Design Trends – Summer Living

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Summer is a laid-back season full of weekend getaways, relaxed days at the beach, and outdoor entertaining. It is a time when life is full of care-free, fuss-free occasions and where the home is a reflection of lightheartedness and casual living. Subsequently, making the summer version of a modern house to be one where the floors welcome sandy feet, sofas that can handle damp bathing suites and a chaise lounges that call for an afternoon nap like Pierrot by Bonaldo or Roller by Gamma Arredamenti.

Pierrot Sofa by Bonaldo

Pierrot Sofa by Bonaldo

Roller sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Roller sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

5 Lust-Have Accent Chairs for any Modern Room

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Striking seats are no longer hard to find and whether it’s a residence, a luxury hotel lobby or a public space, iconic accent chairs are attraction and have one thing in common, they are equally intense and refined. Usually incorporating rich materials like metals and leathers in bold, geometric silhouettes, these chairs stand out as modern masterpieces that often serve to dictate the vibe of their surroundings.

1. Harley by Gamma Arredamenti is unique and accommodating, featuring an abundant structure that offers plenty of seating space without being overly bulky. Harley chair features a swivel base that’s available in chrome, dark chrome as well as in a various painted metal colors.

Harley swivel chair by Gamma Arredamenti

2. Ghost armchair by Fiam Italia is designed by Cini Boeri and Tomu Katayanagi and is made entirely from a single, monolithic curved glass giving the illusion of floating which yields it to be a true modern design classic and is a part of various permanent museum collections. Aptly named because of its transparency, Ghost glass armchair is made of 12mm thick, gently curved glass, which is able to support 330 pounds.

Ghost armchair by Fiam Italia

3. Monet armchair by Cierre is a truly unique and unexpected surprise for the modern bedroom or any space that requires a little twist to the norm offering the ultimate in comfort and sophistication while also providing a fun place to relax and rock.

Monet armchair by Cierre

4). Gloss armchair by Gamma Arredamenti features a hardwood frame covered with polyurethane resin, unique stitching details and painted metal round swivel base with an option of upgrading to chrome. Gloss armchair can be upholstered in a wide selection of genuine Italian leathers.

Gloss armchair by Gamma Arredamenti

5. Alaska lounge chair by Emilio Nanni for Cattelan Italia blends seductive somberness and masculine allures into a sensual cocktail of quality and design. Alaska lounge chair is an art piece that not only decorates and provides a place for relaxation, but also enriches any space with its magnificent appearance, infused with radiance achieved through its stainless-steel structure.

Alaska lounge chair by Cattelan Italia

How to pick the perfect stool for your kitchen, bar or game room?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Wrong height, too wide, wobbly and uncomfortable may be some of the problems that send people in search of a replacement stool for their kitchen counter, bar area and even game room. To steer the selection process in the right direction, it is important to note a few very important details that can serve as possible filters and eventually help select the perfect stool.

First, you need to identify whether you need a counter or bar height stool. Most popular collections like Filly stool by Bonaldo and Cindy stool by Cattelan Italia offer the same stool in both heights which makes the choosing process unencumbered. If placing stools around the kitchen counter, then their seat height should be 24-29 inches while a bar height stool should have seat height that ranges from 30-36 inches.

Filly Too Stool by Bonaldo

Filly Too Stool by Bonaldo

Another element to consider when selecting the perfect modern bar stool is whether it should be swivel and height adjustable. This plays a big role particularly in multipurpose areas that require a more flexible solution. For example, in a game room where the action can be spectated from different directions, the swiveling functionality can be very useful while height adjustable mechanism can serve family members with drastically different heights. Some height adjustable stools can also be lowered to a dining chair height and can be reused as additional dining chairs. Some of the most popular examples of height adjustable stools include the Toto stool by Cattelan Italia which is very modern and sleek while the Club stool by Costantini Pietro serves the more transitionally decorated spaces with its button-tufted design.

Toto stool by Cattelan Italia

Toto stool by Cattelan Italia

Lastly, stools that are chosen should be comfortable, but also flow with the rest of the decor. Whether they need to match the dining chairs nearby or the materials of the kitchen cabinets, the stools of choice should be consistent. In fact, many stools are now part of larger collections that also include dining chairs for this exact reason. Take the very vast Isabel collection by Cattelan Italia that includes dining chairs as well as stools that can either be entirely upholstered or have metal legs to coexist with the metal surfaces around them. But if it’s wooden surfaces that is needed to match then collections like Arcadia and Magda both offer dining and stool options with wooden finished frames.

Magda dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda stool by Cattelan Italia

Magda stool by Cattelan Italia

How to Choose a Sofa: Finding the Right One for Your Home

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

How to Choose a Sofa: Finding the Right One for Your Home

There are lots of different styles of sofas and choosing one can be difficult. Here’s your guide on how to choose a sofa that’s right for your home.

Buying a sofa is a major investment for your living space.
With all the options out there, it might seem impossible to narrow it down to the right choice for you. Even if you think you know what you want, once you walk into a store or start browsing the images online, all the shapes, styles, and customization options can be overwhelming.

Rushing into a couch purchase is likely to leave you with nothing but frustration and buyer’s remorse.

If you’re on the hunt for a new sofa, it’s important that you make the right decision. Don’t make a choice you’ll regret–use this guide to get a sense of what you should be looking for.

light interior with blue sofa and yellow cushions

Here’s how to choose a sofa that fits your home.

How to Choose a Sofa

Like getting a tattoo or adopting a new dog, buying a sofa for your home is a huge commitment.

There are a number of factors to consider–like size, color, design, and material. You need to know all the facts before you get started.

Follow these steps to narrow down the right sofa for you and your home.

1. Consider Size First

This might sound obvious, but size is an important factor that’s often overlooked.

Your couch will likely be the focal point of the room. It’s important that you pick something of a practical size that still complements the rest of your space. Be sure that you arrange your furniture carefully around your new sofa.

Get out the tape measure and check the maximum sofa dimensions that will fit (and look good) in your space. You want something that fills the space without engulfing it entirely.

Also, check the dimensions of any doors or stairways that the sofa will have to pass through during delivery.

2. Focus on Fabric

From the color to the material, your choice of upholstery fabric can have a huge impact on the room.

Whether you pick a bold color or you decide to go for a simple couch, choose your pattern carefully to make sure it fits your scheme. Remember that brighter and stronger colors will make your couch stand out in your living room–so pick the color based on whether you want your couch in the spotlight or blending into the background.

Aesthetic might be important, but functionality is another key part of picking the right fabric.

If you have kids or pets, go for a stain-camouflaging fabric with a dark color that’s easy to spot clean. Be sure that the fabric is washable or can be removed for cleaning.

3. Find the Right Filling

The filling makes the difference between a couch that’s there mostly for show and a couch that’s made for long movie nights.

If your couch is more of an aesthetic choice than a personal one, or you’re planning on using it more for sitting upright, fewer feathers and more foam will make for a firmer, sleeker look.

If you’re planning on using your couch as a comfy haven for Netflix watching, napping, and friendly get-togethers, opt for a more down-heavy filling option for additional comfort.

You can check the depth of your sofa cushions to gauge how firm or soft your couch will be. Take a quick look at your options:

  • 18 inches. Cool, modern, and sleek–but not the coziest option
  • 22 inches. Still firm, but a little more comfortable for sitting
  • 24 inches. Deep enough to sit and lie down comfortably
  • 33 inches. You’ll sink right into the pillows–a good place for lounging and sleeping

4. Don’t Skimp on the Cost

When it comes to buying a sofa, don’t hold back on the cost.

Your sofa will be the anchor of your living room–regardless of how you use it. It’s probably the largest piece of furniture in your space, and it’s what you’ll see first when you step into the room.

It’s also a big social draw for your home. Whether for a formal reception or a casual movie night, you’ll probably have friends and guests sitting on your couch too.

Your sofa is an important investment–and hopefully something you’ll have for years down the line. Take the time and money to pick out a durable, high-quality sofa for your home.

5. Try Before You Buy

Just like a car, it’s important that you give your couch a test drive too.

If you’re buying in-store, this should be pretty easy. For online buyers, try making it to a store or showroom anyways–and try out the closest option to what you’re looking to buy. Don’t buy a sofa unless you’re sure it’s the right choice for you.

When you’re deciding whether to buy a sofa, don’t just plop down for a few seconds and then give your verdict. Take your time sitting and lying down on each couch that you’re considering. If a salesperson tries to rush you, brush them off and be deliberate with each sofa.

Check the depth, back support, comfort, and armrests. Also be sure to ask about the material and dimensions of the sofa.

Some sofas come with additional perks–like a reclining chair, a love seat or extra cushions. Know everything about what the couch offers before you buy.

The Bottom Line

From classy parties to family movie nights, your sofa will be working hard in your home.

A couch is a functional powerhouse and the aesthetic focus of the room. Knowing how to choose a sofa takes a lot of research, but it could mean the difference between a successful purchase or a painful return.

The size, color, style, and comfort level will set the room’s tone. If you choose correctly, it’ll be worth the investment.

Are you on the hunt for a new couch? Contact us today to ask about our living room furniture and accessories.

Color story – combo that screams of summer

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

With summer officially on its way, the bright colors are alerting and inviting at once. Especially as they spell out everything that’s associated with summer. The strikingly fresh combination of orange and navy blue is all about warm weather, lazy afternoons, water and fresh fruit. This elegant yet lavish combination of cool and bright magnificently epitomizes summer in particularly when it is cleverly applied to furniture that denote modern settings and create contemporary environments like the Orange Slice chair and the ABCD sofa by Pierre Paulin for Artifort.

Orange and navy blue color combination in modern interiors