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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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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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?

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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Summertime Entertaining Guide

Summer is officially here and that means it’s time to start entertaining!  Whether you are planning to entertain outdoors, indoors, or a combination of both, here is a great little guide to get you and your home party-ready.

If you have a sideboard, this is a great piece to set up a buffet or bar on, and perfect for hiding away items you want protected.  I love our reclaimed sideboard to add an ethnic element to any room!

Having a bunch of people over, but don’t have a ton of places to sit?  Don’t worry that you suddenly need to buy another sofa or chairs!  Floor pillows are a great, inexpensive way to provide additional seating and create a relaxed, boho vibe for your party.

Get creative with floral accents!  Although a regular vases of flowers is always pretty, why not try something different?  The floor vase on top of the table with enormous flowers makes a bold and beautiful statement! Likewise, baby’s breath morphs from boring to breathtaking when turned into a hanging floral ball.

A large table is perfect for parties, whether you need a place for your guests to sit or an area to serve your food.  Adding chalkboard paper to display your culinary creations and drinks adds a fun twist AND protects your table!

To me, lanterns and summer go hand in hand.  Whether you have bright colorful lanterns or a cluster of white ones, they’re a great way to add decoration and light to your fiesta.

Just because you don’t own outdoor furniture doesn’t mean your furniture can’t become that – simply take it outside!  Adding some furniture that would normally be inside to the outdoors creates a festive, lighthearted mood.  While I wouldn’t advise moving your expensive white linen sectional sofa to the back lawn, a lightweight chair (such as the cute one picture above) or settee moved outside could be a great way to add outdoor seating.  Just make sure there’s no rain in the forecast – this is Portland, after all!

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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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