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The $15,000 question…how can you get good quality furniture for less?  It can be done, but you might have to sacrifice instant gratification as well as convenience.  The first thing that you should know about the markup of furniture is that if it’s made locally the markup will be less.  So find out where the furniture is made and go to the source.  The furniture capital of the U.S. is High Point, North Carolina.  Not all furniture is made there, of course, but most brands will most likely be manufactured in NC somewhere.  If you live on the west coast there will be a charge for the furniture as well as a big shipping and handling fee that will be passed onto the retailer, marked up and then passed onto you, PLUS sales tax on top of that.  If you do your homework you can eliminate some of the markup.  Once you have found a piece of furniture you like at a retailer in your area, get as much information about the piece as you can from the sales person.  Ask for a cut sheet or a specification sheet which will have all the information you need.  Look for the name of the manufacturer, the name of the furniture collection, if there is a number that is associated with the piece, dimensions and fabric names and numbers that you like.  After you have gathered all of this information, lookup the furniture manufacturer and find out where the furniture is manufactured.  If it’s in NC, go to http://www.highpointfurniture.com/ and you can browse the various furniture stores’ websites for brands that they carry.  Either call or email a sales associate from their site with specific information regarding the furniture that you are interested in and they can give you a quote including shipping based on where you live.  I have personally used Furniture Land South and they were great!  A few things to keep in mind, however, is that you might be waiting four months or more to receive your furniture.  It usually has to be constructed and then put on a full truck when they have a delivery to your area.  So you will need to be patient!  Secondly, ask who is responsible should your furniture arrive damaged off the truck.  Thoroughly, inspect the furniture once it’s delivered to your home for damage.  If it does arrive damaged, do not accept it!  If you do accept a damage piece you might be held responsible for it. 

So, if you are willing to do a little homework and don’t mind the waiting game, you can save hundreds of dollars on good quality furniture.  Even though you might be paying quite a bit for delivery, you will be saving a lot on retailer markup as well as sales tax and the overall cost will be less.  I have saved a couple hundred dollars on one sofa alone!

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The guest bedroom is the perfect place to implement a design that would be a little out of the ordinary.  While the master bedroom is your sanctuary, the guest bedroom is a place where guests will stay for short visits.  Since you will not be in the room constantly you don’t have to worry too much about the choices that you make.  Don’t be afraid to make bold decisions that are a little out of your comfort zone.  Make the room fun, yet inviting and most importantly comfortable (but not too comfortable or your guests might not want to leave!).  Make your guest room special for your visitors and don’t hesitate to add the element of surprise!

Add a little something extra to your guest room to make your visitors feel welcome.  Here are some ideas to accessorize your guest room that will make it more than just another room in the house and will show a little extra hospitality.

Add some fresh flowers to your bedside table.

Carafe of water and glass

Alarm Clock

Add a throw blanket to your bed.

Basket filled with goodies

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Looking for something for your home that is new, different, whimsical, fun and practical all at the same time?  Today I’d like to feature some wonderful designers that you might now know about.  

Kenneth Wingard 

Kenneth Wingard offers a clean, contemporary collection of home accent pieces at reasonable pricing.  While his pieces might work best in a modern style of home it can also add a bit of contemporary feel to a traditional style of home. 

Wall Art

Bardot Lamps

Sunburst Clock


Jonathan Adler 

Jonathan Adler carries a full line of home accessories, furniture and even a line for kids.  The company describes itself as  “a design company dedicated to bringing style, craft, joy, and a general feeling of grooviness to your home”.  And that it does!  Many of his pieces are a bit “tongue in cheek” or might even make you laugh out loud! 

Horse Tray


Mrs. Godfrey Chair

Horse Lamp

Inhabit is a husband and wife design team that is trained in graphic design.  They offer modern eco-friendly accessories, bedding and home furnishings.

Bedding and Wall Art


Throw Pillows

Wall Flats

Lights Up 

Lights Up is a lighting company out of Brooklyn, NY that carries pendants, floor lamps and sconces featuring custom printed shades. 

Deco Pendant

Weegee Table Lamp

Virgil Low Lamp

Cancan Floor Lamp

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Looking to get the most use of space out of your home?  Check out these space-saving ideas that are practical, functional and fun! 

Desk Bed

Make your office serve a dual purpose.  These modern desk beds are a perfect space-saving idea.  It acts as your office desk and when guests are in town the desk converts into a Murphy bed. 

Wood Coffee Table With Additional Seating

Glass Coffee Table With Additional Seating

These space-saving coffee tables are a perfect solution for when you need additional seating in the family room or living room.  They are easy to access and when not in use, are conveniently stored under the coffee table and out-of-the-way. 

Office In A Closet

Don’t have a spare room for your office?  No worries!  Get The Container Store’s  office in a closet.  You can have a fully functioning office right in your closet.  And when it is not in use, it stores neatly away behind your closet doors for no one to see your mess. 

Toy Storage

Store kids toys without having it look tacky!  Use a cubed bookcase or partition and insert storage bins filled with your kid’s toys.  Bookcases of all sizes can be found at Ikea or various furniture stores.


Closet System

Now this one is not surprising, but the usage of closet systems lets you maximize those small closet spaces.  To do it for less, go to a place like the Container Store, have their associate design a layout on their software program and then take the printout of the parts and pieces you need to Home Depot or Lowes and buy the less expensive system.  It will work just as well as the fancy closet systems!

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Does your house need a little spicing up?  Who says that you need boring walls, boring furniture even a boring  corkscrew!  Give people something to talk about when they come to your house to visit!

KOAP Home (short for cooperative) in Kirkland, mixes mid-century, contemporary, eclectic, funky and vintage.  And what do you get when you enter a store like this?  The most fun shopping experience you have ever had!  KOAP Home is right in the heart of downtown Kirkland and features recognized designers like Alessi, Jonathan Adler, Kenneth Wingard and City Collection, just to name a few.  Walking through the store you will be oooing, ahhing and maybe even laughing at each piece that is whimsical yet excellent quality at the same time.  At KOAP you are not going to find the same rug from Pottery Barn or bowl from Crate and Barrel that everyone else has.  The owner of KOAP does an outstanding job carrying items from new, local and hard to find designers.

If your walls could talk, are they trying to tell you that they are bored?  If so, go to KOAP!

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