Thursday, November 10, 2011

Window treatments


If you haven't noticed yet, I am all about rich vibrant colors, blame it on my culture or simply living in Portland for over 10 years where you need colors inside your house to balance the greys outside.
I love bringing colors into my place using paints, rug and textiles; while avoiding a purple or orange sofa.
For my new studio space windows,I realized-itʼs hard to make decisions for your own space; your mind plays tricks on you and there is nobody to bounce back ideas with – No wonder I love working with my designers/customers.
My idea is to stimulate the eyes and give prospect designers/customers how their windows could look with different styles.
So i got this mood board started:

1.The textured double color look-
Two draperies complimenting yet contrast colors hanging side by side and solving the dilemma of to puddle or not to puddle i want to show one drapery barely touching floor and the other with a little bit puddle
Clients are always double minded so a live sample will help.
2.I like the curtains paired with shades and also partial print or embroidery towards the top and bottom of the drape makes it interesting.

3.Ripple-fold drapes
4.My very favorite banded curtains,I love 1-2” stripe of contrast fabric on a simple drapery-It’s a great way of keeping the drapes simple and bringing the accent touch to the room.

5.The embroidery on the edges of the drapes and block print draperies that will represent my unstoppable love for block prints.
Now I have to pick fabrics and finalize my choices!What's your favorite style?How do like your draperies served?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Make overs and more

Quick updates on how things are changing and looking better at the showroom.
The reception desk is painted and looks great remember the before

The little scraps from last upholstery project have given a new look to my chair
and here the workspace so far
 So clean so far...

Monday, October 31, 2011

To a happy start

Filling Spaces-new showroom is a great space for showing my merchandize especially with more square footage-SO EXCITING! 
I don’t have to share my space -like before.Can have an actual bed to display a” bedding ensemble” – Hurray!
OMG, these big windows-can’t wait to endow them with my gorgeous custom draperies,forcing people to gaze, again and again!
The property owners Henry Kofron,Peter Michaelson and David Hassin have turned this corner building into dream stores for many one-of-a-kind businesses-many women owned.
 Oh,talking about creative women-Peter’s daughter’s blog is exquisite. It comprises of pictures and updates concerning the transformation of the film exchange building.
To be amidst like-minded people is the best part – its like I’m in a CREATIVE POWERHOUSE.I have LOOT showroom on my right.Interior designer Julie Peirce has so many great things in her store.

Kathy Maughan has her studio in the neighborhood. I interned with her 10 years ago – find memories!  She has a great showroom offering Kitchen and bath remodeling services.
Another cool apparel designer in our hood is Hillary Day. Her collection of tailored and sophisticated raincoats is worth checking out. 
Jutta Bach designs and makes custom cake. They are absolutely yummy–tasted a few last week. I’m so glad she’s around the corner to satisfy my sweet carvings"

Will update you on more inspiring talents around next week.
I’M OPEN NOW, just got my new signage and door decals.I believe they look chic.Stop by sometime to share your opinion.
I will have an official opening in FEBRUARY, as I have a container with exciting treasures and furniture coming from INDIA by end of November or early DECEMBER!There are so many intricate design pieces I am still designing and adding to my collection coming on the container – my fantastic team in India makes anything I design!
I have been busier than ever in my life, feels like a dream! PINCH ME - NO STOP, don’t wake me because I have waited for this for almost 5 years now. It is nice to see all my hard work getting recognized. Especial thanks to my designer friends,loyal customers and all my new acquaintances.

New store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11.00am to 5.30pm. Hopefully, will see you at my store soon.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bringing Room to life with Tribal prints

Today’s guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a fabulous source online for lamps and light fixtures for your home at reasonable prices. The Arcadian Lighting blog is a good resource for tips and trends in lighting fixtures. 
Tribal prints, those colorful and bold patterns from around the globe, add so much color, pattern and texture to a room. Bring your rooms to life with tribal prints used in textiles, rugs, curtains, upholstery and other decorative objects. We've gathered some rooms that are alive with tribal pattern. Be inspired!

Tribal prints add amazing color, pattern and texture to a room.  Whether you use fabric, rugs or other materials with tribal prints, these prints will definitely add life to your room.

Tribal prints, in the form of Moroccan poufs and a Kilim rug, liven up this neutral living room. Neutral walls don't compete with the riot of color and pattern from the poufs and rug.

Ikat has become such a popular print it is easy to forget that it is a tribal print from Bali.  Ikat print works for upholstery, curtains, pillows, and rugs... the list goes on and on.

A contemporary bathroom gets a dose of color and style from a tribal print wall hanging and a tribal rug.  Both add color and pattern to the minimalist space.

Navajo rugs and prints are perfect for modern lodge and rustic styles.  These graphic tribal prints and other Southwestern prints are making a comeback.

A Suzani fabric used as a throw and Ikat patterned pillows add color, pattern and texture to this bed.  Mixing different tribal prints with eclectic furnishings and light fixtures gives a room a cool bohemian style.

Tribal prints are not limited to textiles and rugs. These woven baskets have a great graphic pattern that is shown off by hanging them as wall décor in this foyer.

Dutch wax cloth, ubiquitous throughout Africa, is a boldly patterned and colorful tribal print. It is great for pillows, accent pieces, like ottomans, or other decorative accessories.
Thank you for a lovely post Susi.                                     

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ever Heard of Modenus?

Modenus is a place where design professionals and anyone else passionate about interior design can connect in design forums, find inspiration in daily blogs, and see Before and After submissions.

It's a place where you can view fabrics, furniture, tile, lighting, wallpaper, accessories and more from around the world. Filling Spaces is a registered trade professional with Modenus.
How do you find us? You can search for "catalog" in the Resources section. There choose Walls, Windows & Textiles.

Once you find us from anywhere in the world, you can view samples of our fabrics, see what colors are available and a description of the material.

Now the fun begins. Everything is customizable and not expensive. Try us! You'll see.

BTW, one of the hot new trends in motifs is nature. The bottom picture is just one way to bring the outdoors inside.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Color Trends For 2012

Each year Benjamin Moore shares with us the color trends for the coming year. 2012 trends will be defined by the words "preservation" and "protection."
The concepts are based on "preserving" that which engages the past with the present. Themes include textures of homespun fabric, plaids, florals, native stripes, toile, paisleys, embroidery and denim. Colors include khaki, taupe, camel, sand and stone. Woodbark browns, earthy reds and golden and sunny yellows will be used to provide a lacquered shine to matte finishes. 
Indigos and true-blue denims will border from luxury to casual appeal. Greens will enjoy a resurgence. Digital reds and organic oranges will be used to complement gray-scale combinations.
In terms of our “protection,” the space between living in isolation and belonging, the décor is bold. Spikes, abstract paintings, metal, multi-patterns, wire cages and feathers will illustrate our need for comfort, safety and security.
Coming soon, Filling Spaces can meet your window covering and bedding linen needs from our new location at 935 NW 19th.

Friday, September 16, 2011

There's a new fashion trend in textiles that originated with Mahatma Gandhi and is now sweeping the haute couture houses of fashion design. The textile is Khadi and Filling Spaces is participating with new design introductions.

"Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khādī, made from cotton, for rural self-employment and self-reliance (instead of using cloth manufactured industrially in Britain).... The freedom struggle revolved around the use of khādī fabrics and the dumping of foreign-made clothes." Soon all Indian politicians would wear nothing but khadi. However, the appeal of khadi gradually declined due to political corruption. Khadi was soon only for the poor or corrupt. Now, the environmental movement has brought it back.

There is a growing interest in environmently-friendly, ethically manufactured, chemical-free and carbon neutral fabrics. Handmade khadi fabrics meet the fashion world’s exacting new ethical standards.

The one change Deepali Kalia owner of Filling Spaces offers with her new collection of khadi is the addition of jute and silk with cotton to make the fabrics appropriate for home furnishing.

Come see her new offerings in her new showroom opening in October at 935 NW 19th. There you can see her one-of-a-kind showcase of textiles, bedding, draperies, and pillows.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our New Filling Spaces Storefront-The path to opening has started

Filling Spaces, established in 2006 is happy to report that our new showroom location is being readied for an early October opening. Filling Spaces, in portland, is a one-of-a-kind showcase for an extensive private collection of textile, bedding, draperies and pillows. 

Construction for our Filling Spaces Storefront in Film City is underway! With just over 800 square feet of showroom space, our new location is at 935 NW 19th in the Film Exchange Building .We will cater to the abundant architectural /design and retail clientele ...already using the amazing wholesale resources of Filling Spaces.
The Film Exchange Building opened in 1930 with tenant Paramount Pictures, and attracted other studios like Fox, RKO, Columbia and Warner. It has private screening rooms, film vaults and other unique features, and over the years has played host to many renowned actors and directors. Check out the building’s blog for more on the building’s history, and some great photos and renovation updates.
Speaking of history, we are pleased to continue the history of  Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery. The paperstone-topped counter, where Beverly Landfair conducted her business, has been recycled in our storefront.  Here is a picture of its removal:


BTW, Coming soon will be the addition of an exquisite furniture/furnishings line. More soon!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In case you missed it, in a special section in the March/April 2011 issue of Explore The Pearl, Filling Spaces was featured in an article by Erin DeJesus titled Style & Substance

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

fresh from the garden

This summer is all about floral prints accessorize well!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The print Bazaar

Yes,!The vacation is was a lovely trip home ,the wedding was great will be posting some pictures from the wedding so check back:)
Heres whats new in our line the "Prints from India"
Our bed linens and table linens are very well priced and straight from the resource!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Natural Designs

Beautiful hand tufted rugs and applique felt bags at Filling Spaces 
and ....don't miss our giveaway