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15December
2014

The World’s Smallest Home Office

by Sarah

This weekend, I spent the majority of my time helping my cousins move into their new apartment. They are getting married very soon and wanted to move all of their furniture in before the big day. It’s a two-bedroom apartment, and the second bedroom is doubling as a guest room and an office. What struck me was that they didn’t have your typical office furniture — instead, they had a computer armoire, which fit easily into the room and didn’t take up a lot of space.

This computer armoire had almost everything they needed for a home office, but on a smaller scale. The only thing they really needed to complete the home office look was a bookshelf or two, and then they easily fit in a daybed to complete the room.

Once they moved in all the big pieces of furniture, they set up their computer and their printer and everything they needed to work from home — and it all fit. They had space for all of their tax records and important documents, too, and everything had a specific place where it belonged without cluttering up the room. It’s truly one of the easiest ways to furnish a small home without compromising storage space.

 

Hooker Furniture Brookhaven Computer Cabinet

Hooker Furniture Brookhaven Computer Cabinet

 

 

American Drew Camden Buttermilk Home Office Cabinet

American Drew Camden Buttermilk Home Office Cabinet

 

 

Home Styles Bedford Compact Desk and Hutch

Home Styles Bedford Compact Desk and Hutch

12December
2014

PANTONE® COLOR OF THE YEAR 2015 : MARSALA

by kristi

The vote is in! Marsala is the Pantone Color of the Year 2015. They describe it as a

subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth

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pillow  throw  console table  recliner  rug

Go to FurnitureCrate and check out all our product in the Marsala color!

8December
2014

Coastal Furniture Lovin’

by Sarah

It’s been almost a year since I visited my mom in Charleston, South Carolina. We spent a lot of time meandering through the historic part of the city, as well as checking out nearby attractions. It was really neat, since I’ve never lived anywhere except the Mitten.

We toured a few of the historic buildings and houses along the main streets, and we visited the original settlement of Charles Towne. I love the old architecture and furniture, both of which reflect a blend of seaside relaxation, early American style, and Gullah culture. The furniture especially had this rich, finely crafted look — as though each piece had been made as though it were the culmination of someone’s life’s work. I wanted all of it.

Sometimes when I’m missing warmer weather, I like to scroll through some of the coastal and plantation furniture on FurnitureCrate. It makes me feel like I could easily create my own colonial-style home, even in my small Michigan apartment. I can’t go to Charleston all the time, but this way, I can bring Charleston to me.

 

 

Largo Pina Colada 5 Piece Dining Set

Largo Pina Colada 5 Piece Dining Set

 

 

Padma's Plantation Trinidad Arm Chair

Padma’s Plantation Trinidad Arm Chair

 

 

Stanley Continuum TV Console in Ocean

Stanley Continuum TV Console in Ocean

 

 

Lexington Monterey Sands Point Sur Buffet

Lexington Monterey Sands Point Sur Buffet

 

 

 

1December
2014

Thankful for Reclining Chairs

by Sarah

I had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I got to visit with my aunts, uncles, and cousins, and we played various board games while we waited for the food to finish cooking. Then we celebrated in true American fashion by gorging ourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy. And then I took over the reclining chair and slipped into a food coma.

I haven’t relaxed in an armchair that supportive in forever, so before I knew it, I was out like a light. It was a fairly new recliner, so it had the perfect combination of give and support, which made it really difficult to stay awake. I didn’t mean to sleep for a long time, but apparently, I was out of it for a couple of hours. I missed the Lions game, I missed the post-meal cleanup, and I even slept through several raucous games of Taboo and Spoons. I was so comfortable in this recliner that I didn’t get up until someone shook me awake for pumpkin pie.

I have to say — that was one of the best naps I’ve ever taken. The combination of turkey and warmth is one of the best ways to slip into slumber. I’d like to nap like that every day. Maybe if I had a reclining chair, I could.

 

 

Catnapper Popson Extra Comfort Chaise Rocker Reclining Chair in Mocha

Catnapper Popson Extra Comfort Chaise Rocker Reclining Chair in Mocha

 

 

Palliser Grady Reclining Chair

Palliser Grady Reclining Chair

 

 

Lane Hawkeye Snuggler Reclining Chair - You Choose the Fabric

Lane Hawkeye Snuggler Reclining Chair – You Choose the Fabric

 

 

Barcalounger Briarwood II Power Recliner in Stetson Bordeaux

Barcalounger Briarwood II Power Recliner in Stetson Bordeaux

28November
2014

Fabulous in Black for BLACK FRIDAY!

by kristi

Happy Black Friday!

It’s officially shopping season and FurnitureCrate has some great deals for you! Check them out on our Black Friday Sales page!!

Here are few of my favorite sale items in Black, in spirit of the holiday!

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I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

24November
2014

Home Bars for the Holidays

by Sarah

If you’re the entertaining type, then you’re probably in your element during the holidays. All the parties, the people, and the food are exciting to think about and plan for.

Personally, I don’t host parties — but I do attend them. My favorite parties are the ones on my dad’s side of the family, because back in Italy, in the valley where our ancestors were born, there’s a family vineyard — and sure enough, about ten people have ordered family wine and brought it to the party. By the end of the night, almost everyone is a bit too giddy to drive themselves home, so half the relatives take a cab to the nearest hotel, and the rest crash with the host and those who live nearby.

Regardless of who is hosting the party, they always have some kind of home bar. (I mean, we are Italian. We love wine. We always have some around.) The host stores their supplies somewhere else in the house, and the guests provide the alcohol, which they store in the bar. This way, everyone knows where to go when they want a drink. Once, a cousin asked to host the annual Christmas party, and my grandma wouldn’t let him when she found out he didn’t have a bar. It’s a serious thing.

If your parties don’t get quite as rowdy as ours, that’s totally fine (actually, it’s probably good). But having a home bar is a great way to send a silent message to your guests that they’re going to have a good time. It says that you’re a good entertainer and that you care about your guests. It’s also a great place to spice up your eggnog, or to give a friend some liquid courage to say hi to the lady by the ficus.

Whether or not you believe me, take note of the bars at the next few parties you attend. Is there a bar? If so, how do people react to it? What does it add to the party, and the room overall? You may find that a home bar is the best party accessory you can have.

Hillsdale Furniture Classic Large Bar With Side Bar

Hillsdale Furniture Classic Large Bar With Side Bar

American Drew Tribecca Flip Top Bar

American Drew Tribecca Flip Top Bar

Universal Silhouette Dining Bar Cabinet

Universal Silhouette Dining Bar Cabinet

Howard Miller Seneca Falls Wine and Bar Cabinet

Howard Miller Seneca Falls Wine and Bar Cabinet

 

 

 

 

21November
2014

Favorite Friday!

by kristi

In the past, I’ve talked about the importance of adding accessories to a room. One of my favorite accessories that can either make a bold statement or purely be for function is a Table Lamp! Simple, I know. But take a look at some of these room photos and notice how each adds personality to their rooms.

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I love the tall, colorful lamps in each of these living rooms. They are definitely

statement pieces that help coordinate the colors and style between all of the furniture.

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Check our Furniture Crate’s Table Lamp selection and add personality to your room!

17November
2014

Family Heirlooms: The China Cabinet

by Sarah

My parents have had much of the same furniture my entire life. This is especially true for the dining room, which has looked exactly the same for about 18 years. We’ve been eating at that dining set for as long as I can remember. But my favorite part is the china cabinet, which my dad inherited from my great-grandfather. We keep my mom’s ancestral teacups in it, as well as old family photos, fragile childhood keepsakes, and other delicate items passed down through the family. Every now and then I like to open the glass doors and look at what’s in there, because it’s like exploring some of my family history.

Obviously, it’s a really big piece of furniture; it’s solid wood. But I like that about it. It was built not only to protect delicate objects, like china and glass, but also to last so that multiple generations could use it. It’s sturdy and stable, which is exactly what you would want from a piece of furniture that’s going to hold some of your most fragile possessions. It doesn’t draw excess attention to itself, so it fits in perfectly with any Walnut-stained furniture. And it’s easy to care for, so I rarely need to dust it.

One day, I am going to inherit that china cabinet, and I’m going to fill it with memories and heirlooms. I’ll tell my kids about it and explain how it’s been in the family for almost a hundred years. I’ll put it in my dining room, where my children and grandchildren will see it at every meal. And one day, one of my descendants will inherit it and pass on the history of our family to their children.

However, if something terrible were to happen — like if there was a house fire, or a flood — and the china cabinet were destroyed, I would definitely buy a new one. I’ve lived so long with a beautiful piece like this that even though I would never be able to really replace this family heirloom, I would want to begin the legacy all over again. It’s important to have family history, and it’s special to start your own.

FurnitureCrate has some absolutely spectacular cabinets — ones that I would certainly consider buying if something happened to mine. They’re made of the best materials and with the best craftsmanship so that you also can start a family legacy with a piece like this.

AICO Lavelle Melange China Cabinet with Side Piers

AICO Lavelle Melange China Cabinet with Side Piers

Hooker Furniture Palisade Display China Cabinet

Hooker Furniture Palisade Display China Cabinet

American Drew Cherry Grove Breakfront China Cabinet

American Drew Cherry Grove Breakfront China Cabinet

Panama Jack Eco Jack China Display

Panama Jack Eco Jack China Display

14November
2014

Create a Lodge-Inspired Living Room with our Room Designer!

by kristi

The temperature is dropping, the snow is starting to fall; it’s time to embrace the Winter Season!

And I have the perfect indoor hobby, creating a room with our Room Designer! I just created a Lodge-inspired Living Room complete with a brown leather sofa and love seat, and rustic tables and lamps.

Lodge from Room Designer

Sofa, Love seat, Wall Art, Lamps, Accent Table, Rug, Pillows, Cocktail Table, End Table

Your turn! What style will you create?

11November
2014

Ted’s Favorite Way to Relax

by Denny

There’s a guy I know named Ted, and he has a very stressful job. He’s one of those “gotta get it done yesterday” kind of guys who still carries a phone on his hip. Ted’s always busy. I once said to him, “Teddy Boy (I call him Teddy Boy), you’re probably going to be too busy to even go to your own funeral!” We all had a great laugh about that, but I think it struck a chord with Ted. Later that night, he came up to me and said, “Say, Denny, what you said back there. You have a point.” “Look, bro,” I said to him (sometimes I call him “bro”), “it was just a joke. But yeah, you really are busy. Maybe a little too busy. I mean, have you ever heard of relaxing?” “Hey, you’re right, Denny. You’re right. Something needs to change.”

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That exchange with Ted happened about a decade ago, and I can honestly say that he is a changed man now. Sure, he still has a stressful job and everything, but I really think he knows how to relax now. The last time I was at his house, he took me into his study. He pointed to a reclining chaise lounge in the corner and said, “See that? That’s the key to my relaxation right there.” “The chaise?” I asked. “It’s not just a chaise,” he said. “It reclines.” I took a seat and reclined back, and you know what? I think Ted’s on to something.