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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:20

Five Tips for Planning a Room Makeover

With the new year just around the corner it's likely you're planning to make some changes. Often, those changes come in the form of home improvements. But before you start redecorating that space there are some decisions you will have to make. The biggest one is whether or not you will enlist the help of an interior designer. You might also consider using a design consultant. However, if you want to stretch your creative muscles and go it alone here are five tips that will make the process much easier.

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Best

ONE. Start with a plan. Create a Pinterest board specifically for the room and pin things you would like to see in the space. Add anything from paint colors to specific styles of furniture. But don't stop there. Add rugs, artwork and even pillows that you're drawn to. Not a tech person? Pull pages from magazines, gather fabric samples and paint swatches and create a classic mood board. This will help you create a vision for the space that will serve as inspiration for the makeover.

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Eastern Accents

TWO. Decide on a budget. You have to create a guideline that will allow you to determine where you can invest. In other words, think of this as a “save or splurge” list. For example, you might decide to invest in bedding made of designer fabrics and sheets with a high thread count while saving on less costly lamps or accessories.

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Kincaid

THREE. Know your measurements. This one is so important as it will be a guide to what you can or can't use in the space. It also makes shopping so much easier which, in turn, will make it a lot more fun. And if you come across the perfect piece while sourcing items for your makeover you won't have to question whether or not it will fit the space. You can just go for it!

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Kincaid

FOUR. Create a floor plan. It doesn't have to be CAD designed but it should be drawn to specific dimensions of the space along with proper placement of doors, windows and any architectural features such as a fireplace. A floor plan is your guide to a layout that will help you make the best use of the space.

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Flexsteel

FIVE. Start with the biggest pieces first. In a living room that's typically going to be the sofa. Once you've made this decision you can choose the smaller pieces such as accent chairs and tables. Save accessories, rugs and artwork for the final phase.

Planning a room makeover can be a fun way to express your creative side. But remember, you don't have to go it alone. If you get stuck or decide you need a little help just visit our showroom. Our design staff can help you with your room makeover every step of the way.  

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:08

Elements of a Stylish Conversation Area

Conversation areas can be used to enhance the look and feel of a space. Often created by using two or more chairs they add function in a way that a single sofa can't by adding versatility and seating that doesn't have to be shared. The living room is the most obvious place for a conversation area but bedrooms and stair top landings are also prime spots for a cozy conversation nook. Let's look at the elements that make up a stylish conversation area.

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Uttermost

Obviously, seating is the most important element. Often, two chairs are plenty. However in a common area of the house the more seating the better. If space allows use a grouping of four chairs to maximize seating. While comfort is key these chairs should also have some personality. Distressed leather, nailheads or a pretty silhouette are things to look for.

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Kincaid

Tables are a must. You'll need a place to set a drink or book. Place a generously sized end table between two chairs. In a conversation area with a grouping of three or more chairs add a fun cocktail table or upholstered cocktail ottoman.

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Uttermost

Pretty conversation areas have great lighting. Even in a space that gets plenty of natural light add an accent lamp to create a pool of light in the evening. In small spaces sconce lamps are a great way to illuminate the space while adding style.

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Kincaid

Cozy textiles add a soft layer.  Plush pillows and fluffy throws will instantly make a conversation area more inviting. Consider an upholstered cocktail ottoman that will serve as a soft place to rest your feet.

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Kincaid

Don't forget to style it!  Add a pretty basket for magazines. Place a decorative tray on a table and add one or two decorative items and maybe even some fresh flowers. Finish it off with some wall art that flows with the rest of the home.

While a conversation area is an extension of the room it can also take on a life of its own. With all the right elements you can create a stylish space that's perfect for a cozy conversation or some time to yourself. Visit our showroom to get started on a conversation area for your home today.

 

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:34

Home Decor Holiday Gift Guide

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pillow / throw / wall decor / lamp / rug / containers

Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is here! We couldn't be more excited to kick off the holiday shopping season. Which is why we've carefully selected six items that are sure to please the home decor lover in your life. We believe that giving the gift of a beautifully decorated home is always in style. Give them something they will truly love, not just when they open it, but all year long.

  • We all have that one friend who can never get enough pillows. Gift them one that will go with everything. This fun pillow is the perfect addition to any bed or seating area. Black and white pairs well with any color combo and the tassels are a playful touch.
  • Another home decor favorite is a throw and you can never have too many. Anyone that loves to decorate will agree. Go with a classic plaid and it will serve as holiday home decor but still provide a cozy touch throughout the winter months.
  • Fun wall decor is for your friend or family member with quirky style. A trio of faux antlers are perfect for the lover of eclectic design and these are just the right size to fit into those hard to decorate spaces.
  • Every home needs accent lighting. Small in size but big on personality this lamp is just right for fitting into any space that needs a little light and little style.
  • Any home decor enthusiast knows that texture plays a major role in design. This faux fur can be thrown over the back of a chair, across a bed or even layered onto a bigger rug. The possibilities are endless and the impact is big.
  • You could gift these rustic containers just as they are or fill them with your recipient's favorite things. With this gift the packaging will be just as exciting as what's inside.

Don't forget to shop our showroom when Christmas shopping this year! We have artwork, accessories and many other pieces that are sure to please every home decor lover on your list.

Published in Room Design
Monday, 20 November 2017 21:49

Five Ways to Decorate with Rustic Furniture

Rustic furniture has risen in popularity since the farmhouse trend exploded onto the scene. But rustic furniture isn't just for the lover of farmhouse style. Also referred to as distressed, rustic furniture is taking over interiors of all styles. You may not be a fan of the farmhouse trend but there's more than one way to decorate with this popular style. Let's take a look at five ways to decorate with rustic furniture.

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Kincaid

Rustic glam is a posh yet livable look. Polished metals and velvet textiles elevate heavily distressed pieces by creating a look that is high in contrast. A space that's layered in these rich textures needs few accessories as the pieces speak for themselves.

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Uttermost

Adding a rustic piece to a modern space creates a high end look that has depth. Modern homes can often feel impersonal but when you implement a piece in distressed or weathered wood it adds major character.

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Kincaid

Rustic can easily go industrial with details such as nailheads and substantial hardware. Elements such as exposed wires and large scale artwork give distressed furniture a no-nonsense look with style that is unforgettable.

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Kincaid

Rustic can be casual and stylish with the right accessories. Lean and layer artwork for a more relaxed look and fill in empty spaces with books and easy-going accessories. Finish this fresh look with an organic element such as a simple floral arrangement.

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Kincaid

Have a little fun with rustic furniture by going eclectic. Pair bold and colorful fabrics with graphic black and white artwork. Quirky lighting will add a stylish and sophisticated spin.

If you thought you couldn't use rustic furniture then think again. You can make rustic pieces work with any style as long as the other elements in the space are right. Visit our design center to learn how to blend rustic pieces seamlessly into your home.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 13 November 2017 16:51

Five Ways to Work a Sectional

What is it about a sectional that's so appealing? For one, there are so many options. Many sectionals are available with custom options to suit your needs. Second, it's a cozy and comfortable option for a family room. Third, it's an easy way to furnish a space. But there's more than one way to work a sectional. So we've put together a list of what we believe are the top five ways to use a sectional.

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Flexsteel

The most common way to use a sectional is the basic “L” shape. This typically consists of one corner with two seats on either side. This layout tends to fit most living areas and often leaves enough space for an accent chair, depending on the size of the room. Pair it with a pretty swivel chair to make the space even more functional.

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Kincaid

A small sectional, such as a sofa with a chaise, is often a popular choice for smaller spaces such as an apartment. If you have a small living room but have always dreamed of having a sectional this is a smart solution. Opt for pieces with clean lines to keep from overwhelming the space.

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Flexsteel

A large piece, such as a conversation style sectional, is one way to ground a large living room. Its curvy style creates a pretty and unique look while maximizing seating in the space. These sectionals often work well in large rectangular spaces or homes with an open floor plan.

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Flexsteel

Go for all-out comfort with a reclining sectional. Power reclining footrests, power adjustable headrests and built-in USB ports make this option perfect for a man-cave or a family TV room. When every seat is a recliner everyone gets the best seat in the house.

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Kincaid 

Shake up your dining space with sectional style seating. Fabric in a dining space always softens the overall look and banquette style seating creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

With so many custom options there is always a way to make a sectional work. If you need help choosing the right style, remember, you don't have to go it alone. Just visit our design center to get started.   

Published in Room Design

One of the most exciting collections to have hit the market in recent years is the Weatherford Collection from Kincaid Furniture. It has been a favorite among design lovers due to its modern take on cottage style. This look has enough staying power to become a classic thanks to thoughtful design and fresh finish options like Cornsilk and Heather. Here's a look at some of the newest additions to this beautiful collection.

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Lynton Sleigh Bed

The always classic sleigh bed gets a fresh look with a combination of modern and rustic elements. Planked wood in distressed white creates a bed that makes a statement beyond any ordinary sleigh bed. Rest easy in the cottage bedroom of your dreams with this new look.

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Clifton China Cabinet

With the shift to more casual dining spaces comes the need for a casual approach to dining storage and this cabinet certainly fits the bill. This pretty piece has a relaxed look and makes it easy to style your dishes with some fun or unexpected accents.

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Baylis Side Chair

Speaking of casual dining spaces we're loving these new Windsor style Weatherford chairs. They have such as easy-going vibe. Everyone can appreciate simple design with big style.  

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Devon Lingerie Chest

A lingerie chest is often the perfect solution to small space storage issues. Pair it with a dresser or add it to a walk-in closet to create a luxurious dressing area. It's a stylish way to store your most delicate pieces.  

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Bolton Round Cocktail Table

New for the living room, this round cocktail table is adorable and functional. Turned legs add style while built in casters make it easy to move around as needed. A round table is a go-to for sectionals or small spaces.

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Tall Gathering Table

Now available in a counter-height table we think this is such a fun look for an eat-in kitchen or nook. With this table you can enjoy your morning coffee in style. Why settle for basic when options like this exist?

You can find Kincaid's Weatherford collection here in our showroom where you can also get custom interior design advice. So there's no fear about choosing the right pieces, the right finishes or how to style them. We can help you every step of the way.

 

Published in New Classics
Monday, 16 October 2017 20:40

Easy Ways to Customize Your Interiors

Interior design is about more than creating a beautiful space. True interior design should be a combination of design elements interwoven with personal touches that make it feel like home. After all, your home shouldn't look like a hotel. There are many ways to get that designer look and still make it your own. If your home feels like it belongs to someone else it might be time to customize your interiors.  

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Kincaid

Let your interests inspire your home decor choices. You will appreciate them more if they have meaning. That's not to say you shouldn't buy something just because it's pretty. However, if you love animals then work that into your home with some animal-inspired sculptures or photography.

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Uttermost

Mix up the tables in the living room in lieu of a matching set. Replace standard chair side tables with eye-catching statement pieces. This gives the space a look that's collected over time and creates a look that's unique to your home. No one wants the same exact living room as their neighbor.

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Kincaid

Choosing pieces with custom fabrics creates high end style and fills your home with personality. Express yourself through fun prints, classic patterns or modern geometrics. Even better, use a combination of patterns for a more unique look.

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Uttermost

Trade in those builder-grade bathroom mirrors for something a little more unexpected and way more fun. It's an easy way to add something playful to a powder room or guest bathroom and a pretty mirror makes an especially stylish statement in a small space.

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Kincaid

Pre-coordinated bedding is an easy solution for styling a bed yet there's no reason why you can't mix it up. Add a couple of custom pillows and a cozy throw to give it a distinct look. When you're ready for a change simply switch out the pillows for a quick-fix update.

You don't have to give up designer style to give your home a personal touch. Just try these tips to customize your interiors and bring your personality to life in your home. For more tips just visit our showroom where our design staff is waiting to help.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 09 October 2017 19:53

Five Wing Chairs to Amp Up Your Interiors

There's nothing like a classic. A wing chair is one of those pieces that always works. You can pair it with a sofa, tuck it into the corner of a bedroom or use them as a fun alternative to dining chairs. If you think this is one of those looks that's better left in the past, think again. We've rounded up five of our most stylish and versatile wing chairs to help you add a classic look to your home and amp up your interiors.

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  • It's easy to imagine velvet wing chairs flanking a stone fireplace. This one, in rich charcoal, has just enough curve to feel feminine and just enough style to give it an edgy look.
  • Here's an easy way to add a modern splash to a casual space. An angular wing chair in a boho-inspired geometric looks so fresh. This neutral pattern pairs well with fabric or leather sofas and will allow you the freedom to experiment with different styles and colors.
  • Add a dramatic look with oversized wing chairs. If you really want to make a statement then go bold with fabric too. A large scale print on a chair this dramatic can create a focal point for the whole space.
  • Scale is so important. Which is why this wing chair is perfect for homes with tall ceilings. Not only would a pair of these chairs create the perfect conversation area but they would also be an interesting way to shake up the seating in a dining space at each end of the table.
  • Go for a wing chair that has it all. Tufting, nailhead trim, and classic navy come together to make this a piece with lots of character. This would make a great addition to a simple linen sofa or would be the perfect piece to perk up an empty corner in a bedroom.

Every room needs at least one classic piece and you just can't go wrong with a wing chair. No matter the look of your home this is a piece that is sure to amp up your style. Shop our showroom and meet with a designer on staff to choose the right wing chair for your home.

Published in Living Room Furniture
Monday, 25 September 2017 14:08

Five Tips for Updating your Interiors

One of the fundamental reasons we decorate our homes is to reflect our lives which means our interiors should also reflect the time we live in. While some trends may come and go and come back again there are others than need to be left in the past. So if your home needs some updating it might not necessarily require a total home makeover. There are many changes that can easily be made to update your home without calling in a demolition crew. Here are six of our best tips for bringing your interiors up to date.

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Uttermost

Replace formal window treatments with a more casual look. Switching out swags and crystals with linen panels or roman shades will shed years from a space and give it a more inviting feel. Plus it instantly lightens and brightens the room.

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 Uttermost

Change outdated light fixtures. Gone are the days of matchy-matchy lighting. Have a little fun with mix and match options. Hang chandeliers in unexpected places and use sconce lamps to frame mirrors in bathrooms. If you want to break out of your comfort zone with something different an entry or foyer is a great place to try something new.  

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Kincaid

Switch out pillows and rugs with outdated patterns to those with a more neutral look. Rugs with natural fibers such as jute or sisal tone down a space with overpowering color. Mixing in a few solid pillows adds a sense of calm to a space with lots of pattern.

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Kincaid

Update your hardware. Change out knobs and drawer pulls on kitchen and bathroom cabinets for an instant refresh. Opt for a sleek design if you want to make the space more modern. And you don't have to stop there! You can update your furniture the same way.

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Eastern Accents

Lighten up with paint. A fresh coat of bright white paint is like a fresh start. It creates a blank canvas that allows pieces to pop, letting you see them in a new way. This might even inspire you to rearrange furniture and refresh your accessories.

Is it time to update your home? Before you get started visit our showroom for custom design advice. We can help you decide exactly what changes your home will need, big or small, and help you make them.

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:34

Five Tips for Styling a Bookshelf

One of the elements that gives a room character is the smaller details, such as accessories. These items can infuse personality into a space. While we don't recommend over-loading your home with too many small accessories we do believe that styling pieces such as bookcases and open cabinets with a few of those accessories plays a major role in the overall look of your home. Since styling isn't a skill that always comes easily we've put together five tips for styling the bookcases and open shelving in your home.

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Hammary

Of course, you're going to use a bookcase to store books but that doesn't mean they should be placed without any thought. Use one or two shelves to place them in the traditional manner. Then stack a few books here and there and finish by turning a few or all of them backwards so that the pages are showing. This creates a more casual vibe to what can otherwise result in a stuffy feel.

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Uttermost

Use open shelving as an opportunity to add a little mood lighting. A fun lamp in a bookcase or étagère adds a boost of energy to a space. Typically something short and chunky works best when used in open shelving. Plus, it highlights all those pretty accessories.

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Hammary

Open shelving can provide stylish storage. Baskets and decorative boxes are a styling go-to for avoiding clutter. Use larger bins towards the bottom to ground the piece and work the smaller ones in towards the top for easy access.

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Uttermost

Don't forget the natural elements. Greenery and fresh flowers have the ability to breathe life into a space. Contrast those earthy elements with metallic accessories in gold or silver for an eclectic mix.

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Hammary

Display your pretty pieces sparingly. Alternate the number of items used on each shelf. For example, if one shelf holds one large piece then place a grouping of various sized pieces on the next shelf. And remember, less is more. Edit the final look and remove anything that makes the piece look too busy or cluttered.

You should always use the open shelving in your home to add more style. If you're struggling with how to work the style in these spaces then let us help you. Schedule an appointment with a designer to help you with any decorating project, large or small.

 

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