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by Shelley Moore Things You Need: Tape measure Usually, a coffee table is the center point of a sitting area. This area might be a small, cozy place with a sofa and a couple of chairs, a medium-sized family room that needs to be inviting for kids and their friends or an elegant living room designed for entertaining guests. You'll want to keep several considerations in mind when choosing your coffee table, including size, material, style and function. Taking a little time to prepare for the purchase can help you find a great addition to your existing furniture.
by Kaye Morris Black leather furniture offers two distinct advantages over other fabric choices: the durability and ease of maintenance of leather and the stain-hiding abilities of the color black. Unfortunately, black leather furniture can present decorating difficulties. Although black leather furniture works well with white and chrome, the result can look too clinical and cold for many homeowners. Finding the right balance between black leather furniture and the rest of the decor is key to a successfully decorated room. Look below to learn how to decorate a room with black leather furniture.
by Nina Makofsky Ottomans serve multiple purposes in home decor. Some people use them as footstools, pairing them with armchairs, loveseats or couches. Others invest in storage ottomans with removable tops or trays beneath. In some homes, ottomans may serve as coffee tables, cocktail tables or end tables. Accessorize your ottoman to increase its functionality as well as its style. Below, you'll learn how to accessorize an ottoman.
by April Sanders Things You Need: Mkeka mat Red, green and black candles Basket or bowl Fruits and vegetables Kwanzaa unity cup Bendera ya Taifa African folk art and textiles Kwanzaa is meant to be celebrated with family and friends as a way to honor the past and look forward to the future. One important part of celebrating Kwanzaa is decorating the home with traditional seasonal decor. Kwanzaa holiday decor incorporates traditional symbols of African American heritage, both old and new. For example, a kinara symbolizes the African American past, present and future while authentic African folk art is displayed to honor African American roots. Tribal masks, hand-carved statues and wooden fruit bowls from Ghana and other areas of historical significance throughout Africa are often displayed as meaningful decorative accessories during the holiday season as well as home decor all year round.
by Jessica Gezon It's a common misconception that you need a lamp or a piece of art to complete a room. While those are both good choices, the same function can be filled with an elegant end table. Convenient, functional and at least semi-portable, living room accent tables are quickly becoming the accessory of choice in all types of homes. The right accent table can complement any style and provide an added storage area in even the smallest of spaces. Keep reading for the answers to frequently asked questions about accent tables.
by Staff Writer Ottomans are fun, functional pieces of living room furniture, and they go well beyond their modest size in completing the look of your home. At its most basic, an ottoman consists of a padded cushion, usually atop a wooden frame for resting your feet. Of course, there are countless variations on the basic theme. This ottoman buying guide gives you everything you need to know about how to buy an ottoman that will reward you and your living room again and again.
by Craig Blake Although the most popular room for end tables is undoubtedly the living room, you can place these tables in nearly every room in your home. When considering how to fit end tables in the rooms of your home, consider the room decor and whether or not the style of the end table matches your own. Even more basic than the style of end table is its shape, so consider how it will fit into your room. End tables can be square, rectangular, round or oval. Some end tables even nest together. One shape of end table might look best next to a recliner, while another might be perfect next to a sectional sofa. Look carefully at the room in which you will be placing the end tables. Is dark wood or light wood prevalent? Is it a small room or large room? Will the table sit in a corner, against a wall or in the middle of the room? As you can see, end tables are quite flexible. Here are some tips on placing end tables in your home.
by Lindsay Wilcox Impress friends and family during your next barbecue when you buy stylish patio sets for your backyard. Whether you want an elegant teak patio set to complement a polished deck or a wicker patio set for a more vintage feel, the following suggestions will help you find patio dining sets that fit your space and balance your home's decor. Read on for tips on finding the best patio sets for your home.
by Staff Writer An alternative to backpacks and briefcases, messenger bags sling easily over the shoulder and rest loosely against your hip. Their streamlined design makes them perfect for holding papers and laptop computers while still giving you easy access to the contents. The ease and comfort of messenger bags have quickly transformed them from serving as bags for messengers to an essential piece of gear for anyone on the go.
by Angela Tague We all have that one piece of furniture we love. Whether it's a blue sofa or loveseat, a red leather chair or a knotty pine wood bookcase that has seen better days, it will forever be a part of your home. If you have one special piece of furniture that you must coordinate into the rest of your decor, do it with style by coordinating colors. Blending a blue sofa into an existing living room, den or recreation area is simple. By adding colorful accents such as pillows, rugs and window treatments, you can easily integrate your favorite blue sofa into your design scheme. Look below to learn how to decorate with a blue sofa.
by Staff Writer A college wardrobe calls for a coat that is functional whether you're walking to class in the snow or cheering in the bleachers on chilly fall evenings. Most college students are on a budget, so finding versatile outerwear that can take your from fall to spring is important. Before you start shopping for your back-to-school wardrobe, check out these tips for finding the perfect women's coat.
by Amanda Mears Just like fashion, home decor trends come and go quickly. Decorating and furnishing a home is a big commitment, however, so it's much harder to change out your home wardrobe to fit the pictures of inspiring spaces that you've been eyeing. The best way to keep your home current without spending a lot of money is to switch out items like area rugs and keep the main furniture. After you've invested in a few neutral pieces of furniture, follow this guide to help you find a rug that fits with the latest trends.
by Amanda Mears Although retro is often used to define anything old, there is a certain style that people associate with retro decor. In reference to home design from the '60s and '70s, retro means a room with shag carpets, bold repeating prints and furniture with soft lines. Retro shag rugs and rugs with big patterns add the perfect amount of vintage feel and can be the foundation for many different room designs. Keep reading for tips on decorating with a retro area rug.
by C.M. Mackenzie Cozy living room furniture can turn an otherwise bare or unwelcoming room into a haven for relaxation and good conversation. Color, texture and design all play a part in the furniture's impact on a space. Pick cozy living room furniture according to your personal style and the existing decor in your home. Some guidelines you can follow, however, are to pick furniture pieces with clean, soft lines and warm colors. You can also add to your living room's coziness by using soft lighting.
by Laura Leiva Whether you want a place to store books or simply display collectibles, bookshelves are the perfect solution. A bookshelf is a versatile type of furniture that goes with any room or decorating style. Aside from using them for books, use the space for storage by placing baskets for magazines, games, or videos in the living room. Place bookshelves in the bathroom to store extra towels and bath items. Take this list of bookshelf essentials into account before you purchase a set of shelves.