Inspiration and Ideas From Our In-House Experts & Customers

Kitchen Bar Stools: A Complete Guide

How do you know if your kitchen is complete? It may have a gorgeous table and set of chairs, top of the line pots and pans, decorative jars. But no kitchen is truly complete without some counter or bar stools. Whether you’re looking to outfit your kitchen’s industrial style or simply add flair to your home, stools are the subtle answer. Not only will they serve as the centerpiece of the space, but they’re also the most versatile addition you can include in your home.

The right kind of bar stool can be tricky, especially when choosing a set that complements your home’s aesthetic instead of contradict it. Follow this guide to find the best style of stool for your kitchen.

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24 Gorgeous Living Room Ideas to Inspire a Makeover

Stuck in a rut with living room decorations? Sick of staring at the same old boring pattern on your couch, love seat, coffee table, and lamps? Monotony is one of the hardest obstacles to overcome in any living space. But breaking the cycle of the same old, same old is not as hard as you may think. Making your living room seem unique and inviting can actually be a lot of fun for those of you who aren’t afraid to think differently.

A great way to redecorate and make your living room seem more open and welcoming is to focus on the three furniture staples: wing chairs, ottomans and benches.These pieces can be used decoratively, but are practical as well. You can either center your living room theme around these articles of furniture, or add them in as accent pieces.

Decorate with Wing Chairs

Soak Up that Leftover Paint

A great way to decorate a living room is by using leftover paint from your walls on the wooden trim and legs of your wing chairs. The matching colors will help bring the room together.

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Creating Unique Dining Chairs with Drawer Pulls

Our customers have a lot of creative ideas and over the last month we've seen an upsurge in chair orders customized with furniture hardware, drawer knobs, and cabinet pulls. We're not sure where the concept originated, but it is definitely one way to create unique dining chairs. As you can see in the pictures below, the pulls work for contemporary and traditional styles. This is definitely something to consider if you want a distinctive look or if you would like to match the hardware on the casegoods in your room.

Dining chair with cabinet pull.Parsons Dining Chair with knob-type drawer pull.

Closeup of a cabinet pull on a dining chair.Close up of knob-type drawer pull on an Parsons Dining Chair

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The Art of Nailhead Trim

Monogram done with nailsOver the years we've become specialists in applying decorative nails. It's not an easy task. The work is slow and exacting as each nail is hand-applied one at a time. Almost any design can be customized with nails and their placement and patterns are virtually limitless.

We get a lot a inquiries from customers that want to make a few tweaks. It may be something as simple as applying nails to a design that normally doesn't have them to something as complex as recreating an intricate geometrical pattern. In this picture we see the back of a customized parsons chair with a double row of nailhead trim surrounding a monogram. All it took for the customer to get this unique chair is a phone call to discuss exactly what she was trying to accomplish.

As I've already mentioned, the types, colors, designs, and placement of nails are almost limitless. We have dozens of pictures that are great examples, but we could fill up several blog posts trying to show them all. So instead of trying to put everything here, we've created a Nailhead Resource Guide to give you some inspiration. Of course this guide is just a starting point, but it should put some ideas in your head. As you think about what you want, remember that we are more than happy to work with you to ensure you get the end result you're hoping for.

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Traveling in Style. Dining Chairs Traverse the Globe Aboard Luxury Yachts.

We frequently get pictures from customers displaying new furniture in their homes and we're almost always amazed at the beauty. In all sincerity, I've gotten pictures of homes that could be confused with a resort. Recently we've been collaborating with Destry Darr Designs on furnishing dining salons for a number yachts. They were kind enough to send us pictures of several recent projects and I was left speechless. Looking at them all I could hear was Robin Leach's voice and his signature phrase, "champaign wishes and caviar dreams."

I think the images speak for themselves.

85' Ocean Explorer Yacht

85' Ocean Alexander Yacht

85' Ocean Explorer Yacht Dining Salon

Dining Salon on the Ocean Alexander Yacht with Straight Back Dining Chairs with Tapered Legs.

Dining Salon on an 103' Cheoy Lee Yacht

Dining Salon on an 103' Cheoy Lee Yacht with Modesto Dining Chairs.

As for Carrington Court, we're very proud to know that our chairs can make the cut to meet the standards of multi-million dollar luxury boats. That's a great honor, but what we're even more pleased about is that we can offer these exact designs to the general public at prices almost anyone can afford. 


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