Integrating the current trend towards modular furniture in your home! Is it for you?

When shopping for furniture today, you will find that many of the choices these days are leaning towards more  contemporary designs.  Although there are many different designs in contemporary furniture, one style that is very compatible with the contemporary look is modular furniture.  One of the best  reasons to incorporate modular furniture into your design is that it allows you to create many different looks using several small pieces if the initial design was aesthetically correct!  From high-end to low-end furniture this look is becoming very popular.

Fabrics and Frames Contemporary Modular Furniture. (2012)

Recently this year, a new customer came to Fabrics and Frames Furniture  requesting a specific modular styled furniture look that she had seen in another local furniture shop.  She loved the style, but the fabrics that the store offered in their design did not coordinate with her interior space well.  Since Fabrics and Frames builds furniture one piece at a time, she asked if we could create a similar look for her in the fabrics of her choice.  Above is a picture of the completed  pieces that  were constructed for her and her husband. It  fit their room and lifestyle perfectly!

Since Fabrics and Frames is a custom furniture shop, we can create anything that is upholstered. We always keep in mind that the furniture should be fully functional for the client as well as beautiful.  For 34 years we have been manufacturing furniture and we have developed an eye for design that to some may seem to be “knit-picky”. We understand the “do’s and don’t’s” of  properly constructed furniture.  After analyzing the original modular pieces from the local shop that our client wanted, we noticed that the seating height was a little low to be comfortable for most people, so we adjusted the  chairs accordingly so that it would remain functional through out the years.  What many customers don’t realize is that foam will get softer over time. Although you may buy a piece of furniture that is fairly firm at first, over the years the foam will eventually begin to break down and get softer. When this happens  the seating height of the furniture will change and  you will tend to sit lower than the original design.

Since we try to take all things into consideration when designing a new model, another area that was discussed with our clients when creating this look for them was the width of the seat.  In the original design the seating area was approximently 12″ wide. We thought this was just a little too narrow for most people to be comfortable sitting on. While it may have been enough space for a small, petite person to be comfortable while sitting on one section of the modular piece, we adjusted the seat to 16″ so that it still maintained the same look as the original design but was now more functional for most people.  Check out the difference between the original model and our new refined model.

Local Shops Version of Modular Piece

Fabrics and Frames Modular Furniture (2012)

One aspect of modular furniture that is a constant issue for most of our customers is how to keep all the pieces  connected together without separating as it gets used.   That’s why we have incorporated small connector brackets at the bottom of the base so that each chair would not spread apart when used, but would be easy for our customers to interchange combinations when they wanted.

So How Do I get this look for myself?

When designing a modular sectional like this, it is best to combine a combination of fabrics that cordinate well with each other, but don’t compete with each other, so that the furniture will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  A rule of thumb for this particular look is to choose three fabrics that are solid, one stripe, one texture, and two medium-large patterns.  Check out the fabrics which we used on these specific pieces.

Three Solids: (Hint: Choose three different values of tones to create contrast in look)

Dark Solid by Kasmir Fabrics

Light Solid by J. Ennis Fabrics

Medium Copper Brown Solid by Maxwell Fabrics

Stripe:(Displayed horizontally on one piece in order to have a variety of direction in the patterns and would not compete with the textured fabric direction)

Stripe by Fabricut Fabrics

Texture: (Displayed Vertical Direction)

Texture by Greenhouse Fabrics

Two Medium- Large Patterns:  (Scale your prints Medium to Large so you create a bold statement with the fabrics chosen.  Also, take into consideration the scale of the chair , as you will want to make a selection that is appropriate to the chair size.)

Medium Print in Light Colored Background by Maxwell Fabrics

Medium Scaled Pattern with Dark Background by Duralee Fabrics

Since this is a modern look for the room, what type of art do I coordinate with the  furniture?

Once your furniture is completed and placed in the room, it is time to consider what art will best complement your furniture. It is often difficult to imagine art in interior spaces.  There are many different looks and it is sometimes hard to image which look is best for your home.  I have constructed three different looks which coordinate well with this specific look of modular furniture.  Check them out below.

Abstract Look: This look will give a tranquil feeling to the room. Choosing a color that is already incorporated  in the color scheme of the room will tie all aspects together.

Statement Art Look: Above is a POP inspired image by local Dallas artist Erica Guajardo which shows how you can create a statement with art in tall ceiling spaced rooms.

Wood Art Look: Currently in design there is a trend of  using recycled wood  for art purposes. Create a art inspired piece with old woods which pull from the tones of the room.

If you are in the market to create a modern custom look for your home,  Fabrics and Frames Furniture can help!  Come talk to us in our showroom with any samples, images, or ideas that you may have to see what we can create for you!  A special thanks to the Butterly’s for their help with this blog.

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

www.fabricsandframes.com

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Shepard Fairey and Interior Design…

This past weekend I attended an opening exhibition for the famous “OBAMA HOPE” Artist Shepard Fairey at a gallery in Dallas called Public Trust which showcased his new collection called  “Printed Matters”.   This exhibition featured some of the artist’s new works on wood and zinc  plates which were inspired by  the legal troubles that he encountered since the release of his series of political posters.  Fairey has emerged as a mainstream artist since this original design came out in 2008.  This image is seen as the iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States, although there are several different variations depending on the typography used.

Shepard Fairey: Obama Hope Poster
Trivia: Originally printed in one day,
featuring a collection of 350 posters and were sold on
the streets the same day they were printed.  
Posters may feature the typography of “hope”, “progress”, and “change”.
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust” Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Bayshore Billboard
silkscreen on wood, Edition 1/2
24 x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust “Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Writing’s on the Wall
silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. AP
24x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust Exhibion 2012
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust ” Printed Matters”Exhibition 2012
Defiant Youth
Silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. 2/2
24 x 18in

So how has Shepard Fairey influenced Interior Design?

Miami, Florida is well-known for its arts district and hosts art shows in the district of Wynwood once a month  on every second Thursday.  Wynwood Art Walks are a collaboration of the top artists around the world who are represented in a number of galleries in the area.   In this district you will find galleries, restaurants, and entertainment to keep art viewers intrigued. Shepard Fairey partnered up with the owners of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar’, which is located  in this district, to design a restaurant to represent some of the top artists in a unique dining experience.

Shepard Fairey Installing at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

The idea behind the interior  of the bar is to juxtapose high end art with a luxurious hip atmosphere.  This  allows the restaurant’s diners to have a more enjoyable, creative dining experience.  By using beige, black, and red toned art throughout allows the atmosphere to better come alive once furniture and audience is present.  By installing art throughout the space, both inside and outside the restaurant, Fairey ensures that art seekers will enjoy the ultimate dining experience.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

So how do I get a look for my establishment that looks like Wynwood Kitchen and Bar?

Although most companies will not be able to afford Shepard Fairey original murals in their establishments, they may be able to find a local street artist that is willing to be commissioned to create murals on their company’s walls. Another idea would be  to print a favorite image on a transparency and enlarge it onto the wall using a projector so that it is scaled appropriately, then trace and paint it accordingly.  Once the mural is in place in the establishment, start planning for furniture to be placed in!  Wynwood was created with driftwood accents, dark oak tables, and metallic leather upholstered furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we offer a line of real and faux leathers which can create this metallic upholstered furniture look for you! These trends can give texture to your interior and yet not be too overwhelming if placed correctly.  When designing in exotic textures remember the mottoes “Less is More”.  Check out the faux leathers below! Some look so real that it is hard to believe they are fake!

JF Fabrics
Reptile Embossed Vinyl- Patent Leather Finish
Pattern: Hip Hop
Color34j5411

Robert Allen Fabrics
Pattern: Kidskin
Color: Silver

J. F. Fabrics
Stretchable Vinyl for Distress Leather Look
Pattern: Houdini
Color:59J5401

Even if you don’t own your own business you can apply these same ideas to your  home for a truly unique room. If you enjoy that very artsy look and are looking for something new to try this may be a great idea for you! Complement the art and paint in the room with unique upholstery pieces including funky chairs, interesting banquettes with metallic leathers, or even leather upholstered bars.  If your design is to be the major focal point in the room then your furniture should have clean, fluid lines that will complement, not overpower, the art and fabrics in the space.  At Fabrics and Frames we want to help you create a space that is uniquely “you”.  We can design that perfect piece for your room so that it will be a true reflection of your ideas and tastes whether you are a little funky or a true traditionalist.

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

www.fabricsandframes.com

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

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Green Design…Is it in you?

We have started noticing a trend toward more and more ” green” design as we all become more concerned about our shrinking natural resources .  As a collective generation we are more aware of the carbon footprint that we may be stamping on our Earth.  There are a number of ways we can create new environments by using green design while still staying  trendy and current.  From art to interior design, green design is starting to emerge as a real possibility. Below is some information on a couple of artists who are making art green for the home while still making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Debra Broz

Debra Broz: Fanged Bunnies
http://www.debrabroz.com

Broz specializes in small antique “oddity” ceramics, which are a blend of various vintage animal inspired images representing the black humor and whimsical approach of genetic mutations.  Having a background in china & porcelain restoration allows Broz to recycle vintage ceramics and give them new life in a quirky humorous way.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Broz and her unique oddities and asked her “How did you first become interested in creating objects of this fashion?” She explained to me that while working in her past job as an understudy for an artist who was learning how to restore porcelain and ceramics, she was inspired to start creating her own versions of mutated animals.

Creating new animals using an additive process to a vintage piece enhances the chance of the animals finding a new home and life.  In my design and artistic opinion, Mrs. Broz is doing her part to help the environment by recycling vintage ceramics and making sure that we don’t have another chemically altered material lying in our landfills. Instead we have an artistic innovative approach of creating special pieces for us to fill that special niche in our home as well as bringing  smiles and warm fuzzies into our lives while viewing.

Debra Broz: Serpentine Geese

Brooke Gassiot

Close Material Shot of Brooke Gassiot Light Box Design. Featuring Recycled Prom Dresses and Embroidery to create Mirrored Light Box Design.

Another artist who is starting to make headway in the interior design world by recycling is the Austin local, Brooke Gassiot.   She is an established artist who specializes in installation works of art.    Her light boxes are miniature designs of her larger interactive works which intrigue the viewer into wanting to know more about the materials used and how they interact with the ambiance of the space.  Using textures that create interesting silhouettes when lit, these particular compositions have an amazing depth perception in the realm of art.  Currently finding many of the objects used from local thrift stores and found objects, she creates designs which are innovative from an interior design perspective because her art changes when looking at it at different times of the day depending on the light.

Each of her light boxes is created using a dimming light so that it allows the owner to have the option of changing the ambiance of the room.  This is a great way to keep energy down within the home and still be able to enjoy the space.

Brooke Gassiot: River
Commission Piece for Austin Interior Designer
http://brookegassiot.com/

So how is the  “green” design impacting the Interior Design World?

Just as many artists are starting to understand that “Going Green!” is the way of the future, we are also beginning to see that interior design fabrics are becoming more green by using Eco-friendly materials.  Two great companies which endorse their environmentally friendly fabrics are Kravet Fabrics and Robert Allen Fabrics.  Both have placed a section on their websites which direct their clients to fabrics using recycled materials.  Check out some of these fabrics which are environmentally friendly…

Kravet Green: Eco-Friendly Weaves

Kravet Green featuring Fabric number 29191

Robert Allen Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Robert Allen: Paint Spray/Cobalt

 

Robert Allen: Lindy Hop/ Mist

 To learn more about what makes Robert Allen’s Fabrics Eco- Friendly visit: http://robertallendesign.com/eco/index.aspx

At Fabrics and Frames we endorse living “Green” even when building new furniture.  We carry lines like Kravet Green and Robert Allen Eco-Friendly to help our customers make the decision to begin converting to a sustainable lifestyle a little easier.  We can also reupholster and refurbish older pieces of furniture with eco-friendly fabrics so that they re-emerge into new pieces of furniture fit  for your current lifestyle. We believe our precious earth  deserves saving and we want to do our part. Please feel free to share with us any of your  own innovative ideas which might help your interior and lifestyle become more green so we can share with our readers. All of us can help preserve our environment for future generations in lots of small ways and we appreciate your input!

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

www.fabricsandframes.com

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

Erica Guajardo’s Artwork which is featured at Fabrics and Frames Furniture in VMA commercial?

Our blogger’s artwork was featured at the 2012 MTV’s VMA’s. She recently entered in a commercial contest for Sharpie and was chosen as one of the artist in the new music video featuring California Wives. Check it out!

To learn more about her as a artist, Visit her personal blog hosted by WordPress.

http://ericaguajardoillustrations.wordpress.com/

 

 

Fabrics and Frames featuring Erica Guajardo’s Artwork

Understanding Color, and Learning New Color Combinations!

Color is a very influential part of our lives because it surrounds us everywhere everyday. It has been broken down to a science in order to understand how it  influences us on a daily basis.  Some of the greatest artists of all time have put great effort into understanding this science and how it will make their compositions stronger.  Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin are two artists of the twentieth-century who are known for their notorious vibrant color choices.  When they were creating their iconic works of art the color choices that they were using were unlike any others, which gave their images much bolder statements than the other artists of the time.

The Dessert Harmony by Henri Matisse
1908
Oil on Canvas
Part of the Impressionism Movement
Permanent Collection of the Hermitage Museum

Under the Pandanus Tree by Paul Gauguin
1908
Oil on Canvas
Cloisonnism during his 1st Tahiti Period
Dallas Museum of Art

During the time that these two artists were creating their masterpieces, another man by the name of Albert H. Munsell began giving logic to color.  He was known for creating the Munsell Color Tree, which in reality was the first color wheel.  This was a three-dimensional color wheel, which was divided by hue, value (lightness), and chroma (color purity). He would “show gradation in saturation horizontally without changing value, which was represented along the vertical axis.” (Fisher,21)  Although he was not the only one to create a way of making sense to color, he was the first to invent the logic behind color theory.

The Munsell Color Tree

In the 21st Century we now have companies like Pantone which have created a color matching system to ensure that you get the exact color that you want every time.  It allows brands and labels to have consistency in their color choices when it comes to logos.  The way the system works is that each year Pantone will introduce the current colors of the year. Some stay for multiple years and some get discontinued.  As soon as the color is announced fashion and interior design trends emerge continuously creating new color combinations and “Colors of the Year”.

2014 color of the year

2014 color of the year

2014 Colors of the Year

2014 Colors of the Year

Click this to find out more about Home and Fashion Products from Pantone

So why is it important for me to know about color?

Believe it or not, every time you walk into a clothing store you are surrounded by products that merchandisers have picked for that season.  The colors that they choose are based off of the fashion colors of the year which are related to color theory.  In the beginning of the year, I remember entering  the mall and in every window, throughout the stores and  at the front of the check out counter in a retail store you saw ” Radiant Orchid”.  If you thought that this was by coincidence, you were fooled!  This is the color of the year and they were trying to force the consumer into purchasing their products.  There are studies that show while waiting in line to check out , you will pick up at least one extra “unnecessary” item because it’s there.  This is a suggestive selling technique that is used by most merchandisers.  This is why they will put small accessories toward the register because you are more likely to pick up that small item and purchase it just because it is just a couple of dollars extra added to your over all bill.   Just like when you are in a grocery store and the line stops at the candy isle, you want that candy…But will you take it?  That’s the choice that you will have to make! So it is the same  with color. Designers in both fashion and design emphasize the chosen color of the season and retailers display the color throughout their stores to encourage you to buy, buy, buy!

Color is everywhere you turn, influencing our daily lives even when you don’t expect it.  Research has shown that just walking into a room of a certain color can influence your mood. Bright, bold colors like oranges, bright yellows and red can give you energy and make you more excited and invigorated. Softer colors such as soft greens and blues can calm you down, help you relax and make you feel more peaceful.  There are many studies that show there is a relationship to color of your bedroom and sleep. When designing a room it is always good to use colors that will help you express the mood of the room you are trying to create. Some new color combinations to look out for in the interior design world as well as the fashion world are listed below:

Orange and Teal Combination Interior

Orange and Teal Combination Interior

Radiant Orchid Room Color Scheme

Radiant Orchid Room Color Scheme

As designers we see that color palettes tends to emerge in waves of patterns.  Although we are seeing that 2014 color combinations are a blend of muted tones infused with bright punches of colors, 2013 tones will be less saturated.  The predicted color combinations will be very muted in tone and will start to reflect back to earthy colors and joule tone inspired combinations.  To learn more about what is coming up, check out this fantastic analysis of color brought to you by Casasugar.

http://www.casasugar.com/Pantone-Color-Design-Trends-2013-22202458

At Fabrics and Frames we have access to fabrics of every color and design that you could possibly want. We can help you create a space that will reflect your own personality and atmosphere that you want for your home by choosing the right colors and patterns in your furniture pieces as well as making suggestions on wall and floor colors if needed. For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

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

Written By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Color Research provided by: Color by Paul J Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher ( visit http://product.half.ebay.com/_W0QQprZ2327295 to purchase your copy)

Handcrafted Necklace with Purple Handmade Paper and Brass Finishings

Fabrics and Frames represents artist from around the United States, through a company called Artique Decorative Collections. We are now going to allow our viewers a chance to purchase some of our collection through eBay! This will be a way for our international and out of state viewers to get a chance to fulfill there lives with items that we recommend. Trying to make your life more beautiful! Thanks for check out our merchandise. Collection consist of jewelry, handcrafted decorative accessories for the home, and wall art. View the details on the post to learn more about the product!

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Handcrafted Jewelry from United States Artist

Fabrics and Frames represents artist from around the United States, through a company called Artique Decorative Collections. We are now going to allow our viewers a chance to purchase some of our collection through eBay! This will be a way for our international and out of state viewers to get a chance to fulfill there lives with items that we recommend. Trying to make your life more beautiful! Thanks for check out our merchandise. Collection consist of jewelry, handcrafted decorative accessories for the home, and wall art. View the details on the post to learn more about the product!

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