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.
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!
Lighting the dining room can be a tricky task. Often people put up a chandelier and assume their lighting work is done. While a chandelier is a beautiful feature of most dining rooms, more is necessary to create the ambiance that one would want at the dinner table. Follow these tips to create the perfect lighting combination for your dining room.
1.Hang the chandelier so that the bottom hits approximately 30 inches above your table. Too low and it will interrupt conversation among your guests. Too high and no one will appreciate it. Install a dimmer if possible. The light from a chandelier can mimic candlelight when dimmed.
2. Install sconces. The light is subtle yet will keep the entire room well lit. You want to avoid a table that is lit when the rest of the room is dark. Sconces will stop this look from happening.
3. Candlestick lamps on a sideboard also help light flow throughout the room while keeping the space from appearing too bright. Hurricanes with tall candlesticks also can create this look.
4. Hang mirrors strategically in the room to keep the low light bouncing around the space.
5. Lastly, Never underestimate the effect of candles on the table.
Oh the holidays are here, time to spruce up the home with those decorations that have been stored away all year. Below are pictures of three different table top settings from our showroom that we created for the holiday season.
Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to break the bank. We used a little bit of old with a little bit of new by purchasing simple red and gold Christmas bulbs to add a little sparkle above the table. A centerpiece revamped with Poinsettias ties in our “rustic theme”.
If you’re low on cash this season, think of creative ways to spice up household items. Get the family involved and go outside! Pine cones and tree trimmings scream Christmas and cost you nothing. Purchase ribbon to tie around chairs, glassware, or plants. Ornaments are a good way to fill already existing vases and centerpieces, or hang at different heights from the ceiling to create your own chandelier!
Don’t know where to start? Choose a theme of color (doesn’t have to be red or green) and use with accents of silver, gold, white, or black. Use the chosen color throughout with ornaments, bows, or even food to unify the theme. Here we wanted a clean and fresh look. Shades of green look crisp when combined with silver and white dinnerware.
A carved wooden swan from an antique store, simple red dishes, green moss nests, basic plaid placemats and red napkins holding flatware make for a simple and inexpensive holiday table.
Share your holiday arrangements with us by commenting below!
Considering leather for a piece of furniture? There are some things that you might want to know. There are many different types of leather to choose from and each has distinct properties and price points. To select a leather best suited to your taste and unique situation, simply refer to the information below.
The most preferable leather for upholstery is cowhide. The texture, or hand, is soft, subtle and smooth. Cowhide conforms beautifully to the shape of furniture and it is very comfortable to sit on. Other types of animal hide tend to be stiff and coarse in grain. This makes them unsuitable for upholstery purposes.
Leather occurs in layers. The lowest grade is found at the bottom of the hide while the best and strongest grade of leather occurs at the top, next to the hair of the animal. Don’t be confused, just think bottoms up.
Leather hides can be split into layers. The lowest grade of leather is called Split Leather and it is found at the bottom of the hide closest to the flesh of the animal. These leathers are weak and will not stand up well over time, especially in active households and commercial application.
TOP GRAIN LEATHER
The middle grade of leather is actually called Top Grain Leather. It is the top layer that remains after a hide as been split. Top Grain Leather is part of the hide. Because it is the top, or the strongest part of the hide, it has an increased resistance to staining, wear and tear.
FULL GRAIN LEATHER
The highest grade of leather is called Full Grain Leather. In this case, the hide has not been split. Because the fibers of the hide remain intact, Full Grain Leather retains its natural breathability. It is both strong and subtle. Full grain leather will not wear out. Instead, it develops a natural patina over time with some cracking and splitting. The finest pieces of furniture are made of Full Grain Leather.
COLOR and CORRECTION
The best of the best. Aniline is a penetrating dye that entirely permeates the leather. It provides overall color to the hide without covering up its natural markings. Pure aniline dyed leather has a clear, protective coating and no applied pigments or paints. Only the best quality hides (5% of the world supply) are colored this way. That explains the high prices. These leathers develop a rich patina as they age.
These leathers are also aniline dyed but they are processed a little more. Spray pigments of color are applied to the tops of the hides to even out the finish and camouflage natural occurring imperfections. These leathers are light and scratch resistant. Roughly 10% to 15% of hides are semi aniline dyed.
Corrected-grain leather is any type of leather that has an artificially applied grain. The imperfections are corrected and an artificial grain used. These hides are inferior in quality. Leather suppliers are very creative. They have many ways to produce something that looks good from something that wasn’t so great in the first place.
So look before you leap into buying leather furniture. Ask questions and remember—there’s a lot to learn!
Here’s a simple check list to use when preparing your guest room for company. Try to provide as many of the following items as possible.
1. FRESH FLOWERS
2. LAMP (turned ON when your guests arrive)
3. EXTRA PILLOWS and THROWS
4. CLOCK ( Preferable NOT digital)
5. A MIRROR (any size will do)
6. WATER CARAFE
7. READING MATERIAL (A copy of your local newspaper will do just fine. Really!)
9. A BISCUIT JAR (filled with sweet treats)
10. A FEW INCIDENTALS
SEE? That wasn’t so hard. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the good company!
Doing an attic remodel?
FYI – your home has bones. Don’t forget to play it for all it’s worth!
Attics are great because they are a departure from the rest of the house. Other rooms have walls and ceilings that are perpendicular, but not attics.
Attics have quirky angles, and that’s what makes them so utterly charming. Each one is unique, it’s almost as though they have a mind of their own.
So think outside the box when it comes to renovating your attic . . .
You’ll be glad you did!
Make your mark this holiday season and try a new approach to dining.
This new seating arrangement is actually centuries old, but benches are back baby, and you need to know why.
1. Guests come in all ages, shapes and sizes. It’s thoughtful to offer them a variety of seating options. guests.
2. Pull that bench out and move it around the house. It’s great for overflow seating before and after dinner.
3. If your guests are not on the same page, try putting them on the same bench. It has a way of leveling the playing field.
4. Your table will appear open, warm and relaxed – and so will you. Highly accomplished hosts and hostesses spend years cultivating these traits.
So mix it up this holiday season.
Instead of surrounding your table with a set of matching chairs, try some bench seating. It will give you, and your guests, some much needed breathing room!
Want to really show off your bed? Try this trick. Build bookshelves all around it.
Bookshelves provide additional storage, plus you have the opportunity to install recessed down lighting. Perfect for reading in bed!
For a comfy cozy feel, try using fabric panels on the wall behind the bed. This softens up the entire room. Pull out shelves on either side of the bed are a nice touch as well. They act like floating end tables.
Need a wake up call? Use contrasting colors on the walls and the bookshelves. For a playful effect, try patterns behind the headboard.
For a bedroom that’s lovely and highly functional, all you have to do is build a few bookcases . . . and tuck in your bed!