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.

How to Fight Cold and Flu Season in Your Home

Cold and flu season is right around the corner and there’s a lot that can be done to prevent invasive germs from entering your home. Here are a few things you can do to safeguard yourself and home.

1. Go to bed early. The easiest and most enjoyable cold and flu prevention tip is sleep. The human immune system needs plenty of sleep to stay in shape and ready to fight off any cold and flu bugs that are floating around. Sleep is vital but some people find getting to sleep or staying asleep challenging. We’ve created the Ultimate Bedtime Routine for those who need help getting more healthy sleep.

If your mattress is over 8 years old, it’s time for a much needed upgrade. Daily oils and dead skin cells accumulate in your mattress and help to harbor mites. Dust mites contribute to allergies and can trigger unwanted sinus issues during all seasons. Take the Denver Mattress Sleep Test to find the perfect new mattress for your unique sleep style.

2. Double up on laundry. One of the not-so-enjoyable cold and flu prevention tips is increasing your laundry load. There are plenty of germs floating around in public spaces during cold and flu season. Make sure to wash clothes including outerwear like coats and scarves as often as possible. If you like to relax on the sofa right after getting home, be sure to add your pillow covers and throw blankets in the wash at least once a week to make sure outside dust and germs don’t linger in the home too long.

3. Work out at home. Another way to prevent cold and flu in your home is to add a workout to your daily (or weekly) routine. Staying active during the season helps your immune system ward off illnesses by increasing blood flow throughout the body. Increased blood flow helps prevent the spread of many illnesses including colds and influenza. Try this all-level Daily Exercise Schedule easily done from the comfort of your home.

4. Eat the rainbow. Have you heard of eating the rainbow? The basic idea is to eat all the colors of the rainbow in your daily diet. You can find virtually any color in the produce section of your local grocery store. The reason this is such a great cold and flu prevention tip is the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables. These key nutrients will aid your immune system in fighting off invaders during cold and flu season.

5. Stay home. If you feel your immune system has been compromised from the cold or flu, stay home. It’s the easiest and most effective way to keep your community safe from whatever you may have picked up. Medicine.Net reports the common cold is contagious from one day before symptoms settle in and continues to be contagious until about five to seven days afterwards. Staying home and getting plenty of rest will help your body heal and get the TLC it needs to recover. Complications such as respiratory symptoms extend the contagion even longer. Simply stay home to keep others safe.

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Create a Budget-Friendly Home Gym

You don’t need a lot of room to add a home gym workout space to your abode. They say half the battle to working out is actually getting to the gym. Bring the gym to you by creating a workout space personalized for your unique workouts. Many home furniture items can easily be transformed into a versatile workout tool. Your home gym could simply be using furniture and body weight, or you could add weights, tension bands, and items like yoga balls to complete your idea workout space. If you need to pick up a few versatile items, head to Furniture Row for a large selection of the latest home furnishing and styles.

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We’ve gathered a list of furniture essentials for your home gym, which may already be in your home! Start with choosing the scenery for your home gym. Perhaps there’s an area near a window with a view, or an accent wall? A great way to get inspired is to add artwork like the the Atlantic Waves Framed Print and Buddha Gold Foil Lacquer Print. Next, decide on how you would like to store your equipment and gear. Smaller workout equipment can be stored in a basket like the Rattan Trim Baskets. Larger items and clothing fit perfectly in the Chantilly Wardrobe Chest. Use a bench like the Bombay for weightlifting and some body weight exercises. A high back chair like the Fabulishish Accent Chair can be used for standing stability exercises such as barre. Protect your knees and elbows with an soft, yet easy-to-clean rug like the Antiquity Grey Rug. The goal is to establish a place you feel comfortable and motivated to work out. Have fun with colors, design, and layout. As long as you utilize the space, you can’t go wrong!

Patio Layout Guide

Warmer months are for relaxing out on the patio and enjoying the beautiful weather. Think ahead when creating a patio layout this summer. What will your space mainly be used for? Creating a layout not only helps you stay on a budget, but it also helps maximize your patio’s square footage. The main elements of creating an enjoyable outdoor space are seating, tables, and functional furniture. We’ve created four patio layouts for the most common spaces.

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Chef’s Space Patio

If you’re planning on having lots of outdoor meals with family or guests, designing a patio layout with food service in mind is the way to go. Make sure to choose a grill that leaves enough room for moving around, prepping, and of course, serving your guests. Additional prep space can be created by adding a kitchen cart such as The Sonoma Island. Top off your food prep oasis with the Trasimeno Umbrella near the grill so that rain drops don’t threaten your barbecue cravings and sunburns can be prevented. Next, is the dining table and seating. In a patio made for dining outdoors, a large dining table with plenty of room for dishes and drinks is a must. The Trasimeno Rectulanger Dining Set is a good option as it’s large enough for a family and is made to last the test of time. Allow your guests to hang out near the grill master by adding a fire pit and small seating area to the mix.

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Comfy Cozy Patio

Create a cozy haven in your outdoor space with the cozy patio layout above.  This style is based on comfort and tailored towards a smaller outdoor living space. Large plush seating like the Brookstone Chair will help you fall back and relax on those gorgeous summer nights. Pair the chairs with the Brookstone Ottoman to kick up your feet for ultimate leisure. If you’re looking for something to add a peaceful vibe, take a relaxing swing in the San Martino Basket Chair. Consider adding a fire pit that doubles as a coffee table to add flexibility and comfort. Fire pits are a great way to create a tranquil atmosphere.

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Entertainment Patio

Create an open space patio equipped with everything you need for summer entertaining. Choose a large sectional like the Santa Barbara 2 Piece Sectional for everyone to lounge together. A fire pit table allows the kids (or adults) to roast marshmallows all summer long on those cool summer nights. Add a few side tables for holding snacks and drinks on either side of your large outdoor sectional. Another clever addition to your entertainment patio is a bar cart like the Casa Viejo for easy maneuvering around a game of charades.

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Patio with a View

If you’re lucky enough to have a patio with a view, create your layout with scenic gazing in mind. Layer your design with the sofa in front of the dining area, so everyone has a seat of the beautiful sights. A set like the Brookstone is perfect as it’s available to pair with matching side tables and a coffee table. A round dining table with swivel chairs like the Geneva Swivel Club Chair  is also ideal so no one misses the sunset.

Download the Patio layouts printable.

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Dining Room Layout Guide

When arranging your dining space, you should not only think about what is visually pleasing but also the most functional use of the space. Whether your home layout is traditional, open, large or small this guide will help you create a dining space from which you and your family can get the utmost enjoyment.

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Open Concept

In the case of newer, modern homes, an open concept kitchen is not all that unusual. Open concepts are designed to provide a practical space for entertaining all the while supplying a cohesive flow between the kitchen, dining and living room. In an open concept home, your dining room layout should flow between the kitchen and the living room serving as an integrated space to gather.  In this dining room layout we have combined a round table joined with six dining chairs just at the edge of the kitchen. The simplicity of a round table between the kitchen and living room allow a practical connection of rooms without sacrificing functionality and space. In addition to your dining table, try adding barstools to your kitchen island to continue the flow of social space. This dining room layout is perfect for work, rest, and play.

Formal

If you desire a sit down meal with the family without interruptions, a formal dining room layout is the arrangement for you. There is just something about the romance of a room devoted to eating and entertaining that we are quite fond of. While in the process of choosing the right furniture for this dining room layout we suggest choosing a table large enough to fit your family and friends. To boost the formal atmosphere, choose a sophisticated table with intricate detailing such as the Laurel Canyon or the Sedona.

Breakfast Nook

If you don’t have the space for a formal dining room, or want something whimsical to sip your morning coffee, a breakfast nook is the perfect dining room layout. Don’t let this fool you, it’s not hard to achieve! Transform your kitchen from drab to fab by simply adding a couple benches to a corner, paired with a small dining table and two or three chairs. Voila you’ve created a cozy corner that will make mornings much easier.

Eat-In Kitchen

Don’t let dinner time be exhausting, allow it to be quality time spent with the family. This dining room layout is the ideal model if you desire to keep prep, dining and cleanup in one convenient area. If you have a large enough kitchen, place your dining table in the center of the room. This allows the table to double as an island during meal preparations. The eat-in kitchen dining room layout creates a central place for family to gather, thus allowing you to catch up in today’s busy lifestyle. This layout might take some creative shifting of your kitchen space, but you won’t regret the benefits it has to offer. Check out our Quintessential Kitchen Storage blog for ideas and inspiration for rearranging and organizing your kitchen space.

With these great dining room layouts, you can update your dining room with confidence. These layouts are a starting point, but we know that not all homes are made the same. Don’t hesitate to make adjustments and customize your dining space to fit your lifestyle. Happy arranging!

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Be sure to check out our Living Room Layouts for more inspiration!

Blooming Botanical Downloads For Your Home

Spring is just around the corner and we’re excited to get your home in tiptop shape for the new season. To welcome Spring, we’ve created these vintage inspired botanical downloads to add some new life into your home. If you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive way to decorate those empty wall spaces, or the shelves that might be bare, these botanical prints are a charming accent for any space. Hang all three or just hang one but we promise these fun and fresh botanical designs will enhance those bleak areas. If you’re feeling intimidated about hanging these new prints in your home, we have just the resource to build your confidence: How To Level and Hang Art. Be bold and bring in some color and light to your home with these gorgeous botanical downloads.

A Grape Hyacinth free download.

Grape Hyacinth – a Spring garden’s delight with Farmhouse appeal. Download “Muscari armeniacum.”

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Grape Leaf Anemone – a robust bloom to boost the energy in your home. Download “Tomentosa Robustissima.”

Fernleaf yarrow free printable download.

Fernleaf Yarrow – an enchanting golden bloom to promote happiness. Download “Achillea Filipendulina.”

How to Style a Bookcase: Tips for Decorating Shelves

Shelves are a great tool to display all of your favorite collectibles, but it’s important to consider the organization of these items in order to create a visually appealing presentation. Have you ever wondered how to style a bookcase? Look no further! These helpful tips will teach you how to decorate your shelving unit like a pro.

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Go big and bold with knick-knacks.

When choosing decor to display, it’s important to try to fill the space between the shelves to avoid empty space. Pick items that make a statement and reflect your personal style. If the shelves are stocked with items that are too small to be viewed from afar, your space can start to look cluttered and disorganized.

Hint: Try placing smaller pieces in more compact containers. For instance, seashells look great in a clear vase, like the one below.

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 Stack books both vertically and horizontally.

Your bookcase isn’t a library, so don’t style it like one! Books can be organized both vertically and horizontally based on their sizes to create another element of visual interest.

Items next to each other should be of varying heights.

Many people think that you should put similar sized items next to each other on a bookcase to create a uniform aesthetic. We prefer to place items of varying heights in close proximity as it is more fluid on the eyes.

Top stacks of books with trinkets to create height variation.

Place trinkets on top of stacked books to give your bookcase depth and dimension. If a horizontal stack of books is the same height as another item, you can place a decor piece on top of the stack of books to create height variation. This is also a great way to display smaller trinkets that are too short to stand alone.

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Put only mismatched items next to each other.

Try not to get too matchy-matchy when you are decorating your bookcase. Items that look best next to each other have contrasting colors and sizes.

Add some shine.

Bring a bit of shine into the mix when you style your bookcase. Whether it’s a brass canister, a glistening accent made from blown glass, or a silver vase, adding a variety of textures will give your shelves depth and dimension.

Add natural elements.

Be sure to bring in natural elements when you style a bookcase. By adding a house plant or other decor with organic textures, you will make your bookcase seem fresh and appealing.

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Display Artwork or Favorite photos.

Framed photos can be a joyful reminder of friends, family, or a favorite vacation, and they look great on a bookshelf. It’s also fun to mix and match frames for an eclectic vibe

 Saturate with color.

Do you have deep blue curtains that you love or a bright red rug that delights you? Bring your favorite hues to your bookshelf when you are choosing home accents and accessories.

Below, find a video recapping all of the tips we discussed about how to style a bookcase!

Pet-Friendly Sofas: Couches for Cat and Dog Lovers

If you have a pet, you most likely deal with shedding. Although there isn’t much you can do to prevent this, you can choose furniture that minimalizes the appearance of fur. We’ve compiled six of the best pet-friendly sofas and included all of the tips on how to choose a couch that will work for you and your dog or cat.

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Tips to Keep Your Sofa Free of Pet Hair

  1. Groom Fluffy often. Bathing and brushing your pets help them to naturally shed their hair, which means less fur will end up on your sofa or other furniture.
  2. Vacuum regularly. You may want to invest in a hand-held cleaner to make ridding your couch of pet hair in a jiffy easier. We recommend the Shark® Rocket™ Handheld Vacuum, available for about $100 at most retailers.
  3. Match colors to your pet’s hair. If you have a white kitty, avoid a black couch. If your pooch is tan colored, invest in a beige sofa.

Best Fabrics for Pet-Friendly Sofas

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Leather/Faux Leather

Leather is one of the best fabrics for those seeking pet-friendly sofas because it is long-lasting and durable. Pet hair doesn’t stick to leather or faux leather and can easily be removed from it. Leather gets better with use and when dirty, you can wipe it down with a leather cleaner to make cleanup a snap.

Please note, if your cat uses your leather couch as a scratching post, it is likely their claws will damage the leather. Like sofas in any fabric, this behavior should be discouraged.

Below, the Frisco Sofa is made of genuine Italian leather and features a nice patina that wears well with time.

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Microfiber/Ultra-suede (Synthetic Fiber)

Another fabric that is great for pet-friendly sofas is synthetic fiber. Materials labeled “microfiber” or “ultra-suede” usually are easy to clean. Pet fur doesn’t cling to this fabric, and since there aren’t loops in material, Sparky’s claws won’t get caught and snag your furniture.

Furniture Row makes an amazing fabric for pet-friendly sofas. Enduro-Suede® is a synthetic, suede-like polyester that is durable, soft, and resistant to stains. Shop Enduro-Suede® furniture here.

The Olyver Sofa Group is a great option for those with light-colored pets that want a microfiber feel.

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Fabrics with a Tight Weave

The best pet-friendly sofas are those made of fabrics with a tight weave. Anything heavily textured should be avoided, as pet hair tends to get caught in it, making it hard to clean. Below, the

Below, the Hampton Sofa has a very tight weave, great for animal lovers.

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Velvet is a pet-hair magnet. Avoid velvet when searching for pet-friendly sofas, as it is difficult to clean and once damaged, there is no way to repair it.

Woven/Tweedy Fabrics

When pet hair gets on woven fabrics such as tweed or linen, it is hard to remove because it gets caught in the uneven surface.

Silk

Silk is very delicate and hard to clean. It doesn’t do well with stains or moisture, and above all, it’s usually pretty expensive.

Chenille

Chenille is soft and durable, but the little loops of the pile that make chenille so appealing can get caught in your pet’s claws. Once these loops are pulled, they never can really be fixed.

Check out these photos from some of Furniture Row’s furry friends! Want us to feature your pet with their favorite furniture on our blog? Follow us on Instagram @furniturerow and tag your photos with #furniturerowpets.

 

 

 

Spring Cupcakes: Three Sweet Recipes and Flavors

Spring Cupcakes

There are so many occasions in spring and early summer to bake. Whether it be garden parties, backyard BBQs, or even just casual park days with family and friends, elegant sweet treats are always among everyone’s favorite. Here is our attempt at a few unique and deliciously flavored cupcake recipes that are sure to grab people’s attention. Our team taste tested all of these spring cupcakes, and we are sure that they will be worth your baking efforts.

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LAVENDER VANILLA BEAN SPRING CUPCAKES

Cake Ingredients

1/2 cup whole milk

1 TBSP dried edible lavender

1 1/3 cups cake flour

1 ¼ TSP baking powder

¼ TSB salt

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup + 2 TBSP granulated sugar

3 TBSP honey

2 large eggs

1 TSP vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Frosting Ingredients

1/2 cup salted butter

½ cup unsalted butter

Seeds of 1 Vanilla Bean

3 cups powdered sugar

2 TBSP heavy cream

1 TSP vanilla extract

Lavender Cupcakes Instructions:

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend the milk and lavender in a food processor or blender by pulsing for 1-2 minutes or until the lavender is well minced.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together cake flower, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer with a paddle attachment to combine butter and sugar for 4 minutes on medium speed or until the mixture is white and fluffy. You will need to occasionally scrape the sides of the bowl. Add honey, and mix until combined. Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined after each egg. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. Add 1/3 of lavender with milk combination to the egg, sugar, and butter mixture, and combine well. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredient mixture. Continue alternating additions of the rest of the dry ingredient and milk mixture, ending with the dry ingredient mixture.
  6. Line muffin tin with paper cups, and fill each cup until 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 19-21 minutes or until you can insert a tooth pick that comes back out without crumbs.
  8. Allow to cool in tin before frosting.

 Vanilla Bean Frosting Instructions:

  1. Mix butter and vanilla bean seeds with electric mixer paddle attachment on medium-high speed for 6 to 7 minutes or until white and fluffy. Use a rubber spatula to scrape sides of mixing bowl as needed while mixing.
  2. Add in heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract. Blend in on low speed. Increase speed to medium for 5-6 minutes until whipped to a fluffy consistency. Scrape sides of mixing bowl with rubber spatula as needed.
  3. Pipe frosting on cupcakes with a piping bag. If you realize you do not have a piping bag, you can also use a plastic freezer bag with the corner trimmed off.
  4. Garnish the top of the frosted cupcake with edible lavender.

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CHAMPAGNE BLACKBERRY SPRING CUPCAKES

Cake Ingredients

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 TSP vanilla

1-3/4 cups flour

1/2 TSP baking soda

1/4 TSP baking powder

1/4 TSP salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup Champagne, Prosecco, or your choice of sparkling wine

Pastry Cream Ingredients

1/2 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 cup champagne or prosecco

2 TBSP cornstarch

5 TBSP granulated sugar

1 whole egg

2 egg yolks

2 TBSP unsalted butter

1 TSP vanilla

1.5 containers of blackberries

2 TBSP lemon juice

Frosting Ingredients

1 cup  + 1 tablespoon champagne or prosecco

2 sticks of softened butter

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Reduced blackberry solids divided from liquids

 Cake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees.
  2. Use electric mixer with paddle attachment to mix together butter and sugar until it has a light and fluffy consistency.
  3. Add eggs one at a time until mixture is well combined after each egg.
  4. Mix in vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  6. In another separate bowl, mix together champagne and sour cream.
  7. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and champagne mixture to the butter mixture. Begin and end with the flour until a thick batter is formed.
  8. Fill cupcake papers two-thirds of the way full.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

Filling Instructions:

  1. Add one and a half containers of blackberries and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice to a sauce pan. Heat on medium, stirring frequently until the berries reduce and form a liquid.
  2. In a separate saucepan while berries are reducing, combine 1/4 cup of heavy cream heavy cream, 1/2 cup of champagne, and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. Strain the liquid from the reduced berries into a bowl and set aside. Reserve the remaining berry solids for the frosting that goes on top of the cupcakes.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of heavy cream with cornstarch. Beat 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks into this mixture. Add 1/3 of the champagne mixture from the stove while whisking so that the eggs to not begin to cook. Bring the remaining champagne mixture back to a boil and add the egg mixture to the boiling pan slowly while whisking. Whisk in reserved berry liquid to this mixture as well and continue whisking until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
  5. Whisk in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of butter.
  6. To fill the cupcakes, cut out a small portion of the center about three-fourths of the way down. Fill a piping bag, freezer, or sandwich bag with blackberry filling. If using a freezer or sandwich bag, cut off a small amount of the corner of the bag (1/4-1/2 inch up).  Squeeze filling through the bag into the center of the cupcake. If you would like to create a lid for the cupcake center, you can trim the center piece that was cut out of the cupcake to make a lid.

Frosting Instructions:

  1. Reduce 1 cup of champagne in a saucepan until it is only 2 tablespoons and remove from pan to cool.
  2. Use an electric mixer with whisk attachment to beat together 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 2 sticks softened butter until thick and fluffy. Add the reduced champagne and 1 tablespoon of champagne straight from the bottle. Combine well.
  3. Spread or pipe frosting onto the cupcakes.
  4. Garnish cupcake with the remaining container of blackberries. Place one whole blackberry on top of the frosted cupcake. If there are not enough whole blackberries remaining, cut blackberries in half lengthwise.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE TANGERINE SPRING CUPCAKES

Tangerine Cake Recipe

1 3/4 cups of cake flour

2 TSP baking powder

2/3 cups of whole milk

1 TSP vanilla

4 egg whites

6 TBSP softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup sour cream

Zest of 2 tangerines

Juice of 1 tangerine

White Chocolate Tangerine Frosting 

1 bar or 6 oz of chopped white chocolate

1 package of softened cream cheese

¼ cup softened butter

1 TSP  vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

Juice of 1 tangerine

Cupcake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Stir flour and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until peaks form.
  4. Combine milk and vanilla in a glass measuring cup or any other easy pour container.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium until a fluffy consistency has formed. Beat in the sour cream until well combined and smooth.
  6. Alternate the addition of the milk and dry ingredient mixture in 3 parts.
  7. Whisk one-third of the fluffed egg whites into this mixture. Fold the remaining egg whites.
  8. Zest 2 tangerines and juice 1 tangerine. Add zest and juice to the batter and stir to combine well.
  9. Fill cupcake papers two-thirds of the way full.
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out with no crumbs on it.

Frosting Instructions:

  1. Place white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals for 1-1.5 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds. Let stand for a few minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together vanilla, cream cheese, white chocolate, and butter using an electric mixer with beater attachments on medium speed. Once this mixture is well blended, beat in the powdered sugar in small increments at a time.
  3. Mix in juice of one tangerine and combine well.
  4. Add Frosting to a piping bag or ziplock bag to pipe onto the top of the cupcakes. You can also spread frosting on top of the cupcakes with a butter knife.
  5. Garnish each cupcake with a tangerine wedge.

Share these delicious spring cupcakes with your family and friends! Which one is your favorite? Comment below!

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!

 

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.

Spring Cleaning Checklist: A Room-by-Room How-to

Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to refresh, rejuvenate, and give your home a squeaky clean scrub down! Here at the Front Door, we’ve published a year-round cleaning list, a weekly cleaning schedule, and now we present to you – a spring cleaning checklist! It breaks down chores room-by-room to ensure that each space gets the TLC it needs to be absolutely spotless. Download the printable version here.

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General House Tasks

Disinfect doorknobs and light switches
Dust ceiling corners and upper crown molding
Dust baseboards and clean scuffs
Clean windowsills
Dust edges of wall hangings and pictures
Vacuum and dust lampshades
Clean indoor /outdoor light fixtures and lamps
Dust ceiling fans
Vacuum and sweep under furniture
Shampoo carpets
Wash window blinds
Vacuum and wash window curtains
Change air and furnace filters
Clean indoor and outdoor windows
Remove, shake, and vacuum area rugs

Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Vacuum between furniture cushions
Condition leather furniture
Disinfect remote controls and gaming devices
Organize electronics and accessories
Disinfect and organize children’s toys
Remove stains from upholstered furniture

Dining Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Clean and declutter cabinets and drawers
Polish/clean wood furniture
Wash table linens
Disinfect table and wipe down chair legs
Clean chair cushions
Clean floor under area rug

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

Clean and disinfect trash can
Clean microwave
Clean and organize refrigerator and freezer
Clean oven
Clean hood vent and filter
Clean and disinfect garbage disposal
Organize kitchen cabinets and drawers
Organize the pantry and remove expired items
Check freshness of herbs and spices
Clean under sink
Sanitize and polish cabinet doors

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Organize your closet
Switch seasonal clothing and donate items not needed
Clean and organize dresser
Dust and organize nightstands
Flip and rotate mattress
Clean mattress
Vacuum and sweep under bed
Wash pillows and comforter

Bathroom(s) Spring Cleaning Checklist

Disinfect toothbrush holders
Clean soap tray and pump
Clean makeup brushes
Clean shower caddy
Wash shower curtain and liner
Clean plastic strip on glass shower door
Scrub under toilet seat and at base
Wipe steam stains off walls
Wash and disinfect bathtub/shower
Clean trash can
Disinfect towel racks and toilet paper holders
Clean bathroom exhaust fan
Clean shower head
Properly dispose of beauty products not used in the past year
Clean, declutter, and organize bathroom cabinets, drawers, and closet

Laundry Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Clean dryer vent
Clean inside washing machine
Empty washing machine drain pump
Dust behind and underneath washer/dryer
Remove unnecessary cleaning supplies
Clean and organize contents of shelving

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist

Wipe away spider webs
Sweep outdoor spaces
Power wash decks and fences
Wash outside door frames
Clean grill
Clean and repair gutters
Clean patio furniture
Shake out entry mat

Upholstery Glossary: Guide to Fabric Pattern Names

A bit of pattern on a furnishing can add dimension and depth to any room, but it’s important to choose furniture with a print that complements the rest of the decor in a space. This guide to fabric pattern names will help you find the upholstery that you’ve been longing for! Download the printout here, and happy shopping!

Fabric Pattern Names

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JACOBEAN:

Often embroidered, this design boasts sprawling floral, plant, or animal shapes. If you want a bit of jacobean beauty in your home, try the Aberdeen Chair.

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BROCADE:

This fabric pattern has raised designs atop rich cloth and often uses metallic threads. Beautiful with oversized brocade over a red background, the Shelby II Accent Chair makes a lovely statement.

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CHECK:

This fabric pattern uses overlapping lines to create squares in two colors. If one of these colors is white, it is called gingham. Furniture Row’s Sea Dreams Kids Comforter Set has several different checked patterns.

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IKAT:

Similar to tie-dying, the warps or wefts are dyed before being woven in this fabric pattern. The threads appear to be pulled in opposite directions along the dyed fabric. We love the Valerie Ikat Rug for an exotic touch.

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AWNING STRIPES:

Thick, solid stripes are separated by thinner stripes in this fabric pattern. If you want cabana-inspired stripes in your space, consider purchasing the Varela Glen Accent Chair.

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FOULARD:

This pattern sports small objects (often circles) in a block repeat. If you want to incorporate a touch of foulard in your home, the Jillian Accent Ottoman is as pretty as a picnic in red and white.

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FLORAL:

This pattern’s focus is flowers. A floral upholstery can be bright or neutral, have big or small blossoms, and can be repeating or spontaneous. Trendy in orange, blue, and green, the Dahlia Accent Chair will bring whimsical charm to your space.

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JACQUARD:

Highly texturized, this look boasts raised, embossed weaving. Soft to the touch, the Crosby Accent Chair is a great way to add a jacquard pattern to your space

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CHEVRON:

This zigzag pattern uses alternating colors to create angled slopes. This fun pattern is found on the throw pillows of Furniture Row’s Meow & More Accent Chair.

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MEDALLION:

With large, coin-shaped circles and intricate details, this fabric pattern is quite ornamental. We love the Grandstand Accent Chair in chocolate-brown and blue.

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JASPE:

With a look similar to denim, this fabric is woven with faint stripes created by different shades of yarns. The Heirloom III Accent Chair will look sophisticated and refined in any room in your house.

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BARCODE:

This fabric pattern features stripes of varying widths. The Mackinaw Stripe Rug brings in beiges, blues, and other neutrals to bring abstract carpeting to your floors.

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OGEE:

Onion-shaped in design, this pattern boasts a continuous, repeating S curve. Fresh in a soft green, the Larson Accent Chair boasts a white ogee pattern for an elegant touch.

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PAISLEY:

Also called “boteh,” paisley is a fabric pattern that spotlights a teardrop shaped floral/garden motif with intricate designs stemming from each “blossom.” If you are looking for a paisley accent chair, try the Providence Recliner.

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PLAID:

Similar to check, this pattern forms a blocked square pattern with overlapping stripes in several colors. If plaid is your upholstery of choice, check out the handsome and smart Rugby Accent Chair.

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POLKA DOT:

This pattern has even circular dots scattered over a solid background. Dainty and sweet, Furniture Row’s Lunares Kids Comforter Set has pink and white dots for a darling look.

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QUARTERFOIL:

This symmetrical pattern features an ornamental design with four lobes or leaves that resemble a flower or four-leaf clover. For a muted quatrefoil seat, add the Briargate Accent Chair to your space.

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TOILE:

This fabric pattern is whimsical and often depicts outdoors scenes of daily life. For a dose of sweet cottage charm, add the Robins Nest Bench to your bedroom at the end of the bed, your entryway, or anywhere else needing extra seating.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe: Homemade Tex-Mex

There is something so comforting about a warm bowl of chicken tortilla soup. The slightly spicy broth, tender chicken, and tanginess is a combination like no other. If you’ve lived in Texas or southern California, you can find chicken tortilla soup on most menus. However, nothing compares to homemade chicken tortilla soup and a cozy blanket. Here is our Digital Community Manager’s Tex-Mex version of her favorite Mexican dinner table staple.

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Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 large tomato (diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs (shredded)
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth (homemade if possible)
  • 1 lime (squeezed)
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh green onion (chopped)
  • sour cream (for garnish)
  • 1 lime (for garnish)
  • corn on the cob (optional)
  • cojita cheese
  • 1 avocado

Tortilla Strips Ingredients:

  • 10 small corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

Chicken Tortilla Soup Directions:

  1. Heat the onion, fresh tomato, and garlic in the 2 tbsp. of olive oil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes in a large stockpot or dutch oven.
  2. Add the 4 cups of chicken bone broth, canned tomatoes, shredded chicken, lime juice and all spices to the stockpot. Gently let boil for 10 minutes.
  3. While soup is boiling, prepare tortilla strips by cutting long parallel strips of the tortilla. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil and salt to strips. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Let boil for 5-10 more minutes.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of cilantro to the boiling soup. Let boil for 2 minutes.
  6. Add optional corn on the cob (cut into halves), and salt to taste.
  7. Reduce to simmer.

Presentation:

  1. Ladle desired amount of soup into bowls with optional corn on the cob.
  2. Add a tbs of sour cream to each bowl.
  3. Gently add baked tortilla strips in a teepee figure.
  4. Sprinkle cojita on top of tortilla strips.
  5. Add diced avocado.
  6. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
  7. Wipe edged of bowl and serve.

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!

Studio Apartment Layout Guide

In today’s busy cities, a lot of space is hard (and expensive) to come by. Many apartment complexes alleviate this problem by offering studios to their patrons. A one-room home is quite stylish in urban markets, but sometimes it can be difficult to set up your furniture in a way that maximizes space and defines separate activity areas. Below, find four functional and fashionable arrangements with this studio apartment layout guide.

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Entertainer

The first studio apartment layout is for the person who likes having guests over. This setup allows for separate living and sleeping spaces by placing a divider between the bedroom and the living-dining area. If you own the condo, this can be achieved by installing drywall. If you are renting, get creative by placing bookcases, screens, or even curtains between the two “rooms.” Sliding doors or tapestries allow you to close the space off when you have company, and open it up when you are alone and don’t need the barrier. In this studio, there is a dining area with a standard dining set near the living room. If your spot is smaller, achieve the look with a scaled counter height group or a drop leaf table that can be pushed against the wall.

Bachelorette Pad

In this chic studio apartment layout, refined style is key. The “bedroom” is complete with a sophisticated dressing area and vanity. It effortlessly opens to the “living room,” where a TV could be placed atop the dresser.  In a studio apartment, there often isn’t enough space for a lot of furniture. In this arrangement, we substituted clothes storage for a television stand, and the vanity doubles as a desk. When considering your own studio apartment layout, think about your needs, and get creative with multipurpose furnishings!

The Living Room Lounger

If you couldn’t live without your big comfy couch, larger than life television, and extensive movie and video game collection, this studio apartment layout is for you! The “living room” is the main focus of this small space, and is the first thing you see when you come in. A large sofa, armchair, coffee table, and television stand comfortably fit, creating a relaxing oasis for you to kick back and relax. The bed is pushed far into the corner but still opens up to the living space, offering additional seating and allowing you to still view the television.

Student Life

If your life is dedicated to school or work, you will need a desk in your tiny space. This studio apartment layout allows you to get the job done right. With a designated workspace, your life will be much easier, and the open floor plan allows you to not feel cramped. If you need more surface space, an L-shaped desk or a U-shaped desk also would look fabulous in this furniture arrangement. If it has an open design, it can also provide a space to dine after a long day’s work. You also could consider getting a large coffee table with a lift top to give yourself an alternate space to get work done from the sofa.

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Be sure to check out our Bedroom Layout Guide and Living Room Layout Guide for even more inspiration!

Crowd Pleaser Sausage and Spinach Ravioli Recipe

I’m Jessa, the Art Director for the Front Door. I wanted to share a recipe with you that I made when family friends visited last week (This recipe serves 6.). I call this Crowd Pleaser Sausage and Spinach Ravioli because it has a little something for everyone. I really love spinach ricotta ravioli, while my boyfriend is a meat lover and wanted to make sausage ravioli. Instead of making multiple fillings, we decided to combine all of the ingredients we love into one deliciously flavorful filling.

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Crowd Pleaser Sausage and Spinach Ravioli Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 lb Bulk Italian Sausage
  • 2 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ tablespoon grated nutmeg

Dough

  • 9 cups unbleached all purposed flour
  • 7 eggs
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoon salt

Crowd Pleaser Sausage and Spinach Ravioli Instructions

Filling

1. Saute sausage in pan until cooked through.

2. Wilt spinach into cooked sausage.

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3. Drain off excess fat.

4. Put spinach and sausage mixture in food processor or blender, and pulse until minced into small pieces.

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5. Combine ricotta, parmesan, Nutmeg, egg yolk, and sausage mixture in a mixing bowl.

6. Cover and refrigerate until the filling is needed. If you have the time to refrigerate the filling for a couple of hours, it will firm up and be easier to handle when stuffing the ravioli.

Dough

1. Put 3 cups of flour on a cutting board. Make a mound and make a deep well in the mound. NOTE: I prefer to more flour than is usual to create a deeper well where the eggs don’t run out the sides. I find this makes things easier for a newbie dough maker. There will be excess flour but I just use this to contribute to the next dough ball.

2. Crack two eggs into the well, and add salt and olive oil to the well.

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3. Start slowly bringing in flower from the edges of the well into the well and gently mix with eggs.

4. Repeat this until the mixture starts to resemble sticky dough and there are no visible runny eggs.

5. Pick the sticky dough up with hands, add flour to keep it from sticking too much, and begin kneading.

6. Keep adding flour from the pile, and continue to knead for about 6 minutes. NOTE: To knead the dough, repeatedly squeeze dough between hands, occasionally pulling apart and compressing back together into a ball. The dough is ready once it starts to expand on its own after being compressed.

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7. Rub the kneaded dough with a teaspoon of olive oil. Place in a bag, Tupperware, or covered bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes.

8. Repeat steps 1-7 to create two more dough balls.

Adding Filling to the Dough

1.To roll the dough out, cover wooden cutting board, counter, or pastry sheet with flour, and roll refrigerated dough ball in flour.

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2. Cut the dough ball into 4 even pieces and roll  to make the rolling more manageable on a small surface (you can see here I already started rolling one of the pieces).

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3. Roll out each 1/4th ball of dough into a thin sheet with rolling pin, and add flour to pin as needed to keep it from sticking to the dough.

4. Place a small dollop of filling in a line on the dough leaving about a ½ inch between each pile of filling.

5. Brush the dough around the immediate outer edges of the filling with egg wash (1 egg + a splash of water whisked together).

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6. Fold dough over the filling or lay another rolled out layer of dough on top of the first layer of dough.

7. Press down the dough that is immediately surrounding the filling to stick it together.

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8. Cut out squares with a pizza cutter or crimped pastry cutter.

9. Repeat with remaining dough balls and filling.

Bringing it all together

1. Add formed ravioli to a boiling pot of water. Once they begin to float, they are ready to be removed from water pot.

2. Scoop them up with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl topped with tomato sauce and shaved parmesan cheese.

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For me, this would definitely not be an “on a whim” dinner, but it was a project I had a lot of fun with, and it was a definite crowd pleaser!

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Melt and Pour Soap: Layered Lavender and Tea Tree Oil Soap

I’m Rose, an Art Contributor at the Front Door. Today I want to share my melt and pour soap recipe using my doTerra essential oils for a 3 layered soap! We use soap every day. But sometimes we aren’t exactly sure what’s in the ingredients list. There is something empowering about knowing exactly what you’re putting on your body on a daily basis. Melt and pour soap is also very cost effective for the household. It’s an extremely easy DIY and you can customize your ingredients for your health and fragrance preferences.

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Supplies for Melt and Pour Soap

  • wood soap box
  • soap cutter
  • 2 lb. clear soap base
  • 2 lb. goats milk soap base
  • 2 lb. shea butter soap base
  • essential oil(s) of choice
  • poppy seeds
  • dried calendula leaves
  • dried lavender leaves
  • double boiler (or glass baking bowl and regular boiling pot)
  • thermometer
  • stir stick
  • freezer paper

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Instructions for Melt and Pour Soap

  1. Chop the bases into 1 inch thick pieces, keeping the bases separate from each other.
  2. Place the chopped soap base pieces in the double boiler or in the glass bowls floating in a pot of water. Turn on medium heat and let each base melt completely. The goat milk will take the longest to melt.
  3. While the soap is heating up, line your soap box with freezer paper. Here is a good video on how to line a standard soap box.
  4. Once the soap is melted, pour the first base (I used shea as my bottom layer.). Mix in 6-10 drops of your essential oils (I used lavender.) and the dried goods you wish to add.
  5. Let the soap cool and keep your other 2 bases on low heat.
  6. Once the bottom layer is partially cooled, add the second layer. I used the clear base for the second layer and added the calendula laves/melaleuca oil.
  7. Let the second layer cool partially and repeat the process for your top layer. I used lavender, poppy seeds, and dried lavender for the top layer.
  8. Let the soap cool completely (can take up to 24 hours).
  9. Cut your soap using your soap cutter and enjoy!

Iconic Home Styles: 10 Types of Houses

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Throughout different time periods and geographical locations, we have seen many types of houses. Most of these iconic home styles are still around to this day and are seen in many neighborhoods across the country. Each of the types of houses has its own individual architectural and structural details. Below, learn about each home style and how to identify them by their traits. You can also download the full list here.

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Craftsman

The craftsman home became popular during the first 30 years of the 20th century with the first houses appearing in Southern California. Inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a response intended to promote the work of craftsmen versus the machine-made of the Industrial Revolution), this type of house features a simple and classic design. Details such as tapered columns, a partially paned door, multi-pane windows, visible rafter tails, and exposed beams under the overhang mark the craftsman design. With a large front porch to seamlessly enjoy the indoors and outdoors, a low-pitched gabled roof, and a neutral color scheme, these American-made creations are still enjoyed and reproduced to this day.

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21st Century Modern

The modern home ideal is constantly changing and this can vary decade by decade, but there are some common trends that seem to be à la mode. The main idea is to keep it simple with clean lines while still thinking of functionality. Some elements of modern homes are neutral color schemes, exposed steel, and a minimalist design. Windows are often wide and sometimes span from ceiling to floor. This is one of the most retro types of houses, drawing inspiration from mid-century homes.

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A-Frame

Like the 21st century home, the A-frame is one of the most vintage types of houses. Surging in popularity from the 1950s through the 1970s, this post-war style of home let architects experiment with very modern designs since A-frames weren’t very expensive to build. With a steeply sloping roof, deep-set eaves, and large windows spanning the front and back gables, this home is quite easy to spot.

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Colonial Revival

Colonial Revival architecture gained momentum in the 1890s. In the early 20th century, the automobile was invented, allowing more Americans to visit sites connected with their heritage. Bringing back elements of American colonial homes and buildings during the Revolutionary War, which largely drew from Britsh design styles. The Colonial Revival home is usually very rectangular in shape, has aligned and centered windows and door, and often features a decorative pediment and pilasters (columns).

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Queen Anne

Originally referring to the English Baroque architecture of the early 1700s, Queen Anne revival types of houses because popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This home style is identified through its cross-gabled and steeply sloped roof, witches hat turrets, and fish scaled siding. Highly ornamental, the Queen Anne uses all surfaces as decorative elements and often has a gorgeous wrapped porch. In American Queen Anne types of houses, free Renaissance (non-Gothic Revival) details are referenced.

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Ranch

The ranch originated in the US in the 1920s and became extremely popular from the 1940s to the 1970s. It is known for being one story and wide open layout with a rational design, clustering bedrooms into one portion of the house and living spaces in another. It often has a hipped or a gabled roof with deeply set eaves. The modern ranch’s long, low profile complements its rectangular, L, or U-shape, and usually, there isn’t elaborate ornamentation. An attached garage is often associated with the ranch. After declining in popularity in the 70s, this simple house style regained momentum in the late 90s as young homebuyers found the ranch to be an affordable entry-level home with a fashionable retro vibe, and older buyers discovered easy mobility in the one story design.

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Spanish Revival

The Spanish Revival home is often seen throughout the Southwest. With elements reminiscent of old Spanish villages, this organic style often features stucco exterior, terracotta roof tiles, and decorative ironwork. The roof is usually hipped or gabled with a wide overhang, and arched windows, doors, and entryways add to the Spanish Revival’s charm. Since much of Spanish architecture is focused on the balance between indoor and outdoor living, balconies and courtyards are common.

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Gable Front and Wing

Also known as Upright and Wing, the Gable Front and Wing home was popular from the mid to late 19ths century and is typified by a gable ended “upright” section (usually two stories) and a one-story ell or “wing” section. Usually shaped in an L or T-shaped layout, this house style has a gabled roof, spindlework porch, and an elevated floor height. Typically Gable Front and Wing homes were built by tradesmen instead of homeowners. Most of these residences don’t have too many standardized decorative elements and can vary from home to home.

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Greek Revival

The Greek Revival architectural style was popular from 1825 to 1860 through the Civil War. Representing the American expression that our newly formed nation was the spiritual descendant of Greece as the birthplace of democracy, Greek Revival buildings and homes started in the east but moved west with the early settlers. With large pilasters, columns with no bases, double-hung windows, and elaborately framed doors, these types of houses are stately and grand. They often are painted white to resemble marble, are gable fronted, and have a wide band of trim on the cornice line.

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Italianate

The Italianate style was popularized in the US in the 1840s as an alternative to Gothic or Greek Revival types of houses. It is distinctive by pronounced exaggeration of many Italian characteristics such as eaves with deep overhangs supported by decorative brackets (corbels), low-pitched roofs, and square towers placed centrally on the roof. The windows are usually substantially framed, hooded, or with pediments, and the windows are often taller on the 2nd story than the 1st story. With a brick or stucco exterior, these adorable Italian villa style homes have a picturesque aesthetic.


There are many iconic home styles, and its fun to see the eclectic mix of types of houses. To see all of them side by side, download the pdf here or pin the entire image.

Recipe: Crockpot White Bean Chicken Soup

If you are looking for an easy (and delicious) meal to cook, look no further! This white bean chicken soup recipe is here to save the day! Simply throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot and in a few hours, your tastebuds will be thanking you!

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White Bean Chicken Soup Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 can of great northern beans
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup diced green chilis
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP flour

For Garnish

  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream

White Bean Chicken Soup Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the milk and flour in your crockpot.
  2. Turn your crockpot on low for 4 hours. After the 4 hours has completed, remove your chicken breasts and place on a cutting board.
  3. While you allow the chicken to cool, whisk the milk and flour together and add to your crockpot. At this point, the chicken breast should easily shred. Place back in the crockpot and turn on high for 30 more minutes.
  4. Serve and garnish to your liking.

*To give this recipe some kick, use hot diced green chilis instead of mild and/or add a jalapeno.

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.

Furniture Glossary: Types of Chair Backs

When choosing dining room furniture, you will want to consider what kind of chairs you want. There are many styles to choose from, and one main component of how wooden chairs look and feel is the design of the furnishing. While many chair bases are the same, there are many types of chair backs. Learn the basics in this furniture glossary, and decide which of the types of chair backs is your favorite!

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Types of Chair Backs: Slat Back

The slat back chair is one of the most traditional types of chair backs. Very indicative of mission styling, this classic design features a rectilinear form and vertical slats. The slatted look is timeless and is often found in casual dining rooms or kitchen nooks. The Mission II Side Chair has thin slats with arts and crafts inspired styling.

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Types of Chair Backs: X-Back

Graceful and contemporary, the X-back chair (also known as the criss-cross back chair) is simple and neutral. This versatile design allows it to work in a variety of room styles. Not only for the dining room, this is one of the types of chairs that looks nice in a home office or as an accent piece throughout the home. The Belle Manor Side Chair features the classic shape of the X-back chair.

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Types of Chair Backs: Windsor

Furniture makers use steam bending to create the iconic bow of the windsor chair. Vertical spindles support the back of the person sitting in this furnishing. Traditional and versatile, there are many variations of this type of chair including sack back (or double windsor), fan back, and comb back. Below, the Manchester Side Chair is an example of this classic chair type.

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Types of Chair Backs: Splat Back

Splat back chairs have a bit of a more formal feel to them than other more traditional chair types. The splat refers to the vertical central element of the chair back, and can be very simple or extremely decorative. Often incorporating the themes of different furniture periods, there are a variety of splat back chairs with English, French, Gothic, and Chinese details. The West End Side Chair has this design (below) and is elegant and sophisticated.

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Types of Chair Backs: Fiddle Back

A type of splat back chair, the fiddle back chair is usually a Queen Anne style of seat. The back splat is shaped like a violin, giving this chair back type its name. A fiddle back chair can be simple and quaint or ornate and formal.

Types of Chair Backs: Ladder Back

Traditional and classic, the ladder back chair is a very popular design. Featuring horizontal slats that resemble the rungs of a ladder, this furnishing was made in the Middle Ages. It was very fashionable in American colonial homes and remains in high demand today. The Bellaire Side Chair spotlights a ladder back and an upholstered seat.

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Cheers Banner – Printable Decor for Your Holiday Cocktail Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a festive holiday cocktail party? If you are getting together with loved ones, you’ll want to make your home feel merry and bright. One easy way to do this is with a simple printable DIY project. This downloadable cheers banner is sure to get everyone in the spirit!

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This adorable cheers banner has sophisticated textures that look great with ivory and gold accents as pictured above with shiny gold ribbon or below with polka dot ribbon. You can string it along a buffet table or bar serving drinks, or along your mantle above a crackling fire. No matter where you put it, your guest will be saying, “Bottoms up!”holiday-cocktail-party-decor


GET THE LOOK: Octogan Industrial Server, Paige Accent Table, Facet Accent Lamp, Facet Table Lamp, Livorno Gathering Table, Magnolia Home Emmie Kay Dove Persimmon Rug, Danvari Tall Cabinet, Hanging Tree Illumination Canvas, Apothecary Large Cabinet, Retro Barstool


How to Make a Cheers Banner

  1. Simply download and print out this free five page printable on plain, white 8×11 paper, or you can use cardstock for a sturdier cheers banner.
  2. Cut out the triangles along the lines.
  3. Make slits or holes in the dotted circles for the ribbon.
  4. String ribbon or string through each of the holes.
  5. Tie bows on each of the ends (optional).
  6. Secure to desired location.

With this easy printable DIY cheers banner, you’ll have your home singing carols!

For more festive holiday cocktail party decorating ideas, click here.

Printable Christmas Place Name Cards for the Table

As you are setting your holiday table in preparation for your dining guests, you may want to assign seats to achieve the most harmonious gathering possible. Furniture Row has designed these adorable printable Christmas place name cards that you simply can print out, cut, write the name of each family member or friend on the front, fold, and set out on your table.

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These printable Christmas place name cards feature a sweet holiday wreath on the front, and a touching quote from one of America’s most iconic Christmas movies, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

“It’s not what under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.”
– Charlie Brown

It’s easy to print these out and place them on each plate, or get creative and prop them on bedazzled pinecones. Another cute idea is to glue tiny red bows on each of the wreaths to give the printable Christmas name place cards some dimension. You can also use stencils or stickers to spell out each name for uniformity.

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For a personal touch, write a holiday message to each person sitting around your table in the middle of each of the name place holders to create mini Christmas cards. Tell your family and friends how special they are by sharing a favorite memory or why you are thankful to have them in your life.

These printable Christmas place name cards aren’t just for seating. You can use these on your buffet to label dishes for guests. This is especially helpful for family and friends that may have allergies or special diets.

Download these printable Christmas place name cards now.

 

How to Set the Table for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and for many of us, that means elaborate feasts while gathering with family and friends. If you are having guests over for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, or any other celebration, chances are, you are going to chow down. The beginning to any good meal is a nice table presentation. You’ll want to make sure each guest has exactly what they need to savor every last bite. If you are looking for a semi-formal setting, you will need to know how to set the table for the holidays. Below, find the best way to present dishware to your loved ones in a casual environment.

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How to Set the Table for the Holidays

  • Dinner Plate: Place the dinner plate at the center of each place setting. This plate will hold the majority of the festive food, so it should be big enough to hold several servings.
  • Salad Plate: Place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate. This plate should be smaller than the dinner plate, and can be used to hold salad, bread, or other side items.
  • Napkin: Many people like to put the napkin in the center of the plate stack. This creates a uniform symmetry, and looks great for holiday place settings. If you prefer, the napkin can also go to the left under the fork.
  • Fork: Place the fork to the far left of the plate stack. If your dinner is a little bit formal, you may choose to place two forks on the left side of the plate (smaller fork towards the outside), but most informal settings can get by with just one.
  • Knife and Spoon: The knife goes directly to the right of the plate stack, with the blade facing inwards. Place the spoon directly to the right of the knife.
  • Soup Bowl/Bread Plate: The soup bowl goes in the space above the fork. If you aren’t serving soup at your holiday gathering, you can substitute a small bread plate or a small party favor (Our favorite is a decorative candle with place setting tags).
  • Water/Wine Glasses: The water glass and wine glass go in the space above the knife and spoon, with the water glass on the left and the wine glass to the right of it.

Placement

As you begin setting your table, you’ll want to ensure the place settings are evenly spaced and flatware is balanced at each setting. Be sure to place dinner plates about two inches from the table’s edge and squarely in front of each chair. Make sure they’re far enough apart to provide sufficient elbowroom — about two feet from plate center to plate center.

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You’ll also want to decide if you want a tablecloth or not. A tablecloth can serve as the foundation to build your place settings, and may make your casual dining table look a little more festive and elegant. However, if you want to show off the natural grain of your table’s wood, you can substitute placemats or a runner.

Cute Place Setting Ideas

After you’ve learned how to set a table for the holiday basics, it’s time to get creative! Dress your table up with candleholders and candles, a special centerpiece, napkin rings, or place cards personalized to your guests or for the occasion or season. table-setting-1

Joyful Celebration: This table features festive green fruits, joyful flower arrangements, and metallic accents.

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Fall into Autumn: Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any occasion in fall, this setting plays with pinecones, acorns, and glittery bells. Jingle all the way to learn how to set the table for the holidays!

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Luck of the Feather: Colorful jewel tones create an eclectic atmosphere for a bountiful feast, such as a large family or New Year’s dinner. Some say that the peacock feather represents luck. Happy New Year!

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Whimsical Elegance: Formal with a touch of romanticism, this table showcases adorable chalkboard nameplates, sweet white roses, and silver, snowflake-inspired candles.

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!

Top Ten House Plants Guide

As the months start to get colder, one way to satisfy your green thumb is to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. House plants can make any space feel cheerier, and with these low-maintenance solutions, caring for your new botanical friends shouldn’t be too difficult. The added bonus? These thriving home accessories also will make your space feel fresh and rejuvenated, as they all have the ability to purify the air. NASA suggests that every household have 10-15 plants for air purification, so let the search begin with this helpful house plants guide!

We’ve compiled ten of the best house plants to try out as the outdoor trees start to lose their leaves and as snow begins to fall. You’ll love them so much that they are sure to become year-round staples to make your space more inviting and your oxygen cleaner.

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Learn more about each plant here.

Download the house plants guide for happy green shopping!

How Big Should My Lamp Be? Choose the Correct Lamp Size Guide

When decorating any room of your house, you will have to add adequate lighting. Many times, this includes finding table lamps, and it can be hard to choose the correct lamp size. You may be asking yourself, how big should my lamp be? And this is a valid question that can be difficult to answer. To avoid purchasing a lamp that is too small or too large to fit in with the rest of your furniture, follow these simple strategies. Below you will find a guide to choose the correct lamp size in each room of your home.

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General Scale of Lamps

These guidelines apply to all three areas that we will be discussing, but we will provide examples for each of the room setups.

  • Overall lamp and table measurements: The lamp should not be more than 1.5 times taller than the surface it is sitting on, and the lamp shade’s diameter should be smaller than the width of the sofa side table. You don’t want the table lamp’s shade to be sticking out beyond the table’s edge.
  • Lamp base height and lamp shade width: Choose a shade with a diameter within two inches of the lamp’s base length. For instance, if the base length is 12″, the shade diameter should be no smaller than 10″ and no bigger than 14″.
  • Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: The shade length should be about 65 to 90 percent of the base length, or in other words, about one third of the fixture’s total height.

Living Room

In the living room, you need table lamps to complete tasks such as reading, crafting, or watching television. Since you spend a lot of time in this area, you want to create a warm and inviting ambiance.

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Sofa Side Table Lamp Scale

  • Overall lamp and table measurements: 28.5″ x 1.5 = 42.75″. With a lamp height of 26.5″, this is a good pairing. Since the lamp’s 16″ diameter is smaller than 30″ (end table’s width), this is an ideal fit.
  • Lamp base height and lamp shade width: We have a 14.5″ lamp base length, so the shade diameter should be no smaller than 12.5″and no bigger than 16.5″. At 16″, this shade fits the base.
  • Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: Here, we come in just above 80% at 12″ (14.5 x 0.80 = 11.6).

Sofa Side Table Correct Lamp Size

  • Ideal living room table lamp size: 24″ – 34″
  • Eye level measurement: The bottom of the shade should line up with eye level when sitting on the couch or chair. The Charlotte Cream Jar Lamp sits perfectly at eye-level in our diagram.

Bedroom

In the bedroom, lamps are often put on a bedside table for activities such as reading, getting ready for bed, or recounting the day’s events with a partner. Table lamps in the bedroom should be easily accessible when you are in a seated position on the bed.

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Bedside Table Lamp Scale

  • Overall lamp and table measurements: 27″ x 1.5 = 40.5″. At a 27″ fixture height, we are under the 40.5″ mark, so this is a good lamp and table combo.
  • Lamp base height and lamp shade width: We have a 17″ base length, so the 16″ shade fits in the 15″ – 19″ range.
  • Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: With a 17″ base, our shade diameter should be between 11″ and 13.5″. This lamp is a little under 65% at 10″.

Bedside Correct Lamp Size

  • Ideal bedroom table lamp size: 24″ – 27″
  • Chin level measurement: Your nightstand should be the close to the same height as the top of your mattress. The bottom of the lamp shade should line up with your chin level when you are seated in bed. The Laguna Mason Jar Lamp is pictured in the photo above.

Office

One of the most important places in the home that needs adequate lighting is the office. Since you will be spending a lot of time reading, writing, on the computer, and completing other tasks, it’s important to get the correct lamp size to be efficient.

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Office Desk Lamp Scale

  • Overall lamp and table measurements: 31.25″ x 1.5 = 46.88″. At 30″ and 12.5″, both lamps are a good height. Since the lamps’ diameters are smaller than the desk’s width, they are the correct size.
  • Lamp base height and lamp shade width: We have a 18″ lamp base length, so the shade’s diameter is correct at 16″ (16″ – 20″ range).
  • Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: 18 x 0.90 =16.2. At 16″ (a little under 90% of the base height) this shade works.

Office Correct Lamp Size

  • Ideal office desk lamp size: Bring in taller lamps for a larger illuminated area. As you can see with the dotted lines, the 18″ Rockport Table Lamp brightens a wide area. For a larger desk, you will either need larger lamps or more lamps.
  • Layering lighting: Add a dedicated task light to help bring specific desk areas into focus. Adding an ambient light makes an office more cozy. The Bell Jar Lamp is ideal for making a specific area of your workspace brighter.

Overall, by following these simple guidelines, you can easily find the correct lamp size for each room in your home. Be sure to checkout Best Lighting: A Room-by-Room Guide when you are ready to buy bulbs for your new lamps!

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

Pine

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

Maple

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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Living Room Accessories for Fall – 3 Ways

Autumn is officially upon us, and what better way to celebrate fall than to revamp your space? The best way to give your home a new look without spending a ton of money is by accessorizing with home accents, keeping some of the furniture that you already have. Below, find the latest and greatest living room accessories for fall, styled in three ways to suit your tastes.

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Brushed Blue Living Room Accessories for Fall ($1,733)

In each of the three spaces, we have kept the same Edge Sofa ($2,299). It’s versatile saddle brown leather upholstery matches a variety of design aesthetics, and works well with most living room accessories for fall. The first living room features the beautiful Brushes IV Canvas ($279), which reminds us of falling leaves, and has the touch of autumn character that makes this living room so unique. We brought in shades of blue with the Ibiza Table Lamp ($99) and the Antiquity Indigo Rug ($299), and complemented the cooler palette with gray. The Large Carolina Basket ($62) and the Carolina Tray ($22) are the perfect storage items that will keep your space organized and clutter-free. Next, give your living room a makeover with new occassional tables, including the Trends Chairside End Table ($129) and the Mendocino II Coffee Table ($349). Finally, a touch of ivory living room accessories for fall brings the space together with the Livingston Accent Chair ($349), the Ivory Urban Shag Pillow ($26), and the contemporary Pierced Ceramic Side Table ($119). This room comes in at an affordable $1733.

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Neutral Palette Living Room Accessories for Fall ($1,837)

One of the biggest trends in home accessories for fall is choosing all neutral accents. Our second living room is sophisticated and stylish in black, brown, beige, gray, and taupe, with a hint of shine with metallic accents. Ground the space with the elegant Dushanbe Charcoal Rug ($249), and refine the area with the classic Briargate Accent Chair ($499) and the tufted Jenna Cocktail Ottoman ($259). The St. Louis End Table ($299), the Silver Urban Shag Pillow ($26), and the Grey Seneca Pillow ($38) are living room accessories for fall that add depth and dimension. Lastly, add a touch of glimmer with the Nickel Arc Floor Lamp ($199), the Adira Mirror ($149), and the glamorous Facet Ceramic Side Table ($119). Get this entire setup for only $1837.

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Pumpkin Spice Living Room Accessories for Fall ($2,622)

Autumn wouldn’t be autumn without infamous pumpkin spice, the inspiration for our third and final space complete with living room accessories for fall. We started this living area with homey ceramic accents such as the Souk Platter ($36), the Finley Table Lamp ($59), and the Small Segovia Vase ($12). The Granada Moroccan Rug ($749) is quite versatile in shades of taupe and brown. The Authentic Coffee Table ($649) in espresso is the perfect dash of bold for our space, while the warm Turned Finial Floor Lamp ($129) brings cozy charm to any living room. Pumpkin orange comes into the mix with the Copper Seneca Pillow and the Christoper Accent Chair ($699), while the Sage Chevron Pillow ($22) and the Murray Side Table ($229) add the right amount of stand-out character. This latte-esque group of living room accessories for fall comes in right at $2,622.

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It’s fun and easy to give your space a new look by simply adding living room accessories for fall into your home. Get inspired by the rooms above, or mix and match these home accents to create your own autumn look.

To order any of the items we’ve featured, please visit the Furniture Row website, or call 1-844-763-6278.

Types of Leather for Furniture

If you are considering buying new furniture, you may want to consider purchasing pieces with leather upholstery. Leather furniture is not only aesthetically beautiful, but it also is extremely durable and typically lasts four to five times longer than other upholstery choices. Leather is economical, fashionable, and brings elegance and class to any room boasting furnishings made of this material. If you think leather is right for you, it may be difficult to decipher between all of the many types of leather for furniture out there. With this guide, we’ve made leather buying easy so you can decide which of the types of leather is right for your lifestyle.

How Leather is Made

To begin, let’s look at how leather is made. Below are the steps that true leather goes through to become a textile.

  1. Raw materials – Leather starts out as raw materials. Contrary to popular belief, leather is a recycled product as a byproduct of the meat industry, and animals aren’t killed for their hide alone.
  2. Tanning – Leather is then soaked in a liquid containing chromium salts or other chemicals. It is then softened, and then the excess liquid is wrung out.
  3. Sort/Grade – Leather is sorted and graded based on how many imperfections the hide has. The top 5% (least imperfections) is graded as premium, the next 25% is ranked medium, and the lowest 70% is graded poor.
  4. Splitting – The top-grain is removed and what remains is the split leather, which most often is only used for the sides and backs of furniture, or is made into suede.
  5. Dying – Using aniline dyes, leather is dyed without covering the surface with a topcoat or insoluble pigments.
  6. Drying – The leather is dried either on a frame, or using a vacuum.
  7. Correcting – Imperfections in the leather are sanded down to make the textile uniform.
  8. Pigmenting/Finishing – For semi-aniline leather, a protective topcoat is added to prevent wear and staining. Pull-up leather uses oils, waxes, and dyes to let the crust (backside of the leather) shine through when pulled. The final touches are put on to give the leather the desired look.

Types of Leather for Furniture

When deciding between types of leather for furniture, it’s important to consider what factors are important to you and your family and how each type will fit into your lifestyle. We’ve created a chart of the four S’s (below) that outlines how surface grain, softness, and serviceability are related and a list of special effects on leather.

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Split and Embossed Grain Leather

Split leather is the leather that has had the top-grain removed. This leather is not as strong as top-grain leather, and therefore is typically used only for the sides and backs of furniture. Split leather then has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain (bicast leather/PU leather).
*Split leather can also be brushed to create suede or nubuck.

Corrected and Embossed Grain Leather

With corrected-grain leather, imperfections are corrected and sanded off, and an artificial grain is embossed onto the surface and dressed with stains or dyes. Like split leather, this leather is usually sold at the lowest price. Sine there is more correction needed and more dyes used, these leathers are usually more stain-resistant because they have a thicker urethane coating to prevent dye transfer.

Top-grain Leather

Top-grain leather is most commonly used in high-end products of the types of leather for furniture. It has the split layer separated away and is lightly sanded and corrected. A finish coat is added for standard resistance to staining. Top-grain leather has a soft hand and is a quality choice for furniture upholstery.

Full-grain Leather

Full-grain leather hides have not been sanded, buffed, or corrected. This grain is the softest of the types of leather for furniture and is extremely breathable. Rather than wearing out, it develops a patina during its lifetime. Because not much urethane is used when finishing this type of leather, it is the least resistant to stains. It also is the highest quality of leather.

Types of Leather for Furniture with Special Effects


Metallic leather: This leather has been treated with a metallic paint to give it luster and shine.

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Pebble grain leather: The grain of this leather is heated to shrink the grain, which pops the texture and gives it a pebbled grain.

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Two-tone leather: Using two different dyes, this type of leather has a marbled effect.

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Uniform color leather: This contemporary leather is dyed all one color for a uniform look.

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Brushed leather: This leather is brushed to give it a velvety effect, such as suede or nubuck. The difference between suede and nubuck is that suede’s surface is the innerside of the split, while nubuck is the outside of the split.

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Pull-up leather: This leather is colored with aniline dyes that have natural-based oils and/or waxes. When you stretch or pull this leather, the lighter color of the crust of the leather shines through with a starburst effect.

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Denver


Other Types of Leather for Furniture

Aniline leather: This leather is dyed exclusively with soluble dyes without covering the surface with a protective topcoat. It is extremely soft, but not resistant to stains.

Semi-aniline leather: This leather is also dyed with aniline dyes, but gets a protective topcoat to make it more resistant to stains and wear.

Suede: The split side of the hide is dyed and buffed to create a velvety effect.

Bonded leather: Although bonded leather isn’t an organic leather, it does contain leather fibers. This reconstituted leather uses leftover organic leather that is shredded and bonded together with polyurethane or latex on a fiber sheet. This furniture is a great value and is often very durable.

Bicast leather (PU leather): Bicast leather is split leather with a layer of polyurethane laminated to the surface then embossed with an artificial grain. The result is a material that is slightly stiffer and cheaper than top-grain leather. It is a lot easier to clean and maintain than top-grain leathers.

Heavyweight leather: Heavyweight leather is leather that is over 1.6mm thick (or over 4 oz. per square foot) for added durability.

Antiqued leather: This leather has a dark dye over a light dye to create an aged look, patina, and texture.

Glazed leather: This leather is dyed and polished for high luster.

Types of Faux Leather for Furniture

Enduro-Hide: This faux leather is a combination of man-made materials, commonly polyester and polyurethane to give the look and feel of leather but at a reduced price.

Enduro-Suede: This man-made fabric feels like suede and is made of durable polyester.

Leathaire: This faux leather is 100% synthetic but has the same look and feel of leather. It also is very breathable.

Furniture Glossary: Sofa Arm Types

There are many sofa arm types to choose from, but when it comes to describing them, it can be a little difficult! We have compiled some of the most popular sofa arm shapes with pictures to help enhance your furniture vocabulary as you are shopping for a new couch.

Sofa Arm Types

Track Arm

A track arm has clean lines and a modern feel. It is square shaped and is one of the most simple sofa arm types. The tufted mid-century style Mod Sofa that is shown below is one of our favorite track arm sofas.

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Modern Scroll Arm

A modern scroll arm (or scooped arm) is very similar to the track arm, but has rounded edges and a swooping curve. The Aries Sofa (below) has a low-profile scooped arm for an inviting aesthetic.

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Track Arm with Nails

Featuring super stylish nailhead trim, the track arm with nails takes one of the most classic sofa arm types and gives it a decorative edge. We love the following Social Sofa with large metallic details along the arm and base.

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Modern English

The modern english arm takes the track arm and makes it a little less rigid but softening the edges to be more curved. Sometimes this style can also be slightly splayed outwards, such as with the Fremont Sofa photoed below.

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Pleated Arm

This is one of the rolled sofa arm types, and features gathered upholstery to create a puckered look with the folded fabric. Below, the Southport Sectional boasts large, oversized pleated arms.

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Ruched Arm

This sofa arm shape starts with a traditional rolled panel arm and adds a decorative element by trimming it with pleated fabric to create little ruffles. These pleats can be small with nonuniform ruching, or can be larger with more uniform ruching such as the Dallas Sofa, below.

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Pad Arm

The pad arm is pretty much a double rolled arm. This shape layers a decorative panel arm over another arm to create visual appeal. Below you will find a variation of the padded arm with the Big Sky Sofa.

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Key Arm

This is one of the sleekest sofa arm types, and like the track arm, features clean lines and squared edges. Designed to look like the edge of a key, this sofa arm type is very stylish. The Denver Sofa (below) has an elegant key sofa arm.

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Shelter Arm

A shelter arm bends outward from the sofa and has a gentle sloping curve to it. This is one of the most comfortable sofa arm types, as the padding cradles you while you are seated. Below, the contemporary City View Sectional has a shelter style arm.

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Saddle Arm

Reminiscent of a saddle on a horse, the saddle arm has padding all around the framing, and appears to stand alone as a separate piece of the couch. Sometimes called saddle bag arms, this variety of sofa arm types can be lightly padded, or super plus like the Nimbus Sofa, shown below.

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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!

How to Repurpose Your College Student’s Old Bedroom

Although it may be sad to see your not-so-little-one leave the nest for dorm life, one perk of the change is that you now have extra space in your home. Instead of sitting around stewing about how your baby is all grown up, repurpose your college student’s old bedroom to create the space you’ve always wanted. Whether you want a peaceful yoga gym or a crafty art room, you can make a place that makes you forget about those empty nest blues.

Home Office

One way to repurpose your college student’s old bedroom is to create a home office. You’ll get the job done with your own space to work in peace. You could even start up a new business to keep your mind off your absent teenager! The possibilities are endless!

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SHOP THE LOOK: American Flight Canvas, Rockridge Curved L Desk, Foundry Side Chair, Faux Cow Hide Rug, Briargate Accent Chair, Plato Wine Bookcase Cabinet, Watson Round Accent Lamp


Guest Bedroom

Now that your scholar is off at school, you’ll have plenty of time to entertain guests. Give family and friends a place to stay when they visit, and repurpose your college student’s old bedroom to sleeping quarters for guests. This way you won’t have an excuse to invite out-of-towners to your home to catch up!

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SHOP THE LOOK: Paladin End Table, Segovia Vases, Dash Chest, Venice Run in Cream, Sutter Mercury Table Lamp, Oxford Sleigh Bed, Sundara Comforter Set, Zola Mirror


Home Theater

Grab the popcorn and repurpose your college student’s old bedroom into a home theater! You’ll love to catch up on your favorite shows and spend nights cuddled up with your spouse for much-needed alone time. Choose comfortable seating, cozy accessories, and stylish media storage and voila! Time to turn down the lights…

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SHOP THE LOOK: Carver 3 Pc. Theater Sectional, Pinebrook End Table, Cable Knit Pillow, Urban Shag Rug, Carolina Basket, Casa Viejo 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall, Cable Knit Throw, Starship Recliner


 

Bedroom Layout Guide

Whether you are moving into a new home or just want to give your current space a makeover, there are a lot of different options on how to arrange your bedroom furniture. With so many things to consider when deciding where to put what where, you may feel a little overwhelmed, so we’re here to help! Hopefully, this bedroom layout guide will give you plenty of ideas!

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Relax and Unwind

In this bedroom layout, we put the bed in the center, acting as the focal point of the room. This layout works great for couples, as both sides of the bed are accessible, and the two nightstands frame the bed nicely. A chest or dresser offers storage in one of the room’s corners, while a small seating area is adjacent. With two chairs, a small bistro table, and a nearby end-of-the-bed bench or ottoman set, this bedroom layout offers space to do more than just sleep. If you like to relax and unwind in your bedroom before bedtime by socializing with your partner, reading, or completing other leisurely tasks, this bedroom layout could be for you.

Multifunctional

Like the Relax and Unwind setup, the Multifunctional bedroom layout is for someone who uses their bedroom for activities other than just sleeping. With a seating area for sipping coffee or socializing, and a vanity or desk to apply makeup or use as a workspace, this bedroom layout almost functions as a studio apartment. We’ve placed the bed against the wall, a tactic which works well for bedrooms with large or misplaced windows that prevent you from putting your bed in the center of the room.

Small Spaces

This bedroom layout maximizes space without sacrificing pieces of furniture. By moving the bed and nightstands from the center of the room to one of the walls, we are able to fit a desk and an accent chair in the space beside the bed. Feel free to swap out the desk with a dresser if you need extra storage for clothes or a vanity if you like a dressing area in your bedroom. In the opposite corner we were able to fit a tall chest without making the room feel overcrowded.

Extra Storage

If you primarily use your bedroom to store clothes and sleep, this could be your new setup. This bedroom layout offers plenty of storage for those who never seem to have enough space. You don’t have to worry about picking and choosing which pieces of furniture can fit into your bedroom because a bed, dresser with mirror, chest, and two nightstands are all in this arrangement. We’ve even put a storage bench (or two storage ottomans) at the foot of the bed. With this bedroom layout, you can keep your bedroom tidy because everything is able to have a space to be put away.

With these great bedroom layout ideas you can update your sleeping oasis easily and with confidence. Although these arrangements work well in most bedrooms, each space is different, so don’t be reluctant to swap out furniture pieces or make other adjustments to customize your new bedroom layout. Happy arranging!

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Be sure to check out our Living Room Layout Guide as well!

Dorm Room Checklist

It’s time to send your not-so-little-one off to college, and you want to make sure that they have all the essentials. Shopping for back-to-school can be difficult, so we’ve created a Dorm Room Checklist to make it a little bit easier. Items to study, sleep, plug in, store and organize, clean and wash, decorate, and eat are included in this essentials list, so you can rest assured that your college student will have all the things they need to succeed.

Simply download and print this Dorm Room Checklist to make shopping for college easy as 1, 2, 3!

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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:

Dorm Room Checklist

How to Create the Best Kid’s Homework Space

Back-to-school means that after three months of play and virtually no responsibilities, it’s time for your kids to get back into a routine and hit the books. These days, most students from kindergarten to college are assigned homework, and sometimes, children will drag their feet to complete their tasks. By creating a fun and friendly homework space for them to work at, your family’s afternoons and nights will be much more productive, and [insert sigh of relief] peaceful.

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Appeal to Your Kid’s Specific Interests

When designing a workspace for your little one, appeal to his or her specific interests. By customizing the area to fit your child’s likes, they will take ownership of the space and are more likely to want to be in that space. For instance, if your kid takes dance lessons, consider making the space feel like a mini ballet studio by adding pink accessories, a mirror, and special “homework” slippers. If playing instruments is more up their alley, combine black and white furnishings and bring a music note motif into the scheme. Below, we’ve created the perfect homework space for the soccer star of the future, that is, if he passes all of his classes first.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Graffiti Soccer Desk and Chair Combo, Urban Shag Rug, Locker Cabinet with Open Shelves, Riley Green Table Lamp


Pick the Perfect Spot

While some kids prefer to be around the rest of the family while they study, other children would rather have a private homework space. There are plenty of areas around the home to set up their perfect spot. If you already have a home office, you can create a special area for your student to work. You can make their play area dual functioning by adding a desk and supplies. Nooks and crannies around the house can also be used as a homework space. If your little one prefers to sit at the kitchen counter or table, create a portable homework station on a tray or in a basket, so they can have all of their pencils, paper, calculator, and other school-related items in one spot, creating a sense of consistency.

An additional way to incorporate a homework space into your home is by utilizing your kid’s bedroom. Many furniture companies sell matching desks with kids bedroom sets like the one below, so incorporating study space is made easy. Wherever you decide to station up your hard little worker, be sure the area is well lit. There are many lighting options and lamps to choose from.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Chloe Desk and Hutch, Cecilia Table Lamp, Chloe Chair, Venice Rug in Silver, Adira Mirror


Help to Keep the Space Organized

Help your little one stay on track with their schoolwork by keeping their homework space organized. It will be much easier for them to complete their tasks if their supplies are consistently in the same spot and they have access to all of the items they need. Use canisters such as the fun owl ones below to store ample pencils, crayons, markets, or other things your kid may need. Sometimes you can even find desks with built-in pencil holders. For the homework space below we incorporated our favorite, a retro-inspired piece that comes in three fun colors.

You can also ensure that your child’s completed homework gets to school by having a designated place to store it. Whether it’s a locker in a mudroom, a drawer in a dresser, or a shelf on a bookcase, having a “home” for homework is extremely helpful.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Retro School Desk, Nickel Arc Floor Lamp, Owl Canisters, Bear Chair, C is for Cat Canvas


Let your Child Have Input

Overall, when creating your kid’s homework space be sure to listen to their wants and needs. Ask your student how they learn best, and let them be part of the creative process. As years pass, the space (or spaces) will probably change as they get older and have more complicated schoolwork to bring home. We’ve put together a more mature homework space below, ideal for a preteen or teenager.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Expedition Desk, Texter Office Chair, Shelley Lamp, Vintage Inspiration III Framed Print


Back to school homework doesn’t have to be difficult when you create the best homework space for your kid. By following these guidelines, you and your child will be sure to each get an A+!

How to Clean Furniture Upholstery

Let’s face it, life happens, and your furniture upholstery is going to be exposed to a lot of dirty situations. Pet hair, sweat, dust, and spills are some of the common things that your sofa may endure, and you’ll want to clean upholstery the right way to extend the life of your investment.

There are many different types of furniture upholstery, and they each need different care when cleaning. Luckily, the majority of upholstered furnishings have a tag that contains a cleaning code to help you navigate through the messiest of situations.

Cleaning Codes

Here is what upholstery cleaning codes mean:

W: Clean upholstery with a water-based detergent. This means it’s safe to use an upholstery/carpet cleaner on your spill or stains. You can also use a little foam from a mild detergent mixed with water to clean that couch or chair. Try to use distilled water for cleaning pieces with this cleaning code as tap water has minerals in it and create rings or fading on your furniture.

S: Clean upholstery with a water-free product, such as a dry-cleaning solvent. Use just a little to start (as directed) and make sure you have plenty of ventilation. This type of fabric is dry clean only; so do not clean this type of furniture with water.

WS: You may clean upholstery fabric with either a water-based cleaner or a water-free cleaner, depending on the type of stain. You may use the foam of a mild detergent, a dry-cleaning solvent, or upholstery shampoo to clean the spot safely.

X: Rarely seen anymore, this upholstery must be professionally cleaned. You may only vacuum or brush it, but never use any type of upholstery cleaner on it yourself. This type of furniture requires a professional upholstery cleaning service.

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How-to Remove Stains

  1. The first step in avoiding stains on your upholstery is preventing them! Vacuum regularly to remove soil from your furniture, and be sure to check between the cushions for stain-causing items. If the couch is leather, apply a leather conditioner every six months to maintain your sofa.
  2. If a spill does happen, remove all excess soil/food from the furnishing immediately. The longer a spill stays on a fabric, the harder it is to remove the stain. If the spill is thick, gently scrape the excess off with a spoon or a dull table knife. If the stain is old, try steaming it with a steamer or the steam feature on your iron to loosen the stain.
  3. If the fabric can be cleaned with water, use 5 teaspoons of mild dishwashing liquid mixed with about a gallon of water. If the spill is grease or something that has caramelized sugar, use 50% water and 50% vinegar. You also can use water-based cleaners found at the grocery store. If your fabric cannot be cleaned with water, combine half a cup of baking soda with a half-cup of cornstarch to create a cleaning powder, or purchase a pre-made dry cleaning solvent.
  4. Find an inconspicuous spot to test your cleaner to make sure it won’t alter the color. The bottom hem in the back of the sofa/chair is usually a good spot.
  5. Don’t soak the upholstery. Let the foam of the solution do most of the work, blotting it frequently and work from the outer edge to the center of the stain to prevent rings. Be sure to avoid rubbing the fabric too hard as it may pill. If you are using a dry-cleaning solvent, dust the stain with the powder and let sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse the fabric with a clean sponge and distilled water for W/WS codes. For S codes, use a fabric brush and a vacuum to restore the nap.
  7. Blot the spot with an absorbent material such as a white cotton towel (to prevent color transfer). If it was a big stain, place a heavy object on top of the towel and replace it with a new towel periodically to lift the water from the furnishing.
  8. If the stain remains, repeat the entire process. Although exhausting and irritating, the extra persistence could pay off and remove the stain.

How-to Remove Smells

Leather Upholstered Furniture:

  1. Combine a cup of water with one teaspoon of a liquid neutral soap, such as castile or saddle soap. Wipe down either the smelly area or the entire sofa if needed, wiping a small area at a time with a soapy sponge.
  2. Get a rag moistened with distilled water and immediately wipe the couch/chair with the clean rag. Wipe the entire furnishing with a soft dry rag.
  3. If the odor remains, you can use an enzyme leather cleaner with break down odor-causing bacteria. Be sure to follow the package’s directions and test in a discrete area before use.

Other Upholstered Furniture:

  1. Vacuum the entire sofa/chair, removing all dust, debris, and hair. If possible, remove cushions and vacuum both sides.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on all upholstery until a visible white layer remains. Let the baking soda sit at least 15 minutes, or overnight for severe odors.
  3. Vacuum the upholstery a second time to remove the residue. Hopefully, the baking soda will have absorbed the smell and you will be left with a fresh and clean piece!

Clean upholstery using all of these helpful tips to keep your upholstered furniture looking new, as well as stain and odor free. Have any other tips or cleaners that have worked well for you? Comment below!

Living Room Layout Guide

When arranging your living room furniture, you should not only think about what looks pleasing to the eye, but also what living room layout will be the most functional for your family’s particular lifestyle. Below, find four well-designed living room layouts that will make the most out of your space.

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Conversational

The first living room layout is best for families that use their living room as a place to discuss and bond with each other. A conversational living room layout is very symmetrical. Using the room’s natural center as a common axis and placing furniture around this center, the furniture faces inwards. The furnishings used for seating should be no more that 8 – 12 feet away from each other to induce casual discussion.

Family Gathering

A living room layout designed around family gathering is very similar to the conversational living room layout, however the function allows for more entertainment, such as watching movies or television. This living room layout arranges the furniture around a dual-access. Hence, this will focus attention towards the center of the room, while other features become a backdrop.

Multifunctional

This furniture arrangement is best for families that use the living room for several purposes such as a work space as well as for entertaining. Furniture is placed asymmetrically, resulting in a casual atmosphere. This layout offers a lot of freedom, so play around with what you need from the space. Also, try to avoid putting in pieces that you don’t have a use for.

Activity

Finally, the activity living room features separate seating areas, making the room feel larger. Using local symmetry, you can achieve creating a multipurpose space. For families with children or that like to engage in group crafts or games, an activity living room layout might be the best option. By creating a room within a room, you can have two separate living areas.

Happy arranging!

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Be sure to check out our Bedroom Layout Guide for even more inspiration!

How to Stay Cool at Night

If you’re a light sleeper and don’t want a fan on your face through all hours of the night, or if have an AC that’s having a hard time keeping up with the summer highs, there is another way to stay cool at night. And no, it doesn’t involve taking a cold shower!

The latest and greatest mattress and bedding technology has come a long way, and cooling features on your pillow, sheets, and even your mattress can all be equipped to lower your body temperature so that you get the restful night’s sleep you deserve and wake up feeling fresh and invigorated. Nobody deserves to sweat through the night, so check out some of these innovative cooling products from Denver Mattress for some inspiration on keeping your bed refreshingly chilled, or follow these other fun tips to beat the heat. Staying cool while you sleep has never been easier, so chill out!

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Use a pillow that doesn’t trap body heat

Did you know that the warmest parts of the human body are the head, chest, and armpits? Most of the hot carbon dioxide you breathe out while you sleep easily causes overheating and naturally warms up your pillow without your knowledge. If your head and neck are feeling toasty, the rest of your body will soon begin to sweat, so an easy solution is to counteract this process. By using a pillow that has cooling features and lighter fabric, you will ensure that your head and neck stay refreshed which will help you sleep and breathe easier.

Denver Mattress’ myMerino Pillow is made of 100% organic wool that is naturally more breathable than other synthetic fabrics and has temperature-regulating properties similar to the IsoCool ThermaZone Contour Pillow that features a 100% cotton cover and a contoured design that leads warm air away from the neck. Pillows can also include liquid gel and active air ventilated panels that wick away heat and moisture to help you sleep cool and dry. For pillows with cooling gel and air technology, check out Denver Mattress’ Balance 1.0 Self-Leveling Pillow and Therapure Side Sleeper for an optimal night’s sleep.

Choose breathable fabrics 

For your body, the easiest way to keep cool while you rest is to not cover yourself with a thick blanket! Lightweight fiber sheets are a simple solution to stay refreshed due to their no-cling stretch that will feel weightless. Materials that are naturally lighter such as linen and cotton are great for sheets, especially if they feature loose weaves and fine threads since they do not retain moisture and air. For cool bedtime sheets, Dri-Tec Performance Sheets from Denver Mattress have a featherweight feel to them and provide maximum airflow to keep you cool.

Get a mattress or a mattress protector with cooling features

If you want to get deeper into the root of the problem, don’t stop at sheets and pillows! The mattress is the most important part of your bed, so make sure that even that has cooling properties that will regulate your body temperature. Just like memory foam pillows, many mattresses and protectors today also feature gel liquid that naturally cools down the lightweight fibers that you lay on and makes sure body heat doesn’t get trapped inside.

For a cooling gel spring mattress, check out the Doctor’s Choice Elite Firm Mattress, or for a memory foam mattress infused with innovative cooling technology, check out the TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze Mattress. If you like your old mattress, you can also add a cover with cooling technology and ultra-breathable fabric. The Perfect Harmony IsoCool Mattress Pad and the 6.0 VER-TEX Temperature Regulating Performance Mattress Protector will add a flexible, lightweight cushioning layer with climate control fabric to help protect your body from the summer heat.

Other fun tips for staying cool while you sleep

  1. Adjust your fans! Make sure that your ceiling fan is running counter-clockwise and is pulling hot air up instead of circulating it around the room. Also, point box fans outwards towards the windows so they push hot air outside, instead of in. You can even use more than one fan and face them towards each other, so that you create a cross-breeze.
  1. Get creative with your sheets. Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window for an icy breeze or place your sheets in the freezer before you crawl into bed.
  1. Unplug your electronics. You might not realize it, but your phone charger and other small appliances like lamps use energy to give off heat, even when they’re turned off. Unplug and unwind!
  1. Get low. If you have an adjustable bed, set it up so that it’s as close to ground as possible. Since hot air rises, sleeping lower to the floor is an easy way to make sure that the coolest air in the room surrounds you. If it’s an option, you can also sleep downstairs instead of upstairs!
  1. Use ice. Ice packs might be obvious, but they do work! Place them under your covers or on your wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, or behind your knees for the fastest way to cool up your entire body.

Summer is here, but don’t sweat it! There are lots of ways you can cool down as you sleep through the night.

Watts to Lumens Cheat Sheet

When you need to convert watts to lumens, this simple watts to lumens cheat sheet can help you decide which bulb you need. Simply download this clever little chart, save it to your phone or print it out, and when you head over to the light bulb store, you’ll be able to shop for light bulbs like you did in the good old days.

Watts to Lumens Cheat Sheet

Watts

Buying light bulbs used to be easy when watts used to correspond with brightness. Traditional incandescent light bulbs were usually between 25 and 150 watts, with the bigger the number, the brighter the light emitted.

Now, with new LED, CFL, and other energy-saving lighting, you can’t rely on wattage to tell you how bright a bulb will be. You can sometimes find these new bulbs with ratings as low as 5 watts. The discrepancy is because wattage measures how much energy a bulb uses, and since LED and CFL light bulbs use less energy, their wattage is lower.

Lumens

For LED and CFL bulbs, you’ll need to measure brightness in lumens. Today’s light bulbs are usually between 200 – 2700 lumens, and this information can be found on the packaging’s lighting facts section. The more lumens listed, the brighter the light will be that the bulb emits.

This can all be confusing, so try to think of 800 as your standard 60W light bulb, and go from there.

Need even more information about light bulbs? The article Best Lighting: A Room-by-Room Guide should be able to answer all of your questions!

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!

5 Ways to Incorporate Ottomans into Your Home

What do you do with an ottoman? This glorified version of a footrest always seems to accompany your sofa set, but unlike most furniture, this piece can easily become one of the most versatile pieces in the home! Ottomans aren’t just for living rooms. Whether it’s at the foot of a bed, in a child’s playroom, or in your dining room, the ottoman is a definite must-have item for a simple and stylish way to up-do your home. You’ll never want to keep your ottoman hidden again with these five ways to make sure any room in the house is both comfortable and a convenient hangout spot for your friends and family. The selection of ottomans from Furniture Row has everything you need. Check out these pieces and implement them into your home using the fun tips below and become the master designer everyone wants advice from.

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Make a statement

You don’t always need an accent chair to bring fun colors or patterns that pop into your home. With a statement ottoman, you can get just the right amount of pizzazz for an easy way to bring your own unique style to any room. For easy color combinations, you can choose a color from your walls or any other room artifact and match the ottoman fabric to create a design that’s one-of-a-kind and truly all your own. Ottomans can stand out or look casual in any setting since they act as natural focal points. From tufted or tailored, to frilly or fluffy, there are endless amounts of options for a showstopper ottoman!

For trendy ottomans, Furniture Row’s Jenna Ottoman (4) adds round tufted charm in sweet beige for a soft and simple room addition, while the muted floral print of the Westchester Accent Ottoman (1) is great for a subtle-yet-sophisticated addition. Pair the ikat-inspired blue Haven Ottoman (3) with your sofa set for an eye-catching piece or let the Robins Nest Bench (2) offer sophisticated patterning in light palettes for a nice pinch of polished perfection.

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Keep clutter at bay

Even if your home furniture is filled with drawers and cabinets, you can never have enough storage, so use an ottoman that will hide all that unwanted room clutter! Storage ottomans are best for items you want easy access to, so use them in any room as a simple solution for keeping organized and ready for all occasions. Storage ottomans are perfect for storing remote controls, game controllers, DVDs, or other living room essentials close to your television. They can store shoes in the bedroom and home entryway, keep all of your books and magazines or files out of sight in the office, or store blankets and pillows at the ready for a cozier lounging experience. Parents can also enjoy storage ottomans for simple and safe toy and game storage that kids can play on top of without using the dining table. The amount of uses for storage ottomans is endless, so get creative!

Check out Furniture Row’s Cosmopolitan Storage Ottoman (1) that features steel gray upholstery versatile enough to fit in any room or the Aspen Hills Ottoman (2) gorgeously boasts mahogany-colored leather for that extra amount of style. For more leather-like luxury, the tufted-topped Lakeshore Ottoman (3) perfect for rectangular-shaped storage, while the contemporary and chic light gray Chandelier Ottoman (4) unique round storage.

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Use it as a coffee/cocktail table

If you don’t happen to have a coffee table and need a quick place to put your steaming cup of espresso as you read the morning paper, an ottoman is the perfect solution. Flat-topped ottomans are great for coffee, cocktails, or other drinks out on the patio or in the living room, and create a unique gathering spot for you and your guests as you sit and socialize. They’re also a great mini floor table for your kids as they snack during playtime and are baby-friendly since they don’t have sharp corners! Stand out from the crowd with a table that you can accessorize with to match your sofa’s upholstery, or bring a fun, new pattern to the mix.

Furniture Row’s geometric print Vestige Ottoman (1) is a long, rectangular piece perfect for enjoying cool cocktails, and the Livingston Ottoman (4) is the sunny yellow coffee table everyone needs to warm up their morning!

Get extra seating

Don’t let bulky chairs get in the way of a good time! If you have a lot of guests but only a couple couches, ottomans are great substitutions for living room seats, dining chairs, or kids chairs. For an easy bench or window seat, push two ottomans together for a delightful soft spot for two. You can also make the most out of your dressing area with a sophisticated ottoman vanity seat! Easy to move and comfortable to sit on, ottomans are meant to help you make time spent in the home cozy and casual. Check out Furniture Row’s tailored and tan Glasgow Ottoman (3) for a smooth seat you will love!

Just sit back and relax: Last but not least, use ottomans for what they were originally meant for—a place to put up your feet! Furniture Row’s gorgeous gray Siesta Ottoman (2) is plush enough to place your feet as you nap in your favorite chair or prop them up while you finish a good book. Get the relaxation experience you deserve after a long day. The ottoman is the answer for style on otto-matic.

Starting Fresh with Spring Bedding

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Winter is all about warmth, but spring is here, so don’t let heavy comforters bog you down! Wool and flannel are fine by the fireplace, but there’s no way you’d want to nestle in those fabrics come April. Something lighter is definitely the perfect fix for your blooming bedroom, but where do you begin? There’s cotton, Egyptian cotton, sateen—oh my! And if you don’t know what any of that means, shopping for new spring bedding can be intimidating.

With Furniture Row’s wonderful selection of luxurious state-of-the-line sheets and comforters, you can’t go wrong with any of our products, but in order to insure you have the right set for you, we’ve broken it down to answer some of the questions you might have. After all, everyone deserves a comfortable bed!

What is thread count?

Thread count is the amount of thread used vertically and horizontally within one square inch of fabric. The lower the thread count, the more likely a set of sheets is to be softer and airy. Typically, bed sheets with a 200 to 400 thread counts are lighter than sheets with a 500 to 1,000 thread counts, which are heavier due to the extra thread.

Comforters also operate on a thread count system. Like bed sheets, a comforter’s thread count says a lot about its quality and texture. Some comforters have high thread counts so their weaves are tighter, making them stronger but also heavier. Look for lower thread counts for your spring bedding.

What are luxury bed sheets? 

One common myth about bed sheets is that the word “luxury” means better. This is not the case! Luxury bed sheets normally have 500 to 1,000 thread counts, meaning that they are denser and heavier. Luxury bed sheets have a higher thread count, but depending on the material, yarn size, and weaving technique, they tend to be silkier than regular bed sheets.

Which material is right for me?

Don’t just look at thread count! The material and weave of your bedding also says a lot about its softness and quality, and certain types of fiber or fiber blends woven in a variety of ways can act differently than others. Make sure you never pick out bed sheets based on appearance alone. Color and pattern are important factors, but taking the thread count, weave, and fiber type into consideration is far more important if you are looking for the perfect set for spring.

Some common fibers and weave patterns used in bedding are:

Bamboo: If you’re allergic or sensitive to most types of fabric, bamboo is your best bet. Although bamboo is one of the strongest materials in construction, it is also used to make one of the softest fabrics in the world, and is noticeably softer than cotton. The pulp of bamboo grass is resistant to bacteria, making sheets hypoallergenic and unyielding to dust mites. Bamboo is also a more sustainable, eco-friendly option since the tree grows back very quickly.

For high-quality bamboo sheets, check out the DreamFit Premium Comfort Rich Performance Bamboo Sheets.

Cotton: Probably the most popular material in textiles, cotton has been commonly found in bedding for decades, and for good reason! Due to its breathability and moisture-resistant properties, cotton is an excellent material for keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summertime. It is smooth and soft due to shorter fibers, so you are sure to always have crisp and clean sheets.

Get the feel of crisp 100% cotton with the Choice Sheet Set and the Trellis Comforter Set or Modern Chevron Comforter Set.

Cotton Blend: Cotton mixed with polyester, another popular fabric, is a great way to insure that your sheets are as durable as they are comfortable. A cotton blend is very easy to care for, but is a little denser than pure cotton—making your sheets feel warmer.

Experience the sensation of cotton mixed with a lovely linen with the Linen Chic Comforter Set. Linen fibers woven with 100% cotton create a truly unique texture that is soft, supple, and lasting.

Egyptian Cotton: Considered the most luxurious sheet fabric, Egyptian cotton is the best in terms of quality! This type of cotton only grows along the Nile River and takes a long season to produce, so the material is made of long fibers and stronger cotton. Egyptian cotton is also supple and silky, and softens with every wash.

For silky Egyptian cotton, check out the DreamFit Preferred Egyptian Cotton 400 TC Sheets for an optimal sleeping experience.

Microfiber: Composed of very finely woven fibers, microfiber is the scientific result of weaving wood pulp, polyester, or nylon polymers. These sheets are very thin, but are strong and exceptionally smooth for a comfortable experience. Microfiber is also popular due its durability and easy cleanup. Microfiber is breathable and is a popular spring bedding choice.

For high-quality and long-lasting microfiber sheets, check out the BedWorks Midtown Microfiber Sheets and the Essentials Sheet Set. 

Percale: Although it’s not a material, the word percale on your bedding is still important to note. It is a type of close weave fabric, meaning that the threads are tightly woven individually for a medium weight and firm texture. It is typically found in 200 thread count sheets made of 100% cotton or a cotton blend and washes well.

Pima Cotton: Also known as Supima cotton, this type of cotton originating from Pima, Arizona is an all-American material. You can do anything to pima cotton that you could do to regular cotton, except Supima is much sturdier so it can handle more wear and tear. Some argue that the material is even finer than Egyptian cotton!

Sateen: Sateen sheets are high-quality sheets woven in the same way as traditional satin, but unlike satin, sateen contains more common fibers found in fabrics, such as cotton. Sateen has a silky quality with a four stitches over, one stitch under pattern that makes it extremely soft to the touch.

Get sateen smooth American pima cotton with the Signature Sheet Set or the Bedworks Uptown Sateen Duvet Cover.

Satin: One common misconception about satin is that it is a fiber, but this is not the case! Satin can be woven from wool, cotton, polyester, silk and other materials. Due to a weave pattern in which the threads are caught and looped, satin is a smooth and glossy result that is bound to make you feel like royalty.

Silk: This luxurious fiber traces back more than 3,000 years and the desire for it is still stronger than ever. Silk threads are longer than any other fiber threads due to the unwound silkworm cocoon that can reach an amazing 1,600 feet! This makes silk very delicate, but surprisingly extremely strong in order to produce a light, versatile, and elegant fabric that will give you a soft and sumptuous feel.

Twill: Instead of a basic stitch, twill is a pattern of diagonal patterns in a weave and produces fabric that is more wrinkle-resistant than others. This weaving technique can also produce softer and airy sheets.

No matter what look you’re going for, there is a type of bedding that fits you! Celebrate spring by finding the right sheets and comforter to keep you feeling clean and comfortable right in time for the sunshine.

March 2016 Calendar Downloads

Spring is almost here! Celebrate the new season and St. Patrick’s Day with our fun, floral March calendar. The design is inspired by this festive time of year, and features a gold vase filled with colorful flowers and shamrocks. Calendar is available to download in desktop and mobile sizes.

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All Year Cleaning List

The “All Year Cleaning List” has arrived at the Front Door. Keeping your home clean all year can be daunting and sometimes a little confusing. Some tasks need to be done everyday, while others can be done once a season. We’ve created an easy guide to follow daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonally. We’ve found keeping this guide up on the refrigerator is a nice reminder for the day’s tasks. If you want to kick it up a notch, use a clear sleeve to hold this guide and mark off what you do each day with a dry erase marker.

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Daily 

  • Make the beds
  • Wipe down the countertops
  • Take out full trash
  • Declutter common surfaces
  • Clean any dishes

Weekly

  • Wash and fold laundry
  • Vacuum and sweep floors in most used areas
  • Dust surfaces
  • Wash sheets and towels
  • Scrub bathroom and towels
  • Scrub bathroom sinks, surfaces and toilets
  • Clean Mirrors
  • Wipe down the fronts of appliances

Monthly

  • Wipe down inside cabinets
  • Clean inside stove and microwave
  • Wipe down cabinet fronts
  • Clean showers and tubs
  • Dust ceiling fans and molding

Seasonally

  • Dust and clean windows and blinds
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clear our expired foods
  • Air out rooms in the house
  • Wash and air out comforters and quilts
  • Vacuum and sweep under furniture

Download Cleaning List

DIY Perfect Caulk Lines

Have you ever wondered how contractors get those perfectly straight caulk lines? If you’re putting off re-caulking your bathtub or countertops, there is a really simple trick to getting those professional looking caulk lines. All you need are the right materials and little patience.

Materials:

  • Tub & Tile Polyseamseal + caulk (in squeeze bottle)
  • Painters Tape
  • Ice cubes
  • Gloves

Instructions:

  1. Before you get started, clean your workspace of any dust. You do not want dust or particles trapped underneath the caulk as it might peel or look lumpy. Cheese cloth is by far the best way to wipe away dust and you can get it at the hardware store. After your space is clean, apply the two strips of tape. Be sure to leave extra room on each side for the caulk to fully cover the open space. Make sure each strip is pressed down firmly as you don’t want any caulk getting trapped under the tape.

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2. After you have your two strips of tape, apply a generous amount of calk all the way down to the end of the tape. Only do one wall or corner at a time.

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3. When your tape is in place, it’s time to caulk. First use your finger (starting from the top) and run it all the way down over the calk. Be sure the caulk is spreading through the open space as well as onto your tape. Next, grab an ice cube out of the freezer. Use the rounded edge drag it down the same area you used your finger. The coldness of the cube will create a glazed looking finish and keep the line extremely smooth. Only do this once, as the cube will start to melt!

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4.Let your caulk dry for 5 minutes. Just like with paint, it’s best to take the painters tape off while the paint is still a little wet. The same is true for the calk. If the caulk is completely dry when you take the tape off, the tape will rip off chunks of caulk. After 5 minutes gently remove painters tape.

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5. Let sit for 24 hours and enjoy!

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Please share your project photos and tips in the comment section!

 

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Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

Spread some love this Valentine’s Day with these delightful card designs! You’re sure to make someone’s day and put a smile on their face by sending them a fun, appetizing message. Print cards individually or print all 3 on one sheet and cut them out. Each individual card is 4×6 inches so make sure to adjust your printer/paper settings for this size.

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You Donut Know How Much I Love You

“You Donut Know How Much I Love You” Card Download

 

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You Have a Pizza My Heart

“You Have a Pizza My Heart” Card Download

 

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You’re a Cutie Pie

“You’re a Cutie Pie” Card Download

 

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