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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!

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!



 
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