interior design

Bernhardt Furniture

by Lindsay Wakeman

This week on the blog, it is all about Bernhardt! We just got our new Bernhardt upholstery here at the store, and absolutely love it. The Keenan Sofa and Theo Chair are both adorable, and make us feel like summertime is here! 

Keenan Sofa & Keenan Chair- Bernhardt Furniture

To give you a little bit of Bernhardt history, this family-owned company has been around since 1989! They have provided quality furniture for many years. The company is currently being led by the fourth generation of Bernhardt family members. Their headquarters and eight manufacturing facilities are in North Carolina, and they have six overseas offices.

Clarendon Collection & Kitty Settee- Bernhardt

I find myself loving just about every upholstery and casegood piece of theirs. I would say that a lot of Bernhardt frames fall under transitional design which is a combination of traditional and contemporary design styles. Bernhardt provides furniture that can be used in spaces such as living and dining rooms, home offices, and bedrooms. Most of the collections in the line have pieces for all of these different spaces. However, I have found that a lot of the collections blend really well together, so it is fun to mix and match their furniture! 

Savoy Place- Bernhardt

Entryway Inspiration

By Lindsay Wakeman

Who doesn’t love a warm and welcoming entryway? I think an entryway is an important area in any home, small medium or large! I feel that this space can really set the tone for the rest of the home. When I walk into a home, I want to feel welcomed, so I want to show you a few of my favorite entryways in all types of spaces. 

For small and medium size areas, there are plenty of options for the entryway. If you enjoy art, photographs, or unique wall decor, you can create a gallery wall in this space! I personally like a variety of frames, sizes, and colors. You can do a monochromatic theme in this area as well - it is completely up to your personal preference! I recommend finding a narrow console to place below the gallery wall. Another combination that I find to be very functional is a narrow console with a mirror hanging above the piece. If you find that you exit your front door to go to your car, a console with drawers might be a good idea so that you can store your keys for functionality! Lastly, I love the use of a small wall shelf in place of a console. This works in smaller spaces, helping to keep everything in scale within the space. In the images below, you can see a few of these ideas!

Industry Standard Design

Jenna Sue Design

If you have a large entryway or foyer, you will have more room to work with. However, I think less is more in this case because you do not want this space to feel cluttered. I would encourage you to keep this space as open as possible, so that traffic can flow through this area. I love seeing benches or accent chairs in these spaces, which adds an element of functionality! Just like a small entryway, you can use a console or two on some of the walls, and finish it off with a mirror or artwork. Regardless of your space, there is plenty that you can do to make your entryway welcoming! 

Home Bunch

Benjamin Moore

Rachel Bernhardt

King Hickory Furniture

By Lindsay Wakeman

Happy New Year, I can hardly believe another year has already passed! This week, I am mixing the blog up a little bit. I want to focus on one of the companies that we carry at the store, King Hickory! This company, based in Hickory, North Carolina, has been around since 1958, and they have continued to manufacture top of the line upholstered products for over 50 years. When you purchase a King Hickory piece, you can trust that you are getting the best quality and craftsmanship. 


King Hickory has a wonderful selection of fabrics, covering all different style preferences. They also have what are called performance fabrics, which are made to incorporate stain resistance, fade resistance, repellency, durability, and easy care. They also offer a multitude of top grain leathers to choose from, continuing to give you the best of the best. Another quality of King Hickory is their use of 8 way hand-tied springs. This is the best type of spring system, where the springs are tied together front to back, side to side, and diagonally.
We love carrying this line in our store, and it is one of our best sellers! They offer many different collection styles in order to appeal to multiple audiences. Most of their sofas can come in a love seat or sectional, offering a variety of options. Below you can see some of my favorite King Hickory pieces, but be sure to look at their website for more images! Have a Happy New Year!

King Hickory: Drake Sofa

King Hickory: Drake Sofa

King Hickory: Marlin Chair

Small Space Design

By Lindsay Wakeman

This week is all about designing small spaces! There are many tips and tricks that can be used while working with a small space, so I want to share some with you! I can’t claim any of these ideas as my own, but I have gathered them throughout the years from various sources.

Start by knowing the scale of your room. In a small living room, an oversized sofa and chairs will make your space look crammed. However, if you use smaller furniture, it will look great as it will fit the scale of the room. This eclectic style living room is a great example of using the correct scale! The exposed legs on the accent chairs also make the room feel less cluttered. 

Unique Interior Styles

This next small space is a beautiful, cozy living room that incorporates coastal and rustic design elements. As you can see, the room has built-in shelving on both sides of the television, as well as a built-in bench. The utilization of vertical space on this wall helps to elongate the room, making it seem larger. This is a very functional design for the small space. The built-in bench provides extra seating without taking up the space of two chairs. I love the creativity behind this design! Another element that I wanted to point out in this image is the light walls and furniture. Having a lighter color palette can make your room look larger than it really is as opposed to dark walls and furniture. 

Unique Interior Styles

Below are a few more images of small spaces that I personally love! I hope you enjoy them as well! 

Home Designing

Decor Pad

Home Archite

Time For Fall

By Lindsay Wakeman

I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite season for many reasons! The beautiful weather, changing leaves, apple cider, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes….and the list goes on! So because we have entered into the fall season, I wanted to talk about a few ways for you to bring the fall feel into your home.
One way to transform your home is to change or add some toss pillows that you may have on your chairs and sofa. I personally think plaid fabric looks beautiful in the fall, and I actually love cool colors in fall plaid patterns! However, you have the freedom to choose your colors here, so pick your favorite color in a plaid. I love blue, so here is an example of a plaid pillow that I would place on my sofa. 

(Wheeler’s Furniture: Rowe sofa & fabric)

Next, you can add or swap out your throws for your furniture. I think adding a throw to a sofa can really transform the look of the piece. If you have a neutral colored sofa, then throw (no pun intended) a patterned throw on it! Same goes for the throw when it comes to the color, you choose whatever color you think looks best in your home! You do not necessarily have to add reds, browns, and oranges to “fall-ify” your home, you can use a darker shade of any color. 

(Studio McGee)

(HGTV: Fixer Upper)

Another trend that I have seen recently is the use of velvet accent chairs in your home. Now if you don’t have the budget or space to go out and purchase a new chair, you can always find a velvet toss pillow to give you a similar effect! I love the hunter green shade, so I would recommend going with a deeper green here to get more of a fall feel. I don’t know about you, but when I see the green and brown tones together, it definitely makes me feel like fall has arrived!

(Luxxu Modern Design and Living

(Suburban Bees)

Lastly, you can find LOTS of ideas on Pinterest when it comes to fall decorations, so I’ll let you have fun creating your fall decor boards! I don’t think I could compete with all of the incredible pumpkin ideas on Pinterest, so I’ll leave it to them to fulfill the DIY projects. That is all for now, happy fall ya’ll!

Design Style: Transitional

By Lindsay Wakeman

Welcome back for the final style in the design series: transitional design! This style basically combines elements from the traditional and contemporary designs. The final look is really pretty and classic in my opinion. 

This style uses neutral colors to keep the look clean, and classy. When it comes to the decor in the room, you will typically see the less is better (minimalist) approach so that the decor does not take away from the clean look of the room. Next, there is a really neat use of pattern within this design style. The patterns work because of the neutral palette that is used in the room, so there is not any clashing. You might see the use of leather within this style as well, because the brown leather looks beautiful with the neutral colors used in the rest of the room. Lastly, the furniture will utilize curved and straight lines, which is a combination of traditional and contemporary design. 

Gabby Home

Curbly

Design Indulgences

Z Design at Home

I can hardly believe that this is the last style in this series, I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the different design styles! I have some fun blogs coming up in the future, so be sure to keep reading each Friday. Have a great weekend!

Design Style: Eclectic

By Lindsay Wakeman

Welcome back for another week, and another style in the design style series…Eclectic! Now this is a really fun and funky style if you ask me, I think it can be hard to pull off, but the end result is wonderful! There is a lot of color, pattern, texture, and variety in the pieces used. The eclectic style is basically a mixture of styles and design periods with a combination of colors, textures, patterns, shapes, and finishes. So let’s go ahead and break these aspects down further. 

The colors really do vary, and you can stick with neutral wall colors, or you can go very bold. However, you want to make sure that your walls do not take away from the elements in the furniture and decor. When it comes to the pattern and texture, you will usually find a few different fabrics that are used throughout the room. You might see a neutral color on the sofa, but the pillows, and accent pieces will give the room this major pop of color, texture, and pattern. It is important to have at least a couple neutral colors, this way you can tie all of the other colors together. Like I said, this style can be really difficult to pull off, but if you can tie your brighter colors back to the neutrals, it’ll give the style the balance it needs.

Are you ready to see this fun and funky style?! I have never had an issue identifying this specific design, and I think you will see why in the photos!

Elle Decor: Christian Siriano

Fieldstone Hill Design

Black & Spiro Interior Design

Popsugar

Now is this style fun or what?! I think the end result of the eclectic style is really something incredible. I don’t know about you, but when I think about mixing a bunch of colors together, I have a hard time thinking it would look okay. But as you can see in these photos, the combination of color, pattern, and texture is so neat! Join me next week for the final design style, transitional…see you then! 

Design Style: Contemporary

By Lindsay Wakeman

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed learning about modern design last week! This week I am going over the contemporary design style, which is very similar to the modern design. I will explain the differences between the two styles, as a lot of people have a hard time identifying these. 

Contemporary design is typically identified by the use of curved and rounded lines. You will find softer lines here rather than the sharp lines you see in modern design. Another aspect of contemporary design is the use of bold colors. Usually there will be a combination of neutral colors with pops of bright colors added throughout the room. You might find the color on pillows, rugs, or the artwork. Of course the color can be added anywhere, but this is usually where it is seen the most. I think of this style as the “funky one”, I don’t know if this will help you remember, but it definitely helps me! As you look through these images, can you see how this style differs slightly from the modern look? 

Adorable Home

Interiors by Agostino’s

Interiors by Agostino’s

Design Shop Interiors

What are your thoughts on the contemporary style? As I said, it is pretty similar to the modern style, but it contains a bit more color and the softer lines. If you are someone who likes a little color, but a modern feel, then this might be the style for you! I hope you enjoyed learning about contemporary design, I will be back next week with the farmhouse style. See you then!

Design Style: Modern

By Lindsay Wakeman

I hope you enjoyed reading about and viewing the traditional style, I am going to switch gears and tell you about the modern design style this week! These two styles are clearly very different from one another, let me show and tell you why.


The modern designs utilize a minimalist perspective…think less is more here! There is an absence of decoration, and more focus on the architecture of the design. You will notice with modern styles, there are very clean lines and geometric shapes are visible throughout the room. 


Some elements that are seen in modern design typically include shelving that is built into the wall, rather than an actual shelf that protrudes out from the wall. This helps to maintain the geometric shape of the room. Another aspect is a lack of molding along windows, doors, and walls. You saw in the traditional style, that there is intricate molding along most all walls so this is a huge difference! One more element that I wanted to touch on was the use of open floor plans. Below are some images of modern designs in homes, as you look, try to see if you spot the elements I mentioned!

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Photo: Smart Interio

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Photo: Decoist

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Photo: Minimal Architects

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Photo: Design Mag

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Photo: Houzz

What do you think, is the modern style calling your name? I think this style is really cool because of the way architects and designers are able to show off all of the geometric shapes in the room. Next week I will be going over the contemporary design style. It is very similar to the modern style, but I will be breaking down some of the differences. See you then! 

Design Style: Traditional

By Lindsay Wakeman

It is time for the first of five design specific blog posts…if you couldn’t tell by the title, this week is the Traditional design style! (This style is one of my two favorite styles, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out the other favorite of mine!)


The Traditional style includes unique and intricate details on the pieces. You will probably find a more antique look to this style, and it will reflect the 18th and 19th century designs. I like to think of this style as the classic and timeless look, as it has been around for centuries, and it gives your space an elegant look. This style is usually identified with detailed woodwork, carved moldings, elegant draperies, framed wall decor, an overall use of neutral colors, oh – and chandeliers!!!

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Photo: Fresh Design

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Photo: Optimo

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Photo: Laredoreads

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Photo: Garrison Hullinger

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Photo: Traditional Home (Designer: Amy Bergman, Photography: Emily Followill)

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Photo: Hann Builders

Can you see the common elements that I mentioned above? In my opinion, this is the easiest style to pick out due to all of the details that fall into this category. I don’t know about you, but I really do feel like I am taking a little blast to the past when I walk into a traditional style room! 


Well, this concludes the traditional style for now. If you find yourself loving this style like me, you can do a little more research and view more images. Stay tuned for the other four styles I will be covering in the weeks to come! 

Pattern Mixing 101

By Shannon Pennell

Mixing patterns in a room is a great way to add color, interest, and depth. It also gives the room a custom look. There are a few things over the years that have helped me avoid making mistakes when mixing patterns. Here are some lessons I’ve learned through the years. 

1. Work with an odd number of patterns

Odd numbers tend to look best, so I usually start with three different patterns in three different scales. If the room is large, mixing five patterns together can be challenging, but can be amazing in the end. 

2. Use varying scales of patterns

Patterns can compete with one another if you don’t vary the size. If you are using three patterns, chose a large, medium and small pattern. 

3. Look for a large pattern that incorporates all your colors

When I begin a new project, I like to start with my “inspiration” fabric. This is the fabric that makes the biggest statement in the room. It should be the biggest, boldest pattern and should include most, if not all of your colors. From there, chose a medium size pattern that has some of your colors. The smallest patterns only needs to contain a couple of the colors. 

4. Large patterns work best on large pieces, small patterns on small pieces

A large pattern works best on a large item, such as a wall (wallpaper), area rug, or window treatment. Large patterns can also be used to make a chair or cocktail ottoman be the “wow” piece in the room. Sometimes small patterns can look busy when used in large amounts. 

5. Add a solid to the mix

Beautiful rooms will always have at least one or two solids in the room. Solids will help soften and ground the look. 

6. Balance your patterns in the room

Not only should you balance the scale of your patterns, but you should scatter them throughout the room. This keeps the eye moving and prevents a “lop-sided” feeling. 

7. Stick with a consistent hue

Use colors that have the same intensity. A bright color will overpower a soft one. 

8. Don’t be afraid to break the rules!!

Sometimes patterns and prints come together in an unplanned way. Various patterns and colors don’t need to “match” each other, they just need to “go” together. If it looks good to you, then go for it! 

Sectionals!

If you’re looking for seating for a crowd or an upholstered piece to anchor a large space, we have wonderful options for you! Check out the three very different sectionals that we have on the floor now!

This Rowe sectional is slightly smaller in scale so you don’t need a huge room. Its also less formal in tone. It’s in lovely light gray that would match many interiors.

The pillow fabric on the Rowe sectional is in this really fun mustard and gray plaid.

This King Hickory sectional is BEAUTIFUL!

This is one of the pillow fabrics on the King Hickory and we love it! The print is a great way to bring “nature” into your indoor space.

This is the other pillow on the King Hickory and it serves beautifully as a neutral but with some texture and pattern.

Bernhardt sent us this leather sectional and it’s fantastic! It’s a little bit larger in scale so it would be great for a crowd!

The leather on the Berhardt is a beautiful midtone brown. It’s very rich in color.

C.R. Laine--customizable and beautiful!

We are getting some great new merchandise in and this setting is a stand out! 

CR Laine is great company that focuses on the details and this sofa is a great example!  We really love the menswear inspired stripe on this sofa. The fabric is a lovely neutral brown, but the stripe adds just a bit of finesse. The nailhead trim is another example of the lovely details CR Laine does so well. 

The chair also by CR Laine is amazing too! It’s a swivel rocker and is so comfortable. It’s really beautiful to look at!

Bernhardt sent us the metal cocktail table and it is stunning! We threw some tulips in an old trophy and made a whimsical yet beautiful centerpiece.

Here is the inscription on the trophy holding the tulips–talk about a conversation piece!

This Emerald Fretwork Chest from Hooker Furniture is a great find. It’s big enough to provide storage, but small enough that it could fit in a lot of different spaces in your home. And to finish it all off, we have this lamp from Uttermost. It also has a mirrored finish so it complements the Bernhardt cocktail table in front of the sofa.