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Monday, 16 November 2015 13:58

Textile Spotlight: Linen

There’s a major trend happening in interior design. Right now, it’s all about neutral spaces and furnishings. One of the most popular textiles in creating those spaces is linen. Linen has such a great texture, and we all know that’s one of the most important elements of a well-designed space. No matter what your style, you can easily bring this trend into your home with one of these stylish pieces.

 

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Rocking chairs can be chic, and this one is proof. This is the perfect piece for a modern nursery. The black finish is sleek and the neutral linen will work with any color. This rocker is stylish enough to be used later in the living room.

 

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A linen chair, when tufted, becomes a piece you’ll use for years. Place a pair in your neutral living room or place just one in the corner of a bedroom. You will never tire of this classic look. Change it up by simply adding a new pillow.

 

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This linen sofa is the perfect fit in this neutral space but is versatile enough to be used with lots of color when you decide you’re ready for a change. Trends may come and go, but you’ll be glad you have a sofa that stands the test of time in a durable and versatile fabric--especially since many companies are now offering polyester and linen blends, which are heavy duty for long-term use.

 

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A bench is useful in any room of the home. Place it at the foot of the bed to give your bedroom a finished look, or place it on one side of a dining table for a modern glam feel. No matter where it’s used, this bench in dark grey linen is sure to add a dramatic flair.

 

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A linen-covered headboard anchors a light and airy bedroom. Texture makes up for the lack of color in this space where less is more. It’s easy to layer in bedding and other fabric-covered pieces in neutrals when you start with linen.

 

These linen pieces will instantly update a space by adding a rich texture and an organic feel. Visit our showroom where our designers are waiting to help you find the best way to add this stylish textile to your home.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 26 October 2015 13:36

Decorating with Mixed Materials

There are many elements to a well-designed space, but there are specific elements that give it character. An easy way to instantly add character to a room is with mixed materials. Combinations such as metal and wood make a space more interesting and add dimension. It’s these kinds of details that take a look beyond the ordinary. Check out a few of our favorite looks with mixed materials.

 

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Kincaid

Metal and wood, a popular furniture trend, is often thought of as rustic or industrial. This bedroom proves that this combo has a sleek modern side.  A bold wall color warms up the rich tones of the wood, creating an inviting space.

 

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Even a small detail, like the metal base on this distressed table, can make all the difference in the versatility of a piece. This metal X base makes this a table that would add just as much interest in a modern home as it would in a classic farmhouse.

 

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There is much to be appreciated in this traditionally styled space. What really gives it distinction though are the tables. Glass wrapped in corrugated metal is unexpected and just a little bit quirky. Yet the simple design works in this classic living room.

 

 

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This neutral space is so rich you’ll never notice the lack of color. These tables not only combine wood and metal, but also pattern. Distressed wood in a chevron pattern and shades of grey combine everything we love about today’s neutral trends.

 

 

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In this neutral bedroom, texture is key. This bedroom showcases so many materials, yet it all blends together seamlessly. A headboard that combines wood and linen brings a softness to the space while a vintage-style cabinet with weathered mirrors gives the room a sense of history.

 

Add to your home’s character by incorporating pieces that mix materials. This is a great way to make an impact in a space without making a major commitment to a new color or a complete redesign. Meet with one of our designers to get started on the perfect look for your home. 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 05 October 2015 19:47

Tips for Choosing the Right Cocktail Table

People often give a lot of thought to choosing a new sofa, then the cocktail table becomes an afterthought. The cocktail table is just as important as the seating in your living room. The wrong one can make or break the way a room functions. Before you buy, you should consider how you want to use it. Do your kids like to use it as a craft area or do you like to eat in front of the TV? Is this just a space to prop your feet after a long day? Think about the answers to those questions and consider these tips on how to choose the right cocktail table for your living space.

 

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In a living room with a sectional, a round table is often the right fit. Those sitting on the inside can easily move around it as they get up and down, since it creates a nice flow. Choose one with a pedestal base instead of legs to keep the space looking clean and uncluttered.

 

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Tables constructed of see-through materials such as glass or lucite are perfect for small spaces. This will create visual space, which makes the room appear larger. They also allow light to bounce around the room more freely, making it seem lighter and brighter. This glass and metal piece is polished and well-suited to a formal living space.

 

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An upholstered cocktail ottoman is often a go-to in a family room. They provide a soft spot for propping up your feet and extra seating when needed. Many ottomans come with a lift top to provide storage, which is always a plus. Upholstered cocktail ottomans are especially nice for homes with small children since there aren’t any pesky sharp corners to bump into.

 

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For those who spend a lot of time in the living room, the lift top coffee table is a must. You can turn your sofa into an office space, dining space, or craft area. Simply lift the top and you instantly change the way the room functions.

 

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The living room is often the most used space in the house. If that’s true in your home, then choose a table that’s hardworking. Distressed solid wood can stand up to kids’ art projects and dinners in front of the TV. This rustic piece isn’t just durable; it has style that will last for years.

 

Your cocktail table shouldn’t be an afterthought. Choosing the right pieces will make the most of the space, and in turn you will enjoy it more. So before you go out and get that new table, really think about how you want it to work in the room. Shop our showroom for all of these options and more.

Published in Living Room Furniture
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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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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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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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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, 24 August 2015 19:34

Interior Design Classic: Chocolate Brown

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Classic interiors often have one thing in common: classic hues. If you want to create a space that’s versatile and easy to update over time, then start with a neutral, like chocolate brown. Chocolate has always been a go-to for decorators due to its rich look and ability to work with any color. This shade of brown can take on so many looks, but it’s often seen in modern spaces and takes on a sophisticated and luxe vibe. Take some inspiration from some of our favorite pieces to work this chic hue into your own home.  

  • These high contrast vases are striking and can be popped onto a mantel or styled into a bookcase to bring a chic chocolate vibe to any room. Use them as a group of three or use a pair of the tallest vases to flank a piece of artwork.
  • Instantly update your bedroom with new bedding. A creamy colored duvet with a chocolate border is modern and sleek. Mixing it with orange and teal pillows gives it a softer look.
  • This porcelain lamp looks like it’s dripping with chocolate brown paint. It’s a dramatic look and would be a nice touch alone, but would make even more of a statement as a pair.
  • If you have a room that’s just missing something, then consider an abstract. Abstract artwork instantly takes a space to the next level. These canvases would work well over a sofa, in a foyer, or even above a fireplace.
  • Add some style to your kitchen with these chocolate brown marbleized dishes. These are sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party.
  • Bring a luxe feel to any space with this plush, faux fur chocolate throw. Drape it over the sofa, a cocktail ottoman, or over the foot of the bed.

Is it time to give your home some updates or a new look? We’ve done many spaces in many styles using chocolate brown. Let us help you design a space with this classic shade while incorporating your own style and giving your home the look you love.

 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 17 August 2015 14:21

Pretty Storage Pieces for the Bathroom

Bathroom storage is often limited to a closet and what you can fit inside the medicine cabinet. But honestly, is that ever really enough? Most people need more storage than what’s typically offered in a standard bathroom. Not to worry though. It’s easy to create more space for your things by simply adding a pretty piece of furniture. There’s a piece for your bathroom, no matter the size. These are a few of our favorites.

 

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This bookcase has sliding doors, which makes it very convenient, and adjustable shelves. A beautiful option in a cottage or coastal style bathroom, it’s the perfect place to stack towels and store toiletries. Use seagrass baskets or pretty bins to store things you want to keep out of sight.

 

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Hammary

A mix of metal and wood makes this cabinet a great choice in a space with an industrial or modern look. Once it’s fully stocked with toiletries and necessities, mix in one or two decorative items to give it a little personality.

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This piece is perfect for a large bathroom in a home with high ceilings. This cabinet has presence and plenty of room to store everything you need. Items will be in full view in this cabinet, so be sure to display your prettiest things. Use decorative trays for your perfume and cologne bottles. Instead of folding towels, roll and stack them. Add a small vase of fresh flowers. Remember, everyday things can be stylish too.

 

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This cabinet has a personality all its own. It would be a great addition to an eclectic home, especially for someone that loves color. With shelves, doors, and drawers, it has a place for things of all sizes. Open shelving gives you easy access to items used every day.

 

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Use an accent chest in a small bathroom. With all those drawers, you can store much more than just toiletries. This might also be a great place to keep jewelry.  Display a few things on top in a tray or style it with a cool pair of lamps. This piece is sleek and airy and would look great in a home with a modern farmhouse vibe.

 

If you have a bathroom that you just can’t get organized, then try adding a stylish and functional cabinet or chest. Here at EF Brannon we have options to work in any space no matter the size or style. Come by and let us help you find just what you’re looking for. 

Published in Room Design
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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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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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
Monday, 27 July 2015 15:25

Decorating Kids' Spaces

Children need a space of their own--a spot in the house that’s all about them. Whether that’s their bedroom or a playroom, their surroundings should reflect their interests and inspire creativity for their growing minds. There are many options in artwork and decor for children’s spaces that will make them happy while adding style to your home.

 

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If color boosts creativity, then these prints are perfect for a child’s room. They’re happy and bright and bring to mind sunny days. Hang them horizontally over a bed or vertically near a window. Draw on these colorful hues as inspiration for decorating the rest of the space.

 

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These prints are fun and playful and perfect for the child with a four-legged best friend. The larger print is big enough to be used alone, and the trio of smaller prints would be perfect over a dresser or bed. These prints can be enjoyed by animal lovers of all ages.

 

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Paragon

Bring a fun and whimsical feel to a child’s space. This artwork has such a cool vibe and lots of texture. It’s a great piece for a teen’s room, especially if they’re sports-oriented. This piece is heavy on texture and would work well in a space with a modern, rustic look.

 

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Eastern Accents

 

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Kids’ bedding can be stylish too. Bold patterns like large stripes and oversized polka dots are so chic when paired with a mix of fun pillows. These coordinated collections take all the guesswork out of pulling together beautiful bedding.

 

Decorate your children’s rooms with as much style as the rest of the house. Their spaces should be well-designed too. Simply use decor that reflects their individual personalities and artwork that will encourage imagination. Because everyone, at every age, should have a beautiful space to call their own.

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