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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:34

Small Ways to Add Big Drama

You know that feeling you get when you walk into someone's home or come across an image in a decorating magazine and you're just struck by what you see? That's called drama! And it's created by adding the right pieces in the right places. Dramatic items are those that fall into the category of being different or unexpected and they always make a big impact. Your home can have little moments of drama throughout. Here are some of our favorite ways to add a little drama to your interior design.

dramatic interior design

nesting tables / accent table / mirror / abstract / desk / lamp / pet bed

  • Black and gold is always a dramatic combo. Even better, these nesting tables are highly functional. Place them next to a sofa or chair for a chic alternative to an end table.
  • Another polished gold piece, this accent table with a tripod base is a stunner. Place it between two oversized sleek chairs for even more dramatic flair.
  • A bold mirror is an instant win and the more unconventional the better. Mirrors don't have to be basic. Mirrors are a household necessity so use that to your advantage. Unusual shapes in metallic finishes make for a more interesting look.
  • When your home decor needs a dramatic pick-me-up abstract artwork works every time. One large dramatic piece of art often makes more of a statement than several smaller pieces. Not that we don't love a gallery wall, but sometimes less is more.
  • Think your desk has to be all business? Think again. You will feel more inspired and be more productive in a stylish space. The best part about a desk that looks this good? It can double as a bedside table or a living room console.
  • Never underestimate the power of lighting. A unique lamp can free you from a decorating rut. Place this lamp in a foyer and wow anyone that enters your home.
  • What's more dramatic than this chic pet bed? Give your furry friend the gift of style and comfort with a designer piece that seamlessly blends with your interiors.

Drama can be a beautiful thing. If you're feeling like your home is looking a little tired it might just need a touch of something a little more exciting. Stop playing it safe and shake up your style with something new.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 12:54

Unique Style: Revelation by Uttermost

While decorating goals and styles are different for everyone the end result should be the same. Everyone deserves a home that's filled with things they connect with, that bring joy to their lives and that reflect their personality. Furnishing a space with the right pieces is key when creating a specific look for a space and it's often those unique pieces that really make a home special. This is why we're so excited to share this incredible new collection called Revelation from Uttermost. It's filled with limited edition pieces designed with details that add character and are sure to one day become treasured family heirlooms.


Lapine Daybed

Use this hand-carved daybed to create more than a guest room. Create an experience your guests will never forget. A soft driftwood finish balances out this generous piece. Comfortable for either day or night this would also be a great piece for a home office that doubles as a guest space.


Roosevelt Sofa

Homes that have a personal and welcoming feel often have a look that has a sense of history. It's hard to create that feel when everything is brand new. That's why we love this beautiful sofa. Rich soft leather that has an aged look is so inviting. Leather can sometimes look cold but this one has a warm and cozy vibe while classic design makes it chic and stylish.


Arwen Accent Table 

Even the simplest of pieces can make a statement. With the right details an end table can be more than just an end table. Round glass on a polished angular base adds just the right amount of architectural interest. So if you feel like a space in your home is boring or one-dimensional this type of piece is a great addition.


Ester Sideboard

One of our favorite ways to add a unique look to a space is with an uncommon sideboard. It's such an easy way to infuse a space with texture and style. This one is a perfect example because it incorporates so many great elements. It's curvy yet has clean lines and adds pattern but in a neutral understated way.


Finnegan Coffee Table

Not all coffee tables are created equal. Some are functional and then some are functional while doubling as a work of art. When pieces mix materials they instantly rise above those basic pieces that simply serve a purpose. Reclaimed wood has that rustic quality that adds so much character but the really fun unexpected element is the blue stone top. It creates a contrast in materials and make this such a unique piece.

This is only a small sampling of what is available from Revelation by Uttermost. Visit our showroom to see more of this collection and to let us help you achieve your decorating goals by choosing unique pieces that speak to your own personal style.

Published in Interior Design Trends
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:34

Color Combos to Inspire Your Inner Decorator

Do you ever get stuck in a decorating rut? This can happen when you've been living with the same look for too long. Decorating with what you know and with what is familiar is safe. Yet, inspiration is often found when you step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. If it’s time to update your home but you’re feeling stuck you might just need to try something new. Consider one of these inspiring color combos and get in touch with your inner decorator. 

living room colors


Take your love of pink to the next level. A dash of black puts a sophisticated spin on this fun and typically youthful hue. Pink and black, when used with tailored upholstery and polished pieces, gets a grown-up look. 

dining room colors


Black and white plus red is so chic. While you can add just about any color to a black and white space there’s something about bright red that’s just so dramatic. Add even more dimension with varied wood finishes and great lighting. 

living room colors


Create a warm and colorful space by layering shades of purple with rusty orange. Far from typical, this is a modern take on jewel tones. A background of grey walls and window panels will add a sense of calm and that refined designer look. 

bedroom colors

Eastern Accents

Green and blue is preppy and fun, especially in deeper shades such as emerald and navy. Take a neutral space from boring to bold with this daring color combo. Take the color over the top with painted pieces or refine the space by using modern furniture with clean lines. 

kincaid living room colors


Infuse a room with energy by adding bright and bold colors. Even in small doses the right color combo can completely change a space. Blue and orange patterns layered in on pillows and accent chairs add character to a neutral space.

Break out of your decorating rut by exploring new color combos. Try something completely new or take a favorite color and pair it with something unexpected. Visit our design center so we can discuss your decorating goals, inspired by the designer in you, and make them a reality. 

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Mid-century modern style is known for its sophisticated look and clean lines. Originally designed to combine form and function it was a shift away from oversized and ornately carved pieces. Mid-century modern is still popular today and can add a fresh look to a space that needs a change. Overdone, it can leave a space feeling cold. However when blended with other styles it results in an eclectic space with lots of personality. Work a piece or two into your home and give it a fresh new look. 

mid century pieceUttermost

This little piece has a lot of personality. Styled with a modern lamp and a contemporary mirror this piece gives a nod to the past yet still looks chic and modern. Use it in a foyer or hallway to add instant style.


mid century table


This look is a fun twist on mid-century modern. These tables have clean lines and a unique pattern carved into the top. It’s this combination of details that makes them interesting and add a more current flair.

mid century sofa


Traditional furniture can be the perfect companion to mid-century modern style. Classic leather, bold black and white stripes, and mid-century modern tables come together to create an eclectic feel. 


mid century bed

Eastern Accent

This bedroom has a calm and orderly feel thanks to the smart design of these pieces. A warm gray wall color and plush bedding punctuated with cool artwork creates a sophisticated look. 


mid century dining


In this dining room craftsman meets mid-century modern. These pieces have a retro vibe but are finished in a modern grey stain that works with today’s homes. Colorful artwork and pretty lighting give this space a warm feel, in spite of all the hard lines of the furniture.

If you love the look but need some help blending styles then visit our showroom. We can help you create the perfect mix for your home. 


Published in Room Design
Monday, 18 April 2016 18:37

Go-To Pieces: Modern Farmhouse Style

farmhouse style

chair / pendant / buffet / mirror / table / candleholder / rug

The modern farmhouse look is one of the biggest trends happening in design. When you take a good look at these homes it’s easy to see why. The modern farmhouse look is all about using pieces that are easy care and creating a home that looks lived in and loved. There are a lot of elements that come into play with modern farmhouse style. Blending lots of texture, low-maintenance fabrics, and neutral accessories that are anything but boring. Here at EF Brannon this is one of our favorite styles to create and we have everything you need to get the look and make it your own. Check out some of our favorite go-to pieces for modern farmhouse designs.

  • Slipcovered furniture is easy going in style and maintenance. Dining chairs in linen or cotton contrast well with distressed woods, making them the perfect choice for a modern farmhouse dining space.
  • Lighting is one of those elements that can make or break a great design. This one features a combination of weathered wood and shiny chrome and would be perfect hanging in a kitchen over a farmhouse sink.
  • The “barn door” is often the first design element that comes to mind when discussing modern farmhouse style. If you can’t incorporate a sliding barn door into your home then mimic the look with this console, which features rustic sliding door hardware.
  • This statement mirror that has a distressed white frame and a fun design. Hang it in a foyer, over a distressed leather sofa, or above a fireplace.
  • The farmhouse dining table is a must. This is a central piece for modern farmhouse design. The farmhouse table is often heavily distressed but this one gets a modern look with a double trestle base design.
  • Dark iron and metal accessories punctuate a light and neutral space. This candleholder has a rustic vibe and candles provide great lighting for entertaining.
  • Homes need floor coverings that are heavy duty and easily cleaned, even if you don’t actually live on a farm. Durable jute rugs add great texture and have an organic feel.

If you’ve been dreaming about creating your own modern farmhouse look then let’s get started! Visit our showroom to see what’s possible.

Published in Interior Design Trends

see through accent pieces
see through furniture

pendant / magazine rack / lamp / table / bar cart / sculpture


See through pieces are always a stylish choice. They’re neutral, versatile, and an easy way to add another layer of texture. Glass, acrylic, and lucite pieces take up little visual space making them a smart choice for small rooms. If you’ve been struggling with a space in your home it could be that you just need to try something different. Check out some of our favorite see-through pieces that add style and solve many decorating dilemmas.

  • This glass pendant light is a great choice for a modern farmhouse kitchen. It looks great in contrast to rustic pieces and the glass allows plenty of light to shine through. Hang it over a dining table or as a pair over an island.
  • Keep magazines organized and within easy reach with an acrylic magazine rack. Place it near any chair or sofa to add a cool modern touch to your living room.
  • A substantial glass lamp is a smart choice in a small space. Add light without adding clutter. This one from Uttermost has a curvy base and a modern shade, which makes it work well in transitional spaces.
  • A combination of acrylic and glass give this chic cocktail table high-end style. Pair it with glass and metal end tables for a polished modern look or use mirrored end tables for a Hollywood glam look.
  • If you’re short on space but love to entertain, tuck this bar cart into a corner and keep it stocked for guests. Its see-through design allows it to “float” into the space while casters make it easy to move it around as needed.
  • Start small and add a touch of lux and sophistication to any space with this acrylic statue. Tuck it into a bookshelf or place it on an end table or mantel for instant style.

Update your home and keep your spaces uncluttered with see-through furniture and accessories. These pieces and more are all available here at EF Brannon. We have something for every style so shop our showroom to find what works for you. 


Published in Interior Design Trends