Style Series Part 7: Farmhouse Chic

 

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Urban Homesteading, Homesteading, and getting back to the farm life is a huge thing right now. Did you know? Everyone these days seems to have a story about friends packing up and moving out to places where their only neighbors are a mile away…to raise chickens and pick berries. This “trend”, however, has been gaining momentum since about the middle of the last decade, it seems. People want to get back in touch with growing their own food as their right, thanks to concerns of just where our produce and meat comes from.

It’s no surprise, then, that the Farmhouse Chic trend is peeking out from the cracks between Country (read our Cozy Cabin post here) and Industrial (read our Industrial Chic post here) trends, which are both derived from the need to get back to the basics in living. To us, however, that brings back memories of watching Little House on the Prairie, where the skirts just cleared the height of the prairie grasses and home decor, of course, reflected the local environment and folk artisan treasures.

You don’t need to go so far as to owning a homestead or a farm to embrace this trend. We have a few guidelines to help you tell if it’s right for you, and how to decorate your home in this home warming trend:

 

1. Growing up, you’ve had pets like chickens, goats, sheep, maybe a cow or horse. Or, you really wish you did.

2. You see nothing wrong with putting your hair into two long braids, and love that Heidi braids are in style.

3. Sunflowers are your favorite flower. That, or wildflowers.

Pop beautiful flowers in a paper bag and tie with a small piece of string for a #vintage touch

4. Speaking of flowers, you were in on that flower crown trend before F21 was selling them, making them from available wildflowers.

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4. You love chickens, and may collect chicken themed decor.

5. Living in the “Big City” sounds awfully boring to you.

6. Food just doesn’t have flavor if it isn’t cooked in a giant cast iron pan.

7. You favor mason jars over Tupperware, and use them for everything…even Q-tip storage.

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Exposed brick or even gently worn wallpaper patterns make a great backdrop for a Farmhouse Chic kitchen. Pair with some wainscoting or trim for an added effect. Well worn edges on painted pieces – doors, windowsills, furniture – give things an authentic touch. Our Paxton set pairs wood grain with metal for a farmhouse look. And don’t be afraid of decor – or chickens – because in Farmhouse Chic, the more the merrier!

8. There’s something magical, to you, about an oldschool landline and rotary phone. Extra kudos if you have one of those oldschool wall phones (see the image above).

9. You prefer handwoven items, hammered metal, tin, and wood over plastic.

10. Having a barn door in your house sounds like an awesome concept.

Cheers

AC Pacific

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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 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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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.

 

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Flora Chair

Alex Sofa

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New Pastel Decor Ideas

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If you’re a fan of the Golden Girls like some of us here at AC Pacific, then the pastels of yesterday are well remembered. Some would prefer they stay in the past, along with the padded shoulders, feathered hair, and wicker living room sets.

Some things are best left in the past, like these pajama inspired styles. But the colors have modern potential!

Some things are best left in the past, like these pajama inspired styles. But the colors have modern potential!

 

Today, pastels are being blended with geometrical shapes and lines. Colorblocking is extremely popular, and can be blended with colored acrylics and matte finishes. The pastels themselves can vary from bright, candy colored hues to dusky, muted shades, all depending on one’s tastes, of course.

 

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Our Amber chair fits right in with the colorblocking action!

 

 Here we’ve complemented the colorblocking trend with the Amber chair, whose soft tones and dark legs work well with this trend. Floating cube shelves provide a minimalistic backdrop that doesn’t detract from the color scheme. A colorblocked rug against a light wood or polished concrete floor won’t overpower the room. Add pastel finished lighting fixtures, like two toned or “dipped” pendants or an industrial inspired floor lamp – coated in a pastel color, of course. Keep the shapes of the furniture soft and geometrical, and don’t be afraid to play with angled patterns and metallics.

If you’d like a colorful pastel wall to post behind white or gray furniture, try sectioning off parts with painter’s tape and painting with a variety of colors:

 

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Tape off and paint a custom pastel geo wall! Via remodelaholic.com

Either create an intricate pattern or a few color blocks for a simple yet bold statement:

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If you’re looking for a more whimsical approach to pastels, try some of the brighter hues of this versatile palette:

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Bright colors work with fuzzy textures and metallic finishes. Pair with bright renditions of classic painted florals and antique finished accent pieces!

 

Our soft, upholstered bed is perfect for this pastel bedroom. Moulded wall details add a special touch, as do embossed textures and mix and match textile patterns.

Whether you go all out or add pops of color here or there, this renewed color trend is sure to surprise and delight for many years. If you decorate with pastels, please be sure to show us your wonderful rooms!

 

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2015 Las Vegas Market Recap

We’re back from the Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center! There was plenty to do and see while there, including all of the upcoming trends and styles soon to be in stores! Here are some of our favorites from the show:

1. Metals

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We’re digging these metallic chandeliers at Viz Glass.

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These decorative gold hands at Noir could be interesting grouped together or hidden here and there in a bookcase.

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Coppers are still strong, as shown by this chandelier by Global Views.

 

2. Blues

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More beautiful color combinations using blue at Jaipur.

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Uber Chic Home’s industrial decor was paired with blue and white pattern dyed pillows.

 

3. Natural Textures & Elements

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Noir had on display some incredible natural elements on display.

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Jaipur’s natural textures display shows rugs, stools, and accent pillows.

 

4. Lucite & Resin

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This lucite and upholstery chair is a great example of the evolution of this amazing trend from simple silhouettes to expressive shapes.

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Made Goods’ resin encased wood nesting tables reflect a trend seen widespread at the show, where voids in reclaimed wood are filled with resin.

 

5. Crystal & Mirrored Accents

 

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The lighting section featured new designs for the traditional crystal beaded lamp.

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Michael Aram’s booth glittered with mirror finishes.

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Stunning mirrored accent at Global Views.

 

7. Curated Botanicals

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These onion plates and bowls by Abbiamo Tutto remind us of retro table settings, and will look great with classic updated decor.

 

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Old-time prints and etchings were also big at the show, like this art from the Karen Robertson Collections.

 

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We loved Accent Decor’s window display of botanicals and woodsy elements.

 

Compliment with Marlasa

Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala: a beautiful shade of red that is neither too bold nor too shy. It works as the perfect complimentary color for many AC Pacific furniture selections, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t incorporate this versatile hue into your existing decor with a few well placed accent pieces.

 

 

Create a pop of color using Marsala with rich repeat patterns, like a zig-zag or peacock rug, or filigree work pillow. Marsala provides majesty to various textures as well, including frosted or polished glass, dupioni, or soft, chunky knits. Finish off the look with aged golds, subtle oranges, and soft grays. Our favorite pieces to style with this scheme are our Carolyn accent armchair, the soft Lucas sofa with chaise, and our Presley collection in rich wood tones.

If you wish to go bold with Marsala, consider using it on an accent wall. The color can stand on its own, or can provide a contrasting backdrop to a gallery frames.

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Take it a step further, if you dare, by painting the whole room in Marsala and accenting with white wainscoting, window trim, and moulding.

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Our 480 Bedroom Set is perfect for a Marsala dominated bedroom. A light floor and intricate rug – with Marsala tints, of course – provide an elegant base for a bold solid wall. Use a light or neutral bedding set to offset the walls. Toss on a few Marsala tinted accent pillows to help tie in the color, or even opt for a bedding set incorporating hints of the color. Employ light colored, simple window coverings to help open up the room.

Marsala is sure to bring bold elegance to your home, no matter what your decor style may be. Happy decorating!