Envisioning a new living room? Refreshing a family room for fall? Where we gather together with family and friends matters, and the space should be as welcoming and conducive to entertaining as possible. When planning your space, begin with the basics: sofa, chair(s), side table(s), coffee table…..and at Company C we always start with art for the floor.
Sofas are often the room’s anchor. Large rooms will require a full sized sofa, or even a sectional to fill the space depending on how you plan to use the room. Smaller spaces will need a love seat or apartment sofa to prevent the room from feeling stuffed. Allow enough space between upholstery pieces and their accompanying accent tables to allow for easy walking around the sitting area.
Add armchairs based on available space, and anticipated numbers of people who might congregate in the room. Armchairs can be added symmetrically, or in a more mixed and less matched fashion….express yourself! If the space is for family fun, consider stain-resistant fabrics for all your upholstery.
With the basics in place, think about adding the most versatile of upholstered furniture: the ottoman. A design and service workhorse, the ottoman can double-duty as additional seating for guests or an extra tabletop for hors devours or a casual lunch. Or better yet, a place to rest your weary feet!
Every season finds us excited to share fresh designs with you, and this fall is no exception! Galleria is our newest statement rug design, and the “glass act” of our modern opulence collection. Inspired by the way the colors of Murano glass blend from one saturated hue to the next, this bursting paisley is drenched in layer upon layer of color.
Galleria is super-soft, hand-tufted of bamboo viscose. And by soft we mean sumptuously so. Galleria is perfect for your special oasis, or your casually dressy spaces…think favorite jeans and a velvet shirt.
Galleria is saturated in vibrant color, each shade enhanced by the shimmery shine only bamboo viscose yarns can deliver.
Use a specific color in the pillow to tie it back to your bedding for a coordinated look, or use the pillows to anchor the bed in the room by bringing the wall color onto the bed’s pillowscape. Either approach will make the bed the center of attention.
Stacking or propping up decorative pillows into the mix of sleeping pillows on the bed adds depth and visual interest. There is no wrong approach. Pillows can be added in even numbers, or odd. Layer them on with smaller sized pillows toward the front.
The same color principles apply when accenting a living room sofa. Pillows will help to make upholstered pieces a part of the room, reflect your personal style, and can easily change seasonally. There are a few logical rules that will help you select the right quantities.
Think of pillows symmetrically, where each side of the sofa should be balanced with a complimentary number of pillows.
Sectional sofas are trending. They have their own special 7 pillow approach.
Think 2 – 3 – 2…
Summer is in full-swing, and if you are hosting friends and family during the next few weeks we have the perfect refresher that pairs nicely with summer’s lighter fare.
What You’ll Need: 4 cups of coconut water ½ cup of lime juice ¼ cup of sugar (optional) 2 cucumbers sliced very thinly ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves
How to Make it… Combine the coconut water, lime juice, sugar, cucumbers, and mint leaves. Let the mixture chill for at least one hour. Serve with a garnish of mint for the perfect RX to beat the heat.
Enjoy! Our Coconut Citrus Mint Cooler looks revitalizing because it is! Coconut water is a natural way to restore electrolytes and hydrate when it’s hot……and did we mention this recipe pairs perfectly with silver rum? Add at your own discretion!
We understand how Monet could become so obsessed! Water lilies have been a source of inspiration for centuries, their floating beauty offering a sense of calm, and an opportunity for reflection. Their colors and aquatic environment create dream-worthy moments, and were the spark of inspiration behind our water lilies hand-made rug and decorative pillow.
One of the earliest plants to ever flower, water lilies are considered the “missing” link between flowering and non-flowering flora, and have a number of interesting traits that species the world over share:
Water lilies live only in fresh water. Ideal conditions include a depth of 18 to 24 inches, and relatively still conditions making ponds, streams, and the edges of deeper lakes their ideal habitats.
Long stems anchored in the soil beneath the water attach to large leaves, or pads, and furnish nutrients to the plant. These lily pads create a floating canopy of green designed to collect sunlight for photosynthesis while providing shade for fish, and a resting spot for frogs and dragon flies.
The lily flower develops underwater, and when ready to open, emerges between the pads and floats on the water’s surface. The flower opens in the morning and closes at night for three days, then dies. Other water lilies in more tropical regions will replicate this same cycle and duration, with the difference being their blooms emerge at night as the sun goes down, closing the following morning.
Most social gatherings inevitably end up in one of two locations: the kitchen, or an outdoor space like the deck or patio. And the perfect rug for either location is a polypropylene hooked or flat weave rug.
Just Beachy Outdoor Rug
Khaki Stripe Outdoor Rug
Khaki Stripe Outdoor Rug
They come in a variety of designs from simple and understated to bold conversation starters. But don’t be deceived by their pretty appearance. These rugs are gluttons for punishment and withstand high-traffic with ease … welcome traits in a busy kitchen or on the deck. And spills? Why waste a worry when your beautiful kitchen rug can be cleaned with a garden hose.
Unfurl one on the deck, call it a dance floor, and have the best summer ever with friends and family. And to get the party started, kick off the festivities with a refreshing Watermelon White Wine Sangria.
Be ready to welcome those summer breezes into your home, and some sunlight, too. Warming days means it’s time to get windows ready for summer draperies. Here are five tips to help you get any room’s windows ready for the season.
Send the heavy draperies on vacation. Now is the time to remove heavy fabric and insulated draperies, and have them cleaned to be ready for next fall and winter.
Prepare for breeze arrival. With draperies down, inspect for dust, and any other reminders of winter such as cobwebs. Open up the windows and check tracks and guides for loose dirt, debris, and any lingering insect guests. Once all the treasures your windows have been collecting for the last six months have been vacuumed up, you are ready for step three.
Clean the breeze delivery system. Vacuum the screens using the dust brush attachment, moving left to right over the screening, and then repeating top to bottom.
Make the glass sparkle. Now is the time to wash the windows, inside and out. This project is best tackled on a cloudy day, or when direct sunlight is not hitting the window, to avoid streaking. The internet has an abundance of cleaning solutions and methods to investigate. Be it paper towel, wadded up newspaper, or a squeegee, you will know which method is best for you and your window type. Squeegee always wins the speed test, FYI. Steps two and three leading up to washing will ensure that dust will not be delivered onto clean windows when the first balmy breeze blows through your screens.
Lighten up. Be it for privacy or to diffuse the direct summer sunlight, it’s time to put up light and airy summer draperies. When the first breeze of summer blows into the room, the lightweight drapes will do a happy dance to thank you for all your effort. And you will be pretty happy with yourself, too!