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Cheap Furniture

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Affordable Design with Cheap Furniture

Although you may think that a limitless budget equals great style & design, you can actually find pieces online that are fashionable, yet inexpensive. Don’t worry about breaking your bank when it comes to home décor – there are pieces out there that will be practical and stylish in your home for a smaller price.

I’ve gathered together a selection of lower-priced furnishings from Cymax Stores for every room in the house! Take a look through the different areas of the home for pieces that stay within your tight budget.

Cheap Furniture Living Room

Sofas
Cheap Leather SofaThe modern-chic Global Furniture USA Williams Black Cheap Leather Sofa is only $606.00 – compared to over $1000.00 for other top-grain leather couches! Top-grain leather is the highest quality leather you can find on the market.

Simmons SofaSave 36% off the original price with the Simmons Upholstery Dream Sofa in Woodsmoke. It has a homey, casual style with foam cushions and armrests.

Microfiber SofaThis Microfiber Sofa – save 33% off the retail price! Its look can match with almost any style, making it suitable for most homes.

Coffee Tables
Cheap Sofa TableThe OSP Designs Espresso Cheap Sofa Table has a soft, contemporary style, and will win you over at 45% off!

Dark Coffee TableWith a whopping 54% discount, the Adesso Library Dark Coffee Table will fit your budget and blend well with a relaxed, transitional household.

Cheap Glass Coffee TableThis modern, funky Eurostyle Julia Side Table with 8mm Glass Top comes in 4 different finishes to match your taste, with a price to match it as well.

Lamps
The following lamps are all under $100.00 – choose which one you like based on their style:

The Adesso Zen Cheap Floor Lamp in Walnut has a Japanese feel that would do well in a minimally designed home.

Steel LampFor a more laid-back vibe, try the Kenroy Home Manhattan Brushed Steel Torchiere with Frosted Acid Glass Shade.

Lamp SaleThe stylish, yet casual Milado Furniture Menelaos Table Lamp would fit perfectly on an end table.

Rugs
All of these rugs are under $50.00 – who said you had to spend a lot to get a good-looking centerpiece for you living room?

Green RugCouristan Five Seasons Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug Collection – Charleston/Cream-Green

Sheepskin RugWalk On Me Ivory Sheepskin Rectangle Rug

Multi Color RugCouristan Five Seasons Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug Collection – Neddick/Multi

Stay tuned for more cheap furniture ideas as we cover each room in your home!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

4th of July Sale

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Planning Your Perfect Fourth of July Bash Sales and Recipes!

Celebrate America’s birthday in style with a roaring outdoor get-together, delicious July 4th recipes and a 4th of July sale!

It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert at party prepping or just starting to host – the following guide has recipes, activities, decorating ideas, and even features some great Fourth of July furniture deals. So bring out the red, white, and blue – and don’t forget to fire up the grill!

Decorations

For a classic Fourth of July look, you can always pick up paper American flags from party or dollar stores and stick them in planters, on the porch, or line them along a walkway.

Pick out red, white and blue LED lights and string them around a stair rail or from trees. Novelty napkins in the shape of the flag or stars will look great on your patio table, and you can even hang streamers from the roof or on bushes.

If you’re interested in modernizing the traditional American barbeque, choose cups or plates in one of the patriotic colours and accent them with silverware instead of generic plastic ware.

When serving drinks, you can garnish them with tiny American flags connected to toothpicks, and you can choose to string colourless lights (maybe in the shape of stars) around your backyard. No matter what your style is, sparklers are always a fun addition! Just be sure to monitor any children using the sparklers and always have water on hand in case of an accident.

July 4th Activities
Of course, when you think of the Fourth of July, you think of fireworks! Make sure to check if fireworks are legal in your area. If you’re good to go, read up on the following safety tips:

Don’t allow your children to play with or ignite any fireworks – they should only be watching this activity!

Only responsible adults should be handling the fireworks.

Be sure to read and follow the instructions & warnings that come with the fireworks.

Make sure everyone has cleared away from the spot you will be lighting the fireworks.

Do not aim the fireworks at any flammable materials (dry grass/leaves, clothing, etc).

Do not try to relight a firework that didn’t function properly.

A bucket of water should always be around just in case of a malfunction.

Before it gets dark enough for fireworks, you’ll need some activities to keep your guests entertained. Opt for the classic, all-American games like tug of war, sack races, or water balloon fights if you want to stick to tradition.

A few updated activities for you to try are bringing a karaoke machine outside and loading it with the standard American hits (like “Born In The USA” by Bruce Springsteen or “American Girl” by Tom Petty), or bringing a movie projector outdoors and screening classic American films (“Gone With The Wind”, “Casablanca”).

You can also get a bonfire started and ask any musicians to bring their instruments with them for an impromptu fireside performance.

July 4th Recipes

It’s all about the barbeque for great Fourth of July cuisine. Stick to tried and true favourites, like salad, potatoes, and ribs, and then get into the festivities with red, white and blue drinks & dessert! Brought to you from www.thefoodnetwork.com, here are some delicious recipes you can prepare for your all-American bash:

July 4th RecipesAppetizers

Chicken Wings with Red Hot Honey Glaze and Blue Cheese-Celery Dipping Sauce

Veggie Crudites with Light Dip

Grilled Potato and Green Onion Salad

Freedom Fries July 4th RecipeSides

Quick Thousand Island Slaw

Baked Meyer Lemon Fries

Skillet-Fried Corn and Tomatoes

Pork RibsMain Course

Kansas City Style Pork Ribs

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

The Ultimate Barbecued Chicken

4th of July RecipeDessert

Flag Cake recipe

4th of July trifle recipe

Alton’s Apple Pie recipe

4th of July Cocktail DrinkDrinks

Fourth of July Cocktail

Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Watermelon Cooler

4th of July Sale Furniture

One of the great things about holidays? The 4th of July Sale prices of course! If you’ve been looking for new furniture but you’re on a budget, now’s the time to start looking!

Platform Bed and NightstandBedroom sets are an economical choice because they’re cheaper than buying all of the pieces separately. Try the Lifestyle Solutions Amalfi Platform Bed and Nightstand 2 Piece Bedroom Set for a modern style room,

2 Piece Bedroom Setand the Laurier Furniture Expression Low Profile Metal Slats Bed 2 Piece Bedroom Set for a more classic, casual bedroom.

Solid Wood Platform Bed Solid Wood Platform Bed with FREE Mattress

Round Wall MirrorDecorate your traditional style bedroom with the antique inspired Round Wall Mirror 50% off,

Double Dresserand complete your look with the Standard Milan Double Dresser – it will look best in contemporary bedrooms.

Cheap Sofa SetFor your living room, again, it’s best to buy in sets to save money. The Finer By Design Palm Fabric 4 Piece Sofa Set 65% off comes with three seating options and a cocktail ottoman, so you won’t have to go out and buy separate pieces.

Microfiber OttomanIf all you’ve been looking for in your living room is somewhere to rest your feet, try the contemporary Homelegance Tufton Peat Microfiber Ottoman.

American Drew Coffee TableGet a great deal and complete a traditional living room with the American Drew Bob Mackie Oval Glass Top Coffee Table – Price Reduced 30%,

Kathy Ireland Coffee Tableor even the Standard Distressed Cherry Oxford Cocktail Table.

Black Pedestal Dining TableA casually designed dining room needs a basic dining set, like the Black Pedestal Dining Table Set crafted by Home Styles Furniture.

Mac Motion Swivel Recliner Mac Motion Swivel Recliner it is an extra $100 off usally these sell discount at $699.00!

Weber Spirit GrillWhats summer without a Weber Grill at almost 20% off. It always makes sense to buy in sets to save money!

4th of July SaleI hear that Cymax Stores is having a HUGE 4th of July sale use the coupon code JULY4TH,  your the first to know!

Happy 4th of July Sale Shopping!

Happy Fourth of July!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

Interior Design Advice Discount Furniture Decorating!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Budget Interior Design Advice

Decorating on the lower end of the price range can be a struggle but not with this interior design advice. When you have less cash to spend; it seems you get less décor selections.

Choose to decorate significant rooms that are the most important to you, and take it one project at a time – it’s the key to saving money. Interior decorating on a budget will be less of a struggle and, ultimately, rewarding!

Here is a list of interior design tips to decorate the different rooms in your house for less than $1000.00 per space:

1. Budget Living Room Interior Design Advice(total spent: $972.99)

Sofa Bed SectionalA practical choice for living room seating is a convertible sofa bed sectional. It’s two pieces of furniture in one – a comfy couch and a guest sleeping spot.

Look for practical features, like inside storage and reclining abilities. Always see how many pieces you can get when buying a sofa – you’ll save time and money if it comes with at least two, like a chaise lounge or an ottoman.

Outdoor Natural RugIf you’ve noticed a dent or stain in your hardwood flooring or carpet, you might be thinking about getting it replaced.

A cheaper option is to cover up the imperfection with a stylish rug or mat . It might seem odd to cover up carpet with a rug, but if the rug you select is a completely different texture than your carpet, it will balance out. Make sure the colour of the rug looks right with the carpet colour, or else it will appear out of harmony.

Black Coffee Table WoodLooking for a coffee table? Just a normal table with no features isn’t the most practical choice.

If you’re low on storage, try finding a coffee table with built-in drawers or shelves . A table made of durable hardwood will last the longest, and finding a table in a solid colour or shade (like basic black) will never go out of style, so you won’t have to replace it for years to come.

Leather Picture FrameAn easy way to add some modern style to your living room is by adding a few chic photo frames (Zodax Modern Chic Faux Patent Leather 4 x 6 Photo Frame).

However, they don’t have to be limited to family photos only – get creative and frame old postcards, greeting cards, or handmade art. Place the frames on end tables, your fireplace mantle, or the TV stand.

2. Budget Dining Room Design Advice (total spent: $888.99)

Dinette SetDining rooms are usually considered to be a formal sitting area, but if you want to liven your dining room up a little with a cool modern look, try a glass dining 5 piece dining set.

Since dining sets come with a table and matching chairs, they’re normally less expensive than purchasing a table and chairs individually.

Corner CD DVD Storage TowerA great place to put extra storage is the dining room.

Since this space is normally restricted to a table and chairs, you’ll have some leftover room in the corners. Utilize this space to its full potential by adding a corner pantry storage tower. Store the good china, silverware, placemats, and whatever else needs a place in its cabinets.

Storage cabinets cost less than installing a shelving unit, and far less than a fancy glass curio cabinet but still looks stylish. Plus, it leaves more storage space available for you in your kitchen.

Teardrop Crystal ChandelierTo add a touch of class and a focal point to your dining room, consider installing a crystal chandelier. Chandeliers with one light are the least expensive option, and they still give off the sophistication of a full chandelier.

3. Budget Kitchen Design Advice (total spent: $599.99)

Soda Shop Breakfast NookIf you want to have a little fun in your kitchen, consider putting in a retro-inspired soda shop breakfast nook.

Extra seating is always a good investment choice in the kitchen – a breakfast nook is suitable for quick meals, waiting for your food to be done, or seating for guests.

Nook sets are normally constructed for corners, so be sure to take measurements and see if a corner in your kitchen has enough room to hold extra seating.

Artsy Wall ClockSince the kitchen is generally the heart of the home, where all the hustle and bustle is contained, you’re going to want a wall clock in there so everyone knows the exact time .

Don’t stick to traditional clocks – you can find fun, low-cost artsy wall clocks out there that will enhance the look of your kitchen.

Some clocks on the market have numbers that are exceptionally hard to read, so look for a clock with numbers that are big and bold. There are designer clocks out there with no numbers at all – how do you expect to tell the time quickly with those? Look for a clip-on feature on a clock – when hanging it to the wall, you won’t leave nail marks!

Natural 3 Wick CandleThe kitchen is also a place of unusual smells. To clear out the odd scents of meals past, and give the kitchen some flair, put in decorative scented candles .

They look great on the kitchen island, a windowsill, or on top of the fridge.

4. Bedroom (total spent: $760.45)

Platform Bed SetAnother great set to consider is a platform bed set . In general, you can get a bed frame, dresser, and mirror with one of these sets.

Of course, sets are more practical since they’re quick to order – you’re only making one purchase! There are plenty of styles and set combination’s out there, so think about what design style and the certain pieces you’d like to have.

Brown Comforter SetFreshening up the look of your bedroom is as easy as changing the comforter.

Try to choose a comforter set – they will save you money and time because you won’t have to buy the items (like bed skirts and pillow cases) separately.

Machine-washable fabrics, like cotton, are the best choices because they are light, breathable, durable, and of course washable – giving you the best deal for your dollars.

Round Mirror SetAnother set that makes for inexpensive design is a mirror set .

Because the mirror is divided up into different pieces, you can constantly change around their order, which will always keep your design fresh. You won’t ever feel like replacing it. Could you do that with a one piece mirror?

5. Budget Kid’s Bedroom Design Advice (total spent: $269.99)

Twin Trundle BedWhen your child has a friend over to spend the night, a great bed for them to have is a bed with a built-in trundle.

The trundle bed is a pull-out bed from the bottom, so you don’t have to pump up an air mattress or lay down an old futon mattress for their guest.

Round PillowSometimes all you need to keep a room decorated is a throw round pillow . Show your kids an assortment of lower-priced decorative pillows, and let them choose their favourite for their bed. It not only ties their bed together, it’s comforting to sleep with!

White Wood Toy BoxKids can leave their toys and books all over the room. Where’s the design style in that? Encourage your kids to put away their belongings in a toy box.

If you find a basic, inexpensive box, you can always paint it to your child’s liking. Choosing a themed toy box isn’t the best idea, because the theme will eventually go out of style.

Classic toy boxes will last much longer, and can eventually be moved into their teenage room for shoe or magazine storage!

6. Budget Patio Design Advice (total spent: $270.00)

Torch Candle HolderA cute and clever way to display your candles on your deck is by installing a few clamp-on candle torch lanterns .

Traditional torches are limited to where they can be placed, but the clamping feature makes it more versatile, therefore more practical. Plus, candles are natural light (obviously) and don’t need to be plugged in anywhere – saving money on the electrical bill!

Outdoor Bistro Set Outdoor Bistro sets are a charming and inexpensive addition to a patio.

Most bistro sets have a charismatic, wrought iron look, but the cheaper versions are actually made with aluminium – which is rust-proof, unlike iron! These sets come with two seats, so if you’re looking for more, you’re going to have to buy them separately.

Cedar Garden Deck TileIf you’ve been wanting to update your patio’s flooring without tearing it up, consider selecting wooden cedar garden deck tiles.

These cedar deck tiles don’t come with any hooks or clips, so they are easy to move around. Tile a certain area of your patio, like the space under your outdoor table, or underneath potted plants. You can also cover up water damaged or ripped areas on your patio.

7. Budget Bathroom Design Advice (total spent: $302.00)

Black Shower CurtainWhen it comes to interior design, sometime the bathroom is overlooked. What do you do to improve your bathroom’s look without spending a fortune on renovations? Start with a shower curtain!

Shower curtains come in as many textures and styles as comforters these days, so it won’t take you long to find a design you love.

Try to pick quality over price, and don’t go with a print that’s super trendy – if you opt for a classic look that isn’t made of cheap plastic, it will last much longer, and won’t need to be replaced in the near future.

Chrome FaucetUpdated hardware can always revive the look of your bathroom.

Try adding a new chrome faucet to your sink , in updated metals like stainless steel and chrome. Installing it yourself will save money, since you won’t be hiring a contractor.

Tempered Glass Bowl SinkAlso think about adding an up-to-date sink .

Bowl sinks that rest on countertops are fashionable at the moment, but don’t feel like a trend – they’re visually appealing and they catch water more efficiently. There’s also a wide selection of these modern-day sinks – they’re available in many different colours and finishes.

8. Dorm Room (total spent: $497.99)

Everybody knows that dorm rooms are extremely low on space. So how do you decorate one while on a budget and trying to save space at the same time?

Futon Frame and Mattress SetStart off with a futon – it can convert easily from a couch to a bed, so you won’t need both pieces in your room.

Try to find a futon with as little detailing as possible to save space, and pick one out that already includes a mattress – you’ll save time and money!

Coffee Table Magazine ShelfFrame your futon with a pair of end tables (Southern Enterprises Mission Wood Magazine Table).

You’ll want end tables that are easily moved around, and not just built to hold a drink. Look for tables with racks and/or drawers to store extra items, and make sure they are small enough to fit into your dorm room.

Coffee Table Lift TopA coffee table is a perfect centerpiece for a dorm room , especially if it comes with extra features. A lift top coffee table is ideal for storage, as well as a rack and a drawer on the bottom.

You can store your books, CDs, movies, and more in a storage coffee table – it will leave precious room in your dresser for clothes! Make sure you take down the measurement of the coffee table you want to see if it will fit into your dorm, and see if it has casters – they will make it easier to move around!

Grand total: $4562.40 (less than 5 grand for a whole house!)

Take this final Interior Design Advice to add to your cost-friendly design plans:

  • Re-arrange your furniture. Research placement plans on the Internet and find a way to make your current furniture work for you and your space – no new furniture purchase required!
  • Clean up! If you’ve got dust or pet hair everywhere, or clutter spilling out of closets, it can interfere with the design plan you’re going for. Once you have everything neat and organized, you can focus on the design style you’re after – not the mess!
  • If you have any tired-looking wooden cabinets, tables, or chairs, consider staining them a different shade. It will instantly update the look of the wood and make it seem like you bought new furniture. Finish off with a sealer or varnish to make your wood last a long time.
  • Take down any bulky curtains. You might find that the room becomes more open and inviting!

Let me know what worked for you, how did you save money on your latest design project?

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

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