The Easiest Way to Distress Furniture

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We’ve been seeing the distressed look more and more, and we’re loving it! Style is just one of the many benefits of distressed furniture. When furniture is distressed, it makes daily wear and tear much less noticeable next to the dents and nicks you will already see. Having furniture you distressed yourself is a great way to have a one-of-a-kind piece!

Check out the tutorial on distressing your own furniture here.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Furniture Online

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Buying furniture online is fast and convenient. Here are some common mistakes you can avoid:

1. All Free Shipping Is Not Equal 

2. You’re Choosing the Wrong Color, and You Don’t Even Know It

3. If It’s Natural, It Fades 

4. Your Floor is Not Leveled (Unless it’s Made Out of Glass)

5. All Shipping for Furniture is Not Convenient (Because You Have to Be There) 

6. All Returns Cost You Money (It’s Just a Matter of How Much and Where You Pay For It) 

7. There’s a Good Chance Your Furniture Won’t Fit 

8. Always Buy From an A+ Rated BBB Company 

9. You Always Get What You Pay For 

10. Unexpected Fees Will Come Out Of Your Pocket

Read the full article on The 10 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Furniture Online here.

Turning a Pin Into Reality

If you are anything like us, you are obsessed with the Home Décor section of Pinterest. We’ve noticed a ton of great shots of colorful and chic living rooms and can’t help but get the urge to redecorate our own homes. One example that we fell in love with is this image from the blog Mikaela Rae (check her out, she has tons of great ideas). It’s sophisticated, fun, and glamorous, yet it still looks totally comfortable and somewhere we would want to hang out. It looks complicated but we’re breaking it down with our favorite key pieces and ways to make this totally your own.

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Area 1: We all know the basis for a living room is a comfortable sofa. The neutral color and plushness of the pictured sofa is what keeps this room from being too stuffy. You could easily pick a loveseat, sofa, or sectional to use for this look as long as you stick to whites, creams, beige, or even light gray to allow the other colors to really stand out. Then add colorful pillows and a throw in whatever color scheme you choose.

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1 – 18” x 18” Accent Pillows (Set of 2) 

2 – India Sofa 

3 – 18” x 18” Accent Pillows (Set of 2) 

4 – Ariana 2 Over 2 Sofa 

5 – 18” x 18” Accent Pillows (Set of 2) 

6 – Emma 3 Over 3 Sofa

7 – 18” x 18” Accent Pillows (Set of 2) 

 

Area 2: Occasional tables are an absolute must in creating this look. There are four different tables in this small space but all serve important purposes. First is the coffee table which serves as the main focal point for accessories. There is also a lamp table and two accent tables. One accent table is decorated with lots of accessories and the other is totally bare to act as a drink/book/whatever holder. You’ll want to keep your tables in neutral colors as well, since they are going to be the vehicles for displaying accessories.

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1 – Delacourt Rectangular Cocktail Table 

2 – Cocktail Table 

3 – Cocktail Table 

4 – Moroccan Tray Table 

5 – Accent Table 

6 – Onyx Lamp Table 

7 – 3-pc Nesting Table Set 

 

Area 3: This is the really fun part – accessories! So, there’s a lot going on in this picture, which is great, because it gives you lots of ideas and then you can tailor it to your tastes. The key pieces for us are the ottoman, chandelier, and coffee table accents. The ottoman acts as a nice sophisticated accent that is also functional as extra seating when you have an overflow of guests.  On the coffee table, consider having several areas that work together. In the photo, height is a huge piece of creating this look. Blocks are stacked on cake platters, mismatched white candle holders surround a tall bowl, and the tray and flowers add some dimension.

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1 – Cristal De Lisbon, 9+2 Lt Chandelier 

2 – Fascination, Crystal Mini Pendant 

3 – “Bling” Table Lamp 

4 – Kaho, Perfume Bottle (Set of 3) 

5 – Adventure in Color Wall Art 

6 – Alanna Box 

7 – Banner Ottoman 

8 – Jefferson Ottoman 

9 – Fiona Ottoman 

How to buy a Sofa

How to buy a Sofa from HomeGalleryStores.com:

Couch, settee, chesterfield, divan, davenport, canapé, oh my! No wonder choosing a sofa can seem intimidating! Never mind how many choices may come with selecting just the right piece for your home. Never fear, Home Gallery Stores is here to help!

Here are a few pointers to get you started:

How will you use it and who will use the sofa?
Will you be purchasing a sofa for a family room or a living room setting? Is it the focal point? Will you use it for everyday activities in a family room such as watching TV, relaxing, sharing a cup of coffee with friends? Will the sofa be a launching pad for active kids and pets? Or will the sofa be the center piece of a more formal living room which seldom has visitors? Do you need space for a coffee table or end tables?

Style: Choose a sofa that echoes your personal style as well as the overall theme of your home. Is your style hip, traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between? Remember the simpler, the more lasting the style.

Shape: Have paint chips and a measuring tape in hand. Measure your space and make a diagram of the room. Be sure to allow for flow of traffic around the pieces you select. If you are having a hard time fitting in enough pieces to seat the entire family, consider a sectional sofa which you can often configure to fit your space.

Size & Scale: Choose deep seating, and good size arms for lounging and for family members with longer legs. For older folks who may have a difficult time climbing off a large sofa, consider a smaller scale, more shallow sofa with a tight back.

Fabric: Consider color and pattern. Are there pieces in the room you need to work around? Would you prefer a color statement or a neutral? To get the patterns and trends of the season into your décor, consider using them on an ottoman or as a pillow pattern rather than an allover fabric. A pattern may hide stains more easily and should be scaled to match the size of the sofa as well as the scale of the room. Choose the type of fabric for its durability, cleanability or for its tactile nature. For instance a chenille may be soft and durable and great for day to day living. Leather is consistently in style and just gets better with age. The Mayo Clinic has suggested leather furniture for folks with allergy issues. Kid and pet friendly options are microfibers, polyesters, performance leathers and leather alternatives such as polyurethane.

Cushions: Attached back cushions will require fluffing or rearranging. Loose back cushions allow for flipping pillows over. Seat cushions may be constructed differently from manufacturer to manufacturer. Coils and foam seat cushions are the most common. Down cushions will make for a softer seat.

Arm Styles: Arms may vary from contemporary pleated to English, to square with nailheads. If you like to use the arms as a headrest perhaps you would enjoy a pillow style arm.

Base Styles: Skirted or exposed wood legs – the choice is yours. Exposed wood legs can range from delicate Queen Anne or delicately carved to chunky bun feet or more tapered modern. Wood finishes run the gammit. Skirts may be fabric or made of trim such as bullion.

Function: A sleeper sofa can change any room into a guest room in minutes. Perhaps you would like to recline while watching the big game – look for selections that include drink holders, iPod docking stations and massage!
Construction: A trait of a well-made sofa is the frame itself. A good quality sofa will be constructed of kiln-dried hardwood. Also, check the warranty offered by the manufacturer.

Budget: buy the best quality sofa that you can afford. A good sofa may last you 10 or more years if well taken care of.

The best tip of all: enjoy the process! In the end you will have a piece of furniture that reflects your lifestyle and makes you smile every time you enter the room.  www.HomeGalleryStores.com