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Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture, Home Office Ideas February 28, 2017

Make It Work with Functional Furniture

You love your smartphones and smart cars. At Ashley HomeStore, we love our smart furniture.

To the traditionalists who attest “form follows function,” we say form and function go hand in hand. Here are some of our favorite furnishings designed to make life easier—and more stylish—everywhere from the home office and living room, to the bedroom and beyond.

Birnalla Desk

Mighty smart indeed, the Birnalla desk is crafted with a hinged flip top, so you can conveniently prop up reference materials, including your tablet, while you work. And thanks to dual electric outlets and USB charging ports, staying powered up is easy. The chic look blends rustic charm with modern polish.

Cross Island Credenza

Those on a mission to set up a productive work-from-home space love all that the Mission-style Cross Island credenza can do. Built for looks and productivity, it includes a pull-out tray for easy printer access, file cabinet storage, a built-in power strip and ample storage above and below the work surface.

Laflorn Chairside End Table

How many times have you sat down and realized…you’re out of juice. Wouldn’t it be great to charge up without getting up? Check out this chairside end table’s flip top revealing a power station with USB charging ports. Factor in a pullout tray with cup holders and a remote slot, along with shelved cabinet storage, this end table has plenty of hidden potential.

Gavelston Lift Top Table

Appearances can be deceiving. What looks like a straightforward “weathered” coffee table in vintage black is anything but. With a lift tabletop on one side and trunk storage on the other, the Gavelston lift top coffee table has raised our expectations. Optional casters add to the form and function.

Woodboro Desk

Traditionally styled and modestly scaled, the Woodboro desk proves that old and new can work so well together. Spring lift top raises the surface to a healthier-alternative, standing position. For your high-tech needs, there’s an electrical outlet/USB charging port built right in.

Maxington Nightstand

The Maxington nightstand is getting plenty of buzz for good reason. On the reverse side, a pair of slim, discreetly placed USB ports power up modern electronics without distracting from its countrified cool charm.

So…what works for you? Go ahead and share your favorite smart furniture features in the comments section below.

Bedroom Ideas, Dining Room Ideas, Home Accessories Ideas February 22, 2017

How to Create a Room With Meaning

Do you have rooms that need a little love? Part of the joy of furnishing a room is adding a personal touch. Since we all have different tastes, you can’t take a cookie cutter approach to home decorating. Here are three helpful steps.


Ask yourself these questions:  

  • What is important to me?
  • How and where do I spend my time?
  • What are my hobbies?
  • Who am I with most?
  • What do I collect?
  • What are my favorite places, music, books, movies and food?


Apply what you’ve learned.

For example, if you have “beach” listed as one of your favorite places, check around your home for keepsakes like shells that you may have picked up or photos you took. These will serve as your inspiration and can be incorporated into the decor.

    • Souvenirs: Display on shelves, mantels or in glass accent boxes.
    • Photos: Frame a variety of images and sizes and create a personal photo gallery.

Other inspirational ideas include:

  • Antiques: Displaying tokens of the past connect you with the stories of your ancestors and are excellent conversation starters.
  • Art: Find and display paintings, sculptures, canvas art, tapestries, photos, even clocks–anything that resonates with you. If it was made by you or a loved one, even better!
  • Models: Show your love for a hobby or sport by staging boats, cars, airplanes stadiums and more.
  • Walls: Give the room a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper incorporating colors that reflect your personality and style.


Decide where they go.

Now that you’ve gathered your items, decide where to place them. Consider each room and find the areas where you can add a personal touch.

Dining Room

This room’s possibilities feed off the types of furniture and wall space you have. Stage decorative items on open shelves or in china cabinets. Hang art, like this time piece collection on the wall above a buffet or server.

Living Room

Here’s your chance to show off your personal treasures. Add built-in shelves, curios or bookcases to accommodate these items. A shelf behind the sofa is perfect for displaying a hand-built model.

Add a console table along a wall or behind a sofa to hold conversation pieces, like a stylish lamp, favorite books, pictures and more. Hang wall art throughout the room.

Adorn an end table with picture frames or an electronic photo frame loaded with your favorite photos.

Family Room

In this gathering spot where memories are made, the focus is on recreation and entertainment. A huge wall unit, entertainment center or book shelf provides an empty canvas where favorite objects can be displayed.

Home Office

An office does not need to look boring. Here’s an example Inspired by the timeless appeal of American classic furnishings. The Townser home office desk revisits tradition in style. Credenzas and desk hutches also provide ample space for displays.


Dressers offer a valuable top shelf for displaying personal treasures. Add as many as you need to create personalized space. Add wall art with special wording above the headboard and it will all come together.

Kids Rooms

Up to a challenge? Get bedroom furniture with storage and display space show off their treasures. Use wall art or some of their own art to add character to the room.

Rooms filled with your personality are naturally more meaningful and appealing. If you have ideas for adding meaning, we’d love to hear them in the comments section.

Home Accessories Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture, Home Office Ideas December 29, 2016


Typically, the words “cozy” and “workspace” don’t go together, but today we’re going to be bending the rules. The following tips are a great way to add some warmth, personal style and creativity to your desk area.

Step1: Add texture and warmth

Adding a throw over your chair is a great way to add comfort and dimension to your workspace. You can fold it over your chair back or lay it face up over your seat for added comfort. Faux furs offer the warmth needed for an office and allow you to share your style in a practical way.

Step 2: Keep it personal

One of our favorite ways to keep a smile throughout the work day is to have photos of loved ones around. By adding photo frames to your desk, you surrounded yourself with positivity, no matter what chaos the work day may bring.

Step 3: Add creativity, without the clutter

A trick to adding creativity to a smaller space without making it look messy is to go vertical. By using taller, rather than wider, decor you can add an equal amount of personalization but use a fraction of the space. For this workspace, orchids and ferns add a touch of color and complement the earthy sophistication theme.

With these three simple steps, you can transform your workspace and your mindset while making the space comfortable and unique.

Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture, Home Office Ideas December 27, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home: #1 Declutter

The advent of the New Year is always a good time to reflect on goals and make thoughtful resolutions about how we want to improve our lives. Here are some suggestions to bring the resolutions for 2017 closer to home.

Get Rid of Old Stuff

Many people tend to acquire new things faster than they get rid of the old. This can lead to overstuffed closets and overcrowded living spaces. If you’ve noticed more things lying around your home than you have uses (or space) for, now is the perfect time to give those items a new home. If a piece is in good condition but no longer useful to you, donate it to a local charity and pass on the joy the item gave you to someone else.

If your space is being taken over by things that are no longer useful to you or anyone else, then decluttering is as simple as getting a few trash bags and dedicating time toclearing out your space. If the task seems daunting, setting a timer for 5 minutes to an hour a day for dedicated cleaning time can really ease any anxiety you are feeling.

Acquire Attractive Storage Pieces

If you’re not interested in elimination so much as organization, beautiful and functional furniture might be the perfect solution. The following are examples of pieces that look great in their own right while also helping to keep clutter at a minimum:


Storage benches:

Beds with built-in storage:

Bedroom Ideas, Dining Room Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture November 4, 2016

Top 5 Picks from Customer Care

Want to know the styles people are talking about? We did, too. So we asked our outstanding Customer Care team and received the top 5 customer picks for the living room and dining room! Check out our curated collection below:

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Shop these great additions below!

1. The Kinlock Sofa

2. The Ranimar Dining Room Table 

3. The Challiman Barstool 

4. The Alisdair Queen Sleigh Bed

5. The Nestor Sofa Table

Bedroom Ideas, Dining Room Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture October 23, 2016

What Rug Style Are You?

Find your perfect rug based on the lifestyle that best suits you. Let’s find out who you are…not that you didn’t already know but just stick with us for a moment as we explore the various lifestyle categories at Ashley to find the one that best suits your future rug needs.

New Traditions

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This lifestyle combines traditional profiles with ageless flair.

Vintage Casual:

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Craving that weathered finish inspired by the French countryside? This style has it all, evoking timeless styles that are sure to put your new look in the here and now (globe trotter).

Grand Elegance:

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Do you fancy yourself as a Hollywood celebrity or part of the royal family? Then this lifestyle says it all: incorporating rich pieces, luxurious textiles and a gorgeous craftsmanship. You know you deserve it, so go for it!

Contemporary Living: 

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Ever wish you could escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? With this collection you can make your home the perfect place to escape creating your own soothing sanctuary. With comforting pieces and cool tones, get ready to cozy up with this season’s new TV lineup, because you won’t be leaving for a while.

Gen Now: 

Gen Now- The New Generation of Style

Finally, a line of pieces that not only are fashionable and fun, but can adapt to your child’s wants and needs. Combining function, play, and versatility that will grow along with your child.


Contemporary Living- Think Fresh and Inviting

Consider yourself a rule breaker? Are you bored of the same old same old home furnishings? Create your own rules and your own style with Urbanology; showcasing rustic hardware, clean lines and lavish textiles, allowing you to mix and match and create a space that is uniquely you.

Home Decor & Furniture, Home Office Ideas, How To October 10, 2016

Taming Clutter: Desk Edition

It’s not hard to fall behind on organization in the workplace or at your home desk. When you do, you might find yourself buried in a mess of clutter. The coffee mugs, notebooks, papers, pens, and everything else inevitably pile up and make your life a little harder. Finding necessary items is a task on its own, and every task on your to-do list is bound to take much longer than it should. If clutter is holding you back, make your life easier and take action!

Decluttering is as easy as following three steps.

Sort, Stow, and Select.

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First, sort through your clutter. Take a good look at your desk and start putting similar items together. Stack up print-outs and memos, with the most important on top for easy access. Pile those pens up. Put your water bottle, coffee mug, and that box of granola bars into a group. Once it’s all sorted, it’s time for the next step!

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Now, stow it away. Do you really need your wallet and keys at arm’s reach throughout the day? Non-essential work items like these can easily be stored in a desk drawer or in your bag without causing an inconvenience. That stack of papers should be tucked away in a paper tray, and that pile of pens can go in a pen cup. Once you’ve moved all of your items to their proper locations, you’ll find that the essentials are all that’s left! This may sound minor, but without these distractions in the way, it will be much easier to focus on the task at hand.

Finally, select the items you need for a specific task, and make sure they go back to the right spot once you’re done. If the only items in front of you are the ones you need at the time, there should be no problem staying on track. Rather than having a desk full of reminders of other tasks you need to complete, you’ll have just the essentials and plenty of room to get your current task done. Repeating the process and getting everything back to its proper place will ensure your workstation stays free of clutter, and your day stays free of distractions!

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Try It Out!

Now, this all seems obvious, but you may be surprised at how beneficial these steps are. No more knocking things over, shuffling through random papers, or getting distracted by your phone. Once your items are sorted and stowed, all you’ll have left is the ideal workspace. Give it a try! It should only take a few minutes, but it will save you hours in time you would have spent rummaging through clutter.

Once your desk is sorted out, apply these steps to your room and let us see how it looks! We’d love to see how decluttering has brightened up your environment. Snap a quick Instagram photo and remember to tag #MyAshleyHome.