Design Tips

Decorate with Dog Safety in Mind

Published On: December 18, 2017

The holiday season is finally here! Besides all the presents, parties, and fun times with the family, it’s time to decorate your house. No matter which holiday you and your family celebrate, you’re sure to have festive decor you’ve been waiting to pull out of the closet. However, consider dog safety before unleashing potentially hazardous items in your home.

Some holiday decorations aren’t the safest for dogs. Not only will some be easily destroyed, but others could be highly toxic for your pup. Thankfully, we’ve got some great suggestions to help you decorate safely while keeping your pooch in mind.

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Be careful with these decorations

Traditions dominate the holidays. Whether they can be traced back for centuries or just something your family has always done, these traditions can prove risky for your dog.

The Daily Treat explains that lights can be a big problem for dogs. If your pet likes to chew on things, the cord for a set of colorful lights can offer quite the invitation. That’s clearly a danger, plus a frayed electrical cord could easily start a fire. Other traditional decorations to watch for are tinsel and ornaments hanging low enough for a dog to reach. If accidentally swallowed,  these can lead to intestinal blockages and a trip to the ER.

If you enjoy lighting candles as part of your holiday decorations, be mindful of your four-legged friend. Keep anything with a flame up out of reach or on stable furniture or shelves that can’t be toppled. Alternatively, consider flameless candles to help achieve the holiday ambience you’re looking for without the safety hassles.

What about a tree?

For families who include a tree among their holiday decorations, it’s important to be mindful of your canine companion. As Hartz explains, fallen pine needles are easily eaten by dogs but can’t be digested. This can cause your pet to vomit or even need surgery to clear an obstructed intestine. In addition, the water in the tree stand can even poison your dog.

Artificial trees can also be hazards. If small parts break off, these can be chewed and swallowed, also creating intestinal issues. If you want a tree for the holidays, be watchful of your dog, especially if she’s extra curious.

Remember too that some plants like mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to animals, so make sure they are placed in the middle of a table or on a high shelf for optimal dog safety.

Protect Your Dog This Holiday

For you and your pup, the holidays should be a time of fun and relaxation. Make sure you have both this season when it comes time to decorate. Be careful about wires and candles, put delicate items up high and consider keeping your pet away from the holiday tree. Follow these dog safety tips to have a worry-free holiday! 

Written by Guest Blogger Aimee Lyons

DIYDarlin.com alyons@diydarlin.com

A Conversation Sofa: What’s the point?

Published On: August 2, 2017

Have you ever had a conversation about a Conversation Sofa? While one-sided, let’s have it now and break down the details of a unique and often over-looked piece of furniture.

What Is It?

A Conversation Sofa is a stationary Sofa where the arm end seating sections slightly curve or angle inward, forming sort of the letter “C”. This mild curve adds an interesting twist to a room and, as the name says, makes it easier for those seated onLucas/Braden - Conversation Sofa - 5966-323 the Conversation Sofa to connect through conversation since they are slightly facing each other. To compare, it’s easier to have a conversation at a round table than it is at a rectangular table. Don’t you think?

Space Planning

When shopping for a Conversation Sofa, or any new piece of furniture, you’ll want to consider the size, shape and style of your room. A Conversation Sofa will take up more space in a room than a straight Sofa would from the same collection. You’ll want to be sure you have ample space in your room to fit the Conversation Sofa, not only from a size perspective but also from a visual perspective. The uniqueness of a Conversation Sofa is perfect for a room with an open layout where you can appreciate its curves from several angles. If your room is designed so that your Sofa is floating in the room (rather than being placed against a wall) this also is a great setting to put a Conversation Sofa, again allowing you to admire it from multiple viewpoints.

The styling of a Conversation Sofa lends itself to a room that is used primarily for in-person socializing, versus a room designated for comfy TV viewing. Formal Living Rooms, Home Offices and Breakfast Rooms are ideal locations to show off the personality of a Conversation Sofa. While many Conversation Sofas tend to skew towards Traditional décor, they could also look amazing in a fun or even funky modern space. Can you picture it?

Measure Twice, Buy Once

Measuring for a Conversation Sofa can be a bit tricky since there is a special language associated with the piece. When a Width dimension is given for a Conversation Sofa it will almost always be “Overall Width” and is measured straight across the sofa from the outermost tip on one side to the outermost tip on the other side. This measurement does not follow the curved or angled outline of the Conversation Sofa but rather the amount of wall and floor space it will take up (side to side). Similarly, the Depth dimension is “Overall Depth” and is measured as though cutting the Conversation Sofa straight in half through its center, starting from the back of the center cushion out to the outermost tip of the arms. This will determine how much floor space the Conversation Sofa will require (front to back). It does not refer to the actual seating depth of each seat, each seat cushion will be a standard depth (for that frame).

Because of its curves, a Conversation Sofa may be more difficult to move into your home than a regular Sofa. Doorways often need to be a minimum of 36” wide and hallway turns are sometimes not navigable. Careful planning and measuring is key when considering a Conversation Sofa. You’ll love it a whole lot more inside your home than sitting in your driveway so be 100% sure it will fit. When determining the fit, don’t forget to consider the scale of the room, does it “fit” with the actual proportions of, not only the room, but also the other furnishings that will share the room. Do you think about scale when purchasing home furnishings?

Help Has Arrived

Since it’s so important to carefully measure the space where you plan to place the Conversation Sofa, as well as the route leading to that space within your home, let our Interior Designers help you be sure this style is right for your style, your family and your space. After an in-home visit they’ll create a space plan of your Flexsteel 5979-323room and show the placement of the pieces you are considering. Not only will they share their expertise with you on room layout, they’ll also help you make inspired decisions on fabrics and other design details. What do you think of that?! To schedule an appointment call 816-781-8002 or email through our website.

2017 Color Trends

Published On: May 25, 2017

If you’re on the lookout for the hottest color trends in the home fashion industry be sure to make room for the exciting shade of “Greenery”. “Greenery”, the 2017 Color of the Year declared by trend forecasters at the Pantone Color Institute, is symbolic of fresh starts and new beginnings and will infuse your home with a breath of fresh air.

Pantone, the global authority on color, describes their 2017 selection as: “…a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

 

How to use Greenery

A quirky furniture design paired with an interesting fabric cover can have a fun effect on your space that you never suspected.

 

You may be thinking that Greenery is a bit bright and bold for a larger piece of furniture such as a sofa and we wouldn’t necessarily disagree. While it could surprise you by becoming a beautiful backdrop for other colors, patterns and textures, splashes of it in smaller doses may be just the refreshing makeover your room needs and more in your comfort zone. Using it on throw pillows, accent chairs and cocktail ottomans will infuse your room with a nature-inspired cheerfulness. Pair it with a piece of furniture with a quirky design and it will add a fun dose of whimsy as well.

Defined by Pantone as “Nature’s Neutral”, you may be surprised at how versatile “Greenery” actually can be. There are no limits to its flexibility as either a background piece or a statement piece. Pantone has suggested pairings for “Greenery” that may inspire you to add designer twists and turns to that special room in your home. Whether looking for paint or fabric combinations, consider these sophisticated palette ideas and the emotions they invoke:

 

A new spin on the comforting neutrality of an earth-tone color scheme.

 

Feisty floral patterns and tones are kept in check with more subdued complements.

 

Cool, calm and serene are the effects of these color pairings.

 

This refined combination of colors twists the visual properties of metals into a chic, modern interior space.

 

Take your senses for a walk through a pine forest when you enter a space decorated with these peaceful hues.

 

Gorgeous sunset and sculpted rock tones surround you with this “new southwest” color scheme.

 

MIXED REVIEWS

While “Greenery” is a hot trend right now, it may not be for everyone. And that’s OK. Your home is your sanctuary and should reflect the things you love, not just what’s popular at the moment. Here are some mixed reactions from HGTV experts:

http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/design/introducing-the-2017-pantone-color-of-the-year-greenery

 

OTHER COLOR TRENDS FOR 2017

While Pantone is the leading color authority, there are others in the field of color trends that have issued their picks for 2017. Here’s what some others are predicting will be hot this year:

Sherwin-Williams’ pick for their 2017 Color of the Year is Poised Taupe. Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”

 

 

 

Benjamin Moore predicts Shadow will be a 2017 hit. “It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.” —Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director

 

 

 

 

 

PPG Paints has selected Violet Verbena for 2017. “Violet Verbena is at once as nostalgic as it is modern. It’s substantial in a world that can sometimes seem so temporary, [as well as] luxurious in a harsh world that needs pampering, and introspective and private in an invasive world,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager at PPG. – Click here to read more about Violet Verbena.

 

 

 

 

 

BE FEARLESS

Moral of this Blog: don’t be afraid of color! Color is a friend we sometimes have to get to know a little better to truly understand and appreciate. But once you get closer, you’ll discover you can’t live without it.  So if you need help taking that first step, or if you want to go in a wildly different direction than you ever have before, our team of Interior Designers can help. Their education and experience are key to a successful color journey.

 

So… is “Greenery” the new black?

You decide!

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Published On: December 13, 2016

What’s the most important thing to remember when considering Christmas Decorating Ideas? Think outside the (gift) box! Everything doesn’t have to be red and green and conform to age-old tradition. We hope our Christmas Decorating Ideas  below will inspire you to put not only a NEW twist on your seasonal décor, but also put a YOU twist on it! And many of our ideas are incredibly inexpensive to keep even Scrooge happy.

 GREETINGS 

 Your front door should be one of the grandest statements in your decorating plan. You’ll want to be sure it looks good at night as well as during the day and from close up as well as from farther away. This is one of those Christmas decorating ideas that people rarely think about but can make a huge impact. 

 ·       Incorporate cinnamon-scented pine cones and cinnamon sticks into your porch decorations to encourage the idea that something wonderful is waiting on the other side of the door.candy-wreath

·       Attach a wreath to your front door that is covered in wrapped candy tied on with ribbons. Also attach a tiny scissors with a ribbon. Greet your guests with a piece of holiday candy they can snip off themselves.

 Beyond your exterior decorations, the first stop for your guests is usually the foyer. This is the place that will set the tone for the rest of your holiday home.

 ·       Hang a bundle of jingle bells on your front door handle. Bells are the sound of merriment and every time someone enters or exits you’ll be handing oumistletoet angel wings!

·       Drape evergreen or red berry swags over the tops of your wall art. Simple but dramatic.

·       Hang mistletoe from your overhead light fixture. Just like in all the Hallmark movies.

 THE TREE AND ALL ITS TRIMMINGS

 THE “SKIRT”

 Most of us have our Christmas trees up for several weeks before putting presents under them. If this is how you do it in your house, then don’t forget about the tree skirt. Here are some thoughts to help jazz up the base of your tree.

 ·       Blankets, throws or quilts-These can be a great way to add a fun, warm texture to your tree, faux fur is especially luxurious and coriver-rockszy.

·       River Rocks-Lay large stones on top of a neutral blanket for a natural appeal (Hauling in and out is a perfect job for the kids!)rope-coil

·       Rope-Get the chunkiest rope you can find and coil it around the base of your tree stand until it is the shape and size of a tree skirt.

 THE “ORNAMENTS”

 You know about the glass balls and the millions of hobby-related ornaments available in stores. But what else can you hang on your tree to give it a unique personality? This is one of those Christmas decorating ideas that is both simple and creative. 

 ·       Tea cups-fill them 1/3 to 1/2 with fake berries or holiday bloom.

·       vintage-postcardVintage postcards or images-hang them from ribbons or strings.

·       Tie glass balls with chunky, textured yarn instead of hooks. When in quantity they will add color and warmth to the tree.

·       Vintage stuffed animals and toys-give your tree an old world spin by wiring on vintage items. Be sure to keep the proportion of the tree consistent with the size of the tvintage-bearoys.

·       Mittens and gloves-if you find an adorable pattern or color scheme, buy multiple pairs to hang from your tree branches. Cable knit and plaid are perfect patterns in this case.

 THE “GARLAND”

 ·       Newspaper or books-cut them in strips like the kids’ construction paper garland or cut out a shapnewspaper-garlande (cookie cutters make great templates) and string it together for a sophisticated vintage effect.

·       Does Mom, Grandma or Aunt knit or crochet? Ask them to make you a thin scarf that is super long and drape it around your Christmas tree in lieu of garland. In addition to a beautifully unique tree, you’ll also get a memorable keepsake. Don’t know anyone who knits? Buy several at the store and string them together.

 THE “TOPPERS”

 One aspect that many  neglect when searching for Christmas decorating ideas is the toppers. If you have a special tree topper such as a star or angel then you’re all set. If, however, you are searching for the perfect cherry on top of your tree, think about this:

 ·       Framed Art-Get an inexpensive frame and remove the backing. Paint a star on the glass, secure it to the frame and attach it to the top of your tree with wire and ribbon. (Star templates can be printed off the internet.)

·       Ribbons and Bows-There are many options when it comes to bows and ribbons to top your tree. There are big round pompom bows, longer shoelace bows and single loop special awareness bows. You can use a single color ribbon or add a second or third color. You can have short tails or long tails that reach almost to the floor. Just be sure to keep the overall size of your tree in mind when fashioning your bow topper.monogram

·       Monograms-Very popular right now, you see monograms on everything. Why not the top of your tree? Use your family name initial or stagger an “S” and a “C” for your jolly ol’ friend.

 DECORATING THEMES

 Do you have a theme to your Christmas decorating? While it’s not necessary to assign a theme to some or any of your rooms, there are rooms that just scream for decorations of a certain style.

 ·       Kitchen-Decorate with spices, herbs and produce. Fresh is great and will add merriment to your sense of smell or look for quality fake-outs that are hard to tell from the real deal. Thinly slice oranges or apples and dry them in the oven, place them in the nooks, crannies and open soffits of your kitchen along with evergreen fillers and sprigs of fresh rosemary.

·       Sun Room-A beach or cottage theme might be fun for this type of space. Look for cool colored decorations in shades of green and blue, or try the exact opposite and make it sunny and warm with oranges, reds and yellows.

·       Dining Room-Decorating with candles, chocolates and dishware is perfect in this space. Cover a Styrofoam tree form with chocolate icing and attach inexpensive chocolates to the icing. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a snow-covered tree. While not edible it will look and smell great. A partridge in a pear tree is also perfect décor for a dining room.  Whether you have an actual Christmas tree or a large tabletop vessel, load it up with pears and perch a partridge slightly off-center. Don’t use real pears or partridges, that gets too messy.

·       Living and Bedroom Spaces-Consider basing your decorations on classic Christmas shows, movies, stories or songs. You can choose to make your scheme funny, nostalgic, campy or retro. The possibilities are endless with Scrooge alone. Think some classics are overdone? Accept the challenge to come up with your own fresh take on an old favorite.

 MEMORIES

 One of the best Christmas decorating ideas involves a personal aspect. Try working some memorabilia into your design plan. This is, after all, the season for friends and cameosfamily.

 ·       Create tree ornaments with family images, profiles in a solid color on a plaid background are trending right now.

·       Have your kids write down what they want on a quality piece of card stock. Roll it up like a scroll and tie it with a ribbon or string. Each year they can read what they wanted the previous years and then continue to add to it. The tied scrolls look pretty nestled in the tree branches and they’ll be fun to read in the future.

 WELCOME GUESTS

 Make your guests feel extra welcome by adding festive touches to your Guest Room and Guest Bath. Little things can make a big impact.

 ·       Hang stockings with their name or initial from the bed posts or headboard.

·       Place a small bowl of peppermint chocolates or eggnog cookies on a table.

·       Make or buy a Christmas floral arrangement to sit on a table or bathroom counter.

·       Add holiday pillows that coordinate with your everyday bedding.

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 ·       Burn a candle with a pleasant Christmas scent.

·       Put out Christmas hand towels.

·       Lay a Christmas rug on the floor.

·       Drape greens over the light fixture.

 THE EXTRAS

 Here are some extra Christmas decorating ideas to keep you warm and cozy even if the weather outside is frightful:

 ·       Frame vintage ads thacoke-polar-bearst feature Christmas or winter figures such as Coke Santa or Polar Bears. Replace some of your regular artwork with these pieces to avoid overcrowding. After Christmas when you put your regular art back up it will seem fresh and new.

·       Use those cookie or popcorn tins you get as gifts as free containers for small birch logs (even if your fireplace is gas burning) or a bright poinsettia.

·       Don’t forget to make your home smell like Christmas too-heat water in a medium saucepan on the stovetop, add sliced oranges and winter spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Let simmer on very low heat. It’s amazing! Be sure to keep an eye on it, you’ll need to add water occasionally. Some might call this one of those Christmas decorating ideas that’s way over the top, but you can never do too much when it comes to Christmas! 

·       Use clear glass vessels in varying shapes and sizes on your kitchen or dining room table to store holiday treats. The different heights and widths will make an interesting display, all of your baking will be displayed proudly and your guests are welcome to help themselves at any time.

·       Warm up your furniture for the cold winter months with throws draped over the backs of upholstery and toss pillows that say “snuggle me”.

 A NOTE ABOUT COLLECTIBLES

 Collectibles can be fun and enjoyable for homeowner and guests alike. Here are some tips to maximize viewing of your sentimental displays:

 ·       Keep your groupings interesting by varying the height. If the collectibles are all approximately the same size create pedestals for some by wrapping small boxes in coordinating wrapping paper and placing some of the collectibles on top. Be sure they’re steady if you’re dealing with breakables. You might even choose to display them in cabinets and etageres

·       Consider separating a large collection into several smaller ones. Divide them between the rooms of your home based on color and/or theme. This way you’ll be able to see and appreciate each piece rather than having them all blend together. In terms of Christmas decorating ideas, this one really does make a difference. 

FOLLOW YOUR HEART WHEN IT COMES TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS santa

 Whether you go all out or prefer subtle simplicity, follow your heart when choosing which Christmas decorating ideas you want to incorporate. Do this, and your home will be festively perfect for you, your family and whoever else may be comin’ to town.

Twin Bed Dimensions

Published On: August 30, 2016

Interested in learning more about Twin Bed Dimensions? Help is here!

Why is it important to understand twin bed dimensions? Room layout! Why is room layout important? You’ll be sure to make 1.) good buying decisions and 2.) the most of your space. When planning a bedroom makeover, you need to be aware of twin bed dimensions. You also need to be mindful of the size and features of your space so you can furnish it properly. (And back in the day you thought you’d never use Math when you grew up.)

So ask yourself this: What exactly are the dimensions of twin beds? What is the difference between twin bed dimensions and twin extra-long (aka XL) bed dimensions? And what does 3/3 mean when identifying twin bed dimensions?

Twin bed dimensions are standard in the U.S.: 39” wide by 75” long. This is helpful to know so, in addition to helping you accurately plan your room layout, you can confidently purchase coordinates and companions labeled twin size and know they Twin Bed Dimensionswill fit. (Caveat: Consider mattress depth when purchasing sheets, this can vary greatly.) Since a 75” twin mattress length is often too short for many people, most mattress manufacturers offer twin XL mattresses which adds an additional 5” to the length of the bed resulting in twin XL dimensions being 39” wide by 80” long. Thus their extra-long status. Twin XL beds are especially popular in dormitories. Twin beds in general, are ideal for kids and teens, singles in senior communities and those with small spaces.

The mattress industry identifies bed sizes by their width. A twin size mattress is 3/3 meaning that it is 3’+3” in width. A full-size mattress is referred to as 4/6 and it is 4’+6” for 54 total inches wide. A queen mattress is 60” wide and so identified as 5/0, a king mattress is 78” wide identified by 6/6 and a California king is 72” wide noted by 6/0.

How to Dress a Twin Bed

Whatever type of bed you choose you, of course, want to put your personal stamp on it. This is done through the bedcoverings.Twin Bedding

Bedcovers: Whether you choose to put a comforter, quilt, duvet, coverlet or bedspread on top of your bed consider carefully. Patterns can be fun but if too large or too busy can be overwhelming. The current trend is to treat your bed covering as a backdrop to show off your…

Pillows: Twin Bed dimensions look properly proportioned with one single standard sham but throw pillows can be added to spice up the look of the room adding texture, color, style and interest to the space. This is where you can really jazz things up. If you have a headboard with a design in or on it, however, be careful not to cover it completely with pillows.

Bedskirts: To use a bedskirt or not is an age-old question. The clean look is popular today however if you go this route you want to be sure your foundation is covered in something attractive (a coordinating fitted sheet may do the trick.) On the flip side bed skirts are still common and can fit in with current trends. Consider your bed skirt options such as pleated, ruffled or shirred. You don’t need to match the bed skirt to your bed covering, they just need to coordinate so have fun mixin’ it up’! The Bag of Bedding concept is out. Fly your own flag and create your own ensemble. Mix ‘n match styles and colors that you love and the end result will be a room you love. For more bedding ideas check out our Pinterest board: Bedding Dis-Ensembled.

What about Bedroom Walls and Floors?

Since twin bed dimensions are so perfect for small spaces you may think you have to paint the walls a very light color to make it appear larger (because that’s what “they” say). Choosing a shade of creamy white from the two million creamy white options will not magically make your room larger. Paint it a color you love and embrace its Paint Dramacoziness. Paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to add a splash of color and personality to a space.

Regardless of floor covering in the room consider an Area Rug to boost interest in the space. A rug can be placed perpendicularly under a bed, or, if you dare, place it at a wonky angle to the bed-we bet you’ll love it. If you have extra space in the center of the room try a round rug to tie everything together.

Twin Size Mattress Options

Twin and Twin XL mattresses come in every type and just about every style that Queen and King mattresses do. Types of mattresses include Innerspring, Memory Foam and Hybrids. Many styles from Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic offer options in Twin and Twin XL sizes. Visit one of our Kansas City area stores and we’ll help you understand the benefits of each and together we’ll find the perfect mattress set for you.

While twin beds, also called single beds for obvious reasons, are not as heavy as the larger mattresses they still require proper support. A quality box spring, also referred to as a foundation, is important for the mattress to perform as it should. All twin mattresses can be used with either a hi-profile foundation or a low-profile foundation. A hi-profile foundation is standard at 9” high. A low-profile foundation is only 5” high. A low-profile foundation is a good choice for those shorter in stature or seniors who may require their bed to be closer to the ground. Also some headboards are better suited to a low-profile foundation. Your Crowley Furniture Sales Associate will help you determine which foundation is right for you.

Another must-have bedding accessory is a Mattress Protector. Mattress Protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your investment. As with most things, the world of technology has touched this product as well. Many Mattress Protectors provide temperature regulating and heat deflection assistance with flexible layers that respond to your motion. Many also boost air circulation to keep you cool while an invisible waterproof barrier repels liquids. Check out our Ver-Tex Mattress Protector by BedGear. Be sure you do not use a fluffy mattress pad or topper, this may interrupt the performance of your mattress, especially a foam mattress which will not be able to successfully respond to your body temperature and engage its climate control properties.

What about Beds, as in Headboards and Footboards?

Today, Twin Beds are available in many different designs made of a variety of materials including wood, metal, and upholstery. To find the one that is right for you, you need to take into consideration your room shape and size, your personal style and preferences and your budget. The most economical way to add interest to your bed is with a headboard only. Lusso - Queen/King Upholstered Headboard - 1281-570The headboard is attached to a discreet metal frame which is sold separately. This will give your bed a more finished appeal without taking up extra space. If you want to kick it up a notch, consider a complete bed that has a headboard, footboard and side rails to connect the two. These beds often feature low-profile footboards (which help to make your room appear less cluttered) and storage footboards (a great solution for small spaces). While storage beds are slightly higher in cost than beds with a standard footboard, you’ll save a bit on the mattress set since you only use a mattress with storage beds and do not need a foundation. Keep in mind your twin bed dimensions will increase when you add any sort of headboard, footboard or side rails. How much depends on the design.

While using these twin bed dimensions to plan your room, you also need to plan for your Nightstand dimensions. It’s important to stay in proportion to the bed. For Soho - Small Nightstand - BB5-224example, if your headboard is taller and visually weighty it can handle a bulkier nightstand. If you have a light and airy headboard you’ll need a smaller scaled nightstand. This holds true for the other pieces in the room as well. If you’re one who prefers all of your bedroom pieces to match, browse through our Twin Bedroom Sets to view coordinating pieces within a collection such as dressers, mirrors and chests.

Never Forget the Finishing Touches

Did you know the Crowley Furniture stores in Liberty, Overland Park and Lee’s Summit all offer lamps, accessories and area rugs? These items are key to having a truly finished and personalized space. So you can complete the look of your room in our one-stop shop!

Circling back to the beginning of our discussion of why you need to understand twin bed dimensions, we now come to room layout and bed placement. While lining everything up against the walls may allow you the greatest empty space in the center of the room, this strategy may not be the best layout for you or the room. As a general rule, the best bedroom layout allows the bed to “greet” you when you walk in the room, meaning you will walk in and the headboard is facing directly at you. This may be best accomplished by putting the bed with only its head against the wall and extending the foot towards the center of the room. If you have extra space consider angling the bed out into the room from a corner.

And all that is why you need to familiarize yourself with twin bed dimensions as well as all dimensions of your space and the items you plan to put in it. You’ll find your bedroom furnishing experience fun and rewarding if you remember the old saying: Measure Twice, Buy Once!

3 Living Room Ideas to Create a Designer Look

Published On: July 12, 2016
Do you want to know the 3 living room ideas that will make your home look like you’ve hired a Designer and gave them an unlimited budget? Well get ready, you’re about to be inspired to make your Dream Home come true! To get started on your vision, visit one of the Crowley Furniture Stores of Kansas City. Crowley Furniture offers home furnishings for every style and budget. And whatever your style or budget may be, you’ll find it possible to turn your home from underwhelming to magazine-ready.

Coming up with different living room ideas doesn’t mean you need a big budget. So exactly what does make a Designer space look like a Designer space? We can sum it up in three lines:

  1. 1. DO Mix ‘n Match/DON’T Matchy-Match
  2. 2. Attention to Details
  3. 3. Living Room Ideas Are All About Personality!
DO MIX ‘n MATCH/DON’T MATCHY-MATCH

The greatest road map to creating a home with Designer Style is to Follow Your Heart. When putting together Living Room Sets the options are virtually limitless. Often a Living Room furniture collection includes a sofa, loveseat, chair and ottoman. You could place all of these pieces dressed in the same fabric in a room and it would look nice. This tends to work for a very traditional space, for example a Living Room that is often used for formal entertaining. If this is the look you’re going for then try mixing your occasional tables up by choosing end tables from one collection and a cocktail table from another collection, keeping in mind it’s A-OK to blend finishes and metals. If you’d like to add a bit more casual contrast to using all matching pieces within a collection you could apply coordinating fabrics Parkway Out West Linento some of the pieces. The sofa and loveseat may be in one fabric and the chair, ottoman and throw pillows are in a complimentary fabric. Another option, which allows you the most freedom, is to compile a Living Room Set using furniture pieces from a variety of different collections that are not identical but complement each other.

If this sounds intimidating here are suggestions to overcoming the challenges of Mix ‘n Match:

How do I mix prints? Scale and proportion! This refers to the actual size of the printed patterns. Be sure to vary the size of the pattern printed on the fabric, you don’t want a room full of different fabrics that all are covered in very large patterns. Conversely, you also don’t want a room covered in tiny patterns. Both of these scenarios would be very busy and overwhelming whether your room is large or small. If you keep scale in mind you can put just about anything together. Proportion refers to applying fabric pattern to frame. A super-sized pattern, for example, will literally be lost on a tiny frame.

Can there be too much pattern? It’s possible. To combat pattern overload keep in mind that solids are the great neutralizer. If you find a pattern you absolutely adore use it sparingly and offset it with a solid color that you have pulled from the pattern itself. If you have too many patterns they begin to conflict and if you use too much of a good thing, such as the pattern you have fallen in love with, it will become generic and ordinary. Keep it special by localizing it.

Can I mix styles? BRING IT ON! Unexpected can be fun and interesting. Soften the hard lines of a contemporary chair with a fuzzy cottage-style pillow. Add a touch of sophistication to a rustic space with a traditional area rug. Turn a formal room fun with whimsical wall décor. Let your imagination run wild, it’s hard to go wrong surrounded by things you enjoy.
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Everest - Sectional - 4377-62/30/76What about touchy-feely? Textures are your friend. Combining soft, fluffy, fuzzy, smooth, shiny, squiggly fibers and finishes will only make your room that much more interesting. These items will play off each other and give your room character

Keep in mind the BIG PICTURE. Look at everything as a whole. While you should love everything in your space, they all can’t be your favorites. Supporting actors are very important to make the real stars shine. So don’t worry if the pattern of this isn’t ideal or the color of that is a little off if it all enhances the overall effect of the space.

ATTENTION TO DETAILS:

You’ve heard the saying: it’s the little things that count. Well that applies to living room ideas as much as anything. Once you’ve visited the furniture store to get your creative juices flowing and have selected the main pieces for your room (the upholstery and the Wall Decoroccasional tables) you may think you’re done. Living Room Ideas - Accent LampBut…you’re not. The fun is just beginning! It’s time to select Accents such as lamps, wall décor, area rugs, pillows and table top accessories.Accents Area RugsThese items are the key to making your room look and feel finished.

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Accents can be described as those things that unite the larger pieces in the room and make, what could otherwise be a somewhat generic room, a room that comes alive with character and dimension. While you want to surround yourself with these special things it’s important to remember those famous words spoken by fashion mogul Coco Chanel: Don’t forget to EDIT! (We paraphrased.) It is possible to have too much “stuff” which then becomes distracting. How to know when enough is enough? If your accessories are too crowded your eye won’t have anywhere to rest which becomes visually overwhelming. When you look around your space are you able to enjoy each individual piece? Designers use restraint and avoid clutter.

A few good guidelines to avoid overcrowding:

  • Arrange items in groups of odd numbers: 1, 3 or 5-if an item is very large or very dramatic let it shine on its own, if you have rather small items you may need multiples so they don’t get lost, 3 is always a good, magic decorating number
  • Spread things out-negative space is very important in all fields of art
  • Don’t build an army-Accent pieces are usually more interesting if not lined up like little soldiers in a perfectly straight line, try to stagger the group side-to-side and front-to-back and don’t space them exactly the same distance apart
  • Distribute weight evenly, visual weight that is-bigger and brighter items carry more visual weight than things that are petite or more subtle, keep in mind balance as you build your groupings
LIVING ROOM IDEAS ARE ALL ABOUT PERSONALITY!

While there are guidelines to good design (see above!), your home needs to reflect you, your personality and your family’s lifestyle. Photos, collectibles, books and other memorabilia should be woven into the design of your space. This is what truly tells the world that this is your home.

While these Living Room Ideas hold true for any room of the house they are most applicable for your Living Room space since that is made up mostly of upholstered items. Your Bedroom furniture, Dining Room furniture and Home Office furnitNouvelle - Bedroom Set - 9180seture are mostly made up of wood pieces, but be sure to apply the same techniques for personalizing these spaces. More interest can be brought into these wood-heavy spaces via the wall and floor coverings as well as accessories, bed coverings and window treatments.

If a Designer look is still your dream but you’re just too overwhelmed to tackle the project alone, ask yourself this: WWJGD? (You know which Waco-based Designer we’re talking about.) OR stop in at any of the Crowley Furniture locations throughout Kansas City.

As you embark on your journey to put these living room ideas into action, always remember: A happy home is a happy heart! With Crowley Furniture Stores of Kansas City, you’ll love coming home.

Crowley Living Room Trends in 2016

Published On: April 13, 2016

Crowley Furniture has the living room furniture and accessories you want at the value you deserve! Keep your home current but timeless with these exciting design tips that you can easily incorporate into your space. Our favorite living room design ideas for 2016 are all about you and your family.

 Mix It Up

Individuality is king and in 2016 we are embracing decor diversity. Furniture of different sizes, styles and finishes can blend together for an interesting but cohesive effect that is uniquely you. Step out of your comfort zone by mixing textures, colors and styles you previously thought could never “go” together. Don’t worry about going eclectic alone, our experienced Sales Associates and Designers will guide you through the entire process.

Focus on the Family

With so much screen time taking up our lives, living rooms are becoming more family-centric and turning digital distraction-free! Living spaces today are being designed with lots of comfortable seating ideal for chatting with family and friends, reading a book or simply relaxing. The emphasis of these living room arrangements is to facilitate quality time with our loved ones. A cocktail table with benches for board games is a nice touch for kids of all ages.

Go Vintage with Reclaimed Items

Reclaimed pieces from junkyards, antique shops and auction houses continue their popularity appealing to those with an appreciation of worn raw materials, chic creativity and days gone by. Our selection of unique, one-of-a-kind items are upcycled from unwanted construction and architectural items of the past, brought back to life to become show-stopping statement pieces in your home.

Bring the Outdoors In

The outdoor theme remains strong and for good reason. Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces can add a refreshing element to any space. Consider bringing outdoor fabrics inside where their durability makes them ideal for heavy traffic rooms. The colors, patterns and textures of modern-day outdoor fabrics make them hard to distinguish from true indoor fabrics and provide peace-of-mind for today’s busy lifestyle.

Visit Crowley Furniture in Liberty, Lee’s Summit or Overland Park to add some fun but purposeful trends to your life.

Winter Design Tips

Published On: December 14, 2015

With the cold weather approaching, it’s important to winterize your home by sealing duct-work and windows, insulating, replacing your furnace filter, etc. But does your home need a winter makeover to match the season? Simple and easy alterations in your home can make your home look like a cozy winter retreat.

Fireside Chats

A fireplace can easily be updated to create some winter flair in your home . Make sure you have a sitting area facing the fireplace. Whether it’s a couch, loveseat or a few chairs, being able to sit around the fireplace creates a cozy and appealing place for friends and family to gather. Some winter themed decorations can also be added to the mantle for extra appeal.

Pillows and Blankets 

Adding a few winter decorated toss pillows to sofas and chairs can add comfort and color to your furniture. Cover a chair, sofa or other furniture with a fluffy sheepskin throw blanket for added flair.   Always have a few warm blankets available to keep warm when lounging.   They can be stored in a decorative container or ottoman.

Window Treatments

Updating your windows each season is also recommended by professional decorators. Window treatments help frame the winter scene outside and help prevent cold drafts from entering. Thick draperies help ward off cold air and can be layered with attractive roman shades for a refined appearance that offers extra protection.

With these tips you can create a warm and inviting home decorated to reflect the season.   Crowley Furniture is your local and trusted furniture company for over 60 years and committed to providing quality discount furniture Kansas City homeowners trust. Our knowledgeable team boasts over 150 years of furniture experience and expertise. Contact us today to talk to an expert.

Loving The Space You Live In

Published On: April 14, 2015

There is no magic formula to loving the space you live in. It takes time and diligence to find furniture, paint and accessories to create a space that is pleasing to your eye, cozy and that will work well for your family and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake in your purchasing but impulse purchases are not the best idea. Collecting photographs of spaces that are appealing to you and coming up with a budget is imperative to your success. If you are low on funds, many aspects of your perfect space can be done on a DIY basis, for instance, revamping an old lamp, embellishing picture frames and other wall décor, painting the room yourself instead of hiring a professional and using items you already own. Be sure to spend the bulk of your budget on good quality, sturdy furniture that will stand the test of time and can be altered by changing the colors of throw pillows, draperies, rugs and wall décor. Crowley Furniture is proud to offer the best designers in Kansas City at three locations to assist you in creating a space you will love, relax in and enjoy for years to come.
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Creating A Cozy Reading Nook

Published On: March 16, 2015

Calling all bookworms!! Do you enjoy relaxing with a book whether it be hardback, paperback or on an e-reader or tablet but cannot seem to find a cozy, quiet place in your home to sit and read? If your spouse is snoozing in your bedroom and the kids are gaming in your living room, it’s time to create your own reading nook. This serene, personal space should reflect your personality and relaxation needs.
After finding a quiet place in your home, it’s time to choose three essential pieces to complete your reading nook. Your spot needs a comfy chair. It can be a recliner, a chair with dense seat cushions and ottoman, a small love seat or an elegant chaise. Next, choosing an end table that screams practicality while adhering to your personal decorating style is a must. Not only is an end table used for a resting place for your favorite beverage, many are now equipped with electrical outlets and charging ports for your convenience. The last essential piece to complete your reading space is a stylish lamp. Choosing an adjustable floor or table lamp will ensure your reading material is well lit. Adding a few personal accessories such as special photographs, a super soft throw or knick knacks will complete your reading nook and create a relaxing space for you to get away from it all.

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