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.
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?
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. ItElicits 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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
From crisp, bright white to soft shades of eggshell and stone, winter whites offer a no-fail decorating palette. The Markley Sectional Sofais covered in a lux cream and offers infinite options for accessorizing with neutrals or brights, depending on the season.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tip 6: Sit back and enjoy your tree. Time shared around the Christmas tree are memories in the making.
Tip 7: Make sure you have comfortable seating. Today’s recliners comein 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 ourBig and Tall options. If you have small children or just find rocking to be relaxing, our Rocker Recliners andSwivel Glider reclinersshould be on your gift list.
Here’s wishing you both a happy and RELAXING holiday.
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.
Here are a few of our favorite tips for enjoying this season to its fullest:
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 adeep dish smores dip. Check out this recipe,shown in the opening photo, and try it out at your next outdoor gathering.
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!
More Marshmallows, Please
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Barcalounger is planning to greatly expand its selection of power reclining sofa and modular groups, with 16 introductions, including the Connelly, below.
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.
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.
Sit back and allow yourself a few stress-free minutes in a chair that’s so attractive its’ comfort is practically an after-thought.
When you’re ready to relax, you’re not limited to just recliners. Today’s reclining sofasare both cozy and stylish.
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.
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.
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.
Quality, stylish seating and dining furnishings go a long way toward creating comfortable open-air spaces. Today,outdoor furnitureincludes 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.
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.
One of the most exciting things about thepillow programis that it is a quick-ship assortment. “Find a Barcalounger Outdoor Living retailer, pick 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!