Trend Alert: Metallic is in!

We love things that sparkle!  So obviously we are loving the metallic trend we are seeing.   Splashes of gold and sliver in all their glitzy glory have blasted into the Home Decor scene.   We are seeing them everywhere from accessories to the dining room table.

Here are some of our favorites!

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The Brighton Collection by Universal Furniture brings bling to dining with this metallic pedestal base.  Paired with soft upholstered chairs this look is a modern classic!

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The Transcend collection by Hooker Furniture has become an instant winner!  Modern Rustic at it’s finest!  Gold metallic details on the feet of the platform bed, nightstands and dressers give the illusion of floating- a perfect juxtaposition to solid Acacia slabs.

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Reclaimed teak, pine and magnolia woods with raw metal and glass define the Magnolia Collection by Orient express. We love this collection for its balance, a prefect marriage of glitz and organic elements.

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And then there are the accessories!  Smaller pieces are great ways to add details that can be rotated with the next style wave.   Introduce a hint of metallic and a little glitz- look for mirrors, lighting, candle holders- small touches will go a long way to be on trend!

Every room can handle a little glitz!  Stop to see how we can add metallics to your space!

K & A

 

 

Rugs We Love!!

An area rug can be a critical part of a room: it’s the anchor that defines the space.   It’s often the biggest component of the room and offers the largest pattern and covers the most ground.

With so many great options, it can be overwhelming to start the process of rug shopping.  So we thought we would offer our favorites.

These top 5 rugs are our go-to types and styles:

  1. Natural Fiber

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Elemental and basic; this is a great option for adding texture.  Natural fiber rugs can be made from anything from Jute to Cotton and they are all about the texture- muted, organic colors add depth to any space.

2. Flat Weave

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The Jewel collection by Surya is our favorite flat weave.  Hand twisted wool and reversible, we use this vibrant rugs to add a dash of Aztec flair.  Available in multiple colors and patterns this collection is great for any home rustic or not.

3. Hand Knotted

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The Zeus collection of Hand Knotted- artisans hand tie wool-  is a rich look.  Brilliant colors and deep tones look and feel rich.

4. Medium Pile

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Caesar collection from Surya rug is our favorite transitional classic.  100% wool this soft collection offers classic patterns with striking colors.

5. Sheep Skin

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We have a soft spot for sheep skin…it’s luxe and plush and dreamy!  For a modern pop of feathery light contrast sheep skin is an instant hit.

Our top 5 favorites are just the beginning.  For more ideas and options that will work in your space stop in and browse our samples!

K&A

 

 

5 Poufs that Pop!

Poufs are just fun.  The word alone is enough to make you smile, but beyond their whimsical name, poufs are awesome accessories.  They add a pop of color, texture and style while providing an easy place to kick up your feet or an extra seat in a pinch.

Versatile, colorful and cute-below are the top five poufs around!

  1. The Benedict Pouf: woven and cozy this pouf, available in natural or charcoal, adds a great texture.

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2. The Frontier Pouf: a great rustic accent, this patterned pouf works with warm color scheme and sturdy enough to be an extra seat. pouf16

3. The Chevron Pouf: woven stripes of denim add a great texture and a fun pattern.  A perfect blue patterned cube.

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4. The Appalachian Pouf: Want to add a bit of hide?  The Appalachian Pouf is 100% Hair on Hide

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5. The Geometric Pouf: this clean and modern geometric is available in multiple colors, our favorite is the crisp gray below.

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There are so many more options for poufs; styles, colors and textures galore!

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For more options or help finding just the right one for your space- come in and see us!

K&A

 

 

Making it Modern…

Modern is trending and we are embracing it! Many confuse the two style terms modern and contemporary. In our opinion, modern is a style of its own, and contemporary can encompass many different styles that are current or en vogue.

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The rule of thumb for modern design is “form follows function.” Keep your space uncluttered, light and simple. Here are some tips to embrace the trend in your home.

Pack-up-the-clutter! A modern room has clean lines and clear focus on form. When your room is covered with knick-knacks it is hard to appreciate the lines of your furniture. Keep it minimal and keep it interesting.  Check out this Before & After designed by one of Bennington Furniture’s own..

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By removing the large entertainment center, and replacing it with a clean lined sofa, this added more seating and brought the focus where it should be- on the fireplace! Cleaning up the “stuff” and  keeping it simple by using a light neutral color palette with dark accents made the space feel more open. A woven hide rug and teak bunching cubes topped the room off with some organic texture for interest.

Go Metal! Modern design honors form and function by keeping building materials in plain view. What better way to show off structure than with the mix of metal. The below dining room table from Hooker Furniture exhibits the form and function of modernism and we just love it. 5490-75200-dkw-room

Keep It Primary! Black, white and  neutrals with a dash of vibrant primary colors make up the modern color wheel. For example adding a large canvas like this one from Mercana can be the perfect amount of impact and add that touch of color to your modern room.100054-S

These are our tips to help you transform or introduce modern elements into your home. For more ideas or design suggestions visit one of our locations.

K&A

Bursts of Blue Make Any Room Feel Fresh!

As the temperature rises cool colors reign;  to counter the heat, these crisp blues will keep you cool and get your home ready for the season!

Blue is in.  In all its forms: navy, indigo, turquoise and cobalt.  Accessories are a great way to keep a room fresh and up-to-date with the latest trend without having to replace every piece.  Start small: lamps, pillows, area rugs, vase or accents.

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Combining these small pieces will transform your space.  Throw pillows and small touches below transform this neutral space.

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Next, consider consoles, hall tables, or accent furniture for small pieces that can have great impact.  Like the Regatta Blue Bombe hall table below, strategically placed, this burst of blue will make any hall feel breezy!

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Thinking of taking blue to the next level? Go big with a blue upholstered sectional.   The Craftmaster sectional below anchors the room.  Styled with light grey pillows and paired with clean accents in start white and black this space achieves a cool and crisp timeless look.

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Don’t forget about one of our favorites- bedding!  Pillows, shams, comforters and throws in every shade of blue will transform your bedroom into an oasis this summer!

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Summer time is such a treat- celebrate it when you can!  For more ideas on how to transform your home with the summertime blues, stop in and see us!

Happy Summer!
K & A

 

 

 

 

 

Made in the USA

As we gear up to celebrate all things red, white, and blue next weekend, we thought we would give a shout out to the great American companies that produce our beautiful furniture right here in the USA.

Where is it made?

We get asked this question a lot: Where is it made? And we are proud to say that the majority of our products are made right here.  In the USA!!

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Most of our upholstery, produced by great companies like King Hickory, Klaussner, Craftmaster, and La-z-Boy is made in the USA.  These companies have long histories of being American based.

eight-2Built of hardwoods and the best technology, like King Hickory’s eight-way hand-tied springs, these companies are producing the highest quality upholstered furniture that will withstand the test of time.

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When it comes to dining and bedroom furniture- carpentryheirloom quality craftsman ship is still alive and well. Companies like Green Gables, Palettes by Winesburg, and Byler’s Rustic, create custom, pieces that are the highest quality, durable, and beautiful!

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Mattresses are our #1 best selling American-made product.  Sterns & Foster, and Seally mattresses made only 2 hours south of us in Albany, NY.

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Each mattress is built with the best practices and highest quality products- take a look at a behind the scenes video that showcases Sterns & Foster production:

To learn more about the American Made story behind our products come see us!

Happy 4th!!

K & A

 

Summer Lovin’

It’s Summer Lovin’ and we’re havin’ a blast! The best part about living in New England is embracing each of the four seasons. Our long cold winters keep us held up inside and our homes tend to resemble those wintry days. We wanted to give you some fresh, cool ideas to lighten up your home for the summer heat wave!

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Nestling seasonal pillows into your decor gives your furniture a continuing new and fresh look. Just buy the pillow covers in seasonal colors and motifs and change them out using the same down pillow forms as the season changes.

Brighten up the floor:

Changing out an entry way area rug or the dark heavy oriental rug in your living room – this can be just the change you needed to embrace the season! Check out these summer favorites from our local designers at Chandler4corners… so stripin’ cute!

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A natural fiber area rugs can also bring in that laid back summer texture your looking for. We love the below selections from Surya…

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Keep It Fresh:

Add some growing accessories to your decor. Summer is the perfect time to grow herbs… they add color and flavor to the season. Adding fresh mint to your tea, or basil to a salad really adds a punch of summer flavor. Place the herbs in pretty pots and you’ve done double duty with beauty and taste. 3colors_1487_general

Texture and color send subliminal seasonal messages to your brain! So lighten things up, brighten things up  and have fun with layering accents!

Come in to Bennington Furniture to spread some Summer Lovin’ into your home…

K&A

Top 5 Chairs Dad will Love!

This Father’s Day why not give the gift of comfort! We wanted to focus on the most important seat in the house…”Dads Chair.” Every Dad needs one, an  easy chair, a throne, a chair just for him. To help you narrow down the search, we made a list of our favorite chairs for Dad.

  1. The Dylan by Flexsteel

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1127-10_908-80_LA2956For the  sporty Dad… Available in leather or fabric, the Dylan collection from Flexsteel is super comfortable and made for relaxing in style.  This group is a winner for all Dad’s big screen TV events! The collection offers a stationary chair, recliner, sofa, and sectional.

2.Reese Recliner by La-Z-Boy

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For the laid back Dad… La-Z-Boy knows recliners; that’s what they do. There are many makes and models to chose from but our favorite is the Reese.  Clean lines available as a stand alone chair, sofa or sectional- this recliner delivers style and comfort!

3. Parthenon Temple by Hooker Furniture

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For the trendy Dad… made of real leather, super deep seat and masculine lines this club chair by Hooker Furniture is a classic piece that Dad will love…while reading the newspaper on his i-pad.

4. Barrel Swivel by Smith Brothers

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For the sophisticated Dad… a cigar lounge look, this low back barrel swivel is just the right seat! Available in leather or fabric, with or without nail heads this seat will be Dad’s favorite.

4. Athens Chair by King Hickory

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For the transitional Dad… An updated wing chair, the Athens chair by King Hickory has great classic style and comfort that Dad will love.

Need something tailored specifically for your Dad?  Let us know and we can find something just right!

Hope to see you soon!

K & A

 

 

 

Gettin’ Breezy

As the temperature rises and we approach the full swing of summer we want to let you in on a little sleep secret…

TEMPUR-pedic, the most highly recommended bed in America, has introduce their new line of TEMPUR-Breeze® beds! This bed is made with innovative cooling comfort features to provide you with the best sleeping environment.

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How,  you ask? We are going to break-down the sleep secret into 3 easy to understand ways that this mattress earns the “cool” title.

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COVER: It all starts with the TEMPUR-Breeze® cover. The entire cover is infused with PCMs (Phase Changing Material) This provides cool-to-the-touch comfort and draws heat away from your body.

COATING: PureCool™, an exclusive TEMPUR comfort layer provides deep-down cooling that will keep you comfortably cool all night long.

CELLS: The breathable design of the perforated comfort layer channels excess heat away from your  body.

The TEMPUR-Breeze® isn’t just ONE technology- the secret is in the use of several elements and state of the art technology that will help you sleep cooler, faster, longer.

We can’t talk about TEMPUR-Breeze without talking about this guy…Tempur-Breeze-Drew-Brees

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Yup, It is Drew Brees cool! We are just in stitches over the new commercials for the new Breeze line.

We have much more to share with you about  TEMPUR-pedic so please stop by any of our Total Sleep Centers to experience the TEMPUR-pedic difference.

Sweet Dreams!

K & A

P.S. Purchasing a mattress is the one investment in your home that no one else will see, so be selfish and make the best choice to improve your health- It’s a Breeze!

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Magnolia Home Now Available at Bennington Furniture!!!

We have a confession…we love Fixer Upper!! Chip and Joanna Gaines are fun to watch and their projects have us swooning!  So when Joanna launched Magnolia Home, a line of furniture and accessories, we were thrilled and couldn’t wait to bring it to our clients.

jojoIt is here and Magnolia Home does not disappoint!!   JoJo brings her attention to detail, strong aesthetic and airy feel to each of her 6 collections. Our top 3 personal favorite collections that capture the line best are- Traditional, Farm House and Industrial.

Farm House style is Fixer Upper’s bread and butter. From the start JoJo and Chip hooked us on their farmhouse style- french doors, shiplap and lots of white- the staples of a Magnolia Farm’s home.

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The Farmhouse Keeping Table below, named after the “keeping drawers” on each side of the table with contrasting black spindle chairs is an example of Magnolia’s clean and classic Farmhouse collection.  To complete the look pair with the Farmhouse Archive Buffet, a drug store inspired hutch.

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Jojo loves her shiplap!   As any fan knows, she doesn’t limit shiplap to the walls so of course it found it’s way to her furniture design.  The Traditional Shiplap Bed, shown below, in Dove Grey is just one of the highlights in the Traditional collection: a classic silhouette crafted out of Fixer Upper’s famous shiplap.

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Industrial

After watching Joanna tackle a mid-century modern home, not the usual farmhouse, we knew we wanted more from her.  The industrial and Boho collections are modern but true to Magnolia’s clean aesthetic.  The Boho Hairpin Table below is our favorite look.

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Check out the entire line up at http://www.magnoliahomefurniture.com/ and stop by our stores in Queensbury and Rutland to the pieces we have in person!

For ideas to bring the Fixer Upper look to your home, stop in and see us!!

K & A