Fall is Here! Tips on How to Cozy Up Your Space.

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Fall is finally here! Is your home Autumn ready? Here’s a few tips on how to cozy up for this season:

 

DARKER PALETTES: Traditional Fall colors, like oranges, browns, and plums brings the outdoors in. Darker colors create a serene almost cave-like environment.  Adding darker pallets to your home doesn’t necessarily mean you need a bucket of paint, but using accents like pillows, rugs, wall art, table cloths, etc. can go a long way for your space.

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TEXTURE: Nothing is more comforting than being surrounded by throw blankets, pillows and a soft fuzzy rug to warm your toes from the Fall damp breeze. From faux-fur throws blankets, to throw pillows of all patterns and sizes, Fall is the season to layer up the textures. Don’t limit yourself to just the living room, your bedroom also deserves a throw blanket or two.

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LIGHTING: With shorter days and longer nights, it’s best to brighten up your living spaces. Using low lit lamps, creates a romantic ambiance. Lamps illuminates your home without the glare that you usually get from an overhead light fixture.

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PREP THE BAR: Whether your bar consists of whiskey, teas or hot chocolate, prep your bar so it’s ready for you and your guests. Dust off the whiskey glasses, organize tea bags in a mason jar, and display hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows in vintage milk bottles, your bar is ready for the Fall!

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WREATH: Hanging a wreath on your door is like the icing on the cake. It wraps up your home into a nice little bow.

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Have any interior design questions? Or looking for the perfect cozy sofa to kick start the Fall festivities? Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design.

Wall Art: The Techniques on How to Display

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Wall Art is the crown and glory to every home. It can range from family photographs, paintings, vintage prints, to fancy framed wall paper. Choosing the art is only the first step. Where and how to display it on the wall is what ties your home to the art, creating a beautiful, inviting living space. Here are a few brilliant tips on how to arrange your wall art:

           
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High End Living Room in a Low End Price

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Do you have a sophisticated taste and admire minimal design, but are on a tight budget? Here a few design tips on how to design your living room with elegance on a budget.

 

Room Brightening Paint Colors: Use neutral, creamy paint colors that bounces natural light around. This opens up your space, creating a clean and fresh look.

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Cushions, Cushions, and Cushions: Minimal design still requires comfort. Choose a sofa or sectional with an extra cushiony seat, but make sure it has sleek arms and legs you can see. Sleek arms creates a modern silhouette, while the legs make it appear less bulky, visually adding a light appearance. If you don’t want to splurge on a new sofa, adding toss pillows of all shapes and sizes brings forth more comfort and enhances the style of your sofa.

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Natural Textures: Textures add more depth to a space. They can also bring personality to a room, especially if you’re a renter and are limited in design and renovating options.  Natural fiber rugs and faux fur throw pillows are some ways to add a feminine elegance to the room. Wood tables with live edge table tops and house plants in ceramic pots creates a rustic environment, bringing the great outdoors in.

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Oversized Mirrors: Mirrors reflect light and add dimension to the room. An over-sized mirror will make your room feel larger. You might have to splurge on a giant sized mirror, but they are timeless pieces that can be used over and over again in any space or even handed down.

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Oversized Art: Giant art pieces makes a huge visual impact versus a collage of smaller ones. An oversized art print anchors down a room and you can even use the colors in the piece to inspire the rest of your living room. You don’t need a huge budget! Purchase fabric of any pattern or color of your choice and stretch them on a piece of canvas. You can also buy printed wall paper and frame them Don’t limit yourself to a square shape, because long rectangles can cover your bare wall space horizontally or vertically.

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Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design for more design tips and a variety of furniture options!

Let’s Spice Up Your Bedroom With a Few of These Tricks

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The bedroom is the space where you can finally let go of all your stress and be who you dream to be, so it deserves more love and attention. Let’s start from the bottom to the top, spice up your bedroom with a few of these tricks:

Area Rugs: Rugs act as a base, it’s the canvas for your bedroom. Even if you have a carpeted bedroom floor, adding an area rug anchors the room and allows you to add more personality to the room without affecting the space.

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Window Curtains: Especially if you’re a renter and can’t fancy up your window trims, a beautiful curtain will do just the trick! Create the illusion of elongated floor to ceiling windows by putting the curtain rod not directly on top of the window, but a few inches below the ceiling. The curtain has to be long enough that it barely touches the ground.

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Door Knobs: It’s a small touch of design, but it makes a big difference. Changing out your closet doorknobs, or even your dresser knobs, can adds a personal touch to your bedroom oasis.

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Ceiling Light Fixtures: Tossing and turning in the middle of the night? Your ceiling is probably the last thing you see before shut eye, so jazz it up with an elegant ceiling light. It adds charm to your bedroom throughout the day and night.

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Need to start with new bedroom furniture? Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design for all your bedroom needs, from area rugs to nightstands, dressers, headboards, and more!

Is There Still Hope for Our Furniture…and Our Cat?

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Have no fear!

Here’s a few tips on how to keep your fur babies from destroying your furniture:

Creating Distractions: We’re not hinting that you need to make your home look like a cat’s version of Disneyland, but purchasing cat towers and toys are a better alternative than your sofa. Place them in areas where your cat likes marking the most. Scratching posts, cat trees, carpeted shelving units, or hanging toys on door knobs or doorways, anything that will show your cat or cats that there are better things out there than your precious sofa or accent chairs.

       

Mark Your Territory: That’s right! If cats do it, you can do it too! Cats mark their territory by clawing, spraying or the classic side cheek swipe. You can mark your territory by rubbing your hands over areas they like to mark. But if your cats are attracted to your smell and don’t respect what’s clearly yours, then take a used shirt and place it on their cat tree or somewhere else that they can’t ruin. Your used shirt will create a distraction and hopefully they’ll forget about the comfy chair.

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Fabric VS. Leather:  Leather is easy to clean. Fur, urine, and vomit doesn’t absorb into leather, but their claws can easily puncture through and a scratch is visibly seen. Try using Sticky Paws! Sticky Paws are a clear double stick tape that you stick to your furniture, whether it’s the arm of your leather couch or the bar counter, Sticky Paws are the one thing your cat can’t stand (on).

If you’re not a big fan of leather, try a Microfiber fabric. They are the best type of fabric if you have pets. Microfiber fabrics are stain and spill-resistant because the tiny polyester and nylon threads are tightly bonded together creating a lightweight, dense, water-resistant material. They are also easy to clean with a lint, pet roller, and vacuum so if you have guests over that are allergic to cat dander, the fabric can be vacuumed away before people arrive.

Most importantly, love, patience, and catnip goes a long way for your cat buddy!

 

Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design for more design tips!

 

Design Tips: Enhancing with Color

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Bring on the Color!

Colors can make your home feel new and looking fresh. Here are a few tips on how to find the right color palette for you.

 

Decorate small spaces with cool, light colors. Shades of purple are unique, yet classic.

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 Paint big spaces in a cozy, warm, confident colors. Sienna orange adds a great pop of warmth and comfort to any room.

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Light neutral colors make walls seem to fade away into the distance, making rooms feel more spacious. A warm grey is crisp and bright and makes any room look beautiful.

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Dark colors on walls adds balance and interest to the room. Greens, like an olive green, goes well with most color palettes.

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If painting bold colors on your walls is too much of a leap, pick neutral colors that you won’t grow tired off. You can always scatter accent colors around the room to make an impact, like bold toss pillows, fun art pieces, or even an area rug.

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Bright vibrant paint can be used in small spaces, like hallways, entries, and guest bathrooms to bring forth a welcoming and energetic atmosphere. Yellow is back and is creating positive energy in homes.

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Need more design tips? Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design!

Man Cave Essentials

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Are you turning your basement into a Man Cave?

Here are 5 essentials to designing your Man Cave into a chic living space for the whole family.

Leather Furniture is key in creating the masculine, yet cozy environment for your man cave. The recliners shown above are Comfort Recliners from American Leather. These Elliot and Eva models are shown in Bison Ash.

American Leather Comfort Recliners are on sale now till June 27th. Check out more styles and options at Rockridge Furniture & Design!

           
Dim ceiling lights and wall lights are great for watching movies and sports. They also add great ambiance when hosting Netflix & Chill parties.
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Wall art adds personality and color to your man cave. Decorate with photographs of your favorite sports and sports teams. Framing black and white photos adds an elegant touch to your space.
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Everyone needs a Bar & Snack area for their Man Cave. Fill your bar with you favorite drinks, from soda to beer, and don’t forget the candy and popcorn! Don’t waste time running to the kitchen during half time, just head over to your bar area for a quick refill.
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There is no point of a Man Cave without the entertainment system. Large flat screen TVs, so you can watch your favorite football player run across the field, like he’s running through your house. You also need surround sound to experience the true spirit of the home game.
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Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design to purchase your Man Cave essentials, from leather sectionals, recliners, and bars!

     

Tips For Purchasing Outdoor Furniture

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Outdoor furniture season is finally here!

Here are a few tips to consider before purchasing pieces for your summer backyard bash.

 

 

Make a List:

What is the primary function for your outdoor space? Will you host dinner parties or cocktails? Is it more for a reading and relaxing space? Make a list of things you would like to do in the space so you can determine what type of furniture you need to purchase.

 

 Easy Care:

Most metal, teak, cedar, and resin wicker are unfazed by the forces of nature. Try to stay away from white cushions because we all know that birds eat berries, so eventually birds will…well you know how that story ends.

 

 

Color:

Add splashes of color to your mini oasis using outdoor pillows, rugs, and lighting. Don’t settle for boring white lights, add an extra twinkle with blue and green lights.

 

 

Storage:

Even the toughest outdoor furniture need some love and care. Keep in mind that you should put these pieces in storage, like the garage or basement, once summer time is over. Some furniture even stack together for easy storage! You can also   invest in patio furniture covers to protect them during the harsh winter.

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Come visit us at Rockridge Furniture & Design to purchase all your outdoor needs!

Trendy House Plants

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Top 5 Trendy Houseplants

 

Split Leaf Philodendron

Would you like to be reminded of the tropics while you’re indoors? Try the Philodendron, it only needs medium light and moderate watering.

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Ficus Tree (Ficus Benjamina)

This classic tree brings life into any room. All you need is bright indirect light and moist soil, not dry or drenched.

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ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

No windows in the room? Not a problem! The ZZ plant tolerates low light and needs water only when the soil is completely dried out.

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Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii)

This plant is NASA approved! According to their research, the Snake Plant improves indoor air quality. It actually filters out formaldehyde, usually found in cleaning products, and absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The Peace Lily adds elegance to any bedroom. They do well in low lit rooms, but watch out for drooping leaves because they’re telling you they’re thirsty. Just make sure soil is dry between watering.

Area Rugs

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Spring starts from the ground up!

Time to wake up from winter hibernation! Birds are chirping and flowers are blooming,  it’s the perfect time to prepare your home for more bright and sunny days. Changing little things, like introducing an area rug into the room can breathe life to once a dull space.

*The bigger the area rug the better. Does your living room have a mix of traditional and modern furniture? A larger area rug better anchors together multiple pieces in the space, making them appear to be a cohesive unit.

  *Rugs act as a base, it’s the canvas for your room. An area rug serves multiple purposes. A bright vibrant color or geometric design on an area rug will serve as a focal point to any room. An area rug with a subtle design and a neutral color will act as an anchor for the room, creating a natural flow with a space that incorporates different styles of furniture pieces.

Here a few things to consider when deciding which Area Rug is right for your home:

*Size of the room.

*Color scheme of the furniture. Do you want your area rug to match, contrast, or blend with the color scheme of the furniture?

*Are you going for a more traditional or modern design?

*Do you have any fiber requirements? All natural vs. synthetic.

*What kind of space is the area rug going to live in? The living room, bedroom, dining room, etc.

 

Come and visit Rockridge Furniture & Design to view our large collection of rugs!

You can even borrow square sample rugs to take home before you make a purchase!