Being in New England there is nothing more nourishing than dining al fresco for the first time after a long winter. With just a few key pieces you can create a magical ambiance regardless of the size of your space… Seating || The traditional outdoor table with chairs is a great standard, however if you are short on space consider an outdoor sectional or loveseat and chair paired with a table! Adding plush textures to your outdoor space will create a cozy atmosphere with a touch of indoor luxury. With endless configurations from long farm tables with benches to high top tables with barstools, you can create multiple conversation spots by mixing and matching these pieces if your space allows. Don’t forget the chaise lounge for those afternoon naps in the sun!   Rug || An outdoor rug is a great way to soften the patio or define a dining space in your backyard if you don’t have a patio. Whether you choose a vibrant print or a laid-back solid, a rug will warm the space making shoes optional. And in fabrics that are stain resistant and fast-drying you won’t have to worry about New England’s unpredictable weather. Ambiance || Create an ethereal vibe by stringing twinkling lights or hanging Moroccan lanterns from your house or trees above. Keep those pesky insects at bay in style by placing pillar-style citronella candles in tall glass hurricanes. Complete the setting with a fire pit. Not only will it aid in keeping insects away, it will also provide warmth for those chillier nights. Campfire reimagined.
Whether you have a sprawling backyard in the suburbs or a balcony in the city, you can create a cozy outdoor oasis to come home to every summer night… Take a Seat || Your dining set is great for enjoying dinner, but just like when you’re indoors, the party eventually moves to cozier seating. Keep the party going outside by adding plush seating like a sofa or glider. In an urban setting? Opt for a loveseat paired with a cocktail table so you can dine and relax until the stars are twinkling in the sky! Light it Up || Whether you string lights above like a canopy of stars or you have a roaring fire pit, the level of intimacy changes once the sun sets. Set the mood with low lighting and be sure to add citronella candles to the mix to keep the bugs away! The Snuggle is Real || Once that sun goes down so does the temperature be sure to keep cozy blankets on hand! Another way to add a little cozy to your space is with an outdoor rug and poufs. Poufs are great since they don’t take up much space, can be moved around easily, and will double as a footrest!   Veg Out || Yes, relax… but with vegetation! This is especially important for urban dwellers that are living in a concrete jungle. Create a lush setting by adding potted plants or if space is tight, a plant wall! You can even scent your space (and add fresh flavor to meals) by planting herbs like rosemary and basil.
If you're lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, your home is more likely to blend inside and outside year 'round. But if you reside in a northern region, by now you're longing for the day when you can haul out the patio or deck furniture for dining al fresco and relaxing with nature. Well, why wait? There are many furniture pieces you may already have stored away that can be used inside right now. For example, wicker or metal tables and chairs, sisal rugs, bar carts, ceramic garden stools, Sunbrella pillows, and even garden gnomes, are all items you can sprinkle indoors. It's all about lightening up your space, lifting your mood, and living in the moment – a way to evoke the tropics when you're freezing.   Casual & Cool || For the most part, there's nothing formal about outdoor furniture. It's designed for relaxation and leisure – long stretches of it. Most outdoor pursuits are of a casual nature, so most often furniture and accessories follow suit. Woven wicker, lightweight aluminum, breezy linen and cool cotton evoke casual days spent out in the open. So there's no reason you can't place, say, a wicker side table in your bedroom and use it as a nightstand. Or, if you live in an older home with a sunporch, why not furnish it with chaise lounges, an outdoor cocktail table and a pair of airy ceramic garden stools, and imagine it's mid-July instead of March.   Lightweight & Movable || One of the advantages of many outdoor pieces is their flexibility. Furniture is often light enough to move easily, and some loungers and tables have casters, which make it even simpler to haul it all inside. If you have, say, an outdoor metal table with a top that's seen better days, but it has beautiful ornate legs – bring it inside and put a colorful full-drape tablecloth on it and you'll be happily surprised at how great it looks! Sturdy & Indestructible || Typically, outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the elements for many seasons. This is especially true if you own ipe wood or teak pieces, because they're extremely strong, and if they're unstained, they will develop a weathered patina over time that gives them an attractive, lived-in appeal. And, outdoor fabrics today are designed to be fade- and stain-resistant, so pillows and cushions will be equally useable indoors. And, that cute garden gnome reading a book? Though he'll probably survive the winter intact, why not keep him from getting lonely outside and bring him in to guard the fireplace.
Outdoor Living || Relax and entertain al fresco with cool seating, patio umbrellas, fire pits & more If you live in a part of the world with four distinct seasons, it feels incredibly invigorating when you first open your home to the outdoors in spring. Because the season can seem short, it's key to make your outdoor space as comfortable and inviting as possible, especially if you entertain a lot. If you happen to have a swimming pool, this will probably be the focal point of your setup. Organize your space much as you would inside, with designated seating areas, complete with area rugs – durable synthetics, or natural abaca or sisal are ideal. Sprinkle in garden stools or small tables that can be easily rearranged. For finishing touches, include hanging flower pots, large planters, and string lights to make the view even more enticing.   Furniture Must-Haves || Start with the coziest seating you can find. Depending on the size of your space, you can include a sofa, loveseat, chairs, or even a sectional. Consider how you plan to use the space. If dining al fresco is number one, invest in a table that accommodates an umbrella, and make sure the chairs include cushions. If frequent naps and reading time are on the agenda, a chaise, swivel chair or glider will feel especially welcoming, along with a convenient side table to place your beverage, snacks, and a book. When choosing fabrics for seat cushions, pillows and umbrella canopies, decide if they will receive full or partial sun exposure. Generally, acrylic fabrics such as Sunbrella are the most durable and soft, and will not fade, while spun polyester fabrics are durable, but stiffer, and more likely to fade.   Inviting Extras || A memorable outdoor soiree includes many elements. Obviously, a fun mix of family and friends is essential, but as afternoon segues to evening, certain factors make people want to linger. If it gets chilly, a fire pit can provide just the amount of warmth and ambience you need to keep the party going. If you prefer an upgrade to your old beach cooler, you can set up a portable trolley cart on casters for a "help yourself" bar. A large tray to organize accessories like napkins, cups and plates is helpful. And, if your gathering is still in full swing during evening hours, don't forget citronella candles to keep bugs at bay – except for fireflies, of course. You may want to count or chase them.   Light & Shade || There's simply no comparison to natural light. It just makes you feel more energetic. But when temperatures sizzle in midsummer, you need to shield yourself and guests a bit. This is where a great patio or deck umbrella will do wonders. As the day progresses, adjust the umbrella's angle to keep direct sunshine under control, and if you feel a sudden raindrop or get a downpour, a strong, sturdy umbrella really helps. If you're making s'mores come nightfall, hang some string lights or battery-operated lanterns to make the scene magical.
Spring is in the air, which means summer is not far off! Now is the best time to start getting your backyard ready for epic gatherings that last until the stars fill the sky and the moon shines bright. Even those hot and humid days lead to cooler evenings – warm your outdoor space with a fire pit that is so hot its cool… Ambiance || Determine the ambiance you want to create. Do you want your fire pit to be the place guests flock to after dinner? If so, then consider a low fire pit that pairs well with outdoor sofas, poufs, and cushy chairs. Is your backyard space limited? You can still create an inviting retreat by opting for a fire pit table! Fire pit tables offer the same inviting ambiance with enough space to enjoy a delicious summer meal. There are even high-top styles that are perfect for an urban setting! Placement || Though most portable fire pits have guards and/or safety features, it is still important that you are mindful of where you place yours and how close the seating is. Be sure to leave at least 4ft between your home and your fire pit/fire pit table. Do not position it under an enclosed overhang. For low-profile fire pits, it is best to position the seating around 2ft away from the flame. If you have a fire pit table, it is okay to pull seating in since there is usually 8-10 inches of table space between you and the flame. Extras || Complete your backyard retreat with decorative elements to enhance the ambiance like string lights, outdoor plants, or a rug for an added layer of cozy! Have blankets handy too since some nights will be chillier than others. While campfires naturally fuel good conversation and laughter, games will also help to keep the party going well into the night!
There is no better time like the start of a new season to test out new trends! From fashion to home décor, spring is a time of renewal so refresh yourself and your home with one or all of these budding trends… Pastels || Candy-colored hues like mint green and the ever-popular blush have been flooding the scene in the form of linens, accent chairs, and even walls! This cheerful yet somewhat subdued color story evokes a whimsical vibe that is sure to enliven your home. Botanicals || Bring the outdoors inside by filling your home with plants! Don’t have a green thumb? That shouldn’t stop you from participating in this revitalizing trend. Cacti, succulents, and monstera plants are great for first-time plant owners because they require little maintenance! Textures || Whether it’s macramé wall hangings, distressed or carved tables, or textured ceramics, texture is prominent this season. Texture adds a layer of luxe without competing with existing colors and patterns making it an easy trend to incorporate in your home. Terrazzo || Like sprinkles on an ice cream cone, terrazzo is marble and granite’s playful cousin. From bathroom tiles to accent tables to hardware, this surface can make its debut in your home in a small or big way. Metallics || The element that is so consistently on trend that at this point it is a design staple. However, they remain on “trend” lists because the way they are styled is forever evolving. Right now it’s all about mixing metals to create an effortlessly glam look.
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You've seen it in almost every interior design magazine or decorating book… the use of symmetry to achieve that precise, balanced look in a room. A pair of wall sconces flanking a mirror above a fireplace mantel. A pair of identical nightstands bookending a bed. A pair of urn planters standing sentinel at a front door. You've also seen symmetrical elements where the two objects are not identical. For example, one planter is a different height or color than the other. Then, you've admired free-form spaces where elements are casually, randomly placed, with little or no pairs of anything. Whether you gravitate to highly ordered spaces or let it all hang out, the key to finding your comfort zone is to incorporate a balance of both. Symmetry || The main benefit of symmetry, and the reason it's so widely used, is because it creates a sense of calm in the viewer. It promotes order and harmonious balance, where everything is in its right place. It can also denote an aura of power. Think of ancient kings and queens (two heads are better than one?). Symmetry can also be formal and predictable, so in terms of interiors, too much of it can look uptight, and if you're the restless type, you may get bored with that pair of lamps or end tables. The key is to mix it up or change the position of things periodically if it suits you. Free-Form || The benefits of free-form style or asymmetry are that it creates tension or excitement, expresses individuality and informality, and a free-spirited, unstudied approach. It can also be sophisticated, out-of-the-box creative and cutting edge. The danger is that too much asymmetry can look chaotic and cluttered. For the most part, you don't want a room that says, "Yikes, get me out of here!" Or, "What happened?" There simply are times when pairs are better. A single bookend isn't very useful, for example.   The Mix || A good strategy is to determine the primary use for each room in your home, the feeling you want to convey, and how much space you have to bring your design vision to life. If you have a more formal living room, you probably want a pair of chairs flanking a fireplace (a single chair might look lonely). Or, if you're a couple sharing a bathroom, his and her sinks are likely desirable. If you're an artist or creative professional, you may only need one chair in your room, and plenty of open space to move furniture and other items around at will. Your needs may be less predictable and subject to change, depending on which projects you're involved with at any given time.
Wood Maintenance These useful tips will help keep fine wood furniture looking good for years. Caring for Wood Furniture Polish wood furniture with the Peace of Mind polish at least four times a year to keep it moisturized and protected. Regular dusting with a soft cloth is recommended. Paper towels have a rough surface and can scratch wood surfaces. Surface scratches, burns and water marks are preventable. Using coasters, placemats, and table cloths will help protect wood finishes. A quality heat-resistant table pad is recommended. Apply protective felt pads to the feet of decorative objects and electronic equipment to prevent scratching and sticking. If a fifth center support leg is included with a new dresser, be sure that it is screwed in place to maintain structural integrity. Beds should be disassembled before moving. Lifting one side of the bed or dragging the bed to move it can break the rails, and/or the headboard and footboard. Understanding the Appearance of Wood Furniture Because wood is a natural product, color and grain variations, along with the appearance of natural characteristics is to be expected. Manufacturers often take great care to add "distressing" to a new piece of wood furniture. Common distressing techniques include filing down edges, adding nicks and holes to a surface, and rubbing paint finishes. Distressing lends a time- worn, aged look and great character to the piece. Often overlooked in the store, it's an intentional extra step taken to enhance the overall appearance. Color Change in Wood Exposure to natural light can cause wood surfaces to change color. Cherry will become noticeably darker; natural maple and birch will acquire a yellow patina. Some wood surfaces can fade in direct sunlight. If fading is a concern, covering the surface can help protect wood finishes. Tables and table leaves are an example of when color difference is most noticeable. If leaves are stored most of the year, and then inserted for holiday gatherings, it can be expected that the color of the table and the leaves will be different, taking into consideration that the table has been exposed to more light than the leaves. Odors: The "New Smell" of Wood Most new furniture often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors. Expansion and Contraction: Wood Furniture on the Move! Wood furniture constantly reacts to the humidity level in the environment. Increased humidity causes wood to expand; colder drier air causes wood to contract. In humid months, drawers might "stick" and open with resistance. During dry winter weather, wood contracts. Consequently, furniture can show gaps, especially where a table leaf fits into a table top, or around dresser drawers. Both of these issues are temporary. When moisture levels in the home stabilize, wood furniture will return to its regular appearance and performance. Leveling and Tightening Components As a house "settles", floors in the home can become uneven. This is mostly noticeable in hard surface flooring, like wood or tile. Armoires, TV cabinets and other wood furniture often have built-in leveling systems to help furniture stand securely. Look for leveling instructions that are included with the furniture, or call Jordan's Customer Service Department (1-866-8-JORDANS) for assistance. Leveling procedures booklet With use, chair legs can loosen. Periodic tightening of the hardware will help keep chairs level. Table Leaves Unless a dining table has a fifth center support leg, leaving table leaves in place for long periods of time can cause the table to sag in the middle. When not in use, table leaves should be wrapped in a soft cloth or in a specially designed storage bag and stored horizontally. Storing leaves face down and flat in a protected area, such as under a bed, is recommended.
Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
Even if your interior spaces skew traditional, there are times when you want to modernize and lighten things up. Sometimes, too, if your spaces are vividly colorful or dark, you may want to tone things down. Here is where clear acrylic furniture or accents can mix beautifully with your décor. Subtle, sleek acrylic drawer handles, furniture legs or even an entire cocktail table made of gleaming acrylic can lift up a room.   Clear Benefits || In addition to having the look of glass without the worry of shattering, the benefits of acrylic include durability, easy care, and superior weather resistance, plus it comes in a variety of shapes and colors to make your room look unique. If your room is on the small side, an acrylic piece gives the illusion of taking up no space. And because of its see-through quality, anything you put on top of, say, a table, will draw attention to itself, making it look like it's floating. Acrylic is about 50% lighter than glass, but much stronger and more resistant to scratches. Its superior durability also makes it a fine choice for a porch or other outdoor space because sunlight won't harm its look or function. Also, in today's design world, you can find acrylic items in almost every shape and color. If you don't want all clear, there are pieces with clear tops and green legs or chairs tinted in blue, pink, purple, orange, smoky grey and more. Careful Cleaning Tips || Avoid cleaning acrylic with household cleaners because they often have harmful chemicals. Instead, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and some mild detergent. Avoid using man-made fabrics like polyester or rayon because their fibers can be abrasive. If you do find scratches, there are over-the-counter cleaning products you'll find online or at your local hardware store that you can use to make your items look as good as new. Cool Reflections of Style || As with any other design category or trend, use acrylic furniture and accents strategically. A room of all acrylic would likely look too unsettling in a lost in outer space way, plus you might trip over some pieces that aren't easy to see in certain light. Mixing a piece or two with items in other styles will yield the chicest look. For example, a wooden dining table surrounded by ghost chairs achieves an intriguing balance of cool and functional. Or, add a few touches of acrylic in a bedroom to lighten the mood.
You’ve signed your way into adulthood by closing the deal on your first apartment. A fresh start and a blank canvas to make your own and call it home – how exciting is that?! Now it’s time to prioritize. Set a budget and make a list of the things you need, then decide on the décor you like best. Are you a modern maven or a vintage queen? Deciding which décor suits your personality will help you achieve a cohesive look when shopping for furniture. Choosing which furniture pieces to invest in at first will depend on the size of your apartment, but here are some ideas to consider… Mattress || Sounds mundane, but a great mattress will give you the ultimate beauty rest you need. It’s also a great investment because a quality mattress can last you 8-10 years, which will allow you to take it with you when you move into your first home. Make it a fun experience by choosing a stylish frame for it! If space is tight consider a frame that has built-in storage. Seating || The size of your space will dictate whether you’ll be a sofa, loveseat, or sectional. Sectionals are cumbersome so even though you may have the space to accommodate it, you also have to make sure you can get it into the apartment. A sofa or loveseat paired with a funky chair will create a cozy and stylish space. Complete the look with an upholstered ottoman so you can put your feet up! For tight spaces, put a tray on the upholstered ottoman to make it double as a coffee table. Dining || Any nook will do if you purchase the right table. Choosing a table with clean lines and a modern edge will allow you to get creative with the seating. Mix and match styles or use all upholstered chairs so they can be used in the living area too! Minimalist meets luxury is a great balance in design for your first apartment.         Now that you have the basics it’s time to decorate and personalize! Try to incorporate mirrors into your overall design. They create the illusion of a larger room while reflecting light from all angles. Storage can be a challenge, so strive to find sneaky solutions (like your bed frame or ottoman) in order to maximize your space. Lastly, bring a little of the outdoors inside with plants. Succulents and air plants are low-maintenance plants that are tiny enough to fit into a terrarium while still breathing life into your apartment!
The industry’s top home furnishing designers gathered in High Point, NC to showcase their latest collection to prospecting retail buyers and interior designers for the biannual High Point Market. High Point Market is the equivalent to Fashion Week in the fashion world – it is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, providing insight to new products and the latest trends in home décor… Mixed Media || Unique materials like concrete, metal, and stone are paired with more traditional elements like glass and wood to create an unexpected twist on classic silhouettes. Highlights include pieces like a writing desk or sofa table that feature metal bases topped with stone. Va Va Velvet || What once was a textile we only saw in the fall and winter months is now making an appearance in spring and summer! Slightly lighter in texture for the season, this fabric is being shown in both airy pastels and bold brights from pillows to ottomans to add a fun punch of color to your home. Flora & Fauna || While it’s not out of the ordinary to see an abundance of floral patterns for the warmer months, this design staple was spiced up with a dash of fauna this season! Birds and blooms mingle with leafy vines on poufs, bedding, and accent chairs. Nature's Neutrals || Bring the outdoors inside with textural raffia, rattan, or wicker. Furniture constructed of these natural elements provide a lighter look for the season while maintaining a refined look. Go coastal with the addition of shiplap or rope elements. Perfectly Imperfect || The Japanese design aesthetic known as wabi sabi – the art of living with imperfection, was prominent at this market. The trend highlights the inherent beauty of asymmetry and furniture pieces that are designed to purposefully look unfinished.
Flip the this summer. Instead of hosting the typical daytime barbeque, go for the golden hour – that magical time of day when the sun dips into the horizon and illuminates the sky in a warm, colorful glow. Enhance the ambiance with these essentials… Set the Stage || While your outdoor dining set can comfortably fit your family, it probably isn’t large enough to host an entire dinner party. Instead of setting up extra seating and separating everyone, make your own picnic-style banquet table! Forgo chairs and amp up the cozy by laying down a few outdoor area rugs topped with oversized toss pillows to serve as “chairs.” Next, take 3-4 wooden planks (depending on their width) and nail them together to create a sturdy table. Place the DIY table on top of cinderblocks to achieve the perfect height for your pillow chairs and top with a nice linen tablecloth! Scatter a few vases of flowers and some votive candles and your table is set. Perfectly Placed || Save the paper goods for your next daytime party. Elevate this dining experience by utilizing melamine dinnerware. Not only is this a green approach to entertaining, but many melamine utensils, serving ware, and place settings come in fun prints and colors that scream summer! You’ll have them for years to come too since they’re nearly unbreakable. Tech it Outside || If you don’t already have an outdoor speaker system, invest in a portable Bluetooth speaker so you can dine to the soft sound of your favorite musical artists. Allow your guests to help you curate the perfect playlist by having them pick a song or two when they RSVP to the dinner! Let it Glow || Surround your table with large citronella candles in hurricane vases to keep those pesky bugs away. Add even more intimacy and magic to the setting by stringing twinkly lights. If trees are scarce or non-existent in your backyard, make a string light fence instead! Surround your table with wooden stakes and adhere the lights to the stakes to section off your little picnic area. Chilly night? Finish off the look with a portable fire pit. Don’t forget the s’mores!
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Man Cave, meet the Haute Haven. Transform your walk-in closet into a style savvy sanctuary where you can sip libations and discuss the latest trends with your fellow fashionistas… The Layout || Maximize the space you have by utilizing your wall space from top to bottom. Line your walls with a mix of angled shelving for shoes, rods for hanging garments, and cubbies for your folded wardrobe. You can even utilize the wall space surrounding your doorway by adding shelving above the door; this is a great spot to store your handbags! The Furniture || Keep your lingerie and jewelry organized by adding a small armoire into the mix. This little organizational gem will fit snug beside your doorway leaving the middle of the room open for seating. Make a statement with a pair of brightly colored accent chairs, a luxe velvet settee, or even just a fun printed bench depending on what your space allows. You’ll appreciate having a place to sit while you sip your morning coffee and decide what to wear. Don’t forget a little side table! The Accents || No walk-in closet is complete without a mirror. Whether you choose a free-standing looking glass or carve out wall space to design your own three-way mirror, this is a must-have for any closet! Cozy up the space by adding a plush area rug and finish it off with a chic chandelier.
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