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Teen Trends and More Youth Furniture from Powell

August 12th, 2011

Getting older students ready for a new school year becomes less about supplies and more about their study space. At the high school and college level, the student in your life is probably not too worried about what their notepads and binders look like. But having an organized desk? Or the right task chair? Those are the products to focus on this fall.

We recommend browsing some of the popular youth collections from Powell Furniture. These pieces achieve high quality in both form and function, helping you to create a space any student will want to hang out in often.

 

Teen Trends Collection

 Powell Furniture Teen Trends Full Loft Study Bunk Bed

 Powell Furniture Teen Trends Red Home Storage Kids Locker Closet Organizer

 Powell Furniture Teen Trends Chrome Plated Desk Chair with White Vinyl

 

Monster Collection

 Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Twin Study Metal Loft Bunk Bed In Grey Finish

 Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Mobile Storage Unit

 Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Swivel Desk Chair

 

 

Z-Bedroom Full Size Study Metal Loft Bunk Bed

 Powell Furniture Z-Bedroom Full Size Study Metal Loft Bunk Bed in Powder-Coat Black Finish

 

Rock & Roll Cube Desk

 Powell Rock & Roll Cube Desk

Get Comfortable with Catnapper

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

Bamboo for Your Home Office

July 13th, 2011

Telecommuting and self-employment are on the rise around the world. And so are eco-friendly lifestyles. But did you know that working from home is inherently good for the environment, meeting both goals at once? Many home workers choose to reduce their carbon footprint even more by opting for as many low-impact and eco-friendly products as possible.

In an article for StyleAtHome.com, Colleen Tully suggests 8 basic steps to reduce the environmental impact of your home office. She covers everything from ways to save power and which supplies are recyclable, to staying organized so you follow through on your new-and-improved green lifestyle.

Legaré Sustainable No Tools Assembly Straight Computer Desk with HutchBamboo Furnishings & Accessories

Why not take it one step further and choose furnishings that are themselves, eco-friendly. One reliable choice for green furnishings is bamboo.

First, it’s a natural product, grown rather than manufactured. Bamboo is also naturally sustainable in that it reaches maturity during a single growing season.

Some bamboo is grown organically, but you’ll need to look for specific information about cultivation to know for sure. Manufacturers of bamboo products who do use organic material will very likely mention this in their literature.

Not surprisingly, we’re seeing a surge in bamboo furniture and accessories, specifically targeted to green lifestyles. For modern, urban décor, a design like Legaré’s Straight Computer Desk and Hutch could be perfect for your home. Shown above, this desk made with organic bamboo is easy to assemble and features an edgy modular look.Selamat Designs Bamboo Motif Double Letter Tray

If you’ve already created an eco-friendly office, you can still add bamboo accessories. Try the Selamat Designs Bamboo Motif Double Letter Tray to add just a touch of bamboo – and eclectic style – to your fun and green workspace.

Top 10 Bedroom Sets for 2011

June 23rd, 2011

Summer is a great time to redecorate. You’ve finished spring cleaning and the weather is more reliable.  It’s also the season for house guests and trips to your summer home. So whether it’s your spare bedroom or your country cottage, why not make your next redecorating project a bedroom?

Start with a few basic questions. Are you interested in contemporary black bedroom furniture for modern minimalist interiors? Is white bedroom furniture more your taste? Do more traditional carved wood bedroom sets catch your eye?

Will you want multiple dressers for maximum storage? Is limited floor space an issue? Should you consider bedrooms sets with storage beds?

Depending on the room you’re redecorating, you may want to choose your size up front. Does your summer home have the space for a king size bed? Or should you start by browsing full size bedroom sets for a smaller guest room?

Discount bedroom sets and regularly priced cheap bedroom furniture sets are a great choice for if you’re shopping on a budget, or simply wish to restrain your investment for a bedroom not used full time.

To kick start your search, here are our Top 10 picks for bed sets for sale at Bedroom Furniture N More:


Sitcom Hida 4 Piece Bedroom Set

 Sitcom Hida Platform Bed 4 Piece Bedroom Set with Free 5 Drawer Chest


Prepac Sonoma Black 6 Piece Bedroom Set

 Prepac Sonoma Black Wood Platform Storage Bed 6 Piece Bedroom Set


South Shore Back Bay Queen 3 Piece Bedroom Set

 South Shore Back Bay Dark Chocolate Queen Wood Storage Platform Bed 3 Piece Bedroom Set


South Shore Sand Castle 5 Piece Bedroom Set

 South Shore Sand Castle Pure White Kids Twin Wood Mates Storage Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set


Standard Seville Old Fashioned 5 Piece Bedroom Set

 Standard Seville Old Fashioned Wood Poster Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set


Standard Diana White Wash 5 Piece Bedroom Set

 Standard Diana White Wash Wood Panel Headboard 5 Piece Bedroom Set


Lifestyle Solutions Wilshire Modern 5 Piece Bedroom Set

 Lifestyle Solutions Wilshire Modern Wood Platform Canopy Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set in Cappuccino


Somerton Enchantment 3 Piece Bedroom Set

 Somerton Enchantment Wood Panel Bed 3 Piece Bedroom Set in Cappuccino


Hillsdale Brookland 5 Piece Bedroom Set

 Hillsdale Brookland Dark Brown Leather Upholstered Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set


Modus Nevis Riva Modern 4 Piece Bedroom Set

 Modus Nevis Riva Modern Low Profile Wood Platform Bed 4 Piece Bedroom Set in Espresso

The Complete Home Bar Experience

June 16th, 2011

 Hillsdale Malone 31We’ve talked about home bars many times here on Furniture And Design Ideas. Today, we’re taking a specific look at leather bar stools and the atmosphere they add to your home.

Leather bar stools are one more element you can add to your home bar that makes it feel closer to the real thing. For a wide variety of décor themes, adding leather bar stools could be the finishing touch that takes your space from average to extraordinary.

If you love leather and you love to entertain at home, this seating option is a great choice for any bar area, be it a cocktail bar in your living room or a breakfast bar off your kitchen. Browse with the design style and height specifications you prefer to narrow your search.

 

 

Bookcase Headboards for Back to School

June 10th, 2011

Do you have a high school or college student at home? If so, a little extra organization could be in order this fall. A simple headboard change can add extra shelving to even the smallest space.
 

Coaster Herbert Twin Bookcase Headboard in Light Natural Oak

 Coaster Herbert Twin Bookcase Headboard in Light Natural Oak

 

Bookcase headboards are ideal for teen rooms and dorm rooms where keeping a messy bedroom tidy is more important than ever. Choose a taller 2-tiered design for maximum storage.

 

Prepac Slant-Back Espresso Tall Queen/Double Bookcase Headboard

 Prepac Slant-Back Espresso Tall Queen/Double Bookcase Headboard

 

Choose one of the many headboards for full size beds for your teen’s room, to get practical storage sized just right for your highschooler.

 

Nexera Topolino Bookcase Storage Headboard in Truffle and Ivory Finish

 Nexera Topolino Bookcase Storage Headboard in Truffle and Ivory Finish

 

For your college student, headboards for queen size beds might be a better solution as your son or daughter has probably opted for a larger bed at this point.

 

South Shore Breakwater Full / Queen Bookcase Headboard in Pure Black Finish

 South Shore Breakwater Full / Queen Bookcase Headboard in Pure Black Finish

 

Make sure the student in your life has the storage and shelving space to stay organized so that books are always visible and within easy reach.

Shop online now to ensure you’ve got your headboard for a queen or full size bed in plenty of time for the next school year.

The Elusive ‘Gold’ Weber Grill

June 9th, 2011

If you’ve been looking for gold Weber Grills, we can help point you in the right direction. Gold Weber grills are actually copper Weber grills.

This copper-gold color is one of the most popular finishes Weber offers, but the name confusion can make it hard to find.

Although grills from Weber’s Genesis Collection also come in black, green, and stainless steel, the copper Weber Grills are in highest demand.

Weber Genesis Copper Gas Grills E-310, E-320 & E-330

 Weber Genesis E-310 Liquid Propane (LP) Gas Grill in Copper

 Weber Genesis E-330 Liquid Propane (LP) Gas Grill in Copper

 Weber Genesis E-320 Liquid Propane (LP) Gas Grill in Copper


 


 


 

Practical & Stylish Greenhouses

June 9th, 2011

Has the arrival of summer inspired your green thumb to get to work? If you’re making your garden a renovation project this summer, you should absolutely consider a the addition of a greenhouse.

Unlike a shed, a greenhouse adds warmth and brightness to your yard. Powered by solar energy, they are an energy-efficient alternative to indoor hydroponics and herb gardens.


Solexx Garden Master 8′ x 8′ Twin Walled Greenhouse

Solexx Garden Master 8' x 8' Twin Walled Greenhouse

Solexx Lit’l Propagator Twin Walled Greenhouse

Solexx Lit'l Propagator Twin Walled Greenhouse

 

Even if you haven’t got a large outdoor living space, there are smaller products like the Solexx Lit’l Propagator Twin Walled Greenhouse (shown above) which can tuck into the back yards of townhomes and ground-level condominiums.

 

Solexx Deluxe Cold Frame at Cymax
Solexx Deluxe Cold Frame at Cymax

 

Having a greenhouse in your back yard is handy whether you enjoy creating flower beds, honing your landscaping, or giving your vegetable garden a head start.
Serious gardeners will save money in the long run, cultivating seedlings at home, as opposed to purchasing seedlings from a garden store. The capacity to hand-craft seedlings also means that your selection of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and shrubs will increase dramatically.

Solexx material in particular is ideal for greenhouses, creating light-filled spaces that retain just the right amount of heat. Here’s a short video that describes how their siding is used:

 

Versatile Grills for Stylish, Yet Practical Patios

June 8th, 2011

 Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven and 2 Burner Stove This summer, enhance the atmosphere of your back yard or patio with a stylish new grill and get a practical product at the same time.

We’re excited to share a selection of portable grills that will look great in your yard, but also pack up and go with ease.

We love the look of the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven (shown top right) that captures the feeling of a full-size stainless steel range, sized right for portability. Just imagine how nice it would be to bake in the summer without heating your indoor kitchen? Or how about fresh muffins on your next camping trip?

 Fire Sense HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Portable Grill Other portable products – like the Weber gas grills on sale at CS Grills – are a great choice if you’re looking for a budget-friendly grill that delivers the quality of a brand you trust. Selection ranges from the more economical Go-Anywhere model up to the Q 220 with extra shelving either side.

Back in April, we shared our picks for charcoal grills, including the Fire Sense HotSpot Notebook Charcoal Portable Grill (shown bottom right) which also happens to be a very attractive, highly portable grill.

Organize Your Media this Summer

June 3rd, 2011

Sauder Orchard Hills Corner TV StandThe long lazy days of summer can be a great time to enjoy media at home, particularly if you’ve got a rainy day on your hands. Is your living room or media room ready for a movie marathon?

A new TV stand might be all you need to get organized and make your space media-friendly. You might be organized to the point where you can keep clutter off the floor for the most part, but having the right media storage can take movie time from frustrating to hassle-free.

If you’re not sure if you could benefit from an upgrade, ask yourself a few quick questions.

  • Do you have a hard time finding the DVD you’re looking for when it’s time to start the movie?
  • Is it tough to view your DVD selection in its entirety?
  • Have you ever stepped on an open DVD case? (Our sympathies for anyone who has done this in bare feet.)

Classic Flame Pasadena Espresso Electric Fireplace and TV StandVentilation is another important factor to consider this summer. Many televisions, DVD players, amplifiers, and video game consoles generate significant amounts of heat when left on for longer periods of time.

If your devices aren’t stored in a TV stand with the right air flow, you may risk damage to your equipment in the long run. For climates that experience substantial heat during the summer, ventilation is even more important, especially if you’re in a continental or semi-arid temperate climate that doesn’t automatically demand air conditioning in every home.

Your choices in TV stands with storage as well as ventilation range from barebones starter models all the way up to opulent floor-to-ceiling entertainment centers. If you’ve already got a basic TV stand and need an upgrade, chances are you need something in between.

The Orchard Hills corner model from Sauder is a great choice for traditional spaces requiring a space-saving solution. If you’re looking for a little style with your storage, you’ll love the ambiance of a fireplace in stands like the Pasadena from Classic Flame.

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