Find Your Furniture Fashion

Choosing the right furniture for your home can often be a difficult task, understanding the different styles and how they can work with your existing style can help you find furnishings that will meet your needs and enhance the look of your home. The first thing you need to know is what your current furniture style is, are you traditional or trendy? Do you prefer the warmth of a country home, or do you like the feel and function of modern furniture? Let’s look at each of these furniture styles in greater detail, this will ensure you are prepared to find the right look for your home.

Traditional furniture is one of the most popular styles of furniture. It is often sold as a group which includes a matching sofa, chair and loveseat along with coffee and end tables, this allows you to create a cohesive still that is easy to maintain. Traditional furniture is most often casual and functional; the mood is one of comfort and convenience rather than high fashion.

Looking for something a little more daring? Each season several new furniture trends are introduced, they can include everything from bold patterns and fabric to international styles such a French romance, Asian or African styles. Trendy looks can provide a new and exciting look to your house, but they are best introduced in pieces rather than groups. As trends change it is much easier to add individual pieces than redecorate entire rooms.

One trend that has had staying power is the country look, this style incorporates the comfort and casual nature of traditional fashion, but also brings the warmth of a cozy country cabin. Country furniture incorporates a lot of natural Wood, in the form of tables and accent pieces along with textiles that are neutral in pattern …

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Embrace the Colors of the African Savannah in Your Safari Decor

Embrace the Colors of the African Savannah in Your Safari Decor

I love the African vistas as numerous and varied as they are. From the Granite Kopies or hills of the interior to the undulating grasslands of the Savannah with the wind rippling the long tawny grass. These are two landscapes that remind me of home and are very dear to my heart. But there are other fabulous landscapes in ‘My Africa’ ranging from the arid hills and valleys of the Karoo, to the beautiful majestic Drakensberg Mountains.

The Karoo is a semi desert in the heartlands of South Africa, strewn with Sizzle Aloes (think aloe vera on steroids) and crazy big birds that don’t fly and spend a lot of their time with their heads in the sand called Ostriches. Ostriches do this to keep cool in the desert heat.

The Drakensburg Mountain Range has a multitude of Flora and Fauna. Sub tropical forests cling to the mountain sides and valley floors, and here the giant trees are entwined in vines climbing to reach the sun. Exotic brightly colored wild flowers and ferns carpet the ground which is home to many animals. It is also home to the African Forest Elephants, once known as the Pygmy Elephants and now considered to be a species of its own. Africa’s array of colors are an artists dream come true. The palette is almost complete!

In my later life I have come around to embracing the colors of the Savannah with her richness in golds, reds and browns. The wonderful coloring of the wild beasts that roam through her grasslands, with their black and white stripes, spots and dusky greys and tawny yellows are never far from my thoughts. These I call my Safari Colors, and these are the colors that are now so very popular with that African Safari Feel in decor, …

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