Have you ever dreamed of having an artfully designed home library? Whether you want long walls full of books or a simple reading nook, it’s a space for relaxation, comfort, and escape. Libraries also add sophistication and style to your home decor. Many people enjoy displaying their favorite novels and art books as conversation starters and as a form of self expression. It’s no wonder home libraries are a popular project, with readers of all ages and literary tastes.
Creating a home library is easier than you might think. Rather than laboring on built-in bookcases (something you can’t take with you if you rent!) consider multiple matching bookcases. Large wall to wall bookcases or slim wood bookcases can easily be stacked side by side. Depending on the bookshelves you select, you can achieve a modern, classic contemporary, or traditional look. Install multiple minimalist straight black bookcases to create an ultra modern space that draws the eye.
For a more vintage-inspired or shabby-chic library, try pairing matching traditional wood bookcases with one or more barrister bookcases. To make the latter library work, make sure you select a barrister bookcase (also known as a bookcase with doors) that features straight vertical sides. Many barrister bookcases have crown molding and/or turned wood feet. To best replicate a unified library look, you’ll want your plain wood bookcases to sit flush against either side of your bookcase with doors.
If you’ve recently purchased a flat screen TV, your next decision is how to install it in your home. Consider your floor plan and available space before you commit and you’ll avoid a cramped or empty looking living room or media room. Will you mount it on your wall? Should you use a TV stand? There are pros and cons to both options.
The picture frame look of a wall-mounted flat screen TV is a hot trend, particularly in urban apartments, contemporary condos, or anywhere floor space is at a premium. The result is a sleek modern look that draws the eye to the wall, without reminding occupants that they’re in a small space. While wall mounting is a hot trend, keep in mind that wire management quickly becomes an issue. If you decide to go the wall-mounted route, definitely read our post on How to Hang a Flat Screen TV.
Many TV stands on the market today have been designed with large, LCD TVs or flat screen TVs in mind. You’ll find traditional designs along with TV armoires and larger entertainment centers. But you’ll also find smaller, more minimalist models since many flat screen TVs don’t require as much support. An LCD TV stand may be longer and shallower than what you needed for an old-fashioned picture tube television. These slim but wide TV stands are a great alternative to wall mounting when you’ve got a small space to work with, but don’t want to undertake the wall wiring required for a sleek look.
Win a Bar Stool from Office Star Products or Hillsdale Furniture
Our third and final January giveaway features two classy home bar stools. Visit us on Facebook and vote for your favorite style of home bar and you’ll be entered to win a brand new bar stool. From Office Star Products, we have the Metro 30″ Eco Leather Parsons Bar Stool and from Hillsdale Furniture, we have a Rose 30″ Swivel Bar Stool. Trendy and modern or elegant and traditional. What style of home bar suits you?
The classic contemporary look of the Metro 30″ Eco Leather Parsons Bar Stool is versatile enough to complement many decor styles. Choose red, espresso or cream to best suit the color scheme of your home. Also available without nail heads and in a shorter 24″ inch height.
Accent a more traditional home with the pewter and black Rose 30″ Swivel Bar Stool. The rosette design inside the metal frame has a romantic look ideal for antique-inspired breakfast bars or kitchen islands. Use the Rose Bar Stool with old-fashioned parlor style home bars for an elegant twist.
Would you like the fun and convenience of a home bar at your house? Picture dinner parties and evenings at home where you’re the bartender and host extraordinaire. A home bar could have you shaking martinis and stirring mojitos, a great way to impress and entertain your guests.
Sure, having an organized and sophisticated cocktail corner is appealing, but consider a few design elements before you make a purchase. There are many variations in home bars, so browse our picks of the top five below. You’ll get an idea of what design suits your space and the style that completes your decor.
The largest, biggest statement you can make in a home bar. Install a wrap around home bar and you can
instantly create a sought after cocktail conversation space. The closest you’ll get to the real deal.
A smaller space like a studio apartment, basement, den or just a smaller living room can still enjoy the form and
function of a home bar. Select a corner bar and tuck your beverage display and storage off to the side.
Enjoying cocktails on your patio can be one of life’s greatest indulgences. If your climate accommodates and yard
space allows, consider the outdoor version of a home bar. Or why not have both indoor and outdoor bars?
Traditional interior design occasionally offers detours into more than just historic periods. Unusual personalities with eclectic tastes can find furniture that expresses their individuality with some of the most exotic new designs on the market. Consider antique-inspired styles of curio cabinets, trunk coffee tables, trunk end tables, hall chests, sideboards, armoires and much more.
Of course you’ll still want to incorporate accent chairs, sofas, loveseats and other seating. Simple style choices like button-tufted and/or plush velvety upholstery with artful carved wood feet can further enhance your atmosphere. Depending on the level of design impact you’re looking for, you could also dress-down your antique style furniture by using more transitional neutral seating, like the armchair shown above with the Hidden Treasures table. Or, you could really embrace the theme and add some eccentric artwork to complete your space.
This week Cymax is giving away an espresso Curves Tufted Chaise Lounge from Ave Six by Office Star Products. The Curves Tufted Chaise Lounge features easy care plush upholstery, a classic rolled back and solid wood legs. Just like last week’s bookcases, all you have to do is Like us on Facebook and vote to enter. To keep it relaxing, we’ve got three simple choices on how to unwind and make your home your sanctuary.
After you enter to win this modern chaise, be sure to browse the rest of Ave Six’s trendy and affordable modern furniture and accessories. Look for coffee tables and end tables, accent chairs, club chairs, ottomans and much more. Subtle and sophisticated or punchy and playful, these tables and chairs add a stylish flair to any space.
Win a bookcase from Office Star Products or South Shore Furniture
Visit us on Facebook and vote for the bookcases you like best. Pick form over function or space over style. This Friday afternoon, January 18, we will be drawing two (2) names to win the trendy modern bookcases shown above.
Get Organized in 2013! is the first of three (3) fun giveaways this January, all designed to help you start your New Year right. Don’t miss out on the fun! Like us on Facebook to participate.
If you love industrial modern furniture, you’re probably no stranger to ZUO Modern and their many striking designs. Because we love industrial modern furniture too, we’ve been biting our nails with excitement waiting to share ZUO’s latest collection of seating, tables and more. Browse the whole collection or keep scrolling for shots of our top picks.
The Era Collection is a trendy yet gritty interpretation of industrial modern furniture design. Look for denim fabrics, distressed wood and antiqued metal. You’ll also find gray and beige contrasted by colorful Union Jack patterns. These pieces artfully merge the rural farmhouse look with urban bare brick style. Picture artsy inner city lofts and Era fits right in.
Vintage and antique furniture elements like button-tufted upholstery and curvy corners can be found on Mid-Century Modern sofas and loveseats. Discover wood dining tables, coffee tables, chests and shelves with rich, hearty Arts and Crafts influenced style.
Home decor and furniture gifts are an increasingly popular choice. These well-priced options are great picks for your holiday hosts, newlyweds or those who have just moved to a new home. Welcome the season with a piece that will last for years to come.
Make a few quick updates to any living room or media room to be ready for movie nights and informal entertaining. Even if you don’t add a lot of seasonal decoration to your home, you can add small touches that make your space a bit more inviting.
Our theme below includes a candle that adds a pine scent to the air (great for homes with artificial trees) and a bowl of peanuts to accompany a viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
The modern TV stand shown below is also a great choice for updating a movie corner. The Vertex Corner TV Stand from South Shore Furniture comes with a handy hutch and plenty of device and media storage.
Enjoy all your favorite holiday movies in comfort and style