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Monday, 28 September 2015 16:55

The Well Designed Dining Space

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When a dining space is well designed, it will serve your home and family well. That space might be a designated dining room or an open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen. What’s important is that you choose the right pieces for how you want the space to function and create a dining area that’s both comfortable and stylish so that you can make the most of every meal.

 

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If you like to entertain, then consider café style seating. It’s cozy, intimate, and comfortable. These tufted benches work well wrapped around a pedestal table or against a large window. Use an “L” shape and combine it with a pair of pretty chairs, or simply mix a small bench in on one side of the table.

 

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A round pedestal table is always a great option, especially in a square space or an area with a bay window. Chair legs won’t bump into table legs, and there’s plenty of room to squeeze in extra chairs for guests. A round table also makes for easy conversation with anyone at the table.

 

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Sometimes the dinner table is the hub of the home. In that case, choose a table made with heavy duty materials for worry free use. This one features a concrete top which means it can stand up to lots of use. School projects and dinner parties will be no match for this hardworking material. Plus it adds another texture to the space, and that always makes a room more interesting.

 

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Kincaid

If you often have last minute dinner parties, then choose a table that’s easily adjusted to accommodate more people. This table features self-storing refectory leaves. They’re attached to the table at both ends and are easily pulled out to allow for four more chairs. Bonus: you never have to find a place to store the leaves, since they’re always attached to the table!

 

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Think about your storage needs. If you have a lot of dishes to display, then go with a china cabinet. If you prefer to have casual dinners with easy access to things while you’re dining, then go with a sideboard. Not only can items be stored out of sight but you can keep side dishes and wine bottles within reach for casual and comfortable dinners.

 

Your dining space should be designed with function and style. Consider how you use it, don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces, and layer textures for a chic look.

Monday, 21 September 2015 13:17

Five Living Room Layouts to Try

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when arranging living room furniture is pushing everything up against the walls. People end up having to sit so far apart that it’s difficult to have conversations, and the room ends up looking like a dance hall. Well-placed furniture will create zones in the space and ensure that each zone is clearly defined. If you struggle with how to arrange your living room furniture then why not give one of these layouts a try:

 

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A good place to start is by floating the sofa in the center of the room.  This is a great option for a long narrow living room since it will break the space into two areas. Just be sure to balance the room by adding the right pieces in unused space, depending on how you want the room to function.

 

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Use two sofas opposite one another or two chairs opposite the sofa. This is a great look around a fireplace. It’s pretty and intimate, and lets the fireplace become the focal point of the room and the seating area.

 

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Uttermost

Who says a living room has to have a sofa? A grouping of stylish chairs can be just as functional and as exciting. This works well in a square living room. Place a coffee table in the center that has enough surface area to handle some pretty accessories and can serve as a landing spot for drinks when entertaining.

 

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Flexsteel

If there is truly only one wall that will fit the sofa, then make it interesting. Use a pair of bookcases with some architectural interest on the wall behind the sofa. This gives it more of a designer look, especially when you style the shelves with unique pieces.

 

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Flexsteel

Often times, a sectional is the solution for a room with a tricky layout. Living rooms with many doors and windows can benefit from a sectional placed in the center of the room. This will define the space and center the area. Especially in an open floor plan, since it can feel like there is a vast space to fill.

 

Of course, every living room is different and comes with its own set of restrictions. Just remember: there should always be a focal point; keep walkways open and easy to navigate; and when in doubt, hire a professional. We are always here to help you.

 

Monday, 14 September 2015 13:47

A Statement Bed for Every Style

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The bed should be the focal point of any bedroom. A stylish, well-chosen bed will set the tone for the room and inspire the design. Statement beds come in many forms, but they all share one thing in common. They’re anything but typical. Take a look at these stylish beds with unforgettable details.  

 

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Classic details come together to create a bed with a wow factor. Tufted linen and nailheads framed in washed oak make this a bed that can be used in formal or casual designs. This look is all about texture. Create a soft layered look by adding lamps, artwork, and accessories in neutral shades.

 

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You’ll feel as though you’re in your own private retreat in this woven bed, reminiscent of a home on the coast. This look pairs well with washed woods and distressed pieces. With so much texture, it looks great with metal accents and doesn’t need a lot of color. 

 

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Kincaid

Statements can also be simple, and this pewter metal bed is proof. Used with bedroom pieces that have hard lines and a masculine vibe, this bedroom has a look that’s high contrast, and that always makes a space interesting.  

 

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Largo

Mixed materials instantly add character to a room. This statement bed combines soft linen with metal piping accents to create an unforgettable look. Place it with distressed pieces for an industrial look or go urban modern with polished pieces.

 

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Riverside

This beautifully curvy bed with wood carvings is traditional and feminine, yet the black distressed finish gives it an edge. This is a combination of details that makes this bed speak for itself. Old world style is chic and modern.

 

Does your bed make its statement? When shopping for a new bed, think beyond the ordinary. Shop our showroom where we carry the latest styles but we never forget the classics. 

 

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 14:39

Easy Fall Updates for the Home

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Nothing inspires the need to freshen up your home decor quite like the change of seasons. With fall just a few weeks away, now is the time to go ahead and start making some changes in your home. It’s easy to make the transition with just a few key items. Get ready for fall by incorporating some saturated colors, plush textures, and warm metallics.

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lanterns / pillow 1 / pillow 2 / chest / bedding / screen

 

  • Freshen up your fireplace with a new screen. This warm metallic finish in a modern geometric pattern will instantly update a room and get you ready for the fires you’ll be burning on those chilly fall nights.
  • No fireplace? Lighting candles adds a cozy feel to a room. Especially when the sun starts to set earlier and natural light is lost. These large lanterns feature leather straps which make them easy to carry from room to room.
  • If you don’t already have one, consider adding a cabinet or chest to your entry. Something with drawers and shelves will help keep your home organized since you’ll need a place to store gloves, hats, and scarves as temperatures drop. Plus you’ll have easy access to them as you go out the door.
  • Pillows and throws are always a good idea. As the weather gets cooler, add more pillows and plush throws to seating areas throughout the house. Try to incorporate rich colors such as shades of plum, chocolate, and orange.  
  • Update your bedding with a heavy down comforter. Nothing makes a bed feel more luxurious than plush bedding. For an even cozier fall feel, layer it with a thick throw in cable knit or faux fur.

 

Updating your home for fall is about more than adding the right colors. It’s about making it a comfortable and cozy place for you and your family. There are so many ways to add style and function to your home for the new season. Meet with a designer in our showroom to find your perfect fall pieces.

 

Monday, 31 August 2015 14:13

Trending in Furniture: Lighter Finishes

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We’re seeing a shift in interior design. Wood finishes are moving to lighter and more airy looks. Though the look can be described in many ways, such as bleached, washed, or reclaimed, one thing is certain; it’s here to stay. Once a rare find, this look is now everywhere and available in many styles, making it easy to create a designer look straight from the pages of a magazine. Work this look into your home with some of these incredibly stylish pieces.

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This accent chest in bleached wood creates a gorgeous focal point in this living space. Abstract artwork hanging just above in dark moody hues creates a space with dimension. This piece lives harmoniously with espresso chairs, thanks to a similar finish on the chest’s hardware.

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Hammary

A coffee table in washed grey is accented with metal for an industrial feel. This rustic finish gets a polished look from some chic gold accessories. Navy and orange accents gives it warmth while a sofa and pillows in light neutrals soften the look.  

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This dining space is made for the most fabulous dinner parties. This is a space where the matchy-matchy look works since it’s neutral, cohesive, and sophisticated. These pieces in a soft washed finish create a look that’s classic enough to last for years.

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Vaughan-Bassett

Grey washed and slightly distressed, these pieces turn this bedroom into a rustic retreat. Place these pieces in a bedroom that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, and it will instantly look more open and feel roomier. This shade of grey is versatile enough to work with pops of color or easy neutrals.

 

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Interlude

Danish-Modern style, which is typically known for its honey color, gets a fresh new look with a washed finish. Gold hardware gives it a polished finishing touch and makes it the perfect piece to add a glam element to any space.

Revive your home’s look with this fresh finish. Whether it’s with just a piece or two, or your entire home, we can design a fresh new look in washed woods that is tailored to your style and needs. Visit our showroom to get started.

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Classic interiors often have one thing in common: classic hues. If you want to create a space that’s versatile and easy to update over time, then start with a neutral, like chocolate brown. Chocolate has always been a go-to for decorators due to its rich look and ability to work with any color. This shade of brown can take on so many looks, but it’s often seen in modern spaces and takes on a sophisticated and luxe vibe. Take some inspiration from some of our favorite pieces to work this chic hue into your own home.  

  • These high contrast vases are striking and can be popped onto a mantel or styled into a bookcase to bring a chic chocolate vibe to any room. Use them as a group of three or use a pair of the tallest vases to flank a piece of artwork.
  • Instantly update your bedroom with new bedding. A creamy colored duvet with a chocolate border is modern and sleek. Mixing it with orange and teal pillows gives it a softer look.
  • This porcelain lamp looks like it’s dripping with chocolate brown paint. It’s a dramatic look and would be a nice touch alone, but would make even more of a statement as a pair.
  • If you have a room that’s just missing something, then consider an abstract. Abstract artwork instantly takes a space to the next level. These canvases would work well over a sofa, in a foyer, or even above a fireplace.
  • Add some style to your kitchen with these chocolate brown marbleized dishes. These are sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party.
  • Bring a luxe feel to any space with this plush, faux fur chocolate throw. Drape it over the sofa, a cocktail ottoman, or over the foot of the bed.

Is it time to give your home some updates or a new look? We’ve done many spaces in many styles using chocolate brown. Let us help you design a space with this classic shade while incorporating your own style and giving your home the look you love.

 

Monday, 17 August 2015 14:21

Pretty Storage Pieces for the Bathroom

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Bathroom storage is often limited to a closet and what you can fit inside the medicine cabinet. But honestly, is that ever really enough? Most people need more storage than what’s typically offered in a standard bathroom. Not to worry though. It’s easy to create more space for your things by simply adding a pretty piece of furniture. There’s a piece for your bathroom, no matter the size. These are a few of our favorites.

 

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This bookcase has sliding doors, which makes it very convenient, and adjustable shelves. A beautiful option in a cottage or coastal style bathroom, it’s the perfect place to stack towels and store toiletries. Use seagrass baskets or pretty bins to store things you want to keep out of sight.

 

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A mix of metal and wood makes this cabinet a great choice in a space with an industrial or modern look. Once it’s fully stocked with toiletries and necessities, mix in one or two decorative items to give it a little personality.

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This piece is perfect for a large bathroom in a home with high ceilings. This cabinet has presence and plenty of room to store everything you need. Items will be in full view in this cabinet, so be sure to display your prettiest things. Use decorative trays for your perfume and cologne bottles. Instead of folding towels, roll and stack them. Add a small vase of fresh flowers. Remember, everyday things can be stylish too.

 

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This cabinet has a personality all its own. It would be a great addition to an eclectic home, especially for someone that loves color. With shelves, doors, and drawers, it has a place for things of all sizes. Open shelving gives you easy access to items used every day.

 

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Use an accent chest in a small bathroom. With all those drawers, you can store much more than just toiletries. This might also be a great place to keep jewelry.  Display a few things on top in a tray or style it with a cool pair of lamps. This piece is sleek and airy and would look great in a home with a modern farmhouse vibe.

 

If you have a bathroom that you just can’t get organized, then try adding a stylish and functional cabinet or chest. Here at EF Brannon we have options to work in any space no matter the size or style. Come by and let us help you find just what you’re looking for. 

Monday, 10 August 2015 17:32

Sofas & Recliners: Blending Styles

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Shopping for new living room furniture? If you’re thinking about trying something different, then look beyond the matching set and try blending pieces with different looks. It’s easy to mix and match sofas and recliners when you pair styles with characteristics that blend with one another. Let’s take a look at these pairings and why they work together so well.

 

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This sofa and recliner pair work so well together because they both have a sleek and tailored design. Not only do these pieces have similar arms, but they also have similar legs. The mix of fabrics in various shades of black and grey pull it together and give it an edgy masculine vibe.

 

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This pairing is casual and cozy. Notice that both pieces have rolled arms, which are a little softer and sometimes more comfortable than straight arms. The worn looking leather adds an inviting texture to the stark white sofa. This pair works together because both pieces have a casual comfortable vibe.

 

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Another way to pair a recliner with a white sofa is to go for a punch of color. A recliner that looks like a club chair is a fun accent. These pieces share a similar style in the arms and boxy back cushions. They are united by the repeated use of color on the toss pillows.

 

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Incorporate pieces that are designed with classic details and you just can’t go wrong.  A recliner in brown leather is the perfect accent to a sofa with a timeless look such as this one. Design details such as tufting and nailhead trim never go out of style. 

 

 

Tips for blending sofas and recliners.

  • Forget matching. Choose styles that are different, but have one or two similarities.
  • Consider scale. One shouldn’t tower over the other.
  • Pull it together with fabrics. Repeat colors in pillows and accents in the room.
  • Consider arm style, leg style, and era.
  • If you can’t commit to color, then go with a brown leather recliner. You can keep it for years and it will work with practically anything.

Are you ready to mix and match? Let’s get started! We can help you pull it all together. Get more design advice by making an appointment with one of our designers.

 

 

Monday, 03 August 2015 14:39

Five Ways to Decorate a Blank Wall

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Blank walls can be intimidating. They can also leave a space feeling uninspired and unfinished if left empty. Do your home and yourself a favor and fill in those blank spaces. There are endless ways to add style to a home by filling in those empty walls. Be inspired by some of our favorite ways to give your space some personality.

 

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One large statement piece is sometimes all you need. If your preferred look is clean and uncluttered, then hang a large decorative mirror. Mirrors work anywhere. Not only do statement mirrors add a polished look to a space but they also bounce light around the room.

 

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Hang several small prints in a grid for high impact. You can fill an entire wall or just the space over a piece of furniture.  Get a little more personal by filling a grid of frames with a collection of black and white family photos or with travel photography from past vacations.

 

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oil painting / girl / clock / flowers / star / map / abstract / basket / mirror / giclee

A gallery wall is always a great way to work some style and personality into your home. This is similar to a grid but is typically less structured. A gallery wall should showcase favorite artwork, treasured photographs, and even quirky objects.   

 

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Create a focal point that has symmetry by hanging a decorative mirror or a favorite piece of artwork then flanking it with a pair of sconces. These pieces are unified by the aged silver finish of the frames. Replace the candleholders with sconce lamps in a space the needs more lighting.

 

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Artwork doesn’t always mean a painting or a photograph. Consider a large wood or metal piece that will bring some texture to the room. Pieces like these antique tiles that look like they were salvaged from an old building add a sense of history.

Let us help you create one of these looks in your home. We’ll help you choose pieces that are all about your personal style. Let’s turn your house into your dream home. Visit our design center to get started today. 

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