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Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture, Home Office Ideas Published: August 14, 2017 | Updated: June 13, 2018

Find The Perfect Spot For Your Bookcases and Cabinets

Have you counted the number of books you own? If you are like many avid bookworms, you may have a pile of books and no place to put them. Don’t let them sit around collecting dust. Why not incorporate them into your design scheme; displaying all that you’ve read and creating a place where you and everyone can enjoy them? Even if you don’t have a book collection, bookcases have many uses. From decorative displays to photo galleries, their shelf space is invaluable. Keep reading to uncover your bookcase options and get ideas for setting up bookcases at home.

Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture, Home Office Ideas Published: February 28, 2017 | Updated: May 9, 2018

Make It Work with Functional Furniture

You love your smartphones and smart cars. At Ashley HomeStore, we love our smart furniture.

To the traditionalists who attest “form follows function,” we say form and function go hand in hand. Here are some of our favorite furnishings designed to make life easier—and more stylish—everywhere from the home office and living room, to the bedroom and beyond.

Birnalla Desk

Mighty smart indeed, the Birnalla desk is crafted with a hinged flip top, so you can conveniently prop up reference materials, including your tablet, while you work. And thanks to dual electric outlets and USB charging ports, staying powered up is easy. The chic look blends rustic charm with modern polish.

Cross Island Credenza

Those on a mission to set up a productive work-from-home space love all that the Mission-style Cross Island credenza can do. Built for looks and productivity, it includes a pull-out tray for easy printer access, file cabinet storage, a built-in power strip and ample storage above and below the work surface.

Laflorn Chairside End Table

How many times have you sat down and realized…you’re out of juice. Wouldn’t it be great to charge up without getting up? Check out this chairside end table’s flip top revealing a power station with USB charging ports. Factor in a pullout tray with cup holders and a remote slot, along with shelved cabinet storage, this end table has plenty of hidden potential.


Gavelston Lift Top Table

Appearances can be deceiving. What looks like a straightforward “weathered” coffee table in vintage black is anything but. With a lift tabletop on one side and trunk storage on the other, the Gavelston lift top coffee table has raised our expectations. Optional casters add to the form and function.

Woodboro Desk

Traditionally styled and modestly scaled, the Woodboro desk proves that old and new can work so well together. Spring lift top raises the surface to a healthier-alternative, standing position. For your high-tech needs, there’s an electrical outlet/USB charging port built right in.

Maxington Nightstand

The Maxington nightstand is getting plenty of buzz for good reason. On the reverse side, a pair of slim, discreetly placed USB ports power up modern electronics without distracting from its countrified cool charm.

So…what works for you? Go ahead and share your favorite smart furniture features in the comments section below.

Bedroom Ideas, Dining Room Ideas, Home Accessories Ideas Published: February 22, 2017 | Updated: February 5, 2020

How to Create a Room With Meaning

Do you have rooms that need a little love? Part of the joy of furnishing a room is adding a personal touch. Since we all have different tastes, you can’t take a cookie cutter approach to home decorating. Here are three helpful steps.

1. Ask yourself these questions:  

  • What is important to me?
  • How and where do I spend my time?
  • What are my hobbies?
  • Who am I with most?
  • What do I collect?
  • What are my favorite places, music, books, movies and food?

2. Apply what you’ve learned.

For example, if you have “beach” listed as one of your favorite places, check around your home for keepsakes like shells that you may have picked up or photos you took. These will serve as your inspiration and can be incorporated into the decor.

  • Souvenirs: Display on shelves, mantels or in glass accent boxes.
  • Photos: Frame a variety of images and sizes and create a personal photo gallery.
 

Other inspirational ideas include:

  • Antiques: Displaying tokens of the past connect you with the stories of your ancestors and are excellent conversation starters.
  • Art: Find and display paintings, sculptures, canvas art, tapestries, photos, even clocks–anything that resonates with you. If it was made by you or a loved one, even better!
  • Models: Show your love for a hobby or sport by staging boats, cars, airplanes stadiums and more.
  • Walls: Give the room a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper incorporating colors that reflect your personality and style.

3. Decide where they go.

Now that you’ve gathered your items, decide where to place them. Consider each room and find the areas where you can add a personal touch.

Dining Room

This room’s possibilities feed off the types of furniture and wall space you have. Stage decorative items on open shelves or in china cabinets. Hang art, like this time piece collection on the wall above a buffet or server.

 

Living Room

Here’s your chance to show off your personal treasures. Add built-in shelves, curios or bookcases to accommodate these items. A shelf behind the sofa is perfect for displaying a hand-built model.

 

Add a console table along a wall or behind a sofa to hold conversation pieces, like a stylish lamp, favorite books, pictures and more. Hang wall art throughout the room.

 

Adorn an end table with picture frames or an electronic photo frame loaded with your favorite photos.

 

Family Room

In this gathering spot where memories are made, the focus is on recreation and entertainment. A huge wall unit, entertainment center or book shelf provides an empty canvas where favorite objects can be displayed.

 

Home Office

 

An office does not need to look boring. Here’s an example Inspired by the timeless appeal of American classic furnishings. The Townser home office desk revisits tradition in style. Credenzas and desk hutches also provide ample space for displays.