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Creating Conversational Pieces of Furniture to Create an Artsy Chic Look!

As you browse through the latest issue of your favorite interior design magazine, you will notice that one of the new trends in home furnishings is to add an unusual piece of furniture that says “Look at me!” into your room.  Interior designers are stepping away from the traditional and allowing themselves to create bold new looks that mostly focus on using creative patterns and textures to make bold statements.  Like these below:

Bold Statement Conversational Furniture

Transitional Styled Chair with Textured Cotton Print

Keeping the front transitional and simple with neutral cotton fabric. Using Ball and Claw leg to give the piece an eclectic feel. Whimsical Beach Texture Cotton Print to make bold artsy statement.

Create hierarchy with a living space with a fun patterned novelty chair! Using fabrics that are inspired by Navajo and Mexican Traditional Blankets is a great way to create a modern heritage look!

Bold Trendy Look that every designer is trying to squeeze into their design! This unique styled birdcage chair is one of the leading trends in design, making its mark in trendy bold colors and patterns. This chair can be used in the most modern rooms to transitional styled rooms!

Acrylic Inspired Furniture

Another look that designers are starting to trend towards is acrylic inspired furniture. Although the furniture stays predominately traditional in shape, the use of acrylic legs on wood furniture is the new “it” thing to do!  From parsons chair legs to Queen Anne legs in acrylic, this look is starting to place its footprint on the way new-edge designers are creating new trends.  Some examples are provided below:

Bronze Velvet Armed Bench with Queen Anne Acrylic Legs.

White Leather Fully Upholstered Bed with tapered Acrylic Leg.

Brown Velvet Traditional Bench with Acrylic Legs.

Yellow Texture Tufted Bench with tapered Parsons Acrylic Legs.

By adding this translucent look to a room it naturally allows the furniture to blend with any particular interior design scheme as well as helping to make the piece feel lighter in the room.  This look is great for the person that wants to stay transitional with a modern twist.

So how do I get this Artsy Chic look?

Answer: Use Fabrics and Frames C.O.M. Program

Fabrics and Frames Furniture offers a program which allows designers and inspiring designers to bring or send customers own materials to our showroom.  We like to encourage the average person to get creative with their room. With this program the customer can create the exact look that they are trying to achieve.  Although we have a staff of designers in the showroom to assist you in making the best decisions for the overall look of your room, we understand that you have your own ideas and may already know exactly what you would like. We can work out the ergonomic details if you send us a picture of what you are trying to achieve.  This program does require the customer to send us the fabrics and or acrylic legs that you would like to use. We are also always happy to help you find that perfect fabric!

If you are not looking to do the design work yourself…Our showroom designers will do the work for you!  We offer free in-house design services for people that are looking to complete a project that they have been neglecting.   We can build custom upholstered furniture which is made to your specs in our Dallas showroom! Or if you have an existing unique piece that you need to reupholster we can do that too! Fabrics and Frames is always looking for an excuse to help our clients create new inspirational designs.  For more information or questions about designing or where you get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

Seat Cushions too soft ?

When I was a much younger man I loved soft seat cushions that gave you a nice “ride” as I sunk down on the sofa. I wanted cushions that wrapped around me and felt like I was in a cocoon. Now that I have matured I like a firmer cushion that supports my body better and makes getting out of my sofa less difficult. As we age many of our needs change including our furniture needs. So the question becomes:

Can a soft cushion in your existing sofa be changed so that it now fits your current needs?

The answer is almost always: “Yes”. The next question is: “Is it economically prudent? If your furniture is “high end”, was expensive, or is an heirloom the answer is probably yes. If your sofa was inexpensive then maybe not. Most mass produced furniture today is built in “other countries” – yes just like almost everything else that used to be produced in the USA. Generally this means that it is an inferior product and not worth the cost of replacing the cushions. Also many leather sofas are intentionally very soft and use webbing system rather than a spring system for support . If your sofa doesn’t have a supportive base then changing out the cushions probably won’t solve the problem. However if your sofa is of good quality then changing out the cushions should make you very happy with your sofa. It will feel like new again!

What does a webbing system look like?


What does a spring system look like?

If you determine that your sofa is a good candidate for new cushions then you need to determine which type of cushions you want. Cushion stuffings usually are foam and dacron or sometimes feathers, down, springs etc. When our goal is to firm up a cushion we either rebuild the existing stuffing or build a new one. Foam has two propertiesdensity and compression. The density may be thought of as the quality while compression is the firmness of the foam. We use high density foam and may use a higher compression foam than the original cushion. We may also build the stuffing 2″ larger than the finished size of the sewn cushion to achieve firmness. There are many different ways to accomplish firmer seating but care must be taken to ensure the new restuffed cushion still fits the furniture. The cushion can be stretched to the wrong size so we ask the client to give us the inside seating dimensions for comparison. It actually takes a bit of work to evaluate what needs to be done but we have done it so often we stock almost everything we need so you can get your new cushions very quickly. If you decide to replace your seat cushions make sure you go to a reputable business that has lots of experience with this. Otherwise you are bound to be disappointed.

Jim the Sofa Man

If you  need or know someone who needs to firm up their seating come see us at Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Our goal is to make every customer a happy one!

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