The Home Office

What do you want out of an office? Is it a place where you will REALLY be working in, or is it the place where you keep your computer? Do you want it to be a plain, professional room so there’s no distractions or is going to be a happy place?

home office desk

You probably have ideas, plans, and objects that need organized…are you looking for your office space to fulfill this purpose? These are all questions that need answered before you start snapping your office (back) into shape.

Plug It In

Create a manageable system for your electronics and all the mess that’s attached to it. Yes, we’re talking about the tangle of wires that will either at one time or another, trip you or you’ll accidentally unplug while crossing your legs under your desk. Let’s get that wire web under control!

The first tip is to have a place JUST for the electronics. There’s different wire organizational systems that can contain all of the wires and keep them all in one place. A computer’s keyboard and mouse in this space can be placed on a roll out drawer so it keeps those accessories off of the desk surface. Even a lower, sturdier shelf can hold the printer (and the rest of the wires). If this surface is against a wall, install a shelf above to hold your books, decorative accessories, and a light that can bend to shine downward.

Look at Something

Window View

This is a personal preference. In the scenario above, we have a desk type structure facing the wall, allowing a design choice for over the desk. This may be an ideal arrangement if you need to face a wall to block out any outside distractions.

But if you need to actually look at SOMETHING, face your desk toward the door, bonus points if you have some beautiful double glass doors and you can see into the next room. Or facing a window will always give you something to look at, even if you don’t have a spectacular view outside of it. Because windows mean sunshine, and sunshine is important to our mental health.

Desk Space

What is an office without the main purpose of an office? And by that we mean a place to sit down, and work, pay bills, or to organize your, or your family’s schedule. Make sure it is large enough to give yourself room to work and Sancho Paisley Arm cHAIRnot feel cluttered. This space also tends to be shared with another person’s work space. Measure and plan the details so everyone has enough (or equal) space for work and storage.

Get rid of the usual, boring work office desk chairs. Instead replace them with decorative arm chairs that are more comfortable and 100 times more beautiful.

What are your home office ideas? Let us know in the comments section below!

Decorate with COLOR in Two Unpredictable Spaces!

Color is not only connected to happy feelings but also important memories. So if you have colors in mind that make you feel a certain (good) way, incorporate them into your home. After all, what makes a home the most special is that it makes you feel good. And color can do that. But how do you do that in unpredictable spaces?

Bedrooms, especially kid’s bedrooms, are a no-brainer for including color. An accent wall in the living or dining room? Done. But the kitchen and the bathroom may be spaces that are low on the list. But why? Maybe because white is used in both of these rooms because it’s thought of as, “clean”? And that’s true.

But the main point is to not feel nervous or anxious about color. It’s about going with the color flow. Start with white, or another base neutral, and add vivid color on top.Venice 5 Piece Dining Set

  • Go neutral for the big ticket items, like appliances, counter tops, and other fixtures, and build with color with the window curtains, or the fabric seat cushions, or maybe even the dining set itself.
  • If you feel like installing color in a more permanent way, choose, or paint, the cabinets a color other than the more predictable neutrals.
  • Back-splash is not only a great way to introduce color, but also pattern. Pick an accent back-splash that will really pop against a neutral surface.
  • Other accessible color tricks can be had with wallpaper, throw rugs, and hanging fabric art.
  • How about some open cabinetry, or cabinets that have glass doors, so you can showcase a beautiful collection of brightly colored dishware? Talk about inserting your taste right into the kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinets

What else do you have to add to the color idea for places like bathrooms and kitchens? What about the basement? What would you do there to keep away the dark and gloom that can present itself constantly in the basement? Let us know in the comments below!

Easy, Affordable, and Eco-Friendly

These days it’s relatively easy to be environmentally conscious. Taking the steps to put that consciousness into action can be a little more difficult especially incorporating that state of mind into your home. Recycling bin, check. CompostGreen Recycling pile in the garden, done. But what do you do inside your home, or with your furniture? Where to begin with your “greenness”? It can be easy and it doesn’t have to mean a major remodel or renovation. 

If you have the means, or money, there are state of the art home features that are good for the environment: solar panels on the roof, new appliances that work on less power, and building materials that won’t hurt the earth. But it doesn’t have to be SO big picture. There is such a thing as environmentally friendly daily, inexpensive living.

Make something new out of something old.

Put the handyman side of you to work! If you’re feeling like taking up a craft or project, make it happen right now. It’ll save you some money and give you a chance to use something that you already own. Paint a china cabinet to give it a refresh. Reupholster an old desk chair. If you’re good at sewing take old curtains and make pillows out of them.

Don’t throw it out.

There will come the day when you want to buy a whole house full of new furniture. (We know just the place!) So what do you do with all of the old furniture? You can move it down to your finished basement for a new look. You can give or sell it to people that want or need it. You can also donate it to a charity or Goodwill where it will most likely be purchased. So, how is this an eco-friendly decision? Because you’re not throwing old furniture into the garbage.

Re-prioritize your wish list.

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There’s only a few things that you absolutely must have and need. But your wish list probably includes more than necessities. Ask yourself some important questions: ‘what do you need’ vs. ‘what do you want’? How long and how often will you use it? What will you do with it when you don’t want it/need it anymore?If you’re looking to be environmentally conscious then this information is important and will also make sure you’re really ready to make your purchase.

Quality for your money.

If you don’t want to purchase items more often than you think you should than it’s important to purchase quality. Purchase furniture, and purchase it here, that you love AND won’t have to replace every few years.

Keep the “old.”

Pick your projects wisely. You might have the home renovation itch, but it’s eco-friendly to keep the materials in place that don’t need to be replaced. This keeps old carpet out of the landfill, for example.

Do you have any ideas to share? Leave them in our comments section!

What’s New at American Freight Furniture!

It’s the end of summer 2016, and the merchandise at American Freight Furniture is hot! These brand new sofas, dining sets, and bedroom sets are brand new. Check your local store for availability, and furnish your home with all the newest home furniture! Let us know what you’re most excited about in the comments below!

Paradigm Quartz Sofa & Loveseat

Paradigm Quartz Sofa & Loveseat

Radar Mahogany 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

Radar Mahogany 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

Factory Select Sofa & Loveseat

Factory Select Sofa & Loveseat

Mode Gray 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

Mode Gray 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

San Marino Ebony 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

San Marino Ebony 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

Stanza Delft Sofa & Loveseat

Stanza Delft Sofa & Loveseat

Leon 5 Piece Counter Height Dining Set

Leon 5 Piece Counter Height Dining Set

Sherwood 7 Piece Dinette Set

Sherwood 7 Piece Dinette Set

Giovanni Bedroom Set

Giovanni Bedroom Set

Taylor Bedroom Set

Taylor Bedroom Set

Georgetown Bedroom Set

Georgetown Bedroom Set

Allegra Bedroom Set

Allegra Bedroom Set

Modern Rustic Decor Ideas for Your Home

Camping. Hikes through the local parks. Picnics at the beach. Do you have the word ‘rustic’ on your mind this season? You’re in luck! Rustic home décor is a huge trend right now. How can you achieve it without dragging dirt, leaves, and muddy water into the house? Get that classic and refined, yet natural style that brings the outside, in. Cabin

Accessorize on!

We’re talking glass. We’re talking iron, and we’re talking cotton. Sounds pretty rustic to us!

  • Use crisp white bedsheets, and linens on the dining room table.
  • Glass accent pieces, like very wide candlesticks, can be filled with other rustic materials like colorful stones, or other pretty details.
  • Iron wall art, especially paired with wood is a very rustic look. See this coffee table set!
  • Cotton, cotton, cotton. And cotton as in cotton balls, and puffs, that are used as decoration on wreaths, rugs, and more.

Open layout, cozy spaces. 

Open home layouts are very rustic: think of a lodge or a cabin. But this can subtract the coziness factor UNLESS you decorate and furnish in a cozy way. And in this instance, you have to CREATE the cozy spaces. Define different rooms with your chosen furniture, and colors that designate one space from another. And choose your furniture wisely. Add a very structured sofa to bring some tailoring to an otherwise loose, natural style.

Gunslinger Bark Sofa & LoveseatGeorgetown Bedroom Set

DRAMA. 

Even though rustic style is typically thought of being understated with natural elements it doesn’t have to be completely devoid of drama and emotion. Paint your kitchen cabinets a bold color, or introduce several different colored chairs to your dining table set.   

Modern AND rustic?

The two can co-exist in the same home, and dare we say it, complement each other. The simplest way to do this is install contemporary and modern touches and details on a rustic background. For example, the hardware on the kitchen and bathroom cabinets could veer into an un-rustic themed style.

Roma 3 Piece Table Set

Theme: rustic. 

On the flip side, a lot of the rustic pieces should be chosen intentionally picked to be in the rustic theme if that is what you want to do. Pick furniture that portrays the rustic look, lay down the woven area rugs, copper vases, and baskets that are woven for extra blankets and throw pillows.  

Softness and comfort.

What is a rustic space if it doesn’t include the materials like brick, wood, and other hard natural elements? But there should also be some softness for contrast and obviously, comfort. Make sure there’s plenty of huge furniture, soft rugs, and layers of pillows. Blanket and Lantern

Keep the outside, out.

Create an outdoor spot reminiscent of a rustic ski lodge for lounging. Here you can really go all out if you want since it’s rustic in its natural habitat. Wooden porch furniture will make the statement!

Are you feeling the rustic decor trend or does it feel more like poison ivy? Let us know in the comments below!

(More) Home Personality

There’s no place like home, right? In all the chaos that life can bring, home should be the happy retreat that makes you feel the protected, away from everything else. These aspects of home are important. Some would say, most important. It’s important that stress can be eliminated after coming home, and your home should be able to help in a number of ways. If where you live makes you happy, makes you feel uplifted, and makes you feel energized, then it (and you) have done the job correctly.

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You Need Somewhere to Sit, Eat, and Sleep, Right?

  • And it has to be right for YOU. We may be biased but we’re under the impression that the right furniture can transform your entire living space. Of course, your furniture needs to not only fit your space, but also fit your needs. After you’ve figured that out, it’s time to have fun. Choose pieces that reflect your style. If you like bright colors for example, don’t be afraid of choosing furniture that is upholstered in bright colored fabric, or throwing patterned pillows on top.

Radar Mahogany 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

  • The best way to find out exactly what you want to is to try it out for yourself. So, step one: Go to your local American Freight Furniture store. Step two: Take a look at all the sofas, dining tables, and bedrooms sets, before you. Step three: Lie down. Sit down. Close your eyes while on a mattress. Is this your dream furniture? Is this what you want to see every day? Picture it. Is it right? Then take it home!

Family Keepsakes

Family history manifests itself in many different ways. For some, it’s the art hanging on the wall. For others, it’s the delicate dishes sitting in the china cabinet. And for others, it’s the unique, ceramic tea cups in the cupboard that you made with your children. In other words, surround yourself with what makes you happy and encourages those warm feelies when you’re reminded of the special people in your life. 

Pop with Color

Have you ever thought how much an impression that wall color can make in your home? Actually, it can reveal your home personality immediately. And you can pick any color you want! Choose a color that you love and also one that looks good with your new furniture! Paint Sample

Make Outdoor Space Your Own

Sometimes it’s a little difficult to get the outdoor space under control and make it somewhere that feels like an extension of your home. If you own outdoor space create a place where you want to spend time. There are many options. Plant a garden full of food, or landscape every square inch. Host parties with hot dogs and hamburgers, and then gather around a fire pit for s’mores. Fresh air, and a little Vitamin C while relaxing in your self-made oasis.

Be Sentimental!

It’s okay to be proud of the good things in your life: your accomplishments, your goals accomplished, and anything that makes you feel connected to and happy with your life. After all, this is all about how your home should represent you! Showcase artwork, diplomas, and any memorabilia that makes you smile and feel proud, safe, and comfortable in your home. Your home should tell your story!Photo Wall

Just Because It’s a Hallway, Doesn’t Mean It Has to Be Boring

The entryway immediately sets the tone for guests, but it should also set the feeling for you, each day. After all, you shouldn’t feel any differently than relaxed, comfortable, and inviting every time you come home. A hallway doesn’t have to be boring, and NO ONE wants to be bored. Personalize your entryway with your favorite photos, and other familiar memorabilia that add interest immediately.

We love this topic! What are your pieces of advice for making your home feel like you? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Love Your Authentic Home

What do you love about your life? Yes, it’s a deep question! But the answer, or as close as you can get to one, may help you create the home where you love living. Is it filled with unique and charming details? Of course. Your home should reflect the character realized in your life. Fill it with style, personality, experience, and memories. Create your AUTHENTIC home.

A Quick Snapshot

Do you feel particularly cozy when you step into someone’s home and almost immediately feel like you know the person or people living there? Not only is that cozy but it’s interesting. There’s a lot to look at, and there’s pieces of their life EVERYWHERE that have real meaning. This can be accomplished in your own home by decorating with memorabilia from your travels, the accessories that you’re passionate about, and colors and artwork that means something.

Photos

A reliable go-to technique is the photo gallery wall. Or multiple walls. You can keep those memories close to you by hanging them on the wall and looking at them every day. But you can also display important family mementos on small tables in the hallway, or in a glass enclosed china cabinet.

Books, and especially cookbooks, can add not only beloved stories and recipes to your home and kitchen, but also texture, color, and personality. Maybe this addition will inspire you to get back into reading, or experiment with cooking!

Lay Back. Relax.

You should feel comfortable every place in your home. If you don’t, what’s the point? Charm your socks (Zebra Black Push Back Reclinerand shoes) off with comfortable home spots. Seriously, take your socks and shoes off. You’re at home!

  • The living room. Enable conversation! Situate the furniture so people can carry on conversation comfortably. Don’t line the walls with sofas. Push all furniture pieces closer together, perhaps in a half circle if it’s possible in your room. You’ll be able to look everyone in the face, without shouting across the room.
  • Combine sofas with a combination of chairs for variety.
  • Be thoughtful about picking pieces that you really love and make you feel good. Don’t feel like you have to get it all done at once…add and subtract as you go!
  • Place your furniture for sitting in reaching distance of an end table, or coffee table. This makes it much easier to enjoy a drink and some snacks.

Shine Some Light

You may not realize what a big difference lighting makes…until you have bad lighting. In most rooms, you want soft light. And as much Crystal Chandelier Black Table Lampnatural light as possible. What you don’t want: blinding, glaring light. Our number one pick for the best light is…(drumroll, please), WINDOWS! But. But, but, but. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about that. So, next:

 

  • Lamps. And more lamps. And good news. Lamps are usually affordable, and almost as important, you can find one (or many) that suit your home personality. Expand your horizons and add a funky shaped table lamp, or a brightly colored floor lamp. Add at least two lamps to every room, and add as needed. Then step back and tell us if the ambiance isn’t FANTASTIC.

Does your home need some help getting up to your personal charm level? Or, do you have this handled? Let us know in the comments section below!

A Recipe for a Well-Dressed Room

FashionThere’s plenty of articles, videos, and blogs out there to reference the rules of dressing yourself well, but THIS blog post is about dressing your HOME well. Just like a few different clothing pieces can practically guarantee a put-together outfit, there are several ideas that can do the same for a home. So, pull it together and make your home match you! 

Set Your Mood with Wall Color Wall

Ambiance. Tone. Mood. All attitudes that can be conveyed not only through the color of clothes you wear, but also a prominent color in your home. Easiest way to get that: paint. You can go for the trendy colors. Right now it’s light, bright, and deep shades. Or the classics: white and cream. Or your very favorite color because it makes you feel a certain kind of way.  

Light Up Your (Home) Life

Forget (just) functionality. It’s important…but so is style. Your light fixture can be the focal piece of your home. Choose something funky, something interesting, and something that casts the kind of light that is appropriate for the room you want to put it in.  Barclay Brass Cage 3 Lamp Multi-Pack

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It Up

Pick a neutral fabric for the main piece of furniture, like for the bed, the sofa, or the curtains then surround it with patterned, colorful accent fabric for the trim, the pillows, or throws. It makes for a VERY interesting story when there are contrasting fabrics, textures, and colors.

No More Blank Walls!

Great furniture is, well, great. There can absolutely be a statement made with a sofa, or an awesome accent chair.  But just because you are choosing to well-furnish your home doesn’t mean your walls don’t need love, too. Don’t be scared or intimated by choosing and hanging artwork. At a loss of what to pick? It’s easy. Pick what you love! After all, you’re the one that looks at it every day.

Show Some Personality

Model rooms are beautiful but it’s difficult to live in a model home as seen in a magazine. Your home should look like YOU and YOUR family. Decorate with home decor accents that you have pickedChange/Evolve up throughout your life. There should be pictures of people close to you and commemorating special life moments. Your home should make you smile, so your home should reflect you!

Evolve and Have Fun!

Take liberties and change your home décor like you change your outfits. Let your space evolve with the way you, your life, and your tastes change. And have so much fun! It will show.

Does your home style match your fashion style? Let us know in the comments below!

Discover a Whole New World with White

Is white really white? Not to be philosophical, but what is white? Scientifically, white is the presence of all colors. In home design, white is timeless, versatile, and ALWAYS works.White Paint

White represents renewal. White is safe. White looks tidy and neat. White can erase mistakes. Not only can a coat of white paint instantly update and refresh a room, it can save you from paying for a space remodel. The color white is not just a color. It is everything.

So, it’s important that it is used in the proper way.

Use the Right White

If you’ve ever been placed in the situation where you’ve had to pick a white paint then you know how many different shades of white exist.

Tips for finding the white shade that enhances the room’s best qualities:

  • Identify the natural light
  • In a room that faces away from the noon sun: use a ‘just right white’: not too warm, or too cool.
  • In a room that faces the north, in a location with snowy winters, use a warm off-white.
  • In a room that faces the south, and receives intense sun, use a cool white with gray undertones.

Sunny Room

Tips for choosing the right white for trim: 

  • Consider the color of the walls.
  • In general, warm pairs with warm, cool pairs with cool.

Tips for using white in the bedroomRedondo Lite 7 Piece Dinette SetCape Cod Bedroom Set

  • Paint over wood. Suddenly it becomes even more rustic.
  • Pair the white with shine for glamour.
  • Go for off-whites for a warm feel. 

A tip for using white in the kitchen:

  • A rustic-feel farm table or wooden stools look welcoming against white.

Tips for using white as an accent. 

  • Love deep or rich colors as the main event while using white (and light) as an accent color.
  • Accent a dark wall with art prints framed in white.
  • Choose white furniture to use as accents.

Oh Henry Sofa & Chair

Tips for keeping white, white.

  • Dust shows up instantly on white; vacuum the white walls often
  • Hang window coverings to protect any white cabinets from yellowing from the natural light.

No shoes? No problem! It’ll keep white floors intact.

What is your opinion about a white interior or home design? Let us know your feelings in the comments below!

Maximize Your Space. Maximize Your Style.

It makes sense. The more you try to maximize the space in your home, the more you must expand your home design ideas creatively. How can you maximize your space while still living in a stylish home? 

Small Home

The Open Layout Kitchen

Remove over-sized appliances and break down the walls between the kitchen and the adjoining room to create a space that feels (and is!) larger. What is becoming popular is distinguishing the kitchen with open shelves, and using flooring that runs through both spaces.

Deep kitchen cabinets and drawers can help make the best use of space efficiency while still being able to look streamlined. Allow yourself some cabinet/drawer dividers for organization.

Islands have always been a coveted addition to a kitchen because not only can it be used as extra seating, but also as underneath storage with lots of counter surface.

Make Your Furniture Work For You

Don’t place too much furniture into one room, it will make it feel too small.Shitake Mushroom 2 PC. Sectional Sofa

Pick furniture that multi-tasks like an ottoman that matches your sofa set. The ottoman can function as a foot rest, storage, and an accent piece. Or how about a bed that folds…either into the wall, or up into a bed. Last, but not least, lidded benches can be used in the hallway or mudroom to hold tennis shoes, bags, or umbrella, but also gives some style personality to an entryway with the lid down. 

Bunk beds are a convenient space saver since the beds don’t take up much room. Use this style of bed in your guest room, especially if you frequently have kids in the family visit. A lofted bed will also give you extra space underneath the bed.

Design Tricks for a Small Space

A small room that is trying to feel more spacious can be helped along with a consistent color palette. It not only creates harmony between different spaces, but keeps the distractions to a minimum, and the design less cluttered.

We never stop heralding the design aspects of properly placed artwork in a room. In a small space, artwork can open up a room, add depth, and width. Mirrors, of course, is a classic, tried and true method to make a room appear larger.

Cutting Back

Purging and cutting back are two actions that a small space calls for and to get rid of everything that fit, or fit IN. What do you really need? What do you really use? This will cut down on the clutter that makes a space look small.

Have you experienced the challenge of decorating a small space? What’s your advice? Let us know in the comments below!