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

Feng Shui vs. Accessorizing…

A common debate in the interior design world is the question of how many items should be placed in a room.  Based off the theory of Feng Shui, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, this theory argues that allowing too many objects in the home can create bad energy for your space.

Many studies about cluttered spaces  have shown that a cluttered interior can affect  a person’s psyche. Those who practice a feng shui lifestyle will argue that having a cluttered space will lead to fatigue, hopelessness, and poverty.   One may ask, How can having objects in my space be bad for me?  I  have personally even considered this question myself, but after researching this subject I have been  swayed from over accessorizing towards a more minimalistic style.

Feng Shui Interior

Feng Shui Interior

Through research I have found that when you have too much “stuff” in one area, a person will become visually and psychologically drained of energy, making the individual less motivated in their personal accomplishments in life.   With each item that is placed in the space, you create stimulation for the mind to draw energy towards. When the item is pleasant such as a piece of artwork, you may notice that the space becomes inviting, but if the item is negative, such as a stack of bills, then you become unmotivated and less likely to do something about it.

Here at Fabrics and Frames we tend to work with  clients whom primarily have traditional tastes in furniture .  One thing that I have noticed is that traditionalist tend to be collectors.  Collecting objects such as fine china, thumb nails, tapestries, etc. will fill their rooms, making the space visually stimulating.  One common issue that they tend to talk about is that their items generate a numerous amount of dust, keeping them in constant  frustration about cleanliness.  Feng Shui talks about how a person can become hopeless because they acquire too much, and overwhelm themselves psychologically to the point of frustration because of the upkeep of the items.  This is one reason many minimalists tend have less stuff in their homes.

Cluttered Bedroom

Cluttered Bedroom

Finally the last key issue of having too many accessories is that it can lead to financial setbacks.    Collecting accessories in abundance can turn out to be quite costly.  One feature of high-end homes or spaces is that most of the cost is spent in the ornamental features of the space and less on the accessories.  This allows the space to have a rich look, yet have a clean space.

Spring cleaning is right around the corner, and with these tips in mind, it is a great time to clean your space so that it becomes more Feng Shui while showing off your character.   By donating  or selling items which you no longer use , you can make space for new patterns.  With the extra money that you may get from selling old objects, reupholstering can be a great way to give your space a new face lift, without accumulating more and therefore your room will remain more minimalistic.

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

Neon Interiors

Today’s latest designer trends incorporate the color spectrum’s brightest colors.  Neon colors can be seen from fashion, to art, and even in upholstery.  Since these colors are so vivid and vibrant, this color trend tends to have a call to action appeal and rapidly draws the eye to the area where the color is presented.

Kleurentrends-2013-Milou-Ket-Bright-Kaleidoscope

Often the idea of using bright colors in an interior space will scare the average decorator because it is difficult to manage and has a short lifespan.  If you are daring and choose to decorate using this color scheme, then a tip is to use neon colors sparingly in areas that will highlight a great accessory, art piece, or small area.  This will keep you from overdoing the color, yet it will con-temporize the space.

neon-interiorgreen-yellow-furniture-table

When you use these colors in a minimalistic way, you should incorporate them with neutral color schemes.   Just keep in mind that neon colors are currently a trendy way to update your home and trends typically do not stay around forever.  By keeping these colors limited to smaller accessories  it will be easier for you to dispose of the trend once it is past its prime.

For those who really want to use the color in a larger piece of furniture, carved framed furniture is great for the neon look.  When you decorate with antique styled furniture, your interior space becomes much more eclectic if you choose modern accessories to incorporate in the space.  One of the most classic trends that has been around for many years is lacquered furniture frames and is suitable for these neon colors.  This look allows you to choose your favorite color for the frames, regardless of shade, and incorporate it in your interior.

Lacquered Furniture Art

Lacquered Furniture Art

There are many different ways to use great color in your interior.  Although using neon colors is not one of the most traditional ways to decorate, it is currently one of the most trendy ways.  Another popular way to incorporate neon colors in your room scheme is by using patterned fabrics.  Most often fabrics incorporating very unique colors can be very expensive.  A great way around this is to create your own design , then getting an online fabric company to print it onto a fabric for you.  This will ensure that you will love the finished product and give you a sense of accomplishment as well.  Once you have your fabric, you can place it on small occasional chairs, curtains, or small ottomans and pillows.  Fabrics and Frames is a furniture manufacturer that allows customers to bring in their own materials. So if you choose to design your own fabric or are just searching for the perfect one, Fabrics and Frames is the place to get all of your interior design trends implemented.

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

Small Accent Furniture with Unique Flare!

In today’s market the trends in custom designed furniture tend to straddle the border of minimalism.  The term “minimalistic” generally implies a leaning towards contemporary or transitional tastes in furniture.  When the term is used for contemporary design, it usually alludes to lack of ornamentation  in the design.  Contemporary furniture is generally known for its “sleek” clean lines and unique simple ergonomic qualities.  Some examples of contemporary furniture are shown below:

Contemporary Furniture produced out of furniture mold.

contemporary sofa with linear lines

Although transitional furniture tends to be very similar to contemporary furniture in style, one thing that sets it apart is its details and ornamentation.  When decorating for a client who is neither contemporary or traditional, we often notice that they have a sense of more eclectic tastes when it comes to furniture style.  Clients who have transitional tastes often like to incorporate a modern twist into traditional designs.  Check out the chair below that blends a traditional style with a unique modern feel!

Tufted Barrel Chair with Painted Turquoise Turned Legs and Nail heads.  This style is usually found in a traditional home, but with a modern color scheme, painted legs, and colored nail heads it offers a contemporary eclectic feel.

Colored Nail heads

If colored nail heads are little too colorful for you, and you tend to have a taste in furniture that is more tranquil, then it   you may want to consider using nail heads on your furniture applied in a decorative pattern.  This look is great for some one who does not like too much pattern in the room, but would like to create interest in a subtle way.  Adding patterned nail heads to your furniture gives the appearance of jewelry or gems on furniture.  Check out the example below to understand how this look is a little more subtle but definitely unique!

This look is great for someone who does not like patterned fabrics, but would like to add a special touch to their furniture.

A classic look, which has been around for decades, is scalloped inspired furniture.  Commonly seen on the base of chairs, this look was created to add  a unique touch.  When originally designed, the look was more of a sloped curve, while today it tends to be a real pattern or shape.

Decorative Scalloped Based Ottoman adds a unique touch to the ambiance of the room scheme.

Scalloped Base on Slipper Chair creates a unique transitional design.

All of the unique touches discussed today are great ways to give a simple piece of furniture a unique flare!  Since today’s average buyer is looking to stay more simplistic in design in their furniture choices, these small touches will allow you to create interest  in your room without creating too much distraction!  Here at Fabrics and Frames we can create any upholstered custom design of furniture that you can imagine including the above looks or one of your own creation!

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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