How to Pumpkin Spice Up Your Space

If you love Halloween, changing leaves, and sipping pumpkin spice lattes, fall is probably your favorite time of year, so make sure you put away those bright pops of summer color and get ready to decorate with crisp, autumnal tones to celebrate the turn of the season. Sweet cinnamon and nutmeg notes in warm, flavorful coffee is our inspiration for designing the perfect pumpkin spice-inspired space, so follow these tips and tricks to make sure your room is ready for the autumn chill. Sip your pumpkin spice latte and feel at peace.

Incorporate industrial and rustic furniture.

In your pumpkin spice space, weathered or reclaimed furniture is the perfect start when decorating for fall. Leave modern furniture behind, and opt for antique-inspired rustic wood and galvanized metal pieces with natural or distressed finishes to convey salvaged sophistication. There’s something comforting about furniture with a past, and the Front Door loves this look for fall since its reminiscent of the homey, simple life in the country and good times with family and friends. Add the Julie Floor Lamp from Furniture Row for rustic lighting in your space.

Add autumnal shades of orange and neutrals.

Nothing reminds us of fall quite like orange does, so don’t forget to use this festive hue in your home. Just like the changing leaves, shades of autumnal oranges will look cozy in your home, and add warmth when paired with sophisticated neutrals like gray, beige, cream, or navy blue. The pinstriped Ascot Accent Chair from Furniture Row pairs beautifully with the Seneca Pillow in copper orange in our pumpkin spice space.

Coziness is key.

The weather gets chillier in the fall, so by adding various textures and layers to your space, you’ll create extra warmth. Cable-knit throw blankets, rugs, faux fur pillows, and curtains are an inviting contrast to the rustic wood and metal furniture and add softness you need to snuggle up and enjoy your pumpkin spice latte. Candles and lanterns for cozy lighting are also important for setting the ambiance.

Harbor the harvest.

Lastly, make sure you make your fall-inspired space festive by adding accents! Nothing says fall like pumpkins, squash, and haystacks. Get creative with a cornucopia of accessories like wicker or rattan baskets, painted pumpkins, plants, flowers, fruit baskets, and foliage prints and pottery to remind your guests of the changing seasons.

Voila! Your pumpkin spice-inspired space is finished. We know you’ll fall in love with this unique style.

Sponsors and Volunteers Sign the Fall 2018 St. Jude Dream Home in Denver

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, sponsors and volunteers finally got to enter the Fall 2018 St. Jude Dream Home in Denver to sign the garage wall in preparation for the giveaway.

The Dream Home, built by Oakwood Homes and sponsored by Shaw Floors, Trane, Brizo, Bosch, and other building crews and organizations, is still in the last phases of construction, but will soon be fully furnished by Furniture Row and Denver Mattress before the open house tours begin on September 15.

The house, located in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood of the Mile High City, is estimated to be 5,900 square feet and valued at $775,000. It has five spacious bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gorgeous back patio, and so much more.

All the money raised by the home giveaway will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital dedicated to fighting childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Those who purchase tickets or attend the open house are eligible to win the home as well as a $10,000 furniture shopping spree at Furniture Row, $2,500 VISA gift card, 2019 Lincoln MKC, and other amazing prizes.

Julie Hess, the Development Specialist for St. Jude, spoke to the team of volunteers and sponsors at the event alongside other guest speakers who helped make the project a reality.

“I just wanted to thank you guys for all the hard work you put into this beautiful home and into St. Jude. Because of you guys, no family or child will ever receive a bill for treatment, housing, travel, or food. Because of you guys, we have raised the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the doors opened. And then because of you guys, the Denver Dream Home Giveaway has raised 8.6 million dollars. We are very, very lucky to have you,” Hess said.

After the speeches, invitees at the event got a chance to leave their permanent mark on the home they built by signing a wall in the garage with a message to the winner(s) of the house in Green Valley Ranch.

Although the construction team is almost done, the St. Jude Dream Home still has a lot of work left until open house tours start. Barb Chandler, one of the signees and Interior Designer for Furniture Row, will be designing the Fall 2018 St. Jude Dream Home using products from Furniture Row and Denver Mattress. She said she has a lot of ideas in store, but you’ll have to visit the dream home to see how it turns out.

“It’s going to be a bit modern with a touch of glam. The house will feature whites and blues—some grays. More metals. Think Hollywood.”

The project is entering its final design stages, but Chandler emphasizes they still need a lot of helping hands to move furniture, decorate, etc.

“Whenever we do a home like this, it’s not just us [Furniture Row employees] who help. It’s everyone—the neighbors, volunteers in our community, the builder, their suppliers, and so many others who donate their time. It takes a lot of people to make this happen,” Chandler said.

“It’s so heartwarming to be a part of St. Jude because of what they do. We get to change lives. It’s definitely near and dear to all of us.”

Click here to purchase tickets to enter the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Each ticket is $100. The open house tours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday from September 15 – October 21, 2018. Tickets must be purchased by October 19 to be eligible to win. The drawing will be on October 25 to announce the winner.

The Fall 2018 St. Jude Dream Home is located in The Enclave at Green Valley Ranch neighborhood at 4950 Liverpool St., Denver, CO 80249.

Interior Designer Christopher Guy Visits The Showroom @Furniture Row

On October 10, 2017, high-end interior designer Christopher Guy made a guest appearance to talk about his inspiration for his new gallery installation at the brand new Showroom @Furniture Row in Denver, Colorado. Guy, who was on his way to High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina for an event on October 14-16, decided to make a special stop in the Mile High City, his newest gallery location after Las Vegas, New York, High Point, and Hollywood.

Only a select number of lucky guests were allowed to attend the exclusive event, where Guy himself talked about his “Mademoiselle” collection, a stunning line of luxurious products inspired by Coco Chanel.

“If she were here today, what would Coco Chanel’s home look like?” he asked the audience Tuesday evening.

Guy said that the “Mademoiselle” line is definitely inspired by the iconic, feminine French fashion designer, but that he also tries to incorporate some masculinity into his collection. According to his own definition of his work, Guy works to assert a clear objective across his products—“to make uniquely beautiful decorative furnishings that appeal to an international audience.

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And that’s not hard for Guy, world-traveler that he is.

Living between London, Singapore, New York, and Los Angeles has clearly become inspiring in many ways and has taught Guy to translate his cultural experiences to represent the latest trends from around the globe. Elegance—in Guy’s words—is “an effortless form that is beyond beauty,” and Guy believes that people and places are at the core of his work.

With a large influence from French modernist designers of the 1930s, Guy’s designs are inspired by history. Using his Ovale Dining Chair as an example, Guy emphasized his work by naming the corseted waistlines from Gone with the Wind as the vision for the crisscrossed legs.

“With a dining chair, you tend to look at it from behind, not from the front. So I thought well, ‘Let me design it from the front. And I wanted the tight waistline,” Guy said.

Guy’s work also features up-to-date styles. During the event, Amy Foster, the lead buyer and official spokesperson for The Showroom, asked him where design was going next.

“I think the whole world is moving towards contemporary,” Christopher Guy said.

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At his talk, Christopher Guy also signed his “Mademoiselle” catalogue for guests and personally autographed Le Bouquet Mosaic, a piece of art crafted using 17,000 pieces of glass for a customer. The local band Tin Brothers also performed a tasteful music selection while Three Tomatoes catered the event.

Overall, shoppers at The Showroom and fans got to witness a wonderful talk by one of the most renowned interior designers. You don’t get to see that every day!

Furniture Row Opens The Showroom with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Celebration

On August 10, The Showroom @Furniture Row officially opened its doors to the general public, and excited attendees came to see the final project finished after years of construction. Festivities kicked off with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, a welcoming speech by The Showroom’s new brand ambassador, Adele Arakawa, and other planned grand opening presentations. Both devoted Furniture Row shoppers and interested locals alike came to the momentous occasion and got to view the impressive space first hand.

Carbon Valley VFW Post 9741 and Auxiliary Honor Guard opens the ceremony with a salute.
The Carbon Valley VFW Post 9741 and Auxiliary Honor Guard opens the ceremony with a salute.
Adele Arakawa, The Showroom @Furniture Row's new brand ambassador, personally welcomes attendees.
Adele Arakawa, The Showroom @Furniture Row’s new brand ambassador, personally welcomes attendees.

Adele Arakawa, the new brand ambassador for The Showroom @Furniture Row, greeted guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and announced her excitement for the grand opening—an amazing feat that required the cooperation of the entire staff at Furniture Row with many other helping hands. In addition to Arakawa’s speech, guests also got to hear from design and trend specialist, Connie Post, as well as lead gallery buyer, Amy Foster.

The Colorado Children's Chorale sings the national anthem.
The Colorado Children’s Chorale sings the national anthem.

Other special guests included the Colorado Children’s Chorale, Carbon Valley VFW Post 9741 and Auxiliary Honor Guard, Stampede Drumline, Furniture Row Racing driver Erik Jones, and the Visser family. It was a momentous occasion to celebrate the opening of Denver’s newest designer furniture store, and the entire team was proud to introduce The Showroom @Furniture Row to the public.

The Showroom @Furniture Row is officially open.
The Showroom @Furniture Row is officially open.

The Showroom @Furniture Row is now open to the public. Check it out for yourself online, or visit in person at:

The Showroom @Furniture Row
5445 N. Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-9514

Get the Look: Tuscan Countryside Style

You don’t have to live near the rolling green hills, olive groves, and vineyards of Italy to feel like you’re inside a terracotta home in the Tuscan countryside. The warmer months of summer are here, and if you don’t get a chance to travel, you can still experience a European retreat without the round-trip airfare. Designing your space to look like an Italian villa might seem like a difficult task, but no matter how big or small your room is, these quick decorating tips can easily transform your home into the charming sanctuary with Tuscan countryside style that you’ve always dreamed of.

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GET THE LOOK: Lemon Souk Platter $36, Bellaire Dining Table $1,199, Villa Umbria Framed Art $128, Pendleton Server $449, Hampton 4” Ball $7, Bodega Wine Cabinet $599, Vanilla Cottage Side Chair $79, Kalona Rug $249-$499, Round Shallow Bowl $48-$58, Callie Vase $14-$18


Garner Sun-Washed simplicity

Nothing beats the sun beaming over the picturesque landscape and baking the countryside, so if you want to bring in elements of Italy, don’t forget about the sun! Old Venetian plaster walls, textured wallpaper, aged patina, stucco-inspired, or antique finishes in cream or other light-colored hues, warm-toned wood that showcases the natural grain, and other distressed, sun-drenched-inspired pieces will add rustic antiquity perfect for country styled charm.

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Choose Rich Warm Colors

The vibrant shades that radiate from Tuscan countryside style are perfect for creating warmth in your space. Italian decor is abundant with olive greens, terracotta oranges, rustic reds, gold, and sunshine yellow, so bring in these warm hues by adding upholstery, accessories, and other home accents to illustrate the cheerful yet relaxed nature of Italian culture.

Let Nature Inside

Outdoor patios and terraces are popular in Tuscan countryside style, so make sure you keep the windows open and let the fresh air in. Bringing in a vase of flowers, a potted plant, or botanic-inspired accessories will make you feel like you’re living in the warmer Italian climate.

Mimic the Look of Tuscan Architecture

Imitate the look of Old World architecture with stone and wood accents. Tuscan cottages were made to weather the test of time, so add homespun beauty with a classic wooden trestle table, traditional X-back chairs, and other furniture that will always have distinguished appeal. Antique pieces with wrought iron, carved or painted designs will also look lovely.

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Get Elegant But Not Excessive

Mix sophisticated touches into your Tuscan countryside-inspired design so that you captivate European grandeur with pretty furnishings that feature decorative textures and patterns. Keep the elegant decor to a minimum, and an intricate pattern or upholstered chair can go a long way in making a graceful statement. A rug with a bright pattern, mirror, or hanging art will look exquisite in your space.

Say ciao to summer with beautiful Tuscan countryside style! You won’t be disappointed in the results.

Gift Guide: Father’s Day Finds for Dads of Any Style

Father’s Day is here this weekend, so don’t forget to get a gift for good ol’ dad! Not sure what to buy? Furniture Row has a great selection of home accents to help make his office, bedroom, or any other space reflect his unique interests and personality. Dads like to decorate too! Which dad do you have? Get the gift that matches his style and hobbies. These Father’s Day finds will make your life easier.

Outdoorsy Dad

Does your dad love fishing, camping, hiking, or all of the above? Unwinding in the great outdoors is a favorite pastime, so give him something that reminds him of all his time exploring the wilderness. A beautiful framed print of a scenic lake or other lakeside-inspired accents will make your outdoorsy dad very happy and showcase his laid-back personality.outdoorsy-dad


SHOP THE LOOK: Panoramic View of Pioneer Mountains Framed Print $429, Mahogany Canoe Bookcases Set of 3 $379, A Fish in Hand $6, Distressed Oars Table Lamp $88


Sophisticated Dad

Is your dad a trendsetter? The well-dressed businessman knows a good impression goes a long way, so accentuate his impeccable taste with sophisticated home accents. Visually interesting sculptures, a framed print of a city skyline, or other high-end accessories will look at home on the sophisticated dad’s shelf or desk.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Modern Sculptures $28-$36, Tread Baskets $26-$36, Gramercy Table Lamp $58, Bridge at Night Lacquer Print $39


 Techy Dad

If your dad is all about the latest iPhone or is interested in cars and gadgets, he’s definitely techy. Figuring out how things work is his favorite pastime, so make sure you help display his curious personality with scientific-inspired home accents that excite the engineer’s mind in him. Techy dad will love an Edison bulb lamp, organizational bins, or blueprint wall art of inventions that changed America.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Watson Round Accent Lamp $49, Sprockets 2 Pc. Mirror Set $199, Aerodrome Blue Print II Canvas $69, Newsie Bins $18-$28


Whichever dad you have, there’s something for him! Give your dad the Father’s Day gift that will make him excited to decorate his space.

Ab Workout: Exercises for a Summer-Ready Stomach

It’s always hard to get that stomach toned right before swimsuit season, so make sure that you work those abs before summer hits! Sit-ups are a thing of the past. Instead, try these easy floor exercises to help strengthen your core and flatten excess tummy fat. Your ab workout has never been so easy! Use a timer to complete each exercise for 50 seconds and rotate for a total ab, lower ab, and oblique workout.

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Lower Ab Workouts

Leg Raises

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Get those lower abs energized with leg raises. This exercise is simple to do, but offers a great workout for your core and helps to realign your spine.

  1. Lie flat on your back with your legs extended in front of you.
  2. Place your arms down beside your hips with your palms flat.
  3. As you keep your legs extended, lift them up to a 90°angle.
  4. Lower your legs to hover just above the floor and repeat this cycle.

Scissor Kicks

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Increase your lower ab workout with power-pumping scissor kicks. This exercise will definitely get you sweating quickly.

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended side by side.
  2. Lift your shoulder blades and head and hover your heels slightly above the ground.
  3. Press your lower back into the mat.
  4. Alternate lifting your legs back and forth to create a scissor movement. As your right leg lifts, your left leg falls and vice versa.

Reverse Crunches

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To finish your lower ab workout, keep those core muscles active with reverse crunches.

  1. Lie on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Stretch out your arms beside you to support yourself as you lift off.
  2. While keeping your feet together and your legs straight, bring your legs up to a 90° angle.
  3. Keeping your abs active, push feet up toward the ceiling, lifting lower back off the ground.
  4. Lower back down to starting position. Repeat.

Total Ab Workouts

Modified V Crunches:

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Similar to a regular crunch, a modified V crunch is intended to get your core warm! V crunches are great for working your rectus abdominis, external oblique, and internal oblique muscles—the perfect total ab workout.

  1. Lie flat on your back.
  2. Engage your core to lift your feet and shoulders an inch off the floor.
  3. Straighten your arms forward and imagine you’re holding tight to something in front of you.
  4. Lift your torso in an upright position as you bend your knees into your chest.
  5. Repeat.

Cross-Body Mountain Climber Crunches

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Elevate your total ab workout with a variation of the mountain climber exercise. In addition to working your entire core, the cross-body mountain climber crunch will also work your upper arms.

  1. Start in a plank position and keep your arms straight beneath your shoulders as you engage your core.
  2. Pull your left knee as close as you can to your right elbow and keep your hips level.
  3. Move your left knee back to starting plank position.
  4. Repeat this movement using your right knee and left elbow.
  5. Continue to alternate sides.

Hundreds

hundreds-01Finish your total ab workout with hundreds! This simple exercise is nicknamed for the amount of beats you’re supposed to do it for in Pilates. Holding this position will make your whole body warm and allow you to feel the burn in your abs.

  1. Sit up with your knees bent to a 90° angle and bring your arms up to be parallel to the floor in front of you.
  2. Engage your core as flutter your arms up and down at a moderate pace.
  3. Continue for 50 seconds.

Oblique Workouts

Russian Twists

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Work those oblique muscles with Russian twists! Building your obliques using this exercise will help rotate your torso and slim down your waist.

  1. Sit upright with your legs bent at a 90º angle the knees and your feet together and parallel to the ground.
  2. Twist your entire torso to the right, bringing your left elbow to your right knee while keeping your legs still.
  3. Twist your entire torso to the left, bringing your right elbow to your left knee.
  4. Continue to alternate for 50 seconds.

Side Hip Raises

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For the final oblique workout exercise, make sure you save your core strength! For this exercise, make sure you do two repetitions for 50 seconds each—once on the left side and once on the right.

  1. Start in a side plank position using your left or right forearm as balance.
  2. Engage your core and keep your feet stacked on top of one another with your opposite arm on your hip.
  3. Raise your torso off the ground, keeping your core strong.
  4. Repeat for 50 seconds and then switch sides.

Reaching Oblique Crunches

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Modify your basic crunch to strengthen your oblique muscles with reaching oblique crunches.

  1. Lie on the ground with your knees bent slightly.
  2. Place your hands behind your head to cradle it
  3. Reach your left arm up while squeezing your abs in to lift and touch your right knee.
  4. Lower and do the reverse side using the right hand and left knee.
  5. Cycle through from side to side for 50 seconds.

For more simple workout exercises, be sure to also check out the Daily At Home Workout Schedule.

Candle Burning Tips: How to Burn Pillar Candles

If you love to keep a candle burning in your home, but always worry about dripping wax, burning down your candle too fast, or air pollution, you might be doing it wrong! Many people simply light candles and then let them be. Did you know there is a proper way to burn candles to ensure that your candle keeps its original form and levels out evenly as it flickers as well as maintaining a clean burn that doesn’t pollute your indoor air?

Furniture Row now sells the sweet-smelling, pillar-shaped Vela Candles in an assortment of scents and colors, so the Front Door wants to make sure that your candle burning experience is as enjoyable as possible. We consulted an innovative local candle company in Denver called Lola’s Secret Candles to share some expert tips with us on how to get the best burn out of your candle. Read these easy tips to make sure you burn your pillar candle right.

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How to Properly Burn a Pillar Candle

Tips:

  • Do not burn your pillar candle in any glass or container. Use a regular candleholder so that the candle can stand on its own, but still have something underneath it to catch wax drippings or support it in case it gets bumped.
  • Burn it in a level place away from fans, windows, or other drafts in order to keep it burning evenly. If it is placed in drafty conditions, it can begin to burn unevenly or even start to tunnel.
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch before each burn. If the wick is too long, it can start to release soot into the air while it burns. Most candlewicks are originally generous in size, but a longer wick doesn’t mean the candle will burn longer.
  • The first time you burn your candle, leave it lit long enough so that a wax pool forms across the majority of the top portion of the candle. This is called a full pool. Let your candle flicker one hour for every inch in diameter, so if your pillar candle has a four-inch diameter, let it burn for four hours when you first light it. This prevents tunneling.
  • Hug in the edges of the pillar candle at the end of each burn by cupping your hands to fold the wax inwards. This will help avoid candle tunneling and allow the excess wax on the edges to be burned along with the center. Tunneling will cause your candle to not last as long.
  • Voila! Your pillar candle will flicker for as long as possible without polluting your indoor air. Enjoy!

 

Style Focus: Earthy Ambiance Dining Room

Do you have a down-to-earth soul and a love for the outdoors? If so, you might want a room that’s as natural as the forest itself, so decorate your space to represent you! Create your own earthy ambiance dining room with rustic and reclaimed decor. Furniture Row has just the pieces to master the look and reflect your own unique personality, so explore the decor and furnishings below to see if this style focus will work in your space!

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SHOP THE LOOK: Bear Creek 5 Pc. Dining Group $1,115, Foraging Baskets $22-$32, Bellevue Strata Rug $199-$399, Hina Vase $18-$22, Slices Ball $8, Rainforest Tall Wine Cabinet $999, Flight of Color Canvas $248, Olive Verbena Vela Candle $7-$12, Oliver Vase $32-$44, Bear Creek Server $799, Anne Pitcher $22-$28, Paci Console Table $1,499, Leaf Bowl $18-$22


EARTHY AMBIANCE DINING ROOM BASICS:
Color Palette: Olive Green, Dark Brown, Sand, Umber, Burnt Sienna
Decor Themes: Rustic and Reclaimed Style, Natural Wooden Accents, Earth Tones, Items Inspired by Nature, Distressed Finishes, Organic Appearance

Earth Tones and Distressed Finishes

Nothing says nature like the same colors and textures found in the great outdoors, so easily add an organic aesthetic to your dining room by choosing accents such as a rug or home accents in greens, browns, and other natural hues for earthy ambiance. Furniture with distressed finishes that emphasize or mimic the beauty of wood will also remind you of the forest and naturally complement accents in earth tones beautifully.

Reclaimed and Organic Wood

If you’re an outdoorsy spirit, then allow your furniture to reflect that by choosing reclaimed and organic wooden pieces that are not only better for the environment, but also are also elegantly symbolic of the natural world. Unique rustic pieces that showcase not only the wood grain, but also the rough texture of the bark or the natural shape of the tree roots or rings will give your dining room beauty straight from the forest itself.

Items Inspired by Nature

Make sure your accessories also reflect the outdoors by choosing accents you might find outside. Pinecones, tree branches, wicker baskets, and other objects that remind you of plants and animals will add earthy ambiance and make your space one of a kind.

Rustic Appearance

Lastly, be sure that your dining room features on-trend rustic style for a look that everyone loves. Decor and furniture that is not-so-stressful on the eyes will bring peace and balance to your room, and give you and your guests the same relaxation you might experience from being outside—perfect for a dining room. Pieces that reflect rugged, natural beauty and embrace the organic warmth of the outdoors easily match and look quite at home most anywhere. You will love earthy ambiance in your dining room, so make sure your unique down-to-earth personality has a space that reflects you!

Step Inside the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home in Colorado Springs

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The 2017 Colorado Springs St. Jude Dream Home and its furnished interior design, compliments of Furniture Row and Denver Mattress, are finally complete! Located just northeast of downtown Colorado Springs in nearby Falcon, Colorado, this dream home is nestled in the Banning Lewis Ranch Homes subdivision off a road with a spectacular mountain backdrop of the Rockies including Pikes Peak. This beautiful St. Jude home built by Covington Homes is 3,500 square feet full of open-spaced bliss with four bedrooms and three baths.

With a spacious modern-inspired kitchen with a gray wash floor and tile backsplash, oversized windows, a large basement area, and an open floor plan concept that includes a large living and dining room area, this year’s St. Jude Dream Home has room for all your furniture, guests, and then some! This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Furniture Row giving back to St. Jude’s, so enter a chance to win this luxurious brand new home and support an important cause.

Barbara Chandler, a Buyer and Designer at Furniture Row, has made sure the St. Jude Dream Home reflects the most popular of design trends to get everyone excited about the opening, but she says the real joy of decorating the home is knowing she gets to help families in need.

“Furniture Row as a company has family values and does a lot of humanitarian projects, which is very near and dear to what Furniture Row is about. Our company feels like its good to give back. The cost of one home that we raffle off doesn’t even cover the cost of one day of hospital operation. The hospital is run solely on donations and homes are being built all over the country, but they still need all the support they can get,” she said.

So make sure you buy your tickets now, and have the chance to win the home or other awesome prices for the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Tours of the house will run from May 6th to June 11th on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. The winner will be announced on June 16th, 2017.

UPDATE: The last chance to see the house, reserve your tickets, and enter to win the $10,000 Furniture Row shopping spree before the giveaway is during extended open house dates on June 13-15th from 9 am to 7 pm. 

To view the complete home with a 3D experience and interactive shopping, click here.

Office

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When you first enter the St. Jude Dream Home, the hallway opens instantly to reveal a spacious home office with an adjacent bathroom. Large oversized oval windows allow light to fill the room, while convenient storage pieces such as an oversized cabinet with shelves and sliding doors are perfect for all your books, supplies, and more. Charming Magnolia Home furniture and accessories add rustic farmhouse appeal, and the tree decals on the walls and potted plants in vases and wicker baskets provide the perfect workspace oasis so that you can bring nature indoors.

Living Room

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Nothing adds cheer and light to a room like a bright pop of sunny yellow, and that’s what Chandler had in mind when designing the living room of the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home. In fact, she liked it so much she added pale yellow to almost all the rooms.

“I chose yellow because spring has sprung, and I feel like pops of yellow are coming out of winter. Yellow is fresh and fun and that’s why I chose it. I wanted to do yellows and grays and gray is such an on-trend color right now, and I could’ve done all grays but that would be a bit boring, so I felt like the yellow would pop it up a bit,” Chandler said.

To tone down the yellow in the accent pillows and ottoman, Chandler also added neutrals like black and gray that also help modernize the farmhouse look. The stylish black wingback accent chair with nailhead trim is a striking contrast to this light, airy, laidback living room setting and gives the space the dramatic, sleek touch its looking for.

Kitchen and Dining Room

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The farmhouse fresh look of Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home collection is everywhere in the kitchen and dining room, but Chandler also says the space is also modern. A vintage metal linen cabinet holds dainty dishware and a cream farmhouse table gives the room provincial refinement, while the kitchen boasts sleek black cabinets, white marble countertops, and retro metal barstools.

Master Bedroom

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The master bedroom is Chandler’s favorite room in the house, and it’s no surprise!

“I do like the master bedroom because of the window treatments and the amazing bed that’s in there. It’s just really soft and it looks like that’s where you go to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It’s so elegant,” she said.

Soft touches of sunshine yellow in the fabric help add color to the sophisticated bedroom with a cream tufted and upholstered sleigh bed, making the room feel completely elegant.

Basement Living Room

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An oversized basement is always a bonus, and there’s just enough room in the St. Jude Dream Home for another living area! Complete with a rustic wooden entertainment wall and a plush brown Italian leather sofa group, the downstairs den is perfect for move nights and casually unwinding.

Basement Recreation Area

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Keep your kids’ clutter at bay and give them a space to let their imaginations soar away from the dining table upstairs with their very own workspace area that’s perfect for arts, crafts, and more with a downstairs recreation area! Furniture with lots of drawers such as the Magnolia Home Bin Chest has room for everything you need to stay organized and the industrial Aldo Metal Chairs provide studious comfort you need for playtime and socializing.

Boy’s Bedroom

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Two bedrooms occupy the basement, and this large room to the left is just right for a little boy. Rustic wooden bedroom furniture will gorgeously withstand the test of time as your little one grows older and he will love the storage features perfect for games and toys.

Girl’s Bedroom

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Feminine and sweet, this downstairs bedroom to the right is pretty enough for a princess. A frilly white bedspread on a sweet white poster bed with a matching vanity looks charming and sophisticated and your little girl will feel like a grown-up with her very own space. Accents in light pink shades are the perfect girly touch, and even mom will want to sink her toes in the pink plush rug!

Outdoor Patio

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Walk into an outdoor haven with a versatile and comfortable outdoor patio group that will allow you relax with family and friends when the weather’s nice. For an exotic touch, add Moroccan or tribal-inspired patterned pillows and a bright rug for some summer color. Colorado Springs gets a lot of sunshine, and the patio out back from the dining area is perfect for sipping cocktails, barbecuing, or just kicking up your feet.

Flower Meanings: A Guide to the Perfect Bouquet

There’s nothing better than gifting sweet-smelling flowers to someone you care about, but did you know you could also make the perfect bouquet that sends a catered message for that special someone? Floriography, or the language of flowers, is a method of communication through the arrangement of various types of blossoms. With this easy guide to gorgeous flower meanings, you can create a sweet bouquet for a friend, mother, wife, or anyone else who deserves a personalized gesture of affection.

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Chrysanthemum

For a happy occasion, make sure you celebrate with chrysanthemums! Seen as the flower of joy and optimism, the chrysanthemum (also called a mum) comes in a variety of species and colors and is most common in autumn bouquets. Perfect for friendship or well-wishing, a bouquet of chrysanthemums is a gesture of happiness and long life.

Calla Lily

Named for the Greek word “calla,” which means beautiful, the calla lily is the exotic looking flower that’s perfect for a bride on her wedding day. White calla lilies are the most common and mean innocence, while the flower can also symbolize purity, fertility, and devotion—the perfect components for marital bliss. Calla lilies are also a popular Easter flower because they religiously symbolize rebirth. For a fresh beautiful accent, a single calla lily in a vase will look stunning in your home!

Lavender

Used abundantly in soaps and perfumes, lavender might be the most popular scented flower in existence. Since purple is the color of royalty, this violet lusciously scented bloom is historically sweet but also brings elegance, grace, serenity, femininity, and refinement to a bouquet. Give lavender to signify your sweetheart is not only beautiful outside, but inside as well or to someone who needs to relax and unwind with sweet-smelling bliss.

Dahlia

Out of all the flowers, the dahlia might be the most unique in its meaning! If you know someone who is going through a major change or needs assistance, a bouquet of dahlias will help them be strong and express positive endurance. Dahlias can also signify a lasting bond or commitment, so give them to someone who means a lot to you as a token of kindness and support.

Delphinium

Also known as larkspur, delphinium is the flower you may not have heard of, but have definitely seen in the most gorgeous of bouquets. This beautiful flower grows abundantly in nature, so add delphinium to create a lovely wildflower bouquet. Use delphinium to symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill for someone who needs to lift their spirits.

Daffodil

Everyone loves daffodils—and for good reason! This uplifting blossom will bring a boost of energy to any atmosphere and remind us of spring since it symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings. This yellow trumpet-shaped flower will ensure happiness for anyone who receives it, so celebrate good times and joy with a bouquet of this sunny floral! Give daffodils for a housewarming gift or to celebrate the coming of spring.

Gardenia

Another popular wedding flower, the gardenia is gorgeously known as “the love flower.” With a sweet fragrance, this blossom has beautiful petals and symbolizes refinement, purity, and true love. Use gardenias to show how lovely you think someone is.

Sunflower

This bright yellow flower will definitely remind you of the sun, but this tall bloom also means faithfulness and loyalty. Since sunflowers are also a crop, they can symbolize harvest, bounty, and good luck. Giving someone a sunflower means you adore them and wish them the best in happiness and life.

Tulip

If you are head over heels for your honey, then tulips will help you profess your true love. This elongated, graceful blossom is associated with deep affection, but can also suggest rebirth and charity. Another springtime flower, the tulip is one of the most passionate and will look beautiful in a bouquet for someone you simply can’t live without.

Peony

The peony is the traditional flower of China, and this lush, rounded blossom symbolizes honor and good fortune to all those who receive it. A gesture of romance, passion, prosperity, and compassion, the peony can represent a number of things and is the perfect flower for any occasion.

Snapdragon

If you’re looking for an exotic flower unlike any other, the snapdragon is the blossom that will capture anyone’s attention. Snapdragons can simply be apologetic or give its receiver grace and strength. If you receive a snapdragon, know that the giver is trying to make amends and remind you that they care.

Baby’s Breath

Suggestive like its name, baby’s breath is a flower that symbolizes purity, innocence, and everlasting love. This gorgeous flower with tiny buds is commonly used in weddings to adorn bouquets with beauty and grace.

Freesia

Fresh-citrus scented freesia is the perfect flower to give your friends to show them your trust and devotion. Sweetness in appearance and smell, this delicate blossom is always in season with florists and is easy to arrange in a variety of ways. You will love this beautiful flower in any bouquet!

Hyacinth

Hyacinth is the flower of truth and sincerity, so show someone you mean it when you say you care with this lovely bloom. This cool climate perennial plant has a beautiful effect in a bouquet and represent can represent hope and forgiveness.


Love this guide to flower meanings? Download and print the PDF here.

Mother’s Day Gifts: Decor for Every Style

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That special day to show your mom just how much she means to you is almost here, so make sure you have the perfect Mother’s Day gift! We know your mom has a unique style all to her own, so match her favorite design trend with decor from Furniture Row to show her that you know what she really likes. Which design trend fits your mom’s style? Get her one of these Mother’s Day gifts that she’s been wishing for with these inspiring decor picks.

Contemporary

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If your mom likes to keep up with the latest design trends yet stay cool and collected in her personal style, she might be a contemporary mom! Accents and decor with minimalism in mind that are sleek and simple yet visually interesting can be mixed with a variety of styles and add clean balance to any room. Less is more, so give your mom a home accent with a smooth profile in a solid neutral shade or a subtle print. After all, she’s quite the trendsetter, so she’ll appreciate a piece that will look good anywhere. These contemporary Mother’s Day gifts are sure to wow her!


SHOP THE LOOK: Tuning Pillow $36, Large Lacquer Round Tray $34, Cornflower Micro Velvet Pillow $18, Bryant Park Lamp $64, Blues & Gray II Print $94, Nickel Arc Floor Lamp $189, Adira Mirror $141, Fog Vases $10-$13


Farmhouse

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Does your mom adore the simple life? Quaint and charming design with an emphasis on home sweet home is her favorite, so she’s probably a farmhouse mom! Neutral shades like cream, beige, brown, and wood with distressed wash finishes, organic textures, and simple farmyard-inspired accessories look organic and exude homespun simplicity that will make any room naturally beautiful. These country fresh Mother’s Day gifts will remind your mom that you truly care.


SHOP THE LOOK: Facet Candleholders $23-$27, Bell Jar Table Lamp $46, Tobian Pitcher $22, Whole Heart Framed Print $46, Wall Art Letter V $13, Magnolia Home Rectangular Tray Set of 2 $95, Natural Burlap Trim Pillow $34, Magnolia Home Metal Bucket with Storage Compartments $31


Eclectic

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She’s not like most moms! Daring in her personality, your mom has a bit of an eccentric side, so chances are she loves to decorate with her own one-of-a-kind style. Conversation-starting accessories that remind her of travel and art will certainly make your mom happy and eager to display them in her unique home. Pieces with funky patterns, bold colors, and interesting textures are definitely perfect for her eclectic style. With these fun and both Mother’s Day gifts, you can’t go wrong.


SHOP THE LOOK: Rainbow Paper Vase $56-$65, Brandon Brick Pillow $36, Oki Candleholders $7-$11, Golden Gate Framed Print $170, Tivoli Table Lamp $75, Qin Warrior Statue $141, Peacock Micro Velvet Pillow $18, Peacock Ball $4-$7


Casual

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If it’s bright colored and cute, your mom has it in her hand at the store, so make her happy this Mother’s Day with casual home accents that can go anywhere at all! Whimsical accessories in sunny shades will look sweet yet spunky on a table or shelf and useful items like baskets are a great way to decorate with convenience in mind. The brighter, the better! For the laid-back mom, these Mother’s Day gifts are simply adorable.


SHOP THE LOOK: Owl Canisters $6-$11, Hatteras Lanterns $26-$32, May Flowers Framed Print $83, Kala Tide Pillow $36, Honeycomb Pillow $36, Maradi Bowl $39, Ombre Vase $17-$20, Ibiza Table Lamp $94


 

Style Focus: Daring Mid-Century Modern Living Room

When it comes to interior decorating, are you fearless with some outgoing attitude? If so, you might want a room that’s as fiery as your unique personality, so decorate your space to represent you! Create your own daring mid-century modern living room with unique and bold furniture and decor. Furniture Row has just the pieces to master the look and reflect your own unique personality, so explore the decor and furnishings below to see if this style focus will work in your space!


SHOP THE LOOK: Edge Sofa $2,184, Draper Floor Lamp $141, Bryce Metal Cabinet $284, Marco Eggshell Platter $56, Ellen Accent Chair $474, Colton Bookcase Cabinet $426-$711, Crosstown Harbor Print $122, Red Burlap Trim Pillow $34, Orbit Table Lamp $56, Chevron Cabinet $331-$616, Granada Nomadic Rug $331-$711


DARING MID-MOD LIVING ROOM BASICS:
Color Palette: Red, Black, Tan, Gray, Silver, Off-White
Decor Themes: Industrial Accents, Bright Color Contrast, Items Inspired by Movement, Mid-Century Modern Style, Moderate Sized Furniture, Fiery, and Bold

Industrial Accents

If you’re a bit daring, explore one of the hottest design trends, and accent your space with industrial flair. Accent furniture made of metal with casters, wheels, or other innovative features will look original and catch the eyes of your guests. Your friends know you’re a go-getter, so give your living room some attitude with a reclaimed metal and wood side table or cabinet that is sure to be a conversation piece. If you don’t want to overuse metal, metallic accents in silver and bronze will also look bold, capture attention, and fit in perfectly with this decor style’s modern edge.

Items Inspired by Movement

You’re always on the go and garnering energy for your next activity, so choose items in your daring mid-century mod living room that inspire movement and give you the energy boost you need. A floor rug in an intriguing geometric pattern will make your room feel alive, or a funky print will give your wall a boost of refreshing attitude.

Let Loud Color Amplify

Don’t stick to just metallics and neutrals. A bright fiery shade such as red or orange will look radiant and one-of-kind when used in a daring mid-century modern living room. Accent furniture, throw pillows, accessories, and other small items in a lively hue will intensify your room and give it that loud punch you want others to notice.

Mid-Century Modern Appeal

Finally, daring mid-century modern living room wouldn’t be complete without some inspiration from the past, so embrace your love for retro flair and choose large furniture with splayed spindle legs, architectural design, clean simple lines, and organic wood for a look that’s a blast from the past.

Choosing a room that’s uniquely you is important, so embrace your fiery attitude, and be daring with design!

Want more mid-century modern styling for other rooms in your house? Check out this article: Mad for Mid-Century Modern: A Room-by-Room Guide.

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Enjoy a Springtime Basket

Spring is here and soon flowers will be in full bloom, so what better way to accessorize your home than with a bright and sunny springtime basket? Baskets are the perfect storage solution if you don’t have a lot of shelf or drawer space. They are even beautiful as simple decoration on a dining table or bookshelf. At Furniture Row, we have a variety of baskets in all shapes, colors, and sizes, so take a look at our favorites for the warmer months and learn about the ways you can use baskets to make your home not only clutter-free but also lovely to look at.

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SHOP SPRINGTIME BASKETS: Washed White Tote $10-$18, Malibu Lidded Basket $58-$78, Foraging Basket $22-$32, Graphic Storage Basket $89, Open Chevron Basket $22-$34, Coil Weave Basket $34-$64, Hatteras Lidded Basket $45-$79, Maradi Bowl $42, Merida Bowl $14-$24, Rattan Trim Basket $32-$38,  Newsie Bin $18-$28, Tread Basket $26-$36, Nomad Lidded Storage Basket $49-$69


In the Entryway

ShoesWhen guests arrive, make sure you have a large storage basket for shoes, so nobody ends up tripping over them near the front door.

Flowers and Indoor Plants: Fresh-cut flowers or a nice indoor plant will help bring greenery into your home and is a beautiful decoration as the temperature gets warmer. A storage-sized basket is just the right size for a large plant and conveniently has two handles that make it easier to move than a pot. A basket vase filled with your favorite blossoms is also a great way to freshen up a dining or living room.

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Springtime Basket in the Kitchen

Fruit and Vegetables: If your produce doesn’t have to be refrigerated, keep it available for hungry guests in a tray basket on the table or kitchen counter, or if your server or kitchen island has room, store a bin-shaped basket below and keep produce in large quantities like potatoes nearby while you’re cooking.

Kitchen Utensils: If your kitchen drawer used for spatulas, stirring spoons, and other cooking utensils is becoming a bit too cluttered, store them in a springtime basket for nearby convenience!

Pantry Items: Label baskets for cans, packaged food, and spices, and you’ll never spend time searching your pantry again.

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Springtime Basket in the Living Room

Decoration: Baskets don’t always have to be used for storage. If your mantel or shelves on your home theater wall look a bit bare, a gorgeous basket will look homey and welcoming.

Reading Material: Don’t clutter your coffee table with books and magazines, and instead use a large storage basket to keep beside your favorite reading chair.

Electronics: Remotes and controllers are always finding their way between your couch cushions or underneath your sofa, so designate a springtime basket for them to make sure they never get lost.

Toys: Teach the kids a thing or two about staying clean and clutter-free by labeling baskets for dolls, toys, and other things you might find lying around the house.

Springtime Basket in the Bedroom

Pillows and Blankets: If you have overnight guests or want to take a quick snooze without getting underneath the covers, a storage springtime basket with extra pillows and blankets will keep your room feeling extra snuggly.

Desk Supplies: You’re always running out of desk drawer space, so instead add an overhead shelf with bin-shaped baskets labeled for arts and crafts, important papers and files, or other things you need easy access to while you work.

Springtime Basket in the Bathroom

Toiletries: Keep makeup, cotton balls, Q-tips, and more organized with baskets! Rolls of toilet paper or towels stored inside a large storage basket will ensure your guests know where to find what they need without asking you.

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Welcome Home: Elements of the Perfect Entryway

Welcome guests into your home with the perfect entryway! It’s easy to forget about decorating the entrance of your home, so be sure to spend time making sure the space near your front door is as trendy as your living room. Furniture Row has furnishings and accents perfect for creating a variety of unique styles, so think outside the box and start designing your perfect entryway using these inspirational tips.

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GET THE LOOK: Red Pagoda ChestMagnolia Home Lotus Black Rug, Facet Table Lamp, Bluebird III Print, Lachlan Accent Chair, Adira MirrorTaj Candleholders, Cole Basket, Blue Seneca Pillow, Hatteras Grey Open Basket


Add an interesting color palette.

If using color in your living room or bedroom intimidates you, try incorporating it into your home entryway instead! Unique wallpaper in various hues or a wall boasting an energetic shade or a soft inviting pastel will enhance the design aesthetic of your space and excite your guests into exploring your home further. If painting the entryway seems too aggressive, you can also choose a large colorful piece of furniture like a sofa table, cabinet, or accent chair to create an eye-catching focus point that your guests will instantly notice and admire.

Bring in pops of your personality.

You want your home to reflect your own unique style, so make sure accessories that represent your personality are in plain sight in your entryway. Knick-knacks, picture frames, and other belongings you hold dear go great on a table, cabinet, or shelves in your home entrance and create a welcoming display.

Get storage for coats and shoes.

The entryway is where your guests will be shuffling in with coats, hats, scarves, and outdoor shoes, so make sure they have room to store these things as soon as they walk in. A hall tree, chest, or storage bins are great for holding clothing items so your home can stay mess free, and you won’t have to worry about dirt or water coming in from the outdoors.

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Let the garden in.

If your entryway is smaller in size and you don’t have room for large furniture, a houseplant is a great way to fill an empty corner and welcome guests into your home. Some plants even naturally purify the air, making them not only lovely to look at, but also beneficial to your health. A vase filled with flowers on a side table or cabinet will also add a sweet spruce and make for the perfect finishing touch.

Mix and match styles.

Last but not least, make sure your entryway is one of a kind by expanding your design options. Mix and match two styles for a look that is 100% original when you use the contemporary style from your living room but add bold eclectic accents, or keep the traditional design from the rest of your home, but feature a sophisticated Victorian styled antique sitting chair in your entryway. Whatever you decide to do, know that your entryway is meant for experimenting styles! Make it unique and watch as your guests marvel at your home entrance.

Style Focus: Dreamy Oasis Bedroom

You might be a hopeless romantic, so decorate with a style that’s as starry-eyed as you are! Create your own soft and feminine dreamy oasis bedroom with wistful and wonderful furniture and decor. Furniture Row has just the pieces to master the look and reflect your own unique personality, so explore the decor and furnishings below to see if this style focus will work in your sleep space!

Dreamy Oasis Bedroom


SHOP THE LOOK: Richland Accent Chair $499, Light Beige Venice Rug $249-$549, Adira Mirror $149, Follow Your Dreams Pillow $19, Silver Circles Pillow Set of 2 $29, Alexis Candleholders $12-$16, Cream Salerno Nesting Tables $199, Vintage Wash Frame $12-$16, Cecilia Table Lamp $59, Winchester Comforter Set $279-$299, Ashdale Dresser $1,099, Nature Notation I Print $49


DREAMY OASIS BEDROOM BASICS
Color Palette: Rose, Cream, Lilac, Dusty Gray, Silver, White
Decor Themes: Soft Palette and Textures, Romantic and Feminine Decor, Relaxing Space for Leisure and Daydreaming, Victorian Style, Cozy, and Casual

A Space for Relaxation and Daydreaming

If you’re a dreamy romantic, make sure your bedroom is a quiet and comfortable oasis so you can reflect. Let those ideas take flight and whisk you away to your own version of paradise with a sleep space made for heavenly slumber. You’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated with a bedroom where you can experience leisure at your own pace and not be overwhelmed by your surroundings.

Romantic Feminine Touches

With Victorian style in mind, mix the elegant taste of this romantic era with casual and contemporary design trends for a look that is updated, feminine, and all your own. Embellished furniture with cabriole legs and upholstered seating is regal and refined, making sure that your love for lavished luxury is fulfilled. A romantic at heart, you need a bedroom that will help you dream of love at first sight.

Light, Airy, and Leisurely

The romantic soul loves to spend time creating and exploring their visionary passions, so make sure your dreamy oasis bedroom is free from too much distraction. Open and intuitive design will make sure you avoid excessive clutter and stick to what makes you feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy.

Soft Palette and Textures

Make sure your bedroom is cozy enough to curl up in bed with a light palette in dreamy pastels. Muted shades of pink, purple, and blue will help your mind relax alongside warm neutrals like dusty gray and cream. Soft textures on your rug, bed, and sofa will provide comfort as you reflect and allow you to drift off at ease.

You’re a dreamy soul, so make sure you come home to your ideal oasis with a bedroom designed just for you!

How to Clean Your Mattress for Better Sleep

Spring is here, and although it’s easy to de-clutter your home and start eliminating that winter dust, cleaning for the warmer months isn’t always simple. Some regular use items we never think about cleaning shouldn’t be forgotten! One-third of the average human life is spent sleeping—and that’s a lot of time spent on your mattress! Sweat, dead skin cells, stains, and dust mites accumulate over time in your bed, so make sure that you clean your mattress! Don’t know how? Don’t worry! The Front Door is here to help with these simple solutions to getting your mattress back to feeling fresh and new.

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1. Vacuum.

It might seem like common knowledge, but after removing your mattress cover, you’d be surprised at how much pet hair, dust, and sometimes dirt gets caught on the surface over time. Take the vacuum cleaner and just suck all that garbage up to keep the top of your mattress looking clean.

2. Spot clean.

Depending on the type of stain you’re dealing with, the cleaning product you use to spot clean your mattress will differ. Bodily fluid stains such as sweat, blood, and urine are most common mattress stains and can be removed with a combination of water and detergent applied with a spray bottle and rag or a mixture of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 tsp. salt that sits for up to an hour.

3. Deodorize.

Get rid of nasty odors with baking soda! Sprinkle a light layer on the surface of your mattress and let it sit for a couple hours. It will absorb sweat smells and leave your mattress smelling clean. When you’re done deodorizing, vacuum the baking soda in order to remove the powder, and voila!

4. Air it out.

Last but not least, clean your mattress by letting it get a little fresh air and sunlight by letting it sit outside! By letting your mattress breathe out, you can eliminate bacteria and give it that new air circulation it needs.

5. Protect your mattress with a cover.

Also be sure to protect your mattress with a mattress cover to ensure that future dirt and stains don’t make their way to your bed. Mattress covers can also easily be put in the washing machine on a regular basis to stay clean and fresh!

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For some soft and durable mattress covers, check out these products from Denver Mattress:

  • 6.0 VER-TEX® Temperature Regulating Performance Mattress Protector: This cover features revolutionary fiber that is cool to the touch and provides unparalleled climate control, ensuring a dry and comfortable sleeping environment. The flexible cushioning layer dynamically responds to your motion and boosts air circulation to keep you cool while the waterproof invisible barrier repels liquids.
  • myProtector: This unique 2-in-1 waterproof protector adds a nourishing protective layer to the mattress, protecting it from stains, spills, and bacteria.
  • Perfect Harmony™ IsoCool® Mattress Pad: The IsoCool® mattress pad features Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® materials that help to balance your changing body temperature, so you can sleep more comfortably throughout the night.
  • Perfect Harmony™ Deluxe Mattress Pad: This protector is hypoallergenic and ready for simple machine wash. An easy clean every now and then will keep your bed fresh!
  • BedWorks™ 14 Mattress Encasement: This six-sided total encasement protects your mattress from bed bugs, dust mites, allergens, and mold. It is also waterproof!
  • BedWorks™ 14″ Mattress Protector: This cover protects all mattress types including foam and pillow top. It is waterproof, yet features breathable polyurethane backing for ultimate comfort.

6. Consider replacing your mattress.

If all else fails, don’t forget that you should replace your mattress every seven years so that you can sleep clean and comfortably. Every two years, your mattress collects one million dust mites, 53 gallons of sweat, and seven pounds of dead skin, so if your mattress is starting to sag and feel uncomfortable, it might be time for a new one! Find the complete guide to mattress replacement here.

How to Level and Hang Art on a Wall

Nothing brightens up a blank wall like a colorful framed print or canvas, so start decorating your space and hang art! Taking a hammer and nails to your wall might be a little intimidating, but avoid the headache of figuring out whether your art is hung straight with these easy tips to making sure that frame looks just right on your wall. Hang art without worry with these simple steps!

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Materials

For this project, you will need:

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Types of Hangers

Depending on what size and how heavy your frame is, the type of hanger you use to hang art may vary. Before hanging, search your wall for a stud (wood support) by knocking on it or by using a stud finder. If you hear a solid sound when you knock, this means that a stud is located behind the wall and that you will have extra support for your frame. For heavier frames, you may want to have a stud and use two or more traditional metal picture hangers depending on the frame size. If you cannot find a stud, a plastic anchor and screw or a butterfly screw are good hanger alternatives.

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Let’s Get Started!

1. Using a tape measure, measure the height of your frame and divide that number in half. The height of our frame was 24 inches, so we ended with 12 inches.

2. On the back of your frame, measure from the top frame wire to the top of the frame. We measured 5 inches.

3. Take that distance and subtract it from the half measurement in step 1 (12 – 5 = 7).

4. Typically, eye level height is 60 inches from the ground. Add the number from step 3 to 60 (67 inches). Measure that height from the ground with your tape measure and use a pencil to mark the spot.

5. Hang your frame on the spot you marked using the appropriate hanger(s).

6. Use a leveler to make sure your frame is straight.

7. Enjoy your art on the wall, and make your space your own!

10 Foods to Avoid Before Bed and Healthy Alternatives

It’s late at night and you’re about to go to sleep, but a snack before bed just sounds so good. Studies have proven that munching before bed can cause weight gain and restlessness, but don’t lose hope! Don’t go to bed hungry anymore. The Front Door has compiled a list of the delicious foods to avoid before bed as well as a healthier alternative. Happy snacking!

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1. Wine and Alcohol

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A glass of red wine before bed might seem like it can help you relax and fall asleep faster, but it actually will prevent your body from experiencing REM. Alcohol can cause you to wake up multiple times throughout the night, so skip the drinking!

Instead: Drink skim milk. Milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan and the hormone melatonin that induce sleep.

2. Coffee and Soda

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It’s no surprise that caffeinated drinks are bad before bedtime, and for good reason. Caffeine can stimulate the central nervous system for hours after consumption and leave you wide awake and restless.

Instead: Drink tea. Teas like valerian tea, hop tea, and lemon balm tea act as sedatives that will make you drowsy and calm before drifting off. Tea also helps combat anxiety and reduces levels of sleeping disorders. But stay away from green tea! Green tea can give you an energy boost and make it difficult to lower your heart rate before resting.

3. Ice Cream

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Late-night ice cream in bed is always a favorite, but ice cream is loaded with fat, making it one of the top foods to avoid before bed. You’re not going to burn any of it off before you fall asleep and all the excess sugar is going to give you energy.

Instead: Eat cottage cheese or low-fat Greek yogurt for your dairy fix. Cottage cheese is rich in protein that will keep hunger from striking throughout the night while low-fat Greek yogurt is great for settling your stomach and isn’t high in calories.

4. High-Sugar Cereals

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A bowl of cereal is an easy meal, but your favorite brands will make your blood sugar spike and crash—making it hard to sleep.

Instead: Don’t skip out on cereal; just choose something healthier. Fortified cereal like granola and brands with whole-grain along with skim milk will satisfy your hunger without being unhealthy.

5. Spicy Foods and Hot Peppers

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Spicy food and hot peppers are good for getting your metabolism pumping, but they won’t do much good for helping you fall asleep. Spicy foods can also trigger heartburn and increase body temperature, making it hard to stay asleep.

Instead: Enjoy a bowl of vegetable soup. Vegetables like carrots and cauliflower are full of healthy plant chemicals and low in carbohydrates, making soup a great alternative.

6. Cheeseburger or Steak

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You might think a high-protein dinner will keep you full at night, but it can actually lead to sleep disturbances. Heavy meats are one of the main foods to avoid before bed because they can cause you indigestion and acid reflux since you’ll be lying down with a full stomach.

Instead: Eat turkey. Turkey meat is a good source of tryptophan, which makes you sleepy and is a much leaner meat that will be a healthier source of protein before bed.

7. Pretzels and Chips

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Skip the salty snacks! Pretzels and chips are full of salt and carbohydrates and the calories won’t be burned off right before bed.

Instead: Snack on sweet potato fries or lightly salted popcorn. These low-calorie snacks will give you your salt fix and fill up your stomach without providing excess carbohydrates.

8. Chocolate

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Just like coffee, chocolate contains caffeine that will keep you up at night. Chocolate can increase arousal and decrease your ability to develop and sustain stages of sleep.

Instead: Eat an apple with peanut butter. This delicious snack is nutritious and full of protein that will fill you up before bed and satisfy that sweet tooth craving you have.

9. Fruit Juice

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It doesn’t matter what flavor, fruit juice contains a lot of sugars with no fiber to allow for an insulin release. By drinking juice, you might cause your blood sugar to spike during the night or give yourself heartburn due to the acidity.

Instead: Munch on cherries, bananas, or apricots. Natural fruits such as these are full of melatonin that will put you to sleep and contain natural sugars that will digest better in your body.

10. Pasta or Pizza

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Pasta and pizza might be one of the most craved nighttime foods, but don’t indulge on Italian, as these are foods to avoid before bed. If you are going to enjoy pasta or pizza, make sure you eat them earlier in the day since they are full of calories, carbohydrates, and saturated fats that your body won’t be able to digest before bed.

Instead: Have a couple of hard-boiled eggs. These are full of protein that will fill you up without a ton of excess calories.

Irish Country Style Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, so let a little luck inside your home to get ready for spring with Irish country style! The rolling emerald green hills and seaside might not be in your backyard, but you can still bring the quaint, traditional charm of the Irish countryside to your living space with these inspirational design tips straight from the cutaway cliffs of Killarney. Erin go Bragh!

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Add farmhouse feel.

Nothing says country style more than farmhouse-inspired decor, so make sure you choose all the right accessories with that touch of barnyard bliss. Farm animal motifs will add homespun charm to your kitchen or dining area while farmyard-inspired accents like baskets, pitchers, trays, and metal buckets will look at home on a table or shelf. For furniture, fabrics with organic textures in neutral shades like cream, beige, and brown and wood with distressed finishes in fresh whites and creams will exude countryside simplicity that will make any room naturally beautiful and reminiscent of a quaint Irish cottage.

For farmhouse-inspired accents, check out the: Berkshire Rooster Print, Rustic Handled Tray, Tobian Pitcher, Magnolia Home Tripod End Table, Grandpa Side Table, and Meadow Chairside End Table.

Use classic furniture.

Irish homes don’t need to look overdone in order to appear beautiful, so celebrate the simplistic and quintessential design of a few traditional staple pieces to start your room on the right track to Irish country style. A classic brown leather couch or a traditional wooden dining set will feel homey and withstand the test of time, and make your guests feel right at home.

For classic furniture, check out the: Manchester 5 Pc. Dining Group, Magnolia Home Taper Turned Bench, and Heartland Sofa.

Bring in color.

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Don’t forget to go green! Since the country of Ireland is filled with green hills, it only makes sense the Irish love to use this color to decorate in order to symbolize luck, good health, renewal, growth, nature, and harmony. And don’t forget to use other colors too. In defiance of the country’s gray and usually overcast weather, many Irish homes are painted bright colors such as blue, red, and yellow. A red door in Ireland is even said to ward off ghosts and evil spirits! To incorporate color in your Irish country style room, add accent furniture, chairs, and throw pillows to brighten up your space instantly.

For green furniture and accents, check out the: Burlap Trim Pillow, Magnolia Home Flora Side Chair, and Holmes TV Stand.

Choose traditional patterns.

In your Irish country styled room, antique patterns will definitely incorporate the vintage charm found in many Irish homes today. Vintage-inspired floral wallpaper instead of painted walls in addition to traditional European patterns like damask found on rugs, vases, and accent chairs will add visual interest and sophistication in your home. Celtic knots and crosses, shamrocks, and Irish linen made of flax fiber can also bring in the culture of Ireland on tapestries, napkins, tablecloths, and towels, and will make your living space feel extra lucky!

For traditional patterned accent pieces, check out the: Colleen II Accent Chair, Wembley Vase, and Grayson Rug.

Cozy up your kitchen.

Last but not least, make sure your kitchen and dining area are a place for family, friends, and guests. A long farmhouse style dining table and a china cabinet filled with antique dishes on display are frequently found in this nation that is all about good times and merriment. So, celebrate the Irish lifestyle and cherish the ones you hold dear with a good meal and an Irish beer!

For kitchen storage, check out the: Manchester China Cabinet.

Pick Your Personality with Accent Tables

You don’t have to have style-influenced furniture to get the trendsetting room you want! If you’re tired of your living space’s design or have basic furniture that needs a little something extra, you don’t need much to make a fresh, fun new interior design change. Accent tables are a great way to style a sofa side or empty corner, and with the right accessories to match, you can give any room a new punch of personality and save money on replacing large furniture. Furniture Row has a variety of accent tables for any style you choose, so mix and match and explore the wide range of possibilities!

Watch the neutral beige upholstered Laguna Accent Chair fit effortlessly into a brand new design look inspired by the popular decorating trends of today, and find the accent table and style that fits you.

Rustic Farmhouse

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If you want to bring sweet countryside charm to your living space, then decorate with rustic farmhouse style in mind. Neutral shades like cream, beige, brown, and wood with distressed wash finishes, organic textures, and simple farmyard-inspired accessories look organic and exude homespun simplicity that will make any room naturally beautiful.

Next to the Laguna, the Meadow End Table features antique two-toned elegance for a cottage-inspired appearance that looks farm fresh. The Cecilia Table Lamp boasts a rustic whitewash finished base to complement the cream floral print shade while the white ceramic Tobian Pitcher holds fresh cut flowers for even more beauty. On the Laguna. the natural colored Burlap Trim Pillow is reminiscent of a barnyard burlap sack and the distressed whitewash Wooden Trug also reminds us of the simple life on the farm. Lastly, the chalkboard typography Beautiful and Whole Heart Framed Prints on the wall add the perfect touch of country charm.

Bold Eclectic

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Get a boost of color and personality with bold eclectic style! Your walls don’t have to be vibrant in order to get the liveliness of this fun design trend. Summery bright hues mixed with metallic accents will pack a punch in any room and will add attitude to neutral shades and white walls. Accessories should also be fun and whimsical. The less boring, the better!

With the beige Laguna at its side, the bright coral Paige Accent Table is quite the spunky side table. Intricate latticework and a hexagonal prism shape make this accent table unique enough to draw in many admirers. Matching bright hues on the beautiful watercolor-inspired Element Dance Canvas complete the color scheme, while funky gold accents like the Facet Table Lamp and Gold Ikat Pillow introduce metallic shine. For our whimsical accessory, the white ceramic Mama Llama is the unique artifact your guests will adore. Bold eclectic style sure is exciting!

Industrial Chic

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Lastly, bring trendsetting design to your home with industrial chic style! Exposed metal in a room is a unique decorating statement that will add edginess and innovativeness to your living space. To incorporate industrial style, make sure the focus in your room is on the materials and structure instead of rich fabrics and bright colors.

To give the Laguna some industrial chic personality, we paired it with the funky metal Inverness Crank Accent Table, a stand-alone conversation starter piece. Light fixtures inspired by inventions past such as the Bell Jar Table Lamp on the Ponderosa Wall Ledge and the Watson Round Accent Lamp on the accent table feature an exposed Edison-style light bulb for added originality. Accessories such as the light blue Tuning Pillow and Washer Hurricane feature geometric patterns for some eye-catching design. On the wall, the Preserved Architecture Canvas boasts the historical image of an antique iron fire escape for the finishing touch.

No matter what style you choose, there’s an accent table for you. Happy decorating!

Fall in Love with Loveseats

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so make sure you save a seat for that special someone in your life! Loveseats are great for snuggling up and watching a movie or cozying up by the fire, so make sure your living room has the perfect place for two. With a variety of styles and colors, Furniture Row has a loveseat for every occasion. Take a look at some of our favorites, and experience soft seating with your sweetie.loveseats-social

Bel Air I Loveseat

Add glamorous Hollywood style inspired by the affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles to your home with the Bel Air I Loveseat! Classic meets contemporary design with this posh couch that’s so elegant you won’t be able to wait to show it off. With luxurious white leather upholstery, the Bel Air will beautifully withstand the years as you relax and unwind. A button-tufted back alongside silver nailhead trim and two navy accent pillows offer the extra embellishment you need for sophisticated glam.

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Bel Air II Loveseat

Get the same amount of glam as the Bel Air I Loveseat with the Bel Air II Loveseat. With soft, luxurious, velvety navy blue upholstery, the Bel Air will add elegance to any room. You will never tire of the Bel Air and its chesterfield style design!

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Bellamy Loveseat

Sit back and relax with the handsome Bellamy Loveseat. Featuring classic rolled arms, two-over-two seating, and tapered wooden legs, this sofa will lend you space to create memories with your family. With the vibe of the beautiful Atlantic seaboard, the Bellamy is upholstered in a woven navy fabric and comes with two striped accent pillows stuffed with 100% feathers. This coastal loveseat is the casual and comfortable piece for your living room.

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Big Sky Loveseat

Made from 100% top grain leather in your choice of classic mocha or marbled coffee, this brown beauty is the best of the best. The Big Sky Loveseat offers loose back pillows filled with feathers, and the down blend seat cushions provide luxurious comfort. This neatly tailored sofa features rolled, pleated arms with subtle nailhead detailing. This loveseat is bound to last.

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Briargate Loveseat

Sit on luxurious leather with the beautiful and bold Briargate Loveseat. Gorgeous dark gray Italian top-grain leather is neatly upholstered on this classic yet contemporary furnishing. Comfortable foam padding and soft down blend top seat cushions ensure that the Briargate offers you and your guests maximum relaxation without sacrificing style. With rolled arms, tapered feet, and chic nailhead trim, the Briargate is ready to take any room by storm.

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Cody Loveseat

Handsome and smart, the Cody Loveseat invites you to behold its unique blend of luxurious materials. The soft and supple 100% natural top-grain leather is complemented by the solid wood base with a burnished, rustic coal finish, and the contrasting plaid of the two throw pillows adds a sophisticated touch. An instant classic, this gray sofa is sure to steal the show.

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Denmark Loveseat

Clean, contemporary design is always a winning style, so incorporate modern styling in your home with the Denmark Loveseat. Covered in smooth, breathable bicast leather in a light brown hue with piecrust seams, the Denmark is soft and versatile, making it a laid-back living room addition. You will love this piece in the home!

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Denver Loveseat

Incorporate Mile High style into your living room with the incredible Denver Loveseat. This slightly rustic sofa features plush two-over-two seating, feet made of solid alder wood with a walnut finish, and key arms with distressed nailhead trim. Upholstered entirely in saddle brown top-grain aniline plus leather, this sophisticated furnishing was dyed with a light surface finish to enhance durability while maintaining a soft, natural hand. The Denver is truly as beautiful as the city it was named after!

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Hampton Loveseat

This contemporary sofa combines a classic silhouette with rich gray texture for a timeless style you will love. Featuring a stylish tufted bridgewater design, nailhead trim, and shimmering black floral accent pillows, this piece expresses a tasteful sense of fashion. The Hampton Loveseat is plushly padded for a luxurious seating experience!

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Metro Loveseat

The Metro Loveseat has a buttoned-up mid-century elegance while exuding sheltering comfort. An interpretation of the 1920s tuxedo sofa, this gray loveseat features a boxy shape with the track arms and streamlined tight back sitting at the same height, tufted details, unique inner arm cushioning, and two European-style interior bolster pillows. This vintage-inspired loveseat is quite sleek and glamorous, but fits into casual and formal living spaces alike.

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Mod Loveseat

The Mod Loveseat delivers cool and casual styling with a low-key mid-century vibe. Its loungy, retro silhouette, track arm, and distinctive button-tufted detailing give this sofa nostalgic, modern charm. With trendy, linen-like upholstery and dark, tapered legs, this tailored furnishing is perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying precious moments of downtime in style. This modern piece of living room furniture is available in your choice of gray or pecan-brown.

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Mod II Loveseat

Get the same trendy style as the Mod I Loveseat and trade fabric for leather with the Mod II Loveseat. With breathable bicast leather upholstery in a smoky cream color and dark tapered legs, this tailored furnishing is durably made and constructed to last. The vintage Mod II Loveseat will bring you fashionable comfort year after year.

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Richland Settee

Nod to elegant French provincial styling with the Richland Settee. This refined sofa will lend your home classic charm with its cabriole legs, camel back, fluted trim, and scrolled wooden details. Featuring hand-carved, wire-brushed oak with a vintage-inspired wash, this romantic sofa boasts neutral beige, linen-blend upholstery. Perfect for a formal living room, bedroom, or as an accent piece in any room of the home, this timeless furnishing combines the design of Louis XV with contemporary finishes.

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Telera Loveseat

The Telera Loveseat has a flexible design that can be dressed up in a formal setting, but has the comfort to furnish a laid-back living room as well. The look is clean and contemporary with a casual youthfulness. Modern and fashionable, the Telera is upholstered in family-friendly semi-aniline leather, making it durable enough to stand the tests of time. With a tufted back, generous seating area, and soft foam cushioning, this sofa will offer you comfort for years to come. This couch is available in your choice of smoky cream or granite gray.

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Vero Beach Loveseat

The Vero Beach Loveseat combines comfort and versatility with the sleek aesthetics of mid-century modern design. Inspired by laid-back style of the Florida coast, the Vero Beach is tasteful with its tufted, soft, supple 100% cowhide leather upholstery and overstuffed pillow cushions. Curved track arms and splayed dark wood legs emit a funky, retro feel that others will notice in any style of room. You will love to brag about this lively sofa and its vintage vibe! This fun loveseat is available in gray, ivory white, or pumpkin orange.

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Walden Reclining Loveseat

The Walden Reclining Loveseat is all about you and your personal love for flair! With luxuriously padded high seating, this gunmetal gray reclining couch surrounds you and your guests in comfort as you all relax. With performance material for durability, the Walden is sure to last throughout the years without sacrificing high-end style. Classic rolled arms, contrast stitching, and nickel nailhead trim add a touch of designer chic and give this timeless piece visual interest. The Walden is available with classic or power reclining functions.

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Survive the Winter: Elements of a Hygge Home

“Home is where the heart is,” is a saying valued by most when they think of their ideal dwelling for their family, friends, and guests, but because of the hustle and bustle of the quick-paced lifestyle popular in the United States, sometimes our living spaces become places for eating and sleeping, while socializing with others happens when you’re out and about. It’s easy to come home and relax after a long day at work, but in recent years the American home has become a place of temporary refuge instead of a place to gather with the ones you hold dear.

The small Scandinavian country of Denmark is frequently named the happiest place in the world, but what’s their secret to staying so content? Some might say the answer lies in the Norwegian word “hygge” [HUE-gah]: the feeling or mood that comes with enjoying life’s simple pleasures, loosely translated as “coziness” and also described as the joy that comes from spending time with the ones you love in a warm atmosphere. The Danes have welcomed the word “hygge” into their culture due to long winter months with up to 17 hours of darkness per day and cold temperatures that encourage people to stay indoors.

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The idea of hygge is to relax and to feel as comfortable as possible while letting your worries slip away. Hygge is an attitude, a feeling, an occasion, or a sense of belonging that can’t specifically be translated to English, but according to Danish translator ToveMaren Stakkestad, “Hygge was never meant to be translated—it was meant to be felt.”

So how can incorporate hygge into our homes? Many Scandinavian design trends are currently being adopted into American culture and hygge is being embraced as inspiration for not only interior decorating, but also a new lifestyle choice. The Front Door loves hygge, so here are some tips on how to live cozy like a Dane!

Hygge in the Dining Room

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Create a place to gather.

In Denmark, mealtime might go on for hours! Part of experiencing hygge includes dining with close family and friends and carrying on conversation without worrying about the time. Celebrate the good times and share a home-cooked meal, drink, and forget about other places to be. The best company is already at your table.

To create a welcoming dining space, add a long table with room for all your guests like the simple wooden Montego Dining Table and include Scandinavian-inspired wooden folding chairs like the Wegner Accent Chairs to allow your visitors to sit comfortably.

Keep your room toasty.

If the weather outside is frightful, warm up your space with a fireplace! Electric fireplaces are naturally cozy and give your home a hearth, making them perfect for long winter months. In our hygge dining room, the Jakalyn Fireplace keeps the room feeling warm and glass Seeded Hurricanes with candles inside also provide additional flickering glow for even more toasty ambiance.

Use a soft, neutral palette.

When designing a room with hygge in mind, a warm, neutral palette is best so as not to exhaust the eyes with overly bright colors. Lighter hues of gray, beige, terra cotta, tan, orange, and copper look sweet and snuggly by the fireside and introduce a comfortable and warm aesthetic. Soft pastels in pale yellow, pink, or baby blue can also add a hint of color that’s subtle and not overbearing.

In our hygge dining room, the Lotus Mink Rug features an exquisite pattern in mink brown and cream that matches the cozy beige upholstery of the Laguna Accent Chair for a snuggly result.

Stay tidy.

Scandinavian designers love a clean, clutter-free space, so make sure you stay organized. Part of hygge culture is to feel stress-free, so maintain those messes with the proper storage solutions.

In the dining room, a movable cart with drawer and basket storage like the Tuscan Retreat 4 Drawer and 2 Basket Table will allow you to have the essentials close by while other baskets like the Hatteras Low Storage Basket are perfect for holding items you might need such as blankets and reading materials.

Live in the natural world.

If the cold is keeping you inside, stay one with nature and allow reminders of outdoors to make their way into your space. Hygge is firmly rooted to nature, so animal motifs as well as wooden furniture and accessories are popular in Danish households. The Deer in the Mist Canvas features a magical nature scene while the Teak Root Bowl provides an organic centerpiece on the dining table. To incorporate Danish fishing culture, the Weathered Fish is also a nice accent for the mantel.

Hygge in the Living Room

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Get cozy.

Nothing says hygge like a warm and snuggly atmosphere! Texture is an important component of interior design in Denmark since the purpose of staying indoors is to keep the temperature toastier than the freezing air outside. It’s hard to feel hygge if you’re cold or are uncomfortable, so make sure you have lots of cozy material at hand such as chunky knit cushions, woolen rugs, velvet curtains, and faux fur throws. Comfy couches like the Ventura Sofa are ideal as soft seating for your guests and chairs like the Denmark Sling Chair that offer lumbar support ensure that you can lay back and relax.

And don’t forget about pillows and throws! Fluffy blankets and accent pillows are key to keeping your room warm. In our hygge living room, the Rattan Braided Trim Trunk is perfect for storing the Faux Fur Throw and Pillow, so that your guests have easy access to extra softness. Even your rug can look cuddly! The Emmie Kay Dove Persimmon Rug features a Scandinavian sweater motif that’s sweet and snuggly and also adds a pop of color with the Kantha Stitch Pillow to complement the gray and beige.

Create ambient lighting.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a cozy space. Candles are always dimly aglow in Danish homes when the sun sets in the afternoon, and they are certainly hyggeligt! Candles on the windowsill or on a shelf or table create the perfect ambiance in cozy scents like vanilla, spices or cocoa, so add candleholders like the Bastien Candleholders around your living space to keep them prominently on display.

Simple lamps are also great for ambient lighting. Exposed lightbulb lamps like the Bell Jar Table Lamp boast minimalistic Scandinavian design and ceramic lamps like the Charlotte Cream Jar Lamp are classic, cozy accents. Make sure you choose lamps for their purpose and not only their design. You want to choose low-wattage fixtures that stray away from being harsh and overly bright.

Indulge in the simple things.

Less is a whole lot more when it comes to Scandinavian design, and the culture of hygge is all about enjoying the little things in life. To live hyggeligt, indulge in the things that naturally bring you happiness and work to incorporate them into your home. You don’t need to have much in your room in order to achieve hygge, so skip the embellishment and distracting accessories and stick to the basics.

Simple wooden furniture such as the Chevron Cabinet and Pacific Heights II Coffee Table are streamlined and multi-functional for all your activities spent at home, while the Branch Forest Nesting Tables are small, easily movable surface spaces that enable you to create various atmospheres.

Make your space your own.

Part of living hyggeligt also includes making memories with the ones you love! Your home should feel lived in and include reminders of the times when you have felt joy and contentment. Bookshelves like the Del Norte Bookcase are great for keeping knick-knacks, books, and other personal items on display for all your guests to enjoy. Picture frames like the Vintage Wash Frame and simplistic home accents like the Fog Vases are also great for filling shelf space and helping blend the room together.

Spend time lingering.

Last but not least, live hyggeligt by LINGERING. Stick around to enjoy the company of friends and family, or curl up and read a book by the fireplace. The hygge culture wants us to slow down, unwind, and live in the moment. Your home is where the heart is, so make sure you spend some time enjoying it.

Color Wheel Basics: How to Pick Color Schemes for the Home

Decorating your home is no easy feat, and when it comes to choosing paint colors, it can already be hard enough to pick and choose which hues work for you. There are so many different shades, so how it possible to narrow down which ones go great with your furniture and unique design style? The Front Door is here to help! No matter what color you want to start with, there’s a color scheme that will help you figure out that wall color and matching accents to help pull the room together. Stick to this color coordination guide using hues from the color wheel and you can’t go wrong. These are scientifically proven to be eye-catching, so you won’t have to worry about mismatching. Say goodbye to neutrals, and open up your horizons to the world of color!

The Main Color Schemes

It might be a refresher, but before we get started, here’s a recap of the basic color wheel.

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The Primary Colors

When you think of the primary colors, memories of learning about red, blue, and yellow from kindergarten come to mind, and you’re not wrong. These are the main hues on the color wheel we need in order to create any other color, so these basic colors are a great foundation for any room. Whether you want to work in a bright red or introduce a calming blue, using a primary color can boost your room’s energy and guarantee that it will be attractive to all.

The Secondary Colors

When we mix two of the primary colors on the color wheel, we get secondary colors. Orange, green, and violet are the next basic colors on the list and they are great for complementing or contrasting the primary colors.

The Tertiary Colors

Last but not least, the tertiary colors are created when we mix secondary and primary colors. There are six tertiary colors that finish the color wheel and create a diverse range of rainbow hues to work with when decorating your home.

Now that you know the basics, take a look at the common color schemes below and design your room like a pro!

Analogous

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For the first color scheme on our list, simply use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create an easy design that looks neat and comforting. Analogous color schemes are harmonious and organically aesthetic since you can find them most often in nature. Choosing three to five analogous colors creates a diverse range in hues that can work from a red-orange to deep violet or from sunny yellow to a calming teal blue. No matter what color you start with, decide which direction you want to go, and there are endless possibilities!

For our analogous room, we started with dark indigo and added hues to get to a vivacious lime green for an eclectic cool-colored scheme! The dark blue Aria 3 Pc. Sectional and Aria Ottoman included patterned accent pillows with various shades of green and blue that matched the Aria Accent Chair, creating an easy start to using this analogous scheme. For other matching accents, we added the Dawn Discovery I and II Canvases and a green Torino Ombre Rug to complete the cool-toned room and painted an accent wall pale blue to create some light balance.

Other items shown: Facet Table Lamp, Facet Accent Lamp, Pass Through Vases
For more analogous color scheme items, add the: Narrow Bottle Vase and Taj Candleholders.

Complementary

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Next on the list, the complementary color scheme simply utilizes pairs of colors which, when combined, cancel each other out to create a blackish or whitish gray since they are exact opposites on the color wheel. The basic complementary color pairings are red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and violet. Using a complementary color scheme from the color wheel is fun and easy to use in the home to create a natural balance between a cool color and a warm color for some eye-catching results.

For our complementary room, we chose a child’s bedroom to explore the beautiful combination of bright yellow and various shades of violet. The walls are a lovely shade of lilac that is naturally feminine and sweet while the yellow comforter brings out some sunny personality to give the room a little more brightness.

Items shown: Chloe Bedroom Furniture, Harlow Crystal Lamps
For more complementary color scheme items, add the: Beach Princess Kids Twin Comforter Set, Graphic Storage Basket, and Sense Shag Rug (Plum).

Monochromatic

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To keep your color scheme really simple, how about you just use one hue? Sound scary? It might be, but a monochromatic color scheme can look elegant if you have a lot of pieces in the same color and can’t quite seem to get enough of it. Monochromatic colors are all the colors (shades, tones, and tints) of a single hue that are created by simply adding white, gray, or black to make it lighter or darker.

For our monochromatic room, we used a rich navy blue to decorate a dining room. Beautiful Sapa runners with intricate patterning in denim tones hang regally from the wall adjacent to bold framed blue prints while the same runner drapes the table beneath various blue-toned Oki Candleholders. For the finishing touch, the blue patterned rug exhibits both light and dark shades of navy in an exquisite floral print.

Other items shown: Urban Loft 5 Pc. Dining Group, Urban Loft Server
For more monochromatic color scheme items, add the: Magnolia Home Emmie Kay Navy Rug, Watery Stripe Vase, and Painted Puzzle Canvas.

Split-Complementary

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If you want to spice up a room and prove your color coordinating trendsetter skills, step your design guru skills up a notch with a split-complementary color scheme. The split-complementary color scheme uses a base color of your choice with the two colors adjacent to its complementary hue. This color scheme has the same striking contrast as the regular complementary color scheme, but has less tension.

For our split-complementary room, we used a refreshing teal blue for the base color with its split-complementary hues of mustard yellow and burnt orange. To illuminate the yellow, we also added metallic gold accent pieces for more flair. For the teal blue base, the Eden Settee and Hilton Accent Chair match the Oki Candleholders and Vases prominently on display while the Teal Woods Gold Foil Lacquer Print in the background combines the same teal with the mustard yellow also found on the Seneca Pillow.

The golden Linden Coffee Table and Sofa Table matches the mustard yellow and helps incorporate the metallic shade of the burnt orange found in the Adelle Table Lamp and Facet Ceramic Side Table. For the finishing touch, the rustic orange also beautifully mixes with the teal turquoise on the Rainbow Paper Vase.

Triadic

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Last but not least, you might want to use the triadic color scheme. A triadic color scheme uses colors that are spaced evenly around the color wheel. This color combination tends to be pretty vibrant even if you use unsaturated hues and is great for exploring diverse shades that work great together.

For our triadic room, we used the primary colors for our color scheme! Sophisticated shades of red, yellow, and blue are great for brightening up any space in the home, so we used them in the dining room. The Folk Tile Rug mixes these colors in unsaturated tones in a unique block pattern while blue placemats on the table and red flowers on the fireplace match well with the yellowish wood tone of the Oxford Dining Table.

Items shown: Cottage Side Chairs
For more triadic color scheme items, add the: Vin French Framed Print, Oldsmar Bench, Pierced Lantern Vase (Tomato Red), and Souk Vases.

Daily Exercise Schedule: Working out at Home

It’s the start of a new year and a new you! With 2017 here, gyms might get a little crowded with people trying to get in shape as part of their new year’s resolution, so save yourself some gym membership money, and try working out at home instead! The Front Door has put together some quick and easy workouts for your abdominals, arms, and legs that you can do in the comfort of your own home without weights or equipment. Follow our schedule for your daily exercise routine to keep you toned!

Depending on the day of the week, cycle through each workout for arms, legs, or abs. Within each category, rotate between exercises to avoid overexertion. Remember to take a 30-second break between each set to relax your body before the next workout.

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Abs

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Bicycle Crunches: 3 Sets of 25

Time to work on those abdominals! Start out your ab workout with bicycle crunches to strengthen your core.

  1. Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground.
  1. Place your hands behind your head and keep your knees in towards your chest as you lift your shoulders off the ground.
  1. Straighten your right leg and keep it slightly raised above the ground as you turn your upper body to the left. Bring your right elbow in towards the left knee.
  1. Switch sides and repeat this motion.

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Plank Taps: 3 Sets of 25

Next, intensify your ab workout by toning your core and shoulders with plank taps.

  1. Begin in a plank position. Keep your hips and shoulders square to the ground and your back straight. Try to keep to still.
  1. Lift your left hand off the ground to tap your right shoulder then place it back on the ground.
  1. Lift your right hand off the ground to tap your left shoulder then place it back on the ground.
  1. Repeat until 25 total repetitions have been reached!
  2. The most important thing to remember in this exercise is to engage your core and try not to let your hips dip from side to side. Keep them square with your shoulders.

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Reverse Crunches: 3 Sets of 25

To finish your ab workout, keep those core muscles active with reverse crunches.

  1. Lie on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Stretch out your arms beside you to support yourself as you lift off.
  1. Bend your knees and lift your feet. Your legs should create a 90-degree angle. Keep your feet together.
  1. Inhale and pull your legs toward your chest, keeping your abs active. Rock your knees toward your face and point your feet toward the ceiling.
  1. Exhale and lower your legs back to starting position. Repeat.

Arms

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Elbows-In Push-Ups: 3 Sets of 25

Start working out your arms with the correct type of push-up! Elbows-in push-ups will give you defined arms, a strong chest, and toned shoulders while reducing the chance of serious injury.

  1. Get into a high plank position. Keep your back straight and place your hands firmly on the ground beneath your shoulders.
  1. Lower your body to the floor still keeping your back flat and your elbows firmly beside your torso.
  1. Push back up and repeat.

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Tricep Dips: 3 Sets of 15

Next, work out your triceps to easily tone your arms with triceps dips. You can do this workout routine with a bench or a chair.

  1. Position your hands shoulder-width apart on a securely placed chair or bench.
  1. Sit in front of the chair or bench on the ground with your legs extended in front of you
  1. Slightly straighten your arms as your lift your body off the ground.
  1. Slowly lower your body back down to the ground until your shoulder joints are below your elbows.
  1. Repeat.

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Burpee with Push-Up: 3 Sets of 10

For the last leg of your workout, do sets of burpees with push-ups for some intense arm toning.

  1. Bend over or squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you outside your feet.
  1. Jump both feet back into a plank position.
  1. Do a push-up with your chest just barely touching the floor.
  1. Push-up to return to a plank position.
  1. Jump your feet in towards your hands and step into a jump with your arms reaching out overhead.
  1. Squat down and repeat.

Legs

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Lunges: 3 Sets of 25

Start out your leg routine with lunges to get those leg muscles stretched out! Lunges are a good for strengthening and sculpting your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings.

  1. For a proper lunge, first stand with your upper body straight with your shoulders back.
  1. Position your chin up and pick a point to stare at in front of you and engage your core as you step forward with one leg.
  1. Lower your hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and make sure your knee doesn’t touch the floor and your front knee is positioned above your ankle.
  1. Keep the weight in your heels as you rise up to the starting position. Repeat with the opposite leg forward.
  2. Continue to switch back and fourth between legs until 25 total reps have been completed.

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Cossack Squats: 3 Sets of 20

Next, work your inner leg muscles, glutes, and groin muscles with Cossack squats for more intense leg toning.

  1. Begin with a wide stance.
  1. Keep your right foot flat on the ground and your hip and knee aligned overtop.
  1. Point your left toe upward with the heel down and rotate your left knee straight up.
  1. Sit down into your hips and keep your back flat.
  1. Push up to a standing position using your legs as you move to repeat the workout on your left side.

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Jump Squats: 3 Sets of 20

Lastly, elevate the intensity of your leg routine with jump squats to condition your leg muscles and joints.

  1. Get into a normal standing position with your feet parallel and your body facing forward. Your feet should be positioned under your shoulders.
  1. Slide your toes a couple inches apart and turn them slightly outward.
  1. Lower into a squat by moving your hips back and down and bending your knees. Keep your arms at your sides for support
  1. Jump as forcefully and high as you can while reaching your arms above your head. The balls in your feet should be the last part of your body to leave the ground.
  1. Land feet first and bend your knees to brace the impact. Try to land as softly and smoothly as possible before jumping again.

DISCLAIMER: The authors of this blog have based these writings upon their own experiences, beliefs, and research regarding the topics covered. However, the authors are not medical doctors, nurses, professional trainers, or otherwise formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical or health advice and does not represent the opinions of Furniture Row, Denver Mattress, or any of its affiliates. All exercise and health decisions should be made with approval of your healthcare provider. This blog post is a labor of love intended to motivate and encourage readers to make healthy decisions after consulting with a qualified healthcare professional. Therefore, please read this blog and use the information that you derive from it appropriately and at your own risk.

Trend Alert: Rustic Lodge Living Room

You don’t have to be a ski bum to get the warm, cozy style of a cabin! Long winter months might have you nestled by the fireside reading a good book or watching a movie, so make sure your living room is extra snuggly with one of the Front Door’s favorite new trends—a rustic lodge living room! Whether your home is isolated deep in the woods or in a high-rise apartment, these fun design tips will keep you feeling toasty as the temperature drops.

frontdoor-rustic-lodge-livingBring in the wilderness.

Originating in the mountain cabins of Old World Europe, rustic lodge decorating began in remote areas with the use of native materials from the region. Unfinished branches, logs, animal skins, and unpolished stones became natural building supplies since other materials could not be easily transported, so people began to improvise with what they had.

A rustic lodge interior uses what is natural, so choose pieces with unrefined textures like stone. For the Front Door’s rustic lodge living room, both the New Aspen End Table and the New Aspen 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall feature beautiful stone slate inlay for an organic appearance.

For other ways to bring in the wilderness, accessorize a mantel or empty shelf with objects from outside like pinecones, branches, or fresh evergreen branches, or if you don’t live close to the forest, add a beautiful woven basket or tray like the Rattan Tray that instantly adds natural texture and is perfect for easy storage.

Celebrate the beauty of wood.

The best way to add rustic charm to your living room is by getting woodsy! Since rustic furniture is extremely textural, choosing pieces that show the natural shape and grain of the wood are perfect for lodge-inspired decor. Buying furniture made of wood that is local to your area is also a unique way to bring in an element of the outdoors. In our rustic lodge living room, the Montana Coffee Table features a unique teak tree root base below a simple floating glass tabletop for a look that is raw, earthy, and naturally beautiful.

Accent with animal motifs.

Another fun way to decorate your rustic lodge living room is by incorporating animal motifs. Wild animals such as bears, elk, birds, moose, and deer are common creatures found throughout a rustic room, so be sure to decorate with animal skins, antlers, furs, or other accessories that remind you of these forest friends. To keep our rustic lodge living room animal-friendly, our Faux Fur Throw is a cuddly and soft addition while our Woven Moose is made out of rattan. The Sculpted Horn Table Lamp is also a unique way to incorporate antlers easily while providing cozy lighting.

Add cozy lighting.

Nothing says cabin cozy like some toasty lighting! While fireplaces are a common way to get your desired rustic lodge glow, providing lots of floor and table lamps as well as candles are a simple, fast way to add warm ambiance. Our Hammered Urn Floor Lamp features a textured bronze metal base with a cream lampshade for a homey aesthetic, while the ceramic natural-toned Hina Candleholders will light up a cold night with a cozy flickering glow.

Use textures in a warm palette.

Last but not least, and most importantly, make sure you keep your rustic lodge living room warm! Upholstered furniture can be covered in natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp, and wool for an organic aesthetic or materials such as suede and leather in warm tones of brown, burgundy, red, or tan. More traditional furniture is also welcomed with embellishments like fringe and nailhead trim. Furniture Row’s Heirloom III Sofa and Loveseat have luxurious lodge-inspired charm with burgundy top-grain leather upholstery and thick nailhead trim adorning their classic curvy shape as well as four fluffy accent pillows. The Colleen II Accent Chair also fits well with our color scheme with its rustic paisley print and traditional wingback silhouette.

Finally, make sure you keep your toes warm! A thick rug in the same warm tones is the perfect finishing touch. The Mohave Path Rug boasts a unique Nomadic pattern in brick red and brown for some cozy, cultural Native American influence.

Wherever you live, stay cozy this winter with rustic lodge style! It’s the trend that will always offer unbridled beauty.

Meet Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

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It’s time to spring into 2017! Green is symbolic of new beginnings, and that’s why this bright, refreshing shade is the Pantone pick for the 2017 Color of the Year! Titled Greenery, this revitalizing hue of green is all about a zest for life and a love for the great outdoors. Greenery invites people to relax and breathe in the natural world, and when indoors, immerse themselves in creative goals motivated by personal passions. Take in this lush color and incorporate a splash of Greenery into your home! Furniture Row loves this bright hue, so celebrate the start of the New Year with some tips on how best to use it your home!

Brighten Up Your Kitchen

Add some zest to your kitchen or dining space with Greenery and other refreshing shades from nature like sunshine yellow to liven up mealtime. If your kitchen walls and cabinets are white or another neutral tone, accent decor like candles, vases, or flower pots in bright pops of green and yellow on the dining table or kitchen counter will add a splash of color to anything needing a punch of personality. Even your dining chairs can be upholstered with a fun green print to utilize this bright shade. A little Greenery in the home can go a long way!

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b. Jasmine Parsons Chair
c. Nature’s Fan Lady Canvas

Go Casual With Cool Tones

Even though Greenery is on the sunnier side of the green spectrum, this bright color still works great with other cool tones. Various shades of blue and teal will look casual and trendy when paired with accent pieces that feature a dash of Greenery that’s not too stressful on the eyes. A unique abstract canvas, an accent pillow, and some baskets at your sofa side are great examples of accessories that work this zesty hue into the color scheme without overtaking the room.

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b. Dawn Discovery I Canvas
c. Maradi Basket and Maradi Bowl

Let the Outside In

Another way to implement Greenery into your living space without painting your walls is by choosing springtime accents that remind you of the outdoors. Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal, so freshen up your space with a floral print rug, woven tray, or a bright colored table lamp with a fun patterned shade. Greenery and light blue reflect the grass and the sky, so by incorporating these two colors, you can give any room the light, airy aesthetic of springtime breeze.

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Riley Green Lamp
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Be Bold

Last but not least, make sure you add statement pieces in this lively lime hue! Furniture with a Greenery finish like a barstool or a green exotic print area rug are one-of-a-kind and will accentuate your living space to accommodate your own personal design tastes. Whether it’s one piece or several, this springtime color will look beautifully bold in your home.

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a. Mario Barstool
b. Got Wheels Canvas
c. Brushstrokes Emerald Rug

Electric Fireplace Guide: Gather Around the Hearth

The weather outside might be frightful, but gather around and get delightfully cozy by the fire this winter with an electric fireplace! While wood burning fireplaces smell good, sometimes we just don’t have the time to maintain them. If your home doesn’t feature a vent or chimney, have no fear! With an electric fireplace you don’t need burning logs or smoke ventilation to the outdoors. Electric fireplaces will cut down on dirt and debris and only need a light cleaning to remove dust, ensuring that you have the luxury of a cozy fire without all the work involved. Furniture Row features a wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit your personal tastes and incoming hot trends, so add some more warmth and take home your very own hearth! Check out these helpful tips on how to take care of your electric fireplace.

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Play it safe with electricity.

Since this fireplace runs on electricity, make sure you practice the same caution with it as you would with any other electronic device. Here are some electricity tips for your fireplace:

  • Most electric fireplaces require light bulbs that need to be replaced at least every two years or so.
  • Electric fireplaces should be plugged directly into a standard three-prong grounded to earth 120-volt outlet.
  • Since most electric fireplace cords are not very long, you may need to use an extension cord, but it is not recommended unless it’s short and heavy-duty at no less than 1875 watts.
  • Make sure you never plug other electrical items into the same wall outlet as the fireplace. This may cause a circuit breaker trip.
  • Always unplug when not in use!
  • Never use a bad outlet or a damaged cord. Make sure all electrical sources are running efficiently and in prime condition before plugging in your fireplace.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix in certain cases. Keep your electric fireplace out of bathrooms, outdoor areas, laundry rooms, or other spaces where there is water unless stated by the manufacturer that is it safe to do so.

Keep it clean.

Although you don’t have to clean out soot or stoke the burning embers, your electric fireplace will still need a proper wash every now and then.

  • Unplug the fireplace before you clean it!
  • For general cleaning, simply use a soft clean duster. DO NOT use glass cleaners as they contain chemicals that are highly flammable. Warm water with soap is ideal.
  • To remove any dust from the logs, the soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the grill.
  • Do not use furniture polishes or oils.

Maintain fire safety protocol.

Lastly, make sure you prevent a house fire with regular fire safety procedures! Although your fireplace is electric, accidents do still happen, so make sure your home is safe with these simple steps:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher at the ready, but be sure to buy the right type. Electrical fire extinguishers are different than wood fire extinguishers, so read the label carefully before you buy!
  • Never burn paper or anything else flammable inside the firebox.
  • Keep the air intake or exhaust opening from blockage. Air must move freely at all times.
  • Never store flammable materials near the fireplace such as lighter fluid or paint.
  • Do not have curtains, throw rugs, furniture, or bedding close to fireplace and keep them at a safe distance at least three feet away.
  • The electrical cord or cable should also never be run under a carpet, throw rug, runner, furniture, or any appliances.

Winter is coming, so stay warm and safe this season with your very own electric fireplace. This is a furnishing you won’t want to miss out on. Happy hearth hunting!

Beautiful Dining Room Sets for Holiday Entertaining

It’s the most wonderful time of year again and that means it’s time for guests to come over and share a meal! No matter what your dining room size, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for all of your family and friends to enjoy the festivities, so make sure you check out these dining room sets for holiday entertaining, and choose a group that suits your own personal style, but still fits the season!

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Whether it’s sharing Thanksgiving dinner, making Christmas cookies, or toasting champagne on New Year’s, your dining table is what the holidays are all about—spending time with the ones you hold dear. Check out these beautiful dining room sets from Furniture Row for inspiration on how to get ready for holiday entertaining in your home.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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Add a hint of festivity to a classic dining set with the gorgeous and exotic Mendocino Dining Group. Inspired by the northern California coast, the Mendocino collection uses a rough sawn espresso finish over solid pine and veneers to mimic the mighty Redwoods. The gorgeous saw cut and hand distressing is highlighted by metal turnbuckles and accents, creating a unique industrial twist on this otherwise traditional collection. A self-storing leaf on the trestle table makes entertaining a breeze for all those special occasions, ensuring that there will be room for all of your family and friends. If you’re looking for one of the most unique dining room sets for holiday entertaining, the Mendocino is perfect! Who says holiday traditional can’t be trendy?

‘Tis the Season

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Feel toasty and warm by the fire with a country cabin-inspired casual dining set. Let woodsy and refined style into your home with the Bear Creek Dining Group! Crafted from beautiful hardwood solids and acacia veneers in a medium oak, distressed finish, this dining collection comfortably seats all of your guests with two 18″ table leaves. The chairs feature warm brown upholstered seat cushions and curved panel backs for reinforcement. Strong and durably made to withstand the years, the Bear Creek collection will help light cold winter nights aglow with comfort and warmth. ‘Tis the season for staying inside with one of our favorite dining room sets for holiday entertaining!

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

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Nothing says comfort like traditional American charm, so celebrate with family and friends the way you’ve always done it with the Bellaire Dining Group. Built from solid ash with wire brushed elm veneers, the lightly distressed driftwood finish on each Bellaire piece is rustic and naturally beautiful. With pedestal legs and a heavy planked top, the trestle table is sturdy and elegant and features a cable-driven self-storing leaf so you can comfortably accommodate all of your dinner guests. Ladder-back chairs are durable with stretchers, and the tan upholstery has the stylish look of linen, making the Bellaire versatile enough to suit any dining space. Share a home-cooked meal with the ones you love when you bring home this crafted collection.

Home for the Holidays

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Make the holidays more intimate with a dining set that fits any space! Contemporary casual meets the togetherness of the countryside with the Salento Dining Group. With a rich finish on beautiful dark wood, the natural wood grain complements the unique counter height table that features crisscross panel accents and shelving that’s perfect for storing smaller kitchen items. You can fold out the square table to make a larger, circular table to make more room for all your dining guests, and a granite Lazy Susan center for hot plates makes serving easy. Enjoy being home for the holidays this year with the ones you hold dear! The Salento is ready to serve you.

Be Merry and Bright

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If you’re a trendsetter, make the holidays a little jollier with a touch of glamour and glitz with the Santa Fe Dining Group. From its rich, distressed espresso finish to the oversized nailhead-inspired trim, the Santa Fe collection is nothing less than memorable. The dining table combines a classic trestle base with oversized rivets on its apron, and the matching chairs boast an ever-popular X-back design that won’t be left unnoticed. Upholstered in warm, weathered, brown faux suede, the dramatically styled seating comfortably seats guests as they toast to good times. Made of solid rubberwood with pecan veneers, the Santa Fe set was built to last and provide your home with high-end style year after year.

We hope that you are inspired to bring your guests this season! With any of these beautiful dining room sets for holiday entertaining, you are sure to create memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime.

Stay Organized with Kitchen Storage

It’s the season for gathering around the table with family and friends, and with all that cooking, your kitchen can become quite a mess. Whether your cooking area is spacious or on the smaller side, you can never have enough counter space or kitchen storage for all your pots and pans, so why not add a piece that does both? Multi-functional furniture in your kitchen or dining room will ensure you’re prepared for dinner and dessert, so take a look at these convenient products from Furniture Row for some inspiration on how to turn your cooking area from cluttered to clean!

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You can never have enough shelves.

If your kitchen cabinets are becoming cluttered, invest in a china cabinet! Perfect for your dining area or kitchen, china cabinets or servers that feature shelves are great for storing antique china you wish to display or keep safely hidden, clunky pots and pans, or even boxed or canned food items that don’t seem to fit in your pantry. Extra shelving is the easy way to stay organized, so keep orderly with more kitchen storage options. The Mission II China Cabinet from Furniture Row offers interior shelves behind glass-paneled doors, so your guests can view your beautiful glasses and dishware, and also provides bottom cabinet and drawer storage for items you wish to keep out of sight.

It’s okay to have a junk drawer.

As much as we would like, sometimes we just don’t have time to put back every single stirring spoon, so assign yourself a designated junk drawer! Most experts agree that sometimes a little mess can go a long way in helping you stay sane in a sea of neatly labeled storage. Items that you use often and need to get to quickly are best inside your junk drawer, so pick a place that’s within easy reach! The drawer doesn’t have to be under your kitchen counter either! Island tables that double as counter space and feature bins, baskets, or drawers below like on the the Lake House Counter Height Island Table are ideal for easy access storage.

Mix countertops and tabletops.

Oftentimes more than one cutting board just simply isn’t enough, so make sure you have enough counter space! Tabletops that are made of countertop materials such as granite, marble, or stone slate slabs are a great substitution for cutting boards, hot plate holders, or coasters. Add more multi-purpose surface space with an island table, server, or cabinet that features a luxurious tabletop! For countertop-like tabletops, check out the Cabriolet Stone Top Cabinet that features a high-end blue limestone tabletop, and the Tuscany Cellar Kitchen Island Table that’s topped with a smooth stone slate center.

Enjoy meals on wheels!

Nothing says convenience like mobile furniture! Wheels or casters on the feet of kitchen carts and islands are perfect for transporting ready-made dishes to your guests or carrying wine and utensils so that you can keep people out of the kitchen when they go for a refill or need an extra knife. A compact kitchen cart like the Eaton Kitchen Cart can even be used as additional counter space while larger movable pieces like the Sonoma Slatted Island offers two bottom shelves that will hold anything you need to be easily accessible.

Pamper your guests with fine wine.

Last but not least, every dining occasion needs some festivity! Showcase your impressive vino collection with convenient wine bottle storage that will hold all your reds and whites as well as glasses and drinking accessories. The Tuscan Retreat Wine Storage Cabinet can hold an impressive 52 bottles, leaving room for other kitchen storage with a large glass-paned cabinet, two small drawers, and a bottom cabinet. If your wine collection is a little smaller, you could also add a beautiful server like the rustic barnyard-inspired Belle Manor Server which features two hanging racks for wine glasses as well as room for six bottles.

No matter what the dining occasion, don’t fret. Stay organized with convenient kitchen storage in your home, so you’ll never waste time looking for an oven mitt again!

Continue to Save with the 2016 Cyber Monday Furniture Deals at Furniture Row

Black Friday is almost here, and so are savings at Furniture Row’s Black Fourday Sale from November 25th to November 28th, but the sweet deals don’t stop there! Finding great quality furniture is no easy feat, but you can get your holiday wish this season with an extraordinary sale that continues even after the Thanksgiving festivities. Whatever your budget, Furniture Row and Denver Mattress have the best Cyber Monday furniture deals online on November 28th, 2016 only that you won’t want to miss out on, plus Black Friday coupons that extend until Monday. Unbeatable prices on sofas, bedroom sets, and more will be waiting for you on Cyber Monday even if you don’t have time to shop this weekend, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

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In-Store Coupon Deals at Furniture Row (Redeemable November 25th, 2016 through November 28th, 2016)

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*Please note that the prices listed in this article are only redeemable online November 28th, 2016 (Cyber Monday). 

To see the complete savings for 2016 Black Friday furniture deals at Furniture Row (November 25th, 2016 – November 28, 2016, check out this article.

Get the Look: Gothic Revival

Halloween is almost here, but you don’t need spooky skull decor to stay festive! If you’re a big fan of black, gothic style is a perfect fit for your home, but it’s easy to become a little intimidated by this design trend if your home isn’t styled like a mid-18th century Parisian church. The Front Door is here to help! Add a hint of dark and dramatic romance with these easy steps that will ensure that your living space gets an elegant up-do that’s not gaudy.

What is gothic style?

Forget the association to dark, haunted mansions, vampires, or Wuthering Heights—did you know that gothic style was originally intended to make churches feel a bit brighter? Originated during the middle ages, gothic style began around 1150 AD throughout Europe—specifically in the United Kingdom and France.

Gothic architecture was heavily influenced by vertical design that swept upwards with grandeur in order to solve some of the common architectural problems in medieval times that caused cold, dark, and damp buildings.

Flying buttresses, pointed archways, and vaulted ceilings helped to spread the weight of taller walls and towers and make way for light and airier design than seen previously. Gothic architecture was also decorative and divinely inspired, so gothic interior design also emphasized on the ornate and majestic by incorporating heavy intricate wooden furniture and decorating in rich, dark colors. A lot of inspiration for gothic style came from the Roman Catholic Church that wanted to celebrate their triumph over paganism with beautiful stained glass windows and decor that looked like it was sent straight from the heavens.

Gothic style design tips:

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Paint it black (or another dark color).

Nothing says gothic like dark or black finished furniture. The more elaborate, the better! Chairs, headboards, and cabinets made of heavier wood like oak with arches, spiral turned legs, and detailed carvings are a perfect starting point for incorporating gothic style. If black is too bold, gray or dark cherry finished furniture does the trick, or a piece with a nice black-and-white contrast like on the Laslo Hall Console can definitely add dramatic flair. The Otomi Sideboard from Furniture Row is made of solid pine and iron hardware and features a rustic dark coffee finish, making it great for any gothic-inspired room, and the Ebony Jewelry Armoire is elegant with its classic silhouette and chic black finish.

Add heavy fabrics with rich textures and tones.

To achieve the gothic style, use decadent silk, satin, or velvet fabrics with rich and bold colors and patterns for a look that is truly ravishing. The Shimmer Parsons Side Chair features luxurious gray velvet upholstery for some soft sophistication. Romantic jewel tones such as emerald green, deep burgundy, purple, ruby red, or navy blue are dramatic when contrasted with dark or black finished furniture and will give your space a sultry ambiance that looks elegant. Bringing in some color will also allow you to use black sparingly or in moderation, so the room doesn’t feel quite as dark. Thick curtains and drapes on windows and canopy beds in rich textures will also provide a stunning backdrop. Tufted cushions and nailhead trim on otherwise neutral pieces like the Marlena Ottoman and Hampton Loveseat will also add edgy embellishment and glamor to make your room feel even more refined. 

Embrace the ornate.

Fancy accent pieces made of wrought iron, metal, and stone are the perfect decorative touch for your gothic revival room! Glittery glimpses of metallic finishes like bronze, gold, and silver will look dramatic on already ornate pieces. The Knottingham Hall Tree features sophisticated wrought iron door decor while the Rosemont Coffee Table boasts a stamped metal tabletop and scrolled iron legs kissed with a touch of bronze for an Old World design. Wrought iron can even look gothic-inspired on lighting like table lamps such as the Chatham Table Lamp or intricately shaped chandeliers.

Enhance with dramatic decor.

Last but not least, make sure you decorate! Gothic style is all about embellishment, so add dramatic flair with elegant objects like mirrors, candelabras, paintings, and dark colored rugs. Our gothic revival room looks romantic with the dark mahogany brushstrokes on the Piano & Music Canvas that goes great with the dramatically elegant red and coffee colored Delphine Rug. For some sparkle, the Roma Candleholders are visually appealing on a table or mantel with their burnt gold finish and smooth silhouette.

It doesn’t have to be intense!

Whether you’re adding one gothic-inspired piece or several, make sure your living space reflects your own tastes and personality. Your unique take on gothic revival will definitely turn heads, and you’ll be the trendsetter you always dreamed of!

Elements of a Cozy Bedroom

The cold weather is finally here, so it’s time to get cozy! Say goodbye to lighter summer bedding and welcome something a bit warmer to keep you feeling toasty. Furniture Row and Denver Mattress have a great line of bedding and bedroom accessories to help create a snug ambiance, so follow these tips for comfortable, cozy bedroom inspiration!

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Trap heat with warm bedding. 

The first step in creating a cozy bedroom is to stay warm and cozy with bedding designed to keep you warm! Start with a fluffy mattress pad like the Body Cloud Mattress Pad from Denver Mattress for extra plump, so that you’ll feel especially pampered with cozy cotton. Sheets with higher thread counts and tighter weaves will make sure heat stays trapped. For something heavier, try to find sheets like the DreamFit Select World Class Cotton 300 TC Sheets from Denver Mattress that are made of luxurious, soft Pima cotton and have twice the stitching as regular sheets. Finally, choose a comforter set that is uniquely you! Furniture Row has a variety of comforter sets in all colors and sizes, but choosing something versatile can go a long way! The Acanthus Comforter Set is one of our favorites since its neutral palette goes great with an array of styles and is made of warm percale cotton.

Add soft textures everywhere.

Don’t stop at just your bedding! Take the softness one step further with an upholstered bed like the Venice Upholstered Bed from Furniture Row that has chic heather-gray, flannel-like upholstery that is both cozy and classy. And warm up your favorite chair or sofa with a soft blanket like the camel colored Faux Fur Throw that’s a fun furry accent to curl up in and take a nap with.

Bring in warm hues.

Texture isn’t the only remedy for adding snuggle-worthy style to your living space. Warmer hues like bright or burnt oranges, browns, and reds help create a toasty ambiance and are also festive for your cozy bedroom! Accent pillows like the Seneca Pillow and the Bancroft Brick Pillow lighten the mood with bold patterns, but also add lovely oranges and browns to the mix to further complement the comforter set. And don’t forget the floor! Make sure your feet are pampered too with a warm-colored rug like the Torino Ombre Rug that boasts a monochromatic gradient design in brilliant shades of paprika.

Incorporate toasty lighting.

Last but not least, make sure you keep your room looking bright. A well-lit room is always especially cozy when indoors during colder weather, so add a stylish table lamp for the perfect finishing touch. The Adelle Table Lamp from Furniture Row is beautifully crafted with an antiqued bronze finish that brings some extra spice to its already funky textured spherical base.

Don’t let the cold weather bring you down. Stay inside and warm in style this season!

Everything You Need to Know About Furniture Wood

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When selecting a new piece of furniture for your home, chances are you’re going to choose something made of wood. Whether it’s a sofa, dining room table, or office desk, your furniture is going to consist of a wooden interior or exterior since wood is everyone’s favorite material—and for good reason. Wood has always played an important role in the history of human civilization. We use it for fuel, houses, paper, tools, and so much more, that sometimes we take it for granted. The demand for furniture wood continues to increase annually, but many consumers of wooden products don’t know enough about the source of their new purchase—trees.

Scientists believe there is an estimated 100,000 species of trees on earth with new species being discovered every year all over the world. So where does your new bookshelf come from? As deforestation becomes more of a problem in our developing world, many people are concerned about the trees. We may never stop needing wood, but we can be more informed about what we buy and the materials used to make it. Choosing furniture that’s right for you will ensure that it stays with you for years, so you can save some trees. Furniture Row sells many wooden products, but don’t be intimidated by the variety! Here is a guide to all furniture wood, so you can take home the piece you’ve been looking for.

Why Choose Wood?

Other building materials such as glass, plastic, and aluminum are easily outlasted by wood! Wood is naturally strong, and many furniture manufacturers take advantage of its durability when designing products. It is easy to care for and offers natural beauty that is a great addition to your living space. With a variety of types and finishes, wood furniture can complement any room design, so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching. Wood is even gentle on the environment! Compared to plastic manufacturers, wood manufacturers have adapted reliable and improved technologies to minimize waste and energy. Many wood products also contain recycled wood too, so you can choose an item you know is eco-friendly. 

Hardwood vs. Softwood: Which is Better?

While many people believe that hardwood lasts longer than softwood, this isn’t necessarily the case. The tree from which the wood originates—not its durability, determines classifying wood as hardwood or softwood. While most hardwoods do tend to be durable and hard as opposed to workable softwoods, there are many exceptions like yew trees, which produce softwood that is hard, and balsa trees, which produce hardwood that is soft. Hardwood derives from angiosperm trees that are deciduous, while softwood derives from gymnosperm trees that are coniferous.

Most hardwoods tend to have a higher density than softwoods, making them more fire-resistant and less malleable. Since deciduous trees tend to have a slower growth rate, hardwood products tend to be more expensive than softwood products, but will last longer. Although hardwood is more common, about 80% of all timber is composed of softwood since it is easier to work with; however, most furniture is made of hardwood due to its longevity and resiliency. Hardwoods are more likely to be found in high-quality furniture, but depending on the tree, a softwood product might prove to be just as long-lasting.

Veneers and Solids: What’s the Difference?

When reading a product description, you might wonder why your new bed is made of two types of wood—for example, rubberwood solids and cherry veneers. What is the difference? A veneer is typically a thin layer of hardwood that’s roughly 1/8 of an inch that is glued or bonded to another surface of wood (solid) that is below it. Sometimes a less expensive or stronger wood is underneath veneer, so that furniture manufacturers can design and build beautiful pieces at a lower cost. Veneer can be stained, painted, or grained to get the exact look you want since it is real wood and offers an extra layer of protection on your furniture. If you are purchasing a piece with cherry veneers, this means that although your new bed is made of mostly rubberwood, it will look and feel like it is made of cherry. If your furniture is only made of solids, it can still be sanded, painted, or treated however you wish, but will only be made of one type of wood. 

What is MDF?

Many pieces of furniture might be listed as having a frame made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or plywood, but this does not mean it’s not made out of real wood! MDF features a mixture of wood solids, resin, and wax that’s bonded under a high temperature to produce a wood-like substance that is much cheaper than solid wood. MDF is generally denser than plywood, which is a wooden board consisting of two or more layers of wood veneer that are glued together. Both MDF and plywood are man-made and offer additional structural support in furniture.

Choosing Eco-Friendly Wood Products

You can be environmentally conscious when buying wooden furniture! If refurbishing the wooden furniture you already have isn’t an option, you can still lower your carbon footprint and save trees by choosing the right product. Here are some tips for choosing eco-friendly wood products:

  1. Look for certified wood: When buying new furniture, look for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that verifies that the piece was built to meet strong environmental and economical performance standards.
  2. Go local: Choose wood that comes from trees that grow in your area and wasn’t transported long distances. Popular trees used in furniture that grow in North America include pine, cherry, oak, birch, poplar, ash, maple, walnut, and certain species of acacia.
  3. Pick wisely: Many species of trees are rare or endangered such as teak and monkey pod, and others take longer to grow and cannot be easily replaced such as certain species of oak, mahogany, and cedar. Instead of choosing these woods, opt for eco-friendly alternatives such as mango wood, which you can read more about here or bamboo wood, another sustainable and hardy material.
  4. Buy reclaimed or recycled wood: Many softwoods such as fir and pine can be recycled, so choose a piece that turns the old into the new! Reclaimed wood also offers antique beauty, and with the perfect distressed paint finish, you can add a dash of vintage chic to your living space. Check out the Chevron Cabinet and the Del Norte Bookcase from Furniture Row for recycled wood examples.

Pine

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Everyone is familiar with this evergreen tree! Pines are the most commercially important trees since they are fast-growing softwoods that can grow in large masses for timber and wood pulp that’s used to make paper. Pines are also long-living and can typically reach ages of 100-1,000 years if left untouched. Unlike other coniferous trees such as spruce trees, pine trees create durable softwood that is great for building. Pinewood is inexpensive, lightweight, and resists shrinking and swelling. It is typically yellowish or whitish with brown knots, holds paint easily, and wears well over time, making it a great material for rustic pieces. This Christmas tree is certainly capable of creating great furniture!

Did you know? The oldest tree in the world is a bristlecone pine tree in California’s White Mountains. Nicknamed Methuselah after the longest-living man from the Bible, this majestic pine is believed to be 5,000 years old, but you can’t visit it since its location is a Forest Service secret for its protection.

For furniture made of pine, check out the Franklin Cabinet, Durango Panel Bed, and Rustic Craftsman Coffee Table.

Maple

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Most people enjoy maple trees for their vibrant changing leaves in the fall and sweet syrup, but this Canadian icon does a whole lot more. Apart from furniture, maple wood is the wood of choice for sporting equipment such as baseball bats, bowling pins, and archery bows and is also used to make paper. Dried maple wood is also used for the smoking of food, and its charcoal can be used to make whiskey. As one of the hardest woods, maple is a creamy white hardwood that sometimes has a reddish color and is great for heavy-use items such as cabinets and dressers. Maple is extremely durable. It will still gleam after years of use, and takes dark stains well to produce a rich color similar to cherry and mahogany. It also has a highly decorative rippled wood grain that is 100% unique depending on the tree. The maple is truly majestic!

Did you know? Maple wood is a tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well. Since maple is denser than most hardwoods, it creates a bright sound so it is used to make many musical instruments such as violins, cellos, drums, and guitar necks.

For furniture made of maple, check out the Elkhart Nightstand, Elkhart Mirror, and Hayworth Dresser.

Oak

Oak

Considered as one of the better-known trees, the oak is so popular because it lives on almost every continent! With over 600 different species, the oak can live in forests in temperate or tropical climates. They are fairly large in size and require a large amount of water, so they do not grow very fast. About 78 species of oak are listed as endangered due to habitat destruction, invasive species, and fungal diseases. In addition to furniture, oak wood is used for building ships since it is so durable. It is also used in the manufacture of barrels for storing wine, whiskey, brandy, and other liquors since it adds a special aroma. Oak is a hardwood that is very grainy and comes in two varieties: red oak, which ranges from light brown to reddish with a swirling pattern, or white oak, which is yellowish with a striped grain and flecks. Oak wood is very durable and is resistant to warping. It looks best with a clear finish since it already has a distinctive look and is ideal for traditional wooden furniture such as panel beds and bookshelves.

Did you know? Oak trees produce more than 2,000 acorns every year, but only one in 10,000 acorns will grow into a tree.

For furniture made of oak, check out the Chatham China Cabinet, Cordillera Executive Desk, and Double Axis Bookcase.

Rubber

Rubber

The rubber tree is in high-demand, but not just for its wood! Known for producing a milky white sap called latex used to make rubber, the rubber tree is mostly native to tropical regions in Africa and Southeast Asia. After rubber trees reach about 30 years of age, they are harvested since they can no longer produce latex and their wood is used primarily for furniture. Rubberwood is not rubbery; instead it is moderately hard and stiff. It dries rather easily and can be cut to build dining chairs, tabletops, and other paneled products. It is also takes stains well, so you can find rubberwood in a variety of finishes. The natural color of rubberwood ranges from pale cream to yellowish brown and the grain pattern is mostly straight with large vessels.

Did you know? The first use of rubber traces back to 1600 BCE when the Olmecs boiled harvested latex to make a ball for a Mesoamerican ballgame that is still played by indigenous populations today.

For furniture made of rubberwood, check out the Unity Rectangular End Table, Woodhaven Dining Table, Greenwich TV Stand.

Cherry

Cherry

Everybody loves this tree’s sweet red fruit! Grown only in temperate climates, the cherry tree is a favorite for its fruit, gorgeous white or pink blossoms, and beautiful wood. Around two million cherries are produced each year, and unlike most fruit trees, the cherry can continue to produce fruit for up to 100 years. Cherry wood is a hardwood with a fine, straight grain that ranges from reddish brown to blond. It can be easily shaped and polishes well. Rich in color, this wood looks best when it’s not stained and darkens with age. Cherry wood tends to be more expensive since the trees are difficult to grow and keep alive because they are susceptible to rotting. For this reason, a lot of furniture features cherry veneers since solid cherry is costly.

Did you know? The Japanese tradition “Hanami” includes viewing cherry trees while they are in bloom. People gather in parks and temples to celebrate the beauty of the blossoms.

For furniture made of cherry, check out the Jameson Dresser, Arches Sofa Table, and Cooperstown Mirror.

Poplar

Poplar

This deciduous fast-growing tree grows in temperate climates in the northern hemisphere. Although there’s only 35 species, poplar trees vary a lot in size and color. Since they require a lot of moisture to grow, many poplar trees can be found near rivers, ponds, and swamps. In addition to furniture, poplar wood can be used to make snowboards due to its high elasticity, musical instruments such as guitars and violas, bio-fuel, paper, and is the main ingredient in plywood. Ranging from greenish brown in color with streaks of gray to a pale yellow, poplar is typically straight grained with a fine texture. It has very few knots and is usually used for more industrial and creative purposes since it is inexpensive, workable, and takes nails, screws, glue, and paint finishes well. Poplar is a hardwood but is actually on the softer side.

Did you know? The famous painting, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, was painted on a panel made of poplar wood.

For furniture made of poplar, check out the Pacific Heights II Coffee Table, Soleil Server, and Sullivan Chest.

Walnut

Walnut

This tree is famous for its nuts, but it can also create the most intricately carved furniture! People consume 2.5 million tons of walnuts each year with California as the world’s largest exporter. Apart from furniture and its delicious snacks, these trees also produce shells that are used in the production of grit paper, glues, plastics, inks and brown dyes, and cleaning products. Walnut wood is particularly used for decorative furniture such as headboards, ornate antique-style dining tables, and mantels since it’s strong and stable and can handle carving. It is a hardwood with straight grains, and tends to be on the expensive side since it is extremely high-quality. Walnut looks best when clear-coated or oiled to bring out its rich color that ranges from chocolate brown to yellow. This majestic wood really is gorgeous!

Did you know? Walnuts are a rich source of vitamins A, E, K, and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron that can improve blood flow, reduce cholesterol and blood sugar, decrease inflammation, improve kidney and liver function, and heal wounds.

For furniture made of walnut, check out the Savannah TV Stand, Urban Craftsman Chairside End Table, and Belle Dining Table.

Birch

Birch

Known for its beautiful white bark, the birch tree looks beautiful inside and out! This deciduous fast-growing tree likes temperate climates around the world and can usually be found close to lakes and rivers. The birch is known as a pioneer species since it can grow quickly in environments destroyed by fire. Apart from furniture, the wood, bark, and sap from the birch tree can be used to make tea, soaps and shampoos, herbal medicine, syrup, sugar substitute, canoes, toys, and paper. Birch is a common, moderately expensive hardwood that looks a lot like maple wood. It is light, yellowy brown with close grains and is popular in most furniture. You definitely can’t ever go wrong with birch.

Did you know? The wood of a birch tree is highly flammable. It can catch fire even when it is wet, so it makes great firewood.

For furniture made of birch, check out the Lake House Sever, Oxford Chest, and Lake House Side Chair.

Ash

Ash

This deciduous tree grows in both cool and warm climates, and produces some gorgeous hardwood. Some ash trees are in danger of extinction however, due to the emerald ash borer, a wood-boring beetle that kills trees in North America, so it is important to make sure the ash wood in your furniture does not come from an endangered species. Woodworkers enjoy this hardwood since it is strong, bendy, and easy to work with. It is used for a number of things including firewood, smoking meat, and sporting equipment such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, and canoe paddles. Ash veneers are also popular in the manufacture of office furniture. The wood of an ash is typically very tough, course textured, and features straight grains. Ash varies in color from creamy white or gray to light and dark brown. It is moderately priced and commonly found in bent furniture pieces requiring maximum strength such as tables.

Did you know? Ash trees are commonly found in mythology and folklore that spans back thousands of years. The Vikings even worshipped it as sacred.

For furniture made of ash, check out the Riverbend 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall, Bellaire Dining Table, and Tulip End Table.

Acacia

Acacia

Seeing an acacia tree probably reminds of you of an African savannah, and you’re not wrong! This shrub or deciduous tree needs a lot of sun and loves dry habitats. Although it doesn’t grow very tall or live long, the acacia plays a vital role in the Australian and African ecosystem since its leaves are an important source of food for camels, goats, cattle, and giraffes. Since acacia wood is very strong and durable, it used in the manufacture of toys, jewelry, and tools. Tannins isolated from the tree sap are also used to tan leather and acacia flowers are also boiled down to make perfume, cosmetics, herbal medicine, and liquor. Unlike other hardwoods, acacia is very water-resistant, so it is ideal for heavy-use items that come into contact with liquids. It comes in a variety of deep browns and its attractive, natural grains look handsome with the rich color. This exotic wood is truly one-of-a-kind!

Did you know? Stinging ants live inside swollen-thorn acacias in Africa. The acacia provides shelter and nectar to the ants, and in return they protect the tree from herbivores.

For furniture made of acacia, check out the Arcadia Server, Madagascar Bench, and River Ridge Media Chest.

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Trend Alert: Indian Summer

With the cool drop in temperature, you might be tempted to make room for fall decorations, but don’t let go of summer just yet! Indian summer is a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn, and with this temporary heat wave you can have fun mixing bright summer colors that pop when matched with rustic fall decor. Check out Furniture Row’s take on this eclectic new trend with these fun tips to create your own Indian summer styled room.

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Add rustic and reclaimed.

Nothing will remind you of spending cozy fall in the woods quite like rustic and reclaimed furniture. Distressed wood pieces such as tables and cabinets add an organic aesthetic that brings nature directly into your home. Let the natural wood grain show its true colors with pieces like the Nantucket Server made of reclaimed Indian hardwoods that is sealed for luster to maintain the authentic paint residue on the wood. Take tree-loving design one step further with a unique table like the Montana Coffee Table that’s crafted of exposed teak roots supporting a sleek glass top. Stay rooted in Mother Nature, and let the forest inside!

Mix bold patterns and textures.

Incorporate the Indians’ love for intricate and colorfully detailed patterns with soft textures on room accents like rugs and chairs. Summery blues such as the dyed and luxurious denim colored Marbella Rug look great when paired with bold patterns in earthier autumn tones found on pieces like the Evelyn Accent Chair that boasts a mosaic-inspired print in red, brown, and beige. Just like the seasonal twist in temperature, don’t be afraid to mix the opposites for a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Incorporate soft seating.

We all love curling up by the fireside to watch a movie or read a good book during the fall, so make sure your living space is full of soft places to sit! Sofas in warm neutral tones like the saddle brown Denver Loveseat look cozy with fluffy pillows, cushions, or blankets that match your color scheme like the green Escape Pouf. An extra amount of fluff can go a long way!

Bring in a pop of color.

Last but not least, liven up your Indian summer room with a bright pop of color on room accessories like lamps and art! Beautiful shades of turquoise are reminiscent of summer skies and look great with fall tones of red and orange. Furniture Row’s Tivoli Table Lamp adds a beautiful tint of blue for some cozy lighting. And nothing says Indian Summer like feathers! The Wind Song Canvas is the perfect finishing touch with bright watercolor painted feathers in orange, pink, and blue. Don’t say goodbye to color this fall!

Behind the Scenes at Denver Mattress

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Denver Mattress is considered unique among its competitors in the bedding industry, but how does it earn its success? From its factories, managers, and workers, Denver Mattress has been titled with having one of the most efficient mattress assembly lines in the world, but there’s a lot of work that goes into making sure they’re consistent in terms of quality. Karen Goossens, the National E-Commerce Manager from Furniture Row, sat down with the Front Door to answer questions about what goes on behind the scenes at this unique company.

Front Door: How does Denver Mattress produce consistent body support and enable a restful night’s sleep with minimal interruptions?

Karen Goossens: Everybody has different comfort and support needs in a mattress. What sets Denver Mattress apart is that we truly care about helping you find the mattress that fits you best. We offer a variety of different support systems, from zoned support, which offers extra support where you need it most, to individually wrapped coil and foam support systems, which provide excellent motion separation for couples. We even carry adjustable air chamber systems for truly customizable support.

FD: What does Denver Mattress do to ensure quality over time? 

KG: Being a factory direct company, Denver Mattress takes a lot of pride in the quality of the mattresses we produce. The fact that we make the mattresses ourselves gives us control of the components that go into them and we use the highest quality materials we can for every price point; for example, all of the foams that we use are CertiPUR-US® certified to ensure quality.

Also, during design and development, Denver Mattress uses tests that simulate how the mattresses will perform through time with actual use. They are then measured and inspected for wear to ensure quality. The mattresses must perform well in testing before they will ever make it to a showroom for a customer to purchase.

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FD: How does Denver Mattress minimize waste while producing mattresses?

KG: We like to use the term up-cycle instead of recycle because we are repurposing all virgin materials. Our M.A.R.S (Materials Automated Recapture System) takes all of the excess fabric trimmings and creates a new fiber that can be used to make pillows, mattress pads, etc. We also recycle all plastics and cardboard which makes the factory a zero waste facility.

FD: Where does Denver Mattress find inspiration for new mattress technology? 

KG: I think the biggest source of inspiration is listening to our customers. We are able to see what types of mattresses they are looking for and also look for gaps in products that are available. In addition to that, Bob Rensink, who runs our factory, stays on top of all of the latest mattress technologies that are available, so he is constantly coming up with new ideas to try. 

FD: Take us behind the scenes in the factory. What kinds of manufacturing procedures do the products experience before they hit stores? 

KG: Denver Mattress utilizes J.I.T. (Just In Time) manufacturing. Because mattresses are produced on demand, little to no inventory is stored in the factory. The raw materials are assembled together into a mattress and then immediately sealed in plastic and loaded for distribution to our stores. The entire process ensures consistent quality and very efficient production.

FD: What’s one fun fact about mattresses you think people should know before making a purchase?

KG: You always hear about the fact that you spend 1/3 of your life in bed. However, think about the impact your sleep has on the other 2/3 of your life. Sleep has such a dramatic impact on your health; it ranks right up there in importance with diet and exercise.

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FD: Do you have any additional thoughts or comments?

KG: The main thought I would like for people to know is that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to a mattress. You need to find the support that fits your body and lifestyle the best. Our complimentary custom mattress fittings will help you find the mattress and pillow combination that your body needs to put you in neutral spinal alignment. This helps your muscles relax and minimizes pressure points on your body, so you can get a better night’s rest.

Coffee Tables to Fit Your Coffee Order

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Coffee tables come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, so how do you know which one is right for your living space? Many scientists believe that the beverages we crave have a lot to do with various traits of our personality, and coffee is no exception. Furniture Row has a wide number of coffee tables to accompany your own personal style, but if it’s hard to choose, let your taste buds do the talking! Figure out which coffee table matches the taste that’s all your own by picking out your favorite drink below.

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Latte

Personality Traits: Just like this warm milky drink, you like to indulge in what’s comfortable. Laid-back and sweet, you are appreciated by close friends and family who value your loyalty and easy-going nature. You are a people-pleaser and spend most of your time helping others or reflecting. As a homebody in spirit, you don’t need very much to make you happy. After all, the best things in life are free aren’t they?

Your Coffee Table: The Lauren

Just like you, this coffee table is simple yet sweet! Beautifully crafted of select softwood solids and softwood veneers with a weathered oak finish, the elegant Lauren features flattering carved design details you will love in any style of room.

Espresso

Personality Traits: If there’s a natural-born leader of the group, it’s you! Forget sugar and spice, you prefer straightforwardness. Although people might find you a little intimidating at first, they secretly admire your can-do attitude and think you’re actually quite cool. Edgy and headstrong, you don’t wait around to get things done and are good at multi-tasking. Everyone ought to follow your lead.

Your Coffee Table: The Lillian Lift Top

Your polished and poised personality matches this coffee table that’s sleek and stylish. Crafted of birch veneers in a black ink finish, the Lillian is designed to have years of lasting beauty, and is even more complete with hidden additional storage beneath its easily moveable lift top.

Macchiato

Personality Traits: You’re a rarity! Nobody is quite like you and you take pride in that. As a true hipster, you prefer to do things your own way even though it’s not the norm. Most consider you are true artist who marches to their own drum. You are truly one-of-a-kind.

Your Coffee Table: The Authentic

This coffee table is as authentic as you are! Made from rustic, reclaimed elm collected from rural villages, the Authentic is perfect for casual gatherings with friends and family. With three working drawers with vintage pull rings and an elegant distressed finish, this piece will bring unique charm to your home.

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Cappuccino

Personality Traits: You’re the social butterfly of the bunch! Bubbly and outgoing, you should win an award for your optimism. Your personal taste is totally refined and glamorous. You also know the importance of making an impression and will go a long way to attract admirers. As the true star of the show, you are noticed by everyone and wouldn’t want it any other way.

Your Coffee Table: The Rosemont

A regular wooden coffee table just wouldn’t fit your dramatic personality, so opt for something with more flair with the Rosemont. The rich dark cherry finish is a perfect complement to the stamped metal design in the middle of the table that gives this piece its unique look. Finished with scrolled iron legs not only adds detail but makes the Rosemont durable for a lasting look.

Americano

Personality Traits: If there’s anyone who likes to aim high, it’s you! Outgoing and hardworking, you are both innovative and adventurous. Out with the old and in with the new—you know that change is for the best! You have an interesting perspective on most things and have high aspirations for life. You’re a true opportunist and know that with a little sweat, anything’s possible.

Your Coffee Table: The St. Louis

Just like your innovative personality, this coffee table mixes old and new styles for an outcome that’s brilliant and beautiful. The perfect combination of rustic and industrial, the St. Louis is crafted out of raw knotty alder wood and garnished with unique mechanical metal details. With functioning, lockable wheels, and bolted steel accents at each of the corners, this table will add high-end urban style to your living space.

Cold Brew

Personality Traits: Similar to this icy cool cup of caffeine, you’re a trendsetter! You tend to know what’s stylish and people are always waiting to see what you’ll do next. You’re chic, on-trend, and sometimes a bit dangerous. Being rebellious is totally cool and it’s no wonder you’re so popular.

Your Coffee Table: The Studio Metal

Forget your average coffee table, the Studio Metal is as eclectic and bold as your personality! This unique coffee table brings sleek industrial styling to your space. With open shelving for storage, a retro metal finish, and ample surface space, this table is great for entertaining guests.

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Frappuccino

Personality Traits: Hands down—you’re the most fun in the group! Free-spirited and imaginative in nature, you are definitely the one people call when they’re looking to liven up the party. As a bit of a daydreamer, you have a creative mind and colorful personality. People love that you’re 100% unique and are down for anything. Your spontaneity will definitely take you far—don’t change!

Your Coffee Table: The Reese Iron Round

Get a coffee table that will encourage you to think outside of the box with a piece that looks more like a work of art. Colorful like your personality, the Reese Iron Round is made from recycled wood with barely-there paint details, hinting at reclaimed virtue of the timber. It’s truly one-of-a-kind!

Black Coffee

Personality Traits: Nobody likes a mess, and why should you? Some might say you’re an average Joe, but there’s nothing wrong with consistency. You love clean and simple and would rather stay grounded in all of your endeavors. You know what you like and are not afraid of repetition. Why change something when it’s already good?

Your Coffee Table: The Malibu

Enhance your living space with minimalism in mind with the Malibu! Sharp and handsome, this coffee table is ideal for entertaining. Crafted of dark hardwoods and birch veneers with a generously sized open shelf, and additional drawer space, this piece has you covered. The Malibu is clean-lined and casual and does the trick!

Mocha

Personality Traits: You like to add warm chocolaty goodness to your coffee, so it’s no wonder you’re a softie! Your friends and family know that you’re a little bit sensitive, but we all know it’s because you’re a real romantic. Compassionate, caring, and insightful, you are truly lovable and people know you will always be there for them no matter what. Anyone who has you in his or her life is lucky!

Your Coffee Table: The Trends

Dress up your coffee table just like chocolate in your mocha with the Trends Coffee Table! Exceptionally styled, the Trends is made of ash solids and oak veneers in a cherry-espresso finish. With an upholstered, button tufted black cushion-top, this cocktail table offers a surface to put your feet up and relax, as well as pullout serving trays for additional surface area.

Ready for the Red Carpet: Award Winning Entertainment Stands

Award season is here, so make sure you have the perfect entertainment stand that makes a statement! Watch your favorite actors and actresses on the red carpet with a home theater that gets you excited about kicking back, eating popcorn, and admiring all of the fancy ball gowns. Whether your room is rustic or contemporary or somewhere in between, there’s a television stand from Furniture Row that will fit in perfectly! Get the best of the best, and check out the top rated, award winning entertainment stands that everybody loves the most!

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Mendocino II 3 Pc. Home Theater Wall

The Mendocino II 3 Pc. Theater Wall brings rich, rustic style and ample media storage to your living area. With piers for shelf storage, and a television stand for your media pieces, it really has it all. Transitional to suit any space, this timeless wall is sure to be a lasting favorite. Made to last, the Mendocino II Home Theater Wall is a durable, designer-inspired storage solution, and one of our favorite award winning entertainment stands.

“I got this and use it in my bedroom and it’s awesome. Everyone comments how gorgeous the industrial look is.”

– JodiH, Peoria, IL

New Aspen 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall

The New Aspen 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall is luxury at its finest. With decorative stone slate inlay and rustic storage, this media unit is sure to turn heads. Fashioned of ash solids and veneers, the burnished chestnut finish adds warmth and dimension to the wood’s natural grain. The New Aspen is sure to turn heads with its high-end materials and thoughtful design.

“This home theater is by far one of the nicest I have seen. The tile work on the top gives it a very rustic theme with a modern frame. It is very sturdy and great quality. I would highly recommend!”

– Jack91 bear, Bloomington, IL

Montego 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall

Bring home the distinctly modern, casually elegant Montego 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall. Complete with a TV stand, two piers, and a hutch, this mango wood entertainment center brings clean lines, and a rich cherry finish to your space. The Montego is truly magnificent!

“We are pleased with our purchase!”

– suebee, CO

Pinebrook TV Stand

Place your television on a stand that’s a polished work of art! Made of distressed solid pine and pine veneers, the industrial Pinebrook TV Stand brings rustic charm to any living space with its warm brown iron trimmed base, rivet-edged accents, and vintage braking caster legs for easy mobility. This artistic piece also features two spacious shelves with a cross-beamed back that can be used to safely store all of your technology devices. The Pinebrook is bound to wear beautifully! 

“I absolutely love this; it has a great look, very easy assembly, and is very durable. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone.”

– ChaChaNinjaPenguin, Rapid City, SD

River Ridge Media Chest

The River Ridge Media Chest can accommodate all your technology needs! Made of acacia solids with antiqued brown metal caster legs, the distressed, natural style of this handsome piece combines rustic details with urban styling for a truly eclectic look that others won’t be able to rival. A mosaic of colored wooden hues is offset by chunky metal hardware to bring stylish spunk to your space. With three spacious drawers, two open compartments, and wire management in the back panel, this media chest has the convenience you need and the style you will love for years to come.

“We bought this three weeks ago and LOVE IT! The rustic look accents our bedroom fantastically.” 

– Lambert, Cedar Creek, TX

Jaipur Media Chest

The Jaipur Media Chest’s beauty comes from its classic yet trendy reclaimed, distressed finish, making each piece unique. Made from antiqued mahogany, the Jaipur is crafted using a six-step hand rubbing process to ensure quality that endures. This piece is made to last, with dovetail drawers along solid wood sides, and deluxe double ball-bearing guides. Bring home your own piece of a cozy mountain lodge with this rustic treasure.

“The Jaipur has awesome rustic looks and solid quality that I was very impressed with. It’s very well made and I’m sure will last my lifetime. The price was great and this piece has the comfort I want and the rustic feel I was looking for in my new home.”

 -Kberry, Cedar Rapids, IA

Torino Media Chest

Exhibit an exquisite piece in your bedroom or living room with the Torino Media Chest. Made of pinewood and acacia veneers in a beautiful antiqued black finish, the body of the Torino majestically features Old World styled details. The distressed, hand-rubbed coffee brown surface top adds a unique contrast to the striking vintage black, making the Torino the elegant piece you need to keep your home looking profound. The Torino has enough room for all of your technology necessities. You will never want to part with this antiqued piece!

“I love this! We’ve had it for a few months now, and it’s still one of the most beautiful pieces in our home. It has very high quality and is extremely heavy. We also bought the matching bedside table with the purchase. It’s absolutely incredible.” 

– LalaHemingway, Longmont, CO

Cristo Media Chest

Bring fine-crafted wooden luxury to your living space with the Cristo Media Chest. Made of solid rubberwood and ash veneers with a rich, hand-applied lacquer oak finish, the Cristo Media Chest highlights the best features of mission styling with its detailed side inset panels and simple, clean design. Two wide, top shelves provide room for entertainment and media devices, and a deep counter top is perfect for a television.

“This piece is beautiful! Stunning. The pictures online do not do it justice. I got it and my room seems so cozy, and I love to spend time in my bedroom now. Very well made!

– jocha, Ohio

Malibu Media Chest

Add wonderful dark wood to your living space with the mid-century modern Malibu Media Chest. With striking streamlined appeal, the Malibu Media Chest is beautifully crafted of solid rubberwood and MDF as well as red oak and okoume veneers in a dark brown finish. This piece is also as functional as it is stylish with its four spacious drawers of various sizes. You can also showcase your television and store your entertainment needs in this chest’s convenient fold-down drawers. This is definitely a stylish staple you will enjoy!

“This is just gorgeous. The wood is very, very dark, almost black. It goes well with other black furniture. It’s sturdy and well made. I LOVE it. I can’t say enough good things about it!”

– Moonfire, WY

How to Create the Perfect Space to Watch Football

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Football season is upon us, and it’s time prepare for the big game! If you don’t have season tickets, but still want to support your favorite team, your living or family room is your go-to party space for guests to gather around and watch that winning touchdown, so it needs to be ready! While your entertainment room might seem small or not very guest-friendly, here are some simple tips to make any space the perfect place for large crowds and celebrations.

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Comfortable seating is key.

Finding the perfect amount of plush to plop into as you click the remote is definitely the first thing you need to focus on when creating your ideal space to watch football. Kick back and unwind in a comfortable recliner for you or your guests that features foam cushioning and easy-to-clean, breathable fabric in a neutral color that won’t highlight stains such as gray, black, or brown. Many recliners also feature center consoles with USB ports and stainless steel cup-holders so your guests won’t have to fight over wall outlets or leave a drink lying on the floor. Keep it casual and choose a couch set or sectional that’s versatile and goes well with anything. The more seats, the better, so incorporate many chairs, beanbags, or side chairs, so that everyone has a place to sit and be comfy! Ottomans are also great seats and sometimes feature convenient storage that’s great for hiding belongings you don’t want in the way. Pieces in your team’s colors are always a great way to show team spirit without being too flashy, so don’t be afraid to add an accent chair in a bold hue that’ll get your crowd excited about game time.

For comfortable seating, check out the Big Sur Reclining Loveseat, Vero Beach ChairBellamy Sofa, and the Bellamy Ottoman.

Go big or go home.

Without your television, there is no party, so make sure everyone can see it! No matter what size your TV is, there’s a stand or entertainment wall that will accommodate it perfectly. Smaller televisions look great on a simple stand with electronic storage underneath, but if you’ve got a great big screen with surround sound, show it off by placing it inside a home theater wall that has ample amounts of storage for cords, remotes, speakers, and other media accessories. Your TV should be ready for that touchdown!

For an entertainment theater, check out the Oslo 5 Pc. Home Theater Wall.

Get more surface space.

If everyone has chips and soda, they’re going to need a place to set it down! Nobody wants to eat off the floor or risk ruining your lovely sofa by snacking too close to the couch. Placing a slice of pizza on your glass-top coffee table or nearby end table is a whole lot better than figuring out how to get rid of tomato sauce stains out of your ottoman. Keep the clutter at bay with more tabletops! Small tables such as sofa tables, end tables, and coffee tables with shelves underneath are perfect for adding surface space without being too bulky and wooden pieces with marble, glass, or stone tops are a great substitution if you run out of coasters or koozies.

For small sides tables, check out the Paladin Sofa Table, Trends Chairside End Table, and the Unity Rectangular Coffee Table.

Clean and simple goes a long way.

Just like your couch, you want furniture with fabric that can withstand a few spills since accidents do happen. The floor is definitely going to take a bit of a beating, so don’t stress everyone out about ruining your lovely all-white shag rug! Rugs that are made of wool or other durable, heavier materials in neutral tones are perfect for a little wear and tear and will keep your beautiful hardwood floors happy! Flat rugs that are easy to vacuum are also great for cleaning up crumbs.

For a good game day rug, check out the Torino Ombre Rug.

Keep the excess to a minimum.

As much as you want to decorate your living space with art and home accessories that will impress your friends and family, breakable things should be kept at bay from the rowdy fans! Instead, opt for soft things like accent pillows or throw blankets that are perfect for adding your team colors and making the room more comfortable. Floor lamps that can hide in corners are also great as opposed to breakable table lamps that can be easily knocked over. A canvas is also a fun way to personalize your wall without taking up floor or table space. Pick out a print of your favorite team or choose an image of your team’s mascot, for even more team spirit.

For accessories with team spirit, check out the Mustang Run Canvas, Nickel Arc Floor Lamp, Cable Knit Pillow, and the Tweed Pillow.

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Bring on the food and drinks!

Last but not least, get ready for the food and drinks! All your game day guests will want to eat chicken wings with their beer if it’s available, so prepare by incorporating trays or coolers nearby so your kitchen or dining room doesn’t get crowded. A kitchen cart is also a great way to store drinks and eating utensils that can stay out of the way until needed. They also make for a unique piece of furniture! Don’t stress about spills or space, let there be food!

For food-and-drink ready furniture and accessories, check out the Eaton Kitchen Cart and the Profile Trays.

No matter what team you pull for, there’s a way to get your crowd going wild! Win or lose, your party-ready entertainment space will certainly be a success when you know what to expect!

Best Mattress for Each Sleeper Position

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We all have those mornings. We wake up, roll out of bed, and think, Wow—why am I in so much pain? As we grab coffee and head out the door to work, we shrug it off. I must just be tired. Probably didn’t get enough sleep. This is the norm, so we have another cup of coffee or even pop a few painkillers hoping that by the time lunchtime comes, the back or neck pain will be gone.

Sure, there are those restless nights when you stayed up too late or simply had too much on your mind, but if you’re going to bed at a decent hour, you probably shouldn’t be experiencing soreness or pain. It’s not the norm.

According to the American Psychological Association, a study conducted in 2013 said that 43% of American adults said that they would feel better with more sleep—a number that is higher than the 32% who felt that way back in 1993. Many scientists associate this increase with stress—people work later hours than they did two decades ago—but 92% of Americans in 2011 believe that this is not the underlying problem—it’s their mattress.

Obviously a mattress that’s too old should be replaced, but what about one you just bought? You wouldn’t go mountain climbing without the right equipment, so who’s to say sleeping is any different? Sleeping comfortably at least seven hours a night is vital to improving memory and concentration, losing weight, living longer, and being happier and healthier. In fact, sleep is the best way to heal any problem you might have.

Your body is 100% unique and so are your sleeping habits. Finding the right mattress for you can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! Starting with identifying your sleep position can help you narrow down the best options for a new mattress. With this guide and these products from Denver Mattress, you can definitely find your new dream bed so you’ll never wake up sore again!

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Back Sleepers

If you’re someone who doesn’t like to get fancy with your sleep position, you keep it simple by sleeping on your back. After all, shouldn’t that be the best? You keep your spine straight that way. While sleeping on your back does have its benefits, the guidelines for selecting a mattress that’s perfect for this position are broad. Back sleepers don’t have a set comfort range, so for you, the opportunities are endless—within reason! Whether you prefer a firm or a soft mattress, your mattress needs to provide excellent lower back support since the lack of an arch can lead to soreness. Mattresses with memory foam, latex, and pillow tops are ideal for molding to your back, so that you don’t get misaligned. However, having a mattress that’s too padded won’t keep your back from sinking, so you want to choose something that also has a healthy amount of support. The coil or other core support system in your mattress should keep your back somewhat flat so that you don’t overdo it with cushions! Check out the Aspen® Plush and the Doctor’s Choice® Firm from Denver Mattress for a mattress with great coil support.

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Stomach Sleepers

Although this is the least common of the three basic sleep positions, some people prefer to sleep on their stomach. Many sleep problems can arise from this position in particular, so it is really important to make sure you choose the right mattress so you don’t cause your body any serious injury. Proper support for your back although you’re sleeping on your belly is extremely important, so you want to select a bed that’s not too soft and does not allow your pelvis to sink down and result in the misalignment of your spine. At the same time, choosing a mattress that’s too firm will keep your body too flat and not allow it to shape into its natural curve. Stomach sleepers can experience a nagging and reoccurring pain if their mattress does not feature at least medium firmness. Mattresses with tops that feature pressure-relieving memory foam or innersprings are ideal for stomach sleepers so that they don’t bend all out of shape. Check out the TEMPUR-Contour™ Elite Mattress and the Doctor’s Choice® Elite Firm from Denver Mattress for a mattress with medium firmness.

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Side Sleepers

If you sleep on your side, you’re not alone! As the most common of the sleep position types, side sleepers would rather stray away from sleeping too rigidly on their stomach or back, so they curl up into a fetal position or hug their pillow tight. While side sleepers are less likely to suffer from snoring or airflow issues, they can still experience hip, back, or neck pain if their mattress is too firm. If you sleep on your side, you should opt for a softer bed—one that will definitely contour to the curves of your body. A mattress with softer support will relieve pressure points and keep your neck, spine, and back in alignment. Plusher mattresses with features such as memory foam, pillow tops, and Euro-Tops with innersprings offer many advantages to side sleepers. If you sleep on your side, you get to make your bed super soft! Check out the Doctor’s Choice® Euro Top and the TEMPUR-Cloud® Elite for a mattress that relieves pressure points.

Whatever position you sleep in, there’s a mattress for you! Invest in a bed that won’t leave you sore in the morning! It’s time snooze peacefully again.

Decorating Your Home Office: What Workspace Personality Are You?

Are your considering decorating your home office? Whether you work from home or have a 9-5 job, you’ll want to make sure your workspace at home reflects your personality and the career you have. There are lots of ways to stay organized, but make sure your desk is just as exciting as your job. Check out these looks and tips from Furniture Row to get some inspiration for your home office up-do! Which home office personality are you? 

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SHOP THE LOOK: Aerodrome Blue Print II Canvas, Sprockets 2 Piece Mirror Set, Edison Table Lamp, Woodlands 2 Pc. Desk Set, Woodlands Bookcase, Gavin Office Chair, Pipe Fittings Floor Lamp, Scholl Accent Chair


The Engineer

Forget the humanities! You’d rather spend your hours calculating the answer to a long math problem or taking the time to conduct an experiment. You base your projects on analytical thinking and consider yourself a problem-solver. When you put your mind to it, there’s nothing you can’t figure out! If your career is in science or math, you probably want a workspace that’s just as logical as you. Your office should be filled with research books, electronics, and other gadgets you might need to get your brain juice flowing with lots of notepads at easy reach to write down your next big idea. Use the sciences themselves for decoration! Items you might find in a lab or are reflective of famous leaps in scientific history will definitely serve as inspiration and motivation while you work from home.

Tip for the Engineer: When decorating your home office, comfy and organized is key. If you’re spending long nights poring over research notes or writing lab reports, you should have a supportive desk chair and lots of options for storage. Keep your desk drawers organized with tab file folders and use bookshelves to keep your reference collection off your desk surface until you need it.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Draper Table Lamp, Brownstone Desk, Brownstone File Cabinet, Golden Swan Accent Chair, Brushes V Canvas, Brushes IV Canvas, Washer Hurricane


The Trendsetter

If there’s someone with a self-starting, can-do attitude—it’s you! Not only are you fashion-forward, you might actually be your own boss. Your friends might ask you for career advice because you’re constantly setting the stage for success. You’re totally on top of the latest trends and earth-moving ideas, and it only makes sense that you’re a bit of an entrepreneur. When decorating your home office remember that the bigger and bolder the better, so let that fierce charisma be reflected in your workspace! Find the latest trends in interior design and incorporate them into your home office. Add a desk with personality that strays away from your average wooden executive desk. An office chair in a bright color will make an eye-catching statement, so pair it with eclectic wall art to match. Even your light fixtures should be conversation starters! Let your upbeat nature shine—go big and go home!

Tip for the Trendsetter: Although you want to have the latest and greatest, make sure your workspace is still multi-functional! You never know what your next endeavor might be, so choose furniture that allows you to be ready for creative action. When decorating your home office, make the time to find a plush office chair that will have you feeling comfortable and confident, no matter what assignment you’ve got next. Be sure you’ve got all the essentials.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Bryant Park Lamp, Modern Sculpture, City of New York Framed Print, Fairfax Office Chair, Urban Loft 7 Pc. Office Wall, Oracle Stratus Rug


The Businessman

You’re the polished image of professionalism. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that’s why you’re the hardest worker of them all. Being a CEO or a person with major responsibility in a role involving leadership is expected to always be on top of things, but don’t worry you have 100% got it covered 24/7. Even though you’re off-hours, when duty calls, you’re definitely everyone’s go-to guy or gal. Whether it’s quickly responding to an urgent email or taking an important business phone call, your home workspace needs to be your office away from your actual office. You need to be able to count on it like people count on you! Appearance definitely matters, so when decorating your home office, make sure your home desk is as polished and professional as the one you’ve got in your high-rise office. Sleek and clean are easy solutions for high-stress assignments, so be sure to incorporate neat shelving, neutral colors, and nothing that distracts you from the job that needs to get done. Your phone and computer should be easy to reach, and make sure you always have a supply of pens at hand!

Tip for the Businessman: Although you just want your home office to be a place to get work done, you can still showcase your personality and interests since it’s your own home! Black and white are safe professional choices for decorating, but don’t be afraid to mix it up with a funky rug or an interesting lamp. Nothing too crazy, but just enough fun to make your office a bit more unique than the one you go to everyday.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Facet Table Lamp, Ellie Desk, Del Norte Bookcase, Lauren D Accent Chair, Murray End Table, Hampton Candle Holder


The Fashionista

No matter what your career is, you’re definitely all about keeping up with appearances. You don’t mind a little limelight; in fact, getting others to notice your stylish appearance is what motivates you to work harder to accomplish your dreams. You might be quite the stargazer in terms of your career potential, but for good reason—all eyes are on you anyway! Your chic attitude is definitely glamorous enough for anything you put your mind to, and you don’t shy away from letting yourself feel fancy. A little frivolousness never hurt anybody! Bring your sophisticated sense of style to your home office so that you can continue to feel elegant while you work. Incorporate shiny metallic pieces for a little more sparkle, and have fun mixing patterns and textures for a cohesive look that attracts your many admirers. You can’t go wrong with crisp, classic white, or items that have a little antique glam. Make sure your workspace is neat and exquisite. It should simply shine like the star you are!

Tip for the Fashionista: It might be hard to say no to all your favorite trendy items, but you should make sure all your furniture matches! Too much glam can be gaudy, so tone down the fashionable faux-fur and gold with neutrals and pieces made of wood. When decorating your home office, you want to make sure the space is pretty but still professional.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Oak Ridge 4 Pc. Desk Set, Rugby Accent Chair, Turned Finial Table Lamp, Sundance Ottoman, Dance of Light II Framed Print, Cable Knit Pillow


The Old-School Soul

Trendy and modern are great, but you prefer the classics. Your friends might think you’re a little old-fashioned, but they know they can always go to you for wisdom and guidance. As a bit of an introvert, you thrive in a quieter setting at work and at home. It’s not strange to find you holed up in your favorite chair reading a good book with a cup of coffee. Since your career probably involves a lot of thinking, a room with a cozy atmosphere is key for you to spend your days and nights getting work done in an orderly fashion. Warm hues and vintage wooden pieces are essential for someone a bit more studious. A room filled with bookshelves, reading lamps, and comfy places to sit is definitely your dream office. After all it is your home—it should feel like it!

Tip for the Old-School Soul: To create a cozier atmosphere, make sure you have lots of fabric! Whether it’s a cashmere blanket or a plush ottoman, the key to creating the ultimate reader’s nook is to keep it feeling warm. Curl up in a corner with a good book on a chair that’s so soft, you could take an afternoon nap in it.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Lourdes Desk, Lourdes Bookcase, Balanced Floor Lamp, Experimental Canvas, Narrow Bottle Vase, Chevron Pillow, Aldo Metal Chair


The Artist

As a true right-brain person, it’s no wonder that you have a career in the arts. You feel like the luckiest person in the world because your job encourages you to think outside of the box. Whether it’s painting, writing, or designing, you absolutely love what you do and you’re always thinking of ways to be even more creative when it comes to your passion. It’s no surprise that your style itself is colorful and possibly a little eccentric. You love to create things, so there’s no doubt that you’ll want a workspace that helps those ideas flourish. Each item in your home office should be inspiring to you, so that you can brainstorm. Fill your drawers and shelves with art utensils and knick-knacks that make you happy. A big canvas with bright colors or a bulletin board is a great way to add some personality and help you express yourself. Your desk and office chair should be newfangled and fun. Even your lamp should be a little whimsical! For the Artist, the design ideas are truly endless—you should be proud!

Tip for the Artist: It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the next big project and forget where you put that list of things to do! The more surface and storage space, the better, so make sure your desk and your shelves contain bins and files that are neatly labeled so you can easily access anything you need last-minute. Artists tend to have a lot more mess that comes with creating, so be sure to de-clutter every now and then.

Lakewood Design Studio: Gina Carpenter’s Summer Picks

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Decorating your home for the warm summer months doesn’t have to be difficult! Furniture Row makes it easy by offering complimentary design services and will help you choose your favorite summer picks for furniture, decor, and more. The interior designers at each store’s location are helping customers find exciting new ways to customize, personalize, and stylize their homes using texture, contrast, color, and pattern.

Gina Carpenter, a Design Studio Designer at the Furniture Row of Lakewood, Colorado is here to offer her expertise to the Front Door on how to create your dream home. Here are some of her tips and top summer picks for decorating your home!

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Front Door: How do you describe your signature design style?

Gina Carpenter: I would describe my style as transitional. That means I enjoy mixing traditional and modern styles. When you do this, you end up with a room or style that stands the test of time. I like to use neutral colors on larger pieces such as a sofa or chairs. This gives you a clean and classic palette to build on. Splash a fantastic color on the walls, bring in an amazing rug and some textural pillows, and layer on a few unexpected accessories, then you will see that you have a room that is comfortable and classic.

FD: Where do you draw the most inspiration for summer decor?

GC: Summer decor should be inspired by the outdoors! Bring summer inside! The warm weather is a great time for hiking, gardening, and vacationing. Next time you are on a hike, look around for items you can take home. For instance, gather pinecones or cool stones to put in bowl on your coffee table. Growing your own flowers assures you will always have fresh flowers for your bedside table. Gathering seashells at the beach is fun and looks wonderful in a clear glass jar on your bathroom vanity.

FD: What color, pattern, or texture do you find yourself turning to again and again? Why are you drawn to them?

GC: I am always drawn to tribal and Tibetan rugs. They come in a variety of colors, but usually they consist of vibrant hues and graphic patterns. You can use them in almost any home—modern, mid-century—they look great anywhere!

FD: What element of a room do you recommend staring with and why?

GC: I like starting with an area rug since it sets the tone and color palette of the room. I like to think of it as starting from the ground and working your way up. It is much easier to find fabrics and paint colors that match your rug than finding a rug that matches your paint and fabrics.

FD: Do you have any projects you would like to share with the Front Door?

GC: I just finished a couple of projects that turned out really well. My clients are extremely happy with them and were kind enough to let me photograph them.

FD: Do you see any trends transitioning into fall?

GC: The trends that I see are metallic gold and burnished brass, warm gray, mixing of old and new, and outdoor living.

Metallic Gold and Burnished Brass

The burnished gold and brass trend has definitely been growing in the last few years, and I think we will see an explosion of gold and brass hardware and accessories. If you have been hesitant to embrace this new trend, you should definitely jump on board!

Warm Gray

Grays will stay popular, but we will see warmer, earthy tones introduced for fall and winter.

Mixing of Old and New

It’s the trend that keeps on going! Mixing reclaimed and vintage with new and modern furniture will continue to be a hot look. Being able to mix grandma’s antique buffet with your new sleek dining table makes us feel connected to our interior spaces, and feel great about recycling old items.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor furniture is one of the largest growing markets in interior design and there is no stopping it! We now have outdoor living rooms and kitchens with amazing finishes, textures, and durability. Who doesn’t like eating al fresco or taking a Sunday snooze on your outdoor sectional?

FD: Anything else we should know about you?

GC: I am the luckiest person! I have a job that I look forward to every day. I think embracing good design is so important for our personal health. Your home is, in a way, a sacred space—a place you go to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, so I feel honored every time an individual or family invites me into their space. I have the best job in the world!

 

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Shop Gina’s summer picks, and learn how to style them in your home.

  • Vero Beach Sofa (2): Sofas and chairs with the sleek aesthetic of mid-century modern design offer a fun-loving and lively twist on home furniture. The Vero Beach has a funky, retro feel that’s inspired by the laid-back coast of Florida, making it a definite summer must-have!
  • Orbit TV Stand (7): Furniture with reclaimed, rustic style is also bolder and works well with brighter colors. Like the Vero Beach, the Orbit has mid-century modern appeal, making it a stylish complement with the couch.
  • Reese Iron Round Coffee Table (5): Summer is all about traveling, so incorporate a piece that adds exotic flair like this round coffee table. The bright paint details on its surface fade into the wood and add a vintage feel that goes great with any eclectic artifacts you already have on display.
  • New Haven 3 Pc. Bar Group (10): When it’s beautiful out, don’t spend time chilling indoors, take mealtime outside and invest in a durable, comfortable outdoor dining set! The New Haven set goes well with anything since it comes in clean, neutral beige. Nothing says summer like barbecuing on the patio with friends.
  • Facet Accent Lamp (1): Adding a bright gold lamp in your home is a great way to add some extra shine you don’t typically see in darker, neutral colored rooms. Gold works well with bright colors and the geometric base of this lamp adds a unique twist.
  • Pendleton 5 Pc. Counter Height Group (4): A lighter and brighter dining set is perfect for summertime lunches when you come in from being outside. With a unique sage paint finish, the Pendleton has a cool green tone that’s hard to beat and helps incorporate even more color.
  • Montego Striped Outdoor Rug (9):Don’t just leave carpets inside, make sure your outdoor patio has a rug too! The bright colored stripes on the Montego are jazzy and fun and add a splash of color.
  • Moroccan Outdoor Pillow and Multi-Stripe Outdoor Pillow (3):Bring in a pop of color to complement or accent your outdoor furniture with pillows in bright jewel tones and worldly patterns. These outdoor accessory items are the perfect finishing tone on your outdoor haven.
  • Rattan Braided Trim Trunk (8): Store your favorite items in style with an earthy but elegant trunk that helps incorporate organic aesthetic from the outdoors. Nothing says summer like a basket!
  • Barcelona Umbrella (6):Make sure you stay cool outside with an umbrella! Sip lemonade in the shade underneath this ripe orange accent piece that’s as exotic as the coast of Spain.

Meet our other Design Studio Designers:

Aurora, CO: Sarah Portugal
Denver, CO: Randi Gibson
Lone Tree, CO: Grace Schlader
Colorado Springs, CO: Nathalia Tucker
Holland, OH: Taylor Haake
Davenport, IA: Barbara Langley
Fort Wayne, IN: Jamie Larkin
Charlotte NC: Patricia Weeks

Off to College Dorm Must-Haves: How to Go Back to School in Style

Dorm life might not be quite so glamorous with ramen noodles and microwavable dinners, but as your not-so-little-one heads off to start the best four years of their life, you’ll want to make sure that Room B302 looks as cozy as your home living room. Although you can’t fit much, there are a lot of dorm must-haves that every freshman needs to make their sleep and study space the most comfortable it can be! Furniture Row has the essentials and more, so use this checklist to make sure your college kid’s got everything they need and read our fun tips on how to make any dorm look cool enough for school.

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You can never have too much storage.

I think when I was in college I brought my entire seashell collection—which was like thirty shells. Did I need to bring the entire east coast with me? Of course not, but when a teen is leaving home for the first time, they’ll want to make sure everything they might miss is right there with them—even if it’s the Atlantic Ocean. So if there’s nothing they want to part with, make sure there’s room for it! Whether it’s a bin, basket, container, trunk, or cabinet, your college student can never have enough storage for all of their things. When a room is small, leaving things lying around can make it get smaller real fast, so make sure everything can be put away and organized for the next time it’s needed. For a stylish way to save closet space, add Furniture Row’s Galvanized Trolley (13) or Explorer Rectangle Coffee Table (11).

Less is more.

Since there’s not a lot of space to work with, make sure everything your incoming freshman brings is trendy yet practical. Instead of a bulky bookshelf, opt for under-bed storage. Instead of a couch, opt for a lighter futon. Depending on the space, you may have the opportunity to incorporate the sizable furniture you want, but make it a rational and functional alternative. The best dorm must-haves you can bring are multi-purpose. Pieces such as Furniture Row’s Stacking Stool (10) can be used as a seat, a mini-table, or a stepping stool and the Texter Office Chair (7) is so comfy it can be used for studying, eating, or lounging around with friends. And don’t forget the everyday staple items! For a late night of studying, the Tivoli Table Lamp (9) is perfect for a college student to use to study while his or her roommate sleeps or simply to brighten up the desk.

Soft and cozy goes a long way.

After a long day in a lecture hall or pulling an all-nighter, your student’s bed will be his or her new best friend, so make sure that awful dorm mattress has some extra fluff on it. Add dorm must-haves like Furniture Row’s Essentials Mattress Pad and Denver MattressSlumber Fresh Pillow to soften up your teen’s slumber and make sure their bed is feeling fresh with a cozy comforter like the Teal Angles Comforter Set (5) that covers crisp sheets found in the Essentials Sheet Set. And while they’re lounging, make sure they have a blanket to keep them warm while they study for midterms. Add a throw blanket like the Cable Knit Throw (3) that’s great for snuggling up to watch Netflix or taking a much-needed afternoon nap.

Be prepared to have guests.

Parties are fun, but when your teen and his or her friends just want to order pizza in, make sure there’s room for them too! A light yet comfortable futon is every college student’s reliable go-to bed for visitors, so bring furniture like the Port Augusta Futon (2) that is space-saving and goes with anything! For a soft reading or lounging chair, a cute and practical accent chair is small enough to fit in tight corners and is light enough to easily maneuver around the room. Furniture Row’s Grayson Accent Chair (12) brings color and contemporary style to any dorm room so that all visitors will have somewhere to sit! 

Let personality shine.

Last but not least, make sure your student has fun decorating his or her new room! After all, it will be their home away from home so make sure it feels like somewhere they feel comfortable. Bring some of their much-loved possessions from home, but add cute and colorful accents to help showcase their personality and be conversation starters. Wall art doesn’t take up any floor space and brightens a room, so incorporate cool prints like the Let’s Run Away Framed Print (6) or add pictures of  friends and family in cool Vintage Wash Frames (4) to a desk. Bold and funky vases like the Tuka Vases (8) are also a great way to add decoration and are perfect for storing pens, pencils, and other office items that are needed. You can also take patterning fun to your furniture with accent pillows like the Honeycomb Pillow (1) that are a great way to mix and match the colors in the dorm room.

No matter what kind of dorm your new college kid has, there’s a way to make it feel like home. Their first college year is almost here, so it’s time to start packing all of their new dorm must-haves! Make sure they have everything they need, but be sure to have fun creating a brand new room. Don’t fear small spaces! Room B302 might seem drab at first, but you can still start the school year in style.

Enjoy the complete list of dorm must-haves with the following dorm room checklist:

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Go for the Gold: Furniture Summer Games

Although summer is coming to a close, the games have just begun in Rio and Furniture Row has its own list of gold medalists! If you’re looking for the best quality furniture in your home, these items top their categories for the highest rated reviews. Whether it’s a new coffee table or an accent chair in your living room, these pieces are mega favorites that will make you feel like a winning home designer. Get the best of the best, and check out the top rated furniture that you all love the most!

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Best Sofa

Carson Sofa ★★★★★

The oversized Carson Sofa is covered in supple, artisan leather with a rich, brown hue. As the years go by, the natural colors and markings of this full-grain, Italian leather will be enhanced by a refined patina, similar to well-worn equestrian chaps. Plush seating, classic pleated rolled arms, wooden bun feet, and nailhead accents add the final touches to this bench-made masterpiece. You’ll love the high-end designer feel of this timeless, quality furnishing.

“We’ve had this couch for a few months, and all I can say is that it’s softest, most comfortable sofa I’ve ever owned. The leather is buttery soft to the touch, and the cushions are just right. It’s not only attractive, but also comfortable and seemingly durable. You will not regret this purchase!”

–  Russ520, TX

Best Dining Set

Durango 3 Pc. Dining Group ★★★★★

Get both neat and functional design when you add the Durango 3 Pc. Dining Group to your home. Made of solid rubberwood with a burnished oak finish, this classic yet casual dining furniture is great for small spaces. While compact, the dining table comfortably seats two and doesn’t take up a lot of room. When you need more dining area, the Durango expands to make room for more food and guests with 9″ drop leaves that widen the tabletop to 48″. You and someone special will love sharing a meal together in this stylish dining set!

“I bought this set for my daughter almost a year ago to put in her living room. The table is for her two seven year old daughters to use as a dining table, desk, and craft table! It fits in her living room perfectly, and is multifunctional and compliments her other furniture nicely. The table is used constantly and has held up great! I certainly would recommend this table to a friend and the value is unbeatable!”

– Kathryn, Missoula, MT

Best Bed

Cristo Panel Bed ★★★★★

Mix it up with a homey combination of mission styled design and a touch of traditional craftsmanship with the Cristo Panel Bed. Made of solid rubberwood and ash veneers with a rich, hand-applied, lacquer oak finish, the carefully crafted Cristo features detailed edging, a clean, rectilinear structure, and inset paneling, making this the masterpiece in your bedroom that you’ve always dreamed of.

“After months of searching, we purchased this king size bed a year ago. I have received many compliments from my friends and family. It is very sturdy and well made. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to add warmth and comfort to any bedroom.”

– Karri, TX

Best Accent Chair

Evelyn Accent Chair ★★★★★

The Evelyn turns traditional into funky with its vibrant Denari mosaic polyester fabric and the intricately carved wooden feet remain stately while supporting the high backed frame. This accent chair is quite the charmer. Spruce up any space with the exquisite Evelyn!

“I walked by this chair multiple times while looking for new furniture for my family room. I kept coming back to it. I love the colors and the style. I let the chair dictate the rest of the room. The red pops, and the chair has a full seat to curl your legs into while also having solid structure. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on my choice!”

– Laronda, Highlands Ranch, CO

Best Rug

Urban Shag Rug ★★★★★

This relaxed, stylish shag rug is a contemporary take on a classic. With shoestring woven thread, the Urban Shag is a modernized design that’s crafted to last. Bring a classic black, lime, camel, ivory, or silver accent to your home with this timeless piece.

“I recently purchased the Urban Shag Rug in ivory to match my coastal themed living room. The rug is thick, soft, and luxurious. When you walk on the rug, your bare feet will thank you. Great quality at a fair price. I would buy this rug again and again!”

– Sunnyside, Saint George, UT

Best Dresser

Madagascar Dresser ★★★★★

Be exotic and bold when you add the Madagascar Dresser to your home! Exotic as its name, the Madagascar is handcrafted out of rich acacia solids and veneers as well as durable MDF in a medium brown finish for a naturally distressed look that adds visual interest to any style of room. You will instantly love the unique and natural wood blend that mixes contemporary elements with exotic features for a cultural aesthetic.

“I purchased the dresser three years ago and this is the best purchase ever. It has held up beyond my expectations, and I know it will last forever. You really have to see it in person, as the pictures don’t do it justice. I can’t say enough how well made the furniture is, it is SOLID. I will always shop at Furniture Row for all my home purchases.”

– Cassie, San Antonio, TX

Best Desk

Montego 4 Pc. Desk Set ★★★★★

Bring a professional treasure to your home with the Montego 4 Pc. Desk Set. Environmentally conscious and absolutely stunning, the exquisite solid mango wood grain of the Montego is elegantly revealed through your choice of a light or dark cherry finish. The light finish has a rustic, natural appeal to it while the dark carries a traditional and professional aesthetic. You will love the Montego in your office space!

“I recently purchased this desk which is sturdy and solid. I am thinking about purchasing another for my wife. The drawers slide easily and the bottom of the drawers have solid construction. Overall, it is extremely well built.”

– Onlyquality

Best Coffee Table

Aspen Square Coffee Table ★★★★★

This coffee table is sure to turn heads with a decorative slate inlay on the table top and unique cross stretcher adjoining the table legs. Fashioned of solid ash wood and veneers, the burnished chestnut finish adds warmth and dimension to the wood natural grain. The Aspen has an organic aesthetic, but it is definitely a crowd pleaser that’s good for any occasion.

“We bought a new coffee table for the first time in fifteen years. The quality and craftsmanship of this table is great. I would recommend this product to anyone.”

– Jomibroo, Albuquerque, NM

Get the Look: Outdoor Living Room

Summer is here, and since we want to spend most of our time socializing outdoors in the warm air and sunshine, it’s important to create an outdoor living room where you can do just that! Whether it’s for a patio or inside a screened porch, outdoor furniture is the best way to make your home as livable outside as it is inside. Back in May, the 2016 St. Jude’s Colorado Springs Dream Home was revealed with an awesome outdoor patio fully furnished by Furniture Row in this article, so here are some of the ways you can match the laid-back, breezy style our designers chose!

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Just like your indoor living room, your outdoor living room should include comfortable furniture! Just because patio furniture is meant to withstand the elements, it doesn’t mean you should sacrifice plush seat cushions and good quality construction. The Brookstone collection used in the 2016 St. Jude’s Colorado Springs Dream Home features versatile cream-colored olefin seat and back cushions that resist fading, mildew, and staining. The open-cell foam cushions are quick drying and provide comfortable support atop virgin resin woven wicker, powder-coated for all kinds of weather. Similar to indoor furniture, when creating your outdoor living room, choose a matching set that features a sofa, chairs, and a loveseat that provide an endless amount of seating for your guests as they lounge. Tables like the Brookstone Coffee Table and the Brookstone End Table can also be incorporated into the mix and are perfect for holding drinks, reading materials, and other outdoor living essentials. The casual Brookstone collection is a great example of breezy furniture you will enjoy having when you need a breath of fresh air!

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Even if trees don’t surround your home, you can still bring nature to your patio or porch by adding potted plants or flowers that will help create your own personalized Garden of Eden. Incorporate vases and pots on outdoor tables adjacent to a sofa or chair so that you get a little more greenery as you relax in your new outdoor living room.

Outdoor Living Room Accents

You can choose any color you like to accent versatile outdoor furniture such as the pieces found in the Brookstone, so decorate with a colorful hue that shines in the sun to make your own unique style and personality pop. The 2016 St. Jude’s Colorado Springs Dream Home uses various shades of blue for a bold complement against the clean-cut cream. A unique indigo Riviera Ogee Rug is funky on the ground, while the beige Solid Outdoor Pillow matches the Brookstone Sofa to complement the blue Textured Outdoor Pillow.

Next to the sofa, imitate the one-of-a-kind tasteful accessories that adorn the Brookstone Coffee Table in a tray just like Furniture Row’s Profile Tray. A tray is perfect for holding vases and other decorative items to help incorporate your own unique style and balance out the color scheme you have chosen. For decorative artifacts similar ones in the 2016 St. Jude’s Colorado Springs Dream Home, check out Furniture Row’s woven Creeper Vine Ball, beautiful turquoise ceramic Lined Aqua Vase, and glass Seeded Hurricane for a fun mix that looks like it belongs in your outdoor living room.

Whatever your style is, be sure to create an outdoor living room that will be your new relaxation haven! After all, summer only comes once a year!

Soak Up Summer Lakeside Style

Summer is finally here, and for many of us, the warm weather brings activities near the water. Summer brings weekend trips to the beach and nice weather, but if you don’t have time for a vacation, decorating your home with furniture inspired by spending blissful days at lakeside cottages will give you the relaxing atmosphere you’ve always imagined. Being active on a boat is how you want to spend your summer, but don’t forget to take a little time inside to unwind as well. With these beachy, nautical themed picks from Furniture Row, you can learn some of the many ways to make your home look as summery as a lakeside beach house.lakeside-style

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When trying to incorporate lakeside style into your home, choosing items that are simple and natural is the best way to go. Reclaimed and distressed wood look lovely paired with furniture with worn finishes as well as pieces made from natural materials such as woven wicker. Clean and effortlessly beautiful furnishings make quite the statement when mixed together to create a unique combination of rustic and relaxed. For a beautifully distressed wooden piece, check out Furniture Row’s Franklin Cabinet (3) that’s made of thick and durable solid kiln-dried pine and makes any living space feel as cozy as a lakeside cottage. The slatted base is convenient for storing items such as beach towels, and the large hanging door simply hides other loose objects. For more refurbished wooden storage, the sea blue painted Tuscan Retreat 2 Basket Stand (8) nicely mixes a light breezy hue with rustic wood and country styled wicker baskets for a weathered lakeside feel.

Although we all love reclaimed wood here and there, not all the pieces of your house have to be distressed! Warm wooden tones enhanced by a glossy finish resemble the beautifully-made structure of canoes and other wooden watercraft, making lovely centerpieces for furniture that gets a lot of use in the home. The Lake House Trestle Table (11) is a great gathering place for dining occasions with its long rectangular top, sturdy legs, and traditional design. The golden-brushed sand finish on the solid birch structure is bright and sunny in a dining room and is perfect for making memories. Your furniture could even look like a boat! The Tuscan Retreat Boat Bookcase (4) is definitely nautical in appearance since it features a one-of-a-kind silhouette of a boat.

Nautical furniture doesn’t just end inside either. Carry the theme of the sea outside with lounging chairs for your patio like Furniture Row’s Brookstone Chaise Lounge (12). Instead of wood, this sun chair uses dark woven wicker to support your body’s natural contour on its simple, plush cream cushion, making it ideal for year-round relaxation.

Fabric

When you think of nautical textiles, you probably think of anchor patterns or beach cabana stripes in bold red, white, and navy blue, but you can also use other shades and fun patterns for your lakeside inspired room.

For colors, hues that might be found on a sandy shore such as warm tones of beige and even yellow look well paired with the various shades of blues you’d find in the lake ranging anywhere from pale aqua to dark indigo. Bright colors should be used throughout the room, but still sparingly so as not to offset natural shades. For a sandy beige toned piece, the Lakeside 2 Accent Chair (1) is bright but not too bright with its natural-looking plant patterned upholstery. White silhouetted patterns instead of black also look breezier, so choosing an interesting shape with a bold shade of blue will look summery on a couch, rug, or even an accent pillow such as the Chevron Pillow (7), which is iconic yet unique with its white thin chevron print on bright ocean blue fabric.

For a coastal and casual couch, the Bellamy Sofa (5) is nautical with its woven navy blue upholstery that is complemented by two cabana striped light blue and white accent pillows. For the floor, the Riviera Ogee Rug (2) mixes beige and indigo blue to create a striking ogee pattern that your guests are bound to notice and fall in love with.

Decor

The best way to make your room look a little beachier is to add items you’d find on the beach or a ship! A ship’s anchor, a telescope, a Captain’s steering wheel, and glass bottles are all great items to have on display in your living space to help give it a lakeside vibe. Objects associated with seafaring can include oars, model ships, stones, and rope that you can use to help decorate empty bookshelves, walls, mantels, or other surface tops. Furniture Row’s Rope Mirror (6) and Washed Ashore Framed Print (9) are ideal for making you feel as though you are drifting off to sea when you hang them on a wall. The Distressed Oars Table Lamp (10) is also a unique way to tie in the lakeside theme since it uses two oars instead of a regular lamp base.

There are many ways to bring lakeside style to your home, so get creative! Say ahoy on land with this fun summer trend that’s sweeping the nation from coast to coast.

How to Incorporate Accent Tables at Home

The table is probably considered the most versatile piece of furniture in the home, but have you ever thought of them as accents? A matching set of furniture can make your home look sharp and organized, but it can also look just as put-together with a table that showcases your own personal style or makes a statement. Whether it’s in a living room or a bedroom, accent tables serve different functions that provide surface space for reading materials, a lamp, or even a cup of coffee. But a variation of color, size, and even texture can drastically change the feeling of a room and give it more personality. Showcase your unique taste by implementing a table that is as stylish as it is convenient. With these hot picks from Furniture Row, the opportunities of neat decoration are endless. Learn about the various ways to incorporate accent tables into your home, so you can become a trendsetting designer!

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What is the best material for an end table?

With an endless list of potential furniture materials, there are a lot of options for choosing an accent table that’s right for your home. Here are only three of the common materials used for accent tables and reasons why they might be what you’re looking for to enhance your room’s style!

Wood: If you want top-quality and long-lasting furniture, solid wood accent tables are both strong and durable to withstand years of use. Many variations of color and construction complement any style and will only get better with age. It’s easy to choose wood since there are so many kinds with different finishes, and you can be assured that you made a classic selection that will always look beautifully made. To mix up the traditional wooden end table, choose an accent piece that emphasizes on a unique structure, carved detailing, or painted finish.

  • The Jocelyn Sofa Table (5) is made of mango wood veneers with a rich, black cherry finish and features regal arched legs that support a long planked surface, making it an architectural focal point in any atmosphere.
  • The Denise End Table (4) is similar in terms of modern design and offers a chic hourglass bodice that can hold items above and below on its driftwood inspired oak tabletops.
  • For a more unique wooden table, Furniture Row’s Audrey Pedestal Console (6) is a little more weathered, which makes it perfect in a rustic inspired room. This shabby chic accent table features an intricately carved wooden base with scrolling, floral, and finial details that shape the lightly colored wood with a white and gray painted finish.

Metal: Incorporate a little industrial charm into your room by choosing a table made of metal! Don’t worry about water rings on your tabletop since this is the material that can definitely handle all the elements. Metal accent tables will add a nice touch to a contemporary or eclectic styled interior, or offer a modern feel to a room that’s feeling too traditional or rustic.

  • The Braddock Console (8) from Furniture Row combines weathered fir wood legs with a dramatic hammered white iron top accented with metal screws for a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
  • The Murray Coffee Table (9) is made of antique brass finished reclaimed metal that adds elegance and spunk.

Ceramic: If you thought pottery could only be used for decorative vases and mugs, think again! Ceramic accent tables are always a creative piece to utilize in any space looking for personality. With an endless amount of color options, ceramic accent tables are perfect for incorporating a work of art into your home that serves a purpose.

  • The Magnus Ceramic Side Table (1) is too big to be merely a shelf decoration with its large drum-like build. Finished with a rich cobalt blue glaze and embossed vector pattern, the Magnus is the exotic accent table that all your friends will notice.

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How do I mix and match them?

So many options for accent tables can be intimidating, but don’t limit yourself to getting only one! Mix and match materials, shapes, and colors for a look that is just the right ounce of originality. Here are some tips for creating a combination that is right for the room in question:

  1. If you’re matching two wooden tables, make sure they match in tone. Using a blend of different woods and finishes will create a natural organic mix, but blending will work best if you mix cool colors and warm colors separately.
  1. When mixing metals, don’t be afraid to choose more than one type of metal finish! Various metals such as gold, brass, and bronze work wonderfully together for a dynamic impact, and unlike wood, warm and cool tones will have a super chic effect. For more on how to mix metals, check out our article about Precious Metals: Mix up the Shine.
  1. Don’t be afraid of mixing metal and wood, or any other type of material! The best combinations are the most unique. Try a blend of woods and metals for an industrial rustic style, or use bold colored dramatic pieces such as the Magnus Ceramic Side Table (1) with the ornate hand-carved wooden Authentic Mantel Console Table (2) for an exotic duo.
  1. A variety of shapes and sizes will provide simple variety to the aesthetic of your living space, so choose two tables that aren’t structured alike! Try pairing a round accent table with a long, rectangular coffee table to create an interesting mix and conveniently place them around open spaces in the room.

With accent tables, you will always feel like you’re adding a stylish piece with a purpose, so start redecorating your home with these little luxury items today!

Off-White, On-Trend

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It’s time to start fresh with a clean slate! Bring peace and tranquility to your home’s design with a shade that will never go out of style—off-white. Sound boring? Color lovers might be a little intimidated by this trend that’s taking off in 2016, but the staff at Furniture Row assures you that off-white is the easy and sophisticated solution to brightening any room in your home. If a room has interesting architectural details, you don’t want to distract your guests with furniture that’s too bold. With off-white, you get a brand new perspective on the shade that’s been inspiring designers for centuries, but you also get to implement pieces that are timeless, versatile, and neutrally chic.

White suggests a clean, open, and breezy space even when your room might not be the largest in size, but with off-white you can also enjoy a warmer version of it. Choosing various shades of white ensures that you are selecting a safe color that will not only go well with any color or pattern, but also look sleek and modern as the years go by. Whether it’s a couch, bed, or even a funky lamp, off-white is on the rise.

Check out these pieces from Furniture Row for inspiration on how to use off-white in your home!

Use it as an accent

Make off-white the center of attention in any room with a piece that will definitely stand out due to unique texture or shape. The luxurious Harbor Bench (5) is an original sophisticated piece with its romantic woven rug upholstery and fringed skirt that will definitely stand out. You can also use off-white as accent art using pieces such as the floral patterned Segovia Vase (4) for a unique artifact on a surface space in need of a spruce or the rustic and ceramic Charlotte Cream Jar Lamp (1) for an eclectic light fixture.

Pair it with color

Tone down bright colors or funky patterned fabric with a soft off-white for a neutral complement. Creamy white looks especially chic with black for a polished atmosphere or mixed with warm hues for a sunny ambiance. Using neutral off-white in a room with color will make you feel like a professional designer by muting some of those eccentric pieces that are already extremely eye-catching. Pair romantic and dark velvety fabrics with the Amsterdam Queen Upholstered Bed (9) for added sophistication in the bedroom. This sweet and tufted sleigh bed mixed with rich colors will definitely make sure you’re feeling pampered before drifting off to sleep.

Make a room more modern

Any interior designer will always recommend white for modernized style in the home! Sleek fabrics such as leather or suede in a creamy off-white will look especially trendy in spaces looking for refinement. Furniture Row’s Winwood Recliner (7) is a modern recliner upholstered in smooth white leather that makes the perfect place to relax in any style of room.

Use antique pieces

Vintage pieces in a rustic shade of white look especially sophisticated in the home, so incorporate more furniture from the past for another trendy way to use off-white. Dine with cottage class by implementing antique-inspired sets such as the Bridgeport 5 Pc. Round Dining Table (8) that features elegant turned legs and scalloped detailing or the Harper Console and Mirror (2) that boasts a classic carved structure. The beautiful country-styled crisscross glass doors on the Vintage Server (6) are emphasized by the vanilla white paint finish, which gives it even more shabby chic flair.

Keep your home feeling clean

The good thing about using white furniture is that is shows less dust than dark furniture does. Many white fabrics are also stain-resistant and washable, making it perfect for those rooms you want to easily maintain. White will never fade out either! For simple-to-maintain style, use the beige transitional styled Varela Sofa (3) for a clean uplift in your living space.

No matter how you use off-white in your home, this sleek and chic shade will always be the modern and versatile choice you need to feel like a trendsetter!

Be Environmentally Friendly with Mango

With all the options of wood types when choosing furniture for your home, it might seem nearly impossible to make the right selection. Color, glow, texture, and durability might play an important part in making sure your new dresser withstands the test of time, but what about when it comes to choosing furniture that you know will not only be a favorite in your family room, but also a better choice for helping the environment?

Mango trees are popular for their sweet orange fruit, but they also produce one of the best sustainable furniture materials. By implementing mango wood furniture into your home, you will feel great knowing that the furniture you love is also better for our wonderful planet Earth. Check out these creative and beautifully crafted mango wood pieces from Furniture Row for inspiration on the many uses of mango in the home and learn more about why this tropical tree is so awesome!

Where does mango wood come from?

Mango wood is derived from the mango tree belonging to the genus Mangifera. Produced mainly for its fruit, the mango tree is native to south and southeast Asia, with the highest concentration of trees grown in India. The mango tree itself can live for over 300 years if left undisturbed by nature or man, and can reach up to between 80 and 100 feet tall with a diameter of 3 to 4 feet. Once a tree is twenty years old, it can no longer produce mango fruit and is cut down and replaced with another tree. All cut-down mango trees are then sold to craftsmen who can recycle them into furniture.

Why is mango wood considered a sustainable alternative?

Due to the huge demand for the mango fruit, there has always been a large demand to grow vast amounts of mango trees, but when the trees have to be cut down after reaching maturity, they are used for fuel or are simply left to rot and emit carbon dioxide as the wood decomposes. By harvesting the mango tree to construct furniture, there is a reduced need for lumber-only tree production and eliminates the reason to cut down trees that take longer to grow such as oak, mahogany, and cedar, as well as trees that are similar but rare or endangered such as teak and monkey pod. Choosing mango wood as an alternative ensures that instead of cutting down a healthy tree that’s only used to make furniture, you are recycling an old tree that has already served its fruit-bearing purpose and needs to be used for something else. And that’s not all! In addition to helping the environment, choosing mango wood also supports the local mango farmers who often struggle financially in India and other southeastern Asian countries.

What makes mango wood attractive as a furniture material?

Like most hardwoods, mango wood is very strong, so it makes quality and long-lasting furniture. However, unlike oak and other trees that take a long time period to grow, mango trees produce wood that is durable but easier to manipulate, so it can be used for carving more creative designs. Mango wood also has a wide range of colors from blonde to dark brown, and can even show off a hint of pink. It is one of the hardiest woods in the world, and offers densely packed grains that are surprisingly excellent for staining and waxing. When finished, mango wood creates one of the smoothest and satisfying textures. It is as durable and dense as cherry or ash wood, so you will never have to worry that your bedroom or dining set won’t last! Mango wood is also highly water-resistant due to its tropical climate habitat, so it’s perfect for outdoor furniture as well. Best used with a rustic finish for craftsman designs, you will certainly fall in love with this beautiful, exotic wood that is also an affordable value.

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Where is the best place to use mango wood?

In the bedroom, solid mango wood adds an exotic flair and with Furniture Row’s Cameron Storage Bed (9), you will love the beautiful dark brown wood that complements a variety of styles. In a guest or children’s room, this piece is the ideal combination of functional and ethical. Also be sure to accent with mango wood by adding the Cameron Mirror (4) to an empty wall in need of a trendy uplift, or better yet, pair it with the Cameron Dresser for a complete eco-friendly set.

Choose a light or dark finish of mango wood in a study, office, or living room with the exquisitely crafted Montego Bookcase (3). The Montego will add rustic appeal to your home and is perfect for displaying books and other beloved belongings. Add more pieces of the richly colored Montego collection with the Montego End Table (5), which creates the perfect place to store items beside your favorite couch or chair.

Mango wood can also be used for retro design! The Orbit Desk (7) is a funky novelty item that all of your friends will notice in your office, and features a hand-painted, natural, exposed finish that boasts streamlined construction against the iron-splayed legs, ensuring durability as well as contemporary fashionability.

In the dining room, add an additional beautifully crafted mango piece with the Belle Manor Server (8) that boasts a rustic country vibe with its barn doors and convenient wine racks. The same unique design can be used for a homey seat with the Belle Manor Bench (2) that features a double crisscrossed back that stylishly seats two in any gathering place.

For an exotic twist, the Batik Block Sideboard (1) shows off intricate carved designs of multicolored painted patterns on its beautiful mango wood door panels to create a look that will always look lively in the home. Or for a casual furniture set in the dining room, check out the Carmel 5 Pc. Counter Height Group (6) that’s versatile enough to accommodate a number of styles. Featuring a rich brown finish, the Carmel dining set is durably made to last throughout the years and will keep you and your dining guests happy.

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Mango is an environmentally friendly choice when deciding on furniture for your home. With choices from Furniture Row, you not only will be purchasing the latest and greatest on-trend pieces of the moment, but you also will be helping to preserve our precious environment.

Wow-Factor Washes

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If you want to accent with painted wood in the home but don’t want to cover up your furniture’s natural wood grain, adding a piece with a washed paint finish is the perfect way to brighten up your living space! For a muted look, color washing can be applied to any unsealed material such as wood, terra cotta, wicker, and bamboo that absorb the watered-down paint pigment. With just water added to a fresh coat of paint, your furniture can become weathered and rustic for instant natural charm. Whether it’s a coffee table, bookshelf, or even your bed, a wow-factor wash can certainly go a long way when you’re trying to create your own style. Check out these pieces from Furniture Row for some inspiration on how to bring washed wood into your home!

Perry Park Accent Chair: Paint-washes don’t have to always feel rustic, and with the Perry Park Accent Chair, you can elevate the style of your room with something a bit darker. The deep brown finish on the weathered framing of the Perry Park looks best in a transitional or contemporary styled space.

Sedona Chest: Nothing looks as beautifully weathered as the charcoal gray wash on the solid pine Sedona Chest. The distressed, worn look brings graceful elegance to your home and encompasses the craftsmanship and quality of heirloom furniture.

Sonoma Slatted Island: A gray wash on bright wood such as solid rubberwood will make any room brighter! The slatted Sonoma Island is casually designed to accommodate all your organization needs!

Glenwood Panel Bed: If you want reclaimed style in your bedroom, the dark river washed finish on the Glenwood is hand-rubbed to bring out all of the tropical sengon wood’s natural beauty. The planked panels on this masterpiece offer comfortable lavished perfection for both a rustic or urban aesthetic.

Vintage Wash Frames: Washed paint finishes aren’t just for furniture! Add a sweet, rustic accent to your wall with a whitewashed wooden frame. Hang on the wall or display on your desk; it’ll brighten up any decor.

Lisbon Buffet: The whitewashed finish on the carved detailing of the Lisbon is so lovely it looks like it’s actually stone! Crafted from mango wood, this armoire’s rich white stains make it perfect for a rustic country home

Raja Bookcase: A washed paint finish can also bring exotic style to your space. The gray-green wash of the Raja brings out the lovely scalloped detailing and elegantly sculpted frame. This one-of-a-kind wooden treasure is wonderful in a home office or living room.

Greystone Storage Bed: Washed paint doesn’t have to just look natural and distressed. The Greystone Panel Bed with Storage will make any bedroom feel sophisticated and chic with a gray-washed and burnished finish that better emphasizes the hardwood solids and okoume veneers. With sleek nickel bar accents and an upholstered headboard, the Greystone is the rustic beauty you will instantly fall in love with.

Bowry Coffee Table: Add an element of shabby chic with an eclectic coffee table! Made from recycled fir with a striking lattice base, the Bowry has a whitewashed finish with a bees wax topcoat for added depth. Perfect for a springtime cottage, the Bowry is ready to bring country timeworn charm inside your home.

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