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Bring Fall Indoors With Glamorous Gourds & More

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Claudia Beebe

Orange Pumpkins Are Passé: Chic Interior Accessories That Bring Autumn Vibes Inside

Less glitzy than Christmas and more subdued than summer’s pops of color, autumn decor is a favorite of ours, packed with warm colors, rich textures and organic themes. In a nod to the harvest season, natural elements dominate fall decor, and for many families, squash, pumpkins and other gourds are an essential seasonal tradition.

Live, freshly harvested and intact gourds should have a lifespan of eight to 12 weeks, but if they’re the centerpiece of your fall decor, you’ll have to cross your fingers at the farmstand each year in the hopes of finding the right size, shape and color for your mantel or tablescape.

That’s why we love seasonal interior accessories that nod to the harvest traditions of autumn, but enjoy an infinite lifespan. Here are some of the ways we bring fall aesthetics into our homes each year.

Warm Hues

While we’d love to redecorate our homes for each season, quarterly paint jobs and reupholstery treatments just aren’t worth the headache. But you can still bring warm, autumnal hues indoors—shades of burnt orange, rich chocolate browns and muted reds like burgundy and wine—by rotating your accents. Switch a summery coral or royal blue throw for a deeper colored blanket on a neutral-colored armchair or sofa. Swap out silver accent accessories for golds. Your mantel and dining table are two surfaces where you have the most room to get creative and playful with the tableaus you create: make a bold statement here that can speak for your whole room.

Warm Hues

Immortal Organics

We love the look of harvest fruits like pumpkins and squash, and they make wonderful exterior decorations all autumn long. But in an elegantly appointed interior, there are more sophisticated upgrades available. One of our favorites is Hot Skwash by Daria, a unique line of plush nature-inspired figurines available in a wide range of colors, fabrics and sizes. With a palette as diverse as nature and luxe accents including feathers, Swarovski crystals and intricate beadwork, Hot Skwash table decor is an elevated version of a mini-pumpkin tableau for a one-of-a-kind tablescape.

As an exclusive retailer of Simon Pearce glassware, we are also fortunate to have access to the line’s stunning collection of autumnal-inspired artifacts, which include the glittering pumpkin, willow pumpkin, glass gourd and glass acorn. Like all Simon Pearce glassware, these handcrafted, crystal-clear sculptures will reflect any environment where you stage them, capturing and throwing light so that everything around each piece glitters. In a season that can frequently be gloomy and overcast, they’re the perfect addition to bring more light into any room.

Immortal Organics

Just in time for your home’s fall refresh, we’re hosting a trunk show with Hot Skwash this month. Come by our showroom at 600 S. 1st St. in Geneva to shop the exquisite collection alongside complementary gems from Simon Pearce.


Why, How and When To Reupholster Furniture?

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by BB Interiors

Why, How and When To Reupholster Furniture?

Decide Whether To Redo or Buy New Using Claudia’s Tried-and-True Reupholstery Checklist

Reupholstering furniture can work miracles, making something old, new, or something drab, fab. But removing and replacing the fabric on a piece of furniture can be complicated and expensive. Between fabric and labor prices, reupholstering a chair will save you—at most—15 to 20 percent off the price of buying new. That’s why it’s important to make sure the choice to reupholster a piece is the right one. When a client comes to us with a couch, chair or ottoman that needs some love, we follow this checklist to decide if they should fix it or ditch it.

Why Should You Reupholster?

Reupholstery is like hitting the “reset” button on a piece of furniture you may like, but that just isn’t perfect. Maybe the fabric is dated, it doesn’t match the room, or it has seen better days. Over time, it may have become uncomfortable to sit on. Reupholstering isn’t just swapping out the top layer of fabric: it involves stripping your furniture down to its original frame and rebuilding it nearly from scratch. The piece’s webbing, springs and stuffing will be inspected, repaired and, if needed, replaced. Most noticeably, the fabric will be swapped with a new pattern and material of your choosing. The shape and style can also be customized with the addition of buttons, tufting and new finishing.

When Should You Reupholster?

There is only one circumstance where we advise a client to reupholster, no matter what: if the piece has sentimental value and you love it for its history or emotional significance. If it was your grandfather’s armchair, or the rocker where your mother cradled you and where you plan to nurse your baby, no replacement will ever suffice. Beyond that, there are two other factors to consider when deciding whether it’s better to reupholster or replace.

  • Does the piece have good bones?
  • When you first glance at a piece of furniture, the fabric is often all you notice. But when you’re considering reupholstery, the material hardly matters: what’s important is the quality and character of the components that are under and around the upholstery. Consider the visible parts of the furniture’s frame and its structure. Do you like the legs? The arms? The overall shape and size of the chair, couch or ottoman? If everything is right except the fabric, reupholstery may be the right choice.
  • Does the piece fit the room well? The most beautiful couch in the world isn’t right if it doesn’t fit the layout of the room where it will live. The process of choosing furniture to fill a space can be especially painstaking because the size and shape of a room is unchangeable, no matter how many times you shake up the style. If you’ve already found the perfect L-shaped or U-shaped couch for your the unique layout of your family room, but you’ve fallen out of love with its pattern or color, you don’t have to start at square one: reupholstery will allow you to keep that perfect fit while getting an otherwise new piece of furniture.

How Should You Reupholster?

There are very few circumstances where reupholstery is a job you can or should tackle yourself. Any piece of high-quality furniture has more going on beneath the surface than you’d expect, and the chances of making an irreparable mistake are too high to be worth the risk. If you’re swapping the fabric around a simple foam cushion on an Ikea bench — have at it. Otherwise, seek a professional’s help. At bb interiors, we work with a dedicated team of experts on reupholstery projects, and our Geneva showroom offers a selection of over 2,700 swatch books so you can see, touch and compare a selection of fabrics to find the right pattern and material for your new favorite furniture. We’ll help you make that piece you like into something you love! Let bb interiors help you start your redecorating journey today.