Friday, August 11, 2017

Jacobean Floral Fabrics

Chromatics Vol XXV
Old is new again. We see it all the time. As I regularly add new fabrics to our website, www.InteriorDecorating.com, I get a glimpse of what is popular in fabrics today. One of those fabric designs is Jacobean Florals. These fabrics have a distinct design pattern. You will probably recognize the design style, but don't know what to call it.

Jacobean florals are based on popular embroidery styles from the era of King James I of England in the first quarter of the 17th century. The florals have a distinct and exaggerated whimsical look. Characterized by a scrolling vine with stylized flowers, these beautiful fabrics provide a rich and sophisticated look.  Shop Jacobean Fabrics >>




Multi Jacobean Floral Fabric  Jenci MultiGold Jacobean Floral Fabric  Lubber GoldenrodYellow Jacobean Floral Fabric  Furl YellowstoneJacobean Floral Fabric  Jib Floral Fresh Air    Multi Jacobean Floral Fabric  Nicola 11 Multi   Grey Jacobean Floral Fabric  Egremont 949 Cindersmoke



Friday, July 28, 2017

Today's Wallpaper - What to Look For

Today's wall coverings can be easy to remove - just look for Non-Woven wallpapers.   These technically advanced wallpaper materials were introduced to the market several years ago. Made of a fibrous material, non-woven wallpapers are easier to install and even easier to remove! They will dry-strip from the wall, usually leaving the wall smooth and abrasion free. Many Non-Wovens are vinyl free making them an environmentally friendly wallpaper option. 

What is the difference bewteen prepasted and unpasted wallpaper?


Prepasted wallpapers have an adhesive applied to the backing which is activated with water.

Unpasted wallpapers do not have paste applied to the backing.  Most of these can be hung with standard wallpaper pastes available at your nearest paint and wallpaper store unless the instructions give more specific directions.


Some wallpapers are listed as strippable and some are peelable - what does that mean?


Strippable wallpapers can be dry stripped from the wall without leaving any backing behind. These are the most removable papers in the market and are usually printed on a Non-Woven substrate.

Peelable wallpapers will peel off the wall, leaving some of the backing behind. The backing can be often removed with soap and water, but sometimes a wallpaper removal solution may be necessary.

Information from Brewster Wallcoverings.  New Brewster Wallpaper Collections on www.InteriorDecorating.com

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Cleaning Code S

Cleaning Code S


"S" what?  Upholstery fabrics use a standard set of cleaning codes.  Most of the fabrics we see have a cleaning code "S" or they may say Dry Clean Only.  So what in the world does that mean?  Use a solvent based cleaner - not water based.  Another option is to use a professional dry cleaning service.

This site has a nice review of several cleaning products available > 


For more information on cleaning codes, check out www.InteriorDecorating.com

Friday, July 14, 2017

Keep Cool in Style

Are you looking for a stylish way to keep cool?  These non-permanent, movable fans are available in many styles and colors for both indoor and outdoor use.  Some of the floor fans feature adjustable heights.  The outdoor fans can be fitted with a mister that really amps up the cool factor.  You can find traditional wood styles to ornate resin looks to sleek metals like copper and stainless steel.  If you don't want to install a ceiling fan and a box fan just isn't the look you want, these decorative floor and table fans are the perfect choice.
Shop DecoBreeze Fans >

Friday, July 7, 2017

Leather for Upholstery

Upholstery grade leather is normally sold by the square foot.  Some companies require you to purchase a half or whole hide and others do not have minimums.  Keep in mind there is a limit to how much you can get from one hide.  Some of the leather like Berkshire and Caressa are consistent in color and style from piece to piece so you would be able to cover a whole couch or large piece.
One 54" yard of fabric is equal to 18 square feet of leather.  Here is a link to Garrett Leather's estimates for upholstery.
Take a look at the average cutting area of a hide.


A common term for dyed leather is Aniline dyed - the process that results in true color permanence. Transparent dyes penetrate the cell layers throughout the thickness of the hide, producing deep, vibrant, and durable colors. It conceals none of the natural characteristics or markings. 

Beautiful leather can be found on www.InteriorDecorating.com

Friday, June 30, 2017

Love from Greece - An Upholstery Story

We absolutely love when our clients share their decorating projects with us.  Recently, we assisted a lovely lady from Greece with Magnolia Fabrics for updating two couches in her Bed and Breakfast located on the Island of Euboea in Greece.  Check out her website MadCatFarm.gr  
Here's what she had to say about the fabrics. "Here’s a picture of the big couch covered in Lourdes and with a cover over the ridge along the back, arm covers and alternate cushions in Farrell Misty." The covers are to protect the couches from the Cats - which is a signature part of their fun Bed and Breakfast.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Outdoor Sling Fabric

New on the website this week are about 2,000 new Charlotte Fabrics.  One of the fabric books includes vinyl coated polyester fabrics for outdoor use.  These are the fabrics you find on chairs and swings that you can just hose off.  Personally, it is my favorite type of outdoor fabric - it seems to just last forever.  This is the first time to see them sold by the yard.  These vinyl fabrics are great for chairs and furniture, window screens, umbrellas and more.  From solid colors to tropical prints and stripes, you are sure to find something you will love. Shop Now >

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fleece Tie Projects

Are you thinking about Christmas presents yet?  I saw a cute tutorial here for a fleece tie floor pillow.  I thought "why didn't I think of that?"  I have made a fleece tie blanket or two and a sleeping bag.  A big floor pillow sounds like a great idea.  You follow all the same instructions for the blanket except you stuff it with poly-fill before you tie off the last strips.  The tutorial recommends 1 1/2 yards of each fleece (pattern and coordinating solid) to make about a 45-50" square pillow.


Check out our tutuorials here:
Fleece Blanket
Fleece Sleeping Bag for Kids
Shop Fleece Fabrics in our Bargain Section

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fabric Company Spotlight: Magnolia Fabrics

Magnolia Companies is located in Tupelo, Mississippi.   This family owned and operated company provides an ever changing line of decorator drapery and upholstery fabrics to the trade.  These budget priced fabrics are beautiful and always first quality. Keeping their line current is a priority so if you see a fabric you like, you better grab it quick before they sell out and replace it with something new.

This week on www.InteriorDecorating.com we added over 200 new Magnolia fabrics to the website.  Check them out here >>


Friday, May 26, 2017

Sidelight Windows

Have you wondered what to call those narrow and tall windows on each side of your door? Sidelights.  These skinny door windows add an elegant touch to your curb appeal.  However, the light they let in may be just a little too much.  So what are your options?  Blinds can be custom made to about 10" wide. Plantation shutters add dimension and are easy to open and close. 

Click here for Blinds >>



Another option is to add sheers or curtains.  We have "sash" rods that allow for easy mounting. Options include magnetic rods and tension rods that do not require brackets.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Vinyl Mini Blinds: Can They Look Stylish?

We have an extensive selection of sizes of vinyl mini blinds. If we don't have your size, they can be custom cut to fit very inexpensively.  Talking to a customer from the Northeast, I learned that vinyl mini blinds can be hard to find in local stores.  This inexpensive option is still very popular in most of the US. However, with all the options out there- like shades, faux wood and wooden blinds - making this affordable option look good requires a little thoughtfulness.
Here are some ideas:


  • Use a valance.
  • Add a cornice board.
  • Use crown molding.
  • Add some curtains.


Shop our huge list of vinyl blind sizes here: https://www.interiordecorating.com/blinds-shades.asp


Friday, May 12, 2017

What You Need To Know About Curtain Rods

Curtain Rod Sets vs Custom Components

A curtain rod set includes the rod, finials, brackets and mounting hardware.  The rod is usually in two pieces that fit together to create an adjustable length.  The finials screw on or are molded with the rod itself.  A curtain rod set is easy to install and less expensive than custom components. Traverse rod sets are also available. 

Custom curtain rod options are practically endless.  You can achieve the look you want with many fabulous color choices and finial styles.  Finial refers to the decorative end piece that attaches to the end of the rod.  Finials are made of resin, wood, metal or iron.  www.InteriorDecorating.com presents our custom curtain rods so that you choose the finial first and the rod components that match second. 

When shopping custom curtain rods, you can order an extra long pole in some collections up to 16 feet.  If you want to avoid oversize shipping charges, divide the length in half and order a splice.  Most custom rods can be cut to size for free.

If you have questions about ordering a curtain rod, please give our knowledgeable customer service a call at 1-800-590-5844 or email us at info@interiordecorating.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

Upcycled Furniture

Finding a good bargain at a flea market or garage sale can make your day.  Turning something old into something usable and new to you is good for the environment and your personal economy. There are so many good ideas on the internet that it can be daunting to know when you do find a good bargain.  If you are like me, there are 100's of ideas floating around in your brain and focusing on just one is difficult.

"Follow your heart, because it won't be a bargain or a great find if you don't use it," Lara Spencer     When you are shopping, make sure the piece is solid but you don't need to worry so much about details like finishes, paint jobs or fabrics, since those things can all be changed. 

We have plenty of bargain fabrics on www.InteriorDecorating.com so that you don't break the bank turning that trash into treasure.  https://www.fabric-textiles.com/discount-fabrics.asp

Friday, April 28, 2017

TwinLight Shades

Product Spotlight:

TwinLight roller shades feature alternating bands of solid and sheer fabric that can be rotated to achieve privacy or view through. It's a unique twist on a traditional roller shade.  These shades create a modern look in your window.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What is a factory allowance on vinyl blinds?


www.InteriorDecorating.com sells boxed vinyl blinds. The stock size blinds have a size marked on the box but the actual slats and headrail are 1/2 inch narrower.  This allows for the blind to install properly and move within the window.  This matters when you are installing inside the window frame.  These blinds can also be custom cut if you can't find the size you need.

Always remember to measure your window and not the current blind.  Order based on the exact measurement.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Maxwell Color Theory Fabric Books

Spring means new fabric books at www.InteriorDecorating.com.  They come in by the box for days during the spring.  We all love looking at the beautiful new fabrics.  New online this week is the Color Theory Volumes I and II by Maxwell Fabrics.  Color coordinated fabrics perfect for drapery and curtains, bedding, pillows and upholstery, these fabrics are priced starting at $30 to $50 per yard.  Guaranteed first quality fabrics, these modern fabrics ship directly from Maxwell to your door at discount prices.  If you want to see and feel the fabric first, we have swatches available.

Color Theory Volume I

Indigo
Sandy Beach
Seaglass
Stone Gray
Sunset

Color Theory Volume II

Fool's Gold
Full Bloom
Mallard
Rockstar
True Blue

Friday, April 7, 2017

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

Don't you love beautifully decorated Easter eggs?  I do.  Looking at all the ideas on the internet, we think to ourselves "I can do that".  So we did. We followed the instructions from the Martha Stewart video for creating silk dyed eggs.  We took some discontinued silk samples and some white fabric and followed the instructions.  Looking at the eggs boiling in the pot and all the dye in the water (it was deep purple),  I was afraid I was going to be writing a "what not to do" video. Luckily, our eggs turned out beautifully.


Friday, March 31, 2017

News Today: Robert Allen and Duralee Merge

Today Robert Allen and Duralee announced their merger.  We had heard rumors that it was coming.  For us, these are both popular brands.

Here's a quote from the new CEO:
"The Robert Allen Duralee Group is now one of largest companies in the industry. We have an expansive product line—more than 45,000 SKUs of fabric, trim, decorative hardware and furniture within multiple brands to cover virtually any design style. At the same time, The Robert Allen Duralee Group honors the family legacies and experiences of Duralee and Robert Allen through the distinctive capabilities and product offerings from each company. Both The Robert Allen Group and Duralee will continue to operate as separate divisions and will continue to sell products unique to their respective brands."

Sounds ok to me - wonder what will change in the next few months?  We will see.  Shop fabric on www.Fabric-Textiles.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gray - is it the new neutral?

Gray brings other colors to life.  We associate the subtle shades of gray with strength and knowledge.  Even Pantone had the following to say about Gray: "While we do not typically think of gray as a trend color, grays continue to be in the spotlight. Serious, thoughtful, chic and elegant, gray signify subtle sophistication. Harkening back through time yet also emblematic of modernity and technology, gray speaks to the rock solid stability that we need to support us today and carry us into the future."
One of our reps was in the office a few days ago and said "Gray is the new neutral".  I did repaint my living spaces with a gray paint a couple of years ago.  The rep was introducing a line of kid-friendly cordless wood composite blinds that have a couple of gray colors that are very popular.  What about you - would you but up gray blinds?  Check out this new wallpaper book - Eclipse with lots of gray wall coverings.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Do you like Kilim and Ikat style fabrics?

Some of the most popular global and ethnic style fabrics we see are modeled after patterns found in traditional Ikat and Kilim rugs.  These styles seem to have staying power as many new fabrics we see follow this design motif.  On our website, www.InteriorDecorating.com, we have a slideshow with examples and historical information.  Check it out >


Friday, March 10, 2017

Have you seen this Peacock fabric?

I have noticed this fabric many times in magazines and around the web. This classic fabric creates a beautiful peacock feather look. Luxurious and soft fabric that is great for pillows, upholstery and more. Available now for you to create with at https://www.fabric-textiles.com/206358-1156-Grenoble-Blue-Green

Friday, March 3, 2017

Where do I find my discontinued fabric?

We get lots of calls at www.InteriorDecorating.com for discontinued fabrics.  We love that.  We might have it - but probably not.  Let me tell you why.  Most of the fabrics on our website are from fabric jobbers. Jobbers purchase fabrics by the bolt in large quantities from fabric mills and converters.  They take those fabrics and put them into collections and books (so you can browse all one color or type of fabric).   After some time, if the fabric did not sell very well, they discontinue it and just don't get any more.  Some times the converter or mill quits making it and they have no choice but to drop the fabric.  Fabrics get discontinued every day.   It's very hard to keep up.

A store, whether online or not, usually has some bolts of fabric they have purchased.  Some of them eventually get discontinued before they are sold out.  This is how we have discontinued fabrics.  We still have some left.  You can see our discontinued fabrics here >>   We don't stock fabrics from jobbers like Robert Allen, Kravet, Duralee, Ralph Lauren, etc.  There is no reason to - they are designed to be ordered cut to measure when you need it.  A store cannot have every Kravet fabric in stock (there are thousands) because that is just not possible.  Kravet has them in stock; therefore, when Kravet discontinues it - it is gone.  If you are lucky enough to know the mill that made it, you might be able to get it in a bolt size (think 60 yards or more).  Finding a couple of yards is like looking for a needle in a haystack - only way that's gonna happen is if someone has a return or something like that.

The other exception is when another jobber booked the same fabric; however, it will have a different name.  So unless you want to spend hours going through every brand of fabric...  I have been known to locate a few discontinued fabrics  - we might just help you find yours too.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How Many Curtain Rings Do I Need?

Curtain Rings

Do you want to add some flair to your curtain panels?  Curtain rings are the popular choice.  So how many curtain rings do you need?  The general rule is to place a ring every four to eight inches.  Well, that's still pretty vague.  If your curtain fabric is heavy you need more rings so measure every 4 inches.  If you have light weight curtains, every 8 inches will be sufficient.

Here's the math:

Length of curtain rod / 8 = Minimum number of rings
Length of curtain rod / 4 = Maximum number of rings


Shop Curtain Rings >>

Friday, February 17, 2017

My Fabric Stinks! Help!

Vinyl Fabric
If you have ever sat in a new car, you have probably smelled that "new" smell. Most of the time it smells clean, but there are times when the smell is less than desirable.

What is this odor?
The "new car" smell is a result of "off gassing" or releasing its chemicals. In layman's terms, it's airing out.

Why does my stuff smell?

We receive this question many times when people open a new roll of fabric or pre-made drapery products. Many times the dyes in the fabrics can cause various smells because it is woven or printed and then stays rolled up until you purchase it. Vinyl fabrics do this because they are made of plastics.

How do I get rid of the smell?

The easiest answer would be to let it air out. If you are concerned about the smell, leave the furniture or fabric in your garage or another room for at least a week. You can also try sprinkling baking soda on the furniture and leaving it for 24 hours and then vacuuming it off. Vinyls can be wiped with a baking soda vinegar mixture to help alleviate some of the smell.

Most products are going to smell, but with time they will air out and smell just like home.