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The 10 Best Small End Tables

February 8th, 2012

Sometimes you need a small end table to fit in a tight space or awkward corner. There used to be a shortage of these small but functional tables. But no more! Today’s market has a variety of options for the small space. Side tables are available in a range of sizes and finishes so that it’s easy to find the right one for your space.  We’ve whittled down our choices to just ten here but there are plenty more options on our site. Have a look and get inspired!

1 Riverside Furniture Escapade Chairside Table in Dark Walnut
2Jofran Chairside Table with 2 Shelves in Rustic Loft Finish
3Hammary Elipse Chairside Table in Champagne
4Lexington Black Ice Tungsten End Table in Carbon Black
5 Lexington Long Cove Hidden Lake 1 Drawer 2 Shelf Accent End Table in Coral Pink Finish
6Riverside Splash Of Color Tray Top Accessory Table in Shores White
7Zuo Bolo End Table in Black
8Riverside Harmony Chairside Table
9Eurostyle Eileen Gray Glass Top Table in Chrome
10 Avenue Six Wall Street End Table in Espresso

Rev Up Your Guest Room With A Daybed

February 1st, 2012

Hillsdale Augusta Daybed in White

Oftentimes the guest room is the last room in the home to be decorated. But don’t your guests deserve that little bit extra of effort? Spring is a good time to think about paying attention to this often neglected room before the busy summer season ahead. Now is the time to tackle this project.

Hillsdale Chloe Daybed in Black Nickel

The first thing you need to figure out is the bed. A daybed is the perfect choice for your guest room or any small space. It does double duty. In the day, load it up with pillows to create a comfortable seating area. At night, easily convert it to a bed by pulling back the covers. A daybed is usually more comfortable than a pull-out sofa since it uses a real mattress or futon mattress.

Lifestyle Solutions Barbados Full Daybed in Cappuccino with Storage Drawers

Daybeds are available in a wide variety of styles. Fortunately with so much choice on the market today, it’s super simple to choose one that goes with the décor of your home. Go for the traditional look of wrought iron or keep things light and airy with clean white. Try a modern approach with a black metal daybed with linear details or choose the urban look of an espresso leather finish. Looking for extra storage or more sleeping space? Choose a model with a trundle bed or under the bed storage drawers.

Hillsdale Marcella Daybed with Roll Out Trundle in Brown Leather

After you’ve selected a daybed and purchased new bedding, it’s a snap to figure out the rest of your space. Try incorporating art or a rug in similar colors as the bedding. Purchase a new nightstand to coordinate with your bed and add a new lamp to brighten everything up. Your guests are sure to be impressed and you will rest well knowing you have crossed this project off of your to-do list.

Dress Up Your Bedroom with a New Nightstand

January 31st, 2012


Magnussen Southampton 3 Drawer Nightstand in Black

The right nightstand is an important component to get right in your bedroom or master suite. While the bed is the major focal point for your room, selecting complimentary nightstands is just as important. This is where you place your most valuable and useful  items like alarm clocks, cell phones or current reading material. It also usually houses a lamp as usually provides extra storage as well.

Sonax Pacific Contemporary Nightstand in Ebony Pecan Cart

Choosing a nightstand that is the right size and height is important. Be sure to measure the height of your mattress to help make a decision. In general it’s a safe bet to buy a nightstand that is about equal in height to your mattress. It’s also useful to consider that usually the taller the table the more formal the look. A low profile look is usually more contemporary. But for your personal comfort and style a few inches higher or lower might be preferable.

Wynwood Cypress Point Nightstand in Soft Amber Finish White

There is also no need to feel constrained by the rest of your bedroom furniture. Maybe you are looking to upgrade your space one piece at a time. Or maybe your bedroom set has been discontinued. Buying a matching set is still the easiest way to get a cohesive look in any room. But buying furniture pieces that are complimentary but not matching is a great way to get an individual look and show off your unique personality.

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Club Coral Nightstand Cart

Today’s nightstands feature a variety of different design options. Choose from open shelves or one to three drawers. Go for a sleek urban look with a dark finish like espresso or black accented by shimmering satin chrome hardware. Keep it casual with the charm of rustic pine or white wood with attractive turned legs. Or go for traditional flair with an antique-inspired nightstand with three drawers in a sophisticated soft amber finish. The incredible style and great prices on the market today make it super simple to find the right choice for you.

Get Organized with a Kitchen Cart

January 30th, 2012

Home Styles Kitchen Island in Black

Many homeowners today are crunched for cash and putting off expensive kitchen renovations. But when you are faced with a kitchen that is unruly or just too small there are economical ways that you can improve upon your existing space. One great way to do this is by increasing your storage capacity with a kitchen cart.

Linon Granite Top Kitchen Cart in Wenge Finish

A kitchen cart can fill a multitude of uses. A larger kitchen cart can be used instead of a kitchen island. A small one can be wheeled from place to place and can hold a variety of kitchen supplies and appliances. Some kitchen carts have extra storage features such as towel holders or wine racks. If you need to stash your microwave, there are also carts designed to do just that.

Home Styles Premier Create A Carat 28 Inch Steel Top Kitchen Cart in White

Go for a larger kitchen cart when you are looking to increase your work area or counter space. Choose an option with a breakfast bar to gain additional seating as well as added storage in your kitchen. Or try out a kitchen cart with cabinet doors to hide away your things or try open shelves for easy access.

Catsill Craftsmen Country Square Butcher Block

The expansive selection of kitchen carts available today makes it easy to find the right one for your home.

Cozy Up to a New Fireplace This Winter

January 27th, 2012

Southern Enterprises Stainless Steel Wall Mount Fireplace

February is almost here! The shortest month of the year is also one of the coldest. Plus it’s also time for the most romantic day of the year: Valentine’s Day. What could be a better time of year to purchase a new fireplace for your home?

Southern Enterprises Portable Indoor Outdoor Fireplace

Installing a fireplace no longer needs to be a complicated procedure. Try a gel fueled fireplace. These fireplaces have a real crackling flame but they also emit very little heat. They are ventless and do not require a power source which means they can be placed almost anywhere. It’s all up to you and your imagination.

Dimplex Fieldstone Freestanding Rustic Electric Fireplace

An electric fireplace is another great option. Electric fireplaces also offer versatility that regular fireplaces can’t. They can easily be put in places like condos or townhouses with little to no installation costs. Some of these types of fireplaces can even be wall-mounted or recessed into a wall for a floating look. These fireplaces offer more heat than gel-fueled varieties but not as much as gas.

Dimplex Cornet TV Stand with Electric Fireplace

These days even a fireplace can do double duty. Try picking one with built-in storage. Some fireplaces also offer a place to stand your flat-screen TV as well as built-in compartments for your components.

Dimplex Mini Cube Stove

It’s easy to heat up your home this February with a new fireplace.

The Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table

January 26th, 2012


You might think you have seen it everything in the world of coffee tables, but you probably haven’t seen anything like this. French artist Charly Molinelli was recently approached by an ultra-high end client to fabricate a coffee table that can only be described as unique. Think of this as a recycling project of sorts. One man’s very expensive trash becomes another man’s treasure.

The piece was formed from the wreckage of a crashed Ferrari, which was reduced to cube form at a salvage yard. The piece was then encased in a recycled wood box with a glass top. A crashed Ferrari does not come along every day however and the client demanded approval over the final chosen car. It’s rumored that the crashed Ferrari was purchased for somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,600 but there’s no word on what the finished piece is worth.

If the price or the concept makes your stomach flip, there’s no problem. There are a number of coffee tables available that will make your living room stand out but in a less macabre sort of way.


Stanley Coastal Living Storage Cocktail Table

Try out a bright red coffee table. This is the perfect choice for those with traditional style who aren’t afraid to be bold. The bright color is sure to make a statement but its charming country inspired styling keeps it from being too overwhelming. This would make a particularly nice accent in a mostly blue or grey room with seaside inspired design.

Zuo Discovery Table

Sculpted glass is always eye catching. This curvy table has frosted glass accents and a curved glass dip detail which really make it stand out. This is a great look to try in a very contemporary space. It would work especially well over a brightly patterned or colorful rug.

Sitcom Nadia Collection Coffee Table

Or go sleek with a contemporary with a square glass coffee table with java wood accents. Its unusual shape and form is a great way to get that urban loft look in your space. Plus its simple lines mean that works well with a number of décor styles, from contemporary to transitional.

There are many easy ways to be distinctive with today’s coffee tables.

Recharge Your Space With a New TV Stand

January 25th, 2012

Tech Craft Veneto Series Walnut 32 Hi Boy Stand

A TV stand is an important item to consider for your living room or family room. So why is it that sometimes TV stands seem like an afterthought? They are often not the same quality as the other furnishings in a room. Take a moment to stop and really consider your TV stand. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade.

Stanley Furniture Continuum Wood TV Consol in Creme

There are many reasons why it might be time for a new TV stand. Maybe you bought your stand a long time ago and it no longer works with your décor. Perhaps you have upgraded your TV and components but the stand that used to work so well no longer holds everything you need it to. Or maybe you have recently moved and you now require either TV console in a different size. In any case, a new TV stand might just be in order.

Sonax Bromley Versatile Storage TV Bench for 48-68 Inch Flat Panel TVs

There are a few things you need to consider when you purchase a TV stand. First is the size of your TV. Be sure to measure your TV’s full width. Be sure to purchase a one that it at least that size for safety. The second thing to consider is your electronics. How many components do you need to house? Do you need room for a gaming console or other bulky item? Once you’ve determined your needs, it’s much easier to choose which TV stand is right for you.

Southern Enterprises Kingsbury Espresso Media Console with Electric Fireplace

Happily these days there is a wide variety of finishes and features to choose from. Perhaps you are looking for a fireplace TV stand to create a focal point for your room. Or you want to stand out with a stunning white TV console with a unique carved front. Maybe you need a space-saving corner TV stand to make the best use of an awkward space. There are many options to choose from so it’s easy to find the right fit for your space and personal style.

Superbowl Sunday: Kick Off the Game With A New Recliner

January 24th, 2012


Catnapper Cortez Chaise Glider Recliner in Brown

 

There is no better way to watch a big game than from the comfort of a new recliner. Shape up your living room or family room just in time for Superbowl XLVI. Put up your feet and relax with some snacks.

Mac Motion Oslo Leather Swivel Recliner with Ottoman in Sand

 

Recliners offer the most comfort for TV viewing, which makes them the hottest seat in the house. But don’t be afraid that by purchasing a recliner you’ll fall short on style. Recliners have come a long way since your dad’s rec room. They now come in an array of attractive colors and finishes. No need to hide your recliner away in the basement!


Coaster Hardwood Three Seat Leather Reclining Theater Set in Black
Look for extra options to increase performance. Try a recliner sofa or loveseat for your home theater room. Or try an attractive leather recliner on a swivel in your living room. And don’t forget to think about the extra details like drink holders, rockers, power lifts and massage features. Bring a recliner home for the game and keep it front and center year around.

Don’t Forget Audio Racks

January 19th, 2012

The TV stand does not have to be the end all and be all. If you are shopping for entertainment furniture, have you considered getting a audio rack? Don’t neglect audio racks and stands, especially if you are an audio equipment enthusiast. They provide the necessary shelf space to house your stereos (it’s also called a stereo rack), amplifiers, and CD and DVD players. If your sound system deserves to be showcased, audio racks are available in a lot of designs and configurations that would complement your other furnishings. Here are a few of our picks:

 

Tech

This Tech Craft audio stand from the Veneto series is a great choice. It is moderately sized and comes in a black finish that is easy to match with other furniture.

 

Sonax

The Sonax Milan black audio rack has an innovative design that is perfect for modern homes. Ventilation is excellent with this unit.

 

Bush

Audio racks are not just for the living room. If you are looking for one for the office, take a look at Bush Furniture. The Bush Stanford audio cabinet matches other pieces from the series perfectly.

 

Bush

There are plenty of attractive finishes aside from black. Check out this Home Styles Cabana Banana audio cabinet. The color and texture makes it stand out from other racks.

 

VTI

If you are looking for a glass audio rack, don’t forget to look at VTI. Their audio racks have a solid build and can handle a lot of weight.

 

Freshen Up This January

January 16th, 2012

Now that the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to think about freshening up your home. Purchasing a new piece of furniture is a great way to accomplish that. Look around your home and consider what needs to be replaced. Perhaps it’s that hand-me-down coffee table or the bookcase you’ve had since college. Whatever you are looking for, this years fresh new furniture looks will have something to take your home from drab to fab.

Does your master bedroom need some attention? Consider a gorgeous mirrored nightstand in the glamorous Hollywood Regency style. Or perhaps a modern nightstand with drawers in an ebony finish with sleek satin chrome pulls is more suitable for your space.

Is it time to refresh your guest room? Consider a trundle daybed in a sophisticated espresso finish. Or for a totally different look try a metal daybed with a chic and striking circular motif. A trundle daybed offers the choice of extra storage space or extra sleeping space if you choose a pop-up trundle.

Maybe it’s your living room that needs a little work. A round coffee table in trendy zebrawood with integrated shelves adds both storage and style. Or go for a dramatic sculpted glass coffee table that looks like a fine piece of art. A coffee table is a great place to make a statement and stand out, while still being functional.

If you are one of those lucky people who received a new flat screen TV over the holidays, you will probably be in the market for a new TV stand. If space is at a premium try a corner TV stand with loads of built-in storage. Or try a large 60 inch TV stand for your large TV or plasma.

Or perhaps your kitchen has become out of control. Get the look of a built-in island without remodeling with an island kitchen cart. Clear up some cabinet space by storing your excess away behind cabinet doors.

There’s no better way to start the new year than by giving your home a mini-makeover.