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The Small-Yet-Mighty Martini Table

Your favorite chair needs a teeny table to rest your martini on…or whatever your favorite drink may be! Wonderfully petite in size, we just can’t have enough martini tables in our life. Smaller than your standard end table, they tuck into small spaces and provide just enough tabletop space – a small-yet-mighty addition.

Spot On Martini Table
The “Spot On” Martini table is a fun brassy accent that can be easily tucked in.

 

Don’t be afraid to go with a bold martini table- their small size allows for a great opportunity to get away with using an unexpected finish or material like rose gold, acrylic, or petrified wood – the possibilities are endless. Like the perfect jewelry, they can add just the right touch of personality to any space. Tuck one between two chairs as well for an intimate conversation over cocktails.

Glass, marble, and metal Medina Table
Available in many designs and sizes, these accents are very on-trend.

 

Check out a few of many martini tables that we adore, along with Walt’s martini recipe – a Smithe family favorite! Which one is your new favorite?

Luxe Martini Table
Luxe Martini Table
Lumiere Accent Table
Lumiere Accent Table
Opal Martini Table
Opal Martini Table
Metal Tray Chairside Table
Metal Tray Chairside Table
Jet Set Martini Table
Jet Set Martini Table

 

Walt’s Martini

 

Add a tiny bit of dry vermouth in the bottom of a glass, and swirl it around to coat the inside of the glass.

Shake the glass hard into the sink to get most of the vermouth out.

Fill with ice and your favorite gin or vodka. Add blue cheese or jalapeno olives. Cheers!

 

Jet Set
Jet Set Martini Table adds a little bling to your favorite corner nook
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Picking Out The Perfect Sofa: Step 1 – Creating a Plan: From Cedar & Rush

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Walter E. Smithe was recently featured in Cedar & Rush in an article called “How to Pick Out the Perfect Sofa” — because… yeah, we know a little something about that, and Oakbrook designer Catherine did a fantastic job helping the author find her perfect sofa!

Check out these easy-to-follow steps in your sofa-section process

Bedroom Décor

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A bedroom is a place where you spend your time to relax after a hectic day at work so it needs to be elegant. If you bored of the same old look of your bedroom and want to give a fresh new look to your bedroom then follow the following ideas:

  1. Choose a Theme

First of all, you need to choose a theme. It can be anything you like such as your favorite movie, animal, inspiration and other things of your interest. Choosing a theme will also help you to decide what type of furniture, colors, and patterns to use.

  1. Furnish the Whole Room

Once you have finalized the theme now you can furnish the room accordingly. Furnish the whole room with items like sofa beds, storage trunks, reading chairs, dressing tables, hanging shelf, nightstands and many other items that go well with your bedroom and can assist you in your daily routine.

  1. Colors and Patterns

Paint your bed with a solid color for a modern look. You can add colorful quilt and pillows with a variety of patterns. Use the best combinations of floral patterns through your bedroom to make it look more elegant. You can choose various scales of the floral pattern but you should stick to a single color palette to create a stress free environment. Ensure that each pattern depends upon on the same primary hue to make the mixing and matching more convenient.  If want your bedroom to be relaxing and stress free then choose from neutral hues.

  1. Clean the Room from Unwanted Clutter

Clean your room from all the unwanted mess.  Get rid of all the items that you no longer use and the items that do not go well with the theme that you have selected. Cleaning all the unwanted clutter will also help in making space for new items.

 

  1. Paint the Walls

It is an easy way to give a quick change to your room. Paint the walls in a solid color and then you can paste on a narrow strip of wallpaper at the center of the wall. If you tend to have a small space then you should paint your walls in one color and leave the ceiling white. This will make your room appear much bigger.

  1. Hang some Lights

You can use some decorative lights to make your room more elegant. There are a variety of decorative lights that you can choose from as they come in all type of shapes, sizes, and colors like flowers and butterflies. If your room consists of white or bright colored walls then choose lights with a white wire. If your room consists of darker colored walls then choose lights with a clear wire. You can purchase ideal lights for your home from smithe.com.

  1. Use Mirrors

Mirrors can beautify the interior of a bedroom and they can help in reflecting light on the outside as well as views in a bedroom which make even the small bedrooms look bigger. Create a wonderful scenic view inside your bedroom by hanging an oversized mirror on the wall.  You can also use it to see yourself when getting ready to dress.

  1. Add a Nightstand

You can add a night stand that may contain all of the necessities. It will make your bed space appear more elegant. Include a night lamp, clock, and a vase of flowers. You can also include a stack of your favorite books if you like to read. If you often get thirsty at nighttime then you can include a have a jug of water as well that will save you from the fuss of going all the way to the kitchen.

Your New Living Room

palisadesA living room is an integral part of your home in which you spend time with your family and friends so it needs to be decorated perfectly. Following are some wonderful living room ideas that will help you achieve your ideal living room:

  1. Color Scheme and Theme

It is very important to pick a theme when decorating your living room. It also helps in picking out new furniture so that you may achieve your desired results. You can also change the color of your walls to match your theme and preferences.

  1. Choose the Essentials

Make a list of all the things that you need in your living room like a couch and a coffee table. You can purchase one long couch and a smaller on and then place them perpendicular to each other. Coffee table can be used as a center piece of your living room. You can put all your necessities on like magazines and books.

  1. Take Measurements Before Purchasing Furniture

You should measure and confirm the actual length and width of your living room before purchasing furniture. Decide where you want to place each piece of furniture and take measurements of that particular area.  If you are planning to buy a bookcase then you need to take the measurement of the ceiling as well.

  1. Give Furniture Some Breathing Space

Do not overcrowd your living room. There is no need to fill up the whole space with lots of furniture as it will make the room look awkward. Invest your money on less but high-quality pieces that will make your room look better.

  1. Add Extras

Once you have purchased the essentials now is the time to add an extra flavor to your dining room with the help some smaller but useful decorative items. Search for the best artwork for the walls and decorate your mantelpiece with candles, figurines, and photo frames. You can also purchase an extra lamp to provide additional lighting.

  1. Hang Artwork

Display artwork on the walls to enhance the outlook of your living room. You need to hang the artwork at the right height to look perfect. The height for hanging artwork in galleries and museums is such that the center of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. You should bear this in mind that the average human eye level is 57 inches so you should hang your artwork at the same height.

  1. Focal Point

Any living room is incomplete without a proper focal point. You can choose your favorite mantel or art piece as a focal point. Focal point plays a lead role in making the room look beautiful. It is a main center of attention. Make your focal point more prominent with the help of secondary items. Fireplace and lightening collectively are a very ideal focal point for the living room. 

  1. Display Your Best Collectibles

Do not forcefully try to fit a piece in your dining room just because someone special gave it you. Display your best collectibles that suit the theme of your dining room and fit in perfectly.

 

 

Dining Room Decor

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A dining room is a place reserved for hosting and gatherings so it should be given a lot of attention when you are planning to renovate your home. Following are some dining room décor ideas:

  1. Dining Table 

Choose a dining room tables that fits perfectly in your dining room.  If your family is small then you should opt for the extendable dining room table so that you may increase the capacity of the table when required. When choosing a dining table do not go for the conventional style tables instead opt for white or light oak table that can bounce back light inside the room and give a refreshing new feeling. Most people choose oval or sometimes rectangular tables but you should not go for them instead you should choose round dining tables with a round shape that have the capacity to seat many guests. The most durable dining tables are available at smithe.com.

  1. Make the Table Center of Attention

Dining room lighting needs to be perfect if you want your dining room to look wonderful. Choose dinner party lighting as they give a festive touch to the dining room. You can put modern/antique chandeliers and wall light fixtures on dimmers to make a soft pleasant glow. You can then let the candle lights or table lights to close down the height of the room, make the space peaceful and the table a center of attention. Table centerpieces like traditional flower display, wild flowers in jam jars and pumpkins are also a good option to make the table center of attention. Don’t forget to update the upholstery on the chairs in a certain pattern that picks colors up from the window treatments, napkin rings, and the wall art. You should select a vivid or bold pattern to seek the attention of the onlookers.

  1. Colors and Patterns for Dining Room

You should keep the colors and patterns consistent throughout the dining room.  Avoid using many different colors in one space instead you should try to keep things consistent and interconnected. If you are interested in wall art then handle all the framed images with light colored mounts. When painting the dining room choose the colors that do not draw the attention away from the dining table.  Ensure that all the wall lights or window treatments you have should let the natural daylight come which you can use throughout the day. Choose a color that goes well with the dining room in both daytime and nighttime. It is often seen that a color that is convenient at night can become inconvenient in daylight.

  1. It’s all About Food

The dining room is a place of feasting and hence it is all about food so make the food focus of the room by putting a beverages fridge and console table to display the dishes. Always put some fruits in a basket and place them on a dining table as they give a good look to the table.

  1. White Dining

You can opt for white dining as it can give you the variety that makes breakfast comfortable and evenings dramatic. Pair a simple dining table with some vintage dining chairs, mismatched antiques like serving bowls or cutlery with modern plates always looks eye catching.

  1. Bring Texture to Your Room

Opt for a wall treatment that tends to bring texture to the dining room. The wall treatment may include faux painting, bead board or hanging fabric as a background to the wall art.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Interior Designer

mp900430981It’s always good to hire a professional interior designer to decorate or renovate your home. Following are the benefits of hiring a professional interior designer:

  1. They are Skillful

Professional interior designers actually know the art of decorating home. They have the know-how of what is good for your home. All you need to do is tell them what you want and they will achieve it. Interior designers are less likely to make a mistake than you due to their expertise which is why you should hire them.

  1. They have more Resources

Many valuable resources that are available to interior designers are not available to the public. They can improve the outlook of your home by using these valuable resources.

  1. They can Turn Your Ideas into Reality

If you have certain ideas in your mind that will make your home look good but have no clue how to implement it then you should contact the interior designer for help. The interior designer will come up with your expectations by turning your ideas into reality.

  1. They Save your Efforts and Time

It takes a lot of time to gather items for your home as you have to consider price and quality. It also takes a lot of effort to utilize those items to the best in order to make your home look wonderful. Interior designer knows which items are required and from where to fetch the best items.

  1. They Can Save You Money

Yes, the interior designer can save you some money. If you hire an interior designer to decorate your home instead of decorating it yourself then there would be fewer chances of costly mistakes.  Interior designers can also save you some money by increasing the value of your home by decorating it perfectly.

  1. They Reduce Your Stress

It is very stressful to decorate tour home in a hectic routine. So you should free yourself from the stress by hiring an interior designer. An interior designer will do all the work for you with little to no guidance to make your home look wonderful.

  1. They Know How to Play with Colors

Most of the people have no clue on which color will suit their home and they usually prefer light colors that are commonly used for the interior. The interior designer knows what colors will look good on your home. They can play with colors to give a fresh new look to your home.

  1. They can Get You Durable Furniture

Interior designers know which type furniture will suit the rooms in your home. They also have a knowhow of from where to buy the most durable furniture at a reasonable price so they will help you purchase the best furniture for your home.

  1. They Take Care of Small Details

Interior designers are detail oriented professionals. They take care of small details that we often overlook. They can make some wonderful additions to your home that you haven’t even thought of.

You can find the best interior designers on smithe.com.

Incorporating your Style into your Home Inexpensively

camden-pmIt is not easy to incorporate your style into your home especially if you have a low budget. Following are the ways to decorate your home inexpensively:

  1. Give a New Look to Furniture:

Instead of wasting money on buying new furniture you should make the most out of your existing furniture. Polish your furniture to give it a new refreshing look. You can also use throw blankets, throw pillows and area rugs to give your room a better look.  Throw pillows and area rugs are available in reasonable price at smithe.com.

  1. Renovate your Bathroom

Use towels, shower curtains, and bath mats to bring life into your bathroom.  Change the theme of your bathroom by painting it with a color that goes well with the surroundings

  1. Install New Door Pulls to Your Cabinets

Don’t invest your entire budget in buying new cabinetry for your kitchen instead you should install new door pulls and handles to give a fresh look to your cabinets.

  1. Display your Awards and Collectibles

You should take your awards and collectibles out of your drawer and display them through shadow boxes. If there are lots of awards and collectibles to choose from then select the ones which are more colorful and display them on the walls of contrasting colors.

  1. Display Family Photos

You should also hang all your family photos on the wall to cherish all the memorable times. Not only will the photos cover the empty space on your wall but will also make the wall look livelier.

  1. Bring the Touch of Nature

Bring the touch of nature inside your home by planting indoor plants. All you need to do is collect some rocks and place them in a decorative vase with fresh blooming flowers and greenery. You can also use wallpapers of nature and display them on the wall to improve the outlook of your home.

  1. Use Mirrors

If your home is small then you can make it look bigger by using mirrors. Mirrors come in a variety of shapes, designs, and sizes so they can be used to decorate the room and create an artistic effect. Mirrors can be used in any room of the house and they are quite inexpensive. Moreover, you can use frames to turn the mirror into a display piece.  A wide variety of mirrors is available at smithe.com.

  1. Paint

One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to give a new look to your home is by painting it. You should choose bold colors to change to make the atmosphere of your home dynamic. You should not hesitate to experiment so come up with some innovative ideas mix different shades, use different patterns and textures to make them stunning.

  1. Prioritize your Needs

Before planning to decorate your home you need to prioritize your needs. You should determine which rooms need the most attention and then focus on these rooms. Spend the majority of the budget on the rooms that need attention and the rooms in which you pass the majority of your time.

Give Hope: Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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Walter E. Smithe is proud to sponsor 93.9 My Holidays’ “Thanks for Giving Weekend”, supporting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Lurie relies on people like you to advance their programs, further their research, and offer top-notch service to their young patients. Give hope to the hundreds of children spending the holidays in hospital rooms by making a donation. Now through the end of the year, we’re accepting donations at any Smithe showroom or by donating here. Thank you!