Latest Tips & Trends Posts from Smart Furniture

Summer Bounty: Tomatoes

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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With 10,000 varieties of tomatoes, where do you start? Luckily, we have some gardening essentials and tips from organic farmer Tom to help you have a delicious and prosperous tomato season. 

In the Kitchen: Dropping Beets

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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We're dropping beets and style in the kitchen with a Savory Beet + Shallot + Goat Cheese Galette along side some baking and eating essentials. Check it out and try the recipe for your next spring soirée. 

Trending: Transparent

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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Transparent furniture has been a long trend with minimalist enthusiasts - but now we see it making waves beyond the sub-style and into modern playful pairings. Let's take a look ... 

Trends: Ash & Blush

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Color trends aren't just for fashion - they are sweeping through the world of interiors. 2016 is proving to be the year of ash & blush. Together they are a refreshing and airy pair. 

Dreamy Dowel Leg Dining

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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It takes an eclectic personalty to love the look of a mismatched vintage home. But there is one vintage trend that stands the test of time ... Mid-Century Modern and the Eames design duo in particular. Today we explore dreamy dining legs! Dowel Legs to be precise - an Eames classic. 

Smart Holidays: DIY Decor

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Holiday season can be joyful and festive - but on the flip side, it can be overwhelming and stressful. Our tips for homemade decor and gift guide is sure to make those anxieties melt away. 

Back to Schooling - Dorm Room Dress-up

  • Author: Christian & Maggie
  • Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Heading back to school requires far more effort than just buying a new backpack and set of pens. We pulled together our top 5 picks to dress-up your dorm room to make it stylish and organized so that success will be your only option.

You’re Invited to Our Picnicking Party!

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015
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The best way to savor your summer is to spend time in the outdoors. Not to worry - there's no requirement that you be the outdoors type. Instead, we implore you to simply find a shady spot under a tree and set up for a picnic gathering. However, there is more to picnicking than just packing up the food, plates, and plasticware.

Sunday Brunch Basics: The Art of Brunching

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015
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Brunch is the new "it" meal. This combination breakfast + lunch is so hip you won't know where to go or what to wear to it. If that’s the case, consider taking cutting-edge dining to the next level and host a brunch at your place. We have some tips and tricks to make your brunch the talk of the town.

May Flowers: Improving Home Ecology

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015
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We all know flowers are beautiful, and adding them to your home decor is more than just a decor trend.

A Guide to Gifting in Style

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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We've got a style guide that will make your loved ones think twice about ripping open their gifts.

Show Me your #shelfie!

  • Author: Smart Furniture
  • Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Alright, everyone, it's time to get out your phone for the new hashtag sensation that's sweeping the nation. Selfies are so May 2014, and it's totally September now. We want you to get creative and give us your best #shelfie!

[#shel·fie (noun): a photograph of one's own shelf, esp. when the shelf shows off one's personality. Example: "I'll be right there, as soon as I post my #shelfie to Instagram."]

Be Brave. Go Bold.

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Shape up Your Space

  • Author: Smart Furniture
  • Posted: Monday, August 04, 2014
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I confess: I have a split personality when it comes to furniture. I've always loved the look of tight upholstery and crisp, straight lines. But at the same time I remember flopping into my Grandfather's huge, overstuffed, nap-worthy recliner. It felt good. But it looked terrible. Cringe-worthy. Fugly. Was it even worth all that extra padding if it wasn't worth looking at?

How to: Sectional and Small Spaces

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Sectionals and small spaces just don't mix ... right? Wrong. For so long, we have all complied with the design idea that large furniture pieces will just clutter an apartment. But it is time for us to embrace change because sectionals might just become your small space go-to seating arrangement after this blog post.

Prime Patio Pieces

  • Author: Katie
  • Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Summer is almost here again! Time to dust off the grill, crank up the Jimmy Buffett and crack open a cold one. That's what summers are made for, people - pool parties and backyard barbecues.

Spring Fling: Florals

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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Spring is in full swing and summer is close on its heels. With all the beautiful weather and blossoms in abundance, why not bring the outdoors in? Here are some simple ways to dress up a space with floral accents as you plan for some Spring cleaning and redecorating.

Spring Color Palette: Pastels!

  • Author: Mark
  • Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
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After months of dressing in dark colors, pulling thick drapes over windows, and hiding under mountains of throw blankets, nothing feels more refreshing than breaking out our favorite light and airy pieces for Spring!

Small Spaces: Sleeping Nooks

  • Author: Katie
  • Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The bedroom in my NYC apartment could just barely house my double bed. Once I squeezed the bed in, I was met with another challenge - where to put all the other bedroom necessities? Scaling down the bed size would certainly solve that problem. But if you aren't willing to sacrifice your sleeping space to fit all your goods in your bedroom,check out our compact solutions for sleeping nooks:

Double Duty: Top 10 Multifunctional Pieces

  • Author: Mark
  • Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
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In no particular order, here is our Top 10 list of multifunctional furniture designs. These crafty pieces add form and functionality where you need them most:

5 Decor Tips and Tricks for Small Spaces

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Monday, April 07, 2014
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Apartment dwelling (and small space living in general) demands the conservation and tactful use of space. Both furniture and accent pieces have to be edited and taken into consideration. Here are 5 decor tricks and tips that can easily be implemented in a small-footprint space while injecting an element of pizzazz and personality.

Save Space - Use the Wall

  • Author: Catharine
  • Posted: Friday, April 04, 2014
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Space: is it the final frontier or just the most difficult thing to conserve in compact dwellings? I'd say it's both, but although we all can't board the Starship Enterprise, we can save space in our homes. Here are a few ideas for making the most of your space by using a rather valuable element we all have in our homes or offices ... our walls.

St. Patrick's Day: Bring on Green

  • Author: Katie
  • Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014
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The color green has been universally recognized as representative of new life and growth. Emerald, Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year , has been said to enhance "our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony."

To Mix or To Match? In the Bedroom, that's the question

  • Author: Katie
  • Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
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Having a complete "bedroom set" rather than pairing different items together ultimately comes down to personal taste. There are two extremes involved in the comparison. A matched bedroom set can look outdated and stuffy. A bedroom that incorporates tons of styles can look chaotic. On the upside, a bedroom set can look cohesive. But the mixed bedroom can look eclectic and unique.

Bedroom Style: Decorate Like a Champ

  • Author: Maggie
  • Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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It's easy to get stuck in the details when planning out your space - especially in such a commonly used room as the bedroom. We've gone over some Dos and Don'ts in the bedroom, but here are some tips to fine tune the space where you probably spend the most time.