Archive for ‘Furniture’

April 25th, 2017

It’s All in the Details

When you walk into a furniture store to look at couches, or shop online for them, do you ever wonder why there are so very many options? And what makes one differ from all the others? Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices? Well don’t despair, because it’s all in the details friends. I’ll show you some little things to look for so the next time you go shopping you’ll be a detail spotting pro! You might even be able to pick one and take it home! Imagine how much time you’ll have to do other things, like shop for pillows or carpets or chairs.

The elderly generation (seasoned sofa purchasing experts) tell me stories of the days when you could walk into a furniture store and pick one frame and choose from four colours and voila your room was done. How quaint. Today’s options are far more exciting! Furniture is like fashion. New fabrics and leathers come out each season, there are trends, things get discontinued to make way for the new, and some things stay the same.

Let’s take a look today at six different details that define a sofa, and give it character and personality. Each of the sofas I have chosen here emulate their details with style and grace like any good model should.

Furniture should make you happy! Have fun with it!

 

Vintage Luxe

Nail Head Trim– One of my favourite details of all time. Nail heads are like jewelry for your sofa. I love the shiny silver ones, but there are frequently choices for the colour, depending on the manufacturer. Sizes of the actual nails may vary as well. The nails are applied to the finished frame one at a time, along the edge of the arms, the base or the back. I have also seen this done in unsuspecting areas like the outside of the arms and in unusual patterns. If this is not your thing, sometimes they can do piping instead. What is piping? Read on to find out!

Cre8tive Designs

Tufting– Ok, so I am a huge fan of tufting. In fact, my current sofa is tufted and has nail head trim. It’s a little glamorous. Sometimes the tufting has buttons and sometimes it does not. The buttons are usually the same material as the sofa. How can I make a tufted sofa more glamorous you ask? For an additional charge you might be able to order glass buttons. You will see sofas with a tufted back and the seats may or may not be tufted. Or the tufting can even be done to the outside of the arms and wrapped around the back (this is usually done without the buttons).

Domino

Wood Trim– Old school and traditional frames have ornate carved wood features, but today’s wood trim can be pretty straight and basic or a little curvy like the frame shown here. If the manufacturer offers colour options for the wood, this is a lovely way to make a statement. The combination of the sapphire blue with the white trim pictured here is dynamic and fresh.

Ethan Allen

Skirt– This is not something I see all the time, but the sofa with a skirt is a classic profile. The cream one pictured here is simple, elegant and classic. If you would prefer a skirt to an upholstered base, the manufacturer may offer this as an option not shown in the showroom. It is always worth asking.

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Piping– Most of the time piping will be the same colour as the body fabric or leather on the couch. But every now and then you will see one with contrast piping that will pop! When done right, this is a beautifully tailored look. So elegant. You might wonder what I mean when I say ‘done right’ and I’ll explain. The colour combination needs to make sense. And you’ll know when its right because it will make you so happy and excited, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.

Domino

Bench Seat– A typical sofa has three seats, which means three seat cushions paired with three back cushions. I see more and more two seat sofas (I have a two seat sofa), but there is also the bench cushion. One long seat cushion. It creates more of a linear effect with less lines. I love this look, but one draw back you might not readily think of is that you can’t rotate your seat cushions for even wear, but you can still flip it over, which is good too.

Now that you have a visual on a few common details, your next trip to the furniture store will be so much fun. I can just hear you now…’Look Oliver, that sofa has the nail head trim I’ve always wanted!’ The real magic happens in the combination of these details. Imagine a tufted sofa with nail head trim and a bench seat. Now we’re talking! What details do you love? Have I missed any you would like me to explain?

Happy furniture shopping!

XOXO

October 26th, 2016

That Green & that Dilemma

I read so much this summer and was fortunate enough to have devoured title after title that not only resonated with me, but blew my mind. And then autumn hits and I find myself halfheartedly reading three different books that are not doing it for me. And it has been so cozy inside. And it has even snowed a few times. Can you believe it? I need to be drawn in. I need to be consumed with the story. Captivation please! Wait, let me gush a little over luscious green hued furniture and home decor and then we can talk books. Let us focus.

Sheer Luxe

You know that green, that beautiful shimmering emerald green? The one you have a crush on? Yes, that one! I love it too. Its bold, its brilliant, like a precious jewel, but for your living space. Maybe you want to experiment with it? I know I do. Each of these exquisite rooms unabashedly goes for it. A bench at the end of the bed, a full sofa (this one has some teal tendencies), a sidebar, curtains and a voluptuous chair– each of these ideas make it simple to incorporate this luscious hue.

Most of these ideas involve some commitment, but if you wanted to dabble in that green for a season or two, pillows and throws are an alternative that is both cost and commitment effective. Or why not paint a vintage end table, or a bring in a new piece of art? So many options to play with this colour.

Est Living

Alright back to the books! So there’s two books I’ve wanted to read for a while now—Girl on a Train and The Light Between Oceans, both of which are currently in theatres. This sparks that dilemma again. The book or the movie? And if both, which one first? Normally I would say book, but there have been a few times when the film was better.

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Like Suite Francaise, for instance. I saw this film before I read the book. The book was good, but the movie was spectacular! And interestingly the movie was based on a portion of the book, but it was enacted so beautifully, I will always remember it. Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts were breathtaking, and the whole film was stunning. The origins of this book are fascinating, check out this article from the New York Times book review, for the full story. So in this particular case I indulged in both, but loved one. After discussing this dilemma on more than one occasion, I have decided to watch Girl on a Train and read The Light Between Oceans. And then? Then, I will watch The Light Between Oceans and decide about Girl on a Train…

About Home

Once you’ve brought that green home and jazzed up a room or two I strongly suggest you watch and read Suite Francaise if you haven’t yet, ’tis the season to be cozy. Happy decorating, and happy reading!

XOXO

January 31st, 2016

Sofa of the Month: January

 

White blank-slate sofa

White blank-slate sofa at The Every Girl

 

Well its about time we glorify one of my favourite pieces of furniture…the sofa! And its also a perfect time for Dreaming of June to start writing a monthly feature piece. Which brings us our very first sofa of the month, and I know its the last day of the month, but this idea just came to me a few days ago so I wanted to slide it in even though most of you won’t see it until tomorrow! After much careful consideration I chose this pristine off-white fabric model. Like a fresh month, like fresh snow, the blank-slate nature of this sofa is a perfect starting point.

 

What makes this sofa special?

A shirred, English style arm stands out and creates a subtle elegance perfect for many interiors. The seat depth is inviting, doesn’t it whisper “curl up with a book”? Oh, are those feather seats you might ask? It could very well have down seats, which means it is ultra comfortable. Our little white beauty also has two seat cushions instead of the typical three.

 

How is it decorated?

This sofa is all off-white and neutral with some woven textures. A sofa like this can be decorated with bright colours, current patterns, and chunky textures. This is a great piece to invest in because you can change things up in any colour palette you want to try out without it costing much. Pillows and throw blankets will give your living room a new look whenever the mood strikes.

 

What to Consider

Of course a white sofa may not be for everyone. High traffic rooms, families with young children (or teenagers, I hear they make all kinds of messes!!) or pets, may not want to deal with the maintenance of a light sofa like this. It can be done though if you fall in love and have to have it, but it will take some upkeep, more so than a darker cloth would. You could always opt into a protection plan that most furniture stores offer. The fabric itself is warrantied for a number of years against spills and such.

And there you have it. Our first of many features to come. Each month I will show you another beautiful sofa.

XOXO

 

September 29th, 2014

Ottoman vs. Coffee Table

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SAS Interiors

Ottomans are pretty hot right now and I will tell you why! But first let us think about the basic function of that little something you place in front of your sofa. Gender wise, I think the guys either need a place to put their feet or a spot to rest a drink, it depends on the guy, but this seems to be the most common concern! And for the ladies, style and a place to put pretty things is on the top of the list of requirements.

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Elements of Style and Decor Pad

Not only is the immediate function of the ottoman or the coffee table important, but the overall function and usage of the room is something you want to consider. Is the room a rarely used but dainty sitting room? Is it the must-be comfy movie watching room? Or does it lay somewhere in between? Take a moment and visualize what you want the room to feel like.

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Belle Maison

Of course coffee tables are a classic choice, limitless styles are available to suit any type of decor and for the adventurous among you there are ideas out there for building your own, refinishing old ones and manipulating the new. You can arrange a vignette on the table with aptly named coffee table books, candles, and other items of interest.
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Style Me Pretty

However, the ottoman has its own individual attributes which add to its appeal. First of all you can comfortably put your feet up. At the sofa shop, this is a great option for people who like the idea of having a chaise on their sofa but don’t want to commit to it. The ottoman can be pushed right up to the sofa for those cozy movie watching nights. Or, place a tray on it and it can hold drinks (and of course pretty things!). When you have a dinner party or a family function the ottoman can be pushed aside and act as extra seating. Many ottomans offer storage and if you order a custom one you can add another layer of colour or texture to the room depending on if you choose fabric or leather.

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So there! In your own coffee table vs. ottoman dilemma you now have some additional input to make a decision that works for you!

September 16th, 2014

A Rainbow of Sofas

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Sadie and Stella

So rainbows are somewhat rare and beautiful, a happening, an event in the sky, and they always put a smile on my face. What else puts a smile on my face? Well sofas of course, so I was thinking what could be happier than a rainbow coloured collection of sofas? Let us do away with neutrals and embrace some bright, flamboyant statement sofas!

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While my favourites will forever remain in the turquoise, blue and green pallettes, I can appreciate any hue especially when shown as delicious candy pops of colour. The lemon one pictured below is cheerful and would be a lovely addition to a home in our northern climate where the winter can stretch on and on. This sofa would make even the greyest days bearable and perhaps even great.

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While I do love neutrals (sand hues are my favourite right now) and they really can be dressed up any which way you like with bolder pillows, but there is something so dramatic about a sofa with punch. It may not be a choice for everyone, but i think if you absolutely love a certain colour than you will love that colour on a sofa for the duration of its life.

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Bright Bazaar

I can’t say I remember all that lead up to the moment when I witnessed my favourite rainbow of all time, but I would like to think it was one of those sun showery kind of days that glisten with reflection and light refractions and swing between sun and gloom. I was little, at an amusement park with my grandparents, and we happened to be on a train. When we came around the bend, there it was, stretching in a perfect arc across the sky. That rainbow, burnished in my mind to this day.

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The Every Girl

What can I say about turquoise that I haven’t already said? I just love it, plain and simple as that. But navy, well I have a bit of a thing for navy too, and it’s not for everyone, but look at the bright bold blue on this tufted little masterpiece pictured below. Sigh. SO pretty!!!

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Are you bold enough to bring in one of these rainbow hued sofas into your living space? If so, which shade would be your choice? I think we all know what mine would be, but wait! I have already introduced a turquoise chair into my home. I guess you could say I love a little drama…

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Only but a Glimpse

August 26th, 2014

Double Trouble: Accent Chairs

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Well hello! What a summer! There was some heat, some travel, some lazy days, some painting days, and some beautiful inspiring nights. And while the weather holds steady, the imminent routine of the school year looms! So let’s chat about chairs. Accent chairs!

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Chatelaine

Accent chairs are an important part of my own personal room planning philosophy right now. I love them! I love them and here is why: they offer flexibility to your seating plan both now and in the future. That’s right friends, the future. I mean, things change right? Why not let some of your furniture change with you?

For instance, at this particular juncture in time you could place two accent chairs parallel to your sofa, two sofas across from one another with an accent chair at either end, or even two accent chairs in front of a window with a table between them.

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Spoond

And in the future, near or far, if you had to or wanted to split things up, a pair of chairs can easily be placed elsewhere! In a foyer, a den, an awkward hallway, etc. Or if you are really adventurous you could even unpair them, break those babies up. One could be placed in a bedroom, another beneath a window or next to a bookshelf for a reading or thinking spot. So very many options. And there you have it! Why I love accent chairs and why you should too!