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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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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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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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Jazzy Statement Chairs

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Don’t you just love one-of-a-kind statement chairs? A chair that is full of personality and uniqueness?:

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I have to admit I was pretty excited when One Kings Lane contacted me last week to help introduce their new Decor Resource Center to my blog readers. They knew I loved accent statement chairs and asked if I would share one of my favorite chairs. Here is a chair I just finished painting and had reupholstered:

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I have always loved the shape of this chair. According to the resource guide, my chair is similar to Renaissance Revival Chair, 1870. Their resource guide is great that you can look up the history of your chair from Ancient civilizations to Modern American Design. There are illustrations of each chair that includes a detailed history:

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When designing a statement chair, the first step is finding a chair that you love, a piece that gets you excited(no matter what it looks like before):

 

Then I decide where the chair will be going, so I can work with the existing furnishings. I put together this fabric palette that will work well:

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I think statement chairs add life to a room by being a centerpiece that accents the rest of the decor. When people enter the room, their eyes are drawn to it. Here are a couple of my favorite chairs I have saved:

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Sometimes a room needs a chair as a finishing touch once everything is in place. Do you have any statement chairs in your home? Now is the time to search the internet or flea markets for a signature chair that can be reupholstered, repainted or restored to finish off the room!

PS I wanted to add a couple pictures of the whole fireplace that a reader requested. She wanted to see the whole thing. Here you go Terri!

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Quick Tip When Reupholstering

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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A good suggestion to remember when you are narrowing down your choices with different fabric samples on the furniture piece you are going to have slipcovered or reupholstered:

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Is to get a truer impression of how the new fabric will look by using a white backdrop between the new and existing fabric:

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It is the same as sampling paint colors on the wall. You should always sample with a white piece between so that way you are not influenced by the existing color on the walls.

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It is a easy step that will help you visually see what the new fabric will look like on the furniture piece without being influenced by the existing fabric. Simple and smart!

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