Eclecticism is a 20th century design style in which a single piece of work incorporates a mixture of elements to create something new and original. It might include antiques, decorative motifs, and other factors. Many people use the term to describe a 'hodge-podge' of styles and colors, but it is its own style. It can be difficult to pull off correctly, and can be smashing if done properly. It is easy to love, but tough to achieve.
The annual announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year was eagerly anticipated by designers and decorators. It has been dubbed Ultra Violet. It is a provocative and thoughtful purple shade that heralds from our past and points towards the future. We may think about the striking violet color of Elizabeth Taylor's eyes or the Purple Rain created by Prince, or the purple jumpsuit and cape worn by Elvis when he met President Nixon, but its history is much older than that.
One of the real pleasures I have as a part of my job is welcoming new sales staff and having an opportunity to introduce them to our extensive product lineup. One of our recent hires was explaining to me some of the comparisons she was realizing coming from her previous experience at a much smaller, family-owned furniture store in a small town on the Western Slope of Colorado.
The sun is shining. The days are getting longer. The smells of fresh grass and flowers are in the air. You have searched, debated and finally pulled the trigger on the most comfortable and beautiful outdoor furniture you have ever imagined and it’s been arranged perfectly in the exact spot. But you begin thinking, “Something's missing. Why doesn't it seem to look as wonderful as it did in the showroom?”
One of the things I enjoyed most as a child was the smell of my father cooking a beautiful barbeque meal in the yard. I loved the smell of hamburgers wafting through the air, and family and friends laughing and enjoying the breeze. We would spend the evening sitting around the patio table, the elders drinking wine or beer and us children being allowed to have sweet tea. These are my most fond memories as a child – outdoor living.
We recently had a customer share excellent feedback with us about the home furnishing process and how long it can take to get it just right. He shared that while it took longer than he expected, he’s so glad he waited until everything was exactly as he had envisioned it. We felt perhaps that is something we can shed light upon for those who are considering updating a room or an entire home.
The first nods of winter chill have finally arrived, and we are saying goodbye to another season in our beautiful state. As it has done for centuries, time marches on and before you know it, we will have stepped into a new year. And with each New Year, the thoughts and desire to look forward toward hope, change, and expectation for a better year than the one before come to mind.
I can still smell my grandmother's cooking even ten years after her passing. I remember her standing in the kitchen laughing while she told stories and basted the turkey for our family Thanksgiving feast. She made gravy from scratch and yams with real maple syrup. To this day I can recall how safe and warm her house felt. I recall how the family would all gather there and sit around in the furniture that had been passed down for generations.
There are various reasons why individuals come to a showroom like Larrabee's Furniture + Design. Some are looking for replacements; some for a fresh look. But for those who ultimately are reaching for something more than just the "utilitarian" purposes of furnishing their home, the thought of, "Is this in style?" will usually come up.
Buying new furniture for your home can be a daunting task, but once you get organized and have a plan it can be a really fun and interactive experience! I want to give you some tips and tricks to making your buying experience one that is stress free.