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Style Guide: Kids Outdoor Play Area

April 17th, 2014

When the weather starts to grow more favorable, we begin to spend more time outdoors. Create a kids outdoor play area for your child in the backyard to keep them busy while you are doing your garden work. Although they can be helpful, it’s smart to give them their own area to play in.

 
Style Guide: Outdoor Kids Play Area
 
Teamson Kids Sunny Safari Outdoor Bench
 

Teamson Kids Sunny Safari Outdoor Bench

 

The jungle motif bench from Teamson is a fun pick that will spark that adventurous side.

 
ZUO Phante Modern Kids Plastic Chair in Pink
 

ZUO Phante Modern Kids Plastic Chair in Pink

 

Add in an elephant or two such as this one by ZUO in pink or green to enhance the jungle theme.

 
KidKraft Adirondack All-Wood Chair in White
 

KidKraft Adirondack All-Wood Chair in White

 

The casual Adirondack chair is also a smart addition to the child’s garden space, providing a little extra comfort as they take a snack break.

 

The best way to keep the little ones busy while you are working the yard is to create a pathway to their area constructed with kid-friendly materials such as a recycled rubber edging filled in with wood chips. Wood chips are fantastic for absorbing the impact of a stumbler and are used extensively on playground areas.

 

Next, create a seating area with a surface that’s perfect for racing cars and trucks, such as recycled rubber “brick”pavers. They are easy to clean, and look great in the yard. You will also want to give them a little garden of their own to dig in—whether it’s a grouping of potted plants, or a row of their favorite flowering plants in slightly raised boxes. Encircle the play area with boxwood hedging to make it feel like a kiddie oasis while still giving you a clear sight-line of their adventurous antics.

Style Guide: Doubled Up Twin Bedroom

April 15th, 2014

Twin Bedroom Design Ideas
 

Twin girls can prove to be a strong design challenge, especially if you are limited in space. A great start for a twin bedroom in saving space is to find the right bunk bed. The Sanibel collection by Homelegance offers a great casual cottage design with a modern twist. The overlay is an arched diamond design, giving the bunks a hint of femininity. There is also a trundle that you can buy separate for a little extra sleeping space when they have friends over. To individualize the bunks, try painting the overlays in their favorite color.

 
Homelegance Sanibel Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed in White
 

Homelegance Sanibel Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed in White

 

To keep a casual cottage theme to the room, the South Shore Handover chest is a good choice. Purchase a pair to give each child their own space. Again, consider individualizing them by painting alternate vertical boards on the top drawer their favorite color to match the bed.

 
South Shore Handover 4 Drawer Chest in Pure White Finish
 

South Shore Handover 4 Drawer Chest in Pure White Finish

 

Create a seating area where they can just hang out and chat, read books or do homework. Kidkraft has the perfect adjustable loungers in a fun pink to add a punch of color to the room. They can also bring them out to the TV room to create a comfortable place to watch their favorite TV shows.

 
KidKraft Adjustable Lounger in Hot Pink
 

KidKraft Adjustable Lounger in Hot Pink

 

Colorful feature walls are quite trendy for a kids bedroom. A fun dose of green coupled with teal or deep blue would look amazing when accented with pink or purple. Or opt for a more subdued look such as white tinted with a soft hint of pink or lavender for the walls, keeping the trim crisp white. Bedlinens should be chosen from a complementary spectrum, incorporating colors like bright purple, green, aqua, teal and even yellow.

Style Guide: Contemporary Home Bar

April 7th, 2014

Contemporary Home Bar Ideas
 

Every bachelor pad needs a trendy place to entertain the guys on game day. Whether you are a single guy who loves to entertain guests or you are just looking to upgrade your current make-shift bar, a contemporary home bar is the perfect stylish set-up.

 
Chintaly Furniture Broadway Bar in Black
 

Chintaly Furniture Broadway Bar in Black

 

Chintaly’s Broadway bar has a hip metropolitan feel. Add few contemporary Coaster bar stools for that their classic cool looks and comfort.

 
Coaster Contemporary Adjustable Chrome Bar Stool in Cream
 

Coaster Contemporary Adjustable Chrome Bar Stool in Cream

 

Tuck Prepac’s floating wine rack along the wall behind the bar, to complete your new entertainment room. Entertain with a fine glass of wine, or add a big-screen TV wall-mounted on the opposite wall to bring the big game up close and personal.

 
Prepac Floating Wine Rack in Black
 

Prepac Floating Wine Rack in Black

 

Choose white paint on the wall behind the bar surrounded in a silver gray, accentuated with bold yellow to make your man-cave the envy of the neighborhood. Or create a Caribbean feel by adding bold turquoise accents blended with your deep classic yellow, and spiced in deep ocean blue.

Style Guide: Toddler Bed Transition

April 4th, 2014

Style Guide: Toddler Bed Transition
 

Your little one has figured out how to climb out of the crib. That means it is time to transition your child into a big kid bed. A twin size bed seems overly large for such a small child, so it makes more sense to start off with the transition size: the toddler bed. You can still use the crib mattress for that familiarity, but you can make everything more big-kid friendly.

 
KidKraft Slatted Toddler Cot in Blueberry
 

KidKraft Slatted Toddler Cot in Blueberry

 

KidKraft has a fabulous little bed for boys and girls in a deep blueberry shade. This bed sits nice and low to the ground, making it easier for your little one to climb in and out without getting hurt.

 
South Shore Summer Breeze Antique Blue Double Dresser
 

South Shore Summer Breeze Antique Blue Double Dresser

 
South Shore Summer Breeze Nightstand in Antique Blue
 
South Shore Summer Breeze Nightstand in Antique Blue

 

South Shore has created the perfect complementary dresser and night stand in an antique blue finish. It is a simple, contemporary look that keeps the room nice and casual. For your little rough-and-tumble boy, this is a fantastic look.

 

If you aren’t too keen on the bright green walls that you see in the photo, then consider a dual-tone look. Try a deep blue wall blended with a softer blue, using the bright green as your accent color. Another accent color option is orange. Think deep rich autumn orange blended with deep classic yellow accents. Or go for a classic Americana look with deep reds, grays, and blues.

Style Guide: Antique Neutral Kids Bedroom

March 27th, 2014

Antique Kids Bedroom
 

Create a simple antique look that works quite well for any kids bedroom. The Provincetown collection from South Shore is a very versatile line. tick with the complete set for a young boy’s room. This will create a rustic feel to the room with a classy blue finish.

 
South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Captain's Bed Frame Only in Antique Blue Finish
 

South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Captain’s Bed Frame Only in Antique Blue Finish

 
South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Headboard in Antique Blue
 
South Shore Summer Breeze Twin Headboard in Antique Blue

 
South Shore Summer Breeze Nightstand in Antique Blue
 
South Shore Summer Breeze Nightstand in Antique Blue

 

For the young girl in the home, try a mix and match approach. Stick with the bed, headboard, and night stand then add subtle classic chic with the Lea Emma’s Treasures dresser. If floor space is an issue, switch it up with the tall chest instead of the wide double dresser.

 
Lea Emma's Treasures 6 Drawer Double Dresser in White
 

Lea Emma’s Treasures 6 Drawer Double Dresser in White

 

Accent your boy’s bedroom with a deep teal blended with orange accents. Keep the walls on the neutral side by choosing pale grays or a hint of blue with gray undertones. Switch things up in your girl’s room with a mix of lavendar and teal. Choose a lavendar-gray wall color to create a neutral backdrop. Soft autumnal golds will also blend well with the deep lavendar, as will a softer green (similar to what you see on the walls of the photo). When in doubt, take a few cues from nature.

Style Guide: Contemporary Family Room

March 26th, 2014

Contemporary Family Room
 
Today’s busy family schedules leave little room for down-time. Create a calm, uncluttered room to relax in the evenings with a few well-chosen pieces of furniture.
 
Sonax Hollow Core TV Stand and Component Bench in Midnight Black Finish
 

Sonax Hollow Core TV Stand and Component Bench in Midnight Black Finish

 
Sonax has designed a fabulous contemporary entertainment bench that is simple and will organize your components in no time.
 
Homelegance Novak Elegant Lounger with Pull Out Trundle in Black
 
Homelegance Novak Elegant Lounger with Pull Out Trundle in Black

 
The Homelegance design crew has created the perfect lounger sofa for impromptu sleep-overs. The trundle is discreetly hidden in the base of this sofa, which also has built-in cup holders for game day convenience.
 
Office Star Apollo Chair in Zig Zag Grey
 
Office Star Apollo Chair in Zig Zag Grey

 
Pair the up lounger with something that breaks up the monotony of a room full of black furniture. The Apollo club chair by Office Star offers a great way to soften the look of an all-black room. This chair pairs quite nicely with the Winsome Wood round accent table.
 
Winsome Wood Sasha Round Accent End Table with Drawer Curved Legs in Black
 
Winsome Wood Sasha Round Accent End Table with Drawer Curved Legs in Black

 
Safavieh Lahoma Pine Wood Coffee Table in Black
 
Safavieh Lahoma Pine Wood Coffee Table in Black

 
If you are looking for a coffee table, Safavieh’s Lahoma line is a great place to start. This table is a great addition, tying in the casual feel to the room. It is easily movable for the nights you need that extra sleeping area.
 
Or opt for an ottoman style table if your family room is on the small side. Stick with glass, leather, black finished wood, or a combination. Just keep in mind the simplicity of casual.
 
If you are considering changing up the wall color, be bold. A deep teal will look amazing, or stay safe with a neutral gray that is closely matched to the club chairs. Or go for a combination with color blocking: paint the primary wall teal and the remaining walls with gray. Accent colors for this look include deep yellow and blue or try adding a hint of autumn gold.

Style Guide: Designer Dining Room

March 24th, 2014

Designer Dining Room
 

The dining room can feel very static when you have had the same set for ten years. Freshen up your gathering place with a few simple changes.

 
 Coaster Modern Dining White Dining Table in White
 

Coaster Modern Dining White Dining Table in White

 
Eurostyle Tendy Pro Stack Chair in Walnut
 
Eurostyle Tendy Pro Stack Chair in Walnut

 

Coaster’s Modern dining table in fresh white is a beautiful way to modernize your decor. The chrome accent base blends beautifully with the white. Keep a crisp uniform look by purchasing the matching dining chairs.A second option is to opt for something a bit more trendy. Eurostyle’s walnut chairs add a nice punch of color and texture to the room. A room with this table and white chairs can really shine with rich lilac or blue walls. Darker tones bring out the white, giving your room a classic twist.

 
Lexington Monterey Sands San Marcos Dining Table
 

Lexington Monterey Sands San Marcos Dining Table
 
Safavieh  Amelia Birch Wood and Leather Dining Chair in Clay
 
Safavieh Amelia Birch Wood and Leather Dining Chair in Clay

 

Lexington’s Monterey Sands dining table is a subtly sophisticated West Coast style. This is a great table for the small space dining room. Safavieh’s Amelia dining chairs are a fabulous match that keep the sophisticated look without going overboard. The subtle gray undertone complement the table really well. Add some softness with a wall color such as muted mauve or pale turquoise.

 
Bassett Mirror Presto Wood Leg Classic Parsons Chair in Loden
 

Bassett Mirror Presto Wood Leg Classic Parsons Chair in Loden

 
Bassett Mirror Presto Wood Leg Classic Parsons Chair in Terra
 
Bassett Mirror Presto Wood Leg Classic Parsons Chair in Terra

 

If you wanted to add some color to your dining room without the hassle of painting walls, try one of these two chairs by Bassett Mirror. Loden adds a subtle seafoam green to the room, while the terra cotta color chair adds a nice earthy feel to your West Coast dining room. If you decide to go with chairs to add some color to the room, your walls should be a subtle neutral that will keep the focus on the color of the chairs.

Style Guide: Vintage Home Office

March 21st, 2014

Style Guide: Vintage Home Office
 

If you have a spare room, why not create a nice comfortable home office when it’s not in use? It will provide you with a quiet place to conduct business while working from home. We’ve created a nice set-up for someone who loves the warm look of a vintage home office.

 
Riverside Furniture Coventry Two Tone Executive Desk in Dover White
 

1Riverside Furniture Coventry Two Tone Executive Desk in Dover White

 
Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Executive Desk Chair in Surreal Simone
 
2Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Executive Desk Chair in Surreal Simone

 

This desk and chair combo is a great place to start. Riverside’s Coventry desk has a classic two-tone appeal. File drawers hold legal-sized file folders, which is a nice touch if you are a home-based real estate agent or mortgage broker. Pair it up with Hooker’s Seven Seas chair with nail stud accents for that extra little classic luxury.

 
Homelegance Hanna 4 Piece Wood Barrister Bookcase Set in White
 

3Homelegance 4 Piece White Bookcase Set

 
Lexington Monterey Sands Fair Oaks Lamp Table
 
4Lexington Monterey Sands Fair Oaks Lamp Table

 
If you have the room for a bookcase, this Homelegance bookcase is a four-piece set that complements the Riverside desk quite nicely. Or opt for the matching Riverside Coventry bookcase if your office is a little tight on space.
 
Monarch Swirl Velvet Accent Chair in Grey
 
5Monarch Swirl Velvet Accent Chair in Gray

 
Ave Six Curves Hourglass Chair in Vintage Grenadine
 
6Ave Six Curves Hourglass Chair in Vintage Grenadine

 

For a home office with extra square footage, add a small sitting area where your clients can relax while you finish the paperwork. Go for a feminine vintage look with the Avenue Six accent chair in red, or try a neutral look with the Monarch Swirl accent chair in gray. Place the Lexington Monterey Sands accent table between a pair of chairs for added comfort.

 

If you are looking to completely change the look of your office, add a fresh coat of paint by way of a classic faux Venetian plaster finish. The soft look adds a subtle texture to the walls. A couple of finish options that work well with either scheme are a warm beige and a gray with a hint of blue. For accent colors, use the chair color as your guide. If you have opted against a sitting area, but still prefer either of the Venetian plaster finishes, teal is a great accent color that works with gray walls. For the beige walls, try accents in a rich shade such as autumn orange or deep dark purple.

Style Guide: Fabulous Foyer

March 15th, 2014

Style Guide: Fabulous Foyer
 

The entrance to your home is the first things your guests will see so it’s important to create a grand first impression. A few simple pieces of contemporary and transitional furniture mixed together will welcome your guests in style.

 
Prepac Tall Shoe Cubbie Cabinet in Black
 

Prepac Tall Shoe Cubbie Cabinet in Black

This shoe cubby by Prepac is the perfect place to keep shoes neatly stored away and goes a long way towards creating a fabulous foyer.

 
Safavieh Bryce Barrel Stool in Brown
 

Safavieh Bryce Barrel Stool in Brown

 

Next, balance out the shoe tower height with another tall item. This Safavieh barrel stool, crafted from reclaimed wood, is perfect for the task. It has enough height to complement the tall cabinet and the rustic finish adds contrast.

 
Winsome Timber Solid Wood Console/Sofa Table in Black
 

Winsome Timber Solid Wood Console/Sofa Table in Black

 

Winsome’s console table is a great foyer addition. The drawers are perfect for hiding piles mail and other odds and ends, as well as for storing that spare set of keys.

 
Butler Specialty Metalworks Stool
 

Butler Specialty Metalworks Stool

 

Place a pair of these Butler upholstered stools next to your console table to balance out the lower height. They provide a comfortable place for your family and guests to sit while putting on their shoes. The transitional style blends beautifully with the barrel stool.

 

Accent your space with a neutral like gray paired with a hint of lavender or pale yellow. These calming colors can be either your wall color, in wall art, or by way of a fresh bouquet of flowers. Don’t be afraid of bold colors such as teal, berry, and yellow to accentuate the dark finish of the main pieces of furniture in your foyer.

Style Guide: Modern Guest Room

March 12th, 2014

Modern Guest Room / Den
 

Most two bedroom condos and apartments have a small den that can be used also be used as a secondary room for guests. A blend of chrome and black faux leather is the epitome of a urban cool that is a great look for a modern guest room. It creates that youthful look that many young professionals adore.

 
 Ameriwood  DHP Emily Faux Leather Splitback Convertible Futon in Black
 

Ameriwood DHP Emily Faux Leather Splitback Convertible Futon in Black

 

Ameriwood’s Emily collection is a wonderful alternative to the traditional futon. The split back gives wonderful options for a full bed, or just a partial bed if a young niece or nephew are visiting for the night.

 
Uttermost Huang Ceramic Garden Stool in Marshmallow and Gloss Black
 

Uttermost Huang Ceramic Garden Stool in Marshmallow and Gloss Black

 

Masterfully punctuate the guest room with the addition of this ceramic garden drum. Ceramic may seem like an odd combination with leather, but Uttermost’s designers have done a marvellous job of creating something that compliments the black leather futon and chairs quite well.

 
Ave Six Wall Street Armless Chair
 

Ave Six Wall Street Armless Chair

 

A pair of Avenue Six Wall Street collection chairs adds that final touch to your guest space. They create a place to sit and relax while reading a book, or a place for your studious young guest to do their homework.

 
Dupen Furniture Coco Dresser in White
 

Dupen Furniture Coco Dresser in White

 

Add a hint of soft texture with this white dresser from Dupen’s Coco collection. The chrome accents complement the chrome frame of the futon and chairs while the circular drawer pulls tie in with the cylindrical drum table.

 

Create this guest room in a contemporary designed home, or mix it in with a home that is a little more industrial in design. Keep the room feeling calm with a monochromatic scheme—sticking to gray, black, white. Or for a punch of vibrancy, mix in some primary colors, like red and yellow. For a more feminine look, spruce it up with bold berry and teal accents.