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Monday, 19 October 2015 15:20

The Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

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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!

Monday, 12 October 2015 14:00

Making Room for Guests

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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.

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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Uttermost

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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Uttermost

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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Riverside

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.

Monday, 28 September 2015 16:55

The Well Designed Dining Space

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When a dining space is well designed, it will serve your home and family well. That space might be a designated dining room or an open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen. What’s important is that you choose the right pieces for how you want the space to function and create a dining area that’s both comfortable and stylish so that you can make the most of every meal.

 

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Kincaid

If you like to entertain, then consider café style seating. It’s cozy, intimate, and comfortable. These tufted benches work well wrapped around a pedestal table or against a large window. Use an “L” shape and combine it with a pair of pretty chairs, or simply mix a small bench in on one side of the table.

 

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Kincaid

A round pedestal table is always a great option, especially in a square space or an area with a bay window. Chair legs won’t bump into table legs, and there’s plenty of room to squeeze in extra chairs for guests. A round table also makes for easy conversation with anyone at the table.

 

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Riverside

Sometimes the dinner table is the hub of the home. In that case, choose a table made with heavy duty materials for worry free use. This one features a concrete top which means it can stand up to lots of use. School projects and dinner parties will be no match for this hardworking material. Plus it adds another texture to the space, and that always makes a room more interesting.

 

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Kincaid

If you often have last minute dinner parties, then choose a table that’s easily adjusted to accommodate more people. This table features self-storing refectory leaves. They’re attached to the table at both ends and are easily pulled out to allow for four more chairs. Bonus: you never have to find a place to store the leaves, since they’re always attached to the table!

 

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Riverside

Think about your storage needs. If you have a lot of dishes to display, then go with a china cabinet. If you prefer to have casual dinners with easy access to things while you’re dining, then go with a sideboard. Not only can items be stored out of sight but you can keep side dishes and wine bottles within reach for casual and comfortable dinners.

 

Your dining space should be designed with function and style. Consider how you use it, don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces, and layer textures for a chic look.

Monday, 21 September 2015 13:17

Five Living Room Layouts to Try

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when arranging living room furniture is pushing everything up against the walls. People end up having to sit so far apart that it’s difficult to have conversations, and the room ends up looking like a dance hall. Well-placed furniture will create zones in the space and ensure that each zone is clearly defined. If you struggle with how to arrange your living room furniture then why not give one of these layouts a try:

 

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Kincaid

A good place to start is by floating the sofa in the center of the room.  This is a great option for a long narrow living room since it will break the space into two areas. Just be sure to balance the room by adding the right pieces in unused space, depending on how you want the room to function.

 

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Flexsteel

Use two sofas opposite one another or two chairs opposite the sofa. This is a great look around a fireplace. It’s pretty and intimate, and lets the fireplace become the focal point of the room and the seating area.

 

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Uttermost

Who says a living room has to have a sofa? A grouping of stylish chairs can be just as functional and as exciting. This works well in a square living room. Place a coffee table in the center that has enough surface area to handle some pretty accessories and can serve as a landing spot for drinks when entertaining.

 

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Flexsteel

If there is truly only one wall that will fit the sofa, then make it interesting. Use a pair of bookcases with some architectural interest on the wall behind the sofa. This gives it more of a designer look, especially when you style the shelves with unique pieces.

 

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Flexsteel

Often times, a sectional is the solution for a room with a tricky layout. Living rooms with many doors and windows can benefit from a sectional placed in the center of the room. This will define the space and center the area. Especially in an open floor plan, since it can feel like there is a vast space to fill.

 

Of course, every living room is different and comes with its own set of restrictions. Just remember: there should always be a focal point; keep walkways open and easy to navigate; and when in doubt, hire a professional. We are always here to help you.

 

Monday, 14 September 2015 13:47

A Statement Bed for Every Style

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The bed should be the focal point of any bedroom. A stylish, well-chosen bed will set the tone for the room and inspire the design. Statement beds come in many forms, but they all share one thing in common. They’re anything but typical. Take a look at these stylish beds with unforgettable details.  

 

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Kincaid

Classic details come together to create a bed with a wow factor. Tufted linen and nailheads framed in washed oak make this a bed that can be used in formal or casual designs. This look is all about texture. Create a soft layered look by adding lamps, artwork, and accessories in neutral shades.

 

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Riverside

You’ll feel as though you’re in your own private retreat in this woven bed, reminiscent of a home on the coast. This look pairs well with washed woods and distressed pieces. With so much texture, it looks great with metal accents and doesn’t need a lot of color. 

 

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Kincaid

Statements can also be simple, and this pewter metal bed is proof. Used with bedroom pieces that have hard lines and a masculine vibe, this bedroom has a look that’s high contrast, and that always makes a space interesting.  

 

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Largo

Mixed materials instantly add character to a room. This statement bed combines soft linen with metal piping accents to create an unforgettable look. Place it with distressed pieces for an industrial look or go urban modern with polished pieces.

 

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Riverside

This beautifully curvy bed with wood carvings is traditional and feminine, yet the black distressed finish gives it an edge. This is a combination of details that makes this bed speak for itself. Old world style is chic and modern.

 

Does your bed make its statement? When shopping for a new bed, think beyond the ordinary. Shop our showroom where we carry the latest styles but we never forget the classics. 

 

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 14:39

Easy Fall Updates for the Home

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Nothing inspires the need to freshen up your home decor quite like the change of seasons. With fall just a few weeks away, now is the time to go ahead and start making some changes in your home. It’s easy to make the transition with just a few key items. Get ready for fall by incorporating some saturated colors, plush textures, and warm metallics.

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  • Freshen up your fireplace with a new screen. This warm metallic finish in a modern geometric pattern will instantly update a room and get you ready for the fires you’ll be burning on those chilly fall nights.
  • No fireplace? Lighting candles adds a cozy feel to a room. Especially when the sun starts to set earlier and natural light is lost. These large lanterns feature leather straps which make them easy to carry from room to room.
  • If you don’t already have one, consider adding a cabinet or chest to your entry. Something with drawers and shelves will help keep your home organized since you’ll need a place to store gloves, hats, and scarves as temperatures drop. Plus you’ll have easy access to them as you go out the door.
  • Pillows and throws are always a good idea. As the weather gets cooler, add more pillows and plush throws to seating areas throughout the house. Try to incorporate rich colors such as shades of plum, chocolate, and orange.  
  • Update your bedding with a heavy down comforter. Nothing makes a bed feel more luxurious than plush bedding. For an even cozier fall feel, layer it with a thick throw in cable knit or faux fur.

 

Updating your home for fall is about more than adding the right colors. It’s about making it a comfortable and cozy place for you and your family. There are so many ways to add style and function to your home for the new season. Meet with a designer in our showroom to find your perfect fall pieces.

 

Monday, 31 August 2015 14:13

Trending in Furniture: Lighter Finishes

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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.

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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.

 

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