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Achieving Farmhouse Style: What Would Joanna Gaines Do?

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If you’re a fan of the HGTV hit show, Fixer Upper, then it’s likely you have high hopes of achieving farmhouse style in your own home. And as incredible as it would be to have Chip and Joanna knock on the front door, the chances are slim. For now, just ask yourself: what would Joanna do?

She’d knock down some walls

When it comes to Joanna’s vision, knocking out a couple of walls is right up there with the shiplap. Big open spaces are an essential part of farmhouse design–and opening up a closed-in space is one of the first steps to getting the look.

She’d soften the color palette

It’s not really a farmhouse interior without a muted and neutral color palette. With the use of fresh and airy colors, Joanna is able to create a modern, elegant, and comfortable farmhouse feel.  White, cream, grey, taupe and soft blues are some basic colors that separate farmhouse design style from all the rest.

She’d brighten it up

Lighting, especially natural lighting, are an important part of farmhouse design. Large, unadorned windows and rustic light fixtures make the space appear bigger and welcoming. If you would like window treatments, Joanna would opt for Roman shades or flowing ceiling-to-floor drapes made of linen, burlap or cotton.

She’d blend the old with the new

Joanna has a knack for repurposing items that most of us would pitch to the curb. Blending the old with the new or the natural with the modern is just one of the many traits that make farmhouse design so unique. In many episodes, you’ll see Joanna breathe new life into some old antique finds, turning them into a special piece of decor. When it comes to decorating your home, think rustic, modern and reclaimed.

She’d make it personal

Personal touches are essential no matter what the design style may be. It’s what makes a house into a home. Joanna would add something like a personal quote to the wall, or even a large steel initial. When it comes to accessories, she’d bring in books or jars full of flowers. Whatever makes the space feel special to you is what you need to incorporate into it.

Be sure to browse Joanna’s gorgeous collection of rugs and pillows as you work to transform your home into farmhouse style.

 

Using Textiles to Create Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper Style

Have you ever given much thought on the importance of textiles in the home? If you really think about it, textiles are what help you to fully achieve your decorating style. You can get really close, but the textiles you choose are what wraps the style up with a nice little bow. They are what make a home touchable, livable, inviting…

Without them, a home is left looking hard and cold.

Keller Fabrics Store Using Textiles to Create Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper Style

Let’s talk about 5 ways you can create the Fixer Upper look by using textiles. Doing so will allow you to mimic Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse style in your home.

Upholstery

Farmhouse style is all about looking clean but inviting. To achieve that look, think slipcovers in shades of white or ivory. Go for a natural cotton fabric so you get that comfort this style is known for. Slipcovers aren’t your only option, though. Simply purchasing sofas and chairs in warm, muted neutral colors (patterned or solid) will work just as well.

Window Treatments

Nothing says farmhouse style like breezy, ceiling-to-floor window treatments. Opt for white, ivory, or something else that falls into the neutral realm. Cotton or cotton blends are no-nonsense, but you can even go with linen or burlap, which is just as easy. Another option is to go with a Roman shade. It doesn’t matter if your choice is solid or patterned–just make sure it doesn’t stray far from the color palette.

Rugs

Rugs do more than just protect your floors–they’re also a great way to layer in more color and texture. If you’ve watched the show, or have visited Magnolia Market, you know Joanna is a fan of rugs. When it comes to farmhouse style, the object is to remain more subtle than bold–but that doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of color. If an area rug is going to be the prime accent for a pop of color, go for it. Otherwise, be selective, favoring rugs that blend with its environment. We are so excited to now carry the Joanna Gaines rug collection for our customers!

Decorative Pillows

Pillows are a fun and easy way to elevate farmhouse style in your home. Again, staying with muted neutral colors are the best way to go in keeping the simplistic look. Be sure to browse Joanna’s gorgeous pillow collection now available at our store.

Towels

One last way to finish up your Fixer Upper look is to stock the bathroom with plain white towels. The plusher the better!

Now that we’ve talked about textiles it’s easier to see how important they are when decorating your home. Start small and then build as you go. Before you know it, you’ll have a home that looks like Joanna herself decorated it–well, almost.

When you are looking for upholstery fabric near you in Keller, 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, light weight cotton fabrics, luxurious Dupioni Silks, as well as the new line of Joanna Gaines Home Decor and rugs!

12 Simple Holiday Decorating Tips

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The holidays are a time to be enjoyed, but all too often people find themselves in a rush to decorate their homes perfectly. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to get your home holiday-ready–seriously! In fact, you can create an abundance of cheer easily. Here are some tips to help you out.

1. Use what you already have. Create a unique color palette by using what you’ve got right there at home. There’s no rule that says the only holiday colors you can use are red and green!

2. Change the candlesticks. Swap out your current candlesticks for festive ones fitting for the holiday. Match them with your table linens if possible for an extra splash of style.

3. Decorate with sweet treats. Create a vignette of sweet treats such as candy canes, cupcakes, and chocolate kisses in various glass containers (i.e. cake plates, apothecary jars, etc) on a section of countertop.

4. Add personal touches with fabrics. Sew up a festive pillow cover or simply cut out shapes of snowflakes, birds or angels to nestle into a tree or wreath. Tip: For outdoor use, opt for felt or something synthetic–both are durable enough to withstand the cold elements.

5. Display ornaments in bowls. Glass ball ornaments in a bowl are not only simple, it looks good and doesn’t cost much.

6. Spread out sprigs of green. Sprigs of pine tree needles can add some holiday cheer when tucked in unexpected areas.

7. Use presents as decor. Take some of your holiday presents and arrange them artfully in other areas of the home. You could even wrap up some empty boxes with plain brown paper and string for a classic look.

8. Merry up your mailbox. Wrap a pretty swag of pine around your mailbox post is simple yet pretty–especially when you enhance it with pinecones and red accents.

9. DIY ornaments. Take some plain ball ornaments and get to work with some glue, glitter, buttons, beads, seashells–or whatever else will hint at past memories.

10. Hang mini wreaths indoors. A large wreath is beautiful on the front door, but why not add some of that fragrant beauty inside? Mini fir wreaths hung from windows in sitting areas are certainly festive. If it’s color you seek, opt for mini cranberry wreaths.

11. Choose glittering accents. Surfaces that catch the light will easily add sparkle to the room.

12. Have a Santa nearby. No matter how you decorate your home, there’s one guy your home shouldn’t be left without–Santa Claus!

How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home is on the Market

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There’s no reason to halt your holiday decorating simply because your home is on the market. You can still celebrate the season–no matter what the holiday–while keeping your home appealing to potential buyers. Here’s how.

1. Nix the excess clutter. If your house is already full of…stuff, then excess decorations are only going to make the buyer’s head spin. A good rule of thumb, no matter what time of year you’re selling, is to give the house a good cleaning and decluttering.

2. Pay attention to proportions. From Christmas trees to American flags and everything in between–proportions are important. The last thing you want is a piece of decor so big it distracts buyers from focusing on what’s really important: the home’s best features. It’s okay to be festive but do so in a tasteful way that still honors the value of your home.

3. Appeal to their sense of smell. It seems like each season or holiday has a signature scent. Candles can be nice but overpowering, so be selective in your choices. Essential oils may be a better option and several companies offer blends ideal for fall and winter holidays. Fresh cut flowers are a perfect fragrant choice if you’re selling in the warmer months. Selling in the fall or winter? Cookies in the oven, a basket of spice-scented pinecones, a fresh wreath, and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove, are a handful of ways to keep the smell subtle and natural.

4. Showcase the best features. Showcase the best selling points of your home by accentuating them with your decorations. If you have an impressive staircase in the entryway, a beautiful archway, a decorative front door, or a gorgeous fireplace and mantle, be sure to decorate in a way that will draw the eye. Remember–you don’t want to over-decorate the feature to where it takes away from its beauty. Keep it simple and tasteful, with a less-is-more mentality.

5. Coordinate with the rest of the decor. When decorating, be sure to maintain a color-coordinated design scheme. The goal is to appeal to a variety of buyers. Instead of clashing with the other colors in your room, find holiday decorations that will help you achieve a harmonious look. With the abundance of decorations available at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that blends in with what you currently have.

 

 

10 Helpful Tips for Apartment Decorating

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While decorating an apartment can be challenging, it’s not impossible. Apartments are typically considered temporary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put in the effort to make it a place you’re proud to call home. Whether you’re new to apartment living, or a pro, here are 10 helpful tips to make decorating your apartment easier and enjoyable.

1. Paint! This is often a tough one for apartment dwellers. In most cases, landlords frown upon putting paint on the wall–many even threatening to keep your security deposit. While you may hate to lose the money, painting is a risk worth taking. Paint is an easy way to breathe life into the space, all the while expressing your personality and style. If your landlord is forgiving, perhaps he or she could give you a quart of the original paint so you can return it to how it was before you move out.

If you aren’t willing to take the risk, consider creating a feature wall with fabric. Fabric on walls is just as easy to put up as it is to take down (it’s the less-stress version of wallpaper). If that’s still too much for you, create some oversized fabric panels to hang side-by-side.

2. Hang proper window treatments. Skip the cheap panels and opt for something a bit more sophisticated and grown up. Simply hanging nice window treatments can make a world of difference. If possible, invest in something that you’ll be able to take with you if you move.

3. Add trim for details. While it may seem like a small thing, decorative trim can really make a big impact. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, it also adds a touch of character to plain pieces. It doesn’t matter if you sew it on or opt for patterned tape trim, a little detail goes a long way.

4. Keep it neutral. To some, a neutral palette may seem boring, but it’s anything but! A neutral color palette sets the stage for pops of color to really shine. Plus, it makes it easy to change colorful accents out on a whim. If you prefer monochromatic all around, mix up your neutrals by focusing on a variety of patterns and textures to keep it from looking stale.

5. Add style underfoot. Area rugs add a layer of style to your place as well as a layer of protection to your floors. They are also great at helping to define a space, which is something you generally need to do in open apartment floorplans.

6. Reupholster something. Don’t pitch those hand-me-down chairs just yet! Instead, give them new life with some new fabric and stuffing. Reupholstering a piece of furniture is certainly an investment, but one that’s well worth it.

7. Avoid bare walls. Hanging wall art doesn’t require much effort, so be sure to give them some focus. Blow up personal photos for framing, find some cool prints and paintings from estate sales and thrift stores, or get creative and make your own. Just don’t neglect your walls.

8. Bring in curves. Adding in round tables or sofas with curved arms can help soften that strong, boxy look most apartments have.

9. Update the lighting. You may not be able to do this in your apartment, but if the landlord lets you, by all means, go for it. Simply changing the light fixture over the dining table or in the bathroom can easily transform the area.

10. Invest in good linens. After a long, hard day of work, the bedroom should serve as a relaxing retreat. Skimp in other areas (if you must) to make sure you a good mattress and nice linens to come home to–both, will make all the difference in the world.

 

5 Decorating Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

Buying your first house is liberating–but turning it into an inviting home can be challenging. Here are some decorating tips that can make the process much easier.

1. Give your current residence a good purge. There’s no reason to take everything to the new house if you don’t have to. Get ahead of the game by purging unnecessary items from where you currently live before you make an offer on a new place. Go through everything you have and get rid of at least 25 to 50 percent of old, unusable stuff. If there’s anything that could sell, then sell it and put the money toward something new in your new home. This is your chance to downsize and start over so take advantage of it.

decorating-tips-first-time-home-buyer-austin2. Furnish the bedroom first. Sure, your close friends will probably want to stop by, but in the beginning, you can get away with some folding chairs. Since you’ll be spending more time in the bedroom, make this your first priority. Invest in a good mattress and purchase some quality bedding. Add coordinating window treatments and spruce up the light fixtures if you’re able. If you have a little room to splurge, this is definitely the place to do it.

3. Buy a little at a time. Don’t buy everything all at once. Instead, live in your home for a few months before making any major purchases. Pay attention to how you actually live in the house and then base your purchases on that. What you had in mind for the home might end up needing to change. Take your time to ensure your house will work in the manner you need it to.

4. Go for complementary, rather than matching. Contrary to what the local furniture store advertises, you absolutely do not have to match all of your furniture. Sure, it may seem easier to buy the matching living room suite, but will it fit your personality and style? Instead of being generic, be unique and pick pieces that show your personal taste.

5. Unify the design with color. Let’s say you have some hand-me-down pieces that you need to use for the interim and they don’t really go together. Find a common color and then bring in a few more items with that color to make it look like it goes together. You’d be amazed what a single color can do to unify a room.

Let us help you decorate your new home. Stop in or view our fabrics online when it’s time to dress your bed or bring texture, pattern or color to the space.

10 Ways to Decorate Like Joanna Gaines

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Ever wondered if there’s anything Joanna Gaines can’t do? I know I sure have! I go into every episode of Fixer Upper knowing exactly what will happen–and yet I find myself in complete awe at the end reveal. If you’ve fallen in love with Joanna’s signature [modern] farmhouse style, but can’t hold out until she and Chip come knocking on your door, you’ll just have to take matters into your own hands. Here are 10 ways how:

1. Unearth the shiplap. If you have an older home, there’s a good possibility you’ll find those rough-sawed wood boards behind the drywall. For those who don’t have shiplap but want it, nail pine boards with tongue-and-groove edges to the wall. Don’t forget the white paint!

2. Hang vintage-inspired lighting. Galvanized pendants are a great place to start. Not only do they look cool, they’ll go with everything. Another option: iron.

3. Slipcover your seating. To get that comfortable, lived-in look Joanna is so fond of, get some custom fit slipcovers for your sofa and chairs. As long as they’re machine washable, there should be no fear in buying them in white.

4. Ditch the cabinets. There are some beautiful choices when it comes to kitchen cabinets, but if you want that breezy, no-fuss look in the kitchen, put up some open shelving. Chip and Joanna are fans of cedar but ultimately, you should go with a wood that suits your taste.

5. Use black and white bathroom tile. Black and white tile, especially when it’s formed into a graphic pattern, is a surefire way to spruce up the bathroom–especially if there’s a freestanding tub involved.

6. Knock down some walls. Farmhouse style is all about an open concept floor plan. Thankfully, Joanna has a knack for clearly defining specific areas throughout.

7. Install an apron front sink. An apron front sink is almost mandatory in a Fixer Upper house. Joanna often gives its charming style an updated look with modern touches.

8. Stick with a light color palette. Neutral colors–mainly white, with some creams, soft blues and grays thrown in–keep the home looking cohesive and fresh.

9. Hang vintage or architectural salvage pieces. Joanna often finishes off the walls with oversized vintage signs or wall words of some kind. You may even see old windows or doors upcycled into something wall-worthy. Oh, and a large clock is a must.

10. Get a farmhouse table for your dining area. The farmhouse table is definitely a signature piece for this design style. To elevate the look, opt for metal cafe chairs in a different color rather than matching wood chairs.

Be sure to check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

8 Must-Haves for a Fixer Upper Home

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I’m a fan of farmhouse style but I don’t see a visit from Chip and Joanna Gaines happening anytime soon. Thankfully, there are some trademark characteristics of Joanna’s style, that can be
incorporated into your home. Here are 8 must-haves for getting your home to Fixer Upper status.

1. Outdoor appeal galore. A true Fixer Upper home has endless amounts of curb appeal. Curvy driveways, a fabulous front door, wooden rocking chairs, a porch swing, and window boxes overflowing with flowers and greenery, are just a handful of ways you can get the look.

2. Functional entryway. Whether it’s the entryway or a mudroom it has got to be functional and family-friendly. Think benches accented with pillows and cubbies for baskets. Not only does it look good, it’ll give you a leg up on the organization.

3. Cool wall decor. Farmhouse style is a bit different when it comes to wall decor. To get the look, think magnolia wreaths, vintage mirrors, wood pallet art, wall words or quotes, oversized clocks, vintage maps, large object art, and salvaged architectural pieces.

4. Open, yet comfortable floor plan. Farmhouse style is known for its open floor plan. Thankfully, comfortable seating, cozy fireplaces, and an abundance of texture make it look and feel warm and inviting. Slipcovers, durable rugs, modern pipe shelving, and shiplap are just some other things that give this decorating style so much charm.

5. Breezy, no-fuss kitchens. Apron-front sinks, vintage-inspired plumbing, subway tile, open shelving, dramatic lighting, an island complete with vintage bar stools, and even more shiplap are key elements within a Fixer Upper kitchen.

6. Unique doors. Doors tend to be a bit different when it comes to farmhouse style. You’ll often see antique doors, and even sliding barn doors, used to replace pantry, laundry, and even closet doors.

7. White on white. It’s not really farmhouse style unless there’s an abundance of white. In fact, you’ll often hear Joanna recommend painting things white whenever you’re in doubt. If you can master a monochromatic look, then you’ll be on your way to having a Fixer Upper home.

8. Greenery. Flowers and plants offer a finishing touch to farmhouse design style. Using vintage bottles or mason jars as vases and then grouping them together will help elevate the look.

Be sure to check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.

Turn Your Guest Bedroom Into a Retreat

A well thought out guest room is more important than you may realize. When the room looks and feels like a retreat, your visitors will feel comfortable, pampered, and at home. There are several tips and tricks to create a magnificent guest suite. Follow these ideas and your guests will be more than excited to make a return visit.

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Make it Soothing

The easiest way to do this is through color. A theme with a traditional color palette typically makes guests feel more comfortable. Adding texture with throw pillows, a blanket, artwork and window treatments keeps your neutral scheme from being boring.

Use Only Your Best

It’s easy to take what we don’t want in our own bedroom and use it in the guest room. Resist the urge! If your intention is to create a retreat, then your guests deserve the best you can offer. This includes the mattress, as well as the bedding and decor. Treat the room as if it were a luxury hotel.

Provide the Necessary Furniture

Having all the right pieces of furniture in the guest room really makes a difference. A beautiful bed is only the beginning. Think about items such as nightstands, lamps, clothing storage, mirrors, and additional seating if space allows.

Focus on Little Details

What you may think of as minor, could actually be quite important for your guests. Be one step ahead, furnishing the room with essentials such as towels, a wastebasket, facial tissues, a night light, and an alarm clock. If the room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, having a small box fan tucked in the closet could serve useful. You could take it a step further by providing other amenities like fresh flowers, books or magazines, bottled water, and a bowl of candies or mints. Additional toiletries such as travel-sized soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste are also a nice touch.

Clear Out Clutter

This is supposed to be a guest retreat–not a storage area, so be sure the room is kept in a manner that will serve its purpose. Avoid using this area for storage. Clear out any boxes, toys, exercise equipment, or anything else that detracts from the space.

Take the Room for a Test Drive

Before you invite guests, stay a night in the room you’ve created to ensure that it is in fact, a retreat. Make sure the suite is comfortable and furnished to the fullest can give you peace of mind that your guests will thoroughly enjoy their stay in your home.

 

What’s Trending in Area Rugs

With more homeowners choosing hardwood floors over wall-to-wall carpet, area rugs have become an integral part of decorating. Not only do rugs provide protection for your flooring, they also bring in color and style. Rugs can be looked upon as a way for homeowners to express themselves creatively–and, as with everything else–there are new trends that many people wish to explore. Let’s talk about what some of them are.

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Texture

Texture is in–and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Designers and decorators are turning to textiles that ooze with visual interest. This includes rugs as well. Many homeowners are opting for rugs made of seagrass, jute, sisal, and faux fur–pretty much anything that makes you have the urge to reach out and touch.

Geometric & Tribal Patterns

Patterns are typically a popular choice, but lately, some of the most popular are geometrics and tribal. Both bring a beautiful contrast without taking away from the design of the space. Since these patterned rugs come in such a wide variety of color, they are able to complement just about any design style.

Faded Effect

Decor with a vintage twist can be found in many homes these days, so it’s no wonder that people are drawn toward faded rugs. These washed out or naturally faded rugs easily create an authentic vintage vibe. Earthy tones, as well as brick reds, and turquoise are popular choices.

Rug Layering

If you haven’t given much thought to stacking multiple rugs in one section of your floor, perhaps you should. Layering two rugs, or even piecing together several rugs to cover a large area, is a pretty hot trend these days. A neutral paired with a pattern, or several patterns that fall in the same color family, can easily give the interior of your home visual interest and personality.

Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Indoor-outdoor rugs are becoming quite the rage. They are durable, easy to clean, inexpensive, and come in a vast array of colors and patterns. What used to be a rug favored more by parents and pet owners, has become a rug that’s favored by all.

Eco-Friendly

In attempts to be better to our planet, eco-friendly rugs have started appearing everywhere. If you aren’t sure what makes a rug eco-friendly, think hand-knotted and natural materials. Machine-made rugs are typically made with synthetic materials contain chemicals. Therefore, hand-spun wool with natural dyes are the most eco-friendly rugs that are available.

In the end, the most important thing is that you’re happy with your choice. Rugs are an investment, so it’s imperative that you don’t purchase something impulsively. To get started on your shopping, please browse through our incredible selection.

If you are looking for an upholstery fabric store near you in Houston, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior fabrics and rugs to compliment every room.