Fireplaces Are Hot

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If you’ve made your way outside this morning, you might have been reminded winter is not over yet. Even though the cold weather persists, there is a little light at the end of the tunnel… the light from a fireplace, that is! When the chill keeps us indoors, there is nothing better than the warmth and coziness of a fire to brighten your mood. An important thing to remember about your fireplace: even though its in use only a few months of the year, it is always the focal point of a room. If you want to leave guests with a lasting impression, no matter what the season, pick a fireplace that is going to be HOT all year round.

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Here’s a few fireplaces from Ourso Designs:

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  • Mantel from The Olde Mill, an Ourso Designs’ sister company. 

  • Mantel from The Olde Mill, an Ourso Designs’ sister company. 

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Velvet, Velvet, VELVET!

Up the cool factor in a big way by mixing rust-colored velvet furniture with plum walls.

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Few fabrics say luxury quite like velvet. The plush textile, long a staple in the rooms and on the shoulders of royalty, is making a big statement in homes in 2018. A variety of colors and finishes make this fabric incredibly versatile and more relevant than ever. Whether your aesthetic is ultra-modern or fresh and whimsical (or anything in between), velvet can fit right into your home.
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Pair of Brass & Velvet Tufted Lounge Chairs after Milo Baughman image 2
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Jewel tone velvet can add a pop of color to any room. Mixing it with sleek lines, like the gold frame on these chairs, creates a bold-yet-refined air. 

Good example of minimalism mixed with southwest / mid century

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Pick greens and golds for a touch of the funky 70s that still feels decidedly modern.
Weekend decorating idea: must add velvet — The Decorista
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Aroussia Chamakh and Henrik Jessen, Georgia 2 years old
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Every room in the house can get a little velvet love! These peach chairs add a touch of whimsy to an eclectic dining room setup. Don’t let the space limit you.

Fringe Is Back & I'm as Surprised as You Are
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This velvet vanity stool, along with this year’s other big trend – bathroom plants, can up your simple bathroom to a spa oasis. 

Industry Ed with Richard: Functional Hardware Series – Hinges and Drawer Slides

Hinges


When it comes to choosing cabinet hinges for their homes, most people stick to one of two options: the “scissor type” hinge or the “pin type” hinge. 

Scissor Type Hinges

The industry recently has come to rely on soft-close scissor hinges because they are not visible from the outside and can close automatically. These hinges are fully concealed and work with reveal overlays, full overlays and inset applications. 

Nowadays, people prefer a soft close mechanism to prevent their cabinets from slamming shut. Lots of manufacturers sell clip-on attachments, but we are seeing more and more cabinets with soft close mechanisms built in to the hinge itself. Installing soft close hardware is more expensive and time-consuming, but most families decide it’s worth it in the long run. 


Pin Type Hinges


Since Pin Hinges can be seen from the outside of the cabinet, their purpose is mainly cosmetic. However, this makes them harder to install. 

The advantage of a Pin Type is its range of motion. Most Scissor Types only open to around 115 degrees. Some Scissor Types open up to 175 degrees, but those hinges are very large and very expensive. Pin Types, on the other hand, open the full 180 degrees. The catch here is you need some type of “catch,” whether friction-based or magnetic, to keep the cabinet door closed in the absence of a spring-loaded mechanism found in Scissor Types.



Drawer Slides

The drawer/cabinet industry is moving towards all under-mounted, ball-bearing, fully extendable drawer slides. These are extremely user-friendly and easy to install. They are also more consistent and reliable than your average side-mounted slides. Pretty much all drawer manufacturers are using these under-mounts.

Similar to your hinged cabinets, we are also seeing more and more soft close mechanisms with drawer slides. Once again, soft close mechanisms come with a heftier price tag, but most everyone decides it’s worth it in the long run.

    We are also seeing adjustable pullout strips. With these, you can easily adjust the height of your drawers.

      They are a new trend and are just catching on. Expect to see more of them in 2018!