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With Tommy Bahama, All Signs Point To The Beach!

Abaco patio furniture by Tommy Bahama

With Tommy Bahama, All Signs Point To The Beach!

Since 1946, Ennis Fine Furniture has been providing Boise, the Treasure Valley and the Pacific Northwest at large with the highest quality furnishings and room decor. Family-owned and operated since day one, our success in this endeavor has been attributed to our zeal for quality, searching far and wide to provide products that meet our peerless standards. Over 75 years of experience has led us to form relationships that help us work to support that standard of exceptionalism. The brands we treat like family help return the favor by providing our family of customers with pieces that offer the variety, style and luxury the Ennis name has come to be known for.

Our friends over at Tommy Bahama Home furnishings have been providing top shelf craftsmanship for over 25 years, and we have been proud partners along the way. Featured this month during our patio furniture theme, the Abaco Collection from Tommy Bahama Home has all the right ingredients for sizzling summer gatherings or crisp fall evenings. This outdoor collection is a versatile one–over 28 individual pieces–all fully customizable to format whatever space you want to create outside. Perfect for dining in small bistro-esque spaces or large-scale patios, the Abaco is a friend to any backyard in need.

Like every design from Tommy Bahama, all signs point to the beach. This indelible stamp of carefree, breezy living epitomizes the lifestyle of never wanting to leave the company of warm, permanent sands and the soft crash of tumbling waves. Each of the unique fabrics offered through Tommy Bahama is customizable, but they all circle back to this theme: a big, bright day at the beach. Lots of colors criss-cross through the Abaco fabrics, taking inspiration from the crystalized innards of a cracked geode, these plush cushions have a pattern that will pull your guests in with its stirring vibrancy and keep them seated with offers of comfort that cannot be refused.

Support comes from frames crafted in hand-brushed aluminum, wrapped in all-weather wicker woven to resemble the shimmering hides of European leather. Clean and elegant lines bring a contemporary feel to the old world packaging while still minimizing the fuss associated with too much design. It’s great to look at, but it’s even better to sit in; i.e., the perfect chair. And those are just the seating arrangements! The Abaco Collection also provides a host of quality tables, most available with an inlaid white granite top sporting marbled streaks of quicksilver; the neutral hues being a great base for you to explore and express yourself with today’s more vivid, colorful trends.

If you find yourself unable to stop reading and talking about the Abaco Collection, come on down to an Ennis Fine Furniture location and chat with an interior design professional that shares the same passion for outdoor living!

Ennis Quality Patio Furniture is Unmatchable!

O.W. Lee patio furniture

Ennis Quality Patio Furniture is Unmatchable!

With all this precipitation deluged upon us in the last few weeks, it’s hard to believe that it’s June already and the sweltering days of summer will be fast at hand. If you’ve been following the skies, you probably have taken the extra inning of inclement weather as time to gather supplies for the Great Migration outdoors that will be moving people in strides as June slowly burns into July. Eventually the hustle and bustle, the throngs of crowds out enjoying the summer madness will drain your energy and you’ll be hunting for a spot of shade to lounge under and tune out the static for a while.

Hopefully, part of that supply-gathering meant getting the outdoor living area livable again. Taking the time to properly clean your outdoor equipment, sanitize its surfaces and clear dark corners of cobwebs and critters means you are taking the time to make sure this area is enjoyed to its fullest. Storing cushions and other soft fabrics associated with your patio furniture indoors during the winter will help preserve the life of the materials and keep them looking lively, helping to power the space’s ability to remove stress. Making sure this area is well-kept makes it that much more effective in ridding you of the mind’s countless unfinished tasks and ever-running trains.

With the furniture and decoration cleaned and prepped, it’s now time to arrange the area. To preserve the functionality of outdoor living while still having a design or a theme to thread your creative whims around, think about the activities you want from your backyard: barbecues, birthdays, larger events like weddings if you can swing it; knowing what you can get out of your yard will be essential here. You want to stage arenas that coexist with one another without overpowering the space. For instance, too many places to sit and not enough room to roam about will shrink the size of your yard, turning something cozy into something uncomfortably close. If you like to grill, be mindful of this when staging; some like the smell, others can’t stand the smoke. Having it at a distance will help create different energies for the spaces, one end for standing, talking, flipping burgers and preparing food, while the other end has more seating, end tables for drinks and tables for decorative displays, board games or snack trays.

Outdoor furniture with handcrafted, large, buoyant cushions and custom-fabricked arms make for great visual statements, but take up too much room to effectively seat large groups of people. For smaller outdoor spaces, having a seating area that is compact and self-contained is monumentally beneficial. At your local family-owned furniture store, Ennis Fine Furniture, we have many patio furniture makers that supply our showrooms with sets that are this exact specification. Take our sets by OW Lee, for example. The Monterra and Creighton selections, to be exact. Both feature light and slim metalwork to save space and weight, while the hand-stitched cushions appear to run over the edges, providing ample space and comfort on such a shrewd and handsome frame. Coupled with matching fabric chairs, these sectionals circumscribe a fire pit in a picturesque late summer, early fall scene. Want this locale to star in your backyard? Check one out in an Ennis Showroom today! Washington location in Spokane and our original branch in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Custom Built Patio Furniture That You’ll Love!

beautifully designed wicker furniture at Ennis Fine Furniture

Custom Built Patio Furniture That Designers Love!

beautifully designed wicker furniture at Ennis Fine Furniture

Since nature has blasted through the Valley and kindly swept up our winter blues–with the blustery gusts and April Showers cleansing us from the dregs of the previous season–we can now look forward to appreciating the May Flowers in the lowlight of all those warm summer evenings. Of course, the best way to go about taking in the beauty of these blossoms is from an over-fluffed, cushioned seat of a fine patio chair. There is a big difference in experience between those plastic-cast, one-piece outdoor chairs and a well-kept adirondack–something that is not lost on the interior designers at Ennis Fine Furniture. Something we also know is that a piece of fine patio furniture is a different experience altogether even from the latter, a bigger league of comfort than what is available from off-the-shelf furniture makers and providers.

At Ennis, custom-built, custom-fabric furniture is our bread and butter. In business for over 75 years, our fine furniture knowledge and expertise is something of a renowned fact. For instance, if you’ve ever wondered who provides the furnishings for Boise’s premier golf courses; from Hillcrest to Spurwing, their in-house interior decorators flock to our showrooms to shop the latest look in patio furniture. Why? The old covenant, of course: their clients expect only the best. Providing products and services of this echelon means a diligent, hands-on approach and for three-quarters of a century, the Ennis family has made their namesake brand synonymous with this level of quality. Often handcrafted, American-made or at the very least stitched together with the finite precision of a craftsman, our fine furniture selection is not limited to just indoor spaces and upon visiting one of our locations, a member of our design staff will be happy to lead you to our outdoor arrangements.

And upon visitation, you’ll be exposed to our room staging know-how and you can rest assured that no detail is too small to mull over for our team. We can discuss the pros of weather-resistant wicker, the bold and warm tones of wooden benches, and of course the utilitarian ease and appeal of metal, all in various outdoor settings. So if traditional wicker doesn’t strike your fancy, we offer a crisp and clean metal and wood collection from Tommy Bahama, replete with chairs, dining set, and sofa. Each of the chairs and sofa offer fabrics that are completely customizable, a unique feature we are able to offer in nearly every product we sell thanks to our homegrown crew of master furniture craftsmen. Venture into a showroom today to discover the peerless quality of patio furniture that only Ennis Fine Furniture can provide!

Springtime Patio Season – Patio Fusion Curved Sofa

patio furniture by Brown Jordan

Springtime Patio Season

Patio Fusion Curved Sofa

patio furniture by Brown Jordan

The Treasure Valley during the shapeshifting of Springtime is truly a sight to behold; the dull, faded browns that have adorned the bleak of winter have turned coat to a vibrant palette full of emerald foliage and rolling landscapes. A jaunt through the foothills at this time of year reveals a sight more common to Wales or Ireland than to a place technically identifiable as a ‘high desert’. That eternal fresh feeling, the instinctual signal that summer won’t be long is finally upon us! In true Idahoan fashion, we tend to seize upon this opportunity with gusto, uplifting nearly every activity that has been shunned indoors due to the cold and throwing them back outdoors and in all directions. Idaho is commonly (and jokingly) referred to as ‘one giant park’ rather than a bonafide state, and after seeing hordes of people flock to trails, nature reserves, and waterways almost immediately once the weather warms, it’s easy to understand why.

Since we spend most of our summer months outdoors, we’ve grown accustomed to taking the occasional respite in the shadow of a backyard tree or by the babble of crystalline waters. Taking it all in from the comfort of your back patio is a pastime understood no better than by the interior design team of Ennis Fine Furniture, your local family-owned furniture store. In business and in the Valley since 1946, we’ve taken in many-a famous Idaho sunsets from a seat in only the finest hand-crafted, custom-built furniture that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Whether it’s the great outdoors you’re looking to cull a sofa set around to enjoy the long summer evenings or a whole-home interior redoux that’ll change your entire look–including your patio–the renowned designers at Ennis can facilitate any and all of these needs. And even if it’s just a single piece you’re after, they’ll be more than happy to provide recommendations from our partners in craftsmanship.

Take the Patio Fusion Curved Sofa from Brown Jordan. A simple and understated look, with traditional lines that help draw the eye to the function of the piece over its form. It is a solid unit that loudly proclaims comfort with large, buoyant cushions and a cross-weave composite fabric structure that gives the body support while still offering a lightness invaluable to outdoor furniture. Perhaps its most defining feature, the curvature of the sofa allows for an entertainer’s delight, almost like a plush version of an amphitheater’s round, concrete pews. Since the curve of the sofa creates a wide-angle vantage point, you’ll no longer have to place two separate chairs to face either the foothills in the North or Southeast to the Big Sky Country; this one piece can do both! See how this sofa and other Fusion pieces from Brown Jordan stacks up with your outdoor look at any of our Ennis Showrooms, from Boise to the Tri-Cities to Spokane!

Dress Up Your Home- Ennis Furniture Will Help

Holiday Living Room

Dress Up Your Home

Ennis Furniture Will Help

When December comes rolling in, with its numerous holiday festivities and general year-end checklists to be fulfilled, it can be hard not to feel swept along by the current that brings it. It’s no wonder why the scheduling of this time of year leaves a lot to be desired, at least for the level of preparedness it can require. It’s the big leagues, for sure. To a kid, however, this is all a theme park ride of sorts: enjoying the winter break, counting the days down, and letting life flow from one ugly-sweater party to the next. We were all living the yuletide dream while our parents fretted over the countless winter parties, who would host them and what would be consumed during our youth.

Now that we’re older, it’s us who’s asking if we should add a second deviled-egg platter to our spread (the answer is always yes, in case you were wondering) or if the guest bedroom has been properly prepped for the in-laws’ arrival. You’re on your own with the eggs, but the task of readying a spare bedroom for even the fussiest of guests is the bread-and-butter of the Ennis Interior Design team. With your next available moment of free time, come down to our showroom and take a stroll through it; you’ll find our award-winning crew have put together some sets that encapsulate the ideal ‘home-away-from-home’ aesthetic, incorporating warm, natural woods and inviting designer patterns that your guests will wish they could dress up in and wear home.

Or, if buying a whole set right now doesn’t agree with your limited December time table, perhaps starting simply with a single piece might be the ticket for you. Adding a striking piece to an existing set will extend the freshness of the room until you’re ready to do the whole thing over, preferably during a time of year that isn’t so relentlessly hectic. A stately Stickley chair to accent the guest bed, or even, how about ditching the kids’ table this year and merge your family into one unit on a lush and roomy Haverford Dining Table? Or to many other tables like it. From now until December 24th, Ennis Fine Furniture is offering up to 50% off one piece of furniture from nearly every brand and corner of the store (with few exceptions.) Even 40% off your favorite Stickley pieces! Whether your task this holiday season is to find the perfect bedroom set, or discover your family’s new dining table, this sale can begin that journey, even if it is just one piece at a time.

Make Way For The Holidays!

Heckman reunion dining room table

Make Way For The Holidays!

The Holidays are upon us! Are you planning on having guests over to help celebrate the Season but believe your house may be a bit cluttered? Here are some helpful tips that may assist you in clearing up some space for the entertaining you want to do this season. And, at the same time, make your home-space more peaceful and uncluttered.

Donate!

A great way to clear additional room in your home for the Holidays is by donating the décor, furniture, and cluttering items to your favorite charity! Items that you may look at first are, of course, items that have no sentimental value to you. Décor can bring visual and physical bulk and clutter to your living space. You may look around your room and see a dried flower arrangement on a table, desk, or mounted on the wall and suddenly realize you placed it there in 1994. This may be a good time to donate it. Bulky furniture items that tend to trespass into throughways and pathways are perfect candidates for removing to gain space. Think of that old end-table that you have banged your foot on multiple times over the years. Donating it will not only clear more space in your home, but it may also just feel quite satisfying! Tip: if an item truly brings you joy, regardless of how “cluttering” it may be, hang on to it. Your joy is enough reason to have it in your life. For those items you do decide to donate, we can assume they will bring joy to someone else! Afterall, Joy is what the Holiday Season is all about!

Rearrange Your Living Space!

It is amazing how just a little time experimenting with how your furniture and décor are laid out can make a big difference in the usable space of a room. We recommend roughly sketching (or beautifully sketching if you are capable!) your living space out on a notepad with your furniture and décor. Experiment by drawing your furniture and décor items in different locations of the room. Use as many pages as necessary and experiment with different layouts! You will want to pay special attention to walkways, opens areas, and light because your goal is to create more space and less clutter. Once you believe you have the new layout right, it is time to bring in “the troops” to help move your furniture!

Tidy Up!

Look around your living space with a critical eye as this may lead to revelations for making way for the Holidays. Do you have 1, 2, or 3+ too many decorative pillows and or throw blankets taking up space on the sofa and chairs in your home? Removing those items to a linen closet or storage trunk will provide additional seating space and create a cleaner presentation for both you and your guests. Another area of the home that may need attention during the Holidays is your entryway. Shoes, sweaters, & coats that normally reside in these areas can provide clutter and should be organized in appropriate storage areas and closets while you are entertaining. Speaking of the entryway closet- you will want to make sure there is room for your guests’ winter coats when they come to call!

Add Something New!

Nothing can revitalize a room like a new piece of furniture. You may want to “go big” with a completely new take on the room with the new furniture and décor to match, or you may decide just one anchor piece, like a buffet table, is enough. We recommend that you choose an item that gives you joy and will be around for many more holiday seasons to come.

Bring In a Professional!

Regardless of the time of year, if you are ready to bring in a fresh set of eyes to help you reimagine and beautify your space, then it may be time to bring in a professional. The professional home designers at Ennis Fine Furniture can help you reimagine your living space, not just for the Holiday Season, but for your everyday life all year long.

Heirloom Furniture

Stickley Heirloom furniture

Heirloom Furniture

If you have ever spent longer than five minutes with an elderly relative, they’ve more than likely issued you a series of whimsical phrases that most often you find either amusing, outdated, or downright confusing. ‘The early bird catches the worm’, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so on. Despite the age of some of these charming sayings, the occasional nugget of truth can still be found within. One phrase often heard repeated is, ‘they sure don’t make them like they used to.’ You’d think that with the almost supernatural pace of technological advancement coloring our modern world that things built today are not only not at all like they used to make them, but perhaps better in every single way. Homes are more energy-efficient, cars are built with safety as paramount a feature as the body and mechanics, and communication has been streamlined from a dozen industries and services into a single device that can fit in the palm of your hand.

In this Jetson-esque kind of life, what could possibly be better from a time long ago? If you need a minute to sit and think about it, do so and you might find yourself literally sitting on the answer: furniture. Furniture production, like most other products created today, has become so computerized and hyper-fabricated with lightning efficiency to the point that the items we buy are built with only a transitory lifespan in mind. That is, they are only built to survive until the next great trend comes along. But once we’ve found that great new thing, the furniture we’ve had for but a few years gets unceremoniously donated or repurposed through the recycling process, and even by that time, the expiration of quality on these pieces is evident: chipped corners, peeling fabric and wobbly legs aplenty. So what type of furniture is impervious to the fads of our time? What furnishing invokes the phrase, ‘they sure don’t make them like they used to?’

Harkening back to times spent with your elders, you may have noticed they never seemed to follow the back-and-forth, ups-and-downs of ‘fashionable’ pieces of furniture and likely have hung onto the stuff you’ve always known them to have had. That’s most likely because the quality and history behind those pieces prevented them from finding anything appealing in a showroom. It’s a combination of those elements that define what is commonly known as ‘Heirloom Furniture.’ Heirloom furniture is revered not only because of the story they tell of being passed down from generation to generation but because their build quality was set at such a high standard from the beginning to ensure that they would, in fact, be handed down for decades, perhaps even centuries later.

So what makes a piece heirloom-quality? To separate the hordes of heirloom-imitators from works of fine craftsmanship, one must become a sleuth of sorts as modern production processes have garnered manufacturers the ability to mimic heirloom types quite well, but a few keen tips will help any who may be in search of true woodworking mastery. Typically, heirloom pieces have three things in common: attention-to-detail craftsmanship, fine wood materials, and timeless, elegant design. Shelves, drawers, and joints will be both screwed and glued together; most often in a striking, ergonomic pattern like a dovetail. The wood, if original and well-kept, will be prominently displayed, seldom stained, and never painted. It will have matched grain flowing in opposite directions to give the piece stability and the power to expand and contract as the seasons change, something that was mass-produced in a factory could never achieve.

So, is heirloom quality furniture still manufactured? The answer is yes! We invite you to take a look at Stickley as a perfect example of heirloom quality furniture that can be acquired new today.

If you’re looking to begin a modern-day ‘heirloom’ journey with a new piece for you and your future kin, Ennis Fine Furniture has numerous brands that still abide by these time-tested, hand-crafted techniques and incomparable standards. Stop by and discover some of the craftsmanship your children’s children will be marveling over for years to come.

COOL COLORS, COOL HOME

interior design - cool colors, cool home

Is your home a place of tranquility and peace? It is where we return after a long day and escape from the outside world oversaturated with stimulation. Picking color palettes and interior decor that are conducive to this effect is of utmost importance in creating a carefully coordinated, harmonious room.

Cool colors, Cool home

The utilization of color is key to creating that balanced, “Zen” experience in your home. Lavender, light blue, and even a light green color can be mixed and matched with neutral whites and grays to significantly calm down the atmosphere of any living space. They are particularly great to implement in bedrooms, dampening any harshness that might be present before rest. No matter what vision you’re going for, a fine-tuned and cool color scheme is sure to not only give your home a decorative edge, but also a more inviting, peaceful feel.

Lighting is everything

Nothing does a better job at accenting the furniture you have like the lighting of a room. By adding texture, warmth, and further developing the character of a room, the placement of candles, a table lamp, or sconce is the perfect way to bring a room together and to suffuse the area with comfort. The interplay between artificial lighting and natural lighting is also key when it comes to taking full advantage of a room’s potential. The options are endless. Just keep in mind: cool lighting and heavy illumination are great for a work environment, but not for every room of the house!

New season, new decor

There’s no better way to live in comfort than bringing the seasons indoors. Just as seasonal changes allow us to see the world in a different light, so too does redecorating a room. Just imagine the atmosphere in your home when filled with festive decor and furnished with a new loveseat or table! Accent textiles or rugs are a great choice when revamping a space because of their versatility, aesthetic, and ease of replacement. Again, if you want to cool things down visually, go for the greens, blues, and monochromatic hues. Pastels, of any color, will also create a cool ambiance to your living spaces.

Have any questions for us regarding your home? Come into one of our Ennis locations today to speak with a design expert and help us help you create your ideal home today!

To the Max!

maximalism designed living room space

To the Max!

In the process of enduring lockdowns with sanity intact, we have rediscovered the inherent value of having a space that one can distinctly call their own. The world has changed, you along with it, and now that you are perceiving your home under this fresh, new light, you are probably thinking that it could do with some updating, too. Perhaps some inventive choices that will keep your personal flair but will also push your look into new dimensions.

Adopting a new design can be quite the undertaking, but fear not: the latest approach tends not to focus on what we want to rid ourselves of and replace with, but rely more on what we already have (and lots of it!) and how it relates to our personal history. But how can it be said that trends are wanting a new, fresh look when the idea is based largely on a connection to the past? Most likely this is due to our collective time spent indoors over the last 12-plus months, perusing all of our memorabilia of times well-lived. Thanks to this, the things that have given us definition to our memories are now being displayed and celebrated not only for nostalgia’s sake, but for gratitude’s as well.

This emphasis on personality and character has bucked the Marie Kondo ideology of the last few years and has instead resurfaced an older, historic school of art thought known as “Maximalism”. Essentially, maximalism is the opposite of minimalism: instead of “less is more,” “more is more!” Now that may sound obvious, but maximalism has only recently bled from other realms of art into interior design; while the priority may appear to be just on “more stuff,” the true aesthetic hinges instead on placement and complexity. Vibrancy of appearance and shape, pattern repetition and variety have their roles to play as well, not to mention an item’s story; how it relates to you or how you acquired it.

Bar none, a maximalist room should be visually arresting when it is entered; the space needs to be layered thickly with pieces that feature intricate patterns, designs, textures and bold hues woven into an idiosyncratic visual theme reflecting your personality. Items should be of varying material, but preferably hearty, well-made objects and ornate, handmade, eclectic ones. While abundance is key, try to keep from too many adornments as the format has a reputation for being cluttered or “busy.”

We suggest a small area or room to start. Proceed by layering color, then patterns and then work outwardly with larger items. To help you manage the style, or contain it to a single location, a Tradewinds Bookcase or Stickley Book Rack would make a great base for a maximalist collage, or as an addition to one already in-progress. Throw cushions, plants and books are easy to accessorize and provide a great place to begin. Not sure where to go from here? Stop in to one of our Ennis Fine Furniture showrooms and our staff of professional designers can consult you on maximalism, or any design you wish to pursue!

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!



 
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