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Decorate for Spring with Floral Fabrics

If there’s one thing that embodies spring, it’s flowers.

Not only are flowers beautiful and versatile, they create positive and happy feelings. In addition to that, flowers are always in style, making them ideal when it comes to decorating your home for spring–or any other season for that matter.

If you’re looking for an easy way to make your home reflective of the season, consider doing so by adding some floral frivolity to the space. Here are 3 big ways you can use florals in your home:

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Floral Fabrics

Floral-patterned fabrics are a wonderful way to bring the essence of spring inside your home. If you find a floral fabric that you love, and want to keep it year round, consider doing something a bit more permanent such as upholstering a chair or seat cushions. The great thing about today’s florals is that there is so much variety (which makes going bigger a lot less scary). Several patterns are suitable choices no matter what the season, or your design style, making it much easier to make a long-term commitment.

Something less permanent, but just as eye-catching, is to bring florals in with accents. Focusing on accents is a great way to add a pop of spring to your home without it taking too much time or money. Window treatments, custom pillows, throws, ottomans, area rugs, bedding, lampshades, tablecloths or runners, and even bath or kitchen towels are perfect ways to get the floral burst you want in a smaller, yet still effective, way.

And don’t think you have to always put your florals against solid backgrounds. As long as the colors compliment what you already have, a floral pattern will mix easily with whatever patterns you already have. Florals look especially great with patterns such as stripes and gingham. Think about how big of a floral burst you want and then go from there. Even small touches of floral fabric throughout the space can make a big statement.

Wall Flowers

A fun way to add floral elements to a space is by adding them to the wall. One way to do it is by painting some on the wall either by freehand or by stencil. This would be especially fun for a young girl’s bedroom.

For something a bit more sophisticated, go for wallpaper. Floral wallpaper might seem intimidating, but considering how much it has evolved over the years, there’s no reason to shy away from it. That doesn’t mean you have to hang floral wallpaper in the main areas of your home. Quite the opposite, in fact. Consider floral wallpaper on one wall in your kitchen or give your guests a surprise with floral walls in the guest powder room. Have a romantic style bedroom? Bring the flowers to the walls of your bedroom. There’s really no room that can’t benefit from florals, so it really just comes down to where you want them.

If the idea of flowers on the wall sounds intriguing, but you’re a renter rather than a homeowner, consider putting floral fabric on the wall. Let’s face it, this is also the perfect solution for commitment-phobes, too. Fabric can look just as lovely as wallpaper–but without the permanence and mess that comes with applying and removing it. And, unlike wallpaper, you can take it with you the next time you move! Just by doing a quick internet search, you can find several tutorials online that can show you how to create a beautiful feature wall with fabric.

Another way to get your flower fix is to simply hang art prints or paintings that have floral themes. Or, back to fabric again, you can create fabric wall art. Simply create and hang one panel or do a fun series of your favorites. Again, there are plenty of online tutorials to get you started on fabric wall art.

Fresh Blooms

Fresh flowers in vases are by far one of the best ways to bring spring into your home. Fragrant blooms resting on a table or mantle are very appealing–but it doesn’t have to stop there. Be sure to focus on the outside of the home as well by adding some curb appeal. Not only does landscaping significantly affect your property value for the better, it’s extra special when the fresh cut flowers in your home are courtesy of your own flower garden.

However you choose to incorporate flowers into your home is up to you. Whether you go big or go small, adding touches of floral decor to your space is never a bad idea. Enjoying the beauty that they bring will help enhance the season while it’s here.

Does spring fever have you ready to decorate? Search our floral fabrics to find your favorite one. If you want a more designer look, find a complementary solid fabric to use with it!

6 Cozy Winter Living Tips That Will Melt Your Heart

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Winter is knocking. Is your home ready to welcome it?

No matter where you live, wintertime is all about warmth and comfort. It’s our time to indulge in cozy textures and warm hues. It’s a time for tasty treats and fun, friendly gatherings. In a nutshell, we seek out all the ways to take the chill out of those frigid temperatures.

When it comes to your home’s interior, it doesn’t take much to achieve this. In fact, even some of the simplest changes can make a home perfect for cozy living during the long winter months. Below are some of our favorite ways to keep those interiors toasty until the spring thaw.

Texture with Textiles

Textiles are a key ingredient no matter what the season. For winter, however, textiles rich in texture are where it’s at. Luxurious, plush, fuzzy, shiny, and chunky are just some of the adjectives you should focus on when picking winter textiles.

When it comes to fabrics, rich doesn’t necessarily mean heavy. While there’s nothing wrong with a thick, lush fabric, there are some on the lighter side just as suitable for the season. Some of our favorites include organza, organdy, velvet, silk, wool, and cashmere. You’ll notice that some in that list are light and airy, while others are substantial and dramatic. Any and all can be used in a variety of ways–window treatments, napkins, tablecloths, bedding, pillow covers, and much more. Mix and match them throughout your home until you reach the desired look and feel.

Textiles also include area rugs. And, as we all know, a good area rug can make all the difference. Not only will your design shine, your feet will be extra happy to have something warm underfoot. Wool, sheepskin, fur, and faux furs are all wonderful choices. Even if you have a carpeted space, you can benefit from an area rug. Tis the season for layers so don’t forget to add something to your floor space. It will most certainly increase the coziness of your home.
Did you know that certain patterns on textiles also contribute to a home’s coziness in winter? It’s true! Patterns like plaid, checks, and houndstooth have a cozy look to them, especially when they’re made out of wool. Southwestern or Navajo patterns can also create that visual appeal that will make you want to curl up and relax.

Cozy Up with Color

Color influences our ideas and moods more than we realize, so if you want to feel cozy you have to have some colors to get you there. Now is your chance to bring in some richer hues. Deep shades of red, brown, amber, gold, plum, and green are perfect for the season. Need some color inspiration? Stop over and visit Pantone, the color experts. Each year they produce two seasonal palettes, one for spring and summer and another for fall and winter. You’d be amazed at some of their choices for winter. Many of the can be used year round!

Flirt with Furniture Arrangement

Sometimes all it takes is a little rearranging of the furniture to make a space feel cozy. For the winter months, turn a few pieces of furniture away from the window and toward the fireplace, keeping some floor pillows handy. If you have a wide-open space with furniture spread about, try pulling it in a bit to make more intimate seating arrangements. The more opportunity you have to be intimate with friends and family, the better. As always, be sure to arrange furniture in a way that doesn’t inhibit a smooth flow of traffic.

Accentuate with Accessories

Even if you don’t do any of the above mentioned, you can still create a cozy feeling with accessories. Accessories are so easy to swap out for holidays and seasons. For winter, adding accessories like extra candles, throws, and accent pillows make a big difference when it comes to warming up a space for winter. While you’re at it, change out some wall art for something more seasonal or add a new runner in a wintry fabric to the dining room table. You can even change out your window treatments for the season.

Relax in the Glow of Luxurious Lighting

Lighting plays a big role in home décor, especially when it comes to making a space feel cozy. Adding wall sconces or table lamps are great ways to add soft lighting. If you have an overhead light, consider putting a dimmer on it. Whichever you choose to do, just make sure you don’t forget to keep some candles on hand.

Savor the Season with Scents

There are so many scents that remind us of winter, including gingerbread, pine, and spiced apple. For additional coziness, focus on bringing certain scents into your home. Some people enjoy scented candles, while others (like me), prefer a special essential oil blend fit for the season in the diffuser. It doesn’t matter what you choose, just don’t forget how important smells are to our moods!

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5 Tips for Decorating For Christmas That will Make Your Spirit Bright.

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, people everywhere are getting into the holiday spirit–which often includes decorating their home for the Christmas season. For some, the decorating process revolves around tradition, where cherished trinkets are used year after year. For others, it’s all about creating a new look. Either way, it never hurts to have fresh decorating ideas on hand. From the extravagant to the minimal, the traditional to the whimsical, we’ve got you covered. Here are five decorating ideas that just might inspire you this year.

1) Deck out your door

The front door is typically the first thing you and your guests see upon arrival, which is why it’s important to think about the type of message you want it to deliver. Is it warm and welcoming or cold and uninviting? What do you want it to say? In all honesty, it doesn’t take much to create that friendly, festive vibe. Garland wrapped in twinkle lights or a wreath accented with colorful ribbon may seem simple, but that’s all you really need to announce that you’re ready for all the holiday season brings. Looking for something less traditional? Instead of evergreen, consider a wreath featuring citrus fruits, wood slices, pinecones, or even ornaments!

2) Personalize with fabric

This time of year, it is so easy to walk into a store to buy holiday decor, but it’d be much more special coming from your own hands (or the hands of others)–at least when it comes to decor made of fabric. Fabric is a key ingredient to a pulled together room, so if you’re looking to have a unique holiday look in your home, it’s unlikely you’ll find what you need from the department store. Instead of buying mass-produced items off the shelf, consider making your own decor or having them custom made by someone else. Often times, decorative items such as placemats, table runners, accent pillows, tree skirts and even Christmas stockings, can be made quickly and easily. Even if you can’t use a needle to save your life (guilty), there are plenty of no-sew projects that can be found online.

3) Top off your table

Let’s not beat around the bush: holidays mean food–and lots of it. So, it’s only natural that we talk about table decorations. As you congregate around the table, make sure there’s a centerpiece fit for the season. A centerpiece is a great way to add some eye-catching flair to an area of your home where many people gather. Candle holders or holiday-colored vases make wonderful beginnings for centerpieces. Accent the bases of either with garland, incorporate some flowers or berries and you’ve got yourself something unique and lovely for your dining room table. Another idea would be to place vintage ornaments on top of a cake stand, nesting leaves here and there to add a touch of nature’s beauty.

Personalized place settings are another great way to add interest to your dining table. For holiday dinners served buffet style, wrap each dish in a sheet of parchment paper and then tie it up with twine or ribbon before stacking them. Not only will it reward your guests with a pretty presentation, it’ll be something unique and fun they’ll remember for years to come. 

4) Garnish with greenery

Each season offers unique natural elements that are perfect for decorating. For those celebrating Christmas, this usually means lots and lots of greenery, specifically, garland. Garland creates an inviting atmosphere and provides your home with that woodsy aroma associated with this time of year. While the fireplace mantle is a traditional location for this particular decoration, it doesn’t have to be your only option. Garland can adorn pretty much anything, so don’t feel limited. Staircase banisters, dining room chairs, doorways, and windows are just a handful of places that can benefit from the beautiful garland. To make it extra nice, wrap some twinkling lights through it. Have your fill of green? Consider a garland made of pinecones. Tack it up over a doorway and top it off with a big bow in the middle.

5) Change your color scheme

From the color of our shirt to the color of our couch, the hues that surround us influence our moods and actions more than we realize. In the home, changing up the color scheme is one of the simplest and inexpensive ways you can alter the mood in your space. For some, thinking about changing the color in their abode gives them a headache, but it doesn’t have to be that way. For a seasonal change, it’s not necessary to repaint everything. Far from it, in fact. Instead, swap out smaller decorative items like accent pillows and throws, rugs, window treatments and bedding. Little changes such as this can still make it feel like a completely different season than before. How much you’re willing to spend, and how well you want those items to blend into the rest of your decor, will determine if you go custom or not. Custom made items will cost more, so it’s understandable if you opt for something mass-produced. However, something smaller like custom pillow covers, are well worth the investment, especially if you plan on using them for several years.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Arlington, 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 lightweight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Cozy Winter Retreat

The bedroom is the most personal space in your home and should always be something you feel comfortable in. When those cold winter days and night roll around, it’s only natural that you want that room to feel as cozy as possible. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t necessarily take much to add warmth to the room. From the simple to the detailed, here are some decorating ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a cozy winter retreat.

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Color Scheme

This is probably the simplest place to start. If you want a winter retreat look, avoid bright colors like pink and orange, as well as the traditional red and green theme. Instead, keep nature in mind and lean toward colors like black, white, silver, blue, gold and brown. Even a subtle hint of purple or other metallics would work well with a winter bedroom. A no-fail color scheme that can make any bedroom look beautiful is a charcoal and steel gray palette, complemented with touches of silver and icy blues.

In need of color inspiration? Check out Pantone’s seasonal palette. Twice a year, the color experts release a palette full of gorgeous colors to inspire both your wardrobe and your home. You’d be amazed at how non-traditional many of their seasonal choices are. This gives you so much more freedom in picking your colors–and many of them can stick around in your home all year long. It really is a wonderful resource, so take advantage of it!

Textiles

Textiles are the secret ingredient to a beautiful room. There are so many to choose from, making it easy to find something suitable for every season. In regards to winter, there are certain textiles you just can’t go wrong with. Some textiles that will really warm up your room include:

  • Organza–A shiny and sheer lightweight fabric made from silk. Works beautifully for sheer drapes.  
  • Cashmere–A soft textile that comes from the wool of goats. Perfect for accent pillows, throws, and duvet covers.
  • Organdy–A textile very similar to organza, but made from cotton rather than silk. Another great choice for window treatments.
  • Velvet–A woven tufted fabric, luxe to the eye and soft to the touch. Versatile enough for a variety of things including drapes and upholstery fabric.  
  • Wool–A soft and luxurious textile produced from a special class of animal body hair. Ideal for throws and rugs.
  • Faux fur–A cozy textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. Perfect for pillow covers and rugs, without costing a fortune.
  • Flannel–A soft, woven fabric typically made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Great for sheets, throws, and pillow covers.
  • Silk–A luxurious, comfortable and absorbent fabric produced by certain insect larvae. Makes a great addition to a bedroom as a duvet cover.

All of them have unique qualities that will add personality and warmth to your bedroom–and as you can see from above, there are so many ways to use them! In addition to pillows, drapery, blankets, and throws, consider using these fabrics as comforters, on accent furniture, and even on headboards. Many of the fabrics listed above are extremely versatile, so don’t limit your creativity when decorating your wintry retreat. Rugs are also a great way to bring in layers of warmth, so don’t forget to shop around for something that’ll keep your tootsies cozy.

How much time and money you want to put into your design will dictate in what ways you choose to use fabric. Some certainly cost more than others, but the great thing is, they can be mixed and matched any way you choose.

If you find yourself struggling, head over to your local fabric store and let a sales associate help you. We have a wide variety of fabrics and rugs that can help you pull together a successful winter retreat.

Furniture, Lighting, and Accessories

If you have additional space in your bedroom, consider adding an intimate seating area. Place a pair of custom-made chairs together near a window– or even a single chair with an ottoman. You could even add an upholstered bench at the foot of your bed. Drape a throw blanket across the back to make it look inviting. As far as colors go, painted white woods, dark woods, and dark leathers are a great way to make your bedroom feel like a wintry retreat. Another way to bring a wintry feel into the room is by bringing in mirrored furniture.

No matter what time of year it is, lighting is important. In this case, however, if cozy is what you want, then focus on table lamps will low-wattage bulbs. If possible, adding a dimmer to your overhead light is ideal. For a fancier design, think wall sconces. If ultra-simple is what you want, fill the room with candles. All of these can really enhance the look of your bedroom and heighten the sense of warmth within the space.

Accessories are a wonderful way to add personal touches and finish off a room. Next, to paint, accessories are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the overall look and atmosphere of a room. Accessories such as vases filled with branches spray painted white, or wintry flowers, are great ways to keep in tune with nature. Adding fringe to the bottom of drapery panels can add a touch of sophistication. Keep those feet warm with a faux fur area rug. To break up the monotony of fabric, consider embellishments like nail-head trim.

These are just some of the ways you can finish off a winter retreat bedroom. Think about your overall goal and stick with what you can accomplish within your budget. Even the smallest touches can cozy up your bedroom when it’s cold outside.

Visit us at Interior Fabrics to check out your favorite designer fabrics and rugs at discount prices.

Creative Ways to Add a Little Fall to Your Home

Autumn is without a doubt, my favorite season. Once the leaves start changing colors I become giddy with excitement over all the wonderful things fall has to offer, which is why, of course, I go crazy with the fall decorations. Even if it’s not “officially” fall yet (but close) I’m chomping at the bit to haul out my bins of festive decor. The beautiful colors! The delicious smells! I want it all!

The thing is if you’re anything like me, a warm and welcoming home is especially desirable this time of year. There’s just something extra special about that cozy feeling once the days get shorter and the air gets cooler. It’s what makes those frigid nights bearable and those family gatherings all the more memorable.

Thankfully, for fall fanatics like me, it doesn’t take much to harness that coziness and execute it in a way that radiates through your home, carrying you through to warmer days. And that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today. While there are several ways you can bring a touch of fall into your home, we’re going to focus on 3 specific ways you can get creative with autumn colors to spread that much-desired warmth throughout your space.

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Revive something with a fresh coat of paint.

If you’re ever unsure about what to do, think paint. Paint is one of the easiest ways to change the look of your home and it’s something that can be used just about anywhere. Seriously. A desk chair, a kitchen island, a wall, a bookcase, a sofa table, a dresser, the front door–all places that could easily be freshened up with paint. And that’s just scratching the surface. I bet if you looked around, you’d see something you could paint. I advise you, however, to stick with items that have already painted or that are ones you don’t mind painting. If you’re making it a DIY project, be sure to educate yourself on all the proper steps to create a piece that will not only look great but last for years to come. There are plenty of DIY upcycling tutorials online that can get you started if you’re up for a fun challenge.

Of course, you’ll want to pick the perfect color and Pantone is a great place to start. Since they are known as the color experts, it’s worth taking the time to check out the color reports they release each season. You’d be amazed at what they consider fall colors and how many of them can easily work year round. Once you find one you love, you’ll have no problem finding it, or a close replica, though one of the many paint manufacturers out there.

Add fall-colored accessories throughout the house.

Accessories are another simple way to decorate for the season. Try walking into any craft store without being bombarded by seasonal decor–it’s impossible. Wreaths, silk flowers, centerpieces, wall hangings–it’s all there for your choosing. A beautiful display of flowers in a tall orange glass bottle or vase may seem too simplistic, but it’s actually a wonderful way to add a splash of seasonal color without putting in much effort. A fall-inspired picture hung on the wall is also an easy yet effective way to add seasonal warmth to the space. Pumpkins on the table, wreaths made of leaves or flowers of autumn hues, rustic floor rugs, such as this Drake, designed by Joanna Gaines, and scented candles in autumn shades are some other ideas that can influence the look and atmosphere of your home. And don’t just stop inside the house! The exterior of your home can be just as important as the interior of your home. Adding some accents outside the home to make it look inviting from the outside.

Incorporate new fabrics.

This is especially easy to do if you have more neutral pieces of furniture, but it can still work if you don’t. Some easier ways to incorporate new fabrics would be by changing out window treatments, accent pillows, or tablecloths. A larger project would be to reupholster or add a slipcover to a piece of furniture such as a chair. Often times you can find seasonal fabrics at a department store, but they tend to be limited. As a general rule, you’d be better off visiting your local fabric store or purchasing your fabric online. Doing so would ensure finding the exact patterns and colors you want, which is the great thing about having something custom made.

No matter what you choose to do, don’t feel like you have to go overboard with your decor. Start small the first year and then as each new fall season rolls around, build on what you’ve started, or try something completely different. Either way, you’ll be sure to make your home feel like a cozy and warm just like autumn should be.

For some help getting started with your next project, consider swinging by our Interior Fabrics location in Houston. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would love to help you navigate the complexities of whatever project you decide to take on!

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.

5 Practical Ways to Hygge Your Home

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He’s doing it. She’s doing it. You may even be doing it without even knowing about it.

I’m talking about hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Nordic mindset of finding more meaningfulness and beauty in the most ordinary of things and/or moments in life. In English, this could be equated with the term, ‘coziness’. You may already be the type of person who truly appreciates simplicity. You may even have already embraced this way of life in your home. For those who haven’t, however, here are 5 practical ways you can hygge in your home.

1. Keep it simple. Scandinavian interiors are typically minimalistic in design. To get that true sense of coziness, tame the clutter, keeping only things of real use or the things that bring you real joy.

2. Think sustainably. The hygge way of life has a deep appreciation for nature, which includes things of nature, as well as things created from nature. Houseplants and natural materials are great places to start. Since going green isn’t a new trend, bringing more eco-friendly products into your home shouldn’t be difficult.

3. Make it personal. It’s much easier to be cozy in a space where the items have meaning. The value of something often stems from the memories attached to it. Shop selectively, purchasing more items that have a story to go with them. If you have handmade furnishings, or furnishings of sentimental value, even better.

4. Light it up. Dim the harsh overhead lights–or skip them altogether. Instead, focus your attention to the soft glow of flickering candles. For a cozier effect, vary the heights. But remember to be careful, placing candles in safe areas. To keep it eco-friendly, shop for candles made of organic soy or beeswax.

5. Immerse yourself in good company. We all need our alone time, but when it comes to hygge, moments are more meaningful when shared with those we care about. Set the table for an intimate breakfast or dinner, or simply have people over for drinks and good conversation. When friends and family are nearby, you’ll be experiencing hygge at its finest.

7 Hot Decorating Trends of 2017

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With each new year comes new trends for the home. After scouring various design blogs, catalogs, Pinterest boards, and Instagram feeds, these are 5 of the hottest home decorating trends we found for the new year.

Green, In Any Shade

If you haven’t heard, Pantone announced that Greenery is the color of the year for 2017. The color green is lively and organic, often having a dramatic impact on people yearning to reconnect with simpler times. You can expect to see it–and a multitude of other green tones–pop up in rooms everywhere. From emerald to chartreuse, in big ways and small, green is going to be a popular pick this year.

Farmhouse Style

While Farmhouse style isn’t new, it has certainly been revived thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. This country-chic style, with its shiplap, muted tones, and funky textures, is taking the nation by storm and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Texture

Texture plays an essential role in making the interior of a home feel more inviting. With design styles like Farmhouse mentioned above, we are starting to see the importance of textures becoming even more widely recognized.  Textures range from furniture to light fixtures to raw woods and textiles, such as rugs and pillows. This year, the more the better.

Muted Neutrals

Muted neutral colors will be just as popular as shades of green this year. Again, styles like Farmhouse are putting a fresh spin on those colors once considered boring or outdated. Keep your eyes peeled for whites, beiges, soft grays, smoky blues, and even blush pinks. Colors like these will have your interior looking spot on for the months ahead.

Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Nordic mindset of finding more meaningfulness and beauty in the most ordinary of things and/or moments in life. In English, this could be equated with the term, ‘coziness’. To get that cozy feeling the Danes adore in your own home, light some candles, pull out the throws, pour yourself a hot beverage, and hunker down until spring arrives.

Matte Appliances

If you haven’t made the switch to stainless steel appliances just yet, you’re in luck! This year, it’s all about matte finishes. Instead of being distracted by sheen, people are able to truly focus on the design of the room as well as the object itself. GE’s Slate collection has a brushed metal finish that’s actually fingerprint-resistant!

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have made a big comeback. You’ve probably seen this tile style used quite a bit on HGTV’s Fixer Upper–but because of their versatility, they complement a variety of other design styles. While subway tiles are a classic choice, they don’t necessarily have to be used in a classic way. For example, one popular spin is to use darker grout with simple white. Not only does it make a more prominent focal point, dirt is less likely to show. Subway tiles are affordable and come in a variety of colors and finishes, making them a perfect choice for everyone–even those on a budget.

 

 

 

 

 

6 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

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Even if you’ve had a mild winter, there’s something about spring that gets us excited. From extra sunshine to greenery all in bud, spring has some much to offer. Here are some ways you can connect with nature and bring some of the freshness of the season into your home.

Give your living room a color makeover. Replace those winter hues with a lighter, spring-inspired palette. If you have heavy window treatments, take them down and hang up something like curtains in an airy fabric or a lightweight shade instead. Change out accent pillows, repaint the walls (or just a single one), and look for some new accessories in softer colors.

Grow a herb garden. A few potted herbs on a window sill (or counter) not only look great, they give you an opportunity to expand your culinary skills.

Roll up the rugs. If you have a lot of area rugs in your home, consider rolling a few of them up. After a long season of thick wool socks and warm, cushy rugs, a bare floor can be a treat for your feet.

Pretty up your porch or patio. Whether you love to entertain or not, prettying up your porch or patio is a great way to embrace spring. Pot some plants, recover seat cushions with new fabric, hang up a hammock, or simply add a mirror or some string lights–any little touches can make a big improvement.

Fill vases with fresh flowers or greenery. What says spring more than flowers? It doesn’t really matter if you pick up a small bouquet from the grocery store or handpick some from your very own garden–filling vases, decorative bottles, or even mason jars, are a great way to add pops of spring throughout your home. Fresh cut leaves with long stems are another option. Anything green will work, really–just do what makes you happy.

Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Seriously, simply opening the windows after a long season of cold can do wonders for your mood. Not only will it air out your home, it will allow you to soak in the sounds and smells that this refreshing season brings.

 

Why Modern Farmhouse Design is One of the Hottest Trends of the Year

 

With the help of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper, the Farmhouse design style has been reinvented into something rustic yet modern. Its popularity is taking the nation by storm–and for good reason. Some might think it’s because the Gaines duo is so loveable–I mean, they are pretty adorable–but no. At the core, Farmhouse design style simply has straightforward attributes that people are taking notice of. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

modern-farmhouse-design-custom-furniture-dallasIt’s Comfortable and Inviting

Back in the day, formal spaces were desired in a home. Today, however, it’s more common for interiors to be a little more casual. Not only does this tend to benefit busy family life, it often makes others feel welcome any time of day. With trademark Farmhouse elements such as muted colors, vintage lighting, relaxed fabrics, and functional pieces, you can’t help but feel at home. The layering of textures within the space adds warmth and comfort that beckons you to kick off your shoes and stay awhile.

It’s Practical and Useful

Farmhouse design is extremely level-headed. Instead of filling the space with unnecessary extras, its purpose is to make the home useful in every way possible. If you’ve watched Joanna in action, you’ve probably noticed how she aims to streamline the furnishings. By taking the client(s) into consideration and carefully selecting pieces and accents, the end result is a home that can easily accommodate everyday life.

It’s Attractive and Customizable

Farmhouse design is so pretty. Bright whites, muted neutrals, beautiful textiles, raw woods, wall quotes, and vintage lighting have a way of working together to create a truly harmonious and attractive interior. While the concept behind each design is similar, the results are always different. That’s the great thing about this design style. The casual foundation that’s set allows you to build upon it in a way that suits your tastes. Layering in textiles, additional colors, or other accessories that you prefer, make the space tailor-made for you and/or your family.

To get started on your modern farmhouse makeover, be sure to browse Joanna’s rug and pillow collection.