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Pillows Can Add Interest and Style to Your Decor

27 Apr

Pillow Talk

Pillows2Seasons change and so does our mood; When spring approaches you feel like your soul is craving colors, and fun, floral, exciting patterns. And when fall comes, we tend to look for cozier neutrals and reds. So instead of changing a whole room or switching furniture to give the room a makeover, try switching or adding throw pillows and cushions every season to add more pizazz and fun to a room. A Pillow or a cushion is a versatile accessory that comes in endless styles, colors, and patterns. But keep in mind that having too many pillows can end up resulting not only in adding discomfort, but also a distraction in the decoration. So here are some tips that will help you incorporate a new element in the room:

  1. You can start by picking a color or colors
  2. opposites attract so don’t be afraid of adding a completely different color to a room
  3. Don’t be afraid to put different patterns together – Or you can simply stick to the one pattern, one solid theme
  4. For Smooth surfaces, we suggest adding textures for a more interesting look
  5. Mix in different shapes and sizes of pillows together to add dimension, but don’t overdo it
  6. Choose between an even number or an odd number arrangement depending on the style of roomPillows1

It’s not all about the arrangement of color choice or number of pillows that you might want to consider, but also the style and trim of pillows. here are some styles to choose from:

  1. knife edge pillow: the simplest of them all, which has the tapered, polished look
  2. self-welted pillow: it’s basically a knife edge with a banding of the same fabric around it
  3. ShowcaseHome1websiteTurkish corner pillow which is also known as the pleated corner pillow. And although this style tends to be more traditional, it can easily be incorporated into a more contemporary or modern style by choosing appropriate fabrics
  4. embellished pillow: finally, the funnest of them all. You can choose to embellish your pillow by adding a colorful cord, fringe, tassel fringe, or lace
  5. Also, you can add a personal touch to your pillow, like a photo, handmade applique, or a monogram

And after you and your pillows have taken the journey together, let them be the storyteller.

 

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Choosing beautiful fabrics can make a material change in your decor.

6 Apr

Fabric1Wise fabric choices can inspire your entire decorating plan.

Fabrics are used on so many surfaces in most homes. In fact, fabric is one of the most important elements as you make your interior design plans. Fabrics even set the mood for a room and influence the way you feel.
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The sheer number of fabric choices can be intimidating; that’s why it’s helpful to work with a professional.

Natural fabrics include cotton, leather, linen, silk, suede and wool, while synthetics include acetate, acrylic, microfiber, nylon, olefin, polyester, rayon and vinyl. Synthetics tend to be more durable than natural fibers, but not always. A lot depends on the finish applied to a fabric or the weave that’s used, as much as the inherent fabric itself.

The most obvious initial decisions are:

  • Fabric color family
  • Whether fabric is solid color or has a pattern
  • Fabric texture and weave
  • Whether fabric is woven, crocheted, knit or pressed

Select fabric first for beauty since the look of your home is paramount, but also consider how your fabric will be usedFabric3 so you’ll be happy with your decision over the long term. For example, fabrics that are optimal for a heavily-used great room sofa will be quite different than those for a seldom-used decorative chair in your entry. Always think about durability and stain resistance if you have pets or children. Also consider how much damaging sunlight enters a room.

Your fabric choices create the underpinning of your interior design plan and are critical to the beauty of your rooms. Consider fabrics carefully and get professional advice before you buy.

Roman Shades

5 Aug

When in Rome…
Roman shades have been a part of interior design for centuries.
They were first used at the Colosseum in Rome RomanSh1. When the Romans added a retractable shade it was easier for people to enjoy the spectacle going on down below when they weren’t exposed to the hot sun. Then, with all the building going on in Rome, using these flat pieces of fabric that go up and down with the pull of a string helped keep the dust out of the home. Ever since, the Roman shade has evolved to all the exciting options that are available now.

 

There are many terms for the different styles of Roman shades and that can be confusing if you’ve never looked for one before. After all, isn’t a shade just a shade? Actually, no. As you are deciding what to get, start with the two basic options: hobbled or flat. There are alternatives for each, but this gets you started.

Hobbled is called RomanSh2by many names: waterfall, tiered, looped. Technically they are all different because of the different amount of fabric between folds. Traditionally a hobbled shade will have 5” folds, whereas a waterfall would have 7”.  But they still give the effect of a ripple in each version. You can use these shades in any room of the home to give it a dressier feel.
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Flat is just that. It can have a look that shows where the fabric overlays or it can be smooth with no seams visible from the front. These tend to be casual, but that isn’t to say you couldn’t use an elegant fabric with this construction. Using a formal-looking fabric with a flat Roman shade would lend a modern feel to a room. RomanSh4

Flat Roman shades can be tailored, relaxed, batten front, batten back, or both…the list goes on.

 

 

 

 

RomanSh5                                                                                                  There are a few kinds that could be considered specialty like an Austrian  or balloon shade. But again, there are so many styles to choose from so just take your time and look through all the pictures you want before your purchase. Most of the time your Roman shade will be a custom piece so make it your own!

 

 

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Not Your Granny’s Draperies!

15 Apr

DraperyDesign1Draperies are a design element that has so many looks and so many functions!

The versatility of draperies means that they can enhance the openness of your rooms to make them appear larger – or make your living spaces more intimate and private with a cozy feel.

DraperyDesign2• Tailored, formal panels with clean lines
• Soft and feminine sheers
• Luscious draperies with tassels and fringe
• Side or top treatments that are totally ornamental

The possibilities of decorating with draperies are almost unlimited! You can make draperies the star of a room, adding color and drama – or consider them as a beautiful background to quietly blend with your other home furnishings elements.
Draperies are used primarily to enhance your decor; but they can be functional too, providing privacy and preventing fading. Best of all, add draperies as a decorative accent over shades, blinds or shutters that provide the function you need at the window – improving energy efficiency, preventing fading and keeping a room dark even during the brightest sunny day.
Often draperies don’t just cover the window and window frame, but are sized to optimally fit the wall they hang on and complement your decorating plan. Even a small window can have draperies covering an entire wall from side to side and floor to ceiling!
When purchasing draperies, there are important decisions about the fabric fullness, type of lining, where the DraperyDesign3draperies should draw, what kind of pleats work best, whether you should consider motorization, and more. That’s why getting advice from an expert is best when you order custom draperies!

Add a little softness to your decor with the magic of draperies!

Custom Furniture or Off The Showroom Floor?

18 Mar

Showroom Showdown: Custom Furniture vs. Store Bought

Today you’ll discover why you should be looking at custom furniture instead of store bought. When you work in the design field, it’s fun to go shopping for special items for the home. It’s also easy for us to know when to invest our money. For most consumers out there, this is not so. Custom furniture is often labeled as too expensive when really, for something being used everyday it should be exactly what you need and worth the cost of quality. Before you rule out custom, consider the following:Child's Pink sofa upholstery

  • Functionality/Spatial Needs– How many times have you gotten a sofa home to discover it doesn’t quite fit the way you want it to? Or what if you have an odd amount of space allotted for your desk?You will search endlessly if you only look at what is mass produced. Choosing something custom allows you to determine your needs and what you have to work with so that your furniture helps, not hinders, the functionality of your space.
  • custom sofaStyle/One of a Kind– Custom furniture is a conversation piece! You will have a unique piece that no one else has. And maybe you’re not into the colors and prints you see in the stores. You will get the opportunity to put your personality into your furniture instead of trying to fit in a box with the current trends.
  • Price/Quality– More often than not, custom furniture isn’t more expensive than store bought. There’s a lot of overhead that goes into mass produced furniture for retail chains. And in this instance, the craftsmanship definitely beats out the assembly line. Artisans take pride in their work and strive to make quality products. After all, they want return customers too.michael-thomas chair
  • Made in America– Last but not least, your custom piece is probably made here in America. North Carolina is widely known as the furniture capital and is home to MT Company-a company that has many ways to customize your furniture.

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The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #4

1 Nov

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

Episode #4 is called “Everything’s Woven”

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #4

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #3

25 Oct

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

Episode #3 is called “Knitty Gritty”

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #3

We do have this collection in our Showroom, so please come on in to see it!

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #2

18 Oct

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

Episode #2 is called “Treasure Hunt”

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #2

We do have this collection of fabrics in our showroom if you are interested in touching and seeing them with your own eyes!

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The Creation Of A Fabric Collection- Episode #1

11 Oct

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

The first episode is called “So Happy Together”

The Creation Of A Collection with Jacklyn Smith- Episode #1

We do have this collection of fabrics in our showroom if you are interested in touching and seeing them with your own eyes!

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