5 Textiles Needed to Achieve Farmhouse Style: The Joanna Gaines’ Way

Anyone familiar with Joanna Gaines knows she has a knack for creating modern farmhouse spaces that are warm and welcoming. One would think that the abundant use of shiplap and rustic woods throughout the homes she and husband, Chip, remodel would look cold and stark, but they don’t. The finished product always remains soft and comfortable. The secret? Textiles! Let’s talk about 5 important textile uses for achieving Joanna Gaines’ Fixer Upper style in your home.

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Window Treatments

Window treatments are a wonderful way to add softness to a modern farmhouse home. No-nonsense cotton in neutral shades, linen, and burlap are all wonderful choices. To keep that casual and comfortable look, make sure you hang drapery high, letting the bottom pool slightly on the floor. Roman shades are another great option. If you go with a patterned fabric, choose something that blends in nicely with the rest of the palette.

Upholstery

When it comes to furniture in a rustic farmhouse, the goal is to keep it looking clean but inviting. This is easy to when furniture is upholstered in soft, muted neutrals. Another suggestion would be to invest in a fitted white or ivory slipcover. To ensure farmhouse style comfort, opt for a natural cotton fabric.

Accent Pillows

To top off that comfortable furniture, buy some quality accent pillows. Muted colors are best to keep with the simplistic theme farmhouse style is so well known for. To get you started, we now carry a gorgeous selection of pillows from Joanna’s collection.

Rugs

Area rugs protect your floor but they also add an extra layer of color and texture to a room. If the majority of the space is neutral, you may want to go a tad bit bolder on the rug choice. If not, stick with something that blends into the environment. Joanna has great style when it comes to rugs and we’re excited that we have her collection available for you to purchase for your home.

Towels

Plush, luxurious towels are a definite way to finish off that Fixer Upper farmhouse style in your home. Not only do they look good, they feel good!

See how important textiles are? When incorporated properly, you’ll have a home that Joanna herself would approve of.

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Using Textiles to Create Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper Style

Have you ever given much thought on the importance of textiles in the home? If you really think about it, textiles are what help you to fully achieve your decorating style. You can get really close, but the textiles you choose are what wraps the style up with a nice little bow. They are what make a home touchable, livable, inviting…

Without them, a home is left looking hard and cold.

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Let’s talk about 5 ways you can create the Fixer Upper look by using textiles. Doing so will allow you to mimic Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse style in your home.

Upholstery

Farmhouse style is all about looking clean but inviting. To achieve that look, think slipcovers in shades of white or ivory. Go for a natural cotton fabric so you get that comfort this style is known for. Slipcovers aren’t your only option, though. Simply purchasing sofas and chairs in warm, muted neutral colors (patterned or solid) will work just as well.

Window Treatments

Nothing says farmhouse style like breezy, ceiling-to-floor window treatments. Opt for white, ivory, or something else that falls into the neutral realm. Cotton or cotton blends are no-nonsense, but you can even go with linen or burlap, which is just as easy. Another option is to go with a Roman shade. It doesn’t matter if your choice is solid or patterned–just make sure it doesn’t stray far from the color palette.

Rugs

Rugs do more than just protect your floors–they’re also a great way to layer in more color and texture. If you’ve watched the show, or have visited Magnolia Market, you know Joanna is a fan of rugs. When it comes to farmhouse style, the object is to remain more subtle than bold–but that doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of color. If an area rug is going to be the prime accent for a pop of color, go for it. Otherwise, be selective, favoring rugs that blend with its environment. We are so excited to now carry the Joanna Gaines rug collection for our customers!

Decorative Pillows

Pillows are a fun and easy way to elevate farmhouse style in your home. Again, staying with muted neutral colors are the best way to go in keeping the simplistic look. Be sure to browse Joanna’s gorgeous pillow collection now available at our store.

Towels

One last way to finish up your Fixer Upper look is to stock the bathroom with plain white towels. The plusher the better!

Now that we’ve talked about textiles it’s easier to see how important they are when decorating your home. Start small and then build as you go. Before you know it, you’ll have a home that looks like Joanna herself decorated it–well, almost.

When you are looking for upholstery fabric near you in Keller, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, light weight cotton fabrics, luxurious Dupioni Silks, as well as the new line of Joanna Gaines Home Decor and rugs!

Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Since Pantone’s introduction of the Color of the Year in 2000, we’ve seen a variety of hues that have captured our attention. Each year, the color has been reflective of our cultural climate–and this year is no different.

As a society, we have reached a crescendo in the “going green” movement. A greater majority are seeking to unplug from the busyness of life in order to reconnect with what’s real. This mindset has influenced the way people live, what they eat, how they decorate their home, and how they look at the planet as a whole. Pantone has once again taken note and picked a color truly reflective of where we are today.

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Meet Greeny–a fresh and zesty color that signals us to restore, replenish, recharge, and reconnect. Greenery is a hue that represents new beginnings; an awakening. It’s meant to stir us to purge out the excess so we can hone in on the most important things in life.

Pantone says, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”

In addition to Greenery, nine other colors can be found in new color palette. They include Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Pink Yarrow, Kale , and Hazelnut.

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Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute states that the 2017 Spring Color Report “evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling” because the hues are reminiscent of those that surround us in nature.

Decorating with Greenery

Greenery is certainly a color that will allow you to bring the feel of the great outdoors inside the home. This color is so versatile, it can be used in numerous ways, including paint, accent furniture, and home accessories, to name a few. Create a botanical theme, go bold with a single large upholstered piece, or simply use Greenery in small doses for pops of color throughout the space.

Here are two fabrics we offer that can help you get the look:

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Looking for a great designer fabric at an affordable price? Take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Austin, Tx for great deals on all kinds of fabrics fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Styling Your Home the Joanna Gaines Way

Chip and Joanna Gaines seem to have swept the nation with modern farmhouse style. As the stars of HGTV’s show, “Fixer Upper”, this husband and wife team turn Waco’s most undesirable homes into things of beauty. What many people don’t know, however, is that these two were renovating rundown properties several years before HGTV made them a household name. The couple even owns a handful of businesses, which include Magnolia Farms, Magnolia Homes, and Magnolia Market.

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Through the years, Joanna has been able to perfect her design style, which is clearly a blend of old and new. This rustic-meets-modern is a look many people are desiring for their home–and it’s no wonder.  The end result is simple, fresh, inviting–and actually easier to attain than you may realize. Here are 4 tips for styling your home the Joanna Gaines way.

Neutral Colors are a Must

You can’t get the light and airy feel of Joanna’s style unless you nix the dark colors. For a calming and casual atmosphere, create a neutral palette. Build a foundation using soft shades of brown, gray, beige, and white (lots and lots of white). When Joanna does add color, she typically sticks with soothing colors, such as sea green or sky blue.

Create Harmony with Vintage & Modern

Joanna has a knack for creating that perfect balance of old and new. This is what keeps the home looking fresh and inviting–and it’s key to getting the end result just right. If you don’t have distressed furnishings on hand, don’t worry. You can easily sand painted surfaces to give a piece a worn out look. Another option is to bring in some vintage farm equipment, which is something Joanna often uses for decor. Also consider using things like old windows, glass jars, used books, and worn trunks in your space. Most items can be found at flea markets, antique stores, or the local thrift shop.

Get in Touch with Nature

A big part of Joanna’s style is bringing the outdoors inside the home. Branches, herbs, pine cones, and flowers are just some gifts from nature that can be used in your decor. Display them in pots, clear vases, mason jars, or anything else that will suit the style.

Pour on the Texture

If you’ve seen the show, you know how much Joanna talks about texture. Her favorite, shiplap, is just one way you can go with this. Barn wood floors, aged leather, brick accents, antiqued furnishings (think farmhouse table), linen drapes, and textured mirrors are some other ways you can get that textural look she’s so fond of.

Ready to add some modern farmhouse style to your home? Be sure to check out the Joanna Gaines rug and pillow collection on our webiste!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Great Ideas For What to Do With a Worn Out Sofa

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I’ve seen worn out sofas in all sorts of random places–on the street, on lawns, and even in parking lots. When it comes to upholstered pieces, figuring out what to do with them once they hit a certain age can be a challenge. If you have an old or worn-out sofa you need to decide if it’s time to reuse, recycle or replace it. Here’s how to decide which is the best decision for you.

REUSE IT. If the sofa has good bones, there’s really no reason for tossing it. Instead, think about giving it a good spruce-up. Have it thoroughly cleaned to get out old stains and set-in odors. Buy a new throw or some updated accent pillows to give it an updated look. You can even slipcover it! If it’s still usable, consider moving it to a secondary space, such as a guest room, game room, basement or garage. Be sure to cover all of your options before getting rid of it for good.

Another option is having your sofa reupholstered. You can either do it yourself or leave it to a professional. There is a plethora of fabric at your disposal, so don’t discount this option. Yes, a professional reupholster can cost as much, if not more, than a new sofa, but you’ll end up with a custom piece that will never have to see a landfill.

RECYCLE IT. Did you know that you can have your sofa recycled? I didn’t either, until recently. Since it does require extensive labor for the process, your options may be few–however, you can check out places like Earth911.com to see where you can go. If all else fails, you can dismantle the sofa and then take individual pieces to various recycling facilities.

REPLACE IT. If you have to replace your worn out sofa, you have a couple of options: sell it or donate it. If the piece is clean and sturdy, there’s a pretty good guarantee that you can sell it–for a little bit of money, anyway. Post some pictures on Craigslist or check for local buy-sell-trade pages on Facebook. If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day.

If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day. You could even check with friends and family who may be in need. Perhaps they know of a college student who could use some extra seating in their dorm. And don’t forget about places like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or local churches.

 

 

12 Simple Holiday Decorating Tips

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The holidays are a time to be enjoyed, but all too often people find themselves in a rush to decorate their homes perfectly. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to get your home holiday-ready–seriously! In fact, you can create an abundance of cheer easily. Here are some tips to help you out.

1. Use what you already have. Create a unique color palette by using what you’ve got right there at home. There’s no rule that says the only holiday colors you can use are red and green!

2. Change the candlesticks. Swap out your current candlesticks for festive ones fitting for the holiday. Match them with your table linens if possible for an extra splash of style.

3. Decorate with sweet treats. Create a vignette of sweet treats such as candy canes, cupcakes, and chocolate kisses in various glass containers (i.e. cake plates, apothecary jars, etc) on a section of countertop.

4. Add personal touches with fabrics. Sew up a festive pillow cover or simply cut out shapes of snowflakes, birds or angels to nestle into a tree or wreath. Tip: For outdoor use, opt for felt or something synthetic–both are durable enough to withstand the cold elements.

5. Display ornaments in bowls. Glass ball ornaments in a bowl are not only simple, it looks good and doesn’t cost much.

6. Spread out sprigs of green. Sprigs of pine tree needles can add some holiday cheer when tucked in unexpected areas.

7. Use presents as decor. Take some of your holiday presents and arrange them artfully in other areas of the home. You could even wrap up some empty boxes with plain brown paper and string for a classic look.

8. Merry up your mailbox. Wrap a pretty swag of pine around your mailbox post is simple yet pretty–especially when you enhance it with pinecones and red accents.

9. DIY ornaments. Take some plain ball ornaments and get to work with some glue, glitter, buttons, beads, seashells–or whatever else will hint at past memories.

10. Hang mini wreaths indoors. A large wreath is beautiful on the front door, but why not add some of that fragrant beauty inside? Mini fir wreaths hung from windows in sitting areas are certainly festive. If it’s color you seek, opt for mini cranberry wreaths.

11. Choose glittering accents. Surfaces that catch the light will easily add sparkle to the room.

12. Have a Santa nearby. No matter how you decorate your home, there’s one guy your home shouldn’t be left without–Santa Claus!

How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home is on the Market

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There’s no reason to halt your holiday decorating simply because your home is on the market. You can still celebrate the season–no matter what the holiday–while keeping your home appealing to potential buyers. Here’s how.

1. Nix the excess clutter. If your house is already full of…stuff, then excess decorations are only going to make the buyer’s head spin. A good rule of thumb, no matter what time of year you’re selling, is to give the house a good cleaning and decluttering.

2. Pay attention to proportions. From Christmas trees to American flags and everything in between–proportions are important. The last thing you want is a piece of decor so big it distracts buyers from focusing on what’s really important: the home’s best features. It’s okay to be festive but do so in a tasteful way that still honors the value of your home.

3. Appeal to their sense of smell. It seems like each season or holiday has a signature scent. Candles can be nice but overpowering, so be selective in your choices. Essential oils may be a better option and several companies offer blends ideal for fall and winter holidays. Fresh cut flowers are a perfect fragrant choice if you’re selling in the warmer months. Selling in the fall or winter? Cookies in the oven, a basket of spice-scented pinecones, a fresh wreath, and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove, are a handful of ways to keep the smell subtle and natural.

4. Showcase the best features. Showcase the best selling points of your home by accentuating them with your decorations. If you have an impressive staircase in the entryway, a beautiful archway, a decorative front door, or a gorgeous fireplace and mantle, be sure to decorate in a way that will draw the eye. Remember–you don’t want to over-decorate the feature to where it takes away from its beauty. Keep it simple and tasteful, with a less-is-more mentality.

5. Coordinate with the rest of the decor. When decorating, be sure to maintain a color-coordinated design scheme. The goal is to appeal to a variety of buyers. Instead of clashing with the other colors in your room, find holiday decorations that will help you achieve a harmonious look. With the abundance of decorations available at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that blends in with what you currently have.

 

 

Giving Your Child Creative Freedom with Their Bedroom

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If you have children, you are fully aware of the stage of independence. All of a sudden, your little one has a voice–and it’s one that needs to be listened to. When it comes to decorating your home, you may not feel comfortable with them giving input in the entire decorating process, and that’s okay. You should, however, try to give them creative freedom in smaller doses–like the bedroom. Being able to have some input on their personal space will not only make them feel like a valued member of the family, it’ll also make them a much happier child. Here are some ways you can give your child creative freedom (while still maintaining a little control).

Let them choose the color palette. Ultimately, you have the final say, but there’s really no harm in letting your child pick the colors for their room. Take a trip together to the hardware store and let them choose their favorite paint swatches. It’s almost a guarantee that he or she will hand you some crazy colors–but that’s okay. Have them narrow it down to their top three and work from there. If the color is way over the top, pull a few toned down swatches of their top choices, telling them those brighter colors can be brought in with a wall mural, painted furniture, or accents.

Fabric choices also fall into the realm of the color palette. Take a fun trip to the fabric store, letting your little one point out some of their favorites. Since they’ll be the one spending the most time in the space, it’s important that they have fabrics they enjoy. To make things easier narrow down a variety of textures, patterns, and colors for them to choose from.

Skip the themes. Sure, themes can be cute and fun, but they don’t leave you much room for change. Instead of letting your child decorate their room top to bottom in a theme, guide them to pick small theme-like things as a compromise. Get that pillow with an airplane or princess crown on it, or hang an animal or superhero poster on the wall. This will give them much more room for creativity and flexibility in the long run.

Allow them to display things they like to look at. As long as it’s appropriate, and as long as there’s enough wall space, nothing is really off limits. Names displayed with wooden letters, favorite cartoon characters, handmade collages, sports memorabilia, bowls of collected rocks–these are just some of the ways they can let their personalities shine.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll have one happy kid and the satisfaction of knowing that they are truly pleased with their space.

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorations

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Making your home look festive for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. This year, start a new tradition of substituting the expensive ready-made decorations for creative and less costly ones. A simple trip to the craft store and a stroll through your kitchen is all it really takes to make your home feel warm and merry. Read on for 5 inventive combinations to try this season.

1. Sweet treats + glass containers. Display some of your favorite holiday treats in glass containers you have in your kitchen. Top off a cake stand with iced cookies or cupcakes, arrange candy canes arranged like flowers in a vase, fill a decorative bottle or jar with colorful, holiday-wrapped chocolate kisses. Arranging them as a vignette will make it an irresistible display.

2. Ornaments + bowls. Glass ball ornaments are typically inexpensive and come in a rainbow of colors. It’s possible you already have some stashed in a closet or the attic. Create an eye-catching display by piling a bunch of them in a large decorative bowl. You can even add some tinsel, beads, and greenery to the mix if you’d like. It’s an easy way to add a splash of festive fun to your tabletops or mantle.

3. Greenery + scraps of trim. Continue wrapping that banister with garland–but instead, opt for scraps of ribbon or fabric rather than those large bows. Not only do the cost of those bows add up, they’re all the same. With scraps of ribbon and fabric, you can personalize your holiday garland in a new way.

4. Wrapping paper + ribbon + greenery. With all the gift giving going on, why not utilize some of that extra wrapping paper for decorating purposes? Wrap up some empty boxes and use them for decor. Keep it colorful by using a variety of papers or stick with a classic brown paper and string. It doesn’t matter if you stack them or scatter them–just make sure you have some greenery nearby for an ultra-festive look.

5. Knit stockings + wooden letters. Nice Christmas stockings can add up, especially if you have a large family. Furthermore, it can be hard to find ones that blend pleasantly with your decor. This year, consider cable knit stockings in solid colors. While you can find them pre-made at stores such as Land’s End and Target, you can also make them yourself by using old sweaters found at thrift stores, or even, your own closet. Grab some small wooden letters–one for the first initial of everyone’s name–and attach them to the top. You can even glue on some colorful buttons to make them even more personalized.

10 Helpful Tips for Apartment Decorating

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While decorating an apartment can be challenging, it’s not impossible. Apartments are typically considered temporary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put in the effort to make it a place you’re proud to call home. Whether you’re new to apartment living, or a pro, here are 10 helpful tips to make decorating your apartment easier and enjoyable.

1. Paint! This is often a tough one for apartment dwellers. In most cases, landlords frown upon putting paint on the wall–many even threatening to keep your security deposit. While you may hate to lose the money, painting is a risk worth taking. Paint is an easy way to breathe life into the space, all the while expressing your personality and style. If your landlord is forgiving, perhaps he or she could give you a quart of the original paint so you can return it to how it was before you move out.

If you aren’t willing to take the risk, consider creating a feature wall with fabric. Fabric on walls is just as easy to put up as it is to take down (it’s the less-stress version of wallpaper). If that’s still too much for you, create some oversized fabric panels to hang side-by-side.

2. Hang proper window treatments. Skip the cheap panels and opt for something a bit more sophisticated and grown up. Simply hanging nice window treatments can make a world of difference. If possible, invest in something that you’ll be able to take with you if you move.

3. Add trim for details. While it may seem like a small thing, decorative trim can really make a big impact. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it also adds a touch of character to plain pieces. It doesn’t matter if you sew it on or opt for patterned tape trim, a little detail goes a long way.

4. Keep it neutral. To some, a neutral palette may seem boring, but it’s anything but! A neutral color palette sets the stage for pops of color to really shine. Plus, it makes it easy to change colorful accents out on a whim. If you prefer monochromatic all around, mix up your neutrals by focusing on a variety of patterns and textures to keep it from looking stale.

5. Add style underfoot. Area rugs add a layer of style to your place as well as a layer of protection to your floors. They are also great at helping to define a space, which is something you generally need to do in open apartment floorplans.

6. Reupholster something. Don’t pitch those hand-me-down chairs just yet! Instead, give them new life with some new fabric and stuffing. Reupholstering a piece of furniture is certainly an investment, but one that’s well worth it.

7. Avoid bare walls. Hanging wall art doesn’t require much effort, so be sure to give them some focus. Blow up personal photos for framing, find some cool prints and paintings from estate sales and thrift stores, or get creative and make your own. Just don’t neglect your walls.

8. Bring in curves. Adding in round tables or sofas with curved arms can help soften that strong, boxy look most apartments have.

9. Update the lighting. You may not be able to do this in your apartment, but if the landlord lets you, by all means, go for it. Simply changing the light fixture over the dining table or in the bathroom can easily transform the area.

10. Invest in good linens. After a long, hard day of work, the bedroom should serve as a relaxing retreat. Skimp in other areas (if you must) to make sure you a good mattress and nice linens to come home to–both, will make all the difference in the world.

 


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