Archive for March, 2012
From armoires to wooden figurines to headboards and accent mirrors, home furnishings are canvases for artists around the world. Adorned with floral patterns, Asian motifs and other ethnic-inspired designs, hand-painted furniture and accessories are the must-have items of the season. “Hand-painted home furnishings are taking center stage in the home, adding a world-inspired flare and style to the overall décor,” says Gary Babcock, vice president of merchandising and fashion at Arhaus Furniture, a 23-store lifestyle retailer of fine home furnishings.
Hundreds of years ago, Egyptian artisans embellished everything from tables to pottery with colorful motifs to pass on ancient fables to future generations. “We’re seeing a resurgence of these hand-painted items as consumers look to add personal style to their home with unique pieces from around the world,” says Babcock. “They’re embracing heirlooms and other richly decorated items that they see as authentic to a certain era or culture.”
Today, influences in hand-painted home furnishings are widespread, coming from as far away as the Middle East, Europe and South America. “We’ve seen a variety of items wrapped with ethnic-inspired artwork, from a sideboard with a soft, delicate floral print inspired by Eastern Europe to an Asian armoire with clean, simplistic lines and finished in black and red with the added touch of painted landscapes and pictorials,” says Babcock. “Painting styles vary from region to region. From the palate of colors to the brush stroke, every region has its own influence. The uniqueness of the hand-painted piece is reflective of the individual artist’s background, as well as their talent.”
Arhaus commissions gifted artisans from all over the world to give each hand-painted piece its own unique qualities and traits. For instance, the Sam Remo Armoire gets its charm from old world style cabinets reminiscent of those that can be found in the Italian villas of Tuscany. It features intricate, hand-painted floral accents and a distressed garnet finish achieved by applying several layers of multi-colored paints and lacquers. A matching cupboard and sideboard are adorned with the same hand-painted finish making the San Remo an exquisite collection.
From attractive 19th-century Southwestern prints to those of Northern Sweden, there are a number of decorative motifs to choose from when incorporating elegant hand-painted pieces into the home. “Artwork with Moroccan, Indonesian and Middle Eastern influences tends to be very ornate with rich, bright colors like cinnabar red, black and bronze,” says Babcock. “If the goal is to add a vibrant color or pattern to a specific room, but you are not ready to paint the walls, try adding hand-painted pieces from one of these regions to create a focal point or accent to the room.”
To create a balanced, eclectic look with clean, ethnic-inspired collections, Babcock recommends introducing lavish hand-painted furnishings showing a variety of influences from all over the world. “It’s important to choose one piece to serve as a center piece or focal point in the room. This may be a large Venetian mirror with a handcrafted frame covered with Middle Eastern art to hang over the sofa or a grand vintage-inspired armoire with doors ornamented with lilies,” Babcock added.
Ethnic-inspired accent pieces are becoming increasingly popular, especially mixed with contemporary furnishings. According to Babcock, there are no rules to decorating with hand-painted items. “You can take an intricately painted console table like our Kartini Console and pair it with a handsome contemporary leather sofa and brushed chrome lamps. Accent the look with graphic pillows and a fur throw and you have a contemporary look full of color and texture,” says Babcock.
With ethnic-inspired hand-painted home furnishings, the opportunities are endless. Below are suggestions from Babcock and the Arhaus team of interior design consultants as to how to incorporate these one-of-a-kind pieces into your décor.
* Look for antique-looking pieces that bring a certain era or culture into the home. This adds a personal touch to your décor, and because hand-painted furniture is such a big trend, it’s becoming easier to find unique pieces with a variety of ethnic influences.
* Introduce painted furniture that brings a new element of style and color into the space, adding an eclectic look. This piece doesn’t necessary have to blend with the existing furnishings; it’s the subtle details like an accent color of paint on a coffee table duplicated in the pillows on a sofa or the beading on a lighting fixture that pull the entire look together.
* Mix more modern, contemporary styles with ethnic, antique-looking designs. For instance, take the Verona TV Cabinet by Arhaus. The doors of the cabinet are accented with clusters of hand-painted roses and vines. Pair it with a floral tapestry sofa and throw in pillows with lots of floral mixes — now that’s a refined, elegant look!
* Embrace pieces with a variety of finishes. For example, the panels of a simple armoire can be brushed with black and gold filigree accents, while the casing is a deep-waxed stain allowing the natural wood grain to show.
* Watch for this season’s decorative, hand-painted accessories like mirrors with delicate floral designs, candlesticks imprinted with Asian-inspired designs and bowls, platters and tabletop figurines to add color and interest to any room. Accessories are just another way to achieve this charming hand-painted look in your home!
Moving from one place to another can be quite a traumatising experience. Moving all the heavy pieces of furniture, keeping an eye on the workers to make sure they don’t break anything, packing all your things, then unpacking them, arrange everything… these can turn out to be a heavy ordeal. But this whole moving operation could be completed without big headaches if you plan it carefully in advance. Here are a few tips you should apply whenever considering the possibility of a furniture removal operation.
The planning should start a month ahead the moving day. Start gathering all kind of necessary moving supplies like tape, boxes or rope. Get some newspapers for the breakable things if you don’t want to spend money on bubble wrap. Always make the necessary travel/transportation arrangements ahead. If you plan to move in another city far away, you should contact airlines to make the necessary arrangements. You should also call more airline companies to get the best price and the best transportation conditions.
After doing this, look for a furniture removal company. Check more furniture removal companies, as they have different price and different facilities for transportation.
But the most important thing you should be doing before moving is to arrange for your mail to be delivered to the new residence. Contact all your friends, relatives, family etc to inform them on your new address. Inform the bank and other financial institutions on your new residence details. Ask the post office to forward your mail to the new address. Look for a new doctor/dentist/vet in the new area that you are about to move into.
Two weeks before starting the furniture removal, inform your utilities companies of your change of address. And contact the utilities companies at your new residence to sign up for their services. Confirm the moving or travel arrangements and start packing all the things that can be packed in advance.
The day before the moving day, make sure you haven’t packed the moving supplies (meaning the tape or the bubble wrap). Make sure you have put the most important things (documents, checks, money or jewellery) in a bag that you will keep with you at all times.
And, during the furniture removal day, remember that losing your calm will not help. So try to stay calm, breath deep whenever an unfortunate accident (like breaking your favourite china) happens.
Good luck with your furniture removal operation!
You’re finally going to do it! No I don’t mean tie the knot, I mean your finally
ready to buy that new furniture you’ve been dreaming about. We adorn our
bodies with fashion which makes a statement about who we are. Your furniture
does exactly the same thing for your house. It’s your fashion statement for your
Here’s some helpful tips on getting the most value for your money, and choosing
furniture that will work with your home and your lifestyle. You’re friends will be
green with envy when they see your new look.
First you need to know the size of the rooms you are going to be furnishing, right
down to windows, and walls that might not work well. You can either purchase a
piece of software that will help you design a cozy room or grab a pencil and
paper and start sketching. If you have any original pieces you are keeping, then
make sure to work them into your room plan.
Once you’ve decided what would look good where, and how large of furniture
you can purchase, you need to set your budget. Decide how much money you
are willing to part with and stick to it.
Once you know how much your going to spend you’ll be able to decide on the
type of furniture. Determine the type of use the furniture will get. Are you buying
furniture for a family room or a living room? If your buying for a family room
you’re going to want to look at furniture that’s built to hold up with high use. If
your buying furniture for your living room, and it’s more of a show room then you
might look at fancier, less functional furniture.
When deciding on the type of furniture also take into consideration your lifestyle.
Do you have pets that are going to claw or chew? Do you have small children?
Is your home air conditioned? Leather is a great example of a piece of furniture
that looks good, but can be downright uncomfortable in the hot weather, unless
you have air.
Once you’ve narrowed down what you’re in the market for, make a list itemizing
each piece you’re looking for. Include sizes that will work, color preferences, all
the fine details. You’d be surprised at what you’ll forget once you walk into the
furniture store. It’s easy to get distracted because of all the choices. But with list
in hand you’ll be prepared.
Make choices that will last you for years. Don’t choose trendy furniture that you’ll
be tired of in six months. Furniture is a big investment, so keep your tastes in
check and choose furniture that will look and feel good for years to come. You
can add some trendy small ticket items such as vases or wall décor. Keep your
furniture colors easy to work with. That way you will be able to do a room face lift
just by changing out small ticket items, like pillows, ornaments, and wall art.
Once you’ve found that perfect piece of furniture, get physical with it. Check the
construction of it, watch for low quality assembly. If you buying a couch or bed,
sit on it, move around on it, see if it fits your body well. Check to see if you can
feel springs, if the buttons are attached well, if the seams are finished properly.
Don’t take any piece of furniture at face value, get underneath and check the
entire construction of it.
Once you’ve made your choices, all that’s left to do is pay and wait for delivery.
If you have old furniture in the room, it’s easier to dispose of this before the new
furniture arrives. Prep the room, so that when the delivery guys arrive they can
place the furniture where it belongs.
Stress free furniture shopping can be accomplished with just a little bit of pre-
planning. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your new room!
Whether it is a basic bong-bong-bong or a thrilling symphony, the sound of a grandfather clock faithfully chiming the hour is music to the ears for many people. However, the high price tag makes the clock strikes flat for the majority. Most people are simply unable or unwilling to spend thousands of dollars for a clock, no matter how beautiful or rich-sounding. However, these people do have alternatives.
Discount grandfather clocks are available for the budget-minded consumer. Many online companies sell grandfather clocks at reasonable prices. Furniture 2 Your Door, for example, offers a walnut finish grandfather clock with chime for $220.
Local discount furniture stores are also good options for discount grandfather clocks. Discount stores often sell decorative grandfather clocks, sometimes for under $200. While these cheap grandfather clocks may not be heirloom-quality, they can still be heirloom beautiful. If your main concern is to have an attractive piece of furniture without breaking the bank, these discount grandfather clocks are a good choice.
You can also buy higher quality clocks for less at online stores. One such outlet recently offered a Howard Miller Reigel grandfather clock for $1755; much less than its list price of $2925. One note about buying from online stores: make sure you include the shipping charges when you are comparing prices. This often overlooked aspect can make a huge difference. Sometimes it is worthwhile to pay a bit more at a local company or an online one that offers free shipping.
It is also possible to find undiscovered treasures at flea markets or garage sales. Sometimes people will unwittingly sell a high-quality grandfather clock for mere dollars. More often, however, you get exactly what you paid for—a good-looking albeit cheap clock. Unless you are knowledgeable in grandfather clocks, do not assume you have struck gold. Enjoy the clock for its looks, and if it turns out to be valuable that will be an added bonus.
If you have no interest in collecting clocks or reselling them, it is quite possible to own a beautiful grandfather clock at a discount price. Money saved is music to everyone’s ears.
For an early preparation for the summer vacation. I am now collecting information and list of different hotels where me and my family can stay, also beaches and resorts was on my list. I wanted to surprise my mom on their 30th wedding anniversary this April that is why I am planning for a special summer get away with my family. My sister told me that once mother told her about the great place in Macedonia, that she had seen on the pictures of my Aunt honeymoon where she and her husband travel on different places on the world to have their honeymoon. Macedonia was one of their visited place and among the place that they have been the place seems to be my mother’s ideal place to visit. So I decided to focus searching on Macedonia and the other places that they could visit on the place. Of course we are going to come with them but there will some places places that only mom and dad will visit together, alone the two of them.
The place was believed to be a country of sacred mysteries & unique beauties which attracts my mother the most. It may be no seashore to walk on for couple nor ski resorts where we could play. But for mother Macedonia has wonderful lakes, untouched mountains, great history & wealthy cultural heritage and would be the most peaceful place for them to reminisce the memories that she and father had cherish the most in their life.
I had travel so many places but did you know that I don’t worry much for the hotel reservation as I travel on different restaurant and hotels. For can easily do it online, you can have the reservation on the Ohrid hotels because they do now have their services uploaded online so having some inquiries for their services would be much easy. Be worry free like me, travel without that much worries on your mind. I know that we will be having a very memorable summer vacation this year unlike last year where we had experience the worst traveling because I had not prepare the accommodations and I even had lack of information about the place we are going to visit which turns our vacation disaster because we are not that familiar with the place and we seems to miss the beautiful places because we had lack of information. Now I now that I got all the information as well as prepared everything.
Kitchen islands are among the most popular items in kitchen remodelling projects. They offer versatility in style and function. People often add them as part of an overall refacing project. You can choose to blend the island with your countertops and cabinetry or choose a granite island with wood or laminate surfaces.
Kitchen islands are available in a variety of colors, sizes and materials to suit any home décor. Choose contemporary, country homestyle or summer kitchen styles. Look through catalogs and home decorating magazines to see the options and unique designs available. Make notes of what you like and features you need in your island.
Adding Kitchen Islands
You can add an island easily, if you have enough room. Look at several islands and get the exact dimensions of the ones you like best. Measure your kitchen; you will need to leave between forty two and forty eight inches of space around the entire island. You want to make sure you can open your refrigerator, oven and dishwasher easily.
To get the feel for how much space an island will take up, try a little experiment. Find a piece of furniture in your home that is about the size and dimensions of your island. Move this furniture into the kitchen and place it where want the island to be located. Keep it there for about a week or so to help you decide if you can live with it. If it’s too large, look for a model with smaller dimensions. Experiment with a few different sizes to find the one that feels right.
There are no rules governing the height. It’s a matter of preference and function. You need to decide what the area will be used for to determine how high to make the counter. If you will be cooking, preparing food or using a built in sink, make the height even with your other kitchen cabinets. Choose a lower height for seating with tables, or a higher counter for stool type seating.
Utilizing kitchen islands the clever way
Consider how you will use the island. Do you need more storage space? Think about your lifestyle and what you will You have several choices for cooking, preparing food, clean up and storage.
+ For storage space, islands can be made to match existing kitchen cabinets and counter tops. Cabinets, drawers or a combination of both can be used to maximize storage space.
+ Adding bookshelves to the end creates a great place to display your cookbook collection. Add a few collectibles to the shelves for a more personalized look.
+ Wine lovers sometimes choose to add a wine rack in place of shelves.
+ Cooking space can be built into the top of an island, saving space above the oven. This is a great option for kitchens with a double oven.
+ Consider how you will use the top when choosing counters. A built in butcher block or cutting surface is great if you spend a lot of time preparing food. This helps you avoid cuts and nicks on the surface of your counter.
+ If you like to bake, consider marble. You can prepare and roll out your dough right on the surface without sticking.
+ An island can be used for seating area. Adjust the height lower for table type seating or raise it higher for barstools. Allow about two feet of space per person for comfort.
+ Sinks and appliances, such as dishwashers and trash compactors can be added to an island in place of cabinets.
+ Have an electrical outlet added to one side. This is great for cooking with small appliances like electric mixers or blenders.
A portable island gives you additional countertop area when you need it. These are a great alternative for smaller kitchens. You can purchase one unassembled and put it together yourself easily. Portables usually are on wheels, allowing you to move it out of the way when you need extra space.
You can purchase a moving island with a cabinet for storage space, or get one that looks like a taller table. A built in cutting board surface gives you additional space for cutting vegetables and preparing food. The most common materials used for the top are steel, tile and wood.
There are two main reasons why buying links are a good thing for your business. First of all links are a source of targeted traffic. When you buy or rent a link on similar themed websites, it drives relevant traffic interested in your website and products. Obviously this kind of traffic is more likely to convert into a sale.
Second, relevant links raise your natural search engine rankings. Note the word ‘relevant’ here, not all links help to increase your rankings. Search engines use links in their relevancy algorithms nowadays. By making sure your website is linked to from a couple of relevant websites, you’re making sure that your website will be included and ranked accordingly.
This is one of the most important techniques in improving your search engine rankings.
This so called ‘link popularity’ is, especially on Google, proving to be the deciding factor on what will or will not rank well. The quality of the links, so called PageRank, has also become a primary factor in the search engines. The PageRank is based on the number and quality of inbound links pointing to a page.
As you can probably understand, after reading the above, running around the internet exchanging links with whomever is interested is not such a good idea. It is even said that listing your website on so called linkfarms will decrease your ranking.
When you are willing and able to spend a couple of bucks on valuable links with similar themed websites, traffic will come and you yourself will be able to sell links on your website as well.
Go to seo2u.us and try to contact them to buy a link.
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Today’s kitchen can become a complete entertainment center thanks to a sleek kitchen and bar furniture, including a breakfast area with a stylist breakfast bar and bar stools. Many people remodel their kitchens to accommodate a small bar area where they can grab a bite to eat before work or entertain friends with cocktails at a dinner party.
The kitchen has become more than a place to cook due to new technologically advanced appliances and less traditional furniture. Space-saving appliances such as ovens and microwaves combined not only reduce cooking time but save a lot of space too.
With more space, smart homeowners have more space to accommodate an additional seating area to satisfy their entertaining style. It could be another table, a counter with stylish bar stools, or even a couple of lounge chairs.
If you decide to create a little bar area in your kitchen, you need to find the best location for it. Many people disassemble one wall and install a bar counter instead, or leave two pillars and a four-foot riser to be used as a counter. The bar area should not block the traffic in the kitchen. That’s why the best location for it is near the wall, or if that’s not possible, then on an island in the middle of the kitchen.
A bar counter in the middle of the kitchen requires some space around it for comfortable seating and allow the kitchen to function properly. Don’t fall prey for tricky salespeople who may try to sell you a counter with cabinets bigger than your kitchen can accommodate! The access corridor around the bar area should not be less than 3 ft wide.
Luckily, contemporary bar stools require much less space than their traditional counterparts usually seen in restaurants and pubs. Bar stools for home use are much lighter and more artistic in color and style. Since people spend less time at their home bar than behind a table, contemporary bar stools are usually backless or have a very low ergonomically designed back. The most popular ones are swivel, with sturdy legs. Contemporary bar stools can be made of aluminum, fiberglass, or metal.
There are many bar stool options available on the internet. Customers can choose specific heights, colors, wood color and type and seating fabrics for bar stools creating full custom sets. Customers can also choose from free samples of fabrics and other upholstery types, finishes and wood samples. This way, you can have a set of bar stools to perfectly match your current home style. There are web sites that allow you to send in your own fabric to be used as upholstery for the bar stool set.
A great finishing touch to your bar area is to install a radio or small TV in to watch while you cook, eat a quick meal or relax over drinks.
Beds are not the only type of futon furniture on the market today. Futon bunk beds and futon chairs have experienced an explosion in popularity in the last few years. All types of futon furniture have made huge strides in recent years. Once confined mainly to college dorm rooms, futon furniture is now found in many classy and expensive living room sets. Futon chairs and futon bunk beds have many advantages over traditional chairs and bunk beds. Futon furniture is more versatile, unique, and functional than standard furniture.
A futon chair is similar to a futon couch in that it has a mattress that rests on an adjustable frame. Futon chairs are smaller than futon sofas, they are usually designed to accommodate one or two people in the upright position. Most futon chairs can be set in three positions, upright, reclined, and horizontal. There are countless different futon chair frames available. Some are made of wood and others are metal. Many wood frames are constructed with high quality oak and are great pieces of furniture for a nice living room. Futon chairs provide the comfort of a recliner with the versatility and style of a futon bed.
Futon bunk beds have become hugely popular in recent years. They feature a futon couch/bed on the bottom and a flat futon mattress on the top. A futon bunk bed is a great idea for people living in cramped areas like dorm rooms or small apartments. Not only does a futon bunk bed contain multiple beds, but it also has a couch on the lower level. There are many different models of futon bunk beds. Some have lightweight metal frames with a ladder built onto one side. Others are made of wood can have freestanding ladders.
Slipcovers are a great way to improve the decoration of your home. They provide a quick and affordable way to change the looks of your house, without having to spend a lot of time and money in redecoration.
With the arrival of new fabrics, old slipcovers (those ones our grandparents used on their home, that were usually both ugly and uncomfortable) are evolving, improving both the ease to integrate them to your existing décor, add touches of fun to your rooms and protecting, at the same time, your furniture from kids (yeah, they are not so lovely when they spill milk all over your favorite armchair) and also from animals (take my advice: slipcovers are my sofa’s last line of defense when my cat attacks, hehe).
It is also remarkable the way that they can be cleaned, much easier than old fabrics.
Being so affordable, you can have two (or even more) different sets of slipcovers, and change them to change the aspect of your chairs, loveseats or sofas accordingly to season, or in special occasions. For instance, imagine these situations:
Big game tonight? You invite all your friends to watch the game and they are surprised to see all the furniture colored to match your favorite team.
Dining with someone special? A nice dinner, a couple of candles, a nice wine, that romantic pale blue set of slipcovers and, boom!, perfect night.
Your puppy keeps jumping onto your seat? Well, take out the everyday slipcover set and allow doggie to sleep freely on the couch without worrying about your furniture.
And those situations are just a few examples on how slipcovers can help you create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. The décor possibilities are even greater if you switch carpets from one room to another or change the color of the lights.
Slipcovers truly are the best way to have new seats without having to reupholster your existing furniture or buying new one.