Furniture 472 Ideabooks

How to Choose the Right Sofa Cushion
You’ve had that sofa or chair for 20 years, and an objective, honest look at it said it had to go! The seat is sagging, the cushions are lumpy, the upholstery is shredding, and the cat prefers it to the litter box. So you went shopping, naively...
How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right
Like a blank page or canvas, an empty room can be either an opportunity or a challenge. With so many ways to fill it, how do you know where to start? I've taken some of the basic rules of furniture arrangement and distilled them...
Decorating With Antiques: Painted Furniture Brings the Eye Candy
A room decorated with antiques can often appear somber and a little too serious, especially if all the case goods (wooden tables, chests, armoires etc.) are nothing but drab, brown furniture. The glow and patina of a beautiful 18th-century Georgian...
Objects of Desire: Dressing Tables Groomed for Style
I’ve always been nostalgic for the golden age of Hollywood, when women dressed to the nines and could seduce with a single hair flip. So when I first struck out on my own, I sent myself on a mission to find a vintage dressing table. I quickly found...
What Goes With Leather Furniture?
Leather chairs, sofas and ottomans tend to be big, comfy and classic — no wonder they’re a popular choice for living room furniture. But too much bulky leather upholstery can make a space look dark, heavy or just … boring. Wondering what to put...
Abraham Lincoln Sat (and Flirted) Here
If this nearly 200-year-old sofa could talk, it would tell tales of political history, flowery poetry and stormy romance. It was literally the front seat during the courtship and wedding of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, and the story of how it was restored...
8 Savvy Ideas for Kitchen Carts
I’ve been searching for the perfect kitchen cart for several years now, and here’s why: I once had one, and no single piece in my entire home was more versatile. Whether I was drying dishes on a rack, storing pots and pans, or wheeling it into the...
How to Pick Out a Coffee Table
A coffee table does a lot of work. It needs to hold books, magazines, drinks, food — even games on game night. You might want to put your feet up on it, or the kids might need a place for coloring. Plus it’s usually smack dab in the middle of the...
Objects of Desire: New Ways With the Classic Chaise
Thinking of chaise longues calls to mind images of bygone days: Joan Crawford lounging in a silk robe and marabou bedroom slippers or Grandma with her book, a blanket tucked under her chin. For these reasons it never occurred to me to include a chaise...
Color Fix: Energize Your Room With a Colorful Club Chair
When it comes to our home, my husband is allergic to color. While the source of his color aversion is a mystery, I think he’s (wisely) worried mostly about investing in a rug or a piece of furniture that he’ll tire of. To him color belongs on pillows,...
Objects of Desire: New Takes on the Tufted Sofa
With its low back, stately curved arms and deep tufting, the classic chesterfield sofa is as aristocratic as its namesake. Legend has it that the idea for the piece was conceived in 18th-century England for the Earl of Chesterfield, who was somewhat of...
Decorating With Antiques: Evoke a Fanciful Past With Bamboo
Rudyard Kipling’s famous quotation, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” never proved to be less true than during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Orient captivated the West in the form of chinoiserie design....
The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own
How many times have you been sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other, and you needed the simplest thing: a little side table that was just the right size so you could put down your cup and turn the page?...
What Goes With a Striped Sofa?
A striped sofa can be a welcome change from basic solid colors. But when your sofa is striped, what do you put with it? Do you play it safe with solids or go out on a limb with other...
Bank on Branches for Beautiful Furniture
My husband and I made an ill-considered and somewhat disastrous move from the city to the country when we were 45 and going through a midlife crisis. The only happy things about it were the chickens in our backyard and the abundance of fabulous twigs...
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