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Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Besides the coffee table, nightstands are some of the most highly used surfaces in the whole house. They’re located right near our bed, so it’s often the go-to spot to place our phones, glasses, books, and other items. Thus, any nightstand DIY projects should take into consideration both the aesthetic look of the furniture piece as well as its function.

The following are a handful of easy-to-do projects for your nightstand(s).

Alter the Height

Most of us use our nightstands as places where we can lazily reach for our phone or reading glasses while still half asleep upon waking up. An easy DIY project is to adjust the height of your nightstand to make it easier for you to reach your belongings. If your nightstand is too tall, you might want to consider sawing down the legs, if that’s an option. For nightstands that are too short, you can install furniture raisers.

You’d be surprised at how much more comfortable you can make that reach over from your bed!

Use a Valet

You can make it easier to find your stuff by using a small valet (a tray for holding miscellaneous items). That way, your items will always be in the same place every time — hopefully you won’t need to rummage through couch cushions looking for your phone anymore! It’ll also keep your nightstand relatively free of clutter.

Valet trays can sometimes get cluttered too over time. Try out a standing valet and limit it to just a few items to keep things neat.

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Decorate the Top

Decorating a nightstand is similar to decor for a dresser: feel free to add some nice flowers or a photo frame, and keep them relatively centered. However, it may be a good idea not to overcrowd the nightstand surface. That way, you can still use it as a place for placing your wallet, etc.

Lay Down a Doily or Crocheted Towel

Speaking of decor, a simple DIY improvement is to cover the nightstand top with a doily. These crocheted works of art create a simple, non-intrusive pattern on the nightstand top and are great for putting under lamps, pots, fans, and other round items. You can also use a square or rectangular doily to cover more of the surface area. Lastly, they have the added bonus of preventing items from slipping off the nightstand!

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Repaint the Nightstand

And of course, a final DIY project to consider is to repaint your nightstand. This is an easy one, since most nightstands are relatively small and don’t involve that much surface area to cover. Popular colors include turquoise or lavender; another option is to re-stain it to preserve the natural wood-grain textures. Adding in some gold trim is also a nice touch, especially if the nightstand is a neutral color, like white or black.

These super-easy DIY projects can really help you dress up your nightstand. You can also apply these tips to other similar furniture pieces located throughout your home. Are you looking for more comprehensive changes to your interior decor and design themes? Renting furniture can provide you with additional options for your home. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental — we have complete room packages, as well as individual items, including nightstands.

 

Fall Themes for Decor That Will Wow Your Visitors

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Fall Themes for Decor That Will Wow Your Visitors

Fall is officially here! It’s that time of year again that so many of us love. Football games, Halloween candy, and Thanksgiving pie — what more could you ask for? As the weather cools off and the leaves change colors, we should also adjust our home decor to reflect on one of the more quiet, contemplative seasons of the year. As you’ll see, all themes are easy to integrate into your decoration or home staging scenes.

You might be familiar with some basic fall themes and decor ideas. Rather than restricting you to specific projects, this week we’ll lay out basic principles and concepts for you to build upon. Have fun with these ideas!

Fall Themes Begin with the Colors

Whether it be a table centerpiece, hallway decor, or a window treatment, the foundation of any fall display is the choice of colors. As can be expected, fall decor themes will basically mimic the changing colors of the falling leaves. You’ll want to use plenty of orange, yellow, and dark red (like bordeaux wine) to signify the autumn seasons.

Other colors also work very well, such brown for a background, or deep purples for accents. Of course, as Halloween approaches, black and orange is a given combination.

Pro-tip: Throwback Padres gear is perfect for fall with the brown, orange, and yellow colors. Hang a banner or shirt for some seamless team spirit decor!

Fall Themes for Decor That Will Wow Your Visitors

Fall is the Time for Harvest and Abundance

The fall months are dominated by two holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. However, apart from these themes, the main overarching fall theme for most people is that of harvest and abundance. An easy way to decorate your home is to incorporate items that are typically associated with traditional harvesting activities. These can include:

  • Baskets
  • Wagons
  • Garden tools (like pitchforks or rakes — those related to gathering rather than planting)
  • Garden boots and other clothing items
  • Cornucopias
  • Hay and scarecrows

Use Vegetation to Highlight Your Fall Themes

Along with the theme of abundant harvest, the use of vegetation and plant life can help you to create spectacular fall decorative creations. Again, your choice of items should indicate harvest; also, there are plenty of plant and vegetable items that are associated with fall due to their colors. These can include the following:

  • Pumpkins, squashes, and gourds
  • Persimmons
  • Dried corn (especially with the husk still on)
  • Sunflowers
  • Cranberries and other berries
  • Dried grass, twigs, and branches
  • Apples

For maximum effect, you can combine several different fruits and vegetables to really emphasize the idea of plentifulness.

Fall Themes for Decor That Will Wow Your Visitors

Outdoor Decor is Very Important

Out of all the seasons, fall is one that is more associated with the outdoors than others. Thus, you’ll want to make sure the outside of your home is decorated appropriately. You can line the porch steps with pumpkins and other harvest items. Use outdoor lighting to set the mood on the lawn and in the backyard.

You can take this a step further and “bring the outdoors inside.” Use leaves and other outdoor pieces to decorate the inside home. In fact, if you look closely, that’s what we’ve been doing all along — bringing the harvest inside for the family!

Overall, fall is the time to slow down, reflect, and prepare ourselves for the upcoming winter months. This can be reflected in your decor and staging style if you opt for an easygoing, relaxed, and warm feel.

Are you looking for more expansive design and decor options? You may wish to explore furniture rental options. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for top-of-the-line rental packages and items to help you acheive the fall look you’ve always dreamed of!

4 Common Furniture Rental Myths Clarified

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

4 Common Furniture Rental Myths Clarified

Furniture rental is a growing industry that allows you to rent various furniture items rather than purchase them. This type of arrangement presents large cost-saving opportunities for all types of people and businesses. Many people rent furniture to help them meet temporary needs while others rent furniture consistently on a long-term basis.

While it is a popular industry, there may be some misconceptions when it comes to furniture rental. Here are 4 furniture myths that we think could use some clarification.

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Unstuffy Formal Dining Room Ideas

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

modern dining room with wood ceiling

The word “formal” often brings to mind images of fancy ball gowns, fine China, and portrays the bygone era of your grandparents. If the idea of a “formal dining room” bores you to tears, it’s time to change your perception. If you’re searching for a way to make a formal dining room look great without it looking like it should be in a museum, these tips will help. These un-stuffy formal dining room ideas will help you take your dining room from drab to glam.


Deck the Walls
Boring white walls are just that – boring. Slap a fresh coat of paint on the dining room walls. If you’ve got your heart set on that vibrant red or moody black, go with an accent wall for a less overwhelming ambiance. Hang up black and white photos to contrast with the wall color, or go old-school and put up wallpaper – but in contemporary prints and colors.


Change the Lighting
One of the easiest ways to completely change the mood in your dining room is by adding a new light fixture. Go for an industrial looking, ultra modern chandelier to make your space stand out. This modern island rectangular glass chandelier might just do the trick.  


Nab New Chairs
If your dusty, dark brown wooden chairs are singing the blues, consider buying new ones or placing slipcovers over the old ones. Signature Furniture Rental has plenty of modern, contemporary chairs that you’re sure to love. These snappy dining room chairs would probably go well with the tables you already own, and you can put Great Grandma’s heirloom chairs in protective storage.


Make it Casual
If you want to avoid a dining room that looks stuffy, go for a more relaxed look. Try putting a low snappy-looking armless couch up against one edge of the table. A bench or a few comfy chairs can also provide a more casual feel, and encourage dinner guests to linger. If you’re looking to sell (and not entertain) a set of  luxurious Camden chairs on either side of a large window will make a great impression on potential buyers.


Hang Up Curtains
This is where you get to have fun – curtains can range from floaty and “Great Gatsby-like” to Mid-Century modern-interesting. Just be sure that whatever you choose isn’t too heavy or overwhelming for your window/s. The lack of sunshine makes a dining room far more stuffy.

 

Not sure what to do first? Furniture’s a good starting point, as everything else complements the main pieces. Get in touch with Signature Furniture Rental today to secure high-quality, contemporary furniture that you’ll love. Consider trying it out, seeing if it fits and returning it if it doesn’t. You’ll love how the furniture will make your dining room look-  elegant, yet decidedly unstuffy.

 

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Tips for Staging Tougher Spots

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Whoever came up with the phrase “good things come in small packages” was certainly dead-on in terms of living space and decorating. Not all of us can afford to live in a big mansion and there is nothing wrong with that. So, rather than dwell on the fact that your space is too small, why not make it look grand? Don’t get discouraged, get busy. Here are our best tips for staging tougher spots:

 home staging tipsImage: Wikipedia

Small Spaces Can Be Fun

In fact, decorating or staging for a small space can be a fun challenge that requires you to turn on the innovation. There are some advantages to a smaller space; namely it won’t cost as much to furnish. A smaller home is also warmer, and offers the true feeling of calling it “Home-Sweet-Home.”

Of course, storage in a small home/apartment/condo/townhome is extra tight, and this often means having to forego some of the things that you may have accumulated over the years. For each area of your home, you’ll want to go through your existing belongings to make the most of your smaller spaces before tossing out items.

Cool Kitchen

For kitchens, use over-the-cabinet space for storage of little-used items or perhaps a decorative display of collectibles. You can also hang pots from a rack suspended from your ceiling or open up cabinets and drawer space by placing cooking utensils and spices in pretty baskets, crystal bowls or colorful ceramic pitchers.

Bedroom Tips

If there’s enough space in your closet, move your dresser or set of drawers inside to free-up main area floor space. Instead of night tables, place a small, wall-mounted shelf on each side of the bed to hold nighttime items including a small lamp. However, if you’re low on closet space, use the space under your bed to store out-of-season clothing. If you need a set of drawers but can’t afford one, make or buy an inexpensive bookshelf and attach a colorful piece of canvas to cover up the clothing but still offer easy access.

Lofty Lofts

Also, try to use multi-functional pieces of furniture like a loft bed, which puts your bed off the floor. If it’s high up, it opens up the floor space for other uses; a sofa or desk can fit easily underneath for more space-saving. If you don’t have enough space for a loft bed, or you don’t like sleeping in high places, a futon or pull-out daybed can act as a sofa by day and your bed at night.

Bathroom Bliss

Use an over-the-toilet shelving unit to hold essentials if cabinet space is small. You can use several decorative hooks instead of a towel bar and hang up more towels (and robes) in a small wall area.

“Re”paint Job

Another important factor to remember when you have a small space to decorate is that dark colors make things appear smaller while lighter colors can make things appear bigger. If you’re bored with your white walls, add a neutral color like soft beige, or a pale yellow shade to change things up.

Staircases and Steps

Empty space under the steps or staircase space doesn’t have to go to waste. Besides using it for storage, set up bookshelves inside to hold books or display items. Also, install additional hooks on the walls to hang up clothes that won’t fit in other closets. Or add a small reading chair to curl up in the small, quiet space or use for meditating.

Happy Small Space Living

Finally, it is important to find the style that you like. Whether it’s modern or eclectic, the overall style should reflect your personality. After all, you’re the one who is going to be living there whether it’s a property owned or leased. With just a little creativity, you can make small space look homey, as well as impressive.

Best Spots to See Live Music in San Diego

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Known for its great weather and myriad of outdoor activities ranging from boating to visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego is also a great place to listen to live music. Whether you are a visitor staying at a vacation rental complete with furnishings, working in the city temporarily, or lucky enough to be a resident, the city has some terrific places to rock out. While we could go on and on, and list hundreds of places in the San Diego area to listen to music, we’ve chosen a few of the best spots to see live music in San Diego below:

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Want to Sell Your Home? Use Scent

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Smell is one powerful sense. Research even shows that scent is the strongest link to past memories. If you’re currently trying to sell your home, you may want to consider just how it smells.

After all, your potential buyers will want to make great memories at your home. Since you’re home staging, you already know how important it is to keep a tidy, neat home. But if you’re stuck on just what fragrances you should use to make your home more marketable, use this guide to help demystify this process.

Want to Sell Your Home? Use Scent

 

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Upcycle Your Furniture!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

DIY Furniture

Chances are you’ve got a few old pieces of furniture that aren’t really all the useful any more. Maybe you’ve got a small table that’s missing a leg. Maybe the arm on your favorite chair broke months ago. No matter what you’ve got, chances are you can find some other use for it. Channel your inner Martha Stewart and get to work – upcycle your furniture! Take the wood from that table and make a few picture frames. No matter what you own, there’s probably a way out there to make it useful again. These prime examples of “upcycling” from Upcycle That will inspire you to break out the tools and create your own masterpiece. (more…)

Make Your San Diego Vacation Rental Perfect with Furniture Rental

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Is America’s finest city your temporary home? Maybe you’re a snowbird who lives in San Diego when your Mid-Atlantic city is buried under a pile of snow (we’re lookin’ at you, Boston) or perhaps you own a second home in the sunny Southern California city.

No matter what your living situation, when you leave San Diego, you rent out your home to pick up extra cash and ensure your home is occupied. And what better to fill a home than rented furniture? You’ll rest easy knowing that your guests are lounging around on rented furniture as opposed to kicking back on your precious family heirlooms.

To discover how to make your San Diego vacation rental perfect with rental furniture, read on…

San Diego at night

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Choosing the Right Upholstery Fabric

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

How to choose the right upholstery fabric

When shopping for a piece of furniture, it’s important to take into account the design aesthetics of your space, as well as the practical function you need the piece to serve. Here are a few key things to focus on as you get started.

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