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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas for Your Home Houston Texas

When the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to change colors, you know that fall is here and that Thanksgiving is on its way. In most cases, the dining room table is the main attraction when friends and family are gathered together for the holiday, but the decorating doesn’t have to stop there. Thanksgiving decorations can be spread throughout other areas of the house as well. Here are some ideas for your home that will help you get geared up for turkey day.

Start outside. This time of year, most of the summer blooms are fading, so be sure to take advantage of the fall blooms that are available. Mums are beautiful fall flowers that come in a variety of colors. Combine them, along with some pumpkins or gourds on your front porch for a warm and welcoming look.

Change out some accents. Sometimes all it takes is some color changing around the house to change the mood. Think about swapping out throw pillows, placemats, or drapery to something more fitting for the season. If that’s not an option, it can be something as simple as changing table centerpieces, candles or kitchen items like hand towels and pot holders.

Make a wreath. There are lots of materials you can find that will allow you to make a beautiful autumn wreath for your front door. Visit your local craft store or fabric supplier for materials like ribbon, yarn, burlap, linen, decorative paper, artificial leaves and silk flowers.  You could even use outdoor elements like twigs, acorns, pumpkins, apples, cornhusks and pinecones.

Jazz up your mantle. The fireplace is usually a great focal point in any room, so why not use it in your decorating scheme? Try creating something to drape across or hang from it. For instance, you can make a beautiful fall-themed garland by cutting triangles out of a fabric like burlap and then hot gluing them to a piece of wide ribbon. For extra punch, add charms or stencils to the triangles to add graphics or spell out Thanksgiving-themed words. Another type of garland could be strings of autumn-hued wooden beads. If you don’t have much time to make your own garland, swing by the craft store for some faux foliage garlands, pumpkins, gourds and candles to dress up your mantle.

Create your own tablecloth, runner or placemats. There are often a lot of tablecloths and runners to choose from at the store, but sometimes, it’s hard to find exactly what you want. If you fall into that category, try making your own! A fabric store can supply you with all the fabrics you need to piece your project together. For something sophisticated, sew some lace or fall-themed ribbon to the edge of a solid-colored piece of cloth big enough to fit your table. If you aren’t handy with a needle or sewing machine, think about purchasing a hot glue gun to adhere your own trim. For something a little different, you could cut pumpkins or leaf shapes out of felt and affix them to a piece of fabric. By creating it yourself, there’s really nothing you can’t get out of your project.

There are great resources out there to help you get started on your Thanksgiving decorating project. The Internet is full of information—websites like Better Homes and Gardens or HGTV are full of step-by-step instructions on how to get from start to finish. If you have a fabric retailer nearby, don’t hesitate to speak with an employee. Often times, they’ll be able to help you narrow down what fabrics will work best for your project. The great thing is that these decorations can be used over and over in the years to come. Have fun and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween decorating do it yourself with the kidsIf you’re one who likes to decorate for all the holidays, but hate to spend a fortune doing so, why not try your hand at making your own decorations this year? Here are some fun do-it-yourself Halloween ideas. They’re inexpensive, they’re quick and they’re just what you need to make your home a little spookier.

Creepy Candles 

Think of a seasonal message (i.e. boo, eek, trick or treat, etc) and buy a glass pillar candleholder for each letter. You can create your message in two ways: 1) by wrapping the outside of the glass with colored tissue paper and then adhering vinyl letters or 2) download a free letter template, print, and then wrap around each glass pillar. Light the candles and watch them flicker.

Star Ornaments 

Buy a few Halloween cards (or recycle old ones) and cut them into a star shape. Use some glitter to decorate the tips, or to frame in a particular graphic. Add a string and hang them from a doorknob or window.

Masked Candy Jar 

Take a glass jar and affix a sequined mask to it. For an extra-spooky kick, take some creepy flat green marbles and adhere them as eyes for the mask. People might think twice about taking extra candy if they know they’re being “watched.”

Tie it in Bows 

Head to your local fabric store or craft store to find some Halloween inspired ribbon. Wrap lengths of the ribbon around things like candlesticks, chair backs, lamp bases, a pumpkin stem, or whatever else will look better with a bow accent.

Ghoulish Table Runner 

Felt is great for an easy DIY table runner. For example, take a piece of black felt and a piece of orange felt, both cut to fit the length of your table. Cut images like holes, pumpkins, spiders, cats, etc out of one of the pieces, layer it on top of the solid, uncut piece and sew the edges together. Voila, you have a table runner!  For something even simpler, head to a fabric store or buy some Halloween-inspired fabric online and make your own tablecloth.

Tabletop Tree 

Find the right size pumpkin that can sit on your entry table or another table in the house. Cut the top off and carve a small hole in it. If you’d rather use a pot, that will work too. Place a piece of Styrofoam in the hole, since this will anchor your tree. Find fallen branches from outside and stand them up in the Styrofoam. For an extra eerie kick, try painting the branches black or hang homemade bats or ghosts from it.

Spooky Sweets

Last but not least is a project anyone can do. Bake or buy some sugar cookies, cover them with white icing and then decorate in black icing. You can draw things like spooky eyes, spider webs, headstones, dots, spiders or ghosts on top of each cookie. No one will want to turn these down!

At Interior Fabrics in Houston, we have tons of discount designer fabrics to help you create that Halloween look, but without the price tag!

Designing Your Child’s Bedroom

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You want your child to be comfortable, happy and safe in their personal space, so designing their bedroom can be quite challenging. A child’s room is often multi-functional: it’s a space for sleeping, for study, and for play, so it’s important to take all of that into consideration before you start designing. Here are some tips that will hopefully get you started in the right direction.

Question your child.

What better input can you get than from your child? Ask them what they like about their current bedroom, what they would change and what their favorite colors are. They will be the ones spending the most time in there so it only makes sense to hear their ideas. Granted what they suggest might not always be practical or in the budget, but asking them will make them feel involved.

Pick the theme or color scheme.

There’s bound to be a theme or character your child loves, but in most cases they’ll outgrow it quickly. Since this can pose a problem, using a color scheme tends to work best. As a general rule, pick one main color and two accent colors. You can build on those colors by incorporating complimentary patterns throughout the furniture, window coverings and bedding.

Furnish the room.

There are so many great pieces of furniture out there for a child’s bedroom, so before you buy, be sure you have a good sense of what will work in your child’s space. Take the time to measure the space so you don’t overcrowd or under-furnish the room.

Add art to the walls.

Most children love art just as much as adults do. If you can’t find any great prints to frame, consider removable wall decals. If you’re artistic and are feeling really creative, paint a mural on one wall.

Lighten the space.

Don’t forget about the lighting. Not only will it allow your children to see better, but it can become a fun, decorative element. Be sure there’s a central light and then consider a desk or floor lamp for function or just to tie the room together.

Include plenty of storage.

Most kids have a lot of things—books, toys, clothes, shoes—the list goes on. This is why sufficient storage is a must. Storage these days doesn’t just mean storing things in a closet. Your child’s room can be organized with bins on bookcases, a nightstand or bed with drawers, toy boxes and even window benches with built in storage. Today, your options are endless, so find out what you have the space for and get creative with it.

Your ultimate goal is to provide a space your child will love, so above all else, make the space reflects his or her personality. It doesn’t take much to make the most of your child’s space, so have fun!

At Interior Fabrics Houston on Fondren Rd, we are happy to help you find the perfect fabrics for your project!

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Fabric Design for Your Outdoor Living Area

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Gone are the days of green plastic chairs and tables being the only options for decorating your outdoor space. Fortunately, times have changed, and the world of outdoor furniture has come a long way. Outdoor living spaces have become popular for social events and innovative fabrics have made it possible to make those outdoor spaces just as stylish as your indoor spaces. New colors, textures and patterns are available at your fingertips, allowing you to have fun creating the perfect area for relaxing and entertaining.

Mix and Match For Optimum Results 

There’s no need to stay monochromatic when it comes to designing your outdoor space. Don’t be scared to mix up patterns and incorporate bursts of color. There’s lots of variety to choose from:  stripes, paisleys, florals, checks, swirls, animal or tribal prints and much more. If bold and bright shades aren’t really your style, aim for cooler colors like soft greens and blues. If you have an enclosed space, like a sunroom, don’t limit your fabric choices to sofas, chairs and pillows. Follow through with your design by including other accents like tablecloths, window treatments and awnings.

Protect to Preserve Its Lifespan 

Today’s outdoor fabrics are designed to weather the elements, but that doesn’t mean that they are totally indestructible or maintenance-free. To best preserve your furniture, keep items like pillows and cushions out of heavy downpours and snowfalls. If items such as these do get soaked, prop them up against a wall so the moisture can drain out. Dirt attracts mold and mildew. In order to keep it at bay, try shaking, brushing or vacuuming cushions regularly. Not all fabrics are machine washable or dryer-friendly, so always be sure to read labels before using this method. As a general rule, stick with cold water and air-drying to avoid ruining cushions and pillows.

Best Fabrics for Your Space

When it comes to picking fabrics, take into consideration your climate and the elements your furniture will face. Look for fabrics specifically made for the outdoors. Many, but not all of these fabrics are fade, stain and liquid resistant, so be sure to take your time and figure out how many pieces you’ll want. It’s important to find out as much information as you can, regarding outdoor fabrics, so you can make an informed decision before making your purchase. Come stop by Interior Fabrics Houston to see your favorite fabrics in person to determine which will make your outdoor living space the most beautiful.

Interior Fabrics named one of Houston’s ‘Best Fabric Stores’ by CBS Houston.