Spring 2013 Fashion Trends For The Home

Although we’re well on our way into the fall season, just last week was New York Fashion Week, and we have some of our favorite trends for Spring 2013 ready for your wardrobe and your home! Interior trends typically follow fashion trends, so check out what the next big looks are sure to be along with our tips on how to incorporate them into your home.

One of the biggest trends for next spring is the use of muted floral patterns. This pretty floral pillow and three door chest would be a great way to tie this feminine trend in with your home!

Another popular style choice was to go sporty. Our convertible Klick Klack with contrast white stitching and red swivel chair combine sporty mobility with a polished look.

The tangerine trend isn’t going anywhere, and this vibrant hue is easy to work in with a few fun textile pieces, such as these eye-catching pillows!

Leather is a loved option for dresses, pants, skirts, sofas, and chairs. We suggest buying your upholstered pieces in leather, such as the Sullivan Collection and L4050 Steel Leather Sofa, for a sleek, classic look you’ll love.

We just recently blogged about using metallic items in your home, and this just happened to be one of the big trends for spring as well! A little silver and gold will not only look great in your closet, but also mixed into your home furnishings with items such as the glamorous silver bedroom chest or metallic jewelry armoire.

The last big trend we loved for Spring 2013 was the use of funky, digitally-inspired prints. These eclectic patterns were seen all over the runway and can be easily mixed in with your decor without being too showy. The pixel patterned rug is a great example of using a digital print in neutral colors for a fashion-forward look that is still understated and sophisticated, and the black nailhead accent chest shows that pattern isn’t just for textiles – it works well on case pieces too!

What Spring 2013 trends to do you want in your wardrobe and home?

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Getting In Touch With Your Animal Instincts

One of our favorite trends for fall is the fantastic use of animal prints in home decor.  Whether you have just a touch of leopard or a room full of zebra, going with your animal instincts and adding some furry prints to your home will give it a striking look you’ll love.

A single leopard print chair adds a fun element to this room!

The pair of zebra print ottomans create a trendy look in this otherwise more traditional home.

This photos proves that you CAN mix prints!

A hint of leopard looks lovely in this stylish sitting area.

Furniture Connexion’s animal patterned nesting tables are the perfect item to give your home just a dash of that safari style!

This study is seeing spots all over the place!

A little leopard, a little zebra, and you’re good to go!

Add a little zebra into YOUR home with our funky zebra print pillow!

Whimsical zebra wallpaper takes this room from conservative to eye-catching!

These leopard print stairs show that using animal print can also be very elegant and glamorous in large quantities.

The mix of animal prints and textures gives this bedroom a unique look.

We love this zebra bench tucked beneath the console in the foyer.

For a similar look, this zebra stool from Furniture Connexion is a great substitute!

We love a black, white and gray interior with this bright yellow pop and fun zebra hide rug.

Do you have any animal prints in your home?

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Terrific Trunks For Your Home

We love using trunks as part of our decor and think they’re a great way to combine style and storage.  Whether you use a trunk in a bedroom, entryway, bathroom, or foyer, they’ll add a unique look to a room and are a fun alternative to a typical table you’d ordinarily see.  Here are some inspiring photos of different ways trunks are used in various homes, as well as some of our trunks that would work great in yours!

Why settle for one trunk when you can have two?

A tall trunk can make a great dry bar and a fantastic place to hide away those pricey bottles of wine you’re saving.

The dark wood of the trunk looks great against the mostly light decor of this stunning space.

A trunk at the end of the bed is a perfect for storing linens and giving yourself a place to sit when you’re putting on your shoes!

This Reclaimed Castle Treasure Box would look amazing in both a traditional home or with a more modern interior.

A vintage trunk is perfect for any space that needs some extra storage or a surface for displays.

This rustic storage chest gives the neutral room some depth and makes it look homey and warm.

Elegant chairs, a metallic modern sofa, graphic prints, and a stylish chest combine to make this room unforgettable.

A trunk makes a pretty nightstand, especially in a soft, creamy hue.

This Postal Stamp Storage Trunk is an adorable take on a traditional storage chest.

A trunk works well as a side table too, and the contrast of the rustic trunk with the modern chair and sofa makes it especially interesting.

This proves that you don’t have to choose between a console table and a trunk – you can have both!

This Jaipur Trunk from Furniture Connexion mixes in well with any style of home decor.

Do you have a trunk in your home?

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Five Great Finds For Your Home

 

Since our economy has undoubtedly seen better days, many people are opting to buy furniture that will last them a long time, is affordable, and will work well with the rest of their furniture.  Here are some of our top picks for classic, stylish furniture that has a timeless look perfect for your home, starting with the Larissa Sofa above.  This sofa has a traditional style with rolled arms, bun legs, and neutral upholstery that’s easy to coordinate with and works well in both formal living rooms and more casual family rooms.

 

 

This upholstered cocktail table is a great compromise between a coffee table and ottoman.  Handy pull-out shelves allow for an extra place to set your drink, the bottom shelf is ideal for books and magazines, and the top is a fantastic spot to sit or rest your feet!

 

This accent chair is perfect for giving a room an item that’s a little more playful without being too loud.  The print of the chair is whimsical and stylish in colors that coordinate with many hues, and the smaller chair proportions make it perfect for placing in a bedroom, living room, or anywhere else you want an extra place to sit!

This reclaimed console table is a great piece for both behind a sofa or against a wall.  The look of the console is a mixture of modern, organic, and industrial influences, but it still looks in place with other more elegant pieces.

Rather than setting your TV in an oversize entertainment center, we love the idea of using this reclaimed cabinet to place it on.  If you don’t have a TV, this cabinet also works great in a front entryway to sit on and store items (shoes could fit in the middle and hats, gloves, and scarves could go in the sides).

What’s your favorite piece of furniture you can’t let go of?

Desert Home Design

The crazy heat wave we have been experiencing has made us all feel as though we’re in the middle of a desert – not the Pacific Northwest!  However, since we’re always thinking of design, thoughts of the desert lead us to thoughts of the homes there. Whether they have a rustic and warm appeal in the high desert , or a midcentury modern vibe in a desert oasis, desert homes often seem to be among the most stylish with their floor to ceiling windows, architectural details, and beautiful surrounding scenery.  Below are a some inspirational photos of a couple different directions you can go to achieve a stylish desert home, as well as suggested items from the Furniture Connexion to give your home a similar look.

The items below combine to create the perfect combination of rustic charm with a modern sensibility, ideal for a home in the high desert to create a look similar to the ones shown above.

These photos have a fun, retro vibe that makes us yearn for a trip to Palm Springs!

Combine vibrant colors, modern shapes, and bright white upholstery for a fun and youthful desert oasis style!

Do you prefer a more rustic high desert style, or a retro desert oasis vibe for your home?

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How to Make Your Bedroom a Peaceful Place

We spend about a third of our life sleeping and additional time in our bedrooms reading, getting dressed, and relaxing, but far too often, this room doesn’t measure up to the peaceful, happy haven it should be.  Here are some quick, easy tips to make this important room be the warmest and most comfortable space in your home.

First and foremost, invest in a great mattress and comfortable pillows.  A good mattress is a must for great sleep, and the right pillows will be the perfect complement.  Since mattresses are generally kept for a lengthy period of time, invest in something you’ll want to spend years sleeping on.  Pillows are also something that people tend to hold onto, so purchase pillows you’ll want to use every night.  Visit Furniture Connexion for great deals on exceptional mattresses!

Now that you’ve got the mattress, it’s time to think about the sheets!  Your bedding is another place to spend a little money since nice sheets can make such a difference.  However, if you can’t afford luxury sheeting for all the items on your bed, spend less money on the duvet cover and decorative shams since they won’t actually be against your skin, and the most money on your flat and fitted sheets and pillowcases.  The general rule is that if it touches your skin, you can spend a little more money.  Depending on where you live, you may want to buy a few sets of sheets – heavier flannel ones for cold winters, and lighter cotton ones for hot summers.  In addition, you may need an extra blanket for winter as well.  We love the classic look of a white, fluffy bed, but like to dress it up with decorative pillows and a throw at the end.  Just remember to pick bedding that will coordinate well with the rest of your room and that you’ll enjoy for a long time. People tend to keep their sheets for years, so you won’t want to buy a busy print you might easily tire of.

Make sure your furniture is perfect for you.  Buy a bed you’ll love!  If you’ve been wanting an upholstered headboard, don’t settle for a slat-back one just because it’s on sale.  Make sure you buy the exact thing you’ve been wanting and consider how it will work for you.  If you’re tall, you may not want a low platform bed that will be hard for you to get in and out of.  Also consider storage: If you like to keep books, magazines, medicine, and other items near your bed, you’ll probably want a nightstand with storage to keep the area clean and organized.

Now that you’ve got the furniture, mattress, and bedding sorted out, it’s time to think about your more sentimental items.  Keep photos of loved ones in your bedroom. Have a piece of artwork you adore?  Hang it up for you to see and enjoy first thing when you wake up in the morning.  If you’re going to keep knickknacks in your bedroom, store them on a tray to keep everything contained and give a sense of order.

Perfect your lighting.  Your bedroom lighting should be soft, so stay away from harsh lights that are too bright.  In addition to an overhead light, you should have a light on either side of the bed, preferably with lighting that’s adjustable so that if you stay up reading, your partner won’t be bothered with a bright light.  If you can, have at least one stylish lighting choice, either bedside lamps or overhead, to make a beautiful statement.

Inject your style!  For a bedroom that’s soft and romantic, add a canopy or drape mosquito netting around it. For a glamorous look, mix in some mirrored or lacquered furniture, a dazzling tray to hold perfumes and lotions, or hang some framed vintage fashion prints. For an ethnic spin, add some ikat or kilim prints and pillows.  Put at least one bold element in your room to give a stronger sense of the style you’re going for. Have fun with your bedroom and make it unique – this is the one space in your home that is just for you!

Don’t forget color!  One of the most basic ways to create a particular feeling in a room is to change the backdrop.  Yellow walls can be cheerful, cool blue walls give a sense of calm, deep brown or even black walls can be dramatic and sophisticated, and pink gives off a soft, feminine vibe. Just remember that since it’s a bedroom, you’ll want to choose a color that is flattering (which is why green isn’t the best option) and calming (this may not be the best place for neon geometric wallpaper).

Remember the little touches. Keep your bedroom smelling fresh and feeling cozy and clean!  A vase of flowers will look lovely and may give your room a soft fragrance, or consider using a linen spray to lightly scent your sheets.  The first thing you do once you wake up is get out of bed, so have a soft rug for your feet when they hit the ground.  And don’t forget to make  your bed – it only takes a couple minutes, and it immediately makes your room look fresh and clean.

What’s your favorite thing about your bedroom?

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10 Dining Spaces We Love

We have a hard time limiting ourselves to one particular style when there are so many that we appreciate and enjoy! This is especially true when it comes to dining rooms. Sometimes we like to imagine it as a place where we could host an elegant brunch or afternoon tea, while other times we picture ourselves eating pizza with friends, or having a fun dinner party.  Here are some of our favorite dining spaces, from ultra-elegant to modern and organic to glamorous and glossy.

Which is  your favorite dining room? What would your dream dining room look like?

Check out www.furnitureconnexion.com for some fun dining room ideas!

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Working Color Into Your Casa

As soon as I walk outside, I am greeted with splashes of color – bright orange poppies, vibrant green shrubbery, deep red roses, perfect pink peonies – the list goes on and on.  Seeing so much color in the outdoors makes me long for the same pops of color inside, and luckily, there are many easy ways to do this that don’t involve a bucket of paint.  See below for some tips on incorporating color into your home.

I love having one (or two) bright upholstered items.  However, having bright upholstery means that the rest of the room should be fairly neutral and complement (but not compete with) the colorful pieces you add in, so keep that in mind when you’re redecorating.

Adding some funky, colorful pillows are the easiest way to bring in some color and switch up the look of a room.  Imagine how different the sofa above would look with simple black or white pillows, or even with pretty floral pillows like the one pictured from Wanderloot.com.

Don’t forget your floors!  Adding a rug, whether geometric, floral, Oriental, or traditional, is a great way to mix in color.

Add accessories!  The rooms above look so bright, but it’s only small items that give the room color – pillows, pottery, plants, art, wall decor, boxes, flowers, and lamps.  Mix in bold accessories to add a punch of color to an otherwise neutral room.  I love the idea of this cobalt blue tribal blanket from Wanderloot.com in an otherwise all white room!

One of my favorite ways to add color is with art.  There is nothing more stunning than a bright, all white room with vibrant, colorful artwork on the walls.

Another awesome (and easy) way to add color is to switch the drapery!  This is an especially great idea if you still have heavy, dark curtains hanging from the winter.  Switching them out with something light and bright will completely transform the room in a wonderful way!  Now, how do you plan to add more color into your home?

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Sophisticated Storage Solutions

When you’re short on space and heavy on stuff, it’s important to have plenty of storage to keep things organized and make the most of the space you do have.  Here are some ideas on how to store your things in a way that is still visually appealing.

A lift-top ottoman with storage space inside is a great way to hide extra blankets, pillows, and bedding and works well in both bedrooms and living rooms.

Just because you’re used to having a nightstand next to your bed doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to that.  If you want more storage for bedroom items, a dresser or sideboard, such as our vintage reclaimed sideboard, works great!

If you you have a bathroom without many (or any) built-in cabinets, an armoire, bookcase, or sideboard is a stylish and unexpected way to store towels and toiletries.

Rather than having a coffee table with only one surface to place items on, a trunk is a clever way to hide items away inside while still having the regular capabilities of a coffee or side table.

A bed can take up a lot of space, so it’s helpful when you can get some storage out of it – as well as comfortable place to sleep!  I love the hidden storage of our Magnussen Nova bed in the last image – you can’t even tell it’s there!

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Lighten up for Summer

Now that it’s June, it is really starting to feel like summer (and we’re ready for it!).  However, if your home looks like it’s still stuck in winter, it’s time to refresh your interior.  Here are some simple suggestions to lighten up for the summer:

Change your drapery.  If you have heavy, dark drapery, try switching it for drapery in a lighter color and fabric, or even adding some sheers.


All white can be very pretty, but it can also be nice to add in some rich neutrals.  This dining table and chairs from our Tahoe Collection would be the perfect addition to your home with the beautiful handcrafted design made out of solid Sheesham/Indian rosewood.

Accessories are a great, easy, and cost-effective way to make your home seem more summery.  Switch out dark pillows and throws for some that seem more appropriate for the season and voilà – your room will have a totally different feel!

Make your bedroom seem lighter by putting on white bedding and laying down a light rug (especially if you have dark floors).

Maybe it’s time to purchase new furniture entirely.  If so, white leather could be a great choice for a modern look and easy maintenance, and it has “summer” written all over it!

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