OUR BIGGEST SALE EVER!

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 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.

Flat Drapery Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Dwell Studio Fabric Collection by Robert Allen

 

 

 

 

 

DrapeStyle carries many designer fabrics, including fabrics from Dwell Studios. Some of our best selling fabrics come from this line. Eclectic, modern, colorful. Just a few ways to describe these fabulous fabrics.

 

 

Feel free to browse the Dwell Studios Modern CollectionDwell Studios Modern Archive Collection, or the Dwell Studios Modern Bohemian Collection. We can make any of our draperies or Roman shades in the Dwell Studio fabrics. If you see something you like, we would be happy to send you samples of any of the Dwell Studios Fabric Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At DrapeStyle you determine your pleat style. Blackout lining, interlining and English bump are all examples of the lining options you can choose from. Do you need drapes or shades in lengths and widths not generally offered at other retailers? We custom make draperies and Roman shades to your specifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Fabric Samples Available from DrapeStyle

 

At DrapeStyle, we’ve been making draperies for 15 years. It’s something we are very passionate about. The first step we suggest customers take, is to order fabric samples.  As we all know, computer monitors can vary in the way they perceive color. We want to be sure you are ordering exactly what you had in mind. By ordering fabric samples, you will be able to see the fabric up close, and in your home’s lighting. A lot of our customers tell me that they tape the fabric samples to the wall near the window they want draperies made! They will live with the samples for a few days and determine which color is best.

Need a little help narrowing down the fabrics? (we have over 600!) Customers are usually drawn towards a particular color or fabric. Do you love texture? I would suggest linen or handwoven linen. Want a dramatic classic look? Take a look at our Dupioni solid and striped silks. Looking for the latest trendy fabric? Check out our designer fabrics; Vern Yip, Sarah Richardson, Celerie Kemble, Candice Olson and more.

 

Once you have determined which fabric works best for you, take a look at our measuring guide. This will help you determine the best length and width for your draperies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which lining do you select? Again we have a guide to help you determine what would work best for your home. But as always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

Think you’re ready to place your order? Simply place your order online or contact us for any questions you may have. You will have your custom made drapery in about five weeks. It’s that easy!

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.

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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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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Make the Most of Your Attic

Originally posted on: www.homeguides.sfgate.com by Jennifer Blair

How to Make the Most of Your Attic Space

No matter how big your house is, it often seems like there isn’t enough space to meet your family’s needs. Whether you need an extra bedroom, a quiet home office or a spacious playroom for the kids, converting your attic space is an ideal way to add an extra room to your home. To get the most out of your attic, there are a few key changes that you may want to make so the space is as comfortable and inviting as any other room in your house.

Insulate It

Whether you plan to use your attic an extra bedroom, home office, playroom or home gym, it should be comfortable for year-round use. If your attic is not insulated, it may be too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer because air can easily pass in and out. You can use either loose-fill or batt insulation for your attic, though loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive and provides more effective coverage if it is installed correctly. In addition to adding insulation, make sure that exhaust fan duct work is properly sealed inside the attic so air can’t escape or enter through it. To ensure that the attic is a comfortable temperature throughout the year, you may also want to install a separate new heating and cooling system. Hot air rises, so you might strain your existing air conditioning system by using it to cool your attic in addition to the rest of the house.

Adjust the Stairs

If your attic stairs take up a great deal of floor space in the room, you may want to update them so you can actually use some of that space. In many cases, it’s best to place your attic stairs on the low roof side of your home. Typically, this requires breaking the staircase into two smaller flights that go in different directions and are connected by a landing. This type of staircase will take up less space in the attic, so you have more room for furniture and storage options. Depending on its size, you may even be able to use the landing itself for storage by adding built-in bookshelves.

Install Windows

If your attic is dark, you may have a hard time convincing your teen to use it as a bedroom or motivating yourself to do a workout in your home gym. Natural light helps open up a space and makes it feel brighter and more inviting. If your space lacks natural light, you can add windows or skylights. Dormer windows, which protrude slightly from the roof, are an ideal option because they provide additional space and ventilation while allowing natural light in. You can add built-in features beneath dormers, such as a desk, drawers or shelves, or use the windows to provide more headroom for a seating area. If you plan to use traditional windows, opt for the tallest and widest style that will fit to maximize the amount of light that enters the attic.

Add Color

While your new guestroom, playroom or home office may be a converted attic, there’s no reason that it should feel like an unfinished space. Simple decorating touches can go a long way to make it feel like another cozy, inviting space in your home. Start with color — if your attic doesn’t receive much natural light, it’s especially important to choose a light color for the walls so they reflect the light that is present. White works well, but it can make the space feel a little stark. Instead, opt for a soft yellow or peach shade to add warmth and color to the room. You can incorporate even bolder shades through accessories like window treatments, throw rugs, pillows, and artwork so the space has a welcoming vibe that makes your family want to spend time there.

Need help with your window treatments? Contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project. At DrapeStyle, we can help you create your dream drapes. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Grommet Drapes-Pros and Cons

Grommet topped drapes have become increasingly popular. They are sleek and clean and offer a modern look. Here is a look at the pros and cons of drapery panels with this type of treatment.

With so many grommet sizes and finishes, you are sure to find a look that compliments your home. Did you know that some companies use plastic grommets? DrapeStyle only uses solid brass, corrosion resistant grommets. Choose from black, matte nickel or oil rubbed bronze finish. Because they are corrosion resistant, they are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

 

 

Since drapes with grommets don’t have pleats sewn into them, you will need to “dress down” the drapes. This means you will have to arrange the drapes to make them look good. Grommet drapes can look messy after opening and closing them. If you want nice, long pleats, you will have to adjust them and space them out to create this look.


If you are wanting blackout draperies, you will need to adjust the grommet drapes when you bring them closed to the center of your window. Blackout lining can be added to any of our drapes, but when the grommet drapes are closed, there may be a gap between the drapes in the center. Having your drapes made with extra fullness will solve this problem.

 

Grommet panels will never hang flat, but that’s ok. One of the beautiful features of grommets is the wave they create. Therefor, when determining the width of your drapery, you should figure the drapery panels to be at least twice as wide as the space you are trying to cover. If you want a fuller look, have your drapes made 2-3 times the width of your window.

 

Do you need decorative drapery panels? Grommets are a perfect solution. Beautiful to look at, and once you “dress them down”, the pleats will stay in place and you won’t have to worry about them again. Consider pairing your decorative drapes with roman shades. They will provide the privacy you need while looking stunning.

 

Whatever your application for grommet drapes, DrapeStyle can help. Please contact us for more information or to place an order. We’ve been making custom draperies for 15 years right here in the USA. We invite you to view our fabrics and take advantage of ordering free samples before you place your order. Need a little advice? We’re here to help. Our designers will help you every step of the way. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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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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Celerie Kemble

One of DrapeStyle’s most popular designers is Celerie Kemble. We offer many fabrics from her collection and we thought you would enjoy learning more about the accomplished interior designer.

Originally posted on www.kembleinteriors.com:

 

Kemble Interiors, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Palm Beach native Mimi Maddock McMakin. McMakin has been recognized for her distinctive fusion of whimsy with respectful restoration in many a storied Mizner, Volk, and Urban designed estate or club. She has over 40 years of experience bringing comfort and beauty to the homes of her clients across America.

Mimi’s daughter and partner in the New York office of Kemble Interiors, Celerie Kemble claims her childhood was in many ways a design tutorial spent around construction sites, antique stores, and in the unique homes designed by her mother. A graduate of Harvard, Celerie worked briefly in film production before quickly succumbing to what she calls a compulsion for design and the creation of thoughtful interiors that “put the person in the place.” Since then, she has spent the past 18 years cultivating a portfolio of much publicized residential and commercial interiors that are as unique and diverse as her clientele.

 

The firm’s success is a reflection of both Mimi and Celerie’s quirky design ethos, which balances the aesthetic integrity of the project with the needs/personality of the client. To create a successful interior, the process must be well-managed, the client’s needs and dreams carefully considered, and the budget respected.

Phoebe Kemble, director and Head Chef of Kemble Kitchens, provides gourmet comfort food for events large and small, happily sharing culinary secrets from her life-long passion for memorable meals and travel.

Based in London, Phoebe can also be found in Paris, New York, The Hamptons and Palm Beach. She is not only a lifelong foodie and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, but also holds a B.A. from Brown University.

Mimi, Celerie and Phoebe make up a creative family trio who excel at devising environments and experiences that delight and inspire their clients.

If you would like samples of Celerie Kemble’s fabrics, or need a little more information, please contact DrapeStyle. We’ve been making custom window treatments and pillows for over 15 years right here in the USA. All of our products are made from only the highest quality materials by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience making custom drapery. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Room Divider Ideas

 

Can’t make the commitment to building a wall? (or maybe your landlord won’t let you!)  Need privacy but want a stylish low cost option? You can have that home office/dining area/bedroom you’ve been wanting.

A room divider can create privacy in a small space, or define new areas in a large, open space. The beauty of the room divider, as opposed to a wall, is its impermanence. Installing room dividers maintains the flexibility to change a space’s utility with relative ease. They can be movable, sliding away or hanging down to suit the needs of the moment. They can be opaque, allowing light to permeate and air to circulate. A bookcase or curtains make some of the fastest room dividers, but you can DIY one with almost anything. With a little creativity you can find a solution that will fit your budget, design style, and lifestyle needs.

Window treatments are designed to create privacy from people looking into your home.  Why not use them to create privacy in your home? At DrapeStyle, you can have room dividing drapes made in any height or width. Choose your fabric, pleat style and size, and you’ll receive your custom room divider in about four weeks.

 

If you need a little help determining the size drape you’ll need, we’re here to help. Want to order free fabric samples? Order HERE. We have been making custom drapery for 15 years. You won’t find better quality custom draperies, Roman shades or pillows. Read what our customers have said about us.

 

At DrapeStyle, everything we make is custom made, and our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. Please contact us or visit www.drapestyle.com for more information.


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Ways to Make Your Room and Windows Look Larger

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

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

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

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

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

Now for the rest of the room:

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 


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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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The American Flag-Betsy Ross

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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


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Window Treatments for Bathrooms

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

Roman Shades

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinyl Blinds

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

 

Cafe Curtains

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

Vinyl Shutters

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

 

Valances

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

 

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

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

 


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Home Office Ideas with DrapeStyle

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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


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DrapeStyle Welcomes Sarah Richardson

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

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.  Sarah launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 15 years later, Sarah is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span five hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience.  

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.

“I’m known for creating interiors that are classically and casually elegant. We create modern interiors informed by a classic perspective, and combine our love for architecture and antique/vintage furnishings with the latest product innovations. My work is not exclusionary or elitist, it’s just meant to engage viewers and introduce them to new concepts and ideas, and hopefully encourage them to experiment and try a new design direction.”

Sarah is partnered with top tier international brands to deliver stylish products bearing the Sarah Richardson label to consumers. In 2013, Kravet Fabrics launched the Sarah Richardson fabric collection, available worldwide through Kravet showrooms and their distributors, including DrapeStyle.

Please view the new Sarah Richardson drapery collection.  If you need more ideas, or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Images courtesy of Kravet


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National Zipper Day-April 29th

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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National Tweed Day-April 3rd

NATIONAL TWEED DAY

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

HOW TO OBSERVE

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

***Do some research on William Tweed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

***Learn how tweed is made

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

***Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media

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


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Advantages of Blackout Lining

 

Blackout Lined Custom Curtains and Drapes
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This is a question I get quite often. What is the difference between your Standard Privacy Lining and Blackout Lining?

Either lining will protect your draperies from the sun, making them last for years. It is because of this, we always recommend that you line your draperies.

Blackout Lining
Blackout Lining
Standard Privacy Lining
Standard Privacy Lining

Our Standard Privacy Lining is a thin and flexible. A tightly woven fabric made of 50% Polyester and 50% cotton. It is white in color.

Our Blackout lining is constructed of multiple layers, woven tight to block sunlight in drapes and shades for style and functionality. Made of 100% polyester, it is thin and flexible. Also, our Blackout Lining is not black, it is white so that it will match the other drapery linings in your home.

Blackout Lined Custom Curtains and Drapes
Flannel Interlining

We did a little informal demonstration to better illustrate how much light blackout lined custom drapery eliminate. The following photo is shot on a single window with two linen drapery panels. The drape on the left was made with standard privacy lining, the drape on the right was made with blackout lining. The photo was shot on a hot and sunny afternoon. The difference between the two curtain panels is quite dramatic. When you see how much of the light is blocked by the blackout lining (95%) you really get a better understanding how using quality lined curtains, drapery or roman shades would significantly lower you home’s energy bills and save your interior upholstery fabrics from sun damage.

 

Blackout Lined Custom Curtains and Drapes
Standard Lining vs. Blackout Lining

 

We encourage the use of this lining whenever the application is appropriate. It certainly adds weight to the drapery but if you are using quality drapery hardware, blackout is really the way to go when buying your next pair of custom drapery or curtains.

Blackout
Drapery Lining Examples

 

At DrapeStyle we make each set of drapes to order with your choice of lining. Whether you would like silk, cotton, linen or any other of our custom drapes, you can upgrade the lining option to blackout for only $99 per panel. All of our drapery linings are manufactured by Hanes which has been the leader in manufacturing quality drapery linings for nearly 100 years. Simply select “Blackout Lining” from the lining selection on any of our drapery pages and we will add this this to your drapery panels.

If you need a little help determining the size drapery or shade for your window, we’re here to help. Simply contact us and one of our designers would be happy to help you with your measurements, fabric selections, or answer any lining questions you may have.


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Candice Olson is Here!

Candice Olson, Designer

Candice Olson fabrics are now at DrapeStyle!

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

 

Classic yet contemporary, sophisticated while accessible, these fabrics represent Candice’s love of everyday elegance. Interior Designer, Author and TV star, Candice is considered to be a pre-eminent design authority. DrapeStyle couldn’t be happier to add her collection of luxury fabrics to our designer collection.

 

Candice Olson fabrics; Denali drapes, Chloe chairs.

Candice Olson fabrics; Denali drapes, Chloe chairs.

Candice’s extraordinary technique, dynamic personality, and sophisticated style have made her a nationally acclaimed interior designer, author, and TV superstar. Candice’s signature style is one she describes as “a fusion of traditional form, scale and proportions, with the clean, crisp, simplistic beauty of modern design.”

We invite you to view our new Candice Olson fabric collection and order samples for yourself. Since 2002, DrapeStyle has provided quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service.

Candice Olson-Spinner
Candice Olson-Spinner
Candice Olson-Chloe
Candice Olson-Chloe
Candice Olson-Coeur
Candice Olson-Coeur

DrapeStyle is proud to feature Candice Olson fabrics, available for your custom made window treatments projects. If you need a little advise about your window treatment project, we are here to help. DrapeStyle has won the best in Customer Satisfaction for four years in a row! Simply contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!


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What is a Dye Lot?

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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