What's your favorite room?
We all have our favorite! Comment here as to what you liked the most.
Behind the scenes at the photo shoot:
And what's a photo shoot without the entire family? The homeowner's dog Fergie didn't need much convincing to strike the perfect pose!
Here are some exclusive shots that didn't make the cut:
Now that you've seen the finished rooms, here's a look at some of the 'before' photos:
The new architecture of this house was very to easy to work with. The bones were there; the space just needed to be designed and filled. You can see how the living room transformed by just simply rearranging the furniture and putting in a few finishing touches. The dining room, family room and master bedroom were 'open pallets', so you can imagine my creative juices began to flow! After listening to what the clients wanted, a couple different floor plans were created and we chose the best fit for the family.
All photos courtesy of Doug Edmunds and M Magazine; Jessica Forston.
Which type of arm is right for you?
The track style arm is the most popular and represents a general trend of simplicity in home furnishings. The track arm is defined by a flat top which can come all the way to the front of the sofa (forming a square cushion) or stop before the front (forming a 't" cushion). Wide or narrow, the track arm is the most contemporary but is at home in many styles. Rolled arms or English arms can be more traditional and mix well with existing pieces. Tuxedo style arms (arm and back heights are the same) are classic and soften a contemporary look.
Sectional or sofa? Which one is right for me?
Your space and the location of your TV will decide which is best suited for you. Corner sectionals are perfectly suited for families. Perhaps the hybrid design - a chaise-end sectional? These can be great for watching TV and cuddling. Do you entertain a lot? Perhaps two sofas are better than a sectional for entertainers. Either way, these pieces are big so measure, measure, measure!!!
I have kids and pets. Which fabric should I choose?
There are many choices in very durable and cleanable fabrics suited for kids and pets. Blended fabrics with polyester/rayon or acrylic/polyester/rayon are best. Some super performance "kid-proof" fabrics are all polyester or acrylic Sunbrella indoor fabrics. Other fabrics boost cleanability with Crypton coatings from the health care industry. They are soft to the touch and good looking.
Foam or feather blend cushions? Which are the best?
The most popular are cushions are actually both!! Cushions built with sturdy foam centers wrapped with pockets of feathers provide structure and comfort at the same time. Firmer, all foam cushions provide the most support but cannot be reshaped to new when they start to break-in. Your back will tell you which cushions are right for you!
Visit Fringe today for answers to all of your furniture questions!
"Behind every successful business are the people who make it so. In the following section, we present the men and women who make up some of metro Milwaukee's leading brands, describing what makes their company a leading force in the community. We're pleased to introduce you to the Faces of Metro MKE." -M Magazine
So what sets Fringe apart? The ad reads:
Fringe is certainly not your typical furniture store. Owners John Edbauer and Jessica Forston have created a fun, low-pressure atmosphere unlike any other local store. The store has such distinctive furniture, art, lamps, bedding and accessories. “We are so excited to be here in the metro Milwaukee area; it’s a niche that needed to be filled and we have filled it to the rim!” states Forston.
Not only is Fringe the best of its kind, but the honest design service you receive in making sure you don’t make any costly mistakes is key to their business. “Honesty is what we thrive on. We want to make sure we give you the best options and are realistic about it at the same time,” Forston says, “from choosing the correct paint color for your room to space planning to perfection.”
“We have such a unique mix of comfort and style,” added Edbauer, “for family-friendly or for the single life. It definitely sets us apart!”
Click HERE to view the entire June edition of M Magazine!
Source: "Faces of Metro MKE". mmagazinemilwaukee.com. June 2017. Web. 23 May 2017. <mmagazinemilwaukee.com>.
Stain resistant. Liquid repellent. Odor and fade resistant. We’ve all wanted this for our furniture and now it has finally become reality. Fringe is introducing the performance you require for everyday life.
Let’s get real for a minute; when we get something new, whether it be a pair of shoes, a pair of jeans or even a new car, we baby the heck out of them. We do all we can to make sure our new precious items don’t get stained, dinged, covered in bird poop or even a drop of that tall glass of red wine on them. It’s how we feel when we spend all of that money on a new piece of furniture that god forbid someone lays a finger on. Those days are over!
Love your fur babies? So do we! In order for your furniture to stay looking new, here are a few tips we recommend:
Vacuum Regularly and/or use a lint brush. Pet hair contains oil that attracts dirt. Vacuuming the hair off of your furniture twice a week will help maintain its longevity.
Don’t let your furry friends sit atop the back cushions of your sofa and chair. Back cushions not meant to be used this way; the interiors of the cushions can’t handle the weight and will breakdown much faster. (To avoid your pet from doing this while you’re away, either remove or lie down the back cushions.)
When purchasing new furniture, consider your fabric choice. Man-made materials like polyester, acrylic and crypton are durable and easy to spot clean. Crypton is a stain resistant fabric and it does not hold odors. Selecting patterned fabrics can hide pet hair and everyday wear and tear.
Leather; it’s not indestructible but can certainly be pet friendly. Leather is durable, cleans well and pet hair does not stick to it. It's important to note, however, that most leathers can scratch, but this can also create a nice patina.
Stop in soon to see all of the pet friendly options Fringe has to offer!
Click here to view this month's entire digital version of M Magazine.
Is your home looking bare now that your holiday décor is down? Here are a few tips to soften some of the voids:
Where was your tree?
Front window: Does it feel like you’re living in a fish bowl after removing the tree? Adding window treatments such as panels or even a valance can not only introduce color and pattern, but it will also soften the harshness of the window. Have window treatments already? Try using this new space as an additional seating area. Consider adding a bench with arms or a small wood frame chair with a pillow.
Coffee and end tables looking sparse?
Now that the glitz and glam is put away until next season, it’s time to make those tables interesting again! Layer them up! Start by using a tray as an anchor piece and then layer the inside of the tray with small succulents, books, candleholders, flowers or decorative vases. You could also add that one show-stopping sculpture you love; I like to use skulls, tortoise shells or boxes.
Did I mention that we can help you with all of these things at Fringe? We've expanded, so stop in soon to find even more furniture; more accessories and artwork; more of what you love!
Fringe is proud to announce that it will donate a portion of all sales to the Washington County Humane Society, effective now through December 31st, 2016!
The Washington County Humane Society’s (WCHS) mission is to protect animals from suffering and cruelty, to provide care for animals afflicted by neglect and abandonment, and to enhance the lives of animals and people through education, adoption and compassion. Since WCHS does not euthanize for space nor does it receive government funding or any funding from state or national humane organizations, donations are a necessity to the shelter.
“The Washington County Humane Society is a small, non-profit organization and it’s facing many challenges due to the rising medical costs to the animals. When we became aware of the shelter’s needs, we wanted to do all we could to help” said Fringe’s co-owner Jessica Forston.
Did you know that each week the WCHS goes through approximately 1,000 lbs. of clay litter, 200 lbs. of dog food, and 200 lbs. of cat food, along with many other supplies? That’s approximately 52,000 lbs. of litter and approximately 20,800 lbs. of dog and cat food a year!
Why they need your help:
Looking to adopt a forever pet? We're available now...click on the photo to view our bio.
They are in need of many items! If you'd like to donate needed items without a purchase, you can drop them off at Fringe during our normal business hours. Here is the current wish list: (*Items with an asterisk are desperately needed)
Some donors like to bring in specific items on the wish list while others may choose to send in a monetary donation to use toward operations such as medical needs, vaccines, microchips, food and litter. Please know that any monetary donation, no matter its size, is also greatly appreciated and will be put to immediate use. The demands of the shelter are immense, and your dollars will be invaluable in meeting the needs of our animals!
How your donation can help…
$15 Feline Leukemia/FIV Test for one shelter animal
$25 Food for five shelter animals for one week
$40 Wellness vaccinations for ten incoming shelter animals
$50 Broad spectrum de-wormer for ten shelter dogs
$75 Approximate amount of clay cat litter needed to last about two days
$100 Microchips for 20 shelter animals
$150 Spay/neuter surgery for two shelter animals
$300 Dental surgery for one puppy mill survivor
$500 Lifesaving surgery for one ill or injured shelter animal
$1000 Critical medications for all shelter animals for one month
If you'd like to give a monetary donation, please either visit the Washington County Humane Society's website or their direct donation link.
So excited to be featured in November's issue of M Magazine! The homeowners, Jay and Ann, knew what they wanted: a home with their own personal stamp on it. Jessica not only listened, but challenged them to step outside of their comfort zone to achieve a chic, functional space in an upscale urban setting. The end result: an amazing friendship to go with the amazing space.
To view the article, either click on the photos below or visit M Magazine's November issue.
Behind the scenes...
Update your lighting.
As days grow darker, light your home with ambiance. Do a little update with your lighting; not only will it freshen your look, but it will also make the room feel more warm and inviting. Floor lamps with dimmers or table lamps with 3-way bulbs allow you to have control over the mood, whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the morning or the low key and unwinding evening.
Accessorize your upholstery.
Nubby is in; flat is out! Look for pillows that have texture and substance, such as faux fur or a raised, nubby pattern (slubs in the fabric). Layer in a cozy throw with various sized toss pillows to create visual interest. Snuggle up with your favorite furry pillow or your soft new throw from Fringe!
Pumpkin Peppercorn: From farm to table, this decadent pumpkin is spiced with sweet peppercorn, roasted cinnamon bark and a twist of tangy citrus peel. Underneath the caramelized core is a harvest of earthen oak, molten amber, and black vanilla bean garnished with a touch of smoked chestnut.
Amber Dunes: A welcome refuge reminiscent of the desert at dusk, when the sun dips over the horizon. A warm, earthy fusion of bergamot, tobacco flower, golden amber and sandalwood.
Santal Fig: Sweet, fleshy fig is topped with Persian Galbanum, milky white flowers and creamy coconut with a lightheartedness of sandalwood and earthy amber.
Warm up your bedding.
Make your bed as luxurious as the hotels do! Everyone wants to snuggle up into a warm and inviting bed, so make sure yours is perfect! Change your inserts from a light summer weight to a warmer, heavier weight for fall or invest in new sleeping pillows, new sheets or even a new duvet. And don’t be shy with patterns! You will be so excited to go to sleep!
It's easy to find it all at Fringe! If you need any help, we're just a phone call away.
Jessica Forston, Owner