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Welcome to the Chintz-N-Prints Blog! My name is Laura and I  am  the 3rd (third) generation to run the store. I write the blog  to share what is going on and what's new! I write about new arrivals, articles we appear in, movies we apprear in, vintage fabrics, customer projects and so much more! I try to mix it up and keep it interesting and keep you all connected through the blog to see what is new at the store! Hope you enjoy and check back frequently cause you never know what you'll see! Thanks for reading!

 

By chintznpri20223285, Nov 29 2018 04:48PM

Old man winter has arrived early, or so it would appear. Is your house ready? If not we can help.


Do you have drafty doors or windows? We often forget that we get drafts fromour basement and attics in addition to the doors and windows we use every day. Have you ever stood in your kitchen or bathroom and had a cold spot, think about what is below you, window, door or hatch?


Simple solutions that can help cut down on your heating bills.


Cover your exposed basement/attic (dormer) windows with clear vinyl, it is an easy installation and can give a good thermal barrier. We suggest staples for a wood frame and hot glue or all weather silicone for metal window frames. Ideally, you should replace the drafty windows, but this is a great cost effective DIY solution and it will make a difference.


For the doors and windows you use everyday, you need a more flexible fix. We sell a variety of thermal linings that can be added to almost any window treatments. They can be added as a permanent barrier or as a supplemental one. You may not know but when you use a thermal lining, not only does it keep the heat in and drafts out, it also keeps the cool in and heat out in the summer months.


There are a few types of thermal linings we sell.


1. Bump cloth- Best used as a permanent addition, as it is used between the face of the drapery and the lining of the drapery ( if one is present).


2. Black out lining is a dual purpose lining, serves as a thermal barrier and light barrier. Great for bedrooms or theaters.


3. Interlining-Best used as a permanent addition, as it is used between the face of the drapery and the lining of the drapery (if one is present).


4. Lustre nap- Is perfect for any draperies. It has a sateen finish on one side and a napped finish on the other. (We also like this for lining a quilt or comforter. )


So, if you have a drafty home stop in and let one of our sales consultants direct you to the best solution to abate drafts from your home.


Below are some photos of the linings available ( not great references, but if you stop in we can show you) and the clear vinyl ( it is truley clear). As well as the specifications of the linings available.


Keep warm.





INTERLINING
INTERLINING
BUMP
BUMP
LUSTRE NAP
LUSTRE NAP
BLACKOUT
BLACKOUT
VERY CLEAR.... VINYL
VERY CLEAR.... VINYL

By chintznpri20223285, Nov 6 2018 09:21PM

Hi all:

We have started off Fall right, so can you; with our variety of new stock. Barrow upholstery fabrics at close-out prices, just in time to redo your dining room chairs, your tired sofa or favorite lounger for Thanksgiving or the rapidly approaching holiday season..

We have amazing reupholstery referrals through out the area, who are still available to get your jobs completed by the upcoming festivities. (But don't wait too long)

Some of our new stock is shown, below, but please stop in to see the rest. Remember not all colors represent well on the computers(colors may vary), so we look forward to seeing in when you come in. Just mention the blog and one of our design consultants will show you the new stock.

Have a wonderful week.

Striped Velvet butter, grey and taupe
Striped Velvet butter, grey and taupe
also available in soft cafe color
also available in soft cafe color
Actually brown and golden taupe Jacquard/Damask
Actually brown and golden taupe Jacquard/Damask
Modern Chenille Upholstery in browns, blacks, tan and white.
Modern Chenille Upholstery in browns, blacks, tan and white.
Linear blocks- Two shades of Grey complimented by a fushia
Linear blocks- Two shades of Grey complimented by a fushia

By chintznpri20223285, Oct 10 2018 08:11PM

I know we have boasted about working with production companies in the past and it is always exciting to be an insider even if it is ever so slightly. Of course we can not mention what we are helping them work on, but it would appear the 80's are very popular, as are cheap hotels from any time frame and law offices. Dramas, SYFY, comedies and biographies all need to have a place to be set. We do not often pay attention to what is in the background, but take a second, picture your favorite show, series or movie. Now picture it with only a white screen behind it, what effects do you loose?


I will admit I have noticed more back ground settings then ever before. Just the other night while watching "LETHAL WEAPON" Tv series,the characters are sitting in a boat that is going to be refurbished and behind them are fabric books from companies we carry. Trend and Robert Allen, it set the scene and defined the space and added to the story. I do not think I would have noticed that a few weeks ago, but since so many new faces from a variety of production companies have been coming in to look at our stock, borrow our books and of course buy fabric for scenes in upcoming shows, it has changed my perspective.


Lets just say, when the productions are released and we get the ok to list some of the new shows, we will. But for now just a teaser; Netflix, Amazon, CBS, Pacific 2.1 Entertainment, Paramount, TVM Productions just to name the most recent few who have been keeping us busy.


Today, one of our regulars, who does set designing for WCSU Theater was in and she informed us that the old @1930-40 cash register we had in the store for sale was used in a movie. "THE BOOK OF HENRY" . YOUTUBE has a clip of the scene on-line it is in the "GUN SHOP" you can barely see it, but we know it isthere.


The next time you are watching a show, series or movie. Stop a minute and think about how they did that and where it came from, it could be from your hometown store.


We want to give a shout out to each one the amazing and talented women that have been in the store, with the daunting task to make your imagination come to life. They truly are the art behind the craft. Thank you for all you do to entertain us.


Kendall, Heather, Sarah, Kim, Mary, Ellen and Sara.


See you all soon!




By chintznpri20223285, Sep 21 2018 02:43PM

Hi all

One of our previous students who started in the Basic Sewing Class has really, made an impression. She has been taking some additional classes, since her initial class with us, but I think it is fair to say, the Basics Class ingnited a spark.


I know she has made many things; but we wanted to share just one of them.


We are so truly impressed by how far she has come and want to thank her for sharing her work with us.


Thank you Carolyn!


To learn more about the class, please see our web page labled "Lessons" or call the store.


Happy sewing everyone.

By chintznpri20223285, Sep 17 2018 06:03PM

As we all get older, we need a bit more special attention. Thank goodness not everything is a throw away. Or we would be in trouble. PHEW!


So, keep those good piecesof furniture. As many of you know, some of your family heirlooms or your favorite sofa (not the one you let the kidsor pets on) has good bones. Why throw them away for a lesser quality? There are very few fabulous furniture makes anymore, and the ones that do exist, can be expensive, so keep those pieces, just give them a facelift. Reupholseting a good piece of furniture can be very cost effective, if you find the right fabric and of course the right workroom to do a good job.


We are not trying to put furniture stores out of business, we need them; they have a definite purpose, but so does that well made, but worn out sofa in your great room. Why recover? Well, you like the piece, it is comfortable, it fits the room size and style, memories, no added waste to land-fill and most of all, you can!


Over the last 60 years, we have worked with many outside resources to assure that your home's seating is as beautiful and comfortable as the day you bought it and at a cost you can live with.


The Newtown Bee on 9/14/18 did a feature about old is new, and we could not agree more. (see below) To view the article, please go to https://www.newtownbee.com or stop in and see if we can continue the legacy. Pictures of the pieces you wish to have facelifted are wonderful and can give us an idea of the best fabric and workrooms for the job.


See you soon.


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