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Creative Fall Centerpieces for 2012

Creative Fall Centerpieces 2012 Fort Worth

Creative Centerpieces For Autumn

As family and friends gather around your table, make sure you have a centerpiece that shows your holiday spirit as well as your creativity. Here are some great ideas that range from traditional to unique.

The Classic Cornucopia 

It’s classic for a reason. The cornucopia is warm, welcoming, and exudes all things Thanksgiving. Decorative cornucopias come in all sorts of sizes, which allows you to really get creative. A cornucopia filled with gourds, Indian corn and other fruits of harvest, placed upon an autumn-hued tablecloth or runner is a timeless centerpiece perfect for anyone

Coffee Bean Candles

A fun idea that will also bring a nice aroma into the room is a coffee bean candle centerpiece. Fill a mason jar about ¾ of the way with whole coffee beans, nestle a tea light on top, tie a bow around the jar with some twine, and voila, you have a centerpiece not quite like any other.

Candles & Rocks

This is an easy centerpiece and it looks great. Take 3 votive candles (placed in tiny candleholders or tiny flowerpots) and set them on a rectangular porcelain tray or piece of mirror. Nestle the candles in some moss and polished rocks for a simple, no-nonsense arrangement that will work for many occasions. Add polished stones engraved with words fitting for specific holidays (i.e. thankful, joy, love, blessings, etc).

Floral Bell Peppers

It may sound strange, but it makes a perfect fall centerpiece. Get an assortment of colored bell peppers, like green, orange, red, yellow, or a mixture thereof, and cut it an inch from the top, ensuring it is not completely cut off. Hollow and clean out each pepper, so it can be stuffed with seasonal flowers and leaves. To really make them pop, set them on small autumn-colored plates, like brown or gold.

Gourd Vase

Seasonal vegetables don’t have to be just for eating. A butternut squash can make an excellent vase once the top is cut off and the flesh is scooped out. Fill the vase, or vases if you like a fuller arrangement, with fall flowers like sunflowers, dahlias, or mums. Use footed plates to vary the heights of multiple vases.

Leaves & Fruit

Make your own table runner out of fall-colored felt or wool flannel, picked up from your local fabric retailer. Add ribbon down the middle, securing it with fabric glue or double-sided tape. Place baby pumpkins on top of a cake stand, and set it in the center. Scatter leaves, gourds, more pumpkins, pears and apples along the runner to finish it off.

Stemware Flowers

Often times, your very own stemware can make a great centerpiece. Cut the stem off of flower and set the bloom head in the glass. Use a variety or wine, martini or champagne glasses to make it even more visually appealing. For something different, place the glasses facedown on top of the bloom, and set upon a decorative charger. To have the look last all season, use silk flowers rather than fresh.

These are just some of the numerous centerpiece ideas out there. There are so many great elements of fall that can be used as material for all your projects. It doesn’t take much to make a truly unique centerpiece everyone will love.

Fall is a great time to stop in to see us at Cutting Corners in Fort Worth to check out our discount designer fabrics for special decorating projects, as well as ongoing home decor maintenance.

 

Designer Window Treatments and Drapery

Designer Window Treatments and Drapery Ft Worth Tx

If you have ever wanted to update the look of any room in your home, making your own drapes just may be the way to go!  In many cases, custom drapes are cost prohibitive.  You can achieve the look you want, with the fabric of your dreams, by sewing your own custom drapes.

What Design Do You Want?

The first step is to decide on the look you want for your room.  Is your furniture contemporary, classic or rustic?  What is your existing color palette?  Once you have decided on the overall theme for your room, it is time to select your fabric.  Do you need functional drapes for your windows (light blocking fabric, sound deadening fabric, fabric for privacy or to keep in/out heat and cold), or do you prefer decorative drapery, with sheer fabric to let in the natural light or fabric that will add personality to a room?  If you  live in a hot, dry Fort Worth climate or a hot and humid Houston climate – you may

Select Drapery Hardware

The second step is to select your drapery hardware.  The drapery hardware you select will provide a more aesthetically pleasing overall look for the room.  Again, you should ask yourself the following questions as you choose your window hardware:

Will you need drapery hardware that is contemporary designs, modern, classic or rustic?  Would you prefer a wood or metal finial and drapery rod?  Do you need drapery hardware that is more functional or more decorative?

Picking the Perfect Designer Drapery

The third step is to decide on what type of drapes you want.  Functional and decorative drapes include Roman shades, valances, cornices, swags, pinch-pleat or draw drapery, and drapery panels.  And within these categories, there are many options to choose from. For instance, the cascade on a swag (a tapered piece of fabric which is very decorative) can be hung over or under or alongside the swag.  And as for valances, there are inverted pleat valances, cinch-pleated valances, geometric valances, scalloped valances, café valances, and the simple straight valance.

DIY Designer Drapes

Many companies such as Simplicity, Vogue, McCall’s and Butterick make patterns for drapery panels, valances, swags and many different window treatments.  The possibilities are endless!  You may try browsing at a window treatment store for ideas, and then visit your local drapery fabric store to select a fabric that fits the style of your home and your lifestyle.  Your finished window treatment will provide that custom look and feel at a fraction of the cost.

Home Office Decorating Ideas

Home Office Decorating Ideas Fort Worth Tx

A home office can be one of the hardest spaces to decorate. If it’s too cozy, you might not be able to focus on work and if it’s too professional, then it doesn’t really feel like home. So where’s the balance? Believe it or not, it is possible to blend the coziness and professionalism. When designed correctly, your home office can be both comfortable and inspiring, which will enhance your mood and increase your effectiveness. Here are some tips on how to get it done. (more…)

Designing a Nursery

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Bringing a baby into the world, and into your home, is a joyous event. However, deciding what to do with the nursery can be stressful, especially if this is your first child. Not only are there so many decisions to make, there’s also a 9-month time window to work with. Instead of stressing about it, take a deep breath and have some fun. Here are some tips to make your nursery designing enjoyable.

Cover the basics. This includes evaluating your budget, measuring the space and planning the layout. All three of these will help you along the way throughout the decorating and buying process, so it’s important to have them at the forefront of your mind. Since spills, spit ups and other accidents are guaranteed to happen, try aiming for safe, functional and washable items over expensive ones.

Select your furniture. The three main things you’ll need are a crib, a changing table and a dresser. If you have the room, consider adding a table or nightstand and rocking chair or glider.  Remember, family and friends will have tons of suggestions so be sure to make a list and think through what you will like and utilize without overcrowding the space so that there is a clear path for those late night feedings.

Choose your lighting. Lighting doesn’t matter as much during the day as it does during the night. When bedtime rolls around, low lighting or none at all, is often best. Soft glowing lamps, nightlights or an overhead light with a dimmer, are all great options for setting the mood for sleep. Consider wood or faux wood blinds if you don’t already have them to block out light for those day time naps and early bedtimes. Also, to block extra light, consider either medium weight window treatments or black out curtains, both of which you can make yourself to match the nursery and bedding, or purchase for ranges amounts depending on the quality of fabric and craftsmanship.

Pick your bedding. When it comes to themes, there are plenty out there to choose from. However, it seems like some of those bedding sets cost much more than they should. Furthermore, most pieces in the set can’t be bought individually.. If you want to try something new, pick out a sewing pattern and find a local fabric shop.. If you don’t have one nearby, try searching through our online fabrics. As an online fabric supplier, we have lots of great deals and have swatches to send you of your favorites for you to feel the texture, weight and weave.

Not only does it sewing the bedding yourself give you even more options, but it also lets you pick and choose the details and pieces you actually want, rather than having to buy any unwanted pieces included in a set. Many times, finding discount fabric, such as our wholesale designer fabrics, so that you get the best deal without sacrificing quality. Not only does it give you even more options, but it also lets you pick and choose the details and pieces you actually want, rather than having to buy any unwanted pieces included in a set.

Add color to the walls. Keep in mind that when a baby is born, the only colors he or she can see are black, white and gray. The first recognizable color is red, but this color, along with bright oranges, are discouraged because it can be over-stimulating for your baby. You can’t go wrong with greens, blues, pinks, yellows, violets and earth tones. Since paint color can be matched with just about anything, it might be helpful to take in a piece of fabric to the paint store. If you don’t want solid wall, consider wallpaper. Either way, think about finding a softer compliment to make your bedding and window treatments more visually appealing for your baby. However, if you are thinking something more exotic and fun, try a wall applique or mural for a fun touch! Here is a site that has a bunch of options from monkeys, lilies, dinosaurs, trains, and even things like Noah’s Ark, City Scenes, and a Cirucs!

Sit back and enjoy. Now that you have the perfect room, soak up every minute with your little one.

When you are ready to start your project, bring your measurements in to Cutting Corners in Fort Worth on South Hulen Street, we will be happy to assist you with your fabrics! You can also buy your fabrics online if you prefer!

Wake Up A Tired Bedroom

blue-decorated-bedroom-ft-worthConsidering the bedroom isn’t a room regularly seen by guests, it’s no surprise that it often gets left out of the home decorating plans. With that said, you will spend one third of your life sleeping in it, so why not customize it to suit your style? Here are six tips on how to make this special place a comfortable sanctuary.

 

  1. Remove the unnecessary. Too much stuff in a room can make it look cluttered. If there are pieces of furniture or other items that aren’t really needed, let them go so you have space to rearrange what you really need to keep. Try consigning them to make save time and make extra cash for your other update. Alternatively, you can repurpose them in another room, or donate them to a great cause!
  2. Create an amazing headboard. Not only will an upholstered headboard make a nice focal point, it will be much more comfortable to rest your head against. With so many styles of headboards and fabrics available, you’re sure to find exactly what you want.
  3. Use your favorite fabric as the starting point. It doesn’t matter if it’s a certain color, texture or pattern, hone in on what you love the most and then build from there. Try to stick with the rule of three: one large pattern, one medium and one small. Incorporating a solid fabric for the small pattern is also an option that will bring great results.
  4. Add an accent fabric. You may have your three fabrics picked out, but when used sparingly, an accent fabric can give you a little extra punch. Add it to something simple like a pillow or throw. This can be your solid color piece if you decided to keep three patterns.
  5. Make the entire room your canvas, not just the bed. You can dress up the bed, but don’t forget the other areas of the room. Be sure to spread your fabrics throughout, to tie the whole room together and create harmony.
  6. Change with the seasons. This may not be ideal for everyone, but it’s a good way to preserve the life of your fabrics and keep the room exciting all-year round. Deck the room in cool-colored fabrics for spring and summer and then swap them out for a warmer palette during the fall and winter months.

 

Before pulling it all together don’t forget to think about wall paint, draperies and lighting. All three of these can do so much individually to a room, but can really add drama if incorporated into the whole design. Redesigning your space is supposed to be enjoyable, so above all else, have fun with it.

When you stop in to see us at Cutting Corners in Fort Worth, make sure to check for any current promotions we are running for extra savings!