3 Decorating Time Savers

Apr, 2010
In This Issue
3 Reasons Reupholstering May Be For You
Top 3 Time-Saving Deco Accents
Window Treatment Sale - Save Time & Money by Ordering Now
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Dear Jane-Marie,
decoratorHello!  This is always the time of year when I find myself trying to figure out what to change in my home.  I don't necessarily have to change anything - it's not like I still have the Christmas tree up or anything - but I have Spring Fever!  But I don't have a lot of time either.  So many things pop up on our calendars in the Spring.  Here are some time-saving tips for this month - maybe then you can get to that list of things you want to change.  Read on . . .

3 Reasons It May Be Better to Reupholster
A sign of the times . . .

Many people have been inquiring about reupholstering their current pieces rather than purchasing new. It can definitely save you time from having to go out and look for a new sofa that you would have to break in.  On a recent project, we were able to take 5 pieces that had great bones and give them new life with new fabrics. For the teak chairs, some new webbing and new seat foam also helped extend their life.
loveseat. . . Before . . . teak chair before

loveseat after. . . After
teak chair after

      If your piece falls into any of the categories listed below, it would be well worth getting a quote to reupholster it:
  1. It is an antique or heirloom or a sentimental piece (such as Grandfather's office chair or maybe it's just about the most comfortable sofa you've ever sat in in your life and you love it's dimensions).
  2. It is a quality piece with 8-way hand-tied springs and the frame is "glued and screwed" and made of solid hardwood.  If you are unsure about this an upholsterer can inspect your piece and let you know.
  3. It might need some repair work (on the springs or maybe some new seat foam), but it is a classic style that is still seen in new pieces on the market.
Note: By all means, if you choose a low grade fabric for your current piece, you will regret your decision every time you look at the piece. Ensure that the fabric is durable and will work with your furniture's style by consulting a pro.

By reupholstering, you save the landfill from one more piece of furniture, you save time by not having to search for a new sofa and you can get your new fabric Nanotexed so that your kids can't destroy this one!
Top 3 Time-Saving Decorative Accents
Who knew that decorative accents could help you save time?  Think about incorporating some of these helpful items when decorating around your home:
  • A large wicker or woven basket at the base of the stairs:  This basket can be your curved basketcatch-all for items that need to come upstairs or go downstairs.  In the meantime, it will act as a nice "filler" for that corner on the landing where it's too small for a piece of furniture.  The wicker adds texture to a boring space.  Find one with a story to tell - maybe a handmade woven basket from a different culture.  Find wicker ones at HomeGoods and Michaels and woven ones at museum shops and other cultural centers.  Or get this great one from westelm - I love the curved opening.mirror
  • A mirror:  A must by the back door so that the family can take a quick peek before leaving the house without a mad dash to the bathroom.  Keep it small and decorative.  Just large enough to check your teeth and put on lipstick.
  • Trays, trays, traysUse them on large coffee tables to contain remotes and coasters.  Use them by the bedside to corral glasses, jewelry and loose change.  Layer them on top of consoles and chests of drawers.  They add dimension and keep things organized.tray tray 2tray 3
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Embellishments Design Studio provides interior decorating, space planning and color consultations, as well as custom window treatment designs and staging services so that you can transform the house you live in into the home you love!

Jane-Marie Bloomberg
Embellishments Design Studio