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7 Tips For a Headache-Free Pet-Friendly Home Decorating

The pet-friendly design seems to be a trend that isn’t going anywhere–and since furry and feathered friends are often considered part of the family, why should it? Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice your style to make your pet (or pets) feel loved. The key is choosing the right materials that will accommodate your animals’ needs. Decorating your home with your pet in mind can make it a space you can enjoy as much as they can.

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Groom Your Pet Regularly

A good way to keep your home clean longer is to keep your four-legged friends bathed and groomed regularly. Good grooming minimizes loose hairs, which can end up on furniture, pillows, and curtains. A nail trim will help keep things from getting scratched up. Starting with something as simple as this is an easy way to maintain a cleaner home.

Use Stain-Resistant and Washable Fabrics

Luxurious fabrics like silk and velvet are lovely, but they can easily attract animal hair. Save those fabrics for more formal rooms and stick with fabrics like cotton, cotton blends, leather or microfiber fabrics. These are durable and easy to clean. Your local fabric supplier will be able to help you choose just what you need to keep up with your furry friends.

When it comes to your bed, cover your mattress with a protector pad, use cotton sheets, and consider getting a duvet cover. If your pet sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Having the ability to wash all of your bedding quickly at home will be a lifesaver.

Consider Hard Floors Over Carpet

If you already have carpet, you’re probably already used to cleaning it frequently. Carpet is like a sponge–soaking up stains, absorbing odors, and trapping pet hair–so if you don’t have it, lean toward wood floors, painted concrete, terrazzo, brick or tile, which are extremely durable and much more resistant to stains (and toenails). If you still prefer carpet, a low pile version will be easier to keep clean if there is an accident. Continuous loop carpet can also be problematic since a pet toenail can snag and unravel it, so try to avoid using it if possible.

But you may be thinking that your furry friend prefers a softer spot to take a nap or that your pet slides around too much on slick surfaces. This is where a good area rug comes into play. A good rule of thumb is to find a good low-pile indoor-outdoor rug. These types of rugs are incredibly fashionable these days, making them much more suitable for the inside of your home. Sisal or seagrass rugs are both good choices because they will go with any décor. They’re also cheap enough to toss if they get torn up. There are several other indoor-outdoor rugs to choose from as well that are both durable and affordable. To minimize the appearance of dirt, opt for a rug that has small patterns and is dark in color.

Tip: To keep wood floors and rugs looking their best for as long as possible, trim your pet’s nails regularly and keep toys, which encourage activity, in another area of the house.

Let Your Pet Inspire Your Color Palette

Matching colors around the house to your pet’s fur can be very practical. For example, you wouldn’t want to put a very light flooring down if you own a black lab. Instead, you’d want to go for a darker shade of brown or gray, which would help camouflage some of the fur. If you have a golden-colored pet, a microfiber in the shade of honey will make sense. You don’t have to do this, but it will help.

Avoid Decorating with Breakables

Animals and fragile items aren’t a good combination. One bat of a tail can easily send your favorite collectibles straight across the room. To avoid this from happening, consider displaying your breakables in a cabinet with glass-panel doors. You get to see them, but your pet can’t break them.

Keep Your Pet’s Lifestyle in Mind

If your pet goes outside frequently, consider having an area near the door designated for them. Have shelving or a cabinet for their leash, food, and towels to wipe them down before they enter the house. If you crate your animal during the day, consider camouflaging a crate within a side table or chest at the end of your bed. Click here to check out some of pet-projects that are easy and creative.

Opt for Tidier, More Attractive Treats and Toys

While dogs love to chew on treats like pig’s ears and rawhide bones, they aren’t the best for your pet or your home. Not only these treats smelly; they’re coated in nitrates that can easily leave greasy stains on your floors and furniture. To prevent this from happening, opt for toys made of durable rubber, or something soft, like a squeaky toy. For cats, make sure they have a scratching post or climbing tree of some kind. Online stores such as Wayfair and Hayneedle have nice selections of window perches, cat trees, and even cat shelves that are both colorful and stylish.

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Awesome Tips on Using Pinterest and Instagram for Home Design Projects

We live in a world that’s fueled by social media. No matter what social media platform you choose to follow (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc), it seems as though there’s no shortage of advice you can find (whether you’re looking or not).

Honestly, I don’t blame you if you’ve decided to forgo certain platforms (I’ve even considered minimizing how much I get involved). With that said, I do think that two platforms can be extra helpful when it comes to home decorating: Instagram and Pinterest.

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For those who aren’t familiar with either of those, here’s a brief rundown:

Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately to pre-approved followers.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful and creative ideas you find on the web.

You may be wondering–What do they possibly have to do with decorating? Well, both media platforms revolve around visuals–and visuals are very important when it comes to home decorating.

The great thing about Instagram and Pinterest is that they allow like-minded individuals to connect and share decorating inspiration. On a daily basis, you have the ability to discover new ideas and brands as well as ways to refine your design style.

It doesn’t really matter if you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a homeowner with money to spend–Instagram and Pinterest are two great social media platforms that can help turn your decorating dreams into reality. If you have the itch to begin a home project, consider looking into these two apps.

Instagram

When it comes to Instagram, all you can do is “follow” other people or designers. To find designers who share your style, all it really takes is a simple Google search. Scope out interior designers and decorators you like online and then click on the Instagram logo provided on their page. Once you choose to follow them, check your feed for the latest and greatest decorating ideas they have to offer.

To get you started, here are 10 of our favorites to follow:

  1. @greyandscout
  2. @homepolish
  3. @cococozy
  4. @witanddelight
  5. @amberinteriors
  6. @em_henderson
  7. @jennykomenda
  8. @hunted_interior
  9. @simplygrove
  10. @designsponge

Of course, you can follow home design and decorating websites such as HGTV, Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens as well.

Pinterest

The nice thing about Pinterest is that you can save images you like to virtual pinboards. If you’re starting a decorating project, here are 4 steps that can help you get your thoughts in order.

(1)  Create: Create your project boards then gather and pin ideas whether they come from other boards, websites, magazines or blogs. Sometimes the pins can look like clutter, making it hard to remember its purpose, so be sure to make notes on each pin as to what it was you liked about it. After a while, you’ll start seeing clarity as to where your project is headed.

(2)  Share: Social media is a wonderful tool, especially when it comes to sharing ideas. If you’d like to see how well your project would be received, share selected pins (or your entire board) on your Facebook page and ask your friends for feedback. If this isn’t a personal project, but a professional one, be sure to share your pins and board with any designer or client you are dealing with.

(3)  Downsize: Here’s where all that note taking will help. It’s time to downsize your boards to something more manageable and realistic. Start by looking over your pins. Are there things that need too much DIY work? If so, remove them. Is there something that exceeds your budget? Yes? Remove them or replace with an affordable alternative. A project will be much easier to start once you have a more streamlined approach.

(4)  Finalize: Now that you have filtered through the pins, your board should have only the images that truly reflect the result you want to achieve. Finalize any last minute tweaks, start making lists as to what you need, hit the store and get started on your new home design project!

With some many pinners out there, it might seem impossible to know where to start. Here is a short list of some pinners worth following:

  1. Robert Allen Design
  2. Miss Millionairess
  3. HGTV
  4. The Land of Nod
  5. Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Pantone

As stated earlier, there is a wealth of pinners out there, so just sit back and enjoy sorting through your favorite styles.

Come in to see us inside of SWITCH Consignment in Scottsdale, Az to pick out your favorite fabrics for your next project!

How to Design the Perfect Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Teen bedroom designs have evolved quite a bit over the years. Not only are rooms looking trendier, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to colors, bedding, patterns, and more. Throw the ever-changing styles of young girls into the mix, and it may seem like decorating the perfect teen girl room is next to impossible. Thankfully, it’s not. Let’s talk for a bit about how you can give her an on-point room that will reflect your teen girl’s maturing style.

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Classics are classics for a reason

There’s nothing wrong with following a trend. In fact, there are plenty of cute decorating trends that are worth taking a closer look at (we’ll get into those later). With that said, trends can be tricky–and jumping on the bandwagon too quickly can get you into a decorating dilemma. Before the bedroom makeover, show your teen girl some of the classic patterns and materials that stand the test of time. Here are a few to consider:  

Chevron Patterns

Even though the popularity of chevron patterns may ebb and flow, they never go out of style. A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern that looks great on flooring and on accessories. If you have a girl that loves a bold look then chevron chic is the way to get it done. This pattern can make a really strong impact on a room, so it doesn’t take much before you verge on going overboard. Too much of a good thing can become problematic, so stick with using it in smaller doses.

Chevron is especially popular as an accent pattern on decorating accessories such as pillow, rugs, and curtains. It’s even a very popular pattern choice for flooring.If you aren’t planning on redoing the flooring in her room, though, your best bet is to incorporate the pattern by way of the accessories mentioned above. You can even use the pattern on the bedspread as long as you don’t saturate the space by using it too much elsewhere. Chevron patterns come in a variety of widths and colors, which makes it simple to find something she’ll really enjoy. Have a bold, shabby chic girl? Go for gold. Gold chevron fabric is super sophisticated and will look great pretty much anywhere you put it.

Animal Prints

For your girl that has some added flair, focus in on animal prints. Whether you venture on the bold side or stick with subtle colors, animal prints are the perfect way to add some fun to her space. One of the best places to add animal prints is on furniture. Faux gator, zebra or leopard patterns, made out of faux leather or suede, make great upholstery fabrics for chairs, cushions or ottomans.  If there aren’t many furnishings to reupholster, focus on the biggest piece in the room: the bed. A comforter made out of suede animal print will definitely make the bed the focal point of the room.

Silk Fabrics

The glamorous girl should be surrounded by silk. Two amazing fabrics that will make the perfect teen girl bedroom are taffeta and dupioni silk. When combined, the results are stunning. The natural bumps and impurities within dupioni silk make it a beautiful fabric for bedding. The smoothness of taffeta makes a lovely contrast when used for drapery throughout the room. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these fabrics so whether you use one or both, just have fun with it.

Recent Trends Worth Looking At

As mentioned earlier, there are some trends that are worthy of our attention. In fact, some of the trendy looks I’m seeing today are ones that could actually stick around for a very long time. Dare I say that some of them may become new classics?

One of the norms we see in teen girl rooms is candy-colors. There’s actually a lot you can do with that, so that’s not a bad thing. Today, however, we have more to work with and choose from. There are 10 newer trends that I think are fun, fresh, and funky:

  1. Food and large floral motifs
  2. Tassels
  3. Softer color palette
  4. Trendy rugs
  5. Faux Fur
  6. Pretty storage
  7. Pillow covers
  8. Hanging decor
  9. Mixing metallics
  10. Playful wall signage

If you’ve been to any home decorating stores I’m sure you’ve seen some, if not all, of these newer trends. They’re so cute and clever!

As you decorate your teen girl’s bedroom, keep some of these things in mind: 1) Most teenage girls love bold colors; 2) Painting the walls is a great way to incorporate change without having to completely overhaul the space; 3) Get her involved! Find out from your daughter if she wants a specific theme or color scheme. It is her space after all; 4) If there’s a special she’d enjoy for her room, consider having it custom made; and 5) Nice, doesn’t have to equal expensive. Look for sales and visit your local fabric store for materials and advice.

Looking for a fabric store near you in Houston? Come by our Interior Fabrics location, for the best deals on discount designer fabrics for drapery, upholstery and more! Don’t know where to start?  Our team has oodles of experience and can help guide you every step of the way.

10 Ways to Enhance Your Entryway

You only get one chance to make a good first impression, which is why the entryway of your home should not be neglected as you decorate.

Entryways serve all sorts of purposes. Some homes have an entire open space complete with a beautiful winding staircase. Others, like mine, only have a teeny-tiny space past the doorway that opens up into the living and dining area. Yes–believe it or not, even those tiny spaces can be considered an entryway.

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Thankfully, there are all sorts of smart solutions that exist for remedying the various entryway challenges we face. We just have to figure out what will work within the space we’re given and make the most of it. The ultimate goal is to create an area–big or small–that makes you feel happy, comfortable, and welcome as soon as you walk through the door.

Here are 10 tips that can help you accomplish that:

  1. Paint a bold color on the wall. White walls can be just as captivating in an entryway, however, if you like a splash of color, now’s your opportunity to do it. If there’s a color you love, but aren’t quite keen on using it throughout the house, the entryway is the perfect place to feature it. A rich, warm color in the entryway can make a home feel very welcoming, whether you paint it on or add it via wallpaper. Have kids? Consider throwing up some chalkboard paint! Not only is it different, it’s a great place to write family notes or draw pictures. If your entryway opens right into the living room, connect the space by simply painting a vibrant accent wall that will soften the transition and define the space.
  2. Create an-catching wall display. Set the tone and engage your visitors with a display of art in frames of various sizes. Other great ideas are to simply frame pieces of artful fabric or wallpaper for an eclectic, yet put together look. You could even group together ornamental mirrors, which will also provide visual interest.
  3. Add a runner (or rug). A runner (or area rug) serves dual purposes: it protects the flooring in the high traffic areas and it also draws the guests into the home. Be sure it doesn’t extend the entire length or width of the entryway (or hallway): you want to keep an open feeling and have space for the door to open freely. Since entryways tend to deal with high traffic, consider purchasing a rug that’s a little darker in color. It’s a pretty way to disguise the dirt that the area collects. Don’t like to deal with cleaning it regularly? Paint a faux runner instead or do some cool tilework that will draw the eye.
  4. Hang just a single item. Perhaps you don’t have enough space for a collection of artwork or mirrors. Hanging a single piece of art or even one large mirror can really make a big statement. If there’s room, balance it off with an small table or bench for aesthetics and functionality. If you are really low on space, opt for floating shelves with hooks. This will give you a place to hang items such as coats and purses, while also providing a flat surface for displaying some pretty trinkets.
  5. Doctor up your stairway. If your entryway contains a staircase, use it to your advantage. Line the staircase wall with family photos in frames of different sizes, yet identical material and color. If you don’t have carpeted stairs or a runner, paint or wallpaper the exposed risers in a friendly color or exciting pattern. Greenery or something seasonal on the banister is also very welcoming.
  6. Add a table and/or chair or bench. A simple table (or small footed cabinet) in the entryway is a nice touch. It’s a great place for a lamp, candles, flower vase, or something else that’s decorative. If room allows, consider a small dresser. Not only does it make a great drop spot, it provides ample storage for keys, mail and coins, playing cards or other small games, winter gear, and even dining room linens. A bench, or even a pew, is also a nice option since a spot where you can sit down to take off your shoes always comes in handy. You don’t have to have one custom made, but if you do, one that has storage space is extra nice. For any seating, always consider recovering the cushion and/or in a fabric that will compliment the rest of your home. Or, at least top off the seating with some decorative pillows that will tie into the rest of the house. We have some chairs that would be perfect for an entryway. Be sure to browse them here.
  7. Put in overhead lighting. Lighting is important everywhere, but it’s pretty much essential for an entryway. A lamp on a table is helpful, but decorative overhead lighting such as a pendant or chandelier is ideal. Look for something that sticks with the lighting theme throughout the rest of the house or go full-on bold, hanging something that’s unique, vintage, or colorful. Not sure how low it should hang? Shoot for the bottom being no more or less than six feet eight inches above the floor.
  8. Freshen up your front door and flooring. If your door doesn’t need to be replaced, but could use a facelift, a fresh coat of paint in a fun color can do wonders. If you have a large doorway that contains glass, hang some decorative curtains around the door. When it comes to flooring, mend it if it needs fixing or replace it entirely. Carpet isn’t necessarily ideal for entryways but tile and hardwood are great alternatives.
  9. Incorporate little details. Things like hooks for hanging up coats or an umbrella stand might not be at the front of your mind, but they are definitely details that shouldn’t be forgotten. They will come in handy so be sure to plan them into your entryway design.
  10. Don’t neglect the outside. The entryway isn’t just what you see when you open the door. It’s what you see as you’re approaching the door as well. As mentioned earlier, a fresh coat of paint on a door can be very welcoming. In addition to that, new house numbers, potted plants and a welcome mat are all things that can make the trek to your front door a pleasant one.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in River Oaks, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, TX for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to lightweight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

 10 Ways to Enhance Your Entryway Houston Interior Fabrics

The entryway might not seem like an important thing to focus on when decorating, but it is. The entryway actually sets the stage for the rest of the home and can make or break a first impression. Here are some great ways you can enhance your entryway.

  1. Paint it a bold color. A rich, warm color in the entryway can make a home feel very welcoming. If your entryway opens right into the living room, connect the space by simply painting a vibrant accent wall that will soften the transition and define the space.
  2. Create an-catching wall display. Set the tone and engage your visitors with a display of art in frames of various sizes. Other great ideas are to simply frame pieces of artful fabric or wallpaper for an eclectic, yet put together look. You could even group together ornamental mirrors, which will also provide visual interest.
  3. Add a runner. A runner serves dual purposes: it protects the flooring in the high traffic areas and it also draws the guests into the home. Be sure it doesn’t extend the entire length or width of the entryway (or hallway): you want to keep an open feeling and have space for the door to open freely. Don’t like to deal with cleaning it regularly? Paint a faux runner instead.
  4. Hang just a single item. Perhaps you don’t have enough space for a collection of artwork or mirrors. Hanging a single piece of art or even one large mirror can add some punch. Balance it off with an small table or bench.
  5. Doctor up your stairway. If your entryway contains a staircase, use it to your advantage. Line the staircase wall with family photos in frames of different sizes, yet identical material and color. If you don’t have carpeted stairs or a runner, paint the exposed risers in a friendly color. Greenery or something seasonal on the banister is also very welcoming.
  6. Add a table and/or chair or bench. A simple table (or small footed cabinet) in the entryway is a nice touch. It’s a great place for a lamp, candles, flower vase, or something else that’s decorative. If it has a drawer, even better, as it can be a great place for things like keys and writing instruments. If you have a bigger space, a bench is nice. You don’t have to have one custom made, but if you do, one that has storage space is extra nice. For any seating, always consider recovering the cushion and/or in a fabric that will compliment the rest of your home. We have some chairs that would be perfect for an entryway. Be sure to browse them here.
  7. Put in overhead lighting. Lighting is important everywhere, but it’s pretty much essential for an entryway. A lamp on a table is helpful, but decorative overhead lighting such as a pendant or chandelier is ideal. Look for something that sticks with the lighting theme throughout the rest of the house. Not sure how low it should hang? Shoot for the bottom being no more or less than six feet eight inches above the floor.
  8. Freshen up your front door and flooring. If your door doesn’t need to be replaced, but could use a facelift, a fresh coat of paint in a fun color can do wonders. If you have a large doorway that contains glass, hang some decorative curtains around the door. When it comes to flooring, mend it if it needs fixing or replace it entirely. Carpet isn’t necessarily ideal for entryways but tile and hardwood are great alternatives.
  9. Incorporate little details. Things like hooks for hanging up coats or an umbrella stand might not be at the front of your mind, but they are definitely details that shouldn’t be forgotten. They will come in handy so be sure to plan them into your entryway design.
  10. Don’t neglect the outside. The entryway isn’t just what you see when you open the door. It’s what you see as you’re approaching the door as well. As mentioned earlier, a fresh coat of paint on a door can be very welcoming. In addition to that, new house numbers, potted plants and a welcome mat are all things that can make the trek to your front door a pleasant one. 

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in River Oaks, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, TX 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.

How to Turn Your Bedroom in Romantic Getaway and not just on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the only one day of the whole year, but that doesn’t mean your bedroom can only have a romantic vibe for just one day. In fact, considering the bedroom is a place where you, and your significant other, spend a lot of time, it’s a room that should remain romantic all year long. If you aren’t sure where to begin, consider 5 key ingredients: your senses. Let’s take a look at how you can create a romantic bedroom that will appeal to your sense of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound.

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Touch

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom–and to make it romantic, your goal should be to make it as cozy as possible. Luxurious sheets, such as high-quality Egyptian or Prima, soft blankets, plush pillows and custom bedding are all great places to start. Be sure to layer in a variety of textiles with a variety of textures for optimum pleasure. But don’t forget about the mattress or the headboard. A good mattress will make your time together heavenly and a custom upholstered headboard will make the room feel like you’re in a five-star hotel.

Smell

Grouping scented candles together not only smell nice, they also resemble a romantic fireplace. Not every scent works well for everyone, so if you aren’t sure what your partner likes, lean toward something mild. If you two have a favorite vacation spot, close your eyes as you test the scents to see if there’s something that brings back memories of your trips there.

If candles aren’t your thing, consider getting your aromatic effect from essential oils. Essential oils are extremely popular for a variety of reasons, including their ability to help reduce stress and promote relaxation–two things that are very important when it comes to unwinding, getting a good night’s rest, or setting the mood. Because of their popularity, home diffusers for dispersing the oils can be found online easily.

Sight

Please your eyes with your color palette and lighting. While there is no set standard when it comes to a romantic color scheme, you’ll generally want to opt for a fairly limited palette full of soft colors. Crisp or creamy whites, blush pink, and soft grays and blues provide a soft, romantic look. A neutral palette accented with silver finishes will give your room a luxe look. Chocolate browns and red will give the room a passionate punch.

Keep in mind that dark, bold (or bright) colors will make it very challenging to achieve a romantic look. If you just can’t ignore their call, however, save them for accents rather than your bedroom’s main color palette.

When it comes to lighting, you can keep it simple or go all out with a chandelier. Whichever lighting you choose, choose lower wattage or install a dimmer so you can control how much light you want. Lamps, sconces, and candles are also great low-lighting ways to set the mood. In regards to natural light, dress your windows to complete the design, control light and provide privacy.

Decorations are also an important element of sight. The bedroom should be a retreat, so treat it as such. If you and your partner have special memories of vacation spots or events you’ve enjoyed together, see if you have some pictures that can be put in nice frames. If not, at least try to decorate your bedroom with the best accessories you can find. Doing so will make the space feel even more special for the both of you.

Something else to consider in regards to sight is clutter. Clutter can be extremely unsightly and in most cases, a real mood killer. To keep this from happening, clear out what doesn’t belong. I can honestly say that I’m guilty of piling stacks of papers or whatever else on top of the dresser because I don’t have time to put it where it really belongs. Or a laundry basket full of clothes on the floor next to the foot of the bed. I know it doesn’t go there, but alas… Regardless, the bedroom shouldn’t be used as a storage unit. It’s the space where we go to relax and it can be really hard to do so when clutter piles up.

Taste

Champagne and chocolate are a perfect combination for a romantic setting. Be sure to keep a tray handy, or if you have space, add a bistro-sized table and chair set to create a nook for times you want to have a romantic evening at home.

Sound

Music is a mood setter so be sure to keep your favorite CDs handy. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, but if you’d like it to remain a romantic one, move the television to another room to avoid distraction from each other.

Did you also know that window treatments can affect sound? It’s true! In the bedroom, consider a double rod that will allow you to hang sheers and heavier drapes. Not only will you have control of light, those drapes will act as a buffer against outdoor sounds.

If you are looking for a 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 everything from comfortable cotton fabrics, to luxurious dupioni silks and even some of the best faux leathers!

12 Popular Types of Home Design to Help You Determine Your Personal Style.

How do you define your design style? Does your current interior reflect what you think it is? Do you even know what all your options are?

There are many ways you can design a home, but if you don’t understand the styles that exist, it can be difficult to decide which way to go. Here’s a rundown of some popular types of home design that might help you determine what your personal design style is.

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Romantic

If you love all things soft and feminine, then your style may be romantic. Romantic is a relaxed style characterized by soft pastel color schemes and sheer, light fabrics. Upholstery fabrics, as well as fabrics for pillows and throws, range from silk, matelassé, velvet and chenille. Of course romantic style wouldn’t be complete without a little sparkle either, so accents of silver, crystal and pearlized shell are great ways to finish off the space.

Modern

If sleek, smooth and polished describes your personality, then the style for you may be modern. Modern is known for its neutral color palette, geometric shapes and asymmetrical look. White walls are usually support the neutral tone-on-tone colors throughout the room.

Old World

If you consider yourself a history buff, or appreciate pieces that tell a story, then your style may be old world. Old world design revolves around dark-stained, aged, distressed, and textured furnishings, architectural details such as exposed beams and arches, and accents like woven tapestries.

Cottage

If you have a fondness for aged pieces and pastel, botanical palettes, then your style may be cottage. Cottage design is about color and comfort, focusing on causal, weathered and sometimes painted pieces of furniture. Other furnishings may include iron and wicker chairs slipcovered and accented with floral cushions.

Eclectic

If you just can’t decide on one favorite style, then eclectic style might be for you. The great thing about eclectic is that you can fill the room with a mix of different styles and periods, as well as various accessories. All you really need is a similar color, texture, finish or pattern to pull everything together.

Asian

If you’re all about Feng Shui, then Asian style might help you maintain that balance. Asian design can pull in a variety of design elements from places such as Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand, which gives you more decorating options. Although furnishings are often sparse and low to the ground, the ever-popular cushions and pillows in this style provide a comfortable space.

Mediterranean

If you love to travel, and are drawn to the countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, then Mediterranean style is for you. Mediterranean design is often referred to as Spanish modern, incorporating décor ranging from simple to formal. Walls are often textured, hardware is heavy, and the furniture is ornate. Colors echo the sea and sky but can also include warm shades of terra cotta, lavender and yellow.

Transitional

If you prefer a clean and serene atmosphere, then transitional design may be your style. Because of the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs, transitional is favored by many homeowners. Its classic and timeless design is due to a variety of factors including the simple, sophistication of furniture lines, the diversity of fabric textures and patterns, the neutral color palette and the minimalist approach to accessories.

Art Deco

Exuberant and suave, sophisticated and innovative–that’s Art Deco design style. Bold and glamorous, yet functional, Art Deco was a style that peaked in the late 1920s and early ’30s. Mood lighting, geometric shapes, sleek surfaces, lush textiles, lacquered furniture, mirrored furnishings, and black and white color palettes are just some of the key elements that make this design style so dynamic.

Coastal 

While coastal design can be tweaked to mimic its location, American coastal, fondly called “beach house”, is the most common. If you enjoy your toes in the sand, the breeze in your hair, and the view of sea and sky, then this is probably your style. While seaside motifs can be appropriate, a well-designed coastal space eases people into the mood in a more subtle manner. Open spaces with abundant light, pale neutrals, natural fibers, crisp fabrics, casual furniture complete with light, weathered woods, are key components to a welcoming coastal home.

Bohemian

If you want freedom to express your own unique individuality however you want to, you may be a bohemian. There’s a huge misconception about this design style, which often has people shying away from it. Contrary to popular belief, most bohemian spaces are not ones of complete disarray. In fact, when done right, a bohemian style home can take both the carefree and the unusual and turn it into something glamorous. Warm earthy colors, metallics, and jewel tones open up a world of color palette options, while a mix and match of materials and textiles add to the charm. Furnishings and accessories are often second hand and vintage pieces–each with their own story–that can easily be found at flea markets and antique stores.

Farmhouse

While there are specific elements that define it, farmhouse tends to be more of a way of life, or even an attitude, more than an actual style. So much in fact, that the look doesn’t require that you actually live on a farm–or even in a rural location for that matter. Farmhouse sinks, shiplap, rustic furnishings, natural textiles, vintage touches, and gallons of white paint are pretty much all it takes to round out a modern farmhouse interior that would make Joanna Gaines beam with pride.

Know your design style? Let us help you make your vision a reality. Be sure to stop into one of our showrooms or shop online for fabrics, custom pillows, and rugs that can fit any design style.

Arranging Furniture in Your Home

Moving into a new home, or redecorating your current one, can be very exciting. However, figuring out where everything will go can be a bit stressful. Some might think the size of the room is more important than where the furniture is placed, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter if your room is big or small–having the right furniture arrangement is what will make the space much more enjoyable. To eliminate anxiety, we’ve put together a simple guide that works for every room in your house. By following these tips, you’ll be able to arrange your furniture in a way that will make the rooms in your home look their best.

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Measure Your Space

Misjudging the available space in a particular room can be a major letdown. You think that the furniture will fit, but sadly, it doesn’t. To avoid this, measure, measure, and then measure again. It doesn’t matter whether you create the layout on a computer program or draw it by hand. What does matter is that it’s true to scale. First, draw a box, noting the measurements on all sides. After that, measure the furnishings you have in mind and create a separate box on your drawing, uniquely-sized, for each individual piece. Certain computer programs will allow you to move images around, making it easy to play with different arrangements. If you’re doing it by hand, creating furniture cutouts will allow you to do the same thing. And don’t forget to measure the width of doorways and hallways, since you’ll need to make sure the piece can even make it into the house!

Showcase the Focal Point

One of the worst things you can do is neglect showcasing a focal point. Your focal point can be something like a window, a headboard, or a fireplace. It could even be a particular piece of furniture, like a bookcase, sofa, or a set of upholstered armchairs. Once you have the focal point determined, the furniture arrangements can fall into place around it. If possible, avoid blocking its view. For the room to have the most impact, the focal point should be readily visible to anyone walking into the room. In most cases, there are enough creative ways to arrange furnishings in a way that keeps the focal point in view.

Create Balance

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

So how do you achieve balance? With smaller furnishings and accessories. Tables, storage cabinets, ottomans, floor lamps, table lamps, vases, rugs, and even artwork are all the wonderful things you can use to create a pleasing look. A good rule of thumb is to center the rug in the middle of the main seating arrangement, with at least 2 to 3 inches of it extending beyond the sofa and chairs. This anchors the room while keeping the space aesthetically pleasing. The other items can be arranged as needed throughout the room until you have a harmonious balance that makes you happy.

Have a Purpose

Could someone walk into your home and know what each room is meant for? Or, are there certain rooms in your home that are a mishmash of ideas thrown into one space? To put it simply, each room should speak for itself. A family room would have items such as a comfy sofa and chairs in front of a TV and maybe even a table in the corner for games. An office would have a desk and maybe some bookcases. Designing each room with a purpose in mind will eliminate any confusion and bring harmony to the space. Even if a room has to serve multiple purposes, arrange the furniture in a way that clearly defines each space. For example, if your open concept space serves as both your living and dining area, make sure both spaces have their own identity. One way to do that would be to put the back of the sofa to the table. Another would be to break each area up with a rug. Whatever you choose to do is fine, as long as the purpose of each area or room is clear.

Size Variation

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

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

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Cozy Winter Retreat

The bedroom is the most personal space in your home and should always be something you feel comfortable in. When those cold winter days and night roll around, it’s only natural that you want that room to feel as cozy as possible. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t necessarily take much to add warmth to the room. From the simple to the detailed, here are some decorating ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a cozy winter retreat.

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Color Scheme

This is probably the simplest place to start. If you want a winter retreat look, avoid bright colors like pink and orange, as well as the traditional red and green theme. Instead, keep nature in mind and lean toward colors like black, white, silver, blue, gold and brown. Even a subtle hint of purple or other metallics would work well with a winter bedroom. A no-fail color scheme that can make any bedroom look beautiful is a charcoal and steel gray palette, complemented with touches of silver and icy blues.

In need of color inspiration? Check out Pantone’s seasonal palette. Twice a year, the color experts release a palette full of gorgeous colors to inspire both your wardrobe and your home. You’d be amazed at how non-traditional many of their seasonal choices are. This gives you so much more freedom in picking your colors–and many of them can stick around in your home all year long. It really is a wonderful resource, so take advantage of it!

Textiles

Textiles are the secret ingredient to a beautiful room. There are so many to choose from, making it easy to find something suitable for every season. In regards to winter, there are certain textiles you just can’t go wrong with. Some textiles that will really warm up your room include:

  • Organza–A shiny and sheer lightweight fabric made from silk. Works beautifully for sheer drapes.  
  • Cashmere–A soft textile that comes from the wool of goats. Perfect for accent pillows, throws, and duvet covers.
  • Organdy–A textile very similar to organza, but made from cotton rather than silk. Another great choice for window treatments.
  • Velvet–A woven tufted fabric, luxe to the eye and soft to the touch. Versatile enough for a variety of things including drapes and upholstery fabric.  
  • Wool–A soft and luxurious textile produced from a special class of animal body hair. Ideal for throws and rugs.
  • Faux fur–A cozy textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. Perfect for pillow covers and rugs, without costing a fortune.
  • Flannel–A soft, woven fabric typically made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Great for sheets, throws, and pillow covers.
  • Silk–A luxurious, comfortable and absorbent fabric produced by certain insect larvae. Makes a great addition to a bedroom as a duvet cover.

All of them have unique qualities that will add personality and warmth to your bedroom–and as you can see from above, there are so many ways to use them! In addition to pillows, drapery, blankets, and throws, consider using these fabrics as comforters, on accent furniture, and even on headboards. Many of the fabrics listed above are extremely versatile, so don’t limit your creativity when decorating your wintry retreat. Rugs are also a great way to bring in layers of warmth, so don’t forget to shop around for something that’ll keep your tootsies cozy.

How much time and money you want to put into your design will dictate in what ways you choose to use fabric. Some certainly cost more than others, but the great thing is, they can be mixed and matched any way you choose.

If you find yourself struggling, head over to your local fabric store and let a sales associate help you. We have a wide variety of fabrics and rugs that can help you pull together a successful winter retreat.

Furniture, Lighting, and Accessories

If you have additional space in your bedroom, consider adding an intimate seating area. Place a pair of custom-made chairs together near a window– or even a single chair with an ottoman. You could even add an upholstered bench at the foot of your bed. Drape a throw blanket across the back to make it look inviting. As far as colors go, painted white woods, dark woods, and dark leathers are a great way to make your bedroom feel like a wintry retreat. Another way to bring a wintry feel into the room is by bringing in mirrored furniture.

No matter what time of year it is, lighting is important. In this case, however, if cozy is what you want, then focus on table lamps will low-wattage bulbs. If possible, adding a dimmer to your overhead light is ideal. For a fancier design, think wall sconces. If ultra-simple is what you want, fill the room with candles. All of these can really enhance the look of your bedroom and heighten the sense of warmth within the space.

Accessories are a wonderful way to add personal touches and finish off a room. Next, to paint, accessories are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the overall look and atmosphere of a room. Accessories such as vases filled with branches spray painted white, or wintry flowers, are great ways to keep in tune with nature. Adding fringe to the bottom of drapery panels can add a touch of sophistication. Keep those feet warm with a faux fur area rug. To break up the monotony of fabric, consider embellishments like nail-head trim.

These are just some of the ways you can finish off a winter retreat bedroom. Think about your overall goal and stick with what you can accomplish within your budget. Even the smallest touches can cozy up your bedroom when it’s cold outside.

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Decorating with Midcentury Modern in Mind

Midcentury Modern Design Styles Defined

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Over time, certain design styles seem to come back full circle. Partly because of widely popular show Mad Men, and just partly because it’s cool, this is exactly what has happened to Midcentury Modern. Midcentury Modern, or Modern, as it is more commonly referred to, is often used interchangeably with the term “Contemporary”, and while they do have similarities, they are not one in the same. Modern design is a set style that is defined by its own trends and largely unchanged for several decades.

Elements of Midcentury Modern Design Style

— Clean, uncluttered look

— Graphic patterns with pattern and texture

— Accessories such as graphic or geometric-style wall art, starburst clocks and metal mobiles

— Wood trim

— Classics furniture pieces uniquely designed to blend with contemporary lifestyle

Interior Design Ideas

You can tell a Midcentury Modern design by its clean and unadorned interior. Natural materials are predominantly used for furniture, fabrics, floors and accents. Floors are generally bare, and in the times area rugs are used, they are typically made of wool and neutral in color.

MidCentury Modern Furniture

The major characteristics of true Midcentury Modern furniture pieces are clean lines, vivid colors, unique materials and excellent quality. Sharp, geometric shapes and crisp lines are typical of this type of furniture. Vivid colors like red, yellow, blue, green or black and white combos are also common. Most designers preferred to use unique man-made materials such as fiberglass and plastics, but woods like teakwood, walnut, oak and rosewood were also used. Top designers of the area include, but are not limited to, Arne Jacobsen and the Danish Designers, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Milo Baughman, George Nelson, Paul McCobb and Alvar Aalto.

Choosing Colors

Although vivid colors are a Midcentury Modern trademark, there is a certain “coolness” that needs to remain within the space. Pastels in teal, yellow and blue, paired with neutrals is a popular color palette for living spaces. Other colors that can be found in this design style are mustard, tangerine and avocado. Bright colors that are often incorporated include turquoise, lemon yellow, red and chartreuse.

Textures and Patterns to complete your Mid Century Modern Look

Fabric is the ultimate way to add texture. It doesn’t really matter if the fabric is solid in color or saturated in a graphic pattern sticking with subtle, neutral hues will make the space feel cohesive. To offset the sleek lines of furnishings, soften the space with fabric drapes, rather than blinds.

Visit either of our two Tempe, Az area locations located inside of SWITCH Consignment to check out the latest designer upholstery fabrics available at amazing prices.

4 Ideal Rug Choices for the Busy Household

 

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An area rug is a beautiful thing—and often very necessary for busy households. Sorting through the endless choices, however, can make the process of actually picking, let alone purchasing, one a really big challenge. No matter what kind of traffic you have—roommates, kids, pets—it’s important to find a rug that can hold up to the wear and tear it will receive. Here are 4 ideal choices that are durable, easy to clean, and available in a variety of pretty options that will suit any décor.

1. Cotton.

Is it any surprise this is on the list? Cotton is one of the most low-maintenance options out there. When it comes to rugs, ones made of cotton are sometimes called “flat-weave”. Cotton fiber rugs are softer to the touch than other natural fibers (which we’ll talk about next) and very easy to clean. Additionally, with its porous nature and thin threads, cotton can be dyed in rich tones and woven into stylish patterns, making it a wonderful choice if it’s a pop of color you’re looking for.

2. Jute, Sisal, and Sea Grass

Natural fiber rugs are one of the best choices for a busy household. Not only are these rugs extremely durable, they’re well-priced. Overall, the strong fibers of these kinds of rugs make it easy to clean—sometimes, with no more required than a blotting. You can also find these natural-fiber rugs in a variety of rich textures, patterns, and hues.

3. Wool

Wool rugs can be quite costly but rightfully so. With their durability, softness, and versatility, wool rugs are the cream of the crop. Although certainly an investment, wool rugs can last up to a decade or more, unlike synthetic rugs whose life span typically only reaches two to three years. Wool rugs are a favorite for many reasons, some of which include their luster, ability to repel spills, beautiful colors, and intricate woven patterns.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that indoor-outdoor rugs aren’t just as suitable for interiors as they are for exteriors. Rugs like these have come a long way, so if you have a busy household, consider them as you shop. Many indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials, making them stain-resistant, easy to clean, and affordable. They also come in bright, bold colors and various patterns that suit a wide variety of decorating styles.

Ready to complete your home’s interior with a rug that will suit your busy household? Stop in one of our showrooms or browse our beautiful rug collection online.