Tips & Trends - Design

Trendy vs Classic Furniture Pieces

We all have that quintessential ‘House Goals’ Pinterest Board, our carefully curated collection of ever-changing trends and personal styles. But when it comes time for a major room update, these same inspirational pictures often backfire. Ultra-trendy rooms go out of style, and for the average person, updating your space every few years...   Read more »

Decorating with Textures

There are infinite ways to use texture to make spaces inviting, interesting and unique. Choosing the right ones will add dimension to a room and provide a strong element of contrast. It can make furniture pop with personality and complement existing design elements....   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 »

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 »

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 »

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’t let...   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 »

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 »

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 vivre, 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 »

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 »

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 »

Find the Perfect Sofa Shape for You

When shopping for a new sofa, you automatically think about the fabric, quality, and size. But here’s something that might not come as readily to mind: the shape of your sofa. Before you start scouring the market for a new sofa, it’s important to know what to search for – and what style you like or will work with your room. There ...   Read more »

Talking Tufted Furniture

This classic furniture styling technique continues to gain in popularity and availability over the years.  Tufting has been around since at least the 1700s with some sources siting it originating in 1300 - 1400s France and England.  Tufting is the result of securing upholstery and padding through a pattern of stitches which may ...   Read more »