How to Find the Perfect Rug for Your Home

June 2nd, 2016

Greenbaum interior rugsRugs can be beautiful works of art and really make a statement when chosen wisely. They are quite versatile, as they are used in living rooms, under dining room tables, outdoors, in the bathroom, and in many other places. While rugs are a common piece of furniture in most households, many people are not confident in choosing a rug for their home. Often a lot of research must go into figuring out what the right rug is for you.

We suggest four aspects to look at when deciding on a rug.

Style

First think about the overall style or feel of your home or space. Have you already decorated each room and are replacing or adding a rug, or are you thinking of a theme and buying all your furniture at once? Depending on the ambiance of your home, you might want a hand-woven rug from Turkey or Asia or you might find you need a modern geometric print to compliment your other décor.

Size

Be sure to measure the area you want the rug to cover. As you work out the dimensions that fit in your room, consider a uniquely shaped rug. Maybe you’d prefer a square, circular, or half circle rug, rather than the traditional rectangle.

Purpose

When choosing a rug we have found it is imperative to remember the purpose of the rug. Do you need a rug that can be cleaned easily for under the dinner table or do you want a plush rug to sit on and run your feet over?

Color

Do not forget to keep your color palate in mind when choosing your rug. It might be helpful to take paint swatches with you when looking at rug options.

Need help choosing?

Stop in a speak with our designers. We can help you bring your vision to life so you too can live with fine design.

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Downsizing? How to Restyle Your Favorite Pieces

June 2nd, 2016

by Suzanne Sayegh, Greenbaum Interior Designer

Greenbaum Interiors restyle couchMany of our customers “of a certain age” are down-sizing from beautiful large homes to smaller and different housing. They are concerned about their existing furniture.

Their children don’t necessarily want it and the consignment shops are full.

We recommend using it; but, restyle it!

Some Restyle Ideas

It is probably better quality than anything you would buy today.

(1) Paint or Lacquer your Chippendale-style chairs a creamy white and reupholster the seats with an updated fabric.

(2) Change out the pulls and handles on your dresser and nightstands with something bright and sharp.

(3) Ditch the “matching ” mirror and replace with silver or gold.

(4) Reupholster that good sofa with a new updated fabric that looks and feel good.

Additional Tips:

– Fine rugs are timeless as is.  Consider pulling out the lighter colors for the accents in the new space.

– Many lamps just need a new, simple parchment shade to bring them back to life….an easy fix!

– Pillows, pillows and pillows…give a new look to furniture you already own and love.

– Reuse, recycle, and reupholster…that’s the way to feel and look young again.

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How to Choose Bedspreads that Coordinate

April 28th, 2016

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The lovely thing about coordinating bedspreads is that each room can be completely different. Each room in your home can have its own style and feel, if that is your preference. However, we find that some people enjoy coordinating multiple bedrooms. Others might have more than one bed in a room and many people use one bedspread spread out, with another folded at the foot of the bed. If this is the case, there are multiple ways to go about creating beautiful coordination between bedspreads.

Color

The most obvious way to coordinate bedspreads is to pick a color theme and purchase bedding that fits into that scheme. You might choose to do multiple shades of plum or a modern black and white feel. We think the nice thing about coordinating is that you can move bedspreads from room to room as needed and still keep each room finely designed.

Style

Another way to coordinate your bedspreads is to make sure all of them have a similar feel. This could be because of the color, shape, quilting, pattern, fabric or time period. You might want your bedrooms to have completely different color palettes, but the bedspreads could all draw from a similar print or pattern.

Mix and Match

Some people enjoy having vintage, retro, or mismatched decor. While these types of homes take a lot of coordination, they also have a lot of room to include all of the things you love. Whether you fancy bright colors, simple patterns, or multiple textures for your bedspreads, if you tie in some kind of common element, you can make a lot of different combinations possible.

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Creative Storage Ideas for the Home

April 28th, 2016

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Storage always seems to be in short supply no matter how big or small your living space is. Isn’t it amazing how your stuff multiplies to fill the space? Never worry if you don’t have ample closet space! You can do wonders with our tips for clever furniture choices, utilizing space efficiently, and keeping organized.

Choosing Furniture

If you’re in the market for new furniture, pick the right pieces to maximize your space. For example, many bed frames come with built in drawers beneath them. Why waste all the space beneath your bed? These bed frames are still beautiful, but can add a tremendous amount of space. You could also buy an ottoman, desk, or bench with storage space.

Using Space Efficiently

Another key to staying organized and clutter free is to use space well. For example, if your laundry closet is small, consider hanging a pocket holder on the door to store all your household cleaners, dryer sheets and more to save room on the shelves for other things. Use mounted spice racks on cabinet doors. You can also hang hooks on walls or in closets for hats, coats, umbrellas, and more. Have room for a pot hanger? This can be classy looking and save you tons of cupboard space.

Keep Organized

It’s important to give everything a place. That way it’s at least possible for everything to go somewhere other than your floor. One great idea is to keep desk and kitchen drawers organized with storage containers and bins. You can get creative and use things like paper towel holders or pants hangers to store ribbon. The sky is the limit, but everything should have a home.

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Choosing Between Paint and Wallpaper

April 28th, 2016

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Making your house into a home can be quite the project. It is something that can’t be done without adding your own personal touch to your surroundings. Here at Furniture Store in NYC, we have found that the wall color and texture can do a lot to help you personalize your place. And this usually means choosing between paint and wallpaper.

Many people ask us to guide them on this matter thinking that there is a one-size-fits-all answer. The truth is that the best solution will be different for different rooms, houses, and people. But we have found that some of the best general things to consider for making this decision a little easier are as follows.

What is the main tone you want to set? If you are looking for a relaxing environment of peace and contentment, then you are going to want a paint in a soothing tone. There are some wallpapers that can bring about this feeling, but any patterns tend to get a bit busy. So, if you are looking for an immediate first impression to draw attention, then wallpaper is the way to go.

How often do you plan to change the room? If your whims of interior design change every season, then we suggest going with the paint option as this will be easier to adjust with your frequent remodels. Wallpaper is good for an almost permanent change as it can be hard to work with once it is up.

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3 Benefits of an Eat-in Kitchen

April 28th, 2016

Benefits of an Eat In KitchenAre you remodeling your kitchen? Then, one thing you might want to consider is re-configuring your space with an eat-in kitchen. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with this type of kitchen, it’s the type that allows space for your dining table. This option may sound like it will make your space seem cramped, but in actuality, it will do quite the opposite. These kitchens are one of the cornerstones of open floor plans. To help you decide if this is the right option for your home, we’ve compiled a list of three benefits of an eat-in kitchen.

  1. It uses space more effectively: instead of wasting space on an extra area for your dining table, you’ll be able to use just one room for all of your dining needs. This frees up your extra space for a larger living room, etc.
  2. It gives more function to your dining table: in an eat-in kitchen, your dining table will function as a hangout spot, a snack table, and more.
  3. It enables you to talk to your guests while you prepare dinner: no longer will you be stuck in the kitchen while your guests visit elsewhere. With an eat-in space, the party will come to you.

It opens up the room: if your home is small, this type of kitchen will make it seem bigger by removing unnecessary walls.

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8-Year-Old-Girl Remembers Greenbaum Kindness

March 14th, 2016

Little girlWhen you’re eight, you might not have been wandering around a 90,000 sq. foot furniture store. But, that’s exactly what this little girl did when she was young. The lessons she learned about furniture have stuck with her to this day.

Here’s her story:

This is more a story, back in 1966 I was 8, home was not a good place, family spent too much time at the Town Tavern around the corner from the Washington Street store. I would escape from the bar and go to your store to look at the beautiful furniture, an older man, tall, pleasant voice would greet me, we would walk the store, he would let me dust with a feather duster as he explained the wood and fabrics used on the furniture, how cushions were made, and the staining of pieces. He will never know what a God send he was to an eight-year-old little girl, or the education that stuck with me till this day. I just wanted to say thank you. Much continued success.

– E.

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An Introduction to Home Window Tinting

March 14th, 2016

sunny bedroomYou know that tinting your car’s windows can provide a wide range of benefits. From making your ride look more sleek and mysterious to keeping harsh sunlight and streetlights from blinding you, tinting your vehicle’s windows is a great idea. But did you know that tinting your home’s windows can be an even better idea? That’s right; you can tint the windows throughout your home to provide an even wider range of benefits. Want to know more? Here are a few things you should know about home window tinting:

  1. Windows can account for 75% of a home’s heat gain in the summer. This means you are running your cooler just to counteract what the windows are doing 75% of the time. While you could shut your blinds to reduce the amount of sunlight entering your home, that’s hardly attractive or comfortable. If you want to save money, pick a level of tinting that fits your lifestyle and needs.
  2. Many window tints will block harmful UV light from entering your home. That means you will have fewer sunburns and wrinkles due to a decrease in harmful light entering your home. Your belongings will be much better off too. UV light can fade and destroy delicate fabrics and bright colors. A bit of UV tinting can protect your furniture and belongings.

Tinting can range from nearly clear to very dark. Make sure you pick tinting colors that are suited to each specific window.

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5 Ways an Interior Designer Can Help You

March 14th, 2016

upholsteryDo you have a drab and boring area of your home that you want to freshen up? From a fresh coat of paint to new furniture, there are lots of things you can do with the room. You may spend hours poring over Pinterest and other blogs and magazines for ideas, but it can be difficult to figure out what to do with a space. Consider hiring an interior designer to come in and help you think of ideas to decorate your room.

 

He or she can help you in the following 5 ways:

  1. Prevent costly mistakes. For example, your interior designer will help you measure the dimensions of the space and pick out items that will be properly scaled to the room.
  2. Create a vision for your space. Your interior designer can look around the room and see your furniture and space in a different light.
  3. Offer design knowledge. You can be introduced to new ideas that you may prefer for your room.
  4. Save you money. Your interior designer can help you think of ways to refinish or reupholster items you already have.
  5. Consider the form and function for the space. Make sure that the finished product will be something that will look great and support the function for the room.

An interior designer offers you a different perspective for your old space with practical ways to change up the room and help it fit your tastes and your budget. As you work with your interior designer to design your room and create something special that you can enjoy for a long time to come, consider stopping by Furniture Store in NYC. Browse our selection or custom order the furniture that you would.

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3 Tips for Picking Art for Your Walls

March 14th, 2016

accessories lightWhile color schemes, furniture, and flooring options are the foundation of any great room and the basics of interior design, you should never underestimate the importance of a piece of art and the impact it can have. The right piece of art can transform an already good room into a great one and create beauty where there was only blandness. Here are three tips for picking the right piece of art.

  1. Pick artwork that matches the size of your wall and the room it will be placed in. If you have a large sitting room with a 15-foot vaulted ceiling, a 10″x10″ picture will be dwarfed by the sheer enormity of your room. On the other hand, if you live in a one-bedroom apartment, mounting a panoramic photo that is six feet long will be far too visually unbalanced to look good. Match your art to the size of your room.
  1. Pick styles and colors that accent your décor. While a modern abstract painting can look amazing in a city loft, it will be out of place in a country kitchen. Likewise, a pastoral scene in warm, inviting colors will look out of place in a sleek, modern office.
  1. Ignore the price when looking for art. Collecting original works of art is a great hobby, but don’t confuse collecting with decorating. You can find great reproductions and reprints of your favorite pieces for a fraction of the cost of an original.

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