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.
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.
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The Room Designer is such a helpful tool, and it helps to eliminate any doubts you might have when trying to bring a specific style into your home.
I choose the Coastal / Tropical theme. It narrowed my furniture choices to light woods, and anything made of rattan, wicker, or bamboo, which are all materials that are typically found in this type of room. Also, the bedding and lamp choices added color and helped to create the light, breezy mood I wanted!
I love when we get new product! This week, Liberty Furniture has brought us new bedroom groups! Not only are they stylish, but they are affordable too! Here are a few to get you excited, but you can check out the whole line here!
It’s always a good time had by all at the Last Vegas Market, but this time I wanted to let you know a little more about it. Sure, the best part is seeing all the new items, design ideas and trends, and don’t worry, we’ll get to that… But networking and communicating with our industry partners is a big part of it. Not only does it allow us as buyers to network with hundreds of potential new manufacturers, but we get to meet and discuss our current state of business with existing suppliers. We are fortunate enough to have a strong sales representation in our home state of Michigan and having the opportunity to meet with many of them in such a short span of time, is rewarding and beneficial in itself!
Ok, now onto some of our favorite new items we saw at market!
A new collection by Aspen Home, which is sure to be a big hit when it becomes available. Industrial has grown significantly this past years, and it is becoming much more elegant in it’s design.
Grandfather clocks have come a long way.. check out these new contemporary versions from Howard Miller!
Gray is still the new beige, Lots of gorgeous grey toned sofa collections
Accessories are really getting fun!
with a fun take on mid-century modern too..
Last, but not least… You could definitely still see the ‘Restoration Hardware’ trend still strong,
and the cleverly named ‘Bad Boy’ chair..
I love walking into a home and finding a unique piece of furniture or textile that stops you in your tracks! A conversation piece, or a showstopper! Thanks to Homedits.com latest blog post, I found this showstopper!
You know, I receive a lot of trade and design emails, trade magazines, publications, and advertisements, and sometimes they all blend together. However, today, I was pleasantly surprised. The email was entitled, ‘Scantily Clad Sculpture’. I admit, it peaked my interested. And it was true, it was pottery done to perfection with a woman’s body. Jonathan Adler created some very unique, yet poetically done pieces to accent your home. It is not abstract, however in a clean white design, it can grace your home beautifully, without being too daring. Hope you enjoy!