Everything You Need to Know About Slipcovers

There are a variety of reasons why our furniture may reach a point where it needs an update, or simply, some added protection. This doesn’t mean you should replace it with something new. Instead, say “yes” to slipcovers! Many moons ago, most people would just toss a sheet over a piece of furniture and call it done. But today, sheets are out and slipcovers are in.

The slipcovers we have access to today are designed to make a statement in a home. So much in fact that many people opt for slipcovers simply because they can generate a whole new look without requiring new furniture. Let’s take a closer look at slipcovers, including the pros and cons, what your options are, and where they can be used.

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Pros and Cons

Before any purchase, it’s always best to weigh the pros and cons. Knowing what the benefits and drawbacks are can help you make a better choice for your home.

Slipcover pros:

  1. Protection. Slipcovers can protect a piece of furniture you’d like to preserve.
  2. Easy to clean. Because they can be easily removed, slipcovers can be tossed in the washer whenever it’s needed.
  3. Versatility. A slipcover means you have the option to change the look of your space whenever you want.

Slipcover cons:

  1. Style. Unless your slipcover is somewhat tailored, the looseness of it may take away from the lines of your furniture.
  2. Fit. Tailored slipcovers take less work than ready-made slipcovers to get on and off. A large fit can be frustrating for someone who needs to launder their slipcovers often.  
  3. Wrinkling. If your slipcover isn’t tightened up enough, it can be prone to wrinkling.

Types of Slipcovers

There are three options you have when it comes to slipcovers: ready-made, semi-custom, and custom.

Ready-made slipcovers can be looked at as a one-size-fits-all design. They have no defined shape and basically, need to be tucked in so they can fit. In most cases, ready-made slipcovers are machine washable. These can be found just about anywhere, including higher-end retailers such as Pottery Barn, SureFit, and Macy’s, as well as your everyday stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

Semi-custom slipcovers are a mix of ready-made and custom. You take measurements of your furniture at home and then submit them to a slipcover manufacturer who will then produce a slipcover that fits your piece(s) of furniture. This option means less maintenance of pinning and tucking.

Custom slipcovers cost a bit more, but you get exactly what you want. With custom made, you have the opportunity to pick the fabric, color, and pattern that appeals to you and your space. Furthermore, a professional will measure your piece(s) so it will be tailored specifically to your furniture, giving you a beautiful fit. This option gives you more of an upholstered look than the other two options. The right fit makes more difference than you realize, so don’t rule out custom fit too quickly. It will be an investment, but in the end, you’ll be very happy with it.

Best Fabric Options

When it comes to fabric choices, think of a slipcover in the same way you would if you were buying a new piece of furniture. Some things to take into consideration would be:

  1. How it will be used
  2. Where it will be located
  3. Ease of cleaning
  4. Its purpose (is it for design, protection or both?)

Some great fabrics to choose from are cotton, twill, denim, faux silk, polyester, or a blend. For high traffic areas, take color and pattern into consideration. Darker colors and small patterns are great for camouflaging dirt and stains. If possible, consult a professional when choosing fabric for your slipcover. This will ensure you end up with a fabric that suits your family’s needs and coincides with how much work you’re willing to put in to maintain it.

Where to Use Them

Pretty much anything can be slipcovered. Sofas are often the most popular pieces to be covered, however, pieces such as loveseats, benches, ottomans, chairs, headboards, footstools, console tables, and even lampshades are covered as well. Recliners can be tricky, but custom fit covers are not unheard of. In all honesty, it really depends on what furniture could use an update or some added protection. For example, a simple tie-on slipcover may be just what you need for that ottoman in the family room. Not only would it protect the table from heavy use, it would also give you the ability to hide those family board games, or whatever else needs to be stored, underneath without being seen.  

So, are slipcovers for you?

As mentioned earlier, slipcovers can make a huge statement when done right. Don’t rush to get rid of a piece of furniture if a slipcover is an option. Be sure to take the time to browse our fabrics online before you get started on your slipcover project. Better yet, come by our store to speak with one of our associates so you can get the best materials possible. We have the latest designer fabrics, trim, and hardware at wholesale prices.

Add Flair With Nailhead Trim: Where and How to Use It.

Nailhead trim is becoming increasingly popular–and for good reason. Not only are nailheads a clever way to give added definition to the lines and frames of your home furnishings, they are an easy way to boost the personality of your pieces as well.

Believed to have originated in 17th century France during the Louis XIII period, nailhead trim is an enduring element in furniture design. Originally used to embellish the upholstered backs of chairs, nailhead trim has evolved into a beloved trend for everyday home decor.

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Where to use it

At one time, nailheads were typically reserved for leather fabrics. That’s not the case anymore, though! Today, this trim can compliment a wide variety of areas in your home that extend well beyond fabric. Because of this, the possibilities for incorporating nailhead trim into your design is virtually endless.

Let’s take a look at both the familiar and fresher uses of nailhead trim. Perhaps you’ll find something that you’ll want to add to your home’s interior.

Enhancing the arms and legs of furniture.

Generally, nailheads are used to enhance the legs and arms of furniture, but there’s no reason you have to stick with the norm. Consider using nailhead trim exclusively along the base or even on the backs of accent or dining chairs. The trim can compliment just about any type of fabric, but will really enhance the look of two-tone colors.

Nailhead trim can also make a bland coffee table a little more interesting. If you already have a great piece with a unique shape, adding nailheads will really accentuate it. You could add trim along the legs or even along the edges of the top.

Cabinetry is another wonderful place to use nailhead trim. If you have a piece of cabinetry or a chest of drawers sitting around that could use a facelift, this is a great way to give it that boost of character. Don’t be afraid to branch out, creating a design on the front, rather than just sticking to the edges.

Highlighting a headboard.

An upholstered headboard already adds so much to a bedroom, but adding nailhead trim can make it really stand out as the focal point. Nailheads are a great way to make a headboard more appealing to both men and women.

Punching up window treatments.

Nailheads can give an extra punch to your window treatments. Try adding them to the top of a straight valance or even to the bottom of long curtains. Make sure to consider your current or future drapery hardware when choosing the color.

Defining a doorway.

Would you ever consider using nailhead trim along the edges of a doorway (or window) in your home? I’ve seen pictures of it and think it’s so unique and beautiful. I love the idea of it but I have a feeling I’d struggle with getting all the nailheads nice and straight. If your hand is steadier than mine, I say go for it!

Accenting small accessories.

Adding nailhead trim is certainly a commitment, so if you aren’t quite ready to take the leap with bigger furnishings, start small. I mentioned window treatments earlier, but they still aren’t as small of a commitment as say, a lampshade, an office memo board, or some fabric-covered baskets or trays. If you’re the type of person who prefers to dip your toes in first to test the water, then you should definitely consider starting small.

How to use it

We’ve established that nailhead trim can be used in a variety of ways but there are some factors to consider before you start adding it to the space–especially if you’re going to do the work yourself. Color is one of those factors. The color of the nailhead trim plays an important part in how you want your pieces to appear. For example, silver-colored heads can soften a piece, by making it appear more feminine, while brass-colored heads give it a masculine edge.

Another factor to consider is fabric. If you are looking for a truly updated look, you will want to select a new fabric and reupholster any furniture with fabric while you are at it. You can even try adding quilt batting and wrap a luxurious fabric around a piece of furniture that you plan to add nail trim on that previously was only wooden, such as a headboard to create a totally new look for a minimal price.

Before you get started, it is important to remember that adding nailhead trim is not for amateurs. Each nail needs to be hammered individually and perfectly spaced, so choosing a professional to do the work might be the best choice. However, if you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, you might be up for the challenge. Either way, nailhead trim will give your home that added flair it deserves.

There are several tutorials that can be found online, including this one from Better Homes and Gardens, that can help you create a new masterpiece for your home. We look forward to you stopping in at Cutting Corners Dallas to choose fabric for your new nailhead trim project!

7 Tips For a Headache-Free Pet-Friendly Home Decorating

The pet-friendly design seems to be a trend that isn’t going anywhere–and since furry and feathered friends are often considered part of the family, why should it? Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice your style to make your pet (or pets) feel loved. The key is choosing the right materials that will accommodate your animals’ needs. Decorating your home with your pet in mind can make it a space you can enjoy as much as they can.

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Groom Your Pet Regularly

A good way to keep your home clean longer is to keep your four-legged friends bathed and groomed regularly. Good grooming minimizes loose hairs, which can end up on furniture, pillows, and curtains. A nail trim will help keep things from getting scratched up. Starting with something as simple as this is an easy way to maintain a cleaner home.

Use Stain-Resistant and Washable Fabrics

Luxurious fabrics like silk and velvet are lovely, but they can easily attract animal hair. Save those fabrics for more formal rooms and stick with fabrics like cotton, cotton blends, leather or microfiber fabrics. These are durable and easy to clean. Your local fabric supplier will be able to help you choose just what you need to keep up with your furry friends.

When it comes to your bed, cover your mattress with a protector pad, use cotton sheets, and consider getting a duvet cover. If your pet sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Having the ability to wash all of your bedding quickly at home will be a lifesaver.

Consider Hard Floors Over Carpet

If you already have carpet, you’re probably already used to cleaning it frequently. Carpet is like a sponge–soaking up stains, absorbing odors, and trapping pet hair–so if you don’t have it, lean toward wood floors, painted concrete, terrazzo, brick or tile, which are extremely durable and much more resistant to stains (and toenails). If you still prefer carpet, a low pile version will be easier to keep clean if there is an accident. Continuous loop carpet can also be problematic since a pet toenail can snag and unravel it, so try to avoid using it if possible.

But you may be thinking that your furry friend prefers a softer spot to take a nap or that your pet slides around too much on slick surfaces. This is where a good area rug comes into play. A good rule of thumb is to find a good low-pile indoor-outdoor rug. These types of rugs are incredibly fashionable these days, making them much more suitable for the inside of your home. Sisal or seagrass rugs are both good choices because they will go with any décor. They’re also cheap enough to toss if they get torn up. There are several other indoor-outdoor rugs to choose from as well that are both durable and affordable. To minimize the appearance of dirt, opt for a rug that has small patterns and is dark in color.

Tip: To keep wood floors and rugs looking their best for as long as possible, trim your pet’s nails regularly and keep toys, which encourage activity, in another area of the house.

Let Your Pet Inspire Your Color Palette

Matching colors around the house to your pet’s fur can be very practical. For example, you wouldn’t want to put a very light flooring down if you own a black lab. Instead, you’d want to go for a darker shade of brown or gray, which would help camouflage some of the fur. If you have a golden-colored pet, a microfiber in the shade of honey will make sense. You don’t have to do this, but it will help.

Avoid Decorating with Breakables

Animals and fragile items aren’t a good combination. One bat of a tail can easily send your favorite collectibles straight across the room. To avoid this from happening, consider displaying your breakables in a cabinet with glass-panel doors. You get to see them, but your pet can’t break them.

Keep Your Pet’s Lifestyle in Mind

If your pet goes outside frequently, consider having an area near the door designated for them. Have shelving or a cabinet for their leash, food, and towels to wipe them down before they enter the house. If you crate your animal during the day, consider camouflaging a crate within a side table or chest at the end of your bed. Click here to check out some of pet-projects that are easy and creative.

Opt for Tidier, More Attractive Treats and Toys

While dogs love to chew on treats like pig’s ears and rawhide bones, they aren’t the best for your pet or your home. Not only these treats smelly; they’re coated in nitrates that can easily leave greasy stains on your floors and furniture. To prevent this from happening, opt for toys made of durable rubber, or something soft, like a squeaky toy. For cats, make sure they have a scratching post or climbing tree of some kind. Online stores such as Wayfair and Hayneedle have nice selections of window perches, cat trees, and even cat shelves that are both colorful and stylish.

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Awesome Tips on Using Pinterest and Instagram for Home Design Projects

We live in a world that’s fueled by social media. No matter what social media platform you choose to follow (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc), it seems as though there’s no shortage of advice you can find (whether you’re looking or not).

Honestly, I don’t blame you if you’ve decided to forgo certain platforms (I’ve even considered minimizing how much I get involved). With that said, I do think that two platforms can be extra helpful when it comes to home decorating: Instagram and Pinterest.

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For those who aren’t familiar with either of those, here’s a brief rundown:

Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately to pre-approved followers.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful and creative ideas you find on the web.

You may be wondering–What do they possibly have to do with decorating? Well, both media platforms revolve around visuals–and visuals are very important when it comes to home decorating.

The great thing about Instagram and Pinterest is that they allow like-minded individuals to connect and share decorating inspiration. On a daily basis, you have the ability to discover new ideas and brands as well as ways to refine your design style.

It doesn’t really matter if you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a homeowner with money to spend–Instagram and Pinterest are two great social media platforms that can help turn your decorating dreams into reality. If you have the itch to begin a home project, consider looking into these two apps.

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When it comes to Instagram, all you can do is “follow” other people or designers. To find designers who share your style, all it really takes is a simple Google search. Scope out interior designers and decorators you like online and then click on the Instagram logo provided on their page. Once you choose to follow them, check your feed for the latest and greatest decorating ideas they have to offer.

To get you started, here are 10 of our favorites to follow:

  1. @greyandscout
  2. @homepolish
  3. @cococozy
  4. @witanddelight
  5. @amberinteriors
  6. @em_henderson
  7. @jennykomenda
  8. @hunted_interior
  9. @simplygrove
  10. @designsponge

Of course, you can follow home design and decorating websites such as HGTV, Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens as well.

Pinterest

The nice thing about Pinterest is that you can save images you like to virtual pinboards. If you’re starting a decorating project, here are 4 steps that can help you get your thoughts in order.

(1)  Create: Create your project boards then gather and pin ideas whether they come from other boards, websites, magazines or blogs. Sometimes the pins can look like clutter, making it hard to remember its purpose, so be sure to make notes on each pin as to what it was you liked about it. After a while, you’ll start seeing clarity as to where your project is headed.

(2)  Share: Social media is a wonderful tool, especially when it comes to sharing ideas. If you’d like to see how well your project would be received, share selected pins (or your entire board) on your Facebook page and ask your friends for feedback. If this isn’t a personal project, but a professional one, be sure to share your pins and board with any designer or client you are dealing with.

(3)  Downsize: Here’s where all that note taking will help. It’s time to downsize your boards to something more manageable and realistic. Start by looking over your pins. Are there things that need too much DIY work? If so, remove them. Is there something that exceeds your budget? Yes? Remove them or replace with an affordable alternative. A project will be much easier to start once you have a more streamlined approach.

(4)  Finalize: Now that you have filtered through the pins, your board should have only the images that truly reflect the result you want to achieve. Finalize any last minute tweaks, start making lists as to what you need, hit the store and get started on your new home design project!

With some many pinners out there, it might seem impossible to know where to start. Here is a short list of some pinners worth following:

  1. Robert Allen Design
  2. Miss Millionairess
  3. HGTV
  4. The Land of Nod
  5. Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Pantone

As stated earlier, there is a wealth of pinners out there, so just sit back and enjoy sorting through your favorite styles.

Come in to see us inside of SWITCH Consignment in Scottsdale, Az to pick out your favorite fabrics for your next project!

5 Design Tips on Making Most Out of Your Small Living Space

Houses come in all shapes and sizes. While there are several that provide more than enough living space, most others, aren’t so giving. And let’s not forget rental properties, which are even more limited in space than most small houses, yet surprisingly on the rise.

What does this mean? It means that these smaller spaces require a bit more creativity when it comes to decorating. If you live in mid-sized to small home (like myself) and are looking for ways to make the most out of your living space, this article is for you. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways you can make even the smallest square footage look and feel bigger than what it actually is. Let’s talk about what some of those are.

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Make sure your furniture earns its keep

If your living space is compact, every bit of square footage is important. If you’re shopping for furniture, make sure you buy pieces that actually fit your home. Using large-scale pieces in a small-scale area will only make the rooms look crowded. When possible, bring in furniture accented with glass. Instead of that wood coffee table, consider swapping it out for a table with a glass top. Glass front cabinets and bookcases also make things appear more open and surprisingly, less cluttered.

In addition to smaller furniture pieces, consider multi-functional furniture. Multi-functional furniture is a great way to achieve ample storage without sacrificing needed space. For instance, an ottoman can be used for both sitting or resting your feet. An ottoman with hidden storage, however, would be an even better purchase, since it gives you an extra nook to hide things out of sight. Other pieces that can serve dual purposes or save space include sliding bookcases, Murphy beds, pull-out or built-in work surfaces, chairs that convert into beds, stepping stools that convert into chairs, and adjustable-height, expanding, nesting, or fold-up tables.

Choose colors carefully

Colors can make or break a space–and while you’ve probably heard that dark colors absorb light, making a room look smaller–it’s not necessarily a rule you have to abide by. Yes, lighter colors do tend to give spaces the appearance of being larger. With that said, dark colors can work in small spaces. The key? Ample lighting. Lighting, whether natural or artificial, must be present if you want to avoid your place looking as though it’s been swallowed up by dark hues.

If you do go with softer colors (neutrals), however, keep in mind that beige is not your only option (no offense to those who love beige). Neutrals are so much more than that! Creams, whites, soft grays, and even pale blues and greens can be considered neutral. If you prefer your colors to have a more obvious impact than colors that come across more as a soft whisper, go for stronger neutrals such as charcoal gray, black, or navy.

When you ground the space with a large piece of furniture in a neutral color, you are left wide open with other possibilities when it comes to color. Same goes for your walls. Add it to the space with accent pillows, throws, area rugs, window treatments, lamps, artwork, and other accessories. Color is a wonderful thing, so make sure you bring some of it into your home!

Ditch the clutter

Want to know the main thing that can easily take over a home no matter what its size? Clutter.

Once surefire way to open your space up more is by clearing out what you don’t really need. In other words, purge, purge, purge! If you dislike it, trip over it, forget to dust it, or anything else along those lines, then it can probably go.

If you can’t part with something because it’s sentimental but can’t find a legitimate reason for displaying it, tuck it away someplace safe. If your sentimental item is an heirloom piece of furniture, display it if you can find a way. Many heirloom pieces can be used in different ways than what they were originally intended for, so get creative. Maybe it can be put to use in a different room. If it needs a facelift, give it one or hire someone to do the work for you. They don’t make pieces the way they used to, so if it’s special, try to hold onto it.

Increase the lighting

Lighting is an important element of design, but it is especially crucial when it comes to small spaces. If you don’t have many windows, then you’ll need to layer in additional lighting with lamps, sconces, and overhead fixtures.

To make that light spread, use mirrors. Mirrors, when placed in the right spot, can create the illusion of additional space because they are awesome at reflecting light. Great places to hang mirrors are over fireplaces and couches, behind open shelving, and opposite windows. Don’t worry about purchasing a gigantic mirror. Instead, buy a few smaller, inexpensive ones and stagger for a unique effect.

Renovate if you can

If there’s something that you’d like to change in your home, do it. Of course, you can’t do major renos if you’re a renter, but if you’re a homeowner, consider making some minor changes that could help make your space bigger. Sometimes, just by knocking down a wall to create a more open living and dining area will make a huge difference.

Whatever you decide to do, try to enjoy these little transformations. Making the most of what you have isn’t always easy, but in regards to small space design, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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

 

The Beauty and Charm of an Upholstered Headboard

It doesn’t matter whether your design style is traditional, modern, or something in between, an upholstered headboard is a crowning finish to any bedroom. Today, upholstered headboards are more available than they’ve ever been. While they can be bought ready-made, it’s relatively easy to upholster one on your own or have one custom made to fit your exact style.

The Beauty of an Upholstered Headboard

A Brief History of Headboards

Did you know that headboards were only available to royalty in its early origins? From what we can tell, the pictorial history of the headboard starts with the Egyptian pharaohs. Later on, headboards found popularity among the Greeks and the Romans. Next came the Middle Ages, where the bed became the most expensive and important piece of furniture in the home regardless of status. Flash forward to today and here we are with headboards in pretty much every home across America.

In the beginning, headboards were more for show than for comfort. Over time, they transitioned into pieces that served a more practical purpose. Thankfully, we live in an era where we can have the best of both–and the design possibilities are endless!

Benefits of an Upholstered Headboard

Of course, an upholstered headboard will bring beauty into your bedroom, but there are other benefits as well. Some of these include:

Comfort:  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to curl up to read a book unless I have something comfortable to prop me up. If you love sitting up to read a book–or even to watch TV in bed, then having an upholstered headboard will provide a lot of comfort for your head and back.

Style: You can do a lot to decorate a room. Pictures, lamps, rugs and other accents are nice, but there’s just something about an upholstered headboard that pulls the room together. When you have a fabulous headboard, dreaming up a bedroom design becomes much easier. Without a doubt, a headboard–upholstered or not–is the centerpiece of any successful bedroom design.

Protection: Over time, oils from your head can transfer onto the wall. Having a headboard there can add a level of protection to keep your wall from getting stained or ruined. It doesn’t hurt that an upholstered headboard is a comfortable resting place either.

Things to Consider

Before purchasing or designing an upholstered headboard, there are some factors to take into consideration:

  1. Size — Will it overpower the room? Is it too small to make a statement?
  2. Shape — Rectangle, stepped silhouette, camelback, curved, extended, wingback?
  3. Wall mount or bed frame attached
  4. Fabric selection, including color, weight, print, etc.
  5. Style (tufted, nailhead trim, etc)
  6. Height and width — tall or extended?
  7. Border (upholstered edge or frame)

Shapes and Styles of Upholstered Headboards

There are a variety of headboard shapes to choose from, which can include shapes such as rectangular, stepped silhouette, camel-back, curved (scalloped), curved notches, curved and angular notches, extended, and wingback. Each has their own appeal and can work with just about any design style thrown its way. In regards to the style of those shapes, two popular choices are tufted and framed.

Tufted is the most common upholstered headboard style. A headboard in a shape of your choosing is covered in padding and then upholstered with fabric. To get the tufted look, buttons are sewn deep into the fabric. Tufted styles give a rich appearance to a room and look amazing in fabrics such as velvet, satin or silk.

A framed headboard is the other popular style. Instead of the entire piece of wood being covered in fabric, only a portion is upholstered, with a wooden or metal frame surrounding the perimeter of it. You get the beauty and comfort in the middle, with the interesting exposed shape detail.

Other headboards are very simple, giving you clean, and minimal lines. In a nutshell, they are more modern in design. These headboards tend to have less padding, which gives them a flat appearance. To make them a little less modern looking, nailhead trim can be added to bring in a more masculine feel.

No matter which style of headboard you choose, your bedroom will look more beautiful and pulled together. If you aren’t sure which style will work best, speaking with an associate of a fabric or custom furniture supplier will help you narrow down your options so you get the best piece for your space.

If a custom headboard is in the budget, be sure to check out our selection of headboards which can be covered with any of our multi-purpose fabrics. If buying a custom headboard isn’t a practical investment at this time, there are several DIY video tutorials online that can guide you to create an eye-catching focal point all on your own.

When you are looking for headboard fabrics near you in Plano, TX, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Home Staging vs. Home Decorating: What’s the Difference?

If you think that home staging and home decorating are the same, you’re not alone. I, too, at one time used to think they were the same thing–but I learned later on that there are actual differences between them. In fact, not being clear on their definitions can influence how quickly you sell your home.

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Once you make the decision to sell your home it is important that you realize your home is no longer a home but rather a house on display for others to see, with a goal of selling a lifestyle–but not necessarily your lifestyle.

What do I mean? I mean that people have varying tastes and what looks good to you doesn’t always look good to others–and essentially, this is the distinction between decorating and staging.

Decorating is creating a space that suits your style. Staging is creating a space that lets potential buyers imagine how it can suit their style. In order for them to do this, they have to be willing to see your home as a blank canvas rather than as a reflection of the current residents.

Potential owners are looking for a home that is welcoming, functional, peaceful, and organized,  so you must tailor your home in a way that gives them that. Here are some ideas on how to make it happen:

  1. Cut back the clutter to minimize distraction
  2. Scale back your decorating style so it appeals to more people
  3. Try to create a calming space with a simple color scheme
  4. Freshen up any dated wall and furnishing colors
  5. Arrange furniture aesthetically
  6. Simplify the sentimental touches
  7. Keep finishes on fixtures neutral and classic
  8. Showcase cool architectural features

Remember, the goal is to think like a potential home buyer. Although being objective about your home and depersonalizing it can be challenging, it’s crucial if you want to sell it. If all else fails, talk with your realtor. He or she can often help with the staging process, or at the very least, put you in contact with a staging professional.

As you stage, consider adding custom pillows or a beautiful area rug for your pops of color. We have a variety of fabrics that can appeal to a variety of design styles.

How to Design the Perfect Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Teen bedroom designs have evolved quite a bit over the years. Not only are rooms looking trendier, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to colors, bedding, patterns, and more. Throw the ever-changing styles of young girls into the mix, and it may seem like decorating the perfect teen girl room is next to impossible. Thankfully, it’s not. Let’s talk for a bit about how you can give her an on-point room that will reflect your teen girl’s maturing style.

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Classics are classics for a reason

There’s nothing wrong with following a trend. In fact, there are plenty of cute decorating trends that are worth taking a closer look at (we’ll get into those later). With that said, trends can be tricky–and jumping on the bandwagon too quickly can get you into a decorating dilemma. Before the bedroom makeover, show your teen girl some of the classic patterns and materials that stand the test of time. Here are a few to consider:  

Chevron Patterns

Even though the popularity of chevron patterns may ebb and flow, they never go out of style. A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern that looks great on flooring and on accessories. If you have a girl that loves a bold look then chevron chic is the way to get it done. This pattern can make a really strong impact on a room, so it doesn’t take much before you verge on going overboard. Too much of a good thing can become problematic, so stick with using it in smaller doses.

Chevron is especially popular as an accent pattern on decorating accessories such as pillow, rugs, and curtains. It’s even a very popular pattern choice for flooring.If you aren’t planning on redoing the flooring in her room, though, your best bet is to incorporate the pattern by way of the accessories mentioned above. You can even use the pattern on the bedspread as long as you don’t saturate the space by using it too much elsewhere. Chevron patterns come in a variety of widths and colors, which makes it simple to find something she’ll really enjoy. Have a bold, shabby chic girl? Go for gold. Gold chevron fabric is super sophisticated and will look great pretty much anywhere you put it.

Animal Prints

For your girl that has some added flair, focus in on animal prints. Whether you venture on the bold side or stick with subtle colors, animal prints are the perfect way to add some fun to her space. One of the best places to add animal prints is on furniture. Faux gator, zebra or leopard patterns, made out of faux leather or suede, make great upholstery fabrics for chairs, cushions or ottomans.  If there aren’t many furnishings to reupholster, focus on the biggest piece in the room: the bed. A comforter made out of suede animal print will definitely make the bed the focal point of the room.

Silk Fabrics

The glamorous girl should be surrounded by silk. Two amazing fabrics that will make the perfect teen girl bedroom are taffeta and dupioni silk. When combined, the results are stunning. The natural bumps and impurities within dupioni silk make it a beautiful fabric for bedding. The smoothness of taffeta makes a lovely contrast when used for drapery throughout the room. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these fabrics so whether you use one or both, just have fun with it.

Recent Trends Worth Looking At

As mentioned earlier, there are some trends that are worthy of our attention. In fact, some of the trendy looks I’m seeing today are ones that could actually stick around for a very long time. Dare I say that some of them may become new classics?

One of the norms we see in teen girl rooms is candy-colors. There’s actually a lot you can do with that, so that’s not a bad thing. Today, however, we have more to work with and choose from. There are 10 newer trends that I think are fun, fresh, and funky:

  1. Food and large floral motifs
  2. Tassels
  3. Softer color palette
  4. Trendy rugs
  5. Faux Fur
  6. Pretty storage
  7. Pillow covers
  8. Hanging decor
  9. Mixing metallics
  10. Playful wall signage

If you’ve been to any home decorating stores I’m sure you’ve seen some, if not all, of these newer trends. They’re so cute and clever!

As you decorate your teen girl’s bedroom, keep some of these things in mind: 1) Most teenage girls love bold colors; 2) Painting the walls is a great way to incorporate change without having to completely overhaul the space; 3) Get her involved! Find out from your daughter if she wants a specific theme or color scheme. It is her space after all; 4) If there’s a special she’d enjoy for her room, consider having it custom made; and 5) Nice, doesn’t have to equal expensive. Look for sales and visit your local fabric store for materials and advice.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? Come by our Interior Fabrics location, for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! Don’t know where to start?  Our team has oodles of experience and can help guide you every step of the way.

7 Steps to Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions

General wear and tear is bound to happen on furniture–especially on items that are located in high-traffic areas of your home. When this happens to pieces like chairs, many people consider pitching them to the curb. This, however, isn’t always the best solution. In many cases, something simple like a chair can be revived with a little TLC.

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But why go through all the trouble of reupholstering when I can just go buy something new? you might ask. Well, for a variety of reasons, actually.

You’d be amazed at the transformation a piece of furniture can go through with some new fabric–but that’s not the only reason taking on a project like this can be worth your time and money.

Some other popular reasons people choose to reupholster furniture often include:

  1. Creative freedom in being able to design a custom piece of furniture for their home
  2. Opportunity to salvage a family heirloom that may have sentimental value
  3. Ability to have something unique that can’t be found in a store
  4. Opportunity to be environmentally friendly, keeping excess waste out of landfills
  5. It saves money
  6. Older furniture is better quality furniture
  7. The old stuff has a comfort that can’t be beat

The bottom line is that reupholstering furniture offers a lot of benefits. Many run-of-the-mill pieces you find at your local furniture stores are very cookie cutter. For variety, it’s nice to have some control over what pieces are displayed in your home. This is when reupholstering really comes in handy–especially if you have a special gem of a piece that’s too good to let go.

When it comes to smaller pieces, such as chairs, reupholstering is a much easier project than you may realize. In fact, when it only requires something like a cushion update, it ends up being a project you can totally do by yourself. Really!

Not only will you improve the chair’s look by recovering the cushion, you’ll save a lot of money as well. Before you know it, you’ll have a classic piece that looks stylish and new. Here are 7 step-by-step instructions on how to reupholster a removable chair cushion.

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric

Often times, the reason homeowners replace a piece of furniture is because the fabric is outdated. Visiting a fabric store like Fabric Resource opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to new choices. There will be multiple fabrics to browse through and speaking with an employee will help you find exactly what you want for your chair.

For one chair cushion, you’ll need approximately 1 to 2 yards of fabric to complete your project. If your chair also has a fabric back, you’ll need to make sure you account for that as well, which will at least double the amount of fabric you need. New to DIY? You may want to err on the side of caution and get a little extra fabric just in case you run into any problems.

Step 2: Remove the Seat (and back if it has one)

For this, you’ll need a screwdriver and either a staple remover or pair of needle-nose pliers. Turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. If your chair has a back that needs to be recovered as well remove it, too. Be sure to keep the screws handy for later.

Step 3: Change the Fabric

This can be done in two different ways. The first being to remove the old fabric and the second, to just cover it with the new fabric. There’s really no reason to remove it unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, but if you decide to, be sure to use a staple puller or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples. If you plan to just cover the old fabric, spread out your new fabric, place the seat on top, and then measure 4 to 5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. A piece of chalk works well for marking your lines. After the lines are marked, cut the fabric.

Step 4: Attach the Fabric

Make sure the seat is centered and that the pattern isn’t crooked before attaching it. Fold the fabric up and over the straightest side of the seat and begin to staple. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Keep the fabric tight so it doesn’t bunch. Repeat this with the opposite side of the seat, pulling the fabric firmly. If you make any mistakes, pull the staples and start over. Once those two sides are done, wrap the fabric around the remaining two.

Step 5: Pleat the Corners

Take the corner of the fabric and point it towards the center of the seat along the diagonal. Fold one side down alongside the diagonal and then fold the other side so you have a nice, straight pleat. Once you have it like you want it, staple it in place. Continue this for the remaining three corners.

Step 6: Apply the Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to wrap the project up. Trim any excess fabric, hammer in staples that aren’t flush and stain protect your seat.

Step 7: Reattach Seat

Now that you’re done, return the seat to the chair. Screw it back into place and enjoy your beautiful new chair(s).

Don’t have a piece to reupholster but like the idea of having a custom piece for your home? We can help! We carry a wide range of designer fabrics at discount, wholesale prices to save you money without sacrificing quality. But that’s not all! We also carry a variety of chairs to choose from that work with any design style. Stop by a showroom so we can personally help you with your selections or browse our products online from the convenience of your home.

4 Ways to Spring Up Your Home

Wash away the winter blues and get your home warm-weather ready. Here are a few tips to spruce up your home for the spring season.

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Perform a Paint Facelift

Applying fresh paint is certainly one of the easiest ways to spruce up a home. Spring is a time of newness, so opt for bright, vibrant colors as well as pastels. Let Mother Nature guide your color choices. Neutrals make a great foundation allowing for splashes of colors such as aqua blue and crisp green. In addition to the walls, try giving your front door a makeover as well. A fresh coat of paint on the door will increase the curb appeal and brighten up the entry. You’ll be amazed at how much impact a small amount of fresh paint around the house can make.

Bring in Lighter Fabrics and Furniture

There’s no better time than now to update that worn-out sofa or chair. If reupholstering is out of the budget, consider a slipcover in a lighter color. You could even bring in some outdoor furniture to mix it up. If you have heavy wool rugs throughout the home, swap them out for something lighter–or nothing at all. Replace bulky window treatments and bedding with something lighter and airy. Simply eliminating heavy textiles from your home will make your home feel brighter and spring-ready.

Change Up the Decor

After a long winter, many homeowners are tired of the decor on their walls and tables. Spring is the perfect time of year to give your home a fresh new look. Hang mirrors or art that reflects the season. Bring in more potted plants and flowers or display fresh fruit in bowls. Fresh soy-based candles or diffusers filled with essential oils will help breathe new life into your home.

Clean it Up!

Nothing says spring like a spring cleaning. Give everything a good scrub, dusting and wash to freshen things up. Clean out cabinets and purge items you don’t need or want anymore. Removing clutter and giving things a good clean can easily get your home in shape for the warmer months ahead.


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