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Month: February 2015

Favorite Friday!

Favorite Friday!

It’s Favorite Friday!

Today, I am sharing my favorite room settings in our ‘Country / Cottage / Lodge‘ Style.

Country / Cottage  is a style that gets its inspirational elements from all over the world, including English Country, French Country, Early American, Farmhouse and Cottage styles.

Lodge is a style that gets its inspiration from more remote areas such as mountains and the country side, or rivers and lakes that are less inhabited. It is often influenced by Western, Southwestern, Log Cabin and Alpine Lodge styles.

Check out these beautiful Country / Cottage / Lodge styled rooms!

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The Jackson Furniture Everest Sectional

The Jackson Furniture Everest Sectional

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Sectionals are great. If you have the room, you can create some of the coolest and most comfortable arrangements for your family and guests to enjoy. And even if space is at more of a premium, the whole concept of sectionals is to provide you with flexible options to create the most comfortable and enjoyable area that you can. The Jackson Furniture Everest Sectional is a great example of that; with eight preset configurations, you’re sure to find a comfortable and effective setup for any living space. But the Jackson Furniture Everest Sectional is more than just a flexible set of sectional pieces; this sectional features a plush, casual “deep seating” design with extra thick seat cushions and super soft, luxurious suede fabric for the ultimate level of comfort.

Jackson’s Comfort Coil seating features Comfor-gel advanced seating technology which offers superior comfort, reduced motion transfer, and a cooler seating experience. 100% gel-infused memory foam inserts provide long-term quality, support, and durability. The frame of each piece uses solid hardwoods at the stress points to ensure longer-lasting, sturdier furniture. Precision tailoring ensures that seams, nails, and ornamental trims are built right every single time. Springs of 11-gauge steel in the back and heavier 8-gauge steel in the seat provide strength, comfort and flexibility. Springs are held by computer-positioned clips, a feature important for consistency and long term wear.

This durable, comfortable, and versatile set provides you with everything you could ask for, in whatever arrangement best fits your living area. With excellent lumbar support, advanced comfort design and technology, and a number of configurations to choose from, the Jackson Furniture Everest Sectional is the perfect solution to any and all living spaces.

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Picking out Hardwood Floors!

Picking out Hardwood Floors!

It can be overwhelming when redesigning your home. There are so many options and little details that go into picking out everything, for example, picking out hardwood floors!

Between the type of wood, the wood pattern, the stain color, and the finish, there are hundreds of options! Depending on the wood you pick, the stain will look different, and the finish could look different depending those decisions. And whichever pattern you choose, along with the color and stain, it could look traditional or modern. So, like I said, it can all get a bit overwhelming.

So I went searching for some helpful guides with today’s most common options, lets see if I can make the process a little easier!

Wood Type: while Oak is very common, these are some other woods that are also very popular. As you can see, each wood has different grain patterns, and some are more contrasting than others. Right now, I’m only looking at the aesthetics, but there are many characteristics of each wood to consider when picking out one for your home (a topic for a future post, perhaps!?!)

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Wood Stains: Here are some examples of common wood stains on 2 different woods. The first is on Oak , the second on Hickory. The results are beautiful, and so different, with each combination!

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Stain-Color on Hickory

Floor Patterns: most people use the traditional plank style, easy decision right? Not exactly! The width you choose can affect the overall style of the room. Here are your most common options.

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Alternative Floor Patterns: In case your style doesn’t fit in the ‘most common’ category…

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I hope these diagrams helped and you have an idea of what hardwood floors are right for you! Now, here are a few Fabulous (Friday) rooms with hardwood floors!

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The Extra Wide Recliner

The Extra Wide Recliner

When first moving into our apartment, my fiancée and I had zero furniture. Fortunately, the previous tenants who moved in only 8 months before us decided not to bother with taking their couch, microwave, dining room table, or extra wide reclining chair. We were ecstatic to find furniture less than a year old left with a note saying we could have it.

Today, the couch is mostly covered in bags and coats and hoodies (a temporary storage shelf), the dining room table has been broken down and stored in the furnace room, I have no idea why they left the perfectly functional microwave, but the real mystery is the extra wide recliner. Next to sleeping in the bed, I easily spend most of my time at the apartment in that chair. I remember having reclining couches at my house as a kid, but it had been at least a decade since I’ve had one to sit in. In fact, for the first few weeks, we didn’t even know it was a recliner; we just thought it was essentially a loveseat as we could both sit comfortably in it. One day, I noticed that there was a small handle just below the arm rest on the right side facing the wall. This recessed mechanism was different than the large wooden lever I remembered from my childhood, but sure enough, giving the small plastic flap a pull transformed the decently comfortable, slightly small loveseat into a heavenly, extra wide recliner.

If I had known the previous tenants’ forwarding address, they would have gotten a Christmas card.

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