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Monday, 18 December 2017 20:37

The Dos and Don'ts of Accessorizing

Decorating your home is about more than choosing the right furniture. It's when you style it with accessories that the magic really happens. Artwork, lighting and decorative items can make or break a space. But there are a few guidelines you should follow to get the look right. So we've put together a list of accessorizing dos and don'ts to help you style your way to a beautiful home.

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Don't create clutter. One of the most common mistakes people make is over-accessorizing and that just leads to clutter. Clutter never looks good and certainly doesn't make you feel good. Your home should be a place that brings calm to the chaos of the world.

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Do consider scale. When accessories are too small they just look out of place. Using larger pieces looks more modern and chic. Be sure to vary texture and shape to create an interesting mix.

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Do use interesting pieces. Look for items that reflect your interests or artwork that you connect with in some way. Pieces that are unusual will make for great conversation starters. Uncommon pieces will also set your style apart and create a look that is truly unique to you.

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Don't forget that lighting is an accessory too! A pretty lamp will fit right in with your curated pieces while adding a soft glow to the space. Tuck a small lamp into a bookshelf or light up a dark hallway with a unique light that will serve as a fun accessory.

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Do incorporate organic elements. Something as simple as a sprig of branches can be popped into an existing vase or jar. This brings a fresh feel to the space while layering in another texture. Fresh flowers are another easy way to add color and an organic touch.

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Don't cover every inch of wall space with artwork. The eyes need a place to rest. If artwork is hanging everywhere it can overwhelm the senses. A go-to designer look is to hang one oversized piece which creates a focal point while adding dramatic impact.

Hopefully this will help you style your accessories in a way that elevates your interiors to the look you have always wanted. If you need more help, visit our showroom to find stylish and unique accessories for your home along with expert advice on how to use them.

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

Home Decor Holiday Gift Guide

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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
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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  • 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, 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.




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.




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.




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.




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

The HGTV Home Caravan Curio:

Styled Three Ways


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HGTV Home Caravan Bunching Curio

When choosing new furniture for your home style is definitely important but there is more to consider. Think about how a piece will function. If it can be used in more than one place then it has more value. Take for example the Caravan Bunching Curio from HGTV Home in Midnight. This is the type of piece that’s not only stylish but super functional. Plus, every room can use a touch of black. We’ve styled this piece three ways to show you just how versatile it can be.


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Use this piece in a living room to showcase and store your favorite books but mix them with some fun objects to add a little style. Gold urchins add a playful touch while pretty jars add a pop of color. Flank the cabinet with some decorative mirrors for a chic touch. Use the drawers to store magazines, mail or anything you want to keep out of sight.


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Your home office doesn’t have to be all business when you incorporate such a stylish piece. It’s perfect for keeping important files and papers organized and within reach. Pretty cups and glasses can hold pens and pencils while decorative boxes hide office supplies such as staples and scissors. A leather magazine tote and cowhide rug layer in texture.  


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curio/art/rug/glasses/ice bucket/tray/sculpture

Finally, this curio has plenty of space to store your china and barware. Use the included silverware tray for your flatware then showcase your prettiest drinking glasses and decanters on the shelves. Use a stylish tray to group items inside and to make serving guests a snap.  

So the next time you’re shopping for a new piece of furniture consider how it will function in your home, the spaces it will work in and all the styling possibilities. This will help you choose a piece you’ll be able to enjoy for years.

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


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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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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
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:45

A Pattern Guide

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



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