Introducing our Blogger!!!

Introducing our Blogger!

There have been so many positive responses to the blog that Fabrics and Frames provides as a service to our internet followers that I thought  our readers would be interested in knowing something about who writes this blog and where the ideas generate from.  My name is Erica Guajardo and I am the person who writes the blogs for Fabrics and Frames Furniture. I am both an artist and designer and have been educated in both areas!

Erica Guajardo writing for Fabrics and Frames Furniture.

When creating my weekly blog my ideas usually generate from an experience in my life during the week that I am posting.  Since I am involved in both the art and design world I find many opportunities to spark my ideas. I often get a new idea when talking with our design clients. When working with high-end clients in the Dallas metroplex,  we  find that there is quite a variety of personalities and ideas regarding design schemes.  Some tend to be very traditional, others eclectic, and on occasion we have the very contemporary client.   I have been working for Fabrics and Frames for the past eight years, and have learned that you must pay attention to the clients needs and leave your personal opinion  out of it while guiding them toward a polished look.  You want to direct them to what will suit their needs because at the end of the day they will be the ones living in the space that you create for them.

Using this knowledge that I have learned from working in this family owned company, I have been able to develop my own skills in regards to art and design.    One reason why the blog is so informative is because I have ventured outside of the walls of Fabrics and Frames to explore the art world and how it relates to design.  In the past year I have interned at Dallas Contemporary Museum, became a represented illustrator online through http://www.turningart.com/, created t-shirt designs, and am starting to participate in art shows around the metroplex which showcase my contemporary style of artwork.  Check out some of my art pieces below:

Girl With A Dream by Erica Guajardo. Prints available on whttp://www.turningart.com/art/gallery/search/erica%20guajardo

Walking Through Life with Movement by Erica Guajardo.  For more artwork like this visit http://www.ericaguajardoillustrations.com/.

Halloween Designed T-shirt Image by Erica Guajardo. To vote on this t-shirt getting printed visit…http://www.threadless.com/submission/440916/Exorcist_Men_T/from,lancegray02.

One of reasons I was motivated  to create my own artwork was because  when clients came in for design advice they would often complain that they could not find pieces of art to coordinate with their interiors.  I started to create images that reflected the color schemes that were discussed during that week and discovered that this made my art more marketable.  Education can come from anywhere and even though I had many design classes in school I learned the most about design under the lead designer at Fabrics and Frames, Andy Fischman.

Who leads the design team at Fabrics and Frames? 

Andy Fischman is the lead designer at Fabrics and Frames Furniture.  She is ASID certified and has guided our clients for many years in creating room schemes that they will enjoy for decades to come.  Having an excellent eye for color and space planning, Andy is able to remake a seemingly boring room into a room that will be both functional and aesthetically appealing to the customer. Designing all over the metroplex, including high-end venues such as The Ritz Carlton, The Bonaventure Condominiums, and The Grand Treviso Condos,  Andy has developed great relationships with her clients and other designers.   I should also mention that she has also designed for clients with homes in some of the most luxurious areas of Dallas such as Highland Park and Preston Hollow.  She has a personality and experience that our high-end clients love!

In 2010, Andy decided that she would venture into the art world as well, bringing high-end accessories produced by various American artists  into Fabrics and Frames, giving the showroom a completely different look!  Check out some of the art below:

Artique Decorative Trends: U.S. Artist
http://www.artiquecollection.com/store.html

Artique Decorative Trends. U.S. Artist
http://www.artiquecollection.com/store.html

By opening the store, Andy wanted to be able to supply high-end clients with luxury art for their homes that worked well with the interiors she created.  In design, it is  said to be that accessories are the finishing touches that make a house a home.  The items that are chosen for the room schemes reflect the personalities of the people who live in that home.  Andy wanted to make Fabrics and Frames a one-stop shop where you could create  custom furniture and accessorize your interior with one-of-a-kind art made by American artists.

Fabrics and Frames is a place where we are not only designers but artists.  Each designer on staff  has a background not only in interior design but art as well which gives us a different approach to how we see a room.  We are able to think outside of the box when it comes to difficult tasks assigned to us by our clients and find unique solutions to the problem areas in their room design.  Art is a reflection of life and your home should be a reflection of you. When you combine the two you get the perfect blend of both with a home that should make you happy for many years to come!

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

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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Retro Furniture, The History behind the Room Schemes.(1920-1960)

Documentaries are an important use of information because they relate a visual message to a audience that may be looking for  educational insight.  The documentary that I recommend is Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. A documentary film by: Eric Bricker.    Julius Shulman was an architectual photographer whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. To understand what this documentary is about, I have provided a trailer .

With the insight that Julius Shulman gave to architecture, he showed us how influential different decades can be on interiors.

1920-1930

During the 1920’s, the influence of the International Style movement was emerging in interior decor.  The movement had a lot of influence from the world renowned designer/ architect Phillip Johnson. His influence on the movement stated that the new style would change the way people looked at “modern” furniture and design because it must follow three simple rules.  These rules are:

1. The expression of volume rather than mass.

2. The emphasis on balance rather than preconceived symmetry.

3. The expulsion of applied ornament.

Remember during this time in the world, we were entering into the machine age.   The purpose of the International Style design was to simplify form, incorporate new materials that were emerging into design, such as glass, steel, and concrete, and take out ornamental designs within the interior space.  This was a dramatic change in look because most people still thought of ornament as a way to show elegance and status.  When you entered into a space you now saw flat walls, but they may have held a more untraditional style of construction.  I have provided some pictures to help you see what a modern interior from the 1920’s would have looked like.

Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier

Exterior of Villa Savoye by: Le Corbusier. 1929. Poissy, France

Interior of Villa Savoye. Featuring the ideas of the International Style Movement.1929. Poissy, France.

Schroder House by Gerrit Rietreld

Exterior of Schroder House by Gerrit Rietreld. 1924. Utrecht, Netherlands.

Interior of Schroder House by Gerrit Rietreld featuring the Interiornational Style Movement.

Glass House by Phillip Johnson

Exterior of Glass House by Phillip Johnson.,1949. “The concept of a Glass House set in a landscape with views as its real “walls” had been developed by many authors in the German Glasarchitektur drawings of the 1920s, and already sketched in initial form by Johnson’s mentor Mies Van der Rohe.” (Wikipedia)

Interior of Glass House by Phillip Johnson.

The International Style movement changed the way we looked at  modern homes. It incorporated the ideas of  “form follows function”  but displayed it in a simplified form.  The movement introduced many iconic  furniture styles, such as: the Barcelona chair, the LC4 Chaise Lounge, and the LC1 Sling Chair.   Each of these pieces of furniture is still in high demand because of it’s retro contemporary style.

1930- 1940

During the 1930’s, the movement of Art Deco was evolving.   Although this movement began in the 1920’s, it had influences that bled into the 1930’s, and continued far after.  The movement was based on geometric lines and symmetrical shapes.   It represented elegance, glamour, functionality, and modernity.   Pulling influences from the Egyptians and Aztecs, the Art Deco movement was the “modern” design for the 1930’s.  Pastel color schemes  were often incorporated within each room.  One reason for this was to show how modern homes can feel cozy and didn’t have to be stark.  A typical Art Deco home may have looked something like this.

1930’s Armstrong Kitchen Furniture

Contemporary Art Deco Room

Elegant Art Deco Room

1940’s-1950’s

The era of the 1940’s was a bit different than other era’s because it was affected by WWII.  The beginning of the first half of 1940’s was somewhat stagnate. The reason was that any extra income  coming into the household, was reserved for contribution towards the war.  From 1939-1945  many homes were decorated using pieces from the 1930’s.   This made decorating homes more economical and political.  The idea behind most rooms’  schemes during this time, was to make them appear more innocent, sanitary, traditional, and sunny.  Many people used things that had sentimental value, and reminded them of their patriotism.   During this era there was  lots of Hollywood Glamour mixed  in the decor  that added that punch of elegance during a time when money was scarce.  When the war was ending  and factories re-opened for production, the room schemes consisted of floral patterns with pastel colors incorporated into them.   If  bold colors were incorporated in the room scheme, the colors of the American Flag(red, white, and blue) were used to show patriotism. This was to show optimism towards the future and what you may have seen in this era.

Dorothy Draper’s Pastel Designed Room

Dorothy Draper’s Floral Inspired 1940’s room

Patriotic Decor designed by Dorothy Draper 1940’s

1950- 1960

In the 1950’s there was a residential design boom.  The economy had not seen an increase in development since the 1920’s.  When people were designing the decor of their interiors, they had three things in mind: simple design, well made products, and furniture that was reasonably priced.  Many stayed true to the idea of minimalistic designs that didn’t have ornate decoration incorporated in to it.  Being organized was a great quality in the home, and many different storage devices were  incorporated into the design scheme. People felt during this time,  that being organized made the room appear to be more modern.  Each furniture piece that was incorporated into the decor had a functional purpose.   For this reason we saw a lot of built in furniture within the floor plans so that they could incorporate hidden storage areas for the modern family.

1950s decor

1950’s room scheme which incorporated kitschy colors and style.

1950’s Room Interior with excellent coordination qualities. This room shows how new construction during this time incorporated new woods and metals which made the room efficient and interesting.

Kitschy Style of 1950’s decor.

What we have discovered over this blog is that the interior design world today is still very influenced on  past decades when it comes to decor.  Through the decades, many knowledgable architects and designers have invented great designs that have sustained to present times.

Influence of Retro Furniture

The influence of retro furniture has defined what the general public considers modern furniture today.  The straight lines from past decades have influenced how we design the aesthetics of contemporary furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we have  knowledge about the construction of retro furniture, and suggest that if you have the opportunity to design a room using vintage styles, do so if it’s a quality piece.  One reason is because most furniture in this decade is not manufactured with the same quality as it was constructed in the past decades.  Older furniture seems to be more sturdy, and usually will incorporate some form of spring system in the piece.  Mostly today’s furniture  is designed with a webbing system which doesn’t have a long lasting quality to it.  Fabrics and Frames furniture has been in the buisness of revamping older vintage pieces of upholstered furniture for 34 years.  We understand the difference between a high quality piece of furniture and a piece that is not worthy of recycling.  If you are in the market to reupholster an older piece that’s handed down, or a market find, we can suggest ways to refurbish it, to give it new life for years to come!

 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

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Andy Fischman

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