How to effective mix and match different styles

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Refined taste with design styles that range from modern, traditional, minimal and industrial can often constrain a space from its fullest personal expression because of non-verbal design rules that suggest a singular decorative definition. However, the seemingly layered arrangement frequently ensues in the coexistence of multiple styles in the same room. Mixing and matching eliminates rules and restrictions that are particular to certain design styles. For example, a Chesterfield sofa that’s associated with 17th century British aristocracy is perfectly combined with a minimalistic Abaco bookcase by Tonin Casa, further emphasizing the clashing styles through a colorful Fly magazine rack.

Chesterfield sofa, Abaco bookcase and Fly magazine rack by Tonin Casa

Along the same lines is an example of traditional weathered grandfather leather armchairs that are counterbalanced with sleek plastic Kos coffee tables, resulting in a dimensional space with poetic simplicity and authentic expression.

Grandfather leather armchairs with sleek plastic Kos coffee tables by Tonin Casa

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.

How to display memories and mementos without cluttering

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The home is a space that is personal, an oasis of familiarity and a creative outlet that represents all the things that truly matter in our lives. Whether its art, a collection of souvenirs or family heirlooms, there must be a place to showcase and highlight these meaningful objects. Saving the day (and spatial character) are modern bookcases that will not only accommodate the needed displaying functionality but also create a dramatic focal point in any contemporary interior setting.

Note bookcase by  Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo

Note bookcase by Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo

Note bookcase by Bonaldo is a creative way to showcase art and collectibles as it can be placed against a wall or used as a room divider in open floor concepts. Its open structure allows for easy access to all its contents thanks to the visually notable pattern of horizontal and diagonal lines that are further distinguished by an ombre color combination.

Spazio 66 bookcase by Pianca

Spazio 66 bookcase by Pianca

Made in Italy, Spazio 66 wall mounted bookcase and display cabinet by Pianca is a unique storage solution that allows to simultaneously display the most valuable things behind glass doors as well as in an open shelving system. With a myriad of colors and finishes to choose from, Spazio 66 bookcase is the ultimate composition to create visual depth through its closed/opened facade.

Piquant bookcase by Andrea Lucatello for Cattelan Italia

Piquant bookcase by Andrea Lucatello for Cattelan Italia

Designed by Andrea Lucatello, Piquant bookcase by Cattelan Italia goes beyond its innate utility by incorporating discerning functionality of sliding doors into its dynamically designed facade. Offering both hidden and open areas through the sliding door compartments, Piquant bookcase undertakes the task of fulfilling multi-functional needs in any of today’s modern interiors.

 

 

Editor’s pick – perfect modern recliner is no longer a rarity

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Recliners as a general rule are certainly not the most attractive seating solution pieces in a sea of stunning designer furniture pieces, and yet it is something that fills the void of certain type of comfort that only this particular chair can meet. We searched high and low for reclining chairs that also combine an element of sophistication and refinement, and were able to highlight two stunning options by Nicoline that, if one did not know, would never assume were recliners. Both Lessina and Poros are a testament to modern style, minimal design and meticulous attention to details that help create a sense of fit with any space that can benefit from reclining functionality without the sacrifice of style. Both recliners are also swiveling armchairs, when not in reclining mode and thus can serve is an attractive accent chair in any room.

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Chesterfield sofa is not just a piece of furniture but a piece of history

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Chesterfield, as we now know it, is an exquisite leather sofa that incorporates prominent tufting pattern into its back, seat or both. Its recognized design has turned the Chesterfield sofa into a descriptive and highly transcending style of seating thought to be namesaked after the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Philip Stanhope who was looking for a furniture solution that allowed comfort without the sacrifice of mannered personal appearance. The original Chesterfield offered an upright, firm seat, adorned with buttons and nail head trim for added trendsetting qualities and aesthetic refinement.

Today, chesterfield sofas have changed the status quo of formal seating, and are used in all settings and in all styles, not just in traditionally designed spaces. Their old-fashioned stigmas and conventional class barriers have disintegrated, with modern sofa versions designed to embrace the decorative depths of original chesterfields with simplified details and a timeless British imprint on interior design.

Some of our favorite Chesterfield inspired masterpieces include the Aston collection by Gamma Arredamenti that includes a sofa, sectional, chaise, armchair and a bed.

Aston sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston bed by Gamma Arredamenti

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