How to Design a Room That’s Ebony and Ivory


Black and white is a color combination that is timeless. It can be sophisticated and chic, as well as cozy and classic, and it has a flair for the dramatic. But even though it’s simple, it isn’t fool proof.


Here are five things to think of when you design a room in ebony and ivory:


Ebony and Ivory Bedroom


Hone in on your style. Do you want the result to be contemporary? Art Deco? Modern cottage? Urban? Be sure to stay within your style genre when bringing in furnishings so your room looks purposeful and pulled together.


Ebony and Ivory Outdoor


Add a third color. Black and white has more impact when you add a third shade that underscores the drama. For example, use red toss pillows, a vase of bright yellow tulips or a hot pink rug. You can also use wood or metal to bridge the divide. This extra finish will give the room a more vibrant design aesthetic.


Ebony and Ivory Sofa


Stick to solids. Choose furnishings that are all black or all white, instead of a black-and-white pattern. This will help you create a sense of balance by letting you distribute the colors around the room. If you do want to use a pattern, use it on a pillow, accent chair or ottoman.


Ebony and Ivory Leather


Embrace the contrast. Black and white offers the biggest color contrast possible, so use that sense of drama by highlighting the details in your room. For example, hang a white chandelier above a black table, or use dark trim against white walls.


Ebony and Ivory Seating


Think outside the black-and-white box. Ebony and ivory doesn’t have to literal. Look for other dark tones that offer the same sense of contrast as black, such as eggplant, charcoal and navy. The result will provide the same depth and sophistication.


We’ve Got the Look: Miley Cyrus’ Dining Room


Miley Cyrus Dining Room


Oh, Miley Cyrus. Some days we’re just sure what to think of you, but you do keep us watching. The same holds true for the pop star’s new digs, which sit on a two-acre lot in Malibu, California’s Ramirez Canyon neighborhood. Surprisingly the home features a simplistic design. With contemporary furnishings and pops of color, it’s classic and fresh. We love Miley’s dining room, which can seat a party of eight with ease, and features a statement chandelier.


If you like Miley’s style, we’ve got the look:


Cyrus Table


Start with an urban-style wood table with simple lines and a rich dark finish. Our Meadowbrook Dining Table is a great match, with a distressed brick brown vintage finish. Made of solid Acacia wood, it has two leaves that can extend to seat eight comfortably.



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Next, add chairs. Miley has a set of eight upholstered in white. The modern lines are a unique pairing with the urban table. We’ve got two options that offer you a similar feel. Our Novella Parsons Chair has ivory fabric upholstery and interesting legs in an elm finish. The look is classic and forever fresh. Or choose the Florence Side Chair, which features modern lines like Miley’s.


Cyrus Chandelier


Finally, Miley’s dining room gets a touch of glam with the statement chandelier in white, complementing the chairs. Our Warp Ceiling Lamp is a great option. The aluminum and chrome body creates a blast of light in your room, and will draw attention and maybe even applause! Plus, it’s from our Clearance Center, so you’ll fawn over the price.


Do you like Miley’s look? Let us know what you think of her style in the comments below.

Five Must Haves For Your Home For Spring

You’ve probably thought about updating your wardrobe for Spring with a new blouse or pair of strappy sandals, but don’t overlook the fashion sense of your home. Whether you add a new accessory or piece of decorative furnishing or revamp an entire room, a new look will give you a fresh attitude that helps you swing into the season.


Here are five “must haves” for Spring 2016 according to Realty Times:


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A Great Rug

Your floor is the foundation for your room, and a new rug can make a statement, add a bold pattern or bring in a pop of color. The best part is that you get to define “great.” Pick the rug that speaks to you and freshen up your room.


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Something Floral

Flowers are blooming outside; bring the happiness inside by choosing a floral patterned home furnishing. Centerpieces wilt and fade; instead, choose a great accent chair or colorful piece of art that put flowers center stage.


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Something Geometric

While floral can be feminine, geometrics offer a masculine touch. From circles to squares to octagons and trapezoids, find your favorite shape, and use it on rugs, furniture or lamps. Or choose an architectural-shaped chandelier.


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Something Striped

Stripes were hot on the New York fashion runway, and an important interior design trend, too. A striped chair looks fresh and fun, and a striped rug makes a space look larger. You can even paint stripes on the wall to make your room look spacious.


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Light Wood

Dark wood has dominated interior design for several years, but lighter tones are making a comeback, used on flooring, kitchen cabinets and furnishings. Fresh and modern, bring home a light-finished dining set or media center to make a big statement with this must have.

We’ve Got the Look: Rihanna’s Cozy Den

Rihanna Den


Pop star Rihanna has a strong artistic style, and is known for pushing the boundaries both in her music and in her personal style. It should be no surprise then that her Beverly Hills mansion reflects her strong point of view. It’s filled with clean lines and show-stopping furnishing.


While some of the rooms are monochromatic, her den is filled with rich colors and textures, creating a sumptuous retreat where she can relax and unwind. Modern seating and a cowhide rug combine for an unexpected and urban look that’s fresh yet timeless.


If you like Rihanna’s room, we’ve got the look.


Rihanna Sofa


Start with a tailored grey sofa with contrasting throw pillows. While Rihanna’s is extra long, you can get the same look with a more traditionally sized version. Our Maxwell Sofa has the same straight lines, and it gets a pop of color with yellow and grey pillows.


Rihanna Chair


Rihanna’s room gets more seating with a modern sling chair, and our Justin Sling Chair is the perfect choice. Upholstered in genuine leather, the square metal frame adds interest and contrast.


Rihanna Table


Rihanna’s room has a glass cocktail table with a black base, and our Newman Cocktail Table would be a great option for your room. The glass top is grounded with a black cherry base and silver trim, for a fresh contemporary look.


Rihanna Console


Along the wall opposite the table, Rihanna has a long console table that showcases favorite works of art. Our Preston Console would look great, too, and can easily hold your entertainment components. It’s 56 inches long. If you have room, use more than one to create a dramatic display wall.


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Finally, Rihanna’s room gets texture and warmth with cowhide rug placed under her contemporary cocktail table. We have two options: rich brown or spotted black and white. Either choice is striking and offers a touch of urban charm.


Does Rihanna’s room make you want to stay? Let us know what you think of her look in the comments!

How to Make the Most of a Gorgeous Rug


When you think about artwork, you probably imagine a beautiful painting hanging in a prominent spot – something eye-catching that sets the tone for a room. Right? Maybe it’s time to look down. Whether it’s bold in color or features a gorgeous design, an area rug can easily become your room’s statement piece.


Here are five rules of thumb for using a bold rug in your room.


Start with a great rug

If you have a blank slate, design your room around the rug by choosing neutral colors for the walls and furnishings. If your room has a beautiful pattern, let it shine by choosing a glass cocktail table. Then build your décor by choosing accessories or accent furnishings that match colors in the rug.



Pick a pattern that sets the style

From contemporary to traditional, your rug will set the tone for your design style. Geometric patterns, for example, are best in modern rooms, while floral patterns work best in traditional spaces. Creating a cohesive décor will make your rug look like it was carefully curated, instead of an afterthought.


Match dominant colors in your room

If you’re working with your existing wall or furniture colors, choose a rug that uses that one or two of those colors in its design. Or find a design that has a complementary colors, which are the colors that are adjacent or opposite to your existing colors on the color wheel.


Go bold (in neutral colors)

Bold patterns in bright colors can easily overtake a room. If you prefer something a little more understated, choose a bold graphic in neutral colors. The pattern will shine, but it won’t overpower the eyes.


Use the rug to define and enhance your space

If your room is narrow, choose a rug with stripes to create a feeling of more space. Arrange your furniture just off the edge, so the shape of the rug is featured. And consider texture; a shag rug, for example, can serve as a eye-catching backdrop for your sleek furnishings.


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