Furniture

  • The Difference Between Accent and End Tables

    Accent and End TablesQuick: do you know the difference between accent and end tables? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Learn about these two types of tables and how each of them can add to the décor of your home.

    End tables explained

    End tables come in a variety of finishes and sizes, but what they have in common is that they are primarily designed for utility. They add extra table space in areas where we need it—think of putting your coffee cup down on an end table next to your sofa or setting your book down on a table next to your bed, for example. End tables are primarily rectangular and designed for a compact fit next to other furniture items.

    Accent tables explained

    Accent tables, by contrast, can go anywhere in your home, and are designed primarily to add to and complement the rest of your interior design scheme. They come in a variety of shapes. Some are even abstract for a striking ornamental look. While accent tables absolutely have functional uses—like serving as a display area for your coffee table books—they are meant to be seen.

    Now that you know the difference between accent and end tables, shop for both at Sherwood Studios. We have a variety of accent and end tables in plenty of styles and price points. Need a little more help? We offer full interior design services to homeowners in West Bloomfield as well as anywhere in the USA. Call us today at 248-855-1600, so we can design the interior of your dreams!

  • Tips for Buying a Sofa Online

    Buying a Couch Online You’re probably used to buying plenty of things online, from clothing to groceries. But if you’re like many of us, buying a sofa online can seem risky. It’s one of the largest and most expensive pieces of furniture in your home, and you can’t exactly drop it in the mailbox to return if it doesn’t work out. Armed with a few good tips, however, buying a sofa online can be easy and stress-free.

    Reviewers are your best friends

    Don’t just go to the manufacturer’s website and look at the professionally photographed, flatteringly lit pictures. Read customers’ and bloggers’ honest reviews, and try to find photos of the sofa taken by a non-professional in an actual home.

    Figure out dimensions

    Will the sofa be able to turn a tight corner when the movers bring it to your house? Will it even fit through the front door? Don’t just eyeball door frames and hallways—take meticulous measurements before ordering the sofa.

    Know the return policy backwards and forwards

    Many retailers have strict policies for returns and exchanges, and some may even require you to ship an unwanted piece back at your own expense, not to mention slap you with a hefty restocking fee. Learn more about a company’s policies before your purchase.

    Now that you know how to pick out a sofa online, check out the amazing selection of sofas available at Sherwood Studios to find one that fits your personal style and budget. We also offer full interior design services to homeowners in the Oakland County area, if you’re interested in building a beautifully designed room around your new sofa. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600 to find out more!

  • Furniture Must-Haves for New Home Owners

    Important furniture for new homes Congratulations! You’ve just bought a new home. Now that the paperwork is all taken care of and you’re settling in, you’re probably thinking of buying some new furniture.

    However, you might not know where to begin! Your new home is probably a different size and layout than where you were previously living, and we’re willing to bet you’re ready to update your interior style. Read on to learn more about the furniture must-haves for new home owners.

    A comfy bed

    We spend a third of our days in bed, so it makes sense to get the best-quality bed you can afford. Find one that’s comfortable and well-constructed, and remember that you’ll have it for a decade or more!

    Living room seating

    Whether you prefer sofas, loveseats, chairs or a combination of the above, seating for relaxation and conversation in your living room is key.

    Drawers, drawers and more drawers

    Good storage pieces are essential to any home, including dressers, side tables with storage drawers and sets of bathroom drawers.

    Ready to get started? Browse the wide selection of furniture we offer at Sherwood Studios. We’ve got pieces for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, you name it! Furniture is available at a variety of price points and in styles from modern to classic. What’s more, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area – a fantastic service if you’ve just moved in. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you furnish the home of your dreams.

  • Furniture Shopping Tips

    Furniture Shopping TipsWhether you’ve just bought a new home or have decided to redecorate, the new year is a great time to shop for new furniture. But which pieces should you buy? Try these furniture shopping tips from the pros.

    Do your prep work

    Decide in advance what your needs and style are. If you have frequent dinner parties, you’ll probably want to invest in a beautiful dining table. If you love mid-century modern, stick to pieces that complement your style. And no matter what you do, make sure you measure your space to avoid buying a piece that won’t fit!

    Follow the map

    It’s a good idea to map out exactly how you want a room to look, including furniture, rugs, window treatments and lighting. You don’t need to select particular pieces at this stage, but having a clear idea of how you want each room to look will keep your shopping on track.

    Comfort is key

    When developing a budget for furniture shopping, invest the most in the pieces you’ll use the most frequently. For example, we recommend buying the best, comfiest sofa you can afford.

    Ready to get started? Check out the amazing selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces for every room in your house, at a variety of price points and in a broad spectrum of styles. What’s more, if you prefer to leave the big decisions to a pro, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you furnish the home of your dreams!

  • Decorating Your Home Office

    Do you no longer have to commute to the office every day? The money you’re going to save on gas could be used to create the perfect home office. Transforming a nook in your home into a home office is challenging yet rewarding. 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.Transforming a nook in your home into a home office is challenging yet rewarding.

    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.

    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.

  • How to Easily Freshen up Your Home This Summer

    With summer right around the corner, you’ll want 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. Brighten up your home with fresh, easy changes.

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

    Green is good

    Adding green to your home is the simplest and easiest way to make your home feel like summer is officially upon us. If green isn’t typically a color you prefer, fret not. 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 summer to your home. These plants are very popular because they are low-maintenance, only having to water them about once a week. To know which clean air plants should go in your home this summer, refer to This Old House.

    Woven and wicker

    You’ll suddenly feel “summer 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 summer 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 summer look, throw a batik hand-blocked print over your kitchen or dining room table. This will be the perfect pop of color your house needs to feel summery.

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

  • Design Tips to Achieve a Mature Home Decor

    Design Tips to Achieve a Mature Home Décor Transitioning from a college student to a functioning adult can be difficult, especially when it comes to your living space.

    You probably settled for a cheap throw rug, a few posters, and some festive Christmas lights for your college dorm. However, as you start to search for your first apartment or home, it’s important to decorate it appropriately.

    We have some tips and tricks on how you can achieve a mature home décor that will reflect your personality, along with your age.

    Consider a Bar Cart

    Adding a bar cart might sound too good to be true, but an elegant bar cart can help mature a space. Ditch the mini fridge, invest in some expensive liquor and a few coasters, and hold a true cocktail hour from the comfort of your own home. A bar cart indicates that you still love to have fun but you’re doing your best to match your space to your age. A bar cart is the perfect touch when entertaining guests and both friends and family can enjoy it.

    Swap Out Old Décor

    You might have had a few décor pieces in your college dorm, but it probably all came from the “dorm” section of a department store. As you age, it’s important to invest in décor that will last and serve a long-term purpose. Invest in throw pillows, seating, wall art, and a quality throw rug.  The mismatched stuff that you settled for as a college student likely won’t contribute to your home now.

    Consider Going Green

    You might be hesitant to incorporate some fresh greenery into your space. Not everyone has a green thumb and that’s OK. If you’re confident in your ability to care for plant life, purchase some easy-to-handle plants and put them around your home. If you know that you won’t be able to keep a cactus alive, consider purchasing some fake flowers or succulents that will add a splash of life to your space.

    One more thing: Make sure you are considering the details of your space and how they present. Make sure to find a place for everything and keep your home free from clutter for a home that will present clean and mature.

    Looking for fine furniture and interior design service? Contact Sherwood Studios.

  • Three Ways to Give Your Living Room Some Extra Character

    A room where your family and friends gathThree Ways to Give Your Living Room Some Extra Characterer together, the living room sees a lot of use. And because of this it is likely the room you feel the most compelling urge to redecorate on a regular basis. Maybe you feel like your furniture has become outdated or maybe your current wall color is feeling too dull. No matter what is getting you down about your living room, Sherwood Studios has some ideas that will add character and life to your space.

    Swap Out Curtains, Pillows and More

    Even the smallest change can make a big impact, especially if it involves changing a room’s color scheme. Take down your old window treatments, purchase some new pillows and add a bright new hue to your space.

    Popular 2017 colors include bright green and yellow, cool blue and bold purple. Regardless of what color you add to your space, it will help it to take on a fun new style.

    Fill Your Space with Memories

    There is nothing that brings character to a room more than one-of-a-kind items that remind you of your favorite memories. Let your personality shine through your space with photos of your family members and unique collectables from vacations you have been on together.

    Pieces like these are great for conversation, and all your guests will be wondering where you found such interesting décor.

    Opt For Bold Furnishings

    Looking for an even bigger change in your living room décor? Swap out your current furnishings for some new pieces with a little more flare! Some of this year’s expected furniture trends are gemstone tones, livable fabrics and mixed metals.

    Use these styles as a guide, or work with Sherwood Studios’ interior design team to create your dream space!

  • Simple Updates to Improve Home Décor

    Many people love sprucing up their homeSimple Updates to Improve Home Décor but it can get expensive to totally redesign every room, especially if you’re someone that has a constant itch to switch things up. There are some simple solutions to updating your home décor that won’t take up too much money or effort. Here are some suggestions on simple home décor updates that can help improve your space.

    Update Your Cabinets

    Most kitchens consist of a lot of cabinets. If you’re unhappy with your cabinets, you’re likely unhappy with your kitchen. Consider painting your cabinets to give them a brand new look and change the appearance of your entire kitchen with one project. If you’re not looking to do a big project, consider just changing the hardware on the cabinets. Choose knobs that are colorful or unique for a small detail that all guests are guaranteed to notice.

    Switch Up Your Furniture

    There is a good chance that your furniture is the focal point in most rooms, even if you’re unaware of it. If you can trade out an old chair and replace it with a new statement chair, you can give the space a whole new look without painting the room or changing the flooring. You can also add statement pillows to older furniture pieces to give the furniture a new look. Don’t be afraid to purchase statement pillows that showcase your personality and preferences.

    Add a Small Gallery

    If you have a wall that feels plain but you aren’t sure what to fill it with, consider putting up a bit of a “mismatched” gallery. You can easily fill the walls with pictures of your loved ones and cherished memories.  Purchase a number of frames that are corky, but somehow coincide with one another, and stagger them on the wall to fill the space. For instance, you could choose all wood frames but they could all be a different type of wood.

    Update Lighting Fixtures

    Many people have overhead lights that they aren’t happy with but they eventually become “out of sight, out of mind.” If you have a light fixture hanging above your head that you can’t stand to look up at, consider replacing it. Although you might be used to the fixture, it’s something that most people will notice upon walking in that don’t see it daily. Updating a simple light fixture, even if it is just a hand-me-down lamp that you’ve grown tired of, can help a room feel brand new.

    These simple suggestions should help you update the look of your home without totally redoing it all together. Before you get started, visit Sherwood Studios for fine furniture and interior design services.

  • Achieve the Farmhouse Style at Home

    In the past year, “farmhouse décor” has become increasingly popular. This style focuses on small details with light colors, rough finishes, and wooden pieces. Many years ago, farmfarmhousedecorhouse décor was the true design of homes that were found on farms. Now, it is a look that many homeowners are now eager to achieve.

    Focus on Natural Wood

    A big staple among farmhouse décor is the use of wood, which was often used in older homes. If the wood is worn, think of it as a reflection of the wood’s story. Hardwood floors are also a big staple in farmhouse décor. If you can’t afford to put natural wooden floors throughout your home, consider using wood accessories instead. Hang a mirror with a wooden frame in a room with hard wood floors, even if they don’t match, to achieve a “natural wood” look.

    Light It Up

    Many farmhouse themed homes typically are full of light colors. Years ago, many homes had lighter colors because it was expensive to do dark colored finishes. The staple light blues, whites, and creams, have carried into present-day farmhouse décor preferences. By painting your walls or your trim a light color, you can start to “paint the picture” of a farmhouse. If your home has woodwork that is still original, don’t paint it in order to preserve the original history of home. However, if it is already painted, freshen it up with a fresh coat of white.

    Don’t Focus on Fabric

    Although many décor styles are focused on the fabrics and the textures of the home, farmhouse décor is not. You can mismatch your fabrics in a farmhouse home and get away with easily. If you have pieces in your home that are “worn,” they will likely fit into a farmhouse styled home. Many people that owned farmhouses used to get handmade or second-hand furniture from loved ones, which typically had a “used” appearance. Don’t be afraid to mix and match seating to achieve a farmhouse look.

    Get Cooking

    The kitchen was a vital part of a farmhouse in previous years, and it should be a focus of your “farmhouse” home today. Families spent a lot of their time in the kitchen, eating meals and sharing stories. Focus on making your kitchen into a room that you want to spend time in by making it comfortable and inviting. Consider installing wooden countertops, to achieve that butcher block countertop feel. The wood will provide a sense of warmth to the kitchen, and will help bring in some of the wood that you’ve used within your décor and furniture.

    These are just several suggestions, among many, that can transform your home into a farmhouse. For furniture and interior design ideas, visit Sherwood Studios.

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