Updating Your Summer Decor Using Fabric (Video)

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I stopped by Cityline to share with host Tracy Moore some tips for updating an outdoor space using fabrics. Textiles are a great, inexpensive way of updating your decor. Look for toss cushions, placemats, table cloths, and curtains to bring the season’s fabric trends into your outdoor space.

Some key takeaways? Look for washable textiles and the season’s biggest fabric trends including stand-out prints and embellishments. If you love a good DIY, add interest by trying different fabric-painting techniques.

When updating your outdoor space with fabrics:
– Look for fabrics that are water- and mould-resistant
– Don’t shy away from mixing patterns
– Try tone-on-tone for a more sophisticated look
– Look for embellishments like embroidery details or tassels
– DIY-it by sewing on trims or hand-paining existing pieces with fabric paint

Whether you’re choosing store-bought accessories or making them yourself, keep an open mind — there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to making your space your own. Choose prints, colours, patterns, and textures that make you happy! Then spot-treat and wash according to the fabric.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
Since we’ve all moved outside for the better weather, we want to talk a little bit about how you can make your space a little bit funkier with outdoor fabrics.

Denise Wild:
Yes.

Tracy:
And, you know, people are using inside and outside.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
So have some fun with them. If you’ve got little ones, like we both do, you might want to think about having fabrics that are going to be really stain-resistant and low maintenance.

Denise:
Exactly. That’s a perfect point. So I’m talking about updating your décor using fabrics. And that’s a great point; you want to make sure that they’re easy to wash.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Or that they’re stain resistant. Or that they’re made specifically for outdoors.

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
So, I’ve got a few setups right here just to show you the variety, and there’s really kind of no limits with it. Using fabrics to update your décor; it’s such an inexpensive way–

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
–you know, you can just get toss cushions, placemats – you know, there are seat cushions, or a tablecloth. Even curtains you can just– it’s inexpensive, it’s easy to do; you switch it out.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
And then this– these are things you’re choosing for outdoors. So, I want you to feel these two cushions. These are made from an outdoor fabric.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So, if you’re sewing them on your own, you want to look for a fabric that’s called Sunbrella.

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
It’s kind of the brand name for outdoor fabrics. It’s stain-resistant, mildew-resistant; it’s really, really durable.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And then if you’re buying it from the store, you want to kind of feel that it has a little bit of that extra texture-y kind of thing.

Tracy:
Okay. So–

Denise:
Like almost a little bit of plastic-y.

Tracy:
–it’s got a little bit of extra integrity.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
Like you can feel it’s not– it’s going to stand up against some–

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
–elements. Right?

Denise:
Exactly. You do want find fabrics, if you’re using them outdoors, that will withstand, you know, wear and tear–

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
–any kind of humidity or things like that.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
But, if there’s something that you like – if it’s a print or if it’s a particular pattern – you don’t have to use only outdoor textiles or even upholstery textiles for outdoors.

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
You know, this is a great example of having sheers. You can create a beautiful space using, like, these panels, that just with a grommet, they’ll just hang and drape to create your beautiful outdoor living area.

Tracy:
Right. So you’re saying that these aren’t outdoor fabric, but you can still use them outdoors?

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Exactly. These are easy to wash.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And you can do kind of a tone on tone thing here – whoops, there goes my pillow.

Tracy:
These ones are beautiful though.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
Like I like the fact that they’re– like you’re picking up on the blue in both of them.

Denise:
Exactly. And when you’re choosing your placemats, when you’re choosing your toss cushions, you can just take these. Add these to your space outdoors–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–and it instantly brightens things up. You can also do a lot of DIY. So, take fabric paints and do like a hand paint. Do a dip dye directly on existing textiles.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
If you’re making them yourself –

Tracy:
Yeah?

Denise:
–one of the big trends right now is embellishments.

Tracy:
Ah!

Denise:
So you’re looking for tassels, embroidery appliqués. And, again, you can do this yourself or you can take existing images and put them on. So this beautiful pillow, it has the butterfly print–

Tracy:
Um, hum.

Denise:
But then it’s got these appliqués on it. You can just iron it on, or if you’re making it, you can do embroidery. It gives you that bit of extra dimension–

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
–a bit more interest.

Tracy:
It makes it your own, right. It gives it some personality.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Did you make this one?

Denise:
I didn’t, but I could.

Tracy:
But you could.

Denise:
I could.

Tracy:
You could. And I know you’re capable of making almost anything. Like, did you make your outfit today?

Denise:
Um, I could. I could have.

Tracy:
Usually, she comes in here and she’s like, ‘Yeah, I just sewed this dress up and came in.’ And then it’s like this hot, sexy dress that she sewed with the machine, and I’m like, ‘How do you do that?’ That’s pretty cool though.

Denise:
Yeah. And when you’re choosing your fabrics, you want to just play with it. You know, do what works for your style–

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
–but also, you know, use– incorporate a lot of patterns. Don’t be afraid, you know, ‘Oh, this is stripes and this is print, you know; this one’s kind of tribal.’

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
You can mix it all together; you have like an eclectic Moroccan type feel. Or you can go more tone on tone–

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
–same coloring, you know, more subdued so–

Tracy:
I do find that people are a little bit more adventurous when they get to their outdoor space, because you- like, you’re committing a little bit less–

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
–it’s really only for a season–

Denise:
And it’s fun.

Tracy:
–and it’s fun!

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
You know, when it gets hot outside, you want those really fun, happy colours and it’s all good.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
And one easy way to do it is to just switch out all your things, like your placemats and your cushions and all that stuff.

Denise:
It’s such an inexpensive way to do a quick update.

Tracy:
Right. Get them– do you ever do this? Do you get them while they’re on sale and then hope–

Denise:
Oh, of course.

Tracy:
–at some point you’ll just be adding to the collection, so they finally make sense in your life?

Denise:
Of course. And this is when all the fun patterns come into play.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Because, it doesn’t have to be match-y, match-y. It looks more interesting and then you’ve got a story; you know, everyone’s sitting down – ‘Hey, I got that pillow on vacation here.’

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
Or, ‘This placemat right here.’ You know, even if you’re making all your own things – if you’re making napkins, use all different fabrics and each one, you know- pick a sentimental textile.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So that every one tells a story and that just helps with your conversation.

Tracy:
How do you wash this stuff? Is it–

Denise:
That’s a good question.

Tracy:
–rain? Leave it in the rain.

Denise:
That is a good question. So, if you’re making it out of your own fabrics–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–you’ll want to choose something that can go in the washing machine. You want to add a zipper so that you can pull it off –

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–throw it in the washing machine. Always check the care tags, because sometimes they are washable and other times you don’t want to touch them. But, definitely, you can just dab with a damp cloth if anything happens. And some of the fabrics, if they’re specifically made for outdoors, the– anything that you spill on them will almost roll right off and–

Tracy:
Roll right off.

Denise:
–wipe right off.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
Really good tips.

Denise:
So, spot treat, and if you can unzip and just wash it, treat it.

Tracy:
Good stuff.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
Thanks, Denise. Let’s go to break. We’ve got more coming up. Stay with us.

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