June 13th, 2013

French Country Sofas and Chairs for Sale

The French Country look is one of the easiest to find in decorative accessories but one of the most difficult to find in actual furniture. It tends to be quite formal, difficult to clean, uncomfortable and even expensive. However, I’m more interested in a modern take on French Country and going with more thematic accessories. While this article is about sofas the same rules apply to chairs.

French Country Sofas from Amazon.com

Norah Antique Inspired Linen Sofa with Nail Head Trim by Coaster
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Alaine French Country 'Provence' Chesterfield Nail Head Sofa
Alaine French Country
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Armen Living 844 Barrister Sofa Green Velvet
Armen Living
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Louis XVI French Country Linen Sofa with Red Stripe
Louis XVI French Country
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Barclay Vintage Ivory French Louis XVI Sage Frost Carved Settee
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Lainey Tufted Settee
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Details

There is nothing plain about this style.
Find nailhead trim and oversized silhouettes. Tufting is another big detail and we’re seeing these details more prominently instead of all of the bright colors and patterns that used to be popular.

Use Unusual Color Palettes

Gray, blue, and yellow tones can feel quite French country. If you want a solid color fabric try one of these classic colors with a more modern silhouette. You can always change up the throw pillows but it just takes this style out of the 1990s which was when it was really popular and updates it.

Linen Sofas

Years ago the French Country style was quite heavy on pattern. You would find lots of plaids and florals right on the same piece of furniture! This is fine for bedding or throw pillows, but not for something that you’re going to have for a very long time. Linen is probably the texture that I see the most in designer magazines but it’s pretty expensive and difficult to care for. Look for ornate silhouettes and add in stenciled throw pillows on a light color microfiber sofa. Try a smaller size like a banquette or a bench if money is really tight. The first tip is to look for neutral fabrics in light tones. This is the elegant aspect. Then find a more rustic texture.

When in Doubt Spell It Out

Some of my fav fabrics are very obviously French inspired because of the writing or faux postal marks. This can mimic expensive grain sack or burlap furniture on a budget. However, this is more French inspired than French country. Try a bright turquoise throw over the back of it and pair it with a more cheerful slipper chair in the same style but a brighter color. French country couches should usually be different and mismatched instead of buying an entire living room set.

Find Wood Carvings

This gives it an elegant look but will usually be white washed, distressed, or in a medium wood tone. It’s an easy way to restore those thrift store finds and just lends a more tailored look to the furniture. Again, this is more expensive but it’s also a very traditional style. The cushions shouldn’t be too overstuffed. Try one or two on the bottom cushion and a solid back. Also ornate antique style legs are another popular detail.

Baxton Studio Caelie Gray Linen Modern Lounge Chair
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Lainey Tufted Armchair
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BEST Tufted Fabric Club Chair
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Baxton Studio Sussex Linen Club Chair (Set of 2)
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Coast to Coast 32042 39 by 28 by 26-Inch Accent Chair with Stripe Fabric Back and Cushion
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angelo:HOME Bradstreet Chair - Vintage Sun-washed Floral Tan
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April 11th, 2013

Hanging Basket Chair

The easiest way to update your yard or patio for 2013 is with a hanging basket chair. It is the most expensive type of seating but it’s alsp a lot of fun. My family always fights over the cheap rope swing hammock chairs. Everyoen loves them, but it doesn’t match all decor styles. Most of these are for outdoor spaces and some of them come with stands while the others of them don’t.

Twos Company Hanging Rattan Chair
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Clove - Balance Curve Porch Swing Chair - Model - Y9091WT
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Nimbus Outdoor Swing Chair with All Weather Wicker and Outdoor Cushions
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LexMod Encounter Wicker Rattan Outdoor Wicker Patio Swing Chair ? Suspension Series
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Contemporary outdoor swing chair - Anjuna Model# DL015
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BEST Egg-Shaped Outdoor Swing Chair
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This is a very mod look so it’s perfect if your patio doesn’t have any personality. If you live in an apartment you may not be able to change the outside space. The little extra you spend on furniture makes your space unique. Usually you will find this in wicker or rattan and you can match it with more traditional furniture.

April 11th, 2013

Chevron Accent Chair

If you want to freshen up your living room for 2013 then try a chevron accent chair. This doesn’t need to be fine furniture. This is a bold pattern and it’s available in a lot of daring colors like yellow. It’s going to become dated so don’t base your room around it and don’t spend a lot of money on it. Amazon.com always has some of the cheapest options.

Skyline Furniture Mid Century Modern Chair in Zig Zag Turquoise
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Skyline Furniture Wingback Chair in Zig Zag Titan Birch
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Skyline Furniture Armless Chair in Zig Zag Grey
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Avery Chevron Arm Chair
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Dale Chevron Stripes Armless Chair
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Skyline Furniture Mid Century Modern Chair in Zig Zag Candy Pink
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How to Decorate with a Chevron Print

Try a fun and modern color. Turquoise and pink are great for this style. Most of the time this will have a white zig zag effect. If you have a neutral room, or you own a lot of contemporary furniture from IKEA, then this is the way to go.

Find a southwest inspiration. The #4 Avery chair is one of the only traditional chairs I have seen in this style. It uses almost an Ikat inspired feel and the legs and arms are much more traditional than other pieces. If you have a terra cotta color sofa that used to be popular in the Tuscan style this is a way to freshen up your room without getting rid of it.

My favorite color is actually gray for this use because it’s really trendy but it will be somewhat neutral. You could change out the bolster pillow for a bright turquoise and it would even be fun if it was a chevron style too.

Notice that most of these chairs are armless slipper chairs. There is a modified wingback. I like smaller seating and occasional chairs so this pattern doesn’t overwhelm the room but it also means it’s a lot cheaper.

Go retro. If you like the 70s then go with a more irregular zig zag pattern in muted tones like #5.

If your room feels dull it won’t be any more with the addition of one of these pieces.

Linon Carnegie Chevron Chair in Black
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April 11th, 2013

Gray and Yellow Crib Bedding

The biggest color trend this year can be a fun way to decorate your nursery. It makes a big impact and it’s modern. Gray and yellow crib bedding can even be gender neutral so you can start decorating sooner or use the same crib set for several different kids. Here are my favorite patterns:

Modern Gray and Yellow Zig Zag Grey Baby Boy Girl Unisex 9pc Bedding Crib Set
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Pam Grace Creations Argyle Yellow 10 Piece Crib Bedding Set
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Migi Sweet Sunshine 4 Piece Crib Bedding Set by Bananafish
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Zoo Animals 4 Piece Baby Crib Bedding Set by Carters
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Trend Lab 4 Piece Crib Bedding Set
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Kress Co - Modern Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral 9-Piece Crib Bedding Set
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Tip#1 Pair it with white. You can skip the traditional pink and blue color schemes. Use this with white walls so you don’t even have to paint. This is also perfect for renters.

Tip#2 Go with a modern theme. All of the themes in this roundup are pretty contemporary except for the animal one. For a really soothing room paint the walls a pale gray.

Tip#3 Use other trends for 2013. Try a chevron or a zig zag pattern. These sets can work for a boy or a girl.

April 11th, 2013

Pink Ruffle Shower Curtains

Pink ruffle shower curtains are the ultimate in girly trends. It would be pretty in a shabby chic bathroom or a kids’ bathroom. Amazon.com usually has these styles cheaper than most other places but you will have to sacrifice on the style a little bit.

Carmen Crushed Voile Ruffled Tier Fabric Shower Curtain Butterfly 70 x 72 inch
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Pink trellis shower curtain (70 x 70) button holed
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Lush Decor Lillian Shower Curtain 72-Inch by 72-Inch
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Buying This for Less

You save a lot of money over buying at Anthropologie but you don’t get the typical waterfall style that you would usually see.

The hot pink design in #3 uses more of a petal look instead of actual ruffles and it’s my favorite for teenagers. #1 is an example of a waterfall curtain. #2 is more of a micro design but it also includes a trellis pattern which is another cute shower curtain trend for 2013.