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In the Home: Accent Chairs

Finding furniture for your new home is an exciting adventure Whether you prefer something that is more contemporary or even bohemian, there is truly a style for everyone’s taste and budget. Seating is one of the most important decisions you will make. After all, a home is not a home without a place to sit down and just relax. Accent chairs change the feeling of a room and can help to create distinct spaces within your home. 

Creating an inviting atmosphere in your living space can start with a sofa but it ends in an accent chair. While sofas are generally more neutral in color, adding a chair not only creates more seating but can bring in both color and texture. For example, a velvet chair can bring in not only stunning color, but also much needed texture. Part of interior design is creating textures in a space that are easy to read and that work cohesively with each other.  

If you are looking to spruce up a corner in a room, you might consider putting in an accent chair with a large plant behind it as well as a larger side table that could perhaps hold a lamp and a few books. Simple touches like these make dedicated spaces within your home that are sure to be beloved by the whole family. In the formal dining room, statement chairs make the host chairs stand out. A great option for this is a “wing style” chair that creates height within both the room and the person seated within it. 

Other types of accent chairs include swivel chairs which aren’t just for the office anymore. They are perfect for putting around a coffee table to create a space for easy conversation. If you prefer having furniture be used as a conversation starter, there are many different statement chairs that can be used to highlight your space. They come in different materials, patterns, and even heights, to suit your design wants and needs. 

Accent chairs compliment any lifestyle. If you are looking for a furniture store in Chicago or an affordable dresser we would love to see you in our shop or work with you online.


Apartment living: Sectional Sofas

Whether it’s your first apartment or you are moving in from another, finding the right furniture to fit your space is essential. Apartments are often more compartmentalized and therefore have smaller individual spaces. While this is great because it means less to clean, it can still make finding the right furniture hard, not to mention stay on budget. 

The living room is a challenge to furnish because it is the gathering space in your home and oftentimes the space your home opens into. With the TV ready to watch the big game and your favorite snacks at the ready, having the right sofa makes all the difference. It needs to be comfortable, the right size, and match your design goals. We want to present you with the solution that not only checks off this list but that is an affordable furniture option, the sectional sofa. 

Sectional sofas are a great choice for apartments because they are easy to find in a smaller size. This smaller size also means they will be easier to move into your apartment and should you need to move again, your sofa can travel with you. The pieces are easy to split apart and can create more seating options for your guests allowing them to be comfortable in your home. The detached ottoman converts one part of your sofa into a chaise, giving you plenty of room to stretch out and relax. With a wide variety of materials, colors, and shapes available, you can find what you are looking for to fit your design aesthetic, no matter how wild. 

These sofas are also easy to pair with end tables and allow for enough space to put that floor lamp you’ve been dreaming of in your home. They can be dressed up with a soft blanket or brightly colored pillows to provide the perfect lean-to as well. Section sofas like this modern pick from our line (the picture down below!) can even be converted into a sleeper giving you space for a guest too! 

 We hope that this has given you some inspiration when it comes to furnishing your living room. If you are looking for low price furniture to decorate the rest of your home we have what you are looking for. 

4 Advantages of Japanese Futons

It’s quite possible that your next bed or sofa could be a Japanese futon. Many people are beginning to see the distinct advantages to having a futon as an alternative to either a bed or sofa or to simply having one for visiting guests. We’ve compiled some useful information on the subject so you won’t feel totally kept in the dark on your next bed search. Keep reading to learn all about why you should consider using futons as a main bed source.

  • They are inexpensive: Compared to buying an entire bed set including, mattress, headboard, box spring, etc., futons are relatively inexpensive yet they give you the same degree of comfort that a bed provides. Additionally, the fact that futons are composed of fewer pieces – just the mattress and the futon frame itself – makes them easy to shop for.
  • Japanese futons free up space: Because Japanese futons are composed of only two pieces and are foldable, they can be stored in very tight spaces. This can give your home or apartment the extra space it may need. This is especially important if you live in a small apartment or live a minimalist lifestyle.
  • They’re easier to clean: Conventional mattresses can build up a great amount of dust, hair, skin and dust mites over time. This makes them really tough to clean. You can vacuum them, sure, but you may still end up depositing dust and debris on the surface of your mattress. With Japanese futons, you take them outside and beat them like a rug to knock the dust out. Moreover, the frame itself needs very little to no cleaning.
  • They are portable: Futons can be moved very easily to any room in the house or when it is time to move into another home. With a traditional bed you have to disassemble many parts and move the very heavy frame and mattress. 

The bottom line is that purchasing a futon can end up being one of the best decisions you can make. It can make you want to look for other ways that you can cut down on “stuff” and simplify your life. Or if you prefer a full sized Cardello sofa in gray or any other lifestyle furniture items we have that too.


Essential Furniture Items for Your New Home

Furnishing a new home can be a tricky, nerve-racking process. Some people end up buying more than they need while others end up not buying enough of the very basic items they will need. However, we have found that it is always advisable to buy the basics that are required for day to day living. After all, you can always add elements to your home in the future. Here are some of the most essential furniture items that we think every new home should have:

The Living Room

The living room is the central area of every home and the first room guests will see when they visit you. Therefore, every piece of furniture you add in it should showcase your style while also being functional. Basic items here include: 

  • A comfortable sofa set or futon 
  • A center table or a coffee table. Here your choices include minimalistic to bulky wooden ones based on the space in the house 
  • A TV stand
  • End tables
  • A shoe rack

The Dining Room

This is mostly likely where you will entertain guests and have your meals. Basic items include:

  • A dining room set composed of a sturdy table and chairs. Also, be sure to protect your dining room chairs and table with the right upholstery.

The Bedroom

One of the most important items you will ever buy for your home is the bed. Studies show that we spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed so this makes perfect sense. 

  • A comfortable bed
  • A dresser set or dressers

The Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most visited areas of your house. Apart from the obvious kitchen appliances, your kitchen will need other things including:

  • A serving table (if you do not have separate dining table or area)
  • A trash can (Actually, you should have one in every room in the house.)

Making your house a home is never easy. The entire process can be quite overwhelming especially if you think of the various items you need to add to your home. However, you can accomplish it by first focusing on the main pieces that we have pointed out. We have a large variety of lifestyle furniture including dining room sets, bedroom sets, etc., to turn any house into a home.