Six Essential Furniture Pieces for Your First Home

 Whether you just tied the knot or are moving into your first apartment post-college, there are sure to be plenty of furniture items you will need to purchase. For people looking to do away with mismatched dining chairs and that old couch with the sunken cushions, you are probably wondering where it is best to save and where you deserve to splurge.

We recommend spending a little extra on the pieces that will grow with you, moving to different areas of your home as your family – and floor space – increases in size.

Nesting Tables

The perfect way to provide extra room for snacks and beverages during a get-together in your small starter-home, stacking tables can be put together neatly and stylishly for everyday use. As your family grows, each table of your set is sure to find its own space in the home, whether it’s as a space for your little one to color in their bedroom, a spot to rest your coffee in your home office or as a living room end table.

Depending on the type of nesting tables you purchase, they can even be moved outdoors during summer afternoons.

Café Table and Chairs

Don’t have a dining room in your first home? A café table and set of chairs can be placed in a corner of your kitchen or living room, adding a touch of elegance and the perfect amount of space to enjoy your meals.

As your home grows and your family expands, this table set can provide extra seating on your patio or a spot for your children to enjoy breakfast and after school snacks in your kitchen nook.

Wooden Chest of Drawers

Especially if your bedroom is on the smaller side, a wooden chest of drawers is the perfect spot to store your clothes. A classic piece that will always remain in style, this chest can be placed in your entryway, living room or dining room down the road. Filled with winter gear, placemats, and extra serving ware or your collection of remotes, there is a purpose for this piece regardless of where you place it.

Simple Love Seat

A lovely option for a small living room, a simple love seat with a classic shape and neutral hue will always have a place in your home. Whether you pair it with a larger couch down the road or move it into a guest bedroom, office or study, this piece will see plenty of use.

Add color with bold pillows or a patterned throw blanket, allowing your style to change according to the season and your mood.

Comfy Footstool

Regardless of how large or small your space is, there is nothing better than putting your feet up and relaxing after a busy day at work. Your home will never lack the need for a footstool, so treat yourself to an attractive option that suits your design style.

Whether you love the look of leather poofs or fabric footstools that open to provide storage space within, this piece provides a place to rest your feet, set books, remotes, and trays of snacks while also providing extra seating when guests come to visit.

Comfortable Arm Chair

This is a great addition to your living room. Not only does it provide a comfortable place for you and your guests to sit, but it takes up dead space in your living room.

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services which include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures and more! . Contact us today to set up a consultation with our professional interior designers!

Pet-Proofing Your Furniture

If you have a dog or a cat, chances are you have had issues with them scratching, biting, or shedding on your furniture. Of course, you love your pets, but it can be very frustrating to come home to a chewed-up couch leg. You can yell at them until you’re blue in the face but that won’t necessarily deter them from doing it again. The best way to protect your furniture from an overly excited dog or cat is to keep them off it. If you have been struggling with this issue, here are a few ways to protect your furniture from your claw-happy pets:

Couch Covers– Not your granny’s plastic covers-these couch covers are resistant to hair and dirt and look great on your couch.

Get them their own furniture- Your cat or dog may be feeling left out if the whole family is curled up on the couch and they’re forced to sit on the floor. This will make them want to get on your couch even more. To remedy this, purchase a couch just for them.

Grooming– If you have pet hair all over your couch, chances are your pet is not being groomed regularly. The grooming schedule will depend on your type of pet and the length of their hair. If your pet sheds a lot in between grooming, you can purchase a pet brush to remove any excess hair that could potentially end up on your furniture.

Lint rollers– If you have a pet that sheds excessively, a lint roller will help to remove hair quickly.

Bitter Apple Spray– This spray is a deterrent for pets that like to nibble on furniture. It is safe for dogs so it will not harm them. Simply spay this non-toxic mixture anywhere you want to keep your pets away from. If your pet likes to chew on things make sure they have plenty of chew toys.

Sherwood Studios is a full-service interior design studio and furniture showroom. With over 75 years in business, you can trust that your design needs will be met at our studio. Check out our furniture selection to browse our stylish yet functional sofas and sectionals.

Increasing Your Home’s Value + Benefits of Interior Designers

Whether you have just bought your home, or you’ve lived there for years, there may be things you want to change. Home improvements are a great way to increase curb appeal, increase your home’s value and improve your quality of life. It is important when planning home renovations to be deliberate and plan thoroughly. Interior design is a way to create functional and beautiful spaces that work for your lifestyle and personal style. There are important factors to consider when making changes to your space. You may think that you know what’s best for your home, but a professional can offer services that will not only save you money but, time as well.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a professional interior designer:

Money-saving

Everything comes with a cost, and it’s always smart to find ways to save money while working on your home. But when considering interior design work, many people fail to see that, much like other home improvement projects, it can be a smart long-term investment. Instead of thinking of home design as a place to pinch pennies, many savvy homeowners are seeing it as a way to save in the long run.







Organization

One of the most important jobs of a professional interior designer is to put an effective plan into place. Instead of haphazardly tackling projects in a nonsensical order, interior designers strive for efficiency. This helps avoid costly mistakes, like remodeling an area only to realize that it needs to be torn up again for a new addition. A good plan will account for every detail of each room and tackle jobs in an orderly, straightforward fashion. It can really payoff to be decisive about what you want and take care of it the right way.

Better Resources

If you were to tackle your home redesign all by yourself, there are issues that you may run into you may not be prepared for. A professional interior designer has the connections to find the best people to help with updating your home.

When redesigning your home, it is also important to consider the resale value. On average, homeowners under the age of 37 occupy their current home for about six years. If you design your home to blow you away, it should do the same for others when it comes time to sell, especially if you find yourself in a competitive market. It’s always smart to think long term.

Time-Saving

These days everyone is busying with work, school, and side hustles. Redesigning a home is another task that will consume a lot of your time if you take on this project alone. With the help of a professional, you can work on other more important tasks.

Finally, consider the time you can save by delegating responsibility to an expert. Put the design of your home in the hands of the right person and see how much more rewarding and relaxing the decorating process can be. Interior design work is a valuable service that, if done right, can really pay off in the end.

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services that include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures and more! Sherwood Studios’ professional team will prepare a thorough presentation personally created for your design needs. We will work with you to find the best contractors and accents that best suit your home and style. Contact us today to set up a consultation with our professional interior designers!

An Updated 2019 Neutral Color Palette

As the seasons change now is a great time to create a new look for your home. When deciding to make a cosmetic change to your home it is important to have a knowledge of your personal style. Learn what colors and themes you like. Designing your home should reflect your personality and give your guests an idea of who you are.

There are no rules in design and decorating but there are some guidelines and tips that you can follow to make redecorating your home easy and fun.

Below is a list of popular colors in 2019:An Updated 2019 Neutral Color Palette

  • Hazelnut, soft clay and mustard- These colors are great for a warm earthy color scheme. If you are looking to add more rustic qualities to your home these colors are a great place to start.
  • Muted pastels, cool grey, and soft blue are unique colors that can give a room a more subdued minimalistic look. Lighter colors help to open up space and these particular colors are great for gender-neutral rooms.
  • Dark green, Charcoal, and Navy are colors that work well in large rooms, with moderation. Darker colors work best in well-lit rooms along with lighter accent pieces.

An Updated 2019 Neutral Color Palette

Spring is a great time to usher in new changes in both your life and your home. By making some simple changes to your home you can improve your mood, create positive energy in your home and show off your new designing skills.

If you want to transform your home into an elegant space that will be the envy of all your friends, seek a professional. At Sherwood Studios, we are dedicated to your satisfaction. We specialize in a wide variety of décor services that are specifically tailored to your individual needs. Sherwood Studios is a full-scale furniture store and premier interior design studio in West Bloomfield servicing clients across Southeast Michigan.

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Improve Your Mood by Redecorating Your Bedroom

According to the US National Library of Medicine, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. This means that almost one-third of your life will be spent in your bedroom. Why not make the most of it? It has been shown that our surroundings have an impact on our overall mood. Your bedroom shouldn’t just be a place where you sleep. It should be an extension of your personality and unique space. When you come home after a long day of work you want to arrive to a room that will make you feel good.

Redesigning your room can be simple and inexpensive with the help of these tips.Improve Your Mood by Redecorating Your Bedroom

Cutting the Clutter

One of the first steps when redesigning a space is to get rid of the garbage or items that do not belong. Everyone has a little hoarder in them and that is okay. An easy way to get rid of unwanted items is to decide on whether you have used it within the last 6 months. If you have not used it in that time, chances are it is just taking up space in your room and in your life.

Color Your World

With the clutter out of the way, you can decide what look or ambience you want to create. By selecting a color scheme, you can start to establish a theme for you bedroom. Your theme will be dependent on your personal preference, style, and what you are looking to accomplish.  Lighter colors like yellow, peach, and orange are energizing and is ideal for pops of color. If you want to create a more calming environment grey, blue, and green are more soothing.

Decide how you want to incorporate these colors into your bedroom. Throw pillows, sheets, comforters, and curtains are a great way to incorporate the colors into your room.

Get A Plant

Plants are not only visually pleasing but can do a lot to improve your health. Plants release oxygen which can refresh your air and help your breathing. According to researchers at Kansas State University plants have proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and decrease recovery time for surgical patients. The study showed that surgical patients that had a plant in their room had significantly more positive health outcomes than those without plants.

Redecorating your bedroom can become overwhelming and sometimes it is unclear where you should begin. To maximize your results consult a professional. Visit Sherwood Studios in West Bloomfield, Michigan for your interior design needs!

 

How to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

Tips for Refreshing Your HomeDon’t let wallet worries stop you from refreshing your home. You can decorate your home to make it look beautiful and up-to-date on any budget!

Here’s how to refresh your home on a budget:

Rearrange what you have

Reworking the accessories you already have is by far the cheapest way to make your interior feel new. Arrange books by color, switch the throw pillows from the bed and the sofa, rearrange your living room furniture—just be creative!

Update your hardware

Door handles, faucets, knobs and pulls are inexpensive ways to make your kitchen and bathroom look refreshed. Try trendy brass fixtures for an of-the-moment look.

Slap on a fresh coat of paint

Read up on DIY painting techniques, put down some drop cloths and refresh your space with a new color of paint. If you don’t have time or money to repaint the whole house, focus on one or two rooms. You can also repaint furniture in fun new colors and finishes.

Add a statement wall

Any room will look instantly refreshed when you create a focal point on one of the walls. Paint the wall in a bright color, cluster your art to create a gallery wall or put up some interesting wallpaper.

Shop smart

Scour your local furniture store (Sherwood Studios, perhaps?) for unique furniture and accessories to update your home. You never know what you’ll find!

There’s nothing like professional interior design to make your home look its best. Sherwood Studios offers full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Call us today at 248-855-1600 so we can decorate the home of your dreams.

How to Decide Between a Leather or Fabric Sofa

Leather vs Fabric SofaYour sofa is one of the most important furniture purchases you’ll make. The time you’ll spend sitting on it—reading, watching TV, visiting with friends and family—makes it worth putting some serious thought into your sofa choice.

Should you go with a leather or fabric sofa? Here’s our handy guide:

Choose a leather sofa if …

  • You want your room to feel extra-stylish, whether you go for a sleek, modern look or a vintage feel.
  • Someone in your family suffers from allergies. Leather sofas don’t harbor allergens like dust and pet dander.
  • You don’t want to clean your sofa often. Leather sofas typically don’t need more than a bit of dusting and a quick wipe. Fabric sofas require more maintenance, including yearly steam cleaning.
  • Your family is spill-prone. Leather sofas, especially in darker colors, don’t stain as easily as fabric sofas.

Choose a fabric sofa if …

  • You’re on a budget. Fabric sofas are usually less expensive than their leather counterparts.
  • You want a bright color or bold pattern.
  • Coziness is a priority. Fabric sofas are softer, and will feel warmer even when the room is cold.

Now that you’ve decided whether to purchase a leather sofa or a fabric sofa, check out the selection available at Sherwood Studios. No matter your budget or style, we’ve got the right sofa for you. Need help furnishing and decorating your home? Consider our full interior design services. Call us today at 248-855-1600 to get started.

Decorating With Baskets

Home Decor Baskets aren’t just handy for storing things—they’re also stylish accessories that can take any room to the next level of interior design. Here are our tips for decorating with baskets:

Get organized

Storing things in baskets is a great way to make any room feel tidy and put-together. For example, place throw blankets in a basket next to a couch, or stack coffee table books in a basket to free up room on the table itself.

  • Pro tip: avoid using wicker in bathrooms, as it can get moldy. Use wire instead and consider on-trend colors like rose gold or black.

Add texture to a room

Baskets are a great way to vary the textures in the room. For example, wicker or distressed wood baskets can contrast with plush upholstery materials.

Think outside the (storage) box

While baskets are an obvious storage solution, you can also treat them like works of art in their own right! Consider collecting an assortment of baskets in bold patterns and complementary colors and displaying them on your wall as you would display paintings.

Go green

Air plants are easy to take care of, as they don’t need soil or much watering. They look great in wire baskets placed on the wall.

Now that you know all about decorating with baskets, shop for furniture for every room in your home at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces to suit every style and budget. Need help designing your space? Consider our full interior design services! Call us today at 248-855-1600 to find out more.

How to Choose the Best Lampshade

Table and Floor Lamps MI Lampshades are a great way to give any room in your home a style boost, and they’re easy to switch out. However, if you’re not an interior design pro, you may be “in the dark” as to how to pick one!

Here’s how to choose the best lampshade for any room in your home:

Complement or contrast

Consider the overall style and color scheme of the room, and decide whether you want the lamp to stand out or blend in. For example, if your room is decorated in shades of gray, you could pick a lampshade in the same hue or go for a bright pop of teal or orange.

Pick the right size

Your lampshade should be about two-thirds of the height of the lamp base, plus or minus an inch. Proportion is key, so get out that measuring tape.

Know your shapes

Think outside the “big and round” box and consider lampshades in a variety of shapes. For example, the elegantly sloping sides of a bell-shaped lampshade can complement a curved base, and a drum lampshade will have a contemporary look.

Now that you know how to choose the best lampshade for any room, shop for a wide variety of table and floor lamps at Sherwood Studios. No matter your style or price point, we’ve got a lamp for you. Need help furnishing your space? Consider our full interior design services! Call us today at 248-855-1600 to get started.

Three Tips for Decorating a Rental Apartment

Interior Decorating Tips Just because you rent your place doesn’t mean you can’t express your unique style and personality.

Here are three tips for decorating a rental apartment:

Look for wallpaper alternatives

We know that bold wallpaper is a top trend right now, but it can be a sticky mess to remove when you move out. If you want to give your walls some flair, go for decals or stencils, or try out some of the new peel-away wallpaper that comes off like a sticker.

Choose versatile pieces

When you’re renting, you may move to several different places within a span of a few years. There’s nothing worse than buying a perfect sofa only to find that it won’t fit in your next place. Choose pieces that can work in a variety of spaces, like gateleg tables or modular sofas that can be either right- or left-handed.

Pick attractive storage pieces

Many rental apartments don’t have much storage space, so choose pieces that let you add your own. Go for an elegant bed with storage underneath, get a coffee table with storage shelves and grab a cute wicker basket to store magazines or pet toys. The possibilities are endless!

Do you prefer to have a pro decorate your rental apartment? Call Sherwood Studios today! Not only do we have a broad selection of furniture available for purchase, we also offer full interior design services to renters and homeowners. Contact us so we can make your interior design vision a reality!