Interiors with the Royal Treatment…

Downton Abbey is one of the year’s most talked about television shows for many different reasons.  One of the most intriguing things about this show is the Abbey’s interior and how the furniture of the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey pulls from the French Providential Period.  When decorating in a more classical traditional decor such as this, you must understand that the interiors will not have that minimalist quality that the current trends of today’s interiors have.  Ornament and patterns seem to take over the room  when decorating in this very traditional style.  One thing that you must understand is there must be a lot of coordination when working with many different patterns.  Hue and scale are very important qualities to keep in mind as well as color because if these are not carefully considered  the look of the room will not become cohesive.

Downton Abbey Interior

Downton Abbey Interior

How do I create a room like Downton Abbey’s?

A traditional setting usually consists of a sofa, love seat,  upholstered chair or occasional chair.  The size of your room will determine the amount of furniture you are able to place.  There are many different origins of carved furniture and you will need to make sure that you pick French and English styled furniture from this period for this particular look.  The furniture of this period tends to be more petite and delicate  looking.  Many of these looks will come with a Queen Anne Leg or some form of Ball and Claw.  Occasionally you will find that a Chippendale leg will be used when a more sleek look is desired.

Queen Anne Leg or Ball and Claw Leg

Queen Anne Leg or Ball and Claw Leg

When choosing fabrics, a good rule of thumb is to start with one large scaled pattern, generally a tapestry or a large floral pattern.  Using  this pattern as your starting point you will need to pick smaller patterns with which to coordinate.  These will sometimes be referred to as ditsy patterns.  A ditsy consist of a small diamond or half-drop floral pattern.  Solids were not as popular during this time period, but when they were used they were usually a velvet, mohair, or a matelassè.  If you are looking for one additional pattern to complete the room, then a stripe or plaid could be a good fit.  Stripes and plaids are always suggested as a “either or” option. Generally when you try to use these two patterns in a room together, they have the tendency to compete with each other so we generally suggest to only use one.

Large Paisley Pattern on French Chair

Large Paisley Pattern on French Chair

Small Ditsy Pattern

Small Ditsy Pattern

Common Color Combinations for French Rooms

Black, Gold, and Red:

When creating a room that calls for drama, a common color combination is black, gold, and red.  The room mainly remains black and gold, but you add just a pinch of red in the pillows or small accent pieces.

Black, Gold, and Red French Room

Black, Gold, and Red French Room

Country French Room: Primary Colors

Although there are two major color schemes in a Country French Room, the most common one is red, yellow, and blue.  This look has a light and airy quality to it, leaving the room with the feeling of tranquility.  The colors are usually just subtle pops of color and enhance the furniture that is placed in the room.

Primary Colors: Country French Decor

Primary Colors: Country French Decor

Country French Room: Pink and Green

This look generally appears to be more sweet.  Perfect for a bedroom or a small bathroom, this look opens the room with its light pinks and mint greens look.  Reminiscing to a French or English pasture with wild flowers.

Light Pink and Green Country French Room

Light Pink and Green Country French Room

With these few tips you can create the Downton Abbey Room of your dreams.  If decorating solo is not your thing, then let Fabrics and Frames assist you.  We have an expert staff of designers who are trained to create any style of room that you can imagine.  We custom build furniture and are knowledgeable in all areas of design. With that knowledge and skill we are able to help you create any look that you are trying to  replicate.

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!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Simple for the New Year!

In the design world of furniture and fabrics more and more we are seeing a trend toward a  more simplistic style.  Whether we are discussing less ornamental detail  in the design, or less pattern in the furniture fabrics, this look has grabbed the attention of the general public.  Most of our contemporary and transitional clients that are currently looking for new pieces tend  to gravitate towards this trend because it allows them to focus on other objects in their home such as art and accent pieces.  When designing simple, you tend to create a design which looks calm and soothing and less busy to the eye. This look can be created by using all different types of fabrics not limited to but including small tone-on-tone patterns, textures, and solid fabrics.

Tone-On-Tone Fabric on Contemporary Sofa

Tone-On-Tone Fabric on Contemporary Sofa

Texture Fabric on Mid-Century Sofa

Texture Fabric on Mid-Century Sofa

Solid Contemporary Sofa

Solid Contemporary Sofa

For those who tend to like more pattern in their furniture, this look probably doesn’t apply! But for those who are ready for a change you will find that when decorating with this style your room will appear larger and more spacious as the eye and mind have less to absorb.  Although you may bring in pattern with small items like pillows or ottomans the larger scaled pieces should stay simple in their designs.

So, How does designing simple help enhance the style to my room?

One of the many perks to designing simple is that you can more easily focus on smaller objects that are  in the room.  For many that is art!  There are  different genres of art that abound, but for those that tend to stay more simple in their interior design, abstracts are some of the most popular!  In the art world, abstract is a term which means a creation of art which breaks away from the traditional representation and explores the relationships of forms and colors.  This is very similar to the design logic which is used for decorating with solids or simple fabrics.  Check out some different forms of abstract artwork which may enhance your space!


Betty Sewell
Heavy Morning Rain
acrylic on canvas
72″ x 60″
showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, Texas Showing Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013


Ron Clark Silver and Diox
acrylic on canvas
36″ x 24″
Showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013


Susan Perkins
Transcend sumi ink on paper with fiber
17 “x 15”
showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, Texas Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013

The images above are considered  abstracts and would create a statement with simple furniture!  These particular pieces represent a form of abstract expressionism that show the viewer that art work  is not only defined by color but also by the texture it has in the piece.  At Fabrics and Frames we have found that incorporating abstracts in our room designs has been a great way to create a sleeker look for our more contemporary clients.  This is why we have introduced new abstract artwork to our 2013 showroom.  Featuring the artist Erica Guajardo’s version of abstract expressionism, she shows abstracts which have great texture as well as design.  Check out some of the artwork which has been sold and shown in the showroom!

Afro-Man Abstract By: Erica Guajardo 7' x 4' Acrylic on Canvas

Afro-Man Abstract
By: Erica Guajardo
7′ x 4′
Acrylic on Canvas

Emerald 13 By: Erica Guajardo 8" x 36" Acrylic on Wood

Emerald 13
By: Erica Guajardo
8″ x 36″
Acrylic on Wood

Penny Face By: Erica Guajardo 18" x 24" Acrylic on Wood

Penny Face
By: Erica Guajardo
18″ x 24″
Acrylic on Wood

Black, White, and Flowers By: Erica Guajardo 12" x 24" Acrylic on Wood

Black, White, and Flowers
By: Erica Guajardo
12″ x 24″
Acrylic on Wood

As you can see this type of art is not limited to very simple colors and textures but it also encompasses lots of color and fluid movement. So when you incorporate it into a simplistic room design there will be a lot of interest created for the eye and mind to absorb.

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!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Chic Halloween Ideas!

Tis the season to be creepy! With Halloween around the corner many of us are thinking about entertaining guests with parties and functions.  The question becomes, “How do I decorate my home so that it looks both chic and creepy at the same time?”  There are many different looks that you can create without spending  a lot of money…Check out some of the looks below.

Black and White Halloween

Black and White Halloween Dining Room

Whether your home is contemporary or transitional, decorating in black and white is trendy these days.  Adding a few accessories around a neutral interior will enhance the ambiance of the themed room and allow you to focus on the novelty items selected.   Some items  suggested to add to your room are pumpkins, wreaths made out of twigs, spiderwebs, black tablecloth, and candles.  To create this look you will want to keep the color simplistic by only using black, white, and punches of orange.

Lace Pumpkin Look
To create this look all you need is a decorative sock or stocking with has a lace pattern, stretch it over the pumpkin, glue and paint the stem black. White pumpkins make this look chic and modern!

Painted White Pumpkins: Create Black and White Illustrations on pumpkins using stencils downloaded from the internet.

Black Frames with punch of fall branches are a great way to recycle your old looking frames. To make this look appear “halloween-ish”, place this set-up on a buffet or cabinet with a sprinkle of synethic spider webs, small pumpkins and a faux lit candle to create a more dramatic feel with the branches.

Black Halloween Twig Wreath: This look can be created by making a wreath out of twigs from the yard, or spray painting one of your old fall wreaths with black spray paint.  Just make sure to remove anything that is not a twig.  Bead wreaths will create this look as well!

Orange Halloween Room

Orange Theme Halloween Room

In 2012, tango tangerine was selected as the color of the year!   If you were a person who was truly inspired by this color and indulged yourself by using it for the main color in your room, this Halloween is the perfect holiday for you to showcase the color!  Like the picture above, there is not much you have to do to make this color appear festive.  By adding simple accessories of black and purple you can turn this room into a fun Halloween inspired room whether you want to keep it chic and simple or creepy and ghostly.

Decorating Black Pillows for Halloween

A creative way to make a pillow appear to have a Halloween theme is to add a a decorative sash to it! Choosing sashes which have orange, purple, or even a Halloween pattern will give this styled pillow a bit of flare.

By adding buttons or dots of paint to a black pillow you can create this “black cat” pillow look!

Getting creative with items in the home during holidays can be a great way to join together with friends and save a little money!  Your home can come to life with creativity and keep you feeling good about staying environmentally friendly by using something old to create something new!

If your taste is towards the more creepy and exotic you can find lots of ghosts and goblins in the stores and online to help you create a really over the top Halloween experience for your guests. You can also create your own with materials around the house like sheets and old clothing. This is the time of the year to celebrate the spooky, creepy side of you and share it with your friends and family. Here are a couple of great Halloween rooms for you to enjoy and get ideas from!

Halloween Creepy Dinning Interior

Halloween Creepy Living Room Decor

Here at Fabrics and Frames we are filled with creative talented individuals who can create  something amazing from  almost anything.  If you liked some of these ideas for your home, but may need a couple of accessories such as seat cushions for your dinning room chairs, pillows, or black and orange accessories to decorate with, come visit us! And have a very safe and Happy Halloween!

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!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Suggested Event in Dallas:  Day of the Dead Show at the Shops of Legacy, October 25th,2012

Good for the whole family! Bringing the arts out of the gallery!

Shepard Fairey and Interior Design…

This past weekend I attended an opening exhibition for the famous “OBAMA HOPE” Artist Shepard Fairey at a gallery in Dallas called Public Trust which showcased his new collection called  “Printed Matters”.   This exhibition featured some of the artist’s new works on wood and zinc  plates which were inspired by  the legal troubles that he encountered since the release of his series of political posters.  Fairey has emerged as a mainstream artist since this original design came out in 2008.  This image is seen as the iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States, although there are several different variations depending on the typography used.

Shepard Fairey: Obama Hope Poster
Trivia: Originally printed in one day,
featuring a collection of 350 posters and were sold on
the streets the same day they were printed.  
Posters may feature the typography of “hope”, “progress”, and “change”.
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust” Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Bayshore Billboard
silkscreen on wood, Edition 1/2
24 x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust “Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Writing’s on the Wall
silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. AP
24x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust Exhibion 2012
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust ” Printed Matters”Exhibition 2012
Defiant Youth
Silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. 2/2
24 x 18in

So how has Shepard Fairey influenced Interior Design?

Miami, Florida is well-known for its arts district and hosts art shows in the district of Wynwood once a month  on every second Thursday.  Wynwood Art Walks are a collaboration of the top artists around the world who are represented in a number of galleries in the area.   In this district you will find galleries, restaurants, and entertainment to keep art viewers intrigued. Shepard Fairey partnered up with the owners of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar’, which is located  in this district, to design a restaurant to represent some of the top artists in a unique dining experience.

Shepard Fairey Installing at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

The idea behind the interior  of the bar is to juxtapose high end art with a luxurious hip atmosphere.  This  allows the restaurant’s diners to have a more enjoyable, creative dining experience.  By using beige, black, and red toned art throughout allows the atmosphere to better come alive once furniture and audience is present.  By installing art throughout the space, both inside and outside the restaurant, Fairey ensures that art seekers will enjoy the ultimate dining experience.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

So how do I get a look for my establishment that looks like Wynwood Kitchen and Bar?

Although most companies will not be able to afford Shepard Fairey original murals in their establishments, they may be able to find a local street artist that is willing to be commissioned to create murals on their company’s walls. Another idea would be  to print a favorite image on a transparency and enlarge it onto the wall using a projector so that it is scaled appropriately, then trace and paint it accordingly.  Once the mural is in place in the establishment, start planning for furniture to be placed in!  Wynwood was created with driftwood accents, dark oak tables, and metallic leather upholstered furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we offer a line of real and faux leathers which can create this metallic upholstered furniture look for you! These trends can give texture to your interior and yet not be too overwhelming if placed correctly.  When designing in exotic textures remember the mottoes “Less is More”.  Check out the faux leathers below! Some look so real that it is hard to believe they are fake!

JF Fabrics
Reptile Embossed Vinyl- Patent Leather Finish
Pattern: Hip Hop

Robert Allen Fabrics
Pattern: Kidskin
Color: Silver

J. F. Fabrics
Stretchable Vinyl for Distress Leather Look
Pattern: Houdini

Even if you don’t own your own business you can apply these same ideas to your  home for a truly unique room. If you enjoy that very artsy look and are looking for something new to try this may be a great idea for you! Complement the art and paint in the room with unique upholstery pieces including funky chairs, interesting banquettes with metallic leathers, or even leather upholstered bars.  If your design is to be the major focal point in the room then your furniture should have clean, fluid lines that will complement, not overpower, the art and fabrics in the space.  At Fabrics and Frames we want to help you create a space that is uniquely “you”.  We can design that perfect piece for your room so that it will be a true reflection of your ideas and tastes whether you are a little funky or a true traditionalist.

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!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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:

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

Handcrafted Necklace with Purple Handmade Paper and Brass Finishings

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