A Token of Appreciation

Inclement weather have you stuck inside this Labor Day weekend? Bring the whole family together with a board game and just enjoy one another’s company. How about Monopoly?

Own it all as a high-flying trader in the fast-paced world of real estate. Tour the board in a quest to own the hottest properties, railroads and utilities. Invest in houses and hotels, then watch the rent come pouring in. Make deals to trade with other players and also look out for bargains at auction.

Do you always rush to claim the dog token first? Maybe the race car? Before you choose your game token, read on and find out which game piece really exemplifies you!

Cyan Design 01863 - Sewing Thimble Token

Cyan Design 01863 – Sewing Thimble Token

1. Thimble
Modest and seemingly with little use, the Thimble is actually the token of champions…considering it was the one the reigning U.S. MONOPOLY victor, Richard Marinaccio, uses. You, the Thimble player, might appear timid, but you know what’s up: You’ll keep your (property) cards close to your chest, and other players will never know what your plan is until they end up bankrupt on Pennsylvania Ave.

Cyan Design 01864 - Dog Token

Cyan Design 01864 – Dog Token

2. Scottie Dog
Dependable and excitable, the Scottie Dog is quite the unique combination – you can definitely be counted on, but you’re also not opposed to acting out and being spontaneous too.

Cyan Design 01904 - Hat Token

Cyan Design 01904 – Hat Token

3. Top Hat
You don’t just have a good hat on your head, but a good head on your shoulders. You think strategically about the long game and never lose track of how much money you’re working with. If you’re a Top Hat player, you’re a by-the-books kind of person who generally keeps to yourself – but when it comes to MONOPOLY, you don’t mind taking that hat off every once in a while and letting loose.

Cyan Design 01905 - Automobile Token

Cyan Design 01905 – Automobile Token

4. Race Car
Race Car drivers are sleek, smooth operators. You look good, and you know it. The downside is that you can be impatient and also have to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles.

Cyan Design 01906 - Iron Token

Cyan Design 01906 – Iron Token

5. Iron
The Iron is a go-getter. You work hard and you play hard – which is probably why, like this token, you’re already retired…or well on your way.

Cyan Design 01907 - Shoe Token

Cyan Design 01907 – Shoe Token

6. Shoe
Practical and adaptable, if you choose the Shoe, you’re someone who people have come to count on. You know the value of hard work and don’t mind doing it, either.

And as our Token of Appreciation to all our hard working customers out there this Labor Day, use promo code LABORDAY to receive 10% Off your entire order this weekend!

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What is Muslin?

Spring 2017 saw Bronson Design Studio introduce even more upholstered seating options, a collection of designs in all shapes and sizes, from luxurious curves to sharp angles and everywhere in between. Many are available in a carefully curated fabric or a muslin option for those who want a truly bespoke piece.

What is Muslin anyway? Muslin is an inexpensive, medium weight, plain weave, low count (less than 160 threads per square inch) cotton sheeting fabric. It is not meant to be the outer fabric, it is merely an undercover for an upholstery fabric of your choosing. The open weave and lightweight fabric of muslin evokes a stretchiness with a “natural give”, allowing a muslin to conform to complex curves without being overly restrictive.

Watson Lounge Chair

Studio A Watson Lounge Chair – The Watson Collection reinvigorates classic mid-century modern design with its updated look. The lounge chair has button-tufted backs and walnut-finished rubberwood legs and trim. Margo Pewter fabric (58% cotton/42% polyester) is standard. Muslin is also available.

Zephyr Counter Stool

Arteriors Home Zephyr Counter Stool – Modeled after mid-century Italian antiques, our version of a modernist barstool floats an ergonomic upholstered seat and back rest on a thin, semicircular frame divided into two equal parts and finished in polished brass. Only available in muslin so you can recover in the fabric of your choice.

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Faux bois

Faux bois, which is French for “false wood”, is a style of decorative patterning that creates the effect of wood grain on a variety of materials. The craft has its roots in the Renaissance with trompe-l’oeil painting. In eighteenth and nineteenth century France, wood grain patterns were incorporated into concrete and painted on walls to give the look of natural wood paneling.

This rustic chic treatment is perfectly at home in the today’s interior. It’s a great way to add the warmth of the nature-inspired texture to any setting, as lamps, tables, benches or even wall decor.

Currey & Company 8000-0009 - Arboria Floor Lamp

Currey & Company 8000-0009 – Crafted with classic faux bois technique, the Arboria Floor Lamp features a black and textured concrete finish that looks remarkably like the bark of a tree. The lamp’s branches reach up to the light and an Oatmeal Linen shade with coordinating finial.

Cyan Design 04692 - Faux Bois Side Table

Cyan Design 04692 – The Faux Bois Side Table’s iron framework is sculpted in the manner of the French with the appearance of tree branches and has a granite top. Traditional craftsmanship brought into the 21st century, this beautiful table is an exquisite example of an enduring legacy.

Currey & Company 2009 - Elwynn Bench

Currey & Company 2009 – A captivating faux bois bench appears to be a rooted, sprouting tree, growing up from the ground. This heavy concrete bench makes a fantastic edition to a garden or other outdoor/indoor space.

Studio A 7.90572 - Forest Panel-Bronze/Brass

Studio A 7.90572 – A new additional in wall décor, the Forest Panels exhibit an abstract faux bois pattern in various brass and bronze finishes. The MDF substrate is wrapped entirely in brass sheet which has been hand-embossed with the forest pattern. Next, the panel is given an oiled bronze finish and the faux bois relief is rubbed to expose the golden brass underneath.

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Embracing Nature

In the late 19th Century, architect Antoni Gaudi was deeply influenced by the atmosphere of forests for the interior of his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia Cathedral interior. Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s stunning buildings in Barcelona, Spain, remain a legacy to his life-long belief that we need look no further than nature to see construction at its supreme. The most ambitious of his works is the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Gaudi took over design in 1883 and the building is due to be finished in 2026, 100 years after his death.

The cathedral’s awesome interior is inspired by the idea of a forest that invites prayer. Tree-like columns branch off near the roof for support, and in-between skylights contain green and gold glass to reflect light. Enhancing the feeling of standing on a forest floor and Gaudi’s plan to create a contemplative atmosphere are large colored glass windows letting in dappled sunlight.

A century or so later, Currey & Company is even incorporating living matter into its designs. They are embracing the unity of opposites with functional pieces inspired by organic forms found in nature.

Sacred gingko leaves, serene lily pads and blooming calla lilies are just a few of the natural shapes their lighting, furniture and accent pieces have been designed to emulate. Crafted from metal, wood and ceramic, these designs never wilt but stand the test of time.

Gin Kyo Chandelier & Bohlend Cabinet

Currey & Company 9000-0133 – Ten ginko leaves created for Currey by a master sculptor adorn the ring of the Gin Kyo Chandelier. The piece’s 10 lights come to life behind these natural accents and gleam off of its Dark Contemporary Gold Leaf finish.

Currey & Company 3000-0021 – A true work of art with many functions, the Bohlend Cabinet not only features an interior storage drawer with felt liner, teak veneer surfaces and adjustable tempered glass shelves, but an antiqued mirror back panel and an LED touch light with three-way setting. Its eye-catching design of hand-cut ginko leaf marquetry is made of mappa veneer and is perfectly contrasted by the solid teak construction and solid brass hardware.

Currey & Company 6000-0067 - Calla Lily Table Lamp

Currey & Company 6000-0067 – Calla Lily Table Lamp

Pretty as a picture! Intricate hand-formed ceramic flower petals create a feminine lamp chic enough to handle any style room from vintage to modern. The fantastic texture of the crafted flower base contrasts with the soft silk shade in eggshell and the Antique Brushed Brass hardware gives it a warm finishing touch.

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Oppose Internet Sales Tax

We have a new US President and many new members of Congress. Tax policy is high on the agenda. Proponents of Internet sales tax will hit the ground running. Now is the time to add your voice to the debate and tell them NOT to pass an unnecessary and harmful Internet sales tax.

Doing so is easy – just click here, complete the simple form, and a letter will be sent to your members of Congress on your behalf. It takes 15 seconds.

Please Send a Letter Now!

Today, the Internet helps many small businesses such as ours compete, but taxing us like multibillion dollar retailers is only going to stifle growth. Many Internet sales tax schemes will also give tax collectors unprecedented authority to impose costly audits and unnecessary litigation on out-of-state small businesses.

The priority should be to protect small businesses using the Internet – they are the backbone of the US economy. Congress should help small businesses grow, not use new taxes to drive them off the Internet. Please oppose any efforts to pass Internet sales tax legislation that harms small, Internet-enabled businesses.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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