A Walk Through Home Fabrics & Rugs

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I like to do walk-throughs every once in awhile to show you interesting finds or introduce you to new places, but I also think it is helpful because I hear so often from people that they wish they had “the eye” to spot something good.  If you have been reading awhile, you know that I love a fruitful trip to Home Fabrics & Rugs.  I wrote about my fabric find from HF&R here, and they have stores all over the country.  See here for all their locations.  

Come on a walk with me…

One thing I noticed on this trip was that they have way more rugs than the last time I was here.

This could be a fun playroom rug.  (and all of those colors would help hide kid-ness)

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They have everything from more traditional rugs to more contemporary rugs.  They carry lots of sizes, and if they don’t have the size you want, I believe it is free shipping to your door.

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These jute/seagrass rugs looked like nice quality at fairly affordable prices.

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But let’s get to the point…I’m here for fabric.  HF&R often carries fabric from stores that have upholstered pieces like West Elm and Pottery Barn, plus you will catch the occasional high-end designer fabric from Schumacher or Brunschwig&Fils.  Best of all, their fabrics are usually eight or nine dollars a yard.  Yes, you read that right.  On this particular trip, I found a couple of pretty Serena & Lily fabrics.

I’m always a sucker for a nice wide stripe.  Plus blue.

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This one makes me think “al fresco dining”.  I imagine this fabric for the drapery, cream colored walls, a long wooden narrow farm table, white slipcovered chairs, and glass vessels filled with ferns for accessories.

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If you have a tween girl (or a little one) in your life, I think this fabric would be a really great jumping off point.  In case you are fabric challenged when it comes to coordinating patterns and colors, HF&R does display fabrics that would work well together so that is helpful.

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There is always a nice selection of outdoor fabrics here.

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I just love this simple navy stripe.  This fabric is timeless.

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This hand stamped look is beautiful, too.  It had a nice texture to it.  (it is upside down in the photo)

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For a powerful punch, this geometric fabric would be awesome on a pair of chairs.  The weight and thick weave make it a perfect fabric for upholstery.

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An important tip I have for shopping for fabric is to always do the The Fabric Test.  When you purchase a fabric, you want to make sure it is durable, well-made, the colors are not going to fade, and it is not going to fall apart.  A great way to test a fabric is to rub it vigorously for a few seconds and look at it.  If it pills, the color rubs, or it stretches outrageously, walk away.  Now the fabric may have a slight pull where you rubbed it, and that is normal.  But pilling or color rubbing are major no-no’s.

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If you need upholstery foam or pillows (poly and feather), they carry all of that.

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And yes, they have trim, but I do wish they would carry embellishments that were a little simpler.  I typically use tapes and more simple trims, I’m not very tassel-y and bead-y.

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If you need some simple linen panels, they have them at a terrific price.  They are not lined so if you want them to be a little fuller and more designer looking, you would have to add that.  But still a nice deal all in all.  They carry white and a tan color.

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We had a nice trip, huh?  I do love to look at fabric, it is relaxing for me.  And I have a lot of it.  : )  I have been sorting things for a yard sale I plan on having on Saturday, and whew, it is hard for me to let go of some of my fabric.  Home Fabrics & Rugs is definitely worth the trip, and although I don’t find something amazing every time, my finds are more frequent than failures.  Happy Shopping! (and if you find something amazing, I’d love to hear about it!)

Written by Grace

10 Responses to “A Walk Through Home Fabrics & Rugs”

  1. Dorothy July 22, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Thanks for that tip on how to tell quality fabrics. I’ll be sure to use it.

    • Grace July 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Dorothy, you are so welcome! It is a handy little tip. 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment. G

  2. Emily July 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Darn, they don’t have one in my area! Great fabric test lesson. Glad to know it now. Thanks Grace!

    • Grace July 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Emily, boo! Maybe you can catch one someday on a trip?? xo, G

  3. Jill July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Ok – Portland, Oregon needs one of these, although I am headed down to San Diego this weekend and may go check out that location!! Great source!!!!
    xo~Jill

  4. Shalene July 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Fantastic Grace! I’ll definitely be going there for the new house. One question … You mentioned seagrass rugs, so I want your thoughts. I’m thinking of doing wall to wall seagrass in our bedrooms and flex space. Not sure if B will think it’s comfortable, but I love the look, and it’s supposed to be exceptionally durable. Would you recommend it? Yay or nay?

  5. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door July 23, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    What a great place! I love my local fabric store but yours certainly takes it up a notch. 🙂

  6. Rachel July 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    I wish I lived closer to one of these! Do you happen to know the manufacturer or name of that first rug you posted (the possible playroom one)? Thanks a million!

  7. marquezlatisha August 12, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    Beautiful source for rugs and weirdly well-priced! Not bad for not having to actually go to Turkey.

    Beautiful source for rugs and weirdly well priced! not bad for not having to actually go to turkey.

    • Grace September 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

      Thank you. 🙂

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