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Ready, Set, Glow!

Winter is right around the corner. Before you know it, we’ll be gathering around the fireplace and cupping something warm and steamy in our hands. A fireplace is the focal point for many rooms, when lit; our eyes are naturally drawn to the dancing flames. This year, why not focus your attention on some of the great fireplace accessories that are currently available.

Ready Set Glow

A fundamental component to any fireplace are the andirons. Andirons are used to lift logs up and away from the floor of the hearth and this is important because it allows air to cir-culate around the logs. Got a roaring fire going? You can thank those andirons.

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Andirons have been decorated for millenniums. Throughout history, they presented an opportunity for people to personalize something that was very important to them – the hearth of their home. You have the same opportunity. Take a look at some of the unique and beautiful andirons offered by Arteriors.

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Screens are a must if you are concerned that embers might fly out into the room. They are also a good way to disguise an empty fireplace during the off season. Using a fireplace screen becomes an opportunity to introduce a piece of beautiful art into your room.

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The idea is to get a theme going.

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There is something fundamentally satisfying about managing a fire that you have built. Why not invest in a handsome set of tools?

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When lighting a fire in your fireplace, just remember – build it, and they will come. This season, why don’t you and your guests warm up to some well chosen fireplace accessories. Everyone will enjoy the glow!

Back To School

When setting up a desk area for ourselves, there’s a lot that we can learn from our children.

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WALL MOUNT IT

Hang up your own art work.  Seriously!  You’d be surprised what a frame can do for your doodles.

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MAP IT OUT

Maps are interesting and informative. These days, maps of all kinds are and fast becoming collectors items. Try hanging a map near your desk area. Who knows, it might change your point of view about a few things.

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GO GLOBAL

Want to add some  interest to your desk top?   Get a globe.  The spherical shape is a welcome touch.  Besides, no matter how old you are, spinning a globe is always fun!

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CHALK IT UP

This is your classroom. Why not have your own chalkboard?

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BEST BUDDIES

Learning is no fun without your friends.  Make sure that your pet has a comfy place close to your desk

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We never stop learning.  Why not take these few tips from the kids, and make it fun!

 

Chinese Chippendale

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People seem to have a more global outlook these days.  Perhaps that’s why Chinese Chippendale furniture is popping up all over the place.

 

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The design is nothing new, the style goes back to the 1750s and ’60s.  English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale was so inspired by the beauty of the orient that he began crafting the pieces of furniture that we know today as Chinese Chippendale.

 

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The classic geometric, pattern has been beautifully adapted to beds.

 

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In architecture, it is frequently seen on railings.

 

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The latticework design is as fresh and invigorating today as it has ever been.  Sometimes the easiest way to update the look of your home is to add something that’s old.

 

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Ready to embark on a new adventure?  A good way to begin is with one of these chairs.

 

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Timeless, tried and true, Chinese Chippendale is a wonderful way to add a bit of exotic flair to you décor.

 

A Warm Welcome

Brass is back!  If you are looking for a simple way to update the look of your home, try adding a little brass.  Nothing warms a room up like a touch of brass and it’s perfectly ok to mix it up with other metals.

Try brass on lighting fixtures.

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Or the kitchen sink.

 

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Brass is great for rims and trims.

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Brass on the wall may be best of all.

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Brass has a way of spreading a little cheer throughout the room.

How sweet it is.

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Brass has been gone way too long.  So welcome back!

Why Knot?

 

Some things have a way of really hanging in there.  Take Macramé for example.  It’s been around since the 13th century.  Arab artisans were the first to begin knotting and weaving yarn into decorative items.  The practice moved throughout Europe and even sailors took it up.  Macramé was quite the rage during the Victorian era, as it was in the 1970’s.  Now it’s back in style and for good reason.  Look at all the things you can do—if you simply tie the knot.

 

 

So get a little creative.  Once again, something old has become something new.  And that means, anything is possible!

 

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Down Under

Designing a basement?  Here are a few things to keep in mind.

 

 

HEAD ROOM

Ceiling height is frequently an issue.  If that’s the case, keep the floor joists exposed.  This adds a nice architectural touch and it gives the illusion that the ceiling is higher than it actually is.  Keep the joists and the plane above the same color, otherwise it can have a reverse effect.

 

WALL TO WALL

You have a lot of it in the basement.  Wall space may be at a premium  in the rest of the house but not down here.  There are few windows or doors to break up the vertical planes.  Take advantage of this.  Attractive open shelving keeps the basement functional while breathing  interest into it visually.

 

 

LIGHTS OUT

The lack of natural light in a basement can actually work for you.  Use a combination of lighting fixtures, recessed cans, wall sconces, hanging pendants and firelight.  Now you have full control and you can really dictate the mood of the room.

 

 

STEP IT UP

Stairs with open risers are a good choice when space is limited, and it gives you the opportunity to get a little creative.

 

 

So bring out the best in your basement.  It has a way of bringing out the best in you!

 

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Unordinary Ottomans

 

Ottomans have come a long way.  They started off as simple footstools.   Now when you put them in a room, they become the center of attention.  How did ottomans get to be so popular?  It helps to get along well with others.  See the photos below, there are many interesting ways that ottomans can be combined with other pieces of furniture.

 

 

This is an ottoman that you can find anywhere.  Put a slipcover on it and leave the legs exposed.  It has a way of  leading you on to believe that a very fine piece of furniture is underneath.

 

 

Instead of a sofa and a love seat combination, try placing an ottoman next to your cocktail table.

 

 

Or place the ottoman under a cocktail table.

 

 

Try a single ottoman with a pair of small tables on either side.

 

 

A pair of matching ottomans is interesting, especially when used with two different style sofas.

 

 

Or get back to basics.  What could better than a lovely ottoman and two chairs set front of a fireplace?

 

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Simply Sweet

 

Want to keep some magic in your home all year long?

 

 

Try using Red & White.

 

 

The palette is brisk, refreshing, crisp and clean.

 

 

Red and white make a dynamic duo.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to call them in.

 

 

A little red and white go a long way.  See for yourself.  It’s a surefire way to brighten up any room!

 

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Conference Call

 

In most offices, the conference room serves as home field for a wide range of business activities.  Planning, presenting, birthday parties and brainstorming sessions, the conference room is a meeting space where your team comes together.  Get the best out of your players and refer to the guidelines listed below.

 

 

1.    GET A GRIP

Use a door and door hardware that is different from, but complimentary, to the rest of the office design.  It makes a first and long lasting impression.  I assure you.

 

 

2.    GO WIDE

If you need a large conference table (one that seats more than 12), remember to go wide in the middle.  A large conference table should have a subtle boat shape.  If it doesn’t, it’s difficult to see people who are seated along your side of the table.

 

 

3.   POWER TRIP

Now that you’ve got them where you want them, keep them there with some help from Davis Furniture.  No one needs to leave the meeting room because their technology tanked.  These tables have built-in power strips that are both functional and highly attractive.

 

 

4.    SIT A SPELL

Marathon meetings are not uncommon.  The conference room should be comfortable and conducive to interaction between the team members.  The best way to accomplish this is to pick the right chair.  A mid-back, instead of a high-back chair executive chair is a good choice.  It helps keep the egos in check.  Seriously.

 

 

5.     SOUND OFF

It happens.  That’s why you frequently see acoustical panels mounted on the walls and ceiling of a conference room.  Want to  ensure that what happens in the conference room, stays in the conference room?  Remember this tip.

 

 

6.     LIGHT BRIGHT

Nothing is more distracting than light glaring in your eyes.  Forget  about the view, you want your team to focus on what is happening in the room.  Treat the windows  so adjustments can be made to the natural lighting.  This is especially important if the space will be used for videoconferencing.

If you want your people to bring their best game to the table, simply follow these rules.  IT’S YOUR CALL.

 

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While You Wait

First impressions count, and nowhere are they more important that in a business waiting room.  The reception room is a place where you can establish and reinforce brand image.  Don’t miss this golden opportunity by following the suggestions listed below:

 

 

1. Let There Be Lighting – Lighting is numero uno as far as a commercial designer is concerned.  Lighting evokes mood and sets tone for the entire office experience.  You will often see interesting reflected ceiling plans in the reception area.  Lighting will be used to accent the reception desk, business signage and naturally, art.  Pools of light are often used to designate seating areas.

 

 

2. Sign On – Building brand image is paramount to most businesses.  Creative signage in the waiting room is a wonderful way to get your point across.  In the waiting room, your business logo will also serve as art. Remember to present it in a way that compliments the design of the entire office.

3. Be Seated – Furnish the waiting room with contract furniture, please.  Residential furniture can appear unprofessional and it won’t hold up. They call it residential furniture for a reason it belongs at home.

 

 

4. A Warm Welcome – There are many ways to make a space feel warm and welcoming.  Creative uses of form in the waiting area can function as an extraordinary welcome mat.

5. Lean On Me – The reception desk is of great importance in an office waiting room.  Your customers and/or clients are one side of the desk and your office personal is on the other.  This is a line of demarcation so to speak and it needs special attention.  Make it as nice as you possibly can.

 

 

Plain and simple, a well designed waiting room will impress your visitors and guests.  It will also frame your business in the best possible light!

 

 

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