Category: Design Forward

A Stylish Perch for your Kitchen

Stanley Furniture For far too long finding great looking, stylish bar stools eluded homeowners and even professional designers. Manufacturers until now just didn’t offer countless options. But all that has recently changed. Perhaps the continuing popularity of kitchen islands with counter seating has finally prompted furniture manufacturers to become more creative and prolific in designing and manufacturing bar stools. Today you can find just about any style and color that you need to complete your kitchen’s décor. Bar stools for the most part are the only pieces of furniture in a kitchen. They have the ability to complete the...

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Go Contemporary Without Moving

Marvin Windows You would have to be living under a design rock not to know home décor styles have been shifting from traditional to contemporary for the past decade. We made a temporary stop along the way to embrace Transitional styling but continued our trek towards a cleaner, brighter contemporary interior. If you think you can’t update your style because you live in a traditional house take a look at what comprises contemporary. First up, light. Not just lighting fixtures but natural daylight. One of the biggest differences between old fashion and modern is the introduction of fresh sparkling...

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True Icons of Modern Design

Barcelona Chair and Ottoman. Photo courtesy of Knoll, Inc. When it comes to modern design three chairs stand alone as true icons. The Eames chair and ottoman, the Barcelona chair and the Wassily chair are easily recognizable even to the most notices decorators. The Wassily chair like many designs of the modernist movement has been mass-produced since the late 1920’s and continuously in production since the 1950s. Designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 while he was still an apprentice at Bauhaus, in Dessau, Germany. He was inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist...

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Performance Fabrics Not Just for the Patio

Fabrics that are as durable as they are beautiful are a homemaker’s dream. Fabrics that can stand up to pets, spills and stains are bringing the outdoor in and the indoor out. The same features that make these fabrics great for the outdoors, easy cleanability, beachability and the UV resistance make them perfect for indoor furniture. Twice a year at Showtime in High Point, NC textile manufacturers present their latest and greatest fabric collections to buyers. In the past most buyers of outdoor fabrics also referred to as performance fabrics, were outdoor furniture manufacturers. But at this market retailers,...

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Organic Lighting

Organic is a word that has become part of our everyday vocabulary. From the food we buy to the clothing we wear. Today’s lighting manufacturers are capitalizing on this popular consumer attentiveness by pursuing materials that are more organic in nature and appearance. Crystal chandeliers have demanded our attention for centuries. The lure of sparkling bits of highly polished glass light up a dining room and send many hearts a flutter. Glass is one of the most basic of organic materials. But its highly polished surface is being replaced by glass in a more natural state. Organic materials are...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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