What is Houzz? Have you been on this website? You should, there is an overwhelming amount of information and ideas on this website and a great resource for professionals that can help make your house a home.
Started in 2008 by Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen as a result of their own remodeling project. Houzz is a place to browse and save beautiful home photos. A place to find the right design and construction professionals. A place to connect with others who have been there too. Houzz started as a side project but has become a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals—across the country and around the world.
Soon after Houzz started, DrapeStyle jumped onboard after seeing the impact this could have on the interior design community. Getting feedback helps other customers learn more about a product or a company. This is essential for an online company like DrapeStyle.
Not all of our reviews are favorable, but we try our best to resolve any issues to the satisfaction of our customers. But we ask all customers to review their purchase in hopes of sharing their experience with others.
On DrapeStyle’s Houzz page you can look through images of past projects and get ideas for your own window treatment project. Our blogs are also listed there for even more information. And yes, you can read our reviews.
DrapeStyle is proud to partner with Houzz and proud to say that we have earned the Best of Houzz Award for Client Satisfaction six years in a row. Contact DrapeStyle for questions we are happy help!
Drapery can be lush and beautiful but may not always fit the space. If there is furniture or a radiator below the window, or if the window is in an awkward space on the wall, you may want to consider a Roman shade. Roman shades can be made in any fabric, they can provide much needed privacy, and look great especially when paired with draperies in the same room. If you have room for both, no problem! Many people will use a shade or shutters for privacy and use drapes to add color and texture to the wall. You can have both!
You get what you pay for.
You can certainly purchase window treatments from most retailers, but made to measure can make all of the difference. Custom made window treatments will ensure that the correct size and fabric are ordered for your application. High quality window treatments can be a big investment, but they are worth it.
Hang your window treatments high and wide.
The trend right now is to hang your draperies and Roman shades close to the ceiling and slightly wider that your window. This creates the illusion that your window (and room) is larger than it is. And it seems that there are no longer “typical sized windows” anymore. Often times ready made window treatments are not sold in the size you need. This is another reason to order custom made draperies and Roman shades. Having the right sized window treatment will make all the difference.
Don’t forget about the drapery hardware.
Like jewelry to an outfit, hardware can really make or break the window. If you are having window treatments made, don’t skimp on the hardware. Custom hardware can be ordered in the appropriate size, style and color to compliment your draperies.
Consult a professional.
Probably the most important tip. I’ve said it before, purchasing window treatments can be a huge task! And that’s why we’re here. DrapeStyle can help you every step of the way from sending you fabric swatches to helping you determine the right lining for your application. Simply contact us and we would be happy to help!
Window treatments can be the first thing you notice when you enter a room. They can really make the difference in the look and feel of the room, provide much needed privacy and add interest to your windows and walls. Don’t over look your windows, they need love too!
April 6th is National Tartan Day! Here is a little info I found online that I thought I would share. What is a tartan? It is defined as: a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid, especially of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan. Probably thoughts of a kilt come to mind, however a tartan can be in any form. Let’s celebrate this fabric!
National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.
What Do People Do?
National Tartan Day parades occur in major cities such as New York on or around April 6. These parades often feature bag-pipe bands playing Scottish music and people dressed in kilts with tartan patterns that represent their Scottish clans. Special award events are also held on Tartan Day, often organized by groups such as the American Scottish Foundation.
The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed on April 6, 1320. The American Declaration of Independence was, in fact, modelled on this particular document. Almost half of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent.
The US Senate Resolution on National Tartan Day was passed on March 20, 1998. From that point onward, National Tartan Day was designated as a day for all Americans, particularly those of Scottish descent, on April 6 each year.
Here is a fun video I found, take a look and maybe you’ll learn a little something!
How should you decide on a color for your room? Ask yourself these questions:
~What is the main purpose of this room? Entertaining, family time, sleeping?
~What colors DON’T you like. Yes, you read that correctly. By eliminating the colors you don’t like, you will narrow down the color choices.
~Do you have an inspiration piece? Is there a rug or a piece of art that you will be using in this room? You can select colors from these pieces for your room color.
Color has the power to convey and communicate meanings and messages without words.
Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.
The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.
Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains often wear black. Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery.
White symbolizes innocence, wholeness, completion and purity. White is a neutral, it goes with everything. Brides wear white to symbolize purity. Doctors and nurses wear it to symbolize sterility.
Red is the most emotionally intense color. Red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.
Pink, the most romantic color, is more tranquilizing. The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing. Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.
Orange is the color of social communication and optimism. Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.
Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention-getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism. With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.
Green is currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. Green is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. Green is the color of balance and growth.
Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean and is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction to red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms. Blue is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity. While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing; blue food is rare in nature.
The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.Purple is the color of the imagination. It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.
Brown is solid and reliable. It is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors. The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.
Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige ans sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.
Silver has a feminine energy, it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides. It is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious. Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant. Silver is a precious metal and often symbolizes riches and wealth.
Selecting the color for your room is a personal decision, and such an important one! Adding color can create a feeling or set the mood. DrapeStyle makes adding accent colors to your room easy. Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows are great ways to add color to any room. At DrapeStyle, you can order samples of any of our fabrics, and see how they look in your own home. Need a little advice? Contact us and we would be happy to help you. DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service, three years in a row. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.
For over a decade, everything at DrapeStyle has been custom made, on site, in the USA. Read why DrapeStyle’s manufacturing standards are some of the highest in the industry. With each member of our production team having over 25 years of experience, you will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, we think you’ll be pleased.