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Outdoor Fabrics: A Decorating Lesson

Take another look at outdoor fabrics! Today’s selections are perfect as upholstery, draperies, and even bed linens.

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-Everyone is looking for fabrics and upholstery that not only stand the test of time but also stand up to the wear and tear of pets, children, and entertaining. I'm Lacey Howard, Editor of Decorating Magazine, and today I'm going to show you how outdoor fabrics transition beautifully to indoor spaces. Designer Joe Ruggiero has designed one my favorite lines with Sunbrella, a company known for their outdoor great fabrics. Joe, how long have you been working with Sunbrella? -So I guess it's been about 5 years. It seems like yesterday because we have 2,000 skews in the line. But I think Sunbrella brought me in to design a collection of fabrics because we wanted to bring Sunbrella inside. So today, we've developed fabrics that looked like damask; that looked like silk; that looked like worsted wool, cotton, linen. It's just, you know, the choice is great, and the maintenance factor. You know, I call it heavy wear, easy care. You can zip off the covers, throw them in the washer with a cup bleach, and they're even gonna come out better than they are now. It's a great, great collection item. -That's right! Outdoor fabrics are no longer the stiff, crunchy, cabana stripes you may remember. Today's fabrics are beautiful, soft, supple, and offer an amazing range of colors and patterns. They can even be used as upholstery on traditional frames such as these chairs and this love seat. -So I encourage people to do things creatively to their bed. And then the top of the bed is actually a coverlet made of a pattern called block quilt, and block quilt was inspired by American Amish quilts. And if you can notice, there's a lot of little sort of stitching, as if a quilting bee was, you know, conducted to create this pattern. But it's actually the technology of producing this fabric that creates a pattern that looks like it's actually an antique quilt. And then the pillows are a classic stripe, and the fringe on the pillows are actually Sunbrella fibers, too. So I think it makes a lot of sense for the top of bed, and if you wanna change out the drapery and do a different dcor or a different color, it's very easy to do. -In a room that plays many roles, host movie night as well as TV dinners, fabrics and upholsteries that stand up to wear and tear are required. Today's outdoor fabrics are the perfect solution. Take a look at all they have to offer and I promise you'll be impressed. For Decorating Magazine, I'm Lacey Howard.