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Decorating with Midcentury Modern in Mind

Midcentury Modern Design Styles Defined


Over time, certain design styles seem to come back full circle. Partly because of widely popular show Mad Men, and just partly because it’s cool, this is exactly what has happened to Midcentury Modern. Midcentury Modern, or Modern, as it is more commonly referred to, is often used interchangeably with the term “Contemporary”, and while they do have similarities, they are not one in the same. Modern design is a set style that is defined by its own trends and largely unchanged for several decades.

Elements of Midcentury Modern Design Style

— Clean, uncluttered look

— Graphic patterns with pattern and texture

— Accessories such as graphic or geometric-style wall art, starburst clocks and metal mobiles

— Wood trim

— Classics furniture pieces uniquely designed to blend with contemporary lifestyle

Interior Design Ideas

You can tell a Midcentury Modern design by its clean and unadorned interior. Natural materials are predominantly used for furniture, fabrics, floors and accents. Floors are generally bare, and in the times area rugs are used, they are typically made of wool and neutral in color.

MidCentury Modern Furniture

The major characteristics of true Midcentury Modern furniture pieces are clean lines, vivid colors, unique materials and excellent quality. Sharp, geometric shapes and crisp lines are typical of this type of furniture. Vivid colors like red, yellow, blue, green or black and white combos are also common. Most designers preferred to use unique man-made materials such as fiberglass and plastics, but woods like teakwood, walnut, oak and rosewood were also used. Top designers of the area include, but are not limited to, Arne Jacobsen and the Danish Designers, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Milo Baughman, George Nelson, Paul McCobb and Alvar Aalto.

Choosing Colors

Although vivid colors are a Midcentury Modern trademark, there is a certain “coolness” that needs to remain within the space. Pastels in teal, yellow and blue, paired with neutrals is a popular color palette for living spaces. Other colors that can be found in this design style are mustard, tangerine and avocado. Bright colors that are often incorporated include turquoise, lemon yellow, red and chartreuse.

Textures and Patterns to complete your Mid Century Modern Look

Fabric is the ultimate way to add texture. It doesn’t really matter if the fabric is solid in color or saturated in a graphic pattern sticking with subtle, neutral hues will make the space feel cohesive. To offset the sleek lines of furnishings, soften the space with fabric drapes, rather than blinds.

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4 Ideal Rug Choices for the Busy Household



An area rug is a beautiful thing—and often very necessary for busy households. Sorting through the endless choices, however, can make the process of actually picking, let alone purchasing, one a really big challenge. No matter what kind of traffic you have—roommates, kids, pets—it’s important to find a rug that can hold up to the wear and tear it will receive. Here are 4 ideal choices that are durable, easy to clean, and available in a variety of pretty options that will suit any décor.

1. Cotton.

Is it any surprise this is on the list? Cotton is one of the most low-maintenance options out there. When it comes to rugs, ones made of cotton are sometimes called “flat-weave”. Cotton fiber rugs are softer to the touch than other natural fibers (which we’ll talk about next) and very easy to clean. Additionally, with its porous nature and thin threads, cotton can be dyed in rich tones and woven into stylish patterns, making it a wonderful choice if it’s a pop of color you’re looking for.

2. Jute, Sisal, and Sea Grass

Natural fiber rugs are one of the best choices for a busy household. Not only are these rugs extremely durable, they’re well-priced. Overall, the strong fibers of these kinds of rugs make it easy to clean—sometimes, with no more required than a blotting. You can also find these natural-fiber rugs in a variety of rich textures, patterns, and hues.

3. Wool

Wool rugs can be quite costly but rightfully so. With their durability, softness, and versatility, wool rugs are the cream of the crop. Although certainly an investment, wool rugs can last up to a decade or more, unlike synthetic rugs whose life span typically only reaches two to three years. Wool rugs are a favorite for many reasons, some of which include their luster, ability to repel spills, beautiful colors, and intricate woven patterns.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that indoor-outdoor rugs aren’t just as suitable for interiors as they are for exteriors. Rugs like these have come a long way, so if you have a busy household, consider them as you shop. Many indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials, making them stain-resistant, easy to clean, and affordable. They also come in bright, bold colors and various patterns that suit a wide variety of decorating styles.

Ready to complete your home’s interior with a rug that will suit your busy household? Stop in one of our showrooms or browse our beautiful rug collection online.

Fashionable and Functional Dorm Room Decorating Ideas


Don’t let a small dorm space cramp your style. Turn your temporary home into a space that’s both stylish and efficient for all your college needs with these decorating ideas.

Master the Furniture Layout

Sometimes all it takes is a simple rearranging of furniture to make a difference in a room. If possible, get the furniture layout taken care of first thing. Assess the space, as well as the furnishings for it, and then test different placements. Consider space-saving solutions such as moving dressers into closets or putting desks back to back. To create extra seating, let your bed double as a “couch” by positioning it with one side of it against the wall, adding decorative pillows for style and comfort.

Aim for Ample Space and Storage

Sometimes this area requires a little thinking outside the box. One easy way to save on space and get additional storage is to use multifunctional furniture pieces like futons and storage ottomans. In the bedroom, you can double your space by using a loft bed. A loft bed frees up valuable floor space that can be used for storage, studying or lounging. Closet space less than desirable? A mobile clothing rack is a simple way to give you more room for shoes and clothes.

Coordinate Colors

Often times, you know who your roommate is well before you get settled in. If that’s the case, reach out to see if coordinating colors is something he or she is interested in doing. You don’t have to match everything in the room, but finding a compromise on a color scheme can help you avoid clashing. A little harmony when it comes to decorating keeps the place looking pleasing and balanced.

Dress Up What You Can

No need to leave doors and walls bare unless you have to. Vintage posters, pop art prints, mirrors, and framed family photos are all wonderful ways to express yourself. Decorative decals are another great way to integrate personality into your dorm room. Use them on the wall, on doors, and even on the ceiling. Have a large wall that’d make a perfect focal point? Turn it into a feature wall by hanging a large piece of fabric with a funky pattern against it.

Warm Up Cold Floors

Don’t forget to give your dorm room floors a little attention. Create a “custom” rug by piecing a variety of rugs together to form one giant area rug that fits your space. Not only will it look cool, it’s a lot more cost-efficient–perfect for a college student.

Creating a Study Space Your Kids Will Love


Summer goes by so fast–and before you know it, it’s time to gear the kids back up for school. No matter what type of schooling your family does, a designated study area can be beneficial. With ample space, the proper tools, and some personalized design, schoolwork can seem more fun and less like a chore. Here are some tips for creating a study space your kids will love.

Color Them with Inspiration

Colors affect our moods dramatically–so it’s certainly a factor that shouldn’t be overlooked in a kid’s study space. Vibrant colors are a must–but don’t feel the need to saturate the space. A colorful reading nook, patterned window treatments, a bright bookcase, and multihued rugs on the floor are just some ideas that will give the area a whimsical feel that makes homework feel less burdensome.

Provide Ample Storage and Supplies

Having the tools of the trade, such as storage and supplies, make getting jobs like schoolwork easier. Chalkboards, bulletin boards, generous shelving, and organizers are some tools that will enable your child to be more successful when it comes schoolwork. Additionally, having enough supplies on hand (glue, scissors, pencils, etc) for each child will allow them to be more efficient. Keep in mind that organization products don’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, you may already have things around the house that can be used–like a pitcher for scissors and rulers or a mug or mason jar to hold pens and pencils. For bigger storage solutions, scout out places like thrift stores for anything that can be spruced up or shop stores like Ikea who offer cool solutions for very reasonable prices.

Make it Individual

As kids get older, they require more space. This is where individual workstations come into play. Each workspace should be fully functional so that the child can get their work done. If possible, try to tailor the space to their personality to make it a bit more fun. A funky lamp, a framed photo, and even a desk chair in their favorite color are just some ideas on how you can make their workspace seem a little special.

If there’s extra square footage in the study area, create a comfy spot to stretch out on. It can be as unique as a custom piece of furniture, such as a chair, sofa, or ottoman to something more simple–like a cushioned window seat covered in a fabric they love or even a beanbag chair in the corner.

Keep it Quiet

Noise makes it hard to concentrate, so make sure your study area has a door that can be closed to block out distractions. This becomes more difficult if the study area is part of a multifunctional room. In circumstances like this, try tweaking the schedule so the kids have a block of quiet time where they can focus.






Decorating the Perfect Sunroom

Sunroom Decoration Ideas

Sunrooms can be a welcome addition to your home because they make leisurely living possible all year long. Whether you already have a sunroom–or are considering adding one to your floorplan–here are some important elements to consider when decorating it.

1. Comfortable seating. The perfect sunroom acts as a second living room so it should be treated as such. Some popular materials of furniture include wicker, rattan, and other natural items. Thanks to the abundance of indoor-outdoor textiles, however, you can use any type of seating that suits your space, including upholstered pieces complete with plush pillows.

2. Window treatments. Even the highest quality floor-to-ceiling windows can’t completely safeguard a sunroom from overheating. Therefore, curtains or shades are must-haves for the times it gets too warm. To keep it light and airy, opt for something like bamboo shades, linen curtains, or sheers.

3. Beautiful colors. Punching up the palette will make your sunroom vibrant and welcoming. And one of the easiest ways you can set that cheery mood is by fitting it with colorful rugs, pillows, upholstery, and window treatments. Keep in mind that UV rays can fade fabrics–so, to avoid this, stick with indoor-outdoor fabrics and rugs that will stand up to the sun. Paint is another way you can bring in more color. Whites are common, but colors such as turquoise, orange, yellow, and even pink also make wonderful choices.

4. Environmental controls. Sunrooms typically don’t have heating or air conditioning. If possible, add a ceiling fan for air circulation and a fireplace to bring in extra warmth on cold nights.

5. Multiple purposes. If the sunroom is big enough, consider adding a dining table to the design. This will also come in handy if you’re short on outdoor space or have no formal dining room. Not only will it give you more room to entertain friends and family, it’ll give you more excuses to hang out in there. Have enough entertaining space? Maybe using part of the sunroom as a home office or adding a window bench would be helpful.

6. Decorations. The sunroom gives you the opportunity to display anything you may not have room for, or even want to display, in the more formal rooms of your home. Go as elegant or as whimsical as you want!

7. Simplicity. There’s no reason to overthink the design or accessorizing of your sunroom. Overall, it’s meant to be a space for fun and relaxation, so make sure that you keep that focus as you put it all together.



8 Ways to Make an Impact with Color


Adding color is one of the things homeowners are most afraid to tackle when it comes to decorating their home. It can be easy to love a paint chip or fabric sample–it’s the applying it to real life that becomes the challenge. Color isn’t something that has to be all or nothing. Honestly, adding it in small, but effective ways, can actually result in a bigger impact than if you applied color from floor to ceiling. Here are 10 ways you can do just that.

1. The Front Door

Curb appeal is something that any home can benefit from–and the front door is a perfect place to start.  Go with a daring shade to give your entryway a burst of energy you’ll appreciate each time you come home.

2. Walls

There’s no rule that says you have to paint all four of your walls. Even if you only decide to paint a single wall, you don’t have to paint the entire thing. Partial walls (i.e. walls with windows, doors, built-ins, etc) are perfectly acceptable places to throw up some paint. You’ll get the splash of color you want without it being more than you can handle.

3. Headboards

Headboards are an easy way to create a colorful focal point in the bedroom. Buy, or have a custom headboard made, in a colorful fabric you love. Or, for something different, paint a portion of the wall behind your bed to create the appearance of a headboard.

4. Shelving and Bookcases

A fun way to bring in color is by adding it to shelving areas. If you have removable shelves, take them out, paint the back a fun hue, and then replace the shelves once it’s dry.

5. Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets may seem like a big risk to take, but it can actually be fun! Consider painting or swapping out a few doors (top, bottom, or both) or go all in by changing color in its entirety.

6. Throw Pillows and Blankets

Colorful accent pillows and throw blankets are two of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to bring color into your home. Smaller items such as these are simple to change out whenever your tastes change.

7. Lampshades

There’s no need to replace the entire lamp if you still like the base. Instead, consider giving it an update by replacing the shade. Shades come in a variety of colors, making it easy to find something you like. Extra creative homeowners could even try a fun DIY project of dying a shade in a fun color and/or with a cool effect.

8. Area rugs

A good rug is a wise investment. Not only does it add a layer of protection to the floor, it’s a simple way to give your home a splash of color. Stop by and check out our selection, which has something to complement every design style.


Decorating Tips for Welcoming Aging Parents into Your Home


As parents age, the tables turn–in that we, the child, take on the responsibility of becoming a caregiver to the people who once took care of us. Sometimes, that entails mom and dad moving into our home. Of course, this transition will require some adjustments–especially, when it comes to decorating. Here are some tips that can help the elders in your life feel welcome and comfortable in their new residence.

Learn their wants and needs

What will they need to be happy? It seems like such a simple question, but the answer will be extremely important. Obviously, your parents will have to downsize before moving in, so it’s imperative to figure out what things they hold dear, and what things can be sold, donated, or passed on to other family members.

When it comes to any renovations you may need to do, take your parent’s physical limitations into consideration. Aging bodies have different needs, so you’ll need to imagine life from their perspective.

Making the home accessible

Not everyone has the luxury of designing their entire home around their new residents–and thankfully, you don’t have to. In many cases, a few simple modifications are all it takes to make the space easier to live in. Here are some design ideas to consider whether you are completely redecorating or simply tweaking your existing interior.

Easy on the hands. For the young, turning a doorknob is an easy task. For an elderly person, however, it can be quite a chore. Consider replacing regularly used doorknobs with lever-style ones. This style of hardware is also best on faucets.

Safe stairs and floors. Two-story homes can be especially dangerous for older people. If stairs are an issue, make sure they have a sturdy handrail to offer adequate support. In regards to flooring, make them as slip-resistant as possible. Add nonskid mats under area rugs, or when possible, remove the rug completely. Trips are as dangerous as slips, so pay attention to tricky areas, like thresholds, where mom or dad could loose footing and fall.

Adequate lighting. Aging eyes require well-lit spaces, and dark areas, are an invitation to a bump or fall. Adequate lighting in the bedroom and bathroom is important, but in addition to that, staircases, hallways, and entryways also need attention.

Better bathrooms. A few simple upgrades can help your parents to maintain a little independence when it comes to getting around the bathroom. A walk-in shower, hand-held shower head, and grab bars in both the shower and by the toilet can make bathing a safer experience.

Incorporating personal touches

Being comfortable is one thing, but feeling at home is another. To ensure your parent(s) feel this way, be sure to incorporate personal touches. Custom bedding or window treatments, a newly reupholstered chair, and family photos in decorative frames are just a few ways you can make them feel even more loved and welcome.

Decorating the Americana Way


With summer almost upon us, now is a great time to talk a little bit about Americana design style. By its name, one might think that this design style is simply about stars and stripes–but it’s actually much more than that.

What is the Americana design style?

Americana design style encompasses everything and anything that deals with American culture and history. This doesn’t mean you have to have an explosion of red, white and blue or an abundance of gingham and plaid fabric to attain the look, though. In fact, a successful Americana look is often achieved by a more casual approach.

Common Americana Design Themes

There are many directions you can go with Americana. This is why it’s so important to have a solid idea about how you want the space to look–otherwise, your finished product could end up looking a bit too over-the-top. In the broad sense, Americana design can be broken down into three main categories: patriotic, primitive, and farmhouse. Under each of those categories, however, you’ll often find much more specific themes, which are really just built from vision, creativity, and a desire for something unique and fun.

Here’s a quick rundown on elements that make up the Patriotic, Primitive, and Farmhouse Americana design styles:

Patriotic Americana 

Here you’ll find things such as flags, stars and/or stripes, 1776 motifs, antique tin soldiers, old quilts, vintage advertisements from WWI and WWII, American symbols (i.e. Uncle Sam; the Statue of Liberty), and a classic red, white and blue color palette. Possible sub-themes could include nautical motifs, a 50s diner-themed kitchen, or a room devoted to a beloved American sports, movie, or music icon.

Primitive Americana

This style is full of texture and handcrafted beauty. Faded, rich-textured fabrics, distressed furniture, and eye-catching folk art (or vintage advertising) are some motifs that make this style recognizable. You can often find simple touches like flowers nestled inside old watering cans or mason jars, as well as handcrafted objects like baskets, wooden bowls, and twig furniture. Possible sub-themes could include a nod to the Wild West, a rustic log cabin look, or something of colonial elegance.

Farmhouse Americana

This style typically includes classic red and white colors, checked and chintz fabrics, overstuffed furniture, and natural flooring materials. Other decorative elements include vintage dishware, rooster and chicken motifs, and 1940s and 50s decor (think fruit fabric and red kitchen accents).

Prefer a modern farmhouse style? No problem! Farmhouse design style has a new face these days, making it easy to take this Americana style to a whole new level, complete with updated colors, trendier accessories, and fun, fresh textiles.

Americana: Patriotism All Year Long

Patriotism doesn’t have to be reserved for holidays. That’s the great thing about this design style. Its versatility and casual beauty can be adapted in a number of ways, making it a style that caters to one and all. Whether you bring Americana into a single room or into all of them, there’s something that can be enjoyed all year round.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating with a Pet


Just because you love your pet(s) doesn’t mean you have to compromise your sense of decorating style in order to accommodate them. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts that will make you and your four-legged friend(s) comfortable and content.

Do: Choose tough fabrics. 

Fabrics such as leather, microfiber, cotton, and cotton blends are all pet-friendly options that are both attractive and durable. Slipcovers are another sensible option. Save any fancy fabrics for the formal rooms your pet is less likely to frequent. Area rugs can be wonderful at masking dirt and protecting hardwood floors but make sure you don’t purchase something high-priced. Jute, sisal or seagrass mats are durable enough to handle pet traffic, yet inexpensive enough to replace when they no longer look good. If your pet shares your bed, cotton sheets and a durable mattress protection pad are wise choices.

Don’t: Display breakables in heavy pet territory. 

If you have precious trinkets or special family heirlooms, it’d be best to move those to a separate room if possible. Being able to close a door or block the entrance with a gate makes it easier to preserve the life of pieces you love.

Do: Pick durable flooring. 

Tile, sealed hardwood, and even synthetic wood flooring are all great choices if you have pets. All are durable, which means they’ll stand up to scratches and moisture–two things your flooring is sure to see with pets in the house.

Don’t: Choose light colors.

If dirt and stains drive you crazy, then light colored fabrics are flooring are not for you. Instead, pick darker colors that conceal those messes better. Another thing to consider is a fabric that doesn’t match your pet. Dark fur will be more visible on light fabrics. Likewise, light fur will stand out on darker textiles. For the best results, go with fur-toned fabric unless you’re able to keep on top of cleaning.

Do: Clean often. 

Not just your home’s interior, but your pet as well. Maintaining both will keep unsightly messes and odors at bay.

Don’t: Let your pet have free reign.

The best way to keep your home from being a hairy mess is to have a designated pet space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple corner or an entire room–have a spot where falling fur isn’t such a big deal. Another thing to keep in mind is pet toys. If you can’t keep on top of them, then it might be time to purge. Nestling toys in a basket that can be tucked in a corner or under a table will greatly contribute to your home looking neat and tidy.

We can help you get started on your pet-friendly design. Be sure to check out our wide selection of fabrics and rugs that will bring both beauty and comfort to you, and your pet, into your home.

6 Must-Haves for Big Living in a Small Home


There’s no reason to forgo comfort, functionality, and style just because your home is compact. Sure, your decorating will be a bit limited, but there are certain things that every home needs–no matter what their size. Here are 6 must-haves that enhance your small home in a big way.

1. A drop spot. You don’t have to have a large entryway to make your home feel welcoming. A small table with a vase of flowers, a mirror, and a few decorative wall hooks is all it really takes to make a nice spot to hang your coat and drop your keys.

2. A place to eat. As in, a real dining surface. Many small homes don’t have a formal dining room, but there is usually a place that will fit a small table and chair set. Even if the only available space is in the living area, there’s typically a solution. Sometimes a 3-piece bistro set is all it takes to keep you from eating at a desk or on the couch.

3. Full-sized seating. It is truly better to get a single full-sized sofa than it is to get several compact pieces of furniture for your living area. To keep it classy and comfortable, don’t skimp. If you need extra seating, consider a plush ottoman or even a single wingback chair if there’s room.

4. Color and pattern. Whites and neutrals are nice, but they’re safe. Just because your home is smaller in size, doesn’t mean you can’t make a big statement. Don’t avoid color and pattern–just be selective in how and where you use it. To keep from going overboard, try a pop of color on the ceiling or cover one piece of furniture in a fabric you adore.

5. Greenery. A pretty houseplant cleans the air and makes your space look homey. You can check out these low-maintenance houseplants if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs.

6. Great lighting. Lighting is often inadequate in small spaces, so take some time to work in additional layers. Table lamps may require side tables you don’t have room for, so think outside the box. Sconces, recessed lighting, and pendants are just some extra ways you can brighten your home.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to fill every space in your home. In fact, doing so will only make your home appear cluttered and cramped. A little breathing room will help you enjoy your space even more.