Set the tone of your room with a well-chosen rug to create the haven you wish to come home to. Whether your living spaces are large or small, an area rug is meant to define and command the area to place the furniture and accessories that you love most.
More mattresses and foundations (the ‘updated’ box spring) are typically sold in the winter months during the year. We are cocooning through the cold months, sheltering our bodies from pain and fatigue. As we age, our bodies go through changes that affect our sleep patterns – especially pressure points! During our REM sleep cycle, pain may interrupt that restorative sleep. If our bodies are not cradled properly with pocketed coil support and support zones, we may wake up cranky and feel exhausted – despite having a full night’s rest!
It’s that time of year when Pantone releases their annual “Color of the Year.” This is essentially a color forecast for the upcoming year and affects many industry decisions around the world. Some of the main industries affected include interior design, fashion and marketing. Each year the color is decided upon after traveling the world and analyzing influences from things such as hot travel destinations, new movies, cultural influences and many other factors that reflect what is going on across the world. After finding their inspiration, the Pantone Color Institute has unveiled the 2019 color of the year as “Living Coral.”
We attend several furniture markets a year, and we often get asked about the new trends in design and the standouts on the horizon. Upon returning from the most recent market, the undeniable winner would have to be patio furniture, or, better termed, ‘outdoor living furniture.’ By far, no other category of furniture for your home has seen as much advancement in technology, styling, and options as outdoor living.
Rugs create a perfect canvas for the completion of your room. They can be the focal point around which a room is designed, or they can add a bold and striking splash of design and color as an accent piece. Additionally, rugs provide a nice layer...
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.
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.