make a statement with your mantel

What’s the best way to decorate your mantel? Quite often this is the focal point of a room, anchored by one main piece, maybe a mirror or artwork.  Once you have that in place on the wall, what to do next?

mantelblog2metal table clock, medallion

Here are some quick tips & ideas:

  1. Mix metals – no need to choose between silver or gold – use them both to make things sparkle and shine.  Mix a dull finish with shiny, soft and round with rigid and clean edges.
  2. Make sure you have a variety of heights for visual balance and interest.
  3. Overlapping frames, one horizontal & one vertical, leaning against the wall add a fun, casual touch.
  4. Books, either side by side or stacked, add a classic touch.
  5. Is a TV the main focal point? Then a simple candle stick or sconce on either side will complete the look nicely.
  6. When you’re decorating for a holiday, be sure to remove your everyday items to make room for holiday decor. Don’t force them all on together or it will be too crowded.
mantelblog3branch vases – set of 3metal table decoration, essence vase


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preparing for your guests!

Sleeper sofas can often conjure memories of bulky, ugly, and mostly uncomfortable sofas that fill up your living room. This isn’t the case anymore! A sleeper sofa is a great solution to keep your overnight guests sleeping soundly while allowing you to have a beautiful and comfortable sofa to enjoy for your everyday living.


Bailey Queen Sleeper

Whether you’re in a tiny apartment or looking to fill a larger room, you have several options for sleepers. Your “everyday” sofa is available in a variety of fabrics and styles from classic to modern, including slipcovers and performance fabrics. Bed sizes are available in queen, full, or twin and also have a variety of mattress options to choose from, including memory foam, inner spring support or air bed technology and more. 


Phoenix Queen Sleeper, Cassandra Queen Sleeper with DreamQuest Mattress, Draper 80″ Queen Sleeper, Jasper Queen Sleeper

This concept of a two-in-one piece – sofa + sleeper – is something you will enjoy, and will surprise and delight your guests with the overnight comfort they provide. (Please note: They’ll want to come and visit again!)

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brilliant blue!

blue3hadley slipcover sofa, cass slipcover chair, hugo coffee table, laura rug,  ride the waves artwork,  boats on a mooring artwork, countryside artwork,  ornate indigo pillow,  robbins mist pillow,  colette mist pillow

It’s the color of the sky and the great wide ocean. It’s the color of your favorite jeans. It can be bright, dark, big, bold, rich or soothing. You have so many options on how to bring this great color into your home that you can evoke almost any mood you’re looking for.

The great thing about decorating with blue is that it comes in hundreds of shades and can be your feature item or just used to accent a space.

blueacc51. christina sofa, 2. marquesa pillow, 3. canyon baltic throw, 4. proxy ottoman, 5. nora pedestal table

Go modern with an ikat, an oggi, or a bold graphic. Keep it classic but contemporary with paisleys, plaids and solids. Anyway you apply it, it’s brilliant!

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Layers of Light

seafoam table lamp,  centrifugal table lamp

Light in a room can be truly functional….after all, you need to see the book you’re reading! But, it’s also a key element in creating the mood of a room. The “rule of thumb” you’ll hear often is to “layer” but, what does that mean? It means think of the room left to right, and top to bottom, and place your light sources accordingly.

When thinking top to bottom, you can create layers by mixing lighting at different heights within the room. Perhaps you already have built-in ceiling lights, then add two more dimensions with a tall floor lamp and a table lamp at different heights.

When thinking left to right, don’t place all the lighting on one side or in only one corner of the room; space it around the room to keep it balanced.


1. geometric wire pendant – large, 2. geometric wire pendant – small, 3. shantung arc floor lamp, 4. geo floor lamp, 5. island light

Some extra tips to keep in mind:

  • Have a dark corner? Bounce a light off of a mirror!
  • Lampshades don’t have to only be white. Consider other colors & shapes to add even more depth and interest to your room. Texture is great, also!
  • Color can also be in your lighting. A unique base on a table lamp can bring out colors to accent your upholstery.

Create your very own well-lit & functional space!

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add some flair to your floor…

Keep it simple with a solid or go bold with a pattern and use it as your jumping off point for the rest of your room. With so many styles and colors to choose from, you can change the personality of any room in just minutes.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a rug:


Will the rug lead the inspiration for the room? Or will it be the subtle finishing touch?

tweedy lake rug, laura midnight rugjaxon rug

• If it’s the inspiration, have fun with patterns and colors and then choose your favorite highlight to pop in a few other places throughout the room (i.e. vases, pillows, throws).

• If it’s the final touch, choose something that will ground the room. Keep the pattern and colors more subtle, but have fun with some tone on tone or play with texture.

How do you know what size rug to buy? Excellent question! Here are some basic guidelines:

• Living Room: Leave approximately 10” of exposed floor around the entire room.

• Bedroom: Measure so it will fall about 3’ around the perimeter of your bed.


toro parchment rugpark ave upholstered bed

• Dining Room: Pull your chair out from the table as if you were about to sit down, then add another foot.


anika blue rug, manhattan dining set

Where will you be using it?

• Is it for a high traffic area? Make sure you choose something durable. The lifetime of some rugs can be extended by flipping them.

Should you get a rug pad?

• Yes! Rug pads not only provide extra cushion and comfort, but they protect your floor as well. They also help absorb the wear and tear on the rug which in turn extends the rug’s life.

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