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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:14

Interior Design Trend Alert: Moody Blue

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As we look towards the new year and upcoming trends in interior design one thing is very clear. One trend we are going to see in 2017 is color. Big, bold saturated hues are coming back. While the last year has been all about neutrals and whitewashed farmhouse styles, which we are still loving, we can't wait to see some color incorporated into these spaces. One of those colors is already trending and going strong. Moody blue is showing up in interiors everywhere. Let's take a look at why this hue works so well.

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Kincaid 

The beautiful thing about blue is that it can take on so many characteristics. Blue is most often used for its serene effects but it can also be bold and exciting. Layered throughout a space and with varying patterns it has a more complex look.

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Kincaid

Wake up a sleepy corner with saturated blues. An accent chair in over-dyed upholstery adds depth to this space. A chic print propped against the wall is simple and pretty with a casual vibe.

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Kincaid

If you're craving more color then pair an indigo or cobalt blue with a bright orange or coral. These color combos bring an incredible energy to the space. Rich blue balances bright colors and keeps the look from feeling too cutesy.

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Kincaid 

Blues can have a sophisticated feel with the right pieces. Abstract prints are always stylish and blue pops against a white background. Custom pillows are the perfect way to add some moody blue to a polished space. Just keep pillows to a minimum for a crisp look.


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Loloi

A dose of the blues is well served with this traditional rug. It's a soft contrast to all the hard and edgy textures in the space. The blurred pattern pairs well with clean lines and geometric prints for a modern feel.

Moody blue is an existing color trend that will last well into the new year. If you want to work this look into your home and start the new year with a fresh look then visit our showroom or make an appointment with one of our designers today.

 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:05

Five Simple Ways to Decorate Above a Bed

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Waking up in a beautiful bedroom is the best way to start your day. When your surroundings are inspired you will feel the same way. A beautiful space doesn't have to be complicated. You can easily create style in your bedroom by choosing one or two simple pieces to hang over the bed. Wake up to inspiration with one of these five simple ways to decorate above the bed.

Riverside mirror

Riverside

Classic accessories always work no matter what your style. Hang a sunburst mirror over the bed to create a pretty focal point. Not only will this draw the eye upward but mirrors also help to bounce light around the room.


Kincaid artwork

Kincaid

A bed this pretty doesn't need to be overshadowed by too many accessories but it does deserve something beautiful overhead. Hang one large piece of artwork to make a stylish statement. Choose a piece with a substantial frame to create a look that has presence.


Kincaid map art

Kincaid

Add a bold look in a simple way with black and white. An over-sized  map adds character to an otherwise straightforward and neutral space. An unexpected look in a bedroom, grids and curves are an interesting contrast to the hard lines of the bed.


Kincaid hanging prints

Kincaid

Bring on the color by hanging a pair of prints in rich bold hues. Create a relaxed flow in the room by repeating the colors already found in the space or shake things up by introducing something new and different.


Kincaid hanging art

Kincaid

Sometimes the best way to decorate a bed is by hanging art above the nightstand rather than over the headboard, especially in a bedroom with only one nightstand. This also helps to create balance in a room with a tall headboard. Layer in accessories and lighting to create depth.

Do you have trouble decorating over the bed? Don't overthink it. Just keep it simple with the approach that sometimes less is actually more. Find these looks and more in our showroom.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 12:54

Unique Style: Revelation by Uttermost

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:33

Five Tips for Choosing a Sectional

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With so many options in living room furniture shopping for the right pieces can be totally overwhelming. It isn't always obvious what will best fit a space in order to make the most of it. Especially when it comes to choosing a sectional. Sectionals can be the perfect solution for your living room if you know how to go about choosing one. We want to help you avoid making a mistake so if you've been thinking about buying a sectional for your living room, read this first. These are our best five tips to help you when shopping for a sectional.

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Flexsteel

Before you even start shopping you need to determine if a sectional is the best fit for your living room. Sectionals work well in large spaces and homes with open floor plans because they help to break up the space and define areas. In smaller spaces or long narrow living rooms a sofa is often a better choice. A good rule of thumb is that even with a sectional in the space you should still be able to move around the room comfortably.

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Kincaid 

Once you've determined that a sectional will work the next step is to figure out how big it should be. This means you need to know the exact measurements of the room and make note of the focal point, doors, and walkways. This will also tell you exactly where the sectional should be placed in the layout of the room.

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel 

Now that you know what size of sectional the room can hold you should decide if you want to max out the entire space with the sectional or use a smaller one with an accent chair or two. Just because you can fit a giant sectional into the space that doesn't mean you should. Breaking up the seating can sometimes give a room a better flow.

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel

Now you should think about how you use the space. Is this a casual room where you like to relax? Or is it a more formal space where you do a lot of entertaining. These are important questions to ask yourself so you can make the right choice in the type of sectional you want. For example, a reclining sectional might be right for a more casual living room while a sleek stationary sectional would be more appropriate for a formal home.  

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel

Finally, you should think about your occasional tables. Will they work with a sectional or will you need to buy something new? For example, a round cocktail table is sometimes a better fit with a sectional than a square one. Also, if you opt for a sectional with a built in console and cup holders it might eliminate the need for an end table.

We hope you find these tips helpful but if you still need some guidance we can help you through the entire process. Get even more personalized advice by visiting our showroom and meeting with one of our designers.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 20:32

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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bow pillow / faux fur pillows & throw / pentagon cubes / candle holders / boxes / hands / greyhounds

It's that time of year again and we couldn't be more excited. If there's one thing we love to do it's help people find pieces that make their home special. It's even more fun to help people choose those pieces for loved ones as gifts. So we put together a home decor gift guide to help you with your gift list. Put a smile on someone's face this holiday season with a carefully selected item that's just as special as the one you're buying it for.

  • You can't go wrong with a plush throw and pretty pillows. Give the gift of cozy and style with these faux-fur pillows and fuzzy throw in neutrals that will complement any home.
  • Every home could use a little glam and these pentagon cubes serve the perfect dose. For the lover of all things chic this is a gift that won't disappoint. They're perfect for styling into a bookcase, propping on a nightstand or an arrangement on a cocktail table.
  • Everyone loves candles! Just don't stop there. The decor lover in your life wants something pretty to put them in.
  • Stylish boxes are always a good idea. Give the give of organization with these boxes that are worthy of being on display and styled into shelving in any space.
  • Give the gift of artwork with a unique sculpture. Select something that reflects their interests, such as their affection for animals, or opt for something a little more artistic that will serve as a conversation piece.

Visit our showroom for unique gifts large and small. No matter who you're shopping for we can help you choose the perfect piece to make this the most memorable holiday yet.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:42

Four Stylish Ways to Use Bookcases

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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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Riverside

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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Legends

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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Uttermost

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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Riverside 

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.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 18:05

Four Ways to Add Luxury to a Bathroom

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A little luxury goes a long way. Since it's often the small details that make a room more luxurious it's easy to incorporate these things into a bathroom. After all, there are certain things that every bathroom needs so why not make them as beautiful and stylish as possible? Forgo the utilitarian and embrace the extravagant when choosing pieces to decorate your bathroom. These are some of our favorite pieces to add a little luxury to this often overlooked space.

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A mirror is obviously a bathroom must-have. Create a focal point over the sink with a stylish mirror that has some decorative charm. A mirror framed in polished metal or an intricate design is the easiest way to add a posh feel.

 

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amira / marinot / tuxedo / vairano 

Never underestimate the power of great lighting. Overhead lighting is necessary but sconce lighting adds softness and a little bit of drama. Add a luxurious touch to the bathroom by flanking the mirror with some stylish sconces in polished silver or gold.

 

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astairess / zeal / karline

Try something unique at your makeup vanity. Add a stool or bench that makes getting ready in the morning a lot more fun. Think faux fur, polished metals and nailhead trim. A luxurious touch is always exciting, even when served in small doses.

 

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fabiana / nunzio / balkan

Finally, stay organized with pretty trays. Use a tray on the bathroom counter to store your prettiest perfume bottles and powder room essentials. Even the most mundane everyday items look more interesting when stored on a stylish tray. And of course, it never hurts to pop in some fresh flowers to add a little more luxury to your morning routine. 

All items shown are from Uttermost and are available here at EF Brannon. Whether you want to add a little luxury, or a lot, we can help you choose exactly what works for your home.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 17:52

How to Conquer Your Decorating Fears

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Decorating doesn't come easily to all. People can easily have a vision for the overall look they want to create in their home but quickly lose motivation when they begin to fear they're making all the wrong decisions. We want to help you conquer your fears so that you can create the beautiful home you deserve. Building confidence in decorating just takes a little practice. Keep reading to discover how to finally conquer your decorating fears.

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Kincaid

Start with a plan. It doesn't have to be complicated but you should have a starting point and a strategy. If you have a specific fabric or piece of artwork that inspires you then draw on that for color inspiration. You should also know the basic measurements of the room. This will determine what will fit as well as the basic layout of the furniture.

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Flexsteel

Don't get too hung up on decorating rules. While there are some basic guidelines you should follow when it comes to hanging curtains and light fixtures and sizing and measurements in general, you should always decorate with an open mind. An unusual fabric pairing or an unexpected piece of artwork can be just what you need to make a room yours.

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Eastern Accents

Try something new. Have you always wanted to hang a gallery wall? Or try a new style of furniture?  Go for it! Taking a risk with something new will ignite your creativity. And when it works it will build your confidence in your ability to make great decorating decisions.

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Riverside

Stay true to yourself. If you're consistently drawn to a particular color or style of furniture then find a way to work it into your home regardless of current trends. Keep it modern by experimenting with it. Pair it with unexpected colors or try layering it in different shades throughout the room.

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Flexsteel

Finally, decorate for yourself and your family. While it can be helpful to get opinions from friends or family members you should ultimately decorate with what makes you happy and with what works best for your home. As you become more confident in your decorating abilities it will become easier to make decisions on your own.

Want more ideas? Visit our design center where our staff is waiting to answer all of your decorating questions and help you design the home you want. We know that when you conquer your decorating fears you can bring your vision to life.

Modern farmhouse is a style that's so on trend right now. What's not to love about this casual look that packs so much character? With many people turning to more casual styles and open floor plans, which eliminates the formal dining room and often the traditional china cabinet, sideboards are becoming increasingly more popular. Even if you don't live in a farmhouse you can still incorporate the look.

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Kincaid

A two-toned piece that combines a white painted base with a weathered grey top makes it highly versatile. It can be paired with painted pieces or classic stains such as walnut or pecan. If you want to lighten up a dark space this is a great way to do it.

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Kincaid

Add instant farmhouse style with a look that's inspired by the classic sliding barn door. This solid wood sideboard is a modern take on classic oak. Slightly whitewashed grain gives it a weathered effect and tons of character. Built-in wine storage means you'll always be ready to entertain.

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A classic take on rustic, this sideboard features seeded glass doors giving it a dressier look. Casually placed dishes and pottery behind glass doors is a modern alternative to formally displayed china. Use white dishes for a clean look and add some pops of color with fresh flowers.

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Kincaid

Heavily distressed wire-brushed wood has so much character and metal hardware gives this piece industrial flair. This modern farmhouse sideboard is big on style and storage, thanks to open shelving.

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Largo
 

You can't go wrong with a painted black sideboard. Distressing and understated hardware make this a versatile piece you can use for years. Classic black pairs well with cherry and oak stains for a modern farmhouse feel.

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Riverside

Grey washed oak is another modern take on traditional oak and woven baskets give this piece a fun cottage feel. Stacked dishes have a casual vibe. You could even pop in one or two decorative pieces to add a little personality.

Not only is a rustic sideboard is a great way to bring modern farmhouse style to your home it also makes your dining space more functional. If you love that modern farmhouse look, but aren't sure how to get it, this is a great place to start.

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