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Choosing Accent Pillows

In Interior Design on March 9, 2021 at 6:21 am

When you’re ready to give your room a facelift, but not quite a full remodel, adding or changing your accent pillows is one of the simplest ways to create a new esthetic. 

Review these 4 quick tips from The Linen Duck, a boutique furniture store in Columbia, TN, before you invest in new pillows. 

  1. Choose the right insert

The Linen DuckTypically, your insert should be 2” bigger than the cover. This ensures you have a plump pillow. Your pillow fiber will also determine if you have a full or slouchy pillow. Polyester inserts are typically less expensive and will allow for a full pillow. The downside to polyester-filled pillows is that they’re usually stiff and not very comfortable. Using a down/feather-filled insert creates a higher-end look with the bonus of comfort. Plus, using a down-filled insert is the only way to achieve a “pillow chop”.

  1. Layer the look

The Linen DuckGrouping your pillows on your sofa will always look better when you layer the sizes. There isn’t one right way to do this, but a good rule for most sofas would be to start with a 22” or 24” pillow and then adding a 20” or smaller pillow in front. When you have a larger sofa or a sectional, you can add in an 18” pillow or a lumbar. Usually, you can get away with one pillow in chairs. Most chairs look best with a 20”-22” pillow or a lumbar pillow the width of the chair. If you have larger chairs, try a 20” pillow layered with a 15” lumbar.

  1. Play with patterns and textures

The Linen DuckAs with all textiles, mixing patterns, colors, and textures properly is key to creating the best design. Large patterns work best on the larger pillows, while unique details added to smaller pillows and lumbar pillows will make a big statement. Once you have picked your larger pattern, bring in a compatible pillow in a solid or smaller print. Adding a small pillow or a lumbar with a fun texture or detail such as trim, tassels, or even feathers can elevate your room by adding more character and style. Boutique furniture stores have a wide range of options and brands to choose from.

  1. Be creative and don’t skimp

The Linen DuckAccent pillows are just that, accents. Use them to bring in color and bold patterns. Remember, this is how you are redefining your room, so make it count. If you have been living with gray accents, now is your opportunity to add in some jewel tones in rich colors of green, blue, or purple. This will create a whole new look while keeping a calm atmosphere. If you’re wanting a livelier space, add in pillows with red or yellow tones. Accent pillows aren’t forever, so don’t be afraid to pick pillows that are exciting that can be swapped out at any time.

Accent pillows come in all price ranges. It is good to know what to expect before you start shopping. Less expensive poly-filled pillows are great for outdoor spaces, guest bedrooms, and in general, rooms that aren’t dependent on the pillows to pull the design together. If you are redecorating and trying to make a statement with your accent pillows, expect to make an investment. A 22”-24” down/feather-inserted pillow will range anywhere from $75 – $300. Look for pillows with a quality insert and exceptional fabrics at your preferred boutique furniture shop — The Linen Duck — for the best look.
The Linen Duck is a boutique furniture store in Columbia, TN, just south of Nashville. They are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Call (931) 548-2422 or visit their website to learn more.

More Benefits of SD-WAN

In Telecommunications on February 4, 2021 at 6:32 am

Pivotel Networks

Today’s IT challenges have evolved. As organizations use SaaS (Software as a Service)  and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) across several clouds, IT teams are soon discovering that the quality of the user application experience is compromised. This is because WAN’s (Wide Area Networks) are not equipped to handle the exponential traffic growth brought about by cloud adoption.

SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Networking) addresses these challenges.  This virtual WAN architecture allows enterprises to use any combination of transport services – including Fiber, MPLS, LTE, and broadband internet services – to connect users to applications. This helps lower operational costs and improve resource usage for multisite deployments. Network administrators can use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure that critical applications run smoothly without sacrificing security or data privacy. Let’s discuss some of these benefits in detail.

Cost savings

SD-WAN helps streamline operational expenses; it allows IT teams to replace reliable but expensive multi-protocol label switching (MPLs) services with affordable options like broadband and secure VPN connections. Traditionally, organizations retain MPLS for latency-sensitive, real-time transmissions while Fiber, broadband internet or LTE is used for email-traffic and less critical transmissions.

Investments in new technology is a significant capital expenditure. Shifting to a monthly, subscription-based SD-WAN service translates to more savings. These types of savings are just the beginning because SD-WAN also has a lot to offer in terms of improving productivity, accelerating time to market, and efficient configuring and troubleshooting.

Jumpstart your digital transformation

Enterprises that see SD-WAN as a strategy for launching and equipping digital transformation efforts are more likely to realize the full benefits of utilizing it.

Launching new cloud applications is easier with SD-WAN; users can expect high availability and predictability especially for critical enterprise applications. It helps free up enterprise IT to focus on bigger technology goals and driving business objectives.

Businesses can map simpler and more cost-effective branch WANs with SD-WAN, allowing them to use cloud solutions without being heavily reliant on IT teams for troubleshooting or connectivity issues. 

Thinking about SD-WAN only as a replacement for MPLS connections is a short-sighted strategy. Organizations must plan in such a way that the networking strategy is at the forefront to equip digital transformation as a future-proof technology.

Choose your SD-WAN provider with care

As the demand for SD-WAN solutions increases, companies are marketing their offerings as SD-WAN products even if these do not have true SD-WAN capabilities. Before implementing a solution organizations must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and vet potential providers with care. Choose an SD-WAN solution that has integrated security features. Go for a solution based on the level of maintenance and management that you’re capable of handling in-house versus a third-party provider.

The good news is, you don’t have to hold different meetings with different service providers. Business phone systems provider Pivotel Networks will do the legwork for you and find the best SD-WAN solution for your business. Get in touch for a free, no-obligation audit and quote today.

Based in Nashville and serving Middle Tennessee, business phone systems expert Pivotel Networks strives to be your advocate and ally in an ever-changing world of telecommunications and technology. Call (615) 499-7900 for more information.

A Guide To Choosing An Asphalt Paving Company For Your Home

In Sealcoating & Striping on November 27, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Hargrove Sealcoating

If you’re a homeowner looking for an asphalt paving company in Nashville or Murfreesboro TN, going through numerous websites and reviewing different cost estimates can be overwhelming. It’s a choice that should be made with care as the quality of work could affect the overall look of your home.

Knowing what to look for when choosing an asphalt paving company can help you identify reputable contractors from mediocre ones, and you’ll arrive at a decision much faster. Here’s what to keep in mind while you’re doing your research.

Check their portfolio

An asphalt paving company confident with their skills will proudly showcase their previous projects. Consider it a red flag if they’re hesitant to provide any details; this could mean a lack of experience.

It’s best to work with a local asphalt paving company; they would know the area, terrain, weather conditions, and permit requirements. Hargrove Sealcoating, for example, has been proudly serving  Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin, Brentwood, Thompson’s Station, Lewisburg, Murfreesboro & Nashville for over a decade.

Make sure the asphalt paving contractor is fully insured

While hiring an uninsured contractor seems to be the more affordable option, it will cost you more in the long run. Any liability from an on-site mishap will be taken from your home insurance policy. 

Observe their choice of materials

A professional asphalt paving contractor will only use high-grade materials for their projects. They know using anything substandard will affect the quality of the asphalt paving and ultimately, their reputation. 

The right asphalt paving contractor will know what materials are suited for specific projects. You can be assured you’re getting the most out of your investment.

They are fully equipped to do the job 

A reputable asphalt paving company will have top-of-the-line equipment to do asphalt paving jobs, regardless of project size. This helps ensure that the project will be completed on time and according to client specifications.

They have a skilled team onboard

While some asphalt paving contractors hire only a few team members to cut down on costs, reliable asphalt paving companies have highly-trained teams big enough to complete the job skillfully and within schedule. 

The asphalt paving company knows how to build a strong foundation

The quality of an asphalt driveway largely depends on what’s beneath it. An expertly constructed base layer ensures that the asphalt paving will last for years without any major damage. A professional asphalt paving company would also know how to install the right drainage system.

Be on the lookout for scams

There might be cases where a contractor offers to do the asphalt paving project at a considerably low price, using materials left over from other projects. They sound like they know what they’re doing and will work hard to win your trust.

Keep in mind that this kind of work did not take into account your project’s exact requirements. The quality would speak for itself eventually – ask yourself if it’s really worth the risk.

Check project quotes for transparency

When evaluating an asphalt paving company in Nashville or Murfreesboro TN, make sure they are upfront with the time and budget required to complete the project. They should also be available for a low-pressure, hassle-free consultation session to address any concerns you might have. 

Professional asphalt paving contractors have been in business for years and with good reason – they have the expertise to take any paving job imaginable. Consider yourself in good hands should you get to work with one.  

Serving Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin, Brentwood, Thompson’s Station, Lewisburg, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, Hargrove Sealcoating specialists provide asphalt paving repair and replacement services. Call them today at 931-619-6718. One of their service advisors will be happy to assist you.