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What’s Hot In Summer Decorating: Linen Fabric

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How To Use Linen Fabric:

Linen, a popular fabric used in the fashion world, is often forgotten when it comes to home decorating. This fiber, one of the oldest known to man, is not only beautiful, it also has a longevity that is highly desirable, making it a perfect choice for the interior of your home. If you love a relaxed, yet elegant style, then linen is the fabric for you. Continue reading to learn what makes it so great as well as ways it can be used.

The Perks of Linen

Each type of fabric out there has its own unique qualities and linen is no different. Here are some things you might not have known about this wonderful fiber:

Linen is environmentally friendly. To understand why linen is eco-friendly, you must first know more about flax, the fiber in which linen is composed of.

  • The flax plant produces no waste because it can be used in its entirety
  • It is recyclable and biodegradable because it is a natural fiber
  • The energy required to process flax is very minimal
  • It requires less water and fewer pesticides because it grows naturally

These amazing traits make it easy to see why linen is so much better for the environment than other fibers.

Linen has healing properties. Normally we don’t link fabric to healing, but with linen, you can! Some healing properties of linen include, but are not limited to:

  • Less or no more skin irritations
  • Cleaner air
  • Relaxed cardiovascular, nervous and muscular systems

It’s also anti-microbial, bug repelling and resistant to fungi, which are also great for the body.

Linen is a temperature-regulating fabric. You can use linen all year round. It evaporates moisture, keeping you cool in the summer, and becomes a natural insulator, keeping you warmer in the winter.

Linen is long lasting. Linen is exceptionally strong whether it’s wet or dry. It’s twice as durable as cotton, retains its color and stands up against dirt. It’s easy to wash, won’t stretch, and never loses strength even though it softens over time.

It’s important to remember that with pros, come cons. Fortunately however, the cons of linen are very minimal. When decorating keep in mind that linen is known to wrinkle and stretch. This shouldn’t deter you from decorating it though. Instead, get those creative juices flowing.

How to Decorate With Linen

Linen is very versatile, making it a great fabric for both fun and function. Here are some ideas for your home:

  • Dress up your windows. If you choose to pick long drapery over breezy curtains, be sure to let the drapes casually puddle on the floor. This will forgive any stretching of the fabric that may occur.
  • Change up your bedding. Whether you use a linen duvet cover or simply put on crisp linen sheets, you’ll see and feel a difference.
  • Recover furniture. Linen is a wonderful fabric for chair cushions and chase lounges.
  • Freshen up your bath. A common misconception is that linen only comes in white. Today, linen can be dyed to suit any design style, so don’t hesitate to use it for a lovely new shower curtain.
  • Top off your table. Placemats, table runners and napkins look great in linen.

Other fun ways you can use linen:

  • Make your own dishtowels or cocktail napkins
  • Use it to trim photo frames
  • Create decorative pouches to hold bath salts
  • Recover a lamp or chandelier shade

Linen can be bought at relatively inexpensive prices, so how much you want to use is up to you. Whether it’s a little or a lot, linen is a great fabric for your home decorating.

Come visit us at our Houston location on Fondren Rd. to pick from the best linen fabrics for your next project!

Fabric Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces

Fabric Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces Scottsdale AZ

Outdoor furniture has come a long way. Today, there are so many choices it can be challenging to make a final decision. Since outdoor living spaces have become so popular for social events, manufacturers are constantly producing innovative fabrics. These fabrics make it possible for homeowners to express their indoor style, outdoors, all the while being able to withstand the elements. A wide array of colors, textures, and patterns are available at your fingertips, allowing you to create the perfect space for relaxing and entertaining.

Determine Ideal Fabrics for Your Space

Before you start making furniture or fabric purchases, you should take the climate, as well as the elements your furniture will face, into consideration. To narrow down the choices stay focused on outdoor fabrics only. Many, but not all outdoor fabrics are fade, stain and liquid resistant, therefore taking time to shop around will ensure you know what you are getting.

Preserve the Lifespan of Your Fabric

Although outdoor fabrics are designed to withstand the elements of nature, they still require a bit of maintenance. If you wish to preserve the lifespan of your outdoor fabrics there are a few things you can do. Remove or cover pillows and cushions during heavy downpours and snowfalls. If these items do get soaked, propping them up against a wall is a good way to let the moisture drain out. Mold and mildew is attracted to dirt, so take time to occasionally shake, brush or vacuum your cushions. Not all fabrics can be thrown in the washer and dryer, so read labels before doing any heavy cleaning. A good rule of thumb is to stick with cold water and air-drying to keep cushions and pillows in good shape.

Mix and Match for Beautiful Results

If you don’t like monochromatic schemes, there’s no reason to have one in your outdoor living space. As mentioned earlier, outdoor fabrics are plentiful, leaving you with the creative authority. With options like stripes, paisleys, florals, checks, swirls, animal or tribal prints at your fingertips there’s no reason your space has to be bland. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns or incorporate bursts of color. If you prefer a space that’s more subdued, go for a color palette of soft greens and blues. And don’t think that your fabric choices have to stick to furniture only. Take those beautiful textures, patterns and colors to a higher level by adding accents such as tablecloths, window treatments, and awnings.

Come in to see us at Interior Fabrics Scottsdale, located within Switch Consignment to check out the newest wholesale designer fabrics!

Do-It-Yourself Shower Curtains

 

 A simple way to jazz up your bathroom is by hanging a new shower curtain. There are definitely plenty of designs out there to choose from, but sometimes, the ones you love the most come with a not-so-loveable price tag. The great thing about shower curtains is that they’re easy to make, whether you can sew or not. Not only will you get a new curtain that you love, you’ll save money. Here are some DIY shower curtain ideas.

Ruffle Top

 Ruffles can add flair to the most basic of shower curtains, but they look especially great on patterned fabric. If you find a patterned fabric you can’t live without, be sure to buy extra so you can create a double ruffle layer along the top. Click here to view a step-by-step tutorial for a beautiful ruffled shower curtain.

Stencil Design

If you can’t sew, or just don’t want to, consider a stencil design. Purchase an inexpensive solid fabric curtain and then head to the craft store to find paint and a stencil pattern you like. Where the design looks best—at the top, along the bottom, or in the center—will be up to you. Have fun with it and enjoy your new curtain.

Color Block

Color block designs are trendy, fun to make, and can be a vibrant addition to a bathroom. If your bathroom is already painted in a vibrant color however, then this might not be the best option, unless you use white for your top and bottom blocks. To make the best looking color block curtain choose three solid-colored fabrics. The tutorial from Martha Stewart can be found here.

Strip Patchwork

Patchwork allows you to use multiple fabrics that you love, and although a strip patchwork curtain might take a little more time, the results are well worth it. Taking a plain shower curtain and adding patchwork accents to the top and bottom will definitely bring personality into your bathroom décor. Sew Dang Cute has a really cute design for a curtain such as this. Click here for the tutorial.

You can also go beyond just a strip patchwork and create a shower curtain with complete blocks of fabric. This will give you a bohemian sort of look, which is also cute and fun for a bathroom.

Circles or Dots

If you already have a plain shower curtain and some fabric scraps lying around, then this project should be really easy. Just take your fabric scraps (or go buy a few pieces that you like) and cut them into circles, dots, or both. Make a variety of sizes and sew them in place. If you don’t want to sew, fabric glue should do the trick as well. This is probably one of the simplest ways to transform a bland curtain.

Come to see us at Interior Fabrics Houston to see the newest wholesale designer fabric arrivals. We are located at 3104 Fondren Rd. Houston, TX, open Monday – Saturday!

 

Decorate Your Home for Spring With Fabric

Decorate Your Home for Spring With Fabric The Woodlands

Getting Ready For Spring: Decorating

Spring is a time of renewal, which means it’s a great time to breathe new life into the décor of your home. Thankfully, there’s an easy and fun way to accomplish this: with fabric! Here are three creative ways to decorate your home for spring with the use of fabric.

Revamp a Fabric Lampshade

If you absolutely love a lamp base in your home, there’s no need to get rid of it just because the pattern on the shade is out of date. Instead, consider recovering the shade with new fabric. A drum shade opens up more options for fabric types, but there are still substantial selections for other shades as well. It doesn’t matter whether you go with a solid color, or a fresh new pattern, this is a great way to spruce up your living space.

Make Custom Pillows & Throws

You can never have too many accent pillows. Well, maybe you can, but having multiple pillows on hand for rotation through the seasons is always a good thing. The nice thing is that accent pillows are easy enough to make on your own if the store doesn’t carry what you want. Most fabric stores carry pillow forms as well as fabric, which makes your shopping experience easier.

To compliment things such as accent pillows and bedding, consider making a throw. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, so do whatever you feel comfortable with. The easiest way to make a throw is by using one large piece of fabric in the center and surrounding it with large blocks of contrasting patterns. Click here for instructions on how to stitch up an easy throw.

Design Fabric Panels

Fabric panels are such a nice way to dress up a space. They’re easy to make and can either be hung up or simply propped up against the wall. Fabric panels make a beautiful focal point in a living room and can even double as a headboard. To make them, take some spring-themed fabric and pull it taut over a few artists’ canvases. Consider making additional fabric panels that you can swap out as the seasons change.

Let Us Help With Your Fabric Selection

We recently partnered with HGTV HOME, which has allowed our fabric palette to expand. Click here for a peek at the new designs, many of which are perfect for spring in both pattern and color. You can also browse are other fabrics that will also work nicely for your spring home projects. While you’re at it, visit our homepage to enter in the HGTV Make it Mine Sweepstakes.

 

Upholstering Your Walls

Upholstering Your Walls Austin

Instead of traditional wallpaper, consider using beautiful fabric to add texture and pattern to the space. Using fabric as a wall covering gives a warmth that’s hard to achieve with paint or wallpaper. It’s easy to do and much easier to update when needed. Here’s a look at how you can achieve a unique space by upholstering your walls.

Choose Your Method

There are three main ways in which you can hang fabric: stapling it, starching it, or draping it. All are great options, but it’s up to you to decide what will work best for you, as well as your space. Before you rush out to the fabric store, determine how temporary or how permanent you want this new look to be.

Choose Your Fabric

With so many fabric choices available your possibilities are endless. If you want the fabric to adhere to the wall however, it must have fabric or acrylic backing. Should you fall in love with fabric without backing, this problem can be solved by taking it to a local fireproofing or backing shop.

Fabric can work on any wall, but they do work best in rooms with low traffic and room where water or cooking odors won’t be a problem. Generally, you’ll get better results with wider, lighter weight fabrics that don’t stretch. Also keep in mind that large repetitive patterns will require more yards, which will result in a higher cost. On the other hand, while smaller prints and textured fabrics will require fewer yards, the impact might not be as big. Be sure to bring swatches home to test and take proper measurements of your walls (add 5% just to be safe) before making a final purchase.

Instructions

Stapling is an easy method especially if you have drywall. If you have plastered walls however, you must attach lath strips to the wall first in order for the staples to be effective. To give the room a plush, padded look, add batting to the wall before hanging the fabric.

What you’ll need: staple gun, long staples, glue gun and sticks, utility knife, fabric, and a helper (two, if possible).

How-To:

  • Iron wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  • Start at one of the top corners, pulling fabric taut while moving horizontally, and stapling every 2”. Do your best to keep the staples in a straight line. Doing so makes them easier to conceal later on.
  • Once the top is complete, move to the center of the wall, working out and stapling just above the baseboard. Repeat for each panel of fabric, trying to only place staples at stress points. If possible, use fabric glue for pieces around windows, doors, corners or seams.
  • Trim excess fabric with the utility knife after the wall is finished and then cover staples by using a glue gun to adhere trim.

Starching the fabric is very similar to wallpapering. Using liquid starch to adhere the fabric is great for apartment tenants that are limited to changes and also for homeowners who are apt to frequent change. Starched fabric is easily removed when dampened.

What you’ll need: liquid fabric starch, sponges, large container, fabric, utility knife, drop cloths (plastic and fabric) and masking tape.

How-To:

  • Iron wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  • Wash walls thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover the floor with your drop cloths, layering the fabric over the plastic
  • Apply liquid starch with a sponge or paint roller
  • Starting with a top corner, press the fabric to the wall and smooth with sponge as you go
  • Use tacks [if necessary] to secure the fabric while it dries
  • Trim excess fabric with the utility knife

Draping fabric for an upholstered look is by far the easiest to accomplish. Simply purchase your fabric and decorative rods so you can drape your fabric like a curtain.

If you feel overwhelmed with covering an entire wall, try the lower half of a wall like wainscoting. No matter what method you choose or how much wall you plan to cover, upholstered walls will bring a fresh new look to your space.

Come in to see us at Interior Fabrics on Burnett Road in Austin, Tx to pick out your favorite fabrics for your next project!
 

2013 Home Décor Trends

Cork 2013 Home Décor Trends And Fabrics

It’s a new year and trends are starting to surface. Some are old favorites still going strong, while others are busting out and becoming new favorites. Here’s a look at some of the home décor trends that will be hot for the upcoming year.

Trend #1: Graphic Patterns

It appears that graphic patterns are here to stay. Popular last year, colorful, bold patterns are holding strong in home design. Chevron was a top leader last year, and although it will still be around, it will have some competition with patterns such as stripes, herringbone, houndstooth and large plaids. You can always reupholster pieces of furniture, but if you’re looking for simple ways to incorporate graphic patterns, update accents such as rugs, draperies and throw pillows.

Trend #2: Painted Furniture

Have something vintage around that needs an facelift? Paint it! With so many great colors in this year’s palette from Pantone, updating a beloved old piece (or a recently purchased secondhand one) is a breeze. You’ll soon start to see more painted pieces pop up in showrooms and catalogs, but if you’re a DIY’er, then this will be right up your alley.

Trend #3: Metallics

Metallics will be going strong this year. While chrome and silver are going strong, brass will be taking center stage. You’ll start seeing more brass and gold accents, including brass fixtures. Don’t be afraid to mix your metals. Doing so will create a lot of interest and design depth to your space.

Trend #4: Green Colors, Specifically Emerald

Pantone named emerald as its color of the year for 2013, so don’t be surprised when this color starts popping up everywhere. A great way to slowly incorporate the color is by adding accents like lamp bases, throw pillows, glasses and vases. If you love the color and have a bold sense of style, don’t hesitate—go out and buy a bigger, more expensive piece to add to your home. If you have a piece you love, head to our fabric store, pick out your favorite pattern and reupholster.

Trend #5: Wood

Repurposed, reclaimed and recycled wood isn’t new, but it’ll be at the forefront this year more than ever. Hardwood floors have been quite popular, but it will go a step further this year. Keep your eyes open for design schemes including things such as wood walls, as well as cork flooring and countertops. You’ll also see many more wood pieces around including serving trays, plate chargers, cutting boards, mirrors, and other home accents. Not only does wood give a space a natural, relaxed feel, it helps sustain the environment around us.

When you are looking for all the trendy fabrics and materials you need, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and materials. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Decorating With Linen

Decorating With Linen North Houston Tx

Linen, a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, is one of the oldest textile fibers known to man. Created as early as the 4th millennium BC, linen was a fiber prized by its Egyptian makers. Over the years, linen has continued to be a fashion favorite for many, due to its beauty and longevity, as well as the coolness it provides in warm temperatures. With features like that, it’s no wonder that linen is now quite popular in the home decorating industry as well. Linen has a way of bringing a relaxed elegance to a space, which is why more and more people are putting it to use. Here are some great ways to decorate with linen in your home:

Deck your windows. An easy way to decorate with linen is by adding it to the windows throughout your home. Whether you choose long, flowing drapes or shorter, breezy curtains, your living space will benefit from it. With that said, the absorbent quality of linen may cause it to stretch. Should you pick drapery over curtains, make sure the drapes casual puddle on the floor, so any elongation will be forgiven. Linen is also an amazing fabric for Roman shades, so don’t forget to give them consideration.

Revamp your bedding. You can use linen all-year round, but giving your bedding a change during the summer months can definitely provide you a soothing place to lay your head. Linen is known for collecting creases and wrinkles, as well as its ability to hold those creases and wrinkles. This makes linen an excellent choice for shabby chic design or even a room that needs an elegant, lived-in feel. Furthermore, since linen provides both a cooling and a calming effect, what better place to use it than in the bedroom? If you’re feeling extra creative, take a paintbrush, some tinted glaze in a color of your choice, and create the look of raw linen on a wooden headboard. For instructions, visit: Martha Stewart.

Enhance your table. If you would prefer to use linen on a smaller scale, a great place is on your dining room table. From table clothes to napkins, linen is a perfect way to add charm to your eating area.

Give life to an old piece of furniture. Linen can be used to cover certain styles of sofas, but a simpler way to incorporate linen is by recovering the seat cushion of a chair or chaise lounge. Using linen fabric in this manner can give a piece of furniture a beautiful, vintage look. Have old linen tea towels or an old linen tablecloth that needs replaced? Salvage the good fabric before tossing it and use it to update your throw pillows.

Freshen up the bathroom. You don’t see many linen shower curtains available for purchase, so why not have one custom made? A common misconception is that linen has to be white or cream colored. This is not the case. In fact, linen can be dyed to suit any design style you choose.

Other Ways To Use Linen

Here are some other fun, creative, and unique ways to use this lovely fabric:

  • Decorative linen pouches to hold bath salts
  • Add punch of color or trim to photo frames
  • Recover a lamp or chandelier shade
  • Make your own dishtowels
  • Linen dust shields for bookcase shelves
  • Create cocktail napkins
  • Make linen-lined baskets
  • Folding screen

Since linen is a fabric that is relatively inexpensive, you can either buy or make all sorts of great items for you home. To get started on selecting your linen come visit us and we’ll help get you on your way.

Visit us at Interior Fabrics on FM 1960 RD W in North Houston, Tx. You’ll find tons of great deals, along with a huge selecetion of discount designer fabrics that include linen and all of your other favorites!

Tips for Pet-Friendly Home Design

Tips for Pet-Friendly Home Design Austin Texas

Pet-friendly design seems to be a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Since furry and feathered friends are often considered part of the family, why should it? There’s no need to banish all the pets outdoors or sacrifice nice things. With these pet-friendly tips, you can enjoy your home just as much as they can.

Tip #1: Keep your pet clean.

A good way to keep your home clean longer is keep your four-legged friends bathed and groomed regularly. A 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.

Tip #2: 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. Having the ability to wash all of your bedding quickly at home will be a lifesaver.

Tip #3: Avoid carpet if possible.

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. If you still prefer carpet, a low pile version will be easier to keep clean.

Tip #4: Let your pet inspire your color scheme.

Matching colors around the house to your pet’s fur can be very practical. For example, you wouldn’t want to put really 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, would make sense. You don’t have to do this, but it will help.

Tip #5: 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.

Come in to see us at Interior Fabrics Austin to see the latest pet-friendly fabrics. We are located at 7719 Burnet Road Ste A. Austin, TX 78757 at the Southeast intersection of Burnet Rd. & Anderson Lane, next to Bassett Furniture Store.

Linen: What’s So Great About It?

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Linen, one of the oldest fibers known to man, has maintained a strong presence in the fashion world. What many people might not realize, however, is that linen fabric is ideal for home decorating as well. Here are some reasons why you should make a little space for linen in your home décor.

It’s environmentally friendly. Linen is made from flax, but unless you understand flax, it is hard to understand why linen is eco-friendly. Here are some facts about flax you might not know: Energy required to process flax is minimal

  • Plant can be used in its entirety, meaning there will be no waste
  • Being a natural fiber, it is recyclable and biodegradable
  • Requires less water and fewer pesticides because it grows naturally

With traits such as these, it’s easy to see how linen is better for then environment than other fibers.

It has temperature-regulating properties. Linen is a great fabric for all four seasons in the year. In heat and humidity, moisture evaporates, leaving you feeling cool and comfortable. On colder days, air maintained within the fiber makes it a natural insulator. In other words, it’s an all year fiber.

It has healing properties. Linen is anti-microbial, resistant to fungi, and serves as a natural insect repellant. It helps calm and heal skin, which minimizes and sometimes eliminates, breakouts, irritations and allergic disorders that range from the common rash to chronic eczema. Linen can also have a massaging effect on the body, which can help relax the cardiovascular, nervous and muscular systems, as well as lessen the pain from arthritis. Furthermore, it serves as a superb allergen and dust filter, which helps maintain cleaner air around you. In a nutshell, linen is soothing on many levels.

It is long lasting. Linen is an exceptionally strong fiber, and surprisingly, even more strong when wet, than when dry. Twice as durable as cotton, it is crisp and luxurious. It wears well because of its ability to retain its color and its ability to stand up against dirt. Linen is very easy to wash and won’t stretch. It resists damage from abrasion and actually softens over time, without losing its strength. With properties such as these, it’s safe to say that linen just gets better and better over time.

Even though linen is known to wrinkle, the benefits far outweigh that. Wrinkles give your home a look of casual elegance, which not many other fabrics can provide. Before you design, rethink linen. Come visit us at Fabric Resource so we can help you find the perfect choice.

Come in to see us at Interior Fabrics on Burnett Road in Austin, Tx to pick out your favorite fabrics for your next project!