Friday, August 30, 2013

Fabric Friday

Happy Friday! I'm keeping this one short. We're working on updating the site, as well as getting ready for our monthly newsletter on September 1st. So much to do & so little time.  As always, these fabrics are in the process of being put online. I will include a link to where they will be once they finish being processed. 

Rayon Challis

Rayon Challis by Robert Kaufman


New colors of Sketch, by Timeless Treasures


Flannel Plaids, Checks, and Herringbone from Robert Kaufman

Dear Stella Perrymint from Dear Stella


Fashion Embellishments

Have a great weekend and make sure to keep an eye out for our newsletter on

Monday, September 1st.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Fabric Friday...

I swear the weeks are flying by! Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend. Hopefully you will be inspired by some of

the new fabric we got in this week. As aways, these fabrics are in the process of going online.

I will include the link to where they will be once they are processed. 

New cottons...

BenartexFloral Philosophy

Benartex, Floral Philosophy, Paisleys

Robert Kaufman, La Scala 5

Robert Kaufman, La Scala 5

Andover, Thesaurus

Andover, Thesaurus, letters&writings

Robert Kaufman, Grandma's Garden

Robert Kaufman, Grandma's Garden,

New Apparel & Fashion Fabrics...


Assorted lace

Rayon Challis

Robert Kaufman, rayon, rayon Challis

MeshMesh & stretch netting

(There are more colors of this. They will all be online next week. Perfect for Halloween!)

Galactic Vinyl, Specialty Fabrics, Plactic, Vinyl, and PVC


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What a find...

About 5 years ago I was leaving work and as I was driving through the alley behind the apparel store and I saw this chair siting off to the side of the road.


Something about it, probably the carving and detail work, stopped me in my tracks. I put my car in park & got out to take a better look.


The arm that was "missing" was  actually on the pavement and the upholstery was slashed, but besides that the chair was in pretty good condition. I picked it right up and put it in my car. Thank goodness I have a big car to schlep the children around. It really came in handy. I was so happy with my find, but in the house we were in I had no place to put it so it went into the garage. Year after year, it moved houses twice, I would look at it and think how cool it was how I found it. I would admire the detail work, and yet I would leave it in the garage. Finally, when we moved into this new house I knew I had to use it.  It would be perfect in the entry. I decided even though I had no idea how I was going to redo it, I was going to put it out. This would force me to do something with it. Well 9 months have gone by and I am ready to get on with it. I found beautiful fabric, very similar to the original, and a great light blue/aqua gimp (we will be putting Home Decor trim online asap). I have to add a side note here; while I am so glad we have an online store, sometimes, if you are close enough to come in, you can find these great small rolls, that are not re-orederable, but just perfect for the project you're working on. This is one of those cases.



The only thing I am undecided on is how to refinish the wood. I love the natural look of it. It is beautifully distressed and part of me wants to just put a clear coat on, reupholster it, and call it a day. The other part of me, the fun, add some uniqueness and color , wants to do either a cream/white wash or a blue/aqua wash on it. Mostly on the carved areas. I think a full lacquer would be too much, but some color may be a really nice contrast to our Great Grandmother's antique hall tree and my dads mahogany piano stool. (I shipped this stool from Antigua when I went for a visit. It was sitting outside a hurricane destroyed home and it was still in amazing shape. My dad, as well as all his cousins, took piano lessons on that stool. It is like having a little piece of my families history in my entry.) Here is a picture of the still very blank entry.

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This is the next area I want to focus on. It needs a rug, thinking round, and probably a few antique family picture as well as a beautiful picture from my wedding. The wall to the left has french doors and the drapes are going to be this fabric...


Usually I am so decisive, but for some reason this is giving me a hard time.  Here are a few pics I found online that come close to what I am looking for, but none of them are exactly what I'm imagining in my mind.


In general I like the feel of this entry. The mix of the white wash table with the more modern glass lamps and the interesting wood mirror. It is relaxed, but also current and fresh.

Goodwill Chair6

This one is too much blue, but I do like the bold pop of color.


This one has just a touch of blue mixed with the white. I worry the white will just blend into the white molding.


This is a little more blue, but still very subtle.

Any thoughts would be welcome. I don't want to make the chair too country or too shabby chic looking. The house has a contemporary beach vibe to it. There is a lot of molding and Cape Cod features, but the fireplace and kitchen are more on the modern side. To get a better feel of the house take a look here and here. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.


The Fall Trends are everywhere....


As my kids get ready to go back to school and there are no more vacations on the horizon, I find myself starting to look forward to fall. Don't get me wrong, I love summer and the easiness of it, sundresses and flip-flops never get old, but I also like when the weather cools down and I can get back into a great trouser and a comfy sweater. Tonight I decided to take a look and see what Fall 2013 holds for me. While I don't redo my wardrobe every season, I do update and add a few new fun pieces. Take a look at what the "experts" are saying. While not every trend works for every body, there is definitely something for everyone this Fall. I am really excited about some of the trends this Fall and can't wait to bring them to you in our projects coming soon.

  • Here are the colors that we will be seeing this Fall. Everyone is still talking green. From emerald to olive, green is hanging around a bit longer. Beside green, head-to-toe black knocked prints off the runway, while pink, orange, and red really warmed things up. Cream and camel provided palette cleansers, while moody moss-green and inky sapphire brought sophistication.



  • Outerwear is in. Try it in houndstooth, plaid, velvet, fur or leather. All these fabrics made an appearance on the Fall 2013 runway.




Emporio Armani - Runway - MFW F/W 2013


  • Leather never goes out, but this Fall try it in a deep blue, moss green, or burgundy.

Valentino - Runway -PFW F/W 2013


  • Embrace a classic print. From plaid to houndstooth, these classic prints are out in force. Like leopard, houndstooth, as well as other classic prints, pretty much go with everything. They really are a neutral. I love what Glamour says, "An old school menswear pattern in a 2013 cut is a recipe for chic if you ask me. Look for a houndstooth blazer for the office, which you can also wear with skinny jeans on the weekend." I definitely think this is one trend I will jump on.03-nyfw-tommy-hilfiger-houndstooth-trend-w724-1

Moschino - Runway - MFW F/W 2013/14








  • BCBG, as well as others, say layering in going to show up this Fall. While some of the runway combinations were a bit unconventional for my taste, I did like that they did keep the print and color to a minimum. Also since none of the pieces were bulky, the effect was still very streamlined. This trend may be one I have to think about.




  • Dare to wear white. According to the runway, winter white will make a huge presents this Fall. Remember, as long as the fabric is appropriate, leave your lighter textiles, such as cotton, linen, and seersucker in the closet, and think more wool, cashmere, flannel, silk, and leather, you will be right on trend. Try a chic coat for the office, a chunky sweater, or a wool dress.




  • High slits and skirts below the knee.Altuzarra - Runway - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week



  • Fur, I say go faux, was hot on the runway. From a vest, to a hoodie, to a full jacket, fur is making a comeback.





Wow, there are lots of great ideas to take away. I will be spending some time over the next few weeks talking to Robin and figuring out what new fabrics we have coming in for Fall and what projects we want to show you. Should be fun!