Stone Double Fireplace in Contemporary Master Bedroom
A double-sided stacked stone fireplace is a stunning focal point in the center of this elegant master bedroom. Comfortable chairs sit on one side for a cozy seating area, while a platform bed is situated between picturesque windows with beautiful views.
Spend an afternoon in a furniture store or browsing online and you’ll quickly realize that sofas come at all prices, from a few hundred to many thousand dollars. The good news is that you can get a great sofa at every level. “Quality is not necessarily indicated by price, contrary to what people may believe,” says Cindy W. Hodnett, Upholstery and Style Editor for Furniture Today. “You can find an affordable, high-quality sofa—and the exact opposite is true as well.” Part of what determines the sofa’s price is the type—a sleeper sofa, or one with “motion” capability or leather upholstery could cost more—but you should also consider how you’ll use the sofa when deciding how much to spend. “A sofa you plan to make the centerpiece of your living room in your dream-house might be worth more of an investment,” says Max Bar-Nahum, director of custom upholstery at Dr. Sofa, a furniture services provider that offers disassembly (and reassembly), upholstery, repair, and custom design and build. “On the other hand, if you know your tastes change often, you’ll be moving in a couple of years, or if it’s the sofa you’ll put in your playroom for your kids to hang out on, you might not want to spend too much over your budget.”
The best way to judge the quality of a sofa—as well as its comfort—is to spend some time with it in person. Sit on it for several minutes. Try different positions: Lean against the arm to see if it digs into your neck or back uncomfortably; test each end of the seat, as well as the middle; bounce a bit on the seat to see how firm and supportive it is; stand up and see how much fluffing the pillows require after you’ve sat on them. Hold onto a corner of the sofa and wiggle the frame: It should feel solid and firm, with no give in the joints. Lift up one leg to feel whether the sofa is heavy and substantial or lightweight. Examine all the stitching and upholstery from top to bottom. “The fabric should lie smoothly across the frame, without puckering, and the seams and any decorative welting or trim should be tight and straight,” says Bar-Nahum.
Pops of red stand out against the black penny-round tile wall in this contemporary kitchen. To add architectural interest to any kitchen, carry the same tile used on the backsplash up onto the rest of the walls.
Master Bedroom With Custom Headboard and Shiplap Walls
The statement piece in the bedroom is the custom headboard with arched design, echoing the new archways incorporated into the home's layout. The headboard was designed by Joanna Gaines and fashioned by carpenter and furniture artisan Clint Harp. The shiplap on the ceiling and walls is original to the house and was exposed when old drywall was removed.
In a smaller room, choosing a few pieces of furniture and one or two items for visual interest can help keep the space from feeling cluttered. Here, the simple but stylish banquette, table and chairs let the gorgeous ocean view take center stage.
By including a sleeper sofa in the HGTV Smart Home 2015 living room, it can also double as the guest quarters. For this reason, a full bathroom is just steps away. “If you’re going to make a sleeper sofa part of the floor plan, you have to have a full bath on the same floor, or else you’re inconveniencing your guests,” explains HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum.
A bright and airy coastal outdoor living room offers a comfy seating area. The exposed wood ceiling sets the modern-rustic feel for the room which is continued with wicker furniture and reclaimed wood coffee table. A bright blue rug, a yellow light fixture and yellow-striped pillows add a fun pop of color to the space.