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In Their Own Words: Our Designers Talk about How They Use Stickley in Their Client’s Homes

At Sheffield Furniture, Stickley is always number one!  It’s no surprise that our team of talented interior designers furnish many of their client’s homes in timeless Stickley fashion.  Whether it is just one piece to help tie everything together or an entire home filled with Stickley Furniture, our exceptional designers know just how to make the Stickley brand shine in anyone’s home.


Below, our designers talk about why Stickley is Sheffield’s most popular brand and we showcase some of our favorite Stickley installations.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors




“This client plans to purchase a small 1930s DC area home in the future and wanted to decorate his apartment with that goal in mind. Stickley Mission pieces on a smaller scale fit the bill. They were handsome and grounding for the clients always growing art & artifacts collection. The end product turned out as interesting and warmly inviting as the client himself.”


Patrick Prudhomme, Designer at our Rockville Showroom


“This lovely couple decided, when renovating their Colonial Revival home, to incorporate significant contemporary architectural elements. While they loved the juxtaposition of the traditional & contemporary, they needed to find furniture that could hold its own. We found that Stickley’s Modern collection combined with Stickley’s classic Mission Collection (the Morris chair shown) created an artful bridge between the differing styles. The result is young and fresh and perfectly comfortable in the original traditional envelope of their home.”


Patrick Prudhomme, Designer at our Rockville Showroom


“I love working with Stickley! They make such a high quality, solid wood product at an amazing price. This dining room group, from their Classic Mahogany collection, is one of my favorites. The slimmer classic line makes it ideal for small to mid-size dining rooms found in many homes today. If a client is looking for elegance, quality and value, all made in the USA, this is the brand for them!”


Jane Faber, Designer at our Rockville Showroom



Houzz Visits Our Rockville Showroom

We were thrilled to welcome Annie Nozawa and Doug Durando into our Rockville Showroom for our first Open Houzz event! Annie kicked off the night with an introduction to the Houzz platform, followed by a panel discussion featuring local design experts Ernesto Santalla of Studio Santalla, Nicole Lanteri of On My Agenda, and Daniel Steinkoler of Superior Home Services. Following the panel discussion, we broke for networking and refreshments.


The night wound down with a presentation by Annie geared towards how professionals benefit from using the Houzz platform. Throughout the night, attendees completed drawing cards to win a gorgeous Theodore Alexander box. At the end of the night, a name was drawn and the lucky winner was announced: Arlene from Gaithersburg, Maryland.


We thank Annie, Doug, Ernesto, Nicole, Daniel, Tim Baldwin from Theodore Alexander, the staff at Rockville Sheffield Furniture and all of our lovely attendees for making the night a great success!


All the best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



Annie Nozawa starts of the night with an intro to Houzz


Annie Nozawa and the panel of experts.


Panelists: Ernesto Santalla, Nicole Lanteri, and Daniel Steinkoler


Panelists answer audience questions.


Rockville Showroom Manager Debbie Harp,
Rockville Designer Tracy El Sawi, Rockville Administrative Assistant Ashley Stewart


Syntha Harris-Wendel, Rockville Saleperson Mike Kramer, Jamie Punzi


Kelly Ryan, Mary Jo Moon, Rockville Window Treatment Specialist Nancy Tucker


Ernesto Santalla, center, with a group of attendees

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Rockville designers Gretchen Morris and Keith Woodside

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Rockville salesperson Charles Sanders, Kim Winston, Jule McFarlan, Rockville Designer Randy Shannon


Allie Mann, Rockville Designer Rita Beck, Erin Hoopes

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Sheffield Furniture owners Liz and Jim Shrawder


Nicole Lanteri talks with attendees Keith and Chico


Houzz’ Doug and Annie with Sheffield owner Liz Shrawder

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Rockville designer Randy Shannon and Rockville Showroom manager Debbie Harp


Amazing turn out!

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Annie explains the benefits of Houzz to our professionals


Winner of the Theodore Alexander box, Arlene from Gaitherburg, MD


Arlene with Tim Baldwin from Theodore Alexander


Jim Curran from Hickory Chair, Dulles Manager Mark Sanford, Tim Baldwin from Theodore Alexander, Jerry Gale from Hickory Chair


Dulles Designer Elena Feder, Rockville Designer Randy Shannon, Dulles Designer Terri Fawley


Rockville and Dulles Sheffield Furniture Staff


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



Alston Trellis Wallpaper

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.



Rodanthe Wallpaper


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.



Zara Wallpaper


Maison Damask Wallpaper

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.



East Gate Wallpaper


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.



Arturo Damask Wallpaper


Parrots Wallpaper

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.



Turtle Bay Wallpaper


Launderette Wallpaper


Pantone Fashion Color Report: Fall 2013

Summer has just begun, but designers plan well in advance of the changing seasons which is why Pantone has released their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013.  Officially debuted on the first day of fashion week back in February, the report features the top ten colors for next season’s men’s and women’s fashions as well as designer sketches and industry insights.


Historically, there has been lag time of several years between when fashions debut on the runway to when their influence is seen in interior design.  Recently however, we’ve seen this lag time decrease and in some cases disappear.  Editor in Chief of Fashion + Decor, Gretchen Aubuchon, largely attributes this to the active social media network that operates around the design community.  Designers, both fashion and interior, get an inside look through blogs and social media networks at the up-and-coming trends and this helps educate next season’s designs.  This is the reason why your emerald green jacket matches so well with your new emerald green ottoman!


Take a look below at Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013, paired with matching room scenes from our top selling brands.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors





Outdoor Interiors

It sounds like an oxymoron, but today’s outdoor spaces are taking on decidedly interior personalities. While designers have long tried to ‘bring the outdoors in,’ the new trend is to bring the indoors—and comfortable furnishings—out(side). Homeowners across the country looking to maximize their home’s square footage and capitalize on the beauty of the outdoors are creating indoor spaces outside. And when we think fabulous outdoor living, we think Brown Jordan.


Brown Jordan has been designing award-winning outdoor furnishings since 1945. It was actually the first company to create furniture for full-time outdoor use. The company’s stylish designs span a range of styles and materials and represent the pinnacle in innovation and design integrity. From traditional to transitional and contemporary, Brown Jordan offers the perfect styles to create amazing outdoor living spaces.


Here are a few tips to help you create your own ideal outdoor living space:

  1. Think Comfort
    Comfort is just as important for outdoor areas as it is for indoor spaces. Choose furnishings that encourage relaxation and facilitate entertaining and conversation. The best outdoor space is one that makes you and your guests want to stay awhile.
  2. Embrace Color
    Even if you’re partial to neutral shades indoors, outdoor spaces are a great place to embrace color. While beiges and browns are the most popular colors for outdoor chairs and sofas, you can add pillows and umbrellas in bright outdoor fabrics to make a style statement.
  3. Plan Well
    Spend the same amount of time planning your outdoor space as you would an interior room. Not only do you have all the requirements of an indoor space (furnishings, décor scheme, space planning)—you also have the added requirements of weather tolerances and durability. If you need help planning your outdoor space, contact one of our staff designers for a free consultation.


All the best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



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!



Dining in Style

The dining room. Honestly speaking, it’s not the most frequently used room in the house. Yet, when you do use it—it couldn’t be more important. It’s where you break bread with family and a destination loved ones travel cross-country for during the holidays. It’s the site of countless Bunco parties and where you entertain business associates like they’re friends. It’s the best place to sit for coffee and dessert and has served as the location for many important discussions.


So is your dining room living up to its potential? If not, now is the time to rethink, refresh and redesign it to fit your lifestyle.


With nearly the smallest square footage of any room of the house, designing the perfect dining room can be a challenge. Since there’s limited room for extras, the overall look of the space is based largely on its furnishings. Once the star of the room is chosen, a rug, wall coverings, window treatments and artwork can be selected to enhance the look. And don’t forget the tablescape—place settings, linens, and centerpieces are what take a dining room from ordinary to extraordinary.


Wondering how to get started? Call one of our talented designers for a free consultation. They’ll walk you through some easy steps to help you identify your style. Then it’s on to selecting the shape of the table and number of chairs that best suit your personal taste, your room size and entertaining needs. The best part is that they make the decorating process what it should be—fun!



All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



The Power of Pattern

Pattern is one of the most powerful ways to change a room. Second only to color, patterns can make or break a space. Use too little pattern and the room feels tired and boring. Yet, mix too many patterns or get the scale wrong, and you’ll give people a headache. Successfully combining patterns in textiles, furnishings, artwork and accessories can take years of practice, but when it’s done right, it’s amazing.


One of the biggest trends this fall is the layering of patterns. This means you’ll see more than just a patterned pillow on a solid sofa. Instead, you’ll see patterns used together from floor to ceiling—textiles, pillows, rugs, and wallpaper are all selected to work together.


Popular pattern motifs in today’s interior design include the Greek key, medallions, trellis patterns and oversized florals. The 1960s mid-century look continues to be popular—contributing Mad Men-inspired graphic prints in subdued color palettes.


The old rule of decorating used to be to choose one large pattern, one small one and to mix in a medium-sized one. That rule’s gone out the window—along with most decorating rules. The new ‘rule’ is to mix and match patterns until it feels right. Patterns that work well together are united by color, scale, texture, or motif.


For pattern inspiration, check out our blog on Dorothy Draper. She led the industry with her ingenious pairings of oversized florals and bold stripes that combined to create one-of-a-kind looks.


And if patterns aren’t your forte, don’t despair. Just call one of our talented on-staff designers—they make it fun and easy to get the look you want in your home.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



That Touch of Paris

Sometimes a girl needs a little glamour. And sometimes a room does.


Nothing perks up a space more than adding a layer of sparkling sophistication. For inspiration, think of Paris at night and the Eiffel Tower aglow with twinkling lights. Or picture the glamour of old Hollywood when men still held doors open and everyone dressed for dinner. Adding a little Parisian influence to a room dresses it up and gives it importance. Here are few keys to creating this look:


Start with the sparkle: Furnishings and materials that sparkle add instant glamour. Look for mirrored pieces, reflective surfaces and glitzy textures.


Select luxe materials: When it comes to creating a luxurious environment, rich fabrics are a must-have. Silks, velvets, leather and fabrics with shine and dimension work best for this look. Tufting and pleats can be used to help accentuate a fabric’s character.  And don’t forget faux fur and shearling.


Choose sophisticated colors: An elegant, Paris-inspired color palette is ideally muted or monochromatic. Classic colors and palettes provide a backdrop for statement pieces that create the feeling of luxury.


Don’t skimp on lighting: Good lighting sets the mood in a space, and it’s a critical element for creating this look. Lighting adds drama and directs the eye around the room. Plus, nothing says glamour more than a crystal chandelier or light fixture dripping with bling.


Speak with accessories: Choose your accessories wisely and display only those that help you tell the story you want to tell.


Whether you’re re-imagining your bedroom, living room, dining room or den—you don’t have to go around the world to find glamour. You can use furnishings, accessories and color to bring the ‘City of Light’ to your home.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



Trend Alert: Livable Luxury

Sure, casual style reigns in many households—but luxury is still alive and well. Thankfully, today’s designers are redefining luxury. Opulence is no longer so over-the-top. Today’s luxury is livable. It’s not fussy and untouchable; it’s real and yet still inspiring.


Nothing looks more luxe than the lovely sheen of a metallic finish or the reflection of a mirrored or gleaming surface. When it comes to adding drama to a piece, sparkle speaks volumes. We love the new muted metallic finishes that are taking hold. From polished gold and pewter finishes on dining tables to elegant detailing on cocktail tables and decorative occasional pieces—the high-end look is all about the details.


Reflectivity abounds in mirrored chests and consoles while shiny lacquered finishes add personality to otherwise conservative profiles. A subtle glimmer in the leather of a sofa takes it from boring to beautiful instantly.


If you’re not ready to embrace luxury in a big way, look to the accessories. We’re seeing accent pillows with shiny detailing and window treatments with metallic hardware. Look closely and you’ll see metallic strands of gold and silver popping up in the most unexpected places. Bring a little luxe into your space and see how happy you feel.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



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