Heart of the Home.

As summer begins to fade, and autumn enters our lives, the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to change colors. Just as the weather changes so do our concerns.  Changing of our wardrobes is one, getting the kids back to school another, and finally the holidays arriving.  As we know, the season spring generally is known for sprucing up and cleaning out our homes, but what do we need to focus on during the fall and winter months?

Autumn Kitchen 2013

This season is full of family get togethers and events.  With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas just around the corner, you may start to ask questions such as “what shall I bring to parties, and how can I impress my guests?”  Both of these  lead us to the heart of the home, the kitchen.

The kitchen is the place where we do most of our cooking and gathering, regardless if its making Halloween candies, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner or baking Christmas cookies.  This is the space in your home that will get the most use. The kitchen is generally the gathering place for both your family and your guests.  Many individuals don’t realize that this area is not always as comfortable for their guests as it should be.  Small touches such as banquets and barstools are ways to incorporate more seating in a space to make the area more comfortable.

inviting kitchen with plush barstools

If you find that you have all the seating space that your kitchen needs, you may want to reconsider what shape your dining chairs are in.  Even if you think that they are in great condition because the fabric still looks new, what you may not notice is that your foam has begun to break down from all the wear and tear of people sitting on them over the years.   Foam generally will have a lifespan of 5-7 years before its starts to break down.  Even if this is a space where you don’t generally sit, your foam can still be damaged.  If you have chairs which are over 7 years old, the inside may start to harden, leading to crumbling. Or it can break down and become flat. When this starts to happen you no longer have the support in the chairs to make you and your guests comfortable.

Broken Down Foam / Old Foam

Broken Down Foam / Old Foam

If you notice that your once comfortable chairs are now hard or have become less supportive, reupholstering is a great solution. Unfortunately it is not usually to save the original fabric if your foam has worn out, but with the expert designers at Fabrics and Frames, you can find a fabric that is comparable or that will coordinate well ensuring that your chairs remain clean, taught, and comfortable for the holidays. This would also be a great time to update your look to add a bit of excitement to a room that is used by everyone who enters your home and you will have your guests gushing with complements!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


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