Update Your Casual Living Room with a Casual Sofa

When you’re designing a living room for your family, casual style is a great choice. Furnishings have a laidback look with kid-friendly fabrics that help you relax. Oversized seating makes rooms feel welcoming with plenty of space to hang out. The centerpiece of a casual-style living room is the sofa, and here are five casual sofa options that will help you update your home for the New Year.

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Albany Sofa

The Albany Truffle Sofa makes classic statement in you room with its flared arms and rich truffle color. The casual sofa offers plenty of style and comfort, with loose back cushions and four striking toss pillows.

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Osborne Sofa

Small rooms don’t have to sacrifice style when you choose a sofa with a sleek silhouette such as the Osborne Sofa. Inspired by menswear, this grey sofa features button-less tufting on the back cushions. Two colorful toss pillows give the casual sofa a punch of pattern, much like a bold necktie.

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Harlow Sofa

Lighten up your space with the Harlow Linen Sofa. Generous lines feature welted roll arms and a plush chenille fabric is soft and sophisticated. Four toss pillows with a silver hue add lots of style.

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Colors Sofa

Show off your personality by going bold with a red sofa. The COLORS Sofa in Salsa will wake up your décor with a big pop of color. The striking flared frame has comfort at the forefront with pillow-top armrests and ultra-soft upholstery.

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Capri Sofa

The gorgeous shade of this Capri Sofa provides a neutral tone for your living room while putting you on trend. Plenty of toss pillows provide interest with accent patterns that feature grey and ivory. This casual sofa will be a nice addition to casual style living room.

Give Your Home a Dining Room Makeover

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and your dining area is where those hearts can connect over a great meal, cup of coffee or family project. Your dining room set should reflect your personal style as well as make family and friends feel welcome. From casual to traditional and farmhouse, here are three dining sets that are perfect for a New Year dining room makeover.

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Relaxed and Casual

The five-piece Claremont Dining Collection is one of our most popular sets. Not only is it beautiful; its simple lines set the tone for a casual meal. The X-base trestle table is classic and includes a unique V-shaped storage shelf in the base. The set includes the table and four chairs, but you can add a bench to create an inviting atmosphere. The sideboard adds storage to your room as well as the perfect spot for a bar or buffet.

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Traditional with a Modern Twist 

The faux grey marble top of the Canaan Collection adds a traditional update to modern style for a fresh and trendy dining room makeover. The dark grey base and chairs are grounding, while the cushions keep things comfortable. We love how this set offers nice contrast to a light area rug and flooring. Your choice of chandelier will decide whether this set reads traditional or modern.

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Farmhouse

Finally, put the emphasis on family memories with the farmhouse style of the Carriage House Dining Table. The dining table has a self-storing leaf so you can easily make room for everyone. The dark planked tabletop contrasts beautifully with the weathered cream fronts and frame as well as the turned legs with their intricate carvings.

Are you ready for your dining room makeover? Which set will you choose?

Furniture with Storage: Four Stunning Solutions

Clutter can turn a beautiful room into a mess, but where do you stash the DVDs, magazines, games and extra blankets that seem to collect in every home? We’ve got just the solution! Here are four pieces of furniture with storage that will effortlessly hide essentials while keeping them easily within reach.

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Sectional with Storage Chaise

Whether it’s for movie night, fort building or simply curling up with a good book, sectionals and blankets go hand in hand. While one or two look nice draped across the arm, too many can look like a linen closet explosion. Our Venetian Sectional has storage in its chaise, putting whatever you need to relax right where you need it. What’s more, the sectional also includes a sleeper that pulls out into a full-size bed when you need space for guests. You could store the linens in the chaise, too, so you can welcome friends in a snap.

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Storage Ottoman

An ottoman helps you relax, and an ottoman with hidden storage helps you stay relaxed instead of stressing over clutter in the room. Our Sutton Leather Storage Ottoman is upholstered in 100 percent genuine brown leather for a classic look you’ll love for years to come. It effortlessly blends with your décor, from casual to urban. The added storage space gives it an extra touch of practicality to go with its attractive appearance, and you can add a storage ottoman to virtually any room in your home.

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Storage Bed

Any bedroom could use a little extra storage, but sometimes it’s hard to fit another piece of furniture inside a room. Our Berkley Queen Storage Bed is the perfect answer, with storage drawers hidden in the side rail. Use the space to store out-of-season clothing, linens, books and more. A tidy room is a calm room—one that helps you sleep better at night.

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Lift-Top Coffee Table

From magazines and newspapers to games and remote controls, family rooms can collect a lot of stuff. Tuck it all out of sight with our Carson Lift-Top Coffee Table. This stylish piece adds functionality to your home with a top that lifts to create a work surface and reveal hidden storage for those magazines, newspapers, remote controls and more.

Furniture with storage is an investment in a beautiful home—one that feels clean and welcoming at all times.

Five Characteristics of a Modern Style Home

A Modern Style home is sleek and sophisticated, upping the elegance quotient in your rooms and making you feel refined. Clean lines and simple silhouettes are the hallmark of the collection, with neutral colors and luxurious finishes. From your living room to the bedroom, you’ll love the latest version of modern style. To create this look in your home, here are five characteristics to consider:

 

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1. Balance and proportion

A modern style room will have minimal furnishings, which means that balance is vital. Each piece of furniture should be in proportion with the room and with each other. Nothing should seem too big or too small. The overall feeling should be of harmony among your furnishings. In addition, arrange pillows, artwork and lamps in pairs or asymmetrically to one side.

2. Quality over quantity

Because you have fewer items, focus on selecting the best quality you can afford. In a living room, for example, the sofa will be the main focal point and it should be the center of the room. Choose one that is well-made and unique.

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3. Pay attention to the details

Because there are few furnishings, design details become more important. An embroidered pillow, nail-head trim on a chair, or sleek hardware will add unexpected texture and richness without adding clutter. And accessories, kept to a minimum, should be thoughtfully chosen for impact.

4. Neutral tones

While a bold splash of color can be introduced in artwork or a single accent, furnishings in a modern style home should be in neutral tones, such as black, white, gray or taupe. When you have too many colors, the room will look too busy; instead, stick to a more monochromatic tone that feels calming and sophisticated. In a modern interior, the walls act as a background instead of a feature, so it’s best to choose neutral shades that complement your furnishings.

 

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5. Lots of light

Let in as much natural light as you can by forgoing window treatments whenever possible. Also choose fixtures, such as statement pendants or dramatic floor lamps that serve double duty as a light source and art.

Five Characteristics of a Traditional Style Home

If you love classic, tailored lines as well as upscale European design, Traditional Style decor would be a great choice for your home furnishings. Formal in feel, this timeless look curates the best pieces from centuries of home fashion, including such items as wing back chairs and camel-back sofas, entryway console tables with brass lamps, and walnut dining tables with Queen Anne chairs. With a buttoned-up attention to detail, this style has signature characteristics that make it stand out:

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1. Rich colors

From walls to upholstery to wood tones, colors in a Traditional Style room are rich yet neutral. No bold or high contrasting color combinations here; the palette includes shades such as dusty blue, classic gray and earthy taupe.

 

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2. Conservative fabrics

Timeless patterns cover upholstered pieces in a Traditional Style home. Common choices include floral, damask, houndstooth, plaids and stripes. The understated look is often embellished with trims including tassels and fringe.

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3. Classic lines

While they’re formal in feel Traditional Style rooms are not ostentatious. Furniture will have a mix of straight and curved lines, but the look is functional and not fussy. Sofas and chairs have curved arm details, and wood pieces feature light carving. The attention to detail is carried over into the architecture, as well, with interiors that feature crown and chair rail molding.

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4. Formal living and dining rooms

A Traditional Style home is built for entertaining with formal rooms for dining and living. The living room will include a formal sofa, wing back chairs and a cocktail table. A rug with a classic Old World pattern grounds the room. Traditional Style dining rooms include a large rectangular table with matching chairs and a sideboard or cabinet that displays the homeowners collection of fine china.

 

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5. Elegant accessories

Accessories in a Traditional Style home further the home’s rich look. Oil paintings of landscapes or still life as well as portraits hang on walls with heavy gilt frames. Silver or crystal candlesticks are used in the dining room as well as on tables throughout the home. Additionally, flowers – fresh or silk – fill oversized vases. Other accessories include lamps, urns, books, plants and mirrors.