SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS’ COLOR OF THE YEAR IS “POISED TAUPE”
“It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”


You might recall that last year Sherwin-Williams chose “Alabaster” white as the Color of the Year. Well, are you ready for their 2017 pick? Drumroll, please: The big winner is “Poised Taupe,” which isn’t hot or cold, dark or light, but something in the middle zone. Or, according to what Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”
The company says the hue is a modern take on a timeliness classic and explained their choice in a statement: “It signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” We have to say, this color definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.

“Neutrals are shifting,” Wadden says. “For five years everybody’s talking about gray ― well, they’re warming up.” So, basically, if you want to stay ahead of the trends, this color is calling your name. Even though it’s not a bright red, blue or other in-your-face hue, it’ll make a statement as soon as guests enter your home. If you can’t picture what this would look like in your home, allow us to help.

In an entry way with wood floors and white trim it comes off as traditional and inviting — but we recommend adding a few colorful accents (like the orange flowers seen here!) to keep the space from feeling stuffy or boring.


Meanwhile, if you want to use it in your bedroom, try to stick with light-colored floors and bedding so the hue doesn’t transform your nighttime escape into a dark cave.


And in the kitchen, this dark neutral will pair well with most existing color schemes (so you won’t have to invest in brand new dishes). Here, a rustic yellow and seafoam green hold their own against the gray walls.

Everyone is loving this color, so I thought I would re-post this article from Elle Decor, by Lauren Smith, originally posted August 31, 2016.

DrapeStyle has many fabrics that would compliment this color scheme.  View our fabrics here, or simply contact us for more ideas and inspiration.  At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, Roman shades and pillows since 2002.

If you have any questions about drapery pricing, please feel free to contact us. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes. Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. We invite you to read our Houzz reviews and join us in the DrapeStyle experience. You will be pleased.


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Vern Yip Fabric Collection now at DrapeStyle!

DrapeStyle is proud to announce that we will now be offering the Vern Yip fabric collection from Trend fabrics.  We love the way homeowners can mix his fabrics, and remember, not everything has to match!  The Vern Yip collection offers great looks for any budget for your custom drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows.

 

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Inspired by his world travels and background in architecture, Trend collaborates with interior designer and HGTV personality Vern Yip to create an eclectic and inviting collection of fabrics and trimmings. Vern Yip’s global aesthetic, paired with his precise and clean lines, has set him apart as a leading trendsetter. The environments he creates are always warm, timeless, and effortlessly livable.

Vern’s extraordinary technique, dynamic personality, and sophisticated style have made him a nationally acclaimed interior designer, columnist, and TV superstar.  It all began with his Atlanta design firm, Vern Yip Designs, where he still works with clients from all over the world to this day. Vern’s interior design work has been award-winning, including the prestigious 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, and he has been prominently featured in countless interior design and media publications.

Most known for his TLC show Trading Spaces and his various HGTV shows including HGTV Design Star, Deserving Design, HGTV Urban Oasis, and Live in Vern’s House, and his columns in both HGTV Magazine and The Washington Post, Vern continues to provide invaluable insight into creating environments that are simultaneously beautiful and functional.*

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So whether you are in the market for custom draperies, pillows or custom roman shades, you are sure to discover something from the Vern Yip Fabric Collection that will enhance your home. 

 

DrapeStyle invites you to browse the Vern Yip Fabric Collection and discover the bright colors and bold designs for yourself.  Our designers are happy to assist you with any questions you may have 800.760.8257.   

 

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*Originally published on:  https://www.trend-fabrics.com/page.php?contentid=vern-yip&loginToken=0


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Happy “Thread The Needle Day”

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Happy “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.

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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.

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Make things you like.  If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it.  When I started sewing, I had a cousin that was a toddler.  That poor kid had the cutest, silliest, outfits made for him.  His mother was kind enough to actually have him wear them (or at least long enough to take pictures and send them to me).  Those photos will be great for embarrassing him later in life.

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 an average of 25 years experience so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.


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Ideas for Dressing Tall Windows

It’s first thing in the morning, you pour yourself a cup of coffee, you turn around and who’s looking in your window staring you in the face?  Your neighbor.  Unless you don’t mind waving to your neighbor in your pajamas,  you need window treatments.  But if you have tall windows, what options are there?

Tall, dramatic windows can offer spectacular views and add height to a room.  But covering them is a whole other story.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is, do I need privacy, or are these window treatments going to be decorative.  If your neighbor is close enough to see what you are eating for dinner, then you probably want window treatments that offer privacy.  If you need full coverage, from the top of the window to the bottom, then consider drapes with privacy lining.  DrapeStyle has the ability to make any length drape.  Select a decorative fabric that complements your room, then simply draw the drapes closed when privacy is needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you occasionally need the room darkened?  Roman shades with blackout lining is the answer. You can keep the shades raised most of the time for a more decorative look, and lower them when the time comes to enjoy a movie at home, or when the baby needs to take a nap.

 

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Do your tall windows offer an incredible view that you don’t want to obstruct?  Consider adding sheers to your windows.  DrapeStyle carries sheers in several different colors, style and fabrics so you are sure to find one that works for you.  Sheers can add drama and softness to a room, without breaking the bank.  Whether you are looking for a classic sheer or something more modern, DrapeStyle has plenty of reasonably priced sheers to choose from.

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Want to add a little color to your walls but keep your view?  Why not add long drapes to either side of the window?  A drape that is 1 or 2 widths wide might be just enough to add a little drama to your room.  You can add a decorator touch by using shorter drapery rods to hang your long drapes from.  DrapeStyle offers custom drapery hardware so you can order just the right size hardware, custom made for your windows.  And by using narrow drapes, you can save a little money.  Have you been eyeing a dramatic fabric but having it made into full width drapes might put you over your budget?  Decorative drapes are a great way to get that pop of color you want without breaking the bank.

If you really don’t want coverage but need protection form the sun, consider using UV window film on your windows.  It will cut down on glare and help protect your furnishings from the sun.

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Want to add more drama to your tall windows?  Bring the attention up with a band of contrasting fabric towards the top of the drape.  Need to ground things a bit?  Bring the attention down by adding a band of fabric to the bottom of your drape and your space will feel more cozy.

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Need a little help?  Feel free to contact us, we’re here to walk you through the process.  Drapes are an investment and we want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been in business since 2002 and we know drapes and curtains.  Our seamstresses each have, on average, 25 years of experience.  No detail is overlooked.  Check out our commercial projects for more examples of extra long drapes.

 


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Black Friday Deals Start NOW!

Black Friday deals start NOW!

PLUS save $75 off your DrapeStyle order!  Everyone is advertising Black Friday deals and DrapeStyle is no exception.  You don’t need to wait until Friday.  Save all week on drapes, curtains, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware AND save $75 on your order.  Select from over 400 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and 4 different lining options.

Shop from the convenience of your own home and save on silk, linen and cotton drapes.  With discounts as much as 20% off, these are some of the lowest prices of the year.  You’ll find great deals at www.drapestyle.com PLUS, when you sign up for DrapeStyle rewards, you will instantly earn $25 off your first purchase!  That’s a total of $100 off!

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So if you are in need of replacing older window treatments, updating your home or simply don’t have any window treatments at all, consider DrapeStyle for all of your drapery, roman shade and drapery hardware needs.  And for a limited time, save up to 20% off regular prices,            PLUS save $75 off this week!

*Use coupon code “FRIDAY” at checkout.  $75 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other coupons.  Offer expires November 29, 2015.

 

 

 


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Having Trouble Decising Between Silk Drapes or Linen Drapery?

We get lots of Customers who just can’t make the decision between new custom silk drapery or linen drapes.  Sometimes that answer they decide on is….”both”.  Why not?  Silk and Linen blend together like peanut butter and jelly.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been combining silk and linen into unique drapery styles and designs for over a decade.  We love the simple but elegant Silk Bordered Linen Drapery where we start with your choice of linen fabric and then add a contrasting silk border in your choice of Dupioni or Taffeta.  We make each one panel to order in our workroom so we are not bound by the typical constraints of larger retailers.  After all, every drapery and curtain panel we make at DrapeStyle is 100% custom.  No ready made drapes here.

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Our popular silk and linen custom drapes from DrapeStyle

 

Another best seller at DrapeStyle has been our Hotel Drape in linen.  We start with your choice of any of our linen fabrics and then hand-apply four silk bands.  These panels take a lot of time to make but we really think they’re worth it.  If you need some help in choosing the perfect combination of fabrics please don’t hesitate to call one of our Designers who are standing by.

 

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The Hotel Drape in Linen with Silk Banding

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Custom Drapery by DrapeStyle is no longer available at Costco

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.


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Interior Designer Advice, Selecting Your Curtain and Drapery Fabric

I’d love to say that “there are no wrong choices” when in comes to selecting the appropriate fabric  for your next set of custom made draperies or curtains but that is just not reality.  There are many important consideration that you need to take in to account when selecting the correct fabric, here are some things to consider.

1.  Will your drapery be “functional” or “stationary”?  By functional, we mean, will you be opening and closing the curtains often or will they just be decorative and stationary.  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 you will attach to the leading drapery rings.  The baton, as you see in most hotel rooms, 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.

If you are planning on your drapery being functional you want to stay clear of very sheer fabrics including sheer linens, they will not hold up to much abuse.  Stick to cottons or traditional linens, Bristol Linens and cottons.  You can safely use most silks as long as they are protected with the use of a baton.

Important Designer Note – If you are going to be using a baton with your drapes and you have selected a “Grommet” header, or pleat, we recommend a product called “Grom-O-Link”.  Grom-O-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.

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 hung and “dressed” 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.

2.  The second major consideration is sun exposure.  How much sun will your drapery panels be exposed too?  If you are installing your drapes on a window that will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight you need to be very careful with your fabric selection.  You can still use most silks or linens but you need to be sure that your curtains are properly lined and interlined.  Simply lining your curtains is not going to be enough to block the UV rays over time.  You need to be sure that your panels have a heavy flannel interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric.  The interlining will provide greater protection than a simple lined panel.  If you want to block almost all of the sunlight you may want  to consider blackout lining.  Blackout will provide the greatest level of protection from sunlight and UV rays.

Important Designer Note – Well made draperies that use high-quality linings including quality blackout linings will make you curtain panels very heavy.  If you compare the weight of a well made Designer Quality Custom Drapery or Curtain Panel to one that you would buy from a big-box department store, or even Ethan Allen Drapery you would be amazed at the difference in weight.  Department Stores import their drapes from China or India and the cost to ship them is very expensive.  Simply said, Department Stores and larger chains do not want their ready-made curtain panels to be heavy, it simply costs too much to ship them.  This is one major reason that, if you want real custom curtains and drapes you need to shop domestically.

3.  Outdoor Curtains and Drapery.  When it comes to selecting fabrics for drapery that will be used outdoor or will be in direct sunlight the only serious choice for fabric is Sunbrella.  Sunbrella offers a wide range of styles from conservative solids to contemporary patterns at reasonable prices.  The feature that defines Sunbrella is its color-fastness or ability to withstand a great deal of direct sunlight without fading or deteriorating like other fabrics would.  Sunbrella has a patented manufacturing process that makes it the only serious choice for outdoor curtains, drapery and pillows.

 

 

 

 

 


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Restoration Hardware Drapery & DrapeStyle

So I was sitting in my local Restoration Hardware in Fashion Island last week.  I really do love that store, they have really great stuff.  I’m sitting in that new “aero” looking chair with the leather and stainless steel.  Might be aluminum with the rivets showing.  Really cool Howard Hughes looking chair.  I really do love it.

So, I’m sitting there and next to me sitting on the matching couch to the chair is this really nice couple.  They are speaking to one of the Sales Associates about buying some drapes for their large windows.  Now look, if you are looking for ready-made drapes that are pretty good quality.  And, you need them NOW, than by all means go visit your local Restoration Hardware and see what they have.

Now here is where things got a little bit off track.  So, this Couple has extra long and extra wide windows that they need drapery for.  So they are going to buy eight ready-made drapery panels from Restoration Hardware and have them sewn together.  My ears have perked-up a bit.  They do the calculations to figure out exactly how much coverage they need and determine the 8 panels will handle it.  Sew 4 together for each side.  I’m thinking this is pretty creative.  They were not crazy about the rod-pocket pleat option or the fact that their local seamstress was going to charge them $300 to sew them all together but they were committed to the idea.

I’m still admiring the leather and aluminum chairs.

The next thing I know they are up at the register checking out.  I hear the Sales Associate give them their total.  It came to almost $2,000 for their Cotton / Linen Blend Drapes.  Youser!  Now on top of the $2,000 they are going to pay their seamstress to sew the panels together to make two large panels – keep in mind, these are still rod-pockets!  They are spending $2,300 for ready-made drapes.

Of course I bit my tongue.  Would not be polite to me to say something while I am sitting in Restoration.  After all, I really do love their stuff.  But let me get this off my chest.  If you are going to buy ready-made drapery panels and sew them together to make larger panels, please call us.  Tell us what you need and what your budget is.  I will almost guarantee that the difference in price will be negligible and the quality will be much better.  I promise.  In the long-run you will be much, much happier.

Now, if you are looking for a really cool leather-aluminum chair, I can’t help you their, go to Restoration Hardware for sure.

 

 


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DrapeStyle’s Custom Drapery Workroom – Costa Mesa

Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom.  I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does.  Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.

DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China.  We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others.  We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.

Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made.  It may make a difference to you.

Thanks as always.

 

DrapeStyles Custom Drapery Workroom in Orange County, California
DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California

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The Old House

Effective ideas that will help you transform your old home into a modern one

Interior design ideas are very important when deciding on the decoration pattern to undertake while transforming your old house to a new house. This transformation is usually very important especially for people who have old furniture and other house items and see the need for change. There are different ways through which you can be able to upgrade your house while still using the old furniture in the house. This is usually very important in that it makes it quite easy and economical to transform your house. You do not have to replace your old furniture with new ones as this might prove to be quite hard and even uneconomical. In addition to this, you may not be in a position to be able to dispose off the old furniture.

In order to spice up the interior decoration of your house, you should change the decoration pattern that exists in the “old” house. This change is usually very important in that it makes it quite easy for one to be able to note a difference in the house. You should recessed lighting to replace the already existing hanging light fixtures in the house. You should also consider upgrading the paint in your house to a modern paint, one that is very attractive and appealing to the eye. You should carry out an extensive search on the best color combination that matches the furniture and other items in your house.

It is equally advisable to give your house a feel of custom made drapery. This decoration is a high quality decoration that is able to effectively complement the house’s lighting, painting and even furniture among other items. This decoration should mainly be used in the living room and in any other room that you may feel like. The main aim of interior design and decoration ideas while upgrading an old house is so as to bring out a very clear difference, one that clearly stands out for identification. This also helps in giving your house the much needed luxurious touch.

While upgrading your old house, you should ensure that you use the already existing furniture and other items instead of purchasing new ones. However it requires you to be quite resourceful in order to identify the best interior design idea to use in order to achieve an excellent decoration. You can rely on the internet and other resource centers in order to be able to identify the best idea to use. Old furniture is better than new furniture in that the old one has a better sustainability as compared to the new one. As such the old furniture is usually more resistant to damage and breakage.


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We Know Drapes, Blinds and Curtains.

Once in a while we get the chance to be part of a really cool decorating or restoration project.  Our most recent was in Paris California at the March Air Force Base.  The Base is well over 50 years old and they had the opportunity to re-decorate the Officers Club.  The Club was, well, it was tired.  But it also had tons of character.  You could sit in the 1950’s era deep red leather lounge chairs and just think of the conversations that Officers must have had in them back in World War II.  I think most of the paint and wallpaper was pretty original and the bar top – definitely.  The Team in charge of the re-model kept all of the that nostalgia and just freshened it up a bit.  They really maximized their budget.

DrapeStyle was awarded the bid to make all of the new custom curtains and drapes.  The Design Team chose a classic sheer curtain style and roman blinds that worked really well and didn’t break the bank.  We’ve done many commercial drapery projects at DrapeStyle but this was our first time doing a Project for the Military.  We really felt proud to have been selected and to have been able to make the new drapery right here in the USA.  I guess at the end of the day it just made us proud to be Americans.

Thank you very much to all of those who serve.

 

 

 

 

 


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