How to determine the perfect sized rug?

How to determine the perfect sized rug?

Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern.  The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings and living spaces.  Choosing the right size rug can mean the difference between a comfortable inviting space and a room where something seems awkward and a little out of place. The key to success is proper measurements. Under the coffee table •Depending on the size of your coffee table and accompanying furniture, choose a rug that accommodates all four legs of the table. •Area rugs should approximate the…

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Add a water fountain to your outdoor décor

Add a water fountain to your outdoor décor

Home owners spend a lot of time and money making sure that the inside of their home looks perfect, but then often ignore their outdoor space and leave it unadorned. Depending whether it is in the back or front yard, adding some visual appeal outside can create a welcoming environment or help to design a nice, relaxing space for you and your family. Even though you want your yard to look nice, finding ways to decorate can be tricky. Much of the lawn décor that is available today just looks tacky. There is, however, a solution to your decorating problem:…

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Add interest to your home with unique furniture

Add interest to your home with unique furniture

Do you feel like your interior design is lacking a bit of personality? Well then it is time to spice things up and give your home some life! Accent furniture can be a great way to add flair and personality. Plus, it doesn’t require you to completely redo your interior design and replace all of your existing furniture. All you have to do is find unique and interesting pieces to give a space that one-of-a-kind look. Benches No matter where you place it, whether it is in the living room, entry way, front porch or bedroom, a bench can add…

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Dining room tables—round or square?

Dining room tables—round or square?

The rectangular dining room table has been the heart of many dining rooms for years. You’ve all seen the grand dining rooms depicted in movies. You know, the ones that have tables so long, people on opposite ends can’t even talk to each other. But society (and design) is changing and now people are shifting away from the formal and adding more casual, cozy and fun layouts with open floor plans. This new trend has allowed people to move toward smaller table shapes and many families share their meals together on a tables that are either round or square. But…

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Make Your Dining Room Look Complete With a Rug

You’ve picked out the necessary chairs and table for your dining room and even included an elegant sideboard to store dishware. But what about a great-looking rug for underneath the table? Rugs are an easy way to prevent scratches on your hardwood floors; they can also complete the dining room look by adding comfort and style and provide a nice frame for your table. Table size Picking out a rug for the dining room requires a little thought. The design you choose mostly depends on your own taste and the look of the room. Size, however, should be determined based…

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Consider a sideboard for your contemporary home

Consider a sideboard for your contemporary home

The use of sideboards dates back to 18th century Europe and soon after became popular in American dining rooms. Originally, sideboards were only considered dining room furniture, and they were used to serve food and store dishware. A lot has changed since the 1700s; what was once stored on sideboards is now put away in kitchen cupboards and food is often placed on the dining room table or kitchen counter. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t have a sideboard in your home. Over time, the use of sideboards has changed and they can be used in almost any room…

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How to set up the Ultimate Home Theater

How to set up the Ultimate Home Theater

Wouldn't it be awesome if everyone had an impressive home theater system? With all of the equipment, technical knowledge and money needed to set one up, many are too intimidated and think it’s too expensive to think about setting one up of their own. These step-by-step instructions will help you install a respectable starter home theater that’s financially sensible to turn your extra living space into the ultimate movie night destination. 1. Prepare an Entertainment Room The first step to setting up any home theater is finding the right room for it. Things like lighting and acoustics will figure heavily…

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Interior designers Steven & Chris have teamed up with Artcraft Lighting

Interior designers Steven & Chris have teamed up with Artcraft Lighting

If you’ve followed the careers of interior designers Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman and are familiar with their work, you know that they’ve got impeccable taste. Currently hosting the show “Steven and Chris,” the two designers are well-known in their industry and have their own line of furniture, textiles, decorative accessories and area rugs, as well as a lighting collection with Artcraft Lighting. When Steven and Chris partnered with Artcraft Lighting, they sought to create a collection that is classic, yet modern—a look that bodes well in many contemporary homes. While Steven and Chris use their talents to create design…

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Find the right rug type for you in 3 easy steps!

Find the right rug type for you in 3 easy steps!

Rugs can be made in many ways so when it comes time to purchase the decision can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to selecting a rug that will work best for you home and space. Tip 1: Make sure the rug you choose is functional for you. If you have pets you do not want a looped product as dogs and cats nails tend to pull the tufted loops out. Shag rugs or cutpile rugs are best with pets. Here is an example of rugs that will wear excellent with pets. Tip 2:  If you are placing the rug…

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