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26 Jul 2018
Whether you work from home once a week or full time, having a home office can really change the way you work. The idea is to have a space that's comfortable but not so comfortable that it hinders your ability to do work.   One of the benefits of having a home office is that it's your space. You can tailor it to work perfectly for you in both efficiency and comfort.   It's also incredibly helpful to have a dedicated home office space rather than a laptop placed on the kitchen counter.     Things to consider   Before you begin the process of designing a home office, there are some important questions to ask yourself to determine how the room will be used.   What tone do you want ...
20 Jul 2018
  Whether you're downsizing or you just don't have the space for a separate guest room, having an office that serves as a guest room is sometimes necessary. However, office spaces don't always lend themselves to being comfortable, homey environments for guests.   There are several steps you can take to create a multi-purpose space that acts as both a home office and a guest room.   What are the benefits of a multi-functional room?   In a lot of cases, you may not have a choice when it comes to deciding between a guest room and an office. Maybe you don't have an extra room but you want to be able to put up guests.   Or, you might have guests coming to stay very infrequently. So even ...
20 Jul 2018
If you spend hours sitting either at work or in your home office, you've probably wondered if your office chair is ergonomically correct. You may have even experienced back or neck pain from sitting in an uncomfortable chair.   Sitting puts a lot of stress on the lumbar spine, and prolonged sitting, especially in an office chair that doesn't work for your body, can cause long-term issues for your neck and back. But what exactly is an ergonomic office chair.      What is an ergonomic office chair?   An ergonomic chair is one that's designed with efficiency and comfort in mind. In other words, it's all about aligning your body and your spine correctly and comfortably. These days, a lot of people are using sit-stand desks ...
13 Jul 2018
A home is only truly beautiful when it's functioning correctly. Space planning is the comprehensive organization and mapping out of your home design.   It allows you to make sense of your space, scale your furniture to your home, and take your design to the next level.   Space planning allows you to visualize, whether in an online Room Planner  or on paper, exactly how your space will function and where the furniture will be placed inside it.     What is space planning?   Will Correia, from our Pembroke showroom, describes, "Space planning is mapping out a room, figuring out your focal points, what the function of the room is, and determining the scale of the room and the furniture within it." When space planning, designers map out ...
03 Jul 2018
  Downsizing can be very liberating. It forces you to think about what you truly need and it allows you to live the lifestyle you've always wanted, whether that means moving closer to the city or setting up camp by the ocean. It can, however, be overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. This guide will give you everything you need to know about downsizing so you're not making the move in the dark.   Plan ahead   With any major design project, whether you're remodeling or moving house, the first step is to take inventory and to plan as much as possible.   Take inventory   What are you keeping What are you selling, donating, or giving away   Take measurements   Do you have a floor plan or an architectural plan Measure ...
29 Jun 2018
Many homeowners are choosing to transform their outdoor spaces into living areas that see regular use. Making your outdoor living space an upscale spot  in your home will encourage you to use the space more often. There are several ways to create a luxe outdoor space that will be frequently used by both family and friends this season.     Choose Comfortable Seating   When using an outdoor living space one of the first things that a visitor will look for is a  peaceful spot to sit down and relax.   Consider choosing something that is both chic and durable enough to withstand the elements, like the Agave Outdoor Sofa Make sure that pillows and fabrics can handle getting wet and that they are easy to clean. Consider choosing ...
27 Jun 2018
Perhaps there's a smaller room in your home that isn't being used to its full potential. Or maybe you're just beginning the design process and have no idea how to decorate a small space. There are countless ways to visually expand a room, making it appear larger and more open. But first, it's best to start simply with function. Asking yourself a few important questions will ensure that your space is not only beautiful and unique but functional as well.     Where to start   The best place to start when considering how to decorate a small space is to take dimensions of the room. Cheryl, from our Pembroke showroom, describes, "Measurements are the most important piece of information I need to begin my ...