It's time to layer up!

It’s that beautiful time of year when the leaves change color, there is crisp air in the morning that momentarily takes your breath away, and snuggling with a hot tea is a recipe for happiness. Autumn is here! Along with it comes the joy of layering up with chunky sweaters, cozy blankets, and a fuzzy shag rug under your feet. There are benefits, both in design and functionality, of layering things in your home. We believe in designing a space for our clients that is both comfortable and livable. Check out a few options of how to accomplish this below!

Design by Stamm and Black   RUGS...   There is a way to successfully layer up rugs without it feeling too cluttered. Try laying a flat weave or jute area rug down first, followed by a smaller cowhide or white fuzzy rug at an angle over it. This will add instant appeal and dimension to the room, and accentuate whatever coffee table of dining table you have sitting on it.

Design by Stamm and Black

RUGS...

There is a way to successfully layer up rugs without it feeling too cluttered. Try laying a flat weave or jute area rug down first, followed by a smaller cowhide or white fuzzy rug at an angle over it. This will add instant appeal and dimension to the room, and accentuate whatever coffee table of dining table you have sitting on it.

Design by Natalie Myers   FRAMES...   Symmetrical framed photo walls were very in style for the past year, but we love an organic look as well.  Try layering different sized frames on your mantle that include but black and white candid photos, paintings, etc. don’t feel like you have to limit your pieces to one genre or look! Adding in personal photos or kids artwork can really personalize a space and make it feel more “homey”.

Design by Natalie Myers

FRAMES...

Symmetrical framed photo walls were very in style for the past year, but we love an organic look as well. Try layering different sized frames on your mantle that include but black and white candid photos, paintings, etc. don’t feel like you have to limit your pieces to one genre or look! Adding in personal photos or kids artwork can really personalize a space and make it feel more “homey”.

Design by Stamm and Black   WINDOW TREATMENTS...   We are all about layering window treatments! And with this layering comes playing with texture, pattern, and color. Feel free to let your hair down and pair a bold patterned panel to compliment a natural woven Roman shade. This instantly gives a room dimension, and draws your eye upwards. Remember to hang your panels close to ceiling height and have them dust the floor when measuring the length!

Design by Stamm and Black

WINDOW TREATMENTS...

We are all about layering window treatments! And with this layering comes playing with texture, pattern, and color. Feel free to let your hair down and pair a bold patterned panel to compliment a natural woven Roman shade. This instantly gives a room dimension, and draws your eye upwards. Remember to hang your panels close to ceiling height and have them dust the floor when measuring the length!

Custom upholstery deadline for the holidays!

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Greetings!

For those of you hoping to get your homes ready in time for the holidays, please note that our Thanksgiving deadline has passed for all custom upholstery, however in order receive furniture before Christmas and New Years, ALL ORDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 18TH.

We can help you accommodate your holiday home design needs, however are unable to guarantee shipping dates during the holidays, so if we make the October 18th deadline, we will work very hard to help your home be perfect for the holidays!

Sincerely,

The Stamm & Black team

The Do’s and Dont’s for accessorizing built in shelves

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Often times, decorating and accessorizing built in shelves can be a daunting task. Some people over clutter their shelves leaving them to look unkempt and too busy. On the other hand some people are so stuck with what to do, that they simply don’t accessorize at all!

Well we’re here to help you tackle this difficult task! Take a look at our DO’S and DONT’S and try to have fun with the whole process. Pour yourself a glass of rose and let’s get started!

DO remove all accessories currently on your shelf or shelves. It helps to start with a clean slate and make a pile on the floor of everything you’ve taken off. From there decide what in that pile and can go and what you’d like to use.

Don’t break the bank. It doesn’t have to cost a ton to accessorize. Finding the right pieces could entail using a bowl you found for $5 at a yard sale, or a black and white framed photo of your kids. Expensive doesn’t always mean tasteful.

DO mix old with new. It is always a good idea to mix family heirlooms and items close to your heart with newer items. The combination of both add both appeal and sophistication. Often times we simply re-purpose accessories from other rooms of our home and it gives new life to both the accessory and the space itself!

DON’T over accessorize. It is all too often that we see built in shelves stuffed with books and accessories, and it’s not only cluttered, but also makes the space seem smaller. You don’t have to cover every bit of open space with something. It’s much more flattering and spacious to have focal points on each self. Sometimes less is more!

DO add greenery! I can’t stress this enough. In all of our designs, we add at least one piece of greenery to almost every space. Whether it’s a succulent on a small shelf, or a large standing floor plant, greenery adds a natural pop of color and makes the space more “homey”. This also applies to accessorizing built in shelves...adding a vase with flowers or a glass bowl of moss, will completely transform the area and liven things up...literally!

DON’T make your shelves symmetrical! Have fun with each shelf...layering items, adding texture, color, and different materials will draw your house guests over to check out everything you have on display. As an example...try stacking a box on top of two books with a tall vase next to it. Remember, everything doesn’t have to be “matchy-matchy”. You’d be surprised what things work together when you take the time to play around with it all.

Lastly...DO have fun with it! This should be a fun, organic process that will take time. So don’t stress yourself out and rush things. The best designs are usually the ones that are well thought out and executed over time. After all, interior design isn’t a “quick fix”. It takes time to bring things together for the design to look and feel it’s best. Our team are suckers for wallpaper and accent lighting for wallpaper, and it’s a great way to feature everything on your shelves. Try a navy blue grass cloth wallpaper or gold leaf sconces to add something a little extra. Good luck and have fun!

Happy Mother's Day!

April showers bring May flowers right? Hmmm. It is finally May and Mother’s Day is approaching - so regardless of what Mother Nature has planned…..we will have FLOWERS for you! Whether you are a mother, have great maternal instincts or have a mother you want to shower with gifts….we have plenty of unique options at HOME by Stamm & Black. This year we will have fresh flower bouquets that you can order ahead of time (preferable!) or pick up in the store. If you order ahead of time, you will have a bouquet guaranteed for you. If you wait….we will have a limited selection in the store for you. Other gift ideas for mom? Our jewelry is always a hit, as well as our Farm & Sea candles, locally handcrafted soaps, unique home decor items, or a gift certificate! Shop local this Mother’s Day in West Acton Villageworks!

Pre-order Mother’s Day flowers TODAY!!
Bouquets are $25 each and you can pick up in the store May 10 & 11.
ORDER ONLINE or pay in store at pick up.
Email: stamm.black@gmail.com or call (978-263-7069) to arrange pick up.

Bell bottom and Platform shoes - the 70s are back!

What is trending this Spring and Summer!?

Get your bellbottoms and platform shoes on, because the 70’s are back in a big way! We can’t resist the calm and welcoming demeanor of woven textures, warm earth tone velvets, and natural wood tones. Here are some looks that we think you will love, including lights, rugs, and seating options. All of these pieces can be found at HOME by Stamm & Black. Just ask one of our four designers!

We are incorporating rattan in some of our designs, as it is primarily a light and “airy” use of wood and is great for small spaces. Whether it’s a fixture, window treatment, occasional stool, or the focal point of a room, we can’t get enough of this warm natural look!  Baskets and pot holders are another way to accessorize any space for those on a budget, while still attaining a similar look. So, let that inner boho out and get weaving!

Holiday Shopping Guide 2017

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Although we still have the doors propped open at the store some days, and we are enjoying every last bit of warmth and sunshine, there and more and more people coming into the store with winter hats and coats on and it is time to face facts.  Ready or not...the holiday season is officially upon us!  

The good news??  We are ready for you shoppers!  HOME by Stamm & Black is now full of gifts that will make your friends and family smile when they receive them! If you are traveling for the holidays, don't show up empty handed  - we have hostess gifts galore!  Hosting this year or need extra seating, lighting or accessories for your home?  We have those too!  Stocking stuffers and Christmas ornaments?  We have baskets of goodies all over the store waiting for you.

In an effort to help you get your holiday lists organized, we would like to offer you our Holiday Gift Guide.  This is a perfect way to figure out what to buy for others, or what you would like yourself!  Feel free to share the list with people who are buying for you, and would like some guidance!  Gift giving is not supposed to be stressful!  We hope you enjoy our gift selection, and if you have any questions, please feel free to call the store 978-263-7069 or send us an email: stamm.black@gmail.com.

HOME by Stamm & Black - HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017

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1. FOR THE ROMANTIC: 
Light a candle by Aria Botanicals this holiday season and fill your home or a loved ones with scrumptious natural scents. 100% Soy. Cleaner burning, and lasts 35% longer than regular wax candles.  Want to cuddle?  We have cotton blend throws that are so soft you will never want to leave home!

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2. FOR THE WOMAN WHO LOVES JEWELRY:
(and who doesn't love jewelry?!)
Shepherd's Run Jewelry is handcrafted sterling silver and/or 14K gold fill. Add her elegant creations to your holiday outfits or give to someone special. (Need help picking out the perfect piece for her?  We can help! ;-)

3. FOR THE FOODIE:  
Locally made gourmet foods - honeys, jams and baking extracts.  Add locally sourced ingredients to your cooking and baking this year or give as a gift for a loved one.

4. FOR THE SPA LOVER:
Cathryn Violet Artisan Soap - locally handcrafted in small batches, with essential oils blended to perfection.  This soap is a must!   NEW to the store - JESSI + CO!! Locally made, minimally processed, natural products made in small batches that lift your spirits and nourish your skin.  Body butter, lip scrub, or repair salve anyone?  Lastly, our private labeled "Stamm & Black" body products will keep your skin hydrated all winter long - bubble bath, perfume, body or hand lotions.

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5. FOR THE ART COLLECTOR:
Art is a very subjective thing, but if you really know the person you're giving to this year, art is something that will last a lifetime.  Paintings and ceramics - there is something for everyone!

Pass along the gift of creativity to the little folks in your lives - locally made BLOX IN A BOX are handcrafted blocks that can be passed on from one generation to the next!

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6. FOR THE HOMEBODY:
Side tables, lighting, extra seating, locally sourced cutting boards, votive holders, rugs, trays, succulents, furniture or even a custom herb wall garden are all available to you this year. There is nothing better than a beautiful home and family to share it with this holiday season!

7. FOR THE LOCAL PEEPS: 
We always have gift certificates and locally made holiday cards for the local who may want to come in themselves and pick out something fun!

Our hours this holiday season are Wednesday – Friday 10-5pm, Saturday 11-5. We will have some extra store hours as we get into December so stay tuned AND THANK YOU!

10% ALL GREEN ITEMS (except fine art)

Although none of us are Irish....we always love a reason to celebrate!  Wishing all of you a Happy St Patty's Day!  Today and tomorrow, we would like to offer you 10% OFF ALL GREEN ITEMS AT HOME!!! (except fine art sorry!) We look forward to seeing you! 🍀☘️🍀☘️

NEW Miles Talbott 2017 Promotion

From accent chairs to large sectional sofas, we have an exciting NEW PROMOTION to offer you on our Miles Talbott furniture line!  This all encompassing "Pick Your Own" program features a wide range of style units (sofas, demi sofas, loveseats, chairs,ottomanssectionals, swivel rockers, & sleepers) and allows you to custom design a piece to meet your personal style preferences.  In 5 EASY STEPS, design a piece that perfectly meets your style, needs, and budget!  Come visit HOME by Stamm & Black to see, touch and feel the gorgeous selection of fabrics available to you, and we will help you walk through the rest of the options to find you comfortable, functional and stylish furniture for your home!  Any questions?  Feel free to email me at stamm.black@gmail.com.  Thank you!  ~ Amy

10% OFF ALL DASH & ALBERT RUGS!

AT HOME BY STAMM & BLACK...

We offer rugs from a variety of companies, and one of our top sellers is Dash & Albert.  Dash & Albert creates fresh and fabulous area rugs for every floor, in cotton, wool, indoor/outdoor polypropylene, jute, sisal & more in hundreds of patterns and colors.  Check out the Dash & Albert website - it is extremely user-friendly!  Sort by color, material, or size and find the perfect rug for your home.  At HOME by Stamm & Black, we are happy to pass along our designer discount and order the rugs for you!  OUR PRICES ARE ALWAYS 10% LESS THAN THE DASH & ALBERT WEBSITE.  Find the rug you'd like (or we would be happy to help you find the right one), let us know the size you'd like, and we will find out availability, order your rug, track and notify you when it arrives at our store!  Ship to our store and pick up, OR we can have them ship directly to your residence.  Your choice. 

Sound easy?  It is!  Enjoy the Dash & Albert website HERE, and then EMAIL US (stamm.black@gmail.com) if you find something you'd like to order for your home! Need help with selection?  No problem.  Email us first and we can chat about your wants and needs and start there.  Thank you!  ~ Amy