Friday, February 16, 2018

Quiz: Which Style Best Suits Your Home?



QUESTIONS: 



1. Which adjectives best describe you?
¡ Spontaneous, uncomplicated, relaxed
rFundamentalist, subtle, structured
o Distinguished, outworn, prestigious


2. Which mood best describes your home?

o Calm and collected
¡ Tranquil and escaping
rCreative and dynamic


3. Which loveseat would you prefer for your home? 


4. How would you describe your favorite style?
rSmart and sophisticated
o Vintage and rococo
¡ Casual and sporty


5. What is the color scheme you're most attracted to?
rDark brown, taupe and creamy
¡ Soft blue, green or pink and white 
o Burgundy, navy, forest green and rust   



 6. When decorating your home, do you consider interior trends?
rYes, I notice the latest trends and try to add them into my interior design
¡ I know the basic dos and don’ts but trends don’t always influence my home style
o Not at all, I am passionate about history


7. How would you spend your next vacation?




8. If you have to choose a set of accessories for your home, which one would you pick?

rPicture frame and a rug  
¡ Candle holders and a pouf
o Vase and a decorative bowl


RESULTS


You have lots of  r
Your taste for trendy modern arts, abstract and urban style make you fall into the Contemporary home Style. Your house looks sophisticated with a nice combination of contemporary furniture!





You have lots of  ¡
Your passion for simple things, laid-back attitude and relaxed life make you fall into the Casual home Style! Your house is comfy and calm with casual furniture!






You have lots of  o
Your eagerness for majestic, vintage and rich ancient artwork makes you fall into the Old World home Style! Your house has a victorious and prestigious look, with a nice combination of old world furniture!





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Friday, February 9, 2018

Mix & Match Your Dining Room Furniture




Are you looking to spice up your dining room? You can add character to this space by mixing an array of furniture with a Vintage Casual style. All your pieces will have some type of character to them and they don’t need to be from the same collection! Besides, being too matchy-matchy has nearly become a home décor faux pas!


The dining table
First and foremost, begin with the dining table. The Mestler dining table is a simply shaped table with a beautiful rich bisque finish. Fortunately, the simplicity of the shape allows for the rich finish to take the spotlight. In fact, the beauty of picking a table as such is that you can allow yourself to ramp up the character with the seating.

Seating options
That being said, the second task is that of selecting the dining seating. The Mestler collection offers a variety of seating choices to meet your dining room décor needs. As a first option, the side chair featuring a beautiful distressed antique blue finish, would definitely add some much needed character to the table. However, if you feel that this option is antique blue overkill, you can play with the seating style and add a touch of blue instead. In order to pull this look off, opt for a mix of distressed antique blue chairs, distressed antique white chairs and a tufted light brown upholstered chair. All three dining chairs offer a Vintage Casual style that blends perfectly with the dining table.  



The piece that ties it all together
Lastly, the final touch resonates with the buffet. The Demarlos dining room server features a vintage-inspired style. This piece is bathed in a rich finish with gentle distressed accents and antique hardware. It screams character! Despite exuding character, its relaxed sensibility avoids an overstated look. Aside from being stylish, this server offers plenty of storage space – a must for ladies that love their china!

If you’re an individual who enjoys displaying a little character in your home, then this project is for you! Enjoy mixing and matching your pieces to achieve your desired look!


Friday, February 2, 2018

Kids Furniture Essentials



Parents always want to give only the best to their little ones, even if sometimes it implies spoiling them! But what if they could spoil their kids with fair long-lasting “tangible assets” for many years? Yes, you guessed right: Kids’furniture is a long lasting “capital good” which can endure for years! But, how to choose “the” furniture that will fit perfectly in your kids’ room?
First, you have to think practical while choosing the furniture designs. You don’t have to follow your kids’ fancy ideas as they might change very often; instead, you should opt for long, safe and functional furniture that will grow with them.

3 things are essentials in a kid’s bedroom:
1-      bed
2-      dresser
3-      nightstand or a desk depending on the age

1-  The masterpiece of the room : the bed

Choose the type of bed that will last until your kid becomes a teen. Full or twin size bed?  It’s only a slight difference in width! A full size bed is 15 inches wider than a Twin; yet, as a twin bed is longer it is a great asset for taller kids!


Loft beds are great for storage or for friends sleeping over….



 So are Bunk beds ….




and trundle beds!




2-  The ultimate place for clothes storage: the dresser

Buy a dresser that matches the bed. You can even choose a dresser with a mirror incorporated and add other cabinets if needed as time goes by and your kids grow.





3-  Nightstand

 Get the nightstand that goes with the bed and dresser, where you could put a lamp and books. It’s always nice to have a complete set and besides, you will get a good price for it too!

Finally, let yourself go and follow your kid’s creativity with decor by adding rugs, matching lights and bedding that reflects their personality. 




The most important factor in choosing your kid’s furniture is to make sure their bedroom is a “haven”, where they will have fun and feel comfortable! 


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips



Today is the largest environmental event in the world - Earth day! In fact, it is the perfect day to get involved in activities that can help make the planet cleaner, healthier and more sustainable. Even if one starts being eco-friendly at home by buying organic products, using energy-star appliances and recycling, it is a different story with furniture. In order to remain with today’s green spirit and lending our planet a helping hand, here are some tips on how to be eco-friendly while cleaning your furniture and upholstery.

First, you need to check your furniture cleaning code as it gives instructions and precautions on how to clean and care for it! If you bought or are planning to buy Ashley Furniture, you will find a cleaning code on your upholstery and furniture. Following these cleaning codes will help you make your furniture look newer and to maintain them longer. Here are the guidelines:


CLEANING
CODE
MEANING
WASH:
Cleaning products, water…
DRY
DC
Dry Cleaning only
û
ü
HW
Washing by hand
ü
û
S
Clean only with dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
û
ü
W
Water only. Do not over wet. Do not use solvents to spot clean.
ü
û
SW, WS
Spot clean. Do not saturate with liquid.
ü
ü
X
Vacuuming or light brushing only
û
û
E, N
Use the Millennium Leather Care Kit
û
û



Once, the cleaning tag is found, read and understood; it’s time to get equipped! In order to be efficient, you will need 3 things:
1-      a vacuum cleaner
2-      accessories like small brushes,  cloth/towels, buckets
3-      cleaning products and water





How to proceed?

1.       Vacuum your furniture till it is dust free. If you vacuum your furniture frequently you will maintain it clean and well kept.




2.       Spot clean with cleaning products and water on the stains you wish to remove if the code is a “W, SW, WS “. You can also use a brush to take off the stains as well. This accessory works well while using powder on a stain.  Use cleaning products from manufacturers or you can make your own! If you need to clean pillows, check whether they have removable covers, as it will be easier to wash them separately.
  





3.       Dry your furniture by applying a cloth on it, if you washed it with water and foam. Vacuum it again to remove any dry powder residue. Then, you can start using your furniture again!


Home-made/Natural products tips:





Make your own cleaning product depending on your needs:
-mix lemon with some olive oil or jojoba oil will clean leather sofaschairs and fabric upholstery. It will also remove undesirable odors
- mix water and vinegar to help you get rid of food stains and/or pet little disaster!

Make your own dry cleaning powder with baking soda and corn starch to remove grease stains on leather and vinyl. After sprinkling the solution on the stains, let it sit for 4 hours. Finally wipe it with a clean cloth.

Everybody can contribute to the environment and make the planet a cleaner and healthier place. Happy Earth Day!



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Friday, January 19, 2018

Choosing The Right Upholstery For Your Lifestyle




Believe it or not, selecting the right fabric that works for your home requires putting your lifestyle and design taste into perspective. In fact, here are some helpful questions you should ask yourself before choosing and upholstery for your furniture:

1)      Will it be exposed to sunlight?

2)      Can it sustain heavy wear due to children, pets & high traffic?

3)      Is it spill & stain proof?





 Sofas




To help you make your decision for the purpose of practicality and durability, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of natural fabrics vs. man-made or engineered fabrics.

Natural Fabrics:

Fabric
Pros
Cons

Cotton
Durable & easy to clean
Not as resistant to soiling & wrinkling
Forgiving & easy to clean
Develops more character with age
Linen
Stays clean & absorbs moisture
Does not resist piling & fading
Wool
Water repellent & durable
Blended with a synthetic fiber for cleaning purposes
Hemp
Durable
Wrinkles easily










Man-made Fabrics:

Fabric
Pros
Cons
Acrylic
Resists wear & lightweight
Low-quality will pill in high-wear situations
Microfiber
Durable & easy to clean
Electrostatically charged; can pick up dust & lint
Olefin
Durable & fashionable
Low moisture absorption
Rayon
Durable
Wrinkles easily
Vinyl
Easy care & less expensive than leather
May crack with time





Now that you have your upholstery choice down pat, don’t be afraid to opt for a vibrant color. To inspire yourself with the latest color trends, you can refer to Pantone’s color trends of the year. Also, a pattern will add visual interest. Besides adding depth to your space, it just may help camouflage spills and other mishaps that are inevitable. Choosing durable upholstery is applicable for sofas, dining chairs and rugs, especially in high traffic areas. The idea is to achieve bulletproof decorating. That sums up how you can achieve your desired look that meets your needs.



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