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Designer Tip When Ordering Fabric Online

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

I miss the old days of going into a large fabric store and seeing and touching all of the many gorgeous fabrics, don’t you? I used to love to go and pick out my fabric for projects. I could touch it as well as see it.

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Our only local store closed and now I have to do everything online. Easy, yes. A lot of fabrics to choose from, yes. But….

Have you ever received fabric in the mail and thought that this fabric is nothing like you thought when ordered online? Much different than the computer fabric.

You know how I always suggest buying small paint samples to try before you buy a large amount? Well I also strongly suggest the same with fabric. Always, always order a memo to see what the fabric actually looks like. Do not pick paint colors based on the fabric yet or make any other purchases around this fabric until you have it in hand.

This happened to me just this week. This is the fabric I ordered online:

BH Silk Ocean

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I thought it would be perfect for a window treatment project I am working on. This is the actual sample of the fabric I received in the mail:

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Can you see the difference?! The actual fabric is much, much duller than the picture, and the blue is not even look like a navy blue.

Nothing like I had expected! Imagine if I did not order a sample and just ordered 8 yards based on the computer photo? Big trouble! I was so disappointed. Here is another example of fabric online:

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GH Fabrics

And actual:

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Can you see the difference? The online version’s background is gray and the actual fabric background is beige. The flower size also was not what I expected. Such a big difference between the two.

 *Designer Tip: When ordering fabric online, order a sample memo first! You will be glad you did.

One more example to convince you:

Online:

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GH Fabrics

And here is the actual fabric:

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Amazing how different they are!

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Why Won’t This Fabric Work?

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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When I saw this Robert Allen fabric, I was excited to finally find a fabric for my kitchen that I loved:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I love the colors and this fabric would have made perfect chair cushions. BUT, when I laid the fabric sample on the new countertops:

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I saw that it would not work. Can you tell why the fabric is not working well with the countertop?

This photo shows why better:

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The background of the fabric is beige, the countertop is white! The ‘dirty’ beige was not even noticeable,(the background looked white) until I compared and put it against the ‘clean’ white. I will need a fabric with a white background, not beige, to work together with the rest of the room.  Another great example why you should always try a sample of the fabric or paint first before purchasing.

That is too bad because I really loved the fabric. Back on the fabric hunt! Have a great summer weekend everyone!

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Photos To Share!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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Kelly Bernier Designs

I am happy to announce that I now have professional photographs of my work!

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Kelly Bernier Designs

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Kelly Bernier Designs

Thanks to the talented Eric Roth, who visited here and took gorgeous photographs:

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Kelly Bernier Designs

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I am beyond thrilled to be able to show my work so beautifully:

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Kelly Bernier Designs

I could not wait to share with you all!

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The overall goal now of course is to be booked up with even more color and design appointments, doing what I love best!

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Kelly Bernier Designs

What do you think my friends? Didn’t Eric do a great job?

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Eric Roth Is In The House!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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It was my extreme honor and pleasure to meet and work with one of the top photographers in the country, Eric Roth. I have always been a big fan of his beautiful work:

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Eric Roth

Although Eric’s home base is near Boston, he travels often taking photographs for such design magazines as House Beautiful, New England Home, Traditional Home and Elle Décor.

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Eric Roth

It was a beautiful, sunny day in the mountains when Eric came to my home in New Hampshire last week. He came to take photographs of my design work for my portfolio. I want professional photos for a couple projects I am working on as well as having a physical book of my work that I can show potential clients.

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He took interior photos and well as exterior shots, upstairs, downstairs and all my little vignettes he loved! Eric was kind enough to let me follow him all around asking him a million questions:

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I was a little nervous taking photos of the great photographer! Watch for Eric’s latest project in the new June issue of House Beautiful with photos for ‘The Bath Of The Month’!

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Dreams do come true! Eric Roth was in the house! I can’t wait to show you the photographs in a couple weeks!

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I hope you all, (especially moms) have a wonderful Mother’s Day! You deserve it!

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