How To: Buy the Right Furniture

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Everyone in their lifetime is bound to go furniture shopping. Whether its cheap furniture for your first apartment or buying new more expensive pieces for a remodeling, it can be hard determining which furniture is right for your wants and needs. So in this How To, here are some tips and tricks for to get the most bang for your buck.

1. Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal. Sit in the piece of furniture (unless noted other wise), exam all the details for scratches and dents (unless its just a showroom piece and for display only, which would be likely to have many).

2.Check out the stain on the furniture and see if there are any bubbles or brush marks.

3. Look for comfort and quality of the cushions, neat and clean lines indicate proper stuffing, whereas a bumpy surface indicates the opposite. Also look under the cushions of the furniture and see the structure of the piece.

4. Look at the structure. Look for loose screws, insufficient support, etc.

5. Go for quality and not quantity. If you’re on a tight budget it might be hard but save up for more expensive and higher quality pieces, but try to. Most likely they will have a much longer life span which would decrease spending costs on furniture overall. Although you may have to run to Ikea for some pieces, on the furniture that will be used the most though you should aim for higher quality.

6. Look at estate sales and garage sales. At estate sales you can find really great deals on higher quality furniture instead of buying something cheaply made and its retail price being around the same. In most cases the organizers of the estate sales are eager to be rid of the furniture pieces, so be aware for that. Garage sales you may be able to find the same, especially if the people are moving and may not want to take their furniture with them. However you might have more luck at an estate sale.

7. On upholstered pieces, use the back of your knuckles and slowly run them down the back of the piece. Make sure the piece is framed. If you feel cardboard, run away.

8. For rugs, if purchasing a rug for a high traffic area, go for a wool rug, they have a higher durability than other rugs. However if you’re looking for rugs that can be cleaned easier, go for a cotton, viscose (rayon) or silk.

9. When buying bedding, look at the thread count higher the number the better the quality. Also, if applicable, look at the weave of the textile, a basic weave is a normal under over pattern and which is highly durable. For duvets exam the filling make sure it is evenly filled and see what type of feathers it has. (Also for great quality check out Mystic’s bedding, available online on our webpage or at

10. Make sure the style of the piece fits with the rest of your home.Don’t buy anything that will clash and or cause you to redecorate.

What are your furniture buying tips and tricks? Let me know at the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday

Greetings readers! It’s time for another throwback!

Similar to the Islamic religious devotion, Gothic architecture is an unmistakable symbol of Christianity. Quintessentially Gothic are cathedrals, however stylistic manifest in private buildings, decorative arts and interiors. The style derived during the early 1100s, a time of peace between European nations as newly formed governments developed. Religion remained people’s utmost concern, and they built buildings and cathedrals (from “cathedra” or “seat of the bishop”) visualizing the centricity of religion in their lives.

Interestingly enough, each elements of Gothic architecture pre-existed the evolution of the style. The architects of the reconstruction of the Abbey of Saint-Denis in France combined these elements to emphasize verticality which provided abundant light, symbolizing divine illumination. These elements included stained glass windows, pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and elegant, slender columns. Soon, Gothic style spread across France and throughout Europe in under a century. Cathedrals were sited in the heart of cities, towns and villages, given their importance to worshippers. Common Gothic cathedral motifs include trefoils, quatrefoils, cinquefoils, gargoyles, dwarfs, rose windows, foliage (e.g., oak leaves), crockets, and linenfolds.

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Medieval Gothic interiors were neutral in neutral colors, accented with natural construction materials. In most public areas, color emanated from ornate stained glass windows. Note that stained glass windows also told visual stories given the largely illiterate population.


Similar to the beautiful colors of the stain glass windows, the silk plum collection at Mystic is as rich and lush as the violet colors in the windows. The luster in the material matches the light reflecting off the window.

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