Four Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

Scottsdale: Four Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

Tired of the winter blues? Got a case of spring fever? Start planning your spring makeover! Here are four ways to bring spring into your home.

(1)  De-clutter your space. Clutter may make your home look cozy, but in all reality, it sucks away energy and prohibits your space from having that airy feeling spring represents. If you have room, add some storage, whether it’s by building shelving or using decorative boxes or baskets to hide those little knickknacks that take up space. For items that aren’t truly sentimental, decide whether or not they are worth keeping at all. Sometimes, it’s best to purge your home of unnecessary items, rather than store them, but only you can decide what’s important.

(2)  Focus on fabric. Fabric allows you to transform just about anything, so don’t overlook it as a vital tool in letting spring in. It can be something as simple as indulging in super-soft bed sheets to something as extravagant as reupholstering furniture. Silk and linen are especially spring-like, but if there is another fabric you prefer, then go for it. If you aren’t sure what texture or pattern would look best in your home, speak with an associate at a fabric store.

(3)  Change your color scheme. Color is probably one of the easiest changes you can make as the seasons change. Whether you repaint your walls in colors that reflect spring or incorporate new colors through slipcovers, window treatments or accents around the home, color is a great way to change the mood to fit the season. Four Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home Scottsdale

(4)  Make little changes. A good place to start is by changing out the artwork on your walls. This doesn’t mean you have to change the artwork altogether. If you can swap out art with darker shades for art with lighter ones, great. If you can’t however, consider changing the frame it’s in to something casual. Another change you can make is by simply rearranging the furniture in your space. If possible, turn furniture to face windows or lighted and open areas. If you have a fireplace, cover it up with a screen and place a pretty flower or candle arrangement in front of it. In your dining room, change out your placemats or table runner for something springy.

These are just four of the many ways you can make those little changes throughout the house. Sprucing up your home to feel like spring doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to do unless you’re looking to make a complete overhaul. Just a few simple touches will help you surround yourself with all things spring!

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Tips for Mixing Fabric Patterns

Tips for Mixing Fabric Patterns Dallas Tx

The thought of mixing fabric patterns shouldn’t cause you an anxiety attack. Believe it or not, creating a beautiful blend of patterns within the home isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are some tips to make this an enjoyable process, rather than a stressful one.

(1)  Find your inspiration. It all beings with inspiration, so think of something you love and use that to fuel your pattern choice. Keep in mind that the main pattern you choose will anchor your color scheme and that picking something with a variety of colors will give you more options when it comes to picking complimentary fabrics. This does not mean that your main fabric has to be used the most; it just means that everything else will build from it.

(2)  Expand the palette. Once you have the main fabric, select your complimentary fabrics. As a general rule, sticking with three different patterns and a solid for a fourth, is usually enough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have more. If three patterns seem to be too many for you however, then try two, incorporating a solid for the third, skipping the fourth altogether.

A good mix is to have a small-, medium-, and a large-scale pattern, with a common color connecting them. Don’t be afraid to branch out using a combination of florals, stripes, plaids and geometric prints, as well as a variety of sheens and textures. For consistency however, do your best to match the background shade no matter that the foreground pattern is. Even though you are mixing patterns, you want the look to flow, and matching background color is the way to do it. If you still find yourself having a hard time with balance, apply the 60-30-10 rule: 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color and 10% of an accent color.

For contrast, pull a dark shade out of one of your patterns and incorporate it somewhere throughout the room, either with a throw pillow, drapes or accent pieces. Pulling one strong color will give your mix a punch.

(3)  Give the eye a rest. To close the circle of the palette, and give the eyes a break, incorporate a neutral. Neutrals are a great way to ground everything in the room. It can be anything from a white throw pillow to a tan area rug that will bring the palette together.

If all else fails, speak with an associate at the fabric store. Often times, they can be very helpful in guiding you to mixes that will work best. You will still make the ultimate decision, but getting that extra bit of help will allow you to get your space completed much faster.

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Upholstering Your Walls

Upholstering Your Walls Houston Fabrics Store

Instead of traditional wallpaper, consider using beautiful fabric to add texture and pattern to the space. Using fabric as a wall covering gives a warmth that’s hard to achieve with paint or wallpaper. It’s easy to do and much easier to update when needed. Here’s a look at how you can achieve a unique space by upholstering your walls.

Choose Your Method

There are three main ways in which you can hang fabric: stapling it, starching it, or draping it. All are great options, but it’s up to you to decide what will work best for you, as well as your space. Before you rush out to the fabric store, determine how temporary or how permanent you want this new look to be.

Choose Your Fabric

With so many fabric choices available your possibilities are endless. If you want the fabric to adhere to the wall however, it must have fabric or acrylic backing. Should you fall in love with fabric without backing, this problem can be solved by taking it to a local fireproofing or backing shop.

Fabric can work on any wall, but they do work best in rooms with low traffic and room where water or cooking odors won’t be a problem. Generally, you’ll get better results with wider, lighter weight fabrics that don’t stretch. Also keep in mind that large repetitive patterns will require more yards, which will result in a higher cost. On the other hand, while smaller prints and textured fabrics will require fewer yards, the impact might not be as big. Be sure to bring swatches home to test and take proper measurements of your walls (add 5% just to be safe) before making a final purchase.

Instructions

Stapling is an easy method especially if you have drywall. If you have plastered walls however, you must attach lath strips to the wall first in order for the staples to be effective. To give the room a plush, padded look, add batting to the wall before hanging the fabric.

What you’ll need: staple gun, long staples, glue gun and sticks, utility knife, fabric, and a helper (two, if possible).

How-To:

  • Iron wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  • Start at one of the top corners, pulling fabric taut while moving horizontally, and stapling every 2”. Do your best to keep the staples in a straight line. Doing so makes them easier to conceal later on.
  • Once the top is complete, move to the center of the wall, working out and stapling just above the baseboard. Repeat for each panel of fabric, trying to only place staples at stress points. If possible, use fabric glue for pieces around windows, doors, corners or seams.
  • Trim excess fabric with the utility knife after the wall is finished and then cover staples by using a glue gun to adhere trim.

Starching the fabric is very similar to wallpapering. Using liquid starch to adhere the fabric is great for apartment tenants that are limited to changes and also for homeowners who are apt to frequent change. The starched fabric is easily removed when dampened.

What you’ll need: liquid fabric starch, sponges, large container, fabric, utility knife, drop cloths (plastic and fabric) and masking tape.

How-To:

  • Iron wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  • Wash walls thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover the floor with your drop cloths, layering the fabric over the plastic
  • Apply liquid starch with a sponge or paint roller
  • Starting with a top corner, press the fabric to the wall and smooth with sponge as you go
  • Use tacks [if necessary] to secure the fabric while it dries
  • Trim excess fabric with the utility knife

Draping fabric for an upholstered look is by far the easiest to accomplish. Simply purchase your fabric and decorative rods so you can drape your fabric like a curtain.

If you feel overwhelmed with covering an entire wall, try the lower half of a wall like wainscoting. No matter what method you choose or how much wall you plan to cover, upholstered walls will bring a fresh new look to your space.

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Shabby Chic: The Fabrics to Help You Get the Look

Shabby Chic: The Fabrics to Help You Get the Look Houston

Founded in 1989 by designer Rachel Ashwell, Shabby Chic is a form of design that creates a balance between the elegant and the rustic. It celebrates the beauty of imperfections and timeworn objects. It’s this combination that provides a space that can be both lovely and lived in. Furniture pieces are either chosen because of their age, or they are bought new and then painted and distressed to get the desired look. Those pieces however, need just the right fabric to provide that design balance. Here’s a look at the fabrics that will help you get the perfect shabby chic look.

Rose prints: Rose prints are huge in regards to shabby chic design. This fabric gives you just the right amount of elegance you need to soften up the room. It doesn’t matter if you prefer tiny floral prints or large rose prints, look for ones in pastel colors to get the best look possible.

Plaids: Plaids are almost as popular as rose prints. Try incorporating plaid fabric in soft colors such as soft pink, off-white or yellow on items such as chairs, bedding or throw pillows.

Damasks: Since shabby chic thrives on vintage elegance, antique-looking damask fabrics fits the bill. Try your hand at using damasks to create bed coverings, quilts, pillows and tablecloths. Mixing damasks or cottons printed to resemble them, pair great with rose prints.

Lace: Lace is known for its elegance, which makes it perfect for shabby chic design. For a truly authentic vintage look, avoid lace made from nylon or polyester thread and stick with cotton-based products. The most popular shabby chic colors of lace are off-white or tea-dyed, but white can offer a crisp look as well.

Velvets: Velvets are a beautiful choice for shabby chic, but look best in small amounts. Try your hand at making throw pillows with some worn or antique velvet. Velvets with crushed pile will have the best effect.

You can find most of these fabrics in light and upholstery weight so don’t just stop at making throw pillows or window treatments. Branch out and try to reupholster some of your existing furniture. Vintage pieces like chairs or larger pieces such as sofas and ottomans, look great when transformed to shabby chic. Matching these pieces with the handmade quilts and linens you have will complete the entire look. Just as always, stick with no more than 3 fabric patterns to tie your complete design together.

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Easy and Affordable Ways to Update Your Kid’s Room

Easy and Affordable Ways to Update Your Kid’s Room Houston

Little ones in the family are a blessing and giving them a personalized place to call their own is a great place to start at making them feel special. Over time however, your young one will grow, which means that their personal space might need a little updating. That doesn’t mean that the projects have to be difficult or cost a fortune for it to look great. Here are some easy and affordable ways to update your kid’s room.

(1)  Give it a fresh coat. Of paint, that is. Adding or changing is one of the easiest and affordable ways to give a room an update. And don’t just stop at the walls. Paint can give an update to things such as chairs, dressers, headboards and doors as well. This alone can brighten up any kid’s room.

(2)  Bust out your sewing machine. There’s no need to replace chair cushions and throw pillows, or buy expensive bedding and window treatments, if you’re handy with a sewing machine. Head to your local fabric store, or shop online for trendy, graphic patterns that your kid will love. Not only will your son or daughter get a favorite pattern, it’ll be extra special because you made it. While you’re at it, don’t forget about the headboard. Creating a fabric-covered headboard is easy to do and will make the bed look complete. You can even go one step further and add a canopy to give the room a whimsical feel.

(3)  Add handmade touches. A sewing machine might get a big job done quickly, but those little details require a steady and creative hand. Make and print your own graphics for framing, make mobiles out of tissue paper poms, or stencil wall words, to give your kid’s room some extra pizzazz. If you’re short on ideas, take a gander at Pinterest for inspiration.

(4)   Become acquainted with Etsy. If you aren’t yet familiar with Etsy.com, it’s worth checking out for hidden gems. Etsy is an e-commerce website where sellers can have personal storefronts to display their products for purchase. There is a wide range of items for sale, including items that are great for bedrooms. Custom made products will make the room feel special and look unique.

As you can see, updating your kid’s room doesn’t have to be an expensive or time-consuming project. Sometimes, it’s the personal touches that matter the most anyway. While these are just some of the many affordable updates you can do, these should get you started in the right direction.

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Pillow Projects for Your Home

Pillow Projects for Your Home Spring Texas

If you’re looking for a DIY project, consider trying your hand at pillows. Throw pillows are often used in home décor, but often times, it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Instead of settling, get what you want by making adjustments on your own. Here are some ideas for easy pillow projects.

Edged Pillows

Simple pillows can be nice, but if you want to add a bit of extra flair, give them an edge with borders of silk cording or fringe. If you’re up to it, take it a little further by adding an elegant iron-on design to the front. Not only will it look great, it’ll be easy to do.

Fabric Overlay Pillows

An inexpensive way to dress up your pillows is by adding a fabric overlay to the front of it. All you need to do is cut a fabric square and stick in place with fusible web. Pick some decorative trim to cover the raw edges and affix it with fabric glue.

Old Sweater Pillows

Instead of tossing out old sweaters, use them to make throw pillows. Just cut the sweater straight across under the sleeves, measure the width and then head to the fabric store for a pillow form that will fit. Sew your seams, and you’re good to go! For something a little different, sew ribbons onto one end for bow closings, rather than stitching it closed all the way.

Painted Pillow

Yes, you can add paint to a pillow! The best way is to remove the pillow form, adhere a stencil of a design you love and then add your paint. Once the paint dries, you can add finishing touches such as decorative rhinestones, sequins or craft gems. Removing the pillow form may require some unstitching and re-stitching, unless your pillow color is removable, but it’ll be worth it to get a beautifully unique accent.

Felt Design Pillows

Felt is so versatile that it can even be used on pillows. A plain fabric pillow can easily be transformed by adding felt cutouts to it. Intricate cutouts might need to be sewn on, but simpler designs might only need some fabric glue to keep it in place.

Banded Pillows

This is by far one of the easiest ways to jazz up a throw pillow. Pick a coordinating fabric color, measure the pillow, and then create a band that will slide up around it. It’s quick to do and looks great. Want to be a bit more daring? Dye a band of color onto the fabric. The look is casual, which gives your space a very inviting feel.

 

Decorating With Bold Colors

Decorating With Bold Colors Carrollton

Although the thought of decorating your home’s interior with bold colors might seem a bit scary, it doesn’t have to be. Bold doesn’t have to be over the top to make a statement. In fact, you can make a big impact in very tasteful ways. Here are 3 simple ways to add bold color to your home and tips that might make taking this plunge a little easier.

(1)  Walls: If you are painting walls, go for one cohesive look. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have rooms with different colors or that you have to paint all four walls. It just means those colors should connect in a way where they make sense. You want the colors to flow through the home, rather than feel choppy. Take time to select your colors and try to stick with versatile ones that can be incorporated in other ways such as through upholstery fabric, window treatments and accents. Always blend bold colors with lighter shades so you get a nice balance along with the impact. Don’t forget that colors aren’t always as they appear in the store. Be sure to hang large paint chips on the wall and observe how they look in different lighting before making a final purchase.

(2)  Furniture: If you want to be a little more daring, add bold color through furniture pieces. For instance, you could opt for something such as a red velvet sofa, a bright teal ottoman or a deep purple chair. There are a wide variety of fabrics out there, so let your imagination run wild. Have something vintage in need of an update? Liven it up with a coat of paint. Scatter the pieces throughout the home, rather than put them all in close proximity. You want these pieces to attract attention and they won’t if they are in constant competition with other bold furniture in the space.

(3)  Accents and art: If you just want a touch of bold here and there, then accent and art pieces are a great way to do so. There is a wide range of accent pieces to choose from such as area rugs, cushions, window treatments, throw pillows, photo frames and flower vases. As mentioned earlier, there is a wide variety of fabric available so take time to visit a fabric supplier in person or shop their website, so you get exactly what you want in your space. In regards to art pieces, it doesn’t matter if it’s fine art or something more abstract—anything with bold colors hung on the wall will bring a unique look to the space.

You see, it doesn’t take much to add huge impact to your home. It doesn’t matter if you thrive on being daring or if you are a bit more timid, with these 3 simple ways to decorate with bold color, there is an option for everyone.

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Bath

 Add a Splash of Color to Your Bath, Dallas, Tx

It seems that the bathroom is one of the places that tends to get overlooked. Granted, it’s not a room that the majority of the day is spent in, but that doesn’t mean it has to be lifeless. A bathroom is a great space to splash with color! Here are some ways on how to incorporate a little color without having to do any drastic design changes.

(1)  Paint. Paint is one of the easiest ways to add color to a space. Even if you don’t have much wall space, a little color goes a long way. Have mainly tiled walls? Add paint to the ceiling. You could even add paint to a frame and then hang it on the wall if you only need a little pop of color. Should you ever decide to sell your home, painting walls back to a neutral color is easy, so have fun and choose a color that you love.

(2)  Art. Hanging art in the bathroom can definitely spruce up the place. A print or poster above the toilet is a great place to hang something fun, beautiful or unique. If it’s just a guest bath that won’t get much use, moisture won’t really be a problem. Don’t focus on finding something expensive, just focus on getting something that will give the bath a little more personality.

(3)  Fabric. Fabric often gets overlooked as a perfect way to include color within a bathroom, and it doesn’t have to be limited to the shower curtain. Custom made is always nice because you can get exactly what you want. If you just don’t have the finances however, consider a fabric outlet store or just buy off-the-shelf. Add life to the bathroom with items such as window treatments or even hanging tapestries.

(4)  Decorative items. Use some of the empty spaces in the bathroom for decorative items. The top of the toilet or a spot on the counter can be a nice place for something such as a vase, decorative bowl or candleholder. Just little touches here and there can really make a difference.

Choosing the Right Color

Choosing colors for the bathroom doesn’t have to be anymore difficult than choosing colors for the rest of the home. Check out websites like Pantone to get color palette inspiration. If you have older shower and tile colors that can’t be changed right now, take your time to find something that will compliment and subdue, rather than make it stand out. There are so many colors that can be used, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

Color Mistakes to Avoid in Home Decorating

Color Mistakes to Avoid in Home Decorating Ft Worth

Ultimately, you will choose the color scheme from your home. The colors we choose are to reflect who we are, as well as our personal style, but they should also make sense within the space. It’s easy to see where things went wrong after it’s done, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid getting to that point in the first place? Here are some common color mistakes that should be avoided in home decorating.

(1)  Ignoring the rule of 60-30-10. Following the 60-30-10 will really make a difference in your space. When decorating the space, narrow your color choices down to three: 60 percent will be the dominant color, 30 percent will be the secondary color, and the remaining 10 percent will be the accent color.

(2)   Not understanding the basics of color. Before you delve into home decorating, it’s important to at least understand the basics of the color wheel and how basic schemes work. It’s also important to realize that a neutral color doesn’t just limit you to beige. Neutrals come in a wide variety of shades and tones, so there is no reason to stick with creams and whites unless you really want to. The concept of neutrals just means that there is a balance of warm and cool tones, which means that even a color as bold as red, can be a neutral.

(3)  Forgetting about lighting. Keep in mind that colors look different in certain kinds of lighting. Before you finalize your selections, take home over-sized paint chips or sample size bottles of your favorites. Tape them to or brush them on the wall and watch how they change during different times of the day.

(4)  Trying to match an object. If you have a favorite object, whether it’s furniture fabric or an accent piece, that you want to stand out, you won’t do it with a backdrop in the exact same color. Instead, find a softer, subtler version of a similar color so your favorite piece really pops.

(5)  Jumping on the latest trend. Trends come and go, which is why you should be aware of the reasons behind picking your colors. There is nothing wrong with loving the hottest color of the year, but be careful how you distribute it. Wall colors are easier and less expensive to change, but something like a couch in magenta, isn’t. Be sure to stick with furniture choices that will stand the test of time and save the trendy colors for walls, bedding fabric and accents.

(6)  Avoiding “gender specific” colors. Gone are the days of pink only being for girls and blue for boys. Today, those colors, along with other colors once associated with gender, can be used anywhere. Don’t be afraid to incorporate colors like that into all areas of your home. When done right, they can be pleasing to anyone!

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Using Pinterest for Home Design Projects

Using Pinterest for Home Design Projects

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest yet, you might want to consider taking time to decipher it and all the wonderful things it has to offer. To summarize, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It is used to organize and share all the beautiful and creative ideas you find on the web. It also allows you to browse the pinboards of others to get inspiration. In a nutshell, Pinterest is a do-it-yourselfer’s dream, and if you have the itch to begin a home design project, think about starting here first.

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

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

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

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

Pinners to Follow

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

  • Robert Allen Design
  • Miss Millionairess
  • HGTV
  • The Land of Nod
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Pantone

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

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