Precious Materials in your Interior

Trasitional Interior with Metallic Touch

Transitional Interior with Metallic Touch

When buying jewelry, one of the considerations is to decide if you are going to wear  gold, silver, or platinum. This is the chemical element that holds the precious jewels on the setting together.  So when creating a  design for your interior using the proper amount of element in it is the difference between making something look too gaudy or very valuable.  Metallic objects as they pertain to interior spaces can be the highlight of the floor plan because they create hierarchy among everything else.  Use too much in one space and they loose their value and become ostentatious.  The key to a successful design is to create in a simplistic manor.  During the traditional Renaissance times, ornamental embellishments in interiors where dripping with gold leaf designs to show status of wealth.  Although this look still pertains in some interior design movements, most individuals tend to lean towards a more contemporary way of thinking by using metallics to highlight other colors in the room.

Brooklyn Mural Project by Artist JMR:

Brooklyn Mural Project by Artist JMR: Featuring Metallic influence in graffiti.

Artist JMR:

Monochromatic Metallic artwork by Artist JMR:

Metallics are very influential with the creators of art, fashion and interiors.  This is why we are seeing them in our everyday trends.  From purses to pillows, the contemporary accent is what keeps our eye moving through the composition of a design which is one of the most important elements to creating whether it is art or interior spaces.

So, How do I create a tasteful  interior which uses metallics?

One of the key aspects to creating an interior design is to keep things simple.  If you are someone who loves metallic objects and wants to see them everywhere then make it the dominate part of your scheme.  This can be achieved by using metallics as one of the major players in the room, such as: sofa, tables, even walls and floors.

Create a tasteful look with a dominate flare by upholstering your straight lined sofa in silver vinyl.

Create a tasteful look with a dominate flare by upholstering your straight lined sofa in silver vinyl.


If you prefer “just a touch” then place metallics in your artwork, pillows, and accessories.  This will give you a contemporary flare without being too overwhelmed. Here at Fabrics and Frames we strive toward pushing  boundaries on design when creating spaces.  We can create any genre of interior with a custom flare. Whether metallics are appealing to you or not, with our expertise we can help you create a room or entire house that is not only pleasing to the eye but also where you can sit back and relax in comfort!

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


French Design: Inspiring us for Years!

When looking at any form of art, whether it be furniture or fine art, you tend to focus on the overall lines  the final piece creates.  One of my favorite genres of design is Art Nouveau because of its fluid lines and the organic quality it has.  Originally created by the French as the “New Art”, this particular style was represented from the years of 1890- 1910.  It emerged as  a movement which gave extra importance to ornamental features and these techniques influenced how designers approached the aesthetics of design and art at that time.

Unlike the current more simple, straighter lines of today , interiors from this period were created with detail in mind.  Many original rooms had wood paneled walls and staircases which featured ornate hand carved designs.  Art Nouveau rooms were not the only things that were influenced by this style. The furniture pieces themselves usually were their own piece of art which added to  the organic quality of the room.  Check out some images below to understand how rooms and furniture from the Art Nouveau movement may have looked.

Tassel House Staircase by Victor Horta which was built in 1893. This particular staircase is known to some as the first expression of Art Nouveau.

Traditional Art Nouveau furniture from 1890-1910. Many original pieces of furniture would have the organic lines in the details of the wood incorporated into the design.

Since Art Nouveau was a dramatic and inspirational period in design, many interiors have developed a more modern twist to the initial look. Leaving some of most important architectural structural qualities of the look, like the staircase and blending more contemporary colors and design in the scheme.

Art during this period followed the same ornate quality.  A particular French artist who pronounced this movement in his designs was Toulouse Lautrec.  Known for his Post-Impressionist paintings and Art Nouveau illustrations, he created a look that most would recognize in modern day aesthetics.  Don’t be fooled into thinking he was the only one who was creating this type of design since other artists such as Manuel Orazi and Theophile Steinlen also produced pieces which influenced this period in France as well.

Moulin Rouge: La Goulue
Toulouse Lautrec

La Maison Moderne
Manuel Orazi

La Tournee du Chat Noir avec Rodolphe Salis
Theophile Steinlen

Although this look seems to be dated  for those who have contemporary tastes in interiors, there is very much a contemporary flare to the design concept.  Created in a world where it was racy to “step out of the box”, the  artists created a new movement which implemented movement in design. Today’s current designers feature these designs on fabrics and wallpapers to create a more eclectic look for the modern interior.

Robert Allen: Wanaque/ Chocolate

Wing Chair Upholstered in Flocked Linen Blend Fabric from Robert Allen: Wanaque/ Chocolate.

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we pay attention to detail, making us very similar to the designers who originally designed Art Nouveau interiors and art.  We are proud to be very detail- minded and innovative when it comes to upholstery and design.  Many things in the world have changed throughout time, but for almost 35 years we have stayed consistent in our desire to produce a quality product which will be able to withstand decades of use, much like the design work of the Art Nouveau movement.  If you have enjoyed learning about this movement and wish to further your education in art, I recommend visiting the Dallas Museum of Art: Poster of Paris: Toulous- Latrec and his contemporaries exhibition.  There you will find many posters which were created during this movement in art.  This particular exhibition is great place to bring the whole family because once you have completed the tour, there is a “create your own poster” section which the whole family can enjoy!

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

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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
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 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:

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

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Artist and Furniture

One reason I write this blog is to explore all the different possibilities in home design that can expand our readers’ minds to envision new ways that furniture can become the driving force in determining a home’s ambiance.  When looking at an entire room, furniture and art are generally  blended together in a room to  create a setting that either mimics the owner’s personality or creates the ambiance he/she desires.  This past weekend, I attended a gallery event that showcased the work of an artist whose pieces have merged both furniture and art together.  At the Oliver Francis Gallery in Deep Elm in Dallas, Texas, Francisco Moreno opened his exhibition called Dormant Subversion.   His art demonstrates to his audience, in a very stunning way, that furniture can also be a form of art as well as function.  By painting every item incorporated in his piece called “Living Room”, this artist shows us a  cubist style furniture installation that is a very unique and creative way of going “green” with furniture.

“Living Room” by Francisco Moreno
mixed media
8 x 8 x 5 ft

By delving deeper into the particular styles of furniture that Mr. Moreno painted, we can see a chippendale camel-back settee with a single bench seat.  This particular style of furniture is most often used in very formal traditional homes, but when merged together with this style of art, you can see that it definitely has a more contemporary flare to it.

Other upholstered furniture pieces that were incorporated in the installation were vinyl parsons chairs.  This popular style of chair is seen in both contemporary and traditional decors and is very mainstream but when it becomes a piece of art it becomes truly stunning!

Painted Parsons Chair , part of “Living Room”

How can you incorporate this type of art into your design scheme?

Although each piece that was incorporated into the design of this installation is fully functional, you probably would not choose to use it as a real piece of furniture because you would run the risk of  damaging it.  Instead of using it as a functional piece in your room, I would suggest keeping it as a installation piece of art in the room that is to be seen but not used, and coordinate it with other furniture pieces that would mesh well with the black and white color scheme used in this particular design.

One option for coordinating furniture to go with this particular installation would be to use simple black  furniture with contrasting cording for a little “pop”.  Another thought would be to incorporate a fully upholstered piece of furniture with custom painted sides or back by Francisco Moreno or another artist.  I have provided some images that will better help you grasp the idea of the type of furniture pieces that I am talking about.

Contrast Corded Furniture: If you would like to blend art into this particular style, you can always get a painted pillow to place on the furniture piece.

Black and White Hand Painted Pillow

Side of baroque styled sofa painted.

 Where would I go to get this style of furniture created for me?

Here at Fabrics and Frames, we custom build  and reupholster any type of upholstered furniture.  We are able to bring your upholstery dreams come true, whether it be by creating a new style which you have imagined or by transforming an antique or garage sale piece which you have been looking to restore.  Since Mr. Moreno resides in Dallas, Fabrics and Frames could possibly work together with him to design your perfect room if you want to incorporate this particular style for your home using an established artist.  If this is too cost prohibitive for you to consider, you can create your own art on fabric and use it in a similar way. It is such a unique style that would make a huge impression on the guests in your home and would give you a feeling of owning something very special and unique to you!

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

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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:

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

Graffiti and Furniture Design…

Current design trends have recently been gravitating towards having the more artsy looks.  Keeping this  trend in mind, we are now seeing the emergence of  graffiti in the home.   In past generations  graffiti was viewed as a form of vandalism, but in current years it has emerged as its own art form.  Many famous contemporary artists such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Sour Grapes 13  started their artistic careers as graffiti artists.  My knowledge about this movement was enhanced after watching the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film.  I have provided a link to the trailer for the film and recommend it if you would like to learn about the dangers and secrets these artists go through all because of their  passion for their art.

Graffiti artists tend to be recognized as contemporary artists when they are sponsored by reputable companies or showcased in museums.  The Dallas Contemporary Museum has featured 2 of the 3 artists mentioned above allowing them to spread the word that graffiti should no longer be viewed as a form of vandalism when  displayed in a tasteful manner and appropriate venue.

Sour Grapes 13 Graffiti featuring director from the Dallas Contemporary Museum.

Shepard Fairey Mural displayed on the side of the Dallas Contemporary Museum.

Shepard Fairey with Mural in Dallas on Singleton.

How is graffiti emerging in interior design?

Art trends tend to reflect life as we know it and graffiti is now starting to be seen on anything and everything  in the home.  Ranging from wall space, wood furniture, and upholstered furniture you can  find graffiti used as a way to make a personal statement in your home.  Check out some interesting new looks that may inspire you to view this form of art differently…

Wall Graffiti Mural displayed in contemporary home. Using a solid “L” shape sectional to emphasize that graffiti and upholstered furniture can still make the home appealing, comfortable, and inviting to guest.

Is eclecticism more your style? Create unique vintage looks with a modern twist by incorporating classic french baroque furniture in modern solid colors for the front, and display cool graffiti prints on the back of the furniture. This look is great for open floor plans which allow you to view the entire furniture piece from all sides.

Graffiti refers commonly to typographic forms of art, but with new graphic images popping up within the graffiti world, creative artsy looks will enhance your interior decor as well.

Graffiti Spray painted Chest and Contemporary Wing Chair featuring Graffiti Queen Anne Legs.

Interior design has emerged as a fusion of new and old ideas.  Incorporating both art and design in rooms will enhance your vision on what a room can become.  If you are someone who likes color in the room, this look may be for you!  Color is a great way to psychologically create a better mood and self-esteem in your everyday life!  Although different colors have various  effects on your emotions and energy,  adding color will generally  lift your mood.

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we are always looking for new and innovative ways to create the perfect piece of furniture for you!  We encourage you to contact us if you have a vintage piece of furniture that you would like to turn into a piece of art or if you would like to start from scratch and create a brand new piece!  With a knowledgeable staff of designers and artists  we are able to create any piece of furniture that you can dream up!

Upholstered Contemporary Tight Back Chair. Similar Furniture Frame as Fabrics and Frames Style #139 Chair.

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

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. (

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:

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

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

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, 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 w

Walking Through Life with Movement by Erica Guajardo.  For more artwork like this visit

Halloween Designed T-shirt Image by Erica Guajardo. To vote on this t-shirt getting printed visit…,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

Artique Decorative Trends. U.S. Artist

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:

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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