Month: June 2014

Brand Spotlight: Ashley Furniture

Published On: June 16, 2014

We here at Crowley Furniture pride ourselves on only offering quality, long lasting, beautiful furniture for our customers. One of our favorites is probably the most well known brand in America by far, and with good reason. Ashley Furniture is a brand that has provided years of quality and beautiful work that has propelled it to be the top furniture manufacturer in North America.

 

Established in 1945, Ashley specialized in mostly table making for 25 years. Around 1970 the owner decided to expand the company offerings by buying Arcadia furniture. With just 35 employees in a warehouse in Wisconsin, this family owned business set out to be a worldwide household name. It didnt take long to complete. Now a mere 45 years later, Ashley is THE go to furniture manufacturer with thousands of employees. Retailed in 123 countries, we’d say they reached their goal of being one of the best. Still family owned and operated, its a big company with the quality control of a smaller operation. Each piece still gets the individual attention to make sure that it something that is built to last for generations.

 

Adelle Ashley
With the traditional dark cherry stain finish flowing beautifully over the elaborately ornate details, the bedroom collection features rich Ash swirl and Birch veneers along with Asian hardwoods and natural marble parquetry tops on the case pieces to create a sophisticated Old World style. Click here to get a closer look at the Adelle Collection Bed, Adelle Collection Dresser, Adelle Collection Nightstand, Adelle Collection Chest

 

Largo Ashley

Made with select veneers, Ash swirl accents and hardwood solids. Dark brown, gently distressed finish. Dark bronze color hardware. Hidden jewelry drawer in dresser. False bottom in night stand drawer for secret storage. Embossed recycled leather accents on several items in the collection. French/English dovetail drawer interiors with color finish. Three piece ball bearing glide, felt or clear finish drawer bottoms. Click here to get a closer look at the Largo Collection Nightstand, Largo Collection Dresser and Mirrors

Design Tips for Larger Living Spaces

Published On: June 9, 2014

While small living rooms have their own design challenges due to their limited space, bigger living areas present their own set of issues. Larger rooms can be wonderful for entertaining, but not as cozy or even functional for day to day living.

So how can you make the best of a large living room? Even if your room is not huge, it can be difficult to furnish if it is awkwardly shaped or connected to another space in some way, so these tips or inspiration photos might apply to a variety of sizes and shapes of rooms or great rooms!
Here are 5 tips for decorating a larger living room:

1. Anchor the room.
Great rooms or large living areas can end up feeling cluttered if you put too many small pieces in the room without at a couple of anchoring pieces. A sectional, large sofa, large coffee table and even built in bookcases or a piano will help anchor a room so smaller pieces can be tucked in here and there as accents if necessary. Be sure to shop in furniture stores in Kansas City that provide a wide selection to choose from.

2. Creative lighting.
No matter what size of a room you have, lighting can make a difference in how the room feels. Fortunately with a large room there are often more windows, so during the day lighting isn’t as much of a concern. If you have just one center ceiling light, you will likely want to add more light with lamps. Having said that, a room can look awkward if you have too many lamps, though, so here are a couple of tips for lighting a large room.
Perhaps pick two or three lamps of larger scale with similar shades and then mix in slimmer less obtrusive metal floor and wall lamps to bring lighting all around the room. Mixing in glass lamps can also prevent lamp overload. You can have an outlet put into the floor near the perimeter of a conversation area for a lamp cord if it isn’t convenient to plug it in the wall.

3. Use color.
Color and pattern can be used to break up big expanses of walls in a great room or cut the size of a tall wall down to a more comfortable height. Add wainscoting with varying shades of neutrals or colors painted above and below the molding. If you have a high ceiling, you may want to try a simple trick to cozy up your room. If you paint the ceiling a shade or two or even several shades darker than your walls (or use paneling!), your ceiling won’t seem as tall and your room might feel more snug and cozy.

4. Avoid too much wall ‘hugging.’
A common mistake is when the furnishings are pushed back against one wall and the chairs on the opposite size of the room against the other wall, leaving too much open space in the middle. If you have to shout in order to have a conversation with someone sitting across from you in the room, it is likely your furniture is too far apart.

5. Bold is best.
Art work and accessories in a big room should be bigger and bolder. If you have framed prints or photos for your wall, go with a larger size than the standard 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 frames. Go group larger pieces together to make an even more bold punch in a room rather than several smaller pieces spread throughout the room. Coordinating your wall art with your living room furniture is the best bet and will really pop.