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Tips for Perfecting a Dining Room Rug

Rugs are the perfect addition to a home, but in the dining room, getting a rug that’s just right can be tricky. In the dining room you have to think about crumbs and chairs getting hung up, so finding the right one often takes a bit more, though. Here are some tips for perfecting a dining room rug, so it brings the color, texture and warmth that you crave to the space.

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  1. Aim for larger, rather than smaller. You don’t want a rug that overpowers the space, but you do want one that fits your dining area properly. If in doubt, err on the side of it being too big. A good rule of thumb to remember is that a dining room rug should have at least 24 inches of extra room on all sides of the dining table. Add the 24 inches for each side once you measure your dining table and then mark the floor with painter’s tape. If your markings fall well inside your other dining room pieces, consider going for an even larger rug.
  2. Go with a flat weave or short pile rug in easy-to-clean materials. Where there is food and drink, spills are inevitable, so go with something practical. Flat weave and short pile rugs in natural fibers such as cotton and wool are going to be the easiest to keep clean. Keep in mind, however, that natural fibers that are finer and smoother in texture will be easier to clean than nubby natural fiber rugs. The bottom line is that those fluffy rugs made of synthetic blends should be saved for the spaces where they will require less cleaning and maintenance.
  3. Match the rug to the shape of the room and the table. When you echo the shape of the room with your rug the space is more pleasing to the eye. A rectangular rug will look best in a rectangular room, but if the room is square, you can get away with a square or a round rug. In regards to matching the shape of your table, here are your main options: round table with a round or square rug, rectangular and oval tables with a rectangular rug, and square tables with square rugs (if you’re feeling playful however, opt for something round).
  4. Keep the entire space in mind. This is important if you have an open floor plan. Before you throw a rug under your dining table, look at all the spaces around it. If your floor plan is open, and you’ll be using more than one rug, then find something that will complement everything else in the surrounding space.

Pantone’s 2015 Fall Color Report is Down to Earth

Pantone, the color experts, recently released their predictions for fall’s hot colors. This year, you can expect earthy neutrals mixed with invigorating pastels. Pantone considers this the first truly unisex palette, making it ideal for feminine and masculine spaces.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural. The colors are evocative of a love for nature and a timeless appreciation for warmth and security, which are conveyed through naturally-inspired colors that remind us of things that are real and protective.”

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Let’s take a look at what the top 10 colors are for fall 2015 and what the Pantone website has to say about them:

  1. Desert Sage: “a cool and soothing greenish-gray…timeless and unobtrusive, yet powerful enough to make a statement on its own.”
  2. Stormy Weather: “reminiscent of the sky on a gray, overcast day…dependable, cool and above all, constant. Implying a quality and luxury, it is a powerful blue-gray that is strong, protective and enduring.”
  3. Oak Buff: “mellow, comforting and warming…the golden-yellow acts to nurture and comfort.”
  4. Dried Herb: “sophisticated and chic…an organic shade redolent of nature’s earthy fragrances.”
  5. Marsala: “a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir-faire…rich and robust, it incorporates the warmth and richness.”
  6. Biscay Bay: “a lush and elegant teal…this cool and confident tone inspires thoughts of soothing tropical waters, transporting us to a place that is pleasant and inviting.”
  7. Cadmium Orange: “a nod to the ‘60s and ‘70s that evokes a sentiment of optimism, fun and fantasy. Playful and sophisticated in its appeal, it’s a warm, welcoming and subtly dramatic hue.”
  8. Cashmere Rose: “a play on the ‘60s with a twist of today, this luxurious color is a tactile and soft pink hue that renders exactly what it promises. Displays a gently persuasive and composed pink that is more upscale than downtown.”
  9. Reflecting Pond: “a cooling blue that adds dimension and intrigue to the Top 10. A serious shade that speaks to the need for stability and security.”
  10. Amethyst Orchid: “Intriguing, vibrant and somewhat sensual, this enigmatic shade is an extraordinary hue that is unique, bold, creative and exciting.”

So there you have it! See anything you’d like to add to your home this year?

Five Steps For Turning a House into a Home

Moving into a new house can be an exciting time—but it doesn’t feel like much more than a structure until it begins to reflect the owners. In order to feel comfortable in a new space, you have to turn that house into a home. So just how do you do this? Let’s take a look at some simple additions you can give your house to turn it into a cozy space you’re proud to call home.

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  1. Warm up the floors. You may not know how big of an impact flooring can have on a space. Cold and bare floors make a home look unfinished and sparse, so take time to warm it up. If you prefer carpet, make sure it makes your feet happy. If you have hardwood, tie the living areas together with plush rugs in colors that compliment your walls and furniture.
  1. Brighten with better lighting. Lighting allows you to determine how and where light works in your space. It also allows you to give the space a personal touch. Even if you’re in a rental property, you can change out an existing fixture to something more appealing. Hate that boring light hanging over the dining table? Change it out with a chandelier you love. If you aren’t able to change fixtures out easily, opt for lamps with some fun shades.
  1. Hang things on the wall. There’s no easier way to make a house feel homey then by hanging things on the wall. Take time to display prints or paintings, and definitely focus on putting some personal pictures in nice frames. Your place will feel much more lived in when you’re surrounded by these eye-catching details.
  1. Customize with color. Our favorite colors say a lot about who we are so what better place to put them then in our home? This doesn’t mean drench the entire house in your favorite shade. Instead, opt for a neutral base and add splashes of your favorite colors with items such as pillows, window treatments, chair cushions and accessories.
  1. Set out accessories. Adding personal touches will help you feel connected to your space in a big way. Just about anything from your past can be turned into a sentimental display piece. If nothing you have suits the space, you can turn to some random accessories that are a bit whimsical. Just make sure you go for something that reflects your personality.

5 Tips For Decorating Well On Your Own 

Interior decorators are great, but they aren’t ideal for every family or everyday occasions. While certain circumstances do require a designer’s eye and a bigger budget, those circumstances don’t apply to every household. In reality, you can decorate your home, and do a beautiful job, without the aid of a professional, or at least during the in-between visits. Here are some simple tips and tricks of the trade that can help you decorate well all on your own.

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Use high-priced items sparingly

You don’t have to have a lot of high-priced items to get a designer look. Balance is important, so mix up what you buy. Instead of filling the space with expensive pieces, opt for more items of a lower cost, and then add in the pricier pieces here and there. By doing this, you’re making those budget-friendly pieces look more expensive than they really are.

Use color to create flow

With so many beautiful colors out there, it can be a challenge to focus on just a handful of them. As you decorate, focus on one main color that you can use in each room. It doesn’t have to be in a big way either. Simply scattering that one color throughout each room will create a sense of flow.

Use texture to add visual interest

Texture adds a whole other dimension to a home’s décor, and can be incorporated in many ways. Maybe you have an existing natural element in your home such as a brick or wood wall. If that’s the case, show it off proudly. Weathered furniture and patterned fabric are two other great ways to bring texture into the home.

Use accessories for interest and to fuel conversation

There are so many accessories out there that are perfect for decorating. When possible, go with something that’s unique, rather than something that is mass-produced. If you’ve traveled, or simply like traveling, set out an ethnic piece that will get people’s attention. Books are another great accessory that can be used just about anywhere. Be sure to hit up any local flea markets or antique stores to find something that’s one-of-a-kind.

Use something big for a bit of drama

You can add some drama and a touch of designer style to any room simply by adding one large piece to it. Large pieces do more than draw the eye. They anchor the room and offer up an added bit of sophistication. Consider bringing in an oversized chair or armoire so it can be make the space look even more complete.

The Beauty and Versatility of Stripes

If you’re looking for a no-fail pattern to use in your home, that pattern is stripes. Simply put, stripes bring visual order to a room. It doesn’t matter if you use them in a traditional manner, or an unconventional one, stripes just won’t let you down. Stripes naturally direct the eye and can reshape a space. Additionally, they’re the most neutral pattern there is, which means they mix beautifully with solids, as well as other patterns, making them the perfect pattern to incorporate into any decorating style and any space.

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Stripes come two ways: vertical and horizontal. Vertical stripes have been the most common and the most used over the years, but horizontal ones are steadily increasing in popularity. Vertical stripes create an illusion of height, which is perfect if your home has low ceilings. Horizontal stripes are a bit edgier and modern, and can make a room feel longer and cozier. The look you want generally depends on the color of the stripes. Muted, tone-on-tone colors will give you a classic look, while contrasting colors give the space a bold and powerful look. The width of the stripes will also define the space differently, but the color is what you should look at first.

The versatility of stripes allows them to be used just about anywhere. Some suggestions include but are not limited to:

  • Bedding
  • Upholstery
  • Window treatments
  • Table linens
  • Bath linens
  • Dishes
  • Photo frames and artwork
  • Accessories such as vases, lampshades, rugs, and pillows

Some stripe “don’ts” to keep in mind while you decorate include:

  • Don’t use more than 3 complimentary colors
  • Don’t do striped flooring (use a rug instead)
  • Don’t paint stripes on things like the front door or shutters
  • Don’t use neon stripes on furniture upholstery
  • Don’t overuse stripes on your bed
  • Don’t buy striped glassware or silverware that’s used every day
  • Don’t paint stripes on the fan blades

Some other things to keep in mind when using stripes:

  1. Colors that complement, rather than clash have a harmonious look.
  2. Powder rooms and closets are great places to have fun with strong, contrasting stripes.
  3. Thinner stripes look better in smaller rooms while wider stripes look best in larger rooms.
  4. A solid and floral (or paisley) are great compliments to stripes.

Take your time by starting small. When you’re more comfortable, you can commit to something bigger.

Decorating With Your Pet in Mind

People love their pets, so it’s no surprise that homeowners want to decorate while keeping them in mind. After all, they are family, so it’s important that a home’s design caters to them on some level. This doesn’t mean that nice things have to be sacrificed. You can actually have a beautiful home that you can enjoy as much as they can. Here are some tips that will help you get it done.

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  1. Groom your pets. Keeping your pets groomed regularly will help you keep your home clean longer. Furniture, pillows and drapes attract pet hair and long claws can result in scratches and tears. A good grooming and nail trim will help greatly in both areas. You’d be surprised how a simple grooming can go a long way.
  1. Keep carpet to a minimum. If possible, avoid carpeting the main areas of your home. Carpet can easily soak up stains and trap hairs and odors, so when possible, go with hardwood flooring. Painted concrete, brick, terrazzo and tile are also great options. If you just love carpet, opt for a low-pile version that will be easier to maintain.
  1. Use your pet for color inspiration. If you haven’t decided on a color scheme yet, look to your pet. Using colors that are similar to the color of your pet’s fur is a practical way to keep the place looking a bit tidier. If your pet has dark fur, opt for flooring in a darker wood (or something in gray) rather than something light. Doing so would help camouflage some of the mess pet fur can leave behind.
  1. Make the design fit your pet’s lifestyle. Does your pet go outside frequently? If so, create a designated pet area near the door used. Make sure there is a cabinet or shelving to hold items such as their food, towels, shampoo, leash and toys. Do you crate them during the day? If the answer is yes, hide the crate by putting it behind a side table or chest.
  1. Pick pet-friendly fabrics. With pets, you probably wouldn’t want to upholster with silk or velvet. Keep those fabrics for formal areas and use more pet-friendly fabrics like leather, microfiber, cotton and cotton blends, in the main spaces your pet frequents. Fabrics such as these are durable and easy to clean. If your pet shares your bed, lean toward cotton sheets and but a protector pad. Another wise move is to go with a duvet cover that can be cleaned easily.

Custom Pillows Cost How Much?!

Custom pillows pull together a room effortlessly. Few things feel as good in decorating than merely tossing a couple of pillows on the sofa and another on the chair to “complete the look”, successfully. However, as with most things in life, there is a lot of time, money, and other resources that you need to invest before getting to the “ah-ha!” moment. If you feel a bit intimidated right now, do not fear. By the end of this article, you will be well on your way to getting your “ah-ha!” moment!

Healthy eating seems to be all the rage these days—and if you’re one, like me, who strives to give your body the best, you know that to do so can be pretty pricey. Just think about how much it costs to eat mostly organic, compared to what it costs to buy processed foods. The latter gives you more for your money, but it certainly isn’t the best for your health.

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Anytime I go grocery shopping for my family, I usually find myself cringing when I see the total. I catch myself eyeballing other carts around me and often, I see people with even more items than I have. In most cases, those carts are full of items that I just wouldn’t purchase for my family. But even with that mindset, and the determination to get the best ingredients I can for my household, I sometimes question myself, wondering if it’s really worth it. And then it hits me—yes, it is.

I mean, the average $250-$300 I spend to feed my family of four for a short two weeks could probably cover an entire month if I chose sub par ingredients—but I don’t. Surely I must be out of my mind to pay so much for food—right?

Why on earth would someone pay so much for a pillow of all things? Surely $20 accent pillows from the department store are sufficient!

Not really.

Custom pillows are kind of like the food bill. It costs to eat well, and it costs to have custom touches added to your home. In both cases, it’s an investment, and one that is worth it.

Depending on the fabric selected, the yardage needed, and the labor involved, the cost of a single pillow can start in the hundreds. And while the thought of that seems staggering—especially if you need several pillows—think about what you’ll be getting in return by making the investment. Your home will look perfectly polished when you have fine, quality fabrics covering pillows specifically tailored to your home’s décor.

Just like a trip through the grocery store, a trip through the fabric department can leave you questioning your motives behind potential purchases. But if you remember that investing in the best can give you benefits for many years, you’ll realize that it is, in fact, worth it.

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Creating a Home Office that Fuels Productivity

Working at home can be a wonderful thing, but if you don’t have a proper space carved out, it can be a challenge to be productive. When it comes to a home office, balance is key—too cozy can be distracting, too professional can feel cold—to having a space that fuels productivity. Believe it or not, it is possible to blend the two in a way that provides comfort and inspiration to get things done. Let’s take a look at how to get it done.

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Be specific in your needs

Only you know what helps you get the job done. Think about your job and then start making a list of what your office needs to have. While some people can get by with a desk, chair, and computer, others need much more. Factor in any storage you may need, as well as an area carved out for extra seating or project stations. If your space is small, opt for multi-functional pieces that will save you some square footage (i.e. oversized desks or ottomans for seating and storage). Be sure to take the time to measure your space before you rush out to make purchases. The last thing you need is to be disappointed that your office can’t accommodate everything you bought.

Create an efficient layout

To be productive, you need to have a layout that works for you, not against you. Think about things such as lighting, storage and positioning, and then move or add as needed. Other things to consider in your design plan are power cords, desk space, and equipment. You want to have things on hand without feeling cramped, so plan it out.

Insert your personality

The beauty of having a workspace at home is that you can make it look however you want. If you want bold colors, go for it. If you have a pattern that you can’t live without, cover a chair in it. If you like to work barefoot, set your desk atop a fluffy rug. You get the idea. Picking out fabrics for seating or window treatments is a great way to keep your personality alive in the room. Workspaces don’t have to be bland. Dull isn’t fun and dull certainly isn’t very inspiring, so don’t hesitate to make your space a bit more personal and exciting. To top off the design, be sure to add some extras like shelving, corkboards and wall art.

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Design Styles Defined: Romantic

At the core, the romantic design style is soft and fanciful. Thought to be a bit old fashioned, romantic style is actually fresh and fun, with a touch of female. The style is simple, comfortable and beautiful. Let’s take a deeper look at this unique style to see if it suits your taste.

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Elements of Romantic Design Style

Here’s a quick breakdown of romantic design:

  • Gently weathered furniture
  • Soft, flattering colors
  • Soft lighting
  • Feminine touches
  • Smoky mirrors
  • Floral accents

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The romantic design style is all about having a space worthy of snuggling up and getting cozy. Furniture is generally cushy, curvy and feminine. Colors are warm, creamy and inviting. Light fixtures are often wall-mounted sconces or sparkly chandeliers or pendants (to give off a romantic glow, lower-wattage bulbs are preferred). Mirrors with a distressed or antique finished frame are a popular accessory. Flowers are generally the finishing touch in this design style. To keep visual appeal, floral items often fall into the same color family. If one main element is meant to be the focal point, it will dominate by either being large in scale or vibrant in color.

Furniture

While femininity is key in creating a romantic-themed space, masculine pieces are still welcome. For balance, sturdy furniture in a darker wood are placed in the space and then accented with a few pieces made with graceful curves. Many pieces tend to be weathered.

Colors

Romantic spaces have soft whispers of color throughout that provide an abode fit for rest and relaxation. Although color schemes vary based on personal taste, all shades remain subdued. Pinks and creamy whites are never wrong. Subdued coral, apricot and terracotta are also wonderful choices. Pale blue and rich purples like violet and plum are also favorites. To keep spaces from looking too light, incorporate a rich taupe.

Textures and Patterns

A romantic space must have soft, supple fabrics. Popular fabrics that help create a romantic mood are silk, chenille, velvet and matelassé. The textural quality of these fabrics really improves the overall aesthetic of the space. Pillows are fluffy and rugs are plush. When it comes to fabric patterns, in a romantic space, it often revolves around florals. That doesn’t mean that solids aren’t used, because they are—and quite frequently. Standout pieces however, are usually covered in a pattern. To add a touch of masculinity to the room, bring in some stripes.

hen you are looking for a fabric store near you in Austin, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, Tx on Burnett Road 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.

Six Simple Tricks to Decorating a Nursery that Grows With Your Child

New life brings such excitement and joy—so much, in fact, that you can barely contain yourself when it comes to decorating the nursery. Before you rush into decorating, it’s important to keep something in mind: babies grow fast. Instead of thinking solely about the now, take some of the future into consideration and plan to decorate in a way that will accommodate the phases ahead. Let’s take a look at how you can decorate a nursery that will grow with your child.

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  1. Stick with a neutral color palette. Pastels use to be the “go to” palette when it came to nurseries, but today, richer neutrals are gaining popularity. Grays, whites, and browns set a beautiful foundation for layering. When there’s a neutral base, it’s easy to add pops of color that are more gender-specific. Additionally, a neutral scheme allows you to change those accent colors easily and more frequently.
  2. Buy furniture that will transition as they do. Many manufacturers offer convertible furniture that will grow with your child. Consider purchasing a changing table that converts to a dresser or a crib that becomes a toddler bed. There are some gliders that even turn into a stationary armchair once the moving parts are removed. Not only will this save you money, you’ll have furniture that works with your room décor for a longer period of time.
  3. Pick patterns that are tried and true. Consider choosing patterns that will last. No-fail patterns include polka dots, stripes, geometrics, and natural flora and fauna. Patterns such as these will work for several years. Using patterns on bedding and window treatments are a great way to add visual interest for your little one.
  4. Hang interesting art. A baby nursery doesn’t have to have babyish artwork. While sweet wall art focused on stuffed animals or the alphabet are cute, they’ll only fit the space for so long. Large prints or photographs can be just as fitting. Marque or large wooden letters used to spell out your child’s name is another wonderful option. Wall hangings such as these make a statement and will be enjoyed for years.
  5. Add fun accessories. It is a baby nursery, so don’t forget to incorporate some sweet and whimsical touches. Accessories such as toy baskets, stuffed animals, mobiles, and baby-centric trinkets can be swapped out as your child grows.

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