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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 18:05

Four Ways to Add Luxury to a Bathroom

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A little luxury goes a long way. Since it's often the small details that make a room more luxurious it's easy to incorporate these things into a bathroom. After all, there are certain things that every bathroom needs so why not make them as beautiful and stylish as possible? Forgo the utilitarian and embrace the extravagant when choosing pieces to decorate your bathroom. These are some of our favorite pieces to add a little luxury to this often overlooked space.

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A mirror is obviously a bathroom must-have. Create a focal point over the sink with a stylish mirror that has some decorative charm. A mirror framed in polished metal or an intricate design is the easiest way to add a posh feel.

 

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amira / marinot / tuxedo / vairano 

Never underestimate the power of great lighting. Overhead lighting is necessary but sconce lighting adds softness and a little bit of drama. Add a luxurious touch to the bathroom by flanking the mirror with some stylish sconces in polished silver or gold.

 

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astairess / zeal / karline

Try something unique at your makeup vanity. Add a stool or bench that makes getting ready in the morning a lot more fun. Think faux fur, polished metals and nailhead trim. A luxurious touch is always exciting, even when served in small doses.

 

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fabiana / nunzio / balkan

Finally, stay organized with pretty trays. Use a tray on the bathroom counter to store your prettiest perfume bottles and powder room essentials. Even the most mundane everyday items look more interesting when stored on a stylish tray. And of course, it never hurts to pop in some fresh flowers to add a little more luxury to your morning routine. 

All items shown are from Uttermost and are available here at EF Brannon. Whether you want to add a little luxury, or a lot, we can help you choose exactly what works for your home.

Monday, 19 September 2016 15:49

The Dos and Don’ts of Home Staging

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Selling a home comes with its own unique set of challenges. Take the pain out of selling your home by staging it to sell quickly. A home that’s properly staged will show better and sell faster. But don’t make the mistake of confusing staging with decorating. A staged home is one that showcases the best features of the home while allowing a potential buyer to walk in and instantly imagine living there. Before you sell your home check out these staging dos and don’ts that are used by the pros. 

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sofa / mirror / rug / pillow one / pillow two  / pillow three

If you're going to renovate do invest in the kitchen and bathrooms. This will increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Don’t get too trendy with tile or counters. Simple changes such as updating dark cabinets with white paint and adding subway tile go a long way in updating these spaces.

Update key pieces of furniture. Don’t replace everything but do replace outdated pieces with things that can be used in your next home. A leather sofa, for example, is a great investment. It will instantly update a living room and give an overall neutral look to the space. Replace old rugs or cover old floors with something neutral such as a jute rug.  

Go light and bright. Do paint over dark or bold walls with something light and neutral. Light beige or soft grey are move-in-ready colors. Don't get creative with faux finishes or wallpaper. Save all that inspiration for your new home.

Do decorate but don't go overboard. Keep it simple. Hang a pretty mirror over the sofa or one single piece of artwork over the bed. Just remove the collage of family photos and pare accessories down to a few simple pieces. Replace old pillows with new ones that have a crisp modern look. Fresh flowers are always a good idea too.  

Clean up the yard. Don’t remove everything from the front porch or back patio but do put away your gardening tools. Keep it tidy with a few pieces of outdoor furniture and some seasonal plants. Remember, this is the first chance you get to make a great impression.

Staging doesn't mean removing everything from the home. It means creating a space where someone can walk in and envision themselves living there. Think of it as neutralizing the look so that it appeals to a larger number of people. When in doubt, visit our showroom for some expert advice on staging your home so you can move on to decorating your new one. 

Monday, 08 February 2016 15:45

Make an Impact with Large Artwork

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Make an Impact with Large Artwork

 

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magnifico / guardians / looking at you / spring has sprung / shoreline

Few things make the same impact as the right artwork. When choosing artwork you know it’s the right piece if it moves you in some way. But there’s more to consider than the subject matter. Scale and placement are just as important and can make all the difference in being the perfect finishing touch or throwing a design out of balance. Artwork that’s too small, or a grouping of too many small pieces, can look lost on a large wall. When in doubt go with one single piece of large artwork to make an impact in your space.

  • Horse prints are on trend. You don’t have to live on a farm to appreciate the beauty of a horse. A large print of any animal is chic and dramatic.
  • This canvas of trees evokes a sense of mystery. Add this moody print in pastels to a space with dark walls and you’ve got high contrast and instant style.
  • Portraits are often used in eclectic or modern homes and often as an element of a gallery wall. This one is striking, and at almost four feet square, large enough to be used on its own.
  • If your home is lacking color then consider this giant canvas of cheerful flowers. These bright hues pack a punch and will bring a space to life. Hang it in a foyer or living room for a happy vibe.
  • This ocean inspired painting has an abstract quality that makes it a great piece for a calm space. It’s perfectly sized to hang over a bed. Use this in a “spa” style bedroom by pairing it with a bed upholstered in linen and walls painted in a sea blue.

When purchasing your next piece of artwork consider size, not just subject matter. You may even choose something a little bigger than you think you need. Don’t ruin a beautifully designed space by choosing the wrong artwork. Shop our showroom for these pieces and let our designers help you choose the perfect artwork and accessories for every room in your home. 

Monday, 30 November 2015 14:14

Choosing Furniture for Small Spaces

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Choosing Furniture for Small Spaces

Furnishing a small space can be challenging. There are some key factors to consider in order to avoid making mistakes. One mistakes that’s often made is filling the room with too many pieces or with items that just aren’t the right fit. A small space doesn’t necessarily require small pieces it’s just a matter of using the right ones. You can make the most of your small spaces when you choose the right furniture. Just follow these tips!

 

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A sofa with a narrow arm has a clean look and saves space for end tables. Often referred to as a track arm this look also saves space visually. Anything that’s curved or rolled, like an oversized arm on a chair or sofa, will appear to take up more space in the room. Space is about more than just measurements, it’s also about appearance.

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Riverside

End tables are almost always a necessity. Every seat needs a surface nearby that allows you to set down a drink. And often times you need a spot for lamp. If you don’t have room for a typical end table then opt for a chairside chest. Easily found in many different styles, chairside chests are typically short on width but long on depth, making them perfectly sized for small spaces.

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In small spaces it’s best to choose pieces that have more than one use. A writing desk functions well as a sofa table because it can be used for lamps to add lighting to the room and it also serves as office space when you need to do some work from home.

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Flexsteel

You don’t have to give up comfort in a small space. Many reclining sofas are wall savers, which means they will fully recline even when placed against a wall. This one is compact and also features a track arm which makes it an excellent choice for a small living room.

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Kincaid

Use one large piece to anchor the room. When you use too many small pieces in a space it tends to look cluttered. Vary the scale by using one large piece and the room will feel more balanced. In a small bedroom an oversized bed with a tall headboard creates a focal point.

If you have a small space that you just can’t get right then it’s time to make some changes. Give your small space more room to breathe by incorporating some of these styles. Make your home work for you and your family and you’ll enjoy it so much more. Shop our showroom for more ways to beautifully furnish your small spaces.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:45

A Pattern Guide

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A Pattern Guide

 

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When designing a space there really are so many ways to personalize it. Pattern plays a huge role in making a space unique and giving it the look that makes it feel like home. When meeting with a designer or decorator it can be difficult to express what you want if you don’t know what your favorite patterns are called. Window treatments, sofas, chairs, pillows, rugs and sometimes even wallpaper are each unique opportunities to incorporate a favorite pattern into a design. We’ve put together a short guide of some of today’s most popular patterns so you can discuss them like a pro.

 

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Though ikats have a long history they have recently become one of the most popular patterns in design. Ikat, pronounced ee-kaht, is believed to have originated in Indonesia and eventually made its way to the west by textile importers. The name comes from the method of dying the thread before weaving. Ikat patterns can vary in size and scale but they typically have multiple saturated colors and are a great way to add a global flair to any space.

 

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Geometric patterns are often used in modern spaces. The term geometric doesn’t refer to one pattern specifically but more of a type of pattern. They can be round, square, or even a combination of shapes. It is a consistent repetitive pattern with a crisp look.

 

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Chevron, also known as a zig-zag pattern, is still one of the biggest trends in patterns and decorating. Chevron is often seen as one color contrasted with white. However as it becomes increasingly popular it is now available in more forms and every color you can imagine. Chevron is always striking and modern.  

 

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Toile is great example of a classic pattern that can take on many different looks. Toile is a bit of a broad term as it can look like many different things. However, it will always feature a scene such as a landscape. Traditional toile typically features scenes from regions in France in the 18th century. However, they are also produced with scenes from the Orient, which is often referred to as pagoda.

 

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The greek key is often used as a border but can also be a repetitive all-over pattern. This pattern comes from a basic greek symbol, the meander, which is named after the Meander river in Turkey. This river twists and turns, much like what you see in the pattern. Greek key is used in all types of spaces and easily paired with other patterns, due to its classic appeal.  

 

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Houndstooth, often seen in menswear, is another classic pattern. It’s traditionally seen in black and white, brown and white and other earth tones. It’s usually a small scale two-toned pattern that resembles a broken check. However many houndstooth patterns are available in bright colors and a large exaggerated scale. This is such a fun way to add a twist to a classic.  

Did you see your favorite pattern? Have a question about something that isn’t listed? Just visit our design center where we can answer all your questions and find your favorite patterns.

*All images via Eastern Accents