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Style Guide: Vintage Bedroom

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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: TV Armoires

Tuesday, 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: Nifty Playroom Additions

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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.

Style Guide: Modern Home Office

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Having a home office is  a real advantage in today’s world. It’s your own weekend work place for the last-minute work issues that seem to arise when you are trying to relax. Make your modern home office a place that is fun, as well as functional, with bright cheery colors, geometric shapes and interesting accents. This office compilation is a great place to start. If you have hardwood floors, incorporate a nice soft gray-toned area rug in the sitting area or a larger area rug to cover both the guest seating and the work area.

Coaster Contemporary Asymmetrical Cube Bookcase Black Finish

Coaster Contemporary Asymmetrical Cube Bookcase Black Finish

Make use of your space with two or three of these asymmetrical bookcases. It not only adds intrigue to the room, but also takes away from the boring linear approach to the office space. This bookcase provides a great place to stash those hard-to-stack tall books in your collection.

DMi Pimlico Laminate Executive Bow Front Desk (Flat Pack)
DMi Pimlico Laminate Executive Bow Front Desk (Flat Pack)


Eurostyle Baird Visitor Chair in Mustard Yellow
Eurostyle Baird Visitor Chair in Mustard Yellow

Grab one for you and two for your clients. This is a great way to add color to the room, and easy to change if you grow weary of it.

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Ashton 22″ Round Occasional Table in Espresso

Jofran Gabby Club Chair in Moss
Jofran Gabby Club Chair in Moss

A pair of these club chairs provides a comfortable place for your clients to rest while you finish the paperwork at your desk. It is also a great place for the kids to sit while they wait for you to finish your phone call.

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

Use a set of these accent pillows to soften the impact of the green and cream patterned chair. The stain-glass mosaic effect on the stingray creates a great conversation piece  while also incorporating all the colors in your office scheme.

Style Guide: Home Decor on a Budget

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Affordable Home Decor

Sometimes when you are trying to redecorate a room, finding the right combination of accent pieces is tough. But home decor on a budget can be easy to achieve. Here are a few great places to start.

Holly & Martin Zion Hand Painted Wall Art with Clock

Holly & Martin Zion Hand Painted Wall Art with Clock

Holly & Martin have a wonderful collection of very intriguing home decor pieces. This sprocket wall clock will look fantastic as the room’s centerpiece in a home where gearheads rule, or even in an industrial bachelor pad. Mix it with some fabulous simple contemporary furniture to soften the metal look, or play with it a little and add some chrome and black leather. Uttermost  Maple Tree Hanging Photo Collage in Aged Chestnut

Uttermost Maple Tree Hanging Photo Collage in Aged Chestnut

This family tree photo frame by Uttermost is the perfect wall accent for the modern family who finds strength in keeping close family ties. The beautiful blend of earth tones in this piece will go beautifully with a contemporary home, a more vintage America home, or somewhere in-between. This is also a great piece for the family cottage where memories are made and shared around the campfire.

IMAX Corporation Labeled Suitcases Set of 3

Every family has a jetsetter relative who spins wild tales of the world beyond. This vintage trunk-style leather suitcase set by IMAX Corporation is a great addition to your family room or guest room. Pair it up with a vintage globe, some wonderful African sculptures and you have yourself the makings of a fabulous conversation room. IMAX Corporation Macaque Teakwood Vase

IMAX Corporation Macaque Teakwood Vase

IMAX Corporation has done it again with another unique find—the teakwood vase. This vase is a great way to enhance your rustic lodge or Arts & Crafts style home. It has a very west coast feel and can really tie in a room that has stone and hardwood blended together. Or try it in the sunroom surrounded by wicker or rattan furniture and lush greenery.  IMAX Corporation Ardene Iron Bird Planter

IMAX Corporation Ardene Iron Bird Planter

This iron planter is the epitome of country living. You have the iconic picket fence blended with nature, creating the perfect little space for a small potted herb garden. This decor piece by IMAX Corporation will fit seamlessly in the sunroom, greenhouse, or summer cottage. You can even use it in the beachfront cottage, surrounded by weathered furniture in a white room blended with the soft colors of the ocean waves.

Style Guide: Designer Sunroom

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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It’s never too early to think about spring renovations. The future designer sunroom may seem cold now, but once you close it in you can quickly warm it up with a few simple additions.


Holly & Martin Walton Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fireplace in Black w/ Cooper Accent
Holly & Martin Walton Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fireplace in Black w/ Cooper Accent

This is the perfect place to start. You want something that is going to keep the room warm on cool spring nights, but you are in the city so a wood fireplace is out of the question. This indoor/outdoor gel fireplace is going to be a great way to keep the warmth inside the room, without breaking your bank account with the electric bill. Holly & Martin has designed a beautifully portable fireplace that can sit on your back patio, in the sunroom on the floor, or even on a table top. Even better, when you don’t need the heat of the fireplace, you can use the gel burner covers and light the room with candles instead. It creates a nice warm ambiance on a warm summer night.


Home Styles Cabana Banana Cocoa Love Seat and Two Chairs
Home Styles Cabana Banana Cocoa Love Seat and Two Chairs

Comfort is paramount when you create a four-season getaway within your home. This set by Home Styles is casual, yet provides a very warm summer-beachfront-cottage kind of comfort. This is a very contemporary look, but also adds a hint of island paradise to your new space. Place the fireplace in the center for a true outdoors feel.


Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Fiji Drum Table
Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Fiji Drum Table

When you use the fireplace as the center piece of the sunroom, all you need is a couple of smaller side tables to rest the evening’s drink of choice upon. Tommy Bahama has the perfect solution with the Ocean Club Fiji drum table. It brings some island sophistication to the room, without taking away from the casual, contemporary look. Keep your favorite book and reading glasses on the shelf inside the table for those quieter evenings. A floor in bamboo or cork adds that finishing touch to the room. If you prefer something softer on your feet, go for a durable low-pile carpet that while adds some earth-tone color to the room.