Project DIY: Shower Curtains

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Hanging a new shower curtain can instantly spruce up your bath–and while there are plenty of designs out there, not everything is a one-size-fits-all, when it comes to personality and style. If you have a knack for DIY projects, then taking on a shower curtain assignment should be an easy one. Not only will you get a finished product you love, you’ll have a little fun in the process. Let’s take a look at 4 sweet do-it-yourself shower curtain ideas.

  1. Stencil Design: A stencil design is perfect for anyone–but especially for someone who can’t (or simply doesn’t want to) sew. You can either buy a ready-made solid fabric curtain or visit a fabric store for a fiber or texture you just can’t live without. Grab some paint and a stencil pattern from your local craft store and then start your project.
  2. Strip Patchwork: Although this project is a tad more time consuming, it allows you to use a variety of fabrics that you love–and the results are awesome. Simply take a plain shower curtain (store-bought or handmade) and add patchwork accents to the top and bottom. Not only will it look great, it will increase the personality factor within the space. Here’s a great tutorial to get you started.
  3. Color Block: Color blocks have made a big comeback over the years. Not only are they fun and trendy, they can be a vibrant addition to a bathroom when used on a shower curtain (if your walls are painted in a vibrant color, however, skip this one). To make a curtain that wows, stick with three solid-colored fabrics. Martha Stewart has a good tutorial to follow.
  4. Ruffle Top: With farmhouse and shabby chic design being so popular, the need for ruffles is on the rise. Honestly, though, ruffles work with just about any style, and adding them to a shower curtain is an easy thing to do. Ruffles look nice on solid fabric, but they look especially incredible when the fabric is patterned. If you fall in love with a certain pattern, be sure to buy extra fabric so you can make a double ruffle. Click here to view a step-by-step tutorial for a beautiful ruffled shower curtain.

No matter which project you choose, dressing up a shower curtain can do wonders for a bathroom. It’s certainly an easy way to add more personality and style.

A Custom Shower Curtain Can Complete Your Bathroom

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While there’s nothing new about custom decor, it is becoming increasingly popular these days. The idea of having something specially tailored to fit your personality and style is very appealing, so it’s no wonder more and more people are seeking ways to incorporate something custom made into their abode.

One thing, however, that doesn’t come to mind as quickly as other custom items are shower curtains. Many people have walk-in showers, but there are still several homes out there in need of a curtain. Typically, a shower curtain is simply considered a functional aspect of the space, being that it keeps the water inside the shower and off the floor–but they are so much more than that. Shower curtains are the focal point in the bathroom, so they are worth careful consideration. If you have a custom designed bathroom, it only makes sense to complete the design with a custom curtain. If you don’t, however, a custom shower curtain can still make a world of difference in the space.

A shower curtain in the bathroom is essentially the equivalent to drapery in the rest of the home. The right shower curtain can give your bath a rich designer look, and thankfully, when you go custom, you can give your bathroom the exact look you want.

When designing your custom fabric shower curtain, there are many routes you can take to give it that personal touch. You can replace button holes with grommets, sew the curtains as panels with tiebacks or a coordinating valance, or have them made with a rod pocket, so it slides directly onto the tension rod.

When it comes to fabric, just about anything will do. Some popular choices include fabrics like cotton, hemp, polyester, lace, silk, linen, canvas, and burlap. They each have their pros and cons, so it’s important that you take the curtain’s use into consideration. For example, a guest bath that rarely gets used could handle a silk shower curtain. A bathroom that is used daily would not–unless you like a curtain riddled with hard-to-clean water spots. Natural fabrics feel and look more luxurious, but they are higher maintenance than synthetics. Synthetics are by far the most affordable and are known for their water repellent properties, which help reduce mildew.

In the end, the design is all up to you–but we can at least get you started in the fabric department. Come in to see us, or browse our selection of multi-purpose fabrics online so that you can complete the look of your bath in a very designer way.

 

Having Custom Pillows Made for Your Home

If you’ve ever gone shopping for accent pillows you may have noticed how pricey they can be–especially when you have to settle for something less than perfect for your space. This alone is a huge reason to invest in custom pillows for your home. Yes, they will probably end up costing you more than those subpar ones at the department store, but you’ll be getting exactly what you want. Let’s take a look at what’s involved when it comes to custom made pillows.

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Choose the Shape & Size

The first thing you need to do is decide on what shapes and sizes pillows you want and how many of each you need. There is a variety of shapes–square, rectangle, circle, bolster (neckroll)–as well as a variety of sizes to choose from. Once you figure this out, you’ll be ready to move onto fabric.

Picking Out Fabric

Woven fabrics are great for pillows. Some top picks include cotton, silk, velvet and linen. Repeated washing and drying can cause some fabrics to shrink, so be sure to look over the care instructions before you buy.  You’ll also need to decide if you want to use a single fabric for the entire pillow or use different fabrics for front and back.

In regards to prints and patterns, it’s important to match the design of your fabric at the seams. This is incredibly important if you’ve chosen patterns such as stripes, plaids, and geometrics. The repeat is the distance between where a pattern begins and ends before beginning again. It may require extra fabric to center a motif or match up the pattern appropriately at the seams.

Scale is also important to consider. As a general rule, larger prints work better when used on larger pillows and smaller prints on smaller pillows. With that said, mixing up the scale can be visually interesting–just make sure it looks intentional.

Calculating Yardage 

In most cases, 1-2 yards of fabric will work for the average decorative throw pillow. You can easily find yardage calculators online that will allow you to enter your pillow measurements, along with the width of the fabric. This fabric calculator is extremely easy to use.

Finding a Seamstress

If you’re planning to have something custom made then it’s worth establishing a relationship with one. A knowledgeable seamstress will be a valuable asset when it comes to any sewing projects you need to be taken care of. You can easily find seamstress online, but you can also find one in places like a fabric store or dry cleaners.

Closures & Inserts

Many pillows are simply sewn shut–especially if you are using a delicate material–but others can come with a sham or zipper closure. A sham closure is an opening between two overlapping pieces of fabric. A zipper closure is usually placed in an inconspicuous spot along the base or seam of a pillow and comes in two looks: invisible and standard. An invisible zipper usually falls on the seam and works best on light- and medium-weight fabrics. A standard zipper looks best when positioned at the base of a pillow and works really well with heavier fabrics.

When it comes to inserts, it really comes down to personal choice. Synthetic inserts may cost less but feather-and-down blend inserts can last a lifetime when properly cared for.

How Much Will it Cost? 

The cost will vary depending on the pillow size and the fabric chosen. On average, you’re looking at a minimum of $50 per pillow. More, if you include extras like trim and the inserts. If you already have the insert, a custom pillow cover will suffice. Every seamstress will charge differently, so shop around until you find a price range you’re comfortable with.

If you are interested in some pre-made pillows covered in gorgeous fabrics, we have a nice selection of indoor and outdoor ones worth browsing.

 

 

Adding a Splash of Patriotism to Your Home

Once the warm weather is ushered in, we’re given days that give us the opportunity to gather with friends and family to reflect on our freedoms. Whether it’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Labor Day, you have the chance to display patriotic pride in your home. Let’s take a look at some ways you can add a splash of patriotism to your home for all to enjoy.

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Dazzle the Doorway

Hanging an American flag, metal star, or decorative wreath with florals or ribbon of red, white and blue, are all easy ways to make a great first impression. Add something like Americana-themed flower pots on outdoor steps or patios.

Flair it up with Fabric

Fabric is an excellent go-to when it comes to bringing in change, and accent pillows are a great place to start. They cost less than a reupholstering and can be used over and over again for future holidays. Finding a wooden, secondhand chair with a cushion is another option, especially if you’re an avid DIYer. Find some checked or striped fabric, recover the cushion, and then set it in a living room corner. Another alternative is patriotic-themed linens. Tablecloths, runners, dishtowels, and napkins are all options that will work. Bedding is another easy way to express your celebratory side (our Charity is a nice choice). For a personal touch, hang a handmade patchwork quilt featuring Americana colors.

Sparkle with Updated Serving Ware

This time of year, it’s easy to find colorful serving ware made of melamine, or even plastic, that will fit these patriotic celebrations.  Find chargers, serving trays, bowls, plates, and cups in colors of red, white, and blue, and pull them out anytime you’re entertaining. Mix and match the pieces for visual interest.

Pop with Paint

Have the itch to paint something? Try out a new accent wall or paint an outdated piece of furniture. If red is too much for a wall, opt for a faded denim color, saving the red for something small like a chair or accent table. To give the space extra warmth, you can go for a distressed look. Like DIY projects? Do something fun like a wood pallet painted to look like the American flag.
When you are looking for upholstery fabric near you in Keller, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Save, Not Replace, Your Furniture with Reupholstering

As time goes on, furniture gets worn and dirty–and eventually, the time comes when you wonder what you should do. Instead of rushing out to replace the piece, consider having it reupholstered. Depending on your situation, and the piece in question, there are very valid reasons as to why saving it is worth it.

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How to Know if You Should Reupholster

In some cases, reupholstering an old piece of furniture could end up costing you more money than buying something new would. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth salvaging. It just means that you should take a few things into consideration before making a snap decision.

  1. Is it an antique or family heirloom? If so, you should seriously consider making it look new again. Many pieces have a beautiful story to tell and the value is immeasurable. A replacement just won’t cut it. When dealing with pieces like this, find a reputable professional to handle it. Unless you’ve reupholstered several times before, taking a risk on a special piece isn’t worth it.
  2. Does it fit your needs and your space? If the piece gets the job done exceptionally well, then preserve it. The majority of mass-produced pieces are made with a one-size-fits-all mentality, but that’s really not the case. Everyone’s needs and spaces are different, so if you’ve found a piece that suits you in every way, hang onto it.
  3. Would you like it to reflect your personality and style? As mentioned earlier, furniture isn’t meant to be one-size-fits-all. Where’s the individuality in that? Certain home decor sometimes requires a particular color, pattern or texture, which can often be hard to find at the average furniture store. Picking your own fabric gives you the freedom to design a piece you are completely happy with.
  4. Do you enjoy have some extra pocket change? Yes, reupholstering can cost more than buying a new piece, but not if you have to replace all the pieces so they “go together”. When you reupholster a piece of furniture, you can pick a fabric that will mesh perfectly with the other pieces of furniture you have. If you’re an experienced DIYer, and will be taking on this project, then reupholstering will definitely be the cheaper way to go.

Before you get started, it’s important to understand that recovering isn’t equivalent to reupholstering. Recovering is basically a cosmetic fix. Reupholstering is a bit more extensive since it often includes stripping the piece to the frame, reinforcing it, and replacing coil springs and padding. Even though a proper reupholstering takes time and effort, it’s definitely worth the investment if your situation meets any of the above criteria.

If you live in Austin, TX, take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Austin, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Celebrate Your Patriotism with Americana Design Style

A versatile style, with casual beauty, Americana can be patriotic, primitive, farmhouse charm, or a combination of all three. It’s a style that can be adapted in a number of ways, making American a design style so appealing that it can be used all year round.

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Patriotic Americana

This form of Americana is probably the easiest to recognize. Patriotic Americana typically includes:

  • Stars (or stars and stripes in combination)
  • Flags
  • 1776 motifs
  • Antique tin soldiers
  • Old quilts
  • Vintage advertising from World Wars I and II
  • American symbols like the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam
  • Red, white and blue color combination

A nautical motif is also popular within the patriotic theme. A lot of Americana decorating is centered on symbols of New England, so nautical decor blends into a design style like this flawlessly. Some items to consider include things such as lighthouses, old lobster traps, ships in bottles, fishnets, birds, shells, anchors and lanterns. Vintage maps could also work.

You can get this look easily. Just start with a beige, tan or faded [denim] blue wall (an antique white will work beautifully too) and then layer in your red, white and blue. Fabric and area rugs featuring this color scheme are two quick ways to pull the look together.

Primitive Americana

Primitive American can often be recognized by its tramp art, folk art, and vintage advertising signs. Faded, checked fabrics, or fabrics that resemble old flour sacks fit perfectly into this theme. Old watering cans and mason jars filled with dried or fresh flowers look great on top of distressed furniture.

Other motifs that fit well into this theme include:

  • Baskets
  • Twig furniture
  • Patchwork
  • Yellow- and red-ware
  • Muddied or faded primary colors
  • Wooden bowls
  • Spinning wheels
  • Sunflowers, gourds and pumpkins
  • Balls of homespun yarn

When it comes to primitive style, it’s all about texture. Rusted and worn metal items can really add a lot of character to the space. Coarse fabrics like burlap and homespun cotton are great choices for pillows and curtains. For flooring, consider berber carpet.

Handcrafted objects make perfect additions to primitive-themed spaces. Bring in warmth with with shaker style furniture, pottery and lanterns. Display books or collectibles on distressed shelves.

 

Farmhouse Americana

Country style, more commonly known as farmhouse charm these days, is a style that encompasses a number of decades and is one of the most used decorating styles. Colors vary, including anything from primary colors to pastel peach. Staples of this style often include:

  • Rooster and chicken motifs
  • Checked fabrics
  • Chintz fabrics
  • Red and white colors
  • Decor from the 1940s and 50s, which include fruit fabrics and red kitchen items
  • Eyelet
  • Overstuffed furniture
  • Vintage dishware
  • Natural flooring materials such as wood, stone and clay tiles

Any of these versions of Americana style are easy to achieve. Secondhand stores, DIY pieces, and objects found in nature can get you on the path to celebrating your patriotism all year long.
If you live in Round Rock, TX, take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Austin, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Hot Home Trends in 2016 According to Pinterest

Each year we’re bombarded with new trends–economic trends, social trends, music trends, fashion trends, and of course, trends for the home. Visit a home decorating website and you’ll most likely find a yearly prediction of what the popular picks will be. It’s great to have a lot of input, but it can also make your head spin. This year, we’ve gone to Pinterest, the one-stop shop for visuals, to see what the hot home trends will be for 2016. Out of their top 100 trends, we’ve pulled the 10 that revolve around the home.

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1. Patterned Floors

This year cast your view downward. Patterned floors–especially tiled ones–are in. From geometrics to florals and everything in between, it’ll be a treat for the eyes.

2. Scandanavian-Inspired Design

Scandanavian design is simple yet beautiful. Warm functionality, clean lines and flawless craftsmanship work in unison to give the space an unstated elegance.

3. Graphic Throw Pillows

Being that throw pillows are the easiest way to freshen a space, it’s doubtful they’ll ever go out of style. Graphics continue to remain popular in 2016. This year, add a splash of personality with pillows covered in florals, geometrics, watercolor brush strokes or anything tribal.

4. DIY Space-Saving and Decluttering

This year, focus on creative ways to save on room in your home. Outlets in drawers, functional window seats and collapsible drying racks are just a few ideas to get you started. For more ideas visit here.

5. Artisan Goods

Bold textiles, artwork and home accessories from, or inspired by, your favorite travel locations should be proudly displayed this year.

6. Gender-Neutral Nurseries 

This year it’s less about pink and blue and more about colors that flawlessly work for both genders. Gender-neutral nurseries are calm, soothing, and easy to update baby grows.

7. Woven Wall Decor

The art of weaving will be the focus of attention this year. Whether you create it yourself, or purchase someone else’s handiwork, adding something woven to your wall will be a popular way to bring in texture and color into the space.

8. Shades of Grey

Grey is the new beige and shades of grey are what will take 2016 by storm.

9. Gilded Metallic Wallpaper

Metals have been incredibly popular the last few years, so it’s no surprise that the new hot thing is to add them to the walls. This year, be daring and hang some metallic wallpaper. Not ready to commit long-term? Seek out the tempory kind.

10. Neutral Tones

Neutral tones and organic elements will continue to be popular this year. Natural fibers provide great texture and items made of raw or reclaimed wood will provide just the right amount of rustic charm.

When you are looking for a cushion and fabric store near Plano, TX, take a short drive to our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and cushions. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

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If you’re into timeless design elements, consider a fabric like silk. Silk’s origins can be traced back nearly 3 millennia to China, making it one of the oldest fibers known to man. Legend has it, Empress His-Ling Shi discovered the shimmering threads after a silkworm cocoon fell, and unraveled, in her cup of tea. The texture and beauty of silk are in a class all its own. It’s natural, elegant and surprisingly versatile, making it a worthy contender for your home.

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Benefits of Silk

Some characteristics of silk that make it such a desirable fabric include:

  • Its strength and resilience. Silk is considered the strongest natural fiber because of its high tensile strength. It is also resilient to crushing and wrinkling.
  • Its resistance to mold, mildew, moths, and mites. All of these things can be extremely damaging to furnishings.
  • Its refined texture, which is smooth, not slippery like many synthetic fabrics.
  • Its gentleness on skin. The antimicrobial properties of silk make it a great fabric for anyone suffering from skin issues like eczema. Its tight weave helps decrease moisture loss of the skin, which makes it more tolerated fabric by people with sensitive skin.
  • Its lightweight insulation. Silk will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which will provide you with a wonderful night’s sleep.
  • Its variety of colors. Silk is easy to dye and retains its color extremely well.

As with everything, however, there are some drawbacks to consider. Silk is sensitive to sunlight, doesn’t tolerate high abrasion, often requires high-maintenance cleaning, and carries price tag pricetag than other fabrics. Don’t let that scare you away though because the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. With some careful thought about how and where it will be used, you can enjoy the beauty of silk in your home.

How to Decorate With Silk Fabric

Here are some ideas on how you can decorate with silk fabric in your home:

  • On furniture. Silk isn’t a heavy-use fabric but it’s perfect for pieces like dining room chair cushions or accent chairs or benches that receive light use. If nothing like that works for you, opt for some silk accent pillows.
  • On walls. Upholstered walls are becoming increasingly popular these days and when it comes to fabric choices, silk is a great one. If you happen to prefer wallpaper over fabric, silk wallpaper can be purchased. Either choice will work well in both traditional and contemporary spaces.
  • On windows. Window treatments made of silk are simply stunning. Your windows will be sure to impress with some quality silk drapery.

Be sure to browse our beautiful silk selections to find something perfect for your home.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Sugar Land, stop by our Interior Fabrics locations in Houston, TX for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to lightweight cotton fabrics and luxurious Dupioni silk fabrics.

Gaga for Geometrics

Geometrics have become a popular go-to in all decorating styles. The versatility makes them easy to use by anyone in pretty much any space. If you’ve considered decorating with any of the beautiful patterns out there but aren’t quite sure how to use them, then keep on reading for some info that may help.

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Types of Geometric Patterns

There are several patterns that fall under the umbrella of “geometrics”. Some of the most frequently used patterns include:

  • Quatrefoil
  • Chevron
  • Houndstooth
  • Checker
  • Herringbone
  • Polka dot
  • Ogee
  • Trellis
  • Scales
  • Bread and Reel
  • Lattice
  • Fret
  • Honeycomb

Chevron used to be the most commonly recognized geometric pattern, but today, many people are familiar with the others. With such a variety, there’s something that will fit numerous personalities and styles.

Using Geometric Patterns in Your Home

With geometric patterns having the ability to work with any design style, you can use them in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

On the Walls

Geometrics can make a huge statement when placed on the walls, so if you’re brave to give it a shot, go for it! Paint a pattern by hand or simply hang some wallpaper (if it’s metallic, even better). Geometric shaped mirrors displayed in uniform is another cool way to get pattern on the wall. You could even opt for geometric-patterned fabric framed and hung.

On the Floor

Patterned flooring–especially tiles–is a huge trend this year. Update a bathroom floor with geometric tiles or artfully arrange wood flooring in a chevron pattern. If a new floor isn’t in the budget, try something smaller scale like a rug.

On Your Accents

Geometric patterns can be just as effective when used in smaller ways. Place them throughout the space in a way that creates a pleasant burst of color and style. Think vibrant accent pillows, cozy throws, an upholstered sitting chair, or even geometric-shaped candle holders. Don’t forget to carry the pattern to the outdoor spaces as well.

Above Your Head

Lighting has become an important part of interior design, making it easier than ever to find unique fixtures–even geometric ones. Change out those outdated overhead lights with some new geometric-shaped pendants. A simple lampshade covered in a funky pattern can do wonders to the space.

In Larger Doses

If nothing is standing in your way, go all in with a beloved pattern. Reupholster a sofa, deck out your windows, or update your bedding. These are just some of the ways you can take a bigger plunge when it comes to geometric patterns.

 

When you are looking for a fabric store to buy winter fabrics near you in Arlington, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Get Windows Just Right With Roman Shades

Window treatments offer the finishing touch to a room’s interior. When you think your choice may be wrong, remember that you’ll always be right when you opt for the very versatile Roman shade.

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What are Roman shades? 

Roman shades are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. Unlike standard shades, which are ribbed or bumpy, they stack up evenly and smoothly when they are opened. This folding and visible smoothness can be considered its defining characteristic.

Roman shades come in a variety of styles, but there are four options that remain the most popular among homeowners: flat, hobble, batten front and batten back.

Flat shades have no horizontal seam across the face of the fabric, which makes them perfect for patterns. Hobble shades are a traditional style. Their trademark is the soft fabric folds that cascade from top to bottom. Batten front shades feature tubes of fabric with stiff strips of solid material (battens) that are sewn at regular intervals on the front side of the of the shade. Batten back shades are the opposite of batten front. The battens sewn onto the backside of the shade create a refined look when down and traditional folds when raised up.

Versatile for Every Style…

Roman shades are far from boring and fit any design style thrown its way. Because they come in a variety of colors, patterns and textures, they can be used anywhere. Additionally, Roman shades can be layered with other styles of window treatments (sheers, valances, drapery panels, etc.). However, they are pretty enough to stand on their own.

How simple or how extravagant they are will be in your hands. Go clean and simple if you want your shades to blend in. Go for more detail or boldness if you want them to stand out. If you have fabric-covered dining room chair cushions, consider having your Roman shades custom made to match. If you find a color you like but they need a tad more detail, sew a vertical stripe in a different color or add embellishments like fringe or pom poms.

Be sure to stop in to browse all of our multi-purpose fabrics, as well as our decorative details, that will make incredible Roman shades for you home.

When you are looking for a cushion and fabric store near Dallas, TX, take a short drive to our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and cushions. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.