Making Your House Your Home

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It’s one thing to look at a magazine and fall in love with a look. But sometimes when it all comes together, it’s just not us.

Finding the looks that we love can be fun and also stressful, especially if we have just moved. Here are a few thoughts on how to making your house feel like your home:

  • Choose colors that make you smile. Whether it’s the colors of the walls or the furniture, it should feel like you.
  • With everything being electronic, we only see pictures on our phones these days. Print and frame some of your favorites so that you have great memories all around you.
  • Consider your lighting. If you like things bright, you’ll want lighter colored curtains to let in natural light, if you like it dark, the reverse. Lamps and overhead lighting can give you the look you love.
  • Set your personality loose. If you have a fun hobby or quiet obsession, express it here in your safe space.
  • Keeping things tidy can be tough for anyone, so make life easier with cool baskets to store extra pillows, blankets toys or games.
  • Take your time finding those special pieces. You don’t have to fill every area right away. It’s nice to search for treasures to add your home over time.
  • Art doesn’t have to be expensive to be the highlight of your room. All that matters is that you love it. Frame a print or tapestry or kids art that you cherish and hang it with pride.

No matter your style, make your home an expression of who you are and what you love!

 

Season’s Greetings

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With the holidays upon us, we may have to move some furniture to accommodate our holiday décor. Whether you’re pulling out a big holiday moose statue or a Christmas tree, sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a little.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to rearrange the entire house. A few fun and simple changes can quickly launch you into the holiday mood.

  • A door wreath is a lovely greeting for incoming guests.
  • New red or gold curtains and matching throw pillows can start the cold winter months with a fun flash of color indoors.
  • A new fuzzy throw rug is always fun to keep toes warm.
  • Twinkle lights around a fireplace mantle or large mirror can make a statement without going completely overboard, (although that’s fun too).
  • Candles can change a simply decorated room into a warm and inviting space.
  • A holiday candy bowl is hard to resist.
  • A festive centerpiece will make any table beautiful and welcoming.

 

There are plenty of simple and inexpensive ways to make our holidays filled with joy that won’t break the bank. No matter what, this holiday season we should all try to spend time with the people we love and take a moment to be grateful.

Fireplace Season

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The cool weather is here and if you are fortunate enough to be able to light a fire, you’ll want to do it right while cozying up in your England Furniture! There is an art to building a fire – and we don’t just mean camping. When setting up the fireplace at your home:

  1. Open the flue.
  2. Clean out any old ashes.
  3. Layer the bottom grate with three or four split logs (depending on the size of your fireplace).
  4. Layer twisted newspaper and kindling wood (twigs or a small firestarter log).
  5. Light kindling.
  6. As the kindling wood starts to catch and burn the logs, place two smaller logs on top. This should give you a nice slow burn with minimal smoke.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Tips and Tricks:

  • Be sure to use very dry wood.
  • Twist a knot at the end of the newspaper for a longer burn.
  • Push the bottom grate to the back of the fireplace wall so it’s directly under the flue.
  • Place the screen in front of the fireplace when it’s lit to avoid flying sparks.
  • Make sure someone is always present whenever a fire is burning or smoldering.
  • Keep all flammable items away from the fireplace.
  • If/when possible, take a nice walk through the woods or park and find twigs for kindling wood – just for the fun of it!

 

How to pick the right color for your furniture

Furniture is central to every room. They are first thing guests notice and often the topic of conversation. Having furniture that harmonizes with the color scheme of your room is key. This is why it can be difficult for furniture shoppers to find the perfect pieces for the home. However, it doesn’t have to be hard.

  1. Consider Color

It helps to know the colors of the existing furniture in the room, and the color of the walls or flooring. People have been known to bring paint swatches to a furniture store to make sure the furniture will look good in the room. Throw rugs have also been used to pull furniture together, and help the colors harmonize with each other. Pictures of existing furniture, floors, walls, or whole rooms also help when trying to buy new furniture that matches in color and style.  Also, be sure to explore the wide range of colored fabrics options available from England Furniture.

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  1. Accent

Consider accenting the room with chairs, cushions, pillows and blankets. People find that these options are inexpensive and easy to change as tastes or needs change. These items also add a personal touch to more permanent furniture, such as beds, couches, or dressers. Toss a blanket or throw pillow across the furniture, and the style changes to suit current needs. Remember to match the patterns of these items to the whole room.

  1. Consider Material

A leather couch matches better with darker colors, where micro-suede may work better with patterned prints. Consider the material of the furniture when purchasing accent pieces or new permanent furniture for the room. Remember to avoid too many loud pieces on the same piece of furniture, because this overwhelms the brain, and may make guests uncomfortable.

  1. Look Up, Look Down

Bring the room together by considering the floor and the walls when color-matching furniture. Use rugs to centralize the color scheme, and use wall hangings to enhance it. Adding a picture gives the room a pop of color, and adding a rug pulls the room together, creating a warmer, more comforting environment.

  1. Express Yourself

Remember to express your style when choosing a color scheme. Consider the family’s personality overall, and choose colors that show it off. The available color schemes are vast, giving individual families the opportunity to make a home their own, so it’s important to consider wants as well as needs. Bring beauty and personality to a room with a properly matched color scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

England Furniture Reviews Living Room Accessories

There are often a lot of items that can go into a living room and it’s important that they are arranged in a well-proportioned way. After you’ve arranged your living room furniture, you’ll need to begin the process of adding accessories in a balanced fashion. Here are a few tips to consider as you accessorize your living room.

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Television

  • If possible, multiply the diagonal width of the screen by three to determine the optimal viewing distance.
  • When trying to decide where to put your television remember that the bottom of the screen should be at chest level when you’re seated. While hanging a television above a mantel or on a wall is a bit popular, it’s not the best place and can cause you to strain your neck.

Window Treatments

  • When hanging a drapery rod it should be installed at least 2″ above the window frame and anywhere between 6″ and 16″ beyond each side.
  • Drapes and curtains should always kiss the floor. A very common decorating mistake is to hang curtains that are too short and don’t reach the floor.

Artwork

  • The most common places to hang artwork is above your sofa. If you’re going this route make sure to get a piece that isn’t too large or too small. The piece of art should be about two-thirds the width of the sofa.
  • To prevent the art from being too low, hang the bottom of the frame about 8″ to 10″ from the top of the sofa back.
  • If you want to use a few smaller pieces in a group the same rule more or less applies. Just be sure that the space between each frame is the same (around 2″ to 3″ is preferable).
  • Whenever you’re hanging art remember that it should be at eye-level. Many people make the mistake of hanging art too high.

Sconces

  • If you’re hanging sconces on either side of a mirror or artwork be sure to leave enough space for the piece in the center to breathe. The amount will depend on the size of the space, but be sure not to overcrowd.
  • The rules for hanging sconces are fairly similar to those for hanging art. The placement will always depend on the size of the wall, but you want to be careful not to hang them too high. Just above eye-level is ideal.

Living Rooms: A Reflection of the Home’s Soul!

You’re living room says a lot about you! It often sets the mood for the entire home and it should be a reflection of your personal tastes. If our eyes are the doorways to our soul, the living room is the doorway to the home’s soul and it deserves some extra attention.

Some people consider their living room in in formal terms, perfect at all times, to be entered and used only when guests come to call. For others the living room is a comfortable family gathering place.

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A formal living room, historically referred to as a drawing room or parlor, often showcases the homeowner’s finest possessions. The décor is often symmetrical—a sofa with painting above, flanked by two end tables topped by lamps. Formal window treatments of luxurious fabrics trimmed with braid and fringe, and perfectly set pairs of occasional chairs and tables follow traditional rules of decorating. Few homes these days have space for such a perfect (and often useless) room that is more to be looked at than used.

While retaining certain elements such as beautiful millwork or lush fabrics, the more casual living room has lighter window treatments and more comfortable furniture. Studied symmetry has given way to softer lines, fewer rules, and more color.

A more casual family room style of living room has a character of nonchalance. While furniture and fabrics should be coordinated, there are few rules. Choices are governed by practicality. Furniture selection and placement is less structured. Seating around a TV is often necessary, with a table for casual eating. In today’s home, the living room may even have a computer center, so a desk may have a place of prominence.

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If you’re looking to give your living room a “psychological makeover” that transforms the space without spending a fortune consider these tips:

It doesn’t have to look perfect. Don’t strive for “magazine perfection” but rather a deep, gut-level feeling of identification and comfort.

Try a new color of paint. Certain shades have universal associations. Explore the psychology of colors and choose the color choices that reflect the mood you’re trying to create.

Place beloved objects in the room. Place items in the living room that remind you of happy experiences and remove objects with bad associations. Only keep things that trigger happy memories.

Let the living-room space suit your family. Perhaps your idea of the ideal living room isn’t the same as your spouse or partner. Try to work something out: Communication and compromise is key.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Decide which personality type you have and lay out your living room accordingly. Extroverts need stimuli like a television in their living rooms; introverts need more of a sense of refuge and quiet.

Get as much sunlight into your living room as possible. Sunlight is a proven antidepressant.

Make sure your furniture is the right size. If you’re not tall, don’t get a couch that’s very high off the ground and makes you feel short.

England Furniture Reviews: Derby Aubergine with Ambrose Twilight

With over 500 fabric and leather choices, England Furniture has something for every design. See one of our sofas covered with Derby Aubergine and combined with chairs and pillows covered in our Ambrose Twilight fabric. It’s one of many perfect England Furniture combinations!

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England Furniture Reviews: Lexie Linen

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6614: England Furniture’s Lexi Linen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lexie Linen is one of over 500 England Furniture fabric options. See it displayed here on one of our England Furniture sectionals, combined with pillows using our Ashai Storm and Leighton Storm fabrics.

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Disclaimer: Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester

Details:
SKU: LEXIE LINEN
Fabric Width: Fabric Width
Cover Type: Solid
Grade: F
Durability: M/H
Cleaning Code: S
Direction: Railroad
Fabric Code: 1
Brand: England

England Furniture Reviews: Gypsy Poppy

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Gypsy Poppy by England Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With over 500 fabric and leather choices, England Furniture has something for every design. See the 2F00 storage ottomans covered with Gypsy Poppy and combined with our Compel Raffia fabric. Mix and Match for the style that is uniquely yours!

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Fiber Content: 74% Polyester, 15% Linen, 11% Cotton

Details:
SKU: GYPSY POPPY
Fabric Width: Fabric Width
Cover Type: Traditional Accent
Durability: M/H
Cleaning Code: SW
Direction: Railroad Fabric
Code: 22
Brand: England
Status: New