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Whether you are moving into a new apartment, buying a home for the very first time, or you just want to mix it up and get some sleek new furnishings, it is important that what you are committing to buy is pleasing and catches your eye in all the right ways. After all, your bed or your dining room set or your sofa will be with you for many years to come; you should approve not only of its comfort and usability but also its design.

We were honored to talk with many furniture showrooms across Florida for our Interior Design issue. They gave us the lowdown on what people are buying this year, and what furnishings they recommend for your home, all in their words.

 Adam’s Interiors
3900 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale
(954) 491-2326

trend_adamsIn the world of accessories, the trend right now is pillows with a lot of bling, stainless bowls and vases, bright-colored rugs with all different types of textures, mirrors that conisst of different shapes and sizes, and stunning chandeliers with long dangling crystals. Water features, both wall-mounted and free-standing, are also popular and bring a soothing ambiance and beauty to any home or business.

Let’s talk about the bigger conversation pieces in your home! A majority of our clients are purchasing white leather to give a bright, crisp look. Charcoal leather is also being used as an alternative to the standard brown. Most people are choosing sectionals to give a cleaner look while making their area look larger and to accommodate more seating for their friends and family.

In bedrooms, we still show and sell complete matching bedrooms sets; however, we are also suggesting a growing trend which involves partnering an upholstered accent bed that can be used with lacquer furniture or wood.

In dining rooms we are showing mostly glass and chrome tables, in all shapes and sizes. Contemporary, clean, and pleasing on the eyes! In addition, bars are making a comeback as more and more people are entertaining in their homes. Speaking of entertainment, a lot of bright colors are being used in theater seating, recliners and accent chairs to make any room pop.

For more information and pricing, please come in to Adam’s Interiors so one of our designers can turn your home exactly into your dream!

 Modern Home 2 Go

4000 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale
(954) 530-1222

270 NE 39th Street
Miami
(305) 572-1222

trend_modern2As life and media speeds up, styles are changing so fast that customers can feel out of style in only a year or two. One of the biggest trends happening regionally right now is not that Modern is coming back into fashion, although it is; it is the trend of versatility.

Customers are looking to keep their homes transitional, not “transitional” as a defined style but transitional in that they can make over their room decor by doing some small changes without having to redo entire looks in order to keep up with the latest colors and styles.

Neutrals like Taupe, Grey or White are what people are looking for. Foundation pieces, like our Elysee, or Laurette sectionals in White or Grey are a great options that can be used in many room styles, and be utterly transformed with just the addition of accent throw pillows, and a rug.

Our Mallorca can easily be altered by changing the set of covers or by adding patterned throw trend_modernpillows.

Our Varzi Table collection is another form of versatility. The Varzi Collection consist of three individual tables with stainless steel frame accented by mirrored surfaces. Each table is a different height and can be used like a traditional coffee and side tables, or grouped all together to create a dynamic and functional central table.

Decades Past and Present Furniture Store
1500 NE 4th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462-8560

trends_decadesIn my opinion, there are a lot of interesting trends I am seeing in interior design, foremost being bold, bright, happy colors…in furniture, paint and accessories are super hot now.

Modern, especially vintage design, still remains very hip, but the look is softened with the mix of unexpected traditional and antique elements. Nothing looks better than a beautiful antique credenza flanked with a great pair of mid-century lucite lamps and a fabulous original modern abstract above it.

I believe the time of buying the whole room package at some retail stores is done. A great living space is collected over time with pieces of varied styles and periods.

A space that reflects you and your style is always best.

Island City Traders / Retro Interiors
2450 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
(954) 537-5330 / (954) 561-1058

trend_island_4One of the hottest trends in leather is stepping up the style with detailing like the diamond stitching and polished nickel nailhead trim like the sectional pictured above.  Choosing black is a bold, contemporary statement and mixes well with metals and glass, giving the room an upscale Metropolitan flavor.  Minimalist accents keep the look clean and sleek but still inviting.

When designers want to create a look that is trend_islandsophisticated, many choose to blend styles such as traditional and contemporary.  This gives the room an updated, fresh appeal without looking like everything was a matched set.  In the picture above, notice the use of a large french bombe’ chest used as a night table next to this contemporary bed.  The selection of the finish, a warm gold-washed silver, adds that contemporary twist and ties in the grey drapery color and makes it the perfect choice.

Natural wood items are still a strong contender in the design world.  The design newbies include the use of two-toning the wood finishes to give the piece more character and allow them to blend better with transitional furnishings.  The bookcases above combine a natural waxed wood with a painted, distressed black accent. The natural wood trend works extremely well when you’re wanting to create a casual interior without sacrificing style.  Shown with ladder for upper access.

 SPOTLIGHT ON IKEA

Three Locations in Central and South Florida…and a Fourth on the Way!

trend_ikeaIKEA is known the world over for producing great furniture and giving the best value to consumers. “The IKEA Concept” revolves around providing furnishings that are affordable for all kinds of people. They say that combining quality, function, design and value are key in achieving such great final products that people the world over can buy and love. Their main mission is to enrich lives through their products and to make the home a happier place for everyone.

IKEA is also well-known for its “democratic design process.” There are five parts that make up this process: form, function, quality, sustainability and a low price. To offer affordable prices to consumers, many IKEA products are made so the consumer assembles the final product, instead of the store doing so in advance. Or as they put it, “instead of thinking outside the box, we simply got rid of the box.”

The company is very proud of the durability of each product — something that people can test for themselves in any IKEA store. For example, cabinet doors in kitchen settings are slam-proof, and drawers can hold many weighty items without significant wear. Labs at the IKEA village in Sweden routinely test out the durability of chairs, sofas, beds and other furniture. IKEA wants you to know that products that are sold there will last a long time, which will make customers very happy.

Spring products at IKEA embody the themes of joy and light — they say white is very in this time of year. To find out more about IKEA’s hot new products, you can visit any of the three IKEA stores in Central and South Florida:

  • 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 623-5454
  • 4092 Eastgate Dr., Orlando. (407) 355-3155
  • 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. (954) 838-9292
  • A Miami-Dade store will be opening in Sweetwater in time for summer 2014.

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