A rustic European vibe present in the weathered charcoal finish and Continental inspired details adds appeal and interest to the Sutton Place home office. Felt lined top drawers, side mount ball bearing guides, English and French dovetailed drawer construction and the highest quality construction standard to Magnussen Home. The collection features a variety of desk options with plenty of storage.
Simple Upscale Decorating Tips
Decorating has changed dramatically in recent years. Many years ago people put great amounts of money in art and accent pieces. That’s still an option art and collectibles can be great ways to express yourself. If you find a piece of art that you truly love, go for it! Art is a great way to have moving pieces that speak directly to your soul. Top art can also be a great investment.
On the other hand, today many top designers and artists work for mass department stores and offer their collections for a small fraction of the cost of their work. Top artists and designers do this because their profit is greater when selling to many people rather than just a few. Everyone benefits from this system. We can all enjoy trendy, top art for a fraction of the cost and designers or artists are better compensated for their work. This system also allows us to update homes as often as we wish.
Updating a home has never been easier. Simply go down to a store, choose a collection you like and bring it home. The collections are often set up in the store, so that dishes, glassware, tablecloths, napkins, and accent pieces are displayed in a professionally designed grouping. World-renowned designers put the collections together and freely give us the advantage of their talent, training, and expertise. All types of stores employ top professionals to design collections, so that price isn’t necessarily a determiner of quality.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that too many choices may lead to confusion and a sense of feeling overwhelmed. Each collection is beautiful and easily available. The cost per item is low, but choosing pieces can be a confusing and sometimes expensive dilemma. How do you determine what to do?
The first thing to do is determine what you have and what you need. There is a saying Less is more. This is especially true in home decorating. Its far better to have a few pieces that you love than to have too many things that you don’t particularly like, no matter how good a buy they were.
Accents come in any budget, so first make sure that you have good, comfortable furniture.
More Decorating Tips
Secondary colors make a big difference in a home. Whats the main color in the room? If your couch is red, for instance, a white accent throughout the room will look dramatically different than, say, a purple accent. Six months later, change the accent pieces to black and the room will again look strikingly different, all the time using the same furniture. Red, or any bright color, can sometimes cause a challenge when trying to find the right accents. Neutral colors in furniture will give you more options for accent color changes, and allow you more flexibility.
Many people wonder what colors go together the answer is that if you like it, it works. It’s your home. If you’re unsure of your choices, one option is to go to a paint store and get the sample cards. They’re put together by professionals and show which colors work together. Simply match the colors on the card and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Another easy way of ensuring tasteful color coordination is to simply purchase an entire collection. If you want to update the bathroom it’s easy to get all the accent pieces and fabrics at one time. Unless you’re sure of what you’re doing, this is a very simple way to get a beautiful, professional look. Make sure you purchase all the pieces that you’ll need because often the collections are changed every few months and pieces won’t be available.
Decorating can be a real challenge. These are some easy tips to have a designer look at a fraction of the cost. You’ll end up with a home you’ll love!
Display your collectibles in this handsome uniquely shaped console made of Brazilian pine. It features two double glass door openings with classic wooden knobs and two interior shelves. The glass front allows you to see the gorgeous contrast of the coffee exterior finish and the warm amber interior finish. The plank style top and shaker style sides complete the look of this rustic star that looks as if it is aged to perfection.
Take Your Kitchen to the Country
Tired of the ultra-modern black and white and chrome of your kitchen? Have you gone beyond the desire for sleek minimalism and long for the comfort of a warm and cozy country kitchen? Many of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so comfort is right up there with convenience. Here are some ways to create that feeling of warmth in your kitchen.
Let’s start from the bottom up. You may want to cover the existing linoleum with one of the many laminate hardwood floorings that are available at building supply superstores. Snap-and-glue or lock-together flooring pieces are fairly inexpensive, don’t require a subfloor underneath for installation, and are extremely durable a good move if you have children or pets. Wood comes in many different shades, so pick one that will work well with your choice of cupboards and countertop.
So let’s think about cupboards. Bring home some earth-colored paint swatches and see what strikes your comfort zone. Try an antique olive green, light mocha or honey. Before painting, wash your cupboards clean of grease and grime, then lightly scuff them with sandpaper and wipe down again to remove loose dust. Mix your chosen paint color half and half with glaze. Apply with a 1-4″ paintbrush, then take a rag made from an old cotton t-shirt and lightly rub the painted area with the rag to give an antiqued texture to the cupboards. Paint the trim in a solid color without the glaze to add contrast. When choosing doorknobs, try copper or wrought iron to create an aged look.
Now for the countertop. Buying countertops can be expensive, especially if you require a custom size or have your heart set on granite. One inexpensive way to resurface the countertop is with ceramic tile, which comes in a variety of colors and sizes. 12 x12 is a good size for countertops, or try smaller Mexican tiles with bright colored designs for the backsplash. After you lay the tiles, grout the seams. Charcoal grout seems to compliment most tile and always looks clean. Finish with two-inch wood trim in a color like red oak for added warmth.
Finally, choose a warm color to paint the kitchen walls. Shades of brown such as desert sand, rice cake, or light coffee add warmth to the room and don’t compete with the color of the cupboards. If the room is large enough, one wall could be painted with a darker or brighter color.
Kitchen Finishing Touches
With all the basics in place, add decorative finishing touches, such as aged copper pots and pans hanging from a rack above the stove to wicker baskets or antique cooking utensils picked up at garage sales. A pottery or glass water pitcher filled with fresh flowers is a lovely addition.
If you have an eat-in kitchen, a wooden hutch or antique bakers rack is the perfect setting for your aunt’s tea cozy and your collection of cookbooks. Now fill your country kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon buns made from Grandmas recipe… and enjoy.
Beautifully subtle and chic, the plush Victoria Accent Chair features a textured lock and key pattern, reversible cushion, and rolled arms. Bring this chair into any space for an instant upgrade on style and comfort.
Lighting – Gulfport MS
The use of lighting is an integral element in art, architecture, and design. It has the power to dramatically change the look and feel of everything, from a sculpture to a family room or even a hallway.
Incorporating lighting elements into a home can alter the ambiance from clean and modern to warm and rustic, creating specific moods and enhancing colors and textures.
Consider these tips for bringing both natural and artificial lighting elements into your home design for breathtaking results:
* Let the natural light shine in. Windows bring the dynamic qualities of daylight into a home, capturing outside views, enhancing colors, and flooding surfaces, rooms or any interior spaces with natural light.
However, bringing in more natural sunshine can increase the temperature of a room due to heat transfer through windows. To get the natural sun without unwanted temperature changes, you may want to consider tinted glass to help reduce the transfer of heat.
In addition to capitalizing on natural light through the strategic placement of windows, you can choose from a broad scope of window shapes, juxtapositions and designs to create an artistic flair. For an abundance of design capabilities, including limitless custom designs crafted by artisans, consider wood or metal clad-wood windows.
If energy efficiency and low maintenance are a primary concern, vinyl windows will offer you these affordable features along with a clean, streamlined appearance.
Lighting Your Home
* Use decorative lights for night and day. The imaginative use of alternative lighting can showcase unique features inside and outside the home.
Instead of using traditional overhead lighting or table lights, artistically combine shadows and light with subtle tree lights lining the edges of the ceiling or a chandelier with a dimmer.
* Reflect light to enhance the ambiance. Often overlooked as a key element in the lighting of a home, mirrors have traditionally been utilized solely as a tool for personal reflection. The creative placement of mirrors can throw light around the room, making a room sparkle and appear larger.
While an entire wall of mirrors may seem a little risky, the placement of framed mirrors sporadically on a particular wall brings a fresh, artistic element into the home.
Regardless of its source – whether it’s natural light that streams in through a window or the soft glow from a table lamp or chandelier – lighting is an important decorative accessory in any home.
Hand inlaid solid poplar strips in striking parquet diamond patterns give great impact to the Appeal collection of transitional design tables. Elegantly curved legs rise from the full storage shelves to triangular top caps supporting the undercut top shapes. Available in a dark highlighted poplar color or the natural, bleached and padded finish. Wire brushing techniques on parquet patterns provide texture and depth and create a striking one-of-a-kind look. Center parquet areas bordered with solid poplar outer frames. Full poplar veneer shelves on all pieces.
Tips On Buying A New Mattress
Is the mattress you sleep on old and lumpy, have exhausted springs that just don’t have the spring in them anymore, or just old and you feel that you need to upgrade to a newer, more comfortable mattress? Searching for a new mattress can be simple for some, and may seem difficult for others. How much do you really know about mattresses? It’s extremely important to have a bed that can provide you with therapeutic qualities that you deserve after a hard days work…or play. But it can be expensive, so you want to make sure that you buy the right one, and to do that, you have to do a little research. It’s not that complicated, so don’t let the word “research” scare you. All you have to do is be aware of what’s out there. Chances are, it’s been a while since you last had to purchase a sleep system, and tons of research has gone into making them better, so there are lots of new styles and designs out there. There’s no better feeling than sleeping on a new mattress.
Everyone feels better after a good night’s sleep, but what if you could turn that good night’s sleep into a fantastic, or an amazing night’s sleep, and get just that night after night? That would be great! Well, there are mattresses for sale that can provide you with that. A new mattress doesn’t have to have springs in it that will eventually become exhausted and unable to return to its initial form. There are foam mattresses now that can very well last a lifetime without losing their ability to take their original form. Sure, polyurethane foam mattresses and memory foam mattresses can be a little more expensive than a spring, but we, as people, spend one-third of our lives in bed. A good bed can do wonders for your posture, soothe aching joints and so much more. If you do get a new mattress, be sure to get one that is best for you.
Buying A New Mattress – Gulfport, MS
So if you are indeed in the market for a new mattress, there are things to keep in mind when shopping around. Sometimes spending a little more can get you so much more in the long run. More importantly, you want to try them out, lie on them right in the store, and try and do this in the positions you normally sleep in. Try all types of mattresses including foam, innerspring mattresses, air mattresses and flotation, which is basically a waterbed. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as it can make a big difference in the mattress you buy. Sticking with big name brands like Sealy, Simmons, and Serta can also be a good idea, but don’t hesitate to give others a try, because you just never know. Just make sure that the one you decide on provides you with a sufficient amount of support, comfort, space and will last you for many years to come. You will be amazed at how great you’ll feel all day long after a night’s rest on a new top quality mattress.
Buying A New Mattress
Your dining room or kitchen table set is more than just furniture. It’s the place where you set birthday cakes and where table chairs pull your family together. The memories made in your dining room reflect your personality; and so should your furniture, which is why we offer kitchen, dinette and pub sets in an assortment of trendy and affordable styles. Choose from casual, contemporary, traditional and transitional styles to find the kitchen set that best suits your home.
Buying New Furniture – When Is It Time?
Are your sofa or chair cushions showing signs of wear? If its leather, maybe the seat cushions are discolored, lighter in the seat area than the rest of the sofa or chair. If its fabric, see if the upholstery threads are pulling apart or discolored. If your furniture is showing signs of wearing, its time to consider new furniture or at least slip covering options.
Are there holes in your furniture? You might be able to stitch or patch the holes if the rest of the piece is structurally sound. Otherwise, start thinking about new furniture.
When you rise from the seat, does the cushion remain sunken? Check the springs to see if that’s the problem. If a broken or stretched spring is the culprit, the problem can probably be repaired, maybe even by yourself if you happen to be handy in that way. If the springs look okay, maybe you just need a new cushion. Take a cushion with you to an upholstery shop or fabric store to show the salesperson what kind of cushion you need to replace the bad one. It’s a good idea to take a good cushion with you so the salesperson can help match the cushion to the firmness and density you want to replace the bad cushion with.
Is the frame of your furniture still in good shape? If a sofa or chair has been dropped, it might crack a wooden frame. Flip your furniture upside down and take a look.
Does your furniture sit level? If its not level, check the frame. Check the legs to make sure a peg is not missing. If you cant spot the problem, its time to buy new furniture.
When you sit on your furniture, do you feel the arms separate from the rest of the frame? Maybe you have a problem that can be solved with wood glue and a few clamps. Otherwise, for safety’s sake, get rid of your old furniture.
When you sit down, do you feel wood or a frame sticking out? Consider that poke in the behind your official cue to be buying new furniture!
If you know its time to replace the old look of your furniture, decide if the update can be done with a simple slipcover. By measuring the furniture properly, a slipcover either purchased ready made or custom made if your furniture has an unusual shape or curve to it you can get a nice fit. Slipcovers range in price starting at about $40. The better fabric you select, the higher the price. If you just want to update your furniture for a few more months until you save enough money to buy an all-new ensemble, slipcovers are the way to go.
Buying New Furniture
Look at the finances. Will buying new furniture mean you’ll have to finance the purchase? If so, can you handle the extra bill each month?
Do you just want to? There’s nothing wrong with wanting new furniture. Look for solid pieces that will give your family many years of enjoyment and you’ll always be happy with your decision on buying new furniture!
Buying New Furniture
Southern Charm Furniture & Design
1852 E. Pass Rd. Gulfport, MS 39507
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Mississippi Gulf Coast
Picayune & Wiggins