March 2014

March 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Sofa Studio

Sofas, Sectionals and Sleepers for Small & Tight Spaces
HELP MY SOFA WON’T FIT!
Did you ever know someone who ran into this problem?Newsletter March 2014 pics big sofa small room Sofa-too-big

How about this problem?

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Ever try getting a sofa let alone a sleeper up or down these staircases?

Big sofa small stairs  Ever have this problem?

And this problem?

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I have heard from so many customers about these problems and we were able to help them all. One customer sat on a chair for two years because she was unable to get a sofa into her apartment. Another finished her basement and realized she could not get any sofas down the stairs. Her contractor told her he would break open a wall for her to put in a sofa and would reseal it when she was done. More money to be spent and she would have to do it all over again if she ever decided to change her sofa! You can pay someone $500 or more to take apart your sofa and then put it back together. The problem is that the sofa was not meant to be taken apart and will never be the same as when you purchased it.
When purchasing a sofa (especially in areas like NYC) the sales representative should really ask: How wide is your doorway? Do you have narrow or spiral stairway? Do you have an elevator?
Once you make that purchase and they try to deliver it sometimes it’s too late. Some companies will not take back the product, and others will charge you a restocking fee.
I love it when a customer calls and tells me I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOU!
Simplicity Sofas was designed to fit in an opening of 15” or wider and easy assembly or dis-assembly without any tools in 15 minutes.

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 Step 1                           Step 2                                      Step 3                 Screw on legs       Insert arms/tighten 3 prong knobs    Lift and attach back                      

 

 

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Step 4                                   Relax and Enjoy!

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Check out our video of an 8 yr. old boy assembling a sofa in less than 5 minutes.
Simplicity Sofas has Sofas in three sizes, Sectionals, Pull out Sleepers and Chairs for Small & Tight Spaces
Sofas are shipped in 3 boxes from our manufacturing facility in High Point, NC via UPS Freight to your home or to your RV in your favorite campground.

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February 2014

February 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Design Studio

February 2014 Blog

Need to remodel your RV?  Simplicity Sofas has the answer!
New pull-out sofa beds for Small & Tight Spaces
They will fit through your RV door!!

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Christy (shown with a full mattress)

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Timothy (shown with a queen mattress)

I remodeled our 1999 Jayco in two weekends. The original colors were cream with blues and burgundy. I started by purchasing a new sofa (a sofa that fit through my RV door and was an easy install)!

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Before                                    After (New Sofa)!

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Twillo Stone with Twillo Bluestone Welt

Once I put in the new sofa I decided to recover the cornices and make new curtains.
You can see the original ones in the Before picture above.

After living

New covered cornices and curtains
The cornice fabric has cream, brown and a touch of the blue

Next I recovered the bench seats in the same fabric as the cornices. (I actually had someone else cover the bench seats because I hate working with zippers)!
(The bumper parts were covered in a brown fabric with specs of beige and blue)

  Camper Dinette  After dinette 2

As you can see, the difference is like night and day!
The bedroom area was next!

Camper bedroom 2after bedroom 3

I purchased a beige maltase coverlet, brown sham and made the little throw pillow out of
left over fabric from the cornices and curtains.  The cornices in the bedroom are a different
pattern than the main area, I didn’t want them all to be the same.  The bedroom cornice fabric has the same colors as the main area so it all works well together well.

 

The bathroom

Camper Bath  After bath

I removed the accordian shower door, it just made it seem like I had less interior shower space and replaced it with a shower curtain.  The shower curtain has the same colors as the rest of the camper and just made it useable as well as look much better.  Put in a brown rug in front
of the sink and a hand towel in brown and blue.  I also hung a basket over the toliet to store extra toilet tissue and hand towels.

The kitchen cornice was recovered in a solid brown fabric with specs of beige and blue (same as the bumper areas on the bench seats).  I decided not to hand curtains in that kitchen window.  I added some cute dish towels and area rug in front of the sink as well as in front of the sofa.  That was it!

The next project is to remove the rug from the main living area and replace it with a nice
wood type vinyl.  (This is something my husband is NOT looking forward to)  I will most likely leave the rug on the slide out and in the bedroom area.

With a little imagination and some time you can update your RV TOO!

Redesigning your small space

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Design Studio

January 2014

Redesigning your small space

Now that the holidays are over and all the decorations are put away it’s time to redesign your space.  It could be as simple as just rearranging your furniture.

Stand back and take a good look at the room, does it have a focal point?  That could be a fireplace, wall of windows or an entertainment wall.

You want to arrange the furniture so that you’re facing that focal point.

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You want that to be the first thing people notice when they enter the room. You also want to arrange the sofa(s) and chairs so that it draws you into the room.

Arranging the furniture as a conversation area as above makes it for a more comfortable feel, no one wants to feel they’re sitting across the room from you.

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Don’t forget about your walls
How about an accent color on one wall or part of a wall?

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slipcovers6 (1)Slipcovered sofa and chairs

You can change the look of your sofa and chairs with slipcovers (Simplicity Sofas has custom fitted slipcovers for all of our pieces) or change out your throw pillows and area rug. Throw pillows are inexpensive and can make a big impact.
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December 2013

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Holidays

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all!

I thought I would share some holiday recipes for all to enjoy this month.

sugar cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies

 Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
Instructions
1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar together until just incorporated.
2. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix again on low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl intermittently as needed.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Add to butter and egg mixture. Mix on low speed until a dough is formed and there are no longer any streaks of butter in the mixing bowl.
4. The dough will clump around the paddle attachment while being mixed. If your mixture does not come together and is crumbly, add ice-cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough clumps.
5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of wax paper and top with a second sheet (Image 1). Roll dough into an oblong disc between the papers with a rolling pin (Image 2).

 

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7. Transfer dough — wax paper and all — to a large cookie sheet. Wrap dough tightly onto cookie sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
8. Remove top sheet of wax paper and roll dough a little thinner. It should not be sticky. You may dust the surface lightly with flour if it is sticky, but not too much.
9. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thickness.
10. Cut out desired shapes from dough (Images 1, 2) and transfer to prepared baking sheet.

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Cashew Dulce de Leche Christmas Cookies

cashew cookies

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 egg white, beaten
12 ounces salted cashews
pinch of cinnamon
14 ounces prepared dulce de leche
1 sandwich bag

Instructions
1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar together until just incorporated.
2. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix again on low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl intermittently as needed.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Add to butter and egg mixture. Mix on low speed until a dough is formed and there are no longer any streaks of butter in the mixing bowl.
4. The dough will clump around the paddle attachment while being mixed. If your mixture does not come together and is crumbly, add ice-cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough clumps.
5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of wax paper and top with a second sheet (Image 1). Roll dough into an oblong disc between the papers with a rolling pin (Image 2).

 

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7. Transfer dough — wax paper and all — to a large cookie sheet. Wrap dough tightly onto cookie sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
9. Remove top sheet of wax paper and roll dough a little thinner. It should not be sticky. You may dust the surface lightly with flour if it is sticky, but not too much.
10. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thickness.
11. Cut dough into 3-inch squares using a cookie cutter (Image 1) and place on parchment-lined baking sheets (Image 2).

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Chocolate and Candied Orange Christmas Cookies

chocolate orange cookies

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 egg white, beaten
8 ounces candied orange

Instructions
1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar together until just incorporated.
2. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix again on low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl intermittently as needed.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and salt. Add to butter and egg mixture. Mix on low speed until a dough is formed and there are no longer any streaks of butter in the mixing bowl.
4. The dough will clump around the paddle attachment while being mixed. If your mixture does not come together and is crumbly, add ice-cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough clumps.
5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of wax paper and top with a second sheet. Roll dough into an oblong disc between the papers with a rolling pin.
7. Transfer dough — wax paper and all — to a large cookie sheet. Wrap dough tightly onto cookie sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
9. Remove top sheet of wax paper and roll dough a little thinner (Image 1). It should not be sticky. You may dust the surface lightly with flour if it is sticky, but not too much.

choco orange dough

10. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thickness.
11. Cut dough into 3-inch squares using a cookie cutter (Image 1) and place on parchment–lined baking sheets.
12. Lightly brush squares with egg white (Image 2).
13. Evenly divide candied orange between the cut dough squares (Image 3).
14. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden around the edges and fragrant. Let cool completely.

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Easy Gingerbread Dough Recipe

gingerbread houses

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt into large bowl.
2. Beat butter in another large bowl with an electric hand mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
3. Add brown sugar and beat 1 minute.
4. Add molasses and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
5. Add egg and beat until well blended, about 1 minute.
6. Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla.
7. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just to blend (Image 1).
8. Gather dough into ball and divide in half. Form each half into ball and flatten into a disk (Image 2). Wrap disks separately in plastic and chill until firm, at least 4 hours.
9. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
10. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
11. Working with one disk at a time, roll out dough between two sheets of wax paper to 1/4-inch thickness (Image 3).
12. Use gingerbread house templates to cut out shapes (Image 4) and transfer to prepared sheets spacing 2 inches apart.
13. Gather scraps, roll out dough and cut more shapes if necessary.
14. Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and slightly darker around edges, about 8 minutes for smaller shapes and up to 15 minutes for larger shapes.
15. Cool completely on rack. Line baking sheets with fresh parchment as needed.
Note: Cookies will not spread much during baking, but for precise gingerbread house construction, cookies can be perfectly re-cut while still hot. Place the paper templates on top of the hot cookies and quickly cut with a plain-edge knife (Image 5).

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Easy Royal Icing

whipped icing

 

Ingredients
3-4 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Instructions
1. Whisk together meringue powder and powdered sugar (Image 1).
2. Pour mixture into bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment.
3. Add warm water and mix on high speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks are achieved (Image 2).
4. Transfer to a piping bag and use to assemble gingerbread house pieces.
5. Cover remaining royal icing with a damp towel to prevent crusting (Image 3).

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Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

cranberry cookies

The sweet and tart jam could be enjoyed on its own or in other recipes. Be sure to save those holes you cut out to make the perfect petite cookies.

Ingredients

The Cookie:
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 cups flour

The Filling:
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 orange peel
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
3/4 cup water

Instructions

The Cookie:
1. Cream the butter, sugar and salt together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
3. Add walnuts, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and zest. Mix well.
4. Add flour and mix until incorporated.
5. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
8. For each cookie cut two shapes with your cookie cutter. From one cut a smaller shape out leaving a hole. Place them on separate trays.
9. Bake on parchment-lined sheets for 12-14 minutes.
10. Allow to cool completely.
11. When cool, dust the cookies with the holes with confectioners’ sugar.
12. Spread about a teaspoonful of filling on the base cookie and top with the dusted cookie.

The Filling:
1. In a food processor, grind the cranberries to a fine consistency.
2. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
3. Over medium heat bring the ingredients to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 30-35 minutes or until you reach 220 degrees.
5. Allow to cool completely before using.
6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

Rainbow Christmas Wreath Cake

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This cake is going to become a family favorite in no time. It’s super fun and easy to make but the best part is that they all look different because of the rainbow, tie-dye design. That means that every cake is unique to the baker and you never know how the inside will look until you slice it. It’s like a work of art.

I sometimes think they are too pretty to eat but then I remember it’s made with yummy Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix and drizzled with fluffy frosting, so it’s not just pretty it’s extra moist and delicious

 cake mix

I start by mixing the cake mix according to the directions on the box and then pour 1/2 of the batter into a bowl then divide the other half equally into two other bowls. You’ll have three bowls of batter. I add some red food coloring to one of the quarters of batter and mix well and then some green food coloring to the other quarter and mix well

 both icings

I first pour the white cake batter into a greased Bundt pan, then the red batter, then the green batter and the remainder of the red and bake it in the oven according to the directions on the box.

batter 1

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Once cake is cool, I equally divide the frosting into 2 bowls. Microwave the white frosting for about 5-10 seconds on high then mix well with a spoon until it is smooth enough to drizzle over the cake.

With a spoon, I drizzle the white frosting back and forth around the whole ring in a striping pattern until I use all the frosting. Then microwave the other bowl. Before drizzling over cake, I mix in a few drops of green food coloring and then drizzle that back and forth. It’s a fun way to frost the cake. If you bake with your kids they will love this part. I then give it a sprinkle with some holiday sprinkles and that’s it. You will be amazed at how pretty it looks when you slice it. Trust me when I tell you that everyone will talk about this cake and want to know how you made it. As with all my recipes and tips don’t be afraid to get creative and use some red in the frosting or some golden cake with the red and green. It’s fun to make it your own way with this basic technique.

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Enjoy!!!

Room Layout Tips

August 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Layout Tips

Where you place your furniture in a room will instantly set the tone for how you’ll live in that room.

First Rule – Get Out the Tape Measure!

The first step in arranging a space is determining its size.  Measure the dimensions of a room as well as the hallways, stairs and door widths leading to the space. This is the most challenging for a homeowner, making sure the entrance and curves of the entryways and stairs as well as the room are large enough for potential purchases.

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Mix Furnishings of Various Sizes

Every object has a height, depth and width. To add visual interest to any space, incorporate a variety of furniture with different characteristics. If you’re going for a serene, unchallenging area for rest or recovery, keep the furnishing volumes in a room similar. This rustic living space uses an extra-large sectional with small armchairs and side tables to create an energetic space with various volumes.
HGTV Dream Home 2011

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Use Scaled Pieces to Create Balance

The size of pieces relative to one another and the size of the space is their scale. Similarly scaled pieces are more serene when used together, but a nice balance of pieces creates a harmonious atmosphere, utilizing the differing physical qualities of height, depth and width throughout a room. When furnishings are out of scale, you’ll notice that it just won’t feel comfortable or right.
Design by Sarah Richardson

 

 

 

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High ceilings do wonders for a living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular natural light, and help to open the space visually. Photograph by Trevor Tondro

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A Sectional makes the perfect space for entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

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By angling furniture into the room, designer Sandy Kozar, used more of the space and created an intimate conversation grouping. Photography by Edie Ellison

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The shape of the taller Wingback chairs works with the lower sofa because of a shared commonality of curved forms — in the chairs’ rolled outer edges and the sofa’s rolled arms. Photography by Edie Ellison (Similar to our Ashton Sofa available in Full, Mid and Apartment Size Sofas)

 

 

 

 

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The fireplace serves as a focal point in this casually elegant living room. The monochromatic color scheme unites all the elements.  (Similar to our Megan Small Sofa and Chair is perfect for this living room setting.

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