Punchy Prints and Pattern Play

Nothing adds pizzazz to an interior like some fun, punchy prints and patterns.  Don’t let bold prints scare you – they can add life and energy to a room, especially if the room is pretty neutral otherwise.  Here are some inspiring photos of fun ways to sneak pattern into your decor, as well as a few of our favorite patterned pieces from the Furniture Connexion.

How do you add pattern into your home decor?

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Desert Home Design

The crazy heat wave we have been experiencing has made us all feel as though we’re in the middle of a desert – not the Pacific Northwest!  However, since we’re always thinking of design, thoughts of the desert lead us to thoughts of the homes there. Whether they have a rustic and warm appeal in the high desert , or a midcentury modern vibe in a desert oasis, desert homes often seem to be among the most stylish with their floor to ceiling windows, architectural details, and beautiful surrounding scenery.  Below are a some inspirational photos of a couple different directions you can go to achieve a stylish desert home, as well as suggested items from the Furniture Connexion to give your home a similar look.

The items below combine to create the perfect combination of rustic charm with a modern sensibility, ideal for a home in the high desert to create a look similar to the ones shown above.

These photos have a fun, retro vibe that makes us yearn for a trip to Palm Springs!

Combine vibrant colors, modern shapes, and bright white upholstery for a fun and youthful desert oasis style!

Do you prefer a more rustic high desert style, or a retro desert oasis vibe for your home?

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Let’s Get Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday everyone!  To celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of August, we put together a lovely little post on adding green to your home.  This beautiful hue can be soft and subtle, deep and jewel-toned, or bright and vibrant.  No matter what shade it is, having some green elements in your home will breathe life into the space and add a welcome note of color.  Here are some inspiring images that show fun ways to incorporate a little green into your home:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have green elements in your home?

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The Architecture Olympics – Gold Medal Design!

The Olympics are in full swing in London, and the whole world is tuning in.  To celebrate the games, we put together a post with some gold medal-worthy design from the countries with the most medals so far.  Scroll down to see some of our favorite historical and modern buildings from these diverse parts of the world.

Japan

The Kenchō-ji temple, shown first, is a Rinzai Zen temple which ranks first among Kamakura’s Five Great Zen Temples  and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan.  This temple is in stark architectural contrast to the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Summer Olympic Game in Tokyo.

Russia

The colorful architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is unforgettable, but so so is the super-modern Moscow School of Management.

Italy

Although Italy has so much incredible architecture, the Colosseum is so famous and historic it had to be mentioned.  The design of the Roman Colosseum is in stark contrast to the fluid, modern design of the MAXXI National Centre of Contemporary Arts in Rome.

France

France’s Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic monuments in the world, and the tall structure looks very different but just as stunning as the curvaceous and modern Centre Pompidou-Metz.

China

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, is a must-see in Beijing for its historical significance, while the OCT Design Museum in Shenzhen is a must-visit to experience the surreal yet striking modern design.

South Korea

The royal Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul has a much different sense of design than the Galleria Centercity in Cheonan.

United States

Last but certainly not least, the United States isn’t old enough to have buildings nearly as ancient as the other countries, but the neoclassical U.S. Capitol Building is an important part of our history and famous piece of American architecture, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall is striking with its sinuous steel curves.

What building is your favorite?

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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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Inspiring Lighting

It’s finally Friday, and this has been one busy week!  Rather than writing a lengthy DIY blog about how to properly light your home, I decided to save that for next week when my mind is once again fresh after the weekend.  Instead, please treat yourself to this blog of simply stunning lighting!  From funky black chandeliers to clusters of drop pendants to LED lighting installed into bamboo walls, you’ll love the bold and beautiful images below.  Enjoy!

What’s  your favorite photo of inspirational lighting?

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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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Adding Artwork to Your Walls

When decorating a home, it seems that rooms are often filled with furniture and accessories, but the walls can long remain empty.  Figuring out the right way to display artwork can seem like a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be!  Here are some tips on how to add artwork to your walls in a way that is stylish, practical, and perfect for YOU.

Do you tend to be an organized, type A personality?  If so, you’ll probably want order and organization in your home, and that will include how things are hung on a wall.  Hanging a collection of artwork in a grid on the wall will look lovely and professional.  Whether you are framing and hanging professional artwork, vintage prints from the flea market, or even home photos, arranging it in a grouping with the edges lining up will give a polished look.

If you’re serious about your artwork, you’ll want to measure it out so that the center is at 57″ (the average person’s eye height).  This is how galleries and museums hang their artwork, and that way your pieces will all line up with the center at the same height.  Of course, if you are much taller or shorter, you can adjust so the center of the art is at your eye level.

Can’t commit to what you want to display?  Then shelves may be your best bet.  Installing shallow shelves on a wall makes it easy to change up your artwork displays.

Do you like a little chaos and have a large collection of artwork?  If you’re more on the free spirited side, try hanging your artwork in a large cluster on the wall. There should still be some loose organization if you choose this method, but it will give more of a funky, boho vibe.  Have your artwork start and end at around the same point, and have the space between artwork similar in size so there is some consistency in the look.

If you have a large piece of art, you may not even have to hang it!  This colorful abstract painting looks great simply propped against the wall.

Don’t have any art, but still want something interesting on your walls?  Try this idea and hang a group of empty frames instead!  Since the frames are so ornately designed but match the color of the wall, they add a whimsical touch and texture for a unique look.

If you want your walls to feel decorative but don’t want or have artwork, consider wallpapering them instead.  There’s a huge array of wallpaper styles and prints you can buy, from graphic patterns to elegant chinoiserie to photographic digital prints.

Adding decals to your walls can be another fun, easy way to dress them up!  As a bonus, they’re usually made from vinyl and easily removable, so you can switch them out without hassle when you’re ready for a change.

Think outside the box and do something completely different!  Here, unable to decide on a color to paint her walls, a woman ended up covering her walls with paint chips for a vibrant, one-of-a-kind look and her very own artistic collage!  If you don’t have artwork you love, visit Furniture Connexion to check out some fun prints for your home!

How do you display your artwork?

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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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Favorite French Interiors

In honor of Bastille Day this weekend, we thought it was a great excuse to post some of our favorite images of French interiors (and a few others of gardens – we couldn’t resist!).  The French are known for their exceptional wine and cuisine, amazing artists, and tres chic style, so scroll through to see some inspiring photos of why we should all be celebrating French culture this weekend!

What’s your favorite thing about French design?

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