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Decorate your Walls!

Decorate your Walls!

Hanging artwork is one of my favorite parts of design. First, because it means you’re about to see the finished project. Second, artwork can completely make a room!

Artwork is up to personal interpretation; what is beautiful to you may not have an effect on someone else. And sometimes, people don’t have an opinion at all. But it’s important to find something you like, don’t give up!

Here are a few beautiful rooms that prove artwork can be essential to the design of your room.

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March Madness is here!

March Madness is here!

March Madness is here! As you watch your favorite team, are you happy with the area around your TV? Is it time to upgrade to a beautiful Entertainment Center?

Watching TV is typically the main function of a living room, and so your TV is the focal point. Everything, including furniture, is centered on the TV, which can be an eye sore or even throw off the whole style of a room. Enter — Entertainment Centers! If you have the space, framing the TV can help blend the room together or even hide your TV when it’s not being used. Plus, you can never get enough storage space!

Check out the variety of styles and colors we offer on FurnitureCrate!

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The Extra Wide Recliner

The Extra Wide Recliner

When first moving into our apartment, my fiancée and I had zero furniture. Fortunately, the previous tenants who moved in only 8 months before us decided not to bother with taking their couch, microwave, dining room table, or extra wide reclining chair. We were ecstatic to find furniture less than a year old left with a note saying we could have it.

Today, the couch is mostly covered in bags and coats and hoodies (a temporary storage shelf), the dining room table has been broken down and stored in the furnace room, I have no idea why they left the perfectly functional microwave, but the real mystery is the extra wide recliner. Next to sleeping in the bed, I easily spend most of my time at the apartment in that chair. I remember having reclining couches at my house as a kid, but it had been at least a decade since I’ve had one to sit in. In fact, for the first few weeks, we didn’t even know it was a recliner; we just thought it was essentially a loveseat as we could both sit comfortably in it. One day, I noticed that there was a small handle just below the arm rest on the right side facing the wall. This recessed mechanism was different than the large wooden lever I remembered from my childhood, but sure enough, giving the small plastic flap a pull transformed the decently comfortable, slightly small loveseat into a heavenly, extra wide recliner.

If I had known the previous tenants’ forwarding address, they would have gotten a Christmas card.

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Create a Contemporary Bedroom with our Room Designer!

Create a Contemporary Bedroom with our Room Designer!

Have you tried our Room Designer lately?

I’ve created a contemporary bedroom with gray, white, and silver accents. This room is inspired by the latest gloomy weather we’ve had on our side of the country.

Even something lacking in color can be beautiful!

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Fashion Bed Group Euro Bed, Uttermost Kagami Mirror, Momeni Radiance Rug, Sferra Simple Celeste Duvet Cover, Uttermost Metal Comtempo Lamp, Modloft Jane Dresser, Zuo Modern Wilco Side Table, Handy Living Sasha Chair, Safavieh Becca Side Table

Two Is Better Than One: The Storage Mirror

Two Is Better Than One: The Storage Mirror

A very good friend of mine is getting married next summer. So, as a dutiful companion and guest, I checked out her registry over the weekend to see what my options were for a gift. She had most of the usual items on it — new dishes, nice wine glasses, color-coordinated bathroom linens. But the item that really stood out to me was the jewelry-storage mirror. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one on a registry, and typically when I think of  mirrors with storage, they’re usually medicine cabinets.

I told her that I thought it was a really neat choice, and she just gushed about this mirror for a solid ten minutes. Apparently it’s one of her favorite items on her registry, so I went back to the site and bought it. If it makes her that happy, it’s worth the money. And who knows, maybe I’ll like it enough to buy one for myself!

 

Hooker Furniture Melange Glamour Floor Mirror
Hooker Furniture Melange Glamour Floor Mirror

 

 

Hooker Furniture Accents Melange Vera Floor Mirror
Hooker Furniture Accents Melange Vera Floor Mirror

 

 

Holly & Martin Evangeline Wall Mount Jewelry Armoire
Holly & Martin Evangeline Wall Mount Jewelry Armoire

 

 

Holly & Martin Juliette Wall Mount Jewelry Armoire in Antique in White
Holly & Martin Juliette Wall Mount Jewelry Armoire in Antique in White

 

The Sectional You Can’t Replace

The Sectional You Can’t Replace

Out of everyone I knew growing up, I am the only one who moved back to the Metro Detroit area after college. This means that instead of hanging out with my friends on the weekends, I often hang out with their parents instead. So last weekend, I went furniture shopping with Christine’s parents. They are pretty good about not taking anything seriously, so we spent most of the time in the store making fun of the ridiculous display of ugly vases. The real reason they were there was to look for a new sectional.

See, I think their current sectional is pretty great, and I told them so. They have a Corsario Leather Sectional, which has been in their living room for years, and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve spent the night on that sectional. It’s super comfortable, and it’s still in really good shape. If I had room for it in my apartment, I probably would have done my best to actually help them find a new sectional so that I could take the Corsario for myself.

After much wheedling and convincing, I got them to see my side. While they wanted to change up the look of their living room, they had to admit that other than that, there was no real reason to get a different sectional. So even though none of my friends are nearby, at least my favorite sectional still is.

 

Elements Corsario Leather Sectional in Bourbon
Elements Corsario Leather Sectional in Bourbon

 

Elements Corsario Leather Sectional in Bourbon
It’s super comfortable for afternoon naps. (And it’s attractive to boot!)
Replacing the Dinette Set

Replacing the Dinette Set

My dad has a little breakfast nook at his house where I often ate most of my meals growing up. It’s too small for a normal dining set though, so we’ve always had a dinette set instead. This specific dinette set was super old — my dad bought it used about seven years before I was born. So more than twenty years later, you can imagine that this thing was on its last leg (pun intended).

Well, about a month ago the table cracked right across the middle. My dad came home, dropped a package on it, and it just broke. So, since I work for a furniture company, he called me up to ask for help. He has a more country-style kitchen and nook, so we shopped around looking for that style. Okay, I was the one who cared more about style continuity, because my dad doesn’t really know much about style or type. He just knows what he likes and doesn’t like. However, we were able to agree that it should be a wood table, with lighter coloring and classic spindle-back chairs. I almost convinced him to get a counter-height set, but he overruled me.

After several days of searching, we finally found one that fit both his criteria and country-style standards. It was a little stressful, as all furniture shopping can be, but his new Market Square Boyne 5-Piece Drop Leaf Dining Set looks great in his breakfast nook. And now he once again has somewhere to eat (and put his mail), so everyone’s happy.

 

Hospitality Rattan Sunset Reef Indoor 5 Piece Dinette Set with 4 Club Chairs with Cushions
Hospitality Rattan Sunset Reef Indoor 5 Piece Dining Set with 4 Club Chairs with Cushions

 

 

Hillsdale Furniture Pompei 5 Piece Dinette Set
Hillsdale Furniture Pompei 5 Piece Dining Set

 

 

Liberty Santa Rosa Pub Casual Counter Height Dinette Set in Mission Oak
Liberty Santa Rosa Pub Casual Counter Height Dining Set in Mission Oak

 

 

Hillsdale Furniture Westview Bar Height Bistro Set with Westview Stools
Hillsdale Furniture Westview Bar Height Bistro Set with Westview Stools

 

The World’s Smallest Home Office

The World’s Smallest Home Office

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