December 5th, 2013
Create the perfect little sailor’s room with a few simple pieces of child furniture. Keep it minimal to give your little one space to play on the floor and be imaginative.
This KidKraft boat bed can easily hold a mast—a great small project for the handyman in the house—complete with a simple tailored sail. Keep the mast in proportion to the size of the bed. Add two to three small buoys to the side complete with thick rope or find a good seamstress to sew an anchor pillow to toss overboard. Have fun with fabulous details on the walls around this theme.
KidKraft Boat Toddler Bed Cot
Go with the wainscotting-style wall paint where the bottom third is dark blue while the top is white or even pale gray. If you have an artist in the family, add some cabin windows to the walls or a few ocean waves. You can even add a few seagulls or the spout of a whale breaking surface. Really have fun with it! Along the ceiling you can find some great rope netting and drape it above the bed along the ceiling, or even along a wall opposite the bed.
South Shore Libra Dresser in Pure White
This white dresser from South Shore is clean and contemporary with a side cabinet for either hiding books or a couple small baskets of his favorite toys.
KidKraft Round Top Storage Chest Natural
This simple, natural finish KidKraft storage chest is perfect to blend with the natural wood finish that is part of the bed. Leave it natural or paint it white with a horizontal stripe to match that of the bed. A natural finish chest has a great deal of potential when you get bored of the wood look.
December 3rd, 2013
Most moms-to-be dream of having a little girl so they can enjoy being a princess again. A great place to start is with your newly transitioned little girl room.
KidKraft Tiffany Princess Toddler Bed
KidKraft has designed a beautiful little toddler bed that isn’t too overly frilly, but is still very girly. The ribbon accent should be painted either pink or purple (or one of each) to tie in the pinks in the rest of the furniture for this theme. The walls can be left white, painted a pale pink or lime green, even a pale lavendar would look beautiful with the princess theme. Stripe one wall to match the vanity to add a little bit of interest – even if you only go half-way up the wall. If there is wainscotting in her room you can alternate the white with the pink, leaving the chair rail white.
Teamson Design Princess and Frog Girls Vanity Table and Stool Set
This is a delicate little vanity, artfully designed by Teamson’s crew. Recreating the story of the frog and the princess is a great place to start if you are in need of ideas on a theme, or use that theme to add a small decorative mural to one of your daughter’s walls.
Guidecraft Dress-Up Carousel
You can’t have a princess room without a place to store her princess costumes. This Guidecraft carousel is the perfect little addition to the princess theme room. The princess parties can start in her room with each choosing their favorite costume, then they can come down to the buffet fit for an up-and-coming queen.
Standard Furniture My Room 6 Drawer Dresser in Snow White
Standard Furniture’s Snow White dresser will definitely suffice. The decorative rings on the top drawers with alternating pink and purple really fit in beautifully with the princess theme. The colors are also great for the decorative pieces to the bedding, not necessarily full pink bedding. Keep the bedding colors as the accent, especially if you are painting the walls a blend of pink and/or purple. Keep it simple for your little girl.
November 29th, 2013
Every Christmas there seems to be a little uncertainty of what exactly to get him or her. Here are a few great ideas to kick-start your shopping.
Home Styles Bedford Home Bar Cabinet in Ebony
Men love their man-cave. There’s no denying that. A few great additions will help create the ultimate place for the man in your life to hang out with the guys on game day. Hillsdale’s pub table set has a very warm, traditional pub feel. It’s a great place for the guys to sit while watching the pool tournament. Or try pairing it up with the Howard Miller game table for poker nights. Top the room addition off with a HomeStyles contemporary bar cabinet in black.
Hillsdale Park View 3 Piece Pub Table with Stools in Medium Brown Oak
Howard Miller Ithaca Round Game Table
South Shore Crea Craft Table in Pure White
Some women are crafty while others enjoy a nice glass of vino in the evenings. The crafting lady who has always wanted a place to disperse the crafts, aside from the dining room table, will absolutely adore the South Shore craft table. The simple, modular design will fit into almost any space within the home–perfect for sewing or scrapbooking.
Winsome Wine Butler with Glass Rack in Dark Espresso
If you also purchase the small Winsome wine butler, she can enjoy a glass of her favorite wine while she crafts. Now, if the woman in your life has been on you about getting a small kitchen island to add some baking space, you can do that, too.
Powell Furniture Pennfield Butcher Block Black Kitchen Island
Powell’s kitchen island has a beautiful traditional feel with ample storage for her bakeware. Pick up a couple of matching stools to create a nice homework space for the kids as well.
November 27th, 2013
Girls, boys, youth—they all have different interests. This holiday season, check out a few of our suggestions to help get you started.
KidKraft Uptown Kitchen in Espresso
Most little girls love to play dress-up and cook the family “dinner”. These two activities will help with imaginative play while teaching little girls the life skills behind entertaining guests. The zebra print KidKraft vanity is the perfect size for the small-space little girl room. The KidKraft kitchen is a great little addition to any play room. Or try setting it up along your own kitchen boundaries so she can imitate you while you cook.
KidKraft Fun and Funky Vanity with Stool
Boys will be boys. They are rough, they love to wrestle, and they love to do boy things such as be the conductor of a train or the captain of their very own pirate ship. KidKraft has created a fantastic farm train set that will keep your child’s imagination rolling along for hours. Teamson’s pirate boat is perfect for the little family scallywag who loves to plan mutinies while searching for hidden treasure. Both of these sets are wonderful additions to any boy’s bedroom.
Teamson Design Kids Play Pirate Boat
KidKraft Farm Train 75 Piece Set
Let us not forget the young man in the family whose interests are a little more manly than playing in the backyard sandbox.Your youth’s inner pool shark will enjoy a new pool table by HomeStyles. The folding legs means you will get your rec room back when the monthly pool tournament has been completed. Your young gamer will show some serious appreciation for Atlantic’s TV gaming stand, which also acts as storage.
Atlantic Inc Spyder TV Gaming Stand In Black
The Real Shooter 6-Foot Pool Table by Home Style
Games can help to express some musical creativity and has room for a couple of electric guitars.
November 25th, 2013
Retro-fitting your recently vacated college student’s bedroom into a new guest room. It’s smart to keep things simple. Your guests don’t need a lot of rich, mixed textures that you find in the Old World traditional styled furniture. Make the room a place where your guests can settle in for the night with a good book without being overstimulated with what is inside the room.
Homelegance Astrid Bed in Espresso
Rossetto Air Dresser in Warm Oak
This is a very minimalist type of room. The Homelegance Astrid bed with it’s arched frame acts as the centerpiece. The Rosetto Air dresser is very quaint but has a warm oak finish to cozy-up the room. L-shaped raised drawer panels to add a hint of texture without being overpowering.
Armen Living Roxbury Tufted Fabric Arm Chair in Cream
Most bedrooms have a nightstand, but you have a bit more flexibility with a guest bedroom. Consider going with something more comfortable such as one or two of these Armen Living Barclay collection chairs. They provide a cozy place to read, as well as a comfortable place to pull up a pair of socks. The striped accent pillow is also a great way to complement the dark vertical grain of the dresser.
Steve Silver Beamont End Table in Dark Cherry Finish
If you decide that you would like a couple of chairs with a small table between them, then choose something similar to this one by Steve Silver. Sccent the bed arch with a similar arch in your table frame to provide that continuity of design.
November 22nd, 2013
Red is a bold color, but when paired with white or black it can make your room feel fresh and adventurous. Take for example these two options—one by Tosh Furniture, the other by Poundex. This Tosh Furniture sectional is a beautifully designed set that would fit perfectly within a metro home. This would also look gorgeous in a home with more of a modern Swedish flair. Don’t try and mix up the look too much—the designers have done an amazing job already. This sofa is the perfect choice if you have a large room or love to entertain large groups.
Tosh Furniture Contemporary White and Red Leather Sectional Sofa Set
The Tosh Furniture sectional is a beautifully designed set that would fit perfectly within a metro home. This would also look gorgeous in a home with more of a modern Swedish flair. Don’t try and mix up the look too much—the designers have done an amazing job already. This sofa is the perfect choice if you have a large room or love to entertain large groups.
Poundex Bobkona Manhattan Reversible Microfiber 3-Piece Sectional in Red
The small contemporary sectional by Poundex has a very relaxed feel. It is less about entertaining the masses and more about entertaining the family. This pairs up beautifully with the Union Jack accent table by ZUO.
Zuo Union Jack Small Cabinet in Distressed Black
Now the great thing about the Poundex sectional set is that you can also purchase it in white. In that case, you could do something whimsical and accent it with this Uttermost table. It brings in the punch of red, and if all you are looking for is red accents, then this is the way to go.
Uttermost Dice Accent Table in Burnt Red
The coffee table, while a very traditional piece in every North American home, can even be negated here. You can do just as much with a couple smaller black storage ottomans, while still having the flexibility to make space for the impromptu wrestling match.
November 21st, 2013
The holidays are a great time to feast, remember past great times while also creating new memories. This holiday season, your hosting prowess can be accented with the perfect wine rack for not just your house wine but for any of your favorite wines.
Uttermost Annileise Wooden Wine Table in Faded Weathered Charcoal
The first two wine tables are fabulous accents to an Arts & Crafts style home with a touch of rustic cabin charm. The Modus wine table is also available in a tower model for the not-so-roomy dining room.
Modus Farmhouse Sideboard in Antique Walnut
The Uttermost wine table is the perfect weathered charmer for your townhome or apartment. It will really shine sitting against a white or create a more monochrome look by pairing it with a darker tone wall such as black or deep gray.
Crosley Furniture Newport Buffet Server / Sideboard Cabinet in Black
If you prefer to go a little more contemporary, then this black Crosely wine storage unit with handsome raised panels adds that hint of black you’ve secretly been dying to try in your home. Black blends well with dark espresso and cappuccino finishes or you can mix-and-match it with an oak finish room. Black and oak are a classic but modern combination.
Holly & Martin Paso Robles Multi-Colored Wall Mount Wine Storage
Add some fun avante garde style to your home with this Holy & Martin wall-mount storage rack. This is one accent piece that is also functional. It blends beautifully with a home that has a more metropolitan or European feel. The curvy design is an eye-catcher.
Winsome Kingston Modular and Stackable “X” Wine Cubby in Espresso
The wine connoisseur may opt for a wine storage box such as this one by Winsome. This is the perfect way to bring a wine cellar feel to your room without having to actually build the wine cellar. Pair this up with a coordinating wine table for serving your dinner guests. This modular wine storage box can either be blended into the room along a single dark brown wall, or make it the focal point pf a room with a light neutrals, dark woods or deep reds.
November 19th, 2013
Your guest room could use a life-changing experience. Change up the wall color, furniture, and bedding to give your guests a luxury hotel feel with the comfort of family and friends surrounding them.
Hillsdale Tiburon Metal Panel Bed in Magnesium Pewter Finish
Hillsdale’s Tiburon line of bed frames has beautifully meshed the contemporary look with a modern feel, without making the bed feel cold and awkward. The magnesium pewter finish adds a hint of modern luxury to the contemporary frame. Doll this bed up with a plush, thick, off-white comforter to keep it clean and simple.
Magnussen Southampton 6 Drawer Media Chest in Black Finish
Magnussen’s Southampton media chest and matching nightstand adds a simple yet luxurious feel to your guest bedroom. Finish it off with a small TV or leave the media chest top as framed photo space and add a narrow glass vase of fresh flowers.
Magnussen Southampton 3 Drawer Nightstand in Black Finish
This bedroom bench by Linon is the icing on the designer cake. It adds a beautiful hint of color to the bedroom without any overbearing patterns.
Linon Claire Purple Floral White and Black Bench in Black
Add some drama by color-blocking one wall with the deep purple found in the floral pattern of the bench with the surrounding walls in a very subtle gray. Aside from a few small accent pieces in the lighter coordinating shades of purple, you won’t really need to add big prints. Add in Magnussen’s Southampton mirror if you so desire. Be careful not to clutter the room with little knick-knacks which take away from the beauty of the simplicity of the overall design.
November 15th, 2013
The sleeper sofa brings memories of those old-school sofas that were hard to lug around and required an Ironman to transform them from sofa to bed. Today’s sleeper sofas are refreshing, functional and stylish.
Broyhill Larissa Brown Queen Goodnight Sleeper Sofa with Cherry Wood Finish
Broyhill has beautifully designed a refined-yet-casual sleeper sofa in their Larissa line. Hand-tailored stitching creates asmooth, uniform look that perfectly suits the space next to your fireplace. This big, cozy sofa deserves to be paired with a very simple yet contemporary coffee table—just a clean, simple place to rest your glass of wine.
Lifestyle Solutions Serta Dream Convertible Sophia Sofa
LifeStyle Solutions has teamed up with Serta to create a modern urban look. Use it as either a sofa, a double chaise lounge or your party-crasher’s temporary bed. Store extra bedding in the hidden storage area. Pair it up with a light coffee table that is either modern or transitional. Purchase a pair of storage ottomans to serve as either a coffee table or as extra seating in a lighter tone of brown or even cream.
Novak Elegant Lounger with Pull Out Trundle in Black
Homelegance has simply outdone itself with their new Novak lounger. This masculine design has built-in cup holders set into the contoured arms, a pouch on the side for magazine or remote storage, and a trundle bed. Keep it low for the young overnight guests or raise it up for a double bed to accommodate the adults. This is going to really shine in a room accented with a chrome-framed coffee table and glass table top.
November 14th, 2013
It can be challenging to add a bit of rustic charm to your home while keeping it modern-looking. The best way to attempt this type of look is to keep everything simple: the fabrics, the design, the accents. Below is one way you can add a touch of weathered comfort while still keeping your home very much on the contemporary side.
Modus Farmhouse Sideboard in Antique Walnut
The best place to start is to find an accent that captures your eye. A piece such as this antiqued wine table that will look very warm and inviting as part of your family room—especially if your home is open concept.
Broyhill Perspectives Three Seat Beige Sofa with Cognac Wood Finish
Next, find some simplistic furniture to go with your new antiqued wine table. Broyhill’s Perspectives line is the perfect match. It has the simple cozy look, but it’s also very contemporary. If you have a large space, definitely go with either the loveseat or a pair of matching accent chairs. You might luck out and find an armless, patterned accent chair, but it will take quite a bit of searching as you don’t want a bright bold pattern, but you also don’t want a load of stripes to take away from the simplicity of the room. So if you do choose a patterned accent chair, keep in mind the accent colors in the pillows that come with the sofa—it will help guide your decision on how soft to keep your colors.
Riverside Furniture Sierra Round Cocktail Table in Landmark Worn Oak
This round cocktail table by Riverside Furniture keeps the room very simple while also adding a hint of texture with the planked top and metal legs. Texture is good, so don’t be afraid to test it out. With such heavy furniture pieces, make sure you keep the tables light. An open concept design gives the perception of a large room. The matching oval end tables will help keep the room from feeling too boxed in, while also helping you keep that perception of a large family room.
Riverside Sierra Round End Table in Landmark Worn Oak