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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, 24 October 2017 15:03

Six Accessories Your Home Needs This Winter

It's that time of year again! When temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter you know it's time to break out all things cozy. When you prep your home to spend more time indoors there's no way the winter weather will get you down. Take advantage of the season by stocking your home with the best cold weather home decor and make the most of the season. We've rounded up six stylish pieces, perfect for the cold months ahead, that are sure to turn your home into a cozy haven.

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sconce / tray / throws / ottoman / screen / candle holders

  • Limited daylight is the perfect excuse to update your lighting or just add more of it. Add soft light to a bathroom with sconce lamps. These are also a great way to accessorize a basic mirror.
  • Keep a heavy duty tray with sturdy handles at the ready to serve coffee or hot chocolate to guests on a cold night. When not in use it's a stylish way to display items on a coffee table or counter.
  • There are few things better than a cozy throw on a cold night. Textiles such as soft flannels and faux fur are warm and comfy when all you want to do is stay in a watch a movie.
  • Have a favorite chair? Add a small ottoman, with built in storage, so you can put your feet up with a good book on those days when it's just too cold to go out. Remember, you'll need a place to store all those pretty throws.
  • Gone are the days of boring fireplace screens. Keep the fire contained and let the fireplace make a statement by choosing a screen worthy of a magazine.
  • No fireplace? No problem! You can create the same cozy ambiance with candles. Make the upgrade from plain glass jars to more sophisticated candle holders and they'll work double duty as pretty accessories, even when not in use.

Now is the time to get your interiors ready for the cold months ahead. Visit our showroom to find the latest trends in all things decor, design and furniture. Our designers are ready to help you make your home the place you want to be.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Six Ways to Add Vintage-Inspired Style

Decorating with vintage pieces is so exciting because it means you have something special or unique. It's a way to create a curated look that gives your home a whole new dimension by telling a story of another time in history. The disadvantage to vintage pieces is that they sometimes have that not-so-new look or feel. Which is really a downer when it comes to certain pieces, such as sofas and rugs. So what's a lover of vintage looks to do? Recreate the look with vintage-inspired pieces. We've rounded up six ways to add vintage style to your home with new pieces that are inspired by the past.

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mirror / dining chair / sofa / lamp / chair / rug

  • Add a touch of vintage-glam with some Hollywood regency style. Weathered metal fretwork makes this mirror a statement piece that has just as much style as it did in the 1930s. Hang it in a mirror or foyer to add major personality. 
  • Bentwood chairs are always vintage-chic. Use them around a dining table for a look that's beyond basic. Often available in painted finishes they can add a punch of color to your kitchen or dining space.
  • Nothing says vintage quite like a sofa with well-worn leather. Add black and white boho style pillows for a look that's on trend. The best thing about this sofa? It's so versatile! It allows you to change up your style whenever the mood strikes.
  • Lighten up your home with a little vintage flair with this black and gold floor lamp. Bamboo and bamboo inspired pieces are a fun addition to any home that needs a little vintage touch.
  • There are so many reasons to love a Jenny Lind style chair. Not only because it has that vintage look but it also works well draped in modern fabrics. It's a clever way to blend styles and it pairs well with a leather sofa.
  • Always a favorite among vintage lovers, faded or sun-bleached rugs are the perfect way to pull a space together and you can't go wrong with a neutral look. 

Get the vintage look! Shop these looks and more right here in our showroom or call to make an appointment with a designer today.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:32

One Chair Six Ways

One Chair Six Ways

 

living room furniture Chattanooga

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 08:23

Five Versatile Pieces for Your Home

Five Versatile Pieces for Your Home

Every home is different. You couldn’t create a design for one home and expect it to work in the one next door. But you could take some key pieces and make them work just about anywhere. That’s because design is often about the details. Investing in some key pieces that are classic and functional is always a smart move. Multi-purpose pieces with a timeless look can be a part of your home and family for years. These are some of our favorite versatile pieces and this is why they work.

 

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1. The Luxury sofa by Flexsteel is so versatile because it’s a plush sofa with a very tailored look. This style could be used with antiques, in a beach house, or even a contemporary home. It has a look that lends itself to almost any style. It’s just a matter of choosing the right fabrics. If you’re the type that likes to change up your look often then this is the sofa for you.

2. This leather chair from Flexsteel is something you could use for years. A leather club chair goes with anything. Especially one with these classic details such as tufting and nailhead trim. It’s a perfect balance to a fabric sofa because it combines textures. Plus, you could move it from room to room without worrying about matching fabrics. Leather goes with everything and it gets better with time.

3. A sleigh bed will never look dated, especially when it has a modern edge. A platform footboard and sleek design give it a more current look. This style by Vaughan-Bassett is just one of many that are available from this company. This bed can be paired with antiques or more modern pieces. With this bed you could easily add and change pieces in your bedroom and it will almost always work.

4. Accent pieces, like this one from HGTV Home, can be used in literally any room. They also provide extra storage and a platform for artwork. This one in particular uses mixed materials so it can work with a variety of designs which is another reason it would be a great asset to your home.

5. This console table from Flexsteel is a hard-working and multi-purpose piece. It’s made of solid wood which makes it a great investment. It could function as a writing desk, a sofa table a foyer piece or even an island in a long narrow kitchen. It scores extra points thanks to the pair of ottomans that can serve as extra seating or footstools.

So the next time you’re shopping for furniture think about how it will function in your home and how many purposes it could serve. That accent piece or chair you’ve had your eye on may be more valuable than you think!

 

 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:56

Decorating With Leather

Decorating With Leather

 

living room furniture Chattanooga

 

Belvedere Sofa by Flexsteel

Leather is great for so many reasons. For one thing, it’s durable.  With the right care a leather sofa will last for years. Another great thing about leather is that it’s classic. Leather sofas will never go out of style. Finally, it’s versatile. You can use a leather sofa and achieve so many different looks. The Belvedere sofa from Flexsteel is the perfect example of a transitional sofa that you would be able to decorate around for years.  We styled this sofa two ways to prove that you can have totally different looks with the same sofa.  

 

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mirror/accent table/throws/cocktail table/trays/chair/rug

A leather sofa is a great starting point for a beautiful neutral space that’s layered with texture. Neutrals can be just as exciting as bold colors when you use the right pieces. A linen chair adds softness to the room. Metals, natural woods, and plush throws and pillows turn a living room with a leather sofa into a cozy retreat. This is an elegant space yet it’s still very inviting.

 

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The same leather sofa can exist in a colorful and modern space. A bright green chair adds a punch while edgy pillows, tables and artwork add a more contemporary feel. The vintage and faded look of the rug brings it all together. This space is sophisticated and chic.

To get the most out of your leather sofa just remember a couple of things. Be sure to buy genuine leather rather than synthetic. Genuine leather wears so much longer and only looks better with age. Also, be sure it’s a transitional style, which means it combines classic and modern details that will make it a versatile piece. When in doubt, visit our design center where we can help you choose the perfect leather sofa.

 

 

Published in Interior Design Trends