Style Series Part 8: Savvy Studio

 

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Last up on our Style Series for Summer 2015 is the Savvy Studio, a quirky mash-up of mid-century modern and minimalism. This trend features a brighter mid-century inspired palette and quirky shapes and patterns. The style thrives on mixing and matching geometrics, florals, and solids to bring life into smaller spaces – without taking too much space at all!

Popular amongst college age folk and those looking for a way to express their individuality in a more classic way, this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Is it right for you? See below to find out!

1. You were an avid watcher of shows like Mad Men and movies like Catch Me if You Can, but have a soft spot for quirky kid’s shows like Minions and Inside Out.

2. Your home is a rented studio apartment, or even one bedroom apartment, where the space is limited, the walls are white, and the flooring can’t be changed.

3. Prints, prints, and more prints! Chevrons, stripes, florals, even cute vintage inspired tees are part of your wardrobe – and decor. However, you may not be a big fan of abstracts.

4. Statement shoes and necklaces are a staple of your wardrobe.

 

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If this looks like something you would wear, the Savvy Studio may be your cup of tea!

5. Yellow may be your favorite color. Or mustard.

6. Your planters may be in the shape of dinosaurs, or birds, and succulents are your plants of choice.

These succulent planters from TheGnakedGnome might be right up your ally!

7. Even if your walls are white, you are ready to invest in some temporary wallpaper or decals for some added pizzazz.

8. While you like to experiment with color, print, and silhouette, you want your decor to reflect cleanliness and order. With this decor style, you know what to expect!

 

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Create a mid-century-mod, minimalist setting with our new pieces, like Briella, Makenna, Lillianna, Jasmine, and Spencer! Our Briella, shown here, comes either in black with gray cushion, or white with blue cushion, is supported by sleek dowel legs, and includes molded armrests for comfort. Buy one for the desk, or four for the dining table, or even a few for the reading nook or den!

 

9. Your space needs to be great for guests. Even if your pieces are quirky and small, they still need to be comfortable and perform a function.

10. Lastly, you need to be surrounded by art and books. Large scale canvas prints and mid-century style bookshelves full of books are, to you, the best decoration!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Summer Style Series for 2015! Stay tuned for even more fun features and decor ideas from AC Pacific!

Cheers

AC Pacific

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Summer Style Series Part 6: Tropical Getaway

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Once upon a time, Havana was the place to be. It was in close proximity to the USA and a great place to get a drink where in the States prohibition was in effect, and it was easier to just go there to get your party on, not to mention the popularity of cigars. Americans have since been addicted to tropical locales, shifting their focus to places like Hawa’ii, Cozumel, Jamaica, and more. We all dream of a Tropical Getaway filled with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, colorful foilage, and fruity drinks that require umbrellas.

Thankfully, the wishful thinking and the tropical glam of days gone by have come back. Tropical prints have been revamped past tacky, and no one can wait to grab their sunnies to get their summer on. If you think the Tropical trend is hot, check below to see if it might be for you:

 

1. You’ve probably been to Hawa’ii, but if not, have had several luau themed parties.

2. To you, the five food groups are: Mai Tais, seafood, kabobs, Corona-ritas, and pineapple.

3. You may be involved with the retro (1930s – 50s) fashion movement, but if not, have filled your closet with F21 urban tropical goods.

4. You’ve gone pineapple bowling.

 

5. You’re attracted to retro motel glam.

6. Moving to a place like California or Florida sounds great – long summers, hot weather, abundant sunshine!

7. In the summer, you wear your bathingsuit under your clothes, even if you go to work. Who has time to change when summer is here?

8. You’ve always liked the look of bamboo, and have wondered how patio furniture would look like indoors.

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A tropical setting is the perfect place for the Mia armchair. Soft, supple cushions match sleek, brown bonded leather, making it perfect for tropical accents. Toss in a few palm and hibiscus printed pillows, a naturally woven rug, and lots of wood texture. We especially loved that tropical tiger print!

9. The plants in your home aren’t ivy or ferns. They’re banana palms, orchids, and potted ginger plants.

10. You’ve gone thrifting for mid-century tiki and tropical inspired goods that others would call tacky, but know they make perfect sense in your home.

And bonus:

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Don’t be ashamed. We know you have a flock.

 

Cheers

AC Pacific

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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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China International Furniture Fair 2015 Trends

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We spent last week in Guangzhou, China, at the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), the largest expo in China for home furnishings. While there, we were able to get a glimpse of upcoming trends from the Asian markets. This year’s offerings placed an emphasis on small space living, and utilizing hidden aspects of well designed furniture. Here are some of our favorites:

 

1. New takes on futons.

 

The hard metal frames and uncomfortable, thin mattresses of the past were nowhere to be seen at CIFF. In their place were soft, upholstered chairs that transformed into beds by either pulling down the backrest to reveal a level sleeping space, or by unfolding the seat to create a soft, foam mattress.
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2. Marble accents on accent pieces.

Marble is the new granite these days, it seems. It’s also showing up on accent furniture in understated ways – the inside of a table leg, a block along the front of a console, the top of a table. It adds a classy touch without being overpowering or turning a home into something reminiscent of a Parthenon.

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3. Classy matte and clear plastic.

Plastic used to be reserved for lawn and children’s seating. Now, with new finishes and designs, it is made classy enough for the modern dining table, office, and even as living room accent pieces. And while acrylic chairs are not anything new, they’ve been revamped to include latticework and geometrical shapes to keep the trend going.


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4. Coated metals.

Chrome, powder coated, antiqued, and brushed metal finishes took a back seat to gleaming white coated metal tables, consoles, bedroom sets, and chairs.

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We of course enjoyed our stay in China, and were amazed with all there was to do and see!

 

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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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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Spring 2015 Trend: Explore Curated Botanicals

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This is a trend that is sure to last longer than a flash in the pan. Curated Botanicals reminds us of carefully decoupaged artwork clipped from vintage entomology books as well as carefully drawn and watercolored artwork from the 1970s. The look is elegant, light, and appealing for all homes, with softer colors and a cultured feel.

tumblr_njbbpqfRcJ1u51fklo1_540Select light wood finishes and slight silhouettes to furniture frames so as to not bog down the ambiance of an eternal spring. Our 5 Piece Dining Set gives a great backdrop for vegetable printed plates, bowls, and table linens. Place sparse groupings of leaves and flowers in clear jars and vases for centerpieces or to decorate a countertop. Darker colors should be limited to singular pieces, like our Evelyn Chair. Offset these darker pieces with lighter backdrops, such as a gold hued floral wallpaper. Hang an antiqued wood or metal finish, but simple, chandelier over your table, or compliment the walls with vintage inspired sconces. Finish the look with a floral rug, or if things are looking too busy, a solid color rug with plenty of texture.

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As for colors, keep to dusky pastels reminiscent of soft, natural colors, paired with woody greens and browns with a hint of reds or blues. Elements should have a careful hand drawn precision to them. Avoid symmetrical patterns, as the elements must appear abstract in their arrangement; carefully but not ignoring Mother Nature’s handicraft.

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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.