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Back to The Future With Mid-Century Modern

mid-century modern living room design

Summer months are just around the corner.  This is the time of year when people often begin to think of moving, upgrading, or reimagining their current homes.  If you are thinking of moving into a new home in the upcoming months, or simply wanting to switch up your interior design, exploring Mid-Century Modern styles and motifs is a sure way to brighten up the home.

Mid-Century Modern: The Basics

Although what defines a Mid-Century Modern (Mid-mod) home is somewhat ambiguous, there are some definite characteristics that experts have agreed upon where architecture is concerned. An abundance of natural light, open floor plans carved out through the amplified presence of windows, and generous ceiling spaces.Additionally, floor plans and design features that merge the outdoors with the interior are common elements seen across these mid-20th century homes. The hey-day of the Mid-mod period was from the 1940’s through the 1960s.

In furniture, Mid-mod design aesthetic is often characterized by a “back to the future” look. Sweeping yet narrow designs in metals, woods, and even plastics that meet with leather and fabrics to create a “Jetsons” sense of appeal. It was during the Mid-mod period that designers also played with colors by introducing colors to the American home that previously had not been seen. Colors like orange cream sickle, bright lemon, and yes, avocado green.

Theme Revitalization — Form & Function

First gaining popularity with the public in post-war America, Mid-Century Modern homes have had a resurgence of popularity over the past decade. This is in large part due to their refreshing, natural atmosphere, and practical designs, which persist throughout the home. Particularly, this design has had success with millennials as they become homeowners and seek living spaces similar to perhaps saw in popular media and retro TV shows. Buyers “of a certain older demographic” are also seeking out a Mid-mod look that harkens back to their youth. This design style also lends itself very well to those that are wishing to simplify and declutter.

Your Furniture, Your Selection

Now that you’ve learned more about this style, you are probably wondering what kind of furniture pieces to add to your own home that will help to create a vibrant feeling harkening back to America’s so-called “golden age”. Trimmed wooden tables and chairs are one way to add a mod-feel to either a living room or dining room, and coupled with some contemporary artwork, family and friends alike are sure to be dazzled by your métier in decorative style. Touching up any room with a modern chest or dresser, or the c placement of a fern or succulent in any space is also a surefire way to add that Mid-Century Modern touch.

No matter your age group or your style ethic. This is the season to shine and create your ideal home. Want more information on mid-century modern or other design inspirations? Be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our Ennis design specialists to learn more about what we can do to meet all your design and furniture needs today!

Let There Be Light!

kitchen lighting at Ennis Fine Furniture

Your home is a refuge from a world full of deadlines, due dates, and sensory overload; a haven from the harsh sounds and lights which can overwhelm. Whether you want more drama, more tranquility (or just more light!) in your home, we recommend you rethink lighting’s ability to add to the quality of your life and your home’s comfort and character. In other words, make you home refuge even more functional, comfortable and personalized.

Central Lighting: The Center of Discussion

One of the easiest and most economical ways to elevate your home’s interior lighting is through the addition of a central light fixture to a room. For a more elegant and refined style, try one of our chandeliers, with a myriad of modern and traditional styles available for your choosing, you are sure to find on that fits your tastes and requirements. If a more rustic or industrial look is what you are looking for, you should consider a lighting fixture, such as the Pinecroft Wall Sconce, by Uttermost that lends itself to a more casual feel. You see, formal to casual- lighting sets the tone and the mood.

Brightness: Putting Together the Room

Not only can lighting change things up in your home but varying the intensity of the brightness across rooms and spaces can also greatly enhance and or change the feel to any area. The gentle glow that one might want while reading by lamp light on the sofa contrasts greatly from the bright, well-illuminated feel of a light designed to brighten a kitchen island. In order to differentiate your spaces, mix and match lamp shades and even consider sconces hung at intervals or light dimmers to add drama and character across your living space. Once you see what lighting can do from both a functional and fashion perspective, we know your imagination will be ignited.

Layering Lights & Colors: The Final Touch

To add further character and complexity to your home lighting, consider layering lights and colors. While some rooms have a focal point for which the necessity of light decreases outwardly, many rooms have several areas of varying utility. For example: the space at an entryway can be made stylistically different from that of a staircase through coordination of different lighting styles and lighting intensities. It is important to note that layering of lights does not have to be functional; it can be for aesthetic presentation alone (which is often the most enjoyable!) Get creative—after all this is your home and even the lighting should have your unique sense of style.

There are so many unique and undiscovered aesthetics that can be achieved with lighting that we understand that it can seem a daunting task. It is not at all because we are here to help! Come into one of our Ennis Fine Furniture locations and speak with one of our professional designers to discover more about how lighting can change your room and your outlook. Come prepared to be amazed as we have over 4500 lighting options in our catalog to choose from! Helping you pick, not only the perfect lighting, but the perfect everything for the home of you and your family, is what Ennis designers do best! As always, your design consultation at Ennis is complimentary.

Cabin Fever

country cabin in the winter

Cabin Fever

Has it happened yet?  You know that sense that winter has been here forever and spring, even though around the corner, seems so far away?   Do you have cabin fever?   Instead of fighting this winter phenomenon, we want to suggest you embrace it!  After-all there is much still to appreciate about the colder months.  Especially if you make your home a comfy, inviting sanctuary.

Consider adding rustic or even cabin-themed furniture and accents to preserve the warm glows of winter, and a few well-selected pieces can have you enjoying the colder months indoors again.

A More Rustic Look― The Options are Endless

Traditionally, “cabin” furniture has been considered more masculine, rustic, and woodsy. Despite this, a variety of wood styles and colors can be incorporated into your room to catch anyone’s eye without going all out with actual log-hewn furniture. While log-hewn furniture is wonderful, it is also true, this type of furniture is not for everyone … or for every home.  If actual log hewn furniture does not match your personal taste, solid wood furniture, such as those created by the artisans at Stickley, is sure to appeal to you and your family.

Speaking of Stickley.  What could represent a more versatile design that dresses up your home with understated elegance like their Grand Lodge Collection?  The beauty of the Grand Lodge Collection is its ability to fit comfortably into your winter cabin, urban loft, or suburban home.  And, as with all Stickley furniture, the Grand Lodge Collection has that Stickley quality that never goes out of style.

Another Stickley piece that adds rustic charm to your kitchen or dining area is the Harvey Ellis China Top or a similarly styled rustic curio cabinet to your home.   This Stickley design is rustic but is also oh-so classic and beautiful!

Stickley has been making quality American furniture since 1905 and both Stickley collections, the Grand Lodge and Harvey Ellis, are handmade right here in America.

Mix & Match Your Way

Other “cozy” materials such as leather do not just fit but add perfectly to a more rustic, warm look. Pick dark brown leathers, like those incorporated into this Hancock & Moor ottoman that will lend itself very well to a more rustic theme in your living room or family room area.   Other design elements, such as wood accented wall art, lamps, area rugs, & warm bedding all should be used to round out your cozy home look & feel.  As with all great home design, some anchor pieces, along with additional accent décor, can create a total environment.

While some might want to go all out and decorate an entire home with rustic or cabin-themed furniture and decor, focusing on one room is also a great way to create that rustic retreat you have in mind. Remember that the simplest elements such as warm, simple lighting are a sure way to set the desired ambience in your living space that leave both guests and family feeling like they are at a warm, winter retreat. So, now you are ready to add some rustic comfort into your home.  Here is what you do next.  Visit Ennis Fine Furniture.  At Ennis, we have options that are fit for your home and for you. Come into our store and meet with one of our professional designers to talk about how to customize your home today!

Creating a Winter Flare For The Heart of Your Home

Christmas Living Room

The winter season is a magical time filled with laughter, joy, and hopeful anticipations for the Christmas Season.  Just as the Holiday season both paint the world in the monochromatic colors of winter, it also is a season that warms our lives.   What better way to imagine the heart of our homes― the living room—than with touches of the winter season.

The Living Room, The Heart of the Home 

The living room is the “heart” of your home.   It is important to take special care to ensure this room is furnished and decorated to accommodate both your guests and your family during the winter months and beyond. The direction that you choose to take depends largely on the atmosphere you are hoping to create. Do you envision an open, modern room with minimalist furniture, or are you looking for a cozy, country living room with warm accents? Fortunately, no matter how you wish to imagine this central room, furniture and décor options are available for you.

Consider Your Options & Mix Things Up

Before picking out items for the living room, consider the desired accents and essentials that will be needed to construct your perfect living space. What in the room adds to the environment and what distracts from the overall feel that you are envisioning?  Because the living room is indeed the central living space, consider not only the ambience you hope to impress with, but also the utility and ultimate comfort of the room.  After all, you will want your selection of sofas, tables, and decor to charm and comfort for years to come.

Create A Winter Flare With a Few Touches!

If you are looking to craft a room with a contemporary “winter” feel, select furniture that complement the natural colors of the winter landscape such as white or light gray. Together with the gentle glow of candles or indoor lights, a touch of winter magic will be brought indoors while still maintaining the unique character of modern design. Might something such as a liquor cabinet, hot cocoa bar, or even a painting work for the living space you envision?  If so, use them to add some seasonal flare to your home!

A Country-Cozy Feel

If cozy is more your style, there are many inviting, country-style options that can be tailored for your home. The addition of solid, wooden furniture, like those from Stickley, together with a carefully coordinated area rug is sure to go the extra mile this winter and beyond. Again, use accessories such as lighting and throw pillows to set a warm, cozy mood.

Your space, your choice

As the living room is the heart of your home, make sure to craft a flexible space that allows for comfort and relaxation, but one that also sparks joy and a sense of satisfaction. Your options are truly endless!  Here at Ennis, we have a tremendous selection of furnishings and exquisite home décor. During this Christmas season, come into our store and meet with one of our professional designers.  They will help you reimagine your home for the Holiday season, or any season of the year.

Create Your Perfect Living Space For Thanksgiving

kitchen dining furniture

You can still create a perfect living space for this Thanksgiving by choosing from in stock items.

Currently, enjoy exceptional savings on CLEARANCE furniture for the Living, Bedroom & Dining rooms; sales prices 50% to 70% off! All instock Lamps, pictures, mirrors & rugs are sale priced at 50% off!

The holidays are a time of great food, gratitude, and of course, quality time spent with family. As the leaves turn to their autumn shades and the air cools around us, the world is making its preparations for a new season… but are you preparing for the festivities?

CHANGE UP THE ATMOSPHERE IN YOUR HOME

Fortunately, the addition of some new furniture in your home is a great way to change up the atmosphere and make your home feel more inviting this November. Every Thanksgiving get together is centered around the meal. Whether you decide to make stuffing or mashed potatoes, a chic, new dining table is sure to serve as a conduit for pleasant conversation. Picking accents that match the overall tone of your room is crucial to adding to the welcoming ambience that you wish to establish, and it is sure to be something that will add charm to your living room for many years to come. To create an aesthetic harmony within your customized room, you will likely want to handpick chairs or stools that will match well with your selected table. Playing with complementary hues and designs can also be a way to step-up your decorating style and will be sure to catch the eye of friends and family alike. Speaking of catching one’s eye, lighting is crucial in creating a warm environment for your dining room. Including a chandelier in your space will add an air of sophistication and class to your space while also keeping the area well-lit: a necessity for any home. Even a well-placed lamp or light fixture will help to facilitate an upbeat setting for your holiday plans.

ADD SOME STYLE TO YOUR LIVING ROOM

After a holiday meal, you and your guests will likely make your way over to the living room to enjoy board games, Thanksgiving night football, or even just casual chatting. Every relaxing evening starts with comfortable furniture to lounge on, and a new sofa or loveseat is sure to do the trick. If young ones or drinks and snacks are to make their way into the room, a leather or high-quality fabric is going to be your best bet—offering a modern style while maintaining the durability that is needed for you and your family. A coffee table or console table is also guaranteed to add some style to the room. 

CREATE THE PERFECT

HOLIDAY ENVIRONMENT

From dining tables to bar stools to cleverly placed decorations, a colorful variety of furniture is needed to create the perfect holiday for you and your family. It is said that food unites people together, so make sure that this November your kitchen holds up to this ideal with a reinvented vision brought to life through your furniture. Just as there is no one way to create the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, so too is there no one perfect furniture selection for every home.

This Thanksgiving season, make sure to visit Ennis Fine Furniture and choose from a wide variety of furniture and décor that will make your home feel like home. The possibilities are endless, so come in, meet one of the Ennis professional designers, and create your perfect living space today!

Tips and Tricks to Find the Highest Quality Furniture

Stickley Quality Construction

In today’s “disposable” world, landing a great deal is more about quality than it is about price.  Quality, by nature, is a characteristic that endures.   Furniture that is built well; with craftsman techniques and skill, is furniture that can really stand the test of time.  And what is more, when you find the right piece for your home, and have the satisfaction of also knowing it is of high quality, that is truly an investment worth making.

Check For Quality

You want to furnish your home with décor and furniture that fits your style and also doing some pre-purchase checks for quality will make the difference in your satisfaction.

Wood Furniture

Embracing your personal aesthetic with quality furniture often means taking a closer look at solid wood furniture, rather than cheaper items built with particle board, composite woods, and fiber boards. Pro Tip: Don’t hesitate to ask what kind of wood is used in the framing of a sofa. In a perfect world, your sofa’s frame will be made up primarily from solid hardwood.

You can put your money toward furniture that will look great for decades by considering a few other key details.

  • Consider the type & locations of solid wood used in the construction of the furniture
  • Open every drawer; how is it constructed and how does the function feel
  • Be on the lookout for nails, glue, and staples

Quality wood furniture will have wood joinery on the drawers and corners, so inspect from every angle to make sure you are getting a piece that is really special.

Sofas

Often considered the most important piece of furniture in the home, it is well worth your time and attention to make sure you are getting a high quality piece of furniture.  In addition to the sofa matching your sense of style, you’ll want to make sure your sofa is a quality piece of furniture.

  • Test the sofa springs for firmness and construction
  • Find reversible cushions
  • Look for sturdy legs

When you remove the cushions to check the springs underneath, you will also want to see whether those cushions are covered on both sides. That means you will be able to flip them over every couple of months to help them last longer. Going with a sofa that has solid, heavy legs that are joined to the sofa frame is also smart.

Inspect Other Upholstered Furniture

Many of the rules for quality sofa construction also apply to upholstered furniture. For your upholstered lounge chairs, dining chairs, ottomans, and other items, make sure to select a furniture manufacturer that takes the time to line-up intricate patterns on the fabrics.

  • Check for pattern alignment
  • Inspect the side padding
  • High-quality skirting

Additionally, you will want to give the back and arms of the furniture a squeeze to make sure the padding is consistent. You do not want to feel the frame underneath, and better padding will help your furniture continue to look nice even years after you first brought it into your home. Taking a quick look at the skirt—if the piece has one—is also a good idea. The fabric should be lined and slightly weighted to help it stay uniform.These are just a few tips to help you identify quality furniture.  Of course, the best way to make sure your furniture is of true quality is to shop at Ennis Fine Furniture.  We pride ourselves in stocking only the best furniture manufacturers at Ennis Fine Furniture.  Moreover, we pay close attention to style. A high-quality and highly functional piece of furniture should both look great and have been built with care. Let us help you find the perfect items for your home!

Ennis Offers Sofa Customization Choices That Really Dazzle And Delight!

You just cannot deny it.  The sofa is the anchor piece of furniture to the room you, your family, and guests are likely to spend most of your time in– the living room.    Don’t you think the room you and your loved ones live in deserves to fit your very own sense of style, comfort, and durability?   Yet so many people settle for a sofa that fits the “average” household by purchasing a mass-produced, big box store ho-hum sofa.

Would you like your new sofa in dark brown, medium brown, or light brown?

If you have ever browsed one of the big box furniture stores for a new sofa, you may have noticed that your choices are extremely limited when it comes to your selection.  In fact, you are pretty much out of luck if you want your new sofa in any color but brown, beige, or tan.   Forget about custom fabrics, leather choices, or style appointments.  Most regular furniture stores just do not offer anything beyond those uninspired, generic household sofas.

Not Ennis Fine Furniture- our custom sofa choices will have you dazzled and delighted!

No More Generic Sofas.  Ennis Furniture Truly Honors Your Personal Aesthetic Through Tremendous Selection & Choice in Sofas!

When it comes to variety in sofas, Ennis Fine Furniture literally offers its customers hundreds of fabric and leather options to choose from.  Additionally, you can choose other features to your new sofa like leg style, arm style, pillow style, and many times even back style!  Truly, the possibilities are dazzling almost endless.  Ultimately, when you are done designing your custom crafted American made sofa, you will have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that you will never find duplicated at your neighbor’s home.  At Ennis, we will let you design your sofa and then we will have it built just for you!

TIP:  ask your Ennis Designer to show you the many design customization possibilities!

Let Ennis Fine Furniture Help!

We welcome you to browse sofas online for inspiration before visiting our Ennis showroom.  When you do visit us, the friendly, talented people at Ennis Fine Furniture are here to help.  We would love to consult with you to find the perfect sofa for your home.   Give us a call, or swing by your local Ennis store to start the conversation.   We know you will be delighted you did!

5 Home Office Improvements to Love Your Space

Stickley Executive Desk

Given enough time, every company will experience change. But rarely have we seen the type of widespread shifts in the workplace than with the coronavirus outbreak. Chances are, COVID-19 will forever change how we work. Many individuals will continue to work from home, even if only on a part-time basis. As such, it makes a lot of sense to create a workspace that matches your needs—both personally and professionally.

5 Ways to Create a Better Home Office

With more teams adopting the remote working model, giving a little attention to your own home office setup will be a worthwhile investment. When you anticipate spending a good deal of time in your home office, you’ll definitely want to get the right upgrades in place!

1. Your comfortable work chair

Putting in long hours at your desk can quickly become uncomfortable when you don’t have the right furniture. The most important item is probably your office chair. You need to find the best seating option for your stature.

2. The right type of desk

With your chair selected, it’s time to review your desk options. Giving yourself a spacious desktop to spread out your work can be one way to go. But you’ll also want to consider your overall layout. For example, if you’d prefer to add a couple of bookshelves and an accent chair in the corner of your home office, you might need to look at desks that are slightly smaller.

3. Adequate & beautiful lighting

Making the switch to a home office setup will give you total control over your lighting. Picking out the right hardware for the lamp is just the first step, of course. You also need to think about the type of bulbs for your lighting. Are you going to work better with a bright, white light or more of a soft glow? And, because we are Ennis Fine Furniture, we want your lighting to be beautiful! Ennis has literally hundreds of lighting options for you to dress up and beautify your work space that fits your personality and design sensibilities!

4. Personal touches with your decor

A lot of home office spaces will benefit from a little greenery. Adding a couple small plants or even a decorative tree to your setting lets you bring the outdoors inside. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, you can always look for realistic faux plants. Then top off your office décor with a few different pieces of art for the walls. Anything goes!

5. A nice throw rug

Whether your room has carpeting or hardwoods, placing a nice throw rug either beneath your desk or elsewhere can help ground the space. Plus, rugs offer some instant “coziness” to any area. From an intricate design or something more tactile for your toes, your office rug might be just the thing to tie your room together.

Our office furniture selection at Ennis Fine Furniture covers all these items and more. Give us a call if you want to discuss your options, or visit our showroom to explore our inventory on display! We would be happy to help you design your home office. When done right, it can become a mini oasis, just as much as a productive work environment.

Creating a Zen Refuge in a Chaotic World

Stickley Writing Desk

Creating a Zen Refuge in a Chaotic World

Your home is supposed to be a refuge for your family. When you have an intentional space to sit down and unwind, it’s a lot easier to tap into that relaxing Zen state. Now is the perfect time to take a look around and see if there’s an area you can dedicate to a more relaxing purpose.

Carving Out a Zen Space

If you’re thinking of how—or where—to reorganize a room to be more Zen, it helps to remember that your whole family can benefit from a space that’s set up for total calmness. This is an investment for everyone’s best interests.

COLOR:

What feels relaxing and peaceful to you might be stuffy to someone else, or vice versa. There isn’t one set color scheme that will speak to everyone in the same way. Traditionally, though, lighter hues and pastels tend to work best in areas where we want to unwind. That might make you think of pale blues or seafoam greens. You could also consider some rich wood tones to bring in a sense of nature.

TEXTURE:

Say you want to add more Zen to your living room. Maybe a velvet ottoman would make the space feel more comfortable. Or perhaps you’d appreciate having a wicker table or another piece for where you can put your houseplants. Adding a few new elements can help liven up any space.

Sometimes people forget that decorative mirrors can also act as texture. The sheen adds a different layer to complement the other textures in your space. Plus, you can incorporate even more relaxing tones when you place a few candles in front of a mirror. The warm glow of the flames reflected by the mirror is sure to help put people’s minds at ease.

FURNITURE:

When it comes to the furniture in a relaxing environment, it’s important to trust your own aesthetic intuition. No one but you really knows what will help you feel more peaceful. Getting cozy on the sofa with your loved ones might be all you need! For others, a specific chair might be a better fit. Find the designs that speak most to you, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a more relaxing home.

Let Us Complete the Design

From your primary furniture elements to thoughtful accessories, you can find what you need to put the finishing touches on your Zen space design at Ennis Fine Furniture. Tap into your imagination, and listen to what you really want to make your home even more relaxing. Adjusting your lighting or having a cozy new rug under your feet can help transport you to a calm state of mind.

Our extensive collections include pieces for every type of room. Whether you need to upgrade a corner in your master bedroom for a nice, private place to relax, or you’re ready to improve your living room to reflect your current sense of style, we’re here to help! Browse the options we have for you throughout our website, then give us a call or find a time to come look at the furniture in-person. We can collaborate with you every step of the way.

Improve Your Small Bedroom with Designs That Think Big!

Improve Your Small Bedroom with Designs That Think Big!

When it comes to smaller bedrooms, there’s often a fine line between feeling comfy or feeling crowded. That’s why you have to take special care with the furniture pieces you select Fortunately, there are a handful of design tricks that can make your small bedroom seem big!

How to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Spacious

You want to organize and style your bedroom with items that fit your own design sense, but they also need to physically fit with your bedroom layout. This advice can help you find some common ground—and fall in love with any smaller bedroom.

  1. Start at your bed

As the essential centerpiece of your room, considering your bedframe is often the first step. If you think your room won’t work with both a bed and a dresser, you might be able to find a great storage bed to address both functions and store extra bedding.

  1. Go with a neutral palette

Color can add a ton of personality to your room. It can also be used to trick the eye. Sticking with pastels or an off-white paint color for your walls usually helps the area feel larger and slightly more “luxe.”

  1. Choose smaller patterns

When you want to add a rug or pillows for the bed, it might be better to stay clear of big and bold patterns. Those designs can easily overwhelm a smaller room.

  1. Let in natural light

Opening your curtains and letting in the sunlight might be one of the simplest ways to make your room feel bigger. And if you don’t like your view? Try working with a collection of smaller light fixtures instead of a single overhead lighting element.

  1. Check your curtain colors

Of course, you’ll probably want to use curtains too. The same rules apply here. A neutral color or small pattern will help. It’s also a good idea to hang your curtains slightly higher for a grander effect.

  1. Find “less solid” furniture

This technique is great for adding more depth and interest to your room. Look for furniture pieces that have taller, thinner legs or are missing sides. A little height with your accent chair or a bookshelf with a more open design will benefit that spaciousness you want to create.

  1. Add a new mirror

Placing a mirror over your dresser or as a statement piece on one of your bedroom walls will help reflect light. It’s a quick way to persuade the eye that your room is larger than it really is!

  1. Work with a professional

While anyone can find inspiration from these small bedroom design tips, sometimes it helps to call on the professionals. Getting a new perspective on your space and having someone work with you to find the exact right furniture pieces can make your redesign project a breeze.

If you’re ready to take the next step, our design team at Ennis Fine Furniture is here for you! We’d love to consult with you on any room, big or small. Just give us a call to learn more about our process and how we work for you to create your best spaces.



 
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