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Add Flair With Nailhead Trim: Where and How to Use It.

Nailhead trim is becoming increasingly popular–and for good reason. Not only are nailheads a clever way to give added definition to the lines and frames of your home furnishings, they are an easy way to boost the personality of your pieces as well.

Believed to have originated in 17th century France during the Louis XIII period, nailhead trim is an enduring element in furniture design. Originally used to embellish the upholstered backs of chairs, nailhead trim has evolved into a beloved trend for everyday home decor.

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Where to use it

At one time, nailheads were typically reserved for leather fabrics. That’s not the case anymore, though! Today, this trim can compliment a wide variety of areas in your home that extend well beyond fabric. Because of this, the possibilities for incorporating nailhead trim into your design is virtually endless.

Let’s take a look at both the familiar and fresher uses of nailhead trim. Perhaps you’ll find something that you’ll want to add to your home’s interior.

Enhancing the arms and legs of furniture.

Generally, nailheads are used to enhance the legs and arms of furniture, but there’s no reason you have to stick with the norm. Consider using nailhead trim exclusively along the base or even on the backs of accent or dining chairs. The trim can compliment just about any type of fabric, but will really enhance the look of two-tone colors.

Nailhead trim can also make a bland coffee table a little more interesting. If you already have a great piece with a unique shape, adding nailheads will really accentuate it. You could add trim along the legs or even along the edges of the top.

Cabinetry is another wonderful place to use nailhead trim. If you have a piece of cabinetry or a chest of drawers sitting around that could use a facelift, this is a great way to give it that boost of character. Don’t be afraid to branch out, creating a design on the front, rather than just sticking to the edges.

Highlighting a headboard.

An upholstered headboard already adds so much to a bedroom, but adding nailhead trim can make it really stand out as the focal point. Nailheads are a great way to make a headboard more appealing to both men and women.

Punching up window treatments.

Nailheads can give an extra punch to your window treatments. Try adding them to the top of a straight valance or even to the bottom of long curtains. Make sure to consider your current or future drapery hardware when choosing the color.

Defining a doorway.

Would you ever consider using nailhead trim along the edges of a doorway (or window) in your home? I’ve seen pictures of it and think it’s so unique and beautiful. I love the idea of it but I have a feeling I’d struggle with getting all the nailheads nice and straight. If your hand is steadier than mine, I say go for it!

Accenting small accessories.

Adding nailhead trim is certainly a commitment, so if you aren’t quite ready to take the leap with bigger furnishings, start small. I mentioned window treatments earlier, but they still aren’t as small of a commitment as say, a lampshade, an office memo board, or some fabric-covered baskets or trays. If you’re the type of person who prefers to dip your toes in first to test the water, then you should definitely consider starting small.

How to use it

We’ve established that nailhead trim can be used in a variety of ways but there are some factors to consider before you start adding it to the space–especially if you’re going to do the work yourself. Color is one of those factors. The color of the nailhead trim plays an important part in how you want your pieces to appear. For example, silver-colored heads can soften a piece, by making it appear more feminine, while brass-colored heads give it a masculine edge.

Another factor to consider is fabric. If you are looking for a truly updated look, you will want to select a new fabric and reupholster any furniture with fabric while you are at it. You can even try adding quilt batting and wrap a luxurious fabric around a piece of furniture that you plan to add nail trim on that previously was only wooden, such as a headboard to create a totally new look for a minimal price.

Before you get started, it is important to remember that adding nailhead trim is not for amateurs. Each nail needs to be hammered individually and perfectly spaced, so choosing a professional to do the work might be the best choice. However, if you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, you might be up for the challenge. Either way, nailhead trim will give your home that added flair it deserves.

There are several tutorials that can be found online, including this one from Better Homes and Gardens, that can help you create a new masterpiece for your home. We look forward to you stopping in at Cutting Corners Dallas to choose fabric for your new nailhead trim project!

Thinking About a Home Decorating Project? Here are Some Tips on How to Get Started.

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to decorate your home. Now what?

It’s no secret that decorating a home can be an overwhelming and challenging task–but that doesn’t mean it has to be an unpleasant experience. For most people, the hard part is usually figuring out where to begin, which is no surprise considering how much is involved. How much should you spend? How do you determine your decorating style? Should you DIY or hire a professional? What can you do to ensure a successful and beautiful result?

If you’ve asked yourself these questions–believe me, you’re not alone.

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Once you get over that initial step, however, 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.

Before taking any decorating project, you need to get some sort of plan in place. A good way to do that is to take a critical look at the current state of your home. What do you like about it? What do you dislike? Is your home welcoming and comfortable? Does the room serve its purpose or does it need some tweaking? Are there pieces of furniture that need to be replaced or updated?

Additionally, take note of how you feel when you look at certain colors, fabrics, and décor. What about them are you drawn to or turned off by? When you put these thoughts and feelings down on paper, it’s amazing what you can learn. Eventually, you’ll start to envision the look and feel you want to create in your home, making it easier to repeat what you like and nix what you don’t.

Dream and Gather

Now it’s time to dream and gather. This simply means it’s time to make a wish list and then collect photos that reflect all the things you want for your home. Eventually, you’ll have to think about the budget, but for now, jot down your heart’s desires as though money were no object. If you don’t get that master list in place, then it is very hard to prioritize.

Once that list is completed, start collecting pictures of rooms you like. Be sure to take your time, giving yourself a few weeks to a few months for this process rather than cramming it all into one sitting. It doesn’t matter if you put hard copies in a folder or binder or save the photos online.

Pinterest is one great resource for gathering ideas. It’s so easy to find images and pin them to your virtual board(s). It’s the same for home decorating websites such as Houzz, who has millions of images that can be saved in what they call an “ideabook.” Instagram can even be used to track down looks you love. Simply follow decorating sites or individual designers, take note of images you enjoy, and then seek out similar photos by following hashtags.

Even if you end up hiring a professional for the job, having a collection of visuals will help him or her get a sense of your preferred design style. You may even get insight on what your true decorating style is!

Get Inspired and Trust Your Instincts

It can be hard for people to articulate what they actually want and that’s okay. That’s where those photos you collected come into play. Pay attention to the style of furnishings, the color palettes, the patterns and textures of fabrics, and any other characteristics of a room that are important to you. Whittle down that list until you have a firm grasp on what you see yourself living with.

Look for specific elements that you want to bring to life in your home and find something in your collection of photos that inspires you. Maybe there’s a rug or piece of fabric that calls to you. Perhaps it’s something else like dishware or a painting. Whatever it is, use it as a springboard for selecting fabrics, lighting, cabinetry, paint, furnishings, and accessories.

Don’t be afraid to trust your instincts even if it is taking you out of your comfort zone. It’s okay to ask friends and family for their advice but try not to be overly swayed if your gut tells you to go for it. If you have a spouse or kids, ask them to get involved since it’s their home too.

Shop and Spend Wisely

The shopping is the fun part, but it is crucial that you stick to your budget. Before you start buying out the store, make sure that you have prioritized that list. Take a look around your home to see if there are any pieces that can be reupholstered or repurposed. If so, this can save so much money! Read reviews of products so you can be certain that you’re getting a quality product.

If you have the budget to do everything at once, go for it. If not, there is nothing wrong with decorating in stages. Just make sure you complete one room at a time rather than doing bits and pieces in several rooms.

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 as well as our rug and pillow collection designed by Joanna Gaines.

Your Guide to Velvet Types, Pros and Cons, Uses and Care. Velvet: A Fabric to Love.

Ahhh, velvet. It’s regal, it’s soft–what’s not to love?

There really is something special about velvet–so much in fact, it’s often used to describe how delectable certain things are. Think about it. Red velvet cupcakes sound much more alluring than plain cupcakes. Velvet slippers feel much more decadent than cotton ones. You’ve probably even heard soft or flowing things referred to as being “velvety smooth.”

Dating back thousands of year, this tufted fabric was once associated with nobility only. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Today, we see velvet all around us, being used in our wardrobes and in our homes.

So let’s take a deeper look at this sumptuous fabric with its soft, distinctive feel, and how it’s the perfect choice for those places in your home that need an extra layer of coziness and style.

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Types of Velvet

Velvet can be made from a variety of fibers such as cotton, linen, mohair, wool, and silk. Although each fiber produces different results, velvet still remains a lovely choice for home decorating.

Linen Velvet: Linen velvet has thin striations and a nubby surface that give it a textured, dry appearance. This variety is cooler on the body and looks lovely in casual living settings.

Silk Velvet: Silk velvet is an experience like no other. It’s pronounced luster comes from its silk filaments that act like prisms reflecting light. It’s smooth to the touch and often gives off the appearance of being wet.

Printed Velvet: Did you know that velvet is available in more than just solid colors? Some velvets are topically printed with delightful patterns that can make big statements in a home.

Mohair Velvet: Mohair velvet is made from the hair of Angora goats. This variety is extremely durable and less prone to becoming crushed or matted, making it a great choice for areas that get heavier use.

Devore Velvet: Even if you aren’t familiar with the name, you’re probably familiar with the look. Devore velvet, more commonly known as burnout velvet, goes through a chemical process which leaves velvet only in the patterned areas against a semi-transparent (burned out) background. This variety is lightweight and full of texture.

Crushed Velvet: Crushed velvet gets its unmistakable appearance because of its unique fabrication process. While still wet, the fabric is crushed and twisted as it’s pulled through a narrow cylinder. Afterwards, it is dried in a crumpled form. In many cases, crushed velvet is used in more nontraditional spaces.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Velvet

Before deciding on fabrics for your home, it’s always best to be aware of its pros and cons. First, let’s take a look at some of the advantages.

Velvet is soft and luxurious. People don’t typically buy velvet because it’s practical. Pretty much the opposite, actually. It’s a special fabric and it’s used for special applications. There’s really no other fabric that has the suppleness that velvet offers naturally.

Velvet is rich in color. Velvet is dyed after its been woven, and because of the pile of its fibers, it accepts the dye very well. The result? Rich, rich colors.

Velvet offers good insulation. Since velvet is thick and dense, it makes a wonderful insulation barrier that can be especially beneficial for windows.

Now, for the disadvantages.

Velvet can be difficult to clean. Yes, it’s true–but it’s worth it. To make it less of a challenge, buy a lint brush and use it regularly. If you have pets, this might not be a great fabric choice as it’s a magnet for fur.

Velvet can wear easily. Of course, this will vary based on the variety of velvet you choose. Taking heed to where the fabric will be used is a great way to make a good decision. Make sure you choose a more durable variation for high-use areas of your home.

Velvet can be expensive. Granted, it is more affordable than it used to be, but it’s still a bit of an investment. With that said, many discount fabric outlets have a decent selection for those looking to save some money. Prices typically depend on the variety.

How to Use Velvet in Your Home

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.

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.

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 chaise lounge, or a chair and ottoman.

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

Earlier, it was mentioned that velvet can be challenging to clean. To avoid damaging its beautiful plushness, you have to take great care when cleaning it. Here are some basic tips to follow when it comes time to freshen it up:

  1. Use a soft bristle hairbrush, velvet brush or cloth to smooth or to keep dust and debris at bay. Always brush in the direction of the nap.
  2. 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.
  3. To remove creases, use a steamer. Use a moderate pace until it disappears.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Now that you know a little bit more about velvet are you ready to add it to your home’s décor? 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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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!