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Decorating Tips for Welcoming Aging Parents into Your Home

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As parents age, the tables turn–in that we, the child, take on the responsibility of becoming a caregiver to the people who once took care of us. Sometimes, that entails mom and dad moving into our home. Of course, this transition will require some adjustments–especially, when it comes to decorating. Here are some tips that can help the elders in your life feel welcome and comfortable in their new residence.

Learn their wants and needs

What will they need to be happy? It seems like such a simple question, but the answer will be extremely important. Obviously, your parents will have to downsize before moving in, so it’s imperative to figure out what things they hold dear, and what things can be sold, donated, or passed on to other family members.

When it comes to any renovations you may need to do, take your parent’s physical limitations into consideration. Aging bodies have different needs, so you’ll need to imagine life from their perspective.

Making the home accessible

Not everyone has the luxury of designing their entire home around their new residents–and thankfully, you don’t have to. In many cases, a few simple modifications are all it takes to make the space easier to live in. Here are some design ideas to consider whether you are completely redecorating or simply tweaking your existing interior.

Easy on the hands. For the young, turning a doorknob is an easy task. For an elderly person, however, it can be quite a chore. Consider replacing regularly used doorknobs with lever-style ones. This style of hardware is also best on faucets.

Safe stairs and floors. Two-story homes can be especially dangerous for older people. If stairs are an issue, make sure they have a sturdy handrail to offer adequate support. In regards to flooring, make them as slip-resistant as possible. Add nonskid mats under area rugs, or when possible, remove the rug completely. Trips are as dangerous as slips, so pay attention to tricky areas, like thresholds, where mom or dad could loose footing and fall.

Adequate lighting. Aging eyes require well-lit spaces, and dark areas, are an invitation to a bump or fall. Adequate lighting in the bedroom and bathroom is important, but in addition to that, staircases, hallways, and entryways also need attention.

Better bathrooms. A few simple upgrades can help your parents to maintain a little independence when it comes to getting around the bathroom. A walk-in shower, hand-held shower head, and grab bars in both the shower and by the toilet can make bathing a safer experience.

Incorporating personal touches

Being comfortable is one thing, but feeling at home is another. To ensure your parent(s) feel this way, be sure to incorporate personal touches. Custom bedding or window treatments, a newly reupholstered chair, and family photos in decorative frames are just a few ways you can make them feel even more loved and welcome.

Decorating the Americana Way

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With summer almost upon us, now is a great time to talk a little bit about Americana design style. By its name, one might think that this design style is simply about stars and stripes–but it’s actually much more than that.

What is the Americana design style?

Americana design style encompasses everything and anything that deals with American culture and history. This doesn’t mean you have to have an explosion of red, white and blue or an abundance of gingham and plaid fabric to attain the look, though. In fact, a successful Americana look is often achieved by a more casual approach.

Common Americana Design Themes

There are many directions you can go with Americana. This is why it’s so important to have a solid idea about how you want the space to look–otherwise, your finished product could end up looking a bit too over-the-top. In the broad sense, Americana design can be broken down into three main categories: patriotic, primitive, and farmhouse. Under each of those categories, however, you’ll often find much more specific themes, which are really just built from vision, creativity, and a desire for something unique and fun.

Here’s a quick rundown on elements that make up the Patriotic, Primitive, and Farmhouse Americana design styles:

Patriotic Americana 

Here you’ll find things such as flags, stars and/or stripes, 1776 motifs, antique tin soldiers, old quilts, vintage advertisements from WWI and WWII, American symbols (i.e. Uncle Sam; the Statue of Liberty), and a classic red, white and blue color palette. Possible sub-themes could include nautical motifs, a 50s diner-themed kitchen, or a room devoted to a beloved American sports, movie, or music icon.

Primitive Americana

This style is full of texture and handcrafted beauty. Faded, rich-textured fabrics, distressed furniture, and eye-catching folk art (or vintage advertising) are some motifs that make this style recognizable. You can often find simple touches like flowers nestled inside old watering cans or mason jars, as well as handcrafted objects like baskets, wooden bowls, and twig furniture. Possible sub-themes could include a nod to the Wild West, a rustic log cabin look, or something of colonial elegance.

Farmhouse Americana

This style typically includes classic red and white colors, checked and chintz fabrics, overstuffed furniture, and natural flooring materials. Other decorative elements include vintage dishware, rooster and chicken motifs, and 1940s and 50s decor (think fruit fabric and red kitchen accents).

Prefer a modern farmhouse style? No problem! Farmhouse design style has a new face these days, making it easy to take this Americana style to a whole new level, complete with updated colors, trendier accessories, and fun, fresh textiles.

Americana: Patriotism All Year Long

Patriotism doesn’t have to be reserved for holidays. That’s the great thing about this design style. Its versatility and casual beauty can be adapted in a number of ways, making it a style that caters to one and all. Whether you bring Americana into a single room or into all of them, there’s something that can be enjoyed all year round.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating with a Pet

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Just because you love your pet(s) doesn’t mean you have to compromise your sense of decorating style in order to accommodate them. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts that will make you and your four-legged friend(s) comfortable and content.

Do: Choose tough fabrics. 

Fabrics such as leather, microfiber, cotton, and cotton blends are all pet-friendly options that are both attractive and durable. Slipcovers are another sensible option. Save any fancy fabrics for the formal rooms your pet is less likely to frequent. Area rugs can be wonderful at masking dirt and protecting hardwood floors but make sure you don’t purchase something high-priced. Jute, sisal or seagrass mats are durable enough to handle pet traffic, yet inexpensive enough to replace when they no longer look good. If your pet shares your bed, cotton sheets and a durable mattress protection pad are wise choices.

Don’t: Display breakables in heavy pet territory. 

If you have precious trinkets or special family heirlooms, it’d be best to move those to a separate room if possible. Being able to close a door or block the entrance with a gate makes it easier to preserve the life of pieces you love.

Do: Pick durable flooring. 

Tile, sealed hardwood, and even synthetic wood flooring are all great choices if you have pets. All are durable, which means they’ll stand up to scratches and moisture–two things your flooring is sure to see with pets in the house.

Don’t: Choose light colors.

If dirt and stains drive you crazy, then light colored fabrics are flooring are not for you. Instead, pick darker colors that conceal those messes better. Another thing to consider is a fabric that doesn’t match your pet. Dark fur will be more visible on light fabrics. Likewise, light fur will stand out on darker textiles. For the best results, go with fur-toned fabric unless you’re able to keep on top of cleaning.

Do: Clean often. 

Not just your home’s interior, but your pet as well. Maintaining both will keep unsightly messes and odors at bay.

Don’t: Let your pet have free reign.

The best way to keep your home from being a hairy mess is to have a designated pet space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple corner or an entire room–have a spot where falling fur isn’t such a big deal. Another thing to keep in mind is pet toys. If you can’t keep on top of them, then it might be time to purge. Nestling toys in a basket that can be tucked in a corner or under a table will greatly contribute to your home looking neat and tidy.

We can help you get started on your pet-friendly design. Be sure to check out our wide selection of fabrics and rugs that will bring both beauty and comfort to you, and your pet, into your home.

6 Must-Haves for Big Living in a Small Home

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There’s no reason to forgo comfort, functionality, and style just because your home is compact. Sure, your decorating will be a bit limited, but there are certain things that every home needs–no matter what their size. Here are 6 must-haves that enhance your small home in a big way.

1. A drop spot. You don’t have to have a large entryway to make your home feel welcoming. A small table with a vase of flowers, a mirror, and a few decorative wall hooks is all it really takes to make a nice spot to hang your coat and drop your keys.

2. A place to eat. As in, a real dining surface. Many small homes don’t have a formal dining room, but there is usually a place that will fit a small table and chair set. Even if the only available space is in the living area, there’s typically a solution. Sometimes a 3-piece bistro set is all it takes to keep you from eating at a desk or on the couch.

3. Full-sized seating. It is truly better to get a single full-sized sofa than it is to get several compact pieces of furniture for your living area. To keep it classy and comfortable, don’t skimp. If you need extra seating, consider a plush ottoman or even a single wingback chair if there’s room.

4. Color and pattern. Whites and neutrals are nice, but they’re safe. Just because your home is smaller in size, doesn’t mean you can’t make a big statement. Don’t avoid color and pattern–just be selective in how and where you use it. To keep from going overboard, try a pop of color on the ceiling or cover one piece of furniture in a fabric you adore.

5. Greenery. A pretty houseplant cleans the air and makes your space look homey. You can check out these low-maintenance houseplants if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs.

6. Great lighting. Lighting is often inadequate in small spaces, so take some time to work in additional layers. Table lamps may require side tables you don’t have room for, so think outside the box. Sconces, recessed lighting, and pendants are just some extra ways you can brighten your home.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to fill every space in your home. In fact, doing so will only make your home appear cluttered and cramped. A little breathing room will help you enjoy your space even more.

How to Decorate Your Home Around a Rug

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You found the perfect rug, now what?

You know a rug on the floor is a beautiful thing and that working it into your decor shouldn’t be so challenging–but alas, it actually is. Sure, sometimes, a rug is the ideal starting point for the rest of your interior design, but in most cases, you have to work hard to incorporate it into what’s already going on in your home.

Here are some tips we hope you’ll find helpful if you’re struggling to decorate a room around a rug:

(1) Carry your rug with you.

Obviously, we know you can’t take the actual rug with you when you shop, but you most certainly can take a visual. Snap a picture of your rug in good lighting so you can have a clear and solid reference on hand at all times.

(2) Don’t stress over coordinating it all.

Yes, by all means, select items that coordinate with the rug, but don’t go crazy. There may come a time when you’d like to replace the rug and it’s easier to swap out small items like accent pillows than something much more expensive such as custom window treatments.

(3) Focus on furniture placement. 

Did you know that how you arrange the furniture can help play up the shape of the rug? For example, a round or oval rug can be the room’s feature accent simply by situating sofas and chairs slightly off the edge. Another approach would be to arrange furniture so it sits directly on top of the rug. Doing this allows the rug to blend in with the room, rather than appearing to be isolated from it.

(4) Match the rug to the room.

To its shape, that is. The shape of the room can really be highlighted when the rug is similar in shape. Of course, the rule can be broken, but overall, square rooms benefit from square rugs, round rooms from round rugs…you get the idea.

(5) Let the rug be your anchor. 

Placing the rug where you want it first can really make the rest of the decorating process easier. Where you put the rug is often the center of the room–or, in open floor plans, an area that needs to be clearly defined. Once the rug is down, where you put furniture and accents typically fall into place.

(6) Don’t shy away from bold. 

A rug can easily be a statement piece in your home, so don’t shy away from getting one that’ll do just that. If you find a bold rug you can’t seem to live without, then get it. With some careful planning and a little tweaking, you can have a room that completely suits your taste.

Ready for a new rug? Be sure to stop by our showroom or browse our beautiful collections online.

Marrying Design Styles with Your Significant Other

Marriage is certainly an exciting time–but when it comes to moving into your first place, some small challenges may arise if your decorating styles don’t mesh together as well as the two of you do. Don’t despair! You won’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to design decisions–and that’s okay. By following these tips, you and your significant other can design a space that makes both of you feel at home.

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Communicate clearly and be open to compromise.

It’s as simple as this: no communication + no compromise = no progress. Sit down and have an open discussion about what each of you wants from your home. How do you want it to look and feel? Are there items you must keep because they have sentimental value? What types of spaces are most important to you? Being able to talk about things like this doesn’t have to be hard if you’re both willing to be open, honest and flexible.

Try it before you toss it.

Before you decide to start with a clean slate, try a variety of layouts with what the two of you currently have. Let them sit in place for a while. Believe it or not, your items may look better in person than they do in your head. Even if something isn’t your favorite, it may grow on you just enough to keep it.

Go shopping together.

The two of you are now one, so it only makes sense to buy furnishings and decor as a couple. Shopping together essentially keeps the scale balanced, so to speak, in that one partner’s style is less likely to dominate the other. Additionally, pieces you purchase together will have much more meaning than ones you buy on your own.

Think eclectically.

An eclectic design style is perfect for a couple who have differing views when it comes to decor. By mixing metals, textures, patterns and styles, you’ll be giving your home a unique look that suits both of you. So many elements can work together, representing both masculine and feminine styles. All you have to do is try!

Practice kindness and patience.

It’s always good to practice kindness and patience in any relationship, but this is especially important in a marriage. Don’t rush to insult your significant other’s tastes just because you don’t like them. Talk about any decor issues that are really weighing on you but remember–your S.O. always trumps stuff.

Regarding patience, creating a personalized home that suits you both will take time. Avoid rushing to furnish it immediately. Instead, let your home evolve naturally, even if it takes a few years. In the end, when your home is just how you want it, you can acknowledge how worthwhile the process really was.

5 Fixer Upper-Inspired Design Tricks

For the majority of Fixer Upper fans, myself included, a visit from Chip and Joanna Gaines is merely a dream. Thankfully–after watching countless episodes, of course–there are some no-fail design tricks I’ve picked up along the way. Try some or try them all to transform you home into a rustic, modern beauty that Joanna would be proud of!

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Go for Open Concept

When watching the show, you can almost guarantee that Joanna will suggest knocking down interior walls. Open concepts are very popular these days among homeowners, no matter what their design style may be. For Joanna’s modern farmhouse style, it’s perfect. Not only does it look nice, it feels welcoming and makes the home’s square footage more usable.

Bring in Dramatic Lighting

Lighting is an essential component of any interior design style. With farmhouse, however, the more layers of lighting the better. Recessed lighting is great, but if budget allows, dramatic additions, such as vintage pendants, rustic chandeliers, or antique-looking sconces, can make all the difference.

Add Subtle Pops of Color

Without a doubt, neutral colors are the foundation for modern farmhouse style–but this doesn’t mean the interiors are boring. Joanna really does like color–and we can see that by the subtle touches of it that she brings into the design. From something unexpected, like gray grout between white tiles, to something a bit more obvious, such as eye-catching hues on pillows and rugs, Joanna keeps the space interesting.

Be Creative with Old Materials

Joanna has many amazing design talents, but my favorite is how creative she gets with the old materials most of us average Joes would pitch to the curb. It’s easy to peruse the thrift or antique shop for items, but how many of us would actually know what to do with them? Thankfully, we can binge watch Fixer Upper episodes or visit websites like Pinterest for inspiration.

Bring the Outdoors In

There are a variety of things that add softness to a rustic farmhouse-styled interior, and greenery is one of them. Whether you create an indoor atrium, or simply scatter some potted plants throughout the home, greenery is a surefire way to bring in those natural elements Chip and Joanna are such fans of.

 

6 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

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Even if you’ve had a mild winter, there’s something about spring that gets us excited. From extra sunshine to greenery all in bud, spring has some much to offer. Here are some ways you can connect with nature and bring some of the freshness of the season into your home.

Give your living room a color makeover. Replace those winter hues with a lighter, spring-inspired palette. If you have heavy window treatments, take them down and hang up something like curtains in an airy fabric or a lightweight shade instead. Change out accent pillows, repaint the walls (or just a single one), and look for some new accessories in softer colors.

Grow a herb garden. A few potted herbs on a window sill (or counter) not only look great, they give you an opportunity to expand your culinary skills.

Roll up the rugs. If you have a lot of area rugs in your home, consider rolling a few of them up. After a long season of thick wool socks and warm, cushy rugs, a bare floor can be a treat for your feet.

Pretty up your porch or patio. Whether you love to entertain or not, prettying up your porch or patio is a great way to embrace spring. Pot some plants, recover seat cushions with new fabric, hang up a hammock, or simply add a mirror or some string lights–any little touches can make a big improvement.

Fill vases with fresh flowers or greenery. What says spring more than flowers? It doesn’t really matter if you pick up a small bouquet from the grocery store or handpick some from your very own garden–filling vases, decorative bottles, or even mason jars, are a great way to add pops of spring throughout your home. Fresh cut leaves with long stems are another option. Anything green will work, really–just do what makes you happy.

Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Seriously, simply opening the windows after a long season of cold can do wonders for your mood. Not only will it air out your home, it will allow you to soak in the sounds and smells that this refreshing season brings.

 

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.

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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!