Using Pillows and Rugs to Finish off Your Farmhouse Style

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, is that textiles play a huge role in bringing warmth and comfort into a farmhouse-styled interior. With all that shiplap and rustic wood, there needs to be something to soften the space–and that’s where textiles come into play. When we talk about textiles, we mean a type of cloth or woven fabric, which includes things like upholstery, window treatments, area rugs, pillows, and linens. While all of these items are a big part of the design style, we’re only going to focus on two: pillows and area rugs.

Why decorate with throw pillows?

In a nutshell, throw pillows are the easiest way to give your home’s interior an instant makeover. They add an extra layer of comfort, they help edit an existing color palette, and they provide visual interest when not much else is going on. While these certainly aren’t the only reasons you can benefit from them, they are important ones–especially for a farmhouse interior. We know that modern farmhouse style requires a neutral color palette, and pillows, are the way to incorporate those tiny splashes of color that keep the space feeling a bit more personal.

Why decorate with area rugs?

While area rugs are a wonderful way to protect your flooring, they are equally wonderful at pulling together a design style. Again, with farmhouse style’s neutral color palette, a large area rug can be that splash of color, pattern, or texture you need to fill the home with personality. For farmhouse design style, you can’t go wrong with natural fiber rugs such as sisal, jute, seagrass, and wool. With that said, don’t brush off synthetic fiber options because there are some really beautiful ones, such as this:

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As you work on your farmhouse interior–or any interior for that matter, we hope you’ll stop in our stores or browse our website to see what textiles we have to offer. If it’s farmhouse style you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. We now proudly carry the Joanna Gaines collection of pillows and rugs, which should make your style transition even easier.

Finding the Perfect Farmhouse Rug

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If you’re anything like me, the more choices there are, the harder it is to make a decision. This is especially challenging when it comes to farmhouse style rugs. Joanna Gaines makes it seem so easy, but to me–not so much. What we do know from Joanna is that a neutral palette is crucial to a successful modern farmhouse interior–so it only makes sense that we err on the side of caution and go neutral in the rug department. That doesn’t mean color is a total no-no, it just means you need to be a bit more selective on where you incorporate it. Unfortunately, the decision process doesn’t get much easier considering there is such a wide variety of farmhouse style rugs to choose from. Perhaps talking a bit about rugs, in general, will at least help you understand the best choices for a modern farmhouse interior.

In my opinion, the five best rug choices for a farmhouse style home are wool, jute, sisal, seagrass, and something made from polypropylene, viscose, or polyester. The first four are what we call natural fibers. The last few, however, are not–but we’ll talk about that later.

Natural fiber rugs are wonderful. Not only are they environmentally friendly, their casual elegance can blend in with any design style. Here’s a quick rundown on the natural fiber rugs mentioned above:

  • Wool: Sustainable, durable, fire resistant, spill resistant, and vibrant when dyed
  • Jute: Exceptionally soft, but not typically durable enough for high-traffic areas
  • Sisal: Very tough and durable, but easily stainable because of its absorbency
  • Seagrass: Non-porous, full of texture, stain-resistant, durable, and easy on bare feet

Although polypropylene, viscose, and polyester are synthetic fibers, they still have some excellent benefits. They are durable, inexpensive and easy to maintain. When it comes to rugs, they tend to have soft, luxurious look with notable high luster. They also hold bright colors. They are naturally mold- and mildew-resistant and easy to clean. Because they are more sensitive fibers, however, rugs made of these materials are best used in lower-traffic areas.

As mentioned earlier, we know farmhouse style revolves around a neutral palette–but an area rug can be the perfect way to add a splash of color if you don’t have much in the space. Recently, Joanna branched out and created her own collection of area rugs that you can check out on our website. It’s a gorgeous collection and there’s no doubt you’ll find something that will work perfectly in your farmhouse home.

8 Reasons We Adore Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines are probably the cutest home decorating duo to ever grace our television screens. If you’ve watched the show, then you’re familiar with the couple’s before-and-after renovations, which encompass Joanna’s modern farmhouse style. As a couple, however, there’s so much more you may not know. Here are reasons we find Chip and Joanna endearing and fascinating to watch.

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1. Both are graduates of Baylor University in Waco, Texas–however, they never actually met while attending. The couple was honored in 2015 as Baylor’s ‘Alumni of the Year’ for their remarkable achievement.

2. They have a “meet-cute” romance. Chip frequented an auto repair shop owned by Joanna’s father. After seeing her in a family photo behind the counter, Chip knew she was the one for him. It wasn’t until a later visit that he got to meet and charm her with his sense of humor. Two years later they were married. The rest is history.

3. Chip got bit by the reno bug first. Chip began flipping houses before graduating college. Later, when he met Joanna, she became hooked on the concept renovating undervalued properties for profit. Once Joanna got the hang of her design style, it didn’t take long for her insight to become part of Chip’s reality. Now, they own the multifaceted Magnolia, which includes Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Farms, and Magnolia Market.

4. Their first–and current–home were fixer-uppers. Chip and Joanna bought a fixer-upper shortly after they were married. Today, they live in a 100-year-old Victorian farmhouse, which was also a fixer-upper. The two transformed the small, two-bedroom house into the beautiful home it is today. The house is set on 40 acres of land and is home to approximately 60 animals.

5. They put the brakes on Magnolia Market for a while. Joanna initially opened Magnolia Market in 2003 with the intent of it being her own business–but after their first two kids came along, the couple closed it down so they could focus on growing and raising their family. They did, however, continue to work their Magnolia Homes construction business, which developed their skills as a team. After an 11-year break, Magnolia Market opened to the public in 2014.

6. They’re TV stars who don’t even own a TV. A six-month challenge of no TV in the beginning of their marriage turned into something permanent. They still haven’t gotten around to buying one and they seem to be perfectly content with it.

7. They’re devoted to their faith and family. Not only are they strong in their faith, they have four beautiful children named Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie. Nuff said.

8. She makes mistakes! Joanna’s first big failure was when she had their first high-end flip painted without testing samples. What was supposed to be a tan stucco color, turned out to be more along the lines of mustard yellow. Lesson learned.

The Importance of Rugs in Your Farmhouse Design

If you love HGTV star Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse decorating style, then you’re sure to love her new rug line. If you haven’t heard, the collection is finally complete and available for purchase. What we love so much about Joanna is her consistency to produce a style that is simple, fresh, and timeless. Therefore, it’s no surprise that her rugs reflect that.

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When it comes to decorating a home, rugs tend to be one of the items that get overlooked–and it’s a shame since they bring so much to a home’s interior. It’s important to remember that area rugs are such an integral part of decorating–no matter what your design style.

Rugs provide a variety of benefits. They can change the feel of a room. They can define a space in open floor plans. They can liven a space with color or bring it back down to earth when it’s too bold. They provide protection for your floors. They add warmth and texture. The list goes on…

To ensure you get the most out of your investment, it’s important to make sure the rug fits the space properly. Rugs should cover a larger area than your furniture covers. In other words, your chairs and sofa should fit within the area of the rug. If you’re placing a rug in the bedroom, it should fit under the bed, extending far enough on both sides.

If your favor Joanna’s modern farmhouse style, your rug choice should be carefully thought out. When your furniture and decor is neutral, let your rug be the showstopper. If the furniture is bold, choose a rug blends in with its environment. The goal is to add color and texture in a way that stays true to the design style.

We are pleased to announce that we have Joanna’s collection of rugs available for our clients. Be sure to browse this gorgeous collection, which is sure to provide your farmhouse decorating style the finishing touch it needs.

 

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.

Visit us online or at one of our retail locations. Live in Arizona? Come see us at either of our two Mesa, Az area locations located inside of SWITCH Consignment to check out the latest designer upholstery fabrics available at amazing prices including faux leather and suede, cotton, and silks.

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!


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