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Month: March 2012

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

Orange, Tangerine, Reddish Yellow?

Orange is taking the world by storm! This fun accent color is a great compliment to many decor styles from traditional to contemporary. We’ve compiled a diverse list above on how you can update your home decor with this fruitfully inspired color. Orange you glad you checked it out?

  1. Zuo Modern Anime Dining Arm Chair Transparent Orange Set of 2 – $500.00
  2. angelo:HOME Pyramid Trunk in Orange – $299.99
  3. Polywood Long Island Adirondack Chair in Tangerine – $379.99
  4. Jill Rosenwald for Surya Fallon 1002 Rug – from $50.00
  5. angelo:HOME Harlow Chair in Mango Floral – $299.99
  6. SEI Round Metal Accent Table in Orange – $69.99
  7. College Covers University of Tennessee Decorative Pillow, Set of 2 – $26.95
Spring Fever: the Birds & the Bees

Spring Fever: the Birds & the Bees

 

The last 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather has inspired us to put together a list of some of our spring time favorites. Shop these perfectly printed picks now just in time for spring!

Spring Furniture Style

  1. Lane Fritz Hi-Leg Recliner in Bowie Sedona – $609
  2. Surya Timora Throw in Sky Blue and Brown – $60
  3. Home Texco by Rizzy Home Decorative Pillow Pair T-2619 – $84
  4. angelo:HOME Harlow Chair in Antique Floral Bird – $299
  5. Surya Artist Studio 192 Rug – from $90
  6. Uttermost Perching Birds Mirrors Set of 3 – $1,208
  7. Avenue Six Curves Tufted Round Ottoman in Spring Green Velvet – $99

Prices are subject to change, review webpages for today’s price.

Quick Kitchen Updates Without Breaking the Bank

Quick Kitchen Updates Without Breaking the Bank

Barstool and Counterstools

Updating your kitchen can be very expensive, but why not make a subtle change and get a whole new look without spending too much!  Many of you have breakfast bars and islands in our kitchens, why not add new (or replace old)  counter or bar stools to create a brand new look and add great seating while you are at it. Make this area the heart of the home, an area to do homework, pay bills, socialize.

Not only do stools come in a variety of styles and colors they come in different heights. Lets talk a little bit about getting the right size and spacing.

1.       Counter Height: These stools are commonly 23’’-28’’ inches from seat to ground. These work best with counters, bars and tables that are 35’’-37’’ high.

2.       Bar Height: This height is compatible with counters 41’’-43’’ high and the seats of the stools are traditionally are 29’’-32’’ inches high.

You also want to make sure that you do not overcrowd your space. Spacing is key, industry standard is that the center of each stool should be 14’’ from the side edge of the counter and 28’’ apart (measured from center-line of each stool).

From there it comes down to your personal style, taste and features. Look for details like foot rests, memory swivels (the chair returns to forward facing when you stand up), upholstery (or not) and back details. Remember you are going to be looking at the backs of the stool most of the time, so pay attention to the back detail most.

Thoughts, questions, ideas? Comment below!

 

Defining your Outdoor Space in 4 Steps

Defining your Outdoor Space in 4 Steps

The weather is changing, spring has almost sprung! And now it is time to spring for new outdoor furniture. Here are 4 great tips on picking out the perfect patio living space, insuring a picture perfect season.

#1 Measure your Space

Start by measuring out your space; treat it just like any other room in your home, marking doorways from inside and stairs or steps down to the yard. Make sure that you account for walking space around the furniture and reclining dimensions for items like chaise lounges.  Don’t forget to look up! Make sure you have enough height for umbrellas, trellises and arbors.

When measuring for outdoor dining, keep in mind that the chair will add 24’’+ on each side of the table, not to mention an addition 24’’-36’’ for pulling the chairs out and maneuvering around the dining set.

#2 Choose Materials

There are several choices in material for outdoor furniture, choose the best for your deck from the list below.

  1. Wood: Normally found made of Teak, Eucalyptus and Cedar. Teak is one of the most expensive, but is the longest lasting and patinas to a great grey color. Cedar needs annual coatings of protective oil to maintain its look. Wood is a really great choice for areas that are more protected with trees, arbors and awnings. We recommend storing these inside during harsher weather months.
  2. Metal: Wrought Iron and Aluminum are some of the most popular choices. These Metal painted sets are normally cast in a variety of styles. Iron is more upkeep with the need to touch up paint to prevent rusting, while aluminum is a lightweight worry free alternative. We recommended storing these under a waterproof tarp in the winter.
  3. Plastic: We aren’t talking about those white stack-able molded chairs, we are talking heavy duty recycled timber chairs and tables. These popular (and colorful) options weigh more than their counterparts but are perfect for breeze areas like lakesides. These require next to no maintenance, just an occasional power wash

#3 Choose a Style

Find a style that complements both the style of your home and personality. Try to blend it with the style of your home exterior though, since it is exposed most of the year. Many styles are available, from the traditional tropical to Chippendale and classic contemporary.  If in doubt, stick with the classics like garden style or Adirondack.

#4 Pick out a Color Story

Again here we suggest taking cues from the color of your home. Don’t make it too jarring if it doesn’t make sense with your classic colonial home. Use accent pieces like Umbrellas, pillows and cushion to make color statements.

Bold choices can be fun as well, so be creative within reason. So don’t be too afraid of that Lime Green, hot pink and vivid orange you’ve been eying.

With these 4 steps you will create a balanced outdoor living space that compliments your home for years to come. Let us know what you are doing to keep your home fresh below. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!