Try This Trend: Black and White

High contrast equals high style when you decorate your home in black and white. While it’s never really out of fashion, black and white is one of the hottest looks for today’s homes. Like a tuxedo or a little black dress, black and white is timeless, transcending styles and seasons. It’s a crisp way to dress up your home.


Take a look at these black and white rooms:

black and white living roomThe look of the Troy Collection is quite cosmopolitan with its tufted ivory fabric, nail-head trim and black wood features. Turquoise and taupe accent pillows provide a splash of interest to the sofa and chair, but you can easily choose another color to fit your décor. We offer a choice of more than 100 fabrics at no extra charge and they’ll be delivered within 3-5 weeks. Set off the white furnishings with the black Troy Collection cocktail and end tables. Hearkening back to the days of Hollywood glamour, they feature a smoked glass inset and lower shelf for storage.


black living roomFor more casual living, the Amore Playful Modular Collection offers the look of an urban loft. In grey, black or flax, you can have as much fun as you like mixing and matching the pieces. The ottoman provides an international touch with the names of some of the world’s best cities graphically designed on its fabric. This collection is striking on its own – or introduce a bit of color by adding a bold rug or contemporary piece of art.


black master bedroomSleek and modern, the Howick Collection will transform your master bedroom into a sophisticated retreat from reality. The dramatic black panel bed is available in queen and king size. The chest, dresser and nightstand are given some sparkle by the chrome handles and tapered legs. Dress up the room with black and white linens and a white shag rug, or add a bright color – ruby red or deep plum, perhaps? – to reflect your personality.


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Or make your bedroom a bright spot in your life with the clean and contemporary Culverden Collection. In white, it features the same simple lines and pieces as the Howick Collection, but in a high gloss white finish. Choose light linens for a serene look, or give the room a punch of fun by choosing a comforter in a color that will take center stage.

Pantone Leaves Footprints in Your Home

Color is a powerful thing. It can lift your mood, pump up your energy and bring in loads of interest to what would otherwise be four walls. This power is probably the reason why choosing the right colors can be an intimidating job – but worry no more. The experts at Pantone have made the process simple and fun: Just look for the palette that resonates with you.


The Footprints palette is the ninth and final in our series of home color collections for 2013, and if you’re looking for a palette that packs a punch, look no further. Take a peek at the six shades in this collection: Tangerine Tango (the 2012 color of the year), Peacock Blue, Pink Flambé, Solar Power, Oasis and Sudan Brown.

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Now imagine coming home to this pleasing palette each day. We think Footprints would make a fun family room:

footprints sofaStart with the blank slate of the Amore Playful Modular Sectional. It’s the perfect foundation for a Footprints family room, as it can be moved around into different configurations. In flax, it is just waiting to be dressed up with accessories.


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Next, add some colorful accent pillows. The Zig Zag Printed Pillow has an eye-catching pattern that will pop against the light sectional. We pulled three colors from the Footprints palette – tangerine, green and blue. All feature the same pattern and mix effortlessly. The pillows are filled with a feather and down insert for extra comfort.

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Next, add an accent chair from the stylish Elsie Collection. We offer you two choices: vibrant blue or apple green. The chairs feature colorful graphic upholstery, which help to liven up the room. And the sleek lines and slim wooden legs work well with the room’s contemporary feel.


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It’s time for a rug. This is another opportunity to add more color to the room. Choose a splash of global flair with the Fusion Moroccan tile print rug. Or bring home the herringbone-patterned rug from the Geo Chic collection. Either choice will be a bold addition to your living space.


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Every family room needs a cocktail table. We don’t want to cover our statement rugs so we choose the glass and nickel Coylin Square Cocktail Table. The sleek metro modern design is artistic and a perfect addition to the contemporary decor.


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Finally, complete the room with a media center. We love the Delmar 60-inch Console, which easily holds your plasma or LCD TV. The rich maple color provides a touch of warmth to the room and picks up the Sudan Brown of the Footprints palette. The open storage areas and glass doors help organize and protect your media items, and provide an opportunity to add some accent pieces. Perhaps DVD boxes in Pink Flambé?

Design Dilemma: A Small Master Bedroom

Your master bedroom is meant to be a magnificent oasis that welcomes you home at the end of a long day. A nurturing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world, it should envelop you in a sense of calm. If your bedroom is space challenged, however, calm can be a little tougher to achieve. Often, small rooms fall victim to design mistakes that overlook the opportunity to create coziness and end up feeling cluttered instead.


If your design dilemma is a small master bedroom, here are some tricks you can use to give your oasis the atmosphere you deserve:

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A Streamlined Bed

Your bed will be the largest piece of furniture, and by default, it becomes the focal point. In a small room, choose a bed design that is in scale with your surroundings. Heavy wood or canopied beds can easily overtake the room. Instead, find something light in frame or color. For example, this white platform bed gives the room a feeling of spaciousness, as it allows the eye to see under the bed frame. You can also use a simple metal bed frame that will allow light to move through and around the headboard. Further the feel with light-colored linens that will also help make the room feel more open.


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Light Furnishings

When furnishing the room, think light – both in color and in scale. Many homeowners buy a bedroom suite as a set – whether or not they need or have room for all of the pieces. Instead pick and choose what will fit. You’ll create the feeling of more space by selecting furnishings that take up less area. For example, use a glass end table for a nightstand. Since you can see through the piece, it will make the room feel larger. Choose a low dresser instead of a tall chest. The open wall space behind it will give the room a more spacious feel.


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Be Creative with Storage

Finally, think outside of the chest and dresser for storage. Choose double-duty pieces, such as a bed that has built-in drawers in the base. Or find a bed that has shelving on the headboard, which can hold your alarm clock and eliminate the need for nightstands. Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a great way to streamline a room and eliminate clutter. Sweet dreams!

Six Reasons to Add a Rug to Your Room

From the timeless elegance of Oriental to the casual-Friday feel of shag, an area rug adds depth, style and function to any room in your house. In fact, every home should include several! Here are six reasons to add a rug to your room. (We’ll be waiting for you in our rug department.)

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1. It adds warmth.

During the summer, tile and wood floors can be a nice break from the heat but they can also be hard on bare feet. Instead, run your toes through the thick pile of a shag rug while you relax on the sofa. Come fall and winter, you’ll appreciate the extra warmth. Rugs add visual warmth, as well; the added layer of texture brings depth to the room.

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2. It adds personality.

A rug can instantly change the look of a room and set the stage for your personal style. A pattern can brighten up a plain room or add interest to the floor. A bold solid can add drama. Many designers start with the rug and build the room from there. Find a rug that speaks to you, and let it lay the foundation for your décor.

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3. It unifies a color scheme.

You’ve fallen in love with a pumpkin orange club chair, but you’re afraid it won’t play nice with your brown sectional. No problem, choose a rug that ties the two colors together. When unifying a color scheme, select a rug that complements the main colors in your room and has a splash of your accent color.

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4. It camouflages stains.

Households with children and pets – or boisterous adults who enjoy Sunday afternoon game day – should choose a rug that will help hide stains. Look for those with darker colors or intricate patterns. When your floor is forgiving, you won’t worry as much about that mug of root beer or glass of red wine.

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5. It protects your wood floor.

You love your hardwood floors; protect them by using a rug in high traffic areas, such as family room seating areas, hallways and foyers. You can also use a rug under your dining room table to help prevent the damage that can happen when chairs are pulled and pushed. Look for durable rugs, such as those made of wool, and be sure to use a nonslip rug pad to prevent skidding.

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6. It anchors a room.

Rugs anchor rooms by establish the mood and defining areas. A dark, richly colored rug gives the feeling of an intimate space. A lightly colored rug can make a room feel larger. And a rug with warm colors gives a room a bright and homey feel. Their placement will create the outline for a conversation or entertaining area, bringing people and your furnishings together in style.

Chrome Makes a Comeback

Adding a little sparkle to a room is easy – bring some chrome home. While brushed nickel has been a favorite finish on drawer pulls and lamp bases for years, more and more homeowners are yearning for some bling to add to their rooms. Thankfully, our furniture makers have answered the call with contemporary chrome pieces that do the trick.

Take a look at these five chrome pieces that will light up your home (and be light on your budget):

chrome dining tableThe chrome legs of this contemporary dining table support its glass top like sleek columns. And the chrome base of the chairs – in your choice of black or white – will add even more polish. While this set is perfect for a small eating area, it’s stylish enough to come out of the kitchen and into a sophisticated loft dining room.

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The sleek chrome “X” base of our Madrid Chair gives the modern design of this piece a striking foundation. Contemporary and streamlined, the deep tufting on the back and seat add just the right amount of detail and visual interest. Your only dilemma: white or black?

chrome cocktail table

The round glass top of our Concorde Cocktail Table seems to float atop its striking chrome pedestal base, offering a futuristic take on contemporary design. Perfect for a modern living room, the table measures a full yard across, adding much appreciated surface space without overtaking the room. If you like the look, the Concorde collection also includes matching end tables.

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These understated Parsons Chairs have just a hint of rock and roll with the shiny chrome nailhead trim that outlines the seat. The rich pewter grey velvet upholstery provides the perfect background for the pop of light, making these chairs a great choice for a contemporary dining room or sleek living room.

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If you’re looking for an accent chair, take a look at the ROMA Mirella Modular chair in intense teal. Its chrome base adds a surprising splash of modern to the sleek yet casual piece. The ROMA Mirella also swivels, making this piece a great addition to a conversation or entertainment area.