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Contemporary Ottomans and Benches

Contemporary Ottomans and Benches

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Benches and ottomans have been hot this summer. Their casual, versatile designs are easy to add to any room while enhancing both the look and functionality of the space. In most cases, contemporary ottomans and benches provide both auxiliary storage and seating in an attractive package. Most of the time, these pieces are merely accents set off to the side of the room, but when additional seating is needed for a get-together or other occasion, simply pull them out to use for extra seating. Many pieces, particularly ottomans, also make great footrests or temporary tabletops for setting items like a book or TV remote.

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Contemporary ottomans and benches are popular in the living room, family room, bedroom, and even the dining room. The function of these pieces changes slightly depending on the room, with them serving primarily as footrests and accent pieces in the living and family room, as a seat and storage solution in bedroom, and as a fun seating option and auxiliary storage piece in the dining room. The shared nature of the bench adds a fun and casual mood to a dinner or social gathering, without damaging the prestige of the event by eating dinner on a couch. It is this focus on functionality and design that makes contemporary ottomans and benches embody the modern ideals. In the bedroom, benches and ottomans often end up as a place to sit when getting dressed in the morning (rather than sitting on the edge of your bed) while providing storage either inside or out. Internal storage pieces can offer a good solution for tucking away seasonal bedding, additional pillows, etc., while in many cases ties, belts, and other frequently used clothing items and accessories end up being stacked on top of the bench or ottoman for convenient access. As mentioned previously, contemporary ottomans and benches usually serve the dual purpose of auxiliary seating and a stylish accent piece in the living and family room. So if you are looking to augment the style and functionality of your modern home, contemporary ottomans and benches can be an easy and effective way to do so.

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Coastal TV Stands for the Home

Coastal TV Stands for the Home

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This might sound pretty strange, but I love to watch TV on vacation. Maybe there are some deep down psychological reasons for that, or maybe I’m just boring, but something about laying in a freshly made hotel bed and exploring the unusual (and sometimes entirely foreign) TV channels is fun and relaxing. My wife usually scolds me for “wasting time watching TV when we could be doing something we can’t do at home,” but there are times when it’s too late or we’re too tired to do any of those things and I just get to channel flip and snack on hotel food; It’s awesome.

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Although I doubt too many people are finding this quirk of mine relatable, I think most everyone can relate to loving the feeling of being on vacation. And for most, at least where I’m from, Coastal and Tropical styles are predominant for encapsulating the feel of an exotic, relaxing vacation. So why not bring that feeling home? Coastal furniture is a great way to get that vacation feel in a specific room or throughout your entire home. From exotic Rattan furniture to beach inspired finishes, there are many types of Coastal furniture, each with a specific inspiration or influence. And if you do share my love of watching TV on vacation, Coastal TV Stands for the home are perfect. Although you will probably be familiar with the channels that you flip through, and probably won’t find an entertaining new show in a language you don’t understand, Coastal TV Stands are still a good way to enhance your downtime by pretending you are relaxing in paradise away from all the troubles of everyday life.

Tommy Bahama, in particular, excels at Coastal inspired furniture including Coastal TV Stands. This brand has many types and styles of Coastal furniture available and is a great place to start if you are looking to bring that vacation feeling home.

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Wall Mounted Audio/Video Consoles

Wall Mounted Audio/Video Consoles

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Are you shopping for an entertainment center or TV console but the traditional models just aren’t doing it for you? Wall mounted audio/video consoles are a clever take on the standard TV console that work great with wall mounted flat screen TVs. They usually offer a bit less storage than entertainment centers, but the trade-off is a much more attractive and space-saving design that will still get the job done.

Wall mounted audio/video consoles are great for modern homes seeking a clean, minimalistic style. Paired with a wall mounted flat screen TV, you can create a fully stocked TV area that takes up little to no floor space in the room and leaves more of the wall and floor visible. The floating design is visually interesting and has a sleek, stylish look without legs that breaks away from traditional expectations. Wall mounted audio/video consoles are also great in areas where an entertainment center simply won’t fit or you want it off the floor, such as a small bedroom or basement man-cave.

Whatever the reason, wall mounted audio/video consoles can be the perfect alternative to traditional entertainment centers and TV consoles and may be just right for your situation. Apartments especially can benefit from the space saving aspect, while the style of the wall mounted design works great in Modern Contemporary decor.

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Double Dressers

Double Dressers

Double dressers are the gold standard for bedroom storage. They provide an optimal balance of storage space and drawer count, with an aesthetically pleasing symmetrical design. Double dressers are the most prevalent because of the effective design, so there are many styles and colors available to fit your bedroom. Traditional-style double dressers are very easy to come by as this tried-and-true design has been around for generations, but the prevalence of double dressers assures you can find them in styles from Classic Traditional to Modern Contemporary and everywhere in-between.

Six drawer double dressers are the most common type, with a 3×2 design. A row of smaller drawers sometimes accompanies the primary drawers (usually as the top row), intended to organize smaller and more delicate items. Sometimes these rows include three or four smaller drawers, rather than a double row, but the primary design of the piece is still a double dresser. A well-designed double dresser provides ample storage space for the average person’s wardrobe (excluding closet items that need to be hung, of course), and larger models with a 4×2 design may even be enough to accommodate couples in a single unit. Double dressers often include optional mirrors to enhance their style and functionality in the bedroom, great for getting dressed in the morning.

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Double dressers are generally intended for bedroom use, though the effective storage capabilities and aesthetics of many models make them viable in other living spaces, as well. But if you are looking for the ideal bedroom storage solution that provides ample space and a good drawer count in a compact unit, you can’t beat the design of a double dresser. And as one of the most popular furniture pieces manufactured, there are models out there that will perfectly fit the style and personality of your bedroom.

When something works, it just works. And double dressers are something that just works.

Find one today at FurnitureCrate.com!

Designer Select Room Packages!

Designer Select Room Packages!

 

Designer Select Room Packages!

We have Room Packages, hand-picked by yours truly! I know it can be difficult to scroll through hundreds of sofas, and then find a matching rug, and find all your other items to match up too! Well, now you don’t have to because I did it for you! PLUS, giving you a discount! You’re welcome!

This is just one of the many packages I have put together, and I plan on doing more. If you want a specific style or look, use our E-Design Services and I would be happy to put one together for you.

MenaCheck out all of our Designer Select Room Packages!

High Point Market

High Point Market

High Point Market was another success! We enjoyed seeing the new products from our Vendors and even visited some new ones. My favorite part this year were the new fabrics. The smooth microfiber is looking to be a thing of the past and now everything is made up with chenille or textured fabrics. It gives the furniture an overall high end look, and who doesn’t want that, right?

Another favorite is the beautiful beds! I’m always impressed with the different woods finishes and upholstery, and details that go into creating such a big piece of furniture! Here are a few photos of my favorites!

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Coastal Bedroom Furniture Sets

Coastal Bedroom Furniture Sets

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Coastal bedroom furniture sets are a great way to achieve the cozy, relaxing, luxurious, and sometimes exotic atmosphere of the coast that everyone loves. Whether you want a more tropical or maritime feel, the idea of the coast with its flowing tide and deep blue water induces an automatic feeling of calmness and relaxation. Coastal bedroom furniture sets provide an all-in-one collection of pieces that encapsulate Coastal style. White finishes, Driftwood, and Rattan are a few significant descriptors of Coastal style.

 

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White finished Coastal-style furniture pairs well with blue carpet, paint, and accent pieces, being reminiscent of a white ship in the blue water. These types of Coastal bedroom furniture sets are usually complemented by maritime inspired decorations like anchors, sea shells, Coastal-inspired paintings, or even aquariums. Driftwood Coastal bedroom furniture sets offer a more authentic feel, radiating the cozy comfort and warmth of the beach beneath the summer sun. Sets featuring Rattan are aimed more towards an exotic, tropical atmosphere reminiscent of Coastal destinations like New Zealand. The exotic sense  of Rattan creates a lavish atmosphere that is also usually accompanied by a warmness and coziness common in such tropical environs. Whichever of these Coastal subsets is right for you, there are Coastal bedroom furniture sets that can achieve it in a convenient pre-selected set.

 

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Favorite Friday!

Favorite Friday!

Favorite Friday! I was inspired by yet another beautiful photo of a room and had to create my own version with products from FurnitureCrate! Check out this cozy nook and how you can get your look right here!

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I chose the Carrara Chair and Ottoman from Lexington for the clean lines and rich color. Like the photo, I stayed with a light wood console table, this one by Safavieh. The accents, Table Lamp by Currey & Company, Throw by Surya, and Pillow by Niche by Eastern Accents, have the light teal/blue color that I love!

 

 

Spring is Here!

Spring is Here!

Spring is here! Finally, right? For all of those who were lucky enough to enjoy the cold winter with me, you understand how excited we are for this time of year!

And speaking of this time of year, have you picked out your Outdoor Furniture yet?

We have a great selection and even more coming soon! Check it out!

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617CKV4V4JL._SY355_     Panama Jack Outdoor Island Cove

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We have outdoor rugs too!

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