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Style Guide: Contemporary Guest Bedroom Comfort

Monday, November 25th, 2013


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.

Top Picks: Wine Racks – Serve Up a Little Style with Your Holiday Dinner

Thursday, November 21st, 2013


The holidays are a great time to feast, remember past great times while also creating new memories. This holiday season, your hosting prowess can be accented with the perfect wine rack for not just your house wine but for any of your favorite wines.

Uttermost Annileise Wooden Wine Table in Faded Weathered Charcoal

Uttermost Annileise Wooden Wine Table in Faded Weathered Charcoal

The first two wine tables are fabulous accents to an Arts & Crafts style home with a touch of rustic cabin charm. The Modus wine table is also available in a tower model for the not-so-roomy dining room.

Modus Farmhouse Sideboard in Antique Walnut

Modus Farmhouse Sideboard in Antique Walnut

The Uttermost wine table is the perfect weathered charmer for your townhome or apartment. It will really shine sitting against a white or create a more monochrome look by pairing it with a darker tone wall such as black or deep gray.

Crosley Furniture Newport Buffet Server / Sideboard Cabinet in Black

Crosley Furniture Newport Buffet Server / Sideboard Cabinet in Black

If you prefer to go a little more contemporary, then this black Crosely wine storage unit with handsome raised panels adds that hint of black you’ve secretly been dying to try in your home. Black blends well with dark espresso and cappuccino finishes or you can mix-and-match it with an oak finish room. Black and oak are a classic but modern combination.

Holly & Martin Paso Robles Multi-Colored Wall Mount Wine Storage

Holly & Martin Paso Robles Multi-Colored Wall Mount Wine Storage

Add some fun avante garde style to your home with this Holy & Martin wall-mount storage rack. This is one accent piece that is also functional. It blends beautifully with a home that has a more metropolitan or European feel. The curvy design is an eye-catcher.

Winsome Kingston Modular and Stackable

Winsome Kingston Modular and Stackable “X” Wine Cubby in Espresso

The wine connoisseur may opt for a wine storage box such as this one by Winsome. This is the perfect way to bring a wine cellar feel to your room without having to actually build the wine cellar. Pair this up with a coordinating wine table for serving your dinner guests. This modular wine storage box can either be blended into the room along a single dark brown wall, or make it the focal point pf a room with a light neutrals, dark woods or deep reds.

Freshen Up This January

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Now that the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to think about freshening up your home. Purchasing a new piece of furniture is a great way to accomplish that. Look around your home and consider what needs to be replaced. Perhaps it’s that hand-me-down coffee table or the bookcase you’ve had since college. Whatever you are looking for, this years fresh new furniture looks will have something to take your home from drab to fab.

Does your master bedroom need some attention? Consider a gorgeous mirrored nightstand in the glamorous Hollywood Regency style. Or perhaps a modern nightstand with drawers in an ebony finish with sleek satin chrome pulls is more suitable for your space.

Is it time to refresh your guest room? Consider a trundle daybed in a sophisticated espresso finish. Or for a totally different look try a metal daybed with a chic and striking circular motif. A trundle daybed offers the choice of extra storage space or extra sleeping space if you choose a pop-up trundle.

Maybe it’s your living room that needs a little work. A round coffee table in trendy zebrawood with integrated shelves adds both storage and style. Or go for a dramatic sculpted glass coffee table that looks like a fine piece of art. A coffee table is a great place to make a statement and stand out, while still being functional.

If you are one of those lucky people who received a new flat screen TV over the holidays, you will probably be in the market for a new TV stand. If space is at a premium try a corner TV stand with loads of built-in storage. Or try a large 60 inch TV stand for your large TV or plasma.

Or perhaps your kitchen has become out of control. Get the look of a built-in island without remodeling with an island kitchen cart. Clear up some cabinet space by storing your excess away behind cabinet doors.

There’s no better way to start the new year than by giving your home a mini-makeover.

Sleek Modern Style for Students

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Anyone hoping to start off the school year with a fresh modern style will love the Eurostyle pieces we’re about to show you from ITALMODERN.

Ideal for older students, this furniture fits well in minimalist décors and is versatile enough to adapt to different interiors, move after move. They’re surprisingly affordable too, for student budgets that don’t have a lot of wiggle room.

For larger modern furniture budgets, anyone from young professionals to mature minimalists will enjoy Eurostyle office furniture as well. Browse their broad selection of contemporary glass, chrome, black, and white furnishings, available in many more designs to suit your particular taste.


Zaki Glass Top Computer Cart

Eurostyle Zaki Glass Top Computer Cart


Myra Mesh Office Chair

Eurostyle Myra Mesh Office Chair


Marko 3 Shelf Storage Unit in Aluminum

Eurostyle Marko 3 Shelf Storage Unit in Aluminum


Edsel Low Metal Mobile 3 Drawer File Cabinet

Eurostyle Edsel Low Metal Mobile 3 Drawer File Cabinet

Modern Metal & Glass Dining Room Tables

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Yesterday, we showed you some unique and eye-catching metal chairs. Today, let’s look at some dining tables and other accents to match.

Pair your modern aluminum, steel, or other metal chairs with these glass and metal tables. Choose the size and style that fit your life.

Zuo Galaxy Casual Dining Table with Glass Top
 Zuo Galaxy Casual Dining Table with Glass Top

ItalModern Hadi Dining Table with 42 Inch Glass Top
 ItalModern Hadi Dining Table with 42 Inch Glass Top

Winsome Spectrum Bistro/Tea Casual Dining Table in Black and Chrome Finish
 Winsome Spectrum Bistro/Tea  Casual Dining Table in Black and Chrome Finish

ItalModern Jerry White Fibreglass Dining Table with 32 Inch Glass Top
 ItalModern Jerry White Fibreglass Dining Table with 32 Inch Glass Top

Metal Dining Chairs for Modern Homes

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Achieve a distinctive contemporary – or even futuristic – atmosphere in your dining room with a new set of modern metal chairs. Pair them with glass or metal tables to complete the look.

ItalModern Camy Classic Dining Side Chair in Matte Aluminum
 ItalModern Camy Classic Dining Side Chair in Matte Aluminum

Regal Rochester Metal Patio Arm Chair
 Regal Rochester Metal Patio Arm Chair

ItalModern Hillary Stacking Polished Indoor or Outdoor Arm Chair
 ItalModern Hillary Stacking Polished Indoor or Outdoor Arm Chair

ItalModern Preston Stacking Side Chair
 ItalModern Preston Stacking Side Chair

Encourage Your Teen to go Coastal

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Because it conjures up soft ocean breezes, tranquil summer days spent by the lake or the scent of tropical flowers on a Pacific island, coastal style is an ideal choice when decorating a teen girl’s room. A coastal theme will allow you both to be as creative as you like, offering a wide range of hues for the wall color, bedding, accessories and even the bedroom furniture itself. With such an eclectic style like coastal, the ideas are endless and the color palette you choose can be as bright and bold or soothing and tranquil as the mood takes you.

Youth Panel Bed

Coastal Style Colors

Colors for a coastal style teen girl’s bedroom can be bold or pastel simply because the palette takes its cue from a particular coast or region – a Caribbean coast is bluer and brighter than the coastline of the eastern States, which is readily identifiable by soft grays reflecting the drifting fogs or fine sea mists common to the area.

full panel bed

Coastal Style Furniture

Coastal style furniture is designed to capture the spirit of a summer holiday spent by a lake; an escape to a tropical island or a winter seaside getaway. Coastal style youth bedroom furniture possesses a laid-back feel that is casual yet sophisticated – perfect for a teen girl. When looking for a bed for your teen’s coastal bedroom, choose one that includes bead board panels or louvered accents. Coastal has become such a popular interior design style that manufacturers like Lea and Young America offer bunk beds that display charming decorative details such as bead board, molding, bun feet and scalloped aprons typical of coastal style furniture. You will want to look for similar accents in case goods like an armoire, dresser or chest of drawers.

full over full bunk bed

Coastal Style Bedroom Finishing Touches

Accessories for a coastal style teen bedroom should be warm, comfortable and inviting. Try to include organic elements like wicker baskets or a rattan hamper. Add touches like a shell-base table lamp, shell motif wall sconces or oceanscape prints.

Select nautical striped or botanical patterned fabrics for window treatments, area rugs and/bedding. Anything water-related such surf-themed bedding, sail boats, sea creatures, etc.

Look for collectibles like starfish, shells or hurricane lamps. Hanging objects like oars or a lifesaver make great wall art.

full poster bed

Go Navy Blue for a Boy’s Bedroom

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Whether you’re transforming the ex-nursery into a “big” boy’s bedroom or redecorating because it’s just time for a new look, consider the color navy blue. While it is of course a color, it often functions much like a neutral shade such as black or beige. Navy blue can be layered throughout the room in a number of inventive ways, through the use of actual navy blue bedroom furniture, bedding and accessories, including wall art and area rugs. You can use navy blue “straight up” or mix-and-match with white and red for a truly classic look that might even last until he’s off to college.

youth bed

Pick a Theme

Especially if you’re upgrading from nursery space to a first “real” bedroom, pick a theme. This is an easy way to start decorating, because it will help you focus on a particular topic, hobby or interest that will inspire your son. As well, everything you select for his room will be related to this theme, resulting in a room that has cohesive, finished look.

youth bedroom set

Pick Where the Navy Blue Will Go

You will probably not want navy blue both on the walls and as the color of the bedroom furniture. A classic choice is to paint the walls navy, providing a rich backdrop for a light colored bed. But there is something to be said for a bedroom set that isn’t a typical dark wood finish or one that is black.

L-shaped bunk bed

Pick the Accessories

Have fun accessorizing your son’s room, especially if he is able to contribute ideas or “help” you with some final decisions. A table lamp with a red or green base and/or shade will add a punch of color to the navy blue already in the room. If you are accessorizing a bedroom with a bunk bed in it, an easy way to define each boy’s “territory” is to choose complementing bedding sets as opposed to matching ones. Don’t forget the floor, even if you already have carpet – area rugs in primary colors will introduce a light-hearted element into the room’s décor. Adding window treatments, wall art and themed bedding will give your boy’s navy blue bedroom a classic look that everyone can enjoy.

twin over full bunk bed

Contemporary Loft Furniture Ideas for the Dining Room

Friday, March 11th, 2011

A loft apartment’s wide-open spaces, high ceilings, large and/or numerous windows, exposed pipes, ducts or beams are very appealing. But these are the very features that can present the loft dweller major decorating challenges when planning a dining room in an open concept living space. Whereas you will most likely want clearly defined areas for sleeping and relaxing while watching television, it makes “sense” for the dining area to flow into the other living spaces in your loft.

Open Concept Dining

A dining room, whether it’s formal or informal, generally has an intimate feel about it because the space has walls; the intimacy factor can be further enhanced by the wall color that is chosen for the dining room. In a loft apartment you will not have those options since your dining set and any other dining furniture you select for the dining area will be out in the open. Here are a few ways to create a cozy atmosphere for a loft dining “room”:

  • Put an area rug on the floor
  • If there is no ambient lighting directly above the dining table, add a pendant or a chandelier that is on a dimmer switch
  • Feature a picture or print, especially if your dining furniture will be opposite a wide expanse of wall, that projects an intimate or cozy ambiance

Contemporary Loft Dining Furniture

The most important aspect about a loft dining area is to choose a dining set that makes a statement. It will be the focal point of the loft space as a whole rather than just the immediate dining area.

You don’t necessarily have to create walls, but if you would like to project a definitive end of the dining zone and the beginning of the next functional space, position a sideboard, buffet or credenza in such a way that it acts as a boundary between the two.

There are no hard and fast rules; there is no reason why you can’t have more than one eating area. While the main dining area can stand in for the formal dining room of a house or condominium, you could place counter stools around a kitchen island or add a gathering table at the opposite end of the loft as a place to have breakfast or a casual meal.


Thanks for joining me for this 3-part Contemporary Loft Furniture Ideas series. Come back next week when I will begin a new 3-part discussion on how to design a games room for your family.

Contemporary Loft Furniture Ideas for the Living Room

Friday, March 4th, 2011

In terms of a décor design project, a loft apartment is a blank page – it is a large, open space, often with cement or brick walls, cement floors, ductwork, bare pipes and exposed beams made of wood or steel. A loft space is like no other type of home: don’t treat it like it is. The appeal of a loft is its edgy modernity. Get creative; be inventive; take “expressing yourself” to a whole new level. In the second part of this series, I will be discussing contemporary loft living room furniture ideas and decorating tips for the living room.

Pick a Spot

In a house or a condo, the living room is typically the main room for relaxing, personal downtime and entertaining; it’s no different in a loft apartment. Because a loft design floor plan is essentially open concept, you will have to choose a location for your living area. Pick a spot that makes sense and reflects your lifestyle. If you like to, for example, have people over to watch game, for cocktails or just hang out, it would be good to have your living room closer to the kitchen rather than at the opposite end of the loft.

Take advantage of any architectural features in the loft that would enhance your living area such as a skylight, the view from a specific window or support beams and/or pillars that can define the living room from the other areas in the apartment. If there is an accent or freestanding wall, you want to reserve that for your entertainment center. Don’t forget to identify all of the other areas you will require. In addition to needing a bedroom, and living and dining areas, would you like a pair of contemporary club chairs by your favorite window or a home office?

Create the Illusion of Walls

The main challenge that you will have when decorating a loft apartment, is that you will have only four walls. The option of putting the large pieces of furniture against the walls of each zone like the bed in the sleeping area or the sofa and the entertainment center in the living area will be limited. You will have to give some careful consideration to the actual placement of your living room furniture, taking power sources into account. To create the illusion of walls and to define the separate zones of your living room area from the rest of the apartment use living room furniture pieces like an entertainment center or modular bookshelf. When considering using a certain piece of furniture as a screen, boundary or “wall” take into account whether or not the back is finished (can be seen) or unfinished (can’t) – some manufacturers leave the backs of case goods unfinished if they are not meant to be viewed from all angles.

Loft Living Room Furniture

Because of its edgy, industrial origins, loft living room furniture should reflect its environs. For a minimalist feel select modern style furniture with geometric lines and angular or asymmetrical profiles. These living room furniture pieces would have absolutely no decorative detail and are typically made from space-age materials.

If modern is too “stark” for you, contemporary style shares some of the same design principles as modern, but lines are less angular, profiles less uniform.

Another way to define the living room from the rest of the loft apartment is to choose a sectional as your sofa and position it so that it functions as a partition.

Since you are living in a loft space and storage will be at a premium, pick specific living room furniture pieces like a coffee table or end tables that include plenty of hidden storage.

Come back next Friday for Contemporary Loft Furniture Ideas series pt 3 when I will be discussing how to design a contemporary dining area for your open concept apartment.