What do the kitchen table, nightstand, and cocktail table all have in common? They tend to become a catchall for random clutter… and in the room where most of the entertaining occurs, the cocktail table is the last spot you want to be messy! A simple way to combat this common practice is to infuse this blank surface with a healthy dose of style by creating vignettes… Style it Up || Literally up. Create dimension by adding height to your cocktail table vignette. Coffee table books got their name for a reason - they make a stylish and purposeful statement that is meant to be seen! Layer a few of your favorite bounded beauties and top it off with a dash of functionality by adding coasters. Section it Off || Strike a balance between style and purpose by adding a tray to gather the goodies! This is still a highly used surface in your home, so it is important to leave a blank space for resting a drink to avoid it feeling like a museum. A clear acrylic tray is a great choice since it will blend seamlessly while keeping your vignette stylishly contained. Not enough room for a tray? Opt for a decorative wide bowl or dish. Corralling your vignette with either of these accessories will also make it easier to clear the table in one move when entertaining.   Bring it to Life || Make your vignette come alive with a pop of color in the form of flowers or a small plant. Warm it up with the soft glow and subtle fragrance of a decorative candle. Finish off the look with personality! Add a small, decorative object that has meaning in your life. It will be your style stamp of approval and a great conversation piece!
One of the charms of apartment living (especially in an urban setting) is more often than not the place you find will be in an older building; rich with the architectural details of the past, but lacking the modern storage of today… like closets. Whether you have 300 or 500 square feet to work with there are creative and decorative solutions to your storage conundrums… Bedroom || A closet-less bedroom may seem like the biggest disadvantage of your new space, but there are stylish solutions! Splurge on a bed with built-in storage or if you already love your bed utilize the space underneath to store linens and other items that you don’t need immediate access to. Rather than an armoire, invest in a mirrored chiffarobe instead. It is typically smaller in scale and combines a hanging wardrobe with drawers for better organization. If you need additional space for your hanging wardrobe, get a novelty rolling rack and showcase the outfits you’ve chosen to wear for the week – one less decision to make in the morning! Living Area || In a room notorious for having the most furniture it’s important to find pieces that can perform double duty in order to conserve space and keep your place looking uncluttered. When shopping for cocktail tables opt for one that has hidden storage. Don’t have enough room for a media console? Use a decorative credenza instead! Consider a silhouette that has tall legs so you can fit decorative baskets or boxes underneath for additional storage. Bathroom || The smallest of spaces takes the greatest creativity. Go vertical! Add shelving above your toilet and beside your vanity if cabinet space is lacking. Utilize apothecary jars to store all of your toiletries decoratively and hide those eyesores like cleaning products or towels in small baskets beside your toilet! Kitchen + Dining || If you’re living in 500sq feet or less, this is probably one open space that leads into the living area too. A great way to partition the two spaces is with a small-scale island that has storage and will double as your dining table – just add stools! Is drawer space limited? Use adhesive hooks on the inside of your cabinet doors to hang utensils that cannot fit.
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!
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.
Even if your interior spaces skew traditional, there are times when you want to modernize and lighten things up. Sometimes, too, if your spaces are vividly colorful or dark, you may want to tone things down. Here is where clear acrylic furniture or accents can mix beautifully with your décor. Subtle, sleek acrylic drawer handles, furniture legs or even an entire cocktail table made of gleaming acrylic can lift up a room.   Clear Benefits || In addition to having the look of glass without the worry of shattering, the benefits of acrylic include durability, easy care, and superior weather resistance, plus it comes in a variety of shapes and colors to make your room look unique. If your room is on the small side, an acrylic piece gives the illusion of taking up no space. And because of its see-through quality, anything you put on top of, say, a table, will draw attention to itself, making it look like it's floating. Acrylic is about 50% lighter than glass, but much stronger and more resistant to scratches. Its superior durability also makes it a fine choice for a porch or other outdoor space because sunlight won't harm its look or function. Also, in today's design world, you can find acrylic items in almost every shape and color. If you don't want all clear, there are pieces with clear tops and green legs or chairs tinted in blue, pink, purple, orange, smoky grey and more. Careful Cleaning Tips || Avoid cleaning acrylic with household cleaners because they often have harmful chemicals. Instead, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and some mild detergent. Avoid using man-made fabrics like polyester or rayon because their fibers can be abrasive. If you do find scratches, there are over-the-counter cleaning products you'll find online or at your local hardware store that you can use to make your items look as good as new. Cool Reflections of Style || As with any other design category or trend, use acrylic furniture and accents strategically. A room of all acrylic would likely look too unsettling in a lost in outer space way, plus you might trip over some pieces that aren't easy to see in certain light. Mixing a piece or two with items in other styles will yield the chicest look. For example, a wooden dining table surrounded by ghost chairs achieves an intriguing balance of cool and functional. Or, add a few touches of acrylic in a bedroom to lighten the mood.
Few core items you use to decorate your home are as important as area rugs. In addition to setting the tone for your space, they need to be durable, especially in high-traffic areas, and they should tie a room's colors and style together with tireless beauty. And, if placed over hardwood floors, they offer protection, warmth and comfort underfoot. Many designers suggest creating a scheme for your room using the colors and patterns of your rug, though there are so many styles available, it's easy enough to find a rug that complements what you already have in your space. When choosing an area rug, consider other shapes besides rectangles, think of abstract designs vs. traditional patterns, and, depending on space, you can use more than one in the same room. As always, if your rug is on a hardwood floor, be sure to use a rug pad underneath to prevent slipping. Alternative Shapes || Look around your room. It's most likely square or rectangular. Much of your case furniture is probably similar in shape. So why not counteract the 90-degree angles with a rug that's oval instead of rectangular? Or, round or hexagonal? You could even go with a figural-shaped rug, maybe shaped like a surfboard or hibiscus flower if it's a tropical-themed bathroom. Since an area rug really anchors your space, you should choose one that inspires you, and that you love to look at every day. Patterns vs. Solids/Abstracts || You have endless rug choices to make your space come alive. Traditional, intricate patterns offer visual splendor, and some new rugs are designed to look like vintage antiques, which add a curated, lived-in look to your room. You should also decide if you want rich saturated colors to make a dramatic statement or softer, faded hues to calm things down. Modern abstract patterns or "almost solids" also work beautifully, especially if you want wall art or furniture to really be the stars. In bedrooms, you probably want a rug with a higher pile to keep it warm and toasty. If you're in a more temperate climate, natural fiber rugs like sisal feel and look great, both inside and outside.   Multiples in One Room || If you have a large open space, say, a living room that flows into a dining room, it usually makes sense to place one rug under your dining room furniture, and one under your living room furniture. You can use rugs to further define seating areas. For example, you might have one rug anchoring a sofa and chairs for TV watching, and a separate rug for an adjacent conversation area with chairs arranged around a cocktail table. And, rugs you place in the same room don't have to match, though they should still work with the overall colors and décor of the space to keep everything cohesive.
Do you ever wish you could move a table, chair or sofa yourself, without relying on your partner, neighbor or friend to help you move it? Sometimes you just want a change and feel like trying a different furniture configuration without a hassle, or you want an easy way to vacuum underneath an item. This is where casters can help. From discreet mini casters on a shiny bar cart to large, industrial cast-iron wheels on a distressed wood table, you can make rearranging furniture easy and stylish. Make it Multifunctional || Suppose you need a new cocktail table for your living room but frequently use the room's sleep sofa for visiting guests. A table with casters is the ideal solution. You just wheel it out of the way when you set up your sleep sofa. Or, if you like to entertain guests in the living room, but during the holidays, the dining room holds more people, a bar cart on casters will be the perfect multitasker. Work in a Rustic Element || If you like the vintage industrial look of rustic pieces but don't want to incorporate a total factory into your home, an accent piece on casters is a great solution. Place a multi-drawer console with casters in a home office, for example, and it will add character to your space, and work smarter by giving you more flexibility. An office chair on casters will be an asset, too, and a rich, leather upholstered one can add a warm rustic element to the room. Roll it This Way || First patented for use on furniture in the 1800s, casters were originally made of metal. Today, you'll find casters made of myriad materials, including metal, plastic, glass and rubber. In addition, there are different caster types. In general, rigid casters (like the back ones on a shopping cart) will allow you to move the item forward and backward, and swivel casters (like on many office chairs) let you move the item 360 degrees. Some items feature locking casters, which are especially important on heavier furniture for safety.
Clearly Cool || Acrylic furniture is like the unicorn of the home design world; often seen in blogs and magazines, but rarely spotted in real life. This ultra-modern look is a great alternative to traditional wood and upholstered pieces especially if you are a small-space dweller or even decorating a small room. These clear pieces blend with their surroundings, visually decluttering your space making it look less full. Similar to mirrors, acrylic furniture also creates the illusion of a larger and brighter space due to their ability to let light pass through. Trend Lightly || Too much of a good thing is never a good thing so trend lightly. If you’re decorating a room, don’t fill it with acrylic accents or it will look like everything is floating like you’re in space. If you’re decorating an apartment, be sure to style your pieces in different areas. If you opt for a waterfall cocktail table in the living room then try ghost chairs at your dining table, this will create a balanced, cohesive look. Clean with Care || With acrylic you get the look of glass without the fear of it shattering, but don't clean it the way you would glass! Best practice is to wipe it down with a soft cloth and warm soapy water (no chemical cleaners). Be sure the cloth is non-abrasive, absorbent, and lint-free. Disposable cloths are the best way to go to ensure that there is no debris embedded in the material that could potentially scratch your furniture.
This home décor trend is going out to all the wandering souls out there… the color lovers that thrive on wanderlust and exploration. Heavily influenced by Eastern European culture, bohemian style is the art of layering rich colors and textures with globally-inspired patterns, mixing in vintage elements, and topping it off with a dash of opulence to create a look that is effortlessly luxurious… Worldly Patterns || Layer, layer, layer. Boho is all about mixing prints in rich texture and saturated with color to create a warm and cozy vibe that is carelessly chic. Adorn your walls with crocheted tapestry, lay down an oriental rug, and fill your sofa with plush jewel-toned pillows… the result will be a space that’s just begging to be lounged in. Vintage Finds || Part of the appeal of boho style are the one-of-a-kind pieces that are sprinkled throughout the home, but to keep it authentic you must find those vintage treasures that are unique to your personality. Love to travel? Go on the hunt for some vintage suitcases to use as a nightstand or side table. Are you a photography buff? Hit up your local flea market for an antique camera to display in your home. Gilded Accents || Warm gold metallic elements like an étagère or cocktail table creates depth to the design by adding a touch of opulence. You can even introduce little pops of gold by way of planters or artwork! Your metallic accents work as the neutral in the room and will anchor the overall design.
Whether you have a sprawling backyard in the suburbs or a balcony in the city, you can create a cozy outdoor oasis to come home to every summer night… Take a Seat || Your dining set is great for enjoying dinner, but just like when you’re indoors, the party eventually moves to cozier seating. Keep the party going outside by adding plush seating like a sofa or glider. In an urban setting? Opt for a loveseat paired with a cocktail table so you can dine and relax until the stars are twinkling in the sky! Light it Up || Whether you string lights above like a canopy of stars or you have a roaring fire pit, the level of intimacy changes once the sun sets. Set the mood with low lighting and be sure to add citronella candles to the mix to keep the bugs away! The Snuggle is Real || Once that sun goes down so does the temperature - be sure to keep cozy blankets on hand! Another way to add a little cozy to your space is with an outdoor rug and poufs. Poufs are great since they don’t take up much space, can be moved around easily, and will double as a footrest!   Veg Out || Yes, relax… but with vegetation! This is especially important for urban dwellers that are living in a concrete jungle. Create a lush setting by adding potted plants or if space is tight, a plant wall! You can even scent your space (and add fresh flavor to meals) by planting herbs like rosemary and basil.
Nowadays it feels as though everything is getting “smarter.” Smart phones, smart tvs, and now smart sofas. Coming in all sizes and styles, smart sofas enable you to have all your favorite entertaining needs right at your fingertips… literally. The Features || While some smart sofas aren’t customizable, others allow you to hand-pick all the bells and whistles you’d prefer - truly making it your own! Do you love curling up with a good ol’ fashioned book but your spouse prefers to read on the tablet? Opt for a flex light on your armrest and an adjustable tablet holder on theirs. Never worry about being near an outlet to plug in your accessories because nearly all smart sofas are equipped with USB ports. Ease your fear of spills by adding a removable snack tray and wine glass holder (yes, the wine glass finally gets its own ergonomic holder). Are you a movie buff looking for that true cinematic experience? Feel the sound by adding a wireless bass shaker. The Versatility || Thanks to the many different configurations, owning a smart sofa is possible regardless of the size of your space. All their functionality actually makes them ideal for small space dwellers! Opting for the removable tray means you can forgo a large cocktail table all together – and since they recline, you won’t need an ottoman to rest your feet either! Hidden arm storage and center console storage provides space to tuck away your tablet, remotes, and any other accessories. Your smart sofa could even double as your workspace on those days you work from home!