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Style Guide: Cozy Guest Suite

July 18th, 2014

Style Guide: Cozy Guest Room
 

Welcome your guests in grand style! Your overnight guests will feel warmly welcome in a guest room suite with calming wood furniture.

 
Magnussen River Ridge Wood Island Storage Bed in Natural
 

Magnussen River Ridge Wood Island Storage Bed in Natural

 

Starting with Magnussen’s River Ridge bed, this is a gorgeous rustic feel that can easily be brought into modern times with a few simple accent pieces of furniture. This bed’s horizontal slat headboard has a gentle curve, while the storage drawers create space for extra bedding, pillows, or clothing.

 

Sauder Shoal Creek Dresser in Soft White Finish
 
Sauder Shoal Creek Dresser in Soft White Finish

 

This soft white dresser from Sauder is a great complement to the simplicity of the wood bed. It brings a more contemporary feel to an otherwise rustic lodge style.

 
Powell Furniture French Calligraphy Wing Chair
 

Powell Furniture French Calligraphy Wing Chair

 

A single Powell Furniture wing chair is great way to add a little soul to the room. The French calligraphy brings the traveller’s mind to places just visited, or sets the stage for future journeys. The neutral tones in the chair provide an array of accent color options.

 

A neutral palette is the obvious choice for the rest of the decor. Soft grays with beach sand undertones will really make the bed stand out in the room. Accent with deep plum, a nice dark teal, or even a splash of sunflower yellow. Use a splash of all three colors, or pair the deep tones with the yellow for a nice hint of summer sun. A simple vase of fresh flowers is a great way to not only lighten the room, but also to add a hint of calming ambiance through nature’s version of air freshening.

Style Guide: Youth Study Room

July 16th, 2014

Style Guide: Youth Study Room

Some homes have a very small den that really isn’t being used to its full potential. Creating a youth study room is a smart way to use the space. We are keeping this youth study room simple and sparsely furnished for good reason: to create good study habits.

 
Young America myHaven Computer Desk
 

Young America myHaven Computer Desk

 

We started with this Young America myHaven desk. It has a soft traditional design that can be catered to either gender. There is plenty of room for both a laptop and textbooks.

 
Young America Crosspointe 1 Drawer Nightstand
 

Young America Crosspointe 1 Drawer Nightstand

 

We decided to add a nice punch of youthful color with this simple green chair by Flash Furniture. It will be comfortable enough for writing essays and researching for a science project.

 
Elite Products Mod Fx Mod Pod Junior Bean Bag Chair in Sky Blue
 

Elite Products Mod Fx Mod Pod Junior Bean Bag Chair in Sky Blue

 

Adding a comfortable place to lounge while reading for English is definitely a smart idea. A pair of these bean bag chairs by Elite Products will make study group sessions in your home a little more comfortable, while providing different levels of study comfort.

 
Flash Furniture Mid-Back Mesh Task Chair in Apple Green
 

Flash Furniture Mid-Back Mesh Task Chair in Apple Green

 

A touch of extra storage is great—especially if your student needs to use a printer. Set the printer on top of this night stand, and store an extra ream of paper either inside the drawer or beneath on the shelf. The shelf is also a great place to keep a small recycle bin for paper, or for a small basket of study snacks.

 

When working with two bold colors such as green and blue, you have a lot of great options in wall colors. Choose to match the blue on one wall and rest the desk and green chair against it. Opt for a neutral color such as gray with blue undertones along the other three walls to make the blue bean bag chair stand out. Other colors that look fantastic with the green and blue would be fuchsia, plum, and yellow. Use any combination of these bold, fun colors as accents—zig-zag stripes along a portion of the wall at eye level (standing) is a fun way to incorporate color. Polka dots of varying sizes along the bottom or top third of the wall is another way to make the room fun and youthful. Don’t be afraid of patterns. It is a study room, but it should be a place your youth wants to study in.

Style Guide: Blue Girls Bedroom

July 11th, 2014

Style Guide: Blue Girls Bedroom

Blue is generally put into the category of boys-only. However, there are many young ladies who would love a room filled with something other than pinks and purples. For those girls, we have created a beautiful room with a beautiful blue bed as the focal point.

 
Young America Isabella Cameo Bed
 

Young America Isabella Cameo Bed

 

Young America has designed the lovely Isabella Cameo collection inspired by traditional Victorian-era design. The ornate detailing is reminiscent of a fairytale princess, but being decked out in blue gives this room design a great start for your little tomboy.

 
Samuel Lawrence Furniture SweetHeart Drawer Dresser in White
 

Samuel Lawrence Furniture SweetHeart Drawer Dresser in White

 

Samuel Lawrence Furniture’s Sweet Heart collection is the perfect accompaniment to the detailing in the indigo bed frame. White is a trendy complement to just about any color, and this white nightstand adds a wonderful contrast to the bed.

 
 Samuel Lawrence Furniture SweetHeart Nightstand in White
 

Samuel Lawrence Furniture SweetHeart Nightstand in White

 

A couple great ways to add color into the room is through accents. This Powell Bombay rug in teal or this Safavieh stingray pillow are great place to seek out an accent color palette.

 
Powell Furniture Bombay Rug Contort in Teal
 

Powell Furniture Bombay Rug Contort in Teal

 

Teal makes a gorgeous addition to a room with bright blue. Doll up this ocean palette with hints of fuchsia, yellow, and a neutral beach brown. Or add in a touch of gray with lilac undertones on the walls for a slightly more feminine look.

 
Safavieh Ocean Stingray 18-inch Linen and Cotton Decorative Pillows in Multi and Cream (Set of 2)
 

Safavieh Ocean Stingray 18-inch Linen and Cotton Decorative Pillows in Multi and Cream (Set of 2)

 

Style Guide: Contemporary Glass Dining Room

July 9th, 2014

Contemporary Glass Dining Room

It’s easy to see why most dining tables are wood. Wood is inviting, warm and cozy. But sometimes a more modern effect might be what you are after. A glass dining table is the perfect option to give your dining room a more contemporary feel.

 
Dupen Modern 75
 

Dupen Modern 75″ Dining Table in White

 
Dupen has designed a seventy-five inch long dining table with Spanish-influence touches in the turned legs. This table is a wonderful blend of casual and formal design. An open-space concept home would show this off quite perfectly.
 
Dupen Modern Dining Side Chair in White
 
Dupen Modern Dining Side Chair in White

When selecting chairs to match this dining table, most people will go with the coordinating option, such as Dupen’s white chair. This chair was designed to complement the curves in the table legs and is a great choice for that clean, crisp modern home.
 
Avenue Six Monarch Chair in Port Velvet
 
Avenue Six Monarch Chair in Port Velve

 
For a punch of color, another great option is the Avenue Six Monarch chair. This chair adds a slightly more formal tone to the room, but won’t make guests feel like they need a suit and tie. The soft fabric contrasts beautifully with the white legs of the table. If you can’t decide, then purchase a few of each and play around with the mix to suit your design style.
 
Uttermost Sardinia 1 Light Red Mercury Glass Mini Pendant
 
Uttermost Sardinia 1 Light Red Mercury Glass Mini Pendant

Lighting is also an important part of the dining room design. If you choose to go all white decor, then add a touch of color while keeping things modern, yet simple. Uttermost’s Sardinia pendant light in red is a great choice lined up as a set of three. It has a sleek modern look that complements the room quite nicely.
 
Uttermost  Trofarello Silver 1 Light Polished Nickel Pendant
 
Uttermost Trofarello Silver 1 Light Polished Nickel Pendant

Our second lighting choice is also from Uttermost. The Trofarello polished nickel pendant light is a particularly great choice if you decided on the Avenue Six chairs. A pair of globe pendants will complement the subtle sophistication the Monarch collection brings to the dining room.
 

Style Guide: Luxurious Master Bedroom Suite

July 7th, 2014

Style Guide: Poster Bed
 

The master suite is usually the last room to get redesigned, even though it is supposed to be a personal retreat. This beautiful blend of warm wood, luxurious soft fabrics, and deep rich color creates a relaxing area that is a perfect complement to a busy lifestyle.

 
Magnussen Broughton Hall Wood Poster Bed in Nutmeg
 

Magnussen Broughton Hall Wood Poster Bed in Nutmeg

 

Magnussen’s Broughton Hall poster bed is a beautifully chiseled work of art. The warm spiced finish has a gray undertone that coordinates with a variety of rich earthy tones. The fabric headboard is quite trendy and adds to the luxury of the bed’s chiseled design.

 
Pulaski Brookfield 9 Drawer Dresser in Ebony Finish
 

Pulaski Brookfield 9 Drawer Dresser in Ebony Finish

 
Pulaski Brookfield Nightstand in Ebony Finish
 
Pulaski Brookfield Nightstand in Ebony Finish

 

Pulaski’s Brookfield collection complements the Magnussen collection quite nicely. The worn antiqued finish helps accentuate the gray of the bed. This keeps focus onto the bed as the centerpiece of the room. The matching nightstand continues this time-worn look of artful luxury.

 
Linon Coco Red Accent Chair in Dark Walnut
 

Linon Coco Red Accent Chair in Dark Walnut

 

Deep red is the perfect accent color for this room and a pair of accent chairs from Linon are a great choice. The soft and subtly textured fabric continues with the luxurious design of the bedroom.

 

For the rest of the decor, stick with a neutral gray wall that is slightly lighter than the bed. This will make the bed stand out and highlight the finely crafted workmanship. Accent the room with the same deep red of the chairs in your accessories. Or splash around a bit of deep colonial yellow by way of vase groupings on top of the dresser and night stand, filled with fresh lilies for a soft natural fragrance. A touch of autumn orange is another cozy choice.

Style Guide: Vintage Family Room

July 3rd, 2014

Style Guide: Vintage Family Room
 

The word vintage conjures up images of weathered wood and wing back chairs blended with a seventies green. Create a more elegant version of the vintage look for your family room with a few choice pieces of furniture.

 
Hooker Furniture Sorella 4 Piece Wall Group in Warm Brown
 

Hooker Furniture Sorella 4 Piece Wall Group in Warm Brown

 

If you want an entertainment center, then Hooker’s Sorella collection is a good place to start. Sorella has a warm wood look with a neutral gray undertone which allows it to blend well with a variety of colors.

 
Armen Living Barrister Sofa in Black
 

Armen Living Barrister Sofa in Black

 

Armen Living has mastered the vintage look complete with velvet fabrics and tufted backs. The Barrister sofa is also accented with crystal buttons. This is a beautiful look that has a more masculine feel, but can also be outfitted with more feminine accents. If you have the room, a pair of these will look simply divine.

 
Uttermost Trixie Cream Fabric Tufted Slipper Chair in Antiqued Black
 

Uttermost Trixie Cream Fabric Tufted Slipper Chair in Antiqued Black

 

If you are tight on space, then opt for a couple accent chairs instead. Uttermost’s Trixie slipper chair is a gorgeous piece of furniture. The soft curve of the chair complements the sofa quite nicely. Nail stud trim and soft fabric upholstery offer a luxurious touch to your vintage family room.

 
Hooker Furniture Sorella Rectangle Cocktail Table
 

Hooker Furniture Sorella Rectangle Cocktail Table

 

A traditionalist will definitely be looking for a coffee table to add to this room. We highly recommend the Hooker Sorella coffee table to match the entertainment center.

 

Keep the accent tables simple yet traditional. Pulaski has done a fine job with this quaint accent table sporting an antiqued black finish. The early 19th century style turned legs add a nice touch to the room, and would look at home between a pair of slipper chairs, or on either side of the sofa.

 
Pulaski Accent Table in Antique Black Finish
 

Pulaski Accent Table in Antique Black Finish

 

Wall color is a very important decision. A neutral gray is nice and can create a variety of moods within the room. If you want a little more color, we suggest a neutral gray with blue undertones. Accent colors that work with either shade: pale yellow, primary blue, lavender and autumn orange. Be brave and play around with a blend of these accent colors (ex: yellow and primary blue; or lavendar and yellow; or blue and autumn orange) to bring out your own decorating personality.

Style Guide: Casual Vintage Girls Bedroom

June 30th, 2014

Style Guide: Casual Rustic Girls Bedroom
 

It’s not easy finding a beautifully feminine bunk bed for your girls. Today, we give you a glimpse into the world of casual vintage girls bedroom furniture for the kids in your life who have to share a room.

 
Samuel Lawrence Furniture SweetHeart Bunk Bed in White
 

Samuel Lawrence Furniture SweetHeart Bunk Bed in White

 

This Samuel Lawrence Furniture bunk is one of our favorites; its Victorian-era inspired design is perfectly suited for little girls. Notice the cameo frame and intricate details that only a young gal can truly appreciate. Individualize each bed with personalized artwork, or even a painted version of a cameo-inspired vintage print. (The underbed storage drawers in the center can be purchased separately if you don’t need them right now.)

 
Stanley Furniture Coastal Living Resort Tranquility Isle Triple Dresser in Urchin
 

Stanley Furniture Coastal Living Resort Tranquility Isle Triple Dresser in Urchin

 

This Stanley Furniture Coastal Living dresser adds a casual touch. The twinge of sea mist color of this nautical-inspired design is a great starting point for when deciding on a color scheme. Twelve drawers are a good first step in storing the onslaught of clothes that will invade the room soon after your redecorating project.

 
Armen Living 5th Avenue Armless Swayback Gray Fabric Lounge Chair
 

Armen Living 5th Avenue Armless Swayback Gray Fabric Lounge Chair

 

Armen Living’s 5th Avenue swayback lounger adds grown-up appeal to a youth’s bedroom. A pair of these vintage -inspired velvet chairs create a wonderful place for your girls to unwind in the evenings. For a more toddler-friendly approach, add a pair of bean bag chairs instead of the swaybacks.

 

Finding colors to match the sea mist tone of the dresser can sometimes feel daunting. Soft lavender, turquoise and gray are all complementary colors to the softer green. Another option is a subtle hint of yellow with accents of bold teal, purple, and fuchsia.

Style Guide: Kitchen Island

June 26th, 2014

Style Guide: Kitchen Island
 

A grandiose kitchen island usually isn’t in the budget for the average consumer. However, with a few choice pieces, you can still enjoy the convenience and comfort of a kitchen island.

 
Coaster Kitchen Carts Two-Tone Kitchen Island with Drop Leaves
 

Coaster Kitchen Carts Two-Tone Kitchen Island with Drop Leaves

 

Coaster’s design team has created this fabulously compact kitchen island with everything you need within reach—whether it’s spices, glassware, or your baking pans. The extendable leaves create more space when you need it, and retract to create a more intimate meal when you don’t. The updated traditional look works especially well with a contemporary or casually traditional home.

 

Try pairing the island with one of these three great bar stool options for an eclectic look.

 
Regal Lewis 30
 

Regal Lewis 30″ High Classic Cushioned Metal Bar Stool

 

Regal’s Lewis barstool adds a dash of industrial to your otherwise contemporary home. It’s nice twist to the updated traditional look of the kitchen island, and adds a cheeky punch of color.

 
Linon Vega 30
 

Linon Vega 30″ High White Bar Stool

 

Linon’s Vega barstool is a more metro take. It’s chiseled lines and geometric seatback add an upscale feeling to the room.

 
Bernards Ridgewood Barstool in Black and Mahogany
 

Bernards Ridgewood Barstool in Black and Mahogany

 

Bernards’ Ridgewood barstool is a perfect choice for the casual, rustic home. The black and mahogany finishes complement each other while also blending with the cherry finish in the island top. This barstool will add a warm country charm to your kitchen and dining experience.

 

Black is trending very well in today’s kitchen designs. Liven it up with bold primary color accents, or go for a calm effect with soft hues of gray, sky blue or lavender. Or opt for a vineyard feel with rich burgundy, deep purple or dark teal in a faux Venetian plaster finish.

Style Guide: Casual Master Bedroom

June 21st, 2014

Style Guide: Casual Master Bedroom

The master suite is your personal oasis—the place were parents sneak off to get away from the chaos that is a house full of children. The master suite should also be the place that gives you that last bit of calm before you close your eyes for the night. We have created a very simple room that can be dressed up or down as much as you desire.

 
Dupen Furniture Coco Dresser in White
 

Dupen Furniture Coco Dresser in White

 
This Dupen Coco dresser was the starting point for this room. We love the soft subtle crocodile skin texture, and simple contemporary look.

 
Dupen Furniture Coco Nightstand in White
 

Dupen Furniture Coco Nightstand in White

 

Dupen’s matching night stand is an option if you are a person who firmly believes in having the snooze alarm at arm’s length in the morning.

 
Modloft Madison Bed in Dusty Grey Leather
 

Modloft Madison Bed in Dusty Grey Leather

 

Modloft’s Madison bed with hand-woven leather headboard is classy and modern. The soft padded bed frame is spot on current furniture trends in the bedroom. It’s a softer, more luxurious look than the standard wood frame.

 
Armen Living Jetson White Vinyl Club Chair
 

Armen Living Jetson White Vinyl Club Chair

 

Armen Living’s Jetson-inspired club chair has a gentle curve which complements the dresser’s hardware, and is in keeping in line with the modern, minimalist feel of the room. A pair of these creates a nice balance to the platform bed.

 

To add a calming demeanor to your master suite, add only small hits of color and pattern to liven up the room. Soft hues of blue, pink or lavender create a calm oasis. A neutral mid-tone gray wall can easily be switched up with a simple change in accent colors or patterns.

 

Style Guide: Small Space Youth Room

June 19th, 2014

Style Guide: Small Youth Room

In today’s modern society of den-size bedrooms and condo townhome developments, adorning a youth bedroom isn’t always an easy task. Today we keep life simple for your teen and create a room that is basic, yet still comfortable and classy.

 
Sonax Willow Captain's Storage Bed in Ravenwood Black
 

Sonax Willow Captain’s Storage Bed in Ravenwood Black

 

This captain’s bed by Sonax is a great place to start. Six storage drawers double as your youth’s dresser, leaving more space for comfortable seating.

 
Elite Products Mod Fx Sitsational 1 Seater Bean Bag Chair in Berry
 

Elite Products Mod Fx Sitsational 1 Seater Bean Bag Chair in Berry

 

This berry corduroy bean bag chair by Elite Products is the perfect place for your young lady to read a book and do homework. The soft texture of corduroy adds a nice designer touch to the room. A pair of these would make for a comfortable study session near exam time. They are also a great fit in a dorm room.

 
Elite Products Mod Fx Omega Bean Bag Lounger in Lipstick Red
 

Elite Products Mod Fx Omega Bean Bag Lounger in Lipstick Red

 

Another option for either a girl or boy’s room is this Mod FX Omega lounger, also by Elite Products. Bright red adds vibrancy in a soft micro-suede fabric, yet adds a casual space for unwinding in the evening.

 
Avenue Six Marina Chair in Woven Indigo
 

Avenue Six Marina Chair in Woven Indigo

 
Avenue Six has a more grown-up option for your young adult: this casual contemporary side chair. Indigo is a very trendy color and this particular style adds an adult feel to the room while providing a comfortable place to read and study.

 

The cool thing about these chairs is that they can provide the springboard for accent colors within the room. Berry looks marvelous blended with turquoise, purple, and yellow while red blends superbly with the primary palette. Indigo pairs amazingly well with a Caribbean ocean-inspired palette, with yellow as a dash of sass.