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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:42

Four Stylish Ways to Use Bookcases

A bookcase is one of those pieces of furniture that serves many purposes but is rarely given the credit it deserves. Bookcases are hardworking, versatile and such a great way to add some personality to a room by styling them with the right pieces. Check out some of our favorite ways to use bookcases that go beyond the basic need of organizing books by giving a space a whole new look.

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Anchor a TV console by flanking it with a pair of bookcases. This creates a more substantial look and adds some stylish storage. Plus, it's a great alternative to a complete wall unit in a small space. Fill the shelves with books, pottery and any other favorite decor pieces. Add some stylish bins and boxes to the mix to store smaller items.

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Line the wall of a playroom or game room with painted cube style bookcases for a punch of color. You'll have plenty of storage not only for books but for smaller items such as games and toys. A shorter height is also more casual and it provides a place to prop or hang some fun artwork.

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When space allows, a bookcase in a bathroom is a beautiful and unexpected addition. Opt for a piece with pretty doors which adds another element to the room. Doors will also keep necessities out of view which always helps a smaller space look more organized.

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A bookcase is a necessity for an office but that doesn't mean it can't be the focal point of the room. A statement piece like this one has so much detail and architectural interest it's sure to keep you organized and inspired.

It is possible to add style with bookcases. Just think about how to use them in unexpected ways and always look for pieces with visual interest. Visit our showroom to find what you're looking for and meet with one of our designers to discuss the best way to use it.

Published in Living Room Furniture
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.



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.



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.  



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.



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.




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, 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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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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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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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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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


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If you’re looking for a way to add instant character to your home, then consider incorporating an industrial piece. Industrial style furniture is typically made with a mix of metal and wood. While these pieces are usually heavily distressed, they still have a modern vibe. Distressed wood, hammered steel, and aged metal are all characteristics of rustic industrial style. Typically, these pieces have a lot of variation in the wood tones. This makes it very easy to mix with other wood finishes. Here are five ways to add industrial style to your home.

Rethink your accessories. Many small items, such as candle holders or lamps, are just enough to bring some industrial style to your space. Just keep it simple. When it comes to smaller items, use less but think big. Use large scale accessories to keep the look clean and uncluttered.

Work your leather. Industrial pieces work really well with leather. The layering of textures in a space make it more interesting. Replace your coffee table with a statement piece that features heavily distressed wood and cool accents like wheels or large bolts.

Try a new TV console. The television is often the focal point of the family room so it should definitely be housed by a nice piece of furniture. Take this as your opportunity to incorporate an industrial piece. Whether it’s a complete wall unit or a simple console it will anchor the wall with style.

Switch out your bed. Your bedroom pieces don’t all have to be the same. Replace your bed with something that incorporates the features of an industrial style piece. As long as it mixes metal and wood it should work. Just be sure the wood tones blend with the other pieces you’re using in order to have a cohesive look.

Start small. Test the look in your home with an accent table. Something small and round should fit just about anywhere. Place it near a sofa as an extra spot to place a drink, next to a bed where you can’t fit a nightstand, or even next to the tub in a bathroom. Accent pieces are great for adding personality and functionality to a space.


There are so many ways to add industrial style to your space. You can carry the look throughout your entire home or you can simply add small touches in a few spaces. Visit our showroom and talk to one of our designers for more ideas on how you can get this look.

Published in Interior Design Trends
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 08:23

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 06:55

Tips for Choosing a Sectional

Tips for Choosing a Sectional


A sectional is a great option in a living area for so many reasons. It provides a lot of seating, it creates definition of the space, and it can be customized to suit the space and layout of the room. There are however many factors to consider before you purchase a sectional. It isn’t complicated, it’s just a matter of understanding a few key factors about your space and how you’re going to use it. So before you go out and buy that new sectional, you should know how to answer these questions.


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It’s always important to know the size of a space. In order to decide how big the sectional should be, you have to know how much room you’re working with. Know the length of each wall as well as the size of doorways and windows. Don’t forget architectural elements such as a staircase or fireplace. If you don’t have a wall long enough to accommodate a sectional then consider floating it out in the room. This will create “zones” and walkways in the space.


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Sectionals work even in small spaces but there’s no reason to place a large, oversized sectional in a space that doesn’t need a lot of seating. A keeping room or a second living area that isn’t used as often might only require a small sectional and a chair or two.


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Knowing how the space will function makes all the difference in knowing what type of sectional you should use. In a casual space such as a game room or movie room you can go with a more relaxed look. A reclining sectional complete with cup holders will give you a real movie theater experience even at home.


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Think about how often you’ve made changes in your home in the last few years. Do you rearrange the furniture a lot? Add and remove items often? Sectionals aren’t quite as versatile as a sofa and a couple of chairs. However, if a sectional is something you’ve always wanted and it makes the space more functional, then you may not feel the need to keep making changes.


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Choose a style that works with the overall look of your home. In a more modern home with clean lines and contemporary textures such as brushed nickel or stainless steel, choose something sleek and tailored like this one that has high legs and a little bit of curves. In a more casual space with a traditional look you could opt for something with a skirt or even with built in recliners.

Following these tips will help you choose a sectional that will work with your home and function well for you and your family. However, you never have to go it alone! All you have to do is visit our design center and we’ll help you every step of the way.

Published in Living Room Furniture