Designing in a world of Artist…

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an art show which was put on by the Socialized Contemporary Art Bureau (S.C.A.B) in Dallas, Texas.  This particular group of artists: Eli Walker, Kelly Kroener, Justin Hunter Allen, Lucy Kirkman, Joshua von Ammon, Samantha McCurdy, Alexander DiJulio, Micheal Alexander Morris, and Frank Darko are the latest artists in Dallas who are pushing the boundaries of art’s subject matter that many believe to be worth pursuing.  This  look is grabbing the attention of many galleries and magazines which enjoy showcasing the very minimalistic and longue durée style.


What captivated me about this particular show was the space and the art.  Since Fabrics and Frames is a builder of custom furniture, I began to  wonder:  “What type of furniture would be appropriate for a movement of artworks that doesn’t require much aesthetics around?” For art collectors   it is important that the interior space be somewhat subdued, or have furniture that is designed by the latest artist/architects/ or designers.  These are all great ideas for the space, but what if you could create anything that you would like?  What would you create?

For those who are thinking outside the box, I would suggest one item in the room that could be a piece of art itself.  Although you would still want it to remain economical, I would like to suggest a couple of different styles that blend well with contemporary installation art.  Below are some looks which may work with this particular style.

Asymmetrical Sofa

Asymmetrical Sofa

The asymmetrical look is a safe look which can get your point across… It  draws attention to the sitting space while allowing the art to be showcased. This can be done with any color, just keep the fabric solid so that it does not distract from the space.  If you feel that this asymmetrical look is too safe and want something which may be more cutting edge, then go with a modular asymmetrical linear look.  When you create many different cube shaped blocks that bolt together, you can find a look that is quite comfortable and still will not be too distracting to the installation art.  It should coordinate well with this type of art since it appears to have an unfinished quality to it.

Asymmetrical Modular Furniture

Asymmetrical Modular Furniture

If you would prefer to create an eclectic space that calls attention to the  products in the room because of the design choice, then I would either pick something from the French Provencial period or from lines which Herman Miller would have carried.  If you happen to own some of these pieces or can find them in resale shops , Fabrics and Frames can help with the re-upholstery if they need refurbishing.  Since we carry a line of wool textured fabrics similar to those that originated on most Herman Miller products we can restore your piece of furniture to appear better than new.

Whether you decide to create your own new piece of furniture or want to refurbish an older piece to complete this look in your home then Fabrics and Frames is the place to visit. We have a huge selection of fabrics and can custom design most any piece you can imagine. For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Artist and Furniture

One reason I write this blog is to explore all the different possibilities in home design that can expand our readers’ minds to envision new ways that furniture can become the driving force in determining a home’s ambiance.  When looking at an entire room, furniture and art are generally  blended together in a room to  create a setting that either mimics the owner’s personality or creates the ambiance he/she desires.  This past weekend, I attended a gallery event that showcased the work of an artist whose pieces have merged both furniture and art together.  At the Oliver Francis Gallery in Deep Elm in Dallas, Texas, Francisco Moreno opened his exhibition called Dormant Subversion.   His art demonstrates to his audience, in a very stunning way, that furniture can also be a form of art as well as function.  By painting every item incorporated in his piece called “Living Room”, this artist shows us a  cubist style furniture installation that is a very unique and creative way of going “green” with furniture.

“Living Room” by Francisco Moreno
mixed media
8 x 8 x 5 ft

By delving deeper into the particular styles of furniture that Mr. Moreno painted, we can see a chippendale camel-back settee with a single bench seat.  This particular style of furniture is most often used in very formal traditional homes, but when merged together with this style of art, you can see that it definitely has a more contemporary flare to it.

Other upholstered furniture pieces that were incorporated in the installation were vinyl parsons chairs.  This popular style of chair is seen in both contemporary and traditional decors and is very mainstream but when it becomes a piece of art it becomes truly stunning!

Painted Parsons Chair , part of “Living Room”

How can you incorporate this type of art into your design scheme?

Although each piece that was incorporated into the design of this installation is fully functional, you probably would not choose to use it as a real piece of furniture because you would run the risk of  damaging it.  Instead of using it as a functional piece in your room, I would suggest keeping it as a installation piece of art in the room that is to be seen but not used, and coordinate it with other furniture pieces that would mesh well with the black and white color scheme used in this particular design.

One option for coordinating furniture to go with this particular installation would be to use simple black  furniture with contrasting cording for a little “pop”.  Another thought would be to incorporate a fully upholstered piece of furniture with custom painted sides or back by Francisco Moreno or another artist.  I have provided some images that will better help you grasp the idea of the type of furniture pieces that I am talking about.

Contrast Corded Furniture: If you would like to blend art into this particular style, you can always get a painted pillow to place on the furniture piece.

Black and White Hand Painted Pillow

Side of baroque styled sofa painted.

 Where would I go to get this style of furniture created for me?

Here at Fabrics and Frames, we custom build  and reupholster any type of upholstered furniture.  We are able to bring your upholstery dreams come true, whether it be by creating a new style which you have imagined or by transforming an antique or garage sale piece which you have been looking to restore.  Since Mr. Moreno resides in Dallas, Fabrics and Frames could possibly work together with him to design your perfect room if you want to incorporate this particular style for your home using an established artist.  If this is too cost prohibitive for you to consider, you can create your own art on fabric and use it in a similar way. It is such a unique style that would make a huge impression on the guests in your home and would give you a feeling of owning something very special and unique to you!

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

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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Texas Ranch Style Homes: What Makes them Unique?

Original Texas ranch homes have rustic qualities which are unique to this style of architecture.  One  of the most striking differences between a modern Texas home and a traditional ranch styled Texas home is that a traditional ranch styled home will include materials of leather, hair-on-hide cow hides, nail heads trims, taxidermy wildlife, neutral color tones, stones, exposed wood and novelty items which show off the Lone Star State pride. Most Texans are quite proud to call themselves Texans and this pride can spill over into their home furnishings and decor.

Traditional Ranch Style Interior Home

Limestone and Austin stone are two of the natural resources that are plentiful in the state of Texas.  For luxurious homes that have  ranch themes to them, many individuals incorporate this natural material in walls, floors, bars and fireplaces as well as  landscaping.

Limestone Contemporary Fireplace

Limestone Wall to encase stairs

Texas Outdoor Limestone Kitchen and Bar

As you can see from the pictures above, stone can be used in both traditional and  contemporary applications.  Much of these aesthetic techniques depend on how the stone is cut or polished.   One of the most famous places in Dallas, Texas that shows the incorporation of limestone in their architecture and art is the Nasher Sculpture Center.  I have provided a link if you are interested in learning more about the center. (

Other materials that are common in Texas homes are cow hides.   There are three major different types of cow hides that Texans love to incorporate in their  ranch style homes:  leather, suede, and hair-on-hides.  Leather is commonly used with nail heads to create that ultra- traditional ranch look.  A benefit to using leather in homes is that it is that most  spills  can wipe right up.  Since leather is a natural product, you must condition it about every 6 months to keep its luxurious appeal.  Leather is not so forgiving when it comes to punctures so it is important to keep sharp objects off of it.  Many of our clients at Fabrics and Frames like to go with a leather and fabric combo on their furniture to help minimize these types of accidents from happening with their furniture.

Traditional Leather and Fabric Combination Sofa

I must warn you that leather furniture which is not made at Fabrics and Frames, may not be fully leather.  Much of the mass-produced “leather” furniture is a combination of leather and vinyl. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to put leather wherever you touch  and use vinyl everywhere else. It is not a bad look with all the very nice vinyls available today but don’t be fooled into thinking you are buying a full leather sofa when in fact you are not.  In the past couple of years, a new product called bonded leather has come out which is a vinyl top layer and a leather back layer. This is commonly sold as leather in the furniture world and will have the disadvantages of vinyl.  One of the main disadvantages of vinyl is that the top layer can peel but it is resistant to stains.

Great Resource for someone who wants that leather look at a high-end vinyl price!

Suede is a great natural product to use on something for decorative purposes but it is not very functional.  As many of us suede shoe owners know, once you get a spot on suede it’s hard to get it out!  A great compromise to this look is Nova suede or Ultrasuede which should not be confused with microfibers.  This generally will give the same look but stains are usually easy to get it out with a little soap and water!

Nova suede

Hair-on-hides are great for either rugs or upholstery.  There are many people who are just buying hides of this product to use  as a throw rug.  This product also makes  great accent pieces as well when used on small occasional chairs!  I would not recommend this product for someone who has allergies because it is actual hair from the cow on the hide and  may cause some people to have an allergic reaction.  If you are not one that is prone to allergies, then this product is a great way to incorporate a unique texture in the room!

Interior using Hair-on-hide rug

Hair-On- Hide Chair

Pillow using Hair-on-hide

As you can see, with this style of home you often have many different textures incorporated into the design.  A way to keep from being  so over- whelmed with texture is by using a neutral design palette  so that the textures will stand out without being distracted by color.  If you choose to use patterns, a suggestion would be to use tone-on-tone patterned  fabrics to keep the minimalistic approach to the design of the room which will enhance the rustic aesthetics of this Texas style.  At Fabrics and Frames we are always willing to help  create the  aesthetic design which suits our customer best! If you are interested in bringing this unique style to your home come see us for that perfect, polished look. We love being Texans and have great pride for our wonderful state and want to help you create that very special room!

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

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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