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Simple design tip to create depth in your house: triangulation.


This is a word that interior designers use to create a “triangle” in the home. This photo, for example, uses two end tables and a piece of art as the top. See it?


Give it a try! This is one of the simplest design tricks to incorporate in your house. Where can you use triangulation in your home?


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A Certain Shade of Green

Spring is rapidly approaching, and this season we are loving all things green.

This month’s Trend Watch (which can always be found on our website) shows us how to incorporate green in your rooms.

insideout color chartWhy do we love green so much? It’s a perfect mix between a cool relaxing blue and a warm energizing yellow- which means that green can fit whatever mood you’re in.

Green also gives off the feeling of health and tranquility  and since it is prominent in nature, it allows a natural and easy going feel in your room.

You can add green to your house by designing your whole room around it, picking a color scheme and working from there, or just adding some perfect green accents to your room.

What shade of green should you pick?

It’s best to first identify the overall theme of your house. Is your furniture modern or traditional? Do you tend to pick light or dark furniture? Do you want your room to look young and fresh, or mature and comfortable?

Brighter and grassy greens tend to make your space feel young and fresh. Pair it with modern, dark woods or white furniture to complete your contemporary look.

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Muted Greens help your room look more traditional and mature. Dark woods are also a good choice, but look for the more traditional furniture. Grand antique inspired furniture will add the character of a well aged room.  

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Not sure which green speaks to you? Start with the color choice! Here are some color choices that can fit whatever feeling you’re trying to portray in your house. 

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And as always- if you’re not ready to commit to a green wall or couches, just throw some accents in! green collage

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Get the Vintage Casual Look

You’ve heard of it before: vintage casual. It’s endearing, and somehow manages to make old, worn decor look chic and one of a kind.

But for those who weren’t born with the natural ability to design a room with a simple vision, how do you create a vintage casual house? First, let’s note that vintage casual tends to take looks of European country, beach-house and American farmhouses and then combines them in an effortless and relaxed theme in your house.

Where do you start?


Take a time out: Appreciate things that look worn, take notice of pieces with a story or a history. Pieces with worn or distressed wood or even linens that look like they have been washed more than your favorite pair of jeans are a great start. Metal accents should look burnished, as though they have been passed down in your family.

If you’re struggling for inspiration, visit your grandparents, your friend’s grandparents, watch old movies- find pieces that speak to you and then seek out to find it.


Slipcovers: Fortunately, we don’t have to follow EVERYTHING our dear Grandma did, we will never recommend those uncomfortable plastic slipcovers. Instead, get cotton canvas slipcovers, or couches with plain patterns so that you can really show your style through accent pieces.

Use slipcovers throughout your house- upholstery,  beds, dining chairs and pair it with rustic pieces of wood for the farmhouse look.

Color Pallet: Accent your  house with calm, neutral colors: soft khaki, mild olive, cool grays and white. If you want more color consider soft yellows, salmon and rustic red.

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Remember: accentuate. Don’t just slip a cover on your couch and call it a day, the perk of a vintage casual look is the ability to add as many accents as you would like to create your own style. Remember, this look is meant to be one-of-a-kind. So make it your own!

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The best part of a vintage casual house- it gets to be completely your style. Rummage your city’s thrift stores, find those fun accent pieces that speak to you. It’s alright if they don’t all match exactly, because that’s the beauty of it- no one can define your vintage casual style better than you.

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Maximizing Your Space In a Small Dining Room

A small dining room does not mean that you need to have a small style.

Follow these tips to make a big statement in a small room.

Maximizing Your Space In a Small Dining Room

1) Choose chairs with no arms. This will help if you need to add more chairs in when guests arrive. It also takes less space by the table, so your small table will not seem to be overwhelmed with chairs.

2) Choose a small chandelier. Don’t think that just because your dining room is small you can settle for a lamp in the corner or your overhead lights- all dining rooms deserve ambiance. Pick a stylish, yet modestly sized chandelier. Again, this is so your table doesn’t seem overwhelmed by the overhead light. It can also give the illusion that your table is bigger than it actually is by comparison.

3) Light colors– Now this is not always true, there are some amazing designs in small rooms with dark colors, and if you’re feeling adventurous, we are in no position to stop you. However, as a more common rule, keep the table, wall color, and major pieces of furniture light to create a more airy space. Pick a darker accent color to keep the eye moving in the room, to bring attention to a few objects, and to create a nice contrast.

instagram logoGive it a try! Show us your dining room and give us a shout out with #ashleyfurnituredesigns on Instagram!

I’ve got the Blues

The color blue is commonly known as a symbol of strength, trust, dependability and wealth.

Sounds good, right?

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Don’t go too blue– It’s easy to pick a color and then find it in every shade for your room to introduce a blue overload. While we do love color on color mixes, blue is a great color to mix up with white, yellow or gray.

Pairing it with light colors will transform your room to look airy, light and even bring that ‘beach’ aspect in your house.

What color do you use to decorate your room?

Layer Up!

designer tip layer up Not everyone loves a lot of color in their room. You pick a color you like, and you stick with it. That’s fine! Just help your room seem more dynamic by adding patterns. Picking patterns that are in the color scheme that you love and layering them throughout your room with help keep the eye moving. It will add depth and some texture to your room!

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Hunger Is Not Just a 3rd World Issue

Ask a pageant contestant what she would wish for if she had a magic genie and she might answer “To have world peace, and end world hunger.”

Great answer. 

From the Article “US Hunger Rate Triple That in China”

Unfortunately, there is no magic genie and world hunger is definitely a daunting issue. We often think of “hunger problems” and picture innocent children in a 3rd world country going to sleep with no dinner, but it hits so much closer to home than just that. 

So close to home in fact, that it’s affecting our communities.  1 in 6 people face hunger every single day in America. And according to research conducted by Feeding America, California has more food insecure counties than any other state in the U.S (more on that article here).

Ashley Furniture Homestores started the Furnish Your Home and Feed From Your Heart Campaign to help stop hunger in our communities.

Helping end this problem is simple and affordable. In fact, every $1 donated can help feed up to 7 people. 

How can you help?

During the month of February, Ashley Furniture Homestore is partnering with local food banks. If you come into one of our homestores (from the 17 listed in California) and donate to this cause, you will receive a gift card to our homestores.

Donate $25 and receive a $50 gift card to Ashley Furniture Homestores. Donate $50 and receive a $100 gift card.

Last year, we raised $45,139!

But this year, we have set our goals much higher- we would like to be able to donate $102,000 to local food banks.

Help us reach our goal by visiting our homestores and donating a small amount to make a big difference.

ImageSnap a photo!! Show your friends that you are helping end hunger by taking a selfie with your gift card, upload it to instagram and put #EndHungerWithAshley in your caption. 

For more information on the food banks we are supporting,  visit their websites here:

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