Designing in a world of Artist…

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an art show which was put on by the Socialized Contemporary Art Bureau (S.C.A.B) in Dallas, Texas.  This particular group of artists: Eli Walker, Kelly Kroener, Justin Hunter Allen, Lucy Kirkman, Joshua von Ammon, Samantha McCurdy, Alexander DiJulio, Micheal Alexander Morris, and Frank Darko are the latest artists in Dallas who are pushing the boundaries of art’s subject matter that many believe to be worth pursuing.  This  look is grabbing the attention of many galleries and magazines which enjoy showcasing the very minimalistic and longue durée style.

S.C.A.B.

What captivated me about this particular show was the space and the art.  Since Fabrics and Frames is a builder of custom furniture, I began to  wonder:  “What type of furniture would be appropriate for a movement of artworks that doesn’t require much aesthetics around?” For art collectors   it is important that the interior space be somewhat subdued, or have furniture that is designed by the latest artist/architects/ or designers.  These are all great ideas for the space, but what if you could create anything that you would like?  What would you create?

For those who are thinking outside the box, I would suggest one item in the room that could be a piece of art itself.  Although you would still want it to remain economical, I would like to suggest a couple of different styles that blend well with contemporary installation art.  Below are some looks which may work with this particular style.

Asymmetrical Sofa

Asymmetrical Sofa

The asymmetrical look is a safe look which can get your point across… It  draws attention to the sitting space while allowing the art to be showcased. This can be done with any color, just keep the fabric solid so that it does not distract from the space.  If you feel that this asymmetrical look is too safe and want something which may be more cutting edge, then go with a modular asymmetrical linear look.  When you create many different cube shaped blocks that bolt together, you can find a look that is quite comfortable and still will not be too distracting to the installation art.  It should coordinate well with this type of art since it appears to have an unfinished quality to it.

Asymmetrical Modular Furniture

Asymmetrical Modular Furniture

If you would prefer to create an eclectic space that calls attention to the  products in the room because of the design choice, then I would either pick something from the French Provencial period or from lines which Herman Miller would have carried.  If you happen to own some of these pieces or can find them in resale shops , Fabrics and Frames can help with the re-upholstery if they need refurbishing.  Since we carry a line of wool textured fabrics similar to those that originated on most Herman Miller products we can restore your piece of furniture to appear better than new.

Whether you decide to create your own new piece of furniture or want to refurbish an older piece to complete this look in your home then Fabrics and Frames is the place to visit. We have a huge selection of fabrics and can custom design most any piece you can imagine. 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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Creating a Fusion Interior…

Most of us don’t necessarily design our interior spaces with the intention of staying trendy.  We develop our homes’ interiors over the years by gathering items throughout our lifetime.  Regardless if it’s a chair which has been passed down to us by a relative or a throw that was on sale at your local department store, we collect items which may not always match each other.

If you can find a common relationship with the items, you can create a room which we describe as a fusion interior.  We see this idea popping up in many retail stores.  It is the merging of two items which normally would not be paired together.  Although in an interior space you will have more than two items in a room, the idea of fusion means incorporating two or more different styles.  The merging of contemporary and traditional are the most common styles which have fused together in today’s design schemes.  Creating a look that is referred to as eclectic is one of the leading trends and a great way to keep the things that may be sentimental or special to you.

Fushion Interior

In the photo above, we notice that this interior space starts with a loft style interior. The base, which includes concrete floors and masonry walls, gives  this space a very industrial feel. Although the dwelling’s owners could have designed the space with very clean lined furniture  to enhance the contemporary feel of the look, which would have been typical, they have chosen to use items which they have collected to create an eclectic feel.  The juxtaposition of the wide variety of chairs  in this space creates hierarchy because none of the chairs are from the same era.  By using several items which were both unique and different in style, as well as functional, and fusing them together particular space portrays a very unique but put together look.

Whimsical Fusion Interior

Whimsical Fusion Interior

Although many designers believe that having a set of items is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, they often don’t realize that fusing a variety of items  in the space can develop more character.  The idea of blending what you already own is great for someone who is on a budget or some who is artsy.  Since this look is asymmetrical,  it will  look most appropriate with an interior which has a great architectural skeleton and a space whose base is neutral in color tone.   The reason for this is that it will allow the variety of items in the interior to shine and the small gems found will be noticed and appreciated.

For those who collect unique furniture pieces, which is perfect for this fusion look, Fabrics and Frames can help you ensure the lifetime of the item while enhancing its look.  Specializing in restoration of upholstered furniture, we are able to save items which need  structural support.  Regardless if  it is a wobbly antique chair, or seat that has fallen through, we can repair it so that it is better than new.  After being in the industry for 35 years, we have become experts at restoring antique pieces. Once we restore your older piece it  can last not only your lifetime but be ready to pass down to the next generation to create their own fusion style!

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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