Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Tips to Brighten Up Your Space


Summer is right around the corner! With about a month to go, it’s time to bring the bright colors inside as well. As the warm weather comes in, so do the picnics, cookouts, and long nights spent on back porches. To help you prepare for more guests coming over to your house or apartment, we’ve come up with a few ways to help brighten up your living space, and not all of them even require you to reach into your wallet. Check out our tips below.

  1. Rearrange Furniture - See, we told you every update didn’t come with a price tag. In the winter we tend to center ourselves around being warm, making the fireplace the best place to congregate on winter nights. Move your furniture away from this common room centerpiece, and try to focus more on the windows to let your guests enjoy the views of outside.
  2. Color Table - Summer colors tend to be very bright - whites and yellows - but who said you can’t throw some extra vibrant color in there? Create an end table, coffee table or even dining room table around one single color. This will create a great visual that’s sure to catch the eyes of your guests every time they step into the room.
  3. Plants - Bring the fresh air inside! With more sunshine outside, more sunshine will come streaming inside to keep your plants alive. Not much of a plant fan? Try growing succulents, as they practically grow themselves!
  4. Covers - One of the best ways to change any room up from season to season is with slipcovers. Not only will they bring a new color into your room, but they are also much easier to clean. And with the summer bringing more guests, and possibly kids, you’ll thank yourself later for using them.
  5. Switch the Fabrics - You’re most likely putting away the winter comforter already, so why not lighten up the room with some new sheets and pillow covers? Other great places to bring color into the room are throw pillows for your couch or bed.
Looking to take your house or apartment to the next level this season? From living room to bedroom furniture, we have something for you! Stop in and visit us at the location nearest you, or online now.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram



If you haven’t joined Instagram, then the time is now. What started as a way to share photos with your friends has evolved into a way to connect with millions for inspiration, shopping, and for some, a way to make a living. For the design industry, it makes a great platform to show off past and present work. For you though, it’s a great way to “steal” their ideas and make them your own. To get you started on where to look, we’ve identified 5 designers that could help change your house for the better.

  1. Orlando Soria (mrorlandosoria) - California-based designer who certainly has a lot to offer if you’re looking for a more modern style. Orlando is currently a designer working for Homepolish, but he also writes and has his own website.
  2. Kelly Behun (kellybehunstudio) - Based in New York City, Kelly blends the terms art and furniture together. After looking through her prior work you may think that they belong in museums rather than a house or apartment. She’s been featured in magazines across the globe, and her work can be found on her website.
  3. Benjamin and Gen Sohr (pencilandpaperco) - These two Nashville residents can help you improve your house from top to bottom, inside and out. The pair do everything from color, material and finish selecting to design to go, their affordable alternative to traditional interior design. Check out their full collection work, and explore new styles from their portfolio.
  4. Amber Lewis (amberinteriors) - Proud mother, designer, and even podcaster, you can tell just from the first row of her Instagram photos that she prefers the simple things. And by the simple things, we mean black and white. If you’re looking to bring that aesthetic to your home or apartment, there’s plenty here to inspire you!
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  5. Dabito (dabito) - Dab has designed for some of the biggest brands in America, including Google, Pepsi, and Old Navy. His biggest inspiration comes from older items, and making them feel new again. You can check out more of his work, DIY projects and more on his website, www.oldbrandnew.com.
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Had enough inspiration for one day and need to express yourself through your living space? Visit us online now, or check us out at store nearest you to jump start your next living room or bedroom transformation!




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Decorating with Wine Corks


Do you love wine? Well then this article is for you.Yes, wine does have positive health benefits, but do you know what else it has? Corks that can be reused for many different projects. If you don’t already save your corks, then bookmark this page and return once you have, because you’ll be needing quite a few to tackle any of these projects.

Trivet

For this kitchen product you’ll need at least 40 corks. First, you’ll need a base. A piece of wood will work, but for best results hit up your local craft store for a thin sheet of cork. Using a hot glue gun, or other strong adhesive, glue the corks down two at a time. When gluing down the corks, position each set opposite direction of the one before. (see image below)

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Back Splash

This DIY project is one for the real wine lover in your life. The reasoning behind that is because you’ll need a lot of corks. Like the trivet, you’ll need a base for the project, but wood is recommended. To maximize your corks, cut them in half and then glue the corks to the board. Once finished secure the wood to the area behind your kitchen’s sink using nails, or any adhesive that will hold your board securely. Need an example of what this will look like? Check out this DIY blog post.

Succulent Holder

Do you enjoy gardening but don’t have much of a green thumb? Try growing succulents. For this project, you’ll need to head to your local flower shop and find the smallest succulents they have. First, carve out the wine corks using a small knife. Make sure you don’t carve all the way through though, as your next step is to add dirt. Finish your new plant pot with the smallest succulent available. If you want to take it next level, glue a magnet to one side of the cork and hang the plant right on your fridge!  

Table or Dresser Top

Want to wake up everyday to the sight of wine? (Well, sort of!) For this project, you can use an end table, night stand, or even your dresser. Like the back splash protector, you’ll need quite a few corks. As before, you’ll want to begin with a baseboard for your creation. Depending on the size of dresser or table, you’ll want to cut the corks in half before securing them to the backing. After securing the corks to your desired piece, finish them off with a couple layers of polyurethane for a smooth finish like the rest of your wooden furniture.

Have any other cork-inspired decorating ideas? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re looking for more furniture to go alongside your newly corked creations, visit us online or at the store nearest you!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6 Pet Friendly Decorating Tips


Living with a pet, or multiple pets, is awesome, until springtime comes around. For humans, we simply take off our extra layers of clothes, slap on some sunscreen when needed, and we’re good to go. For our fur-covered friends, the cooling down process is a little more messy. You know the drill: lint rollers in hand any time you decide to leave your home, avoiding black clothing at all costs. In order to help keep your house looking and feeling clean during this shedding season and throughout any other accidents and mishaps your pet might have, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you out:

  1. Area Rugs - Let’s face it, inevitably your fur baby will have an accident here and there, especially when they are young. To prevent your pet from ruining a whole room’s worth of carpet, spring for area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpeting. You’ll be able to easily remove the carpet for cleaning, and if needed, all together.
  2. Spill-Proof Rugs - No, we’re not talking about a carpet that will repel any liquids that may fall on them. You probably know that your animal will get excited and run around sometimes, and if you have all wood or tile floors, it can become dangerous. At the entrance to rooms with harder floors, lay an area rug to prevent your little friend from sliding, and possibly injuring themselves and others.
  3. Color Matching - Looking for a new couch or chair for your living room? Try picking the color based on your shedding friend’s most prominent color. You know they’re going to shed, so why not let the hair be discreetly hidden until you get the time to clean each week? In no way is this a permanent solution, but it will help out when those unexpected guests drop by for a visit!  
  4. Bedding - According to studies, nearly half of America's dogs sleep in the same bed as their owners, and a little over 60% of cats do as well. And although you’d probably like a fancy bedspread, you’ll want to go with one that is machine washable. This way you can easily wash it when an accident occurs or shedding gets out of hand.
  5. Pet Entrance - Does your dog love to get covered in dirt and mud every time they step a paw outside? Designate one entrance way for when your furry friend comes in and out. They may not like it at first, but after getting into the routine it will help you keep the mess under control. Store extra towels and brushes in this entrance for a quick clean-up as well!
  6. Special Place - For those who choose to keep their pets off the furniture, create a special place for your pet. This doesn’t mean just throw down the latest blanket on its way to the trash, but make it special with a proper bed and toys. If you want them to use their own space, you have to make them want the space!

Looking to replace furniture that your family of pets has unfortunately gotten the better of? Visit us online now, or find the store location nearest you!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Cleaning: 5 DIY Living Room Updates

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When you think of spring cleaning, you most likely don’t think of adding anything to the rooms you are freshening up, but that doesn’t have to be the case! If you’re already cleaning your living room, why not improve it? Now we’re not saying you need to start with a clean slate, but just updating to give the room a fresh, new look. We’ve come up with 5 simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself ways you can update your house or apartment’s living room in one afternoon.

  1. Add Nail Head Trim - Spice up your plain, boring ottomans or couches with a simple nail head trim. This is a great DIY project that can be completed in one simple stop at your local fabric and craft store.  
  2. Gallery Wall - Have a large wall in your living room that you can’t seem to ever figure out how to decorate? Then a gallery wall is perfect for you. Whether it be a collection of your favorite paintings, or simply photos of your family, end an afternoon on a high note by creating one yourself.
  3. Fresh Paint - The best way to update any room is with a fresh coat of paint. But you don’t always need to focus on the walls! Try painting your ceiling for a change. It will instantly add a talking point for any guests that stop through.
  4. Divide It Up - A lot of the time living rooms are connected to other parts of the house, but there never seems to be an actual door in the doorway. Install full length curtains to bring a new look, and possibly a new color to the space.
  5. Install a Light Dimmer - This task may not seem too simple, but with a few tools, you can have movie theater quality lighting by the time the sun sets. Follow this DIY guide to properly install your new switch, and get the popcorn ready for your new and improved “home theater.”

If you’re still looking for ways to update your living room beyond today’s tips, stop in and upgrade your room with our selection of lighting, rugs, upholstery, and more! Visit us online now to find the location nearest you!

Friday, March 31, 2017

5 Decorating Tips to Give Your House New Life



Are you tired of your home or apartment looking like every one of your friends’? The same, boring living room with a couch, loveseat, and chair all facing the television. It may be time you step outside the box, and liven up your space. We’re not saying you need to go all out and upgrade every piece of furniture, but sometimes, small changes can go a long way. To help you mix up your house a bit, we’ve come up with five simple, but little known ways to change your house for the better.


Low Furniture - This may not be great for those that try to keep their pets off the furniture, but it can have a lasting impact. Lower furniture gives the room height, tricking your guests into thinking the room is actually bigger than it is. You don’t have to go out and purchase a new couch either. Simply replace the legs, or remove them altogether, for an instant transformation.


Window Trim - Do you have any rooms with white or very light colored walls? Liven up the room with a little color around the windows. Traditionally window trim is white, or off-white, but your guests will instantly know something is different the next time they step inside your place with a bright colored window trim!
Glass Shower Door - If your bathroom has a glass shower door, more than likely it has some sort of frosted privacy glass. Although, this is great for when someone else needs to use the bathroom while you’re showing, they tend to shrink the room. A clear glass door will expand the view of the bathroom, and make it feel larger (or as large as it really it)!


Different Seating - If your dining room looks exactly like the one you grew up eating in, then it’s probably time to switch it up. One way to easily do this is by changing up the seating. Don’t just change up the seating by purchasing a new set, but mix and match! Another way to make it feel more welcoming and bring your guests together is by adding benches.


Unexpected Wallpaper -  When it comes to wallpaper, why does it always have to go on the wall? Give any room in your house an instant transformation with a wallpapered ceiling. Another great way to use wallpaper uniquely is by covering your stairwell walls with wallpaper that may contrast surrounding walls.


Have any other tips for transforming your house for the better in a unique way? Leave us a comment below! And if you’re looking for new furniture to give any room of your house new life, visit us at a store nearest you, or online now!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Cleaning: Make Your Couch Look Brand New Again

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Whether you like it or not, at some point or another you’re going to need to give your couch a good cleaning. From those last-second wins by your favorite team that ended with the nacho cheese spilling everywhere, to the long workouts where all you can do is lay down in a puddle of sweat afterwards, your couch takes a beating. But there’s no need to worry! You don’t need to start saving for a brand new couch when the first spill hits upholstery. To help get your couch looking like the first day you brought it home, we’ve outlined the steps you’ll need to take in order to bring your favorite place to lay down back to life.
  1. Identify the Fabric - Good news, the first step to cleaning your couch has nothing to do with the cleaning. You’ll need to identify the type of material. In order to do so, find the tag located either beneath the cushions or under the couch. The tag should have a “W,” “S,” “WS,” “X,” or “O.” The “W” or “WS” means your couch is washable with a water based soap. “S” indicates it needs to be dry cleaned or with a non-water based detergent. “X” implies that the fabric should be professionally cleaned. Lastly, “O” stands for organic, meaning it needs to be washed with cold water.
  2. Gather Supplies - After you’ve identified your fabric, you’ll need to get your scrubbing tools ready. You’ll need soap (if applicable), wood or metal polish brush or a sponge for scrubbing, a dry cloth and a vacuum.
  3. Wash Wood or Metal - Start with the easy parts of the couch, the legs and arms. Wipe down the legs with with the polish, and don’t forget the armrest if it has any wood or metal as well.
  4. Remove Cushions and Pillows - If your cushions are removable, take them off and wash them separately using the steps to come. Some couch cushions also have removable covers that can be unzipped, and usually thrown right in your washing machine. Make sure to check the washing instructions first!
  5. Vacuum - Before you put any liquid to fabric, make sure every crack, crevice, and piece of your couch has been vacuumed. This will prevent you from scrubbing any dirt further into your couch.
  6. Make the Detergent - For those with a water based solution, mix a quarter cup of detergent with one cup of warm water. For non-water based solutions, simply put rubbing alcohol into a clean spray bottle.
  7. Wash (Water Based) - Using your sponge or soft brush, fully immerse it in the detergent solution and begin scrubbing problem areas. Start from top to bottom, as the water will run. After, using a cool, damp washcloth, wipe the excess soap away. Then using the dry cloth, wipe down one last time before allowing it to fully dry.
  8. Wash (Non-Water Based) - Spray small sections of your desired area with the alcohol. Then using a dry sponge or soft brush, scrub the couch to lift up the dirt. Avoid large sprays as the alcohol may evaporate before  you have time to scrub large areas.
Can’t get that troublesome stain out and need to start fresh? Visit us online or at a store nearest you for our vast selection of couches and other living room furniture and accessories.   
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