Let There Be Light

by J.Allan's |August 23, 2016 |12 Comments | Blogs, Blogs special | , , ,

LIGHT helps in the growth of our plants and the food we eat. LIGHT brings warmth to our skin on a cool day. LIGHT lets us see the beauties of the earth and the joys that surround us.


Our homes represent all the intricacies of our lives, our spirit, our cravings, our love and even some (or lots) of our craziness.  In order to relish and savor all of things that hold our home together, we must have LIGHT.

Lighting is the ambience of the room and sets the perfect mood.  It helps display furnishings and decor with purpose. Light maintains a cozy atmosphere, if done correctly.

As we have stated before, the more natural light the better. But how does one achieve the goal of setting that perfect mood with fixtures such as lamps and chandeliers?

Let’s start with lamps. Lamps come in all sizes, shapes, colors, materials, etc. The possibilities are endless when it comes to shopping for lamps. However, when choosing that perfect lamp, one must be able to be in the scale of the furniture that the lamp will complement. When looking to illuminate the living room sofa, pick two that match and are the same height.

One big mistake is choosing too small of lamp. Remember, the purpose is LIGHT, so the smaller the lamp, the less glow. We recommend a 3-way bulb that produces three levels of light, usually 50 W, 100 W and 150 W. This allows for more flexibility when trying to set the right tone or mood. Lastly, take into account of the lamp shade. The shade can make the lamp look outdated if the size of shade does not correlate with the body. Many old lamps can be revitalized with just a new shade!

Chandeliers. We really, really love pretty chandeliers, which is why we have a generous assortment! When helping our customers pick out the right fixture, we look closely at the square footage of the room while also determining the objective. An ordinary misstep in hanging light fixtures is not suspending them low enough. An increase in chandelier height is a decrease in the lambency of a room. For a dining room, the average height that a fixture would need to be hung 30-32 inches above the CENTER of a table. The chandelier must, must be centered; otherwise, the look and feel will be also be off-centered.

An essential element needed to produce satisfactory lighting is a dimmer. A dimmer is used to lower the intensity of the light output. Chandeliers as well as exterior wall lanterns demand dimmers in order to attain the right ambience. It is truly amazing what such a small device can do for the surroundings.

The desire of good lighting is to balance style and functionality in the home. Like we’ve mentioned above, your home encompasses all the details of your lifestyle. Light is refreshing. Light makes us happy.

We also want to make you happy! At J.Allan’s, we have a broad collection of fixtures and lamps to liven up your home. While we do have many vendors that supply a multitude of fixtures and lamps, we provided just a few sites such as A&B, Uttermost, Gabby , Creative Co-Op, and Pacific Coast.  If you see anything you like, call or come see us to special order, or browse through our own featured products here.




Photo courtesy of: Regina Andrew 


It’s Only Paint

by J.Allan's |June 13, 2016 |11 Comments | Blogs, Blogs special | ,

There are not many things we adore more than running our fingers across a reclaimed wood table and feeling the distinct grooves. Or sliding into a soft pillow top sofa with custom fabric. Or placing a charming lamp to make a side piece look even more prominent. You could say we are a tad obsessed.

But paint.

Yes, paint. The liquid matter that absolutely brings life and vitality to a home. We’ll be honest, we would not have a specialty without paint. Meaning, our furniture and accessories selection would be worthless to our customers without fine paint colors. Paint compliments home furnishings and decor which is surprisingly not the other the way around. Hence, our pledge to paint colors.

So, how does it work? Picking out the precise color, that is.

Firstly, one must know that not every color fits in every house. Just like not every living room is adequate for a sectional, and that’s OK! It just means that each house, each room has its own personality and identity. Many things can influence that personality such as, ceiling height, floors, walls, and light. Of course, the more natural light a room has, the better. Light can make even the tiniest areas feel bigger, particularly with a lighter hue. We often find that if a color is too dark, a small space may feel even smaller, especially with the lack of natural light.

The second step and probably the most crucial step is SAMPLING. Must, must, must sample. However, a common mistake is choosing too many sample colors which will only leave you overwhelmed.

Seriously, who wants that?

So, the key is to narrow down your selection to three colors. After you’ve pulled three, let your walls do the work. We believe a true sample should be applied as 3 coats and measured as 4 inches by 4 inches (4×4). You should then look at your wall samples four times a day for a couple of days, morning, noon, afternoon and night. This ensures that you won’t make a rash or quick decision. These samples will also help you notice the undertones of the paint color. Undertones are the “concealed” qualities in the color that you don’t tend to see until it is applied. Always be mindful and read what undertones are included in your color.

The last step is easiest, brush away! And, oh, that brand-new coat is instantly refreshing. Paint can help create the perfect mood. We, at J.Allan’s, prefer a more relaxed and revitalizing mood, which is just another reason for you to visit with us! All in all, a wall is a canvas for your furnishings and decor, and we can assist with the latter.

And remember, it’s only paint.

Shiplap Sweethearts

by J.Allan's |June 13, 2016 |60 Comments | Blogs, Blogs special | , , ,

What many thought would be just another show about buying and revamping some old house quickly turned into designing phenomenon and America’s heartthrob. Chip and Joanna Gaines brought their best ideas and techniques with sickingly adorable marriage humor to HGTV in May 2013 and instantly captured the hearts of many.

Shiplap, tobacco baskets, and subway tile are certainly not recent or unfamiliar to any generation of design. But with Chip’s engineering and Joanna’s touch (literally), the interior design world compassed a rebirth of excitement for its constituents. Now, the Gaines’ ever advantageous “Magnolia Home” has made their footprint in the furniture world. Fans of the Shiplap Sweethearts no longer have to travel to Waco, Texas in order to shop for Magnolia products as they direct sell to selected dealers across the country.

J.Allan’s is proud to be one of those selected dealers!

In mid-April, some of the our team traveled to High Point Market in North Carolina and met the loved couple whilst browsing their product in the Magnolia Home showroom. We were (and still are) delighted to be chosen as a dealer and have Magnolia product on our floor! Additionally, we picked up a brand new line of rugs from Loloi that will also include Joanna’s designs coming in September.

So stay tuned! And make sure you and your friends know that J.Allan’s has the Joanna Gaines collection. If it’s not in our current inventory, we can special order anything to fit your design needs.

Under the Umbrella of Sunbrella

by J.Allan's |June 13, 2016 |2055 Comments | Blogs, Blogs special | , ,

Oh, the woes of stain removal.

Let’s be honest, friends. Stain removal is about as agonizing and irritating as being caught in a downpour without an umbrella. (See what we did there?)

When it comes to shopping for neutral hued upholstery, our consumers initially focus on the comfort and feel that comes with the attractiveness of the furniture. But then the common thoughts and questions come rumbling through…

“I just worry how dirty it will get. I have kids and pets.”
“How easy is it to get stains out?”
“We do spaghetti night while watching Game of Thrones, and my significant other is messy.”

We usually answer your questions with the question, “Have you heard of Sunbrella fabric?”

What started as an alternative to cotton for awnings and marine upholstery, Sunbrella took the acrylic fiber material to the furniture industry. Now, all of the nation’s leading casual furniture manufacturers have adopted Sunbrella fabrics for their premium furniture lines. What makes the fabric so durable is that it is engineered for a serviceable lifespan two to ten times longer than conventional fabrics. In other words, Sunbrella has got the look and feel of cotton but does not fade or deteriorate while also resisting pesky spots and stains. Thus, making it a prime choice fabric.

Luckily for our J.Allan’s shoppers, we have an innumerable amount of Sunbrella fabric choices through our vendors to cover your furniture. For those who already have the prime fabric know that a stain chart is available. So, whatever your kids and pets bring in and no matter how messy your significant other gets during spaghetti night, Sunbrella makes cleaning your furniture simple and painless.

Call us or come see us to find more about Sunbrella and how you can implement it into your home!

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