As people today move through life, they adopt and blend other cultures with their own. The result is a design direction that celebrates mixed influences and cross cultural fertilization. Increasingly nomadic, our urban centers already considered cultural melting pots, are becoming progressively more diverse.
Years of globalization and the movement of people as well as product has brought about a globalized color palette and design aesthetic devoid of premeditation that we call the Celebration of Multicultural. A mash-up of influences and impossible to pin down to any one starting point, the aesthetic of Celebration of Multicultural is the epitome of a celebration of diversity. Ad-hoc curation wins, preoccupations of provenance are abandoned and designs are indiscriminately playful. The outcome is a montage of influences: old and new, traditional and experimental, synthetic and organic.
Excerpted with permission from VIEWPOINT COLOUR Issue 03 – The Play Issue.
If you desire something bold and beautiful, DrapeStyle’s Custom Silk Drapes are available in dozens of colors to choose from. You choose your fabric, pleat style, width and length and we’ll make the most beautiful high quality draperies available. For more information or to speak to one of our in house designers, please contact us. At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
Here is an interesting story I found on Atlas Obscura: https://goo.gl/VjBSPE
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread.
Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ PUBLIC DOMAIN
In October 1789, during a trip to Connecticut, U.S. President George Washington described some “exceeding good” silk lustring and “very fine” silk thread that were part of a growing domestic industry. In fact, by the time Washington wrote those words in his journal, the area that became the state of Connecticut in 1788 had been practicing raw silk production, known as sericulture, for over half a century—and silk was on the rise.
By 1826, three out of every four households in Mansfield, Connecticut, were raising silkworms, and by 1826, Congress commissioned a report on the potential for a U.S. silk industry. By 1840, Connecticut outpaced other states in raw silk production by a factor of three. Within the next two decades, however, the industry would collapse, leaving the country to wonder what went wrong.
The unlikely development of Connecticut’s silk industry came about thanks Ezra Stiles, the seventh president of Yale University. Stiles was a sericulture enthusiast who experimented with cultivating mulberry trees, silkworms’ primary food source, and even wore gowns made from Connecticut silk to ceremonies. He also sent mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs across the state, and advocated for state-sponsored bounties to encourage farmers to plant mulberry trees.
One of the biggest triumphs for the early industry was figuring out how to adapt sericulture to cold weather. Such tactics included keeping silkworms warm by raising them in attics, and figuring out how to feed them in cold weather. Michael Cook, a modern sericulturist, describes the intense care and feeding schedule silkworms require.
“Rise early, feed the worms before work; feed them again at lunch, feed them again in the evening and clean a dozen or so big trays, feed them again before bed. I was feeding a garbage bag full of [mulberry] leaves and small branches daily. Cocooning was a nightmare,” says Cook. In Connecticut with deciduous mulberry trees, that intensive feeding schedule was a problem in years with early frost. One innovation to extend the feeding season was to dry mulberry leaves, then mix them with water and flour to feed to silkworms.
Inspired by Connecticut’s raw silk production, local entrepreneurs invested in machinery to manufacture silk thread and fabric from reeled silk filaments. In 1810, the Hanks brothers opened the United States’ first silk-mill in Mansfield, Connecticut, and in 1838, the Cheney brothers opened a mill which would eventually expand to 38,000 spindles, and become the largest silk manufacturer in the U.S. The future looked bright for silk.
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread. Beginning with Stiles, Connecticut sericulturists had always used an Italian variety of white mulberry, Morus alba, to feed their silkworms. However, in the 1830s, as the industry pushed to expand quickly, farmers and investors latched onto a Chinese variety, Morus multicaulis, a subspecies of black mulberry which produced larger leaves and more of them per tree (today M. multicaulis refers to a different plant, a subspecies of M. alba). It could also be harvested more often. The price of M. multicaulis skyrocketed as speculators sought to profit from selling cuttings from these fast-growing trees.
Samuel Whitmarsh, a “charismatic and unreliable businessman” who owned a silkworm cocoonery in Massachusetts, stoked the M. multicaulis craze with pamphletstrumpeting the benefits of this new type of tree, and letters to various silk trade publications. Daniel Stebbins, Whitmarsh’s business associate during the craze, later recounted the story of one tree that a speculator bought in Massachusetts for $25 and sold in Connecticut to a farmer named Elder Sharp for $50. Sharp then declined an offer for $450 for a quarter share of the tree; within a year the tree was worthless. The bubble had popped.
In the bubble’s aftermath in the early 1840’s, companies along the East Coast went bankrupt, as did Whitmarsh, and angry farmers tore out their orchards. Joshua Grant, a silk producer in Baltimore, calledthe collapse a “dire disaster that has overspread the land like a funeral pall.” Then a series of harsh winters, followed by a blight in 1843-44, killed many of the remaining mulberry trees.
Despite everything, in 1847, Stebbins remained hopeful about the “sequel of the silk industry.” But the region’s sericulture had one insurmountable flaw that prevented this revival: Stiles’ gowns aside, Connecticut’s silk was not industrial grade, so silk-mills could not use it to manufacture fabric. According to cultural anthropologist Dr. Janice Stockard, who has interviewed silk reelers in South China, reeling—the practice of unwinding the filaments of silk from their cocoons—requires observation, training, and practice. In 19th-century Connecticut households, women were expected to learn the skill from pamphlets.
“In pamphlets, the term ‘spinning’ described the critical technique of reeling silk from cocoons,” Stockard says. “Women in farming households improvised, based on their experience spinning wool and using technology found in the home, including the wool wheel.”
The product they ended up with was adequate for sewing thread, but not strong enough for the industrial-silk-manufacturing infrastructure that Connecticut had begun to build. According to one scathing assessment, “Connecticut women in 70 years have not improved their knowledge of reeling.” Another issue, Stockard says, was the expectation that women could reel silk “whenever leisure from other duties permitted.” In other words, women were supposed to wedge a high-skill, time-intensive task into their already full workloads, and the result was sub-par silk.
“Simultaneously unwinding several cocoons from a basin of near-boiling water while twisting these filaments into one even thread and reeling it onto a wheel was hard,” Stockard says. “If reeling was interrupted to tend to a child or chore, the silk would gum up and lump.” Faced with this weak, lumpy thread, Connecticut manufacturers began to import raw silk from China, Japan, and Italy.
By 1881, sericulture in Connecticut had been entirely abandoned. The now much older Elder Sharp, who had valued his mulberry tree so highly, said, “Our silk was good, bright and strong, needing only patience to better understand the reeling… let us do what we can at this late day to repair our error.” Instead, silk-mills continued to import from Asia and continued to manufacture silk fabric through the mid-20th century. Today, the legacy of Connecticut’s silk industry can be seen in the white mulberry trees which have spread everywhere and are now considered an invasive species.
DrapeStyle has been manufacturing custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. If you have questions or need a little advice, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information or pricing on your custom window treatments.
With the arrival of the cold winter months, having the heat on all the time is tempting although it could be extremely costly and environmentally damaging especially for home with our double insulated windows.
It’s been said that heating accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption while the cost of running an average three-bedroom home exceeds the average mortgage or rent payment.
This figure is likely to skyrocket as winter comes. For poorly insulated or homes of larger sizes; there are ways to maximize what you’re paying for and keep your home warm without having to spend a fortune on heating.
Add flannel or bump interlining to your drapes to prevent heat loss
With poorly insulated or single glazing windows, constant heating is required to maintain a warm temperature in the home as heat can easily escape through the gaps and even the seal of good window frames can degrade over time.
Flannel lined drapes are a great way to save on energy bills as the additional layer can help retain warmth inside a room during the colder weather. With extra layers of flannel or bump interlining, the thicker lining also adds fullness and body to the drapes which creates a more luxurious look.
Similarly, interlining can actually block heat from coming in during the warmer weather. This style of lining is great for keeping your room at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons. They also have the added benefits of being blackout and noise reducing.
Flannel or Bump interlining is placed between the fabric and the lining. It adds body and insulation to the drape. For an additional fee, DrapeStyle can add either to your draperies. Order samples here to see for yourself what a difference adding interlining can add to your drapes.
Keep your curtains and drapes shut at night
To maximize the heating, shut your drapes so that the warmth can be retained as much as possible. Most studies suggest 18.5ºC or 65ºF as the optimal temperature for sleeping while temperatures below 12 ºC or 54ºF and above 23.8 ºC or 75ºF is said to be disruptive.
Use door curtains
I’ve always lived in the South West, so I’ve never thought of this, but it makes since if you live in a colder climate. Use door curtains for maximum coverage and keep the cold air out while giving your home a polished look upon entrance. Although useful and convenient, draught excluders are only able to provide a bottom seal whereas door curtains can cover all gaps.
For more information on interlining, see our lining guide or contact us. We are happy to help you determine what would best suit your drapery needs.
I have to admit that when I first saw this gold trend my mind immediately went to the early 90’s shiny tacky brass. But this isn’t the brass and glass colonial chandelier you had hanging over your dining table. Today’s gold fixtures have been updated to look sleek and contemporary. Warm hues as accent pieces or hardware, in a satin finish.
Go for the gold in the bathroom-knobs, drawer pulls, towel rings and wall sconces all come in beautiful golden hues. Replacing your plumbing fixtures can be an easy and inexpensive way to add a little gold to your home.
Wallpaper with shine. Adding a gold wallpaper will add depth and richness to your room and adds a focal point to your space.
It’s sleek, it’s sophisticated and it’s stunning. Metallic accents can add a pop of glam and sophistication to your home. Try adding metallics to a dark painted room. The shine from the metal will add drama and shine to your room.
Adding metallics to your home can help create a focal point, or add a feeling of luxury and glamour. DrapeStyle has many fabrics that can compliment your gold accents. Please view our fabrics for ideas and designs. Contact us for more information and ideas. DrapeStyle has been making custom draperies, curtains, Roman shades and pillows for 15 years. We have a team of talented seamstresses that can make just about anything you dream up. Contact us for more information.
National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby.
I found this great website that has dozens of crafts you can create using buttons. So celebrate National Button Day by making something you can wear or decorate your home with!
Whether you’re a sewing master or an all-round crafter, you may be one of the many who have a big collection of buttons stashed away. There’s no way that you’ll be able to use them all up on fixing buttonless shirts, so perhaps it’s time to think outside the box a little. These cute and clever button projects will give you some fantastic inspiration with regards to putting your collection to good use in non-traditional ways.
This cute and whimsical button bowl is the perfect way to store your little bits and bobs like jewelry or keys. It uses the same method as the cotton thread balls where you use a balloon to create the shape you want, much like a mold, which is then popped and discarded once everything is set and dried. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYnCrafts
Everything you make doesn’t always have to be grand or complicated; you can make something as simple as a button bookmark with a paperclip that you know will be put to good use. It’s a quick and easy craft that can really help your school-going kids. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – IHeartNaptime
Simple Wall Art
I just love this fleur-de-lis symbol, although, of course you can go with practically any image or monogram as long as it’s not too detailed or finicky. The best part about this project is that you don’t have to sew the buttons – you can cheat and just glue them on! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Makely
Oh Christmas Tree
If you have a good range of sizes among all your forgotten buttons, then you may be able to make yourself a few of these charming Christmas tree ornaments. If you don’t have enough greens, though, you can either spray paint them or simply embrace the non-traditional colors. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ModernMinerals
Beautified Button Shoes
Whether you want to vamp up an old pair of shoes, or you found a plain pair on sale for next to nothing, a really cute way to do so is to add buttons. You’ll have to take the longer sewing route with these; when considering all the movement of your feet in your shoes, the buttons may just pop off if you use hot glue to attach them. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – StarsForStreetlights, ILoveToCreate and Scrapbook&CardsToday
Ok, so here’s a really nice and easy craft that is so simple, yet people don’t seem to think about it – button fridge magnets! It really is as easy as it sounds: glue magnets onto the buttons and you’re good to go! It adds a fun and playful element of whimsy to your kitchen. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BigBoxDetox
There are so many ideas and ways that you can make some really pretty and interesting necklaces, ranging from simple to intricate to chunky, so I’ve found a handful for you to gloss over and get some inspiration for your own creation. Or, you could just make them all! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – YellowBlackbird, Ohoh, TheDrewFamily and LittleMissMomma
As with the necklaces, your button bracelet making possibilities are seemingly endless. There are so many techniques that you can use, so once again, let your own imagination and creativity run wild and see what you can make with the types of buttons that you have. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – OhDearAngie, ResinObsession, HopeStudios and HomesteadRevival
I love all things bohemian, so this leather button cuff is right up my alley. If you can get the blank leather cuff with all the hardware on it then you’re already halfway there, otherwise you’ll just have to attach those yourself. This could make a really interesting belt idea, too! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LilBlueBoo
This is just too cute! It’ll perfectly adorn something like a nursery or child’s playroom. After seeing the tutorial, it’s clear that you can paint and button just about any image, but the cupcakes are definitely my favorites! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BustedButton
Making a really cute button headband is actually really easy. The toughest part is just deciding on which buttons to use and how to arrange them – you can cover the entire piece of fabric, or you could just make a little accent part on the side. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheRibbonRetreat
These felt and button flowers are just adorable, and they’re so much fun to make, too! You could get your little ones involved in the project so that they can proudly display them in their rooms, or even give them to their teachers as gifts. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AmericanCrafts
This Christmassy garland is a real cinch to make if you can do a simple chain stitch. I love the holiday themed colors that can turn your home into a real festive place, but of course, you can just pick any colors for absolutely any time of the year. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BlogALaCart
As the weather cools you want to be cozy inside, so use warm colors to make your home feel inviting. There’s a bit of psychology going on here. We favor cool colors like blue and green during the hot months because they help us think of water and shady lawns. So during the cool months, use warm colors like red and yellow to conjure up warm fires hot drinks, and cozy blankets.
This is a good way to warm up a space with neutral color palette. Touch a piece before you decide on it-it’s the tactile fell various materials, such as rustic wood tables, scratchy woven baskets, bumpy sisal rugs and soft fur blankets.
We associate fall with textiles like burlap, fleece an wool not only for their warmth but also for the bold patterns like plaids and stripes that come with them. Plaid is a classic fall choice that turns any room into a fall-friendly atmosphere, whether with throw pillows, blankets or prints on the wall.
No fall decor is complete without a few pumpkins, gourds and fall leaves. Go outside and hunt around for bits of nature you can bring inside to display on your coffee table, scatter over your dining table centerpiece or put in a bowl on the mantel.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, chai-these are the scents of fall. Brew cups of tea to get you in the mood, and place batches of potpourri or candles around your home. You can also make a batch of spiced rum or cider to fill the house with the delicious scent.
If you are interested in updating your home with warm autumn tones, please visit our website. We have a variety of different fabrics and colors in autumn tones. We offer free fabric samples and free shipping*. Please see our website for more details or contact us for more information.
At DrapeStyle, we’ve been making draperies for 15 years. It’s something we are very passionate about. The first step we suggest customers take, is to order fabric samples. As we all know, computer monitors can vary in the way they perceive color. We want to be sure you are ordering exactly what you had in mind. By ordering fabric samples, you will be able to see the fabric up close, and in your home’s lighting. A lot of our customers tell me that they tape the fabric samples to the wall near the window they want draperies made! They will live with the samples for a few days and determine which color is best.
Need a little help narrowing down the fabrics? (we have over 600!) Customers are usually drawn towards a particular color or fabric. Do you love texture? I would suggest linen or handwoven linen. Want a dramatic classic look? Take a look at our Dupioni solid and striped silks. Looking for the latest trendy fabric? Check out our designer fabrics; Vern Yip, Sarah Richardson, Celerie Kemble, Candice Olson and more.
Once you have determined which fabric works best for you, take a look at our measuring guide. This will help you determine the best length and width for your draperies.
Which lining do you select? Again we have a guide to help you determine what would work best for your home. But as always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.
Think you’re ready to place your order? Simply place your order online or contact us for any questions you may have. You will have your custom made drapery in about five weeks. It’s that easy!
DrapeStyle opened its doors 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.
Maybe that’s why our customers have voted us Best of Houzz four years in a row! Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
Need to get away but don’t have the time for a vacation? Want to escape a busy work day? Get lost in a book! And let DrapeStyle help you create the perfect reading nook in your own home.
Set up a spot near a sunny window or bookshelf for curling up with a book. A window seat is the perfect potential reading nook. Add a shelf with some of your favorite reads. Add a comfy cushion, a few pillows and blankets to make it cozy.
Make sure there is adequate lighting. If there isn’t enough natural light, hang a couple of sconces or add a floor lamp to the sitting area.
Kids rooms are the perfect place to create a reading space. Instilling good reading habits early will carry them through life.
Creating places to sit and read will tempt adults and children away from the call of online living and into a book instead. DrapeStyle is a custom workroom that has years of experience in making draperies, window cushions and pillows, that can help you create your own private reading nook. See our website for ideas and pricing or contact us for a custom quote.
Back in 2002 we started an online custom drapery company. Something we loved doing, something we truly felt that we were good at. Something we knew we could do well. And who would believe we would still be serving our customers 15 years later! We are humbled that our customers still have such faith in us, and we welcome new customers every day, to look through our luxurious fabrics and see and feel the quality for themselves.
For 15 years, DrapeStyle has produced the highest quality drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in the USA. We started in a small space in Southern California, and now we have a 10,000 square foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
If you are in the market for custom draperies, Roman shades or pillows, DrapeStyle can help. Silk, cotton or linen. Contact DrapeStyle and we will help you decide the right fabric for your application.
And our best quality feature is our people. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. And you can rest assured that the most experienced, talented seamstresses will be making your window treatments. Each has an average of 25 years of sewing experience and have many, many years of making custom window treatments.
DrapeStyle opened its doors (and computers?) 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.
You can certainly find cheaper drapes anywhere. But if you want gorgeous, high quality custom drapes that you will be proud to hang in your home, you won’t find a better value than DrapeStyle. Please join us in celebrating our 15th anniversary, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
This was originally posted by Casa Collective. This guide has some really good information that would be good to share.
THE NO-FUSS GUIDE ON HOW TO HANG CURTAINS
THE CURTAIN ROD
The standard mounting height for a curtain rod is 4″ to 6″ above the window frame.
The higher you install the rod, the taller the window will appear. To make a window appear taller, install the rod from 8″ above the window frame to as high as the ceiling or bottom of crown molding.
If you have low ceilings and want to create the illusion of greater height, install the rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
To allow more light to come in when the curtains are open, the curtain rod should extend a minimum of 3″ beyond the window frame on each side.
To make a window appear wider and more grand, extend the rod 3″ to 6″ beyond the frame on each side.
Generally, the rod should be no more than 1/3 wider than the width of the window. For example, on a 54″ window you can add up to 9″ on each side (54 x 1/3 = 18) . That means the curtain rod can be up to 72″ in length.
If you have decorative trim that you’d like to reveal when the curtains are drawn back, allow at least a 12″ extension on both sides.
WIDTH OF CURTAINS
If the curtains are just framing the window and won’t be opened, you only need 1-1/2 times the width of the window.
To ensure that the curtains look full when closed, the combined width of the panels should be 2 to 2-1/2 times the width of the window.
For more fullness, opt for three times the width.
Always round the number up when determining the width of your panels. And when in doubt, go for the wider width.
LENGTH OF CURTAINS
Floor length curtains should just skim the floor or hang a 1/2″ above it.
You could allow a break of 1″ to 3″. This break is similar to what they do for trousers. The style is great for helping to compensate for uneven floors.
To create a more extravagant puddling effect, allow for an extra 6″ to 9″ in length. Tuck the fabric underneath and “poof” it up. Keep in mind, each time you vacuum the floor you’ll have to readjust the puddling. And if you have pets, they love to curl up on the extra fabric.
To determine the measurement of floor length curtains, measure from the top of the rod to the floor. Then subtract as necessary to allow for hanging hardware. If you plan to puddle the curtains on the floor, add the additional inches needed to do so.
In kitchen and high traffic areas, consider choosing a curtain length that skims the window sill.
Cafe curtains should be installed halfway up the window and be parallel to the fixed horizontal mullion (the vertical bar between the panes of glass). The length should just skim the window sill.
It’s easier to hem curtains than to make them longer, so always round up your measurements.
Holdbacks go by several different names including medallions, tie backs and rosettes. No matter what you call them, they’re a great addition to your window treatment. Holdbacks alone can be use to create elegant swag treatments, or use them along with your drapery rods as tie backs.
When you think of traditional holdbacks tassels might come to mind. Available in any color and size, tassels are a classic way to complete the look of your drapery. Fabric tiebacks can also be used to pull back draperies and let the light in. Order fabric tiebacks in matching or contrasting colors or patterns to add interest to your draperies.
Many times drapery hardware will have matching holdbacks, or medallions. Available in wood, iron, or composite material, these are a great way to finish the look and pull your drapery out of the way.
Holdbacks, or medallions, can also be used to hang valances or drapery that will be decorative, instead of functional. Easy to install and inexpensive, you can create a unique look by using holdbacks to hang your window treatments. Or use a combination of the above.
Or if you’re looking for a unique look, get creative! Re-purpose a pretty door knob or use a remnant of rope or ribbon. For kids rooms you can tieback drapes with a stuffed animal, flowers or garland.
Trim your windows with decorative or functional tiebacks, tassels and holdbacks for a finished designer look.
If you have questions please contact us for more information, fabric samples or design help. DrapeStyle has been helping customers for 15 years, design their dream drapes and we would be happy to help you too. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
Window treatment for your bathrooms. Everyone needs them, most likely you will need privacy for this space. So it’s a good thing there are so many options! Here are just a few:
Decorative, inexpensive, and literally 1000’s of fabrics to choose from. Available in any color, you are sure to find a color or pattern to match your bathroom. And with so many possible styles, Roman Shades are so versatile that you can take your bathroom from smooth and sleek to classic and traditional.
You can have the look of wood blinds in your bathroom. Where moisture is a factor, vinyl blinds are a great way to get the look you want. They won’t crack, warp or mildew so they are a perfect solution for the bathroom. Different finishes are available and you can even add a pop of color by adding decorative cloth tape.
Beauty and privacy are possible with cafe curtains while letting in the natural light. Your view will remain while gaining light privacy by adding cafe curtains to the lower half of your window.
Classic shutters offer a stylish, elegant look. Shutters are also available in vinyl so they won’t crack or warp like wood. You can even use them like cafe curtains and use them on the bottom portion of your window.
Valances are a great way to add a pop of color to your window. Select a pattern or color that complements your bathroom’s color scheme. If privacy isn’t an issue, they can be used alone. Or, use them with a blind or cafe curtain. Valances can also make the window (and the bathroom) look larger. By having the valance mounted on the outside of the window, and higher than the window, you create a larger looking window resulting in a larger looking room.
If you are looking to dress up your bathroom window, or need a bit of privacy, give DrapeStyle a call. We can custom make drapes, curtains, Roman shades and valances to suit your needs.
Big or small, all bathrooms windows could use window treatments. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience so DrapeStyle is your go to place for all of your window treatment needs.
Today, more than ever, many of us are working from home. Studies have shown that working from home improves productivity, reduces unscheduled absences and improves employee satisfaction.
Is your commute less than 15 seconds? Here are a few tips that might help:
Set aside a place specifically for work. You’ll be able to deduct it from your taxes and help you mentally by keeping work separate from your home life.
Create a daily work schedule. Defining specific work hours will set limits on your phone calls and emails cutting into your personal time.
Make a point to build workplace relationships. With those you work with and business connections. Working from home doesn’t mean you always have to stay at home.
Network electronically. Get active in LinkedIn groups that relate to your work, employer, alma mater, past employers, or other interests that you follow.
So going back to the first point, why not make your home office a thing of beauty? Make your work space easy to work in, have the tools you need to make working more efficient. Make your space a place you ENJOY working in. A new desk, a comfortable chair, files to keep organized. And don’t forget your office window! Roman shades or draperies can really add a lot to your work space. Make your space, yours, make it inviting, make it beautiful!
See something you’d like us to duplicate? We can do it. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. There’s probably nothing they haven’t seen or made. You can forward your ideas and pictures to us and we will let you know whether or not we can duplicate the design.
Want to add a trim or banding? We can do that too. For a unique, one of a kind look, let us help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information and ideas.
National Zipper Day is observed each year on April 29th. This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.
I thought it would be fun to learn more about this unofficial national holiday.
It was first in1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”. Howe never made an attempt to market his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.
Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker”. Being very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener. Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success. Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator.
In 1906, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company. He was highly skilled and known for his devotion to the company. In 1913, he invented the modern zipper. The patent for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.
By 1923, B.F. Goodrich popularized the word zipper as it applied to use in the boots and pouches it made. The company even copyrighted the name for a time.
You can find the world’s longest zipper at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport. The zipper measures 6,000 feet long. The name of the hotel’s nightclub is “Zippers”.
However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.
As Spring quickly approaches I want to open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Here in Phoenix, come summertime, our shades will be lowered due to the intense heat. Keeping your shades or drapes drawn shut can keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. So being able to keep my shades raised in the Spring is a welcomed event!
DrapeStyle can make Roman shades in any of the over 500 fabrics we offer. From designer fabrics to a basic linen shade, you will receive the finest quality custom made shade available anywhere. Standard privacy lining as well as blackout lining are optional when designing your shade. If you want a breezy, informal look, try an unlined linen shade. It will still provide needed privacy when lowered, and it will remain beautiful when raised up.
Looking for something more formal? Consider a Roman Shade made from 100% Dupioni Silk. Available in every color imaginable, a silk shade will add beauty and richness to any room. Pick a shade style such as London or pleated and it will dress up your room.
Mixing and matching Roman shades and draperies in the same room is a great way to create interest and style. Want to add dimension to the room? Select drapes AND a Roman shade. Layering your window treatments can create quite a statement.
Need a little help determining the size of your shade? Need fabric samples? Just need a little design advise? Please feel free to contact us. Our designers are happy to take your call and help you design your dream shades. We love making our customers happy. In fact, we have been awarded Best of Houzz four years in a row for superior customer service.
DrapeStyle prides itself on the quality and high standards put into each drape, curtain, Roman shade and pillow we make. Everything at DrapeStyle is custom, nothing is “Ready Made” but the difference is unsurpassed, and we think you’ll agree.
Today is National Tweed Day. Who knew, right? I thought it would be fun to share what I found online about this day.
National Tweed Day is observed annually on April 3rd. This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.
Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed. Tweed was born on April 3, 1823. He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time. While being considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history. He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of stolen public money.
Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the tweed fabric. Originally produced in Scotland, the fabric is a durable, rough, woolen cloth which was originally hand woven. The colors are traditionally earthy and blend well with the Scottish landscape. There are different families of tweed with different categories and styles of tweed that fall into these differing categories. Depending from which estate the tweed represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the pattern woven, it could be a very special tweed indeed. Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Here are a few suggestions from http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com
***Do some research on William Tweed
***Watch Sherlock Holmes, Indian Jones or James Bond movies with family and friends
***Wear tweed on this day. This may include tweed dunks, suits, scarfs, trousers, caps or jackets
***Design a fashionable tweed attire and wear it for the day
***Visit the Tweed Museum of Art (it’s located at the University of Minnesota-who knew??!!)
***Listen to tweed music or Bob Dylan’s “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”
***Have fun with friends and family at the Tweed River Festival (In Australia!)
***Research the dog which became extinct in the 1800’s called the Tweed Water Spaniel
***Learn how tweed is made
***Go fishing on the River Tweed (In the United Kingdom!)
***Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media
However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.
This is a question I get quite often. What is the difference between your Standard Privacy Lining and Blackout Lining?
Either lining will protect your draperies from the sun, making them last for years. It is because of this, we always recommend that you line your draperies.
Our Standard Privacy Lining is a thin and flexible. A tightly woven fabric made of 50% Polyester and 50% cotton. It is white in color.
Our Blackout lining is constructed of multiple layers, woven tight to block sunlight in drapes and shades for style and functionality. Made of 100% polyester, it is thin and flexible. Also, our Blackout Lining is not black, it is white so that it will match the other drapery linings in your home.
We did a little informal demonstration to better illustrate how much light blackout lined custom drapery eliminate. The following photo is shot on a single window with two linen drapery panels. The drape on the left was made with standard privacy lining, the drape on the right was made with blackout lining. The photo was shot on a hot and sunny afternoon. The difference between the two curtain panels is quite dramatic. When you see how much of the light is blocked by the blackout lining (95%) you really get a better understanding how using quality lined curtains, drapery or roman shades would significantly lower you home’s energy bills and save your interior upholstery fabrics from sun damage.
We encourage the use of this lining whenever the application is appropriate. It certainly adds weight to the drapery but if you are using quality drapery hardware, blackout is really the way to go when buying your next pair of custom drapery or curtains.
At DrapeStyle we make each set of drapes to order with your choice of lining. Whether you would like silk, cotton, linen or any other of our custom drapes, you can upgrade the lining option to blackout for only $99 per panel. All of our drapery linings are manufactured by Hanes which has been the leader in manufacturing quality drapery linings for nearly 100 years. Simply select “Blackout Lining” from the lining selection on any of our drapery pages and we will add this this to your drapery panels.
If you need a little help determining the size drapery or shade for your window, we’re here to help. Simply contact us and one of our designers would be happy to help you with your measurements, fabric selections, or answer any lining questions you may have.
Classic yet contemporary, sophisticated while accessible, these fabrics represent Candice’s love of everyday elegance. Interior Designer, Author and TV star, Candice is considered to be a pre-eminent design authority. DrapeStyle couldn’t be happier to add her collection of luxury fabrics to our designer collection.
Candice’s extraordinary technique, dynamic personality, and sophisticated style have made her a nationally acclaimed interior designer, author, and TV superstar. Candice’s signature style is one she describes as “a fusion of traditional form, scale and proportions, with the clean, crisp, simplistic beauty of modern design.”
DrapeStyle is proud to feature Candice Olson fabrics, available for your custom made window treatments projects. If you need a little advise about your window treatment project, we are here to help. DrapeStyle has won the best in Customer Satisfaction for four years in a row! Simply contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project!
When you design with winter whites, the resulting interior can be fresh, warm and inviting. Shades of white are the perfect interior design palette to counter the gloomy doldrums of winter. Always a chic choice, decorating with white is a here-to-stay classic, and it doesn’t have to be cold and impersonal.
Top designers use classic white shades to create a relaxed living style with distressed furniture, flowers, plants, and muted accessories. The result? Rooms that look lovely and lived in.
Start with a white painted room and you have a blank canvas for everything. The layering of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy. Don’t try to match shades; enjoy the subtleties. Select rich fabrics and layer objects of different textures.
Consider white walls your easel. Art assumes greater prominence when placed in a white interior. Gallery owners have long displayed artwork against white walls for maximum effect.
A pop of color goes a long way in a white room. Almost any hue will bloom against a white backdrop and it is easy to change.
Wood warms up even the most sparsely furnished winter white room, Have kids or pets? Consider stain resistant, or even outdoor fabrics. They can be durable and washable. Worried about your white drapes? Add a colored border to the bottom if the fabric will be grazing the floor.
Love the winter white look? Great rooms start with great fabrics. Explore DrapeStyle’s hundreds of designer fabrics in an amazing variety of colors, patterns and styles. Whether you are looking for custom made Roman shades, Drapes or pillows, DrapeStyle has a large selection of richly textured fabrics in cream, parchment, oyster and ivory to create the room of your dreams.
A dye lot is a record taken during the dyeing of yarn to identify yarn that received its coloration in the same vat at the same time. Yarn manufacturers assign each lot a unique identification number and stamp it on the label before shipping. Slight differences in temperature, dyeing time, and other factors can result in different shades of the same color between different dye lots of otherwise identical production. Although the component elements of a dye lot number are of interest only for internal business record keeping, retail yarn consumers have an interest in ensuring that they purchase a given color of yarn from identical dye lots.
Woven textile fabrics receive their color in various ways. The most common fabrics are either woven in a natural state and then piece dyed or are woven with a combination of yarn dyed and/or solution dyed yarns.
Piece dyeing occurs when the fibers are spun into white or natural yarn and then woven into fabric called greige-goods. After the fabric is constructed, mills then immerse the greige-goods into large tubs or vats where the color is applied to the entire roll. The dyed goods are then dried and finished in preparation for shipping. Typical dye lots will range from 300-800 yards at a time based on the weight of the yarn, the type of yarns used, and the dye tub size. This process is most often used in solid fabrics where the mill wants a broad color range. Although excellent and well performing options, piece dyed fabrics typically have the greatest color variance from one lot to the next versus yarn dyed woven fabrics.
Yarn dyeing applies color after the white or natural fibers have been spun into yarn. Dyeing occurs when the yarns are wound onto cones and placed into a high pressure tube where the color is applied onto and through the yarn through pressure dying. After drying, the yarns are woven into a constructed piece of fabric. Cotton, rayon and linen yarns are often yarn dyed and commonly used for multi colored fabrics such as woven stripes, gingham checks and plaids.
Solution dyeing is commonly used on synthetic yarns like polyester, nylon, polypropylene and acrylic. In this process, color is mixed directly into a liquid solution before being extruded into long fibers and then spun into colored yarns thus making them extremely colorfast and consistent. That is why many outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella, are woven with solution dyed acrylic or polyester. This process yields large volumes of yarn so typically solution dyed yarns are used in the warp for both commercial and decorative fabrics. These colored fibers are then woven into finished goods often using yarn dyed goods in the filling. Color consistency on these types of products is excellent.
During the color dyeing process, the batch of yarn or constructed fabric is assigned an identification number recording the specific color formula it received. Even though the same dyes are used every time, noticeable color variations can occur especially in piece dyeing of finished goods.
What causes color variations in dye lots? Temperature, time, water source and human error all contribute to slight variations between dye lots. The difference can be subtle to extremely visible. Industry standards allow up to a 6% difference in a color variation. DrapeStyle makes every effort to insure that the fabric sample you receive is from the same dye lot as the fabric we purchase for your job. Our fabric vendors have been in business for many any years and they also do everything they can to insure consistency with their dye lots.
Because of these industry standard dye lot variations, it’s important you always purchase enough fabric of the same dye lot in order to complete your window treatments.
So if you are ordering multiple drapes and/or shades for the same room, we strongly suggest that you order them all at the same time to insure the fabric comes from the same dye lot.
If you have any questions about Dye Lots or window treatments, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.