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Monday, 20 June 2016 17:47

Solving Your Design Dilemmas

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Welcome to our new design series! We want to help you solve your decorating problems and design dilemmas. All you have to do is send us a few photos of the room in question and tell us about the problems you’re having with the space. Then we’ll guide you on how to make the most of the room and offer our best design advice.

Our first design dilemma comes from a reader that is having trouble with furniture arrangement. This is an issue that many people struggle with. In this case, it’s a living room so we know this is a space where people are gathering and watching television. Which of course, means there should be comfortable seating and plenty of it.

When arranging furniture doors, windows and walkways typically dictate the layout. However you should also consider how the space will function and of course the size of the room. 

living room makeover
living room makeover
living room makeover

First of all, we have to say job well done on a pretty and classic space. It has a great mix of texture and architectural elements. However, there are a couple of issues that instantly stand out.

  1. The scale of the pieces. The arrangement works but too many small chairs are throwing the room off balance.
  2. Lack of color. Artwork and a couple of large scale accessories will make the room feel more finished.

We can see two great options for this space. Both would provide plenty of seating and balance the space while keeping walkways and entry points clear.

Option One

Remove the two small chairs on the right side of the room. Replace the rocking chair that’s next to the sofa with a club chair that’s more proportionate to the sofa. Place a more substantial accent chair to the left of the console and move the rocking chair to the right of the console. We know there is a bedroom door to the right of the stairs. The rocking chair should be small enough to allow the door to open yet big enough to work with the scale of the other pieces. 

living room accent pieces

Option Two

If our reader wanted to make an even bigger change she could start by moving the television. Hanging it over the fireplace would eliminate the need for the console which would be removed, along with all three chairs. The sofa could then be replaced with a small sectional and some plush pillows. An accent chair could be placed on the right side of the room, angled just in front of the built-in bookcase. 

living room design

Finally, we would also exchange the cocktail ottoman for something a little bigger. A round table would create a nice flow, especially with a sectional, and add softness to a room with a lot of angles. The iron candleholder would look great on the cocktail table by adding a rustic element. Then we would hang a large clock over the sofa and a pair of paintings on the opposite wall. These will add both color and interest.

If the television stays where it is then it could be flanked by the abstract paintings. If the television is moved to hang over the fireplace the prints could be hung together but staggered.

We hope this helps our reader get the most of her space and inspires her to make the changes that will solve her design dilemma. We want to help you too! Just submit your design challenges here and your home could be featured on our blog. Don’t forget, our design staff will also meet with you in your home to ensure you get personalized advice that caters to your style and your family’s needs. Just call or visit our showroom to make an appointment today. 

You should never pass up an opportunity to add some style to a space. Luckily, you get that chance every time you buy something new for your home. The coffee table is one of those things you buy and function becomes the guiding force. Of course, that is important but it’s not the only thing you should consider. Get outside your comfort zone a little and up your style game with a coffee table that’s anything but ordinary.

coffee table by Kincaid


Artwork isn’t the only way to add a statement. Your coffee table can be a conversation piece too. This wine barrel inspired coffee table has the look of reclaimed furniture. It adds style along with a sense of history and so much character. 

coffee table by Riverside


This look is rustic chic. A trendy chevron pattern in distressed wood is refined by the sleek metal base. This table adds pattern, texture and dimension for a look that’s sure to impress. 

coffee table by Uttermost


Industrial style gets a sophisticated look. Weathered wood and polished chrome come together to create a piece that works with modern looks just as well as transitional spaces.

coffee table by Hammary


Nesting tables are always a great idea in terms of style and functionality. These round tables are curvy and fun. The perfect match to a modern sofa with clean lines. They’re easily moved around as needed while saving space when not in use. 

coffee table by Flexsteel


Bring some bohemian style to your home with this table that mixes materials so well. Can you think of a better table for people to gather around on game night? It’s a heavy duty piece and has a really interesting look.

Don’t waste one single opportunity to add some style to your home. We want to help you make your house your dream home. Visit our design center to get started.

There are many elements you should strive for when decorating a bedroom. Comfort, of course, is an important one but there are others that you should feel simply by walking into the space. Many of these elements can be achieved with an upholstered bed. Before you rule out the possibility of an upholstered bed, read this. These are the five reasons we believe you’ll never regret choosing an upholstered bed. 

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Your bedroom should feel cozy. How do you make something feel cozier? Cover it with fabric! Upholstered beds add softness to a space that wood beds can’t. Especially when layered with lots of plush pillows. 

upholstered bed


You can literally use almost anything with an upholstered bed. This is an easy way to achieve that collected-over-time look. With upholstered beds there is no worry about matching wood finishes. You can blend styles to create a high-end custom look.

upholstered bed


Upholstered beds just feel a little more luxurious. When you think about a really posh hotel, upholstered beds come to mind. Everyone needs a little luxury and this is such an easy way to get it. 

upholstered bed


Upholstered beds make a statement. Anytime a piece mixes materials it instantly becomes more interesting. Create a more dramatic feel with an upholstered bed in a rich fabric such as charcoal grey linen.

upholstered bed


Doesn’t everyone want a designer look? An upholstered bed has designer appeal. There is so much detail in this sleigh bed. Features like tufting and nailhead trim are classic and have so much staying power. This bed will never go out of style.

Visit our showroom where we can help you choose the right upholstered bed for your style and turn your bedroom into a space you can’t wait to come home to. 

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 13:26

Interior Design Classic: The Etagere

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The etagare is often mistaken for a bookcase. But don’t be confused. It is much more sophisticated and serves a bigger purpose. Designed to showcase decorative items, it is typically open on the back and often on the sides as well. If you’re looking for an easy way to work some style into your space, this is it. Place an etagere in any room that needs a little oomph. 



Fabrics aren’t the only way to add pattern to a space. This etagere features an intricate fretwork in a modern geometric pattern that brings a graphic punch. Place it against a wall or float it anywhere in a room where you need to divide the space. 



Two is always better than one. An etagere is often better when doubled to create one large piece. In a dining space these pieces are as stylish as they are hard-working. This is such a fun way to store dishes and display pottery. 



Flank a TV console or a writing desk with a pair of etageres. This works well when you have a large wall to fill. You can style them with books, personal photos, and your favorite decorative pieces. 



A pair of etageres is a great alternative to a sofa table. Create a walkway behind the sofa by placing a pair of etageres against the wall and pulling the sofa out into the room. This anchors the space and allows you to create a more intimate seating area.

There’s an etagere for every style and it’s a fun way to incorporate something new into your home. Shop our showroom to learn more ways to use this classic piece.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 13:29

One-Day Interior Design Updates

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Home makeovers come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, it’s the most fun when you can make over an entire room. But if there’s something holding you back from that next big project then start small. There are some easy updates that can be done in one day that will create the change you want to see in your home. Start with one or two of these one-day updates and you’ll soon find the inspiration to start on that whole room, or whole home, makeover. 

accent design ideas


Change out a few of those tired accessories. Accents like wall art and lamps say a lot about the last time you updated a space. Hang one large piece of wall art for impact then layer in a few smaller pieces with varied textures. 

living room design


If you have a space that just doesn’t get enough natural light, paint it white! This will brighten up the space and give it a fresh new look. A fresh coat of white paint will invigorate a space and create a new canvas. It just might inspire you to go ahead and make some other updates in the rest of your home.  

living room design ideas


Clear out the clutter. Every home has certain spots that just collect “stuff”. If there are surfaces in your home that could use a little organization then dedicate just one day to clear them off and get those things organized. Your home will immediately have a renewed sense of calm and as a result become more inviting. 

dining room design


Add instant color with fresh flowers. It’s such an easy way to make a room come alive. But don’t stop with just one room! Place them throughout the house in spaces that are lacking color. Choose different blooms in one hue for a monochromatic punch of color.

Find inspiration for that makeover with one or two of these easy interior design updates. For more ideas visit our design center and we can help you update your home to create a space you love. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 15:08

Easy Ways to Add Nautical Style

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curtain / chair / mirror / ottoman / square pillow / kidney pillow/ lamp

For many, summer is the season for a beach getaway. What better way to relax than a vacation near the sea? Life on the water has a slower pace and an easy going vibe. Even if you don’t live near the beach you can still bring that relaxed look into your home by adding a few nautical pieces that are reminiscent of beach living. These are a few of our favorite ways to easily add nautical style to your home.

  • Bold stripes on these panels are crisp and classic. A navy and white combo add instant nautical flair.
  • Seagrass is always a favorite for adding a seaside vibe to your home. Replace your host and hostess chairs with a pair of these dining chairs and give your dining space a breezy feel.
  • This mirror brings to mind a port window. It’s framed with reclaimed wood that has a sun-bleached effect. Hang it in a foyer or over a vanity in a powder room.
  • A combination of striped cotton and rope-wrapped legs make this piece nautical chic. Use this ottoman to add style in front of a leather chair or use as a pair under a console in a living room.
  • Pillows don’t have to be covered in anchors to add nautical flair. Rope accents can be incorporated as geometric design or fringe to add subtle sea-inspired style.
  • Lighting adds an organic beachy texture when it combines glass, rope and burlap. Add these lamps to your nightstands if only for the summer and give your bedroom a beach cabin feel.

Be inspired by the sea! Add one or two of these pieces to your home to remind yourself to slow down and enjoy the summer before it’s gone. Shop our showroom where we can show you how to incorporate nautical style. 

You’ve probably heard of Kincaid Furniture. With a trusted name, they have a long history in building high quality furniture constructed of solid wood. This is why we refer to it as heirloom quality. These are pieces that can be handed down through generations and each collection is designed with that in mind. Kincaid designs collections that work with current styles but have a classic overall look that will outlast any trend. The Weatherford collection, available in two finishes, is a perfect example. 

kincaid dining room

kincaid dining room

Design a dining space where memories will be made for years to come. With so many options it’s easy to create a custom look. Mix and match the finishes for a more casual vibe or stick with just one for a more cohesive look. Weatherford chairs can be combined with the Tasmas upholstered chairs to create a designer look. 

kincaid accent piece

The Edisto sideboard is one of those highly functional pieces that is a welcome addition to any space. It’s a great alternative to the china cabinet in a small dining room but also works as a stand-alone piece. It would function well in a foyer, hallway, or as a TV console in a living room. 

kincaid living room

Occasional tables are also available in the Weatherford collection. This look pairs well with linens and light airy fabrics to create a space that’s relaxed and pretty.  

kincaid bedroom

kincaid bedrrom storage

Kincaid furniture is built with many modern conveniences. In smaller bedrooms the storage footboard is a smart choice since it adds storage while saving space. All drawers are dovetailed and have soft-close guides. Nightstands with built-in charging stations keep your bedroom organized and clutter free.

If you like what you see then visit our showroom to learn more about the Weatherford collection from Kincaid Furniture. Furnish your home with pieces built by Kincaid for a look, and quality, that stands the test of time. 

Mid-century modern style is known for its sophisticated look and clean lines. Originally designed to combine form and function it was a shift away from oversized and ornately carved pieces. Mid-century modern is still popular today and can add a fresh look to a space that needs a change. Overdone, it can leave a space feeling cold. However when blended with other styles it results in an eclectic space with lots of personality. Work a piece or two into your home and give it a fresh new look. 

mid century pieceUttermost

This little piece has a lot of personality. Styled with a modern lamp and a contemporary mirror this piece gives a nod to the past yet still looks chic and modern. Use it in a foyer or hallway to add instant style.


mid century table


This look is a fun twist on mid-century modern. These tables have clean lines and a unique pattern carved into the top. It’s this combination of details that makes them interesting and add a more current flair.

mid century sofa


Traditional furniture can be the perfect companion to mid-century modern style. Classic leather, bold black and white stripes, and mid-century modern tables come together to create an eclectic feel. 


mid century bed

Eastern Accent

This bedroom has a calm and orderly feel thanks to the smart design of these pieces. A warm gray wall color and plush bedding punctuated with cool artwork creates a sophisticated look. 


mid century dining


In this dining room craftsman meets mid-century modern. These pieces have a retro vibe but are finished in a modern grey stain that works with today’s homes. Colorful artwork and pretty lighting give this space a warm feel, in spite of all the hard lines of the furniture.

If you love the look but need some help blending styles then visit our showroom. We can help you create the perfect mix for your home. 


Monday, 25 April 2016 15:02

Fresh Looks in Lighting

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A beautifully styled home is about more than using the right furniture. Smaller elements are often what’s needed to add character and personal style. Lighting is certainly one of those elements. Don’t make the mistake of redecorating or renovating a space with a great new look then using basic light fixtures. Shop our showroom for unique pieces you won’t find just anywhere. Check out nine of our favorite fresh looks in lighting.

  1. A cool geometric design, this pendant would be a great choice over a kitchen island in an eclectic home.
  2. Sleek and modern, this stunning glass light fixture makes a bold statement. From mid-century modern styles to the most contemporary homes, use this pendant over a dining table and it’s sure to be a conversation piece at dinner parties.
  3. Add a cool vibe to your foyer with this metal pendant in antique gold. Pair it with a unique console or boho rug for major personality.
  4. This fun light fixture has global flair. This would be a fun choice in a home with lots of color and pattern.
  5. Farmhouse style with a traditional twist, this chandelier works well with bleached wood pieces and linen slipcovered furniture.
  6. A cage style light fixture with modern bulbs has industrial style. Perfect for a loft featuring lots of architectural elements.
  7. This pendant has a cool multi-dimensional look. Hang over nightstands as an interesting alternative to lamps and create an unexpected look in a bedroom or guest room.
  8. Glam goes to the dark side with this chandelier. Give your home an edgier look with lighting made of chains in oil-rubbed bronze.
  9. This pendant has a sophisticated and polished look. Perfect for a small powder room or over an island with a white marble top.

Let your lighting be inspired! We can help you choose the perfect light fixtures for your spaces no matter what your style. A great design deserves great lighting. Find it here at EF Brannon.

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