Shopping Case Goods

Let’s talk about the Great American Pastime…shopping…and how to find good furniture.  First of all, I’ll start with 3 axioms.  Everybody wants a bargain. Value is made up of both price and quality. And, lastly, you should buy the best quality piece of furniture you can afford.

Of course, there are exceptions to this last one.  If you’re moving every year, or on an extremely tight budget, you may want dispose-a-furniture, but for your sake and the sake of the environment, it’s better to get something that lasts.  It’s better to give something away than to throw something away.

We’ll start with case goods.  These are chests of drawers, vanities, dressers, sideboards, armoires, entertainment centers, think anything big and rectangular.

Low budget case goods may be made up of particle board or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).  Their finishes will be paper or vinyl veneer with the grain painted on or covered in house paint or enamel.  The joints are butt-lapped (end to edge) and held together with staples.  The back is likely to be cardboard (glued or nailed on) as will be the bottom of the drawers.  The drawer fronts will be attached with glue or screws.  If it’s an armoire or entertainment center, the doors won’t open all the way back to the sides of the case.  The carved details will be plastic or resin rather than carved wood.  Based on my own experience, expect three to five years of use.

Middle of the line pieces will be made out of plywood with multiple ply veneers and have a finish of colored lacquer or Formica.  The joinery may be a mixture but the best joints will have dovetails, dadoes or mortise and tenon joints.  The back will be recessed in a rabbeted joint and be nailed or screwed on.  Only the back of the piece will look different than the front or sides.  The drawer bottoms will sit inside a dado joint ( a little groove) and be either masonite or thin plywood.  The drawer fronts will be attached with a mortise and tenon joint.  The drawers will use metal glides and you’ll be easily able to access the back of the drawer.  The inside may be sanded and finished. Depending on use, you’ll have these items for ten to fifteen years.

Heirloom pieces, those which you can pass down to your grandkids, will be a whole ‘nother cat.  They’ll be made out of solid wood or may have up to 7 plys in the veneer.  The look will be a hand rubbed finish, although, truth to tell, most commercial finishes are sprayed on with a high volume low pressure (HVLP) sprayer these days.  The inside of the cabinet should have blocks in corners to increase stability.  The blocks should be at least glued and may be screwed.  Almost all the joinery will be dovetails, dadoes, some mortise and tenon and even some miter joints.  Like before, the back will be rabbetted in and sometimes will have a finish (although since this is rarely seen, not all do).  Under the drawers, which set inside a dado groove, you’ll see corner blocks and the bottom will be made of plywood or solid wood.  The quality of the drawer glides should be noticeably better and allow full access to the inside.  The inside of the drawers may be stained and finished.  The doors should have either piano (long) hinges or slide back into the cabinet (pocket doors) or be double hinged so they’ll open all the way to sides of the cabinet.

It’s worth noting that these are really ideals and you’ll frequently find a mix of better and lesser qualities (hey, just like me) in the same item.  A visit to an antique or used furniture store (shameless plug) is a good way to see a variety of techniques, woods and finishes.

And I highly recommend talking with your customer sales associate (aka salesman) if you have any questions.  Shopping is all about trust.  You trust that what you’re buying is worth your money.  The salesman trusts your check is good.

Old Furniture Deserves a New Life

If you want to have something truly unique in your home without wasting tons of money and, most importantly, increasing your carbon footprint, consider the art of upcycling and repurposing. Even the oldest furniture pieces can look dashing with a little bit of effort. Basically, you can figure out a whole new idea and purpose for an old chair or simply breathe new life into your furniture. There’s no reason to rush into consumer craze when your own creativity can achieve so much, both for your home and the environment.

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Painting and refinishing

If you have some old, shabby-looking wooden furniture pieces, there are plenty of options in store. You can go for a really rustic look by simply sanding the wooden surface. You can leave the piece half-sanded and add paint for a true antique vibe, or refinish the entire piece and give it a fresh coat of paint all over. Of course, you’re not limited to only one color. You can mix and match different shades and patterns in order to get an amazing, unique piece. This project can involve old shelves, tables, chairs, cabinets and whatever else you want to spruce up.

Spray paint to the rescue

Another great way to give your old furniture a new look is to use spray paint. If you’re going to upcycle wooden objects, make sure to sand them first. Pieces made of stone and metal don’t require this step. Recently, metallic style décor has become really popular. In that respect you can add a touch of gold, silver, copper or rose gold to your old pieces in a jiffy. The best thing about this easy trend is that you can choose between matte and shiny spray finishes, and even combine the two. What’s more, there’s this trend of gluing little bits and bobs to larger surfaces, thus making something completely extravagant. Take a look at interesting home décor online to see if anything can be a good match for a such project. You can spray the decorative pieces as well to unify the look.

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Stencils and wallpaper

You can make something even more interesting and eye-pleasing than a simple repainted furniture piece. For example, you can use store-bought stencils or use pretty much anything you want for imprint in order to add a personal touch to your old furniture. On the other hand, wallpapers and decoupage technique can be used to jazz up the entire piece or to add decorative details. For example, you can refinish and repaint your cabinet, but also liven up the cabinet doors with decorative paper, wallpaper, pages from comic books as well as napkins.

Décor bits and pieces

It’s not all about giving a completely new look to your old furniture. Sometimes you just want to improve the furniture you already have. In that respect, you can reupholster your chairs and sofas instead of buying completely new ones. You can give a whole new look to your bed with some nice curtains, thus making a canopy bed. And sometimes, a few tiny tweaks here and there can transform any room. For example, check to see whether your furniture doors need new knobs. Moreover, you can bring old furniture to life by adding beautiful faux plants details that would match a vintage look really well. Also, you can use faux vines to decorate the beds and mirrors even.

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 Repurpose to your heart’s content

Have you ever thought about various ways you can reuse your old things? An old mirror frame can be used as a picture frame and vice versa. Old trunks, chairs and ottomans can be transformed into coffee tables and storage solutions. Your outdoor table can also be a desk, while that tall and sleek wardrobe can end up being a perfect shelf or cabinet. Window shades as well as ladders can be a great solution for vertical gardens, too.

There’s hardly anything furniture-wise that cannot be repaired or reused. In that respect, put your creativity to the test. Play with online ideas and inspirations or try your own out. You may find that the product of your own work is a lot more functional and beautiful than something you can buy.

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How Do Textures and Materials Impact Your Interior Design?

Interior design enthusiasts and professionals always stress on making the right choices – the perfect couch for the living room, a solid and beautiful dining table, the color of paint on walls and floors, etc. However, one essential aspect often gets overlooked, i.e. choosing the right materials and textures.

 

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Importance of Texture in Interior Design

Texture plays a huge role in creating the mood of a space, impacting its visual as well as tactile appeal. Here are some of the basic aspects to consider:

  1. Colors – The color palette you’ve chosen will help determine what type of textural elements you should use. Monochromatic and harmonious color schemes can be given more depth and visual interest when you add contrast with mixed textures. With complementary colors, the use of similar textures helps to create a more cohesive look throughout the space.
  2. Materials – Carefully select materials that help define and balance the space. For instance, a cowhide rug has an interesting mix of textures that lends warmth and sophistication to bedrooms, living areas and entryways. Cowhide accessories are great for children’s rooms too, offering both visual and tactile stimuli during their early development.

Practicality – While selecting materials, ensure they are both practical and versatile. For items placed in direct sunlight, choose materials that won’t fade. If a home has children or pets, choose durable leather rugs or cowhide furniture. These repel dirt, dust and fur, in addition to being stain-resistant and sturdy enough to handle heavy foot traffic.

How Textures Work with Light

Different textures interact with light by absorbing reflecting, or diffusing it. For instance:

  • Smooth Textures – When you use smooth, reflective materials such as satin or silk in a room, they reflect light to make the space seem larger and lighter. Mirrors, glossy-finish metallic elements and lustrous wall paint can have the same effect. These materials can make colors seem deeper and more saturated as well.
  • Rough Textures – Rougher textures that absorb light are perfect for creating a cozy and comfortable feel. For instance, floor rugs made of animal hide, fabric or wool make colors seem more subtle and refined. Unpolished stone or wood, frosted glass, and matte-finish metal or paint will also make the space seem warmer.

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Select the Right Textures for the Style

The “look” and “feel” of a room can be transformed with texture, as well as the materials used to create it. For instance:

  • Rustic Interiors – The key here is to play up natural elements that absorb light, such as wood, stone and leather. Hardwood floors, cowhide couches or armchairs, large sofa cushions and soft rugs help make the space warm and welcoming.
  • Luxurious Style – If you want glamourous interiors, use rich colors and textures that both capture and reflect light. Soft velvet upholstery creates a wonderful sense of opulence, and leather rugs add smooth sophistication to any space.
  • Modern Design – This style is defined by simple color schemes, reflective textures and glossy materials that make the space seem more open and airy. Lasered rugs paired with metallic elements can help you capture a sleek and modern look.

Remember, trends will change with time. Natural elements are always in vogue, so look for cowhide rugs online, along with other accessories that capture your style!

Author Bio: Caroline Modig works at Art Hide and oversees their marketing and promotional efforts. Her passion for interior design and the knowledge she gained over the years allows her to find time from her busy schedule to write informative blogs about interior trends, popular styling tips and everything related. When she isn’t working or writing, you can find her relaxing to some contemporary jazz while solving puzzles.

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Mixing Vintage and Modern Home Décor

Equipping your home with modern accessories is great if you like living in a Matrix-inspired space. However, this decorating style is not for everyone, so re-examine your personal taste and take your own preferences into consideration when decorating your home. For those who like the Ye Olde Days more, opting for a vintage home décor style might be the perfect solution, especially if they add some modern taste to it as well. Coming up with a tasteful, elegant and inviting combination might be hard, but the results will be worth your time, effort and money. If you want your home to portray a successful blend of modern and vintage, here are a few tips that might help you.

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Your Private Sanctuary

Even though we don’t spend that much time in our bathrooms, this space still remains special. This is where we take the first morning shower and recuperate after an awful day in the office. In short, out bathroom should be a sanctuary, but also an exciting place that gives us energy. The best way to achieve such a mix is by decorating your bathroom properly.

One of the most popular ideas nowadays are wood-effect porcelain tiles – they’ll give your bathroom an old-school effect it desperately needs, but it can also take it to the 21st century. These tiles combine an irreplaceable look of a traditional bathroom with an unique twist of a contemporary home decoration, so they’re perfect for everyone. Another way to decorate your bathroom is by installing a freestanding bathtub – these have a unique 1930s appeal, but, when put into a modern context, usually look quite innovative.

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The Center of Attention

Every family spends hours and hours in the living room, so you should pay special attention to this part of your home. Luckily, finding vintage furniture has never been easier and you can find lots of options online. If you know what you’re looking for and how much money you’re willing to spend on a particular piece, you’ll surely find dozens of options.

Since most living rooms include a TV or stereo, the best thing to do is to contrast these high-tech items with a classic armchair/sofa combo. If you add an ottoman or a vintage coffee table, your living room will be perfectly balanced, especially if you top it all off with a classic soft shaggy rug, one of the most beloved decorating items of the 1980s. This addition will bring back old memories and instantaneously make you 40 years younger. Finally, make sure you coordinate the colors of your furniture, your walls and your rug adequately – first find the furniture and then pick the color of the walls to match it.

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Focus on the Lights

Setting up the perfect lighting in your home is never easy, especially if you want to include high-quality lamps and energy-efficient LED lights. Most people have a problem combining these two options since modern light bulbs sometimes really look out of place. But, with a proper blend of old and new, you can do whatever you want.

Whichever time period you prefer – the chic 1940s, the radiant 1960s or subtle 1980s – you’ll easily notice the abundance of all sorts of lamps. Floor lamps, writing lamps, industrial-style hanging lamps, huge lampshades and intricately designed fixtures were focal points of every living room of the last century, so why not introduce them to your home as well? Visit your local flea market, search for vintage lamps and then try to fuse them with modern light bulbs.

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Other Ideas

Some of the other ways to combine vintage and modern home décor styles are old-fashioned wallpapers or retro countertops in your kitchen, heavy drapes mixed with fashionable linens in your bedroom and vintage windows that provide your dining room with enough natural light. Eclectic homes have never been more popular than today, so going into this direction when decorating will surely bring great results.

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About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

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Tips on Buying Upholstered Bedhead and Bed Bases

Upholstered beds are one of the most preferred choices in interior designing. These are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and designs. The versatility of this bed is what makes them a big hit with everyone. While some designs are more traditional and classic, the others are trendy and contemporary; therefore there is something for everybody. If chosen properly, then upholstered bedhead and bed bases can breathe life into the dullest dingiest of rooms. The fact that they bring in sophistication, elegance, and glamour to the space is what makes them a must buy option for the ones who are planning on sprucing up their bedroom.

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Upholstered Bedhead And Bed Bases

There are a few important factors which go into buying upholstered bedhead and bed bases, they are mentioned as follows:

  • One must consider the space: The area of the room plays a crucial part when it comes to installing a new bed. The size of the bed must be in perfect harmony with the size of the room so that everything looks very well synchronized and settled.
  • Inspiration is key: Not everyone is gifted with creative capabilities; therefore, it is essential that one seeks inspiration online or in magazines before deciding on the perfect bed. There is so much inspiration available, that everyone will be able to find the right kind of design that could suit their room preferences.
  • The price: The price plays a crucial factor, so it is crucial to keep the budget in mind. One must visit a variety of shops, and check online stores as well in order to compare the prices. All this will make sure that the upholstered bedhead and bed bases purchased are at the best price possible.
  • Installation: Once everything is decided upon and purchased, the next step is installation. Hiring a professional for installation purpose is the right thing to do, as they are aware of all the know-how. Novices more often than not end up making mistakes, so it is always best to seek professional help while installing upholstered bedhead and bed bases.

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Importance of upholstered bedhead and bed bases

Sleep is vital to a person’s health and so it is important for a person to get hold of a nice and comfortable bed where they can sleep peacefully. Essentially bedhead reinforces the bed and holds all the pillows in place. It has a support mechanism which allows people to lean on it. Apart from that, it is part of the overall décor of the place, and it enhances the bed functionality. Basically, bedhead is a decorative centerpiece of the sleeping arrangement of a room. Upholstered bedheads make the bed look extremely beautiful; they add a touch of elegance and class to the overall look of the room. Both men, as well as women, can install upholstered bedhead and bed bases in their room, thus lending it a smart look. If perfectly matched with the overall surroundings, the room can look very stylish. Buying a bed, considering the height of the room is always helpful.

The variety and choice

Since upholstered bedhead and bed bases are in rage, they are available in a variety of colors patters and designs. Since there is a plethora of designs to choose from, people may get a little confused, but keeping in mind the rest of the décor of the room is what will help you in making a smart decision. Upholstered beds look very glamorous, and will definitely catch the eye of all the guests. The owners will definitely earn compliments for their fine taste if they have such a bed at home. The exceptional variety has made it a favorite with people who wish to enhance the appearance of their bedroom.

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