You’ve always enjoyed the colour splash that came with every Austin Powers’ movie and can’t get over the retro furniture in the legendary Wolf of Wall Street ? Then you probably have a thing for “vintage” design. To celebrate that good taste of yours for an ‘old but gold’ vibe, allow us to walk you through the 5 steps that will turn your living room into the perfect retro little wonder.
STEP 1: Do not fear change
This is a given, but also, a too-often-forgotten piece of advice. Getting rid of our old classics is not always an easy task. We do get emotionally attached to our furniture…but let’s be honest: who’s never Marie Kondo’ed their place reluctantly, ending up thanking whoever forced them to do so as soon as that mission’s completed? Guilty as charged over here.
So remember this: nothing is irreplaceable and if you feel tired of coming home to the same old classics, do not delay any further getting funky with the place you call home.
STEP 2: Pick your main course, the sofa
Oh you’ve seen them plenty of times…these majestic retro seatings that smell of pricey Cuban cigars and desperate housewives.
If you’ve ever wondered where to find the sofa that’s going to turn your home into a 70’s movie set, look no further: we’ve got a few of them to introduce you to. Maries Corner’s one and only sectional HAMLET will stroll its retro look in your living room while guaranteeing loads of comfort to the whole family.
The SULLIVAN will, in turn, effortlessly level up your vintage game with its design, as will the GEORGIA or even the MICHIGAN. Pick your favourite and complete step 2 of this “going vintage” guide.
STEP 3: Pick your colours and textures
When you think “vintage”, chances are high that you’re picturing a tobacco-coloured couch, topped with some mustard-yellow pillows, lightened by an orange lamp, with some sort of white wooden cabinet in the backdrop and, of course, a super loaded wallpaper. Well, that’s it.
You can totally recreate this picture in your home, picking your own colours. Get that avocado-green sofa or armchair that makes your heart beat a little faster; go full on velvet, don’t be shy (by the way, we’re sure you will love our SCOTT armchair in its brand new olive colour and embossed velvet version).
Throw some contrasting coloured pillows on it; combine the whole thing with black, white or brown brass or rattan furniture such as a coffee table, a dining table and/or a cabinet, pick a lively coloured lamp and do not forget to put a filament light bulb in it to keep the lighting on the retro side. Finally, pick your wallpaper and go heavy on patterns. As a matter of fact, prefer patterns all through your colour selection process. They are the absolute key to a perfect vintage touch
STEP 4: Pick your table and chairs
The epicentre of your living room, your coffee table should stand on stylish feet and match the general decorum. So if you’ve set your mind on a full-on vintage look, your table better not be the elephant in the room.
The SOTO coffee table we’ve been proud to introduce this year through our new collection 2021 is a brilliant fit for this look. Around the dining table, opt for a retro-looking set of chairs. Our DIXIE chair is a good instance of that and would perfectly do the trick if you’re aiming for a vintage setting.
STEP 5: Accessorize away
This is where colours and shapes lose all boundaries. In the framework of your vintage makeover, go all out. We can easily recommend to you the sublime LITIS pillows and their vibrant colours that shall contrast with your sofa, as well as GUAXS decorative objects and their unusual shapes that will help you build up the room geometrical structure and feel.
Do not underestimate the power of the wallpaper, as mentioned before. CMO PARIS is a master in delivering the edgiest patterns, that can litterally steal any show. Complete this look with a retro mirror, a flowery tablecloth and anything that features a geometrical shape to accessorize successfully.
Grandmothers know best ! And that’s a fact. Whether you have a bad cold, an excruciating tummy ache or a persisting stain on your favourite shirt, our elders do seem to always have the right remedy to make our worst nightmares go away. In the case of a hard-to-kill sofa stain, we figured we’d gather here some of the best natural solutions to leave your seating spotless. And if all else fails, we got your back with our MC CARE warranty that will help you maintain a clean relationship with your beloved sofa.
Keep your sofa fluffly on the daily
Before we dive into the incidents that might hit your seatings hard, let us give you some insight about how to keep them perky and fluffy. First of all, try and keep them out of the sunlight. It helps the upholstery stay fit and comfy. Fluff up your cushions frequently so they don’t loose their original shape. Also, flip them over once a while, again, for upholstery sake.
Do not hesitate to vacuum-clean them as well, as dust has no shame settling into them, wearing them out faster than it should. Now all you have to do is apply these tips to extend the youth of your sofa or chairs.
TERRE DE SOMMIÈRES, the best-kept secret of sofa maintenance
Coming to terms with the most tenacious stains since the 19th century, the Terre de Sommières is the ultimate spot remover. 100% natural clay, it defeats any dry stain. To use it by the book, sprinkle some of that organic clay on the stain and let it rest for 1 to 3 hours. No need for you to put effort into it, the clay will play its magic, absorbing the residues. When it’s time to see the result, buffer the spot and vaccuum-clean the leftover clay. And guess what? It does not just work on sofas; use “Terre de Sommières” for any fabric that simply does not belong in a washing machine.
BAKING SODA: a trending remedy against all kinds of evil
You keep hearing about the wonders it’s done to this and that? Baking soda sure deserves its fame. If you’ve never used it, you’d better rush to get some at the closest drugstore as it is about to become your best ally to clean just about anything. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, you might have used it to relieve heartburn, or to whiten your teeth. But did you know baking soda is also a powerful stain remover? Especially effective on grease stains, it terminates them within a couple of hours only, after letting a layer of 3mm of its finest blend sit on them. And here comes the bonus you weren’t expecting: it neutralizes the stain’s odor, which comes in handy if you’re dealing with household tragedies such as a baby’s or an animal mess… Use it as well to cleanse your laundry and remove settled disgraceful spots on any of your white fabrics.
Marie’s Corner special warranty
Because we deeply care about your seating wellbeing, we offer a free on-site cleaning service for no less than 5 years. Any chair, armchair or sofa purchased at Marie’s Corner beneficiates from that MC CARE warranty. Also, know that all of our seatings are treated by our master upholsterers with a highly water-repellent treatment that acts against stains and liquids, preventing both to penetrate the fibers.
Marie’s Corner gives you the possibility to call upon our unlimited on-site intervention service.
It’s 100% free and valid for 5 years from the date you receive your piece of furniture.
Valid in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands for any residential purchase.
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Whether you like it massive or discreet, the coffee table remains a valuable centre piece of your interior design. As our new collection starts filling the trendiest of spaces, we’d like to focus on this underrated item that can beautify your living room, boudoir or any other room that calls for intimacy and possibly, a coffee break. To give you deeper insight on how to choose a coffee table, we have paired our best pieces with the sofa or the chair amongst our collections that manages to bring out their singularities.
Is there a large space opposite your sofa that is desperetaly longing for some good company?
We’ve got just what it needs! Made to integrate a large environment, our new LUNA coffee table is a bit of a show-stealer, with its two circular feet, shaped after a quarter moon.
A design prowess that never fails to create a WOW effect for anyone who ventures a stare… In a Cognac or an Ebony colour, it declines itself it two formats: 160cm and 180cm.
As a great table needs a great sofa, we suggest you match it with a seating option that respects its need of space. In our collections, we’ve naturally thought of the BRANSON or our brand new GARLAND sectionals.
CALA and her BUTLER
A super practical pedestal table, the CALA, fresh out of our new collection 2021, plays along your set-up nicely, happy with to be an extra in the hot scenario starring our BUTLER swivel chair. But not just any extra. One that charms the main character and becomes a genuine asset in his life story. Placing this round and light sidetable next to a stylish armchair is not only a treat for the eye, it also visually states the obvious: we all need a helpful ally by our side. If it has the shape of the CALA, just seize the opportunity! The CALA pedestal table comes in two colours: Cognac and Ebony.
The SOTO always hits twice
Under its square looks, the SOTO is not afraid to show some unpredicted versatility. Whether in a Cognac or an Ebony tone, it confidently establishes its quarters in front of your sofa and always comes with a plus one.
Perfect when paired with a large sofa, we particularly adore a couple of SOTOs when they team up with our majestic VIRGINIA. SOTO’s retro look blends in wonderfully with the fabric of this sectional sofa, that echoes the whole vintage vibe of this coffee table. Place both SOTOs side to side, either stuck to each other, either slightly separated or go all out and create singularity in the middle of your living room by setting them in a diagonal line, making one edge meet.
A very precious PEBBLE
Three sizes, that’s what this pebble-shaped coffee table offers you in its immense generosity. But that’s not all: get all three formats and observe the room gain in dynamics and flexibility. Make your PEBBLEs overlap to structure the space and give it some depth. Got people over?
No problem! Flexibility is yet another asset of this unusual coffee table. Separate your PEBBLEs as you please and allow your guests to roam freely around the epicenter of your event. As it blossoms in large spaces, the PEBBLE trio is a perfect fit for a sectional sofa set-up.
Give it the BRANSON or our brand new BRADLEY sectionals if your living room gives you space to play with. In smaller settings, adopt only one of the PEBBLEs, two at the most, and pair them with the HAMLET for a stunning tableau.
Rock it with the BOOWIE
Got things to put somewhere? Prefererably close to you, while you’re enjoying a relaxing moment?
We perfectly get that, and that is why we had to introduce to you our BOOWIE sidetable. Get a couple of them and place them to the side of your seating area, creating for yourself the garanteed comfort of having things at hand at all times.
Whether it’s your TV-dinner, afternoon coffee or pile of magazines, the BOOWIE coffee table shows willingness to help in all occasions and is happy to stay close.
A classic that never disappoints: AXO
Want to play Tetris with your furniture? We created the coffee tables you need to slot together the pieces of a visual stunt. Three versions of this AXO table – a large one, and two sidetables of different heights – are putting style and comfort at hand for you to grab and handle according to your mood.
Embed a large AXO with a smaller one to uncover some relief in the room. Enjoy a third one of these, placing it next to your sofa, as a very useful sidetable. The AXO comes marbled and in a choice of five different colours, some matte, some shiny or even smoked. Combine the tones to make them pop and enhance the edginess of this sleek coffee table.
Our advise: on a set of three AXOs, choose a large and a smaller one the same colour, and get the third one in another tone. We love them paired with our HOLLYWOOD sofa or even our super trendy VEGAS.
2021 rhymes with renewal, and Marie’s Corner did not escape that trend. to kick off a new year that we all hope will bring its share of good news, inspiration and beauty, we worked hand in hand with our most inspired craftsmen to deliver a line of sofas, chairs and armchairs gifted with the ability to surprise and relax you. with no further ado, let’s dive into the universe of our new 2021 collection.
Bradley, a sectional sofa of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
A sectional like no other: BRADLEY
Are you looking to dress up your living room with a sectional sofa but you have a limited space? Our brand new BRADLEY sectional sofa is the piece that will solve all your issues. With a width and a depth of 90 cm, as well as a 9cm armrest, it was made to embrace any space, regardless of its size, becoming the only available sectional option for smaller spaces. Thanks to its variety of sections, our beloved BRADLEY is a must of sophistication in its larger versions as well.
With the amazingly trendy BUTLER, we engaged with the challenge of bringing together the stylish and the cozy in a swivel chair. As 2021 definitely calls for the brand new and the unexpected, the idea of this 360° swivel chair came as a necessity. As a result, our talented craftsmen were able to design this gem of style, shaped by its curvy lines and warm materials embodied by its wooden feet. The BUTLER has Maries Corner’s DNA all over it, which garantees its contribution to an elegant yet contemporary interior design.
The Butler, a 360° swivel chair of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
The Dixie, chair and stool of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
Back to the 50’s with the DIXIE chair and highchair
Some looks are timeless, wouldn’t you say? That is why Marie’s Corner never fails to keep an eye on the past, digging for the tastiest antique looks that are still managing to entice a whole room. It is in that spirit that we gave the DIXIE chair the smoothest of makeovers. This up-to-date version of a classic chair does wonders to a room, whether its fate is to circle a table or marry a desk. Each angle of the DIXIE is a treat to the eye, with a special mention for its sharp diagonal backrest. For variety’s sake, we created a highchair version of the DIXIE, available in two heights: 70 and 80 cm.
Our new collection 2021 couldn’t do without a sectional masterpiece of comfort. An invitation to sit back and relax, the GARLAND sofa mixes and matches its variety of sections to assemble the perfect cozy haven for you and the ones who share your home. With a subtle combination of clean lines and a light airy appearance, the GARLAND did not promote comfort over style… On the contrary, it managed to embrace both necessities effortlessly. Props to its special section: a wide and shallow chair that makes it extra special.
The Garland, a sectional sofa of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
The Perry armchair of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
Inspired by Charlotte Perriand: the PERRY chair
If you are a fan of the elegant and the sober, you will most likely adore this new kid on the chair block: Mr PERRY. With wood playing the main role in its story, the PERRY chair exposes its natural materials with a noticeable sobriety. Its thick and powerful lines enhance its character, overwhelming with personality and a slightly naive charm…
You might not be fully relaxed until you rest your feet on one of our brand new TRINITY footstools. The striking elegance of their wooden feet is a key ingredient to the cozyness of these pieces of our new collection. Two different available formats are shaping these ottomans; an indispensable addition to your interior design.
Trinity, the three-format footstool of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
Scott, an armchair of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
A most wanted sequell: the SCOTT armchair
Some series are meant to stop, some to go on forever and some others, to find a happy extension in the shape of an intriguing sequel… It is the case for our most-appreciated Baldwin and Conway models. After they were a solid hit after their release in 2020, we felt inspired to entertain the feel and style of these two role models. SCOTT features a walnut backrest that gives it a sense of sober elegance, making it the perfect complement to a contemporary living room.
If you find relief in sharp lines, you will without a doubt catch mad love for the SOTO coffee table. Made in ash wood, and designed by our most talented craftsmen, it shows determination in the shape of a solid wooden square up top, while its triangular legs tell another story: a quirky yet smart tale that will be shared by anyone she tells it to.
Soto, a table of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
Cala, a table of Marie’s Corner’s new 2021 collection
Round up your design with the CALA coffee table
What’s an afternoon without a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) ? To give you a chance to enjoy what’s in that cup just as much as the spot you put it on, we designed CALA, a coffee table made with ash wood. Look down and admire the love triangle happening at its feet, cleverly arranged by the seasoned hands of our top craftsmen.
An exceptional shape for an exceptional look, that is what the LUNA coffee table will grant your interior design. Enjoy a relaxing evening knowing that LUNA stands with class in the middle of your living room, supported by its two moon-shaped legs that contrast smartly with the straight line of its top. Volume and contrast are the words that best define this new model we simply love.
Home alone for christmas? Well, this year, it looks like we all will be! Left with no options but to spend the festive season between four walls, we thought we’d give you some extra inspiration to give your house the christmas glow it still deserves. Fill in the space with great vibes and wish 2020 farewell with class and a hint of poetry.
A personality quizz to help you choose the perfect sofa match.
2020 has made it very clear: owning a backyard is a must, and so is choosing your next sofa according to higher standards of comfort. Why ? Because you never know how long you will be forced to spend on it… To help you find the perfect sofa match, Maries Corner breaks down for you the sofa world in 5 categories, likely to match 5 different types of personality. Which one of them are you ? Let’s find out.
A change of season makes for a change of looks. If you’re a fan of the fall, no doubt that you’ve already started putting in your carts the warmest of sweaters and the cosiest of coats to face the lowering temperatures… While the autumn-winter trends are taking over your wardrobe, we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to dress your interior design to keep it warm and cozy in the comfort of your home. Let’s get to it.