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3 Great Ideas For What to Do With a Worn Out Sofa

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I’ve seen worn out sofas in all sorts of random places–on the street, on lawns, and even in parking lots. When it comes to upholstered pieces, figuring out what to do with them once they hit a certain age can be a challenge. If you have an old or worn-out sofa you need to decide if it’s time to reuse, recycle or replace it. Here’s how to decide which is the best decision for you.

REUSE IT. If the sofa has good bones, there’s really no reason for tossing it. Instead, think about giving it a good spruce-up. Have it thoroughly cleaned to get out old stains and set-in odors. Buy a new throw or some updated accent pillows to give it an updated look. You can even slipcover it! If it’s still usable, consider moving it to a secondary space, such as a guest room, game room, basement or garage. Be sure to cover all of your options before getting rid of it for good.

Another option is having your sofa reupholstered. You can either do it yourself or leave it to a professional. There is a plethora of fabric at your disposal, so don’t discount this option. Yes, a professional reupholster can cost as much, if not more, than a new sofa, but you’ll end up with a custom piece that will never have to see a landfill.

RECYCLE IT. Did you know that you can have your sofa recycled? I didn’t either, until recently. Since it does require extensive labor for the process, your options may be few–however, you can check out places like Earth911.com to see where you can go. If all else fails, you can dismantle the sofa and then take individual pieces to various recycling facilities.

REPLACE IT. If you have to replace your worn out sofa, you have a couple of options: sell it or donate it. If the piece is clean and sturdy, there’s a pretty good guarantee that you can sell it–for a little bit of money, anyway. Post some pictures on Craigslist or check for local buy-sell-trade pages on Facebook. If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day.

If you don’t care about the money, post it as free and it’ll probably be gone by the end of the day. You could even check with friends and family who may be in need. Perhaps they know of a college student who could use some extra seating in their dorm. And don’t forget about places like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or local churches.

 

 

5 Decorating Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

Buying your first house is liberating–but turning it into an inviting home can be challenging. Here are some decorating tips that can make the process much easier.

1. Give your current residence a good purge. There’s no reason to take everything to the new house if you don’t have to. Get ahead of the game by purging unnecessary items from where you currently live before you make an offer on a new place. Go through everything you have and get rid of at least 25 to 50 percent of old, unusable stuff. If there’s anything that could sell, then sell it and put the money toward something new in your new home. This is your chance to downsize and start over so take advantage of it.

decorating-tips-first-time-home-buyer-austin2. Furnish the bedroom first. Sure, your close friends will probably want to stop by, but in the beginning, you can get away with some folding chairs. Since you’ll be spending more time in the bedroom, make this your first priority. Invest in a good mattress and purchase some quality bedding. Add coordinating window treatments and spruce up the light fixtures if you’re able. If you have a little room to splurge, this is definitely the place to do it.

3. Buy a little at a time. Don’t buy everything all at once. Instead, live in your home for a few months before making any major purchases. Pay attention to how you actually live in the house and then base your purchases on that. What you had in mind for the home might end up needing to change. Take your time to ensure your house will work in the manner you need it to.

4. Go for complementary, rather than matching. Contrary to what the local furniture store advertises, you absolutely do not have to match all of your furniture. Sure, it may seem easier to buy the matching living room suite, but will it fit your personality and style? Instead of being generic, be unique and pick pieces that show your personal taste.

5. Unify the design with color. Let’s say you have some hand-me-down pieces that you need to use for the interim and they don’t really go together. Find a common color and then bring in a few more items with that color to make it look like it goes together. You’d be amazed what a single color can do to unify a room.

Let us help you decorate your new home. Stop in or view our fabrics online when it’s time to dress your bed or bring texture, pattern or color to the space.

Design Styles Defined: Farmhouse

At one time, rural locations, functional porches, and informal living spaces distinguished a home as farmhouse style. Over the years, however, farmhouse style has evolved into something bigger than anyone probably ever expected. Today, farmhouse style is more than just a way to decorate an interior–it has become an attitude and a way of life. There are still, however, some key elements that define it. Let’s take a deeper look at what some of those are.

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Elements of Farmhouse Design Style

Here’s a quick breakdown of farmhouse design:

  • Painted wood walls
  • Wood floors
  • Apron front sink
  • Mixed cabinetry
  • Farmhouse table
  • Vintage lighting
  • Galvanized metal
  • Light colors
  • Cozy fabrics
  • Reclaimed pieces

 

INTERIOR

The interior of a farmhouse-styled home can be instantly recognized for the comfort, natural materials, and vintage items. It’s full of charm and character, putting a slightly modern twist on simpler times. Hallmarks of farmhouse interiors often include painted wood planked walls, mix-matched furnishings, simple details, and a kitchen that is indeed, the heart of the home. Kitchens often feature a blend of open shelves and wood cabinetry.

Flooring is often wood, however, you may sometimes see a black and white checkered pattern or even terracotta tiles underfoot. Lighting is also important with farmhouse style. Fixtures are often vintage and plentiful, which offer style and function.

FURNITURE

Furniture varies in farmhouse style. While you can expect a lot of wood, you can also expect a variety of metals. Vintage or shabby chic furniture, with a rustic flair, is a signature of farmhouse style. A large farmhouse table is a must. Accompanying chairs vary from a similar rustic wood or a contrasting modern metal. When it comes to beds, four poster beds are just as popular as metal ones. In the bath, a footed bathtub is a common sight.

COLORS

Farmhouse colors are soft ones. Painted walls, even wood ones, are typically painted white. Other soft hues are layered in by way of accents. Decorative pillows, area rugs and small, painted pieces of furniture bring life to the foundation of pale, neutral shades.

TEXTURES & PATTERNS

Farmhouse textiles aren’t fussy. Fabrics are relaxed, comfortable, and inviting. Textures like cotton, burlap, leather, and patterns such as stripes, florals, and checks give an eclectic feel.  Area rugs are often used to soften wood floors and add visual interest.

Want to get that farmhouse style look in your home? Check back with us soon to see the HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Need a little inspiration? Stop by our Pinterest page to view our board on farmhouse charm.

Decorating 101: The Right Way to Shop for Furniture

Once you’ve determined your decorating style, picked your colors, and drawn up a budget, it’s time to start filling your home with some furniture. Whatever your stage in life, it’s probable that you’ve accumulated some pieces along the way. But should you keep what you have or start from scratch? Where are the best places to buy furniture? And how do you know that you’re buying it the right way?

Take inventory of what you already have

custom-furniture-store-houston-txBefore you start making purchases, take inventory of what you currently have in your home. If it’s dated, falling apart, or looks cheap, then let it go. If it has sentimental value, however, then consider reviving it with new upholstery or a new finish. If you still aren’t sure what to do, you could enlist the help of a professional. An interior decorator will have a different perspective, so hiring one, even if it’s just for a few hours, can be a huge benefit to you.

Have a vision of what you’re looking for before you start

The next step to complete before you start shopping is to work out the entire room. It’s very important to have a good idea of how you want everything to look. This includes more than pieces of furniture. It also includes items like window treatments, lighting, and rugs. Put together a visual if you can. The last thing you need is to be stuck with decorating an entire space around a single piece of furniture. Having a handle on the space as a whole will make it much easier to furnish appropriately.

Know your fabrics (quality, color, comfort)

When it comes to large pieces of furniture, keep them understated by sticking with neutral fabrics. Color can then be brought in by way of smaller furnishings (accent chairs, entryway tables, etc), walls, and decorating accessories. And don’t be timid about spending more for comfort. A quality piece will not only be more comfortable, it will last longer too. Skimp on items that don’t matter quite so much.

Always check for quality. If that upholstered piece feels too light or wobbly, pass on it. If you’re shopping for a mattress, pay attention to the coil count. If you want a cabinet that will last longer, check for drawers with dovetail joints in the corners.

Measure your space before you start looking

One last crucial mistake to avoid is not measuring. Misjudging the size of the furniture in relation to the room can be a costly mistake. Showroom furniture won’t necessarily look the same in your home, so measure and pay attention to proportions. And don’t forget to measure every opening between the curb and the interior of your home to ensure that the piece will fit through doorways, around corners, or in elevators and stairwells.

Make the process fun!

To get a sense of what you want, spend some time browsing online and visiting stores, including thrift and antique stores. Look for consignment shops or, if you have one, visit the local to-the-trade design center. Think of it as window shopping. It’ll allow you to see current styles, what’s available, and what you can afford.

If you can’t find the perfect piece for your space, then it’s probably time to consider custom furniture.  There is just something grand about being able to choose your exact style, pattern, color, and fabric for your newest addition to your home!

Stop by our custom furniture store near Houston, TX.  You will find interior (and exterior) upholstery fabrics that will be perfect for your custom furniture, no matter what color or style you need.