Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The King's Speech

Mike and I see as most of the "good" movies we can prior to the Oscars.  This week we plan to see "The King's Speech" and I noticed that The Marginalian has stills from the movie showing the wall decor.  Very nice!

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Woodard Introduces 12 New Styles For 2011

Corltand Woven - Flat Weave
Corltand Woven - Flat Weave

Woodard's high quality furniture collections have been handcrafted for more than 140 years of the finest wrought iron, aluminum and All Seasons Wicker in many rust-resistant finishes; some collections also feature replacement cushions in a variety of durable fabric selections. The new collections of high quality Woodard patio furniture products offered at Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery include the Avery, Wicker Series, Bradford Micro Mesh, Constantine, Fullerton, Peyton, Cortland Flex, Cortland Woven Flat Weave, Tucson, Victoria, Salona by Joe Ruggiero and Wyatt Flex.

Wyatt Flex

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Monday, December 20, 2010

A Look At Dinec Bar Stools

Yesterday, we looked at Bar Stools and Tempo in particular.  Here are some examples of Dinec Bar Stools:

Bistro Expressiuon
Moka Expression

Vegas Expression

5th Avenue Diva

Simply Diva

Dinec Barstools come in a number of Seat Options from Fabrics to Leathers and a ariety of Finishes

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

How To Choose a Bar Stool

When it comes to choosing a bar stool, Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery in Portland can help you choose the right height and style, made in both metal and wood.

Bar heights range from 40 to 42 inches and counters are generally about 36 inches. You need about ten inches under for your legs under the bar or counter, so your seat heights will vary. Generally, seat heights for bars are about 30 inches and counters about 24 to 26 inches. There is even a spectator height that some prefer.

Stools can then be backless, stationary or swivel, and swivel with memory, meaning it returns to its original position. They can be captain chairs or have no arms.

We sell a lot of Tempo products because they come in a variety of styles in powdered coated metal that is durable and a great buy for the price. Any finish is available and in any seat height. Our most popular is Brazilia which is great for condos in its transitional style. Sometimes when you have wooden cabinets and wood floors, it's nice to change it up with metal bar stools.

Landfair Furniture also carries Dinec in all seat heights at a higher price and Stanley which is a good value, however it is not as customizable.

When making a major purchase for your home, it's always advisable to seek a professional opinion. We can help provide suggestions if you don't have someone to rely on.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Top 10 Interior Designers For 2010

We have been fortunate, through the years, to see our hopes realized and can now count almost all of Portland’s top interior designers among our treasured and appreciated customers. In order to show Portland’s interior designers how much we really DO appreciate them, this year we identify the Top 10 interior designers in Portland who have contributed the most to our success. If you are looking for an interior designer, we hope you will visit their websites and view their portfolios in hopes of finding just the right interior designer to turn your house into a home.
  1. Ron Reiter - Designed Interiors PO Box 2290 Lake Oswego OR 97034 (503)694-1888
  2. Kate Byer - Kate Byer Interior Design 2367 NW Glisan St. Suite 10 Portland, OR 97210 (503)333-6344
  3. Lisa Seung - Portland Home Decorating 230 NW Murdock Portland, OR 97229 503-502-0818
  4. Kathia Emery - Emery & Associates 2835 SE Lambert St. Portland, OR 97202-8857 (503)288-2034
  5. Linda Happ - Linda Happ Interiors 17562 South Big Sky Way Oregon City, OR 97045 503-997-7456
  6. Brooke Johnson - Brooke Johnson Interiors 2595 Remington Dr. West Linn, OR 97068 503-803-4800
  7. Scott Allen - 503-288-3834
  8. Stephanie Delbrueck - Monogram Interior Design 15085 SW GULL DR Beaverton, OR 97007
  9. Deb Seeley - Deb Seeley DesignsPO Box 1033 Lake Oswego, OR 97034 (503) 635-2967
  10. Nancy Bean - SIMPLIFY by DESIGN 2809 NW Mill Pond Road Portland,OR 97229 (503)475-5074

And special recognition to Marci Harris - H/S Interiors 26758 S. Bolland Rd. Canby, OR 97013 (503) 341-2333

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How To Fold A T-shirt In 2 Seconds

Darndest thing we've seen:

How To Fold A T-Shirt In 2 Seconds

Friday, December 10, 2010

Have You Looked At The Lorts Blog?

One of our vendors is Lorts which we have posted about before. We just noticed that they have a very nice Friday feature on their blog, Fresh {off the line} Friday. Each Friday they post pictures of pieces that captured their attention showing off the creativity of interior designers "...proving that they work with some of the most talented designers around."

BTW, see what Evelyn Green did with Lorts and a client's home in Arizona.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Eco Home Theater Designing & Building

In the modern era of convenience and saving the environment, one of the best places to start turning yourself into an earth friendly resident of this planet is by building an eco-friendly home theater. Now, the theater does not have to seat fifty people and be located in a subterranean vault of a billion dollar mansion. Those with larger homes can create an earth friendly environment perfect for watching the classics or new releases with family and friends. For those who can afford to “go big” with a home theater with the massive screen, superior audio, and plush home theater seats even then it is not necessary to break the bank in order to be as environmentally friendly as possible with the design and construction.

Designing the Theater

You will be wanting to decide the main focus for the room, of course to watch the screen but is this sports den, games room or a classic movie theater a lot of people who are designing the theater for themselves use Google Sketch its free and great layout tool. There are also many helpful design blogs such as Design Milk that will fill you with inspiration with some wonderful set ups.

Materials for the Entire Room

An eco-friendly home theater is all about what materials are used to set the room. From the projector, or flat screen television, to the flooring and seats, any of the materials for a home theater can be earth friendly. When it comes to projectors or huge flat screen televisions for your viewing enjoyment, LED is the most earth friendly way to go. LEDs, or light emitting diodes, have been on the market in small scale for many years. Today’s technology is allowing LEDs to be included into large movie projectors and flat screen televisions, using up to 40% less electricity than the LCD screens and projectors in use now. There is also the option of an eco-standby mode on most LED projectors that will reduce the energy consumption rate by up to 80% when the device is on, but not actively projecting images.

Flooring and seats are other eco-friendly options that many homeowners may not be aware of. Bamboo is an infinitely renewable wood choice for flooring, along with cork and laminate flooring. There is also low pile eco-friendly carpet available on the market for a softer step and a smaller carbon footprint. Stage presence is important when creating a home theater environment and that presence can often be felt in the seating. If the planned home theater is going to seat more than 5-15 people, you may want to hunt down authentic antique
theater seats. If the thought of sitting where thousands have sat before doesn’t appeal to you, you can also find seating which is constructed from earth friendly and non-toxic materials.

Why Go Green?

Reducing the carbon footprint of everyone on the planet is one of the ways to help heal the environment. Even though a home theater is often thought of as a luxury most cannot afford, spending a little extra time, rather than money, to find eco-friendly materials and devices for your home theater can reduce your carbon footprint. Even those homeowners who are not building a large dedicated room for their home theater can re-engineer a smaller room in their home and remodel it as a movie viewing room for the family. The use of eco-friendly materials in one room in the house can lead the way to creating a total environmentally friendly home. 

This guest post ‘written by’ ..James Helliwell.

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