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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Arranging a seating area

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No, it’s not true. Your home isn’t plotting against you. It’s just that each room has its unique challenges.  Take living areas for example.

If you live in an older-ranch style home, your living room might be long and narrow.  If your home is a modern two-story residence, you may have a “great” room big enough for an army encampment.  Yet if you happen to be an apartment dweller, your living room may be barely large enough for a sofa.

Here are a few tips for arranging seating to solve these pesky problems.

Start with a focal point. A focal point is an architectural detail or decorative accent that draws immediate attention within a room.  Most family areas have a fireplace or dramatic window as a focal point.  In your home it might be a striking painting or an aquarium. You’ll want to arrange seating in a group to take advantage of this focal point.

Look at traffic flow. Take at look at the location of doorways.  Will family traffic move through the room from side-to-side or at an angle? Seating should be placed to allow for traffic to pass easily around and not through the grouping.

Consider Your Options. There is no rule that says a sofa must sit against a wall.  In fact, placing a sofa perpendicular to a wall creates drama. There is also no rule that says a sofa and loveseat must be combined in a seating arrangement; it frequently isn’t the most logical or comfortable option.

In fact, there is no rule that says a sofa needs to be used at all.  A comfortable seating area can be created by combining a chaise or loveseat with accent chairs.

What’s most important is to create an inviting conversation area.  Some rooms just need a little creativity.

Get Creative. Segment long, narrow rooms into separate seating areas.  One spot might include two small accent chairs facing a sofa, while the other seating location may have two armless chairs flanking a bistro table.  As an alternative, a comfy discussion area can be created in an out-of-the-way corner.

Use area rugs to define separate seating areas in a very large room.  A sectional sofa can become a comfortable conversation nook at one end of a “great” room with a group of loveseats or accent chairs at the other end.

When a room is square, concentrate seating in one single area. If family traffic flows along the edge of a living room, place twin sofas on either side of a fireplace or entertainment center.

If your home is an urban condo with a very small living room, go with a loveseat or apartment-size sofa and a single small accent chair and ottoman.  The ottoman can be moved to provide additional seating as needed.  Think about adding a cocktail table with nested seating underneath which can be pulled out when friends arrive.

Visit Connell’s today in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let one of our sales representative show you the many seating options available in store today.

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coffee or Cocktail?

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No, we’re not talking about beverages. This is a decorating blog, after all. But just for fun, here’s a trivia challenge for you. What’s the difference between a coffee table and a cocktail table?

Errrrr. Times up. They’re the same, you say? Not so fast. While the two terms are used interchangeably, a purist will tell you a cocktail table is square or rectangular in shape while a coffee table is round or oval.

The good news is that both tables serve essentially the same purpose – to hold decorative accents, a magazine or a beverage within easy reach of a sofa. No one knows where or how coffee tables originated except that it’s theorized that they were originally used during the Victorian era in England and were based on tables used in tea gardens.

With the popularity of cocktail parties in the Roaring ’20s came cocktail tables which became even more fashionable following the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930s. While coffee tables are usually 16-18” in height, cocktail tables have a history of being slightly taller at 20-22”.

Today these tables not only provide a convenient surface to place things, but are also a centerpiece for entertaining and a focus for decorating.

When you visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark to buy one of these tables, it’s good to know what type will work best in your living area. Today there are many different sizes, shapes and styles.

Take an objective look at the adjacent furnishings. The style of cocktail table should coordinate with the upholstery and other tables. While it doesn’t need to exactly match, its style should complement and not clash with other furnishings.

A traditional sofa is usually best accented by a traditional table. However, a contemporary table in a coordinating finish or texture will liven up the room.

Consider the shape of other furnishings. If the neighboring sofa has curved lines, then a round or oval table will work best. If there is a rug underneath the table, consider a glass-top table which will let the beauty and design of the rug show through.

Allow 12-15” between the edge of the sofa and the coffee table and 6” between the end of the table and the end of the sofa.

Finally, think about how the table will be used. If it will be used for dining in front of the television, consider a higher table with a flat, easily cleanable surface. If it will be used to hold multiple family items, choose a table with storage drawers or hidden compartments.

Your Connell’s sales representative will be able to show you different options on your next visit to the store.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Now You See It; Now You Don’t

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When is a table not just a table? The answer is when it can be or do something else.

If you are a parent or dual-income family, you’re busy – sometimes way beyond busy. As our multitasking lives become increasingly busy, we need furniture that can multitask along with us.

Furniture manufacturers know this and have designed multi-functional tables which work to make our lives easier. Fashionable tables now include hidden storage, concealed trays, vanishing lift tops, covered curio displays and extra drawers and shelves.

If your family room doubles as a home office, look for tables that combine drawers and shelves. Some side tables also have built-in racks for magazines.

When your living room will be used for entertaining, ask your Connell’s sales representative about tables that have pull-out trays to hold beverages.

Does your family sit in front of the television to eat dinner? Search for a cocktail table with a lift top that can be raised to table height. Not only does this table make dining comfortable, the raised top conceals storage niches underneath.

Many tables have hidden nooks for stowing away remote controls, cable guides or toys.

Do you love your collectibles but worry about displaying them where curious little hands can reach them? Stylish tables now have curio compartments located under a moveable glass or wood lid.

Multi-functional tables come in many designs, sizes and finishes. Whatever your decorating style, at Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark we can help you find a table just right for your family.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Creating a Man Cave for the Whole Family

Ask any man, we’ll tell you we enjoy our man caves and our own area to unwind, have fun and entertain guests. Heck, who doesn’t enjoy a room devoted to football, friends and good times! But in many instances, they’re just not practical. For instance, many of us just don’t have the extra living space to devote an entire room to football watching and revelry. Plus, it’s more functional to create a common space – that everyone will love – to share with our wives and children.

In many instances, we can create a versatile living room that our wives will love – contemporary, warm and inviting – while maintaining the bare essentials of a man cave by following these basic steps:

  • Color. Most rooms dedicated to men, sports and cocktails are usually devoid of inviting colors. You know what we mean; dark paint on the walls and very few windows (typically with the blinds pulled shut). Instead, lighten up the room by repainting the walls in neutral colors such as beige, creme or off-white. These are warm, inviting colors that our wives love, and they also won’t clash with some colorful and contemporary artwork that we love. And if the room still appears dark after using lighter color paints and opening the curtains, incorporate mirrors to reflect the light throughout your room.
  • More Color. Decorate your living room with warm and inviting  furniture upholstery colors. Colors such as plum, burgundy, browns, yellows and oranges are comfortable colors that our wives love because of their warm feel. And best of all, these can be contemporary and masculine colors that create a great atmosphere for entertaining.
  • Utilize space. Nothing screams man cave more than an empty room occupied by a large area rug and several recliners. Instead, pick a focal point and fill out the room around this spot. The focal point can be anything from your fireplace to a big screen TV. Fill out the surrounding area with occasional tables and cocktail tables that serve as elegant accent pieces, a gaming area – or even a footrest.
  • Divide the room. Place a sectional or a large sofa in the middle of your living room to divide the room into two different areas. In one area, create a media/TV space where the family can sit down and watch movies and television together – this also doubles as a space to hang out with friends and watch sports. And for the second area, build a lounge setting by incorporating a long rectangular dining table with numerous contemporary bar stools. This area is the ideal place to sit down with the family for a conversation, but it also serves as the perfect setting to entertain guests and have a cocktail.

Visit us in Mt. Vernon or Newark to discover how to turn any room into the ideal living space! Plus all November long, enjoy 2 full years interest-free financing with no minimum purchase and no down payment on millions of dollars worth of inventory that’s in stock and ready for immediate delivery to your living room, bedroom, dining room, home office or youth bedroom.