In a world full of chaos your home should be the one place you feel calm and sheltered. Calm is a term used loosely because with children and pets sometimes even home can feel like pandemonium; however, there are a few ways to achieve Zen in your home… Nesting || Carve out a space in your home that can be all your own, even if only for a couple hours. If you cannot dedicate an entire room to yourself then it is time to get creative and find your Zen nest. Every home has a bathroom and nothing says Zen more than a soothing aromatherapy bath. Light a few candles, pour yourself a glass of wine, and R E L A X. Another great place to unwind is by a window in your bedroom. Open the window for some fresh air and ambient noise while curled up in your favorite chair. Unplug || *gasp* yes, U N P L U G. Make it a trend in your home to disconnect from the outside world for at least an hour every day. While technology is amazing, it can also keep us from truly living in the moment and enjoying a state of nothingness. When was the last time you weren’t tethered to your phone? Sleeping does not count. Our minds are constantly being stimulated from the moment we rise until the moment we lay our head on the pillow. Unplug from all electronics one hour before bedtime and you will feel the difference in your quality of sleep. De-Clutter || Free your mind and free your home of unnecessary things; cluttered home = cluttered mind. De-cluttering doesn’t mean you need to purge everything, but it does mean that the items you choose to keep should be organized. Seek out decorative storage pieces like bookcases, hutches, or credenzas so you can display or tuck away all your treasures in style!
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).
With a new year upon us, it's a good time to take stock of your home space. If you have a dedicated home office – whether you work from home full time or just pay bills there – it may be time to reorganize and make a fresh start. Specific items to upgrade can include your desk, chair, storage cabinets, shelving and lighting. Ultimately, you want your space to function smoothly, but also energize you to do your best work. A Place for Everything || And everything in its place. Even in the Digital Age, there never seems to be enough storage. Depending on how you want your home office to function, you need some version of drawers, shelves or cabinets to store things like receipts, paperwork and supplies. A desk with versatile drawers or cubbies can be useful, especially if you don't want your work to be immediately visible to anyone entering the room. Sometimes a minimalist desk with a small writing surface and room for a computer monitor or laptop is all you may require. Style & Comfort || You can create a hard-working home office without sacrificing style or comfort. The space should be productive and inspire you with brilliant ideas, so don't feel compelled to stick with office grey or all neutral colors. If kelly green, royal purple or citrus orange get your creative juices flowing, go for it! Make sure you have an office chair that offers adjustable support, and if space allows, include an upholstered chair or sofa for break time or to seat visitors. Finally, good lighting is essential. Include a task lamp for close work, as well as sufficient overhead lighting, especially if natural light is not abundant. Personal Touches || Personalize your home office with framed family photos, favorite books, a glass-door cabinet of curiosities, or a mood board pinned with travel images, souvenirs and stickie notes. Strategically placed plants or a vase of fresh flowers clears the air, and a bit of office humor goes a long way… posable superhero action figures are totally acceptable!
By now, you know about the many benefits of indoor plants – they help purify the air, reduce stress and background noise, and improve your mood, in addition to being naturally beautiful. You can also add life to your space with other naturally occurring items like coral, seashells, petrified wood, geodes, plus textured fibers like macramé, abaca, jute, grasscloth and sisal. Adding these natural elements brings earthy textures to your décor, and increases the tranquility of your space. You can use these elements in subtle or big ways, and they work especially well in casual, boho-inspired interiors. Fish tanks and fountains optional.   Natural Found Collections || You can easily add natural beauty to your home by gathering your seashell or beach rock collection, putting it in a woven basket, and placing it next to a group of plants. A branch of coral is another classic touch, often displayed atop glass coffee tables or on book shelves. Other shore items like starfish, sea urchins and sea glass are inexpensive, readily available collectibles that can be gathered in groups or scattered randomly to charming rustic effect.   Furniture & Rugs || There are plenty of ways to use natural elements to make a bigger impact. In addition to natural wicker, rattan or rope accent furniture, you can complete a seating group with an eye-catching geode-topped accent table or tree stump table that's anything but cookie cutter. Each one will feature unique variations in color, pattern and shape. Ground your space, inside or out, with an environmentally-friendly natural fiber area rug that's both resilient and easy to coordinate with most design schemes. Accent Pieces || Geodes in their organic form can be striking, and appear in many gorgeous colors, including purple, blue, pink and green. Arrange them inside an open clam shell for an artful presentation. The aforementioned coral makes a great decorative accent, maybe on a tray with other objects or under a glass cloche. A natural woven sunburst mirror adds coastal charm when placed above your dresser, or use it to embellish a bare wall in an entranceway. Finally, if natural elements aren't your favorite décor go-tos, framed botanical prints work especially well in a formal grouping on your wall.
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.
The popularity of platform beds is on the rise and for good reason - these gems offer plenty of benefits from functionality to style. Whether you rise above or keep it low, here are 5 reasons you should think outside the box…spring. Better Mattress || Since platform beds do not require a box spring you can invest in a better quality mattress or accommodating pillows. After all, your bed’s sole purpose is to rejuvenate you so comfort should be your main priority! Space Saver || Some platform beds feature integrated nightstands which is a practical and stylish space-saver for small space dwellers! Low Profile || Not all platform beds are high – in fact low-profile platform beds are increasingly more popular thanks to the rise of the hygge design trend. Not only will it give the illusion of taller ceilings, it is also a great option if your bed is placed in front of a window. Natural light will flood your space making you feel as though you were laying on an exotic cabana bed by the ocean. Clean Lines || Lovers of clean lines rejoice! A platform bed means no more fussing with those pesky bed skirts. Show off that beautiful frame by tucking your bed linens neatly under your mattress from top to bottom! Storage Solution || Many platform beds offer spacious drawers either on the side or at the foot of the bed. Store linens, seasonal clothing, or anything else you would like to rid your closet of. Some even feature open shelving which is great for storing books or a beautiful throw.
As technology advances, more and more companies are promoting a healthy work/life balance by offering their employees the flexibility to work from home. This can be both a blessing and a distraction so it is important to create an ideal space that will delight and inspire you! Find your space. || Maybe you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to your home office and that’s ok. A nook or even just an empty wall where you can position a desk is enough to keep you organized and focused. L-shaped desks are a great way to create a space within a space that looks clean and deliberate. Make it your own. || If you are able to dedicate an entire room, find a design aesthetic that speaks to you. Are you an Art Deco diva or are you the Rustic Chic queen? Whichever décor suits you best, be sure to include personal touches such as pictures of loved ones, nostalgic knick-knacks, or maybe even a few of your favorite books so it feels like your own private space. Your work will only be as good as your environment – make it beautiful. Keep it organized. || Whether it’s a nook or an entire room, no one enjoys looking at clutter and working around it proves to be counterproductive. Having storage space is key, so if you’re working with a nook it is important to choose a desk that can accommodate all of your supplies. As mentioned above, an L-shaped desk is great for creating space, but it is also great at keeping you organized because of the amount of drawer space. Throw in a few draw organizers and you are in business. If you’re designing an entire room you could take a more minimalist approach to your desk and add a credenza or a shelving unit to organize your supplies. Take a seat. || Office chairs tend to be a little unsightly and if you’re working with a nook then you want your chair to blend in with your furniture as much as possible. Thankfully, beautiful leather chairs that have the same functionality as office chairs do exist! Do you sway more towards fashion over function? Try pairing your desk with a fun accent chair! Just remember comfort is important if you will be sitting for any length of time. Now that you have a fabulous work space it’s time to get to work!
Whether you’re in need of additional storage or you fell in love with a piece of furniture you don’t think you have room for, the end of the bed is your sweet spot! This often forgotten space can serve for fun or function… Functional || If you are in need of more storage whether it’s for linens or clothes try out a storage ottoman or bench. Top it off with a tray decorated with a vase of flowers, a stack of oversized books, or some pillar candles and no one will ever know that space serves two purposes. Or if your book collection has outgrown the bookcase in your living room add another in your bedroom. Create privacy with a tall bookcase or keep it open & airy with one that works like a footboard. Do you lack space on either side of the bed for a nightstand? Put it at the foot of the bed instead!   Decorative || Create the perfect little reading nook by adding a comfy bench, cozy chaise lounge or a pair of armchairs to the end of your bed! Whether you go luxe with buttery soft leather or plush velvet or fun with a bold color or print this look is sure to infuse your bedroom with personality. Are you a botanical lover? Line the end of your bed with oversized potted plants and you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation every night. You can achieve a similar look with smaller plants too – just add a table!   Unique || Love the idea of breakfast in bed, but not the mess it can make? Design a private breakfast nook by adding a small café table & chairs to the end of your bed. Make it cozy by draping textured throws over each chair. If you lack the space for a home office, utilize this space in your bedroom for a writing desk. Give it a plush look by opting for a tufted armchair rather than an office chair!
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
Caring for your new little bundle of joy is going to be your first priority so having your nursery perfected before they arrive will give you peace of mind and your baby a peaceful haven to grow. Nursery Necessities || Give your baby room to grow by purchasing a crib that will convert into a toddler bed. Seek out a changing table that provides ample drawer space below so you can forgo the chest of drawers and have more room for other fun accents. Consider investing in a good quality glider chair. Your baby isn’t the only one that will be spending a lot of time in this nursery so go for a chair that will embrace you in absolute comfort while you rock your baby to sleep. Whimsical Walls || Whether you know the gender of your baby or not, there are fun alternatives to the traditional pink and blue walls. Modern, gender-neutral nurseries are having a moment right now and it’s a wonderful, minimalist trend that will blend your nursery with the rest of your home. If you’re painting the room beige, grey, or white experiment with a subtle playfully printed wallpaper in the same hue to mix it up! Not a fan of wallpaper? Design a focal wall of art that features pops of color and whimsical scenes; this will brighten the room while still maintaining the calm vibe set by the neutral wall color. Awe-inspiring Accents || While your baby won’t completely appreciate this until they are a little older, adding a teepee to your nursery is a chic way to create a little wonderland for them. Another playful touch is to design a reading nook complete with a bookshelf and a shag rug for your little one to roll around on. Not only will it add style to the nursery, but your baby will love the soft texture!
Good things come in small packages, right? Well think of your little living room as a diamond – with thoughtful and purposeful decorating it will transform into a stylish hub of coziness fit for dazzling guests. Double Duty Décor || Just about any surface can be used as a cocktail table, however by opting for an ottoman or bench you’ll also be getting additional seating. Bonus if they have hidden storage! Power of Transparency || Decorating with glass or acrylic furniture or pieces that feature tall legs will create an airy vibe in the room making it feel more open and less cluttered. Bring the Drama || Floor-to-ceiling décor such as a tall bookcase, gallery wall, or one oversized piece of artwork will create the illusion of taller ceilings while making a dramatic style statement. Cozy Corner || Bring on the SECTIONAL! While this sounds counterintuitive, it can actually work well in small spaces since it hugs the contours of the space. Just be sure it is the right proportion for your space. Get it in the same color as your wall and it will blend seamlessly! Optical Illusions || Perception is everything; give the impression of an infinite amount of space by decorating with mirrors. Round mirrors provide the most continuity with their “tunnel” effect while the shape is a great way to break up square spaces. The Traveling Table || Nesting tables are undoubtedly one of the most useful and versatile pieces of furniture. Coming in twos or threes these little guys are easy to move from room to room and their airy construction enable them to be tucked away!
PSA: neutral color palettes do not equal boring design. Whether you aren’t a fan of color in general or you’re just simply worried you’ll get tired of colors you choose, there are plenty of ways to make your neutrals dazzle as much as color! Touchable Texture || Add depth to your home by incorporating texture. Layer textiles from throws to pillows – even area rugs! Neutral spaces can look stark sometimes so it’s vital to include textural elements to warm it up a bit. Go beyond textiles and make practical furniture like a bookcase a decorative focal point! This will add dimension without compromising your color palette. Another great way to incorporate texture is to create an entire wall of it! Paneling has made a modern, chic comeback and it’s nothing like the kind you’d find in a 1970’s basement. The d version features varied textural patterns in crisp white, gray, even black. Still not convinced? Shiplap and stonework are a few natural neutral alternatives that will create the same effect. Playful Pattern || The best part of a neutral color theme is that you can really get creative and start mixing patterns! Fluidity in design is key when mixing patterns and textures. This can be achieved by establishing a solid foundation and threading each layer of your design together with a common element; in this case, a neutral color palette. For mixing & matching pattern best practices check out: Pattern Play! The Ombré Effect || Just as you can layer your patterns and texture, you can also layer your neutral colors! Neutrals are neutral for a reason – they play well together! Create an ombré effect in your home by choosing a range of neutral tones to feature from drapes to furniture to flooring. Be mindful of undertones when choosing your palette. Some neutrals can be both cool and warm depending on what they’re styled up against, so to keep the look cohesive you want to stick with one or the other. Even if you aren’t painting, consider getting a few gradient paint chips to guide your choices!
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