Survive Summer with Sunbrella

Summer is an amazing season, filled with adventure and fun. It’s the perfect time for  outdoor BBQ’s, pool parties  with the kids, and days spent basking in the sun. It is also the perfect time to introduce Sunbrella fabric.

Sunbrella fabric is the premier option for durable, stain resistant outdoor fabric, and they’ve recently introduced an indoor line boasting those same benefits. Especially fantastic for houses with kids or pets, Sunbrella can handle the wear and tear of an exciting summer and still be ready for the next season. So if you’re concerned about your indoor or outdoor furniture surviving the summer, Sunbrella is the perfect choice for you.

What is Sunbrella?

Sunbrella is the world’s leading performance fabric. Founded in the 1960s on the belief that fabric should be both beautiful and functional, it has grown into a household name for both indoor and outdoor uses. Sunbrella fabric is extremely durable and offers a five year warranty for upholstery and a ten year warranty for shade and marine fabrics. Plus Sunbrella is environmentally sustainable.

Outdoor Fabric

UV resistant, Sunbrella has received the Skin Cancer Association Seal of Recommendation. Plus, it is fade resistant, water resistant, mold and mildew proof, and highly cleanable. It is the perfect choice for outdoor furniture, awnings, outdoor umbrellas, and boat cushions and covers.

Indoor Fabric

Sunbrella also works well for indoor fabrics. The same durability that makes it ideal for outdoor spaces comes in handy indoors, protecting your furniture from spills, pets, and children. Boasting a wide variety of colors, prints, and Textures, Sunbrella fabric is perfect for sofas, curtains, cushions, and more.

Cleaning Sunbrella

Sunbrella fabric can be easily maintained through the occasional cleaning, which can be completed in a few simple steps: 

  1.   Brush off loose dirt
  2. Spray a cleaning solution of water and mild soap
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to clean
  4. Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric
  5. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed
  6. Air dry

However, the durability and color strength of Sunbrella fabrics mean that they can be cleaned even with bleach solutions, and the fabric retains its integrity and color.

 

Interested in Sunbrella? Please contact me. I’d be happy to show you the latest fabric collections. The possibilities are endless!

 

Fall in Love with Fall Fabrics

Fall is famous for its warm and vibrant colors. From the changing leaves to fresh-picked apples and pumpkins, you just have to look outside to see the bright colors everywhere.

However, you can bring those comforting shades into your own home to keep the perfect feeling of fall all year round. The changing of the season also brings new fabric books to my workroom. Below are some samples from my newest books. Which one will you “fall” in love with?

Fall Red

Fall GreenFall Orangefall varietyfall other red Interested in seeing some of the new books or new fabrics? Happy Fall!

The Psychology of Colors – Greens, Blues, and Purples

Spring is here! Everywhere around me, I see crocuses and daffodils and tulips. purple_crocuses_flowers_spring__free_download__one_million_wallpapersGreen shoots are coming up on every available patch of soil. After this winter, flowers are a welcomed sight.

All the bright greens and blues and purples surrounding me remind me of all the interesting psychology behind them. So for our Part Two of the Psychology of Colors, let’s talk about the power behind some of my favorite spring shades.

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Nothing says spring and new growth like the color green. As the most pervasive color in the natural world, and the easiest color for our eyes to see, it exists as a favorite color, second only to people’s love for blue. In fact, green was George Washington’s favorite color. Green relaxes you through and through, both mentally and physically with its soothing shades. It can help alleviate depression and anxiety while offering a sense of renewal. This color can be used for any room, as it carries a sense of balance and freshness.

Blue blue

Blue is the most universally favored color – and the most gender neutral too, as it is liked equally between men and women. Blue is a cool, spiritual color that promotes a sense of calm and peace. It also brings about a feeling of trust, and people are more productive in blue rooms. Fun fact: the most popular color for toothbrushes is blue. Just like green, blue is appropriate in every room, and can make a space feel very restful.

Purple

real purpleConsidered a royal color since the Caesars ruled, purple uplifts and inspires creativity. Purple has both the stimulation of red and blue’s calm in a perfect balance. It is often favored by very creative people for it’s mysterious whimsy. A lighter purple, such as a lavender or aubergine works well for a bedroom or powder room or even a living room to calm nerves. Kitchens benefit from brighter purples, which are reminiscent of fruit and make the room exciting.

It is so interesting to learn about the psychology behind each color. Have you ever noticed any of these colors affecting your mood? Which one is your favorite? Stay tuned for next week when we tackle the monochromatic shades of the color spectrum – white, grey, brown, and black!

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Pillows – An Inside Look

One of my favorite parts of my job is the creative freedom afforded to my clients. When it comes to fabrics and designs, the possibilities are endless! Of course, I am willing to help and advise wherever needed, and sometimes my clients’ unique ideas open up some very neat opportunities for me.

Recently I had the pleasure of redesigning a living room for one of my favorite clients. One of the largest parts of the project was creating ten individual pillows using different combinations of the fabrics and trims she selected for the room.

In the workroom we started with 10 fabrics, 6 trims, and the goal to design 10 entirely unique pillows using all the materials. The first part of the project was matching fabrics and trims to different pillow designs.

Some of our ideas looked like this:

Workroom 1Workroom 5

Workroom 2Each pillow took a minimum of 1.5 hours to design and sew. First I had to decide on the style – patchwork, harlequin banding, diamond center, color blocks, pennants, etc. Next it was time to pick the fabrics for each pillow. To create variety, I tried to keep each combination unique to that individual pillow. Lastly, I picked out the trim and figured out its place on the pillow. Only then could we start sewing it together!

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Once they were done, we stuffed the pillow covers with inserts and they were ready to go!

Ready to GoThere were so many pillows, each more beautiful than the last! I couldn’t wait to show them to my client. Finally it was instillation day. Along with constructing these pillows, we designed Roman Shades, reupholstered an ottoman, and added trim to existing drapes. By the time we finished, it was a whole new room.

Here’s what the completed pillows look like. I can’t pick my favorite pillow. Can you?

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