Grommet panels cover - add warmth to a cozy dining area

We were thrilled to be a part of the West Egg Cafe’ renovation.  This popular eatery and gathering spot on the Atlanta’s west side is a terrific place to get a smooth cup of joe and good, southern eats.  Ben and Jen Johnson, proprietors, collaborated with Square Feet Studio to renovate the new West Egg space  The design team kept it clean and cozy- using lots of subway tiles, school-house fixtures and furnishings with warm finishes.  Drape98 was commissioned to provide grommet panels to help soften this crisp, commercial space.

Our first charge was a large bank of windows on the west side of the cafe’ that provided wonderful natural light, but, in the afternoon, let in some blinding rays.  The owners and design team wanted flexibility – let light in during the a.m. but offer some shade from the afternoon sun.  Drapes are always a great looking, affordable, functional option. By adding wall to wall, bronze grommet panels that easily open and close (we minimized brackets needed by installing a 1 1/4″ diameter rod), the drapes dimmed the afternoon rays when shut and soften each dividing pane while open.  The result is a wall of drapery that looks stunning both stacked and fully drawn.

In addition to open dining area, Ben and Jen added a communal dining table near the entrance that could be used for group dining or meetings.  The talented designers at Square Feet Studio, suggested we suspend grommet panels on either side of the communal area- providing and space definition.  To stay consistent, we again used 1 1/4″ round, Drape98 Stock Iron Hardware, with partial ceiling and wall mount brackets ( part of the ceiling was a dropped soffet) and bronze grommeted panels made from durable, Khaki fabric.

A communal dining area is defined with large panels- providing functionality and warmth to this terrific space! (And it's hard to even see the brackets!)

Upon entry, the new West Egg Cafe’ space is warm and inviting and we like to think that our drapery adds to the overall esthetic.  In fact, we’ve had several calls from West Egg diners who want this look in their homes!

In the area?  Make sure to check out West Egg Cafe for a relaxed, urban diner experience all while consuming some darn good food.  Check out their menu, location and hours at


Hollywood Drama

August 3, 2010

Numerous accessories/ Dramatic use of colorDrape98 was honored once again by assisting Dale Trice and his team at “Design Services of Florida” in creating a memorable living room at the Seaside Showhouse this summer.  The house benefited the Cultural Art Association of Walton County by gathering a talented group of designers who dressed each room as a tribute to various hollywood, iconic styles.  Dale and Drape98 worked to commemorate the dramatic and diverse collections of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.  Apparently the couple had great interest in all things “French Riviera” and “Jazz” and loved collecting things from their world travels.  Mr. Fitzgerald had an extensive group of old typewriters and Zelda, his beloved wife and native of Montgomery, Alabama, enjoyed saving beehives originating from her family farm.  The couple also kept extensive journals including details of all their exploits and infamous dinner parties!

Dale and his team worked to recreate the Fitzgerald style by using broad stokes of color (red and black) and splashing varying shades of bronze accents and natural textures throughout.  Dale also  included numerous accessories and artful pieces commemorating the Fitzgerald love of collecting. The drapes are key in creating interior drama.  Drape98 fabricated ripplefold  panels at 80% and strung them on wall mounted, custom, black rail hardware (hiding the ripplefold track).  The rods are strategically pieced together to create the “continual” look and the drapes are puddled just a bit to create a lush look.

The showhouse was a popular summer destination.  Check out the Cultural Art Association of Walton County for more details.  (Website:

Children's Stage Area

Drama Fitzgerald Style