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Storage Solutions for any Space

Whether you’re in a one bedroom apartment or a five bedroom house, storage is super important to keeping things neat and organized. It’s all about finding the storage that fits your space.

Storage Ottomans

The Teca storage cube is great for small spaces. Use it as a foot rest, extra seating or place a tray on top to double as a table – all while using the inside as much needed storage.

When you have a little more space, the Axis 5-pc ottoman is an amazing way to get extra storage and function out of one piece. Use it as an ottoman, cocktail table OR remove the inner ottomans to add four extra seats!

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Media Centers

Simple yet stylish, the Brentwood entertainment center comes in options for any space. When you have less room, the media stand is a great option to showcase your TV and still give you storage. If you have the space, go all out with 4 Pc. Entertainment Wall Unit.

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Home Office

The Bradford gives sleek design with smart storage. It’s a great contemporary option when you don’t have a whole lot of room for a home office. For larger spaces, you can go all out with the Ashland collection. Create a home office that even the most high powered executive would be jealous of!
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Bar Collections

Having your own home bar doesn’t have to be reserved to those with tons of extra space. With a Reno 3 pc bar set, anyone can host the perfect happy hour at home. If you have room to go all out, the Origins collection has tons of innovative and unique storage options hidden within the modern design.

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Autumn Space Planning & Tips

Apartment Solutions: Style + Storage

Decorating a rented apartment can create a few extra obstacles. The limited amount of space and storage can cause all kinds of decorating dilemmas. When building and renovating aren’t an option, creating space, having enough storage and making the space feel like your own aren’t impossible! It just takes a little creativity. Check out these five simple tips to help you create a home that feels like your own – even when you don’t own.

  1. Keep it light. Filling a small space with dark colors just makes the room look even smaller. Light colored furniture gives rooms an open and airy vibe and makes the space seem nice and, well, light! Not sure you can trust yourself around a white couch? Light colored tans, beiges and grays all create the same room expanding effect!westvillage6 apartment white sofa
  2. Use every inch of space. Think you’ve filled the room with all the furniture it can take? Make your furniture work a little harder for you by buying pieces with built-in storage options. Using the area under your bed gives you loads more storage without taking up any of your bedroom’s useable space. Ottomans and coffee tables also come with tons of great storage options. It’s space you weren’t using before that now makes organizing so much easier!
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  3. Be clear. Just like keeping furniture light, choosing clear and reflective pieces creates less visual clutter and makes the room appear more open and therefore bigger! Luckily for us, clear and mirrored pieces are all the rage these days. Everything from entirely mirrored dressers to clear end and coffee tables are easy to find. They create a great modern look while giving the space an open and clutter-free feel. nesting tables living room blue
  4. Keep it open. Just like clear and reflective pieces, open shelving options look great in a smaller spaces because they make the room feel bigger. They are the perfect example of fashionable and functional by adding storage and surface space that also creates a cool and contemporary design element to your room. Unlike a traditional closed bookcase, open bookcases also give the look and feel of wall and built-in shelving: no wall holes or construction required! magama bookcase apartment
  5. Get your lean on. One of the great decorating questions of the renter: to hang or not to hang? While most rentals allow you to hang paintings, there are usually rules about how big the hole can be and often they want you to fill it before you leave! Ain’t nobody got time for that! The solution? Lean the paintings! Leaning paintings will save you from the pain of both the hanging process and the cover up when it’s time to move. This contemporary (and security deposit saving) idea will also make it easier to re-decorate if you change your mind and want to switch up your design.ventana white sectional

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Add the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Touch

Do you love the authentic and eclectic style of Joanna Gaines, but aren’t currently in the market for new furniture? Check out some of her Magnolia Home accents and accessories! The Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines line of accents give you a chance to bring Joanna’s shiplap-loving, family living, antique-inspired designs into any – and every – room of your home!

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Wooden trays are multipurpose pieces that were so important in days gone by, and ours can be used all around the house to help you get organized. This Breakfast Tray, made of stained pine, is sturdy enough to carry even the largest breakfast orders back to bed.
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Hang it here, hang it there, hang it anywhere! That’s the great thing about the Metal Wall Shelf designed after an old utility piece. With three shelves, it’s the perfect spot for displaying small items.
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This Wood Crate with Magnolia logo is inspired by the crates from days gone by that farmers used to pack their fruits and vegetables in for market. A weathered wood character and stamped Magnolia name gives an authentic repurposed look to this useful crate.
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In times past, baskets were handcrafted of wood when other materials were not available. We’ve recreated the Wishing Well Wooden Basket for today and given it a distressed paint finish. Mix it in everywhere for a vintage eclectic look.
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Architectural antiques make great wall décor and we found this Gothic style Cathedral Window Frame and knew it would work great as an eclectic piece of art.
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This curvy wood-framed Curve Mirror from the Farmhouse collection has an old-fashioned grace that draws you in. Featuring distressed, worn-in character that pairs well with wood stains or other painted pieces.
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Beautiful colors meet bold patterns in the striking Brushstroke Collection. Designed in collaboration Loloi and Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Home, each distinctive rug is hand-tufted in India of 100% wool. The Brushstroke collection offers an easy-to-care foundation for any room and has an added touch of playfulness with multi-colored tassels.

 

 

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Stylish Storage Options

Who says storage has to be boring? The right pieces don’t just hide clutter, they add to or even elevate your home’s design.

Knowing your needs is the best place to start. Need a place to store all your books? Want to show off that record collection? Open shelves or glass doors are best for displaying your interests and hobbies.

When your stuff is a little less pretty to look at, drawers and solid doors are best. But we don’t just mean dressers and bookcases! Storage beds are less expected, but equally as great looking ways to hide away clutter.

Check out some of our favorite stylish storage pieces:

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Strong Looks. Simple yet bold design elements on the Halston chest collection generate a rich, masculine style. Its satin white picture-frame, mitered-front façade features metallic-leaf edging and a greek key motif. It’s a retro look, yet the contemporary utility of this chest comes through in spades with a USB charging outlet and four drawers.
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Double Vision. Maximize both space and beauty with the unique style of the Eden sofa table. With its stunning black cherry finish, glass top and clean lines, this piece is certain to transform any living room space. Curved legs arch upward to balance the rounded top with tempered glass insert. The crystal-clear glass gives the illusion of a floating surface over the wooden shelf below, which is perfect for additional storage or display. Metal capped feet provide a stylish and modern finishing touch.
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Don’t Fret. Make a statement with the textured, blue Grenoble media credenza. Geometric Chippendale-inspired fretwork overlay allows a peek into the four doors. Simple moldings accentuate the horizontal shape and the ornate metal accent door pulls add even more detail. This is the perfect piece to add a bit of the exotic to the centerpiece of your home.
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Ivy League. Sophisticated, solid and enduring: These three things describe the Hanover collection perfectly – with maybe just a touch of Oxford class as a bonus. Constructed from lightweight yet high-quality rubberwood and accented with mango veneers and a rich cherry finish, this bedroom exudes sophistication and class. With its clean lines, carved accents and classic design, it’s hard to go wrong with Hanover.
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Traditional Greetings. The Rimini entryway hall tree in a mahogany finish is made of solid hardwood and wood veneers that culminate in a classic contemporary design. It’s an attractive and functional way to greet guests and family at the door. Hang jackets and backpacks on its three hooks. Hold gardening tools and rain boots, sports gear and outdoor toys within the storage compartment. Sit on the bench to easily put on your shoes. A web-exclusive product. Item is not displayed in store, but may be ordered there. Customer assembly is required.
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Autumn Space Planning & Tips

9 Easy Tips to Help De-Stress at Home

While we may not often find ourselves fleeing from predators and scavenging for food, modern life is still full of all kinds of stressful situations. From getting stuck in traffic to that big deadline at work, stresses big and small can have a huge impact on our mental – and physical – health.

But finding ways to de-stress shouldn’t be another form of stress in our lives! That’s why we put together these nine super simple tips for de-stressing at home.

  1. Buy a plant. Not only are houseplants great for air quality (in addition to adding oxygen, some even purify the air), they are great for lowering your stress. Researchers have shown that just the presence of plants trigger our relaxation responses.
  2. Put down your smart phone (and tablet… and laptop…). Mounting research is showing that our screen addictions are actually horrible for our mental health. Many experience anxiety, stress and the feeling of being unable to “disconnect” from work and other responsibilities. Take some time for tech detox and enjoy some screen-free time. The harder it feels to disconnect, the more it’s probably just what you need!
  3. Turn on some tunes. There’s a reason we call some songs “soothing” – slow songs help you relax and even release the feel-good brain chemical dopamine. Since most of us store our music on our electronic devices, just make sure you turn on the tunes and then step away from the screen!
  4. Get crafty. Activities such as knitting and cross-stitch have been shown to create a meditative affect on your brain. As an added bonus, you’ll end up with some beautiful, handcrafted pieces to show for your efforts!
  5. Bring out your inner child. Adults have begun to re-discover the simple joys of coloring. That’s right! While it may have started as a fad, adult coloring books look like they’re here to stay due to their proven relaxation benefits.
  6. Declutter. A cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. One of the most important things you can do in your home to create a relaxing space is to organize and declutter. While the organization process may seem stressful at first, the end result of a clearer and less-congested space will have a huge impact how easy it is to relax at home.
  7. Catch some quality zzzzzs. Not enough or poor quality sleep make it a whole lot harder for your body to deal with stressful situations. It’s during sleep that our bodies recharge and repair themselves from the physical and mental stresses of the day. Make sure you’re prioritizing getting a full night’s sleep. If you’re getting seven or more hours and still wake up feeling less than refreshed, consider investing in a new mattress. All good health starts with a great night’s sleep.
  8. Practice gratitude. The importance of gratitude has been making its way into the news a lot lately – and with good reason! Studies have shown that a grateful outlook is one of the largest factors in individual happiness. Have a hard time looking on the bright side? The good news is that gratitude can be learned. One of the easiest ways to start is by keeping a gratitude journal. Start by writing out five things each day that you’re grateful for and watch how your outlook – and stress levels – being to improve!
  9. Find the right light. One of the easiest and also most drastic ways to change the look – and more importantly feel – of a room is to update the lighting. Harsh, bright overhead lighting is, well, harsh. Floor and table lamps with lower watt bulbs will instantly give any room a more relaxing vibe.
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End of Summer To-Do List

It seems hard to believe, but the end of summer is quickly approaching! Check out our list of ways to squeeze in a little more summer fun and get everything ready for those fast-approaching winter months.

  • Clean out your closet. We’ve all got that summer dress or pair of shorts that made it through the entire season without getting worn. Take a little time before the summer is over to clear out and donate those clothes you don’t wear anymore. And make sure you’re honest with yourself! If you didn’t wear it at all this year, it’s not going to make it back into the rotation when the warm weather comes around again!
  • Go shopping. Now that you’ve got extra room, grab a few new fashionable items for the Fall! Whether it’s a new pair of boots or just a simple scarf, it’s always fun to start a new season in style.
  • Check your gutters, siding, furnace and more. The mild early-autumn weather plus the upcoming cold make the end of summer the best time to check the exterior of your home. Roofs, gutters and siding should all be inspected to make sure everything made it through the summer storms unscathed. Also make sure the inside is ready for those chilly nights by inspecting furnaces and fireplaces.
  • Update your decor. Once you know your home is in good working order, take some time to look around at your decor. It may be time to re-do an entire room or perhaps just need a little refresh. Something as simple as swapping out an area rug, accent pillows or artwork can have a huge impact on a room and transform it from summer to winter.

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  • Enjoy the outdoors. The summers seem to go by faster every year! If you didn’t get to squeeze in some of your favorite hot weather activities, now’s the time. Head to an amusement park, go swimming or throw a barbecue (or all three). Just make sure to check the hours ahead of time. Swimming pools often close on Labor Day and amusement parks change hours once school is back in school.
  • Prepare for the indoors. People often feel like their social lives slow down in the winter months. Use these longer days and summer energy to get your home ready to combat those winter blues. Grab some new board games and make a standing date with friends to have a game night. Plan some pot lucks that are sure to bring friends together. Grab some new movies to add to your library for a cozy movie night. Putting in the planning now may be just the push you need to stay social when hibernation mode sets in.
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How to Find the Perfect Sofa

Sometimes to find your perfect piece, you have to create it yourself! But custom furniture is always so expensive…until now! With Personalized Living by Kroehler, we’ve taken the luxury of customized furniture and made it affordable for everyone. You choose the size, style and fabric of your new sofa and then we make it especially for you, right here the USA. It’s never been easier to find your perfect piece.

In just a few simple steps, you can custom design your own living room. Here’s how it works:

Step 1 – Choose your style. Select the type of arm design that you love most. Either English, roll or track arms.

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Step 2 – Select your size. We’ve got the perfect size for any space. Custom sofas range from 62″ to 91″ long. PLUS, any sofa can be upgraded to a sleeper sofa (available in either innerspring or memory foam).

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Step 3 – Pick your fabric. Select from three different types of fabric each available in four distinct colors. types and colors of custom fabrics

BONUS – Customize your design even more by choosing from a huge selection of accent pillows in a wide variety of colors, patterns and prints.

Start designing your custom living room now >

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Let the Summer Games Begin: Party Essentials

barThe Rio 2016 Summer Games are officially here!

The only way to properly watch the Opening Ceremonies tonight is to throw a party, and we can make that happen in a few easy steps.

First, we need to talk decorations. You could go in a couple different directions with decorations – all international, root for the home team, or a combination of both. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Hang flags over doorways – the smaller, 6 x 7″ flags with the vinyl rope (find them at places such as Party City).
  • Get patriotic garland to wrap around banisters, fences, etc.
  • Make cutout torches to pass out at the start of the ceremony.
  • Utilize The Games rings – you can hang them on the walls or display the rings and colors in your food.
  • Make a personalized Summer Games banner for your front door.
  • Go all out by getting an athlete cutout that welcomes people into The Village.
  • If you want the whole party to participate, tell people to come dressed as their favorite athlete. You can also have a bin of fun accessories they can put on during the party. This bin can consist of sweat bands, light-up necklaces/bracelets, pom poms, and so on.

Next, you need to think about the menu. Whether you plan on serving finger food or a sit down dinner, choose a theme. You can embrace the South African menu, the international mix-of-everything menu, or a USA menu! With the international and USA menu you can offer your guests a lot of variety. For example, an international menu can consist of: sushi (Japan), egg rolls (China), pizza (Italy), hot pretzels (Germany), and so on. We all know what an American menu would look like – burgers, corn on the cob, apple pie, fried chicken, etc.

With food, also comes the beverages! We’ve discovered some great celebratory sporty cocktails, such as the Camarena torch, Star Spangled Sparkler and World Record Splash. Check out these recipes and more here. You can also create gold, silver and bronze drinks and serve them in three big punch bowls.

people cheering at a gameWhile everyone is not crowded around the television, make sure you plan other ways to keep your guests entertained. Whether it consists of a photo op with the life-sized cutout athlete, a team based activity in the backyard, or a pass the torch drinking game, find a way to keep your guests occupied for the whole night.

Good luck and go USA!

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Summer is Ending – Kids Tackle Dinner

As summer comes to a close, you have minimal dinners left when your kids don’t have homework, sports and after-school activities. You already miss the long nights on the patio by the pool without the worry of bedtimes and packing lunches. How can you make dinner a different experience with these nights left? Switch up the roles!

We have some tips on how to make use of the rest of this time – kids take over the kitchen and tackle dinner for the family. We have ideas on how they can help you cook and some fun, summer recipes you can use.albany1

  • Be prepared for this cooking experience to take longer than usual – start earlier. When you’re cooking with kids and you want them to get something out of it, don’t rush the process. Make them read the recipes, get the ingredients out, and follow the directions to the best of their ability. Help them along the way to make sure the end product will actually be satisfying!
  • Expect there to be a big, big mess at the end. It wouldn’t be taught or done right if there wasn’t. Cooking can get messy anyways, but with kids around, you can only expect that mess to double. If that means putting tablecloths down, go for it.
  • Make sure you choose recipes that are age appropriate. A recipe that involves a food processor or beating eggs until soft peaks, might not be suitable for a 8-year-old. girl outdoor setting table partyCooking is a good learning process for kids though. It teaches them skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. Whether it’s teaching them about geography or math and fractions within the recipes, it will serve a purpose.
  • Cooking can also expose kids to new food groups. You should encourage them to test and taste foods while they cook. For example, a foreign vegetable that’s cooked versus uncooked.
  • Have some fun with it! If they only want to tackle the basics, such as measuring out the ingredients, don’t push them to do more. With more time, will also come more experience and comfortably. Sooner or later, you can sit back on the couch and let them take over completely!

Looking for summer recipes that are easy and kid friendly? Check them out right here!

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Breakfast in Bed: Tips & Recipes

Everyone likes to be pampered – especially if it involves the words “breakfast” and “bed” in the same sentence. We have some tips, tricks and recipes to share with you to create the perfect breakfast in bed experience.

First things first, make sure you have a fun tray to create a great presentation. Add some personal touches if the tray doesn’t have much to it. Whether that’s a place-mat, flowers or anything fun to add a personal touch. Secondly, (and most importantly) food! Make sure you know exactly what you are making and have all the ingredients that the recipe requires before you begin. You don’t want to have to make a grocery run in the middle of frying eggs! If you haven’t decided what to make yet, we have some great ideas that will impress – they are sophisticated and easy. wood kitchen cabinet

Waffled Brioche French Toast

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • Four 1 1/2-inch-thick slices brioche or challah bread
  • Melted unsalted butter, for brushing waffle iron
  • Maple syrup, raspberries and icing sugar, for topping
  • Special equipment: waffle iron (preferably Belgian style)

Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (to keep cooked waffles warm). Whisk together the milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs in a bowl or baking dish. Soak a piece of bread in the mixture for 2 minutes per side.

Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with butter. Place the soaked bread on the waffle iron and close gently (don’t push down). Cook until golden brown and dry underneath when you lift a corner, 5 to 6 minutes. Keep the warm in the oven or covered with foil on a plate. Repeat with the remaining bread.

Top French toast with syrup, raspberries and confectioners’ sugar. (Prep: 10 min, Cook: 25 min, Skill: Easy). Link to recipe here.

Baked Eggs in Cheesy Hash Brown Bowls

  • 2 cups shredded hash browns (used Simply Potatoes), all excess moisture squeezed out and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt, to taste for personal preference (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 425F. Have two 12-ounce ramekins ready (if you don’t have ramekins, use 8″ round pan, and can add up to two extra eggs). In a large bowl, mix together the hash browns, cheese, onion, olive oil, and salt. Divide evenly between the two ramekins and make a wide enough indent in the middle for adding the egg later.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the tops just start to turn golden brown (don’t let them get too brown as you still need to cook the egg). Cool for 5 minutes.

Crack each egg into the middle of each bowl. Bake for another 8-12 minutes or until the egg whites are set. Top evenly with bacon and herbs. Serve immediately. (Prep: 15 min, Cook: 60 min, Skill: Easy). Link to recipe here.

Toast with Avocado Spread, Smoked Salmon & A Poached Egg

  • 2 slices of granary bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon

Toast the bread. Cut the avocado in half and remove the flesh into bowl. Use a folk to mash it up. Mix together the lime juice and salt then add to the avocado. Spread the avocado onto the toast. Put a small pan of water onto boil. Once it comes to a boil turn the water down to a low simmer. Crack your first egg into a saucer. Give the water a gently stir and slide the egg into the water. Repeat with the second egg.
Cook the eggs for 3 minutes. Make sure you time them, 3 minutes goes really quickly. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a tea-towel. Place two slices of salmon on each slice of toast and top with an egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (Prep & Cook: 10 min, Skill: Easy). Link to recipe here.

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there’s a lot more where that came from! If you are looking to make pancakes, yogurt parfaits, breakfast bread, oatmeal, breakfast burritos, crepes, casseroles, etc. go to this site and pick any and all that look appetizing!Sleep, bed, mattress

After you’ve made the breakfast, make sure to pick the cute plates and glassware to put the food and drinks on. Hopefully they are still asleep and you can really surprise them by waking them up with that smell of beautiful banana’s foster waffles coming through the door! If they aren’t already awake, turn on some light tunes, light some candles and crack open the blinds. Your presentation will be on point and it’ll be the perfect start to their day.