Oops!! Family-friendly fabric for real life

Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press •February 4, 2017

Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. It’s going to get messy. That’s just the way it works in a home. 

Selection of Crypton performance fabric takes the stress (and guilt in this dog’s case) out of your fabric selection. Photo: courtesy of Thibaut Design.

Drips. Drops. Splatters. Spills. This is what you don’t see in the lovely model-home styled photos in design magazines. 

That beautiful white sofa that you hesitated to purchase, is going to catch a wine spill or muddy paw prints. Or chocolate ice cream. Or a grape popsicle. You are careful and think it will never happen. But eventually it will. Because we “live” in our homes and we want pretty things. 

Eventually, if you live in your home, a spill or a muddy paw print is going to happen to your sofa or chair. Photo: courtesy of Thibaut Design.

And we don’t want to sacrifice style and softness. And we don’t have to any longer. 

There was a time when kids and pets weren’t allowed in the living room. Except for special (controlled) times such as holidays. The “good” furniture just sat there to be admired from afar as though it had museum like stanchions around it.  

Today, homeowners use every square inch of space. We “live” in our homes. And as a Southwest Florida interior decorator, I can assure you that you can have beautiful fabric furnishings in your home without cringing each time you serve red wine.  

The market has exploded with choices in Crypton performance fabrics. They are stain resistant. Family friendly. Fade resistant. Wear resistant. The best news of all: they are indistinguishable from other fabrics. I specify them for my clients and their upholstery jobs in linen, cotton, suede, chenille, velvet and much more. And to be honest, I can’t think of a job where I would not encourage a client to consider Crypton first.

As durable as they are beautiful, Crypton home fabrics are readily available from Duralee, Kravet, Fabricut and many other sources. Furniture manufacturers are including them in their fabric selections and retail stores such as Pottery Barn offer their own line. Check out a few selections here

If you are considering reupholstering a sofa or making new furniture purchases, take a look at Crypton.  You will love what you see and how it feels. And it’s safe to buy that white sofa that you have always wanted. 


Devon bench covered in Kali woven fabric from Thibaut’s mosaic collection. Crypton Fabric is stain and odor resistant. Photo: courtesy of Thibaut Design.


Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator, A.S.I.D. associate and certified gold member of the Interior Redecorators Network. She has helped homeowners throughout Southwest Florida with timeless, affordable ways to create beautiful spaces and to solve decorating problems. Her article appears the first Saturday of each month. For more information visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail wrenda@spectacularspaces.com. For more decorating tips, articles and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog