We are updating some of our Drapery Hardware Pages. Really cool new finials, holdbacks and tiebacks to see! Check them out!
The Holiday Season is upon us and our little drapery elves are working their little fingers off trying to get your curtains ready and shipped before the Holidays! We love this time of year. It is our busiest time for sure and our Seamstresses really do love when they have a ton of work to do. We are working 7 days per week in our workroom from now until all of our Christmas order commitments are shipped.
It is this time of year when we are really busy that we are really most thankful for all of the orders we get during the year. It is so gratifying to be able to employ such great People and make great product right here in the USA. Thank you to all of our Customers who have supported us for well over a decade.
So we launched a fresh new site design last week, really hope you like it. Our goal is to provide you with more great information on our custom made drapery and curtain products and show you more images of our products. We will never be “done” but I think we are always moving in the right direction.
We also finished the beta on our new iPad Application design. We updated it with more great drapery pictures and most importantly we have now integrated the ability for you to order fabric samples directly form the App. Most Retailers like DrapeStyle who have relied on a printed catalog for decades are looking to, or have already completely abandoned their print catalog. I don;t think that we will ever completely eliminate our catalog but having complimentary tools like our iPad App will only expand our presence in our Customers Homes. We really hope you enjoy the App and, if you still want the printed Catalog, it will always be available for you.
Thanks for your support and for our entire IT Team for their efforts.
We are so loving our Roman Shades and Roman Blinds at DrapeStyle. We’re having fun creating some great traditional and contemporary looks! Consider layering your Drapery over Roman Shades for great depth and contrast! Don’t forget to add blackout lining to roman shades and blinds as well!
We had a Designer create a nice illustration of our Cartridge Pleat Custom Curtains and Drapes. Just thought it might appeal to some of our Customers. Don’t know if we will use it for anything other than this Blog POst but I think the Artist did a really nice job.
Cartridge Pleat Drapes have been around forever and they are one of our more popular pleat options. Maybe because you can’t buy them at most big box retailers or a Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Etc. They take a special machine to make and they really do need a little extra care from our Seamstresses. They really are a very nice pleat and I often see them going into very high-end Hotels. Typically your Boutique Hotels.
I hop you like the image. We’ll be making them of each of our Custom Pleats soon.
Effective ideas that will help you transform your old home into a modern one
Interior design ideas are very important when deciding on the decoration pattern to undertake while transforming your old house to a new house. This transformation is usually very important especially for people who have old furniture and other house items and see the need for change. There are different ways through which you can be able to upgrade your house while still using the old furniture in the house. This is usually very important in that it makes it quite easy and economical to transform your house. You do not have to replace your old furniture with new ones as this might prove to be quite hard and even uneconomical. In addition to this, you may not be in a position to be able to dispose off the old furniture.
In order to spice up the interior decoration of your house, you should change the decoration pattern that exists in the “old” house. This change is usually very important in that it makes it quite easy for one to be able to note a difference in the house. You should recessed lighting to replace the already existing hanging light fixtures in the house. You should also consider upgrading the paint in your house to a modern paint, one that is very attractive and appealing to the eye. You should carry out an extensive search on the best color combination that matches the furniture and other items in your house.
It is equally advisable to give your house a feel of custom made drapery. This decoration is a high quality decoration that is able to effectively complement the house’s lighting, painting and even furniture among other items. This decoration should mainly be used in the living room and in any other room that you may feel like. The main aim of interior design and decoration ideas while upgrading an old house is so as to bring out a very clear difference, one that clearly stands out for identification. This also helps in giving your house the much needed luxurious touch.
While upgrading your old house, you should ensure that you use the already existing furniture and other items instead of purchasing new ones. However it requires you to be quite resourceful in order to identify the best interior design idea to use in order to achieve an excellent decoration. You can rely on the internet and other resource centers in order to be able to identify the best idea to use. Old furniture is better than new furniture in that the old one has a better sustainability as compared to the new one. As such the old furniture is usually more resistant to damage and breakage.
Thank you for your dedication and service on this and every Veterans Day.
The DrapeStyle Team.
We really need to communicate this better. At DrapeStyle we make each custom curtain panel, drapery panel and roman blind or roman shade to order. Since we make each of them from scratch from the roll of fabric there is literally no limit to the length or width of drape that we can make. So, if you have 18 foot tall windows, we can make your drapes for them. Have extra wide windows. no problem. We make drapes for virtually every size and shape of window there is, period. We even make custom curtains for stages and auditoriums.
The following image is for draper that we made for a restaurant in San Francisco. The curtains are about 25 feet long and they turned out to be, well, gorgeous.
Please call us if you can seem to find the perfect width or length on our website. Also, please be sure to check the wide variety of lining options as well, including blackout lining and English Bump.
When it comes to luxury custom silk and linen drapery there is really one secret of better interior decorators that you need to know. Designers and Decorators who really want to bring value to their Clients will almost always specify blackout curtains and drapery for their homes. If you are in the warm tropical climate in Florida or in the cold and wet Northeast Blackout Curtains will make a huge difference for your home. Blackout will reduce the light (almost all of it) from passing through your drapes and ultimately increase the life time of your drapes, carpet and upholstery.
Blackout also has the added benefit of making your room perfectly dark when you want it. So, Home Theaters or just a cozy bedroom or living room are perfect for blackout drapery. And blackout doesn’t need to break the bank. At DrapeStyle we offer an upgrade on any of our custom drapery panels to “Blackout” for just $99. Well worth the investment. If you have ever considered upgrading your drapery lining to blackout you really need to make the investment, it will pay dividends for years to come!
Once in a while we get the chance to be part of a really cool decorating or restoration project. Our most recent was in Paris California at the March Air Force Base. The Base is well over 50 years old and they had the opportunity to re-decorate the Officers Club. The Club was, well, it was tired. But it also had tons of character. You could sit in the 1950′s era deep red leather lounge chairs and just think of the conversations that Officers must have had in them back in World War II. I think most of the paint and wallpaper was pretty original and the bar top – definitely. The Team in charge of the re-model kept all of the that nostalgia and just freshened it up a bit. They really maximized their budget.
DrapeStyle was awarded the bid to make all of the new custom curtains and drapes. The Design Team chose a classic sheer curtain style and roman blinds that worked really well and didn’t break the bank. We’ve done many commercial drapery projects at DrapeStyle but this was our first time doing a Project for the Military. We really felt proud to have been selected and to have been able to make the new drapery right here in the USA. I guess at the end of the day it just made us proud to be Americans.
Thank you very much to all of those who serve.
About six months ago DrapeStyle opened our new Orange County California Production Facility. With our expanded capacity we are making more Roman Blinds than ever before and prices to fit any budget. Unlike most Roman Shade and Blind Retailers, DrapeStyle makes our Blinds to order, by hand in the USA.
Our Shades and Blinds are available in over 300 fabric options from incredible Designers and Mills like Schumacher, Kravet, Lee Jofa and Duralee just to name a few. Of course if you are on a Budget, we have your Blinds too. Our Budget conscious Blinds are available in 100 cotton fabrics and poly/cotton blends. Regardless of your selection of fabric, all of our shades and roman blinds are made to the exact same custom specifications that you would expect from DrapeStyle including solid hardwood header boards.
Our Roman Blinds and Shades ship in 2-3 weeks and are a perfect compliment to our custom made curtains and drapery.
Our hearts go out to everyone in the Tri-State Area. At DrapeStyle we have a very special connection to the area, especially the Jersey Shore where several of us are from and we still spend a great deal of time there. The one important truth that I keep reminding myself us is the resilience of the American People, especially those from New York and New Jersey.
It is easy to forget that hurricanes, major hurricanes are frequent along the Central Atlantic Seaboard. As I child I was a witness to several. I also remember my grandmother showing me photos of the storm that hit Long Beach Island in 1962. My Family has had a home on LBI since the early sixties and in the late fifties my grandfather would often spend weekends in the fall on LBI duck hunting. He was there in 1962 when a storm nearly wiped the island away. Although not considered a hurricane, the storm of 62′ cleared nearly all of the home off the island. Of course, when these homes were built they weren’t built to today’s building codes. Almost none of the houses were built on pilings and most were used as weekend bungalows or hunting cabins. After the storm of 1962 building codes required homes to be built to much higher standards and piling requirements were made code.
Our LBI Home is in Ship Bottom. We’re at the center of the island in a working class neighborhood. Not nearly as popular as Beach Haven and not as cosmopolitan as Love Ladies but it has been our family retreat since the mid-sixties. My father bought the home after we had rented it for a couple summer weekends. The owner just asked if he was interested and after an exchange of about $6,000 our family owned an LBI home. My dad often laughs that, at the time, he had no idea what the house was worth – or that he could have bought a beach front or bay front home for maybe $500 more. Didn’t really matter and still doesn’t. My childhood was spent at that home and most of my happiest memories are there.
Nearly half of a century after after my parents purchased the home it is still as much of a part of my Families DNA than ever before. My children now consider LBI their summer home and although we live on the west coast, not a mile from the beach, they can’t wait until we travel back to LBI every summer. For them, LBI is the beach.
The little shack that we spent the summers in when I was a child was replaced by a new home in the mid-1980′s. The original home that we named “The Aussie” was the “original” LBI Home. What it lacked in amenities it certainly made up for in character. No heat, no air-conditioning and a screen door that I can still hear slapping shut when I think about it. Every inch of that house had memories attached to it. Memories that I hope I never forget.
Time will pass for this disaster and homes will be rebuilt. Neighbors will become closer and communities will thrive.
DrapeStyle, Today announced a new Consumer Financing Program in conjunction with “Bill Me Later” a division of PayPal. Qualifying Consumers who purchase new Custom Window Treatments from DrapeStyle will receive the option of making no payments and pay no interest for 6 months.
“This is a great way for our Customers to make improvements to their homes and reduce their cash-flow for a period of time. Anything we can do to help increase Customer’s spending power is a good thing for our Customers, DrapeStyle and the economy in general” said Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle.
Details of the Program are available here.
We get calls all of the time about installing our drapes all across the US and Canada. Our list of DrapeStyle Installers has you covered – coast-to-coast. Our custom drapery ships all over the world including Austrailia, Switzerland and the UK. But we really like shipping luxurious DrapeStyle Drapery to places like Flower Mound Texas, The Woodlands, Charlotte North Carolina and all over South Florida. We’ve got you covered in Boca Raton, Miami and all of Broward County. We’ve got you covered in Ocean County New Jersey, all of North and South Jersey for that matter. Chicagoland? Yep, how is Naperville, Hinsdale and Oakpark?
We may be based in California but after over a decade of installing our Roman Blinds, Drapery Hardware and Window Treatments all over this Country we are pretty confident that we’ve got you covered from Kona to Kansas City.
Can DrapeStyle make very long curtains and drapery? Extra wide curtains and drapes? Blackout curtains? The answer, of course, is YES! We really need to do a better job of letting everyone know that DrapeStyle makes each drapes from scratch. We don’t bring them in from India or China, we actually unroll the fabric, cut them and make the drapery the old fashioned way. Making drapes here in the US went our of fashion about five decades ago but we still make them here. Manufacturing in the US – California no less, is certainly not the least expensive way to make drapery but it does allow us to make the very best quality in the business. Luxury and quality custom made drapery is what we have been about for well over a decade.
So, the short answer is, yes – DrapeStyle can make your extra long drapes, extra wide drapery and blackout curtains for your home theater room! If you don’t see exactly what you need on our website just give us a call. Our Team of Designers (Yes – they really are Designers) can help you create the perfect drapery to your exact specifications and measurements. And we can probably make them for less than what you would think. Just give us a call!
We just shipped out new 36 page drapery catalog about a week ago. Man, it really is a lot of hard work to put one of these together. We’re all so excited when we got it back from the printer, smelling the ink (just one of our staff was) and then here comes the mail for today. Right on top of the pile is the new Restoration Hardware Catalog. My gosh, really? This thing is like three volumes thick, each volume over a hundred pages! They must have a staff of 50 people working on this thing!
Crazy how expensive the printing of a good catalog is too. To be honest, we have printed our catalog for years in China where we were spending about half of what we would pay to print in the US. This edition, however, we brought it back to the US. It is noticeably better quality, especially the colors. When you are selling widgets and the color doesn’t make a big difference than maybe you can print in china, but when selling custom curtains and drapery color matters. We’re back in the US to stay, I’m pretty confident of that.
Oh, the iPad version of the catalog is out too. We love the iPad and we are making some great new improvements to it that will be out next month. Soon you will be able to order fabric samples directly from the iPad App! Pretty sweet!
When you are looking for new custom drapery to cover your large, small or odd sized windows, chances are that you won’t find what you need at one of the chain stores. Most of the chain stores carry ready-made drapes that are made in India or China and typically come in for or five sizes.
My Sister recently bought a new home in Haddonfield New Jersey. Haddonfield is in Southern New Jersey and is a really gorgeous historical town. The homes in Haddonfield are historical and very traditional with plenty of character to spare. When Pam purchased the home she wanted to replace all of the drapery with a combination of silk and linen. Because the windows are nearly 200 years old they are quite drafty and don’t provide a great deal of insulation during the cold New Jersey winters.
When Pam measured the windows none of them were what you would consider “standard” sizes. They also weren’t very large. Her ceilings are high but like most homes built during this period the windows (glass was an expensive luxury) were small and drafty. An important thing to remember is just because you you have small windows you should still select you drapery as if they were large windows. Especially if you have high ceilings. Adding tall drapery will add a great deal of height to the space and hide the fact that you have small windows.
In my Sisters home will also added English Bump Interlining. English Bump is a very thick cotton flannel lining that has been used for centuries to help provide insulation in homes. As you would guess by the name, English Bump originated in England where wealthy aristocrats would use it to insulate their drafty homes. Bump still works amazingly well and really makes a room cozy and well insulated. Another benefit of Bump is that it really adds weight to the drapery and makes them “hang” very elegantly. If you have a drafty room you should really consider Bump. Also consider this golden rule for truly elegant and luxurious drapery and curtains, if you have large windows, tall windows, round windows or small windows, you still want to use the maximum height available. Don’t skimp with standard size ready-made drapes, truth is you can get quality custom drapery which will last years longer and provide you with great insulation.
We often get phone calls about ready-made drapes. You know, the ones sold at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware as well as other larger retailers. These drapes are typically made in China or India and are available in “standard” lengths and widths. Generally ready-made drapes come in 84 inches, 96 inches and 108 inches and come in a rod-pocket header or pleat style. There really is nothing wrong with ready-mades and for the majority of home-owners they will work just fine.
The challenge with ready-made curtains is when you have a window that is not “standard”. Most new homes today are being built with custom windows that are no longer cookie cutter, standard window sizes. Windows today are typically wider than average and certainly much taller than standard. With taller and wider windows you really are not going to get away with ready-made curtains or drapery. Especially if you you are looking for quality of fabrics and linings.
When we speak to Customers who have a ready-made budget but custom taste we often direct them to the discount department of our website called THE | OUTLET. We started THE OUTLET about five years ago as a way of selling, at deep discounts, the remnant drapery fabrics that we had left over from orders we had finished. At DrapeStyle, we literally make each drapery by hand and we will very often have left-over fabrics. We started to store all of these fabrics in a small warehouse space that we had and then one day realized, wow, we have a lot of fabric left over and so THE | OUTLET was born.
The important thing to realize about our Outlet is that you are not buying damaged or rejected items. In most cases you are just buying drapery that we are making from remnant fabrics from larger jobs. When we list curtains or drapery on The Outlet we will calculate what the maximum length and widths are that we are able to make from the fabric and let our Customers select their exact measurements up to the maximum we can make. Of course, since we already have the fabric on hand (and have paid for it) we can and do discount items in The Outlet by 30%, 40%, 50% or even as much as 70% off the retail price. And, as an added bonus, we can also usually make the drapery in The Outlet faster because we have the fabric in our warehouse.
So, getting back to ready-mades. I know this has been a long winded explanation, but for our budget-minded Customers who have taller windows, wider windows or just odd-shaped windows and they still want very high quality, please keep an eye on THE OUTLET! We love it when we can help a Customer save 50-60% off and still get the truly hand made custom quality drapery that they would not have gotten from a department store. Even if your looking for blinds on a budget, roman shades or pillows make sure to check The Outlet often!
Just one word of advice, when you see drapes in the perfect size on sale in The Outlet don’t hesitate, you need to buy the fast. Items in The Outlet move very quickly and many times when they are gone, they are gone!
Well it’s that time of year again. We’re starting to prepare for a new photo shoot for images that will be used in our next catalog. Every year we try to complete about three photo shoots, some years a little less, some years a little more. For our next shoot I thought it would be fun to take you through the creative process with us. I’ll try to leave out most of the boring and tedious logistical details and focus on how we approach each shoot creatively. How we determine which windows to shoot, how we dress them, etc. Tag along, I hope you will enjoy the process.
For our next shoot we spent a few weeks looking for a suitable location. Finding the “right” location is probably the most difficult part, and arguably the most important part of any photo-shoot. We try to never shoot int he same house more than once and each home we find will always have some specific challenges. Are the windows too wide, too dark, too tall. What is the style of the house and does it mix with the types of window treatments we are trying to shoot? There is also the delicate matter of working with the Homes Owners. We are always very professional and extremely respectful of the contents and decor of any home we shoot in but there are always challenges that arise with scheduling, timing, even whether the Owners pets will be inconvenienced by our crew.
For this shoot we are lucky. We found a home that is not very far from our offices in Orange County. And, the best part is that it’s a bank-owned property that is totally vacant. Love this. We have a couple blocks of time that we have booked and we will be in the house exclusively for eight hours at a time. The down-side (there are always down-sides) is that the house is not 100% perfect. It is brand new construction with large, tall windows and doors with great hardware and really high dramatic ceilings. I think the home is probably 5,500 square feet. Unfortunately, the back yard was never completed by the Developer before he apparently lost the home to the Bank. So we don’t have a killer background to shoot where we would be able to hang some great outdoor drapes or shades.
The basic style of the home is more “Tuscan” with dark woods, very high ceilings, lots of iron and exposed beams. So the idea of shooting contemporary window treatments is not going to work. And, unlike the more bleached wood look that is pretty hot at the moment (thanks to Restoration Hardware) the woods in this home are more in the cherry wood and teak. We can work with this.
Once we’ve selected the appropriate windows and doors that will be shooting we will next have to send out one of our Installers to measure. The windows are a bit odd-sized and no doubt 100% custom. Our Installers will visit the home in the next couple of days and get all of the measurements that we will need to start specifying the hardware. The hardware has the longest lead-time of anything we sell so we will want to get that order in as soon as possible. We’ll be looking at iron hardware for sure as it will compliment the homes interior the best. The taller ceilings and windows will require some extra production time for the curtains as well.
Stay tuned for the next installment as we determine fabrics that we’ll be start to create or drapery and shades from.