That crisp smell in the air, the last harvests of summer leading into fall, and the anticipation of the special day at the end of the month. It’s Halloween. We gathered some of our favorites of the holiday for you and your home!
Yellow is often an unexpected color in decorating but it can be fresh exciting. It provides just the right amount of pop and surprise when used sparingly, or it can change an entire room when flooded on the walls or windows. Here are some of our picks if you’re just starting out.
When it comes to dining outside, pulling table elements from nature is an easy and convenient choice. Choose branches, wildflowers, or even logs you may have in the yard. Or, if you don’t have anything just laying around, or have a small dining space, you can purchase sheets of moss, assortments of flowers, and vintage tablecloths inexpensively to give your tablescape a rustic feel. Follow the lead of these lovely outdoor tables…
Whether it’s your wardrobe, a fine piece of furniture, accessory or accent, pink is always a good choice. It can serve as both a neutral backdrop on a wall or add just the right amount of color by way of a pillow, vase, or flowers! Never doubt the power of pink!
Something about the beach makes us want to create rooms with clean, symmetrical lines, colors from the landscape, and natural materials. Imagine relaxing on a cool leather chair after a hot day on the beach!
You can make a big impact for your Mother’s Day table, or keep it really simple. Here are some showstoppers to consider this year. Don’t have flowers on hand, how about a large fern atop a colorful, matching tablecloth?
BBB has continued to surprise us with its varied options for home decor. You can find anything from graphic throw pillows, to antique-inspired consoles and writing desks. We also found unique room screens, vibrant china patterns, and a plethora of lighting options. Here are ten of our top picks.
Take cues from top designers when composing a room with balance and glamour. This dining room, designed by Luis Bustamante packs a punch with its super graphic rug, bold wall color, and leather dining chairs.
We put this room together with some variations on the original:
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. If you’re not in the mood to shop for flowers, candies, jewelry, or stationery, why not invest in something that will last? Furniture! These are some pink pieces you’ll actually want to invest in!
We like to mix it up over at Furnish, so we chose a slightly newer, fresher color scheme for our Baby Essentials feature. We love how the minty green and orange play off each other. There are so many options with these colors, and the gray grounds them.
We chose some room elements, mommy wants, baby must-haves, and of course, the basics!
Without even painting a room, you can make a big impact. Our before picture shows a typical dining room one might find in any home. The flaws of our before picture are:
1) You don’t notice any one specific thing. Nothing stands out.
2) Everything matches. The color palette is drab and matchy matchy.
3) The light fixture, wall decor, and accessories are all dated, traditional styles which make the whole space seem uninspired.
Here’s where we started to spice the space up, and “mess” with tradition…
The first thing we did was add a large, impactful drum shade pendant light with a pop of hot pink. It immediately adds interest to the room. We didn’t want to pull too far away from what this homeowner’s tastes could be, so we kept a more traditional table, but mixed it up by choosing a round rather than the expected oval or rectangle shape. The dark finish also creates a visual departure from the floor color.
We brought classic navy and a lighter blue into the room by way of the dining room chairs, art work, and of course the window treatments! However, the styles of each push the envelope just a bit. Don’t those Layla Grace draperies change the whole room?
To avoid too much saturation of color, we chose bamboo shades in the other two windows. Then, we threw in a glass bar, and a faux bamboo dresser to tie things together!
The room now has focal points and the introduction of new colors lets each piece sing inside the room.
With the launch of iOS 7 and the one year anniversary of Furnish, we thought it was a good time to freshen up and do a little redecorating.
Our iPhone app is now completely redesigned with simplicity in mind. Now with less taps, our users can find the perfect chair quicker. We’ve rebuilt the app from the grown up focusing on performance and growth in mind. We also added a couple new features like the all-new gallery section which allows people to browse through gorgeous photos of homes decorated by professional interior designers to find inspiration for the next redecoration plans.
We will also be rolling out the new redesign to our Android and iPad versions in the coming weeks.
Our web site, www.thefurnishapp.com, was relaunched with a completely revamped look to showcase our redesigned app. It’s now responsive and optimized for any browser size.
Finally, we’ve expanded our team by hiring Jennifer Walter as our new Head of Content & Community. In 2014, we will be pushing hard on building a deeper social content layer into Furnish so now we are better equipped to handle that challenge. Jennifer Walter has an extensive background in technology and interior design so, yeah, its a perfect fit. We are honored and proud to call her one of us now.
We are building some amazing things that will be in your hands very soon. Thank you for all your support and we will continue to build the best furniture shopping experience.
PS: If you a furniture retailer and want your products in Furnish, let us know at [email protected] We make it unbelievably simple to get started :)
This past week, Ikea had finally jumped into the augmented reality world with two feet by adding the ability to see a limited number of pieces in-home using similar technology. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that we inspired them to a degree.
How do we know? Well, they knew about us 9 months ago. (it doesn’t take that long to make this type of app. Our first prototype took us 4 weeks between 3 guys.)
Ikea approached us last November about changing our name and even asked Apple to remove our app. Apple just told us that we need to come to some agreement.
This was understandable on Ikea’s part because well, the app was called ‘Ikea Now’ :) Now you may wonder “Why in the world would you use their name?” And to that we reply, “Do you know any other way to get the attention of an international brand?”
This attention sparked a dialogue between us and them (at least their legal team) we wanted from day 1. Ultimately, they agreed to let us use their IP in our app as long as we change the name.
Luckily, we were already undergoing a brand update to change our name to Furnish. This was because we found out some consumers don’t want Ikea furniture forever. (Nor do they last forever…zzing..)
But during this process, it gave us insight into their world and we got a hunch that they wanted to develop something similar.
So fast forward 9 months and now, it’s finally happened.
And we can’t be happier.
Since the Ikea’s launch, Furnish has set a new record in user activity and revenue with each subsequent day nudging those needles higher.
We looked at the data and here are 3 reasons why we think this is happening:
Ikea’s name brand has re-energized interest in AR in America. AR is already the norm across the pond but here, its been nothing more than a bar trick. Now, people here are beginning to see practical use cases of this technology and Furnish is leading it.
Furnish mimics real-life consumer behavior. When people shop for furniture, not many are brand loyal. I personally do not know one person who only shops at one store for furniture. We all like to believe we know a thing or two about interior design so we like to mix and match within our budgets. Furnish caters to this shopping pattern by providing multiple retailers across lifestyle tiers. Whether its economical or ultra-luxurious, Furnish has it all.
Furnish is about making sure every person who downloads the app can enjoy it instantly - without using a marker or in Ikea’s case, a catalog. Immediate gratification…it’s the least we can do to return the favor for downloading our app.
So now what?
Well, we want create a complete shopping experience…from the spark of purchase intent all the way down to the checkout funnel.
We are in the middle of a huge redesign and rolling out new features to create this complete shopping experience.
We’ve definitely set the standard in shopping for furniture but we are only getting warmed up. The furniture industry has not fared well with keeping up with technology. In fact, it’s probably one of the most archaic. And we’re here to change that for retailers, brands and shoppers. The next 6 months is going to be interesting…
In addition to our redesign, we have a few more new retailers that will come onboard in the next few weeks along with more furniture.