Mad Men Furniture for the Perfect Man Cave

A Man Cave is an exciting space to decorate and there are many different ways you can decide to go to get whatever look you want. One of those ways would be to adopt the ‘Mad Men’ appeal. But unlike most of other options, this one requires a little bit more of planning and making sure that you pick the right furniture for your space. To help you with that, here are some tips and furniture that could help you pull off the perfect “Mad Men” look for your man cave.

The Egg Chair

A man cave is nothing without a recliner and the Eames lounge chair is the best for the job. Nothing spells comfort and class better than the Eames Chair with its leather and fine finish. The Ottoman is definitely going to be a great addition that would see your comfort skyrocket and add loads of value to your man cave. If you don’t have the budget for this, you can get a little creative and opt for a replica of the Egg Chair. It might not be a recliner but packs loads of comfort and style and will be a great contrast to your space.

Bar Cart

If you are intent on getting that Mad Men look down to the wire, there is no question that a bar is going to be a big part of your interior design. If your budget and space allows, by all means you can go all out but, a bar cart is usually a creative way of keeping your vodka and scotch visible without breaking the bank. The best thing about Mid-century themed bar carts is that they are as diverse as you would like your alcohol and you would be spoilt for choice getting the one that best fits your décor.

Cater to the guests

A man cave is not complete until ‘The Alphas’ come in, check it out and give it a thumbs up. If they like the place, you can rest assured yours will the new meeting spot and that will mean you’ve got to get extra furniture. The type of furniture you get should coincide with the kinds of activities you guys engage in the most. If you watch a lot of games on TV, a retro leather sofa would be a perfect piece for the man cave or other types of retro furniture as seen on Mad Men. It is comfortable and spacious and it won’t take up all your space so it doesn’t feel cramped.

If you would rather play poker or some friendly gambling, then you could think of more creative options like the Tulip Style Chair. You should not forget that while the furniture has to be functional, its touch of class should not require introduction and the contrast should allow the pieces you choose to be easily visible. That’s how you grab attention and stay ahead of the pack.

The table

The mighty table! You might not even need one but why should you pass on the chance for the perfect Mad Men look. After all, you never know what the future holds. You might not need a table now but, you will definitely need one on the future. You have quite a number of options depending on your preferred look and the intended use for the table. If you are just looking for a place to hold your popcorns while you get the door, something trendy, classy and that screams Mad Men in Caps, the Noguchi Coffee Table would be a perfect fit. If you have kids around and you fear they might break the glass, there is a wooden version of it that is just as attractive and breath-taking.  You can also go for the wide range of tulip style tables on the market but you want to concentrate your energy on the ones that are not high reaching.

Rug

You need a great rug to over some of that floor and give it more of a comfortable feeling. The last thing you want is to have your feet constantly feeling the cold floor. This is the one place that is not going to be a battle. It might be with regards to colour but, shaggy rugs take the day head and shoulder above any other type of rug you can consider. Furthermore, they are quite comfortable with that squishy feel under your feet.

And, there you have it! The perfect Mad Men themed man cave! It is all about blending the perfect mid-century furniture in terms of themes and colours and the picks you have just read about will definitely help you achieve that.

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5 Great Open Concept Design Ideas

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Open floor plans are considered to be both practical and modern; so, if you’re decorating an open space, this article is exactly what you’re looking for. In order to help you with your creative project we’ve prepared a list of 5 great open concept design ideas.

Make your place look trendy – use a monochromatic colour scheme

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Open floor plans have become quite trendy, so it’s not a surprise that so many people have decided to tear down the walls in their place. Additionally, it’s highly advisable that in the case of open floor house design one goes for a monochromatic colour scheme. Basically, all you need to do is choose a colour that you like and decorate the whole floor in it. Of course, you’re more than welcome to combine different shades and tones of this colour in order to make the place look fun and inviting. Finally, once you’re done decorating, you can create a contrast by incorporating an accent colour into the design which will break the monotony.

Make a small place look bigger and more urban

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Another amazing thing about the open concept design is that by simply tearing down a few walls you can make your apartment look much bigger. Just imagine that the wall between your small living room and kitchen doesn’t exist. You like the idea, don’t you? And that’s not all. You can make your apartment even more urban by adding a bar where the wall used to be. We guarantee that all your friends will simply go crazy about your new home design.

Add a touch of luxury

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Open floor houses are perfect for those who want to get a taste of luxury under their own roof. For example, unlike other houses, those with the open concept design are spacious enough so that you can install an indoor pool. It will make your home look as if a celebrity lived there. Additionally, you can include some useful pool equipment such as pool lights and make your place look even more sophisticated. On top of that, owing to them, you’ll be able to create a perfect atmosphere for romantic nights with your loved one. Finally, an indoor pool is a great replacement for a home gym since all the workout equipment would spoil the elegant design of your open house.

Use rugs instead of walls

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Another key feature of open floor houses is that their design is much more economical, even though it doesn’t seem so at first glance. For example, instead of investing in building walls, you can go for nice carpets which will define the space instead. You just need to take one and place it under your dining table, and then place the other one where your sofa and TV are, and voilà – your rooms are separated!

Create your cosy corner

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Finally, an open floor plan is great because it gives you a lot of freedom to experiment with your available space and adjust it to your own needs. So, if you’re done decorating the major parts of your house, think about the empty corners and what you can do with them. For example, if you like reading, you can create a nice cosy reading nook in one of the corners near the window so that you can enjoy the daylight. This way, even though it’s a part of a larger space, it will have its own character and purpose.

As you can see, there are a lot of different ways to design your open house. However, it’s most important that you follow your wishes and go for decor that makes you feel comfortable in your own home.

Faith McGregor

Faith is a writer, seeking beauty everywhere she goes and finding it in art, nature, family, and home. Passionate about just living life to the fullest, she’s into home decor and healthy lifestyle, trying to be the best version of herself and make her surroundings match.

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What’s new in the furniture world?

Much as I obsess about my own business, Furniture Works, I’m also interested in the furniture business as a whole.  Here’s some more recent news about the industry.

Importing

80% of case goods (chests of drawers, etc.) and 45% of upholstery sold in the US comes from overseas.  Overall, the percentage has increased 2% over 2016 with increases for Canada (1%), Malaysia (6%) and Poland (13%) and decreases for China (-1%), Taiwan (-16%) and India (-18%).  The biggest increase is in upholstered goods.

Ditto, exports from the US have fallen by 2% overall, the biggest has been metal furniture parts (-12%).  The largest change in buyers have been France (up 28%) and the UAR (-28%).  Canada’s imports dwarfs the other countries at $631.9M.

Costs

This fall, costs for constructing furniture have gone up.  Frames, foam & packaging have all gone up 15% which has driven up the prices of upholstery by 2%. It would have had more of an effect on retail prices except that overall sales have not risen by much.

The Players

The “big boys” in the business are Ashley HomeStore (#1 at $3.8B in revenue), Mattress Firm (#2 at $3.4B) and Ikea (#3 at $3.2B).  These are followed by Williams-Sonoma, Rooms to Go, Berkshire Hathaway & RH.  Big Lots, interestingly enough, comes in at #8.

Online?  Yep, it is having its impacts.  Wayfair had $1.2B in sales and was up 41.9% over a year ago.  They are not yet profitable, however.  Amazon has begun selling upholstery with a couple of lines.

And what would you like for Christmas?

61% prefer gift cards & certificates, 55% clothing, 39% books & other media, 33% electronics & 24% home décor & furnishings.  59% will shop online, 57% in department stores, 54% in discount stores & 46% in grocery/supermarkets.

And what’s the future for us?

We’ll continue to bring you the best quality used furniture & reasonably priced new furniture that we can.  Just to add a couple more numbers, there are nearly 500 items available at any time in our 6000 square foot store.

Dangerous Furniture

Even the most indifferent observer may have noticed that not all the money we give our government is well-spent (“pith helmets for postal workers?”) but I confess that I have fallen in love with the U.S. Census Bureau.  I would gladly take them out for dinner and drinks.  If only my love were requited, I would send them a dozen roses.

How casually, how glibly, they provide the most intimate information about ourselves.  They tell me that in 1997, almost 110,000 people went to emergency rooms from accidents with their sofas, couches and davenports.

This number is about half of those injured by their own tables or by their chairs.  I’d go lie down and think about it but 400,000 people were injured involving their beds.  In other words, every day 1000 of our fellow Americans are involved with dangerous bedding.  Mind you these are not the casual accident of waking up with chenille lines on your face, but emergency room visits.

Despite my breathless exhortations, the Census Bureau seems unwilling, however, to tell me how this could happen.  Pulling on a sweater while walking around the living room? Eating the stuffing?  Refusing to move the furniture before a living room re-enactment of Disco Dance Party?  Perhaps we’ve simply become a nation of careless sitters.  Let’s hope not.  There were 43,000 accidents with toilets.

And, worse yet, accidents with sofas are almost three times the number of accidents with scissors.  Clearly, Mom was wrong.  She should have told us not to run with couches.

The obvious solution is to augment the warning labels.  “Kids, this sofa is not a toy.  It is not a very good trampoline.” But, it’s not like they don’t warn us about things already.  There’s a bottle of dried bobcat urine (to keep pests out of the garden) that says “Not for human consumption” or the ovenware that says “Ovenware will get hot when used in oven”.  There’s a heat gun that says “Do not use this tool as a hairdryer”.  My package of Austin Peanut Butter Crackers includes the warning that the package includes peanut ingredients.  Perhaps I should take some cold comfort in this.  After all, Heinz does sell both cider vinegar and imitation cider vinegar.

But, back to the topic at hand (such as it is).  The Furniture Fire Safety Act requires upholstered furniture to be labeled with:

“This product contains polyurethane foam and presents a severe fire hazard! In case of fire, serious personal injury or death can result from extreme heat, rapid oxygen depletion, and the production of toxic gases. Do not expose this product to any intense radiant heat or open flames such as space heaters, open burning, cigarettes, naked lights, matches, electrical sparks, or other intense heat sources.”  And so I would strongly encourage you not to smoke your sofa.

I’d go fix myself a cup of coffee and sit down and worry about all of this if I weren’t so scared of the coffee maker.  Maybe I’ll just go and write a thank you to the Census Bureau.  I couldn’t find any statistics on accidents with pen and paper.

Choose The Best Furniture For Your Garden

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There is more to it than just tending to your garden in order to make it look wonderful and enticing. A great idea is to consider it another room of the house, and invest in making it a space where you can spend your time. This means that you should implement furniture into your garden. Place a table with some cozy chairs or a sofa, and you’ve got yourself an outdoors part of your home where you can spend your time alone or with your family. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the tips for getting the best furniture for your garden.

Decide on the purpose

The first step is to decide what you want to achieve by implementing the furniture. Are you aiming for a space where you can host dinner parties? Do you want it to be a simple dining area for you and your family? Are you thinking about designing a peaceful spot where you can lay back and read during warm afternoons? Make a list of what you want to do with the space, and this will help you decide what furniture is the most suitable for it.

Getting shelter and shade

What you probably want is to create a space that is sheltered from the hot summer sun or rainy and windy weather. There are two choices that you can go for. The first is a pergola, which will provide you with just enough shade, but won’t be able to offer much protection against the rain. The other option is a summerhouse or a gazebo, which is bound to make your space dry, but might feel more like you are on the inside instead of in your garden.

Easily maintained furniture

Make sure that you get furniture that requires little maintenance, in order to be able to enjoy your garden space rather than take care of it most of the time. The general case with cedar, metal, teak and wicker pieces is that they are resistant to different kinds of weather. Go for these materials if you really want to enjoy great furniture that will look great for a long time.

Go for high-quality

Of course, it is also very important that you adhere to the old saying that you get what you pay for. For example, cheap plastic resin tables and chairs may look great in the shop, but the fact is that they will keep this look for a few years, until they become fragile and lose the color. A number of wicker and wood products that go for a cheap price have the same problem. You need to be careful when you shop and read reviews before you make the decision to buy.

Apply smart coloring

You should keep in mind that when getting the furniture for your garden, you don’t have to be restricted to the natural hues of wood, metal and wicker. You can invest in high-quality colorful finishes in order to get the best looks out of your patio furniture. Next to that, you can get creative by adding boldly colored cushions and accessories.

Go for comfort

Aesthetics might be important, but an essential aspect of your garden furniture is comfort. Piece made out of metal or wood are bound to last long, but for them to truly be comfortable, you need to add some soft cushions made out of plush. Pancake cushions are a bad choice, since they provide you with what you are looking for. Get big and light ones that will make your furniture truly usable. Polyester filler is an essential component. A light and elastic filler easily dries after exposure to moisture.

Think about shape and size

The shape and size of your furniture matters for any room in your home. Therefore, it’s no different for your garden. If you want to make it into a dining space, you must pay attention to the size of the dining table. Make sure that it doesn’t take control of all of the space, and that people can move around easily. According to the professionals at landscape design Sydney, the furniture pieces have to be just the right size so that they make the space open enough and that it remains functional.

In summation

When you choose the furniture for your garden, you must decide what purpose the space should serve. It is important that you go for high-quality and comfort, but also for furniture that doesn’t require high-maintenance. The shape and size also matters, so that the space remains functional.

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