Archive for the ‘Home Design’ Category

24, May

Look Alike Sofa Table

Sofa tables are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, living beautifully in a living room, foyer, hallway or kitchen. But you don’t want to pay too much.

These two sofa tables are nearly identical. Both feature modern lines and metal frames. And both have a rich rustic wooden top. One is the Borough Console Table from Ethan Allen, retailing for $849. The other is the Leone Sofa Table from Art Van Furniture, which sells for just $399.

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23, May

No one wants to pay too much, and timing might be the key to scoring the best deals. From airfare to appetizers, here are the best days to shop to these five purchases.

  • Looking to fill up your tank? Prices are often the lowest on Monday.
  • If you’re planning a trip, Tuesday is best day to purchase flights, especially around 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday is when grocery stores start their weekly sales or roll out new bargains.
  • Thursday look for sales on clothing at department stores.
  • And on Friday enjoy the happy hour deals that will put you in a weekend frame of mind.
22, May

A sofa table is one of the most versatile furnishings you can add to a room; it brings decorative qualities as well as extra storage. While the piece is meant to sit behind your sofa, it easily moves around the room and around your home. Use one in a living space, as well as in your foyer, hallway and dining room.

 

Take a look at three ways to accessorize the sofa table(s) in your home:

 

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Place one against a wall and use it as a pedestal for a favorite piece of art.

 

 

 

Place one in front of a window and add items that enhance your view.

 

 

Place one against a wall, and use decorative baskets to conceal storage.

 

19, May

Being able to dine al fresco is one of the best things about Midwestern summers. The temperatures are (usually) just right, and the landscape is plush and in bloom, creating an exceptional setting. Whether you’ve got thick and juicy burgers on the menu or blackened seafood kabobs, serve them up in style by finding just the right outdoor dining furniture set Today’s back yards are quickly becoming comfortable, entertaining extensions of homes. Here are four questions to ask yourself so you can design the perfect outdoor dining area. Franklin Dining What’s the size of your patio or deck? Just like one of your interior rooms, the size of your outdoor space will help you determine the size of your dining set. You’ll want to provide enough space around the table for people to move in and out. A good rule of thumb is to give diners 42” to 48″ between the table and the end of your patio or deck. If your space is small, consider a round table, or choose a bench instead of chairs, so you can maximize the area. And create a symmetrical look by choosing a table that mimics the shape of your patio or deck, such as square, rectangular or curved. Lafayette Dining How many people do you regularly host? Do you need a cozy table for two or a table that can accommodate a crowd? Just like choosing the right dining room or kitchen set, make sure you have enough space for family and friends to dine and linger. A good rule of thumb is to allow each person two feet of eating space. Here’s a great list of options from Houzz: Party of four

  • 3′ round table with a pedestal base
  • 4′ or 5’ round table with legs
  • 4′ long rectangular table

Party of five or six

  • 5′ round table with a pedestal base
  • 5’ or 6′ long rectangular table

Party of seven or more

  • 6′ or 7’ round table with a pedestal base or legs
  • 7′ round table with legs
  • 7′ to 11’ long rectangular table

How often do you host large groups? While you don’t want to overcrowd your space with future guests in mind, if you entertain often you might choose an outdoor dining table that can extend to accommodate bigger groups. Or choose a set that has stackable seating that can be easily stored away when not in use. Acadia   What kind of sun do you get? Make sure your outdoor dining area is comfortable by considering the amount of sun you get. If you get direct sunlight, you will want to choose a dining set that has an umbrella that will provide shade. You might also consider seats with cushions or mesh seats that won’t absorb the heat and will provide a cooler place to sit. And if your space gets mostly shade, consider a table with a built in firepit that will take the chill out of a cool night. Once you have the perfect outdoor dining set, it’s time to plan the perfect menu. What’s for dinner tonight?

18, May

Once you’ve chosen the right color, it’s time to prep your room forpaint. A few quick steps will not only make it easier for you to paint, it also protects your home from inadvertent splatters or spills. Here is a checklist from the experts at Sherwin-Williams to help you get started:

  • Remove draperies, pictures, mirrors, area rugs, hardware (if possible), and switch and receptacle cover plates.
  • Move all furniture to the center of the room or the room, if possible. Cover all furniture with drop cloths.
  • Tape off woodwork and tape down plastic drop cloths.
  • Wrap plastic around light fixtures, and use masking tape to cover any hardware you can’t remove.
  • Open a window or door to ensure good ventilation.
  • Clean the surface as needed.
  • Gaps between walls, ceilings, crown moldings and other interior trim can be filled with the appropriate caulk after priming the surface.
17, May

Megan Fox Bedroom

Actress Megan Fox of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame recently sold her Los Angeles home for $1.25 million. While the one-story home in Sherman Oaks seems rather ordinary compared to many other celebrity homes, Fox’s taste has star quality. We love the master suite, which features vaulted ceilings, a soothing neutral palette and double doors that lead to a private terrace. If you like Fox’s style, we’ve got the look.

Fox Bed

Anchoring Fox’s bedroom is a sleigh bed with an onyx finish. The headboard and footboard feel stately and rich. Our Queen-sized Sleigh Bed would be a good choice. In black, it has panels and curved lines. It’s from our Clearance Center, and is just $349.

Fox Nightstand

Matching nightstands in Fox’s bedroom brings a feeling of symmetry, and the silver hardware offers a touch of glimmer. Our Jaidyn Nightstands offer the same shape, and would be a great addition to your room at just $115.

Fox Dresser

Fox uses the matching dresser in her room, and our Jaidyn Dresser would be the perfect choice. Mirroring the style of the nightstand, it’s $287.

Fox Settee

Our inspiration room includes a comfortable sitting area with a sleek settee. Our Maverick Loveseat would be a great choice. With contemporary lines and low arms, it would fit in a corner, providing a great spot to curl up with a good book. At just $579, it’s budget friendly, too.

Fox Bench

At the foot of her bed Fox has a tufted bench, which creates the perfect spot for getting dressed in the morning. Our Carmen Ottoman in lovely beige opens to hold shoes, adding style and storage to your room. $219

Fox Rug

Finally, Fox has an oversized ivory rug that provides a sense of softness and warmth to the room. Our Edge Ivory rug will bring the same qualities to your room, and at just $189, it’s the perfect way to complete your look.

16, May

One of the quickest ways to change a room is to change the paint color, but choosing a color can be intimidating. Here are three tips from the experts at Benjamin Moore paints that will help make your decision a little easier:

  1. Find Inspiration. You can come up with ideas by creating a portfolio of what appeals to you: a favorite painting, the color of your baby’s eyes, an unforgettable vacation in Mexico or that great hike in the Grand Canyon.

 

  1. Define the Mood. Is there a mood or theme that you would like to achieve in a particular space? Do you want a restful feel in the bedroom, or an energizing feel to the family room? The mood will lay the groundwork on the desired visual impact of a chosen paint color palette.

 

  1. Use Key Elements in Your Home. Take stock of your home’s key elements. The color of your flooring anchors the room and can impact the color on the wall due to reflections. Furnishings also play an important role as they often “suggest” a coordinating color scheme that ties everything together.

 

15, May

From first apartments to starter homes and family dwellings, the average American moves 12 times, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means furniture needs to complete 12 different floor plans. Some furnishings will need to be replaced, but there are several pieces that can move and grow along with you, fitting a variety of purposes.

Here are five foundational items that are versatile in scale, classic in design and timeless.

Chapel Lounge Chairs

A pair of chairs. From your living room to your foyer and master suite, it’s easy to find a home for a pair of stylish chairs. Choose a design with a classic shape, such as these Mid-Century Modern chairs. A matching set makes your room feel sleek and polished.

Sorano Settee

A love seat or settee. Love seats and settees are highly versatile, providing a cozy place to sit at the foot of your bed, in your living room, or in a quaint kitchen nook. Choose a neutral color and shapely design to bring a classic sense of drama to your décor.

Maze Rug

A patterned rug. Rugs are like artwork for your floor, anchoring a room and setting the tone. You can use a rug in a living room, foyer, dining room or bedroom. Choose a timeless pattern instead of something trendy, so it grows with you.

Danielle Chest

A chest of drawers. A small dresser is a great addition to a guest room or child’s bedroom, but it can be useful in virtually any room of your home. Use one as a bedside table, a tabletop in a foyer, or as a dining room buffet. Choosing a classic but unusual color gives it personality as well as purpose.

Burst Mirror

A statement mirror. Mirrors are the perfect piece of art for your room. Not only are they beautiful; they add a reflective quality to your space. Use a striking mirror in your foyer, bedroom, living room or entry. They look great in every room in your home.

12, May

“Go outside and play” used to something you told your kids, but the beautiful designs of today’s outdoor furniture have adults reclaiming the back yard as a play space of their own. No worries. It’s easy to create a sophisticated patio that’s kid friendly, too. Here are three things to consider when choosing furniture and accents:

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1. Durability. Depending on the age of your children, you’ll want to choose furniture that can stand up to their level of activity. Wood, wicker and aluminum are all good choices. You might choose tabletops that are extra sturdy, too, such as wood or tile instead of glass.

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2. Style. Today’s outdoor furniture is as stylish as your indoor furniture and you’ll have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Consider choosing cushions and finishes that are darker and can hide stains easier.

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3. Safety. If your children are young, look for furniture that doesn’t have sharp edges. Decide if you prefer seating with cushions, which are soft, or sling seats that are easy to keep up. If you decide to purchase a firepit, consider gathering height style that puts the flames up high and choose one that has a removable cover that secures the coals when the fire isn’t in use. And make sure your accents and accessories aren’t breakable.

Follow these tips and you’ll easily create an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by all ages!

 

10, May

Look Alike Apollo Chandelier

The right light can turn a basic room into a stunning space, and these two chandeliers would certainly be up for the task. One is the beautiful geometric Appollo Chandelier from Art Van Furniture, featuring 15 amber glass bulbs and a design that mixes art and science. It retails for $599. The other is the Modo Chandelier from Design With Reach, designed by lighting architect Jason Miller with a display of 10 bulbs. The price tag on this option will set you back $3900.

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