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Month: October 2014

Spooky Selections

Spooky Selections

In honor of Halloween today, I thought I would share with you some of our favorite spooky selections. My favorite part of Halloween is all the colors that the day creates. Here they are in a sophisticated look, but together, create the scary theme we all know and love. We’ve got a magnificent bright orange chandelier, purple and green seating, fluffy black rugs, colorful pillows, smooth black table, and even an orange buffet! This would sure be the topic of conversation at your next Halloween party! Have a frightful day!

Spooky Selections
angelo:HOME Fulton Chandelier in Orange
Stanley Coastal Living Retreat Buffet in Spanish Orange
Linon New Flokati Rug in Black
Abbyson Living Monica Pedersen Channing Side Chair in Purple
Handy Living Oslo 30 Inch Barstool in Green Linen
Safavieh Mckenzie Pillows
Euro Style Galan Side Table in Black

High Point Furniture Market 2014

High Point Furniture Market 2014

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Furniture Market in High Point, NC. Everything from the weather to new product selection was fantastic! What stood out to me were the fabric selections from various vendors, here a few of my favorites!

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Which Chair do you like?

 

The Power of Comfortable Bedding

The Power of Comfortable Bedding

It’s likely that you put a lot of time and thought into purchasing your mattress. You probably went to a few stores, looked online, and talked to some friends before deciding which mattress you wanted to spend your nights lying on for the next several years. This is common. Most of us put a lot of effort into picking the right mattress because we want to make sure we feel as comfortable as possible while we sleep. But while we put so much focus and research into finding the right mattress, most of us only spend a fraction of that time picking out bedding. We might pick a particular comforter because it fits in well with the bedroom’s décor, or we might choose a sheet set based on price alone. When we do this, we deprive ourselves of enjoying the full comfort potential of our sleep sets.

A friend of mine owns and operates a bed and breakfast in Vermont. It’s a real quaint and cozy place. I remember him telling me once about a few couples who complained about the comfort of the mattress in their room. He couldn’t believe it because he had spent a lot of money on that mattress, but when I asked him about the bedding he chose, it all made sense. He bought bargain sheets that were gritty and uncomfortable. No wonder his guests complained! I told him to find higher quality bedding, like a set of Stearns & Foster sheets, so that his guests could experience the full comfort of the mattresses he spent so much time and money on. He told me that he’s seen a marked improvement in satisfaction since he replaced his sheets, and that his guests frequently comment on their comfort. If you ask me, that’s a perfect example of the power of comfortable bedding. Sometimes, a little bit of money goes a long way!

Room Inspirations!

Room Inspirations!

Every Morning when I get into the office, I check out my design-related blogs, articles, emails and whatever else that gets my creative juices going. That is, after I pour myself a gigantic cup of coffee!

I came across a room that sparked my interest and it inspired me to recreate it with our products on FurnitureCrate!

Amy Tyndall foyer

This photo has a lot of different components but somehow work very well together. First, you have the contemporary fabric on a traditional chair. The console table has a coastal, beach feel to it with very traditional lamps and mirror above it. To tie in the coastal theme, they’ve added a sisal rug.

Here’s what I came up with!

Room Ispiration

Chairs, Table, Lamps, Mirror, Wall Art, Rug

Do you have a photo you would like me to recreate for you? Check out our E-Design Services! Email me and I will respond so you can send me your photo!

And, check back next week for posts about High Point Market!!

Focusing in on What Stands Out

Focusing in on What Stands Out

As a furniture enthusiast, I love walking into a newly decorated room. I usually fall in love with one aspect of the design or another. Maybe it’s a clock on the wall that has an old charm and low, percussive ticking and tocking. Maybe it’s an armoire that stands high above the other pieces in the room like a protective mother. Maybe it’s the chair that sits in the corner, thoughtfully tucked between a floor plant and an end table. When I find the aspect of the room I like most, I feel like I gain a better understanding of its place among the other items in a particular décor.

Last week, I went to visit an old friend who I haven’t seen since our days in school. He has always had a keen eye for fashion and usually makes impeccable décor decisions. I was excited to see his home and it certainly didn’t disappoint. My favorite piece in his living room was a clean and charming looking corduroy sofa. He told me it was the Broyhill Maddie Sofa, which didn’t surprise me. I’ve always enjoyed Broyhill’s designs, and this sofa had all of the hallmarks of their quality and craftsmanship. Anyway, the sofa grounded the ensemble with a natural and easy disposition and, along with my host, created a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. I try to remember times like these when I’m decorating rooms in my own home, and I always enjoy the satisfaction of finding that one piece that makes the biggest impact on my design.

Favorite Friday!

Favorite Friday!

We have added several new products to Furniture Crate the last couple months and many of those have made it to the top of my Favorite’s List! The first is The Melange Lana Upholstered bed from Hooker Furniture. Not only am I still in love with the color gray, but the curves of the bed are so unique and it instantly grabbed my attention.

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Next on my list is the entire new line from Stanley Furniture called Coastal Living Retreat! The colors and classic style have me obsessed. If I had to choose, the English Blue finish is my favorite. Which one is yours?

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And last, Universal Furniture’s Great Rooms Collection came out with a line called Berkeley 3. I’ve always been a fan of the rustic, industrial look especially when it’s paired with linen and other light fabrics, so this collection caught my eye right away! The Brownstone finish is my favorite but I would take it all!

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The Dining Experience

The Dining Experience

Everyone knows that something special happens when you gather around a table with friends and family. Sharing a meal brings people together in a way that not many other activities do, and it often has little to do with the food that’s being served. I’ve always judged the quality of a dinner based on the experience, rather than the food. It’s the toast, not the drink, right? Spending time around a table encourages dialog and facilitates conversation, so it doesn’t surprise me that some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have happened while sitting around a kitchen table, long after the dinner has been served and the plates have been cleared. As important as friends and family are to the experiences we create around the kitchen table, the furniture we sit on also plays a big part. If you don’t have comfortable and attractive seating, you and your friends and family will be less inclined to sit around sharing coffee, drinks, and laughs.

I’ve always been particularly fond of kitchen chairs with arms. Especially those that can twist and turn and rock back and forth. There’s just something about rocking back and forth in a comfortable chair that really helps me take in the atmosphere. Also, you can really make a point when you’re sitting in a chair like that. You can kind of pound the arms for emphasis, or you can sort of run your hands along them as you contemplate the corniness of your Uncle Chuck’s last joke.

Really, if you ask me, with the right chairs in your kitchen, the possibilities are endless.

Creating a Coastal / Tropical Bedroom With Our Room Designer!

Creating a Coastal / Tropical Bedroom With Our Room Designer!

Have you used our Room Designer lately? I just created a great-looking bedroom!

The Room Designer is such a helpful tool, and it helps to eliminate any doubts you might have when trying to bring a specific style into your home.

I choose the Coastal / Tropical theme. It narrowed my furniture choices to light woods, and anything made of rattan, wicker, or bamboo, which are all materials that are typically found in this type of room. Also, the bedding and lamp choices added color and helped to create the light, breezy mood I wanted!

Coastal.Tropical from Room Designer

Bed, Mirror, Rug, Bedding, Lamp, Dresser, Nightstand, Chair, Side Table

What kind of a room will you design?