The Differences Between Modern And Contemporary Furniture...

To many people modern furniture and contemporary furniture may appear to be the similar, however, as alike as they may appear, they are not necessarily the same. When the word “modern” is used in the context of furniture it refers to “modernism” which is a school of design whereas the term contemporary refers to a period, or time frame, in which the furniture was made. Both modern and contemporary furniture incorporate very clean lines and are uncluttered, both are very popular and a lot of pieces that can be found in a contemporary furniture store fits into one or the other of these schools. Contemporary furniture can refer to furniture that all fits into the same time frame, regardless of what that might be. Dining room furniture for example that is all from the 1970s will be described as 70s contemporary which simply indicates the era in which it was made and the fact that the pieces were meant to go together when they were first made. The term can also be used to identify furniture that was made in the style of the times. The fact that the term contemporary can be used in a number of ways makes it all a little confusing but it becomes clear in what sense the word is being used simply by looking at the furniture style. When you pay particular attention while you are in a contemporary furniture store you can quickly notice that the look shares a few common characteristics. Contemporary furniture tends to incorporate modern materials in its manufacture, lots of chrome and glass; sharp edges and radical angles abound. There are very few if any decorative elements such as carvings, the lines tend to be very smooth and of anything, somewhat asymmetrical. As...

Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture Designs...

There are no rules when you begin mixing furniture designs and styles. You can mix modern furniture designs with any other furniture that you like. Doing so allows you to reflect your personal design style. However, combining traditional furniture designs with modern furniture designs will take a little planning so that it does not look over-the-top. Consider these things, if you are thinking about mixing design styles. Traditional Design or Modern Design You will have to figure out which one you like the most, either traditional or modern. This style will likely be the more dominate style, inside your home. Whichever style you choose as your dominate one will be the style of furniture you purchase. Your accent pieces will then be in the other style. This is how you can easily begin to mix design styles. If you have too much of the same, it will make the space look complicated and give it an unusual flow. Make it easier on your eyes by creating a space that is going to be visually attractive, as well as, comfortable. You are able to set the rules by adhering to this simple design strategy. You will also save yourself time and frustration. Like It or Love It Now it is time to figure out what it is about a particular piece of furniture that you like. When you see a piece of furniture that you are drawn to, ask yourself, what is it about this particular piece that attracts me? Is it the color, the design, the texture? You will find out that you are likely attracted to most furnishings for the same reason. Once you have figured out why you like these home furnishings, you can seamlessly incorporate the other design style, traditional or...

The Basic Furniture and Accessories You Need for Your Dining Room...

When you have an empty dining room, it can seem a bit overwhelming to decorate it in just the right way. However, believe it or not, dining rooms are actually quite simple to decorate. While your decorating style and taste may be unique, you will need the same basic pieces to complete the space. The main types of furnishings and accessories you will need for the space are highlighted here. The Table The very first piece of furniture that you will need to purchase is the dining room table. No matter if you select modern dining tables‏ or more rustic looking options, this will likely set the mood for the remainder of the space. If you have enough space, you should look for one that is large enough to seat your entire family, as well as any guests you may have. Seating You do not have to select dining room seating that matches your table perfectly. In fact, you do not even have to select chairs that match each other. However, you do need to select chairs that are completely compatible with one another and the table when it comes to the style, size and height of the seating. If you have found chairs that you really like, but the seats are worn or ugly, you should consider purchasing them anyway. You can easily reupholster the seats, giving the chair an entirely new look. Serving Pieces and Storage If you have a larger dining room, you may have space for a serving piece or storage in the actual dining room. You may want to use a sideboard, buffet or china cabinet. You should select a piece that has a base that goes to the floor. Since the chairs and table are so leggy, when...

Choosing the Best Modern Sofa Sets for Your Style...

The sofa is likely to be the biggest and most expensive item in your living room, though most people would argue the television is now the biggest and most expensive. For most, one couch just doesn’t add enough sitting room for guests, especially if you’re planning on having a big get-together. Sofa sets have become increasingly popular and usually consist of a sofa and something else. The “something else” used to be a loveseat, but now can be a long chaise or even a matching chair. White One of the most popular sofa set colors for the modern household is white, though most people balk at the thought of white in their home. This color scheme definitely works best if you have no young children or messy family members, but it can be an awesome way to brighten up a room. You can also add a lot of different cushions and other options in many bright colors to liven things up. Most people with modern white sofa sets choose to have multiple bright colors for summer and tone down to naturals and taupe for the fall and winter months. This gives you a lot of opportunities to add a lot of funky flair to your living room furniture. Red Bright red is all the rage with modern homes. Red is such a bold color that most people shy away from it. However, if you want to sofa to be the focal point of the room, you want it to dazzle. It can work really well with white walls and even white floors, adding a pop of color to make a modern room more cozy and inviting. Mixed If your entire decor is modern, then you may want a mix of different modern options to...

Custom Jewelry: Gemstones For Rings And Pretty Things...

When it comes time to choose the right custom jewelry in Prior Lake MN, you always have a number of options to consider. While some people prefer plain, unadorned items, others opt for bracelets, necklaces and rings that glitter. They want everyone to notice the size, shape, color and/or gem of the piece they are wearing. While “rocks” dominate, not everyone wants a diamond. In fact, some people are happier to receive or buy a piece of jewelry with another gem. If this is the case, you might want to consider these options. Amber Everyone who was or is a fan of Jurassic Park has heard of Amber. Amber is a fossilized resin. There are four different types of Amber, of which Baltic is the most commonly used. In some custom jewelry, for very special occasions, you may want to use Sicilian, Rumanian or Burmese Amber. Besides the ability to provide dinosaur DNA, Amber has been held in high esteem as a gem with healing properties. If this describes your beloved or yourself, use Amber. Amethyst Amethyst is quartz of a specific color. Its sheer beauty has impressed men and women for centuries. If you really want to impress with amethyst, have it customized. Have it cut into a heart-shape then set in either silver or gold. This was said to confer upon a newlywed couple happiness and tranquility in their marriage. Emerald As a variety of beryl, Emerald has been popular since before 2,000 BC in such lands as Egypt. It has associations with the Queen of Sheba and The Book of the Dead. Jade This smooth gem is excellent for those who want to capture knowledge and wisdom in a piece of custom jewelry. Carving jade into various shapes is believed to...

The Great American Cigar Story...

American entrepreneurship and business acumen couldn’t want for a better example than the history behind Swisher Sweet Little Cigars. Little cigars are generally popular today for three reasons: – Lower prices; not only because they contain less tobacco than a full size cigar but, also because of taxation advantages when compared to cigarettes.With restrictions on where people can smoke anything; cigar lovers might want a quick smoke (during a break) rather than sit and savor a cigar for an hour.Should a cigar smoker wish to have “extras” like fruit flavored tobacco or built in wooden mouthpieces; these are, generally, only found on or with little cigars. Possibly the world’s most popular small cigar is made by the Swisher International Group and sold under the brand name of Swisher Sweet Little Cigars. The Swisher company is now a multi-national group with worldwide sales; but it grew to become that from somewhat humble beginnings that started before 1861. At one time; Cuba was considered to be the only true home of quality cigars; the tobacco was both grown and made into cigars within Cuba; this was largely under the control of a few rich landowners with their plantations and large numbers of workers to grow, harvest and cure their tobacco and, of course hand roll the finished product. Over time, some Cubans migrated to (nearby) Florida to set up businesses that would import raw tobacco from Cuba and make cigars inside the USA; especially in and around Tampa; but also elsewhere. By 1861 there were several such enterprises engaged in cigar manufacture. At this time; one David Swisher; who was a trader who purchasing goods in the East to transport them in wagons to the new settlements to the West (for sale to anyone who would...