The Native American culture is a rich and vibrate one full of color and incredible architecture. It has contributed so much to modern American culture, in ways that we fail to recognize. Modern interior design has borrowed a lot from the past and has taken some great inspiration from cultures all over the world. Everyone wants their home to feel unique and welcoming to them. Our living spaces are crafted to our desires by ourselves or sometimes, interior designers. We have often looked towards Native American culture to gain inspiration to make our homes, apartments, and condos comfy and cozy.
From patterns to architecture, many homes take a lot of design inspiration from Native American cultures. Native Americans were the first people to build in the land here in America, so naturally, they played a big part in how we build our homes. Native Americans in New Mexico were known for building adobe houses that have withstood decades, and sometimes even centuries. There are adobe houses still standing that date all the way back to the 16th century. They set the standard as to how to build a home for the dry and hot climate of New Mexico.
These homes were typically made of adobe, which comprised of sand, clay, straw, and water. They were very sturdy and influences of this can be seen in modern homes through stucco and the use of roof beams. You can also see the influence in the shape of modern homes. Many modern houses are square or rectangular in shape with flat roofing. These homes allow for heat to remain outside of the house during the day, and kept inside at night. This style of architecture has become synonymous with the southwest and has stood the test of time against the dryness and heat.
Fabrics and Weaving
Many Native American cultures have introduced weaving techniques and unique fabrics, that were then very useful and practical, but now are mostly used for aesthetic and decorative purposes. Woven textiles have been used to make baskets with eccentric patterns on them and various pieces of fabric that have been used as tapestries and blankets. Weaving and fabrics have become very popular in modern southwestern style interior design. They allow for an earthier feel that’s welcoming and inviting. Typically made of wool, weaved fabrics are very strong and can last for years and years. Weaving can also be done with plants and is typically applied to weaving baskets.
Baskets and blankets can also have a variety of patterns weaved into them. These patterns seem to be integrated into the natural weaving pattern of the fabric. The patterns are very angular, linear, and triangular in shape. These pieces of fabric can be both functional or just purely for aesthetic purposes. Many times, these pieces of fabric are hung up on walls so that they can be displayed as their own pieces of art to be viewed and admired. They are a great addition to any home, apartment, or condo.
Patterns and Natural Materials
You see Native American inspired prints and art everywhere. Patterns can be used on almost anything, so it’s natural that Native American inspired patterns would find their way onto almost anything. You can find it on paintings, blankets, pillows, and even entire pieces of furniture. They are colorful and beautiful to look at.
Leather is a big thing amongst modern interior design. These past few decades, we have been leaning little more towards faux or fake leather, as a more ethical and cost-effective way of achieving the same look like real leather. Leather furniture is long-lasting and looks very chic in any home.
Pottery has also grown very popular over the past decade or two. They are useful for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Many people use them to keep plants alive and just to store whatever they need to store, while also looking appealing in their homes. Native American inspired pottery is found everywhere in the wonderful state of New Mexico and for good reason. It looks great and is probably the most practical thing on this list.
Native American culture has done a lot to improve and inspire the world of interior design. Whether it’s patterns, fabrics, or pottery, any of the elements listed above would look great in your home. National Furniture Liquidators has plenty of Native American inspired pieces to make your home complete. Call us and see how we can help you make your house a home.How Set Designers Use Bedroom Furniture to Show Characters’ Personalities
Have you ever watched something on TV or at the movie theater and thought: wow, I love their bedrooms! Designing bedrooms is often something set designers take a lot of pride in because it’s just another way to show their characters’ personalities on screen, much like we do in real life when we furnish and decorate our own rooms. It’s definitely not a new concept, so we thought we’d take the time and share with you some of our favorite bedrooms from TV shows and movies.
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars features four best friends, all of whom are wholly unique from each other. Aria is an artsy former goth, Hanna is a fashionista, Spencer is smart and preppy, and Emily is a jock, and all of this is reflected in the way their rooms are decorated. Each room is as unique as the girl it belongs to and each time a scene takes place in that room, you know whose exactly it is. That’s dedication.
The director and writer of the film, Greta Gerwig, along with the set director and designers created the infamous teenage bedroom in the film from scratch. From choosing the right paint color—a stark pink—to choosing the bedroom furniture, they made sure everything looked like it belongs to a teen girl and matched the main character’s personality.
How could we ever forget Regina George’s infamous master bedroom in Mean Girls? Not only did she convince her parents to give her the master bedroom but she also convinced them to purchase her amazing bedroom furniture as well. From a huge, beautiful bed to beautiful adorning pieces, her room truly was perfect.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Bringing Lara Jean’s bedroom to life from the book to the screen in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was no small feat. The bedroom furniture had to be perfect, but Netflix did not fail. Her bedroom represented who she was flawlessly.
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We spend a great deal of time in our bedrooms, so we want one that really speaks to us and shows our true personalities. At National Furniture Liquidators in Albuquerque, we can do just that. We carry a wide selection of bedroom furniture that you can choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect pieces for your bedroom and your unique personality. Don’t wait. Stop by our store today or check out our selection online, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you furnish the bedroom of your dreams!Got Cats? Tips for Protecting Your Furniture from Scratches and More
When we think about home, we probably think about a number of things; our family, our furniture, our pets, our safe places. However, when we think about our furniture and our pets, it can be a bit stressful, especially if you own cats. Now, we’re definitely cat and dog people, but we’d be lying if we said our cats were perfect creatures. Just like dogs can ruin our carpets, cats can do quite a bit of damage to our furniture with their claws.
At National Furniture Liquidators, not only are we passionate about pets but we’re also passionate about furniture, and we know it takes work to make the two live together harmoniously, especially when we own kitties that like to use their claws. These tips can help you better protect it, so you all can live under one roof harmoniously.
#1: Cover it Up
Sometimes, doing something as simple as putting a tablecloth on your table or adding some decor can keep your cats off the furniture, keeping them scratch-free. Some items, such as the tablecloth, may also add an extra layer of protection for when they do. Plus, tablecloths and other decor can make your home look cuter and more spruced up. It’s a win-win situation.
#2: Give Your Cat Something Else to Scratch
Adding scratch posts, beds, and towers for your cat can give them an extra place to scratch and a good place for them to hangout, keeping them off the furniture and their claws something else to scratch. Cats are sweet babies and deserved to be spoiled anyways, and buying them these things will accomplish just that while also distracting them from the beautiful furniture you’ve bought from our store. Again, it’s a win-win situation.
#3: Get Creative With It
Sometimes, no matter what we do, our cats and their sharp claws can’t be stopped, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of whatever piece of furniture they’ve damaged or scratched. You can get creative with it–whether it’s covering it up or accenting it with a piece of decor. We know that sounds crazy, but adding a tablecloth, box, vase, or mat can help to cover it up, distract from it, or accent it in a nice way. This way, you can still keep the furniture you love without having to worry about people noticing the damage your cat has caused.
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If you’re in the market for new furniture—to replace the pieces your cat has damaged beyond repair—we’ve got you covered. Stop by or contact us today!5 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Feel Bigger
If you live in an apartment or a house with incredibly tiny bedrooms, finding ways to fit all of your belongings while also staying organized can be tough. Plus, having a small room can make you feel overcrowded, claustrophobic, and caged in. These tips and tricks can help you maximize the space in your bedroom while also making your room appear to be bigger than it actually is.
These tips, brought to you by National Furniture Liquidators in Albuquerque, can help you stay organized, clutter-free, and stylish even with the smallest of bedrooms.
Tip #1: Utilize Mirrors
Mirrors can help to expand a room without you having to do any real work. You can add them to your walls, closet doors, and so on to make your room feel more spacious. While simply an illusion, it can still help manage the cramped and overcrowded feeling you may have.
Tip #2: Adjust Your Lighting
A room with more light feels spacious and welcoming. Whether it’s adding a lamp and overhead lighting or simply cracking open the curtains for once, lighting can help.
Tip #3: Utilize Storage Hacks
From purchasing a bed that has shelf and drawer space to adding shelves to your walls, there are numerous storage hacks you can take advantage to create more space for your belongings in a small bedroom. At our store, much of our furniture comes equipped with sneaky storage space that doesn’t take up extra room, perfect for a small bedroom.
Tip #4: Declutter Regularly
Be sure to declutter your space regularly. Clear off your desk. Put your shoes away. Keep your jewelry organized. Doing so can help make your room feel more organized.
Tip #5: Utilize Your Bed
Buying a bed frame that has drawers and shelving is a great way to add storage to your room without taking up more room. However, if you don’t have this kind of bed frame, storing things under your bed can still help to clear up some space.
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At National Furniture Liquidators, we carry a wide variety of furniture for you to choose from. Our furniture is durable, affordable, and much of it comes with unique storage that will help you maximize space even if you have a tiny bedroom. We also sell accessories such as mirrors and lighting. Be sure to stop by one of our many locations today! We hope to see you there!Protecting Your Outdoor Furniture from Albuquerque’s Fickle Spring Weather
Spring is almost here, which means winter’s dreary grasp on our city will be leaving soon. With spring, though, comes surprisingly unexpected weather patterns. From strong winds to heavy rains, humidity, and large fluctuations in temperature, the weather becomes quite unpredictable. This can take a toll on any outdoor furniture you may own. These tips, brought to you by National Furniture Liquidators in Albuquerque, can help you better protect your outdoor furniture, so it can last for years to come.
Tip #1: Cover It With a Tarp
This one seems pretty simple. Covering your outdoor furniture with a tarp can protect it from rain and dust, preserving its colors, preventing rust, and preventing the furniture from warping if it’s made of wood. You can usually find tarps at affordable prices at your local hardware or grocery store. This small investment can go a long way in protecting your furniture.
Tip #2: Tie It or Chain it Down
Springtime is known for its intense winds, and so is the city of Albuquerque. Strong winds, much like the ones Albuquerque sees a lot of, can knock furniture over, ding it against walls, and even blow it clear across your yard. Tying down your furniture can help protect it from some of Albuquerque’s windiest days.
Tip #3: Store it During Storms
If you have a good place to store your furniture, it’s a good idea to do so if you know a big storm is coming through. Whether it’s rain, hail, wind, or dust, keeping your furniture in storage during some of the worst times of year in terms of weather can protect it from damage and wear and tear. Even just keeping it on a patio, with a roof over it, can help as well.
Tip #4: Keep It Clean
Outdoor furniture tends to be the dirtiest furniture we own, which makes sense since we literally keep it outdoors. Wiping or hosing it down every now and then to keep it clean can also help protect it. Over time, dirt and dust can cause the furniture to wear down, its paint to fade, and its fabric to become hard and crunch. By cleaning it regularly, you can prolong its lifespan.
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If you’re in the market for beautiful, high-quality furniture that can help turn your backyard into the perfect spot for a barbecue, reading, or just spending time with the family, stop by National Furniture Liquidators today! We have a wide selection of outdoor furniture in our inventory and are happy to help you find what you need at affordable prices. Visit our store today!How to Know When It’s Time for a New Mattress
We spend a lot of time in bed–sleeping, binge watching our favorite shows, and yes, even eating, so doesn’t it make sense that we have a mattress that’s in great condition, is comfortable enough to sleep, eat, and watch on, and helps with issues like poor sleep and back pain? If you’ve had your mattress for years and do almost everything on it, it’s probably time for a new one. Here’s how to know if you’re in need of a new mattress.
Over time, our mattresses see the impact of our frequent use. They wear down, become more and more uncomfortable as the days go on, and begin to sag. If your mattress is sagging pretty badly, chances are, it’s time for a new mattress. A sagging mattress can make it hard to sleep at night, give you back problems, and generally grow more and more uncomfortable as time goes on. If your mattress is starting to noticeably sag, it’s time for an upgrade.
You Don’t Sleep Well
If you’re tired of being tired, your mattress may be to blame. A poor mattress almost always equates to poor sleep, which, over time, can have a slew of negative side effects on our health. If you’re wanting to sleep better each night, investing in a new mattress is the way to go.
You Wake Up With Back Pain
A lumpy, hard, or sagging mattress can lead to more back pain, especially if you’re older or already have issues with your back. An outdated, old mattress can have a terrible impact on your back and other parts of your body. Avoid aches and pain, and keep your body in tip-top shape by investing in a new mattress.
Think about all those times you ate in bed, slept with your pet, accidentally spilled something–food, drinks, nail polish, cologne. Eventually, it’s simply impossible to get all these old smells out of our mattresses. If you’re tired of sleeping on a stinky mattress, upgrade to a new one today!
You’ve Had it For 10+ Years
Mattresses only last so long before they need to be replaced. If you’ve had yours for longer than ten years, it’s definitely time for an upgrade.
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If you’re in the market for a new mattress, we have what you’re looking for. We carry high-quality mattresses at affordable prices from some of the best brands in the industry. Check out our selection online or visit our store today!