3 Ways to Maximize Your Small Living Room Design

3 Ways to Maximize Your Small Living Room Design

Small spaces require big thinking. To make a compact space work, while being comfortable and livable, homeowners and tenants have to get creative in how to use their limited space. Greenington furniture is often a favorite of those living in small spaces due to its sleek lines and highly functional design. We are often asked about how to make the best from a small area – here are three ways to maximize your space: 1. Use Multi-functional Pieces Find furniture that can serve multiple purposes at the same time – like a sideboard that can be both an entertainment stand and hold extra dishes for entertaining. Our Currant Sideboard is a great example of a multi-use piece. 2. Open Space Design Furniture While including pieces such as bookcases, find ones with open designs that provide the illusion of space while offering vertical solutions to storage and display. The open design of our Studio Line is a great example. 3. Make Use of Moveables Easily moved items can provide design and living flexibility for small spaces. A small side table can be a fixture at the end of a couch or become a small serving unit when company is over. Beautiful and flexible, our Rosemary Side Table is a great example of pieces that work for small spaces. There are many ways to bring a small living room to life with design and arrangement. Having pieces that provide both beauty and flexibility is another great way to maximize how you live...
5 Fall Decorating Ideas for Nature Lovers

5 Fall Decorating Ideas for Nature Lovers

Fall is officially upon us, and with the change of season comes the planning and excitement of gatherings and food with friends and family. As you start to prepare for upcoming celebrations, we’ve put together five simple and beautiful ways for nature and environment lovers to bring the season into your space. Go Green with Your Centerpiece Photo Credit: Southern Living When most people think of Fall they think of reds, oranges, and yellows. For a refreshing twist on the standard Fall palette, a bright green centerpiece made of mosses, succulents, pebbles, pine cones, and green apples fresh from the orchard will stand out on your table.  See this great tutorial on how to make this one come to life! Natural Fabrics & Neutral Colors Image credit: Sanctuary Home Decor When talking about creating a refreshing space, the season we typically think of is Spring. However, Fall decorating can offer the same feeling when using neutral colors and natural fabrics. Swap out heavy, dark napkins for light linen ones. Use a simple natural thread table runner instead of a full tablecloth to let the natural texture of your table add to the ambiance. A shift to neutral tones and natural fabrics offers a new look on Fall. Love this palette? See this article for ideas on how to bring it together. Beeswax Candles If you love natural light and having an eco-friendly home, beeswax candles are the perfect way to bring both a natural and responsible choice to any room. Clean burning, beautiful smelling, and from a renewable resource – what’s not to love? We found these fall-toned tapers...
Top Tips on Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

Top Tips on Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

Creating a cohesive look in any room is part artistry, part savvy, and all personal style. Few of us are all one thing or another – we have different backgrounds, interests, and comforts – and our homes reflect that. They are, in fact, the one place in the world we get to make entirely our own. For some of us, that means looking for ways to bring together pieces or aesthetics that are very different from each other, but that we love equally. No two styles are more challenging to combine in a cohesive way than Modern (which is all about sleek and sparse) and Traditional (which is more ornate and thick). Here are five tips to doing it well while staying true to yourself: Work from Your Heart Have a family heirloom or other piece you’ve picked up along the way that you absolutely adore, and is a must have, but is a standout in style? Let this be your starting point.For example: if an ornate, dark wood sideboard is a permanent fixture; look for a sleek dark wood table to tie in the wood tones and then mix it up with more modern chairs. Traditional pieces can mix with modern by through complimentary colorsPhoto credit: Sean Michael Design via: Houzz We want to love the places we live in. Making the pieces we love most be the starting place for our design ensures that our heart is the first thing we listen to when putting a room, or our whole house, together. ~~~~~~~~~~ Create Your Palette One key to making these two styles work together is having...
5 Simple and Effective Ways to Reduce the Ecological Footprint of Your Home

5 Simple and Effective Ways to Reduce the Ecological Footprint of Your Home

With the increasing awareness of personal impact on the environment, more and more people are paying attention to their “footprint” – the effect their lifestyle and choices have on the planet. There are many aspects to everyone’s overall footprint (food, transportation, etc.) and one of the most important ones is how we keep our homes. While no one person can overcome the ecological challenges our world is facing, everyone can make choices that will reduce their footprint and contribute to the larger movement of responsible and sustainable living. Here are 5 ways everyone can reduce the ecological footprint of their home: 1. Reduce your overall energy usage. From the insulation in your home to the electricity used to power it, energy usage is the number one way everyone can reduce their overall impact. Steps you can take: Ensure your home is well insulated and you’ve closed any gaps where “energy leaks” can compromise the heating/cooling of your home. Set your thermostat a couple degrees lower in winter and higher in summer to use less heating or AC over the year. (monitor and manage your usage with smart thermostats like Nest) Use energy efficient appliances and lamps, unplug devices not in use, or use smart home devices to manage electronics (such as Google Home). 2. Limit toxic products you use. Many home items (cleaning products, paint, etc.) are made with toxic chemicals that contribute to ill environmental effects during production and in usage. Steps you can take: Read the labels on the products you are buying and do a quick Internet search on their level of toxicity before you buy. Ask...

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