Home Design Trends in 2014

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

Art Deco

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

Art Deco

Industrial Chic

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

Industrial Chic

Geometric Lines

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

Geometric Lines

Preppy Pieces

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

Preppy Modern

Midcentury Modern

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

Midcentury Modern

What trends are you looking forward to? 

Image Sources: Tiffany Eastman InteriorsChris A. DorseyYanic Simard, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, and Flegel's Construction Co., Inc

How to Master This Thanksgiving

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

Master This Thanksgiving

Gather Your Recipes

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

Make a Schedule

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

Going Shopping

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

Confirm the Guest List

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

Prepare Some Appetizers

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

How to Maximize Seating During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving, football season, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and other gatherings, you’ll be entertaining a lot more in the coming months. And most likely you’ll have guests gather in the living room to be near the fireplace, the tree, or a holiday movie. And with more entertaining, comes more guests – and a need to maximize seating. Your sectional for six or sofa and loveseat may be more than enough during the year, but now you’re scrambling to find seating for friends and family. We’ve got some tips to make sure everyone has a seat while your living room stays clutter-free.

Cocktail Ottoman

During the holidays, a larger ottoman becomes your best friend. The cocktail ottoman is usually square or rectangular and takes the place of the coffee table. When you need two to three extra seats, you’ll be able to use your ottoman. And, with the addition of a serving tray, you can still use your ottoman for food and drinks. Having an upholstered ottoman in the center of your room also adds coziness and luxury to any room. Like the Diamondback cocktail ottoman shown below. 

Cocktail Ottoman

Accent Chair

If you’ve got the space for it, invest in one or two accent chairs. For a larger space, invest in two wing chairs to add a statement of  elegance. For a smaller space, look for one or two slipper chairs in a fun color or fabric to add some pop. We love the sophisticated style of the Diamondback accent chair for some extra seating. 

Blog Accent Chiar

Small Ottoman

If you plan on keeping your main coffee table, then look for extra seating in smaller ottomans. These smaller ottomans are great because they tuck under furniture (for example a sofa table or coffee table). And they’ll add a bit more visual detail and color to your living room. Like the Ritz ottoman, which is perfect for someone in a much smaller space.

Small Ottoman

Bench

If you’ve got a long or narrow space, a bench is a great way to add a lot of extra seating (usually about three to four per bench!). Like the Avenue bench. And when the holidays are over, you can store your bench somewhere else – like the foot of your bed. It’s a great multi-purpose piece that you can use in any room of the house. And if your bench is high enough, you can use it in the dining room for extra seating. 

Bench

Sources: Domicile Interior Design, Toby Fairly Interior DesignLDA Architecture and Interiors, and CWB Architects.

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.

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.

Designed for Living: Creating a Functional, Fabulous Living Room

We spend a lot of time in our living rooms -- entertaining, unwinding, even working! So you need to create an environment with the versatility to please everyone who will use it. Living room furniture that has both a relaxed feel and a touch of elegant, sophisticated style is always a great choice to meet today's varied needs. A well-designed living room can both please your guests and be durable and comfortable enough for everyday occasions.

Leather Furniture: A Look – And Feel – That Lasts

Leather does not have to be a luxury item any longer. You can now find a wide variety of stylish leather living room furniture at prices that will suit any budget. Leather furniture not only provides luxury and comfort, but it’s durable and stands up to family wear and tear. Choose a style that’s long-lasting as well. Look for details such as rolled arms, nailhead trim and double-padded seats to get the most for your dollar.

Make Room For Everyone

Entertaining a large crowd withou a lot of space? Try a sectional sofa! A small sectional can offer as much seating as a sofa and loveseat or chairs, but it physically takes up less space and your room appear larger overall. Whether you are watching the big game or hosting a formal cocktail party, sectional sofas are a practical alternative to traditional living room seating. Features such as modular sections, a reversible chaise and sleepers can maximize your investment.

Accents That Work

Don’t forget the right accent pieces can help pull a living room together and make it functional for all sorts of activities. Proper lighting will allow for reading on the couch, playing games and watching TV. Accent tables with drawers help to keep things neat and tidy, and an oversized cocktail ottoman creates even more seating in a pinch -- or you can add a tray and it becomes a cocktail table.

Remember: Making your living room fun and functional will make everyone happy to be at home!