How to make your home look magazine ready

If you’re like us you probably love to relax with a cup of coffee and new magazines. Have you ever flipped through a home magazine and dreamed that your living spaces were worthy to be on those pages? There are many factors that go into making a room picture perfect, however there are elements that all those beautiful pictures have in common that you can apply to your home!


Rule of Three 

The rule of three is a widely known and used guideline in all forms of design. When things are arranged in odd numbers such as 3,5,7,9 it is visually more appealing than when things are grouped evenly with numbers like 2,4,6,8. When arranging the top of things like coffee table, side and accent tables, look for three items that compliment each other. This means taking into account size, proportion, color, and functionality. (For example if you want to put a small box on your living room coffee table be sure to get one large enough to house all your remotes that way it is functional and not just decorative.) You can see below how we executed the rule of three in a few projects.

Go Big or Go Home

All too often we see spaces look incomplete or lacking and not because of the amount of items in a room but rather because of size. When you use smaller elements such as vases, mirror, lamps, and art it can make a room seem underwhelming. A space needs a balance of proportion to feel whole and look like its ready for its close up. (Tip: when shopping always have a tape measure handy so you don’t choose something too large and overpowering. You want a nice balance) So don’t be afraid of large mirrors, and grand pendents. They are your friend and possibly the key to making your room feel whole.


Florals, Florals, Florals

Like jewelry completes an outfit, accessories complete a room. One of the most important accessories you can add is a natural element like a floral arrangement. We’re practical people, we know keeping  fresh flowers in your home 24/7 is unrealistic. Thats why we love to incorporate beautiful faux floral arrangements into our designs. The faux flowers look just as lovely as fresh flowers without the up keep. (Keep in mind not all faux arrangements out there are winners. Be choosy and find one that would make someone do a double take if you told them it was fake)

Books, Blankets, and Pillows Oh My

If you look closely at those perfected magazine images you will see numerous fluffed pillows, large strain out throws, and stacked books galore. These are the finishing touches that really complete your room. Like they say “its all about the details”. Make sure all of your pillows look full and have been chopped down the middle (Amber is beautifully demonstrating the “pillow chop” move below) Lay out a nice throw blanket on a chase or the end of a bed. This is a practical accessory because who doesn’t love to wrap up in a blanket. Lastly, don’t be afraid to stack and layer books. You can put a candle on top that will add height and interest to any table surface. (If you don’t want to buy a ton of books look at what you already have. Maybe you can take the book jacket off to reveal a pretty blank book underneath!!

Light those Candles

Candles are one of the oldest design features that we still use today. Many people light candles for their fragrances. But candles offer a-lot of design perks as well. They can set the mood for a room and offer ambient lighting. You can even get candles in unique decorated cans/jars that will add to your design. (Tip: Look for candles that are soy based. Soy based candles are much better for your allergies and they have a much longer burning life.)


One main thing all magazine spaces have in common is: no clutter. What a dream I know right. With busy lives, jobs, kids, and pets it can seem impossible to keep the clutter hidden far far away (where we want it). One big step to making things appear more organized is hiding all tv and electronic cords. This can be done things like baseboard strips or you can even see about running your wires behind the wall so its like they’re not there at all. Another way to keep organized to to have plenty of storage for your stuff to go in. Ottomans that have storage are a great place to store unwanted shoes and toys lying around.


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Performance Fabrics and their Amazing Properties!

What are Performance Fabrics?

Accidents are a part of life. Get extra protection from life’s many surprises with performance fabrics! Performance fabrics really do stand up to the everyday wear and tear caused by kids, pets, and guests. For families with kids, pets or both, it can be hard to keep furniture looking fresh and clean. After all, spills and stains will always happen, right? Well, we have good news for you: with our performance fabrics, you no longer have to choose between practical furniture and furniture that truly suits your style!

Reduce stress caused by spills with performance fabrics! Your home will love performance fabrics no matter what because they are used on soft goods inside and outside!

Do you know…?

Performance fabrics provide comfort, convenient easy-care and look as casual or formal as you like. They are able to repel water, resist stains, easy to clean and offer durability. Plus they have color fastness to stand the test of time. In other words, Performance Fabrics are here to stay!

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How to properly take care of them?

Performance fabrics are highly durable fabrics often with the capability to resist stains and repel liquids. If you have small children or even pets, performance fabrics are the perfect protection and provide easy clean-up. Specific care instructions vary according to fabric types and manufacturers, but in general the process for cleaning a performance fabric is very simple with less than three steps.

Spilled your wine, coffee, fruit juice or something worse on your sofa?! Here’s what you do next:

  1. Use a paper towel or clean dry absorbent cloth to gently blot dry. The water-resistant and stain-resistant fabric prevents liquid from absorbing into the sofa. Instead, it beads up on the surface, making it easy to remove. In many instances, that is all you need!
  2. If blotting doesn’t completely take care of the liquid spill, then make a water-based soap mixture and gently blot the area to remove the liquid. Rinse the area thoroughly with a clean cloth. After that, it is done!

Washing Performance Fabrics with ordinary laundry detergents destroys their properties. Every fabric needs proper care to deliver maximum performance. With performance fabrics, an innovate solution surrounds each durable fiber to repel spills and deter stains. Plus, they are easy to clean when treated immediately. For light spills, simply clean with a wet towel. For tougher spills, use a mild soap and water mixture. Despite being constructed and tested to meet high standards, performance fabrics are soft to the touch and come in a variety of colors and patterns! They are perfect for any interior or exterior space since they are highly durable! Just check some of our amazing Performance Fabrics with different textures and patterns that will perfectly fit into any space!

Different performance fabrics have various characteristics. Some varieties of performance fabrics are capable of blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation, and they often have protection from ticks and mosquitoes, quick dry, temperature control and antimicrobial and anti-odor properties. Performance fabrics may also possess pilling-resistance, wrinkle resistance, and stain (water, dirt and oil) resistance, and be antistatic, self-cleaning and flame resistant. In some cases, they can be resistant to wind, heat and abrasion. Isn’t that awesome?

With unbelievable properties, Performance Fabrics actually surpass industry standards for performance to ensure years of faithful service, all without sacrificing beauty, softness or luxury! Come to our studio to check our collection of Performance Fabrics! We promise you are going to love them!


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