Lighten up this fall

When fall comes around, the holidays are fast approaching. Getting your space ready for entertaining can not only be fun, but can take your holiday experience to a whole new level.

One thing that’s easy to adjust is the lighting in your dining space.

This season, it’s all about inciting an industrial revolution. When it comes to lighting, industrial-chic fixtures look especially cool in the kitchen. As the heart of a home, the kitchen is always a central focus. Infusing it with plenty of light is key to making your space shine (quite literally).

Long, rectangular pendants with ceiling mounts are perfect for kitchen islands, tables, and breakfast bars. And a bonus: they’re much easier to hang than other options, like staggering pendant lights.

Mixing metal and wood works great in an all-white kitchen. Adding depth and drama, a multi-textured pendant compliments subtle tones like no other piece can.

So, as you can see, adding industrial-inspired fixtures transform a nicely done space into one that looks professionally designed—an instant mood-booster for holiday festivities. So… light it up!

 

Fall Blues

With summer winding down, you may find yourself itching to add some color inside your home. It can be a tricky task. Paint swatches start to look the same after countless comparisons while holding them up to your walls for the thousandth time. Choosing the right accent pieces can be overwhelming, too.

It doesn’t have to be, though. With a few simple switches, you can give your home a pulled together look with a homey, welcoming vibe.

So, what’s hot for fall? Blues!

2017 has been a great year for color, especially blue (and it’s only getting better for fall). It’s cool, calm, and collected. There are so many shades—from colors for your walls to pillows and accessories. Here are a few different ways to accent your rooms with blue for fall:

Floor them with color (and some fluff)!

One of the easiest ways to incorporate a new color in a room  is by adding a rug. Rugs (and pillows to match them) are easily interchangeable and can dramatically shape the look of a room. Add a patterned rug to your floor to liven up the entire room. Go crazy mixing different textures and layers of pillows. After all, there can never be enough fluff!

Wonder walls.

Painting your walls is a bit more complicated than adding a rug or switching pillows—but it is totally worth it. Adding a shade of blue on an accent wall sets the mood for the entire space. You can make the room warm and inviting or dark and sultry. The beauty of blue is that it works well in all spaces and can evoke the mood of your choice.

Hang it up!

One or two large pieces of abstract wall art in a range of blue hues can be calming and thought-provoking. It can bring out the best in your furniture, and make a house really feel like a home. Creating a wall collage that includes blue images with different frames, and any other pieces you love, adds your personality to any room.

 

Shelf the mess (and the stress).

Back to school means back to books. Everywhere.

If visions of books sprawled all over your dining room table are dancing in your head, it might be time to find some accessories to declutter and destress.

Having the right bookshelf or storage piece to properly (and fashionably) display books is a great way to add elements of function and style to your home… instead of clutter.

Not to mention, homework can be less stressful for your kids—and less messy for you—when you’re organized.

From offices and bedrooms to family rooms and living rooms, bookcases can work anywhere. Here are a few tips to have easy access to your favorite reads, while making an organized space that also shows off your style.

  1. Be open to dividing. With an open floor concept, tall and open bookcases can be used as visual room dividers.

Trishley light brown wood open faced cabinet with four shelves and storage drawer

 

 

 

2. Get low. Bookcases with lower drawers or cabinets are perfect for a family room. Keep books, photos, and accents in view and use the hidden storage areas to help eliminate clutter and keep your living space neat.

Starmore wood and metal modern rustic large bookcase

3. Out of sight, not out of mind. If you have a small book collection and don’t feel the need to display it, consider getting an accent cabinet. A bookcase with doors provides lots of hidden shelf space.

Brown wood Reickwine cabinet

4. Got lots of books? If the bookcase you select can’t hold everything you want to display, consider putting identical bookshelves next to each other for a pleasingly symmetrical way to double up your space.

Lobink contemporary set of two asymmetrical large bookcases

 

5. Make a statement. Much like a fireplace, a stylish bookcase can become a focal point and statement piece in any room. The top of this accent cabinet is open for beautiful displays, while books and other objects are kept nicely displayed behind glass doors.

Distressed antique cabinet with glass doors and shelving

 

Once you start using furniture to organize your library, it’ll be easier to find your favorite book, encourage the whole family to read, and—most importantly—help everyone be more relaxed this school year!

Trays are all the rage

How to style a serving tray.

One of the biggest trends in home design this year is styling serving trays. What does that mean and why do it? It’s simple, really. It adds character to your room, it’s an affordable decorating option, and it’s fun to do. Here’s how to get started:

#1 Understand Your Personal Style

Personal style is important when styling a tray. It shows your guests who you are, and it also tells the vibe of your home. While figuring out your design aesthetic, think about the trends that catch your eye.

Are you French farmhouse or more modern? Clean or eclectic?

#2 Pick a Tray

Once you settle on a signature style, it’s time to pick your tray. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns—and we have tons of styles to consider. Here are two trays, along with a tutorial on how to tastefully accessorize them in a few different aesthetic styles:

#3 Organize into 4 Quadrants

The most difficult part of styling a tray is visualizing the look and feel that you want to portray. It’s easier to style when you break them out into quadrants or categories. These 4 tips will guide you on how to visualize and choose the appropriate accessories:

  • Quadrant 1: Reading Material – Grab a few reading materials—old books, new books, or even magazines.

  • Quadrant 2: Nature – Add your favorite flower, topiary, or terrarium.

  • Quadrant 3: Personalize – Whether it’s your favorite antique or an old knickknack, add it to your tray for a personal touch. We added vintage forks and spoons for uniqueness and charm.

  • Quadrant 4: Conversational Piece – This quadrant speaks for itself, literally. Add a unique item that will spark a conversation with your guests.

Here are a few examples:

Farmhouse and Fruits: Some fresh apples and wood carvings will make your guests’ look twice.

Modern Minimalist: A gold geometrical figure adds a unique design element to catch the eye.

Artsy and Abstract:  Spice things up by adding different heights and stacked levels for a balanced look.

#4 Style It Your Way

However you choose to style your tray, make sure it’s the style you want, made of things that you like. Also, don’t forget to try placing your trays in unique locations. For instance, on your bed, coffee table, or kitchen counter. The more the merrier!

Don’t get furniture stored

Getting furniture stored can happen to anyone.

You walk in. You see a bedroom set that would make your best Pinterest board blush. Everything is placed to perfection within a glorious, interior-designer-inspired wonderland. You think, “Yep, that’s the one.” It has to be yours. You purchase it. You get it set up in your home, only to find it looks nothing like the furniture dream world from which it came. Fail, right?

No way.

Getting furniture stored is so avoidable. Selecting some simple accessories—right at the time you’re picking out your furniture—will amplify the look of your new furniture when you bring it home. In our HomeStores, interior designers carefully source and style every piece within the collections we show. Decorative boxes, table top trays, pillows, wall art… you name it, you can replicate the look by taking the exact pieces as shown, or mixing and matching from other collections with similar styles. Paired with some personalized flair, like your favorite colors, pictures frames, and photos, you’ll have the room you envisioned without ever feeling like it looked better in the store.

Break the rules for fashion and function

The definition of ‘names’ is interesting. It’s simply arbitrary labels.

We call a dresser a dresser; a table a table; a bench a bench, but who’s to say they have to serve as such in the function and style of your home?

Sometimes the best interior design is inspired by breaking the rules—to make functional, fashionable use of traditional pieces in your home, in a not-so-traditional way.

Saving space and getting the biggest bang for your buck is what it’s all about. Here are a few ideas that can help you do just that when it comes to finding pieces that serve alternative purposes in your home.

Change a dresser into a changing table.

Having a baby doesn’t mean having to sacrifice space and style in your home.

A smart way to maximize room and storage in the nursery is to select a stylish dresser and use it in place of a traditional changing table. Flat surface… check! Just add a changing pad or soft blanket, and you’re set to go. Diaper drawers… check! Fill them up with all sizes so you’re ready for every stage. Mirror… check! Your baby will stay occupied staring at the reflection.

The best part? Once your baby is done with diapers, you still have a new, stylish piece to keep for yourself!

Betwixt, a bench!

A bench, most certainly, doesn’t have to be a bench. It’s one of those fabulous, versitle pieces that can serve its intended function as a seat, but is just as great as a coffee table or statement piece. Literally, anything goes… so get creative!

An island of dreams.

Love the idea of an island in your kitchen? Hate the idea of bolting it to the floor?

Who says it has to be attached?! Get the style and function without the commitment and waste of space. A narrow pub table or rolling cart can be an island in an instant. Add some benches, or leave it open, for a stylish, space saving design win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The moral of the story? Think differently about the pieces you put in your home. With a few simple, sporadic design decisions, you can uncover new functions for standard pieces in your home—saving space and adding style!

Introducing Heritage Road

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Close your eyes and imagine that the holidays are here. All of your family is gathered in the living room, cuddled up with plaid pillows and fur throws, absorbing the warmth of the fireplace. The aroma of your honey baked ham seeps from the oven. Everyone is laughing and having a great time with apple cider in hand. As you close the oven and stand to look around, a sense of pride overwhelms you. You are so proud of your home. You’ve worked so hard to create a stylish, sophisticated space to entertain, and you’re grateful to share it with your family. This is home.

Such is the inspiration for Heritage Road—Ashley HomeStore’s newest lifestyle, debuting just in time for the holidays. This warm and inviting Lifestyle is exclusive to the HomeStore – so you won’t find these furnishings anywhere else.

Read the full story!

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