fine Custom design



Custom designed products allow the designer to choose specific fabrics, trimmings and other design elements which, when fabricated, create a one of a kind item for the client’s home.


Selection of the fabrics is the place to begin…the first creative category where choices are made.  Fabrics can be chosen from many design categories such as color, season, print design, architectural style and etc.


The design style, color direction and accompanying fabrics lead the direction of the final pillow design.

woven trimmings


The arena of woven trimmings encompasses many styles, colors, materials and design ideas. These soft trimmings are woven on various types of looms using unique yarns and colors for a stylized finished look.


Depending on the colorways chosen for fabrics, there are many design styles, texture and color selections to choose from...any combination you can imagine for a custom item is available to create a perfect finish…a true sense of Snazzy !!

trimmings WITH textures


Trimmings with texture are dimensional forms of designs applied to the pillow...gemstones, metal, glass, painted, textured or plain there is no limit to creative ideas for textural designs. When these trimmings are used, an additional dimension of interest is added to the finished product.


Beads and buttons are two categories offering many design/style options for the creator.  Beads are found in various sizes, materials, and styles. Buttons create a different texture and dimension for a true designer look. Any combination of hand applied beads will give a designer look. Plain, patterned, or painted…there is no limit to the use of creativity for textural design ideas.

The Basics


Every design begins with the basics.

What are the basics that make a design custom?   Many product sources and design elements come into play such as current market styles, colors and trends, embellishments such as trimmings, fabric patterns, texture and hand (how it feels).


Designs can come from nature, magazine/newspaper ideas, and many other sources.  All of these ideas come together creating a custom one of a kind product conceived from the mind of the designer.  And so with the selection of fabrics, trimmings, colors and textures from which to choose, this design is ready to become a reality.  These are the basics for a hand crafted, one of a kind designer pillow

Applied Textures


Many talented craft artists create items of texture such as knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery and the like with each having its own look and feel.


When designing a custom pillow any one of these needlework items would lend an extra custom detail.  Depending on the size of the pillow, a small amount of this “extra texture” will be just enough to create another complimenting dimension and color to the finished product.   Using a separately applied textural element allows the designer to add boldness in color or styling.  Go ahead, be creative and add a little fun!!

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Too Much Green…What can I do????

A blog reader e-mailed me (see “Ask Paula” on the Contact Page) this photo from Elle Décor Magazine where the reader wanted to use some of these ideas for her vacation home. Loving green on the walls and upholstery pieces she had concerns might be too much of a good thing and what other options could she consider?


This is such a great room with many wonderful design elements…just a little tweaking is needed. Let’s begin with the “envelope” of the room which includes walls, ceiling, and flooring. Beginning with the walls there is the upper green wall in two sections and the ceiling which we are not able to see.

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