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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Should I buy a sectional or a sofa? 7 pros and cons

To decide between a sofa and a sectional, know that there are advantages and disadvantages to each. I hear feedback from homeowners everyday of the year, so I'm just passing along what homeowners say about their own furniture! 

1) If you like to rearrange your furniture often, a sectional is not for you.
You probably won't have many options with a sectional. It will probably only work ONE WAY due to TV viewing, door openings etc.

A mix of prints, solids, stripes, & leather - all in one room!
This is nearly impossible to achieve with a sectional
instead of a sofa & chairs. The layout of the room allows various
options, chairs in front of window, sofa in front of window, etc.
The room can be rearranged in various layouts,
 if you're the type that likes change. 
2) If you like a variety of fabrics and textures, it's easier to accomplish this with sofa. 
See above - a sofa in one fabric, a pair of chairs in another fabric, and another chair or bench in a third and fourth fabric.

3) A sectional can seat a lot of people.
Especially when it doesn't have a curve in the corner.However, often people say that the corner is sort of "wasted space".

Advantage to a sectional sofa - it can help you accomplish a
clean metropolitan look, and can be good for TV viewing

4) It's easy to accomplish a clean metropolitan look with a sectional. 
Look at the photos, they speak for themselves.

5) It's MUCH less expensive to reupholster a sofa if need be (due to damage). 
Keep this in mind if you're worried about children, pets, spills, etc.

6) A room will look much bigger with chairs & a sofa.
A sectional on the other hand, can look very dense, so they often require either tall ceilings or a nice size room, so they don't overpower the room.

Advantage to chairs and sofas - Chairs that are up on legs can
make a small room look larger...(whereas a sectional sofa can
look dense, and make a small room feel even smaller) 
7) A sectional can create a nice "surround" to view the TV from numerous seats. 
It is sometimes the obvious choice due to the shape of the room. See photo below.

This sectional fits better in this space than chair and a sofa would.
It's obvious when a sectional is the perfect option.

Advantage for chairs and sofas: It's easy to add a variety of fabrics.
Example - the busy green fabric on this chair would be
too busy to put on an entire sectional sofa. Also, you can see under
the chairs so the room feels larger.

In deciding between a sectional & sofa, know that it's a matter of preference.  If you're combining styles (husband versus wife) the decision can be even more challenging. Hopefully the pro and con list will help you decide. Or, your room shape may just dictate the decision for you! 

For a Before and After which will make you fall in love with a sectional, click on this blog:

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Friday, November 9, 2012

How to update my traditional home, see how Candice Olsen and other designer do it.

To update your home, designers have lots of tricks, see here how they do it! 

1) Add contemporary art! In this Candice Olsen living room, the contemporary art gave the traditional furniture a fresh new look.

Candice Olsen Living Room photo, this traditional furniture has an updated look
through the addition of contemporary art, modern lamps, and a
clean new rug instead of a traditional rug.
2) Consider Painting an accent piece of furniture with silver leaf or other unique paint colors. People "CRINGE" at this advice, but if you don't like it the way it is - what do you have to loose? Think of it this way - You too can achieve the expensive designer look shown here!

3) Incorporate new textures and sheens - see how the silver leaf console table and crystal lamp updates the room below!

A Traditional home gets an updated look by adding a silver leaf console,
bright accent pillows, and metropolitan lamps.

This Candice Olsen Living Room has a fresh look obtained through
white fabrics, a simple rug, and the drum style light fixtures.

Candice Olsen explains drapery fabrics and wall colors.