Thursday, May 19, 2011

Traditional Chairs

Having looked at both modern and transitional chairs this week, do you find yourself pining for something a bit more traditional? If so, take a look at a couple of these options:

This beautiful occasional chair from Lexington's new collection features stunning wood detailing in the back. Pick any fabric you like for the seat!


This cute-as-can-be simple chair is stunning (and don't you love that button tufted front!!!).


This petite upholstered chair by Lexington features traditional mainstays: turned legs and tufting. Wouldn't it be adorable in a velvet?


Lorts Furniture has won my heart again with this beautiful skirted chair. The wood provides a perfect accent, creating a sweet heart "neckline" at the top. They even make a version large enough for you and your sweetheart to share!

Traditional taste doesn't have to mean stuffy and uncomfortable! Enjoy one of these fresh pieces!





Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Upholstered Chairs and Sofas: Transitional

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!









Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Modern Chairs


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…


Thursday, May 12, 2011

SETTEE

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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Think Outside the Box: Coffee Tables

If your coffee table is about to make you scream due to its sheer lack of creativity, take a peek at a few of these "think outside the box" upgrades:


If you're a dinner around the coffee table kind of mom, this classically styled piece will be perfect. The table, from Paula Deen's collection, rises and falls for TV dinners and homework.


This piece, made by Lorts, is the perfect hybrid between a coffee table and an ottoman.
The driftwood finish is ultra-trendy right now. Pick up this beautiful steel topped Lexington piece and add it to your collection!
This sophisticated, streamlined Lexington piece would look great in a more contemporary interior.
This Sherrill Occasional coffee table has a couple of ottomans that tuck conveniently in the corners. Pull them out for extra seating in a pinch!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Marks of Quality

When scouting for furniture, it’s important to have an eye for quality. What features are marks of quality and craftsmanship in the pieces Eheart carries? What sets us apart from a local furniture warehouse?

Our upholstery features:

· Durable, kiln dried hardwood frames, not plywood or particle board

· Mortise and tenon joinery, not butt joints and staples

· Sinuous wire springs

· Premium filled cushions, with your choice of poly, down blend, or down fill.

· Flow matched upholstery, so your pattern matches across the entire body of the piece

· Fully upholstered arms and cushions mean superior seam quality and the ability to flip your cushions

· An endless selection of fabrics, leathers, and trimmings so you can personalize your sofa, chair, or ottoman to be just the way you like it!

Our casegoods feature:

· Dovetail construction on drawers

· Drawer stops to keep drawers from going too far in or out

· Full extension wood on wood or metal drawer glides

· Multi-step finishing for a beautiful, layered finish

And, many pieces feature great little extras, like:

· Cedar lined drawers keep your knits in great shape

· Wire management, charging stations, and power ports make it easy to charge your phone or iPod

· Touch lighting means just a tap of your bedside table and your lamp will come on

Friday, May 6, 2011

What wE Love Now: Floating Furniture

Does your room look like a bomb went off and splattered all of your furniture against the wall? If it does you need help. By pushing everything as far apart as you can, you eliminate walkways, create distance between pieces, and remove the coziness of a well-planned room. So what do you do? Push it all together. First, determine the focal point of the room. Possibly a TV, a window, or fireplace would suffice. Group your furniture around this and add seating as needed. Your couch, bed, or armchairs do not have to be pressed against the wall. In fact by moving them away it brings the conversations closer and the seating more intimate. Walkways are created around the area making the room feel cozy and comfortable while controlling traffic around your furniture.

Finally, choose a rug size to complete the area. In a living room, choose a rug that will allow furniture to either fall slightly under the pieces or completely envelop the furniture. In a bedroom, have the rug come out from underneath the bed and really showcase your bed. A four-post bed is emphasized when pulled away from the wall with a featured rug floating in the space.

If you have not yet chosen your furniture consider this. Choose pieces that are finished all the way around, such as this Lexington piece from the Ocean Club collection.

You can add your own style in the accessories you place on it. This sofa table can be placed in an open area creating separation between two rooms.

If you are a modernist at heart, check out these floating stairs. They create space and openness while being just flat-out amazing.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rethink Your Furniture Arrangement, Part 1

Today is the day to bring your sofa off of the wall and try it out a different way. This week, we’re showing you ways to Rethink your furniture arrangement. You don’t have to settle for a sofa with an end table on either side and matching lamps! It’s time to think about your options (you have them, we promise!!).

Today, let’s chat about a little design term called Radial Symmetry. What this means is simply that your room is symmetrical from a central axis point. Take a look at this furniture layout, for example:



Four cozy chairs surround a round tufted ottoman. The lake view is still clear, because tall furniture pieces have been avoided and the pieces have been scaled in their width. The traffic pattern of this odd space is not interrupted because the seating is kept clustered around a circular ottoman (a coffee table would work as well).

Uncomfortable with round? No big deal. The same concept would work with pieces that feel a bit more rectilinear. Perhaps a longer rectangular ottoman would work between 4 of these chairs:

With a layout that displays Radial Symmetry, one key is utilizing pieces that are beautiful, even from behind. Choosing unique chairs that have just as much to offer from back as they do from the front will create a wow factor that invites people into your fun out of the box furniture arrangement.

Try it out and let us know how you do. Stay for more ideas all this week!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Focused on Furniture!

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!