NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK
Freshen Up Furniture With Technology-Infused Smart Fabrics
By Sam Byrd
With the new year come new resolutions, and one that usually gains momentum this time of year is sprucing up the house. One of the easiest ways to turn the old into new is a quick pick-me-up with upholstery.
Thanks to advancements in technology, upholstery now has the strength of Superman with the delicate touch and elegance of Wonder Woman. Lines such as Crypton and Perennials Fabrics offer a variety of options for the home — anything from the sofa to pillows to patio furniture. Plus, they come with a style and enough distinguished variety to accommodate anyone's personal tastes.
Thoughtful, intuitive products for home decor are the wave of the future, and the latest developments allow for both functionality and beauty in one fell swoop.
Crypton’s brand of upholsteries are the equivalent of smart phones in the world of fabrics. They bring sleek patterns together that can resist an accidental wine spill or the terror of pet odors and stains. Easy to clean and stylish, it's hard to go wrong with this brand. They're even used in the White House and Buckingham Palace. How's that for a stamp of approval?
From bedding to dog beds and car seats, Crypton fabrics can be applied just about anywhere performance is a must. Local vendors who carry this line, or furniture that utilizes the technology, include Calico, Joann, Castle Fine Furniture, Gallery Furniture, John Brooks, Mecox, Nancy Rae Interiors, Pottery Barn and Robert Allen Duralee Group.
Likewise, Perennials offers a teflon-strong performance that is still lovely, easy on the eye and soft to the touch.
Born from the desire to have both style and convenience, Ann Sutherland, president and owner of Perennials Fabrics, searched for luxurious performance fabrics with design, color, livability and longevity on her mind. She found the answer with a solution-dyed acrylic fiber. She works with vendors who vigilantly work the looms to ensure each yard of fabric meets the expectations the brand is known for.
The fiber is spun into yarn, which then becomes the building block for the weaves that end up as beautiful, versatile designs. They're so resistant to wear and tear that they can be used outside yet still remain easy to clean and fade-resistant. The trade can find the line locally at David Sutherland.
Since we live in Texas, we're surrounded by perpetual summer, so the fabrics can also be used to create awnings for a shaded space over a backyard porch that require littles attention.
You don't have to sacrifice great design for the aesthetic you want in your living space. Perennials Fabrics offers their own line of designs, but if customers want to work with their creative team, they can create their own patterns. It's hard to get a more personal touch than that.
As long as one is considering recovering furniture or accessories, it's helpful to have a business that can upholster with a professional touch. Local vendors like B. de Vine, Castilian Upholstery and Hien Lam Upholstery can handle the task with grace and aplomb, while also stocking resilient fabrics.
Thanks to the versatility of enriched fabrics like Crypton and Perennials Fabrics, design is virtually limitless with this new epoch of textiles.
9313-B Katy Freeway
1845 West Alabama
Castle Fine Furniture
6006 North Freeway
2411 Post Oak Boulevard
7227 West Grand Parkway South, Richmond
5120 Woodway, Suite 2001
Nancy Rae Interiors
7026 Old Katy Road,
Robert Allen Duralee Group
5120 Woodway, Suite 141
5120 Woodway, Suite 170
B. de Vine
122 Vintage Park Boulevard
904 West 34th
Hien Lam Upholstery
819 West Drew