Did you know there is a training period when you purchase drapes? At DrapeStyle we make every effort to pack your drapes the same day they will be shipped out to minimize the time your custom draperies are in the shipping box. But once you receive them, here are a few tips when hanging your draperies.
If you can’t hang your draperies right away, we recommend taking them out of the box. Your drapes will be wrapped in clear plastic, will most likely be long and will be folded in order to fit them in a shipping box. We recommend that you take them out of the box and lay them flat on a large table or drape them over a chair to minimize the wrinkles.
Once you take your drapes out of the plastic bags, you will notice that the drapes have been fan folded. Not all companies do this, but by taking this extra step, the pleats are preserved. Your draperies will also have paper cuffs on them. You are welcome to keep these cuffs on them for a few days while the wrinkles work their way out.
Your draperies were also made with weights. Weighted bottoms will allow your draperies to hang beautifully. This is another additional step not all retailers take, but at DrapeStyle, weights are standard on all indoor and outdoor draperies.
If after you have allowed your draperies to hang for a couple of weeks and you still have stubborn wrinkles, you may iron your draperies on a low setting.
And if you can’t remember these tips once you receive your drapes, not to worry. A care card is included with every order to insure your draperies will look as good as they do in our catalog.
Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:
Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.
Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you?
A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!
Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world!
Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.
Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.
Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing? A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.
On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.
Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew? A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.
In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living.
Q. What are your best small space living hacks?
A. My answer is two-fold:
1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.
2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.
This week, on July 25th, we celebrate “Thread The Needle Day”. Who knew there was such a thing, right?
Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning. Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew. I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started. What about you? Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?
Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store. This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.
Keep an open mind. Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it. When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc. Practice, practice, practice. You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread. Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills. And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.
Make things you like. If you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it. Search the internet. Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials. I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.
Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle. We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002. Our seamstresses have each been threading the needle for an average of 25 years so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.
DrapeStyle has been in business for over 17 years and still makes all of our custom products; drapes, Roman shades and pillows, right here in the US. Our workroom is located in Phoenix, Arizona and our goal is to provide you with the highest quality products in a timely fashion.
Why do we feel it is so important to purchase goods made in the USA?
Some of the repercussions of products not made in the us includes:
Poor working conditions. Many times working conditions in other countries are lower than in the US.
Longer production times. When goods are made over seas, it takes longer for the product to reach the US
Poor quality control. Many times workers work on producing quantity, not quality
Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA.
Some of the benefits of buying in the US:
You’ll be keeping jobs here in America. And by creating more jobs you will be putting money back into our economy.
Lower Carbon Footprint: Goods shipped from overseas to America, burn fossil fuels and spew out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel. Purchasing goods made in the USA won’t have to travel as far creating a cleaner environment for generations to come.
Many foreign labor standards allow unsafe working conditions in many countries. When you buy made in the USA products, you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
For questions or advice, contact us and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes!
Don’t cover up your beautiful trim molding! Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.
DrapeStyle customers can enjoy professional design services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have!
Window treatments will make my home too dark
Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products for light control. See our lining guide for more information.
Window coverings will block my views
Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution. Need more information? Review our measuring guide.
You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic
Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments.
Window treatments are all the same
If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage.
A retail chain will have the best pricing
Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices, so do your research on the types of fabrics being used and the type of construction. In most cases, for the same price retail chains charge, you could purchase custom made window treatments from DrapeStyle in sizes you need, not the limited sizes the retail chains want to offer.
For more information or questions, please contact us.
But that’s ok, we can deal with seams beautifully and make it so you don’t even know they’re there and still create beautiful custom drapes.
Most of our fabrics start out at 54″. Then once you start sewing the pleats and side hems, the solid colored fabric will measure 26″ wide at the top of the drape when completed. This is 1 “width” of fabric. This is fine if your custom drapes are going to be decorative, meaning that they will be stationary and you don’t plan on opening and closing them. But what if you have a wide window or your need to close your drapes? Then we start to sew together “widths” of fabric to meet your specifications. If you need a drape that is 80″ wide, you would order a 3 width drape. And our seamstresses are so talented, that they will hide the seams in the back of the pleats so that you don’t see them. This goes for patterns and striped fabrics too. Check out our measuring guide for more information.
Seams for Roman shades will be a little more obvious, but we have a solution for that too. We order enough fabric so that we can match up the pattern on all of your Roman shades. Does everyone do that? Not really, which is why you should do your homework before purchasing custom window treatments.
Seams can’t really be avoided but they can look good. Your custom made drapes should have details like bottom weights, drapery pins, double bottom hems and headers and premium linings.
The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapery takes a little more time and costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our products are made from the highest quality materials right here in the USA. For more information or questions, please contact us.
It’s starting to warm up (finally!) and I think just about everyone experienced a colder than usual winter this year and we’re all looking forward to warmer days!
And as the weather gets warmer, we will start to venture outside. So, if your outdoor space ready for Spring? Do you need to freshen up your outdoor cushions, drapes and pillows?
DrapeStyle has a large selection of performance fabrics to brighten your outdoor space and provide privacy and protection from the wind and sun. And as always, you can customize your outdoor drapes to your specifications.
The undisputed king of the outdoor textile industry, Sunbrella brings the same great qualities as their marine offerings to your home with their vast selection of high-quality upholstery fabrics. These 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics won’t visibly fade, making them perfect for sunrooms and south-facing windows, which receive the most sunlight throughout the day. Sunbrella upholstery fabrics are indoor/outdoor fabrics, so they’ll look just as great on your porch or patio as in your living room. They’re also stain resistant and easy to clean if you have messy kids or pets to consider.
Trina Turk’s outdoor fabrics for Schumacher are bold, vibrant and dramatic. The color palettes used in her abstract and geometric designs are clearly influenced by her work as a modernist fashion designer in Southern California. Trina Turk has an incredible selection of colorful outdoor fabrics, ideal for upholstery fabrics and drapery fabrics. Whether you use the fabric for upholstery, drapery, or outdoor cushions, it is destined to be a great accent. Her geometric fabrics are a best-seller and have definitely landed her a place on our list of favorite designers!
Visit our outdoor drapery page or outdoor pillow page for ideas and available patterns of performance fabrics. Need a little help? We’re here to help you design your custom dream drapes, pillows and Roman shades. And since they’re custom made, you decide the length, width and details, all made right here in the USA.
When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a 600 square foot apartment. It was just north of Los Angeles and it was all we could afford. But it was newly built, in a great neighborhood, somewhat cozy and I tried to make it as stylish as I could, with lots of hand me down furniture. We definitely had to make the most of our small living space and made use of every inch we had.
Streamline Your Space
What do you really need? When you are starting out in your first home, this may not be a problem because you may not have much. But if you are down sizing, ask yourself what is really essential? Do you really need three crock pots or two vacuum cleaners?
Use Visible Storage
Use bookcases, the back of doors, shelving under coffee tables. Bookcases can store items other than books, the back of doors can store jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Consider furniture that can be used for double duty; ottomans that you can store blankets in, coffee tables that offer storage or a bottom shelf to store books and remotes. Make the most of vertical spaces, think about going up. by utilizing shelving, bookcases, and cabinets.
Create Open Spaces
Open shelving, coffee tables, bookcases and create an open airy feel even when you have utilized these spaces for storing essentials. Mirrors, see through acrylic furniture, and shiny surfaces will make spaces look larger.
I used to have an assortment of mismatched furniture. I painted it all black to create a more cohesive look and accented it with a deep forest green color. Choose one accent color to keep things simple and effortless.
Keep walls neutral and light to create a larger looking space. Hang draperies high and wide, this will allow the eye to move up and make the brain think the windows and rooms, are larger than they really are. Keep fabrics light to allow more natural light to really open up the space.
Use decorative containers to hide clutter or store essentials. Baskets, bowls and pretty boxes can be used to store personal items.
Grommet drapery panels have been a popular choice for draperies for years because they offer a modern, sleek look. Grommets come in a variety of sizes and colors so they are easily worked into any decor. Grommets allow the fabric to fall into folds creating a beautiful look from the top of the drape to the bottom of the drape.
Before selecting grommets as your pleat style, ask yourself a few questions:
Will your drapery be “functional”? By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often. If you plan on have functional curtains you will need to be sure that you are selecting a fabric that is sturdy enough to handle the constant tugging and pulling as they are opened and closed.
You can help your functional drapery last longer by buying a baton that will attach to the leading drapery ring. The baton will allow you to open and close the curtains without touching the fabric with your hands. Using batons can add years of life to your drapery and keep the oils from your hands off the fabric. Side note: DrapeStyle can order drapery batons up to 72″ in length. There is a product called “Grom-a-Link”. Grom-a-Link is a patented Grommet System that will allow you to attach a baton to the leading grommet on your drapery panel. There really is no other way to attach a baton to a grommet drapery panel without tearing the fabric. You can choose to have the Grom-a-Link attached to the outside or the inside of the first grommet on the leading edge of the drape.
We also suggest using a custom made drapery rod. This will allow you to have a continuous drapery rod in one piece. Having the drapery rod in one piece means there won’t be a lip, or a step, or a bump as there is with an adjustable drapery rod. This will make sliding the drapes open and closed much easier.
Will your drapery be “decorative”? If you are not planning on opening and closing the draperies very often, or maybe not even ever, you can omit the baton and leave them dressed down by your installer. For stationary or decorative panels you have many more fabric options to choose from. You can select the most delicate sheer or linen and not be concerned with wear and tear.
Aside from the advantage of the clean, contemporary look of grommets, you won’t have to purchase drapery rings. The grommets take the place of the drapery rings, which can really add to the cost of your drapery hardware since you will more than likely need about a dozen or so for each drape.
If you are hoping to have blackout drapery, make sure you order the drapes wide enough to completely cover the drapery rod and overlap in the center. You will also want to hang the drapes high enough so that the drapes and grommets, are above the molding to ensure the blackout effect. If you want to create the look of a “wave”, or more fullness, order each drape twice the width of the window.
Any of DrapeStyle’s drapes have the option for grommets as the style of header. Available in a variety of colors, you’re sure to find the right match for your home. Need a little advice? Contact us because we’re here to help you create your dream drapes.
Stack Back is a term most designers know and use when I am helping them with a window project. But it is important for our retail customers to know about this term as well.
Stack Back is essentially the amount of space that a drape will take up when it is pushed opened. To make it easy, we usually calculate Stack Back as 25% of the width of the drape for French, Flat Panels and Parisian pleated drapes. For Inverted and Cartridge pleated drapes, figure 28%.
This can be important if you are limited on wall space on the sides of your window or if you would like your drapes to completely “stack off the glass”. Meaning, that if you do not want to obstruct your view when your drapes are drawn open, you want the drapes to stack off the glass. This may also be important if your drapes are covering a door that you will need to open and close. You will want to make sure the drapes completely stack off the glass.
Stack Back will also help you determine how long your drapery rod should be. If you would like your drapes to stack off the glass, you will want to make sure that the drapery rod is long enough to accomodate the drape’s Stack Back. Stack Back can also give your windows the illusion that they are taller and wider than they really are, which makes your room look larger.
Remember to think about the whole design. And if you have questions, we’re here to help, just contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.
Why does DrapeStyle sell drapes separately? We get this question quite often and the simple answer is that every window and every home has different needs. The next questions I usually get is, “Do people really buy just one drape?”. Yes they do.
Most of the time our customers will purchase a pair of drapes. If you would like a pair of drapes, be sure that your quantity is “2” when you are ordering online. But what if you have a sliding glass door? Because we have the ability to make any width or length drape, we can make you one drape for the sliding glass door. Maybe your sliding glass door opens on one side. Maybe you don’t have any room on the side of your door to put another drape. If this is your situation, you may want to consider purchasing a traverse track to make is easier to open and close your drape.
What if you have windows on either side of your fireplace? Not a problem, we would essentially make a pair of drapes, but you would only need to put one drape on each window.
In a similar situation, you may only have room for one drape on either side of your bed. Order a pair of drapes, the same size but only hang one drape on each window.
Needing decorative drapes for a wall of windows? We can do that too. You may need an odd number of decorative drapes to separate your windows and we can absolutely make these for your specifications.
Do you have a unique situation? Contact us and we would be happy to help you figure out a solution for your window treatments. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we have experienced just about every situation. All of our drapes are handmade from the highest quality materials by the most talented seamstresses right here in Phenix, Arizona. The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think its worth it and we think you’ll be pleased.
Love the way custom drapes look but looking for a more cost effective to achieve that look? Here are a few tips to keep the cost of your drapery down.
A drape made with patterned fabric may cost more than a plain fabric, because you have to buy extra material just to match patterns across the seams. The bigger the pattern repeat, the more waste there is, and there really isn’t anything you can do about it. To keep costs down, look for a plain cotton or linen, or something with a very small pattern repeat.
Did you fall in love with the most expensive fabric? If privacy isn’t an issue or you find that you can purchase inexpensive shades to achieve privacy, you can use the drapes as an accent. Purchase smaller side panels, pillows and tie backs in your favorite fabric and you will still be able to enjoy that pattern you love.
It’s always best to use generous amounts of an inexpensive fabric in drapes to get the best bang for your buck. Love the look of silk? Maybe you can find a polyester that has a similar look and feel for less money.
Purchase ready made curtains and have a custom detail added to them like additional banding, a trim on the leading edge.
To stay within budget, look for discontinued fabrics or shop at outlets stores to find lower prices on fabric for your drapes.
Consider installing the drapes yourself. With detailed instructions it really isn’t too difficult to hang drapery hardware and drapes.
Think about purchasing drapes as an investment. Purchasing drapes with energy saving interlining and linings can help lower the costs of your energy bill.
Contact DrapeStyle for more information on draperies, pillows or Roman shades. We have been in business for over 15 years and our trained consultants can help you design your dream drapes. Right here in the USA.
We are often asked by our customers, “Which pleat style do I choose?”. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s a preference. Deciding what you like and which style will work for your room can be overwhelming so we try to break it down by asking a few questions.
What is the style of your room? Is it modern/contemporary? Traditional? Transitional?
How do you want your drapes to hang? Do you want them tailored, holding lines from the top of the drape to the floor? Or do you like a more relaxed look, structured at the top and relaxed or billowing as the drapes fall?
Will the drapes be functional? Will you be opening and closing these drapes often or are they stationary (just framing your window)?
Once we have discussed these specifics with you selecting a pleat style from one of our seven options is easy.
Rod Pocket-typically used in traditional spaces, this pleat style is recommended if your drapes are decorative and you will not be opening and closing them often. Rod Pocket drapery shirr snugly onto the drapery rod and do not move easily. Keep this in mind especially is your drapes are long, you may not be able to reach them in order to move them.
Flat Panel (no pleats)– flat panels are typically used to cover larger spans with less fullness (less ripple), or are used to give a relaxed or unstructured look to your window. This style will need to be dressed down to get an even fullness.
Grommet-clean and uniform by design, Grommet panels are a favorite for modern spaces. Grommets come in a range of finishes and diameters to compliment any window. Grommet panels require dressing to get an even fullness but are structured from top to bottom.
Inverted-if you like a structured heading but a more relaxed body, the Inverted pleat is perfect. The “box” shaped pleat is tailored at the top but looses the lines as it falls towards the floor. This works with modern and transitional styles. This pleat requires no dressing to achieve a uniform look every time.
Cartridge-the cylindrical shape of the Cartridge pleat offers the look of the flat panel but retains the structure of a pleated drapes. This look is clean and modern but can also be used in transitional applications.
French Pleat (Pinch Pleat)-the French pleat holds the lines of the drapery from the three-fold fan at the top to the bottom hem. Easy to open and close this requires little to no dressing and gives a nice uniform fullness anytime. This is our most requested pleat. We recommend it to compliment any traditional setting.
Parisian Pleat-a twist on the traditional French pleat, the Parisian pleat offers the same ease and structure of the French pleat with a slight modern twist. This pleat is recommended for modern or transitional spaces and is a favorite of our designers.
Custom draperies should reflect your style and personality; you really can’t go wrong with any pleat choice. But if you need a little advice, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and everything is still made in the USA.
Even if your wooden drapery rods work perfectly to start with, they can begin to stick after a few years, making pulling the curtains a frustrating operation!
There are several reasons for this:
The original paint or varnish finish on the rod can wear and roughen with use across the top.
An accumulation of household dust on the top of the rod can dry out the wood and makes it slightly ‘sticky’.
Changes of humidity can open out the wood grain a little and also cause the rings and rod to catch on each other.
If you have a telescoping rod, curtains may get stuck every time you draw them open or closed. The rings will catch on the transition between the two rods.
Height is a factor. The longer the drapes, the more weight you have to pull. Are your drapes lined and interlined? The added weight may be making the drapes harder to draw.
But not to worry, there are some easy fixes:
Purchase curtain slide tape that adheres to the top of your drapery rod. The tape allows the rings to slide easily. In most cases your drapery rod is high enough and you won’t see the tape.
Purchase wands or batons can help draw your drapes. Attaching a wand or baton to the first drapery ring will allow you to pull your drapes more easily.
Consider a traverse rod to help with heavy draperies. Traverse rods are perfect for heavier draperies and DrapeStyle offers a variety traverse hardware.
If you have any questions about drapery hardware DrapeStyle would be happy to answer them for you. We have been in business for over 15 years and we love helping our customers design their dream drapes. And everything is still made right here in the USA. For more information please contact us.
It’s the middle of February and half of the country is enduring ice-cold temperatures. The weather report is “cold”, “colder” and even “coldest”. So, lets all change the conversation! Let’s start looking forward to spring! Believe it or not it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start getting your outdoor furnishings ready to enjoy every moment.
So, let’s talk about getting some new custom outdoor drapery from DrapeStyle. We offer a wide variety of amazing outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella (the leader in outdoor fabrics) that make beautiful custom drapes, shades and pillows. Whether you like bold stripes, neutral solids and modern prints, chances are we have you covered. Our designers can help you determine the exact sizes you need and offer some great suggestions on coordinating fabrics.
Retailers such as Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware offer outdoor drapery with grommets. But what if you would like a different pleat style? These stores only offer outdoor draperies in 50″ widths. What if you need your drapes wider (or smaller) than 50″? When you order from DrapeStyle, you are getting 100% American made custom drapes at the exact width, length and pleat style you need.
We’ll need approximately six weeks to make your custom outdoor drapes which means, if you order now, you should expect them to be delivered the first part of April. Order now and you’ll have one more thing to look forward too with Springs’ arrival!
Need a little advice? Need a little help figuring out your drapery measurements? Contact us, we are happy to help.
This professional was rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.
DrapeStyle is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Best of Houzz award for customer service for the sixth year in a row! We are so thankful for our customers like you that made this possible.
Houzz, Inc., the home renovation and design platform, recently announced its community’s picks for Best of Houzz 2019.
“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” says Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”
The badge is awarded in three categories: design, customer service and photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users of Houzz.
Service awards are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the photography award.
The winners’ profiles will feature the 2019 badge to help homeowners identify top-rated professionals on Houzz.
For more information or to read our reviews please visit our Houzz page.
At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, curtains, pillows and Roman shades available anywhere since 2002. Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer. After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, valances and Roman shades for over a decade. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
One of the most common questions I am asked about custom made drapery is “What is the best fabric for my drapery?”. The simple answer is that it “depends”. Linen is becoming more and more popular for our customers in the US and Canada. It seems like we have been seeing linen drapery in more and more catalogs and large retail locations which may have added to its spike in popularity. Linen has been used for drapery for literally thousands of years. In fact, linen drapes have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.
Linen is relatively inexpensive and widely available in a large variety of weights and weaves. Linen absorbs color dies very well which results in deep rich color. When it comes to drapery there are a few features of linen that are important to consider.
Linen can hold some pretty stubborn wrinkles. Over time, when used as drapery, the wrinkles will relax but you may want to use a steamer to expedite the process. DrapeStyle uses great care in folding, packing and shipping our drapery to minimize the wrinkles before our clients receive them.
Linen is a natural fabric and is prone to fading over time, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to use a high-quality lining to protect your custom linen drapes from fading prematurely. It is for this reason that DrapeStyle’s linen drapes include Hanes high-quality white sateen lining at no extra cost.
Linen comes from the flax plant and because of this, it is sustainable. Every part of the flax plant is used, it is resilient, it can grow in poor soil conditions, and it needs less water than cotton to grow.
At DrapeStyle we offer a wide variety of linen drapery to choose from. If you are concerned about wrinkles you may want to consider our Manhattan Linen Collection which features a blend of linen and polyester fabric. The polyester component helps with the colorfastness, reduces fading and reduces wrinkles. Vern Yip’s Napa fabric is also an excellent choice for a linen blended fabric. Both blended linens are a great value.
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 the highest quality materials and handmade to your specifications. If you need any assistance in selecting the perfect custom linen drapery for your home, please contact us and we can walk you through all of the options available.
Curtain linings may seem an unnecessary expense, but there’s more to curtain linings than you might think. Here are five good reasons why it’s a good idea to use them in your next curtain project.
1 Windows, particularly windows without double glazing, are areas of great heat loss. Lining your curtains adds an extra layer, and increases the insulation. Thicker curtains will also insulate a room from noise outside, absorb sound, and make a room feel cosier.
2 Adding a lining to curtains will help keep out more light, especially if you use a blackout lining. This is a lining which has had a coating applied which blocks the pores in the weave which normally allow the light to pass through, so no light passes through the fabric itself. Look for a blackout lining which retains its soft characteristics and isn’t stiff and plasticky. Note that blackout lining on it’s own will not block all the light from a window – some will creep around the edges of a curtain or blind. It’s very difficult to actually blackout a room completely! But blackout lining will certainly help get a child off to sleep.
3 Linings also protect your beautiful curtain fabric from fading. The light from south and west facing windows is particularly damaging to fabrics.
4 Add designer style to a window treatment with colored linings. Some of the most glamorous interior decorator- styled curtains use an alternative fabric, such as a coordinating check or stripe, as a lining, so the curtains look great front or back. Get the look without expense by using a colored sateen lining – most suppliers have a range of colors as well as the standard cream and white. DrapeStyle’s standard lining is white but ask us about other colors available!
5 Finally, curtain linings are not just functional, they add to the aesthetics of your curtain project. Just a simple lining will make your expensive face fabric drape better, and look fuller and more glamorous.
One of my favorite design houses is Marimekko. I recently had the pleasure of visiting New York City and made a stop at the Marimekko flagship store on Fifth Avenue. Read more on this incredible design house that has been around for so many years.
It all began in 1949
Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small Helsinki-based textile printing company, in 1949. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfil her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex.
One of the young artists was Maija Isola, whose Amfora design was among the first fabrics printed at Printex.
A lot of admirers but no buyers – how do you use such unusual fabrics?
Armi’s solution: a fashion show filled with color, style and exceptional patterns! The clothes designed by renowned fashion designer Riitta Immonen were literally sold on the spot. Marimekko was registered as a company five days later, on 25 May 1951. The following year Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki.
Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined Marimekko in 1953 to design clothing and print patterns. What Vuokko did for Finnish women can be equivalent to what Coco did for French women; one should be able to move freely in one’s clothes. Alongside her radical loose-fitting dress designs, Vuokko created one the most enduring Marimekko classics: the unisex Jokapoika (every boy) shirt in the striped Piccolo pattern.
Jacqueline Kennedy purchased seven Marimekko dresses in Massachusetts and wore one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1960, increasing popularity in the United States.
Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life. The company grew rapidly and its product range expanded to include a variety of accessories and home items. Armi Ratia built a utopia called Marikylä (Marimekko Village), whose aim was to house the staff and to function as a laboratory for product design and Marimekko living.
Marimekko’s global expansion has been in full swing in the ’10s. The number of Marimekko stores outside Finland has more than doubled, including flagship stores in New York City and Sydney, and several new markets haven been opened up in Asia.
Marimekko fashion has been prominently showcased in the international arena. The Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Copenhagen Fashion Weeks have all seen premiere presentations of Marimekko collections. A true never-before-seen event was Marimekko’s fashion show in collaboration with the world-renowned Jin Xing Dance Theatre in Shanghai’s People’s Park in 2012.
Among new additions to the team of fashion designers are award-winning Satu Maaranen and Teemu Muurimäki whose Unikko (poppy) dresses created in celebration of the iconic pattern’s 50th anniversary were featured in a number of international fashion magazines.
Design collaboration with two famed international brands, Converse and Banana Republic, brought Marimekko high global visibility. In 2012, Marimekko and Finnair began a unique partnership: two Unikko-patterned aircraft fly from Helsinki to Finnair’s long-haul destinations, and passengers on all Finnair flights can enjoy textiles and tableware with Marimekko patterns.
The output capacity of the textile printing factory in Helsinki was tripled in 2011 with the acquisition of a new rotary printing machine.
In 2015, Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko and Mika Ihamuotila assumed joint responsibility for the running of the company. Tiina acts as the President and CEO and Mika as the Executive Chairman of the Board.
Hover. Break. Puddle. You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?
Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought. First, ask yourself a few questions:
What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for? Is it formal or casual?
Does this room get a lot of traffic? You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room? Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?
What kind of flooring is in this room? Carpet? Tile? Wood? What length will look best with your type of flooring?
Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger. So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.
What a difference drapes make!
This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!
This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is. Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling. Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length. If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding. Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.
Next, let’s define a few terms:
Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:
This is the most popular option for customers to select. Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often. If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.
Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:
Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch. Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch. All fabrics look great with this look.
Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:
Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle. This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel. Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:
Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle. This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often. This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!
Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:
A more formal, luxurious feel. Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle. This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often. For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.