Sprucing up for Spring Time!

Winter is gone and spring is here! Spring cleaning is just around the corner! Meaning that it is time to throw out the old and bring in the new.  Although getting a complete new make-over for your home is probably out of the question, there are a couple of things that you could do to improve your home and make sure that it stays looking updated for the season without spending a lot of money.

Sprucing up!

Sloppy out-of- shape seat cushions tend to make your room seem messy even when it has just been cleaned and picked up. One of the major complaints that Fabrics and Frames Furniture gets is about seat cushions on existing sofas and chairs.  Whether they are too soft, out of shape, or too old, we have a solution to the problem that you are facing.    The lifetime of a seat cushion made out of foam is approximately ten years if its high density.  Lower grade density only last three-five years before it starts to break down.  As long as your cushion has zipper backs, replacements can be made at a decent price.  Before you decide to replace the cushions in your sofa, just make  sure that it really is the cushions that are giving you problems.

One thing that many people don’t realize is that cushions are not always the reason that your sofa seems to become uncomfortable and too soft.  Many  customers come to us stating that they are “Falling through” their existing sofa or chair.  They think the reason is because their seat cushions are too soft, but in reality the structural support system is sometimes giving way.  The standards for modern-day furniture building are generally not as high as that of past generations.  Approximately fifteen years ago, furniture was still being made with good spring systems.  The majority of today’s furniture is built with webbing systems, breaking down faster, resulting in customers feeling like they are falling through.  Fixing your cushions will not improve this feeling and may end up just being a waste of money.  For those facing this dilemma, there is a temporary fix that Fabrics and Frames can do to help prolong the life of you furniture until you are ready to buy new, but  we don’t ensure this fix will last a lifetime.  Analyzing your expenses of ff furniture is always recommended.

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Other areas that are easy fixes are pop-out chairs, pillows, along with bedding and drapery.    Dining chairs and small accent chairs sometimes are called pop-outs because the seats are held in with a screws, allowing distillation to be easier for re-upholstery.  Re-upholstering just your seats can help revamp the dinning or kitchen area at a smaller price than getting a new set of furniture.  If you have pillows that are out of shape, then you have two options, one being to get new throw pillows or the other is replace the inserts to give your old pillows  a new plush look.  This is a easy fix for any pillow with a zipper in it and may help sustain your favorite pillow cover.

New bedding and draperies are great ways to make a room look new again.   By replacing duvets, coverlets, and shams you can refresh the look of a room and update the style.  Today’s latest trends include replacing that old flange sham with the newer euro sham.  This is a more contemporary style of sham that almost appears like a throw pillow.

Bedding

Draperies ar another option for a quick update. By choosing simple drapery styles on simple rods you can make the room appear more modern.  Darker shades of color for drapes tend to close in your home leaving it feeling cozy, where light hues tend to open up the room keeping it tranquil and inviting.

By using some or all this information, you can give your room new life and turn it into a cleaner and a more updated, functional aesthetic  space.  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

To Destroy or NOT To Destroy…?

One thing that Fabrics and Frames Furniture is known for is exquisite restoration of antiques. Once you decide to reupholster an antique piece of furniture, you will be taking its current value as an antique and reducing its market value.  A true collector  wants to keep antiques in their original form as closely as possible. If you are someone who is just an admirer of the craftsmanship and lines of the piece and want to make it more comfortable and usable then reupholstering is a great idea!Ducan Phyfe Sofa

Duncan Phyfe Sofa

In the past week we  had a  Duncan Phyfe Sofa brought to us for re-upholstery.  The owners are a young couple who did not fully understand what they owned.  After much research on the piece we  found out that the piece originally was manufactured around the 1920’s and is about one hundred years old.  The little hidden fact about antiques is that they are not always originals.  Just because it looks like the original does not mean that it was manufactured by the original person because there are many copies out there.  Although these pieces can be very old, they don’t hold the worth that some may think.  The only way that you would be able to determine the true worth of an antique is by getting it appraised by an expert who will determine the value by the wood used, where and when it was manufactured, as well as other technical attributes.

Today’s society tends to lean towards antiques because of two reasons.  There are two generations of collectors, “The Eclectics” and “The Classics”. The eclectics are a group of individuals who collect antiques because they wish to create a “call to attention” piece of furniture for the room and are enamored by the “antique” lines of the piece.  The majority of what is being collected today by the eclectics is Baroque Furniture, Duncan Phyfe Sofas and Chairs, and Mid-Century Modern pieces.  Individuals who buy antiques for the eclectic style are generally ones who refinish the pieces  in colored lacquers and use bright or contemporary fabrics for the upholstery.  Check out the look below:

Eclectic Sofa

Eclectic Sofa

This particular look is not for everyone, and usually is admired by someone who is artsy chic.  The classic collector would generally not like this look because it destroys the classic look.  One of the main arguments against this look for the classics is that the frame was destroyed with the lacquer finish.  This is definitely true but not irreversible.  If you generally like things to remain in it classic features, then you would probably want to use a small ditsy pattern or damask print and keep the original wood color.  These patterns were commonly placed on furniture pieces of this period.  You generally would not have seen a solid fabric on this style, unless it was a mohair velvet or tone-on-tone pattern.

Tone- On- Tone Antique Sofa

Tone- On- Tone Antique Sofa

Regardless of the direction that you want to go, reupholstering the original will alter the value of the piece. One final thing to remember is that if you do decide to use a traditional fabric to maintain the original style you should find a fabric that is reminiscent of the past and not try to use one of today’s traditional fabrics designs such as printed linens or chenilles. There is a lot more leeway when choosing a fabric if your tastes are more eclectic as the original look is no longer important. Choose a fabric you love but do not make a design mistake that will sacrifice the look of your antique frame.

Our young couple had a hard time deciding what fabric to choose for their antique sofa that was inherited from their grandmother. With our design help and fabric search we were able to find the perfect fabric that will make their piece stunning and their grandmother very proud!

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

Black and White…The New Inspiration in Design

The combination of  “Black and White”  is a trend that keeps emerging in the design world almost every year in one form or another.  Whether you are one who follows fashion, interiors, or the arts, this look has grasped the attention of many throughout the generations because of the contrast aspect it projects.  As you flip through your favorite magazines you often notice  this combination  emerging throughout the ads because of its attention grabbing quality.

In the interior design world, the look is currently being used in way that enhances geometric patterns.  By creating labyrinths and patterns that are hypnotizing and trend setting, this look  invites the viewer to crave this combination in their spaces.  Here is a look into the year’s most talked about patterns and how they create bold statements in your interiors.

Chevron Pattern

Chevron Inspired Room: Patterns that bring the zig-zag back!

Chevron Inspired Room: Patterns that bring the zig-zag back!

In the fashion world, the chevron (zig-zag pattern) got a lot of attention when Missoni branded this look as a trademark of his collection.  Since then the look has emerged into a pattern that creates a bold statement in the fashion, interior design and art world. Because of  its  simplistic pattern and contrast it will get the viewer’s attention quickly.  The contrast between the line weights of the design and the colors used are what allow this look to create hierarchy in the space.

Labyrinth Inspired Geometric Designs

Black and White Labyrinth Inspired Pillow

Black and White Labyrinth Inspired Pillow

Geometric designs are the latest rage in patterns.  These looks have been trending for a number of years in the design world, but have you ever wondered where the inspiration for this look came from?  Labyrinth patterns were commonly seen in the cathedrals, such as the Notre Dame de Reims.  This look was a symbol of the architect who built the structure.  Many other architects in different regions also created symbols and patterns into the ornamental features of the facades of their architecture thus creating a distinct symbol of the country in which it was created.  Today’s patterns are commonly pulled from Greek, Moroccan, and Asian themes.

Moroccan Inspired Geometric Pattern

Moroccan Inspired Geometric Pattern

Asian Inspired Geometric pattern

Asian Inspired Geometric pattern

Greek Key inspired Geometric Pattern

Greek Key inspired Geometric Pattern

Stripes

Romanesque Architecture with Striped Pattern incorporated

Romanesque Architecture with Striped Pattern incorporated

Just like geometric patterns pulled from past origins, so did striped patterns.  There are many different type of stripes, but the most popular stripe is the awning stripe.  This is a stripe that is symmetrical in width and alternates two contrasting colors.  This particular look has been used since the 6th century during the Romanesque Architectural Period in Europe.  Check out how this look is used in modern times to create a chic trend setting look!

Bold Stripe Wall pops Black and White Furniture

Bold Stripe Wall pops Black and White Furniture

Black and White is a combination which has been and will be around for centuries.  It is a bold enough look which will generally create a statement in any design.  If you are someone who is looking to create a room inspired by this combination, then let Fabrics and Frame Furniture help you!  We have an expert staff ready to make any of your design inspirations come true!

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

Interiors with the Royal Treatment…

Downton Abbey is one of the year’s most talked about television shows for many different reasons.  One of the most intriguing things about this show is the Abbey’s interior and how the furniture of the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey pulls from the French Providential Period.  When decorating in a more classical traditional decor such as this, you must understand that the interiors will not have that minimalist quality that the current trends of today’s interiors have.  Ornament and patterns seem to take over the room  when decorating in this very traditional style.  One thing that you must understand is there must be a lot of coordination when working with many different patterns.  Hue and scale are very important qualities to keep in mind as well as color because if these are not carefully considered  the look of the room will not become cohesive.

Downton Abbey Interior

Downton Abbey Interior

How do I create a room like Downton Abbey’s?

A traditional setting usually consists of a sofa, love seat,  upholstered chair or occasional chair.  The size of your room will determine the amount of furniture you are able to place.  There are many different origins of carved furniture and you will need to make sure that you pick French and English styled furniture from this period for this particular look.  The furniture of this period tends to be more petite and delicate  looking.  Many of these looks will come with a Queen Anne Leg or some form of Ball and Claw.  Occasionally you will find that a Chippendale leg will be used when a more sleek look is desired.

Queen Anne Leg or Ball and Claw Leg

Queen Anne Leg or Ball and Claw Leg

When choosing fabrics, a good rule of thumb is to start with one large scaled pattern, generally a tapestry or a large floral pattern.  Using  this pattern as your starting point you will need to pick smaller patterns with which to coordinate.  These will sometimes be referred to as ditsy patterns.  A ditsy consist of a small diamond or half-drop floral pattern.  Solids were not as popular during this time period, but when they were used they were usually a velvet, mohair, or a matelassè.  If you are looking for one additional pattern to complete the room, then a stripe or plaid could be a good fit.  Stripes and plaids are always suggested as a “either or” option. Generally when you try to use these two patterns in a room together, they have the tendency to compete with each other so we generally suggest to only use one.

Large Paisley Pattern on French Chair

Large Paisley Pattern on French Chair

Small Ditsy Pattern

Small Ditsy Pattern

Common Color Combinations for French Rooms

Black, Gold, and Red:

When creating a room that calls for drama, a common color combination is black, gold, and red.  The room mainly remains black and gold, but you add just a pinch of red in the pillows or small accent pieces.

Black, Gold, and Red French Room

Black, Gold, and Red French Room

Country French Room: Primary Colors

Although there are two major color schemes in a Country French Room, the most common one is red, yellow, and blue.  This look has a light and airy quality to it, leaving the room with the feeling of tranquility.  The colors are usually just subtle pops of color and enhance the furniture that is placed in the room.

Primary Colors: Country French Decor

Primary Colors: Country French Decor

Country French Room: Pink and Green

This look generally appears to be more sweet.  Perfect for a bedroom or a small bathroom, this look opens the room with its light pinks and mint greens look.  Reminiscing to a French or English pasture with wild flowers.

Light Pink and Green Country French Room

Light Pink and Green Country French Room

With these few tips you can create the Downton Abbey Room of your dreams.  If decorating solo is not your thing, then let Fabrics and Frames assist you.  We have an expert staff of designers who are trained to create any style of room that you can imagine.  We custom build furniture and are knowledgeable in all areas of design. With that knowledge and skill we are able to help you create any look that you are trying to  replicate.

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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