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Make an Impact with Dramatic Design

Your home should be an expression of your personal style. Some want to play it safe, while others seek a more dramatic touch. Adding a little intrigue to your interior design can happen any number of ways. Even if you’re a fan of classic lines and muted colors, mixing up your room’s layout with a pop of something bold can help take your design to the next level.

Adding Drama to Interior Design

Dramatic spaces can be dark, yet cozy. They speak to sophistication, but can still have a touch of whimsy. The duality of this design aesthetic is what makes it so inviting! When you want to bring a little of that mystery into your own home, think about texture first.

Velvet is the go-to for glamour. If you’re shying away from a beautiful velvet sofa, maybe you can accent with a few velvet pillows. Either way, the fabric will look great against the other dramatic designs in your space.  Opt for richer hues on your rugs, curtains, and walls. Jewel tones work great on accent pieces, so take a chance on a lush ottoman or corner chair by the fireplace. To top it all off, look at your end tables. Bringing metallic materials into your layout will also add to the overall drama. The shine can create a nice contrast with your other pieces.

Other Favorite Home Features

When you want to embrace drama, your interior design choices don’t stop with your new furniture. You also have to pay attention to your room’s mood lighting. Putting a dimmer switch to your overhead lights can make a big impact. You can also experiment with different accent lights and shades for a deeper tone. Even setting out a few candles on the coffee table can transform your space.

Another feature to consider is an accent wall. Playing with a new paint color is an easy way to breathe new life into your space. Maybe a darker shade on the wall will make your new sofa or display cabinet look better than ever. Taking a risk with one wall can have big payouts—and it doesn’t require the work of touching up the entire room.

Finding Balance with Boldness

As you build on your color scheme, look to balance your rich hues with a few lighter colors. Black, charcoal, teals and plums can all look better by standing in contrast with a clean white trim or other decorative item. Embracing the drama doesn’t mean you have to dive in to a completely gothic setup. Not every piece in your room needs to be dark to have that “bold” ambiance. A healthy dose of some neutral tones can help support the stars of the show.

Your dining table, a fantastic headboard, or your family’s sectional can always be chosen for a distinctly dramatic shape. With that as the centerpiece, the other design elements will simply round out the space. If you need help deciding where to add drama to your home, come see our selections at Ennis Fine Furniture. Our professional designers are ready to help bring drama to your home’s design aesthetic.  Make Ennis a part of your next big interior design project!

Refresh Your Home with Modern Furniture Upgrades

It’s never too late to try something new with your home décor. Our personal styles change through the years, so we should always be open to different looks in our homes, too. Whether you’ve been embracing the modern design aesthetic for a while, or you’re just starting to consider your options, the latest design tips are sure to be inspiring!

The Modern Minimalist Lifestyle

One of the first things we think of with modern furniture styles is their clean lines and high-quality construction. But we can’t forget about the underlying tone. Minimalism plays a big role with the modern design touch. Having clutter around isn’t part of the equation. That’s why it helps to look at your current setup before you commit to a whole new design. Are you able to streamline your layout? Or do you need certain pieces to help pull your room together?

Upgrading your storage options can help any space become more minimalist and modern. It’s also good to keep your tables and shelving reserved for the essentials. Can you simplify with just a few books or one great vase? Getting rid of clutter or items that no longer speak to you will help you get closer to your ideal home environment. Then, when you look around the room, you’ll be able to focus on what really matters.

Mixing Things Up with Modern Textures

Another great feature of modern layouts is that you can mix and match with all kinds of different patterns, textures, and materials. Acquiring your furniture in a collection is a wonderful way to bring continuity to your living space, but sometimes it is appropriate to “mix it up,” especially when a more eclectic approach shows off your personality, and just feels right to you. Remember, you have the freedom to experiment! Want to experiment, but not sure how to pull it all together, the interior design service expert at Ennis Fine Furniture is eagerly awaiting your call!

For example, you might try pairing a modern velvet ottoman or accent chair to your setup. You can also play with metal, wood, and glass. Maybe you want to hang a mirror with a bold metal frame over your sofa. Then you can contrast it with a sleek glass coffee table or a wooden table top with a wire frame. You don’t need to make big changes for a big impact. Even one or two pieces can quickly elevate your room with a real modern style.

Breathe New Life into Your Home Design

While you’re thinking of how to introduce the modern aesthetic to your space, don’t forget to bring in some greenery. Potted plants and trees are fantastic accent pieces. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can get faux plants that still look natural. It’s not always about the artwork on the walls. These touches are modern in their own way, and they can really help tie any space together with a fresh appeal.

If you’re ready to move forward with a new, modern design sense, our selection at Ennis Fine Furniture can help. We have pieces for every room and style, so it’s easy to find your perfect setup. Swing by our showroom, or schedule a time to meet with one of our designers. We’d love to help you bring your modern look to life!

Inviting Spring Into Your Home

Now that spring has sprung, it’s the perfect time to take a hint from nature. We should all feel comfortable breathing new life into our home designs throughout the year. Just as the seasons change outdoors, we can also shake up our layout indoors. This time of year, the decorating theme is all about “out with the old” and “in with the new!”

Embrace the Natural Materials

One easy way to get a sense of fresh air into the home is to add different materials to the mix. We don’t always need to stick with the same fabrics year-round. It’s not like we wear our wool winter sweaters in April! Most of us already change the pillows on our sofas. But what about other pieces in our home décor? We don’t need to stick with the same items we had in the fall.

You can start by taking a look at your floors. Is it time to switch out your heavy fabric rugs for something new? Sisal and jute rugs can instantly transform a space to feel lighter—both in color and in mood.

Next, take a look at your window treatments. You can put away those heavy curtains What about linen or silk curtains instead? Bamboo blinds can be another great option for the spring weather. The sunshine looks great peeking through natural materials. Of course, cotton is always a staple, but it can be nice to add some of these other textures to your design.

Play with Spring Colors and Patterns

Thinking of florals goes hand-in-hand with spring, but you don’t have to stop there. The possibilities are endless when it comes to spring-inspired patterns. You might find a geometric pattern that speaks to your senses instead. Or something green, with a foliage design. Again, it’s simple to swap out your pillows. But what about your pictures and paintings? Can you brighten up your space with some new color?

If you don’t want to go the route of pastels, consider some other outdoor-inspired color schemes. A bright blue vase on the mantel or a collection of bright yellow lemons on the kitchen counter are other ways to bring spring into your home.  An added pleasant burst of lemony sunshine can be yours when it comes time to repurpose those lemons by making them into lemonade, or you can use them to freshen your in-skink disposal.

Find Inspiration from All Things Spring

A bouquet of flowers or just opening up your windows can really get you in the springtime mood, too. These little touches are the perfect way to amplify the thoughtful designs you’ve already worked into your home.

If you need other ideas for the season, be sure to reach out to our design teams here at Ennis Fine Furniture. Are you feeling weighed down with old furniture? We’ll help you find pieces that match your style—and feel fresh! When you think of spring cleaning, you should also think about the bigger pieces in your home, not just the clutter. We can outgrow furniture just like we fall out of love with certain clothes or other knick-knacks that we no longer use. When you’re ready to embrace some new designs, you know where to come!

Take a Journey with Ennis Fine Furnishings

In some ways, the furniture for our homes is similar to the way we dress. But the majority of us have a varied wardrobe. Mixing things up is part of how we define our sense of style. (Have you even seen someone grocery shopping in an evening gown or tuxedo?)

Here at Ennis Fine Furniture, we like to remind our customers that these same rules apply to how we design our homes. There’s no real reason to copy the same design sense from room to room. It’s okay to have unique atmospheres. For example, you might prefer a contemporary master bedroom. Then you can change the tone with a mission-style dining room. And how about mid-century modern in your home office? The possibilities are as open as you allow them to be.

Complementary Furniture Brands

There are many brands that can help bring the vision you have for your home to life. When you choose to live with craftsman-quality furniture, though, you’ll find that many brands are natural complements to each other.

We recently welcomed some new furniture lines to give our customers the absolute best options for their homes. Century, Kincaid, Sherrill, and Stressless from Ekornes are now all included in our selection. The customizable features of each of these brands are a fantastic way to capture your personality and taste.

Century Furniture is respected for its wide array of contemporary and traditional pieces, with the ability to select from any number of fabric or leather applications. Kincaid Furniture also has a focus on craftsmanship. Their solid wood construction is a defining feature for the company. You’ll find similar attention to detail with Sherrill Furniture. Their collections include exciting accent furniture, fine furniture, and leather upholstery. For those focused on style and comfort, Stressless is the name of the game. This Norwegian brand is known for its refined sense of ease.

Building distinct designs often means mixing things up across brands—and between rooms. Fortunately, some of our favorite manufacturers have multiple design styles for you to choose from. All you have to do is define your room’s purpose and point of view, pick the pieces that most speak to you, and enjoy your beautiful space.

Embrace the Design Journey

Of course, if you want to play with different styles in different rooms (from modern to French country, for example), you’ll still want to have a cohesive look for your home. Staying firm with one type of interior design might have a flattening, dull affect, but you don’t want to have a jarring or jumbled change of scenery either. That’s where an expert eye can work with you to chart an aesthetic path all throughout your space.

If it’s time to switch things up, our home interior design team can help. Having an outside opinion with years of experience will let you maximize your furniture and architecture for a truly one-of-a-kind setup. Taking a journey through every room—with new sights along the way—can really refresh the outlook for your entire home. We can help.

New Year Furnishings that Help You Get Organized

The start of a new year often comes with well-meaning New Year’s Resolutions. We want to keep healthy, give more time to our relationships, and finally find a system for maintaining a tidy home. Of course, good intentions only go so far. You need to take effective action to make those dreams a reality!

For home organization, the struggle usually starts with space. We need a specific place for all of our belongings, otherwise the clutter just piles up. Setting things away in long-term storage is one option, but not every item belongs in the attic or garage. There needs to be a better system for the things we use on a regular or even daily basis. And at Ennis Fine Furniture, we believe that comes down to having great, practical furnishings in every room of your home.

Clean Up Your Home Office

It’s hard to stay productive when your workspace is in disarray. You should also have a desk that’s sized appropriately for your needs. Trying to work on something that’s too small will just give you aches and cramps. It helps to have plenty of space to spread out—and drawers to use for all of your pens, paper, and other office items.

Browsing a selection of home office furniture can help you imagine a more streamlined approach for your day. Bookcases and desks that match your personal style and your workload can really elevate your experience to stay “in the zone” whenever you need to keep focused.

Keep a Tidy Bedroom

Making your bed every day is one way to build tidy habits. Another helpful strategy is to give yourself enough space for all of your clothing. Whether your wardrobe collection is large or small, you want to have designated areas that keep your items in good condition. (That means making sure your dresser drawers aren’t stuffed too tight!)

Your master suite’s armiour lets you keep wrinkles out of your sweaters and jackets, and an attractive chest can keep your blankets and quilts protected when not in use. Paying attention to your bedroom furniture will help you utilize furnishings that are truly a match for your aesthetic and lifestyle.

Home Organization Starts with Ennis!

If you’re ready to get serious about your home organization setup, the wide selection of home furnishings at Ennis Fine Furnishings can help. We have pieces for every room, hallway, and nook and cranny of your home. When you can maximize the space you currently have with practical storage pieces, you’ll be well on your way to a neat and tidy home year-round.  Need additional guidance (and even emotional support as your get organized!)?  The professional design consultants are here ready to help.

Give us a call or swing by our showroom to start exploring your options. We would be happy to collaborate with you on your new layout. Together, we’ll find the solutions that get your home ready for a new year—in style!

Merry Christmas from your friends at Ennis!

As we prepare for the holiday season, it’s important to remember what truly matters most in life. Caring for our loved ones and spending time together takes center stage this time of year. We gather together in the kitchen, living room, and around the dining room table. That’s why now is the perfect time to reflect on what makes our home into a true haven.

What Really Makes the Holiday Season?

Getting the house ready for family, friends, and other guests is a common concern as Thanksgiving rolls around. Rather than stress about these holiday visitors, though, why not use these moments to appreciate how you’ve made your home your own? Creating new, fond memories is easy when your priorities are in order.

  1. Open Homes and Hearts

Inviting out-of-town friends and relatives to stay in your home is a great way to have extra time together and catch up. Making sure your home is ready to take on these guests becomes so much simpler when you have a designated guest room bed. But no matter how much space you have to spare, your home will only feel as big as your heart. When you sincerely welcome loved ones into your home, a sense of comfort will always shine through.

  1. Embracing Gratitude

We all understand the meaning of Thanksgiving. We use the holiday to give thanks for what the year has brought to our personal lives and families. The holiday weekend also lets us reconnect and share these celebrations with the ones we love. Using these days to count our blessings is a clear example of bringing gratitude into our lives. Of course, embracing gratitude doesn’t have to end on Thanksgiving. Why not carry these teachings into every day of the year?

  1. Family around the Table

Gathering around the table for the big Thanksgiving meal is a hallmark of the holiday season.

But this gets us thinking. Shouldn’t we attempt to return to the table more often throughout the year? Too often we forget to use our meal time to engage in meaningful conversation. Practicing these same traditions beyond Turkey Day can help us feel even more connected with the most important people in our lives.

  1. Lasting Home Comfort

Your home’s comfort goes beyond just the indoor temperature. It includes sprawling out on the couch, having a bright, warm fire in the living room, or a sipping on a mug of hot chocolate in your favorite chair. All of these little details add up for your home’s sense of ease and harmony. Consider how your family defines comfort this gift-giving season. There might be ways to spoil them with a new blanket, pair of slippers, or fluffy set of pillows for the bed.

  1. The Best Accessory

While we’re big fans of interior design and home décor here at Ennis Fine Furniture, the season is really about the most important accessory of all. It’s not something you can physically touch, it’s about having love in your home. No matter how cozy your living room setup might be, it won’t mean a thing unless you have the comfort of feeling close to your loved ones—or being at peace on your own. So, as you continue to reflect in the weeks ahead, don’t forget the best accessory of all!

 

Experience The Classic And Rare at Ennis Fine Furniture

 

Here’s how a popular dictionary defines Vintage:

Vintage- Noun

1: a season’s yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard

2: wine especially: a usually superior wine all or most of which comes from a single year

Vintage- Adjective

1: of wine : of, relating to, or produced in a particular vintage

2: of recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality : classic– even RARE

 Regardless of the era, there have always been people that have tastes that lean towards those things that can be described as vintage.   There is vintage wine (as described above), vintage automobiles, and certainly vintage clothing, to name just a few vintage things.  But did you know there was also a class of furniture that can be described as “vintage?”

But what does “vintage” mean when applied to the furniture and interior design world?

To some it is furniture that has reached a certain age.  To others it means the furniture piece has a certain weathered or distressed look.  To someone else it means that the furniture piece is of a classic style that has with stood the test of both time & trends.  Yet, to the next person they may understand vintage to mean something that was trendy years ago & has made its way back again to the forefront of style.  Take Midcentury Modern, for instance.  “MidMod,” as it is often called, is a perfect example of furniture that was in style decades ago and has become widely popular again.

At Ennis Fine Furniture, we understand that a simple term like “vintage” may mean different things to different people so no assumptions are made about how you may define it!   We have no “sales people” at Ennis.  The people you will meet at our four locations are all career design professionals.  You’ll find Ennis design experts ask a wide array of questions because they want to get to know you, their client, in a personal way.  This is how they can truly understand your desires and your creative influences.  Ennis professional interior designers take your dream and make it theirs, too.   The collaboration that results is reflected in the manifestation of your vision that has now made your home a dream that has come to life for you and those you love.

So, you may be wondering about now how the professional designers at Ennis Fine Furniture may also fit into the description of the word “vintage.”  It has nothing to do with age as our designers represent a wide range of age groups.    Here’s how:  Ennis professional designers are both CLASSIC in their absolute professionalism, and RARE in that they provide a level of service not to be found in regular furniture shopping experiences.

Professional design services are complimentary to all Ennis Fine Furniture customers and clients and our designers will undoubtedly make your experience superior to any others.

We now present to you some links to great, yet differing, vintage style furniture that are available to you at Ennis:

The Finger Lakes Collection by Stickley is a great example of vintage design that endures beyond time and trends.  This cherry table by Stickley has the patina that is reminiscent of generations of love and use and perfectly fits the description of vintage inspired furniture.

Soft, uncluttered lines with classic hand tufting on the back and this Carillon sofa sectional by Kinkaid manages to combine modern comfort in a style that is decidedly vintage!

This Belle Chest by Drexel is a wonderfully romantic style chest of drawers that features a weathered finish and handsome pulls that are inspired by vintage European nobility, yet will fit so very stylistically in the modern American home.

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED YOUR FAVORITE CHAIR YET?

Whether you fully know it now or not, and it may have already happened, someday you will decide you have a “favorite chair” in your home.   The favorite chair is a very special place.  It provides comfort like no other item of furniture can.  It is a safe place where the worries of the world seem to fade.  The favorite chair has a way of relaxing your body and making you feel more like “you” again.  This great chair has the effect of transforming you into your rightful place as a royal.

What?  You don’t currently have a favorite chair in your home?   Ennis is here to help you with that.  Read on:

The Classic Recliner:

The absolute archetype of the “favorite chair” in any home is the classic recliner.  The recliner makes the undeniable statement- “Welcome home, sit back, it is time to relax.”  The Donovan Recliner by Thomasville is especially inviting with its inviting pillow plush seat cushion and semi-attached back cushion.  Whether you select leather or choose from a multitude of cloth draping options, you will find this Thomasville recliner to be of exceptional quality, durability, and comfort.

The Claudette Chair

Imagine a space in your home where you can cuddle up with a good book, warm cookies, and enjoy a quiet solitude that renews the soul.    You’ve very likely just imagined the Claudette Chair by Drexel.   Soft, wide cushions and with a matching ottoman; lean back, pick your feet up (sigh)– that’s Claudette and she will spoil you!

Living Room Rocker

Who is not enchanted in some way by a rocking chair?   Rocking chairs bring to us a gentle cadence of peace, love, and for some of us … fun!    When you combine all of that into a Stickley rocking chair, you know you have the best in craftsmanship and comfort to rock-a-way your day’s cares & obligtations.    This Living Room Rocker by Stickley boasts a  generous seating area that is almost a yard wide and 41” deep.  This rocker’s arched front stretcher compliments the chair’s wide and graceful canted arms.  Of course, because it is Stickley, you know the craftsmanship is of the highest order and that makes this a favorite chair that can even be passed from generation to generation.

Given that your chair is such an important place to aspire to and to spend time in, we thought we would present some of our favorite chairs in the hopes you may find one that fits you perfectly.

If you don’t see your favorite chair in this post, don’t’ worry.  The professional home designers at Ennis Fine Furniture literally have hundreds of favorite chairs to show you and are experts in the art of favorite chair selection. Ennis professional design services are complimentary to all Ennis Fine Furniture Customers.   Your home’s special seating-getaway place awaits!

Need Design Inspiration For Autumn? Look To Nature And Ennis!

Just as Spring-time is when the Earth shakes off the monochromatic cloak of Winter to don a fresh color palette of myriad colors, autumn is the season where mother nature again changes wardrobe in a burst of new colors!  autumn is truly nature’s grand encore.

This season is arguably the most colorful time of year.  There is something more vivid in the blue of the sky, the whites of the clouds, and of course, the myriad of colors displayed in all the foliage around us.

You have to look no further than the colors, textures, and boldness of natures’ autumn to gain inspired insight into how you may prepare you home for this beautiful Fall season.

Color- BLUE

While hues of orange, golds, and reds are immediately identifiable with fall, we propose you consider blue.  Yes, blue.  Think about it.  The sky is never so blue as it is in the crisp air of Fall.   So we recommend you bring some of that beautiful Fall sky into your main living space (in a major way!) with this stunning sofa by Drexel.   Drexel calls this the Chubby sofa because of the spacious comfort it provides.  Want to add an even deeper hue of blue?  Then check out the matching Chubby chair by Drexel.  Of course, Drexel provides you with a host of fabrics and textures to drape your Chubby sofa with, but we love and recommend this plush, velvety blue covering and we know you will love it also.

Texture- WOOD GRAINS

First- we have to ask the obvious question.  When aren’t beautiful woodgrains in style?  Of course, they are always in style, but we say there is a special connection with fall because of their essential relationship with trees and rich textures!

As an ode to this wonderful season, we present to you this gorgeous Thomasville Bibbiano Sideboard  cabinet as a breathtaking addition to your autumn-time home.   This Thomasville piece boasts beautiful, exotic wood inlays as well as a Dark Emperador marble top.  This sideboard works well in either your living room or dining room.  Imagine your favorite fall wine variety decanted and ready for you and your friends as you celebrate the turning of the season!

You- THE BOLD

As autumn is mother nature’s most bold of seasons, we believe you should also be bold in your home furnishing choices and décor.  Mix it up; boldly move outside your comfort zone!

Mash it up this fall!  A splendid (and fashionable) mash-up of wood grains and industrial metals in a bold, French style trunk comes to us from Hooker Furniture.   The Arabella Trunk is, of course, functional as a storage trunk (think blankets and throws), but we believe its sophisticated French elements and glamorous touches make it perfect as a cocktail table, too.

Accessorize this autumn!  Bring the beauty of fall to life in your home with quality wall art.  Nothing makes a seasonal statement this time of year like the evocative imagery of autumn leaves.  Uttermost bronze leaves are actually formed from real leaves and combines premium quality materials, like bronze and gold leaf veining.   In addition to hanging them on your wall, these sculpted leaves are engineered with small pedestals that also make them a great table-top display no matter the time of year.

Fall is one of our favorite times at Ennis Fine Furniture because there are so many design inspirations derived from this season.  Are you interested in additional design inspiration?  We welcome your inquiry!   Professional design services is complimentary to all Ennis Fine Furniture customers.

THE BOSS IS HOME

You are the boss of your life and the Boss needs a proper home office!

Having a home office these days has become as much a rule and not so much the exception.  Telecommuting, cottage industry, job-sharing, online commerce stores and a host of other societal factors has driven the need for a comfortable, functional home office.  That corner nook where we used to just pay the bills will no longer do for today’s home-based work leader.

Your home office must fit your needs.  Are you working solo and part-time in the space, or do you see clients at your home office?  Do you need to conduct business in a quiet, more private setting?  Many modern homes have rooms that are specifically designed as home offices.  If that is not your home, then a room where you can shut the door (such as a spare bedroom) may be perfect.  If there is no need for privacy, then an open space like a bonus room might do the trick.  In either setting, the important thing is your ability to work in comfort.   When you have the right kind of office furniture in your home, you will feel confident in your ability to get the job done.

Regardless of where your home office is configured, you will need a desk, so let’s start by considering something very special.   Are you thinking of a traditional executive type desk?  Something that speaks of power and success?   Did you want something sleek and functional in a desk that just also happens to be a work of art?   Guess what?  That’s not too much to ask.

Take a look at the La Costa Live Edge Desk by Lexington Homebrands!  This beautiful desk, of course, fits any home office setting, but we see it working particularly well in an open, lit and airy home loft environment.  This stunning workplace features a polished stainless-steel base and mahogany drawers.  The solid Trembesi live-edge top is unique on each piece!  Textures, tones, materials set the stage for excellence every time you sit at the La Costa Live Edge Desk.

Every home executive needs a great chair.   We submit to you that the Hancock & Moore Amato chair will have you feeling like you are in the “power position” every time you sit down to go to work!  This tufted leather chair is available in a variety of colors and features pneumatic swivel and tilt features for ultimate comfort.  Take note of the distinctive Mahogany distressed finish as this styling que takes its inspiration from the Wall Street boardrooms of old.

Now, how about sumptuous seating for your office visitors and guests?  These Hancock & Moore Luxe Button and Tufted chairs provide exceptional comfort to your clients while speaking volumes about your own style, savvy and success.

An aficionado of American craftsmanship and quality will automatically want to look at what Stickley has to offer for their home office.  That same discerning person will undoubtedly also see the value in furnishing their office with a set like this Stickley office unit.  Abundant desk space and file space that will keep you organized and productive in true Craftsman Style is just part of the appeal of this office unit.   Want to add just a bit of additional Stickley charm?  Add the functional Stickley Desk Box to hold your writing instruments and accessories!

Regardless of what business title you may or may not possess in the work-a-day world, inside your own home, you are the CEO of your life and you deserve to have an office space befitting a boss of such an important enterprise as your own life!

The outstanding and business savvy designers at Ennis Fine Furniture welcome your inquires and are eager to help you put together the home office of your dreams.   As always, Ennis professional design services are complimentary to Ennis customers.