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Summer Weddings Ahead

Summer is among us and we are so excited! Summertime is a popular time for weddings, with that being said what are you in store for when attending a wedding this summer?

Bold bright colors will be showcased with flowers, attire and decor. Decor is really important for a wedding, it brings together the whole event. Usually we use a lot of floral for our decor.

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Photo Courtesy of thefullbouquetblog.com

This rustic barn wedding used bright florals to liven up the venue. The suspended floral arrangements is something new I have seen. I love it! You can see that they used smaller centerpieces on the table.

 Below are some beautiful vibrant color pallets for the summer. (These colors make me want to plan a summer wedding!)

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Photo Courtesy of The Knot

Once you have your venue and date picked out, I think it is very important to pick a color palette. The color palette will get incorporated into invitations, bridal party attire, florals and linens.

Having a theme to your wedding has been more and more popular. The “Rustic Chic” wedding theme has been around for a few years and is still going strong. This theme has evolved each year with new attributes that make it a little bit different year after year. After Pantone released their 2017 color of the year “Greenery” , adding a touch of green has been a must. Brides are opting for more greenery in decor as well as in their flowers.

 

Photo Courtesy of Weddingforward.com

 At last we come to my favorite! Everyone has been loving printed table cloths. Prints are very personal and it shows a lot about the happy couple. Printed table linens can be seen being used at an outdoor wedding as well as indoor wedding. Printed florals, geometric shapes, and stripes are very versatile and mesh well with other accents and decor.

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Photo Courtesy of The Knot
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Photo Courtesy of Wedding Chicks

 

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Photo Courtesy of Wedluxe

 

I hope this post brings you inspiration for the special day you are planning. Another tip I have for you is even if you are not planning a wedding these trends can easily be incorporated into home decor trends.

 

Enjoy!

~ Briana

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Summer Decor Trend: Cabana Stripes

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Cabana Stripe tablecloth by Fabric Textile Products, Inc. (Available in assorted sizes & colors!)

When we think of summer decor, usually the first thing that comes to mind is coastal or nautical motifs. Throw in the occasional marine animal print and you have “summer”. This year though, the decor trends have changed slightly. One of the hottest summer decor trends this year is something you have probably seen a million times before and paid it no mind – a cabana stripe. Yup, that’s it. A simple stripe.

Throw pillows, table cloths, placemats, beach towels, tote bags, umbrellas, & so much more.  This classic stripe is EVERYWHERE. It’s simple, classic, & timeless. The cabana stripe can be in any color, but most common tends to be a nice black and white or a royal blue and white combo. The stripe can be small or large and it most commonly runs vertically. These stripes can be seen in almost every store you walk into – H & M, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Target, Walmart, Pier 1, Kohl’s, the list goes on and on and on. It is also featured in more magazines than I can count on my 2 hands. Have you seen the latest issue of HGTV magazine?

I am a lover of stripes in general, but I absolutely love a good cabana stripe. It works year round, not just in the summer, and it can really bring life to a room. I prefer black and white everything, but this year we decided to branch out a bit at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and offer a very wide variety of cabana stripe linens. Our 3 inch cabana stripe is printed on Milliken Signature Polyester and then in turn made into pillow covers, tablecloths, & table runners. We currently offer  12 colors and are always adding more to the mix!

Available in  Black, Navy, Royal, Pale Pink, Fuchsia, Red, Gray, Yellow, Khaki, Orange, Turquoise, & Lime Green.

Below I have included some of the fabulous cabana stripe products I have while shopping the internet! Check them out!

(Please note that all photos & products belong to the rightful owner unless specifically noted as property of Fabric Textile Products, Inc.)

Tell me your thoughts! What do you think of the cabana stripe trend? I want to know! 

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Beach towels from http://www.gracioushome.com

 

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Striped cotton rug from H&M – available in 4 colors!

 

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These striped bolster pillows from Pottery Barn are PERFECT for poolside lounging!

 

Summer has officially begun! Enjoy that warm weather, sleep in, and check back here with me on the FTP blog! I have lots more great stuff to share with all of you! 

 

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

Americana on my mind!

Hello friends! It has been a while since I wrote to you all, but have no fear. I am back! We have made so many changes around the shop here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and things are better than ever. We have started introducing new test products and so far our customers are pleased. We love when you guys are happy! Every week I will do my best to update you all on new products and prints we have added to the shop. For now, I just wanted to take a time to highlight one of my absolute favorite items – our American Stars Napkins! This is now the second year that we have offered these patriotic napkins and we cannot keep them on the shelves. I’m serious, ya’ll. These napkins are the real deal!

With Memorial Day and July 4th right around the corner, these napkins are perfect for cookouts, parties, and BBQs with the family. They launder well and will last you for many years to come. The navy and white star design resembles that of our gorgeous nation’s flag. I personally like pairing them with a red and white picnic check tablecloth for a real down home Americana vibe! This year we have also introduced the matching table runner! Those will be available in the shop very soon!

Seriously though. How adorable are these little guys?! 

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I look forward to talking to all of you again soon! As always, thank you for keeping up with my blog! Be sure to check back soon for my next post AND of course, I welcome you to check out the new and improved Fabric Textile Products, Inc. website! 🙂

 

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

 

Celebrate Independence! July 4th Fun!

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American Flag Stars Napkins by & Red Tavern Check Vinyl Tablecloth by Fabric Textile Products, Inc. (photo is property of Chrissy Fimiani and Fabric Textile Products, Inc.)

July 4th weekend is almost here! BBQ’s, fireworks, beach trips, & family fun have become staples of this American tradition. 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays since  I was a little kid. My family (large Italian-American family to be exact) would have a huge BBQ at our house every year. I was on decorating duty of course and would cover the backyard in red, white, & blue streamers. Mom would make every kind of salad known to man. Dad would grill every kind of meat the butcher could supply. My brother and I would go swimming in the pool for hours and then eat tons of ice cream until we couldn’t stomach anymore. (Yeah, Mom really “loved” that part.) At the end of the night, we would always watch the local fireworks display and go back to our house and make smores. If we were lucky, we would get to play with little sparklers too!

Our family tradition has changed since we are all getting older, but I still really enjoy the holiday. This year I have the opportunity to spend the holiday weekend in our nation’s capital, beautiful Washington, D.C. and I could not be any more thrilled! D.C. has become one of my favorite travel destinations and what better time to go than to celebrate our freedom and independence? It is going to be amazing. I will certainly do a follow up blog about my trip! I am looking forward to the parade and fireworks display. I’m sure the view from my hotel in Capitol Hill will be amazing!

To get in the patriotic spirit, I just wanted to share some pictures from my previous trips to D.C. with all of you. If you have not been there yet, I HIGHLY recommend taking a trip there with friends or family. The monuments are beautiful. The museums are excellent. The local food is delicious. The National Zoo has pandas! You don’t come across them very often! Most importantly, it is our beautiful country’s capital. It is a diverse city rich with culture and history.

I hope you enjoy celebrating 4th of July with your families! I will share photos from my trip with you in a few weeks!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

All below photos belong to Joanna Maruca and may not be used or reprinted without my permission. Thank you.

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The United States Capitol was particularly gorgeous on that sunny day! We visited Memorial Day weekend in 2013 and left right from my college graduation!
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These cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake were TO DIE FOR! No wonder this place has been on national TV! Yum!
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Georgetown Cupcake can be seen on the hit TLC show, DC Cupcakes!
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One of the giant pandas at the National Zoo! He was chowing down on some bamboo for lunch! He was so cute! Unfortunately the indoor exhibit causes glares on your photos. It was great though!         

20 Awesome Gift Ideas for your Dad this Father’s Day

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                                             photo courtesy of http://www.949powerfm.com

Father’s Day is Sunday June 21st! I like to keep things interesting when it comes to gift giving. I always give the traditional Hallmark card, but I like to give unique gifts to my loved ones. This Father’s Day I bought my Dad a sketched portrait of the old Yankee Stadium. He is a huge baseball fanatic and loves all things NY Yankees! It will make a beautiful addition to the walls in our home. I know he will love it! I have compiled a list of fun gift ideas. There’s something for every kind of Dad in your life.

1. sporting event tickets to see his favorite team (my Dad loves baseball!)

2. Dollar Shave Club subscription service (www.dollarshaveclub.com)

3. brewery visit & tour

4. framed vinyl(s) of music by his favorite band or performer

5. Fitbit wireless performance band (www.fitbit.com)

6. Custom printed beer bottle labels (www.pinholepress.com)

7. portable phone charger station

8. Amazon Fire TV (www.amazon.com)

9. cologne gift set

10. tablet or e-reader

11. BBQ tools set

12. espresso coffee maker (www.bedbathandbeyond.com)

13. a day or weekend trip to his favorite city or travel destination

14. white water rafting or kayaking (the Poconos is an excellent location for this!)

15. painted portrait of his pet(s)

16. home beer brewing starter kit (www.mrbeer.com)

17. his favorite TV show on DVD (Seinfeld still remains the highlight of my Dad’s collection)

18.  custom sports jersey (www.modells.com – you can get any sport, team, and number)

19. Bespoke Post gift box OR gift subscription (www.bespokepost.com/gift)

20. TOMS classic slip-ons (keep dad looking cool AND give back at the same time! http://www.toms.com)

Every Dad is different with his own personality and interests. I hope this list of gift ideas has served as a source of inspiration for you this year. It’s nice to let the important men in our lives feel appreciated and important. Celebrate this Father’s Day with the special men in your life. And as always, be sure to thank them for all they do.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads  out there!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photo disclaimer: Please note that photos credited as property of Joanna Maruca belong to myself and Fabric Textile Products, Inc. All other images and photos used have been acquired through a search of Google images. Those photos belong to their rightful owners and do not belong to myself or Fabric Textile Products, Inc. We claim no ownership of those images. Thank you.

Oh those Wildwood Days…

NJI am a born and raised Jersey girl. I was born in Belleville and I currently reside in Bloomfield, just off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 151. New Jersey is a small state with a larger than life personality. Our state is the home to many famous musicians (Bruce Springstein and Bon Jovi just to name a few). You can find a good 24 hour diner in every neighborhood. We still have gas stations where attendants pump our gas for us. Don’t even get me started on the taylor ham and cheese sandwiches! I can talk for hours about how much I love New Jersey, but the greatest part about living here is our beautiful Jersey shore. Down the coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May, you will find roughly 130 miles worth of gorgeous beaches and fun for the family.

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The Wildwoods welcome sign stands 17 feet tall and has become a popular spot for family photos! (please note above photo was courtesy of a google images search)

For as long as I can remember, my family has spent summer vacation at the shore. Growing up, my family had a small condo in Wildwood Crest and we would spend most of the summer season there. Even now at 23 years old, I would take a vacation to the Wildwoods (the name refers to Diamond Beach, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, West Wildwood, & North Wildwood) over a trip anywhere else. It is my favorite shore point and has become somewhat of a second home to me.

This past weekend was the first of 3 trips I have planned there for this summer. For those of you not familiar with the island I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of the Jersey shore with you! (Believe me, what you may have seen on MTV’s Jersey Shore TV show is NOT representative of this beautiful place I call my home.)

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My family always books trip accommodations with the Jolly Roger motel located on Atlantic Avenue in the crest. It’s a fun retro style facility dating back to the 1960s! (please note above photo is courtesy of google images search)

The Wildwoods has a long-time attachment to the Doo Wop era which can be seen throughout every community. The resort area was built in the 1950s and is reflected in the architecture of the motels, restaurants, and landmarks. Funky colors, brightly lit neon signs, edgy designs, and retro decor is everywhere. Although most of the old motels and businesses have been since closed or turned into new developments, some of the original buildings still stand and function today. The Jolly Roger motel was built in 1960. The hotel has undergone renovations and new ownership, but still stays true to the Doo Wop roots. Just a block from the beach and a short drive from the boardwalk, this motel is the top choice of mine and my family. We love staying here and plan to do so for many years to come! (To learn more about the rich history and Doo Wop culture of the Wildwoods, be sure to check out the Doo Wop Experience Museum.)

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The Wildwoods is home to nearly 5 miles worth of gorgeous FREE beaches! There’s even a new Doggy Friendly beach too! (photo courtesy of Joanna Maruca)
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It was too cold for a swim, but a beautiful day for photos! Even the lifeguard was wrapped up in warm clothing! (photo courtesy of Joanna Maruca)

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Surfing is another popular activity! I saw plenty of boards on the sand throughout my walk!
Surfing is a popular activity throughout the Jersey shore! I saw plenty of boards on the sand throughout my walk! (photos courtesy of Joanna Maruca)
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There is a doggy-friendly beach for families to enjoy with their fur babies too! On a hot summer afternoon you will see plenty of playful pooches running around in the sand here! It was just a little too cold this weekend. (photo courtesy of Joanna Maruca)

No vacation at the shore would be complete without a trip to the boardwalk. Maybe I’m biased, but I personally consider the Wildwoods boardwalk to be the best at the shore. The boardwalk is 38 blocks full of shops, rides, games, arcades, places to eat, and fun for people of all ages. Did I mention there’s a water park too? It’s amazing! You cannot possibly tackle it all in just a day. Each pier has its own identity and it makes the boardwalk so unique. The lights on the ferris wheel can be seen from miles away at night. There’s a free fireworks display every weekend too! Hop on the Tram Car and take a ride down the boards. Grab an ice cream cone from Kohr Bros. and a bucket of fries from Curley’s! Gateway 26 Arcade has games to keep the kids busy for hours and plenty of prizes to choose from too! Don’t forget to stop at the Boardwalk Mall to pick up souvenirs for friends and loved ones at home!

The ferris wheel and rides light up the night sky!
The ferris wheel and rides light up the night sky! (please note above photo is courtesy of a google images search)
Gateway 26 Arcade & Casino and Kohr Bros ice cream located on the boardwalk at 26th Ave! These are 2 of my favorite spots on the boards!
Gateway 26 Arcade & Casino and Kohr Bros ice cream located on the boardwalk at 26th Ave! These are 2 of my favorite spots on the boards! (please note above photo is courtesy of a google images search)
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Every trip to the boardwalk means a mandatory visit to Curley’s for a hand-shaken lemonade and bucket of fries! Yum! (please note above photo is courtesy of google images search)

After a great weekend away, it was time to head back home to Bloomfield on Sunday evening. I’m so glad that the storm decided to wait until we got halfway home to begin! With temps in the 70s all weekend, it made for a pleasant trip away from home for a few days. After a 3 hour drive, I was back at home and ready to start the work week and already preparing for our next vacation!

I could literally write a book about all the amazing things that can be found in The Wildwoods. I have 23 years worth of memories. Every summer there is something new. New attractions, restaurants, motels, condos, shops, and so much more. I look forward to visiting again in July with my family. I will be sure to do a follow-up blog to this one as well. The jersey shore is definitely worth visiting if you have the opportunity to do so. A trip to any shore point will be worth it! My family has formed its own traditions in the Wildwoods and I hope your family can do the same!

For more information about the island, be sure to visit the Wildwoods NJ website. You can also request a free vacation planning guide! I’d love to hear all about your experiences!

Fun fact: In 1963, singer Bobby Rydell released the hit “Wildwood Days” and it has become to anthem of the island! Take a listen!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer season!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photo disclaimer: Please note that photos credited by Joanna Maruca belong to myself. All other images and photos used were acquired through a search of google images. Those photos belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

Summertime looks for the home!

Memorial Day weekend is here and the unofficial start to the summer season has begun! This weekend will be filled with trips to the beach, concerts, BBQ’s, holiday shopping sales, and plenty of fun in the sun. Being from New Jersey, my summer season means several trips down the parkway to the beautiful Jersey Shore. (No, you will not find me “fist pumping” with DJ Pauly D or anything that MTV has led you to believe.) Each shore town has its own identity and is full of beautiful little independent shops. My favorite thing to do while at the shore is to shop for new coastal-inspired items to take home with me and decorate my bedroom with. I am a lover of all things summer. Anchors. Mermaids. Sea shells. Boats. Tropical flowers. Bright colors. I am a fan of it all!

I have compiled a list of my top coastal finds to help get your home summer-ready! There’s something to fit every budget and every interest! It will feel like summer all year round!

Maritime Coastal Collection Dinner Napkins
Maritime Coastal Collection Dinner Napkins Available in 5 summer prints. 100% cotton dinner napkins. 18″ x 18″. (Sold in sets of 4, $12.99 at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com) Photo belongs to Fabric Textile Products, Inc.
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Outdoor Printed Decorative Pillows 100% Polyester. Assorted styles, prints, & sizes available. (Sold invidividually, $25.50 – $49.50 at http://www.potterybarn.com) photo belongs to Pottery Barn
Sonoma Sun Shine Kitchen Towels Cotton towel with embroidered design. (Sold individually, $7.99 at www.kohls.com)
Sonoma Sun Shine Kitchen Towels 100% Cotton with embroidered design. (Sold individually, $7.99 at http://www.kohls.com) photo belongs to Kohls
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Starfish Wind Chimes Beautiful chimes crafted from aluminum, iron, & rope. Made in India. ($34.95, http://www.crateandbarrel.com) photo belongs to Crate and Barrel
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Threshold Anchor Marquee Light – Navy  Wall mount included. Indoor and outdoor use. ($29.99 at http://www.target.com) photo belongs to Target

I hope you all get to enjoy this holiday weekend with family and friends. My family BBQ is already planned for Sunday! Summer 2015 is almost here!  And please, don’t forget your sunblock! Stay safe everyone! 🙂

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.