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  • Friday, October 18th, 2013

    Event: Red Chair Market Designer Tag Sale (Sneak Peek)

    Have you purchased your tickets for the Red Chair Market Designer Tag Sale on the 27th yet? Room Fu will have a booth in the sale and while trying to get my wares organized, I thought I’d share some of the modern fabrics I’m planning to sell. The idea is that if I show you, I’m committing to unclenching the death grip I have on them and LETTING THEM GO. Most are fabrics I’ve purchased for myself for projects (usually pillows) that I’ve never followed through on, or various remnants I’ve held on to over the years, thinking I would eventually find a use for them.

    Man, the hoarding that can happen where home decor is concerned.

    So here’s a little taste of what I’ll be selling:

    All fabrics $10/yard.

    I’ll try to continue posting pics of the stuff I’m gathering, so you know what’s in store for you on the 27th. Till then, here’s where you can get info and tickets!

    Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

    Celebrate the Year of the Snake

    Another Chinese New Year has arrived, heralding the Year of the Snake. I’ve checked around the Internets to find out what this means for us and either (A) found conflicting information–some think it’s a good year for biz and other sources say it’s bad for the stock market, or (B) had trouble understanding the English translation of Chinese horoscopes. What did seem to be consistent was that it’s a year you want to do a lot of research before doing something major.

    Well, pardon me for being blunt, but

    DUH.

    You don’t have to know anything about the Water Snake or the Black Snake–both have been mentioned as being Head Snake in Charge this year. You don’t even have to give a crap what year it is. Whether or not you’re pro or con on the topic, I think we can all agree that the snake looks gooooooood in home decor.

    Cases in point:

    Mary McDonald's Park Avenue Python fabric from Schumacher features a snakeskin print in gray/grey tones.

    Mary McDonald’s Park Avenue Python fabric from Schumacher.

    Modern chrome snakeskin mirrors from Wallis Designs.

    Chrome snakeskin mirrors from Wallis Designs.

    Modern snakeskin table runner from Multichic, in tan and brown.

    Snakeskin table runner from Multichic.

    Snakeskin tray from Multichic.

    Snakeskin tray from Multichic.

    Modern snakeskin X bench or ottoman by Two's Company, featured in Elle Decor.

    Snakeskin “X” bench/ottoman by Two’s Company.

    Snake print eco throw from Beehive Style.

    Eco throw in gray snake by Beehive Style.

    Dwell's snake chain fabric crafted into a pillow and available on Etsy.

    Dwell’s snake chain fabric crafted into a pillow and available on Etsy.

    If you’re not big on snakes, next year’s Year of the Horse might be more decor-friendly for you.

    Monday, October 8th, 2012

    Guest Room Giveaway Sponsor: Bolt Fabrics

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    Remember how we all used to go to Fanny’s Fabrics for interior fabrics and how depressed we were when it shut down back in July? Good news, kiddies–the store has a new owner, a new name and a new location! Bolt Fabrics is now open on South Lamar, south of Oltorf next to Strut.We’re proud to have Bolt as our sponsor for 12 yards of custom bedding fabric! The new Bolt Fabrics aims to turn your design dreams into reality, and if your tastes run toward the unique side of beautiful, it’s the place you’ll want to haunt. Just look at what they had on display last week:

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    Phew–that’s a lot of good-lookin’ fabric! Just imagine all of the upholstery and home decor projects you could tackle now that you know Bolt is open! Shop now, and also be sure to also mark your calendars for their grand opening on October 20th.

    We appreciate Bolt Fabrics and their contribution to our Guest Room Giveaway!

    Bolt Fabrics
    2200 South Lamar
    (512) 442-8255
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    Have you voted for the room you’d most like to see win our Guest Room Giveaway? Go ahead–make someone’s day! Go to our contest page and click the “Vote” link near the top right of the page. That’ll take you to our ballot of entries. If you live within 25 miles of Austin’s Capitol Building and part of our Facebook community, you could win a free 1-hour in-home interior design consultation from Room Fu!

    Thursday, October 4th, 2012

    Guest Room Giveaway Sponsor: Lush Livings Custom Curtains

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    Our virtual tour of Room Fu’s Guest Room Giveaway sponsors continues with Lush Livings, who will provide new custom curtains for the winning guest bedroom! In addition to curtains, Lush Livings offers custom duvet covers, quilts and decorative pillows in a wide array of fabric options, sold through their website as well as their Etsy store. When you purchase their custom merchandise, you can select other finish details, like whether you want curtains with a grommet or tab top, rod pocket, and color of grommets. One of their decorative pillows was featured recently in HGTV Magazine!

    One of Room Fu’s clients used Lush Livings as a resource for these window seat cushion covers:

    Photo by SuziQ of QWeddings.

    Photo by SuziQ of QWeddings.

    Here are some of the other amazing and fun modern fabrics you can choose from when buying home decor products from Lush Livings:

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    We are very pleased to have Lush Livings participating in our giveaway and cannot wait to pick out some custom curtains for our winner’s guest bedroom from their amazing variety of fabric selections!

    There are just 34 more hours to enter the Guest Room Giveaway, worth up to $6,500! If you live in Austin, Texas and have a guest bedroom with a full-or-larger bed in it, submit a photo of your guest bedroom and enter to win! Next week, voters will decide on a winner–and voters may be eligible to win a free in-home design consultation from Room Fu – Knockout Interiors!

    Find out if you’re eligible to win and how to enter!

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

    Fab Find: Plush Fabrics

    I hit Plush Fabrics for the first time recently, to help a client in Cedar Park make selections for her guest room.  Since I’m in South Austin, it’s a bit of a trek for me, but those of you who live/venture farther north might want to check it out.  (Frances, I’m looking at you.) Some goodies I spied on my trip:

    Chain Link in Denim/Cream, $18.99/yard.

    Chain Link in Denim/Cream, $18.99/yard.

    Designer Dots in Black/Lime, $18.99/yard.

    Designer Dots in Black/Lime, $18.99/yard.

    Acorn in Ginger, $15.99/yard.

    Acorn in Ginger, $15.99/yard.

    Carnival Leaf in Green/Rust/Black, $24.99/yard.

    Carnival Leaf in Green/Rust/Black, $24.99/yard.

    Ventura in Sage, $28.99/yard.

    Ventura in Sage, $28.99/yard.

    Madrid in Tan/Ivory, $14.99/yard.

    Madrid in Tan/Ivory, $14.99/yard.

    D'oh!  I forgot to take notes on this one.  Cute though, huh?

    D'oh! I forgot to take notes on this one. Cute though, huh?

    Plush Fabrics
    414 Old Highway 183
    Cedar Park, TX
    512-331-7503

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

    Fab Finds: Company C

    Thanks, Kimberly, for turning me on to Company C’s website…where I drooled over some things I can’t afford:

    Chain Stitch Pillow in Green, $90.

    Chain Stitch Pillow in Green, $90.

    Giraffe Pillow in Aqua, $128.

    Giraffe Pillow in Aqua, $128.

    Tuileries Pillow in Ultramarine

    Tuileries Pillow in Ultramarine

    Twig Pillow, $90.

    Twig Pillow, $90.

    …and found a few things a little more budget-friendly:

    Flame Pillow, $36 (reg. $90)

    Flame Pillow, $36 (reg. $90)

    Gingko fabric in aqua, $30/yard (reg. $60/yard)

    Gingko fabric in aqua, $30/yard (reg. $60/yard)

    Gingko fabric in citron

    Gingko fabric in citron

    Gingko fabric in platinum

    Gingko fabric in platinum

    Gridlock fabric in aqua, $30/yard (reg. $60/yard)

    Gridlock fabric in aqua, $30/yard (reg. $60/yard)

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

    Kid-Proof & Pet-Proof Fabrics

    This one’s for all of the parents in the world, be they the caretakers of human offspring or furry creatures alike.  I’ve always recommended outdoor fabrics for areas of high stain traffic, like dining chairs and that sort of thing.  Then I found out recently that you can actually BLEACH Sunbrella fabric.

    Bleach!  As in full-on chlorine bleach!  Other cleaning solutions recommended by Sunbrella include acetone (fingernail polish remover), paint remover, and turpentine.

    Just what do you put on colored fabric that makes it impervious to bleach, paint remover and turnpentine, I wonder. Except truthfully, I don’t want to know.  I just want to put it on everything in my house now….and maybe figure out a way to make carpet out of it.

    So if you’re like me and have had the occasion to live with royal blue yogurt or kelly green icing stains on your furniture, get a load of some of Sunbrella’s fabric options:

    Lanai in Lagoon

    Lanai in Lagoon

    Junction in Lagoon

    Junction in Lagoon

    Malay in Surfside

    Malay in Surfside

    Leigh in Lemon

    Leigh in Lemon

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    Grove in Oat

    Pango in Cream

    Pango in Cream

    Mojito in Coffeebean

    Mojito in Coffeebean

    Dash in Walnut

    Dash in Walnut

    Melbourne in Fiesta

    Melbourne in Fiesta

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    Shopping Trip: Antique and Outlet Malls

    On my way back from meeting a new client in New Braunfels this week, I took an opportunity to do some vintage shopping at a local antique mall and then hit the outlets in San Marcos.

    I pulled into the Red Rooster Antique-Mall-Cafe-Inn conglomeration in the historic downtown area, to get a bite to eat and do a little shopping.  This did not turn out to be an educated choice on my part, in terms of dining experiences.  Based on my spinach salad with borderline gelatinous raspberry vinaigrette, I’d recommend eating elsewhere.  However, the antique mall side of the biz yielded much love…

    I couldn’t resist this fun vintage portrait and can’t wait to see what it looks like after I spray-paint the frame a funky color.

    1960's portrait, $35

    1960's portrait, $29

    Bought this vintage paint-by-number for Phoebe’s room.  The frame kind of sucks, but again, that’s an easy fix.

    Vintage paint-by-number, $35

    Vintage paint-by-number, $35

    Would’ve loved to have brought home this baby…what a lawn ornament he’d be!

    Big Boy!  (priceless)

    Larger than life Big Boy! (priceless)

    Velvet Elvis, $75

    Velvet Elvis, anyone? $75

    Chuckwagon couch, $1200/set incl. matching chair.

    Chuckwagon couch, $1200/set incl. matching chair. May not be "purty," but it'll sho' make you laugh.

    Mid-century vase, $15

    Mid-century vase, $15

    When I moved on to the outlet malls, I was disappointed to find such slim pickin’s at the home decor stores.  Only saw a few items that inspired a reaction…

    First stop: the beast that is the Williams Sonoma umbrella (Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, etc.).  I would’ve bought these sheets for myself if they came in king size:

    Tribecca Sheet Set, $34.99/Queen

    Tribecca Sheet Set, $34.99/Queen

    Abby Sheet Set, $24.99/Twin

    Abby Sheet Set, $24.99/Twin

    Then I hit the Crate & Barrel outlet.  Where I proceeded to positively flip out over the Marimekko fabrics on sale for $4.95/yard (reg. price: $32/yard).  There was a lot of schlock, but also a few prints I could sink my teeth into:

    Marimekko fabric, on sale for $4.95/yard!

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    Don’t be hatin’ because I bought Christmas fabric in September.  It was five bucks!