Posts Tagged ‘furniture’
Depending on the size of the home, some families may have both a living room and a family room. For others, these terms may be interchangeable. I consider living rooms to be more mature, slightly more formal in nature, whereas family rooms are kid-friendly and casual.
Essential characteristics for a successful space: comfortable seating, appropriate materials, and extra pillows or blankets for snuggly moments. Carefully consider what activities this room must accommodate as well. For example, include a side table and lamp for reading, flexible furniture arrangement for morning yoga or family dance party, and storage for board games/movies/books/etc.
Next on our merry tour of wonderful spaces, the dining room. Often reserved for more formal occasions, I would love to see this room evolve into a functional medley of sorts. For example, large tables work exceptionally well for puzzle making, crafting, homework, gift-wrapping, and more. A word of caution: be tidy and organized – you don’t want this to become the largest catch-all in your home.
Essential characteristics for a successful space: storage for specialty dinnerware/ linens/candlesticks/etc., layers of (dimmable) light can help create the right mood, and be mindful of chair movement and table proportions when selecting an area rug.
Apparently “Vintage” is in… but was it ever out? Regardless of whether you consider it vintage or retro, I call it classic.
The wildly popular TV series Mad Men may have increased visibility for vintage fashion and décor in recent years, but many contemporary retailers have delivered this aesthetic all along. For example, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, and Mod Cloth all exemplify a vintage vibe.
I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats waiting for this one. Trend #2 for Spring 2014 is graphic, graphic, and more graphic. Geometric shapes, patterns, clothes, and more – bold graphics are in.