Exploring Generations of Contemporary Design

In 1919, a school by the name of Bauhaus emerged pushing designs which did not fit the norm.  The teachings by modernist designers professed the idea of getting rid of ornamental features  and bringing more linear clean lines to design.  This opened a door for future designs to emerge leading to what we consider contemporary design.

As the different forms of contemporary design started to unfold, you could really start to see the modern impact that would take hold by the late 1930’s.  The United States was coming out of the depression and individuals were seeking a way to show that they were moving towards a brighter future.  Charles and Ray Eames were two of the innovators who pushed the idea of “affordable” contemporary furniture for the modern home.  By creating architecture and furniture which was more organic and economical for the average consumer, they  helped to create the look that we more commonly refer to as mid-century modern furniture.

Mid-century furniture

Mid-century furniture

As the continuation of contemporary furniture evolved, the sleek linear lines remained.  Fabrics changed through the years but the styles remained similar.  Commonly found on mid-century furniture were tweeds and Herculean wool fabrics which enhanced the sleek lines of the furniture piece.

In the 1980’s more asymmetrical styled furniture started to emerge.  Keeping the linear lines in mind, this look referred back to classic design from the Art Deco period and De stijl  period to create a look which was considered quite contemporary.  Commonly creating pieces which were upholstered in a bright colored velvet, Ultrasuede, or bold pattern geometric, this look in design proved to not be a memorable period for innovation.

Velvet Asymmetrical Chair

Velvet Asymmetrical Chair

De stijl inspired 80's room

De stijl inspired 80’s room

As we approach more modern day contemporary styles, we generally are conflicted as to whether we should call the current style eclectic, transitional, or sleek chic modern.  The most innovative contemporary style would be considered sleek contemporary because it pushes boundaries of classic styles. These designs often disregard the “no ornament” rule by including tufts or other surface details and opt to create a merging of styles.  Although the overall look generally maintains clean lines and minimal appearance, we do see that a “bubble” trend is beginning to be a popular contemporary look.

"Bubble" contemporary sofa

“Bubble” contemporary sofa

Modular  Contemporary Sofa

Modular Contemporary Sofa

The modern world will always continue to change and merge in style as time marches on.  To make sure you are not stuck in unpopular past trends, remember to update your look to remain current!  Fabrics and Frames Furniture is a family owned company that specializes in custom furniture, allowing you to create a custom look for your home which will  keep you modern and up-to-date with high-quality affordable furniture or help you transform your old worn pieces into modern works of art!

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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Merging the “Color of the Year” Colors Together

Every year Pantone chooses a list of colors which sets the trend for fashion, interiors, and merchandising.  With this in mind, we tend to see that everything around us in fashion and design is geared toward the particular chosen colors.  For some, this is great because it allows them to update their look and refresh their lifestyle.  For others, it seems to be a little wasteful  to try and update their style every year with a certain color combination.   By reviewing the  colors over the past few years you can see how the color trends have merged together thus making it easier and less expensive to remain current in your home design.

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

For the past three years (2011,2012,2013) the three “colors of year” were honey suckle pink, tango tangerine, and Emerald.  The balance of the color has remained on a even keel, allowing the designer to keep some of the favorite pieces of the past years and adding a touch of new items for the next year to keep current.  Updating the look doesn’t have to be a total makeover, but just an enhancement in trendsetting.

2011Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

2011 Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

Recently I have notice the trend of pink and orange merging in interior spaces once again.  As someone in the industry, I have seen this look for three years, but currently notice that it is one of the latest trends for the average consumer. This is a great thing because it allows those individuals who keep up with statement interior spaces to re-use some older pieces but enhance with fun pillows that incorporate this years color of the year, emerald.

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 orange interior space

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 Orange interior space

The original idea to merge these two colors together seems to have been inspired by the natural colors on the horizon line at dusk.  Any or all of these colors can be a great way to stretch your design budget by incorporating older items longer and re-using some of your favorite pieces.  Your interior space will stay trendy as long as you find unique ways to incorporate your older items with your newer pieces.  One of the key details to interior designing is finding statement furniture, such as older, vintage items which have a sentimental value or great ornate qualities to them.  By reupholstering them or re-vamping the stain or paint color, you can create a new life for most items, regardless if its a armoire, chair, or sofa. You can also keep your space current by adding just small touches of the current colors with pillows, ottomans, small benches and slipcovers. By being creative with your older pieces and investing in smaller new pieces it is easy to keep current and stay trendy without a huge investment!

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

Themed Rooms, How to Create One of Your Own…

Using a themed room is a  great way to help you create a unique kids room, an entertainment room, or dress up a small nook.  Many  individuals are keen to this idea because it can create a valuable quality to their home that reflects their personal style.  The look is not appropriate for all spaces, but can look fantastic if done correctly.

Kids Rooms

Kids rooms are the areas where you can have the most creativity and themed rooms become very important!  By creating murals on the walls one can create a great sense of fun for play areas and kids’ bedrooms.  When creating a room that uses a mural on the wall as the most dominate feature, you will want to stay more simplistic in your furnishings.  The remaining space calls for solids or small textures which coordinate with and complement the colors used in the mural.  This will allow you to focus more on the image.  If you would like to add a little bit of pattern  in the area you can add small throws or pillows for comfort.

Simplistic Fabrics with Mural

Simplistic Fabrics with Mural

Entertainment Spaces

Sports Themed Room

Sports Themed Room

If you are looking to create a space that more people in the house can enjoy,  a themed entertainment room would be perfect!  Most people tend to want to decorate their small throws areas with common themes such as sports teams  and movie reels.

Movie Theater Themed Room

Movie Theater Themed Room

Although the media room look is commonly achieved with media seating, this is not the only option available.  As long as there is some sort of tiering system incorporated in the room design, you can create a lounge style media room equipped with media room.  The tiering system is usually incorporated into a media room so that it can accommodate many eye levels without visual obstruction.  The original media chairs started as the now out- of -date bustle back featured recliners. Using more contemporary straight- lined sofas and chairs that range from 38″-42″ in depth will have the viewer cuddling up with their favorite movie buddy in a much more visually appealing space.  Check out the style of sofas that would help you achieve this look!

Square Arm Sofa with 40" Depth.  Loose Back Cushions

Square Arm Sofa with 40″ Depth. Loose Back Cushions

Contemporary Chair and Half Chaise Lounge

Contemporary Chair and Half Chaise Lounge

Small Nook Areas

Many people notice that there is often a small area in their home that seems a little boring and needs some sprucing up.   A great solution is adding a small mural which highlights the function of the space.  Wine cellars are great examples of small areas  in the home which you can enhance with art.

Wine Cellar Mural

Wine Cellar Mural

By using the existing space and adding a rendering which can enhance its appearance, you develop a look which becomes very peaceful, high end, and uniquely yours.  Other small enhancements to consider in a space like this  are bar stools and small benches.  Wine cellars are often attached to small bars.  In order to complete the look, you can change out the  seat cushions on your bar stools so that they coordinate with your painted wall visually connecting both small areas  and your space will be completely updated.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we specialize in custom furniture which can be created to fit any space.  Whether you are decorating a bedroom, media room, or small bar area we have the solutions to help you create your new space with an up to date style while keeping all of your needs in mind.

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

2013 Year of the Snake

In the design world, there are many different things that can influence what your interior space may look like. We are often intrigued by other cultures and often want to bring a little bit of another country into our homes.  Asian cultures have always had an influence on what we do with our interiors, whether it be pagodas,  geometric key patterns, or animals. The current Asian look often influences our design trends.  2013 marks the year of the snake on the Chinese calendar.  This year, the year of the snake, will embrace steady progress and attention to detail, along with focus and discipline.    For many, having this symbol in the home will be a good omen because it will mean that your family will not starve.  Although this is alluding to the productivity of your goals this year and how hard work will pay off, this is a symbol that you will want to hold close to you and your home.

Year of the Snake 2013

So, How do I incorporate the snake symbol into my home?

One of the most common ways to incorporate the year of the snake into your home and still stay trendy is by adding snake skin on one of your items.  This particular look can allow you to bring out your animalistic side as well as create a good fortune for the rest of the household.  Check out some of the looks that you can use to incorporate this style within your home.

Snake Skin Waterfall Bench

Snake Skin Waterfall Bench

 

Upholstered Waterfall Bench can be covered in any material.  Leather, vinyl, or fabric.

Upholstered Waterfall Bench can be covered in any material, leather, vinyl, or fabric.

By adding small accents of snake around your interior, you create a unique look which is not too over-baring but still reflects your interest in the trend.  Remember that using animal prints should be treated as a “onesy” item and not take over the entire room.  Keep this look for a small chair,  an ottoman, or pillows.

X Bench in Snake Skin

X Bench in Snake Skin

Accent Chair in Snake Skin Vinyl

Accent Chair in Snake Skin Vinyl

Antique Velvet Pillow in Snake Skin Fabric

Antique Velvet Pillow in Snake Skin Fabric

If animal prints are not your thing but you want to incorporate the look with a snake, think whimsical.  There are many fun cotton prints that incorporate snakes in their design.  Most of these looks will be bright in color, but occasionally you can find some that have a more subdued look.

Cotton Print with Snakes Incorporated

Cotton Print with Snakes Incorporated

As you can see incorporating the snake design into your home for 2013 is not hard to do at all. Whether you want to go for a sophisticated look with patterned snake velvet or high-end leathers or vinyls or if you prefer to keep your space fun and fancy free there are many options currently available for you to choose from. 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

Furniture That Grows with You!

When you find out that you are expecting a child,  designing a nursery is often at the top of your list. Buying all the things you want  in the nursery to help make parenting easier can quickly add up to be costly.  With all the extra expense a new baby brings to the family, many new parents do not to want to spend tons of money on baby furniture that will end up being donated or tossed out after a couple of years.  A great solution to this problem is to buy furniture that will grow with your child over time!

Most parents consider a rocker a necessity for the nursery because it will be a comfortable space where the new parents will be able to feed and bond with their child.     Investing  in a nice, comfortable good quality chair for a nursery seems extravagant to many because they feel that it will be a chair that will only be used for  a short time. A solution to this problem is to slip-cover a great chair in a fabric which works with your nursery’s theme, but upholster the chair in a solid fabric which may be more versatile for other areas of the home and can be moved once your child outgrows the nursery.  This will allow you to use the furniture around your home as needed for many years to come.

Nursery Rocker with Slipcover

Nursery Rocker with Slipcover

Another great idea to incorporate in the space is a storage ottoman.  When your child is an infant it can be used for storing extra diapers and other necessities. Once your child is ready to start playing with toys, this ottoman will be a great way to tuck away toys when not in use and keep your home looking tidy.  As your child outgrows their toys, this ottoman can be used as an extra area to store linens or throws. It can also serve as extra seating when the need arises.

Kid Storage Ottoman: Creating this look in a versatile fabric will allow you to grow with it over time.

Kid Storage Ottoman: Creating this look in a versatile fabric will allow it to grow with your family over time.

If you prefer a sofa in the nursery rather than a chair, then we would suggest a  new functional “Day Sofa Bed”.  Building a sofa which has a twin mattress as it’s seat cushion is a great way to create an extra, comfortable bed in the space and still be functional.  It is the perfect place for visitors to sleep or for you when ever the need arises. Slip covering the cushion will keep the sofa looking crisp over time. Once you no longer need a place to sleep in your child’s room, then it can be moved to a guest room or office. Check it out!

Fabrics and Frames Sofa Day Bed: Twin Mattress used as seat cushions

Fabrics and Frames Sofa Day Bed: Twin Mattress used as seat cushion

With all of these great ideas, why wouldn’t you want to invest a little more on quality furniture that will be able to grow with your family?  This will stretch your dollars overtime and save you from spending your hard-earned money on repairs or replacing the old, no longer useful furniture with new.  Remember Fabrics and Frames is the place to come for all your custom furniture solutions for all members of your family from the littlest to the oldest!

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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