A signature event for Las Vegas market, the Design Icon Award honors an interior designer or architect who has made significant contributions to the industry throughout their career. The award highlights the achievements of exemplary design and architectural professionals and offers Las Vegas Market attendees an opportunity to connect with and learn firsthand from living legends.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, multi award-winning interior designer recognized internationally for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interior designs and licensed collections, was honored as the 2020 Design Icon during Winter Market.
Bullard shared his experiences working with an impressive array of high-profile clients, as well as impart his design wisdom and philosophies and discuss how he has built his brand, giving us a glimpse into why he is one of the most honored individuals in the design industry.
Bullard, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, has been named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured in Elle Decor’s “A-List,” and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. He has starred in Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators” and is regularly featured in publications such as Bazaar, Departures, Harper’s, House & Garden, House Beautiful, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, W and The Wall Street Journal.
DrapeStyle is proud to have Martyn Lawrence Bullard as one of our featured and most loved designers. DrapeStyle features an array of his fabrics that can be custom made into draperies, pillows and Roman shades to your specifications.
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 metal 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.
On December 23rd you may choose to celebrate Festivus. I thought it would be fun to learn more about this made up holiday, enjoy.
Festivus is a secular holiday, normally celebrated on December 23rd. It is mainly meant as an alternative to the pressures and commercialization of the Christmas season. However, it has also become a day to celebrate the ever-lasting comedy of the 1990s television show Seinfeld.
Festivus was a holiday featured in the Season 9Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, which first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then, many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.
According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times throughout the year.
The usual holiday tradition of a tree is manifested in an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of the household must be pinned. All of these traditions are based upon the events in the Seinfeld episode, Strangely enough, our Festivus traditions also have roots that pre-date Seinfeld, as it began in the household of Dan O’Keefe, a television writer who is credited for writing the Seinfeld episode.
The traditional greeting of Festivus is “Happy Festivus.” The slogan of Festivus is “A Festivus for the rest of us!“
Once simply ornamental in nature, the button as a means to fasten clothes has been around since 13th century Germany. Since then, a wide variety of materials like wood, clay, shells, and plastic have been used to make buttons in every size, shape, and color. A button jar can morph into a great craft project, extra game tokens, or fashion embellishment. Sure, we have zippers and Velcro now, but buttons are just more fun, interesting, and whimsical. Buttons can even be works of art, so take time to appreciate those useful, pretty little things on National Button Day.
National Button Day – History
Buttoned up button
2014-A button that was once part of a Texas confederate navy uniform circa the Civil War sold for over $2,000.
Muscatine, Iowa became pearl button capital of the world
1900-Noting the abundance of pearl mussels in nearby waters, a German immigrant opened a button-making factory in small town Iowa, which soon grew to be the largest manufacturer of pearl buttons in the world.
Button-down collars invented
1896-Polo players were the first to button down their collars to stop them from getting in the way during a match; Brooks Brothers copied the look and created a lasting trend in 1896.
The church denounced buttons
1300-Europe was so button crazy, the church started calling them the “devil’s snare.” This was probably because most women’s clothing of the time buttoned up the front.
Button Makers Guild established
1250-The French established the first collective that designed artisan buttons, making buttons a status symbol.
National Button Day Activities
Upcycle with buttons-Have a shirt you don’t wear anymore? Change out the buttons and make it new again. Sew on some shiny metal buttons to give it an on-trend military look, or sew on kitschy novelty buttons to reflect your favorite hobby, animal, or even food. Be unique, original, and eco-friendly all at the same time.
Go on a treasure hunt-Hit a thrift shop, rummage, or garage sale. Be on the lookout for old clothing with unique buttons. Collectors love finding ones depicting mini works of art, that were worn by famous people, or reflect a certain era. Research to see if any of your finds are worth more than what you paid.
Start a button jar-Snip buttons from unused pieces of clothing, claim ones you find lying loose, buy novelty ones when it strikes your fancy, or pick ones up on the cheap when thrifting. Then, the next time you need a button, you’ll have a big variety of sizes, shapes and colors from which to choose.
3 Facts To Really Push Your Buttons
What side you button up on is gender-based-Women’s clothing traditionally buttons on the right (reportedly because it was easier for maids to dress the ladies they served that way) and men’s on the left (they dressed themselves).
Boutonnière means buttonhole in French-Boutonnieres go through a little slit in the lapel of men’s jackets that looks the same as a buttonhole, so we repurposed the French word for buttonhole to describe the flower in English.
Buttons on uniform sleeves were put there to stop soldiers from wiping their noses-Widely repeated but never satisfactorily confirmed, it is said that Napoleon ordered brass buttons be placed on the sleeves of all military uniforms so soldiers would be discouraged from wiping their noses on them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In India, Matka means “rough handloom silk fabric.” Matka comes from thick yarn spun from the silk worm and results in some irregularities in the fabric. Matka silk resembles the tweed fabric in texture. In spite of the irregularities of the Maka Silk texture, it is considered unique. The thickness of Matka Silk can vary as per the amount of yarn used. This results in a controlled thickness of the fabric which contributes to its varied uses in different industries of clothing, home furnishing, and textiles.
Making silk is a delicate process and takes a number of steps. The first step is sericulture, which is the silk worm cultivation. Maintained in a controlled environment, the worms eventually form a cocoon. Farmers gather the cocoons and transport them to the factory for filature process, which is unwinding the strand from the cocoon to make a thread of raw silk. This raw silk is combined with approximately 10 other threads and wound onto a reel. The reels are sent to the mill, where the silk fabric is woven.
Matka Silk takes dye beautifully and is very versatile. It may be used for dresses, sarees, suits, draperies, pillows and more.
DrapeStyle’s Handwoven Matka Silk is woven in India. We offer 18 different shades of Handwoven Silk and invite you to view this luxurious fabric for yourself. If you have any questions about Handwoven Silk or any of our fabrics, please contact us.
Curtains complete a room. They add warm, texture and color to any space. Here’s a few comments about this common question that we get often: Where Should I hang My Curtains? High and wide is usually the key. It gives the illusion that your room and window are larger than they are. The trend now is to hang your curtains about two inches from the ceiling. If you have very tall ceilings you may want to hang your curtains right at the ceiling or even consider purchasing a ceiling mounted traverse track.
If you are wanting the curtains to block out light, be sure that the curtain rod is high enough and wide enough to cover the window and then some. You don’t want the sunlight peaking through. Extend the curtain rod at least 4-6 inches past the window. Again, you will want to make sure that the entire window is covered, especially if you are wanting to block out the light. You may need to extend the curtain rod even further if you don’t wan t your curtains to block your view.
A few questions to ask yourself before you buy; Are they going to be decorative or functional-how wide do I really need my curtains? For decorative curtains, figure the curtain width to be 1/3 of the window width is a good rule of thumb. Will I draw these closed with my hands or should I purchase batons-oils from your hands can damage and dirty curtains fabric over time, consider purchasing batons to draw the curtains open and closed. How large is my curtain hardware-take into consideration the diameter of your curtain rod, this will affect the length of the curtains. Unless you are purchasing cafe curtains, the drape to reach the floor. If you want a more luxurious, formal look, and a few inches to a foot so that the curtains will puddle on the floor.
Most importantly, make sure your curtains are long enough, which might mean getting them custom made. Curtains are the finishing touch in any room and if they don’t look good it’s like wearing jewelry that doesn’t match your outfit. With so many different sized windows, many people are turning to custom made window treatments and they’re more affordable than you think. DrapeStyle can make any width or length curtain in any fabric you choose. We have been in business for over 15 years so we know a thing or two about custom made curtains. Everything is made here in the USA and shipped directly to you. For more information contact us.
When ordering custom made drapes there’s a few things that you should expect; premium fabrics and linings, weighted bottoms, returns and overlaps, and packaged carefully so all you have to do is remove the plastic wrap and hang them when your custom drapes are delivered.
DrapeStyle hits all of these points and you can expect your drapes to look great and ready to hang once they arrive at your door. Once your custom drapes are completed, they are fan folded. This means that two (or more!) people have worked together to carefully fold the drapes so that the creases line up with the pleats.
Then, paper cuffs are wrapped around the drape in a few places to help hold the folds.
The drapes are placed in long plastic bags and sealed to protect the fabric while in transit. They are then placed on long tables until shipping day. The drapes are then carefully placed in a box, and packaged tightly to limit the amount of movement while in transit. As soon as the order is shipped, the customer is emailed a note to let them know their order is on the way and tracking information is provided.
When your drapes arrive you will be able to hang them right away. We install silver metal drapery pins to the back of the header and they easily slide into carriers on a traverse track or onto drapery rings. If you can’t hang your drapes right way, we suggest laying them flat on a table or draping them over a chair to minimize wrinkling. A care card is included in your order should you need to touch up the drapes and work out some of the wrinkles. But most of our customers find that after the drapes hang for a week or so, the wrinkles will work their way out.
If you have any questions about custom drapes, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for 17 years and we know draperies. Made right here in Phoenix, Arizona with the highest quality fabrics, linings and threads, we’re sure you’ll be pleased with your purchase.
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.
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.
Charm and character. Achieving the farmhouse look is combining old and new. And everything shouldn’t match. Here are a few ideas on how to add a little Farmhouse Charm to your home.
There are probably many places near you that sell reclaimed wood. Even Home Depot sells it, it is now so popular. Reclaimed wood can be used to accent a wall, a ceiling, a backsplash, use them as shelving, or trim out something entirely. With its rustic look, reclaimed wood adds a rustic feel to modern homes. And because you’ve decreased the demand for newly sourced lumber, you’ll be helping with deforestation!
Wicker furniture is an indispensable part of rustic, cottage and farmhouse interiors, not only for outdoor spaces. Go for some cool pieces for your kitchen and dining area. These can be wicker stools for the breakfast space and comfy chairs for the dining space. You can paint the furniture with grey or creamy paint to fit a neutral interior, and even neutral wicker furniture will add a texture to the space. There’s much modern wicker furniture of eye-catchy shapes, for example, armchairs, side tables and benches, they will look cool and cozy yet very chic and modern.
Shutters can be used for various decor and functional DIYs in your home, they are great to add a vintage feel while keeping the interior farmhouse-like. Shutters can be attached to the wall and become cool farmhouse-inspired decorations or even a headboard for your bed – sand them a bit to give them a worn look. Shutters can be also turned into benches, chairs, shelving units, even a kitchen island. Paint them pastels or cream, add shelves or a countertop. This is a creative way to add a farmhouse feel to the space while making it eye-catchy and interesting.
There are many ways to decorate with shiplap. Whole rooms, accent walls, fireplaces, ceilings, cabinets and powder rooms (as an alternative to wainscoting or bead board), even kitchen backsplashes. You may choose to leave it in its natural warm tone or paint it. Either way it will add interest and character to any room.
White walls, countertops, dishes and more. White makes everything look fresh and it’s easy to add a little color as the seasons change.
Like jewelry to an outfit, draperies are to a room. The finishing touch for any room is adding decorative or function draperies. Choose a natural fabric such as linen, in a neutral color. Unstructured and relaxed, these drapes will finish off your charming farmhouse home. Visit DrapeStyle for more ideas on Farmhouse Charm. Linen and linen looking fabrics are available in a variety of colors.
If you are interested in adding a bit of Farmhouse Charm to your home, contact us. We can provide you with fabric samples for draperies that will finish of your room. Your first ten dollars in samples are free. View the samples here and pick your favorites.
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.
Toile, pronounced “twal”, is a fabric, from the French word meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”, particularly cloth or canvas for painting on. It can refer to the fabric itself, a test garment (generally) sewn from the same material, or a type of repeated surface decoration (traditionally) printed on the same fabric. The term entered the English language around the 12th century.
It’s covering everything from beds to walls in a variety of decor styles, including French country, eclectic and even modern. Here is a little information about toile:
The name is from a French term meaning “linen cloth” or “canvas”
Toile is used as an abbreviation of the term toile de Jouy (twäl-də-ˈzhwē), a term that translates to “cloth of Jouy”
Toile de Jouy is named after Jouy-en-Josas, France where, in 1760, the factory Oberkampf was founded. Up until that time in France, printing on cotton was done with wooden blocks. Oberkampf was the first company to bring copperplate printing, popular in England and Ireland, to France. The finer lines on the copperplates allowed for greater variation in light and shade. It also allowed for larger repeat patterns; thus enabling artists to be much more creative with the designs. The pastoral scenes depicted on toile de Jouy told a story and included many major events of the time. The scenes were done in a single color on a white or off-white background.
Today toile has come to refer to any type of similar printed fabric.
DrapeStyle has been making drapes right here in the USA for over a decade. Our seamstresses make each drapery panel to order with quality details you won’t find everywhere. Details like double side-hems, hand-sewn corners, bottom weights and 5 inch buckram headings. At DrapeStyle, we don’t cut-corners. We use the highest quality fabrics, linings and components possible. Maybe that’s why when House and Garden reviewed online drapery retailers they called our draperies “Beautifully Made to Order”.
Please contact us for more information or for a custom quote. Let us help you design your dream drapes, you will be pleased.
Whether you have your drapes custom made or purchase them ready made, the way you hang your curtains or drapes will make all the difference. So below for few tips on what not to do.
Don’t hang the drapery rod too low. And in fact, the trend now is to hang curtains and drapes high, close to the ceiling. This will give the illusion that the window is taller than it really is. A good rule of thumb is at least 4″-6″ above the window molding.
Select a rod that is wider than the width your window. This will allow enough room for the panels to hang on either side of your window and allow a small amount of the panels to cover the window at all times. It also tricks your eye into thinking the window is much larger than it actually is. The rule of thumb is go 8″-12″ wider than your window.
Don’t purchase drapes that are too short. Don’t skimp of the length of the drapes. Most retailers only offer set sizes. Have your curtains custom made if needed. It doesn’t cost much more than ready made drapes and it will make all the difference. And for a romantic look, go a little longer and allow the curtains to puddle on the floor. Afraid of the curtains getting dirty? Hang them right at floor for a more tailored look.
Don’t skimp of the width. You want your curtains to feel full, not skimpy. If you actually plan to close your curtains on occasion, the curtains should be about two times the width of the actual window. Use DrapeStyle’s measuring guide for more information and tips.
Make sure the drapery hooks are placed at the correct height. This is called the “pin set”. DrapeStyle’s standard pin set is 3/8″. We insure that all of the drapery hooks are spaced properly so that all you have to do is place the drapery hooks through the drapery rings. Installation is very easy.
For more information please visit our website or contact us. We are happy to help. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we know draperies. We would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.
We are loving this paint from Sherwin Williams! Black Magic is bold and mysterious and it is Sherwin William’s color of the month for April. And just look at the way it makes light colored draperies pop! Are you bold enough to give it a try?
Whether you paint your walls or your trim this color, you can find fabulous fabrics to go with this paint. Check out our Classic Linen Collection. You can choose from dozens of great solid colors or customize your look by adding banding or trims.
At DrapeStyle we have been making custom drapes, curtains and Roman shades for over 15 years. The trends may change but our dedication to quality and service has not. Visit our website for more ideas or to order free samples.
DrapeStyle is pleased to introduce the addition of Candice Olson fabrics. World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made her way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!
Candice Olson, a leading designer in the United States and Canada, began her career in commercial and residential design after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work before moving her design career to television. In fact, earlier in her career, The New York Times identified her as “one to watch”. Candice’s foray into television began when a Canadian station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and her engaging personality led to a weekly stint as a design contributor to the show.
Today, Candice can be seen as the host and designer on HGTV’s Candice Tells All, Devine Design and as a judge on Design Star. She has been featured on the Today show, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, Candice writes a syndicated biweekly newspaper column that runs in more than 400 U.S. newspapers. “The collections I have created embody my signature fusion of traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty and crispness of modern design. The marriage of contrasts; old and new, minimal and adorned, sleek and lustrous, delivers a look that is current yet timeless, fresh yet familiar. In 2005, Candice launched “The Candice Olson Collection” a successful brand of home decor products, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, bedding and more.
“I have the best job in the world. After many years building my reputation as a professional designer, I find it’s important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes. But another important lesson learned is to have a good laugh. It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me-and each other-laughing.”
We invite you to view our new fabric collection and order samples for yourself. Since 2002, quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service. Let us help you create your dream drapes!
DrapeStyle of Phoenix, Arizona, Awarded Best Of Houzz® 2017
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
DrapeStyle of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. For the 4th year in a row, the online custom drapery company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz® 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including DrapeStyle,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”
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.
Houzz® is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.