People often tell us they need help with ideas for decorating their home. They not only want furniture that is comfortable, they want a room that is stylish and unique. We enjoy helping people create a custom style in their favorite rooms. In fact, it’s safe to say that’s one of the favorite parts of our job.

With that in mind, we are introducing a new series on the MHF Blog call “Recreate This Look”. We will feature an attractively interesting room and share various pieces from the Maupin’s showroom or manufacturer catalogs that would recreate the look. We hope this gives you ideas.  Also, if you have pictures you would like to recreate, bring them in and let us see what we have on our showroom floor or in catalogs that will make it happen.

Industrial Retro Cozy

So, you might call this room Industrial Retro cozy. It incorporates the popular home decor trend of recreated / updated pieces from the 60’s and 70’s. Add the industrial touch of the coffee table that, in an earlier life, was a barn dolly, giving the room some texture. Minimal but very cozy, the room is pulled together with two woven rugs, simple but effective pillows, and a large clear jar holding some native plants. Toss a throw blanket over the arm of a chair, place a clean and unoccupied bird cage as an interesting conversation piece, furnish a weighty lamp to complement the bulk of the coffee table and you are done. It’s that simple.

We hope this inspires you to take a blah room and turn it in to a BoomBah! room.

Until next time….

Cheers!
Cindy Stagner

 
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No, Rustic Chic is not an iron chicken sculpture. Maybe a little. But not totally. It’s a new trendy word for what’s been passing as the Farmhouse style. If we were in the 80’s hair band era, Rustic Chic could be a rock hair band distantly related to Twisted Sister.

Rustic Chic is the new word for the familiar decorating trend that extends itself to the laid back vibe that’s vintage and groovy where re-purposed treasures that make your room unforgettable.

 
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It is often to the customer’s benefit to purchase large items such as furniture from a brick and mortar business (in-store) and not online.

The tug of war between online sales and in-store shopping continues. But, to the surprise of many, in-store shopping is holding its own despite the convenience features now available in a variety of online platforms. This is especially true in the furniture business.

Why do we say that? A recent article on RetailDive.com, Why Most Shoppers Still Choose Brick-and-Mortar Stores Over E-commerce stated the following reasons people still prefer to purchase many things in a brick and mortar:

 

“The ability to see, touch and feel products as well as take items home immediately rank highest among the reasons consumers choose to shop in stores versus online…”

“One in five consumers cites easy returns as a key reason for shopping in stores versus online.”

To those reasons, add:

  • The customer does not have to assemble the item
  • The item is inspected for damage before customer takes delivery – not  after
  • Store handles warranty issues if items are damaged
  • The customer does not have to handle repacking and shipping a large item if that becomes necessary

 

Before you walk into our store and touch or sit on a piece of furniture, we have to unpack, inspect, and assemble. And if a piece is damaged, we contact the manufacturer, we pack and ship the item. These are things you don’t have to deal with.

When you walk through our doors we have performed due diligence to make sure the piece you purchase is ready to go home with you and make you happy. Like a puppy. And again, if there is a defect we missed, we call the company and we handle the warranty issues. Not you.

So yes. We get it. Sometimes, ordering online saves money. Or does it? It depends. How is your blood pressure? And what is your time worth?

 
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The matchey-matchey trend is old news.
The current trend is the mix-and-match approach, which focuses on unique style and personality.

Why is this so popular? Home decor is now about creating a look that displays personality as well as “things”.  “But,” you ask, “what if I don’t have that ‘style gene’ (air quotes). I don’t know how to put things together in a unique but stylish way? “

We understand and you are not alone. Most of us were NOT born with that home-decor-meets-Cher gene.

Good news! Cindy at Maupin’s Home Furniture has that gene and she’s a certified Home Guru. Plus, she is happy to help you create your own home decor style. Bring in a picture of the target room and watch her go to work.

Plus, Maupin’s continues to bring in pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a look for any room that perfectly says YOU!

 
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The industrial trend or industrial chic style in home decor probably got its start somewhere similar to the So Ho district in New York, NY – an area full of loft apartments transformed by factory-fashionable decor comprised of  tarnished metals, dark woods, exposed pipe, exposed brick, concrete and tall ceilings. It took hold in the late 2000’s and continues to be popular today,  This buzz in extreme trends has caught on in decorator hives worldwide sometime in the late 2000’s and continues strong today.  MHF has both furniture and accessories to complete the industrial look. Lamps. Shelves. Desks. One of our favorites is this pipe, metal, and large globe lamp. It is stunning in the living room, den, man cave, bedroom… you name it. Ultra versatile, it will give any room that industrial appeal.

The building blocks for the industrial look include a natural color palette such as a mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colors. These simple colors create a silent backdrop that allows for industrial pieces to do their stark but stunning dance, while creating a natural flow to the room.  Large open spaces and minimal barriers, exposed frames, and interior windows complement the effect.

 
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