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Monday, 02 November 2015 14:54

Make a Statement with a Stylish Entry

First impressions are so important. Your home makes a statement to guests as soon as they walk in the door. Make the right impression by creating an unforgettable look in your entry. The best foyers combine stylish elements and functional pieces. Furniture with drawers or hooks offers a place to store things and help keep your entry clutter free. Try one of these looks to make the most of your home’s entrance.

 

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Uttermost

A geometric pattern on glass doors is high impact. Style it with a mix of books and quirky pieces to catch your guests’ attention. Flank a sleek mirror with a pair of lamps to fill the space on the wall and create visual interest.

 

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Riverside

Keep the styling simple on a modern, rustic piece. This sideboard serves as the perfect piece in a home where neutrals reign. This look is all about organic textures. This piece is big enough to store winter scarves, hats, and gloves, but the light washed finish gives it an airy look.

 

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Kincaid

A barn door style accent makes this a perfect piece for a rustic home. This cabinet has plenty of storage and style for days. Drawers serve as place to drop mail and keys so they’re never lost. Place a mirror on the wall above to do a last minute check as you walk out the door.

 

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Hammary

Chippy white paint will add loads of character to your entry. This piece with hooks and a drawer will keep your family’s jackets, backpacks, and handbags at the ready and easy to grab as you walk out the door. The bench is an added bonus, as you can use it to put on or take off your shoes.

 

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Hammary

You won’t mind losing the storage in this piece. The look more than makes up for it. This piece has a major wow factor. Anchor it on a wall covered in a bold wallpaper to take it over the top. We’re loving the modern farmhouse vibe of this curvy two-toned table.

More ways to stay stylish and organize.

  • Add a pretty umbrella stand.
  • Use large decorative baskets for bigger items.
  • Hang decorative hooks on the wall.

 

Let your entry set the right tone for the rest of your home by making a statement. Use stylish pieces that help you stay organized, and your guests will be wowed from the moment they walk in the door. 

Published in Room Design
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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Kincaid

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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Flexsteel

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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Riverside

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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Uttermost

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, 19 October 2015 15:20

The Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

Modern farmhouse style is one of the hottest trends going in dining rooms. One of the reasons it’s so appealing is that the casual look makes it a livable design. Farmhouse tables are so easy to care for, and they allow for worry-free dining. Distressed and weathered woods paired with details such as linen, nail heads, and accessories in sleek metal, are a combination that makes a dining space welcoming and timeless.

 

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Largo

Though light and airy, this space is grounded by the black base of the table. Mix and match chairs dress up the space without making it feel too fussy. A chandelier with a Greek Key design and a bold rug add a modern touch.

 

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Riverside

The modern farmhouse look is all about texture and contrast. You just can’t go wrong with a distressed white table. Dining chairs in sophisticated grey add modern flair. These are sleek and simple, which lends itself to modern design.

 

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Kincaid

Distressed wood can have a modern look with the right design. These chairs have clean lines and a graphic punch. Metal accessories and light fixtures balance out all the wood in the space, and a seagrass rug adds an organic touch.

 

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Kincaid

Even a small space can have a modern farmhouse vibe. In this dining space we see a modern take on oak. Clean lines and a contemporary design have these pieces on trend. The sideboard features a sliding door, which mimics the ever-popular barn style door, and the black base of the table gives it a finished look.

 

Farmhouse style isn’t just for the traditional home. When combined with the right elements, it can fit right in to modern spaces. Giving it some modern touches makes the whole look more polished with a chic edge. The beauty is found in the natural look, and it reflects a way of living that’s real. Visit our showroom for more ways to add this look to your home!

Published in Interior Design Trends
Monday, 12 October 2015 14:00

Making Room for Guests

Now that fall has arrived, the holiday season is just around the corner. That means gathering with family and friends in your home and hosting out-of-town guests. There are several ways to create a space that’s stylish, inviting, and comfortable so that your guests will feel right at home. Start now with one of these options so your home will be ready when guests arrive.

 

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EF Brannon Furniture

If you don’t have an extra bedroom to dedicate to a guest room then you should have a sleeper sofa in the living room. Sleeper sofas, like this one from Bassett, now go beyond standard spring mattresses. Many are now available with memory foam or air which makes it just as cozy and comfortable as a plush bed.

 

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Largo

Another great option for a home without an extra room for guests is the daybed. Daybeds take up little space so they can easily be tucked into an office or playroom. Daybeds are designed to accommodate a twin size mattress and most can be used with a trundle, which also accommodates a twin size mattress. This means two people can use it to sleep comfortably but the trundle can be tucked out of the way when not in use.  

 

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Vaughan-Bassett

Trundles also work underneath standard twin beds which makes this another great option for a small guest room. You could even turn your child’s room into a guest room when needed by adding the trundle. Many companies offer a trundle that coordinates with the style of the bed, like this one from Vaughan-Bassett.

 

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Kincaid

If you have a guest room that just needs to be updated, try switching out the bed for one that’s upholstered. A tufted linen bed is classic and works with any type of furniture. It will instantly update the space and give the room a spa-like feel that’s sure to make your guests comfortable.

It’s easy to make space for guests with one of these options. Visit our design center for more help on creating a guest space that’s tailored to fit your home’s needs and personal style. Let’s get started today.

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, 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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Riverside

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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Hammary

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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Uttermost

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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Uttermost

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, 10 August 2015 17:32

Sofas & Recliners: Blending Styles

Shopping for new living room furniture? If you’re thinking about trying something different, then look beyond the matching set and try blending pieces with different looks. It’s easy to mix and match sofas and recliners when you pair styles with characteristics that blend with one another. Let’s take a look at these pairings and why they work together so well.

 

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sofa / recliner

This sofa and recliner pair work so well together because they both have a sleek and tailored design. Not only do these pieces have similar arms, but they also have similar legs. The mix of fabrics in various shades of black and grey pull it together and give it an edgy masculine vibe.

 

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sofa / recliner

This pairing is casual and cozy. Notice that both pieces have rolled arms, which are a little softer and sometimes more comfortable than straight arms. The worn looking leather adds an inviting texture to the stark white sofa. This pair works together because both pieces have a casual comfortable vibe.

 

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sofa / recliner

Another way to pair a recliner with a white sofa is to go for a punch of color. A recliner that looks like a club chair is a fun accent. These pieces share a similar style in the arms and boxy back cushions. They are united by the repeated use of color on the toss pillows.

 

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sofa / recliner

Incorporate pieces that are designed with classic details and you just can’t go wrong.  A recliner in brown leather is the perfect accent to a sofa with a timeless look such as this one. Design details such as tufting and nailhead trim never go out of style. 

 

 

Tips for blending sofas and recliners.

  • Forget matching. Choose styles that are different, but have one or two similarities.
  • Consider scale. One shouldn’t tower over the other.
  • Pull it together with fabrics. Repeat colors in pillows and accents in the room.
  • Consider arm style, leg style, and era.
  • If you can’t commit to color, then go with a brown leather recliner. You can keep it for years and it will work with practically anything.

Are you ready to mix and match? Let’s get started! We can help you pull it all together. Get more design advice by making an appointment with one of our designers.

 

 

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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Paragon

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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Paragon

 

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Uttermost

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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Eastern Accents

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.

Published in Room Design
Monday, 20 July 2015 13:43

The Classic Appeal of Tufted Furniture

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There are so many ways to work classic design into a space. When you start with pieces that will outlast any trend, you’ll have a look that’s versatile and will always be easy to update. One of our favorite classic looks is anything with tufting. Tufted pieces always look polished and work with casual looks just as well as more formal styles. Here are a few ways to work tufted pieces into your home that will give it timeless design.

  • You can never go wrong with a tufted sofa in linen or leather. When the main piece in your living space is classic then it’s easy to add and remove other pieces when you feel like it. Why commit to just one style in a room when you can blend several?
  • An accent chair is a fun way to try the tufted look. It can easily be moved around the house and adds an instant touch of style. Use one in the corner of a bedroom or try placing a pair of them in front of a fireplace for a symmetrical look.
  • Create that spa hotel feel in your bedroom with a tufted headboard. Upholstered headboards and beds create a luxurious vibe. Plus, they’re easily paired with any type of furniture.
  • You can get the tufted look in the kitchen too. Tufted barstools bring a soft and unexpected look to a space that’s normally filled with angular lines and rigid surfaces.
  • A tufted bench is the perfect stylish touch at the foot of the bed with a plush throw. It’s also a great option as seating at a dining table because it brings another element to the room.

When you decorate your space with a few classic pieces then you have a canvas you can work with for years, no matter how often your style changes. Visit our design center where you’ll find more inspiration for incorporating tufted pieces and other classic styles into your home.

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:52

Writing Desks that Add Function & Style

A home office space shouldn't be all businesses. It should combine style and function. Many homes can't dedicate an entire room to an office, which means it has to fit in somewhere else. There are many places you can set up a work space in your home without sacrificing style.  Just because it’s functional, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful. Check out these stylish writing desks that are perfectly sized to fit into any type of space and add style to your home.

 

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Riverside

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Kincaid

Place a writing desk in front of a window and be inspired by the outdoors while you work. A window-facing desk helps you stay distraction free and will provide plenty of light. This could be a window in a bedroom, living room, or even a hallway. You just want to be sure the space is large enough to accommodate a chair too.

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Kincaid

If there isn’t a free window, then turn a blank wall into a useful space with a pretty writing desk and chair. Not only does this define a space as a work area but it also lets you turn an empty space into a useful and stylish area. Just be sure to style it with a few accessories so that it blends in with the rest of the space.

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Flexsteel

  

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Riverside

Place a writing desk behind a sofa in a living room. This gives you a piece that works double duty since it serves as a sofa table when not in use, but as a place to work when you bring out your laptop and pull up a chair.

More places to use a writing desk:

  • As a nightstand. Just pull up a chair when you need to work.
  • Next to the front door. It can serve as an entry table when not in use.
  • If you have a little extra space in the kitchen, add a writing desk and use it as the command center for your home.

Every home deserves a stylish and functional office space no matter what the size. With so many options you’re sure to find the perfect writing desk for your home, here in our showroom.

Published in Room Design
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