Your home’s interior design reflects who you are, but it also must stand up to your life: from dinner parties and cookouts to rowdy kids and pets that have taken over your sofa. In the Perspective New England Beach House, interior designer Kate Jackson solved each of these challenges with durable Sunbrella fabric to create beautiful, chic living spaces that can withstand nearly anything.

Kate found Sunbrella fabric available as an option from furniture manufacturers, by shopping at furniture stores, by-the-yard from a Sunbrella Kiosk and from a design center.

Furniture manufacturers offer Sunbrella as an option
Many manufacturers of indoor and patio furniture offer Sunbrella fabric as an option on their furniture. If you’re not sure about the fabric offered, ask your store sales person if the furniture you want is available in Sunbrella.

Kate did this while shopping for the Kingsley Bate sectional for the patio, finding durable Sunbrella fabric as an option. She also specified a Sunbrella fabric for the large the MT Company sectional in the girls’ bedroom.

Customer owned material
If you’ve ever been in a furniture store and the sales person told you a certain piece of furniture is available in COM, they’re talking about customer owned material. That means that you, the customer, buy fabric from another source and the retailer ships it to the furniture manufacturer to upholster your new furniture.

Kate used COM on the living room sofas and swivel chairs, both from LEE industries, and on the Kincaid club chair in the girls’ bedroom. If you love the piece of furniture, but have fallen in love with a certain style of durable Sunbrella fabric, COM is the way to go. Just ask your sales person if the manufacturer accepts COM.

Sunbrella Kiosk
Where do you get COM fabric? Durable Sunbrella fabric is available by the yard from retailers who have a Sunbrella Kiosk display in their showroom. The kiosk, a four-sided, rotating display, is adorned with numerous samples of Sunbrella fabrics for you to touch and feel. The display has fabrics from the Sunbrella Upholstery Stock Collection and the Sunbrella Fusion Collection, a fashion forward collection of fabrics.

Watch Kate explore a Sunbrella Kiosk in Perspective New England Beach House Episode 4 – Outdoor Spaces and Episode 5 – Sunbrella vs. The Kids.

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Interior designers and design houses
Designers and design houses create unique fabrics using Sunbrella acrylic yarn. In the Beach House, Kate used fabrics by Joe Ruggiero by Sunbrella, available from the MT Company, and from Kravet, a design house that sells only to interior designers.

Designer fabrics often include more intricate weave patterns and construction, and fashion forward color combinations. For example, Kate’s choice of Asia II Mariner, an ikat pattern featuring blue tones designed by Joe Ruggiero, for the living room ottoman allowed her to introduce color and pattern into her design. She repeated the pattern in another Joe Ruggiero fabric, Savvy Sunset, which features a coral/orange diamond lattice pattern on a cream background, in decorative pillows in the living room.

If you love Savvy Sunset, buy a decorative pillow covered in this beautiful Sunbrella fabric.

Kate also shopped at the Kravet showroom in the Boston Design Center for special fabrics for the beach house third floor kid’s room. Kravet is a design house with designers who create special fabrics sold only to interior designers.

At Kravet, Kate selected Uma Frette Orkid, a pink fretwork pattern on a white background, and Martinique Spa, a tonal blue stripe, to add color to decorative pillows on the sectional. A Euro Sham covered in Kanekopa Akuatic Aqua, adds a graphic element to the room.

Watch all seven episodes to see where Kate shopped, how she selected her fabrics and how it all came together.