Monthly Archives: March 2014

Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

It may be a bit rainy and dreary lately here in Seattle, but all that means is that spring is officially upon us. It won’t be long before these damp days turn into gorgeous sunny afternoons, and now is a great time to pack up your winter decor and get your home ready for warmer seasons. Spending a little time sprucing up your home now will save you time later when you can be out grilling dinner or enjoying a Mariners game. Here’s how to update your decor:

First, head into your bedroom and replace those flannel sheets and heavy comforter with fresh linens and lighter bedding. Add a cozy throw to the end of your bed for chilly nights. Place some colorful printed accent pillows to the bed to liven up the room. You can also add a pattern to a plain headboard by wrapping it with a yard of printed fabric. Add some sheer curtains to your windows to take advantage of natural light. Style your dressers with some seasonal decor, like vases of fresh flowers and conch shells.

Add some color to your living room by replacing your winter couch pillows with bright floral printed pillows. Rich purple hues are popular this spring, so incorporate them into your decor if you can. Change the artwork on your wall (Consign Design has plenty of affordable prints to choose from) to reflect the sunnier seasons ahead. Keep fresh flowers on your coffee table or end tables and replace the bouquets weekly—it will make a big difference in the way the room looks.

If you have a formal dining room, create a colorful tablescape you can use all season long. You can use vintage or formal dishes, using an old teapot filled with tulips as a centerpiece. You can incorporate an Easter theme or use spring colors like yellow and green. Having a table that is perpetually prepared will encourage more fun family dinners and make entertaining easier. And if you’re in the market for new dining room furniture for those future dinner parties, we’ve got you covered.

Spring decorating will inspire you to do a little spring cleaning, too. Dust off light fixtures and replace any lightbulbs that have burned out. Dust off your bookcases and style them for the new season. Take stock of the furniture that has seen better days so you know what you’ll need to replace. Spring is a time of newness, and it’s the perfect time to make those minor updates you may have neglected during the holiday season.


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Furniture Terms: Defined

Armoire…dresser…entertainment center…couch…sofa…media center. If you’re furnishing your home, you’ve likely heard the same pieces of furniture called several different names. And while some of those can just be chalked up to terms from different cultures or eras, there are some legitimate differences between some of the references.

Before you head out on your next furniture shopping adventure, use these definitions as your “cheat sheet” so you’ll know exactly what to call the new pieces you find.

Couch: Derived from the French word “Couche,” a couch is, by definition, an armless piece of furniture that was popularly used during the Victorian period and called a “fainting couch.” The earliest couches were used to provide a place for the ladies wearing tight-fitting corsets to pass out. How lovely!

Today, couches feature a tapered back and arms. Couches cater to comfort, and they are considered more informal than sofas. They usually comfortably seat three.

Sofa: A sofa is designed to provide more seating space, and therefore is larger than a couch. Sofas are generally used for more formal occasions and are often kept in living rooms. Here’s another fun fact: some sofas have pull-out beds, but there is no scope for the same in a couch. So the expression “pull-out sofa” is correct.

Loveseat: A loveseat is a small sofa that seats two. Some loveseats are designed in an “S” shape so that the couple can face each other.

Armoire: An armoire is a movable cabinet, typically one that is ornate or antique. It is also called a wardrobe. Traditionally armoires were used to store clothing and personal treasures and were kept in the bedroom. Today, however, they are also used as entertainment centers and home office storage spaces.

Entertainment Center: A wall unit for storing a television and gaming systems. Some are simple wall units, some are complex units that include shelving and cabinets. An entertainment center may also be called a media center, particularly a larger version that will hold a TV, stereo system, DVDs, video games, etc.

China Hutch: A piece of furniture that is used for storing and displaying dishes. If you own a set of fine china and some fancy stemware, you’ll probably use a china hutch to store them for special occasions.

Sideboard: A flat-topped piece of furniture with drawers placed against a wall in the dining room and used for storing dishes, glasses and table linens. A sideboard tends to be shorter than a china hutch and is used for storage only rather than display. It is also referred to as a “sideboard buffet.”

If you’ve got any further furniture questions, feel free to tweet us at @consign_design or ask us on Facebook.


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Common Decorating Problems And Their Simple Solution

Decorating your home should be a fun process, though it often comes with its share of challenges. Unless you live in a perfect space and have a sky high budget, you’re bound to hit a snafu or two. If any of these common decorating dilemmas have affected you, we’ll show you the simple solutions:

  • Problem: a small living room. Consign Design is located in Seattle, which is full of modern condos and apartment complexes with smaller interiors. Setting up a small living room can be a challenge, but the key is to pick your pieces wisely. Filling a small room with small furniture will only make the room look smaller, believe it or not. Instead, add a few large, well-proportioned pieces of furniture you know you’ll utilize. Add some cheerful artwork, window treatments and a large area rug to brighten up the space.
  • Problem: an outdated dining room. The dining room is usually the space in a home that is updated the least often. Since it’s such an essential room for hosting dinner parties, celebrating holidays and enjoying family meals together, your dining room should always be kept up-to-date. You can keep the dining room table and chairs classic—we’ve got a great selection of affordable designer dining room furniture here at the store. But update the room with contemporary touches, like a bold accent wall and elegant centerpieces.
  • Problem: creating the perfect gallery wall. Gallery walls look chic and glamorous. But putting one together is often more challenging than it looks. If you’re working with a group of artwork that is cohesive, stick to similar frame styles and sizes that reflect the theme of the work. This will give you a polished look. Anchor the layout by placing two large, important pieces in the middle of the gallery space. Build out from there, being careful to keep the main focus at eye level.
  • Problem: your space is always cluttered. Piles of bills, magazines, and other items that just don’t seem to have a place can cause quite the clutter pile-ups on tables and counters. Aside from becoming perfectly organized overnight (ha!) the solution is finding creative storage space. Invest in side tables with drawers, stock shelving units with pretty boxes you can fill with old photos and letters, and use common household items for small knick knacks—mason jars are great for storing pencils and pens, for example. Devoting 10-15 minutes every day to clutter clean up will prevent the task from getting overwhelming.   

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