Spring is finally here
It’s been a long cold March but hopefully over the next few weeks it will start to feel like Spring soon. So with Spring around the corner it is time to get that outdoor living space in shape not only for all your upcoming guest but so you can relax and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Also don’t forget there is still plenty of time to get the rest of your interior spaces ready for the seemingly nonstop spring event season (weddings, graduations, mothers day, fathers day, etc). Here at U-Fab we are hard at work too, as we have a bunch of exciting projects and events coming up (see more below). But before we get into all that let’s talk about what is likely on many of your minds this time of year…. Outdoor Fabrics.
Huge shipment of Sunbrella Outdoor fabrics
The Truth about Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics:
Outdoor living and textiles is a very hot category right now as we all want to expand our living space into our backyards (I know I have spent more money on my back yard renovation than I did on my kitchen…..). With this recent popularity a lot of outdoor products have come into the market recently and there are a lot of misconceptions about product performance in the market place. Basically long story short in the world of textiles there are two main type of outdoor fabrics (there are a few others but these 2 probably account of 95% of the product):
100% Solution Dyed Acrylic (ie. Sunbrella, Outdura, BellaDura and few others)
100% Spun Polyester (ie. Waverly Sun N Shade, Richloom, P/Kaufmann and many many many others)
This category represents the vast majority of the outdoor fabrics as they are very inexpensive and offer great colors and design, however these fabrics are NOT the same as Acrylic. Most of a UV rating of 500 hours or less and rub counts below 10,000. Basically they are designed for occasional use in direct sunlight and most will only last a few season max unless you constantly bring them inside when not in use.
A few years ago at U-Fab we made the decision to move away from Spun Polyester outdoor fabrics and instead focus on Acrylics. We made this decision as it is quite expensive to make and/or re-cover outdoor cushions and we only wanted to promote a product that we felt would justify such an investment. We do still sell some Spun Poly Outdoor fabric although not much as they are great for pillows accents or in areas that get very little sun and weather exposure, our main goal in all of this is to ensure our customers make an informed decision. You can learn more about Outdoor fabrics and seating by clicking here to read the informative blog we just wrote on the subject.
Both stores will be open today Good Friday, tomorrow and on Easter Monday. So if you have the day or days’ off stop by and see us.
Easter on Parade, “Fabio” & Fetch a Cure
Believe it or not it’s already Easter and if you live in Richmond you know that means it’s time for the annual Easter on Parade Tradition. It’s hard to exactly describe Easter on Parade but I usually tell people that it is really a people and dog watching event. Every year thousands of families and their pets descend on the Monument avenue many in their Sunday best (think Seersucker suits, sun dresses and lots of fabulous hats) and many also dress up their dogs as well (they generally steal the show…). This year U-Fab is a lead sponsor of the Fetch a Cure Charity and we will unveil our dog “Fabio”.
Each year a handful of local business sponsor a large steel dog and have a local artist perform their magic on it. This year we have somewhat altered the artistic medium. Instead of paint and brushes we have gave our steel pup “Fabio” a fabulous new coat made of fabric. Our lead seamstress Karin has been hard at work putting it all together and adding some amazing details and touches with her embroidery machine. We are all quite excited to see the finished product. If you can’t make it out to Easter on Parade this weekend don’t worry Fabio will be making his way around Richmond at a number of events over the next few months before he permanently comes home to our Richmond Store.
Charlottesville Designer House
We would also like the thank the following businesses that have been instrumental in helping us out by donating or lending us products and great items to use, these are all great companies with great design that we strongly recommend you check out:
Chasen Galleries – Fine Art Gallery (Richmond)
Yves Delorme – Luxury Bedding (Charlottesville & Richmond).
Patina Antiques – Antiques, decor and so much more (Charlottesville).
Shades of Light – Lighting Specialist (Richmond and online).
Sherwin Williams – Paint (Charlottesville & Richmond).
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the holiday with family and friends.