While outfitting your living room with new furniture, you must capture the fun of your youth with exciting pieces. Look through all of the available offerings to find furniture that reflects your favorite activities as a kid. You can obtain chairs that look like swings, tables that nest together and lamps made from a variety of interesting objects to make your home look unlike any other.
You can capture the freedom and fun of childhood by hanging two Bolo suspended chairs from your living room ceiling. This egg-shaped seat features a stylish clear shell that hangs from the ceiling from a rubber-encased chain. A soft red cushion sits snugly inside of the shell to give your bottom and back the support it needs. You can gently swing back and forth in the chair or simply sit still while suspended a few feet from the ground. Users love to lounge in the chairs for intense gaming sessions or to watch interesting television shows.
Nesting tables mimic the function and excitement of dolls and blocks with the same purpose. You can find Aura nesting tables made out of stainless steel materials that look great in any room. Furthermore, these tables are incredibly easy to clean due to their advanced metal construction. Arrange the tables in fun configurations or store them as a nested set until you need an extra table. Whatever arrangement you choose, these tables will make your living room stand out from the pack.
Complete your youthful living room layout by adding a few novel lamps to the mix. Utilize a few of your tables to hold the foot tall lamps or place taller models directly on the floor. Found material lamps are all the rage right now. You can find lamps made from plumbing materials, like pumps and pipes. You can also find lamps made out of interesting objects, including guns, horses and abstract art. With all of the options available today, make sure the lamps reflect your own personality and style choices to find the perfect ones for your home.
Finding The Right Layout
You may have to move the objects around several times to find a layout you’re happy with. If you’re unwilling to hook the chairs to the ceiling more than once, consider imagining the layout or sketching it out before committing to their placement. Tables and lamps are easier to move around until you find the perfect spot for those items.
Vacationing in India for a month was an adventure to say the least. We visited many family homes in different states with different cultures and the homes were all decorated with traditional Indian items like paintings and colorful fabrics. This home is located in Goa, India and is available for rent. Casa Tota is a 150 year old Portuguese house, carefully and lovingly restored. I decided to share this home, because it has all the elements of homes I visited there. The canopy beds are quite common and the urns for fresh flowers is just gorgeous! Interiors in India is known for it’s rich use of color and beautiful wood carved furniture passed down from generations. I just love how they used old Bollywood movie posters as art – I couldn’t find it in India this time around, but I’m sure I can find similar posters on line. Have a great Holiday weekend- enjoy it with your loved ones. -ijin
my favorite sofa, Soho Tufted Sofa
I’m finally posting all of my pics from our 2 hour adventure in the new Scottsdale, AZ Restoration Hardware store. I have 3 favorite pieces in the store right now other than my 17th C. Monastery Dining Table . The first is the Soho Tufted Sofa. I’d love to have it in the color fog. My other favorite pieces include the Deconstructed 19TH C. English Wing Chair & the Montpellier Armoire in Black (much more beautiful in person!)
Do you own anything from Restoration Hardware? Or are you saving up for any particular piece?
my favorite chair, Deconstructed 19TH C. English Wing Chair
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this armoire, Montpellier Armoire in Black
Last week I discovered that the Brissa Armchair (which I had been saving up for) is NOT only sold at Neimans & Horchow! I found the SAME EXACT chair at highfashionhome.com.
Two chairs at High Fashion home = $898 including shipping vs. 2 chairs @ Neimans = over $1500! I will finally be able to seat 6 at my dining room table!
2. HOLY gorgeous, these blue dot stone tiles! Why don’t I see tiles like this in my local flooring store?
3. luxurious BLUE velvet armchair, love those gold wheels!
I am so intrigued by all of the beautifully painted staircases all over pinterest. I love the idea of a bright (or even NEON) paint color on the stairs in an old home. My absolute favorite in this grouping is the black staircase against the white walls and banister. Soooo pretty!
& then there are the beautifully stenciled & wallpaper covered staircases. In the past I haven’t been a fan of carpeting on the stairs…but seeing the colorful rainbow & zebra print rugs have changed my mind! (more…)
The bright upholstery on these dining room chairs caught my attention! What do you think? Would you try something like this in your dining room? I love how she matched them perfectly to the art work.
When it comes to one of a kind pieces for your home there is really no better place than 1st Dibs. They have beautiful antiques, fine art, & furniture (you can browse by style & ERA!) It is definitely one of my favorite websites for decor inspiration.
So, I thought I’d pick out 10 pieces that I’d love in my home if money were no object. I can dream, right?
My console table from Overstock came this morning. It is the Elements Grey Sofa Table with Shelf. (I got it for $150 with my coupon!)
Anyway, it became a disaster when I tried to involve my kids. The had fun, but it took me about 2 hours to clean up the mess! You can still see that there are little white styrofoam dots that will be in my house for months!
This photo below was my inspiration photo, but I couldn’t afford the over $1000 price tag!
Side tables are on my mind! I’ve been browsing for inspiration for my new living room. A cool trend I’ve noticed…you can mix and match different styles and heights for each side of the sofa. What do you think about this?
What kind of end tables do you have?
images via Lonny Mag
My new sideboard is finished & I am so happy with how it turned out.
Here was the BEFORE if you haven’t seen it:
& a few more pics…
Here is the before and after of the hardware. It was spray painted gold metallic:
& my new dining chairs finally arrived! (from Horchow….SLOOOOW shipping & way overpriced!)
I just found this chair on One Kings Lane. They call it the Heritage Style Gibbons Armchair. It would be perfect for the heads of my dining table….in BLACK! Where can I find it in black for this price?
P.S. HERE is my dining table. My new chairs are being delivered on Tuesday!
Here is the couch we decided on. After contemplating for weeks we went with the Martha Stewart Saybridge sofa. I am so relieved I didn’t pick the other one, it would have been WAYYY too short. In fact, I almost wish this one was another foot long. The wall behind the sofa is so long, I am thinking about getting dressers instead of 2 end tables.
Now, time to decorate!
The pink chairs will be moved to the other side of the room once my other chairs are finished. I am also going to get some new artwork for the walls. I’m considering a few abstract pieces. The piece you currently see will most likely be moved to the stair landing. I’m also anxious to get a new rug, but that will be the last thing I do once I figure the furniture arranging. (Not sure if I want an 8 X 10 or 9 X 11 rug!)
more sofa pictures here
Speaking of sideboards for my dining room …
I finally decided on something! Autumn Rollick is making over this fantastic piece for me. It has the square lines that I wanted, interesting lattice like detail which gives it a bit of “sweetness!”…and it is being painted in high gloss Benjamin Moore white to give it a bit more of a modern feel!
Here is a sneak peak:
(I cannot wait to show it off and fill it with pretty dinnerware when finished!)
My new piece kind of reminds me of this console: (isn’t this room corner fantastic?)
Now that we have a new dining room table, I am anxious to entertain. I’ve been searching for a long buffet/sideboard piece to go along the wall. I want it to be LONG (over 70 inches), but it cannot be too deep (under 20 inches) since the room is not very wide. EVERYTHING I like is sooo expensive, BOO!
Here are a few pieces that I considered:
This piece is probably one of my favorites. It is a hollywood regency style sideboard from Davenport. I love the nice white glossy finish, the length is 84 inches, but the price is $3500! UGGH! WAAYYY out of my price range. I was hoping to stay under $750! Via insideavenue.com
Something a bit more rustic. I do like the lines and simplicity of this piece, just not the finish. I prefer the white glossy finish of the first piece. Via frenchdressing.com
I fell in love with this sideboard by Homenature, but at $4200 it was ridiculously more than the amount I plan to spend on my entire living room! Plus it really wasn’t long enough (only 60 inches!)
I also decided to check out pieces at Neiman Marcus. I know that I cannot afford anything there, but I love to look for inspiration. This “Vinlo” Console is AMAZING…& a steal at $3,699.00 plus $450 for Delivery & Processing. YEAH, right!
I considered mirrored sideboards and chests. I am hesitant, though because I think an oversized mirrored piece may be a bit too trendy and I may get sick of something like this in a few years. I do love the look of this one. It is called the “Orleans” Mirrored Chest and for sale for $4,829.00.
This piece is crazy cool…but way too contemporary for my house. I do have an appreciation for contemporary design when it is done really well! Via italydesign.com. Call for the price (which usually means more than a few thousand!!)
This piece is absolutely STUNNING! I fell in love with it. It was no where near the length I am hoping for but I’d love a piece like this in my future dream house. Via neimanmarcus.com
What do you think of X Benches? I often dislike trends, but this one I pretty much LOVE! I am thinking of purchasing 2 for my living room. I love the way they look next to the coffee table or pushed underneath a console table as extra seating! hmmm, i have my eye on this velvety green one, it looks so luxurious!
images via pinterest (please help me credit original source!)
I’m currently working on a little makeover. I bought these chairs for my living room. They are my first furniture purchase off of eBay. Have you ever purchased something large from eBay? Most furniture sellers offer pretty affordable shipping to your nearest Greyhound station. For about $30 more I opted for the option of having the chairs delivered to my home. The convenience was worth the extra money for me. Dragging my kids to the Philadelphia Greyhound station was not worth the hassle!
Anyway, this morning I dropped the chairs off at the furniture painter. He is going to paint them white, with a glossy finish. After that I will have the reupholstery work done. I’m still debating fabrics. I am thinking something with a geometrical pattern in chartreuse or aqua blue, or even navy. I’d also like to get a cute patterned pillow to lean against the back seat. I love the idea of mixing another pattern/bright color. (orange, blue, purple??) decisions, decisions…
What are your favorite decor websites? Ever since I discovered Chairloom I am a bit of a stalker. They also have the best Facebook updates, you MUST FOLLOW! When it comes to a full furniture makeover, Chairloom does it like no one else.
I am anxious to have some of my own chairs made over – hopefully in the next month so stay tuned. In the mean time, here are just a few of my favorite before & after pieces.
& this is a before/after of their new showroom in Ardmore, PA. I cannot wait to visit!
I made the drive up to Morristown NJ this morning (about 1.5 hours!) to check out some chairs that I’ve had my eye on. Lee Dowdy Antiques has some amazing things & affordable prices. I ended up purchasing the 2 pink chairs ($399 for both) & on my way out I saw these AMAZING mirrors that I had to purchase (for $125 each I could not resist!)
I cannot wait to get the mirrors hung. I am hoping to put them on a wall near the back entrance right by the powder room. What do you think? Are you willing to spend more on one of a kind pieces/antiques?
Here are a few pieces that I am thinking about for the dining room. I am pretty focused on chairs at the moment. I’ve decided on a dark color upholstered dining chair. I think it will be a nice contrast to the white/grey walls plus spills/dirt will be less noticeable. I’m hoping to find a louis style chair in purple or black. & maybe louis style arm chairs at the heads of the table? Not quite sure yet!
I threw in a brass shelf and beautiful bench that I would love in my living room. I could browse eBay for hours!
A few photos of our new dining table. It is the 17TH C. MONASTERY DINING TABLE from Restoration Hardware. I was nervous about how it would look but am so relieved…I love the antique grey tones of it with our dark hardwood.
It will be so nice to serve dinner on a larger table. No more running out of space!
So, next up: dining chairs. I have 2 picked out…will share tomorrow.
I stopped in at HomeGoods yesterday and was surprised at the cute selection of dining chairs. My new table is going to be delivered tomorrow and I have no idea what kind of chairs that I want. I kind of love the style of the 2nd chairs, the color of the purple chairs, and the detail of the nailheads on the 4th chair! All 3 of the chairs (minus the 1st ones) are only $149.99 each!
I’ve been on the hunt for a brass coffee table or brass end table. There were about 4 or 5 tables that I loved from Neiman Marcus…but they were WAYYYY out of my price range ($500 +). I’m currently drawn to pieces with interesting geometric frames like this & this.
So, a few days ago I went to check out this 3 ft x 3 ft coffee table a few towns away. The sweet older couple offered it to me for $50 which I could not turn down! The husband even helped me load it into my car.
I am hoping to use it in my new living room…to be continued…
I have decided on a tufted grey couch for my new living room. I love the look of velvet, but it is not a requirement. This is one of my favorite inspiration pics. My goal is to find a couch UNDER $1500. There are so many options but I’ve narrowed it down to these 2. If anyone else has suggestions for an INEXPENSIVE but comfy sofa I’d love to see/hear about it.
If I go with a more modern sofa, #1 would be perfect!
Raymour Flanigan Beckett Sofa – $1499, L 83” x W 36” x H 33”
IF I go with rounded arms like the sofa in my inspiration pic, #2 is extremely affordable!
Martha Stewart Saybridge Sofa in Storm – $999 plus 10% off if i purchase before Feb 6th! 92″W x 40″D x 31″H
I’m shopping for my living room and looking to add a few brassy/gold accents. I am hoping to find an affordable brass coffee or side table. I LOVE the brass table in the photo above. It was from a penthouse apartment that I fell in love with last year. You can actually purchase the same coffee table from Neiman Marcus. Unfortunately the $1399 price tag (plus $215 just for shipping) is waaayyyy over my budget! So, here is a little inspiration for the room as I begin my craigslist/eBay hunt!
elledecor.com…Nanette Lepore’s living room.
Decorpad.com via Nicole Gerulat The side table in this room is sooo beautiful!
shannondarrough.com via LAUREY W. GLENN PHOTOGRAPHY.
I’m just waiting for my new dining room table to arrive: the 17TH C. MONASTERY DINING TABLE by Restoration Hardware.
I’ve been chair shopping but I’m hesitant to buy anything until I see the new table in my dining room. I decided to soften my bertoia style chairs with some fluffy faux sheepskins from IKEA. They are called OLEBY and are only $9.99 each! I figured that for this price if they do not work I can use them elsewhere in my home. If they do work with the new table then I’ll only need end chairs. (I already have a few chairs in mind, I’ll post my chair picks later this week.)
Next on the 2 do list:
*new hardwood floors (the carpet is finally going to go in 2012…i seriously cannot wait!)
*new shades for dining room and master bedroom
*curtains for master bedroom
*refinish furniture for my daughters bedroom
*artwork for dining room
*kitchen remodel (yes, pretty much everything!)
a few more of my dining room…i cant wait for my new table!
& here is a little more sheepskin on dining chair inspiration. I LOVE the last pic. The bertoia chairs look much softer with the farm style table:
by Luke McKenna
A perfect media room doesn’t end with the television and stereo – you also need stylish and functional audio video furniture to house your equipment in, and to tie the room together. Here are some tips to keep your entertainment space looking as sharp as the picture on that new TV.
When it comes to choosing a TV stand, size matters. The larger the plasma or LCD screen – and they are only growing as prices drop – the bigger and sturdier the display unit needs to be. A long, all-in-one entertainment unit, like the one pictured above, usually offers the size and support required. Smaller TVs, including old-style direct view sets, can be safely stored on something simpler – perhaps a thin swivel stand, like the one pictured below, which is ideal for littler rooms.
If space is an issue, consider a wall-mount for your television, or tuck it away with a corner entertainment unit. For example, corner TV stands for flat screens look great and make the most of space that might otherwise go unused.
Now that your equipment is in order it’s time to sort out those DVDs and consoles. If you like to keep things neat, consider an audio cabinet with a drawer or door to hide everything away. Video junkies who want their collection on hand and on display might prefer an audio cabinet with visible shelves.
Of course, it’s also important match the look of your audio video furniture to your entertainment room. Sleek glass and bold, black metal finishes go wonderfully in modern apartments, while traditional woods, like mahogany, offer a classic look perfect for the character home.
If you want to make those big nights in even more comfortable and enjoyable, a site like Cymax.com, with its huge range of entertainment units, makes it easy to find a solution that perfectly compliments your equipment and your space. You can also find out more about Cymax on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.
by Luke McKenna
Patio season may almost be over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop with the sun – why not set up a cosy home bar, complete with stylish new barstools, in the comfort and warmth of your own house.
Pulaski Toscano Vialetto Grande Classic Home Bar
Take the bite out of winter with a scotch or wine from an elegant hardwood bar, such as the one pictured above (from the Pulaski range). If you live in a warmer state (you lucky thing!), you might also like to consider an outdoor bar, like the one below (see the Coaster range for more).
Coaster Cleveland Bar Unit with Chrome Trim and Shelves
Even if you already have a bar, you should consider spicing it up with new barstools for a new season – they will make your space feel fresh again. Pair your classic wood-finish bar with solid stools made from similar materials – rich oaks and distressed finishes are currently popular. Simpler metallic counter stools have a sleeker, modern feel – sometimes with weather-resistant options if you decide to set up outside.
The best thing is that they are so versatile – it never hurts to own a few more barstools!
Boraam Augusta 29″ Swivel Seat in Dark Cherry
Winsome Spectrum Single Air Lift Adjustable Stool in Black
by Christine Hart
If you’re helping a teen redecorate his or her bedroom, consider contemporary bunk beds for the colorful, distinctive styles and creative layout possibilities.
To make the most of your space and to choose the design that will delight your teen, there are several imaginative types of bunk frames you’ll want to browse. These bunk bed frame styles are great for inspiration while you’re in the idea-generating phase.
Funky Bunk Styles:
- Loft bunks (just 1 bed on top)
- Bunks with stairs (instead of a ladder)
- Bunks with desks
- Triple bunks
Rockin’ & Vibrant
Nothing says urban or edgy like bold blacks, paired with intense vivid color. Look for collections that come in multiple finishes to achieve this look. You’ll have a coordinated style, without committing to a complete bedroom set in one strong color. Browse Lea bunk beds from collections like My Style (shown above).
Soft & Subtle
Alternately, your teen might be into the softer side of design, and you’ll find bunks for this look too. Try the Secret Garden Collection (shown above with a pink loft bunk). Just the name can inspire more décor accents to really personalize the room. Think vine decals, a skeleton key-shaped wall rack – for keys or jewelry – and a wicker chair on the side.
Bunk beds are such a versatile design choice, you might opt for an understated finish that lets other interior accents establish your theme. In those cases, look for natural shades of wood, choosing the unique layout that best fits your space before you decide on the colors and shapes to surround it.
I’ve noticed so many fun, colorful ottomans lately. It seems like a great way to add a splash of color or pattern to your living room. I’m thinking about having our yellow ottoman reupholstered and currently researching the least expensive way to do this. Here is just a little inspiration…
This purple one is my FAVORITE. I love the look of it against the zebra patttern cowhide. see the home it is in here
oooh, velvety pink! source
i wish i had a closet like this… the doggy really loves her blue velvet ottoman! source
animal print ottoman…hmmm source
& more purple on these small ottoman/chairs! source
by Christine Hart
For those of us that have fallen in love with the look, there’s an unmistakable allure in Parisian décor. No single element defines it, but you always recognize the atmosphere. Victorian-inspired furnishings, generally feminine, bright, open concept, and floral or scroll embellished accents.
What makes a Parisian theme so lovely is that it doesn’t include any must-have elements. If you don’t want a scalloped tufted headboard, you don’t have to have one. You can incorporate pastels, or not. And you can establish the theme on a budget, with a metal headboard and a few complementary accent pieces.
Accent Piece Ideas
For added effect, try some of these décor items:
- Chandelier lighting or wall decal
- Candlestick holders
- Fleur-de-lis bedding, drapes, or wallpaper
- Eiffel Tower statue or wall decal
- Postcards or prints of Paris landmarks
Although your interior design choices are quite flexible, one of the strongest pieces you can start with is a Victorian or vintage-style headboard. King headboards, for example, just through sheer size can have a style impact immediately and require only a few additions to establish a Parisian theme. But keep in mind that headboards for full size beds will still change the look of your room, so if you’re working with a budget and want to change only your headboard, keeping your original frame, you’ll still be able to create that Parisian feel. Browse the selection at More Headboards for a complete overview of budget and design variations.
I am pretty unoriginal when it comes to painting furniture, but I love the fact that a little sanding paper and a can of paint can give new life to something that you were going to place on the curb.
What do you think of these kitchen chairs? Would you paint your old kitchen table chairs a fun color?
I love this last idea:
Mix and match different style chairs and then paint them the same color to give them a cohesive look.
P.S. I am almost done painting this piece that I picked up for Harper’s room.
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