Creating a room with primary colors…

As a designer, one of the first things that I was taught was the color wheel.  All of the colors in color theory are produced by first starting with the primary colors of red, blue and yellow and mixing them until the desired color is reached.  This color combination has a history in design which has been relevant  to a lot of different movements.  From the very traditional look, such as country french to the very contemporary DeStijl movement, this color combination has made statements in design throughout history.

Country French Interiors

When companies like Pierre Deux turned this look commercial all of us were then able to enjoy the primary combination in a very traditional form.  By the blending of regal and rustic details,  enhanced by the peasant farmers’ countryside look in France, the company helped to develop this interior design movement which is now used world wide.  This look incorporates many different patterns which vary in scale and design but repeat the same colors.  The furniture has many Rocco ornamental features, so that the ornate qualities are light- hearted  and elegant thus enhancing the overall design of the interior space. The look, Country French, comes in a number of color combinations, but the most common pairing of this look is the red, blue, and yellow – the primary colors!

Pierre Deux primary color scheme

Pierre Deux primary color scheme

De Stijl Movement Interiors

In the realm of design, there was a movement which incorporated the color combination of red, blue, and yellow called the DeStijl Movement.   Influenced by artist and architects of the Dutch period neoplasticism, this look focused on straight lines and color theory placement.

Typical DeStijl Movement Interior Space

Typical DeStijl Movement Interior Space

For the average person, this design may be too “artsy chic” for your interior space because it leaves the home feeling cold and uninviting because the interior appears to be too crisp and clean.  But if you are drawn to this design, and would like to create a  room which is influenced by this movement, then a suggestion would be to work your furniture around an artwork which has a resemblance to a Mondrian masterpiece leaving your room feeling soothing yet sophisticated.

Primary Inspired Interior Space (Contemporary)

Primary Inspired Interior Space (Contemporary)

Kids Room inspired by Primary Colors

Color plays an important part of our lives and has proven to affect our moods as well as our ability to learn.  When designing a room for children, this knowledge  may help you design in a way using colors which help the development of your child’s brain.  Creating a room that is inspired by primary colors allows the space to become inviting and inspiring as well as a fun and entertaining learning environment.  Focusing on color theory incorporates design, and may push to inspire logical designing techniques through inspired artistic projects.

Primary Colored Kids Room

Primary Colored Kids Room

Regardless of your style, the colors in your home effect the energy with in your interior space.  Creating a mood which is appropriate for the function of the space is important but sometimes hard to achieve.   With the help of our expert staff at Fabrics and Frames Furniture, you can create interiors which will have you and your home feeling inspired!

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

ROY G BIV Christmas!

Tis’ the season to be merry and bright!  Christmas is the time of the year where we put out decorations in our homes which give us joy and make us smile.  Most homes are decorated with the traditional colors of red and green at this time of year, but some like to create Christmas schemes of contemporary colors which reflect some of their favorite colors or colors in their existing home decor.  When choosing the direction you will go for holiday decorations, please keep in mind the acronym “ROY G. BIV”.    In design, this acronym helps many understand color theory.  I have attached a video below to help you understand further!

After  understanding that “ROY G. BIV” is a acronym for RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, VIOLET, we can start to ponder about what colors we will use for this holiday season.  Since many of us are leaning towards using synthetic trees to help with preservation of our ecosystem, we have found out that there is a much wider variety of colors for Christmas than ever before available for our own holiday decor!

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With such a wide variety of colors to choose from, you may  get overwhelmed  and have a hard time determining what  colors to incorporate into your Christmas.  Below you will find different color schemes which you can use to help you create  a design that emphasizes your favorite color during this holiday season.  Check it out!

Red Christmas

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When creating a “Red Christmas”, it is best to stay monochromatic with the “red” and pair it with accessories of white, silver or gold  to enhance the theme and keep it chic.  These neutral tones will not be too over baring and will give a subtle holiday flicker to the ambiance of the room.

Orange Christmas

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Although the color orange is often reserved for the holidays of Halloween or Thanksgiving, this color can  be used to create an organic, earthy Christmas.  If you like to use real “non-synthetic” trees because you love the smell that a fresh pine brings to your home, then you may also like introducing dried oranges as decorative ornaments as well as using pine cones and other products from nature to keep it very natural.

Yellow and Gold Christmas

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For those who don’t like too much color in their homes, a gold or yellow inspired tree may be the answer this holiday season!  Decorating your tree with  yellow or gold accessories will brighten up the room, yet the ambiance will remain tranquil.  There is very little color that is introduced in this color scheme. However if you would like to add a little contrast color to the scheme, perhaps a suggestion would be the  brighten up the room blue! The photo above shows how you can incorporate both colors together, but still keep the look very subtle in tone.

Green Christmas

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When you think about having a “green” Christmas,you may not feel that the color will create much impact in the room.  To the contrary, this look can feel very cozy and inviting because of the organic qualities that it creates in the home.  When creating a holiday scheme with this color, think lime green!  This color will create contrast with the evergreen or white Christmas tree that you may have in your home and give the room some “pop”.  Many may think that this color will be too contemporary for a traditional home, you can create a room scheme with this color that is very transitional.

Blue Christmas

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In the western hemisphere, we celebrate Christmas during the winter season. Many of you wish for a “white” Christmas which brings  snow and ice and is often associated with the color blue.  For those of us who would like to create a winter wonderland in our homes having a blue Christmas is a great alternative.   This look works best with the colors white and silver because it keeps the blue crisp and vibrant regardless if you are decorating with a turquoise blue or a sapphire blue.

Purple Christmas

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Looking for a dramatic Christmas?  Create a room around deep violet…  This look works best when you incorporate gold because it compliments the luxurious color.   Since this color appears to be very dark in tone, don’t be shy about going over the top with glamour and glitter!  This will help draw the eye to the holiday spirit the color can bring.

Multi-Colored Christmas

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For many of us, the holiday season is only about gathering with loved ones and the “perfect” Christmas decor is not important.  Your ideal Christmas decorated home will include handcrafted ornaments that have been handed down from generation to generation that bring us wonderful memories and showcase all the different colors you love through out the year!  Not selecting a specific color scheme creates a fun and energetic Christmas which can be  warm and inviting to others and exudes the real meaning of Christmas!

At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we cater to all colors of the rainbow! If you are having trouble this holiday season finding that perfect runner for the table, or tree skirt, we can solve that problem by creating you a custom one!  Even though we specialize in creating custom furniture from the ground up, we also take on small jobs which can create the final touches to a room!

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

For more tips from Fabrics and Frames about Christmas, Check out our other article: https://fabricsandframesfurniture.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/trendy-christmas-interiors/

Giving Thanks in November!

In America we celebrate a tradition called Thanksgiving. Although there are many different versions of this tradition associated with different religions around the world, Americans gather on the fourth Thursday in November to give thanks.  This tradition was originally brought to us by the harvest festival from New England, when the pilgrims that landed in 1621 on Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, migrated here and brought their religious traditions to the new land as a way to celebrate a good harvest.  As you know this tradition left a footprint on America forever as a holiday that is celebrated by most of us!

In modern America, we are living with  concerns which generate a greater cause for what we should be thankful for.  We tend to take our natural resources  for granted and expect our  water, food, and shelter to be plentiful.  Recently I had the pleasure to visit the Cohn Drennan Contemporary Gallery in Dallas, for their exhibition Le Temps de L’eau, Take Me to the River which was curated by Cohn Drennan.  This exhibition was about a group of artists and institutions which collaborated together to bring awareness to the precious resource of water.

Le temps de l’eau

While attending the exhibition I was privileged to have a conversation with one of the artists in the show, David Carlson.   He explained to me about his personal religion and its influence on his perception of water.   During our conversation, as we were looking at his video installation called Water Quilt,  he explained the hidden explanations of each section and why it moves in the order that it does.   After our conversation was over, I sat for a few moments in front of the installation and realized that this particular piece could be a great contemporary way to involve installation art in holiday soirees.

David Carlson and Betsy Stewart
Water Quilt
2012
video installation

If you choose to use this particular piece for a Thanksgiving event, it should encourage your guests  to realize what is really most important in their lives.  This piece comes across as creating a very tranquil ambiance,  almost hypnotizing the individual into understanding that we do take water for granted and possibly reigniting pleasant memories that are associated with a particular time where we had water around us that we took for granted.  If you are open to the enlightenment of the piece, then you will certainly be encouraged to give thanks to this precious resource as well as those surrounding you during the holiday season.

So the questions becomes: What type of interior would help complement a video installation like “Water Quilt”?

Orange Thanksgiving Decor

Since Thanksgiving falls during the season where the leaves are falling from the trees and turning various shades of the colors orange, red, and yellow, we  associate these colors with the Fall and spread them though out our decor.  If you are an individual who likes to the mark the holidays with theme colored decor, then this video installation could be the perfect contrast to your Thanksgiving decor.  Since orange is the complementary color to blue, the hue from the water will complement the orange decor which is present throughout the home as well as  spark wonderful conversations with your guests.

Chic Modern Thanksgiving

If your interior tends to be more chic and modern, then your Thanksgiving may look something like the picture above.  By using a installation piece like Water Quilts, you may be so lucky to find out that reflections of water may bounce from the projector onto the acrylic furniture that you may be using to decorate your home.  This will give you a Thanksgiving which becomes interactive with movement.  If this is going to be a setting in which you will be sitting for a number of hours then I would  suggest to have removable white seat cushions made for padding and support.

Transitional Thanksgiving

For most individuals,  Thanksgiving just means getting together with loved ones and friends.  Although incorporating art may be adding a new element to your tradition, this will certainly encourage many different conversations throughout  your home during the holidays.  If you are intrigued by this type of  a conversation piece projecting on a empty wall, then I would suggest trying this new innovative projection of art.  An alternative way to use this type of installation would be to create a piece which represents your family’s memories through out the year.  You will be surprised at how interactive this idea can be when incorporated in a group setting!

Here at Fabrics and Frames we are always trying to figure out new ways to create an atmosphere in your home in which you enjoy spending time in and the holidays are the perfect time to spruce it up.  By staying current with the times and being creative with our ideas we pride ourselves on creating wonderful interiors. Whether we are helping you space plan  your interior with new furniture, repairing a sofa which the family dog chewed, or reupholstering an old heirloom to give it new life, we are here to help!

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

For More Information about the artist or gallery, please refer to this link:

http://cohndrennancontemporary.com/

Shepard Fairey and Interior Design…

This past weekend I attended an opening exhibition for the famous “OBAMA HOPE” Artist Shepard Fairey at a gallery in Dallas called Public Trust which showcased his new collection called  “Printed Matters”.   This exhibition featured some of the artist’s new works on wood and zinc  plates which were inspired by  the legal troubles that he encountered since the release of his series of political posters.  Fairey has emerged as a mainstream artist since this original design came out in 2008.  This image is seen as the iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States, although there are several different variations depending on the typography used.

Shepard Fairey: Obama Hope Poster
Trivia: Originally printed in one day,
featuring a collection of 350 posters and were sold on
the streets the same day they were printed.  
Posters may feature the typography of “hope”, “progress”, and “change”.
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust” Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Bayshore Billboard
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24 x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust “Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Writing’s on the Wall
silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. AP
24x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust Exhibion 2012
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust ” Printed Matters”Exhibition 2012
Defiant Youth
Silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. 2/2
24 x 18in

So how has Shepard Fairey influenced Interior Design?

Miami, Florida is well-known for its arts district and hosts art shows in the district of Wynwood once a month  on every second Thursday.  Wynwood Art Walks are a collaboration of the top artists around the world who are represented in a number of galleries in the area.   In this district you will find galleries, restaurants, and entertainment to keep art viewers intrigued. Shepard Fairey partnered up with the owners of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar’, which is located  in this district, to design a restaurant to represent some of the top artists in a unique dining experience.

Shepard Fairey Installing at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

The idea behind the interior  of the bar is to juxtapose high end art with a luxurious hip atmosphere.  This  allows the restaurant’s diners to have a more enjoyable, creative dining experience.  By using beige, black, and red toned art throughout allows the atmosphere to better come alive once furniture and audience is present.  By installing art throughout the space, both inside and outside the restaurant, Fairey ensures that art seekers will enjoy the ultimate dining experience.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

So how do I get a look for my establishment that looks like Wynwood Kitchen and Bar?

Although most companies will not be able to afford Shepard Fairey original murals in their establishments, they may be able to find a local street artist that is willing to be commissioned to create murals on their company’s walls. Another idea would be  to print a favorite image on a transparency and enlarge it onto the wall using a projector so that it is scaled appropriately, then trace and paint it accordingly.  Once the mural is in place in the establishment, start planning for furniture to be placed in!  Wynwood was created with driftwood accents, dark oak tables, and metallic leather upholstered furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames we offer a line of real and faux leathers which can create this metallic upholstered furniture look for you! These trends can give texture to your interior and yet not be too overwhelming if placed correctly.  When designing in exotic textures remember the mottoes “Less is More”.  Check out the faux leathers below! Some look so real that it is hard to believe they are fake!

JF Fabrics
Reptile Embossed Vinyl- Patent Leather Finish
Pattern: Hip Hop
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Robert Allen Fabrics
Pattern: Kidskin
Color: Silver

J. F. Fabrics
Stretchable Vinyl for Distress Leather Look
Pattern: Houdini
Color:59J5401

Even if you don’t own your own business you can apply these same ideas to your  home for a truly unique room. If you enjoy that very artsy look and are looking for something new to try this may be a great idea for you! Complement the art and paint in the room with unique upholstery pieces including funky chairs, interesting banquettes with metallic leathers, or even leather upholstered bars.  If your design is to be the major focal point in the room then your furniture should have clean, fluid lines that will complement, not overpower, the art and fabrics in the space.  At Fabrics and Frames we want to help you create a space that is uniquely “you”.  We can design that perfect piece for your room so that it will be a true reflection of your ideas and tastes whether you are a little funky or a true traditionalist.

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

Erica Guajardo’s Artwork featured with Fabrics and Frame Chair

We reupholstered one of our sofas from the past and it looks great!

Before and After Chair

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

Retro Furniture, The History behind the Room Schemes.(1920-1960)

Documentaries are an important use of information because they relate a visual message to a audience that may be looking for  educational insight.  The documentary that I recommend is Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. A documentary film by: Eric Bricker.    Julius Shulman was an architectual photographer whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. To understand what this documentary is about, I have provided a trailer .

With the insight that Julius Shulman gave to architecture, he showed us how influential different decades can be on interiors.

1920-1930

During the 1920’s, the influence of the International Style movement was emerging in interior decor.  The movement had a lot of influence from the world renowned designer/ architect Phillip Johnson. His influence on the movement stated that the new style would change the way people looked at “modern” furniture and design because it must follow three simple rules.  These rules are:

1. The expression of volume rather than mass.

2. The emphasis on balance rather than preconceived symmetry.

3. The expulsion of applied ornament.

Remember during this time in the world, we were entering into the machine age.   The purpose of the International Style design was to simplify form, incorporate new materials that were emerging into design, such as glass, steel, and concrete, and take out ornamental designs within the interior space.  This was a dramatic change in look because most people still thought of ornament as a way to show elegance and status.  When you entered into a space you now saw flat walls, but they may have held a more untraditional style of construction.  I have provided some pictures to help you see what a modern interior from the 1920’s would have looked like.

Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier

Exterior of Villa Savoye by: Le Corbusier. 1929. Poissy, France

Interior of Villa Savoye. Featuring the ideas of the International Style Movement.1929. Poissy, France.

Schroder House by Gerrit Rietreld

Exterior of Schroder House by Gerrit Rietreld. 1924. Utrecht, Netherlands.

Interior of Schroder House by Gerrit Rietreld featuring the Interiornational Style Movement.

Glass House by Phillip Johnson

Exterior of Glass House by Phillip Johnson.,1949. “The concept of a Glass House set in a landscape with views as its real “walls” had been developed by many authors in the German Glasarchitektur drawings of the 1920s, and already sketched in initial form by Johnson’s mentor Mies Van der Rohe.” (Wikipedia)

Interior of Glass House by Phillip Johnson.

The International Style movement changed the way we looked at  modern homes. It incorporated the ideas of  “form follows function”  but displayed it in a simplified form.  The movement introduced many iconic  furniture styles, such as: the Barcelona chair, the LC4 Chaise Lounge, and the LC1 Sling Chair.   Each of these pieces of furniture is still in high demand because of it’s retro contemporary style.

1930- 1940

During the 1930’s, the movement of Art Deco was evolving.   Although this movement began in the 1920’s, it had influences that bled into the 1930’s, and continued far after.  The movement was based on geometric lines and symmetrical shapes.   It represented elegance, glamour, functionality, and modernity.   Pulling influences from the Egyptians and Aztecs, the Art Deco movement was the “modern” design for the 1930’s.  Pastel color schemes  were often incorporated within each room.  One reason for this was to show how modern homes can feel cozy and didn’t have to be stark.  A typical Art Deco home may have looked something like this.

1930’s Armstrong Kitchen Furniture

Contemporary Art Deco Room

Elegant Art Deco Room

1940’s-1950’s

The era of the 1940’s was a bit different than other era’s because it was affected by WWII.  The beginning of the first half of 1940’s was somewhat stagnate. The reason was that any extra income  coming into the household, was reserved for contribution towards the war.  From 1939-1945  many homes were decorated using pieces from the 1930’s.   This made decorating homes more economical and political.  The idea behind most rooms’  schemes during this time, was to make them appear more innocent, sanitary, traditional, and sunny.  Many people used things that had sentimental value, and reminded them of their patriotism.   During this era there was  lots of Hollywood Glamour mixed  in the decor  that added that punch of elegance during a time when money was scarce.  When the war was ending  and factories re-opened for production, the room schemes consisted of floral patterns with pastel colors incorporated into them.   If  bold colors were incorporated in the room scheme, the colors of the American Flag(red, white, and blue) were used to show patriotism. This was to show optimism towards the future and what you may have seen in this era.

Dorothy Draper’s Pastel Designed Room

Dorothy Draper’s Floral Inspired 1940’s room

Patriotic Decor designed by Dorothy Draper 1940’s

1950- 1960

In the 1950’s there was a residential design boom.  The economy had not seen an increase in development since the 1920’s.  When people were designing the decor of their interiors, they had three things in mind: simple design, well made products, and furniture that was reasonably priced.  Many stayed true to the idea of minimalistic designs that didn’t have ornate decoration incorporated in to it.  Being organized was a great quality in the home, and many different storage devices were  incorporated into the design scheme. People felt during this time,  that being organized made the room appear to be more modern.  Each furniture piece that was incorporated into the decor had a functional purpose.   For this reason we saw a lot of built in furniture within the floor plans so that they could incorporate hidden storage areas for the modern family.

1950s decor

1950’s room scheme which incorporated kitschy colors and style.

1950’s Room Interior with excellent coordination qualities. This room shows how new construction during this time incorporated new woods and metals which made the room efficient and interesting.

Kitschy Style of 1950’s decor.

What we have discovered over this blog is that the interior design world today is still very influenced on  past decades when it comes to decor.  Through the decades, many knowledgable architects and designers have invented great designs that have sustained to present times.

Influence of Retro Furniture

The influence of retro furniture has defined what the general public considers modern furniture today.  The straight lines from past decades have influenced how we design the aesthetics of contemporary furniture.  Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we have  knowledge about the construction of retro furniture, and suggest that if you have the opportunity to design a room using vintage styles, do so if it’s a quality piece.  One reason is because most furniture in this decade is not manufactured with the same quality as it was constructed in the past decades.  Older furniture seems to be more sturdy, and usually will incorporate some form of spring system in the piece.  Mostly today’s furniture  is designed with a webbing system which doesn’t have a long lasting quality to it.  Fabrics and Frames furniture has been in the buisness of revamping older vintage pieces of upholstered furniture for 34 years.  We understand the difference between a high quality piece of furniture and a piece that is not worthy of recycling.  If you are in the market to reupholster an older piece that’s handed down, or a market find, we can suggest ways to refurbish it, to give it new life 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!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Andy Fischman

The Influence of Peacocks!

The power of peacocks has influenced the design and art world for a number of reasons revolving around spirituality, famous logos, and  trendy interior designs.  The peacock has a relation in many religions that connects the pheasant with  patience, kindness, compassion, knowledge, and love.  This creature has appeared in many different forms throughout time. Some examples are below.

Artworks that have Peacock Influences:

Murugan by Raja Ravi Varma: This shows the Hindu god of war Murugan, also referred to as Kartikeya. The image shows the diety with a crown of peacock feathers around his head which was believed that the peacocks had given the feathers as a reminder of patience, kindness, compassion, and knowledge.

Mario Mariotti: Italian based artist who specializes in creating objects from his hands.

Although these pieces of artwork contrast with each other, they are both great examples of how peacocks have emerged in art through time.  Another great example of how the peacock has influenced the public is the logo for NBC.  On May 22, 1956 the original eleven feathered bird designed by John J. Graham had been released as the NBC logo.  Later in the mid 80’s the image was altered to show only 6 feathers.

1956 NBC logo

Revised NBC logo

The Peacock Influence in the Interior Design World:

At the beginning of the 2012 year, the company Greenhouse Fabrics debuted it’s book called, “Eclectic Elements”, which came out featuring a very popular fabric that showed the image of peacock feathers.  From the day of this book debut, the fabric was extremely popular and has been used on many different furniture pieces.

Greenhouse Fabric: A 1586/ radicchio

Greenhouse Fabric: A1586/ Radicchio on Reupholstered Chair

One great thing about this fabric is that it incorporates a metallic stitch in the pattern giving it a whimsical modern approach to the traditional image of peacock fabric.  Another reason this particular fabric has had such a great response is it’s terrific use of color.  This pattern comes in many different color ways!

The image of the peacock has also been a big trend in interior design, regardless if its in fabrics,or a mural on the wall.  It has shown itself to be a pronounced design that many are drawn to. Check out below to see what I mean!

Peacock Image Mural on Wall

Robert Allen: Vintage Plumes/ Camel


Robert Allen: Vintage Plumes/ Camel on Contemporary Parsons Chair

The last place that peacocks have influenced the interior design world is in their color.  The “peacock” color, very similar to a caspian blue, has emerged through out the past 5 years as the cool trendy color.  This color pairs up well with warm colors, such as the color of the year “tangerine tango”. The color does not appear to be too vibrant in color although it has a major presence in a room.  Below are a few examples.

Peacock Colored Furniture: 

Peacock Leather Extra Wide Two-Armed Chaise Lounge

Peacock Colored Velvet Tufted Fainting Chaise Lounge

French Baroque Button Tufted Peacock Blue Silk Sofa with White Lacquer Finish

Rooms  with Peacock Colored Influences:

Peacock Colored Bedroom

Duralee Peacock Fabric Walls

Peacock Walls as a light accent.

Peacocks have influenced many areas of art and interior design.  This animal has a presence that is kind in nature and promotes a compassionate, gentle feeling.  This may be the reason why it has been so popular in the world of design.  As a designer, it is important to design a room that the client wants to enjoy and feels at peace in. The calming color keeps the room trendy without the annoyance of being too vibrant in color or presence.  When using the pattern in the room, you will only want to repeat the image once unless you are using it in different scales.  Repetition is important in design, but when it is a unique print like peacock, you want it to create hierarchy in the overall design scheme of the room so a good hint is to use the pattern only once in a room.

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


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