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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:20

Five Signs of a High Quality Sofa

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Shopping for a sofa is so much easier when you know what to look for. Of course, you want something stylish but it also has to be comfortable and well made. When it comes to the quality of a sofa there’s much more than meets the eye. The construction of a sofa is the most important factor when it comes to longevity. If you want to buy a sofa you can enjoy for years there are certain things you should look for. These are five signs that a sofa is going to last.  

sofa style

The classic style of this sofa isn’t the only thing that gives it staying power. Eight way hand tied construction offers a spring system that is more durable than most. It provides heavy-duty support and long lasting comfort. 

sofa style

Flexsteel

Fabric is a major indicator of whether or not a sofa will look great for years. You should always ask about a fabric’s wear rating as well as the fabric content. Performance fabrics, such as this Revolution fabric, have a heavy duty rating which makes it a smart choice for a family room. It’s made with polypropylene which also makes it a low-maintenance option.

sofa style

Flexsteel

A high quality sofa is one that has supportive back cushions. When back cushions begin to lose their shape it probably means they aren’t channeled. A channeled back cushion is sewn in such a way that it doesn’t allow the cushion fill to float to the bottom. This means it will always hold its shape and have a more even appearance. 

sofa style

Flexsteel

While toss pillows seem like such a minor detail this is another indicator of a well-made sofa. Take a closer look. Does it have zippered cases? Are pillow inserts made of down or poly fill? Zippered cases and down inserts typically indicate better quality throughout the sofa, especially what you can’t see. 

sofa style

Kincaid

Have a seat on the arm. This is a great way to test the quality of a sofa. A high quality sofa will have well-padded arms. While we wouldn’t recommend sitting on the arm on a regular basis, it is an easy way to find out if the sofa you’re looking at is something you want to invest in.

If you want a sofa that you and your family can enjoy for years then look out for these indicators before you make your final decision. Even better, visit our showroom where you can shop Flexsteel, Kincaid and Basset which are high quality brands that pass all the tests. 

Monday, 19 September 2016 15:49

The Dos and Don’ts of Home Staging

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Selling a home comes with its own unique set of challenges. Take the pain out of selling your home by staging it to sell quickly. A home that’s properly staged will show better and sell faster. But don’t make the mistake of confusing staging with decorating. A staged home is one that showcases the best features of the home while allowing a potential buyer to walk in and instantly imagine living there. Before you sell your home check out these staging dos and don’ts that are used by the pros. 

home staging for selling

sofa / mirror / rug / pillow one / pillow two  / pillow three

If you're going to renovate do invest in the kitchen and bathrooms. This will increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Don’t get too trendy with tile or counters. Simple changes such as updating dark cabinets with white paint and adding subway tile go a long way in updating these spaces.

Update key pieces of furniture. Don’t replace everything but do replace outdated pieces with things that can be used in your next home. A leather sofa, for example, is a great investment. It will instantly update a living room and give an overall neutral look to the space. Replace old rugs or cover old floors with something neutral such as a jute rug.  

Go light and bright. Do paint over dark or bold walls with something light and neutral. Light beige or soft grey are move-in-ready colors. Don't get creative with faux finishes or wallpaper. Save all that inspiration for your new home.

Do decorate but don't go overboard. Keep it simple. Hang a pretty mirror over the sofa or one single piece of artwork over the bed. Just remove the collage of family photos and pare accessories down to a few simple pieces. Replace old pillows with new ones that have a crisp modern look. Fresh flowers are always a good idea too.  

Clean up the yard. Don’t remove everything from the front porch or back patio but do put away your gardening tools. Keep it tidy with a few pieces of outdoor furniture and some seasonal plants. Remember, this is the first chance you get to make a great impression.

Staging doesn't mean removing everything from the home. It means creating a space where someone can walk in and envision themselves living there. Think of it as neutralizing the look so that it appeals to a larger number of people. When in doubt, visit our showroom for some expert advice on staging your home so you can move on to decorating your new one. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:23

Dining Spaces that Wow

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Do you dream of creating a dining space that looks like it should be in the pages of a magazine, but then struggle with putting it together? We can help you design a dining room that will make you want to cook every night, entertain more often and even host the holidays. All you need is a fresh start! Update your home with some new dining furniture then follow our tips for the best ways to add your own personal style.  

dining room hadleigh

Hadleigh

A fresh take on formal, this look has everything you would expect in a traditional dining space such as carved details and gold hardware. Accessories with a clean silhouette and cool artwork make this space sophisticated without feeling stuffy. 

dining room huntleigh

Huntleigh

A dining space with character blends many elements. This one has texture, symmetry and architectural interest. Proof that even neutral spaces can be exciting. 

dining room pembroke

Pembroke

Get the look of old world style by mixing leather and fabric. Add turned legs to the mix and this becomes an inviting dining space that's full of charm. Traditional artwork and fresh flowers add to the overall cozy feel. 

dining room corinne

Corinne

Go all out glam! This modern space has a lux feel thanks to upholstered chairs and geometric inspired woodwork. Flanking a sideboard with a pair of china cabinets creates a dramatic focal point.  

dining room kincaid

Kincaid

A classic look always works and is versatile enough to let you play around with trends. Add your own spin to it with a favorite piece of artwork and a unique light fixture.

Make it Yours

  • Add style with lighting. Upgrade a dated light fixture with something unique.
  • Try a new piece of artwork. An interesting piece makes for great conversation at dinner parties.
  • Don’t overload the table with accessories. A large bouquet of fresh flowers is simple and beautiful.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative. Try painting an accent wall or hanging an unusual mirror over the sideboard. Let your personality come through and you’ll create a space you want to spend time in and share with others. 

Let’s get started on your dream dining room today! Call or visit out showroom for a free consultation.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:03

Five Sofas that Will Never Go Out of Style

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Some of the most interesting homes are filled with pieces that have been collected over time. They are constantly evolving and tell a story about who lives there. But one thing you might notice about these homes is that some of the mainstays, like the sofa, never change. When you buy a sofa that is designed with classic elements you can create a space where styles can come and go, but the sofa will never look dated. 

sofa

Kincaid

A tufted sofa has a timeless look especially when upholstered in linen or leather. You can easily experiment with trends and get creative with your style when you have a classic anchor for the space. 

classic sofa

Flexsteel

A sleek leather sofa always looks chic and sophisticated. A high leg and nailhead trim only add to this long lasting look. You can mix it with vintage pieces then completely change your look to modern and edgy. 

sofa flexsteel

Flexsteel

A sofa that combines both traditional and modern elements will give you freedom in decorating. Rolled arms have a soft look yet boxy back cushions and sleek legs have a more modern feel. 

sofa kincaid

Kincaid

Slipcovered sofas often associated with coastal or cottage looks, have an easy-going vibe and are super versatile. Removable slipcovers are easily cleaned and anything goes with white cotton, which means you’ll never get stuck in a decorating rut.  

sofa bassett

Bassett Xpress 2U

Another great transitional style is the rolled back sofa. Pretty and curvy, it speaks to traditional style yet the tight-back cushions are well-tailored. This look can take on feminine patterns and colors just as well as modern geometric prints.

Get the most out of your next sofa by going with one of these classic looks. You can be free to let your style evolve when the main piece of a space is timeless and versatile. Shop our showroom or website for more sofas that will never go out of style.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:39

Solving Your Design Dilemmas

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Welcome back to our Room Redesign series! Where our designers solve your biggest design challenges and show you how to make the most of your space. Our most recent design challenge comes from a customer that is struggling with her kitchen. Her biggest issues are lack of color and what to do with the windows. Let’s take a look at the space. 

kitchen redesign

kitchen interior

While this is a darling kitchen we believe our reader would be much happier by making a few changes that will add color and pattern while making the space feel finished and a little cozier. First, we’ll take a look at three basic ways to make the most of this space then we’ll go into more detail about how to make it happen. 

Design Plan

redesign accent pieces

  1. Add window treatments and a rug that incorporates color and pattern.
  2. Replace the etagere with a small accent piece that will serve as a sideboard.
  3. Incorporate more texture.

redesign kitchen ideas

The easiest way to add some color to this space is by hanging panels over the window. Floor length panels in a geometric print will also add some interest but keeping the bamboo shades will help add privacy. Plus it’s a great combination of textures!

We can also add more function to the space by incorporating a fun accent piece that will serve as a sideboard. Not only would it add to the design element of this space but it would provide more storage while filling out the wall, making the room feel more balanced.

This means we would remove the etagere. However we would definitely keep the eclectic artwork! 

kitchen redesign ideas

For the window over the sink we would hang a custom cornice board or roman shade in the same fabric as the window panels. This will add softness and color but still allow light to flow throughout the space. In order to tie in the color of the window treatments we would place a rug underneath the dining table. This will also ground the space and add some warmth. 

If space allows we would add more texture with a woven seagrass chair on each end of the table. Mix and match dining chairs are such a great way to add personality to an eat-in kitchen and it provides more seating for entertaining.

Finally, we would replace the centerpiece on the table with something bigger to add visual height and add color to the counters with some pretty but simple jars or vases. 

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redesign accent pieces

panels / chair / vases / cabinet / floral / rug

Do you have a space in your home you’re struggling with? Let us know! We want to help you with your design challenges. Visit us in the store to make an in-home appointment or visit us online to submit your photos to be a part of our online Room Redesign series.  

 

Shopping for new bedroom furniture seems easy enough, right? You just go to a furniture store and pick out something you like. Well if you’ve shopped for new bedroom furniture lately, then you know there’s a little more to it than that. Once you get to the store there are a lot of decisions that have to be made. Since we always want to help you make the best decision about what furniture is right for you we've come up with a list of five things to know before you shop for your new bedroom furniture. 

bedroom furniture

Riverside

Know the measurements of the bedroom. The easiest way to have this info at the ready is to store it on your phone. When you’re shopping this makes it so easy to decide how many pieces will fit the space. Also, if you're thinking of upgrading to a king size bed, you’ll be able to make that decision on the spot. 

 

bedroom furniture 2

Kincaid

How much storage do you actually need in your bedroom? In a small bedroom you can save space by choosing a bed with built-in storage. If you have a large bedroom with a huge closet you might not need both a dresser and a chest of drawers. Plus, you can use that extra space to create a cozy reading nook with a big comfy chair. 

 

bedroom furniture 3

Riverside

Will you have a television in your bedroom? If so, you could benefit from a media dresser or bureau. These pieces typically have an open shelf or drop front drawers that will store media components.  

 

bedroom furniture 4

Kincaid

What style will flow well with the rest of your home? Do you want a matching set or do you prefer a more custom look? You might want to mix it up! An easy way to do this is by starting with an upholstered bed. It’s a soft look and it works with literally any style of furniture. 

 

bedroom furniture 5

Kincaid

Are you in your forever home or in a temporary situation? If there is a possibility of moving, you should consider the style of the furniture. A very specific look will only work in specific homes but a classic look is versatile enough to go anywhere.

Knowing the answers to these questions makes shopping for bedroom furniture a little less stressful. However, even if you don’t we are here to help you. Whether you need help designing a custom look or if you just want someone to measure the space to help you determine what will best fit, we’ve got you covered. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 12:31

The Beauty of Simplicity

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Great design isn’t always elaborate. Sometimes the most beautiful spaces are simple and uncomplicated. Often referred to minimalism, spaces that are uncomplicated are good for the mind and soul. Since clutter can create chaos a simplistic approach to decorating can turn your home into a serene retreat. If your home, or your life, is feeling busy, cluttered or chaotic then it might be time to pare down and enjoy the beauty of simplicity. 

simple design

Loloi

White walls create a blank canvas for a unique piece of artwork. Let your senses rest in a space that limits color and pattern. This dining space is proof that a room can showcase style and personality with minimal pieces. 

simple home design

Uttermost

Simple doesn’t have to be boring. Create a dramatic space with white tufted chairs against a dark wall and finish it with a graphic punch of pattern. This space combines all the elements of a glam and bold design. 

simple home designs

Flexsteel

You can remove visual noise from a room simply limiting the color palette and turning around the books on shelves. This is a much more natural look and all those bare pages create another texture in the space. 

simple dining room design

Kincaid

Let the architecture in the room be the focal point. Draw the eye up to exposed beams by hanging a cool light fixture. Keep artwork to a minimum by using just one or two large pieces.

simple bedroom design

Kincaid

A neutral palette in the bedroom could be one of the best things you do for yourself during times of chaos. Beige walls create a quite landscape. Use neutral bedding to create a calm sleeping space and limited toss pillows for easy bed making in the morning.

A simplistic approach to decor can be just as beautiful as bold colorful spaces. What’s important is that the design reflects your personality and your home is filled with pieces you love and make you happy. 

Monday, 08 August 2016 16:09

Anatomy of an Entry

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The entry of a home is important. It’s the first thing your guests see when they enter your home so it has to be well designed. A great entry will create a welcoming feeling and set the tone for the style of your home. The formula is simple. Start with the basics then have fun with the rest. These elements are what make up the anatomy of a stylish entry. 

entryway

Stratford Console

Every entry needs some type of console or cabinet, even a small one. This will anchor the area and provide the framework for the rest of the space. It doesn’t have to be labeled a “foyer piece”. 
It can be any type of cabinet, console or even an accent table. What’s important is that the size and style fit the space. 

entryway table

Denia Lamp

Great lighting is a must. That could mean a pair of lamps or a statement making chandelier. It will really depend on the size of your entry piece and the amount of light that’s needed. In a large space you might use both.
 
entryway uttermost artwork

Uttermost

Hang artwork that relates to the rest of the home. It should set the tone for the style you’ve created in your home. When a guest enters your home the foyer should be a sneak peek at what’s to come. Hang it over the entry piece to add height. 

entryway brayden mirror

Brayden Mirror

In an entry a mirror is a great alternative to artwork. It bounces light around the space plus you can do a last minute check as you walk out the door. There are so many fun options in decorative mirrors it’s an easy way to add style and function to this space. 

entryway willa armchair

Willa Armchair

Seating is always a welcome sight in any entry. Even if no one ever uses it, it creates an inviting feel and that’s always a vibe your home should have. It could be just one chair but it adds softness and introduces another texture.

Does your entry incorporate these basic elements? If your entry doesn’t reflect your style or feel very inviting then it’s time to make some changes. Let us help you redesign it! You can shop our showroom for all items shown or let one of our designers select your custom look. 

kitchen stools

one / two / three / four / five / six

The kitchen is such a utilitarian space that it can be tricky to incorporate pieces that add personality and style. It’s a place where people gather to cook, to eat and sometimes to just hang out. It should be more than a functional space. It should be beautiful, comfortable and speak to your style. A fun way to add style in the kitchen is with barstools or counter stools that go beyond basic. Choose stools with personality and your kitchen will become so much more than a place to cook.

  1. Give a farmhouse kitchen a modern touch. Distressed black stools topped with linen and polished nailhead trim gives a white kitchen an edgy vibe. Black and white is a combo that always looks crisp.

  2. Go all out funky with metal and hand carved wood. This look is both futuristic and simplistic. These structural stools are a great pick for a modern kitchen with gleaming stainless steel.

  3. If your home has an eclectic feel then consider this wingback inspired stool. Moody blue has a certain sophistication and is so on trend. Take the look to the next level with a vintage inspired rug.

  4. This saddle stool is anything but boring. Leather has so much character, especially in this worn look. Add these stools to any kitchen for an instant southwestern appeal.

  5. You can never go wrong with classic tufted linen. Glam up the kitchen with these luxurious and comfortable stools. Details such as tufting are what make a room interesting.

  6. Woven seagrass is a fun way to add texture to a space that’s feeling one dimensional. These stools have a cottage feel and this seagrass blends well with nearly any type of cabinet finish. Polyester seat cushions provide next level comfort.

What does your kitchen say about your style? Give your kitchen a mini-makeover with new counter or bar stools that go beyond basic. Your home deserves a designer look and you can find it here. These stools and more are available here at EF Brannon. 

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