Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cozy Up Your Home, One Room At A Time...

Autumn is the perfect time to re-think, re-do, re-paint and re-upholster. The holidays are, eeek, around the corner and guests will be arriving before you know it. A few weeks ago I was taking a creative stroll through the Upholstery and Drapery section here at Mary Jo's Cloth Store. I am always inspired and compelled to purchase fabric for a Chair, Pillow, Drapery or even a Tablecloth. The website has much of the stock posted and for sale online, all of the time! Paisley fabric is one of my all time favorites. I love the way it mixes easily with Antiques and the bolder more spare Paisley can add an elegant edge to a modern home as well. Mary Jo's has many Paisley's and Patterns, not just printed but actually woven, thread by thread. Some of these woven fabrics are available in wide widths and range in price for $12-25 per yard. However at a big chain these same fabrics would easily be double and sometimes even triple. Mary Jo always says that she, "Wants her customers to be able to afford terrific fabric for as little money as possible". She is true to her word.
I recently stitched up some simple floor to ceiling curtains for my living room. The fabric is a lovely woven paisley, in the most beautiful colors and the texture is sumptuous. This mixes well with other patterns and solids that were already in the room. (This fabric is truly heavenly, I love this fabric and it could also be used for a light jacket, Tote zBag, Table Cloth, Bedspread and well the list is endless, send me some of your clever ideas and I can feature them.)
In another room of the house I have used a wide range of paisley, solids and patterned fabric to create a cozy area, it is a perfect place to retreat and read a book. It was easy to create using just a few pillows, a throw, a simple bed-cover. I like the fact that it looks like an instant collection. An important tip I like to share is this, many patterns that have a color in common often time will work well together. Repeated color is the key to putting a room together, any room, all of the time.
Go ahead give it a try. Now take a moment and surf around on the website click onto the Drapery/Upholstery section for inspiration. If you are in Gastonia you can pop into the store and browse to your hearts content.
We are looking forward to hearing your comments and seeing photos of the rooms you will create in this pre-holiday season.
Oh, and for all of you "Crazy For Halloween" folks, we have fabric, trim and many other notions you will need to create the cutest, scariest, coolest, creepiest and most horrifying costumes ever. Log on or hurry in today!

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