Choosing a Sofa: 12 Designer Tips to Read Before You Buy

12 Designer Tips for Choosing a Sofa | Need help choosing a sofa? Check out these decorating ideas and tips from top designers on what you need to know about sofas before you go shopping. | thecasacollective.com | #choosingasofa #interiordesign #livingrooms #sofa #furniture #designertips #decoratingtips #livingroomdecor

The sofa is the most important element of a living room. Not only is it where you lounge, nap, entertain, and watch television, but it’s also a large piece that has a substantial effect on the room’s overall style. When you are decorating a living room, your first priority is choosing a sofa.

Because the sofa has such an impact on the space for more than one reason, you don’t want to wing it when you go shopping for one. This is one piece you definitely want to give a lot of thought to beforehand and make sure you know exactly what you need. Answering that question isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like it to be, though. There are so many options!

Recently, House Beautiful asked top designers to share their decorating ideas, tips and secrets on choosing the perfect sofa and they delivered a treasure trove of information. I picked out 12 of the best tips that are sure to help you make an informed and confident decision the next time you shop for a sofa, along with some of my favorite sofas on the market right now via affiliate links to give you some ideas.

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How to Make a Bed with a Designer’s Touch

How to Make a Bed With a Designer's Touch | Have you ever wondered how to make a bed like designers do in the magazines? These simple steps will show you how you can make your bed picture perfect. | thecasacollective.com | #howtomakeabed #beds #bedroom #interiordesign

Growing up, making your bed was probably a chore your mom harped on you about completing before you left for school in the morning. Now, it has a lot of benefits you can appreciate as an adult, like making your bedroom look much more organized and put together. Any magazine-worthy bedroom has a beautifully made bed. If you want to know how to make a bed like designers do, keep reading!

There are a lot of different ways to make a bed depending on your taste and style. While the looks vary, the basic components remain the same. Once you’ve nailed down your style, it takes only about a minute or two each day to reset it to its magazine-ready form.

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10 Ways to Freshen Your Home For the New Year

10 Ways to Freshen Your Home For the New Year | The Casa Collective | #freshenyourhome #decoratingtips #interiordecorating #interiordesign

Let me begin this by stating that I really love Christmas (“C’mon and let it snow.” Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Love that movie.) …As I was saying, I love Christmas and everything that goes with it. However, when the season is over I am more than ready to put away the holiday decorations and get started with the new year. Like many people, I’m often inspired to make changes. One of the most fun places to begin is in my home. As I tell my clients, changes you make in your home will have an effect on you every day. And sometimes the smallest things you do to freshen your home can bring a huge reward.

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25 Furniture Painting Tips From the Experts

25 Furniture Painting Tips From the Experts | We checked with several of the top DIY bloggers and painting experts to find out what furniture painting tips they had to share. Here’s a collection of their best tips. | TheCasaCollective.com | #furniturepaintingtips #paintingfurniture #paint #furniture #diy

Paint is one of the most transformative tools at your disposal. It can give just about anything in a room a makeover: the walls, ceiling, accessories, and even the furniture. I’ve painted furniture for my home for years, especially when our budget was at its tightest. You can find a lot of great pieces at thrift stores, garage sales, and even inexpensive stores that have a great shape but just don’t have the right facade, and make them yours with a beautiful color, glaze or stain. I’ve gathered some of the best furniture painting tips to show you how.

This isn’t a step-by-step on how to paint furniture, but rather a collection of some of the best furniture painting tips I’ve found from various DIY bloggers, decorators, designers and painting experts. Each link follows to even more great furniture painting tips. Before taking on this project, talk with the experts at your local paint store, too, to get guidance based on the specific piece you are working with and what you will need for its surface. Every piece of furniture is different.

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10 Chic & Easy Apartment Decorating Ideas

10 Chic & Easy Apartment Decorating Ideas | Turn your apartment into a stylish and customized space with these 10 apartment decorating ideas that are simple, affordable, and 100% landlord friendly | #apartmentdecoratingideas #smallspacedecorating #interiordesign #decoratingapartments #decoratingsmallspaces

There are a lot of perks to living in an apartment: no maintenance, less space to keep clean, and usually a host of convenient amenities. However, living in a small space can pose some decorating challenges. If you are renting, lease agreements have also been known to limit one’s options in terms of painting and making any permanent changes, like modifying the floors, switching out or refacing the cabinets, etc. Apartment decorating can feel like an impossible task that makes personalizing your space more of a headache than an enjoyable experience.

If you think you can’t have a stylish and customized space because you live in an apartment, then I’m here to bust that myth right now. Even with the tightest rental restrictions and most limited square footage, you can create a space that is functional, chic, and an expression of who you are. Any space can be made to feel like a home.

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