24 Jul

Designers Guide To Upholstery Anatomy

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Specifying a couch for your client can be time consuming and difficult. Where do you start? Here are some insider tips that soft design pros know when it comes to picking the right sofa for your customer.

  1. Ask you client if the prefer to sit or lie down on their sofa. If they prefer to lie down spec a deeper seat.
  2. Seat height measures from the floor to the crown of the seat. Depending on the client’s height 21” is a good place to start. It also means the specifying custom sizes will make for a happier client.
  3. Seat depth + seat height should equal 42-44 inches.
  4. Pitch is the angle the seat back reclines. The formula is the overall depth minus the frame depth equals 11 inches.

 

Kristin Drohan explaining the eight way hand tied process

Kristin Drohan explaining the eight way hand tied process

CNC machine for upholstery frames

CNC machine for upholstery frames

Want to get even more expert advice? Check out our Designer’s Guide to Upholstery Anatomy on demand recording by Kristin Drohan.

20 Nov

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

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With only a week until the big day we thought you could use some quick & easy Thanksgiving table setting ideas.  Exercise your creativity and use the resources you have on hand to put some of these lovely ideas into action to create a beautiful table for your family.

First up is the star of the event your table centerpiece.

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We love these bare tree branches because they are dramatic yet you can still see the person on the other side of the table and they don’t interfere with the conversation.

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Your produce drawer is full of beautiful colors and texture that you can arrange into a lovely centerpiece.  Throw in some paper leaves or other decorations and you are ready to go.

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These colors are so rich and they are a nice break from the traditional color motifs of the season.  Who says it has to be orange and brown?

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When all else fails go with gold!

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This simple idea is a new twist on the classic orange studded with cloves.  Just think of the creative designs you can quickly carve into your citrus and there is the added plus of that great smell.

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Raw wood rules supreme this year with these simple log cuts arranged in a tiered display topped with mason jar candles.

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Place Cards set the mood for a more formal affair and give your guests a sense of belonging.  There are many easy ideas that you can throw together to make them all feel at home.

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Small log cuts with a groove sawn into the top make cute place card holders.

 

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Larger log cuts can serve as dramatic chargers.

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The lowly walnut can serve as a quick name holder in a pinch.  Spray them with metallic paint or glitter to dress them up.

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Put those Fall leaves to good use as place setters.

 

Candles light the room and add warmth and a sense of calm to your table as well.  Avoid scented candles that will clash with the wonderful aromas of your dinner.

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Jute string secures these mini pilgrim corn cobs around a simple glass votive.  Add a strip of sticky tape around the jar to be sure everything stays in place,

 

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Burlap ribbon has a million and one uses at  this time of year.

 

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More pilgrim corn around a large candle

 

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Fresh vegetables are a nice addition to any table.

 

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Fruit illuminated in water is both beautiful and aromatic.

 

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Hollow out small pumpkins and gourds for votives at each place setting or as a grouping in the center of the table.

 

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Use those leftover apples that Grandma didn’t put into the pie to hold some tapers.  If you don’t have fancy candle spikes just bore a hole in the center of each apple for the candle.

 

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Small twigs can be hot glues to the side of small votives for a rustic charm.

 

Table Runners are an easy way to dress your table .  Here are a few fun ideas for DIY projects.

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Fall leaves are great if you’ve got them.

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If you are like me and live in an area where the leaves don’t turn then improvise with stencils or stamps.

 

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Burlap by the yard makes a great runner.  I love the way they tied the end here.

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Upholstery strapping can be woven into runners or individual place mats.

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Put that left over trim or ribbon to use to embellish your runners, place mats, or napkins.

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The bottom line is that we are all very busy and sometimes the holidays can sneak up on us but with a little imagination you can put together a lovely table for your family.  Just don’t take it too seriously and have fun with it.  At the end of the day it’s really about giving thanks and enjoying  our family and friends and no one will remember if your table was set perfectly.

Wishing you and yours a fantastic Thanksgiving!