Creating a theater experience inside your home has never been easier now that televisions are getting larger, clearer, and smarter. Give your brain an escape from reality and indulge in your favorite television show or latest blockbuster without leaving the comfort of your own home. You have the television, now you need the furniture to complete the room. Seating || For the ultimate cozy experience, a plush oversized sectional is the way to go. Consider one in durable upholstery like Sunbrella so if someone spills you won’t have to think twice about it. Sectionals also give you the ability to achieve a couple different seating configurations. Leather recliners will give you the most authentic look and feel of a theater and come in a few different variations such as loveseats and sectionals. Zero clearance recliners will maximize the amount of seating you’ll be able to fit in the room. Add some cozy blankets and let the film roll. Storage Unit || The size of your television will depend on the storage unit you purchase. Wall units can house most televisions up to 70 inches, sound system, and other consoles. They also give you the ability to add a few personal touches such as picture frames or fan memorabilia. Or if that’s not your style, consider a smaller console that will still keep your accessories organized, but on a minimalist level. Some even have built-in fireplaces for added ambiance and coziness! Snack Bar || For a touch of whimsy and added authenticity, create your own concession stand so good snacks and drinks are only a foot away! If space is tight you can achieve a similar feel with a fully stocked bar cart too!
In general, the definition of a tableau (derived from the French) is an artistic grouping, stage presentation or scene. As it relates to your home's interior, you probably picture a beautiful tabletop. It can be anything from a stack of books on an end table with a vase of flowers perched on top, to an elaborate grouping of treasured objects spread across a fireplace mantel or console. Think of a tableau as a calling card or preview of the rest of your home that expresses your personal style in a dramatic, fun and artistic way. It can be purely decorative or a combination of decorative and useable objects. Show Off a Collection || Not sure what to do with your growing collection of vintage pottery? Arrange a group at the end of a credenza or on top of your kitchen cabinets. To make the tableau more eye-catching, play with scale and color. Place tall and narrow pieces next to stout ones, and if the items are color coordinated - say blue and white, or green, yellow and chartreuse - your grouping will be more striking. If you have an abundance of framed photos, place them together on top of a dresser with a lamp, arranging them by descending size, so 8"x10" frames are in back, then 3"x5", then mini frames in front. Maybe add a long peacock feather at the front of your tableau for the finishing touch. Rearrange Anytime || With any tableau, you have complete creative license to express yourself freely. Whether you keep it to just three items for simplicity or pile on multiple pieces, you can always change, or add items, even making your vignettes worthy of a still life painting. Declutter || Instead of placing your collections haphazardly, think about putting them on a tray to avoid a cluttered look. The great thing about a tray? You can move it – and everything on it – with ease. A recent trend involves displaying small objects under glass cloches of varying sizes – another easy way to declutter and keep intricate items dust free. Sometimes symmetry helps to declutter when you have numerous objects. A cluster of small bottles and books on a table gain structure if they're flanked by a pair of lamps, for example.
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.
Whether you call it rustic chic or modern farmhouse this contemporary home design trend is unwavering in popularity. Famed by the interior design talents of Joanna Gaines this look creates a warming sense of laid-back luxury that has many wanting to redecorate their home ASAP. The good news is that you don’t need to redecorate your entire home to achieve this look – just pepper your home with a few of these design elements… Reclaimed Wood || The options are endless with this ever-so-popular material. Even if it’s not reclaimed, any wooden furniture piece that is heavily distressed will do the trick! Larger scale furniture like a dining table, bed, or media console is a great way to anchor your design, and then you can build around it with other complimentary rustic pieces. Earthy Textiles || If you opt for a distressed dining table, pairing it with chairs upholstered in earthy textiles like linen or burlap is a great way to soften the look creating a balance in design. Area rugs in jute or any other natural fiber is another great way to incorporate this trend in your home; however these rugs are best for low-traffic areas so be mindful of where you place them. Primitive Lighting || Switching out your current lightbulbs for Edison bulbs is an easy way to give your home that farmhouse glow. They even make them in LED now so no need to worry about wasting energy! If you really want to get fancy, invest in some pendant lights or a lamp that exposes the entire Edison bulb!
Who says most people today have shorter attention spans than goldfish? When it comes to favorite TV shows, this couldn't be further from the truth. With the advent of online streaming services comes more choices than ever for bingeing TV series and movies. Whether it's an epic fantasy, big-screen blockbuster, teen drama or vintage comedy series, your ever-expanding queue is probably as full and varied as your music library. Some of us binge watch on electronic devices, but why not make the experience more comfortable and create a viewing space complete with a cozy sofa or sectional, entertainment center, and a fully stocked bar?   Go Big & Stay Home || The main benefits of binge watching include no tickets to buy, no lines to wait in, no big heads or talkers to sit behind, and no set time to watch (fewer true cliffhangers, too). In addition, you can set an intermission time that's as long, short or frequent as you choose, and you usually don't need to go far to replenish snacks and refreshments. To ensure you always have the best seats in the house, invest in a plush recliner with room to stretch out. If you have space, make it a sectional with recliners, tilt headrests, and cup holders for your favorite beverages. Optimize Screen Size || If you watch frequently and your friends and family often join you, make sure you have an adequate entertainment center to house your flat-screen TV and accompanying accessories like DVDs, remotes and more. Make your viewing space even cozier with an electric fireplace console, which generates a warm ambiance that's especially inviting during the winter months. Treat Yourself || Dinner and a movie doesn't have to mean using up your entertainment budget for the week when you binge-watch at home. You can set up a home bar area with a classic bar cabinet or go high tech with a coffee table that functions as a mini fridge with a drawer for cold drinks, plus power outlets, USB ports and more. If you're short on space, a trolley bar cart is perfect for creating your own movable concession stand. Pass the popcorn and hit "Play."
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.
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!
It's the heart of the home; the place where casual dining meets entertainment and everything in between. For some of you, the family room is the most used room in the house which is something you want to keep in mind when you are shopping for furniture to fill the space. Area Rug || We always say it’s best to design from the bottom up. Starting with the area rug will help you develop a color palette for the room while providing a cozy treat for your feet. Seating || L-shaped and U-shaped configurations promote conversation and provide a clear view of the television. Oversized sectionals will create the L-shape and sometimes includes reclining seats and/or a chaise lounge all in one piece! Another option is to mix and match a sofa (maybe a sleeper if you don’t have a guest room) with a chaise lounge, accent chairs, or a recliner to create a little dimension in the room. Due to the amount of traffic this room will see, aim for high performance fabrics like Sunbrella or Microfiber as they are both stain and fade resistant. Or if leather is more your style, seek out the pieces with a lacquer finish as they will be the most durable leather when maintained properly. Storage || Beauty can meet function with your media storage. Wall units create a focal point while hiding all of those unsightly wires and consoles. Personalize it by adding your favorite books, picture frames, or nostalgic knick-knacks. Tables || The family room table as evolved over the years, with the oversized ottoman topped with a tray being the latest trend. The ottoman is great because when not being used as a place to rest your drink, it can serve as a place to rest your feet. Some even have hidden storage!