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Monday, 23 November 2015 18:22

Five Easy Updates for the Kitchen

 

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A kitchen is more than just a place to cook, it’s the heart of the home. It’s a place where everyone gathers and memories are made. So it should be just as comfortable, cozy, and stylish as the rest of your home. Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to mean new cabinets or countertops. Add some instant updates to this space by adding some style and making it more comfortable with just a few new pieces.

  • Go all out luxurious with upholstered counter stools. You’ll linger over dinner, even at the counter or island, when you’re comfortable. This stool features a tufted back which adds a designer detail to the kitchen.
  • The right lighting can make or break a space. Lamps are always a good idea since they create pools of light. Kitchen counters are often overlooked as a spot to place a lamp but the soft glow of a lamp creates an inviting atmosphere in an eat-in kitchen.
  • If your kitchen has the space for it, an island is a must-have. It creates an extra surface for cooking, and it’s the perfect spot for a quick meal. This wood island with a stone top adds style by combining textures and adds function by providing more storage and work space.
  • If you’re going to use a bench with your dining table, why not make it an upholstered one? A padded seat is always more comfortable, and it gives an eat-in kitchen a “living room” feel. Make it even cozier by adding a set of toss pillows. This look is sure to impress your dinner guests.  
  • One of the easiest ways to soften the look of a kitchen is to add an area rug. Even something as simple as a runner can make a kitchen more cozy because it brings a soft texture to what can sometimes feel like a cold and sterile space.

If you’re ready to add some updates to your kitchen, then shop this look in our showroom. There are so many ways to turn your kitchen into a space that’s not only functional but stylish and comfortable. See one of our designers to get started today.

 

Published in Room Design
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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Kincaid

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
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:49

Add Personality to a Neutral Bedroom

Neutral spaces are on trend in a big way, especially in bedrooms. When done the right way, they can have just as much impact as spaces filled with color and pattern. But if your neutral bedroom is leaving you feeling less than inspired, that could mean it needs a finishing touch. It’s easy to add personality to a neutral bedroom with just one or two pieces. Here are four easy ways to take your neutral bedroom to the next level.

 

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mirror / bedroom

Who says you have to use the mirror that matches the dresser? Create a custom look by opting for a unique decorative mirror. This is such as easy way to add some style to the space. For a more traditional feel, match the mirror’s frame to the hardware, or for a more modern look, introduce another metallic to the room in a contrasting finish.

 

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An interesting piece of artwork can completely change the look and feel of a room, especially one that’s layered in neutrals. This mirrored map isn’t a piece you would typically see in a bedroom, which is what makes it work so well. Think beyond the norm and go for a large-scale piece that has graphic punch.

 

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lamp / bedroom

Adding gold accessories to grey walls or furniture instantly warms up the space. It also adds a modern element to this rustic look. Polished gold pieces add a sophisticated flair, and in this space it’s the perfect contrast.

 

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rug / bedroom

An area rug in a rich color adds drama and a designer look to a neutral bedroom. Go for a wow factor with a bold color and a vintage inspired look. Choose a plush texture to give the space a luxurious feel.

 

Is your neutral bedroom looking a little tired? Bring it back to life with one of these easy updates! Visit our showroom where you’ll find lots of inspiration for adding personality to your neutral spaces.

 

 

Published in Bedroom Furniture
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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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Kincaid

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, 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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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. 

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