One of DrapeStyle’s Favorite Designers-Jeffrey Alan Marks

Originally posted on Kravet.com:

KRAVET TAKES A DEEPER DIVE INTO JAM’S COASTAL CHIC AESTHETIC

Jeffrey Alan Marks picks up where he left off with his soothing second collection: Oceanview.

Oceanview seeks to create a relaxed upscale retreat, mixing fashionable fabrics and decorative trimmings. Inspired by serene ocean waves, the collection offers powder blue and subdued chalk white as a classic pairing, while also incorporating linen and grey neutrals with pops of citrine, indigo, and teal. Marks says a major color inspiration for him was imagining the sea under the shining moonlight.

Some of this collection’s highlights include a variety of printed and woven textures, as well as fresh contemporary sheers.

GRIDWORK is a modern print that is then pin-tucked with embroidery pleats, KAHUNA and LITTLEROCK are textured velvets, and for the window, LACHMAN is a contemporary take on a fishing net made of 100% silk. The collection also includes two washed linen sheers, LUNADA and TEMESCAL, offered in soft neutral colorways.

Other patterns originate from the Kravet archive, like IMMERSIVE, a heavy jacquard chenille; WHITECAP, a screen-printed pattern that mirrors its namesake tidal influence; and SURFWOOD, updated using a modern teal color.

Marks also includes an updated color story for some of his best-selling prints: BRANCHES, a modern silhouette of trees, and CHROMIS, an ethereal printed texture with metallic accents.

Oceanview includes three unique trimmings made to complement the fabrics in this collection and offer the opportunity to personalize each design. FISHERMAN’S NET includes a wide cotton border and natural twine cording to resemble an actual fishing net; SHELL COLLECTOR is a naturally dyed cotton indigo ground embellished with seashells and cotton rope; and WAVE CURL features a freestyle embroidered design inspired by undulating ocean waves.

Firmly rooted in a coastal living lifestyle, Marks naturally gravitates to all things inherent to nature; honing in on sea shells, jute, cotton and linen. This small collection of border band trimmings provides the perfect accent to the polished fabrics in this collection.

DrapeStyle features Jeffrey Alan Marks fabrics and we can transform them into beautiful draperies, Roman shades or pillows. At DrapeStyle we manufacture designer quality drapery, in the USA, at prices similar big box retailers imported drapes. Please contact us for more information or to have fabric samples mailed to you.

Custom Drapes-Made in the USA

“Made in the USA”.  What exactly does that mean?  Does that really matter?

DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.

A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:

  • In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York.  DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics.  To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
  • The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
  • We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
  • Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
  • DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows. Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • Our hardware is hand forged in Los Angeles by artisans who pride themselves in creating products by hand.

So as you can see, DrapeStyle supports many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.

Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!

Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.

Best Drapes for My Family Room

For many people their family room is a place to gather, to visit with others, to play, to read. Draperies can help make your room a place you’ll want to retreat to time and time again.

If you like to watch movies in your family room, you may want to consider blackout drapes. Choose drapes with blackout lining and flannel interlining. Lined drapes are a necessity if you want to limit the light coming in for better viewing. Blackout drapes are also a natural choice, blocking light as well as some sound, and creating a quiet sanctuary. Blackout drapes will also block out bright street lights at night.

To get the most out of the room-darkening qualities, measure a couple of inches beyond the window frame on all sides. DrapeStyle makes all drapes with returns (which bring the drapery fabric all the way around to the wall) which is another way to guarantee the most light will be blocked.

To keep your family room cool or warm, choose drapes with flannel or bump interlining, which will insulate your windows from heat or cold. Lined drapes allow you to cut back on air conditioning and heating costs and create a dark retreat during the daytime. Lined draperies also look more luxurious and regal.

Because family rooms are typically high-traffic rooms, use fabrics here that are durable and will last over time. Also think about the length of your drapery. Drapes that puddle on the floor make look regal and luxurious in a low-traffic area like a dining room, but think about kids, pets and traffic patterns, where puddled drapes will get walked on. Drapes that are 1/2 inch off the floor are a good choice here.

Dupioni silk drapes

If you need help determining what might be the best solution for your family room feel free to contact DrapeStyle. One of our talented designers would be happy to help you with your selections and guarantee the proper fit for your windows. We have been making custom draperies for over 15 years and we would be happy to help you create your dream drapes.

Design Icon of the Year 2020

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.

Should I Choose Grommets?

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.

Why Order Fabric Samples?

Kravet Fabrics

You’ve read the reviews, you’ve scrolled through images showing beautiful craftsmanship and you’re ready to order custom made draperies from DrapeStyle. What should be your first step? Ordering fabric samples.

At DrapeStyle, we know the draperies you order will be exquisitely made of the highest quality materials, right here in the USA. But we want you to be completely satisfied on your selection. Many computer monitors can skew colors (when was the last time you calibrated your monitor?!) so we want to be sure that what you receive is exactly what you were hoping for.

Vern Yip Fabrics

Also, lighting can vary. I’m sure the lighting in our showroom, where many of the drapery pictures were taken, varies greatly compared to the lighting in your home. And even your lighting in your home can vary from different times of the day. I’ve had many customers admit to me that they taped many fabric samples to the wall near their window and lived with them for a few days in order to determine which color they like best.

Trina Turk Fabrics

In fact, we want to be sure you are happy with your purchase so if we see that you haven’t ordered fabric samples, we may just pop a sample in the mail for you to approve before we process your order. Our samples are mounted to heavy card stock with the fabric name and fiber content on the back for easy reference.

At DrapeStyle, we try to make the process of ordering custom made window treatments and pillows as easy as possible. We have online measuring guides, informative blogs, and a helpful staff waiting to answer your questions.

If you’re thinking of ordering window treatments or pillows, please order fabric samples first. As you check out, enter the coupon code SAMPLES and receive $10 in free fabric samples. And as always, if you have any questions, please contact DrapeStyle and we will be happy to help you design your dream drapes.

Determining Drapery Hardware

Drapery hardware can be a little tricky but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little help from DrapeStyle, you can have beautiful window treatments and hardware.

You should really know how you are going to hang your drapes before you have custom drapes made. First determine how you will use your drapes. Will the drapes be decorative? Then you don’t necessarily need one long drapery rod for your window. Consider two shorter rods that will keep your drapes perfectly placed.

If your drapes are to be functional, you will need them to slide from side to side. If the drapes are very long, then you may need a traverse rod with a cord that will allow you to open and close the drapes. Traverse rods are also great for when wall mounting the rod is not an option. Hanging drapes from the ceiling is very on trend and can help with problems like by passing molding that protrudes from wall or heating elements that are below the window.

Of course traditional drapery hardware with a drapery rod and rings will also work for draperies that are functional. With most draperies, you will want to purchase a center bracket to help support the weight of the draperies.

Make your space look bigger and more luxurious by hanging drapes at least 12 inches above the window frame or all the way to the ceiling and extending your curtain rod out three to six inches on each side.

Do you have a spectacular view you don’t want to obstruct? Then you’ll want the drapes to stack off the glass, meaning that when the drapes are open, they won’t cover up any part of the window. So take this into consideration when selecting the length of your drapery rod.

Which ever look you are going for, DrapeStyle can help you select the style of drapery hardware that will best suit your needs. Please contact DrapeStyle for more information or visit our website for the most up to date information on the hardware collections we offer.

How to Avoid Sun Damage

Kravet Riad Dune Drapes, Shade

Custom drapes are an investment so protecting them and making sure they look great long term is important. Enemy number one is the sun. To help with this, adding blackout lining and interlining will provide the most protection against the sun and elongate the lifespan of your drapery by creating a barrier between the harsh rays of the sun and the fabric.

Roman Shade

Man-made fabrics or synthetic fabrics are generally more color resistant due to either the color being ‘built-in’ to the fiber, or the ability to take stronger more caustic dyes. As with anything, the darker and more saturated the hue, the more prone to fading it is. But even with the right lining, all drapery fabric is susceptible to fading/damage over time.

Bordered Silk Drapes

If you have a very wide window and the fabric you’ve fallen in love with will break the bank, consider decorative side panels instead of full drapes. Meaning, the drapes you select won’t completely meet in the middle and cover the entire window. They are meant to be stationary. But if you need protection from the sun consider adding blinds or shades that can be raised and lowered as need to block the sun. With or without blinds, you’ll still want to add a protective lining to your drapery.

Indigo Dyeing

Shibori is an ancient Japanese handwork resist-dyeing technique that dates back to the 8th century. The technique dates back to a time when slow, intricate handwork was the prevailing method of adding color to fabric. Shibori’s appeal has seemingly ramped up in recent years and can be seen in many examples of home design.

Jeffrey Alan Marks Bombora Pacific

Shibori delivers an instant artisanal look and feel to fabrics. It’s a fabric manipulation technique traditionally done with indigo, during which fabric is either plucked, stitched, folded, twisted, crumpled or plaited by hand before the dyeing process begins.

Linherr Hollingsworth Baturi Indigo

Once dye is applied to the cloth, the parts that are secured by gathers or compressed, resist the dye, transforming the fabric from two-dimensional into three-dimensional form, creating soft- or blurred-edge patterns.

F. Schumacher Andromeda Indigo Drapes, Chair

The shibori dyeing method works in tandem with the fabric, giving it liberty to shape into its natural form as it reacts to the dye. This creates unique, one-of-a-kind patterns, because no matter how exact the method, no two will ever create the same design.

Kravet Baturi Indigo

There are six major shibori techniques, each with its own set of steps to create its own patterns and texture once the dye is added. The ancient art of indigo dyeing has been around for centuries, passed down through generations of artisans around the world. Get inspired by this time-honored trade with these striking hues from all of our brands.

Do I Need Tiebacks?

Tiebacks, holdbacks, medallions, tassels, they are called many things but they all do the same job; hold back your draperies.

Tiebacks can be a beautiful way to add color, style or a little whimsy to your draperies. They are also very functional if you want to be able to pull your drapes to the side to let in more light or if you would like a swoopy, formal look. They are also a nice way to showcase the view outside your window.

A tieback is usually something that attaches or wraps around the drape, and is easily removable. There are many sizes and styles of ready made tiebacks. Matching the fabric of the drapery or using oversize tassels are classic looks. Adding something like cording, rope or braided fabric are also beautiful alternatives.

I usually think of a holdback as something that is attached to the wall near the draperies and holds or pulls, the fabric back. Mount a curved metal bracket, peg or rosette on the wall about two-thirds of the way down the window. Matching the room and the drapery rod for style and finish is an elegant touch. Drapes can easily be pulled back or closed without much effort. This is a great choice is you are opening and closing your draperies often.

Whichever tieback you choose, let it be a reflection of your style, sophistication, and interior design. See DrapeStyle’s line of tassels, tiebacks and holdbacks for adding that final touch to your draperies.

How Long Should My Curtains Be?

Do you have young children? Do you have pets? Will the curtains be in a room with high traffic? These are some of the questions I ask clients when they ask me how long their curtains should be. Think about your lifestyle, do you like the look of curtains that puddle on the floor and you don’t mind lifting them when you clean the floor? Would you like to be able to sweep under your curtains because they are in a high traffic area of your home?

Floor-length curtains are the most popular length, unless there’s a radiator or a deep sill in the way. Measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod. You’ll get the most current look if the fabric makes contact with the floor. This look is classic and tailored; it makes sense if you’ll be opening and closing the curtains often. The fabric should just touch the floor or hover half an inch above. This is also a great approach for café curtains (short panels that cover only the lower portion of a window and hit the sill), which work well in spots like the kitchen and bathroom, where long curtains aren’t practical.

Panels that extend onto the floor by one to three inches are another stylish option. They’re more relaxed than those that graze the floor but they still feel tailored—think of a pair of dress trousers. If you have uneven floors or are worried about precision measuring, this style is more forgiving.

In formal rooms, six inches of fabric or more, pooling on the floor can look romantic but is also high-maintenance. They’ll need to be cleaned more often and will have to be readjusted every time you vacuum or the cat lies on them.

You may need custom curtains made to achieve the length you want. And that’s where DrapeStyle comes in. We have been making custom curtains for over 15 years. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are happy to help you create stunning curtains for your home.

The Art of Handcrafted Textiles

Reposted from Fabricut’s blog:

There is something unmistakably appealing about the handmade. The rich history of textiles as one of the oldest forms of art continues to influence textile design today, with handmade techniques passed down through generations of textile designers. As we continue to find inspiration in handcrafted textiles, we’ve pulled together several new products developed with handcrafting processes and images of the artisans at work.

Employing handcrafting techniques including screen printing, fabrics like Ion Damask are printed at our mill by artisans who apply the pattern by hand down the bolt of fabric. Ion Damask’s natural linen ground is the perfect backdrop for the hand-screened damask design, bringing a more relaxed look ideal for bohemian or globally inspired interiors.

Using the same screen printing technique, pattern Amaris Stripe’s small-scale design is printed onto a cotton/linen blend ground. Hand-screening the fabric design lends the fabric a uniqueness unlike anything made entirely by machine.

If you are interested in any of Fabricut’s fabrics, let us know! DrapeStyle can custom make draperies, Roman shades or pillows in any of Fabricut’s fabrics. Contact us for more information.

Why Buy Single Drapery Panels?

Why does DrapeStyle sell their drapes individually?

I get this question quite often. I explain to clients that sometimes it might be more convenient to have one drape. And other times the window may only require one drape. Let me explain. You may have a narrow window and one drape is more than enough to cover the window.

You may have a window on either side of your bed or a fireplace, for example. Space might be limited, but you require privacy or you may just want to add color or texture to the space. Or sometimes reaching behind the bed to open and close your window treatments isn’t possible.

One drape can be beautiful and functional, and may cost a bit less than two! A sliding glass door would be another application for one drape. Does your slider open on one side? Is the wall space limited on one side of the slider? Would it be easier if your view wasn’t block and one drape stacked to the side of the slider?

If you need a little design advice or help with determining what size drapery you need, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been in business for over 15 years and we love helping customers design their dream drapes! Whether you need one drape or two, we can create a look for you within your budget that you will love!

Why Buy Made-to-Measure?

With designs for custom homes becoming more and more creative and more options are made available for spec homes, ‘normal’ sized windows aren’t so normal anymore. The trend for windows (and ceiling heights) are getting higher and higher and purchasing ready made window coverings isn’t really an option any more.

Made-to-Measure curtains are more expensive as they require expert craftsmanship, each curtain and Roman shade we make are made with precision and care. But what you receive in return is a finished product that will last for years as they are crafted with expertise.

Pinch pleat, French pleat, Inverted pleat, Grommet; these are just a few choices of curtain heading styles that are available in Made to Measure. Variations of curtain headings are not common with Ready Made curtains as they are more complex and more expensive to make. DrapeStyle can create any type of heading you wish, contact us for information on the best selection for your application.

Are you looking for curtains that can block out unwanted light, or are you looking for curtains that can keep your home warm during winter and cool during summer? There are various types of lining with the main types being standard, blackout, interlining, thermal and acoustic. Having custom curtains made means you choose your lining option. Read more here about DrapeStyle’s lining options.

Our seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience making custom window treatments. At DrapeStyle, nothing is ready made. We custom make your dream drapes and curtains to your specifications, right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Please contact us for more information.

Top Reasons to Interline Your Curtains

Curtains aren’t just for adding some design element to your room, they provide privacy and in some cases, much needed insulation. Read on to find out the benefits that will make you want to add a lining to your curtains.

Sun Protection-Curtains fabrics, of any material, color and design need to be taken care off from the harsh sunlight as UV can damage the color and the curtain folds. Adding interlining for the curtains not only help to limit sun exposure inside the room, but it also protects the fabric from UV ray damage and increases the life of the curtain itself.

Volume– Lined curtains are sometimes a great way to add body to the curtains that sometimes have a tendency to look flimsy and lifeless. With custom drapery, silk or taffeta curtains are ideal for interlining and add a certain flair to the interior look. Interlining, in short, makes sure to give off an expensive look that a normal fabric may not have. This is one reason why DrapeStyle includes interlining on all of our silk curtains.

Noise and Insulation-If you live in extremely cold or hot areas, then adding a specific fabric for interlining can help in insulation from the natural elements or heat loss and transfer. Besides protecting the valuable furniture and fabric from sun exposure, interlining your curtains and blinds can also guard you against unwanted noise pollution.

If you have questions about your specific application, please contact us. DrapeStyle has been making custom curtains, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. Our talented team would be happy to work with you to create your dream drapes and curtains.

Top Curtain Trends for Fall

Top Curtain Trends for Fall

Bold Prints-If you want to make an interior design statement, then go for the bright and bold prints that are coming back in trend this season. Big prints in mustard yellow or indigo make for a perfect autumn look to complete your room. Keep the textile in the room simple and go big with prints on curtains or blinds with different fabrics like silk, linen and cotton to get the best look possible with a softer edge.

Sheers-If you want to add more subtle touches to your living rooms, then try adding sheer curtains with a neutral base and some bold and bright red or orange curtain appliqué to get playful. The translucent fabric makes sure the light is plenty and the prints and design embody the autumn season inside your home.

Autumnal Colors-The easiest way to change up a room, especially if you have a neutral coloured room decor is by adding bold and bright orange and red curtain hues for the season. You can add different layers and shades of the same colour with an ombre curtain look, to add more volume and amp up the season festivities by going all out! Remember to stick to one color theme and don’t go overboard with the textiles in the room!

Organic Materials-Natural woven blinds in bamboo and matchstick. They filter the light and provide just the right amount of privacy. Woven blinds are often eco friendly and sustainable and they look great paired with fabric curtain panels.

Custom Made with Sarah Richardson

One of DrapeStyle’s most popular designers is Sarah Richardson. We invite you to view her fabrics and read more about this talented designer.

Sarah Richardson has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers.  She launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, she is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience.  Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.

Known for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

DrapeStyle can custom make Roman shades, pillows and draperies in your choice of Sarah Richardson fabrics. For more information contact us and we would be happy to help you design your dream drapes.

How to Train Your Drapes

Did you know there is a training period when you purchase drapes? At DrapeStyle we make every effort to pack your drapes the same day they will be shipped out to minimize the time your custom draperies are in the shipping box. But once you receive them, here are a few tips when hanging your draperies.

If you can’t hang your draperies right away, we recommend taking them out of the box. Your drapes will be wrapped in clear plastic, will most likely be long and will be folded in order to fit them in a shipping box. We recommend that you take them out of the box and lay them flat on a large table or drape them over a chair to minimize the wrinkles.

Once you take your drapes out of the plastic bags, you will notice that the drapes have been fan folded. Not all companies do this, but by taking this extra step, the pleats are preserved. Your draperies will also have paper cuffs on them. You are welcome to keep these cuffs on them for a few days while the wrinkles work their way out.

Your draperies were also made with weights. Weighted bottoms will allow your draperies to hang beautifully. This is another additional step not all retailers take, but at DrapeStyle, weights are standard on all indoor and outdoor draperies.

If after you have allowed your draperies to hang for a couple of weeks and you still have stubborn wrinkles, you may iron your draperies on a low setting.

And if you can’t remember these tips once you receive your drapes, not to worry. A care card is included with every order to insure your draperies will look as good as they do in our catalog.

Get to Know Vern Yip

Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:

Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.

Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you? 

A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!

Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world! 

Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? 
A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.

Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.

Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.

On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.

Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.

In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living. 

Q. What are your best small space living hacks?

A. My answer is two-fold:

1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.

2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.

Threading the Needle

This week, on July 25th, we celebrate “Thread The Needle Day”. Who knew there was such a thing, right?

Although the statement could have several meanings, I’ve decided to focus on the more literal meaning. Today can be all about sewing or learning to sew. I occasionally sew, and maybe this will be the push I need to finish some of the sewing projects I have started. What about you?  Have you ever wanted to learn to sew?

Before investing in a good machine, it might be a good idea to take a few sewing classes at your local craft store. This will give you a good idea of the time and patience you’ll need to take up sewing as a hobby.

Keep an open mind. Know that learning anything new, takes time to master the task and get good at it. When I was learning to sew, I can remember having to take my seam ripper to many projects because I sewed together the wrong pieces, or sewed on the wrong side, etc. Practice, practice, practice. You can inexpensively practice your sewing skills on thrift store sheets and bargain thread. Start with simple projects so that you can fine tune your skills. And if you have an experienced friend that you can go to for questions, that can be tremendously helpful.

Make things you like. If  you have a genuine interest in what you’re making, you’re more likely to stick with it. Search the internet. Pinterest and You Tube have great ideas and how to tutorials. I always find visuals much more helpful than written instructions.

Now, if you find that your sewing skills aren’t up to par and you need a little assistance for your window treatment project, contact DrapeStyle. We have been making custom Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows since 2002. Our seamstresses have each been threading the needle for an average of 25 years so you are sure to get premium products, quality craftsmanship and a great price.