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Best Furniture to Purchase for a Small Condo

The average condo is 1200 square feet, so condo living can be a bit cramped, but these furniture pieces will help maximize your space (and not eat it up).

Apartment-Sized Sofa or a Loveseat

Save space in your condo by downsizing to a sofa that’s between 68″ and 80″ long, or opt for a loveseat instead of your space is particularly small.

If you plan on having company spending the night and you don’t have a guest bedroom, make sure your sofa or loveseat is a sleeper.

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Narrow Side Tables

Trade out your standard square end tables for narrow side tables that are still functional but won’t take up as much room; nesting tables and drink tables are also great options.

If you need lighting in your condo but the side tables are too small, get a floor lamp or, better yet, install wall sconces to save floor space.

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Coffee Table Ottoman

Coffee table ottomans are good for both kicking up your feet and setting your drinks down; the storage variety provide extra storage space, too.

In addition to these purposes, you can also use a coffee table ottoman for extra seating if you have company; just slide it back two or three feet from the sofa.

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Console Table with Storage

Instead of a stand or cart, set your TV on a stylish console table with storage.

Console tables take up less space, visually, but can just as easily serve your entertainment and storage needs.

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Storage Cabinet

If you’re lacking storage space in your condo, consider getting a slim storage cabinet to store extra belongings like clothes, books, and groceries.

Maximize the storage space in your cabinet by placing smaller items in bins, boxes, or containers; this will also make your cabinet look tidier.

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Terai Folding Chairs

Terai folding chairs are upholstered so they’re comfortable but also space-efficient and easy to put away when not in use.

These chairs are great to have when you need to seat extra people in the living room or dining area.

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Portable Kitchen Cart

A portable kitchen cart is wonderful to have if you’re short on counter space, and, when you’re done using it, you just roll it away!

You can also use it as an entertainment cart or a server when you’re entertaining; having a portable kitchen cart can come in handy!

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Round Dinette

Space-efficiency is a priority when it comes to furnishing your condo, so your best bet when it comes to dining options is to get a round dinette.

Circular tables are best for small dining rooms because they take up less room due to their lack of surface space; if you can get a drop leaf table, all the better! Just make sure the chairs can slide underneath the table.

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Bar Stools

If you have some counter space, you don’t have to try fitting everyone at the table- just get a few bar stools for extra seating!

Buying bar stools will save you space as you don’t have to choose a larger dining table or worry about storing extra chairs.

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Corner Desk

Sure, you can work at the dining table, but, if you want a separate workspace, consider getting a corner desk in your condo.

A corner desk is one of the more space-efficient home office setups and is doable in most cases as most people usually have a corner to spare.

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Storage Bed

While a storage bed may be bulkier than a standard headboard, footboard, and rails setup, it could save you room by eliminating the need for more bedroom furniture.

If you don’t get a storage bed, make sure you have clearance under the bed for storage so you can easily store bins and containers underneath the bed.

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Storage Bench

Having a storage bench at the foot of the bed in your condo can give you both additional seating and storage.

A bench at the foot of the bed will also add style to your bedroom without being too bulky or expensive.

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Chest of Drawers

If space is a particular issue in your condo bedroom, avoid a dresser and mirror and get a chest of drawers instead.

A chest of drawers is narrower and shorter (depth-wise) but can provide plenty of storage with at least five drawers.

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We hope our blog post has been helpful as you decide which furniture pieces to buy for your condo. What furniture helps you save space in your condo? Let us know in the comments!

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What is the Best Shape for a Dining Table in a Small Room?

If you have a small dining room or nook, choosing a dining table can be a bit of a challenge, but there are a few table shapes that tend to work well.

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Circle

If your dining area is particularly small, a circle table is most ideal as its edgeless surface allows for more room than a standard dining room table.

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Square

If you have a small dining area but want to maximize your surface area, go for square-shaped table; just make sure that the chairs fit underneath the table so they’re not taking up additional room.

Oval

If you have a narrow dining area or need to seat more people, an oval-shaped table offers the functionality of a standard dining table minus some surface area.

As always, measure your space before buying a dining room set. Also take the chairs into consideration when measuring a set, especially if they don’t fit underneath the table.

We hope our suggestions have been helpful and that you’ll find the right table shape for your small dining area. Which shape table has worked well for you in the past? Let us know in the comments!

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What is the Best Way to Arrange Living Room Furniture?

There’s not one perfect way to arrange a living room since they vary in size and shape, but following these design principles will help you best maximize your space.

Start off by asking yourself some questions. Who uses the living room? What are the main activities there? Knowing these things in advance helps you decide how many seats and what specific furniture pieces your living room needs.

Take Measurements of Your Living Room

You’ll want to take measurements of your living room so you can determine if your furniture is to scale and possible configurations.

Make sure your furniture is the appropriate size for your space and that everything can comfortably fit in your living room.

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Determine a Focal Point

For optimum functionality, determine a focal point whether its a fireplace, TV, or window, and arrange your furniture around it.

In some cases, you can mount a TV on top of a fireplace or put a TV in the corner next to a window so you can get the best of both views.

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Then Arrange Furniture for Conversation

Even if your focal point is the TV, you should arrange your living room furniture for easy conversation so no one has to yell or turn their neck.

Have seats face each other and pull furniture away from the walls when possible to create a more intimate ideal for chatting.

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And Create Balance with Symmetry

Balance is desired when possible so your living room doesn’t feel haphazard or awkward, the opposite effect you want to achieve.

How exactly do you achieve balance in a space? You might, for example, place two chairs or a loveseat across from a sofa.

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Lastly, after you’ve decided where furniture pieces are going to go, center your living room setup with an area rug to define the space.

We hope our tips for arranging your living room have been helpful. The best way to arrange your living room may not be obvious from the start, so take some time to move things around and play with the layout if necessary.

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What Colors Go With Brown Living Room Furniture?

A lot of people opt for brown living room furniture, but choosing wall and accent colors can be a bit trickier.

Since brown is a neutral, many colors will go with it, and these are the most popular pairings you’ll see with brown.

White

An obvious and safe choice, the crispness of white goes well with a variety of browns from light tans to rich chocolates.

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Grey

Another easy color, grey is a cool neutral that will contrast nicely with warm browns and complement cool browns.

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Blue

Blue and brown make a beautiful combination. Use blue on your walls or work in blue accents to go with any and all shades of brown.

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Turquoise

Turquoise looks gorgeous with brown, especially warm-toned browns like sienna and rust. This bold color works well in a variety of spaces whether your style is traditional, contemporary, rustic, or glam.

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Green

Green and brown go well together because they’re both earth tones. If you want your living room to feel more relaxing, opt for this color combo.

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Yellow

The key to using yellow in a room with brown furniture is to paint walls pale yellow and then add bright yellow accents for punch.

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Gold

Yellow may be too cheery for some, so the next best option is pairing your brown furniture with gold whether it’s soft gold walls or gold accents. Gold and brown living rooms feel particularly cozy because of their warm hues.

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Orange

Orange is a strong color. Vibrant shades are stimulating and better for decor than walls, but you could paint walls in more muted shade such as rust, which pairs nicely with brown living room furniture.

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Other Browns

You can also pair brown with other shades of brown for a monochromatic look that will go with a variety of styles.

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Which colors would look best with your brown living room furniture? Tell us in the comments!

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How to Make a French Provencal Set Look Less “Feminine”

With shabby chic remaining popular, there has been a renaissance in French Provencal furniture. However, despite its gorgeous design, this style of furniture hasn’t been for everyone… until now! Read on and learn how to make a French Provencal set look less “feminine.”

Darker Furniture

Opt for French Provencal furniture that is a wood tone or a darker color. Shabby chic is all about light and airy spaces, so choosing darker furniture will “ground” this otherwise ultra-feminine style. If you find a light French Provencal set that you like or already have one, consider painting or staining your set.

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Darker Walls

Another way to make a French Provencal set look less feminine is by painting your walls a darker color or having a darker accent wall. Shabby chic utilizes a light monochromatic color scheme to create a super soft look, so break that up by going for darker walls. If you don’t want to go too dark, grey and tan will also work- just stay away from shades of white.

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Rough it Up

Make your French Provencal furniture look less prim and proper by roughing it up some with the distressing technique. Simply sand down certain areas of the furniture with sand paper or distress your furniture as you’re painting it with chalk paint. If you’re not keen on on DIY distressing, choose a French Provencal set that is already distressed. You can also decorate with rustic accessories to help achieve a less-than-pristine look.

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Mix it Up

If you want your French Provencal set to look less feminine, avoid matching everything and mix pieces when you can. The picture below shows a French Provencal table with different chairs and an odd buffet. If you have a complete set such as a table and chairs or five-piece bedroom group, add furniture of other colors and styles to the mix. You may also want to consider splitting set across multiple rooms so each space is eclectic.

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Add Plants (Not Flowers, Through)

Bringing the outdoors inside is not only trendy but will help give a rustic look to a French Provencal set. Opt for plants that look more “wild,” and avoid flowers as they’re automatically feminine.

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It may take some creativity and experimenting, but a French Provencal set doesn’t have to look feminine. Start transforming your furniture with these tips!

Do you like the French Provencal style? How do you decorate around it? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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How to Decorate Around Wallpaper

Whether you tolerate or cherish your wallpaper, it does present a decorating challenge (especially if the wallpaper is retro).

Despite what many think, wallpaper can be part of a stylish home, so check out our tips for decorating around wallpaper.

Draw from the Wallpaper Colors

One way to choose your furniture and decor is to draw from colors that are in the wallpaper. Use a color as an accent or a springboard from which you can explore both similar and complimentary color and tonal families.

In the picture below, a red accent chair has been selected to pick up on the red flower petals in the wallpaper. Other color options could be burgundy (same color family), brown (same tonal family), forest green (complimentary color), or charcoal (complimentary tone).

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Stick to a Largely Neutral Color Palette

When in doubt, the safest option when selecting furniture to go with wallpaper is sticking to mostly neutral colors such as black and white as well as shades of brown and grey.

In the picture below, a white sofa and black chairs and tables go with the multi-colored wallpaper because there’s no clashing of colors.

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Add Metal and Wood Accents

Both metal and wood accents pair well with wallpaper as they’re often earth tones and “ground” a room by adding character and texture.

In the picture below, a wood nightstand and a metal bed and sconce effortlessly go with the floral wallpaper and blue door.

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Choose Traditional or Transitional Furniture

Unless you have modern wallpaper, it’s best to choose traditional or transitional furniture as these styles will pair well with the majority of wallpaper.

In the picture below, this transitional sofa with a track arm goes with the wallpaper even though the print is retro because of its simple frame style.

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Use Furniture and Decor You Love

One approach you consider taking is forgetting your wallpaper altogether and just using pieces that you love; this will lend a room to look more eclectic, which is on-trend with today’s mixing and matching.

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In the picture below, the contemporary couch, the quirky floor lamp, and collection of various wall art altogether somehow look “natural” against the more traditional wall paper.

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Bring in Antiques and Vintage Items

If you love the looks of yesteryear, let the old wallpaper inspire you to incorporate some antiques and vintage items into the room as well.

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In the picture below, the busy wallpaper and pieces with patina together create a rustic elegant look that’s quite quaint.

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Incorporate Mid-Century Modern Pieces

In the same vein, mid-century modern pieces also go well with wallpaper because of its simplicity and clean lines.

Although you may not want all of your furnishings to be mid-century modern, having a piece like the accent chair below can elevate the look of a room to a more stylish level.

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How do you deal with decorating around wallpaper? Do you see any of these tips working in your home? Talk to us in the comments!

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Home Decor|Small Changes, HUGE Impact

You don’t have to overhaul an entire room to inspire oohs and ahhs. Try implementing these small changes that can make a huge impact!

Throw Pillows

One of the quickest ways to change a room is simply adding new throw pillows. They instantly elevate a room with color and patterns.

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Natural Light

Do away with your drapes completely or replace them with sheer curtains. Natural light opens up and refreshes any room in the house.

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Curtains

Your choice of curtains can help bring more natural light in plus tie everything together from crown molding to baseboard.

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Accent Wall

Painting a wall in an accent color makes a focal point pop even more and highlights other accent colors a room.

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Flowers

Not only are they on-trend, but flowers also enliven a space. Get a small arrangement to stand on its own or be a part of a vignette.

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Small Decor Items

An easy way to establish a theme is by placing several small decor items on a tray. You can even change out the decor can seasonally for different looks throughout the year.

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Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great way to designate and tie a space together. They also give you more opportunity to play with colors and patterns.

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Artwork

Just hanging up a single piece of artwork can add style and personality to a room; it can also serve as a focal point.

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Metallic Detailing

Incorporating metallic decor adds a sense of luxury to a space plus texture for more visual interest.

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Texture

Having various textures adds visual interest and depth to a room. It’s easy to do; just gather a few different materials like flannel, wood, and ceramic.

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Accent Furniture

Bringing in a new accent piece like a chair or cabinet can change the look and functionality of a space.

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Mirror

Just like a piece of artwork, a mirror can also fact as a focal point, plus it makes a space look larger and lighter.

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Vintage Items

A trip to the attic or flea market could prove to be a good style move as vintage decor adds instant charm and character to a space.

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Seasonal Decor

Changing your decor with the seasons gives your space a whole new look with just a few accessories.

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Add Color

One more thing that is small but makes a huge impact is a pop of color. Add an unexpected hue in the form of throw pillows, a chair, lamps, an area rug- anything!

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We hope our list of small changes with huge impacts will inspire you as you make minimal changes to your space. Which of these suggestions are you likely to try? Let us know in the comments!

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Best Sheet Sets for New Bedrooms

A new bedroom calls for a comfy, quality sheets. Settle into these covers with our picks for best bed sheet sets!

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Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

If you Google “best bed sheets,” this set will top nine out of ten lists, and for good reason. These sateen sheets are super smooth with a luxurious 480-thread-count and known to hold up extremely well over time, lasting years.

L.L. Bean 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Another popular choice, these sheets by L.L. Bean are cool and breathable, even on hot summer days. They will also last several years and actually become softer with more washes since Percale feels a bit textured.

Mellanni 1800 Brushed Microfiber Bed Sheet Set

If you’re looking for microfiber sheets, this value set is Amazon’s Choice because of its silky-soft feel and easy care as its 100% polyester fabric resists staining, fading, shrinking, and wrinkling.

Parachute Linen Sheet Set

This raved-about sheet set is surprisingly light, airy, and soft for linen and comes pre-washed for improved smoothness. You won’t have to replace these for years as linen fabrics are known for their quality and durability.

Boll and Branch Hemmed Sheet Set

This luxury sheet set is made from 100% cotton and balances coolness and coziness with its high breathability. It only gets better as this set is low-maintenance and becomes softer with each wash.

Casper Cool Supima Sheet Set

Made from the highest-quality cotton on the market, this sheet set is incredibly lightweight and well-suited for hot sleepers and climates, but it’s nonetheless durable with its percale weave.

If you’re moving into a new bedroom or even just upgrading, splurge on one of these top-rated sheets for a better night’s sleep.

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Best Decor Advice for New Homes

Decorating is exciting and, at times, overwhelming, especially if you’re moving into a new home. Not sure where to start? Check out our best decor advice for new homes!

  1. Stick to neutrals and add color through decor. When it comes to furniture, opt for neutral colors like brown, black, grey, and white. Neutral colors work well in most new homes, and you can always add color through throw pillows, lamps, rugs, and curtains. These decorations are much easier to change out than furniture if you want to change color schemes.
  2. Choose decorations that you love. Make your new home feel truly yours by filling it with your favorite things. It’s OK to draw from inspiration, but also feel free to go against trends and buy unique pieces. At the end of the day, you’ll be happy that you followed your heart.
  3. Decorate as you go. Don’t rush to decorate your new home all at once. Like other home projects, decorating takes time, so slow down and enjoy the process, whether it takes five weeks or five years! The inspiration and right pieces for each room will find you at the right time.
  4. Everything doesn’t have to match. Contrary to what stores want you to believe, you don’t have to buy all of your furniture and decor in sets. 2020 is all about mixing and having things that just “go” together. This trend makes decorating your new home less stressful and allows you to be more creative in the process.
  5. Less is more. If wall-to-wall decor is your thing, that’s fine, but most new homes are better off with less decor. This helps your home look more sleek, allows your decor to shine, and makes it easier to keep up house. Plus, spending less on decor means more money for other things, like furniture or home improvements.

We hope this list of decor advice is helpful as your decorate your new home. Check back on our blog from time to time for more home-related tips and tricks!

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What Makes the Difference Between the Quality of Mattresses?

As a consumer, you have a multitude of mattress choices in the marketplace, but how do you differentiate better mattresses from lesser-quality ones?

When it comes down to it, you have to look at a mattress’ “guts,” what a mattress is made of, so consider these factors next time you go mattress shopping:

Coil Count

Innerspring mattresses have anywhere between 250 to 1,000 coils, so mattresses with higher coil counts will be of a higher quality.

Avoid mattresses with low coil counts and stick to a coil count of at least 380 if you’re shopping for a queen or king mattress.

Coil System

The type of coil also affects the quality of a mattress, and there are several types: bonnell, pocket, off-set, and continuous.

Lower-end mattresses use Bonnell and off-set coils since they’re simpler and cheaper to produce whereas higher-quality mattresses use pocket and continuous coils.

Foam-Encased or Not

A foam-encased mattress has a foam boarder along the perimeter of the mattress, which protects and helps keep the coils in place.

Higher-quality mattresses are often foam-encased, which also provides edge-to-edge support, more sleep space, and increased durability.

Foam Density

When shopping foam mattresses, it’s important to take foam density into consideration because there are different levels of foam density.

Polyfoam or standard memory foam is going to be of lesser quality than high-density polyfoam or high-density memory foam.

Thickness

Thicker mattresses (12″+) tend to be higher quality since they provide increased support and durability.

Although a well-constructed, thinner mattress can perform just as well, thicker mattresses are often recommended since a number of people share their bed or weigh more than more than 250 pounds.

We hope our list will help you better discern mattresses on the market so you understand the quality you’re buying.