Style Series Summer 2015 Part 3: Traditional Style

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Traditional style will, of course, never go out of style. An updated version of a timeless classic can be an easy – an elegant – way to decorate your home. And if you want your house to feel like “a home”, this just may be the decor style for you.

 

How to tell if Traditional Style is the right style for your home:

 

1. While you enjoy your furniture having “character”, you view character as having carved or turned legs, antiqued finishes, and traditional style tufting.

2. Antiquing is a favorite pastime of yours.

3. When someone suggests a Pinterest tutorial on how to paint your inherited credenza to turn it into a shabby chic dresser, you ask them very politely to leave (perish the thought!).


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4. Ann Taylor and Eileen Fisher are your homegirls.

5. When there’s a party in the family, it is usually hosted at your house, even if it’s for your 2nd cousin’s 3rd baby shower.

6. Martha Stewart and O Magazine can be found on your coffee table.

7. You know that there will always be a floral print (and/or lace) that will fit right in with your decor.

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Updated traditional style requires a fresh palette with a mix and match of metal and wood finishes. While other design style elements are welcome here and there, the look is better served with traditional materials and silhouettes, like our traditional bed frame.

8. Ornate decor is great, but you know that there’s a place and balance for everything.

9. Crown moulding, wainscoting, and carved trim can make any room in your home come together.

10. You have a revered tradition for every holiday, including the Super Bowl!

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Style Series Summer 2015 Part 2: Industrial Chic

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Industrial Chic took the design world by storm, and its influence can be seen throughout much of modern decor. It’s a look based on utilitarian simplicity and antique elegance, with a hint of (of course), industrial ruggedness, as if hewn from the cast offs of a 19th century ship yard. Industrial Chic has been immensely popular amongst urban loft dwellers, men, and the Steampunk aficionado, but even as Steampunk trends start to fall away, the Industrial Chic aesthetic has found a way to evolve into more niched branches.

 

How can you tell if Industrial Chic is for you? We’d like to say, “If you like it, you’ll find a way to make it work with what you’ve got.” Industrial Chic is such a versatile trend that it can be implemented to any degree, and with whatever you may already have on hand. But for the sake of the true Industrial Chic thread at the center of it all, check out our fun guide below to see if it might be worth looking into:

 

1. When we mentioned Steampunk and Industrial Chic, you didn’t immediately go Google what those terms meant, because you already knew.

2. Your favorite color is exposed brick.

3. You know that pipes are for decoration, and are not to be painted/sealed away/hidden.
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4. You’ve probably tried to brew your own artisan ale at one point in your life.

5. Don’t even get you started on the Edison vs. Tesla debate.

6. You regularly break the rule of mixing metals on your person, and in your home.

7. Your favorite smell is leather (which seems to be a bottled scent, lucky you).

Create an industrial chic home by pairing aged wood finishes, mixed metals, leather-look upholstery, and utilitarian elements (like exposed rivets, cogs, pulleys, wires, and pipes). You want to create a look that reminds you of the industrious periods in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but without going too far into mid-century style.

8. If it doesn’t have a patina or aged treatment, it’s not worth having.

9. You’d never dream of putting a window covering over those gorgeous, aged, discolored floor-to-ceiling factory windows in your loft.

10. You are fascinated with creating things by hand, like furniture and clothing.

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Style Series Summer 2015 Part 1: Bohemian

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Summer is quickly closing in on us, and with that, we’d like to look at some of the bigger design styles of 2015. Through the next few blog posts, we’ll show you different styles, and help you decide if any one of them is the right style for you!

First, let’s talk about the ever popular bohemian style.

How to Tell if Bohemian Style is For You:

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1. Stevie Nicks or Phoebe Buffay is your spirit animal, and you totally know what a spirit animal is.

2. True tribal silver is the only silver you wear.

3. You found yourself confused when “festival looks” became popular, and everyone started dressing like you.

4. You know the difference between a hippy and hipster, and you are not a hipster.

5. Any (or all) of these apply to you:

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6. You might have Pisces, Aquarius, or Gemini in your chart, and know exactly what sign in your chart they occupy.

7. You know that pattern matching is a guideline, not a rule, and you ignore it rather well.

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Try a rich hued wood against the mix of patterns and textures that the Boho Chic style calls for.

8. The more layers on your person/bed/floor, the better.

9. Tassels, beads, feathers, and flowers are not tacky to you, they’re required.

10. Your decor accessories are acquired from your travels around the continent/globe, and each piece has a rich story worth telling.

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AC Pacific at High Point: Trends in Motion Furniture 2015

AC Pacific Trends in Motion Furniture 2015

Motion furniture (recliners, sofabeds, and storage furniture) has come a long way from that overstuffed recliner your relative refuses to get rid of. Gone are the wood handled reclining mechanisms and yucky floral fabrics (often topped with a doily): today’s motion furniture offerings are high tech, tailored, and constructed of comfort and convenience.

 

Take a look at what you may have been missing:

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Our new Wes looks like any other motion sofa…but this piece is full of neat surprises!

 

1. Cup Holders & Extra Storage

Standard features for some, extra cool newness for others. Most motion furniture offerings come with both cup holders and storage these days. This convenience extends past center consoles, however. Center seats now pull down to expose polished table tops, complete with cup holders. Storage can now be found in side pockets, in chair arms, and other hidden compartments. No more loose remote control collections wandering about!

2. Power Outlets, Cell Phone Chargers, and USB Ports

Your house may have outlets everywhere, but motion sofas believe you should have maybe a few more. Tricked out pieces can sport outlets in storage compartments and pull down center panels. These same storage compartments can even house phone charging docks and USB ports so all your electronic devices can remain within reach.

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Pull down the center console on Wes, and lift the headrest, to reveal reading lights, power outlets, USB ports, a table top, and cup holders! The headrests adjust with power controls on the arms.

 

3. Adjustable Headrests & Massage

Along with power reclining, today’s motion furniture can include adjustable headrests to accommodate all heights of guests. Some pieces may even include massaging features, so that you can reach a new level of relaxation!

4. Reading Lights & Speakers

Trying to read in the dark can put a strain on your eyes. Just flip up the center console headrest and viola! Two overhead reading lights are available for trying to find that remote in the dark, and, oh, reading. And if you need just a little more boost out of your surround sound, some motion styles now include speakers!

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Owen mixes traditional comfort of motion sofas with a masculine, simplistic style. Gussets and style panels add to the classy but rugged feel of this piece.

5. New Fabrications & Modern Styling

Did we mention ugly florals and doilies? Modern furniture of today comes in all sorts of sleek coverings: reconstituted leather, leatherette, soft weave fabrics, and varying grades of real leather. Overstuffed, shapeless forms are now molded into expertly tailored style lines, gussets, and insets. Modern style details like nailheads and contemporary fabrics add a special touch for the trendy decorator. What was once considered tacky has now been reinvented to sleek, classy, and modern!

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Tisha features a storage compartment in the chaise section, along with modern styled lines for a contemporary look.

 

With all this going for this category, you’re bound to find something for your home to fit your tastes!

 

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