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DO YOU NEED SOME INSPIRATIONAL HOME FABRIC DESIGN IDEAS !!!

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Are you looking for materials that are very unique & different.

Retro Home Fabrics have what you are looking for!

We stock upholstery, home decor, soft furnishings, craft vintage quilting fabrics suitable for many spaces in your home.

All our fabrics can be custom made into Lampshades, Cushion Covers, Pendant lighting & more.

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Retro Home Fabrics specialise in Retro Home Decor Style from the 1950 s

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Retro Home Fabrics specialize in superior quality textiles and soft furnishing fabrics. Our fabrics are designed and sourced within Australia and overseas by design experts.  Retro Home Fabrics are crazy about all aspects of Retro.  We search & search the Australian & Overseas markets sourcing vintage reproductions and limited run designer fabrics from all over the world.  Our collections are hard to find limited print runs that are not usually released or found in our Australian market. www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

It’s nice to be a bit unique! To top it all off, this line is affordable enough to change with the seasons. Our fabric collections include famous designers Echino, Etsuko Furuya, Scandinavian Designers, Marimekko, Florence Broadhurst, Prestigious, Harlequin, Alexander Henry, Globaltex, Amy Butler, Michael Miller just to name a few.

Jump online at our shop www.RetroHomeFabrics.com.au  to enjoy a Retro Experience from the past !!!!

Where can I find fun Quirky Funky Fabrix for my kids rooms

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Who's having the best SALE on fabrics for your home, craft, quilting, scrapbooking & homemaker needs ?????

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Where can I find Sale Fabric.   ?????

What is a Fatquarter.  ????

Retro Home Fabrics have the answers?

Are you a Quilter!  Creative Crafter!  Home Renovator!

Home Maker!   Scrap booker!

A fabric lover of The Block style printing!

Interior Designer!!!

Well Retro Home Fabrics have all these crazy fabrics suited for the most inspiring Do It Yourself projects.

Retro Home Fabrics is having a crazy SALE on craft, quilting, soft furnishing,

nearly forgot to mention free fat quarters.

YES!!!!    That's unheard of "free fat quarters"  !!!!

Well you ask What is a fat quarter?

A Fat quarter piece of fabric is a popular fabric size that creative quilters, patch workers, scrape bookers, craft experts use.

The size measures 46cm x 55cm approx.

So hurry jump online & check us out.

There are many funky fabrics there to choose from.

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Retro Home Fabrics offers Architects Designers Decorators Homemakers Stylist a unique experience

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Retro Home Fabrics are the Creative Experts !!!!!!

Retro Home Fabrics offer Architects, Designers,  Decorators, Manufacturers and Homemakers a unique fabric experience that you're searching for.  Soft Furnishings Fabrics takes the pain out of searching many stores to find that unique, quirky, Retro Range of fabrics to suit the creative aspects of Home Renovating.
Browse our fabrics & lets us custom make Cushion Covers, Pendant Ceiling Lighting, Wall Art or purchase our Fabrics by the metre.

We are the experts in  Soft Furnishings!!!!

Our team is a mixture of creative Interior Decorators, Home Stylists, Photographers & Artists.
We search the world for those Unique Fabrics which are in limited supply.    That’s what makes us so unique to the creative world.

Retro Home Fabrics bring back the past to the future” !!!!!!!

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We love fabrics. Retro Home Fabrics are experts in Design

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We Love Fabric!!!!

Retro Home Fabrics are the experts in Retro Design Style!!!!

 

We love our Retro Fabrics! ....  at   www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

They are the starting point , the opening line to so many inspirational ideas.

Lets have fun together putting a touch Retro, Class & Funk to your home, apartment, café or beach house.

 

Our Colourful versatile range Soft Furnishings fabrics are designed to compliment lots of inspirational ideas.

Make it classis, make it bold, small or big , short or tall our Custom made lampshades are always a great look .  Pendant lampshades add drama to your space with out the big price tag.  Lampshades can add drama & colour to a room just like a piece of Wall Art can.

Select your fabric from our versatile range.  Then let us custom make your Pendant Lighting using our Retro Fabrics to add some Retro & Mod to your home.   Our Lighting is supplied with the light fitting, and adjustable length ceiling cord.  Pendants are made here in Australia under our supervision & instruction.   Enjoy some of our Fun, Funky, Retro Pendants.  Light really does matter!!!!

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Its time to refurbish your camper caravan motor home with retro soft furnishings fabrics

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Do you like an Adventure!!! Retro Home Fabrics comes to the Rescue!!!!

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I love staying in Apartments & Hotels but I always come away disappointed in the décor & soft furnishings that have been selected. Its usually safe, conservative, monotone & lacks creativity. I usually find my home is much more appealing even when it’s a mess with all that kids stuff. Don’t get me wrong I don’t live in a mansion but my home is very comfy, creative & full of the colour of life.

Since I find Hotels & Apartments stuffy I love my camping holidays or glamping holidays in our Jayco Expanda Caravan. Once again though the upholstery fabrics and laminates used are far from quirky or modern. Im sure you agree. The designers seem to come from a Mature Vintage. So this is where Retro Home Fabrics comes to the rescue of bringing life to tired boring campers & caravans with my selection of Retro Fabrics.

Take a look at some fun, retro, quirky fabrics that could look awesome in your Caravan, Camper, Bus, Winnebago, Panel Van. Take action & change those tired curtains, and lounges. Add some cushion covers, change your doona covers on your beds & breath new life into your camper/caravan. This is for all those wonderful friendly Grey Nomads out there be creative & add some fun into your adventure & enjoy your newly renovated camper with our amazing interior fabrics.

On sale now at www.retrohomefabrics.com.au


 


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Lights...Fabrics....Action

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Lights …Fabrics… Action by me at www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

What would you choose when it comes to Lighting???

Lighting should be one of the most important feature of your home, office space, Apartment or café. There are 3 types of Lighting solutions : Ambient, Task & Mood.


Task Lighting – This type of lighting is referring to where you need more concentrated light to do a job. For example working at your desk or reading a novel or sewing some new Cushion Covers . The chosen lighting would be a lamp where you have control of the on & off switch.

Ambient Lighting – Being a photographer Ambient Light is the available natural light. This type of lighting sets the mood for your space. This can exist in candles, accent lights & natural light. Coffee table Lamps are useful for this type of Lighting creating a mood for your space. Add a funky fabric to draw attention to your light source and your funky shade.

Mood Lighting - This would have to be one of my favourite lighting solutions. This is where your creative side can play a part in the personality of your home.Throw in a few Pendant Hanging Lights from the ceiling with outrageous Soft Furnishings Fabrics. This will add the wow factor to your home.  Use sparingly, yet be creative.

My next blog I will have a look at Pendant Lighting, Lamps & table Lamps.

For all your fabric needs to achieve your lighting action jump online at http://www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

Whose side are you on? Spots or Striped Fabrics

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Wow as you can see from my online store of fabrics,

of course I’m on the Spot side of life.

Retro is all about Spots, Dots, Circles, Shapes & Swirls.

It doesn’t matter what side you pick, both Spots & Stripes can get along perfectly well together.

Spots are in this season as any interior fashion nut would know.

You can’t go past popping a spot cushion in amongst cushions with flowers or stripes. Spots add a flair of fun to your home.

Stripes on the other hand are more conservative but are fun when team with its spotty friend.

Just remember to pick a colour that teams the designs all together.


Dots /Spots have a timeless quality which looks fabulous in any home décor.

Play around with texture, print and pattern of your soft furnishings fabrics.

You can get really inspired by creating a Pendant Light in Spot On Fabrics.

Take a look at our range online of the most Retro Inspired Fabrics from the past that really do embrace Spots & Shapes.

 

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Let talk about Cotton Fabrics used for Quilting Patchwork and Soft Furnishings!!!

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What do you know about Cotton Fabrics!!

Cotton Fabrics are the most versatile and most popular of all fabrics.

Cotton is a natural fiber which comes from the seed pods, or bolls of a cotton plant. The cotton plant is related to the hibiscus.

Cotton is grown in the states of Western Nsw & North West Qld in Australia.

Properties of the Use of Cotton Fabrics for Quilting, Crafts, Soft Furnishings are –

Very strong fiber

Stronger Wet than Dry

Cotton Fabrics Dye really well

Absorbs moisture

Durable and washes well.

These properties above helps up to make wise choices when furnishing your home with our wonderful fabrics on offer.

Some familiar Cotton Fabrics to look out for are & their properties

*Broderie Anglaise ( Embroidered Cotton)

*Calico (unbleached stiff cotton fabric)

*Chambray ( ideal for soft furnishings)

*Chintz (Cotton fabric with glazed finish)

*Corduroy (textured)

*Damask ( woven with a pattern)

*Denim (hard wearing fashion)

*Drill ( Hard wearing)

*Jersey (fine stretch cotton)

*Velvet


My Secrets on Combining Fabric Designs.

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Continuation of Combining Fabric Collections Together!!!

In my last blog we wrote about useful tips on how to Combine Fabric Designs & Colours Together. Todays blog is going to be a continuation of more useful tools for getting your space to look like a million bucks?

In smaller rooms always use smaller scale fabric designs. In larger rooms, where the fabric designs are seen at a distance, the smaller print tend to be read as texture or a solid.



Medium scale patterns are the most versatile. They can retain their pattern at a distance, yet in a smaller space, they don't overpower. Choose large scale patterns with care. They can overpower a small space, but can add vibrancy to a larger room.

They will appear bolder when covering large furniture, but look fragmented on smaller pieces.


Choose stripes to add height or width to a furniture piece or the room.

Variety may be the spice of life, but it s also the key to combining fabric patterns. Varying the patterns you choose from large scale and open small scale and dense is fundamental to a harmonious design.

That was easy, wasn't it?

Pop online to my store & feel your way around the many fabric choices on offer to create your own decorating style using these helpful hints.

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Helpful Hints On Combining Fabrics Together

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Hints on Combining Fabric Collections Together


.Now that you have been following a number of my blogs. I have absolute confidence your getting the hang of this home decorating stuff.

Let concentrate on combining Fabric Patterns together to create an interesting yet stylish living space for your home, apartment, office space & café.

 


Firstly you need to pick up a colour that is the point of interest in each fabric design. Remember think out side the square

The key colours I have chosen here is Ruby Red & Chocolate Tones.

 

 


The key colour combinations I have chosen here is latte & Black.

 

 


The key colour combinations above are the Latte Linen Colour & Scarlet Red.

The main idea is to have fun doing this.  Mix and match flowers, stripes, abstract all together to give your living spaces some life.

Here are just a few simple basic combinations to work with for inspirational ideas when decorating your space. All these textiles can be found online at my store http://www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

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My Secrets on Combining Fabric Designs.

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Part 1. My Secrets on Combining Fabric Patterns.

Let me show you how easy it is to combine fabric Designs just like the Interior Designers & Home Stylist do!!!

Are you struggling with your rooms in your home at the moment.  Just can't get it quiet right??

Lets work step by step together over the next couple of blogs to try and work out your patterns.

 

Step 1. Always find one basic fabric you like and work around it!   Whether it be a Retro, solid, striped or floral design.

This design will be your foundation for the room.  Then we shall work from this piece.

 

Step 2. Golden rule of design try not to use more than 3 design patterns in the one room.  Otherwise, the effect will be of mess & distraction rather than calm & balance.


 

Step 3. Be creative and think outside the square.  That’s why Retro Home Fabrics is a great online store with lots of inspirational ideas outside the square.

Vary your style of the patterns.  Instead of choosing 3 striped fabrics, throw in a floral or geometric pattern.  Or one of each.   Bearing in mind the colours co- ordinate together.

These 3  fabrics designs above are from the Willow Collection.   These  3 soft furnishing pieces  mix & match together with the same colours of taupes, black & white.

Great ideas for these 3 fabrics would be Wall Art Hangings for the Willow Tree.   A Pendant Hanging Lampshade or Table Lampshade in the Curves Design Fabric would look extremely dramatic. Cushion Covers in the leaves fabric would work well next to the Wall Art.   This story would all combine beautifully in your special space.  We have used this combination of fabrics in living areas & bedrooms before.   Well what do you think?   How Different!  Modern !!  Dramatic & Inspirational  combining these 3 beauties!!!!!!   Not many of your friends would have this relaxing combination not to mention pulling it all together would look amazing and stay in fashion for a long long time.   Set your own style this one is a winner.  These fabrics have also been out of print for a long time making them extremely unique.

Step 4. Unite the patterns with a common colour.  If your foundation colour is Olive green,  all of the chosen fabrics should have this common fabric colour Olive green as the prominent colour.

 

 

These 3  fabric designs work really well together they add a Retro Style to your Home.


Step 5. Don't cluster the patterns in one area of the room.  Spread them out in at least 3 different areas of your room to give visual balance to your room..


 

I do hope these tips help and give you something to think about.

Jump online to our Retro Home Fabrics store to view & give you lots of ideas to think about.

Happy decorating!!!! @    www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

 

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How to Find your Decorating Style

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How to Find Your Decorating Style

Understanding what is your decorating style is will be the first step in figuring out & creating your own style.

1.  When I am styling one of the first questions I ask is what Hotels do you like staying in?  This usually gives me a clue of what decor style my client may be.

If you always stay in a cozy  B & B there's your answer already.  You will probably then find lots of quaint possibly french pieces of furniture around the home.

Love your family vacations by the beach and have jars of shells in your bathroom then maybe a Coastal cottage style is your thing.

Holidaying in the Mantra's which are extremely modern than a modern decor would be more appealing to you.

Lets face it how many times have we been on holidays and our own home is more funky quirky and expressive than the hotel we just stayed at.  Often the decor can be extremely disappointing not to mention daggy.

So there's a few clues.  Whats your style???


2.  Now look around your home and see what you have a lot of.

Yes maybe lots of the same colour, shape or style.  Its really simple I look around my home and all I see are bright large prints of coloured shapes.

Lots of Oranges & Reds & Olives in my fabrics & Wall colours.

Lots of textures within fabrics.  Texture bits & pieces of sculpture.

My furniture is modern but a twist of Retro.    I have combined the two.

My style is Retro.


3.  Art work what is hanging on your walls.

Artwork certainly says something about you????

Art is purely personal and is not tied to function or need.  It is an expression of ones self.

A Vintage poster means you like the classic lines of furniture.

An abstract photograph tells me your in to the modern design. 

 


Wall hangings of coastal beaches than your feel at home with a beachy feel to your home. There fore the shabby chic distressed white / cane furniture is for you.


4.  Where do you shop??? is a goodie for working out your style.

Do you browse through the same store time after time?

Does a flea market of Vinnies store make your heart race???

Where you look for your furniture speaks volumes about your style.  New, Used , found, handed down through generations.


5. What is your favourite room in the home??

Create this room to what you think your style may be then repeat it.  There is nothing wrong with having all your rooms designed similarly.

This can bring an organised calmness to your home.

Soon I will be posting more tips on Choosing & Combining Patterns to make your home quirky and inspiring to your friends and family.

Enjoy decorating.

Do It Yourself. How to Stretch Fabric on to a Canvas Timber Frame?

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Do It Yourself  Project.

How to Stretch  Soft Furnishings Fabrics onto  Canvas Timber Frames.

Let the designers of Retro Home Fabrics show you how to create your own Wall Hanging.  Our video will give you a quick lesson on the basics of stretching fabric on to Canvas Stretchers.

Fabrics on SALE now for creating Wall Art at www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

Keep posted over the next couple of weeks on tips about which fabrics you should choose to create your own Art Works.

Also a lesson on how to combine fabrics.

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Part 2. Home Decorating Tips on How to Arrange your Furniture

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Part 2. How to arrange your Furniture.    

Traffic Flows.

Hi welcome back to a continuation of my previous blog about tips on How to Arrange your Furniture.

We will be looking at traffic flows and how important it is to get this right.

Things to look out for are doors.  Do you have doors in this space??? Which way do they open???

In living rooms always take into account the size of the Television and if people are going to pass through your viewing area.

Group your seating in a television area close together to help prevent someone passing by whilst your watching your comedy show.

Place your chairs and sofa close enough to give your room a feeling of intimacy and every body can be heard.

As a guide the coffee table is usually set a minimum of 60cm - 70cm  from the sofa.. Not always to be treated as the golden rule.

If the coffee table is closer that this your special table becomes a foot stool.

Your Television needs to be set back at lease 3 - 4 times the size of the screen.   Too large a screen will dominate a room.

 

Your pathway for traffic is best to be a lease 1 metre wide.  The more used pathway the wider it should be.  Up to 1.5metres wide is extremely comfortable.

A pathway of 75cm  is acceptable for infrequent used pathways.

Be smart when purchasing furniture.  If your rooms double for multi purposes than think hard about the furniture you should choose.


Does your TV room double as a toy room???   Mine does.  Then put in a coffee table with storage draws or baskets for all the toys.

Create a toy box (chest) to hold the toys, then add a simple cushion padding on top to then transform this to a seat or as a coffee table with out the padding.

Throw in an ottoman which provides additional seating when guests come over .            

Our Office becomes spare room when visitors arrive.  Throw in a sofa lounge that can be whipped out to be a sofa bed.

The office desk then can double for a dressing table.     Think smart you can utilize valuable space wisely.                                        

I do hope all this helps with your arrangement of furniture.  Keep an eye on more exciting blogs coming up in the near future.

My next blog will be about Combining Fabrics just like the Designers do!

Happy rearranging your home and creating your unique style for your family.

Don't forget to look at my soft furnishings fabric collections to create your ideal atmosphere in your home office space or apartment . We have lots of new upholstery, craft fabric stock which arrives in limited supply at great prices. Our fabrics are unique and not usually offered to the Australian Market.

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Home Decorating Tips On How to Arrange you Furniture

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Part 1. How to Arrange your furniture!!!

“Moving your furniture around is a more cost effective form of renovating”.

Are you planning on moving into a new home or tired of your existing look of your home.

The best way to get a new feel to your special space is to work those muscles and start moving your furniture around to create a dramatic difference.

Firstly if you don't want to move the furniture around on your own  (No doubt your husband doesn't know what your planning) then its time to be creative by drawing your room and furniture to scale on paper is a great way to get things started.

Cut to scale the furniture pieces then you can easily move the pieces around without pulling a muscle.

This is such a useful method I use for my clients to get the feel for the visual look we are trying to achieve.  Before you go out and spend money on furniture that is too big or too small

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Tip 1. Remove the Clutter.

This helps you see the true shape and size of your room.  A room without clutter makes you feel more organized at peace & relaxed.


Tip 2. Create a Focal Point.

Place your furniture around a focal point.   This can be a fire place a piece of artwork or a large window leading to a view.

Always take in account the size of your room.  If you have a small area there needs to be at least one conversational area.  For larger areas in the living room there maybe more than one furniture grouping.

Tip 3. Keeping the Room Balanced.

Stand back and take a look at the balance of the furniture and artwork in the room. If most of your furniture is top or bottom heavy your room will appear unbalanced vertically.

If the smaller pieces of furniture  are to one side and the heavier to the other side the room will look unbalanced horizontally.

To balance a room up its easier to use Artwork, Sculpture & Plants.  Also using rugs can separate and define specific areas.


Tip 4. Traffic Flow.

This is an extremely important part of the process of changing your space. Traffic needs to flow easily giving your home an ease to move around and enjoy.

No side stepping around furniture, pot plants or coffee tables. We need to consider the waistlines of your friends and family and allow for the direction of traffic that will take to get to one area to another.

I hope you enjoy these tips.  I will continue this blog over the next couple of weeks.  This will however give you the opportunity to take in all this information.

Move a few things around and see what you come up with.  Just remember to stick to these basic rules and your should make quiet a difference to your space.

Drop me an email to let me know how you have succeeded through my website at http://www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

Happy Home Decorating. Don't forget I have lots of fabrics & cushion covers on sale at the moment at www.retrohomefabrics.com.au


Bracken Branches Soft Furnishing Fabrics

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Love these Bracken Branches Soft Furnishings fabric. A touch of Contemporary feel in natural earthy tones. Available now at www.retrohomefabrics.com.au . This fabric is stunning in Wall Art stretched over canvas frames. Suitable for most living spaces in your home. These upholstery fabrics are made of quality designer cotton creating a look that never dates and always looks interesting into the future. Available in limited supply only at www.retrohomefabrics.com.au

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My Favourite Soft Furnishings Fabrics

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