Get Your Home Ready for 2014

You’ve most likely gotten a head start on your resolutions. The New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start – and to shake things up in your home, improving your energy and making you feel refreshed. It’s always good to make some tweaks and updates to your home throughout the year. If you’re resolving to eat healthier or get more active, you can also improve the quality of life in your home. Here are some tips to get your home ready for 2014.

Get Your Home Ready for 2014

Try a bold new color

Don’t be afraid to try a bold new color – and it’s an easy way to add a “wow” statement to your home. Try painting your entryway in a bright and festive color – like a teal blue or Pantone’s Radiant Orchid. Or upgrade an older piece of furniture with an unexpecting color. You’ll love coming home each day to a change in color and a change in your space.

Deep clean your home

Resolve to clean your home once a week and do a deep, through clean once a month. Not only will your home be cleaner, so will the air quality. And don’t forget your upholstered furniture: every 3-4 months take your sofa cushions to be cleaned. Or clean them yourself. Just make sure you look up proper cleaning instructions based on the fabric. By doing this, you will avoid dirt build-up and increase your furniture life.

Have your fireplace inspected

There’s nothing better than celebrating a new year by the fireside. If you have yet to use your fireplace, make a point to use it. Have it looked at by a certified chimney inspector for a reasonable price so you can enjoy it for the coming winter months (and years!). This is something you can cross off your never-ended to-do list.

Bring in fresh flowers

There is a saying in interior design, and it’s that a vase of fresh flowers is all it takes to transform a room. The fresh cut smell along with a pop of color do wonders to your home. In 2014, once a week or twice a month, invest in fresh flowers in your home. Try out new flowers each week – you will love coming home to a fresh bouquet.

Invest in a programmable thermostat

While not as fun and colorful, a programmable thermostat can be chic and cheap. With a programmable thermostat, you can regulate heating and air conditioning based on your schedule, so you’ll save money. There are different kinds of programmable thermostats including 7-day systems and 5-day/2-day systems.

Change to energy-saving light bulbs

Switch to energy-saving CFL or LED light bulbs and you’ll save about $15 each year, per bulb. And the life of a CFL or LED light bulb is several months to a year. So you’ll spend less time on the ladder trying not to get shocked. Be sure to appropriately choose a light bulb with yellow or blue depending on the type of space you have.

Test out wallpaper

Try a classic wallpaper pattern that you absolutely love (this is important!) and test it out in a smaller space like a hallway, entryway, or bathroom. Most wallpapers are not too costly and are a great way to try a bold new style.

Save up for your dream piece

Chances are you’ve already resolved to save more money. If there's a piece of furniture or art that you love, make a goal to save up for it. A timeless piece that you love is well worth the investment and you will admire it for years to come.

Home Design Trends in 2014

The New Year is almost here. And we’re excited to look forward to the trends and styles of 2014. Two thousand and thirteen brought us trends such as gold and brass accents, emerald green, and Aztec and ikat prints. We have wrapped up the 2014 trends – which ones are your favorite?

Art Deco

Nothing quite glams up a room like a touch of art deco. You'll be seeing a lot more of the art deco look in 2014, from rich coffee tables to glossy nightstands, these pieces will take your space to the next level. We love the luxurious look of the Hanson Console Chest in black with silver details.

Art Deco

Industrial Chic

For more down-to-earth and contemporary spaces, the industrial chic trend is emerging more so than ever. This look originates from old factories, warehouses, and farmhouses and uses reclaimed wood, recycled wood, exposed brick, pipework, and unique and aging metals. In the past year or so, the look has been popping up in trendy restaurants, and now it's coming to your home. Lighter and happy colors, such as mint greens, work well with industrial chic pieces, like our Columbia Cocktail Table.

Industrial Chic

Geometric Lines

There’s a new furniture trend here, and it will bring something completely new to your space. Furniture pieces with geometric lines are a great way to break up your space and introduce the unexpected. This style brings a “wow” statement to any room. Like the Volare Collection, with sharp geometric lines and cutting-edge design.

Geometric Lines

Preppy Pieces

Preppy is in, like never before. Preppy fabrics and prints are now making their way onto unexpected furniture lines and styles. Modern pieces mix with bold colors and patterns, like the Dempsey Accent Chair's checkered print on a modern chrome chair. These preppy pieces go great with hunter green, burnt orange, navy, and fresh pink.

Preppy Modern

Midcentury Modern

Say hello again to the clean and fun styles of the 1950s with midcentury modern pieces. With simple lines and organic forms mixed with fun colors and patterns, these midcentury pieces will blend in nicely with other styles in your home. We love the lines of the Arden 2-Piece Sectional with it’s tweed-like fabric, tapered wood legs, and funky pillow prints.

Midcentury Modern

What trends are you looking forward to? 

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Merry Christmas from the Furniture.com Team

Merry Christmas

Our Favorite Holiday Crafts Round-Up

Get your home holiday-ready with these festive and merry crafts. With floating cranberry candles and handmade pillows, here are some easy DIYs to get your home in the holiday spirit. Swap out your decor pillows with some holiday pillows, and add some winter frost to your mirrors. Share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Holiday Candles
    Create floating candles in mason jars with
    cranberries and pine. Learn how >
  • Holiday Wreath
    A multi-colored pom pom wreath is a great
    way to add some spirit. Learn how >
  • Holiday Poms
    Hang some honeycomb pendents over your
    dining table. Learn how >
  • Holiday Pillows
    Add holiday-themed pillows to your sofas
    and accent chairs. Learn how >
  • Holiday Gloves
    DIY your winter gloves with handmade
    monograms. Learn how >
  • Holiday Trees
    Pine tree candle holders for the dining
    table. Learn how >

The Prism

The Prism

The Gardner

The Gardner

The Cordoba

The Cordoba

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

The Diamondback

The Diamondback

The Mystique

The Mystique

The Newport II

The Newport II

The Gramercy

The Gramercy

The Casino

The Casino

The Vista

The Vista

The Ritz

The Ritz

The Newport Accent Chair

Newport Accent Chair

The 12 Days of Accent Chairs

The 12 Days of Chairs

Day 1 | The NewportDay 2 | The RitzDay 3 | The VistaDay 4 | The Casino IIDay 5 | The GramercyDay 6 | The Newport IIDay 7 | The MystiqueDay 8 | The DiamondbackDay 9 | The GardnerDay 10 | The CordobaDay 11 | The GardnerDay 12 | The Prism

6 Last Minute Ways to Decorate The Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving from the Furniture.com team! Chances are you're most likely rushing around to finish cooking and getting the house ready for guests. But don't let your dining table become a last thought for decor. We've got 8 great (and quick!) ways to easily decorate your Thanksgiving table. So you can do it in between cooking the turkey, the pie, the cranberry sauce, and the gravy. And if you're looking for more Thanksgiving tips, check out our Turkey Day cheat sheet.

Turn to Mother Nature

If it's an hour before guests arrive and you've got absolutely nothing in your home, it might be a bit too late to run to the store. Look no further than outside. There is probably limited plant life thriving outside -- but this is perfect for the seasonality of the Thanksgiving table. Grab your coat and head outside. Look for pine cones, pine branches, fall leaves, or acorns. There's a lot you can do with Mother Nature's beauty. We love some of these ideas below that transform basic napkin rings or candles into fall masterpieces. 

Mother Nature

Add to the Table Setting

A simple yet elegant way to add some flair to your Thanksgiving table is to add to the table setting with a striking artichoke or pumpkin. Have some extra vegetables or starches around? See how you can incorporate pears, apples, artichokes, pumpkins, or squash with the center of your plate. This will offer up a finished look to the table. Finish it off with a hand-written name card attached to the top of a pine cone or tied to the pear stem for a personal touch.

Table Setting

Find Some Paper

If you're not into the natural look, then find some paper and get your craft on. Cut up fun leaf or acorn shapes to scatter across the table -- like a Thanksgiving confetti. Or create leaf napkin rings like below. And if you have kids, this is a great activity for them during the day while you're cooking.

Find Some Paper

Get Painting

For a clean and modern look, try transforming your favorite Thanksgiving decor with some paint. We love how clean and elegant these white and gold painted pears look. Or stack painted squash and pumpkins in jars for a new approach to the Thanksgiving vase. By adding some metallics, you're sure to make any table setting more glamorous.

Get Painting

Start Crafting with Vegetables

If you have some extra vegetables or starches left over, put them to use on your candles. We love how fresh and natural these asparagus and string bean candles look. Create an assortment and place them throughout the table for a farmhouse look. Just make sure you put the vegetables low enough around the candle to avoid a fire hazard. 

Vegetables

Kids Creativity

Get the kids to work with some creative drawing and art on butcher paper. You can use it as a runner on the table and it will keep them busy during the day! And to make sure it's ready in time, opt for markers or crayons so you don't have to worry about drying time. 

Kids Creativity

Image Sources: Babble, MBDesireChatelaine Magazine, Soleil Selene, Free Decorating Ideas, Top Dreamer, Today's Creative Blog.

How to Master This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the best time of the year to sit down with family, say thanks, and enjoy a deliciously prepared meal. But it can also be the best time for things to go wrong. Your dog could eat the turkey (it happens quite often!), your pie doesn’t cook right, or there isn’t enough seating. It seems like there are endless things that can go wrong. We’ve got some tips for you to make sure that you’ll have a wonderful meal and a great time with family.

Master This Thanksgiving

Gather Your Recipes

A week or two before Thanksgiving, lay out all the recipes you plan to use. Take inventory of all the ingredients you’ll need across all of the recipes. This will help with a couple of things. First, you can check your pantry and fridge to see what you already have. Second, this will then help you create a master grocery list in advance. You may have to buy certain things in increments. For example, you may need to buy pears a couple days in advance for ripening. Try to avoid shopping at the grocery store at least a day before (or on the day of!) Thanksgiving.

Make a Schedule

While you have all of your recipes laid out, take notes of how long each dish takes to prepare. This will help you create a master calendar where you can block off the exact stages of food preparation. This way you’ll know how early you need to wake up, how many helping hands you need in the kitchen, and when exactly dinner will be ready. Be sure to factor in time to set the table and add some décor items!

Going Shopping

Before you head out to the grocery store, group your grocery items by aisle. You’re probably familiar with your grocery store layout so you can figure out which aisles you’d like to hit first. You’ll have a fast and easy shopping trip. And don’t forget your list!

Confirm the Guest List

If you’re having relatives and friends come by for Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you confirm the guest list a couple days in advance. This will help you keep tabs on that grocery list and also make sure you can plan for extra seating if needed. You never know when an extra guest will tag along! And we’ve got some great ideas for extra seating.

Prepare Some Appetizers

Chances are guests will arrive early, or things may not finish cooking right on time. If you’re still getting things ready as people arrive, this is a great time to have appetizers and cocktails ready. Have these out in the living room – away from the dining room and the kitchen. This way they will all gather in a separate room and you can “effortlessly” get everything together.  

Creating a Cozy Winter Bedroom

It's winter and your bedroom should be cozy. And whether you need a cozy bedroom for functional purposes (heat doesn't quite work right?) or you just love that comfy winter look, it's the perfect time of the year to transform your bedroom into your snowy oasis. It's also another great way you can embrace the holiday staycation.

Cozy Winter Bedroom Tips

Layer, Layer, Layer

You know what they say -- if you want to be warm in the winter, pile on the layers. And the same rule applies to your bed. Embrace comforters, throw pillows, and blankets in softer and thicker fabrics -- like faux fur or cable-knit. You'll want to look for these in more neutral colors, like beige, gray, white, and brown to bring the outdoors in. If you want to add in some accent colors, look for more subtle hues like forest green, burgundy red, or slate blue. To keep the look consistent throughout the space, add extra pillows and blankets on to chairs or benches. 

Lower the Lights

There's nothing that makes a room more cozy and intimate than lowering the lights. Try turning off your main lighting and go for table lamps or floor lamps. Look for lower wattage bulbs or lights that have dimmers -- these will give the space a nice soothing glow. And for an even more intimate effect, skip out on the lamps and lights all together and light some candles. Add a touch of holiday spirit with a pine or cinnamon-smelling candle.  

Bring in Winter's Light

Bring winter's beauty inside! If your windows have good insulation, then open your curtains or blinds to show off nature's beauty. Fresh snow brings in a stunning white light – which you can in our winter bedroom inspiration photos. To keep your bedroom insulated, look for thickly-lined curtains or drapes in velvet or canvas. 

Stay on Your Toes

It's almost impossible to be cozy if your feet are cold. A great pair of slippers always does the trick, but when it comes to your bedroom, look for soft and furry rugs. Such as faux fur or shag rugs in neutral tones. These rugs will be comfortable under your feet but also keep the space white and light.

And learn how to transform the rest of your home into a winter wonderland with our staycation guide.

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