Furniture 438 Ideabooks

One of the first things I do when I see a room for the first time is study the options for furniture arrangement. Sometimes there can be more than one great option. Occasionally, things like windows, a fireplace or doorways can limit options and stump the homeowner on how to place furniture. Living rooms are one...
What to Know Before Buying Bar Stools
It’s hard to imagine any kitchen without some sort of bar stool. Bar stools have become positively ubiquitous — and for good reason. They allow family, friends and even strangers to join...
The Perks and Perils of Reupholstering Old Furniture
Those of you who follow me know that I am a passionate advocate of acquiring fabulous furniture finds near Dumpsters, on roadsides or by religiously haunting thrift stores. Vintage furniture — even when discovered in a less-than-optimal...
Why It's OK to Hate Your New Custom Sofa
It took you days, weeks, even months (OK, years) to decide on your new sofa or chair. You took the fabric swatch home to make sure it worked. You carefully measured. Perhaps your interior designer approved your purchase. But when the delivery...
What to Know Before You Buy a Sectional
Even though sectionals are a family-friendly alternative to the traditional sofa and love seat, they’re one of the more polarizing elements in room design. People either love them or hate them. Add to that the available configurations and myriad...
Go for the Bold: 14 Great Ideas for Patterned Upholstery
Let’s face it: Most of us are afraid of using pattern of any kind on large upholstered furniture. I suppose it’s understandable, since we’ve been told over and over that investment pieces should remain neutral so it’s easier to change our decor...
Vintage Furniture for Real Kitchen Appeal
There’s no denying the appeal of a kitchen with gleaming banks of cabinets promising room for every pot, pan, bowl or gadget you can imagine. But I’m old-fashioned. I still like a kitchen with a stand-alone piece of furniture (or two) to add a personal...
Milo Baughman: The Cary Grant of Furniture Design
If you’re looking to inject a bit of Hollywood-style glamour into your home, you might want to add a piece or two by Milo Baughman, the hugely popular American designer whose affordable...
12 Sofa Colors That Won't Box You In
Buying a sofa is a big investment — daunting if you don’t have a designer with an inspiration board at hand and all the textiles beautifully coordinated. Don’t lose heart. If you can pick the color, you’re almost there. But even that’s a challenge....
Hot Seats! 12 Great Bar Stools for All Kitchen Styles
With the popularity of lingering in the kitchen, it’s time to step up our game with bar and counter stool styles. Kitchen island seating is definitely a place where you can bend the rules a bit — no style is out of bounds. Comfort is a must, but comfort...
How to Commission Custom Upholstered Furniture
If you can’t find that perfect furnishing to complete a room’s design, commissioning an upholstered piece is an optimal way to solve size, comfort and aesthetic issues. But before you rush out to purchase that fabric you’ve been eyeing, you need...
Headboards That Welcome You to Bed
You can invest so much effort in bringing home the perfect mattress that fits your physical needs, but if it’s not matched with a headboard that meets your...
Meet the Quick-Change Artists of Interior Design
My sons have an ongoing and insatiable fascination with the Swiss Army knife and all of its mysterious doodads and thingamajigs. So I find it incongruous that they roll their eyes and groan whenever I wax eloquent about my favorite types of furnishing:...
Smart Shopper: How to Judge Antique Furniture Quality
Whether you're a veteran antiques shopper or a relative newbie, you've probably been stung by the same nagging doubts: Is the piece I'm buying any good? And am I paying a fair price? On a certain level, the questions are moot....
Why Your Room Wants a Small Chair
One of my favorite designers is Charles Faudree in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I especially appreciate how almost every room he designs includes a small-scale — sometimes even child-size — chair. For our 41st wedding...
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