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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How to Properly Light Your Home

Properly lighting your home can be tricky business.  We have all walked into someone’s house and thought that a room was maybe too dark or perhaps far too bright to be comfortable, and this post is to help you eliminate that problem in your own home.  Creating the right lighting can seem difficult, but this handy blog should break it down to make it seem much more manageable.

There are three main types of lighting – ambient, task, and accent.  Ambient lighting is used for the overall lighting of a room, task lighting functions so you can complete certain tasks, and accent lighting is more for show and decoration.  Of course, the amount of lighting you need can also be affected by the amount of natural light each room has, so consider that as well.  If there’s a room you primarily use during the day with plenty of natural light, you may not need as much artificial lighting as you otherwise would.  Additionally, having great natural lighting can really cut down on the electricity you’d use to artificially light your home, so take advantage of big windows when you can.

Ambient lighting, or indirect lighting, is often thought of as the first layer of lighting and comes from a more “hidden” source, such as recessed cans.  It will give rooms a soft glow, but additional lighting maybe be needed.  Dimmer switches can be very helpful to adjust the brightness and darkness of your ambient lighting.

Task lighting, as explained earlier, functions to assist in lighting for specific tasks.  For example, lights may be used next to a chair for reading, on an office desk for doing work, over a dining table for eating, or over an island in the kitchen to make preparing meals easier (that’s not something you want to do in the dark!).  Our Pharmacy Desk and Floor Lamps are the perfect reading lamp for bedside, in your office, or next to your favorite chair in the living room.

Accent lighting is more decorative and adds a nice layer of light.  Its main purpose is to enhance the lighting and look of a room but shouldn’t be relied on as the main source of light.  Add something bold and stylish for a decorative look, or classic and elegant to add a note of subtle refinement.  We love our Strap Iron Table Lamp for its timeless design and versatility.

Other lighting options that I wanted to take note of are sconces and undermount lighting.  Sconces can create beautiful soft lighting in many rooms, such as bedrooms and bathrooms.  They don’t usually provide a lot of light though, so they should be supplemented with ambient lighting to ensure the room doesn’t stay too dark.  Another lighting option I love for kitchens, bathrooms, and any area with cabinets or shelving is undermount lighting.  This is great to highlight a beautiful backsplash in the kitchen, fine china in a dining room, or even to bring light to the floor in a bathroom so you know where you’re stepping.

What lighting do you use most in your house?  Is there a certain type of lighting you need more of?

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How to Make Your Bedroom a Peaceful Place

We spend about a third of our life sleeping and additional time in our bedrooms reading, getting dressed, and relaxing, but far too often, this room doesn’t measure up to the peaceful, happy haven it should be.  Here are some quick, easy tips to make this important room be the warmest and most comfortable space in your home.

First and foremost, invest in a great mattress and comfortable pillows.  A good mattress is a must for great sleep, and the right pillows will be the perfect complement.  Since mattresses are generally kept for a lengthy period of time, invest in something you’ll want to spend years sleeping on.  Pillows are also something that people tend to hold onto, so purchase pillows you’ll want to use every night.  Visit Furniture Connexion for great deals on exceptional mattresses!

Now that you’ve got the mattress, it’s time to think about the sheets!  Your bedding is another place to spend a little money since nice sheets can make such a difference.  However, if you can’t afford luxury sheeting for all the items on your bed, spend less money on the duvet cover and decorative shams since they won’t actually be against your skin, and the most money on your flat and fitted sheets and pillowcases.  The general rule is that if it touches your skin, you can spend a little more money.  Depending on where you live, you may want to buy a few sets of sheets – heavier flannel ones for cold winters, and lighter cotton ones for hot summers.  In addition, you may need an extra blanket for winter as well.  We love the classic look of a white, fluffy bed, but like to dress it up with decorative pillows and a throw at the end.  Just remember to pick bedding that will coordinate well with the rest of your room and that you’ll enjoy for a long time. People tend to keep their sheets for years, so you won’t want to buy a busy print you might easily tire of.

Make sure your furniture is perfect for you.  Buy a bed you’ll love!  If you’ve been wanting an upholstered headboard, don’t settle for a slat-back one just because it’s on sale.  Make sure you buy the exact thing you’ve been wanting and consider how it will work for you.  If you’re tall, you may not want a low platform bed that will be hard for you to get in and out of.  Also consider storage: If you like to keep books, magazines, medicine, and other items near your bed, you’ll probably want a nightstand with storage to keep the area clean and organized.

Now that you’ve got the furniture, mattress, and bedding sorted out, it’s time to think about your more sentimental items.  Keep photos of loved ones in your bedroom. Have a piece of artwork you adore?  Hang it up for you to see and enjoy first thing when you wake up in the morning.  If you’re going to keep knickknacks in your bedroom, store them on a tray to keep everything contained and give a sense of order.

Perfect your lighting.  Your bedroom lighting should be soft, so stay away from harsh lights that are too bright.  In addition to an overhead light, you should have a light on either side of the bed, preferably with lighting that’s adjustable so that if you stay up reading, your partner won’t be bothered with a bright light.  If you can, have at least one stylish lighting choice, either bedside lamps or overhead, to make a beautiful statement.

Inject your style!  For a bedroom that’s soft and romantic, add a canopy or drape mosquito netting around it. For a glamorous look, mix in some mirrored or lacquered furniture, a dazzling tray to hold perfumes and lotions, or hang some framed vintage fashion prints. For an ethnic spin, add some ikat or kilim prints and pillows.  Put at least one bold element in your room to give a stronger sense of the style you’re going for. Have fun with your bedroom and make it unique – this is the one space in your home that is just for you!

Don’t forget color!  One of the most basic ways to create a particular feeling in a room is to change the backdrop.  Yellow walls can be cheerful, cool blue walls give a sense of calm, deep brown or even black walls can be dramatic and sophisticated, and pink gives off a soft, feminine vibe. Just remember that since it’s a bedroom, you’ll want to choose a color that is flattering (which is why green isn’t the best option) and calming (this may not be the best place for neon geometric wallpaper).

Remember the little touches. Keep your bedroom smelling fresh and feeling cozy and clean!  A vase of flowers will look lovely and may give your room a soft fragrance, or consider using a linen spray to lightly scent your sheets.  The first thing you do once you wake up is get out of bed, so have a soft rug for your feet when they hit the ground.  And don’t forget to make  your bed – it only takes a couple minutes, and it immediately makes your room look fresh and clean.

What’s your favorite thing about your bedroom?

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10 Cozy Cabin Ideas

As much as we love trips to the beach, we are equally fond of trips to the mountains during the summer, especially with so many great destinations nearby. Being up in the fresh mountain air with clear skies and beautiful scenery is one of our favorite things about summer. Here are some inspiring images of cozy cabins with a unique twist, complete with tips to make your home feel a little more rustic as well.  One of the first things we suggest doing is to take a cue from the photo above and open up your home to warm summer breezes!  Make a comfy place to lay down, and try setting up a temporary canopy with some mosquito netting for a dreamy area to relax.

Being on vacation in a mountain setting is all about relaxation and having your home blend with the natural settings.  The same can apply to the interior!  A densely cushioned leather sofa, such as ours above, is a great choice when you want comfort and luxury combined.

We adore this covered dining area and how it’s enclosed enough that you can use indoor furniture even though it’s outside.  The fireplace makes the space especially inviting!  I love the idea of putting this reclaimed chest on a covered porch to use as a coffee table around some comfortable chairs.  Inside the chest you could store blankets to keep handy for chilly summer nights.

Think outside the box and try something different!  Because of the large beams in this airy cabin, the owners were able to hang a swing in their bedroom for a fun place to sit and sway inside.

The rustic dining area above is so warm and welcoming, it looks like the perfect place for a dinner party or family meal.  Our Tahoe dining set offers the same rustic appeal with the beautifully handcarved Sheesham wood construction and timeless design.

If you have the space and are a frequent entertainer, then we love the idea of having two (or in the photo above, maybe even three) sofas instead of the typical sofa and two chairs!  It allows for a lot more seating and is a great way to fill a large space.  Our Alexandra Sofa looks incredibly similar to the sofas pictured above to create that look at home!

Give your home a Navajo meets ethnic twist with some beautiful wool kilim throw pillows.

Give your bedroom a woodsy, homespun look with some heavier wood furniture.  Furniture Connexion’s solid Sheesham bedroom collection is an ideal choice!

A sectional sofa is a great way to make the most of your space, and our Burlington Sectional has a similar look to the pictured above for a comfortable but still sophisticated look.

Mixing in some wooden occasional chairs is a great way to add interest to your home.  This chair would look great inside, or on a screened porch as pictured above.

This rustic dining room is absolutely stunning with the high ceilings, massive beams, large chandelier, and dark stained bookcases.  If you need storage but don’t have built-ins like this house does, our sideboard is a great option. The glass panes allow you to display the items you’re storing, and the solid Sheesham handcrafted construction ensures that it’s not only attractive, but also durable and one-of-a-kind.

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The Ultimate Chair Style Guide

With so many different styles of chairs, it can be pretty confusing figuring out exactly what to call all the different types.  From Bergere to balloon chairs, we’ll give you a rundown on all the basic styles.

Bergere Chair

Bergere chairs originated in France and are defined by an upholstered back and seat, usually with a loose, overstuffed cushion, on a carved wood frame. Their “bones” are curvey, and the extra padding in their soft cushions can make them comfortable reading chairs.

Chesterfield Chair

Like the chesterfield sofa, a chair of this style has arms as high as its back with tufting on both and a rolled arm.  Named in 1900 after Earl of Chesterfield, its inventor, a chesterfield chair is a handsome and stately design that will add sophistication to your home.  Although often thought of as a traditional piece, this style is being used more and more often in modern interiors.

 

Slipper Chair

A slipper chair is simply an armless upholstered chair that has short legs so you sit closer to the ground and can be used in any room.  Purchase a slipper chair in fun patterned fabric to add a whimsical touch.

Wingback Chair

A wingback chair is a type of upholstered easy chair, usually taller than it is wide, with two side panels or wings flanking the high back and closed panels under the arms, which are usually rolled.  The most familiar form of wingback chair was developed in late 17th-century England to protect sitters from drafts or an overly hot fire, flourishing there before becoming popular in the U.S.

Spool Chair

Spool chairs, also called “bobbin” or Carver” chairs, are a design classic that are striking to view from every angle and were named after John Carver, founder and first governor of the Plymouth colony in America.  They originated during the Arts and Crafts Movement and are still popular today with their turned wood legs, arms, and back, cushioned seat and back, and lightly upholstered arms.

Recliner

Also called a reclining chair, a recliner is an easy chair (that is often thickly cushioned) with a back and foot rest adjustable up or down.  Because of the emphasis on comfort, recliners are great for use in family rooms for reading, watching TV, and relaxing.

Pub Back Chair

A pub back style chair has soft, overstuffed cushions that overlap for double layers of pill0w-like support that attach to the back of the upholstery.  This offers extra comfort for you to sit back and relax, and these chairs work well in any room of the house.

Balloon Chair

Inspired by antique design, balloon chairs, also known as domed chairs, were originally used to block drafts in European castles.  These statement-making chairs have recently regained popularity and are striking and elegant for use in a formal room.

Tub Chairs

Tub chairs incorporate elements of design from both the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Deco.  This style of easy chair is usually low-backed with arms even with the back or sloping up to it in a continuous curve to create a semicircular form.

Club Chair

The word “club” in club chair harks back to the gentlemen’s clubs in 19th century England where a gentleman could go to get away from his household. Once there, he would sink into a well-upholstered leather chair and relax with a drink and perhaps a cigar.  Today, club chairs are enjoyed by men, women, and children of all ages and are frequently used in living and family rooms for socializing and relaxing.  This style of easy chair is heavily upholstered with arms and a low back.  The look can vary greatly depending on the shape of the arm, seat, and legs, but club chairs are often the go-to chair people buy for their living and family rooms.

What’s your favorite style of chair?

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Working Color Into Your Casa

As soon as I walk outside, I am greeted with splashes of color – bright orange poppies, vibrant green shrubbery, deep red roses, perfect pink peonies – the list goes on and on.  Seeing so much color in the outdoors makes me long for the same pops of color inside, and luckily, there are many easy ways to do this that don’t involve a bucket of paint.  See below for some tips on incorporating color into your home.

I love having one (or two) bright upholstered items.  However, having bright upholstery means that the rest of the room should be fairly neutral and complement (but not compete with) the colorful pieces you add in, so keep that in mind when you’re redecorating.

Adding some funky, colorful pillows are the easiest way to bring in some color and switch up the look of a room.  Imagine how different the sofa above would look with simple black or white pillows, or even with pretty floral pillows like the one pictured from Wanderloot.com.

Don’t forget your floors!  Adding a rug, whether geometric, floral, Oriental, or traditional, is a great way to mix in color.

Add accessories!  The rooms above look so bright, but it’s only small items that give the room color – pillows, pottery, plants, art, wall decor, boxes, flowers, and lamps.  Mix in bold accessories to add a punch of color to an otherwise neutral room.  I love the idea of this cobalt blue tribal blanket from Wanderloot.com in an otherwise all white room!

One of my favorite ways to add color is with art.  There is nothing more stunning than a bright, all white room with vibrant, colorful artwork on the walls.

Another awesome (and easy) way to add color is to switch the drapery!  This is an especially great idea if you still have heavy, dark curtains hanging from the winter.  Switching them out with something light and bright will completely transform the room in a wonderful way!  Now, how do you plan to add more color into your home?

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Sophisticated Storage Solutions

When you’re short on space and heavy on stuff, it’s important to have plenty of storage to keep things organized and make the most of the space you do have.  Here are some ideas on how to store your things in a way that is still visually appealing.

A lift-top ottoman with storage space inside is a great way to hide extra blankets, pillows, and bedding and works well in both bedrooms and living rooms.

Just because you’re used to having a nightstand next to your bed doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to that.  If you want more storage for bedroom items, a dresser or sideboard, such as our vintage reclaimed sideboard, works great!

If you you have a bathroom without many (or any) built-in cabinets, an armoire, bookcase, or sideboard is a stylish and unexpected way to store towels and toiletries.

Rather than having a coffee table with only one surface to place items on, a trunk is a clever way to hide items away inside while still having the regular capabilities of a coffee or side table.

A bed can take up a lot of space, so it’s helpful when you can get some storage out of it – as well as comfortable place to sleep!  I love the hidden storage of our Magnussen Nova bed in the last image – you can’t even tell it’s there!

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Sofa Terms You Should Know

When buying a sofa, it’s important to be well-versed in some of the basics about how they’re made so you know exactly what you’re getting.  Here is a quick guide to enlighten you on some of the sofa jargon you’ll need to know.

8-Way Hand Tied Springs: Each spring is hand tied eight ways (front to back, side to side & diagonally). A sign of quality construction, these coils offer the highest level of comfort and durability.

No-Sag Springs: “S” shaped wires that are fastened to the front rail and run from the front to the back of the furniture every few inches apart.

Wood Encased Frame: Insures a quality appearance and prevents fabric from stretching.

Corner Blocked Frame: Frame is blocked and screwed, providing lasting strength.

Webbing: Woven fibers cut in strips and stretched across the furniture frame to support sofa springs.

Foam: Foam cushions. The higher the density of the foam, the better support.

Pocket Coils: Individually wrapped coils maintain their shape and are more resilient and plush than foam cushions.

Down: Made from feathers, down offers maximum comfort. Down may require more maintenance than foam but offers greater durability and resilience, such as with the Key West Sectional, pictured above.

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Lighten up for Summer

Now that it’s June, it is really starting to feel like summer (and we’re ready for it!).  However, if your home looks like it’s still stuck in winter, it’s time to refresh your interior.  Here are some simple suggestions to lighten up for the summer:

Change your drapery.  If you have heavy, dark drapery, try switching it for drapery in a lighter color and fabric, or even adding some sheers.


All white can be very pretty, but it can also be nice to add in some rich neutrals.  This dining table and chairs from our Tahoe Collection would be the perfect addition to your home with the beautiful handcrafted design made out of solid Sheesham/Indian rosewood.

Accessories are a great, easy, and cost-effective way to make your home seem more summery.  Switch out dark pillows and throws for some that seem more appropriate for the season and voilà – your room will have a totally different feel!

Make your bedroom seem lighter by putting on white bedding and laying down a light rug (especially if you have dark floors).

Maybe it’s time to purchase new furniture entirely.  If so, white leather could be a great choice for a modern look and easy maintenance, and it has “summer” written all over it!

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