Shopping for Furniture

Furniture shopping can be an overwhelming experience.  While online sources are growing in popularity, I still recommend shopping locally for important pieces you will use everyday – like a sofa or comfy chair where you’ll go to relax.  Think about the furniture shopping process in three steps: before you go, at the store, and after shopping.  Follow these tips for an enjoyable and productive shopping experience.

Furniture Store
Before You Go
The first step in buying furniture is measuring your space and creating a room layout, which can be a sketch or computer-generated drawing.  Measure the perimeter of your room and include doorways, windows, and fireplaces.  Next, browse the store’s website for styles you like and make a list and/or Pinterest Page, including dimensions and prices if available.  Also on the website, look for the services provided by the store, such as delivery, fabric options, and financing.

Room Layout

At the Store
Before heading out the door, collect these things to take with you to the store:

  • tape measure
  • camera phone (with storage space for new pictures)
  • paint samples (existing wall color or new options you’re considering)
  • fabric swatches or pillow of existing furniture that will be staying
  • room dimensions
  • pictures of your room
  • Your Pinterest page of ideas via phone or tablet

When you see a furniture piece you like,  “try it on for size.”  Get comfortable on the furniture just as you would at home.  If you like to stretch out on your sofa, then go ahead and lay down on ones in the store.  You may feel awkward at first, but it is better to know beforehand that the couch is too short for a nap before you have it delivered.   If you are married, make sure both spouses take a seat.  Body height can greatly affect how the depth of a seat cushion feels.  Take pictures of the pieces you like and measure the width, height and depth.  Get the sales associate’s name, ask to take a swatch home, and inquire about any current promotions.

After Shopping
Check the measurements to see if the furniture will fit in your space.  One option is to use masking tape on your floor to show the furniture sizes, or you may want to draw them on your room layout.  Then look at the fabric swatch with other furnishings in the room at different times of day.  Lighting makes a big difference in the way fabric looks in the store versus how it looks in your home.  Before making your final decision, wait at least a day or two to review your findings and discuss with a spouse or friend.  Buying furniture is a big decision, so take your time to ensure you make a confident choice.

Still not sure or the thought of all this has you feeling overwhelmed? A design consultation can give you peace of mind before making your decision.  Room Service provides you with a scaled furniture drawing and suggestions so you’ll know what size pieces will fit in your space.

Riya Embroidered Fabric

Riya is an exquisite embroidered fabric from India.  The duet of serpentine thread patterns create visual interest and subtle color without being too formal or busy.

Riya Coral

The base cloth and has an understated shimmer, giving the appearance of a silk, but the practicality of a Viscose/Polyester blend.   The Riya fabric would be stunning as full side panels in a dining room or an elegant shade in the master bath.  Available in Coral, Aqua, Lapis, and Natural/Blue.

Riya Aqua

Riya Lapis

Riya Natural/Blue


Alhambra Glacier Fabric

Alhambra has an overall light feeling with a white 100% cotton background and a soft infusion of colors.  This interesting, yet not-too-busy pattern is fairly large (27″ vertical & horizontal repeats), yet would fold into pleats beautifully as a pair of window panels.  It would also be very inviting as a duvet cover or several down-filled pillows.  With so many paint colors that would blend with Alhambra – Sherwin William’s mink, aquaverde, bee, and croissant – using this fabric as your room inspiration would create a stunning space that could lean in several style directions . . . farmhouse/rustic, classic/elegant, or fresh/modern.

Alhambra Glacier

Alhambra is a lovely fabric – interesting pattern, pleasing palette, and versatile style.

Boat Slip Fabric

For Memorial Day weekend, I’d like to introduce Boat Slip Fabric to you.  He is a geometric woven 100% Sunbrella Acrylic, which means you can feature this fabric indoors or outdoors.  He will withstand UV light and water for optimum performance in your home or patio.  Vertical repeat: 14″ and Horizontal repeat: 3.6″

Available in Aqua, Nautical, Honey and Orange.

boat slip 1

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Pura Vida at home

Do you like the idea of a room described as peaceful, simplistic, pure, relaxing, luminous and natural? Inspired by Pura Vida in the Sherwin Williams 2016 Design Forecast, this collection of furnishings beckons you to unwind and exhale.  The complete collection of Pura Vida home decor is on my Pinterest page, and if you’d like more info on the items featured, email me.  Breathe deep and enjoy!



This concept of pure & full life is so much more than natural home decor or soothing paint colors. Here are some of my favorite things that contribute to a full life – or my own Pura Vida.

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Sherwin-Williams 2016 Design Forecast


One of the highlights of my year is attending the ColorMix event each fall presented by Sherwin-Williams. Color fascinates me. Finding the perfect palette for each each customer – combining colors that enhance a space and make eyes smile – it’s an aspect of my work that keeps projects unique and exciting. I love how our eyes are all different – not just the color, lashes and spacing – but how we all have a unique view from our own lenses. How we see color, it affects us differently.

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