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Aspenhome Young Classics Dresser

Aspenhome Young Classics Dresser

The Aspenhome Young Classics Dresser with Mirror is a gorgeous piece that is both functional and stylish. Like all items from the Aspenhome Young Classics Collection, this dresser was designed with the American Federal period in mind. This not only gives the Aspenhome Young Classics Collection an Old-World feel, but it also happens to work quite well with many Contemporary themes with its dark colors and geometric shapes.

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The Aspenhome Young Classics Dresser is also very functional, so you don’t have to sacrifice storage space or usability for style. It features a total of twelve drawers, including a jewelry tray and spacious tabletop for display or easy-access items. The mirror will make your morning routine a breeze, while also adding a sophisticated look and brightening up the room. The Aspenhome Young Classics Collection includes pieces for the bedroom, dining room, and entertainment room, so you can bolster the functionality and style of any area in your home.

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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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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.

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The Bernhardt Vintage Patina Collection

The Bernhardt Vintage Patina Collection

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I recently did an article on the Bernhardt Vintage Patina Square Cocktail Table, and since it generated quite a bit of interest I thought I would share some of the companion Bernhardt Vintage Patina pieces. You could easily furnish multiple rooms in your home with pieces exclusively from this set, it includes a(n):

 

Bar Cabinet

Bench

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Chest

Cocktail Table

Oval Cocktail Table

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Square Cocktail Table (see previous article)

Demilune Console

Desk

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End Table

End Table with Drawer

Round End Table

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Square End Table

Entertainment Console

…and Mirror!

 

The style of this collection grants each piece a unique personality and character with the feeling of a found object. Natural wood with plantation grown mahogany veneers and a mid-tone Tobacco finish and deeper Molasses finish achieve an authentic, aged appearance. The creative use of metal framing and leather inserts further enhances this effect while adding a relaxed, casual feel to the design. Burnished brass knobs and pulls adorn the entire collection for a cohesive, antique look and feel. The entire collection also features a French waxed finish, hand planing, and moderate distressing to complete the charm of each piece. Whether you’re looking to add a single stylish accent to a room, or furnish an entire home from scratch, the Bernhardt Vintage Patina collection has some of the most stylish and functional pieces around.

Combining Furniture Styles

Combining Furniture Styles

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of my friends get married and settle into their first homes. I always enjoy the first visit to a couple’s new home. In fact, if they’re especially close friends of mine, I like to visit during various stages of completion. Whether they’re building a new house, reconstructing a fixer-upper, or settling into a new apartment, I always find it interesting to watch two people blend their styles into one look. Sometimes, one person’s tastes dominate, and other times, couples compromise and combine each design sensibility into a new cohesive whole. One question I frequently hear my friends ask is, “What kind of look should we go for?” When I hear this, I can’t help but offer my opinion, and I usually say, “Your own.”

Sure, there are design styles and philosophies that set trends we all follow, but I think a home’s décor should be a reflection of each partner’s personality and preferences. I have two friends whose home perfectly demonstrates this union. Tom is a pretty regular guy with a preference for traditional design, and his wife, Tish, has a passion for the sleek and clean aesthetic of a contemporary décor. Their home is filled with pieces reflecting each look, and it really works well as a complete whole. Tom loves their Largo Furniture wood kitchen table, and Tish is particularly fond of the clean minimalism of their white cabinets. On paper, these two design senses might clash, but when put into practice, they can create a captivating décor. So, if you’re wondering what look you and your partner should create in your home, I think the best choice is your own.