Posts Tagged ‘home accents’

Weekly Spotlight: National Library Week

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

This week marks the 58th National Library Week, a time to show additional support for libraries and the many resources available through libraries.

In celebration, this week we are offering a few tips on creating a library space within your home; whether you have a bare corner you don’t know what to do with or an empty room you would like to transform into a space dedicate to knowledge, reading and relaxation.

Library Furnishings

A Comfortable Chair

To ensure you won’t fall asleep or strain your back by slouching as you read a captivating novel, we recommend a high back rocking chair with a plush seat so you can comfortably sit back for extended periods of reading time. Our Madison Rocker features a wide seat that doesn’t constrain and a high slatted back that supports. The Mission design is a classic look, especially in a richly decorated library. For extra seating, display space or to reach high shelves, our Library Chair (available in two rustic finishes) is a fully functional seating option that fits right in with your books and study materials.

A Bookcase

Of course, you need furniture that both displays and stores your books and library inspired treasures. Depending on your space, our Shaker Low Bookcase can offer shelving and even tabletop space next to your country chair. Our Shaker Tall Bookcases can fit in smaller libraries with just as much decorative and displaying potential.

Convenient Lighting

While overhead lighting is important, in a library you want to set a comfortable mood with an accent lamp or table lamp. Our texturally appealing Celina Accent Lamp brightens up the reading nook in your library not just through its warm light but with the alluring color of the lamp itself; perfect for any season.

Primitive Iron Hare & Magnifying Glass SculpturePrimitive Accents

For complementing your oldest tomes and charming new ones, ideal primitive home accents are worldly and decorative; appealing and functional. Our Hourglass Timer is not just a functioning timepiece but offers a sleek look on any bookshelf, desk or end table. Another statuesque treasure is our Iron Hare & Magnifying Glass Sculpture; get closer to fine print and hold loose papers steady on any tabletop surface. The rabbit will keep you company while you explore worlds within the pages of your favorite books. We suppose it also wouldn’t be a true library without at least one set of bookends for adding a little flair on the shelves of your bookcases.

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Thursday’s Theme: Home Command Centers

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

So you’ve designed your entryway and settled down in your reading nook – what else is there to organize? With the end of summer comes the beginning of school for many families, and organization is one of the keys to starting and maintaining a successful (and less stressful) school year. Home Command Centers are a big trend right now, and whether you have a large wall or minimal space, you too can take command of after school activities, appointments, assignments and everything your busy life throws at you by designating a center for all the chaos to be managed. Here are some essentials, and some of our favorite Command Centers.

Transitional Kitchen by Saratoga Springs Interior Designers & Decorators Jenna Burger Design
Traditional Kitchen by Carlsbad Interior Designers & Decorators Hamilton-Gray Design, Inc.
  • Whether you choose to employ drawers, folders, file holders, shelves, baskets, or all of the above, have fun with labeling and sorting out exactly what you want to store in each. Make up a couple homework folders for the kids and put those in an easier-to-reach location than where you store bills and other mail, and incorporate a clock or candle holder to amp up the style of the space.
Traditional Kitchen by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Angela Todd Designs, Portland, OR
Traditional Kitchen
  • Location, location, location! Your Command Center should be a hub of activity in your home, so choose a space that is frequented by all family members. The kitchen is perhaps the best place, but a mudroom or entryway are also good locations. It could be as simple as a white board or black board, calendar and magnets on the side of the fridge, or you could take the doors off of that hallway closet you hardly use and create an inset Command Center that is easily accessible and out of the way.

Traditional Home Office by Richmond Media & Bloggers Bright Bold and Beautiful
  • The Command Center can also serve as a small office space if you don’t already have one in your home. This can be an excuse to buy that antique table you’ve been eyeing or that chair that complements your home decor perfectly. Keep the space clear for a laptop or to do work on, or incorporate more organizational accents and tools so you and your family can have orderly and stress-free days.

As always, we love hearing your feedback. Will you try a Command Center this year? Show us how you stay organized, and share your tips on the tools you use to keep your home orderly (if only for a short amount of time).

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Wednesday Spotlight: Made in the USA

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Navaho American Flag PillowMay Day PrintAs Memorial Day is just a couple of weeks away, the unofficial start to the summer season is almost upon us. By then we will have begun our annual USA sale, and in preparation, we are turning this week’s Spotlight on five of our Made in the USA items. So join us in a celebration of the red white and blue not only during the summer, but in your homes throughout the year.

Home Accents

Adding pillows to your furniture is a simple, and comfortable way to decorate any room, and incorporating patriotic pieces can create a traditional and charming atmosphere throughout your home. Our Navaho American Flag Pillow highlights our nation’s flag by surrounding a printed image of it with a leather-like texture for rustic appeal. Its aesthetic quality is complemented by a woven fabric back, giving it comfortable functionality.Aurora Rug

Decorating your walls is also a great way to highlight your personal style, your interests, and also the changing or your favorite seasons. Artist Dan Campanelli’s May Day Print is one of our newest decor pieces, and its vivid colors and cheery image are sure to brighten your days and freshen up your home as spring turns into summer. The natural aspects surrounding the barn will also give any room in your home rustic appeal, and will complement similar decor all year long.

And don’t forget about your floors! By now, beautiful flowers and lush grasses are thriving in your backyards and gardens, so it’s the perfect time to incorporate those aspects inside with your home decor. Try our Aurora Rug; with green vines and pops of color within the Suzani-inspired pattern, it is sure to brighten your days and any room, especially when the weather outside isn’t so bright.

Home Furniture

A classic collection, our Shaker furniture is all made in Maine and complements a variety of decor and personal styles. The Country Shaker Table is an excellent representation of the simplicity and versatility of this furniture, as it looks great in a living room, dining room, bedroom, and just about any other room of your home. The large drawer will store many of your belongings, and the table top is the ideal size for a favorite lamp or other treasured items. It even adds a touch of patriotic spirit when selected in the rich Cranberry color.

Country Shaker Table (in Cranberry)Berkshire Chair and Ottoman SetFinally, we are featuring our Berkshire Chair and Ottoman Set in the rich and lively Sable Tapestry pattern. Like the Aurora Rug, this print gives any room nature-inspired appeal with pops of color to draw the attention of you and your guests. Its plush upholstery adds comfortable quality, making it an accent piece on which you will love relaxing.

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