Our Tips and Tricks to Turning a House into a Home

Being handed the keys to a house or condominium is exhilarating. The years of hard work and dedication have finally paid off and you are anxious to share your new digs with everyone!

One thing to keep in mind, a house can be a dwelling place, but a home is about the personal touches inside that tell your story and define your personality.

 

Here are some tips and tricks to turn your house, into a home…

MEMORABILIA

 

When you first step into one’s house, you do not necessarily get the gist of who lives there unless there is a certain something inside – personal touches. Whether the house style is modern, traditional, contemporary, or urban loft it still needs items that tell your story. When you add memorabilia, you make it personal. Whether it be trophies, a tribal headpiece from travels in Nigeria, an antique Chinese cabinet, or a grandfather clock. Adding special things from your life’s adventures or hobbies aka your memorabilia, gives a lived-in sense to the interior, personality and warmth. It can also be inspiring and motivating. Memorabilia can also include DIY projects or hobbies you and your family share.

FURNITURE

The furniture in your home provides not only comfort and relaxation, but it also sets the mood. In our opinion, furniture is certainly the most important tool to turning your house into a home! Your furniture pieces should reflect your personality whether it be through fabric colors or style or both. William Morris once said “Have nothing in your houses that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

When it comes to selecting furniture, choose pieces that fit your lifestyle. Do you have children? Expecting children? Will it be just you, or you and your spouse? Choose pieces that are practical for you and your family, and pieces that are both well-made and beautiful.

ARTWORK/PHOTOS

Framed photographs or artwork instantly warm up the interior. Whether it’s family photos, travels or images of life’s stages, i.e., new baby, birthdays, graduation or weddings. It brings great joy and comfort being able to see wonderful memories and smiles of those you love on the wall. It’s also great for conversations when house guests ask about where the photos were taken.

 

Artwork is another great way to turn a house into your home. Everyone’s taste and interests are different, so adding your taste of art to the walls showcases your style and should bring joy to your dwelling space.

SPECIAL AREAS

 

 

Setting up special areas is a great way to turn the comfort and happiness level way up! We have seen homes with great little reading nooks, or crafting rooms. Remember, that your home is yours. You can turn it into anything you dream of. If you and your family are big readers, crafters, musicians, etc. set up a space in the house where you can dive and escape into your favorite hobbies.

PAINT COLOR

 

This could be a little obvious, but choosing your paint color is the first step to preparing your house’s transformation. Your realtor will often tell you, to stick with modern colors or colors that will help you sell the house later on. While this is great advice if you plan on selling within the next few years, it does not allow you to be open and choose colors that make you happy. If you love the look of a black wall, or a bold red wall, do it. Choose colors that lift your spirit and make you happy and inspired every day, considering, you are the one living in the house now, not after it sells.

FLOORING

Your flooring is a huge comfort and practicality factor. If you have dogs roaming your home, real hard wood floors may not be the way to go, as their nails tend to scratch it, or if they have accidents, it will seep deep into the flooring – big mistake! Choosing laminate wood floors would be a much friendlier option for you and your pet.

Choosing area rugs or carpeting is a great way to amp up the comfort in your home! If you are anything like us, nothing screams home, like being able to kick off your shoes and dive your toes into plush soft rugs or carpeting. If you have young babies or children in your home, choosing rugs or high-pile carpeting would be a great avenue to take!

LIGHTING

Lighting may be another obvious one, but what many don’t realize the effect lighting has on mood. Lighting tones range from very yellow to daylight tones. A yellow tone may add more warmth while natural daylight sets a soothing feel. Natural lighting is also great for photographs or videos you may want to take of your children playing, or producing the next great viral cat video! No matter what lighting you choose, it is your preference, there is no rule book for it.

Home is where you make memories. Your children grow up fast and life moves quickly, so if you want to add a measuring chart to the wall, or go against the grain, do it! You never know what house guest you may inspire along the way!

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Market Highlights – Unexpected Colour Dichotomy

In case you missed the High Point Market spring furniture fair, we can sum up our showroom in one word: Buzzing… Buzzing in terms of color pop, buzzing in terms of visitors, buzzing in terms of energy. As the go-to destination for innovative craftsmanship and trend setting furniture, most upholstery buyers came to see us and if you didn’t, you could not have missed us, (you’ll see why!) Here are the highlights:

Home Accents Today’s April 17 issue called out the trends for contemporary silhouettes, “On the contemporary front, bold, modern looks give a nod to architectural inspirations. Geometric forms are key to the equation, with triangle, lines, squares and circles come center stage in inventive, striking compositions. Interlinked and layered shapes reinforce the importance of these timeless symbols.

Neutral colors dominate the market, but color plays an important role when applied as an accent pop. Saturated shades of orange, red, cobalt and turquoise add energy and excitement, with verdant greens and radiant yellows as the most sought-after shades.”

Neutrals were anything but neutral in our showroom, indeed they had attitude. When set against black and white birch tree murals and checkerboard flooring, there was a frenetic but artsy vibe. Our sectional and sofa seating groups were covered in soothing greys, taupes and spa covers against deep jewel-toned ambers, rubies and greens on accents. 

New Ghedi sofa, Torino table (right side), Tetra
table (middle) Boxx ottoman
 Andrew sectional, new Monetti table
Avalon sofa  Elan/R007 sectional

Pantone’s Fall 2017 Fashion report states, “Unexpected combinations [of color] are eye-arresting and create an unusual color dichotomy.” It’s about the unusual pairings of colours – warm hues and cool hues – opposing forces that visually harmonize; this makes for a more vibrant look. Indeed, orange is never more orange when next to green and green is never more green when next to orange. We paired warm orange and ruby with cool greens. If art mirrors current events, the effect with these pairings was like politics today – opinionated, combative and disruptive. These pairings were unconventional, a-typical, and eye-brow raising. They just wanted to be heard.

The art deco inspired and architecturally sophisticated new Chelle chair caught the attention of anyone cruising by. In an on-trend persimmon velvet on a black & white checkerboard floor, Chelle was hard to miss. Design blogger @MargotAustin and @LeslieNewby were just a few one of the many that snapped a pic of Chelle.

 

 

More color pop? Greenery being the color of year from Pantone encompasses several hues of green and opens the door to pair different types of greenery together as we see in nature. Check out our beautiful Korz chairs in new leather paired with the new Baron wing chair in green velvet and Baron bed in a neutral linen-like cover. Green hues are ranging widely from greens that read more yellow to greens that read more blue and the trend is to pair them all together. We had a very layered green look here that visitors just loved.

Korz chairs in leather Corrine garden with silver satin finish, The Baron bed Jana Phipps @TrimQueen on our Dali chair at HP, the most photographed chair at HP says Deborah @dvdInteriordsn

 

Dali chair in white leather with citrine leather petals New Baron wing chair

Geometric forms with intersecting lines and 3-d effect brings us to Grace. Taking inspiration from London’s famous Gherkin building, the new Grace bed exhibits quite a feat of engineering and a dance of graceful grid lines framed by exposed wood reaching skyward. These hand-crafted geometric-shaped upholstery panels require precision accuracy between each element of the grid. Red, another important color showing up on runways and in home furnishing showrooms. See how we showcased red in a jewel-toned ruby red velvet paired with gold finishes on Grace and Minx wing sofa.

The new Grace bed Minx wing sofa

 

Visitors glaming it up on our Grace bed. A snap of us, Khai and Tina prepping lights for market.

We also showed off our custom capabilities in a fun and innovative way (most said) on our Sabine sofa by covering her legs and dust cover in a fabric we call Haute lips. We put mirrors underneath the sofa for a peek-a-boo effect. Sabine didn’t mind… We used the hashtag #blowusakiss but some fans got creative too: #kissmychair and #lipsynching.

Sabine Sabine, a snap by Jana Philips @trimqueen

And, Architectural Digest added a snap of our Ansonia chairs and Tetra tables to its feed as one of their favorite companies to visit at market! The image shows off our Ansonia chairs in new cover, Haute lips and our new Tetra upholstered tables in ruby red velvet! Thank you AD!

Ansonia/U chairs AD’s snap of our Ansonia/U chairs and new Tetra 39 Uph Tables

A market favorite, our new Aerie swivel chair which features charismatic angled wood components was featured in both Home Accents Today and Furniture Today. Aerie was also caught in the middle of our photo with some much anticipated visitors… we had the pleasure of hosting the Design Bloggers Tour, in partnership with AD360, in our showroom and enjoyed meeting everyone of these accomplished and talented designers and design bloggers. Thank you for visiting!

The Aerie chair surrounded by the Design Bloggers Tour 2017 #designbloggerstour Aerie swivel chair, Home Accents Today April 2017

 

Aerie swivel chair, Furniture Today April 2017

 

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