We are happy to introduce Stefeny Stanyer as the newest addition to our DrapeStyle staff. Stefeny will be working as a design consultant providing sales support to our walk-in customers as well as phone sales. Stefeny has 5+ years experience as a window treatment specialist working primarily with Interior Designers on complex projects, combined with her formal education in Interior Design we are confident that she can provide expert assistance for our customers’ growing needs. With Stefeny now on board we are thrilled to offer in-home consultations to local customers who wish for extra guidance in designing their draperies and selecting their fabrics.
So we uploaded our new iPad App today to the Apple Store and we are really excited about it. The new app will be an update to our current version. The coolest feature of the new App is that you now order fabric samples online via the App!
We’ve also done some updating to the content of the app, featuring some great new images and added more drapery hardware and accessories like tassels and tie-backs. Still can’t order drapes from the app but, after all, that’ what we have the website for.
We really look forward to your feedback on the new App!
Not sure of what the significance of 12-12-12 is but I guess we should “celebrate” it? I saw on the morning news that thier is a rush for people to get married today so that their wedding license says “12-12-12″. So, for whatever it may be worth, “Happy 12-12-12″ from all of us at DrapeStyle!
So I was sitting in my local Restoration Hardware in Fashion Island last week. I really do love that store, they have really great stuff. I’m sitting in that new “aero” looking chair with the leather and stainless steel. Might be aluminum with the rivets showing. Really cool Howard Hughes looking chair. I really do love it.
So, I’m sitting there and next to me sitting on the matching couch to the chair is this really nice couple. They are speaking to one of the Sales Associates about buying some drapes for their large windows. Now look, if you are looking for ready-made drapes that are pretty good quality. And, you need them NOW, than by all means go visit your local Restoration Hardware and see what they have.
Now here is where things got a little bit off track. So, this Couple has extra long and extra wide windows that they need drapery for. So they are going to buy eight ready-made drapery panels from Restoration Hardware and have them sewn together. My ears have perked-up a bit. They do the calculations to figure out exactly how much coverage they need and determine the 8 panels will handle it. Sew 4 together for each side. I’m thinking this is pretty creative. They were not crazy about the rod-pocket pleat option or the fact that their local seamstress was going to charge them $300 to sew them all together but they were committed to the idea.
I’m still admiring the leather and aluminum chairs.
The next thing I know they are up at the register checking out. I hear the Sales Associate give them their total. It came to almost $2,000 for their Cotton / Linen Blend Drapes. Youser! Now on top of the $2,000 they are going to pay their seamstress to sew the panels together to make two large panels – keep in mind, these are still rod-pockets! They are spending $2,300 for ready-made drapes.
Of course I bit my tongue. Would not be polite to me to say something while I am sitting in Restoration. After all, I really do love their stuff. But let me get this off my chest. If you are going to buy ready-made drapery panels and sew them together to make larger panels, please call us. Tell us what you need and what your budget is. I will almost guarantee that the difference in price will be negligible and the quality will be much better. I promise. In the long-run you will be much, much happier.
Now, if you are looking for a really cool leather-aluminum chair, I can’t help you their, go to Restoration Hardware for sure.
Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom. I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does. Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.
DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China. We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others. We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.
Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made. It may make a difference to you.
Thanks as always.
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!