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These Clever, Space-Saving Furniture Items Are All Discounted Ahead of Black Friday

  • November 7, 2023

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Small floor plan? Shop multi-use pieces from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Wayfair.

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With the month capping off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, November is the best time of year to find big-ticket items like furniture at massive discounts. While furniture is one of the priciest items you can buy for your home, the pieces themselves are not always the biggest. Sometimes, the smaller the better, and when it comes to saving space, more streamlined pieces of furniture with multipurpose use are a strategic way to make the most out of tight corners. Plus, it means more room for holiday decor, like artificial Christmas trees, which are already marked down ahead of Black Friday.

For the best space-saving furniture items, we searched early Black Friday deals and found ten clever items marked down up to 69 percent off from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Wayfair. Save money on furniture that will enhance your living space while giving you the flexibility you need, like smart sleeper futons and clip-on tables—on sale with prices starting at only $25.

The 10 Best Early Black Friday Space-Saving Furniture Deals

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These Modern Living Room Ideas Are Far From Boring

  • October 28, 2023
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50 Modern Living Room Ideas You’ll LoveJanis Nicolay

Defined by clean lines, natural materials and minimalist decor, modern home design is one of the most well-known interior design styles. In the living room, the aesthetic translates to a space that feels airy and uncluttered, yet cozy and welcoming. Here, we’ve rounded up dreamy modern living room ideas that showcase steal-worthy design trends and functional layouts for casual family time.

Whether you’re designing a family-friendly living room or looking for small living room ideas, there are many design avenues that can be taken to achieve a fresh and elevated space. Sleek sky-high shelving, custom fireplaces and grand architectural elements can create a modern living environment filled with both visual interest and functionality. The right accessories, like stylish area rugs, colorful accent chairs or statement lighting fixtures can quickly modernize a simple interior. Patterned wallpaper, pops of colorful fabric and a fresh coat of paint can all result in a modern, chic and inviting space.

As you scroll, you’ll find there’s something for everyone — even if your design style strays a little more traditional, rustic, boho or coastal. There are endless ways to infuse a touch of modern design into your living room design, no matter the overall feel of the home. For those designing an apartment living room, we’ve sprinkled in plenty of renter-friendly ideas (think artwork, peel-and-stick wallpaper and ultra-modern furniture).

Decorate Sky-High Shelving

Not only do these striking shelves take advantage of vertical space, they showcase collectibles, books and artwork and infuse color into the interior. Here, JAM Interior Design uses a mix of modern, traditional and vintage pieces for a curated look.

living room with high built in shelves, built ins, bookcase, white walls, ladder, storage, library


Go Glam

Designed by Ali Budd, this elegant living room is outfitted with a statement chandelier, blue

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Modern Villa In Italy’s Chianti Region Aces The Test Of Time

  • October 11, 2023

A 1970s monument to modern architecture is sailing through the test of time in the picturesque hills of Italy’s Chianti region.

The long, two-story villa, with strong horizontal lines and a flat roof, is stepped into the countryside terrain of Strada in Chianti, about a 30-minute drive from the Tuscany capital city of Florence.

Commissioned by Hungarian-American businessman Alexander Brody in 1972 for use as a vacation home, the sculptural residence is the work of Florentine architect Roberto Monsani. The clean-lined design was a successful departure from traditionalism and the classic style of Florentine architecture.

Villa Brody was “praised and featured as a masterpiece of its time,” says Cinzia Romanelli, chief executive officer and founder of Building Heritage. French and Italian magazines called it rèsolument contemporaine (resolutely contemporary).

Monsani himself would later take ownership of the villa, where he lived until his death in 2018. Now, the prestigious residence is being offered for sale at €1.6 million or about USD 1.7 million.

Encompassing 7 hectares―about 17 acres―the gated property includes an expansive lawn, woodland, olive groves and 1,200-square-meter―nearly 13,000-square-foot―lake. Long partitions broken up by walls of windows emphasize the strong geometric shapes of the reinforced concrete structure.

The 300 square meters―about 3,200 square feet―of interiors contrast black and white. Furniture and accessories bring in bursts of color. Monsani was also known for his design of modular furniture and wall units, both of which look at home in the space

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In Connecticut, a Home That Marries Modern Living With Accessibility

  • September 22, 2023

If there is one thing Donna and Ben Rosen love, it is modern architecture. So when Ben suffered a stroke and they had to find a way to make their house in Kent, Conn., wheelchair-accessible, one of their highest priorities was ensuring that the building remain just as Charles Gwathmey envisioned it 35 years ago. Gwathmey, who died in 2009, was a prominent modernist architect known for working crisply geometric forms into houses of surprising luxury and drama. His clients included Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. The Rosens joined that club when they bought the house—in pristine condition—from its original owners in 2002, the year they married. “We’re stewards of this house,” says Donna, a former gallery owner. “It’s our job to protect it.”

The architect they chose to protect the house, while creating an accessible space for Ben, is Michael Arad, the designer of the stirring memorial fountains at the World Trade Center, a commission he won after beating 5,200 other entrants in a worldwide competition. Since completing the memorial in 2011, he has designed everything from the Fifth Street Farm, a rooftop cultivation “classroom” in lower Manhattan, to the Sven, an apartment building in Long Island City, as a partner at New York’s Handel Architects. And he is the creator of a memorial at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, where nine parishioners were murdered in 2015. That project broke ground in July.

More: Art Collector’s Estate Lists for $33 Million—the Priciest Home for Sale in Santa Monica, California

Philanthropists Donna and Ben Rosen attended a benefit at The Morgan Library & Museum, in Manhattan, on Dec. 6, 2021.

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Arad admires Gwathmey’s work, so he was thrilled when Donna asked him to meet with her. Built in 1988, the house

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The Best Furniture and Decor Deals You Can Still Shop at Apt2B’s Labor Day Sale 2023

  • September 13, 2023

If you’re looking to spruce up your space with a new accent chair, sectional or a plush rug that will bring everything together, Apt2B has got you covered. Apt2B has made it a mission to create beautiful furniture and home decor that not only looks good but is also built to last. For a fall home refresh, Apt2B just kicked off a sitewide sale with steep discounts, making it easy to find stylish and modern furniture that fits any budget.

Shop the Apt2B Sale

Now through Monday, September 11, you can score huge savings on best-selling furniture pieces and decor at the Apt2B Labor Day Super Sale. Plus, if you buy more during the event, you save more with up to 35% off orders of $5,499 or more. 

Whether you’re revamping the entire living room or just looking to pick up a perfect nightstand, the Apt2B sale is practically a one-stop shop for your furniture shopping. Since high-quality, furniture pieces can be expensive, holiday sales from your favorite brands are the best way to go when you’re looking to purchase big-ticket items like sofas, beds, and mattresses

Ahead, check out our top picks from the Apt2B Labor Day Sale to update your home without spending a small fortune.

Aiken Platform Bed

Aiken Platform Bed


Aiken Platform Bed

This modern platform bed features a contrasting fabric headboard in graphite and is supported by a sturdy frame with smooth, rounded edges.

Pasadena Sideboard

Pasadena Sideboard


Pasadena Sideboard

Made of beautiful Sheesham wood, the Pasadena Sideboard adds some much needed visual flair to your dining room, living room, or even your bedroom.

Aiken Dining Bundle

Aiken Dining Bundle


Aiken Dining Bundle

If you’re in the market for a new dining room table and chairs, this dining bundle is made from solid wood. Along with

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Best Labor Day Furniture Sales 2023

  • September 5, 2023

If you’ve been waiting on a good sale for an excuse to restyle your living room furniture or cozy up your outdoor space, this year’s assortment of Labor Day furniture sales won’t disappoint. Many popular retailers like Article, Burrow and Wayfair are offering sitewide discounts that can save you as much as 65%.

Whether you’re looking to create a dreamy mid-century modern bedroom or an enviable fire pit setup for fall, there’s a Labor Day furniture sale to match. Ahead, you’ll find a list of all the best savings events happening this weekend. If you’re looking for something specific, keep scrolling to check out 30 deals for your living room, dining room, patio and bedroom.

Best Labor Day Furniture Sales At A Glance

Best Labor Day Bedroom Furniture Deals: Bed Frames, Dressers, Nightstands And More

Best Labor Day Living Room Furniture Deals: Couches, Chairs, Media Consoles And More

Yaheetech Lift Top Coffee Table

Best Labor Day Outdoor Furniture Deals: Outdoor Couches, Dining Sets And More

Best Labor Day Dining Room Furniture Deals: Dining Tables, Barstools, Chairs And More

For even more savings opportunities, head over to our Labor Day coupon page to check out the deals from some of our favorite brands.

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Home on Park Island mixes modern furniture and eclectic artwork with life on Bayou St. John | Entertainment/Life

  • August 3, 2023

Years ago, while attending Jazz Fest, Dana Mckee grabbed up five colorful tiles made by Hasslock Studio in Covington that depict various aspects of New Orleans culture. She carried those tiles with her for 17 years as she and her husband, Tom Stoner, moved into and out of a series of four houses in two states.

Last month, the tiles finally found a permanent home where they provide whimsy and color, set within the otherwise white tiles beneath a window in the couple’s newly renovated kitchen in the Park Island home they purchased in 2020.

“I just kept carrying them around, waiting for the right place for them,” said Mckee, a former corporate executive working in neuroscience research and video ethnography.

Park Island 3 July 24,2023

The sleek kitchen features restored pink terrazzo floors and new pale gray cabinets against white counters and walls.

The kitchen renovation saw the removal of marble tiles that covered the original rose-hued terrazzo floors and the replacement of worn plywood cabinets with sleek new ones in a pale dove gray. The cabinets offset the Iceland White porcelain tile from Brazil and white quartz counters, making the Hasslock tiles, a stainless apron sink and a gleaming Wolf Range the focal points of the sleek room. 

The makeover was planned by Stoner, a 3D designer and former cabinet maker, and executed by Jason Verdin, of Marchand Creative Kitchens. 

“We wanted light and space. The kitchen was dreary. Now it flows into the rest of the house,” Mckee said of the home she describes as “Transitional. Somewhere between midcentury modern and contemporary.”

The house was built in the early 1950s by Clem Dreiswerd, a left-handed World Series-winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox cum builder. It was a private home for Jacques Fortier, one of the original developers of Park

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The 5 outdated furniture trends I regret buying into (and designers agree)

  • August 1, 2023
 Neautral living room with boucle sofas

Neautral living room with boucle sofas

I wouldn’t say I was an overly trend-led person when it comes to interior decor. I have liked the same slightly minimalist, slightly rustic style for decades.

However, that’s not to say I haven’t been drawn in by furniture trends that I convince myself will become classics. Plus, it doesn’t help that every few months I have a style crisis and question all the decisions I have made thus far and feel the need to buy one ‘trendy’ statement piece that will totally transform my space (and, by extension, who I am as a person).

So, for the purpose of helping you not make the same mistakes I have made over the years, I have listed all the once on-trend pieces and styles I invested in to try to make my home more like the rooms of Pinterest and Instagram. Some I regret because they don’t work with my current furniture, some I regret because that particular interior design trend lasted all of a few months, and some I regret because they are just so impractical.

5 outdated furniture trends to avoid

I’m not alone in thinking these are outdated furniture trends; I also got designers to back me up.

1. White bouclé couches

Neautral living room with white boucle sofa

Neautral living room with white boucle sofa

See, looking at this space, I get why I did it. White bouclé couches are so chic, but firstly I have a dog, and secondly, they give a very summery vibe to a room. I loved that when I first bought my white bouclé sofa but when fall rolled around and I wanted to ditch the SoCal vibe and go for something cozier, the white bouclé couch didn’t really allow for that – it all of a sudden felt very stark and dated.

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10 mid-century modern ideas to convince you this style is always on trend

  • July 26, 2023
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If there’s one style that’s an absolutely constant in interior design trends it’s Mid-century Modern. Sure, it might take on a slightly different look from season to season, sometimes it’s more true to its 1940s roots and has a reel retro feel, sometimes it’s more in line with the minimalist Scandi aesthetic. But our love of tapered legs, low-slung silhouettes and the sleek, less-is-more approach is going nowhere.

The staying power of this style says a lot about how adaptable it is. It’s been on trend for over 80 years, with resurges coming every decade or so, and we see it used over and over again by designers the world over. So to pay homage to this ever-in-favor style, we’ve asked designers to talk us through their favorite mid-century modern spaces, and how you can bring the look into your home, whether you want to commit to the whole look or just add a touch of mid-century.

What is mid-century modern style?

‘Mid Century modern references the type of furniture and design that was being produced in, you guessed it, the middle of the last century,’ explains designer Bethany Adams. ‘There was an air of utilitarianism, simple forms and new ways of using materials. We automatically think of the 1950s, but actually, the mid-century period stretches from the 1930s to the 1970s.’

In terms of shapes and styles, it was all about form and function. Bold color was about, and key to the style, but there was just as much of a focus on the structures and sculptural shapes of mid-century spaces. There isn’t much in terms of fuss with this style, think clean lines, almost utilitarian. And the focus was very much on materials, lots of solid wooden pieces – particularly teak. Metal, glass,

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Interior Designers Reviewed the Best Furniture Brands, so You Don’t Have to

  • June 30, 2023
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The 23 Best Furniture Brands for MenCourtesy of Retailer

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A man is whatever room he walks into, as the adage goes, especially when it comes to your home. Studies have shown that decorating our space can relieve stress and boost our mood. And for the past few years, most of us have been spending more time cooped up around the house. We’ve turned our bedrooms into offices, learned how to cook in our kitchens, and made our living rooms into part time gyms. That’s why there’s never been a better time to upgrade our furniture.

With so many great furniture brands on the market, we enlisted the help of some interior designers, decorators, and guys with great taste to cut through the noise and find the best furniture brands to shop now. Among them is Brian Garcia, a designer at D&G Interiors + Design, who has seen a recent uptick in male clients. “Typically they’re focused on having pieces that are well made, look good, and versatile,” Garcia says. In other words, top-notch furniture that can pull double duty on function and style, especially for city dwellers who want to make the most out of their limited spaces. Whether you’re looking to overhaul your bachelor pad or simply want to make your home a little more cozy, these 10 best furniture brands will improve any room.


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Buying furniture to fill a room can cost a fortune, which is why stylists recommend this budget-friendly line of contemporary, down-to-earth bed frames, sofas, and more home essentials that come in plenty of colors and patterns to spruce up any space. Novoragatz’s couches look great and are actually comfortable (a rarity at this price

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