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Refreshing a Dated Lampshade with New Fabric

If you have a lamp base you can’t stand to part with but aren’t too keen about the shade, don’t pitch it, recover it! Refreshing a dated lampshade with new fabric and trim is an easy project as well as a great way to add a custom touch to your home. Here’s what you need to in order to get this fun DIY project done.

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Supplies needed: Before you begin, gather together fabric, trim, scissors, paper (news, craft, butcher or brown wrapping), plastic clamps (or clothespins), and fabric glue. The design of your shade might not require all the supplies listed, but having them on hand will make your job much easier.

1. Select a fabric (and trim) you love. Take a good look around your home to determine what patterns and colors would complement your décor. Once you have an idea of what you want, start shopping around until you find the right fit. Whether or not you add trim will depend on the shape of the lamp as well as your personal style.

2. Create a template. To get your shade just right, you’ll need to create a template. To do that you need to:

  • Lay a large sheet of paper on a table or the floor.
  • Place the shade on its side, with the seam touching one end of the paper. You want to make sure there’s enough paper for the shade to make one full transition across it.
  • Slowly roll the shade (starting at the seam), tracing its path along the top and bottom as you go. Note: A drum shade will give you a rectangle, and a tapering shade will give you a curved shape on your paper.
  • Draw an additional inch around the pattern before you cut the template out. This extra paper will be for covering the top and bottom of the shade.

3. Cut out your fabric. Lay your piece of fabric face up and then place the template on top of it. Shift it around until you’re satisfied with the position and then pin it in place. Using the template as your guide, cut the fabric. To ensure a proper fit, test the fabric on the shade to see if any additional trimming needs to be done.

4. Attach the fabric. Apply the craft glue or spray adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric and adhere it to the shade. Tuck excess fabric over the edges, clamping it in place. Allow a 24 hour drying period before putting the shade back on the base. To ensure the glue doesn’t discolor or leave spots on your fabric, do a test run on a scrap piece.

Itching to start a lampshade project? Visit our showroom or check out our fabric and trim online.

If you are looking for designer fabrics near Covington, we have just what you need! Come by our location in Metairie where you will find a wide selection of fresh and colorful outdoor fabric.

8 Home Design Trends to Look for in 2016

It’s a new year, which means new home design trends are on the horizon. Here are 8 trends to keep a look out for in 2016.

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  1. Formal dining rooms. If you don’t entertain a lot, then a separate area designated for doing so probably won’t be a priority for you. But for those who do entertain frequently, a decked-out room meant for special gatherings is non-negotiable.
  2. Tech-free living rooms. Most days, our lives are consumed with all things digital, but more and more homeowners want a space that gives them a break from it. A space where they can decompress quietly or simply spend time with family and friends sans digital distractions. A sitting room or living room, free of technical devices can do just that.
  3. Outdoor fabric used for indoor furnishings. The rise of making the outdoor living area a part of the house as a whole has created a surge of fabrics that are both durable and eye-catching. So much in fact, that it’s becoming harder to distinguish between them and indoor-only fabrics. Homeowners are starting to see just how great these outdoor fabrics can be inside the home—especially in high-traffic rooms. Be sure to check out our selection of outdoor fabrics the next time you go to reupholster.
  4. Two-tone kitchen cabinets. You’ll see in many home decorating shows that two-tone cabinets are becoming increasingly popular. To keep a clean, timeless look, keep the upper cabinets white or neutral, and then save the darker colors and wood tones for the bottom cabinets. Not only does it look beautiful, it allows for you to take the kitchen into various design styles.
  5. Colored stainless steel appliances.  If you aren’t too keen on the shiny silver appliances, you’re in luck. Two manufacturers are giving you a couple of new options: LG’s has released a Black Stainless collection and Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze.
  6. Heated entryway floors. A heated entryway floor in the south doesn’t make much sense, but for those who live in the north, this is a great way to dry off those wet, snowy boots a bit faster.
  7. Attention-getting bedrooms. You can transform the look of a bedroom pretty easily, but to have a bedroom that truly wows, you’ve got to go bolder. Something like a brick or rustic wood wall behind the bed will grab your attention more so than four walls painted the same.
  8. Homier bathrooms. Walk into a bathroom and you know it’s a bathroom. This year however, you might find yourself walking into a space that resembles a living room more than it does a bathroom. Chandeliers, statement furniture like custom chairs, and graphic wallpaper are just some of the ways homeowners will be updating their bathroom.

Come visit us at one of our retail locations or shop online! Looking for one of our fabric stores near you in Carrollton, TX? Stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx (located off Midway between alpha and Spring Valley) for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home drapery and upholstery project.

What You Should Consider Having Custom Made—and Why

With the cost, time, and decisions involved, the thought of having anything custom made for your home may seem overwhelming. But in all reality, it shouldn’t be. True, custom made furniture, finishes and upholstery require a longer process than just picking something out at the store, but there are some benefits of custom options—ones you should truly consider when it comes time to decorate your home. Here are 3 of our suggestions for some custom essentials.

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Draperies

Quality draperies are an investment—and one that’s worth it if you wish to receive a fitted and elegant look. If you have unusually shaped or sized windows, custom treatments are the optimal way to make them appear their best.

Upholstery

Custom upholstering large pieces of furniture can add up quickly, so if cost is holding you back, start small. Instead of taking on something like an armchair or sofa, consider having the seats of your dining room chairs upholstered in fabric you love. Dining chair seats may seem a simple choice, but it’s important to remember that even something small can have a big impact on a space. For an even more significant payoff, carry that fabric pattern throughout the space by also using on your windows in the dining area. If you’re in a position to take on upholstering a larger piece of furniture, we have custom pieces suitable for every design style.

Rugs

Area rugs can anchor a space and polish off a room’s design. However when the rug is the wrong size, the design verges on flawed, rather than finished. If you’re having a difficult time finding the ideal rug for your space, then consider investing in a quality, custom-fit rug made of solid material. If you need your rug to pack some extra punch, consider creating a pattern with carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are especially nice in high traffic areas or areas that may be prone to messes (i.e. a child’s playroom, nursery, family room) since tiles can be replaced individually on an as-needed basis.

In need of some encouragement, guidance or inspiration? Stop into one of our showrooms or visit us online to see what we have to offer. Our wide selections of fabrics, rugs and custom furniture pieces (we even have pillow inserts and custom covers!) should leave you with plenty of options for your project, whether it’s big or small.

Looking for a fabric store near Norman? Come by our Interior Fabrics location in Oklahoma City, OK for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more!

The Beauty of the Wingback Chair

With its high back, wooden legs, and signature winged sides, the wingback chair is probably the most widely-recognized accent chair. Striking, yet sensible, this classic is one worth considering for your home. With its distinctive shape, a wingback chair can make a statement anywhere—but if you’re still uncertain about where to place one (or two), here are some ideas.

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Next to Your Fireplace

Did you know that the wingback chair was originally designed to shield a person from the direct heat of the fire? With that being the case, it only makes sense that a fireplace would benefit from being flanked by a beautiful pair of chairs. Even if your fireplace isn’t functional, a pair of chairs covered in a bold upholstery choice is a definite way to draw attention to the focal point.

Doubled Up in the Living Room

Don’t have a fireplace? That’s okay! A living room can still benefit from a smart pair of wingback chairs. Place them side by side and top them off with matching accent pillows. As a general rule, use lower-back designs in the center of a space and keep the taller versions for edges and corners.

At Your Dining Room Table

Mixing and matching your dining room chairs is perfectly acceptable—and actually something that is becoming increasingly popular these days. If the mix-and-match look is for you, consider subbing in a pair of wingback chairs at the head and foot of the table.

In Lieu of a Typical Desk Chair

The beautiful curves of a wingback chair contrast the lines and angles of a desk quite nicely. Not only will it look impressive, it will provide some additional comfort while you work.

As an Entryway Warm-Up

A wingback chair in the entryway says, “Come in, relax; stay a while.” Additionally, a chair in the foyer serves a great purpose for anyone needing to perch while putting on shoes or taking them off. Nice leather upholstery will only get better with age, but an eye-catching pattern can be just as lovely.

We Can Help Create a Custom Piece!

Did you know that we have custom furniture, such as wingback chairs, to fulfill your decorating needs? Our Helen, Henry and Honey (skirted) frames are perfect traditional choices, while our Halston and Hefner are more suited for décor that calls for some contemporary flair. Additionally, our showroom is full of upholstery fabrics. All you need to do is come in, pick your frame, pick your fabric and then pick up your gorgeous finished piece from our store.

If you are looking for an upholstery fabric store near Katy, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior (and exterior) fabrics that will be the perfect addition to your Wingback Chair!

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Accent Chair

Furniture is a popular investment for many people. If you’d like to give your home’s interior a little pick-me-up, but you don’t want, or even need a new set of furniture, consider adding a fashionable accent chair. Both practical and decorative, an accent chair can complete the overall design of any room. Accent chairs come in many different designs and colors, so no matter your preference and style, there’s something for everyone. With that said, picking the perfect chair (or chairs) can take a great deal of thought and consideration. Thankfully, you’re not alone. Following these tips can help you choose the right accent chair for your space.

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Define your style. There are a variety of accent chairs out there, so it’s important that you have a definite style—traditional, contemporary, etc.—set in place before you start shopping. Club chair, chaise lounges, recliners and wingback chairs are just a handful of styles to choose from. While each has their own unique beauty, they don’t complement every design style equally.

Consider its usage. How will the chair be used and who will be using it most? Will it be used more as a comfort piece or will it be a more formal or unique statement piece? A leather or oversized chair would serve well in both comfort and durability while something like a wingback or other high-back chair would make an impression when situated in an entryway, dining or bedroom.

Take note of your existing décor. The right accent chair won’t overpower the space, but rather enhance your existing décor. Pay attention to specks of color in items such as window coverings, wallpaper, lampshades, and rugs, and then look for woods and fabric patterns that will complement or pull out some of those secondary colors you love.

Put thought into size and placement. Accent chairs come in a variety of sizes, so knowing how much room you have to work with is key. To ensure accuracy, get out your tape measure and jot down the dimensions. The size of your chair(s) should be proportional to the existing furniture, as well as the space itself. In regards to placement, the accent chair should make the space look inviting, rather than cluttered. Take your traffic flow into consideration, making sure to situate the chair in a place that allows for comfortable navigation throughout the room.

Set a budget. Not all, but many accent chairs—especially custom made ones—can be pricey. It may be hard to justify the cost, but a quality accent chair can be a wise investment. Setting your budget will cut down the number of chairs you have to browse through, making it easier to find what you want quicker. If you can’t settle for something that falls within your initial budget wait it out as you save up a bit more money. You might find a great deal, but if you don’t love it, you won’t be happy in the long term.

No matter what you choose, your new accent chair should look great and provide a heightened level of style and comfort to your space. To get started on finding the perfect accent chair for your home, please browse through our collection.

When you are looking for a fabric store near Spring, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics locations in North Houston, TX for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find a variety of upholstery fabrics along with fabrics for other interior design applications.

Custom Furniture: Is it Worth It?

The thought of having a custom piece of furniture made for your home might seem like a farfetched idea, but in reality, custom furniture is worth serious consideration. While the cost does vary a bit from mass-produced pieces found at typical furniture stores, custom made pieces are a wise investment—especially if you desire a piece that not only reflects your style, but also has longevity. Here we’ll take a look at three of the main benefits custom made furniture can provide. Perhaps understanding the perks will cause you to give custom furniture a closer look.

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Custom made furniture is unique. In other words, custom made pieces are unlike any other. Not only do you get to select your preferred style, you also get to pick the finishing touches like upholstery and detail. It’s safe to say that a custom piece of furniture is art. From start to finish, you are in charge of making it a one-of-a-kind piece for your home. A handcrafted piece is the only way to truly have something unique.

Custom made furniture will be tailored to fit your space. Mass produced pieces don’t necessarily come in the right size or shape for your space. Having a piece of furniture that can expertly solve a decorating problem such as this is a huge benefit of having something custom made. Certain spots of a room, whether it is because of available space or architecture, require something tailor made. In many cases, trying to find something from your traditional furniture or department store will be exhausting.

Custom made furniture will stand the test of time. If you want something that you can enjoy for several years to come, then it’s quality you need. Custom made pieces are much more durable, offering the longevity no mass-produced piece really can. With quality such as that, you’ll have peace of mind that it will be around for generations to come. Showroom furniture produced by the thousands just can’t give you that same guarantee.

But is custom made furniture really worth the cost?

Yes. Of course custom made will cost more, but it is well worth the investment. Additionally, you can often find that there are pieces that won’t bust your budget. And not everything has to be custom! If a sofa is too much to take on right now, it’s not your only option. You can just as easily focus on something else such as accent or dining chairs, an ottoman, or even a headboard.

We have a lovely selection of frames for pieces such as the ones mentioned above, as well as a variety of fabrics and detailing that will make your piece extra special. Not only are our pieces quality, they are covered with excellent warranties. Stop into our showroom to see what we have to offer.

Visit either of our two Scottsdale, Az area locations, a quick trip from Mesa, to check out the latest designer fabrics, trim, and hardware at wholesale prices.

Rose Quartz & Serenity: Pantone’s 2016 Color(s) of the Year

For the first time, two shades—Rose Quartz and Serenity—have been chosen as Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016. Rose Quartz is described as a “persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” and Serenity, “weightless and airy…bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” Paired together, these colors can bring a calm and appealing look to your home.

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The Power of Pink and Blue

Pink, a combination of red and white, is known to represent compassion, nurturing and love. With pink, you get the passion and power of red, as well as the purity, openness, and completeness of white. In a nutshell, the blend exudes a gentle, loving energy.

Blue is a tranquil color that promotes both physical and mental relaxation. It is a color that represents trust, honesty, and loyalty. Out of all the colors, blue is the most universally liked.

About Rose Quartz and Serenity

According to Pantone’s press release:

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

In regards to what Rose Quartz and Serenity can do for your home’s interior, this is what Pantone has to say:

Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment. Like a serene sunset, Rose Quartz encourages reflection on one’s surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a naturally connected sense of space.

An ideal choice for rugs and upholstery, Serenity and Rose Quartz also work well in paint and for decorative accessories. Coupling solid and patterned fabrics, throws, pillows and bedding in these shades provides a comforting respite and feeling of well-being in the home. Incorporating texture enhances the duality and kinship of these hues.

Serenity and Rose Quartz colored kitchen items and tableware, as well as home accessories like candles, decorative bowls, vases, and florals, add subtle color accents while contributing to a welcoming and peaceful space. Translucent, glazing, matte and metallic shine are key finishes.

If you’re seeking an antidote to the stress of modern day life, these two welcoming colors may be just what you need. Pair these two colors with other mid-tones including greens, purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. For a complete look at pairing suggestions, visit here. Don’t forget to check Pinterest for creative ways to incorporate these colors into your home and be sure to check our website for complementing fabrics.

Use Winter Whites for an Interior That’s Anything but Chilly

There’s something magical about a fresh, white blanket of snow. The color white, sometimes considered cold or stark, is anything but when used stylishly in a home. In fact, white can be quite warm and welcoming—even during those chilly months of winter. This season, try embracing those shades of winter whites instead of leaving them out in the cold.

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What you may not know about white:

  • White is the symbol of purity, completion, and perfection
  • White amplifies anything in its way, serving as an ideal neutral for those who enjoy having decorating/color flexibility
  • White can be cozy, warm and inviting
  • White is pretty easy to care for—really!
  • White will never go out of style

The beautiful thing about white found in nature is the variations of tones it has to offer. For instance, if you look outside on a snowy winter day, depending on the lighting, you’ll see undertones of grays, yellows, and blues. This is especially nice for those who prefer something more subtle than pure white in their home.

How to Use Winter Whites in Your Home

White can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you opt for a bright white, a subdued cream, or something in between, there is something that can be done with white. Here are some ideas for using this clean and confident neutral in your home.

  1. White background, colorful foreground. As mentioned earlier, white is an excellent choice if you like having some color flexibility. Nothing will make those colors you love to pop out quite like the color white will. Love changing décor for the seasons or holidays? White allows you to do that throughout the year easily.
  1. Drenched in white. It takes a bit of boldness to surround yourself in a blanket of white, but once you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that you took the plunge. Think of an all white room as a blank canvas just waiting for you to make it fit your personal decorating style.
  1. White with wood furnishings and accents. Bringing in furniture and accents made of wood can increase the warmth in your home. From modern to rustic, to cottage (distress that wood in white paint), you can pretty much achieve any look you love.
  1. Low-key with linens only. Simply dressing your bed in white linens or draping a white throw over the loveseat can give you that pop of winter white without having to put in much effort.
  1. Pops of white with accessories. Creating a winter wonderland with accessories is easy to do. Think white dishes in glass-door cabinets, faux fur rugs, vases, white wood photo frames, and accent pillows. These are all great ways to bring in some extra coziness desired for winter.

If you are looking for white designer fabric near you in Covington, we have just what you need! Come by our location in New Orleans where you will find everything from comfortable cotton fabrics to luxurious Dupioni silks and even some of the best faux leathers!

The Five Best Fabrics to Use for Winter Decorating

Winter is officially here, which means it’s time to make sure the house feels nice and cozy inside. One of the best ways to do that is with fabric—specifically, rich fabrics. Accent pillows, throws, draperies, blankets, bedding and even table linens made from luxurious fabrics can take the chill out of any room. Here are our top picks for the best luxurious fabrics to use in your winter decorating.

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Organza

Organza is a lightweight, shiny and sheer fabric. Because it is primarily made of silk, organza can be on the pricey side. With that said, you can find less expensive version made from synthetic fibers. This rich fabric is an ideal choice for sheer drapes or something like napkins.

Organdy

Often confused with organza, organdy is made from cotton, rather than silk. Its luster isn’t quite as great, but it is still an excellent choice—especially when it comes to window treatments. For something a bit more creative and dramatic, top off your holiday gifts with some handmade organdy bows.

Velvet

Since the Industrial Revolution, velvet is much easier to acquire. This fabric, made from both natural and synthetic fibers, has been a popular choice for draperies and upholstery fabric for years. While those are two no-fail uses, velvet can be used in other ways. Consider upping the drama in your dining room with a velvet runner or tablecloth. You could even use velvet as a slipcover for your chairs.

Silk

Silk is one of the most beautiful fabrics you can incorporate into your home. This decadent natural fiber has a knack for adding a touch of luxury to any room. Since silk expertly absorbs moisture, it is a fabric that can be used throughout the warmer months as well. For winter, consider a silk duvet cover paired with some velvet throw pillows.

Cashmere

At one time, cashmere was predominantly used for clothing. Today, however, it is regularly found in home décor. Cashmere blankets, throws and duvet covers in warm, soothing earth tones are an excellent way to keep the cold at bay.

It doesn’t matter if you use these fabrics in abundance or sparingly. Incorporating any of these—in big ways or small ways—into your home will make those long winter months much more bearable. Not only will your home feel especially cozy, but it’ll also look great as well.

When you are looking for a fabric store to buy winter fabrics 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.

Freshen Up Your Bathroom with Fabric

If you find yourself with a dated bathroom, don’t rush to remodel. Remodeling can be very expensive and often unnecessary. In many cases, you can freshen up the bath simply by freshening up the fabrics within the space. If you want to update the look of your bathroom without investing too much, then this article is for you. Here we’ll talk about some ways fabric can be used to give that dated bathroom an updated look.

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Fabrics for Shower Curtain

If your home is newer, you might not have the traditional bath tub and shower combo that requires a shower curtain. For those that do, however, changing out that curtain for something fresh and new can jazz up the focal point of the space. If you don’t have many other ways to use fabric in the space, really focus on making your fabric choice for your shower curtain a good one. With so many options—florals, solids, stripes, geometrics, etc.—there should be little trouble finding one that fits your décor and style.

Window Treatment Fabrics

Window treatments are just as beneficial to a bathroom as they are to other rooms in the house. This doesn’t mean you have to go for full-length drapes that will compete with your shower curtain. Instead, opt for something like a valance or Roman shade. Be sure to incorporate details such as coordinating embellishments when you can, and never neglect the hardware just because it’s the bathroom.

Custom Furniture Cushions

The size of your bathroom determines how many extra pieces of furniture you can have. If you happen to have an oversized bathroom, it’s possible that you have a vanity with a chair or bench. If that’s the case, consider upholstering the seat in a beautiful fabric that complements your other fabric choices. While you can have it professionally done, it’s often an easy enough project that can be taken on by a confident DIYer.

Embellished Linens

There’s no reason to stick with solid towels if you don’t want to. A fun way to tie your fabric choices together is by picking one of them to carry onto your linens. Cut a wide piece of fabric and then topstitch it along the edges of your towels. If these towels are everyday use, be sure to prewash the fabric to avoid any shrinkage.

If you are looking for beautiful fabrics for your bathroom near Katy, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior (and exterior) fabrics that will be the perfect addition for your bathroom update project!