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  • Tips for Decorating a Small Space



    Functionality in a Small Space

    Residents in small homes or lofts know how much of a struggle it is to decorate their home without sacrificing space. After all, what good is an end table when all that can fit on it is the TV remote and a cup of coffee?

    There are plenty of ways to incorporate decorative pieces into your home without sacrificing your style. The trick lies in choosing pieces that combine functionality and style.

    How to Effectively Decorate Your Small Space

    As with any home project, you must start with the basics and that means your larger furniture pieces.

    Large furniture will take up the majority of space in any room and there is no way around it. Rather than settle for a piece that only has one function, look for furniture that can also double as another piece.


    For example, our Longhorn Sleeper Sofa is a beautifully designed sofa that can be folded out into a bed. Which is perfect for one bedroom homes or homes that lack space for a guest. Our sleeper sofa is also easier to fold out than others on the market but lacks the “college dorm room” look of a futon.

    Speaking of entertaining guests, you want to be sure there is enough room to gather around the dinner table. A large table is not practical in a small space when only two people use it every day. Look for a small table that contains an extension. There are plenty of tables on the market that have an extension that will turn a four person table into a six person table with ease. Even if you do not entertain, a larger can be useful when you need a large space to complete a project.

    Once you have taken care of the basics then it is time to incorporate decorative touches to your home that also provide necessary functions.

    Lighting for example is necessary and the easiest way to add it to your home is through floor lamps. When floor space is lacking then lamps can take up valuable room. Opt for hanging light fixtures instead.

    Apollo-Pendant-Lamp at Blueprint Furniture-31

    The Apollo Pendant Lamp is an industrial style hanging lamp that is perfect for the modern home or loft. It is a piece that will surely draw eyes while providing enough light for dining or reading.

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    Or choose the String Pendant Light for a softer, more interesting look. There is not denying how popular the String Pendant is, it is no wonder since it is an attention grabber.

    If you prefer a more traditional lamp then look to table lamps and place them on an end table. Not only will you have light but a place to store extra items that lay around your home. Choose end tables that have built-in drawers so that you may keep extra paper, pens, or store away your tablets and extra cords when they are not in use. If you need more space for clothes, end tables are wonderful for underwear or pajamas.

    Residents of Los Angeles can look to Blueprint for all of their functional, decorative pieces. If you are simply looking for decorative pieces for your home then we are also the go-to place. Peruse our inventory by visiting our site or visit us in-store at 8600 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035

  • Top Decorating Trends to Try this Summer

    By: Danielle Hegedus
    Guest Post by Modernize Blog
    Want to shake things up this summer?  So do we!  Perhaps you want to transform your home into a calm oasis with clean lines and no clutter.  Maybe you’re just looking to cultivate an interesting art collection at a reasonable price.  Whatever your design goals, let us help you experiment to make your home truly reflect your personal style.  Whatever the size of your budget or space, read on to learn about new design trends that you can adopt to give your space a fresh feel and new energy this summer.
    Invest in High Quality Mid-Century Modern Classic Furniture
    Do you find yourself watching “Mad Men” just to ogle the set design? Are you a big fan of throwback
    Thursday?  If you’re a sucker for nostalgia, you definitely need to check out mid-century modern
    furniture.  Inspired by designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and Eero Saarinen, mid-century modern pieces are timeless with clean lines and sleek geometry that work with almost any existing design scheme.  Mid Century fits with a variety of more modern items.  We love this Star Dining Table that adds a level of sophistication to any space.  If you like to keep your purchases local, supporting your local economy and reducing your environmental footprint, the Brink Custom Sofa is a great investment, crafted with contemporary fabrics made right in Los Angeles.  A part of Blueprint's custom upholstery collection, the Brink is made to order, so you can fully customize this piece to work with your existing design scheme.
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    Showcase a Well-Curated Collection of Design Accents
    Whether you’re doing a complete design makeover or just updating the look of your space, details
    matter. That said, you want to avoid the appearance of clutter at all costs. It makes it more difficult to clean, and it’s just poor Feng Shui. Instead, be very deliberate about every item that comes into your home and make sure you absolutely love it. For instance, if you’re looking to add interest to an otherwise dull dining area, consider a light fixture that adds drama. We especially like the Pia Pendant Lamp with its connected chrome plates that create the illusion of a warm glowing ball of mirrors. This piece will definitely dazzle your guests and adds high style to an otherwise drab room. If you’d like to make your space look bigger and brighter, mirrors can work wonders. Even better, you don’t have to worry about any colors clashing with your existing design. We love this Facet Mirror that feels like a window to the outdoors.
    If you have the opposite problem and your space is feeling a little less-than- cozy, a rug is a great way to pull a room together and add some warmth.  Consider a selection from Surya Rugs, such as the Aros, handcrafted in India with special attention paid to the quality of the material and the vibrant color.  Or, take a look at our selection of top quality brazilian cowhides!
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    Gray is the New Beige!
    We almost hate to say this because beige can be pretty boring, but the point is, gray is a great neutral base for your design scheme. A wide array of grays—from pale heather gray to a deep charcoal gray—will complement each other and will really make your accent colors pop. These sleek Brando Dining Chairs provide an attractive and neutral base for your dining area, allowing a beautiful chandelier or vibrant tableware to take center stage. Similarly, the upholstered headboard on the Logan Bed is sophisticated on its own, but will also complement a variety of bedding options.
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    We hope this helps inspire your style makeover! Feel free to mix and match these trends to create a
    design scheme that reflects your personal style. After all, the most important element of design is to
    ensure the space works for you. Happy styling!
    At Home Improvement Leads, we love a design makeover.

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