How To Make Your Home Uniquely Yours

Throughout  the course of the past ten years, we have seen a trend toward more minimalistic designs in the interior space of a home.  Some years the trends were more in demand than others, but we have never lost sight of clean lines and simplistic styles.  As we venture towards a new wave in interior design, we see that minimalism is not necessarily what the public is demanding and  designers are meeting their demands.

Chic Interior with many accessories

Chic Interior with many accessories

Although we still would like to have a clean lined home, many individuals are turning towards “retro” and “vintage” details to give their home  one of a kind appeal.  In our lifetime, we often inherit items that are handed down to us and have no idea what to do with them.  We are faced with the decision of restoring them, revamping them into something else, or throwing them away.  Many times there is sentimental attachment to these items so we keep them and relegate them to a space where no one gets to see them.

The good news now is that because we are leaning towards a more inviting era of design and accessories, it is becoming more acceptable to have a busy, yet organized, shelf or table in your space.  The idea with such a space is to create an environment that is appealing to the eye.  This doesn’t mean that you have to decorate sparsely in your space but it does mean that you have to be well organized.  When creating an environment like this, you can place items which were once stored away safely, and incorporate a style which everyone will be able to enjoy.

Styled Bookcase

Styled Bookcase

Creativity in decorating is key when organizing.  Yes, you can gather ideas from blogs and magazines, but the truth is that you may never be able to replicate what you see exactly, so improvising and creating what looks good to you is the best solution.  One suggestion is that it is generally easier to buy a few items and incorporate them in a display with items which are uniquely yours such as things that have been passed down to you.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we host a gallery from artists which are represented around the United States.  In our collection you find unique items which you won’t see in your neighbor’s house.  Sometimes collecting from an artist is a way to create a one-of- a- kind style.  Another way to create a unique environment is to upholster pieces in unusual fabrics  not seen in the everyday store.

Unique style in accessories and furniture

Unique style in accessories and furniture

Whatever your taste may be, it should reflect who you are as a person.  Simplistic style is great for some, but allowing yourself to create using your own unique items and creating nostalgic memories can be a way to enjoy your heritage as well as your home!

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

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Written By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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Heart of the Home.

As summer begins to fade, and autumn enters our lives, the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to change colors. Just as the weather changes so do our concerns.  Changing of our wardrobes is one, getting the kids back to school another, and finally the holidays arriving.  As we know, the season spring generally is known for sprucing up and cleaning out our homes, but what do we need to focus on during the fall and winter months?

Autumn Kitchen 2013

This season is full of family get togethers and events.  With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas just around the corner, you may start to ask questions such as “what shall I bring to parties, and how can I impress my guests?”  Both of these  lead us to the heart of the home, the kitchen.

The kitchen is the place where we do most of our cooking and gathering, regardless if its making Halloween candies, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner or baking Christmas cookies.  This is the space in your home that will get the most use. The kitchen is generally the gathering place for both your family and your guests.  Many individuals don’t realize that this area is not always as comfortable for their guests as it should be.  Small touches such as banquets and barstools are ways to incorporate more seating in a space to make the area more comfortable.

inviting kitchen with plush barstools

If you find that you have all the seating space that your kitchen needs, you may want to reconsider what shape your dining chairs are in.  Even if you think that they are in great condition because the fabric still looks new, what you may not notice is that your foam has begun to break down from all the wear and tear of people sitting on them over the years.   Foam generally will have a lifespan of 5-7 years before its starts to break down.  Even if this is a space where you don’t generally sit, your foam can still be damaged.  If you have chairs which are over 7 years old, the inside may start to harden, leading to crumbling. Or it can break down and become flat. When this starts to happen you no longer have the support in the chairs to make you and your guests comfortable.

Broken Down Foam / Old Foam

Broken Down Foam / Old Foam

If you notice that your once comfortable chairs are now hard or have become less supportive, reupholstering is a great solution. Unfortunately it is not usually to save the original fabric if your foam has worn out, but with the expert designers at Fabrics and Frames, you can find a fabric that is comparable or that will coordinate well ensuring that your chairs remain clean, taught, and comfortable for the holidays. This would also be a great time to update your look to add a bit of excitement to a room that is used by everyone who enters your home and you will have your guests gushing with complements!

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 at andy@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

2013 Year of the Snake

In the design world, there are many different things that can influence what your interior space may look like. We are often intrigued by other cultures and often want to bring a little bit of another country into our homes.  Asian cultures have always had an influence on what we do with our interiors, whether it be pagodas,  geometric key patterns, or animals. The current Asian look often influences our design trends.  2013 marks the year of the snake on the Chinese calendar.  This year, the year of the snake, will embrace steady progress and attention to detail, along with focus and discipline.    For many, having this symbol in the home will be a good omen because it will mean that your family will not starve.  Although this is alluding to the productivity of your goals this year and how hard work will pay off, this is a symbol that you will want to hold close to you and your home.

Year of the Snake 2013

So, How do I incorporate the snake symbol into my home?

One of the most common ways to incorporate the year of the snake into your home and still stay trendy is by adding snake skin on one of your items.  This particular look can allow you to bring out your animalistic side as well as create a good fortune for the rest of the household.  Check out some of the looks that you can use to incorporate this style within your home.

Snake Skin Waterfall Bench

Snake Skin Waterfall Bench

 

Upholstered Waterfall Bench can be covered in any material.  Leather, vinyl, or fabric.

Upholstered Waterfall Bench can be covered in any material, leather, vinyl, or fabric.

By adding small accents of snake around your interior, you create a unique look which is not too over-baring but still reflects your interest in the trend.  Remember that using animal prints should be treated as a “onesy” item and not take over the entire room.  Keep this look for a small chair,  an ottoman, or pillows.

X Bench in Snake Skin

X Bench in Snake Skin

Accent Chair in Snake Skin Vinyl

Accent Chair in Snake Skin Vinyl

Antique Velvet Pillow in Snake Skin Fabric

Antique Velvet Pillow in Snake Skin Fabric

If animal prints are not your thing but you want to incorporate the look with a snake, think whimsical.  There are many fun cotton prints that incorporate snakes in their design.  Most of these looks will be bright in color, but occasionally you can find some that have a more subdued look.

Cotton Print with Snakes Incorporated

Cotton Print with Snakes Incorporated

As you can see incorporating the snake design into your home for 2013 is not hard to do at all. Whether you want to go for a sophisticated look with patterned snake velvet or high-end leathers or vinyls or if you prefer to keep your space fun and fancy free there are many options currently available for you to choose from. For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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