Making your Dining Room Aesthetically Functional for You!

As more and more individuals are leaning towards a more contemporary lifestyle, the nature of minimalism has permeated our living spaces.  Contemporary designs are generally considered to be lacking ornamental embellishments.  As someone who has designed for many different genres of furniture styles, some advise is  to design for comfort regardless of style or taste.

When you design with comfort in mind, you do not compromise the overall look of the space for comfort. As you begin your quest for the perfect design you must find a niche between comfort and style to accommodate your area.  For this upcoming new year, the forecast of trend setting areas in the home is the dining area.  Although for the past decade or so, the formal dining area was seen as obsolete, the  need to have a space to entertain family and friends during the holiday season has risen in demand.

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When scouting out for new dining chairs, a common dilemma is that the chair tends to be built so that hard-surface, poor quality, and comfort  are prime attributes to the aesthetics.  The new dining trends will highlight softer, larger, and an overall more comfortable experience.  Although you will see a difference in price from the moderately inexpensive chair which can possibly retail around $200 each to very expensive custom pieces, an investment in dining chairs that will last and be comfortable is almost a no-brainier…

Custom creating a design for a quality chair can be what your space needs.  Since dining chairs are not as large as fully upholstered chairs, you are able to add pattern to them and continue to have a peaceful environment.  Although the trend generally has solids pushing the way for design so that small details such as: tufting, nail heads, trims and buttons can primarily be the focus.  Remember that this is not the only reason why solids are used in furniture upholstery.  When a manufacturer decides on a particular fabric to be on its design, the majority reasoning behind a solid is to keep the process simple thereby less expensive.

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Solids by their nature do not have patterns, meaning that there is no pattern matching to take into consideration in the manufacturing process. It is difficult to create a unique chair that is specific to you room if you are limited to a solid fabric unless you add embellishments. Even if you like to use solids because of its simplistic style, a way to have your chairs maintain their high-end appeal is by creating a hybrid or calico look.   Hybrid designs  are when you have two different fabrics incorporated into one design.  Dining chairs usually have solid in-backs and seats with a pattern out-back.  A benifit to this type of style is that this is an easy re-upholstery job when your pattern becomes out-dated or worn. Another benefit to this technique is that the interior fabric where you sit can be very durable and the exterior fabric can be more decorative giving you the best of both worlds.

Here at Fabrics and Frames we specialize in high-end quality design.  Creating custom looks for the past 35 years has allowed us to perfect our designs so that they last a lifetime.  Investing in something which will keep your family, guests, and friends comfortable is something which we take pride in.  With a lead design staff who specializing in today’s trend setting techniques, the choice of getting a well manufactured USA made product is unarguable.  With general lead times of 3-4 weeks, you will find that Fabrics and Frames will be your go-to place when it comes to pleasing your aesthetic needs whether you are looking for dining room chairs or an entire room of beautiful upholstered furniture.

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:

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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!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Symmetry in your Interior

When consulting with a new client I have have found that before we can collaborate on the design of a new space it is very important to find out what type of design my client  will feel most comfortable embracing in their space.  Symmetry in the space is an important aspect of the design plan.  Currently in design the trendy thing is to be less symmetrical or asymmetrical.  By adding bright colors to a space and embracing the idea of an asymmetrical design, you can create a look which redefines the color block look.

Many individuals already use this concept of asymmetrical designs in nail designs and fashion, but this look is just beginning to emerge in interiors .   To embrace this look you need to first choose one color which will become the dominate color in the design.  From there you will carefully choose other colors which work with this color as well as embrace the overall feel that you are aiming to achieve. It is adamant that your space brings you comfort whether it is energy or a sense of peace so your accent colors are very important to your final design. By choosing this design style, you are able to keep crisp, clean lines giving you a space with an overall style that appears to be more contemporary.  This will allow your accessories, which are the icing to the cake, to stand out and show off their unique qualities to both you and your guests.

Asymmetrical Colors in Interiors

Please keep in mind when designing, the look is not only about color.  Symmetry is also important to keep in mind as a guideline to placing objects in the room.  Well-spaced planned interiors  will allow your client to use existing furniture and mix it with new pieces.  Although it would be ideal to only use furniture that fits perfectly in your space, the reality is that we generally have to work with what we have.  There are many times that someone will have three chairs and one sofa, or a scenario where you have 2 different chairs in the room.  This is a situation in which asymmetrical decisions must be made.  Take into consideration that when the chairs are separate from each other it is ok for them to be in two different patterns.   Having odd pairs in the room will allow for more seating as long as your space is large enough and doesn’t become to crowded. Remember the most important thing in designing a space is that the client is comfortable with the finished room and feels joy when walking into it!living-room-57710-1900

Here at Fabrics and Frames we think outside the box and try to accommodate our clients with design solutions which fit their needs.  There is no right or wrong way in design but as designers we try to use our knowledge and expertise to give our clients a space that is not only ergonomical and beautiful but also functions for the individual.

For more information on  where to get more ideas on designing and custom looks  please visit our website:

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Bringing Fashion into your Interior

This  week Fabrics and Frames is celebrating their 100th blog posting.  A common theme throughout many of our blogs has been the way designers seldom stick to one genre of design.  Many of them tend to influence many other areas, such as graphics, interiors, and art allowing their artistic talents to be spread to an even larger audience.

Fashion in Interiors

Since Fabrics and Frames offers thousands of different fabric choices through different vendors, we often notice that many fashion designers have teamed up with some of the leading brands in interior design.  Some have decided to team up with particular furniture brands which offer exclusives to their designs, while others offer their fabrics through specific vendors like Kravet, S. Harris, and Robert Allen.

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Issac Mizrahi for S. Harris

Since we are a manufacturer of custom furniture and assist many furniture companies around the Dallas metroplex, we have found ourselves working with lines from several designers.  Regardless if its Jean Paul Gautiers, Missoni, Issac Mizrahi, Jacklyn Smith, or Sonia Rykiel we have noticed that quality lines hold specific detail in the fabrics and when they are juxtaposed with craftsmanship it allows the overall product to look fabulous.

Since we consider ourselves to be artists of design, we like to support others who share our artistic hunger to create some of the most innovative and trendy decor.  That’s why we offer fabric lines through high end vendors to allow our clients choices on how they want their homes portrayed to their guests.  If you are looking for someone to help assist you in creating your dream home, please contact Fabrics and Frames.

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

Chic Summer Patio Lounging

Summer is the time for reconnecting and bonding with friends.  Most of us  enjoy congregating around outdoor areas because of the warmer weather.  Regardless of temperature, there are many different activities which encourage interactions with others.  Pools, bar patios, and sun rooms are all areas which can be spruced up during the summertime to make your get-togethers more entertaining.

Trendy Outdoor Patios

Trendy Outdoor Patios

Since a common place to gather in the summer time is around a pool, you will need to make sure that your pool area is chic, functional, and inviting to your guests.  Although you can often find appropriate decor items on sale in your local store, these items are not always what you should use.  When you decorate for outside exteriors there are some factors to take into consideration.  Oftentimes we have areas in our backyard that are not shaded with awnings, structures, or trees. Fabrics are exposed to sunlight and adverse weather conditions.

Light is one condition that you cannot always control when it comes to your space planning of any interior or exterior space.  If a fabric is not light safe, the fabrics color will absorb the light and change.  Darker colors tend to turn a shade of brown and red tones will gradually get lighter,  while whites may start to yellow.  Sunlight is very damaging and can not only have an effect on the color of the fabrics but the durability can also be affected by the sun.  More delicate fabrics like silks and cottons are not able to withstand their strength over long periods of time, resulting in shredding of the material, so they should not be used in outdoor spaces.

Weather is a major concern for those who are decorating their exteriors.  When decorating for exteriors, you must take into consideration what materials you are using because mildew can be an issue.  Many think that when you cover a seat with light safe materials this will be the only thing that you must do in order to have your furniture last for several years.  This is not the case, you will also need to buy or create cushions using outdoor  foam that dries more quickly thus helping to deter mildew.  Since this furniture is used for outside furniture, rain and pool water can absorb into the foam which will create mildew and then spread into your fabric. Not all outdoor ready to buy cushions are appropriate for outdoor use!

Pool Conversation Pit using mildew free and light fast fabrics.

Pool Conversation Pit using mildew free and light fast fabrics.

With technology, many trendy and colorful fabrics are available which you can use to construct any outdoor living space.  The most common leading   outdoor fabric resource is Sunbrella, although there are many other fabric companies which supply outdoor fabrics. But be careful because some of them are not as reputable by offering both light fast and mildew resistant fabrics in one.  This product is mildew resistant, light fast, and also eco-friendly.   For those who own older Sunbrella materials, this company will recycle your old materials for you, allowing you to stay ” green” in your own dwellings.

Sunbrella Fabrics

Sunbrella Fabrics

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we have created many different outdoor exteriors.  We use Sunbrella fabrics and specially made outdoor foam. From the very classic to the very chic we can help you create an outdoor space that is not only beautiful to look at but also functional enough that it will keep you enjoying your outdoor living for years to come.

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!

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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

Furniture That Grows with You!

When you find out that you are expecting a child,  designing a nursery is often at the top of your list. Buying all the things you want  in the nursery to help make parenting easier can quickly add up to be costly.  With all the extra expense a new baby brings to the family, many new parents do not to want to spend tons of money on baby furniture that will end up being donated or tossed out after a couple of years.  A great solution to this problem is to buy furniture that will grow with your child over time!

Most parents consider a rocker a necessity for the nursery because it will be a comfortable space where the new parents will be able to feed and bond with their child.     Investing  in a nice, comfortable good quality chair for a nursery seems extravagant to many because they feel that it will be a chair that will only be used for  a short time. A solution to this problem is to slip-cover a great chair in a fabric which works with your nursery’s theme, but upholster the chair in a solid fabric which may be more versatile for other areas of the home and can be moved once your child outgrows the nursery.  This will allow you to use the furniture around your home as needed for many years to come.

Nursery Rocker with Slipcover

Nursery Rocker with Slipcover

Another great idea to incorporate in the space is a storage ottoman.  When your child is an infant it can be used for storing extra diapers and other necessities. Once your child is ready to start playing with toys, this ottoman will be a great way to tuck away toys when not in use and keep your home looking tidy.  As your child outgrows their toys, this ottoman can be used as an extra area to store linens or throws. It can also serve as extra seating when the need arises.

Kid Storage Ottoman: Creating this look in a versatile fabric will allow you to grow with it over time.

Kid Storage Ottoman: Creating this look in a versatile fabric will allow it to grow with your family over time.

If you prefer a sofa in the nursery rather than a chair, then we would suggest a  new functional “Day Sofa Bed”.  Building a sofa which has a twin mattress as it’s seat cushion is a great way to create an extra, comfortable bed in the space and still be functional.  It is the perfect place for visitors to sleep or for you when ever the need arises. Slip covering the cushion will keep the sofa looking crisp over time. Once you no longer need a place to sleep in your child’s room, then it can be moved to a guest room or office. Check it out!

Fabrics and Frames Sofa Day Bed: Twin Mattress used as seat cushions

Fabrics and Frames Sofa Day Bed: Twin Mattress used as seat cushion

With all of these great ideas, why wouldn’t you want to invest a little more on quality furniture that will be able to grow with your family?  This will stretch your dollars overtime and save you from spending your hard-earned money on repairs or replacing the old, no longer useful furniture with new.  Remember Fabrics and Frames is the place to come for all your custom furniture solutions for all members of your family from the littlest to the oldest!

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

Black and White…The New Inspiration in Design

The combination of  “Black and White”  is a trend that keeps emerging in the design world almost every year in one form or another.  Whether you are one who follows fashion, interiors, or the arts, this look has grasped the attention of many throughout the generations because of the contrast aspect it projects.  As you flip through your favorite magazines you often notice  this combination  emerging throughout the ads because of its attention grabbing quality.

In the interior design world, the look is currently being used in way that enhances geometric patterns.  By creating labyrinths and patterns that are hypnotizing and trend setting, this look  invites the viewer to crave this combination in their spaces.  Here is a look into the year’s most talked about patterns and how they create bold statements in your interiors.

Chevron Pattern

Chevron Inspired Room: Patterns that bring the zig-zag back!

Chevron Inspired Room: Patterns that bring the zig-zag back!

In the fashion world, the chevron (zig-zag pattern) got a lot of attention when Missoni branded this look as a trademark of his collection.  Since then the look has emerged into a pattern that creates a bold statement in the fashion, interior design and art world. Because of  its  simplistic pattern and contrast it will get the viewer’s attention quickly.  The contrast between the line weights of the design and the colors used are what allow this look to create hierarchy in the space.

Labyrinth Inspired Geometric Designs

Black and White Labyrinth Inspired Pillow

Black and White Labyrinth Inspired Pillow

Geometric designs are the latest rage in patterns.  These looks have been trending for a number of years in the design world, but have you ever wondered where the inspiration for this look came from?  Labyrinth patterns were commonly seen in the cathedrals, such as the Notre Dame de Reims.  This look was a symbol of the architect who built the structure.  Many other architects in different regions also created symbols and patterns into the ornamental features of the facades of their architecture thus creating a distinct symbol of the country in which it was created.  Today’s patterns are commonly pulled from Greek, Moroccan, and Asian themes.

Moroccan Inspired Geometric Pattern

Moroccan Inspired Geometric Pattern

Asian Inspired Geometric pattern

Asian Inspired Geometric pattern

Greek Key inspired Geometric Pattern

Greek Key inspired Geometric Pattern

Stripes

Romanesque Architecture with Striped Pattern incorporated

Romanesque Architecture with Striped Pattern incorporated

Just like geometric patterns pulled from past origins, so did striped patterns.  There are many different type of stripes, but the most popular stripe is the awning stripe.  This is a stripe that is symmetrical in width and alternates two contrasting colors.  This particular look has been used since the 6th century during the Romanesque Architectural Period in Europe.  Check out how this look is used in modern times to create a chic trend setting look!

Bold Stripe Wall pops Black and White Furniture

Bold Stripe Wall pops Black and White Furniture

Black and White is a combination which has been and will be around for centuries.  It is a bold enough look which will generally create a statement in any design.  If you are someone who is looking to create a room inspired by this combination, then let Fabrics and Frame Furniture help you!  We have an expert staff ready to make any of your design inspirations come true!

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

Chaise Lounges: History and Recommendations

As more of us are being drawn towards more contemporary designs in furniture, we are also becoming more concerned with comfort when choosing our furniture pieces.  Many consumers today are leaning towards sectionals that are attached to chaise lounges.  This particular look allows the lounger to relax in a piece of furniture that becons them to “kick up their heels and take a load off”.  Chaise lounges have been around for centuries, but are currently in more demand because of the luxurious look that it adds to a room scheme.

Egyptian Chaise Lounge

Egyptian Chaise Lounge

The history of the chaise lounge starts with the Egyptians around the years 3100- 2890 B.C., originating with palm sticks lashed together with cord or rawhide binding the pieces together.  This look was fit for the dynasty of the time and was used as a daybed for royalty.   Egyptians were not the only ones who used this style of furniture as the Greeks also used the lounge chair in  their decor.  During the 8th century, the trend started moving away from gathering around a table to lounging on a chaise lounge to drink together which was  a much more comfortable approach to drunkenness.

As we explore the history of furniture styles, we find chaise lounges used in many different cultures.  Prominently used by the wealthy, this look emerged into many different genres of chaise lounges.  Check out the differences.

Duchesse Brisèe Chaise Lounge

With a phrase that literally means “broken dutch”  in french, this particular chaise lounge was inspired by having the chaise lounge divided into two parts; chair and footstool.  This a very common look for many, but today we call this a chair and ottoman combination.

Duchesse Brisee Chaise Lounge

Modern Day Chair and Ottoman Set.  This look was inspired from the Duchesse Brisee style

Modern Day Chair and Ottoman Set. This look was inspired from the Duchesse Brisèe style

Rècamier Chaise Lounge

The recamierchaise lounge has two ends raised and nothing on the sides.  It was commonly referred to as the “boat bed” during the Neo-Classical French Period of 1777-1849.  Influenced by Madame Rècamier’s style who used this piece in her drawing room, which probably gave that perfect touch to still life drawings.

Rècamier Chaise Lounge

Rècamier Chaise Lounge

Assymetrical Bed Bench with Arms

Assymetrical Bed Bench with Arms

Mèridienne Chaise Lounge

This particular style of chaise lounge is probably the most common.  It is known for its look of a high headrest, low foot rest, and is joined by a sloping arm.  Also know as a Fainting Sofa, this look was common for women to use in the days of corsets and female hysteria which allowed them a private space in which they could work out their issues.

Mèridienne Chaise Lounge

Mèridienne Chaise Lounge

Modern Mèridienne Inspired Chaise Lounge

Modern Mèridienne Inspired Chaise Lounge

As we can see there are many different types of chaise lounges that have emerged throughout the centuries.  The emergence of different styles depended on its creator’s ergonomical use of the furniture piece.  This can be influenced by both personal use and by pushing the barriers of design to be more modern.  Someone who pushed this look into a classical modern aesthetic is the architect and designer Le Corbusier.  With his approach to minimalistic structure he created his LC-4 which keeps the same ergonomics of an chaise lounge but erases the ornamental qualities of the design.

Le Corbusier: LC4 Chaise Lounge

Le Corbusier: LC4 Chaise Lounge

Fabrics and Frames is a furniture manufacture which specializes in custom furniture and re-upholstery.  We are able to duplicate many of the looks that you have seen today or reupholster a existing furniture frame that you have. Whether you are  drawn toward more modern or traditional design, we can create the perfect chaise lounge  for you!

Modern Chaise Lounge from Fabrics and Frames Furniture

Modern Chaise Lounge from Fabrics and Frames Furniture

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

www.fabricsandframes.com

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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