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The Whole Home Experience

The Whole Home Experience

Complimentary home design sets Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience apart

Original Post from pigeon605.com

Maybe you think you can’t afford a professional interior designer for your home or apartment.

Or you figure designers are mostly out to sell you furnishings and finishes.

You might find the whole idea of working with a designer a little intimidating.

Those perceptions of design and designers quickly will be turned upside down as soon as you discover the Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience.

“Sometimes, people think we’re only a furniture store,” said Carly Ellsworth, manager of outside design.

“And once they begin to work with us, they’re absolutely surprised and excited by how much we’re able to help them for free simply because they’re a Montgomery’s customer.”

Established in 1888, Montgomery’s is a fifth-generation family-owned business with locations in Sioux Falls, Madison, Watertown and Aberdeen.

Here, the design services are as affordable as they could be – because they’re complimentary – and they encompasses everything from top to bottom in the home, from furniture to flooring, window treatments to lighting and even your mattress.

The designers you’ll work with are experts in their field who love what they do. And they will work with you on everything from choosing a piece of furniture to completely building or renovating a home.

“I was drawn to Montgomery’s as an independent designer doing my thing all over town,” said interior designer Paula Kruetzfeldt, who has been with the business nearly four years. “I knew Montgomery’s had everything I needed to offer my clients, so I decided this would be the right fit.”

She considers herself more of an interior project manager, which is a good way of describing her role in delivering the Whole Home Experience.

“Many people tell us they thought designers were only for people who have million-dollar houses,” she said. “Instead, our services are designed for everyone. And it becomes a much different relationship with people than just selling them furniture.”

Here’s what to know about making the most of your own Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience.

Where to start

Thinking of building, renovating or just making some minor but effective updates to your living space?

You can stop in any Montgomery’s store – the Sioux Falls location is at 1725 W. 41st St. – and go to the welcome desk to be connected with a designer.

“It can be intimidating when you walk in the store,” Ellsworth said. “It’s beautiful, but you might assume it won’t fit your budget, which is rarely the case. Our team is very approachable and very skilled at finding pieces to match individual tastes and budgets.”

Want to begin the relationship online? Click here to learn more about the team of designers and to reach out to anyone you’d like to get to know.

“A lot of our designers are very versatile in terms of what they design,” Ellsworth said. “And as designers, we collaborate. We love what we do so much we’re constantly sharing ideas and feedback with each other, so you really get the expertise of our entire team. There are many relationships behind the scenes that clients don’t see that make us effective at what we do.”

Then, the designer will begin getting to know you, your needs, your budget, what you’re hoping to achieve with your home project and your overall vision.

“We need to know your comfort level and your end game,” Kruetzfeldt said. “We need to understand where they’re at in the process, so we can begin to work with them each step of the way. I typically will take people through the store and let them show me what they like, what they feel comfortable with. We talk about the budget and ensure we’re all on the same page.”

Services offered

From there, the relationship can become as detailed as the customer desires. Montgomery’s designers also enjoy visiting in your home to learn more about your lifestyle and tastes.

“An even if you live in an apartment, we’ll come out and help you design your space and make it true to who you are,” Ellsworth said. “Our home is such a reflection of our identity, especially today as we’re spending more time there, be it for work or after work; it’s crucial that it feels like you.”

The Whole Home Experience also encompasses much more than furniture. Complimentary design services include every aspect of a room:  flooring, lighting, wall coverings, window treatments, custom upholstered furniture or even custom pieces made right in the Montgomery’s workroom and the Mattress 1st store connected to the showroom.

“It’s a huge differentiator,” Kruetzfeldt said. “It’s all included. Every piece of flooring or fabric, every light fixture we can help select. For people who have never built or remodeled, it can be hard to remember what they picked out along the way. So we help keep the selections consistent, keep it on track, and we manage it so they don’t feel overwhelmed.”

Designers also have access to space planning software, design studios and thousands of fabric samples, flooring and hard surface options.

“We can access literally hundreds of vendors and brands for every budget, and Montgomery’s has been in business so long our vendors love Montgomery’s and want to work with us so our clients are happy,” Kruetzfeldt said.

The same service also is available to contractors, she added.

“A lot of newer contractors don’t realize that we do flooring and windows treatments and wall coverings and counters and that it can all be a one-stop shop,” Kruetzfeldt said. “They can call one designer, and the needs are taken care of from start to finish.”

Finished products

When the Whole Home Experience comes together, clients love the finished product.

This Parade of Homes house for a family in Harrisburg utilized the Whole Home Experience literally from the ground up.

“We used their floor plans and the owner’s Pinterest boards and built off that,” said Ellsworth, who designed for the family. “They have four kids, so we wanted to make sure everything would work for their lifestyle.”

At the same time, “this was their forever house,” she continued. “So they want it to be passed on to their grandchildren in 100 years, and they were very intentional about lighting, tile, wallpaper and figuring out what brought them joy in their space.”

Both are professionals with busy schedules, trying to build a house while parenting four kids, so the design services were a big time-saver, she said.

“It got to the point where I could show them two or three selections, and they loved everything and just asked me to choose what coordinated best with the vision,” she said.

“They wanted functionality and timeless quality, but they are still a family on a budget, and I think this intentional design combined with really getting to know them definitely achieved that.”

With this Parade of Homes house in Hartford, also designed by Ellsworth, she worked with client Callies Homes on all the design selections.

“They are very much a family-owned business like Montgomery’s with a lot of pride in ownership,” she said. “And they really stand out for their quality craftsmanship, so I needed to make sure the flooring, tile, lighting and furniture complemented the home they had built.”

It was built as a spec home, so without knowing the final owner, Ellsworth set out to honor the craftsmanship and vision of the builder.

“They wanted modern craftsman, which is unique, so things like the tile and backsplash were intentional to go with the darker woods that were used,” she said.

“But I also had to show how such a beautiful house could function for a family that needed six bedrooms. The flow and floor plan made it easy to find furniture that gave a formal but inviting main level and a family-friendly casual space downstairs.”

Ready to partner?

If you’re ready to take advantage of Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience, just stop in the store anytime or click here to get started.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Faux Floral Arrangement

Tips for Creating the Perfect Faux Floral Arrangement

Tips for Creating the Perfect Faux Floral Arrangement

March 20, 2022
Post By Breana McHugh

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Spring is officially here! Time to trade out those evergreens and white eucalyptuses and welcome the new season into your home. By mixing floral into your Spring decorating, you can breathe new life into your space, adding freshness, texture, and color. Now the task remains to create an arrangement you love! Our Sioux Falls designer, Kayla, specializing in floral design, gave us great insight into accomplishing this. We are excited to share her process for crafting a realistic, eye-catching faux floral arrangement. 

1. Decorate with Floral After Your Space is Designed
Consider floral arrangements as the finishing touch to complement design elements already in place. “The purpose is to bring in all the colors you have already worked with, like fabrics from the sofa and window treatments,” says Kayla. It is important to repeat those hues and keep with the overall scheme.

2. Determine the Aesthetic
With the color palette chosen, consider other factors contributing to the visual. First, where will the arrangement be placed? A lot of this depends on the desired size of the arrangement and the statement you want it to make. For instance, an extravagant arrangement is best as a centerpiece for a dining table, whereas a less complex arrangement works on a coffee or side table. When it comes to height, taller arrangements are more fitting for an end table, with shorter arrangements best suited for coffee tables. The selection of the vase or bowl also plays a role; the wider the vessel, the more spread your arrangement will have. 

3. Make Everything Intentional 
When designing with floral, every decision should be deliberate. In the arrangement pictured, Kayla begins with the largest flower off-centered. This gives her the perfect starting point, allowing her to build around it. It is key that you work with odd numbers, filling in space with flowers in batches of three, or three types of greenery, to balance out the arrangement. Think about the other floral stems, foliage, and accents you want to include. What will they add to the piece? In Kayla’s arrangement, she incorporates twig balls with hints of white to mix in some neutral tones. She also adds vines as a finishing touch to provide height and visual interest. 

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4. Strive for Realism
We can all agree we want our faux floral to resemble fresh flowers as much as possible. Several tips can help accomplish this. According to Kayla, “Shaping the flowers and petals by giving them a direction will create a natural feel.” Bending stems over the side of the vase or bowl will provide an asymmetrical look, typical of real flowers. Combining natural greenery is a convincing way to make the piece seem more realistic. Finally, turning the arrangement and looking at it from every angle will help you know what is missing and ensure you fill in any bare spots.

Visit us at any Montgomery’s location to purchase florals for your next DIY project. You may also work with a designer who will happily create an arrangement for you!  

Spruce Up Your Home In Time For The Holidays

Spruce Up Your Home In Time For The Holidays

Spruce Up Your Home In Time For The Holidays!

November 6, 2020
Post By Emily Connolly

Okay, okay. I KNOW we are all tired of 2020. It’s been a long year, and it seems like more than 11 months have passed. So, now that people are spending time with family and small groups of friends at home, it’s the perfect time to give your space an update. Here are some tips for creating a new, comfy feel to your home.

Paint your front door! Nothing sets the tone for your home like a freshly painted or stained door. Always keep your home’s style in mind when picking the picture-perfect color. Modern Homes can handle energy-rich colors, like indigo, to liven up your entry as a guide. Classic homes embrace the timeless look with a fresh red, blue, black, or deep charcoal gray. For the traditional architectural homes, add a bit of those bright pops of yellow, orange, or red to liven up and create a backdrop for your fall foliage. Add textures like a basket with fall foliage and layered rugs.

Switch up your entry: Grounding your space with texture and pattern can be a great way to make a person feel at home. Bring in those plants from your patio and repot them in a container with a pop of color. Place a mirror to make small spaces feel more extensive, and layer with your favorite fall accessories. Place in a textured cube, providing a place for your guests to remove their shoes.

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LAYERS. LAYERS. LAYERS! – Going into the cold seasons, we’re aware of layering our clothing, but this works exceptionally well in the home also!

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Change out your old rugs with the season! Nothing says new season like new rugs that will draw your eyes to the floor. Layering is a great way to liven up your home and create more texture, patterns, and depth to the flat surface. Using this technique will make an eye-catching point of interest. Look outside the box and layer with the one of a kind character of a hair-on-hide rug. The textural difference of this natural rug is well suited for all décor styles.

Liven up your bedding: 2020 has been a year of unexpected, and winter is upon us in South Dakota. When all you want to do is crawl into hibernation, you know you have to adult and go to work. Even IF it is only down the hall and you’re still in your pajamas… So how do you create that homey, cozy, safe, comfortable, relaxing oasis in YOUR bedroom? Add knits! Knits are so comfy and are always in style during the colder months. It’s easy to drop-in some knit pillows and blankets in bright colors or a patterned quilt or two at the end of your bed layered on top of a solid-colored, down-filled duvet to create the comfy and inviting look of a well-tailored, layered outfit.

Add foliage: Succulents are all the rage. Unlike your dog, they need very little water and attention. Just pot and go! Enjoy the texture and vibrant colors all winter long with the ease of these all-year plants.

Add lighting: You can add a bit of extra light in the simplest forms, from a cluster of candles to a new fixture in the corner of your room. A multilayered floor lamp is an easy addition anyone can make! Remember, lighting changes do not have to require an electrician. Think of lighting as jewelry for your room. A quick change by adding or clustering multiple light fixtures helps create a mood and style as unique as you!

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Modular Desks Are The Perfect Work-From-Home Solution

April 23, 2020

Need the perfect desk for your home office? Many of us have been working from home for weeks if not months, and that desk and office chair you thought would do for the time being may not be doing you in any favors. The right desk can help you with increased efficiency and organization, just like the right chair can prevent back and shoulder aches.

Meet Michele and Kayla, two interior designers from Sioux Falls who’ve been helping customers create home office spaces that are functional and beautiful. They offer the following advice to help you create comfort and efficiency in the space you’re spending a lot of time in.

Modular desks are popular for their versatility. They work in almost any size room and give you the freedom to customize the office of your dreams. If more than just your laptop followed you home, look for desks with closed-door storage and locks. For those of you sharing office space with your significant other or your kids, choose a desk that offers additional AC outlets and USB charging ports. Now that’s a great way to stay charged and keep the peace.

When it comes to an office chair, consider not only style but adjustable options to add to your personal comfort. How easy is it to slide out from under our desk on your flooring? And by the way, if you need new flooring, we can help you with that, too.

Lastly, your space should make you happy. A task light with soft and direct light on your work relaxes your eyes when looking at your screen. Add personal photos (even if the person you love is in the next room). Interesting drink coasters and flowers add color and charm.

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Transform Your Room with Modern Wallpaper

Transform Your Room with Modern Wallpaper

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Transform your room with modern wallpaper

By Renae Kranz

You’ve been mulling it over for months, asking yourself, “What’s the best way to get a bit of ‘wow’ into my room?”

That one room is just too boring. Changing the paint won’t be dramatic enough. You don’t want to do anything too drastic or expensive, but the room needs a kick in the pants.

Have you noticed a little thing called wallpaper creating a buzz out there? You may think it died a long time ago, but it really never did. And today, the possibilities make it an obvious kick-in-the-pants option to put the drama back in your room.

Need proof wallpaper is still a popular design choice? Joanna Gaines (HGTV’s Fixer Upper) loves it and has created her own line of wallpaper designs. Pay attention to your favorite TV shows. You’ll see all kinds of wallpaper used to add texture to walls or to make a big splash. If you’re watching for it, you’ll suddenly see it everywhere.

Paint is easier you say? Maybe for some areas. But what really sets wallpaper apart from paint is the texture and sheen you can accomplish by choosing wallpaper instead. And consider this—you won’t have to put all those test patches of paint on every wall of your room and agonize about which tiny difference in paint color is the right one. So painful.

Wallpaper offers photo-realistic looks, graphic prints that pop, glitter and shine for the unexpected, and tons of softness or boldness depending on your personality. Keep reading for ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

How to use wallpaper in your home

If you want a unique look and feel for your home, using wallpaper in your design plan offers virtually unlimited options to express your personality. Montgomery’s interior designer Rose Meyer says wallpaper can be made of paper, vinyl, grasses, bamboos, fabrics, bling, and many other unique materials.

“Wallcoverings are one of those details in a home that transforms the space into WOW!” Rose says.

Everyone wants WOW in their home.

Many wallpaper designs offer great contrast that brings depth to a room. You can use it to add softness, color, and pattern to otherwise hard, boring spaces. The right paper can add movement, just like a piece of art.

Wallpaper functions beautifully as a backsplash in a kitchen. Choosing one that is easily cleaned is crucial for a backsplash application. Wallpaper also works great for any niche in the house, giving it a special treatment to make it stand out. And don’t forget about your powder room or laundry room. These spaces become little gems when treated with a stunning wallpaper.

Consider which wall would offer the most dramatic positioning as a wallpaper feature in a room. Which wall is visible first when entering a room? Which wall is the most obvious candidate? A designer can help you pick the perfect spot.

Wallpaper doesn’t have to look traditional. You can find industrial and modern wallpaper looks to add great texture to a space. Faux brick papers look like the real thing. Textured concrete and even street art papers are also available.

Love shiplap but not ready for the commitment? How about a wallpaper made to look like shiplap? You can add that farmhouse feel without having to break out the hammer and nails. Keep it modern by pairing soft floral wallpaper with industrial metal accents. Or go bold farmhouse with a large check pattern that gives the feel of gingham.  

There’s even a paper that looks like a weathered barn door. You could use it behind a bed to act as a headboard or on a small wall for a dramatic look.

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Here are a few more wallpaper decorating ideas:

  1. – Take a modern twist on a traditional look by using a wallpaper with bits of bling tucked into an otherwise matte finish.
  2. – Use wallpapers with large geometric prints to make a room appear larger.
  3. – Use a mural wallpaper on an accent wall to create a fantastic backdrop that grounds the entire room.
  4. – Add authenticity and a lived-in look to your home with weathered, soft patterns.
  5. – If you create a statement wall, light it separately with adjustable recessed lighting to really amp up the wow factor.

 

Unusual places to use wallpaper

Using wallpaper in unusual places makes you look like a real design pro. Rose says, “As a designer, it excites me to use wallpaper in the most unexpected places—ceilings, closets, mudrooms, even furniture.”

Using Rose’s suggestion, put wallpaper on the ceiling for a real surprise. Wallpapers with a sky design—think clouds, blue sky, or even stars—make the ceiling feel higher, like an endless sky above your room. Or use a dark wallpaper to provide a deep contrast with the walls.

Rose suggests revamping an old dresser with a fun wallcovering. How cool would it be to open the drawer and see some bedazzled wallpaper inside?

Kitchen cabinets are prime real estate for wallpaper according to Rose. Take the doors off and line the inside of the cabinets with an exciting wallpaper pattern.

Put your imagination and creativity to work using this great design tool in places no one else would think of.

Easy to hang and remove

So, you’re probably a little nervous about hanging or removing wallpaper. You’ve heard horror stories from friends about how hard it is. Don’t let that deter you. Today’s wallpapers are easier to hang and remove than ever.

Paint may seem easier, but the prep for paint and wallpaper is basically the same. And when you consider having to apply two to three coats of paint to get good coverage, you might feel differently about hanging wallpaper. In just a few steps, your dramatic new look is ready to go when using wall coverings.

Many wallpapers today don’t even require wetting or applying a paste to hang. Peel and stick wall coverings have grown in popularity and quality. They’re super easy to hang and even easier to remove.

Want to use a more traditional paper? Check out these links for steps to hang and remove wallpaper. It’s really not that bad. With a friend to help you, the process will be quick and easy. Or, call in a professional to take care of the installation for you.

It’s time to try wallpaper!

Ready to give wallpaper a try? Rose gets excited whenever she has a client who wants to add drama to a room. She knows right where to go.

The options for wallpaper are endless, and it can be tough to pick the right one. Rose and the rest of the Montgomery’s designers can help you pick the best wallpaper for your home and fit it in with your overall design plan.

Come on in and take a spin through our gorgeous wallpaper library. You just might be inspired by this hidden gem.

7 Reasons to Take Your Pinterest Ideas to an Interior Designer

7 Reasons to Take Your Pinterest Ideas to an Interior Designer

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7 reasons to take your Pinterest ideas to an interior designer

By Renae Kranz

Picture yourself at home, curled up on a comfy but slightly worn sofa. You’re hanging out on Pinterest, searching for ideas to change the look of your home. You stop scrolling and click your mouse. A beautiful image fills your screen. It’s perfect for your space and would be easy to pull off. Or so it seems.

Beware. The “Pinterest fail” lurks just around the corner.

You’ve probably seen the Pinterest fail websites that show before and after photos of all the hilarious ways these ideas go wrong. But when it comes to your home, a Pinterest fail can quickly become frustrating and expensive. And maybe just a little embarrassing.

Thankfully, there’s a solution to the Pinterest fail problem. Take your Pinterest ideas to an interior designer.

I know what you’re thinking: “I can’t afford an interior designer.” But you can. And that’s not the only reason to take your Pinterest ideas to a designer.

Let’s walk through the advantages of using an interior designer to help you bring those Pinterest ideas into reality.

1. Good ideas, bad results

Pinterest can give you good ideas to freshen up your style but executing those ideas in your own home can bring completely different results than shown on the Pinterest site, even bad results.

A buffet you see might not have the right lines or be in the proper proportion to work with the current furniture in your dining room. Or, a beautiful window treatment might be much harder to pull off than it appears.

And we’ve all seen the paint techniques others have tried and failed to make work. Sure, it’s funny when it happens to someone else. When it happens to you after wasting your precious time and money, it’s not so funny anymore.

2. Don’t waste your money

Pinterest can actually cause you to waste money if the cool new idea doesn’t work out. And no one likes to waste money.

Remember the window treatment idea I mentioned earlier? Maybe you purchased fabric, broke out the sewing machine, and started your new creation. Halfway through you realized you didn’t cut it quite right and you need a backing. Now you can’t use the fabric you bought because the panels won’t be long enough. Do you purchase new fabric? Or just scrap the idea all together?

See what I mean? This is only one example. What would happen if you had bought that buffet, had it delivered, and then realized it was way too big? And it was on clearance, so you can’t return it.

Money wasted is hard to swallow. But how does using an interior designer keep you from wasting money? Don’t they just help you spend more?

3. Complementary design help

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room now. How much will an interior designer cost you?

I have good news. Your Montgomery’s interior designer is complementary.

That’s right. You don’t pay a thing.

Whether you need us to come to your home, work with you strictly in the showroom, help you select a pair of lamps, or decorate your entire home, our interior design services are always free.

The best part of our complementary service is the goal of our interior designers is to get you what you want so you walk away happy. Happy and free? Now we’re talking

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4. Designers understand your needs

An interior designer’s job is to help you understand what you want and what works best in your home. Then they blend your wants and needs together to create something that truly reflects your style.

Your designer will start by asking you lots of questions about your needs, budget, and style. Many times, it will help them to see the space you’re working on. Seeing the space, measuring it, and taking photos helps them recommend the best pieces so you get what you want.

When all that is done, your designer can put together a plan to marry your wants and needs, creating a beautiful new space that says, “It looks like I spent a fortune, but I really just had help from a great designer.”

Can Pinterest do all that?

5. Designers are idea machines

Designers have access to many options to tailor ideas to your space. Depending on your budget and needs, they have other ideas at their fingertips to round out and complement the Pinterest idea you came across originally.

Let’s go back to the buffet idea. If you brought that buffet idea to your designer, they could make sure you get a buffet that works in your room and evokes the style that drew you to it from the start. They might also notice you need something on the wall above it to finish off the look.

You get a complete look in just two pieces. It works in your room, fits your budget, and makes you happy. Again I ask, can Pinterest do that?

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6. Solutions on the Fly

What happens when you run into a problem while you’re trying to make that Pinterest idea come to life? Well, most of the time, frustration builds, money runs out, and the project becomes a fail.

Designers can work on the fly when problems arise. They typically head off problems before they come up. That’s the interior designer’s job. They’ve seen it all and have the skills to know how to deal with any situation.

They take worry and trouble out of your hands rather than adding to your stress.

7. Designers have their secrets

Interior designers are experts when it comes to what’s available for the home. They have access to things you might not be able to get on your own—a secret stash of unique pieces only they can get for you.

Some manufacturers only offer their products through interior designers or furniture store showrooms. On top of that, a furniture store can’t possibly keep every available option on their showroom floor. Your interior designer knows these products and can get them for you, often customized for your specific space and taste.

Bring your vision to life

Pinterest can be a great tool to get interesting and fresh ideas. Executing them yourself is a challenge to say the least. Instead, get all the ideas you want. Then take them to your designer.

The expert interior designers here at Montgomery’s love to see your ideas and help you bring them to life, all within your budget.

Got an idea you want to share? Stop in to show it to us. You can also check out our Pinterest page which showcases our products in all our stores. Let’s see what new ideas we can create together.

How to Hang a Picture Like a Pro

How to Hang a Picture Like a Pro

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Ever stand in front of a wall, with nail, hammer and picture in hand, and wonder “where do I start?” Three of our design experts share how to make hanging family photos or artwork a little easier and more visually stunning

Above a Piece of Furniture

Our designers all agreed that you should always let whatever ever you are hanging the art above be your guide.

“For example, a bed, if you have a series of small art, hang 4-6 inches above the top of the headboard and center the set of 2, 4 or even 6. Grouping your art above a bed gives an enormous impact,” explains Denise Dietterle, merchandising manager and interior designer. “Remember to also keep your lamps thinner with a smaller shade.”

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One way to do this is to measure from the center of the artwork to the floor.

“A standard rule is that artwork should be hung roughly 60” from floor to center of the artwork,” says Rose Meyer, window fashions manager and interior designer.

Or if you don’t feel like bringing out the tape measure, hang it eye level.

“If you are hanging a picture on blank wall, don’t let a tall person do it! The center of art should be at eye level, for women that is 5’5″. That way it is not too close to the ceiling or the floor,” Erica Wirth, visual merchandiser explains.

More than One Piece

Group similar items together to form a collage. Even if you have a mix of sizes and shapes, incorporate some repeat of color throughout. This is a fun way to fill up a big space. Vertical walls would have you arrange art vertically and horizontal walls use a horizontal arrangement.

Grouping also works well for children’s school pictures, evenly spaced vertical or horizontally. And forget the stair stepping with the school pictures!

Our designers are there to help you tackle any of your home design projects, regardless of how large or small. They will help you make your space a place that is yours, unique and usable! Stop into any of our showrooms and experience what our designers can do for you!

How to Work with Patterns

How to Work with Patterns

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Bright and bold playful patterns are trending this summer! Interior fashion has currently found a home with fresh and exciting patterns that brighten rooms and add life to a color palette. These new trending pieces are not your Grandma’s ancient sofa, instead, they hold a focus on large-scale shapes comprised of vibrant colors.

Luckily, there is an abundance of these playful fabrics out right now and scattered throughout our showrooms.

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Start your color palette with a unique fabric you cannot keep your eyes off of. Remember, large-scaled shapes and bright colors are the two core elements of this trend. The first one you fall in love with is probably your new “fresh face.”

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Don’t shy away from textures throughout your room, a mix of different textures can actually give your room a sophisticated look. After selecting your main fabric, choose smaller patterns and similar shades. Rugs, accent chairs, rugs, pillows, and smaller sofas are all perfect pieces to implement this concept. Be careful! Always avoid selecting fabrics that could outplay your main piece.

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The best part of these bold patterns is adding a personal touch to your home and letting your style shine. The scene is yours to set, so have fun doing it!

How to Decorate a Coffee Table

How to Decorate a Coffee Table

dafebbddbdffeeaDecorating your coffee table gives you the opportunity to let your style shine in your living room. Adding the right pieces adds an intriguing sophistication that is sure to charm. Impress your guests with these quick and easy steps. Let’s get right into this quick read:

Prior to Decorating

Using tape, create squares around where you would like to place objects. This technique will help you measure what will fit and how much of the table you wish to decorate.

Color

Find decor that will be eye-catching on your table. For example, if your table is constructed of dark wood, enhance it with white accents.

Shape & Height

Try to incorporate a mixture of shapes. Rectangular objects are great for structure but will look too stuffy without any variation. Round trays, bowls, and candles come in handy to break up these stuffy lines.

Height falls under the same concept, find one central piece with substantial height compared to the rest for chic symmetry.

Elements

Start with a Base Stack objects on top of books or a decorative tray. The rule of three applies excellently to coffee table design. Create three separate collections on your table, each with a different base. I recommend staying within the same color theme in each group, to avoid clashing. Two collections work just as well, especially if you are working with a small table.

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Greenery Flowers and plants add that pop of color that every room needs. Find glistening vases to feature your greenery. Even though real flowers are stunning, faux flowers are cheaper and last longer.

Small Objects Small unique decor pieces are perfect to set on top of coasters, trays, and books. Find objects that tie in with your theme and personal style.

Candles Everyone loves a great smelling candle! Place your favorite candle onto one of the bases to add maturity to your space.

Guest Bedroom Essentials

Guest Bedroom Essentials

Is your guest bedroom ready for visitors?

You’ve put a lot of effort and heart into decorating your home, but maybe you ran out of steam when you finally got to the guest room. Or, maybe you’ve decorated it but feel like it needs something more. Why settle for a guest room that’s only ok?

Think back to times you’ve stayed at someone else’s house (or even a hotel). There are usually some little things that would improve your stay. Do you ever tell your hosts about those things? Like most of us, you probably politely say how well you slept but secretly wish you had a different pillow that didn’t make your neck sore.

Treat your guests to a great stay by taking a few steps to transform that spare bedroom into a true getaway. Improvements can be simple and don’t have to break the bank.

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Assess Your Situation

The best way to figure out if your guest room is comfortable is to spend a couple nights sleeping there yourself.

Pay attention to the bed, lighting, storage, and where they might put their belongings. Listen for noise coming from the rest of the house as well. This will give you a good idea what and how much they hear from you after they turn in for the night.

If you find yourself crawling back to your own bedroom after the first night, improvements can probably be made for your guests.

Now that you know what you’re dealing with, let’s whip this room into shape.

Start with the Guest Bed

Although the bed is the most important part, many of us are guilty of shipping our old mattress off to the guest bedroom. If it’s still in good shape, it’s smart to reuse it, but it’s also best to avoid making your guests sleep on something you wouldn’t sleep on.

Montgomery’s Mattress 1st Manager, Clint Richards, recommends purchasing a medium to medium-firm mattress to appeal to a wide range of sleepers. A traditional coil mattress is the safest buy. If you have a regular guest, you might consider a mattress more to that single guest’s liking.

For most guest rooms with intermittent use, Clint recommends buying a mattress in a middle to low price range. However, if you end up sleeping in this room often because of a partner who snores or steals the covers, buy something closer to what you would sleep on in your master bedroom.

If you have a tight budget for guest room improvements, focus your money here. Your guests will appreciate the great night’s sleep more than anything else you do.

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Offer Bedding Options

When it comes to completing the bed, give your visitors options. The right pillows, blankets, and sheets blend together to make the secret sauce for a good night’s sleep.

Clint recommends a basic cotton sheet set for most guests. “Microfiber can sleep hot, and other materials like flannel may sound great to one guest and like a furnace to another,” he says.

If you know some of your regular guests love flannel sheets, keep a spare set ready. Always ask your guest their preference before putting anything other than cotton sheets on the bed.

Clint recommends providing medium-firm pillows or have multiple options handy. Make at least one option hypo-allergenic since some people have allergies you may not be aware of. If you can, provide two pillows per guest in case they like to sleep propped up (for those heartburn-y kind of nights).

Finish off the bed with a couple layers of lightweight blankets, a bedspread or a comforter. Layers offer your guest the ability to add more or less heat through the night, depending on their comfort level. Also, keep a couple extra blankets in the room in case they feel cold.

Now that the bed is comfy and cozy, focus on other guest room must-haves.

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Think About Organization & Electronics

You’ve arrived at your destination and you’re shown to the room you’ll be sleeping in. You notice right away the bedside table and lamp are not on your side of the bed. You like to read before going to sleep. Hard to do when the lamp is on the wrong side of the bed, especially if your spouse is traveling with you. Has this ever happened to you?

To solve this problem, put a nightstand or small table on both sides of the bed. Add lamps to each table that are tall enough to reach from the bed. Matching lamps will help tie together mismatched tables or bedroom furniture. No room for a table and lamp on both sides? Keep a clip-on reading light handy near the bed.

With tables and lighting are taken care of, give your guests options for organization so they don’t have to live out of their suitcase or keep their things on the floor. Put out a luggage rack, make space in the closet for hanging clothes, and add decorative but functional hooks to a wall or the back of the door to hang jackets, purses, or wet towels after a hot shower.

Finally, guests always come with one important little electronic: their cell phone. If you don’t have an outlet within easy reach of the bed, add an extension cord so they don’t have to crawl half under the bed to reach one.

Finish it off with Creature Comforts

For most guests, it’s the little things you do that really matter. Put a box of Kleenex along with a wastebasket in the room. Tuck a lint roller in a drawer. Add a night light for easy late-night navigation.

Add a basket filled with a couple bottles of water, a snack or two, lotion, aspirin, antacid, extra toothbrushes, and even some essentials for the ladies. I actually had a guest once with such bad heartburn in the middle of the night he went to the convenience store six blocks away for antacid because he couldn’t find where we kept it. See how great that basket of goodies would have been? I learned my lesson!

If your guest room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, offer a table-top fan for your guests to use. A lot of guests need air movement to sleep well. And the fan helps drown out household noise as well.

Guest Room Essentials Accomplished

Now that your guest bedroom is ready to make visitors feel at home, orient your guests to the room. Show them where to charge their phone and hang their towel, where the extra pillows and blankets are stashed, and how to get out if there’s a fire (especially if you have any doors or windows that are difficult to open).

After their first night, encourage them to share with you if they found a need for something that wasn’t there. And find out if they slept well or need something adjusted with the bed. Tell them you’re trying to get the guest experience just right in your home. They’ll be happy to help with recommendations if they have any.

Did we miss anything? Let us know if you have something special you do for your guests. And don’t forget to enjoy your time with them.