What Kids Can Teach You About Home Decor and… Life

When you grow-up and learn to think inside the box, it is getting complicated to go easily beyond the borders. Get inspired by the kids’ lifestyle and their freedom of thought. Rules are good, but sometimes the pieces of art come out when the rules are broken. In creative matter – the perfect source of fresh idea is your child. Children do see the world and things differently, with no limits or rules. So, when time comes to rearrange your kid’s bedroom or make it from the nursery into the teenager’s room, go plan it together with your youngster. Let the kids talk their ideas! Here are few draft issues you can work on together!

It is great to decorate with the favorite color. Well, of course to some extent. What color is your child’s favorite now? It does not mean that you have to go wild with the acid pink or khaki. It means that you will have one accent color to play the major part here in the room. If the color is rich, pair it with neutrals. Useful tip: use undertones to make it lively, and pay attention to color temperature (keep it right and in harmony with the other tones).

It should be fun! Not everything has to match. Again, follow the kids and watch them go creative in every aspect – from clothes they choose to their own creations, when they perform, play, or get involved into beloved hobby. The room of a child or teenager should be a little overwhelmed, crazy and chaotic to be comfortable. Here’s the scratch map and bucket list wall, here’s the spot for studying, storage for stuff, Instagram zone for stories and selfies, space to play the game. Think from this perspective and help your child to feel as comfortable here, as you feel comfortable in your bedroom and home office. But look at it with the eyes and heart of a kid. Remember what you liked the most about your room, when you were a kid? What was on trend then?

Smart! and functional – these are the clues to make it up-to-date. World is moving so fast nowadays, so making it all useful for achieving goals and accept challenges, the room and youth furniture have to be smart. Bookcase bed with the reading light – great, furniture with chargers and enough space for clever storage – awesome! Devices and virtual era should be in easy access [fairly used]. Room should keep evolving with the growth and with the hobbies and tastes of your youngster. Your kid adores art – leave one wall for his own painting; fan of music – break the rules and make the youth bedroom in a music studio style. Furthermore, you have to be smart – still it is the bedroom and it has to be a shelter and a good relaxation place for your kid to have a good healthy sleep.

After all, this room has to make your kid(s) happy! By the way, the entire home design has to make everyone around happy, but not follow the trends or styles or impress the guests, we all have to keep it in mind. Follow us and don’t miss the deals and advice from FurnitureCart!

Dining Room Furniture Arranging

Find our few smart advice and use one or two which suit your space the best!

FurnitureCart will find the way to keep you busy and entertained when rearranging furniture in your dining room.

Rectangular dining room

Duplicate the room shape with the same dining table shape to maximize seating and for a balanced overall view. A rectangular table or boat-shape dining table with the same proportions as the room itself will create the harmony to the eye and make the most of the space.

Combine dining chairs, benches, and settees, whatever you might like. On the perimeter of the dining room include the storage pieces like cabinets or bookcases. With the cabinets, you have to keep in mind enough space for the doors to open. Frame the dining space with the rectangular rug that contrasts with the flooring and the general interior palette.

Oversized space 

If the space is huge enough to build a football field, don’t hurry to buy the dining table for the whole football team, if you need only one for 4 or 6 persons. You have a wonderful option to build one or two conversation zones or a coffee nook with the accent chairs and coffee and cocktail tables and floor lamps.

You might find functional to have chairs that can easily be brought up to the table for extra dining seating. Add curio or buffet at one wall, as the good focal point.

Shapes and personal touch

All too similar chairs work good for conventionalists. For more fun and cosy atmosphere try to vary the dining chairs in shape, material and scale. Try it by mixing chairs with and without arms or chairs with high and low backs.

If you prefer no-corner tables, apply another shape. Circular or round tables are suitable for tight dining spaces or square rooms. Oval tables work well in rectangular dining rooms. No-corner tables promote easy-flow conversations, so don’t hesitate to add some warmth and openness to the dining space.

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Adorable and Smart: Parisian charm with Genevieve Collection for young ladies by Universal Furniture

The elegance and charm of France in every detail of Genevieve Collection. Timeless styling, beautiful craftsmanship and smart features make it a collection any girl would love to grow up with!

If still nobody introduced these flawless pieces of adorable furniture for the cute and clever girls, we, the Furniture Cart team, are here to take you on an adventure to the world of Parisian flair and tenderness. With traditional silhouettes and distinctive French details, Genevieve collection is fresh and subtly feminine in a French White finish. A sophisticated mix of coordinated pieces creates a collected look that appeals to girls of all ages with all the graceful curves and delicate detailing.Just imagine that perfection and beauty can be smart and innovative in one. Everything is possible with the SmartStuff by Universal Furniture! The manufacturer put a lot of effort and clever ideas into making it all smart, but it’s worth it, cause in the end it becomes functional, safe and long-lasting.

Safety is a top priority: anti-tip kits are provided for drawers’ chests, all the furniture comes with softened edges and corners, cord management system, drawers feature built-in stops – just to name a few safety points provided so kids can be kids and parents can relax!

Whatever bed you choose from the collection, do not forget about functional Nightstands with the charging stations inside which are perfect for today’s plugged-in kids and all their stuff. Cord management system keeps floors free of extra cords.

And there’s something more hidden in the Mademoiselles Couture Closet – it opens to reveal a corkboard, jewelry storage, and adjustable shelves for a real stylish queen!  One tip for you – Built-in lighting in the Reading Bed is strategically placed for studying, ideal for a little precious one who adores reading before falling asleep.Use it as the desk for study or reading or open a desk top to reveal ample storage area and it suddenly becomes a perfect Vanity Desk. Check your look in this full length Cheval Mirror then slide open for jewelry storage at your finger tips!And one more miracle from the “smartland” – Crib to CollegeTM: let the bed grow with your girl! The smartCribs convert further into toddler bed and in few steps… in a full-size bed offering a lot more options on the way (like day bed and many more)!

Get inspired with the style and create the divine bedroom for your young lady: yet tiny, but tender and feminine – she will grow into ballet dancer or scientist, fashion designer or journalist, doctor or actress – she will always be a gorgeous lady, from the very birth and her first baby-steps.P.S. One more secret surprise awaits for you with the Smartstuff Stuff created by Universal Furniture – you young treasure receives set of coasters in each nightstand, folding boards in each dresser, growth chart with every crib and exercise guide in every chest. A little more joy behind it all!

Introducing Curated By Universal Furniture

“Fads come and go, but Curated is a collected look that will stand the test of time.”

A Collected Look With An Eclectic Style

You know that friend who has the gorgeous chocolate brown leather jacket? She bought it in Florence 15 years ago, but every time you see it, you think it’s new. With cropped baby blue chinos, a white T-shirt and gladiator sandals, it’s a cooler version of preppy. With an ankle-grazing skirt and a hand-embroidered Moroccan scarf, it’s artsy Bohemian. Her wardrobe isn’t huge, and it certainly wasn’t bought all at once. But it doesn’t look like anyone else’s. It’s Curated.

554250B-554350-curated-whitney-bed-universal-furnitureIn the same way your friend’s leather jacket looks different every time she wears it, Curated by Universal Furniture is effortlessly chic. A new approach to merchandising, Curated helps retailers create an engaging environment that inspires its customers.

“A synergy of smart business with beautiful style, Curated takes the guesswork out of an eclectic presentation with casual and inviting combinations of exclusive introductions and top performers from our existing line,” says Jeff Scheffer, president and CEO of Universal Furniture International, Inc. “Shown separately on the retail floor, Curated offers a fresh alternative to the ubiquitous lifestyle stores, catalogs and online retailers.”

543B280B-sojourn-respite-canopy-bed-universal-furnitureEach year, Curated will introduce an array of new pieces, which will coordinate with current Universal leaders in an ever-changing, organic mix. Settings will include dining room, bedroom, home entertainment, home office, occasional and upholstery.

The enveloping Halston Bed (54″H), upholstered in Belgian linen, has a winged button-tufted headboard with nailhead trim, as well as a button-tufted footboard.
The Roxbury Nightstand (26″W x 17″D x 28″H), in elm veneers with a Graphite finish, has a planked top, single drawer and open storage area. The canted headboard and footboard of the Whitney Bed, in alder with a clear Townhouse finish, create a fresh, contemporary look. The six-drawer Newbury Drawer Dresser has a Mid-Century Modern vibe in Townhouse alder with bar hardware and an inset base with splayed tapered square feet.

552250B-A-552350-velvet-halston-bed-universal-furnitureAmong our favorites this season is the Rutledge Table (84″W x 40″D x 30″H), which combines a metal-banded oval plank top in a Greystone finish with an Oiled Bronze metal and Greystone poplar pedestal base. The Pearson Chair (20″W x 26″D x 37″H), with an upholstered seat and back in Velvet has tapered Greystone legs and decorative nail head trim on the base of the seat and the outside back. With a metal base reminiscent of a French Bistro Table, the Bistro Flip Top Table has a rectangular poplar top with an inset metal band; the sides flip down or up for use as a dining table, console or desk. The similarly styled, 32-inch square Table for 2 pairs perfectly with the oiled bronze metal Bistro Chairs (18″W x 22″D x 38″H), which have the curvy, airy silhouette. The sleek oval Brighton Table (86″W x 40″D x 30″H), with a fancy face quartered oak veneer top in a Brownstone finish, has a spare, contemporary chrome-plated base. The Glenmore Sideboard (76″W x 19″D x 36″H), in poplar with a Greystone finish, has oiled bronze metal panels with nail head trim on the three doors, which open to reveal drawers and vertical platter storage.

572656-572A634-reunion-dining-universal-furnitureThe Mid-Century Modern Delancy Credenza (78″W x 20″D x 36″H), which doubles as a media console, is sleek and linear with three drawers and two doors in quartered oak veneers in a Brownstone finish with long chrome-plated bar hardware. Perfect for a large flat-screen TV, the open-back Danbury Console (78″W x 20″D x 30″H), in Greystone poplar, has four floating drawers with Oiled Bronze bail-pull hardware. The Emerson Console (78″W x 20″D x 34″H), in elm veneers with a Graphite finish, has four doors with planked fronts and long bar hardware; it opens to reveal adjustable wood shelves, a tray drawer, ventilation and wire management.

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The Pembroke Desk (56″W x 28″D x 30″H), with a double-X Oiled Bronze metal base, has a Greystone poplar top and three drawers, including a drop-front center drawer.

The Dorchester Round Cocktail Table (40″W x 40″D x 19″H) has a sleek Chrome-plated metal base and round quartered oak star-pattern oak veneers top in a Brownstone finish. Decorative chains add interest to the base of the Oiled Bronze rectangular Eliston Cocktail Table (52″W x 27″D x 19″H) and the similarly styled Eliston End Table (24″W x 26″D x 26″H) and Eliston Console Table (61″W x 15″D x 30″H).

Upholstery standouts include the three-over-three Prescott Sofa (81″W x 38″D x 37″H) and Prescott Armchair (30″W x 36″D x 37″H), in 100 percent cotton velvet Grey-Cloud fabric with loose seat cushions and back pillows, cap style arms, and pewter nail head trim. The coordinating exposed wood Crosspoint Chair (29″W x 37″D x 35″H), with an X-back, features premium feather-blend seat cushion and back pillow in Grey-Cloud velvet.

With a help from Universal Furniture Press

Summer Decor Ideas: Sojourn Collection by Universal Furniture

It’s sipping good craft beer, listening to Spotify and laughing with friends on a candlelit patio. It’s resting your chin on top of your four-year-old’s head – which smells of grass stains and garden dirt and watermelon juice – while he looks up Ichthyosaurus on your smart phone. It’s reading a great book, logging a great run, or taking a great nap. Because sometimes you just want to hit the pause button on the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get away.

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Sojourn Collection by Universal Furniture invites you to linger in a world apart without leaving home. Inspired by beloved English, French, and Swedish antiques in tranquil, timeless finishes, it combines familiar forms with fresh tactile details. Crafted of birch veneers in a lightly distressed Summer White, Sojourn features a soft Grey Lake accent finish on select pieces. A scattering of others feature metal, and a couple of table tops have tops with interlacing fancy-face pecky pecan, cherry, and maple veneers in a casual, low sheen pecan. Design details include such as dentil moldings, stylized bun feet, and reeded drawer fronts, as well as touches of gray linen, honed bluestone, and metal accents. Oil-rubbed antique brass ring pulls on round back plates and simple round knobs complement Sojourn’s understated finesse.

Sojourn-bedroom-universal-furnitureSojourn. It’s a peaceful morning spent gliding across a glassy lake on a standup paddleboard. It’s a family game of Bananagrams during an afternoon thunderstorm. Restful in spirit, Sojourn is both relaxes and refined. Simple silhouettes enhanced with beautiful details will remain relevant for decades to come. It’s life’s respite – whatever that means for you.

Mothers Day Furniture Decor Ideas: New Bohemian Collection

If you like waking up early and going outside to explore the wild flowers blooming around your home, if the sound of chirping birds and a gentle breeze is your favorite song, and if your personal style is inspired by the mosaic of life experiences, then the New Bohemian will appeal to your senses and bring an artistic appreciation of adventure to the home.

New-Bohemian-Dining-Universal-FurnitureThe New Bohemian Collection by Universal Furniture offers dining, bedroom, home office and accent pieces with a cohesive mix of elements, shapes and textures that reflect the unique style. It is crafted of pin knotty white veneers and select hardwood solids and features a lightly distressed Bohemian Oak finish with just a hint of dusty wax. Straightforward traditional silhouettes, heavy moldings and exquisitely framed door and drawer fronts provide a backdrop for a unique combination of materials, motifs and details.

New-Bohemian-Bedroom-Universal-FurnitureNew Bohemian reflects the passion of those who love good design and aren’t afraid to break a few rules. Unpredictable, free and abounding in personal style, this collection thrives on a spirit of discovery. It reflects the passion of those who love to wonder and to wander, as it creates an ambiance that both grounds us and urges us on.