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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Feature Vendor... Duralee Fabrics and Products

Duralee demonstrates innovation through long-lived product lines synonymous with quality and in the empire that continues to be built.  The firm’s three main fabric divisions—Duralee, Highland Court and Suburban Home—offer variously priced lines targeted at a diverse customer base, achieving the perilous balance between the informal and the chic and producing product that is destined to reside in million dollar mansions as well as someone’s first home.  Duralee Fine Furniture and many Duralee fabrics fly under the tagline “Made in the USA” and assiduously are.  The company also imports from more than 45 countries.  From the modest one-room office, the company has grown to include warehouses and factories in Bay Shore, NY, and Morganton, NC, 12 corporate showrooms, 70 agent showrooms nationwide, and 41 international agent showrooms, including a presence in emerging markets.  That boils down to over 26,000 SKUs of fabrics, thousands of furniture SKUs and hundreds of employees.

For the full story check out the website

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Art of Hanging Draperies--Yes there is one.

There really is an art and guidelines as to how to hang draperies over your windows. Badly hung draperies can make your room just look sad and not pulled together.. If you buy something because its the right color and you like it, you need to make sure they are long enough to be hung correctly... no "short pants" allowed!

When working with a Window Treatment professional they will point all these details out to you and can insure that everything fits perfectly. If you a DIY person then you need to consider a few things before you begin.

Where will your rod hang: how far above the window, how far will it extend beyond the window frame. You always want to add ad much lift and height to a room as you can. Your eye will follow the line of the drapes up and down to create this effect. Will your drapes touch the floor, puddle on the floor or sit just above?  How much space above the window can you use remember higher is better..

This is a great illustration showing how different the same window can look with the right proportions, creating height and appropriate scale for the room and window.

Check out this great article by Emily Henderson on how to hang your Curtains

CONTACT  designs by mara / soft furnishings couture for help with custom Window Treatments

Friday, August 21, 2015

Shabby Chic....what does that mean to you?

Never has the phrase “everything old is new again” been more apropos. In a world where it’s easy to worship the newest and the shiniest, isn’t it nice to have a few things with some patina, some signs of wear…some authenticity?

That phrase says it all for me. There was a time when Shabby Chic meant everything was covered with roses and was pink, it can be, but what it really means is finding pieces that have been used, and loved, and have character and age. I love mixing furniture styles, textures and centuries in my rooms. An aged patina to a piece tells a story about where it's been and who it's been's not assembly line made without life! I want things surrounding me that have that sense of history whether it's mine or someone else's.  So repurpose, redefine and reuse pieces that you find! 

Here are few favorites that I would style in a family room space.

Great little reading space.. love the french inspired linen, the industrial style of the table makes
you wonder "where did that come from?"

Comfy sofa with neutral tones to work with any colors. The style is classic and versatile.

Add an Iron coffee table to offset the soft fabrics

A little high style mixes it up! 

Great accessories are the crowning touch

Someone used these once what adventures they must have had! 

Cozy throw reminds me of Great-Grandma's hand made quilts and the color make a splash! 

  For these styles and more shop : Charish / Where designers lovers Buy and Sell