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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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!

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!

 

How to Style Your Sofa with Throw Pillows

We love home accessories in any form, but one of our favorite accents is throw pillows. It sometimes can be difficult to choose the best set for your living room, so the Front Door has decided that we would give our viewers the run-down on how to style your sofa with throw pillows perfectly! From mixing and matching patterns to color palettes, we got you covered.

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Mix-and-Match Patterns for Throw Pillows

A sectional or sofa looks best when the throw pillows include a variety of patterns. Some patterns to consider are florals, geometric, paisley, ogee, stripes, or solids. Having several different patterned throw pillows on the same piece of furniture adds depth, dimension, and visual interest. The main piece of advice when choosing mix-and-match patterns is to vary the scale of the print between large and small scale. For a complete list of pattern names, check out this article.

Colors and Textures for Throw Pillows

Make sure to edit the color palette for your throw pillows to three or four colors. Draw inspiration from other elements of your family room such as art, rugs, and various decor to get a cohesive look. You shouldn’t try to match the sofa exactly – contrast is key! If you are using several solids, try to use a variety of textures such as fur, velvet, cotton, linen, or silk. You’ll want to spread our colors and textures evenly along your couch. Don’t put a matching set right next to each other if you want a sophisticated aesthetic.

Number of Throw Pillows

Always try to use an odd number of accent pillows for your sofa or sectional. Typically, you’ll want 5-7 pillows for a sectional, and 3-5 pillows for a sofa. Don’t overdo it – If you choose too many plush accents, you can overwhelm a space. Also, you want to leave enough room for your family and friends to sit comfortably.

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How to Clean Your Mattress for Better Sleep

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

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1. Vacuum.

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

2. Spot clean.

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

3. Deodorize.

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

4. Air it out.

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

5. Protect your mattress with a cover.

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

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

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

6. Consider replacing your mattress.

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

How to Level and Hang Art on a Wall

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

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Materials

For this project, you will need:

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Types of Hangers

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

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Let’s Get Started!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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!

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.

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

Create the Perfect Love Nest for You and Your Sweetheart

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you are totally smitten on a lucky somebody, it may be time to create the perfect love nest for you and your sweetheart. Whether you need a special gift for your partner, or just want a place to snuggle up together, these cuddle-worthy pieces are just what you need!

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Love Nest Sofas

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

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Bel Air II Sofa: Add glamorous Hollywood style inspired by the affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles to your home with the Bel Air II Sofa! Classic meets contemporary design with this posh couch that’s so elegant you won’t be able to wait to show it off. With a hardwood engineered frame, a foam and Dacron seat and back, and soft, luxurious, velvety navy blue upholstery, the Bel Air will beautifully withstand the years as you relax and unwind with the love of your life. A button-tufted back alongside silver nailhead trim and two matching pillows offer the extra embellishment you need for your sophisticated glam love nest. You will never tire of the Bel Air and its chesterfield style design!

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Hampton Sofa: This contemporary couch combines a classic silhouette with rich texture for a timeless style you will love for your new love nest. Featuring a stylish tufted Bridgewater design, nailhead trim, and shimmering accent pillows, this piece expresses a tasteful sense of fashion. The Hampton Sofa is plushly padded for a luxurious seating experience, and is built with sinuous coil springs to maximize support and snuggle-tested comfort.

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Love Nest Seating

Metro Chair: The Metro Chair has a buttoned-up mid-century elegance while exuding sheltering comfort, perfect for the snuggled-up love nest experience. An interpretation of the 1920s tuxedo sofa, this piece features a boxy shape with the track arms and streamlined tight back sitting at the same height, tufted details, unique inner arm cushioning, and two European-style interior bolster pillows. This vintage-inspired furnishing is quite sleek and glamorous, but fits into casual and formal living spaces alike. With a sturdy plywood frame, an oversized seating area, a reversible seat cushion, solid hardwood legs boasting a black finish, and durable and stylish gray upholstery, the Metro is made to last. Classic and modern, this double seat is quite tasteful, so bring it home today and make a refined statement in your home.

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Aries Chair: With the oversized Aries Chair that’s big enough for two, style and luxury are written in the stars. This casual, contemporary chair and a half is comfortable and durable, with a strong Dacron wrapped seat cushion and plush fiber-filled back. Two neutral throw pillows in a sophisticated geometric print allow this chair to reach an unmatched level of panache. Featuring an eased rounded design and low, barely there curved arms, this tan love nest will satisfy all of the needs on your leisure checklist.

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Robin’s Nest Bench: The pretty patterned Robins Nest Bench adds a touch of modern romance to any love nest. With beautiful aqua and cream cotton blend upholstery in a vintage wallpaper-inspired print, this accent furnishing will have you falling in love again and again. The solid hardwood frame, high-strength secure joints, and high-density foam cushioning will stand the tests of time. This versatile bench will complement a bedroom nicely, can serve as additional seating for your living room, or welcome your guests in a home entryway.

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Love Nest Beds

Newport Upholstered Bed: Add neutral yet sophisticated elegance to your bedroom with the Newport Upholstered Bed. Structured of solid wood and MDF in a dark brown finish, this transitional styled piece adds tailored and trendy design to any love nest. The Newport features rich beluga gray upholstery embellished with beautiful brass nailheads and an elegantly curved headboard. This headboard and footboard surround your mattress with clean-lined style, and has an adjustable height feature that can move from 54″ to 62″ to accommodate any variation of mattress and foundation thickness. The Newport is sure to be a designer-inspired favorite you will love!

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Greystone Bed: If you can’t decide between a distressed, natural love nest or a chic and refined place to “cuddle puddle,” the Greystone Platform Bed with Storage is the perfect unique combination you’re looking for. Made of hardwood solids and okoume veneers in a neutral gray burnished paint finish, this panel bed stylishly frames your mattress in the most creative way. Featuring an elegant tan-colored upholstered headboard with sophisticated nailhead detailing, the Greystone is designer-inspired to be the perfect addition to your bedroom for Valentine’s Day.

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Love Nest Decor

Faux Fur Pillows: Spend your days and nights curled up with your bae on the softest room accessory you can find! The Faux Fur Pillow is ready to accent any bed, couch, or chair and give it the extra plump it needs to be the coziest it can be! In versatile neutral colors, the Faux Fur Pillow is fluffy at your fingertips. You’ll never want to use an ordinary pillow again! The Faux Fur is available in brown, cream, gray, and camel.

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Faux Fur Throws: A love nest isn’t complete without soft, plush blankets and throws to keep you and your Valentine nestled up cozily. Faux fur is one of the most stylish home accessories around, and if you are looking for a cuddle-worthy gift for your special one, the Faux Fur Throw is the perfect answer!

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Potted Pleasures Canvas: Instead of getting your Valentine freshly cut buds this year, give them a new kind of flowers with the Potted Pleasures Canvas. With beautiful imagery of white roses and other flowers in textured vases, this painting is the perfect touch of elegance for your perfect love nest. Splattered gold flecks help illuminate the muted gray illustrations for a breathtaking result.

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Daily Exercise Schedule: Working out at Home

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

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

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Abs

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Bicycle Crunches: 3 Sets of 25

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

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

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Plank Taps: 3 Sets of 25

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

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

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Reverse Crunches: 3 Sets of 25

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

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

Arms

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Elbows-In Push-Ups: 3 Sets of 25

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

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

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Tricep Dips: 3 Sets of 15

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

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

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Burpee with Push-Up: 3 Sets of 10

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

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

Legs

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Lunges: 3 Sets of 25

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

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

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Cossack Squats: 3 Sets of 20

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

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

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Jump Squats: 3 Sets of 20

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

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

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

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.

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.

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Low-Maintenance House Plants That Purify the Air

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!

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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Icon Key for House Plants

As you explore the house plants below, be sure to consider what each icon means to describe the plants. The exclamation point means that the plant is harmful for cats and dogs, so if you decide on these varieties, be sure that it is placed where your furry friends can’t reach them. Please note, that this symbol can also mean that the plant is toxic to humans if ingested or can cause irritation for skin, so if you have little ones around, this plant might not be ideal for your family. The tear drop signifies how much water each of the house plants needs. The windmill will inform you of the air purification level, or the level of the plant’s ability to clear the air. Finally, the sunshine and clouds will tell you the best environment for the plant to thrive, or in other words, how much sunlight it should be exposed to.

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English Ivy

  • Sunlight: Partial sun to partial shade
  • Water: 1/4
  • Air Purification: 4/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: Yes

This vining plant is best known for its evergreen foliage that is often used as a ground covering or as it climbs up brick walls or fences. When you care for the English ivy, be sure to water it fully, but infrequently. This means water the plant until water comes out of the bottom, but then wait until the soil is almost completely dry to water it again. In regards to sunlight, the English ivy should avoid direct sunlight, and also responds well to florescent light. Nasa scientists listed the English ivy as the number one air-filtering plant, and it is most effective for absorbing formaldehyde.

Rubber Plant

  • Sunlight: Partial sun to partial shade
  • Water: 3/4
  • Air Purification: 4/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: Yes

The rubber plant is one of the most common types of house plants, and it requires moderate attention. When watering this plant, water it with lukewarm (not cold, as this can shock the plant). These house plants thrive in humid, moist environments, so in between waterings, you may want to spray the leaves. If you start to notice the leaves turning yellow, cut back on watering, because this means that the plant has too much water.

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Peace Lilly

  • Sunlight: Full shade
  • Water: 2/4
  • Air Purification: 5/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: Yes

Peace lillies, also known as closet plants, are a popular type of house plant because they are relatively easy to care for and their pure white blossoms are pretty to look at. Try not to expose your peace lilly to direct sun or cold temperatures, or it can develop brown, shriveled leaves. You’ll want to water this house plant about once a week, but only enough to make the soil damp. Watering too little will make the plant droop, but watering too much will cause the roots to rot, which could kill the plant. The peace lilly is good at removing toxins from the air.

Aloe Plant

  • Sunlight: Full sun
  • Water: 1/4
  • Air Purification: 2/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: No

Aloe plants are native to tropical regions, but can be one of the best house plants for indoors as well. The soothing aloe vera gel found inside the plant can heal burns, and when the “babies” sprout off the main plant, you can break them, repot, and give to a friend. The Aloe plant prefers an area where they receive direct sunlight at least part of the day, so place this home accent near a window, where it can soak in the rays. This plant is great at clearing the air of pollutants caused by chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plant’s leaves will display brown spots.

Spider Plant

  • Sunlight: Partial sun
  • Water: 3/4
  • Air Purification: 2/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: No

The easy-to-grow spider plant produces curved green and light yellow leaves and looks especially pretty in a hanging basket. This plant requires moderate watering, so be sure to not let the soil get dry. The spider appreciates partial sun, but not direct sunlight. Like the aloe plant, once the spider plant has “babies,” you can replant them to grow a new plant. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants commonly found in the home such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and xylene.

Bamboo Palm

  • Sunlight: Partial shade to full shade
  • Water: 4/4
  • Air Purification: 2/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: No

Potted bamboo palm house plants bring color and warmth to any room in the home. They also made NASA’s list of top clean-air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. It’s also particularly effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene. These need to be well-watered and live in shade or indirect sunlight.

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Florist Chrysanthemum

  • Sunlight: Full sun
  • Water: 4/4
  • Air Purification: 5/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: No

The potted mum has a incredible transpiration rate, which makes it effective at cleaning the air. You should water these house plants about twice a week, always keeping the soil moist. You also will need to allow the florist chrysanthemum to get plenty of bright light. Usually only used as a temporary plant in our homes, your mum will most likely stick around for 6-8 weeks.

Red-Edged Dracaena

  • Sunlight: Partial sun
  • Water: 2/4
  • Air Purification: 4/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: Yes

Dragon trees need moderate to bright indirect sunlight to thrive. A sure way to kill one of these house plants is to over water it, so let water go through the bottom of the pot, but drain excess so it isn’t sitting in standing water. Make sure to wait until the soil is dry to the touch to water it again. The red-edged dracaena starts as a table plant, but it will grow quickly to become a floor plant that effectively purifies your air from toxins. Fifteen foot dracaenas are common, but you can control their height by cutting of the top at the desired tallness.

Snake Plant

  • Sunlight: Partial sun, partial shade, or full shade
  • Water: 2/4
  • Air Purification: 4/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: Yes

A snake plant has upright leaves with light, wavy, crossing lines that give it its name. It will survive in a variety of sunlight conditions, but will continue to grow in moderate or indirect sunlight. You’ll want to make sure these house plants are quite dry before watering. Be sure to water on the outside edges of the pot, and don’t put water directly into the roots of the plant. The snake plant is special because it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most house plants do this during the day). Place one in your bedroom for a fresh and clean nighttime slumber.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

  • Sunlight: Full sun to partial sun
  • Water: 2/4
  • Air Purification: 2/5
  • Dangerous for Pets/Kids: Yes

The fiddle leaf fig is one of the most “it” house plants of the moment. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, the fiddle leaf fig isn’t difficult to care for. You can water the plant about once a week, or when the soil starts to look dry. Try to keep the plant in an area where it will get ample sunlight to thrive. When the leaves get dusty, be sure to give them a good wipe-down with a wet cloth.

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Want new house plants but have no open surface space to place them? Try Furniture Row’s Galvanized Plant Stands to fix the problem!

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Or do you want to display your house plants in a more mobile setting? Try placing your pots in the Galvanized Trolley, to make sure that your plants are getting the sunlight they need all day.

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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!

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!

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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SHOP THE LOOK: Granstand Sofa, Fremont Sofa, Hampton Sofa, Coco Chair, Cosmopolitan Chair


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!

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.

Passport Around the Globe: Vietnam Inspired Style

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Many different cultures inspire home fashions, and the lifestyle of Vietnam makes no exception. As one of the world’s largest furniture exporters and a major tourist destination, the economy of this Southeast Asian nation’s economy is booming, but it took a long and difficult journey to get there. With French influenced furnishings, nautical accents, and an affection for mixing the old with the new, Vietnam inspired decor reflects the history of a country’s dynamic past.

Infuse French Influence

In the late 19th century, Vietnam became a French Colony, and the European country’s rule lasted for almost 100 years. Architecture, art, and of course, interior design, were changed by this colonization. To make your space feel more Saigon chic, be sure to infuse elements of French décor into your styling.

Look for furnishings that fit into French provincial categories, which is the more relaxed and rustic interpretation of more formal French style. Think cabriole legs, ornate hand carving, caned or rushed seating, and aged patina finishes.

  • Traditions Coffee Table (3) This intricately carved wood furnishing is neoclassical and rustic.
  • Restoration Accent Chair (9) Blending a classic Empire shape with French cottage styling, this seat has a Ho Chi Minh swank.
  • Ariel Chest (6) A Napoleon chest in a vibrant weathered teal is the perfect way to bring Vietnam home.

Nautical and Native Element Accents

To get an authentic Vietnam inspired home, you’ll need to get down to the country’s roots. Located on the South China Sea, Vietnam is known for their beaches, rivers, and hence, time-honored fishing industry. Get Indochina fashion with coastal accents that pay homage to maritime culture, such as boat-themed artwork, aquatic influenced décor, and baskets weaved to look like the iconic conical hat.

Archaeological evidence suggests that Bronze Age Vietnamese people were among the first to practice agriculture. To this day, a strong rural culture exists, and components of farm life are reflected in interior design. Look for pieces that use organic materials that are native to the country, such as hand-dyed fabrics, rattan wicker furnishings, and geode, crystal, or stone decorations.

  • Sapa Runner (1) Hand woven of locally harvested hemp and dyed with Indigo by the Hmong women of Sapa, this accent speaks of North Vietnam’s history.
  • Boat Bookcase (2) Anchored in nautical heritage, this unique furnishing nods to the beautiful waters of the South China Sea.
  • Fish in Hand Accent (4) An aquaculture accent adds texture, depth, and seaboard charm to any room with Vietnam inspired style.
  • Rattan Braided Trim Trunk (8) Long standing in Vietnam, but made popular in the US during the early 20th century, the tropical rattan plant makes authentic décor.

Mix the Old with the New

From neoclassical Ho Chi Minh City to the agricultural mountains of Sapa, Vietnam’s civilization is diverse and multi-faceted. To recreate the progressive vibe in your own home, combine modernized items with antiques. Don’t be afraid to embrace polished finishes with distressed ones alike.

Mixed media pieces fit in perfectly with this style, creating a rustic industrial design aesthetic. Get creative by incorporating varied wood tones and assorted metal finishes. Remember, variety is the spice of life, and there’s no place better to get spicy than in a room inspired by Vietnam!

  • Sand and Surf Vase (5) Hand blown glass adds a refined, contemporary touch to your Southeast Asian influenced space.
  • Charlotte Jar Lamp (7) Classic ceramic goes rustic with a lightly distressed jar base and an elegant shade. This piece is also available in cream.
  • Rowen Iron Console (10) Rugged wood and industrial iron unite to create a Vietnamesque countryside feel.
  • Sapa Rug (11) Inspired by traditions of Vietnam, this rug brings an elegant touch to the provincial elements of this design style.

 

Mad for Mid-Century Modern: A Room by Room Guide

Today, the world is mad for mid-century modern furniture design. Pieces that were contemporary in the 1950s have made a comeback, and everyone is scrambling to get their hands on their own retro furnishings. Finding original vintage décor for your home can be difficult, as well as costly, and styling a mid mod space can be even more challenging. Whether you’re kooky for Noguchi, loony for Eames, or gaga for Jacobsen, this room-by-room guide will help you create the perfect balance of then and now, without breaking the bank.

Mid Mod Living Room

The mid mod living room is minimalist in design, yet bold in color. One of the main focal points in this space is a tufted back, pumpkin orange sofa made from 100% Italian leather. A sophisticated sapphire blue seat, reminiscent to Saarinen’s popular womb chair, sits across from a TV stand made from hand painted, reclaimed wood. Splayed and tapered legs on all of these furnishings add to the authenticity of the retro design elements. Accessorize the group with a neutral lamp boasting a subtle geometric print, and pull it all together with a colorful accent chair, featuring clean lines and wooden trim.

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  1. Vero Beach Sofa, $899
  2. Silhouette Lamp, $58
  3. Orbit TV Stand, $599
  4. Oxford Accent Chair, $299
  5. Mansfield Accent Chair, $699

LIVING ROOM TOTAL: $2,554

Mid Mod Bedroom

Mix and match graphic prints in this mid-century bedroom. The flat rectangular shapes, splayed legs, upholstered headboard, and vintage nickel pulls make the vibe in this space feel utterly modern. Texture and pattern play off of each other, taking the zigzag fabric of the button tufted armchair, the congruous overlay on the bright tangerine lamp, and the complementary curves and lines grounded on the dolphin gray rug to the perfect level of Mad Men chic.

mid mod bedroom

  1. Sullivan Bedroom 4 Piece Group, $1,246
  2. Infinity Rug, $249
  3. Riley Orange Table Lamp, $69
  4. Sullivan Nightstand (included in bedroom group)
  5. Lauren D Accent Chair, $299

BEDROOM TOTAL: $1,863

Mid Mod Dining Room

Go 1960s Twiggy with this dining room group, highlighting the period’s fondness towards wooden furnishings. Nodding to the iconic design of the Eames chair, the molded plywood, curvy seating and matching table will take you back in time to post-war modernism. The simple, clean lines, and organic character of the dining room sideboard is the perfect place to store dishes and display your vintage knick-knacks. The geometric mirror accessorizes the space tastefully, and the chrome, arc lamp is both artistic and practical. The unique saffron colored, prism patterned rug is unique and speaks to the bright kitchen trend of the era. Consider adding an accent wall in a contrasting hue, or graphic wallpaper for a true Atomic Age dining room.

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  1. Tucuman 5 Piece Dining Group, $499
  2. Valencia Sideboard, $699
  3. Hayden Mirror, $349
  4. Riviera Links Rug, $179
  5. Nickel Arc Floor Lamp, $199

DINING ROOM TOTAL: $1,925

*Prices and products are subject to change. Check your local store for current pricing and availability.

Microwave Peppermint Bark

The holiday season is here, and so are the tasty treats it brings. A classic Christmas flavor combo, chocolate peppermint bark is an easy, no-bake sweet treat that’s great for gifting–and even better for snacking!  With a simple ingredient list, a little prep, and a microwave, you can transform basic chocolate and peppermint into a quintessentially Christmassy peppermint bark everyone will love! 
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Ingredients: 

12 ounces of white chocolate
16 ounces of semisweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
Topping: 1/4 cup of chopped peppermint candy or candy canes

Utensils:

Measuring spoons and cups
Parchment paper
Baking sheet
2Microwave-friendly sized glass bowl for each flavor of chocolate
Spatula

How to make your own bark:

  1. Line your baking sheet with parchment
  2. Add white chocolate to a bowl and semisweet chocolate to the other
  3. Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to each chocolate. for less peppermint, add to only one type of chocolate..
  4. Microwave the semisweet chocolate at 50% power for 90 seconds.
  5. Stir, and heat for another 30 seconds at 50%, stir until smooth. Repeat on 50% power as needed. DO NOT HEAT AT FULL POWER
  6. Pour melted semisweet chocolate onto baking sheet, smooth out.
  7. Repeat steps 2-5 with the white chocolate
  8. With a fork or a toothpick, swirl the two layers. Swirling allows the layers to combine, and makes the bark easier to cut later.
  9. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint topping
  10. Cool or chill for 30 minutes to one hour
  11. Cut, serve and enjoy!

Lighting for Daylight Saving

This year Daylight Saving ends on Sunday, November 1. As the saying goes, we fall back one hour each Autumn, and while many relish the additional hour of sleep that follows, the extended darkness can be a downer. Before we let darker days get us down, lets plan to make our homes even brighter and cozier with a little design savvy.

Adding accent lamps throughout your house is a stylish way to combat the effects of Daylight Saving. From cheery table lamps to glamorous accent lighting, we’ve put together some fall favorites that beat back the darkness doldrums with their warm, inviting glow.

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To get started, shop lamps that reflect your style, and meet your lighting needs. Lamps with 3-way switches allow you to control the lighting level, and can be adjusted for those dark fall hours. When choosing lamps, pieces that double as home accents will illuminate your space and style: Interesting base shapes, striking shades, colorful components, and one-of-a-kind designs can make all the difference during Daylight Saving, and year-round. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. We LOVE the look of the Draper Table Lamp. Featuring mid-century style, this wrought iron lamp elegantly arcs and hangs to provide both ambient light, and the perfect amount of light for a cozy fall evening in!
  2. The Edison Table Lamp evokes the best of fall. With a warm copper accent on its base, and a natural round shade, the Edison combines organic elements with a touch of glam. Put this striking lamp on an end table next to a favorite chair, and cuddle up!
  3. Lamps come in all sizes and styles, and we love the cylindrical Quatrefoil Table Lamp. This column lamp gives off generous light, and adds visual interest to your space. Shed some light and a whole lot of style with this lamp on a hallway table, a sofa table, or anywhere you like!
  4. With a more traditional ceramic-inspired base, the Charlotte Lamp in Cream brings warm, rustic style along with ample lighting. Great on a nightstand or end table, the Charlotte is a versatile accent in any space needing some light.
  5. Wow! The Ogee Table Lamp is a light looker! The open, airy sculptural base is eye-catching and elegant. Put this lamp on your favorite table, a desk, or in a reading nook and let its light shine.
  6. The Riley Beige Table Lamp is the go-to lamp for any room or area needing some lighting. It is versatile, stylish, and brings a whole lot of style without being overpowering to your existing design.
  7. The Riley Orange Table Lamp has got to top our fall favorite list for its color! Bold orange screams the season, and the geometric shade adds a pop. Bright, lively, and fun, this chic lamp is sure to cheer any space up.
  8. Lamps are great on end and side tables, but when it comes to adding lighting to your space, it’s great to get creative! Using a piece like the Retro Barstool as a stand for a lamp is a fun, simple way to allow for more lighting in more ways.

 

DIY Halloween Pumpkins

It’s that frightfully fun time of year, which means ghoulishly festive DIY projects are in season. In the spooky spirit of Halloween, we carved pumpkins at the Front Door–and want to share with you a few tips for your own pumpkin party! Read on for instructions, and links to templates. Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin-Caludron

Boil and bubble, toil and trouble! This Creepy Cauldron template is a fun, wickedly wonderful carving idea!

Pumpkin-Owl

Hoo, me? This Ominous Owl template turned out to be a Halloween hoot…

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Meow meow! This killer kitty is a fun, feline interpretation of the spooky season. Get the template here

          TO CARVE, YOU WILL NEED

  • Pumpkin
  • Carving kit, or preferred cutting tool
  • Template, if desired
  • Marker, if needed
  • Trash bag for pumpkin insides
  • Candle for illumination

          HOW TO PREP & CARVE

  1. The first step is to cut a lid in the pumpkin top, and gut the pumpkin. Be sure to cut at an angle so the lid does not fall into the pumpkin.
  2. Now, get in there and clean out the pumpkin guts! HINT: The cleaner the pumpkin, the longer your carved masterpiece will last.
  3. If you are using a stencil, tape it to your clean pumpkin. HINT: the more flush to the pumpkin the stencil is adhered, the easier it is to accurately trace it.
  4. After the stencil is fixed in place, use the dotting tool from your carving kit to puncture through the paper stencil onto the pumpkin. This will give you a dotted silhouette to cut along. You can also cut through the stencil if you are confident in your cutting skills :).
  5. Once you have your stencil traced onto pumpkin, use a cutting tool to cut out the design. Always supervise children with carving kit.

If you are not the template type, FREEHAND carving is the way to go!

Follow the above instructions for prepping your pumpkin. Then, draw your design with marker, and get carving!

Pumpkin-Face

This Front Door original Frightful Face captures the season–who says clowns aren’t scary? This Halloween one certainly is!

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Inspired by a Better Homes and Gardens, this Haunted House is hand-drawn and colored. HINT: This design is best done with black paint; we used marker–which worked–but is more time consuming! 

For more carving fun, don’t miss the Front Door original templates! If you’re not into carving, these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are a fun alternative!

To get in the Halloween spirit, check out this Front Door playlist of SPOOKY SONGS!

 

Home Décor by Numbers

When it comes to home décor, it can be tricky to know what goes where and why. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together a guide to home décor by numbers. It’s most important to style your space your way–and there are no rules when it comes to loving your home! Instead, treat these numbers as a helpful blueprint if you’re ever in a bind when creating your dream design.

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Furniture by Numbers: 

Furniture – 1 inch
Leaving some room between the back of furniture and the wall will protect fabric and prevent wall scuffs.

Sofas – 7 feet
To seat up to four people or one adult lying down, choose a sofa that is at least 7 feet in length.

Televisions – 8 feet
Placing a TV 8 feet away from the sofa provides optimal viewing.

Coffee Tables – 16 inches
Keep about 16 inches between the couch and the coffee table to leave room for legs.

Nightstands – 29 inches
A nightstand that is the height of the bed, about 29 inches, will look best and make it easier to reach for things.

Dining Chairs – 2 feet
Allow at least 2 feet between the back of dining chairs and the wall so you have enough space to pull out the chair and walk behind it.

Buffets & Servers – 18 inches
Buffets and servers that are 18 inches deep will give you enough room to fit wide plates and serving platters.

Accents by Numbers: 

Rugs – 12 inches
Leave at least 1 foot between area rugs and the walls of the room. This will make the space feel larger.

Lighting – 60 watts
For cozy lighting in the bedroom or living room, aim for 60 watt bulbs in nightstand or end table lamps.

Artwork – 62 – 66 inches
The center of wall art should be between 62″ and 66″ from the floor to be at eye level.

Throw Pillows – 5 pillows
Having more than 5 throw pillows on a standard size sofa will make it look too cluttered.

Colors – 1 + 2 accents
Focus on 1 main color and 2 accents colors per room. It’s okay to mix patterns as long as they share the same color story.

Frame Tray DIY

This DIY frame tray project lets you repurpose and reinvent items you have around the house to create something personalized and new. With just a frame, drawer pulls and hardware, and your favorite paper or photo, the frame transforms into a one-of-a-kind display tray! Special thanks to regional merchandiser Callie M. for the great idea, and photos of her own DIY frame project.

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To create your own frame tray, you will need: 

  • 8″ x 10″ frame
  • Paper of choice for featured center
  • Hammer or pliers
  • Drawer pulls of your choosing, and corresponding hardware
  • Drill to install hardware/drawer pulls, if needed
  • E6000 Adhesive (or similar), if needed

How-To:

  1. Insert scrapbook paper into frame
  2. Remove frame stand from the back of the frame with hammer or pliers so the frame can rest level on a surface
  3. Replace the back of frame to close
  4. Apply the hardware to the back of the frame with necessary tools. For hardware that installs from the front, use a drill to screw into place. If the hardware is designed to install from the back (which you cannot access through the frame), use the adhesive to secure it.

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To create this look for your home, the Cottage Frame is available at SofaMart. You can use any frame you like that suits your style. For a more versatile look, the Ponderosa Frame is a great choice; it can be taken in lots of style directions depending on the hardware and featured paper used.

Drawer pulls like the  Double Beaded Cabinet Hardware are a transitional, timeless accent to turn your frame into a tray. Any handles  you love will work!

To add a splash of color, lively prints like these watermelon, designer dots, and bird papers are simple solutions to accent your new tray. If you can’t decide on just one, feel free to change out the paper to suit the styles of the season!

For more inspiration, check out this chalk serving tray DIY! Using the same steps and little creativity, you can transform your tray into a fun chalkboard surface.

Sleep Better With Yoga

Having trouble unwinding for bedtime? Because busy days can lead into busy nights, it’s helpful to carve out a few minutes each evening to prepare your body and mind for sleep. We love this simple 8-pose yoga sequence that will poise you for better rest.

To sleep better with yoga, start tonight! Set up a yoga mat, or use an area rug in a quiet, serene space where you can safely pose. Avoid distractions, technology, and outside stimulation, and begin the sequence. While it may feel like your body is doing all of the relaxing, try to clear your mind to prep for a peaceful night’s sleep. Sweet dreams!

Every body bends differently. Gently modify the depth or intensity of a pose to make it comfortable for you. To avoid injury, do not over-extend the poses and discontinue if you feel pain. 

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For more sleep solutions, check out more tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, how to choose the right mattress for you, and learn how Denver Mattress experts can help you sleep better than ever!

Decorating with Metallics

Metallic home accents are a major influence in home design, and no matter your style, they can be incorporated to elevate the look of any space. From rustic and glamorous, to the more traditional, rooms of all styles are screaming for metals–and we’re excited to share a little inspiration on how to go metal!

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Rustic spaces can be styled using hand-stained wood elements, natural finishes and materials, and metallics. Industrial-inspired, brushed metals are a muted, quiet way to incorporate metallics into your space. Warm copper is a great complement to rustic design, as are touches like brushed nickel drawer pulls and wrought iron accents. Rustic metals add depth, and are a great way to give a rustic space a stylish edge.  We love the Studio City Sofa for its rustic, casual-chic look. Combining it with the metallic Hammered Urn Lamp, the organic, earthy Rope Mirror, the rustic Wade Coffee Table, and the Arthur Wine Cabinet creates an eclectic space with warm, subdued metal accents throughout.

Glamorous designs don’t have to be over-the-top–and neither do glam metallics. Start with a romantic piece like the Riviera Sofa. Accent the room with the polished Aladdin Lamp in silver, the stately Venetian Mirror, a carved glam piece like the Channing Coffee Table, and a metallic-accented chest like the Dash for a look that is tastefully glamorous. This way, metals add a formal feel without being too much, and really give a space character.

Traditional rooms don’t have to be stuffy. With an anchoring piece like the handsome Hampton Sofa, accent like the Classic Urn Lamp, the lovely Angelica Mirror, the romantically shaped Cyprus Isle Coffee Table, and the metal & marvelous Gilded 2 Door Cabinet give a traditional space a luxurious, inviting feel.

Mixing in gold and silver tones with rich cream add depth, warmth, and bring even the most traditional space into modern style.

No matter how you go metal, try mixing tones and finishes for a curated style that’s all yours. Seek pieces in shapes you are drawn to, and find the metal that means something to your aesthetic.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Fall is a colorful season, and to kick it off, we are excited to share this recipe for roasted rainbow carrots. Front Door tested–and tastebud approved!–these savory, earthy, and elegant roasted carrots will be a crowd pleaser at your next dinner party, or a casual night in.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 tbs of olive oil
  • 5 tbs of balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • 1-2 pressed garlic clove
  • Spices to taste (dill, cumin, onion, cayenne, thyme, etc.)

Directions: *preheat oven to 400 before beginning below steps 

1. Wash and clean the carrots. We did not peel the carrots; be sure to thoroughly clean the skins well before roasting.

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2. Cut the carrot tops. Trim greens to shorten for an elegant, clean look. You can cut the tops off completely if you prefer.

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3. Combine the ingredients in baking pan. Mix the wet ingredients and seasoning in the pan; add the carrots, and use a fork to toss them together. Evenly coat the carrots.

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4. Place in 400°F oven. Fire the oven up and roast the carrots for 30-40 minutes, until tender.

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The result is delicious glazed carrots! Roasted, tasty and colorful, these are sure to be a hit! For more fall food favorites, be sure to check out our Fully Fall Menu!

 

 

SRT Test: Sleep Better with Denver Mattress

Choosing a mattress can be daunting, but with some expert guidance during the shopping process, you can be well on your way to your best sleep. Available only at Denver Mattress, the Strength Resistance Test (SRT) is a simple test performed by trained associates that goes above and beyond the normal mattress testing experience. While it sounds technical, the SRT is a straightforward way our mattress experts can guarantee your purchase is the best for your needs. 

For the SRT, the associate applies slight pressure to your arm while you are in your preferred sleep position; by analyzing the resistance you provide against the pressure, they can check and optimize your alignment. The test is performed across various types of mattresses and pillow thicknesses until the ideal, aligning combination is found.

Be sure to check out this handy infographic that illustrates the SRT principles, and how it helps you get your best sleep!

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See the SRT in action below.

Easy Upgrades that Will Transform Your Patio

Summer is patio season–and with a few simple style steps, you can elevate your outdoor living space to make it the place to be. We are excited to feature patio upgrade pointers from Danielle Hegedus, courtesy of Modernize.com. Danielle is an Atlanta-based freelance writer who fuels her love of all things design by regularly contributing content to the site. Thank you, Danielle & Modernize for these great tips!

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Are you making the most of your patio? As neighborhoods (in the suburbs and the city) grow increasingly crowded, living space is at a premium. Your patio is essentially bonus living space for relaxing with a great book, cultivating a small container garden, or entertaining friends around the fire pit. At Modernize, we know that you’ll maximize your outdoor spaces only if they’re truly comfortable and reflect your personal style. Make your patio an extension of your home—a place where you can enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper, while enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful start of a new day. Read on to learn how to transform your patio into a space where your friends and family always want to hang out.

Create a Space to Linger

Comfortable furniture is a must if you want your patio to be utilized, but it also has to be durable enough to withstand the changing weather and seasons. The Santa Monica 3-Piece Patio Group is the perfect combination of comfort and durability. The aluminum frame lends strength to the summery wicker exterior, and the soft cushions create the perfect space for lounging. The sofa/chaise combo provides plenty of seating for hosting a cook-out, game night, book club, or a wine tasting. Additionally, the coffee table makes enjoying family meals or light snacks for a party convenient, while the glass table top makes for easy cleanup.

If you’re patio isn’t particularly large (or you just need more seating), consider investing in a classic Adirondack Chair. Available in a variety of colors, we dare you to sink back into one of these large chairs and just try to feel like you’re not on vacation! Impossible.

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Stay Cool in the Shade

Summer temperatures can be brutal, but even as the temperatures cool off, you should still limit your sun exposure, especially during the peak intensity hours, between 10am-3pm. Sunblock can help protect you from sunburn and skin cancer, but creating a shady space is absolutely necessary to prevent illness related to high temperatures like heat stroke. Create your own shady oasis with the St. Teresa Umbrella. This umbrella is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver. Once you’ve determined where you want to place the umbrella, simply fill the base with sand or water to keep it grounded and sturdy (especially during inclement weather). With a simple one-handed crank, you can open the umbrella to cast more than eighty square feet of shade!

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Add Comfort and Major Style

Who says rugs are only for the indoors? Add a burst of rich color to your patio with the Montego Botanical Rug and make your patio feel like your second living room. You’ll also be saving bare feet from hot surfaces like concrete or wood! Available in round or rectangular options, this rug pairs easily with your outdoor furniture to pull the space together.

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While you’re at it, break out the pillows! These pillows, designed to withstand the outdoors, have fun patterns that adds texture and visual interest to your patio. Available in multiple colors and pattern schemes (striped, tropical, or geometric), order a variety of options to accent your neutral outdoor furniture anew with every season.

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Make the Most of a Starry Night

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a fire pit. It can transform even the most mundane of events into a special occasion. Gather around the Southaven Fire Pit to roast marshmallows and tell spooky stories with your family, or grab a cocktail and some takeout for a impromptu date night that takes “candlelit dinner” to a whole new level.

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Area Rug Dos and Don’ts

Rugs are a great place to start when decorating a space–but where do you start when it comes to rugs? This size and placement guide is here to help! Considering the scale of your area, as well as the geometry is a sure way to rock an area rug. If your furnishings define a round space, a round one is often best to enhance the room and tie it together.

Keep in mind there is no wrong way to style your space–If you want to shake things up and try unconventional placement or sizes, go for it! These dos and don’ts are meant as a pocket guide to simplify, and make adding these home accents stressless and super stylish! For more tips, check out this Home Is Here guide, and our previous post on area rug styles.

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Print Rug Placement Guide

 

5 Summer BBQ Recipes

Summer is almost started–and we know it’ll be delicious! From backyard BBQs to poolside parties, a summer menu of festive, fresh fare is sure to be a hit. To tease your tastebuds and get into the summer spirit, we’ve put together summer BBQ recipes we love. From the appetizer to dessert, these grill-friendly and crowd-pleasing recipes are great together as one menu, and can be mixed & matched with other dishes. We hope you enjoy these food finds this season. Fire up that grill & enjoy!

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5 Summer BBQ Recipes:

1. Grilled Pork Kebabs with Ginger Molasses Barbecue Sauce Recipe by Home is Here
This Home is Here original is sure to be a summery sensation at your next BBQ! With sweet and savory flavors in the glaze, these grilled pork kebabs are easy to prep, a cinch to cook up, and simple to serve right on the skewer.

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2. Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob by Food Network
We love the smokey taste grilling gives sweet summer corn! A feast for the eyes, grilled corn cobs are a pretty addition to your BBQ table, and are pretty delicious, too! Simple, easy to prep, this corn recipe will be a favorite.

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3. Classic Potato Salad by Food Network
This potato salad combines tried & true ingredients for a deliciously summer taste. Crisp celery, creamy dressing, and a flavorful garnish transform spuds into summer stars! More, please!

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4. Glazed Grilled Pineapple with coconut and brown sugar by Chef in Training
Instantly elevate the tropical taste of pineapple with this sweet treat recipe. Coconut and caramelized brown sugar add a delicious crust to the fruit, and grill lines deepen the flavor. Yum!

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5. Blueberry Lemonade by Julies Eats and Treats
Classic lemonade and blueberry puree make for a refreshing summery drink! Serve this drink as a meal opener, or anytime!

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6 Different Ways to Arrange Frames

Stumped about how to hang your favorite framed pieces? A blank wall can be daunting, but a little creativity and some tips can make your design dreams a reality. Check out these 6 ways to arrange frames, and try these and other arrangements to find the framed fit perfect for your space.

Before getting started with nails and a hammer, it is important to assess the items you want to hang: Are the pieces best enjoyed in a specific order? Are the colors, patterns, and images enhanced when positioned in a certain way? Does the size of each frame require it to be in a specific place on the wall? These types of questions will help you plan your wall decor before making any holes in the wall. Tip: It may be helpful to lay framed items on the floor in desired arrangement before hanging to get a sense of what they will look like on the wall. 

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1. Side-by-side style: This arrangement is pretty straightforward–but does allow you to make a statement with your framed pieces. Because frames are arranged in a horizontal line, with even space between each, the order can really define the decor. If your pieces tell a story, or play off of one another, this arrangement is a great idea. Balanced, and linear, this arrangement is streamlined, and really makes each piece as important as the next.

 

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2. Fabulous foursquare: This arrangement creates a shape using shapes, and adds visual  interest. Balancing colors, weight, and textures is important when selecting frame positions because the eye is not drawn along a left-right path.

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3. Stack ’em up: Stack up your pieces for a space-saving, stylish arrangement. The vertical line gives you choice in where to position darker, or lighter color schemes to create an overall feeling. This works best with same-sized frames for a cohesive look.

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4. Style star: This arrangement is definitely fun! Make a statement by creating a star-like shape, and arrange frames to suit your style.  The spacing, and height are simple ways to make this arrangement a standout style on your wall. Because the frames have the same dimensions, it is easy to create a polished look while exploring a nonconventional arrangement. 

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5. Sandwich style: The size of each frame can influence how to best arrange your pieces. If you have two same-sized larger, and two same-sized smaller pieces, try out this fun arrangement. Bookend the two smaller pieces to feature them, and to create distance between the two larger. Each piece feels important, while the overall grouping gets showcased, too. 

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6. Stagger style: If your wall is crying out for visual interest, this staggered arrangement is a great solution. Balance the positioning of the larger, and smaller frames to create a symmetrical yet playful layout. This gives your wall a gallery feel, and gives you freedom to add pieces around the existing arrangement down the road.

Remember, there is no wrong way to hang your wall decor. Using these suggested arrangements, you can explore the options that will best suit your home to create an inspired wall design you will love! 

Pin this image now so you don’t forget!

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Style File: From the Winter Runway to the Home

Winter is all about cozy comforts, but that doesn’t mean style goes out of season. We’ve collected three major trends dominating the fashion & design world, and our product picks to bring the winter runway to the home.

We’ve seen these three style statements all over our favorite clothing shops, and are excited to bring you on-trend designs for the home that reflect them!winter_runway_home

1. Perennially-popular plaid is major on winter runways and in shopping centers across the country, and now–in  home design. This season, plaid has gotten a fresh update. Gone is the grunge print of the past; bold hues, and contemporary color pairings make this a runway trend to want.

Love plaid and want to bring some home? Check out the on-trend Graham Duvet Set from Bedroom Expressions. Sharp red, rich blue, and clean lines give this duvet a contemporary yet cozy, comfortable feel.

2. Winter runways suggest that the style world is going a little gothic. Ornate, Old World patterns can be seen on dresses like the one shown, and bring a pop of feminine yet edgy style to any wardrobe.

Gaga for goth? Bring a touch of it home with the the Jackie Accent Chair. The print pops, but is toned down by neutral colors great for most home styles.

3. Who doesn’t love cozy knits? This winter is all about oversized, sumptuous sweaters. Classic neutral colors and knits get updated by going bigger and better with this trend, and we love it!

Have a need for knit? The Ruffled Knit Euro Sham effortlessly brings a touch of luxe knit style to your space.

Denver Design Studio: Meet Denver’s Randi Gipson

*Program available in select locations only.
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Furniture Row is excited to offer complimentary in-store design services through The Design Studio program. Select Colorado, Ohio, and North Carolina  locations are up and running, and more launches nationwide are anticipated. We are pleased to feature the interior design insights of Randi Gipson, resident expert Design Consultant of the Denver Design Studio at our Broadway store location.

Randi’s expertise and vision paired with the large selection of product available right in the showroom make her uniquely able to bring customers’ design visions to life. Check out her inspirations and insights in the interview–and if you’re in the Denver area, stop by the store to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to work with Randi. Thanks, Randi!

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Randi’s favorite project: This kitchen peninsula design. We love it as much as she does!

What attracted you to The Design Studio at Furniture Row?

I have always used my Mom and Dad’s house as my palette for any design ideas I have… The Design Studio allows me to do this on a much bigger level and help customers think outside the box. I love giving ideas that they would have never thought of and see them get so excited and inspired.

What has been your favorite part of working at the Denver/Broadway Design Studio location?

I love all the different homes I see because my customers come from many different cities to get design help. I have helped with some amazing homes as far away as Buena Vista and it is always exciting to see so many different styles.

 Are there challenges that come with having access to such a wide selection of products in the showroom?

It can be challenging when a customer isn’t really sure what they want. I have to figure out how to narrow the items down; especially if they like so many different styles and don’t know which direction they want to go.

In what ways does Colorado influence your designs?

Colorado is such an interesting place when it comes to design because there are two extremes. It is more common in lofts and new builds in Denver to have a modern or industrial style, and then mountain homes tend to have the rustic style which can include bears and moose or something similar. These both influence me because I love mixing them together. It can be tricky to do but the perfect mix of rustic and industrial is my favorite style.

What are some top things for customers to keep in mind when planning an interior design?

I have always designed a room around one piece that stands out to me. It can be as simple as a pillow or as big as a whole bedroom set. It is important to know how much you want to spend and you can save money by getting your hands dirty and doing things yourself. Instead of buying the item, see if there is a way you can make it or something similar for less. You don’t always have to plan the whole space at once. Start small with your inspiration piece and as you go along more ideas will come to you.

Do you have advice for customers considering utilizing The Design Studio’s complimentary service?

Sometimes all people need is a little help deciding on that final item or whether or not their ideas are going to look nice, this is something I can help with. I have also found if you are buying for multiple rooms it is great to have me help because I can coordinate with all of our brands at Furniture Row and make sure everything works together. I can definitely help ease the stress of making everything come together.

Do you currently have a favorite design project to share with us?

I typically have several design projects I am working on at my house. When I get an idea in my head I get so excited and I want to do it right away. My favorite project I have done so far is the peninsula in my kitchen. I found some pallets that were being thrown out; I took them apart and pieced the boards together to cover the backside of my cabinets. The best part is I didn’t paint or stain any of the wood, the colors just worked so well together. I did the same thing to the back of my stairs. Above my counter there were two can lights that were not centered over the peninsula. I had my dad who works with sheet metal make a box to hide the wiring so I could hang pendant lights and center them. I purchased the Mario barstools from Oak express to tie in the industrial metal look. Image featured above

How do you describe your personal design style?

It has been somewhat hard for me to pinpoint what my design style is because I like so many different things. I have had to find it a little by trial and error meaning I’ll try something and if it doesn’t feel right after a while I will change it. I usually do this with paint colors and the accent pieces. With all that said my style is the mix of Colorado I mentioned earlier. I love the industrial look with splashes of rustic here and there.

Meet our Design Studio Designers:

Holland Design Studio: Taylor Haake’s Fall Picks
Charlotte Design Studio: Meet Designer Patricia Weeks

 

Neutral Nursery Inspiration

When making room for baby, it can be a challenge to visualize the transformation of a home office, or spare bedroom into a nursery. An easy place to start is with the color palette. If an explosion of pink or baby blue have you dreading design, consider neutrals. This neutral nursery inspiration can help you design a room to grow with your baby, and let you have fun with colorful accents.

For the transformation below, slate grey and beige anchor the design. Bright bursts of fun colors accent the look and make it perfect for baby.

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Patterns and texture bring a whimsical touch that’s perfect for a baby’s room. From charming animal prints to classic chevron, this space is an eclectic yet fun nursery for baby. It is a great combination of baby-proofed and baby-prepped, with a sophisticated style mom and dad will love, too. To recreate a neutral nursery like this in your home, paint the walls beige. Then, window treatments, throws, and bedding that tie together the slate grey palette. And because no nursery is complete without toys, choose stuffed animals and play things in colors that will pop against the neutral palette.Baby's-Room-copy[1]Baby's-Room-6-copy[2]Baby's-Room-3-copy

Products available for your home:

Jamison Crib & Toddler Rail, Kidz Bedzzz

Counting Sheep II Canvas, Oak Express

8” Letter “B” – Pottery Barn Kids 

Rock with Ewe Sheep,  Land Of Nod 

Vinnie White Cradle Chair, Overstock.com 

Styling A Moroccan-Inspired Master Suite

With luxurious linens and a rich color palette, the master suite in any home can become a master retreat. The key to styling your master bedroom is to surround yourself with sumptuous fabrics, layers of texture, and relaxing colors. One of our favorites is this Moroccan-inspired master suite of the St. Jude Dream Home furnished by Furniture Row.

In the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home, the 100% cotton Marrakesh Duvet Cover sets the tone of a master suite retreat: Rich royal blues are offset by crisp white, and give this bed a stylish yet tranquil feel. With an exotic but tailored diamond print, this bed brings a burst of Moroccan blue without overwhelming the space. The duvet is paired with 100% Italian sateen sheets in white that boast a dreamy 620 thread count.

To recreate this sophisticated sleep space in your home, try painting the walls taupe, and incorporate accents of navy, sky blue, slate, and bone china to bring depth as you tie the design together. If you are dreaming of this design for your own home, the Marrakesh Duvet Cover from The Linen Shoppé at Furniture Row is available in both King and Queen sizes.

 

The Front Door Linens Shoppe Master Suite

Fall Recipe: Caramel Corn

CaramelCornFeaturedImageThe weather is getting cool, so warm up with the fall flavors of buttery caramel corn. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing pans
  • ⅔ cup popping corn (approximately)
  • 9 oz. butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.
  2. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large stockpot with a lid.
  4. Add popping corn and adjust the lid to allow steam to escape. Cook popcorn over medium-low heat until the kernels begin to pop, shaking the pot occasionally.
  5. Continue cooking until the popping slows. Remove from heat and carefully remove lid – the escaping steam will be quite hot. (The popcorn may also be prepared using an air popper, following the manufacture’s instructions.)
  6. Measure out 5 ½ quarts of popped corn, being careful to remove any unpopped kernels.Set the popcorn aside while you make the caramel.
  7. Wipe out the pot and return it to the stove.
  8. Over medium heat, melt butter and stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and kosher salt.
  9. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and then allow the mixture to boil for 3 minutes without stirring.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda until well combined. Stir the popcorn into the caramel mixture, working slowly to evenly coat the popcorn.
  11. Spread the caramel corn onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
  12. Allow the caramel corn to cool to room temperature, then break into small pieces. Caramel corn will keep, tightly covered, for up to 1 week.

(Serves 6 to 8)

 

 

Summer Dessert Recipe: Chocolate-Espresso Semifreddo

ChocolateEspressoSemifreddoFeaturedImageThis Italian-inspired indulgence is a coffee (and chocolate) lovers’ dream. The perfect, sophisticated dessert for your next adult dinner party.

(Serves 8)

INGREDIENTS:
Crust:

  • 1 ¾ cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing the pan

Filling:

  • 4 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • ⅓ cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 3 oz. espresso
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 16 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 2 oz. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:
For the Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly brush the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with melted butter.
  3. Combine the chocolate cookie crumbs and 3 tablespoons of melted butter in a small bowl, mixing with a fork until crumbs are moistened.
  4. Pour the crumbs into the springform pan and create an even layer, pressing with the flat bottom of a dish or drinking glass.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, line the edges of the pan with strips of parchment paper.

For the Filling:

  1. Over a double boiler, whisk the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of sugar together. Lift the whisk our of the bowl as you go to incorporate air into the mixture. Continue whisking until the mixture is pale yellow and thick, with ribbons.
  2. Add vanilla, rum and espresso. Cook over the simmering water until liquid coats the back of a spoon and the mixture is thick and foamy. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped chocolate. Stir until melted, and continue stirring until the mixture has cooled
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the mascarpone and heavy cream. Stir together until soft and smooth, taking care not to over-stir.
  4. Combine the egg whites and the remaining ⅓ cup of sugar in the stainless-steel bowl of a stand mixer. Gently whisk together over a simmering water bath until the mixture reaches 145°
  5. Remove from water bath. Whip the mixture in the stainless-steel bowl on medium-high speed (using the mixer’s whisk attachment) until stiff peaks form.
  6. Reduce the speed to medium and mis until the bowl is cool to the touch.
  7. Fold the mascarpone mixture into the chocolate mixture until there are no streaks.
  8. Fold ¼ of the meringue into the chocolate-mascarpone mixture to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining meringue in three parts, taking care not to over-mix and deflate the egg whites.
  9. Spread the mixture of the crust in the parchment-lined pan, cover highly with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  10. When ready to server, loosen and remove the sides of the pan. Remove the parchment paper strips. Garnish as desired.

Framed To-Do List DIY

Keeping track of all of the projects I’m juggling at the same time can be hard, and I hate how cluttered dozens of sticky notes around my monitor can look. So we thought up a way to stay organized, that can be reusable to cut down on multiple copies, and only adds to the décor! Our framed to-do list DIY is easy, efficient, and also available to download for free! Organization never looked so good.

MATERIALS
  • Cheap, plain frame from Michael’s, 7″ x 17″
  • Spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Free downloadable To-Do List, printed and cut to size

Finished and Framed To Do List

  1. Lay down newspaper or another easily disposed material outdoors and out of any heavy wind.
  2. Place your frame, with the glass and back removed, face up on the covered ground.
  3. Shake your spray paint can vigorously before starting. Spray in even, slow strokes from left to right. Make sure you get all of the sides covered as well.
  4. Let dry overnight. Inspect in the morning to see if there are any blotches or unevenness. You can always do another coat or two – or however many it takes!
  5. Print out our free To-Do List and fit it inside your painted frame. Use erasable markers to always keep your list up to date!

Downloadable To Do Lists

To download, click on the link to the corresponding number you would like, then in the new window, right click and “Save Image As…”

DOWNLOAD NUMBER ONE

DOWNLOAD NUMBER TWO

DOWNLOAD NUMBER THREE

Greg’s DIY: Easy Mirror Project

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Mirrors can help bring light into a dark space and add dimension to a small one. We tapped our Residential Interior Designer, Greg Utsinger for an easy mirror project that would mimic the starburst mirror trend for a fraction of the cost. Here’s Greg’s DIY:

I’ve always loved starburst mirrors, but some of these can cost upwards of $200. Still, I needed something to fill the space over the bed, so I came up with a solution to create the look for about $7.

At my local craft store I bought a couple packages of round mirror tiles in assorted sizes and some tacky adhesive putty.

I already had a small round mirror, so I added the tiles to the wall around the mirror in a gradually expanding design. It not only brings in the needed light, but added a sense of whimsy and romanticism in a modern way.
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Glass Etching Tutorial

Glass etching can cost a lot of money if purchased from the professionals, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Attention to detail and a steady hand are all you need to personalize wine glasses, mason jars, mirrors, or frames. Let’s begin!

MATERIALS:
  • Contact Paper
  • Etching Cream
  • Cheap Paint Brush
  • Glass item that you’ll be etching
  • Exacto Knife
  • Self healing mat or throwaway surface to cut design on

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Make a design yourself and scan it into your computer, or find one online that you like. A simple, non-intricate design is a good starting one. Decorative hole punches come in handy here! Print your design on plain computer paper and tape it to a sheet of contact paper. You must leave the backing on the contact paper until you’re ready to stick it to the glass surface.

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1. Use your exacto knife to cut out the design, pressing hard enough to cut all the way through the contact paper. No need to rush here, you want to be clean and exact.

2. Remove the backing from your contact paper and adhere to the glass surface. Make sure it’s secure by rubbing down all corners or bubbles.

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3. Brush a thin layer of etching cream over the exposed design area. Let dry for 10 minutes. Remove and discard contact paper.

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Wash glass carefully before using.
Let us know how your own creations come out!

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Make Your Own Winter Skin Care Remedies

Winter can be the cruelest month when it comes to your skin. Harsh winds, the lack of moisture, and vents blowing out dry, hot air around the clock leaves skin dry, uneven, and prone to breakouts. So when it comes to the products we want to use on our face to fight that, we tend to lean towards natural, chemical-free solutions to help replenish those lost vitamins and minerals. Plus, these can be made in bulk in order to be frozen and kept in ice trays for a quick mask or scrub all year long.

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We used the recipes found in this month’s Women’s Health magazine as a base, and made our own personal changes to it. We found that using the scrub first and immediately following with the mask made for some very happy faces.
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CRANBERRY FACE SCRUB
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 6 tablespoons freshly crushed cranberries (takes about ½ cup of fresh ones to equal 6 tbsps when crushed)
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored almond milk
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

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This super-exfoliate removes layers of dead skin to help even out skin tone and prevent breakouts. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, namely ellagic acid, which helps to prevent wrinkles caused by UV rays. Honey and Almond milk both carry natural moisturizers and softeners, for a scrub that will leave your skin soft and happy.

Combine in a medium-sized bowl. Massage onto a freshly cleaned, dampened face and neck for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use once or twice a week.

 

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  • 1¼ cups of canned, mashed pumpkin pulp (should be just about one whole can)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

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According to the Women’s Health interviewed dermatologist, Jessica Wu, pumpkin is one of those super-hero vegetables packed with vitamin a, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antifungal compounds. Those are the powers that soothe sensitive skin, redness, rosacea, and even help fight against wrinkles. Honey and coconut oil are natural moisturizers.

Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until smooth. Apply to freshly washed skin before bed, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry. Skin should feel soft and smoothed, as the mask leaves natural hydrating oils to replenish overnight. Apply weekly or when skin is irritated.

 

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Affordable and Creative Gift: Tile Coasters DIY

Short on time with a long list of gifts to fill? This Christmas, we came up with a fairly quick homemade gift that can be done in bulk (as long as you have a free table) and is completely customizable. Whether for coworkers, aunts and uncles, or your book club, give a gift that’s as practical as it is pretty, tile coasters made by you.

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Materials:
  • 4″ x 4″ White Tiles
  • Scrapbook Paper (thicker is better!)
  • Mod Podge decoupage glue
  • Foam Sponge to apply
  • Waterproof Acrylic Sealer
  • Felt
  • Rubber Cement
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Wax Paper to cover surface

 

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Cut paper into 4″ x 4″ squares.
  2. Wipe off the tiles to get rid of dust with a damp rag.
  3. Using the paintbrush or sponge, apply an even layer of Mod Podge on the top of the tile.
  4. Place the paper square on the tile and center.
  5. Use a squeegee to smooth out the paper, getting rid of all wrinkles or bubbles.
  6. Allowing each layer to dry, apply at least 3 more layers of Mod Podge over the top of the tile and applied paper. Be careful to get the sides of the tile as well.
  7. When the last layer is dry, spray two coats of acrylic sealer along the top and sides of the tile, waiting at least 30 minutes in between layers.
  8. Once the tile is dry again, cut the felt into 4″ x 4″ squares.
  9. Apply a generous amount of rubber cement on the back of the tile before placing and centering the felt square.
  10. Let dry overnight. Do not stack the tiles, as the rubber cement will soak through the felt and onto the tile beneath it. If you must stack them, place a layer of parchment paper between each layer.
  11. When completely dry, stack in sets of 4, wrap with a ribbon, and viola!

 

Tile Coasters as Christmas Gifts

Reclaiming Old Tablecloths or Bed Sheets: Part Two: Dyeing

Now that our napkins are all sewed and ready, we can start dyeing them! Dyeing is an easy and cheap way to bring life to older or stained garments (many marks and spills can be covered up simply by choosing a darker color). We decided the trendy and chic Royal Blue would perfect for the fall season, but vibrant enough to keep around all year.

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MATERIALS:
  • Dye (we used Rit’s Royal Blue)
  • Gloves
  • 5 Gallon Bucket
  • Lots of hot water
  • Medium sized Tupperware
  • A long stir stick
  • Chosen fabric
  • Fixative (optional!)

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STEP ONE: PREPARING THE FABRIC

Make sure you pre-wash anything you’re about to dye. This way the fabric will be clean of any dust or spots that could block the dye from soaking in. Be careful not to use any fabric that is, or more than, 50% polyester, acrylic, or that has a special finish; the dye will not hold. The lighter the fabric is to begin with, the truer the dye color will be in the end.

STEP TWO: PREP YOUR WORK AREA

Choose wisely where you plan on doing this; splashes and spills will happen! Find an area outside, or put down some towels around where you’re going to work. Wear clothes you’re perfectly happy with being ruined. You can use a sink, or a bucket – whatever will hold three gallons of water. A big sink that can fit a 5 gallon bucket while still having easy access to a faucet with very hot water is ideal. Also check to make sure that your stirrer is long enough to reach to the bottom of the bucket without having to submerge your hands and dye your skin.

STEP THREE: DYEING

Fill your bucket or sink with enough hot, steaming water that all of the garments you are dyeing will float. We filled it with about 3 gallons to fit 9 linen napkins and one large t-shirt. Dunk your to-be-dyed pieces in the hot water, give them a quick wring and put them off to the side. Also fill the large Tupperware with the hot water, two cups worth, and pour in the powdered dye. Once the dye looks mixed, pour it into the bucket and stir. Continue stirring as you add your fabric, un-scrunched, into the mixture. Stir constantly for 10 to 30 minutes until you think the color is dark enough.

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STEP FOUR: DRYING & AFTER CARE

You can either pop it in the dryer or let it air dry. To maximize the long life of your dye, try using a fixative afterwards as well. Make sure to wash in cold water from now, with only mild detergents and no bleach.

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Let us know how your own dyeing projects go! We’d love to see what creations you can come up with too.

Autumn Inspired Wreath: Under $30

We’re officially in the thick of fall! That means guests are soon to be crowding around our door for Thanksgiving dinner, and we believe in the power of first impressions. However, we don’t believe in having to pay an arm and a leg for them. Using cheap materials found around the craft store, or even real leaves taken from your own front yard, you can easily make your own fall wreath in an afternoon.

Materials:
  • Grapevine Wreath
  • Leaves Garland
  • Leaves and Embellishments Garland
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Tip: Make sure to check the Sunday paper or search online for a coupon before you go. We found one for 40% off!

We started out with a plain grapevine wreath, a 5 ft garland with fake leaves on it, and another garland with fall embellishments such as acorns and berries.

Wrap the leaf garland around the wreath in a spiral, attaching it with a hot glue gun as you go. Arrange the leaves as you want them, using more glue or bending them until they’re how you’d like them. Try to angle them mostly towards the front.

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Starting the Fall Wreath

Materials

Next, take the embellished garland and cut it into five separate pieces. The one we found was attached with metal clips, and so was easy to unravel. If your garland is different, simply bend the metal wiring back and forth where you want it to break until it does.

Carefully arrange each piece on the wreath before gluing down, keeping in mind where the top and bottom of the wreath will be. Once your placement is decided, stick the ends of the piece into the garland, weaving it for a natural look, and then hot glue in place.

The wreath base we chose came with a handy hanging wire already in place, though if you needed to create your own, you could do so by weaving in and gluing wire to the back yourself. A metal wreath hanger over the door makes for an easy and temporary hook.

Happy Wreathing!

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