Mixing the New with the Old:
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The wingback chair is known for its graceful design and comfort. They were first introduced in the 17th century in England and since then it has transformed and modernized. It was first designed to be sat in front of fireplaces, the wings protect us from drafts while keeping us warm.
Although the main features of the wingback chair haven’t changed, the designers are tweaking the curvy silhouette with new materials and updating the legs. Now you can find them in a variety of colors and styles.
These chairs are surprisingly versatile and so comfortable that you can place them anywhere you want to curl up, relax and stay a while. They are a great add-on to your dining room, office, seating areas, bedrooms, in front of fireplaces and living areas. If you need help finding the perfect one for your home just send me a note!
Talk to you soon, Paula
When buying a good piece of furniture you should ask your self: How long do I want this piece to last? A year? Five years? Do I want to replace it in maybe 10 years? Or, do I want this piece to last a lifetime?
If you are in the “long last” category, a good, high-end piece can last for about 10 years or more. These pieces are made with certified wood species, multiple layers of veneer, solid wood edges and water proof glues that can be refinish up to 7 times.
The process of making high-end quality pieces starts with carefully selecting the materials and the superiority of the construction. High-end manufactures will carefully cut each piece to make each individual part of your custom piece. Each part of wood will be sanded many times to allow the finish to be absorb more equally creating a beautiful finish. The finishes are built in the piece though transparent tinted finishes that are sealed and sanded in between. It takes up to 18 steps and three coats of lacquer to complete the process. The result, is a piece that is beautifully and carefully crafted, a piece of art made to last a lifetime.
But if your plans for the future are uncertain and you rather a piece that lasts only a year or two max, you’ll probably would want to save some money and buy a mass-produce piece.
Low-end products are made of particleboard with a single layer of veneer made of paper, printed wood or wood grain veneer. On the edges a veneer band its applied, so they don’t have a solid wood for edges and joints. Sanding is a labor-intensive process therefore low end products cut this process making the pieces brown painted finish that disguise the wood grain underneath. Most of the time the pieces are only offer in one or two finishes. Lower pricing furniture most of the time has only 3- 5 steps to complete the finish process. The result a piece of furniture that will work in your space for a while but you will find yourself buying a replacement very soon.
I know, maybe you want the high-end piece, but you think it’s not in your price range. Well, let me tell you that I have great news for you! I work with manufactures that are in the middle range pricing. They can give you the quality and a custom look you want for a very affordable price. These pieces won’t last a lifetime but they are made to last five years or more depending on the use.
So, are you ready to get that piece of furniture you’ve being wanted for long but don’t want to head to IKEA?! Call me and I can help you select the perfect piece for you, one that fits your budget and your lifestyle.
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(Pieces available for purchase)
Lets talk about the history and relevance of sofa tables. One of the most important pieces in your home. Sofa tables became a fundamental piece of furniture in most stylish homes in Europe and USA between the 18th and 19th centuries. Sofa tables were used as writing desks because of their many built-in drawers allowing people to storage and keep their pens, ink and papers all in one place.
Today sofa tables are way more versatile than back then. They can be moved from room to room playing a different purpose in both decorative and functionality. We used them in open floor plan areas as room dividers, in dining rooms to create a feeling of openness or wherever the space doesn’t allow for a regular buffet table…
In entryways, they function as a great furniture piece to place your gloves, keys and mail.
In family rooms or small living rooms they are a perfect piece of furniture to store stools, ottomans, toys or blankets. And when having guests at home, sofa tables add an extra table seating that is accessible and easy to use. Sizes, styles and colors in sofa tables vary so you can select one that fits your needs and style.
Give me a call and I can help you finding “the one” that is functional and beautiful for you and your home.
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The master bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It should be your personal haven, a space where you can create anything you desire. A private cinema, a place where you can listen to your favorite music, a cozy corner where you can relax, read a book and take a break from life.
To create the proper master suite setting; comfort should be at the top of the list. An acquisition of a great bed should be a priority since this piece will drive the style of the room. From wood beds to upholstered headboards.
Lighting is another important piece in your room. If you like to read in bed it is important to select a task lamp which is both functional and decorative.
A proper haven requires the perfect wall color and texture. Everyone interprets color differently.For some, red is soothing and comforting. For others, a neutral cream can be luxurious.You spend a lot of time in this room. Make it cozy.
Make it fun! Make it a space that complements you. Make it personal! Call me and I can help you design the perfect space for you, one that fits your budget and your lifestyle.
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(Pieces available for purchase)
Adding art to your home décor will enhance your room and will definitely showcase your personality. Here are some tips that will make the process stress-free:
1. The wall. Pick the wall you want to enrich. Look at your furniture, accessories, rugs that are around and select the wall that needs an extra touch. Make sure the piece you are going to bring relates to your current items. No need to replicate the existing color pallet but make sure you have at least one of this colors in the painting.
2. Orientation. Carefully look at your walls and think about what it will look better. Tall walls will look better will a vertical piece, horizontal walls will look best with a landscape oriented artwork.
3. Size. You can enhance a large room either with a large piece or with a group of small pieces, kind of creating a gallery wall. If you are working with a small room, a big piece can create an amazing focal point. The rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall.
4. Furniture. The size of the art pieces should be at least 1/3 of the lengt of the furniture. You can do it with a single or multiple pieces.
When hanging your art piece, make sure to leave 6 -12 inches above the furniture from the bottom edge of the frame. If you are hanging the piece in an empty wall make sure that is hung eye level.
Select something that moves you, that makes you feel something, not simply a piece to fill your wall. Choose something that will have a meaning for you. If you need any help finding the perfect artwork give us a call!
Are you one of those people who after a busy day desire to sit down and relax? If you are, a recliner will be a great addition to your home.
Years ago recliners where only made to be comfortable. They were big, took a lot of space from your living room, and the only style available was the leather masculine look.
There is nothing wrong with that, but if you prefer a chair small in size that gives you comfort, as well as, complement the style in your home; you will be happy to hear that now there are many styles available to you!
Wing back chairs, wood frame chairs, rolled and sleek arms, tufted, with nail heads, with skirts, casual or formal.Transitional, traditional or contemporary in style. Many styles and options for you to choose from.
Call or visit us for more information on these amazing and comfortable additions!
The holidays are around the corner so lets create one you will always remember. A kind of holiday that will have your guest talking about it for weeks not only for your delicious food but also for your fabulous decor. Here are four tips that will make that boring living room into a wow welcoming space.
1. Place an ottoman next to your favorite chair, rest your feet and start to unwind.
2. Place a throw over the sofa. It can bring a new color and texture, as well as, getting you warm this cold season.
3. Bring a cozy atmosphere to the room by placing buffet or table lamps.
4. Accessorize using warm colors and textures
All the pieces shown are custom and available for sale. If you need any help selecting whats best for you and your home; remember I am a call away!
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