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Our thoughts on the trade-offs of choosing leather furniture You love leather furniture:  leather sofas, leather sectionals and chairs, leather recliners.  Heck, you love leather ottomans!  And you’re right to love them.  Leather is a superb choice for your furniture in Des Moines and Iowa.  Here are the issues and our take on them: Cost [...]

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New interior design trends offer you fresh looks for 2016 Norwalk Furniture has posted a YouTube video of their 2016 color trend forecasts. Greys remain the most powerful neutral color and blues continue their wide popularity. As we’ve written before, colors are re-emerging in several fresh new palettes. New-Floral has the most intense combination of [...]

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Maybe we should talk Tartan. There has always been a clubby attraction to tartans and plaids. Warm, homey – yet Ralph Lauren sophisticated – it would be easy to underrate this look. Here is how the new Tartan & Tapestry design trend is described: Tartans and classic plaids have never been more fashion forward. Unexpected [...]

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Update Your Room with the Drama and Warmth of Marsala A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. [...]

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The “On Shore” Color Trend: Fresh colors, finishes, and fabrics for any room Spring 2015 is all about pulling together sophisticated mixes of color, pattern and texture that make your home both refreshingly of-the-moment and beautifully timeless. Colors this season range from cool watery hues and restful near-neutrals to luscious berries and earthy metallics. Textures [...]

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Warm Grays, Coppers and Golds Create Rich Rooms Spring 2015 is all about pulling together sophisticated mixes of color, pattern and texture that make your home both refreshingly of-the-moment and beautifully timeless. Colors this season range from cool watery hues and restful near-neutrals to luscious berries and earthy metallics. Textures — lustrous leathers, heavily textured [...]

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Vivid Patterns and Colors Bring Interior Design Alive Spring 2015 is all about pulling together sophisticated mixes of color, pattern and texture that make your home both refreshingly of-the-moment and beautifully timeless. Colors this season range from cool watery hues and restful near-neutrals to luscious berries and earthy metallics. Textures — lustrous leathers, heavily textured [...]

Three New Furniture Designs

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Elegant new designs – Lola sofa, Gaylord chair and Andy ottoman. What a fun and interesting room. The Lola sofa and Andy ottoman – new traditional styles – are shown in updated fabric selections. Then the Gaylord chair – a transitional style – continues the move into a very today look with an exciting geometric [...]

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For Those Looking For a Little Edge in Their Design This is where you see the influence of Steampunk and alternative styles meeting the couture inspired designs of Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Roberto Cavalli and Kean Etro.  These designers were showing rivets, studs, grommets and metal accents. The result is a wonderful look perfect for [...]

Luxury Neutrals color trend

Neutrals Remain Huge in Interior Design And rightfully so.  Restful, yet extremely sophisticated, this is a look you can live with in your home for years. And, it’s an interior designer’s dream.  You could execute endless – yet unique and wonderful – rooms in Luxury Neutrals.  Here are grey neutrals in a Michael Weiss room: [...]

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Okay, if you’ve been around by Design for the last couple of years, you know that black never left. It has been one of our staples and we only love it more. But, black is getting new love from the trend spotters. Here is how Norwalk Furniture described the trend at Fall High Point Market: [...]

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Should I be afraid of COM fabrics? COM is an acronym standing for “Customer’s Own Material”. It was devised by furniture manufactures to mean any fabric that wasn’t their own. If a fabric is applied that is not from the manufacturer’s line it is therefore COM regardless of whether it’s source is the retailer or [...]

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Simply put… it doesn’t. Fabric grades are used in the furniture industry to separate fabrics by cost, not by quality. A high grade, very expensive fabric in certain cases could be more delicate and an inexpensive one could be highly durable. So how do you choose high quality fabrics? A very good question. Your only [...]

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by Design recommends Sunbrella fabrics for sun rooms. This is more than just marketing. This is real and it is important. Here are two points to consider: Sunbrella® furniture fabrics are produced from tough acrylic fibers, so they resist stains and mildew while maintaining their good looks indoors or out. Because Sunbrella® is manufactured using [...]

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by Design supplier, Norwalk Furniture, has identified fabrics which exhibit outstanding performance. They have designated these as Performance Plus fabrics. There are two categories: MICROFIBERS “Microfibers” is a generic term referring to fabrics woven of extremely fine filament yarns. Because these yarns are so fine, they can be woven into fabrics of extremely dense composition. This denseness of yarn makes it possible for such fabrics to be extremely resistant to wear and seam failure, very stain‐resistant, and easily cleanable. MICROFIBERS = DURABILITY + CLEANABILITY Cleaning microfibers: Almost any stain on a microfiber can be cleaned with a solution of mild soap and water. First, remove [...]

The design team describes the Color Blocks interior design trend this way: “Bright neon and candy colors are mixed with ghost white or midnight black for a crisp simplicity and witty punch. This fashion forward and runway influenced mix is decidedly upbeat in its energy and youthful appeal.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE6Am64j744

Just a short vid, but its enough to whet your appetite! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ZXhldmr6Q Stay tuned for more pre-market excitement.

Sure, neutral fabrics have dominated many looks and room designs for several years.  As we said in the previous post, there are plenty of good reasons for that.  However, if you’re a color lover (I see hands twitching to be raised around the room) there is color on the horizon! Beyond the fact that many [...]

Neutrals have dominated the interior design color palette for several years.  They will retain their popularity in 2011, though at a somewhat diminished point.  Neutrals popularity is understandable and deserved.  There are so many ideas that they express so well.  At times those ideas seem almost contradictory: sophisticated yet casual cool or warm Natural or [...]