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Interior Decor Styles We Love: Southwestern

How do you narrow down a home decor style when so many beautiful decor options exist? From coastal to rustic design, Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help each and every client learn about which interior style fits their home and personality.

This iconic interior design style incorporates the history of multiple cultures, including Native American tribes, Spanish settlers, and early American pioneers, creating a warm and inviting look rich with the history of the Southwest.

Traditional-style Spanish adobe homes, terracotta colors, stucco textures, hand-painted tiles, woven upholsteries, and natural wood furnishings are just some of the elements that go into creating a welcoming Southwestern style home.

Warm Colors

You want your home to create a warm, cozy feeling for you and any guests. Achieve this through earthy colors such as rust-orange, burnt yellows, leafy greens, and rich browns.

High Ceilings, Wooden Beams

Southwestern style homes always give a nod to nature, whether that means including a lot of natural wood furnishings or creating a living environment with high ceilings that mimics the airy expanse of the desert.

Patterned Backsplash Tile

Southwestern style kitchens typically include a strong emphasis on beautiful, hand-painted backsplash tile in bold, traditional patterns.

Indoor Cactus Gardens

Houseplants have been proven to improve your health, and they also add a picture-perfect detail to all styles of interior design. If you’re looking to incorporate a Southwestern theme to your home, consider starting a cactus garden. Cacti are fairly easy to take care of: Just keep them in a warm, bright spot and don’t fret about frequent watering — most plants only need to be watered once every few weeks.

Displayed Pottery and Handmade Dishes

Displaying your handmade or clay pottery and plateware on open shelves is a key characteristic of Southwestern dining rooms and kitchens. This is also a great way to keep organized and decrease clutter since you can see all that you need without having to rummage through cabinets.

Is Southwestern decor right for you? Contact Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing and we’ll be happy to help you create this look in your home with our reupholstering, refinishing, and custom-design services. You can also shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms.

However you plan to achieve this look, one of our in-house custom interior decorators can help you by making recommendations and even visiting your house to help you create your perfect Southwestern style home.

Not sure if Southwestern decor is your favorite look? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

Queen Anne Upholstery Is Proud to Join With Ma-Lee’s Upholstery

Ma-Lee Rogers of Ma-Lee’s Upholstery and Seth Emtage of Queen Anne Upholstery

Ma-Lee’s Upholstery has been a Bellevue-owned and -operated custom upholstery business proudly serving their community for over 20 years. Ma-Lee Rogers and her two sons, Adrian and Jon, have been running the business on their own since 2015 and have decided to join the Queen Anne Upholstery wholesale team. 

In some ways, the upholstery trade can be seen as the “threads” that have run through the Rogers family for many years. As a student from China living in California, Ma-Lee met her late husband Scott in Laguna Hills. She was working at an upholstery shop and he would pick her up after her shift, oftentimes watching her finish her projects and eventually learning the trade himself. After they were married, they started a family and would bring the kids into the shop. Ma-Lee’s sons, Adrian and Jon, became excellent upholsterers at a young age, and are now experts in the trade — from foam springs to fabric and all the technical details in between.

The Rogers’ extensive experience providing custom upholstery services, high-quality slip covers, custom-made furniture, refinishing, and more for residential and commercial projects, paired with their entrepreneurial spirit and strong family values, make Ma-Lee’s Upholstery an exciting and truly beneficial addition to Queen Anne Upholstery. 

To learn more about this acquisition, feel free to contact us on our website.

Interior Decor Styles We Love: Coastal

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Starting your interior design journey can feel overwhelming, especially with the seemingly endless decor style options. From minimalist to art deco, Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help each and every client learn about their desired design.

A breezy, refreshing option for your interior decor is coastal design. Not to be confused with nautical style, coastal design is laidback, simple, and meant to seamlessly integrate outdoor seaside living within the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be. Coastal decor is decidedly not kitschy, so leave the bright blue walls and anchor decorations at home. With the right touches, coastal decor will make your home feel like summer all year long.

Big Windows

Coastal decor emphasizes the lack of boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Large floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of natural light create an airy and relaxed living space whether you live on the beach or in the city.

Natural Patterns

The texture and pattern of this bathroom wall mimics ocean waves, and provides the perfect combination of bright whites and seaside design for a zen-like coastal bathroom.

Details That Avoid Cliché

Although you may think “nautical” when you first consider a coastal style, coastal decor is much less kitschy. If seaside or beachy details are incorporated into the interior, they are decidedly subtle and tasteful, such as this living room’s shell mirror frame.

Natural Materials

Coastal decor features natural materials, such as weathered finishes, linen or cotton slip-covered furniture, blonde woods, wicker, and rattan.

Linen-Covered Furniture

Bright whites and touches of light colors such as pastel blues and greens keep coastal interiors looking fresh and open. Cotton or linen slip-covered furniture keep things light, comfortable, and inviting.

Is coastal decor right for you? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing can help you create this look in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish worn vintage furniture, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help you cultivate a coastal look.

Not sure if coastal design is your favorite look? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

Interior Decor Styles We Love: Art Deco

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With so many options to choose from, deciding on an interior decor style for your home can be tough. Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is eager to help you learn more about styles ranging from rustic to minimalist, and narrow down which interior decor style is right for you.

One design option consists of the opulent, colorful geometric patterns and glamorous aesthetic that comes with art deco. The art deco design style became popular in Europe in the 1920s and continues to be a favored, statement-making interior design choice. Art deco utilizes strong geometric influences, bold patterns, bright colors, luxurious materials, and ornate details to turn any space into a unique, impactful representation of your personal style.

Heavy Patterns

Go big or go home when it comes to patterns in your art deco-inspired home. Art deco patterns include sunbursts, chevrons, trapezoidal shapes, stylized animals, human figures, and jagged edges. Bold, statement-making wallpaper and rugs will brighten the room and inspire conversation among guests.

Geometric Influences

Geometric influence in wallpaper, tile, furniture, and art is an essential characteristic of art deco interior style. This influence is reminiscent of skyscrapers and architecture in cities such as New York — places that inspire excitement, opportunity, and change. Geometric shapes provide a certain level of drama, luxury, and sophistication.

Bright Colors

In addition to the typical black, white, silver, and gold look that you may think of when you consider art deco style (i.e., “The Great Gatsby”), bursts of color — especially pinks and jewel tones — are quite common in art deco designs.

Luxurious Materials

A wide range of materials can be used side by side for an art deco look, but one key focus is the appearance of luxury. Silk and velvet materials, embroidered or tassel detail, ornate glassware, and lacquered or highly polished floors can all work together to give off a glamorous feel.

Ornate Details

Ornate details in rooms such as the bathroom can turn your home into an art deco-inspired paradise. Shiny gold faucets and elegant mirrors and light fixtures paired with beautifully patterned tile make a gorgeous art deco bathroom fit for royalty.

Is art deco decor turning your head? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing can help you create the glamour and the drama of art deco interior decor in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish worn vintage furniture, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help you cultivate an art deco look.

Not sure if art deco decor is right for you? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

Queen Anne Upholstery Annual Excess Fabric Sale

February 21st & 22nd (Elliot)

February 28th & 29th (Bellevue )

March 6th & 7th (Montlake)

We are selling excess fabric from large projects at HUGE discounts!  If you love do-it-yourself projects or plan to reupholster a piece soon, come by and see our selection. 

Upholstery material of all types, including leather, linen, cotton, wool, silk, rayon, polyester and more will be sold at liquidation prices.  Come by and see the selection! 

We need to clear out space in our warehouse and we are happy to pass on the savings to you, our customers.

Terms and Conditions of Sale:

  • No Cuttings available; fabric(s)must be purchased in full roll as is
  • All prices are final
  • Not to be combined with any other offers/discounts
  • Purchased fabric(s) may be used on a future project with Queen Anne Upholstery

Popular Window Treatment Options & What to Consider

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Although the options for window treatments might seem overwhelming, some styles are tried and true, depending on what you need. 

Consider where the windows are in your house and if privacy is an issue. You’ll also want to keep in mind how much natural light you want or need in that room, as well as the aesthetics of the room’s design. Each room will most likely need its own unique window treatment specific to function and style. 

Here are several of the top window treatment options and what they work best for.

Semi Sheer Drapery

Semi sheer drapery is an excellent option for windows in a shared space that may also require a bit of privacy. This window treatment provides a sophisticated look while obscuring the view from outside of your window. 

The sheer fabric allows plenty of natural light in, perfect for kitchens or bedrooms. Choose the thickness of your fabric based on how much light you want. For example, the thinner the fabric, the more natural light will filter in.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, also known as top-down, bottom-up shades, are perfect for contemporary bedrooms and bathrooms. They offer extreme privacy when closed, and yet still allow lots of light to flood in. Depending on the function of your room and what you need, the option of opening from the top or bottom makes cellular shades one of the most versatile window treatments.

Roman Drop-Down Shades

Roman shades are window covers that lay flat against the window when all the way closed, and fold up into pleats toward the top when open. Roman shades provide a clean and tailored look to any room and can be customized with different colors and materials to blend seamlessly in with the rest of the home’s aesthetic.

Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains are the perfect option for nurseries, bedrooms, or media rooms — anywhere that requires ultimate privacy or shade from harsh light. These curtains are either made of very dense fabric that light cannot penetrate, or this type of fabric can be sewn onto the back of your normal drapery fabric to turn your average curtains into blackout drapes. 

These heavy curtains can be customized with a variety of colors, and protect items and furniture from harmful sun damage.

Shutters

Interior shutters are a great alternative to shades. This particular type of window treatment offers flexible lighting and privacy controls, and adds a unique and creative detail in any room of the house. Shutters can also insulate a room from cold, blustery weather, as well as keep rooms adequately shaded from the sun and heat. 

Stained Glass

Stained glass windows are not just for churches anymore. Stained window panes or faux stained glass vinyl covers allow for ultimate privacy while providing beautiful color and decoration to any room. Stained glass windows look beautiful in the foyer of a home next to the front door, as well as in small bathroom windows.

When choosing your window treatment, remember to take into consideration the room’s function and your preferred aesthetic. Feeling overwhelmed? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing has been providing Seattle with outstanding custom window coverings since 1936. 

For more information or to move forward with your custom window treatment project, request an estimate today!

Interior Decor Styles We Love: Minimalist

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In order to achieve the space of your dreams, you need to understand the multitude of interior decor style options out there. From midcentury modern to rustic, Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help each and every client learn about their desired design.

One option is the sleek, zen-like minimalist decor. This design style is intentional, simple, and uncluttered. The elements of this style work together without excessive ornamentation, focusing on function and value. Done wrong, minimalism runs the risk of coming off as cold and uninviting, but with the right touches, minimalist decor can achieve a beautiful, calming and harmonious effect.

High Ceilings and Open Floor Plans

Minimalism design depends on open space and an uncluttered environment. High ceilings and open floor plans give you room to breath, encourage a tranquil mood, and emphasize the beauty of your home’s architecture.

A Room With a View

Since minimalism calls to avoid cluttering the space with excessive decoration, large windows that let in lots of natural light and draw your eyes to the natural beauty of the outside are common. This allows the focus to be placed on the individuals in the space and the nature outside, rather than “things.”

Beauty in Lines and Shapes

Because minimalism calls for a reductive design that condenses all the elements of the space to their bare essentials, the beauty of the space can be found in the lines and shapes around the room and how they flow together.

Hidden and Functional Storage

Anything you add to your minimalist space must also add value and function. Rather than exposed cabinets and shelves, minimalism encourages functional storage in the form of sleek recessed and hidden cabinets.

Accent With Color or Plants

Just because you are aiming for a minimalist interior design doesn’t mean you have to avoid all color or accents. Minimalism tends to go hand in hand with houseplants, perhaps because they are proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Pair a green houseplant with a soft pop of color in your bedding or curtain, and create your own soothing sanctuary.

Is minimalist decor calling you?Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing can help you create this look in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish worn vintage furniture, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help you cultivate a minimalist look.

Not sure if minimalist decor is right for you? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

Our Favorite #PlushPups and Their Thrones

Who ever said that dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the furniture? We couldn’t disagree more, and believe that keeping your couches and chairs looking great and letting your dogs on the furniture aren’t mutually exclusive.

To prove our point, we’ve rounded up eight of the cutest #plushpups on Instagram that are not only relaxing on high-quality furniture, but are making the furniture look better by doing so.

RubyLou the Miniature Schnauzer

Despite hailing from Germany originally, RubyLou the miniature schnauzer is showing off a decidedly French country antique wing chair. We love the color combination of the pastel green upholstery with the gold-painted wood.

Maxx the Havanese

Another green chair, but a completely different look. This happy Havanese named Maxx couldn’t be enjoying his pale green leather wing chair more. 

Pro tip: Leather is the best dog-friendly fabric choice because it wipes clean easily, won’t snag claws, and is very durable. In fact, if you’re going for rustic interior decor, a little wear and tear will actually contribute to the distressed aesthetic!

Mayo the Cockerdoodle

This photo is all about texture: the scruffy fur of Mayo the cockerdoodle and the soft velvet of the pale pink tuxedo sofa.

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Goya the Rescue Pup

Goya sits with the poise of a queen on this studded armchair. What better throne for such a regal pup?

Pro tip: The more tightly woven the fabric, the less chance it will get snagged on your dog’s claws.

Betty the Black Lab

A black lab with a coat as shiny as Betty’s deserves a perch that’s equally sleek. We think that this chocolaty leather chesterfield sofa fits the bill perfectly.

Bibi the Labradoodle

You might mistake Bibi the labradoodle for another throw pillow if you’re not careful! 

Pro tip: Trim your dog’s claws regularly to minimize the damage they can do on loose-weave fabrics like the one used for the above couch.

Zelda the Kokoni

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After a long day of playing, Zelda the kokoni likes nothing better than resting on this beautiful tufted and studded settee sofa.

Think you might let your own #plushpup up on the sofa in the future? At Queen Anne Upholstery, we’re happy to discuss pet-friendly fabrics with you and even reupholster your current pieces to make them more suitable for your best four-legged friend. Request an estimate for your upcoming project today!

Interior Decor Styles We Love: Rustic

At Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing, our goal is to help each and every client achieve the space of their dreams. The first step in this process involves helping them understand their different interior decor style options. 

One of our favorites is the warm and welcoming rustic decor. This natural style is versatile and combines well with a number of other types of decor, but a handful of elements are necessary for a space to be truly “rustic.” 

Warm and Neutral Color Scheme

Unsurprisingly, rustic decor is made up of mostly neutral colors. Think browns, tans, beiges, grays, and muted blacks, with a focus on warm shades so that the space doesn’t feel stark or cold. To incorporate pops of bold color, stick with earthy tones such as green, brick red, or adobe orange.

Most of your pieces should be solid-colored, but you can add patterns with area rugs, throws, or pillows.

Rough-Edged Wood

Rustic decor is a little rough around the edges — literally. It tends to favor furniture that’s not overly polished, such as wood furniture with rough edges (edges that haven’t been rounded or sanded), to create a natural and organic feeling. Handmade furniture is also common.

Exposed Outdoor Elements

Bringing the outdoors into your home is one of the best ways to achieve a rustic look, which is why you’ll see many exposed brick walls and fireplace surrounds. Rough natural stone is another great option.

Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is essential to rustic homes, and we have a very particular kind of leather in mind: Go for soft, broken-in leather furniture with simple lines. Then add textured throws, pillows, and rugs for contrast.

The great thing about leather is that the more you use it, the more comfortable (and rustic!) it will get.

Architectural Elements

If you’re on the lookout for a new home or renovating your current home is an option, a few key architectural elements will go a long way toward creating a rustic space. Exposed wood beams, stone or brick accent walls, and oversized fireplaces help create a cabin-like feel. Large windows are also a must, bringing the beauty of your natural surroundings into your home.

Is rustic decor calling you? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing can help you create this look in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish worn vintage furniture, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help you cultivate a rustic look.

Not sure if rustic decor is right for you? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

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Interior Decor Styles We Love: Midcentury Modern

At Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing, we’re dedicated to helping each and every client achieve the space of their dreams. This starts with helping them understand their different interior decor style options. 

One of the most highly sought after decor options is the sleek and retro midcentury modern style. Here’s our guide on how to incorporate midcentury modern decor in your home.

Clean Lines

The most essential element of midcentury modern decor is the use of clean, sleek lines in furniture and decorations. Whereas the straight edges are sharp, the curves are organic and gentle while still being well-defined. Ornamentation and accents are kept to a minimum.

The result is an unfussy, uncluttered, and understated look.

Mixed Materials

After World War II, technological advances spurred on the development and production of new materials, textures, effects, colors, and forms. One of these new productions was plastic, which would later become a significant element of midcentury modern design.

While embracing the new materials available, midcentury modern design continued to use more traditional options as well. In fact, the juxtaposition of traditional materials (such as wood) with nontraditional materials (such as plastic, glass, metal, and plywood) is typical of this decor style.

Pops of Bright Color

Midcentury modern decor is known for its bursts of color: While neutrals make up the majority of the space, bright and saturated colors are used in moderation for pillows, furniture, accent walls, and the like. The color pallete often includes yellows, oranges, reds, and aquas.

Geometric Patterns

Look closely and you’re likely to find geometric patterns in any midcentury modern space. Rugs that incorporate straight lines, circles, or triangles (like the one above) are common, but you’ll also see accent walls with bold geometric wallpaper as well as other geometric decor elements. Patterns don’t have to be from the ‘50s or ‘60s to work — as long as they have clean colors and designs, they’ll look at home in midcentury modern decor.

Textures

Texture is important in midcentury modern decor to add visual interest to the otherwise minimalistic design. The room above incorporates texture with a cowhide rug, textured upholstery, and a brick fireplace surround. Shag rugs and rough stone fireplaces are also common.

Lighting

Midcentury modern spaces don’t skimp on lighting, using floor lamps, table lamps, and ceiling lamps — often all in the same room. Midcentury modern lamps tend to be made of finished metals and play with lines and geometric shapes. The most iconic lamps made in this style have simple curved contours or straight rods with exposed bulbs. 

Plenty of natural light is also essential to midcentury modern design, which tries to integrate itself with nature as much as possible.

Is midcentury modern decor calling you? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing can help you create this look in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish worn vintage furniture, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help you cultivate a midcentury modern look.

Not sure if midcentury modern decor is right for you? Check out these other interior decor styles: 

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