Inspiration

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Finding the perfect leather furniture is about choosing what’s right for your home and suits your personal lifestyle. When it comes to shopping for quality leather furnishings, there’s no single choice that’s best for every situation. When buying leather, it is important to understand the different types. Below is a basic reference guide from Dallas-based leather furniture manufacturer American Leather. Naturally finished leather,

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LED the Way

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has come of age. Lighting designers have embraced LEDs across the spectrum in more styles and variations than one can imagine. Save the planet, reduce cost and illuminate with sophisticated style.

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Just Released

The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) has the pulse of the industry in terms of trend forecasting for both product design and interior design nationwide. This limited selection of new products debuting this season represents the strongest forthcoming styles and trends for South Florida’s luxury market.

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Shift to Neutral

A perfect example of the coordination of neutrals and brighter colors is shown here with Vanguard Furniture’s Michael Weiss collection’s Hudson sofa in Treadway Gunsmoke with pillows in Tootsie Tangerine, the Delancy leather chair, Huntley rectangular cocktail table in neutral burl, Donovan chair, and Theo chairside table. Available at Addison House in Aventura and Miami, Brown’s Interiors and Designer Resource Center in Boca Raton, Décor House in Coral Gables, Judith Norman Collection at DCOTA in Dania Beach, D’Asign Source in Marathon, Kom Furniture & Accessories in Miami, Wellington Interior Design Center in Wellington and Island City Traders in Wilton Manors.

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Weekend Update

Let’s say there is one color that once excited you but now leaves you cold, one corner of the room that has never been properly dressed or a favorite chair is looking a wee-bit outdated. Here are a few ideas for a quick update that can completely transform a room and make you fall in love again.

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Bathing Beauty

So, what’s the lowdown on tubs — jetted tub, soaker tub, freestanding tub or no tub? This is a decision I’ll have to live with for a while. In my opinion, every home should have at least one tub. Large indoor hot tubs have waned, with soaking tubs becoming increasingly popular. The prevailing trend is to opt for a luxurious freestanding style, if space allows.

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White Out

Yes, true white is trending. However, this is just one trending neutral color. I am seeing some interesting cabinetry colors in our future, but you can’t go wrong with white in any style. Technology is the big trend in flooring, lighting, appliances and so forth, as is clutter-free design, and neutrals answer those trends with a clean updated look. If color is what you want, consider infusing color in paint, countertop backsplash, furnishings or contrasting island cabinetry.

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Shop to Save

Even though modern refrigerators are much more efficient, the refrigerator is still the biggest energy user in the kitchen comprising about 5 percent of a typical home electric bill. A second refrigerator in the garage can use just as much even if it is smaller because it is usually older and less efficient. Buying a new, energy-efficient refrigerator can save a lot of energy and money. When shopping for a new one, take the opportunity to choose an Energy Star refrigerator that is sufficient to meet all your needs so you can eliminate the need for a second refrigerator. Compare features and energy use. Side-by-side models use more energy than top and bottom models. Also, compare operating costs using the EnergyGuide label.

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Beneath the Surface

Florim, a leading Italian ceramic tile company, reveals one of the largest thin slabs in the industry, Opus Magnum, measuring 5.5 feet by 11 feet by 6 millimeters thick. Many Florim tiles are available in the new slab size, but we are also drawn to the company’s porcelain planks. Shown here, Pier in Cocoa is available through Iberia Tiles in Coral Gables and Miami and Innovative Tile of Florida in West Palm Beach.

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Refining History

“The Wingback Adirondack reclaimed teak chair by David Roan draws inspiration from the feel and form of traditional Adirondacks, bringing an air of sophistication and refinement equally as suited for the dining room as the porch. The wingback shape was introduced to add a subtle curvaceousness to the signature linear planks for which the Adirondack style is known.”

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