Green Design…Is it in you?

We have started noticing a trend toward more and more ” green” design as we all become more concerned about our shrinking natural resources .  As a collective generation we are more aware of the carbon footprint that we may be stamping on our Earth.  There are a number of ways we can create new environments by using green design while still staying  trendy and current.  From art to interior design, green design is starting to emerge as a real possibility. Below is some information on a couple of artists who are making art green for the home while still making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Debra Broz

Debra Broz: Fanged Bunnies

Broz specializes in small antique “oddity” ceramics, which are a blend of various vintage animal inspired images representing the black humor and whimsical approach of genetic mutations.  Having a background in china & porcelain restoration allows Broz to recycle vintage ceramics and give them new life in a quirky humorous way.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Broz and her unique oddities and asked her “How did you first become interested in creating objects of this fashion?” She explained to me that while working in her past job as an understudy for an artist who was learning how to restore porcelain and ceramics, she was inspired to start creating her own versions of mutated animals.

Creating new animals using an additive process to a vintage piece enhances the chance of the animals finding a new home and life.  In my design and artistic opinion, Mrs. Broz is doing her part to help the environment by recycling vintage ceramics and making sure that we don’t have another chemically altered material lying in our landfills. Instead we have an artistic innovative approach of creating special pieces for us to fill that special niche in our home as well as bringing  smiles and warm fuzzies into our lives while viewing.

Debra Broz: Serpentine Geese

Brooke Gassiot

Close Material Shot of Brooke Gassiot Light Box Design. Featuring Recycled Prom Dresses and Embroidery to create Mirrored Light Box Design.

Another artist who is starting to make headway in the interior design world by recycling is the Austin local, Brooke Gassiot.   She is an established artist who specializes in installation works of art.    Her light boxes are miniature designs of her larger interactive works which intrigue the viewer into wanting to know more about the materials used and how they interact with the ambiance of the space.  Using textures that create interesting silhouettes when lit, these particular compositions have an amazing depth perception in the realm of art.  Currently finding many of the objects used from local thrift stores and found objects, she creates designs which are innovative from an interior design perspective because her art changes when looking at it at different times of the day depending on the light.

Each of her light boxes is created using a dimming light so that it allows the owner to have the option of changing the ambiance of the room.  This is a great way to keep energy down within the home and still be able to enjoy the space.

Brooke Gassiot: River
Commission Piece for Austin Interior Designer

So how is the  “green” design impacting the Interior Design World?

Just as many artists are starting to understand that “Going Green!” is the way of the future, we are also beginning to see that interior design fabrics are becoming more green by using Eco-friendly materials.  Two great companies which endorse their environmentally friendly fabrics are Kravet Fabrics and Robert Allen Fabrics.  Both have placed a section on their websites which direct their clients to fabrics using recycled materials.  Check out some of these fabrics which are environmentally friendly…

Kravet Green: Eco-Friendly Weaves

Kravet Green featuring Fabric number 29191

Robert Allen Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Robert Allen: Paint Spray/Cobalt


Robert Allen: Lindy Hop/ Mist

 To learn more about what makes Robert Allen’s Fabrics Eco- Friendly visit:

At Fabrics and Frames we endorse living “Green” even when building new furniture.  We carry lines like Kravet Green and Robert Allen Eco-Friendly to help our customers make the decision to begin converting to a sustainable lifestyle a little easier.  We can also reupholster and refurbish older pieces of furniture with eco-friendly fabrics so that they re-emerge into new pieces of furniture fit  for your current lifestyle. We believe our precious earth  deserves saving and we want to do our part. Please feel free to share with us any of your  own innovative ideas which might help your interior and lifestyle become more green so we can share with our readers. All of us can help preserve our environment for future generations in lots of small ways and we appreciate your input!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir


The Influence of Dorothy Draper…

Current television shows have opened the eyes of its viewers to how interior designers can influence them.  With the abundance of interior design shows  featuring some of the top names like Ty Pennington, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Candice Olson, Thom Filica, and Nate Berkus, professional interior design help has never been so readily available to the general public as it is right now.   Even though they each have their own  individual style one thing that all of these designers have in common is that they have all been influenced by the characteristics of Dorothy Draper, the first interior designer.

Who is Dorothy Draper?

Dorothy Draper (1889-1969)

In 1889, Dorothy Draper was born into wealth  and her ideas would be  influenced by her luxurious life in Tuxedo Park, New York.  In 1923 she became the first interior designer to launch her own company.  This was a very risky move for a woman to do at that time since  the country was  struggling with women rights.  She is marked as creating the modern day Baroque Style of Interior Design, and is well recognized for large public space designs and creating modern architectural spaces.

Tuxedo Park, New York, possibly where the tuxedo was born.

One thing that made Mrs. Draper’s design so unique and appealing was her use of color.  She was known for never before seen color combinations such as: aubergine and pink infused with touches of turquoise and chartreuse.  She  used these colors when designing for some of the most prestigious places around the nation such as: The Greenbrier Hotel(West Virginia), Arrowhead Springs Hotel (California), Hampshire House (New York), Camellia House (Chicago), Drake Hotel (Chicago)…just to mention a few.

The Greenbrier Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper

Arrowhead Spring Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper. If you pay attention to the detail in the columns you will notice that the motif will be found in modern geometric designs used in today’s times.

Hampshire House designed by Dorothy Draper. Black and white checker tile, a key detail found in many of Draper’s designs.

Famous lacquered door in Camellia House in the Drake Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper.

As Dorothy Draper became  influential in interior design decor, she started to brand her style.  One of the most famous places that backed her design was the Metro Museum of Art in New York, where they allowed her to design the interior space of the dining area as well as the menus, matchbook covers, and uniforms.  The company was investing in the “Draper Touch”.  Another company was Schumacher, which offered an extensive line of fabrics which she designed, and was known for bringing the “Dorotheum” style which invoked a presence of great beauty, expense,and quality of life.  She became a regular spokesperson for the magazine Good Housekeeping Magazine, giving her personal opinions on design.  Mrs. Draper would provide the guidelines for modern day interior designers to follow.

 Spotlighting  Interior Designers who have marketed themselves in the commercial world.

Ty Pennington:

Famous designer known for the hit t.v. shows ” Extreme Make Over: Home Edition” and “Trading Spaces”, Ty Pennington started to influence the general public with his education as a designer, carpenter, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.  He possibly could have been influenced by Mrs. Draper when branching out  and marketing himself to design a furniture line through Howard Miller.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd:  

Eileen Kathryn Boyd

In the interior design world, she is known for her line of textiles that she designed for Duralee Fabrics, which include bold “ice cream” colors.  Originally she got her start by designing for the very wealthy that were in need of custom aircraft designs.  She would later brand herself , as well as designing for the elite of Huntington Village, Wall Street brokers, real estate tycoons, and celebrities.

Candice Olson:

Another T.V. personality designer who shines in the world of marketing,  Mrs. Olson has an unbelievable resume of products that she endorses to ensure her brand name.  To mention some:

1. York Wallcoverings: Wall paper

2. Norwalk Funiture Line

3. Kravet Fabric Line

4.AF LightingLine

5.Surya Rug Line

6. Revco International: occasional items

Thom Filica:

Known for his hit T.V. show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Thom Filica has mostly been endorsing himself by branding himself with high profile names such as: American Express, Audi, Bosch, Barilla, Kravet, and Soicher.  He has taken some of the marketing strategies that Mrs. Draper used during the 1920’s.

Nate Berkus:

Having the greatest endorsement deal that any one can have, Nate Berkus, became a household name when Oprah Winfrey endorsed him on her show.  Suggesting that he is one of the best designers,  she put her name behind him.  Writing books, selling merchandise at Linens and Things, and having his own television show, along with being the executive producer for the movie “The Help”, Mr. Berkus shows us how creativity can open the doors to a more luxurious life even if you are on a budget.

Like many of the designers that we talked about, Fabrics and Frames design team is knowledgeable in art, which helps us  create the best aesthetic looks for our clients.   We think outside of the box, combining both form and function, and believe that we are somewhat unique in our philosophy.  To learn more about our design team, you can read our blog       ” Meet our Blogger” ( where we introduced our blogger and our lead designer explaining why Fabrics and Frames is so unique!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Black and White…Classic Look?

As the industry of design becomes more modern, we notice that that the classic color combination of “Black and White” has been used throughout many generations and genres.  During the late 1890’s, some art movements began to incorporate the combination of “Black and White” into their designs, this created contrast in their art designs which forced the viewer to pay closer attention to what they were trying to say about each particular movement.  Many movements during this time had political or social meanings behind them and the usage of black and white helped relate a message more clearly.  Although some color was incorporated into the designs, “Black and White” was the primary way used to translate the intended messages.  Examples of different art movements that incorporated “black and white” combinations are provided below.

1878 Kiev – 1935 Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Abstract Expressionism Movement

El Lissitzky
Proun. 1st Kestner Portfolio 1923
Constructism Movement

Shwitters Merz

Many of these art movements focused on art, architecture, political and social meanings.

Movements in Interior Design

Like art movements, the usage of black and white helps relate a clear message in design.  There are many different genres that incorporate the combination of “Black and White” which include Eclectic, Art Deco, Minimalism, Post-Modern, and Contemporary designs. To clearly distinguish each of these different genres of design from one another specific patterns may appear in the different genres.  Lets take a closer look.

Eclectic Room with Black and White Incorporated:

When creating a eclectic styled room, using more ornate architecture in the space is a plus because it can give the area an overall feeling of a different  time period.  Many designers like to update the overall look of the room by using modern colors and keeping the traditional ornate shapes in the accessories and furniture pieces used in the space.  White can be used as a neutral pallet in any design to allow other pieces to be the focal point in the space.  It tends not to distract the eye but rather pushes the eye to focus on the overall composition.  This concept is used in many different areas of design regardless of whether you are trying to display art or design a room.

Some pieces of furniture that may be used to decorate a room that have an eclectic style are shown below:

Asymmetrical Reverse Hump Sofa with Awning Stripe

Black French Settee Sofa

Black Lacquer Bergere Chair Frame with White Fabric

Black and White Awning Stripe on French Chair

Art Deco Room with Black and White Incorporated

Art Deco was a movement that originated in the 1920’s.  It is known for its elegance, glamour, functionality, and modernity.  A particular characteristic of this period in time is the organic curves that are found in each piece in the room.  A room during this time period may look something like this…

Traditional Art Deco Interior

Contemporary Art Deco Room

Not straying too far from the style of “Old Hollywood Glamour”, this look can be found with prints such as damask motifs, awning strips, and organic patterns.

Art Deco Inspired Fabric Robert Allen: Poiret/ Noir

Art Deco Inspired Pattern by Robert Allen at Home: Wanaque/ Kohl

Minimalism, Post-Modernism, and Contemporary Rooms with Black and White Incorporated

When speaking about the Minimalism, Post-Modernism, and Contemporary Movements in interior design, there are just a few different characteristics between them.  A common characteristic that all three movements share is that they have a clean linear approach to design and use minimal pattern.  Although Post-Modernism Design generally has more curved lines incorporated in the overall design, it still carries a clean line quality. Below are some images that should explain the differences of each specific look.

Minimalist Bedroom

A Minimalist Design tends to only use accessories that are functional to the design of the room.  It primarily resembles the technique of color blocking.  This look is great for anyone that may have a high-rise loft or industrial setting.  It has a reputation of a cold, stark, contemporary style that appeals to many younger clients.

Post-Modern Bed Room

As stated above Post Modernism tends to also incorporate a clean lined approach, yet will have organic curved shapes incorporated into the overall design.  By incorporating the curved shapes in the design, it tends to create a more inviting perspective in the room.  It will still have the stark contemporary design, but with a more inviting feel. This design is also appealing to a more younger client because it generally has lower scaled furniture which may be harder for an older client to be comfortable to get in and out of.

Contemporary Styled Living Room

A great compromise to a modern look is going with a contemporary styled room.  This incorporates minimal qualities such as lack of pattern with inviting functional qualities that may give the viewer the idea that someone lives here.  In the image above, you can see that little accessories such as the newspaper holder are incorporated with the same black and white color pallet so that it still blends with the interior and doesn’t create hierarchy in the overall composition.

Black and White is a classic look that many different genres of design have used through the past century.  For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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