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: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/

Brooklyn Mural Project by Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/. Featuring Metallic influence in graffiti.

Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/

Monochromatic Metallic artwork by Artist JMR: http://jmrizzi.blogspot.com/

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:

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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Merging the “Color of the Year” Colors Together

Every year Pantone chooses a list of colors which sets the trend for fashion, interiors, and merchandising.  With this in mind, we tend to see that everything around us in fashion and design is geared toward the particular chosen colors.  For some, this is great because it allows them to update their look and refresh their lifestyle.  For others, it seems to be a little wasteful  to try and update their style every year with a certain color combination.   By reviewing the  colors over the past few years you can see how the color trends have merged together thus making it easier and less expensive to remain current in your home design.

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

For the past three years (2011,2012,2013) the three “colors of year” were honey suckle pink, tango tangerine, and Emerald.  The balance of the color has remained on a even keel, allowing the designer to keep some of the favorite pieces of the past years and adding a touch of new items for the next year to keep current.  Updating the look doesn’t have to be a total makeover, but just an enhancement in trendsetting.

2011Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

2011 Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

Recently I have notice the trend of pink and orange merging in interior spaces once again.  As someone in the industry, I have seen this look for three years, but currently notice that it is one of the latest trends for the average consumer. This is a great thing because it allows those individuals who keep up with statement interior spaces to re-use some older pieces but enhance with fun pillows that incorporate this years color of the year, emerald.

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 orange interior space

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 Orange interior space

The original idea to merge these two colors together seems to have been inspired by the natural colors on the horizon line at dusk.  Any or all of these colors can be a great way to stretch your design budget by incorporating older items longer and re-using some of your favorite pieces.  Your interior space will stay trendy as long as you find unique ways to incorporate your older items with your newer pieces.  One of the key details to interior designing is finding statement furniture, such as older, vintage items which have a sentimental value or great ornate qualities to them.  By reupholstering them or re-vamping the stain or paint color, you can create a new life for most items, regardless if its a armoire, chair, or sofa. You can also keep your space current by adding just small touches of the current colors with pillows, ottomans, small benches and slipcovers. By being creative with your older pieces and investing in smaller new pieces it is easy to keep current and stay trendy without a huge investment!

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

Sprucing up for Spring Time!

Winter is gone and spring is here! Spring cleaning is just around the corner! Meaning that it is time to throw out the old and bring in the new.  Although getting a complete new make-over for your home is probably out of the question, there are a couple of things that you could do to improve your home and make sure that it stays looking updated for the season without spending a lot of money.

Sprucing up!

Sloppy out-of- shape seat cushions tend to make your room seem messy even when it has just been cleaned and picked up. One of the major complaints that Fabrics and Frames Furniture gets is about seat cushions on existing sofas and chairs.  Whether they are too soft, out of shape, or too old, we have a solution to the problem that you are facing.    The lifetime of a seat cushion made out of foam is approximately ten years if its high density.  Lower grade density only last three-five years before it starts to break down.  As long as your cushion has zipper backs, replacements can be made at a decent price.  Before you decide to replace the cushions in your sofa, just make  sure that it really is the cushions that are giving you problems.

One thing that many people don’t realize is that cushions are not always the reason that your sofa seems to become uncomfortable and too soft.  Many  customers come to us stating that they are “Falling through” their existing sofa or chair.  They think the reason is because their seat cushions are too soft, but in reality the structural support system is sometimes giving way.  The standards for modern-day furniture building are generally not as high as that of past generations.  Approximately fifteen years ago, furniture was still being made with good spring systems.  The majority of today’s furniture is built with webbing systems, breaking down faster, resulting in customers feeling like they are falling through.  Fixing your cushions will not improve this feeling and may end up just being a waste of money.  For those facing this dilemma, there is a temporary fix that Fabrics and Frames can do to help prolong the life of you furniture until you are ready to buy new, but  we don’t ensure this fix will last a lifetime.  Analyzing your expenses of ff furniture is always recommended.

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Other areas that are easy fixes are pop-out chairs, pillows, along with bedding and drapery.    Dining chairs and small accent chairs sometimes are called pop-outs because the seats are held in with a screws, allowing distillation to be easier for re-upholstery.  Re-upholstering just your seats can help revamp the dinning or kitchen area at a smaller price than getting a new set of furniture.  If you have pillows that are out of shape, then you have two options, one being to get new throw pillows or the other is replace the inserts to give your old pillows  a new plush look.  This is a easy fix for any pillow with a zipper in it and may help sustain your favorite pillow cover.

New bedding and draperies are great ways to make a room look new again.   By replacing duvets, coverlets, and shams you can refresh the look of a room and update the style.  Today’s latest trends include replacing that old flange sham with the newer euro sham.  This is a more contemporary style of sham that almost appears like a throw pillow.

Bedding

Draperies ar another option for a quick update. By choosing simple drapery styles on simple rods you can make the room appear more modern.  Darker shades of color for drapes tend to close in your home leaving it feeling cozy, where light hues tend to open up the room keeping it tranquil and inviting.

By using some or all this information, you can give your room new life and turn it into a cleaner and a more updated, functional aesthetic  space.  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

Chic Halloween Ideas!

Tis the season to be creepy! With Halloween around the corner many of us are thinking about entertaining guests with parties and functions.  The question becomes, “How do I decorate my home so that it looks both chic and creepy at the same time?”  There are many different looks that you can create without spending  a lot of money…Check out some of the looks below.

Black and White Halloween

Black and White Halloween Dining Room

Whether your home is contemporary or transitional, decorating in black and white is trendy these days.  Adding a few accessories around a neutral interior will enhance the ambiance of the themed room and allow you to focus on the novelty items selected.   Some items  suggested to add to your room are pumpkins, wreaths made out of twigs, spiderwebs, black tablecloth, and candles.  To create this look you will want to keep the color simplistic by only using black, white, and punches of orange.

Lace Pumpkin Look
To create this look all you need is a decorative sock or stocking with has a lace pattern, stretch it over the pumpkin, glue and paint the stem black. White pumpkins make this look chic and modern!

Painted White Pumpkins: Create Black and White Illustrations on pumpkins using stencils downloaded from the internet.

Black Frames with punch of fall branches are a great way to recycle your old looking frames. To make this look appear “halloween-ish”, place this set-up on a buffet or cabinet with a sprinkle of synethic spider webs, small pumpkins and a faux lit candle to create a more dramatic feel with the branches.

Black Halloween Twig Wreath: This look can be created by making a wreath out of twigs from the yard, or spray painting one of your old fall wreaths with black spray paint.  Just make sure to remove anything that is not a twig.  Bead wreaths will create this look as well!

Orange Halloween Room

Orange Theme Halloween Room

In 2012, tango tangerine was selected as the color of the year!   If you were a person who was truly inspired by this color and indulged yourself by using it for the main color in your room, this Halloween is the perfect holiday for you to showcase the color!  Like the picture above, there is not much you have to do to make this color appear festive.  By adding simple accessories of black and purple you can turn this room into a fun Halloween inspired room whether you want to keep it chic and simple or creepy and ghostly.

Decorating Black Pillows for Halloween

A creative way to make a pillow appear to have a Halloween theme is to add a a decorative sash to it! Choosing sashes which have orange, purple, or even a Halloween pattern will give this styled pillow a bit of flare.

By adding buttons or dots of paint to a black pillow you can create this “black cat” pillow look!

Getting creative with items in the home during holidays can be a great way to join together with friends and save a little money!  Your home can come to life with creativity and keep you feeling good about staying environmentally friendly by using something old to create something new!

If your taste is towards the more creepy and exotic you can find lots of ghosts and goblins in the stores and online to help you create a really over the top Halloween experience for your guests. You can also create your own with materials around the house like sheets and old clothing. This is the time of the year to celebrate the spooky, creepy side of you and share it with your friends and family. Here are a couple of great Halloween rooms for you to enjoy and get ideas from!

Halloween Creepy Dinning Interior

Halloween Creepy Living Room Decor

Here at Fabrics and Frames we are filled with creative talented individuals who can create  something amazing from  almost anything.  If you liked some of these ideas for your home, but may need a couple of accessories such as seat cushions for your dinning room chairs, pillows, or black and orange accessories to decorate with, come visit us! And have a very safe and Happy Halloween!

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

Suggested Event in Dallas:  Day of the Dead Show at the Shops of Legacy, October 25th,2012

Good for the whole family! Bringing the arts out of the gallery!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grey Sofa infused with pink accessories

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

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

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

www.fabricsandframes.com

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

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Trend of the Year: Geometric Patterns

As designers we know that the fabric industry constantly has trends that appear and disappear quicker than your eye can blink.  Over the past couple of years we have seen that geometric patterns have become a dramatic influence on how modern interior designing is emerging.  These patterns are used for multiple purposes, such as furniture, pillows, lamps, rugs, bedding, etc.  The reason why this trend is so influential is that it allows the average person to incorporate pattern in the room scheme without being too overbearing.  Most geometric designs these days are limited to two to three colors with just enough emphasis in the room to make a subtle but bold statement. Some examples are below:

Geometric Slipcover Chair

Geometric Slipcover Chair

Geometric Rug

Geometric Rug

Geometric Fabric used on Classic Knoll Sofa

Geometric Pillows with Geometric Bench Cushions

Geometric Pillows with Geometric Bench Cushions

Geometric Patterns on Bedding

Geometric Patterns on Bedding

Geometric Lamp Shades

Geometric Lamp Shades

So Where do I look to get geometric patterns like these?

These patterns are offered by a variety of companies, but here are some of my favorite patterns and where to get them below:

Fabrics around $50 per yard:

Michael Jon Designs: Grotto/ Ocean

Michael Jon Designs: Blaze/ Ocean

Kravet Smart: 31053/16

Kravet Smart: 31053/16

Fabrics around $100 per yard

Duralee: 15155/340

Duralee: 15155/340

Greenhouse Fabrics: A1582/ Citrine

Greenhouse Fabrics: A1582/ Citrine

Fabrics $100 and above

Kravet: 31797/15

Kravet: 31797/15

Geometric Patterns could eventually emerge into a classic style of contemporary pattern.  Not really basing their origin of design on a particular type of style, rather on symmetry and geometry which gives it a minimalistic approach to design.  This look is great for the average person that wants that architectural influence incorporated in their room design.  Many of these patterns come in bold statement colors, but for those that are not too color savy they also come in neutrals!

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 75240. 972-385-4097.  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

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

How To Finish A Room???

Do you ever walk into a room, and wonder…”How do I make this room have a better ‘home feel’?”   A great way to do this is by adding accessories, such as: pillows, ottomans, lamps, paintings,etc.  When you incorporate these personal items, it gives the viewer a sense of who you are even if you are a person that may like a simple, tranquil room such as this Beige Room below.  You are still making a statement about yourself when choosing items that you place in the room even if the room is all neutral.

By adding simple, monochromatic touches to this tranquil room, you give it a cozy inviting touch.  When you have a room that has no personal items, this may suggest to the viewer a comment such as…”I just moved in…” or “I’m taking a minimalistic approach to design…”

At Fabrics and Frames we have heard many of our clients talk about how they have a stark, unfinished room and it is because they don’t know what accessories to add.  Most people are overwhelmed by this and are afraid they might choose the wrong item and make a mistake. They would perfer to just have someone else come in and pick the items for them.  The issue that comes up with having someone come into your home and choosing everything  in your home for you, is that it then becomes their room not yours.  You want your home to have a sense of who you are with your own personal style.   The truth is that when picking out something personal, such as a piece of art…You don’t have to buy or choose it because it matches perfectly.  You want to choose it because it makes you happy and is something that you enjoy looking at  day-after-day.  When choosing pillows or small ottomans, it is more important to have them coordinate with the larger pieces in the room, such as your sofas and chairs.  These are considered accents with in the room which means that you can live with them for a shorter period  of time, and if you notice in 3-5 years down the line that your style has changed, you can replace them without a huge investment.

Some other examples of rooms that are incorporating small accent pieces are shown below:

This site is to help you, our future customers and readers, with design tips that  may be looking for. We also want to educate you about the function and design of the furniture in your home. Here at Fabrics and Frames, a company that has been around for more than 30 years, we take pride in being very knowledgeable, and connecting personally with our current clients, when it comes to design.  Because we have such a passion for design and our goal is to make each customer feel at home in our showroom, we are able to pass this knowledge on to you…our future customers.  To learn more about our company please visit:

http://www.fabricsandframes.com/

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240. 972-385-4097.  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

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