How to Train Your Drapes

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.


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Get to Know Vern Yip

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.


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Sheer Perfection

The classic sheer drapery panel that never goes out of style. Whether your style is relaxed and casual, or classic and refined, DrapeStyle can custom make a sheer for you.

Choose a simple yet elegant flat panel or personalize them by adding an optional top-band or custom pleat style. When you buy your custom drapes from DrapeStyle you are buying “factory direct”.

Our sheers are available in linen blends and polyester. They are perfect alone or paired with a pattern drape. Each made from the highest quality materials, fabricated right here in Phoenix, Arizona.Contact us for more information and we would be happy to help you design your sheers.


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Corner Window Solutions

I recently helped my in laws replace their window treatments. They had a few challenges, and it dawned on me, “standard” isn’t really “standard”. Every home has a unique design, unique windows and unique situations. But not to worry, there are solutions. And DrapeStyle can help.

My in laws have two corner windows that emphasise their beautiful view. They are on a hill so privacy isn’t an issue. However, the afternoon sun can be pretty intense, and they were looking for solutions to block the sun, so they came to me for suggestions.

Like I mentioned, they don’t need window coverings for privacy and they are working with a budget. They have a lot of wood in their home so naturally, my first suggestion was to add drapes to add color and softness to their home. Compared to shutters or shades, drapes are a less expensive alternative. Drapes will also draw your eye up and out, making the room and windows look larger than they really are.

The first step was to address the drapery hardware. When purchasing drapery hardware, you’ll first want to confirm that the collection has a swivel corner connector. This will be the item that connects two drapery rods in a corner. If it swivels, it will be much easier to work with.

If you need the drapes to be functional, meaning that the drapes will be opened and closed often, you may want to consider by-pass brackets and rings. If you need the drapes to completely close and meet in the corner, they will need to slide past the brackets allowing you to do this.

DrapeStyle offers a variety of different solutions for your window hardware, including corner hardware. Contact us for more information and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.


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Threading the Needle

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.


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What Does Custom Mean?

Dupioni Striped Silk in Veranda 9, Matte Nickel Grommets

What does it really mean to have something custom made? At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom made to your specifications. Read on for more information.

Any length or width-really! We’ve made some of the largest drapes you’ve ever seen!

Custom means hand sewn. A real human being hand sews your drapes and Roman shades to order. No puckering, no bunching, no gaps.


The Fairmont Drape in Seashell with Pebble banding, Cartridge Pleat

Custom means that we can hide the seams. If you need a wide drape, we may have to sew a couple of pieces of fabrics together. But no worries, we will hide the seams within the pleats so you don’t even know they’re there!

No over looking mistakes. We give the drapes a once over before they are shipped out to make sure your drapes are just as you ordered them.

Schumacher fabric in Ambala Oyster

At DrapeStyle we have been making drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready made”. All of our products are made from only the highest quality materials, and made by a team of talented seamstresses who an average, have 25 years of experience.

Schumacher fabric in Amboise Linen Zinc

Need a little design advice? Not sure what size to order? Contact us and we would be happy to help! Because we are a small family owned business, you will talk to a real person when you call that can help you with the ordering process. We feel that the DrapeStyle way of making custom window treatments takes a little more time, cost a little more money but we think it’s worth it.


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