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  • Fabulous Fall Decorating Tips and Trends for the Home

    My favorite season is always the one we are about to enter. Summer is wrapping up, school has started, and pumpkin season is upon us. This all makes Fall my new favorite. The official kick-off is September 22nd, but like all of you, I am starting early. Transitioning our wardrobe, dusting off boots, and pulling out sweaters, is a sure sign that summer is winding down. It is also time to transform your home décor. The holiday rush has not started, things are getting cozy, and we are slowing down. Activities are moving indoors, and this year, we are all more comfortable gathering in small groups. What home décor trends do you want to follow this fall? The two we will focus on are color and texture. Making big changes or small, it is time to get your pumpkin spice latte or mulled cider and redecorate. Fall Color Trends Earthy colors are in for fall. This is a broad palette encompassing neutrals and colors. This year we are moving away from the cool greys that have been present. The neutral palette encompasses colors like sand, walnut, mushroom, oatmeal, dove, and cream. Shades of grey with more red in them and are closer to wood tones have more legs this season. Colors that are rich and sumptuous will build on the earthy neutrals. Starting with burnt orange, caramel, cinnamon, clay, and terracotta in the red family. For yellow and gold, look for camel and honey. Muted earthy greens like olive and moss are here for another season and will transition into winter décor. Fall Color Combinations for your Home Having an accent color like burnt orange or muted clay layered into your décor will add a touch of the fall season. The accent can be small like a decorative pillow or candle, or a statement like window drapery. Windows are an important feature in a room, so they offer a canvas for creativity. Tonal palettes have a more modern feel. Use three shades within one color family. This always looks fabulous with neutrals. Start with a light neutral like cream and then add to it with a mid-tone neutral like natural and a darker shade like tan. Complimentary colors will bring fall into your home like a pile of leaves. Combine olive with honey gold and a clay or terracotta from the red family. A new color palette this season is the combination of white, green, and brown, which can transition into the winter holidays. Fall Fabric and Texture Layering fabrics and texture is a winning fall trend. Velvet is featured this season. We are seeing smooth and textured velvets, even some with a bit of sheen. Layer boucle, linen, and other nubby fabrics to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Textured textiles can be added in pillows, throws, and window curtains. Rich velvet window curtains in a neutral like dove will be the pillar of the room. Add unique textures in a variety of decorative pillows and a warm cuddly throw to complete a living room that welcomes your family and friends. Make Fall Your Favorite Season Embrace the cooler weather and the respite before the holiday season. Transition your home by adding warm earthy colors and textured fabrics. At the drape, we offer free video design consultations to assist with décor questions like fabric and color. Book your appointment today so you can have new custom window curtains for the season.

  • How to help your students get back into the groove.

    It happens every year. Summer ends and suddenly, it is time to go back to school. What can you do as a parent to ease the transition from summer and set your family up for a successful school year? Here are 4 tips that will help families and students big and small. Tip #1 - Time Management Students of all ages and their parents can benefit from building strong time management skills. Start now and it will be a lifelong asset. Layout the expectations with your students and then together build a plan and routine that will work for each of you. Allowing your student to select the type of planner, calendar, or time management tools they want to use will give them agency in their own success. The responsibility of the adult is to follow up and make sure they use what they chose and also to let them know it is ok to try different approaches until they find the one that works best. Tip #2 - Do the work The best-laid plan and schedule mean nothing if there is no execution. Make sure that your students stick to it. It is easy to get overwhelmed and distracted, especially at the beginning of the new school year. It may take a few weeks to get back into the groove, but as the parent, stay strong. This time of year presents new challenges and schedule changes for parents too. Tip #3 - Take a break and be social Set aside time as a family to connect. Busy schedules will try to get in the way. The brain will need a break. Try taking a walk or getting outside as a family. If game night doesn't work maybe a snack break will be a better fit as a time to touch base. Encourage after-school activities that involve friends and other students. Keep checking in with your student to see how things are progressing. Tip #4 - Stay Healthy Adults and students will all benefit from eating well, exercising, and a bedtime routine. Follow a balanced diet paying attention to the USDA recommendations based on age. Make sure that your children take breaks from the computer and screen and move their bodies. A sleep schedule sets everyone up for a great next day. Turn off the screens at least 30 minutes before sleep. the optimal sleeping space is a cool dark bedroom with comfortable bedding. How does a custom window curtain company help? At the drape, we are also parents and know that there is a lot to juggle. Every little bit of help can make the household operate smoother. What we can do is help with sleep. Our blackout liner blocks 100% of light and dampens outside noises. Add the lining to any fabric we carry to create the window curtains that you and your family need. Order swatches with code 5FREE so you can touch and feel the fabrics. Fast and free shipping.

  • Fabric Spotlight: the velvet custom window curtain

    Are you looking for a little bit of Bridgerton in your home? During the Renaissance, luxurious fabrics like velvet expressed power, wealth, and taste. At the drape, we believe that everyone deserves to be surrounded by luxury. Let's take a peek at how velvet made its way into our hearts and homes. How is velvet made? Velvet is woven as two thicknesses of fabric on a specialty loom. The fabric is then sliced through the center into two pieces and which are rolled up separately. The slicing of the fabric is how the pile is created. Pile is the term for the fibers that stand tall on velvet and give it the soft hand that makes you want to pet the fabric. Velvet, like many fabrics, originated in Asia. The fabric has been dated as far back as 400 BC with origination in China. Europeans discovered the fabric along the Silk Road and became enamored and began bringing it home. Italy was the first European country to produce velvet, and to this day is known for high-quality velvets used in apparel and home furnishings. Glamorous Fabric At the drape, the velvet is 100% cotton. This is a heavy-weight drapery fabric weighing 9.5 ounces a square yard. Adding the privacy lining or the blackout lining gives the finished window panel a polished appearance. Our very soft fabric is available in 4 colors; off white, dove, indigo, and ink. In addition to the panel styles available on the website, we can custom create valances and tie-backs for a complete regency look. Style with grommets, and this versatile fabric will add casual luxury to your home. Free Swatches At the drape, we provide FREE swatches with free shipping. Use code 5FREE and we will send you any 5 swatches per your request. Before purchasing custom window curtains, review the quality and color in your home. Hold the swatches up to your window at different times of day to evaluate the aesthetic and functional appeal. In Real Homes the velvet dove, antique brass grommet style. the velvet ink, nickel grommet style You are not alone At the drape, we know that purchasing custom window curtains for your home can be overwhelming. That is why we are here to help. In addition to the free swatches, we also offer complimentary design consultations. During this video call, our designers will discuss how to measure, which fabrics and linings will work best, and anything else you may need help with.

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  • About Us Page | the drape

    Welcome to the drape. With 20+ years of experience in the home fashions industry, we're not exactly new to the curtain game. We've seen a few things, and that's why we are committed to creating our own path to offer custom curtains a new way -- a better way. ​ After decades of working in the home textiles industry, interacting with factories and wholesalers, we saw that the window curtain market has a problem. A big one. Whether it is due to limited retail space, cutting corners to make a profit, or a general unwillingness to take risks, curtain customers like you are left with limited options: fewer fabrics, fewer color choices, and an inability to meet your specific size needs. ​ Our solution? Leverage our insider knowledge and existing relationships with top designers and manufacturers in the industry and get our materials from the source. Which means our inventory includes a variety of highly curated fabrics, styles, and colors that can be customized to your exact needs. And all at a fair market price. ​ No more mark-up structure curtailing your creativity. No more visiting the expensive stores and settling for whatever they have in stock. Just the custom drapes of your dreams. That's our dream. ​ We are the drape. About us

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