Turn Your Bedroom Into a Cozy Winter Retreat

The bedroom is the most personal space in your home and should always be something you feel comfortable in. When those cold winter days and night roll around, it’s only natural that you want that room to feel as cozy as possible. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t necessarily take much to add warmth to the room. From the simple to the detailed, here are some decorating ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a cozy winter retreat.

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Color Scheme

This is probably the simplest place to start. If you want a winter retreat look, avoid bright colors like pink and orange, as well as the traditional red and green theme. Instead, keep nature in mind and lean toward colors like black, white, silver, blue, gold and brown. Even a subtle hint of purple or other metallics would work well with a winter bedroom. A no-fail color scheme that can make any bedroom look beautiful is a charcoal and steel gray palette, complemented with touches of silver and icy blues.

In need of color inspiration? Check out Pantone’s seasonal palette. Twice a year, the color experts release a palette full of gorgeous colors to inspire both your wardrobe and your home. You’d be amazed at how non-traditional many of their seasonal choices are. This gives you so much more freedom in picking your colors–and many of them can stick around in your home all year long. It really is a wonderful resource, so take advantage of it!

Textiles

Textiles are the secret ingredient to a beautiful room. There are so many to choose from, making it easy to find something suitable for every season. In regards to winter, there are certain textiles you just can’t go wrong with. Some textiles that will really warm up your room include:

  • Organza–A shiny and sheer lightweight fabric made from silk. Works beautifully for sheer drapes.  
  • Cashmere–A soft textile that comes from the wool of goats. Perfect for accent pillows, throws, and duvet covers.
  • Organdy–A textile very similar to organza, but made from cotton rather than silk. Another great choice for window treatments.
  • Velvet–A woven tufted fabric, luxe to the eye and soft to the touch. Versatile enough for a variety of things including drapes and upholstery fabric.  
  • Wool–A soft and luxurious textile produced from a special class of animal body hair. Ideal for throws and rugs.
  • Faux fur–A cozy textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. Perfect for pillow covers and rugs, without costing a fortune.
  • Flannel–A soft, woven fabric typically made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Great for sheets, throws, and pillow covers.
  • Silk–A luxurious, comfortable and absorbent fabric produced by certain insect larvae. Makes a great addition to a bedroom as a duvet cover.

All of them have unique qualities that will add personality and warmth to your bedroom–and as you can see from above, there are so many ways to use them! In addition to pillows, drapery, blankets, and throws, consider using these fabrics as comforters, on accent furniture, and even on headboards. Many of the fabrics listed above are extremely versatile, so don’t limit your creativity when decorating your wintry retreat. Rugs are also a great way to bring in layers of warmth, so don’t forget to shop around for something that’ll keep your tootsies cozy.

How much time and money you want to put into your design will dictate in what ways you choose to use fabric. Some certainly cost more than others, but the great thing is, they can be mixed and matched any way you choose.

If you find yourself struggling, head over to your local fabric store and let a sales associate help you. We have a wide variety of fabrics and rugs that can help you pull together a successful winter retreat.

Furniture, Lighting, and Accessories

If you have additional space in your bedroom, consider adding an intimate seating area. Place a pair of custom-made chairs together near a window– or even a single chair with an ottoman. You could even add an upholstered bench at the foot of your bed. Drape a throw blanket across the back to make it look inviting. As far as colors go, painted white woods, dark woods, and dark leathers are a great way to make your bedroom feel like a wintry retreat. Another way to bring a wintry feel into the room is by bringing in mirrored furniture.

No matter what time of year it is, lighting is important. In this case, however, if cozy is what you want, then focus on table lamps will low-wattage bulbs. If possible, adding a dimmer to your overhead light is ideal. For a fancier design, think wall sconces. If ultra-simple is what you want, fill the room with candles. All of these can really enhance the look of your bedroom and heighten the sense of warmth within the space.

Accessories are a wonderful way to add personal touches and finish off a room. Next, to paint, accessories are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the overall look and atmosphere of a room. Accessories such as vases filled with branches spray painted white, or wintry flowers, are great ways to keep in tune with nature. Adding fringe to the bottom of drapery panels can add a touch of sophistication. Keep those feet warm with a faux fur area rug. To break up the monotony of fabric, consider embellishments like nail-head trim.

These are just some of the ways you can finish off a winter retreat bedroom. Think about your overall goal and stick with what you can accomplish within your budget. Even the smallest touches can cozy up your bedroom when it’s cold outside.

Visit us at Interior Fabrics to check out your favorite designer fabrics and rugs at discount prices.

7 Simple and Stylish Ways to Get Your Home for Spruced up for Thanksgiving

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There’s so much excitement this time of year. So much in fact, that we can get in over our heads with certain projects–especially, decorating for the holidays. This year, think simple. Sometimes, all it takes is a small change to make a big impact. Let’s talk about some simple and stylish ways you can get your home decorated for Thanksgiving–with time to spare.

  1. Put down the rake. Don’t rush to rake up those fallen leaves up before company arrives for the holiday. Instead, leave them where they are and focus on something else. Not only do dried leaves act as a natural fertilizer, their colors can make your landscape look picture (and holiday) perfect this time of year. 
  2. Fill decorative containers with potted mums. With so much to do before Thanksgiving, the last thing on your mind is gardening. Mums are so plentiful this time of year and come ready in plastic nursery pots. All you really need to do is plop them down inside any existing urns or ceramic containers you have around the house. Once you’ve recovered from the holiday, you can move them to a more permanent location if you’d like.
  3. Create a simple centerpiece. If your Thanksgiving is anything like ours, there won’t be much room for a centerpiece once the food is set out. This is why I prefer to take the easy route. Mini pumpkins atop a table runner, a cornucopia filled with gourds, or candles nestled in a box with leaves are just a few of the simple ways you can add a bit of festive color to your table without taking up too much space. No time for a centerpiece? No problem! Simply put out a tablecloth made with fabric rich in seasonal color. Even some simple fall-colored cloth napkins will do! 
  4. Hang a wreath in your entryway. A festive wreath on the front door or in the entryway of your home is such an easy way to add a pop of seasonal color and show your holiday spirit.  
  5. Scatter around seasonal throw pillows. Whether you buy new pillows or simply change out the cover, pillows are a no-fail way to give your home a new vibe. For the Thanksgiving holiday, consider adding a handful of seasonal pillows in shades of cranberry, copper, and gold. They’ll look great and make supply an extra layer of comfort when it’s time to relax after the holiday meal.
  6. Prep the guest room. Even if you only need the spare room to serve as the coat check area, it doesn’t hurt to spruce it up a bit. Run the vacuum, air it out, and make the bed. If you do have guests sleeping over, special touches like bottled water, the wi-fi password, and a fuzzy throw tossed at the foot of the bed will be greatly appreciated. While you’re at it, don’t forget to also prep the powder room.
  7. Toss down a sheepskin. Sheepskins, whether synthetic or the real deal, can instantly enhance the coziness of your home. If you’d like to layer in a bit more warmth, consider tossing a plush, luxe sheepskin over the back of a chair or on top of an area rug.

Stop by one of our Interior Fabrics showrooms to see our latest discount designer fabrics that can help make your next project go quick and smooth!

The Importance of Custom Drapery

The decorating process includes a variety of things, including selecting furniture, choosing colors, and picking out accessories–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once you dive in, it can quickly become a very complicated project that sometimes makes you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. Amidst of the craziness of it all, we often find ourselves torn between all sorts of decisions such as style or substance, what has to stay and what has to go, and of course, what can come “off the rack” and what needs to be custom.

That last one, though, is often the toughest. Why is that?

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Well, when most people hear the word “custom”, they immediately associate it with cost, which is totally understandable. It’s no secret that custom-made items tend to come with a higher price tag than your run-of-the-mill department store furnishings, but that’s actually what’s so great about it. Custom made items mean you get exactly what you want. Furthermore, you get a product that’s of much higher quality than what you’d find off the assembly line.

With that said, homeowners don’t necessarily lump window treatments into items they consider worthy of being custom made–but perhaps they should. For some, it may be that custom drapes aren’t as important as something like a custom sofa. I get that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the idea should get brushed away and forgotten about altogether.

Windows, inside the home, need attention too. Sure, you can walk into your local department store, pick a pair of drapes you like, and then go home and hang them. No doubt that they can get the job done–and there are actually some very nice ones out there. In all honesty, however, custom-made is the way to go.

Again, it’s no secret that custom window treatments will cost you more than curtains found off-the-shelf, but making the investment will get you something tailor-made to fit your style and your window, just right. When properly selected, tailored, and installed, custom drapery can provide a myriad of benefits. If you haven’t given the custom drapery a thought, here are 4 reasons that might change your mind.

  1. Draperies provide climate control.

    Draperies offer insulation. Think of it like you would clothing. In the winter, we add layers of clothes to keep us warm. In the summer, we use certain clothing to help deflect the sun. Drapery works in a similar manner, and you don’t even have to add to them or take away. Simply hanging drapes (or even a blind or shade) will insulate your windows, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This climate control is a great energy saver!

  2. Draperies block harmful UV rays.

    Sunlight is beautiful, but it can be damaging to the inside of a home over time. Without drapery, walls, floors and furniture are vulnerable to fading. Think about how disappointing it would be to invest in new furniture, only to have it look aged well beyond its years all because there was nothing there to block the sun.

  3. Draperies provide privacy.

    Whether you live out in the country or in the heart of the city, there will be certain times when you’ll want some privacy. Not only will drapes block visuals, they will also mute sounds and keep morning at bay on those days you get to sleep in later than usual.

  4. Draperies add style to your home.

    You can have a beautifully decorated room, but custom drapery will still manage to enhance the look. The warmth and personality they add really is the finishing touch. And, because you went custom made, you’ll have window treatments that truly reflect your decorating style.

Now, if you’re ready to add window treatments, it’s important to know what types are available. Basically, drapes can be broken down into two categories: functional and nonfunctional.

Functional drapes are used to block light, control temperature and provide privacy. The most common types available are Roman shades and pinch pleat (draw) drapery. Non-functional drapery is geared more toward adding accents to the room. Common types of these are panels, valances, swags/cascades, Roman shades, and cornices.

Often times, you can buy fabric from wholesale or at discount prices from a fabric supplier, either at the store or online. In most cases, they also provide a wide selection of drapery hardware, which is something that needs to be carefully selected as well when dressing up your windows. Drapery hardware not only provides a strong architectural element to the room, it will also finalize the theme you wish to convey.

Good, quality custom window treatments can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on the fabric selection. With proper care, your custom drapery will probably still look new by the time you want to update them. To keep your home furnishings protected and also to keep your home full of style, custom window treatments and hardware are definitely worth the investment.

Take some measurements and come on in to Interior Fabrics on FM 1960 in North Houston to select a great designer fabric at wholesale price.

Coordinate Fabrics Like a Pro

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I really enjoy looking at fabrics. I think it’s fun to imagine how different fabrics would look paired together–but, with so many options available, I completely understand how intimidating the thought of mixing and matching them could be. It can be extremely frustrating when you know what you want but have no idea how to execute it. You can visualize it, but it almost seems impossible to get the look without having the help of a professional. Most times, people simply give up and opt for something less challenging. The result? Pure disappointment. It’s not what you truly want, so of course, you won’t truly be happy. Don’t give up or be afraid to try! You can actually make that dream room happen. Believe it or not, you don’t have to hire a designer. You can get the look you’ve always wanted in your home by yourself if you keep these three simple elements in mind: color, texture, and pattern.

Color

As a general rule, you want to find colors that complement, rather than compete, with one another. The easiest way to begin is by finding a specific color, similar in temperature (cool versus warm) and intensity that will carry through and tie it all together. Having a second color will make the continuity even better.

Warm colors include reds, oranges, yellows, and combinations of them all. These colors tend to make a larger space feel intimate and cozy. Cool colors include shades of greens, blues, and light purples. These colors have a soothing effect and tend to make small rooms look larger than they really are.

In order to find a harmonious balance, avoid having all warm colors or all cool colors. Both the balance and contrast is important, so use fabric from both families. Try keeping large pieces covered in neutral colors and add the brighter, more intense colors to the smaller things. For example, a tan or soft grey sofa would ground the room while brightly colored drapes and throw pillows would add the punch you need.

Texture

Texture is very important. Not only will the texture influence the durability, it will also set the mood of the room.

For formal areas, stick with smoother, lighter textures such as lace, crepe, satin, velvet or damask. Think leather, tweed, corduroy, velour, wool or cotton for high-traffic areas like family rooms. Sensuede, vinyl, and fabrics usually used for outdoor furniture can stand up to children. A romantic feel can be created with fabrics like organdy, taffeta, tulle, and antique satin.

If you have no desire to pinpoint a particular theme, don’t be afraid to mix heavy and light fabrics in the same room. It can be done and it can look wonderful, so break out and get creative.

Pattern

Bringing too many fabrics into the room can become chaotic if you’re not careful. So, in order to avoid that and get a cohesive result instead, try not to exceed more than three patterns: a large-scale (to serve as a focal point), a medium-scale, and a small scale. To simplify it: (1) start with a large pattern, (2) pick a second pattern similar in color, yet half the size of the first, and (3) finish off with a solid color pulled from either one of the first two. However, if you’re feeling brave, scrap the solid and incorporate another fabric with a minuscule pattern.

Keep in mind that patterns, just like texture and color, can create a mood. To add energy to the space, use large, bold patterns that make a statement. Something like an oversized floral or even a large plaid will not only make the most impact in the space, it will serve as a driving force for the overall color scheme and atmosphere. For a sense of calm, stick with small and pale patterns that share at least one similar color.

For best results, try to avoid putting all patterned pieces in one part of the room. Be sure to scatter solids and patterns throughout the room in order to retain the balance.

So, are you feeling more confident than you did before? Maybe having some visuals will help. Here are a few examples I’ve pulled together using a small selection of the beautiful fabrics we carry.  Hopefully, seeing some trios will spark inspiration and confidence!

See? It doesn’t really take much to pull a trio of fabrics together that you really enjoy. Remember, the goal is not to “match” but rather to coordinate. As long as your fabrics share similar a similar hue or shade of a hue, your choices will work together beautifully.

If you’re still doubtful, seek out a professional to help. There are actually some interior decorators who work by the hour. Find one who does, take them swatches of fabrics you love and then get their advice. Taking this route takes stress off of you for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional come do all the work for you.

Once you have your trio of fabulous fabrics selected, you’ll need to decide if you’re DIY-ing it or if you’ll need to seek out a seamstress or professional upholsterer. Getting the look you want is so much easier when you have someone make them for you.

In the midst of coordinating your fabrics, be sure to have fun! It will all come together if you just let your creativity flow.  At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we’ll be happy to help you find designer fabrics for great prices!

Creative Ways to Add a Little Fall to Your Home

Autumn is without a doubt, my favorite season. Once the leaves start changing colors I become giddy with excitement over all the wonderful things fall has to offer, which is why, of course, I go crazy with the fall decorations. Even if it’s not “officially” fall yet (but close) I’m chomping at the bit to haul out my bins of festive decor. The beautiful colors! The delicious smells! I want it all!

The thing is if you’re anything like me, a warm and welcoming home is especially desirable this time of year. There’s just something extra special about that cozy feeling once the days get shorter and the air gets cooler. It’s what makes those frigid nights bearable and those family gatherings all the more memorable.

Thankfully, for fall fanatics like me, it doesn’t take much to harness that coziness and execute it in a way that radiates through your home, carrying you through to warmer days. And that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. While there are several ways you can bring a touch of fall into your home, we’re going to focus on 3 specific ways you can get creative with autumn colors to spread that much-desired warmth throughout your space.

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Revive something with a fresh coat of paint.

If you’re ever unsure about what to do, think paint. Paint is one of the easiest ways to change the look of your home and it’s something that can be used just about anywhere. Seriously. A desk chair, a kitchen island, a wall, a bookcase, a sofa table, a dresser, the front door–all places that could easily be freshened up with paint. And that’s just scratching the surface. I bet if you looked around, you’d see something you could paint. I advise you, however, to stick with items that have already painted or that are ones you don’t mind painting. If you’re making it a DIY project, be sure to educate yourself on all the proper steps to create a piece that will not only look great but last for years to come. There are plenty of DIY upcycling tutorials online that can get you started if you’re up for a fun challenge.

Of course, you’ll want to pick the perfect color and Pantone is a great place to start. Since they are known as the color experts, it’s worth taking the time to check out the color reports they release each season. You’d be amazed at what they consider fall colors and how many of them can easily work year round. Once you find one you love, you’ll have no problem finding it, or a close replica, though one of the many paint manufacturers out there.

Add fall-colored accessories throughout the house.

Accessories are another simple way to decorate for the season. Try walking into any craft store without being bombarded by seasonal decor–it’s impossible. Wreaths, silk flowers, centerpieces, wall hangings–it’s all there for your choosing. A beautiful display of flowers in a tall orange glass bottle or vase may seem too simplistic, but it’s actually a wonderful way to add a splash of seasonal color without putting in much effort. A fall-inspired picture hung on the wall is also an easy yet effective way to add seasonal warmth to the space. Pumpkins on the table, wreaths made of leaves or flowers of autumn hues, rustic floor rugs, such as this Drake, designed by Joanna Gaines, and scented candles in autumn shades are some other ideas that can influence the look and atmosphere of your home. And don’t just stop inside the house! The exterior of your home can be just as important as the interior of your home. Adding some accents outside the home to make it look inviting from the outside.

Incorporate new fabrics.

This is especially easy to do if you have more neutral pieces of furniture, but it can still work if you don’t. Some easier ways to incorporate new fabrics would be by changing out window treatments, accent pillows, or tablecloths. A larger project would be to reupholster or add a slipcover to a piece of furniture such as a chair. Often times you can find seasonal fabrics at a department store, but they tend to be limited. As a general rule, you’d be better off visiting your local fabric store or purchasing your fabric online. Doing so would ensure finding the exact patterns and colors you want, which is the great thing about having something custom made.

No matter what you choose to do, don’t feel like you have to go overboard with your decor. Start small the first year and then as each new fall season rolls around, build on what you’ve started, or try something completely different. Either way, you’ll be sure to make your home feel like a cozy and warm just like autumn should be.

For some help getting started with your next project, consider swinging by our Interior Fabrics location in Houston. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would love to help you navigate the complexities of whatever project you decide to take on!

5 Situations Where a Round Rug Could Be the Better Choice for Your Space

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The unexpected curves of a round rug are such a welcome change to the square and rectangular rugs we predominantly see among home interiors. That being said, why don’t we see round area rugs used as frequently? Truth be told, classic four-sided rugs are just easier. If you think about it, the rooms we dwell in, as well as the furniture we fill them with, typically contain right angles. Therefore, it just makes sense to choose a rug that doesn’t take nearly as much thought. Certain times, however, do call for a circular rug. Here are some guidelines to help you know when a round rug is the right choice for your room.  

  1. Your home has curved architectural details worth highlighting. If your home happens to have a unique curved space, embrace it by pairing the architecture with a round area rug. Not only will the complete the overall look of the room, it will enhance the architecture to a whole new level.
  2. You have a special or circular object you want to showcase. A round rug is perfect for showcasing items like chandeliers, tables, and even pianos! Be sure, however, to center the rug directly beneath the round light fixture or dining table (or whatever you have)  for maximum effect.  
  3. You need to define a certain area. Rugs are wonderful for defining spaces. In many cases, this comes in handy for open-concept floor plans. Sometimes, however, the room is large enough allowing for a separate functional space such as a reading nook. A round rug underneath a comfy accent chair and side table is a perfect way to make that part of the room have its own voice.
  4. You want a small room to appear bigger than it actually is. A round rug is a clever way to trick the eye into making a room feel larger. Rather than focusing on straight edges that run parallel to the walls, round rugs encourage the eye to scan across the arc of the room instead. This creates the appearance of a less cluttered, more spacious space. A circular rug also adds visual interest to the room, which distracts the eye from the size of the room.
  5. A standard rug just doesn’t work. Rugs typically come in standard sizes, including the popular 5 x 8 feet and 8 x 10 feet. Sometimes, however, things like furniture or structural features just don’t allow for the norm. This is where a round rug may come in handy. Its shape often requires less space, making it easier to work around any decorating challenges. For a harmonious look, make the rug big enough for all of a room’s major furniture pieces to touch.

Did you know that many of our rugs are available in round shapes? Be sure to check them out in-store or online!

5 Tips for Mastering the Art of Eclectic Design Style

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Eclectic. Eclecticism. Both are probably words you’re familiar with, but what do they actually mean in regards to interior design?

The term eclectic was initially coined for the art world and presumably first used by Johann Joachim Winckelmann. The word was meant to characterize the combination of elements or particular styles from different time periods and origins within a single project. Over time, this philosophy flowed into other creative realms, including fashion and interior design. Eclectic design in the home can be described as the mixing together of a variety of styles through the use of color, texture, shape, and finish.

One might think that designing a space in the eclectic style is an easy task, however, it’s actually one of the more difficult looks to accomplish successfully. While this design style does give you an abundance of freedom, there are still some simple rules to follow to ensure your place looks harmonious rather than pieced together. Here are 5:

1. Mismatched furnishings

At one time, furniture sets where all the pieces matched were the trend. Thankfully, we’re not there anymore. In fact, the interior design world has really embraced the eclectic style. While there’s nothing wrong with matching your furniture, it often looks “manufactured” rather than personal. Go ahead and mix that family heirloom with that vintage auction find. Incorporating mixed styles is what eclecticism is all about.

2. Peculiar finds

Have any quirky accessories you picked up over the years that never found a place in your home? You don’t have to worry about that anymore. Feel free to combine artwork and accessories even if they reflect different styles and time periods. The eclectic design style also encourages repurposing, so don’t hesitate to give old pieces a new look.

3. Mixture of patterns

Can’t decide if you prefer striped, floral, or geometric patterns? No problem! As long as they have a common theme, like color and pattern size, then anything goes. Check out our fabric selection to find something perfect for your home.

4. Contrasting textures

An eclectic room craves textural contrast. Don’t design a beautiful room and then leave it textural flat. Mix those materials any way you choose to get the dimension and visual interest you need for a successful eclectic room.

5. Commonality 

At a glance, it may go overlooked, but all well-designed eclectic rooms have something that ties it all together. It could be a repetitive color or even a repetitive pattern. Pay attention to how the items you have chosen for the space relate to one another and to the room as a whole. Eclectic should appear cohesive, not thrown together.

Hopefully, these tips will help you create a well-designed eclectic home. A few mistakes may be made along the way, but that’s okay. Keep focusing on the pieces that speak to your heart and you’ll eventually be successful in your eclectic decorating.

11 Ways to Personalize a New Home

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Wanting to put a personal stamp on your place is a natural desire that comes with the process of buying a new house. That may seem challenging, however, if you and the previous homeowner have very different tastes in decorating. Not to worry! Here are 11 projects that can help personalize your house so it feels like a home.

  1. Paint the front door. Yes, something so simple can make a huge difference! And, it costs way less than repainting the entire exterior of the house. Throw in some shiny new hardware and locks and you’ve got yourself a fresh look.
  2. Wallpaper the powder room. You can really make your mark in your home by adding a bit of unexpected style to your powder room. If you’ve thought about doing something bolder and more colorful, this is the place to go for it.
  3. Swap out a light fixture. Replacing a boring or outdated light fixture with a stylish one can really boost the appearance of a room. There is such a wide variety of beautiful lighting available these days, it’s easy to find something to fit any decorating style.
  4. Create a drop space. You may not realize it but having a designated spot for keys and other important items can make your place feel downright homey. It doesn’t matter if you put up a row of hooks or simply have a catchall dish on an entryway table–just make sure it’s convenient to your lifestyle.
  5. Upgrade window treatments. Window treatments are a decorating detail that can really give your space a personal and polished look. From Roman shades to wood blinds and airy curtains to floor-to-ceiling drapes, there’s no shortage of window treatments to choose from.
  6. Hang things on your walls. The walls in your home are a blank canvas, so use them. It can be a large-scale piece of art, mirrors, a variety of framed family photos, or a combination of all three–whatever you choose, make sure you love it.
  7. Roll out a comfortable rug. An area rug can offer many things including protection for your floors, color and texture, and of course, comfort. Having at least one space in your home with a rug can make that space feel extra welcoming while radiating personal style.
  8. Paint a wall or two. Painting a wall or two, in a color you really enjoy, is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to give your home a personal touch. Getting a touch of color on the walls will make your house feel more like a home and can also aid in planning the rest of your home’s color palette.
  9. Update kitchen and bathroom details. For many, a full remodel isn’t always feasible after making a large purchase like a house. That doesn’t mean you can’t freshen up your kitchen and bathroom in smaller, more affordable ways. Change out the faucets, cabinet hardware, towel bars, light fixtures and mirrors for an updated look more suited toward your tastes.
  10. Put effort into your outdoor space. It doesn’t matter if you have a small slab of a patio, a large wraparound porch, or a large back deck–find a way to add features that will make your home a comfortable one. A fire pit, hammock or swing, grill, and table set are just some of the ways you can entice friends and family to get outside and enjoy themselves.
  11. Layer in cozy comforts. Small accessories can certainly make a place feel much more personal and welcoming. Decorative pillows in a fabric you love, plush throws and rugs, fresh flowers in a vase, and pretty accent lighting are all smaller items that can make all the difference.

Now that you have some ideas on how to personalize your home, let us help get you started. Stop into one of our showrooms or browse our collection of fabrics, pillows, custom furniture, and rugs online.

Home Decorating: Should you Do-It-Yourself or Hire an Expert?

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The interior of your home needs a change and you’re not sure what to do. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most people understand that changing the look of your home is never easy, and more often than not, they end up gnawing over the ever-popular question you’re probably asking yourself right now: Do I decorate it myself or do I hire an expert?

It’s no surprise that many people seek professional assistance to ensure they achieve a timeless look in their home. Others, however, prefer to be more hands-on and enjoy the opportunity to create a personalized look with their own hands.

Each option has pros and cons that should be evaluated. Let’s compare the two in hopes of making your decorating dilemma a bit easier.

DIY Home Decorating

Between the television and the internet, we’re bombarded with visuals that provide us with all sorts of inspiration. Perhaps after watching an episode of Fixer Upper, we think to ourselves, “Hey, I can do that!” (Guilty) But honestly, unless your creativity is close to the creativity of Joanna Gaines, getting the exact look you want in your home may prove to be more challenging than not.

There are just some really creative individuals out there who have the knack for creating decorating magic–and it’s something we have to be realistic about. This doesn’t mean you still can’t get your hands dirty, it simply means to know your limits.

Some advantages of DIY include:

  1. Less spending on additional costs like consultation, labor, and materials (as long as you shop discount)
  2. No questioning on your personal taste
  3. Full credit for the job
  4. Satisfaction of doing the work yourself

A few disadvantages include:

  1. There could be mistakes that you’ll need to fix or live with
  2. Decorating errors typically result in more time and money invested
  3. DIY takes a lot of personal time

Hiring an Interior Designer or Decorator

First of all, it’s important to understand that an interior designer is not the same as an interior decorator. While they are similar in nature, interior designers have additional knowledge in design aspects such as spatial planning, lighting design, color theory, and architectural renderings. They are also typically skilled in building codes, permitting and zoning regulations, and have been trained in a variety of design applications. To simplify, interior decorators focus on the decorative aspects of an interior space, including furniture selection, textiles, and color. Interior designers focus on that as well, but they also focus on the planning and functional design.

Some advantages of hiring a professional designer or decorator include:

  1. You will have access to a wide variety of furnishings, fabrics, and more–many of which are exclusive (not found in the market)
  2. Your home will be beautifully decorated and tailored to your lifestyle and personal tastes
  3. The materials used will be quality
  4. Less room for error

Disadvantages include:

  1. More expensive
  2. You’ll have to share some personal details about your lifestyle to ensure a proper design (this may only be a problem if you’re an extremely private person)
  3. You and the professional may clash. Don’t be afraid to replace them if necessary, and when possible, seek out recommendations from friends and families.

Blending the Two

Did you know that you can actually do some of the work yourself and hire a professional for the rest? Many experts can be hired to serve as a guide, offering their help and advice so things end up smoothly. The best ways to do this are to find a professional who is willing to be hired by the hour, work with a virtual designer, and visit stores that offer free interior design consultations.

So, what camp do you fall in? DIY, pro, or both? Whichever you choose, be sure to check out our custom furniture, fabrics, pillows, and rugs before you begin your project in-store or online.

Texture: The Secret Ingredient for a Welcoming Space

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What’s more subtle than color and pattern but has a greater ability to stimulate the senses?

Texture.

Perceived both by sight and touch, texture adds dimension to a room in a way no other designing element can–and if you’ve ever felt drawn to a space without being able to pinpoint why– it was probably texture. Let’s take a look at some ways to use texture so your home can have an abundance of visual interest that’s both warm and welcoming. 

Pile on the layers. Have a bedroom or living room in need of some more comfort? Quilted coverlets, soft pillows and knit throws are the way to go. The layers of texture do more than just look good, they feel good. For additional coziness, consider adding a plush rug to your floor.

Leave a wall exposed. Not everyone has a brick wall on the interior walls–but if you happen to be someone who does, leave at least one of those walls exposed. It really doesn’t matter where it is–living room, bathroom, hallway–the texture of brick gives the space an instant boost of character. Industrial materials like concrete or exposed pipes are also interesting textural elements that can be left untouched. 

Don’t have a textural wall but want one? Create it! Reclaimed wood boards, brick veneer, and faux concrete are some materials that can easily be applied on top of a blank wall. Textured wallpaper like grasscloth, patterned paper, and paper with faux finishes are also options. Even classic wainscoting or shiplap will work.

Use textural objects for art. You might not realize it, but everyday items can make some really incredible art. Items such as old farm tools, woven baskets, antique metal buckets, and glass bottles can be displayed individually or as a vignette (depending on their size) resulting in a room that feels warm and inviting.

Choose textural textiles. Textiles are probably the easiest ways to fill your home with welcoming texture. Whether you make a statement with a plush velvet sofa or opt for something a bit more understated like bamboo window shades or a sheepskin rug, your home will benefit from it.

Add a textured backsplash. Kitchens and bathrooms tend to have an abundance of smooth surfaces. To break it up, opt for a three-dimensional tile used as a backsplash.

Bring some of the outdoors in. Natural elements found in nature can shine as accent pieces in a home. Stonework on the fireplace (or simply logs for it on display) twigs in a large vase, and even bowls filled with knobby pine cones are just a few ways you can add a splash of texture to the space.

Ready to incorporate more texture into your life? Be sure to stop into one of our showrooms or browse our collections online to find something that suits your home.


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