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Give Thanks.

Impress your guests and get creative this Thanksgiving! We love finding new inspiration for giving our homes that perfect seasonal flare. And this Thanksgiving, we want to share with you a few ideas from around the web that we’re thankful for!
 
If you’re looking to do something different with your dining room, you’re going to love these place settings. But, we have to warn you, with all these gorgeous settings, it may be hard to settle on a favorite!
 
 

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Are you the DIY type? Give your seasonal decorations a personal touch with these beautiful and fun Thanksgiving crafts!
 
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Celebrate this beautiful season with this stunning DIY Leaf Garland.
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Remind your guests of the good things with this lovely banner.
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Wow your guests by making this gorgeous Thanksgiving centerpiece.
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Have the kids join in on the fun with this easy and adorable turkey craft!
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Now, for the tasty part! These divine desserts are the perfect post turkey dinner treats.
 
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Martha Stewart: http://bit.ly/1OEDfNx
 
 

Chocolate Pecan Pie

INGREDIENTS

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups light corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 recipe Basic Pie Crust http://bit.ly/1HzsgSY rolled and fit into a 9-inch pie plate

1 cup pecans

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes (or melt chocolate in microwave). Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together (do not whisk) eggs, corn syrup, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stirring constantly, gradually add melted chocolate. Pour filling into prepared crust; place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange pecans in one even layer over filling.

Bake just until set (filling should jiggle slightly when pie plate is tapped), 50 to 60 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool completely on a wire rack, at least 4 hours (or up to overnight) before serving.

 
 
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Bon Appetit: http://bit.ly/1d1wmVp
 
 

Warm Apple Cobbler

INGREDIENTS

Apples

4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 5 1/2 cups)

3 large Fuji apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 4 cups)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Miso Streusel Topping

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly

3 tablespoons white miso

2 large eggs

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Vanilla ice cream

DIRECTIONS

Apples

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Toss first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Add sugar, flour, and cinnamon; toss to combine. Transfer to baking dish.

Miso Streusel Topping

Whisk butter, miso, and eggs in medium bowl until smooth. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger in large bowl. Form well in center of flour mixture and add butter mixture. Using rubber spatula, toss until large clumps form.

Using fingertips, break up streusel clumps into smaller pieces and sprinkle streusel topping over apples. Bake until apple mixture is bubbling and streusel is golden brown, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve cobbler slightly warm topped with vanilla ice cream.

 
 
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Food Network: http://bit.ly/1zkmKv9
 
 

Pumpkin Roll

INGREDIENTS

3 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup pecans, finely chopped

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for
sprinkling

Two 3-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 stick butter (1/2 cup), room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 17 1/2- by 12 1/2-inch jellyroll pan.

With an electric mixer, beat the eggs, granulated sugar, pumpkin and lemon juice until smooth. Sift together the flour, ginger, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the sifted ingredients to the egg mixture and blend until fully combined. Spread the batter in the jellyroll pan. Sprinkle the dough with the chopped pecans. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 14 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes.

Invert the cake onto a wire rack. Sprinkle some of the confectioner’ sugar on a large tea towel and carefully transfer the warm cake to the towel, folding the sides of the towel over the cake. Roll the cake up in the towel and cool in the refrigerator thoroughly for about 45 minutes.

With an electric mixer, combine the confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla and beat until smooth. Carefully unroll the cooled cake and spread the mixture on top of the cake. Gently re-roll the cake up and refrigerate it until you’re ready to slice and serve. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

 
 
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SkinnyTaste: http://bit.ly/1EYm6H1

 
 

Skinny Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares

INGREDIENTS

Cranberry Sauce

3/4 cup fresh cranberries

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
Crust

3 oz gingersnap crumbs (from 12 gingersnap cookies)

1 oz pecans, crushed

1 1/2 tablespoons light butter, melted
Cheesecake

8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 oz nonfat Greek yogurt

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon flour

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with waxed paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.

Begin by preparing the cranberry sauce. Combine the cranberries, sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan. Cook together until the cranberries begin to burst and the mixture turns syrupy, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool as you prepare the remaining ingredients.

Combine the gingersnap crumbs, crushed pecans, and light butter in a small bowl. Stir together to moisten the crumbs, then pour into the prepared baking pan. Spread in an even layer, using the bottom of a drinking glass to help ensure that the crust is even.

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the Greek yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, and flour, mixing until just combined. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the pan, over the crust, and smooth with a spatula.

Add the cooled cranberry mixture to a food processor, and puree until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add 1/2 tablespoon water. Use a spoon to drop the cranberry sauce over the cheesecake, and then swirl the cranberry sauce with a butter knife.

Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature, and place in the fridge for several hours to get well chilled. Once chilled, cut into squares and serve.

 
 
On that sweet note, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope your day is full of great food, family, friends, and décor, of course!
 
All the Best,
 
The Sheffield Furniture & Interiors Team
 
 

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Nov
2015

As Seen In

Did you see them? Some of our best selling pieces are regularly featured in top magazines like Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Luxe and more. You can find them nestled into a cozy scene or taking center stage as a solo highlighted piece. In case you missed them, we gathered a collection of our favorite pieces featured so far this summer!

 

Have you spotted our Sheffield brand items during your summer reading? Let us know if you saw one we didn’t post and you may see it in our next As Seen In!

 

All the best,

 

The Sheffield Furniture & Interiors Team

 

Century Furniture - Andalusia Collection in House Beautiful

Century Furniture – Andalusia Collection in House Beautiful

 

Lexington Aria Chest in Traditional Home

Lexington Aria Chest in Traditional Home

 

Thibaut Curtains in House Beautiful

Thibaut Curtains in House Beautiful

 

Hickory Chair Table and Chair in Coastal Living

Hickory Chair Table and Chair in Coastal Living

 

Brown Jordan Kantan Chairs in Architectural Digest

Brown Jordan Kantan Chairs in Architectural Digest

 

Bernhardt Aurelia Night Stand in Luxe

Bernhardt Aurelia Night Stand in Luxe

 

Stickley Round Lamp Table in House Beautiful

Stickley Round Lamp Table in House Beautiful

 

Bernhardt Dorwin Chair in Departures

Bernhardt Dorwin Chair in Departures

 

Bernhardt Como Sectional, Connor Chair, Noland Chair, Ardmore Bench, Gustav Chair in Luxe

Bernhardt Como Sectional, Connor Chair, Noland Chair, Ardmore Bench, Gustav Chair in Luxe

 

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Aug
2015

Dive in to Pantone’s Color of the Summer

Pantone’s Color of the Summer

 

Looking to bring a little summer vacation into your home? Scuba Blue is one of Pantone’s selected colors for summer this year, and we can see why. The vibrant tone highlights the fun and energy of the season, and it blends beautifully with most colors.
 
To assist you with your summery, seaside daydreams, we’ve gathered a selection of gorgeous blues to browse. Enjoy!
 
All the best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors
 
Sofa and Skyline Chair & Ottoman from Stressless

Metropolitan Sofa and Skyline Chair & Ottoman from Stressless

 

East King St & Co. Living Room

 

East King St & Co. Living Room

 

Lindsey Upholstered Bed from Bernhardt

Lindsey Upholstered Bed from Bernhardt

 

 Fabrics from Thibaut v1  Fabrics from Thibaut v2

Fabrics from Thibaut

 
Grant Sectional from American Leather

 

Grant Sectional from American Leather

 

 Beckmore Host Chair  Royce Chair

Beckmore Host Chair and Royce Chair from Lillian August for Hickory White

 

 Haven Collection v1  Haven Collection v2
 Haven Collection v3

Haven Collection from Bernhardt

 

Fabric from Lee Jofa

Fabric from Lee Jofa
 
Fabric from Stroheim-v2

Fabric from Stroheim
 

 Chaddock Dining Room  East King St & Co Living Room

Chaddock Dining Room

East King St & Co Living Room

 

Parkway Modular Sectional from Brown Jordan

Parkway Modular Sectional from Brown Jordan

 

 Ally Court Chair  Dresser from Sheffield Classics

Ally Court Chair from Lillian August for Hickory White

Dresser from Sheffield Classics                

 Fabrics from Robert Allen v1  Fabrics from Robert Allen v2

Fabrics from Robert Allen

 Fabrics from Thibaut v6

Fabrics from Thibaut

30
Jun
2015

For the Love of Floral

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We’re solidly into spring with summer just around the corner, so here’s an update on some up and coming trends we spotted for you. Florals have blossomed into a new, hot favorite, creating bright summery atmospheres in any home. Whether it’s a classic design or bold colored blooms, you’re sure to find a pattern that brightens your day!

 

Take a look at some of these gorgeous florals!

 

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May
2015

7 Pro Tips for Picking Paint

If you’re a fan of home decorating shows or magazines, you already know that paint color is a key component to any room makeover. Changing the wall color is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to refresh a space. You can make a room feel larger, brighter, cozier, trendier, bolder or more dramatic—all by updating the wall color.

 

Painting is also the perfect project to complete while you’re waiting on your custom furnishings or window treatments to arrive. Yet for most people, picking the perfect paint color can be daunting.

 

Here are seven professional tips for selecting a shade that will transform your space and make you smile every time you walk into the room. If you need more assistance, our experienced design staff can help you choose a paint color or develop an entire color scheme for your home.

 

All the best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors

 

1. Gather ideas. Look at your favorite sources of inspiration—websites, magazines, Pinterest, friends’ homes—and look specifically at the wall colors. Start an idea file of your favorites

 

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07
Mar
2014

Wallpaper That Wows

If you’re looking to add that “wow” factor to a room, wallpaper may be just the thing. Sure, wallpaper was overused in the 1980s and it fell out of favor with both designers and homeowners for a time. But now it’s back in a big way, bringing a certain something to spaces that you can’t achieve with paint alone.

 

Here are a few inspiring ideas and illustrations of how to use wallpaper to add style to your home. For more ideas, contact one of our talented staff members and we’ll help you select the perfect Thibaut (our designers’ favorite line and available in-store) paper for your space.

 

All the best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors

 

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Alston Trellis Wallpaper

Personality
Wallpaper makes it easy to infuse a space with personality and it can help you achieve your vision for a room. A fresh dining room, a masculine office, a modern kitchen, a fun laundry room, a classic living room—there’s no easier way to set a mood than with wallpaper.

 

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Rodanthe Wallpaper

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Julian Wallpaper

Dimensional Color
While paint is a natural go-to for adding color to a room, wallpaper is wonderful for adding dimensional color. From textured metallic inks to tone-on-tone patterns, papering a wall lets you add layers of color.

 

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Zara Wallpaper

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Maison Damask Wallpaper

Texture
Grass cloth is a timeless wallpaper choice and the favorite of many designers, while cork and bamboo are also gaining momentum. All three come in a variety of colorways and are ideal for giving a room softness and texture. Today’s wallpapers are also available with raised patterns, velvety textures, and glass beads.

 

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East Gate Wallpaper

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Carolina Raffia Wallpaper

Focal Point
Whether you paper one wall or the whole room, wallpaper always attracts the eye. It can be used to create a grounding effect in big spaces or make small spaces feel larger. Using wallpaper only above the chair rail or wainscot molding is another great look.

 

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Arturo Damask Wallpaper

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Parrots Wallpaper

Uniqueness
Wallpaper works exceptionally well for adding unexpected patterns in unexpected places. An oversize pattern makes a great accent wall, while a metallic print can perk up a powder room. And don’t forget unique placements such as ceilings, closets and the inside back panel of bookcases.

 

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Turtle Bay Wallpaper

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Launderette Wallpaper

21
Aug
2013

Designers’ Secret Tips

 

Ever wished your best friend or relative was an interior designer so you could get all the good tips? Well, wish no more. Think of the “Our Best” blog as your new best friend who has all the best decorating ideas and tricks. Today, with the help of Rockville showroom’s Patrick Prudhomme, we’ve gathered five must-have tips that will help you make your space a success.

 

  1. Plentiful Pathways. A standard pathway should be at least 36 inches wide—and no cheating or your traffic flow will be compromised. If it’s an area of your home that connects major rooms of your home—go even wider.
  2. Table Talk. The perfect distance between your coffee table and sofa is 13 – 18 inches. Allow less than 13 inches of space and you won’t be able to walk comfortably between them. However, a distance of more than 18 inches will make it impossible for a guest to comfortably place a glass on the coffee table without rising from the sofa.
  3. Wiggle Room. Give as much attention to furniture placement in your dining room as you do for the centerpiece and linens. Be sure to allow 36 inches between the table and whatever is behind it (console, window or wall). This creates adequate space for people to pass behind a seated guest without disturbing them, and ensures your guests will be able to comfortably push back from the table.
  4. Dining Room Rug Rule #1. A dining room rug should always be large enough that a guest leaving the table does not feel the legs of the chair drop off the rug.
  5. Make the Most of a Mirror. Hang a mirror so that it reflects and maximizes light, otherwise it will appear gray and lifeless. If natural light is available from a window, the mirror will reflect that light and be perceived as another window. If natural light isn’t available, hang a mirror across from a chandelier or decorative light fixture to bounce the light around the room.

 

All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors

 

See below for some of Patrick’s wonderful design work!

 

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