Our Sofa Style Guide

Are looking looking for a timeless sofa? There are many options out there, so we sat down, and thought of how we can make the process of navigating the world of sofas easier for you.

Here is a quick guide to our favourite sofa styles-

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ENGLISH ROLLED ARM

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English Rolled Arm Sofa

It is often a designers staple, because of its classic and timeless look. Made famous by the English furniture designer George Smith who calls it the standard arm signature sofa. It is characterized by its high, neat back, and low rolled arms. It usually has a generous seat depth, often on raised legs and casters. This sofa, can be mixed with contemporary, and traditional accents.

 

TUXEDO

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Tuxedo Sofa                                                       Designed by: Suzanne Kasler

For a modern pick that is also timeless, try a tuxedo style sofa.

Invented in the 1920’s the tuxedo sofa was one of first sofa designs to shake up classicism and take the steps toward modernized home decor.  A tuxedo-style sofa, has a straight arm, usually the same height as the sofas back. The tuxedo has a rectangular symmetrical approach, lending off a sleek and modern silhouette. The sofa gets its name from the same place that men’s tuxedo eveningwear did: Tuxedo Park in New York.

 

CHESTERFIELD

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Chesterfield Sofa

The Chesterfield is a mannerly and refined sofa. With its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, quilted leather upholstery and low seat base. The Chesterfield has dramatic rolled arms that are generally the same height as the back.They were originally kept low so that men could sit on them without wrinkling their coats. The chesterfield has a refined structure and luxurious comfort and is sure to remain in style for centuries to come.

EMPIRE

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Empire Sofa                                                        Designed by- Darryl Carter 

Enthusiastically ornate with strong design influences from the Romanesque era. The empire sofa began in France during the reign of Napolean, who was fascinated by Ancient Romes fashion. It is an elaborate sofa with ‘roll’over’ arms that curve smoothly into the upholstered seat.

CABRIOLE

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Cabriole Sofa

An elegant silhouette of the neo-classical French parlour style. Used to describe a carriage or a cab, because of the seamless back curving into the arms, and exposed wood. Styles of the wood vary, some trims are more elaborate than others.

MID-CENTURY MODERN

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Mid-Century Modern Sofa

A 1940 to 1970 design trend that took over the Western world. Tufted sofas that are straight with neat, squared lines and low-slung arms. Exposed metal or wooden legs are low, squared and generally tapered.  It is a great style for a smart, and practical space.

KNOLE

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Knole Sofa                                                           Room link

We call this our throne. It is more a throne than a sofa, it was designed with grandeur in mind. A closed framework, that affords great privacy, the knole sofa has deep seats and a high back and sides.

CAMELBACK

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Camelback Sofa

Made popular by English cabinetmaker, Chippendale in the 18th century. Signature ‘hump’ on the back of the sofa. Widely-flared arms that roll outwards. Angle back so one sits in a less rigid posture. You can have a lot of fun we these sofas, as their are many variations that exist in this style.

LAWSON

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Lawson Sofa

 

Designed for a famous 20th century financier Thomas Lawson. He requested a sofa design with simplicity and comfort. It is a laid back and versatile look, that defines ‘casual comfort’. It is best suited for afternoon naps, rest a throw pillow on one arm, and then lie back, and snooze.

Designing a Beautiful Bed

We all know that beds are the focal point to every bedroom. We spend plenty of time in our bedrooms, and we want to make sure they are inviting and cozy. We believe that following your heart when designing your bed is the key ingredient.

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European Pillows are both a decorative and practical pillow that create layers and depth. Usually 25″ x 25″ They sometimes substitute a headboard.

Standard Pillows or otherwise known as your sleeping pillows- you want these to be soft and cozy to ensure quality sleep.  We love a nice linen, silk, or velvet.

Decorative Pillows will help you tie your room together. They add depth through their pattern, texture and colour. Have fun with these!

Duvet Covers are your main focal point. Fall in the love with them. Love their pattern, texture and feel. Choose something classic and beautiful. Something you see yourself having for years to come.

Sheets are an important element, they can change the feel of your room. Thread Count, type of cotton, and where they are made are all things to consider.

**Stock up on three sets of sheets.**

“This philosophy is based on the traditional bridal trousseau: one set on the bed, one set in the wash, and one set in the linen closet ‘just in case.’ You never want to be caught with an undressed bed!”

Coverlets blankets, or quilts are found at the foot of your bed layered on top of your duvet. Depending on the season, you can layer it on top of your duvet for extra warmth during the winter months, or use them on their own during the hot summer months.

Bed Skirts will hide your mattress and boxspring. You can choose from a more tailored look to a ruffly and flow one, depending on what look your going for.

 

For King Beds we recommend 3 European Pillows, 3 Standard Pillows, and 2 or more decorative pillows.

Two European, Two Standard and Two Decorative for Queens, and for Twin Beds pare down to one of everything.

If you make your bed beautifully you, it will last a lifetime.

Sweet dreams, loves