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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Design Public Guide: Great Desk Chairs for Homework Time

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Well, we’ve covered desks and lamps in our Back to School Design Public Guides. Now it’s time for comfy and attractive chairs for homework time. Here are some of our top picks from around the site. 13-0005343.jpg

Steelcase Think Chair. This ultimate desk chair is smart enough to adjust to you and the rest of your family members’ weights and postures. There’s built-in lumbar allows for additional dialed in back support. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures.

 

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Steelcase Move Multi-Use Chair with Upholstered Seat. There’s more to this stylish and stackable chair that meets the eye. Under the seat cushion there is a support system that conforms to your body — flexors inside the seat curve with your curves and move as you move. What I like most about it is it’s versatility; it can serve as a comfy desk chair or dining chair. So working at the kitchen table is comfortable, or if it’s in your kiddo’s room, you can reclaim it when she goes off to college.

rollersideappleModernica Side Shell with Rolling Base Chair. This molded fiberglass classic is a modern icon, made from the original molds that the Eameses designed. The seat height adjusts approximately from 18 inches to 22 inches. I chose the version that rolls, because rolling is fun and can tempt your child right into the homework seat. Let him have some fun cruising the floor before he has to get down to business. blue_graphite

 

Steelcase Turnstone Buoy Chair. Sometimes ya gotta shake up homework time a bit. The buoy chair looks like it’s meant for something more fun than homework, so let it work its deceptive magic and tempt your child right over to those sentences she needs to diagram. The buoy wobbles and engages the core, and the height can be adjusted in a five-inch range.

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Blu Dot Real Good Chair. We picked this powder-coated beauty in red because it enlivens the senses and ignites passion. While available in other lovely colors, grab a red one for homework time.

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Blu Dot Roy Chair. This chair made the list for four great reasons. It’s padded, attractive, stackable and available at a great price point.

We wish we had the room to share more details about our desk chair selection. But you can check them out for yourself:

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Get to Know TrueModern

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Do you know TrueModern? If not, it’s a greet time to get acquainted. We are happy to announce that for the first time ever in TrueModern’s history, we are launching a fantastic sale. Take 20%  off all of TrueModern upholstered pieces from August 17 through September 17 2015.

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Julia and Edgar Blazona have combined experience of working for Williams-Sonoma, Target, Pottery Barn, and West Elm before branching out with their own brand, TrueModern. You’ll love their stylish, comfortable, pet and kid-friendly sofas, chairs and ottomans, and they’ll be a big part of your home furniture for decades to come as they are not only classic but also very durable. Available in several styles and all the different configurations and sizes you’ll need, they offer comfortable and chic seating for everyone in the family.

Take a look at TrueModern’s corner pieces, chaises and sofas to see which configuration will work for your room. Then study the colors to see which one you will love for years to come. This is the TrueModern Jackson 104-inch Sofa with Chaise:

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All of TrueModern’s pieces are available in a range of colors. This is Blue Bird, which adds lovely color but can also serve as a modern-day neutral:
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If you’re looking for something that will add a big jolt of color to your space, check out Parrot:

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The TrueModern Jackson Chair is dangerous because once you sink into it you may not ever want to get up.

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You have a few weeks to play around with layouts and think about color, but don’t wait too long. The sale ends on September 17, 2015.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Good Brand to Know: Tempaper Temporary Wallpapers

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Forest_COPPER_FO091_swatch-2.jpgAre you afraid to commit to a wallpaper? This post is coming to you from someone who leaves wallpaper samples thumb-tacked to her walls for years without ever even calling that great wallpaper hanger a designer friend recommended, so trust me, I completely relate. That’s why Tempaper is so brilliant. Their selections are self-adhesive and totally temporary.

So long as your walls are nice and smooth (they recommend that your surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish paint, not flat for the best results), you can simply peel and stick this self-adhesive temporary wallcovering to your walls, ceilings, doors, backs of bookshelves and other DIY projects. No paste, no water, no professional required!

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Tempaper’s Brick Temporary Wallpaper gives you the look of exposed brick without the dust. It will give you the look of that fabulous movie loft that doesn’t ever seem to really exist in real life.

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The wood accent wall look has never been more popular. But finding that wood, cleaning it, smoothing it, etc. turns into a major construction project. With Tempaper’s options, you can get the accent wall look with ease.

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Tempaper Herringbone Temporary Wallpaper will give your walls texture and pattern. It’s available in Ash (seen here) and a darker version, Walnutherringbone_ash_textured_he500_swatch

 

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If you’re not so into herringbone, faux bois woodgrain paper may be for you. It’s available in indigo and pewter. Tempaper also has a wide variety of other patterns, from traditional damask to botanicals.

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Tempaper Branches Temporary Wallpaper is a modern take on a woodland, available in graphic black and white seen above as well as Mystery Blue:

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Tempaper is made in the USA.

Tempaper’s installation recommendations and other information:

It is recommended that you apply Tempaper to surfaces that have been painted with an eggshell or satin finish.It is recommended that you apply Tempaper to surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish. Applications on matte or flat paints are not recommended. Tempaper is a phthalate-free, VOC-free and lead-free product. The adhesive and inks that we use are environmentally safe and friendly, and will not be affected by steam, humidity or indirect moisture from a bathroom. Our back liner is biodegradable.

There are so many more options to check out. Will Tempaper help you get over your wallpaper commitment-phobia?

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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Don’t Miss the Gus Modern Summer Sale!

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Buying a new sofa is a big deal. It’s one of those big purchases that you hem and haw over and save up your money for. Don’t miss this chance to save 20% on Gus*Modern’s upholstered pieces. There is a range of beautiful styles, fabrics and colors. Also while you’re shopping, why not pick up a chair or two, and/or an upholstered ottoman? The sale is on until August 16, 2015, so you’ll have plenty of time to hem. And haw. Then decide.

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The Margo Sofa is a beautiful new classic with French flair. And deep jewel-toned blue is the new neutral. Upholstered in jewel-toned velvet, you’ll want to channel your inner George Costanza and ensconce yourself in it. By the way, if blue velvet’s not for you, it also comes in quartz, zinc and goldleaf.

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If Don Draper was shilling on Madison Avenue in 2015, I think he’d choose The Davenport Sofa. Its clean lines are a current update on mid-century modern style, and its sleek stainless steel base adds a contemporary touch.  It also comes in a bi-sectional version as well.

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The Thatcher Sofa combines a steel frame with unique diamond-patterned upholstery that adds a slightly more traditional touch.

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Need more space to stretch out and seat more people? The Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa gives you room to put your feet up and relax. Warning: This may induce a fat nap.

 

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The Mimico Ottoman is one of those pieces that will serve you in many ways, in a bunch of rooms, for many years to come. Place it in the entryway as a landing strip, where you can take your shoes off and stash them, your bag and other equipment out of view inside. Use it as a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Place it at the end of your bed as a bench and keep an extra throw blanket stored inside. There are so many possibilities.

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The Spanner Chair was designed in 1950 and its playful style has endures. In fact, it was out of production for about 50 years before Gus struck a deal with the Spanner family to bring this beauty back to life.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Don’t Miss This Fatboy Deal!

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Whether you’re craving a colorful hammock to swing in or big fat comfy seats to replace those rickety old lawn chairs, there has never been a better time to stock up on Fatboy’s clever and colorful outdoor furniture offerings.  Now through June 15 2015, spend $600 on Fatboy Outdoor Furniture and save $100.

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This is not your 1970s bean bag. The Fatboy Original Outdoor comes in way cooler colors, is much more comfortable as a real seat and its jacket is moisture repellent Sunbrella™ fabric.

 

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You know it’s the best time of year to lounge and swing from side to side. The colorful nylon on the Fatboy Headdemock Hammock is easy to wipe down, and there’s no need to find two perfectly placed trees — it comes with a tubular base.

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The Fatboy Buggle-Up Lounge Bag is a very versatile piece. You can prop it up to sit up straight, punch it around for a lounge or lay it flat as a relaxing mattress at naptime. The outdoor version has straps that make it easier to lug around and prop up. After you try a Buggle-Up, you’ll never want to sit on wrought iron outdoor furniture again.

Once you start planning out your colorful new outdoor color scheme with Fatboy, you’ll be scooping up the deal before you know it. So get shopping; you only have until June 15, 2015.

 

 

 

 

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