The Most Delightful Room in the House

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Designing and decorating a kids’ room is what I enjoy the most.  It is the one room of the house where you can really go all out, have fun and be the most creative.  You’ll want your kids’ room to be visually appealing, animated and inspirational.  At the same time you’ll want it to be a calm space where your child can find comfort.

It is often a challenge for parents to find the balance between these things.  You’ll want your children to love playing in their room but you definitely don’t want it to be an over stimulating place.  I have a few ideas to help create the most delightful, happy and restful room for any child.

An Emphasis On Creativity

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Blackboard Wall cc: Apartment Therapy

Who doesn’t want their kids to be creative?  Imagination, curiosity and a sense of wonderment should be nurtured in every child.   Why not reflect this in their bedroom.  Give them tools to be able to express themselves.  Set up a dress-up corner, a fabric or bead box or create a chalkboard wall.

Make It Their Space Not Yours

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Standard Furniture Young Parisian 3-Piece Kids Bedroom Set

Everyone needs to feel like they have their own special place in the world and this is no less important for our children.  Create a space with them just for them.  Get your kids involved in the design process whatever their age.  Let them choose colors, paint, and make their own decorations. Don’t be scared if they choose colors you wouldn’t necessarily go for.  Designate a corner or a wall of the room just for them to decorate how they choose.   Have your child’s artwork framed and hang it up in their room.  Giving them some creative input is a great way to instill confidence in your children and can really help make the room feel like their own.

Highlight Their Fads

It’s sometimes too tempting to create a themed room for a child especially if they are just crazy about one particular thing.  But just remember, whatever the latest phase or craze your child is going through, it won’t last forever. You don’t want to have to change their room at every age and stage.

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Lea Willow Run Bedroom Set

It makes good sense to purchase furniture that is traditional in design.  Wooden bedrooms sets are often a safe bet as they tend to be very durable and can always be spruced up with a lick of paint or varnish.

The accents and accessories that you buy are where you can go all out to highlight the latest craze your child is going through. Rugs, wall art and framed pictures can always be replaced so make these the items that reflect your child at this time.

Smart Storage

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Sterling Industries Animal Picture Hook

To keep your kids bedroom from getting over cluttered you’ll want to invest in some smart storage.  As much fun as you’ll want your kids to have in their bedroom, by the end of the day you’ll want them to put their toys, games and books away to create a sleep inducing environment.

Again, it makes better sense to go for a classic bookshelf and cupboard that can be spruced up with smaller accents that will appeal to your kids’ sensibilities.

A toy box or a head board with built in storage work really well for smaller sized rooms.

If you have any great kids’ bedroom design ideas please feel free to share them with us via social media @BeyondStores.

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American Drew Miramar Bed & Matching Nighstands

The winner of our Cyber Week Giveaway and the new owner of a beautiful American Drew Queen bed with matching nightstands is Eustacia Miliusis from Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Thank you to everyone else that entered and make sure you stay tuned for news on our upcoming 12 Days of Giveaways, starting soon.

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The Only 5 Things You’ll Ever Need to Know About Headboards

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Monarch Specialties Full Combo Headboard

The headboard gets very little credit or attention but it is in fact the key to turning a standard room into a master suite.  It can be used as a dramatic focal point, injecting passion into a drab bedroom and is the perfect way to make a big bedroom statement.  Its functional purpose is no less important. Without the headboard how would we all enjoy reading and watching TV comfortably in bed?  Here are my  5 top tips for buying a headboard.

1.  Buy Separates

Very often when you buy a bed the headboard is attached.  The great thing about this is that your headboard will forever match your bed but the chances are that you won’t want to change your bed every time you want to redesign your room.  Go for a separate, free standing headboard that can attach to any bed and you’ll be able to purchase a new one whenever you get the itch to redesign your room. You don’t have to always stick to a traditional headboard design either.  Think of your headboard as wall art and go for something funky and stylish that reflects your personal design aesthetic.

2.  Size Does Matter

You should always buy a headboard slightly wider than the size of your bed.  This is a great way to create a more elegant and sophisticated look for your bedroom.

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Hillsdale Kaylie Upholstered Headboard

Take into account the height of the headboard you plan to purchase. You will want to make sure that you’ll be able to sit up comfortably in bed.  If you spend a lot of time reading in bed it would make sense to go for an upholstered rather than metal, wood or iron headboard.

3.  Solution for Storage

If you don’t have much wall space in your bedroom, the space behind your bed can work really well as an alternative place for storage.  This clever design gives you easy access to your books in bed and the drawers are great for those items you want to hide out of view in your room.

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Lea Midtown Storage Headboard

 4.  Great For Kids

There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t buy a separate headboard for your kids’ beds too.  It’s a great way to update your kids’ bedroom, and take them through different phases and ages without having to continuously invest in a new bed.

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4D Concepts Boys Headboard

You can even get children’s headboards with space saving storage options. This large twin headboard is an ideal place to store away games, toys and books.

5.  You Can Do It Yourself

You can add new life to an old bed by doing it yourself!  Wallpaper an old headboard to create a new funky board to match your room or check out these other DIY ideas.

 

How Can I Repair My Scratched Dining Room Table?

 

Our community of customers are always asking for tips and tricks on how to best take care of the furniture they purchase from us.  In order to answer as many of these questions as we can, we’ve decided to put together  a series of “How to” posts.  Feel free to send me any “How to” questions via Facebook and Twitter and I’ll  answer as many of them as I can.

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Homelegance Belvedere Dining Room Set

One question I am continually asked is from people wanting to know how they can repair a chipped or scratched wooden table. Wooden tables are durable, beautiful and timeless but notoriously susceptible to nicks and scratches.

I have some great DIY tips to minimize the appearance of a scratch on a wooden kitchen or dining table using things you’ll be able to find in your home.

For a superficial scratch

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup olive oil
  • 1 Lint-free dry cloth

Method

  1. Dip your clean cloth into a cup of olive oil.
  2. Work the cloth slowly and carefully over and around the area of distress. in the same direction as the wood grain.
  3. The appearance of the scratch should be significantly reduced
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Hillsdale Park Avenue Trestle Dining Table

For a deeper scratch

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 Q tip
  • 1 Soft clean sponge
  • 1 Dry lint-free cloth
  • 1 Soaked teabag
  • Iodine
  • Wax crayon (as close a color to the wood as you can find)

Method

  1. Clean the table using a fresh sponge and a bucket of warm soapy water.
  2. Use a lint-free clean cloth to dry the table thoroughly. Ensure the table is completely dry before you attempt to work on the damaged area.
  3. Using a Q tip, paint iodine very slowly and carefully onto your scratch. Start lightly building layers until the color matches that of the wood. You can also use a wax crayon by carefully coloring it into the scratch.
  4. Try using a tea bag that has been soaked in boiling water. Drip the liquid from it slowly into the scratch adding layers until you have achieved the desired color.

For a deep scratch

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 Wax filler sticks (one light one dark)
  • Beeswax
  • Soft, dry lint-free cloth

Method

  1. Melt and drip the lighter of your two wax sticks carefully into the scratch
  2. Now take your darker wax stick, melt and drip it carefully onto the lighter wax blending the two together with your finger until the color matches that of the wood and you have entirely filled the damaged area.
  3. Clean the excess wax
  4. Apply beeswax to the entire area with a lint-free cloth, working it in the same direction as the grain of wood

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    Steve Silver Counter Height Table Set

If the scratch is too deep and none of the above tips work you may have to call in a professional or leave your table covered with a tablecloth.  If all else fails you can always buy a new table!

If you have any other ‘how to’ furniture related questions get in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter. We’d would love to hear from you.

 

Sleeper Sofas for the Holidays

Holiday season almost always means plenty of  visitors and as I recently wrote in my Entertaining Etiquette Blog, not everyone is lucky enough to have a guest bedroom. Unless you’re planning for your guests to sleep on your floor a sleeper sofa is really your best option.

Sleeper sofas are not what they once were, and that’s a good thing.  Nowadays they come in a variety of styles, sizes and fabrics and can add to the visual appeal of any room.

Before we take a look at some of my favorites, remember that above all you’ll want something that is comfortable enough to sit on but also comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep on.

The Classic

A classic sofa that just so happens to convert into a bed is a must have in every home.  We don’t have guests all that often, but when we do I love the convenience of opening up what looks like an everyday sofa into a bed in a matter of seconds.  With its sleek lines and timeless appeal, this is a great sofa for any living room.

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Lifestyle Solutions Napa Convertible Sofa

Here’s another classic 2 piece sectional that surprisingly also converts into a beautiful queen bed.  This sofa has a somewhat soft and feminine charm. It can be paired easily with any other furniture pieces and will work in most living rooms, contemporary and traditional.  Just make sure you have a large enough space for it.

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Chelsea Home Allegany Sectional Queen Sleeper

Short On Space Not Short On Style

Being short on space is no excuse for being short on style.  The Jet Convertible Chaise Lounge is just one example of this. With its cool, contemporary, smart design, it can work very well in any room of your house: a small home office space, a kid’s bedroom or any small modern living space.

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Lifestyle Solutions Jet Convertible Lounger

Another great space saving bed option is not quite a sofa but an arm chair.  The Lincoln Park convertible arm chair is comfortable, classy and ideal for any modern home office.

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Lifestyle Solutions Lincoln Park Convertible Chair

If you want to go for something that is space saving but a little less contemporary the Fun Furnishings Central Park Sofa Sleeper is a great choice.  It’s the perfect, classic little sofa to sit and relax on and it flips open easily when you do have overnight guests.

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Fun Furnishings Central Park Sofa Sleeper

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