Upholstered Chairs and Sofas: Transitional

Transitional seems to be an everyday word used in the design industry lately. Wanting an updated look for a traditional home, or to give a contemporary style a timeless touch, transitional seems to be on everyone’s mind. Line, texture and pattern play a large part in mixing styles.

This Tuxedo Sofa from Massoud Furniture has the perfect crisp lines that fit your contemporary style. Add classic rich chenill wide stripes and animal print throw pillows and you can easily put this in any traditional home for a quick modern update.

Again, from Massoud Furniture, I took a classic sofa with dark wood turned legs and soft curved arms that make a large impact. A crisp, clean seafoam green fabric and modern large print pillows pull together a great transitional piece.

This chair has a large crisp print, yet in a classic pattern, it once again is a great transitional piece. Use dark wood for a deep contrast or a light wood for a softer touch.

My favorite, the Timeless Wing Back Chair, mixed with a soft medium grey upholstry, a striped throw pillow and black wood legs, you can put this, well, just about anywhere!

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Modern Chairs

From mild to wild, chairs have been evolving since the first person found it to be “proper” to sit at a table than eat with your legs crossed on the floor. From there on the chair has been evolving from what was likely a wooden stump to crazy hanging bubble chairs that floated through the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Thankfully, we have moved on. Depending on your interpretation of modern versus contemporary the modern trend has shifted from the wild of hanging chairs to sleek and functional. Minimalist designs represent an attitude of “less is more.” Moreover, being modern or contemporary does not mean you have to live in Gordon Gecko’s apartment for your chair to work. In fact, modern style offers an extremely broad range of chairs that will fit in a variety of application.

First, find what your style fits your eye. If you enjoy Country Living, maybe modern is not you. Do you like the look of fabric and clean lines? Try something more upholstered and blockish. For instance this Ralph Lauren chair is clean in its design. While not being over the top it does clean up the look of a living room and add an edge of style.

Possibly consider adding in metal or other elements to the equation to make a bolder statement. This Hugo Cigar chair is a staple which has shown to stand the test of time, yet is extremely comfortable and affordable for the amount of style you add.

Secondly, determine how long you would like to keep your modern furnishings. The more outlandish and stylish options you choose, the more chance you take on having a hanging bubble chair still in your house in twenty years.

Lastly, take your chair for a spin. Some chairs look different and uncomfortable but remember: modern style typically stems from function. The function here is sitting so it might be better than you think…

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Pronounced: Set-tee / se’te.

Some of you might be wondering, “what exactly is a sette?” It is the perfect seating piece for two, yet, it is not a loveseat. It is a loveseat’s long lost slimmer cousin. Here let me show you.

Imagine using it as a booth at your dining room table on one side. Use it in front of your desk instead of two chairs. At the end of your bed (a great piece for little visitors). Instead of a bench in your entry way to slip off your shoes. Put it in your reading corner for a cozy seat. A settee is a versatile piece that can be used in a casual and/or elegant room for something just a little different.

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Think Outside the Box: Coffee Tables

If your coffee table is about to make you scream due to its sheer lack of creativity, take a peek at a few of these “think outside the box” upgrades:

If you’re a dinner around the coffee table kind of mom, this classically styled piece will be perfect. The table, from Paula Deen’s collection, rises and falls for TV dinners and homework.

This piece, made by Lorts, is the perfect hybrid between a coffee table and an ottoman.
The driftwood finish is ultra-trendy right now. Pick up this beautiful steel topped Lexington piece and add it to your collection!
This sophisticated, streamlined Lexington piece would look great in a more contemporary interior.
This Sherrill Occasional coffee table has a couple of ottomans that tuck conveniently in the corners. Pull them out for extra seating in a pinch!

Marks of Quality

When scouting for furniture, it’s important to have an eye for quality. What features are marks of quality and craftsmanship in the pieces Eheart carries? What sets us apart from a local furniture warehouse?

Our upholstery features:

· Durable, kiln dried hardwood frames, not plywood or particle board

· Mortise and tenon joinery, not butt joints and staples

· Sinuous wire springs

· Premium filled cushions, with your choice of poly, down blend, or down fill.

· Flow matched upholstery, so your pattern matches across the entire body of the piece

· Fully upholstered arms and cushions mean superior seam quality and the ability to flip your cushions

· An endless selection of fabrics, leathers, and trimmings so you can personalize your sofa, chair, or ottoman to be just the way you like it!

Our casegoods feature:

· Dovetail construction on drawers

· Drawer stops to keep drawers from going too far in or out

· Full extension wood on wood or metal drawer glides

· Multi-step finishing for a beautiful, layered finish

And, many pieces feature great little extras, like:

· Cedar lined drawers keep your knits in great shape

· Wire management, charging stations, and power ports make it easy to charge your phone or iPod

· Touch lighting means just a tap of your bedside table and your lamp will come on

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