Extending the Life of Your Sofa

Now that  you’ve made the splurge and bought the sofa you absolutely love, you’ll want to take care of it to make sure leads the long, beautiful life it’s intended to! To do that, follow these tips on how to keep your upholstery looking fresh and new.

First of all, research preventative care products to find out what you can use on your sofa. We offer a Gaurdsman Elite Five Year Protection Program, which will protect your upholstery if it is burned, has a food or beverage stain, tears, or other similar issues. For more info, click here. There are other options as well, such as using Scotchgard.

Vacuum cushions and upholstered surfaces about once a week to remove soil, dirt, and dust that easily settles into fabric and gradually wears it down.

Have pets? Sometimes vacuums aren’t able to get rid of their pesky hair. Instead, remove pet hair and dander with a lint brush or rubber dish glove.

Rotate and reverse cushions so the wear spreads evenly.

Be careful about where you position your furniture in a sunny room. Being exposed to strong light every day can effect the quality of your upholstery and dramatically fade the color over time, so keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible or use drapes to soften the impact.

Have your upholstery professionally cleaned every so often to remove all sorts of dust, dirt, and mites and tighten fibers. This man looks more than happy to clean your sofa!

How do you care for your upholstery?

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Fabulous Foyers To Come Home To

We believe there’s a big difference between simply arriving at a party and making an entrance, and these homes prove that an entrance is not something you should ignore. From traditional and cozy to eclectic and glamorous, we rounded up our favorite foyers along with some of our own furniture to help you create a similar look in your home.

This foyer is fairly traditional, but a few eclectic and elegant pieces give it decidedly glamorous feel. For a similar look in your home, add our Marlena wall mirror for a touch of glam.

This light and airy entry is lovely with its neutral color palette and understated furniture. We think our vintage sideboard would give your entry a similar look for less!

Sometimes less is more, and a simple, low-key bench such as our Tahoe bench with some pretty indoor plants is all you need for a rustic yet chic foyer.

This elegant entry has a sophisticated contrast between the bright white walls, dark floors and tables, and hot pink rug. We think our reclaimed console table would create a sophisticated look in your entry!

Breathtaking walls, a gorgeous light fixture, fun mirror, and brightly colored settee create an entry that’s both whimsical and polished. Adding a bright piece of accent furniture, such as this floral chair, could help enliven your entry as well.

A unique item, such as an interesting bench, ethnic piece, or artwork, will make a room feel like it’s uniquely yours. This ethnic kilim bench upholstered with vintage fabric is a beautiful piece that will make your entryway sure to stand out and give it a unique, personal look.

Sometimes all you need are a few great accessories to really make a room (or outfit) shine, such as this Leona table lamp.

A comfortable colored accent chair is a great piece for a foyer so guests have a place to sit and relax when they come in (especially if they’ll be taking off their shoes). You’ll get bonus points if your chair matches the color of your door!

This dark, dramatic, and graphic foyer creates a showstopping introduction to this home. To create a little modern drama in your own foyer, this curved black console will do just the trick!

 

How did you decorate your foyer?

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Spring 2013 Fashion Trends For The Home

Although we’re well on our way into the fall season, just last week was New York Fashion Week, and we have some of our favorite trends for Spring 2013 ready for your wardrobe and your home! Interior trends typically follow fashion trends, so check out what the next big looks are sure to be along with our tips on how to incorporate them into your home.

One of the biggest trends for next spring is the use of muted floral patterns. This pretty floral pillow and three door chest would be a great way to tie this feminine trend in with your home!

Another popular style choice was to go sporty. Our convertible Klick Klack with contrast white stitching and red swivel chair combine sporty mobility with a polished look.

The tangerine trend isn’t going anywhere, and this vibrant hue is easy to work in with a few fun textile pieces, such as these eye-catching pillows!

Leather is a loved option for dresses, pants, skirts, sofas, and chairs. We suggest buying your upholstered pieces in leather, such as the Sullivan Collection and L4050 Steel Leather Sofa, for a sleek, classic look you’ll love.

We just recently blogged about using metallic items in your home, and this just happened to be one of the big trends for spring as well! A little silver and gold will not only look great in your closet, but also mixed into your home furnishings with items such as the glamorous silver bedroom chest or metallic jewelry armoire.

The last big trend we loved for Spring 2013 was the use of funky, digitally-inspired prints. These eclectic patterns were seen all over the runway and can be easily mixed in with your decor without being too showy. The pixel patterned rug is a great example of using a digital print in neutral colors for a fashion-forward look that is still understated and sophisticated, and the black nailhead accent chest shows that pattern isn’t just for textiles – it works well on case pieces too!

What Spring 2013 trends to do you want in your wardrobe and home?

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Getting In Touch With Your Animal Instincts

One of our favorite trends for fall is the fantastic use of animal prints in home decor.  Whether you have just a touch of leopard or a room full of zebra, going with your animal instincts and adding some furry prints to your home will give it a striking look you’ll love.

A single leopard print chair adds a fun element to this room!

The pair of zebra print ottomans create a trendy look in this otherwise more traditional home.

This photos proves that you CAN mix prints!

A hint of leopard looks lovely in this stylish sitting area.

Furniture Connexion’s animal patterned nesting tables are the perfect item to give your home just a dash of that safari style!

This study is seeing spots all over the place!

A little leopard, a little zebra, and you’re good to go!

Add a little zebra into YOUR home with our funky zebra print pillow!

Whimsical zebra wallpaper takes this room from conservative to eye-catching!

These leopard print stairs show that using animal print can also be very elegant and glamorous in large quantities.

The mix of animal prints and textures gives this bedroom a unique look.

We love this zebra bench tucked beneath the console in the foyer.

For a similar look, this zebra stool from Furniture Connexion is a great substitute!

We love a black, white and gray interior with this bright yellow pop and fun zebra hide rug.

Do you have any animal prints in your home?

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Fall Interior Inspiration

Now that Labor Day is behind us, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the cooler fall months.  Although we are sad for summer to end, we are also excited for the change in seasons and what fall brings with it: Cozy textures, deep, warm colors, crisp air, and evenings with a fire going.  Scroll below to see some of our favorite photos that inspire us to get our homes ready for fall.

A deep orange duvet and decorative pillow make this bedroom seem even cozier.

Vivid jewel tones are a fall style staple.

Add some jewel tones with our Alexandra Sofa and Chair!

One of our favorite things we look forward to as the seasons get cooler: Entertaining! The stunning chandelier, lovely seasonal decorative accents, and perfectly set table are wonderful for the eyes, but make our stomachs growl too as we anticipate what food will be on the plates!

This is the ideal den with such a stylish chaise, wood paneling, and rich color palette.

The bright tangerine sofa and bouquet of yellow and orange flowers bring a lovely pop of color into the room.

Add a touch of tangerine with our Orange Leopard Pillow.

Plum walls, orange accents, soft lighting, and velvet texture make us ready to stay snuggled inside on those cool fall nights.

This fantastic fireplace is just BEGGING for a fire!

The wood accents, neutral hues, and fur accessories give this room a modern yet homey look.

Stunning burnt orange velvet chairs, a dazzling rug, and bold decor create a room perfect for fall.

This fall-inspired rug would make a great accent in your home!

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t dine al fresco! Set up your table and chairs and bring some comfy pillows and a warm throw to enjoy an outdoor meal!

How do you get your home ready for fall?

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Terrific Trunks For Your Home

We love using trunks as part of our decor and think they’re a great way to combine style and storage.  Whether you use a trunk in a bedroom, entryway, bathroom, or foyer, they’ll add a unique look to a room and are a fun alternative to a typical table you’d ordinarily see.  Here are some inspiring photos of different ways trunks are used in various homes, as well as some of our trunks that would work great in yours!

Why settle for one trunk when you can have two?

A tall trunk can make a great dry bar and a fantastic place to hide away those pricey bottles of wine you’re saving.

The dark wood of the trunk looks great against the mostly light decor of this stunning space.

A trunk at the end of the bed is a perfect for storing linens and giving yourself a place to sit when you’re putting on your shoes!

This Reclaimed Castle Treasure Box would look amazing in both a traditional home or with a more modern interior.

A vintage trunk is perfect for any space that needs some extra storage or a surface for displays.

This rustic storage chest gives the neutral room some depth and makes it look homey and warm.

Elegant chairs, a metallic modern sofa, graphic prints, and a stylish chest combine to make this room unforgettable.

A trunk makes a pretty nightstand, especially in a soft, creamy hue.

This Postal Stamp Storage Trunk is an adorable take on a traditional storage chest.

A trunk works well as a side table too, and the contrast of the rustic trunk with the modern chair and sofa makes it especially interesting.

This proves that you don’t have to choose between a console table and a trunk – you can have both!

This Jaipur Trunk from Furniture Connexion mixes in well with any style of home decor.

Do you have a trunk in your home?

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Marvelous Metallics

Putting a metallic element into your home is a great way to add some glitz and glamour!  Whether your choose to go all out with multiple metallic items and surfaces, or if you want to be more subtle and just insert a single piece, here are some great photos for inspiration and a few suggested items to make your interior absolutely dazzling!

Our mirrored cabinet is the perfect accent piece for a bedroom, living room, or anywhere you’d like a little storage on the stylish side.

A screen and some decorative artwork and accessories bring a touch of bling to this work space.

Between the nightstand, pillow, and wall, we love the metallic details in this stylish bedroom!

We think it’s great to do something really glamorous where you’d least expect it.

This dining area really went for the gold and turned out stunning!

This petite accent chest is a lovely addition to your home with its adorable design and subtle silver finish.

This is the most striking kitchen we’ve ever seen!

Just a few metallic items can make a big statement.

We love the nearly all-white interior with the one area that has a brilliant gold and floral pattern.

This beautiful jewelry armoire is a darling way to store your precious metals!

A gilded frame takes this bedroom furniture from good to gorgeous.

This metallic foyer shows us how incredibly elegant silver and gold are, especially together!

Do you have metallic accents in your home?

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Chic Children’s Rooms and Nurseries

We used to think of children’s rooms and nurseries as being cutesy rooms in shades of powdery pink or baby blue, but baby and kid’s rooms today proven otherwise.  With bright colors, glamorous accents, whimsical touches, sophisticated furniture, and inspiring patterns, these rooms make us wonder if maybe the kids have the most stylish rooms in the house!

We love the combination of the patterns on the rug and walls, and the unexpected color combination that surprisingly looks great and works well for either gender!

Rather than traditional pink, this warm coral and lavender color combination is feminine and sophisticated, and the elegant Murano chandelier gives it a touch of glam.

You might be doing a double-take looking at this one, but this is in fact a children’s den!  We love the contrast between the grown-up herringbone wood floors and dark walls with the orange and rainbow modern furniture and playful chandelier.

This room is so peaceful and stylish with the bright white palette with dark brown touches, vintage light, and eclectic accessories.  This adorable nursery would be perfect for a boy or a girl, and a lot of the items would work great in other rooms once it’s time to change the nursery into a more kid-friendly room.

We love the soft blue walls, fun patterned daybed, and cute green chair.  This room shows that blue definitely isn’t just for boys!

With the striped ceiling, modern mix of furniture, patterned hide rug and flokati hide, and contrasting black wall, this is one very hip kid’s room!

This darling room is perfect for an elegant little girl.  The light lavender is soft and pretty, but the pop of orange adds a fun and youthful element.

This has to be the most grown-up nursery we’ve seen, but it still looks like a fun, peaceful place for a baby.  This shows that you don’t have to buy all baby-specific items for a nursery for it to be an adorable room.

The multicolored striped walls in this playroom are so fun and add so much great energy!  The prints on the wall and comfortable white sofa coordinate perfectly.

How is your child’s bedroom or nursery decorated?

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Five Great Finds For Your Home

 

Since our economy has undoubtedly seen better days, many people are opting to buy furniture that will last them a long time, is affordable, and will work well with the rest of their furniture.  Here are some of our top picks for classic, stylish furniture that has a timeless look perfect for your home, starting with the Larissa Sofa above.  This sofa has a traditional style with rolled arms, bun legs, and neutral upholstery that’s easy to coordinate with and works well in both formal living rooms and more casual family rooms.

 

 

This upholstered cocktail table is a great compromise between a coffee table and ottoman.  Handy pull-out shelves allow for an extra place to set your drink, the bottom shelf is ideal for books and magazines, and the top is a fantastic spot to sit or rest your feet!

 

This accent chair is perfect for giving a room an item that’s a little more playful without being too loud.  The print of the chair is whimsical and stylish in colors that coordinate with many hues, and the smaller chair proportions make it perfect for placing in a bedroom, living room, or anywhere else you want an extra place to sit!

This reclaimed console table is a great piece for both behind a sofa or against a wall.  The look of the console is a mixture of modern, organic, and industrial influences, but it still looks in place with other more elegant pieces.

Rather than setting your TV in an oversize entertainment center, we love the idea of using this reclaimed cabinet to place it on.  If you don’t have a TV, this cabinet also works great in a front entryway to sit on and store items (shoes could fit in the middle and hats, gloves, and scarves could go in the sides).

What’s your favorite piece of furniture you can’t let go of?

Ten Ways to Update a Rental

If you’re renting, chances are your landlord won’t allow you to make any permanent changes to your home, but don’t let that stop you from making your rental feel like yours!  Here is a list of ten ways to give your rental a customized touch.

One of the first things we notice in apartments that usually needs to be updated is the lighting.  Overhead lighting can actually be pretty simple to change, and makes a world of difference.

Changing the way your walls look will probably make the most dramatic difference.  If you’re not allowed to paint them, consider tacking up wallpaper with pins or applying fabric.  Yes, you read that right, you are able to apply fabric to walls using a lightweight fabric, liquid starch, and a paint roller.  Or, you can even mount fabric up against your wall like it’s a great big curtain, as shown above.

Since we’re on the subject of walls, hanging up artwork or decorating your walls with decals is another great way to make your rental seem more homey.  For ideas on adding artwork to your walls, click here for some great tips!

Using modular furniture in your apartment or rental house is another great way to play with the space.  Depending on the size and shape of the room, you can move the furniture around to suit your needs, and the same furniture can still work in another set-up if you move.

So many apartments have unfortunate carpeting.  While that’s not something you can easily replace, simply buying a cool rug to cover it can make a huge difference.  You can even layer a few rugs for a boho, mismatched look!

Swapping hardware is a fantastic way to give your rental a more updated, high-end look.  Changing doorknobs and cabinet hardware can make a big difference, whether you go with a sleek, midcentury style, traditional cast-iron look, or feminine, decorative hardware.

It seems that apartments just about always come with those standard issue vinyl Venetian blinds or vertical blinds, neither of which are particularly chic.  If you can, replace them with something a little more design-oriented, such as roman shades or wooden shutter blinds.  If you can’t take them down, we suggest making them less noticeable by putting up some simple drapes in front of them instead.

 

If your rental is a loft-like space with lack of actual rooms, divide the area with bookcases or screens.  The lower photo above also shows a fun way to put in your own overhead lighting as well!

For more kitchen counter space, buy a high table or small industrial island.  It’s a great way to create more work areas in the kitchen, especially for those who love to cook!

Another simple, easy way to update your rental is by changing out the fixtures.  Buy a new toilet seat if the one that came with your apartment is sub-par, invest in a great showerhead, or make any other fixture fixes that will make your home feel a little more luxe.  With some items, your landlord may even reimburse you or split the cost!

What things do you want to update in your rental?

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