It’s 24 days until the first day of Fall and I wish it was today, I get over Summer very quickly and am totally ready for cooler days and nights, pumpkins, jeans, and soup. I thought over the next several days we would look at the color forecast from Pantone for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 and see what ten colors they are forecasting to be seen in our homes and on our backs, today we are starting with Riverside. I really like this color, basically because it reminds me of denim and to me that is the best blue there is. Riverside goes with so much and pairs nicely with so many of the other colors from Pantone. I think Riverside will look beautiful with black, yellow, of course white, orange, and gray. Check back with us every day this week and next as we focus on each of the ten colors a little more in-depth, in the mean time dive into Riverside and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 29, 2016
May 16, 2016
I have to start out today by telling you that this is my 600th post on Tabulous Design!!!! I can’t believe it but it’s true, and the great thing is there are still so many more things to share, stories to tell and exciting things on the horizon for the blog. So, if you enjoy catching up with us every day, stay tuned it’s only going to get better.
Now to the business of design, I am constantly amazed at the beautiful fabrics being created for both indoor and outdoor use, especially by the Sunbrella company. I’ve recently been working with a client to make cushions for a new mudroom bench they built by their back door and a new bench seat around their breakfast table and we are using Sunbrella fabrics. Since the fabrics are essentially made to be used outside and stand up to the elements they are perfect for indoor use, especially in areas where they will get lots of wear. I have found several fabrics that I want to use and have our living room furniture recovered, we don’t have kids but there are two grown men and two dogs that are all over the furniture. I was really excited to see the Sunbrella fabrics that were created in conjunction with Thibaut in the Calypso collection, all of these fabrics would be great both in the house or on the patio and they are so on point with the colors they chose to use. From the blues and greens to the grays and tans they are all beautiful. Here’s a peek at the collection, showing you close-ups of the fabrics and how the folks at Thibaut used them for pillows and upholstery. The link is here to visit the site and see all the great colors the patterns come in, Enjoy!!!
April 26, 2016
Yesterday we started a conversation on Juxtaposition, the mixing of styles and time periods, and we talked about combining furniture from different times periods as well as mixing contemporary furniture in a mostly traditionally styled room. Today we are talking about another great way to accomplish Juxtaposition in your decorating with the use of fabrics and reupholstering antique furniture with modern or current materials. There is no better way to stay on top of decorating trends then to stay up on fabric trends, colors, pattern and styles are constantly changing. Today I’m going to share some images with you of mostly chairs that have retained their antique shape but have been updated with a new, bright and bold fabric, in some cases the body of the chair has been painted a new color which is totally an option if you are so inclined and brave enough to do it. Enjoy these sofas and chairs and get inspired, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 23, 2016
What’s the first thing you think of when I say paisley, men’s neckties, grandma’s chairs, a tablecloth? Whatever you think of it’s probably been done in the paisley pattern at one time or another, paisley is a very old pattern and very ubiquitous. Paisley is a centuries-old pattern that first originated in Persia and is meant to resemble a droplet shape. It became popular in the west in the 18th and 19th centuries and started in Europe as a patterned fabric that lady’s shawls were made of.
A few fun facts about paisley, while it started in Persia the name Paisley actually comes from a town in Scotland, some people refer to the pattern as “Persian Pickles” and Welsh textile creators refer to it as “Welsh Pears”. Today you can find paisley everywhere, it’s available in fabrics for both the home and fashion, wallpaper, rugs, carpeting and so much more. Here’s a look at the different colors and sizes of paisley patterns and it’s many incarnations. Enjoy!!!
February 9, 2016
I love looking at fabric for design jobs and a while back I saw a picture of a chair someone had reupholstered using men’s suiting fabric and that made me very curious, as much as I love clothes and the beautiful fabrics that men’s suits, jackets, slacks and shirts are made out of could I really buy that fabric and use it in my home to update furniture? I went to the website for Mood Fabrics (made famous by Project Runway) and began looking at their men’s suiting fabrics and there’s a lot to choose from.
Mood has a sample program where you can order samples of fabric for a dollar and the prices of fashion fabrics are a lot less than many upholstery grade fabrics and they’re just as durable considering they’re made to last for years as we wear them, wash and dry clean them. I was also happy to find out that that the width of fashion fabrics are many times wider than the standard 54-inch wide upholstery fabrics, the bolt of fabric I bought is 62 inches wide. I bought some gray and brown wool suiting fabric to use in the bedroom to drape a wall and make window treatments but I’m definitely looking at other fabrics to use in upholstering a couple of chairs and a bench in the house. Today we’re going to take a look at what can be accomplished using fashion fabrics and more specifically menswear fabrics, be inspired and Enjoy!!!
January 11, 2016
Hello friends, I’m finally back after the holidays. To tell the truth I didn’t intend to be off from the blog as long as I was but it was kind of crazy around here, I worked on holiday things for clients up until the 23rd then it was Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, one of my friends/clients went out of town the day after Christmas and asked me to house sit for 10 days and Oklahoma was hit with another ice storm on the day after Christmas, so that slowed things way down and as soon as the roads were cleared up on the 29th we started doing takedowns at client’s home of their decorations.
I only have a couple more things to take down and I’ll be caught up and I can get back to regular interior decorating and floral design.
September 1, 2015
Designer Michelle Nussbaumer has 10 tips that are awesome, they’re available right now on Veranda.com just click here. I love all of them, especially about making the entry to your home amazing and unusual, it really does set the tone for the rest of your home. I also like her take on using lighting, buying furniture and accessories to the scale of the people living in the home and pattern on walls. Check these tips out, they’re Tabulous, Enjoy!!!
May 27, 2015
There are so many styles of decorating for us to look at, today I want to hit on Transitional Style. Transitional is defined as a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, somewhere between the old world and the world of chrome and glass.
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One thing I enjoy about Transitional is the use of traditional forms and shapes but updating them with current fabrics or newer staining and painting techniques and colors. I love to take a very traditional chair form, say a wingback, and have it reupholstered in a new fun geometric print or a bright and colorful velvet or linen. Of course, another popular trend in the Transitional style is the use of neutral colors, the layering on of whites, creams, beiges with a hint of dark brown or black. So let’s take a look at the Transitional Style and let me know what you think, too far out for you or not enough? Enjoy!!!
March 19, 2015
Today I’m focusing on a look if you will, that I have always loved, Faux Bois ( Foe Bwa) which literally translates as “False Wood” from French to English. I can always remember liking the look of wood and wood grains, especially when it appeared in something that was obviously not a wood product. I didn’t actually hear the technical term of Faux Bois until I was a young adult and heard Martha Stewart talk about the term on her show.
I love the look of natural wood, the lines that run through a piece of wood and the idea that this product of nature can be so perfectly mimicked in manmade creations is fascinating. Today you can find the Faux Bois treatment in all areas of design from wallpaper ( as seen above), fabric, flooring and tile to even knitting patterns to make socks or mittens. Join me today as we take a walk through the Faux Bois forest, Enjoy!!!