Spanish Colonial Interior Design - After

Bringing a Modern Touch to a Spanish Colonial Classic

Every once in a while we get a "surprise" client that walks into our design showroom.  I think that's what makes this business so fun.  This client, in particular, walked in one afternoon and said she would love help with her living room.  So in our usual fashion, we set up a consultation and started the process.  But we did a small happy dance when we actually saw the room.  It was large, architecturally updated and had an AMAZING view!  But even better, this client had GREAT taste.  We always dig a little with each client to come up with a wish list, and this project was right in our wheel house.

The Must-Haves

  1. Use durable fabrics so she can have her grandkids over worry-free (we immediately thought indoor-outdoor fabrics)
  2. Include a tasteful pop of color
  3. Incorporate some fun personality
  4. Add pattern not just on pillows but on a large piece of furniture (AKA - She's a little adventurous!)

Of course, we are always up to this challenge and can't wait to show you how it all turned out below!


Spanish Colonial Interior Design - Before

Drum roll, please....After!

Spanish Colonial After - 5

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - After 4

...and even more detail goodness!

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - After Accents

Client Wishlist

As you can see from the photo below, when creating the interior design plan for this space, it wasn’t just the human clients we had to consider. Their 4-legged friend was an essential consideration too!

As mentioned above, the client preferred to use an indoor-outdoor fabric on all pieces -- specifically Sunbrella. This trend is not uncommon, as more and more families are opting for durability, but it did pose a unique challenge. Beyond fabric constraints, the client wanted to breathe some life into the room with a pop of color and the use of patterns, of course, we did too.

Note:  If you haven't read my recent post on my favorite durable fabric, do so now!

Interior Design Dilemma

Surprisingly, it wasn’t the fabric that posed the biggest design dilemma in this home. Like many stunning Spanish Colonial homes, it was the expansive space itself that created the biggest challenge.

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - Floor Plan

You’ll notice in the photo above that although beautiful, the ample hardwood flooring created a unique challenge. Because of the size of the room, we wanted to warm up the space with a comfortable rug. However, a standard large rug would not be big enough.

The Solution

Instead, we did our favorite thing and went the custom route! To maximize use of the space, we had a custom rug made with a ¾”leather binding to perfectly fit the room.  Once we had that in place we were able to fit in a generous sectional, two swivel chairs and a forgiving leather ottoman to ground it all.

Bonus Interior Design Insight

Every room needs a gorgeous pattern to liven things up a bit. Most clients are on the conservative side, so we opt for patterned pillows and pattern on smaller accents pieces, but not this fun client! In lieu of alternatives, we made a bold decision to use a geometric pattern on two swivel chairs and couldn’t be happier with the results! The best part? The fabric was also Sunbrella, does it get any better?

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - Patterned Chairs

This Spanish Colonial masterpiece not only lived up to our expectations but also exceeded the clients. Bold choices and customized pieces changed the tone of this room and made it more livable for both the home owners and their canine companion.

Looking for design inspiration for your space? Stop into Peltier Home, our retail design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.

Upholstery fabric types

A New Standard in Durability Has Arrived


Upholstery fabric types for kids

I visited a client's home this past week and I always tease her that I'm afraid to touch anything in her home.  That might sound silly because I helped design the home for her but everything is white, and yes, she has children....

I know what you’re thinking. Impossible. But the truth is, it's easier than ever these days to have any color you want on your furniture. Most of my clients are looking for something that can withstand all the joys (and messes) of everyday life, but they are in love with the fresh light interiors dominating social media. Call it a new breed of moms, but they arent interested in trying to keep their kids out of certain rooms because they are "too pretty". My clients want their home to look amazing and wear even better.  

So how do we deliver?  Whether you’re looking for something that can hold up to jumping, eating, napping, fort creation, or a good old-fashioned snuggle fest, an understanding fabric is the key to finding stylish and durable furniture in any room in your home.

It all starts at the fiber level

To find your fabric soulmate, let’s start with the basics, all fabrics are made up of fibers. Fiber is the thread that builds the fabric structure. Generally speaking, fibers can be categorized into one of two groups — either natural or synthetic.

Everybody seems to have some sort of knowledge when it comes to the basic natural fibers.  Restoration Hardware has made linen famous over the past few years and Pottery Barn has used cotton canvas slipcovers as their staple since the beginning of time.  Even leather makes its way into many of our clients' homes -- especially if we are placing a coffee table/ottoman in a family room.  But I think the world of fabric choices becomes much more complicated when you start looking for fabrics that will withstand more than people looking at them and actually hold up to someone sitting on them. 

Upholstery fabric types for interior

Enter Synthetic Fibers

I've added a quick tutorial below. Why? Well, I actually had to look this info up so I sounded like knew what I was talking about! Which is even funnier because my textiles professor in college told us all "you'll need this info some day."

Acrylic: Acrylic is often used as an alternative to wool. It holds color well and resists shrinkage.  

Nylon: Typically found in a blend, nylon is relatively resistant to both stains and fading.

Olefin: Very commonly used in furniture and well-known for its durability and functionality.  

Polyester: Strong and durable, polyester comes in many different options including microfiber, faux leathers, velour and satin, tweed, and other textured finishes.

Don't worry I'm still confused too!  The nice thing about the fabric industry is that it kindly prints each fabrics durability right on the label.  All I generally look for when considering durability is if there are synthetic fibers present.  If the answer is yes, then I am on the right track!

But don't think these amazing synthetic fibers also protect your precious furniture from stains.  My client's white furniture might be as strong as can be, but without a stain repellent, it would never last -- not even one day.

Upholstery fabric types

Treatments for Strength

In most instances, it is possible to treat your upholstery for added stain protection.  For me, the ability to clean my furniture so it looks new again and guard against stains is almost more important than the durability of the fiber itself.  Manufacturers have caught on to how important this is to today's consumer and you can now purchase and apply a fabric protection such as Teflon or Duraguard before it is even placed on your piece of furniture.  

But my favorite bullet proof fabric of the moment is Crypton fabric.  While Crypton is a common name when it comes to commercial-grade upholstery, it’s only recently grown in popularity in residential interior design.  Crypton is a synthetic fabric with built-in stain repellency, odor resistance, and abrasion resistance. Unlike the treatments mentioned above, you don’t have to worry about reapplying, or the treatment wearing off, Crypton’s durability starts at the fiber level.  If this sounds too good to be true and you’re wondering about toxins, there’s good news! Crypton is also Greenguard gold certified — which has been the industry standard for the LEED credit for low emitting furniture since 2002.

Did I just get too technical? To put it simply, you can find a synthetic blend Crypton fabric that looks just like a linen but will wear like a canvas and resist stains like a champ. So stop waiting for the kids to "grow-up" to create a beautiful home and take the additional fabric IQ points you just gained to find the perfect fabric for your home!

Need help creating your beautiful but livable home? Stop into our design studio, Peltier Home, 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, California to get started!