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Kid Rock Malibu House


Kid Rock is a Detroit-area legend and hometown hero to many. The rocker/rapper recently sold out 10 shows at DTE Energy Music Theater, treating concertgoers to a 90-minute mix of music spanning his 27-year career.


Born in Romeo, Michigan, Kid Rock has homes in Detroit, Clarkston, Mich., Nashville, and Malibu, and it’s California home that we’re taking a look at today. Like Kid Rock himself, the high-ceilinged sitting room is an interesting mixture of styles. Darkly stained wooden columns, beams and doors provide a striking contrast to pristine white walls. And the room is filled with an eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories that look like they were collected over time and travels.


If you like Kid Rock’s style, we’ve got the look.


Kid Rock Sectional


A large ivory sectional anchors the oversized room and includes a collection of throw pillows that add color. Our Jasper Sectional offers enough seating to have a small gathering of your own. The comfortable lines and deep cushions are a great place to relax, and the generously sized proportions will fill a large room. Toss pillows in solids and an accent pattern offer some contrast, and you can add more of your own to mimic Kid Rock’s look.


Kid Rock Leather Chair


Kid Rock has two leather chairs in a gorgeous tanned patina. Our ROMA Renata Chairs offer similar sleek lines accentuated with nail head trim. Upholstered in taupe-colored 100% genuine leather, the ROMA Collection offers a custom order option, and you can choose from 30 genuine leather upholstery options to more closely match the shade of our inspiration room.


Kid Rock End Table 2


Between the leather chairs, Kid Rock’s room has a low-profile end table in a rich wood finish. Our Edgemont Trunk End Table will complement the other pieces in the room, and provide a nice contrast to the light leather chairs. It features dark brown bonded leather and chocolate trim, and one drawer with trunk hardware.


Kid Rock Red Ottoman


Adding a punch of color to Kid Rock’s room is an oversized red cocktail table, with a crocodile embossed leather top. The table matches long red draperies that flank the expansive windows on the opposite side of this room. You’ll get a similar impact by incorporating the generously sized Idol Cocktail Ottoman. In gorgeous red, the contrasting stitching and tufting detail give this piece wonderful urban appeal.


Kid Rock Occasional Table


Kid Rock’s room brings together an unusual mix of end tables. The Granada Side Table is a great choice, bringing well-traveled Moroccan feel to the room. Use one as an end table near the sectional, or group two near the ottoman.


Kid Rock Stool


Finally, a pair of upholstered stools add seating to Kid Rock’s room as well as a place to rest your feet. Our Mirrored Vanity Stools offer a similar feel with a black upholstered seat to help ground the room.


Do you like Kid Rock’s style of home décor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Before you know it, fall schedules will be filled to the brim with school, after-school and household activities. While you’re still enjoying the relaxing pace of summer, carve out a little one-on-one time with each of your children. It could be a date to the movies or 15 minutes reading a book. You’ll enjoy the connection, and your child will enjoy your undivided attention.


As August winds down to a close and September is peeking around the corner, the days of relaxing in the back yard suddenly feel numbered. Midwest afternoons and evenings can bring a mix of weather, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy your patio or deck if you transition it to fall.




Add Some Heat

The quickest way to take the chill out of the air is to build a fire, and fire pits offer the perfect solution. Choose one that allows you to burn wood, or check out easy-to-use gas fire pits that light with the push of a button. Fire pits can be freestanding or as the centerpiece of an outdoor table. Either will create a cozy atmosphere and the perfect spot to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate – or a hot toddy.


Fall Color Umbrella


Warm Up Your Colors

Bright colors like yellow and marine blue are perfect for creating a summery scene, but you can instantly update your look for fall by swapping out cushions or umbrellas. Choose deeper, richer tones such as orange, red, dark green and brown. The shades will complement the changing colors of the foliage in your yard.


Fall Lantern


Add Lights

Shorter days mean longer nights, but you can easily add hours to your outdoor space by incorporating lights. From tabletop lanterns to twinkling strings of mini-lights, you’ll create a magical spot when you light up the area. Also consider highlighting walkways and stairs with spot and floodlights to create a safe path to nighttime entertaining.


Fall Color Outdoor Rug



Use An Outdoor Rug

Warm up your feet by covering cold patio and deck surfaces with an outdoor rug. Made to withstand the elements, outdoor rugs add texture to a space. They also offer a great opportunity to add color or pattern. And cleaning is a breeze – just hose them off!


Fall Outdoor Ottoman


Change to Fall Decor?

Finally, let your décor set the mood by adding fall flowers and accents. Fill pots with planted mums. Add blankets, ottomans and throw pillows to seating arrangements to warm up your guests when the temperature starts to dip. A warm and cozy atmosphere will help you enjoy your outdoor space as long as possible.


Back to school is around the corner, and that means back to busy and back to routines. If your kids are used to staying up late, the sound of the alarm clock on the first day of school will be very jarring. Ease everyone back into a schedule by starting the bedtime routine 10 minutes earlier each night until you’re back on track.



A small room can feel cozy or it can feel cramped … it depends on how you furnish it. Interior design professionals have a lot of methods for making a small space seem more spacious. Today we’re giving a diminutive dining room the atmosphere of quaint café or bistro by incorporating these four tricks:


Pedestal TableArmless Chair


Choose Small-Scale Furniture. Small rooms require small-scale furnishings, as anything oversized will overpower the surroundings and make it look crowded. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 32 inches from the edge of the table to the wall to allow you and your guests enough space to navigate around it. Once you measure your room, you’ll know your table choices. A round table is a great option because it leaves extra space around the corners of the room. Round doesn’t have to limit your guest list; if you like to host large parties from time to time, simply choose one that has a leaf.


A narrow rectangular table can also be a good choice if your room is small but longer on one side. Look for a table with a pedestal base; this can be helpful for fitting guests around the table because table legs won’t block corners and limit your room.


Finally, consider armless chairs, which take up less room. Allow 24 inches of space per person, to provide enough elbowroom. Sleek styles seem to take up less room, sliding in and out without a problem.



Glass Table


Choose Light Or Clear Materials. While dark colored furniture can work in a small space, lighter woods will make the room feel lighter. Another great choice is a glass-top table, which virtually disappears, giving you the impression of having more floor space. Chrome and mirrored furniture are two more good choices, as they reflect light and open up the space. A mirrored buffet table, for example, will give the room some depth and make it feel spacious.


Light Colors Dining Table


Limit Your Colors. Light wall and upholstery colors will make your room seem open and airy. Limit your palette to three colors or less. A more monochromatic scheme will provide an uninterrupted field of vision, making the room feel larger. Contrasting colors should only be used as accents, such as trim on furniture, rugs or art.


Mirror for Dining Table


Forget the Smoke and Just Use Mirrors. Finally, make the room look twice its size by placing a large mirror on one wall. It opens up the space and maximizes the light. Placed opposite a window, it will provide a reflection that gives the illusion of another view.

Looking to save money on the stuff you need at home? Most items have a cyclical sales cycle, and waiting until you can get the best deal is the sign of a smart shopper. Take advantage of summer clearance to stock up on the things you’ll need next year, or shop the back-to-school sales for things you can use right now. Here are 10 items that can be had for low prices right now:

  1. Swimwear and summer clothing
  2. Charcoal
  3. Swing Sets
  4. Water Toys
  5. Sunscreen and Insect Repellent
  6. Lawnmowers
  7. Patio Furniture
  8. Dehumidifiers
  9. Computers
  10. School and office supplies


Whether it’s a kitchen island or rec room hangout, a bar tends to bring people together in a casual, relaxed way. Instead of sitting down, bar stools elevate people, encouraging them to talk and have fun. Bars create a quick breakfast nook where families can gather and not feel rushed. And bars provide a great spot for kids to do homework or school projects.



Traditional Bar Stools    Contemporary Bar Stool


To make the most of your bar area, you’ll want to chose the right bar stools. Available in a wide range of designs, stools also add an element of style to your room. Whether your room is traditional, urban, casual or contemporary, you’ll want to choose a seating style that blends with your current décor.


Colorful Bar Stools


Stools are available with wood or metal bases. Wooden bar stools provide a traditional look, while metal stools tend to look more contemporary and sleek. Seats can be upholstered in fabric or leather, and you’ll find a variety of shades so you can add a punch of color to your room. Since bar stools are generally used in a space where people are eating, it’s a great idea to choose upholstery that is stain resistant, such as leather or polyester.


Adjustable Bar Stool     Adjustable Bar Stool 2

Find the right fit by measuring the height of your bar; most will be between 40 and 42 inches. You’ll want to allow 10 to 13 inches from the bottom of the table to the top of the bar stool seat. This means you’ll want to look for stools with a 30-inch seat height. Counter-height surfaces are generally lower – about 36 inches high. For this configuration, you’ll want to look for stools with a 24- to 26-inch seat height. Some bar stools are adjustable, so you can get the proportions just right.


Bar Stool With Arms     Swivel Bar Stool


To determine how many bar stools can fit comfortably and allow enough elbowroom, plan on using one per 26 to 30 inches of linear space. If you choose stools with arms, you’ll want to allow more room. Some stools swivel, making them easier to get on and off. If you choose a swivel stool, you’ll also want to allow more spacing.


Backless Bar Stool     Backless Bar Stool 2


For smaller rooms, backless bar stools require less space and can be easily tucked away to provide an uncluttered sightline. If you expect guests to linger for a while, however, they offer less support and aren’t the most comfortable option.


Do you have a breakfast or rec room bar in your home? Which stool is right for you?

As August winds down, Michigan farmer’s markets are heating up with late summer/early fall produce. Now’s the time to fill your basket; look for these 12 fruits and veggies that are in season and in their prime.

  1. Bell Peppers
  2. Blackberries
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Cherries
  5. Corn
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Peaches
  8. Raspberries
  9. Summer squash
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Watermelons
  12. Zucchini


Jennifer Lopez Living Room



Jennifer Lopez is one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women – and one of the most successful. In addition to being a judge on American Idol, Lopez has starred in movies, released CDs, designejennifer_lopez_03d a signature fashion line, and written books. She’s more than a triple threat; she’s an icon. It should be no surprise then that her home is a gorgeous sanctuary where the star can relax and unwind. In soft, soothing colors and glamorous details, her living room is definitely Hollyood worthy.




If you like J Lo’s style, we’ve got the look …



J Lo Chair      J Lo Chair 2


The first thing you’ll notice about Lopez’s room is that she has plenty of seating, including a mix of chairs. We start with a pair of Thread & Feather Kingston Chairs. A contemporary take on the traditional wing chair, these are upholstered in gorgeous genuine ivory leather and trimmed in nail heads that provide a nice contrast. Next, add a small-scale Slope Chair. Made in the USA, this piece can be custom ordered in several fabrics, including ivory to mimic the actress’s room. Its button back and low arms seems to take up barely any space, and the nail trim complements the same detail on the Kingston Chairs.


J Lo Sofa J Lo Chaise


Add more seating with the Yardley-II Sofa. The low arms complement the lines of the Slope Chair, and create a piece that won’t overpower a room. The throw pillows in yellow and gray give a bit of understated color to the neutral room, and are almost exact matches to Lopez’s. Giving Lopez’s room some Hollywood glamour is an unusual double-sided chaise in light gray. While it’s not a perfect match, our Drew Armless Chaise offers the same feel. Its sleek lines are accentuated by black contrasting welt, and the upholstery coordinates wonderfully with the sofa’s accent pillows.


J Lo End TableJ Lo End Table 2J Lo End Table 3


Lopez has chosen a unique mix of end tables for her living room. The largest is the Elipse Rectangular End Table, with a champagne gold finish and glass top. The half-circular bracing provides an elegant detail on the base, and the understated design is a perfect fit in this room. Giving the room a touch of style is the Salon End Table, and its finish mixes well with the Elipse Table. Circular lines in the base offer a contemporary touch and the faux leather top adds glamour. Finally, the room gets a bit of contrast with the Round End Table from the Onslow Collection. The deep brown espresso finish has a grounding effect to this airy room, and the beveled glass top keeps it from being too heavy.


J Lo Cocktail Table


Anchoring the seating area in Lopez’s living room is a cocktail table, but its light metal base and glass top allow it to float without overpowering the area. Our Soho Cocktail Table offers a similar option, with its polished stainless steel finish and beveled glass top. Don’t worry about mixing stainless with gold: the combination gives the room a feeling of depth and acts like jewelry in the space.


J Lo Ottoman


Finally, Lopez’s room includes a pair of small ottomans that can be moved around and used as seating or pulled closely and used to help you unwind. Our Soft Sided Ottomans come in a range of colors, including ivory that would work well in this room. The lid lifts to offer storage inside, and the plush cushioned top makes it a comfortable seat.


Do you love Jennifer Lopez’s living room? Let us know your favorite piece by commenting below!


Sometimes windows in a room are of different shapes and sizes – especially if they’re at the corner where one faces the front of the house and requires more architectural details. To get a more uniform look inside your room, choose the same window treatment for all of your windows. In this case, simple panels tie together the mismatched use of an arched window and standard window, making them look more pleasing to the eye.