What Makes A Sofa Modern

One of the most common misconceptions about the phrase “Modern furniture” is that it’s literally referring to the style of the moment. When we use the term within the context of interior design, it actually refers to a specific time and style. This style reached its height in the early to mid 20th century, which is why it also goes by the name “Mid-Century Modern”. (Contemporary sofas are also very similar.) What distinguishes this style is it’s minimalism – it’s sleek, sophisticated, and chic. Your eye may not be drawn to any one detail in particular but rather the cohesiveness of the whole. Contrast this to Baroque or Italian Classic styles that feature ornamentation and embellishment – here there there is an appreciation of simplicity, subtlety, and understated luxury. Many sofas in this style come in luxurious fabrics such as leather – for a richness in materials and thoughtfulness to form.

Some people who typically prefer more detailed pieces may want to look into a Mid Century modern sofa because it doesn’t compete with the rest of the composition of a room. It can blend in seamlessly so that the attention goes to other areas. In a room that already has a lot of character or a dominant style this is a balanced addition. Another benefit is that it’s clean structure was specifically designed to open up the space of a room. If a room in your home is feeling a little crowded, you’re trying to downsize on the amount of furniture, or are moving into a new home where you want to maximize the feeling of open space – this is the perfect choice. It will add function and grace without losing any of the elegance that a more traditionally ornamental piece can provide.

Even though Modern interior design doesn’t specifically refer to this exact moment in time, the style is very popular at the moment. Investing in this design will keep a room looking chic for years. It may seem like this style of sofa can do it all – that’s because their minimalism really makes them that versatile. They will smoothly adapt to almost any other genre, space, or environment – which is exactly why they are preferred by so many designers. We have a wide array of Modern sofas to choose from (over 700 at the time of this writing) in a diverse range of colors and fabrics. Our staff have backgrounds in interior design to guide you towards the ideal piece for your home. Stop by any of our modern furniture stores today for personalized advice.

Dress Up Your Guest Room for that Hostel Feel


With the holiday season just a few weeks from now, it is time to dress up your guest room for families who are staying a night or two. If you do not have a guest room, you could use one of your kids’ room, or create a cubicle or bunk room.


The presence of house guests usually sparks feelings of privacy invasion. There are people staying or sitting on your favorite sofa or having to race with someone in using the bathroom, and coffee cups left anywhere. Not only that, you also need to prepare food that is more than what you normally do that can affect your budget greatly. It would have been nice if they could stay in hostels or motels. The situation may be different if these are your parents, sisters, as you can ask them to share with the expenses while they are still there. Some would even voluntarily do the shopping.


This is perhaps the reason why some homeowners have decided to turn a spare room into an “earning guest room”. It comes handy if you expect family members and can be a source of income for friends looking for a cheaper accommodation. This sounds interesting, isn’t it? Are you ready to know how you can do this? Well, read our tips and make that room earn a few dollars for you!


Modern Bedroom Look  

Make your guest room feel deluxe by painting your walls in neutral colors. Neutrals are good to begin with as they can stand on their own. Beiges, browns, greys, and whites are exceptional picks. Neutral-colored walls will stand out even more and look fresher if paired with crisp white beddings, nightstands with silver table lamps.


Give it an even better striking look by hanging a high gloss framed mirror on the wall. For a touch of warmth, choose warm colors like red, orange, or blue for other accessories and furnishings. The best thing with neutral-colored walls and fabrics is you can mix and match, making it simpler and uncomplicated in picking choices.

Tip:  Place a luggage rack near the end of the modern bed for your guests to place their luggage.


Antiquated Bedroom Look

Paint your walls yellow and have a four-poster bed or this Modrest Wharton Modern Dark Aged Oak Bed. This combination will give your guest room that interesting old-fashioned look. Complement this with warm, comfortable beddings and classic, contrasting pillow designs to make the room look special.



Tip:  Place a narrow table or desk along a wall to function as an amenities table. The Modrest Avis Modern Walnut Console Table will complete the antiquated look. Place a coffee pot, a few paper cups, and stacks of clean towels on the tabletop. Make sure to have a notepad containing your phone/mobile number, Wi-Fi code, and local taxi service’s phone number.


Warm, Soft Beddings

Make your guest feel welcome and comfortable with warm, soft beddings. Of course, this will depend on the season they are staying in your home.


Sweet, Relaxing Smell

Have scented potpourris or aromatherapy candles on sculptured silver candle holders. Better yet, use aromatherapy oils for that sweet, relaxing smell. Leave a spray bottle on top of the amenity table so they can freshen up the room.



Leave two sets of keys for your guest to prevent him from locking himself out.


It is important to equip your guest room with necessities. It would even be better if it could have an en-suite bathroom. This will give both your guest and family their own privacy and prevent rushing because someone is waiting for you to finish your own thing. Making your guest room full equipped will let them be self-reliant. This saves you from worrying about their needs and having to check on them from time to time.


Start fixing that guest room now to get it ready for the holiday. Check LA Furniture Store for their latest modern furniture sale items!




Design Layout for a Small Space Apartment


Living in a small apartment and thinking how to squeeze your items inside may seem impossible. Some people, however, made it and were happy! Now think of yourself living in a smallish space and want to make the best of the available space. Will you be able to come up with a good design idea that will make your living space functional and stylish?


Being able to do what you need to do in a small space apartment and be happy with it give rise to several questions. What kind of furniture do you need? How are you going to design your space without making it look cramped? Another problem you may face when renting a unit are the rules set by the building owner that limit your options.  icaria_kasos__1480873260_34042

Designing and Planning Your Small Space Apartment

Decide what You Need. 

Know what you really need and design your space to suit those needs. Your lifestyle is a big factor in deciding what you need.

dylan_drs_wal_2__1480873665_12971If you were the fashionable type of a person, you would need ample space for your clothes and accessories. Small spaced apartment usually have a small hallway that opens up to the main living area on one end and opposite it is the bathroom. Place your clothes closet in this small hallway. Get a closet that has built-in drawers and panels with rods. If you cannot have this, opt to have a rectangular dresser with several drawers and install rods to hang clothes.torino_mirror_2__1480874719_79770

Hang a mirror on the wall a little above the chest that will serve as your vanity area. Get a flat open shoe storage for aeration.


Identify the Furniture Needed.

  • Look for multi-functional furniture. Modern furniture manufacturers have come out with multi-functional furniture with stylish designs. Even the materials used are awesome, introducing eco-friendly materials.


Platforms beds with under bed storage, sofa beds with storage,


…coffee tables with drawers, storage ottomans are great buys. They do not only serve one purpose but also give that much-needed storage to prevent clutter.benz_grey_02_dsc_1832__1480873118_98149


  • Maximize Your Space. After identifying the furniture you need, it is time to take extra steps to maximize your space.


  • Label the zones within your small space. Have accent walls for each zone or place an area rug in the living room. This technique will create a room within a room.


  • If it is impossible to paint the walls, hang a huge painting or any wall art. Removable wall decals are another great option to label the zones.


  • Make use of the doors. Get those shoe storage bags and hang these on the fronts and backs of doors. Another best way to make use of doors is hang a vanity mirror, or use it as a creative bulletin board. Be artistic and let your creativity come out!



  • Create illusion. Mirrors, glass furniture, and furniture with highly polished surfaces will help expand a small space. Choose furniture with legs. Buy a modern sofa that has sturdy legs. Furniture raised above the floor opens up space, making the room look bigger.


  • Avoid clutter. Make your space clean and organized. Creativity and ingenuity are necessary for a small-spaced apartment. Your limited space will look even more restricted if clutter is everywhere. Stay organized. Always put things back where they belong.


If you need a home office space, this modern office desk is enough to have that working area you need.


  • Lighting. Lighting is an essential element in decorating a home. Table or floor lamps are great to have. They will provide that ambient feel in your home. You still need a general light, but switching a lamp is enough if you are just watching TV.


Giving your small space apartment a dazzled, functional look is not difficult. Review the tips above before you start buying items to make it nice, warm, and livable!

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