Robert Allen Sunbrella Open Air Outdoor Fabric Launch

By Anita Winter ~ The beauty of Robert Allen and the high performance of Sunbrella collide to create this unique collection called Open Air. Made with 100 percent Sunbrella solution-dyed acrylic yarn, these fabrics provide long-lasting durability, fade and mold resistance, and amazing comfort to outdoor and indoor areas of the home.

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New Sunbrella Open Air fabric by Robert Allen

New Robert Allen Open Air Sunbrella collection is an outdoor line of fabrics created by Robert Allen designers. Robert Allen’s inspiration is the lush botanical gardens using unique floral patterns with hues in clear aqua, navy, dew, and coral. These fabrics are hard to ignore. You’ll notice the difference immediately. The hand is soft and the weight is substantial. While these outdoor fabrics are on the costly end of the price scale, they are well worth the value.

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Robert Allen Sunbrella Open Air shown (Top, Left and Right) RA Flowing Petal Turquoise, RA Flowing Petal Coral Reef, and RA Ocean Rope Coral Reef

Open Air was introduced to not only tap into the designer world but to give you a peek into the vibrancy of Sunbrella yarns. Sunbrella has had many designers join them to create their own specialty line, including fashion and interior designers such as Joe Ruggiero and Tommy Bahama. It’s no wonder why Robert Allen’s design team would look into constructing their own collection of all-weather fabrics for the home.

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New Robert Allen Sunbrella Open Air fabrics shown (Left to Right) RA Garden Life Dew, RA Tree Bark Hydrangea, RA Flowing Petals Turquoise, and RA Garden Life Spring Grass

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Robert Allen Sunbrella Open Air shown (Left to Right) RA Tree Bark Hydrangea, RA Garden Life Dew, and RA Borgeman Turquoise

Enjoy this new high-performance collection from Robert Allen on cushions, pillows, draperies, and more. Now available on and All made in the USA!

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New Robert Allen Sunbrella Outdoor/Indoor Open Air fabrics shown RA Rippling Leaf Turquoise

Wednesday’s Wish List: Seaside Resort Styling

By Anita Winter ~ This week’s wish list Wednesday could be a sailors dream or a decorators inspiration. Our Seaside Resort polyvore board features crisp white with steel blue accents for a seafaring marine style influenced by sailing the deep seas. So how do you navigate your rooms into a refined nuance of nautical without going overboard? Choose basic white. White is a classic clean color that will brighten up rooms and outdoor living areas this summer. White is truly the easiest and most sophisticated color to work with because it instantly enhances any color that you throw with it. It simply creates a pop!

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Tossing  these steel blues on this immaculate white sofa from High Fashion Home is the essence of luxury. Need some lighting? Try this gorgeous ceiling light from But wait, there’s more.

Sail away with outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella Rythym Riviera and Al Fresco Crabbin’ Royalty.

These fabrics will introduce an aquatic glamor to outdoor and indoor rooms as custom pillows and cushions.

Custom Throw Pillows: Al Fresco Spire Anchor Royalty outdoor fabric

Custom Throw Pillows: Sunbrella Rythym Riviera outdoor fabric

Al Fresco Crabbin Royalty fabric

Custom Chair Cushion: Al Fresco Crabbin Royalty outdoor cushion fabric

Outdoor daybed

Outdoor daybed made with Para`Tempotest Sand Gardenia with Outdura Bistro Maritime lumbars, Sunbrella Dupione Galaxy on throw pillows and Outdura Nautical Tradewinds on bolster.

Love this Polyvore board? Find these products and more…

Ceiling light

Black Blum coffee jar
$47 –

H M bar tool
$3.15 –

Leftbank Art photo wall art

Lemnos blue clock

Iittala colored candle
$45 –

Nautilus vase


Window seat cushion

Why We Love Custom Window Seat Cushions

The morning sun streams in and hits your shoulders as you snuggle into your cozy custom window seat cushion. All is well as you read the local paper and enjoy a cup of Joe just before heading out to work. Even though summer is upon us, window seat spaces are a perfect connection to the outside world without the worry of bugs, uncomfortable temperatures, and loss of privacy. A window seat can provide, not only a place to sit and read a good book, but, more importantly, a place to live and rest your soul.

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“Beautiful spot to read a book in front of the fire on a cold fall day, or open the windows and feel the breeze while taking a nap in the summer.” ~ Customer Photo

(Above) This window seat cushion was made with Sunbrella Linen Natural. The comfy  indoor pillows from Premier Prints in Carnival Village Blue Natural are a pretty touch to this window seat area. I love the color choices of this living space.

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Made with Highland Taylor Nimes Currant (16818CM-CRT) Highland Taylor Sorbet Blush (73032T-BLS) ~ Customer Photo

“This window seat looks out to the water in front of my house. It is a cozier place to enjoy the view…” This customer used rich reds and deep pinks to brighten up this beautiful dark wooden window seat area. Window seat cushions provide a place to look out and enjoy the view and add some color to a room that otherwise would look dark and bland.

At Designer Custom Source and our residential site Cushion Source, custom window seats are made with your needs in mind. As a made-in-America workroom to designers and homeowners, we offer more than 1,500 indoor and outdoor fabrics, with seven fill options to beautify your home or business. If you have an unusual window seat, or a shape that doesn’t meet our standards online, you can mail us your template with all your needed dimensions.

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Made with Al Fresco Wired Baltic (alfresco-120) and Sunbrella Buttercup cording.(5438-0000) ~ Customer Photo

When deciding on what type of fabric you should go with, outdoor fabric is always a smart choice when it comes to window seats, especially those that are exposed to lots of natural sunlight. This fresh and serene window seat cushion was made with two outdoor fabrics; Al Fresco Wired Baltic with Sunbrella Buttercup cording. A unique combination that works well in the space.


Designer Do It Yourself Custom Soft Goods

By Anita Winter ~ Whether you are looking for replacement covers, fill, or just beautiful quality fabrics, Designer Custom Source can meet all your custom needs for your client or business by allowing you to purchase specific DIY products to help fulfill orders. We offer a wide variety of cushion fill options, which allows for full customization.

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DIY fabrics: Highland Taylor Gates Indigo, Soleil and Blush

We carry more than 1,500 indoor and outdoor DIY fabrics, such as, Sunbrella, Robert Allen, and our famous maker fabric brand Highland Taylor. These fabrics can be purchased by the yard or roll to suit any vital demand.

Need replacement covers for your sofa or chair cushions? We offer DIY custom cushion covers to fit the current fill you may have. The process is simple. Just select your choice of fabric and the dimensions you need, and our skilled workroom will handle the rest.

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DIY cushion: Robert Allen  Leda Peony Aquatint

Our DIY pillow covers are also made to your specifications. We offer any pillow size. In addition to our standard throw pillow cases, we can make flange and duvet covers upon request. These pillow cases are a great way to update your current look to design and match the upcoming holidays or just to add a freshness to rooms.

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DIY pillows: Designer flange pillow made with Highland Taylor Gates Soliel

And last but not least, our DIY cushion fills. These can be created to fit any area of the home. We offer rectangular, round, trapezoidal, or simply send us a template of your unique shape, and we will create a fill to fit.

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DIY Fill

Designer Custom Source is in the business to help your business succeed. If you are currently looking for a workroom or need help with an overflow of orders, feel free to register and give us a call today.

HGTV Property Brothers: An Unstoppable Duo

By Anita Winter ~ HGTV  Property Brothers is one show that my office mate has talked about time and time again. So I had to see what all the talk was about. Is it the fact that Drew and Jonathan are adorable twins that keep viewers interested with their effortless comical side? Or is it their amazing ability to flip homes and create a space that their clients dreams up – all in one fun-filled hour? I answer, “yes” to both questions.

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The Property Brothers
Jonathan and Drew
(photo via HGTV)

These two fine men from Vancouver, Canada are obviously young, tall and handsome, yet have a talent to see the potential in even the worst dilapidated, fixer-upper homes in the country. Using their unassuming creativity, sensible budgeting skills – not to mention amusing comical sides – and cool state-of-the-art-visual tools where they show couples what they can expect, they are able to captivate the attention span of even young, restless children. Did I mention that these two are hilarious?

Since the show aired in 2011, these boys have transformed many spaces in cities such as Ontario, Austin, Atlanta, and New York City. Here are just a few examples of what this fabulous duo has modernized.

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Blah kitchen before shot (photo via HGTV Property Brothers Room Transformations)

This out-of-date kitchen was screaming for a makeover. And, boy, did it ever get one! In my book, this was a total kitchen transformation. Everything was made new, including cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, fresh paint, and a beautiful dining table for a true open-concept kitchen.

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Beautiful after shot! (photo via HGTV Property Brothers Room Transformation)


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Before (Photo via HGTV Property Brothers Room Transformations)

Above is a drab 1970s space that needs some good old fashion love. Drew and Jonathan first got rid of the old wood paneling and carpet and added modern wood flooring, paint, accessories, and lots of personality for the clients to feel at home.

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After (Photo via HGTV Property Brothers Room Transformations)


The Property Brothers’ latest venture is going to Vegas with a whole new season of Brother vs. Brother airing on Wednesday nights at 9pm EST on HGTV. I’m looking forward to watching these two dual it out and seeing what materializes in the way of amazing renovations. Stay tuned!