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Electric Fireplace To Get You Through Those Cold Winter Months September 30, 2010

If you happen to live in an area where you certainly get your fair share of  the winter season, there may not be a better piece of furniture than an electric fireplace that brings both warmth and elegance to a living space.  Electric fireplaces vary in size, style, heat output and price.  However, some basic electric fireplaces that offer a reasonable amount of heat with just the right amount of style can be found for under a couple hundred dollars.

Electric Fireplace

Warmth and Elegance

Choosing what design to purchase will be your toughest decision.  However, it is pretty easy to get a halfway decent idea of what could work and what wouldn’t.  If the room is small and basic in design you don’t want to get an over the top electric fireplace that would overpower the other items in the room.  The model shown above might fit nicely.  However, if your room is large and very modern then perhaps something a little more unique that becomes the centerpiece of the room would be okay.  The model shown below is something that would fit specifically with the other decor in the room.

Modern, Centerpiece

Unique Modern Look

Regardless of which unit you choose, you should be sure to check the energy consumption and the heat output of the model.  While electric fireplaces are cleaner than conventional fire places, you don’t want to run your electric bill through the roof.  So you should consider something that isn’t overkill for your application so if you do want/need to use it a lot you don’t wind up going broke.  Before buying an electric fireplace, determine the size of the room you want to place it, the number of windows, how well the room is insulated and how many doors/entryways there are leading into the room and run them by a specialist where you are purchasing the unit.  Their expert advice can help you determine what type of heat output would be required to adequately warm your desired room.


A Good Ceiling Fan Makes For One Cool Room June 24, 2010

The summer season can be a blistering one especially without any sort of air conditioning to protect you from the summer heat. Centralized air and air conditioners do serve their purposes of keeping any home cool and comfortable but it’s important for a house (even one that has AC) to have a ceiling fan. Not just any ceiling fan mind you, but one that keeps everyone the right temperature and also fits into the aesthetics of the room. It’s true that many would never consider ceiling fans to be an important piece of furniture but when it comes to air conditioning and having the right look for a room, the right ceiling fan makes as much of a difference as any couch, table, or any other piece of furniture.

When considering a ceiling fan it’s important to take into account three things: style, airflow, and installation. When it comes to style, ask yourself what kind of room am I putting this fan in? If it’s a living room or den then going above and beyond with an expensive fan (one with a nice wood finish or a state of the art steel one) may stick out too much. However, if you’re putting one in a nice room, chances are you want it to look as nice as the room you’re putting it in.

Airflow is obviously important or you wouldn’t even be getting a fan to begin with. A slower less airflow type of fan is more for climates in which it gets warm but not hot. If you live someplace that is scorching hot you’ll want to think about a fan that pumps out air at a rapid speed.

Finally, installation is important to think about when buying a fan. If you get a fan that’s too difficult to install you might have to find someone who can put it together for you (which at times can be very hard to find), so get one that you can put together on your own so that you can get your fan up and running.

Ceiling fans may seem like nothing more than just cheaper air conditioners but the right one can make for one cool room.


Want Your Workers to be More Productive? Get Comfortable Office Furniture! May 26, 2010

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It’s pretty obvious that you’re happier when you’re comfortable. You feel good which keeps you happy and energetic and ready for productivity. Understandably, being comfortable also sometimes makes you want to do nothing but relax, but most of the time being comfortable is the key to being productive. That’s why so many offices make sure that they have the best furniture for their employees. An uncomfortable employee is an unhappy employee that likely will not yield their best work ethic.

The right motivation can make all the difference when it comes to the workplace and the right chair/furniture is a big factor in that. From the physical aspect, if a worker is uncomfortable then their focus will be on how uncomfortable they are (not to mention, the soreness of their back and bottom). This takes them out of thinking about their work and instead shifts it to their discomfort. Considering that most office workers sit in their chairs for upwards of eight hours, it can take its toll if it’s not a good piece. A painful body leads to a pained employee and that just ends up hurting the entire productivity of the office itself.

Studies have shown that the more comfortable a piece of office furniture is, the more productive it makes the workers. From a psychological standpoint, being comfortable makes the employee feel appreciated and picking the right furniture has even gone on to show that it can help maintain employees. This is because employees are more likely to stay someplace in which management cares about little things like their general comfort.

Productivity is the lifeblood of any workplace and furniture helps to keep workers productive and happy. So if you want your workers to be productive then get some comfortable furniture for the office. It makes all the difference.


New Survey Shows That Millions Of Americans Dispose Furniture April 28, 2010

The furniture industry inevitably stays busy because there is always a demand for new furniture.  Whether individuals are moving to a new home, or merely replacing old furniture, getting new furniture is something that will inevitably happen to most people.  Additionally, as people get more creative, the more elaborate or trendy the furniture needs to be.  Fresh, unique designs always seem to be needed. Unfortunately, we may be a little too liberal using the “out with the old, in with the new” mentality because we usually don’t think twice about throwing old furniture away and what happens to it down the line.  This is especially true when we move and leave our used furniture behind.

When we replace our old furniture, we have direct control over what happens to it.  If there is room, perhaps we find a place for the furniture with the most sentimental value.  More than likely, we toss it to the curb. At least then, we know we’re throwing it out and consciously made the decision to do so.  With the pro-efficiency movement gaining momentum, we can hopefully see a change in that trend with more people aware of the consequences and opting to find homes or recycling centers for their older furniture.

However, when we move, we’ll often leave some furniture behind that we, “didn’t have time to take out”, “figured the new home owners could find a purpose for”, or “couldn’t bring ourselves to throw out, but didn’t know what to do with it”.  Our mentality in each scenario is, “out of sight, out of mind”.  What most people don’t consider is that new home owners also want new furniture, not used furniture from previous tenants.  They also are not attached to it and are much quicker to find a place for it on the curb instead of a place for it in another home.  Therefore, when we move, old furniture overwhelmingly tends to wind up in landfills, some of which was in perfectly working condition, just not appealing to the former owners.

Statistics say that about 40 million Americans move each year and a new survey shows that one-fourth of them will leave behind a big piece of furniture like a couch or bed. This means that over 10 million people will leave behind a piece of furniture rather than try to sell it to a friend, neighbor, or over the Internet. This also means that millions of people would rather leave it in the garbage rather than attempt to recycle it. Some studies have shown that the amount of furniture left in the trash and in landfills equals the amount of 12 Empire State Buildings. That’s a lot especially during these pro-environmental times, and even more when taking into account the many ways to pass along furniture.

It is understood that what was comfortable and fashionable 10 years ago might not have a place in your home now.  Times change and replacing it becomes a priority.  However, hardly anyone considers that their old furniture might be perfect for someone else or that the pieces can be recycled for other purposes.  So we are finding that millions of people are just discarding their old furniture. We all need to be more conscious about what we do with our old furniture so that it doesn’t keep stock piling our landfills.  Then, buying new furniture can truly be fun and exciting.


Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano Opens Big Week For Furniture April 14, 2010

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano may not sound like a familiar festival to most, but if you are a lover of furniture and furniture design then this is a big week for you. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano (the international furniture fair of Milan), the biggest furniture and décor trade fair in the world, opens this week in Milan and brings with it new state of the art designs for interior design and everything furniture. Manufacturers and designers from all around the world come to the festival to see the latest designs, concepts, and applications in furniture and to also showcase the concepts they have been working on or have in store. For many, the festival stands as the primary place for what’s new and upcoming in the world of furniture design and fashion and is the one stop for anyone who wants to stay on top in what’s new for furniture.

The event (which is usually falls in April) opens up in metropolitan Milan and includes up 2,500 different companies, along with hundreds of furniture designers. Started in 1961, the festival was originally conceived as a place that would show off only Italian furniture, but since then the festival has grown to a global scale. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano brings in over 270,000 people from over 150 countries worldwide. So this festival may go unnoticed, but for the many in the furniture design world it’s nothing less than their Olympics.


The Right Office Chair Works Wonders In A Home Office March 9, 2010

The right office chair can up productivity in any work environment even if your office never leaves the home. Sitting all day working on a project can really take its toll on someone’s back, leading to a wide range of medical problems.  This is why having the right office chair is so important. Proper office chairs keep you comfortable help you focus on the work rather than resulting aches and pains from extended use of an improper chair.  How can someone pick the right chair when there are so many different types to pick from? The answer may be a job in itself.

The office chair shown above (Harden Furniture 1701 Mid Back Ergonomic Chair) may not fit the typical decor of a professional office off-site, but for the home office it may just be perfect. Lots of homes have unique and varying fabrics that would accommodate the addition of this chair.  It fits into the feel of the home but is still professional enough to be in a work environment.  The beautiful and comfortable look of the chair plays second fiddle to the support the chair offers for the back. The 1701 Mid Back Ergonomic Chair puts pleasant pressure right across the middle of the back, which anyone who works in an office 8 hours a day can tell you hurts the most when 5 P.M. rolls around.  Harden offers custom upholstery options and may be able to customize the look of this chair should your only concern be the design.

A good office chair is one of those pieces of furniture that gets taken for granted. You don’t really know how much you enjoyed it until you find yourself sitting in one that’s completely uncomfortable. The right chair can make all the difference when it comes to getting work done whether it’s at home or away.


New Allee Edition @ Bernhardt Design September 21, 2009

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Stephen Milioti recently published a story in the NY Times about a proactive looking Allee Chair designed by Ms. Trocmé.  Supposedly the chair is intended to create an active, mobile look for the individual sitting in it.  While it may appear that you would be leaning forward in it, the chair does not in fact have you sitting in an acute position.  If anything, they are supposed to be rather comfortable, not just stylish.  Personally, I am not sure how long I could sit on bare wood without wishing I had a softer cushion instead.  However, I can see these chairs fitting in to a various number of modern decorated homes or offices.


The several hundred dollar price tag might is a bit steep for me to actually purchase one, however, I’m sure there are a few art/design fanatics that will gladly pay the $650 to own one.  I guess the only question left to decide is what colors to purchase.  One of each? Any takers?