Take a Trip Inside Your Home & Our World.

June 16, 2009 by  
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A Unique View of YourselfA living room should be designed to bring people together. It is a pleasant landscape or portrait that allows you to paint an unique view of yourself and create a space where others want to visit. Your space and the way you choose to decorate it says, “This is me and this is where I want to relax and spend quality time.”

What do you think about your space? Let’s take a take a trip inside your home, your style and your color and our world of options.

Do you live in a one-room studio apartment, a warehouse loft or a challenging small apartment where you need to make use of every inch of your interior? Just remember that your style and selections of color for your canvas make all the difference in the world.

Style and Substance Matters. Let’s look at a few options.

Studio Apartments
If you are moving into a studio apartment, some people choose sleeper sofas. Sometimes there just isn’t enough space for everything like small couches, chairs, tables, bed and other items. A sleeper sofa is a great space saving option as the piece is not only a full-size sofa which allows for maximum seating for guests when they arrive, but it is also a place for you to sleep comfortably when they leave.

Sleeper sofas seat your guests so you can rest!Our sleeper sofa option is unique and allows for maximum seating space in a studio apartment and optimum sleeping arrangements for you. (See Sleeper Sofa option here) Place a couple of storage ottomans in front of the sofa for extra seating and/or storage. If you place tray tables on top of the ottomans, they can double as cocktail tables for you or your guest. When you are ready for bed, move the ottomans to either side of your sleeper sofa, easily transforming them into nightstands. Or slide the ottomans to the end of the sleeper sofa and pull out your favorite book from the storage compartment. Our innovative air sleep system will keep you dozing off to a peaceful sleep night after night.

Keep the colors of the walls and the fabrics of your upholstery complimenting, yet contrasting, as this adds drama to any small room. If you are allowed to paint the walls and considering new apartment furniture – - contrary to popular belief; paint the walls last! It may be a bit harder to do this, since the space is so small. But I recommend selecting your fabric and accessories first and backing into the wall color last. It’s easier to repaint than reupholster …

Warehouse Lofts
Are you redecorating your loft?

Nice airy loftIf you have the luxury of an open and airy space in a warehouse loft, laden with wood or brick as your backdrop, place a couple of small couches facing each other so you can see and interact with your invited guest. You can also add the storage ottomans to double as cocktail tables between the two sofas and keep a good scrabble game and conversation going.

Even if you have limited space in your loft apartment, floating a small couch in the middle of the loft will give you the extra seating you need to watch TV or chat with neighbors that pop in.

Apartment LoftDo you have a roommate, but still want your own space in the living commons? Consider arranging a couple of chairs and a half near a large window away from the floating sofa. Place an accent table or bunching tables between the two chairs. This gives you and your housemate your own places to relax in silent comfort of the warm sun or, share conversation without having to share the small sofa. You can add a storage ottoman to the end of each chair and you both have your own space for magazines, books or laptops.

If you are lucky enough to have the original cement flooring in your loft, make sure you creatively paint it and accent with throw rugs which in and of itself creates separate spaces in a warehouse loft.

Small Apartments
Are you downsizing to a small apartment? Or are you moving from your studio apartment into a tiny bit bigger space to accommodate a new child or relative? Where do you put all the stuff? Even though there are lots of possibilities with both scenarios above, (see studio apartments and warehouse lofts ideas above), small apartments can be the most challenging, but still offer plenty of options.

Simplicity Sofas Brandon CollectionDepending on your particular space, one thing you need to consider in a small apartment is your interior room measurements. There are a lot of options from Simplicity Sofas to fit EVERY need. When it comes to small apartments, our loveseats, small apartment sofas, chairs and full-size sleeper sofas will fit up your narrow stairs or elevator and through any door. Just have a pretty clear idea of where to place the items once they get there.

Space planning is so important. Our apartment sofas are very popular for this scenario. Don’t forget to place a chair in the room and throw contrasting colored pillows on the sofa to make the room come alive. We have all these options and more and welcome your phone call to discuss your particular project.

I have always been a proponent of the “two loveseats facing each other” concept. It allows for maximum space in a small apartment and if you have a roommate or someone else living with you, you each have your own place in the living room to relax without sitting on top of each other or bringing in uncomfortable futons. Forget the futon! And don’t forget, storage ottomans and/or nesting tables which are always popular ideas for decorating and maximizing the small apartment space.

Wall color, upholstery color and properly-sized placement of mirrors and artwork are all important in a small apartment. All, if chosen and placed accordingly will make the room look and feel larger.

What style are you? What color is your portrait?So take a trip inside your home and around our world! You don’t need to feel like you’re living in a bubble. If you do feel this way, let’s discuss and share a few options in this blog and some inventive ways to maximize your space, creating an artful environment unique to you. We would like to hear what you have to say! Also, click here to tell a friend to sign-up for our e-newsletter!

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Forget the Futon!

May 11, 2009 by  
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If you are looking for furniture for small spaces, or have a small doorway, tight stairs or an elevator which makes it virtually impossible for you to get “real” furniture into your studio loft or small apartment, you don’t have to settle for futons. Our sofas, small apartment sofas, loveseats, chairs and storage ottomans are the answer to all your needs when it comes to getting affordable furniture through these tight spaces. You can choose from 70 fabric combinations, including pet-proof fabrics and slipcovers.

Simplicity Sofas Sleeper Sofa

Even our full-size sofas, which can accommodate our wonderful 20 inch deep queen size air sleep system, fits through the smallest spaces, so you or your guests have a place to relax and then rest comfortably on a real sofa bed. Apartment sofas, which are a little smaller than our full-size sofas work great in small spaces and are an excellent alternative to futons. You don’t need to settle for small, uncomfortable ready-to-assemble furniture, when you have Simplicity Sofas as your alternative quality showroom seating.

Our line of sofas and chairs is designed to ship in 3 boxes and assembles in less than 15 minutes without tools, with the look and feel of showroom quality living room or family room furniture. The frames are made of solid oak and come with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Your guests will be impressed and much more comfortable sitting on a real sofa or in a real chair, than a futon.

Holiday Decorating Your Small Space

December 9, 2008 by  
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Small apartments or studio lofts need to change a little for the Holidays. Granted, you have created your own image and added the perfect“decor,” but you need to add or change somethings here or there for the holidays.

For some it’s easy, for others you’re thinking …. “Hmmm … I have everything in place for my lifestyle; where do I put all these holiday decorations so they do not over crowd what I have already accomplished? How do I put more things into this small space?”

It can be a daunting task. But you don’t have to spend your Holiday bonus on over-decorating to make it a Winter Wonderland.  Here are some ideas to get your Holiday decorating off to the right start if you live in a small space.

Consider these choices.

Work with what you have. Move a chair from one corner of the room to another (or to another room entirely!) to create some space for additional gatherings for guests to stand and mingle.

Place a small holiday tree in that space.

Arrange your tree and decorations on top of an already existing accent table and do not bother moving anything. Create your own festive design in that space, if you choose.

Mantle Beware! Overcrowding the mantle will make your space seem even smaller. Simple candles and some Holiday pictures of days gone by will do just fine.

If you are weary of moving things around, try stacking poinsettias on top of different sized boxes bunched together in the room to create a festive focal point. You can pick up empty boxes in any size from any grocery. Turn the boxes upside down, drape some fabric around the bases, place your poinsettias (which will last forever) on the boxes and you’re done.

It only takes up a little space and your apartment sofa or chair doesn’t need to be moved to accommodate this. Your guests won’t ever have to ‘guess’ where to place their party gifts. They’ll know to place them right around your poinsettia tree.

I thought of a great idea today, too. Take your old twinkling lights (that are still working from last year, right?) and wrap them around your tallest plant(s). Sit back and relax to your favorite music and watch them twinkle. Hang a Charlie Brown red ornament or “your” favorite ornament on the plant if it works for you.

Or … bunch a few different sized plants together (tall, small and wide) and wrap the twinkling lights around them. You can do this to create a holiday experience in many rooms.

What are you are doing in your small space this season? We would love to hear from you so we can post your ideas and share your joy! Let us know what works for you.

What color is cooler than beige?

September 8, 2008 by  
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Did You Know Surrounding Yourself with Color Makes You Happier?

In this day and age, we have to get excited about something—don’t we? Let’s get excited about color and not sit around wishing change would happen, but make it happen! I am going to invite you to share in my experience of changing your surroundings with color and making you and/or your family happy about doing so in the next few blogs.

Keep posted! This is one of many …

Pebbletex Yellow  Coral Red  

     “around the world in global colors”

Everyone is turning to remodeling as opposed to selling and upgrading. The first thing you should do is add “color” to your existing lifestyle — and change it as often as you like.

Even if it’s only paint on a wall!

Make it easy. Start with “one room” — and my 3 questions:
#1) Can you start with one room? Yes.
#2) Do you spend a lot of time in this room? Yes.
#3) Are you ready to start with this room? Yes.

If the answer to these 3 questions are all YES!
Then – Beige be Gone! Get up and paint a wall! See the new colors here!

      

                      … which colors do you see that work with you?

I can’t go and spend money frivolously on items that are meaningless anymore; such as impulse buys that will eventually end up on a back cupboard shelf, the back of a closet, or under the children’s beds. I have to be smart about how I spend my hard earned dollars now.

So Do it with Color!

I’m only talking about remodeling to the extent of painting one wall and an old piece of wood furniture, or at the very least, moving an apartment sofa, studio sofa or living room set to a different Safe Space in the room. You’ll find that in doing so; it will make all the difference in the world!

  

This does not have to come with a great deal of thought. It just means moving your precious belongings around to new Safe Spaces. Try it when you’re bored. Add a couple pieces if you can afford it and above all, get rid of the clutter and add color.

Repaint JUST One Wall.

  

hot colors for one wall

Hang a mirror or two while you’re at it, particularly on a dark wall if you are in a small space. Everyone can see the room from most angles this way. How happy you will be while you sit back and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labor from all angles.

Remember Though – -Beige be Gone!

   

                Mix and Match

Do you want to wake up to a sleepy studio apartment? Do you have a small sofa or apartment sofa that is in great need of replacing? Check out the color patterns that I have outlined here and look at our apartment sofa pages. I think it will make all the difference in the world to you. These are affordable ways to make your small space or any living room come to life again with minimal expense.

Want to Know Which Colors Make You Happy?

    

I have given you a sample of color choices for just about all personalities as best I could on this blog page. I will continue, as the change of the seasons, to show you more. If you see color samples on the Fabrics Page that enlightened you, then send me a comment and I will add it!

My advice: Expand your horizons if you are in a world without color. Don’t sit around looking at old sofas and beige walls. Now is the time to get up off that old couch and answer the 3 questions I asked above. If nothing else, it will change a little part of your life and make you happier for doing so.

Let me know what you think and above all — ask questions! So many people want to hear your story!

“Safe Space” for Small Spaces

August 13, 2008 by  
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Have you ever been to a friend’s house where there was no thought of “Safe Space” room planning or design? What I mean by this is, every time you get up from the small apartment sofa or chair, you bang your knee on the coffee table or hit your thigh on the corner of their laptop desk? Ouch OUCH!

When designing for small spaces, you want to make sure you can get as much walk-around room as possible and as much seating for guests, while still maintaining “safe space.” That’s the term I use to create ample walking space between furniture pieces, cocktail tables, entertainment centers, door openings, etc., so when your guests come to visit and mingle, they leave with no bruises or band aids.

All furniture in the room needs to have some “Safe Space” around it …

You will need at least 2 feet and, in most cases I recommend 3 feet, between a sofa and chair.

Ashtion Collection

Space planning is critical for any type of room, but when you live in a small apartment, studio or loft, designing the space is crucial. Most safe spaces are typically going to be about 2 to 3 feet between each of your furniture pieces. For instance, you need at least 2 feet from the front of your sofa to the front of the cocktail table. When you get up, you have ample room to move about and do not knock over pictures of your loved ones, the scrabble board or your favorite beverage.

Watch out where you place those accent tables or end tables, as “their legs” tend to get in the way of “yours,” in small spaces, too.

I recommend nesting tables that come in sets of three. When you don’t need the extra surface space, just slide the smaller two in place, one under the other, where they tuck away and allow the largest table to become your end table. When you entertain, pull them all out for more table top space.

Think about maximizing your seating space for small apartments very carefully when you are room planning. You can get really creative if you think out of the “box” just a bit.

When you’re designing your living room, add a couple of storage ottomans in place of a cocktail table. Place the two ottomans about three inches apart from each other to form a “table” in front of your apartment sofa. If you are entertaining guests, these pieces become a versatile option as they can be moved around easily to accommodate additional seating for two.

When you are relaxing at home, the ottomans give you hidden storage space for books, toys or magazines. You can use the ottomans when you’re not entertaining by placing a tray table on top to showcase your fresh-cut flowers or memorabilia and accessories. Or move the tray table out of the way and prop up your feet. The extra ottomans make for inviting versatility.

We don’t want you living in a box – we want to help you create a space that makes you feel open and alive!!!

We have so much to talk about and share … art and wall color … rugs and accessories – even what I am to do with my Grandma’s old rocker. (I have an idea for that one) I will share one of those space saving opportunities next; unless I “bump” into something else.

Let me know how you are making use of your small space, or if you need help room planning or designing.  Here at Simplicity Sofas, we are here to help you create your space and we look forward to hearing from you.

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