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Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape

 

The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.

 

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Silk Drapery Construction

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

More goes into making a high-quality Custom Silk Drape than you may think.  Here are some of the quality construction elements of why our custom silk drapes have been Designers favorites for over a decade.  These are the drapes that House and Garden Called “Beautifully Made to Order”.

 

 

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Quality Construction Features of our Custom Silk Drapes

 

A: 100% Brass Grommets: Grommets are one of the most popular Pleat Styles for Silk Drapes. At DrapeStyle, we only use high-quality 100% Brass Grommets on all of our drapery. Brass Grommets will resist corrosion and will not discolor the drapery fabric. Our Grommets are also powder-coated (when a color is selected) which is much more resistant to peeling and chipping than paint. Finally, we hand-press each Grommet into the drapery panel. Hand-Pressing helps us to protect our fabrics from pulls, tears and “puckering” that are very common with “machine-pressed” Grommets.

B: 1-1/2 Inch Double Side-Hems: At DrapeStyle, all of our drapes are made with Double Side-Hems. Double Side-Hems really define “Custom” are are typically never seen in “store-bought” drapery. When making our side hems we use double the material, including linings and interlinings to create a very thick and heavy edge for the drapery panel. Making double side-hems uses twice the fabric than single side-hems but are one of the defining characteristics of High Quality Custom Silk Drapes.

C: 100% Indian Silk: We import all of our Silk Fabrics directly from India, many of which, are exclusive to DrapeStyle. India is the indisputable leader in weaving premium Silk Fabrics used in textiles worldwide. In fact, India has been weaving silk fabrics for literally thousands of years. At DrapeStyle we use Indian Silk exclusively, and never use lower quality (although cheaper) Thai Silk or any other inferior silk fabrics. Before we make your drapes we inspect the fabric by unrolling it in front of a back-light which shines through the material showing the fabrics flaws. Unacceptable flaws in the fabrics are rejected.

D: 4″ Double Bottom-Hem: Like our Double Side-Hems, we also use a 4″ Double Bottom-Hem on all of our silk drapes. Using a double-thick Bottom-Hem gives the drapery panel more fullness and allows it to “puddle” on the floor with more weight and thickness. Interior Designers and Decorators who know custom drapes would never specify anything other than a Double Bottom Hem.

E: Bottom Weights: We sew-in steel weights to the bottom corners of all of our custom silk drapes unless instructed otherwise. These weights are unique to “custom drapes” and are absolutely critical to the appearance of a well-made drape. The bottom-weights make the drapery panel hang straight and uniform and keep them from blowing in the slightest breeze. If you want “lighter” drapes that will blow more easily in the wind you can ask that we do not install the bottom weights.

 
Christian Sinatra

Custom Grommet Drapes

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from.  The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often?  Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes?  The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes.  Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.

If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole.  You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.

If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment.  You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted.  If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.

Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons.  When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.

 Custom Striped Silk Drapes with Grommets

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Custom Silk Drapes with Grommets at DrapeStyle

 

 Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

Contemporary Custom Grommet Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes in Linen

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Grommets by DrapeStyle

 

 Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Making Silk Drapes

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes.  Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada.  Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm.  Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world.  India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.

Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each.  They are all 54 inches wide.  The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light.  We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it.  As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk.  At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject.  When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area.  Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins.  It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.

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Examining Silk Fabric for Drapery

 
Christian Sinatra

Drapery Design Trends – Layering Drapery and Roman Shades

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

One of the latest trends that we are seeing with custom drapes and window treatments is the layering of multiple treatments in one window.  for years we have layered sheers under drapes using a traverse or double rod.  Today we are seeing more drapery layered over Roman Shades.  We are also seeing drapery layered over hard wood shutters.  The layering of treatments has been a Designers secret for years.  By layering drapes and Roman Shades you are creating more depth and texture on the window or door which also allows you to work with different fabric types and patterns.  As an example you can choose a classic solid linen or silk drape with a bolder patterned fabric on the Roman Shade.

You may think that this method may be more expensive than a single treatment on the window but here is what Designers would suggest; If you are going to use drapery in conjunction with a Roman Shade you can spend less on the drapery fabric and than spend more on the Roman Shade Fabric.  Make the Roman Shades “Decorative” vs. “Functional” and you will need much less fabric on the Roman Shade and still get the “pop” of an expensive designer fabric.  In the attached example we use a relatively inexpensive solid linen for the drapery fabric and then used a Schumacher Fabric for the Roman Shades.  The Roman Shade fabric really stands out and makes the whole look work.

At DrapeStyle, our Designers can help you maximize your budget and get creative with your drapery.

 

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Custom Linen Drapes with Roman Shades

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Wow, custom drapes can really cost a fortune. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to Professional Interior Designers or Decorators to help them make the “right” choices when it comes to selecting their window treatments. When considering custom drapes there are a few very important components to consider, one of them is your “pleat style”. What is a “pleat” you ask? The “Pleat” or as it is often referred to as the “heading’ is the top of the drapery panel that attaches to the drapery rod or track. For literally hundreds of years this drapery headings have been “decorated” into a variety of styles that range from very classic or traditional to modern and contemporary. Let’s walk through each of the most common pleat styles for custom drapes and help you find the “right” one for your home.

The “Flat Pleat” or “Flat Panel”. A Flat drapery panel is one that does not have a pleat at the top of the drape. This is the most basic of drapery panel and is very common. With a flat panel you will attach the panel to the current rod using drapery pins which are attached to the back of the panel. The flat panel is considered to be very relaxed and casual and is often used for light weight fabrics in informal rooms. Think, a soft blowing sheer linen drapery panel in a beach cottage.

The “Rod-Pocket” Drapery Panel. A Rod-Packet panel is a Flat panel but instead of attaching to a rod by pinning it using drapery hooks, the panel is slid over the rod using a “pocket” which is sewn into the panel. While still a very casual look, the rod-pocket will remain affixed to the rod and will not “billow” like a flat panel will. A Rod-Pocket panel is the most common type of panel that you will find in your “big box” retail store. Designers will generally shy-away from Rod-Pocket Panels as they are considered to look and be “cheap” in most circles.
The “French Pleat”. So now we are moving into the more intricate pleat styles that you will find in most high-end drapery retailers. The French Pleat is extremely classic and features a fluted fold at the top of the panel which is “tacked” about three inches down from the top. The result is a fluted, almost floral looking fold that has been popular since the 17th Century. The French Pleat is considered more formal and ornate and you will find many a European Castle plenty of French Pleated Silk Drapes in their windows.
The “Parisian Pleat”. A close relative to the French Pleat is the Parisian Pleat. Like the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat featured a three-finger fluted fold at the top of the pleat. With the Parisian Pleat, however, the fold is tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to the bottom. The result is a “pinched” looking floral pleat where the folds are gathered at the top. This “Pinch” feature is why the Parisian Pleat is also often times referred to as a “Pinch Pleat”.
The “Inverted Pleat”. Both the Parisian Pleat and French Pleat are considered very traditional and classic. The Inverted Pleat, however, is more contemporary and modern. The Inverted Pleat is where the Seamstress creates inverted folds at the top of the drape and then stitches them from the rear of the drapery panel. The result is a very clean looking and highly tailored drapery pleat that is very “classy” but also very modern and elegant. The Inverted Pleat is used with many different types of fabrics.
The “Cartridge Pleat”. A Cartridge Pleat is formed by creating rolls in the drapery fabric which are sew into round, cylindrical cartridges. The cartridges are generally 2-3 inches in diameter and are stuffed with a pillow fill material or paper. The resulting “cartridge” is typically 4-6 inches long and they are spaced apart to match the materials pattern.
The “Grommet Pleat”. The most contemporary of all drapery pleats would have to be a “Grommet Pleat”. Grommets are usually made of brass to resist corrosion, especially when used for custom outdoor drapes and can range in size from less than an inch is diameter to over 4 inches in diameter. Drapery panels featuring grommets can be challenging to open and close and the drapery provider will often recommend a “drapery wand” to help you slide the drapery panel open and closed.

While these are the most common of drapery pleats, there are literally dozens more. Pleats that feature buttons, tabs and ribbons are common and will usually be specified by your Designer or Decorator. The most important factor in selecting the correct pleat for you drapes is to be sure that you are working with a competent Professional who can help guide you through your wide range of options. Today, custom drapes are extremely expensive and it is much better to do your homework in advance.

Christian Sinatra

My Sister Bought Her Drapes at Restoration Hardware

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The internet and eCommerce have literally transformed the way we buy everything today. Who would have considered buy appliances, clothing, even food through a website just ten short years ago. Today we have such amazing resources at our finger-tips. Sites like Houzz and Pinterest give us the ability to drool over images of things we want, need and most of the time can’t afford.

The Custom Drapery Industry, no exception. For good or for bad, the days of heading downtown to the local drapery store are over. Most of the main street storefronts have either migrated to the web or are about too.

As a Consumer we now have more information, more options and better resources than ever before. We’ve been in the Custom Drapery Business for a very long time and we thought we would give you as much information as we possibly can. Even if you end up buying your draperies elsewhere, we hope you appreciate the information.

Chapter I: My Sister Bought her Drapes from Restoration Hardware. Yes. It is true, and now the whole world will know. My Wife and I own a Custom Drapery Company and my little sister bought her drapes from Restoration Hardware. Now, a little background. We are from New Jersey. Working Class New Jersey where most of my Family still lives. My Sister and her husband bought a new home in a brand new upscale community in southwest New Jersey. They love it. Big beautiful new homes averaging over 4000 square feet each. These are the McMansions that became popular in the late 90′s and early 2000′s.  Really huge tall windows with great views and vaulted ceilings.  Stainless steel kitchens with two dishwashers.

So Lori buys this new home and all of her new friends in the neighborhood are hiring Interior Designers / Decorators to help them all deck the places out. Lori calls me and asks what I think and I tell her to go ahead and hire this Decorator that she was referred too. You know, got to keep up with the Jones’. Well, a few months later and I get the call. “Ron”, her Decorator has suggested that she buy new drapes at Restoration Hardware. He does it all of the time she tells me. Now, they wont be wide enough but Ron has a resource where they are going to buy two pair of drapes and then sew them together. Oh boy.

Flash forward 2 years. Now, my Parents buy a house about two miles away from my Sister, also in a new development. This one though, no McMansions. These homes are, well, single level. No stairs. Wide hallways and a lot of hand-rails. You got me, right? But these houses are nice, I mean, really nice. And, Like Lori, all of these Ladies are hiring Decorators too!

So now I get the call from my Mother and I brace myself. If she tells me that she is buying Restoration Hardware Drapes I am going to have a brain freeze. Turns out that her Decorator suggested that you buy her drapes from a place called DrapeStyle! An “Online Company” she says. My Mom could not have been more tickled.

Now the best part. My Mom has DrapeStyle and she is 78. My Sister has Restoration Hardware and she is 44. My Sister goes to my Mom’s house and sees her drapes. Now the calls are really coming…

“How could you have let me buy that c…p, from Restoration Hardware!”, “Moms drapes are so much better!”

Sometimes “kids” just have to learn for themselves.

Here is the real deal. The Thai Silk Drapes from Restoration Hardware were really not all “that bad”, but they weren’t DrapeStyle. They were lined but not interlined, the fabrics were thin. The hems were short and cheap. They just weren’t “custom”.  And the reality is that they didn’t cost much less than DrapeStyle and by the time she paid the tailor to sew the two panels together, they really were about the same price as DrapeStyle 100% Custom.  Lori spent a lot of time and a lot of money on those drapes and now we are making her new ones.  She gets the “Family Discount” but she would have been much happier if she would have just ordered from DrapeStyle to begin with.

The Greek Key Viceroy Drape

Monday, April 21st, 2014

We love the whole “Hollywood Regency” look.  You can really incorporate some of the design elements into a wide variety of decor.  The Greek Key is a timeless design that will lend itself to almost any interior.  We make these gorgeous custom drapes in your choice of solid silk fabric and apply the Greek Key Trim to the leading edge.

Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and choosing a dramatic and bold color.  We love the choice of yellow silk on this drape with the bold black Greek Key Trim.  Experiment a little and create a truly unique design for your home.  If you need some design advice, please call one of our Designers who will be happy to make suggestions and help you create an amazing focal point for your room.

 

 

Greek Key Custom Drapes

The Viceroy Drape by DrapeStyle

Christian Sinatra

Custom Drapes Online

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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.

Custom Drapery by DrapeStyle is no longer available at Costco

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Many people ask us if our custom silk and linen drapes are still available via Costco and/or Costco.com, they are not.  We enjoyed a great relationship with Costco but our drapery styles and process has evolved to being a much more “custom” product that did not lend itself to high-volume, low-touch retail.  As more and more online retailers are selling “ready-made” or “out-of-the-box” custom silk drapes and linen drapes we at DrapeStyle decided to focus on higher-end custom that you just can’t find from any larger Retailer like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen, etc.  So if you are still looking for DrapeStyle custom drapery at Costco you won’t find us there but you can still find us at DrapeStyle.com.

Design Advice for Custom Made Curtains and Drapery

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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!

Custom Drapery Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Design by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Banded Design Sketch by DrapeStyle

 

 

 

New Fabric Arrivals at DrapeStyle

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

We are getting some great new fabrics in all of the time at DrapeStyle.  We recently got some new Sunbrella Fabrics for our line of Custom Outdoor Drapery and Pillows.  Keep in mind, you can always use this versatile Sunbrella Fabric for almost any application including interior Roman Shade and Roller Shades.

Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut

We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.

Where to Buy Silk Drapes in Tucson, Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

At DrapeStyle we may be a Southern California Based Company but we have a lot of heart and soul that still lives in Tucson.  We have several Employees that are from Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale, and, we sell a lot of custom drapery in Arizona.  Whether we are shipping boxes of custom drapes to the Sam Hughes Neighborhood in Tucson, DC Ranch in Scottsdale or even Oro Valley we have probably covered more ground in Southern and Central Arizona than any other drapery retailer.  As a matter of fact we are in the process of looking for a new drapery showroom location in Scottsdale.  So, if you are looking for custom drapes in Tucson, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Oro Valley or any other area of Southern Arizona – Wildcat or Sun Devil, than DrapeStyle is the right place.

 

Custom Drapes at Less Than Half Price?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

If you are looking for probably the absolute best bargain in custom made silk and linen drapes you definitely need to check out THE | OUTLET by DrapeStyle.  In THE | OUTLET you wont just find half price drapes but you will find custom made designer quality drapery and accessories at discounts of up to 75% off retail.  How is this possible?  Well, in THE | OUTLET, we use first quality remnant fabrics and sample fabrics that we get from Mills to make gorgeous draperies that are often one of a kind.  We try to use all of the remnants we have including trims, banding and fringes to make some amazing creations that you are not going to find anywhere else.  And, most of them are better quality silk and less expensive than half price drapes and they include outdoor drapery, Roman Shades and even tassels, tie-backs and accessories.  The one caveat with THE | OUTLET and all of our sale items is that many are unique and in limited quantities, so if you see something you like, grab them fast!

Will My Silk Drapes Fade in The Sun?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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.

Where to Call for Help with Selecting Window Treatments

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Lets face it, buying custom made window treatments can be a very expensive proposition. Regardless if you are shopping for custom drapes, Roman Shades, valances or shutters you can easily spend upwards of $10,000 by the time your done. We’re talking about a lot of money here and you should not have to make some of the important decisions on your own. For most window treatments you need to be very accurate with your measurements, especially if you have larger or odd-size or odd-shaped windows. When you are making a sizable investment we always recommended have a professional window treatment measure done early in the process. Having an accurate measure done first can help avoid costly mistakes and re-makes later and may also help save you money on you initial purchase and installation. Most custom drapery or window treatment retailers may often provide an initial measure for free. Retailers and Workrooms can also use a detailed measure to find ways to save money by maximizing fabric lengths and widths. After all, the majority of the cost or expense with custom soft window treatments, like drapery comes from the cost of the fabric. If your Retailer or Workroom can shave a yard of fabric off of every treatment, the savings can really add up.

Beyond the measure, better drapery retailers and Workrooms should be able to provide you with free design advice. It is important to understand, and ask, who will be giving the advice. Many of the larger retailers will send a “Sales Person” out to your home who is on commission. You are not going to get good, if any, design advice from a untrained Sales Person. If you are dealing with your retailer over the phone, make sure you are speaking with someone with real-world design experience. At DrapeStyle, we don’t have “Sales People”. When you call us you are speaking with a trained Interior Design Professional who understands your entire project from measure to fabric selection to construction. When calling any national retailer, ask some good questions to be sure you are not speaking to a Sales Person who is simply reading off of a script.

When it comes to selecting custom window treatments it is always best to call a qualified Designer or Retailer early.

Why Custom Silk Drapery Prices are Rising

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

If you are waiting for the perfect time to buy your custom made drapery for your home, hotel or business, there may never be a better time than right now.  The truth is that, when it comes to custom silk drapes or Roman Shades, the price of raw silk from India is climbing every month.  In fact, prices of silk fabrics have increased 20% from 2013 to 2014.  The reason for the increase is complicated but the short story is that most of the worlds silk fabrics are woven in India.  India has been the world leader in producing silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.  The problem that India has, however, is that they rely on China for the “raw silk”.  Raw Silk is harvested from Silk Works who naturally produce raw silk.  The raw silk is harvested just like any other natural product would be – and it is susceptible to environmental forces.  Too much rain, too little rain, too much heat or too little heat effects production.  No different really than how Midwest and Southwest Farmers in the US harvest cotton.  The difference is that the raw silk comes from the silk work, so it is really more analogous to harvesting milk from cows.  Unfortunately the weather in China in recent years has not been optimal for silk worm production.

The second and more serious long-term issue facing India’s Silk Production is the rise of China’s Middle Class.  As little as 15 years ago their was a very small segment of China’s population who would even consider buying products made of Silk.  Today the economy in China is booming and the middle-class is exploding.  With this new found wealth, more Chinese are buying products made in Silk.  Families are buying traditional Chinese Kimonos made in silk rather than polyester or a cheaper blend of synthetic materials.  As this portion of China’s Economy Grows, they are demanding more of the Products and Services that once were considered “Export Only”.  As a result, China is keeping the majority of best quality of Raw Silk for themselves.  The lower quality Raw Silk is now sent to India where the Mills have much more difficulty yielding good quality silk fabrics in high volume.  Thus, prices go up.

The global impact of China’s rising Middle-Class and the increased demand for aspirational products and services is that the price of those products and services will rise around the world.  When you consider that China has the largest population on the planet, even minute increases in domestic consumption can send shock-waves around the world.

What does this mean to US Consumers of products like Silk Drapes?  It means that prices will only be increasing for the foreseeable future.

 

The Simple White Silk Drape

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

When we look at all of the custom drapery style that we make and sell everyday here at DrapeStyle we make some observations.  One truth that we see year-after-year in our business, as interior design trends change, is that there are a few styles that endure.  Think of them as the short black cocktail dress of fashion.  In Drapery, one of the classic styles that is a cornerstone of interior design is the classic white silk drapes that we make month after month.  It just seems that in any length, width or pleat style, the simple white silk drapes seem to compliment any interior.  We make them for Homeowners, Designers and even hotels and restaurants.  You just can’t go wrong with classic elegance and versatility.  White is always a “Designers best friend”.  It may often seem to be the “safe choice” but often times it is the best choice.  It has certainly proven itself to be an enduring classic for many, many years.

Oh, you may also want to try them paired with Sheers, Roman Shades, Roller Shades or even Shutters!

 

White Silk Drapes

The Classic White Silk Drapery

Shipping our Drapery Worldwide

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Once in a while we like to give thanks where and when thanks are due.  Just call it good Karma.  It’s no secret that DrapeStyle not only ships extra long custom drapery valances and Roman Shades all over the US and Canada, but we also ship them Worldwide.  We ship custom drapes to Australia, Japan, France, Switzerland and even China!  Whenever we have one of these shipments going that requires some custom boxing or crating we always call the folks at Airway Packing for help.  They build our custom boxes and crates to perfect specs and they know exactly what the Customs requirements are for each Country that we are shipping too.  So, like a few weeks ago when we needed to ship a crate of long custom made drapes to Australia, the folks at Airway made us the perfect create to make sure that they arrived safely and made it through Customs without delay.  Thanks very much to Todd and his Crew at Airway.

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At DrapeStyle we ship our custom made drapery, roman shades and valances all over the world,

Los Angeles and the Valley

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Yep, it’s true, the best place to get an incredible deal on amazing Designer Quality Custom Drapery is not in LA, or the San Fernando Valley.  And, it’s not in Downtown LA either.  For over a decade the best Designers in LA and the Valley have been buying their custom made draperies in Orange County at DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has made more silk and linen drapes for Hollywood Celebrity homes that any other Drapery Manufacturer, period.  Why?  Probably because Designers trust our Team of Designers and Installers, plus, we own our own Workroom, our own equipment and we have a staff of the most talented Seamstresses in the United States and Canada.  We have celebrity Clients who insist that our Seamstresses make the drapes that go into their estate homes in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Shady Canyon, Lake Sherwood, Calabasas, Newport Coast, Laguna Beach and Pelican Hill just to name a few.  We aren’t going to drop names because we value the privacy of our Clients but we feel confident that we’ve made more drapery for Sports Stars, Movies Stars and Celebrities than any other drapery retailer in America.