Choosing Upholstery Fabric

Well, I did it! I chose new upholstery fabric, for the chair I just sanded and stained. While I was considering a more traditional fabric… I decided to take a more “daring” approach, with an ultra-suede animal print, what many people call a new “neutral”. Now, I’ve heard that every room should have one surprise,…

Updating an Old Chair

I purchased this chair 5 or 6 years ago, with intentions to stain and reupholstering it soon. Now, I’m finally getting to the project. Now, I was using an old block sander, when my husband gave me a piece of sponge backed with sandpaper. What a difference it makes when you’re using the right tools!…

Duralee’s New Spring Fabrics

Duralee, one of the fabric companies for the design trade, showed off their new season of fabrics. Fabric trends included tile block prints, crisp bright colors, suzani inspired fabric designs, menswear inspired plaids and even embroidered fabrics that would be stunning used in draperies. Lilac was everywhere, especially paired with grey. Yellow, grey and white…

Design Blogger’s Conference, L.A., Part 1

Just like in every business, social media is “the rage”. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp have forever changed the business marketing landscape. Blogging about your business and/or passion probably won’t make you rich, but it’s another way to “level the playing field”, reaching the masses, while solidifying your marketing brand. All good things. I…

Happy 50th to Sunbrella!

The Sunbrella fabric line is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, while extending their fabric line from the outdoors, in. Beautiful new colors, design; paired with long wear and easy care. What a deal!

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns.

The age old myth to ‘never mix patterns’ may apply when getting dressed in the morning, but it’s certainly not true when decorating your home. As long as the patterns have complementary colors, styles and fabric, you should be in good shape. Just don’t go overboard though. Pillows are a great place to experiment with…