I'm in the mood for...

Love. And by love, I mean teal velvet. 


Hello my lovelies!  Let me just tell you that I have so much good stuff for you to feast your eyes on over the next couple of months.  I have been working on so many new projects and I want you to be a part of all of them.  I still don't entirely know how to utilize my email list, but we'll worry about that later.  Until then...just make sure to check back every Friday!


I would never identify myself as someone who just loves the color green.  In fact, most of my design school experience was me despising ANY color.  But there's something so fresh and dare I say "sexy" about the versatility of the color green.  I've been using a lot of sage in my own home, I designed a sectional for a client in a teal velvet, and I'm updating my website (more on that later) all with this freaking color.  I CANNOT BE STOPPED.  


Velvet and mohair can be incredibly difficult to work with in upholstery.  First off, it has a direction, (aka "nap").  Second, that "nap" is almost always woven so that you cannot railroad the fabric. 

Railroad: To use the fabric horizontally in its application rather than vertically.  Most fabrics are woven vertically (aka Off the Roll).  Why does this matter?  The orientation of your fabric will determine where you will need seams.  Most designers (myself included) HATE seams.  

In case you missed it, I am going to try my best at offering interior design help with every post on this blog.  If you're new to interior design, consider this as your own little personal resource.  

Back to velvet... Velvet is great for pillows, ottomans, chairs, benches and love seats that are no more than 54" wide because  roll of fabric is typically only 54" wide.  BUT WHAT ABOUT GORGEOUS VELVET SOFAS, LEX? a perfect world you would find a velvet that has been woven to be railroaded.  But this isn't a perfect world.  Instead you could try tufting our sofa because then you could hide the seams inside the folds of tufting.  If tufting is not your thing, you can position your seams to coincide with the division of your seat and back cushions.  At least that way it looks intentional!  



White oak is my favorite hardwood to work with as you can see from all of the pieces of furniture that I make at Lex Lee Studio.  It has beautiful grain and is naturally light enough to take on a variety of colors in the finish process.  I personally like to leave my white oak with just a clear coat, but I have also been known to bleach it up a few shades and then give it a white or grey tone.   



Until next time, my darlings!