How To Use Textiles To Change The Look Of A Room (Video)

Morning Live

While in Edmonton for the Edmonton Home + Garden Show, I stopped by the Morning Live studio to chat with Kim Wynn about how easy it is to change the look of any room with soft furnishings. We also geeked out a bit about how much we both love HomeSense. 🙂

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Host Kim Wynn:

The 2016 Edmonton Home and Garden Show is nicely underway at the Edmonton Expo Centre, and among the talented people you’ll be able to see there is our next guest; huge celeb in the DIY world. We have our sewing expert who has her own TV show. She’s got books. She’s got a magazine. Welcome to CTV Morning Live, Denise Wild.

Denise:
Thank you so much. Thank you, Kim. I’m so happy to be here. Thank you.

Kim:
I wanted to mention to everybody that you started the– North America’s largest sewing school.

Denise:
Yes.

Kim:
And you started LoveSewing. So, I– oh, my goodness.

Denise:
Do you sew?

Kim:
I sew a little bit.

Denise:
Okay.

Kim:
My mom sews a lot.

Denise:
Awesome. I love that.

Kim:
I’m just a huge DIY’er.

Denise:
Awesome.

Kim:
Yeah, so what we’re talking about today is if you want to update your home–

Denise:
Yes.

Kim:
—you don’t need to do huge renovations.

Denise:
Exactly.

Kim:
You don’t need to buy a giant expensive couch.

Denise:
Yeah.

Kim:
All you need to do is update with textiles.

Denise:
Yeah, and I think that’s one of the things that people get intimidated by is, ‘oh, no, I have to paint everything,’ or, ‘I have to, you know, tear down a wall,’ but you really don’t have to. If you want to update your home, there’s simple things you can do with fabric and with textiles to update your look, and it’s very easy and very inexpensive.

Kim:
Excellent. At the Edmonton Home and Garden Show, you’re going to be teaching people this kind of stuff.

Denise:
Yes.

Kim:
We have a pillow right there, which you can sew yourself.

Denise:
Yes. You know, I did that pillow. That’s actually a no-sew pillow.

Kim:
Oh!

Denise:
Those are felt circles glue-gunned on. So even crafts–

Kim:
Anybody can do it.

Denise:
Anybody can do it. You can get your family doing it, but that’s a great way to update your look. So, and this is a reupholstered bench. So you just take fabric, stretch it over, put a little foam underneath, a little batting, and then nail gun.

Kim:
Is that challenging? Like, what’s the skill level, from one to ten?

Denise:
No. So, you know what? There are so many things you can do. You don’t have to know how to sew. You don’t have to be super hands-on. And you can even go to a store like HomeSense. So everything I have here is from HomeSense. If you have– go somewhere with a lot of variety; it’s all done for you.

Kim:
Yes.

Denise:
You don’t have to think. And you can pick up things like toss cushions, throws, curtains. And that’s an easy way to instantly update your home. You bring in different styles and it’s noncommittal.

Kim:
For sure.

Denise:
You know, it’s so easy to do.

Kim:
At HomeSense. Darn you, HomeSense.

Denise:
Yeah.

Kim:
Every time I come out I’m like, ‘Oh, I didn’t mean to buy a cart of stuff,’ but I do.

Denise:
You can’t help it!

Kim:
I know. I can’t help it.

Denise:
You can’t help it. Everything in there is so delectable.

Kim:
Yeah.

Denise:
So, and the other great thing – so you have toss cushions – you buy simple toss cushions, update your home, and then if you want, you can get updated covers. So you can either sew these – I sew; I use a Janome sewing machine at home – you can make something like this, or you can buy them. These are all from HomeSense. Very inexpensive and you instantly change the look of something. If someone has an owl; someone loves that owl, someone else doesn’t. So, you know, get a little cover–

Kim:
For sure.

Denise:
—and you can cover it up.

Kim:
And you actually have a tip on how to clean your textiles.

Denise:
Yes.

Kim:
For example: your drapes or curtains.

Denise:
Okay. So, here’s the thing with drapes; you don’t clean them.

Kim:
Okay?

Denise:
Yeah, it’s weird. It sounds weird, but steam them. That gets rid of the bacteria, and then dust them, vacuum them, and then that will get rid of any debris and stuff. It sounds weird, but you just leave them.

Kim:
Okay, okay.

Denise:
Yeah.

Kim:
I was about to say, ‘Well, what if I spill some red wine on it?’

Denise:
You know what? You have to spot treat that area. Otherwise, if you take them off and try to wash it, it’s going to totally distort the shape and fall of the drapes.

Kim:
Excellent.

Denise:
Yeah.

Kim:
Well, you’re going to be at the Edmonton Home and Garden Show–

Denise:
Yes.

Kim:
—presenting.

Denise:
Yes.

Kim:
And what can people learn from you if they come down this week?

Denise:
So, I’m talking about tips for bringing in fabrics to your home. I’m talking easy DIY fabric– DIY’s, for the home, using fabric. And fabric care. So–

Kim:
Yeah.

Denise:
—how do you wash curtains? How do you choose bedding? All that stuff.

Kim:
Excellent. And what are some patterns that are in? Or some textiles or designs that are in right now for this upcoming season?

Denise:
So, ethnic prints are really popular, and they can be kind of a modern ethnic twist or it can be very traditional. And then if that’s not really your style – so, I always say, if there’s a trend out there and it’s not really your thing, just figure out– you can either bring it in in a small way, like in a toss cushion or–

Kim:
Okay.

Denise:
—you know, just adapt–

Kim:
Right.

Denise:
—it in your own–

Kim:
Even just the colour from–

Denise:
Exactly.

Kim:
—from the ethnic prints.

Denise:
Exactly. Pull a colour that speaks to you and bring it into your home.

Kim:
Excellent. Denise, thank you so much for coming in this morning.

Denise:
Thank you.

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