Go Back to School SMART!

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It’s time to go Back to School! Several of us here at AC Pacific are heading back to school this year, and have some tips about how to manage what can be an equally exciting and crazy time! We’ve also compiled some amazing lists and how-to’s from around the web, including dorm room hacks! Click the links in the image below to learn more!

 

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Home Decor Tips: Scrimp on This, Splurge on That

Home Decor Tips- Scrimp on This, Splurge on That

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to budgeting and decorating. Either someone is faced with a new home with lots of space to fill and not enough money, or they receive money in the form of a gift or tax return and want to update their home…but don’t know how to spend their money wisely.

If you find yourself in a similar predicament, first stop and take a breather. No need to get ahead of yourself! After that, follow this guide for tips on how to decorate wisely, and keep more money at the end of your project.

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Image credits: BHG.com and Pinterest.

 

Products featured:

Flora Chair

Alex Sofa

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Update Your Home on a Budget: 5 Decor Tips That Won’t Break the Bank

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It’s tax return time! For many of us, that means getting a nice check back from Uncle Sam, providing some extra financial relief after spending a year saving pennies and budgeting. Many of us turn around to use our return to pay off debt or build savings, while some of us will be using some – if not most or all – of our return in home repairs and updates. You can keep more dough in your pocket this year with smart, inexpensive updates and do-it-yourself projects. Here’s how:

 

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Ready to get started? Check out our Pinterest board, Remodeling, Hacks, & DIY for tutorials, inspiration, and more tips!

 

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Products Featured:

Norman Chair

ACBS35

Stacey Club Chair

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Carter Sofa

ACBED12

Universal Dining Set

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New Ways to Decorate with a Brown Sofa

 

Brown sofas are a go-to staple in the furniture industry. Every retailer has one, and chances are, most customers have owned one, or probably own one now. They are usually comfortable, hide dirt and pet fur rather well, and are easy to find in almost any style. But no matter their practical attributes, many people today tend to shy from a traditional brown sofa, afraid that the color is boring or drab!

Contrary to that belief, there are always ways to make a brown sofa a part of a lively living room set up. Here’s a couple tips for anyone ready to take their brown sofa to a new level:

 

1. Surround yourself in the hue.

An easy way to work with brown is to take it to the max by using the sofa’s color around the room, including on the walls and other furniture pieces. Select a contrasting color to offset all the brown, and play with whites and neutrals to keep the room from becoming too monotone.

 

Brown paint, wallpaper, and wall textures can tie the room together with a brown sofa set, like our Louis shown here. Don’t forget to accent with our Liz chair!

 

 

2. Go the other way with lighter colors.

Another way to work with a brown sofa is to surround it with lighter colors. This will provide balance to a darker piece, and will brighten the room.

 

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Alex is a great collection for modern, simple comfort in a soft brown hue. A light gray wall and sculptural accessories work well with bold pops of color. Simple ottomans in white provide a modular solution to a standard coffee table.

 

3. Decorate with a warm palette.

Brown is already a warm color, which makes it great to partner with burgundies, reds, oranges, and yellows. Take inspiration from autumn colors, and play with florals and brightly colored accent pieces.

 

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Floral curtains, a stone fireplace, and warm toned paint brighten a brown sofa and remind us of home. Play with furniture shapes, and don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture styles. Our Flora chair brings some bright green to the scene, while the Andrew is a good basic brown sofa to work with.

 

4. Dazzle with a cool palette.

Purples, greens, and blues shouldn’t be snubbed in the face of brown’s warm tone. Contrast these cooler tones with a strong brown couch, or even aim for a lighter brown. Make sure your pillows, rugs, curtains, and other pieces include pops of matching brown to bring it all together.

 

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A completely cool palette, like this one awash in blues, is a natural complement for a brown sofa, like our Steven. Our Janette chair adds a soft, natural touch, and extra seating.

 

 

5. Play with neutrals.

It’s easy to rely on neutrals to match up with a brown sofa, but they don’t have to be boring. Jazz up neutrals with textures and interesting patterns. Don’t be afraid to give a mish mash of styles to create interest! Faux fur, geometrical patterns, animal prints and skins, and matte mixed with patent finishes create a perfect mix.

 

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This loft setting asks for simple furniture that doesn’t take too much space. Mason and Amber complement each other well. Use fun, industrial themed accents and natural textures in various neutrals, and finish with a simple storage ottoman..

 

6. Integrate popular decor trends.

There are plenty of popular decor styles that work well with brown sofas, loveseats, and sectionals. Rustic and industrial styles are not only trending, but easy to update and make into a cozy home atmosphere. Combine with exposed metal and woodgrain, natural elements, and exposed brick or stone walls for full effect.

 

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Create a rustic setting easily with our Louis sectional and our rush barstools. Accent with faux fur and nature inspired pillows, a cozy patterned rug, antlers and branches.

 

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Recline in industrial chic style with the Fulton sofa and loveseat set. Exposed painted bricks provide texture, while gears, pipes, aged metals, and Victorian inspired steampunk elements bring the look together.

 

Whether in a loft or a traditional living room, this household staple has tons of potential for chic, cozy living.

 

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Create a Stylish Living Room with Motion Furniture

 

Comfort. Function. Style?

One of these words is not one that people usually think of when they picture a motion sofa, loveseat, or armchair. Sure, you can’t argue when it comes to comfort. What is more comfortable than a power reclining, plush chair? And when they come packed with extras – like cup holders, storage spaces, cell phone charging docks, and touch power interfaces – it’s hard to make a case against functionality. But style?

 

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Troy sure is comfy. But most people don’t really know how to style a room with motion furniture.

 

 

Luckily, the key to designing a great stylish space with motion furniture is focusing on the word space. Motion furniture usually takes up a lot of it, so these pieces will meet your “positive space” requirement. Next to these pieces, the room will simultaneously look very empty, but challenging in regards as to how to fill it without making it look cluttered. To do that, play around with other pieces that honor the use of “negative space”, yet still compliment the motion pieces’ design.

 

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The bookcase on the left hand side uses a lot of positive space. The one on the right hand side uses little positive space, allowing for more negative space to be incorporated into the design.

 

Here are a few steps to use this method for creating a stylish space with your motion furniture:

1. Get the motion furniture.

First and foremost, determine which motion furniture you want for your room. We have a variety of motion sofas to choose from, but of course, you want one that’s going to work with your room as much as you are going to work with it.

 

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Small motion sectionals like the Paul are great for small spaces like apartments, lofts, or secondary dens.

 

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Separate sofa, loveseat, and armchair pieces, like in the Fulton set, allow for more freedom in living room arrangement.

 

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The Miller Sectional is great for large, open rooms or rooms with one focal corner space.

 

The key is, of course, to not buy a piece (or pieces) too big for your room, nor too small. Make sure there is 30″ to 36″ of walkway space between furniture pieces, about 14″ to 18″ between the seating and coffee table (or opt for an open sided serving table to be placed near the recliner), and the arms of any two pieces of seating furniture should not touch at all. Try to keep around 3′ of space between these pieces. Don’t block entryways or fireplaces.

2. Start from the ground up.

If you’re working with carpeted flooring, try to forgo using a large scale or even busily patterned rug. We want to work with open space, and busy patterns will detract from the innate openness of the room. Wood floors will need some carpeting for creature comfort, but again, nothing too busy. Natural textures and colors will work well in these occasions. Animal skins and skin-like rugs will also work, as long as their colors are not too contrasting. Leave the fur and shag rugs for another room.

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This printed, skin-like rug will break up the floor space without feeling too heavy.

 

A jute, rattan, rush (tatami), or bamboo rug will also do the job. If you choose to use a bamboo rug, be sure not to place motion furniture directly on top of it.

A jute, rattan, rush (tatami), or bamboo rug will also do the job. If you choose to use a bamboo rug, be sure not to place motion furniture directly on top of it, as this may break the rug.

 

3. Add a pop of color, and play with texture.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the size and shape of the motion furniture, and many feel it is just easier to leave walls blank. While a patterned wallpaper will be too much, your walls aren’t doomed to a state of blah! Use some updated neutral colors to give the walls some cohesiveness without drawing too much attention. Exposed brick, either painted or sporting natural brick colors, give texture without being overpowering.

 

If you don't have brick in your house, it can be installed easily with this method.

If you don’t have brick in your house, it can be installed easily with this method from b.organic.

 

Curtains should be sheer, if you use them at all. Try slatted shutters to keep the look clean. Try ones that retract into the windowsill when open.

 

These indoor window shutters pull to the side to keep space open, and don't look outdated.

These indoor window shutters pull to the side to keep space open, and don’t look outdated.

 

4. Use accent furniture that leaves breathable space.

Select coffee and end tables that leave a lot of room underneath, and whose legs aren’t bulky or overly ornate. If you need storage space, the drawers should be small, perhaps without a pull. Choose open backed bookcases, which will serve the same purpose but have a feeling of open space.

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5. Accessories should be simple, or small.

Ditch the patterns on vases and large potted plants. Metals are still in, and can be used throughout the room. Natural and painted wood branches are excellent space fillers on bookcases and shelves. Ditch large, abstract paintings for singular wall decor objects or small gallery picture frames.

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Gold, copper, and bronze are still going strong. Vases and other small accent items provide great opportunities to bring this trend into the home.

 

Branches and antlers can work as space fillers on shelves, curtain rods, jewelry holders, you name it!

Branches and antlers can work as space fillers on shelves, curtain rods, jewelry holders, you name it!

 

6. Pick open or unobtrusive light fixtures.

Avoid floor lamps – which will require more floor space – if at all possible, unless you are working with a rather large space. Avoid heavy, patterned shades. Recessed lighting works well, as do newer open frame pendant lamps.

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Caged lighting elements can remove the heaviness of shaded lamps.

 

7. Add pillows to dress up the motion piece.

Last and certainly not least, add some pizzazz to that motion piece with accent pillows that match your color scheme. Again, stay away from bold or large patterns. Tie it all in with natural textures or simple trims.

The pattern of this pillow is not so great as to outdate or distract.

The pattern of this pillow is not so great as to outdate or distract.

 

The results?

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This small space does well with Paul. It doesn’t feel too cluttered or like the furniture is swimming in the space. Everything feels clean yet homey and comfortable.

 

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Virtual Staging Made Easy with AC Pacific

VIRTUAL STAGING

 

It’s happened time and again. You walk into a furniture store with decorating ideas in mind – and maybe inspiration in hand, in the form of photos from the net or pages torn from a magazine – and find yourself drawing a blank when facing all the choices of furniture available for purchase. Its hard to create the connection from what you feel you want your room to look like and how to actually make the final product reflect your ideas based purely on inspiration alone.

 

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Ever walk into a store and immediately (internally) shout, “Help!”?

 

Thankfully, there’s a trick that can help with these dilemmas. When realtors and interior designers want to show their clients how live-able a space will be, they will often “stage” the space with furniture, textiles, and accessories. This is usually what you see when you visit a furnished model home. Otherwise, most home and decor buyers have a hard time understanding the scale of space in a room.

Now there are virtual applications available online that can put purchase ready items at your fingertips for your own staging needs. Here are our favorites:

 

1. Pinterest

 

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that helps you organize your inspiration easily.

Pinterest is a virtual pin board that helps you organize your inspiration easily.

Most people these days have a Pinterest account or have heard about the site. After creating an account, you can create “boards” where you can “pin” inspiration. Install the “Pin It” tool onto your browser to pin inspiration found on other websites, or repin items already on Pinterest through the search tool. You can follow others who share your interests and their pins will populate your feed. Here is some more info on how to use Pinterest.

We love to use Pinterest to get a general feel of how we want a room to look. We’ll pin accessories, color schemes, textures, art, you name it, to get us into the “mood” of the room. Its also a good place to gather Do-It-Yourself tutorials to save for later.

 

2. Polyvore

 

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Polyvore is a collage tool that allows you to bring together elements to create a room.

Initially a tool for creating fashion ensembles virtually, Polyvore now includes Beauty, Art, and Home. Drag and drop the “Clip to Polyvore” tool to the browser, and then when visiting the virtual page of a store, click the tool to import the item you are interested in buying directly to Polyvore. It will appear in your “My Items” tab on the right hand side items palette. You can search for backgrounds such as blank rooms, wallpaper, windows, and floors, and add furniture, rugs, lamps, curtains, plants, and more. Here’s more information on how to use Polyvore.

Polyvore is one of our main staging staples. The ability to click from a collage directly to the sale site for purchase is a big plus for our customers.

 

3. Olioboard

 

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Olioboard, like Polyvore, allows for virtual staging, but includes other features we enjoy.

Like Polyvore, Olioboard allows you to create a virtual room. However, Olioboard has advanced features worth checking out. Olioboard allows you to upload your own photos, including photos of your blank rooms and existing furniture. An advanced background removal and imaging options make this a truly great tool.

However, not all features of Olioboard are free. Text, color swatch, and other advanced options require an $8.99 subscription. This will also open up your collage to budgeting, so you’ll know just how much you may be spending on a finished room. Here’s some info on how to use Olioboard.

 

Stage a room with AC Pacific’s furnishings by using our website.

 

It’s easy to stage a room using clipper tools from Polyvore and Olioboard. After dragging and dropping the tools to your browser bar, go to our website at acpacific.com to select the items you wish to use in your room.

 

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The Stacey chair is a beautiful mid-century style club chair that works well with many decor styles.

 

Click the clipper to add the item to your library. Fill out the information if you wish, and tag the item so you can find them easily in your library later. Once all your items are uploaded, you can begin to bring the room together.

First, select a background to build your room upon. Either use your own image, or one of those provided by the application.

 

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Select a background from Olioboard’s cache or upload your own unfurnished room photos.

 

Drag and drop items into the virtual room to begin staging, either from your own items or from the items available through the application. You can crop, resize, and mix and match until the room feels like “home”.

 

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Add wallpaper to the walls, paintings, plants, curtains, and more to make the room complete.

 

When you are satisfied, publish the board! You can even download a .jpeg to bring with you when you start to build the room in real life. Its always fun to see if the room turns out the way you had planned in the app!

 

 

Now that you’ve got the tools to create your own virtually staged rooms, get started! Be sure to share your rooms with us, and follow us:

Pinterest

Polyvore

Olioboard

 

 

 

Create a Classy & Unique Valentine’s Day Setting

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We at AC Pacific have been scouring the net for Valentine’s Day decor ideas that everyone would love – single, dating, married, or otherwise! It’s a day that many wish to decorate for, but may not wish to go all out for like Christmas or Halloween. Therefore, we like to opt for decor ideas that will work with the home, or even enhance it.

valentinesWhile many focus on the reds, pinks, and whites the holiday is traditionally known for, what caught our eye was the interior trends of blacks, golds, and whites as a creative take on romance! Our Carter sofa and loveseat set in white -with polished chrome accents – provides an excellent base for a nest of gold metallic and heart print pillows. Drape a garland of hearts in this luxe color scheme across the mantel or even behind the sofa to frame an eye catching framed love quote.

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Eco-Feu fireplaces use vegetable ethanol and are clean burning, with no smoke, making them perfect to gather around with friends or a date.

 

Serve up an intimate dinner for two – or a feast for a friendly gathering of companions – on heart shaped dishes with customary champagne, all arranged around a warm and inviting Eco-Feu tabletop fireplace. Each guest should have a setting of gold and white accented with black to draw attention. Ensure your use of black is balanced with gold and white so as to not overwhelm with this bold color. Disposable metallic utensils add a hint of luxury to a budget friendly spread.

Give your sweetie – or each guest – a gift wrapped up in heart printed paper, or in a gold heart shaped box. Create a custom message for each person, and even go so far as to create a custom gift just for them!

 

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Host the Best Super Bowl Party with AC Pacific

It’s easy to host the Best Super Bowl Party Ever with AC Pacific’s comfortable and affordable home furnishings! From having enough seats for all of your guests to serving creative and fun snacks, our handy guide will help you kick off the Big Game!

infographic-superbowlFeatured products:

1. Madden Home Theater Seating

2. Barstools

3. Leisure Chair

4. Paxton Dining Set

5. Majestic Eco-Feu Fireplace

Additional products and ideas available on our Super Bowl Party Pinterest board.

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