Furniture Tips from Moms on the Move: Meet Laura

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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. 


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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! 

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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. Furniture.com has a great selection at affordable prices. So check us out!

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8 Fabulous Furniture Finds for Small Spaces

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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 Furniture.com. 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.


 We hope we were able to help you decorate your small space! To search for more pieces, check out Furniture.com!

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Furniture Tips from Moms on the Move: Meet Stacy

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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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 (Photo via Nicki Bursae Photography: http://nickibursaephotography.blogspot.com/

 

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?

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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. Furniture.com has a great selection at affordable prices. So check us out!

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The Furniture.com 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 Furniture.com 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 Furniture.com office:

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 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!

 

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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!)

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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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! 

 

 

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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! 

To search for more furniture and pick out pieces to test on the app, visit Furniture.com!

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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.) 

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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. 

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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.

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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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(Photo credit: http://drboymom.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

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

Q&A: Designing with a Long Living Room

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

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

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

Helpful Tips

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

A New Year, a New Look for Your Home

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

Take Stock of What You Have

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

Rearrange Your Furniture

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

Revisit Lighting and Window Treatments

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

Consider Color

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

Remember: You Can Start Small

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

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!

Choosing the Best Sectional Sofa for Your Living Room

If you're bored of the traditional sofa and loveseat combination but still want enough seating for family and friends, a sectional sofa is a smart buy. To help you find the best sectional for you among the dozens of options, it's best to look at your space and how you and your guests will be using it.

The TV Room: Time to Recline

Got a 60" HDTV on the wall? Surround sound? Mini fridge? If you have all of these in your room, you need a sectional that will keep your guests comfortable while they watch the game or the latest blockbuster. The must-haves are reclining seats, leather upholstery and seating for as many people as the room allows. Looking for something extra special? You'll find a wide array of bonus features in motion sectionals including massage features, cupholders and even hidden storage for snacks. Your home will soon become the most popular place on the block for the Sunday games.

The Family Room: Time to Chat

Maybe the TV is in the rumpus room in the basement, but you have a family room where everyone gathers to play board games, read a good book, or just hang out and chat. This room needs a sectional that's spacious, stylish and comfortable. An important consideration is whether you need flexibility in this area for parties and larger gatherings. If so, consider a modular sectional so you can rearrange the configuration on a whim, and don't forget an ottoman or two to use as extra seating.

The Main Living Room: Time to Impress

Want the wow factor when you walk into your living room every evening? Splurge on a sleek, modern leather sectional and transform your space into an urban oasis. Black is safe, but white will really make a statement -- and leave more room for colorful accents that can change with the seasons. This space may look like its for adults only, but remember leather is durable and easy to clean, so it's still a smart option.

5 Tips for Buying the Right Sofa for Your Living Room

The sofa is the centerpiece of your living room design. This single piece of living room furniture could end up being the most used item in your entire home. You want it to be beautiful and functional. Follow our five tips to bring home a sofa that embraces your style and creates the perfect look for your room.

Sofa Size: What Will Fit in Your Room?

You really can’t start shopping for your new sofa until you’ve measured and determined the maximum dimensions your room and doorways can handle. Nothing will ruin your day like watching the delivery people take back the sofa you had fallen in love with because it won’t fit into your home. Standard sofa widths can vary from 74 to 90 inches, so know your space limitations before you begin shopping.

Sofa Style Is Not About Stealing the Show

Since your sofa will likely be the largest piece of furniture in your living room, you may want to exercise some restraint in the pattern you choose. Think method actor, like Robert Deniro, rather than something over-the-top, say, like Channing Tatum. Your sofa will be a foil for everything else in the room, so choose a color and pattern that all your other furniture and accessories can play off of.

Remember the Classics

There is more to the look of your sofa than its fabric. When considering your sofa's silhouette and shape, remember that there’s a reason some furniture designs are considered classic – it is because they have stood the test of time. In a few months, you don’t want to hate your living room because it looks dated. Styles like the club sofa, the camelback or the chesterfield, for example, will help you create a smart, timeless look.

Think Inside the Box for Sofa Cushions

Much like a mattress, sofa cushions benefit from regular flipping. When possible, choose a sofa that has fully reversible cushions with supportive box construction. This will help your sofa keeps it shape and will limit the amount of sagging that makes a sofa look old before its time.

Or Maybe It’s Not a Sofa at All

There is no rule that living rooms have to have a sofa. Depending on the look you are going for and the size of your living room, other seating options might better meet your needs. You could consider grouping together four club chairs or opting for a couple of loveseats.

Buying your new sofa can be an investment of time and money. We hope these five tips make it an enjoyable and rewarding investment for you.

3 Furniture Tips For Small-Scale Living

Many homes call for smaller-scale furniture -- Chicago and New York apartments, historic houses in New England, vacation condos in Florida, etc. -- but that doesn't mean the design aesthetic has to be small, too. Small space design is all about making the space feel larger. In general, furniture that is simply styled, low and lean will provide an open and airy feeling. Here are three practical tips for how you can decorate your small living space to have big style.

Flexible Furnishings

Versatile furniture that can be rearranged on a whim, like a sofa with reversible chaise, is invaluable. Such living room furniture lets you create unique seating arrangements to match your needs. Another option is to have multiple smaller pieces. For example, a loveseat and two accent chairs, will give you more options in arranging seating than a sofa alone. Choosing stylish armless chairs will make the best use of a smaller space.

Think Outside the Box

Small space living requires resourcefulness and looking at furniture in different ways. The perfectly scaled dresser for your bedroom may be in the kids' furniture department. Today, many kids' bedroom collections have a more grown-up style to transition with the child as he grows. You'll still be able to find furnishings with a clean, modern look that would fit in with your other bedroom furniture. Don't let labels limit you -- if it works for your space, that's all that matters!

Fewer Pieces, Better Budget

An unexpected fringe benefit of small space living is that you'll need fewer pieces so you may be able to stretch your budget to include a splurge or two. One such splurge is also a good investment: a bed with storage drawers. When you live in a home with limited closet space – typical of those New York and Chicago apartments mentioned above – furniture with built-in storage is a huge plus. Beds with storage come in many different styles today, from modern to more traditional. While a storage bed may cost more than other styles, it will prove invaluable not only in a small home, but any home -- there's no such thing as too much storage!