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Monday, 21 September 2015 13:17

Five Living Room Layouts to Try

One of the biggest mistakes people make when arranging living room furniture is pushing everything up against the walls. People end up having to sit so far apart that it’s difficult to have conversations, and the room ends up looking like a dance hall. Well-placed furniture will create zones in the space and ensure that each zone is clearly defined. If you struggle with how to arrange your living room furniture then why not give one of these layouts a try:

 

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Kincaid

A good place to start is by floating the sofa in the center of the room.  This is a great option for a long narrow living room since it will break the space into two areas. Just be sure to balance the room by adding the right pieces in unused space, depending on how you want the room to function.

 

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Flexsteel

Use two sofas opposite one another or two chairs opposite the sofa. This is a great look around a fireplace. It’s pretty and intimate, and lets the fireplace become the focal point of the room and the seating area.

 

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Uttermost

Who says a living room has to have a sofa? A grouping of stylish chairs can be just as functional and as exciting. This works well in a square living room. Place a coffee table in the center that has enough surface area to handle some pretty accessories and can serve as a landing spot for drinks when entertaining.

 

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Flexsteel

If there is truly only one wall that will fit the sofa, then make it interesting. Use a pair of bookcases with some architectural interest on the wall behind the sofa. This gives it more of a designer look, especially when you style the shelves with unique pieces.

 

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Flexsteel

Often times, a sectional is the solution for a room with a tricky layout. Living rooms with many doors and windows can benefit from a sectional placed in the center of the room. This will define the space and center the area. Especially in an open floor plan, since it can feel like there is a vast space to fill.

 

Of course, every living room is different and comes with its own set of restrictions. Just remember: there should always be a focal point; keep walkways open and easy to navigate; and when in doubt, hire a professional. We are always here to help you.

 

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 14:39

Easy Fall Updates for the Home

Nothing inspires the need to freshen up your home decor quite like the change of seasons. With fall just a few weeks away, now is the time to go ahead and start making some changes in your home. It’s easy to make the transition with just a few key items. Get ready for fall by incorporating some saturated colors, plush textures, and warm metallics.

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lanterns / pillow 1 / pillow 2 / chest / bedding / screen

 

  • Freshen up your fireplace with a new screen. This warm metallic finish in a modern geometric pattern will instantly update a room and get you ready for the fires you’ll be burning on those chilly fall nights.
  • No fireplace? Lighting candles adds a cozy feel to a room. Especially when the sun starts to set earlier and natural light is lost. These large lanterns feature leather straps which make them easy to carry from room to room.
  • If you don’t already have one, consider adding a cabinet or chest to your entry. Something with drawers and shelves will help keep your home organized since you’ll need a place to store gloves, hats, and scarves as temperatures drop. Plus you’ll have easy access to them as you go out the door.
  • Pillows and throws are always a good idea. As the weather gets cooler, add more pillows and plush throws to seating areas throughout the house. Try to incorporate rich colors such as shades of plum, chocolate, and orange.  
  • Update your bedding with a heavy down comforter. Nothing makes a bed feel more luxurious than plush bedding. For an even cozier fall feel, layer it with a thick throw in cable knit or faux fur.

 

Updating your home for fall is about more than adding the right colors. It’s about making it a comfortable and cozy place for you and your family. There are so many ways to add style and function to your home for the new season. Meet with a designer in our showroom to find your perfect fall pieces.

 

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 31 August 2015 14:13

Trending in Furniture: Lighter Finishes

We’re seeing a shift in interior design. Wood finishes are moving to lighter and more airy looks. Though the look can be described in many ways, such as bleached, washed, or reclaimed, one thing is certain; it’s here to stay. Once a rare find, this look is now everywhere and available in many styles, making it easy to create a designer look straight from the pages of a magazine. Work this look into your home with some of these incredibly stylish pieces.

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Uttermost

This accent chest in bleached wood creates a gorgeous focal point in this living space. Abstract artwork hanging just above in dark moody hues creates a space with dimension. This piece lives harmoniously with espresso chairs, thanks to a similar finish on the chest’s hardware.

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Hammary

A coffee table in washed grey is accented with metal for an industrial feel. This rustic finish gets a polished look from some chic gold accessories. Navy and orange accents gives it warmth while a sofa and pillows in light neutrals soften the look.  

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Riverside

This dining space is made for the most fabulous dinner parties. This is a space where the matchy-matchy look works since it’s neutral, cohesive, and sophisticated. These pieces in a soft washed finish create a look that’s classic enough to last for years.

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Vaughan-Bassett

Grey washed and slightly distressed, these pieces turn this bedroom into a rustic retreat. Place these pieces in a bedroom that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, and it will instantly look more open and feel roomier. This shade of grey is versatile enough to work with pops of color or easy neutrals.

 

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Interlude

Danish-Modern style, which is typically known for its honey color, gets a fresh new look with a washed finish. Gold hardware gives it a polished finishing touch and makes it the perfect piece to add a glam element to any space.

Revive your home’s look with this fresh finish. Whether it’s with just a piece or two, or your entire home, we can design a fresh new look in washed woods that is tailored to your style and needs. Visit our showroom to get started.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 03 August 2015 14:39

Five Ways to Decorate a Blank Wall

Blank walls can be intimidating. They can also leave a space feeling uninspired and unfinished if left empty. Do your home and yourself a favor and fill in those blank spaces. There are endless ways to add style to a home by filling in those empty walls. Be inspired by some of our favorite ways to give your space some personality.

 

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One large statement piece is sometimes all you need. If your preferred look is clean and uncluttered, then hang a large decorative mirror. Mirrors work anywhere. Not only do statement mirrors add a polished look to a space but they also bounce light around the room.

 

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Hang several small prints in a grid for high impact. You can fill an entire wall or just the space over a piece of furniture.  Get a little more personal by filling a grid of frames with a collection of black and white family photos or with travel photography from past vacations.

 

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oil painting / girl / clock / flowers / star / map / abstract / basket / mirror / giclee

A gallery wall is always a great way to work some style and personality into your home. This is similar to a grid but is typically less structured. A gallery wall should showcase favorite artwork, treasured photographs, and even quirky objects.   

 

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sconces / painting

Create a focal point that has symmetry by hanging a decorative mirror or a favorite piece of artwork then flanking it with a pair of sconces. These pieces are unified by the aged silver finish of the frames. Replace the candleholders with sconce lamps in a space the needs more lighting.

 

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Paragon

Artwork doesn’t always mean a painting or a photograph. Consider a large wood or metal piece that will bring some texture to the room. Pieces like these antique tiles that look like they were salvaged from an old building add a sense of history.

Let us help you create one of these looks in your home. We’ll help you choose pieces that are all about your personal style. Let’s turn your house into your dream home. Visit our design center to get started today. 

Published in Room Design
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:32

One Chair Six Ways

One Chair Six Ways

 

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A basic club chair can be so much more than an extra seat. Adding an accent chair to a space is an easy way to give it a quick-fix update and a new look. Anytime you have the chance to incorporate a new fabric into a space, even in a small way, is a chance to get creative with your style.

We know it isn’t always easy to envision what a chair would look like in your favorite pattern. With the ability to customize it there are hundreds of options. So we’re taking some of the guess work out for you. We’ve taken the Madison club chair from Kincaid Furniture and put together some stylish looks that you could use to update your space.

 

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This look is sleek and modern. Soft white fabric gets a dramatic flair with black contrasting welt. The graphic floral print on the pillow adds a jolt of colorful fun.

 

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This fabric makes a bold and energetic statement. The chevron pillow adds a playful touch. Add this chair to a room with a neutral sofa for an instant wow factor.

 

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A soft neutral fabric creates an inviting sitting area. This is feminine and serene. This is a beautiful choice for a lake house, beach house, or anyone who wants to feel connected to nature.

 

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Teal and lime green are happy and bright. A chair doesn’t have to be covered in pattern to make a statement. A bold color combo with a modern touch is sometimes all you need.

 

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Navy and white are preppy chic. This sometimes serious hue gets a distinct look with bright white contrasting welt and the ikat pillow lends a global flair.

 

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Quatrefoil patterns are having a big moment right now. This contemporary pattern is perfect for updating more traditional spaces, especially in a fresh color.

Which one is your favorite? All chairs and fabrics shown are by Kincaid Furniture and are available here at EF Brannon. We can help you design your own chair when you visit our showroom. Want to start now? Just click here!  It’s so easy to update your space with EF Brannon Furniture.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:58

Must Haves for Every Home

Must Haves for Every Home

 

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We live in a busy world. We are always on the go and working harder than ever. So when you come home you should be able to relax and enjoy it. Your home doesn’t have to be a spa for it to feel luxurious; it just needs a few key pieces. There are luxuries, big and small, that everyone should be able to enjoy at home.  

A Plush Throw

When you sit down on the sofa after a long day a plush throw is so comforting. It’s perfect for a quick nap and easy to grab and wrap around yourself on a chilly night.  Whether neatly folded or tossed casually over the back of the sofa, a plush throw adds a cozy feel.

Pretty Barware

There’s just something about drinking from a nice wine glass or pouring a drink from a decanter. Even if you prefer iced tea or lemonade, sometimes you just want to feel fancy. Using nice barware feels just as good on pizza night as it does when entertaining guests. So be sure to keep some on hand even if you only break it out once in a while. It’s nice to have the option.

A Sturdy Tray

We just can’t say enough about how important it is to have a pretty and sturdy serving tray since it has so many uses. Such as having coffee in bed on a Saturday morning, carrying iced tea to the front porch on a hot summer night, using it for popcorn on movie night, or just being pretty on your coffee table. Even if you have only one, though we are all for having them throughout the house, be sure to use something that goes with everything, is a good size and has handles for easy transport.

A Comfy Chair

It may be in a bedroom, the living room or even the home office but every home needs at least one big comfy chair. This is the best way to create a cozy little reading nook. You don’t always want to sit on the sofa to read your latest page turner and you don’t necessarily want to lie in bed in the middle of the day. This is why a reading nook is so important. It’s a great place to relax and recharge your batteries. And remember that plush throw we were talking about earlier? You could probably use an extra one for this space.  

Which of these luxuries is your home missing? Visit our showroom where we have luxuries for your home in every size and style.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:47

Home Decor Gift Guide

Home Decor Gift Guide

 

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stocking / candleholders / boxes / hand trays / pillow / throw

Looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas shopping list? Give the gift of home decor this year. Items that are pretty and useful are always appreciated. There is no shortage of unique gifts here at EF Brannon and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things.

  1. A monogrammed stocking filled with small gifts is personal and festive. This is sure to become a keepsake.
  2. Candleholders are always a good idea. Inspired by tree branches, these are unique and sure to be a hit. Who doesn’t love to eat by candle light once in a while?  
  3. Decorative boxes are great for dressers, desks, and even bathrooms to keep small items organized and out of sight. Perfect for the organized-obsessed!
  4. Small trays are pretty when placed on a stack of books, mixed into bookshelves and placed on a nightstand. Plus, when they’re this quirky they double as conversation pieces.
  5. A lux little pillow like this one adds a glam touch to any space and has a major holiday vibe.  
  6. Who doesn’t love a cozy throw in the winter? Oversized plaid in black and white goes with almost anything. Pair it with the gold pillow for a fun gift combo.

These are just a few of the unique items you’ll find here at EF Brannon. We have pieces for every room and every style.  Shop our showroom for gifts big and small to find something for everyone on your list.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:14

Five Furniture Trends to Try in 2015

Five Furniture Trends to Try in 2015

 

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bar cart / bench / side table / chest / cocktail table

A New Year means trying new things and your home is the perfect place to start. There are so many new and innovative furniture styles available and these pieces will instantly update your home. So when you make your New Year’s resolutions add one of these pieces to the list to freshen up your home with one of the biggest furniture trends for 2015.   

  1. Always fun and functional the bar cart is the perfect piece to add to your home if you love to entertain. Especially when it’s mobile, like this one from HGTV Home.
  2. Rustic takes on a new meaning with “live edge” style furniture. This furniture design is created by incorporating the natural edge of the wood into the piece. This ensures that each piece has a unique look.
  3. Pieces that use mixed materials such as metal and wood, like this side table, add interest and texture to a space. This is a modern look with a classic feel.
  4. Grey furniture is one of the biggest trends going right now, and for good reason. It’s light, fresh and easily mixed with other wood finishes. Even better, grey furniture is now available in a wide variety of stained and painted finishes.
  5. Lucite or acrylic furniture, once a rare find, is now more readily available than ever. Clear furniture is not only chic but is perfect for small spaces since it takes up very little visual space.

Start the New Year off right by making your home the place you want it to be. Now is the perfect time to make all those changes you’ve been dreaming about. Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. Shop our showroom or make an appointment with one of our designers today.

 

Published in Interior Design Trends

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