The Most Important Thing to Know Before Reupholstering Your CouchHome Projects
Want to refresh your same old sofa? Read this first.
May 30, 2024
The Best Editor-Tested Linen Sheets You Can Buy Now (for Every Budget)Design Ideas
They're breathable and seriously good at regulating temperature to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Apr 17, 2024
The Best Couch Materials for Dogs — and the WorstDesign Ideas
Because Scruffy (and your furniture) deserves the best.
Feb 28, 2024
A Guide to the Most Common Fabric Patterns Used in Interior DesignDesign Ideas
From chevron to polka dots and beyond.
Feb 27, 2024
12 Best Wool Blankets That’ll Keep You Bundled Up in Style
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Prepare to meet the warmest, most durable, longest-lasting blanket you'll ever own.
Jan 2, 2024
This Clever Fuzz Remover Works On Most Household Fabrics — And It’s On Sale For Just $11Life
Thinking of tossing some pilling items? Try restoring them instead with this portable fabric shaver.
Jun 27, 2022
This Home Shows How to Add Color and Pattern to a Rental With TextilesTours
Erin Blank is an ethical, sustainable designer of her own label, and the Brooklyn home she shares with her husband is colorful and patterned thanks to lots of handmade textiles!
Nov 18, 2020
DIY to Try: How To Make Your Own MudclothProjects & Improvements
My love affair with mudcloth is well documented. If you are unfamiliar with the stuff, mudcloth is a somewhat heavy fabric, sewn in strips, and dyed naturally with mud. It usually has a graphic pattern of geometric lines and dots, in high contrast black and white. Given the process of making it, it’s no surprise that the real deal is also somewhat expensive.
Jul 17, 2020
The Best Sources for Linen Everything (Napkins, Bedding, and Notebooks, Too!)Design Ideas
During the warm days of summer that always seem to creep into September, no material is more refreshing than naturally crisp linen. To cool you down as this glorious season lingers on, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sources for high-quality linen everything—duvet covers, towels, and notebooks included. Save this list of go-to shops in your design file—these are 8 sources you’re going to want to keep shopping all year long. Why linen, you ask?
Jul 17, 2020
10 Things to Make With Felted WoolOrganizing
As spring winds down, bringing the oh-so-hot temperatures of summer all the closer, we are knee deep in cleaning. In the midst of purging and decluttering, we’ve come across a handful of wool sweaters that really don’t need to make an appearance as apparel ever again. Here are 10 things you can do to reincarnate those tired old wool sweaters.Felting wool is as simple as washing an old 100% wool sweater in hot water.
Jul 17, 2020
50 Ways to Decorate With One $10 Hardware Store StapleProjects & Improvements
Drop cloths are sturdy fabric, come in a basic neutral shade, and are readily available for little money at the hardware store. Need I say more? Okay, then I will. Drop cloths look remarkably similar to linen, so you can get that relaxed, coastal, or rustic vibe for less. Check out these 50+ projects to get the look… A hand-printed rug, done by Poppytalk, with a Sharpie! I love this super colorful painted and sponge-pattern rug that Nellie Bellie made.
Jul 17, 2020
Design Basics: 9 Easy Ways to Add Texture to a BedroomDesign Ideas
Has your bedroom been feeling flat and lifeless? Uninteresting? Too…boring? It might need an infusion of texture — a basic design element every room needs to make it feel rich and like a place worth spending time in. We’ve got nine different and easy ways you can add the feeling of texture to your bedroom. 1. (Pictured above) Plants are a fast and easy way to add mother nature’s texture to your bedroom (plus some lovely and life-affirming green color).
Jul 16, 2020
Top 10 Designer Fabric & Textile ShopsDesign Ideas
Time to take a mini-vacation. From Josef Frank’s Stockholm shop to Liberty of London on Regent Street to Marche Saint Pierre in Paris, we’ve gathered some of the best “destination” textile showrooms from around the world. This is just a starter list — add your favorite high-end fabric shops in the comments. Svenskt Tenn: Stockholm Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson worked together at this fabric and furniture store, which remains today a bastion of Swedish modernism.
Jul 15, 2020
15 Great Online Sources For Buying FabricDesign Ideas
Have a chair that's been sitting around waiting for you to reupholster it? Want to cook up some new pillows for your sofa or bed? Well, we've got just the source guide for you.
Jun 2, 2020
Colorful Accents: Framed ScarvesDesign Ideas
I have a bit of an obsession with scarves. I can’t go into a shop without beelining toward the pretty folded squares or colorful looped displays. They’re a year-round wardrobe staple. Though the season for long knitted types will be here before we know it, I’m looking toward the silky square versions for inspiring wall hangings. I’m off to Brimfield for the final antique show of 2013.
Mar 11, 2020
Get Colorful: How To Dye a SheepskinProjects & Improvements
Sheepskin and flokati rugs are everywhere these days — they add texture to a room, and instantly add comfort to a hard plastic or wood chair. But if you’re looking to make your sheepskin stand out from the run of the mill, or just need a little change, fabric dye is the ticket. Fabric dye 1 cup salt Rubber gloves or stir stick Soaking bucket or bathtub Water 1.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Cyanotype Textiles and FabricsProjects & Improvements
A cyanotype is a photographic process that produces a cyan blue print. The print can easily be made on a large variety of materials, so I wanted to see what would happen when experimenting with fabric. It worked! The process wasn’t that much different than if you were to use paper, so if you’ve ever tried that method, you’re a step ahead of the game. The best way to come by the chemicals needed for the process is to purchase a kit from Photographers’ Formulary.
Dec 19, 2019
Upholstery Project: How To Make a DIY Headboard with Fabric SlipcoverProjects & Improvements
I get obsessed with things I see on Pinterest, and this padded headboard (okay, the whole place) is one of my recent fixations. I like the modern, streamlined look of it— but that it’s also more relaxed than a lot of the tufted, nailhead DIY headboards I see all the time.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Read Upholstery Cleaning CodesCleaning
Upholstery should be marked with a code that allows the buyer to know in advance, what type of cleaning is suggested. This is an important thing to keep in mind when purchasing new pieces for your home, or dragging something old back from an auction or estate sale. Click through the jump to see what these letters mean and share your tried and true methods for stain removal.
May 10, 2019
Microfiber Upholstery Pros & ConsDesign Ideas
Buying a new sofa? Getting an old one reupholstered? In either case, which type of upholstery to choose is certainly a consideration. For many, microfiber is a popular choice due to its reputation for easy clean up and durability.
May 7, 2019
Before, During, After: The Best Part of Any Project – Learning New SkillsProjects & Improvements
This isn’t your average DIY; I can’t give you simple step-by-step instructions or promise that you can get this done on a Saturday afternoon. After all, these chairs took me months to complete.A few years ago, I enrolled in a just-for-fun, one-morning-a-week course in Traditional Furniture Upholstery. The idea had been at the back of my mind for a while, as something which would combine my background in fashion textiles with my burgeoning interest in interiors.
May 6, 2019
The Ultimate Used Furniture Cleaning KitCleaning
With the season of flea markets and antique fairs now upon us, I’m prepping for the summer influx of secondhand furniture finds and putting together the ultimate used furniture cleaning kit. With most of these household items already in your kitchen, you’ll be ready to get any grimy piece sparkling in no time.  Baking soda. Mixed with water, baking soda forms a paste that polishes silver, lifts coffee and tea stains from ceramic and porcelain, and removes mildew and grime.
May 5, 2019
Team USA: 10 All-American Textile ManufacturersLife
I recently read an article in USA Today about the resurgence of the US textile industry, which is encouraging news in a culture of seemingly outsourced everything. Both small- and large-scale textile companies are turning out stylish, high-quality, competitively priced goods, offering consumers viable means to support US manufacturing. Check it out.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: IKEA Hack Makes the BESTA Even BetterProjects & Improvements
Suzanne saw potential in IKEA’s popular BESTA shelf, and not just as vertical storage. When flipped and tweaked, she was able to make it into something else entirely. Keep on reading to see the pretty remarkable transformation… This might just qualify for a hack and a half. Using the IKEA BESTA as a base, Suzanne custom created a DIY tufted banquette that’s sophisticated and stylish (and offers extra hidden storage as a bonus).
May 4, 2019
Stylists’ Secrets: The Best Online Sources to Buy Beautiful Fabric (Hint: One is IKEA!)Design Ideas
If you’re a DIY, Netflix-and-stitch type of person, then you already know the simultaneous joy and fear inspired by walking into a gigantic fabric store. Thanks to infinite scroll, low-res images, and inaccurate on-screen colors, the perils of shopping for textiles online are even greater. To help ease the frustration and find you the perfect fabric, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite online sources.
May 3, 2019
A So-Good-It’s-Like-Magic Technique to Bring New Life to Old TextilesProjects & Improvements
Don’t throw out your faded or stained napkins, rugs, or quilts just yet—give them a new lease on life by overdyeing them. Here’s how it works: Mix up a big batch of dye, then dunk old textiles to camouflage stains and brighten faded fabrics. Roll up your sleeves, grab the biggest plastic bin you can find, and get ready to turn outdated items into colorful, modern pieces. What is overdyeing? Just as the name suggests, overdyeing is the process of dyeing over already-dyed fabric.
May 3, 2019
Curtain Call: 10 Drapery Panel Pairs Under $100Design Ideas
I once heard somewhere that windows are the eyes of the house. If that’s the case, then curtains must certainly be the mascara. A pretty pair of flowy linen drapes or bohemian sheers can really become a focal point in a room and tie an entire space together. Upgrade your space from ‘meh’ to marvelous with these picks that are all less than $100 a pair.
May 3, 2019
Velvet Is Taking Over (& We’re Not Mad About It)Design Ideas
For the longest time in home design, velvet has been synonymous with luxury and opulence, and I’m not suggesting that’s changed overnight. But when I spoke to interior designer Nicole Gibbons just before the holidays, she seemed to think that this once fancy pants material was starting to go mainstream, mainly because of advances in fabric technology.
May 3, 2019
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fabric Designs from the ’50s Are Available AgainDesign Ideas
Good news, FLW fans: Schumacher has re-released the starchitect’s fabric designs in honor of Wright’s upcoming 150th birthday. Frank Lloyd Wright’s collection with the 19th century fabric brand originally debuted in 1955, after former House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon encouraged the architect to start a line for those who didn’t live in his houses.
Apr 30, 2019
Questions We All Ask: Is There a Difference Between Flannel and Plaid?Design Ideas
With the cold weather season fast approaching, it’s time to finally address an age-old debate in the decor world: Are there really any differences between flannel and plaid? The answer, simply, is yes. So to further breakdown the distinction, we called upon textile aficionado Annie Selke, CEO and President of The Annie Selke Companies, for help. We asked her what really made plaid and flannel all that different and she spelled it out for us.
Aug 29, 2018
Move Aside Mudcloth: This is The New “It” Home TextileDesign Ideas
Perhaps you’ve currently got a piece of mudcloth casually draped over the foot of your bed or the edge of your sofa. It’s probably been happily living there, undisturbed, for a couple of years without so much as a second thought. You might be surprised to learn, however, that a new fabric is taking the design world by storm. If you haven’t heard of cactus silk, allow us to introduce you.
Apr 15, 2018
The Pattern Trends That May Have Overstayed Their WelcomeDesign Ideas
Before getting down to business, I would like to say no disrespect to any of the prints featured in this article. They are all wonderful motifs in their own right, but for reasons ranging from over saturation to too many knock-off versions, 2017 may be the year to put down the palms. What do you think? I reached out to a couple of well-known designers to get their take on prints they think are too trendy or tired.
Oct 3, 2017
How to Make a Bold Bed Statement With Just FabricProjects & Improvements
In small studios, it’s common to hide or disguise a bed to save space. Stanley Lewis took another route. Instead of masking it, he opted to make it the centerpiece of his 500-square-foot studio. Rather than tucking it in the corner, he chose to celebrate it and make it the highlight of the room. There’s no expensive custom bed frame or headboard here, though. Most impressively, he did it all with just a mattress, a box spring, and fabric!
Sep 29, 2017
Easy Ways to Hang a Tapestry In 20 Minutes or LessProjects & Improvements
Let’s talk tapestries. They’re the perfect solution for that big empty wall, for helping sound proof thin walls, for replacing headboards when headboards aren’t an option, and they’re typically pretty renter-friendly art. Most can be hung with a simple dowel rod and a nail or two. Maybe you just inherited a piece from your grandmother, or stumbled upon a brilliantly patterned textile at the flea market, or maybe you made your own wall hanging.
Sep 16, 2017
Tom Dixon’s First “Hack” for IKEA’s Open-Source DELAKTIG Sofa is Here…& It’s Seriously OTTDesign Ideas
Earlier this April during Milan Design Week, Bemz, the Swedish textile company that creates retrofit furniture covers for IKEA pieces, announced their plans to work with British designer Tom Dixon on a future line for the DELAKTIG sofa, which he helped dream up with the team at IKEA.
Apr 18, 2017
Stitch, Please! 9 Embroiderers Serving Up Instagram Eye CandyProjects & Improvements
Crafting trends ebb and flow just like decor trends come and go, and at the moment, embroidery is enjoying its time in the spotlight—and showing up on everything from jean jackets to tennis rackets. Whether you choose to pick up a needle and thread, or prefer to admire these beauties from afar, we’ve pulled together a sampler of Instagram accounts offering endless stitch-spiration.
Apr 9, 2017
Inside the Designer’s Mind: Get to Know This Brooklyn-Based House Tour Contributor and Textile Designer ExtraordinaireDesign Ideas
Textiles are pretty powerful—they can completely transform a space by infusing freshness and interest wherever they’re applied. For uber-cool textile designer Nasozi Kakembo (who also happens to be one of our super talented House Tour contributors), it turns out they can be life-changing in other ways, too. Her array of handmade textiles from her xNasozi brand combine artistry with philanthropy in one fell swoop.
Jan 17, 2017
Mad for Plaid: Do You Know Your Tartan from Your Tattersall?Design Ideas
The world of prints and patterns is wide. For instance, what you think is simply “plaid” is far more intricate. All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans, in fact. There are madras plaids, houndstooth plaids, windowpane plaids, and many, many more. So we beg the question: Do you know one from the other? With fall—the high season of plaid—just around the bend, it might be a good time to polish up on your terminology. As always, we’re here to help!
Sep 13, 2016
How To Dye Textiles With Coffee & TeaProjects & Improvements
Keep things au naturale with this easy tutorial.
Jan 2, 2016
Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap FabricDesign Ideas
I’m a bit of a fabric junkie. Which, unfortunately means that I know how expensive it can be. But just because one’s budget isn’t big doesn’t mean it’s necessary to settle for vinyl or burlap, unless that’s what you’re going for. With a little digging, it is possible to find great, affordable fabric for any project.
May 8, 2014
Real Room Inspiration: Wall HangingsReal Estate
If you aren’t allowed to paint your walls or you simply don’t want to commit, and if the though of hanging even removable wallpaper gives you hives, we should be friends. Also, you should consider brightening up your standard-issue walls with a lovely wall hanging. A few tiny tacks is all it takes.. TOP ROW: Jesse & Lucas’ Simply Stylish Home + Studio: A vintage Egyptian tapestry livens up the white walls in their son’s room.
Mar 28, 2014
Before & After: Cristin’s Mod Podge Buffet MakeoverProjects & Improvements
When Cristin and her husband found this dresser on the curb in their neighborhood, it quickly became apparent why no one had grabbed it first: it’s huge, heavy, and covered in dated white veneer. But with a little vision and a ton of Mod Podge, this beast became a buffet. From Cristin: Last summer, while hosting a garage sale at my house, my husband came home from work and told me there was a buffet table out to the road in our neighborhood.
Apr 9, 2013
Make Your Kitchen Kid-Friendly with Laminated CottonDesign Ideas
With three kids, I can’t keep a tablecloth clean for more than a few hours, and my adorable Orla Kiely for Target tablecloths are completely stained with various food splatters. I need a tablecloth that can be wiped clean but doesn’t look like a cheap, plastic picnic table cover. The answer to my problem? Laminated cotton!I just read a great article about this wonder fabric over at Oilcloth Addict.
Oct 12, 2011
Pros & Cons: Faux Leather FurnitureDesign Ideas
There are many reasons to buy faux leather furniture. It’s cheaper and animal friendly. And, there are many reason not to buy faux leather furniture. Real leather ages well and looks more expensive (because it is). If you’re thinking about buying new furniture and you’re torn between faux and real leather, here are a list of some of the pros and cons. Faux leather comes in many forms and some are better than others.
Mar 2, 2011
Before & After: Michael’s Missoni Bench!Projects & Improvements
Michael found a vintage Steelcase bench from the 60s and decided to replace the ripped vinyl upholsery — with Missoni! Michael chose a thoughtful mix of Missoni Kew and Missoni Claremont to totally transform and update the steel bench.Missoni upholstery-weight fabric is not cheap — but it elevated the bench to great heights!After purchasing the Missoni textiles from Amara, Michael hired a local upholsterer to do the magic.
Jul 21, 2010
The Guide: Wool Blankets
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The Guide: Wool Blankets
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Maxwell's Favorite Linen Sheets
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May 9, 2018
DIY Decorative Mud Cloth
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Sep 14, 2017
DIY $4 Pillow Makeover
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DIY $4 Pillow Makeover
Aug 22, 2017