Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our Favorite Living Room Sets For Tall People

Is your family on the tall side? If so, you understand how hard it can be to find furniture that you can sit on and lay on comfortably! There are so many living room sets out there in the furniture world, but finding affordable options can be a battle. 

Here are 2 living room sets that our taller customers consistently rave about:

3700 Masterpiece Sofa, Love seat, Over Sized Chair and 
Over sized Ottoman

Why tall people love it:

  • The couch is longer than average
  • The chair is so big, it's almost a small love seat
  • All the pieces are deeper than average (perfect for a couch nap!)
  • The sofa has a third leg in the middle to support extra weight
  • The over sized ottoman can be pushed in front of the chair to make a wide, roomy lounge spot

Other Benefits:

  • Available in 2 colors: burgundy and chocolate 
  • Throw pillows are patterned on one side and solid color on the other, making for easy decor matching and complementing
  • Cushions are removable for easy care and maintenance
  • The sofa is on sale for only $399 through the end of July 2012!
1350 Camel Combo 5pc Sectional  

Why tall people love it:

  • The actual size is customizable; You can make it as long or as short as you want by how you arrange the pieces. The 5pc sectional includes 2 corner pieces, 2 armless pieces, and 1 ottoman.
  • The ottoman can be pushed into the corner to make for a great lounging spot

Other Benefits:

  • It frequently goes on sale. Keep your eye on our TV commercials and print ads for all the latest specials!
  • Since the pieces are separate, you can also add them to furniture set-ups in other rooms (Need a comfy chair in a guest room? Borrow one of the armless pieces!) or rearrange the pieces weekly in case you get bored with the design. The possibilities are endless. 
  • Neutral colors go well with a wide variety of living room color schemes

Want to see even MORE living room sets that are "tall family friendly?" Give your closest Home Decor a call or just stop on by to see what other sets they have available! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The 10 Commandments of Furniture Arranging

Keep these great rules in mind as you go shopping for your new furniture! It always helps to do some measuring first so you know what you can and cannot fit in a room.

When it comes to arranging furniture, there’s definitely more than one way to do things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make mistakes. Home decorating is a recognized art, requiring careful calculation of both the space’s needs and the host’s tastes. While experts agree the surest way to a flawless room is trial and error, there are a few rules to keep in mind as you design your setup. So read on to find out what three home design pros say are the tricks of their trade.

1. Area Rugs Belong Under Furniture
Former HGTV host and celebrity designer Angelo Surmelis says that “you want to expose some flooring, but for the most part, go big—almost as big as the seating area, or whatever area you’re working with.” An undersize rug will make a small room seem smaller and a large room look disconnected. Place the rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed, couch or chairs to create a cohesive look, he explains. Los Angeles–based celebrity designer Nicole Sassaman agrees: “Rugs typically look better when all the furniture is on them.”

2. Couches Should Be Surrounded by a Little Space
“Placing a couch even a few inches away from the wall will create a little breathing room and make a space seem larger,” Surmelis says. If you can’t pull it away from the wall because of space restrictions, move chairs or side tables a few inches out to open up the room. If you’re working with a big room, feel free to put the couch in the center facing a set of windows or a fireplace to break the room into two separate spaces.

3. Light the Entire Room
"Lighting is one of the most important elements in a space,” says HGTV designer Erinn Valencich, who has appeared as the style expert on E! and Access Hollywood. “And placement should maximize light in the room.” Spread light sources around a space, she explains, and make sure every corner gets equal attention. Surmelis agrees: “You want to keep it balanced,” he says. If you have a lamp next to your bed, place two more strategically in the room to create a triangle of light. Surmelis also suggests choosing a taller lamp to emphasize—or create a sense of—a high ceiling.

4. Beds Are the Main Focus
Bed placement should acknowledge the focal point of the room, says Valencich. “If your room has French doors, place your bed opposite them.” Or use an available corner nook. Having a small room presents a big challenge for bed placement, warns Surmelis, but placing the side of the bed against the wall is a good option.

5. The Higher the Curtains, the Better
“Go as high as you can possibly go,” Surmelis says. Sassaman agrees: “In most situations, it’s best to hang drapes from the ceilings to the floors—it makes the ceilings seem a lot higher and expands the room.” If you go too small—either the curtains are too short or hung too low—they seem like an afterthought, Surmelis explains. You should also hang curtains 1 to 2 feet beyond where the casement ends to make the window looks wider.

6. Dining Room Tables Go Under Overhead Lights
Though it depends on the architecture of your home, for dining tables, Surmelis always suggests the classic placement in the center of the room under a light fixture. If your dining room chandelier is slightly off-center, you can try looping the excess chain it hangs from onto a hook that is positioned so the grouping will work. But, in most cases, Surmelis explains, if the light is off-center or your room is too small for the traditional arrangement, you shouldn’t try to force it. “Do something fun, like placing it against the wall and creating bench seating.”

7. Coffee Tables Should Be Large
“Go as big as you can,” Surmelis says. “If you can’t go too big because you have a narrow living room, then go skinny but long.” Like rugs, a large coffee table can help expand and connect a room. An oversize table contributes more to a room in terms of both function and aesthetics, Valencich adds, and all experts agree that coffee tables should be placed anywhere from 12 to 24 inches away from your couch.

8. Dressers Are Not Stand-Alone Pieces
Dressers belong—and look best—up against a wall. All experts agree angling a dresser in the corner not only looks bad, but wastes space. “Placing a dresser in a corner creates a weird, dead space behind it—like a black hole,” Valencich says. She suggests centering a dresser on a wall. If placing it off-center, put another piece of furniture next to it to achieve balance, she adds.

9. Hang Paintings and Mirrors in Relation to the Rest of the Furniture
People have a tendency to hang pictures too high,” Sassaman says. Wall art should ground everything around it. So when putting it over a piece of furniture, hang it 24 to 36 inches above, though that rule varies depending on the height of the artwork itself. Before you make any holes in the wall, try this trick: Use the paper insert provided with a frame (or a newspaper cutout) to figure out the best placement. Put it on the wall and move it around to get a feel for how the piece will look in the room. Apply the same rules when placing mirrors, which are best hung opposite something you want to see more of—such as beautiful wallpaper or windows to bring in more light.

10. Televisions Aren’t the Main Attraction of a Room
It’s best to hang the TV on the wall to save space, but if that’s not an option, use the focal point of the room as a reference when picking a spot. “You don’t want to ignore the fireplace or something else that would architecturally be a natural main element in the room,” Sassaman says. “It benefits the layout to group main items together.”

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Friday, July 13, 2012

15 Crazy Ideas to Make Your Life Saner

Some of these handy tips could have come straight from Hints from Heloise...others are downright weird, but they do  make sense! What crazy ideas have you had to make your life simpler?

Keep a marker in the freezer: If you're the type of person who cooks a lot and freezes the leftovers, or someone who likes to buy in bulk, keeping a marker in the freezer might mean the difference between "what is this?" and "here's the pasta sauce I made last summer when the tomatoes were at their peak". Use it to label and date whatever you're freezing. Bonus: no more frozen mysteries, no more wondering where to find a marker to label stuff.

Collect pint size versions of your favorite toiletries and store them in your suitcase: This is one of those silly ideas that I used to scoff at until the TSA changed the rules and mini became the rule. Whether it's a flight across the country, around the world, or a quick overnighter, keeping small size versions of your toiletries in your suitcase means you're always ready to go. Since all the things I like and need don't always come in small sizes, I pick them up whenever I see them. Bonus: No last minute scramble, and they don't take up valuable real estate in your already crowded linen closet.

Pack up your beach or ski stuff: As for traveling, so for sports. In my beach bag I store sunscreen, a towel, a blanket, bathing suits; my ski boots share space with my ski clothes, handwarmers and another stick of sunscreen. Bonus: always ready to go.

Hang your keys on the back of your front door or have your lock changed so that it's one of the kind that you have to lock from the inside: When I moved into my home it was already equipped with one of these locks. Not only do I always know where my keys are, but I don't have to worry about accidentally locking myself out (something my neighbors have done). Bonus: safe, sound and, with no morning key scramble, sane.

A pen and a pad by my phone's charger: I used to keep them by my landline, now I keep them by the charger. Same purpose — taking notes — different era. Bonus: Being prepared to write down every detail, whether it's directions or a grocery list.

Arranging the medicine chest by how things are used: Yeah, this one's had me called crazy, but since I no longer rub toothpaste into my palms thinking it's handcream, the last laugh may be mine. Especially if you're as blind as I am without my glasses, this little bit of organization brings a lot of order to your morning. Bonus: a faster morning.

Having a place for everything in the refrigerator: Especially if you bake a lot or live with someone else, having a place for everything not only brings a little more sanity to your cooking times, you can see, right at a glance, if you actually have enough eggs or milk or butter — whether it's for that cake you were thinking about making or for breakfast. Bonus: no more overbuying.

Keep your daily meds in the refrigerator: Vitamins or prescriptions, I keep them in the fridge next to the milk. I know I'll be reaching for the milk for my morning coffee and when I do, it'll remind me to pop my pills. Bonus: Less chance of forgetting whether you already took them today.

Have a box for your first aid supplies and medications: If you have kids, keeping meds in the refrigerator might not be a great idea. But then, neither is keeping them in the medicine chest. Sure, you might want to make a place for your cough medicine if you're right in the midst of battling something nasty, but most of us have stuff around that we only grab on occassion. Stick it all in a pretty box (or a lock box if you have wee ones in the house). You may want to date stuff (even medicine has a shelf life); in which case, do as with the freezer and keep a marker in your box. Bonus: a medicine cabinet filled only with things you need, and knowing where everything is when you actually need it

Keep a set of cleaning supplies in the bathroom and in the kitchen: Avoid a marathon cleaning session by wiping down the sink (and, if you shed as much hair as I do, the floor) each morning with a rag and spritz of cleanser, or try those packages of pop up wipes. Supplies in each wet room means you're more likely to have them at hand, keeping these rooms clean. Bonus: Saturday mornings having brunch instead of cleaning.

Empty your pocket change into a jar by the door each night: This is one of those silly things a friend told me they did once when I asked them where they'd found the money for something (we were both equally broke at the time). It may seem super old skool (and it is) but it's also a painless way of saving and avoids the rattling hangbag or ripped pocket syndrome. Bonus: change for the laundry and less guilt about a splurge for the home.

Clean while you're on the phone: Whether it's doing the dishes, swishing the toilet, Swiffering the floor or feather dusting the counter tops, here's a simple way to multitask. Bonus: no mindless phone eating (my personal downfall).

The next time you line your trash can with a new bag, stick an old dryer sheet in the bottom and line the bin with all the trash bags at once: Then all you have to do is pull out the old bag; the new one's already in place. Bonus: come party time or a big mess, at least you won't be scrambling for trash bags.

Keep your laundry supplies at the bottom of your hamper: Are you sensing a theme here? Guilty. Also guilty of not having a lot of storage space. Also in my laundry bag: a roll of quarters, stain stick (it's right where I need it so I can treat a stain before it goes in the hamper). Bonus: the detergent and the laundry sheets also act as deodorizers for my dirty clothes until I get around to washing them.

Store your bedlinens under your mattress: I don't know about you, but I don't have loads of extra space to use for storing sheets and pillowcases. Instead, I fold up everything and stick it underneath the mattress (or between the mattress and the boxspring), next to my life savings (just kidding, though I'm sure you're thinking this idea's just as insane). (In the same vein, I also store my towels by hanging them on the back of my bathroom door). Bonus: Everything's close at hand, and I get that ironed look without ironing.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

"How to Decorate a Foyer"

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    Paint your foyer with a color that blends well with the rest of your home. If your foyer is closed off from the rest of the house, you can be more creative with it. Use bold or dark colors to paint the walls and ceiling, to give the space more depth. You may also opt to just paint an accent wall that would be a backdrop for your artwork.
  • 2
    Pick out the main furniture as the starting point. This can be a console table, a round hall table or a bench. The furniture should be big enough to make an impact, yet it should not be too overbearing. Put an antique dresser with intricate carvings right in front of your entry door to give a good first impression. You may also choose to add a rug or a welcoming mat. Just make sure that the rug or mat has a rubber backing, to avoid skidding that can cause accidents.
  • 3
    After selecting the main pieces of furniture, find the best angle and location for them. If you have a narrow hallway right at your entrance, lean your console table against the wall so as not to block the way. On the other hand, if you have a foyer that is wide enough, you can place a round table at the center to break the flow and make the space more interesting. You can see this often used in bigger estate homes.
  •   4
    Choose your lighting well. You need to make sure that your foyer is well lit, so that your guests do not stumble in the dark when they visit at night. A chandelier for a grand foyer works well in front of the main entrance. You can also use wall sconces or track lights on long narrow hallways. Track lights can also be used to highlight your wall with framed photos and artwork.
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    Add accessories. You can start by placing artwork or a mirror on the wall. A mirror is not only beautiful but it is also utilitarian. Your guests can do one final glance or check up on their outfit before they proceed to walk inside your home. You can strategically put a big mirror on top of the console or place a tall mirror leaning on the wall on a very narrow hallway. Add sculptures, knickknacks and other collectible items that can be great conversation pieces. Avoid using too many items that will give the space a cluttered look.
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    For your foyer to look more welcoming, add flowers and plants. Fresh flowers can appeal to your guests' sense of smell. Add throw pillows if you have a bench, for your guests to sit comfortably.

  • Tips & Warnings

    • Add a coat rack and an umbrella vase that can hold winter coats and umbrellas.
    • If you live in an apartment that you have a very narrow or small entrance, you can still decorate the space with a small table, or just framed photos and artwork on the wall.
    Avoid placing too many items in your foyer -- people should not find it difficult to navigate the space. Keep your foyer clutter free at all times. It is your chance to make that good first impression by keeping the space clean.

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