Creative Ways to Add a Little Fall to Your Home

 

Creative Decorating ideas for fall

When the weather turns cooler outside, it’s only natural that you want the inside of your home to radiate warmth. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much to get that cozy feeling. Try using autumn colors in these 3 creative ways to spread warmth throughout your space.

Revive something with a fresh coat of paint. This could be a desk chair, a kitchen island, a bookcase, a sofa table, the front door, or whatever else you can find around the house. Try to stick with items that have already painted or that are ones you don’t mind painting. Pantone already named Tangerine Tango the color of 2012, but they also released other hot colors for the upcoming fall season. These include French roast, Honey Gold, Pink Flambé, Ultramarine Green, Bright Chartreuse, Olympian Blue, Titanium, Rhapsody and Rose Smoke. Any of these colors, when added to the smallest something in the house, can have a really big impact.

Add fall-colored accents throughout the house. Try something like displaying flowers in a tall orange vase or pot or hanging a fall-inspired picture on the wall. You can even add a touch of fall with items such as pumpkin centerpieces, wreaths made of leaves, rustic floor rugs, or scented candles in autumn shades. And don’t just stop inside the house. Add 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, throw 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.

No matter what you choose to do, don’t feel like you have to go overboard with your décor. 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!

Creating a Bedroom Oasis

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Whether you use your room as a retreat, or for sleeping only, a lot of time is spent in there. If that’s the case, then why does it fall so low on the totem pole, so to speak, when it comes to decorating? Your bedroom should be the one place where you don’t have to worry about what guests might think. It is your own personal space for the ultimate relaxation. That doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your bedroom, but there are ways you can make it more inviting.

Freshen up your bed. A good mattress, a beautiful bedspread and accent pillows can make a world of difference when it comes to a relaxing bedroom, so make this your starting point. There’s nothing wrong with buying a bedding collection set from a department store, but if you really want something that reflects who you are, visit your local fabric supplier.

A good fabric store will give you endless possibilities, which will allow you to get exactly what you want, when it comes to bedspreads and pillows. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could buy fabric to make an upholstered headboard.

Dress up your windows. Window treatments are a great way to enhance your windows. During the day, they can be opened to let the sun in, and at night, they can be closed to give you the privacy you need. Again, you can buy window treatments from the department store, but you can custom make them with your own handpicked fabric. Furthermore, you can add fabric trim, like tassels, to the top or the base to really give your room some extra punch.

Cover your walls with color. Since your bedroom is to be an oasis, it would be best to pick a color that you can handle looking at for a long time. Granted, you might do more time sleeping in there than you do staying awake, but a new color transformation might make you want to spend more time in there. Bold colors might make it hard to settle down for sleep, so think about painting the walls in something soft or neutral.

Remove unnecessary clutter. Once you’ve finished creating your bedroom oasis, avoid letting clutter pile up. This is supposed to be a retreat, and unnecessary messes might make you feel more on edge. A clean space, with your personality encompassed throughout, should give you the bedroom oasis you’ve always wanted.

Whether you freshening up an existing bedroom, or decorating a new home, we would love to help you with your fabric and drapery hardware needs at Cutting Corners Dallas!

The Importance of Custom Drapery

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Windows, inside the home, need attention too, and that can be accomplished with custom drapery. Yes, custom window treatments cost 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. If you haven’t given custom drapery a thought, here are 4 reasons that might change your mind.

  1. Draperies provide climate control. Draperies offer insulation, which will keep 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, things like your walls, floors and furniture are vulnerable to fading.
  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.
  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.

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 non-functional. 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. For your home furnishing’s protection and your home’s 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.

 

Designing a Nursery

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Bringing a baby into the world, and into your home, is a joyous event. However, deciding what to do with the nursery can be stressful, especially if this is your first child. Not only are there so many decisions to make, there’s also a 9-month time window to work with. Instead of stressing about it, take a deep breath and have some fun. Here are some tips to make your nursery designing enjoyable.

Cover the basics. This includes evaluating your budget, measuring the space and planning the layout. All three of these will help you along the way throughout the decorating and buying process, so it’s important to have them at the forefront of your mind. Since spills, spit ups and other accidents are guaranteed to happen, try aiming for safe, functional and washable items over expensive ones.

Select your furniture. The three main things you’ll need are a crib, a changing table and a dresser. If you have the room, consider adding a table or nightstand and rocking chair or glider.  Remember, family and friends will have tons of suggestions so be sure to make a list and think through what you will like and utilize without overcrowding the space so that there is a clear path for those late night feedings.

Choose your lighting. Lighting doesn’t matter as much during the day as it does during the night. When bedtime rolls around, low lighting or none at all, is often best. Soft glowing lamps, nightlights or an overhead light with a dimmer, are all great options for setting the mood for sleep. Consider wood or faux wood blinds if you don’t already have them to block out light for those day time naps and early bedtimes. Also, to block extra light, consider either medium weight window treatments or black out curtains, both of which you can make yourself to match the nursery and bedding, or purchase for ranges amounts depending on the quality of fabric and craftsmanship.

Pick your bedding. When it comes to themes, there are plenty out there to choose from. However, it seems like some of those bedding sets cost much more than they should. Furthermore, most pieces in the set can’t be bought individually.. If you want to try something new, pick out a sewing pattern and find a local fabric shop.. If you don’t have one nearby, try searching through our online fabrics. As an online fabric supplier, we have lots of great deals and have swatches to send you of your favorites for you to feel the texture, weight and weave.

Not only does it sewing the bedding yourself give you even more options, but it also lets you pick and choose the details and pieces you actually want, rather than having to buy any unwanted pieces included in a set. Many times, finding discount fabric, such as our wholesale designer fabrics, so that you get the best deal without sacrificing quality. Not only does it give you even more options, but it also lets you pick and choose the details and pieces you actually want, rather than having to buy any unwanted pieces included in a set.

Add color to the walls. Keep in mind that when a baby is born, the only colors he or she can see are black, white and gray. The first recognizable color is red, but this color, along with bright oranges, are discouraged because it can be over-stimulating for your baby. You can’t go wrong with greens, blues, pinks, yellows, violets and earth tones. Since paint color can be matched with just about anything, it might be helpful to take in a piece of fabric to the paint store. If you don’t want solid wall, consider wallpaper. Either way, think about finding a softer compliment to make your bedding and window treatments more visually appealing for your baby. However, if you are thinking something more exotic and fun, try a wall applique or mural for a fun touch! Here is a site that has a bunch of options from monkeys, lilies, dinosaurs, trains, and even things like Noah’s Ark, City Scenes, and a Cirucs!

Sit back and enjoy. Now that you have the perfect room, soak up every minute with your little one.

When you are ready to start your project, bring your measurements in to Cutting Corners in Fort Worth on South Hulen Street, we will be happy to assist you with your fabrics! You can also buy your fabrics online if you prefer!

Arranging Furniture in Your Home

Moving into a new home or redecorating your current one can be very exciting. However, figuring out where everything will go can be a bit stressful. To eliminate anxiety, here are some tips for arranging furniture in a way that will make the rooms in your house look their best.

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Measure Your Space

Nothing is worse than thinking something will fit and then finding out that it doesn’t. Before you make new purchases or start moving in old ones, be sure that you’ve measured the dimensions of the room and lengths of the walls. Don’t forget to measure the width of doorways and hallways, since you’ll need to make sure the piece can even make it into the house.

Showcase the Focal Point

One of the worst things you can do is neglect showcasing a focal point. Your focal point can be something like a window, a headboard, or a fireplace. It could even be a particular piece of furniture like a bookcase or a sofa. If possible, avoid blocking its view. For the room to have the most impact, the focal point should be readily visible to anyone walking into the room.

Create Balance

There are two types of balance in design: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is when there are two of everything. Asymmetrical, on the other hand, which is the lack of symmetry, can still have balance, depending on how it’s positioned. While symmetry is generally easy to obtain, it can get boring at times. Adding asymmetry to a room can grab attention.

Have a Purpose 

Could someone walk into your house and know which room is the family room? To put it simply, each room needs to speak for itself. A family room would have things like a comfy sofa and chairs in front of a TV or a table in the corner for games. An office would have a desk and maybe some bookcases. Designing each room with a purpose in mind will eliminate any confusion and bring harmony to the space.

Size Variation

To add visual interest to your space, mix furnishings of various sizes. Avoid filling the room with the same size pieces. For example, a large sectional, overstuffed chairs and a big coffee table would be overpowering in one room. Something a little less cumbersome would be the large sectional, paired with some smaller armchairs and an end table or two. Keeping the sizes mixed will give the room character.

When you are looking for a cushion and fabric store near Plano, TX, take a short drive to our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and cushions. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

 

Home Décor Trends for 2012

Dallas decorating trends 2012 fabricsNowadays, home decorating is more personal, truly reflecting your tastes, interests and styles, more than just playing it safe. Bold colors, whimsical creatures, and gutsy patterns are just some of the things you can find and incorporate into your space. Here’s a look at some trends that will be popular this year.

Bold colors. We’re not talking about on pillows or window treatments. One of the latest trends is anchoring the room with a large piece of furniture covered in a big color. Each year Pantone reveals its must-have color of the year. For 2012, the color is Tangerine Tango. That, along with jewel tones and shades of purples and reds will be very popular.

Stunning stairs. The new stair makeover craze seems to be getting more and more popular. From multiple colors to printed words to mix-and-match patterns, people are finding ways to let their stairway make a statement.

Fowl play. A trend of the past has been reborn—only this time, it’s better. This new trend of owls and birds seems to be taking over by storm. Today’s themes are a combination of vintage and modern in fun colors, which makes it look quite fashionable for almost any room.

Wall art. Mainly wall words and trees, as in family trees. Wall words are a nice touch for areas such as the entryway, a kid’s room, bathroom or hallway. When it comes to trees, they make a great backdrop for your framed photos. Both the wall words and trees can either be painted or stenciled on the wall, but they also come as decals.

Green living. Many people have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. The demand for both recycled and energy-efficient products for the home are on the rise, and surprisingly, they make for beautiful design.

Mixed Hardware Metals. Gold tones and mixed metal accents are hot this year. Unless you’re going for an eclectic look, it’s best to stick with two, maybe three, metals. Take notice of tones and hues leaning toward colors that compliment each other.  The wrong mixture of tones and hues can make your space looked disconnected, rather than harmonious. The finish of the metal is also an element that can be mixed. In other words, it’s not always just about tone or color. Since metal is a natural material, it has a neutral appearance, making it easy to incorporate into any style of room.

Most of these are becoming so popular they’ll probably be around for quite a while, but it’s always wise to stick with a trend you can be happy with for a long time. If you intentionally shy away from trends, stick with the basics and incorporate small portions of a trend you do like. Above all else make sure whatever you choose is something you’ll really enjoy.

At our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , we carry all of the trends, but at huge discounts. Come by for your next project to get great quality fabrics at wholesale prices!

 

Designing Your Child’s Bedroom

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You want your child to be comfortable, happy and safe in their personal space, so designing their bedroom can be quite challenging. A child’s room is often multi-functional: it’s a space for sleeping, for study, and for play, so it’s important to take all of that into consideration before you start designing. Here are some tips that will hopefully get you started in the right direction.

Question your child.

What better input can you get than from your child? Ask them what they like about their current bedroom, what they would change and what their favorite colors are. They will be the ones spending the most time in there so it only makes sense to hear their ideas. Granted what they suggest might not always be practical or in the budget, but asking them will make them feel involved.

Pick the theme or color scheme.

There’s bound to be a theme or character your child loves, but in most cases they’ll outgrow it quickly. Since this can pose a problem, using a color scheme tends to work best. As a general rule, pick one main color and two accent colors. You can build on those colors by incorporating complimentary patterns throughout the furniture, window coverings and bedding.

Furnish the room.

There are so many great pieces of furniture out there for a child’s bedroom, so before you buy, be sure you have a good sense of what will work in your child’s space. Take the time to measure the space so you don’t overcrowd or under-furnish the room.

Add art to the walls.

Most children love art just as much as adults do. If you can’t find any great prints to frame, consider removable wall decals. If you’re artistic and are feeling really creative, paint a mural on one wall.

Lighten the space.

Don’t forget about the lighting. Not only will it allow your children to see better, but it can become a fun, decorative element. Be sure there’s a central light and then consider a desk or floor lamp for function or just to tie the room together.

Include plenty of storage.

Most kids have a lot of things—books, toys, clothes, shoes—the list goes on. This is why sufficient storage is a must. Storage these days doesn’t just mean storing things in a closet. Your child’s room can be organized with bins on bookcases, a nightstand or bed with drawers, toy boxes and even window benches with built in storage. Today, your options are endless, so find out what you have the space for and get creative with it.

Your ultimate goal is to provide a space your child will love, so above all else, make the space reflects his or her personality. It doesn’t take much to make the most of your child’s space, so have fun!

At Interior Fabrics Houston on Fondren Rd, we are happy to help you find the perfect fabrics for your project!

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Home Decorating Dos and Don’ts

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When decorating a room, it can be hard to know what works and what doesn’t.
Here’s a list of 5 dos and 5 don’ts to get you started.

  1. Do Choose Fabrics, Carpets and Upholstery First. A common mistake made by people is choosing the wall color first. Since you can get paint mixed to any color imaginable, it’s easier to match the paint to the furnishings, rather than the other way around. 
  1. Don’t let your favorite color be the main color. Instead, find a complimentary color that can serve as a backdrop. This will allow you to really let your favorite color shine through special pieces. 
  1. Do Control the Traffic Pattern. Make sure that you determine where you want people to walk and then define it with furniture placement. For instance, if you want to avoid the TV being blocked, then create a path that will go around it instead. 
  1. Don’t Hang Pictures Too High. If you have to crane your neck to see a piece of artwork, it’s not in the right place. As a general rule, pictures should be hung at eye level. 
  1. Do Illuminate the Space. If the only lighting you have in the room is an overhead light, then your space might feel a little cold. A soft glow from a table or floor lamp can really cozy up the place, so think about adding some softer light options. If that’s not an option, consider adding a dimmer to your overhead lighting. 
  1. Don’t Be Too Symmetrical. Symmetry can be beautiful, but it can also be overused, making a space look a little stagnant. If you can’t arrange the furniture to be asymmetrical, try to incorporate asymmetry through artwork or collectables. 
  1. Do Identify the Focal Point. Whether it’s a headboard, a fireplace, a window or piece of furniture, identify the focal point of the room and arrange things around it to show its importance. 
  1. Don’t Leave a Hole in the Center. If there’s no other way to arrange your furniture except up against the wall, so be it. If you have an open space however, try moving your furniture into the center of the room, so it feels cozy and comfortable. 
  1. Do Purchase Quality Furniture. As you are able, purchase quality furniture. Quality construction will last longer, leaving you a solid frame should you ever decide to reupholster. 
  1.  Don’t Let Someone Else Call the Shots. This is your home. It’s your personal space and it should be treated as such. Suggestions are wonderful, but you should be the one making the final decision. At the end of the day, you need to be comfortable with the choices that have been made.

Fabric & Design Styles Defined

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The design theme is the first thing one usually takes into consideration before redecorating, but it’s can be hard to choose a theme if you aren’t familiar with the types of design that exist. Here’s a brief overview of the styles you have to choose from.

 

Modern

When it comes to modern design, less is more. Furnishings have a 1930s architectural style with sleek, straight lines. Decorations and details are kept to a minimum. Neutral colors and geometric shapes are prevalent, along with materials such as frosted glass, stainless steel and marble.

Mid-Century Modern

Gaining popularity during the Rat Pack days, this ‘50s and ‘60s style, influenced by Scandinavian designers and architects, was characterized by simplicity integrated with natural shapes and materials. Colors included chocolate brown, olive green and varieties of yellows and oranges.

Western

Inviting fabrics like animal prints, florals or plaids, incorporated on large-scale wooden furniture are a great foundation for the Western look. Add leathers and natural elements, like stone or raw wood, and you’ve got cozy room.

Southwestern

An infusion of Native American and Spanish styles, this type of design is warm and welcoming. Colors usually reflect the nature of the desert: yellows, greens, tans, reds, browns and warm oranges. Terra cotta elements paired with stucco and ceramic materials complete the design.

Arts and Crafts

This movement came about between the late 1800s and early 1900s. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms. Some designs also incorporated romantic, folk or medieval styles of décor.

Victorian

Victorian design tends to be associated with an excess of ornament. Elaborate trim, chandeliers and Gothic details are just a few of the many elements that can be incorporated within the space.

Traditional

Traditional spaces are filled with European décor, with furnishings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich wood tones and soft, simple fabrics such as florals, plaids, stripes and solids give a calm and orderly feel to the space.

English Country

English country incorporates rose patterns, skirted, overstuffed furniture and small decorative accents. The color palette includes shades of reds, pinks, greens and blues, which will give your space the ultimate feminine, look. 

Country 

A rustic, weathered, yet elegant look is what creates a cozy country home. Many elements have down-to-earth feel: exposed beams, wood furnishings, handmade pottery, baskets and white wood paneling, to name a few. Standard fabrics can include checked, floral and striped patterns. Most hues are muted, but pops of color add to the charm. 

Eclectic

This style can be defined as a mix of several styles that make up an individualized look. In order for the space to be cohesive however, the room must be based on the foundation of design (texture, pattern, color, composition), rather than having a bit of this and that thrown together. 

Art Deco

The art deco movement covered many artistic styles and movements in the early 20th century: Neoclassical, Cubism, Modernism, Constructivism, Bauhaus, Art Nouveau and Futurism. To put it simply, furnishings feature mirrored accents, rounded fronts and sleek lines. Wood furniture tends to be paired with glass tops and chrome hardware. 

Asian

Asian design varies widely, getting its inspiration through elements from countries like China, Vietnam, Japan and Thailand. The serene environment is created using colors from nature and adding accents such as bamboo, dark wood, stone and natural fibers. 

Transitional

Best described as classic, with a contemporary twist, transitional design bridges contemporary and traditional design. Flooring tends to be muted, often using warm-colored wood flooring or Berber carpets. Furniture has cleaner lines and certain pieces distributed throughout the room retain some history. 

Tropical

A design inspired by tropical destinations like Hawaii, Aruba or the Grand Cayman. Think furniture covered with prints of colorful flowers or palm leaves, accented by muted color rugs or walls.

Costal 

Light and breezy, this design is inspired by the ocean. Navy and white colors, paired with nautical or beach-themed accessories, can give any room an airy feeling.

Contemporary 

Clean, sleek lines and solid colors are what give contemporary style its uncluttered look. Furniture tends to sit lower to the ground and has a metal frame. Recessed or track lighting, along with abstract artwork and accents will enhance the design.

Mediterranean 

Influenced by the countries of Italy, Greece and Spain, the Mediterranean look features warm textures of fabrics like linens and velvets, surrounded by accents in colors of terra cotta, lavender, yellow and blue. When done correctly, the atmosphere should echo the sea and sky.

French

This blend of regal and rustic features gives a fanciful sophistication to your space. Dramatic window treatments, fresh flowers, antique furniture, repetition of color and the use of gold and bronze, make a French room complete. 

Moroccan 

Derived from Hispanic-Moorish style influences, Moroccan incorporates layers of fabrics with intricate patterns, jewel-toned and earthy desert colors, textured walls, metal lanterns, pillows and Oriental rugs. Add some ornately carved wooden accents and you’ve got your own personal casbah.

Shabby Chic

A cottage-inspired look filled with white, neutrals and bright interiors, topped of with vintage accessories. This design allows you to be elegant, without being formal.

 

Once you know what type of space you have or want to create, come on in to Interior Fabrics of Houston to get all of your fabrics at huge discounts!

How to Pick a Fabric Color Scheme

Picking a color scheme for your fabrics can be challenging especially when there are so many options out there. The shades and hues available seem never-ending, which only adds to the difficulty of picking a color and building a complimentary palette. Here are some tips on how to pick your color scheme and make your room look beautiful. Decorating Dallas Houston Austin Upholstery

1. Use your favorite color. What better way to get a room you love than by using a color you love? Balance bold colors by adding white, off-white or lighter shades of your hue. Intensify soft hues by adding bursts of bolder colors throughout.

2. Find a rug you love and pull colors from it.  A rug does more than ground a room. It can also provide you with a multitude of colors for inspiration. Drawing colors from a rug is a sure-fire way to keep the color scheme looking harmonious throughout the room.

3. Let your window treatments guide you. This is a great alternative for those who either don’t have a rug or don’t want to use a rug for inspiration. Distribute hues from with window treatments throughout the room with accessories and furniture.

4. Think themes. Do you love the beach or have a fondness for Italy? In many cases, decorating themes come with their own color scheme, making it much easier for you to pull a room together.

5. Allow artwork to drive your color scheme. All it takes is one piece of artwork to inspire a design. Pick out some of the colors you love and run with it. Be sure to paint the wall a lighter shade so your artwork really stands out.

6. Determine the atmosphere you want to be surround in. Think about how you want the room to feel. If you want to convey a relaxing atmosphere, lean toward cool colors like soft blues and greens. For warmth and extra coziness, use warm colors like reds and oranges.

7. Stick with the classics. You can’t go wrong by sticking with classic color combinations. Blue and yellow, black and white and green and blue, are just a few of the combinations that make designing a room simple.   There are other things that you can use for inspiration—outfits, wallpaper and pillows to name just a few—so your options are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative when picking your color scheme. Make sure you stick with what you love so you have a room you love to be in. Cutting Corners Dallas to save on some great fabrics!


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