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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.
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!
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.
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.
Ok – We admit it. We are all HGTV Junkies at DrapeStyle! We have a couple of Camps here too. Some are a little “Old School” and love to watch Candice Olson. Candice has done some amazing things in the Fabric World and we actually carry some of her Fabrics that she made in conjunction with one of our favorite Mills, Kravet. The Canadian born Olson seems to have really “blown-up” since her original days on HGTV and we see her everywhere now. Could not be happier for her.
A couple of us in the office can’t get enough of of the Minneapolis native Nicole Curtis. We love her and we love the amazing things she does with older mid-west homes. No doubt that some us think that Nicole is the “next big thing” for both the DIY Channel and HGTV.
We haven’t had the chance to work with either of them yet but we really hope that when Candice Olson or Nicole Curtis think Custom Drapery they think DrapeStyle!
A Client called us with a common dilemma. She had purchased a new home in a brand new Development in Orange County that was just completed by The Irvine Company. The Irvine Company, like almost all current builders and developers are building new home with extremely tall windows. We’ve visited some new Developments back east that were built by Toll Brothers that had windows that were almost 25 feet tall. These are dramatic architectural design elements that are beautiful but certainly present a challenge when it comes to finding window treatments or drapery for extra long windows. At DrapeStyle, we make drapery for these longer windows all of the time. The reality is, you won’t be able to buy drapery at a retail store like Restoration Hardware that will accommodate these windows.
Another consideration when ordering these extra long drapes is making sure that the hardware that you select will support the weight of the draperies. Drapes that are 10-20feet long are going to be quite heavy and there is just no way that a typical telescoping pole is going to support the weight of the drapes. You will need to be sure that you are getting solid rods that are properly mounted to support the weight of the drapery fabric.
Have you been to SoCo, The South Coast Collection in Orange County yet? We’ve been spending some time there over the last 18 months and there really seems to be constant turnover. At one point a couple of years ago we were considering opening a custom drapery store in SoCo but we just couldn’t pull the trigger. The tenants that were there were very high-end and consistent with what we would consider our “peers” but we just didn’t see very much foot traffic. And, the traffic we did see were mostly Students from the surrounding schools including the Paul Mitchell School in SoCo itself.
One of the Tenants that seemed to be a “cornerstone” Tenant for SoCo was Pal + Smith. Pal + Smith is a Newport Beach based Design Firm who was one of the first to move into SoCo. I was surprised when I noticed they had moved out of their premier location just off the central courtyard. I understand that they have relocated out of SoCo to new location on Baker street in Costa Mesa.
The restaurants seem to be doing well at SoCo. I haven’t been during dinner hours but I know when I stop during lunch time they seem to be thriving.
The OC Mix which is part of SoCo is a very hip and unique concept. The Mix features a compilation of small “micro-showrooms” all under one roof. While originally most of the showrooms were all focused around Home Decor, I have noticed a more eclectic mix now ranging from designer sunglasses to beach cruiser bicycles. The even have a very trendy lingerie store.
We do really love spending time at SoCo, including the weekends when they have the Farmers Market take over most of the parking lot. Burnham really did a great job in re-purposing this once forgotten space.
The French Pleat is one of the oldest and most classic pleat styles for custom made curtains or drapery. The French Pleat is also known as a Pinch Pleat and these two terms are often used interchangeably. The French Pleat is formed by creating three folds at the top of the drapery panel. These three folds are then “pinched” about three inches down from the top of the drapery panel and tacked using a industrial sewing machine. The three folds are then fanned out at the the top forming a fluted fan. When forming the pleat it is important to fold all layers of the drapery fabric including the buckram, lining and interlining. These layers will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for a typical sewing machine to penetrate. You will need to use an industrial machine known as a “Tacker” to be able to penetrate all of the layers of fabrics.
One of our Classic Drapery Pleat Tackers we use everyday at DrapeStyle. Yes, this machine was actually made in Leeds England!
At DrapeStyle we sell our custom made drapery all over the US and Canada but their are a few places that we really sell a lot of draperies too. One of those places is Grosse Pointe Michigan. So much so that we decided to visit Grosse Pointe and Troy Michigan, another one of our “Hot Spots”.
When we arrived in Grosse Pointe, just outside of Detroit, it didn’t take long to see why our traditional custom draperies do so well there. This is the epicenter of grand homes that displayed the well-earned fruits of many of the leaders of the Industrial Revolution. These homes were the result of “steel money” or “auto money” and they are simply gorgeous. Huge home on equally huge parcels of land with two-store tall windows adorned with billowing draperies that puddle gracefully onto polished oak wood floors. These are more than Homes, they are Manors and Showpieces of a proud time in American History. Driving through Grosse Pointe you can really get a sense for the time when “Masters of Industry” would build monuments that would become part of their and their Families lasting legacies. We loved our visit and can’t wait to go back.
It really is a sign of the times. It seems that the migration of jobs out of Los Angeles and California in general continues. Our small business has experienced some of our Employees and Contractors moving from Orange County and Los Angeles to Charlotte North Carolina. We are in the business of designing and making custom draperies for a wide variety of Customers. We sell our Drapery throughout the US and Canada to Homeowners and Designers. We had a small niche which was selling Drapery to Television and Movie Production Companies and Set Designers in Los Angeles. We’ve been in this business for many years. About three years ago the Set Design potion of our business started a steady decrease in revenue. It’s not that Production Companies no longer needed drapery for their TV or Movie Sets but, those Sets and Productions were simply moving out of LA and California.
Where did all of the Production go? Well, a lot of it went to Canada where Production Crews are “Non-Union” and much less expensive than their Hollywood counterparts. We also saw a decent migration of the Productions that we made custom drapery for move to Charlotte. By moving to Charlotte, Production Companies were able to enjoy lower taxes and wages than LA and not have to manage with cross-border issues when going to Canada. Sadly for DrapeStyle, we actually had one of our very best Drapery Installers move to Charlotte from Orange County. Like the Entertainment Industry, Bill is now enjoying a much lower cost of living, lower taxes and better lifestyle than when he was here in Southern California. With so much TV Production moving to the Carolina’s we may end up opening a new drapery workroom there to support the industry. I can’t help but to think of the irony as so much of the drapery and textile world was born in North Carolina only to leave for places like Mexico and China. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring many of those jobs back to that part of the Country?
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. At DrapeStyle we only hire Sales Designers who have completed advanced classes at either Design Schools (Such as Interior Designers Institute (IDI) in Newport Beach) or a 4-year University. We love to bring in Interns who are Students at IDI and then, after they graduate, have them come on as full-time Sales Designers.
Love the look of drapery but don’t have a lot of space, roman shades are the solution. Roman shades are a timeless compliment to finish off your windows. DrapeStyle custom makes all of our Roman Shades here in our Costa Mesa workroom. Flat Roman Shades are our most requested style and are featured on our website . We also offer 4 additional styles that will be added to our site in the coming weeks.
Flat Roman – neat and clean our Flat Roman shade works well with any décor. When lowered the shade is flat with no horizontal seams.
Relaxed Shade – the relaxed bottom of the shade offers a sophisticated softness while keeping the tailored look of the flat roman style.
London Shade – gathered at the sides the London shade presents a casual elegance & softness. When lowered the balloon shape is visible at the bottom of the shade.
Cascade – constructed with evenly spaced horizontal pockets reinforced with rods the Cascade Shade is a beautifully structured option. Similar to the Flat Roman the Cascade offers a flat tailored front.
Pleated – soft pockets or horizontal folds are the trademark of our Pleated Shade. The Pleated Shade shade provides uniform structure with a contemporary softness.
Roman shades can be made in any of our fabrics. We also have the ability to add trimmings, contrast banding & borders. The combinations are limitless.
If you are someone who likes to sit down with a real Interior Designer in a relaxed comfortable setting before buying your next set of custom drapery or Roman Shades, than we invite you to visit our DrapeStyle Store. As of today, we only have one store which is located in the StoneMill Design Center in Costa Mesa but we are working on adding additional locations soon. We are open to the public and you can stop in anytime without an appointment but we do encourage you to make an appointment so we can be sure that we have a Designer available to meet with you.
In our Store, Designers are not paid on commission. They get paid as a Team, so, there is no high-pressure sales pitch. We just want to be sure that you get the perfect custom drapes or Roman Shades for your home. Located behind our Store is our Workroom where we actually make your drapes and Roman Shades. Of course, if time permits we would be happy to give you a tour of the Workroom and show you exactly how your drapery is made.
We feature over 400 fabric options from leading Fabric Mill like Robert Allen, Schumacher, Kravet, Sunbrella and Lee Jofa just to name a few. You can also checkout larger fabric headers to take home.
The DrapeStyle Store is located at:
2915 Red Hill Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
In The Details.
We’ve all heard the saying “the devil is in the details”, for me the details are the most exciting part of any project. There is nothing like finding the perfect accent piece to complete your masterpiece.
Have you ever been out and about and you see a little trinket that reminds you of someone you know & just the thought of giving it to them puts a smile on your face? The high you get giving it to them and seeing the priceless look on their face when they realize that you know them so well…that’s one of my favorite parts of designing for my clients.
Completing a room with custom drapery is one of the best ways to add detail to your room. Finding the perfect shade of Silk or Linen opens the door to a world of possibilities. Do I add a border, maybe a trim? How about a contrasting edge band? Is there a complimenting sheer or Roman Shade I should consider? These are some of the many options that I love helping my clients with.
Working at DrapeStyle I am in constant awe of the incredible fabrics & trimming options that we are presented with. Just today I met with a mill representative who brought over 20+ books of their latest trim collections. I was immediately inspired. From tape trims, to rusche to tassel trim my mind was racing. I’m looking forward to pulling together a number of trim options to coordinate with our existing drapery styles and I have already started sketching some new ideas inspired from my meeting today. The possibilities are endless; the “details” are endless.
Sometimes when trying to decide between Custom Drapes for your windows or Custom Roman Shades the answer just may be “yes”. Yes, as in “both”. One of our all time favorite looks is using a Roman Shade in conjunction with a drape. This technique adds depth and texture to your room and lets you play with more fabric colors and textures as well. Consider using a solid custom drape along with a strong pattern with your Roman Shade or vice-versa. In the attached image we are using a really bold fabric on the Roman Shade, Schumacher Imperial Trellis in navy along with a solid linen custom drape in navy and white. The fabrics work really well together and really create a nice depth of field to the room and window.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match silk and linens as well. You could get a great look by mixing a solid silk roman shade in a base color along with a complimenting custom drape in a patterned linen or poly.
Have fun and let us know how we can help design your next set of custom drapes!
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DrapeStyle Awarded “Best of Houzz” for Client Satisfaction On Houzz.com
DrapeStyle celebrates their award for Outstanding Client Satisfaction from the largest residential design database in the world, Houzz.com.
COSTA MESA, CA (March 6, 2014) – Enjoying the benefits of their company’s attention to detail DrapeStyle in Costa Mesa, California celebrates their recent Outstanding Client Satisfaction award from Houzz.com. Lauded as the largest residential design database in the world Houzz gave the coveted “Best of Houzz” award to DrapeStyle in January. Giving the highest level award for client satisfaction the home remodeling site has to offer, the Houzz community weighed in with a resounding vote. Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle said of the award, “It’s an honor to be recognized by Houzz in any regard. However to be recognized by the site’s community for something we pride ourselves in well, we just couldn’t be happier.”
Always pleased by well-deserved recognition DrapeStyle has also been featured in popular publications such as Southern Living, House & Garden, Veranda and The Nest. Described by House & Garden as “Beautifully Made to Order”, DrapeStyle’s designs resonate with a wide section of the marketplace. Understandably so given their commitment to making every order, regardless of the handiwork involved, in their own California studio. Providing hundreds of exclusive handmade fabrics from North America, Europe and India the window treatment manufacturer makes custom drapery and curtains for indoor or outdoor use as well as Roman shades. Additionally, DrapeStyle offers custom pillows in myriad designs and colors.
Staying true to the customer service commitment DrapeStyle makes it simple for clients in specific markets to shop for window treatments from home. The “Shop at Home Consultation” program offers clients a design professional that will walk them through fabric, texture and color selections all complimentary to their home or office. Catering further to their clientele DrapeStyle offers a manufacturing and workmanship guarantee.
DrapeStyle is a leading manufacturer and online retailer of designer quality custom made drapery, curtains and Roman shades. The company is available for in-home consultations in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California as well as Central New Jersey, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The custom drapery manufacturer sells to home owners and designers in the US and Canada.
For more information visit www.DrapeStyle.com. To read about the “Best of Houzz” award click on http://www.houzz.com/pro/drapestyle/drapestyle.
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Reprinted from House and Garden Magazine.
1. Ballard Designs
What we ordered: 84-In silk panels in Dutches Blue, lined with cotton.
Delivery: Overnight for $18 plus standard delivery charges.
Quality: The 2-inch flange above the rod pocket is a pretty detail.
Fast Track: Simple and Basic. No overnight delivery for online orders.
What we ordered: Tuscan Rose cotton panels with valance trimmed in pom-poms. $68 each.
Delivery: Overnight with a $24 charge; three days $19.
Quality: Not much in the way of frills but the price was right.
Fast Track: Perfect for a little girls bedroom.
What we ordered: Pink silk taffeta panels with red edge banding, lining, interlining and French pleats, $757.
Delivery: Our rush order arrived in one week with a $49 charge, but count on three to four weeks for fabric in stock.
Quality: Beautifully made to order.
Fast Track: Choose from 29 silks or 16 tasteful linens. Plain curtains may be ordered on the web, but for fancy touches you must call.
4. The Curtain Exchange
What we ordered: Mica silk taffeta embroidered panels in taupe, $1,795
Delivery: Grab-and-go, 80 designs at 22 stores nationwide. Custom orders in a mere two to four weeks.
Quality: Opulent, as you would expect for this price.
Fast Track: Big store selection, small-store convenience, allows 48-hour trial period.