Tips & Trends

Choosing the Best Baby Crib

Cribs are such an important purchase for new parents since babies spend so much of their time sleeping. Consumer reports notes that cribs are by far the safest place to settle your little one as they are the most widely regulated sleep surface as compared to bassinets or bedside sleepers....   Read more »

The Repurposed Dining Room

Some of the formality of past generations has lost its meaning in today’s households. Many of us have a formal dining room that we never (or nearly never) use.  Perhaps you have plenty of room in your eat in kitchen or great room that includes space for a daily dining table, yet you have the bones of a house with space provided for a for...   Read more »

Tips on Looking for Quality in Wood Furniture

Casegood is a term used in the furniture industry to refer to non-upholstered wood furniture, typically for living room, dining room and bedroom. This includes dining tables, china cabinets, coffee and side tables, media centers, dressers and nightstands. When looking for quality construction in casegoods consider these factors:...   Read more »

Layered Lighting for Comfort and Ambiance

Lamps serve dual purpose – both form and function.  They help illuminate the space while adding a pop of color, texture or shimmer to your room.  When shopping, notice the form of the lamp - many lamps have a sculptural, vase-like art appeal, bases and shades can add texture or color.  But before you select a lamp, think about ...   Read more »

Kids and Pets – Designing a Family-Friendly Family Room

Kids and pets live in a space with a different kind of vigor than adults. There is often free-spirited rambunctiousness, joie de verve, and of course messes. Whether it is thundering feet running through the house, wagging tails or tufts of shed fur, delicate surfaces and fragile accessories just don’t make sense. Here are some tips and ideas...   Read more »

How to Mix Things Up – Creating a Custom Living Room

Some people love the polished cohesiveness of a pre-planned matching living room set package bought in the store. The pieces are already in coordinating styles and appropriate scale to work well together. By seeing the pieces placed together in photos or the furniture showroom, you can more easily picture them together in your home....   Read more »

Hosting Guests for the Holidays

Holiday time is often time to for visits from friends and family. If your house is big enough to have extra rooms, then you likely have a furnished guest bedroom ready and waiting for out-of-towners. However, many of us successfully host guests in the family room or office with a pull-out sleeper sofa. Either way, with a little preparation and fore...   Read more »

Design for Entertaining – Creating a Space that Works Well for Social Events

What makes a party memorable? Of course it is the people, time spent together, food, drinks, and music, but don’t overlook the fact that a big part enjoying each other’s company depends upon how accommodating the space is. Whether you are designing your room to be continually ready for entertaining or rearranging your home for a special...   Read more »

Design for Entertainment – How to fit a TV into your Living Room

While a few households have the luxury of a media room designed just for television viewing, the vast majority of us use the multipurpose living area in our living room or family room for our TV time. Because we do so many different things in these rooms, we want to find a balance of having the TV accessible and to be comfortable watching, while it...   Read more »

The Right Place for Homework

Finding the right place for your child to do homework is a great way to start them off on the road to success. Ideally, you are looking for a calm, quiet, uncluttered, well-lit space that has easy access to the supplies your young student needs....   Read more »

Decorating with Mirrors

Mirrors can be a fabulous addition to virtually any room around your home. They are a classic and often inexpensive way to enhance a space, here are some of the many reasons we love them:...   Read more »

Creating a Playroom

To create a playroom, first think about your child and how they will use the space. As they grow, the playroom will need to continue to offer a place to learn, express themselves and have fun. Depending on the space in your home, a playroom can be a room of its own, or simply cozy corner of the family room. It is designed as a place where a kid can...   Read more »

Decorating a Vacation Home

Vacation Homes for Every Taste...   Read more »

How to Shop for Kid-Friendly Furniture

Shopping for Kid-Friendly Furniture & Decor...   Read more »

Measuring for Furniture Delivery

Will It Fit? How to Measure for Furniture Delivery...   Read more »

Sofa vs Sectional

How to Decide on a Sofa vs a Sectional...   Read more »

Sofa Construction Quality

Quality Construction - Anatomy of a Sofa...   Read more »

Sliding into Home: A Look at Guy Style

You’ve seen it before: one woman telling another about a boyfriend. Bubbling with excitement, she raves on and on about her kind, handsome and bright new beau. When her friend asks about his apartment, however, the mood and smile fade. “It’s a typical bachelor pad,” she whispers. Mr. Wonderful has a blemish, and it resembles...   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget? Plan, Prioritize and Keep an Eye to the Future

Everyone has some kind of budget for their decorating projects. Even a large budget provides some kind of spending boundaries. But if the furniture fund is small – or if you have a lot to buy and less money than you'd like – you have to be more thoughtful. Whether you are in a first or transitional apartment, or living in your starter h...   Read more »

Serene and Opulent Green

I'm not too crazy about lime-yellow-chartreuse greens, although, like the spiffy new VW Beetle, they have their place in a lighthearted sort of way. Some folks find yellow-green upbeat and energizing; others, like me, find it edgy and jumpy. I'm not big on pastel greens either, Martha Stewart notwith- standing. I still associate those watery shades...   Read more »

Mission Style: Solid and Simple

There’s something about Mission furniture that speaks strongly to the American sense of style. This early 20th century look has made a huge comeback in the last few years, perhaps because of its integrity and unpretentious dignity....   Read more »

Casual & Contemporary: The Many Paths to Modern Design

It’s very possible that the modern leather sofa you buy today will someday be found in the same category as your great-grandfather’s antique Chippendale settee. Not because they resemble each other in any way, but because they were both products of an era of innovative design in home furnishings....   Read more »

Open the Door to Feng Shui

BedroomOccasional insomnia might be the result of unbalanced energy in your bedroom. Try the following suggestions, but if your room design doesn’t permit perfect Feng Shui, be creative. Experiment with variations and modifications of these ideas to find what works for you....   Read more »

Decorating with Yellow and Orange

Mention yellow and you probably think first of bright, crayon yellow. Think orange and you get, well, an orange. Because these youthful, high-impact colors have such strong emotional appeal, you might be concerned they lack sophistication or carry too much intensity for home decor. But this pair, nestled right next to each other on the color wheel,...   Read more »

Seeing Colors: Decorating with Red

Red is vital, ambitious, and audacious, a passionate color with intense symbolism. Think of the true love of a red rose, the speed and sex appeal of a racing car, the urgency of a fire engine, the danger of a red alert, the rage of seeing red, or the honor of a red carpet.Red, combined with other primary colors, makes a striking modern statement....   Read more »

Leather 101: Different Types Of Leather Furniture

Leather is the only material that gets better and more luxurious with age. No other material is so durable, easy to care for, and natural. Because leather “breathes,” it won’t pick up on surrounding room temperatures, whether too cold or too hot. The list of positives goes on and on; the only drawback is sorting out the lingo. For...   Read more »

Purple Passion: Decorating with Purple

A small teddy bear sits in the corner of my bedroom. A wonderfully strange iridescent violet, it’s the first thing you notice in the room. Just an accent, a toy really, yet it stands out dramatically against the white and blue room, bringing in the same warmth as the sun coming in the nearby window. I love its color and all it represents, fro...   Read more »

Understanding Wood Veneers

The Truth About Veneers...   Read more »

Decorating with Blue

Interior designer and author Sharon Hanby-Robie has an interesting take on color preferences. She maintains there are two groups of people – those who prefer blue and those who go for the green. She believes that roughly 70% of us are in the blue group, including the majority of men....   Read more »

Find the Perfect Sofa Shape for You

When shopping for a sofa, you should always think about the fabric, quality, and the size. But here’s something you might not think about: the shape of your sofa. Before researching sofas, it’s important to know what to search for – and what style you like or will work with your room. There are so many different sofa shapes, and v...   Read more »

Talking Tufted Furniture

Tufted furniture has the ability to upgrade any room with a more upscale look, for both traditional and contemporary rooms alike. The Brittney ottoman is a more traditional approach to tufting, with a neutral velvet and classic wooden legs. Whereas the Casino IV chair shows how even modern mid-century can be glammed up with bonded leather and metal...   Read more »

3 Furniture Tips For Small-Scale Living

Many homes call for smaller-scale furniture — Chicago and New York apartments, historic houses in New England, vacation condos in Florida, etc. — but that doesn’t mean the design aesthetic has to be small, too. Small space design is all about making the space feel larger. In general, furniture that is simply styled, low and lean w...   Read more »

Planning for the Right Dining Room Table Size

Whether you’ve just moved into a new space or are looking to update your dining room before the holidays, choosing a new dining table can be tricky. Especially when dining tables come in so many sizes and shapes, it’s important to make sure you find a dining table that is both right for your room, your family, and for existing or new ch...   Read more »

Presidential Designs: The Decor and Furniture in the Oval Office

Beginning with the Kennedy administration, it’s a tradition for the President to redecorate the Oval Office to match his tastes. After swearing in as President in 2009, President Obama took some time before redecorating the Oval Office. He began his term at a tumultuous time and many said redecorating couldn’t be a priority for anyone i...   Read more »

How to Create Your Dream Home Office

If you have the extra space, creating a home office is a great addition to a home. Whether you work from home full time, or just like to catch up on things over the weekend, designing the perfect workspace will help you be more productive and make you excited to get things done....   Read more »

Fall Pantone Trends in Furniture

As we pass through August, the fall 2013 Pantone colors are beginning to trend in home decor and furniture. With colors such as Emerald, Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Acai, Samba, Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Vivacious, Carafe, and Beaujolais, they’re offering up bold statements in modern, traditional, and contemporary rooms alike. Whether you're pl...   Read more »