Inspired by Wood

Over the past couple of years as I have skimmed the pages of many home and design magazines I have noticed  that one of the latest trends in design is restoring and reusing wood.  With an imaginative mind, you will find that there are many different accents that can be created out of wood.  Using tree stumps for ottomans and tables seems to be a popular way to design with wood.  There are several suppliers that create and sell items like this for your home. You can also create your own by out sourcing someone who has recently chopped down a tree or has extra firewood.  If you are someone who is a little more creative and has more energy, you can create your own special piece by sanding and painting the wood to give it a more finished look.  It will hold presence in any interior space and stand as a conversation piece.

Tree Stump Ottomans and Side Table

Tree Stump Ottomans and Side Table

Another idea which will have a similar look, but has a more upscale design are acrylic side tables with tree branches inserted into them.  This look is primarily for the more artsy chic person who may be inspired by glamour interiors.  By giving a more contemporary feel to what could be a cottage style, this item will have your guests wondering how much you spent on such a unique item.

Acrylic Side Table with Tree branches

Acrylic Side Table with Tree branches

Accessories are usually  the last things that you should place into your interior space because it is like the jewelry for an outfit. Your primary furniture should take precedence in the space planning of your room.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we have seen many different items come through our doors.  Through the years we have found that we are the functional source for a handyman’s dream.  We have had several customers over the years who have built their own beautiful wood furniture pieces, but did not have the expertise to make gorgeous cushions to complete their projects.  That’s where we come in and help them with the functionality to their creations.  By building cushions and throw pillows to create a more finished look to their bench styled furniture we have helped make their designs more comfortable and usable.

pallet inspired loveseat with burlap cushions

pallet inspired love seat with burlap cushions

There are many different items that you can create using natural materials like wood.  Imagination is the source to creative green design.  When you create something by reusing an item that would be wasted otherwise, you are helping minimize our footprint on the Earth.  If you have found that you are in a middle of a project that Fabrics and Frames can help with, please let us know.  We are your source for cushions, table runners, and throw pillows that will help coordinate all of your styles together.

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For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  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!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Creating a Healthy Sleep Environment

Sleep is one of the most important things necessary for a person’s well being.  Sleep deprivation causes  fatigue, irritation, and headaches as well as a foggy brain.  A proper amount of sleep is crucial to your health, but for some people getting adequate sleep is very difficult. Often one of the problems is that your environment is not conducive to falling asleep because it isn’t comfortable.  A great way to ensure that you have a great night’s sleep is to create a space which invites dreaming.

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The most common place for sleeping is in our bedrooms because this room is separate from the rest of the home which allows us to get away from all the activity in the other rooms.  When creating a space for sleeping it is important to focus on creating a calm environment.  Many people like  using white when designing a bedroom because it keeps the room feeling tranquil and clean and invokes the feeling of sleeping in the clouds.  Others like the comfort of  darker colors such as navy blue, charcoal gray, and black because the absence of light makes them feel like they are in a cocoon.

Both looks are very inviting for sleeping and the decision is based on personality.  For those who prefer a white bedroom creating a space which will wake you up peacefully with the rising of the sun.  This look is generally best suited for those who are considered “early birds”.  If you are not an early bird, but still enjoy the cleanliness of white linens in your bedroom, then you can keep your room dark with either black-out curtains or plantation shutters as the sun rises.  This will still leave the room nice and airy, yet allow you to block out any sunlight in the early morning times.

Light and Airy Bedrooms

For many, darker rooms appear to be morbid and eerie, but when you are designing a room that has the intention of deep sleep in mind, darker might be better.  There are ways to create a space which is still inviting, yet dramatic.  Creating the perfect ambiance for the space is important and focusing on the light  in the room is crucial.  Lighting must be place strategically to enhance special features such as art, a reading space, or treasured furniture.  Spot lights on dimmers will make sure that the room appears more inviting while still encouraging sleep.

Dark Luxurious Bedroom

Dark Luxurious Bedroom

After you figure out what interior look  appeals to you, you need to put finishing touches in the room.  Comfort is very important and because of this a bedding look must be determined.  Determining the style of your room, whether contemporary, traditional, or somewhere in between, will be a key factor. If you want a more contemporary look, you will notice that there will be less decorative elements, meaning no ruffles or flanges on pillows.  Most of the bedding will look simple and sophisticated using more solid fabrics.  Very traditional bedrooms will have “fru-fru” written all over the room with lots of details including ruffles, trims, patterns and lots of pillows.

Regardless of what look you want to achieve, Fabrics and Frames is here to help!  Offering custom bedding and accessories will help you develop a perfect interior space for your bedroom. We also can help you create custom beds, headboards, comfy reading chairs and storage ottomans to make your sleeping space one where you will quickly fall asleep and stay there! Sweet dreams!

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

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

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-2012-acrylic-on-canvas-72-x-60-inches-246x300

Betty Sewell
Heavy Morning Rain
2012
acrylic on canvas
72″ x 60″
showing at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, Texas Showing Jan. 12, 2013- Feb. 16, 2013

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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-in-copy-doc-300x245

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:

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

Incorporating vintage art into a room using current design styles?

Memories are the one thing that influences everyone’s life whether we want them to or not.  Whether your memories are wonderful and nostalgic or not particularly great they do help to determine the person you are now.  Recently I went to a gallery featuring the artist Ray Phillips. This particular exhibition focused on his version of vintage art featuring works that have classical images like Popeye, Junior mints, Rock’em Sock’em robots, and of course the “James Bond” nude women.  Inspired by his nostalgic memories of these  images, he now creates works of art featuring printmaking and fine arts. Check out some his works below…

Ray Phillips
Howdy
Mixed Media
45 x 70

Ray Phillips
Hot Rod Gang
Mixed Media on Wood
52″ X 34″

Ray Phillips’ artwork pulls from the past which intrigues the viewer to remember how things once were.  He allows the individual to focus on the subject matter by creating images in primary colors, which was a classic style that  many designers 30+ years ago created using artwork for cartoons, games, and editorial designs.
So the question becomes, What type of interior works best with retro art?
If you are a individual who chooses to live in a home where everything is  of the same genre I would recommend mid-century furniture.  This  look was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s .  Very clean lines are associated with this particular style of furniture which allows you to bring more pattern and design into the room with your art.  Some examples of mid-century furniture are shown below:

Mid-Century Inspired Upholstered Tuxedo Sofa: This particular sofa is shown with surface tufting on the back and seat. This style usually is very low to the ground and longer than your average sofa.

Mid-century Inspired Chair: Currently a very popular style which is used  in both contemporary  and transitional settings.

Since this style of furniture is currently very popular, you should be able to find original pieces from these past decades in local resale shops.  When purchasing these items remember that may need a lot of internal work that may be expensive to repair so your total expenditure may end up being equivalent to a new piece of high-end furniture.  If the piece that you are looking at is in excellent condition then you run into the problem of it being over priced.  In some cases, sofas like the one above have been sold at prices which are around $8,000 used.  For many of us, this price seems to be outrageous for something that is used. If you happen to find just the right piece at a reasonable price Fabrics and Frames is ready to help you recreate the original look or update it with something new.

Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer of fine custom furniture.  Regardless if the style is retro, contemporary, or traditional we can create the look whatever look you want if the style is fully upholstered.  Most of our sofas range in price from $2,500- $3,000 and our chairs range in price from $$1,300- $1,500.  Although the price fluctuates depending on the fabric that is chosen, the end result is that you get a new piece of furniture that will last you a life time created just for you!  Some styles which you may be interested in to complete your retro look is the #1484 TB, #2035, and #1430. Just check out our website at www.fabricsandframes.com. We  also encourage you to create your own style if we don’t have the exact look you are looking for.

#1484 TB Sofa Produced By Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Shown in a Grey Linen/ Poly Blend Textured Fabric.

#2035 Chair Produced By Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Shown in Black Leather with a geometric rectangular bolster.

#1430 Chair Produced By Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Shown is a Gold Textured Chenille.

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

For More Information about the artist Ray Phillips, please refer to these links:

http://www.rayphillips.com/

http://samuellynne.com/#/953471/RAY-PHILLIPS

Handcrafted Necklace with Purple Handmade Paper and Brass Finishings

Fabrics and Frames represents artist from around the United States, through a company called Artique Decorative Collections. We are now going to allow our viewers a chance to purchase some of our collection through eBay! This will be a way for our international and out of state viewers to get a chance to fulfill there lives with items that we recommend. Trying to make your life more beautiful! Thanks for check out our merchandise. Collection consist of jewelry, handcrafted decorative accessories for the home, and wall art. View the details on the post to learn more about the product!

Like this item?  Find it on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/261092141503?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649#ht_500wt_920

Frugality in Furniture…Looking at Younger Generations Perspectives vs. Older Generations Perspectives

How does buying high quality furniture translate into frugality in furniture purchases? We need to look at the older generation’s philosophy about consumer spending.  Most of the  people over 40 have a different perspective when buying furniture than a person in their twenties.  As buyers begin to establish themselves financially they also  begin to see furniture as an investment just as their parents did. They are savy enough to know that quality does not come cheap and know that ” You pay for what you get!”  is generally true. They understand that there is a reason why you pay more for a better product. They also did not grow up in as disposable a society as we have seen in the last generation.

Fabrics and Frames Furniture has been endorsing quality furniture for 34 years and has found that in the last decade or so we have predominantly catered to the over 40 consumer.  On occasion we do come across a savy younger shopper who understands and appreciates quality in furniture.    But why doesn’t every younger person shop with quality in mind?  As someone in their late twenties, I frequently come across peers who say that they don’t want to spend $2,000 plus for a sofa that will last them a lifetime because they see furniture as disposable and want to constantly change their room every couple of years.  They are still learning who they are and what their style is. Although I see their point that a room can become stagnant, I don’t understand why they will spend $1000 plus for a sofa that they will only get to use for 3-5 years before it begins to fall apart.  I try to show them how it will be more economical for them to spend more on a quality piece in a furniture style that is classic and  change the small accessories around the room to update their look every couple of years.

On  Sunday, August 18, 2012, I  came across an article in the Dallas Morning News called Think long-term when shopping for new furniture  which explained how we have had a consumer  mentality of  being wasteful.  We have been living by certain  mottoes such as: “Buy Cheap”, “If it breaks, throw it away” and ” When you’re tired of something, give it away and start over.”   We are constantly reminded that economic times are still hard for many even though they have improved over the last couple of years.  With this in mind, isn’t it more economical to invest in a product that you have always wanted or really love that will give you years and years of use?  We need to get back to the  days of our grandparents who bought furniture to keep for years and would reupholster several times before discarding it.  Refurbish, restyle, and reuse are becoming more in vogue as our society is beginning to see the errors of its ways in being so disposable.  Our society is becoming more aware of its wastefulness which is a great thing. As we watch our landfills grow and water supplies shrink we are getting back to a more frugal society more like our ancestors. We find more and more classic furniture options in the stores today.The classic styles of sofas that have been around for centuries  can have an eclectic style that fits in with the current trends.  Some of the styles  include the chesterfield sofa, mid-century style sofas, and danish styled sofas.  What all of these pieces have in common are linear lines  which do not become dated as our tastes change. They adapt well to whatever the new trends bring us.

This chesterfield styled sofa has roots dating back to early 18th century furniture. To enhance a contemporary feel, this sofa can handle vibrant colors as well as neutral tones.

This particular piece of furniture has many straight linear lines with in the furniture frame itself, juxtaposed with minor rounded corners to create a softer home look. Small tapered legs give it a modern, low to the ground appeal.

This particular style of furniture is classic because it started to emerge around the early 1940’s and 1950’s. Great classic shows like “I love Lucy” and “Dick van Dyke” would show this style of furniture in the background. Currently in high demand among individuals, this straight lined retro sofa is a great way to stay economical and frugal in your furniture!

Since Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer, we are often called upon to  help out many of our neighbor furniture companies in the Dallas area by repairing  structural damages in their furniture.  Fixing structural damages in other manufacturer’s furniture allows us to see the many differences in how they construct their furniture versus how we construct our furniture.  Many manufacturers no longer offer the option of a real spring system.  One reason for this is because they can acquire higher profit margins by using a webbing system and can offer their product for a lower retail price. This type of support system does not hold up over the long term.  Another thing that has changed in the furniture world is the type of woods that some manufacturers are using. At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we only use  hard woods  such as  oak so that our frames will never split or crack.  Some manufacturers are no longer using hardwoods in there frame construction  because it is more economical for them to build with other  woods such as pine and even plywood.  Hardwoods are a bit more expensive to build with and  using softer woods such as pine to build out of is definitely more cost effective initially but not in the long term.   When using a less sturdy wood  the frame is much easier to brake or split. In the end buying a less expensive piece of furniture may not always be the most economical considering you will have to replace it much more often.

Sofa not using Hardwoods in Furniture Frame.  Example of how sofa can split and brake in half when not properly supported.

So as a younger individual, how can I create a room that I will be able to change as I change with just a few minor details?  

One way that you can enhance frugality in your furniture buying is to purchase simple, solid colored pieces.  There are a number of colors that will complement almost any color combination.  These colors are beige, taupe, brown, black  and grey.  They are considered neutral tones and depending on your aesthetics can be used in traditional, transitional, or contemporary settings.

When using a black sofa in the room, most of the time it gives a contemporary feel. This is not always the case, and really depends on the style of the piece of furniture. You can liven up the room with bright colors such as red or gold.

Using a neutral colored sofa such as taupe will give you the option to punch color in the room with small accessories such as pillows!

Classic Chesterfield Sofa looks great in any neutral color tone. This creates a nostalgic feel in the room.

Grey Sofa infused with pink accessories

Remember that you don’t have to invest in high quality pieces of furniture everywhere in your home.  If you focus on quality in the main areas of your home where your furniture gets the most use, you will be able to expand the longevity of your furniture.  For many this area would be the  living room and television rooms of your home where most of the activities of your household take place. For other areas of your home that get much less use it is perfectly fine to purchase a lower quality piece that will fit the space. You can fill in with lower quality decorative occasional pieces that are mostly for looks and  style to complete those rooms that are rarely used. Since these pieces will not get lots of use they should last you for many years!

Recycling is becoming a necessity as our natural resources are dwindling and our environment is at risk.  So the next time you start your search for a new sofa or chair remember to focus on quality just as your parents and grandparents did. It will last you for years to come and maybe even your children and grandchildren can enjoy your purchase as well as a better world because of your frugality!

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

Texas Ranch Style Homes: What Makes them Unique?

Original Texas ranch homes have rustic qualities which are unique to this style of architecture.  One  of the most striking differences between a modern Texas home and a traditional ranch styled Texas home is that a traditional ranch styled home will include materials of leather, hair-on-hide cow hides, nail heads trims, taxidermy wildlife, neutral color tones, stones, exposed wood and novelty items which show off the Lone Star State pride. Most Texans are quite proud to call themselves Texans and this pride can spill over into their home furnishings and decor.

Traditional Ranch Style Interior Home

Limestone and Austin stone are two of the natural resources that are plentiful in the state of Texas.  For luxurious homes that have  ranch themes to them, many individuals incorporate this natural material in walls, floors, bars and fireplaces as well as  landscaping.

Limestone Contemporary Fireplace

Limestone Wall to encase stairs

Texas Outdoor Limestone Kitchen and Bar

As you can see from the pictures above, stone can be used in both traditional and  contemporary applications.  Much of these aesthetic techniques depend on how the stone is cut or polished.   One of the most famous places in Dallas, Texas that shows the incorporation of limestone in their architecture and art is the Nasher Sculpture Center.  I have provided a link if you are interested in learning more about the center. (http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/James/Turrell/Skyspace)

Other materials that are common in Texas homes are cow hides.   There are three major different types of cow hides that Texans love to incorporate in their  ranch style homes:  leather, suede, and hair-on-hides.  Leather is commonly used with nail heads to create that ultra- traditional ranch look.  A benefit to using leather in homes is that it is that most  spills  can wipe right up.  Since leather is a natural product, you must condition it about every 6 months to keep its luxurious appeal.  Leather is not so forgiving when it comes to punctures so it is important to keep sharp objects off of it.  Many of our clients at Fabrics and Frames like to go with a leather and fabric combo on their furniture to help minimize these types of accidents from happening with their furniture.

Traditional Leather and Fabric Combination Sofa

I must warn you that leather furniture which is not made at Fabrics and Frames, may not be fully leather.  Much of the mass-produced “leather” furniture is a combination of leather and vinyl. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to put leather wherever you touch  and use vinyl everywhere else. It is not a bad look with all the very nice vinyls available today but don’t be fooled into thinking you are buying a full leather sofa when in fact you are not.  In the past couple of years, a new product called bonded leather has come out which is a vinyl top layer and a leather back layer. This is commonly sold as leather in the furniture world and will have the disadvantages of vinyl.  One of the main disadvantages of vinyl is that the top layer can peel but it is resistant to stains.

Great Resource for someone who wants that leather look at a high-end vinyl price!

Suede is a great natural product to use on something for decorative purposes but it is not very functional.  As many of us suede shoe owners know, once you get a spot on suede it’s hard to get it out!  A great compromise to this look is Nova suede or Ultrasuede which should not be confused with microfibers.  This generally will give the same look but stains are usually easy to get it out with a little soap and water!

Nova suede

Hair-on-hides are great for either rugs or upholstery.  There are many people who are just buying hides of this product to use  as a throw rug.  This product also makes  great accent pieces as well when used on small occasional chairs!  I would not recommend this product for someone who has allergies because it is actual hair from the cow on the hide and  may cause some people to have an allergic reaction.  If you are not one that is prone to allergies, then this product is a great way to incorporate a unique texture in the room!

Interior using Hair-on-hide rug

Hair-On- Hide Chair

Pillow using Hair-on-hide

As you can see, with this style of home you often have many different textures incorporated into the design.  A way to keep from being  so over- whelmed with texture is by using a neutral design palette  so that the textures will stand out without being distracted by color.  If you choose to use patterns, a suggestion would be to use tone-on-tone patterned  fabrics to keep the minimalistic approach to the design of the room which will enhance the rustic aesthetics of this Texas style.  At Fabrics and Frames we are always willing to help  create the  aesthetic design which suits our customer best! If you are interested in bringing this unique style to your home come see us for that perfect, polished look. We love being Texans and have great pride for our wonderful state and want to help you create that very special room!

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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