Thursday, 6 September 2018

Dining Room Alternatives for Small Spaces


The dining room is a home’s central hub for family, food and memories. Think of family get-togethers where mom or grandma cooked delicious meals. We can all remember those savory smells wafting. As the family waited with baited breath, dishes were finally brought to the table, and toasts were had—it’s these moments that are truly at the heart of a home.

Nowadays, you may not have a designated formal dining room in your space—especially if it’s a small studio or apartment. But thanks to a magic spell called modern multi-functionality, you can still enjoy sitting around the dinner table with friends and family.. With multi-functional furniture, making new memories (sans an official dining room) isn’t a problem! It’s all about being strategic with every square inch of space and using furniture in new, innovative ways to adapt to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One Table, Many Uses


Whether it’s a traditional long, rectangular table or a small round one, there are multiple ways you can incorporate a table in your space to fulfill your needs (even as they change day-to-day.)

For open floor plans, use a sturdy table that can function as a dinner table, office desk and craft table all-in-one. If you choose a table with a drop-in extension leaf, that’s even better, since you can accommodate guests at a moment’s notice. It’s the perfect spot for late night chats or to work on your latest project.

@theindiehome does a wonderful job of incorporating their table into a reading nook—which also provides extra seating for special occasions and parties.

Use Counter Space

In a smaller space, chances are you have a kitchen counter that can double as bar seating. If not, installing a sturdy wall shelf does the trick nicely. Add bar stools to instantly create a multi-functional seating area.

See how @thenottinghillnest made the most of a small space by installing a shelf along the wall as additional counter space for enjoying a drink with friends after a long day.

Eat in, Seamlessly

If you kitchen has an open patch of space, consider an eat-in nook with a round table and chairs. You’ll love how easy it is to set the table now that dishes and cutlery aren’t far from reach:

We’re huge fans of how @daleyhomedecor added this chic bar height table with stools—it’s both space saving and stylish.

Take Dinner Anywhere

Who said there HAS to be a designated area for eating, anyway? Sometimes the square footage just doesn’t allow it. As a result, smaller areas can benefit from this 3-piece set, which has a long and narrow table. It’s ideal set behind a sofa, so you can still watch your latest episode while eating or working.

long brown table with brown stools

All style and zero fuss, simply tuck the bar stools underneath for an area guests will love to gather. Another great idea is to place it beside a refrigerator or kitchen counter for extra space—guests can sit and keep you company while you’re getting everything ready.

Get Creative With Small Spaces

Whatever your needs are, making mindful decisions about a small space means you can have a home office, space for entertaining and everything in-between—all at the same time. For more inspiration, be sure to check out our small spaces dining room options.

Got a small, stylish space you’d like to share with us? Use the hashtag #MyAshleyHome for a chance to be featured in our gallery!

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Start-of-School: Unique Gift Ideas For Teachers

girl holding green apple

Can you believe it? A new school year is underway and it’s time to show your appreciation for teachers. They’ll be doing it all: teaching our kids about the world, burning midnight oil on lesson plans, grading papers, spending out-of-pocket money for the classroom and being there when our kids need them most. So, why not surprise them with special gifts?

girl holding green apple

Gifts go a long way in showing teachers how grateful you are and help solidify the parent-teacher partnership, which is important from the very start. They also show that you respect them and their job.

This year, let’s skip the typical teacher gifts like mugs and give them gifts that are unique, meaningful and useful. Here are some gift ideas for every teacher on your list. You’ll find handmade ideas, ideal as individual gifts or to pair with store-bought gifts from yourself or the whole group. When parents get together, they can purchase a generous gift for the classroom. Many people don’t realize the hundreds of dollars teachers spend each year on their classrooms, so help them out by fulfilling the teacher’s wish list.

THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER

box of crayons

Homemade Pencil Holders

Color us crazy, but what would be cuter than this jar-turned-pencil holder? Clean and take off the label from any glass jar. Use glue or another strong adhesive to attach crayons or pencils to the jar, and tie with a pretty ribbon. Fill with flowers for a cheerful presentation, or better yet, top it off with school supplies. Markers, sticky notes, pens or pencils always come in handy. Or, you could never go wrong filling it up with candy.

Accent Rugs

multi-colored Accent rug

Could the classroom use an accent rug full of style and comfort? Work closely with the teacher, school and other parents to see if this is a possibility. An accent rug is likely to be on the teacher’s wish list. It would provide a perfect spot where kids can gather for classroom activities like story time.

Book Displays
light pink book display

It’s every teacher’s dream: to get kids interested in reading books. An attractive book display like this, where books are easily visible and accessible, would make a perfect addition in any classroom.

Poufs

red pouf

How about a shout out from the whole class? A pouf would be a cozy addition for the classroom—perfect for story time. Don’t get just one!

Storage Bins

storge bins filled with children toys

Help teachers get organized. A storage bin set comes in handy for solving clutter issues. With handles, these can easily be moved or slid onto a shelf. Look for bins that can be folded flat for easy storage when not in use

Storage Centers

multi-colored children's storage center

Space to store classroom essentials is a dream come true for any teacher. A storage center can be used as a book shelf or with added bins becomes a useful storage area. A carousel also comes in handy for holding classroom books, DVDs and more.

DIY Teacher Decorations

Show teachers how much they mean to you by giving them personalized decorations. Visit a crafts store and get a wood letter for the first letter of your teacher’s last name. Pull out the paints to give the initial a fresh coat. Once the first coat is dry, you can paint on beautiful designs or words using different colors. Embellish the letter with glitter and other glue-on decorations. Teachers will enjoy using these as fun wall plaques, door hangers or desk decorations.

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, JUNIOR HIGH OR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

teacher writing on white board

Supplies with Notes of Thanks

Once the kiddos hit middle school, there can be up to seven teachers each year! For a simple and affordable gift, purchase a pack of sticky notes—always on any teacher’s supply list—and add a personal note. You can get as creative as you want.

Globe Sculpture

globe sculpture

When you think the world of a teacher, give them the world. A globe sculpture brings worldly sophistication to the classroom or home and never goes out of style. Go in on a gift like this and it’s something that will provide an everlasting memory of the class.

Book Ends

book ends with books in between

A pair of book ends (link to bookends) makes perfect sense. Look for book ends that relate to the teacher’s specialty. This gear set would be ideal for a science or mechanics teacher.

DIY Framed Pressed Plant

A DIY pressed plant gift brings out the wonder of nature inside—perfect for nature lovers and you may want one too! Learn how to make a pressed plant decoration through our helpful pressed plant blog with video instructions.

Link: https://ift.tt/2pB7FcJ

Map Coasters

History and social studies teachers bring the past to life. Now you can show the love in the present with map coasters. Use printable maps and easy-to-find supplies to make this simple and affordable gift any teacher would love.

Wall Art

poster that says let's be awesome today

For motivating the class, wall art (link to “Let’s Be Awesome Today” wall art) with inspirational messaging is always a welcome addition in a classroom.

Floor Mat

floor mat with map of united states

The classroom floor will be anything but boring with the gift of an accent mat like this. The attractive blueprint of the United States makes locating every state fun.

Table Lamps

desk lamp on desk

What fun would school be without subjects like art and music? Shine a spotlight on your favorite music, drama, or art teacher with this fun table lamp.

Maybe the class wants to shed more light on the subject with an adjustable arm and neck lamp. The lucky teacher who gets this will love having a workspace that’s illuminated in style.

DIY Clipboards

What do you give coaches who have all the whistles they need? How about a clipboard cleverly covered in duct tape! Duct tape is available in so many colors and patterns. Simply pick the sport and choose colors. For football, wrap the clipboard in brown tape, then cut thin strips of white duct tape and arrange to look like the stitching on a football.
Get more information here: https://craftsbyamanda.com/duct-tape-sports-clipboards/

Sport-Themed Wall Artwall art of sports balls

Or the class can go in on sporty wall art. (link to set of 4 wall art) With a gift like this, they can decorate the classroom or work area.

ALL TEACHERS

teacher writing on board

Stools

Does the teacher need a stool? A bar height swivel stool not only offers a bird’s eye view of the classroom, but it gives them the ability to turn 360-degrees. With its relaxed sensibility, your teacher will love its style, adjustable height and comfortable footrest.

File Cabinet

white file cabinet

Mobile file storage makes a great gift for any teacher. On casters, a rolling filing cabinet (link to file cabinet) can easily be moved to wherever it needs to be.

DIY Bath Bombs for All

Treat teachers to cute care packages. You can give her (or even him) the gift of relaxation, with easy-to-make homemade bath bombs. This is one gift we think ANY teacher will love. Simply follow the instructions found at our bath bombs blog to learn how to make them.

blakc and white folder of teacher and students

By showing teachers gratitude, we’re letting them know that we are in this together for our kids and their futures. And that collectively or individually, we can go the extra mile to help with their classrooms.

You can never have enough gift ideas. If you have more thoughts on what we can give teachers, please share them with hashtag #MyAshleyHome on Instagram.

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Monday, 3 September 2018

How to Pick an Accent Chair

accent chair in room next to lamp and mirror

Large-scale pieces of furniture like sofas or sectionals are substantial investments. No wonder we do so much research…combing stores and websites and comparing prices until we’ve found “the one.”


Too bad that accent chairs often take a back seat as afterthoughts in the interior design process. Despite their relatively modest size, they’re a major part of what gives a room functionality, personality and pizazz.

If your home is castle, then let the accent chair be your throne. With that said, here are five tips on how to pick the perfect accent chair.

#1 Consider your size requirements.

When it comes to buyer’s remorse and accent chairs, probably the most common complaint is either, “it’s too big” or “it’s too small.” Perhaps that’s because many folks don’t take the time to measure their space. They might fall in love at first sight with an accent chair in a furniture showroom or online, but once they get it home they find it’s not sized accordingly.


Avoid this dilemma by taking an extra step before purchasing. Place tape or paper on the floor to get a sense of how well a chair will “sit” in a room. And ask yourself…
• Will the accent chair be set back in a corner of a room?
• Will it be placed more in the center of a room where foot traffic and flow are central?
• Can your space accommodate the visual “presence” of a high back accent chair or a chair with substantial armrests?

#2 Consider your style aesthetic.

Whether your style is traditional or mid century, shabby chic, modern farmhouse or boho eclectic, consider your furniture’s style elements carefully before investing in an accent chair. Contrast is OK to a certain extent, but ultimately, you’re looking to complement.

For example, you wouldn’t want to combine a roll arm sofa with nailhead trim (definitely more traditional) with an ultra-sleek linear chair that has a highly contemporary vibe.

#3 Consider your lifestyle needs.

How do you see yourself enjoying the chair? Will it be for big-time snuggly time with the baby (or fur baby)? Then consider the feeling of security you’ll get with comfy, upholstered armrests. If it’s kicked back comfort you crave, you don’t have to go the heavy recliner route. A sleek chaise, for example, can be a sight for sore eyes. Now, if you just need a little something for an entryway, home office or dressing area, an armless slipper chair might be the perfect fit.

#4 Consider your color/pattern scheme.

Tired of looking at a sea of beige but not up for a total transformation? Accent chairs can be an easy, affordable way to transform the energy in a room through the power of color. If you’re working with ultra-neutral colors and solid palettes, you have tons of freedom in terms of shades and patterns in accent chairs. Of course, if subtlety is your thing, consider an accent chair opting for texture over color.

Pattern-on-pattern can definitely work, as long as it’s perfectly color coordinated.

living room with green and blue accents
A vibrantly patterned accent chair can elevate “boring beige” furniture to a whole new level.

#5 Consider your fabric options.

The type of upholstery you choose can have as much influence as the color or pattern you pick. Tired of playing it so safe? Adding a weathered leather or faux leather chair with a “been-around-the-block” vibe can give plain beige/brown furnishings a cool attitude. Linen-weave fabrics exude a clean and classic sensibility. Suede and faux suede have a rich, decadent aesthetic. Fabrics convey a “feel” in more ways than one. Tweed-weave upholstery, for example, can exude that mid-century mood you’re going for, while weathered leathers and faux leathers are a natural choice for the modern farmhouse movement.

brown faux leather chair

Ruggedly handsome faux leather

beige fauz suede chair
Made in the faux suede

beige linen chair
Fresh, fashionable linen weave

The post How to Pick an Accent Chair appeared first on XO Ashley.

Mid-Century Modern Apartment on a Budget

grey couch with black and white pillow

If you’re a renter, you probably know all too well that your overall apartment design won’t always match what you envision. And when you throw in a less-than-desirable budget on top of that, the situation can almost feel soul-crushing for the style-savvy—especially if you have expensive taste. Mid-century modern has held its own as a top trending style in recent years.

Unfortunately, along with the hot trend factor comes a hefty price tag.
However, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that no matter your budget or circumstance, you can make a space shine with some well-thought out preparation. To make your life easier, we compiled our top tips and a few of our favorite affordable mid-century pieces so you can achieve the retro-chic apartment of your dreams.

1. Jazz Up Your Walls With (Temporary) Color

One of the biggest downfalls of apartment living (or rentals) among design enthusiasts is being restricted to bare white walls. The great thing about mid-century modern design is that you can actually use this to your advantage. White will keep your space bright and open, and you can easily add pops of color by showcasing vibrant artwork. And, if you really can’t stand living in an all-white box, consider using temporary wallpaper adhesive to create an accent wall. A solid color, geometric pattern or faux wood paneling are terrific choices for exuding some Mad Men flair.

2. Curate Your Space With Cool, Canted Legs

Wooden canted legs are one of the most recognizable elements of mid-century design, so integrating just a few pieces with this retro hallmark will totally set the mood in your apartment. While many mid-century inspired sofas can cost a small fortune, the Zardoni sofa comes to the rescue at just under $400. Pair it with a wooden coffee table and some brightly colored accent chairs, and you’ve got yourself a living room that encapsulates mid-century modern to a T.

3. Add a Snazzy Cocktail Station

In any iconic classic film, you’ll see that drinks are always at the ready after a long day or for guests (they clearly had the right idea). Bring this concept into your own apartment by adding a stylish bar cabinet. To drive home the retro feel, adorn your cabinet with a vintage-style record player or old-school radio. Aside from decorative purposes, the mood-setting sounds of the past will make happy hour even happier. And of course, you can’t forget bar seating. While the sofa or the dining room are perfectly fine options, a couple of bar stools by a kitchen counter or DIY floating shelf is a nice touch.

4. Roll Out a Graphic Area Rug


Area rugs are the perfect way to add color, comfort and variation to your design. We suggest geometric patterns or a bold, abstract print to add some pizazz to light walls and natural finished wood. Sharp, graphic lines are a definite throwback, which is why the Jai area rug is at the top of our list for mid-century inspired rugs.

5. Embrace Minimalism

Last but not least, keep decorative items to a minimum in your apartment. Keeping surfaces clear of clutter will allow the fundamentals of mid-century design to take the spotlight. After all, you’ve worked hard to achieve the look, why detract from it with busy trinkets? Holding back on the accessories might sound easy (especially if you’re on a budget), but clearing your space of collected mementos and accent pieces can be harder than it seems. To help with your growing collection through the years, make sure not to skimp out on storage and consider investing in multifunctional furniture pieces.

How easy is that? By following these five simple tips, you’re sure to achieve the expensive mid-century look without stretching your wallet. If you have any other tips, we’re all ears!
And if you’ve jumped on board with mid-century modern style, make sure to share a photo of your look with the hashtag #MyAshleyHome—we’d love to see what you’ve created.

The post Mid-Century Modern Apartment on a Budget appeared first on XO Ashley.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

How to Pick an Accent Chair

accent chair in room next to lamp and mirror

Large-scale pieces of furniture like sofas or sectionals are substantial investments. No wonder we do so much research…combing stores and websites and comparing prices until we’ve found “the one.”


Too bad that accent chairs often take a back seat as afterthoughts in the interior design process. Despite their relatively modest size, they’re a major part of what gives a room functionality, personality and pizazz.

If your home is castle, then let the accent chair be your throne. With that said, here are five tips on how to pick the perfect accent chair.

#1 Consider your size requirements.

When it comes to buyer’s remorse and accent chairs, probably the most common complaint is either, “it’s too big” or “it’s too small.” Perhaps that’s because many folks don’t take the time to measure their space. They might fall in love at first sight with an accent chair in a furniture showroom or online, but once they get it home they find it’s not sized accordingly.


Avoid this dilemma by taking an extra step before purchasing. Place tape or paper on the floor to get a sense of how well a chair will “sit” in a room. And ask yourself…
• Will the accent chair be set back in a corner of a room?
• Will it be placed more in the center of a room where foot traffic and flow are central?
• Can your space accommodate the visual “presence” of a high back accent chair or a chair with substantial armrests?

#2 Consider your style aesthetic.

Whether your style is traditional or mid century, shabby chic, modern farmhouse or boho eclectic, consider your furniture’s style elements carefully before investing in an accent chair. Contrast is OK to a certain extent, but ultimately, you’re looking to complement.

For example, you wouldn’t want to combine a roll arm sofa with nailhead trim (definitely more traditional) with an ultra-sleek linear chair that has a highly contemporary vibe.

#3 Consider your lifestyle needs.

How do you see yourself enjoying the chair? Will it be for big-time snuggly time with the baby (or fur baby)? Then consider the feeling of security you’ll get with comfy, upholstered armrests. If it’s kicked back comfort you crave, you don’t have to go the heavy recliner route. A sleek chaise, for example, can be a sight for sore eyes. Now, if you just need a little something for an entryway, home office or dressing area, an armless slipper chair might be the perfect fit.

#4 Consider your color/pattern scheme.

Tired of looking at a sea of beige but not up for a total transformation? Accent chairs can be an easy, affordable way to transform the energy in a room through the power of color. If you’re working with ultra-neutral colors and solid palettes, you have tons of freedom in terms of shades and patterns in accent chairs. Of course, if subtlety is your thing, consider an accent chair opting for texture over color.

Pattern-on-pattern can definitely work, as long as it’s perfectly color coordinated.

living room with green and blue accents
A vibrantly patterned accent chair can elevate “boring beige” furniture to a whole new level.

#5 Consider your fabric options.

The type of upholstery you choose can have as much influence as the color or pattern you pick. Tired of playing it so safe? Adding a weathered leather or faux leather chair with a “been-around-the-block” vibe can give plain beige/brown furnishings a cool attitude. Linen-weave fabrics exude a clean and classic sensibility. Suede and faux suede have a rich, decadent aesthetic. Fabrics convey a “feel” in more ways than one. Tweed-weave upholstery, for example, can exude that mid-century mood you’re going for, while weathered leathers and faux leathers are a natural choice for the modern farmhouse movement.

brown faux leather chair

Ruggedly handsome faux leather

beige fauz suede chair
Made in the faux suede

beige linen chair
Fresh, fashionable linen weave

The post How to Pick an Accent Chair appeared first on XO Ashley.

Mid-Century Modern Apartment on a Budget

grey couch with black and white pillow

If you’re a renter, you probably know all too well that your overall apartment design won’t always match what you envision. And when you throw in a less-than-desirable budget on top of that, the situation can almost feel soul-crushing for the style-savvy—especially if you have expensive taste. Mid-century modern has held its own as a top trending style in recent years.

Unfortunately, along with the hot trend factor comes a hefty price tag.
However, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that no matter your budget or circumstance, you can make a space shine with some well-thought out preparation. To make your life easier, we compiled our top tips and a few of our favorite affordable mid-century pieces so you can achieve the retro-chic apartment of your dreams.

1. Jazz Up Your Walls With (Temporary) Color

One of the biggest downfalls of apartment living (or rentals) among design enthusiasts is being restricted to bare white walls. The great thing about mid-century modern design is that you can actually use this to your advantage. White will keep your space bright and open, and you can easily add pops of color by showcasing vibrant artwork. And, if you really can’t stand living in an all-white box, consider using temporary wallpaper adhesive to create an accent wall. A solid color, geometric pattern or faux wood paneling are terrific choices for exuding some Mad Men flair.

2. Curate Your Space With Cool, Canted Legs

Wooden canted legs are one of the most recognizable elements of mid-century design, so integrating just a few pieces with this retro hallmark will totally set the mood in your apartment. While many mid-century inspired sofas can cost a small fortune, the Zardoni sofa comes to the rescue at just under $400. Pair it with a wooden coffee table and some brightly colored accent chairs, and you’ve got yourself a living room that encapsulates mid-century modern to a T.

3. Add a Snazzy Cocktail Station

In any iconic classic film, you’ll see that drinks are always at the ready after a long day or for guests (they clearly had the right idea). Bring this concept into your own apartment by adding a stylish bar cabinet. To drive home the retro feel, adorn your cabinet with a vintage-style record player or old-school radio. Aside from decorative purposes, the mood-setting sounds of the past will make happy hour even happier. And of course, you can’t forget bar seating. While the sofa or the dining room are perfectly fine options, a couple of bar stools by a kitchen counter or DIY floating shelf is a nice touch.

4. Roll Out a Graphic Area Rug


Area rugs are the perfect way to add color, comfort and variation to your design. We suggest geometric patterns or a bold, abstract print to add some pizazz to light walls and natural finished wood. Sharp, graphic lines are a definite throwback, which is why the Jai area rug is at the top of our list for mid-century inspired rugs.

5. Embrace Minimalism

Last but not least, keep decorative items to a minimum in your apartment. Keeping surfaces clear of clutter will allow the fundamentals of mid-century design to take the spotlight. After all, you’ve worked hard to achieve the look, why detract from it with busy trinkets? Holding back on the accessories might sound easy (especially if you’re on a budget), but clearing your space of collected mementos and accent pieces can be harder than it seems. To help with your growing collection through the years, make sure not to skimp out on storage and consider investing in multifunctional furniture pieces.

How easy is that? By following these five simple tips, you’re sure to achieve the expensive mid-century look without stretching your wallet. If you have any other tips, we’re all ears!
And if you’ve jumped on board with mid-century modern style, make sure to share a photo of your look with the hashtag #MyAshleyHome—we’d love to see what you’ve created.

The post Mid-Century Modern Apartment on a Budget appeared first on XO Ashley.

How to Pick an Accent Chair

accent chair in room next to lamp and mirror

Large-scale pieces of furniture like sofas or sectionals are substantial investments. No wonder we do so much research…combing stores and websites and comparing prices until we’ve found “the one.”


Too bad that accent chairs often take a back seat as afterthoughts in the interior design process. Despite their relatively modest size, they’re a major part of what gives a room functionality, personality and pizazz.

If your home is castle, then let the accent chair be your throne. With that said, here are five tips on how to pick the perfect accent chair.

#1 Consider your size requirements.

When it comes to buyer’s remorse and accent chairs, probably the most common complaint is either, “it’s too big” or “it’s too small.” Perhaps that’s because many folks don’t take the time to measure their space. They might fall in love at first sight with an accent chair in a furniture showroom or online, but once they get it home they find it’s not sized accordingly.


Avoid this dilemma by taking an extra step before purchasing. Place tape or paper on the floor to get a sense of how well a chair will “sit” in a room. And ask yourself…
• Will the accent chair be set back in a corner of a room?
• Will it be placed more in the center of a room where foot traffic and flow are central?
• Can your space accommodate the visual “presence” of a high back accent chair or a chair with substantial armrests?

#2 Consider your style aesthetic.

Whether your style is traditional or mid century, shabby chic, modern farmhouse or boho eclectic, consider your furniture’s style elements carefully before investing in an accent chair. Contrast is OK to a certain extent, but ultimately, you’re looking to complement.

For example, you wouldn’t want to combine a roll arm sofa with nailhead trim (definitely more traditional) with an ultra-sleek linear chair that has a highly contemporary vibe.

#3 Consider your lifestyle needs.

How do you see yourself enjoying the chair? Will it be for big-time snuggly time with the baby (or fur baby)? Then consider the feeling of security you’ll get with comfy, upholstered armrests. If it’s kicked back comfort you crave, you don’t have to go the heavy recliner route. A sleek chaise, for example, can be a sight for sore eyes. Now, if you just need a little something for an entryway, home office or dressing area, an armless slipper chair might be the perfect fit.

#4 Consider your color/pattern scheme.

Tired of looking at a sea of beige but not up for a total transformation? Accent chairs can be an easy, affordable way to transform the energy in a room through the power of color. If you’re working with ultra-neutral colors and solid palettes, you have tons of freedom in terms of shades and patterns in accent chairs. Of course, if subtlety is your thing, consider an accent chair opting for texture over color.

Pattern-on-pattern can definitely work, as long as it’s perfectly color coordinated.

living room with green and blue accents
A vibrantly patterned accent chair can elevate “boring beige” furniture to a whole new level.

#5 Consider your fabric options.

The type of upholstery you choose can have as much influence as the color or pattern you pick. Tired of playing it so safe? Adding a weathered leather or faux leather chair with a “been-around-the-block” vibe can give plain beige/brown furnishings a cool attitude. Linen-weave fabrics exude a clean and classic sensibility. Suede and faux suede have a rich, decadent aesthetic. Fabrics convey a “feel” in more ways than one. Tweed-weave upholstery, for example, can exude that mid-century mood you’re going for, while weathered leathers and faux leathers are a natural choice for the modern farmhouse movement.

brown faux leather chair

Ruggedly handsome faux leather

beige fauz suede chair
Made in the faux suede

beige linen chair
Fresh, fashionable linen weave

The post How to Pick an Accent Chair appeared first on XO Ashley.