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Spicy Spaces

One, just one element can move a space from ‘eh’ to ‘awesome’.  So which one?  And how do you decide?

Try a funky paint color, cool fabric, awesome rug, eye-catching lamp, or even one brave furniture purchase.  Take a look at the spaces below and see if you can find the Thing that makes them notable.

Headboard!  Headboard!  Headboard!

Headboard! Headboard! Headboard!

At first glance, this space could be just about any luxury hotel room. Very nice finishes, but devoid of real personality.  And, as fun as that graphic bedding is, it is the headboard that is really eye-catching.  The scale, color, and style all demand attention, with a subtle nod to the color spread around the room (chair upholstery and lampshades) for balance.

Hot Pink Graphic Fabric

Hot Pink Graphic Fabric

In this case, the dining space has personality from not only a great color addition, but a great pattern.  The high contrast, large scale graphic fabric (repeated from the window treatments to the bench), immediately pulls your eye to the great architecture of the space.  Adding the color with an accent wall reinforces its importance in the room.

What do both these spaces have in common?  One bold element that makes the space memorable.  Looking to make an impression with your home?  One brave decision is all you need!

New Year, New Site!

We’ve been working feverishly over here at Schneiderman’s Furniture, making our New Year’s Resolutions come true!  Okay, so we’ve been wanting to upgrade the images on our website, www.schneidermans.com, for quite awhile, and we are finally making progress!

Why is this so important, you ask?  Well, most furniture stores, us included, rely on manufacturers to provide high quality product images for our websites.  The problem is that the quality is inconsistent, the angles and lighting are inconsistent, and some manufacturers don’t see a need to provide their vendors with a way to advertise product.  Plus, when you’re playing in the internet sandbox, the only difference between a huge national brand and a small, family-owned local business is the quality of the site.  The internet levels the field for us locals.

To this end, we have undertaken the massive project of photographing all our product.  Here is a short video portrayal of just one of the photography days:

Thank you to Jason Brown Photography in Bloomington, MN!  Your quality of images and professionalism are to be admired.  Here’s looking forward to a long working relationship!

Help! My Cat Ate My Tree!

When the holiday season approaches, I start to see a ton of great ideas in stores and online for decorating.  The problem is that most seem to center on some sort of greenery.  Not that I hate the smell of pine or anything, but my cat eats trees.  And plants of all sort.

There are actually many good reasons for people to choose not to bring a tree inside.  Some have the Sheldon Cooper Big Bang Theory attitude, calling a Christmas tree a “spider-infested fire hazard,” but some people just would rather forgo the expense and mess of a live tree.  So what, besides the artificial tree option, are the choices?

Here are a few ideas culled from the interweb – great options if you’re looking for some alternative Christmas decor!

The collection put up on the wall could be anything from flatter ornaments to small framed pics to vending machine toys.  I love the colorful look!  If you’re going to do this, consider the white space around each item and make sure to place larger pieces sporadically.  I think this would be a cool approach for permanent larger wall art anytime – just form a different shape!  Painter’s tape in your chosen shape will help you control the placement and make sure your tree isn’t crooked!

Talk about cost effective!  This is a wood ladder, strung with lights and ornaments.  What a stunning idea for a large space!  I wouldn’t try it with a yellow plastic ladder though.  The color might be a bit strong.

This is my fave – a 3D tree-shaped ornament mobile.  It looks like someone photoshopped the tree out of the picture!  The instructions for this fabulous DIY look are at http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/12/20/christmas-tree-ornament-mobile/.  (By the way, in searching for this topic, I found NotMartha, a new fave DIY blog.  Check it out for a ton of fun craft and decor ideas that don’t require you to churn your own butter.)

Very hip, very cool, very modern.  And just think about the cool look from the side with all the book cover colors cascading down the shape.

Another cool reuse of household item into decor.  This is a vintage clothes drying rack with ornaments hung on ribbons.  Very cool and a great way to show off your ornament collection.

So, if you, like many others, love decorating for the holidays but hesitate over the tree, come out of hiding!  There are a ton of ways to decorate without making the dog sick on sugary tree water or chasing the newly walking toddler away from the light strings!




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