Window Coverings Association of America

wcaa logoThe Window Coverings Association of America is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and its dealers, decorators, designers, and workrooms who are our members.

WCAA was founded in 1986 as a division of the National Decorating Products Association. In 1993, the association left and became the Window Coverings Association of America.

Today the WCAA has almost 1,000 members in North America and the Caribbean.

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Our mission is to make available educational opportunities, to encourage a code of ethics for fair practices, and to work for the betterment of the retail window coverings industry.
Our goals are to make available educational and motivational opportunities, to work for the betterment of the interior fashions industry and to encourage a code of ethics for fair business practices.*

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle has been a member of WCAA for many years and the benefits of this organization are well worth the membership fee.

Benefits includes networking events, educational programs, member discounts, marketing tools, and leadership opportunities are just to name a few.  The WCAA presents 10 webinars each month.  I have personally have gained so much from these webinars that are full of information.  From how to run your business more efficiently to showing you the latest and greatest products for making quality draperies and roman shades.

And once your business becomes a member, all employees will have access to the benefits.  I encourage you to join this wonderful organization if you own your own business or are part of the trade.  More information can be found here: www.wcaa.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So not only does DrapeStyle create some of the most beautiful window treatments, but we continue to learn and expand our knowledge so that we can continue to bring you the best products and customer service.  We are happy to help you with your window treatment needs.  Simply contact us with any questions you may have.

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Celebrate Memorial Day with Custom Made Outdoor Drapes!

 

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The weather’s starting to warm up and soon we’ll be entertaining outdoors.  It’s not too early to start thinking about outdoor drapes and curtains.  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.

Order by April 22nd and you’re guaranteed FREE UPS Ground delivery* by Memorial Day.

 

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Do you have an outdoor shower?  Fun and functional, outdoor showers are an easy way to clean up after a day at the beach.  Why not add a beautifully bright shower curtain?  Coordinate your shower curtain color with the color of your home or other outdoor fabrics. Your kids might actually look forward to cleaning up!

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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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Shabby Chic Interiors

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Shabby chic interiors evoke a warm, comfy, casual feeling.  It is an extremely popular trend in home decorating, weddings, crafting and more.  Some of the characteristics of Shabby Chic are layering on the texture such as wicker, linencotton, and burlap.  Don’t be afraid to mix furnishings in different finishes, colors and styles, or from different eras.  Introduce painted, stained and distressed woods, as well as metals and iron.  Vintage fixtures, hardware and accessories married with white or pastel-painted cabinets are the essence of today’s shabby chic style.

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Another characteristic of Shabby Chic is well worn furniture with beautiful patinas.  For a truly unique piece, create your own patina by removing some of the paint on furniture with steel wool.  Use a piece of furniture differently than that it was originally made for.  What a great way to reuse, re purpose and up-cycle!

This neutral toned nursery in beige and white centers around leaf-detail rug, with all-white furnigure including shelving and dresser, with corner slipcover armchair under oval wall mirror.

Need more ideas for Shabby Chic?  Add lots of fun, feminine touches like ruffles, ribbon, florals.  DrapeStyle has dozens of fabrics that could be used for the Shabby Chic trend!  Check out the Shabby Chic page for more ideas.  Any of our fabrics can be used to make Custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows.

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All of our fabrics can be viewed online and ordering samples is quick and easy.  We’ll even give you your first $10 in samples free. Simply use coupon code “SAMPLES” at checkout.  We’ll have your fabric samples to you within a few days and when you’re ready to order, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.  DrapeStyle has been in business since 2002, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.  And you do too!  Thanks to great customers like you, our feedback and reviews are excellent.  We have been awarded the Best of Houzz in customer service three years in a row.  So if you need a little help with measuring, fabric advice, or even if you would like to place your order over the phone, we’re here to help.

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Beautifully Made Custom Tiebacks

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Last week I was working with a designer who was working with a couple that was remodeling their home.  They absolutely loved one of the Schumacher fabrics featured on our website.  They loved THE most expensive Schumacher fabric DrapeStyle offers, but having drapes made from this fabric was a little out of their price range.

 

I suggested that they consider having their drapes made in a linen fabric in a solid color.  DrapeStyle’s Belgium Estate Linen fabrics are beautifully textured and come in a range of colors.  They could then have tiebacks and pillows made in the Schumacher fabric they loved.  By doing this, they would save money and would still get a punch of color throughout the room, in the beautiful Schumacher Hot House Flowers fabric they loved so much.

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The designer’s client loved the idea, and they were able to purchase beautiful custom drapes, tiebacks and pillows, save a bit of money, and still create the look they were hoping for.

 

Still considering tiebacks?  Don’t forget the outdoors!  When your outdoor drapes aren’t in use, tie them back for a finished look.  You can add matching tiebacks to your order or try a complementary fabric for an added punch of color.  Your tiebacks will be made with the same sun and mildew resistant fabric as your drapes.  Please see our outdoor page for more details.

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For $39.99 each, you can purchase tiebacks in any of DrapeStyle’s custom fabrics.  For a designer touch, select a complementary fabric for your tiebacks, the possibilities are endless.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match the fabrics for the pillows either!  Contact one of our designer’s for suggestions or ideas, fabric samples, or a quote.  We love helping our customers create their dream drapes.  In fact, DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service for three years in a row.  Great customer service paired with the most talented seamstresses, and no detail gets overlooked.  We are here to help you every step of the way.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Make A Splash! Custom Made Shower Curtains by DrapeStyle

Add a splash of color to your bathroom by adding a custom shower curtain.  We have fabrics for every style!

Do you have a particular color or design of fabric you love?  Have you had a difficult time finding the size of shower curtain you need? Would you like your shower curtain to match the window treatments in your bathroom?  You should consider having your shower curtain custom made.

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Adding a custom shower curtain can add height, drama and privacy to your shower or tub.  DrapeStyle has been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  And yes, we can make your shower curtain too!    Select any of our fabrics, and for a designer touch, try adding additional details.  DrapeStyle has so many trims, ribbons and tassels, the combinations are endless.

 

 

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For a truly custom look, tie in your window treatments with your shower curtain.  DrapeStyle can custom make Roman Shades for any window. Roman Shades are an inexpensive way to add color and privacy to your bathroom. We have hundreds of coordinating fabrics to choose from.  We make our custom Roman Shades in our own studio right alongside our custom drapes.  Our Roman Shades are available in any of our 400 Designer Fabrics. Roman Shades are available in widths up to 96″ and lengths up to 102″ in a variety of styles.

 

 

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Many customers like the look of a double drape.  These can be decorative or functional, it’s up to you, because everything here at DrapeStyle is custom made.  DrapeStyle makes curtains, drapes, shades and pillows to order in our Arizona Studio.

 

And just like your drapes, you want to hang your shower curtain “High and Wide”.  This will give the illusion that the walls are taller and the room is larger than it actually are.  In need of coordinating hardware?  Drapestyle offers several different types of drapery hardware, from classic to contemporary, in a wide array of finishes, you’re sure to find something that fits your style.

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So whether you are looking for a custom shower curtain, or a creative way to hide an unsightly shower, DrapeStyle has a solution.  Order samples of any of our fabrics and see the quality for yourself.  Pair that with a talented team of seamstresses, that have an average of 25 years experience, and you’re guaranteed the highest quality products, made here in the USA.  When you buy your drapes from DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Please contact one of our designers for more information or if you need a little help designing your shower curtains, drapes or Roman Shades.

 

 

 


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IKAT trends

 

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IKAT (pronounced ee-kot) continues to be one of the hottest trends in home and fashion today.  Ikat comes to us from places like Indonesia, India, and central Asia.

Ikat is defined as “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design.

What does this really mean?  You can easily add a bit of this fun, global style to your home without breaking the bank!

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Some easy ways to incorporate Ikat into your home are:  Ikat Room

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Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to add a pop of color and the latest Ikat trend.  Available in a variety of prints, DrapeStyle has several options for custom made pillows.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns within the same hue.

 

 

 

 

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Another inexpensive way to add style and color to a room.  Ikat wall art is available almost anywhere.  You could even make your own art by purchasing a bold Ikat fabric and “frame it” over canvas stretcher bars you can purchase at any craft store.

 

 

 

 

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A tray, vase, rug, footstool or pouff; items like these throughout the room can really add a punch of color and carry through the Ikat theme.

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This is where DrapeStyle can be a tremendous help.  We have several Ikat patterns available for custom drapes in any style you choose.  Ikat patterns also look great made up in a Roman Shade and pillows.  At DrapeStyle, little details like matching up patterns, weighted bottoms, blind stitching, and 3 1/2″ returns, have made DrapeStyle one of the largest suppliers to home owners and designers throughout the US and Canada.
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So whether your decor is traditional, rustic or eclectic, Ikat patterns can be incorporated into your room’s decor.  DrapeStyle has many Ikat fabrics to choose from.  We carry designers such as Robert Allen, Kravet, Schumacher and Trina Turk, and we would be happy to send you samples of any of our fabrics.  Once you have received your samples, feel free to contact one of our designers that can help you design your dream drapes.  At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom window treatments for over a decade.  We love our customers and it shows!  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in customer service for three years in a row.  Pair that with our talented team of seamstresses, who have on average, 25 years of experience, and you have a winning team!  As always, your drapes will be hand made right here in the USA.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience-you will be pleased.

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DRAPESTYLE awarded Best of Houzz

 

DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona  Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016  

Over 35 Million Monthly Users Nominated the Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals from Around the World

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DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The industry leader of custom draperies and Roman Shades for over a decade was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize DRAPESTYLE, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow DrapeStyle on Houzz, or visit the DrapeStyle website: www.drapestyle.com

 

 

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About DRAPESTYLE

At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, pillows and roman shades available anywhere and delivering the best value to our customers since 2002.  Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer.  After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, pillows and roman shades for over a decade.

 

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DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.  On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel, professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features:

Value Pricing: When you purchase your window treatments from DrapeStyle you can be confident that you are getting the absolute best value anywhere:

  • Perfect Length, Same Price. At DrapeStyle you can select most drapery from 84″ to 105″ lengths for no additional charge.
  • Six Pleat Styles – One Price. Choose from French Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Rod-Pocket, Rod-Pocket with Flange or Parisian Pleated Drapery for the same price. Grommets require an additional charge.
  • Premium Linings and Interlinings. Nothing makes drapery more luxurious than premium heavy-weight linings. At DrapeStyle we only use the finest linings and interlinings by Hanes.
  • Exclusive Luxurious Fabrics. We feature luxurious fabrics from some of the finest mills in North America, Europe and India, many of which are exclusive to DrapeStyle.
  • DrapeStyle Rewards. When you purchase your window treatments at DrapeStyle you are eligible to earn DrapeStyle Rewards Points which can be redeemed for custom pillows, drapery, accessories or nearly any product in our store.

 

 

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And our best quality feature, 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. We’ll even create a sketch for you if you need one. We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 


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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Refresh

 

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How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?

I usually make two; one resolution I know I can keep, like, I vow to take a multivitamin everyday.  And the other is more of a goal.  This year, my “goal” is to clean out and organize my craft closet.  I have a craft closet, stuffed full of all things crafty; jewelry making stuff, pillow making stuff, party decorating stuff, sewing stuff, 4th of July decorations, St. Patty’s day decorations, floral arranging stuff… You get the point.  So I plan on cleaning out my closet, and reorganize everything so it’s easy to get to.  And I’m going to try and get my husband to clean out the garage.  And I think if we clean and purge enough, we might have enough “stuff” to hold a yard sale.

 

Resolve to Refresh…

If the New Year puts you in the same mind set; cleaning out and organizing, you may find that you want to update a few things around the house.  What about custom made window treatments and pillows?

Much like a well tailored suit, custom window treatments in the correct length and width, can make all the difference.  And DrapeStyle can help.  We’ve been making custom drapes and roman shades since 2002.  In any length and any width, we can create a look that’s just right for your home.  You know how good you look in a tailored outfit, if it fits good, you feel great.  It’s the same with window treatments.

Sure, you can purchase drapes at the department store in the lengths they want to sell.  Sure, you can go to the home store and purchase the same ready made roman shades your neighbors have.  Or you can get custom window treatments made in your choice of over 400 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and dozens of different trims, tassels, fringe and ribbon for that truly custom look.

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Need some inspiration?  Order our free catalog and you’ll be inspired by the designs, color pallets and attention to detail DrapeStyle puts into every order.  We have been making quality window treatments and pillows for over a decade.  Our design studio has a talented team of seamstresses that have, on average, 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the manufacturer, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle.  Each drape we make includes the same quality features, something we will continue to honor in the New Year.

 

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Need a little help?  Contact one of our design consultants and we’ll help you create a custom look for your home made from the highest quality fabrics and meticulous craftsmanship.  And at DrapeStyle, we take pride in being able to say our products are made right here in the USA.

So if you’re thinking about updating for the New Year, and you are thinking about silk, linen or cottondrapes, or roman shadespillows or hardware; DrapeStyle can help you create a custom, tailored, one of a kind window treatment that’s a perfect fit for your home.  What better way to ring in the New Year?

 

 


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Who Ships Window Treatments Internationally?

It’s no secret that DrapeStyle ships our custom made drapery and window treatments throughout the US and Canada.  What you may not know is that we also ship internationally to Countries as far away as France, Australia, Japan, China and the UK.  When we firsts started shipping our drapery and drapery hardware we thought, “how hard can it be?”.  We learned that shipping our drapes overseas required some serious preparation.  For example, we have had a few Clients in Australia (we love the accent by the way), who have ordered several times.  The orders were large, enough to decorate an entire home.  We initially thought that we would just “box them up” and ship the drapes like we would any other order.  When we packed them, however, we quickly realized that we needed a little sturdier of a container considering these draperies were going to the other side of the world.  So we contacted a local shipping / freight forwarder, and we are sure glad we did.  They built us a very sturdy crate using “certified” wood that came along with a “certificate”.  Like me you are probably asking what the heck “certified wood” is.  It turns out that some Countries, including Australia, are very concerned about foreign insects crossing their borders.  Many insects burrow their way into wood that is then used to build crates that ship goods.  The little critters then catch a free ride into new Countries.  So, this “certified” wood means that it is free of any hitch-hiking critters.

We got a pretty good education on the nuances of shipping our drapery into a lot of different Countries and we really think it benefits our Customers.  Nothing worse than ordering your living room drapery, roman shades or any window treatments and then having them held-up at Customs or worse, rejected by Customs and shipped back to the Manufacturer.

So if you live in Paris Texas or Paris France we are confident that we will make you the very highest quality custom drapery available and have them arrive at your doorstep in perfect condition.

If you have any questions about our International Shipping please call one of our Designers at 800-760-8257.

 

 

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Time to Order Your Outdoor Drapery!

I know – Seems crazy.  It’s the end of February and half of the Country is enduring ice-cold temperatures.  The weather report is “cold”, “colder” and even “coldest”.  So, lets all change the conversation!  Let’s start looking forward to spring!  Believe it or not it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start getting your outdoor furnishings ready to enjoy every moment.

So, let’s talk about getting some new custom outdoor drapery from DrapeStyle.  We offer a wide variety of amazing outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella (the leader in outdoor fabrics) that make beautiful custom drapes, shades and pillows.  Whether you like bold stripes, neutral solids and modern prints, chances are we have you covered.  Our Designers can help you determine the exact sizes you need and offer some great suggestions on coordinating fabrics.

Of course, we also have a full line of outdoor drapery hardware that is made to endure years of outdoor weather exposure and can also be customized to your exact specifications.  Ask one of our Designers for help selecting the hardware components you will need as well.  Please don’t be intimidated by the word “custom”.  At DrapeStyle “Custom” does not mean “Expensive”.  As a matter of fact, we can probably make you amazing custom outdoor drapery at pricing lower pricing than you will find at many larger retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen!  And, when you order from DrapeStyle, you are getting 100% American Made Custom at the exact size and fabric you need.

We’ll need 4-6 weeks to make your custom outdoor drapes which means, if you order now, you should expect them to be delivered in mid-April.  Order now and you’ll have one more thing to look forward too with Springs arrival!!

 

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Always Gratefull for Wonderful Reviews from Our Clients!

As the daughter of a professional seamstress, I was at first hesitant to order custom drapes online. I was quickly won over by the speedy shipment of the sample fabrics I had ordered. The fabrics were of the highest quality and every question or concern I had was easily put to rest by the outstanding customer representatives. I ordered my first pair of double width french pleated silk curtains for my dining room. The drapes arrived beautifully wrapped and with such care that it was obvious the company took great pride in its product. The lining, stitching and detail work are all incredible. I was so reassured that I hired them again to create treatments for my study a few months later. The typical turn around time is 5-8 weeks. As the 8 week mark approached, I received notice that my fabric was still not available from the mill and I was given the option to wait for it’s arrival or change my fabric choice. I decided to wait. In the meantime, the fabric was further discounted. The representatives at DrapeStyle did not hesitate to adjust my order to my benefit. Furthermore, they expedited my order so that once the fabric arrived, it would be only a week before the drapes were in my hands. Once again, they are stunning. And so for the third time, I have placed an order with DrapeStyle to custom make drapes for my living room. I know they will be greater than I can even envision. Thank you so much, DrapeStyle, for truly providing outstanding customer service and unparalleled product quality.
Sincerely,
Melissa Bowman, MD


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Selecting the Proper Grommets for Custom Drapery

You would think that all Grommets are created equal.  The truth is, that if you are buying your drapery from most of the larger retailers than, they probably are.  Not at DrapeStyle though.  We buy all of our Grommets from the premium supplier in the US for drapery supplies.  They sell a range of quality (and priced) grommets.  I would bet that most manufacturers are simply going to buy the cheapest and at nearly $1.00 per grommet it hard to blame them.  At DrapeStyle we only buy the best grommets available, period.  Our grommets are heavy weights.  They won’t bend very easily or crack.  Nothing worse than buying gorgeous silk drapes and having a grommet crack and tear the silk fabric.  Ruining one set of silk drapery is going to offset any savings you are going to get from buying cheap grommets for a long time.

For our Outdoor Drapery we use very thick grommets that are made of 100% brass.  Brass is resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish like most every other metal.  If you are buying any Outdoor Drapes from anyone, please insist that the grommets are made of Brass.  Our Brass Grommets can be powder coated in a variety of finishes.


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Will My Silk Drapes Fade in The Sun?

A frequent Designer Dilemma is how to be sure that delicate and expensive fabrics are protected from the damaging UV Rays of the Sun.  We are frequently asked by our Clients if their new custom silk drapes are going to be potentially damaged or faded in if exposed to direct sunlight.  The answer is, yes, they will.  We have Clients who purchase luxurious blue silk drapes, yellow silk drapes or our deep red silk drapes and are understandably concerned about fading of the rich colors in the fabrics.  The best way to protect you drapery fabrics from fading is by using a very high-quality lining and interlining to protect them from direct sunlight.  If possible we always suggest “blackout” lining as the blackout material is comprised of a sythetic membrane that is almost 100% inpenatrable from the sun.  Blackout lining is the best way to protect you silk drapes, or any drapery fabrics from fading.  In addition, using a high-quality lining or blackout lining will also help protect your upholstery fabrics and carpets from fading as well.  Most drapery retailers will charge you a bit more to upgrade your draperies to blackout lining but over the long-term they will provide lasting benefits and will certainly pay for themselves.  Most of the better Interior Decorators will almost always suggest a quality interlining and blackout lining for their Clients.  They know that it is better to invest a little more on your custom drapes with quality linings and blackout linings than to get a call a year down the road from an upset Client complaining that their drapery fabrics have faded.


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