My Happy Hour special for this week will be delicious cheese straws from Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory. If you haven't tried these yet, these are one of the few cheese-based cheese straws on the market. They are perfect for snacking on your own, but pair them with a glass of wine when your neighbor drops by and you'll be the hit of the cul-de-sac. During Happy Hour this week they will be 20% OFF!
I got in a whole new crop of accessories last week. As a matter of fact, the palette was over 7 feet tall. Check out some of the new gorgeous blue and white that arrived.
Not every get-together needs to be momentous, nor should it be. Instead, we should make a celebration out of each and every day. Whether you invite the neighbors for an impromptu cocktail or you and your best pal gather in the garden for an al fresco dinner, always make time spent together special.
Please join me and our Hostess with the Mostest, Barb Fleming of Juliska, Simon and Andrew Pearce and Mariposa, as we walk you through 4 Easy Ways to Elevate Everyday! You'll learn about:
We'll also kick off our Gift with Purchase Event that evening with specials from Juliska, Simon Pearce, Andrew Pearce and Mariposa.
Come ready to learn, come ready to enjoy and come ready to experience how elevating every day will make a huge difference in your life!
Space is limited so please RSVP by clicking the box below. The first 12 to respond will receive a special gift!
See you May 10th at 6:30 PM!
Check out these deals on current floor models. What a great way to spruce up that family room you've been stewing about.
Lucas Apartment Sofa, reg: $2820, NOW: $1692
Logan Sofa, reg: $2436, NOW: $1461
Currently on loan to the Designers' Showhouse.
Available after May 15th
Laney Sofa, reg: $3082, NOW: $1850
Heatherfield Sofa, Reg: $2200, NOW: $1320
Liam Chair, reg: $1739, NOW, $995
Jacque Swivel Chair, reg: $1294, NOW: $777
Holman Swivel Glider, reg: $1408, NOW: $845
We're beginning our Thursday Happy Hour specials on April 12, 2018. Come in that day between 4 and 6 PM and receive 25% off all in-stock S'well bottles. We have a large selection of 17 oz and 25 oz bottles. They are regularly priced at $35 and $45, respectively.
Announcing Sugarfina...candy for adults with discriminating tastes. Who wouldn't love Gummy Bears infused with Dom Perignon or Kentucky's finest bourbon? What about almonds covered in chocolate that look exactly like martini olives? Stop by the shop to check out all the other varieties as well. They're clever, delicious and perfect for gift-giving. Priced at $7.50-$8.50 per box.
I'm going to have to be the one to tell you...it's time to pick a new sofa for your living room. Your last choice wasn't bad per se, but you know you're not completely happy with it. The arms are too big, the leather (or what you thought was leather) hasn't held up, and its lines are more akin to a clunky rhinoceros, than the graceful gazelle you imagined.
So you don't make the same mistakes again, I'm here to tell you to opt for classic on your next sofa. Easy advice, I know, but I'm going to show you three looks that will easily withstand the test of time, provide outstanding comfort and be the workhorse of any living room.
Telford Sofa by CR Laine
The Telford sofa, shown above, is one of my favorite sofas ever because it offers one of the most classic shapes but still has plenty of interesting details. Although rooted in tradition, the Telford sofa easily pairs with more transitional pieces that will keep your look current. Its best features include the English arms, tight back and ferule and caster detail on its front legs. Optional nailhead trim further enhances the look. I've had this sofa in my house for the past 5 years and I would choose it again and again.
Klein Sofa by CR Laine
The Klein sofa, shown above, is a bread and butter design and if you're are confused by anything else I say today, you can't go wrong with this choice. The Klein is a chameleon that will easily be at home with just about anything you pair with it. With an optional swap out on the leg style, you can take it slightly more traditional, but I don't really think it's necessary. Put the Klein in a neutral fabric and it will last longer than you will.
CD Sofa by CR Laine
My last recommendation for you would be the CD sofa, which might give you a few more construction options than you may want to make, but it is an absolute stunner in the track arm version you see above. Many think this style skews towards the transitional, and I suppose it could, but it is a very versatile sofa. I've used this in several projects and the result is always sublime.
When you're ready to take a plunge and buy a new sofa, remember these three pieces. Each is a great choice and you won't have any reason to second guess yourself.
Gallery wall, combined with strong geometrics
It's a new year and there's something I've been meaning to talk to you about. I know you think it's okay to still be using that raggedly sofa you've had for over a decade. I get it, you're emotionally attached. But what about that chair in the corner? Yes, the one with the wiggly leg that you know will give at any minute under the weight of the a two year old. Listen, I know Rome wasn't built in a day, but it's time for you to start building your home. I don't mean the physical walls and foundations, I mean the feel, the atmosphere, the look. More specifically, YOUR LOOK!
I was just reading Newell Turner's letter in the latest House Beautiful and he had some very interesting things to say. He started by asking "Why are so many people making do with less than their best when it comes to their home?" He continues by saying, "While interior decoration may not be the most pressing matter at hand, home is where so much of life is lived. It's where we wake up to face the world, where all sorts of dramas unfold, and where we return at the end of the day seeking rest and renewal."
Home is a vital place and I want your home to say something about you. Something personal, something empowering, something poignant. It's time for you to do your best at home!
Over the next month, I'll be running our Special Order Upholstery Sale when you can take 20% off all Sectionals, Sofas, Chairs and Ottomans from our favorite vendors, CR Laine, Bassett, and Sam Moore. I'll be in the shop all month to help you pull your signature look together. Don't wait. It's time you live the life you deserve!
Check out a few of the inspiration photos below:
Soft neutrals combined with a touch of turquoise
Bold, large scale patterns, a riot of color
I recently gave a presentation at the shop on the ABC's of Design so I thought I would share the info with you readers as well. The list is not definitive, but it gives you some great guidelines for including items and ideas in your decorating plan that will make a big impact.
A is for Atmosphere. Mood can be our biggest make or break moment in our homes. Make sure you use lighting, color, and pattern to create the atmosphere you desire.
B is for Balance. Don't pair too big with too small whether it is furniture, artwork, or accessories. Things don't need to be equal size but big disparities will create visual problems.
C is for Comfort. This has to be the most important thing. If you aren't comfortable, life at home won't be much fun. And remember you don't need to sacrifice style for comfort. There are many beautiful pieces that are a joy to sit in.
D is for Depth. Flat interiors are boring. Add color, texture, and layers of interest to create a rich and deep environment. Not everything in your house needs to be brown!
E is for Energy. Dead is typically not a good description of anything. Uses touches of vibrant color, rounded furniture, and plant life to boost the energy in your home.
F is for Flow. Think about flow in your furniture arrangement. Are your chairs, sofa and tables in the right place to allow functionality and traffic? Does your decorating scheme relate from room to room or are your spaces discordant?
G is for Grace. Just as comfort is important to us as inhabitants, grace is important to guests you invite into your home. Make them feel welcome with gracious and hospitable rooms and actions.
H is for Height. I told you flat interiors are boring...so are interiors where everything is on the same plane. Vary the height of your furniture, lamps and accessories to create different vertical and horizontal planes. This keeps the eye interested.
I is for Interest. Don't settle for buying everything at once. Find items, whether furniture or accessories, that have a past or a unique shape. This will seriously turn up the cool factor.
J is for Juxtaposition. Don't be afraid to mix refined with rustic, high with low or even new with old. This simple act will make your home interesting.
K is for Knowledge. Before doing anything to your home, know who you are, how you live and what you want. This is the ultimate guide for creating a home you love.
L is for Light. Light is life! Very little can affect our moods more. Use ambient, direct and indirect lighting to create the desired levels in your home. Also, employ color to achieve lightness and energy.
M is for Mixture. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb and mix patterns, style, color. This is the mantra of the English school of decorating and the results they achieve are breathtaking.
N is for Neutral. Buy wisely. Make sure your investment pieces are neutral enough to survive your next redecoration.
O is for Orientation. What items go with others and how does everything relate in your overall scheme? Getting the proper pairings will provide ideal scale, balance, and flow.
P is for Pattern. This is the jewelry of the home. Don't be afraid to mix, match and play with pattern to create interesting pops around your home.
Q is for Quality. A wise person once said, "Buy quality and you will only cry once." Buy the best quality you can afford at the time and you will rarely be sorry.
R is for Rejuvenation. Make your home THE place that can get you back on your feet after a long, hectic day. Your home should relax you and restore your soul and energy.
S is for Shade. As important as light is, sometimes we need a cocoon to feel safe. Determine how you can add some darkness and mood to your home.
T is for Trend. It is just that...a trend. It may here tomorrow, but it's not going to stick around forever. Having said that, don't be afraid to mix in inexpensive nods to trend. It's easy to achieve and keeps you au courant.
U is for Unity. Common styles and common palettes from room to room can enlarge your space and create needed flow. Using a common color scheme throughout allows you to rearrange and have a new home every three months.
V is for Vignettes. When accessorizing, pair items together that tell a story or hold special memories for you. A vase may only be a vase, but a collection of stones from your travels abroad are more interesting.
W is for Windows. I'm not talking about the glass kind. Think of windows as views of your interior from different perspectives. Is the view interesting as you look from one room another? It should be!
X is for X Marks the Spot. Don't rush into completing your home. Just like the X on the treasure map, some of the best things are worth the hunt. Be willing to wait.
Y is for Youth. Don't be too serious in your décor. Everyone wants to see a little bit of your personality and you shouldn't be afraid to show it.
Z is for Zebra. And all other animal prints for that purpose. Animal print is a neutral that we easily commit to when it comes to clothing but shy away from in our homes. The same principles hold true. It mixes will with most patterns and colors. Don't be afraid to bring the animals indoors.
I'm Dan Brungardt and have been the proprietor and designer at Home at Last for the past 15 years. I'm constantly inspired by the things I see around me and now I get to share them with you!