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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:17

Live Fearlessly with Sunbrella Fabrics

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Have you ever shopped for new furniture with the idea that you have to sacrifice style for durability? That’s simply not true. Not when you know what to shop for. With so many fabric options it can be overwhelming to figure out which one is the best choice. So we’re making it really easy for you by offering custom designer pieces upholstered in Sunbrella fabrics.

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You may be wondering what’s so great about Sunbrella. Well, it doesn’t fade and is easily washed with soap, water and even bleach. It can literally be washed. Sofas, upholstered beds and even dining chairs are now available in some super stylish fabrics that can withstand just about anything. 

sunbrella dining

Kincaid

Live fearlessly. White upholstered dining chairs are no match for family dinners or the rowdiest dinner parties. Sunbrella fabrics let you enjoy your furniture, not worry about it.

 

sunbrella living room

Kincaid

Go light and airy! Furniture doesn’t have to be covered in fabrics that will hide stains when they’re so easily cleaned. So go ahead and get that gorgeous linen look you’ve been dreaming about. 

 

sunbrella bedroom

Kincaid

Would you believe this gorgeous bed is upholstered in Sunbrella fabric? It’s true! Style and durability can co-exist. 

 

sunbrella pillows

Flexsteel

sunbrella chair

Flexsteel

If color is your thing, they’ve got that covered too. Sunbrella fabrics are available in so many stylish patterns and bold colors. From geometrics to florals there is something for every style.

We know your home is more than a place to showcase beautiful designs. It’s where you live your life and you should be able to do that worry-free.

So go ahead and bring that drink into the living room. Let your dog get comfortable next to you. The kids can even have their ice cream. Still skeptical? Click here to watch this short video then visit our showroom. We can’t wait to show you everything Sunbrella has to offer. 

 

 

Monday, 11 July 2016 18:28

Two-Toned Pieces for Every Look

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Just as we believe all pieces of furniture in a room don’t have to match we also believe that not every piece has to be just one color or finish. Sometimes two-toned pieces are a better fit. Two-toned pieces are typically finished with one stain on the base and another on the top. However, there are also many pieces that incorporate paints and other specialty finishes. We love using two-toned pieces because they offer versatility. No matter the style of your home a two-toned piece is a beautiful way to add interest. 

living room table

living room table

These tables from Riverside furniture pair the best of dual finishes: a light stain that allows all that beautiful wood grain to show through and a concrete top that adds a no-nonsense element. These tables work with modern or rustic spaces. 

 

dining room table

Riverside

For the more traditional home, try a subtle two-toned look like the Belmeade collection in Old World Oak and Raven Black. A combination of soft grey stain with a black painted finish creates a sophisticated look. This layered effect gives you more options when adding other pieces. 

tv standbedroom setThe two-toned finish on Kincaid's Weatherford collection is all about that rustic farmhouse vibe. But you don’t have to live in a farmhouse to use the look. Fortunately, this elegant take on rustic details and the combination of Cornsilk and Heather finishes makes it easy to bring this look into modern homes. 

cabinet

Uttermost

When you need to add just one piece to a space, make it count. An accent piece that blends finishes and has major texture can be a game changer for a room. Look for pieces like this bookcase that adds a pop of color, brings dimension with texture and is highly functional. 

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An always classic look in two-toned pieces is this mix of black and cherry by Riverside. Cherry stained tops are a traditional approach to wood furniture but the black painted base gives it a more modern feel. These pieces work in practically any home for a timeless style.

Add a fresh look to your home with two-toned furniture. It’s a fun way to try something new and mix something different with existing pieces. Which look is your favorite? Check out all the options in stylish two-toned furniture by visiting our showroom. 

A living room that wows is about more than buying the right furniture. A well designed space incorporates several elements. Choosing the right pieces is only the beginning. Knowing where to place them and how to finish the space is where the decorating magic happens. It’s easy to create a living room with a designer look. Just follow these guidelines for incorporating the top five elements of a well-designed space. 

living room design

Kincaid

A mixture of pattern and texture. Rooms that have character always have a mix of pieces upholstered in a variety of fabrics. Create a layered look by adding a chair in a bold pattern to a neutral sofa. Soften the look of leather with an upholstered cocktail ottoman.  

 

living room design

Kincaid

Furniture is arranged to encourage conversation. Sofas and chairs facing each other create a more intimate space. In a large living room you should have more than one conversation area. Create zones by grouping more chairs away from the main seating area. It creates a better flow and makes the space more functional. 

 

living room design

Kincaid

The television blends into the design. In a room where the television is the focal point it must be placed on a properly sized piece of furniture. Don’t ruin a great design by using a TV console that’s too small. The television shouldn’t hang over the edge of the console. Of course, you shlouldn’t forget to decorate around it.

 

living room design

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Accessories vary in size, they aren’t overdone nor are they too minimal. The purpose of accessories is to infuse personality into the design. If there are too many than personality can become lost and if there are too few then the space is just left feeling uninspired. Start with large scale pieces then scatter in some smaller ones. 

 

living room design

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Great lighting. Lighting is so important because it always sets the tone. You wouldn’t want the same lighting for entertaining as you would for curling up to watch a movie. Put overhead lights on a dimmer and place lamps throughout the room to give yourself plenty of lighting options. Add style with a statement making chandelier.

How many of these elements are present in your living room and how many are missing? We can help you complete the look. Call us for in an in-home appointment. Because everyone deserves a beautifully designed home. 

Neutral interiors are a huge trend right now. While there is no doubt that monochromatic spaces are stylish, sometimes you just need a little color. You might not want to commit to color in large doses, such as on your furniture or even in your wall color. That doesn’t have to mean your life will be forever beige. You can easily add color with artwork and instantly brighten up a room to get that color fix you’re craving. 

artwork for home

A painting this bright and colorful is sure to make a statement in your home. If you’re looking for a way to inject color and a happy vibe, this is it. Hang it in a foyer and you’ll set the tone for the rest of the house. 

artwork for home

Brightening up a room can be done with more than the obvious colors. Even a moody blue painting can give a space new life. Abstract paintings come in all kinds of color hues. It’s easy; just choose one in your favorite colors. 

artwork for the home

Even a single color, when delivered with impact, can be just what a neutral room needs to take it to the next level. Indigo blue botanicals on a white background are crisp and dramatic when hung in a large grid.  

artwork for the home

These pretty pastels are colorful with a feminine vibe. Perfect a girl’s room or really any space that needs a soft touch. Gold leafed frames add a sophisticated feel for a chic approach to pastel. 

artwork for the home

Color doesn’t have to be bold and in-your-face to add interest. Add subtle color with these paintings that would be perfect for a lake house or farmhouse. The rustic frames give them character and an easy going feel.

Does your home need a little color? All pieces shown are by Uttermost and available here at EF Brannon. So come by and pick out your favorite piece. Whether you’re craving a little color or a lot, we’ve got you covered. 

 

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. 

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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. 

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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

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

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

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

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

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. 

upholstered bed

Kincaid

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

Uttermost

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

Kincaid

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

Riverside

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

Kincaid

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. 

etagere

Hammary

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. 

etagere2

Kincaid

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. 

etagere3

Riverside

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. 

etagere4

Flexsteel

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

Uttermost

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

Kincaid

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

Riverside

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

Kincaid

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. 

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