IT’S BEEN A YEAR! Fabrics and Frames Top 12 Blogs!

This year Fabrics and Frames completed their first year of blogging!  With that, we would like to countdown our  picks for blog topic –  One for each month of the year.

January: “Buying New??? Think Twice…”

Broken Arm Sofa

Broken Arm Sofa

In this particular blog, Fabrics and Frames looks at how our society has started to lean towards disposable furniture.  We have been in the industry for 35 years and have a couple of questions for you to answer which may help determine if you are a disposable type or a long lasting type.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/buying-newthink-twice/

February: “Using the Basic Elements of Design to create A Visually Appealing Room”

Gives a feeling of Balance, Formality, and Altertness

When designing a interior space there are seven different key areas which you must consider.  In this blog we analyze the seven basic elements of design and how they can help you create a visually appealing room.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/using-the-basic-elements-of-design-to-create-a-visually-appealing-room/

March: “Creating Conversational Pieces of Furniture to Create an Artsy Chic Look!”

Transitional Styled Chair with Textured Cotton Print

Designing with bold statement furniture is not always for everyone, but this look is a great to start conversations.  This blog tells you how to create a chic interior space using conversational accents which feature unique looks and acrylic furniture.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/creating-conversational-pieces-of-furniture-to-create-an-artsy-chic-look/

April: “Glamour in Your Decor”

Old Hollywood Glamour

Old Hollywood Glamour

Is your favorite interior room scheme surrounded by glitz and glamour?  Then this blog may be for you!  Showing the reader how to create a room that is based of the “Old Hollywood Glamour” Style.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/glamour-in-your-decor/

May: “A Lesson in Anthropomorphism and Design”

Anthony Redmile Anthromophism Chair

Education is key when learning about art, architecture, and design.  This particular blog  goes into depth about when inaniment objects take on human characteristics.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/a-lesson-in-anthropomorphism-and-design/

June: “Typography: How it is being used in fabrics, architecture, and design”

Burlap Sack used to cover Wing Chairs.

Burlap Sack used to cover Wing Chairs.

Text is all around us, but how is it trending?  This blog talks about how typography is created to make statements on furniture, architecture, and advertising designs.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/typography-how-it-is-being-used-in-fabrics-architecture-and-design/

July: “Celebrating Marilyn Monroe…How she influences interiors”

Traditional Interior using Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

Traditional Interior using Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe.

2012 marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s Death.  Since then she has influenced a number of genres of design.  Check this blog out to see how!

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/celebrating-marilyn-monroe-how-she-influences-interiors/

August: “Graffiti and Furniture Design”

Wall Graffiti Mural displayed in contemporary home.  Using a solid "L" shape sectional to emphasize that graffiti and upholstered furniture can still make the home appealing, comfortable, and inviting to guest.

Wall Graffiti Mural displayed in contemporary home. Using a solid “L” shape sectional to emphasize that graffiti and upholstered furniture can still make the home appealing, comfortable, and inviting to guest.

When graffiti is given a proper place to make a statement,  it can be seen as a form of art and design.  This blog looks into the establishments that are making ways for graffiti artists to be able to create their masterpieces in public places.   It also delves into ways to use this style in your home.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/graffiti-and-furniture-design/

September: “Understanding Color and Learning New Color Combinations”

The Munsell Color Tree

The Munsell Color Tree

When creating a room, it is important to understand the colors that you will be using.  This blog helps the viewer to understand the color wheel and which color combinations may work well with each other.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/understanding-color-and-learning-new-color-combinations/

October: Artist and Furniture

"Living Room" by Francisco Moreno2012mixed media8 x 8x 5 ft

“Living Room” by Francisco Moreno
2012
mixed media
8 x 8x 5 ft

In many of our blogs we highlight different areas of art and design to help the viewer understand how to incorporate these looks in their homes.  This particular blog high lights the Dallas Artist Francisco Moreno’s Exhibition at the Oliver Francis Gallery and shows the viewer how works like his can be incorporated into their home.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/artist-and-furniture/

November: “Small Accents with Unique Flare”

Decorative Scalloped Based Ottoman creates unique touch to the ambiance of the room scheme.

Decorative Scalloped Based Ottoman creates unique touch to the ambiance of the room scheme.

Are you an individual who is more minimalistic in nature? This blog explains how you can add small touches to furniture to create a unique style, yet keep it simple!

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/small-accent-furniture-with-unique-flare/

December: “Fur…Interior Faux Pas or Interior Trend?”

French Laquered White Chair with Feathered Fabric

French Lacquered White Chair with Feathered Fabric

Do you like to bring your animalistic side out in your interior?  This blog shows you how to create the perfect animal setting with out making it tacky or distasteful.

https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/fur-interior-faux-pas-or-interior-trend/

This year has been one to remember!  We are grateful that so many viewers’- almost 15,000 views this year- enjoy our blog and started to follow us because of it!  If you are one of our followers and wish to share this blog with some of your closest friends and family, choose this week’s blog!  It will give them a sample of what we are all about and what to look forward to in 2013.  Till then, we wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and a very Happy New Year! From the Fabrics and Frames Family to Yours!

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

Fur… Interior Faux-pas or Interior Trend?

Winter has arrived and we are looking for ways to bring a little more warmth into our homes and designing with fur is one way to do it! Using fur in home interiors has been a trend with many designers for centuries.  Whether we are talking about hair-on-hide leathers, mohair, or actual fur from wild animals, this product has been used to create aesthetic comfort as well as  functionality in interiors for many years.   Modern uses of fur can teeter on tacky or very trendy when  it is over used.  Fur becomes tacky in a room when the fur  is used in abundance and becomes too over- powering for the room design.  When designing with fur, it is often best to let it be one unique thing in the room. The rule of thumb when designing with fur is “Less is better!”

Fur Chairs

Fur Slipper Chair

Fur Slipper Chair

Using fur to upholster a piece of furniture is very daring to the average person. Most people love  feeling soft textures against their skin and many animal furs can create this feeling. The  chair  like the one above uses a very soft animal fur which  gives the feeling of softness and comfort. The one below is upholstered with hair-on-hide. This one may feel  much more coarse and may begin to prick the skin. It would not be appropriate to use it for a chair that is sat in often but it can make a unique statement about your room when used as an accent piece.

Hair-on-hide Wing Chair

Hair-on-hide Wing Chair

One particular look that I have found quite interesting and unique is upholstering in fabric which has feathers appliqued into it.  This look  has great texture incorporated in the design but lays flat enough so that it will not be uncomfortable when sitting on it.   When creating this look it is best to stay with a monochromatic pallet for the entire piece because this will emphasize the look you are trying to create.

French Laquered White Chair with Feathered Fabric

Fur on Sofas

Generally a rule of thumb is that you do not want the largest piece of furniture to have the most unique fabric or texture in the room.  The eye will be drawn almost exclusively to it while your other furniture will almost disappear in the room.  If you live a more minimalistic lifestyle and don’t have a lot of stuff  in your home, this could be a great way for you  to highlight a great unique furniture piece, possibly like the one below.

Baroque styled Sofa with Embossed Black Fur

Baroque styled Sofa with Embossed Black Fur

Although color is important in design, using bright colors in fur can be a bit too much! Most of the  time when you use colored fur it tends to look cheap and inexpensive because the colors are so unnatural.  When creating a large scale  piece of furniture it is best  stick to natural colored furs.  If you choose to use a colored fur in the design scheme, then use it on a throw or pillow to create a small pop! The best way to keep this particular type of fur from looking “cheap”  is use only very soft feeling fur.  When a fur is so soft it almost melts, it portrays a sense of luxury in the room and the color is not really important .

 Asymetrical Colorful Fur Sofa

For those of you who would like a more classic look but find the fur look interesting,  mohair may be the solution for you!  Mohair is a Wool Velvet which has a high pile.  Many designers think this particular look  resembles fur.  It has a history which dates back to before the 14th century.  It is  one of the oldest fibers still being produced and many upholster in it because of  it’s luxurious status.  Check out the look below…

Chesterfield Sofa in Mohair

Chesterfield Sofa in Mohair

Small Accessories with Fur

Fur is a texture that can become excessive in a room very quickly!  If you  prefer to add just little touches of texture to your the room, then think small accessories like ottomans, rugs, blankets, and small throw pillows. This look can give a subtle, very unique punch of texture to a room without becoming overwhelming.

interiors with fur ottomans.

interiors with fur ottomans.
Punch of texture with Fur Pillow

Punch of texture with Fur Pillow

Fur Throw adds a soft touch to a contemporary room.

Fur Throw Blanket adds a soft touch to a contemporary room.

Fur Throw adds a soft touch to a contemporary room

Fur Rug adds a soft touch to a contemporary room

Remember that fur is best treated as a small accessory!  If you choose to use this look for your room using it on a single piece will have the best impact.  This will keep it unique and interesting. As you have seen there are many types of fur that are suitable to incorporate into your room design including but not limited to wild animals, more domesticated animals, birds, and man-made fur. There are many ways to incorporate it in your home whether your tastes tend to be very classic or tend to have a lot of flair. Have a little fun and add some excitement to your decor excitement to your decor. Not only is it unique and fun but it is also soft and cozy and will bring a little warmth into your home on these cold winter days!

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

ROY G BIV Christmas!

Tis’ the season to be merry and bright!  Christmas is the time of the year where we put out decorations in our homes which give us joy and make us smile.  Most homes are decorated with the traditional colors of red and green at this time of year, but some like to create Christmas schemes of contemporary colors which reflect some of their favorite colors or colors in their existing home decor.  When choosing the direction you will go for holiday decorations, please keep in mind the acronym “ROY G. BIV”.    In design, this acronym helps many understand color theory.  I have attached a video below to help you understand further!

After  understanding that “ROY G. BIV” is a acronym for RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, VIOLET, we can start to ponder about what colors we will use for this holiday season.  Since many of us are leaning towards using synthetic trees to help with preservation of our ecosystem, we have found out that there is a much wider variety of colors for Christmas than ever before available for our own holiday decor!

Colored-Christmas-Trees

With such a wide variety of colors to choose from, you may  get overwhelmed  and have a hard time determining what  colors to incorporate into your Christmas.  Below you will find different color schemes which you can use to help you create  a design that emphasizes your favorite color during this holiday season.  Check it out!

Red Christmas

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When creating a “Red Christmas”, it is best to stay monochromatic with the “red” and pair it with accessories of white, silver or gold  to enhance the theme and keep it chic.  These neutral tones will not be too over baring and will give a subtle holiday flicker to the ambiance of the room.

Orange Christmas

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Although the color orange is often reserved for the holidays of Halloween or Thanksgiving, this color can  be used to create an organic, earthy Christmas.  If you like to use real “non-synthetic” trees because you love the smell that a fresh pine brings to your home, then you may also like introducing dried oranges as decorative ornaments as well as using pine cones and other products from nature to keep it very natural.

Yellow and Gold Christmas

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For those who don’t like too much color in their homes, a gold or yellow inspired tree may be the answer this holiday season!  Decorating your tree with  yellow or gold accessories will brighten up the room, yet the ambiance will remain tranquil.  There is very little color that is introduced in this color scheme. However if you would like to add a little contrast color to the scheme, perhaps a suggestion would be the  brighten up the room blue! The photo above shows how you can incorporate both colors together, but still keep the look very subtle in tone.

Green Christmas

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When you think about having a “green” Christmas,you may not feel that the color will create much impact in the room.  To the contrary, this look can feel very cozy and inviting because of the organic qualities that it creates in the home.  When creating a holiday scheme with this color, think lime green!  This color will create contrast with the evergreen or white Christmas tree that you may have in your home and give the room some “pop”.  Many may think that this color will be too contemporary for a traditional home, you can create a room scheme with this color that is very transitional.

Blue Christmas

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In the western hemisphere, we celebrate Christmas during the winter season. Many of you wish for a “white” Christmas which brings  snow and ice and is often associated with the color blue.  For those of us who would like to create a winter wonderland in our homes having a blue Christmas is a great alternative.   This look works best with the colors white and silver because it keeps the blue crisp and vibrant regardless if you are decorating with a turquoise blue or a sapphire blue.

Purple Christmas

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Looking for a dramatic Christmas?  Create a room around deep violet…  This look works best when you incorporate gold because it compliments the luxurious color.   Since this color appears to be very dark in tone, don’t be shy about going over the top with glamour and glitter!  This will help draw the eye to the holiday spirit the color can bring.

Multi-Colored Christmas

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For many of us, the holiday season is only about gathering with loved ones and the “perfect” Christmas decor is not important.  Your ideal Christmas decorated home will include handcrafted ornaments that have been handed down from generation to generation that bring us wonderful memories and showcase all the different colors you love through out the year!  Not selecting a specific color scheme creates a fun and energetic Christmas which can be  warm and inviting to others and exudes the real meaning of Christmas!

At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we cater to all colors of the rainbow! If you are having trouble this holiday season finding that perfect runner for the table, or tree skirt, we can solve that problem by creating you a custom one!  Even though we specialize in creating custom furniture from the ground up, we also take on small jobs which can create the final touches to a room!

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

For more tips from Fabrics and Frames about Christmas, Check out our other article: https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/trendy-christmas-interiors/

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