Living room

Ideas for creating inviting living spaces that are stylish, comfortable and functional for every occasion.

Improving Your Lifestyle With Open Plan Living

Open plan living is a modern style of interior design, which is also a lifestyle choice as well as a style decision. It is essentially opening up certain areas of the home and allowing them to be in one open space, with specific function areas as opposed to rooms. Open plan living is so popular because it opens up the...

Fresh, Fuss-Free Living Rooms

Clean and fresh interior design
Some interiors just make you want to sigh and settle right in.  They give off a vibe of fresh, clean, fuss-free living.  These rooms are designed with a light touch, with nothing extra in the mix.  This design aesthetic can be accomplished in homes of every style, be it modern, traditional, contemporary or transitional.  Here is a selection of fresh,...

Well Blended: Transitional Interior Design

Transitional is a blend of traditional and contemporary design style that results in interiors that are classic and timeless.  Transitional interior design presents a very clean and sophisticated room that complements a wide range of architectural styles. Upholstering traditional shapes and styles of furniture in contemporary fabrics is one way to make the transition.  Mixing contemporary furniture with traditional is...

Creating a Cozy Living Space

As the days get shorter and cooler in most parts of the world, people seek warmth and coziness from their homes.  Here are a few tips on how to transform your living space into a cozy haven for relaxing and enjoying the season. Color can have a dramatic effect on any living area.  If you don’t want to invest in...

The Versatile and Stylish Settee

The settee originated in the 17th century, evolving from the armchair.  It was considered social seating because it allowed two people to sit together.  Now the use of the settee ranges from group seating at the dining table and kitchen to an alternative to sofas in small spaces and in cozy nooks for reading or entertaining. The settee is smaller...

Upholstered Walls for Sophisticated Glamour

Upholstered wall
There are many ways to update your walls.  You can paint, paper, panel or install murals.  To achieve a look of luxury, you can upholster your walls or simply use fabric to cover one wall for an accent.  Here is a selection of upholstered walls for sophisticated glamour in your home. One way to achieve the sophisticated look of upholstered...

6 Great Reasons to Love an Open Floor Plan

Spacious open floor plan
The open concept home offers many advantages to modern living and design.  This style of home appeals to a broad spectrum of home buyers.  Those wishing to down-size and simplify their lives may find the open concept welcoming.  If living with a multitude of walls and divided living areas begins to feel claustrophobic, this type of home layout is ideal.  Here...

Luxury Indoor-Outdoor Rooms

Luxury indoor/outdoor space
Today's architects, builders and designers are creating luxury spaces that combine indoor with outdoor living.  Indoor spaces quickly transition to outdoor with the slide of a door.  Outdoor living spaces are sheltered and become part of indoor spaces.  Here we explore luxury indoor-outdoor rooms to inspire. Outdoor rooms are being created that can be enclosed during inclement weather and form an...

Romancing the Home – A Guide to Romantic Interiors

Romantic Parisian interior
Beautiful rooms embellished with rich fabrics, gilded accents, fresh flowers and comfortable furniture are romantic by nature.  Using inspiration from Parisian interiors and combining elegance with charm, romancing your home can be a reality.  Here are a few ways to create a romantic interior. Parisian Romance - No place says romance like Paris, France.  The Parisian influence on interiors epitomizes romance. ...

How to add gold to your living room

Gold has been a popular choice from interior design, a trend that dates back centuries. The luxury and elegance of gold, and the cost of the precious stone, means that gold tones are the ones to choose if you’re looking to put a special stamp on your living room. Its sparkle and nod to extravagance makes it the perfect...

Lighting Tips for Your Living Room

Ambience.  Atmosphere.  Mood.  All of these words describe what is created with lighting, a fundamental part of interior design.  Light plays a major role in the design process and the most effective way to achieve a finished look is to layer.  The three levels of interior lighting are ambient, task and accent. Ambient light is the overall light of a room and can be provided...

The Allure of Casual Elegance in Interior Design

  Casual elegance is an interior design style that is understated, warm and inviting.  It is the simple side of elegance.  Much like wearing pearls with jeans, casual elegance is comfortable with an edge of sophistication and refinement. Photo courtesy of BHG.com To achieve the look of casual elegance requires a balance of comfortable pieces with the more luxurious.  It requires a...

The Design Anatomy of the Family Room

A beautifully appointed family room
What makes up a family room? What does a family room mean to you?  For many, this room is a place to relax and enjoy family and friends.  It is a central location in the home and, aside from the kitchen, the top gathering spot for entertaining.  Let’s take a moment to explore the design anatomy of a family...

Sunken Seating is a Fun Alternative in the Modern Home

Try something completely different in your home with sunken seating.  If you like to entertain and enjoy cozy gatherings with friends and family, creating a sunken seating area is a sure way to get the ultimate in stylish and comfortable entertainment space. In the modern home, sunken seating takes rooms to a whole new level of seating ease and comfort. ...

Chic and Charming Farmhouse Style for Every Taste

Chic farmhouse style
Farmhouse style is classic and comforting.  It encompasses interiors that reveal history and those that are fresh and new.  There is a certain chic and charming farmhouse style for every taste, from classic to industrial and modern.  Here we examine interiors that evoke fresh and classic farmhouse style alongside a more modern farmhouse aesthetic.  Which farmhouse style suits you? With...

7 Simple Ways to Update Your Living Room

Stylish and chic living room
If a complete revamp of your living room is not within your economic or time budget, there are a variety of updates and changes you can make that may be within your reach.  Here are seven simple ways to update your living room.  Statement Art An interesting painting, framed print or photograph can give your living room a voice.  If it...

Refresh Your Living Room with Florals

Break free of the winter doldrums and infuse a little brightness into your living room with florals.  This year’s runway is overflowing with bright, fanciful prints that take you on a journey through the garden.  Extend this colorful trend into your home by incorporating floral fabrics and accessories to liven up your living room and bring the freshness of...

Sophisticated Feminine Interiors for the Modern Woman

Sophisticated feminine interior
There are many sides to the sophisticated woman.  She loves the classics but sometimes longs for an eclectic mix of style.  She sometimes wants to break free of preconceived notions and be bold and colorful.  Sophisticated feminine interiors are at once beguiling and chic.  They appeal with an overall sense of style but on closer observation you may discover...
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