Category Archives: Fabric of the Week

Weekly posts featuring different fabric!!

Accent Pieces and Why We Love Them!

Vintage and antique furniture pieces bring a certain feel of sustenance and richness to any home. The Victorian sofa that you inherited from your grandmother or the piece that just caught your eye from the window of an antique shop exhibits a unique type of strength and staying power that no modern piece comes close to.

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At the same time, once you get your new find home, the style that you love so much takes on a worn and outlived look that doesn’t fit into your home. The right choice in Beckenstein upholstery fabric and a professional upholstery job is the first step toward transforming your new piece of furniture into the perfect accent piece for your home.

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The Final Details

Bringing together furnishings and accessories to blend two different time periods takes a combination of expertise and availability of resources. Beckenstein Fabrics has thousands of designer fabrics to choose from, and a design staff that can advise you on your choice in window treatments, pillow covers, and wallpaper to make your vintage or antique furniture blend with your décor or become the focal point of the room.

Let us help you find the exact fabric you are looking for to make what is old new again! Call Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958 or visit our showroom for a fabric and design consultation today!

What Does Your Home Décor Say About You?

When you go to a friend’s or coworker’s home for the first time, you may be surprised by the decorating style they have chosen. You might be equally surprised if you knew what your first-time visitors learn about you from your home. Even more amazing is that many people don’t even realize that they make similar choices repeatedly or that their home reflects a much different personality than they project.

Take a look around and see what your home decor says about your personality, beliefs, and even your political interests.

Victorian

Some experts believe that Victorian style furniture represents elegance and sophistication.  If you prefer the appearance of Victorian style furniture in your home, you may want others to see these qualities in you. You may go for authentic antiques or modern reproductions covered in upholstery fabric that brings all the pieces in your home together. Covering an old piece with new jacquard fabric is also a good way to revive a worn piece and maintain the authentic design.

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Art Deco

The geometric shapes, smooth lines, and streamlined forms of art deco design is associated with people who are deep thinkers, retrospective, or artsy.

Retro

Retro style may indicate that you yearn for the past. If you are trying to recreate times from another era in your home, it may be a reflection of the appreciation you have for solidity—things that have stood the test of time.

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Middle of the Road/Eclectic

Some people prefer to cross lines between the different decor styles so that their home is neither specifically modern nor classic. These people have a taste that spreads out across more categories and which may include more eclectic decor.

The types of items you use to decorate your home may extend your decorating theme and also tell visitors something about your personality. For example, if you have a lot of seats and pillows, you enjoy spending time talking with your friends. Warm colors of paint on your walls like yellow and orange add to the feeling of friendliness.

On the other hand, soft, warm shades of cactus green and butterscotch (above) are believed to stimulate both conversations and appetites.

Political Opinions

According to Reader’s Digest, conservatives are more likely to have neat surroundings that are brightly lit and well-organized. Their belongings include more sports paraphernalia, American flags, and other patriotic items. They also lean toward more conventional decor.

Liberals tend to be more open-minded, while their homes are often more cluttered. Their belongings include a lot of books, maps, music, and a variety of colors.

To create the perfect furnishings and accessories to complement your decorative style, contact Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958.

Source 

1. http://www.rd.com/home/improvement/what-house-says-about-you/

Fabric Durability, Comfort, and Color: Why Do They Matter?

When choosing the upholstery fabric for any piece of furniture that you intend to spend any amount of time on, the way it feels, looks, and holds up over time are the most important considerations. The best choice usually depends on how and when the piece of furniture will be used.

For example, you might choose to use a strong and water resistant outdoor fabric for chairs and sofas in the game room where kids will play and eat snacks, but you aren’t as likely to bring something delicate like satin to the outdoors.

Durable upholstery fabrics

Fabrics that are made for outdoor use are heavier, made of weather-resistant materials, and have traditionally had a more practical appearance to them. Today, technology has brought these fabrics into the 21st century in designs that look great indoors as well.

The added durability of material made for outdoor use in a design that has the beauty of indoor upholstery materials can be the ideal solution for areas where you know your furniture will get harsher-than-normal treatment, like in the kids’ rooms.

Fabric Durability

When it comes to materials made specifically for indoor use, there are many more types and textures to choose from. Different materials often have common uses based on their appearance and how durable or comfortable they are. For example, velvet has long been a favorite of designers and decorators because it adds instant elegance to window treatments, bedspreads, furniture, and accessories.

Choosing a fabric for its comfort is as simple as touching it and determining how it feels against your skin. Determining durability may not be so simple. A basic concept to help is that fabrics that are made of 100% natural fibers are usually less durable than those made of blends. In some cases, you may have to sacrifice some degree of comfort or durability for more of the other.

Color is the third trait that people will consider when deciding on upholstery materials for their home. Many prefer deep, dark colors to hide dirt, and this can have an impact on durability as well. Furniture that has to be cleaned more frequently will usually wear out faster, too.

The reason that these features matter when choosing the material for upholstering furniture is that you want to find a look that you like and enjoy it for years to come. The only reason that you should change upholstery is that you are ready for something new. For help choosing the perfect fabric for your project, call the design experts at Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958.

Finding Colors, Patterns, and Textures to Make Your Master Bedroom Stand Out

The master bedroom is the one room in your home that should be decorated to appeal to your personal taste. You may prefer to be surrounded with the soothing tones of nature or the vibrant, energetic shades of the tropics but it’s the combination of colors, patterns, and textures that create an inviting retreat that you will enjoy for a long time.

Color

Do you want a bedroom that makes you feel peaceful and helps you go to sleep? Neutrals can make your bedroom restful while also serving as a backdrop for more colorful touches. If you find neutrals too boring, soft grays, blues, greens, and lavender are still good choices that let you surround yourself with refreshing color.

Faux fur fabric rugs

Do you need a colorful bedroom that helps you wake up and get going in the morning? Warm, sunny colors and patterns are the ideal solution for getting your day off to a cheery start.  Look to oranges, yellows, and greens in a variety of patterns to create energy for the best pick-me-up.

Jacquard fabric bedspreads

Texture

Mixing up texture allows you to create contrast without varying a great deal in color or pattern. For example, a tan bedspread made from shiny jacquard fabric will contrast with a matching headboard made from velvety upholstery fabric. The same is true for fur rugs, woven draperies, lampshades, and any other upholstered furniture and accessories in the room.

Patterns

Learning to mix stripes, florals, plaids, and geometric patterns is the most important skill you will learn to become an effective decorator. According to HGTV, three is the smallest number of patterns to mix with larger choices being in odd numbers. Your goal is to select a variety of patterns that is distinguishable from the rest while still coordinating well enough to create a professional result.

The first pattern should be one that has a large pattern so that it has the greatest impact, while the second pattern is something completely different from the first. In other words, if the first pattern is a floral, make the second one a plaid or stripe. The third pattern can be similar to the first pattern but on a smaller scale. While a variety of patterns can be mixed together effectively, you need to continue with two or three colors throughout the designs to make them fit together.

To learn more about the thousands of coordinating fabrics and the custom upholstery work that has made Beckenstein Fabrics a name that is synonymous with great design options across New York, call 888-960-9958.

Source

1. http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/bedrooms/mix-patterns-like-a-pro-pictures

You’re so Vervain: High-End Interior Fabric & Trimmings by Fabricut

Vervain, a fabric and trimmings line by Fabricut, was created in 2004 to meet the needs of high-end, traditional interior design styles. They say it best on their website:

Crafted with artistry and distinction, Vervain captures luxurious quality and unites it with expressions of romance, beauty and spirit; transforming traditional fabric designs into the extraordinary. Our classical and chic color palettes and exclusive print and woven statement patterns supply the interior designer with style and limitless options.

There are hundreds of fabrics we’ve been obsessing over in the Vervain line, but there are six in particular that we are currently having a love affair with…

Like this one from the Windows One Havanna collection.

vervain fabric nycBronze. Shiny. Chic. Perfect.

And this one from the Vervain One Aqua One collection.
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Gold plus aqua equals… LOVE

And how can you not be in love with this fabric from the Charles Faudree Slate collection?
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It’s like if you gave Pierre Deux some colored pencils. =)

And how about this one from the Barry Dixon Sky & Water collection?

vervain fabric nycThink Barry got his inspiration from the beach? We do. Golden sand, aqua and blue, and teal. Summer time!!

This one from the Vervain Spring 2014 collection is so pretty.
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Can you tell how in love with aqua and teal we are?

How about now? This one is also from the Vervain Spring 2014 collection.
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More blues and teal, because if you can’t be at the ocean, you can at least live in it!!

Interested in the Vervain line of fabrics by Fabricut?

Get in touch!!

212-366-5142

Boucle Fabric – NYC – Find it at Beckenstein Fabrics

If you’re looking for Boucle fabric in NYC, get in touch with us, because we have it!!

We have true boucle fabric by Place Textiles and Kristie Strasen. This is a fabric from the Balmory collection:

picture of boucle fabric that you can buy in nyc at Beckenstein Fabrics

Valencia

Balmory is a luxurious yarn-dyed wool boucle of exceptional durability. This fabric has a natural resiliency and will conform to any contour. The fabric is perfect for modular pieces or anything requiring texture with a little stretch. Balmory does not require backing.

Fiber Content: 92% wool, 8% nylon
Width: 54″
Repeat: none
Abrasion: exceeds 50,000 cycles Martindale
Fire Code: passes California 191-53 technical bulletin 117, section E
Colors: 12

For even more information, here’s a link to a PDF.

It comes in many, many colors, so get in touch to find out more, request samples, etc.

If you’re looking for boucle fabric in NYC, look no further! You’ve found it at Beckenstein Fabrics.

info@beckensteinfabrics.com

212-366-5142

 

Buy Scalamandre Fabric in NYC

If you’re looking to buy Scalamandre fabric in NYC, you can at Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors.

As a leading American purveyor of decorative fabrics, wallcoverings, trims, furnishings and accessories, Scalamandre’s mission is to produce the most exquisite designs with a seamless integration of styles and periods while inspiring designers and enriching their vision. Scalamandre’s ability to fluently blend a uniform balance of art and craftsmanship has been the company’s hallmark and it’s clear sense of integrity and correctness remains a testament to its rich heritage of uncompromising quality and excellence.

Long a destination for connoisseurs of fine design and all things beautiful, it continues to showcase beloved signature classics as well as fresh, new collections that are timeless, elegant and approachable. Scalamandre continues to maintain the highest level of quality and construction, attributes of this venerable 82 year-old company. While the strength of the Scalamandre brand rests on its heritage, it does not rest on its laurels.
As the industry’s standard-bearer of excellence, Scalamandre has been called upon by some of American’s most extraordinary properties. Historic restoration and cultural commissions number over 1,000, among them: The White House, the U.S. Capitol, United States Treasury, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, The Morgan Library, Wrightsman Galleries at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Winterthur, the Mansions of Newport, and the Metropolitan Opera House. Additionally, Scalamandre remains the paramount resource for America’s premier designers and decorators for their most distinguished projects. Most recently, the firm has been commissioned to provide fabrics for the upcoming renovation of the legendary Ritz Hotel in Paris, a testament to Scalamandre’s reputation for the exquisite.

Scalamandre sells its product through its flagship New York showroom and 9 “To-The-Trade” showrooms in major metropolitan locations. It supplements its distribution in secondary and tertiary locations with independent sales representatives, agents and sub-agents who serve America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Read about the history of Scalamandre, here.

Here’s a fabric from their spring 2014 collection:

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ALEXANDER
sku: 26976-003
BELLE JARDIN COLLECTION
Moired Jacquard
42% Cotton, 31% Linen,
27% Viscose
Color: Leaf
Approx Width: 55 3/4″
Approx Rpt: V. 12 3/4″, H. 13 1/2″
Dry Clean – Do Not Use Trichloroethylene

If you’re looking for Scalamandre fabric in NYC, find it at Beckenstein!! Visit our showroom to take a look through Scalamandre fabrics. We have an entire wall dedicated to them!!

212-366-5142

info@beckensteinfabrics.com