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Category: Room Design

Trends in Rugs and Soft Floor Coverings

Area rugs, which are different than carpets, are still very popular. Carpets are a term that means wall-to-wall carpeting and this is installed over the finished floor or subfloor with tackles strips and with a proper padding for softness and durability. Rugs are also installed with pads, usually thinner pads, sometimes thicker, and are for an area of a room but not the whole room. The remaining area of the floor which shows is usually wood, tile or stone. Traditional
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The Powder Room – A Folly in Your Home

The Powder Room is one of, if not THE smallest room in your home. Yet unlike other small rooms in your home, like the Laundry Room, the Powder Room is seen by most of your guests at some point. Therefore, we think what it lacks in size it should make up in drama. We think the Powder Room should be a folly. fol·ly noun – ˈfälē/ 1) lack of good sense; foolishness.  2) a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose,
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What’s the Difference Between a Cocktail Table and a Coffee Table?

You’ve heard us talking about how a sofa is not a couch and a couch is not a sofa. Please forgive our OCD, but we still stand by those rules. However, when it comes to cocktail tables and coffee tables we use those terms interchangeably. These days the terms are used to describe all low tables placed in front of a sofa. But if you want to seem “in the know” there is a difference to the hardcore furniture enthusiasts,
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Color Trends from High Point Market

Twice a year, spring and fall, we go to High Point, North Carolina to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet in North Carolina for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing their products, new introductions and designs. It is by far the world’s largest home furnishings market in the world. Why do we go? To see
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Drapery Panels – the Simple, Elegant and Versatile Window Treatment

Window treatments come in all styles, shapes, colors, sizes, types and qualities. They are one of the most diverse groups of interior materials and cover a very broad spectrum of finishes. They can be very plain or very elaborate, inexpensive or very costly. They can make a statement or blend into the background. But one of the hottest fabric treatments is the very simple, very elegant drapery panel. There are other very popular treatments like Hunter Douglas shades, Silhouettes, shutters,
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Applying Colors to Interiors

We are frequently asked about color and how to use it. Besides the difficulty of selecting an actual paint color for a room, clients frequently do not know how to apply the rest of the color throughout their interior. There are many ways, and as professionals we have experimented with many, but here are two very simple solutions that you can try in your home. The basic concept is to go big or go small. Allow us to explain. If
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Kitchen Design Trends 2016

Have you been wondering what’s hot in kitchen design these days? Here are the latest trends we are seeing in kitchens, some new and some ongoing. Still Larger Kitchens are still growing in square footage. The center island is becoming larger as with more seating and function. More special features in kitchens means more space is required. Still Open Plan Being the heart of the home the kitchen is opening up to other rooms. Taking down a partition wall that
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Master Bathroom Design Trends 2016

We reported on bathroom design trends over a year ago and now we have some updates as to what is hot in 2016, specifically in the master bathrooms. Larger Master Bathrooms The master bathroom continues to grow in size in both new construction and renovation projects. We are frequently taking space from other rooms/areas to make the master bath larger. Sometimes these are part of a dressing room and other times completely separate. Toilet Compartments With larger master bathrooms, clients
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The Forever Fashionable Frequently Functional Martini Table

What is a Martini Table? Any small table used beside a chair, sofa, sectional, banquette or seat that is primarily for the use of one person. Formerly called cigarette tables, these small gems have evolved into the more elegant named Martini Tables, a name that more accurately describes their use and stylish qualities. They can come in any shape, any material, any finish and the possible combinations are endless. There are literally thousands from which to choose. Frequently made in
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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Bidet and Then Some

A bidet (bee-day) is a plumbing fixture used to wash one’s private areas and is typically installed next to a toilet in the bathroom. Traditional designs may also be used to clean any other part of the body, such as the feet. Despite appearing similar to a toilet, a traditional bidet may be more accurately compared to a sink. They are not meant to replace the use of toilet paper. They are used after toilet paper to achieve full cleanliness without immediately
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Our Favorite Paint Colors – Part 2

In our last blog post we shared some of our favorite paint colors with you, specifically from The Benjamin Moore Classic Collection. This week we are sharing more of our favorite paint colors but this time from another loved paint company Sherwin-Williams. Here are some of our favorite Sherwin-Williams colors. GREEN: Kind Green   This green is properly named because it is a very kind green, soft on the eye and easy to live with. Useful for a variety of styles
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High Point Market

People who know us know that twice a year we head to High Point, North Carolina for the High Point Market. Each, spring and fall, we go there to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet up for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing their products, new introductions and designs. It is by far the world’s largest
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The Always Stylish Yet Highly Functional Étagère

We have talked in the past about how the highly underrated ottoman just doesn’t get enough respect yet it is a highly functional and very stylish piece of furniture. Similarly, the étagère is also a highly functional very stylish piece of furniture but its place in the furniture world is only slightly ahead of the ottoman. An étagère is a piece of furniture which was made in France during the latter part of the 18th century. It consists of a series of
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What’s Happening in your Closet?

Is your closet a source of pride or a source of shame? Is it something you like to show off to your friends or a hiding place to throw everything that no one should ever see when visiting your home? The 21st century closet has evolved into a showcase not a hiding space. This formerly forgotten space no longer has been relegated to last place on the list when it comes to home renovation and decoration. The closet has become
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Visiting SubZero & Wolf Appliances in Madison, Wisconsin

Last week we had the unique opportunity to visit the SubZero and Wolf factories near Madison, Wisconsin and learn about their products at the Bakke Center.  It was a wonderful experience open to kitchen designers and appliance dealers and one that we will cherish forever.  Not only were we fed constantly, we were taught all about what makes these products so special and sets them apart from other brands. SubZero pioneered modern refrigeration and are known in the industry as
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High Point Market

People who know us know that twice a year we head to High Point, North Carolina for the High Point Market. Each, spring and fall,

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