Where To Buy Fabric…

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Fabric is something I love to look at even though a sewing machine scares the living daylights out of me! I have a great seamstress and an amazing upholstery dude. (thenewplace.ca) These two folks keep me from sewing myself to the fabric and create pieces of art from the fabulous fabrics that say “buy me”!

Before I purchase fabric I need to determine what needs to be accomplished. Buying drapery material is very different then upholstery materials. (at times) Once I have figured out what type of fabric and what weight is needed I then look at what colour family is going to be involved. Does the fabric need to match something else in the space? Does it need to be a show stopper or blend? What type of abuse will it take? After that is determined I then start shopping.

My first stop is always Len’s Mill in Cambridge. Another favourite is Urban Barn. Yes folks, they will order that material they carry in for you. It does come with a hefty price tag however.
Then my next favourite place in online. Www.warehousefabricinc.com
The only down side is you need to trust that what you see is what you get. ( you can order samples first tho) The choices and prices on this site are fantastic.

If you have any questions about fabric or want me to blog about another question you may have, please email me at tara@freshin.ca

Snow & Cold in Cambridge

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I am not sure where you all live but this winter has been one crazy time. The sad part is we are not even half way yet. So much for global warming!!!

Here in Southern Ontario in the Village of Hespeler it has been down right cold and loads of snow keeps falling. The snow banks on each side of our driveway have now reached over the five feet mark. At least my family has declared I am officially too short to shovel! Lol. The good thing about all this snow is that it sure is pretty. Tonight the front lawn looked like it had been encrusted with mini diamonds. A spectacular sight if you think about it.
The down side about snow and cold is that it makes one want to hibernate. Really, the last thing I want to do is work on anything. All I want to do is sit in front of the fireplace and stuff my face like a bear in fall preparing for winter. It is not like I don’t have work to do. I have a basement that needs to be painted. An office that needs an overhaul, again. A window seat to be sanded and stained. An upstairs hallway that needs to be painted. Then there are the big projects like a bathroom to be gutted, or a new basement bathroom or how about a kitchen makeover? But sadly, all I can think is… Oh yes please. I will take another hot chocolate and who stole my pretzels?!

This is going to be a long winter!

Creating Cozy

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One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I create cozy?”

The simple one word answer is…
Drum roll please….
“Texture”

Of course it doesn’t hurt if you have a fireplace in the space but beyond that… layering texture creates cozy. In a family room you want soft pillows made of varying materials. You want throws and textured carpet. You warm muted walls, soft light and some interesting accessories.

Creating cozy is not hard. It just takes time to create the layers. That being said it is truly worth the effort in the end! Now go get some texture!!!

Area Rugs – tips for purchasing

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I love hardwood floors. Love them. I love the grain, the finish and the feel underfoot. Yes, this post is about area rugs. Just keep reading! As much as I love hardwood floors I love stunning area rugs that are placed on top of them.

A well thought out area rug is just as pretty as a gorgeous painting. In the photo above the area rug is made out of carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are a great way to create a very special custom carpet.

Before buying an area rug there are a few things to consider. You must decide on the feel of the room it is going in. Do you want the rug to be muted, solid or bold? Once you decide on the colours you need to decide on size. The larger the better in most cases. Lastly, you must decide on the budget. It is said that you should spend the same on the carpet as you do on the sofa in the space.

In the end you should buy a rug you love and the most you can spend on it as it is a long term investment. Happy shopping!

Focus on the focal point

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Every good room design needs a focal point. You want people to enter a room and grab their attention with a show stopper.

One of the best focal points is a fireplace. You are lucky if your space comes with one but now days it is super easy to add one that is electric in nature. Fireplaces immediately grab folks attention and then often create a cozy feeling. A fireplace is welcoming and a great object to play up. It is the ideal show stopper.

The quickest show stopper to create is art. It only takes mere minutes to hang a fabulous piece or art. In my opinion the bigger the better when it comes to art as the focal point. As seen in the photo above, the canvas is very large and it pulls the room together while drawing your eyes in. Art can also be one of the most reasonable focal points if it is not an original.

So when you look at the next space you want to tackle, figure out what your focal point will be and then go from there.

Window Seat in five minutes?!

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Yes, you can make your very own window seat in minutes. As seen in the photo above, it just takes a few simple but coordinated pieces. Add a toy box or cedar chest underneath a window and then adding a few cushions is all it takes to create a simple window seat. This look is great in almost any room but it is ideal in a bedroom.

St.Augustine Quickly

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St. Augustine Florida is known as U.S.A’s Oldest City. The City of St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest permanently occupied European settlement, having been founded by the Spanish in 1565.

The photo above is of Flagler College which was originally the Ponce De Leon Hotel.

I would have to type for days if I wanted to describe everything in St. Augustine. All I know is that I want to go back because one day was not enough time to visit this incredible place. We barely scratched the surface. There is amazing Spanish design, then great European design and that is followed up with America ingenuity. This town is in one word, stunning!