Celebrating Marilyn Monroe…How she influences interiors…

 August 5, 2012 will mark the  50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.    She is a true American iconic figure who  has influenced many different genres of both art and design.  She was quite the celebrity during her life and her popularity this year has mushroomed. We see her images everywhere! Learn how she influenced art and interiors with her luxurious style.

Why did Marilyn Monroe become an iconic figure?

1960’s Andy Warhol image of Marilyn Monroe. Silk Screen still from movie “Niagara”.

Some may say the reason why Marilyn became such an iconic figure was because of the American artist Andy Warhol.  Around the time that Marilyn died, Andy was in the phase of his art career where he was silk screening popular American objects and people.  Among these images were a group of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Troy Donahue, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor.  He picked most of the celebrities because they had had a big influence on the masses.  It was ironic that Andy  created the iconic pop-art picture of Marilyn the week that she died.  This gave her pictures some shock value as well as  enhancing her celebrity status.  A great documentary that I would suggest to you if you  are interested in learning more about Andy Warhol’s work is Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film: American Masters (2006) Part 1 and Part 2.

This documentary has many interesting facts about Marilyn.  Information that is specific to Marilyn starts at (1:25:08) one hour twenty-five minutes and eight seconds into the movie.   It goes on to explain why Andy thought the timing was everything when creating a pieces of art showcasing the iconic star.

How  Marilyn has Influenced Interiors?

Since Marilyn has become an iconic American symbol, many accessories and furniture pieces have been made to remember her.  I have provided some pictures to show you how many different areas in interior design Marilyn has influenced.

White lacquer french chair, upholstered in silk screened black leather. Trimmed in Silver Nail heads.

Marilyn Monroe Silk Screen Pillows.

Not only has Marilyn’s influence been seen in accessories but interior art as well…

Contemporary Whimsical Interior using Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

Traditional Interior using Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

Modern Hollywood Glamour using Marilyn Monroe Art.

Marilyn’s image is so versatile when it comes to design that you are able to use her in many different genres of interiors including but not limited to both whimsy and glamour.  If you have been inspired from this blog to create a pillow or a piece of furniture that shows Marilyn Monroe, Fabrics and Frames may be able to help.  We specialize in building custom furniture and re-upholstery.  If you have stumbled upon a favorite Marilyn Monroe fabric and wish to create your own unique piece from it, we can help!  By accepting C.O.M. (customer’s own materials) we can help you create “dream come true” furniture as well as small accessories such as ottomans and pillows.

For more fun facts about Marilyn visit: http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/movie-guide/things+didn+know+about+Marilyn+Monroe/7016543/story.html

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:


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Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir


The Influence of Dorothy Draper…

Current television shows have opened the eyes of its viewers to how interior designers can influence them.  With the abundance of interior design shows  featuring some of the top names like Ty Pennington, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Candice Olson, Thom Filica, and Nate Berkus, professional interior design help has never been so readily available to the general public as it is right now.   Even though they each have their own  individual style one thing that all of these designers have in common is that they have all been influenced by the characteristics of Dorothy Draper, the first interior designer.

Who is Dorothy Draper?

Dorothy Draper (1889-1969)

In 1889, Dorothy Draper was born into wealth  and her ideas would be  influenced by her luxurious life in Tuxedo Park, New York.  In 1923 she became the first interior designer to launch her own company.  This was a very risky move for a woman to do at that time since  the country was  struggling with women rights.  She is marked as creating the modern day Baroque Style of Interior Design, and is well recognized for large public space designs and creating modern architectural spaces.

Tuxedo Park, New York, possibly where the tuxedo was born.

One thing that made Mrs. Draper’s design so unique and appealing was her use of color.  She was known for never before seen color combinations such as: aubergine and pink infused with touches of turquoise and chartreuse.  She  used these colors when designing for some of the most prestigious places around the nation such as: The Greenbrier Hotel(West Virginia), Arrowhead Springs Hotel (California), Hampshire House (New York), Camellia House (Chicago), Drake Hotel (Chicago)…just to mention a few.

The Greenbrier Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper

Arrowhead Spring Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper. If you pay attention to the detail in the columns you will notice that the motif will be found in modern geometric designs used in today’s times.

Hampshire House designed by Dorothy Draper. Black and white checker tile, a key detail found in many of Draper’s designs.

Famous lacquered door in Camellia House in the Drake Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper.

As Dorothy Draper became  influential in interior design decor, she started to brand her style.  One of the most famous places that backed her design was the Metro Museum of Art in New York, where they allowed her to design the interior space of the dining area as well as the menus, matchbook covers, and uniforms.  The company was investing in the “Draper Touch”.  Another company was Schumacher, which offered an extensive line of fabrics which she designed, and was known for bringing the “Dorotheum” style which invoked a presence of great beauty, expense,and quality of life.  She became a regular spokesperson for the magazine Good Housekeeping Magazine, giving her personal opinions on design.  Mrs. Draper would provide the guidelines for modern day interior designers to follow.

 Spotlighting  Interior Designers who have marketed themselves in the commercial world.

Ty Pennington:

Famous designer known for the hit t.v. shows ” Extreme Make Over: Home Edition” and “Trading Spaces”, Ty Pennington started to influence the general public with his education as a designer, carpenter, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.  He possibly could have been influenced by Mrs. Draper when branching out  and marketing himself to design a furniture line through Howard Miller.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd:  

Eileen Kathryn Boyd

In the interior design world, she is known for her line of textiles that she designed for Duralee Fabrics, which include bold “ice cream” colors.  Originally she got her start by designing for the very wealthy that were in need of custom aircraft designs.  She would later brand herself , as well as designing for the elite of Huntington Village, Wall Street brokers, real estate tycoons, and celebrities.

Candice Olson:

Another T.V. personality designer who shines in the world of marketing,  Mrs. Olson has an unbelievable resume of products that she endorses to ensure her brand name.  To mention some:

1. York Wallcoverings: Wall paper

2. Norwalk Funiture Line

3. Kravet Fabric Line

4.AF LightingLine

5.Surya Rug Line

6. Revco International: occasional items

Thom Filica:

Known for his hit T.V. show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Thom Filica has mostly been endorsing himself by branding himself with high profile names such as: American Express, Audi, Bosch, Barilla, Kravet, and Soicher.  He has taken some of the marketing strategies that Mrs. Draper used during the 1920’s.

Nate Berkus:

Having the greatest endorsement deal that any one can have, Nate Berkus, became a household name when Oprah Winfrey endorsed him on her show.  Suggesting that he is one of the best designers,  she put her name behind him.  Writing books, selling merchandise at Linens and Things, and having his own television show, along with being the executive producer for the movie “The Help”, Mr. Berkus shows us how creativity can open the doors to a more luxurious life even if you are on a budget.

Like many of the designers that we talked about, Fabrics and Frames design team is knowledgeable in art, which helps us  create the best aesthetic looks for our clients.   We think outside of the box, combining both form and function, and believe that we are somewhat unique in our philosophy.  To learn more about our design team, you can read our blog       ” Meet our Blogger” (https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/introducing-our-blogger/) where we introduced our blogger and our lead designer explaining why Fabrics and Frames is so unique!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:


We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Asymmetrical Fainting Chaise Lounge


Introducing our Blogger!!!

Introducing our Blogger!

There have been so many positive responses to the blog that Fabrics and Frames provides as a service to our internet followers that I thought  our readers would be interested in knowing something about who writes this blog and where the ideas generate from.  My name is Erica Guajardo and I am the person who writes the blogs for Fabrics and Frames Furniture. I am both an artist and designer and have been educated in both areas!

Erica Guajardo writing for Fabrics and Frames Furniture.

When creating my weekly blog my ideas usually generate from an experience in my life during the week that I am posting.  Since I am involved in both the art and design world I find many opportunities to spark my ideas. I often get a new idea when talking with our design clients. When working with high-end clients in the Dallas metroplex,  we  find that there is quite a variety of personalities and ideas regarding design schemes.  Some tend to be very traditional, others eclectic, and on occasion we have the very contemporary client.   I have been working for Fabrics and Frames for the past eight years, and have learned that you must pay attention to the clients needs and leave your personal opinion  out of it while guiding them toward a polished look.  You want to direct them to what will suit their needs because at the end of the day they will be the ones living in the space that you create for them.

Using this knowledge that I have learned from working in this family owned company, I have been able to develop my own skills in regards to art and design.    One reason why the blog is so informative is because I have ventured outside of the walls of Fabrics and Frames to explore the art world and how it relates to design.  In the past year I have interned at Dallas Contemporary Museum, became a represented illustrator online through http://www.turningart.com/, created t-shirt designs, and am starting to participate in art shows around the metroplex which showcase my contemporary style of artwork.  Check out some of my art pieces below:

Girl With A Dream by Erica Guajardo. Prints available on whttp://www.turningart.com/art/gallery/search/erica%20guajardo

Walking Through Life with Movement by Erica Guajardo.  For more artwork like this visit http://www.ericaguajardoillustrations.com/.

Halloween Designed T-shirt Image by Erica Guajardo. To vote on this t-shirt getting printed visit…http://www.threadless.com/submission/440916/Exorcist_Men_T/from,lancegray02.

One of reasons I was motivated  to create my own artwork was because  when clients came in for design advice they would often complain that they could not find pieces of art to coordinate with their interiors.  I started to create images that reflected the color schemes that were discussed during that week and discovered that this made my art more marketable.  Education can come from anywhere and even though I had many design classes in school I learned the most about design under the lead designer at Fabrics and Frames, Andy Fischman.

Who leads the design team at Fabrics and Frames? 

Andy Fischman is the lead designer at Fabrics and Frames Furniture.  She is ASID certified and has guided our clients for many years in creating room schemes that they will enjoy for decades to come.  Having an excellent eye for color and space planning, Andy is able to remake a seemingly boring room into a room that will be both functional and aesthetically appealing to the customer. Designing all over the metroplex, including high-end venues such as The Ritz Carlton, The Bonaventure Condominiums, and The Grand Treviso Condos,  Andy has developed great relationships with her clients and other designers.   I should also mention that she has also designed for clients with homes in some of the most luxurious areas of Dallas such as Highland Park and Preston Hollow.  She has a personality and experience that our high-end clients love!

In 2010, Andy decided that she would venture into the art world as well, bringing high-end accessories produced by various American artists  into Fabrics and Frames, giving the showroom a completely different look!  Check out some of the art below:

Artique Decorative Trends: U.S. Artist

Artique Decorative Trends. U.S. Artist

By opening the store, Andy wanted to be able to supply high-end clients with luxury art for their homes that worked well with the interiors she created.  In design, it is  said to be that accessories are the finishing touches that make a house a home.  The items that are chosen for the room schemes reflect the personalities of the people who live in that home.  Andy wanted to make Fabrics and Frames a one-stop shop where you could create  custom furniture and accessorize your interior with one-of-a-kind art made by American artists.

Fabrics and Frames is a place where we are not only designers but artists.  Each designer on staff  has a background not only in interior design but art as well which gives us a different approach to how we see a room.  We are able to think outside of the box when it comes to difficult tasks assigned to us by our clients and find unique solutions to the problem areas in their room design.  Art is a reflection of life and your home should be a reflection of you. When you combine the two you get the perfect blend of both with a home that should make you happy for many years to come!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:


We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Extra long sectional with ottoman to match- great modular sectional look!


Square Ottoman




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