How to Organize a "Maximalist" Kid's Room


Cassie Bustmante, from Primitive and Proper, shows us how to organize a kid's room. Her daughter, Emmy, is a fan of her stuff and doesn't want to part ways with it. Cassie takes us on a tour of Emmy's room and demonstrates how to keep a maximalist kid's room neat and tidy.

As the new year rolls in we all get that itch to purge, clean, organize. This year I’ve been ruthlessly purging… why bother purchasing pretty storage containers just to hoard all the “stuff” I have? Unfortunately my 9-year-old daughter, Emmy, doesn’t share that view. No way, jose! She likes her stuff, so we needed to find some way to corral and organize the chaos that was taking over her bedroom.


To organize her room, we created several “zones” including areas for art supplies, toys, books, clothing, and jewelry. Her bedroom is not a large space, so we utilized every square inch to work for her and her interests. She helped me organize and decorate, which I highly recommend. The more your child is involved, the more likely they will work to keep it organized. I also allow her to display her own artwork in her room, which gives her a sense of ownership and pride.


Let’s talk about the closet, first, which is where we gathered all of her art supplies. My maximalist is also quite the artist, delving into watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, sketching and doodling, sewing and embroidery, as well as bead and jewelry making… basically if it’s creative she wants to try it - and I encourage it! Art supplies are small and numerous so storage containers that are on the smaller side work well. I had a few of these units in my garage storing hardware, but I knew they would be better put to use in her closet for art supplies.


We placed them in the center of her closet so that her clothing still has plenty of room to hang on either side of the piece. The shallow bins are perfect for sorting her utensils and supplies.


Having everything streamlined in this manner makes it much easier for her to find what she is looking for as we all know sometimes the mess is created during the search!

At the top of the closet you can also see a row of aqua storage bins which hold clothing Emmy has yet to grow into.  The use of matching storage bins makes anything look a little tidier with little effort.  We carried this idea through to under her bed, where we store all of her toys.


As you can see, we purchased plastic bins on wheels that easily roll under her bed. They are the perfect size to make the most use of that space.  To find the right size for your kid's room, just measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the bed’s side rail and find binds that will be a close fit to maximize that space.  The wheels are a great touch as they make it easy for a child to pull the bins in and out.  

Next to Emmy’s bed is a dollhouse- a play toy- but it is dual-purposed, acting also as a nightstand for her.  


It was a great way for us to provide her with a place to set her nighttime water, while also sneaking in more play space.

Our family loves to read, and happily that is a trait we have passed on to our children, Emmy especially.  We didn’t have room for a bookcase in her bedroom as we needed space for a large dresser (hello, mini fashionista!).  A great way to work in book storage is by adding shelves; you can purchase wall mount shelving or DIY it as we did.


Because we live in a Cape Cod style home, we have an awkward nook in Emmy’s room that was perfect for adding shelving.  This space now offers her plenty of book storage, display space for things that are special to her, and underneath on the floor, room for her 348 stuffed animals.


I mentioned that we couldn’t fit a bookcase due to needing a large dresser.  As many little girls do, Emmy loves fashion.  She enjoys a variety of styles and experimenting with them, mixing and matching patterns and colors.


Because of her love for clothing, we needed a large dresser. Last year, I replaced her smaller dresser with this triple dresser I painted for her. The size of this pieces is awesome for storage, but it also gives her a little display space. However, she often piles things up on it leaving a cluttered mess, so we’ve been working on streamlining.  We’ve created a space for her jewelry at one end, but I also allow her to display her own creations- right now, she’s got her new Lego hotel up there, which she proudly built herself.


And on the other end of her dresser sits a small mirrored box which serves to hold her earrings, pins, bracelets and other small pieces of jewelry. Adjacent to it on the wall is a pegboard jewelry organizer I created for her.


Before we had this organizer in place, her necklaces were always a tangled jumble!  A simple pegboard with “S” hooks solved that problem!


With systems in place that are accessible and easily used by children, you can keep a maximalist child’s space organized and clear of messy clutter (which is different than neatly streamlined clutter!).

Best of luck as you tackle those spaces that challenge you in 2016!

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How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall


Creating the right balance in a gallery wall can be tricky. Luckily, Gabrielle Anschau, from Trend Mogul, is showing us how to create the ultimate gallery wall to add character to your home.

1. Do your research and get inspired

Putting together a quality gallery wall will take time, planning and effort. It is important to do your research - look on Instagram, Pinterest, or for stylistic inspiration.

Also consider what the purpose of your gallery wall will be - is it to display family photographs? Memorabilia? Artwork? Or an eclectic combination of both? Consider where you live - are you near the beach? The mountains? Does your city have historical significance? Use your surroundings as a muse for your gallery!


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2. Find the right space

The size and scale of the wall you decide to use should affect the type and size of the frames you choose. Is it a staircase wall? Will the gallery be centered above a piece of furniture? What sources of light are you dealing with?

These factors, as well as the room's existing decor should also play a part in your decision-making. Staircase walls are generally awkward to decorate - the narrower the staircase, the smaller the frames should be if you actually want to see them properly! Consider how well lit your display will be - if the wall lacks adequate lighting, consider installing a wall mounted light to show off your beautiful new display!


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3. Decide on a theme

There should be some degree of coherence within your gallery - whether it is the frames you choose, an overall theme (e.g. nautical), a color scheme or the size of the prints - the most successful gallery walls are the ones that look coordinated, and not thoughtlessly thrown together.


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4. Don't stop at photos and artwork!

Traditionally gallery walls are used to display photography and artwork in a similar configuration to how they are arranged in professional galleries (hence the name). However, they can be used to display pretty much anything that takes your fancy!

For example:

Create a stylish display of different sized mirrors - this is particularly effective in a small space such as a staircase wall.


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Frame designer shopping bags, scarves or vintage clothing to give your room a fashionable flair.


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Positive affirmation art, sketches and maps can also create a meaningfully stylish display.


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Create unity between your images with a monochromatic black and white theme.


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And my personal favorite, vintage posters!


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5. Configure your wall

Now we've reached the tricky part. Before you get carried away and start drilling holes in walls, lay everything out on a table or the floor and play with the configuration. Work out what order everything will be placed in and the spacing between pieces.

Come up with a general 'spacing rule' (e.g. 3 inches, 1 ft etc.) to ensure that the spaces between frames remain consistent. Mark up your measurements on your chosen wall using a spirit level and a faint pencil (you can use an eraser to get rid of the lines once you've hammered the nails into place.) Start with hanging the center piece first (it will be harder to shift this later) and gradually work your way out.


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And there you have it! Gallery walls are an innovative, fun, and relatively cheap way to personalize your home and add a stylish flair to your home worthy of a professional gallery!

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The Buzz: Rose Quartz & Serenity

Towards the end of every year Pantone chooses a color that they think will represent the trends and styles of the year to come. This color is fittingly given the title "Color of the Year." This year, things are a little different.The internet is buzzing about Pantone's bold move to combine two colors as the 2016 Color of the Year. 

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Why two colors? Pantone sees this choice as a progressive move that "challenges traditional perceptions of color association." Rose Quartz is a soft pink (we predicted this!) and Serenity is a delicate blue.

According to The Executive Director of Pantone, Leatrice Eiseman,"Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler, tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace." 

Serenity and Rose Quartz Pantone

While these colors are beautiful, we're curious to see how they are applied to interior design as the year progresses. They aren't a traditional color for decorating, although neither was last year's color, Marsala. 

Here are some stunning examples of how these colors are already being used in home decor:

Soft & subtle.

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Bold & bright.

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Elegant & ethereal. 

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These colors are beautiful together and apart. What do you think of Pantone's 2016 Color of the Year? 

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DIY No-Sew Pillow Covers


We're happy to announce that Ada Gonzalez from Ada's Interior Design has partnered up with to share some DIY projects exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Get ready to craft!


I love shopping for decorative pillows for my clients, but since I specialize in affordable decorating solutions I aim to shave costs whenever I can without affecting the quality of the design and comfort of my clients. A new decorative pillow can cost from approximately $15 to $275. So, a great solution is to keep your old pillow insert and replace your pillow cover.

Great, right? However, you still have to either spend good money on a pillow cover or sew your own pillow cover. Who has time to sew? I barely had time to chew my breakfast this morning. Also, sewing is not the easiest task for those of us who are enemies with their sewing machine. My machine spends most of it’s time giving me the evil eye (of the needle). 


So, until my sewing machine and I become BFFs, my economical solution is to make pillow covers without sewing, in just one minute! Yep, it takes just ONE MINUTE to make these pillow covers using simple folding techniques.

Instead of having to buy tons of different pillows for every season, or holiday, or every time your pillow starts to fade, simply invest in buying fabric (you just need 1 yard!) to cover 14” to 16” pillows.

The pretty pink chevron pillow cover I created for this post cost me just $4.00. I know, amazing, right?!

Just 1 yard (36” of fabric) 
Old 14” or 16” pillow 


Fold the yard of fabric into a square (36”x36”)


Place pillow in the center and diagonal to the corner of the fabric


Fold right flap onto the pillow


Fold left flap onto the pillow


Tuck in the edges (as if you were gift wrapping a present)


Fold over the remaining flaps


Tie the two visible flaps into a soft knot


Now, admire your work.


Bonus! You now have 2 designs. One side has a bow design, and the other is a beautiful flat design.



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5 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Oasis


We're so excited to announce that Sharon Hines from Mrs. Hines' Class has partnered up with to share some home decorating tips exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!

With this sweltering heat minimizing the time I spend outdoors, I actually found myself looking forward to cooler fall weather so that I can tend to my neglected garden and spend evenings dining al fresco. I love entertaining outdoors; people scattered across the yard under the warm glow of party lights strung under the patio, helping themselves to beverages, roasting s’mores, and laughing. The atmosphere is so important when having and outdoor party, I thought I'd offer some tips to help you create your own outdoor oasis!


With just a little imagination, creativity, and these 5 easy tips, anyone can turn a bare backyard into an outdoor oasis.

Space Planning

First, decide how you want to use the space. Do you plan on dining outside, growing an herb or vegetable garden, soaking in a hot tub, or napping under the trees?

Then, collect images of spaces you love to help you determine how you want your space to look. Consider the color palette, furniture construction (such as rattan, metal or wood), and hardscape materials (such as crushed granite, flagstone, or concrete). 


Tip #1: Create "getaways" by tucking seating into the nooks and crannies of your space.


Either sketch your ideas on graph paper (so that your drawing is to scale), or schedule a consultation with a landscaper. There is usually no obligation with a consultation, and you’ll benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a professional.


Tip #2: The stepping stone at the end of a path should be larger than the rest, signifying a landing spot.

Now, it’s time to get to work! You can DIY or hire a professional. If you hire a professional, you can implement the design plans in stages, as you can afford it. If you are choosing the DIY route, there are plenty of online tutorials on everything from fire pits to pallet furniture to decking.


Tip #3: Save money on outdoor furniture and accessories by repurposing items you may already have and shopping second hand.


Light up the night. You’ll want to add plenty of lighting so that you can enjoy your space at night. There’s something so magical about string lights cascading across the sky or twinkling from the trees.


Tip #4: If you lack the space to hang lights, you can achieve the same feel using stake lights, candles, lanterns or tiki torches.


Personalize it! Add small details to make your oasis reflect your personality. 


Tip #5: Use old board games as table tops. Hang your family monogram. Add birdbaths and birdhouses.

Creating the backyard of your dreams is easy! All you need is some time and a vision. 

Now that you've learned some tips for decorating your home's exterior, here are some tips for decorating your interior. For even more DIY ideas, check out our DIY Pinterest board

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Top 10 Favorite Interior Design Regrams


We love finding inspiration pictures on instagram and "regramming" them so our followers can enjoy them too. We compiled a list of our 10 favorite "regrams" for easy viewing all in one place! 


1. Dining Room via @harrisonandco



We love this photo, not only because of the layout, but because of the monochromatic color scheme as well. Adding small pops of green and blue to a mostly grey and white room is a brilliant choice. Obsessed. 

2. Patterened Floor via @elizaashe


These patterns immediately caught our eye when scanning Instagram and we had to regram and share with our followers. We like this post because it shows how easy it can be to combine patterns. This technique is great for pillows, upholstery, bedding, you name it! 

3. Wallpapered Bookshelf via @andreafoltraninteriores


We're in love. Wallpapering the back wall of bookshelves is such a different way to add patterns to a room. It's almost like wallpapering the wall, but less of a commitment. 

4. Photo Wallpaper via @oriente_designs


How cool is this?! Using a photo to wallpaper a wall is such an original, amazing idea. Of course, you'd have to choose a photo you really like, but the end result looks awesome. Or, as one of the commenters noted, "that's dope yo." 

5. Green Wall via @manu_albuquerque


This flat green wall color is phenomenal. Flat design is super trendy right now, so this photo tugged at our design-loving heartstrings. Everything in this photo is super well organized (even the bottles on the table!) and we love that.

6. All Pink Everything via @yonasoycandles


Because pink. That's why.

7. DIY Mural via @diyconfessions


This mural is beyond stunning. We love the bold simplicity and the color choice. Any kid would be lucky to have a nursery as funky as this one!

8. Symmetrical Seating via @local_milk


There's something strangely beautiful (in a Wes Anderson kind of way) about the angle and symmetry of this photo. It almost looks like it was taken inside of a dollhouse - so cool!

9. Bold Colors via @thechroniclesofhome

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Everything about this photo is fabulous. We love the arrangement, the colors, the patterns, the shapes...everything. 

10. Lime Green Accents via @unpackdesign


The lime green accents bring this whole picture together. We really like this green paired with the muted coral/beige wall. 

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5 Tips for Decorating Like a Pro (on a Budget)


We're so excited to announce that Carmen Ordonez from Viva Fashion has partnered up with to share amazing interior design tips exclusively with Pursuit of Home. Enjoy!


There’s something about flipping through interior design magazines that gets me all giddy.  I immediately start thinking “ooh, wouldn’t this look nice in my living room!”  or “I need to add more color.” But let’s be honest, many times decorating can be challenging and having a restricted budget doesn’t help. Well not to fret, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tips to help you decorate like a pro, without breaking the bank.

So without further adieu, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Tip #1: Add plants

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If there’s one thing interior designers love, it a good plant. Adding plants is an easy way to add visual interest and freshness to your space. You can add them in a corner of your living room, in the kitchen, bathroom or on a coffee or dining table. Plus, you can find many designer favorites like a fiddle leaf fig tree or succulents for under $40 bucks.

Not only do they look stylish, but plants also help purify the air and remove toxins, which is great for your health too. However, If you’re like me and can’t keep any plant alive, try to look for plants that require very little maintenance (or water for that matter). I personally love bamboo palms and snake plants. They look beautiful, don’t require much work, and are non-toxic to pets and children (which is also something important to consider when picking plants).

Tip #2:  Add some artwork

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Artwork can immediately make any home look more sophisticated and it’s a great way to show-off your personality. Online flash sales sites like Gilt sell fabulous artwork that won’t break the bank and stores like HomeGoods have great options as well. 

If you’re looking to make a statement with your walls, you can also try a gallery wall. They don’t have to be expensive, you can go to IKEA or Target and find affordable frames for under $50 dollars. Simply fill them up with family photos, old letters, or your child’s artwork. I actually framed a drawing my 2 year-old made me for Mother’s Day and it sits in my home office. You can also get creative and frame green leaves or other items from nature.

Tip #3: Accessorize

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If you’re on a budget, but still want to find some easy ways to revamp your home, look for small, affordable accessories like decorative pillows or a throw for a couch. It’s crazy how these accessories can instantly change the look of a room.

Tip #4: Add Color

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When it comes to decorating we're often afraid of color, but that’s simply because we don’t know where to start. A rule many interior designers use is to start with a neutral color (warm and cool tones) and then layer on your accent colors. The accent colors should be limited to two colors. Again, you don’t need to splurge on these accent colors, simply look for accessories like we discussed in the prior tip.

Tip #5: Less is More

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Don’t feel like you have to over design! As with many things, when it comes to design, less is more. You want your home to feel curated and not like you  picked a bunch of random things and threw them all in one room. When in doubt, remove a few items.  As an added bonus, you can donate to charity or even have a garage sale while you're decluttering your space!

We hope Carmen's tips can help you design your home on a budget. To design the perfect guest room, check out this post by Bryn Huntpalmer! For even more design tips, check out our Pinterest page! 

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What's Your Dad's Design Style?


The sun has finally decided to shine, school’s almost out, and it’s nearly summer. The time to honor and thank our dads for their caring support and quirky yet lovable dad-like habits has come. has the perfect living room furnishings for sporty dads to traditional dads and every dad in between. So why not pay tribute to your Dad with some new furniture to brighten up his day and enliven the home? Here are some suggestions.


1. The Sporty Dad

This type of dad is young (or at least young at heart), maintains ties to his favorite sports teams, and isn’t shy about putting his pride on display. He likes modern materials and enjoys inviting some friends or family over for a day or night of sporting event-watching, drinks and snacks. Maybe he even has a man-cave.

Our Touchdown futon sofa bed series is great for a basement or living area and is perfect for one of his buddies to crash on after a late game. Choose from several different teams, including the winner of the first college football playoff and 2015 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes, and America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. Styled in the team’s colors, with the name and logo featured prominently on the front, this sofa features black faux leather upholstery, tufting in a grid pattern and chrome feet that exude accessible modern luxury.

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Now, for the drinks and snacks part. That’s where the Boyd Percy bar set comes in. A foot rail lends it that true bar feel, while stemware storage slots and ample shelf space ensure Dad will have room for his preferred beverage and finger foods so he can fully enjoy watching the game at home.



2. The Entertainment-Loving Dad

This next dad is similar to the sporty dad, but he’s more into entertainment in a general sense. He's always looking to reproduce that movie theater atmosphere at home and pump up the volume on his jams.

The Frisco power home theatre sectional is perfect for a living room (or screening room) and comes outfitted with lighted cup holders and hidden storage on both deep arms. With this seating option, your dad and up to three friends can take in action flicks in seats that have a sleek, space-age vibe.


Combine this sectional with the Abruzzo white fireplace TV stand (with built-in sound bar) for ultimate media versatility and warm hearth appeal. Your dad can take full advantage of his (or your) music library via a docking port for an iOS device and plenty of storage and wire management for electronics placement.


3. The Traditional Dad

The traditional dad appreciates the finer things in life and would be described as elegant and refined.

If this is the case, try the Winchell sofa or three-piece living room package to fully furnish a room. The 100% Ieather upholstery shines through for steeped-in-luxury, sumptuous, and Italian-designed furniture. 


If you didn’t think you could give your traditional dad any more comfy luxury, there’s the Endicott chair and ottoman to round out the seating possibilities at the homestead.The chair (worthy of a men’s social club) even has a slightly curved wing back for added class. You’re old-school dad will be so pleased!


4. The Rugged Dad

This dad likes the outdoors, camping, fishing and maybe wrangling cowpokes in his spare time.

Whether his home is actually on the range or in an urban oasis, the Sierra sectional sofa and cocktail ottoman will fit his style perfectly. With room for the whole family, or the whole hunting party, this bonded leather piece of furniture is tri-toned for a distressed look that will fit in with his broken-in jeans and leather cowboy boots. The ottoman gives you even more seating space, or a place to kick up your feet, or even still a spot for a tray of wings or slices of brisket.


To go alongside this sofa, try the Kent chairside table, whose worn-in, handcrafted look is an ideal companion for your dad’s reading material, remotes, and any table lamps he might need to brighten up his space. The X-shaped stretchers give that extra rustic feel which reminds him of something he might have built himself.


No matter your dad’s tastes are, you can be sure has you covered for decorating his living area or updating his favorite room. C’mon, you know he’s done a lot for you over the years; lend him a design hand with our help (remember our Design Team is always ready to assist you with advice and insider deals) and celebrate your dad in style this Father’s Day.

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Furniture Tips from Moms on the Move: Meet Laura


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 Laura, a military mom who has moved seven times! Laura 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 Marine wife of about ten years and I've moved seven times within those ten years! Our moves have spanned from the East to West Coast, the Midwest, and overseas. We have a daughter who is just turning seven and she has ventured with us on five of the seven moves. 

2. How many states/countries have you lived in? 

I have lived in nine states (Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Hawaii, Virginia, and California) and two countries (US and Germany). My husband has lived in even more! 


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

Quote-2-2The hardest part of moving is saying goodbye to great friends and having to start over from scratch in a brand new place. It gets even harder when kids and school transitions are involved.

Another tricky part is the huge variation in home size and type. We've gone from a 3,000 square-foot single family home to a 1,200 square-foot apartment. Having furniture that can fit all shapes and sizes of homes is a tough challege! Our furniture also undergoes a lot of wear and tear each time we move. Even the highest quality pieces start to fall apart over time.

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

The hardest part about buying furniture is trying to find something that is durable enough to survive many moves, yet pretty enough to be showcased! The pieces also need to be very versatile. My favorite peices have doubled as bedroom furniture in some homes and dining room accents in others! Having pieces that I can mix-and-match is key. 

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

Unfortunately, my favorite piece is currently sitting in storage since our temporary home is pretty small. But it's a beautiful wine hutch! It is one of those fun items that has worked in our kitchen, dining room, living room, and I think even in a guest room once. It is the perfect piece to fill an empty nook and it works well with our other furniture. 

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

  1. Buy pieces that can serve multiple purposes,
  2. You have never have enough storage and shelving.
  3. Durable finish is key! I've found that more rustic, already somewhat-distressed pieces fare better with each move. The extra "character" they acquire makes them even more unique!

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

I definitley look for that mix-and-match quality. If there is a piece that I know will go with the majority of my furniture and can be put in any room, it's a keeper. I can't buy a piece that is strictly for a certain room because there is never a guarantee it will fit in that room in the next house! 


8. What's your design style of choice?

My favorite style is nautical. I love lighter woods and a lot of whites, blues, and greens. Our homes end up being an eclectic mix because we buy different furniture and art in each place we live to remind us of our different homes. At the pace we're moving we've built up quite the collection! We love the unique and personal memories our home offers. 

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

Easy choice- the guest room bed. I haven't had the time to refurnish the room. That thing has followed us through many moves and at this point, it's just begging to be left behind.

10. Where would your dream home be?

My dream home would definitely be on the beach somewhere. I'd want high ceilings, lots of light, and an open floor plan. The centerpiece of the home would be a large and inviting kitchen area connected to an even larger "great room" with a fantastic fireplace! 



For us, home is where the heart is. We hope Laura's story can inspire and 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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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:

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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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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.)


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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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Get the Look: Stunning, Modern White Living Room

In our "Get the Look" posts we find styled rooms we love and show you how to recreate the look with products from We scoped the internet for a gorgeous living room and this modern white living room from really caught our eye! You'll see that combining shades of cream, grey, and white can make your living room look incredibly elegant. Here's how you can mix-and-match to recreate the look! 

We will break down each element of the room and show you what similar items we carry.

Our inspiration: 

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The chair:

1. The Hudson Gray


Understated sophistication and timeless design come together in the Hudson Gray accent chair for a piece that is so effortless in its style, you'll feel like it was a part of your home all along. Shallow button tufting dots the back cushion and the welted edges and boxy silhouette solidify a look that's neat and tidy. 

Color: Pale Gray


2. The Walker Cream


Tread the fine line between modern urban and at-home, cozy living room style with the Walker Cream chair. Bold and inviting, this piece features an ultra-soft, suede-like microfiber fabric that is both supple and durable, perfect for those high-traffic areas that require good looks and well-padded seats. 

Color: Cream


3. The Highline Cream


If your destination is up-to-date décor with a touch of retro vibe, look no further than the Highline Cream chair. Sleek, low track arms, button-tufted back and seat cushions and high tapering legs give this piece a mid-century flavor, and the versatile cream tone of the woven upholstery will easily blend with a range of color schemes. A fun designer fabric on the coordinating toss pillow offers an extra element of stylish pep, for a look that says "you've arrived." 

Color: Cream


The sofa:

1. The Trocadero


There's something exciting about the Trocadero 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, and the loose, reversible back pillows allow you to customize the look and your seating comfort. 

Color: Cream


2. The Biscayne



Destination Comfort. Discover the relaxing, vacation-like vibe of the breezy Biscayne White sofa. The airy, white denim upholstery covering the loose, knife-edge back cushions and angled roll arms offers the perfect mix of fresh style and cozy comfort. A to-the-floor skirt creates a slipcover look and provides a sweet finishing detail. 

Color: White


The cocktail table: 

1. The Hamlin



Much like the truss is used to bridge together two areas of land, the Hamlin cocktail table bridges both rustic and industrial sensibilities to produce a handsome accent for your living room. The 100% recycled fir timber is rough cut to enhance the organic feel established by the polished bluestone top, and the slatted lower shelf creates a space to stash large books, board games and more. 

Finish: Brown


2. The Moselle


The Moselle cocktail table flows with sleek looks, modern materials and practical convenience. A light, brownish-gray top and offset bottom shelf complement the contemporary chrome base and geometric shape. With the Moselle, you are bringing a light, airy aesthetic and functional design into your living room. 

Finish: Gray/Brown


3. The Foxpoint




The Foxpoint cocktail table exudes a modern industrial design in your living room with its distressed black metal base and reclaimed wood plank materials. The bespoke character of this table is reflected by the lumber, with each piece having a singular tone and texture, and by the steel rivets, which provide eye appeal. The X-shaped supports, the distressed bases, and the overall rectangular shape add to the urban chic style. A bottom shelf supplies extra storage and display space. 

Finish: Distressed Tan/Black


4. The Arno



With our Arno cocktail table, you'll enjoy the high-end look of marble while leaving plenty of room in your budget for other decorating! A slab-style top is finished with easy-clean, faux marble, replete with many tonal variations for a natural effect. Presented in a slatted grid design, the lower shelf offers lovely display and storage space. 

Finish: Merlot


The ottoman:

1. The Calamar Stone


The neutral tone of the Calamar Stone ottoman makes it the perfect canvas for mixing and matching with your own décor. For a more energetic look, pair with geometric prints and bring a hint of retro cool to the table. Simple lines, neat tailoring and a plush top cushion combine for an effect that keeps this stone looking polished. 

Color: Sandstone


2. The Salina Taupe



Round out a long day with the simple pleasures of the Salina Taupe sectional collection. The coordinating cocktail ottoman lets you kick up your feet on plush light beige fabric — and you'll relish how easy it is to care for. Modern cylindrical legs and welted trim complete the comfortable living room look. 

Color: Taupe


3. The Hudson Gray


Understated sophistication and timeless design come together in the Hudson Gray ottoman for a piece that is so effortless in its style, you'll feel like it was a part of your home all along. Shallow tufting dots the cushioned top for just a hint of handsome texture, and the plush, overstuffed cushion is just begging for you to put your feet up at the end of a long day. 

Color: Pale Gray


4. The Largo White


Yes, you can have a living room that combines the elegance of leather with your sleek style! The Largo White ottoman exceeds your dreams in that its spacious size is complemented by contemporary accents, making the Largo comfortably chic. This ottoman boasts a tufted cushion, the upscale style of classic white bonded leather and the ability to be arranged with other pieces to create your favorite modular sectional configuration. 

Color: White

We hope this helps you create the modern living room of your dreams! 



Our Staff Picks for Fall

The temperature's cooling down (just a bit!) and new trends are all abound. We've asked our staff what their favorite picks for fall were. And they helped shed some light on what's new and what's in for furniture and home design. Do you have any favorite picks for fall? 


Orange and blue look stunning together in this Moroccan-inspired living room.

The Highline Tangerine

We asked our digital marketing specialist, Drew, what he was loving this fall. He's been eying the midcentury lines of the Highline sofa. With it's tufted back, clean shape, and tapered legs, it's perfect for this year's trends. He says, "The color just reminds me of fall. And I bet it would look great with my blue walls. I painted them over the summer and orange and blue are striking together. It looks just like the crisp leaves outside."


Elegant, French-inspired pieces become more modern with rustic woods. 

The Winslow II Bed

Our team member Lauren is in the process of re-doing her bedroom. "I've been really into this year's trend of English and French furniture design. I love the heavy, curved lines of the Winslow II Bed and its rustic finish." The Winslow is the perfect starting point for a more traditional or countryside-style bedroom and creates a room with immediate elegance. "It feels so old-fashioned and elegant, and nods to past furniture design, which is very in this fall."


Keep storage looking pretty with a glamorous Hollywood Regency-design.

The Hanson Chest

With back-to-school, means back-to-chaos and for many families, it means finding new ways to get organized and on top of things. Storage and organization doesn't need to be unattractive and office-like. "I use the Hanson Chest in my entryway hallway for organization with the kids. It stores field-trip slips and coupons but looks so glamorous from the outside. It also will dress up any hallway or bedroom."


A large modern dining table can make a space feel less cluttered with more space for entertaining.

The Espinosa Dining Table

Even though fall has just started, Thanksgiving is coming closer. And so are family get-togethers. "My wife and I both have big families and know that we're hosting Thanksgiving this year. We both like a modern and clean aesthetic and our Espinosa Dining Table is perfect for entertaining and has a simple design."

3 Tips to Help You Stay Organized this Fall

It's officially fall and that means it's time to stress organize. With everyone having different schedules we know it's hard to keep everything in the house in order and manageable.

Here are three quick and easy tips to help keep your chaos at least somewhat under control:

1. Use a Calendar

Whether it's a giant paper calendar that hangs on your fridge, or a calendar on the computer that your whole family can access, keeping an up-to-date calendar will help everyone stay on track. Be sure to add events to the calendar immediately after it was scheduled and be sure to include the location and time of the event. (If you aren't keeping your calendar on the computer and cannot get to your paper calendar immediately, make a note in your phone or even email yourself as a reminder for when you get home.) 


Use a different color to represent different family members so you can see who is busy at a glance.

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2. Get A Bin for Every Family Member

Trust us, this is so helpful. If there is a shelf in your living room or kitchen that holds nothing but old, dusty magazines and never-listened-to CDs, it's time to throw those out and make room for the helpful amazing magical bins. Step one: get bins. Obviously it matters how big your shelves are, but the bins should be big enough to fit a piece of paper without having to fold it. For kids it may be better to use their school folders as a good measurement. Next: label the bins. If the bin is plastic, a permanent marker could do the trick, but if you are looking for something more decorative, getting distressed wooden boxed and sticky-back chalkboard labels is a perfect solution. 

Organizing for the fall has never bin easier. 


If you can't find bins you like, wrap old shoeboxes in neutral-toned wrapping paper - super cute!


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3.  Embrace the Bulletin Board

You may be thinking, "Why do I need a bulletin board and a calendar?" The bulletin board will serve as a back-up system to your calendar. Any invitations you get, notes you have to scribble down, or field trip permission slips you need to sign can be quickly tacked onto the board. Creating categories like "added" and "not yet added" on your bulletin board will help you remember what you have and have not added to your master calendar. You can use colored tape to separate the sections and simultaneously add a bit flair to the room.


Use colored sticky notes on each new addition to the bulletin board as a quick way to help you categorize . (As long as you have a way to remeber what the colors mean!)


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Let us know if these tips helped and tell us your fall organizing tips on our Facebook page!