Category Archives: Upholstery

Beige, white and gray pillows on a white sofa. Room by Diane Litz.

Don’t Be Afraid of Light-Colored Fabrics in Your Home!

 
We’re here to turn a bit of “common knowledge” on its head. Anyone who has pets or children tends to avoid light fabrics on their upholstery out of fear of inevitable spills and messes. Stop envying your polished friends with their perfectly white and beige sofas and chairs, and start introducing those shades back into your home TODAY!
 
There are a few tricks to keeping those fabrics bright, and it starts with the type of fabric you’re covering your furniture with. At The Kellogg Collection, we carry beautiful kid- and pet-friendly fabrics by Sunbrella and Crypton. Crypton’s patented fabric is the only textile that is stain, water and bacteria resistant. The key to this super fabric is its weaving process coupled with its proven barrier. Many Crypton fabrics are so soft, you won’t be able to tell it’s a special fabric that is stain resistant to markers, wine, odors and more.
 

Don't cry over spilled wine on your white sofa! Instead, watch it bead up before you wipe it down with a paper towel. Image via Crypton.

Don’t cry over spilled wine on your white sofa! Instead, watch it bead up before you wipe it down with a paper towel. Image via Crypton.


Another line of durable fabric we love is Sunbrella, which began in the 1960s as an umbrella and awning manufacturer/designer. This company has since expanded to include lines of fabric for upholstering furniture for indoor and outdoor use. Sunbrella fabrics are engineered with robust performance characteristics that provide resistance to fading and degradation from sunlight and chemical exposure. The fabric is tactile yet durable, has industry-leading environmental characteristics, is easy to care for and offers long life – wherever it’s used. Sunbrella is easy to clean and care for, and we often see it used on outdoor as well as indoor furniture.
 
Sectional sofa upholstered with Sunbrella fabric.

Sectional sofa upholstered with Sunbrella fabric.


For added protection, you could also spray your furniture with Scotchguard or any of the other fabric sprays on the market today.
 
Now that you know you can have lighter shades in your living room, let’s move on to why. Think about your favorite white or nude dress. It’s easy to brighten it up for spring with a coral scarf and sandals, or dress it up for fall and winter with a black jacket and boots. The same goes with light, neutral furniture. It’s easy to match pillows, throws, and artwork with a neutral fabric all year round. This versatility makes it easy to commit to upholstering (or re-upholstering) a sofa in a more neutral shade compared to a bold pattern or other color.
 
Beige, white and gray pillows on a white sofa. Room by Diane Litz.

Beige, white and gray pillows on a white sofa. Room by Diane Litz.


 
One sofa decorated three ways.

One sofa decorated three ways.


Now is a great time to update your home and get those light fabrics you’ve been wondering if your home could pull off. Until March 25, 2017, enjoy 20-30% off in-stock and special order upholstered furniture, and 20% on fabric at The Kellogg Collection. We also offer slipcovers!
 

Tufted Ottoman

Upholstery: It’s All In The Details!

 
A little while ago, we wrote about upholstery and fabrics at The Kellogg Collection. This post will go a little more in-depth with extra special details that will make your piece of upholstery truly unique, whether it’s with nailhead trim, a banded skirt, or the coveted “four way match” fabric application.
 
Nailhead trim is one way to add a very polished finish to an upholstered piece. Variables like the size of your nailheads, the finish, and how you’d like them spaced will help you achieve the look you are going for.
 
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Headboard nailhead trim

Nailhead Trim

A contrast welt is another method for trimming a piece of upholstery. This look features a thin line of contrasting fabric instead of the usual self welt, that makes the piece appear as if it’s been outlined or traced. It is one way to really highlight the shape of an upholstery frame.

contrast welt

JLINTON LINTON CHAIR

Another element to think about for your upholstery is the “skirt” along the bottom. Would you like a kick pleat or a waterfall? What about a decorative band along the bottom? Our talented team is always available to talk through the different options with you.

Waterfall Kick Pleat Banded Skirts

Banded waterfall skirt

Banded waterfall skirt

Banded waterfall skirts

Banded waterfall skirts

Skirt

Waterfall skirt

Waterfall Skirt

Kick pleat skirt

Waterfall Skirt

Waterfall skirt (and an ottoman with nailhead trim!)

Or you may not want a skirt at all!

Or you may not want a skirt at all! This sofa has legs with casters.

Tufted upholstery is a luxurious-looking touch to a piece of upholstery. This effect is created when upholstered buttons are pulled deep into the back of a sofa, chair, or other piece of upholstery creating tufts.

Tufted loveseat

Tufted loveseat

Nailhead trim

Tufted dining chair with nailhead trim

Tufted sofa

Tufted loveseat

Tufted Ottoman

Tufted ottoman

A pair of tufted chairs

A pair of tufted chairs with nailhead trim

One final, very important thing to remember – should you pick out a large pattern for your upholstery – is to look for a “four way match.” You want the fabric on the skirt to line up with the arms, the seat cushion, etc. It’s a level of detail that’s easy to take for granted, but a four way match on a pattern with a large repeat is a sign of high quality workmanship.

Four way match

Four way match – the stripes flow through the two pleats and up into the seat cushion.

Four way match

Four way match – the diamond pattern flows from the bottom, up through the cushion and finishes in the back.

Four Way Match

Four Way Match – the pattern is beautifully lined up through the skirt, seat cushions, arms and back.


 
We hope this piece gives you a lot to think about as you decide on a look for your next piece of upholstery! Feel free to come in to one of our four shops and ask us questions about these and more upholstery customization options.

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Fabulous Fabrics at The Kellogg Collection

Fabrics at The Kellogg Collection

Assortment of in-stock bolt fabrics.

You’ve been coming into The Kellogg Collection and telling us about all of the fabric stores in DC, Maryland, and Virginia closing up or scaling back their offerings. We’re here to tell you that the opposite is happening at our stores – we are actually offering more fabrics than ever before which you can use for window treatments, pillows, bedding, headboards, and custom upholstery (and re-upholstery) in your home.
 
We sell fabric by the yard! Use our wide selection of thousands of beautiful fabrics for a variety of projects in your home. Of our fabrics, close to 100 of these are in-stock “bolt” fabrics which range from $20/yd to $130/yd. These bolt fabrics come from high quality mills in the USA & England. By buying these fabrics “by the bolt,” we are buying them directly from the mill instead of design center showrooms, which helps to keep costs way down for you.

After working at The Kellogg Collection for 18 years, Diane Litz has built up an incredible treasure trove of fabrics.

In our Baltimore shop: After working at The Kellogg Collection for 18 years, Diane Litz has built up an incredible treasure trove of fabrics.

We sell designer fabrics! We have an extensive selection of high end designer fabrics available by the yard. Our selection includes cottons, linens, silks, velvets, selections from the bold and beautiful Cowtan and Tout, as well as indoor/outdoor Sunbrella fabric (which is great for homes with kids and pets!).

A small sample of our ready-to-use curtains.

A small sample of our custom made curtains.

Just because your fabric store down the street is hanging by a thread, that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the beautiful fabric you want for you home. Whether you’re looking for something new or want to get something re-upholstered, we have you covered. Come in and see us soon so we can show you our full range of fabrics.

High quality fabrics in your window treatments, pillows and furniture can dramatically improve the look and feel of a home.

High quality fabrics in your window treatments, pillows and furniture can dramatically improve the look and feel of a home.

Three upholstered chairs

Trio of fabulous Ikat print club chairs.

Kellogg bedroom vignette

Made-to-order Finder’s Keepers floral bedding

A Sunbrella-upholstered sectional.

A Sunbrella-upholstered sectional, as seen in our Baltimore shop.

Dark upholstery, light upholstery? Just ask! We have it all.

Dark upholstery, light upholstery? Just ask! We have it all.

BDURHAM DURHAM CHAIR 37X38X37

Durham Chair in Omoko floral print.

Bedroom vignette Kellogg Collection

Made to order Llyta floral bedding and an aqua leopard print upholstered bench.

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Made to order Medici damask print bedding and custom linen upholstered headboard.

The Kellogg Collection fabric

Made to order custom window treatments in Omoko floral print.

Upholstered headboard The Kellogg Collection

Designer fabrics on a headboard and bedding ensemble.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look decorated by Diane Litz.

Upholstery and Fabric at The Kellogg Collection

Kellogg Collection

A comfy sofa and a beautifully upholstered ottoman – what more does one need to relax comfortably in a home? Upholstery is furniture that is padded and covered with fabric. With unlimited fabric combinations, it’s a very easy to customize a piece for your home, and we have a few pointers to provide in the decision making process.
 
The first thing to think about is the actual piece you want. You can browse a small selection of our upholstery offerings right on this website; click through for our chairs, ottomans, sofas and loveseats, and a few pieces in our beds & headboards category. Some of these pieces have variable dimensions to fit your space, for example, a shorter loveseat or a longer sofa.
 
Once you have a vision in mind for your piece, the fun begins: selecting a fabric.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

If you plan to keep your upholstered piece in a room for many years, you may want to play it safe with a solid fabric in an agreeable, neutral color. That doesn’t mean you have to use a fabric that is plain or boring. Make up for a neutral color with an interesting texture, or select a fabric with subtle pops of a second or third color:

Mackie sits on a neutral chair that’s made more interesting with a herringbone texture and nailhead trim

Chairs

Thanks to the subtle neutral plaid striping, these red chairs are easier to decorate with.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa. Look by our interior designer Amelia Perez.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children's room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children’s room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

If you’re feeling more daring, cover a piece (or two, or three) with a bold pattern to add personality to a room.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look decorated by Diane Litz.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look by our interior designer Diane Litz.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

The best thing about upholstered furniture: If you fall out of love with a fabric, give it a new look by re-upholstering it with a fresh new fabric! Come in to one of our four locations in D.C., Baltimore, McLean or Richmond for a free consultation on your next piece of upholstered furniture.
 
All images (c) The Kellogg Collection.