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The Latest Home Office Design Trend

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Latest Home Office Design Trend

It goes without saying that working from home provides you with countless freedoms that you might not experience while working in an office building. One such freedom is the option of decorating your work space according to your own personal taste and trendsetting ways. This makes buying furniture from your local consignment store not only easy but also fun. Let’s explore some of the latest home office design trends.

A Separate Space

One of the biggest trends that architects and interior designers are seeing these days when it comes to home offices is the addition of a detached office to a home. Many at-home workers are opting to put a bit of space between themselves and the home in order to eliminate distractions. If you have extra space on your property and the budget to built a detached office, then you may want to consider doing so for the sake of your work’s progress as well as the eventual resale value of your home.

Multifunctional Office and Bedroom

Just because detached offices are popping up as the new big trend in home office design doesn’t mean you have to commit to such a major renovation. Another equally as in-demand trend is the creation of a multifunctional space that serves as both an office and a bedroom, game room, or library. To create this space more effortlessly, it is important to buy furniture that is also multipurpose, such as desks that offer a lot of storage or a hideaway bed that doubles as a cabinet.

 Classic Furnishings and Accessories

While some designers are encouraging home office owners to go bold with their color choices, the vast majority are recommending that home office décor remain classic so that it retains its attractiveness for years to come. It’s also wise to buy furniture that is classic in style since it offers very few distractions and enhances productivity in the work space.

Are you preparing to make over your home office? If so, then be sure to visit one of the six Home Consignment Center locations in the Bay Area. To find out more about the beautiful office furniture that we carry, call us today at (925) 272-0067.

Factors to Consider When Buying a New Lamp

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Interior lighting is an important factor of an overall décor. When you are shopping for new lamps, you should consider the following to ensure that you get a light fixture that meets all of your needs:

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The Room Where You Will Place It

The lighting that you already have in a room affects the kind of light fixture for which you should shop. Combination lighting is usually the best option for most rooms because it can serve a variety of functions. If you are shopping for a lamp for the bedroom, for example, think about the other kinds of lighting that you already have so you can choose a lamp that serves a new purpose.

The Kind of Lamp You Need

Table lamps and floors lamps both have unique benefits that can add a lot to a room’s design. Think about whether you need a table lamp or a floor lamp for this specific room so you can narrow the selection when you start to shop. Table lamps are best used next to beds and couches, while floor lamps can be placed anywhere in a room. Make sure to add balance to a room by placing a lamp on each side of a bed or a couch.

The Style of Lamp You Want

Find a lamp and a shade that complements the rest of your room to unify your décor. Think about colors and patterns as you browse through the furniture store so you can choose a lamp that will add more depth and texture to your overall décor. When you think about style as you shop for a lamp, you can bring new visual stimulation to the room’s interior design.

Come to Home Consignment Center for the best selection of accessories and furniture in Austin. We always have new items in our inventory to make it easy for you to find pieces that meet your needs and enhance the look and feel of your décor. To learn more about our selection or our two locations, visit us online or call (925) 309-7231.

Pairing Your Sofa with the Right Side Tables

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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Once you find the perfect sofa, it is time to start the search for side tables that optimize the look and function of your new piece of furniture. Use this guide to figure out how to choose the right side tables for your new sofa:

Your table should sit no lower than an inch beneath the arms of the couch for optimal function. Make sure the width is suitable for the space that you have and looks good with your sofa. If you choose a simple side table, it lets the sofa stand as the visual foundation for the room. Choose a table with a drawer or some shelves to increase storage space. While you do not have to choose matching tables for either side of the sofa, you should find some that complement each other.

Whether you are in the market for new furniture or want to enhance your pieces with the right accessories, Home Consignment Center is here for you. We make it easy to find pieces for any kind of interior design. To learn more about our selection or to find the Austin location nearest you, visit us online or call (925) 309-7231.

Preserving Your New Leather Furniture

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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Leather is a stylish and durable material to use in any room of your home. If you add some leather furniture to your home décor, use the following tips to keep it in top condition:

Keep It Away from Direct Sunlight

Excessive exposure to direct sunlight might cause your leather furniture to fade or to crack. When looking for the perfect place to put your leather pieces, try to find an area that does not get it with direct sunlight. If this is not possible, you should invest in some quality window treatments that enable you to protect your leather from the sun.

Dust the Leather

One of the only maintenance requirements of leather furniture is regular dusting. Use a soft cloth or your vacuum attachment to get rid of dirt and dust on the surface of your leather furniture. If you do spill anything on the material, you should use a soft cloth to blot it up as soon as possible to prevent permanent stains.

Use a Conditioner

If you want your leather to maintain its soft, supple feel, it is important to use a leather conditioner once every six months. Before you use the product on visible surfaces, you should test it out on a small, inconspicuous area of the furniture to make sure it does not cause any damage. Once you know that it is safe, you can use a clean cloth to condition the leather.

Switch the Cushions Periodically

You can switch the cushions on leather sofas to prevent uneven wear and tear. If your cushions are reversible, you should try to flip them over every few months. You can also switch the position of the cushions if you tend to sit on one side of the sofa more than another side.

If you are in the market for some quality leather pieces, Home Consignment Center’s Newport Beach location can help. With an amazing selection of new and gently used furniture, we make it easy to find pieces that can complement your interior design. To learn more, visit us online or call (949) 250-0326.

Essential Furniture Arrangement Tips

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Essential Furniture Arrangement Tips

Before you buy furniture for your home, it’s a good idea to have a vision of how that furniture will fit into a room. The first rule, no matter what room you’re furnishing, is to know the dimensions of the room, as well as the measurements for all entrances, doors, and hallways that you’ll have to go through to get the furniture to its final location.

Choose furniture pieces in different sizes, and perhaps even slightly different shapes or styles, to create dimension and interest. Position furniture in a way that matches the function of the room—sofas should face each other if you’ll be doing a lot of talking with family or guests, for example.

When you’re ready to buy furniture for your planned room, come see us at Home Consignment Center. You can buy or sell gently used, modern furniture for great prices with us. Call (925) 272-0067 today to learn more.

Tips for Creating an Office Guest Room Combination

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The Latest Home Office Design Trend

One of the hottest trends in home design these days is the addition of a combined office and guest room in the home. While this may sound like a difficult style of room to create, you can outfit your home with this convenient multipurpose space with help from several essential furniture pieces from your local consignment store. Here are some tips for creating an office guest room combination.

Begin by Creating a Floor Plan

Since it is easy to become overwhelmed while creating a combination room, it is important that you begin the process by creating a floor plan for the space. Determine how much space you actually have to work with before asking yourself how exactly you would like to divide that space up. If you’re having trouble visualizing the floor plan, create a sketch of the room on paper and mark where the various work and sleep zones will be located as well as any and all furniture.

Invest in Multifunctional Furniture

Once the time comes to buy furniture from your Bay Area consignment store, look for pieces that offer more than one basic function. Shop around for a desk that offers plenty of storage space in order to eliminate clutter in the room. Consider buying a sofa that also features a bed inside or a daybed that doubles as a sofa in order to maximize space while you are not hosting guests in the home.

Add Personal Touches Throughout the Space

Although this room may be the go-to space for out-of-town guests throughout the year, it should still reflect your own personal style and taste. Be sure to add personal touches such as a whimsical lamp or a beautiful painting you found while consigning or buying furniture at the Home Consignment Center. Pillows and textiles are also great options for adding color and drama in the space without providing too much distraction for a houseguest.

For even more inspiration when it comes to designing your bedroom and office combination, come visit your nearest Home Consignment Center. We also buy jewelry and consign jewelry, which makes us more than just your one-stop shopping destination for great furnishings. To learn more about the items you might find during your next visit, call (925) 272-0067. 

Spotlight on the Benefits of Selling Through a Consignment Store

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Selling furniture and jewelry through a consignment store makes it easy and convenient to get rid of your unwanted items and earn some extra cash. Keep reading to learn about just a few of the benefits of choosing to sell your item this way.

Spotlight on the Benefits of Selling Through a Consignment Store

You Can Make a Sale without the Effort of a Yard Sale

Yard sales are outdated and require a lot of time and effort to set up. Even if you do put on a yard sale, there is no guarantee that all of your items will sell. Instead of wasting so much time and energy, you can sell your items at the consignment store with minimal effort.

You Do Not Have to Risk Selling Online

Although selling items online is less work than hosting a yard sale, it comes with a certain amount of risk. When you put your items up for sale online, you must have strangers come through your home to look at the merchandise. This puts you at risk for allowing a potentially dangerous person into your home.

You Can Sell Your Item Without Interrupting Your Schedule

If you take it upon yourself to sell your items, it can take up a lot of your time. Instead of taking time off work or having to organize your day around someone else’s schedule, bring your items to the consignment shop for a quick and convenient sale. Since the store takes care of the selling for you, all you have to do is wait to collect your earnings after someone buys your furniture or jewelry.

If you want to sell some of your items, Home Consignment Center can help. Our five Bay Area locations offer a fast and easy way to find the right buyer for your furniture and jewelry. We also have a great selection of furniture and accessories that you can buy. To learn more about our consignment services or to find the location nearest you, visit us online or call (925) 394-4209.

What Do Consignment Stores Look for in Products?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

What Do Consignment Stores Look for in Products

Consignment stores are an excellent option when you want to sell jewelry, furniture, or other valuable items you no longer want, but it’s not a free-for-all. In order for the system to work, consignment stores have to be fairly selective in the items they purchase, and will generally only buy things that they know will sell relatively quickly.

Items should be clean, presentable, and ready to put out for sale when you bring them in. They should be gently used, in high demand, and relatively recent in production. Consignment shops may not be the best place for your antique furniture, but they can be wonderful for that modern table you thought you loved that just does not work in your home.

If you’re interested in consigning furniture, jewelry, or other items, contact us at Home Consignment Center. Call (925) 272-0067 or visit us online to learn more about what we look for and how the process works.

Is It Time to Replace Your Sofa?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Is It Time to Replace Your Sofa

The sofa is one of the most commonly used pieces of furniture in the home. Since you get so used to seeing and using this piece of furniture, you might not realize when it is time to upgrade to a new one. Keep reading to learn about some signs that it is time to get a new couch.

When you look at your couch, can you see permanent indentations that show you where you always sit? If so, it might be time for something new. Fading, ripping, and discoloration are also signs that you can benefit from a newer sofa. If your current sofa no longer matches your interior design, you can upgrade to a new style.

Turn to Home Consignment Center when you are looking to buy furniture and accessories that can enhance any room of your home. Whether you need a new sofa or want to overhaul your entire décor, we can help you find exactly what you want. For more information on our furniture buying and selling services, visit us online or call (925) 272-0067.

Selecting the Right Pillows for Your Sofa

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Selecting the Right Pillows for Your Sofa

Are you getting tired of looking at the same old sofa in your living room? If so, it’s time to spruce up your interior décor by shopping at a consignment store. You’ll find quality products at prices far below what they would cost new.  Whether you decide to replace your old sofa, or you just want to make small changes with new and interesting throw pillows, start your search at a consignment store. Keep reading to learn about selecting the right pillows for your sofa.

Color

Many sofas come with throw pillows when you purchase them, usually made out of the same color and fabric as the sofa itself. While these pillows will do the job, you can consider spicing things up a bit by choosing ones that are a contrasting color. Colorful throw pillows are a great way to add interest to your decorating scheme, and pair well with neutral-colored furniture. Look for a color that highlights one of the tones in your rug or even in a piece of art that’s hanging on the wall. It may seem like a small detail, but the color of your throw pillows can go far in tying the room together.

Shape

Traditionally, throw pillows tend to be rectangular or square shaped. You can change things up a bit by using these pillows on either end of the sofa, and using a circular pillow or a bolster in the center. Consider whether your pillows will be used mostly for show, or if comfort will be a factor. Take the size of the pillow in relation to the couch into consideration so that your pillow doesn’t dwarf the furniture.

Pattern

It can feel a bit busy to have a sofa that’s upholstered in a pattern, but throw pillows that are striped, dotted, or even adorned in an animal print will show off your unique sense of style. Bold patterns add pops of color to your décor and keep your home feeling fresh and modern.

Visit Home Consignment Center in Austin when you’re ready to take your interior design to the next level with fun throw pillows for your sofa. Call us at (925) 309-7231 to find out about the wide variety of furniture, home accessories, and other décor options that we carry.