How to Clean A Fabric Sofa

A quality sofa typically lasts anywhere from 7-12 years with the proper maintenance. Maintaining your sofa includes routine cleaning to ensure it is in its best condition. Fabric sofas require special care to remove stains, dirt, and lingering bacteria. 

Here are a few tips for cleaning your fabric sofa: 

Start by Vacuuming 

Remove any pillows and removable cushions. Thoroughly vacuum your couch to remove any loose dirt, debris, and pet dander. Use a handheld vacuum with a narrow suction tube to get in small spaces .

Check Clean Code 

Before you begin cleaning your sofa, check the clean code. This tells you how to clean your sofa and what solutions work best. 

Here is a breakdown of the furniture cleaning codes: 

WUse a water based cleanser. Can be spot cleaned or shampooed. 
SUse solvent cleaners only or dry clean. 
W/SCan use a water-based and or dry cleaning solvent cleaner. 
XCleaned with vacuuming or light brushing. No water or solvent cleaners. 

If you can use a water-based cleanser on your sofa, you can purchase a sofa cleaner or simply mix equal parts baking soda and water. Spray this on your couch to remove lingering odors and disinfect it. Be sure not to saturate your furniture with too much water as it will be difficult to dry. 

For tougher stains, you can mix another solution of baking soda and water into a light paste. Apply this to the stains and gently brush in circular motions.  

If your cushions have removable covers, take them off and wash them according to the label’s instructions. Most cushion covers can be cleaned in a washer machine. 

Dry 

Use a dry towel to soak up any moisture. Allow your sofa to air dry for at least one day before you resume regular use. 

Sherwood Studios in Michigan is a full-service furniture store and interior design studio. Browse our sofa selection online or visit us in-store located in West Bloomfield.

Creating the Perfect Background for Video Calls

Creating the Perfect Background for Video Calls

Now that many people are handling day to day business from home, there has been an increase in video calls. Reporters, politicians, and many other people have been working from home for weeks. Whether you are conducting a team meeting, being interviewed for a job, or simply catching up with friends, there is one thing everyone will notice-your background!

Your background is a reflection of who you are and represents some of your interests and personal style. 

Here are a few tips for creating the perfect background for your next video call:

Lighting

One of the most important aspects of a perfect video is lighting. Make sure that you are in a room that has good lighting. If possible, try to set up your camera in front of a window so that the natural light will shine on your face. Do not sit with the window behind you, because the light will wash out your background and the callers won’t be able to see your face. If you cannot find the right natural light, try using an LED lamp

Tidy Up 

After you have found the perfect location in your home, check out the background, and clean up any clutter. Things like stacks of paper, magazines, and articles of clothing should be removed. This will give you a clean, fresh area to host your video phone calls. 

Decor 

Although you should have a clean background, it is best to have some elements of decor and not just a stark white wall. You can use different items in your home as design props. 

Here some items you can use in your video background:

  • A houseplant
  • Stack of books 
  • Gallery wall
  • Accent wall 

We hope these simple tips can help you up to your game for your next video call. 

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services, which include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures, and more! 

Check out our blog for more interior design tips! 

Why You Should Rearrange Your Furniture

Why You Should Rearrange Your Furniture

With more and more people spending time indoors, you may begin to look at your surroundings with an especially critical eye. Your home is your sanctuary, a safe place to relax and unwind, but is it completely serving its purpose? Now is a great time to make a change by rearranging your furniture and other decor items in your home. Rearranging your furniture can help create better functioning space, reduce unnecessary clutter, and improve your overall mood. 

Here are a few tips for rearranging your furniture:

Take A Look Around

Glancing around your living room, chances are you can find a few areas that could use a little “pick me up”. Take a look at your space and decide how you want the room to function. Maybe you want more room to lay down your yoga mat in the morning or a small corner for reading. Decide what you want from your space and then map out the changes. You can create a quick sketch of your room and the changes you want to make. This sketch will help to keep your thoughts in order and can be used as a guide while you are changing the room around. 

Create A Flow

Every room has a natural flow of traffic. This helps to guide you through the room and provides a sense of direction. Be sure there is a clear path to easily walk through the room. When rearranging furniture it is important to put it in an area that does not impede traffic. 

Remove Clutter 

If you have a stack of magazines that has been collecting dust or unopened mail piling up, now is a great time to get rid of these items. You can easily recycle these things to remove any unnecessary items in your home. This is also a good time to look at any decor items and decide if you need them or not. Over time it is easy to collect items that you don’t need. Sometimes they work well for the time, but may not be a necessary item in your home.  

Think Green 

No matter how you rearrange your room, it is a good idea to add plants if you do not have them already. Plants help improve air quality, connect us with nature, and can help improve your mood. 

Natural Lighting 

The way in which a room is lit has a significant impact on the overall look and feel of it. For example,  a dimly lit room may feel cold and dark whereas a brighter room feels more lively. Different rooms will have different levels of natural light depending on where they are in your house in relation to the sun. Although that is not something you can change, you can swap out your window treatments. Because it is spring, now is a good time to replace your heavier winter curtains with a lighter option to allow more light to pass through the room. 

With these tips you can help create a new look with the items you already have in your home! 

Sherwood Studios is dedicated to providing high-quality furniture and interior design services to our clients. 

Be sure to check our blog for more interior design tips and tricks!

Tips for Decorating Your Home Office

With an increase of people working from home, now is a good time to establish a home office. Home offices can help people become more productive and gives you the ease of working in a comfortable environment. Many people think they need a spare room to have a home office but a tidy corner in your living room could be the perfect place to get things done. No need to feel overwhelmed, chances are you already have the perfect spot in your house, all you need to do is spot it and decorate it.

To create a practical working environment, follow these tips.

Spend time thinking about the perfect location

Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your home office so don’t just throw a desk in an unused closet and hope for the best. Also, think about traffic flow and how well you can handle distractions. Maybe you do your best work in the middle of the action if not; maybe your office should be tucked away in a quiet space. If clients will be stopping by, a private space with seating is a must. You

Incorporate functional furniture

Your home office furniture should complement other rooms in your house and should also be functional. Furniture can have a major impact when it comes to being productive. Try not to go overboard with furniture, keep it simple so you’re less likely to feel distracted or stressed. For beautiful home office furniture, browse our selection at Sherwood Studios.

Work with a view

Try positioning your desk towards a window if you can, so you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall. A study mentioned in Psychology Today links light exposure in the work environment to improved sleep and vitality. Although a windows natural light is ideal, if you’re in a room without a window, hang an intriguing picture above your desk.

Working from home can be challenging, but if you find the right location in your house and decorate it, you’ll get your work motor humming rather quickly and you’ll be back in business. Need help with your home office design or furniture? Contact Sherwood Studios today, we’ll help you create a space you will love to come home to.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just around the corner, which means now is a great time to start preparing your home for the new season by cleaning it up.

Here are a few tips to get started on your spring-cleaning checklist:

Create a list

Taking a look around your home, you may get overwhelmed with all the different rooms and tasks you have to complete. Before you begin it is best to make a clear list of every task you want to complete.

Here is a short list you can use:

  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Bedrooms
  • Floors
  • Carpets
  • Garage

Once You have made a list, start by tackling one room at a time.

Here are a few tips:

Kitchen

The kitchen is probably one of the hardest rooms to clean because it has the most foot traffic out of all other rooms.

Start by cleaning the cabinets, throw away any expired foods and chipped dishes.

Wipe down all appliances and countertops. Old appliances can be donated or sold to a local second-hand shop.

Bedrooms

Change all bed linen, sweep the floors, vacuum any carpets and wipe down the ceiling fans.

Garage

The garage is often used as a place to house junk and other items that you could probably do without. Instead of keeping these items another spring, consider hosting a yard sale. This way you can unburden yourself of the items cluttering your home while also making some cash.

Living Room

This is another high traffic are that can easily accumulate dirt and clutter. Start by cleaning off the mantle, fireplace, and any shelving. Dust and vacuum away any cobwebs. After cleaning the room, you can begin cleaning your furniture.

Furniture

You should clean your furniture at least every six months. Throughout the year dirt, dead skin cells, and pet dander can accumulate in between the fabric of your furniture.

As a full-scale furniture store, Sherwood Studios is experienced with matter pertaining to cleaning fine furniture.

Here are a few tips to help you master cleaning your furniture this spring:

When it comes to wood furniture, it’s not so much the type of wood that matters, but, more so, the type of finish on it.

In general, finishes on furniture can be soft, hard or painted. You can polish your furniture 3 to 4 times per year using a store-bought polish appropriate for the type of finish.

Some people choose to use a vacuum with a dusting brush attachment to clean their fine furniture, while others opt for a clean, soft cloth.

If you have furniture with an oil finish, you should not use wax, mineral oil, or furniture polish on it. Instead, you’ll want to use boiled linseed oil, Tung oil, and/or distilled white vinegar.

Furniture with a lacquer finish can be cleaned with a solvent-based furniture cleaner. Some people use an oil soap. Liquid wax can be applied to maintain a glossy look. It’s always a good idea to test a cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous spot to make sure it works well and doesn’t ruin the look of the piece.

European furniture is more likely than US-made furniture to have polyurethane finishes, which can be cleaned using a moist cloth to remove fingerprints and light soil. Mineral spirits can be used to remove dirt build-up. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands when working with mineral spirits.

Finally, painted furniture finishes can be cleaned using a mixed solution of mild, non-abrasive detergent and warm water, followed by a rinse with clear water. With painted furniture finishes, you should not use any oil products.

Call Sherwood Studios at 248-855-1600 with any questions you have regarding the cleaning of fine furniture.

Spring Into The Season With Fresh Interior Design Elements

With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to brighten up your home with fresh, easy changes. Let’s emphasize easy because we know you’ll want to devote most of your time with friends, family and enjoying the outdoors as much as you can.

When trying to shift into the new season, refer to these three easy tips:

Hints of Green

Adding green to your home is the simplest and easiest way to make your home feel fresh this spring. If green isn’t typically a color you prefer, worry not. Instead, you can incorporate a few houseplants! Buying a eucalyptus branch and putting it into a simple glass vase can transform a space in an instant. Succulents are also a good choice to help add a little life to your home. These plants are very popular because they are low maintenance, only having to water them about once a week. Here are a few more plants to check out for those who don’t have a “green thumb”.

Woven and wicker

You’ll suddenly feel “spring ready” after adding woven-like textures to your home. Whether it be rocking chairs on your front porch or rattan chairs in your sunroom. Woven or wicker textures work really well with potted flowers or plants. Before you know it, you’ll have a blooming garden look inside of your house.

Linen

A great way to freshen up a space for spring is to put white linen slipcovers on your furniture. This adds a casual elegance to the room and will look excellent with woven or wicker material and vibrant plants. If you’re looking for a more colorful spring look, throw a batik hand-blocked print over your kitchen or dining room table

Now that you’ve brought the outside in with plants, wicker and homespun linen, you’re ready to kick start the spring with your first gathering showcasing your simple and fresh indoor changes. If you’re looking to redecorate your home for the spring and want to go beyond these simple revisions, contact Sherwood Studios today.

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!

Creating A Neater Living Room

Creating A Neater Living Room

The focal point of your home, the living room is used for relaxing, watching television, playing with the kids and entertaining guests on a day to day basis. In a room where so much activity occurs, clutter is inevitable. But there are ways to keep messes to a minimum. Create a neat living room with advice from Sherwood Studios, Inc.

Before you can organize your living room, you must first establish what the goal is for the room. Do you entertain in your living room? Work in your living room, or simply enjoy relaxing there? Once you know what you want from the room, you can begin establishing the look and feel of the room.

Here are a few tips for creating a neater living room design:

Furniture with Storage

Tables with bi-level storage and ottomans with storage compartments are a couple of great ways to keep your living room organized. Keep extra blankets and remotes in the ottoman and magazines on the lower shelves of tables to reduce the buildup of everyday clutter. When the seasons change, you can store heavier blankets in Ziploc storage to make room for other items.

Make Space for the Items You Use Most

Whether you spend most of your time in the living room playing board games with the kids or knitting on the couch, find a place for your most-used items to keep them from cluttering the coffee table. Whether you designate an area on the bookshelf or place them inside a storage ottoman, this will make daily clean up easier and allow you to get to your supplies quickly.

Clean your coffee table

Over time, clutter may begin to accumulate on your coffee table, the kid’s homework, junk mail, and old coffee mugs can make you forget what a clear table looks like. Try to find time to clear off the table and find a space for these items. Use a small box to organize our mail and recycle all junk mail and other useless papers.

Shelving

Instead of stocking your shelves with books, CDs and DVDs, consider trimming down your stacks to make room for storage bins and décor. Keep out your favorite books and those you often re-read, tucking the rest away in storage bins. Cutting down the size of your CD and DVD collection is even easier. Purchase a media binder or two instead of lining all the cases on your shelves. This additional space is the perfect place for artwork, photos, and other home accessories. You may also look into converting CDs, DVDs, and VHS into digital media. If you have access to a computer, you can easily convert this media and save it on a file on your computer. There are also companies that can turn your old VHS tapes into media files. You can also do this yourself.

More vertical storage

Creating A Neater Living Room

Most people have a variety of items they have accumulated over time that have begun taking up space across their living room. A better way to store these items may be to hang them instead. Items that can be hung include plants, bikes, photos, lighting options, and more!

Looking to update your living room furniture and décor? Contact Sherwood Studios, Inc. online or at 248-855-1600 for an interior design consultation or visit our contemporary furniture store at 6644 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield, Michigan. In addition to providing high-quality furniture, Sherwood Studios also has a professional interior design team that can help you bring out the best qualities in your home from room to room. With options to make every room in your home come to life, Sherwood Studios accommodates all styles and visions.

Creating an Inviting Home

Everyone wants a home that will impress their friends and family.

When it comes to decorating the home, most families focus their energy on rooms that see the most use (the living room, kitchen and dining room). But there is one easily forgotten space that can have the biggest impact on guests: The entryway.

The first area in your home that friends and family see when they arrive, your entryway should present a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Give guests a hint of your home’s style while also offering plenty of room (and light) for them to take off coats and shoes.

Here are just a few tips on how to imbue your entryway with hospitality and style:

Incorporate Storage

Regardless of if your children are age eight or 18, it is a given that they will drop their backpacks, coats, and shoes at the door when they walk inside. Instead of looking on in frustration as all their stuff piles up, we recommend incorporating storage into your entryway. Hooks to hang coats and backpacks, a dresser to shore glove, hats, and scarves, and a rack for shoes will make your space an organized and welcoming one.

Take a Seat

Give your guests a place to sit down and take of their shoes when they arrive by adding a set of chairs or a bench to your entryway. For smaller spaces, we recommend finding a bench with storage to perform double-duty in your space.

Provide Plenty of Lighting

The first area of your home that visitors step foot into, your entryway should be filled with warm lighting that welcomes them in from the outdoors. If possible, we recommend adding a couple of different lighting options for your space. With a table lamp, wall scones and a hanging lantern or chandelier, you will be able to illuminate your space perfectly regardless of what time of day or night it is.

Make it Your Own

As you are choosing furnishings and decorative pieces to fill your entryway, pay attention to how they match the rest of your home’s style. The first glimpse that guests get of your space, the entryway provides hints and clues to your interior design style.

With the right furnishings included, this space can be a beautiful transitionary area from the outdoors to the inside of your one-of-a-kind home.

Let it Flow

After you have created an inviting entryway you will need to expand that same inviting energy to the rest of your home. One of the most important rooms used to host guests in the living room. There are several ways to create a cozy living room. The best place to start is with seating. There are many different seating options to choose from but a staple in many living rooms are recliners. Choose a recliner you can truly relax in, complete with an adjustable ottoman to rest your feet.

We hope these simple tips will help create a more and inviting home that will impress your family and friends. Remember to check Sherwood Studios’ blog for helpful interior design tips.

Whether you are looking for fine furnishings to fill your entryway or an experienced interior designer to help you bring your vision to life, Sherwood Studios can help. To get started on your entryway redesign, visit our West Bloomfield, Michigan showroom or give us a call at 248-855-1600.

Easy Storage Options for Your Living Room

With the new year underway, now is a great time to transform your home into a more functional space for your lifestyle. There are many different essential items we need in our home but sometimes things can become cluttered.

Regardless of the size of your home, extra storage space is always welcome – especially in the living room. The space where your family spends most of their time together, your living room is bound to become a catch-all for sweatshirts, magazines and more at one point or another.

If your living room has started to look cluttered, there are endless storage options to consider, including the simple and stylish ones listed below:

Fill Your Ottoman

Much more than just a place to put your feet up after a long day at work, your ottoman is the perfect spot to stuff your extra throw blankets and pillows.

It will take less than a minute to straighten up your living room with a good sized ottoman at your disposal. Just fold up the extra blanket draped across the couch, grab the newspaper lying on the coffee table and stash them inside.

Choose a TV Console with Closed Storage

Especially if you have an expansive collection of DVDs, Blu-ray discs and videogames, a TV console with closed storage is a must. Closed storage allows you to keep all of your electronics on hand (but out of sight) to give your space a sleek, clutter-free appearance. You can also choose to mount your tv. This will free up a lot of space on your tv console for other items.

Make Use of Built-in Shelving

Living rooms with built-in shelves offer an extra opportunity for storage; all you have to do is cut down on your book collection. We recommend emptying off the bottom two shelves of your storage unit and purchasing baskets that match your home’s aesthetic. Placed on the now-empty bottom shelves, these baskets serve as a storage spot for children’s toys and games, remotes, extra batteries, personal documents and more.

Add A Bar Cart

A bar cart is a great way to add entertainment to your living room without taking up too much space. The Elite Modern Churchill provides a stylish and convenient way to store drink items like glasses, bottles, and other essentials for your bar. The unique folding design is a great way to save space because it can be fully extended or closed and tucked neatly away in a corner.

Update Your Coffee Table

If you are struggling to keep the surface of your coffee table clutter-free, the simplest solution is picking out a new table that offers built-in storage of its own. Whether you replace your traditional coffee table with a beautiful antique trunk, pick out a table that has a lower-level shelf for storage or pull your ottoman in front of the couch, the options are endless nowadays.

For all your fine furniture needs and interior design assistance, Sherwood Studios is available. Located in West Bloomfield Michigan, we can help you to transform your home with simple storage solutions and high-quality furnishings that will accentuate your personal style. Check out our Pinterest for some inspiration then give us a call when you’re ready to get started. Let Sherwood Studios help you create a home you will love.

Begin shopping with us online or visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lane Road.

Home Décor Trends for 2020

close up of artist hand browsing color samples in palette in studio background

Entering a new decade is the perfect time to update your home. Whether you need a change or you’re settling into a new home, there is plenty of inspiration you can follow to stay up to date on this year’s trends. The year 2020 calls for warm neutrals, earthy prints, subtle pops of color, and vintage vibes. These trends are simple enough to incorporate into any room of the house, and they make a serious statement. Minimalization and sustainability are the goals throughout 2020, so try incorporating some of these popular home décor trends in your household.

Neutral Hues

Neutral colors are making a presence in 2020. Some of the popular neutral colors include off-white, tinted greys, earthy greens, and shades of beige. These colors will be commonly found in bedrooms and uniquely distributed throughout the kitchen and the home. Neutral hues are found in natural wood shelving, which continues to be a trend in 2020. These neutral colors will make your home your sanctuary. Providing a calming presence to any room.

Cozy Fabrics

It’s time to get cozy in 2020. Soft fabrics and undyed yarns will be another popular trend this year. Off-white printed throws and oversized chunky knit blankets will make you feel easeful. You’ll also find some vintage pieces throughout households, so don’t be surprised to see distressed furniture pieces such as an imperfect leather sofa used as a statement piece in these rooms.

Pops of Color

Although neutral hues are all the rage this year, there are complementary colors that are perfect for accenting any room for a more modern and traditional look. One way to incorporate these into the home is by using accent furniture pieces dispersed throughout the house. Another creative twist may be to add a pop of one of these colors to your kitchen cabinets.

Pantone recently announced the color of the year as Classic Blue. This hue is described as the color of the sky at dusk. There are many ways to incorporate this color into your home along with other neutral tones.

Botanical Prints

Floral prints are the perfect way to spice up your foyer, bathroom, or bedroom. The subtle, but bright, tropical colors pair flawlessly with any natural wood or naturally lit room. Greenery adds a sense of liveliness to any room. Not to mention, it also pairs well with a neutral color scheme.

Kitchen Art

The kitchen is transforming into a room not just to cook in, but a place that you want to spend extra time to relax in. Kitchen shelves are going to be on your must-have list in 2020. Shelving allows you to openly display elegant dishware, knick-knacks, art pieces, or patina accents. Decorating your shelves is a creative way to express yourself, and you can add pops of color throughout the shelves to tie in accent colors.

Strong Geometric Forms

If you’re looking to add some artwork to your room, try gravitating towards geometric forms in your place for a bold touch. Adding artwork is a great way to incorporate some color into a room and catch the eyes of those who enter. Many artists will combine contrast coloring to make a bold statement.

In 2020, you’ll also notice geometric furniture pieces becoming popular such as funky coffee tables or decorative chairs. High contrast will be commonly found in these pieces as well. These furniture pieces resemble artwork and can add character to any room.

There is no better time to redecorate your home than the start of a new decade. If you’re feeling inspired, contact Sherwood Studios, and we can help you stay up to date on all the 2020 décor trends. Visit our Pinterest to get inspiration and give us a call when you’re ready to get started. Let Sherwood Studios help you design the home of your dreams.