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Style Guide: Contemporary Rustic Charm

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Style Guide: Contemporary Rustic Living Room

It can be challenging to add a bit of contemporary rustic charm to your home while keeping it modern-looking. The best way to attempt this type of look is to keep everything simple: the fabrics, the design, the accents. Below is one way you can add a touch of weathered comfort while still keeping your home very much on the contemporary side.


Modus Farmhouse Sideboard in Antique Walnut
Modus Farmhouse Sideboard in Antique Walnut

The best place to start is to find an accent that captures your eye. A piece such as this antiqued wine table that will look very warm and inviting as part of your family room—especially if your home is open concept.


Broyhill Perspectives Three Seat Beige Sofa with Cognac Wood Finish

Broyhill Perspectives Three Seat Beige Sofa with Cognac Wood Finish

Next, find some simplistic furniture to go with your new antiqued wine table. Broyhill’s Perspectives line is the perfect match. It has the simple cozy look, but it’s also very contemporary. If you have a large space, definitely go with either the loveseat or a pair of matching accent chairs. You might luck out and find an armless, patterned accent chair, but it will take quite a bit of searching as you don’t want a bright bold pattern, but you also don’t want a load of stripes to take away from the simplicity of the room. So if you do choose a patterned accent chair, keep in mind the accent colors in the pillows that come with the sofa—it will help guide your decision on how soft to keep your colors.


Riverside Furniture Sierra Round Cocktail Table in Landmark Worn Oak

Riverside Furniture Sierra Round Cocktail Table in Landmark Worn Oak

This round cocktail table by Riverside Furniture keeps the room very simple while also adding a hint of texture with the planked top and metal legs. Texture is good, so don’t be afraid to test it out. With such heavy furniture pieces, make sure you keep the tables light. An open concept design gives the perception of a large room. The matching oval end tables will help keep the room from feeling too boxed in, while also helping you keep that perception of a large family room.


Riverside Sierra Round End Table in Landmark Worn Oak
Riverside Sierra Round End Table in Landmark Worn Oak

Style Guide: The Modern Family Room

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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It’s not easy trying to find modern furniture that looks amazing and can squeeze into a small family room. But we have found the perfect combination for you with clean contemporary lines blended with chrome and glass for a nice blend of modern materials.


Armen Living Coffee Table in Wenge and White

Start with this coffee table from Armen Living. The heavy centerpiece anchors the room while the white and wenge finish adds a nice contrast to the space.


Global Furniture USA R820 Chaise in White with Chrome Legs

Global Furniture USA R820 Chaise in White with Chrome Leg

Global Furniture’s simple chaise lounge adds a little dimensional curve to the room. It invites one to cozy up with a throw blanket, a good book, and a nice hot beverage.


Zuo Fortress Sofa

Zuo Fortress Sofa

Zuo’s Fortress sofa is a lovely compliment. The chrome ties in really well with the chaise, while also adding a bit of geometrical intrigue to the room. Leave it as is for some masculine appeal or throw in some bold color with pillows in hot pink, lime green or lavender.


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Coaster Williams Contemporary End Table With Bonded Leather Base and Glass Top

Coaster’s bonded leather end table with white stitch accent and glass top completes your new family room. It combines the white and black color scheme really well, tying in all of your pieces of furniture.

You will want to soften the chrome against the hardwood floor with a plush rug in cream. Add bold colors to the room by way of gallery-wrapped art, a few choice statuettes, and season-changing table-top decor.

Accent Your Home with the Union Jack

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The classic look of the Union Jack makes for great inspiration when re-decorating your home. Take the colors and blend them in any way you like. Go for solid colors all around or soften the look with prints. These decor ideas will help get you started.

 

The Essentials:

Zuo Union Jack Large Cabinet in Distressed Black

Zuo Union Jack Large Cabinet in Distressed Black

Start with this Union Jack console. It will look fabulous either on its own in the hall or foyer or as part of your family room.

Zuo Union Jack Small Cabinet in Distressed Black

Zuo Union Jack Small Cabinet in Distressed Black

The matching unit to your console is a must in your family room in order to tie everything together. Or try it alone in a small foyer in lieu of the console.

The Union Jack print works with a number of decor styles. Here are a few design suggestions to get you started.


Sofa:


A tufted sofa is an ideal foil for a strong motif such as the Union Jack. These three options are a great start.

Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Sofa in Cream
Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Sofa in Cream


Armen Living Barrister Sofa in Black

Armen Living Barrister Sofa in Black

Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Sofa in Linosa Linen

Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Sofa in Linosa Linen

 


Side Chair:

Pair your console or cabinet with one of these side chairs to soften the look.

Armen Living Orion Club Chair in Red Chenille

Armen Living Orion Club Chair in Red Chenille

This bold red Armen Living club chair offers a comfortable place to sit while adding a modern feel to the room.

Avenue Six Ventana Chair in Brushed Oyster

Avenue Six Ventana Chair in Brushed Oyster

The nail stud accents in the side chair complement the contemporary ambience in the Seven Seas sofa. The metallic finish of the nailhead trim meshes beautifully with the console’s metal drawer accents, giving a hint of Old World feel with a contemporary twist.

 

Armen Living Mad Hatter Dining Chair in Red

 

A red chair is a natural choice for this strong design. For a whimsical take, pair it with a Mad Hatter-inspired chair such as this one.

 

Avenue Six Curves Hourglass Chair in Vintage Grenadine

Try the classic look of a tufted side chair that will tie in nicely with the sofa.


Ottoman:

An ottoman does double duty as a coffee table and extra seating, making it a smart choice for your living room or family room.

Armen Living Citation Tufted Leather Ottoman in Cream

Armen Living Citation Tufted Leather Ottoman in Cream

The dual tone of this classy ottoman will transition beautifully between either of the lighter sofas and the rest of the room.

Armen Living Citation Tufted Leather Ottoman in Black
Armen Living Citation Tufted Leather Ottoman in Black

Use this coffee table to add vintage appeal. Or you can use this for extra seating at your next dinner party.

International Caravan Charlotte Large Fabric Vanity Bench

International Caravan Charlotte Large Fabric Vanity Bench


Tie The Look Together

Keep the Union Jack in mind when choosing your wall color. The furniture shown above all pair really well with a neutral gray palette. Mix in red, white and black accents throughout the space using lamps, framed artwork and knick-knacks.

When choosing an area rug for your room, go with a color neutral like navy or gray. It’s ideal to choose something that is soft under your feet, yet also durable enough for the kids to play on during the day. A higher pile carpet like shag, for example, is a great option.

If you choose a printed rug, ensure it has a monochromatic color scheme and a soft pattern. Try to accent the Union Jack print rather than draw attention away from it.

Cozy Up to a New Fireplace This Winter

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Southern Enterprises Stainless Steel Wall Mount Fireplace

February is almost here! The shortest month of the year is also one of the coldest. Plus it’s also time for the most romantic day of the year: Valentine’s Day. What could be a better time of year to purchase a new fireplace for your home?

Southern Enterprises Portable Indoor Outdoor Fireplace

Installing a fireplace no longer needs to be a complicated procedure. Try a gel fueled fireplace. These fireplaces have a real crackling flame but they also emit very little heat. They are ventless and do not require a power source which means they can be placed almost anywhere. It’s all up to you and your imagination.

Dimplex Fieldstone Freestanding Rustic Electric Fireplace

An electric fireplace is another great option. Electric fireplaces also offer versatility that regular fireplaces can’t. They can easily be put in places like condos or townhouses with little to no installation costs. Some of these types of fireplaces can even be wall-mounted or recessed into a wall for a floating look. These fireplaces offer more heat than gel-fueled varieties but not as much as gas.

Dimplex Cornet TV Stand with Electric Fireplace

These days even a fireplace can do double duty. Try picking one with built-in storage. Some fireplaces also offer a place to stand your flat-screen TV as well as built-in compartments for your components.

Dimplex Mini Cube Stove

It’s easy to heat up your home this February with a new fireplace.

Traditional Style in TV Stands

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniture Southampton Onyx Open TV Armoire Just in time for longer, darker days, we’re taking a look at cozy living room furniture to help you make movie nights a major success this fall and winter. With guests and ample family seating in mind, consider adding a larger TV stand or entertainment center.

TV Stands for Tidy Rooms

Look for a TV stand that supports the size and weight of your television, in a style that complements your current décor. But before you fall in love, check to make sure you have the available floor and wall space to accommodate this new piece of furniture.

You’ll want a depth that doesn’t reach too far into the central area of your living room. Also check that the edges of your furniture won’t block part of  a window or doorway.

When you find the right piece of furniture, assess the device and media storage. Do you need to also purchase audio racks or DVD racks? How about CD storage? If your living room is where you keep your stereo and listen to most of your music, you’ll be storing an extra large media library.

Find TV furniture (like the designs shown here from Martin Furniture’s Kathy Ireland Home collections) along with many other popular brands at Cymax.com.
 

Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniture Pasadena Wood Plasma TV Stand

Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniture Pasadena Wood Plasma TV Stand in Mission Finish

 

Cozy Home Bars for Family Fun

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Coaster Mitchell Bar Unit with Storage in Oak Finish This fall, before Thanksgiving, before holiday parties, before seasonal family gatherings and New Year celebrations, think about the one thing you could add to your home to make entertaining more lively and just plain fun.

Holiday Hosting with a Home Bar

Have you ever thought about adding a home bar – complete with comfy bar stools – to your living room, rec room, or basement media room? If you have childhood memories of parents, aunts and uncles, or family friends gathering around a home bar, the image isn’t too far from your mind when the festivities of fall and winter approach.

Make a more refined statement in your elegant dining room or traditional living room with leather bar stools. Create a more contemporary bar space anywhere in your home with a commercial bar height counter and sleek black extra tall bar stools. Today’s home bars and bar stools can fit any budget or lifestyle.

 

Coaster Hyde Contemporary Home Bar

Coaster Hyde Contemporary Home Bar in Rich Cappuccino Finish


Coaster Lambert Leather Back Swivel Bar Stool

Coaster Hyde 30


Coaster Buckner Casual Style Home Bar

Coaster Buckner Casual Style Home Bar Unit in Black


Coaster Dixie Upholstered Swivel Bar Stool

Coaster Dixie Upholstered Swivel Bar Stool in Black


Get Comfortable with Catnapper

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Across much of the US and Canada, it’s been a mild, if not downright chilly summer. We’ve had rainy days and cool weather. While this might put a damper on some beach plans during summer vacation, we like to see the design glass half full. So if you’re spending more summer days indoors this year, why not add a few cozy updates to your living room, just in time for fall?

Take a look at these pieces from Catnapper to spark your imagination. We’ve blogged about these opulent plush sofas and chairs before, but they’re well worth revisiting for anyone seeking soft, luxurious furnishings.

Start with a recliner or rocker and add more pieces to fit your space and style. From one decadent chair to a long lavish L-shaped sofa set, you can add a little or a lot of Catnapper comfort to your favorite living space.


Catnapper Softie Dual Reclining Loveseat

 Catnapper Softie Dual Reclining Loveseat


Catnapper Softie Sofa Set

 Catnapper Softie Sofa Set


Catnapper Softie 3 Piece Reclining Sectional

 Catnapper Softie 3 Piece Reclining Sectional in Bordeaux

Recline in Style with Catnapper Softies

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

There’s nothing quite like a quiet moment at the end of a long day. It’s a chance to put your feet up and take a deep breath, reflecting on your favorite song, beverage, book, television show, or however you choose to enjoy some personal relaxation time.

Recliner chairs take those moments to the next level, making your time to rejuvenate that much more soothing. The right recliner makes those moments last longer, rewarding your hard work with well-earned comfort.


Catnapper Softie Oversized Reclining Chaise
 Catnapper Softie Oversized Reclining Chaise



Known for their luxurious oversized plush furniture, Catnapper recliners are definitely worth a look. Manufactured by Jackson Furniture, these products range from impressive sectionals and sofa sets to distinctive chaise and extra-roomy armchair designs. We love their Softie line for the quilted pillow-top design that begs to be lounged in.

Catnapper also produces more refined looks, ideal for a traditional home. Look at the leather recliners, sofas, loveseats, and chairs in their Sonoma or Buckingham collections.

 

Catnapper Buckingham Dual Reclining Leather Loveseat
 Catnapper Buckingham Dual Reclining Leather Loveseat


Catnapper Sonoma Reclining Leather Loveseat in Sable
 Catnapper Sonoma Reclining Leather Loveseat in Sable


Display Your Treasures in Style

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

If you’re a collector, then you know that the right curio cabinet can make the difference between prized treasures and dusty clutter. Get organized and display your travel souvenirs, awards, artwork, and curios in the cabinet that does them justice.


Kush Furniture Summerland Double Curio
 Kush Furniture Summerland Double Curio


Choose from a surprisingly diverse selection of corner curio cabinets with built-in lighting and you’ll have a prominent place for all those small collectibles you want to draw attention to.


Pulaski Golden Oak II 72″ Corner Curio Cabinet
 Pulaski Golden Oak II 72


Add a wall-mounted curio cabinet to an urban apartment or other tight spot where floor space is already spoken for. A smaller wall-mounted cabinet is also a great supplement to other wood finish curio cabinets.


Butler Specialty Wall Curio in Plantation Cherry Finish
 Butler Specialty Wall Curio in Plantation Cherry Finish


Illuminating Your Games Room

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Shed some light. You don’t want your games room to be lit up like a movie set, but you don’t want it too dark to see what you’re doing either. Especially if your games room is in the basement or somewhere else in your home with little natural light or even no windows at all, lighting will play an important role in your game room design. The trick to proper lighting in a games room is balance. You don’t want your games room to be lit up like a movie set, but you don’t want it too dark to see what you’re doing either.

Trademark Nine Ball Stained Glass Lighting Fixture

Games Room Location and Purpose

When considering what type of lighting would be best for your games room, take into account its location and purpose. A basement games room will most likely need more light fixtures than one in the corner of a family room. If your new pool table has pride of place in the middle of the room, then you’re sure to want a game table light centered directly above it.

The Different Types of Lighting

Because the games room will be used for a variety of activities, the light fixtures you choose should accommodate these different lighting needs. A multipurpose room like a games room should include two or more of the different kinds of light fixtures available.

Reversible Top Poker Table

Task lighting is generally bright and used to put the spotlight on your game table, pool, poker or otherwise. It is also a great way to light your home bar. Track lighting is a type of task lighting that popular in games room.

General or ambient lighting is some type of overhead light, like a flush mounted fixture centered in the rooms ceiling. It fills the space with a medium to bright light that softens shadows and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Tiffany pendant lighting is particularly popular for a traditional style games room that features a pool or billiards table.

Recessed lighting with a dimmer switch would be ideal for a games room that has a video gaming or home theater area.

Stained Glass Lighting Fixture

Customizing your lighting needs to the various activities in your games room, is not only practical but it adds warmth and appeal to room’s décor.