Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I Dream of Drapery!

A few weeks before the Eddie Ross blogger party I decided I hated the color of my living room. Out went the Benjamin Moore Beacon Hill Damask and in came Sherwin Williams Fleur de Sel. After a whirlwind of painting, it dawned on me - my yellow green dupioni silk curtains weren't going to work!! With only 2 weeks left, I came very close to buying retail curtains. Luckily for me I came across I Dream of Drapery instead.
I Dream of Drapery truly fills the gap between high end curtains and retail ready made curtains. After reviewing a number of samples they sent me, I chose linen curtains with a contemporary pleat, standard light diffusing lining and 100% cotton interlining. The other curtains in my home break at the floor but I decided I wanted these to be on the longer side and ordered them 95" in length. The total for two 48" wide panels was $272 - and that included rush shipping! To give a cost comparison, the IKEA white linen curtains that are behind these panels were $50 and they're just rod pocket curtains with no lining. They work well for privacy on my 101" wide picture window but there's no comparison to the quality of the drapes.
I was really thrilled with the quality of the sewing and overall craftmanship. I'm not really sure my photos do them justice. I wanted to share my find with readers of this blog and was very pleased when Kristina Butler, the owner, was willing to answer my questions about her business. (**please note I don't receive any form of compensation for my enthusiastic endorsement - I am just really happy with my drapes!)

What drew you to the business of custom drapery and how did you start? I have had a long time love affair with fabric and design. Like most, I first began making custom curtains for my own home as I wanted something a bit nicer than what was available in retail stores and I wanted specific lengths and fabrics that were just not available in ready made curtains.
Additionally, I couldn't afford to spend thousands on custom made drapery panels through an interior designer. So, I began doing research, taking sewing classes, and making curtains first for myself, then friends, then friends of friends (you get the picture). Eight years later I Dream of Drapery was born because I wanted to offer my clients the same thing I had been looking for, quality custom curtains at an affordable price.

In addition to custom curtains with your fabrics, what other services do you offer?
We have recently also added a section to our website which allows our customers to ship their own fabric directly to us - which means that they get to support their local fabric shops and take advantage of great fabric sales, etc. We also have an option where you can select any fabric currently for sale on the web and we will give you a free quote for having custom curtains made from that fabric.

In our future: while we already make custom pillows by request, we plan on adding this as an option on our website. Also, I would love to add custom shower curtains and add more organic fabric choices.

Are you seeing any trends with your customers? Linen and silk are by far our biggest sellers. Lots of chocolate brown fabric and a fair amount of Amy Butler prints. Also lots of extra long curtains (I just finished panels that were 225" in length). Our contemporary pleat is a favorite - I love it's simplicity. Grommets as well (we offer 4 color choices). About 70% of our clients request blackout lining. Here's a pic of the Blue Smoke linen I chose.
As a comparison, here's my living room in its previous incarnation. I find it interesting that I used to love that color but now find it depressing.

If you haven't already read it - check out Joni's extensive post on curtains here.


Cote de Texas said...

oh wow! first thank you for your comment today. second thank you for your shout out - how very sweet and third - i love your new curtains - they are gorgeous. I need some for my daughter's room and i'm going to check out the web site.
thank you again, so very much!!!!!!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Oh, this source sounds remarkable...a couple of tweaks and your room looks gorgeous!
Thanks for the resource!

Windlost said...

I find drapery so complicated and so expensive. Getting good hardware, a good quality drape that isn't $1000 and then adding lining, etc. We paid a fortune for custom bedroom drapes and I vowed never to do it again. But now retail drapes just don't cut it, if you can ever find the colour, fabric, price combination that works!!

I will totally check out her site! I love your curtains also and want the same pair for my living room. By the way, i adore your yellow sofa. I am thinking of doing a yellow chair for my living room.

P.S. Soooo nice to see your beautiful room. You have such a fresh and clean style but with that historical quality I love, lovely objets, beautiful unique things. This is a perfect style in my opinion.

xo T.

Torie Jayne said...

Your room looks gorgeous with those fab new curtains, Have a sweet day!

bluehydrangea said...

Curtains look fabulous!! I am in desperate need of some window treatments so I am off to check out I Dream of Drapery. Thanks for the tip!!

pve design said...

I think I need to invite Eddie to transform my home in a matter of minutes, like you so marvelously have done! Love the "after" room!

Developing Designs said...

WOW. The room looks great! Great find on the source for the draperies. Huge bonus they can make them so fast. Thank you for sharing. It is so hard to find reliable quick service for things such as this.

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EAC said...

The new curtains look great, but I love your white slipcovered chairs! Also like the simple window hardware.

Lauren said...

great source!! they're just beautiful!!!

Michelle said...

Great idea...a hybrid of sorts. I love your living room!!


MzMannerz said...

LOVE the new curtains! Room looks great!

Pigtown-Design said...

Looks beautiful both ways, but I do love a nice linen curtain!

thomas said...

love the new look. looks great! :)

Viera said...

I love your new room. \X

Susan said...

A few months ago I bought fabric from Serena & Lily for my daughters bedroom windows. In attempt to save money, I was going to try to make the panels myself (Ha ha!). I sent the fabric off yesterday to Kristina. Thank you for the reference!!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Love your new draperies and color. I painted my study Beacon Hill Damask a while back and at first I loved it and lately I don't, have been considering repainting.

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Roxie Tenner said...

My mom said that anyone who can sew can probably sew drapes, just not those fancy ones with a lot of pleating. So if you aren’t picky and don’t need something that is super high end, just get yourself some pretty fabric panels and try to do some DIY. Unfortunately, I’m one of those can’t-sew-anything people, so I opt for the ready-made. =)

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