Monday, 26 September 2016

Traditional Home Decor

Traditional Home Design:

Traditional furniture & home décor has thrived for so long and with reason! Although the traditional style is stale and outdated, a look that reflects the past preserves a sense of familiarity and comfort. Traditional deemed rooms emphasize formal arrangements which encourage conversation, with curvy furniture that avoids sharp angles and neutral colors that do not make a large statement. Instead, beauty is found in the finishing touches, such as molding and trims. If a piece is not timeless, then it is not graceful enough to fit in this type of décor! Here is a traditional home décor video to help you get started.



Now that you have some inspiration, browse our Millennium products to help piece your space!

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Modern Home Design


Modern Home Design

Contrary to popular belief, modern and contemporary are not interchangeable designs. A modern design is best known for its clean lines, open floor plans and minimalist décor. In fact, modern design has a historical inclination, as seen in mid-century modern and art deco styles. Instead, contemporary design encompasses various styles that are current.

Now that we nipped that in the bud, you may want to check out Benchcraft & Signature Design for an effortless modern look. Let your furniture design speak for itself by being the spotlight in your space.



This video will highlight the main differences between a modern and contemporary design – a great nugget of information:

Monday, 12 September 2016

Casual Interior Design


Casual Home Design

Casual Home décor is perhaps best defined by its lack of regimented rules and unpretentious style. Despite its relaxed feel, a casual space is carefully put together! It merely gives the appearance of not so contrived, when in fact, different pieces are specifically hand-picked to mix in the bunch. A casual room is not matchy-matchy, but rather an intelligent blend of various decorating styles. Among the styles that usually get placed in this category are cottage, country, French country and shabby chic.

Now that you’ve extracted some valuable insight, here is a video to blossom some decorating ideas:

VIDEO

Be sure to browse our beautiful Signature Design and Benchcraft pieces in order to achieve that eclectic mix you had in mind!



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Casual Interior Design


Casual Home Design

Casual Home décor is perhaps best defined by its lack of regimented rules and unpretentious style. Despite its relaxed feel, a casual space is carefully put together! It merely gives the appearance of not so contrived, when in fact, different pieces are specifically hand-picked to mix in the bunch. A casual room is not matchy-matchy, but rather an intelligent blend of various decorating styles. Among the styles that usually get placed in this category are cottage, country, French country and shabby chic.

Now that you’ve extracted some valuable insight, here is a video to blossom some decorating ideas:

VIDEO

Be sure to browse our beautiful Signature Design and Benchcraft pieces in order to achieve that eclectic mix you had in mind!



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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Contemporary Interior Design


Contemporary Home Design

A contemporary design emphasizes a bold and trendy look. It also highlights shapes, textures and beautiful natural materials such as jute. Unlike in modern or traditional spaces, one that is contemporary is not afraid of using color. Having said this, using color is a reflection of personal taste, contrary to a monochrome palette. In addition, this specific home design is constantly evolving to keep up with trends. Yes, classic is timeless, but so is mundane. Keeping one guessing will never be uneventful!


Signature Design evokes these dramatic design ideas quite well. This Ashley sub-brand is worthy of emulating a contemporary home décor. Browse our Signature Design products to view our wide variety of colors, shapes and textures. In fact, here is a video to inspire your desired look:

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Getting your Workstation Ready for Back to School



Prepping Your Workstation For Back To School:

Back to school in the fall is infamous for its ridiculous commercials. It’s the time of year that every child dreads – summer is over and a new school year is about to begin. Although this is an event that most of us loathe, it is one that cannot be avoided! That being said, a little preparation might ease your way in the process. So how exactly can you prepare yourself? You can begin by creating an area that will ensure productivity, which will in turn also produce success. Let’s take a look at the nitty-gritty, so you can begin your preparation!

Pick a space
First and foremost, you need to pick the appropriate space. This area should be one that does not have any nearby entertainment or distractions, as they will definitely decrease productivity. If you have the option, it would be preferable to select a room that would be transformed into an office/workstation. That way, the same room can be used for doing homework, paperwork and even arts & crafts! No more mess in your dining room!





Setting up your workstation
Ideally, you need a large table or office desk to maximize your working surface. Luckily, they come in a variety of shapes, so that you are not limited in the orientation. In addition, your officechair is also available in a variety of options such as leather, fabric and wood. That way, you don’t need to compromise comfort, durability and style! Next, some other helpful pieces that will maintain the room neat and organized include bookcases and filing cabinets. No more scattered papers and books!





Yes, color matters!
Color is often a direct reflection of our personality. In a home, studies have shown that certain colors produce a similar reaction in most individuals. However, depending on the tone, there can be a slight variation. Room colors are categorized in three basic ways: active, passive and neutral. That being said, for an office, it is probably not best to go too passive or too active. The optimal choice would be to select neutral wall colors (grey, white, brown) with colored home accents.

   Red
Very intense; will pump adrenaline like no other. It will stir up excitement.
   Yellow
Evokes happiness, but can cause frustration in large amounts (whole room)
   Blue
A soothing and calming color. Great for relaxation.
   Green
Most restful for the eye. Promotes warmth and comfort.
   Purple
Rich, dramatic and sophisticated. Lighter tones promote restfulness.
   Orange
Energetic and enthusiastic.


Now you have all the tools to plan ahead, you can ensure the success of your child, as well as your professional success.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Choosing the Right Mattress for You


Mattresses – making the most of your sleep:

The difference between a foam mattress and a spring mattress might make all the difference if you’re having trouble sleeping. Did you know that the average person spends approximately 30% of their life sleeping? This means that the importance of a supportive mattress is imperative to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Why? How you sleep will directly affect how you feel and go about your daily activities. Therefore, it would be wise to say that you need to make the most of your sleep! Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a memory foam mattress vs. a spring mattress;


Facts about spring mattresses:
·         It seems that one of the main reasons that springs are still being used in mattresses is because it is very inexpensive!  
·         Spring mattresses only give the illusion that they are supportive and comfortable, but they not provide sufficient pressure point relief.
·         Proper support with a spring mattress is not possible because one’s body does not push evenly on the coils.
·         A spring mattress loses about 16% of its firmness within the first year, but they can last about 10+ years.



Facts about foam mattresses:
·         With a foam mattress, pressure points are reduced, which in turn reduces tossing and turning – the leading cause of poor sleep. However, if you’re going to opt for a spring mattress, the firmer it is, the better.
·         Memory foam mattresses do not need to be flipped unlike spring mattresses. There is no maintenance required.
·         Allergies are significantly reduced with memory foam mattresses, as dust mites can only live on the surface and not on the inside of a solid block of foam.
·         Memory foam mattresses are temperature sensitive – this means the foam takes time to adjust to your body. The colder the room, the longer the mattress will take to adjust or recover its shape.




Now that you have the facts, you can decide which mattress suits your needs, if your budget permits you to make the choice.