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Modernism vs. Art Deco Furniture

Modernism vs. Art Deco Furniture

Spotting the difference between Art Deco and Modernism styles can be tricky. There’s a lot of overlap both in terms of timing and even designers and artists who moved from one style to the next as their personal design styles evolved over time. Fret not - by the end...

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What is Art Deco Furniture?

What is Art Deco Furniture?

You may have noticed the craze for dramatic interiors decorated with furniture containing geometric patterns, naturalistic motifs and muted colors often in a chrome finish. These furnishings and interiors are constantly making an appearance on television, at the...

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Harlem Toile: In Sheila’s Words

Harlem Toile: In Sheila’s Words

After many years searching for the perfect Toile for her own home, Sheila Bridges decided that it quite simply didn’t exist, so she created it. Harlem Toile rewrites the iconographic narrative of a classic decorating staple and challenges constructs of representation...

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What is Upholstered Furniture?

What is Upholstered Furniture?

It’s more likely than not that you’ve sat on – if not owned – quite a bit of upholstered furniture. It’s cushioned, soft and versatile, not to mention found in just about any living space, from the bed to the dining chairs to the sofa. But if you’re like us, you may...

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What is Ticking Stripe Fabric?

What is Ticking Stripe Fabric?

What is Ticking Stripe Fabric? To answer this, let’s first take a quick little jaunt back in time to see how and why this humble fabric came to have such hero status. Picture you’re a hardworking farmer back in the middle ages (just go with us on this for a minute)....

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What is Shibori Fabric?

What is Shibori Fabric?

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about Japanese shibori fabric. This deeply dyed textile is showing up in a mélange of patterns on everything from dresses to sofas to face masks. But what is shibori fabric, exactly? How is it different than tie-dye? And why is it so...

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What is Scalamandre Fabric?

What is Scalamandre Fabric?

What is Scalamandre? Scalamandre is one of America’s most beloved textile brands. The heritage fabric house’s nearly century-old legacy has made it an ultimate destination for interior designers and décor enthusiasts alike. Founded in 1929 by Italian immigrant Franco...

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What Is an Upholstered Bed?

What Is an Upholstered Bed?

What is upholstery? First things first. Before we get into specific types of upholstered beds, it’s important to understand what is meant by the term “upholstered”. Fortunately, it’s pretty straightforward. Upholstery refers to any piece of furniture (beds or...

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What is an Ottoman?

What is an Ottoman?

If you’ve ever been confused about the difference between an ottoman, a footstool, and a pouf, you’re not alone. It seems like these words are used interchangeably, but are they, really? The answer to that is…kind of. Hang on, we’re here to break it down for you. The...

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