Transitional seems to be an everyday word used in the design industry lately. Wanting an updated look for a traditional home, or to give a contemporary style a timeless touch, transitional seems to be on everyone’s mind. Line, texture and pattern play a large part in mixing styles.
This Tuxedo Sofa from Massoud Furniture has the perfect crisp lines that fit your contemporary style. Add classic rich chenill wide stripes and animal print throw pillows and you can easily put this in any traditional home for a quick modern update.
Again, from Massoud Furniture, I took a classic sofa with dark wood turned legs and soft curved arms that make a large impact. A crisp, clean seafoam green fabric and modern large print pillows pull together a great transitional piece.
This chair has a large crisp print, yet in a classic pattern, it once again is a great transitional piece. Use dark wood for a deep contrast or a light wood for a softer touch.
My favorite, the Timeless Wing Back Chair, mixed with a soft medium grey upholstry, a striped throw pillow and black wood legs, you can put this, well, just about anywhere!
From mild to wild, chairs have been evolving since the first person found it to be “proper” to sit at a table than eat with your legs crossed on the floor. From there on the chair has been evolving from what was likely a wooden stump to crazy hanging bubble chairs that floated through the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Thankfully, we have moved on. Depending on your interpretation of modern versus contemporary the modern trend has shifted from the wild of hanging chairs to sleek and functional. Minimalist designs represent an attitude of “less is more.” Moreover, being modern or contemporary does not mean you have to live in Gordon Gecko’s apartment for your chair to work. In fact, modern style offers an extremely broad range of chairs that will fit in a variety of application.
First, find what your style fits your eye. If you enjoy Country Living, maybe modern is not you. Do you like the look of fabric and clean lines? Try something more upholstered and blockish. For instance this Ralph Lauren chair is clean in its design. While not being over the top it does clean up the look of a living room and add an edge of style.
Possibly consider adding in metal or other elements to the equation to make a bolder statement. This Hugo Cigar chair is a staple which has shown to stand the test of time, yet is extremely comfortable and affordable for the amount of style you add.
Secondly, determine how long you would like to keep your modern furnishings. The more outlandish and stylish options you choose, the more chance you take on having a hanging bubble chair still in your house in twenty years.
Lastly, take your chair for a spin. Some chairs look different and uncomfortable but remember: modern style typically stems from function. The function here is sitting so it might be better than you think…
Pronounced: Set-tee / se’te.
Some of you might be wondering, “what exactly is a sette?” It is the perfect seating piece for two, yet, it is not a loveseat. It is a loveseat’s long lost slimmer cousin. Here let me show you.
Imagine using it as a booth at your dining room table on one side. Use it in front of your desk instead of two chairs. At the end of your bed (a great piece for little visitors). Instead of a bench in your entry way to slip off your shoes. Put it in your reading corner for a cozy seat. A settee is a versatile piece that can be used in a casual and/or elegant room for something just a little different.
Did you know Eheart sells furniture? We do—and lots of it! We carry furniture and accessories from more than 25 vendors! Browse our showroom floor or selection of vendor catalogs and you are sure to find a unique piece or two that you can’t live without. In Northern Colorado, so much of what is available for furniture is more and more of the same hum-drum Colorado feel. If you’re looking for something different, something modern, something feminine, something rugged, something bold, something fresh, something innovative, something “wow,” you’ve got to check it out! We’re making it easy this month by focusing on furniture all month long!
Let us teach you…
· How to lay out furniture in a variety of ways
· How to “float” furniture in your space
· How to eye quality
· How to get break free from furniture sets and be creative with your furnishings
Let us show you…
· Our favorite unique pieces
· Our room by room favorites for every space in your home!
Dream Closets and Dressing Spaces come in all shapes and sizes. If you have had thoughts that it would be great to be able to just walk into your closet and find everything at the tip of your fingertips, then this is the place to start. A great closet can be a surprise to anyone who might see it, including you!
Function is the most important element to consider when designing a closet. The aesthetic quality is a secondary consideration.
When planning your dream closet consider the following elements:
1. Make sure you have True Color Lighting and a lot of it.
2. Space allocation for every type & quantity of clothing you have such as shoes, sweaters, t-shirts, boots, pants, jackets, shirts, belts, ties, bags, suit cases, caps, hats, etc.
3. Locate the items you use the most at the front of the closet such as your house shoes, bathrobe, favorite clothes you wear around the house or on weekends etc.
4. Remember to put a charging station for your phone, mp3 player, computer, etc. Make sure there are enough outlet locations for everyone who shares the closet.
5. Make a drawer for the items you carry everyday, company pass, wallet, car keys, house keys, etc.
6. Make a travel drawer for electrical conversion kit, passport, etc.
7. Create space for items that make you happy; such as pictures, favorite colors, jokes, music, coffee maker, souvenir displays, fun cabinetry pulls, bright drawer lining, etc. This is usually one of the first places you visit in the morning and one of the last places you see before going to bed at night.
8. Flexibility in the adjustment and arrangement of the cabinetry or shelving system you select is also important. This will be a organizational investment and you want it to last forever. Make certain all of the organizational elements you need are a part of the system you utilize or of the custom cabinetry you are selecting.
9. If you have valuable items you might want to consider locking cabinetry, a fireproof jewelry and personal paper safe, a cooling closet for your furs as well as temperature and humidity control.
10. A three way mirror is also an excellent addition to any closet. If you don’t have room, you can put a full length mirror on the back of the door, front of the door or on cabinetry door fronts in the closet.
11. If you closet is located off your master bath you may want the décor to appear to be an extension of your master bath. If off your master bedroom you may want it to be a closet/dressing area which would have the same or complimentary finishes to your bedroom. For the truly adventurous you could create a completely separate space which is a totally different personality than any of the rest of your home environment, almost like your own personal hide away. For the guys “The Man Cave Closet” and for the gals “The All Out Feminine Closet” for instance.
12. Any spacious closet should have a comfortable place to sit to put on your shoes or just think about what you are wearing while having a cup of coffee.
After considering all of the items you might want to include, think about how many linear feet of space it would really take to have all your necessary clothing at your fingertips. Remember clothing will take 24” of depth hanging space. Measure how many feet you have available and see if what you want will fit. If the area is too small you could consider making an extra bedroom your closet dressing room or dividing your clothes into seasons and putting your out of season clothing in a well organized closet area in another part of the house such as a spare bedroom or the basement.
There are many elements you can integrate into creating a romantic bathroom. A romantic bath should make you feel special in every way. From the moment you step onto the heated floor to the warmth of the water coming from the rain head in the shower to the long soak in the extra deep soaking tub. Hand help shower arms at the bathtub rim are also an added plus.
Romance can be created by the addition special details in the space itself or by adding accessories such as candles, soft window treatments, chairs, special towel holders, fresh flowers, dimmable lighting, special mirrors, beautiful rugs, fine art and all of the necessary functional amenities at your finger tips.
Use a sleek space as your back drop to create many romantic scenes. Add red towels, soft window treatments, new and different fluffy rugs in unique colors by occasion or great spa scents accessible to the soaking tub. You could also change the art on the art walls by occasion. Let your imagination go wild in creating your romantic environment.
Have some fun creating your romantic bath and call us to implement your creation!
With a name like Eheart, February is practically our month! This month, we’re rolling out the best of this month of love with great deals in our showroom to complement what we’ll be talking about on our blog. Here’s what we’ve got planned for the month:
- Creating spaces you’ll love forever. Our designers will walk you through timeless materials, layouts, and lines that you’ll love forever!
- Define a style. We’ll show you what Romantic and Feminine styling are and how to get that look in your home.
- Bedrooms you’ll love to be together in. We’ll unpack the basics of designing a bedroom you’ll love to be with your hunny in. You’ll find bedding, super cute throw pillows, and bedroom furniture that will make you swear off blah bedroom sets forever.
- Invite. In our ongoing series, Invite, we’ll be giving you ideas for creating romantic spaces at home–that perfect master bath gets a distinctive spa feel, your dining room will become your favorite romantic restaurant, and much more!
- Colors of Love. Pantone named Hibiscus the Color of the Year for 2011. Confused how to incorporate this bold pink into your home? We’ll show you how!
- Designer Turn-Offs. We’ve seen it all, but we’re taking a playful stab at the design faux pauxs we just can’t bear to see anymore with a daily “designer turn off.”
Be inspired by…..Have you ever thought about what you might be able to create from a truly inspirational environment at home. You could create place to contemplate, meditate, pay bills, and create strategies to reach your goals, or just do your work. Your work space can be functional as well as beautiful. It should reflect who you are and who you want to become. Basic elements can set the theme and you can then add items you love as you find them along the way.
Be functional in… with just a little wild side and an unusual element in the light table for your friends to comment on. This scheme will allow you to use any color with it and give you the basics for years to come.
Experience the whimsical…. display of furnishings, lighting and rug as background is practical yet feminine. You can collect items in the display case that are near and dear to remind you of all things special in your life and snuggle up in the colorful easy chair to read, listen to music or if you have two, include your best friend for a great conversation.
Love the feel…… of a European Cottage and want to hide all of your work while still being organized these items may fit your bill. The pallet is cool and serene and yet gives you a sophisticated but homey feeling. Imagine a great cup of tea at the desk while you pay your bills, write you memoires, or send a note to your lover.
Be calm, edgy, contemporary, yet wild and feminine…… are the attributes of these special items. Create a great space for organization and to spend your private moments in. Special wall treatments, artwork, lighting and an artful area rug make up this space. You could also change the colors of the wall and area rug to a hot and saucy color for a more lively room.
Create large projects……and want a desk the size of a conference table you could have one. Think about a large table, your choice of chair style, and 10-12 chairs to pull of a spectacular presentation, dinner party, teach art, sewing, or how to make your famous desert to a few of your closest friends. Put a long sofa down one side and use it as a library table. Use a beautiful accent piece as a buffet, storage or art and throw in a great area rug for color and warmth and you have a winning idea.