Here at DrapeStyle, we sell more silk drapes than anything else. You won’t find better quality silk and exclusive colors anywhere. Our designers are often asked questions about our silk fabrics. Here are a few facts about this stunning natural fabric:
Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics
An all-climate fabric, it is warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter. Worn as a second layer, it warms without being bulky
In spite of its delicate appearance, it is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well
While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength
Silk takes color well, washes easily, and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing
Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of silk drapery we offer at DrapeStyle. The three primary categories of silk are Dupioni, Taffeta and Handwoven, also known as Matka. All of our silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.
Silk Dupioni, or Douppioni, is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture. Dupioni is a lustrous silk often woven from two different colors of threads, so that it shimmers or changes color in the light. Dupioni is made from an irregular, rough silk reeled from double cocoons or cocoons nested together, making it necessary to reel them together. An elegant woven fabric made with a tight plain weave, fine warp yarns, filling yarns that form prominent, irregular crosswise ribs. Usually brightly colored, it has a moderately crisp drape, fairly reflective luster, and a nubby texture. DrapeStyle carries a wide variety of Dupioni in both solids and stripes.
Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave. Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style. Please view our fabulous Striped Silk Taffeta drapes here.
DrapeStyle’ s European influenced, 100% Handwoven Silk collection is the new look of silk. We like to describe it as a marriage between the elegance of silk and the natural texture of linen. This combination gives it a unique, heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs. In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers. View all of the colors of our Handwoven Silk Collection and see for yourself this beautifully textured fabric.
DrapeStyle offers free fabric samples, so that you can view our luxurious fabrics in your own home. Please view our fabrics and when you order now, your first $10 are free. If you have questions, please contact us, we are happy to help you determine the right length or width, or offer suggestions on fabrics, pleat styles and more.
We have been making custom draperies, Roman shades and pillows for over 15 years. DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
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.
For many people their bedroom is their sanctuary. A quiet place that they can relax, read, and decompress from the day. Draperies can help make your room a place you’ll want to retreat to time and time again.
To keep your bedroom dark, choose drapes with blackout lining and flannel interlining. Lined drapes are a necessity if you want to limit the light coming in for better sleep. 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 bedroom 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 bedrooms are typically low-traffic rooms, it’s possible to use fabrics here that you might not use other places, like silk or velvet. There are thousands of choices when it comes to patterned drapery and in a smaller space like a bedroom, this may be the perfect place to try something different with pattern or color.
If you need help determining what might be the best solution for your bedroom 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my favorite design houses is Marimekko. I recently had the pleasure of visiting New York City and made a stop at the Marimekko flagship store on Fifth Avenue. Read more on this incredible design house that has been around for so many years.
It all began in 1949
Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small Helsinki-based textile printing company, in 1949. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfil her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex.
One of the young artists was Maija Isola, whose Amfora design was among the first fabrics printed at Printex.
A lot of admirers but no buyers – how do you use such unusual fabrics?
Armi’s solution: a fashion show filled with color, style and exceptional patterns! The clothes designed by renowned fashion designer Riitta Immonen were literally sold on the spot. Marimekko was registered as a company five days later, on 25 May 1951. The following year Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki.
Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined Marimekko in 1953 to design clothing and print patterns. What Vuokko did for Finnish women can be equivalent to what Coco did for French women; one should be able to move freely in one’s clothes. Alongside her radical loose-fitting dress designs, Vuokko created one the most enduring Marimekko classics: the unisex Jokapoika (every boy) shirt in the striped Piccolo pattern.
Jacqueline Kennedy purchased seven Marimekko dresses in Massachusetts and wore one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1960, increasing popularity in the United States.
Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life. The company grew rapidly and its product range expanded to include a variety of accessories and home items. Armi Ratia built a utopia called Marikylä (Marimekko Village), whose aim was to house the staff and to function as a laboratory for product design and Marimekko living.
Marimekko’s global expansion has been in full swing in the ’10s. The number of Marimekko stores outside Finland has more than doubled, including flagship stores in New York City and Sydney, and several new markets haven been opened up in Asia.
Marimekko fashion has been prominently showcased in the international arena. The Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Copenhagen Fashion Weeks have all seen premiere presentations of Marimekko collections. A true never-before-seen event was Marimekko’s fashion show in collaboration with the world-renowned Jin Xing Dance Theatre in Shanghai’s People’s Park in 2012.
Among new additions to the team of fashion designers are award-winning Satu Maaranen and Teemu Muurimäki whose Unikko (poppy) dresses created in celebration of the iconic pattern’s 50th anniversary were featured in a number of international fashion magazines.
Design collaboration with two famed international brands, Converse and Banana Republic, brought Marimekko high global visibility. In 2012, Marimekko and Finnair began a unique partnership: two Unikko-patterned aircraft fly from Helsinki to Finnair’s long-haul destinations, and passengers on all Finnair flights can enjoy textiles and tableware with Marimekko patterns.
The output capacity of the textile printing factory in Helsinki was tripled in 2011 with the acquisition of a new rotary printing machine.
In 2015, Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko and Mika Ihamuotila assumed joint responsibility for the running of the company. Tiina acts as the President and CEO and Mika as the Executive Chairman of the Board.
Hover. Break. Puddle. You probably know these words but did you know they also pertain to drapes and curtains?
Determining the length of your drapes takes a little thought. First, ask yourself a few questions:
What is the style of the room you are having drapes made for? Is it formal or casual?
Does this room get a lot of traffic? You do have kids and pets constantly running through the room? Will there be traffic going in and out of the door the drapes will be hanging from?
What kind of flooring is in this room? Carpet? Tile? Wood? What length will look best with your type of flooring?
Not only are drapes like “Jewelry”, creating the finishing touch to your room, but they can provide privacy, help with heating and cooling cost, and make your room and windows appear larger. So it is important that we make your custom drapes the correct size.
What a difference drapes make!
This is the same sized window; doesn’t the window on the left look so much bigger?
Hang ’em HIGH and WIDE!
This is a trick that designers use to make the space appear larger than it is. Your room will look taller if your drapes hang 2″ from the ceiling. Measure 2″ below the ceiling or moulding, to the floor for your finished length. If your space doesn’t allow you to hang your drapes this high, you can hang the drapery rod 4″ above the window moulding. Measure from this point to the floor and this will be your finish length.
Next, let’s define a few terms:
Hover or Floor Length-Drapes that meet the floor:
This is the most popular option for customers to select. Floor length drapes lend a more casual look, and are a more practical option if the drapes will be opened and closed often. If you are using a drapery rod with rings, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor to get your finished length.
Trouser Break-Drapes break like a pair of trousers-one inch of fabric on the floor:
Trouser break drapes offer a tailored, but more casual look with that designer touch. Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add one inch. All fabrics look great with this look.
Minimal Puddle-Drapes “puddle” or gather slightly on the floor:
Beautifully tailored looking drapes with a minimal puddle. This look adds softness to a room for a more cozy feel. Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 1-3″ to create this look.
Moderate Puddle-Drapes with a more substantial amount of fabric gathered on the floor:
Take the measurement from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3-6″ for a moderate puddle. This style is more appropriate for rooms with less traffic, where you won’t be cleaning the floors often. This lends towards a more formal look, and drapes that puddle can really help with heating and cooling loss!
Opulent Puddle-A large amount of fabric gathered on the floor:
A more formal, luxurious feel. Measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor, and add 6-8″ for an opulent puddle. This style is usually used in formal settings, perfect for drapes that won’t be opened and closed often. For a romantic look, silk fabrics look beautiful when puddled on the floor.
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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!
As people today move through life, they adopt and blend other cultures with their own. The result is a design direction that celebrates mixed influences and cross cultural fertilization. Increasingly nomadic, our urban centers already considered cultural melting pots, are becoming progressively more diverse.
Years of globalization and the movement of people as well as product has brought about a globalized color palette and design aesthetic devoid of premeditation that we call the Celebration of Multicultural. A mash-up of influences and impossible to pin down to any one starting point, the aesthetic of Celebration of Multicultural is the epitome of a celebration of diversity. Ad-hoc curation wins, preoccupations of provenance are abandoned and designs are indiscriminately playful. The outcome is a montage of influences: old and new, traditional and experimental, synthetic and organic.
Excerpted with permission from VIEWPOINT COLOUR Issue 03 – The Play Issue.
If you desire something bold and beautiful, DrapeStyle’s Custom Silk Drapes are available in dozens of colors to choose from. You choose your fabric, pleat style, width and length and we’ll make the most beautiful high quality draperies available. For more information or to speak to one of our in house designers, please contact us. At DrapeStyle, we have been making custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. Our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
Here is an interesting story I found on Atlas Obscura: https://goo.gl/VjBSPE
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread.
Rolls of dressed fiber, South Manchester, Connecticut, 1914. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ PUBLIC DOMAIN
In October 1789, during a trip to Connecticut, U.S. President George Washington described some “exceeding good” silk lustring and “very fine” silk thread that were part of a growing domestic industry. In fact, by the time Washington wrote those words in his journal, the area that became the state of Connecticut in 1788 had been practicing raw silk production, known as sericulture, for over half a century—and silk was on the rise.
By 1826, three out of every four households in Mansfield, Connecticut, were raising silkworms, and by 1826, Congress commissioned a report on the potential for a U.S. silk industry. By 1840, Connecticut outpaced other states in raw silk production by a factor of three. Within the next two decades, however, the industry would collapse, leaving the country to wonder what went wrong.
The unlikely development of Connecticut’s silk industry came about thanks Ezra Stiles, the seventh president of Yale University. Stiles was a sericulture enthusiast who experimented with cultivating mulberry trees, silkworms’ primary food source, and even wore gowns made from Connecticut silk to ceremonies. He also sent mulberry seeds and silkworm eggs across the state, and advocated for state-sponsored bounties to encourage farmers to plant mulberry trees.
One of the biggest triumphs for the early industry was figuring out how to adapt sericulture to cold weather. Such tactics included keeping silkworms warm by raising them in attics, and figuring out how to feed them in cold weather. Michael Cook, a modern sericulturist, describes the intense care and feeding schedule silkworms require.
“Rise early, feed the worms before work; feed them again at lunch, feed them again in the evening and clean a dozen or so big trays, feed them again before bed. I was feeding a garbage bag full of [mulberry] leaves and small branches daily. Cocooning was a nightmare,” says Cook. In Connecticut with deciduous mulberry trees, that intensive feeding schedule was a problem in years with early frost. One innovation to extend the feeding season was to dry mulberry leaves, then mix them with water and flour to feed to silkworms.
Inspired by Connecticut’s raw silk production, local entrepreneurs invested in machinery to manufacture silk thread and fabric from reeled silk filaments. In 1810, the Hanks brothers opened the United States’ first silk-mill in Mansfield, Connecticut, and in 1838, the Cheney brothers opened a mill which would eventually expand to 38,000 spindles, and become the largest silk manufacturer in the U.S. The future looked bright for silk.
The problems began with a new variety of mulberry and ended with lumpy thread. Beginning with Stiles, Connecticut sericulturists had always used an Italian variety of white mulberry, Morus alba, to feed their silkworms. However, in the 1830s, as the industry pushed to expand quickly, farmers and investors latched onto a Chinese variety, Morus multicaulis, a subspecies of black mulberry which produced larger leaves and more of them per tree (today M. multicaulis refers to a different plant, a subspecies of M. alba). It could also be harvested more often. The price of M. multicaulis skyrocketed as speculators sought to profit from selling cuttings from these fast-growing trees.
Samuel Whitmarsh, a “charismatic and unreliable businessman” who owned a silkworm cocoonery in Massachusetts, stoked the M. multicaulis craze with pamphletstrumpeting the benefits of this new type of tree, and letters to various silk trade publications. Daniel Stebbins, Whitmarsh’s business associate during the craze, later recounted the story of one tree that a speculator bought in Massachusetts for $25 and sold in Connecticut to a farmer named Elder Sharp for $50. Sharp then declined an offer for $450 for a quarter share of the tree; within a year the tree was worthless. The bubble had popped.
In the bubble’s aftermath in the early 1840’s, companies along the East Coast went bankrupt, as did Whitmarsh, and angry farmers tore out their orchards. Joshua Grant, a silk producer in Baltimore, calledthe collapse a “dire disaster that has overspread the land like a funeral pall.” Then a series of harsh winters, followed by a blight in 1843-44, killed many of the remaining mulberry trees.
Despite everything, in 1847, Stebbins remained hopeful about the “sequel of the silk industry.” But the region’s sericulture had one insurmountable flaw that prevented this revival: Stiles’ gowns aside, Connecticut’s silk was not industrial grade, so silk-mills could not use it to manufacture fabric. According to cultural anthropologist Dr. Janice Stockard, who has interviewed silk reelers in South China, reeling—the practice of unwinding the filaments of silk from their cocoons—requires observation, training, and practice. In 19th-century Connecticut households, women were expected to learn the skill from pamphlets.
“In pamphlets, the term ‘spinning’ described the critical technique of reeling silk from cocoons,” Stockard says. “Women in farming households improvised, based on their experience spinning wool and using technology found in the home, including the wool wheel.”
The product they ended up with was adequate for sewing thread, but not strong enough for the industrial-silk-manufacturing infrastructure that Connecticut had begun to build. According to one scathing assessment, “Connecticut women in 70 years have not improved their knowledge of reeling.” Another issue, Stockard says, was the expectation that women could reel silk “whenever leisure from other duties permitted.” In other words, women were supposed to wedge a high-skill, time-intensive task into their already full workloads, and the result was sub-par silk.
“Simultaneously unwinding several cocoons from a basin of near-boiling water while twisting these filaments into one even thread and reeling it onto a wheel was hard,” Stockard says. “If reeling was interrupted to tend to a child or chore, the silk would gum up and lump.” Faced with this weak, lumpy thread, Connecticut manufacturers began to import raw silk from China, Japan, and Italy.
By 1881, sericulture in Connecticut had been entirely abandoned. The now much older Elder Sharp, who had valued his mulberry tree so highly, said, “Our silk was good, bright and strong, needing only patience to better understand the reeling… let us do what we can at this late day to repair our error.” Instead, silk-mills continued to import from Asia and continued to manufacture silk fabric through the mid-20th century. Today, the legacy of Connecticut’s silk industry can be seen in the white mulberry trees which have spread everywhere and are now considered an invasive species.
DrapeStyle has been manufacturing custom draperies, pillows and Roman shades for over 15 years. If you have questions or need a little advice, we’re here to help. Contact us for more information or pricing on your custom window treatments.
With the arrival of the cold winter months, having the heat on all the time is tempting although it could be extremely costly and environmentally damaging especially for home with our double insulated windows.
It’s been said that heating accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption while the cost of running an average three-bedroom home exceeds the average mortgage or rent payment.
This figure is likely to skyrocket as winter comes. For poorly insulated or homes of larger sizes; there are ways to maximize what you’re paying for and keep your home warm without having to spend a fortune on heating.
Add flannel or bump interlining to your drapes to prevent heat loss
With poorly insulated or single glazing windows, constant heating is required to maintain a warm temperature in the home as heat can easily escape through the gaps and even the seal of good window frames can degrade over time.
Flannel lined drapes are a great way to save on energy bills as the additional layer can help retain warmth inside a room during the colder weather. With extra layers of flannel or bump interlining, the thicker lining also adds fullness and body to the drapes which creates a more luxurious look.
Similarly, interlining can actually block heat from coming in during the warmer weather. This style of lining is great for keeping your room at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons. They also have the added benefits of being blackout and noise reducing.
Flannel or Bump interlining is placed between the fabric and the lining. It adds body and insulation to the drape. For an additional fee, DrapeStyle can add either to your draperies. Order samples here to see for yourself what a difference adding interlining can add to your drapes.
Keep your curtains and drapes shut at night
To maximize the heating, shut your drapes so that the warmth can be retained as much as possible. Most studies suggest 18.5ºC or 65ºF as the optimal temperature for sleeping while temperatures below 12 ºC or 54ºF and above 23.8 ºC or 75ºF is said to be disruptive.
Use door curtains
I’ve always lived in the South West, so I’ve never thought of this, but it makes since if you live in a colder climate. Use door curtains for maximum coverage and keep the cold air out while giving your home a polished look upon entrance. Although useful and convenient, draught excluders are only able to provide a bottom seal whereas door curtains can cover all gaps.
For more information on interlining, see our lining guide or contact us. We are happy to help you determine what would best suit your drapery needs.
Voile is a French word, pronounced “vwahl”. The definition; a light,plain-weave,sheerfabric of cotton,rayon,silk, or woolusedespeciallyformaking dressesandcurtains. Sheer draperies may be used alone, or layer for a more luxurious look.
Voile curtains give the feeling of a bright and spacious interior. Plus, they are easy to incorporate in any room of the home. These 100% polyester sheers are perfect for layering behind a pair of decorative curtains to block out light in the evening while also maintaining your privacy.
Patterned voile draperies are a fantastic way to create a point of focus that draws your eye. Voile fabrics come in a variety of styles and interesting patterns. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add pattern and color to a room.
Opt for Understated
The opposite of adding voile curtains to attract attention; you can also layer voile curtains to create an understated finish without having to purchase multiple sets of new curtains – an affordable option if your curtains are made-to-measure.
Layering with Shades
If you have roman shades or blinds on your windows, using sheers as your draperies will soften the look while adding a layer of texture. Using Roman shades or blinds will provide the privacy you need while the sheers can help diffuse the light.
Whether you’re looking to add privacy to your home, create a focal point in a room, or reduce the vibrancy of your patterned or colorful drapes, voile drapes are an excellent, versatile choice. Layering can be done in stages, as your budget allows.
If you have any questions about Voile curtains, please contact us or view our sheer drapes here. At DrapeStyle, our seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies. Paired with the best fabrics and quality service, you will be pleased with the results.
National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby.
I found this great website that has dozens of crafts you can create using buttons. So celebrate National Button Day by making something you can wear or decorate your home with!
Whether you’re a sewing master or an all-round crafter, you may be one of the many who have a big collection of buttons stashed away. There’s no way that you’ll be able to use them all up on fixing buttonless shirts, so perhaps it’s time to think outside the box a little. These cute and clever button projects will give you some fantastic inspiration with regards to putting your collection to good use in non-traditional ways.
This cute and whimsical button bowl is the perfect way to store your little bits and bobs like jewelry or keys. It uses the same method as the cotton thread balls where you use a balloon to create the shape you want, much like a mold, which is then popped and discarded once everything is set and dried. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYnCrafts
Everything you make doesn’t always have to be grand or complicated; you can make something as simple as a button bookmark with a paperclip that you know will be put to good use. It’s a quick and easy craft that can really help your school-going kids. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – IHeartNaptime
Simple Wall Art
I just love this fleur-de-lis symbol, although, of course you can go with practically any image or monogram as long as it’s not too detailed or finicky. The best part about this project is that you don’t have to sew the buttons – you can cheat and just glue them on! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Makely
Oh Christmas Tree
If you have a good range of sizes among all your forgotten buttons, then you may be able to make yourself a few of these charming Christmas tree ornaments. If you don’t have enough greens, though, you can either spray paint them or simply embrace the non-traditional colors. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ModernMinerals
Beautified Button Shoes
Whether you want to vamp up an old pair of shoes, or you found a plain pair on sale for next to nothing, a really cute way to do so is to add buttons. You’ll have to take the longer sewing route with these; when considering all the movement of your feet in your shoes, the buttons may just pop off if you use hot glue to attach them. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – StarsForStreetlights, ILoveToCreate and Scrapbook&CardsToday
Ok, so here’s a really nice and easy craft that is so simple, yet people don’t seem to think about it – button fridge magnets! It really is as easy as it sounds: glue magnets onto the buttons and you’re good to go! It adds a fun and playful element of whimsy to your kitchen. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BigBoxDetox
There are so many ideas and ways that you can make some really pretty and interesting necklaces, ranging from simple to intricate to chunky, so I’ve found a handful for you to gloss over and get some inspiration for your own creation. Or, you could just make them all! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – YellowBlackbird, Ohoh, TheDrewFamily and LittleMissMomma
As with the necklaces, your button bracelet making possibilities are seemingly endless. There are so many techniques that you can use, so once again, let your own imagination and creativity run wild and see what you can make with the types of buttons that you have. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – OhDearAngie, ResinObsession, HopeStudios and HomesteadRevival
I love all things bohemian, so this leather button cuff is right up my alley. If you can get the blank leather cuff with all the hardware on it then you’re already halfway there, otherwise you’ll just have to attach those yourself. This could make a really interesting belt idea, too! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LilBlueBoo
This is just too cute! It’ll perfectly adorn something like a nursery or child’s playroom. After seeing the tutorial, it’s clear that you can paint and button just about any image, but the cupcakes are definitely my favorites! DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BustedButton
Making a really cute button headband is actually really easy. The toughest part is just deciding on which buttons to use and how to arrange them – you can cover the entire piece of fabric, or you could just make a little accent part on the side. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheRibbonRetreat
These felt and button flowers are just adorable, and they’re so much fun to make, too! You could get your little ones involved in the project so that they can proudly display them in their rooms, or even give them to their teachers as gifts. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AmericanCrafts
This Christmassy garland is a real cinch to make if you can do a simple chain stitch. I love the holiday themed colors that can turn your home into a real festive place, but of course, you can just pick any colors for absolutely any time of the year. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BlogALaCart
As the weather cools you want to be cozy inside, so use warm colors to make your home feel inviting. There’s a bit of psychology going on here. We favor cool colors like blue and green during the hot months because they help us think of water and shady lawns. So during the cool months, use warm colors like red and yellow to conjure up warm fires hot drinks, and cozy blankets.
This is a good way to warm up a space with neutral color palette. Touch a piece before you decide on it-it’s the tactile fell various materials, such as rustic wood tables, scratchy woven baskets, bumpy sisal rugs and soft fur blankets.
We associate fall with textiles like burlap, fleece an wool not only for their warmth but also for the bold patterns like plaids and stripes that come with them. Plaid is a classic fall choice that turns any room into a fall-friendly atmosphere, whether with throw pillows, blankets or prints on the wall.
No fall decor is complete without a few pumpkins, gourds and fall leaves. Go outside and hunt around for bits of nature you can bring inside to display on your coffee table, scatter over your dining table centerpiece or put in a bowl on the mantel.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, chai-these are the scents of fall. Brew cups of tea to get you in the mood, and place batches of potpourri or candles around your home. You can also make a batch of spiced rum or cider to fill the house with the delicious scent.
If you are interested in updating your home with warm autumn tones, please visit our website. We have a variety of different fabrics and colors in autumn tones. We offer free fabric samples and free shipping*. Please see our website for more details or contact us for more information.
Need to get away but don’t have the time for a vacation? Want to escape a busy work day? Get lost in a book! And let DrapeStyle help you create the perfect reading nook in your own home.
Set up a spot near a sunny window or bookshelf for curling up with a book. A window seat is the perfect potential reading nook. Add a shelf with some of your favorite reads. Add a comfy cushion, a few pillows and blankets to make it cozy.
Make sure there is adequate lighting. If there isn’t enough natural light, hang a couple of sconces or add a floor lamp to the sitting area.
Kids rooms are the perfect place to create a reading space. Instilling good reading habits early will carry them through life.
Creating places to sit and read will tempt adults and children away from the call of online living and into a book instead. DrapeStyle is a custom workroom that has years of experience in making draperies, window cushions and pillows, that can help you create your own private reading nook. See our website for ideas and pricing or contact us for a custom quote.
Back in 2002 we started an online custom drapery company. Something we loved doing, something we truly felt that we were good at. Something we knew we could do well. And who would believe we would still be serving our customers 15 years later! We are humbled that our customers still have such faith in us, and we welcome new customers every day, to look through our luxurious fabrics and see and feel the quality for themselves.
For 15 years, DrapeStyle has produced the highest quality drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in the USA. We started in a small space in Southern California, and now we have a 10,000 square foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
If you are in the market for custom draperies, Roman shades or pillows, DrapeStyle can help. Silk, cotton or linen. Contact DrapeStyle and we will help you decide the right fabric for your application.
And our best quality feature is our people. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. And you can rest assured that the most experienced, talented seamstresses will be making your window treatments. Each has an average of 25 years of sewing experience and have many, many years of making custom window treatments.
DrapeStyle opened its doors (and computers?) 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.
You can certainly find cheaper drapes anywhere. But if you want gorgeous, high quality custom drapes that you will be proud to hang in your home, you won’t find a better value than DrapeStyle. Please join us in celebrating our 15th anniversary, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.
This was originally posted by Casa Collective. This guide has some really good information that would be good to share.
THE NO-FUSS GUIDE ON HOW TO HANG CURTAINS
THE CURTAIN ROD
The standard mounting height for a curtain rod is 4″ to 6″ above the window frame.
The higher you install the rod, the taller the window will appear. To make a window appear taller, install the rod from 8″ above the window frame to as high as the ceiling or bottom of crown molding.
If you have low ceilings and want to create the illusion of greater height, install the rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
To allow more light to come in when the curtains are open, the curtain rod should extend a minimum of 3″ beyond the window frame on each side.
To make a window appear wider and more grand, extend the rod 3″ to 6″ beyond the frame on each side.
Generally, the rod should be no more than 1/3 wider than the width of the window. For example, on a 54″ window you can add up to 9″ on each side (54 x 1/3 = 18) . That means the curtain rod can be up to 72″ in length.
If you have decorative trim that you’d like to reveal when the curtains are drawn back, allow at least a 12″ extension on both sides.
WIDTH OF CURTAINS
If the curtains are just framing the window and won’t be opened, you only need 1-1/2 times the width of the window.
To ensure that the curtains look full when closed, the combined width of the panels should be 2 to 2-1/2 times the width of the window.
For more fullness, opt for three times the width.
Always round the number up when determining the width of your panels. And when in doubt, go for the wider width.
LENGTH OF CURTAINS
Floor length curtains should just skim the floor or hang a 1/2″ above it.
You could allow a break of 1″ to 3″. This break is similar to what they do for trousers. The style is great for helping to compensate for uneven floors.
To create a more extravagant puddling effect, allow for an extra 6″ to 9″ in length. Tuck the fabric underneath and “poof” it up. Keep in mind, each time you vacuum the floor you’ll have to readjust the puddling. And if you have pets, they love to curl up on the extra fabric.
To determine the measurement of floor length curtains, measure from the top of the rod to the floor. Then subtract as necessary to allow for hanging hardware. If you plan to puddle the curtains on the floor, add the additional inches needed to do so.
In kitchen and high traffic areas, consider choosing a curtain length that skims the window sill.
Cafe curtains should be installed halfway up the window and be parallel to the fixed horizontal mullion (the vertical bar between the panes of glass). The length should just skim the window sill.
It’s easier to hem curtains than to make them longer, so always round up your measurements.