A great room, which is basically an all-in-one living space that combines the kitchen, dining room, and family room, is a popular feature in houses. While it can seem easy to decorate, it can actually be pretty challenging to figure out how to divide up the space and keep the look consistent among the different areas. Even though the room is called great, they can actually be any size (they are frequently used in smaller homes to get more usable square footage without walls eating up precious space). The following strategies will help you make your great room truly shine (make sure to check out our small space tips if yours is on the petite side): (more…)
We are really excited that the trend is that more people are choosing to live in cities. It’s good for the environment (less commuting), the community (more involvement), and your level of fun (impromptu drinks and brunches). However, with the good, also comes the bad. And when it comes to city living, the bad is usually that you are making do with a smaller living space. (more…)
Honolulu is a wonderful mixture of a pure beach town (it’s where Waikiki is) and Rodeo Drive with a completely international vibe to it. Unlike most of the other less-urban-feeling Hawaiian islands, Honolulu is not necessarily a place to go to get away from it all. But don’t let that dissuade you from picking it as a vacation spot. The water is some of the bluest you’ve ever seen, the dining options are unique and delicious, and there are wonderful shops and goods you won’t find anywhere else in the US. (more…)
The current design trend is one that can’t be defined by an all-encompassing phrase like traditional, modern, formal, or shabby chic. Look in any design magazine and most of the rooms are a blend of styles that can be taken in any direction with the addition of a few accessories. This design style is known as transitional, and we couldn’t love it more. It means you can make your grandmother’s antique sofa look great with a glass coffee table or create a space with a vibe that is at once modern and inviting. (more…)
Now that your new couch has arrived and is in its place of honor in the living room, there are a few steps you should take to keep it looking fabulous (and no, you don’t have to encase it in plastic).
One of the best—and easiest—things you can do for your upholstered or slipcovered furniture is to rotate and fluff your seat and back cushions (you might need to do this more often depending on the kind of cushion fill you have). Vacuuming with a soft brush attachment will remove dust and debris, but if you need to do more advanced cleaning, keep reading. (And if you’re still hunting for the perfect piece of upholstered furniture, check out our selection here.) (more…)
Now that you’ve decided that a leather couch is just what you want, you want it to last as long as possible. Leather upholstery may be strong and durable, but it still requires some maintenance to last for years. (And if you’re looking for the perfect piece of leather furniture, check out our selection here.) (more…)