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Fabric 101 ~ A Lesson in Durability

For today’s post, I’ve asked my good friends & fabric experts over at Kravet to give us a lesson in what makes a fabric durable.  Selecting the right fabrics & know where to place them in your home is very important.  So, sit back, grab & pen & pad & a cup of coffee (or your favorite cocktail ~ it is Friday…) and get ready to gain some great knowledge on fabrics!

FABRIC DURABILITY

 

When selecting fabric for upholstery, one of the most important considerations is durability. Is the piece going to live in a high traffic area? Kids? Pets? You want to get the most out of your investment and make sure the fabric will hold up through the years.

High traffic pieces such as family room chairs and sofas need durable, tightly woven fabrics that are easy to clean.   Many designers are choosing indoor/outdoor fabrics for high traffic areas because they are highly durable, UV friendly and bleach cleanable. Outdoor fabrics have come a long way from their stiff, waxy roots and are available in a range of sophisticated patterns and textures.   If the fabric is not specified for outdoor use, it can be treated with products such as Crypton or Nanotex for similar protection and durability.

Fine silks and linens are beautiful and luxurious, and they work best in a more decorative capacity such as a formal living room.

When shopping for fabrics, it is common to see durability ratings in terms such as “15,000 double rubs.” This refers to a popular abrasion test conducted by the Wyzenbeek machine to evaluate fabric strength.   The Wyzenbeek machine determines how many double rubs (considered one complete motion forth and back) a sample of fabric can withstand before tearing.   Heavy-duty fabrics suitable for commercial use rate at 30,000 double rubs or more and residential fabrics rate at 15,000 double rubs, which is considered average.   You can test a fabric yourself using your fingernail to rub a fabric sample several times to see if the yarns shift or the fabric marks.

Another important thing to look for in a durable fabric is a balanced weave, meaning all yarns in the fabric are about the same size and strength. These fabrics will wear better than ones with heavy yarns in one direction and thin yarns in the other. A twill weave resists wear and shows soil less than a plain weave of similar quality.  Latex backing can be applied to loosely woven fabrics to help stabilize them, ensuring longer wear.

Flat-surfaced fabrics like damask, brocade and satin show the effects of abrasion because the long yarns on the surface are subject to wear. Pile fabrics like frieze, plush and velvet withstand abrasion quite well if they are made of wool and linen with a high density of fiber. Velvets are somewhat susceptible to marking, so if you want to use velvet in a high traffic area, it’s best to select a poly blend with a tightly woven W weave.

There are many things to consider when investing in a beautiful fabric for your home, and durability is one of them. Understanding how different fabrics react to wear and tear will help you make an informed decision for your home and your family that you will enjoy for years to come!

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Kravet for the wonderful info they’ve provided to pass on to my readers!  I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!  xoxo Shay

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White Hot!

Today on Good Morning Texas, I featured a sofa by Century that has everyone around IBB white hot!  With style that seems to channel Chanel, this beauty will have you swooning when you see it in person.  The hand painted white chairs & leather cocktail ottoman are also by Century.

Watch the video for the segment here.

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Video: How to Use 2010’s Color of the Year

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Designer Style: Turquoise

Kelly Wearstler is simply one of my very favorite interior designers.  Known for her bold use of color, her designs have received accolades and much admiration from across the globe.  I’ve followed her work for quite some time.  One of my favorite projects by Kelly is the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.  If you ever visit, make this your place to stay!

Read up!  Kelly has previously released 2 books, Modern Glamour &  Domicilium Decoratus.  Her latest book, Hue (debuted in November 2009), reflects many of her noteworthy projects displaying her courageous (and may I say well executed) use of color.

Kelly’s designs are inspiring & intoxicating.  Since we’re chatting so much lately about the 2010 color of the year, turquoise, I thought I’d share a few photos from her projects highlighting various uses of the shade.

Whether used in a small or large way, the impact is HUGE.  Take a look for yourself.

A rich hue added in a desk chair.

Possibly my favorite interpretation of the color.  This notable photo is from the interiors of the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.

Turquoise stones adorn a decorative box from her exclusive line of home accessories for Bergdorf Goodman.

I love the turquoise & blue stripe on this modern sofa.

The drapes & sectional are sensational!

Another fabulous photo of the Viceroy in Miami.

A sampling of her fabrics for Groundworks by Lee Jofa.

Check out that turquoise sofa!  I LOVE the combination with the yellow.  So striking!

Kelly showing off one of the most fabulous chairs ever!  The chair is encrusted with oodles of gorgeous stones.  It looks like a piece of jewelry.  You can sit on it yourself if you visit the Viceroy in Miami.

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Means to an end…

Looking for a fabulous finish to a stylish sofa or a great pair of chairs?  Read on to get the perfect ending…

Square

Neoclassical End table by Hickory Chair
Neoclassical End table by Hickory Chair

Round

round lamp table by Hickory Chair
round lamp table by Hickory Chair

Gold & Metal

Square gold, metal & glass by Hickory White

Regal

John Richard End Table
John Richard End Table

Smaller Scaled

John Richard Black Laquer End Table
John Richard Black Laquer End Table

Mirrored

John Richard Eglomise Lamp Table
John Richard Eglomise Lamp Table

Now for the really sweet ending; You can find ALL of these fabulous end tables at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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Yellow Fever

Yellow is so energizing & happy that I’m just bursting while writing this post.  Doesn’t yellow make you happy just thinking about it?  Think sunflowers, mimosas, baby chickies, a warm sunny day…

Yellow can do so much for the soul and with hundreds of variations of the shade, it can be worked into just about any home.  My bedroom growing up as a kid was yellow, blue & white.  I LOVED it!  My room was always so bright & happy.  Because of it’s balancing and harmonious properties, yellow can be combined with so many colors to make a lovely color palette.  (blue & yellow, orange & yellow, green & yellow, black & yellow, chocolate brown & yellow, the possibilities are endless)

You may remember, back in December, that Pantone announced Mimosa (a warm sexy shade of yellow) as the color of the year for 2009.

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Open your eyes & you’ll notice that yellow is just about everywhere these days.  Kate Hudson is wearing a fun, flirty yellow dress on the February cover of Elle.  Michelle Obama wowed crowds in a stunning Isabel Toledo “lemongrass” yellow suit for the Inauguration yesterday.

As home fashions often mirror runway fashions, yellow is popping up in furnishings and fabrics all over the world.  On a recent fabric hunting spree, I came across a wide range of gorgeous yellow fabrics.  From traditional styles to contemporary, the cheery color is making a big impact.

A sampling of yellow from my recent fabric hunting spree

So, cheers to Pantone for choosing such a celebratory color like Mimosa for the color of the year.  Now, pop the bubbly & go make your home happy!