Bedrooms are always my favorite rooms to design. I love how personal the spaces become and that they truly are for the people who live there. A lot of clients want to redo their living rooms or dining rooms because that’s what their guests see but spending time designing a beautiful bedroom for yourself is the epitome of #selfcare.
Where to Start
This bedroom design is all about sophistication and peace. I started with the statement Cordelia bed because it brings in such drama. I love the exaggeration of the height of the headboard as a play on scale. To keep the rest of the room serene I’d paint the walls a lighter grey to envelope the space and then continue with grey tones to keep the contrast low.
When designing a monochromatic room it’s important to keep the hues varied and the furniture items slightly different. That way you end up with a cool and collected design as opposed to a boring and run-of-the-mill styled bedroom.
How to Accessorize
Starting with a patterned rug like the Seville in dove grey on the floor and then flanking the upholstered bed with large nightstands in a slightly darker shade help create that layered feel. I went even darker with the Kellen dresser to be able to stand up to the large bed and not get lost.
Since every room needs some color and life, I saw these beautiful Dupree lamps in a shimmery blue and thought they were perfect! They act like the jewelry to a great outfit finishing it off. I used a plaid chair in a similar blue to keep your eye moving around the room. Throw a turquoise pillow on the bed to complete the look and add a fiddle leaf fig (I always use a live plant in my designs) in the corner and you have a peaceful retreat made just for you!
When decorating a living room you can never go wrong with a neutral palette but the key to a successful design is how you put it together. In this room, since all the furniture was calm I wanted to splash some excitement on the walls with a sophisticated and rich green. Now, sometimes people get scared to paint their walls but I think what makes neutral rooms work is that tension. And also keep in mind when you’re painting, that curtains, artwork and furniture will break up that color.
Where to Start
I always think of the floors as my fifth wall so I went with the really bold Torrey rug that has an earthy color palette. It’s the star of the room and then everything is built around it. The Stratus sectional is the perfect complement to it because it’s big and inviting but doesn’t fight it’s pattern.
As you probably know by now I love mixing materials so I went with a metal and glass coffee table to be able to see the pattern of the rug and then chose a wood and stone credenza to round out the layers. That mixing of textures starts to tell the story of your room and makes boring neutral turn into classic and rich. The Cordova chair is a great pop of color to pull out of the rug. Yes, grey is a color!
How to Accessorize
Throw in some great accessories and you have a well-worn room that will be the backdrop for many family memories to come. And that’s the key to design – creating your family’s backdrop and story, so take the time to build the space that you want to envelope you for years!
For me, the key to any successful room is layering. To achieve a farmhouse feel you want to add the right amount of different textures to get that eclectic yet relaxed vibe. Mixing wood tones with metals and linens is a great recipe to get there.
Where to Start
For this room design, I started with…what else? The dining table! It’s the star of any dining room and should anchor the space so this large Cordova table feels substantial and interesting enough to hold the attention of the other pieces. Next, it’s all about accessorizing with the chairs. For a Farmhouse feel I like mixing host chairs with side chairs. I chose large linen host chairs mixed with the industrial Davie side chairs to give a nice balance. Sit it all on top of an always classic jute rug and you’ve got the center of your room ready to go.
How to Accessorize
I like to then accessorize the walls around the main event. A great sideboard like the Lakewood gives a beautiful surface for family treasures and hanging multiple mirrors above creates a dramatic feature wall. Mixing different wood tones starts to tell a story in a space without making it feel like it was all just bought off the showroom floor.
Lastly, and most importantly it’s time to add LIFE. Fresh mixed flowers reflect that farm to table feel and a large potted plant in the corner like a black Olive tree spread the freshness around the room. Pale oak creamy painted walls are a warm backdrop to the mix and match feel of the whole room without competing or adding a distraction.
Sara Davis better known as Sincerely Sara D, is a well-respected Indianapolis designer and blogger. The RoomPlace partnered with Sara D to remodel her family/bonus room. This remodel was different than your typical room makeover! Sara D completely transformed her family/bonus room with products all from The RoomPlace’s Clearance Center! That’s right – ALL Clearance Center items!
Sara D spent a morning visiting the Indianapolis Clearance Center to find products that fit her vision. The Clearance Center has all of the products our showrooms have from sofas, end tables, ottomans, accent pillows, lamps and MORE! After browsing the Clearance Center, Sara was able to create an eclectic look while staying under a reasonable budget!
Sara D used our Clearance Center to create this amazing look of her own! The good news is, is that you can use ANY merchandise from…..to create the ecclectic room of your dreams!
Stuck on where to start? Use the design board below for inspiration!
All products used in the design board can be easily found here:
Bike MS (Multiple Sclerosis) is the fundraising cycling series of the National MS Society and raises more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers, and donors have raised more than $1.3 billion to stop MS in its tracks, restore what’s been lost, and end MS forever. The MS 150 Ride (Multiple Sclerosis) looked a little different this year than it has in years past. Brad Cofoid, team Capitan of the RoomPlace Riders MS150 team, had no intention of throwing in the towel when the pandemic caused the event to go virtual. Brad and his team of twelve (five of the riders have affiliation to The RoomPlace including; Ramon Ortiz, Durwin Arnold and Chadi Chahada) were determined to still do their part while keeping everyone safe.
Before the pandemic, the RoomPlace Riders planned for this year to be the team’s biggest year yet! Brad had been considering scaling back the team since this was his twentieth year participating in MS150. While this wasn’t the way Brad and the RoomPlace Riders envisioned their ride going, they found a way to make the best of it. In order to adjust to the unprecedent times, they decided to keep their group small while still completing their goal of biking 153 miles. Brad and his long time teammate Dave, personally mapped out the route they would ride on Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th – 100 miles on Saturday and 53 more miles on Sunday!
Although it was clear that fundraising would likely be down all across the board, The RoomPlace Riders, like many others, was not going to allow the pandemic to stop the fight for Multiple Sclerosis. They have already raised close to $20,000 this year! This cause touches close to home for Brad as he rides for his sister and the nearly half a million people nationwide who are afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. The RoomPlace is very honored to sponsor the RoomPlace Riders as they continue to ride and fight for a cure! Thank you to ALL who donate and/or participate in MS150. Your efforts do not go unnoticed!
In 2019, Windy City Live and The RoomPlace partnered up to launch the “Change of Space” contest that gave one lucky winner an entire room makeover! Winning the contest was a complete surprise to Traci Smith, since her son Jordan, was the one who entered his hard-working single-mom in the contest! Leading up to winning the “Change of Space” contest, Traci lived in her apartment for a whole year without any living room furniture – one of the many sacrifices she made to give her son the best she could. Traci was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Windy City Live host, Val Warner, where she was then taken on a shopping spree at our largest and newest RoomPlace store at Lincolnwood Town Center. After exploring the whole store, Traci found her picture perfect living room set to complete her room makeover! Check out the Windy City Live Show segment of Traci receiving her living room makeover here: https://abc7chicago.com/home/the-room-place-gives-single-mom-apartment-makeover/5585231/
Getting to Know Jordan
None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Traci’s son, Jordan! We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to reconnect with Jordan and hear what he has been up to since entering his mom in the “Change of Space” contest. Jordan is a 21 year old hard-working young man who enjoys being active! Whether it’s participating in basketball, baseball or soccer, Jordan is up for the challenge. Jordan will be entering his senior year of college at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to complete his degree in Health Sciences, but it doesn’t end there! Jordan plans to expand his education by pursing a career in pharmacy. Throughout the summer and into his senior year, he plans to take advantage of his Pharmacy Technician license in training by gaining experience and learning the ins and outs of being a pharmacist.
When we asked Jordan what his goal in life was, he shared that being able to provide for his family and give back to his mom is his ultimate goal. Additionally, he informed us that the RoomPlace and Windy City Live were able to help him start accomplishing his goal when his mom was awarded the Florence collection living room set complete with all the accessories, wall art and rug to complete the transformation! The RoomPlace was, and is, honored to support Jordan in achieving his goals!
Last year, without hesitation, Jordan wanted to find a way to give back to his mom, so it is only appropriate to return the favor. This time, the RoomPlace is honored to give Jordan a leg up by helping him upgrade a bedroom for himself! Jordan chose our best-selling Denver Bedroom Group, that is available in both white and gray. Jordan thought white would go best with his room! Again, we want to congratulate Jordan on being accepted into the Health and Sciences Program at IUPUI and we hope your new RoomPlace bedroom set suites you well! We also want to thank Shay and her team at our Merrillville, Indiana location for assisting Jordan in finding the perfect bedroom set!
A patio fire pit is an automatic draw for its warmth and ambiance, and it gets even better when you create the perfect gathering space to experience it. You have several factors to consider when designing your ideal patio fire pit gathering space, and The RoomPlace is ready to walk you through all of them.
Make It an Exclusive Space
While your fire pit is best located on your patio, you want it separate from your main dining area. People tend to sit around the fire after dinner, not during it, and you want to set aside a special place for after-dinner relaxation. Make sure there is a clear path from the dining area to the fire pit area with no obstacles or hazards to impede traffic from one area to the other.
Choose an Optimum Location
Choose a location that has enough room for the fire pit as well as ample seating around it. Most fire pits are about no larger than about 4 feet across, and you’ll want an additional 6 feet around it on all sides. Consider the type of seating you plan to use, as some outdoor patio furniture takes up more space than others. An Adirondack bench or chair, for instance, is going to take up more room than a standard patio dining chair.
You may also want to position the fire pit in a place where you can view it from inside the house. That way you’ll be able to enjoy its ambiance even if the weather is too frightful to do it from outside.
Select the Fire Pit Type
Once you determine the fire pit location, the next step is to choose the fire pit type. If you’re not intending to have one built into your patio, you can purchase a portable wood-burning fire pit or a modern fire pit that runs on propane. Options run the gamut from shallow wood-burning bowls to fire pit tables you can switch on with the turn of a switch. Keep the overall look of your patio in mind, whether it’s rustic or contemporary, to retain a cohesive look.
Select the Fire Pit Seating
Most fire pit gatherings are rather casual and intimate, which makes cozy seating options ideal. You can opt for seating all the way around the fire pit, or choose to leave a pathway area open for easier access. The type of seating you choose depends on the look and layout you want to achieve.
Some fire pit tables are part of a fire pit patio set, giving you an instant and easy put-together look. You could opt for an elegant look with wedge benches and other cushioned patio furniture, or choose a more rustic vibe with wooden Adirondack benches and chairs.
Once you put it all together, you’ll have the perfect gathering area around your fire pit. It will be in a prime location, provide a cozy retreat from the main patio area, and give your guests ample room to congregate around the fire for cozy conversation and relaxation. Shop outdoor patio sets and more at The RoomPlace now.
Adding a couch to your home is imperative. It gives people a place to sit and adds something extra to your home. However, if you have a large family or like to host a lot of parties, then a traditional sofa may not suit your needs. If that’s the case, then you might consider getting a sectional instead.
These furniture options are larger and more versatile, so you can put together the piece that will work best for your space. Before rushing out and buying a sectional, there are some things you’ll need to consider.
Reasons to Get a Sectional
Adding a sectional to your home can benefit you in many ways, and below are some reasons why you should get one.
More Seating Space
The biggest reason most people get a sectional is to increase their sitting space. You also have the option of adding different elements, including recliners and chaise lounges, which give you the opportunity to put your feet up and relax.
It Fits Anywhere
If you’re like most people, then when you think about sectionals, you envision a huge piece that takes up a lot of space. While you can certainly put together a large sectional with many parts, it’s also possible to get a smaller piece. Adding a sectional can be a great way to maximize seating in a smaller room.
One of the current housing trends is having an open floor plan. While it can be great to have a lot of space and one room flowing into another, it can also be tricky to know how to position furniture. If you add a sectional to your home, this can create a boundary and distinguish one room from another.
Different Sectional Options
Now that you know that a sectional can work in any space, it’s important to know what options exist. There are many different configurations to choose from, and that means you’ll get exactly what you want and need for your home. However, before getting overwhelmed by your options, it’s a good idea to know what’s available.
This sectional is shaped like an L, or two couches that come together to form a right angle. This shape makes the sectional incredibly versatile, and you can place it in the corner of a room or have it floating in the middle with a coffee table or ottoman in between.
A U-shaped sectional is great if you have a large space to fill or you want to maximize your seating space as much as possible. The great thing about this piece is that it’s perfect for encouraging intimate conversations because it has extended arms that face one another.
If you’re looking to add some modern flair to your living space, then you’ll want to consider getting a curved sectional. These are an ideal choice if you have a large space to fill. They work best when placed in the middle of the room, and their curve will bring an artistic appeal to any space.
Should you desire to change your sectional configuration every once in a while, then you’ll want to get a modular. This piece comes with multiple components that are quick and easy to change, so you can have a new style or look in your home as often as you wish.
At the end of a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing then laying down on the couch and watching TV. When you add a chaise lounge to the end of your sectional, you’ll be able to put your feet up with ease.
Adding a sleeper to your sectional gives you what you need to entertain overnight guests. If you don’t have a dedicated guest bedroom, then adding this to your piece will ensure that everyone is comfortable and sleeps through the night.
Finding the Right Sectional
Adding a sectional to your home is a great way to add more seating for your family or for guests. However, when it comes to adding large furniture to your space, you need to make sure you are getting the right piece. To find the right sectional, you’ll need to consider the following.
The Size and Shape of Your Space
When it comes to adding a sectional to your home, it should enhance the space, not make it challenging to walk through the living room. Thus, having precise measurements and knowing how you want to lay out the piece is important.
If you are getting an L-shaped sofa or adding a chaise to the end, you’ll need to decide if they are going to be right or left oriented. To determine how it will fit in your space, you need to imagine yourself standing in front of your sectional. This will how you will determine if you want a left- or right-facing sofa.
How Many People You Want to Seat
Knowing how many people you want to seat on your sectional will help you determine what size and sections you can get for your home. How you want them to interact with one another can also help you determine what type of sectional to get.
The fabrics that you get on your sectional can come in a wide variety of options, and when it comes to finding the right one for your home, you’ll need to consider who will be sitting on the furniture. If you have kids and pets, then you’ll probably want to get fabric that is easy to clean. The same is true if you host a lot of parties and people have a tendency to spill. You’ll also want to choose colors and patterns that match your décor.
If you’re thinking about adding a sectional to your home, this is a great way to create more seating and place something unique and stylish in your space. There are a lot of things to consider before you make a purchase, but investing the time in this endeavor will ensure you get furniture that you love.
When it comes time to purchase a new mattress, you’ll have a lot of different — and occasionally confusing – buying options to sort through. Regardless if you’re buying a mattress for yourself, your children, or anyone else in your family, you’ll have to make decisions about when to get rid of your old mattress, what size or type of mattress suits your family best, and then arm yourself with some basic mattress know-how to help you choose wisely.
Here’s a handy mattress buying guide that will simplify the purchasing process by giving you a little insight as to what type of mattress will work best for your particular sleeping needs.
When and Why You Should Replace Your Old Mattress
Unsure if you should replace your mattress or not? If that’s the case, there are a few key points you should pay attention to. If you’re experiencing back pain, restless or uncomfortable sleep, or notice visible damage to your mattress, that’s a clear sign it might be time to buy a new one.
While the longevity of a mattresses varies depending on the materials used (for example, a latex or custom foam mattress will typically last longer than a pillowtop mattress), the average life of a mattress is 7-8 years. If your mattress is older than 8 years, or too small for your growing children, or getting a little crowded as you toss about next to your significant other, you should consider upgrading.
How Sleep Position Determines Mattress Type
Size, weight, and the position you customarily sleep in are all factors you’ll need to ponder before shelling out your hard-earned money for a new mattress. People who sleep on their back or stomach tend to favor a firmer mattress that offers exceptional support, while folks who like to cozy up their side frequently prefer a comfy, pressure-relieving softer mattress to cradle them.
And then we have “combination sleepers” and men and women of differing sizes. Combination sleepers, who change position throughout the night, can benefit from a memory foam or hybrid mattress that adjusts to the contours of their varying positions, while heavier sleepers will likely get better rest with a firmer mattress with lumbar support that supports their weight, while keeping them from overheating at the same time.
Choosing the Right Mattress Size
The mattress size you ultimately choose will depend on the size of the person or the number of people sleeping on it, if you’re sleeping solo or sharing, the size of your bedroom, and if your pets (cats, dogs, maybe even a snuggly rabbit or two) sleep with you.
From the smallest to the largest, these are the standard mattress sizes you’ll find in the US:
Twin 39″ X 75″
Twin XL 39″ X 80″
Full 54″ X 75″
Queen 60″ X 80″
King 75″ X 80″
California King 72″ X 84″
So, a little common sense applies when deciding on the correct mattress size. A smaller person (or child) in a cramped space would probably do just fine with a Twin or Twin XL, while a couple, or someone who’s tall or tosses and turns while they slumber — like they’re on a rowboat on a turbulent ocean — might do better with a big ole California King.
Distinguishing Between Different Mattress Materials and Quality
As you’ve probably already gathered, mattresses can be constructed out of a variety of materials or combinations of different materials, and it’s important you understand the primary differences between them.
Here are some of the most common mattress core and comfort layers in use today, which you’ll run across while shopping online, or in person at a brick and mortar store:
Latex mattresses offer an incredible level of relaxation and relief from back pain, but their higher cost and heavier weight (often making them difficult to handle) sometimes puts people off. The main advantages of sleeping on durable, long-lasting latex (made from rubber trees) come from this spongy material’s ability to keep sleepers cool, while also keeping their spines supported and aligned.
Mattresses made with memory foam (usually a better choice than polyfoam, which is less durable, and offers less support), absorb motion better than latex. A memory foam core also excels when it comes to molding to your body, and providing substantial joint and pain relief. One con is the fact that foam mattresses aren’t as cool as latex, and tend to sag and show depressions earlier on.
Also known as a coil mattress, innerspring mattresses — made out of steel coils — are found everywhere, and were the go-to sleeping surface back in the day, and are still very common today. The quality of this type of mattress depends on the number of coils and number of coil layers deployed to support your weight, as well as the materials (latex, gel memory foam, etc.) used for the comfort layers, which will of course affect the overall price.
A hybrid mattress is any mattress that combines at least two different kinds of support systems. An excellent example of this is a mattress with an innerspring core with a foam or latex comfort layer. Hybrid mattresses, which are usually reasonably priced, are the ideal choice for people who want to preserve the feel of a traditional mattress, but still take advantage of the pain relief, motion reduction, and other benefits foam and latex offers.
Factors to Consider When Shopping for a New Mattress
While other mattresses choices are available, like pillowtop and gel foam mattresses, we’ve covered the fundamentals about mattress types, size, and construction materials, along with the pros and cons associated with the most common mattresses on the market today.
Of course, price, customer reviews and the quality of the warranty offered should go into your final mattress-purchasing decision. But with a little research and some common sense, you should be able to hunt down a mattress that’s right for you or your loved ones, guaranteeing that everyone gets a good night’s sleep.
Just because you have a small living space doesn’t mean it has to be small on style and functionality. You can create a highly impressive and efficient home with the right touches, starting with must-have furniture that no small or studio apartment should live without. These tips from The RoomPlace tell you how.
Designate Specific Zones
One of the keys to effective studio apartment design is to create different zones where different activities will take place. Creating these zones makes smaller areas more comfy, with specified areas for sleep, work and play. Small apartments may already have different rooms designated for you, but you can still break up larger rooms into distinct zones for different activities.
This area is for relaxation and entertaining, which means it requires apartment-sized furniture where you and any guests can kick back as needed. Small apartment furniture can include smaller sectionals or sofa sets that fit neatly into the area. The easier you can move the furniture around, the more versatile you can make the layout as needed.
Look for pieces that do double or even triple-duty, such as an ottoman with storage. You can use it as a seat, a coffee table and a storage bin.
Make the most of your bedroom area by making it absolutely private. In a studio apartment, this can be done by using a bookshelf as a makeshift wall, creating a cozy corner for sleeping. Consider a platform bed with built-in storage to maximize storage space.
If you’d rather not make the sleeping zone a separate area, you can incorporate it into your living zone. In this case, ideal options would be a sleeper sofa, or a daybed that lets you tuck away the sleeping platform when not in use.
The kitchen and dining area are often one in the same for studio and smaller apartments. Making the most of this area involves choosing a dining table that doesn’t take up too much space, or can double as a counter area. Ideal choices can include a pub table or bar table with matching stools, or a counter-height table you can position against the wall to double as extra counter space. Try a one with built-in storage for an added perk.
Creating an office area in small or studio apartments involves picking office furniture that has multiple uses. Opt for desks with cubbies or other storage space you can file documents and paperwork. Borrow a chair from the kitchen area when you need to sit down and work, or choose a small rolling stool or chair you can easily move to different locations.
If you don’t have room for or would rather not invest in a separate desk, look for a kitchen table that can also function as a desk.
Now that you have the basics covered, the final step is to look for additional pieces for any remaining storage needs. Get creative with options to get the most use out of any single piece. A dresser can double as a TV stand, for instance, or you can use an entertainment center wall unit as a place to store shoes, clothes and personal items.
Top it your apartment decorating with different decorative rugs to further designate the different zones, and add stylish home décor that pulls it all together. Mirrors are always fabulous for making spaces appear larger, while a mix of light fixtures can add a cozy ambiance. Check out the furniture, home décor and lighting options at The RoomPlace today.