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The Chameleon of chairs!

That’s right the Parsons chair (the chameleon of chairs). The Parsons chair was named for its origin – a designer at the famous Parsons School of Design created it in Paris in the 1930s.

When this clever little chair was designed by the Parsons School designers, they didn’t radically reinvent the idea of the chair; instead, the designers’ streamlined historical influences, kept what worked, threw away what didn’t, and created an enduring modern classic.

I like to call it the chameleon of chairs because you can drop this guy in almost any application may it be traditional decor (with a slip cover) modern, or your classic transitional room and make it blend right in. Many use these decorative chairs at the dining table, as part of a conversation nook in the living room or at a writing desk in an office.

Due to its simplicity, many manufactures today have paired its clean lines with bold fabrics to really make it ‘pop’ in a space. I mean you can find this jewel of a chair covered in just about any fabric from zebra print, floral, paisley, leather of all colors, and the list goes on. Can I also say this cuttie is comfortable that’s why I think the parsons chair remains enduringly popular. In fact, you might already own and enjoy one without realizing what it is or that is has a companion, the parsons table. (who new, see pic)

Check out the photos of some great Parsons chairs you can find at Kirkland’s, www.kirklands.com or just about anywhere.

Vist me Tanya Griffin at www.mykirklands.com for more Home Staging and Interior Design advice


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Do you wish your home would look the same as those magazines? Do you wonder how the colors that you see and the choices of fabrics and furnishings would look in your home together? You want that luxury look so bad that you find yourself driving to Home Depot or Lowes looking at different paint swatches, taking sample after sample home but afraid to paint. So why do you still have your walls in the builder’s white paint it came with years ago? The answer is simple; you do not know where to begin and you don’t trust your inner voice.

For most who do not have the extra money to buy new furnishings, and all new accessories, here are some basic tips in achieving a Designer look that fits you:

1. COLOR – Painting is the cheapest improvement to update your home, it is also the easiest to reverse. Depending on your taste you would want to start by trying on different hues of paint. Try to use a neutral palette if you are not too sure of what color you want. It is the safest choice. Neutral colors do not have to be boring. You can use different shades of browns, ranging from light taupe to dark caramel or chocolate brown. When painting and you want to use a two-tone effect commonly used by designers, make sure that the colors complement each other. Consider also your current furnishings, are they going to blend well with the color of the fabric on your sofa or dining chairs?

2. FURNITURE PLACEMENT: People are often challenged with arranging their furniture ending up putting sofas against the walls. Although there may be times that this is the best choice, consider placing them flanking or facing the focal point of the room. Put sofas and chairs in a conversational way. A good rule of thumb to have a minimum of 18 inches clearance between sofas and coffee table to allow for knees not to bump into the table yet close enough to be able for a seated person to reach for the items on it.

– Bedroom furniture placement can be another point of some confusion. Make sure your head board is on the focal point wall. If you have a square room, it is easy to do…but if you have an irregular room, look for the window and door placement. Let those be your guide, you always want a good comfortable flow through a room.

3. WINDOW COVERINGS: Hang curtains over your window blinds.  Hanging curtains, whether you have any window blinds or not help in addressing privacy, as well as soften the look of the rooms you’re decorating. Match the colors of your furnishings and wall paint or make sure they complement each other. Use texture if you are designing in neutrals, so that the room will look more interesting.
– lower ceilings, to give the illusion of height, hang curtains from ceiling to floor.

– Small window, you can give a sense that the window is bigger by hanging the curtains wider than it should, layering curtains with sheer panel underneath can help in achieving this illusion.
4. ACCESSORIZE: Now the fun part, accessorizing. (Kirkland’s is awesome for finding great deals on amazing items)Put framed art on the wall; make sure that they are at eye level. Do not put a small frame in the middle of a very huge wall. It will look awkward. Make sure to have a unifying theme for the room you are decorating, for example, if you would like to decorate in an Asian theme, this should repeat in the accessories you would use in the entire room. From the throw pillows, flower vases, lamps, etc.
– Do not be afraid to use varying texture to achieve that designer look. Mix things that sparkle with textured items. This puts more dimensions to your design.

Hope these few tips help get your creative juices flowing. Good Luck,

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Buying the right area can be a challenge depending on what the use of the space is. Are you buying for the Dining Room, Living Room, Foyer, How big, what shape? There are a wide range of rug sizes, some standard and some not. There are also a variety of shapes like rectangle, square, circle, ovals, runners, and octagon. Let your room size, function and what you want sitting in the rug dictate the size and shape of the rug. Here are a few guidlines that may help with your rug shopping.

Living Room: The two most common ways of having an area rug is a “room rug” this is a rug that is about 3 feet smaller than the room dimensions, thats about 1 1/2′ feet of exposed floor on all sides. The other look is an area rug that is used to define and contain a grouping of furniture (usually a 11’x13′ or 9’x11′). Remember it’s ok to have a grouping of furniture with the back legs off the rug as long as the font legs are set on the rug. This anchors the grouping to the rug (try a 7’x9′ or 6’x8′ for this look)

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Dining Room: A good rule of thumb when selecting a rug for your dining area is to select a rug that is about 30″ larger on all sides than the table surface. This allows enough room for the chairs to slide in and out without getting caught on the edge of the rug. Tight low patterned rugs are always good in eating areas to hide any stains.

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Bedroom: Rugs look best when they are large enough to fit all or partially under the bed and extend out at least 30″ from under the bed on 3 sides. Still can’t get the right size for your large great room or odd shaped foyer, you can always have a custom rug made from broadloom carpet. By customizing the rug you’ll have a wide range of patterns and shapes to choose from, you could even mix colors and create your own pattern. Be sure to tell them you want finished, “bound” edges.

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Tip: Always use a rug pad under the area rug. This gives stability, extends the life and protects the floor underneath. Good Luck and have fun decorating.

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