5 Decorating Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

Buying your first house is liberating–but turning it into an inviting home can be challenging. Here are some decorating tips that can make the process much easier.

1. Give your current residence a good purge. There’s no reason to take everything to the new house if you don’t have to. Get ahead of the game by purging unnecessary items from where you currently live before you make an offer on a new place. Go through everything you have and get rid of at least 25 to 50 percent of old, unusable stuff. If there’s anything that could sell, then sell it and put the money toward something new in your new home. This is your chance to downsize and start over so take advantage of it.

decorating-tips-first-time-home-buyer-austin2. Furnish the bedroom first. Sure, your close friends will probably want to stop by, but in the beginning, you can get away with some folding chairs. Since you’ll be spending more time in the bedroom, make this your first priority. Invest in a good mattress and purchase some quality bedding. Add coordinating window treatments and spruce up the light fixtures if you’re able. If you have a little room to splurge, this is definitely the place to do it.

3. Buy a little at a time. Don’t buy everything all at once. Instead, live in your home for a few months before making any major purchases. Pay attention to how you actually live in the house and then base your purchases on that. What you had in mind for the home might end up needing to change. Take your time to ensure your house will work in the manner you need it to.

4. Go for complementary, rather than matching. Contrary to what the local furniture store advertises, you absolutely do not have to match all of your furniture. Sure, it may seem easier to buy the matching living room suite, but will it fit your personality and style? Instead of being generic, be unique and pick pieces that show your personal taste.

5. Unify the design with color. Let’s say you have some hand-me-down pieces that you need to use for the interim and they don’t really go together. Find a common color and then bring in a few more items with that color to make it look like it goes together. You’d be amazed what a single color can do to unify a room.

Let us help you decorate your new home. Stop in or view our fabrics online when it’s time to dress your bed or bring texture, pattern or color to the space.

What to Look For in a Rug If You Have Pets

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Pets are part of the family–and although we love them, we love our floors, too. Our four-legged friends can wear even the sturdiest of flooring down, so it’s important to protect it as best as we can. It’s situations such as these that make having an area rug or two (or three or four) a necessity. Instead of laying down pet-resistant carpet all over your home, protect your flooring with style. Here are some tips on what to look for when it comes to pet-friendly rugs.

Tip #1: Consider an Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Indoor-outdoor rugs are incredibly fashionable these days, making them more than suitable for the inside of your home. You can find so many styles of indoor-outdoor rugs it’d be hard NOT to find one that complements the interior of your home.

These rugs are durable, yet soft on the feet, and very easy to clean. It’s no wonder they are a popular choice among pet owners. The fact that they aren’t as expensive as other area rugs make them popular for people who don’t have pets as well.

Tip #2: Stick with Small Patterns

Patterned rugs are a great choice whether your have pets or not. With that said, if you do have pets, then your best bet is to stick with rugs that have small patterns. Big patterns with large exposed areas of solid colors are beautiful, but they aren’t very good at disguising dirt and other stains our beloved critters bring. Additional tip: opt for patterns in darker colors, as light colors show everything.

Tip #3: Keep it Low

As in low pile. A low pile rug will sustain less damage than a higher pile one. Animals–especially cats–like to dig, and you can expect them to do just that if you purchase a fluffy rug. Low-pile rugs can be just as soft as high-pile ones, so don’t think you can’t find something comfortable. Shop around and you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste.

Tip #4: Be Mindful of Material

There are several fibers to choose from when it comes to rugs, but there are a few that stand out as being the best option for your pets. The first is seagrass. Not only do they look great, they are water resistant. Additionally, they aren’t overly expensive, so it wouldn’t be too bad to replace if needed. The second is wool. Wool area rugs are durable, easy to clean and come in a variety of colors and patterns. With that said, they are definitely a big investment. The third option is nylon. A 100% nylon rug is a wonderful option. While they can cost more than a wool rug, they can easily be freshened up with a good steam clean.

Having a pet-friendly rug around will certainly make your home more comfortable for your furry friend(s). Be sure to check out our selection of area rugs to see what we have to offer you and your pet.

10 Ways to Decorate Like Joanna Gaines

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Ever wondered if there’s anything Joanna Gaines can’t do? I know I sure have! I go into every episode of Fixer Upper knowing exactly what will happen–and yet I find myself in complete awe at the end reveal. If you’ve fallen in love with Joanna’s signature [modern] farmhouse style, but can’t hold out until she and Chip come knocking on your door, you’ll just have to take matters into your own hands. Here are 10 ways how:

1. Unearth the shiplap. If you have an older home, there’s a good possibility you’ll find those rough-sawed wood boards behind the drywall. For those who don’t have shiplap but want it, nail pine boards with tongue-and-groove edges to the wall. Don’t forget the white paint!

2. Hang vintage-inspired lighting. Galvanized pendants are a great place to start. Not only do they look cool, they’ll go with everything. Another option: iron.

3. Slipcover your seating. To get that comfortable, lived-in look Joanna is so fond of, get some custom fit slipcovers for your sofa and chairs. As long as they’re machine washable, there should be no fear in buying them in white.

4. Ditch the cabinets. There are some beautiful choices when it comes to kitchen cabinets, but if you want that breezy, no-fuss look in the kitchen, put up some open shelving. Chip and Joanna are fans of cedar but ultimately, you should go with a wood that suits your taste.

5. Use black and white bathroom tile. Black and white tile, especially when it’s formed into a graphic pattern, is a surefire way to spruce up the bathroom–especially if there’s a freestanding tub involved.

6. Knock down some walls. Farmhouse style is all about an open concept floor plan. Thankfully, Joanna has a knack for clearly defining specific areas throughout.

7. Install an apron front sink. An apron front sink is almost mandatory in a Fixer Upper house. Joanna often gives its charming style an updated look with modern touches.

8. Stick with a light color palette. Neutral colors–mainly white, with some creams, soft blues and grays thrown in–keep the home looking cohesive and fresh.

9. Hang vintage or architectural salvage pieces. Joanna often finishes off the walls with oversized vintage signs or wall words of some kind. You may even see old windows or doors upcycled into something wall-worthy. Oh, and a large clock is a must.

10. Get a farmhouse table for your dining area. The farmhouse table is definitely a signature piece for this design style. To elevate the look, opt for metal cafe chairs in a different color rather than matching wood chairs.

Be sure to check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

8 Must-Haves for a Fixer Upper Home

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I’m a fan of farmhouse style but I don’t see a visit from Chip and Joanna Gaines happening anytime soon. Thankfully, there are some trademark characteristics of Joanna’s style, that can be
incorporated into your home. Here are 8 must-haves for getting your home to Fixer Upper status.

1. Outdoor appeal galore. A true Fixer Upper home has endless amounts of curb appeal. Curvy driveways, a fabulous front door, wooden rocking chairs, a porch swing, and window boxes overflowing with flowers and greenery, are just a handful of ways you can get the look.

2. Functional entryway. Whether it’s the entryway or a mudroom it has got to be functional and family-friendly. Think benches accented with pillows and cubbies for baskets. Not only does it look good, it’ll give you a leg up on the organization.

3. Cool wall decor. Farmhouse style is a bit different when it comes to wall decor. To get the look, think magnolia wreaths, vintage mirrors, wood pallet art, wall words or quotes, oversized clocks, vintage maps, large object art, and salvaged architectural pieces.

4. Open, yet comfortable floor plan. Farmhouse style is known for its open floor plan. Thankfully, comfortable seating, cozy fireplaces, and an abundance of texture make it look and feel warm and inviting. Slipcovers, durable rugs, modern pipe shelving, and shiplap are just some other things that give this decorating style so much charm.

5. Breezy, no-fuss kitchens. Apron-front sinks, vintage-inspired plumbing, subway tile, open shelving, dramatic lighting, an island complete with vintage bar stools, and even more shiplap are key elements within a Fixer Upper kitchen.

6. Unique doors. Doors tend to be a bit different when it comes to farmhouse style. You’ll often see antique doors, and even sliding barn doors, used to replace pantry, laundry, and even closet doors.

7. White on white. It’s not really farmhouse style unless there’s an abundance of white. In fact, you’ll often hear Joanna recommend painting things white whenever you’re in doubt. If you can master a monochromatic look, then you’ll be on your way to having a Fixer Upper home.

8. Greenery. Flowers and plants offer a finishing touch to farmhouse design style. Using vintage bottles or mason jars as vases and then grouping them together will help elevate the look.

Be sure to check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

5 Reasons Why Neutral Rooms Are Anything But Boring

Forget the myth about neutral colors being boring. Neutrals are a lot of things, but boring is certainly not one of them. Here are 5 reasons why:

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1. Neutrals are a safe zone. There is no reason why this should be looked upon as a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, neutrals are NOT just for those people less daring when decorating. When you have a monochromatic scheme, you can go in so many directions with tone, depth, pattern, and texture. As long as you make those things important, and focus on having the right amount of each, any room (even a neutral one) can be exciting.

2. Neutrals allow for versatility. Practicality is another thing that sometimes has a bad rap. When you use neutral colors, you have the ability to match and coordinate with a wide array of colors and textures than any other shades out there. It’s this practicality that leads to flexibility when you decide to change up your space.

3. Neutrals are soothing and calming. Your home is your sanctuary. Neutrals can provide that peaceful environment we often crave after a hectic day. A soothing palette easily puts those stresses at ease, creating a home that’s a haven.

4. Neutrals help pops of color and rich textures stand out. When you have a neutral foundation, those pops of colors and fabrics, bountiful in textures, take center stage. Colorful accents become easily changeable and textures become more fun the more neutral the surrounding colors are.

5. Neutrals heighten the sophistication. Trendy colors are fun, but they lack the sophistication that neutrals do. If you want a home that’s classy, rely more on neutrals and save those trendy colors for accents.

Think Outside the Beige

Before we wrap this up, let’s address an issue many people have regarding neutrals: the beige factor. While beige does fall into the neutral category, it’s not the only neutral out there to use. Ivory, taupe, black, gray and white are other suitable options for your interior. Even colors that are prevalent in nature, such as blues and greens, can be considered neutral. With colors such as those, there’s really no reason why your home can’t look amazing.

Turn Your Guest Bedroom Into a Retreat

A well thought out guest room is more important than you may realize. When the room looks and feels like a retreat, your visitors will feel comfortable, pampered, and at home. There are several tips and tricks to create a magnificent guest suite. Follow these ideas and your guests will be more than excited to make a return visit.

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Make it Soothing

The easiest way to do this is through color. A theme with a traditional color palette typically makes guests feel more comfortable. Adding texture with throw pillows, a blanket, artwork and window treatments keeps your neutral scheme from being boring.

Use Only Your Best

It’s easy to take what we don’t want in our own bedroom and use it in the guest room. Resist the urge! If your intention is to create a retreat, then your guests deserve the best you can offer. This includes the mattress, as well as the bedding and decor. Treat the room as if it were a luxury hotel.

Provide the Necessary Furniture

Having all the right pieces of furniture in the guest room really makes a difference. A beautiful bed is only the beginning. Think about items such as nightstands, lamps, clothing storage, mirrors, and additional seating if space allows.

Focus on Little Details

What you may think of as minor, could actually be quite important for your guests. Be one step ahead, furnishing the room with essentials such as towels, a wastebasket, facial tissues, a night light, and an alarm clock. If the room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, having a small box fan tucked in the closet could serve useful. You could take it a step further by providing other amenities like fresh flowers, books or magazines, bottled water, and a bowl of candies or mints. Additional toiletries such as travel-sized soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste are also a nice touch.

Clear Out Clutter

This is supposed to be a guest retreat–not a storage area, so be sure the room is kept in a manner that will serve its purpose. Avoid using this area for storage. Clear out any boxes, toys, exercise equipment, or anything else that detracts from the space.

Take the Room for a Test Drive

Before you invite guests, stay a night in the room you’ve created to ensure that it is in fact, a retreat. Make sure the suite is comfortable and furnished to the fullest can give you peace of mind that your guests will thoroughly enjoy their stay in your home.

 

Hot Pattern Picks for Fall

Each year, we tend to see a parallel between fashion trends and home decor trends. This year is no different. Much of what is popular this fall in the home stems from what hit the runway this season. Let’s take a look at some of the hot pattern picks for fall.

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Botanical Prints

Florals have been trendy for several years now but this year they seem to be a bit more inspired by botanical history books. Large, eye-popping florals are even bigger and brighter than before, especially in cotton prints and wallpaper.

Plant-based motifs, such as ferns, are also making a big comeback. Visit your local department store and you’ll see bedding, throw pillows, and so much more covered in them.

Geometric Prints

If you’re fond of geometrics, opt for patterns like houndstooth or quatrefoil this year. While black-and-white houndstooth is traditional, a bolder color will turn this menswear classic into something fun and fresh. Quatrefoil is a pattern that is quite plentiful in fabrics, wallpaper, home accents and much more. Keep it simple with bedding or pillows or go bold by creating an accent wall with it.

Checks & Plaid

Checks and plaids are classics that are often associated with the fall and winter seasons. These patterns can be a variety of things: serious, laid back, and even playful. Today, you can find checks and plaid in a wide array of sizes and colors, making it easier than ever to use them in your home. Whether you are uber preppy, prefer farmhouse flair, or something in between, these two patterns have got you covered.

Animal Prints

It may seem as though bravery is a prerequisite for using animal prints, but it’s really not. Animal prints can be so much fun! If you aren’t sure what print you prefer, or where to put them, start small. Test the waters with some decorative pillows or a comfy throw to ward off cool nights.  Like it? Take it a step further and consider an area rug, window treatments, or an upholstered chair (like in the picture above). The key, however, is to stick with one print at a time. You want to make a statement, not cause confusion.

We offer several fabrics that fall into each of these trend categories, so be sure to stop by or browse our selection online.

How to Work With the Color Orange in Your Home

Now that autumn is within reach, it’s only natural that we talk a bit about its signature color: orange. A color that reflects many moods, one might think that using such a color in a home requires a lot of bravery. While it may not be an instinctual first choice, it is definitely a color worthy of consideration.

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In its truest form, orange is the perfect mix of red and yellow. But, in a broader sense, it’s so much more than that.  It’s cheery and bold. It can be calm and soothing or vibrant and warm. It’s a color that elevates energy, health, and vitality. It’s a color that evokes happiness, inspires creativity, and provokes optimism. It’s even been known to stimulate appetite and socialization.

This single color can infuse personality into a room with ease–and if this is something your home needs, then orange might be the color for you.

With that said, it can be a color many people aren’t sure how to use. Let’s talk about how to use orange in big ways and in small ones too.

Small Scale Use

If you’re intrigued by a shade of orange but aren’t ready for–or in need of–something bold, keep it simple. Focus on things like accent pillows, vases and picture frames. You can even take it a step further by incorporating it into your home through slightly bigger items such as area rugs, duvet covers, or window treatments. Outdoor spaces are also a great place to try new colors.

Taking a Bigger Leap

If not much holds you back when it comes to test-driving a new color, then there are certainly bigger ways you can use shades of orange in your home. Ready to dive in head first? Start with your walls. It’s a bold move, but orange is a very warm and welcoming color that can make an incredible statement in your home. If you aren’t sure about using it in a prominent area of the home, opt for a more unexpected approach of painting the walls of a powder room or the backs of some built-ins. Orange is also a great color for a gender-neutral nursery.

Another big way to use orange is with fabric. No, I’m not suggesting you cover your entire sofa in tangerine (although you could) but rather something more along the lines of an accent chair. An accent chair in your entryway, study, or living room is a fun way to give the space an extra burst of vitality and personality.

Remember, the color orange is so much more that what you find in a crayon box. Shades of orange range from almost red to something bright like a tangerine, so there are more options than you may realize. Furthermore, fabrics with patterns give you more flexibility. Instead of focusing on solids, look for fabrics that have other colors incorporated within the pattern to make decorating easier.

In closing, I leave you with 3 of our orange-family fabrics. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to try orange in your home this season.

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What’s Trending in Area Rugs

With more homeowners choosing hardwood floors over wall-to-wall carpet, area rugs have become an integral part of decorating. Not only do rugs provide protection for your flooring, they also bring in color and style. Rugs can be looked upon as a way for homeowners to express themselves creatively–and, as with everything else–there are new trends that many people wish to explore. Let’s talk about what some of them are.

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Texture

Texture is in–and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Designers and decorators are turning to textiles that ooze with visual interest. This includes rugs as well. Many homeowners are opting for rugs made of seagrass, jute, sisal, and faux fur–pretty much anything that makes you have the urge to reach out and touch.

Geometric & Tribal Patterns

Patterns are typically a popular choice, but lately, some of the most popular are geometrics and tribal. Both bring a beautiful contrast without taking away from the design of the space. Since these patterned rugs come in such a wide variety of color, they are able to complement just about any design style.

Faded Effect

Decor with a vintage twist can be found in many homes these days, so it’s no wonder that people are drawn toward faded rugs. These washed out or naturally faded rugs easily create an authentic vintage vibe. Earthy tones, as well as brick reds, and turquoise are popular choices.

Rug Layering

If you haven’t given much thought to stacking multiple rugs in one section of your floor, perhaps you should. Layering two rugs, or even piecing together several rugs to cover a large area, is a pretty hot trend these days. A neutral paired with a pattern, or several patterns that fall in the same color family, can easily give the interior of your home visual interest and personality.

Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Indoor-outdoor rugs are becoming quite the rage. They are durable, easy to clean, inexpensive, and come in a vast array of colors and patterns. What used to be a rug favored more by parents and pet owners, has become a rug that’s favored by all.

Eco-Friendly

In attempts to be better to our planet, eco-friendly rugs have started appearing everywhere. If you aren’t sure what makes a rug eco-friendly, think hand-knotted and natural materials. Machine-made rugs are typically made with synthetic materials contain chemicals. Therefore, hand-spun wool with natural dyes are the most eco-friendly rugs that are available.

In the end, the most important thing is that you’re happy with your choice. Rugs are an investment, so it’s imperative that you don’t purchase something impulsively. To get started on your shopping, please browse through our incredible selection.

If you are looking for an upholstery fabric store near you in Houston, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior fabrics and rugs to compliment every room.

Sofa vs. Couch: What’s the Difference?

At the close of the day, we often look forward to relaxing on comfortable seating. In most cases, that comfortable spot is the couch. Or, wait…maybe it’s the sofa. While a sofa and a couch are very similar, there is actually a distinct difference between them. Let’s take a brief look at their history and discuss some characteristics that define each piece.

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A Little History

It’s not entirely clear when either first came into being, but sofas and couches have two very different origins:

Sofa: Derived from the Arabic word “suffah”, which is used to describe a bench that has been covered with cushions and blankets. A sofa was commonly known as a “fainting couche”–a place where corset-wearing ladies could rest and catch their breath.

Couch: Comes from the French word “couche”, and is used to describe a piece of furniture with no arms used for lying. History hints that couches were highly popular around the Victorian period.

Distinctive Differences

There are distinctive differences between a sofa and a couch. Those differences are typically found in style, size, and function.

Style

A true couch features one or no arms, as well as a tapered back. It may also feature back cushions. Some often refer to a traditional couch as a “chaise”. A sofa, on the other hand, is what we commonly find in the average home. Sofas are upholstered, have two arms, and a uniform back. They also seat more people than a couch does.

Size

When compared to one another, the size difference between the two becomes apparent. Generally, a couch is meant to seat 2-3 people, whereas a sofa will sit 4 or more. For those with small spaces, a love seat would be a wise purchase, being that it is essentially a small sofa.

Function

The function of sofas and couches also vary. Couches are often favored by people who have smaller spaces or wish to seat fewer people. They are also typically associated with informal settings where casual entertainment takes place.

Sofas tend to be used more in larger homes or rooms. Due to their representation of style and class, they are generally associated with formal occasions. Additionally, they are an optimal choice for people who often entertain a larger crowd of guests.

Shared Similarities

While they have their differences, sofas and couches have similarities as well–primarily when it comes to materials used to make them.

Traditionally, the frames of both types of furniture are made from wood. However, you can also find frames made of stainless steel, laminated board, and plastic.

In regards to fabric, both can be covered in various types. Sofa and couch fabric can be found in natural, synthetic, and blends. Natural fabrics tend to provide more comfort, while synthetic fabrics generally provide more durability. Natural-synthetic blends seem to be the best of both.

Is One Better Than the Other?

Not necessarily. Honestly, your personal needs will determine which piece of furniture will be best. However, now that you’re a bit more knowledgeable about the two, you can go to the store and the right selection with confidence.

Come visit us at one of our retail locations or shop online! Looking for one of our discount designer fabric stores near Addison? Stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx (located off Midway between alpha and Spring Valley) for great deals on upholstery fabrics in a variety of designer styles and patterns.


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