Dear lawn mower – it’s time to move out. Of course it’s practical to store your outdoor accessories in your shed, but where’s the fun in that? The she/he shed trend has been taking off for a reason – it’s fun, nostalgic, and just slightly irresponsible (in the best kind of way). So whether you are building one from the ground up or converting the one that currently stands in your backyard, here are a few possibilities of what this micro retreat COULD be… The Literary Respite || Calling all bibliophiles, this one is for you! Create your own personal reading room to escape to when you need some alone time. Line the walls from floor to ceiling with built-in shelves to hold all your favorite books. Cozy it up by adding an area rug and an ultra-comfy oversized chair to curl up in when indulging in the latest bestseller. Finish off the look with proper lighting. If you have electricity available to you, consider a floor lamp. If not, line the floor and ceiling with battery-operated string lights and some candles so you can still read out there at night! The Pub Shed || Go out for a drink without ever needing a designated driver – transform your shed into an outdoor bar! Home bars come in many different lengths, provide ample storage, and can double as your drink prep space as some have built-in dry sinks too. Pair the bar with a few bar stools and you’re ready to serve your friends and family the most creative cocktails in the neighborhood. Don’t forget to install shelving to display your best ion! The Zen Sanctuary || Even if you aren’t a die-hard yogi, wouldn’t it be nice to have a tranquil spot to simply collect your thoughts or meditate? Find your serenity by painting your shed in soothing azure tones and laying down a plush rug scattered with floor pillows. Depending on the size of your space you could even add a daybed! The Hotel Room || Equipped with a super comfy bed dominated by plush pillows, a mini fridge filled with snacks, and a fluffy robe this tiny refuge could be better than a 5-star hotel. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll have to start taking reservations in advance – all your friends will want to stay! The Hobby Haven || Turn this space into your activity room. For the art lovers, this is your blank canvas. Keep your curated collection here like a gallery or create it on the walls of the shed like a mural. Are you a writer? Make this your chic office of inspiration. Just like hobbies, the ways you could transform this tiny space are truly endless.
Playtime is not just for the kids anymore. Thanks to all the advances in technology it’s now possible to create an arcade right in your own home without actually looking like an arcade. Choose your elements of fun and let the good times roll… The Space || The square-footage of your space will determine how you choose to fill it. Be mindful that most game tables require 3-5 feet of additional space around them in order to play comfortably. Lighting is also important as some games require more direct lighting than others; while if you decide to focus on digital gaming / theater you will need adjustable lighting. The Furniture || Regardless of how much space you are working with creating a bar area is possible from bar carts to bar cabinets to built-in bars! Are you a digital gaming guru / movie maven? Splurge on comfy theater seating that reclines and is equipped with cup holders and USB ports. Are traditional table games more your style? Fill the room with pub tables and bar stools so people have a place to relax and snack while they wait their turn. The Fun || Now that you have the basic design layout you can choose the fun! You can’t go wrong with a pool table, foosball table, or air hockey table, but if space is limited consider games that don’t take up as much space in the room such as darts or shuffleboard. Keep some vintage board games on hand for a nostalgic twist!
If you're lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, your home is more likely to blend inside and outside year 'round. But if you reside in a northern region, by now you're longing for the day when you can haul out the patio or deck furniture for dining al fresco and relaxing with nature. Well, why wait? There are many furniture pieces you may already have stored away that can be used inside right now. For example, wicker or metal tables and chairs, sisal rugs, bar carts, ceramic garden stools, Sunbrella pillows, and even garden gnomes, are all items you can sprinkle indoors. It's all about lightening up your space, lifting your mood, and living in the moment – a way to evoke the tropics when you're freezing.   Casual & Cool || For the most part, there's nothing formal about outdoor furniture. It's designed for relaxation and leisure – long stretches of it. Most outdoor pursuits are of a casual nature, so most often furniture and accessories follow suit. Woven wicker, lightweight aluminum, breezy linen and cool cotton evoke casual days spent out in the open. So there's no reason you can't place, say, a wicker side table in your bedroom and use it as a nightstand. Or, if you live in an older home with a sunporch, why not furnish it with chaise lounges, an outdoor cocktail table and a pair of airy ceramic garden stools, and imagine it's mid-July instead of March.   Lightweight & Movable || One of the advantages of many outdoor pieces is their flexibility. Furniture is often light enough to move easily, and some loungers and tables have casters, which make it even simpler to haul it all inside. If you have, say, an outdoor metal table with a top that's seen better days, but it has beautiful ornate legs – bring it inside and put a colorful full-drape tablecloth on it and you'll be happily surprised at how great it looks! Sturdy & Indestructible || Typically, outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the elements for many seasons. This is especially true if you own ipe wood or teak pieces, because they're extremely strong, and if they're unstained, they will develop a weathered patina over time that gives them an attractive, lived-in appeal. And, outdoor fabrics today are designed to be fade- and stain-resistant, so pillows and cushions will be equally useable indoors. And, that cute garden gnome reading a book? Though he'll probably survive the winter intact, why not keep him from getting lonely outside and bring him in to guard the fireplace.
Outdoor Living || Relax and entertain al fresco with cool seating, patio umbrellas, fire pits & more If you live in a part of the world with four distinct seasons, it feels incredibly invigorating when you first open your home to the outdoors in spring. Because the season can seem short, it's key to make your outdoor space as comfortable and inviting as possible, especially if you entertain a lot. If you happen to have a swimming pool, this will probably be the focal point of your setup. Organize your space much as you would inside, with designated seating areas, complete with area rugs – durable synthetics, or natural abaca or sisal are ideal. Sprinkle in garden stools or small tables that can be easily rearranged. For finishing touches, include hanging flower pots, large planters, and string lights to make the view even more enticing.   Furniture Must-Haves || Start with the coziest seating you can find. Depending on the size of your space, you can include a sofa, loveseat, chairs, or even a sectional. Consider how you plan to use the space. If dining al fresco is number one, invest in a table that accommodates an umbrella, and make sure the chairs include cushions. If frequent naps and reading time are on the agenda, a chaise, swivel chair or glider will feel especially welcoming, along with a convenient side table to place your beverage, snacks, and a book. When choosing fabrics for seat cushions, pillows and umbrella canopies, decide if they will receive full or partial sun exposure. Generally, acrylic fabrics such as Sunbrella are the most durable and soft, and will not fade, while spun polyester fabrics are durable, but stiffer, and more likely to fade.   Inviting Extras || A memorable outdoor soiree includes many elements. Obviously, a fun mix of family and friends is essential, but as afternoon segues to evening, certain factors make people want to linger. If it gets chilly, a fire pit can provide just the amount of warmth and ambience you need to keep the party going. If you prefer an upgrade to your old beach cooler, you can set up a portable trolley cart on casters for a "help yourself" bar. A large tray to organize accessories like napkins, cups and plates is helpful. And, if your gathering is still in full swing during evening hours, don't forget citronella candles to keep bugs at bay – except for fireflies, of course. You may want to count or chase them.   Light & Shade || There's simply no comparison to natural light. It just makes you feel more energetic. But when temperatures sizzle in midsummer, you need to shield yourself and guests a bit. This is where a great patio or deck umbrella will do wonders. As the day progresses, adjust the umbrella's angle to keep direct sunshine under control, and if you feel a sudden raindrop or get a downpour, a strong, sturdy umbrella really helps. If you're making s'mores come nightfall, hang some string lights or battery-operated lanterns to make the scene magical.
Dining areas come in all shapes and sizes so it is important to let your space dictate what furniture you need to fill it. Is it a high traffic area because it is part of an open floor plan? Is it a multi-purpose room? Or maybe it's a formal room that is only used on special occasions. Either way it will be an area where people will gather, so make it fun, functional, and most importantly make it you! Size Matters || Be mindful of the size of the dining table that you choose; measure twice, buy once. In an area where you will be entertaining, you want the ease of movement. The shape of the table will be unique to your space and design aesthetic, just remember to keep it consistent with the rest of your home so it flows. Choose Your Chairs || They don't need to match; they just need to look good next to each other. Try mixing hard and soft materials like tufted with wood. Another fun way to mix it up is with the style of the chair. Incorporating a bench into your table design is a great way to create a sense of intimacy. On the flip side, barstools can be a stylish space saver and great to have on hand when you have more guests than expected. Set the Mood || Lighting is an art form of its own and will set the tone of your dining area. Choose a light fixture that fits the style of your space so it doesn't compete with your overall design. Add ambiance with a dimmer function. Make it Yours || This is the space where stories are told and memories are made. Create intrigue with wall décor or another piece of furniture. Unique artwork can be a great conversation starter and bar carts are a stylish way to keep the good times flowing!
Introducing Canadel U Design Did you know that you can customize every aspect of your furniture: color, shape and finish? You carefully handpick the cabinets, appliances, and materials in your home and you search for things that are both enduring and inspired. When it comes to choosing your tables, chairs and stools, Canadel is in a class by itself. Made from 100% solid birch, one of nature's hardest woods, our furniture is well-protected and stain resistant. Canadel, an Open Palette to Your Imagination! Canadel Collection Champlain Collection Downtown Collection Loft Collection Perfect Fit Like many consumers, you may have a difficult time visualizing what new furniture will look like in your home. With Canadel, you choose the table dimensions you want for a perfect fit. With a ion of over 30 sizes and up to 168" in length, you can be sure that we have the right size and style for your home. Precise Design Select your style and see the table and chairs that fit into that category. What is your style? Classic? Traditional? Transitional? Contemporary? Country? Are you more casual than formal? Counter-height tables make dining more casual and relaxed. They are also a great height for entertaining as few as 2 or as many as 12 guests! Color Complement There are no rules and no limitations. Bring richness and harmony to your life by complementing your home with the color and quality you prefer. Select from over 40 wood colors in 3 different finishes, all protected with a catalyzed lacquer. Store More Additional space is always needed for storage and display. With Canadel's wide variety of storage units, you can the perfect piece to complement your dining set or choose one to use in your great room as a bookcase! Whatever size is needed you are sure to find it! Start Customizing
If you happen to be this year’s designated host for New Year’s or any other special occasion, the countdown to what and where you’ll serve guests has begun. The nice thing about New Year’s is you don’t need a 5-course meal, but can rely on casual finger foods and hors d’oeuvres to keep the night going. It always helps to have a tantalizing variety of cocktail choices, which you can elevate to an art form with the right home bar. Whether you prefer a stationary bar stocked with wines and drink mixing accessories, or a compact trolley bar cart that lets you move the party to any room, you’ll impress guests with how you display and present it all – in addition to the memorable treats you’ll be serving up. How about something easy and green? Spinach Balls || Savory hors d'oeuvres or side dish, delicious on their own or dipped in your favorite mustard!
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The children have moved out; now what? You’re not quite ready to let go of the house you raised your children in, but now you have extra rooms that need a refresh. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but there are many things you can do to fill the space. It’s time to reflect on all the things you said you’d do “once the kids are gone” and make it happen! Here are a few ideas to get you started on this new adventure… The Man Cave || Equipped with a projection screen to view the big game, plush leather recliners that have built-in cup holders, pub tables complete with barstools, a mini fridge so you don’t have to go far to replenish, and a shuffleboard table to keep the fun going through half-time! The Home Office || Design an inspiring space that reflects your personality and style and that will keep you motivated! For him: A rich mahogany desk with an oversized leather chair and a file chest topped with decanters of the finest libations of choice. For her: A whitewash desk with a tufted chair and a bookcase reimagined with a few photographs, candles, and of course books! For the Yogi || Transform this room into an oasis of relaxation with a minimalist approach. Soft lighting created by decorative sconces and hurricanes filled with pillar candles will make you feel as though you are at the spa. Create a focal point with a large landscape painting that best suits your personality and will help bring you to that meditative state. Complete the look with a superbly soft shag rug and oversized pillows to create a hygge [Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness & comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness & contentment] vibe that soothes your soul. For the Fashionista || Create the ultimate closet complete with shelving that displays your shoes, a three-way mirror to make sure you’re looking great at every angle, a jewelry chest for all those costume jewels and a hidden safe for the real ones, and lastly a plush chaise lounge (because with a closet this amazing you’ll want to sit for a minute and revel in it).
Being in New England there is nothing more nourishing than dining al fresco for the first time after a long winter. With just a few key pieces you can create a magical ambiance regardless of the size of your space… Seating || The traditional outdoor table with chairs is a great standard, however if you are short on space consider an outdoor sectional or loveseat and chair paired with a table! Adding plush textures to your outdoor space will create a cozy atmosphere with a touch of indoor luxury. With endless configurations from long farm tables with benches to high top tables with barstools, you can create multiple conversation spots by mixing and matching these pieces if your space allows. Don’t forget the chaise lounge for those afternoon naps in the sun!   Rug || An outdoor rug is a great way to soften the patio or define a dining space in your backyard if you don’t have a patio. Whether you choose a vibrant print or a laid-back solid, a rug will warm the space making shoes optional. And in fabrics that are stain resistant and fast-drying you won’t have to worry about New England’s unpredictable weather. Ambiance || Create an ethereal vibe by stringing twinkling lights or hanging Moroccan lanterns from your house or trees above. Keep those pesky insects at bay in style by placing pillar-style citronella candles in tall glass hurricanes. Complete the setting with a fire pit. Not only will it aid in keeping insects away, it will also provide warmth for those chillier nights. Campfire reimagined.