Friday, April 21, 2017

What is a factory allowance on vinyl blinds? 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  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

Sandy Beach
Stone Gray

Color Theory Volume II

Fool's Gold
Full Bloom
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

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,, 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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Where do I find my discontinued fabric?

We get lots of calls at 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.