About Bedroom Furniture

Bedroom furniture is all about comfort and getting a good night’s sleep. That means choosing furniture for a bedroom is one of the most important home furnishing decisions you have to make. Because sleeping well or sleeping poorly can affect your entire day, you’ll want to give a lot of thought to bedroom furniture. As a result, when selecting bedroom furniture, comfort is your number one priority and then of course you want to create an atmosphere that is both soothing and relaxing so that sleep will come naturally.

Whether you want to buy a matching suite of bedroom furniture or choose piece individually, you’ll want to be guided by the style of your home. For example, if your main living areas are done in a modern design, then continue that modern look into the bedroom. This won’t be difficult to do since choices in bedroom furniture are almost limitless. From modern metal beds to totally traditional, in a wide array of woods and finishes, it’s all available.

In addition to the bed, armoires and chests are important pieces, both for looks and functionality. If your space will allow, after you’ve chosen the bed and necessary storage pieces, think about adding a loveseat, chaise lounge or armchairs. These upholstered pieces will add comfort and luxury to your room. Another great addition, if your room is large enough, is a writing desk and chair. Or think about including a bedroom bench or a couple of ottomans at the foot of the bed. Lastly, don’t forget lighting. You’ll need floor lamps or lamps for bedside tables, and if it fits your design, a chandelier is the perfect finishing touch.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Classic Sofas with a Global Vibe

 

With so much interest in handcrafted global style elements in interior design right now, classic sofas may have roots in any culture around the world and may be neither traditional nor simple sofas. By incorporating furniture and accessions from diverse cultures, you can create your own unique handcrafted style.

The Marrakech Leather Settee is a great example of a classic Moroccan sofa that would work beautifully with furnishings, textiles and decorative accessories to bring a global vibe into your living space. This leather sofa, made in Morocco of carved cedar and handcrafted metal, would definitely be a stunning focal point in any room.

Marrakech Leather Settee

Contemporary Table Lamp Goes Retro

 

If you're going modern or contemporary in your living room or entry, ceramic table lamps may be the first ones that come to mind, but we've found something that takes retro lamps in an entirely different direction.

First of all, we know about lamps around here, but I didn't have any idea that recycled aluminum could be handspun to make the body of a contemporary table lamp. But, that exactly what Babette Holland did with her Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp. Not only is the body spun aluminum but it's done in brown and green stripes. No two are exactly alike. The designer says they are reminiscent of 1950s drink tumblers. Topped with a gold silk shade, the Gemini Table Lamp is perfect for a modern interior.

Just imagine this lamp or a pair of them on a long sleek table in the foyer? Or, think about showing them off at either end of a cool green or chocolate velvet sofa. This is a retro look that's showing up again in today's rooms.

Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp

 Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Footstools with a Past: Paulin Mushroom

Want to make a small style statement with a distinguished footstool? Perhaps you just want to have a little fun and add some color to your living space. Either way, modern ottomans and footstools can help you reach your goal.

The Artifort Mushroom Footstool by Pierre Paulin can add that special touch to a contemporary living room, sitting room or dressing room. Designed in 1960, the Mushroom has stood the test of time. This reproduction from Artifort comes in many colors and fabrics. Own a piece of design history that's sure to be the center of attention in any space.

Artifort Mushroom Footstool by Pierre Paulin

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brass Beds Go Grand

So you say you've been looking at brass beds and fancy metal bed frames, but haven't yet found the perfect one? We may have found what you're looking for. Out of the ordinary and over the top, the Canopy Metal Bed King Gold Leaf is a show stopper for sure. The unbelievable canopy topper is held in place by matching finials.

Designed by Annie Selke, the Canopy Metal Bed combines a traditional feel with a totally contemporary point of view. It's available in the gold leaf shown and in gorgeous silver leaf. Make plenty of room for this grand king size bed with a height of 92 inches—it's going to take center stage in any bedroom. So you say you've been looking at brass beds and fancy metal bed frames, but haven't yet found the perfect one? We may have found what you're looking for. Out of the ordinary and over the top, the Canopy Metal Bed King Gold Leaf is a show stopper for sure. The unbelievable canopy topper is held in place by matching finials.

Canopy Metal Bed

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Artistic Halogen Desk Lamps

 

Artistic Halogen Desk LampsWhen you're looking for the absolutely perfect lamp among the many beautiful modern desk lamps think outside the box. Your special light may be found among the halogen desk lamps that are part desk lamp and part exciting art. The Lite Source Dancer Collection Blue Desk Lamp is one example of what you'll find in StylePath's lighting collection.

It's easy to see why the Blue Desk Lamp is part of the Dancer Collection. Sleek and modern, with a curvy center stem in polished steel finish that holds two blue glass shades, this lamp would be beautiful on a glam mirrored desk or dressing table. A beautiful light for any woman's modern bedroom.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Iron Beds Go Exotic

Iron beds never seem to go out of style and perhaps that's because they're always being updated. With fancy metal bed frames leading the pack, you'll find some amazing new designs. One such discovery is the Wesley Allen Brookshire Complete Bed. The company calls it "a larger-than-life sleigh bed" that's "one part Ancient Egypt and one part Roman Empire." Sounds like Cleopatra would have loved this one, doesn't it?

Wesley Allen Brookshire Complete Bed

A fascinating little tidbit from the bed's description is that "it took two years to design this masterpiece." With an unbelievable 40 hand finishes available and great looks, this just may be the ultimate iron sleigh bed, offering both form and function.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Reading Lamps as Sculpture

 

With your mind floating in a sea of formal and casual floor lamps, it can be difficult to spot something so totally unique in reading lamps that it immediately grabs your attention. Not to despair. Along comes the Planar One-Light Arc Light to spark your interest.

 

Planar One-Light Arc Light

From its marble base (the weight prevents the lamp from tipping over) to its brushed nickel and dark brown stem and arm, ending with an elegant white linen shade, more than anything this floor lamp resembles a modern sculpture. We can't think of a more perfect reading lamp for the corner of a contemporary living room—the epitome of beauty and function. Don't need a reading light, then think focal point and dramatic style statement and forget the functionality. Works for us.

Versatile White Dressers are a Tradition

We think we've discovered one of StylePath's traditional dressers that is sure to show up in lots of bedrooms with many different looks. The versatile Camden White Dressing Chest from American Drew would be as beautiful in a farmhouse or beach cottage as it would in a traditional urban home. It's a great piece to stand on its own, but also comes as part of a bedroom set by the same name for those who like matching furniture.

Camden White Dressing Chest

From the worn white finish to the stylish nickel finished knobs on its nine drawers, this dresser speaks the language of tradition. Does it speak to you?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bankers Lamps and Dragonflies

An updated whimsical take on the iconic brass bankers lamps with their green shades, the Dale Tiffany Dragonfly Banker's Lamp combines a bit of history and a touch of art deco. Its history comes from the weary banking accountants who worked the night through, bringing order their ledger books by the light of those green-shaded lamps during the 1800s. One of StylePath's many glass desk lamps, the Dragonfly Lamp has a beautiful verdigris finish tree and leaf base accented with a single colorful dragonfly. The glass favrile glass shade in yellow and green and the ball pull chain complete this Dale Tiffany designed desk lamp.

Dale Tiffany Dragonfly Banker's Lamp

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Simply Stylish Contemporary End Tables

Looking for sleek black end tables with simple but stylish lines? You'll find lots of choices among StylePath's vast collection of contemporary end tables. Take for instance the Trio Moderne Three Drawer Black End or Bedside Table, it's modern, beautiful and functional. Not only does it have three handy drawers, it also sports a removable serving tray. The glossy black finish and pewter colored drawer pulls are a perfect match for the table's simple, yet curvy lines. This one would be perfect as an end table in the living room, but could easily serve double duty as a bedside table. And, did I mention it's partially made of plantation grown hardwood--good for the environment?

Trio Moderne Three Drawer Black End or Bedside Table

Monday, December 06, 2010

Leather Chaise Lounges for Winter

If you like to snuggle up in a comfortable spot with a good book and a warm throw on a cold winter's day, then you'll love one of the many casual chaise lounges from StylePath. Contrary to popular belief, leather chaises are the perfect place to get your relaxation on. Leather may seem a bit cold when you first lounge, but the longer you stay there, the leather warms to your body temperature and will start to feel buttery smooth and warm, Leather cushions with fabric backing allow the leather to breathe and give you that sink right down sensation. The Lancaster Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware fits the bill with all of the requirements needed to snuggle by yourself or a loved one. 

Lancaster Leather Chaise

 Lancaster Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Clutter-Free Computer Armoires

We talked in previous posts about how computer armoires are terrific ways to keep the cords and all of the clutter that comes with a desk top out of sight when not in use. The Camden Cream Computer Armoire is no different. It is equipped with space for CPUs, slide-out keyboard, adjustable shelves and even a dry erase door on the inside of the right door. The Camden is one of many traditional armoires from American Drew collection which is known expert construction and design.

Camden Cream Computer Armoire

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Finds: Dramatic Black Dressers

For her high and low Friday post, Susi was inspired by the dramatic and mysterious allure created by a piece of black furniture.  With that in mind she found several black dressers to share with you. What do you think, would you be daring enough to add one to your bedroom? I would!

Vito 5 Drawer Chests

Vinto Five Drawer Dresser $249

 

Anna Five Drawer Dresser

Anna Five Drawer Dressers $399

 

Larson Tall Dresser

Larsson Tall Dresser $749

Monday, November 15, 2010

Traditional Console Tables Go Glam

This year we have seen mirrored accents on everything from small side tables to bedroom headboards. Happily, designers couldn't keep from complimenting hall tables with this glamorous detailing. Mirrored accents and hand carved decorative hall tables take center stage leaving other traditional console tables behind. The Hillsdale Furniture Regal Elegance Mirrored Console Table is a standout beauty with a mirrored scalloped apron and decoratively turned legs which make the perfect setting for its black granite top.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nostalgic Tiffany Table Lamps

One of the most enduring antique table lamp styles is the Tiffany table lamp. Louis Comfort Tiffany originally developed Tiffany stained glass beginning in 1878, but today the term Tiffany lamps is used loosely, generally referring to any lamp designed with a shade done in the Tiffany stained glass style. Modern versions may or may not be made entirely of glass.

For example, the John Timberland Mica Tiffany Style Mission Table Lamp is topped by a shade made of glass and mica formed into a beautiful geometric pattern. The shading and pattern of the mica contribute to the unique look of this lighting piece.

John Timberland Mica Tiffany Style Mission Table Lamp

Called a Tiffany style lamp, it combines that stained glass look with mission style in the shape of the shade and the design of the wood base. The night light built into the base adds functionality and an extra touch of beauty to the lamp. We think this one would look great in a mission style home office.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Traditional Floor Lamps with a Twist

 

Crystal Six Light Up Lighting floor Lamp Schonbek designers were certainly thinking out of the traditional floor lamps box when they created the Crystal Six Light Floor Lamp for their Rose Collection. They took the incredible look of one of the Rose Collection chandeliers and fashioned it into what can only be called a magnificent floor lamp. Instead of hanging from the ceiling, this six light chandelier is on top of a floor lamp base.

The beauty of crystal raindrops, faceted crystal beads and lovely green crystal leaves decorating multiple clear crystal vases make this lamp a true showpiece. There are several choices available in finishes and crystals.

The company suggests two options, "You can treat this lamp as a statuesque floor candelabrum with exposed candles, or order the optional granny shades for a nouveau Victorian flavor."  The shades are sold separately.

Whether you choose to use this lamp in the bedroom or formal living room, we think you'll smile every time you pass by.

Surprising Storage Benches

Modern benches offer some surprises, especially some of the updated storage benches. For those of us who fit simultaneously into two categories, people who collect "stuff" and those who entertain often, storage benches solve two problems. They give us much needed storage space and extra seating. It seems many of us never have enough of either.

Bench with File Drawers from Home Decorators Collection

The surprise comes when you see these stylish, modern benches and how many of them are designed from a different perspective, with a twist on the type of storage they offer. For example, the Bench with File Drawers from Home Decorators Collection takes extra seating into the home office. As a bonus, under its plush comfy seating are two file drawers for all that extra paperwork that constantly clutters up your workspace. Choose from black, red, Moroccan brown or eggplant cushions.

For all the other rooms in your home, you'll find many storage benches among StylePath's more than 1,000 modern benches.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Updated Sleigh Bed Designs

We often hear "everything old is new again" and that phrase definitely applies to sleigh beds that have been a part of fashionable bedrooms for centuries. Sure that means there are lots of these popular beds in designs that show up among antique beds, but it's the updated stylish sleigh beds that caught our attention.

Bob Mackie Sleigh Bed

One of our favorites can be found in the Bob Mackie Home - Classics Collection. The entire collection for American Drew is meant to evoke the grandeur of haute couture, while at the same time bringing a sense of comfort to any room. All the pieces, including the Bob Mackie Sleigh Bed with crocodile embossed leather panels on the headboard and footboard, offer a fresh take on tradition with a soft, antique bleached mahogany finish. This beautiful bed comes in Queen, King, or California King sizes.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Consider Leather Ottomans

Not sure why, but casual ottomans, especially leather ottomans, seem to be a favorite topic of decorating conversations right now. Maybe we're just ready to take the time to put our feet up and relax. If that's the case, we'll all be looking for an ottoman that fits into our interior style. What might we expect to find?

  • Budget - No problem, great choices in all price ranges
  • Style – No limitations here, from traditional to modern lots of choices are available
  • Size - No matter the space, size is no obstacle
  • Shape - No lack of choices, square, round, oblong or even triangular
  • Color – No need to suppress your need for color

The Room & Board Jackson Ottoman in Bison White is a good example of a leather ottoman that can merge well with existing furniture. It's sleek, modern and versatile. Jackson Ottoman's design will enhance your existing furniture. Made in Texas, of top-grain, dyed leather, it's definitely worth considering.

Room & Board Jackson Ottoman in Bison White

Room & Board Jackson Ottoman in Bison White

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Finds: Chaises are All the Rage

Spotted everywhere at High Point Market this week were chaises galore in every style, color and texture. In keeping with the trend, Susi decided to bring you several neutral chases to choose from in a variety of price points to fit your budget.

Cosmo Chaise Lounge
Cosmo Chaise Lounge ($499)

Delmar Ivory Chaise

Delmar Chaise Lounge ($349)

Rolled Back Chaise

Rolled Back Chaise ($249)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Black Dressers Come in All Sizes

Storage needs usually mean that when it comes to selecting a bedroom dresser or chest of drawers it's usually "the bigger the better." But sometimes space limitations dictate that you must find something on the smaller side. Add the need for a special color or finish and the search can get complicated. Say for instance, you're looking for black dressers less than 30 inches wide. No problem, since modern chest of drawers and dressers are available in many widths, styles and colors. Whether you have a very spacious bedroom or a tiny sleeping space with little room for anything other than the bed, you'll discover lots of choices to add some style and storage.

Tanner 5 Drawer Mirror Chest

Check out our black dressers to see how many different sizes are available. The Tanner 5 Drawer Mirror Chest is just the right size to tuck into a tiny space. With mirrored drawer fronts and top, it has the classic look of Art Deco combined with sleek modern styling. The cut mirror detail is timeless and the special contemporary design of the chest is sleek modern and stylish. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Stylish Chaise Sofas

Today's chaise sofas are light years removed from their Victorian ancestor the fainting couch. These sofas merged with casual chaise lounges make for a great alternative to your standard mix of sofa, loveseat and upholstered arm chairs.

Available in wide array of upholstery, like leather, velvet, twill and ultra-suede, these updated pieces also come in many styles from traditional to contemporary. So as to fit different room configurations chaise sofas are offered in right arm chaise and left arm chaise models.

The Jackson Sofa from Room and Board

The Jackson Sofa from Room and Board is a great modern choice. Its sleek straight lines give way to comfortable overstuffed cushions with detailed stitching. The Jackson is a perfect example of how modern seating can break from the stereotypical idea that modern furniture is cold and uncomfortable. This one is could be called stylishly comfortable. Perhaps it leads a double life, modern center of attention by day and warm cozy lounge by evening.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Wine Cabinets Double as Dining Room Buffets

Not caught up in the current wine collecting trend? Once you take a look at all the great looking wine cabinets currently available you just might decide to start a very small collection of your own. Another perfect reason to bring home one of these stylish new cabinets is they could double as dining room buffets. Wine cabinets are not all rustic wood any more. Lots of them are updated modern versions of yesterday's wine storage racks and cabinets.

Speaking of updated and stylish, take a look at this gorgeous piece of furniture--the Artists Originals Parisian Striped Console/Wine Cabinet is oh so French and fun. With hand-painted wide stripes and antique brass finished knobs, this cabinet will be the center of attention in any room.

The Parisian would look terrific in a sunny breakfast nook along with a wire bistro set or long-skirted table and chairs with slightly curved legs.

 

Artists Originals Parisian Striped Console/Wine Cabinet

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Friday Finds: Button Tufted Leather Ottomans

This week Susi brings us a high/low comparison of "button tufted brown leather ottomans(say that three times fast). As with her other high/low items, you will see price doesn't always mean poor design or low quality; in fact, there are always some great values to be found in the lower price points.

Distinction Leather Tufted Ottoman
Distinction Leather Tufted Cocktail Ottoman at $1000

 

Safavieh Cocktail Ottoman in Brown

Cocktail Ottoman in Brown at $300

 

Nox Square Dark Brown Ottoman
Nox Square Dark Brown Ottoman at Under $70

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Romantic Metal Canopy Beds

 

Barcelona BedThe most romantic bedrooms are filled with whimsical and fanciful colors, furnishings and textures. Metal canopy beds and fancy metal bed frames like the ornately scrolled Barcelona Bed make a perfect choice for creating a romantic ambience. Replete with a Spanish flair and four post style, the Barcelona looks as beautiful bare as it does draped with a canopy of luxurious velvets and silks.

This metal canopy differs from others in the options it offers; such as its availability in every standard bed size right up to a California King and over 40 hand applied durable finishes! Its heavy gage iron and steel design and hand-poured decorative casting  will ensure its heirloom status and be enjoyed by generations to come. 

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

American Drew Four Poster Beds

If you have a large master suite to fill, four poster beds will give a big presence which can diminish the sometimes cavernous feel of a big room. Their height and bulkiness should be accompanied by larger dressers and bedside tables. Even simple wood beds like the traditionally-styled American Drew Full Poster Bed in Black Cherry Maple will create a lovely focal point for any larger bedroom.

American Drew four poster bed

Set off  the American Drew four poster bed with matching maple-topped bedside tables and an oversize dresser with mirror. Typically, you’ll want to avoid matching sets as they can give a dated look to your décor. However, with a larger space matching woods and finishes seems to take up more space by giving a continuity of size, color and materials around the room. 

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Incorporate Torchieres in Your Traditional Decor

 

Tendril Three-light Torchiere To light a dark corner or make a statement in a large entry room in pairs, torchieres achieve these and many other interior design objectives. Traditional floor lamps, also known as torch lamps, started out as candelabras often boasting two to three lights atop a tall wood or metal stand.

The design was introduced to France in the late 17th century and by that time accommodated just one candle. These lights were considered revolutionary in lighting large rooms when the number of candles was increased.

Today’s torchiere still offers ample uplight and traditional styling, but instead of candles, it is all electric. For instance, the Tendril Three-light Torchiere is reminiscent of its candle-lit predecessors with its Scavo candle-shaped shades and the nature-inspired motif of its bronze finished steel triple stand. Scavo glass undergoes a multi-step process which creates a diffused glow when lit, similar to that of candle light. This beauty would compliment a traditional or country decor.

Chinoiserie-Patterned Black End Tables

Trying to furnish a small bedroom can be a tough task, especially if you want the luxury of a queen or king size bed. If there is no negotiating the bed size, then acquiescing on dressers and small end tables or bedside tables is a must. There is one way to fit in smaller end tables on either side of the bed without them getting lost visually.  Choose from small-width decorative black end tables like the Clarkson Table with a bold Chinoiserie floral pattern raised lip dish and ornamental legs.

Clarkson Table

In French tongue, Chinoiserie signifies “Chinese-esque” referring to 17th century artistic styles with recurring Chinese artistic themes. Whimsical and fanciful, the use of lacquer materials and decorations give it a unique look. The Clarkson Table offers the luxurious look of Chinoiserie without the price tag, it is priced just right under $275. 

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Casually Styled Lingerie Chests

Unless you are a celebrity or uber rich you may not have experienced the feeling of owning a lingerie chest, as many women these days are lucky if they get a panty drawer or two to themselves. As caretakers, we tend to let everyone's needs come before our own, no matter whether it’s a spouse or a houseful of children. So when it comes to something as little as drawer space for our personal items we tend to accept whatever space is left over after everyone else is taken care of.

Lingerie chests tend to be considered a luxury not a necessity when it comes down to day to day reality. Break the habit of selflessness and purchase a lingerie chest just for you. It doesn’t have to be ornate, large or costly; a casual chest of drawers, like the 500 Series Six Drawer Lingerie Chest under $500, will give you ample space for all of your delicates and any other private items you may want to store. It’s up to you, it’s all yours. No more shuffling through his socks and Ts to find your items.

Series Six Drawer Lingerie Chest

The 500 Series lingerie chest from Hayneedle via StylePath offers tailored classic styling, rich Cappuccino finish and brushed nickel hardware. It’s made from plantation grown hardwoods and veneers which makes it eco-friendly. So what are you waiting for? Take a break from being the caretaker and take care of yourself, you deserve something special, so treat yourself with a lingerie chest filled with all new delicates. 

Colorful LED Desk Lamps with Personality

 

With contemporary good looks and sleek design, Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamps stands tall above other modern desk lamps. LED is short for “light-emitting diode,” or more simply put, a semiconductor light source with high intensity brightness. What does this mean for you?

The Flat Head lamp will give you bright lighting you can’t get from a standard lamp for your home office projects or your business office. The disc base and matching head stretched atop telescopic metal arms allows you to adjust lighting to suit your needs. It is available in three bright and bold hues: lime green, sky blue and orange. The colors and design make it a stylish addition to a modern or contemporary office, library or dorm room. 

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamps

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp in Orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp in Sky Blue  

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp in Lime Green

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bold Hall Tables with Impact

Inspired by the zebra print upholstered chairs in Susi’s Friday Finds, here’s a modern console table with a wild touch; the Ultimate Accents Contempo Zebra Hall Table. Made of solid wood and boasting zebra-print lacquer with a crackle finish, hall tables like this one are a terrific way to make a bold impression when placed in a front entry hall. Its 2-door cabinet with black metal pulls gives you lots of storage. The black and white zebra print will go with the majority of modern furnishings art and accents. However, don’t get too wild— too much animal print cheapens the classy and chic look just a little creates. Less is more when it comes to these bold prints.

Ultimate Accents Contempo Zebra Hall Table

Place the Zebra Hall Table in front of a floor to ceiling framed mirror and an unexpected burst of color coming from two boldly-hued crystal table lamps on its top. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Traditional Chaise Lounges Double as Daybeds

When looking for a quiet and comfortable spot to rest your weary head and feet, you don’t want feel like you are resting on a rock. Some traditional chaise lounge chairs and daybeds are beautiful, but incredibly uncomfortable, leaving you feeling more tense after a nap than you did before. When looking for a chaise lounge chair to actually relax in, be sure to choose one you can sink into with loads of cushion and a fluid design to fit your body. This may seem a bit of a physical challenge if you are planning on buying a chaise online, but you can actually eye it pretty well whenn you know what to look for.

Take a look at these two different chaise lounge chairs. One pretty and looks as if it belongs in a Victorian parlor which would be great if you weren’t going for comfort. The other is sumptuous and its cushioning is plentiful. Train your eye to hone in on certain comfort features such as seat depth, curvy lines and lots and lots of cushion.

The Delmar Chaise

The Delmar Chaise in burgundy maroon is pretty, proper and perfect for a formal traditional room.

Klaussner FiFi Chaise Lounge Ch

 

The Klaussner FiFi Chaise Lounge Chair leaves little doubt at its tremendous comfort with plump seat cushioning and fluffy movable back pillows.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Little Black Sofas

The simplicity and subtle impact of a black sofa is not unlike that of a woman in the perfect LBD (little black dress); forever classic and always alluring. For example, simple sofas dressed in unexpected fabrics, such as black velvet, make a subtle statement of class and confidence. Simple sofa styles lend themselves well to most any décor, whether you have traditional taste or modern.

Brookhaven Dylan Velvet Sofa

The Brookhaven Dylan Velvet Sofa in luxurious black velvet on a solid wood frame with chrome trim and legs is the perfect example of the LBS (little black sofa). Simple lines in a transitional style make it a perfect fit for many interiors, whether you plan to do an all white and black living room or would like a neutral palette so you can add in bold color with pillows or an area rug. 

Brunner Traditional Storage Ottoman

Who: Uttermost

What Brunner Junior Storage Ottoman

Where:  Hayneedle via StylePath

How Much: Under $270

Why We Dig It: This storage ottoman looks rich with its saddle-brown faux leather upholstery decoratively stitched and nail head accents. The flip side of the hardwood  lift-off top is stained a deep walnut and provides access to ample storage for anything you may need to keep close by like a snuggly afghan or remote controls.

Why You Need It: If you’ve been looking at traditional ottomans, but haven’t found just the right one, the Brunner will add a bit of warm richness to your room and provide the hideaway space you require. 

Brunner Junior Storage Ottoman

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chic and Comfortable Classic Settees

When you think of a settee, you may picture a beautiful piece of furniture which is a formal, tight-fitting and uncomfortable place to sit. True, there are plenty of classic settees out there just as you imagined, but luckily there are also plenty of designers who took both comfort and beauty into consideration when designing their settees.

Hampton Collection Chenille Settee

Lush, plush and fabulously comfortable, you’ll literally sink into these new classics like the Hampton Collection Chenille Settee. What’s more classic than down seating upholstered in the softest pile golden chenille and trimmed with heavy bullion fringe and nail head detailing? The Hampton has all of this and more.  You’ll find yourself going back to this classic settee time and time again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Modern Italian Oak End Tables

No bedroom is complete without bedside tables. Besides making a perfect place for bedside lamps, they’re a must for holding your beverages, reading materials or a scented candle or two. They come in every material, finish and color you can imagine and depending upon your taste and the style of your bedroom it shouldn’t be hard to find bedside tables you’ll love.

An easy way to approach finding those perfect tables is not box yourself in. Don’t feel you have to match all the woods or materials in your bedroom exactly, mix it up a bit and put pieces you absolutely love together. For example, if you have a contemporary or modern look to your bedroom, consider oak end tables in an unusual finish like the Italian-designed Virgola Night Stand in a light teak.

 

Virgola Night Stand

 

When it comes to modern or contemporary style oak end tables, the Italians have the right idea—they added brushed nickel modern drawer pulls that fit fluidly with the streamlined design of the Virgola Night Stand

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Antique Sideboards Perfect as Media Centers

Normally found in a large kitchen or dining room, credenzas, buffets and antique sideboards (like the Carmel Buffet below) break the mold with great looks and functionality perfect for use in the living room. The top holds your flat screen television and the shelves below keep media equipment stored neatly and safely. Its three big drawers hold remotes, game controllers, video games and anything else you would like to hide away.  The glass panel doors even receive remote control signals!

Carmel Buffet

The Carmel Buffet from Modern Furniture Warehouse is antiqued in a dark finish to make it look like an authentic and aged antique sideboard with a particular modern twist. The ambiguous and eclectic design lends itself to any style home whether you love country, traditional, modern, contemporary or a mix of all of the above.

Country Style Benches and Hall Trees

The Regina Narrow Hall Tree makes a stunning focal point in this entry. The boldness of its black window pane pattern paired with a strikingly tall back makes this a top pick among many other country style benches and hall trees. Among its other standout features are a handy seat with an underneath storage bin, a narrow design for smaller spaces and six top hooks for coats, hats and scarves.

Regina Narrow Hall Tree

Although, the Regina Hall Tree lends itself towards a more country or casual décor, it would really pop in an all black and white contemporary design or in a eclectic space with a mix of other woods. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Zacara Collection Modern Armoires

 

Who: Lexington: The Zacara Collection

WhatSable Zacara Contemporary/ Anatole Modern Armoire

Where: Improvement Direct via StylePath

How Much: Under $2,700

Why We Dig It: The mix of walnut and zebrano hardwoods in a warm sable finish combined with the unusual design of slated doors and custom designed champagne finished hardware doesn’t look like all modern armoires or other TV and media armoires out there.

Why You Need It: This modern armoire will make a stand-out addition to any modern or contemporary living room or bedroom. It is equipped with everything you need to house your television and media devices in style.

Sable Zacara Contemporary/ Anatole Modern Armoire

Sable Zacara Contemporary/ Anatole Modern Armoire

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Finds: Escape with The Great Gatsby

Susi's post this week is a tribute to "The Great Gatsby" fans everywhere. She combines design elements so prevalent during those rowdy roaring 20s; an art deco chandelier and white leather chaise, glamorous metallic finished end tables and a console table and a Fortuny-inspired mirror. This Jazz age room would inspire anyone to believe in the great American Dream Fitzgerald both idolized and critiqued in his novel.

Lace Five Uplight Chandelier

 

Lace Five Uplight Chandelier

Modern White Leather Chaise

Modern White Chaise from Modern Furniture Warehouse

 

Cipriani End Table with Drawer

Cipriani End Table with Drawer

 

City Sage Rectangular Rug

City Sage Rectangular Rug

  Black Mumm Large Meridian Accent Table Lamp

 

Black Mumm Large Meridian Accent Table Lamp

 

Nova Twisted Sister Console Table

Nova Twisted Sister Console Table

 

Kovac's Chic Table Lamp

Kovac's Chic Table Lamp

 

Fortune Venetian Mirror

Fortune Venetian Mirror

Monday, September 06, 2010

Perfect Duo: A Chaise Lounge and a Good Book

Home Library

This amazing home library design got us thinking about what furniture would make your home library experience the most enjoyable, whether you have a dozen books or a thousand. For those who love to read, the ultimate piece of furniture would be a chaise lounge—one that would offer luxurious comfort plus great beauty and style. We came up with these candidates for the one chaise that's the perfect fit for you and your interior space. What do you think?

empire-swan-chaise-longue

When a lounge was longue, this rich and sumptuous solid mahogany antique reproduction Millennium Monaco Thyme longue by Ashley would have been a favorite of Victorian ladies.

Daphne Chaise Lounge

 

It could be hard to actually sink down and relax in the Daphne Chaise Lounge, instead slink down and let your body mold to its curves.

Soho Collection Armless Chaise Lounger Chair

 

 

Want to go wild while still maintaining a little traditional décor? Look at this Wildon Home Ventura Cherry Chaise with a zebra print back, it'll do the trick.

 

Soho Collection Armless Chaise Lounger Chair.
Relaxing and reading a good book may become your favorite pastime if you choose this Soho Collection Armless Chaise Lounger Chair.

Merielle Chaise Lounger
The Merielle Chaise Lounger might just be the cause of many missed appointments. It's a chaise for curling up and forgetting about the time.

Chocolate Reststop Chaise Lounge

 

Here's another oh so comfortable piece--the Chocolate Reststop Chaise Lounge with its stylish good looks.

Global white leather chaise
If you're going modern, this Global white leather chaise might be the perfect fit for that corner with your favorite view.

 

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

End Tables and Other Curvy Modern Decor

Modern interiors are not all sleek straight lines even when it comes to everyday furniture and home decor like night and end tables, bookshelves and even rugs. Fluid curvy shapes are also very prevalent in pieces from today's hottest designers like Karim Rashid and Magis' Stefano Giovannoni. Think about adding some flowing curves to your modern living space. Among the slinky choices we offer are these stylish curvy pieces.

Wayborn Cho Tang Mu Modular Bookcase/Etagere

 

This Wayborn Cho Tang Mu Modular Bookcase/Etagere combines a touch of Asian with a modern look.

Star Chair

 

 

 

Get the look of modern Italian design with this contemporary Star Chair.

 

 

CURVY TABLE LAMP

Let the Curvy Table Lamp show off its curves on a desk or end table or night table.

 

Contempo Brown and Beige Area Rug

 

 

 

Curves move underfoot with a Contempo brown and beige area rug.

 

 

 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

StyleGuide: French Master Bedroom Furniture

 

StyleGuide: French Master Bedroom

 

Master Bedroom Furniture Collection all feminine French style pieces available through StylePath...

Winslow Bombe Chest
British Traditions Honfleur Carved Armoire
Bonne Nuit Empire Bed in Versailles Finish
Ethan Allen Antique Oushak Rug
Saturday, August 21, 2010

Discover Ashley Furniture on StylePath

I read somewhere the other day about Ashley Furniture being the #1 furniture seller in North America, which led me to wonder why. Well, apparently according to their website they “sell top-quality furniture at incredibly low prices.” They are able to do this for a number of reasons: They streamlined their design, production and delivery process by cutting out the middleman in all of these areas. They have their own furniture designers on staff, they keep limited warehouse space at their Ashley furniture home stores and fill orders from regional warehouse locations which they deliver with their own fleet of trucks.

Ok, so they’ve apparently got the quality and price down, but do they have great looking furniture designs? What styles do they carry? If I wanted to go full out modern with only Ashley furniture designs could I? Or contemporary or traditional? I remember running across a few pieces of their furniture on StylePath so I thought, I would investigate further.

Wow! Here’s what I found—we have 44 pages of Ashley furniture in every style, design and price point for every room of the house. I’ve found some beautiful pieces I would love to take home with me. Take a look at our Ashley Furniture pages for yourself.

North Shore Upholstered Arm Chairs (Set of 2)

Ashley Furniture's North Shore Upholstered Arm Chairs (Set of 2) for under $450.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Finds: Along Came A Spider Decor

This week Susi created a room around a lovely little creature we featured in a post earlier in the week. The lucky starlette inspiring this Friday Finds' room is no other than the CZ Spider Pin Brooch. Check out the results of Susi's inspiration and let us know what you think.

CZ Spider Pin Brooch

The CZ Spider Pin Brooch is encrusted with pink and clear dazzling CZs.

Moravi Five Start Pendant

The Moravi Pendant's inspiration comes from the Moravian star, a symbol of good luck since the 15th century. 

Carden Oval Mirron

The Carden Oval Wall Mirror gets its antique look from hand-forged metal with a black and silver finish applied.

Kaleidoscope Lipstick Decorative Pillow

The Kaleidoscope Lipstick Decorative Pillow in New Zealand wool is hand-dyed and hand-embroidered.

Surya Vine Rug

Surya Vine Rug from Surya Artist Studio gives a contemporary look. 

Brushed Zeta Bench
The Brushed Zeta Indoor Architectural Bench is a stunner and doubles as a work of art.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Classic Leather Living Room Furniture

There’s nothing quite like a lovingly-worn vintage Chesterfield sofa, with its deep creases and softly patinaed patches, but every Chesterfield has to start somewhere. If you are on the hunt for “just so” leather living room furniture then look no further than the reproduction of the true classic Chesterfield leather sofa by Timothy Oulton.

With its deep tufting, perky rolled arms and no less than 1,500 hand-hammered brass studs and count them, 85 buttons, this leather sofa is begging to go home with you. Just imagine sinking back into its deep set cushions, already supple and distressed, to give it that lived in look and feel you would spend years of lounging on it to accomplish.

This Chesterfield will give your other livingroom furniture the classy companion it’s been pining for. Your search is over— this is the “just so” sofa you’ve been looking for all along. 

Restoration Hardware Kensington Leather Sofa

Restoration Hardware Kensington Leather Chesterfield Loveseat

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Glass Coffee Tables For Any Decor

Glass coffee tables work well in most any style or décor, but should be chosen according to the base. Some glass bases suit a more modern room while other wood bases suit a rustic or old world style living room. StylePath has many choices of glass top coffee tables in a wide variety of styles and bases. Take a look at a few of the glass top coffee tables we offer according to style.

Gloria Coffee Table

Get a modern look with the Gloria Glass Coffee Table

Coaster Valencia Marble Top Coffee Table

The Coaster Valencia Glass Top Coffee Table with marble enclosure and iron base goes well with a contemporary or traditional decor.

 

BORGHESE COCKTAIL TABLE

 

This Borgheses Cocktail Table is an elegant mirrored glass top coffee table which would look fabulous in a shabby chic or very formal living room.

Barcelona Collection Coffee Table

The Barcelona Collection Glass Top Coffee Table in rattan and mahogany would blend well in a country or rustic decor.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hide the Mess with a Computer Armoire

Face it computers are a major part of most of our lives, but along with this modern necessity comes a lot of hardware, cables, towers, and monitors.  There’s absolutely no redeeming aesthetic qualities to any of the computer mess we deal with on a daily basis and the home décor we work so hard to achieve can be overlooked and the computer mess becomes the focal point of the room. The answer? A computer armoire.

Just as we try to hide the mess of our televisions, VCRs, DVDs and game consoles away in entertainment centers and armoires, now it’s time to get the computer mess in your living room or bedroom cleaned up once and for all too. I'm just as guilty, my home office is a complete mess of every computer and printing device you can think of and it clutters my mind not to mention my space.

So I went on the hunt for the very best computer armoire StylePath had to offer, but instead I found several and am having trouble deciding. But take a look at the one I’m leaning towards. Maybe it will be just perfect for you too.

On the outside the Sunrise Computer Armoire is a lovely mix of  two-tone cherry features, black leather door panels with decorative stitching, and antique brass hardware. This combination would add a graceful presence to any room. Wrap around double doors open to reveal the inside of the computer armoire packed with computer enabling features offering you everything you need to get your work done, surf or shop online. It boasts: partitioned media storage for organizing your office tools; double pull-out trays for extra workspace and your keyboard; a pull-out printer shelf (love it!); a storage drawer and a file drawer. All for under $1300! 

Sunrise Home Office Computer Armoire

Sunrise Computer Armoire for the home office exterior view.

Sunrise Home Office Computer Armoire Interior

Sunrise Computer Armoire for the home office interior view.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Gracious Swan Entry Hall Table

Besides the front door, your entry or foyer is the first thing visitors see when coming to your home. This room should be given careful consideration and needs to be designed to make a serious statement about your style. One way of working to that end, is to add an entry hall table that is visually stunning.

A perfect hall console table addition to any style comes in the gracious and astounding Swan Console Table from Bellacor. The table base of this wood hall table is created by a pair of intertwined intricately-carved swans and with subtle design elements along the table top edging.

Add a beautiful vase or flower arrangement to the top of the table and a beautiful mirror behind for a stunning entry you and your guests will love. 

Swan Console Table

                    Bellacor Swan Console Table

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pink Seven Sofa and Betsey Johnson

Not all ladies love pink, especially in our decor. I was on the fence about it until I saw these great shots of the absolutely splendid pink apartment Betsey Johnson designed (is there anything this woman can’t do?) A little pink goes a long way, but a lot of pink goes on for miles! I got curious to see what pink pieces we have on StylePath, so here is a living room sofa that's bold and pink, it would surely get the nod from Ms. Johnson herself.

                          Betsey Johnson in her apartment. (Credit)

Ms Johnson's Dining Room. I just love the yellow and metal dining room chairs. (Credit)

                               Pink Seven Sofa

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday Finds: Modern to Mission Library

 

Our furniture editor has the best job in the world; she gets to spend her days scouring the web and finding the most beautiful home furnishings on earth. So every Friday, we are going to bring you what catches her fancy, gives her a whim or gets her creative juices flowing. This week she took it to the limit and created a whole room from products found on StylePath. This week’s room is a mission to modern library. Have a terrific weekend and happy shopping!

Room & Board Louis Chair in Summit Cognac

Room & Board Louis Chair in Summit Cognac is a modern take on a traditional men's club chair.
Oak Hida Rectangular End Table

Oak Hida Rectangular End Table encompasses modern and mission design all in one.

Double Stack Manor House Solid Oak Wood Bookcase

Furniture Classics Double Stack Manor House Bookcase in solid oak offers plenty of shelves to store all of your collector editions.

Fenton Computer Desk

Fenton Desk with glass top and modern styling. Read about the writing desks of famous authors.

Dream Tan Rectangular Area Rug

The Bellacore Dream Tan Area Rug will give will warmth underfoot. Made from New Zealand Wool.

Mackintosh Leaf Chandelier - 4 Light

Inspired by the Arts & Crafts style in which the Mission style found its roots, the Mackintosh Leaf Chandelier will illuminate your book as well as your beautifully styled modernistic mission room.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Versatile Ottomans for Every Room

A comfortable chair or sofa is made so much better when accompanied by an ottoman. Ottomans are super versatile and can act as a foot rest, coffee table, storage container or style statement. With so much going for it, you won’t be lost trying to find the perfect ottoman for your home. Use one in the living room in front of the sofa, place one at the foot of the bed to put on shoes, or add one in front of a comfy chair for a reading corner.

Besides all of their terrific uses, ottomans come in every style, color and size and shape you can imagine such as a leather ottoman, storage ottoman, wood ottoman and round ottoman. StylePath has over 600 ottomans to choose from, but don’t worry we’ll narrow down those choices and give you just what you’re looking for. Take a look at a few of our favorites, they may just be what you are looking for.

Button Leather Ottoman

The Button Ottoman from Bellacore is stylishly modern in white leather and will accompany other leather living room furniture nicely.

Wattley Storage Ottoman

Wattely Storage Ottoman in brown leather with double stitched grid work and brass brads.

Cayenne Ottoman

The Cayenne Ottoman in fabric and black wood gives plentiful top space to act as a coffee table in a larger living room.

Kimberley Seldon Offers Coffee Table Guide

In the market for a coffee table, but unsure which is the one for you?  According to Kimberley Seldon, host of the popular television series “Design for Living” and columnist for HomeEnvy.com, you’re not alone.

She says, “Rarely designed for its own style-potential, this hardworking occasional table has finally become a star in its own right. However, consideration of style, scale, shape, and functionality make choosing this living room staple a challenging task.”

Seldon created a thorough and engaging coffee table guide to help you choose just the right coffee table for you. She includes a brief history of the coffee table, what you should consider before purchasing one and how to avoid some of the design pitfalls associated with placing a coffee table in your décor. So no matter whether you find you need a square coffee table, a wood coffee table or a glass coffee table, you’ll be sure to return to StylePath with a new found confidence and ability to pick just the right coffee table for your home and we’ll be here to help!
Knoll Coffee Table

 

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Van Gogh Designs Jane Chaise Lounger

Van Gogh would have surely loved this chic chaise lounger which boasts his name. Plush and curvy, this traditional chaise with a modern edge looks terrific in a rich warm cheetah print. Use in the bedroom for curling up with the one you love or in the living room with a good book. The quality construction is supported by a durable hardwood frame with a sinuous spring design.

Stylishly speaking it takes only a little bit of animal print to make a big impact, so leave the cheetah to the chaise to make your statement. Many fine homes can be found furnished with a hint of animal print here and there. What do you think of this style?

Random Fact: The American term “chaise lounge” is an erroneous English translation from the French term “chaise longue”. It has been so widely misused that it has become accepted as correct terminology even appearing as so in the English dictionaries.  

Van Gogh Designs Jane Chaise Lounger

Van Gogh Designs Jane Chaise Lounger

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Color Lovers Go Neutral

Here's a bit of design advice for all you color lovers out there. If you have a thing for color (the brighter the better, you say?) then choose your bigger upholstered pieces (sofas, lounge chairs, settees and living room chairs) in neutrals of beige, taupe, ivory, white, gray and black. Pairing big neutral pieces with favorite or trending colors has become a popular practice as we look to design in more budget conscience ways.

With a neutral canvas in place, you can go wild with a colorful palette you love for accessories, art, accent pieces and walls. If you like things to be fresh and exciting, a neutral base allows you to change things up according to seasonal trends or on a whim. You’ll never get bored with your décor again.

Design Tip: Nothing is bland about neutral tones when you know how to use them to their best advantage. If you tend to like cooler colors such as blue, green and violet then go with a white that has a cool bluish undertone. If you like warmer colors like red, orange and yellow then choose a white with a warmer yellow undertone.

Here's a neutral sofa furniture line-up you can't go wrong with...

White Leather Sofa

This white Italian leather sofa is artistically tufted with matching buttons.

Willis Grey Velvet Couch

Fabric upholstered sofa in gray with black walnut wood finish and antique brass casters.

Seyhan OZdemir & Sefer Caglar Sofa

Designer sofa from Seyhan Ozdemir & Sefer Caglar for De La Espada.

Black leather couch

Corbu black leather sofa with full leather Italian upholstery.

Jasper Contemporary Sofa

The Jasper Contemporary Sofa with a sharp angles in a modern design.


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