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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.

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. 

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Kincaid

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

Kincaid

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

Flexsteel

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. 

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Kincaid

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. 

Monday, 10 October 2016 18:00

Kincaid Furniture Spotlight: Wildfire

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If you ever wonder what it takes to make a piece of furniture exceptional then take a look at Kincaid. There is no detail forgotten and quality is never an afterthought. Constructed of solid wood and designed with style that will surpass any trend, the latest collection from Kincaid will be one your grandchildren will one day enjoy as it can be passed down through generations. Let's take a look at the Wildfire collection and what makes it so special.

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Modern convenience is just one detail that makes Kincaid furniture so special. For example, the bachelors' chest boasts a built-in nightlight along with electrical outlets. Gone are the days of stumbling through the dark in the middle of the night. The soft glow of the light will guide your way. Need to charge your cell phone or tablet? Charge it right from your nightstand!

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This beautiful bureau was created to double as a media cabinet. With a hidden cord exit, media components can be placed inside the bureau but never seen. It also features a jewelry tray to store those special pieces that you wear often and like to keep close at hand but want stored safely away when not being worn.

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Finished in a rich Ember this collection was designed with a style that will stand the test of time. Seeded glass doors give these pieces character while soft-close drawers add an element of luxury.

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With clean lines yet just enough curves to give these pieces a traditional look, this dining room is versatile enough to let you change your decor as your style changes over the years. Play up the classic element by replacing end chairs with wing chairs or give it a more rustic look with a painted distressed bench on one side of the table.

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Even living room tables are coordinated to complement each other while each piece still has its own distinctive look, which is part of the charm of the Wildfire collection. The classic rectangular cocktail table is a living room go-to. The open end table is always a great option with a sofa while the round end table looks great between a pair of club chairs.

Add style and character to your home with the Wildfire collection from Kincaid Furniture. Visit our showroom to see this gorgeous collection and all it has to offer.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 14:44

Keys to a Great Conversation Area

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Kincaid

A conversation area is a defined space in the home where two or three people can comfortably sit and talk. It’s typically more of an intimate space where furniture is arranged in such a way that it encourages conversation. Create a more interesting home and one that’s better suited for entertaining by creating clearly defined conversation areas. It isn’t difficult - you just need to know some of the keys to a great conversation area. 

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Flexsteel

Great conversation starts with being at ease. Even if the area is small, with room for only one grouping of furniture, you can still create a great conversation area. Just be sure to invest in high quality furniture that’s comfortable. A pair of club chairs is a smart alternative to a love seat. Place one chair at each end of the sofa so that they’re facing. This takes the focal point off of the television and places it on the people in the room. 

conversation area loloi

Loloi

Create more than one conversation area by grouping furniture the right way. In a large or open floor plan you might create one area with a sofa and chair and another area with a grouping of chairs only. If you have a fireplace this is the perfect place to set up a conversation area for an extra cozy feeling. 

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Loloi

The worst thing you can do when creating a conversation area is push all the furniture up against the wall. You often gain more versatility by floating the sofa. This is a trick used in long narrow living rooms. It breaks up the space which allows you to create more than one conversation area.

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Best

A great conversation area requires more than just comfortable seating. Think about other things that make people comfortable such as lighting and a place to set down a drink. You might even want something to prop your feet on. One or two end tables, depending on the available space, will give you a spot for a lamp. Don’t forget a cocktail table, although you might consider an upholstered cocktail ottoman for a softer look.

While the living room is the most obvious place for a conversation area don’t forget about the other rooms in your home. A nook in a dining room or bedroom, a large hallway or even a landing at the top of a staircase is a great opportunity to create a cozy conversation area. This is often a perfect solution for those unused spaces in your home. Visit our showroom to have a conversation area custom designed for your home. 

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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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