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10 Key Features of Spanish Style Interiors

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Spanish style homes are quite unique. The rustic yet elegant look has a timeless appeal that is hard to beat. Although Spanish inspired design is more prevalent throughout Sun Belt states like Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, and California, there are several key features that make it easy to add Spanish flair to your home regardless of your location. Let’s take a look at 10 of them that will make your home muy bonito!  

UNO: Decorative wrought iron.

Not only is hand-forged ironwork is a centuries-old trade, it is a very prominent feature in Spanish-style homes. The architecture will often include ironwork on doors, lighting, stairways, and hardware.

DOS: Arches.

Arches are elegant and style-defining. In addition to interior archways, you will find arched doors, windows, alcoves, and niches.

TRES: Tiles on risers.

Risers covered in Mexican or Catalina style tile add beauty to stairways with their intricate patterns and eye-catching colors. These tiles also provide protection against scuffs and scratches, making them a functional addition as well. Combining different patterns is actually encouraged–just make sure the colors work well together.

QUATRO: Warm wood details.

Doors, floors, and furniture are popular features showcased by warm wood full of rich tones. If the pieces are heavily detailed with a pattern, even better. Many homes even feature warm wood on the ceilings whether it’s the entire ceiling or exposed wooden beams. Wood selections fitting for this design include ebony, walnut, butternut, teak, mahogany, and rosewood.

CINCO: Stucco walls.

Historically, stucco walls were a practical way to keep the interior cooler, however, they are now are also considered a key design feature. At one time, simple, crisp white was the preferred choice. While white is still popular, the style now embraces painting walls with layers of warm tones.

SEIS: Succulent garden.

The exterior of a Spanish-style home often includes succulents. Not only do succulents provide beautiful color and texture, they are drought tolerant and very easy to maintain.

SIETE: Mexican pavers.

Mexican pavers are handmade clay pavers that are traditionally made by Mexican artisans. They have been around for hundreds of years with design methods passed down for generations. Mexican pavers come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors and are individually named–typically after the town or region where the clay was found. Mexican pavers are equally as popular for the interior of Spanish-style homes as they are for the exterior.

OCHO: Rich textiles.

Rich fabrics are a traditional part of Spanish interiors. Something such as velvet curtains, for windows and entryways, are a great example. Not only does their richness add to the drama of the architecture, they pair beautifully with all the ironwork. Other textiles to use include Old World-style tapestries, Persian or Navajo rugs, upholstery fabrics, and accessories, such as pillows and throws. Our Capri and our Shabala are two fabrics that can offer both color and pattern for your Spanish-inspired design.

NUEVE: Eclectic furniture.

In Spanish-style homes, you have so much freedom to mix several different styles of furniture. With simple and somewhat organic architecture, an assortment of eclectic furnishings can easily be displayed. Think Indian, Moroccan, Syrian, and African pieces–pretty much anything goes!

DIEZ: Earth tones.

Within the walls of a Spanish-style home, you’ll find lots of warm, earth tones. Typical colors often include warm hues of reds, oranges, and browns, with accent colors such as turquoise green, blue and yellow. Colors tend to be displayed by way of textured walls and ceilings, wood flooring or beams, decorative tiles, large floral arrangements, and a variety of accents.

 

6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 2

 6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 2

We hope you liked our first three Valentine’s Day decorating projects. Here we’ll cover the remaining three, which are fun and easy to make, as well as a beautiful addition to your home during the holiday.

4) Festive Accent Pillow

Accent pillows are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add some holiday flair to your home. For Valentine’s Day, dress up a plain pillow using stencils and fabric paint. Words such as “love,” “kiss me,” or “be mine” can easily be stenciled on a plain pillow of your choice. For additional flair, alternate the colors for each letter. And don’t hesitate to cut out your own letters, rather than purchasing readymade stencils.

5) Hearts Garland

Garlands can dress up any mantel, headboard, cabinetry or mirror. And they don’t just have to be made out of greenery either. For a quick but pretty garland, grab some patterned hard stock paper and cut out oversized hearts. Cut parallel vertical slits near the center of each heart and then thread them together using valentine-themed ribbon.

A bit more time-consuming, but definitely worth the effort, is a garland of hearts made from fabric. To create, cut hearts of two different sizes from fabric scraps. Lay the smaller heart over the larger, attaching it with iron-on adhesive, for a fun, layered look. Punch small holes in the sides, tie them together with ribbon and string it up!

6) Creative Candles

Candles are always a nice touch no matter what the occasion. For something simple, take plain glass votive candleholders and fill the bottom with candy nonpareils in valentine colors. You can also use small beads. Place the votive candle inside and you’re done!

Another option is to take tall pillar candles or glass candleholders and wrap them with ribbon. Lacy designs and ribbon in shades of red and pink are perfect for Valentine’s Day décor. To hold your ribbon in place, use double-sided tape.

Before you toss out any old glassware, consider reusing smaller glasses as candleholders by etching them with festive motifs. Etching kits can be found at craft stores and are easy to use. Etch glasses with hearts or words, add a candle and enjoy!

These are just some of the many ideas that are out there when it comes to Valentine’s Day decorating. For more ideas, check out websites like Pinterest, which are great when it comes to providing holiday inspiration!

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6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 1

 6 Fun & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas: Part 1

Connect with your inner romantic and express your affection by creating some of these fun and beautiful Valentine’s Day decorations. From mantel décor to wall art, these projects are sure to sweeten up your home.

1)    Valentine Memory Boards

Display your favorite valentine memories on decorative memory boards. Select light to medium weight fabrics, such as cotton or polyester, which will be easier to wrap around a ½-inch-thick square or rectangular piece of cork. Valentine’s Day patterned fabrics are an obvious pick, however you can make beautiful boards with coordinating fabrics in shades of pink and red. Whichever fabric you choose, wrap the fabric to the back, staple it in place, and mount them to the wall with removable hooks and picture hangers so they can be changed out as needed. Our Abigail, Banzi and Jakara are a few excellent choices to get you started.

2)    Handmade Artwork

Making wall or shelf art—themed or not—is much easier than many people realize. For Valentine’s Day this year, consider making some handmade artwork for your home. A framed collage is a great place to start. To make, cut out repeating shapes in various sizes (something like birds, hearts, cupids or lips) from a variety of decorative scrapbook paper or fabric and then mount them to white cardstock with spray adhesive. Once it’s dry, place it in a frame and then rest it on a shelf or hang it on a wall.

Another option is to frame a love quote. Using a die-cutting tool, cut out a quote, and then adhere the letters to black, red, or pink cardstock. Tape your finished piece to a mirror that has an intricate frame. Place it on a shelf or mantle along amidst other themed decorations.

3)    Decorative Wreath

A wreath is pretty much a décor essential whether it’s for a holiday or not. A door just doesn’t look quite as welcoming without one, so this year deck yours out with something festive! A fun wreath to make is one covered with paper curls. To curl, tightly wrap 1×6-inch strips of patterned paper around a pencil and then create a loop by gluing the curl’s ends together. Using hot glue, attach the paper loops to an 8-inch foam wreath form. Repeat until the form is covered, lightly brush it with liquid adhesive and then sprinkle it with glitter. For added flair, embellish it with a printed Valentine’s Day sentiment.

Be sure to come back to read about projects 4-6, which are sure to be just as much fun to make as these first 3!

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Mansfield, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Cozy Fall Color Schemes

Cozy Fall Color Schemes

Temperatures are dropping, which means fall is making it’s way here. Have you given much thought to your fall home décor? What about color schemes? While orange is considered fall’s signature color, there are other modern and sophisticated to bring fall in with other hues. Here’s a brief look into how fall color schemes can work to make home feel ultra cozy for the fall months ahead.

Soothing Scheme

If you want a soothing feel, look for colors that have a gray undertone. Colors that mimic wheat, flaxseed, or a golden pear, will definitely blend nicely together for a soothing effect.

Earthy Scheme

To have the room grounded, look for rich earthy colors. Shades like taupe and sienna, blended with a color reflecting of stone, are the way to go. The pop of red adds a bit of life to the overall serene feel.

Modern Scheme

Who said pumpkin orange was the only way to bring a fall feel into the home? It doesn’t really matter though, since that’s no longer the case. An updated and modern fall scheme will be full of drama. A rich wine color paired with soft gray and soft gold is a great way to incorporate a new fall vibe within your home.

Cool Scheme

To have a cool and refined color scheme, shoot for fall hues that range from dark to light, with a pop of color in between. For example you could use a dark brown that verges on the color of espresso and a soft green with gray undertone paired with a medium dusty gold.

Warm Scheme

For a feeling of comfort and warmth, think pumpkin pie and piece together a three-color scheme that evokes it. Perhaps a light, almost translucent tan to represent the crust, a warm pumpkin or nutmeg color and then a gray tone to balance the two. It will look just as delicious as it sounds.

But Don’t Forget…

As always, there are standard colors that will always work together. Colors such as the ones listed below should not be overlooked:

  • Shades of red paired with khaki neutral
  • Pale peach paired with citrus orange and topped with pops of lime green
  • Cream (buttercream) and pumpkin orange
  • Slate blue blended with a light shade of purple
  • Neutrals with warm yellows
  • Bright raspberry paired with pear green
  • Soft rose teamed with either bold salmon or chocolate brown
  • Charcoal gray and teal blue with accents of white

Fall Home Decor Trends for 2013

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As summer nears to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what’ll be hot in home decor this fall. From colors to fabrics & materials and things in between, here’s a look at what will be at the forefront this season.

Bold Colors

This fall is all about bold colors, and Pantone, the color experts, have released some beautiful colors to choose from. This year’s fall 2013 color report includes a versatile palette including Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Acai, Samba, Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Vivacious, Turbulence, Carafe, and Emerald, the color of the year. Whether you choose from these, or just use them for inspiration in finding something similar, bold colors are worth incorporating into your home through paint, fabric, accents or whatever other vessels you can find.

Sustainability and Durability

Each year, it seems as though sustainable and durable products, made of natural materials, are more and more in demand. From ceilings to countertops to floors and even walls, raw and exposed products made of natural materials like stone, wood, cork and metal, will be desired in the home. Not only do they look great and last long, they help sustain the environment around us.

Graphic Patterns

Graphic patterns have been a hot trend for a couple of years now and it appears as though that’s not going to change. Chevron will still be a top pick, but so will patterns such as stripes, herringbone, houndstooth, large plaids, and anything geometric. While you can use graphic patterns to reupholster furniture, you can also incorporate it in smaller ways through items such as fabric draperies, area rugs, accent pillows and bed linen.

Touches of Brass

Light fixtures, faucets and accents like candle holders, lamp bases, or picture frames will be best when made of brass. The element is making a big comeback because it mixes well with other metals, making it the perfect trend to incorporate into your home.

Decking the Walls with Art

If you haven’t been taking advantage of the art fairs that pass through your town, maybe you should start. A great way to bring color and personality into your space, without costing a fortune, is by adding pieces of art. Whether it’s something inexpensive from a local artist, or something pricy bought from an art gallery showing, you can’t go wrong. This is a trend that will probably be around for quite a while.

Designing Your Bedroom as a Couple

Designing Your Bedroom as a Couple Dallas

We all know that relationships require compromise. While some things are easily agreed upon, other things like home decor – specifically the bedroom – can be a bit more challenging. It really doesn’t have to be though. In fact, combining both of your styles can actually be fun and work well together, when approached in the right way. Here are some tips to help you get a bedroom you can both enjoy.

Combine Your Favorite Colors

What are your favorite colors? You’d be amazed at how many color combinations actually work together, so in most cases, two favorite colors can blend nicely in a single space. If you can’t find happiness within those color choices, stick with a neutral foundation and add each of your favorite colors in small pops throughout the room.  Selecting pillows and drapes with appropriately colored fabric is a quick way to add color.

Mix and Match Patterns

Just like colors, there are many patterns that blend very well together – including feminine and masculine ones. Incorporate a feminine touch with a floral accent wall or area rug and add masculinity with something like striped window treatments or a chair upholstered in plaid fabric. As long as you stick with no more than 3 patterns of a large, medium and small scale, you should be just fine.

Think Romantic, Yet Practical

You want romance in the boudoir, but there is no need to go overboard with the frills. In fact, too many frills like an abundance of candles or excessive window treatments can cause distraction and make the room feel stuffy. Save the candles for more special occasions and use soft lighting on a regular basis by way of bedside lamps, wall sconces, or an overhead light with a dimmer.

Hang Artwork You Both Love

One sure-fire way to make the bedroom enjoyable is by hanging pictures of places you love to visit. Have a favorite picture or two from a favorite vacation spot? Have it blown up and framed for your wall. There is no need to hang meaningless pictures on the wall when it is possible to make the space special with personal photos with great memories.

Getting Started

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to gather all of your likes together so you can determine what will work. A wonderful place to do that is online via Pinterest. Create a board together and pin things you both really love up there. This gives you a great visual, which will make putting all the pieces together for your bedroom much easier.

Tips for Arranging Furniture

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Furniture arrangement instantly sets the tone for how that room will be lived in. Whether you’re relaxing or entertaining, where you place your furniture is important. Here are some tips for arranging your furniture in the best way possible.

Tip #1: Take good measurements

This mainly applies to the purchase of new furniture. While “winging it” is okay in some cases, when it comes to buying furniture, it’s best to be certain that the piece will fit in the space rather than taking a chance. Your measurements should include the dimensions of the room and lengths of the walls, as well as the widths of doorways and hallways to ensure the piece can make it into the house.

Tip #2: Make the focal point obvious

One of the worst mistakes of home decorating is failing to showcase the focal point. In the living room, one of the obvious focal points would be the fireplace. If the room is lacking one however, orient the seating to take advantage of what view the room does have to offer, like the TV or some windows. You can even create your own focal point with a piece of artwork, a large mirror or a vignette of objects on a shelf.

In the bedroom, the bed should always be the focal point. Whether it’s the headboard or the bedding and pillows, find a way to make your bed stand out.

Tip #3: Plan out the walkways

When it comes to the bedroom, allow at least 2 feet on either side of the bed, and try to keep it at least 3 feet away from the door. In other areas like the living room, game room or family room, think about the flow. Where do you want the traffic to go? For instance, if that chair is place there, will someone always have to cut through in front of the TV? You want to make sure that you can get through a room relatively easily.

Tip #4: Create a balance

There are two types of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is a bit more obvious as there is always two of everything in the design. Asymmetry, the lack of symmetry, can be more of a challenge to get right, but it brings more excitement into the room.

Tip #5: Make sure the room has purpose

If someone walks into your home would they understand the purpose of each room? To put it simply, each room should be able to speak for itself. For example, a family room would have items like a comfy sofa and chairs, a TV and entertainment center and possibly a small game table. An office would have a desk and some bookcases. You get the idea. Each room having a voice will eliminate any confusion and bring harmony to the space.

Additional Tips

A few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Round tables with pedestal bases work better in smaller or square dining rooms, while rectangular tables work better in bigger spaces. Make sure traffic flows around it nicely.
  • Seating should have space around it. Even if you pull the couch out a few inches away from the wall, you will make the space seem larger.
  • Mix furnishings of various sizes to create interest in your space.

 

Why Draperies are Important to Home Décor

Why Draperies are Important to Home Décor Dallas

As you decorate your home, don’t forget to pay attention to your windows. Adding window treatments such as draperies is a wonderful way to complete the look of your design, while still providing a function. If you haven’t given much thought to draperies, here are 4 reasons that might make you consider their importance.

1)    Draperies provide privacy. It doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in the city, at some point, you will desire some privacy. While draperies are great at blocking visuals, they are also good at muting sounds as well.

2)    Draperies provide climate control. Climate control is a great energy saver and adding draperies to your home to cut back on how much you spend heating and cooling your home. Draperies offer insulation, which will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

3)    Draperies keep harmful UV rays at bay. The sun can be bright and beautiful, but over time, it can damage the inside of your home. Draperies help block the sun’s rays, which will help keep your walls, floors and furniture from fading as quickly.

4)    Draperies give your home additional style. Drapery will enhance even the more beautifully decorated home. If you want added warmth and personality, then hanging draperies is the way to do it.

If you’ve been convinced that draperies are important to your home’s décor, there are some things you should understand before you make a purchase. There are basically two categories that draperies can be broken down into: functional and non-functional. Functional drapers are used to block light, control temperature and provide privacy, while non-functional are geared more toward accenting a room.

The most common types of functional draperies are pinch pleat (draw) drapery and Roman shades. Popular non-functional types are panels, valances, swags (cascades), and cornices.

While you can find most, if not all of these styles in a department store, going custom will provide you long-lasting quality. Yes, they do cost more, but when taken care of properly, they will look more like new than off the rack ones will 10 to 20 years down the road. Furthermore, you will be able to get exactly what you want.

Often times, you can buy fabric wholesale or even at discount prices from a fabric supplier, in store and online. Most places also provide a wide selection of drapery hardware, which is also something that should be carefully selected. Hardware can sometimes be overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. Not only does it provide a strong architectural element to the room, it also finalizes the look or theme you wish to convey.

Draperies come in such a wide variety that there’s sure to be something perfectly suited for your home. To protect your home’s furnishings and to add style to your home, draperies are definitely worth the investment.

Designing a Masculine Space

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Designing For Him:

When it comes to design, men tend to lean more toward simplicity and low-maintenance, while women hone in more on aesthetics and detail. In a nutshell, many men want comfort and functionality without too much fuss. To create a comfortable masculine space you really only need to focus on four main things: furniture, electronics, color and materials. The rest will fall into place.

Furniture

Believe it or not, furniture such as seating is pretty important to a guy. A common stereotype is that men only need a recliner, but that’s not necessarily the case. Just like women, men enjoy a couch to stretch out on or even an oversized chair with a foot ottoman. It just needs to be comfortable and low-maintenance. No need to go with something frilly in this area. Other pieces of furniture to consider would be a coffee or end table, and of course, an entertainment center to house electronics. There are even pieces out there that serve multiple purposes. Think simple. Think functional.

Electronics

Some electronics to consider would be a large screen television, a sound system and a gaming system. Not all of these may be necessary, but often times, they are an integral part of a masculine space, so check to see what is important to the man you are designing for. When you do incorporate electronics, work the furniture around it in a manner that makes sense. Also, pay attention to the lighting. The equipment, mainly the television, will need to be placed in an area where there is adequate light and minimal chance for glare. You also want to make sure that all wires and cords are concealed as much as possible.

Color

The men of today are becoming more color savvy, which means it’s more than okay to avoid leaving the space white. With that said, in a masculine space, men tend to prefer neutral colors, as well as deeper tones of colors such as burgundy or navy. Think strong and think bold.

Materials

Dark wood and leather pieces are generally what works best with a masculine space. If you are buying something other than leather, stick with pieces that have durable fabric in deep colors. You want something strong as well as something that conceals dirt easily. If you have leather pieces already in the room, you can incorporate manly geometric prints and such into the room by way of some pillows, and yes, even window treatments. Just remember to keep it as simple as possible. Area rugs can be a nice addition as well.

Outdoor Living Area Decorating Ideas

Outdoor Living Area Decorating Ideas Dallas

Expand Your Home With Outdoor living:

Spring has sprung and summer is quickly on its way. Is your outdoor living space ready? Thankfully, plastic green chairs aren’t the only option when it comes to creating an area for relaxing and entertaining. Today, the options almost seem endless, which gives homeowners the opportunity to let their creativity run wild. Whether you have a front porch, patio, deck, or an abundance of wide, open space, it’s easy to personalize an area for both relaxation and fun.

Before you dive in however, it’s important to consider things such as purpose and location. Will this area be used for dining, relaxing or entertaining? Will the location require an umbrella or overhead shelter? Do the materials need to be waterproof and sun-resistant?  Starting the designing and decorating process will be much more challenging without a little brainstorming. Once you have some ideas in place, you’re ready to begin.

Porches, Patios, Terraces and Decks

Homeowners with porches, patios, terraces or decks have the ability to extend the comfort and style of their home to their outdoor space. Not only does this allow the outdoor area to look good, it provides a harmonious feel of being part of the entire home, rather than a completely separate area.

Some decorating ideas to consider:

  • Hanging or stationary pots full of plants, herbs, trees and flowers
  • A hammock or swing for lounging
  • Canopy, awning or umbrellas to provide shade
  • Wooden trellises for “walls” or fabric panels for privacy
  • Soft lighting including sconces, pendants, lanterns and string lights
  • Fire pit or chimenea
  • Baskets, ornaments and other outdoor accessories
  • Outdoor rugs
  • A variety of furniture including tables, chairs, sofas, and chase lounges

When you do add furniture to your outdoor space, shop around for weather-resistant pieces that will last. Quality doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but keep in mind that you often get what you pay for. If you currently have good pieces that are in need of an update, consider reupholstering the cushions. You can click here to browse some of our woven, tight weave outdoor fabric that is fade and mildew resistant.

Wide Open Spaces

If you’re fortunate enough to have wide, open spaces surrounding you as well, they don’t have to be neglected when it comes to design. Garden areas are prime spots to incorporate things such as:

  • Pergolas or gazebos
  • Benches and other seating like Adirondack chairs
  • Fire pit for socializing

Whatever you have around your home, make it personal. Whether you need a small, intimate setting, a fun-filled area for family, or a larger space that can accommodate entertaining friends, enjoy yourself as it all comes together. Remember, it’s your space and it’s function and style is meant to match your lifestyle.