Para` Tempotest seaside color palette

We Welcome PARA` Tempotest USA, Italian Performance Fabrics

by Melinda Merijanian ~ Adding new fabrics to Designer Custom Source and to our residential site, Cushion Source is such a joy and adding PARA` Tempostest USA as a new fabric supplier to our assortment was truly a virtual vacation.  Part of the journey took my imagination to the famous treasured artist,  the epicurean fare, of course I thought of desserts, famous Italian gelato, to be precise, and the beautiful Italian countryside.

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Para` Tempotest spring fabric books 2015

A true history lesson ensued as I researched and named the 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics in honor of the birth and final resting places of Michelangelo, Raffaello, and Donatello. Fabrics such as Michelangelo Caprese and Italy, Raffaello Rome, Urbino, and Florence are in the salt of the Earth neutral palettes shown below. Having a great appreciation for these Early and High Renaissance sculptors and painters, I found myself in reverence of the monumental accomplishments of their lifetime achievements and that their most notable pieces were completed in their 20s.

Donatello’s most famous work completed in his early 20s in 1409 is from the Bible story David and Goliath, the bronze Shepard boy sculpture, David. He was an Early Renaissance sculptor well-known for his works in bas-relief, similar to what exists on coins today and lived to the wonderful age of 80.

PARA` Tempotest Performance fabrics - Beautiful cities steeped in history.

PARA` Tempotest Performance fabrics – Famed artist and beautiful cities steeped in history. PARA’ Tempotest Prestazioni tessuti, artista di fama e belle città ricche di storia.

Raffaello’s most notable work,  the School of Athens Fresco found in Vatican Palace, referencing knowledge and philosophy was completed in his late 20s in 1511. He was a High Renaissance sculptor and architect whose unexpected death at the young age of 37 surely left the world with decades of unaccomplished masterpieces.

Michangelo's The Pietà- photo credit

Michelangelo’s The Pietà- photo credit

Michelangelo was so prolific and lived to the wonderful age of 88.  Having several notable works, the most famous and unmatched  is the Pietà at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. This  stunning marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the crucifixion. It is an overwhelming and emotional masterpiece. Michelangelo was 24, as this piece was completed in 1499.

Just northeast of Milan, Sovico, Italy is headquarters for PARA Tempotest since 1921. Ninety plus years of dedication, passion for details, and Italian design provide the end consumer with fabric excellence, durability, and longevity.

Italy is rich in flavors, too. My next desire, a creamy taste of Italy in the form of gelato, a fantastic frozen desert displayed as a sculpted artful treat  with garnishes and toppings as decoration. With so many wonderful flavors to choose from, fabrics named in cherry, amarena, chocolate, lemon, licorice, pistachio, hazelnut, mango, tiramisu, pineapple, and, of course, cream, and vanilla are certain to become soft good essentials in cushions, pillows, and tablecloths for your next client’s needs. Refreshing, happy, and colorful flavors interpreted to hi-clean solution-dyed acrylic fabrics with a 6-year warranty, the longest in the industry, and a DuPont Teflon®  finish for spills along life’s pleasures. General maintenance includes a light brushing to remove dirt and pollen, a simple soap and water solution, and a  good rinse to ensure years of high performance.

Italian color in Italian gelato flavors - tempting Tempotest

Tempting Tempotest performance fabrics in Italian color and gelato flavors. Invitanti tessuti Tempotest prestazioni in Italiano colore e gelato sapori. gelato photo credit – Melissa Scott

PARA` Tempotest Gelato colors

PARA` Tempotest – performance, hi-clean, Teflon® fabrics.

Para` Tempotest’s color palette navigated me to the Italian seas, countryside, and flower markets for just-picked fresh flowers. Dahlia, lily, lilac, cosmo, gerber daisy, zinnia, hydrangea, lavender, and gardenia round out the fabric assortment for this floral color show. Selecting any one of these joyful fabrics for your home will add cheerful depth of color. Crisp, seafaring bespoke jewel tones pulled from the sea to personalize your home in aqua, coral, lapis, waves, navy, blu, cyan, and sharksin. Rest easy knowing these fabrics hold the “Confidence in Textiles” seal and meet the Oeko-Tex Association standard 100, posing no health risk.

PARA` Tempotest performance fabric in bloom!<br />  PARA` Tempotest tessuto prestazioni in bloom!

PARA` Tempotest performance fabric in bloom!
PARA` Tempotest tessuto prestazioni in bloom!

PARA` TEmpotest blooms as beautiful as your imagination. PARA' TEmpotest blumi bella come la vostra immaginazione.

PARA` Tempotest blooms as beautiful as your imagination. PARA’ Tempotest blumi bella come la vostra immaginazione.

Para` Tempotest seaside color palatte

Para` Tempotest seaside blue color palette. Para’ Tempotest mare colore blu boutiche.

PARA Tempotest - Sea colors drift wood

PARA` Tempotest – come to the sea and relax with me. PARA’ Tempotest – vieni al mare e relax con me.

PARA Tempotest by Sea colors colors

PARA` Tempotest in the Designer Custom Source fabric gallery

It is well-known that Italy’s rich history, charismatic and beautiful people, sumptuous eatables, and colorful lands are easy to fall in love with, as is with Para Tempotest USA Italian performance Teflon®  fabrics. We are thrilled to build this relationship with them by offering you beautiful, high-performance Teflon® fabrics for your home and business soft goods and cut yardage needs.

Looking for your next love? Look no further! Visit us at Designer Custom Source!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Non vediamo l’ora di vedervi presto!

Spring 2015 High Point Market Home Trends

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High Point Market Home Trends for 2015

The much anticipated High Point Market is coming up this April 18th-23rd and many of the Style Spotters are giving a sneak peak at what is trending for this spring 2015. Here are just a few must have’s for the home this year.

1. Floral, folksy and fun is certainly one of the many trends for 2015. The idea is to get a Mid-Century modern furniture piece and add a funky but fresh floral upholstery fabric to really drive home an artisan and authentic Americana feel. The more “made in America,” the better.

2. Although Pantone had ordained “Marsala” as the color of 2015, the Style Spotters would disagree. Blue is still alive and kicking in the way of furnishings and accessories. Vibrant blues and shades of indigo are still very much the color choice in home furnishings.

3. Nature has always had an impact in the design world and it certainly has effected the lighting industry. Lamps and chandeliers are created with one piece of exotic wood that creates a one of a kind accessory.

4 & 5. Reflective materials and high gloss are still coming on strong this year. Whether it’s gold, silver, pewter or bronze, these are a staple in any contemporary home that wants to be in the now. If you choose to purchase a beautiful mirrored coffee table or bronze decorative wall hangings with lots of shine; you are sure to love this year’s High Point Market. “These finishes continue to provide a sophisticated sense of drama and elegance to any environment.” – Michelle Jennings Wiebe of Studio M Interior Design.



How to Create an Eclectic Living Space

By Anita Winter ~ I think most of us can relate to homes that have a little bit of everything. Every corner and nook is filled with knickknacks  and collectors items that never seem to make sense in the space. In fact, it usually leaves your sensors on overload. However, there are ways to make unique, out-of-place pieces, look cohesive and beautiful in a room.

Alison Kandler is one such designer that has the knack for putting together eclectic rooms by utilizing color, texture, and different furniture styling that simply look like they belong. Her love of traditional architecture paired with interior design of the ’20s and ’30s is evident throughout her Santa Monica home.

Color is Key

One of the first ways to add cohesion to an eclectic room is to allow colors to bounce off each other in such a way that there is a pattern of color that is working together throughout the space.

Above is a great example. The rug is the staple of this room because every furniture piece and accessory that is displayed is reflected back to the colors in the carpet, which ties the space together. The Marsala-colored couch and black painted chair seats ground the room while the lighter shabby chic cream coffee table and yellow chair cushions add a light and airy feel that goes well with the white walls and spring vases collected on the coffee table. Although every item in this room is so very different, the color is what unites it.

Repeat Patterns

Another way to bring an eclectic room together is to repeat patterns. This pretty entryway is a darling example of just this. The floral paintings on the wall, the real life arrangement of flowers in a vase, and the beautiful vine just outside the entrance are great ways to show unification through different mediums. These small touches help give depth, fervor, and earnestness to this space.


Pattern and Scale

Patterns and scales come into play when you are designing any room of the home. A well-decorated room has hints of pattern, texture, and color throughout, but the most important is the scale of items in a room. One piece can throw off an entire space.

These beautiful salmon painted french doors are lovely with their pretty curtains of white and green floral. Small scale and large scale items help to balance the colorful space. Alison is a master at knowing how to keep proportion and harmony in a room.

I love the way Alison has united each room of her 1920s California abode with particular colors. Her favorites are coral, periwinkle, and purple. Each is masterfully displayed throughout her jubilant home, leaving you feeling excited and elated for eclectic design!

Wednesday’s Wish List: Fresh Greens

Springtime awakens fresh new budding trees in bright sparkling greens, such as, chartreuse, malachite and emerald. These verdant and lush trees became my color inspiration for this Mid-Century modern/Art Deco mixed Polyvore mood board. I call it, Budding Fresh Greens

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My Polyvore Board: Budding Fresh Greens

While building this week’s  mood board, I immediately fell in love with this gorgeous Naples sofa from One Kings Lane. The rich green malachite velvet texture mimics the new seedlings that grow on the ground during the first signs of spring. This Bernard Hollywood Regency coffee table is a charm. Antique brass and mirrored finishes add a subtle swank touch while the curved details within the base create a fluid, feminine appeal. A perfect choice for deco inspired rooms. And I can’t forget to mention the stunning Bella Vetro green blown glass Chianti chandelier. It’s costly style looks to be well worth the price.

DCS also carries a variety of indoor and outdoor soft goods for spring in an array of fabric. Here are just  a few of our “fresh green” fabrics that you’ll love!

These pretty palm leaf motif draperies are made with Al Fresco Bananarama in Emerald. Al Fresco fabrics are outdoor and indoor fabrics that come with a 3 year warranty on fading. A great choice for outdoor rooms, window seats and sunrooms.

Al Fresco Bananarama

Al Fresco Bananarama Emerald outdoor drapes

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Al  Fresco Bananarama Emerald seat cushion

This Sunbrella Awning fabric on this market umbrella is called Erin Green. No wonder! Just gazing at this green, you are immediately whisked away to the Emerald Isle!

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7.5 Market Umbrella with an aluminum frame and fiber glass ribs.

A lovely pillow will bring life and joy to any sofa, chair, window seat or outdoor bench. These are just a few of our fun spring indoor and outdoor fabrics that we offer on Designer Custom Source. Visit us today to help get your rooms spring ready!


Robert Allen Ornate Frame in Ultramarine flange pillow


Robert Allen Botany Flora Leaf round pillow with button


Outdura Bistro Apple throw pillows

DCS: Building Commercial Clients One Order at a Time

By Anita Winter ~ One of the many reasons why Designer Custom Source enjoys serving designers, architects, and other contractors is our ability to provide large orders of custom products and deliver them in a timely manner. Our experience in producing beautiful custom indoor and outdoor products has allowed us the opportunity to manufacture high-quality cushions, pillows, drapes, and umbrellas to many renowned commercial restaurants, hotels, and resorts throughout the United States. We also pride ourselves in making our custom soft goods here in America.

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Wind Creek Casino

One of our local designers, Sue Morris, of Prism Blinds came to DCS for a commercial client when she needed custom outdoor cushions and pillows for a newly built casino in our local area. She chose only the highest quality outdoor fabric on the market today, Sunbrella. These furniture grade fabrics are known for, not only their durability, water resistance and 5-year fade warranty, but they also posses a soft hand and come in an array of patterns and textures that work beautifully inside the home. For this particular project, Sue chose Sunbrella Aruba, Tuscan, Chestnut, and, Heather Beige to spruce up this large outdoor pool and bar area and give it a bright and beautiful finish.

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Wind Creek Casino outdoor bar area seating

Designer Custom Source also offers amazing high-performance fabrics to fit your commercial clients’ outdoor or indoor drapery applications. We can customize outdoor drapes to fit any pergola, porch, or outdoor room.

Not only are Sunbrella fabrics fade resistant, but they are very easy to clean. Simply add a mild soap and water mixture to scrub off any stains. These fabrics can also be set in bleach and water solution for  deeper cleaning. We offer three types of outdoor drapes: grommet (below), tab top, and rod pocket. For our hotel clients, we offer grommet, flat top, tab top, tie top, Euro pleat, French pleat, goblet pinch pleat, and rod pocket draperies. We also carry a huge variety of indoor fabrics in stunning silks, velvets, and many other drapery fabric textures to complement any room.

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Wind Creek Casino – Outdoor draperies made with Sunbrella Natural and Aruba

Custom shading is also one of our specialties. Our custom market, patio, and beach umbrellas feature Sunbrella awning grade fabrics, which have a 10-year warranty against fading and loss of strength, as well as furniture grade outdoor fabrics, which offer a 5-year warranty. DCS offers fantastic accessories, such as umbrella lights, stands, and heaters to quickly ramp up your commercial clients’ outdoor areas.

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Wind Creek Casino outdoor daybed cushions by the poolside

If you have a large project or commercial client that you are aiming to please with the best custom soft goods, umbrellas, and other commercial furniture products, you have come to the right place. Let Designer Custom Source be your resource for building your clients’ commercial custom dreams.


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