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Style Guide: Contemporary Guest Bedroom Comfort

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Retro-fitting your recently vacated college student’s bedroom into a new guest room. It’s smart to keep things simple. Your guests don’t need a lot of rich, mixed textures that you find in the Old World traditional styled furniture. Make the room a place where your guests can settle in for the night with a good book without being overstimulated with what is inside the room.


Homelegance Astrid Bed in Espresso
Homelegance Astrid Bed in Espresso


Rossetto Air Dresser in Warm Oak
Rossetto Air Dresser in Warm Oak

This is a very minimalist type of room. The Homelegance Astrid bed with it’s arched frame acts as the centerpiece. The Rosetto Air dresser is very quaint but has a warm oak finish to cozy-up the room. L-shaped raised drawer panels to add a hint of texture without being overpowering.

Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Arm Chair in Cream

Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Arm Chair in Cream

Most bedrooms have a nightstand, but you have a bit more flexibility with a guest bedroom. Consider going with something more comfortable such as one or two of these Armen Living Barclay collection chairs. They provide a cozy place to read, as well as a comfortable place to pull up a pair of socks. The striped accent pillow is also a great way to complement the dark vertical grain of the dresser.

Steve Silver Beamont End Table in Dark Cherry Finish

Steve Silver Beamont End Table in Dark Cherry Finish

If you decide that you would like a couple of chairs with a small table between them, then choose something similar to this one by Steve Silver. Sccent the bed arch with a similar arch in your table frame to provide that continuity of design.

Style Guide: Sleeper Sofas – A Party Crasher’s Paradise

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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The sleeper sofa brings memories of those old-school sofas that were hard to lug around and required an Ironman to transform them from sofa to bed. Today’s sleeper sofas are refreshing, functional and stylish.

Broyhill Larissa Brown Queen Goodnight Sleeper Sofa with Cherry Wood Finish

Broyhill Larissa Brown Queen Goodnight Sleeper Sofa with Cherry Wood Finish

Broyhill has beautifully designed a refined-yet-casual sleeper sofa in their Larissa line. Hand-tailored stitching creates asmooth, uniform look that perfectly suits the space next to your fireplace. This big, cozy sofa deserves to be paired with a very simple yet contemporary coffee table—just a clean, simple place to rest your glass of wine.


Lifestyle Solutions Serta Dream Convertible Sophia Sofa
Lifestyle Solutions Serta Dream Convertible Sophia Sofa

LifeStyle Solutions has teamed up with Serta to create a modern urban look. Use it as either a sofa, a double chaise lounge or your party-crasher’s temporary bed. Store extra bedding in the hidden storage area. Pair it up with a light coffee table that is either modern or transitional. Purchase a pair of storage ottomans to serve as either a coffee table or as extra seating in a lighter tone of brown or even cream.


Novak Elegant Lounger with Pull Out Trundle in Black
Novak Elegant Lounger with Pull Out Trundle in Black

Homelegance has simply outdone itself with their new Novak lounger. This masculine design has built-in cup holders set into the contoured arms, a pouch on the side for magazine or remote storage, and a trundle bed. Keep it low for the young overnight guests or raise it up for a double bed to accommodate the adults. This is going to really shine in a room accented with a chrome-framed coffee table and glass table top.

Top Picks: Savvy Storage Ideas

Monday, November 4th, 2013

No matter how big your home might be, there never seems to be enough storage for blankets, towels and extra pillows. Take a look at our favorite storage cabinets that add calming class to your home while providing a ton of extra storage.

Stanley Furniture Coastal Living Cottage Summerhouse Utility Cabinet in Morning Sky

Stanley Furniture Coastal Living Cottage Summerhouse Utility Cabinet in Morning Sky

Sauder’s Harbor View line has a beautifully designed classic cottage style cabinet in antiqued white. This will look beautiful with a background color scheme taken from the beach and ocean—the blues, greens, sandy browns, and bright summer days with sunshine yellow behind it.

Hooker Furniture Windermere Cupboard

Hooker Furniture Windermere Cupboard

Hooker Furniture has created a beautiful masterpiece cabinet with their Windermere collection. The faux marble look blends quite well with an Old-World Europe designed room. If you are starting with this piece, and want to work your way around it, pick a wall color that matches the light gray accent color on the door. This will make your cabinet the center of the attention in the room. Choose furniture that has a very rich, traditional look, but blend it with transitional furniture if you want the room to feel more modern.

Sauder Harbor View Storage Cabinet in Antiqued White

Sauder Harbor View Storage Cabinet in Antiqued White

A small space like a laundry room or bathroom always needs some extra storage, such as this Stanley Furniture cabinet. It has a calming antique summer cottage feel that is soothing. The combination of shelves and drawers makes this cabinet a very versatile piece of furniture. Blend it with the bright colors of summer, or something a little more subdued such as the tonal range of autumn leaves. Even pastels such as soft lavender will accentuate this piece really well. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the color palette nature has provided.

It’s OK to be vain

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Really, we don’t mind. These are just a small sample of some seriously beautiful vanity sets to make any lady of the house feel like a queen, regardless of decorating personality and space.

Coaster Hand Painted Wood Makeup Vanity Table Set with Mirror in Ivory

Coaster Hand Painted Wood Makeup Vanity Table Set with Mirror in Ivory

Coaster’s hand-painted wood vanity is a throw-back to your great-grandma’s Depression era furniture where hand-detailed wood work was common. The ivory tone of this vanity matched with a modern fabric will blend beautifully with any traditional decor. It would look equally as fabulous in the cottage bedroom mixed with weathered seaside furniture.

Poundex Bobkona Jaden Vanity Set with Stool in Black

Poundex Bobkona Jaden Vanity Set with Stool in Black

Poundex has hit the nail on the head with this simple yet elegant approach to their vanity design. It’s small enough for the condo bedroom, yet will add a dose of boldness to a more spacious bedroom as well.

Coaster Small Cappuccino Vanity Set

Coaster Small Cappuccino Vanity Set

Coaster has designed this gorgeous little number for the more modern mom. The contemporary appeal of the simple, no-frills look will also make a great addition to any tomboy’s apartment bedroom.

Rossetto Nightfly Dressing Table in Black

Rossetto Nightfly Dressing Table in Black

If you are feeling a little more metro-Euro, this vanity by Rossetto is going to make a stark statement in your room. It has the simplicity of clean-cut lines and invokes a feeling of perfect zen. This vanity will be the perfect addition to the chaotic home of multiple little ones chasing each other up and down the stairs every waking moment.

Lea Elite Rhapsody Wood Pedestal Vanity/Desk in Dark Cherry

Lea Elite Rhapsody Wood Pedestal Vanity/Desk in Dark Cherry

Lea’s Elite Rhapsody vanity gives a little bit of that retro feel to your room. This is perfect for the room with that throw-back fifties style. You could even go back as far as the early-to-mid thirties with a piece of furniture like this accenting your room.

Introducing Uttermost

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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Summer is winding down and it’s time to start turning our attention to the indoors. Maybe it’s time to switch out some old furniture and accessories for something more up-to-date. Uttermost has some wonderful pieces that would be perfect for a home refresh. Read on to see our top picks:


Uttermost Aragon 1 Light Nickel Glass Pendant Ceiling Light

Uttermost Aragon 1 Light Nickel Glass Pendant Ceiling Light

Uttermost Paris Chalkboard in Rust Gray Metal

Uttermost Paris Chalkboard in Rust Gray Metal

Uttermost Aralu Glass Side Tables in Antique Gold

Uttermost Aralu Glass Side Tables in Antique Gold

Uttermost Jonte Decorative Bottles in Distressed Blue Yellow and Green

Uttermost Jonte Decorative Bottles in Distressed Blue Yellow and Green

Uttermost Peizhi Ceramic Garden Stool in Bold Oxblood Red

Uttermost Peizhi Ceramic Garden Stool in Bold Oxblood Red

Uttermost Gilchrist Armchair in Jacobean Espresso
Uttermost Gilchrist Armchair in Jacobean Espresso

Uttermost Palais Royale Plaque Art in Antiqued Silver Leaf

Uttermost Palais Royale Plaque Art in Antiqued Silver Leaf

Uttermost Teak Root Bunching Cube in Teak Wood

Uttermost Teak Root Bunching Cube in Teak Wood

Get The Look of The Great Gatsby

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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Feeling inspired by The Great Gatsby? So are we. The Baz Luhrmann film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio  was huge this summer and has revived an interest in Art Deco style. We aren’t alone in our obsession. If you are feeling Gatsby-ish, why not spend the night at the Fitzgerald suite at the Plaza Hotel in NYC? This gorgeous suite has been decked out in an opulent fashion that would be sure to please even Daisy Buchanan.

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However, a night spent in such stunning surroundings won’t come cheap. The Fitzgerald suite rings in at $2795 a night,  which is slightly out of reach for the average person’s vacation budget. Fortunately, bringing the look home to enjoy year round is much more affordable. Check out our picks that make it easy for you to get the Art Deco look of the Great Gatsby:

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1 -Coaster Dylan Faux Leather Upholstered Low Profile Bed in Black
2Coaster Club Chair in Black
3Powell Furniture Mirrored 6 Drawer Black Wood Console
4Armen Living Barrister Loveseat
5Henry Link Agean Isles Desk in Tuxedo Black
6Stanley Furniture Hudson Street Dark Espresso Octagonal Mirror
7Somerton Signature Bicast Leather Side Chair

Bring Home the Look of Vintage Hollywood

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Why not bring home some vintage Hollywood glamour? For a modern take on this classic era, check out these hot picks that are perfect for the family home.

Family living requires furniture that is both durable and beautiful. Upholstery fabrics should be easy on the skin as well as easy to care for. Try this lovely matching sofa and loveseatset in a soft muted green.

Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Sofa in Green

Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Sofa in Green
 
Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Loveseat in Green

Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Loveseat in Green

 

 

Next, add some dimension with a matching set of club chairs. Our picks will add some oomph to your family room.

Armen Living 5Th Avenue Armless Swayback Gray Fabric Lounge Chair

Armen Living 5Th Avenue Armless Swayback Gray Fabric Lounge Chair
 

The Armen Living swayback lounge chair is a fabulous find and the perfect complement to the formal sofa.

Zuo Castro Armchair in Beige

Zuo Castro Armchair in Beige

The Castro chair by Zuo offers the classic tufted armchair look updated in a stunning modern beige linen.

 

 

Accent tables help tie your coffee table to the rest of your furniture.

Lexington 11 South Sculptura Accent Table in Soft Graphite Finish

Lexington 11 South Sculptura Accent Table in Soft Graphite Finish

 Add some artistic flair with an accent table from Lexington with a geometric motif. The cylindrical shape is a great fit for families with small toddlers in the house.

Henry Link Marshall Accent Table in Moonstone on Ebony Finish

Henry Link Marshall Accent Table in Moonstone on Ebony Finish

 

The cream stone finishe of this Henry Link accent table adds texture to your room along with the durability required for family living.

Pulaski Accents Timeless Classics Chairside Table in Channing

Pulaski Accents Timeless Classics Chairside Table in Channing

 

This side table by Pulaski offers gorgeous hand-painted Grecian-inspired detailing. The half-moon shape gives is a perfect fit next to your armchair.

 

Go for a black coffee table to ground the colors in your upholstered furniture pieces.

Somerton Serenity Lift Top Rectanglular Coffee Table in Burgundy

Somerton Serenity Lift Top Rectanglular Coffee Table in Burgundy

 

The Somerton lift-top table is a great, simple room anchor surrounded by the green furniture. It also offers plenty of space to store your favorite magazines and books.

Hammary Mercer Rectangular Cocktail Table in Black Painted Finish

Hammary Mercer Rectangular Cocktail Table in Black Painted Finish

 

This black cocktail table from Hammary is another great choice. The turned wood legs of the Henry Link end table with the rest of the room.

 

The Hollywood glam look doesn’t have to be out of reach. This simple design is perfect for the busy family home.

Home Design for The Island Life

Friday, July 26th, 2013

During the warm summer months, most of us love to enjoy as much time outdoors as we can. But there is no reason to you can’t enjoy the summer feeling all year. When you decorate your home with tropical island style furniture, you can enjoy the outdoors while still remaining indoors.


Master Suite

Indulge a little and make your master suite a place you never want to leave. Start off by choosing a regal bed with tropical styling.

Tommy Bahama Home Kingstown Sovereign Poster Bed with Optional Canopy in Tamarind

Tommy Bahama Home Kingstown Sovereign Poster Bed with Optional Canopy in Tamarind

Tommy Bahama Home Kingstown Stony Point Dresser in Tamarind

Tommy Bahama Home Kingstown Stony Point Dresser in Tamarind

Tommy Bahama Home Kingstown Phillips Night Stand in Tamarind

Tommy Bahama Home Kingstown Phillips Night Stand in Tamarind


Living Room

For the family room, start with the quintessential piece of traveller’s luggage that tells the world you travel, even if you haven’t. Then wrap the furniture choices around this piece to create a relaxing, island-friendly family room.

Pulaski Accents Rustic Chic Cocktail Table in Brady

Pulaski Accents Rustic Chic Cocktail Table in Brady

Coaster Regatta Contemporary 3 Piece Sofa Set in Khaki and Brown

Coaster Regatta Contemporary 3 Piece Sofa Set in Khaki and Brown

Homelegance Dalton 3 Piece Sofa Set in Beige

Homelegance Dalton 3 Piece Sofa Set in Beige

If you like the softer look then you will be drawn to the Beach House collection, however if you like a little more punch to your designs, then you will appreciate what Tommy Bahama designers have done with the Canberra Collection console table.

Tommy Bahama Home Beach House Palm Coast Sofa Table in Golden Umber

Tommy Bahama Home Beach House Palm Coast Sofa Table in Golden Umber

Tommy Bahama Home Beach House Heron Lamp Table in Golden Umber

Tommy Bahama Home Beach House Heron Lamp Table in Golden Umber

One great way to blend in Beach House sofa table with the rest of the furniture is by adding the matching lamp table. The sugar cane design is reminiscent of island sugar cane plantations around the tropics.

Tommy Bahama Road To Canberra Tasmania End Table in Moderately Distressed

Tommy Bahama Road To Canberra Tasmania End Table in Moderately Distressed

Reed detailing is a great complement to the branch design console table.

Magnussen Fleming Rectangular End Table in Rustic Pine

Magnussen Fleming Rectangular End Table in Rustic Pine

The metal frame and rustic pine finish on this end table really brings adds antique look to the travel trunk.

Tommy Bahama Road To Canberra Bannister Garden Console Table in Moderately Distressed

Tommy Bahama Road To Canberra Bannister Garden Console Table in Moderately Distressed


Dining Room

Bringing island style to your dining room is a breeze. The Tommy Bahama line has done an excellent job of putting together chairs and tables for a classic island look with a refined twist.

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Peninsula Dining Table

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Peninsula Dining Table

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Kowloon Side Chair - Ships Assembled

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Kowloon Side Chair – Ships Assembled

The table and chairs can also be purchased as a set. Or try a mix and match look for a different feel.

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Lanai Side Chair - Assembly Required

The geometric shapes on these chair backs blend beautifully with the texture of the trestle legs on the dining table in the Ocean Club Collection.

Tommy Bahama Home Island Estate Mangrove Fabric Arm Chair in Plantation

Tommy Bahama Home Island Estate Mangrove Fabric Arm Chair in Plantation

Add a relaxed look to your dining room with these estate chairs. The sugar cane accent is a wonderful accent to the trestles on the dining room table.

Gain Serious Storage a New Bench

Friday, June 14th, 2013

It’s time to give that pile of shoes in the corner by the door a new home. A new storage bench is a beautiful place to store not just shoes, but also wallets, toys and more. This medium brown oak offers five feet of storage space including three drawers and three baskets as well as a beautifully upholstered seat pad. It’s guaranteed to add a bit of pizazz to any entrance or foyer.

 

Coaster Oak Large Storage Bench with Baskets

Coaster Oak Large Storage Bench with Baskets

This particular bench by Coaster Fine Furniture combines a beautiful blend of traditional Mission and Cottage styles to create a gorgeous piece of furniture. There is plenty of space for your kid’s shoes in the baskets and room for your paperwork in the drawers. A storage bench is also beautiful accent piece in the guest room for extra bedding. Your guests could also use this as their dresser while visiting on extended stays. This lovely storage bench would also perk up the basement rec room. Drawers and baskets store the children’s toys or game room equipment with style. Clean up your home theater room by storing movies and music in the bench. The top is perfect for seating a few extra people.

 

In your home office, a storage bench is a great place to sit your child for those five minute time-outs while you attempt to gather some peace of mind. The storage drawers are also great for extra paperwork. Who knew one storage bench could be pleasing to the eye and incredibly useful?

Practical accent furniture

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Are you searching for that final, elegant touch for your living room or hallway? A stylish piece of accent furniture might be the exotic twist you’ve been searching for.

Accent pieces include everything from occasional chairs to console tables, kitchen carts to hat racks – furniture that adds a little extra flair, complementing the room and items surrounding it. That doesn’t mean accent furniture needs to be impractical, though. On the contrary, there are plenty of designs that are striking and useful.

 

Accent Tables

Accent tables look great, and are also useful as storage and display spaces. Consider the buffet table — decorative, until it becomes a serving space when you entertain.

Accent Table

Hillsdale Brookside Fossil Buffet Server

Accent Chairs

Accent chairs can sit gracefully in corners and in front of desks, or they can be pulled out for a comfy place to read a book or to seat a guest. They go just as well in the sun room as they do in the study.

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Powell Furniture Kilarney Scroll Accent Chair

Moreover, experienced designers say accent furniture is a cost-effective way to freshen your home for a new season. Their tip for autumn: neutrals and warm colours.