This blog was written by Jean Oglethorpe, mother to the two co-founders of The Stated Home and a truly inspiring decorator.
For quite a while, I have been thinking about doing something to add pizzazz to the windows in my breakfast nook. When we first moved in eight years ago, I had purchased roman shades to solve the privacy issue. The fabric I had chosen was about as neutral as one can get: a warm beige with a lot of texture. I had gone with a neutral because I wanted the flexibility to change accent colors without having to replace the shades, but the result was a boring, unfinished look. Clearly, something else was needed. Replacing the shades was out of the question—it would cost way too much—so I decided to add some embellishment at the top.
Let’s say you’ve decided on a leather sofa, chair, or ottoman—how do you decide which leather to select? It can be a confusing decision, with descriptions such as full grain, top grain, split and bonded leather, aniline, and semi-aniline floating about. You aren’t just choosing color, you also are picking feel and durability. Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know about choosing leather (and head here to see our selection of gorgeous leather furniture): (more…)
It’s true that good things come to those who wait. How else can you explain the pleasures of homemade bread, springtime tulips, and the Veronica Mars movie? Well the pleasures of waiting apply to furniture too. And while the wait for made-to-order furniture is a bit longer than the wait for a loaf of bread, typically eight to 12 weeks, it’s better for everyone involved. Keep reading to find out why (and head here to see all of our worth-the-wait furniture): (more…)
You may know instantly whether you prefer your sofa to have a skirt or show some leg, but many people realize they could go either way. Along with sofa arm style, the skirt/leg option can instantly make a sofa more traditional or modern looking. Here’s everything you need to know to help make your skirt-or-leg choice easier (and head here to see our seating collection when you’re ready to shop): (more…)
We know what you’re thinking about shopping for furniture online: “But I need to SIT in it before I buy it.” Yes, while the truest test of comfort is plopping down into a piece of furniture, you can actually do a pretty good job of determining comfort by sitting in furniture you already own and noting specific details.
Shopping for furniture is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans: What works for your slim, long-legged friend won’t necessarily work for your curvy body (and vice versa). Furniture fit is personal! And that’s why we don’t rate our pieces as more or less comfortable on The Stated Home. One person may like things a little firmer while someone else prefers cushions you can sink into. We’ll help you figure out what your furniture preferences are and then identify pieces that are right for your bottom (and back, and arms, and head).
So let’s get into it! (more…)
We love Steamboat Springs for its winter powder, gorgeous summer weather, and the old-west American spirit that resonates throughout it. The main street looks the same way we imagine it would 100 years ago, only now it’s filled with bars offering amazing happy hour specials and boutiques selling handmade goods from Colorado. Get excited about going there with our American Travel Guide to Steamboat Springs. (more…)