Get quality fabrics without paying top price

Monday, June 10, 2013 by Patricia Lopez

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HOUSTON -- We're helping with your interior design. You can get that magazine look, without spending a whole lot of money. It all has to do with the fabrics, and you can get them for cheap.

A couple of fabric stores we checked out are all about providing that quality, expensive look at the "Stretch Your Dollar" price.

When Brigid Roberson got a couple of quotes from interior designers on drapes for her home, she had sticker shock.

"We wanted this fabulous look and we found we couldn't afford it with a new house," she said.

So that's when she discovered Fabric Decor, located at 7250 Harwin Dr. The store is a wholesaler but also open to the public. It's known for its high-end fabrics without the high price tag, and it's where Houston's top designers shop.

"It's a place where people look for bargains. Our fabrics are from $1.95 and all the way up to $30 to $40," said Rebecca Zhou with Fabric Decor.

There are thousands of fabric choices and more than 5,000 options on trimmings and tassels. You won't find professionally trained interior designers on site or a chichi showroom but...

"There is value for the customer, yes," Zhou said.

The store is also famous for its clearance section, where they sell designer fabrics for as little as $1.95 a yard up to $4.95.