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How to Choose a Rug That’s Perfect for Your Space

Featured Image: Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace

If you’ve been feeling like something is missing from your living room, bedroom or dining room décor, an area rug might be the answer. A well-chosen area rug that coordinates with your furniture and décor can elevate the space and bring your room’s design together. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right area rug for any room:

1. Size & Shape

While the appearance and style of a rug may be your top priority, it’s also  important to consider size. The size of an area rug has a big impact on how large the room appears and how balanced it feels. The most common area rug sizes are 5×8, 8×10 and 9×12 feet. Here are some rug sizing tricks to help you choose the best size for your space:

  • Larger rugs can help make the room appear bigger.
  • Keep at least 18 inches of floor exposed at the edges of the rug. This helps ensure the room appears large, but still open and not cramped.
  • A 5×8 rug is a good choice for under the coffee table in your living room, or for an entryway. You can also use it in a bedroom, with some of the rug positioned under the end of the bed and the rest exposed.

    Celine Area Rug (8'X10') From The RoomPlace
    Image: Celine Area Rug (8’X10′) From The RoomPlace
  • An 8×10 rug also makes a great living room area rug. Place it under the coffee table and arrange the furniture so that the front legs of the sofa and chairs are on the rug.
  • A 9×12 rug works beautifully in most spaces, assuming the room is large enough (remember, leave 18 inches around the edges of the rug). In a living area, usually all the living room furniture can be placed on it. In the dining room, where you want all legs of the dining chairs to sit on the rug even when the chairs are pulled out, a 9×12 is generally perfect. As a bedroom area rug, this size can be placed horizontally under the bed and nightstands with room to spare.
  • A 12×15 rug or larger is well-suited for extra-large rooms.
  • Round rugs are ideal for use in entryways, beneath round dining room tables, or for certain living room furniture arrangements (such as those with round coffee tables or circular setups).

2. Color

  • If you’re struggling to decide what color area rug to choose, consider these general guidelines:
  • If your sofa and chairs are a solid color, choose a patterned rug that features that color or colors in the same family.
  • If your furniture is patterned or especially bold, opt for a neutral rug that will complement rather than compete.
  • For dark furniture, choose a lighter rug color to keep the space looking open
  • If your walls, furniture and décor are generally neutral, you can add a splash of color with a bold rug.
Image: Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace

3. Texture

Regardless of the design style you chose for your home, an element of texture is essential. Home accents like area rugs are a great way to add visual texture and contrast to your room. Here are a few beautiful ideas to consider:

  • Hand-Woven: Unique textile rugs with a hand-crafted look can add a rustic or sophisticated aesthetic, depending on what style you’re looking for. We like the Surya Tahoe Area Rug for its striking texture.
  • Faux Fur: Faux fur rugs are perfect for adding texture and comfort to your room. This Linon White Faux Sheepskin Area Rug is a gorgeous complement to many popular design styles, including mid-century modern and farmhouse chic.
  • Shag: Shaggy rugs are back in style, thanks to their unmistakable texture and softness underfoot. The Celine Area Rug adds a unique luster and comfort to your floor.



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How to Design a Kid-Friendly Yet Stylish Bedroom

Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace

When it comes to designing and decorating a child’s bedroom, the process is somewhat of a balancing act for many parents. You want your kid to enjoy their bedroom and have some say in its design, but you also want the end result to be stylish, practical and complementary to the rest of your home. So how do you compromise?

To take some of the difficulty out of the process, we’ve come up with a few tips. Here are a few creative ways you can ensure your child’s bedroom design is both kid-friendly and objectively stylish:

Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace
Image: Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace

Choosing the Right Bed

If you’re looking for a practical, space-saving bed solution and your kids want to keep their room fun, bunk beds are the clear answer. Kids bunk bed sets are perfect for siblings who share a room, and they help preserve limited floor space in smaller rooms. A daybed with trundle offers similar functionality, with kid-friendly comfort and adult-approved style.

Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace
Image: Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace

If your kid has their own room, contemporary bedroom sets with coordinating furniture will keep the room looking stylish and modern. Loft beds are another option that older kids and teenagers are sure to appreciate, too.

Compromising on Wall Colors

Sometimes, kids want to paint their bedroom walls in colors that aren’t so easy on the eyes. And few children are likely to ask for a trendy hue like “greige.” To keep their room stylish and to avoid re-painting every year when their tastes change, here are a few suggestions on how to compromise:

  • Alternative Shades: Find a few still-colorful paints that are toned-down versions of what your child wants. If your little one requests neon pink walls, suggest light coral or blush.
  • Accent Wall: If you want white walls and your kid wants yellow, consider using the colorful hue on just one of the room’s walls. This can help tone down the boldness, keep kiddo happy and make it much easier to re-paint in the future.
  • Creative Décor: You choose the wall color, while giving your child creative freedom over temporary décor like wall decals and art.
 Daisy Doodle Kid's Recliner From The RoomPlace
Image: Daisy Doodle Kid’s Recliner From The RoomPlace

Adding a Touch of Fun

Opting for stylish, practical wall colors and bed sets doesn’t mean your kid can’t enjoy their bedroom and make it theirs. Keep it kid-friendly by including design elements that infuse the space with personality and fun. From kid-size recliners and chairs to brightly colored nightstands, let your little one, tween or teen have some creative direction over the furniture and décor in their bedroom. Let them show their personality with bedding, wall art and decorations that they’ve picked out themselves.

With these tips and ideas, you can be well on your way to designing a bedroom that’s as stylish as it is kid-friendly.


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Top 3 Interior Design Styles for a Contemporary Dining Room

Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace

Planning to remodel or redecorate your dining room? Let’s take a look at three of the most trendy interior design styles—Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary Farmhouse and Industrial—and how to incorporate them into your dining area.

1. Mid-Century Modern

Even if you’ve never heard the term “mid-century modern,” chances are you’ve seen countless examples of this timeless and popular design style. A movement that captures the mood and influences of the late-1930s to mid-60s, the mid-century modern look is characterized by several important features:

  • Functionality before form
  • An uncluttered look with minimal ornamentation
  • Sleek, clean lines
  • Organic forms and geometric patterns
  • Juxtaposition of contrasting materials, textures and colors
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace

To find the perfect mid-century modern dining room set, look for a sleek, simple, neutral table with chairs that are organically shaped and retro-inspired. Avoid chairs that have a multitude of slats or leg supports, which can make the space look too busy and cluttered. For a splash of color, choose mismatched end chairs in hues like maroon, blue, mustard yellow or orange to make a bold statement.

Pair your dining room set with a rug that adds contrast, in the form of texture or a geometric pattern. Keep the room and table minimally decorated to avoid visual clutter—a simple vase centerpiece, black-and-white wall art or statement lighting fixture is all you need to bring the space together in mid-century modern style.

Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace
Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace

2. Contemporary Farmhouse

A trend that’s been rising in popularity in recent years, the contemporary farmhouse style is also called contemporary rustic, modern farmhouse, etc. Whatever you call it, the essence of this design style is a light, modern look infused with the warmth and charm of classic farmhouses. Characteristics include:

  • Plenty of wood, in the form of exposed beams, plank floors, paneled walls, barn-style doors, etc.
  • Neutral color schemes, especially white and earth tones
  • Use of natural or rustic elements like stone and brick
  • Emphasis on natural fabrics and textures, such as canvas, burlap, linen and wool

In your contemporary farmhouse dining room, the key is the table you choose. To achieve that rustic look, opt for a large wood dining table—a distressed paint finish can add character, too. For your chairs, get creative with a mix of chunky bench seating, wooden stools and canvas-covered chairs. Light the room with rustic statement fixtures.

Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace
Image: Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace

3. Industrial

Industrial design gives a room a stylishly unfinished look, with utilitarian décor, metal finishes and touches of commercial style. Perfect for a modern home or loft apartment, industrial style brings something raw and functional to a residential space. Key traits include:

  • Exposed construction features like pipes and ductwork
  • An abundance of metallic surfaces and fixtures, from polished stainless steel to cast iron
  • Juxtaposition of other “raw” materials, like wood, concrete and brick
  • Neutral color schemes

An industrial dining room should be a cool, utilitarian space. Metal chairs paired with a wooden table is a popular look, but feel free to mix it up with bench seating, barstools or mismatched chairs. When it comes to lighting, opt for pendant light fixtures with metallic finishes, or even bare bulb style fixtures for a warehouse look.

Whether you’re an admirer of the mid-century modern, contemporary farmhouse or industrial design styles, we hope this guide has given you plenty of inspiration for your upcoming project.

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How to Make Your Bedroom a Relaxing Space

Welden 7 Pc. King Bedroom set from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Welden 7 Pc. King Bedroom set from The RoomPlace

Your bedroom should be your haven: a calming space where you can sit back, relax and most importantly, enjoy a good night’s sleep. From choosing the right bed to picking the perfect paint color, here are a few ways you can maximize your bedroom’s relaxing qualities.

#1: The Bigger the Bed, the Better

The bed should be the “main event” of your bedroom. And for ultimate relaxation every night, a king bed is the way to go without a doubt. The comfort level and size of your mattress are key to a good night’s sleep. A king bed lets you stretch out to your heart’s desire and provides plenty of space to get comfortable. Pair your new bed with a king bedroom set that brings the whole room together in a cohesive style.

Somerset 8 Pc. King Bedroom Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Somerset 8 Pc. King Bedroom Set From The RoomPlace

#2: Stick with Soothing Neutrals

When it comes to choosing the perfect color for your bedroom, aim for a hue that feels soothing and calm. Light neutral colors are best—not to mention on-trend—but that doesn’t mean your room has to lack color. A soft gray-blue is a relaxing choice that will keep your bedroom feeling stylish yet comfortable. Warm gray tones are popular as well. In general, you’ll want to avoid harsh colors that are too vibrant or bold, such as scarlet red or bright yellow.

Image: Tyler 2 Drawer Nightstand From The RoomPlace
Tyler 2 Drawer Nightstand From The RoomPlace

#3: Simplify Your Décor

Visual clutter can be the opposite of relaxing. If you walk into your bedroom and it feels overwhelming, cluttered or cramped, it’s time to simplify your décor. Even if you’re not a fan of going completely minimalist, minimizing your bedroom’s decorations and accessories can help transform it into a relaxing, harmonious space.

Langston Vintage French Chaise From the RoomPlace
Image: Langston Vintage French Chaise From the RoomPlace

Keep it simple by only including furniture that serves a purpose—a dresser, nightstand and cozy chaise lounge, for example—and add a select few pieces of décor to make the room yours. The idea is to ensure that when you’re lying in bed, you aren’t overwhelmed with distractions or busy décor. A great way to avoid this is to hang art and objects on the wall at the head of the bed, where it makes a statement yet remains out of sight when it’s time to sleep.

Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug From The RoomPlace

#4: Focus on Fabrics 

When selecting fabrics for your bedroom—such as bedding, rugs and curtains—focus on comfort. Choose materials that are inviting and have a sense of warmth, but are also practical. Here are a few tips when shopping for these fabrics:

  • Rugs: When choosing an area rug, your top priority should be how it feels underfoot; there’s nothing comfortable about a hard or scratchy rug.
  • Bedding: Indulge in high-quality sheets and bedding that keep you warm and cozy.
  • Curtains: Thermal blackout curtains help block light and drafts from your windows, keeping your room comfortable.

Any of these tips and ideas will get you off to a great start when designing the ultimate relaxing bedroom.

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Pantone 2018 Color of the Year..

Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet

Pantone announced the color of 2018 and it has since made its way in designs all around the nation. If you are planning on using Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year in Ultra Violet for your next living room, consider adding small statement pieces to give your space a refreshing pop of color. This deep-hued purple embodies individuality and spirituality, carrying out a bold and refreshing look that reflects what we need in our world today.

Because Ultra Violet is such a lush, deeply-saturated hue, small doses can create a large impact in all areas of the home. Begin with the Surya Zahra Area Rug that showcases a harmonious color palette in a unique, Boho-inspired pattern that will create a bold statement in this Mid-Century Modern living room. The Rocky Black Sofa and Armchair provide a retro-glam flair that also come in a variety of colors. Lighten up your space with the Antwerp floor lamp and Beoir Ceiling Lamp, showcasing exposed golden spheres that radiate a warm, cozy atmosphere. Finish off this look with the burnished gold medal from the Modern Reflections Accent Table and Andrea Wall Mirror that will help set off this deep purple hue.

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Ideas for Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

If you keep up with the trends, you may have noticed that mirrored furniture is all the rage this year, and once you look through our mirrored furniture, we think you’ll realize why. Not only do mirrors fulfill a very practical function, but they also add depth to any room, so that your rooms will feel more spacious and open

Wall Mirrors

One easy way to decorate with mirrors is by hanging wall mirrors throughout your house. These three wall mirrors offer their own sense of style, which can help tie together any room. You can even get creative by doubling the mirrors for added fun.

Burst 5 Pc. Wall Mirrors

 Decorating Mirrors

Landon Wall Mirror

Wall Mirror Decoration

Bridgewater Scroll Mirror

Wall Mirror Decoration

Furniture With Mirror Attachments

When decorating bedrooms and bathrooms, there are plenty of furniture options that come with mirror attachments. Here are some of our favorite mirrored dressers and vanities that feature stylish accent mirrors:

Melrose Plaza 3 Pc. Vanity Set

Napa Dresser With Mirror

Verona Drawer Chests With Mirror


Mirrored Furniture

If you’re looking to really elevate your style, you’ll want to check out these mirrored furniture options, including mirrored coffee tables, side tables, accent tables, chests, and curio cabinets. These pieces are sure to inspire!

Raven Mirrored Pedestal Table

Lettice Black Accent Chest

Marquis Mirrored Curio Cabinet

Whether you’re looking to add a little life to an old room or complete a full-on redesign, there are plenty of ways to use mirrored furniture to create a classy, open feel to any room of the house. Our furniture collection is always changing, so be sure to keep up-to-date on our complete collection online, or visit any of our 25 store locations in Indiana or Illinois to chat with our team about your space for more personalized design tips.

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Make Your Space Feel Open & Bright with the Right Lighting

Rishona Table LampsLet there be light! A dark room can feel claustrophobic and downright gloomy. The right lighting can open up a room, define spaces, create ambiance and, perhaps most importantly, help with tasks. Here are some lighting design ideas for every room:

Living Room

In a living room, you’ll want varying lamp light for cozy nights when overhead lights feel too stark. Consider using lights of various height to create warmth. Place matching table lamps on a console table behind the couch, or create a reading nook in the corner with a floor lamp next to a recliner. A bold, bright lamp base can also add pops of color against neutral furniture.


Dining Room

The right lighting can transform a dining room into a grand entertaining space. Make an impact with a chandelier centered over the dining room table and use a dimmer switch to change up the mood of your gathering.



Sometimes we find ourselves needing a little light in the middle of the night, but flipping on the overhead is much too jarring. Small lamps in the bedroom are a must for reading in bed, slipping out for a glass of water, or tending to a small child. Place small table lamps on nightstands, on top of dressers, or next to changing tables to help with those late-night tasks.



An entryway should feel homey and inviting. If you have a dark entryway, or the overhead lights feel a little too bright, placing a table lamp or floor lamp offers extra light when you arrive home and warmly welcomes visitors.



An office should be a hub of productivity, so you’ll need a well-lit room. In addition to overhead lights, desk lamps are good for evening work, reading, and other tasks. To spark creativity, consider switching the overhead light to an interesting chandelier or whimsical pendant.


The right lighting can make all the difference in a room. At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: modern standing lamps, retro table lamps, and more traditional lighting. Visit one of our furniture stores in Chicago or Indiana and see how to play with lighting to set the tone for a room. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too, for design inspiration and to keep up with our frequent Web specials.

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Liven Up Your Entryway with These Tips

kila-cappuccino-console-tableWe all know that first impressions are important, and an entryway is a great place to set the tone for your home. Because it also sees a lot of traffic, it is important the space be functional as well. Here are some foyer ideas that will liven up your space:

Use an entryway table and style it to match the overall feel of the home. For traditional homes, a black or espresso console table with fresh flowers and a table lamp creates an elegant, tailored impression. If your home has more of a country cottage feel, add a basket of dried lavender or hydrangea and a few small antiques to a gray entryway cabinet. For a more contemporary feel, use a white console table in a unique shape, and top it with metallic accents.

If you need small entrance way ideas, think outside the box. A ladder-style bookcase won’t take up too much space but offers plenty of vertical storage. Use baskets to hide shoes, hats, purses, or keys, and add a few decorative touches like plants, books, or artwork. Or, pair a skinny bookcase with a plant stand.

If you have small kids or spend a lot of time doing yard work, you may like the idea of sitting down to remove your shoes. An entryway bench is the perfect solution. Choose one with storage underneath to hide shoes, purses, or dog leashes. Better yet, try this entryway storage bench that comes with hooks for jackets, hats, and scarves.

For wider entryways, set up a pedestal table on a small area rug. Place a bouquet in the center, and guests are treated to a fragrant welcome. You can also use a large, decorative entryway cabinet where you can stash your household’s backpacks, mail, shoes, hats, and gloves.

If your entryway still feels blah, create a gallery wall with art, photos, or decorative mirrors. Pair it with a bold paint color, and you create instant impact.

Lighting is another simple way to brighten up an entryway. Placing a small lamp on a console table provides a warm, welcoming glow in the evening.

At The RoomPlace, we can help you make a powerful first impression with a stylish and functional foyer. We have a wide variety of console tables, storage benches, and lighting options that can fit your entryway space and your overall style. You don’t have to spend a fortune on durable furniture, either. Shop our entire collection online at or visit your nearest showroom today for even more foyer ideas. Get It All at The RoomPlace!


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7 Things You Need to Consider When Buying a New Dining Room Set

charlotte-brown-room_v1In many ways, a dining room table is the heart of a home. Friends and family gather around it to celebrate holidays or just commune over a meal. That’s why a dining room table set is an important purchase, but with so many different shapes, sizes, and styles on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the right one. Here are 7 things to consider when buying a new dining room set:

  1. Table shape – To determine the best shape for your space, consider the shape and size of the dining room.Round and oval tables tend to be better for smaller spaces, simply because there are no sharp corners to contend with. Even better, a round table with a pedestal base offers more leg room. Rectangular tables are more traditional and fit well into a long narrow room. Square tables are also good in long, narrow rooms, but if the square table is too large, dining companions can feel far away.
  2. Table height – Dining room tables come in different heights: standard (30″), counter (36″) and pub (36-42″). Consider the height of the people using the dining room table. Standard is better for children, while a counter height dinette might be more comfortable for adults. Pub height offers a more casual feel but might be difficult for smaller people to get in and out of.
  3. Material – There are many directions you can go with a dining room set: traditional dark wood, a weathered rustic look, or glass and metal for a more contemporary design. If your dining room is a contained space, you can go any direction. However, a dining room table that sits in an open space should match the style of its surroundings.
  4. Seating numbers – How many people do you typically have around your dining room table? A 7 piece dining set is typical: 6 chairs, plus a table. If you have a small household but frequently entertain, an extendable dining table offers flexibility while saving space.
  5. Seating style – Do you prefer the clean lines of wooden dining chairs? Or do you like the look of a plush upholstered dining room chair at the head of the table? Many dining room sets now offer bench seating, which is a good way to save on space. You can typically seat more people on a bench, as well, particularly children.
  6. Room size – You want a table big enough for your guests, but you should also consider how easy it is for diners to maneuver around the space. A clearance of 42-48″ between the table and walls (or buffet, china cabinet, or other furniture) is ideal.
  7. Complementary furniture – Another thing to consider when choosing a dining room set is the other furniture in the room. Do you have a china cabinet or buffet? Your dining room table should complement that furniture in style and dimensions. Before you buy a dining room set, use tape or a bed sheet to give yourself an idea of the layout of a dining room with all of its contents. You can use this to ensure there is adequate space to move around the dining room table and any additional dining room furniture you may have.

At The RoomPlace, we know that choosing the right dining room set can be overwhelming. With so many shapes, styles, heights, and seating options to choose from, it is still difficult even when you have narrowed down your requirements. Browse our complete collection online at or come visit one of our Indianapolis furniture stores, where we set up complete dining rooms, so you can see for yourself how a dining room set will look in a space. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for design inspiration and deals on dining room sets. You can Get It All at The RoomPlace: a stylish, durable dining room set at an affordable price.


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Get This Glam Bedroom Makeover for $799

glam-bedroom-setCredit our obsession with Hollywood: The glam style trend continues to be white hot in 2016. With luxurious fabrics and metallic accents, the glam style is showing up everywhere, especially in bedrooms. After all, who doesn’t want to wake up feeling glamorous?

To get the glam look in your bedroom, bring in plenty of texture, like chenille and feathers, with throw pillows and blankets. Use metallic hardware, lamps, and candle holders for sparkle and sophistication. Put a soft area rug under foot, and hang a chandelier, and your glam bedroom makeover is complete.

Here are some more glam bedroom ideas:

  • Use dark, textured wallpaper as an accent wall behind your headboard
  • Get a silky gold throw blanket or a faux fur blanket for the end of the bed.
  • Add throw pillows with feathers, jewels, and ruffles.
  • Hang a trio of decorative mirrors above the bed.
  • Use mini chandeliers for bedside lighting.
  • Gray is a good pallet for a glam bedroom.
  • Add pops of color with a magenta velvet ottoman or a turquoise throw pillow.
  • Glam decor is big on floral, so fill crystal vases with all white flowers for your nightstands.

Just because the glam style trend looks expensive, it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can get a complete glam bedroom for less at The RoomPlace. Our Hannah five-piece Queen Bedroom collection, includes a queen bed, dresser, and mirror for just $799! The dresser and headboard come in a champagne finish with pearl stipple texture and faux crystal buttons for added luxury. Nothing says glam like diamonds, which is why the top drawers feature a diamond pattern shape, and the faux crystal-accented knobs and handles add a touch of sparkle to your bedroom. The dresser is topped with a beautiful beveled mirror.

You can purchase the Hannah Queen Bedroom Set or any of our other bedroom sets right on our website at or at any of our store locations in Chicago or Indianapolis! We provide total-room concepts in our showrooms and plenty of glam design inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages. At The RoomPlace, we believe you shouldn’t have to skimp on style to stick to your budget. We offer affordable prices, frequent deals, and various financing options so you can Get It All without spending it all. Let us help give you the glam bedroom makeover you so richly deserve!