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Are You Ready for Coco to Help You Find Comfort in a BarcaLounger?

Coming this Spring from Barcalounger is Montview, a classic design in your choice of black or brown  leather in winged pub-back styling, and offering voice-activated power recline and headrest functions.

Imagine this: You’re exhausted at the end of a long day, come home and make your way to your favorite Barcalounger. You sink down into the chair, ready to recline all the way back for a quick catnap. In the time it takes to say, “Relax,” you simply command ‘Coco’ to recline, and a female voice softly agrees, “Coco, recline,” then glides you smoothly into the sleep position in the chair.

Voice-activation, a feature popular in electronics, phones, cars and navigation systems, has found its way to the furniture industry. This Spring, leading motion upholstery brand Barcalounger will introduce a voice-activated feature in three new power reclining chairs including Montview, above, and the modern-styled swivel glider recliner, Powell, below.

The modern-styled Powell recliner offers power recline, swivel, glide and headrest features, all activated by a short conversation with “Coco.” Photo: Barcalounger.

If you address any of the new Barcalounger chairs with the command, “Coco, recline,” or, “Coco, stop,” or “Coco, go to home position,” or “Coco, go to TV position,” a female voice repeats the command and then carries it out. The command of “heads up” activates the power headrest function.

“Voice activation is increasingly popular in electronics, phones, TVs, cars and navigation systems, and resonates with today’s consumers, especially Millennials,” said Larry Smith, CEO and president of Barcalounger. “What a natural to offer voice-activation for a comfort product like reclining furniture.”

What do you think? Would “Coco” be welcome in your home, along with her recliner friends?

Here, the new Montview recliner offering voice activation, is shown in the option of all-leather in an elegant brown color. Photo: Barcalounger
The Blair X-tra Tall Recliner, with extended footrest and taller back and classic styling with nailhead trim, will soon offer a voice-activation feature as well. Photo: Barcalounger.
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Red: 5 Reasons to Love It

What can red, the most passionate of colors, bring to your home?

Everyone knows the unofficial color of February. From valentines to roses, the bleak of winter is interrupted this month with shades ranging from pink to scarlet. Red is one of the most powerful colors on the color wheel. Rich with meaning, its bold personality conveys energy, passion and more. Here are the top five reasons we love this classic hue, not only in February but any time of the year

1. It Elicits Emotion.

One of the great things about red is the power it has to create a feeling. Most often associated with love, it’s also synonymous with passion, energy and excitement.

The Laguna reclining collection is shown in a chili pepper shade of red, perfect for transforming a neutral room into a vibrant space. Photo: Barcalounger.

If you’re looking to take a room from blah to brilliant, consider introducing red into your decor plan.

2. It Adds Drama

Just like the perfect piece of jewelry completes an outfit, adding a pop of color can transform a space. If you’re growing tired of the decor in your living area, study or bedroom, refreshing the space can be as simple as adding a red chair.

Quite possibly the perfect red accessory, the Eton Pedestal Chair with Ottoman is packed with personality. It features a 360-degree swivel with auto return, adjustable headrest and sloped pillow arms. Shown here in Capri Red, its comfort is only surpassed by its fashionable presence.

3. It’s Never Boring

No matter what angle you view it from, there’s nothing boring about red in an interior. Using it in your home conveys confidence and character.

Modern yet timeless, the Oracle Recliner offers a sleek profile that’s tailored yet plush. Shown here in Stargo Red, it’s accented with polished chrome metal legs that make a contemporary design statement.

4. It Comes in Many Stunning Shades

Candy apple. Racecar. Cinnamon. Burgandy. Berry. To say there are unlimited shades of isn’t too much of a stretch. Just look at the lipsticks at a makeup counter to discover the many subtle nuances of red that exist. The only question is: What shade is your favorite?

Available in a classic wine leather cover, the Montana Recliner is designed specifically for taller individuals. Its smart proportions include a 45-inch back and extended footrest to ensure a comfortable experience. Nailhead trim and a USB port add even more modern appeal to this timeless recliner.

5. It Never Goes Out of Style

One of the best things about red is that it’s timeless. Unlike color trends that come and go, it’s a classic hue that never feels out of date. And as a primary color, it works beautifully with nearly every shade on the color wheel. If you’re looking to refresh your room, choose your favorite shade of red and get started!

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A Winter White Wonderland for Home

 

Whether you love cold weather or already have the beginnings of spring fever, now’s the perfect time of year to embrace the beauty of winter’s most stunning shades of white. Nature’s purest color palette — winter white — is fresh, clean and effortlessly elegant. Here’s how to use it in your home decorating.

The Markley Sectional is covered in a lux cream leather and provides sumptuous comfort and infinite options for accessorizing with neutrals or brights. Barcalounger

From crisp, bright white to soft shades of eggshell and stone, winter whites offer a no-fail decorating palette. The Markley Sectional Sofa is covered in a lux cream and offers infinite options for accessorizing with neutrals or brights, depending on the season.

The ultra-modern Emery Chair in Capri-White leather. Barcalounger.

White leather furnishings offer a flexible aesthetic that can be styled to look traditional, contemporary or anywhere in between. The ultra-modern Emery Pedestal Chair in Capri-White offers 360-degree swivel motion with auto-return, an adjustable headrest, adjustable ottoman and angled pillow arms. Its coordinating ottoman gives new meaning to “putting your feet up” in style.

The Cosmo Sofa, Loveseat and Recliner group in Cashmere White leather. Barcalounger.

If you love the comfort of a recliner but want smart contemporary styling, the Cosmo Sofa Group, shown here in Cashmere White, is for you. Available in a sofa, loveseat and recliner, it lets you create a customized seating arrangement that fits your room. 

The Micah Collection is covered in a lux leather in a soft shade of off-white.

Luxurious in every way, the new Micah Collection is coming soon and will add refined style to any space. Crafted in a soft shade of off-white, it’s the ultimate example of this refined color direction.

While spring is just a few months away, embracing the subtle beauty of naturally neutral hues is a great way to celebrate winter.

What’s your favorite shade of white? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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7 Tree-Trimming Tips for Holiday Magic

For many, the Christmas tree-trimming is the center of holiday magic.

Whether you host the holidays or travel, have a large family or small, one theme transcends time and location — the need to rest and relax. This year, don’t let decorating feel like a chore. Be reasonable in what you undertake and choose to focus on what brings you the most joy.

Using one or two colors as a theme for your tree gives an elegant look.

Whether you create a traditional tree full of handmade ornaments collected over the years, or more of a “decorator” tree with careful planning and attention to detail, these 7 tree-trimming tips will help you create your best tree.

Make the top of your tree the focal point

Tip One: Make the top the star. While it’s usually the last thing people decorate, it should be one of the first things you consider. From a traditional angel or star to modern sprigs of colorful decorative branches, be sure to accentuate the top of your tree. 

For a decorator look, limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 1-2 finishes. This tree’s elegant color scheme is cream, chocolate brown and spring green, and the finishes are all gold.

Tip 2: Set the Foundation. The foundation of a tree is its’ shape and color. Make sure all the lights are working and you have enough for the size of the tree. Now, consider your color scheme. For the decorator look, limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 1-2 finishes. In the tree above, the color scheme is elegant and consists of cream, chocolate brown and spring green, with all gold finishes. 

In the tree below, the color scheme is more organic, and features white, natural wood tones and taupe with silver and metal accents (although it looks warmer/more golden when the lights are on).

This tree’s color scheme is organic, featuring white, natural wood tones and taupe with silver and metal accents.

Tip 3: Use ribbon and greenery to fill. Whether your tree is natural or artificial, there will inevitably be gaps in the branches where you can see the trunk. Twisting ribbon and wrapping it in and around those areas helps create a fuller look and set a color theme. I do this before I place ornaments and prefer wired ribbon for its ability to be molded. At the very end, after you’ve placed all your ornaments, go back and fill any empty spaces with decorative picks and/or more loops of ribbon. In this tree, I filled in gaps with floral picks that look like natural cotton branches, as well as pinecones dusted with white sparkles. 

To give your tree balance, use the largest ornaments near the bottom and the smallest ones at the top.

Tip 4: Hang ornaments from the top down, smallest to largest. When you hang the largest ornaments near the bottom and the smallest ones at the top, it makes them easier to see and appreciate. I also tuck some ornaments farther into the tree and pull others out to hang near the end of branches to provide visual depth. I recommend green ornament hooks; they disappear and let the ornament shine.

Choose ornaments that reflect you and your family and bring you joy.

Tip 5: Make it meaningful. Even if you’re creating a decorator tree, choose ornaments that reflect you and your family and that bring you joy. It might be angels, scotty dogs or a favorite college or team — as long as its meaningful to you, the result will be beautiful.

Don’t get so busy shopping, cleaning and cooking that you forget to make time to appreciate your creation.

Tip 6: Sit back and enjoy your tree. Time shared around the Christmas tree are memories in the making. 

If you don’t have an extra-comfy recliner or sofa like the Lavon, it might be time to ask Santa to bring you one.https://barcalounger.com/?s=LAvon

Tip 7: Make sure you have comfortable seating. Today’s recliners come in styles, shapes and sizes to fit everyone. From plush fabric to sumptuous leather, a chair or sofa is a gift that keeps giving all year long. If you or family members find yourself squished in a typical recliner, you’ll love our Big and Tall options.   If you have small children or just find rocking to be relaxing, our Rocker Recliners and Swivel Glider recliners should be on your gift list.

Here’s wishing you both a happy and RELAXING holiday.

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Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Home This Season

 Whether it’s an old-fashioned campfire or a modern fire pit, it’s calming to gather around a warm and glowing fire, especially to share a snack like Smores.

Everyone enjoys the fun times of summer, spring has plenty of fans, and winter enthusiasts love skiing and holiday celebrations. Yet, there’s something about fall that makes it extra special. 

Maybe it’s the cooler evenings, football games, pumpkin-spice everything or the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. But it’s easy to love the respite between the warmest and coldest months.

Fall is a chance to relax a bit following summer travels and the busyness of the winter holiday season. Photo: williamssonoma.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for enjoying this season to its fullest:

Create comfy, cozy nights outdoors with the Woodland Fire Pit from Barcalounger Outdoor Living.

The excuse to have a fire is one of the best things about the end of summer. Whether it’s an old-fashioned campfire or a modern fire pit, it’s a calming activity that brings people together to relax. Once gathered, there’s always a need for good snacks. We love traditional smores, but if you have a fire pit, or just don’t want to make a mess, try making your own no-mess version with a deep dish smores dipCheck out this recipe, shown in the opening photo, and try it out at your next outdoor gathering. 

Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider in an outdoor recliner or reclining sofa, like the new Arcadia reclining loveseat from Barcalounger Outdoor Living.

Snuggle In

When the weather eventually sends you indoors, get cozy with seating that’s stylish and comfortable. Add a favorite chenille throw, a cup of cocoa, and light a fire!

We love how the Jefferson Sofa combines soft fabric and rich leather in one stunning look that reclines for amazing comfort. Add a chunky chenille throw, a cup of coffee, and light a fire! Barcalounger.

More Marshmallows, Please

Once you’ve found your favorite seat in the house, it’s time to start talking marshmallows. Whether it’s the little ones you put in your hot cocoa or the color of this sumptuous Seymour Sofa, there’s no such thing as too many. Barcalounger.

The Markley Sectional is offered in the same creamy marshmallow-colored leather as the Seymour, as well as charcoal gray. Markley is the perfect spot for the entire family to connect. Add hot cocoa + you can even charge your electronic devices. Barcalounger 

No matter what your favorite time of year, making time for yourself is always in season. This fall, schedule a little rest and relaxation for yourself and enjoy the restorative benefits of some much-needed downtime.

When it comes to making top-notch cocoa, It’s all about creativity in the kitchen. This truly decadent treat is Frozen Pecan Pie Hot Chocolate, straight from the kitchen of Southern Living. Click the photo for the recipe!   

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Function and Fashion to Make Life Better

Abbey is one of 3 new Xtra Tall Power Reclining Sofa groups to be introduced at the Fall Furniture Market by Barcalounger with higher backs and longer leg extension. The idea? To make lounging at home more comfortable for tall people.

The average height of Americans has increased. Americans are turning 65 at the highest rate in history. More Americans than ever are working full or part time out of home offices. And, increasingly Americans don’t want to give up style to have comfort.

What do all these trends have in common? They are emerging needs, demographics, lifestyles and tastes that BarcaLounger is addressing with features-and-benefits rich new introductions at the upcoming international Fall High Point Market. At the Furniture Market, retailers from around the nation and world come to see introductions from major brands like BarcaLounger, products that will be seen in stores several months after their debut in High Point, N.C.

The Marcus power reclining group set for introduction by Barcalounger has an Xtra Tall back and longer leg extension to comfortably accommodate people from 6’2″ to 6’8″ and even taller.

“The new product categories that we have developed address growing consumer needs, lifestyles and tastes,” said Larry Smith, president. For example, the Xtra Tall sofa groups and  reclining chairs are designed with 45-inch-high backs and footrests that extend 3 inches longer. The goal is to comfortably accommodate people as tall as 6’8″ or 6’9.”

Another need Barcalounger is addressing is the work-from-home lifestyle. The WorkSpace Seating collection offers comfortable and supportive home office chairs.

Functional and fashionable, the new WorkSpace Seating line in traditional, transitional and modern styling, is on castors and offers adjustable seat height and adjustable tilt and tension mechanisms.

Another new line, the Lux Recline & Lift, is a collection of reclining and assistant chairs in upscale styling with refined scale, cover selection, tailoring and detail.

The Leslie Lux Recline & Lift Chair has a tailored 4-button-tufted back, nailhead trim and a stylish navy leather cover..

Over the next three years, the “graying of America” will happen at the fastest rate in history. “These chairs will enable consumers to transition to assistant chairs with the fashion and comfort they are accustomed to,” said Smith. “They are great-looking recliners with the hidden bonus of  an assistant lift feature if needed.”

While the comfort and relaxation offered by reclining chairs has never been more in demand, no one wants to give up style to have the ultimate in comfort. That’s why Barcalounger is introducing the Accents Collection, an offering of decorative and smaller-scaled 3-way push-through-the-arm recliners designed to complement gracious living and family room settings.

The Huntington, left, and Bayshore reclining chairs offer upscale fabrics, leathers, colors, scale and tailoring you would expect in a living room accent chair. The reclining feature is just a bonus.

Stylish silhouettes and covers are also to be found on Barcalounger’s new pedestal chairs and ottomans to be debut at the High Point Market.

The ultra-modern Montaco, left, is in an on-trend creamy white leather, and the Zach is in a maroon leather and transitional style.

Barcalounger is planning to greatly expand its selection of power reclining sofa and modular groups, with 16 introductions, including the Connelly, below.

At home in modern settings, the new Connelly sofa has a tiered back, sloped and padded arms and a tapered wedge foot in a unitized frame.

Making your life easier and better. That’s our mission at Barcalounger, and with these new functional and fashionable introductions set for the Fall High Point Furniture Market, we hope to provide more ways than ever for you to enjoy life’s moments at home.

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Back-to-School Family Comfort with Barcalounger

When it’s time to relax, nothing’s more stylishly comfortable than the Brynn 360-degree swivel pedestal chair with matching angled ottoman. Photo: Barcalounger.

Start Back-to-School Off Right by Making Relaxation a Priority

By the time summer comes to a close, most of us are ready for a reprieve from the heat and an opportunity to redirect bored kids. After school shopping is complete and new routines are established, there’s the promise of a little “me” time ahead. Whether it’s in the morning after the kids leave for school, or after work or dinner, seize the opportunity to truly relax.

Relax? But there’s so much to do, right? If relaxing sounds too indulgent, consider the importance of stress reduction in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, in a recent Harvard Health article“Six Relaxation Techniques to Help You Reduce Stress,” relaxation is defined as the opposite of stress.

And when it comes to stress reduction, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a sumptuous recliner, pedestal chair and ottoman or reclining sofa, especially those with power headrest or lumbar support.

A modern swivel glider recliner, the Orion has an adjustable headrest to help you relax after work and the kids relax after school. Photo: Barcalounger

Sit back and allow yourself a few stress-free minutes in a chair that’s so attractive its’ comfort is practically an after-thought.

The Lavon dual-power swivel glider recliner features a power headrest and one-touch memory buttons. Its pub-back design encases a pocketed coil pad-over-chaise seating, while its radius arms are accented with a flat welt trim. Just be warned: it’s destined to become the favorite seat in the house.

When you’re ready to relax, you’re not limited to just recliners. Today’s reclining sofas are both cozy and stylish. 

The Jefferson Sofa Group has a sophisticated menswear look mixing supple top-grain leather and luxurious fabrics. Its power reclining features are complemented by heavily padded arms, wings and footrests accented with nailhead trim.

Love a sectional? Why not choose one like the Markley Sectional that offers all the style and seating of a sectional sofa combined with the deep relaxation of a recliner. Photo: Barcalounger.

The new Markely Sectional offers refined styling and exquisite tailoring. Press the power-recline button and enjoy a few quiet moments to yourself. 

Later on, when the family is gathered, the cup holders and USB plug-ins for electronics on the sectional will make Markley the perfect setting for homework, while you catch up with emails. 

Once it’s cool enough to head outdoors in the evenings, you’ll find relaxation here too. 

The Woodland Fire Pit, coming soon from Barcalounger Outdoor Living, encourages leisurely conversations and limitless entertaining. It’s like getting the benefits for being on vacation without having to leave home. Photo: Barcalounger Outdoor Living

As another summer fades away, it’s time to get excited about new opportunities for everyone in the family. This season, make your health and wellness a priority with a renewed focus on getting some much-needed R & R.

 

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How to Give Your Outdoor Living Room a Decorator Touch

This inviting outdoor living room space was designed by Courtney of the French Country Cottage Blog.

Have you caught the passion for outdoor living?

Whether you’re dining al fresco, gathered around a chat table fire pit on a cool night or reading on the front porch in the rain, there’s something almost therapeutic about being outside.

And it has never been easier or more fun to create an outdoor living space that’s inviting, beautiful and personal.

Outdoor table settings like these make outdoor dining a beautiful experience. Photo: Maison de Cinq blog.

Quality, stylish seating and dining furnishings go a long way toward creating comfortable open-air spaces. Today, outdoor furniture includes deep-seating sectionals and sofas and even deep-seating swivel rockers, reclining chairs and sofas.  Yet, it’s really the accents –pillows, rugs, accessories and lighting — that allow you to make exterior spaces your own.

It’s the accents and accessories that give your outdoor room an interior design flair.

String lights and solar lights help you create an enchanting outdoor cafe or garden party look.

The Pacific Shoreline Collection, shown here in an outdoor table-and-swivel-rocker chat group, features a traditional rolled arm design with bun styled feet. The group is constructed from Woven PVC wicker with an aluminum frame and porcelain table top with aluminum rim. 

Where to begin creating an inviting outdoor living room?

“I’m a firm believer in going with a color palette of neutrals, earth tones or navy for your seating, then layering in personality and pops of color with throw pillows and outdoor rugs,” said Nicole Harris, design director for Barcalounger Oudoor Living.

Barcalounger Outdoor’s Pacific Shoreline Collection is shown here with 3 different sizes of accent pillows, in both solids and patterns.

The Barcalounger Outdoor Quick-Ship Pillow Program lets you get creative and add interior design flair to the great outdoors. 16 fabrics and 4 sizes of toss pillows and lumbar pillows are offered. Patterns include stripes, lattice, quatrefoil and solids.

The pillow program is in three distinct color schemes: Shown here is the blue color scheme with neutral stripes and florals. Also offered is an orange color scheme  including salmon and dusty rose and a palette of earth tones. Photo: Barcalounger Outdoor Living.

One of the most exciting things about the pillow program is that it is a quick-ship assortment. “Find a Barcalounger Outdoor Living retailerpick out the fabric, trim and shape of pillows you want, and once your order them, they will be shipped to the retailer in 72 hours or less,” Harris explains. 

After pillows, then layer in plants and flowers. “Cactuses and succulents are really hot today, in nice earthenware planters,” Harris said.

Just as string and solar lights add ambiance and warmth to your exterior space, fire pits and fire pit-chat tables are “a huge outdoor accessory right now, and the variety of looks and price points is exploding,” Harris said.

The Woodland aluminum gas fire pit chat table from Barcalounger Outdoor Living is perfect for gathering around on cool nights, and is offered in a multi-step faux wood finish in a warm shade of French Gray.

When putting together the furnishings and accessories for your space, the key is creating a layered and textured look. “Whether lakeside or seaside, the look today is to have tactile things you want to touch and feel,” Harris said. “Sometimes you may go for a rustic or deconstructed look, yet mix it in with something new. Do a lot of mixing…with shells, rope, candles, flowers and plants.

Go for a mix and match look, not a rigid theme.”

She continued, “Don’t feel you have to have the sofas, chairs, table and everything match. The key is to create a tactile, eclectic and inviting look,” she said.

The Westbrook Collection offers 3-position reclining sofas and reclining chairs. This classically transitional style woven PCV wicker design features exposed aluminum arms and front legs while the table top has an aluminum slat top with hand-applied antique finish. Photo: Barcalounger Outdoor Living.

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How to Master the Art of Relaxation

Spending time outside is more comfortable than ever with the Pacific Shoreline Swivel Rocking Chair Chat Set that brings the comfort of the indoors to outdoor living. Photo: Barcalounger

The Art of Relaxing: This Father’s Day, give dad what he really wants—relaxation.

As the days get warmer and stretch into summer, it’s the time of year to let our dads know how much they mean to us. In your family, it might be your father, your father-in-law, a stepdad, or a man that’s been a father figure to you—but don’t let this Father Day or summertime go by without showing him how much you appreciate him. 

We think rest and relaxation are the perfect gifts.

The crystal waters and sandy beaches of Oahu are the perfect reminder that there’s no better present than the gift of relaxation. Photo: Trisha M. Ferguson.

Not everyone can manage a dream vacation in Hawaii, but you can channel the vibe to create a relaxing “Stay-cation” feeling at home. Here are some of our favorite furnishings designed to make every day Father’s Day.

Every father deserves his own chair–and the Brynn Pedestal Recliner is the epitome of comfort. It’s generously scaled, offers 360 degrees of swivel and features endless positions for back and leg support. Photo: Barcalounger.

For reclining motion with traditional styling, it’s hard to beat the Jefferson Collection. Distinguished by a sophisticated palette of menswear-inspired fabric and supple top grain leather, it adds character to any space. Barcalounger.

If Dad loves contemporary styling and clean lines, he’ll be drawn to the beauty and functionality of Nico and Rico. These dual power swivel glider recliners area as comfortable as they are stylish.

If the man on your shopping list is young at heart, he might enjoy the modern Orion Swivel Glider Recliner featuring a power headrest.

The beauty of today’s recliners is that they no longer have the over-stuffed, outdated look of 1970s sitcoms. Instead, there’s a wide array of silhouettes from which to choose, multiple options and configurations, and a nearly endless selection of fabric and leather choices.

This Father’s Day, help the dad in your life relax and enjoy some time well spent with family. We know he’ll agree. It’s a much better gift than a tie!

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