Chaise Lounges: History and Recommendations

As more of us are being drawn towards more contemporary designs in furniture, we are also becoming more concerned with comfort when choosing our furniture pieces.  Many consumers today are leaning towards sectionals that are attached to chaise lounges.  This particular look allows the lounger to relax in a piece of furniture that becons them to “kick up their heels and take a load off”.  Chaise lounges have been around for centuries, but are currently in more demand because of the luxurious look that it adds to a room scheme.

Egyptian Chaise Lounge

Egyptian Chaise Lounge

The history of the chaise lounge starts with the Egyptians around the years 3100- 2890 B.C., originating with palm sticks lashed together with cord or rawhide binding the pieces together.  This look was fit for the dynasty of the time and was used as a daybed for royalty.   Egyptians were not the only ones who used this style of furniture as the Greeks also used the lounge chair in  their decor.  During the 8th century, the trend started moving away from gathering around a table to lounging on a chaise lounge to drink together which was  a much more comfortable approach to drunkenness.

As we explore the history of furniture styles, we find chaise lounges used in many different cultures.  Prominently used by the wealthy, this look emerged into many different genres of chaise lounges.  Check out the differences.

Duchesse Brisèe Chaise Lounge

With a phrase that literally means “broken dutch”  in french, this particular chaise lounge was inspired by having the chaise lounge divided into two parts; chair and footstool.  This a very common look for many, but today we call this a chair and ottoman combination.

Duchesse Brisee Chaise Lounge

Modern Day Chair and Ottoman Set.  This look was inspired from the Duchesse Brisee style

Modern Day Chair and Ottoman Set. This look was inspired from the Duchesse Brisèe style

Rècamier Chaise Lounge

The recamierchaise lounge has two ends raised and nothing on the sides.  It was commonly referred to as the “boat bed” during the Neo-Classical French Period of 1777-1849.  Influenced by Madame Rècamier’s style who used this piece in her drawing room, which probably gave that perfect touch to still life drawings.

Rècamier Chaise Lounge

Rècamier Chaise Lounge

Assymetrical Bed Bench with Arms

Assymetrical Bed Bench with Arms

Mèridienne Chaise Lounge

This particular style of chaise lounge is probably the most common.  It is known for its look of a high headrest, low foot rest, and is joined by a sloping arm.  Also know as a Fainting Sofa, this look was common for women to use in the days of corsets and female hysteria which allowed them a private space in which they could work out their issues.

Mèridienne Chaise Lounge

Mèridienne Chaise Lounge

Modern Mèridienne Inspired Chaise Lounge

Modern Mèridienne Inspired Chaise Lounge

As we can see there are many different types of chaise lounges that have emerged throughout the centuries.  The emergence of different styles depended on its creator’s ergonomical use of the furniture piece.  This can be influenced by both personal use and by pushing the barriers of design to be more modern.  Someone who pushed this look into a classical modern aesthetic is the architect and designer Le Corbusier.  With his approach to minimalistic structure he created his LC-4 which keeps the same ergonomics of an chaise lounge but erases the ornamental qualities of the design.

Le Corbusier: LC4 Chaise Lounge

Le Corbusier: LC4 Chaise Lounge

Fabrics and Frames is a furniture manufacture which specializes in custom furniture and re-upholstery.  We are able to duplicate many of the looks that you have seen today or reupholster a existing furniture frame that you have. Whether you are  drawn toward more modern or traditional design, we can create the perfect chaise lounge  for you!

Modern Chaise Lounge from Fabrics and Frames Furniture

Modern Chaise Lounge from Fabrics and Frames Furniture

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

Give Your Bedroom A Unique Style With An Upholstered Headboard

Bedrooms are generally one of the most difficult rooms to decorate because of the tiny details that are needed to put together a finished look.  The overall look of the the space is greatly affected by the size of the room.  It is the one room in your home that you should pay special attention to because it is where you go to relax and escape from daily stress. One thing that is certain is that  every bedroom should have some type of headboard whether  it is wooden,upholstered, or some other style as this will anchor your bed.  When determining which  headboard style best fits your room, you need to ask yourself a couple of general questions.

1. Am I contemporary or traditional in style?

2. How do I want the headboard to function in the room?

Determining if you are contemporary or traditional in style

When deciding what headboard will work best for the room, these questions are important to consider because it will allow you to utilize the space as productively as possible.  One difficult task that challenges many of us is determining if we like contemporary or traditional styles the best.  Many individuals who are redecorating their interior space have a hard time with this because they are unsure of what “contemporary” or “traditional” even means.   I have provided pictures below with a brief description to help envision how each style will change the look of the room!

Traditional Headboard

Surface Tufted Traditional Headboard with Noches

Surface Tufted Traditional Headboard with notches

When designing in a traditional style, a good rule of thumb is that traditional styles generally have more ornamental details than those that are contemporary.   The picture shown above is a surface tufted headboard with a band and notched corners bordered with nail-heads.    Although fabrics and patterns will determine how traditional this design can look, generally the more details in a design, the more it is considered traditional.

Transitional Headboards

Transitional Biscuit Tufted Headboard

Transitional Biscuit Tufted Headboard

A current trend that is popular these days is tufting.  Tufting traditionally began in the 17th century when furniture like the “Chesterfield Sofa” marked its presence.   Since this time the look of a tuft has become more simplistic in form than the traditional versions that were either biscuit/square tufting or diamond tufts.  When tufting originated, little buttons would hold the tufts in place, but with modern technology this look can be create without the button giving it a more modern look.  Transitional looks are generally created by taking a traditional style and merging it with a more modern look.

Contemporary Headboards

Contemporary Platform Bed with Upholster Headboard

Contemporary Platform Bed with Upholster Headboard

Contemporary aesthetics generally call for minimalist qualities in the space.  Common traits in contemporary styles are linear lines and less ornamental details.  Many of the contemporary designs are  lower to the ground giving them that sleek modern look.  Not all contemporary designs are extra low, but the particular look shown above pulls from the lowness of asian aesthetics.

How functional is my Headboard?

For most of us, function is very important in any furniture piece that we decide to buy.  Many of us like to read in bed before going to sleep, or will play soft music to help us relax.  Since most of us need some sort of storage compartment for our things, we need a “side table” to hold them or a “hidden compartmental headboard” in which to place them.  If you prefer to hide your items after using them, then most likely you would buy a headboard on the contemporary side ,which would offer moving, hidden compartments.  These are usually made of  wood and will generally not be an upholstered headboard.  For those individuals that use side tables as a place to store items, upholstered headboards are a great way to give the room an inviting ambiance.

When deciding what fabric to use on a headboard, you generally want to choose something that will adapt to the room over time as your decor changes and still remain durable.  You may not realize this but  headboards  get a lot of use especially for people who read at night or watch TV from their beds.  When we  lean up against our headboard we transfer oils from our  skin and head into the fabric or leather.  This will discolor the headboard over time.  A good rule of thumb is to choose a fabric with a texture or a leather with a high finish on it.  This will help hide soil stains in the headboard.

Another thing to consider when choosing fabric is pattern.  As current trends start to change more frequently, you see the trendiest patterns becoming obsolete.  By choosing a simplistic, solid fabric for your headboard, and using patterns for pillows and bedding, you allow your room to stay more versatile for longer periods of time.  This will help keep the headboard as functional as possible for as long as you use it.

There are many things to consider when searching for any furniture piece.  Determining your style is one of the hardest things that you need to decide.  Once you determine that then everything else tends to fall into place more easily. Your bedroom is one place in your home where you want to feel peace and tranquility. When you enter you should feel a sense of calmness that will transform into a good night’s sleep. Spending extra time to make it that perfect getaway from everyday stress is well worth it!

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

Make Your Home Special for Valentines Day!

Valentine’s Day is almost here and love is in the air! Although some individuals believe that Valentines Day is a holiday that card companies created, it is actually a holiday that celebrates those you love both here and abroad!  There are many countries that celebrate this holiday besides the United States.   This particular holiday is traditionally celebrated by giving gifts and treats to those you love, but there are also other interesting traditions observed by those in other countries.

Two regions that celebrate this day in unique ways and are interesting to me are the United Kingdom and South Africa.  In the United Kingdom the people celebrate with traditional gifts like cards, candies, and flowers, but what makes them unique are the way the gifts for children are given. The children receive gifts of fruit and candy, much like here, but they must reward those who give them something with a sweet song in order to receive their presents.   For the adults, it is believed that the first man a women sees in the morning will become her husband.  This proves to be a very interesting day for the men because they are either avoiding destinations, or are camping out to make sure they are the first person the women sees… which is seen as a true romantic gesture!

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Simple romantic gestures are my personal favorites and this is one reason I chose to share the tradition of South Africa with you.  In this region they not only spend the night with friends and loved ones, but they also pin their names on their lover’s or potential lover’s sleeve thus sharing the feelings in their heart for all to see.  This tradition gives a different spin on the saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve”!  Regardless of the tradition that you choose to follow, the important thing is to let the people in your life know that you care.

 How do I let people know that I care? How do I decorate my interior to make it extra special?

Generally a good rule of thumb is to let people know how much you care is by  doing simple thoughtful gestures all day long!  Gestures don’t have to be expensive, but they have to be thoughtful. Sweet little notes or just by helping your loved ones with extra chores will show your love and appreciation.  Most of us associate the holiday with the colors red, pink, and white but Valentines Day doesn’t mean your gifts must always be in traditional colors. By just using your loved one’s favorite colors and creating something especially for them would be even more special!  As shown below…

A gift that keeps giving: Valentine Wreath

Vday Wreath

This Valentine’s wreath is created from yarn and felt.  Simple Instructions:  pick up a styrofoam ring and wrap it in your favorite colored yarn. Arrange cut out felt heart shapes with glue. Then place additional yarn on top to create an argyle trendy pattern. This is a simple gesture that will fill your home with love, and remind the recipient that you care every year that they use it.  Hand made gifts that come from the heart are the best!

Small Accents in Red: Pillows, Throws, Ottomans

In the world of interior design, red is probably the most widely used color to decorate with.  Whether your tastes tend to be contemporary or you prefer a more traditional look, this color works with all interiors.  So if you have a neutral space you would like to enhance with red, this look would be a perfect way to celebrate the day!  Placing little touches of tea rose arrangements and small accents like pillows and ottomans would add a subtle touch of romance to create a mood of love!

Nuetral Bedroom with Red Accents and Tea Roses

Sentimental Quality: Irreplaceable Gift

Throughout our lives we tend to hold on to things that have a sentimental quality for us because they usually remind us of a happy time or loved one.  One great idea that I am about suggest is a gift that several people have requested for us to create in the past.  We are a store that both custom builds new furniture and reupholsters older pieces for our clients, but every so often we will be asked to create unique items and gifts because of our ability to create very custom pieces. This unique gift is a pillow made from your wife’s wedding dress once she is willing to dispose of it.  The gift represents your eternal love and shows her that you care as much as on the day you said your vows to each other. It can be a fabulous addition to your decor that expresses your love for one another.

wedding pillow

wedding pillow

I hope at least one of these ideas gets your creative juices flowing to help you create that perfect gift that expresses your love for your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers! We hope that everyone of you are able to spend the day with those you love! 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

Bohemian Chic Interiors

The word “Chic” is a great adjective we use in the industry to describe many different trends.  This particular word can be combined with almost any style, a few examples: “Bohemian- Chic”, “Sleek-Chic”, and “Arsty-Chic”.   As younger designers start to make statements with their design choices, they develop a jargon to describe certain stylistic characteristics for the general public.  The words created are usually drawn from fashion trends, art-movements, and everyday sayings.  I recently read an article about fabric patterns and how the trend is gearing towards a “boho-chic (bohemian chic)” look which made me smile. So I’m sharing it with you!

 What is Bohemian Chic?  How do I create this look for my home?

Bohemian Chic Room

Bohemian Chic Room

To understand what the term “Bohemian Chic” means, you must understand the term “bohemian” first!  A bohemian person is described as “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.”   When decorating with this style in mind, you may see many patterns that look tribal.  Common patterns that are seen today are Ikats and Kilim designs.  These particular patterns have often been seen in blankets, carpets, and textiles of indigenous lifestyles.  They are still seen in dwellings, but are usually associated with accent furniture.

Traditional Ikat Pattern

Traditional Ikat Pattern

Traditional Kilim Pattern

Traditional Kilim Pattern

Although traditional colors were often symbolic of dyes made from the earth, muted in tone, modern day patterns of these traditional designs are enhanced with vibrant color pallets.  These brighter colors project both energy and youthfulness in a room.  Whether you are someone who has a taste for tranquil designs or  are more drawn to whimsical interiors, this look comes in a wide arrange of options that allow you to find your niche.  I have provided examples of both looks below:

Tranquil Ikat Pattern Inspired Room

Tranquil Ikat Pattern Inspired Room

Bohemian Contemporary Room

Bohemian Contemporary Room

Staying current in trends is sometimes hard, because  trends are frequently changing as the design world will not tolerate becoming stagnant.  This look is good for the average person because it allows the individual to gather everyday trinkets and group them together with  favorite colors.  If you are worried about investing in furniture with this look because you feel that it will change too quickly, then a suggestion would be to create a pillow from  old skirts, shirts, or  scarves with these patterns in them. It’s a great way to stay “green” and up-to-date with your interior style!  Another plus for using this style is that it is  asymmetrical and allows  for one-of-a-kind items that don’t necessarily “match” the entire room. Because of this you are able to incorporate both old and new when creating that perfect bohemian atmosphere!

Many of the current fabric lines carry lots of these patterns in a wide variety of colors. At Fabrics and Frames we are always willing to help you create a room or single piece in whatever style you are currently drawn to.  So if you want to add a new piece of  “bohemia” to your room or transform an older piece into this style come visit us for the most current patterns available!

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

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