Monthly Archives: July 2014
Whether you rent or own your home, it should be the primary source for expressing your individuality. Your rooms are extensions of your personal style, and it’s important to have decor that reflects who you are. In case you need some help getting started on a more creative home, we’ve gathered 10 great tips for adding a unique touch to your space.
1. Create a gallery wall in your living or family room. Use a mix of expensive art work and affordable prints (we’ve got plenty of art available at Consign Design). Make sure you have at least two larger pieces to anchor the smaller items.
2. Display your collections in original ways. Think floating shelves for books, open shelving for kitchen knick knacks and hanging old photographs or postcards with wire and clothespins. Use shadow boxes to display old concert tickets or keys from every place you’ve ever lived.
3. Use a chalkboard to add creativity to any room. Display an inspirational quote in your entryway or use it for your grocery list in the kitchen.
4. Find one completely unique piece of furniture for every room. Buy a bold-colored couch, create a DIY coffee table, find an old vintage trunk for your master bedroom… just make sure one piece in each room makes an original statement.
5. Stencil a favorite quote on your bedroom or bathroom wall.
6. Display your magazines on coat hangers hung on the bedroom wall.
7. Place bouquets of your favorite flowers on coffee tables and end tables, and change out the arrangements weekly.
8. Repurpose an old dresser by painting it and using it as a buffet table or for storage in a hallway.
9. If you have a bold personality (and permission, if you rent), paint your kitchen walls a bold hue like yellow or cobalt blue.
10. Give your bathroom a spa-like ambiance by displaying soap, lotion and bath salts on a footed cake plate. Set it on your counter and tuck a few washcloths underneath.
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Consigning your furniture can be a nice way to earn a little extra money while you part with the pieces you no longer need. But not all furniture will do well in a consignment shop. Before you start cleaning out your home and dragging your used furniture to Consign Design, it’s important to know what sells well and what doesn’t. Read on to help determine what you should consign and what you should leave for Craigslist (or donate to charity).
What sells best:
1. Dining sets. Dining room furniture is something that we don’t replace often—but when we do, we want the best. Complete dining sets in good condition tend to sell very well at furniture consignment stores.
2. Wooden furniture, like dressers, bookshelves and end tables. The better the quality, the faster they sell.
3. Leather furniture. Leather sofas and chairs are classics.
4. Upholstered items. Solid-colored sofas, sectionals and chairs are in demand. Patterned pieces are slightly less popular, but they may sell.
5. Furniture with a designer label. Your lavish designer furniture may take some time to sell since it will be priced higher than other pieces, but when the right eyes find it, you’ll have your sale.
6. Unique items. Handmade furniture and high quality vintage pieces are always in demand. At Consign Design, we feature one-of-a-kind pieces of art made by local artists.
What doesn’t sell well:
1. Antiques. While we do sometimes sell them, they tend not to go as quickly as newer items. Most furniture consignment stores don’t specialize in antiques.
2. Rugs. It can be difficult to get a rug clean enough to sell.
3. Furniture in bad condition. Your items don’t have to be perfect, but if they have enough scratches or wear and tear, they won’t sell.
4. Figurines. Those collectibles would be better off placed on Craigslist.
To guarantee that your items will sell quickly and for top dollar, clean them well before you bring them in. Replace or repair any broken hardware—this will increase the value.
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Home design trends may constantly come and go, but there are some tried-and-true ideas that seem to have staying power. Classic elements of decor stay classic for a reason—they work! Here are our top 10 favorite decorating tips:
1. A mirror can not only make a room appear larger, it can make or break a room. Hang a large, beautiful mirror in a small room and watch the space come to life.
2. Always pair accent pillows in bright colors with a neutral-hued couch. The pillows will wake up the couch color and prevent decorating boredom.
3. Incorporate a few antiques into even the most modern home. This may mean an old armoire in your contemporary dining room or a clawfoot tub in the bathroom. Elements from the past always accentuate present-day decor.
4. Trust your instincts. No matter what the professionals say, if something doesn’t look right to you, change it!
5. Paint inexpensive furniture white. This will make it look newer and more expensive.
6. Invest in at least one piece of fine art. If you can’t bring yourself to spend hundreds or thousands on a painting, at least frame those cheap prints in high quality frames.
7. Bring in the green! Houseplants will not only liven up your living space, they’ll add fresh oxygen to your rooms.
8. Move seating a few inches away from the walls. Floating furniture creates a more intimate setting and looks more stylish.
9. Hang your artwork higher in places where you stand and lower in rooms where you sit. If you have to strain your neck to see it, you’ve hung it too high.
10. Always decorate with books, but never use paperbacks. Stacks of books look stylish on the coffee table, on open shelves and even as makeshift end tables piled high next to your sofa. But using hardcover is always best. Remove the jackets on the books to show binding color, embossing and texture. Then display away.
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Our homes are our castles, our peaceful retreats, our refuges after a long day of work. And in a perfect world, we’d all have unlimited budgets to renovate and redecorate them anytime we felt like it. Of course, that’s not the reality for most people, who have to plan and budget for home design. The good news is that it’s possible to have a beautiful, well-decorated home without spending as much as you might think. And no furniture assembly or chasing Craigslist finds will be required….we promise.
1. Shop for consigned furniture. This may be stating the obvious, but consigned furniture will help you stretch your budget when it comes to furnishing your home. But here’s a lesser-known tip: if you research furniture brands and check the labels, you can get an even better deal. It’s perfectly fine to shop for looks alone—but if you like the look of a dining room table that just so happens to be made by a designer brand known for its quality and durability, wouldn’t that be an even better buy?
Consign Design offers a wide range of furniture, but we’ve got a large selection of designer brand pieces we offer for half the price (or less!) of new items. Just one example: right now we’ve got several sofas that would retail for well over $10,000 we’re selling for a fraction of the cost. And unlike new furniture stores, every price at Consign Design is up for discussion.
2. Mix lavish splurges with budget items. Tie your expensive curtains up with cheap ribbon. Hang affordable artwork (or your own photographs) in gorgeous designer frames. Knowing when to splurge and when to save is half the battle when it comes to affordable decor.
3. Never underestimate garage sales and estate sales. It will take some time and effort, but you may be surprised by what you find at garage sales. Summer is the ideal season to shop other people’s used goods, so spend a few weekends browsing and see what you can find.
4. Paint. Simply painting a room, or even an accent wall, will make a dramatic difference in the way it looks. Even a casual living room will look elegant with taupe or charcoal gray walls.
5. Save with stock items. Standard blinds trimmed to fit your windows, stock cabinets and off-the-shelf frames and mats will save you a bundle. Buy stock items and customize them yourself.
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