Monday, July 18, 2011

Welcoming Back MCM through Lexington's new line 11 South!

Lexington Home Brands just introduced a new line to its vast array of furniture collections. However, this collection is unique and this look cannot be found just anywhere. 11 South is a collection composed of beautifully constructed pieces, featuring aesthetic properties that echo the style from days past.
Mid-Century Modern was a significant design movement not only in product design, but also interiors and architecture that started in the 1930’s. Never heard of it? Just google it! You will be surprised at all the chairs that will pop up that you recognize from magazines, movies and commercials. These designs, largely by Eames, Saarinen and Bertoia, harken back to an organic style that exemplifies the natural without the need to add “fluff” because it stands on its own. Though these designs are simple, they say so much because of their finishes, silhouettes, and composition.

Many clients I work with are a little afraid of color and like to go neutral to stay on the safe side.  If you’re like that, you can’t go wrong with these pieces! Look at these images. There is hardly any “color,” yet there is warmth, depth and energy. You don’t have to have color and patterns all over the place to make a space lively.
And now some of you color-loving people are probably wondering why you would want any of these pieces! Well … neutrals are colors too! And if you are used to applying a lot of color on your walls, accessories, and even in your furniture, then you could probably use a little neutral and more natural pieces to tone it down a bit.
Like all of Lexington’s collections, 11 South offers pieces that would look great all together, filling up your room (or entire home!), but they also work well with other pieces from other collections or existing items in your space. Want to add some new bold pieces for accents? Or are you a Mid-Century Modern enthusiast who desires some newly constructed furnishings to fit in with your classic collectibles? Either way, you can’t go wrong here.
11 South is not boring. I like to compare it to a stunning black and white photo. There is so much more than black and white going on: tones, depth, contrast, shadows and highlights. Your eye concentrates on the composition and the complexity of the palette of grays. But with these pieces from Lexington, you also get the additional impact of depth from that gorgeous umbra wood finish.

So whether you’re looking for some of these classic elements to add to your space or if you’re just intrigued and want to learn more, contact me and I will be more than happy to assist you!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Its not a Bed... Its a Berg!

Wouldn’t you love for your children’s furniture to make them more creative, more well-rounded, and maybe even smarter? Imagine that! And you don’t have to just imagine it … you can experience it with Berg Furniture’s amazing beds.
There have actually been some studies on the positive effects Berg furniture has on kids. The researchers, who are analysts on consumer behavior, noticed children in a local store flocking to the Berg beds and heading straight up the signature staircase. These beds are not just a place to sleep. They are systems that create environments. They initiate special moments within the actual bedroom space. This is where the creativity begins.
Berg offers so many different elements that make up these “environments.” First off, almost every set comes with those great stairs. They take the idea of a bunk bed to the next level. I think the stairs allow children to imagine that it is their own little house. Not only do they provide more safety benefits than the traditional bunk bed ladder, they also offer tons of extra storage space built in to each step. The width of the staircase is about the same as a nightstand, which meas there is no wasted space! berg3
Berg’s beds have plenty of shelves that add even more storage, as well as nice display space for books and your child’s greatest treasures. Almost all of the beds provide additional space underneath, whether it be a desk, another bed, or even a small playroom. These little spaces help create moments that spark a child’s imagination. The bottom beds provide areas of opportunity for snuggling, book reading, and story telling, all with a roof overhead and a nightlight for that nice little added glow.
One key feature that parents love about Berg beds, is that they give your children what they need (a bed, desk, storage, play area) while consolidating it all into one piece that takes up only a fraction of the room. This creates more floor space to move through, play on, and use. That makes Berg’s beds ideal for small spaces – just put one of these in a room and you’re done! (How easy is that?)
Check out the pull-out desk  feature on this Play & Study Group! You can tuck it away when it’s not in use.
There are even options for your teens! Look at this cute take on a day bed. Tons of storage underneath, a built-in bookshelf, and it can act as a place for your teen to lounge with friends during the day.
Need space for a few kids? They have that covered too! Sleepovers are no problem when your kids have a Berg bedroom!
Berg gives you more then just a bed. These are not just bunk beds – they are room systems. They give you every piece of furniture you would normally buy for a space, consolidated into a concise arrangement that (in most cases) fits into the space of an average bed.
Children’s environments are so important, as they make an impact on the subconscious and can shape the sociological future of a child. Kids respond to their surroundings, and the Berg environment sets them up to respond intelligently and creatively.
Need another reason? They are constructed from engineered wood and melamine that is non-allergenic, easy to clean, incredibly durable and will not scratch like most wood furniture. (Oh, and don’t get put off by “engineered wood.” It is still a natural product and uses 65% more of a tree than typical wooden furniture would use, thereby eliminating waste.) And last, but certainly not least, they are a family-owned company made in America!
So if you want to encourage a creative environment for your children and are looking for a way to save space in your kid’s room and maximize storage, then come on over to Furnitureland South. I will be happy to introduce you and your kids to the wonderful world of Berg.

Have you ever heard of Berg? They are a family owned, US made, furniture company who produces these wonderful children bedroom systems. Check out my professional blog for more!