Well it sure is Outdoor Drapery Season here at DrapeStyle! It seems like we go right from the Holiday Season to the Outdoor Season but we sure do love it. In case you weren’t aware well sell amazing custom Outdoor Drapes and we feature only the best Sunbrella Fabrics. Another great feature of our Outdoor Drapery is the weight that we sew into the bottom of each panel. The weight is actually a long thin flexible weighted rope that holds the drapery panel down so it doesn’t blow to excessively in the breeze. We also use weather resistant poly buckram at the header (top of the panel) and polymer thread which is also weather resistant. If you like to add grommets to your outdoor drapes we offer 100% brass grommets in a Matt-nickel finish and black finish. You are simply not going to find these quality details in any outdoor drapery you buy from any Online Retailer or Department Store!
It is really incredible how much the costs are increasing for Silk Fabrics we import from India. In the last month they have increase around 15% and they are up over 35% for the year. We are doing our very best to keep the prices of our Silk Drapes as low as possible but if you are looking for Silk Drapes Online you should really hurry. When our current sale pricing expires we are going to have to increase our prices on our Dupioni and Taffeta Silk Drapery.
From what our Suppliers are telling us the increase in Silk Fabric Prices are increasing due to a lower than normal harvest of raw silk which usually comes from China, where most of the Worlds Raw Silk Production comes from.
I had a chance to get out and visit one of our Suppliers near Los Angeles yesterday. It was hot. Like 106 degrees hot. This supplier is where we buy our iron drapery hardware and we have been buying from them for years. They had a fire last year that nearly destroyed their business and it was time to make a visit and see how they are re-building.
When I started to walk toward the office I noticed that they had their workshop door wide-open. Standing in the sun was something that not many of us ever see being used, an anvil. And yes, it was being used. One of their Artisans was standing there and literally hammering out iron that would eventually become a drapery finial. The outside temperature was 106 and I imagine that inside the workshop it had to have been 120.
We use words like “hand-forged” and “hand-made” very loosely these days. I am sure that if you really dig down deep into the way most “hand-made” things are really made you might be a little disappointed. I stood and watched this Man hammer that iron for a few minutes and I felt a sense pride. Not really proud of DrapeStyle but just proud that their are People in America that are still making things with their hands. And, there are Companies that, when they say, “Hand Made” they actually mean, “Hand Made”.
If there is any one room in the house that we love to drape it would be the Living Room. We love our living rooms and the reality is that they are really more and more the showcases for our style and decor. Keep the kids out of the living room…and the dog and let your creativity go wild. Deck it out with silk drapes, lined drapes or the combination of the two. Add a rich flowing puddle so that your drapes fall gracefully on the floor. Our Installers will often spend up to 30 minutes per window just detailing and dressing the way the drapery puddle covers the floor. If you are going to choose one room to be your showcase room for your living room drapes than let your color and fabric palette loose. We often suggest a 4-6 inch puddle for your drapes if you are not going to be opening and closing the door frequently. If you are going to be opening and closing the drapes often you probably will want to avoid the puddle and just have your drapes hang just above the floor. If you have any questions on how to measure for a drapery floor puddle or just great living room drapery ideas than give one of our Designers a call.
One of the most common questions we get is about our linen drapes wrinkling. It’s no secret that linen fabrics are prone to stubborn wrinkles and no one wants drapes that look like crumpled paper. The simple answer is that linen drapes are going to be more wrinkled than any other fabric that we carry but there are some things you can do to help.
First: Please make sure that you open the drapes as soon as they arrive and hang them as soon as possible. We keep all of our drapes hanging until the moment that they are bagged and then boxed. As soon as they are boxed they are shipped. We never leave any of our drapes boxed for an extended period of time. I like to think of them as “fresh produce” – box them and get them on the truck! Once you get your drapes hung they should relax pretty quickly and the wrinkles should fall out by themselves over the course of a few days.
Second: If you have hung your linen drapes and they have a few stubborn wrinkles in them you can steam them out. Don’t use an iron but get your self a garment steamer and fill it with distilled water. You will need to steam them pretty thoroughly but please do not steam the fabric so much that they get “wet”. It will be helpful to stream from both the front and back of the fabric.
Finally: Really bad wrinkle? You will have to break out the iron. Use a medium heat setting and get a small travel-size iron-board that you can hold up behind the drapery fabric. Doing this will allow you to iron your drapes while they are hanging which is the best way to iron them.
We recently launched our new line of blended linen drapes, we call them the Manhattan Linen Collection. The Manhattan Linens are great because they are woven with a small amount of polyester which really helps to reduce or even, eliminate wrinkles. These Linen Drapes give you the best characteristics of 100% linen with the wrinkle resistance of polyester. Order a sample and have a feel for yourself.
When you are measuring for your custom drapes you may want to consider adding 4-5 extra inches to the length as a puddle. A Designer Secret for creating more elegant drapes is to add a puddle which spreads our on the floor beneath the drape. A puddle will also give the illusion that your windows and ceilings are taller. At DrapeStyle we often use drapes that puddle on the floor in our photo-shoots as they are more traditional and elegant. If you need any help in measuring for your draperies, even if you have extra long windows please give one of our Designers a call and we can help you to determine the perfect length for an elegant puddle. We would be happy to provide you with free fabric samples along with great advice. For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been the very best place to buy custom drapes online.
You can add an elegant puddle to your custom drapes in either linen or silk fabrics.
Adding a puddle to striped silk drapes with a tassel creates a unique designer look.
One of the common themes that we are finding is that more and more of our Clients are converting their living rooms into more of a Home Theater Room. They are going with the larger flat panel televisions and want to make their living rooms as “Theater Like” for those afternoons where they want to crawl up on the couch and watch a movie or a game. We always try to suggest to them when considering their living room drapes to upgrade to our Blackout Lining option. Blackout is a synthetic lining which blocks out about 98% of the light from penetrating through the drapery fabric. The result is that blackout helps to convert your typical living room into a Home Theater Room. And, maybe the best part is that you can upgrade to blackout lining for only $99 per panel – any size panel, at DrapeStyle.
One other added benefit is that the blackout lining is going to help protect your all of your interior fabrics from sun damage and fading, including your carpets. And, if that is not enough, Blackout will also help reduce your energy bills by providing additional insulation. If you are buying drapes for you living room, you really should give Blackout lining some serious consideration.
We’re making some really long and really wide custom drapes today for a Client in New York. These are Linen Drapes in our Hotel Collection and they are just over 15 feet long and 9 feet wide. These are really big drapery panels and adding the trim is not an easy task. The trim is hand cut out of silk fabric, tacked to the linen drapes and then sewn on. These are true Artisans at work! Notice how she is using a straight-edge to guide the silk trim on the linen fabric.
One of the most common questions that we get at DrapeStyle is about our different silk fabrics. We offer three types of silk, all of which are perfect for making beautiful silk drape but each have slightly different characteristics. All of our Silks are 100% natural silk fabrics. They do not contain polyester or other fibers that are often woven into silk. When Polyester is woven into Silk it obviously reduces the purity of the silk and ultimately it’s value. On occasion we will offer a “Silk / Linen Blend” where fibers of silk and linen are blended together. These are fairly common fabrics and have some very unique qualities that many Designers like. For now, we are just going to describe our two primary silk fabrics.
Silk Fabrics are woven from raw silk that is produced from silk worms. The vast majority of raw silk production comes from China where they have been harvesting raw silk for thousands of years. About 200 years ago some raw silk production began to migrate to Thailand. Thailand is now a fairly large supplier of Raw Silk to the Global Markets and is considered to be “decent” quality. Most of Thailand’s premium quality silk stays within its own Country where it is used for silk textiles, primarily clothing.
Most experts would agree that the finest Raw Silk in the World is still produced in China. Once the raw silk is produced, however, it is shipped to India to be woven into fabrics. Although China is the World Leader in Raw Silk Production, they do not weave very much silk fabric at all.
When India receives that Raw Silk from China it is graded and then woven into a variety of Silk Fabric types:
Dupioni Silk Fabric: Dupioni Fabric is a bit less refined than Taffeta Silk and is used word-wide in textile manufacturing. The Dupioni Fabric can either be hand-woven or machine-woven and is distinguished from it’s close relative Taffeta Silk by the signature “Slubs” which are present on the fabric. These Slubs are just the natural build-up of raw silk that is present when the raw silk is spun into silk thread. When silk thread is destined to be woven into Dupioni Fabric than the Slubs are left in the thread which is then woven into fabric. The result is a fabric with numerous bumps created by the slubs. Silk Dupioni is used in garment production all over the world and is the primary fabric used in home furnishings including upholstery and, of course, silk drapes.
Taffeta Silk Fabric: The primary difference between Dupioni and Taffeta fabric is that the Slubs are removed prior to the fabric being woven. The extra step of production takes the raw silk thread and refines it removing all of the slubs so that all of the thread is uniform in thickness and quality. This extra step also gives the thread more sheen and makes it a bit stiffer than Dupioni. When the Taffeta Thread is woven into Taffeta Fabric the result is a cleaner and crisper fabric with a higher sheen. Because Taffeta goes through more “processing” it also generally costs about 20% more than Dupioni. Silk Taffeta is very often used for the manufacturing of wedding dresses as well as home furnishings. Because of the sheen and texture of Taffeta it is also a very popular choice for making Taffeta Silk Drapes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
We’ve updated our current Sale Pricing at DrapeStyle. Until May 9th you can get our Signature Custom Silk Drapes at 20% Off Retail. This is about the deepest discount that we have ever offered. If you compare our pricing on Silk Drapes with practically any other big-box retailer or online retailer you’re not going to get a better value, period. At these prices there really is never a reason to settle for ready-made drapes when you can have the perfect length, width and pleat style for less than ready-made prices. We are also extending our promotion on Blackout Lining. For a limited time, you can upgrade your drapes to Blackout Lining for only $99 per panel. You are not going to get a better deal on custom blackout drapes than at DrapeStyle. And, our Blackout comes from Hanes, which is the Industry Standard in quality blackout drapery linings.
Our Handwoven Silk Drapes are also discounted at 20% Off as well. If you haven’t seen this fabric you really need to order some fabric samples as soon as possible. The Mill does not have much of the Handwoven Silk left in stock.
Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles. This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles. In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too. These Custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier. The weave is little more relaxed and they hand so beautifully. Like any natural linen, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them. If you need too you can hit them with a little steam which will also make the wrinkles relax sooner.
We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons. For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge. None, zip, zero, so hurry. If you want one of our Designer Fabric edge-bands we are going to have to up-charge you for those but the solids are on the house for as long as we can afford it!
Like with Silk Drapes, our Linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy. For $99 bucks per panel the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.
If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please call one of our Designers. They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our Clients.
Yeah! DrapeStyle has it’s very first Patent! In the drapery business we have always just sort of done things they way they have always been done for a hundred years, but not at DrapeStyle. When we make a Cartridge Pleat Drape we basically make a cylinder or a cone. The inside of the cylinder is empty and just about every custom drapery manufacturer in the world will stuff that cylinder with paper or pillow-fill or something else to keep the cartridge pleat, well, shaped like a cartridge. When you “stuff” a cartridge pleat or a goblet pleat with paper or whatever you run into a couple of problems.
The first problem is that if you crush, pinch or otherwise misshape the pleat they are not going to “bounce back”. As a result you get pleats that are either misshapen, crooked or just not, well a cartridge pleat.
Problem number two, is that when you fill the pleat with “material” you leave little spaces in there. Little dark spaces. And, we know who likes little dark spaces, right? Yes, little crawly creatures. They like to move into cartridge pleats and build themselves little nests. And, once they have a nest they like like to fill that nest with little baby crawly things. Before you know it you have a little crawly thing condo happening in your drapes Cartridge Pleats. Not at all what you had planned!
So, introduce the DrapeStyle Solution to the little crawly thing happening in your Cartridge Pleats. The Pleat Plug. Yes, this little device may seem innocent enough but it is the answer to colonies of little crawly guys forever. Plus, with the new Pleat Plug Technology with your Cartridge Pleated Drapes or Goblet Pleated Drapes you now end up with perfectly formed pleats that will last the lifetime of the drape. And, DrapeStyle gets themselves a Patent for “Drapery Technology”!!
Sometimes I look through our old photo-shoot files and find some images that I honestly had forgotten that we even had. So, I thought it would be a good idea to get those photos out to the public. This edition will be limited to silk drapery images and I’ll post photos of our Linen Drapes, Velvet Drapes and the rest of our photos in later posts. I’ll try to give you some perspective of where each photo was taken and some of the background of each as well. I hope you enjoy.
Well, I guess the best place to begin is…the beginning. This is the very first photo of a silk drapery panel that we ever took. Back in 2006, when we took this photo, we used to shoot on large-format 35mm film.
The film would have to be sent off to be developed and then when we got the final photos back, we would have to send them out to be professionally scanned. It would take us 2-3 weeks, and a lot of money, until we
finally had a “digital” photo that we could use for our young website. The photographer who took this photo went on to take photos for us for over 10 years. These drapes are Sea Blue Dupioni with French Pleat.
From the same photo-shoot. When we have a photo-shoot we use a lot of high-powered lights. This photo taught us that when we are going to use a drapery panel for a photo-shoot we need to make sure that
we use blackout lining to prevent the flash from being seen through the panel. If we would have used blackout lining on this panel, as we do on all of our photo panels now, the blackout would have
blocked the flash from being seen through the panel.
One of the many things that I love about our Business is being fortunate enough to have amazing Clients who invite us into their homes to photograph the drapes that we have made for them.
We have never paid for a photo-shoot location. Almost every shoot that we have had (and we have had many) are shot in the home of one of our Clients. No “Sets” nothing is fake.
Just great Clients who have welcomed us into their amazing homes.
When we started DrapeStyle one of our most popular fabrics was Embroidered Silk. We made some amazing drapes in these fabrics that we import directly from India.
Over the years the price of these fabrics has increased by about 5 times what we used to pay for them in the early 2000’s which has made them really expensive.
Because the fabrics have become so expensive, many of the Weavers in India won’t even make it any longer as they can’t sell enough of it to make the
weaving run profitable for them.
New Photo-Shoot, New House. Embroidered Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleat.
This is a simple single-width rod-pocket Embroidered Silk Drape. We added a 2″ Flange to the top of the Rod-Pocket.
Here is a similar Rod-Pocket Single-Width Panel without the 2″ Flange. These are typically used as “side-panels” and would be decorative as opposed to functional drapes.
For some reason this has always been one of my favorite photos. This fabric was discontinued shortly after the photo was taken so we really never used the photo very much. To me it is a very
warm and “homey” photo. One of the things that I do notice when looking at these older shots that were taken on film is that they do seem to be richer and warmer in tone.
You would really be amazed to know how hard it is for us to get our hands on really good silk stripes anymore. Because silk production is now so low, most of the Mills that are making
any silk at all are just making solids. Very few mills are even making simple stripes that used to be so popular. We loved these wide soft stripes that were very subtle. These were gorgeous drapes.
One of our popular Bordered Silk Drapes in Salaam Green and Chocolate. We split the length into thirds. The top-color goes on the top two-thirds of the panel and the border fabric comprises the balance.
We loved this color combination and with all of the silk fabrics that we have you can create thousands of combinations to suit almost any interior. It’s also fun to mix the fabric types, so silk on the top,
Linen on the bottom or vice versa. Don’t be afraid to take some fashion risks! Our Designers can help design an amazing set of draperies for you!
Schumacher has always been one of our favorite Fabric Mills. We’ve been making drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows out of their fabrics forever. This Hot House Flowers Fabric was a true classic!
We can make Tie-Backs in any of our fabrics, just give us a call to order over the phone.
The French Pleat is one of the most popular pleats we make. Really, the French Pleat has been a popular pleat for hundreds of years.
So, if we can make some great Bordered Drapes, we can certainly make Double-Bordered Drapes, so, we did! If one border is good, Isn’t two borders even better?
Here are a couple of fun photos of us taking photos!
Ever wonder where some of the best Interior Designers and Decorators in the US and Canada go to buy their quality custom drapes online? For over a decade they have been coming to DrapeStyle. At DrapeStyle we have been helping Homeowners all over the US and Canada as well as some of the best Interior Designers and Decorators find the best values on custom made drapes online. We feature over 400 luxurious Designer Fabrics from leading Mills like Schumacher, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen and our own line of premium imported silk and linen fabrics. We hand-craft each custom drapery panel to order in our own Orange County Studio and ship them worldwide. So, if you need something other than standard sized ready-made drapery that come in 106 inch or 108 inch lengths than just call one of our Designers and let us make you the custom draperies and Roman Shades that have been featured in magazines for over a decade.
I know this may be a little old fashioned but, at DrapeStyle, we are still setting grommets in our custom made drapes by hand, just like it has been done for over 100 years. And, yes, we are doing this in the United States! When you are dealing with very high-quality custom made silk and linen drapes, or Designer Quality Drapes in fabrics like Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet or Beacon Hill, you really need to set the grommets by hand. Using a machine is just going to increase the chances that the fabric gets damaged. At DrapeStyle, we have been hand-setting our grommets for over a decade and we have set thousands of them in nearly every finish imaginable. Our most popular finishes are brushed nickel, shiny nickel, brass and black. All of our grommets are made from Brass so they will not rust and are suitable for outdoor curtains, drapery or awnings as well.
Here is a little video demonstrating how we set our grommets by hand.
Do you need to hire a professional Interior Designer or Decorator to help design and select the perfect set of custom drapes for my home? Maybe, maybe not. At DrapeStyle we help thousands of Clients, the most of whom are Homeowners, create amazing custom drapes that fit perfectly into their homes. We do this by employing the most talented Team of Sales Designers in the Drapery and Window Covering Industry. When you call DrapeStyle and you are considering spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on custom drapes you deserve to speak with a Professional Designer who is able to “consult” with you and assist you. Our Sales Designers are not paid on commission. Their simple motivation, as is ours as a Team is to provide the very best Customer Service and support as we possibly can.
Our typical Client has questions. A lot of questions. They will often describe what they are looking for, what their vision is. Once we get the measurements, which are most often provided by our Clients, our Designers go to work doing what they do best. I will often walk through our Design Center and I will see one of our Designers working on a sketch for a Client. So many times I am really amazed at the talent that we have. Here are some of the sketches I picked up this week. Of course, we don’t “charge” for this type of service, it is all part of working with DrapeStyle!
We’ve updated our current Sale Pricing and extended the discounts until May 17th! Our new Sale features Custom Silk Drapes at 15% Off, Solid Classic Linen Drapes at 20% Off and our popular Striped Silk Dupioni at 15% Off.
Our Pricing on Custom Roman Blinds is still some of the most competitive in the industry with custom roman shades and blinds in your choice of over 400 designer fabrics!
Once in a while we get the chance to be part of a really cool decorating or restoration project. Our most recent was in Paris California at the March Air Force Base. The Base is well over 50 years old and they had the opportunity to re-decorate the Officers Club. The Club was, well, it was tired. But it also had tons of character. You could sit in the 1950’s era deep red leather lounge chairs and just think of the conversations that Officers must have had in them back in World War II. I think most of the paint and wallpaper was pretty original and the bar top – definitely. The Team in charge of the re-model kept all of the that nostalgia and just freshened it up a bit. They really maximized their budget.
DrapeStyle was awarded the bid to make all of the new custom curtains and drapes. The Design Team chose a classic sheer curtain style and roman blinds that worked really well and didn’t break the bank. We’ve done many commercial drapery projects at DrapeStyle but this was our first time doing a Project for the Military. We really felt proud to have been selected and to have been able to make the new drapery right here in the USA. I guess at the end of the day it just made us proud to be Americans.
Welcome to the DrapeStyle Blog. Why a Blog? Good question and I hope an equally good answer, “Information & Education”. We’ll strive to give you some good ideas and the best honest advice possible, and hopefully we’ll have some fun with it too.
So here we go…the inceptual Blog entry.
Saving Energy with DrapeStyle:
At DrapeStyle we consider ourselves “Green”. We love the planet, we love the environment and we love labrador puppies. We’d like to see them all flourish for generations to come. Now, what we would really love is to be “Green” and maybe save a couple of dollars in the process, that would be worth a bushel full of labrador puppies.
So, the money thing. Can you believe that according to the US Department of Energy, 25% of your energy expense leaks out of your windows. 25%. That’s more than I thought too. So if my average utility bill runs $250/Month or $3000/year of which $750 is wasted through your windows.
DrapeStyle to the rescue! You knew this was coming right? Well, we have the data, so let’s share it with you. The University of Texas at Austin, (we Love those Longhorns), did an energy study. They called it “The Drape Defense”. See why we love those Longhorns! In this study they found, and published, that a well insulated drape can reduce the heat loss of a single glazed window by up to 56%.
The savings are even better in the summer months and hot climates!. According to a study conducted by The University of Florida (Sorry Longhorns), well-made drapes can reduce the amount of heat-gains in your home by up to 33%!
I’m sure you knew this instinctively, but now when the Hubs comes home and you’ve got your new DrapeStyle covering your windows you can just tell him that your saving energy by the gobs!
Here are the references so you don’t think we’re making this stuff up.