Archive for January, 2012

Furniture Trends To Try in Your Home for 2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012

January of 2012 is pretty much over and I have to ask – have you been able to stick to your New Years resolutions? If one of the things you hoped to change this year is your living space or home decor, what are you waiting for!? Here are the furniture trends to try in your home for 2012!

When preparing to re-decorate your home, it is important to look ahead at upcoming trends so that you don’t end up with outdated designs by the time you are finished. Lucky for you, we did the hard work for you and put together this list. Another great tip to keep in mind: pair your furniture trends with timeless pieces that will never go out of style.

 

  • Tuft it Up – This trend has begun to re-emerge more and more over the past couple of years and is beginning to gain a lot of popularity again. What? You don’t know what “tufted” is? Well, you should. “Tufting” refers to threading through layers of fabric or leather, often in a pattern, and securing the ends with a knot or button. These clusters are then known as tufts. Look for especially contemporary and modern versions of these pieces with clean lines to fit the current trend. Check out this gorgeous, dreamy bedroom with a tufted headboard:

 

 

  • Reclaimed Materials – Being eco-friendly and green isn’t just trendy, it’s smart too. Using reclaimed materials in your home is a great way to cut down on waste. Look for pieces made from reclaimed beams, barn wood, and old flooring. Metals, glass, and wood are all great materials to use. You can get creative and create one-of-a-kind pieces like tables, chairs, headboards, etc. out of these materials. Recycled glass is extremely inexpensive and can be used to decorate in many different ways. Check out these cool design ideas made from recycled and reclaimed materials:

    Rug made from recycled blankets:

 

Chair made from old CD’s:

Coffee table made from cardboard tubes:

 

  • Global Influences – Oriental architecture, specifically, will be very popular in 2012. Look for pieces that are reminiscent of Japanese temples in designs for all your rooms of your home this year.

 

 

Images: Modern Urban Living, In Habitat, Green Diary, Alternative Consumer, Dezeen

 

Emerging Office Furniture Trends For 2012

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

With a new year, comes new trends – and we don’t just mean fashion trends. Believe it or not, there are furniture trends that come and go, just like your favorite pair of bell-bottom jeans. Changes in office furniture design for 2012 are based on changes in the world around us, with a little inspiration from the fashion world as well. Ready for the emerging office furniture trends for 2012?

It used to mean that the bigger the office, the more important the person. Though this may still be the case in many situations, the bottom line is that there is less space available out there, making efficiency the key. More often than not, remote workers and traveling workers are becoming the trend, meaning people simply need a space to come in and collaborate with their fellow employees, rather than an actual desk or office to store their things.

Workers may not always be able to meet face-to-face, making the necessity of being able to share screens imperative. Companies need to keep in mind people with differing abilities or handicaps, while presenting a high-tech and competitive workspace, and maintaining an “eco-friendly” title all at the same time. The “old-school” cubicle just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Sometimes, hiring a design team is the best way to  optimize your workspace. They can take an objective look at what’s working and what’s not and give you suggestions on how to improve your workspace based on the number of people working there and the purposes it needs to serve. Furniture rental is another affordable and temporary way to decide what best works in your office.

Besides being efficient, you will most likely want your workspace to look nice as well. In the past, companies have tended to spruce up the front of the office, or the waiting room, and hide the less attractive work spaces away in the back. Nowadays you don’t have to do that. There are several affordable ways to make the entire workspace aesthetically pleasing. Many companies in addition to renting furniture, also rent accessories like artwork, lamps, and rugs, which can tie the look of a room together.

So, the next time you are out shopping for clothes, take a look around and see if you can pull a little inspiration from the surrounding garments and use what you find for your next office re-design.

Images: Mashable, Gurovich, Learn To Dream

Corporate Housing Isn’t Just For Corporations

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Often times, when people hear the term “Corporate Housing”, they make the false assumption that it only refers to corporations and their employees. In fact, corporate housing is a popular option is available to anyone, with or without corporate ties, who needs short term furnished accommodations for anywhere from 1 to 11 months. Basically, corporate housing isn’t just for corporations.

It is important to note that corporate housing is not the same thing as an extended stay hotel. On average, based on a 30-day stay, upscale extended stay hotels cost about 20% more than typical corporate apartments do. These higher costs don’t come without perks, though. Typically, extended stay hotels do offer an impressive array of services to their guests.

If spending a ton of cash on fancy hotel services doesn’t appeal to you, then corporate housing is definitely worth considering. One of the great benefits of corporate housing is the fact that your options are very customizeable. Though, if you go crazy with special requests, your costs are likely to go up as well.

Furniture rental is a great way to customize your corporate housing needs specifically to your lifestyle. If you are traveling with a baby, you can make sure your room is equipped with a stroller and a crib. Or if you need a home theater or home office, that can also be arranged. Whatever your final decision may be, extended stay hotel or corporate housing, be sure to spend plenty of time weighing all the options; you want to make sure your home away from home is as comfortable as possible.

Six Home Staging Tips From The Professionals

Friday, January 6th, 2012

If you are getting ready to sell your home, it is important you know about the magic that home staging can create. Professional home stagers are decorating experts that highlight a home’s best features and paint a picture that potential buyers will be enticed by. Real estate agents often hire these professionals to help them sell properties, but if you follow these six home staging tips from the professionals, you can work a little of your own professional home staging magic:

 

    • Check out your competition – If you live in a development or a tract home, the houses in your neighborhood were probably built with similar (if not identical) floor plans. This gives you the opportunity to see how professional home stagers disguise the same flaws your home has.

 

 

    • Work with a blank canvas – Rather than breaking your back and moving your heavy couch around the room several times, simply jot down the dimensions of each piece and then move the furniture into another room so you have a blank canvas to work with. Next,  cut out large pieces of paper in the length, width, and depth of your furniture and try different combinations. You may be surprised at the configuration you come up with and the best part is, you didn’t have to break a sweat to figure it out! Be sure to move the pieces in one-by-one, just in case you need to make any last minute adjustments.

 

 

  • Get inspired by Mother Nature – Match accessories like rugs, pillows, and vases, to the surroundings outside. Bringing the outdoors in will make your space seem more open and natural. For example, if there are flowering trees outside of a window, use them for inspiration inside your space. Placing vases with a beautiful flower blossom pattern on the mantel will tie it all together.

 

 

    • Do a balancing act – Resist the temptation to line one wall with furniture, which creates lopsidedness. Try balancing heavier pieces of furniture with other large pieces across the room. Another trick to keep rooms from feeling off-kilter? Pull beds and couches out six inches from the walls.

 

 

    • Don’t be afraid to go neutral – It’s common to make the false assumption that neutral colors such as grey, white, beige and silver are “boring”, but this isn’t necessary always true when it comes to design. You can paint an accent wall a dark grey and then hang white-framed mirrors of different shapes and sizes on it. The contrast will be very dramatic and beautiful. Add a pop of color to the room with vases, pillows and linens. After all, it’s much easier to change accessories than it is to re-paint a room!

 

 

    • Camouflage flaws – This is probably the most important aspect in home staging. Whether your home has harwood scars or unsightly window air conditioners, there are tricks to camouflage them. Place leafy foliage near hardwood scars, strategically place shelving above air conditioners, and coordinate rugs to window treatments. All of these simple tricks will help to unify the room and draw the eye away from any damage.

 

Images: Sheila Conkling, Interior Design, USA Weekend, Habitually Chic, House Beautiful, Home Interior Designs