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Furniture 478 Stories

Once you’ve decided what you want your home to look like, picked your colors, and figured out how...
Lay Out Your Living Room: Floor Plan Ideas for Rooms Small to Large
One of the first things I do when I see a room for the first time is study the options for furniture arrangement. Sometimes there can be more than one great option. Occasionally, things like windows, a fireplace or doorways can limit options and stump...
Color Glams Up the Old-Fashioned Secretary
You may think of secretary desks as a bit old-fashioned, but these hardworking pieces can be incredibly well suited to modern life — not to mention small spaces. With drawers below, a fold-down desk, and shelves (and sometimes small drawers) above,...
A Designer’s 8 Go-to Decor Pieces
As a designer, there are certain pieces that I return to time and time again in my life and work that I know will instantly enhance any space, no matter what the style is. If I’m ever stumped — or a client is stumped — I always know I can count...
8 Ways to Decorate a Center Table
Whether placed in a grand foyer, tucked in the corner of a compact entry or serving double duty as a reading spot and dining table, you can count on a center table to bring a gracious note to the home. Here are eight ways to decorate this classic piece....
How to Dress Your Daybed
A daybed is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture, working equally well as a bed, a sofa, a napping spot or an extra seat. A daybed can also prove to be a bit confusing to dress — do you make it like a bed, get a special daybed cover or just throw...
How to Organize and Style Your China Hutch
With the holidays around the corner, if you’re planning to entertain, you may be starting to think about the state of your china hutch. Probably the largest piece of furniture in your dining room (second only to the table), the hutch influences the...
Eclectic Matchups: 10 Round Dining Tables With Chairs
Round and oval dining tables make conversing with dinner guests easier and prevent the dreaded corner bump as you walk past. And with a pedestal table, you also get the benefit of being able to squeeze in a few extra seats in a pinch — perfect for holiday...
10 Reasons to Love Big, Comfy Sectionals
They’re big, comfy and totally napworthy. If something’s been holding you back from indulging in the pure comfort of a sectional, here are 10 reasons to just go for it. Whether your space is large or small, family friendly or slick and modern, see...
Second-Life Sofas Show First-Rate Style
When it comes to the decorative arts, the Victorian era is endlessly interesting. The Victorians themselves have a reputation for being as restrictive as the whalebone corsets many women wore to achieve wasp waists. But although their morals and social...
Use Wicker and Rattan for a Tropical Flavor All Year Round
Think you know the difference between wicker and rattan? Well, the truth is, they often are one and the same. Rattan is a plant material harvested from palm fronds to create a grassy, classic design essential. Wicker is a woven material made from natural...
Aim High: What to Know About Adding a Library Ladder
Studies, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms can benefit from lofty storage. The problem is that no matter how frequently you use those items, you’ll still need a way to get to them. And the library ladder is just the thing to get you there....
Chinese Altar Tables Set a Soulful Tone at Home
When it comes to foundation pieces, few things are as timeless and useful as the console. Its long, lean lines and minimal depth help make the most of space-constrained rooms. To add a touch of intrigue, consider using a Chinese altar table...
10 Reasons to Love Banquettes (Not Just in the Kitchen)
Banquettes just may be the secret weapon of the decorating world. They are comfortable, space saving and useful in just about every room. Whether your space is large or small, an apartment or a house, classic or modern, there is sure to be a banquette...
6 Cost-Effective Ways to Go Custom Made
Words like “bespoke” and “custom made” may conjure up images of rare (and expensive) luxury items, but having a home with personalized pieces is more affordable than you may think, especially if you know where to focus your attention. For example,...
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