Introducing Karin Chudy, Our Resident "Home DIY" Expert



Hello all my new Beauties! I am beyond thrilled to be writing for

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Karin and I am the artist, creator, and writer of the blog ART IS BEAUTY.  This blog focuses on DIY projects that involve furniture.

13yr-old-Karin-PS-1 As long as I can remember I have been interested in art, design, and decorating. One of my first decorating memories was when my mother decided I could finally redo my own bedroom. The only catch was I had to do everything. This included removing the psychedelic 60's wallpaper, pulling off decorative wainscoting and trim, and belt sanding the walls to remove the old glue that held up the paneling.  I was 13 and I did it without even thinking about the work. The important thing was that I was going to get to do it all and I was going to get to use power tools! Today, almost  30 (wink wink) years later, I still get as excited as I did back then.

I recently built a farmhouse table for my family and I got the same rush of excitement as I did when I was 13. I got to build it with my own two hands (well, four with the help of my husband) and I got to use power tools and completely design it myself. What more could a girl ask for? I wanted to build something that my kids and I could sit around for years laughing, joking, and spilling various items on without worrying about the piece.

Furniture is very sentimental to me. In all my years of working with furniture I still remember every piece that I have built or remodeled, what it meant to me at the time, and how each piece had its own personality. The personalities of the various pieces resonate throughout the whole house; for example, my artwork covers the walls and painted pieces that I have rescued from the wood chipper are in every room. When I walk in my front door I think, "eclectic and comfortable."

In addition to my jobs of Artist/Furniture Refurbisher and General DIY Expert, my main jobs are being a Mother and Wife. I, like most of you, embody that dreaded word "busy" most of the time. Finding furniture that fits my style is tough, let alone finding the time to shop. The last time I went furniture shopping it was a four-week process of fitting it into our schedule, getting someone to watch the kids (at the time our four kids were small and we didn't want the added stress of herding them into every furniture store we went to), and driving back and forth to the stores, just to be harassed by that predatory salesperson. The mere thought of it stressed me out.

Lately, I've started looking online for furniture that matches the style of my home. In a serendipitous moment I was typing comfortable, eclectic, artistic sofa into my search when the clouds parted and there it was, the Marquette beige sofa from My computer must know my dream furniture because it lead me right to I had never heard of them but I was immediately drawn to their selection! I couldn't believe it, I started looking at the Hemingway beige accent chair and a various selection of other pieces. I had virtually started redesigning my whole living room all while drinking my coffee and sitting in my beloved painting clothes. I didn't even have to put on any makeup...always a bonus.

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Of my many DIY passions, creating accent pieces for my home is a front runner. Whether I'm creating artwork or small simple pieces to go with the furniture I already have, I love knowing that my hands had something to do with what I am looking at as I walk in the room. I plan to bring my DIY accent piece DIY expertise to's blog in the future, so stay tuned!

Now if you will please excuse me, I am going to go pour myself another cup of coffee while I go look at bedroom furniture online. 

Check back soon for a fun DIY project from Karin! In the meantime, check out to find the piece that speaks to you.


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8 Fabulous Furniture Finds for Small Spaces


Everyone would love to have that luxurious, spread-out space to live in and decorate but, truth be told, we're often faced with a small apartment to furnish, especially in urban areas. 

Enter We have the perfect pieces for your tighter spaces! Here are two distinct room setups with several furnishings that won't take up too much real estate. First, a chic, modern take on compact living, befitting a student or professional. Next, a more refined look that would work swimmingly as a home office, guest room or retreat in a larger home.

Let's start with modern:

Crescent-Desk-1 Viper-Office-Chair-2

The Coopersville glass-top desk fits all your work accoutrements while serving as a space for placing collectibles or just your keys and essentials. In a small room, this versatility is important; with a desk like this you can study or work, display your artistic sense or your interests and have a place for storing everyday living items.

The Karl office chair is great for extra seating and as a perfect office furniture complement to the Coopersville. Seat height adjustment is built in and casters on the durable, brushed nickel base allow for easy movement, even on carpets!

Magma-Bookcase-5 Mezzo-Futon 

Matching the merlot finish of the desk, you may choose the Frye large bookcase to display your treasures, work papers and books. A classic irregular bookcase, this showpiece is only 12 inches deep and 35 inches wide, fitting in that tight space of yours conveniently.

The focal point of a room should be attractive in form and function, and the Armando futon sofa bed with sound system offers your tight living area seating and sleeping options. Folding down from its sofa position, the Armando becomes a bed, and one with audio speakers, at that. Why waste space with a bulky stereo system when you can have it built right into your futon? 


Now for something a little more classic:

Arts--Crafts-Desk-and-Chair Arts--Crafts-Sofa-Table

This room starts with the early 20th-century mission furniture style of the Wentworth Dark desk and chair set. The desk features an open design, so you can store a file cabinet or boxes underneath, maximizing the space that's at a premium. The chair is not only extra seating, but the ideal companion to the office desk for getting homework or paperwork done, and casters provide convenience. 

Also from the Wentworth Dark suite, the sofa table is slim and full of storage or display space, perfect for placement against a wall or behind a sofa.

Marlene-Futon Compass-End-Table

Fitting in with this deep, chocolate color scheme is the slightly contemporary, but mid-century-influenced, Barclay java-finished futon sofa bed, which combines the relaxation of a Euro lounger and the versatility of a fold-down futon. When you choose this piece that doubles as living room seating and sleeping accommodations, you're well on your way to saving space!

Rounding out this traditional-inflected room is the Cole round end table, which features exotic Zebrano veneers that give the piece a stylish look for a price you can afford. The round shape presents economy of design, taking up less room, while a single drawer provides a little convenient storage for living room or small bedroom accessories.

So, when facing those big design issues for your not-so-big space think of these contrasting furniture pieces to help you conquer the job.

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3 of the Top Summer Trends


With April slowly fading away and May on the horizon, it's time to start planning your summer décor. To us, summer is all about accentuating what the season offers. We've compiled our top tips to help you prep your home for the summer season. 


Because certain flowers reach their prime during the summer, it's imporant to add colors to your decor that mirror the changes that are happening outdoors. We particularly love hydrangeas because they can come in all different shades of blues, pinks, purples, whites, and greens, giving you plenty of options. Adding vases of seasonal summer flowers around your home is a quick, easy way to bring nature indoors. For something more permanent, however, pieces like our Ainsley blue chair, Layla pink mirror, and Highline green loveseat can also capture those colors.



Summer is great because you can expand your home beyond the structure of your house. Your backyard becomes barbeque central and your lawn regularly tickles bare feet. With the right outdoor furniture you can create an atmosphere that's fun for both kids and adults. Whether you're all gathered 'round a firepit, snuggling on a sectional, or just enjoying the weather in a comfy chair, outdoor furniture can make your patio the star of the season.



Clutter can put a serious damper on the clean, airy aura that comes with summer. Spring cleaning should've helped you rid your home of those piles of junk that no one needs, but your furniture needs to be de-cluttered as well. Bulky, heavy, and dark furniture is fine for winter, but in the summer it will weigh down your entire house by blocking natural light. Even switching out small things like your cocktail table, dining chairs, or accent chair can help update your home for summer. 

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Furniture Tips from Moms on the Move: Meet Stacy


Moving around constantly can cause issues when it comes to buying and picking out furniture. To get a better sense of the challenges involved with moving around a lot, we interviewed Stacy, a military mom with three kids who has lived in 5 states. Stacy shared her experiences with relocating and how to pick furniture that fits an unpredictable lifestyle. 

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

I'm a mom to three kids: a seven-year-old daughter and two sons, ages three and five. I started my military career at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduating I served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for five years.My husband, Kevin, just recently retired from the Marine Corps after serving for twenty years. (Stacy and Kevin pictured below.)


 (Photo via Nicki Bursae Photography:


2. How many states have you lived in? 

StatesLet's see... I think five. My father was in the Navy and was stationed in Maryland and that's where I was born. After graduating from college, I spent six months in Virginia for training before I I ventured out on my own for the first time and moved to eastern North Carolina. Two years later Kevin and I got married and moved to South Carolina.

Kevin got stationed in North Carolina while I was pregnant with our second child. We didn't want to be apart during my pregnancy so we packed up half of our belongings and moved to North Carolina for nine months. When Kevin left for deployment, the kids and I moved back to South Carolina. When Kevin returned from deployment, the Marine Corps was able to send him back to his previous unit in South Carolina. Our family was back together again!

After Kevin retired we relocated to Boston for a while then finally settled in North Carolina.  




3. What's the hardest part about moving around so much?

For me, it was hard making our house feel like a home when I knew it was only temporary. Our South Carolina home was my favorite. We picked out everything from the colors of the walls to the kitchen counter tops and hardware. We even got to pick out where the electric outlets would go! It was our home, and even though I knew it wasn't a forever home, it was still a bittersweet goodbye. The townhouse in Boston was a hard transition for us. The townhouse was not only smaller than our home in South Carolina, but we weren't allowed to put holes in the walls to hang pictures and we couldn't paint the walls -- they were all flat white. I didn't want to buy new items for the townhouse because I knew it was only temporary, but I still wanted to make the place feel like home. 


4. What's the hardest part about buying furniture for a family?


Probably predicting how the family will change and being able to adapt. When Kevin and I were first married we were buying furniture for a big, three bedroom house. Kevin and I each had our own bedroom sets and Kevin had a living room set. It was overwhelming trying to decide what style of furniture to put in each room while also keeping in mind that we would one day have a family. Our kitchen table came with four chairs, which was fine for the first seven years of our marriage, but then our third child came along. He outgrew his high chair a couple years ago, but there was very little space in our townhouse for seating. For the past two years we've had to use a folding chair to fit our family of five around the kitchen table. Now that we have a nice, open eating area, I'm excited to find the best furniture to solve our seating situation.






5. What's your favorite piece of furniture that you currently own? How long have you had it?

My favorite piece is a large bookshelf we've had since our first home. Our first house had a very open floor plan with high ceilings and when we moved we weren't sure it would fit in our townhouse, but thankfully, it did. I don't really know why I like it so much, but it's perfect for pictures, books, and mementos. Maybe that's why I like it so much. It holds our special family memories. 

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6. What furniture tips do you have for other families that move around a lot?

I would recommend picking a few pieces that define your style and that you really love and take them with you wherever you go. That way, no matter where you live, it will always feel like home. 


7. What do you look for in a piece of furniture when you buy it?

I like to make sure I'm getting my money's worth. I know that if I buy a cheaper item, I'm probably sacrificing quality. When I was buying pieces that were more important to me (like my dining room table and china cabinet), I wanted pieces that were made well. For my living room, I was looking for pieces that were comfortable and durable because my family spends a lot of time in the living room. The couches had to be able to stand up to three energetic kids. 


8. What's your design style of choice?

My style would probably best be described as traditional. 


9. What's the one piece of furniture you're most likely to leave behind and buy new?

We have storage for toys in the kids' room that could easily be given away. One of the storage pieces has pink and purple bins which my daughter has outgrown and it doesn't match the boys' room so there's no reason to keep it. I'd like to get rid of it and make room for something more useful.


10. Where would your dream home be?

There's a community in South Carolina near where I used to live. We used to take the kids for walks along the paths and admired the beautiful scenery. There's always been rumors that John Travolta owns a house there, so it's totally unattainable unless I win the lottery a few times over, but it's a gorgeous neighborhood. 


For us, home is where the heart is. We hope Stacy's tips help you when you decide to move or buy furniture. has a great selection at affordable prices. So check us out!

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Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Pattern Say About You?


Everyone has their own design preferences, but did you ever wonder what your style says about your personality? Why did you choose that fabric? Just pick your favorite and scroll down to see what your choice says about you!

              Studio-1    Jasmine

               Kismet-1     Candice

               Marley     Madison-1


If you picked 1: You're organized. You lean more towards the neat and tidy but that doesn't mean you shy away from fun! You like bold lines and clean, geometric designs. Every shape has a purpose, every line has a meaning, and that's exactly how it should be. The Prospect geometric accent chair is your perfect match. 

Here are some other picks you'll like:

 Pompano-Sofa   Caterina-Chair

                 The Pompano modern grey sofa                                The Caterina grey accent chair

If you picked 2: You're a free spirit. You like flowing, organic lines and you're willing to think outside of the box. You don't pick the predictable path and it shows in your style choices! You're fun, easygoing, and carefree. The Alexandia flowery chair and a half speaks to your soul.

Here are some other picks you'll like:

Atwater-Merlot-Queen-Bed   Brookside-Spa-Sofa

             The Atwater merlot queen bed                                        The Brookside light green sofa

If you picked 3: You're wild! You live your life outside of the box. To you, lines were created to be colored outside of. There is no hue too bold and no fabric too crazy. You speak your mind wear your heart on your sleeve. The Calamar retro accent chair is just vibrant enough to match your personality.

Here are some other picks you'll like:

 Walker-Red-Sofa   Madeline-Brown-Chair

                           The Walker red sofa                                        The Marquette brown accent chair   

If you picked 4: You're classic. You like traditions and keeping things how they've always been. You generally don't like big changes, and when you decide to change it's nothing drastic. You like simple, timless elegance. The Dandridge traditional accent chair will last for years to come.

Here are some other picks you'll like:

 Caroline-Red-Chair-1   Lowell-Queen-Bed
                The Caroline red accent chair                                          The Lowell cherry queen bed
If you picked 5: You're down-to-earth. You know who you are and what you like. It was easy for you to pick your favorite pattern because let's face it, this one is so obviously you. You're real and proud of it. The Emberley gingham accent chair is you. 
Here are some other picks you'll like:
Pearson-Chaise-Sofa   Eliot-Accent-Chair
              The Pearson gray chaise sofa                                          The Eliot gray accent chair
If you picked 6: You're bubbly. You're fun and energetic and always have a smile on your face! You like bright, floral colors because they make your home feel inviting and open. You're not afraid to try something different and laugh at yourself when it goes terribly wrong. This Concord accent chair and floral throw pillow is your spirit animal. 
Here are some other picks you'll like:
Perry-Accent-Chair   Hadley-Sofa 
          The Perry patterned accent chair                                            The Hadley floral sofa

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How to Pick the Best Fabric for your Furniture [Infographic]

Choosing the right fabric for your furniture can be hard because there are so many options to pick from. To help you out, we've taken some of the most common fabrics, defined them, explained when they should be used, and how long it takes to clean them. From bonded leather to velvet, we've got you covered!


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3 Colors Perfect for Spring Decor [Infographic]

It's time for an intererior design refresh. This spring is all about adding color in bold and daring ways; don't be scared - it's easy! You can add a small pop of color to your space or go totally color crazy and mix-and-match. Three colors that we're predicting to be trendy this spring are green, blue, and grey.


Green is a great color because there are oodles of different shades.You can go from mint to sage to olive (anyone else getting hungry?) depending on your personal style. Your room will be so chic, your friends will be green with envy.

Blue is fabulous because it is an underused color that is incredibly versitile. Go dark with slate blue or brighten it up with pastel. Blue is the new you.

Lastly, grey may seem gloomy to some, but to us it's a wonderful world of possibilities. Grey can be paired with the boldest of bold colors and it will always match. What more could you want?
Need more color options? is chock full of 'em! 
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6 Quick and Easy Spring Cleaning Tips


Spring cleaning is the perfect time to refresh your home from sofas to sinks. We want to make cleaning easier for you so we're sharing some of our favorite quick and easy spring cleaning tips for all parts of your home. These tips will not only make your home sparkle for spring, but will help keep your home clean for the rest of the year! 





Baking soda is a great product to use for cleaning because it helps absorb odors and cleans away grime at the same time. An reader recommends sprinkling baking soda on the cushions, letting it sit, and then vacuuming it up! The reader also mentions doing this outside on a sunny day. Easy fun in the sun!







Yup, you read that correctly! According to, you can put Tang™ drink mix into your toilet bowl and the citric acid will work as a scrubber to get rid of icky grime. All you have to do is drop a teaspoon of the mix into a bowl and let it sit for a couple of minutes, swish the water around with your toilet bowl brush, and flush! Easy, quick, and non-toxic!

Sponges are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. An articles from says that if you microwave your wet sponge on high for two minutes it will kill 99% of the bacteria that has settled in your sponge. Now you can literally zap away the germs!








Shower curtains can easily gather mold and mildew so it's important to clean them regularly.  Women's Day magazine provided a great tip: wash your shower curtain with your towels because the towels will scrub the curtain clean. Brilliant!








Vinegar is a great, non-toxic, solution for getting rid of unsightly sink stains and unbearable sink stench. says to spray the stains with undiluted vinegar and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, scrub the stain with an old toothbrush. Vinegar can easily tackle tough stains and harsh odors! 






Before you start your refinishing projects, make sure you have mineral spirits handy. says that mineral spirits will give you a preview of what the wood will look like, allowing you to determine which finish you should choose. All you have to do is wipe down your wood surface with mineral spirits and you'll have a good sense of what color you should pick!



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Get the Spring Look with Help from the Design Team

Spring is (hopefully) right around the corner. While some places may still have a cold breeze in the air and snow on the ground, we want to warm things up with a spring-inspired living room. We found this gorgeous colorful living room and immediately fell in love. The pops of bold colors and patterns really say "spring."


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We took this room to the design team and challenged them to recreate this look using products that are available on our site. They did a fantastic job and found pieces on that won't cost you an arm and a leg! 


The Sofa

The Calamar stone sofa is a great neutral tone that can act as a perfect base for bright colors.

The Trocadero cream sofa is delicate in color, but sturdy in structure.


The Accent Chairs  










The Whitley apple green velvet chair reminds us of blossoming flowers. It's the quintessential spring piece.

The Biscayne blue cotton chair is perfect for hanging out in warm weather.



The Cocktail Table


The Foxpoint distressed tan and black cocktail table is almost identical to the one in the inspiration photo! 

The Arno merlot cocktail table blends well the the neutral tones of the sofa, but can mix with fun colors too!


The Ottoman

The Stephania is a gorgeous round bronze ottoman. Organic shapes and soft edges help make your room more inviting.
The Hudson red ottoman is perfect for adding a little pop of color to the corner of your room! 

Bravo, Design Team, bravo! We hope these pieces will help you update your living room just in time for spring! If you're looking for more pieces to fill your space, check out

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7 Loveseats We Love: Staff Picks

To celebrate Valentine's Day we asked our staff to pick out a loveseat they love and tell us why they fell in love with it.  
But first, a brief lesson on where the term "loveseat" came from. Enclyclopedia Britannica says loveseats were originally designed in the 17th and 18th centuries so women with large dresses could sit comfortably. In the 19th century the name "loveseat" became popular and the seats began being produced with the purpose of fitting two people. How romantic. 
Now, without further ado, here are our staff's favorite loveseats:

(This apartment sofa was picked by two staff members!)

"I love it becaue it's chic, yet vey romantic. Also, almost any color throw pillow will match the beige upholstery-  even a red heart-shape one (I'm being cheesy)."

-Nathaly B., Graphic Designer

"I love it because it has a very classic French design. The tufting has a welcoming feel and looks incredibly comfortable.  No need for bulky back pillows, just sit down with the one you love and enjoy each other's company." 

-Robert K., Customer Care



"I love the Catalina gray loveseat. It has a modern look without being too contemporary and its overstuffed cushions make it very inviting! This loveseat makes me want to cozy up and snuggle with my hubby for some semi-forced romantic comedy movie viewing on Valentine's Day."

- Kaitlyn T., HR Manager 



"I love the Highline blue loveseat because it's a great way to add a pop of color to a small space. I also really like the retro style. It's a subtle nod to the '60s and '70s without being over the top and outdated."


- Vlada R., Ecommerce Manager


"There is so much to love about this Winchell leather loveseat! I love the two-tone design with one shade framing the other, the traditional roll arms and nailhead trim, as well as the fact the it's made from 100% leather crafted by Italian artisans. It's perfect for watching a classic film with your Valentine."

- Andrew P., Catalog Specialist




"My apartment is really modern and it's hard to find a modern loveseat that matches the room.  I like this color because it stays neutral without being too boring.  This is a perfect loveseat, made just for two!"

- Cait P., Product Management




"The Marquette chocolate apartment sofa feels like the perfect mix of romance and masculinity. If I'm going to indulge in some dark chocolate, red wine, and a copy of Crazy, Stupid Love by myself, it's going to be while sitting on this loveseat, crying into those fabulous faux cowhide pillows. My love life may be in shambles, but at least I have nice-looking, proportional furniture! And you know what they say: furniture is forever."

- Lisa L., Catalog Specialist



"I love this Walker blue loveseat because it's compact, so it can fit in a lot of different rooms, but it's still comfortable. I would pair it with the Walker blue ottoman to maximize versatility and comfort.  I also love the pillows that come with it – a little splash of red for Valentine's Day makes the couch look even more enticing."

- Kyle M., Marketing Director

We hope you enjoyed seeing the loveseats that stole our staff's hearts! If you haven't found your perfect match yet, don't worry! We have wide selection of loveseats on our site! Check 'em out! 

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5 Presidential Fun Facts from

Presidents' Day is a national holiday when the US celebrates and remembers all presidents (past and present). This year Presidents' Day falls on February 16th and we wanted to showcase some of our more "presidential" pieces. We're highlighting five pieces that share names with some of our past presidents and a fun fact about that president!

1. Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor, our twelfth president, was not present for his presidential nomination and did not find out about it for some time after. According to, "In 1848, the Whig Party nominated Taylor to be president without his knowledge or presence at the nominating convention. He refused to pay the postage and did not find out about the nomination for weeks." Talk about a surprise!

To pay homage to President Taylor, we're showing this Taylor twin corner bed. This bed is perfect for any kid! If they don't want to go to school in the morning, just tell them about President Taylor's nomination. They may never know what they miss!



2. James Monroe

James Monroe, the fifth president,  was nicknamed 'The Last Cocked Hat'! "The term 'Cocked Hats' was given to the presidents who played significant roles in the American revolution of independence." We tip our hats to you, sir.

 This Monroe acccent chest is as glamorous as President Monroe was. This piece stands out and makes a statement, just like good ol' Monroe. This Monroe accent chest will play a significant role in your home decor.



3. Martin Van Buren

Ah, Van Buren. What's there not to love about our eighth president. From his eclectic hair style to his stylish ascot, Van Buren was a pretty okay guy. In fact, he is the reason the word "okay" exists today. Van Buren grew up in Kinderhook, New York. When he got into politics he was nicknamed Old Kinderhook, which soon got abbreviated OK. People used 'Is it OK' when talking about Van Buren and that's where the word okay comes from. So he's OK by us!

This Martin dining room set is the perfect pair with Van Buren. We can almost picture Old Kinderhook hanging out at this table with his friends bragging about how he came up with a word. Okay, that probably didn't happen, but we can totally picture it.



4. James Madison

James Madison, our fourth president, appeared on US currency. Not many of us know this though because he was on the $5,000 bill. noted, "Most of these $5,000 bills have been taken out of circulation, but according to an article on Mental Floss, there are nearly 350 of them left." If you own a $5,000 bill or ever happen to be fortuitous enough to just stumble across one, hang on to it.

While there are a lot of presidents with the first name James, we think this James accent chest should be dedicated to James Madison. Its simulated leather straps and nailhead detailing make it look luxurious and vintage- kind of like a $5,000 bill.



5. Chester Arthur

Last but not least is our twenty-first president, Chester Arthur. We found out that Arthur was a furniture lover. How could we not share this? In fact, Chester Arthur may have held the first-ever White House yard sale. He apparently sold whatever wasn't built into the foundation of the White House (24 wagon full of stuff) to get enough money for new furniture. If only there was a back in the day...

This is too good. Our site carries an accent chest called the Arthur. Chest...Arthur...Chester Arthur. It was meant to be. This piece even looks like it was reclaimed, just as a piece from his famous yard sale would've been. Fate. 



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Designer Feature: 10 Questions with Christa Paarni from Salvaged Soul

Salvaged Soul is a fantastic site that's filled to the brim with custom wood furniture. Who makes these stunning pieces? A funky gal from SoCal named Christa Paarni. She designs and builds these one-of-a-kind pieces for herself, friends, and clients and they're amazing. We've admired all of the pieces Christa has created for a while. She's a mom, a wife, and an extremely talented carpenter and her ability to multi-task and create incredible pieces has blown us away. We were lucky enough to get an interview and we're sharing it with the world!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Christa and I live in Southern California. I am a mommy to two perfect (as perfect as a rowdy three and six-year-old can be) baby boys. 


2. In your own words, what is Salvaged Soul?

Salvaged Soul is a place you can find custom, chic wood furniture and decor. Every piece is designed and built with passion and love and therefore, has a little part of my soul in it. I want my furniture to stay in families for generations. 

3. When did you start Salvaged Soul?

I started in April of 2013.

4. Why did you choose custom furniture as your craft?

It chose me. Both of my grandpas and my great grandpa were carpenters, so it's in my blood. Growing up I never thought custom furniture would turn into my livelihood, but now I can see my children running Salvaged Soul when they grow up. 


5. What's your favorite piece you've ever made and why?

This is a really tough one. All of my pieces are my favorite in a different way. If I HAVE to choose one I would choose my wine bar. This piece really pushed my carpentry to another level. I was given an inspiration photo from a client and designed this piece from top to bottom. There are six cabinets (two of them being glass), two drawers, seven wine bottle slots, crown molding around the top, LED lights shining down on the counter area, and a space for a wine fridge. My clients push me to learn more and allow me to do what I love for a living while making them something beautiful. 


6. Who is your interior design icon and why?

I have many! I guess it really depends on the project. I love Nate Berkus and how he has branded himself into a household name. That is what I want to achieve with Salvaged Soul. I feel like he is always on point with trends and is great with creating new trends as well. I work with many interior designers and always get inspired by their individual creativity and outlooks on design concepts. No two are alike and that's what I love.

7. If you could travel to any decade, what decade would it be?

Without a doubt I would travel to the early 1900s. In that era everything was handcrafted and wood was used to build everything. The design concepts were very glamorous and chic. If I could design a home from top to bottom I would incorporate as much as I could from that era. Ninety percent of the reason I watch Vampire Diaries is to see the Salvatore Boarding House (better known as the Glenridge Hall, located in Georgia) to get inspired. It was built in 1929 and the design is impeccable. I love the massive beams on the ceilings, the gorgeous chandeliers, and the dark goth vibe. This decade showcases elegance at it's finest and plays to my old soul. 

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8. If you had to pick one word to describe yourself, what would it be?


9. Do you have a hidden talent?

My talent is my work. I am 100% self-taught. I do not make or follow plans for anything I have built. I look at a picture, make the plan in my head, and build it. 


10. What's your favorite piece on

The Juliette dining chair is my favorite! 


We hope you have a better sense of who Christa is and what Salvaged Soul is all about. A big thank you to Christa Paarni and Salvaged Soul for the interview!


The App: See it in Your Home Before You Buy

We know a lot of people may be nervous about buying furniture online without being able to see it in your home first. We get it - buying furniture is a big decision and it could be hard to commit to a piece when you aren't positive you'll love it. That's where the app can help. Our app can put the furniture in your home, without any purchase being made! "How is this possible?!" You question, "Is this witchcraft?!" Before you rally a mob and grab your pitchforks and torches, download the app and see for yourself

All you need to do is download the free app to your phone, print the marker, place the marker where you want the furniture to go, focus your phone, and poof - virtual furniture. Plus, you can take a picture of the virtual setup and show your friends! This is the perfect solution to being able to see the furniture in your space before committing to the purchase.

Take a look at how we used the app to test out new furniture here in the office:


 Our Facebook fans love the Hollister collection so we thought we'd see how this accent chair looks in our office! Turns out, it looks great!



How stylin' would our office be if all of the desk chairs were switched out for these Juliette cream dining chairs? (To help visualize how the app works, this picture shows the marker underneath the chair!)




Here's our Email Marketing Specialist, Lauren, hanging out with the Caterina grey accent chair. (Hard to believe it's not really there!)



 We would LOVE having this Albion blue loveseat in our hallway. It looks so comfy! 




The Peabody black accent chair looks nice here! (Hmmm... who do we talk to about buying this for our office?)



How is our Paid Search Specialist, Drew, supposed to do any work with this patterned cube ottoman on his desk? Gotcha! It's not really there! 




Believe it or not, our Content Marketing Strategist, Brooke, doesn't have this Highline accent chair sitting on her desk all day. Cool, right?

We love this app because it makes it so easy to see what furniture will look like in your home before you buy it. It's the perfect tool to help you decided which piece to buy and it's so easy to use! 

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The Top 4 Interior Design Colors of 2015

As legend would have it (or Wikipedia), every year, in a European capital, Pantone convenes a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups to declare a "Color of the Year". 2015 has been deemed the year of this purply-pinkish-reddish-brownish hue called Marsala.

We want to show you why Marsala was chosen as the color of the year and give you three other colors that will top the trend charts in the year to come. 


1. Marsala (surprised?)


Whether your looking for that perfect loveseat, comfy accent chair, modern ottoman, dining room chair, or simple accent cabinet, Marsala will truly impress. The publicity around this color is well-deserved. You can mix it up with other bold hues like navy or gold or pair it with simple neutrals like cream and taupe. Either way, Marsala is definitely going to be popular this year. 


2. Guilford Green


According to Benjamin Moore's 2015 Color Trends, Guilford Green is the color of the year. Don't let these dueling hues confuse you! These "colors of the year" are based on predicitions and opinions. We love this color just as much as Marsala and see it taking off in 2015 as well. A green sofa or green twin bed may scare you, but paired with gorgeous neutrals or bold oranges and blues, this color will look stunning!

Other ideas for using green: this accent chair,  green dining stoolor green ottoman


3. Moody Blue


This color hails from Sherwin-Williams' 2015 Color Forcast. We predicted that deep, steely blues would be a huge hit in 2015 (/blog/top-5-interior-design-trends-for-2015) and it looks like we were right. This misty, rich blue tone is becoming a cornerstone in 2015 decor. There are a ton of ways this color could work in your home. A nice blue accent chair or ottoman could really modernize an outdated living room.

Other ideas for using blue: This blue dresser, a  glass cocktail table, or a blue loveseat!

4. Pastels


Yes, we know that "pastels" isn't one specific color, but it's a color group. According to Behr's Color Trend Report for 2015, a predicited popular paint palette is pastels. Pastels can include almost any color, but a softer, more delicate version. Because the pastel category contains many different colors, it's easy to find different pieces within the category. A pastel ottoman would be perfect if you're looking to add color to an otherwise neutral room. It's especially easy to find kid's furniture in pastel tones.

Other Ideas for using pastel: This kids' dresser , these dining chairs, a pastel chair and ottoman, or a pastel sofa


At the end of the day, the colors you like are the colors you should decorate with. These colors are just predicted to be more popular this year than they have been in the past. If you love these colors (like we do) you don't have to completely redecorate to be on trend. Toss a Marsala-colored throw blanket on your couch, or get Moody Blue dishware. There are easy ways to add hints of these colors all over your house! 

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6 Ways to Have the Best Christmas Ever

It's here! It's finally here! It's ChristmasWe want you to have the absolute best Christmas ever, so we're giving you six ways to make sure that happens. Do all of them or do some of them-- either way you'll have an amazing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! 


1. Bake a delicious treat

These scrumptious holiday baked goods will brighten your day! A great dessert is the cherry on top of a fantastic Christmas dinner. This gingerbread cake with buttermilk frosting looks so good... anyone else drooling?

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2. Make your own ornaments

There's nothing like adding a personal, homemade touch to your Christmas tree. These three easy DIY ornaments are great crafts for children and adults of all ages. Not only are they fun to make, but they look wonderful hanging from the tree!

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3. Watch a Christmas classic

Scroll through this list of the top Christmas movies and pick out your favorite! The perfect way to spend time with family is curled up on the couch enjoying one of these classics. 

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4. Spruce up your tree (pun completely intended)

Decorating your Christmas tree is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. These tips on how to decorate a Christmas tree will help make your tree the talk of the town (or at least the living room). 

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5.  Wear hilarious hats

These funny Christmas hats will definitely add some joy to Christmas. Not only are they incredibly creative and funny, but they look pretty warm too! Throw one of these on and you'll be the life of the party! 

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6. Spend time with family

C'mon, we all saw this one coming. The holidays are about spending time with your loved ones. So no matter what you do, as long as your with family and friends, you will have a perfect Christmas. 


Happy holidays from all of us at! Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! 
Don't forget to plan your presents for next year! 
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Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015


1. Blue is the New Hue

Who isn't sick of neutrals by now? Blue tones are the up-and-coming colors of 2015.  Blue could come off as tacky to some, but we're not talking about sky blues or flourescent teals. The blue tones we're talking about are hues like steel blue and navy. These darker, moodier blues add an edgy yet sophisticated vibe to a room. 

K_1584146_HO_altThis blue sofa (from the Albion collection) is dancing on the edge of gray, but hasn't quite fully committed. We're predicting that this greyish-blue hue is going to top the trend charts in 2015. 


2. Heavy Metal 

Metallics are predicted to be a huge hit in the upcoming year. The best thing about metallics is that they can pretty much fit in with any style. Modern metals, contemporary metals, and classic metals are all going to be a big part of 2015 interior design. Metallics offer a hint of extra flair while also adding a sleek, clean-cut look.


The Sturgess trunk cocktail table nods towards steampunk style. Its metallic base and bonded leather accents give this piece and edgy look which will translate to whatever room it's in.


3. Go Geometric 

Yes, this was a trend in 2014,  but it's so good it's sticking around for 2015. Geometric patterns obviously come in all different shapes and sizes, but any of them will add a distinct and fun element to your decor. Geometric patterns add depth to an otherwise flat room. And because the patterns can come in infinite varieties, they're often easy to match to any space.

Studio-lifestyleThis black and white accent chair (from the Prospect collection) is the perfect addition to a room that needs an extra pop of pattern. The geometric pattern draws attention, but the subtle colors allow it to blend with the space.


4. Make it Modern

The term modern simply means to be related to the present. If guests feel like they are stepping into a time warp when they visit, you need to update your decor. Keeping it current is a reoccurring trend that will probably stick around for years to come. 

1610449_alt7This Vero dining table is super modern. The clean lines and dark wood will bring your dining room into the 21st century. 


5. Au Naturel

Bringing elements from nature indoors is expected to be a hit next year. This trend ranges from using actual driftwood or branches as centerpieces on your dining room table to using natural colors or materials. This style goes hand-in-hand with the environmentally conscious initiatives of the past decade.

TH_1530658_MDM-1The color of this Wenworth kids' dresser is inspired by nature. The natural, grainy appearance of this set is the perfect example of design that's inspired by our environment. 

With trends as fun and versatile as these, we can't wait for 2015! 


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3 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

The air is crisp, peppermint lattes are in season, and there's an extra bounce in everyone's step. You know what that means? Christmas is right around the corner! We know that a beautiful Christmas tree is an important (if not the most important) part of your holiday decor, so we want to give you the tools to make your tree sparkle! These three DIY ornament projects are easy, fun, and beautiful. 

1.  Glitter Animals

These are SUPER cute and really easy. Choose your favorite animal. Right now. Do it. Okay, now that you have it picked out, you can create an adorable ornament! We love this bird ornament!


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All you need:

  1. Glitter paper (this sticky glitter paper from Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores will do the trick!)
  2. Glue (if the glitter paper isn't sticky)
  3. Construction paper
  4. Paint pens (white, black, and a third color that matches your animal)
  5. A hole punch
  6. String

All you need to do: 

  1. Cut the animal body out of the glitter paper you have chosen.
  2. Next, cut whatever shape/size ornament you want out of the the construction paper
  3. Then, glue (if the glitter paper isn't already sticky) the body to whatever sized paper you want your ornament to be. Make sure to leave enough room for the head of your animal (ex: if you're making a giraffe, you should place the body lower on the paper ornament).
  4. Next, use the paint pens to draw the legs, feet, eyes, and whatever else your animal may need (whiskers, arms, etc.).
  5. Next, punch a hole towards the top of the ornament. The picture shows a hole in the top corner, which is a good place to put it if you want to maximize usable space on the ornament.
  6. Then thread the twine through the hole and hang it on the tree!

So cute!


2. Light bulb Snowmen

You know in cartoons when a character gets a great idea and a light bulb appears over their head? Well picture that but with an adorable snowman light bulb ornament instead of a regular old boring one. We found this amazing idea and it's too fabulous to keep to ourselves. 


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All you need:

  1. 4 light bulbs (these light bulbs from Home Depot are perfect!)
  2. Craft bond spray glue (or glue mixed with water, and a paintbrush)
  3. String to hang the ornaments
  4. White glitter
  5. Stick from the yard
  6. Piece of paper to catch any excess glitter
  7. Puffy paint (black and orange)

All you need to do: 

  1. The first thing you need to do is spray the light bulb with the spray glue. (If you don't want to buy spray glue you can mix glue and water to create a thin, spreadable paste that can be painted onto the bulb.)
  2. Next, dunk the coated bulb in white glitter. It will help to pour the glitter onto the bulb as you turn it and then fill in patches by dabbing the bulb on the paper below. 
  3. Now, plug in your glue gun and let it heat up while the glue on the bulbs dry.
  4. Next, tie the string on around the top of the bulb. 
  5. Then, break the twig to the sizes you want for the two arms of your snowman. 
  6. Make eyes, mouth, and buttons with the black puffy paint and an orange carrot nose with the orange puffy paint. Let your black paint dry before painting on the orange nose! 



3. Button Sphere Ornament

If you're looking to add color to your tree in an understated, elegant way, these button sphere ornaments are perfect! These are incredibly easy to make but they look like they came straight out of Santa's workshop! 



All you need:

  1. Styrofoam balls (like these styrofoam balls from Michaels!)
  2. Buttons, and lots of 'em
  3. Pins
  4. Ribbon
  5. Hook pin
  6. Paint (to paint the ball)

All you need to do: 

  1. First, paint the styrofoam ball whatever color you like. It should match the colors you chose for the buttons. This helps fill in the unavoidable gaps between the buttons.
  2. Then, take the pins and push them through the holes of the buttons and into the styrofoam ball. The picture shows layered buttons, which is why you need so many.
  3. Next, attach the hook pin to the top of the ornament so you can hang it from your tree.
  4. Lastly, tie a ribbon around the hook pin to hide the pin and give the ornament a finished look. 

Easy and stunning!

We hope this helps add some new and exciting decor to your tree. Now you just have to make sure the furniture around the tree is as beautiful as the tree itself! 

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Fast and Easy DIY Table Decorations for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We know that preparing a feast and entertaining family can be more than overwhelming. One thing you won't have to worry about is your décor; we're giving you some super easy do-it-yourself decorating tips to impress your guests. (They're also kid-friendly and fun!) Below are three quick ways to add a bit of flair to any room. 

1. Glitter Mason Jar Votives

These gorgeous glittery jars will instantly add some glam and warmth to your home. While they look super luxurious, they're crazy easy to make and very low cost. These votives will make your home sparkle…glitterally. 

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What You'll Need:

  • Mason jars
  • Glitter of any color (for Thanksgiving, we recommend golds, reds, and oranges)
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Water
  • Tea lights
  • Paintbrushes 


  • Mix Elmer's glue and water
  • Use a paint brush to brush the mixture onto the inside of the jar
  • Pour about ¼ cup of glitter into a glue-painted jar and roll the jar on its side until the glitter is everywhere you want it to be- getting mason jars with lids may be useful for this step
  • Dump out the lose glitter and set aside for other jars
  • Set the jars aside to dry (open them if you've placed lids on them)
  • Once dry place the tea lights inside and light!  

Voila. Thanks to cakerypapery for this great idea! 


2. Painted Acorns

Instead of ignoring all of the acorns on the ground: pick them up, take them home, and make them the talk of your Thanksgiving table. Seriously, this is no j(oak).

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What You'll Need:

  • Acorns, and lots of 'em (with caps on)
  • A baking sheet and aluminum foil
  • Acrylic craft paints (again, for Thanksgiving we recommend warm colors)
  • A paintbrush


  • Place acorns on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 170 degrees for an hour and a half to two hours
  • Using your acrylics, paint with the grain of the acorn. If you want the color to appear solid, do two-three coats. For a more natural and rustic look, do one coat.
  • Set the acorns aside to dry!
  • Place the acorns in a bowl as a centerpiece or leave them loose on the middle of the table

We're hopeful that these will become acorn-erstone of your Thanksgiving table. Thanks to homestoriesatoz for the fun idea!


3. Painted Twigs

No more excuses for not cleaning up the branches in your front yard because now, they're art. Bringing the outside elements indoors can add a natural, organic touch to a room. C'mon, branch out.

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What You'll Need:

  • Branches
  • Acrylic craft paint (again, use golds, reds, oranges, and browns for a Thanksgiving theme)
  • Foam brush or a paintbrush
  • Painters' tape
  • Scissors
  • Vases, jars, milk jugs, or cans…really just anything to hold the twigs


  • Cut the branches to a desired height for the container. They can be cut the same height or varying to appear uneven – it all depends on what kind of look you want.
  • If using a foam brush, paint the twig in color-blocked sections, this brush allows you to get straight edges without painters' tape
  • If using a paintbrush and painters' tape, tape off sections of the twig that you would like to paint, and then add the color (the tape is to form straight edges)
  • Let the twigs dry
  • Peel the tape off if you used any
  • Place twigs in the vases you've chosen

A lovely (tree)t for the eyes. Thanks to sarahhearts for the creative suggestion!


We hope these DIY decorations will add a fabulous and homemade pop of décor to your Thanksgiving table. Happy holidays!

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"Chesterfield Sofa" and 4 Other Tricky Furniture Terms Defined

Ever wondered what "chesterfield sofa" and "bonded leather" mean when you're shopping for furniture and accessories? Well unfurrow your brow! We're going to make things simple and break down the top 5 trickiest furniture terms. 

1. Chesterfield Sofa

A classic style marked by ample tufting and shelter arms; the more traditional designs are done in leather or faux leather and often include nailhead details. 


The origin of the Chesterfield style of furniture is up for debate. However, through research (bear with us through a minor history lesson) it was learned that in the years 1694-1773 the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Phillip Stanhope, commissioned the first leather chair with quilted leather and buttons. The goal for this chair was to allow for people to sit upright without wrinkling his/her clothes. 

Phil must've been quite the trendsetter because this style of furniture is still popular today!


2. Bonded Leather

A mix of leather fibers and adhesive that is pressed into a sheet, for a material that often looks like genuine leather. 


The origin of "bonded leather" makes sense. We stumbled upon a great analogy: bonded leather is to genuine leather as ground beef is to steak. Strange, but great. Bonded leather is often confused with synthetic leather, which it's not. Bonded leather takes leather scraps and bonds them together with an adhesive rather than using a whole piece of animal hide. There are bonded leather products that are 100% leather but there are also options like bonded leather upholstery which could contain less leather. 

The name's leather, bonded leather. 


3. Bombe

 Type of accent chest with dramatic, outward-facing curves, usually encasing the chest's drawers. 


The origin of bombe (pronounced "bombay") is very simple. In French, bombe means "any rounded or convex piece of furniture." The word literally translates to "bomb-shaped" or "bulging."

This style is the bomb(e).  


4. Distressed

A technique to artificially make something look older than it is; often used to give the appearance of an antique. 


This term speaks for itself. A distressed product has been made to look like it has gone through a little bit of use. 

That cocktail table isn't anxious, just gorgeous. 


5. Finial

A carved accent that doecorates the top of a post or pilaster-- often a bedpost (post-top finial); it is usually an embellished ball but can be anything from a fleur de lis to a pineapple. 


After digging through the dictionary, it was discovered that the word "finial" comes from the latin "finis" which means "end." Makes sense since the finial sits at the end of a bedpost. 

And with that, this post has reached its finis. 

We hope this helps demystify those tricky furniture terms.If you want to further expand your furniture IQ, check out our glossary! 

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Must-Learn Ways to Pick the Right Accent Chair

Picking the perfect accent chair can take endless thought and consideration. When you find the right chair, it can define your space, giving your room the kind of personality, function and breath of fresh air that you've always wanted, and can even give your guests a glimpse into your inner soul.

The good news is that you don't have to find that perfect accent chair alone. The team at is obsessed with curating the types of products that will make you feel like a million bucks. Follow these three tips to find the right chair for your space. 


1. Pick the right pattern

When the other furniture lacks pizzazz, the best way to spice up your room is by adding a patterned accent chair. The pattern should pull colors from the other furniture, but can bring in additional colors as well. A patterned accent chair can be a stellar focal point for a room or it can simply add a bit of depth. When you use a pattern well it showcases your eye for design, which will impress all of your guests. 

This picture of the Preston accent chair is a prime example of a perfectly picked piece. (Say that five times fast!)


Notice, the same pattern is used on the chair and the pillows to tie the room together. If you need additional help, check out our earlier post about the Dos and Don'ts of using patterns. 


2. Pick the right style

Club chairs, recliners, and wing chairs, oh my! There are many different styles of accent chairs, so make sure you pick one that fits your needs and matches the overall decor of your room. For example, if your room is a modern, sleek design, you wouldn't choose an oversized lounger – it will stick out like a sore thumb. 


This Perry accent chair fits perfectly with the room. To touch on our earlier point, it isn't an exact pattern match to any of the other furniture, but it pulls the red out of the couch and continues to exemplify the modern, yet contemporary atmosphere.


3. Pick the right fabric

The fabric you pick for your chair, like picking the pattern and style, is very important. Suede is a classic choice but may not be the best for a household with kids and pets running rampant. Microfiber looks like suede but doesn't require as much caution. Leather is great if you're looking for a more rugged vibe – it gives a room a natural, organic feeling. At the end of the day, choosing fabric really boils down to what works for you on a daily basis and achieves your vision. 


This Revere accent chair (paired with the Revere 2 piece sectional) turns this room into a casual but sophisticated space. Imagine suede or linen furniture in the same room – it changes the entire atmosphere!


While picking the perfect accent chair can be a daunting task, it doesn't have to be. Contact the Design Team to help you pick an accent chair today. And check back in soon for more style tips and advice on Pursuit of Home!

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