customizing your upholstery

In this day and age, we can customize and build our own anything…which is great, right? We get to decide on our personal coffee flavor, order custom fit jeans or update our phone case with a picture of our new puppy. But did you know, you can also customize your own upholstered sofa, chair, or even a headboard?

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It’s true! And the choices and combinations are almost endless! Choose from: over 500 fabrics, hundreds of styles & configurations, wood color on legs, nail head trim, or fabric piping.

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What does this all mean? How do you choose when the selection is so overwhelming? Let us help. You can do it in 4 easy steps:

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BRRR…Decorating with Birch for Winter

birch1Now that the Christmas tree is gone, you’re probably sweeping up the last of those pesky pine needles, amazed that they have somehow made their way to the other side of the house! (And yes, come mid-spring you’ll likely find the last group of them clustered together in a corner behind the sofa!) All those pretty lights and decorations that made your home so festive are packed away until next year and you look around feeling slightly bland and stark. It’s too early for spring décor…so how should you decorate in the transition before the next big seasonal changeover?

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make a statement with your mantel

What’s the best way to decorate your mantel? Quite often this is the focal point of a room, anchored by one main piece, maybe a mirror or artwork.  Once you have that in place on the wall, what to do next?

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Here are some quick tips & ideas:

  1. Mix metals – no need to choose between silver or gold – use them both to make things sparkle and shine.  Mix a dull finish with shiny, soft and round with rigid and clean edges.
  2. Make sure you have a variety of heights for visual balance and interest.
  3. Overlapping frames, one horizontal & one vertical, leaning against the wall add a fun, casual touch.
  4. Books, either side by side or stacked, add a classic touch.
  5. Is a TV the main focal point? Then a simple candle stick or sconce on either side will complete the look nicely.
  6. When you’re decorating for a holiday, be sure to remove your everyday items to make room for holiday decor. Don’t force them all on together or it will be too crowded.
mantelblog3branch vases – set of 3metal table decoration, essence vase

 

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preparing for your guests!

Sleeper sofas can often conjure memories of bulky, ugly, and mostly uncomfortable sofas that fill up your living room. This isn’t the case anymore! A sleeper sofa is a great solution to keep your overnight guests sleeping soundly while allowing you to have a beautiful and comfortable sofa to enjoy for your everyday living.

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Bailey Queen Sleeper

Whether you’re in a tiny apartment or looking to fill a larger room, you have several options for sleepers. Your “everyday” sofa is available in a variety of fabrics and styles from classic to modern, including slipcovers and performance fabrics. Bed sizes are available in queen, full, or twin and also have a variety of mattress options to choose from, including memory foam, inner spring support or air bed technology and more. 

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Phoenix Queen Sleeper, Cassandra Queen Sleeper with DreamQuest Mattress, Draper 80″ Queen Sleeper, Jasper Queen Sleeper

This concept of a two-in-one piece – sofa + sleeper – is something you will enjoy, and will surprise and delight your guests with the overnight comfort they provide. (Please note: They’ll want to come and visit again!)

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brilliant blue!

blue3hadley slipcover sofa, cass slipcover chair, hugo coffee table, laura rug,  ride the waves artwork,  boats on a mooring artwork, countryside artwork,  ornate indigo pillow,  robbins mist pillow,  colette mist pillow

It’s the color of the sky and the great wide ocean. It’s the color of your favorite jeans. It can be bright, dark, big, bold, rich or soothing. You have so many options on how to bring this great color into your home that you can evoke almost any mood you’re looking for.

The great thing about decorating with blue is that it comes in hundreds of shades and can be your feature item or just used to accent a space.

blueacc51. christina sofa, 2. marquesa pillow, 3. canyon baltic throw, 4. proxy ottoman, 5. nora pedestal table

Go modern with an ikat, an oggi, or a bold graphic. Keep it classic but contemporary with paisleys, plaids and solids. Anyway you apply it, it’s brilliant!

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