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    Interior Designer Crush: Ore Studios

    We are big time admirers of Ore Studios because of the warm, informed, and functional spaces they create. For this studio, the most beautiful rooms are the ones that work effortlessly for the people inhabiting them. We couldn't agree more. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! This is part of a series 'Interior Designer Crush' - read all posts here.

    Principal of Ore Studios, Andy Beers; photo by Julie Harmsen

    Tell us about your design practice and philosophy... what makes it different from any other design studio?
    We're very influenced by both buildings and people- we're always happiest when both the house and the client are well served by the work we do. We get to know our clients really well, listen to their preferences, and then overlay that with an understanding of which design and decoration details are the strongest fit with different types of architecture. We find that work approached through this lens tends to be the longest lasting.

    We also like to add as much visual warmth and texture as we can with textiles, as they're such a great opportunity to express a client's point of view in a really low-risk way. Having clients invested in their finishes and fabrics, particularly when there are so many choices in the marketplace, always feels great.


    How have you used KUFRI in some of your recent projects? 
    We have used KUFRI in multiple projects. One was a large remodel for a wonderful young family in Seattle. We used KUFRI's Sanjana Stripe in Grey draperies and Tribal in Black lumbar pillows. We wanted something interesting for the draperies that would read as texture once they were tailored, and would be a pattern they can grow with. Sanjana Stripe broadens the visual impact of the black window sashes, is sophisticated enough for an adult, but has an organic sense of play that is well suited to a kids room.
     

    For the guest bedroom, we used Sur along with Carmel in Licorice for custom pillows. We felt so lucky to find Sur, as it allowed us to bring together all of the neutrals in the room while adding scale and texture. And I love including Carmel wherever we can- the heavy slub and diagonal weave are so beautiful on tailored goods.

    New: 100+ Grasscloth Wallpapers. Holy Moly.

    New: 100+ Grasscloth Wallpapers. Holy Moly.

    Drumroll please...

    Announcing two new lines with the most gorgeous Grasscloth Wallpapers!

    Stocked in the US at crazy good prices. These wallpapers are ready to ship and truly top-notch.

    Handmade Wallcoverings out of the Hill Country of Austin, Texas, ABA Interiors is a family own business that focuses on quality, sustainability, and individuality. It's grasscloths are what dreams are made of.

    At KUFRI, we love the grace and tradition of Japanese art and that is ingrained in the Tokiwa vinyl wallpaper line. It features different traditional and unique Japanese materials in a large variety.

    The gamut of textures, colours, and materials these lines offer fits with any direction your project is taking you.
    Both lines are now represented by KUFRI textiles in our Dallas showroom. Contact us for memos and pricing or use your trade account to browse and order wallpapers directly online.

    Next Level :: Why Handwoven?

    When should you specify handloom woven fabrics? We've broken it down to a few key points...

    Natural fibers, sustainably made
    Sustainability encompasses more than just producing using eco-friendly processes...it also means applying ethical business practices, where workers are treated with dignity, and paid fair wages. Our fabrics also pay attention to the "closed loop system" meaning everything springs to life, gets used then put back into the gets put back into the earth and can bio-degrade within 2-6 months.


    Imperfectly perfect textures
    The irregularities and nuances found in handwoven textiles is what makes them unique and beautiful. The perfectly imperfect adds lots of character and texture making each handwoven fabric truly a work of art.


    Stocked, ready to ship
    We all love a stocked item. With our handwoven textiles, all fabrics are stocked in our Dallas, Texas showroom and ready to ship! This accessibility helps us promote a conscious, beautiful life at home, without the lead time. And, did you know? Most of our fabrics can be Stain, Flame, or Outdoor treated!

    Impact-creating
    Handloom weaving began as early as the 10th century. And even now, all you need is a wooden loom (what a beauty in itself) that takes no electricity! It is a completely manual process and a craft that is passed down generations. Our textiles help artisans continue doing what they know and love, allowing them to sustain their families and villages. There is a strong cultural and economic impact that is created by using our textiles. Now that's something any client would want to support! 

    Handwoven textiles are made with history, heritage, and heart. They are slow textiles and what we love to call Impact textiles...their impact is felt on an entire village. Imagine that :)

    Rule benders :: Seasonless Whites

    Rule benders :: Seasonless Whites

    Trends come and go so as summer comes to a close, the age-old question “Can I wear White after Labor Day?” comes up.

    At KUFRI we’re OK with bending those rules, or making our own. And being enthusiasts of all things textile, we delve into the question… where did this fashion “rule” even come from?
     


    KUFRI Carmel/Cream fabric on upholstered bed by Sarah Hamlin-Hastings


    When the first Monday of September became a federal holiday in 1894 the holiday began to signify the end of summer and vacations, and with that, the emittance of white apparel. The white hot “look of leisure” moves out as the rain clouds and changing seasons move in.


    Luckily, in interiors, we love white no matter the season, and let's not forget, Coco Chanel, who famously wore white year round, as proof.

    Treating Fabrics: Q/A with SBI Finishing


    Many designers are unsure about treating fabrics... which fibers can be treated? Will the colors run? How to clean it after? We have answers!
    Diane Percy, Director of Customer Relations at SBI Finishing, gives us the down-low on stain, flame and outdoor...


    1. Tell us about your most popular treatment that residential designers use for indoor upholstery...
    Our most popular services for indoor upholstery fabrics are Premium Stain Protection and Knit Backing. Premium Stain Protection is a water-based, environmentally-friendly finish that protects fabrics from water-based and oil-based stains. It also resists the intrusion of dust, soil and other residue, and increases the fabric's resistance to wear (double-rubs). Knit Backing helps prevent fraying and seam slippage, and adds tremendous durability and stability to upholstery fabrics. This combination greatly extends the life of fabrics.
     
    2. Do you offer spray and immersion treatments? Can you tell us the difference and when to use which one.
    Yes, we have multiple application techniques for each of our finishes. We evaluate every fabric upon receipt, and based on our experience, we decide which application technique would be best.

    3. What's your experience with treating natural fabrics? How do they perform?
    100% natural fiber fabrics respond best to treatments. They readily accept the protective compounds, and respond very well overall.
     
    4. What about treating natural fabrics for outdoor treatments?
    A combination of Premium Stain Protection, Antimicrobial & Acrylic Backing is normally preferred for fabrics intended for outdoor use. These treatments will highly improve the fabric's performance. However, treating an indoor fabric will not make it perform like an outdoor fabric that was made with synthetic fibers. We would recommend that the fabric (pillows, cushions, etc...) be covered or stored during inclement weather.  
     
    5. What are the cleaning instructions for treated natural fabrics?
    It depends on the treatment that was applied. We ask designers contact us for those specific instructions as they differ. We recommend our instructions in conjunction with the fabric manufacturer's cleaning and care guide. It's good to note, our Premium Stain finish is durable to wet or dry cleaning methods.  

    6. Anything else you'd like us to know about natural fabrics and your treatments?
    Our Premium Stain Protection is heat-cured into the fibers of the fabric, and through proper care, is designed to last the life of the fabric. This sets it apart from other stain guard options that must be regularly reapplied.  
     
    Additionally, our sample service is an excellent way of testing how a fabric responds to treatments before having the full yardage treated, and only costs a nominal fee.


    SBI Finishing can be reached 903.675.1440 or email info@sbifinishing.com