Style Quiz

What's your dining room style?

 

Ever wonder what your dining room look is? Are you traditional, eclectic, or modern? Discover your dining room style and get your home ready for the holidays! Answer these 5 simple questions to gather everyone around the table this holiday season.

Our Favorite Fall Crafts Round-Up

Now that Fall is here, it’s time to get your home holiday-ready. From fall leaves to pumpkins, we love these craft projects to get you in the holiday spirit. Try these DIY projects this coming weekend and share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!

  • White Pumpkin
    Try out chic white pumpkins for your Hallow’s
    Eve dinner. Learn how > 
  • Acorn Mirror
    Transform a mirror with acorns for the
    season. Learn how >
  • Bat Mobile
    Add a touch of whimsy to your window with a
    bat-mobile. Learn how >
  • Halloween Decor
    Update your fireplace molding with some fun
    clip-art. Learn how >
  • Glitter Pumpkins
    Re-invent the pumpkin with some
    glitter. Learn how >
  • Painted Pumpkin Faces
    Turn pumpkins into fun candle
    holders. Learn how >

Talking Tufted Furniture

Tufted furniture – it’s a classic furniture style that has never quite gone away. Tufting happens during the upholstery process when layers of fabric are pulled inward (often with a button) to create the tuft, giving off a “buttoned-up” look. Tufted furniture originated in historic France and England (around the 1300s-1400s) and was one of the ways upper classmen would show off their money as tufting requires more fabric than other upholstery methods. Back then, these fabrics were usually rich velvets or silks but today tufted furniture comes in a variety of different fabrics with bright colors and fun patterns to combine old and new styles. You’ll often find the tufted look on the Chesterfield sofa, Barcelona chair, and classic chaise lounges and ottomans.

Tufted Furniture

Tufted furniture has the ability to upgrade any room with a more upscale look, for both traditional and contemporary rooms alike. The Brittney ottoman is a more traditional approach to tufting, with a neutral velvet and classic wooden legs. Whereas the Casino IV chair shows how even modern mid-century can be glammed up with bonded leather and metal legs. Almost every design style has its own version of tufted furniture – whether you love shabby chic, modern, and glam.

One of the key benefits to tufted furniture is its longevity. Since this furniture type is tightly upholstered with reinforcement every couple of inches (the tufts), it has less fabric sagging over time. So you can have an elegant look that lasts. We love these tufted rooms!  

Products and images (from left to right): Kim Scodro Interiors with the Montage Ottoman,  Martha O’Hara Interiors with the Classic Accent Chair, J. Scott Interiors with the Marilyn BedNiki Papadopoulos with Casino III Chair, and Distinctive Mantel Designs with the Brittney Ottoman.

Looks We Love: Industrial Chic

We’re loving one of the latest trends to hit the home design world – the industrial chic look. Inspiration for this look comes in many ways – from old factories and warehouses to farmhouses to old New York lofts. The industrial chic look uses reclaimed or recycled wood, exposed brick, pipework or unique and aging metals, and clean lines. And this style goes great with all different colors, patterns, and textures. Don’t be afraid to mix softer pinks and greens with these harsh metals – it will create a stunning, yet contrasting design. Some great examples include coffee tables with old metal pipes for legs or dining room tables made with old barn doors. It’s the perfect blend of old and new.

Industrial Kitchen

You can also bring the industrial chic look to light! Cool and brightly-colored pendants are refreshing and whimsical over a kitchen island, while Edison bulbs make an edgy statement. Mix and match metal lights with recessed lighting so you’ll still get the brightness you need and an edgy look. We love some of these inspiration designs from Andre Rothblatt Architecture, Emily Winters, and Holly Marder.

Industrial Kitchen

Industrial Hallway

Get the industrial look for your home! Here are some ideas to get you started. We love the style of the retro Avenue Sofa with a more neutral color paired with the edgy exposed Edison bulb light.

Industrial Chic

Products (from left to right): Edison Bulb Light, Zig Zag Pillow, Avenue SofaIndustrial Soap Set, Pacifica Cocktail Table, and Cole Mirror.

Mix and Matching Living Room Colors

Your living room may feel a bit drab right now -- and you might be missing color or mixing the wrong colors. In a multi-function space like the living room, it's a great place to test out different colors and patterns. While neutral tones like grays and beige will always be classic, adding in punches of color will help give the room a bold and elegant statement. 

There are two ways you can explore color in your living room. Try bringing color in with accent pieces (think pillows, a side chair, or curtains) or start with a dramatic focal point (such as a bright blue wall or red sofa). A bold color in an otherwise neutral room will give your home a clean and contemporary feel. Think about your favorite color -- or what you want your main color to be. For example, if you love grassy green, start with that as your main color and think about where you'd like the green to be. Once you've figured out what your color focus is, explore some accent colors. For example, grassy green goes great with burnt orange, pale pink, or teal. Mix these colors together using paint chips, fabric swatches, or print outs. This way you'll be able to see how the colors react to one another. 

You may notice that the burnt orange is beautiful next to the green, but is also very saturated. In this case, you might opt for a smaller orange accent like a vase or tray. There are a lot of different types of pieces that can add color to your living room. Have fun with colors and patterns. Try out different throw pillows (like a mix of 4-5 different patterns that work together), vases, trays, accent walls, rugs, or curtains. Whether you're transforming your living room with a mix of colors, or opting for one statement color, your space will feel much more alive. Below are some great ways to mix color palettes for your living room. 

Chevron Ottoman

Try an orange/gold and tie in a contrasting purple and blue, with softer tones like gold and beige. These colors will create both a fresh and regal look.

Blue Sofa

For a calmer space, try out a robin's egg blue with a sunny yellow, tangerine orange, and a bright green. These colors are calming but also add a bit of life to an otherwise neutral space.

Purple Chair

Pair a rich purple with a sage green, coral red, or teal for a fun and festive living room space.

Fall into this Season's Chairs

The season's changing and so are the colors -- outside and inside. Warmer and darker colors are replacing summer's light and bright pastels. Fall's darker and richer colors -- and fabrics -- make a bold and elegant statement and will get your home ready for the coming months. With sage green, dark red, cheery orange, and muted yellow, we think these accent chairs are the perfect fall companion to some hot apple cider and a good book.

A fresh, vibrant orange will add warmth to any room -- and a burst of color during the colder months. Look for tangerine or burnt orange and pair it with a darker teal for a more dramatic effect, or a lighter blue for a fresher style. The darker tangerine orange in the Splendor accent chair is great way to add that color burst. Mix and match your fall colors with bouquets of dried leaves, sunflowers, or aubergine dahlias. 

Chair

Color isn't the only way you can embrace fall in your home. Some chair lines are a bit more classic with a heavier look which is perfect for fall and winter. Like the Chadwick accent chair. This French chair's dark wood finish and subtle fabric embraces the colder season. To amp up the look of fall, add on a velvet or wool throw. And during the summer months, pair it with brightly-colored throw pillows. 

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A dark, rich red will add a dramatic fall statement to any room. Whether you're adding this red with a chair or an accent wall, it will amp up all of the other colors in your room. So your room will be a bit brighter and bolder. And it adds the perfect touch of coziness and warmth, like the Nouveau accent chair

Chair

Or try a mix of fall colors -- like a burnt orange, sage green, and muted blue. Mixing and matching is the perfect way to bring in the fall changing colors while also adding a new pattern or color scheme to the rest of your space. Opt for a fun and classic pattern, like that of the Avenue accent chair

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Image Credit: Mandarina Studio Interior DesignB Fein Interior Design, Robeson Design, and Crisp Architects.

How to Create Your Dream Home Office

If you have the extra space, creating a home office is a great addition to a home. Whether you work from home full time, or just like to catch up on things over the weekend, designing the perfect workspace will help you be more productive and make you excited to get things done.

What kind of work environment do you want?

What kind of work environment reflects your personality? Do you like bright and white? Colorful and fun? Or serious with black leathers and dark woods? Think about the kind of environment you want and what will set the tone for the type of work you’ll be doing. Look to sites such as Houzz, Pinterest, or Google Images for inspiration and take a look at what you like and don’t like.  

Home Office   Home Office

Where will you be working?

You may be fortunate enough to have an empty room to transform into your dream office. Or you may be trying to create a workspace in a guest room or open living area. If you’re combining two spaces into one room, look for a desk or console table that works with the current décor of the room. This way it won’t stand out as an office space when you have company over. Your desk could double as a vanity in a guest room or as a sofa table in a living room. And add a comfortable chair that adds a bit of flair to the space.

What kind of work will you be doing?

Think about the kind of work you’ll be doing and what you’ll need storage and space for. Will you mostly be working on the computer? Will you need a larger surface for spreading work out? Make sure that your furniture (and space) will support the type of work you’ll be doing so you can be as productive as possible.

You’ll also want to think about the types of storage you’ll need, from bookshelves, to filing cabinets, to baskets and binders. Think about the best way to store everything that you’ll be using in the most aesthetic way – and look for inspiration images in your field too. You’ll find best practices in storing whatever it is you’ll be working with.

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What helps you be productive?

Explore what helps you get the most work done. If brighter light helps, move away from window treatments and look for stronger lighting options with a higher bulb wattage. Or if you want less light, look for black-out curtain panels. You can also think about sound and insulation (things like rugs and upholstered items help absorb more sound).

Play around with the layout too. If you work best with a view, face the desk towards the window. Or if you want to avoid any distractions, try having the desk face a wall.

Helpful Tips

  • Look for inspiration images in your field to find out what works best.
  • Think about the layout and color palette to make sure you can get the most work done.
  • Invest in a desk that makes the most sense for you. If you want something much larger than a standard desk – like a small-sized dining table, then go for it!

Image Credit: Stephanie Wiley PhotographyNancy Sanford, Inc., Rossington Architecture, and Maria Killam.

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How to Choose the Right Area Rug

You may be struggling to figure out what your room is missing – and the answer may be just under your feet. A rug is the perfect finishing touch for any room. It ties elements of the room together, adds warmth, and also contributes a new color, texture, or pattern. As you’re beginning the hunt for a new rug, there are some things to consider to make sure you make the right purchase.

Area Rug

Size

It’s very important that you choose the right size rug for your room. A rug that’s too big will look awkward whereas a rug that’s too small will make the furniture seem like it’s floating. Make sure you measure the space first. Once you do that, here’s a good rule of thumb: a rug should be about 18 inches from the wall on every side (give or take a few inches). So for example, for a 10 feet wide room, make sure your rug is no bigger than 8 feet. This will give it that perfect visual balance.

Color

If your space is lacking color, use a rug to add it back in. Or, if you have different colored pieces in your room, a rug will tie all of those colors together. For example, let’s say you went with a pastel-theme and have a light blue chair, and pink and green pillows. You can look for a rug that has all of these colors in it. If your space is already really colorful, a neutral rug can be a great way to tone it down.

Pattern

Rugs come in a variety of different and fun patterns. So if your room has a lot of solid color pieces in it, then a fun, patterned rug is a great way to change things up. Or, if you already have a lot of patterns on accent chairs and pillows, for example, look for a rug with less pattern.

Construction

There are a lot of different types of rugs – and it’s important to understand the different constructions especially if you’re purchasing online. There are usually five types: hand-knotted, tufted, hooked, flat-woven, and braided.

 

Handknotted RugHand-Knotted: Hand-knotted rugs are made from a labor-intensive technique where individual knots are tied to make up the length of the rug. And the more knots, the more durable and valuable the rug is. When shopping, keep in mind that no two hand-knotted rugs are exactly the same.

 

Tufted RugTufted: Tufted rugs are created with loops of yarn pulled through the rug backing. These loops are then cut to create a smooth, cut-pile rug. These rugs tend to shed more but they also are less expensive and made faster due to the process.

 

Hooked RugHooked: Hooked rugs go through the same process as tufted rugs but the only difference is that the loops are kept in-tact as opposed to being cut.

 

 

Flat-Weave RugFlat-Woven: A flat-woven rug doesn’t have a pile or height to them and tend to be a bit more durable and less soft – for example, a dhurrie.

 

 

BraidedBraided: Braided rugs are similar to flat-woven rugs. They don’t have a pile but are also reversible and extremely durable due to the braiding process. Yarn is braided into one continuous rope that is sewn together in a spiral.  are reversible due to their process and don’t have a pile, similar to flat-woven.

 

Materials

Not only should you research the type of rug construction, but also what the rug is made from. Depending on what space the rug is for, or if you have pets/kids, you’ll want to keep in mind the pros and cons of different material types.

  • Wool: Wool rugs tend to be stronger, more durable, but still soft to the touch. But keep in mind they’re prone to early shedding and color fading.
  • Silk: Silk helps add sheen and softness to other rug materials. This is great for a more elegant room, such as a dining room. But beware of stains and footprints – silk rugs can be harder to clean.  
  • Cotton: Cotton rugs are great for patterned or colorful rooms since they easily absorb dyes. However, these rugs can attract dust easily and wear quickly as they’re not always as durable.
  • Jute/Sisal: Natural grass rugs such as jute and sisal are extremely durable, flat-woven rugs. Since they’re flat-woven, they have a coarser feel and are also more prone to stains.
  • Synthetic: Synthetic rugs include those made with nylon, polypropylene, acrylic, and viscose. They are very strong, stain resistant, and great for high-traffic areas, but can be impressioned easily under heavier furniture.

Maintenance Tips

  • Spot clean stains as soon as they happen.
  • Use a rug pad to keep the rug in place.
  • Shake and vacuum your rug regularly.
  • Rotate your rug every couple of months so it’s evenly worn with foot traffic/furniture weight. 

Image Credit: Macy's.

Creating a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

Your entryway/foyer is the first space guests see when they enter your home, but it’s often overlooked. An entryway welcomes you after a long day of work and also invites guests into your home. It also functions as a space where you can prepare to leave the house – from keys to umbrellas to winter boots. And your entryway sets the tone for the rest of the journey through your home.  The smaller space of the foyer is always a challenge – what do you put there? How do you arrange items? Luckily it’s one of the easiest spaces in a home to decorate and fill – you just have to make sure you have the right items.

Think About the Function of the Space

In almost every entryway, you’ll need a console table or a chest. This is your starting point. If you’re looking for extra storage, go for a console chest with drawers like the Cottage console. This will keep the space clean, but you’ll also get to keep extra items out of sight. If you’re just looking for a place to throw your keys and house décor items, go for a traditional console table like the Halo sofa table. These often come with two drawers or without drawers altogether. The console table or chest is the perfect place to store those leaving-the-house items like keys, garage door openers, umbrellas, or coupons.

Make It Bigger

An entryway is small. But you can open and expand the space with a large wall mirror that goes right above the console. This will help make the space seem larger, and catch a quick glimpse of yourself before you leave the house. You’ll want to make sure that the wall mirror is no wider than your console table. The Turnberry mirror and Maison Sand mirror are great sizes for this. 

Creating the Welcoming and Functional Entryway

An entryway can be done in any style - from rustic industrial to glam contemporary like shown above.

Throw Down a Rug

A smaller rug (like a 3x5, 2x3, or door mat – depending on the size of the room) will help tie the room together, add some warmth, and also double as a door mat. Look for more durable rug types such as a jute, sisal, or woven.

Add Some Character – and Function

Add some character with a functional touch. If you live somewhere rainy, look for a vintage or unique umbrella holder to store umbrellas while also adding a touch of color to your space. If you live in colder areas, look into a coat or hat rack for your entryway. These will add some visual interest while also keeping things organized.

Light Up a Lamp

Add in a table lamp onto your console table. The lower lighting will help create a more relaxing, sophisticated space while the lamp itself will add some décor.

Finally, Add Some Decor

Add smaller décor items and fill the console table with things you love. Whether it’s candles, your grandmother’s antique dish, fresh flowers, or artwork against the mirror, these items will help make this space more inviting – and more you. And make sure there’s  a spot for your keys!

Products (from left to right): Greenwich Sofa Table, Driftwood Key Hook, Horse Sculpture Bookends, Terra Cotta Desk Lamp, Maison Sand MirrorCottage Console, Green Barrel Umbrella HolderTurnberry Mirror, Orange Chevron Wall HookHalo Sofa Table, Gold Umbrella Stand, Zebra Printed Rug, and Danielle Console.

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Transform Your Home for the Perfect Retreat

It’s not too late to go on vacation, minus the hotel room and plane flights. You spend every day in your home – it should be an oasis and a safe haven where you can relax and unwind. Whether you’re looking to create a resort atmosphere in the next couple of days or transform your home into a year-long spa retreat, there are some quick updates you can make to your space. 

Clean It Up

Think of it as spring cleaning, but the summer version. File any excess papers, get rid of anything you don’t need, and clean it all out. Here’s a three-step program to help you: line up three baskets or bins. The first is a throw-away pile, the second is a donation pile, and the third is a “put things back where they belong” pile. And try and donate within the next couple of days so you free up some more space. You’ll feel better and happier in your home if it’s less cluttered and more organized. Once you've removed all excess clutter, thoroughly clean everything. Everything from bathtubs to toilets, and laundry to dusting. Make sure your home looks and breathes clean. And this will also make cleaning in the future easier and quicker.

Rearrange and Refresh

Take a look at the layout from a “guest’s” perspective. Can you move things around? Are things placed where they should be? You may not realize that you’ve been living with the same layout for quite some time and things are in need of a serious update! It's always good to update your home's layout once a year (if not professionally designed). This will help you refresh the space. 

Resort Design

Go Neutral

If you really want to go for the spa/resort look, opt for neutrals and calm colors. It’s always best to have larger items in neutral colors, and bring in patterns and colors with décor items. For example, pairing the Celeste chair with a tropical palm or coral pillow. That way they can be updated and rotated more easily for a fresh new look every couple of months. And make an update to artwork with colorful photography or paintings that will make a statement and calm you at the same time.

Liven Up with Luxury

If you’re due for a furniture upgrade, try out a luxury-look with a chaise lounge or upholstered bed, like the Maison Sand bed. Use softer lighting like table lamps and wall sconces. Not only will these touches give some added luxury, they’ll also offer relaxation and comfort for a complete resort look.

And last of all, remember to relax and enjoy yourself in your home!

Products (from left to right): Celeste Chair, Embroidered Coral Pillow, Tropical Palm Pillow, Air Plant Sea Urchin Trio, Oliver Accent ChestMaison Sand Bed, and Nautical Crab Print

The Fall 2013 Pantone Color Trends in Furniture

As we pass through August, the fall 2013 Pantone colors are beginning to trend in home decor and furniture. With colors such as Emerald, Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Acai, Samba, Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Vivacious, Carafe, and Beaujolais, they're offering up bold statements in modern, traditional, and contemporary rooms alike. Whether you're planning on trying these colors on your walls, or you're opting for a subtle accent piece, these colors are sure to transform your space for the coming months. 

The rich Emerald green continues to update any look with increased elegance and luxury while Linden Green lightens and brightens darker fall shades -- we love how it does just this in the Concord accent chair. And the contrasting Samba red provides an expressive and dramatic look -- perfect for a smaller accent piece such as the Celebration ottoman. We find that Turbulence and Carafe offer an alternative to the cold blacks and grays of fall, adding a bit of warmth to a more sophisticated room, like the clean lines of the Solace gray sofa. And of course we can't forget the bright and dazzling Koi, which is perfect for adding in a color pop to a lighter and more neutral room, for example, with the Drake bar stool. Will you be bringing any of these colors into your home? 

Linden Green PantoneTurbulence PantoneAcai PantoneDeep Lichen GreenEmerald PantoneVivacious PantoneCarafe PantoneKoi Pantone

Products (left to right): Madison Accent Chair, Jordan Full Corner BedCelebration Ottoman, Oasis Accent ChairSolace Gray SofaDrake Bar Stool, Alcove Sage Chair, Radiance II Sofa, Palmer III 92" Sofa, and Radiance Cube Ottoman.

Get the Home Ready for Back-to-School

You’re getting your kids ready for back-to-school, but is your house ready? There may be a new list of school supplies and last-minute summer reading but there’s also a need to organize and prepare for the homework, playdates, and after-school clubs before the craziness begins.

Out with the Old, In with the New

There’s a lot of new art projects, book reports, and dioramas coming your way. Before it all begins, take a look at all of last year’s school work and get organized. Display some pieces, and store others, but most of all make sure there are no piles! We love this arts and crafts project from Simple as that Blog and this filing/organization tip from 4 Men 1 Lady

Kids Organization

Create a Home Hub

Find a spot in your home where you can house all activities, field trips, calendars – everything in one place. Invest in a cork board, magnet board, chalkboard, or all three. These boards will help eliminate paper piles over time by helping  you use more wall space.

Invest in Shelving

Get the kids stocked up with shelving like the Black bookcase. They’ll need it for when even more projects come through and make it easy to store loose papers and scattered toys. Look for neat storage bins or paper holders that can hide the clutter and keep their rooms looking neat.

Kids Organization

Reassess their Rooms

Have they outgrown their twin-size bed? Is their desk practical for the homework they’ll be doing this year? Take a look at their furniture and see if now is the time to make an update for the next stage in their life. It might be time for an upgrade to a larger bed, like the Seaside full bed

Create a Cubby System

Are your kids trying out new activities this year? Create a cubby system for weekly activities near your entryway or doorway to make sure that no one forgets that baseball glove on their way to school. We love this idea from Pinterest

Kids Organization

Whatever updates your home needs to get back-to-school ready, make sure you do it sooner than later so you have time to relax before the summer ends!

How Do I Figure Out My Design Style?

Figuring out your design style is a tricky thing. Are you contemporary? Eclectic? Retro? A mix? And what do those terms mean when talking about a room? For example, many of us say our style is "contemporary" but the definition varies so much for each individual. If you're in the process of refurnishing your home or buying furniture for a new home, it's very important to understand your style and how everything will work together to create the look you're going for. 

Get Googling, Pinning, our Houzzing

Before tackling the shopping process, start searching for rooms instead of terms. Look on Google Images, Pinterest, or Houzz and get lost in the different spaces. When you see something you like, save them all in a board, folder, or ideabook. If you're unsure what to search for, try searching for catch-all keywords that will show a variety of different styles such as "bedroom" or "fireplace design". By searching in this way, you'll find a variety of different design solutions and styles to help you visually identify your look. 

Make a List

A week later, take a look at what images you've saved with a fresh eye. Write down trends you notice from picture to picture. For example, have you noticed that seven of the rooms have starburst mirrors? Or, that all the rooms have fabric sofas instead of leather? You'll notice themes throughout your these images that will help you understand what you like. You'll notice that your "themes" list is morphing into a shopping list such as: circular mirrors, microfiber sofa, moroccan tile rug, and slipper chairs.

Find Your Interior Design Style

Here are some things to look for throughout photos: 

     
  • What types of wall art and decor are in the rooms? Are there kinds that I like or don't like?
  • Are there mostly fabric sofas? Or leather sectionals?
  • What kinds of coffee tables do the rooms feature? Do they have clean lines or have room for storage?
  • Are there colors I'm gravitating towards? Or do the colors vary?
  • Are there consistent materials throughout the photos? 

Start Shopping

Start the shopping process with the list you just made. As you do this, pin or save what products you like. That way, you can look at everything holistically and make sure everything ties into the style you want. Shopping online is a great way to make sure your keeping to your style and plan. Check out the example Pinterest board we created to get the look from one of the rooms above!

Image Sources: Paul Moon DesignHouzz Traditional RoomsErika Bonnell, Inc.Paul Moon DesignMichael Abrams LimitedJane Lockhart Interior Design

4 Chairs to Perfect Your Living Room

An accent chair will help add something unique, colorful, and new to your current living room set. We've pulled together four of our favorite kinds of accent chairs - whether you have a traditional, eclectic, contemporary, or modern living room.

The Chair and a Half

The chair and a half is perfect if you're looking to relax and recline in your living room. It's a bit larger than an armchair but smaller than a loveseat, and they come in styles such as armchair or recliner. Some of them also have an area for storage or a folding twin-size bed. They're perfect for combining storage with comfort and can complete a living room set or live on their own as an accent chair. For example, the Radiance II chair and a half, that comes in purple and gray.

The Wing Chair

The wing chair is a classic piece that continues to stay current, year after year. The chair is known for its regal shape, with heightened arms, similar to the shape of wings. The chair was created to help women stay warm near the fireplace circa 1600 and the wing design originally helped protect from cold drafts. Today the chair works in both a more contemporary setting as well as a more regal, traditional setting and is often found with different options for colors, patterns, and nailhead trim. For example, in a bright blue with silver nailhead trim as seen in the Miata chair.

The Wing Chair

The Chaise Lounge

The chaise lounge is a long reclining chair used for relaxing, napping, and lounging. Originating from France hundreds of years ago, it combines the comfort of a bed with the style and elegance of an accent chair. Chaise lounges come in a variety of styles (with or without tufting, one arm, both arms, or armless), colors, and fabrics. And they're versatile. They can work in a more traditional room with a tufted back, to a extremely modern space without arms, like the Brittney Chaise or Maxim Chaise.

The Chaise Lounge

The Slipper Chair

The slipper chair: it's an armless chair that sits low to the ground. Since it's smaller than most accent chairs, the slipper chair will help you make the most of your space. Historically, slipper chairs functioned as extra seating in a dressing room or closet area but they've since made their way into other rooms. Back then, the armless design worked well for ladies in large skirts, dresses, and corsets. Today, the elegant, clean look in bright colors and patterns is perfect to add a pop to any space, like the Paris accent chair. Use two of them as accent chairs with a side table, or use it against a wall near an entryway or foyer. Or, place one in the corner across from a sectional.

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Products (top to bottom): Radiance II Chair and a Half, Miata Accent Chair, Brittney Chaise, and Paris Accent Chair.

The College Dorm Room Checklist

It's that time of the year. You're either going back to school or heading to campus for the first time. If you're moving into your first dorm or off-campus apartment, you'll want to make the most out of your space -- and make sure it's the place to be. Think smart and get started with a college dorm checklist. 

Plan Ahead

While you may not be moving in for a couple of weeks, think ahead. Moving in while juggling classes, activities, and parties is no fun. There are three things you can do beforehand to make sure you're not opening up boxes and books at the same time. 

  1. See if you can get a floorplan for your dorm or apartment ahead of time -- either from your college residence life or your landlord. Or, take measurements. You may think your space is bigger (or smaller!) than it actually is. And you might end up with too much or, too little furniture. You may find that you can fit a queen-size bed and a sofa. Or that your space is smaller, and a loft bed will do the trick. There are also great apps to help you plan out your space such as Floorplanner
  2. Figure out what you need. You'll most likely need a bed, a place to do work, and of course, a place to hang out with friends. 
  3. Order furniture online now. Why? Because you'll want to make sure the furniture has time to arrive and you have everything settled before classes start. 

College Dorm Furniture

Make the Best of a Small Space

You'll most likely be moving into a smaller space. But don't worry, you can make the most of it! Here's a tip: when you're laying out your furniture, try and place larger items against the wall. That way you'll have more open space for friends and fun. And invest in multi-function pieces such as bunkbeds with work stations underneath, like the All-In-One Loftbed. Or a futon, which is perfect for lounging with books during the week -- and great for having friends over on the weekends. Get something versatile such as the Phyllo Futon Sofa Bed. Another great option for additional seating is the Four Corners Cocktail Table with Benches so you can have even more friends over (for all those study sessions).

Don't Forget Storage

If you're moving into your first dorm room, you might not know what to expect. Most dorm rooms are low on storage. For example, you might have a 3 ft. wide closet that you have to share with your roommate! And you'll use all that storage for books, clothing, laundry, and bathroom accessories. Opt for items like the Tania Nesting Ottomans which provides extra seating, storage, and snacking space. 

Have Fun

It's your first “on-your-own” space. Have fun with it! And make sure it's a reflection of you and your personality.

Products (left to right): All-In-One LoftbedFour Corners Cocktail Table, Colette Full Sleeper SofaTania Nesting OttomansPhyllo Futon Sofa Bed.

Living Room Fabric Options for Kids and Pets

Many parents or pet owners are hesitant to replace their old living room chairs or sofa, thinking it would be better to wait until the children are older or the puppies and kittens are all grown up. But you can have your family – furry friends and all – and a new living room design too! Some fabrics are more conducive to the wear and tear of these specific family members, and choosing such a fabric for your living room upholstery will give you all furniture that you can live with.

Leather Living Room Furniture

A leather sofa or living room chair is a fantastic choice for a number of reasons. It is very durable and comfortable. Leather furniture will contour to the shape of your body when you sit on it but will also keep its shape. You can easily clean any spills or smudges with a damp cloth, and it doesn't attract pet hair. And, as asked in the Moms Write Stuff blog, “Who in his right mind wouldn’t want to sit in the lap of luxury? One way to do that is by choosing leather furniture.”
 
Microfiber Living Room Furniture

Microfiber is another fantastic option for your living room upholstery. This fabric has a seemingly flat weave, so your pets won’t easily get their claws stuck in anything by simply jumping on the furniture (which can be the case with some textured fabrics). And its smooth, tight feel makes microfiber easy to clean, however, you may need to use microfiber-specific cleansers, because the bleach and fabric softeners found in some household cleansers could damage the microfiber over time.

If you do fall in love with a living room set that is not upholstered in a durable fabric, like leather or microfiber, all is not lost. You might be able to treat the fabric for durability, however, be careful and consult manufacturer instructions – this could impact the fabric’s feel.

5 Sofas Under $500

A new sofa refreshes the look of your living room -- it can also completely change the style of the room. If you're in the market for a new sofa and want to update your living room, you don't need to spend a ton of money to get the style and quality you're looking for. We've pulled together five of our favorite sofas that you can bring home for less than $500.

Casino Leather Sofa

Get the on-trend look of furniture design’s modern masterpieces with the Casino leather sofa. With a nod to mid-century style, this piece has an architecturally-inspired silhouette with wide track arms and box-style seat and back cushions, covered in classic white bonded leather. Tufted details on the seat add a graceful touch and keep the look from being too modern, while cantilevered chrome legs add sculptural flair. Attached seat cushions and velcro-adhered back cushions ensure the look is always crisp and clean. And this sofa is just $449.

Casino Leather Sofa

Colette Sofa

Give your living room a fashionable touch with the crisply tailored Colette sofa. Sloping rolled arms, classic box seat cushions and knife-edge back cushions all feature finely constructed welted detailing. The heathered gray herringbone upholstery provides a dignified background for the fashion-forward fabrics on the accent pillows. Neither too masculaine nor too feminine, this comfortable sofa will showcase your good taste! And it's just $499.

Colette Sofa

Griffin Sofa

Sink into dreamy comfort with the Griffin sofa. Deep seat cushions and back pillows are covered in chestnut-hued, plush textured chenille, contrasting with warm chocolate faux leather on the base and arms. A wide woven accent fabric in delicious tones of cinnamon and cafe au lait complete the lush and inviting color palette. Flared arms, four toss pillows, tapered legs and welted detailing round out the enticing effect. And it's only $399.

Griffin Sofa

Palmer 92" Sofa

The Palmer 92" sofa offers an enviable combination for your home — it's the perfect blend of long-lasting comfort and fashion! The style is casually contemporary, but with features that stand the test of time: easygoing roll arms, welted seat cushions and simply angled wood feet. Premium foam cores and sinuous seat springs work overtime to keep you relaxed, while the red finish exudes a certain visual energy. The accent pillows sport classic stripes and French script for a perfect dose of effortless decorating appeal. And it's available in other options, for just $499.

Palmer Sofa

Stoked Sofa

There's something exciting about the Stoked sofa, whose inviting style and contemporary look will add energy to any well-designed space. Featuring deep seating and a scatter back design, this collection boasts welted track arms and slightly tapered wedge feet for a clean and fashionable aesthetic. One coordinating fabric with a bold circle pattern and a second in rich brown corduroy add to the modern appeal. The loose, reversible back pillows allow you to customize the look and your seating comfort. And it's yours for $399.

cream sofa

Q&A: Designing with a Long Living Room

Question

I just bought a small condo and I am looking to buy living room furniture. My dilemma is the size and shape of the room. It’s oblong and I’m trying to maximize my seating. How can I best arrange the room to have the most seating but not just put all the furniture against the wall? — Teresa, Delray, FL

Answer

This is a question that our Design Experts are often asked. In a perfect home, a living room space is more square, but many dwellers face the challenge of the oblong living room. Especially in a smaller-sized condo, you want to get the most out of your space with seating, comfort, and decor. At the same time, you don’t want guests to feel cramped. Fortunately these longer, narrow living room spaces are a blessing in disguise and there are several ways to make it work. Think about what you’re using the room for. Do you entertain frequently? Are you looking to relax? With a longer living room, you have the opportunity to break up the space into sections. Here’s a good rule of thumb: the main area should take up 3/4 the space while the smaller area, such as a reading nook, dining area, additional seating, etc. fills up the rest.

For a combined living and dining room, shift the focus of the space to entertaining and mix similar furniture lines and colors. This will help tie the two sections together. For example, pairing the Alcove table and Alcove chairs with the Paris Collection sofa and loveseat to maximize seating while allowing for foot traffic. For a more formal living room look, opt for a wider sofa with two opposing chairs. For example, pair the Colette Collection sofa with two Colette Collection accent chairs. This arrangement is perfect if you have a TV or fireplace across from the sofa as the main focal point.Or, if you’re looking to relax in the space, create a reading nook with either one or two chairs on the opposite side of the room.

Helpful Tips

  • Draw up a floorplan of the space to see what types of furniture you can fit, and where.
  • Look for longer rugs that will fill the room to visually tie the sections together.
  • Match your largest furniture item (most likely a sofa) with your longest wall for space efficiency.
  • Bring your sofa about two inches out from the wall to add an illusion of more space.

A New Year, a New Look for Your Home

As you set your new year’s resolutions for 2013, don’t forget about your home. No matter where you live, 2013 should be the year you turn your space into a home you love! Whether you’re looking to refurnish every room or just want to freshen things up, these expert tips will help you get started:

Take Stock of What You Have

Walk through your home and consider your current furnishings and accessories. Even if you’re planning to buy an entire new set of living room furniture, it doesn’t mean everything in your living room has to go. Perhaps the end tables can find new life as nightstands in your guest room or the overstuffed accent chair would be perfect for creating a reading nook by your bedroom window. Create a list of the pieces you want to continue to use as you do today, those you would like to repurpose and those you want to remove altogether. Then create a list by room of other furnishings you might need. This will be important for prioritizing whether you want to shop for a new sofa or a new bedroom set first.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Sometimes what your home needs is some reorganization to give it the feel of a makeover. For example, your bedroom could be completely transformed by relocating your bed or even placing furnishings on a pleasing angle. This will create an artful look and completely refresh any tired configurations you’ve set up in your home.

Revisit Lighting and Window Treatments

Don’t force your beautiful decor to hide behind bad lighting. Consider how you use each space and then light it appropriately. Play around with different pieces of lighting and bulbs to find the right brightness for each space. A dimmer, for example, could be the perfect upgrade to take your dining room furniture to the next level for entertaining. And while you’re at it, be sure your windows are dressed in a way to accentuate your decor while also letting in or obscuring light as needed.

Consider Color

Color can dramatically change the look of any room. Whether you choose to paint the wall or bring in colorful new accent furniture, you will enjoy instant results. Don’t be afraid to go bold, but experiment slowly if this is something new for you and your home.

Remember: You Can Start Small

Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will a new look for your home. But if you take it one room and step at a time, perhaps rearranging furniture today and adding a new accent table to your foyer tomorrow, you’ll be living in your dream home before you know it!