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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, 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, 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
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:32

One Chair Six Ways

One Chair Six Ways

 

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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 08:47

Home Decor Gift Guide

Home Decor Gift Guide

 

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stocking / candleholders / boxes / hand trays / pillow / throw

Looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas shopping list? Give the gift of home decor this year. Items that are pretty and useful are always appreciated. There is no shortage of unique gifts here at EF Brannon and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things.

  1. A monogrammed stocking filled with small gifts is personal and festive. This is sure to become a keepsake.
  2. Candleholders are always a good idea. Inspired by tree branches, these are unique and sure to be a hit. Who doesn’t love to eat by candle light once in a while?  
  3. Decorative boxes are great for dressers, desks, and even bathrooms to keep small items organized and out of sight. Perfect for the organized-obsessed!
  4. Small trays are pretty when placed on a stack of books, mixed into bookshelves and placed on a nightstand. Plus, when they’re this quirky they double as conversation pieces.
  5. A lux little pillow like this one adds a glam touch to any space and has a major holiday vibe.  
  6. Who doesn’t love a cozy throw in the winter? Oversized plaid in black and white goes with almost anything. Pair it with the gold pillow for a fun gift combo.

These are just a few of the unique items you’ll find here at EF Brannon. We have pieces for every room and every style.  Shop our showroom for gifts big and small to find something for everyone on your list.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:31

Five Ways to Organize with Style

Five Ways to Organize with Style

 

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Getting organized at home is a popular new year’s resolution. When your home is organized and things are easy to find, it just makes life a little better. We believe getting organized is just as much fun as decorating when you use the right pieces. These are five of our favorite ways to organize with style.

  1. A bed with built in storage is a lifesaver is a small bedroom. It makes great use of the space underneath and is the perfect place to store extra bedding or clothes. Many beds even offer built in drawers on the sides, allowing for more storage.
  2. Pretty boxes and containers are always stylish and smart. Not only do they store small items that can make a space look cluttered but they are perfect for styling with other pieces. Mix them into a bookshelf with books and other decorative items or simply place them on top of a dresser or coffee table. They’re also a great solution for storing photographs if you don’t have a place to keep albums.
  3. Wood file cabinets blend right in with other pieces of furniture. Many lateral file cabinets can double as a nightstand. This is a stylish way to keep your important documents within reach if you don’t have the space for a home office.
  4. Storage ottomans are always a go-to when you need stylish storage because they’re available in endless fabrics and styles and they’re also super functional. Not only can items such as books, magazines, and toys be stored away and out of sight but they also serve as footrests and extra seating and are easily moved around as needed.
  5. If you’re trying to save space while getting organized then consider a piece like this door chest. Taller than a dresser, but not as wide, it makes use of vertical wall space saving room for other pieces. It also features trays behind doors, small cubbies and a drop-front drawer that allows you to use electronic components.

Make this the year you finally get organized! We have so many more options for stylish and functional pieces that will get your home in order in no time. Come by our showroom to find what works for you.

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:14

Five Furniture Trends to Try in 2015

Five Furniture Trends to Try in 2015

 

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bar cart / bench / side table / chest / cocktail table

A New Year means trying new things and your home is the perfect place to start. There are so many new and innovative furniture styles available and these pieces will instantly update your home. So when you make your New Year’s resolutions add one of these pieces to the list to freshen up your home with one of the biggest furniture trends for 2015.   

  1. Always fun and functional the bar cart is the perfect piece to add to your home if you love to entertain. Especially when it’s mobile, like this one from HGTV Home.
  2. Rustic takes on a new meaning with “live edge” style furniture. This furniture design is created by incorporating the natural edge of the wood into the piece. This ensures that each piece has a unique look.
  3. Pieces that use mixed materials such as metal and wood, like this side table, add interest and texture to a space. This is a modern look with a classic feel.
  4. Grey furniture is one of the biggest trends going right now, and for good reason. It’s light, fresh and easily mixed with other wood finishes. Even better, grey furniture is now available in a wide variety of stained and painted finishes.
  5. Lucite or acrylic furniture, once a rare find, is now more readily available than ever. Clear furniture is not only chic but is perfect for small spaces since it takes up very little visual space.

Start the New Year off right by making your home the place you want it to be. Now is the perfect time to make all those changes you’ve been dreaming about. Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. Shop our showroom or make an appointment with one of our designers today.

 

Published in Interior Design Trends
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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pillow/artwork/accent table/cocktail table/chair/vase/rug

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



 

 

Published in Interior Design Center

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