Must-Know Furniture: The Grandfather Clock

Grandfather clock in modern home

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What we refer to today as a “grandfather clock” is more accurately called a longcase clock. Created in 1670 by English clockmaker William Clement, the grandfather clock has changed little in appearance in nearly 350 years. But don’t think grandfather clocks are only for olden times. Referred to as the “heartbeat of the home”, click HERE to learn more about making one work for you.

Must-Know Furniture: The Tulip Chair

Tulip chairs work great with banquette seating

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Designed by architect and designer Eero Saarinen, the Tulip Chair is an American furniture icon. Saarinen designed the one-legged chair for Knoll in 1958 because he was put off by the “slum of legs under every table” created by traditional four-legged chairs.

Saarinen’s training in sculpture informed the chair’s clean lines and curvaceous form. Its sleek futuristic aesthetic has carried it through from the 1950s to today. Here’s a closer look at the quintessential chair and how you can use it in your home, no matter what your style. Click HERE to read the full story…

 

Must-Know Furniture: The Hoosier Cabinet

Hoosier Cabinet

A Hoosier cabinet is a freestanding kitchen workhorse that was popular in the first half of the 20th century. The Swiss Army Knife of the kitchen, they’re much more than just a storage cabinet.

This freestanding cabinet handled all the kitchen bustle in the early 20th century, earning it the motto ‘Hoosier saves steps’.

Click HERE to read the full story about this classic piece.

Must-Know Furniture: Bergères and Fauteuils

Fauteuils via SoHaus Interior Design

via SoHaus Interior Design

Bergères and fauteuils are two classic French chairs that are frequently confused and (mistakenly) used interchangeably. However, they are indeed two different pieces. Learn the difference, and how you can use these pieces in your home. Big on comfort and easy on the eye, click HERE to read the full story….

 

Must-Know Furniture: The Wingback Chair

Wingchair

Design by James Thomas LLC

The wingback chair, also known as a wing chair, an easy chair and a grandfather chair, is a late-17th-century piece designed with side wings that partially enclose the sitter’s upper body to protect the sitter from drafts and capture heat thrown from a fireplace.

But don’t let the wingback’s traditional stereotype make you believe it belongs only in formal spaces. With a design that’s lasted four centuries, wingback chairs are surprisingly flexible. They’re a great addition not only to a living room or study, but also to a dining room, bedroom and more. To read more about how to introduce a wingback into your own home, click HERE.

More Room to Relax in a Michigan Retreat

via SPACE ARCHITECTS + PLANNERS

via SPACE ARCHITECTS + PLANNERS

This Chicago family no longer fit in their vacation retreat located a few miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. From four kids sharing a bedroom in a space-squeezed home to a retreat that can accommodate all their family and friends, this home underwent a spectacular renovation. Sun-filled and colorful, this home takes advantage of the outdoors and showcases the homeowners’ artwork collection. Read more HERE

Must-Know Furniture: Get Close With a Tête-à-Tête

via Martha O'Hara Interiors

via Martha O-Hara Interiors

A tête-à-tête is an S-shaped French seating creation that encourages two people to face each other and engage in conversation, yet still be visually tied to their surroundings. This classic 19th century piece is as useful in homes today as it was back in the day. Click HERE to read more…

Prevent Slips and Floor Damage with the Right Rug Pad

Rug pads prevent slips and damage to floors

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For most people a rug pad is an afterthought. But it’s actually an important accompaniment to your rug. It ensures that no one will slip, and it protects the rug and floors from damage. Not all rug pads are created equal. Click HERE to read more about choosing the right one for your home…

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