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17April
2015

Favorite Friday!

by kristi

Favorite Friday! I was inspired by yet another beautiful photo of a room and had to create my own version with products from FurnitureCrate! Check out this cozy nook and how you can get your look right here!

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I chose the Carrara Chair and Ottoman from Lexington for the clean lines and rich color. Like the photo, I stayed with a light wood console table, this one by Safavieh. The accents, Table Lamp by Currey & Company, Throw by Surya, and Pillow by Niche by Eastern Accents, have the light teal/blue color that I love!

 

 

13April
2015

Kitchen Chairs Clearance

by Ross

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Kitchen chairs clearance is a great way to acquire a few extra chairs without breaking the bank. Whether you’re just starting out and need somewhere to sit, or need a few extra chairs for next week’s game night, checking out kitchen chairs clearance sales can save you a good chunk of cash. If you’re lucky, there might be something just right for the style of your kitchen, dining room, or other room of the house. Overstock, returns, and closeouts are just a few of the reasons why items end up on clearance, and having an open mind or the diligence to keep an eye out for new clearance pieces can definitely be worth your while. Whether you’re looking for normal height chairs, bar stools, counter stools, or dining benches, our kitchen chairs
clearance usually has one or more offerings at deep discounts.

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6April
2015

Clearance Beds

by Ross

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The bed is where you start and end each day. It’s the center of the bedroom, and for some, the center of their home. The bed is often the very first piece put into a new home, which is metaphorically the first brick in the construction of the style, theme, and atmosphere built around it. So buying the right bed is a big decision and, usually, a big investment. But that doesn’t mean it needs to cost as much as a car! Especially for those just starting off on their own, without any set guidelines on style or theme, the possibilities are wide open for investing in your first bed. A few factors need to be taken into account to narrow the field, such as mattress size (will you be sleeping alone? how big is the bedroom? what is your budget?), bed size (can you fit a canopy? do you want extravagant style or practicality and maximized floor space? can you physically get that bed frame into your fourth story apartment?), bed style (you might not want a natural wood finish bed in your white and black painted, Contemporary style apartment unit), and lastly, your budget. The first three depend largely on the situation, but as for budget, everyone wants to save money! One great way to do that, especially when starting off on your own, is to shop clearance beds. Chances are you don’t have much, or any, furniture to have a pre-set style (or maybe you just don’t overly care), your first home probably has some flexibility on the style of furniture that would work well within, and, especially if you don’t already have a mattress, your size options are flexible as well. With an open attitude you can then shop available Clearance Beds and let the savings decide the right piece to start off your new home.

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When shopping the Clearance Beds, rule out the options that simply won’t work (if you’re a single sleeper, you probably don’t need a King size bed taking up that much floor space), and then compare price and favoritism to narrow in on the potential options (that $2,000 bed might be more like the one you imagined in your head, but by getting the $500 bed instead, you just saved 2 months worth of rent!). Once you’ve narrowed it down to the best options budget-wise (assuming there are viable options that suit your needs), then you can make the decisions of what size, style, and design suits you best: a metal or a wood frame, Traditional or Contemporary style, a standard bed or an alternative such as a daybed or sleeper sofa, etc. By the end of this process, you will hopefully have narrowed down the deeply discounted Clearance Beds to a few suitable options from which to choose the best one for you. Consider the pros and cons of the design, as well as the style and size. Do some preliminary research on other furniture of the same style to see if you can find good matching pieces for certain styles as opposed to other. In the end, you will hopefully have narrowed down the limited Clearance Beds selection to the best item for you. Make sure you the savings are worth any sacrifices you may be making for a full-price bed of a different type, but at Clearance prices, the choice is usually pretty easy.

 

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3April
2015

Spring is Here!

by kristi

Spring is here! Finally, right? For all of those who were lucky enough to enjoy the cold winter with me, you understand how excited we are for this time of year!

And speaking of this time of year, have you picked out your Outdoor Furniture yet?

We have a great selection and even more coming soon! Check it out!

Padmas-Plantation-Outdoor-Living-Bay-Harbor-Deep-Seating-Chair-OLBAH01      Padma’s Plantation Bay Harbor

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617CKV4V4JL._SY355_     Panama Jack Outdoor Island Cove

703075_lifestyle     Zuo Modern Gemini Lounge

We have outdoor rugs too!

Tommy Bahama Cabana  Rug    Tommy Bahama Cabana Group

30March
2015

The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench

by Ross

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To some, the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench may seem like a blindingly bright, difficult to match, and all around strange piece that makes you wonder “Who would need something like that?” But to others, this bold and distinctive piece is the perfect way to start or finish a room’s décor. There’s a funny thing about the color orange, people tend to either love or hate it, rather than be somewhere in the middle or just indifferent. Associations for the color orange run the entire gamut, from positive to negative, and familiar to utterly weird. Just do a thought association with the color orange and see what you come up with. Some of the more common associations are traffic signs/cones, “hunter’s orange,” the fruit, cheese, Garfield the cat, tigers, and the sun. Are these associations largely positive or negative? Interestingly, they are virtually all ambiguous, being either neither, both, or completely objective. Take traffic cones, for example; are they positive or negative? Do they imply danger, safety, or traffic? The same with “hunter’s orange,” is it suggesting danger, safety, or fun outdoors? These ambiguous meanings lend a strange and varied understanding to the color. Other colors are usually more agreed upon or universal, such as blue being associated with calm and water, green with nature, and white with purity. But the more ambiguous nature of the color orange makes it a more subjective and malleable color. One thing that can be almost universally agreed up about orange, however, is that it is a BOLD color which is why it is used for things like traffic signs and “hunter’s orange.”

Storage benches are basically the perfect example of hybrid furniture. You can combine the comfort and convenience of a bench, with the storage solution of a chest, without really sacrificing the quality of either aspect. The only time this combination would really be inconvenient, is if something needs to be retrieved from within the bench when it is in use: an unlikely and easily avoidable scenario. Besides that, you’re combining two pieces of furniture into one, saving money and space in your home.

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The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench combines the boldness and ambiguity of orange with the perfect hybrid of a storage bench, to create an altogether incomprehensible peace. Bold ambiguity, an oxymoron in itself, covering perfect balance. That is, the entirely undecipherable color of chaos, coating perfect harmony. It makes no sense! And that’s the wonderful thing about an orange storage bench from a design, style, and home décor stand point: it is difficult to comprehend and digest, and doesn’t give closure. Some people will love it, some people will hate it, it will look amazing in certain arrangements, and appalling in others. In that sense, it is quite a challenge for home decorators. If you can take this piece an implement it into an arrangement where it complements its surroundings while being complemented itself, enhancing the look and atmosphere of a living space, you will be rewarded with and endlessly interesting piece that is also incredibly functional. If you aren’t the type to challenge your inner interior decorator with a wacky challenge, the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench can still be an incredible addition to your living space. A Modern/Contemporary room with lots of blacks and whites, especially zebra stripes, is complemented and complements the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench about as much as piece of furniture can. Other scenarios, such as fiesta-style rooms that take advantage of bright colors of all types, won’t find a brighter orange than this! Coastal of Maritime themed areas can make use of the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench for its relation to the safety orange color of life jackets and flotation devices.

With a savvy and open mind, the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench can be the most distinctive piece in your home, bringing not only an exceptional level of style and “WOW-factor,” but also an exceptionally functional piece. The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench is a classic example of “big risk, big reward” in the world of home décor. If you can swing it, its a home run. But it won’t be a walk in the park. Go big or go home, as they say! And imagine coming home to this one of a kind piece: the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench!

 

27March
2015

Decorate your Walls!

by kristi

Hanging artwork is one of my favorite parts of design. First, because it means you’re about to see the finished project. Second, artwork can completely make a room!

Artwork is up to personal interpretation; what is beautiful to you may not have an effect on someone else. And sometimes, people don’t have an opinion at all. But it’s important to find something you like, don’t give up!

Here are a few beautiful rooms that prove artwork can be essential to the design of your room.

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23March
2015

Pedestal Side Tables

by Ross

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Side tables are an easy way to add both a stylish accent and a functional piece to any living space. Most side tables are designed to be a good balance of aesthetic, utilitarian, and low-profile. Depending on your needs, pedestal side tables tend to achieve two of the three very well: aesthetic and low-profile. If you are in need of auxiliary storage solutions in your living room, family room, or other room, you may want a side table with multiple drawers or doors, something pedestal tables usually don’t have save for a single drawer in some cases. But if you are more concerned about getting a stylish accent piece that will fit easily into a pre-existing furniture arrangement, pedestal side tables can be the perfect solution.

 

Pedestal side tables come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, but are more prone to being round than are other types of furniture due to balance and aesthetics. Round pedestal side tables provide a number of benefits, such as eliminating the need for harsh corners that can be obtrusive, dangerous, or simply boring and unattractive. Round pedestal side tables also tend to be easier to fit among pre-existing furniture arrangements because they are symmetrical from every angle and can fit into corners, against walls, against furniture, or between pieces with less of a chance of protruding or failing to line up exactly. Lastly, round side tables break up the monotony of ninety-degree angles and rectangular shapes as found in the majority of furniture. By breaking up the pattern you can create a less predictable, more lively atmosphere that is also more welcoming and cohesive to other norm breaking, interesting, or unique décor. The downside of round pedestal side tables is that, in most cases, expanding a circular table surface into a square by extending the edges increases the tabletop area without necessarily needing to expand the base. This can provide slightly increased usable table space if functional surface area is a primary concern.

 

Pedestal side tables usually achieve a significantly lower profile than do traditional, boxy side tables. The trade-off is that the more boxy shaped side tables usually contains more drawers or doors than pedestal side tables do. But without sheer vertical sides extending from the base, pedestal side tables often allow for more flexibility, such as slightly overlapping a raised piece of furniture like a couch over the base of a pedestal side table to save a few inches of floor space or fit the piece into the furniture arrangement. Pedestal side tables also have an air of elegance and individuality by clearly circumventing a utilitarian design in order to achieve a more unique, aesthetic appeal. This design choice is made obvious with pedestal side tables, making a somewhat subconscious statement that storage is not needed and aesthetics are taking priority in the room.

 

In conclusion, side tables are a great way to add style and convenience to any living space. If auxiliary storage is desired, there are many options with drawers or doors providing excellent solutions. However, if the goal is simply to enhance the style of a room and/or provide a convenient tabletop surface for decorative items or everyday use such as setting drink glasses or the TV remote, then pedestal side tables will solve these needs while requiring less space and usually with a higher level style.

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20March
2015

March Madness is here!

by kristi

March Madness is here! As you watch your favorite team, are you happy with the area around your TV? Is it time to upgrade to a beautiful Entertainment Center?

Watching TV is typically the main function of a living room, and so your TV is the focal point. Everything, including furniture, is centered on the TV, which can be an eye sore or even throw off the whole style of a room. Enter — Entertainment Centers! If you have the space, framing the TV can help blend the room together or even hide your TV when it’s not being used. Plus, you can never get enough storage space!

Check out the variety of styles and colors we offer on FurnitureCrate!

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16March
2015

The Bernhardt Vintage Patina Collection

by Ross

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I recently did an article on the Bernhardt Vintage Patina Square Cocktail Table, and since it generated quite a bit of interest I thought I would share some of the companion Bernhardt Vintage Patina pieces. You could easily furnish multiple rooms in your home with pieces exclusively from this set, it includes a(n):

 

Bar Cabinet

Bench

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Chest

Cocktail Table

Oval Cocktail Table

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Square Cocktail Table (see previous article)

Demilune Console

Desk

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End Table

End Table with Drawer

Round End Table

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Square End Table

Entertainment Console

…and Mirror!

 

The style of this collection grants each piece a unique personality and character with the feeling of a found object. Natural wood with plantation grown mahogany veneers and a mid-tone Tobacco finish and deeper Molasses finish achieve an authentic, aged appearance. The creative use of metal framing and leather inserts further enhances this effect while adding a relaxed, casual feel to the design. Burnished brass knobs and pulls adorn the entire collection for a cohesive, antique look and feel. The entire collection also features a French waxed finish, hand planing, and moderate distressing to complete the charm of each piece. Whether you’re looking to add a single stylish accent to a room, or furnish an entire home from scratch, the Bernhardt Vintage Patina collection has some of the most stylish and functional pieces around.

13March
2015

Where does your Inspiration come from?

by kristi

Where does your inspiration come from? Where do you look first when it comes to redecorating a room in your home? Many people go to magazines, or Pinterest, or even look to their favorite TV shows! Well, I am no different! Here is a beautiful room I was inspired by, and now you can get it on FurnitureCrate!

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