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Comfort foods Good; Comfort Furniture even Better!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

As we get further into autumn and closer to winter, a natural instinct is to reach for those comfort foods, like beefy stews and hearty soups that we know will keep the chills away. Another common reaction is to hibernate or at the very least, make our living spaces cozier and as comfortable as possible. In preparation for what winter will bring consider ramping up your living room’s comfort quotient for the perfect remedy to a cold and snowy day.


While an ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture because they can be used in a number of different ways, for anything from a coffee table to extra seating, it still is the easiest way to make a chair the ultra place to veg out. The great thing about ottomans is that they can just as conveniently be parked in front of the sofa. An ottoman is also a handy place to drape a comforter or afghan.


A recliner is a type of living room chair that is specifically built for comfort…and just plain lounging around. While the living room is the most obvious place, recliners are great additions to other room in your home such as the family room, den or media room. Because recliners are designed for relaxation, they can increase your feeling of well-being.


Nothing says “cozy comfort” better than an electric fireplace. Adding an electric fireplace doesn’t take much effort, but the payoff is huge on the comfort scale. There’s just something about a fireplace that lends a living room an instantly warm and welcoming ambiance.

Relaxing Companions – Decorating for Comfort

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Back in the old days, when my sister and I were young children, the living room was intended for the adults; then as we grew older, it was still intended for the adults, but on holidays and birthdays, we could have our friends over. Truthfully though, it was a little difficult to have fun in such a formal atmosphere. Today, living room furniture ideas and trends put equal emphasis on style and comfort, even if you do have a passion for traditional style. 

Eclectic Style

Part of the evolution of the living room from yesterday’s formal to today’s stylishly comfortable can be attributed to living spaces being more multifunctional. The living room is no longer a place solely reserved for entertaining guests, but is somewhere to hang out with the family, watch TV, have a movie or game night or just put your feet up and do nothing at all.

An eclectic living room brings together design aspects or styles from different time periods together in one space. This will allow you to express your love of individual furniture pieces and accents regardless of whether or not they are from the same era. Decorating eclectically doesn’t force you to choose between style and comfort. But you might point out, the whole reason behind choosing a style in the first place is to have a cohesive room that is thematically connected. True; however the overall look for an eclectic styled room is seamlessly integrated by the judicial use of color, shape and texture.

Decorating for Comfort

The first rule for decorating for comfort is that there are no rules. Design the room to reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Like the idea of a leather sofa with those classic rolled arms and nailhead trim, but know that it’s going to also be inhabited by little mermaids singing “Under the Sea” along with the family dog? Keep the rolled arms and go for a couch upholstered in an easy-care fabric.

Choose furnishings that aren’t trendy, but rather have lasting power and will endure from nest to empty nest. To keep clear of that more formal look, purchase your sofa, armchair, occasional chairs and tables separately; not in sets that tend lend the room a regimented atmosphere.

Comfort in eclectic style interior design is typically created through textures and how they are layered throughout the space. Use throws, accent cushions, furniture pieces with different finishes and a number of diverse construction materials such as glass, wood and stone.

Living Room Decorating Ideas

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Decorating Ideas for your Living Room

Most rooms in your home have a designated purpose—the bedroom is for sleeping and you need a bed; the dining room is for dining and you need a table and chairs and the kitchen is for cooking and you need appliances.  Keeping this in mind what exactly do you need for decorating a living room?  From a design standpoint this room is for “living” purposes such as reading, watching television and entertaining family and friends.  You will need furniture that makes living easy and that would include a sofa, chairs and tables.

Before you can start to purchase furniture it is necessary for you to identify your design style. Do you prefer the clean lines and sleek look of modern or contemporary furniture? Perhaps you have inherited some antiques and want to combine them with comfortable traditional furniture.  If your lifestyle involves informal entertaining and lots of family gatherings, a comfortable country look may be your preference for your living room.

Modern Loveseat SofaIf contemporary is more your style, seek out furniture that is low in profile and sleek in appearance. This is not the room for Tufted Sofaan over-stuffed recliner. 

Leather and suede upholstery are often found in modern interiors. Avoid large fussy patterns.  Avenue Six and Global Furniture both offer a large selection of contemporary style sofas and chairs.

Take a look at the Avenue Six Yield for an extremely modern sofa or theAvenue Six Plaza Tufted Sofa for more comfortable seating.

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Van Gogh offers truly unique contemporary designs for your living room such as theTerry and Buy Sofa ReviewKai sofaIn a contemporary room your accent tables should be from cool materials such as glass and metal.

Check out the round glass and aluminum coffee table from RTA or the oval glasRound Glass Coffee Tables top coffee table from Oval Glass Top Coffee TableWalker Edison.

Wood Coffee TableAdding wood to a contemporary room can visually warm the room and is a nice break from the “cooler” elements of metal and glass. The Solaris wood coffee table from Klaussner Furniture would be a nice addition to any modern space.

Lamps are functional and unobtrusive and artwork is bright and colorful.Leather Sleeper Sofa

If the bareness of a contemporary space leaves you “cold” you may prefer a more traditional design for your living room decorating. In this room yoursofa will be comfortable with deep seating and rounded edges.  Just about any fabric will work in this design from sleek leather to a homey plaid or floral.

Kathy Ireland Home has a large selection of sofas that would fit perfectly in any traditional room.  The Sedona, Torre and the Houston sofa collections come in many different finishes and upholstery choices.  In a traditionally decorated room your coffee and end tables can be any finish. Wood obviously works well but even an antiqued metal or a solid glass table will complement your upholstered pieces.  Your lamps are not only functional but become part of your accessories.

A rustic or country style living room decorating interior speaks of comfort and relaxation. Your upholstered pieces are large and comfortable with an attached skirt or exposed wooden feet. Leather Sofa with StudsThe Distinction Beaumont Studded Leather Sofais a good example of a sofa for a country home.  The large over-stuffed arms, plump cushions and bun feet make you want to curl up and relax with a good book and a cup of coffee.  Glass and metal accent tables do not work very well in a country style interior.  You will want to choose distressed woods that are mis-matched.  Antiques are perfect additions so if you have them, use themArtwork is homespun and consists of quilts, baskets or antique embroidery and paintings.

Most people do not decorate in just one style. Adding pieces from many different designs will create an eclectic room that is personal and speaks about the people who live in the room.  Just remember that function is first and foremost when decorating a living room regardless of the style you prefer.

Send me a picture of your living room I can help you redesign it!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

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