of our solid silks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made” and each drape is inspected before it leaves our production studio.

The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from only the highest quality materials. And, most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have, on average, over 25 years of experience making custom drapery.

Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Window Treatments That Won’t Hide Your Home’s Beautiful Trim

If you have beautiful molding around your window, it is understandable that you don’t want to cover it up. There are several window treatment options to cover and enhance the look of your windows.

Hanging the window treatments above your window will allow to to see the top and the bottom of your window and the molding around it. Hanging your treatments higher also makes your room look larger. Keep in mind the projection of the molding, that is, how far out from the wall does the molding protrude? You will need to purchase hardware brackets that have a projection that will clear the molding. You will also want your custom drapes to have a return about 1/2″ longer than the bracket projection.

Hanging drapery about an inch into the glass will create the illusion that your windows are wider than they are. Skinny windows suddenly become larger because you won’t see where the window begins.

 

 

 

Valances and cornice boards can make short windows appear longer. DrapeStyle can create matching custom valances in any of our 500 fabrics.

 

If you don’t want to cover up any of your molding, you may want to consider having Roman shades made. This will draw the attention to your windows and put the emphasis on your molding. Try selecting a contrasting color for your shades to really make your molding pop!

Measuring guides are available online, but if you’re still not sure about which option is best for your home, or need a little help determining sizes, please contact us and speak to one of our designers for more information.

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 four 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.


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Cozy Reading Nook Ideas

Need to get away but don’t have the time for a vacation? Want to escape a busy work day? Get lost in a book! And let DrapeStyle help you create the perfect reading nook in your own home.

Set up a spot near a sunny window or bookshelf for curling up with a book. A window seat is the perfect potential reading nook. Add a shelf with some of your favorite reads. Add a comfy cushion, a few pillows and blankets to make it cozy.

Make sure there is adequate lighting. If there isn’t enough natural light, hang a couple of sconces or add a floor lamp to the sitting area.

Kids rooms are the perfect place to create a reading space. Instilling good reading habits early will carry them through life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating places to sit and read will tempt adults and children away from the call of online living and into a book instead. DrapeStyle is a custom workroom that has years of experience in making draperies, window cushions and pillows, that can help you create your own private reading nook. See our website for ideas and pricing or contact us for a custom quote.


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Celebrating 15 Years of Success!

Celebrating our 15 year anniversary!

Back in 2002 we started an online custom drapery company. Something we loved doing, something we truly felt that we were good at. Something we knew we could do well. And who would believe we would still be serving our customers 15 years later! We are humbled that our customers still have such faith in us, and we welcome new customers every day, to look through our luxurious fabrics and see and feel the quality for themselves.

For 15 years, DrapeStyle has produced the highest quality drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in the USA. We started in a small space in Southern California, and now we have a 10,000 square foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you are in the market for custom draperies, Roman shades or pillows, DrapeStyle can help.  Silk, cotton or linen.  Contact DrapeStyle and we will help you decide the right fabric for your application.

And our best quality feature is our people. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. And you can rest assured that the most experienced, talented seamstresses will be making your window treatments. Each has an average of 25 years of sewing experience and have many, many years of making custom window treatments.

DrapeStyle opened its doors (and computers?) 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

You can certainly find cheaper drapes anywhere. But if you want gorgeous, high quality custom drapes that you will be proud to hang in your home, you won’t find a better value than DrapeStyle. Please join us in celebrating our 15th anniversary, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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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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