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Understanding Fabric Weights for Home Interior Projects

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Weight is an important component when it comes to choosing the right fabric for your project. Often times, we focus more on the texture, color, or pattern of a swatch, rather than focusing on how heavy it actually is. This isn’t as much of an issue when it comes to picking out clothing, but when it comes to home decorating, picking the wrong weight of fabric could be disastrous.

This is why I think it’s important to talk a bit about fabric weights and why paying attention to them is vital to a successful interior design project…

Simply put, fabrics are classified based off their GSM–grams per meter. The GSM is what differentiates between lightweight, medium-weight, or heavyweight fabric. Typically, the fabric weight is measured by placing a standard meter of fabric on a scale. The weight is recorded in grams and then the fabric will be classified based on that weight.

In regards to home interior fabrics, when we think of fabric weight, we’re really talking about durability. In short, the thicker or more condensed the material, the more durable it will be.

So let’s shift gears and talk durability…

We know that the classification of a fabric is based on the GSM, but within that classification is another component to focus on: double rubs.  

You may be wondering what I mean by double rub. Let me explain.

The double rub is a back and forth motion that gives an approximation of the wear and tear. Manufacturers will perform a double rub test, which is often a simulation of a person getting in and out of a chair, to determine fabric strength. The number of double rubs it can withstand is recorded and then labeled.

In recent years, abrasion tests have become more extreme, leading to some discrepancies regarding these numbers. This has made things even more confusing for consumers in determining what is actually necessary for upholstery applications.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to how the fabric will be used. Anything that meets at least 15,000 double rubs is more than acceptable for upholstery. Furniture in more formal areas, that will get light-to-moderate use, can typically have as low as 9,000 double rubs without any issues.

Below, I’ve elaborated on fabric classifications and their double rubs–but for your quick reference, here’s a condensed version that can serve as a guide:

  • Delicate use: < 9,000
  • Light use: 9,000 – 11,000
  • Medium use: 12,000 – 15,000
  • Heavy use: 15,000+

Note: Most manufacturers cease abrasion testing once the fabric reaches (or surpasses) 35,000 double rubs.

Light Weight Fabric

Lightweight fabric can handle roughly 3,000 to 9,000 double rubs, meaning this isn’t the best fabric for heavy use. At best, this fabric will withstand up to three years of regular use, so it’s best to keep it for items such as accent pillows, curtains, or chair cushions that get minimal use. When looking at lightweight fabrics, lean toward tight weaves and durable fibers like cotton, linen, nylon, and microfibers.

Medium Weight Fabric

Fabrics of medium weight can handle approximately 9,000 to 15,000 double rubs. These are fabrics that would serve well in family and/or living rooms. Since they are more versatile that light weight fabrics, they can be used in many more ways.

Heavy Weight Fabric

These fabrics are the most durable, able to withstand more than 15,000 double rubs. In the past, heavy weight fabrics used to be stiffer and thicker. Today, however, newer blends are available, leaving you with much more supple and softer options. Choose heavy weight fabrics for heavy use pieces and elegant drapery. Be sure to factor in texture when looking at heavy weight fabrics (this can apply to medium weight as well). Certain overlaid patterns and textures can fray easily, so be careful as to where you use it. Just because it’s heavy weight, doesn’t mean all textures can withstand heavy wear.

Additional Tips

Some additional things to consider and remember when deciphering fabric weight:

  • Look for wearability codes such as LD, MD, and HD on fabric swatches to determine if it’s light, medium or heavy. Some swatches may have DD, which stands for delicate duty.
  • To prolong the lifespan of the fabric, keep it out of direct sunlight if possible.
  • If you live in a humid climate, look for mildew-resistant fabric.
  • Delicate fabrics should be avoided if you have indoor pets.

While it is always nice to know the brand name of a product, it’s important to remember that quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Be sure to shop around and speak with fabric suppliers directly when possible. Fabric can be changed, but to save in the long run, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s an investment that should be well understood.

Linen: An Essential Fabric for Your Home

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If you haven’t given linen much thought, today is a great day to start. One of the oldest-known fibers to man, linen has so much to offer, yet it is often overlooked as a decorating fabric. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this fabric a perfect choice for the interior of your home.

The Special Traits of Linen

Linen is known for its beauty, comfort, and durability, but there are other traits that make it so special. Here are some traits you may not be aware of:

It’s eco-friendly.

Linen is composed of flax, which is biodegradable and recyclable. Additionally, flax produces no waste and requires less water, pesticides, and energy to process.

It regulates body temperature.

Linen evaporates moisture and it naturally insulates. What does that mean? It means you’ll stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

It can heal.

Really! Linen can actually aid in healing your body. It can help reduce or eliminate skin irritations, detoxify the air, and can even provide more relaxation to your nervous, muscular and cardiovascular system. Linen is also anti-microbial and resistant to fungi.

It has longevity.

Linen is a fiber that lasts a long time. Not only is it incredibly strong, it’s great at repelling dirt and retaining its color. Additionally, it doesn’t stretch and manages to stay tough even though it softens over time.

How to Use Linen in Your Home

Linen is extremely versatile, which makes it easy to use in a variety of ways. For the home, consider using linen in the following ways:

  • On the windows. Linen is perfect for beautifully casual window treatments.
  • On your bed. Linen can keep you comfortable at night in all seasons.
  • On furniture. Linen is ideal for a comfortable slipcover.
  • In the bathroom. Change out that old shower curtain for a linen one dyed in a fun color.
  • At the table. Linen can dress up a table effortlessly.
  • Over a light fixture. Consider recovering a tired lampshade with linen.

 

Ready to add linen to your home? If so, stop by our showroom or browse our gorgeous selection of linen fabrics online. We have a variety of linen and linen blends that will add extra beauty to your home.

Giving Your Child Creative Freedom with Their Bedroom

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If you have children, you are fully aware of the stage of independence. All of a sudden, your little one has a voice–and it’s one that needs to be listened to. When it comes to decorating your home, you may not feel comfortable with them giving input in the entire decorating process, and that’s okay. You should, however, try to give them creative freedom in smaller doses–like the bedroom. Being able to have some input on their personal space will not only make them feel like a valued member of the family, it’ll also make them a much happier child. Here are some ways you can give your child creative freedom (while still maintaining a little control).

Let them choose the color palette. Ultimately, you have the final say, but there’s really no harm in letting your child pick the colors for their room. Take a trip together to the hardware store and let them choose their favorite paint swatches. It’s almost a guarantee that he or she will hand you some crazy colors–but that’s okay. Have them narrow it down to their top three and work from there. If the color is way over the top, pull a few toned down swatches of their top choices, telling them those brighter colors can be brought in with a wall mural, painted furniture, or accents.

Fabric choices also fall into the realm of the color palette. Take a fun trip to the fabric store, letting your little one point out some of their favorites. Since they’ll be the one spending the most time in the space, it’s important that they have fabrics they enjoy. To make things easier narrow down a variety of textures, patterns, and colors for them to choose from.

Skip the themes. Sure, themes can be cute and fun, but they don’t leave you much room for change. Instead of letting your child decorate their room top to bottom in a theme, guide them to pick small theme-like things as a compromise. Get that pillow with an airplane or princess crown on it, or hang an animal or superhero poster on the wall. This will give them much more room for creativity and flexibility in the long run.

Allow them to display things they like to look at. As long as it’s appropriate, and as long as there’s enough wall space, nothing is really off limits. Names displayed with wooden letters, favorite cartoon characters, handmade collages, sports memorabilia, bowls of collected rocks–these are just some of the ways they can let their personalities shine.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll have one happy kid and the satisfaction of knowing that they are truly pleased with their space.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons You Need to Update Your Bedding

Whenever you find yourself in the mood for a little design “pick-me-up” consider new bed linens. Not only is investing in new bed linens a relatively inexpensive way to transform the look of the room, it’ll also increase your happiness and comfort–both of which, can contribute to a better night’s sleep. Here are 5 reasons why you should take the plunge and give your bed linens a style refresh.

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1. You get to experiment with pattern and color. Sometimes we can shy away from certain patterns and colors–especially in open areas–because we feel that we can’t undo something that may potentially go wrong. To get your feet wet, experiment with pattern and color in the bedroom. If anything goes too terribly wrong (which it shouldn’t) you can always close the door until you have time and money to replace that duvet cover or those accent pillows.

2. You can follow design trends. Trends come and go–and because they do, it can be a challenge to figure out which trends are worth following. For example, one of this year’s colors of the year is Rose Quartz, a light shade of pink. While you may not consider pink in your living or dining areas, it’s a great color to try out in the bedroom.

3. You get to make a big impact in a smaller space. It can be harder to make a big impact in smaller rooms of the house, especially if there’s no focal point to work with. In the bedroom, the bed IS the focal point, so how it’s dressed is extremely important. When the room doesn’t have much space for a lot of accessories or style details, the right linens can make a world of difference.

4. You can create the perfect dream retreat. At the end of a long day, we generally look forward to curling up in bed. With some simple bed styling, you can create that perfect dream retreat. It can be something sweet, floral and romantic, something sleek and luxe like a hotel, or something in between. Whatever your style, and whatever type of retreat you desire, can be created with updated bedding.

5. You can splurge. Splurging on things may be fun, but it’s not always practical. Because a lot of time is spent in the bedroom, and because it’s not so high-traffic like other rooms of the home, splurging makes more sense. This is also the room where you go to get refreshed. Having worn out linens probably doesn’t excite you. Something like natural silk or breathable 100% cotton high thread count bedding is well worth the investment. Not only is it luxurious, it’s a practical choice for allergy sufferers.

We have a wide selection of fabrics that are just perfect for your custom duvet cover and accent pillows.  Browse our selection online or come into one of the showrooms so we can help you in person. Need to find a fabric store near you in Houston? Stop by Interior Fabrics location in Austin where you will find endless discount designer fabrics for any project!

Block Winter Chill in the Bedroom with Warm Bedding & Decor

When temperatures plummet, it’s nice to have a warm space to escape to—and what better place than your bedroom? The bedroom is the most personal space in a home, so it’s definitely a space that shouldn’t be ignored. Just by warming up your bedding and adding some warm décor, you can block the winter chill easily.

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Choosing the Right Bedding

When your bedding keeps you warm and cozy, sleeping in the winter can actually be a delightful experience. Here are the best types of products that will deliver a warm sleep.

  • Down comforters (or duvets). Considering that down is that light, fluffy coating that protects our feathered friends from the outside elements, it’s no wonder that it makes a great filling. Down helps trap warmth, which is why it’s considered the most popular choice for bedding. Down comforters can be authentic (made of goose or duck feathers) or synthetic, and range in price based on fill power.
  • Silk-filled comforters. Believe it or not, silk is wonderful at equalizing temperature. Lightweight and breathable, silk will conform nicely to your body while sleeping, keeping you comfortable through the night.
  • Flannel sheets. Crisp cotton or linen sheets are great for those warm months, but for winter, something fuzzier is in order. Adding flannel sheets to your bed can make a big difference in staying warm through the night.
  • Wool blankets. A wool blanket can provide lots of extra warmth, especially if your house has low heat. Dry clean, rather than wash it, and keep stored somewhere it can remain moth-free.

And don’t forget to top off your bedding with some extra fluffy pillows and throw blankets.

Warm Décor Options

Once you have your bed warmed up, you can finish it off with some cozy décor. When it comes to warming up the interior of a bedroom with décor, here are some ideas that may help:

  • Change the color scheme to reflect the season. Colors such as black, white, gray, silver, gold, blue, and dark purple or red can give the space a cozy retreat feel. Metallic colors are also perfect choices for adding warmth to the room.
  • Dark wood furniture, mirrored furniture and even furniture painted white can really warm up a bedroom. If space allows, add a chair, chase lounge or bench to create an intimate sitting area.
  • Alter the lighting by changing bulb wattage or incorporating a dimmer switch. Soft lighting by way of lamps, sconces and candles, are ultimate ways to take the chill out of the room.
  • Add warm finishing touches like window treatments and a fuzzy rug to bring everything in the room full circle.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Mansfield, 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 to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Reclaim Your Dirty Couches by Reupholstering

Over time, furniture accumulates a lot of wear and a lot of dirt. And there comes a point when a decision must be made: replace or reupholster? While replacing that worn, dirty couch seems to be the most logical, that’s not always the case. There are actually very valid reasons for taking the time and investing the money to preserving it instead.

Reupholstering Dirty Couches with Interior Fabrics

Should I reupholster?

Reupholstering an old sofa could end up costing more than you would pay for a new one, so it’s important to think it through before committing. There are however certain conditions where it can be worth it:

1)    It is an antique or family heirloom. Some pieces have so much history and value that they just cannot be replaced with something new. When dealing with old pieces such as this, it’s important to be extra careful to avoid mistakes and damage to the furniture, so unless you’re a proficient DIYer, it’s best to hire a professional.

2)    It fits your needs and your space. Perhaps you finally found a couch that fits perfectly in your space and can’t stand the thought of seeking out another. Maybe you just love the shape, size and comfort of it, but wish it didn’t look so worn. Whatever the reason, you can freshen up that couch you love with fresh fabrics.

3)    You get exactly what you want. Certain home décor requires a specific color, pattern or texture, which can often be challenging to find in the ready-made furniture market. Personally picking your fabrics and reupholstering allows you to have something uniquely designed for your space.

4)    You’d like to save money. As mentioned earlier, reupholstering can be an investment. With that said, it doesn’t always mean getting a run-of-the-mill piece from the furniture store is cheaper (especially if you’ll have to replace all upholstered pieces to match your décor). If you have a taste for high quality, then the piece in question is probably of high quality. If that’s the case, then reupholstering would definitely be the way to go. If you have a passion for DIY projects, then this is going to be the cheapest route for you as well.

5)    You want to enhance your skills. Reupholstering is a great DIY project if you have the time and inclination. There are many tutorials that can be found online should you find yourself itching to do something new.

It’s important to remember that recovering isn’t the same as reupholstering. Recovering is basically a cosmetic procedure, whereas reupholstering goes beyond the fabric. Reupholstering often includes stripping the piece to the frame, reinforcing it, replacing coil springs and padding. This is why it’s such a time- and labor-intensive process. With that said, it is still a great alternative to replacing a good, solid (yet dirty) couch.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cedar Park, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, 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 Properly Clean and Care for Your Interior Fabric

When you know how to clean and care for your interior fabrics, you will be able to retain the beauty of those fabrics you first fell in love with. With proper cleaning, care and maintenance, you will also be able to prolong its life, which will allow you to enjoy your space for years to come. Although proper cleaning and care requires consistency, it’s easy to do. The one thing that will make your maintenance tasks easier is choosing the right fabric from the beginning. Using the right fabric for the right place will make all the difference. If you don’t have the luxury of picking out new fabrics right now, you can still follow these tips to help you clean and care for the interior fabrics you currently have.

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Cleaning Interior Fabrics If you are in the market for new furniture, take advantage of the additional fabric protection before bringing it home. This fabric protection often includes a treatment with soil and/or water repellents, as well as mildew inhibitors. Vacuuming weekly or gently whisking fabric with a soft bristled brush can remove surface dirt, but when it comes to spot cleaning, it will vary depending on the type of fabric you have. This is why it’s important to check the manufacturer’s tag for the cleaning code (W, S, SW or X) before proceeding further. Blot any spills immediately with a clean folded towel, but always adhere to the fabric’s care instructions. If you have fabric that doesn’t need professional attention, it is best to use a mild cleaning product. As a general rule, having a professional clean your interior fabrics every few years is wise. Having a deep cleaning done will keep the fabric from becoming visibly dirty.

Caring for Interior Fabrics Interior fabrics aren’t indestructible so treat them kindly as often as possible. When it comes to upholstered furniture, avoid standing or jumping on it and keep sharp objects away so fabric isn’t scratched or torn. Two other big things that will help you in caring for your interior fabrics are turning cushions regularly and avoiding direct sunlight and pollutants.

Turn Cushions Regularly The life of your seating can be prolonged simply by turning those cushions on a regular basis. Turning them allows for an even distribution of wear and tear. It’ll also slow down those indentations. When the furniture is something that has multiple cushions, change the places of them every now and then since some seating gets more usage than others.

Avoid Direct Sunlight & Pollutants Sun can damage your interior fabrics, causing them to fade or fray. If it’s not possible to position your upholstered pieces away from the window, hang window treatments that will allow you to block direct sunlight. Airborne pollutants can also harm interior fabrics. They are more challenging to avoid but having proper ventilation can help.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Georgetown, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, 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.

The Beauty and Benefits of Cotton Fabric in Your Home

Of all the fabrics out there, there’s just something to be said for cotton. We know it’s among the top picks for our clothing but did you also know how wonderful it can be when used in your home? Let’s take a look at what makes this fabric so great.

The Beauty and Benefits of Cotton Fabric in Your Home

Cotton is an eco-friendly 

Today’s world is becoming more aware of how important it is to preserve the environment we live in and this is why cotton is one of the top selling fabrics out there. Cotton is a natural fiber, which means it’s a renewable resource and biodegradable. Furthermore, organic cotton is available, for those who would prefer fibers from plants not treated with pesticides.

Cotton makes everyday living enjoyable

There are numerous beautiful fabrics out there but not all of them are meant for everyday living like cotton is. Some things that make it ideal for everyday living, especially in homes of families are:

  • It’s durable
  • It’s easy to clean
  • It’s absorbent and breathable
  • It’s soft to the touch
  • It can resist static withstand high heat
  • It’s affordable

If you’re looking for a fabric that will make day-to-day life comfortable and a carefree, then cotton is it. Keep in mind however, that even great things have some disadvantages. A few you might consider are:

  • Cotton wrinkles
  • Cotton takes longer to dry
  • Cotton can shrink and stretch
  • Cotton can fade in prolonged sun exposure

Many of these disadvantages however can be remedied quickly and easily. Selecting proper fabric weights, positioning away from direct sunlight (or protecting with window treatments) and gentle washing and ironing are all ways to ensure that the life of your fabric will last longer.

Ways to Use Cotton in Your Home

Probably the most obvious way is to buy or upholster furniture with it, but that’s not the only way. Other ways to use cotton in your home include window treatments, accent pillows, and linens for your bed, bath, kitchen and table.

When it comes to linens, keep in mind that not all cottons are the same. To reap the most benefits, stick with linens that are made of 100% regular, prima or Egyptian cotton.

If you are looking for a fabric store near you in Houston, we have just what you need! Come by our Interior Fabrics location on Fondren Rd. where you will find everything from comfortable cotton fabrics, to luxurious dupiani silks and even some of the best faux leathers!

The Beauty of Finding Cheap Fabric Projects

There is truth to the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but getting to the prize requires patience and vision, especially when it comes to the realm of thrift store shopping. However, if you’re willing to look past the dirt with an open mind, thrifting (as it’s more commonly referred to) can actually reveal some pretty cool stuff worth salvaging. Here are some tips on the art of thrifting, as well as some common thrift store finds that are perfect for home DIY projects.

The Beauty of Finding Cheap Fabric Projects

Finding the Good Stuff

There’s really no magic formula to finding the good stuff at the thrift store. In all reality, it’s hit-and-miss most times, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you head out the door:

  • Location is important. In most cases, you’ll find nicer thrift stores in nicer parts of town. You can check out www.thethriftshopper.com to find out what stores are near you and in surrounding areas.
  • Shop seasonally. While people clean out their homes on a regular basis, you can often find the really nice stuff when the seasons change. Thrifting after Christmas and around tax season are also prime times for finding treasures.
  • Talk with employees. Employees are a wealth of information when it comes to finding out which days are the best to shop. Find out when new donations arrive and approximately how long it takes them to process it. Be sure to ask about coupons, mailings, etc, so you’ll be in the know.
  • Make frequent visits. If you have more time on your hands, pop into your favorite thrift stores frequently. The good stuff tends to go quickly, so swinging by on your way home from work on prime days is a good idea.
  • Look for quality. This isn’t so much an issue when looking for colorful accents, but more so when it comes to furniture. Look for pieces that are in good condition and will be easy to refinish or repurpose. And don’t be turned off if it’s not your favorite wood tone. It can easily be re-stained or painted something different.
  • Only get what you need. It can be so easy to make a purchase simply because it’s a great deal. Unless you want to be on the next episode of Hoarders, don’t do it. Be selective and only get what you need.

Common Finds Perfect for DIY Projects

It doesn’t really matter if you’re a DIY newbie, veteran, or something in between, here are some great things to keep your eyes open for if you’re in need of a project:

  • Artwork and Frames
  • Couches
  • Chairs (dining or other formal sitting chairs)
  • Shelves (bookcases)
  • Lamps
  • Tables
  • Fabric
  • Trunks
  • Frames or mirrors

Again, remember to only get what you need, unless you are certain that you will be able to accomplish another project. Thrifting should be fun, not stressful, so don’t go in with high expectations. Once you become seasoned, you’ll be able to find treasures for your home.

When you are looking for a  fabrics store near you in Plano, TX, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Decorating for Happiness

Decorating for Happiness

Decorating for Happiness Interior Fabrics

If the look of your home doesn’t make you happy, then it might be time to decorate or redecorate. In a recent survey conducted by home design site Houzz, it was noted that nine out of ten homeowners (87%) felt their home design impacted their overall happiness. Furthermore, only 51% of those describing their home as being “in need of work,” reported feeling happy at home. Let’s take a look at some ways you can make your home a happier and more inviting space.

  1. Mix things up. There’s no reason everything in your home has to match unless you want it to. Feel free to add interest by mixing pieces from different cultures and periods, or create intrigue by mixing humble and fine materials within rooms.
  1. Decorate with things you love. It’s pretty simple: if you love it, you’ll find somewhere to put it. Find accessories that speak to you or make you feel blissful and use them in your decorating. And don’t forget the whimsy! Putting fun items in unexpected places keeps the house from becoming boring and predictable.
  1. Stick with curvy and neutral furniture. There are many beautiful furniture pieces with sleek lines, but if you want the place to feel extra inviting, purchase pieces that have curves. Simply put, curvy furniture will soften the room. In regards to color, color is good, but save it for the accents and accessories rather than seating. Bold or busy patterned seating often weighs a room down whereas neutral colored seating lightens it.
  1. Make colorful statements in small areas. Entryways, half baths and guest rooms are a few examples of small areas in need of a bold, colorful statement. Spaces such as these can go unnoticed unless you add a punch of drama.
  1. Add texture for extra smiles. Texture, whether seen or touched, has a way of bringing a smile to our face. Incorporate feel-good textures like a luxurious throw on the arm of the couch, a seagrass rug, or your favorite flowers done up in beautiful silk arrangements.
  1. Go for a whiteout. Color is quite popular these days. So much in fact, that it has caused many of us to forget just how powerful the color white can be. More than any other color, white produces this incredible energy because of the light it reflects. Furthermore, it gives you a blank canvas for unexpected pops of color.

Breaking the decorating “rules” can be liberating, so be sure that you decorate your home with your happiness in mind. Stick with what makes you feel good and you’ll be sure to have a place that makes you happy.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cinco Ranch, stop by our Interior Fabrics in Houston 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.