Tracy Bulla -- Home Accents Today - These days, award-winning recording artist Janie Fricke is just as likely to be found giving a concert with Loretta Lynn as she is selling pillows, runners and throws at the Touch of France showroom in the Dallas Market Center (WTC 11019). The Grammy-nominated vocalist pulls off a balancing act between concert tours and trade shows, along with trunk shows.
“The collections started many years ago as a hobby,” said Fricke. “Being in the music business, I have to focus on both entities right now. It takes a lot of energy to run both businesses, but it’s been a fun diversion from music.”
Fricke’s home debut came about when a friend asked her to create pillows for her store, which she then embellished with vintage brooches found at flea markets. Today, Fricke sources her fabrics in local Dallas showrooms and pairs them up with an assortment of trims to be hand-sewn by a Texan seamstress.
Fricke favors a deep, rich palette for the collection, including Bordeaux, antique gold, brown and black, expressed in equally rich fabrications like velvet, chenille, and damask. Faux fur and snakeskin meet up with zebra and leopard prints, ornamented with eyelash and loop fringe, among other trims.
“Sometimes, I like to combine two busy prints, like a stripe with a floral; sometimes I do two very small prints together,” she said. “I play at it and work at it, and I go on my emotional feeling.”
For those in need of a little extra bling, Fricke offers Swarovski crystal customization with popular motifs such as a chandelier, crown and fleur-de-lys as well as a ranch-themed horse head, initials and a youthful peace symbol. Additional trims can also be customized.