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Style Guide: Dining Room Pairings

February 3rd, 2014

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Not only is it important to find the right table for your dining room, but it is also important to find the right lighting. It’s necessary to add adequate lighting as well as complement your dining table and decor. Pairing a modern dining table with antique lighting doesn’t always work out as well as hoped. Below you will find four pairings to help give you an idea of what type of lighting to look for when looking for something to spruce up your dining room.



Look 1:

Jofran Counter Height Table with Storage in Maryland Merlot


Jofran Counter Height Table with Storage in Maryland Merlot


ZUO Agate Ceiling Lamp in Antique Black Gold


ZUO Agate Ceiling Lamp in Antique Black Gold

Jofran, meet Zuo. These two brands pair remarkably well in the dining room. Jofran’s contemporary table design paired with a simple pendant light will make dining more enjoyable. The added end table storage makes it the perfect mini island for your kitchen. Zuo’s unique pulley system lighting can be adjusted as needed both up and down, as well side to side.



Look 2:

Riverside Furniture Castlewood Dining Table in Warm Tobacco


Riverside Furniture Castlewood Dining Table in Warm Tobacco


Uttermost Quarry 4 Light Chandelier in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Uttermost Quarry 4 Light Chandelier in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Riverside’s simple table design makes your room feel warm and rustic, but with a slight modern twist. Add colorful seat cushions in a spicy turmeric yellow, nutmeg brown or pumpkin orange to keep a warm feel to the room. Uttermost’s Quarry chandelier perfectly complements this contemporary design with hints of marble blended with oil-rubbed bronze.



Look 3:

Hooker Furniture Sanctuary Refectory Dining Table in Ebony and Drift

Hooker Furniture Sanctuary Refectory Dining Table in Ebony and Drift


Uttermost Galeana 3 Light Iron Chandelier in Antique Saddle

Uttermost Galeana 3 Light Iron Chandelier in Antique Saddle

Hooker Furniture’s Sanctuary line of dining delights the senses with its traditional old world appeal on a trestle base. This is definitely the table suited for a narrow dining space with seating for ten. Hang a pair of Uttermost’s Galeana antique saddle finish chandeliers for that extra designer appeal.



Look 4:

American Drew Jessica McClintock Couture 60

American Drew Jessica McClintock Couture 60″ Round Formal Dining Table in Mink


ZUO Canary Ceiling Lamp in Rust

ZUO Canary Ceiling Lamp in Rust

American Drew has paired up with Jessica McClintock to create this aristocratic style round dining table. It’s a great fit for lighting with deep finishes and a feminine design. Think brushed antique bronze with small lights, scrolls, and dabbled with hanging crystals. Keep the lighting above this dining set on the miniature side. If you go large, it will over power the look of the room and draw your attention away from the detailed curvatures of the seat back instead of complementing them.

Style Guide: Vintage Bedroom

February 1st, 2014

Style Guide: Vintage Bedroom

A soft luxurious bedroom is a real treat to curl up in on a cool, damp evening. This room puts together the bare basics to keep from over-crowding the room, making even an average-sized bedroom feel large.

Hillsdale Trieste Fabric Upholstered Bed in Pewter

Hillsdale Trieste Fabric Upholstered Bed in Pewter


Hillsdale’s Trieste charcoal gray bed is where the quest for the vintage room began. The fabric is supple and when combined with the button tufts are reminiscent of old-school vintage Hollywood. It is a soft, luxurious look with an old-time traditional twist.

American Drew  Camden Black TV/Wardrobe Armoire

American Drew Camden Black TV/Wardrobe Armoire


The antique rub finish of the American Drew Camden armoire is a lovely complement to the bed. The cool thing about this is that if you choose to put a TV into the bedroom, you can hide it inside the armoire. If you prefer not to, then you can insert a couple shelves for added clothing storage—which would be preferable for those with a smaller master bedroom.

Armen Living 5th Avenue Armless Swayback Lounge Chair in Cerulean Blue

Armen Living 5th Avenue Armless Swayback Lounge Chair in Cerulean Blue

Armen Living’s designers have created the perfect swayback lounge chair in a beautiful cerulean blue. This splash of color within the bedroom is very trendy and provides the perfect place to curl up with a good book. If you prefer a little less splash, then go with their grey version. It will bring a monochromatic look to your room that can be enhanced with large vintage movie posters, or even some avant garde paintings.

Safavieh Ocean Stingray 18-inch Linen and Cotton Decorative Pillows in Multi and Cream (Set of 2)

Safavieh Ocean Stingray 18-inch Linen and Cotton Decorative Pillows in Multi and Cream (Set of 2)

Adding a set of throw pillows to either the bed or a pair of lounge chairs will really bring all the colors in your room together. Safavieh’s stingray pillows create a great starting point for adding color to your walls, or through small accent pieces.

For more inspiration, look to the colors of a peacock feather—the blue Armen Living uses is very similar to the blue in this feather. If you do decide to go with a peacock color set, the walls can be easily dolled up with the dark green, or keep it light and airy with an off-white that has some gray undertones. If your room is large, feel free to go bold. Set the pair of lounge chairs up against a solid black or deep brown wall with white trim.

If you prefer to take the oceanfront as your guide, stick to the oceanic color palette for accent pieces, and soft sandy brown walls. A crisp white look will open up your room, making it feel large, and it is also much more easily changed than a deeper color such as chocolate or black.

Style Guide: Youth Chill Out Room

January 30th, 2014

Style Guide: Youth Chill Out Room

Every kid needs a cool and stylish place to chill out. Turn your spare room into a youth chill room. It’s easy to create a dual-zone space that offers the option of relaxation and entertainment combined with a comfortable study space.

 

Entertainment Space

LifeStyle Solutions Jet Curved Chair Chaise Lounge

LifeStyle Solutions Jet Curved Chair Chaise Lounge

Coaster Contemporary TV Console with Open Storage in White

Coaster Contemporary TV Console with Open Storage in White

Safavieh Zack Pine Wood Storage Ottoman in White

Safavieh Zack Pine Wood Storage Ottoman in White

This pair of Lifestyle Solutions chaise lounges is a fabulous idea for those impromptu sleep-overs. The Safavieh wood storage ottoman can store a set of throw blankets while providing a place to set after-school snacks or popcorn for movie night. The fun geometric Coaster TV console offers ample space for storing your youth’s favorite movies and games.


Study Space

Bernards Wall Unit In Black

Bernards Wall Unit In Black

Elite Products Mod Fx Sitsational 2 Seater Bean Bag Chair in Berry

Elite Products Mod Fx Sitsational 2 Seater Bean Bag Chair in Berry

ZUO Twisty Floor Lamp in Black

ZUO Twisty Floor Lamp in Black

This unique  Bernards black book case, Elite Products Sitsational berry bean bag chairs, and ZUO’s very sleek floor lamp are the perfect complement to the entertainment space within this chill room. A comfortable place to study under proper reading light will enhance your studious book-loving child’s study experience. Who knows,  they may even love the room so much she actually starts to enjoy studying. Maybe not, but at least they will have a very comfortable, casual place to hang out with friends on the weekend.

Stick to pure white or a very soft cloudy day gray tone on the walls. Black and white matted photos help give the room a relaxed feel. Add some chrome or silver if you want to create a more modern look while still holding to the theme of relaxation. For some color, use a soft berry color in the same tonal range as the chaise. Create fun polka dots in various sizes or add a wall of wide vertical stripes. Create a crafty photo clip wall to hang photos of her friends and travel adventures. There are many possibilities, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Style Guide: Denim Wash Living Room

January 28th, 2014

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Sometimes when you are trying to sort out a new design for your interior, you end up with something completely different than originally intended. Case in point: today’s classic yet contemporary look with mixed textures started out as a quest to work a room around a faux zinc finish side table. Keep an open mind when you redesign a room, because you never know what surprises will show themselves to you during the design process.

Safavieh Bosco Wood Coffee Table in Black

Safavieh Bosco Wood Coffee Table in Black

This classy distressed finish contemporary coffee table by Safavieh has a traditional feel with turned legs, but fits in beautifully with the chrome frame of the sofa.

Zuo Lasso Sofa in Blue Denim

Zuo Lasso Sofa in Blue Denim

Zuo has created a trendy worn denim sofa. Denim adds a soft texture that complements the chrome base. Finish off this patriotic look with matching throw pillows in either Americana or the Union Jack.

Safavieh Cerium Iron Drum Stool in Black

Safavieh Cerium Iron Drum Stool in Black

What man has never wanted to be a drummer? Safavieh has created the ultimate man’s table with a painted black drum. This could provide some very interesting entertainment on poker nights.

Uttermost Nala Midnight Black Lounge Armchair in Sunwashed Pecan

Uttermost Nala Midnight Black Lounge Armchair in Sunwashed Pecan

To finish off your room, opt out of the matching club chairs to avoid overpowering your small space. Instead, try a pair of Uttermost armchairs from the Nala collection. They have a subtle fingerprint pattern that adds another hint of texture to your room. Place the black drum between the pair of chairs to perfectly complement to this classical and casual room.

When thinking about wall color, keep the tones more neutral— plain gray is perfect, or try a single feature wall in black. Spruce up the neutrals with deep bold reds and even add a bit of white and deep blue. Your walls shouldn’t outshine the furniture, but rather complement it.

A set of matted black and white photos would look very striking with this set, or add some color to the walls in the form of artwork in a blend of red, white, and blue. Take your color hints from the throw pillows you choose to accent your sofa and chairs. Take to heart that less is more and your room will look like it was professionally designed.

Style Guide: Kitchen Nooks

January 22nd, 2014

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These mobile banquettes are perfect for any size dining room, and complement a blend of decor styles from contemporary and modern to transitional and traditional. Linon’s Chelsea collection has a beautiful church pew-style nook set. This corner seating set is a great fit for that awkward corner in the room, while providing extra seating for large family gatherings.

Linon Chelsea Kitchen Corner Unit Dining Nook

1 – Linen Chelsea Kitchen Corner Unit Dining Nook Bench in Walnut


Homelegance has taken a modern approach to their dining set. This nook makes a bold statement within the confines of the dining area, and is a fantastic choice in an open concept home. Sitting at counter height allows the long-legged people in the home to stretch out their legs a little whilst they dine on the deliciousness that is home cooking.

Homelegance 6 Piece Dining Set

2 – Homelegance 6 Piece Dining Set


Jofran has the best solution for a small informal dining area. The simple look combined with a backless bench means that you can scoot the table against the wall when you only need a quaint place for your family of four. The flexibility to pull out the table for larger gatherings makes this a wonderful choice for the person who enjoys the simple things in life.

Jofran Kura 6 Pc Rectangle Table Set

3 – Jofran Kura 6 Piece Rectangle Table Set

Style Guide: TV Armoires

January 21st, 2014

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There are times when it’s nice to not have to watch TV just because it happens to be there. The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” definitely pertains to these TV armoires. They offer a great way to enforce family game night and allows your child to focus on homework in the evenings.


Traditional

There’s something about the look of an antique piece of furniture that always sparks conversation. This Homelegance TV armoire is a grandiose way to spruce up your daughter or son’s room. Change the feel of the room with different color combinations to accentuate this TV armoire. Pastel colors enhance the characteristics of the armoire, while bringing in bold colors adds whimsical character to the room.

Homelegance Cinderella Armoire in Dark Cherry

1 – Homelegance Cinderella Armoire in Dark Cherry


Sauder Distressed Antique Paint TV Armoire with Adjustable Shelves

2 – Distressed Antique Paint TV Armoire with Adjustable Shelves”


The second piece by Sauder is an elegant accent to a restored older home, or a home with an Arts & Crafts architecture. Some of the best creature comforts are those that bring back warm memories of visits with the grandparents.

Contemporary

Many new homes today lean towards a modern approach to interior design. This Somerton TV Armoire is a contemporary way to hide the television. The masculine design makes it an appealing choice for men. Try pairing it with dark-toned neutrals, then splash some color on the wall by way of mixed tone gallery prints. Deep browns and reds blend beautifully the dark earth tones.

Somerton Dwelling Enchantment TV Armoire in Rich Cappuccino

3 – Somerton Enchantment TV Armoire Top


Transitional

Transitional design blends superbly with an eclectic mix of both traditional and modern furniture. It provides a wonderful transition from one room to the next, when you have a blended interior design. This unit, with its rich dark finish, looks great with any pale or bold color palette. A rich red or even a dark purple would complement this piece really well. Add even more of a masculine feel with neutral browns or grays to really make this piece shine.

Stanley Furniture Hudson Street Warm Cocoa Door Chest w/ Light Distressing

4 – Stanley Furniture Hudson Street Warm Cocoa Door Chest


Country

There’s a lot to say about good old fashioned country charm. This South Shore unit has an antique-inspired design that is perfectly suited for that old farmhouse you are renovating or in your family cabin. Or create a woodsy ambience within your own home. A deep yellow would really complement this television hideaway, or try surrounding it with river rock and pine wainscoting.

South Shore Prairie Country Pine Armoire

5 – South Shore Huntington Collection Armoire

Style Guide: Home Bar

January 17th, 2014

Sometimes all you need is a little extra space to store your favorite entertainment goodies. Bar cabinets are generally smaller than a full home bar, which also makes them quite suitable for small-space living.

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Contemporary/Modern

 

Coaster Contemporary Bar Table with Glass Shelf in White

Coaster Contemporary Bar Table with Glass Shelf in White

Crosley Mobile Folding Bar in Black Finish With 30

Crosley Mobile Folding Bar in Black Finish With 30″ Shield Back Stool
These two contemporary takes on the home bar cabinet add a slightly different type of functionality to the home. The Coaster bar table is a great way to extend a room divider wall, while the Crosley folding bar is a great way to extend a small space.

Traditional

American Drew Camden Bar in Buttermilk Finish

American Drew Camden Bar in Buttermilk Finish
American Drew has captured the ideal of traditional style. Their Camden collection adds an especially calming demeanour to the room, which makes it the perfect addition to either a rustic beach-front cottage, or a home that is country classic.

Whimsical

Henry Link Notting Hill Bar Cabinet in Williamsburg

Henry Link Notting Hill Bar Cabinet in Williamsburg

Henry Link has created a fun way to hide your entertainment essentials. This replica public building provides not only a great conversation starter, but will blend in seamlessly with a transitional or traditional designed home.

Urban

Global Furniture USA Corner Home Bar Unit in Black and Silver

Global Furniture USA Corner Home Bar Unit in Black and Silver
There are times when all you need is to fill that odd-looking corner in the room. This corner bar by Global Furniture is the perfect solution. It complements the urban home, as well as modern European and even an industrial styled home.

Style Guide: Nifty Playroom Additions

January 15th, 2014

Guide: Playroom Additions

Having a room dedicated to toys, books and creativity is a fantastic way to keep the kids’ bedrooms a little cleaner. Create interest within the space by incorporating fun bright colors and fresh kid-friendly designs. It’s also a great idea to include a section of the room that will give your child a comfortable place to quietly read. Adding a few smart pieces to the play area – whether in the daycare, home, or home school – provides a unique space to let your child’s imagination and creativity run wild. Try decorating the space with an gallery wall filled with various sized polka-dots as “frames” for the pictures.

1 – Guidecraft Birch Modular Science Center
2 – Guidecraft Steve Light Storybox: Rapunzel
3 – Guidecraft Nordic Table and Chairs
4 – Guidecraft Expressions Book Display in Espresso
5 – Guidecraft Art Activity Cart
6 – KidKraft Sling Chair navy and white stripes
7 – KidKraft Deluxe Wood Easel in White
8 – Guidecraft Wooden Floor Theater

Style Guide: Dining Tables for Everyone

January 13th, 2014

The dining room is an oft-overlooked room in the house that usually takes a beating at dinnertime. Create a room that invites dinner table conversations and make it the hub of family get-togethers.

Style Guide: Dining Tables


Contemporary/Modern

Coaster Stanton Contemporary Square Counter Table in Black Finish

Coaster Stanton Contemporary Square Counter Table in Black Finish
Coaster has done a marvelous job with this textured base contemporary dining table. Their Stanton collection offers the option of either a neutral gray set of chairs, or add a hint of color with a softer shade of green. Either way, your dining room will look fabulous.

Transitional

Stanley Furniture Continuum Casual Dining Table in Amaretto Cherry Finish

Stanley Furniture Continuum Casual Dining Table in Amaretto Cherry Finish
The beauty of a transitional style dining room is that it complements both a more traditional furnished home, as well as a more modern furnished home. The trestle style base in Stanley Furniture’s Continuum collection allows for more leg-room, which is perfect for the taller members of the family. The geometric twist in the base and chair backs offer a bit of intrigue with textural interest to the room.

Traditional

Lexington La Tourelle Toulouse Rectangular Dining Table in Aged Mocha

Lexington La Tourelle Toulouse Rectangular Dining Table in Aged Mocha
Lexington’s designers have created a beautifully rustic European styled dining set, complete with studded seams. This is the perfect addition to a more sophisticated, formal dining atmosphere.

Retro

Global Furniture USA Neville Casual Multi-Color Dining Set

Global Furniture USA Neville Casual Multi-Color Dining Set
Global Furniture’s Shavano dining set brings a unique blend of retro, modern, and industrial to the home. It will definitely make a great complement to any of those designer home furnishing styles, especially in an open concept home.

French Country

Hillsdale Northern Heights Counter Height Dining Table with Extension in Black and Cherry

Hillsdale Northern Heights Counter Height Dining Table with Extension in Black and Cherry
This dining set by Hillsdale is a more modern twist on the classic French Country look. For a home filled with the chaos of children, this could very well be the perfect durable dining set.

Style Guide: Baby Room for Small Spaces

January 6th, 2014

Style Guide: Small Baby Room

In today’s world of townhome and condo living, sometimes a full size crib just isn’t going to work in the limited space you have for the baby. There is a very simple solution: keep everything small, simple and minimal.

Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Wood Crib in Two-tone Espresso and White

Babyletto Mercer 3 in 1 Convertible Wood Crib in Two-tone Espresso and White

This convertible crib is a great addition. It changes into both a toddler bed and a youth day bed (guide rails may not be included—be sure to check manufacturer’s specifications). The underbed storage is perfect for extra diapers, blankets and onesies while your little one is still little. In the toddler years, switch it up for books, toys and swimming gear. During your child’s youth years, the underbed storage can be used for art supplies, sweater storage and more.

Babyletto Modo 3-Drawer Wood Changing Table w/ Tray in Espresso and White

Babyletto Modo 3-Drawer Wood Changing Table w/ Tray in Espresso and White

Keeping with the multi-use theme, this change table is perfect for a small space. When your little one outgrows the change table, simply remove the tray and your toddler now has a big-boy dresser.

Babyletto Nara Glider in Ecru with Mocha

Babyletto Nara Glider in Ecru with Mocha

Every experienced mom will tell a new mom to make sure the room is comfortable. The reason is because a lot of time will be spent in the baby room nodding off while your new one feeds. This chair is very modern, comfortable, and classy. The soft gliding motion will ease your littlest addition back into dreamland. Also part of a good baby room is a soft light for those late-night changes. This can be in the form of a small lamp, a wall light, a simple plug-in night light, or even a soft star light. Play mobiles can also be a viable option that provides music and motion. Some also have a soft light. Keep the volume at it’s lowest setting where it is easiest on a baby’s ears. Soft music is also a great addition—classical and jazz are the most relaxing and least stimulating, offering a nice, soothing transition from feeding to sleeping.