Tips & Trends

Decorating Trends: Ikat Inspired Designs

A traditional artisan technique for creating hand dyed textiles, ikat or ikkat (both pronounced ee-KAHT) is a process where the yarn is tightly tied in small sections to create a resist and then dyed to create the desired pattern before it is woven.  After the dying is complete, the yarn is woven into a textile.  A detailed and intricate ...   Read more »

What To Look For In A Sleeper Sofa

Sleeper sofas offer a completely inconspicuous comfortable place to sleep.  Comfortable and stylish sofa by day, they can be transformed into a full, queen or even a king bed by night.  The best in class are built with easy to use mechanisms that make it quick and effortless to pull out a folding convertible mattress tucked away below sea...   Read more »

What We Love About: Nailhead Trim

You see it everywhere, this topical trend that is based on historical detailing.  Nailhead trim once was simply a way to help attach upholstery to the frame, has continued as a decorative extra that has stood the test of time and found a resurgence in style.  We can’t get enough of it....   Read more »

How To Baby-Proof Your Living Room Furniture

Having a baby in the house puts your living room into a whole new perspective.  There are changes you’ll want to make from day one to prepare for extra spills and create soft secure surfaces.  Though many babyproofing changes don’t need to be made until your little one is mobile doing them right away is best.  Here are so...   Read more »

Bringing It All Together - Furniture, Walls, Rug, And Artwork

Looking for inspiration to create an interesting and cohesive room? Start with one thing that you love and build around it.  Your inspiration can come from any number of places – an area rug, some artwork, the fabric on an accent chair or accent pillow.  Any of these sources are great places to stimulate inspiration....   Read more »

Simple Rules To Finding The Perfect Rug

Adding to the beauty of rugs is that they offer both form and function.  Practical for warmth, softness underfoot and sound absorption; they also enhance your home décor, giving a room a polished and finished look. Choosing the right area rug isn’t as scary as it might first seem if you know a few key tips for styling your room....   Read more »

How To Recycle A Mattress

According to the Mattress Recycling Council, approximately 15-20 million mattresses and box springs are disposed of annually in the US.  To make matters worse, they are hard to compact and have become a major burden on community waste disposal management programs.  ...   Read more »

Using Lighting As An Accent Piece - Unique Chandeliers

Chandeliers provide ambient overhead lighting that can fill a space and set a mood.  No longer relegated to only dining rooms and entryways, chandeliers are popping up in living rooms, hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Not only do they provide much needed lighting, but can provide a unique opportunity to add style, flair and opulence to ...   Read more »

Modern Design Vs. Contemporary Style

When shopping for furniture or discussing interior design, you may hear the terms “modern” and “contemporary” used interchangeably. Although these two design styles share many similarities, they are not the same. Understanding the distinction between the two styles by examining their unique characteristics and variations det...   Read more »

All About Leather Upholstery

The use of leather as an upholstery fabric dates back to some of the earliest furniture designs. There’s a reason why this supple yet strong material has staying power: it looks, wears and feels great! Whether used on a sofa, loveseat, chair, sectional or ottoman, leather adds a sophisticated, luxurious look to your living room....   Read more »

Styling For An Active Family

Who doesn’t want an immaculately styled home, ready for the pages of your favorite design magazine? However, when an active family is inhabiting that home, maintaining a photo-ready look calls for some strategic design decisions. Through deliberate fabric choices, creative storage solutions and selections that fit your lifestyle, even the mos...   Read more »

Purchasing A Mattress For Your Best Sleep

Buying a new mattress is a big decision. Most people keep their mattresses for about eight years, so you’ll want to be sure that it’s not only comfortable, but also provides a restorative night’s sleep tailored to your body’s individual needs. The first decision you will need to make when shopping for a mattress (besides det...   Read more »

Storage Suggestions For Every Room

If there’s one thing that most people could use more of, it’s storage space. Luckily, whether you live in a studio apartment or need to maximize a family home, there’s a storage solution for every need. Check out these storage suggestions for every room in your home:...   Read more »

What We Love About: Microfiber

Microfiber is super soft, resilient fabric created from incredibly thin, 100% polyester, filaments. Individual filaments that are less than 1 denier thick (about half the thickness of silk) are spun together to form a thicker cable or yarn. The yarns are then tightly woven, cut and brushed, giving the fabric to a “suede like” appearance...   Read more »

Seasonal Update: Refresh Your Space For Spring

Winter doldrums got you down?  Can’t wait for longer days and with loads more sunshine?  Now is the perfect time to start refreshing your space for spring. You don’t have to completely redecorate to bring a fresh feel to your home, accents and details can go a long way to brightening your perspective....   Read more »

Decorating For March Madness

Celebrate the Madness throughout your home … from TV room to the kids’ bedrooms, break out your college colors and proudly display the logo of your favorite team!...   Read more »

Optimize Your Dining Room: Sideboards, Buffets, Servers, Credenzas, China Cabinets & Curios

Many dining rooms and kitchens benefit from a little extra serving and storage space.  A beautiful spot for accent décor and storage on a daily basis becomes essential entertainer’s serving space for holiday get-togethers and dinner parties.  When you are hosting, sideboards provide an indispensable place to set up hors d&rsq...   Read more »

Outdoor Living

The advent of new fabrics and treatments that resist mold and mildew as well as eliminating fading from UV rays has allowed outside living to become a true extension of the rest of your home. ...   Read more »

Furnishing Ideas For Extra Storage Throughout Your Home

With our hectic lives and busy households, keeping all of our stuff organized at home is a constant challenge.  But adding extra storage around your home is a great way to win the battle against clutter....   Read more »

Creating Interest With Accent Tables

Looking for a way to add interest to your living room?  Want to create a designer look but don’t know where to start?  One easy way to create a custom feel in your home is to pull together unique and individual pieces of furniture for a tailor made look. ...   Read more »

Industrial Flair - Adding Unique Accents To Any Room

Though it’s all around us, many people don’t know what is meant by the term Industrial Style in furnishings and interior design.   Industrial Style refers to exposed building materials that are often concealed in construction, reminiscent of an open unfinished warehouse look in building design.  For furnishings the style ...   Read more »

Color Of The Year: Greenery

Pantone (the color people) have canvased the marketplace and the zeitgeist to determine that the color of the year for 2017 is a fresh shade of green they’ve termed Greenery....   Read more »

Loveseat - a Sofa Built for Two

Originally designed in the late 1600’s as a wide chair to accommodate a woman and her voluminous dresses (including skirts, hoops and slips of the day), by the 1800’s and 1900’s the term loveseat or courting chair became prevalent and began to be used as a seating arrangement for two....   Read more »

What We Love About: Accent Cabinets

Tall or short, wide or narrow, accent cabinets (and accent chests) are versatile additions to any home.  Have an empty wall, bare corner or unfilled nook?  Need a place to store small household items, toys or family games?  Looking to add a little extra personality to your living space?  An accent cabinet can fill all of these n...   Read more »

How to Create a Bedroom Retreat

With our lives as hectic as they are it’s often nice to have a respite, a relaxing place to get away from it all.  Many find that type of sanctuary is perfect for their master bedroom....   Read more »

Sofa Tables

Why We Love Sofa Tables ...   Read more »

Design Ideas for a Loft Space

Many open concept homes are designed with a spacious landing area at the top of the stairs called a loft.  Lofts by nature are open to the rest of the house and to varying degrees usually part of the flow of the hallway to other rooms.  Because it’s not really a room, many wonder what exactly to do with the space – we say, don...   Read more »

Design Tips for the Teen Room

As your kid enters his or her teen years, they will probably want to change their bedroom to reflect their stage in life.  While their room will still be a place to sleep and dress, but now instead of using it for nap time and playing with toys, they will need a place to study and crave a place to relax on their own.  To transform your ch...   Read more »

Inspired Entryways

As the transition into and out of your home, the best entryways are both welcoming and functional.  Make sure your entryway is both by outfitting it with these great finds:...   Read more »

Big Ideas for Small Spaces -- Smart Space-Savers

When you are living in a square-footage-challenged dwelling, making the most of the space you’ve got is a must! Here are some of our favorite space-saving ideas:...   Read more »

Kitchen Table vs. Dining Table

What’s the Difference: Kitchen Table vs. Dining Table?...   Read more »

All About Pillows

While many people view them as small detail, a few throw pillows can actually transform a room. These simple accents may bring in new hues or highlight existing ones, make bold statements or add quiet warmth. They brighten up solid-colored couches and add visual interest to beds, breakfast nooks, and chairs. More than anything, however, pillows add...   Read more »

Lighting Tips

Lighting plays a huge role in decorating and making a space uniquely your own. When it comes to home furnishings, the right lighting acts as the finishing touches on a room, so it is important to understand how to use lights to your advantage. Floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces are essential in any beautifully decorated home....   Read more »

Decorating Small Spaces in Your Home

Decorating small spaces doesn't have to be a headache. Some overall rules to keep in mind include choosing lighter colors and simpler pieces. Paler hues, such as white, cream, and gray, refract light for an overall brighter look and make rooms appear larger. Darker colors, like burgundy, chocolate, or teal, can be introduced in accent pieces and wa...   Read more »

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 — women talking about a boyfriend. Bubbling with excitement, she raves about her kind, handsome and bright new man. When her friend asks about his apartment, however, the mood and smile fade. “… bachelor pad,” she whispers. Mr. Wonderful has a blemish, and it resembles a big, brown easy chair in ...   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 »

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

Decorating the Oval Office isn’t all that different from decorating your own home. While the shape of the room and nature of the business conducted there make it more complicated and high-profile than your own home office, the space still needs to be functional and the décor should reflect the inhabitant....   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

Pantone Color Descriptions...   Read more »

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