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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have a Stressless Holiday Season!

Stressless furniture is made in Norway by Ekornes, the largest manufacturer of comfort recliner chairs and sofas in Scandinavia. They also produce fixed-back sofas in low-back and high-back editions, and Stressless tables and accessories to fit your modern decor. If you are looking for comfort furniture or comfort chairs we have a large selection of styles in fabrics and leather. Visit a Lawrance showroom today and experience Stressless brand seating featuring many patented comfort features you won’t find anywhere else.

Stressless is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

Lawrance has the best selection of Stressless recliners and Stressless furniture in San Diego.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What Inspires You?

In 1984, Bill Becker had a vision of making great Design available to everyone. Frustrated by the ‘trade only’ distribution of the best designed contemporary home furnishings, Bill was inspired to build a company that could develop and manufacture Designs that would actually be accessible. Today, BDI has become a force in contemporary home furnishings and an industry leader in home theater furniture.

In the BDI, collection you will find furniture pieces that are unique, functional and great looking. Their Home Theater furniture is engineered to meet the demanding needs of today's electronics, and do so while enriching the home and the home theater experience. BDI was the first to introduce innovations such as hidden wheels, adjustable shelves, cable management and flow-through ventilation as standard features. A BDI Home Theater system successfully merges functional innovation with original and exciting design.

"We want the user to be as enriched by our furniture as we are in providing it. Our packaging is thoughtfully designed to insure that everything arrives in the best possible condition showing once more how BDI sweats the details" says BDI.

True Design combines function, innovation, and style. For that has always been BDI’s passion. You can find pieces by BDI at either of our Lawrance showrooms. Call or come in today for your 1-on-1 design consultation. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A History of Innovation

American Leather was founded in 1990 on one revolutionary idea:  custom leather furniture could be made and shipped in three weeks or less. Founder/CEO Bob Duncan applied “just-in-time” manufacturing he admired from the Japanese car industry to the furniture industry.  From a small four person shop, the company has grown into a thriving leader in the furniture industry, with over 130 different collections sold in over 650 stores, including Lawrance Furniture in San Diego, CA. 
The factory, based just outside of Dallas, Texas, still makes furniture – now in leather and fabric – in just three weeks or less, a delivery standard that’s three times faster than the industry average. From the beginning, the factory was set up to manage mass customization through the latest technology and manufacturing systems, making American Leather the most automated leather furniture manufacturer in North America, if not the world.

Visit one of our showrooms to see the American Leather collection. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Romancing the Room

Decorating tips you’ll love for creating romance throughout the year.

by Jacqueline Rupp
When you come home from that special Valentine's Day dinner, don't let the romance of the day fade away. You can recreate charming, intimate settings right in your own home with some easy, inexpensive décor updates.

Beautify the Bedroom
A romantic bedroom doesn't have to be frills and lace. Crisp, clean designs can revamp the space. One dramatic piece of furniture can transform the look of the room. A four-poster bed exudes romance and can offer many decorative possibilities, from tassels to canopies. Choose rich, jewel-tone bedding for drama, or toile and damask to add a subtle touch of luxury. Finish with a feather-bed topper, and you'll never want to leave.
Kevin Lee, designer for the 2010 Grammy Awards says that when you’re trying to create a romantic statement you should play to the dramatic! "A romantic evening should include rose petals and candles all around the bed, even a trail of petals through the home leading to the bedroom or a warm bubble bath."
DeAnna Radaj, an Integrative Lifestyle Designer, says that sometimes romance can be added by taking things away. "Get rid of anything that doesn't represent romance. Nothing can kill a moment like catching a glimpse of your mother-in-law's picture." De-clutter night tables and make sure lighting is dimmed at night.

Dinner for Two
Think about your favorite intimate dining experiences. You can transfer the same atmosphere to your own dining room. Why not paint one wall a deep, rich red? A color like this can create the feeling of closeness and add a warm touch. Also invest in one breathtaking piece, like a glistening chandelier or serving buffet. Place your table settings close together and forgo the traditional centerpiece in favor of small simple bowls full of fresh fragrant flowers like peonies and rosettes. Lee suggests covering a table entirely in rose petals for an opulent setting, accenting the look with large red roses and small votive candles to outline the hearts.

Cozying Up
It's not the first room that comes to mind when thinking of romance, but the living room is often the heart of the home. Choose seating that is conducive to cuddling! An oversized chaise lounge or multipurpose sectional both offer great opportunities for relaxation. Add wicker lampshades to lighting to cast delicate shadows throughout the room. Radaj says colors like red, pink, peach, coral and orange can all create their own romantic feelings—throughout the home. "Bring in these colors for bedding, pillows, candles and flowers. And think sensual, tactile fabrics like velvet, silk, satin, cashmere, which all say ‘touch me’ when you feel them."

Need more tips for creating romance throughout the year? Come into one of our showrooms and speak to one of our in-house design consultants at Lawrance. Visit our website, for locations near you!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Redecorate on Any Budget

The Budget Decorator shows how you can freshen up your home's interior for less. by Sam Gaines

In this time of belt-tightening, the idea of redecorating your home may not have occurred to you. In fact, "we can't afford it right now" may have been the first thought to cross your mind. However, there are many ways you can update your home's décor without breaking the bank.

Scratch Out Starting from Scratch
What can you do on a limited budget? Plenty, as it turns out, and it doesn’t have to be a major production. “Redecorating is a great way to create a warm and comfortable home while also saving money—because you aren’t starting from scratch,” says Kathy Wilson, home and garden expert and editor of “Many of your favorite items you already own can be used in your redecorating scheme, put together and enhanced in new ways.”

Have a Decorating Plan
You can’t create a budget until you know what you plan to do. Wilson recommends starting with a decorating plan. “Create a theme, and write out a plan that fulfills your wants and needs,” she says. “You can’t create a budget until you know what you want, or you will waste a lot of money on impulse purchases.”

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Desperate Housewives Decorating

Define your own decorating style with tips from the man who created Wisteria Lane’s signature look.

by Paula Hendrickson

Like the main characters’ homes on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, your home should reflect your unique style. The trick is defining who you are, what you love and what you aspire to become. That’s what production designer Thomas Walsh focused on when designing sets for each character on Wisteria Lane.

Rooms that Represent Character
On a TV series that quickly cuts from one scene to another, it’s crucial for characters to have distinct styles. “As you cut from one person’s drama to the next, you always know where you are at any point in time,” says Walsh. “It’s almost subliminal: ‘Oh, I’m in Susan’s world now,’ or ‘I’m in Bree’s world.’”
 Dedicated fans know the homes on Wisteria Lane have subtly evolved along with their residents. “The first year, Bree had a dead marriage. Everything was about form and presentation, but was devoid of passion,” Walsh says. “We used tans, beiges and strong contrasts of right and wrong.”
Just as Bree’s home initially underscored her repressed emotions and a desire to be in control, other characters’ homes reflected their own lives:
            • Susan (Teri Hatcher): creative, romantic, on-a-budget, shabby chic flair
            • Lynnette (Felicity Huffman): nice-but-worn furnishings, slightly chaotic, a little messy at times
            • Gabby (Eva Longoria Parker): nouveau riche, warm, sensual Mediterranean colors
Upon the arrival of Katherine (Dana Delany)—the only domestic goddess fastidious enough to overshadow Bree (Marcia Cross)—Walsh created a new set just as perfect as Bree’s, yet very different.
“She was going to be a counterpoint and competition to Bree,” Walsh says. “She was to mirror Bree in certain respects. There’s a certain control and power in her environment, but with enough different stylish elements to create an identity different from Bree.”
Katherine’s dark, wood-filled Craftsman-style home is in direct contrast to Bree’s more traditional house. “There was a sense of mystery about Katherine’s house and what happened in the past,” Walsh says. “We needed to support that and give the house more drama than a regular suburban home.”

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Take the Beach Home with You

Coastal decor takes its inspiration from the sea. Think sun-washed colors, natural fabrics and scrubbed finishes To create a color palette, ask yourself which coastal elements stir your emotions and fill you with calm. Is it the pinks and creams of the shells? The sea-foam greens and the ocean blues? Maybe it's the cool gray of the lighthouse fog.

Whatever your color scheme, incorporate crisp clean whites for a light airy feel. For maximum versatility, select neutral tones for investment pieces (e.g., beds and sofas) and permanent elements (e.g., walls, ceilings and floors). You can then pop color through accents—side tables and chairs, throw pillows, even the back of a cupboard.