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What You Should Consider Having Custom Made—and Why

With the cost, time, and decisions involved, the thought of having anything custom made for your home may seem overwhelming. But in all reality, it shouldn’t be. True, custom made furniture, finishes and upholstery require a longer process than just picking something out at the store, but there are some benefits of custom options—ones you should truly consider when it comes time to decorate your home. Here are 3 of our suggestions for some custom essentials.

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Draperies

Quality draperies are an investment—and one that’s worth it if you wish to receive a fitted and elegant look. If you have unusually shaped or sized windows, custom treatments are the optimal way to make them appear their best.

Upholstery

Custom upholstering large pieces of furniture can add up quickly, so if cost is holding you back, start small. Instead of taking on something like an armchair or sofa, consider having the seats of your dining room chairs upholstered in fabric you love. Dining chair seats may seem a simple choice, but it’s important to remember that even something small can have a big impact on a space. For an even more significant payoff, carry that fabric pattern throughout the space by also using on your windows in the dining area. If you’re in a position to take on upholstering a larger piece of furniture, we have custom pieces suitable for every design style.

Rugs

Area rugs can anchor a space and polish off a room’s design. However when the rug is the wrong size, the design verges on flawed, rather than finished. If you’re having a difficult time finding the ideal rug for your space, then consider investing in a quality, custom-fit rug made of solid material. If you need your rug to pack some extra punch, consider creating a pattern with carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are especially nice in high traffic areas or areas that may be prone to messes (i.e. a child’s playroom, nursery, family room) since tiles can be replaced individually on an as-needed basis.

In need of some encouragement, guidance or inspiration? Stop into one of our showrooms or visit us online to see what we have to offer. Our wide selections of fabrics, rugs and custom furniture pieces (we even have pillow inserts and custom covers!) should leave you with plenty of options for your project, whether it’s big or small.

Looking for a fabric store in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area? Consider stopping by! If you’re not sure where we are, just check out our website to find the store nearest to you!

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.

 

Choosing Upholstery Fabric for Your Home

Choosing Upholstery Fabric for Your Home Dallas Tx

If you plan to spend many years in your home, then eventually, the time will come when you’ll need to replace some furniture. Yes, you can head to the store to pick new and ready-made pieces, but you could also design your own piece, or even reupholster a piece that still has life in it. Should you decide to find yourself in a situation that requires the choice of upholstery fabric, keep in mind that it should be something enjoyable, not stressful. Here are some tips that will hopefully help when it comes to choosing upholstery fabric for your home.

Take a Look at the Space

It the upholstered piece going to be for a large room or a small one? This is especially important when it comes to picking a pattern. Larger spaces tend to handle larger patterns, while smaller spaces look better with smaller patterns. This doesn’t mean you can’t do something different, but these are good rules to follow if you want the pieces to look visually appealing.

Assess the Piece of Furniture

What does your piece look like? Is it small and narrow or big and long? As a general rule, larger patterns will showcase better on a bigger piece such as a couch, while a small floral pattern would look its best on a chair or ottoman.

What about the piece’s style? The time period or design style it depicts will also be a factor in choosing upholstery fabric. In most cases, choosing a fabric that compliments the character of the piece will make it look the best it possibly can.

Think About its Purpose

The purpose of a piece is one of the most important things to consider. Will it be used in a high traffic area such as a family room, or a more formal setting like a dining room? Are there children or pets in the house? Does the piece sit next to a window? All of these things should be taken into consideration. Each will determine texture, durability and color, among other things in regards to your fabric choice,

For instance, woven fabrics will be more durable than printed ones. Higher thread counts will get the best wear as well. If you have children, you may want to lean towards a darker color in order to hide dirt more easily. Pets often do well with leather or microfiber fabric. If your piece is near a window, it’ll be important to look for something that is fade-resistant.

Before you start to cover your pieces, always examine the fabric before you buy. Be sure to give it a tug, pulling with and against the grain, to see if it’s good quality. Keep in mind that good quality doesn’t have to come at an outrageous price. If you shop around, you can end up with a really good deal.

Special DIY Gifts for Mom

Special DIY Gifts for Mom Dallas

Mother’s Day is approaching quickly, and sometimes, finding that perfect gift to show your love seems impossible. Instead of surfing the web or scrambling from store to store to buy something, consider making something unique for the special lady in your life. Here are some great ideas for DIY gifts mom will love.

Colorful Dipped Utensils: Have a very practical mom? Try adding a little flair to a very practical gift. Try dressing up a mixture of wooden utensils by adding a color she loves to the handle. Dip dye works great, comes in a variety of shades, and will easily beautify a once plain gift. Whether you stick with a single color or a few different ones, mom will love the outcome.

Chalkboard Flower Pots: Give some inexpensive terra-cotta pots a transformation with chalkboard paint. Not only will they be functional to hold mom’s favorite blooms, the ability to draw or write on the pots will make the gift a playful spin.

Decorated Table Runner: If you need a way to get the kids involved, then a finger or hand printed table runner is the answer. It doesn’t matter if you purchase a solid-colored table runner, or make a fabric one of your own, just let the kids personalize it with colorful fingerprints or handprints for a super special gift.

Easy-Sew Pillows: Look for fabrics that mom will love and create some decorative pillows for her. For outdoor pillows, be sure to use fabrics that will withstand bright sun and moisture. For indoor pillows, your options are wide open. Just knowing that you took the time to make something beautiful will make mom proud.

Decorative Fabric Frames: Pictures frames come in a variety of choices, but none are truly personal. To make something that’s simple, yet beautiful, add fabric to a picture frame. Look for frames that come with pre-cut mat boards, and then glue a colorful, patterned fabric to it. While you’re at it, slip in an updated picture of yourself or the grandkids.

Don’t have time to pick out fabric? Look for solid wooden frames (in any color) instead and have the kids decorate them with paint.

Hand Painted Wooden Bracelets: Wooden bracelets ready for paint can be found at pretty much any arts and craft store. Kids can get extra creative with this project, using a variety of colors and techniques, which will make this give extra special for her.

 

How to Begin a Home Decorating Project

How to Begin a Home Decorating Project Plano

Decorating a home can be overwhelming to an avid do-it-yourselfer, but it doesn’t have to be a bad experience. The hard part is usually figuring out where to begin. Once you get over that initial step, the rest will fall into place. By taking a deep breath, pacing yourself and following these tips, you can give your home the facelift you desire, without the stress.

Tip #1: Consider your budget

This is probably the area that gets most people in trouble whether it’s through over-budgeting or under-budgeting. Will the majority of your money go towards furnishings? Fabrics? Accents? It’s important that you seriously think through how much you can spend and where your money will be allocated before you start the project.

Tip #2: Determine your style

You can’t really begin a home decorating project unless you know what your style is. Are you casual or formal? Do you like traditional, modern, shabby chic, cottage, country, or something completely different? What color schemes are you most drawn to? Take time to find elements you love so there won’t be any confusion as to the direction of your design.

Tip #3: Examine the room

The best way to evaluate the room is to clear it of clutter. Exposing the room by removing things such as furnishings, window treatments and artwork, make it easier to see the positives and the negatives within the space. Take time to examine the walls, floors, ceilings, windows and woodwork to see if anything needs to be fixed or replaced.

Tip #4: Put a plan in writing

There’s no doubt your head is swimming with ideas, but they aren’t much good if you can’t keep track of them all. A good rule of thumb is to write down everything you have in mind in regards to your decorating project. Plans can be changed, but it really helps to take the thoughts you have and put them in writing.

Tip #5: Don’t neglect what you already have

Often times, homeowners have elements within the house that aren’t ready to go. Whether it’s carpet, countertops, architectural features or furnishings, take a look at what still has life in it and give it some TLC. Sure, it might be nice to buy all new pieces, but for most people, that’s not realistic. Instead, give pieces a facelift with a good cleaning, a sanding and staining, a coat of paint, or something of the like.

Visit us at Cutting Corners in Dallas to pick out your favorite discount designer fabrics and hardware, where we will also be happy to help you with any of your questions while you start on your home decorating project! When you stop in, ask to be shown our fabrics featured on HGTV that are currently 20% too.

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.

 

 

Velvet: A Fabric to Love

Velvet A Fabric to Love Dallas Texas

Velvet, a woven tufted fabric, dates back thousands of years. What was once associated with nobility is readily available today for anyone to use. Those tiny loops of woven thread, help give this luxurious its soft, distinctive feel, making it perfect for those places in your home you want to make extra cozy. Here we will take a deeper look into the fabric and what it can bring to your home.

Types of Velvet

Velvet can be made from a variety of fibers such as silk, rayon, acetate and cotton. Although each fiber produces different results, velvet still remains a lovely choice for home decorating. There are three main varieties of velvet available for purchase: pure, cut and crushed. Here is a breakdown on what makes them unique:

  • Pure velvet is made from a plain weave with a short, dense pile.
  • Cut velvet has a raised design cut into the fabric and will usually have a secondary fabric like chiffon or voile to serve as a backing.
  • Crushed velvet gets its unmistakable appearance because it is pulled through a narrow cylinder and then dried in a crumpled form.

How to Use Velvet

The best thing about velvet is its texture, but if it’s not used appropriately, it can be very overwhelming. Velvet can be many things: seductive, classy, chic or glamorous—but too much in one space minimizes the elegance, making it seem almost tacky. You don’t want it to lose its impact, which is why it’s important to use it sparingly. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to incorporate velvet into your home décor.

Idea #1: The Bedroom

The bedroom is a perfect place to start. What better place to surround yourself with comfort? For a classy look, try a velvet-covered headboard. Throw a velvet blanket on top of the bedding to have accessible warmth whenever you need it. For something a little more daring, skip the headboard and wrap the box spring in velvet. Not only will it look luxurious, you can do without the bed frame.

Idea #2: Formal Areas

Formal living rooms or formal eating areas such as the dining room are great places to use velvet. The easiest, and possibly the best way, is through drapery. Adding long velvet drapes to your windows are a wonderful way to bring drama into the space. To top it off, consider reupholstering pieces like dining room chairs, a chase lounge or a chair and ottoman.

Idea #3: Casual Spaces

A super easy way to bring a little elegance into your casual spaces is with decorative pillows and throws. Even the most casual chair or loveseat can look glam with some fringed velvet pillows or a soft throw draped over it. If your casual space is all about fun, add one colorful velvet piece of furniture to your room.

How to Clean Velvet Upholstery

Although beautiful and densely plush, velvet can be sensitive to cleaning. Here are some ways to clean it without damaging it:

  • Use a soft bristled hairbrush, velvet brush or cloth to smooth or to keep dust and debris at bay. Always brush in the direction of the nap.
  • Vacuum excess dust, dirt or fuzz on the fabric surface. A special attachment for velvet can be found at appliance stores where vacuums are sold or at fine furniture stores.
  • To remove creases, use a steamer. Use a moderate pace until it disappears.
  • If liquid spills, try to remove as much moisture as you can from the upholstery. The best way to accomplish this is to use a dry absorbent cloth. Dab lightly to avoid pushing the moisture further into the fabric.
  • To tackle stains, mix a few drops of dish detergent in a small amount of warm water and create suds. Apply lightly and try not to over wet the spot. For stubborn stains, use a dry cleaning solvent.
  • Let the fabric air-dry. A hair dryer set on low heat can be used to speed up the process if needed. Hold it about 5 inches away from the fabric and keep moving to avoid damage.

One downfall is that upholstery velvet can wear quickly with rough use. However, if you keep this in mind when choosing which piece to cover, it should withstand time. Since velvet comes in a variety of colors and is readily available, it is definitely a fabric you should consider incorporating into your home design.

Stop in at Cutting Corners in Dallas, Tx where we have huge sales going on in addition to our already wholesale prices on Designer Fabrics, Drapery Hardware, Curtain Rods, Rugs and more!

Revive Your Bathroom Design With Fabric

Revive Your Bathroom Design With Fabric Addison Texas

As a general rule, kitchens and bathrooms can be two of the most costly rooms to renovate. Not everyone however, has the budget to tackle a big project like that. If you fall into that category, consider bringing in additional fabric or updating the current fabric that already exists.

If the bathroom is not used regularly you can be a bit more frivolous, investing in luxurious and impractical fabrics. In a bathroom that is used frequently however, you want to go with moisture resistant fabrics that can be washed and stain guarded.

Incorporating fabric is one of the easiest ways to revive your bathroom design, without breaking the bank. If you decide to give this a try, consider these options:

Floor Length Shower Curtains

Whether you’re going for fun or drama, a floor length fabric shower curtain will get the job done. The shower curtain is the focal point of any bathroom, so if anything, this should be the most eye catching piece of fabric in the room. With fabric shower curtains, you have a wide range of options: stripes, florals, checks, solids or a combination of the like. Since moisture collects on the floor, make sure your shower curtain hovers over, rather than touches the floor.

Window Treatments

Just like any other room in the house, a bathroom can also benefit from window treatments. They add a wonderful element of texture to the room and will complete the look of your design. Your style will dictate which type of window treatments you use, and thankfully there are a variety of valances, curtains or shades to choose from. When you do add window treatments, don’t forget details like coordinating embellishments and drapery hardware.

Furniture Cushions 

Not every bathroom is a large one, but if you have a big space, which allows you a vanity chair or bench, consider covering it with a beautiful fabric that will compliment the rest of your fabric choices. In most cases, you can remove the seat and recover it on your own quickly and inexpensively.

Embellished Towels

Why stick with solid color towels if you don’t have to? Don’t be afraid to carry your favorite patterns onto your hand and bath towels, by topstitching wide borders of fabric along the edges. It’ll be your choice as to whether these towels will be usable or decoration only. If you do plan on using these towels for regularly, be sure to pre-wash the fabric to avoid shrinkage.

Unsure about which fabrics will work best together? Visit Cutting Corners located in Dallas, and let an associate help you out.

 

Christmas Home Decorating Ideas

Christmas Home Decorating Ideas Dallas Texas

Is your holiday spirit reflected in your home décor on a large scale, or do you have a minimalist approach? Whether you’re a holiday decorating novice or a seasoned pro, here are 6 ideas that might inspire your home décor this season.

Brighten Up Your Front Door

There are quite a few ways you can dress up your front door, but here it never hurts to stick with the classics. An evergreen wreath accented with wide red ribbons, or a long garland wrapped in twinkling lights, are great ways to make your home look warm and inviting.

Accent Your Mailbox

Don’t let your mailbox get left out in the cold. Try draping your mailbox with an evergreen garland wrapped loosely in sheer ribbon. Incorporate a big bow or other wintry items like silk poinsettias or faux berries.

Create an Eye-Catching Centerpiece

Just because Thanksgiving has come and gone, doesn’t mean that your centerpiece has to go. Instead, create something new that will be fitting for the holiday season. An elegant Christmas centerpiece can be created easily with silver vases, red roses and white tallow berries. Accent the bases of the vases with garland, sprigs of berries and votive candles.

Incorporate Greenery

There are many things around the house that can be wrapped in greenery. Gone are the days where garland strictly adorns the mantle. Wrap evergreen garlands around the staircase banister, the backs of dining room chairs and columns or pillars. You can even wrap them around the stems of pendant lights. If it can be wrapped, wrap it! To top it off, incorporate twinkling lights.

Pop Out New Pillows

Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room. Change out your current pillows for ones in shades of red, green and gold. If you’re unable to find ones you love at the department store, head to your local fabric store instead. A fabric supplier is a great way to get exactly what you want. Whether you sew the pillow yourself or have someone do it for you, it’s a great thing to have handy each time Christmas rolls around.

Make Use of Your Ornaments 

A great way to add big impact to your tree is by clumping small ornaments together in one spot. Simply thread them together with string and then hang. With that said, ornaments don’t have to stay on the tree. If you have extras around, put them to use in other ways. Fill baskets or large glass vases with them and set them around the house as accent pieces. There’s really no point of having all those ornaments if you’re not going to use them!

With the winter holidays coming up, make sure to come in and see us at Cutting Corners in Dallas to get some new fabrics at discount prices. We’ll make sure you get designer fabrics at wholesale prices!

How to Design the Perfect Girl’s Bedoom

 

How to Design The Perfect Girl's-Bedroom

The interests of young girls are ever changing, so as a parent, you might think it’s almost impossible to design a room that she’ll be happy with for a while. Your daughter will want comfort, privacy and possibly some room to entertain friends. From the ultra girly, to the room that requires a bit of glamour, and everything in between, designing the perfect girl’s room is possible. 

For the Playful Girly Girl: Focus on Patterns & Bold Colors 

Solids are needed to keep a room grounded, but sticking with solids all the way through a design, can look a bit tired and feel somewhat boring, especially to a young girl. Don’t be afraid to be playful with patterned fabric and bold walls. Deck out her bedding and furnishings like chairs, rugs and window treatments, with bold patterns of flowers, stripes, dots or whatever else suits her personality. A local fabric supplier is a wonderful place to look for exactly what she wants.

Bold colors on the wall are a great accent to the patterns scattered throughout the room. If patterned fabric is minimal however, think about adding design to the walls through stick-on decals or painted graphics like flowers, polka dots or swirls.

For the Sophisticated Girl: Think Vintage-Modern & Versatile Furnishings 

There’s no need to spend a fortune when decorating a teen’s bedroom. Take a day and go thrift shopping. There are a ton of hidden gems out there that can make that girly girl get that touch of sophistication she wants in her room.

Look for vintage lighting and furniture that can serve multiple purposes (i.e. a desk that can also be used as a vanity). Paired with subdued colors, whimsical patterns, and inexpensive accessories, you’ve got yourself a girly, yet sophisticated space.

For the Glam Girl: Drama, Drama, & More Drama

Sometimes a girl just wants to be surrounded by all things glamorous. Thankfully, this can be done through fabric choices and accents.

For this particular bedroom, the bed should be the most dramatic piece in the room. The best way to accomplish this is by sticking with satin. Whether the bedding is solid or print, satin, more than any other fabric out there exudes glamour. To increase the drama even further, consider an upholstered headboard, embellished with nail heads or beadwork.  Add a multitude of throw pillows and you’ve got a luxurious and glamorous start to the room.

Lighting also plays a big part so it’s important to be selective. For the best result, a chandelier is a great way to glam up any room. Accent lighting is also important, so think about adding a lamp or wall sconce.

To finish of the design, focus on accents. Add a mirror to the top of a nightstand, add a faux animal rug to the floor and hang up some black and white art prints. These are just some of the many ways you can finalize your glamour design.

Once you have a plan in mind, we will be happy to help you find the right designer upholstery fabrics that fit your project, but also are a great price! Visit us at Cutting Corners in Dallas to ensure you get the best discount fabrics, and we’ll make sure your daughter’s room is a success.