Every single thing in your home should be a good investment, no matter how big or small. Quality matters because it can separate your home from the next. Quality furniture can turn an outdoor living area from good to great. From mediocre to being the most enjoyable place on your property. When choosing furniture, may it be indoor or outdoor, it is important to invest in high-quality pieces. It might cost more but the positives out way the negatives. Here Merge Home discusses why high-quality outdoor furniture is worth buying. 

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If you invest in less expensive furniture, it’s more likely to fall apart sooner over time. By your furniture falling apart this, in turn, makes you have to buy newer furniture more frequently. You will realize that furniture made from low-quality materials do not last longer than ones made with high-quality materials. What happens is that instead of buying high-quality furniture that lasts for 20+ years, you will be buying two or three sets of furniture in that same amount of time. Due to this, you are not saving money. Invest in high-quality outdoor furniture that will look good and last. 

Maintaining Your Outdoor Furniture

Furniture made from low-quality materials can be easily damaged by children, pets and the natural elements. You might find yourself having to spend money for painting, sealing, and oiling your furniture. With high-quality outdoor furniture, a simple cleaning with a mixture of water and bleach is enough to bring your outdoor furniture back to life.


When it comes to outdoor furniture, low quality and comfort just don’t correlate. When you are purchasing outdoor furniture be sure to give it a sit test. Make sure that it is comfortable for you and your family. Higher quality furniture tends to be more comfortable. Make sure you talk to you Merge Home about materials that fit your style but also give you the comfortability you are looking for.   


When your furniture is made from high-quality materials, you can expect it to endure frequent weight from your family and friends. It can also withstand harsh elements of nature. When you have high-quality patio furniture, you do not need to worry about it being left under the sun or the rain.

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Inspired by the eclectic nature of Atlanta’s wildly popular Savvy Snoot stores, Marty Mason Collected Home mixes new furniture inspired by all eras and styles into one cohesive “collected look.” We offer free in-store design services from the Mixologists at the Design Bar, and a full-service interior design group, MMCH give customers several different options to “mix it up” and create a look that is unique to their personal style. Give us a call today! 

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When it comes to furnishing your home, there is always that decision on what furniture to get. With so many options it can be difficult to choose what furniture to get. Between custom home furniture and store-bought furniture, it comes down to which you like more and why. Obviously supporting small business and domestic manufacturing is beneficial, but the majority of people tend to overlook a couple of things. Here Marty Mason Collected Home discusses the difference between custom home furniture and store-bought furniture. 


When it comes to custom home furniture it’s no secret that it’s going to be pricey. Custom furniture simply costs more because it is more costly to build. A furniture maker builds custom furniture based on the client’s wants and needs. This takes more time when compared to store-bought furniture that is made in bulk. A store-bought furniture manufacture makes multiple pieces of the same design making it cheaper than custom pieces. Also, the raw materials for custom pieces cost more than manufactured pieces of the same size. This is because a store-bought furniture company is buying supplies in bulk reducing the overall price. 


The best part about custom home furniture is the quality and the value. When getting something customized, Marty Mason Collected Home will look for local upholsterers or cabinetmakers. This alone saves on any markup and freight costs from a store. With that extra money, customers can invest it into the materials and craftsmanship of your furniture. Custom home furniture is known to be more durable and last longer than store-bought pieces. A lot of time and effort goes into custom pieces. It’s also likely that your custom-made pieces will adhere beyond minimum safety standards and offer your household more peace of mind.


When it comes to personalizing your pieces, it’s a lot easier with custom home furniture. Not only can you choose from thousands of materials, but you can also follow the process from beginning to end. Good designers like Marty Mason Collected Home will take your wants and needs into consideration when suggesting design options. This results in a piece of furniture that is perfect for your house and style. When it comes to store-bought furniture, you aren’t designing the piece you want but choosing it. Stores may have a lot of pieces but it’s someone else’s design and not necessarily yours. 


For a lot of homeowners, time is of the essence. They want to get furniture as soon as possible so store-bought furniture is more plausible. Custom home furniture takes a much longer time to make. Even when purchasing furniture from local artisans, their signature designs will be much faster to produce than custom-made ones, as they don’t require lengthy customization. Online shopping, which is usually only possible with store-bought furniture, is also generally less time-consuming. If you are in a hurry to receive your furniture, store-bought items will certainly be the fastest.


Getting in touch with furniture retailers can be difficult and frustrating. They often receive numerous emails and phone calls, leaving less time for customer service. Custom home furniture designers can be easier to reach. This is due to the likelihood that they own a smaller shop and can be more accessible. With that being said though, custom shops have fewer staff available to serve you on a busy day. So depending on the day, customer service and communication can be different. Establishing initial contact with designers for custom home furniture is faster, but the communication during the shopping process itself tends to be smoother when choosing store-bought pieces for your home.

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Store-bought and custom home furniture both have their advantages. It ultimately comes down to your time, personal design, and overall style. At Marty Mason Collected Home, we bring together award-wining interior design as well as custom furniture and home furnishings inspired by all eras and styles to create a cohesive visual mix that we call the “collected look”. We take pride in supplying our customers with an array of different options from which they create the right mix that suits their personal style.

Selecting great outdoor furniture is just as important as indoor furniture. During the warmer months, you want a space where you can enjoy the outdoors. A space that’s both comfortable and functional and allows your indoor rooms to move outside. Whether you have a deck or patio, there are a number of ways to upgrade your outdoor living space so you can embrace all that summer has to offer. Here, MERGE HOME discusses some inexpensive ways to update/refresh your outdoor space this summer.

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Outdoor Furniture

What kind of furniture you get depends on your space and how you want to use it. Deciding on the function of your outdoor space is the first step. If you’re interested in a more laid-back, relaxed area, where you won’t normally be dining or entertaining a lot of guests, then a simple modular outdoor couch with a low coffee table might be a good option. However, if you intend to frequently dine outside and host friends and family, then a suitable dining table and chairs are a must. If you have a pool, maybe a couple of loungers and a side table is just what you need. Consider your space, its function and add some weather-resistant outdoor furniture of your style preference to create the perfect outdoor space you will enjoy all summer long.


If you aren’t in a place to purchase new outdoor furniture, adding some cozy blankets, throws and accent pillows is a great way to spruce up your existing furniture and make it feel like new. Use the colors and patterns of the textiles to create a cohesive palette that works with what you already have. Cushions and throws help to soften metal outdoor furniture that can sometimes appear harsh on its own, however, be sure to get weather-resistant textiles or bring them in when the weather is bad so they last for as long as possible.

Ambiance Lighting

In the evening, the best way to create the ultimate cozy outdoor space is with lighting. It is a generally inexpensive way to update your space and make an immediate impact. Some outdoor lighting options to consider include:

– String/fairy lights
– Rope lighting (illuminate/outline paths, steps, railings, etc.)
– Solar lights
– Lighting accessories (lanterns, outdoor chandeliers, citronella candles, etc.)

Fire Pits

Fire pits add an unmatched level of ambiance to your outdoor living space and vary greatly in style and price. If where you live allows for one, it is a great backyard addition that can be utilized year-round — think summer s’mores, fall bonfires and drinking hot chocolate around the fire during the winter. Just be sure to use your weather-resistant cover when it’s not in use to protect it from the elements.

Plants and Planters

Flowers and plants add so much life to any space. Adding fun, vibrant plants and colorful flowers in on-trend planters is a simple patio idea that can change the way you think about and experience your outdoor space. Grouping planters of various heights and widths in odd-numbered clusters can also create a striking visual impact. Or, if the season is right, buy some seeds and grow your own garden!

Designed With You in Mind

MERGE HOME has taken Atlanta’s interior design scene to a new level by offering clients a versatile way to find their style. Founder, owner and design expert, Marty Mason, taps into his inherent understanding of customers and ability to anticipate design trends to offer a shopping experience like no other. Merge Home’s sought-after interior design services fit all needs and budgets to create a look that is unique to each customer’s personal style. Give us a call to get started on your next design project at 404-355-1399 or VISIT OUR RETAIL STORE in West Midtown.

Summer is in full swing and the season’s design trends are set. Ranging from minimalist home furnishings to accent walls and custom furniture full of color and patterns. The summer season is synonymous with fun, a boost of energy and bright/fresh environments that leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Whatever summer means to you can be reflected in your home interior design through your unique personal style. In this blog, Merge Home shares 10 interior design trends of summer 2021 that offer something for everyone.

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Muted Palettes

Summer is all about relaxing, and pastel hues of gray, blue and pink create a calming and soothing environment. Muted tones paired with similar darker colors are also a great match. It offers a comforting balance and blend of light and dark. Muted interior design also provides plenty of scope for texture that otherwise might not be available in more bold and vibrant designs.


Bohemian interior design is a constant trend from season to season but especially during the summer months. This comfortable yet dazzling style is best achieved by adding bohemian accents and Moroccan-inspired statement pieces to neutral rooms. Plants, woven textiles and splashes of color also help create the ultimate boho look.

Pantone Color of the Year

At the start of each year, the Pantone Color Institute announces a color that best reflects the year ahead. For 2021’s Color of the Year, it unveiled not one, but two colors: the neutral Ultimate Gray and vibrant yellow Illuminating. Together, the shades create a strong and positive vibe guaranteed to lift your spirits. It is a practical combination that could be utilized in any room. It is especially fitting for summer with its warming and optimistic overtones.

Go Green

Becoming more eco-conscious is important in all facets of life. Especially as we come to understand more and more just how fragile our planet truly is. This even applies to interior design as well as using eco-friendly and sustainable products in our homes. One way to be more sustainable in your interior design is by purchasing secondhand items from thrift stores or vintage/antique shops. This follows the very on-trend retro look and makes for a charming space using pieces with a potential history/story behind them. Using natural fibers in your decor is also a great way to add texture to your design.

Bringing the Outside, In

The longtime trend of incorporating nature in home decor is stronger than ever. Whether it’s home furnishings made out of natural materials or an abundance of plants, bringing the outside in is a great way to experience the summer season to its fullest. Cultivating a diverse collection of houseplants has become a popular hobby over the past year, so much so that it is now a trendy interior design choice. Plants create a calming environment, purify the air and are also a sustainable decor option. Larger plants are statement pieces and are often placed in the corners of a room, while smaller flora can be styled on windowsills, coffee tables, bookshelves, etc. You can also utilize realistic artificial plants if you don’t have the time or inclination to care for real plants.

Home Art Gallery

Spending so much time at home has made us look around at what we have and see it in a new light. Creating displays, such as gallery walls or styling shelves with unique and special pieces, can transform a space into your own personal art showroom. There are so many different ways to design a gallery wall. Using pieces of all sizes, it is a really fun and creative way to show off your favorite wall art. Floating or ledge shelves are also great ways to achieve a beautiful display. They can be rearranged according to the season or as often as you’d like.

Multi-Functional Spaces

As more companies and employees embrace the idea of working from home as a permanent option, it is important to have spaces in your house that can serve multiple purposes as well as establish boundaries between work and life. Having a designated office space or room is the best scenario, however, if that’s not an option, try to find an alcove or a section of a wall somewhere for a desk, no matter how small, so that it feels separate. Zone areas using rugs, artwork, lighting, plants or even paint the office wall a different shade within the color scheme of the room.

Less Is More

Summer is often a time for cleaning out and decluttering our homes — leaning into a more minimalist lifestyle — and no one does minimalism better than Scandinavians. Scandinavian design is marked by minimalism, simple and clean lines, functionality and lack of clutter. It is a classic home interior trend that will never go out of style.


A monochromatic color palette refers to the use of varying tones of a single color. The popular trend has made its way to interior design. It’s an incredibly simple way to bring elegance to your interiors and easily create harmony as well as a soothing and restful environment. This trend also allows the opportunity to incorporate and experiment with a variety of textures within the design in order to keep the color from falling flat or blending too much together.

Accent Wall(paper)

While painted accent walls are a trend that is starting to fade, wallpaper is making a comeback. Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is gaining popularity. Especially with those who rent or are looking for a low-commitment way to upgrade a space. Easily transform a room for any season and get creative with unique and interesting wallpaper designs. Simply peel it off when you’re done.

Designed With You in Mind

Merge Home has taken Atlanta’s interior design scene to a new level by offering clients a versatile way to find their style. Marty Mason, taps into his inherent understanding of customers and ability to anticipate design trends to offer a shopping experience like no other. Merge Home’s interior design services create a look that is unique to each customer’s personal style. Give us a call to get started on your next design project at 404-355-1399 or visit our eclectic retail store in West Midtown.