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Protect your furniture from the mischief of summer

With the 4th of July barely behind us, we’ve just about entered the glorious midsummer season. Lazy nights drinking lemonade on the porch, fun-filled evenings barbecuing with friends on Fridays after work, exciting week-long vacations to exotic destinations – summertime is often the most relaxing and enjoyable part of the year.

Of course, summer also means the kids are done with classes and enjoying a well-deserved break from school, which frequently adds up to more than a few consequences for your painfully perfected home décor.

Even if your kids are the most responsible ones on the planet, always remembering to clean up after themselves and never forgetting to use a coaster on the expensive vintage coffee table in the living room, summertime fun in the sun isn’t exactly on the list of things your home furniture collection loves the most. Between long days at the beach, hands-on games of soccer and baseball, and plenty of afternoons spent sweating it out with the rest of the neighborhood kids, your children are probably bringing a whole lot of sand, moisture and grime into some of your home’s most delicate places.

The team at The RoomPlace furniture store nearest you is here with a handful of tips that will make sure your home furniture survives a battle with your own little hooligans without so much as a scratch.

Prevent the natural elements from entering your home in the first place by instructing your kids to remove any soiled clothing before entering the house – especially shoes. Long day at the beach? If there are no public showers where the little ones can rinse off before heading home, at least request that they dry out in the sun before coming in – that way they can brush off most of the sharp grains of sand that have an uncanny talent for embedding themselves into every surface of your house during the long months of summer.

Divert the attention from your plusher furniture by asking the kids to take their lemonade or ice cream breaks in the kitchen rather than lounging around on the living room furniture. Wooden stools and chairs are more durable than the expensive leather sofa or recliner in your living room, and besides, it’s a great way to keep them outside and away from the television set.

Protect your fancier furniture with slipcovers as a last ditch resort. No need to follow grandma’s lead with noisy and unsightly plastic; simply invest in a couple of cheap cotton slipcovers for your more expensive items to protect them from not only dirt and sand, but also greasy sunscreen.

Of course, if worse comes to worst, you can always stop by your local Chicago furniture store to replace that soiled leather sofa. We’re here for you, parents.

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Don’t Sweat the Summer Heat: 5 Tips from The RoomPlace

Maybe there’s no central air conditioning in your apartment complex, or maybe you’re just trying to lower your house’s energy bill by keeping it off. Either way, without the magic of air conditioning, the summer months ahead have the potential to get pretty sweaty and miserable. As temperatures rise, you might feel yourself slowing down due to dehydration, exhaustion, dizziness and even heat stroke – and a cold shower can only do so much.

But don’t despair! Your friends here at your favorite Chicago furniture stores have a few simple tricks that will help you keep the heat in your home at bay, without any help from that costly A/C.

  1. Sleep cooler: put a small pillow in the freezer a couple of hours before bedtime, and then nestle it under the covers at the foot of your bed or mattress before you go to sleep. You can also try outfitting your bedroom furniture with silk or satin pillowcases, rather than cotton or flannel.
  2. Lighten up: take note of furniture in any room that is currently dressed with darker, heavier fabrics, and exchange them for lighter, brighter materials. Darker colors absorb the heat of the sun, so it might be time to invest in a bright white slipcover for that chocolate leather sofa.
  3. Hide out: between the hours of 10am and 3pm, the afternoon sun is more sweltering than any other time of day. Before heading off to work, school or errands, make sure the blinds are closed in your Chicago or Indianapolis home. Furniture in rooms facing the afternoon sun will absorb less heat as a result, and your house or apartment will stay cooler in the process.
  4. Refresh: open your windows at night, when temperatures tend to drop. Your home has been shut up all day, so letting in some fresh air will help circulate a nice refreshing breeze throughout your rooms.
  5. Unplug: replace incandescent lightbulbs with cooler fluorescent bulbs, turn off all lights when you’re not using them, and keep your main electronics on a power strip so you have a quick and convenient way to power down before leaving the house for the day.

Here at The RoomPlace, we’re no strangers to the often suffocating summers of the Midwest. So we hope these simple tricks will help our Indianapolis and Chicago furniture customers stay a little cooler throughout the months ahead!

And when all else fails, just remember: all 21 of The RoomPlace furniture stores are air conditioned.

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Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Go Contemporary

Now that April has come and gone, you’re probably – hopefully! – finished with your spring cleaning. Of course, when it comes to interior design, that phrase can take on a whole new meaning.

There are plenty of spring décor trends worth trying that can go a long way in freshening up your home. But sometimes, the best kind of “spring cleaning” refers to something a little less literal. This year, how about pairing your new clutter- and junk-free home with a “less is more” interior decorating style?

Here at The RoomPlace, we understand that any Chicago or Indianapolis furniture shopper who walks into any of our 20 furniture stores is looking for something a little different from the next. And we’re more than pleased to provide a vast selection of home furniture in every décor style you can think of, in order to meet the very distinctive demands of each unique customer who shops with us. From the grandiose and regal curved lines of the traditional style, to the more laid-back and subtle elements of transitional furniture, we can help you find bedroom, dining room and living room furniture in all shapes and sizes that suit your own individual eye for design.

But if you’re looking for a “clean” décor style that emphasizes functionality and simplicity over form and ornamentation, we recommend browsing the selection of contemporary-style furniture available at The RoomPlace furniture store nearest you! The contemporary style is all about sacrificing superfluous adornment in favor of sharp lines and geometric forms – perhaps the perfect décor elements to round out your spring cleaning philosophy this year. Here, we highlight just a few of our favorite contemporary furniture pieces available here at The RoomPlace!

Leah Chair & Ottoman. This living room set offers a bold, basic design with just the bare bones. Available in brick orange, light blue, jet black and smooth ivory, the Leah Chair & Ottoman brings a modern flair to its simple yet stunning design, featuring a sleek contoured back and high arms and distinctive, clean lines.

Ariana Queen Bed. If your bedroom is in need of a little spring cleaning, then you’ll want to take a look at the Ariana Queen Bed. The big-city look of its plain head- and base-boards eliminates the extra frills you’ll find on queen beds of other styles, allowing for a minimalist aesthetic that establishes your bedroom as anything but high-maintenance.

Montibello Three-Piece Pub Set. For hip dining room furniture, it doesn’t get much “cleaner” than the Montibello Three-Piece Pub Set, which masterfully blends the stark contrast of rich leather on cherry wood with the visual texture provided by a thick marble-veneered tabletop.

For more tips and tricks on how contemporary furniture can complete your spring cleaning mission this year, feel free to contact The RoomPlace or simply swing by your local furniture store. As always, we look forward to working with you!

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Spring Cleaning Means More than just Sprucing up your Home

Remember last week when we discussed the importance of taking steps to secure your home while you’re away on vacation? Today we’d like to welcome you back to Illinois and Indiana by reminding you that at the turn of the season, your house could be in danger from more than just potential criminals.

If we seem a little sinister lately, we’re sorry! The team at The RoomPlace just wants to make sure that from Indianapolis to Chicago, furniture shoppers at our stores know that protecting their homes can come in many shapes and sizes. As this frigid Midwestern winter finally begins its transformation into a warmer – and wetter! – spring, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe is…that dreaded spring cleaning.

There’s no getting around it: April brings showers. And in the Midwest, “showers” can mean violent thunderstorms with accompanying powerful winds and dangerous lightning shows, not to mention torrents of potentially harmful rainwater. So performing a little preventive maintenance could go a long way in not only keeping your home in top shape this spring, but also protecting everyone who lives there from the risks of structural or water damage. Use our quick and handy checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything important!

  • Clean out your gutters: foliage buildup can trap moisture, leaving your house vulnerable to mildew that causes major damage to roof or walls.
  • Get your roof a check-up: your roof is your greatest shield against the elements, so it’s a good idea to hire a professional to inspect for precipitation-induced wear and tear.
  • Re-paint the shell: exposed wood starts to rot, so check for chipped or cracked paint along the outer walls of your house.
  • Trim the hedges: cut any overgrown trees to prevent serious damage to your house during a gusty storm, and trim any vines that are growing wild since they could crack your siding.
  • Investigate windows and doors: check all openings for leaks or drafts, especially near the corners, since anything amiss could signal harmful water intrusion.

With 20 furniture stores in Chicago-area communities and throughout the Indianapolis region, The RoomPlace serves shoppers from all over Illinois and Indiana with a variety of affordable home furnishings. Stop by The RoomPlace location nearest you to shop for a new leather sofa, dining room table, or queen mattress. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is ready to help you save on furniture however we can!

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Secure Your Chicago Home for Your Spring Break Vacation!

Well, it’s that time of year again.

Time to trade in snowboots for swimsuits as you jet off to Florida, Hawaii or Europe for your Spring Break vacation, leaving the winter doldrums behind in favor of sunshine, beaches and tropical weather.

Here at The RoomPlace, we’re just as excited to escape this dreary Midwestern March as our customers in Chicago and Indianapolis. Furniture stores like ours are always exciting places to be, but when it comes to choosing between shopping for that new leather sofa or taking the kids to Disneyworld, we don’t blame you for picking the latter. And your friends in Illinois or Indiana will probably forgive you for acting like coming home after a stress-free, work-free week is the biggest bummer in the world.

But if returning from vacation is a bummer, returning from vacation to find your home ransacked is a nightmare. Obviously, empty homes make tempting targets – but relax. The RoomPlace is happy to share some of our tips for protecting your house while you jet off to the other side of the country or the world this spring.

  • Phone a friend. Even if you don’t need someone to pick up your mail, water your plants, or feed your cat, asking a neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re away is always a good idea. Make sure to provide them with your contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Less is more. Unless you keep 100 percent of your curtains closed over 100 percent of your windows 100 percent of the time, doing so when you leave for vacation is a tip-off to potential criminals that you’re not at home. Move expensive items out of plain site, but try a little subtlety when you’re closing up shop.
  • Lights on. There’s no need to leave every lamp in your house blazing for a week, but investing in a cheap light switch timer will allow a few key lamps to turn on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule. Anyone watching will assume there’s a person inside who’s responsible.
  • Hide the keys. Or better yet, remove them altogether. It’s always good to have a spare key lying around in case of a lockout, but even the dumbest of burglars will probably think to check under the doormat before breaking into your empty house. Collect all your spare keys and bring them inside, or leave them with a friend when you hit the road.

Whether you shop at one of our furniture stores in Chicagoland or northwest Indiana, nothing is more important to us than your complete satisfaction as a customer at The RoomPlace. So in addition to our selection of affordable living room furniture, dining room sets, and bedroom collections, we do our best to offer the customer service you expect and deserve. If you ever have any homeowner questions when reading our blog, please don’t hesitate to contact us! The team at The RoomPlace is always happy to help in any way we can.

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How to Spread a Little Love around Your Home

With tempting chocolate displays, flowers galore, and oversized stuffed animals dominating every store you’ve entered in the past few weeks, it probably hasn’t escaped your attention that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Here at The RoomPlace furniture stores, we understand that the imminent holiday probably brings a mixture of delighted excitement and “oh brother” groans amongst those looking for furniture in Indianapolis and the greater Chicago area. So we’ll try to keep this post as cliché-free as possible!

Instead of marking February 14th by decorating your house with those staple cutout cupids and paper chains of red and pink hearts, try creating this year’s romantic Valentine’s Day ambiance with one of these slightly more subtle tricks.

  • Exchange those pink and red hearts for some gentler pink and red tones. Love is in the air when you infuse your living room with the alluring hues of lavender, amethyst, lilac, and plum. Try highlighting these colors in a soft flower arrangement, new lampshade or provocative candelabra, or invest in a jewel-toned-framed Venetian mirror for the foyer.
  • Bring out the fine china. Nothing says romance like breaking out the china dishware for an intimate meal by candlelight. If your grandmother’s china has been gathering dust in a box in your closet, romanticizing the home might be the best excuse to invest in a brand-new china cabinet that will give them all the attention they deserve.
  • Make it sparkle. It’s easy to create a romantic glow without going overboard. Try hanging some crystal sconces between your dining room windows so they catch the natural light, or select a glass lamp like this Jolisa table lamp from the Chloe Collection to make your living room really shine.
  • Don’t forget the details. What could be more romantic than luxurious linens and a beautiful ornate headboard, like the one on this king bed from the Santa Cruz Collection? The best kind of sensuality is comfort, so plump up some pillows and add some velvet or silk materials for some truly relaxed bedroom charm.

Between our 21 locations throughout Indianapolis and Chicago, furniture shoppers and interior design connoisseurs should be able to find all the inspiration they need when they shop at The RoomPlace. With a wide selection of living room and dining room sets, kids’ bedroom collections, and various home accents, our IL and IN furniture stores have plenty to offer! For all your affordable furniture and home decorating needs, count on The RoomPlace furniture stores to deliver.

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Your New Year’s Resolution: Furniture Edition

Many of us see the New Year as a chance to turn over a new leaf. If you’ve been looking for a reason to start on a home renovation, furniture stores in Chicago like us can help. Here’s some food for thought regarding the New Year and your home’s new look.

First up, and maybe the least fun: it may be time to clean house. A comprehensive cleaning is New Year’s tradition in many cultures around the globe, and it will make your life much easier once you start moving and arranging your furniture. Deep-cleaning your carpets, polishing your floors, wiping down shelves and other surfaces, vacuuming sofas and armchairs, scrubbing your windows, and taking your rugs and curtains out for a good beating will help you start off the New Year with a clean slate.

Next, once your home is sparkling, start taking stock of what you need and don’t need. Extra clutter gets in the way of great design, and if you have doo-dads lying around that you never use, then it’s time to get rid of them. Plus, a clean and organized environment often helps with mental focus and productivity.

Break your projects down piece-by-piece. Many New Years resolutions fail because we think we have to change our lives in one fell swoop. That’s not necessarily the case—in fact, you have a much better chance of completing something if you set realistic expectations. Give yourself time to pick out your new furniture, colors, accents, etc.

Last, but not least, there are many ways that you can make your redecoration or renovation a family project. Get all hands on deck to make the process quicker and more fun!

For residents in Chicago, twin mattresses, kitchen tables, ottomans and anything else you can think of for your home are available at The RoomPlace store nearest you.


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Make your holiday guests feel right at home in your home

As most of our Chicago and Indianapolis furniture customers probably know, Christmastime creates the busiest travel days of the year (besides the dreaded Thanksgiving Eve). And between holiday parties with extended family, New Year’s celebrations with old friends, and every other shindig you’d expect an invitation to this December, the team at The RoomPlace is gearing up for houses full of festivities, merriment, and of course, plenty of guests.

If you’ve ever shopped at one of our many furniture stores in the Tinley Park, Schaumburg and Merrillville areas, you probably already know that The RoomPlace is dedicated to providing the best furniture and home accents at affordable prices – all with the goal of helping our customers develop their own personal decorating styles. So this holiday season, why not share your flare for interior design with your house guests in the most inviting way possible? Here, The RoomPlace is happy to offer advice on how to create the most welcoming guest rooms to ensure your friends, family and in-laws give only rave reviews about your holiday hospitality.


Step 1: de-clutter your environment

We get it – the holiday season is busy. With all the last-minute shopping, school plays or concerts, and cookie baking you’ve been taking care of lately, it’s easy to let your guest bedroom devolve into a storage room or glorified dumping ground. But you don’t want your guests feeling like they’ve been thrown in with all the other junk that’s at the bottom of your priority list.

So take a few minutes to organize. Don’t panic, we didn’t say “clean”; just move some of those boxes to the basement and make good use of your closet space (but not the one in the guest room!). Your guests will appreciate the effort when they’re not competing with the extra Christmas decorations for a little wiggle room.


Step 2: spoil your weary travelers

It probably goes without saying that you tend to keep your favorite pieces of furniture in the rooms meant for you and your family, while hiding some of those older, well-loved items in the lower-traffic guest room. There’s nothing wrong with making the most of hand-me-downs, but if you’re not willing to part with that brand-new dresser just yet, at least splurge on a high-quality new comforter, classy full-length bedroom mirror, or some plush towels for your guests’ enjoyment. They might not notice the age of the bed frame, but nobody objects to a little pampering when they’re on vacation.

And don’t forget to provide extra amenities, like hangers, aspirin or toothbrushes. We all know how frustrating it is to forget that one essential thing when packing for a trip away.


Step 3: personalize the treatment

The most important rule of thumb when readying your guest room is to remember that decorating any room should really be all about the designer: in this case, you! Don’t be afraid to add a few personal touches of your own, especially anything that enhances the style you’ve chosen to use in your other home decorating endeavors.

If the rest of your house uses the homespun touches of a comfortable country style, try adding floral curtains to the guest room windows or placing a cozy patchwork quilt on the bed. If you lean more towards a tried-and-true traditional style, you might provide a few velvet throw pillows or consider investing in a comfy, trendy velvet armchair for the corner near the reading lamp. Whatever your interior design style, we hope you get the idea – don’t lose it in the guest room just because it sees less action than the living room or kitchen.


During the holidays, just being near your friends and family is what really matters. But putting a dash of extra effort into your guest room this year will show your guests how much you value their time. And besides, it never hurts to eat, drink, and be merry in style!

The team at The RoomPlace wishes all our furniture shoppers from Chicago, Indianapolis, Tinley Park and beyond a very satisfying and safe holiday season.


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Own the season with holiday decorating tips from The RoomPlace: Part 2

Whether you’re online shopping for bedroom furniture in Indianapolis, clearance mattresses in Tinley Park, or a new bedroom set in Chicago, it’s never too late to shift gears and start decking the halls YOUR way.

If you happened to catch The RoomPlace blog last week, you probably remember that we’ve been offering advice on how to decorate for the holidays according to your own unique interior design style. Those who stick with a casual contemporary or comfortable country décor can find seasonal decorating tips in our previous blog post, but now the day has come for those of you who’ve been awaiting holiday decorating ideas for traditional or modern tastes.


Tried-and-True Traditional

If you’re into traditional décor, you probably have a few highly ornamental wood furniture pieces in your living room collection or dining room set, and a handful of lavish bedroom items featuring rich woods like mahogany, oak and cherry. In a word, tried-and-true traditional style is “grand.” As one of the most luxurious fabrics out there, velvet is the perfect choice for anyone looking to craft a more regal holiday ambiance.

  • First rule of thumb: less is more. When you overdo velvet, it’s easy to come off tacky. To rein in your royal-minded traditional style, it might help to remember that velvet isn’t the most durable fabric, so it’s best left for lower-traffic pieces of furniture. Skip the velvet sofa and opt for velvet cocktail chairs instead.
  • Velvet fabric is gorgeous in rich colors, so for the holidays, focus on darker hues like forest green, blood red, or deep maroon. Choosing these shades for throw pillows or the upholstery fabric on your dining room chairs makes a majestic seasonal statement. 
  • Since velvet is a heavy fabric, it keeps bedtime warm and cozy if you need a break from flannel sheets and down comforters. When it’s cold and snowy outside your windows, it’ll be hard to resist curling up in a velvet-swathed bed with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa.


Chic Modern

Here at The RoomPlace, we recognize that some of our Chicago and Tinley Park affordable furniture customers like to stay one step ahead of the latest trends in fashion and design. These homeowners stick with chic modern décor that emphasizes overstated simplicity, geometrical shapes, and shocking or unexpected colors – themes which are surprisingly easy to incorporate into seasonal decorating.

  • Cones: Try replacing the evergreen with a few cone-shaped metallic trees of varying sizes, preferably in silver, white and blue tones. If you absolutely can’t imagine Christmas without a little green, experiment with a metallic lime hue instead of the traditional forest shade.
  • Spheres: Shake up an old favorite by trading in your green wreath and its big red bow with one made out of metallic silver and white ornaments. Then add shocking contrast with a bold cerulean ribbon, and use it to hang the wreath from the top of your hallway or bedroom mirror.
  • Cubes: This time of year, everyone loves the look of a wrapped present. Take advantage of the familiar cube shape by filling a clear plastic box with ball ornaments – preferably of bright blue and lime green to keep up your chic modern color scheme. Wrap with a light blue bow and place on a silver platter for a surprising coffee table centerpiece.


When it comes to the holiday season, many of us tend to revere tradition above all else. But there's nothing wrong with changing it up just a little, especially when it helps you stand out from the crowd and express yourself at the same time.

Have you been following The RoomPlace’s style-based holiday decorating tips, but you’re not sure what you'd call your own personal decorating style? You can learn more by visiting us online, or the team at your local RoomPlace furniture store will be more than happy to help.



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Own the season with holiday decorating tips from The RoomPlace: Part 1

The end of November usually comes hand-in-hand with the realization that you not only have just 24 days to finish all your shopping, but also had better get moving if you haven't already started decorating for the holidays. So while you're busy untangling the Christmas lights in the attic, The RoomPlace team would like to remind you that decking the halls can involve more than just the obligatory outdoor light display and that same ol', same ol' green and red.

When it comes to seasonal decorating, it's easy to just follow the crowd or stick with what's familiar and call it a day. But here at The RoomPlace, we like to encourage anyone who visits our furniture stores near Tinley Park, Merrillville and beyond to express their own style through their home décor.

Whether your decorating style leans toward casual contemporary, comfortable country, tried-and-true traditional, or chic modern, don't be afraid to incorporate a little “you” into this year's holiday ambiance.


Casual Contemporary Holiday Style

If you’re attracted to refined understatement, soft lines, and clean architecture when you’re shopping for furniture in northern IL or IN, you probably prefer a casual contemporary decorating style. Taking subtle cues from vintage or retro trends and updating them for today’s home, casual contemporary tastes make decorating for the holidays both easy and affordable.

  • Start by recycling some of those old clothes that have been gathering dust in your closet. With just a little sewing TLC, that old pleated skirt you haven’t worn in years can be transformed into a unique, retro tree skirt.
  • Add a contemporary twist to an obvious holiday go-to by trading in evergreen wreaths and their big red bows for something more understated. Try putting together some dry twigs and herbs, acorns with a soft glaze of glitter, or a simple mother-of-pearl button arrangement.
  • For a more personal touch, glue a selection of black-and-white family photos onto a wire wreath mold. These contemporary DIYs make for a casual yet classic update on a beloved old favorite.
  • Continue in that vein by positioning some of your favorite tree ornaments in a vintage tray or serving bowl. The placement away from the tree will be a refreshing surprise for guests interested in getting a closer look at some of your prettiest holiday-themed home accents.

Comfortable Country Holiday Style

Does your current home décor feature rustic finishes, pastel color schemes, and the beauty of natural hardwood furniture? Then you might be inclined to follow a comfortable country decorating style. Since comfortable country typically involves deep-seated living room furniture, quilted detailing, and unique upholstery fabrics featuring denim, plaid, or floral patterns, your holiday décor should have an equally “homespun” feel.

  • With evergreen trees and wreaths dominating the holiday home decorating scene, it’s tough to avoid a little natural energy in your seasonal home right from the get-go. Take advantage by adding a rustic floral scheme to your tree this year when you craft homemade ornaments out of real or faux pointsettas.
  • Instead of collecting your holiday cards in a cute storage tin or displaying them above your fireplace like every other year, try clothes-pinning your Christmas cards to a clothesline and stringing it in your living room or across the windows in your kitchen. This makeshift mantel adds a homey holiday touch to any room.
  • Hang a small chalkboard in your kitchen, decorated with green and red plaid ribbon, and use it as a countdown until the big day or to write Christmas messages to the kids.
  • Finally, try replacing the tree skirt that’s been in the family for ages with a wicker mini or wraparound that does the same concealing job – but adds just a little more comfortable country kick.


Are you more attracted to grandiose, luxurious home décor? Maybe you’ve surpassed the latest decorating trends, and are all about blazing your own trail in the world of interior design? Don’t worry. The RoomPlace has plenty of holiday decorating advice for all our Chicago and Indianapolis furniture shoppers, no matter what your preferred style.

Tune in again next week, when The RoomPlace covers the ins and outs of seasonal decorating for two very different decorating styles: tried-and-true traditional and chic modern.