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5 Secrets for Decorating A Kid’s Room Fit for All Ages and Stages

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It’s no secret that kids grow up fast–and at times, it feels almost impossible to keep up. While you can’t control every aspect of their growth, you can have a hand in designing a room that will easily transition each time they reach a new stage in life. Just as stages come and go, so do trends–and kids are notorious for changing their interests on a whim. While these ever-changing tastes can be fun, when it comes to decorating, they can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Here we’ll cover some ways you can keep their room flexible for growth without taking away their self-expression.

Invest in Timeless Furniture

There’s no simple way of putting this: baby stores suck you in. Just walk into a store like Babies R Us and you’ll find yourself oohing and aahing over all the baby-sized furniture. There’s no denying that it’s cute, but most of what they carry lacks a very important thing: longevity. Instead of getting something specifically designed for a nursery, opt for a piece that can be used for several years to come. For example, skip the child-sized dresser and buy one that can carry them at least into their teen, if not young adult, years. If your child is moving into a twin bed, consider a double bed instead, if there’s room. Not only will it give your child more room, it will accommodate more sleeping arrangements for visiting guests.

When Possible, Choose Multifunctional Furniture

Multifunctional furniture can be your friend–especially if you have young children. Instead of a standard changing table, consider putting a changing pad on top of a desk or dresser. Once they’re out of diapers, they have a ready-made workspace or a place with ample clothes storage. If you’re bed shopping, consider one that comes with built-in storage underneath. This will come in handy for toys, books, clothes, or anything else that threatens to take up much-needed space within the room.

Go Neutral With Items that Cost More

There are certain areas that need to withstand the test of time–no matter what part of the house you’re decorating. Floor coverings, furniture, and paint colors are three biggies to focus on. While there’s nothing wrong with color, tread carefully. If you’re incorporating color based on a trend, you may consider it a mistake sooner than you’d like. If your child claims a particular color as their favorite, that’s great–just opt for a subdued version of it if it verges on too bold or bright.

Use Accessories for Self-Expression

This is a child’s room, so it’s highly important that it looks as though a child inhabits the space. An easy way to do this is with accessories. This is where their personality can really shine through. Rugs, throw pillows, knickknacks, wall art–this is their time to express who they are. Accessories are a much easier, and less expensive way, to keep up with their ever-changing interests.

Get Your Child Involved

Your child will be in this space for a very long time, so it’s critical that he or she feel completely at home in the space. Ask for their input and assure them that their opinion is valued–even when it comes to other areas of the house (within reason, of course). The more they are involved, the more likely they are to care for their room throughout the years. Keep an open mind but remind them that big changes aren’t necessarily in the budget. Hopefully, these tips will help save your family time, money, and frustration, so you can have a lot more fun.

 

Easy Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorations

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Making your home look festive for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. This year, start a new tradition of substituting the expensive ready-made decorations for creative and less costly ones. A simple trip to the craft store and a stroll through your kitchen is all it really takes to make your home feel warm and merry. Read on for 5 inventive combinations to try this season.

1. Sweet treats + glass containers. Display some of your favorite holiday treats in glass containers you have in your kitchen. Top off a cake stand with iced cookies or cupcakes, arrange candy canes arranged like flowers in a vase, fill a decorative bottle or jar with colorful, holiday-wrapped chocolate kisses. Arranging them as a vignette will make it an irresistible display.

2. Ornaments + bowls. Glass ball ornaments are typically inexpensive and come in a rainbow of colors. It’s possible you already have some stashed in a closet or the attic. Create an eye-catching display by piling a bunch of them in a large decorative bowl. You can even add some tinsel, beads, and greenery to the mix if you’d like. It’s an easy way to add a splash of festive fun to your tabletops or mantle.

3. Greenery + scraps of trim. Continue wrapping that banister with garland–but instead, opt for scraps of ribbon or fabric rather than those large bows. Not only do the cost of those bows add up, they’re all the same. With scraps of ribbon and fabric, you can personalize your holiday garland in a new way.

4. Wrapping paper + ribbon + greenery. With all the gift giving going on, why not utilize some of that extra wrapping paper for decorating purposes? Wrap up some empty boxes and use them for decor. Keep it colorful by using a variety of papers or stick with a classic brown paper and string. It doesn’t matter if you stack them or scatter them–just make sure you have some greenery nearby for an ultra-festive look.

5. Knit stockings + wooden letters. Nice Christmas stockings can add up, especially if you have a large family. Furthermore, it can be hard to find ones that blend pleasantly with your decor. This year, consider cable knit stockings in solid colors. While you can find them pre-made at stores such as Land’s End and Target, you can also make them yourself by using old sweaters found at thrift stores, or even, your own closet. Grab some small wooden letters–one for the first initial of everyone’s name–and attach them to the top. You can even glue on some colorful buttons to make them even more personalized.

Jumpstarting a Decorating Project

Home decorating is different for everyone. For the beginner, it can be intimidating because you don’t know where to begin. For those more experienced, it can be overwhelming because you don’t know where stop. Whatever category you fall into, the experience of decorating your home doesn’t have to be a bad one. Here we’ll look at some basic tips, as well as some dos and some don’ts that will help you get your ideas off the ground.

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Most people that would like to begin a decorating project already have lots of ideas in their head. Before you take action however, a critical thing to do is to lay out a plan. Without one, you could have a huge decorating disaster on your hands.

When it comes to your plan, think of it as a list. Things your list should contain are:

  • Your decorating style (Traditional, Eclectic, Modern, etc)
  • A color scheme built from colors you love
  • Furniture and accessories you may need (start with what you have first)
  • What your budget allowance is

Once you have this list in place, you’re ready to start taking the first step.

Basic Dos and Don’ts of Decorating

Here you’ll find some very important dos and don’ts that will help you achieve success.

Dos:

  • Do examine what you have and de-clutter as needed. Need help figuring out what should stay and go? Ask a friend or family member for help.
  • Do give new life to pieces with strong bones. If it just needs a facelift, go for it. Not only will you save money, you’ll have the pride of repurposing something so it has new life.
  • Do experiment with fabrics, paint colors, floor coverings and accents.
  • Do create a floor plan and take measurements. If you don’t, you could end up purchasing something that won’t even fit through the door.

Don’ts:

    • Don’t paint the walls first. Paint is much easier to match to the décor than it is to match the décor to the paint.
    • Don’t crowd the space with too much furniture or pieces that are too large for the space. Be selective and review your floor plan frequently.
    • Don’t decorate for anyone but you. The space is yours, so be sure you decorate in a way that will reflect your style and personality.
    • Don’t rush through it. Getting it right takes time.

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

Outdoor Furniture Fabric Tips and Ideas

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Once upon a time, the options for outdoor furniture were slim. Thankfully, we’ve come along way since then. Today, the options are endless, which is a good thing since outdoor décor is becoming just as important as what’s going on inside.

These days, it’s simple to find or upholster furniture in material just as stunning as the fabric on your interior pieces. Colors, patterns, textures, and durability are better than ever, leaving homeowners with plenty of room to use their imagination.

What’s Trending

Gone are the days of red and white-checkered fabrics being your only choice for your outdoor furniture. Many people today lean more toward fun, fresh colors and bold, oversized patterns that make a statement. For those who prefer a softer, subtle look, cool sea greens, blues, pale yellows, and creams are popular choices.

Getting the Right Look

It can be a challenge to nail down exactly what you want for your outdoor space, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many things you can use for inspiration. One way to find inspiration is to simply look at the color wheel. Not only does it give you a visual of basic colors, it also provides guidance as to what colors work with each other. Looking to your home’s architecture is another tool for inspiration. This definitely comes in handy if you want the outdoor furniture to reflect the style of the exterior of the home. Don’t forget about the inside of your home either. Often times, homeowners want to continue the look by adding pieces that match the pieces indoors.

In regards to a harmonious look that still creates visual interest, here are three key things to keep in mind:

1)    Balance your colors. If you are using bold-colored fabrics to create a focal point, be sure to balance it with light, neutral, or white pieces so they don’t overpower the space. The same applies for dark, subdued colors. Be sure to balance them with lighter colors.

2)    Play with patterns. Having patterns that contrast one another can provide beautiful visual interest. The general rule indoors is to use no more than three different patterns in a scheme. Keep that in mind as you design your outdoor space as well.

3)    Accent the area. Ornamentation and accents such as wall hangings, lighting and greenery (i.e. flowers) should not be forgotten.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that you don’t have to stick to every rule of design. The rules are plentiful, and while sticking to them works for some, others prefer a carefree attitude when it comes to their outdoor living area. It’s your space, so have fun and make it what you want.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cedar Park, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, Tx on Burnett Road 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.

Fun DIY Fabric Projects

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Whether you have whole yards of fabric lying around, or a variety of scraps, there are lots of fun DIY projects you can conquer with fabric. Here are some crafty ideas that might fuel some inspiration for your home’s décor.

(1)  Updated lighting. A personalized light fixture is an easy way to reflect your style at home. All you need to do is pick up an inexpensive lampshade (drum style works best) and some of your favorite fabric. Measure the shade and then cut the fabric, adding an extra two inches so it will wrap nicely over the edges. Apply some spray adhesive (to the wrong side of the fabric) and then wrap the fabric around the shade. Before pressing it into place, be sure to cut slits to accommodate the support wires.

(2)  Snazzy seating. You can easily reupholster a chair cushion, but believe it or not, fabric works just as nicely with a plain wooden chair. Simply remove the seat and back from the chair, trace them onto some fabric, cut, and then adhere it with some spray adhesive. As always, give yourself some extra fabric when you cut just in case. For this project shoot for 3 inches wider for the seat perimeter and 1 inch for the chair back.

(3)  Pretty pillows. The task of making accent pillows is a pretty simple one. Once you have your fabric, pillow form (or stuffing) and sewing tools, you’re ready to get started. A yard of fabric will make a 30 x 30 sized pillow, but feel free to make them as small or as big as you see fit for the room. Don’t forget to add 1 inch to both the length and width of the fabric you cut for seam allowance.

(4)  Clever curtains. While making cute café curtains for the bathroom or kitchen is a breeze, there are other places you can use them. For example, a curtain “skirt” can be made to cover the contents under a sink in a room such as the laundry room. You can also hang curtains in place of cabinet doors. Another idea is to add curtains to a console table to hide the storage underneath. Once the curtains are made, you can hang them between the table legs using tension rods.

(5)   A bit of this and that. Your use of fabric doesn’t even have to be a big one. Fabric can make a huge impact even when it’s used in the simplest of ways. Some ideas that might be fun to try are:

  • Making personalized stationary
  • Creating a table runner
  • Wrapping a glass vase
  • Jazzing up a plain corkboard
  • Adding color to a boring cabinet door

Fabric is a product that can be used in so many different ways, so don’t feel limited on your projects. From the big to the small, projects with fabric are a great way to add that extra burst of style and personality into your home.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Cedar Park, TX, stop by our Interior Fabrics location in Austin, Tx on Burnett Road 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.