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Month: September 2014

Combining Furniture Styles

Combining Furniture Styles

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of my friends get married and settle into their first homes. I always enjoy the first visit to a couple’s new home. In fact, if they’re especially close friends of mine, I like to visit during various stages of completion. Whether they’re building a new house, reconstructing a fixer-upper, or settling into a new apartment, I always find it interesting to watch two people blend their styles into one look. Sometimes, one person’s tastes dominate, and other times, couples compromise and combine each design sensibility into a new cohesive whole. One question I frequently hear my friends ask is, “What kind of look should we go for?” When I hear this, I can’t help but offer my opinion, and I usually say, “Your own.”

Sure, there are design styles and philosophies that set trends we all follow, but I think a home’s décor should be a reflection of each partner’s personality and preferences. I have two friends whose home perfectly demonstrates this union. Tom is a pretty regular guy with a preference for traditional design, and his wife, Tish, has a passion for the sleek and clean aesthetic of a contemporary décor. Their home is filled with pieces reflecting each look, and it really works well as a complete whole. Tom loves their Largo Furniture wood kitchen table, and Tish is particularly fond of the clean minimalism of their white cabinets. On paper, these two design senses might clash, but when put into practice, they can create a captivating décor. So, if you’re wondering what look you and your partner should create in your home, I think the best choice is your own.

How important are Accessories?

How important are Accessories?

Not only is accessorizing the best part of design, but it’s very crucial to your end result. You can see the same neutral sofa in thousands of houses, but the accessories are what will set it apart; they are your personal touch.

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The accessories will ultimately decide the overall mood of the room. For example, the room pictured below has gray and blue accessories along with natural wood tables. Cool colors and natural elements like wood create a calming and comfortable feeling. Nothing is too bold or alarming throughout the room.


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Even the minimal use of accessories can convey a mood. Pictured below is a monochromatic room with white and beige colors, featuring pillows and a rug with soft patterns, and sheer curtains over a tall wall of windows. It may be obvious that this room conveys a calm and serene feeling, but even the smallest details work to establish the completed look.

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Favorite Friday!

Favorite Friday!

As a designer, I love and appreciate the different styles in design. One of my personal favorites is the Industrial style.
 
Inspired by the Industrial Revolution in the early 18th century, Industrial is a simple style made up of raw materials like metal and steel. Colors are usually neutral gray tones with minimal patterns. 
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The Industrial style is growing in popularity, and Furniture Crate is keeping up with the trend! Check out some of our Industrial inspired products.
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