If you are like me, you don’t gift shop until the 20th of December. Let me help you with those hard to buy for last minute gifts, especially the picky of the picky!
The Merchants of Whitefish Bay are making your holidays a little more merry and bright this year! Beginning November 20th, each time you visit at a participating store, you can enter to win one of four AMAZING gift collections. And you want to win; these gift collections have something for everyone!
Entering is easy; shop the week before the drawing date to be entered to win that week's gift collection. You can enter at each participating vendor (listed below) and receive one entry per vendor per week. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Mondays. The drawings are new each week and entry forms will not carry over, so be sure to shop local this season!
For more information on all of the holiday happenings in Whitefish Bay, please visit www.merchantsofwhitefishbay.com and have a Happy Holiday Season!
Holiday made simple. Nobody does it better than Fringe!
Stop in today to find the best scents of the season and holiday décor.
What's your favorite room?
We all have our favorite! Comment here as to what you liked the most.
Behind the scenes at the photo shoot:
And what's a photo shoot without the entire family? The homeowner's dog Fergie didn't need much convincing to strike the perfect pose!
Here are some exclusive shots that didn't make the cut:
Now that you've seen the finished rooms, here's a look at some of the 'before' photos:
The new architecture of this house was very to easy to work with. The bones were there; the space just needed to be designed and filled. You can see how the living room transformed by just simply rearranging the furniture and putting in a few finishing touches. The dining room, family room and master bedroom were 'open pallets', so you can imagine my creative juices began to flow! After listening to what the clients wanted, a couple different floor plans were created and we chose the best fit for the family.
All photos courtesy of Doug Edmunds and M Magazine; Jessica Forston.
Which type of arm is right for you?
The track style arm is the most popular and represents a general trend of simplicity in home furnishings. The track arm is defined by a flat top which can come all the way to the front of the sofa (forming a square cushion) or stop before the front (forming a 't" cushion). Wide or narrow, the track arm is the most contemporary but is at home in many styles. Rolled arms or English arms can be more traditional and mix well with existing pieces. Tuxedo style arms (arm and back heights are the same) are classic and soften a contemporary look.
Sectional or sofa? Which one is right for me?
Your space and the location of your TV will decide which is best suited for you. Corner sectionals are perfectly suited for families. Perhaps the hybrid design - a chaise-end sectional? These can be great for watching TV and cuddling. Do you entertain a lot? Perhaps two sofas are better than a sectional for entertainers. Either way, these pieces are big so measure, measure, measure!!!
I have kids and pets. Which fabric should I choose?
There are many choices in very durable and cleanable fabrics suited for kids and pets. Blended fabrics with polyester/rayon or acrylic/polyester/rayon are best. Some super performance "kid-proof" fabrics are all polyester or acrylic Sunbrella indoor fabrics. Other fabrics boost cleanability with Crypton coatings from the health care industry. They are soft to the touch and good looking.
Foam or feather blend cushions? Which are the best?
The most popular are cushions are actually both!! Cushions built with sturdy foam centers wrapped with pockets of feathers provide structure and comfort at the same time. Firmer, all foam cushions provide the most support but cannot be reshaped to new when they start to break-in. Your back will tell you which cushions are right for you!
Visit Fringe today for answers to all of your furniture questions!
"Behind every successful business are the people who make it so. In the following section, we present the men and women who make up some of metro Milwaukee's leading brands, describing what makes their company a leading force in the community. We're pleased to introduce you to the Faces of Metro MKE." -M Magazine
So what sets Fringe apart? The ad reads:
Fringe is certainly not your typical furniture store. Owners John Edbauer and Jessica Forston have created a fun, low-pressure atmosphere unlike any other local store. The store has such distinctive furniture, art, lamps, bedding and accessories. “We are so excited to be here in the metro Milwaukee area; it’s a niche that needed to be filled and we have filled it to the rim!” states Forston.
Not only is Fringe the best of its kind, but the honest design service you receive in making sure you don’t make any costly mistakes is key to their business. “Honesty is what we thrive on. We want to make sure we give you the best options and are realistic about it at the same time,” Forston says, “from choosing the correct paint color for your room to space planning to perfection.”
“We have such a unique mix of comfort and style,” added Edbauer, “for family-friendly or for the single life. It definitely sets us apart!”
Click HERE to view the entire June edition of M Magazine!
Source: "Faces of Metro MKE". mmagazinemilwaukee.com. June 2017. Web. 23 May 2017. <mmagazinemilwaukee.com>.
Stain resistant. Liquid repellent. Odor and fade resistant. We’ve all wanted this for our furniture and now it has finally become reality. Fringe is introducing the performance you require for everyday life.
Let’s get real for a minute; when we get something new, whether it be a pair of shoes, a pair of jeans or even a new car, we baby the heck out of them. We do all we can to make sure our new precious items don’t get stained, dinged, covered in bird poop or even a drop of that tall glass of red wine on them. It’s how we feel when we spend all of that money on a new piece of furniture that god forbid someone lays a finger on. Those days are over!
Love your fur babies? So do we! In order for your furniture to stay looking new, here are a few tips we recommend:
Vacuum Regularly and/or use a lint brush. Pet hair contains oil that attracts dirt. Vacuuming the hair off of your furniture twice a week will help maintain its longevity.
Don’t let your furry friends sit atop the back cushions of your sofa and chair. Back cushions not meant to be used this way; the interiors of the cushions can’t handle the weight and will breakdown much faster. (To avoid your pet from doing this while you’re away, either remove or lie down the back cushions.)
When purchasing new furniture, consider your fabric choice. Man-made materials like polyester, acrylic and crypton are durable and easy to spot clean. Crypton is a stain resistant fabric and it does not hold odors. Selecting patterned fabrics can hide pet hair and everyday wear and tear.
Leather; it’s not indestructible but can certainly be pet friendly. Leather is durable, cleans well and pet hair does not stick to it. It's important to note, however, that most leathers can scratch, but this can also create a nice patina.
Stop in soon to see all of the pet friendly options Fringe has to offer!
Jessica Forston, Owner