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.
By Designer Jennifer Ritchie
It’s spring! With the arrival of spring comes all the beautiful colors reflected through nature: the budding trees, the vibrant flowers, etc. Have you ever wondered if color can change your mood, make you more productive, or even heal your illnesses? Studies have shown that color can do just that. Each color has a direct influence on how we feel. Sometimes the feeling comes from a past experience or a memory, but researchers have found correlations between colors and specific feelings. For instance the color red draws people together, increases appetites, and speeds respiration and heartbeat. Red is a great color for dining rooms and patio areas (hungry, anyone?).
By Sheryle Picard, Senior Design Consultant
The 2016 winter Las Vegas Furniture Market inspired and challenged us to think outside the ordinary, seeking out styles “as unique as you are.” For some, this means experimenting with out-of-the-box fabric colors and textures on a sofa or chair, and perhaps for others, utilizing over-scaled and dramatic wall art.
By John Salisbury, Visual Merchandising Director
Each year Pantone, the noted leader in the world of color, brings out their choice for color of the year. This color then permeates throughout the retail and fashion industry. This year Pantone released dual colors as their color choice for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue – the first time they’ve introduced two colors in 16 years. Now on first blush (pardon the pun) seeing the two color squares presented on a white background my response or better yet, reaction was “WHAT!” and “ARE YOU KIDDING?”
by Design Consultant Elizabeth Loree
Growing up, the holidays were my favorite time of year. My family would pile in the car and make the seven-hour drive to my mom’s home town. The most exciting part for me was seeing all fourteen aunts and uncles and more than twenty of my cousins. The rooms were abuzz with chatter and conversations; everyone loved catching up on each other’s lives over the past year. Needless to say, it was standing-room only in my grandma’s kitchen and living room when it was time for the well-awaited present opening – after supper of course.
By Beth Shafer, Senior Design Consultant
Larrabee’s had another successful trip to the market in High Point, North Carolina in October. I believe that the Larrabee’s clients will be pleasantly surprised at the array of unique and exquisite offerings we will be showcasing this coming year.
There were amazing trends in textiles, lighting and furnishings. The colors range from shades of ink blue, peacock blue, citrine, caramel and eggshell to complement our refreshing shades of grays. Industrial woods are paired with barn door style cabinets ranging from exotic woods to our traditional American hardwoods.
By Elizabeth Loree, Design Consultant, and John Salisbury, Director of Visual Merchandising
One of the least understood benefits when accessorizing a room is the ability accessories have in being able to compensate, mask, or enhance architectural challenges in a space. Some challenges could include built-in nooks and niches, uneven wall surfaces or textures, or small spaces with excessively high ceilings. Try looking outside your comfort zone especially regarding size. The old adage of “bigger is better” can be especially true in this regard. Oversized mirrors and art bring an extra sense of drama and depth to even the smallest of spaces. Even where wall space is at a premium, larger pieces can then be layered in front with additional art and/or mirrors for even great depth and interest.
By Trish Bonney, Intern, Art Institute of Colorado
Each year there is a ‘list’ for any and everything that will be trending in the upcoming season. Of course, the design world has its top crazes as well. According to Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, one of the top five home design trends for 2015 included cowhide (ranking number two on the list). As Alexa Fiander stated on zillow.com, “Cowhide is the ideal accent texture for 2015’s modern, yet approachable design aesthetic.” Cowhide rudiments can be incorporated with pillows, rugs, throw blankets, artwork, and so much more.
by Robert Knisely
As I walked through the doors for the first time at the 2015 Las Vegas winter furniture market – my first time ever attending an event anything like this – I felt like a kid walking into a combined candy and toy store spanning over three million square feet. Better yet, it was like walking into the infamous Harrod’s department store in London for the first time. Talk about sensory overload! There were hundreds of thousands of different products, styles, textures, and colors, all seemingly inviting me to take a look and test drive this year’s latest trends in furniture.
Pantone is a system for matching colors, used in specifying printing inks. For 15 years, Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, has declared a particular “Color of the Year” as a prediction for what will be a popular hue for designs and products in the coming year. A global color company known for its standardized color matching system and subsequent numeric codes, Pantone invests significant time and energy in making its yearly selection.
A select group of Pantone executives from a variety of industries meet each year and spend hours discussing the latest trends and designs taking storm from fashion runways to home décor.
We’ve all heard that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for optimal functioning. But life sometimes has a way of quickly chipping away at the time we need to get a good night’s rest.
It’s logical that I would be promoting the purchase of a quality mattress, given that we sell our own private line of custom, high quality, American-made mattresses, but there’s much more to it. Having been in the furniture and mattress industry for decades, I actually believe that a good mattress creates better sleep – for a better life.
I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine,dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition.
I’m sitting on a plane, returning from 7, 12-13 hour days of shopping, planning, negotiating and searching out new and innovative product. The High Point Furniture Market is the largest and most extensive of several markets across the country. The days are grueling yet exciting at the same time. The experience of being in the environment of so much creativity is extraordinary.
As a buyer for Larrabee’s Furniture + Design, these past 7 days are about far more than shopping for something pretty. Scott Larrabee, founder of Larrabee’s Furniture + Design, and I are in fact looking for those pieces that truly touch peoples lives.