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Often when deciding to change the appearance of a room all that is needed is a single piece of furniture or an updated accessory. For that reason I have selected special pieces that can change the overall decor by the selection of a new mirror or a small table.

Rather than purchasing an entire suite of furniture, often adapting what we have is economical as well as impressive.

As always I suggest that quality is put ahead of quantity. Starting with a solid foundation is the key to good design within the home.

murphy bed

Studio apartment? Or, very small single? Daybed or Murphy bed? Check our list of pros and cons.


Tilt bathroom mirrors are stylish and functional. Take a look at the possibilities.

If there is one room in the house that can date the age of the home and keep it stuck in the past it has to be the bathroom.  The quickest, easiest and often most effective way to update a bathroom is with new bathroom mirrors.  Most older homes either have the old style medicine [...]


Without a doubt, the daybed with trundle is one of the least thought of pieces of furniture unless someone lives in a small apartment or condo.  Occasionally, the thought of adding a daybed to the decor enters our minds around the holiday season when unexpected guests pop in and we would like to invite them [...]


The round kitchen table is often a good choice when looking for a table to fill the small corner of the kitchen or a small breakfast room.  Often, buyers will look for a square or rectangular table to "fit" the space without taking into consideration the advantages of round vs. square.  For some reason, some [...]

farmhouse kitchen table

For all practical purposes, when most of us think of the country kitchen table and chairs we could just as well be talking about the farmhouse kitchen table.  The names seem to be so interchangeable that there is no difference in furniture design or style, only in our references. While technically, there are no differences [...]


It really does not matter how formal the home decor may or may not be, the kitchen is usually the room that is relaxed and comfortable.  Depending on the size of the kitchen, often a small table with chairs can be found in a corner of the family's favorite room.  If not in the exact [...]


The half moon console table is one that has a curved front.  It almost looks as if a whole table has been cut in two.  The example to the left is the simplest shape of the half moon style table. All half moon console tables are not perfectly rounded.  In fact, the first tables commissioned [...]


Most kitchens have a need for seating in one form or another.  Kitchen bar stools are a favorite and most useful for the family who eats breakfast at the bar.  Occasionally, we see regular height kitchen stools placed around the kitchen table, but for the most part, those days are gone.  For all practical purposes [...]


The antique console table is one of the most sought after pieces of antique furniture.  Perhaps, it is so desired because there are so few really high quality authentic antique tables available.  Most collectors know what they have and do not want to sell. For anyone looking for an authentic antique, be ready to pull [...]


By design most console tables are narrow.  The whole point of including a console table in the home decor is to fill a void along a wall or behind the sofa.  For the most part these tables are non-functional except as a display piece.  Most of us could do without them --- except for eye [...]


Until recent decades console tables were only used as display pieces.  Beyond that they were not functional.  However, as the evolution continued furniture designers found that narrow drawers would not detract, but in some cases add value and visual appeal.  It must be clear that some styles and designs still persist as display pieces only.  [...]


The console table is a narrow table that was primarily designed to fill a vacant space along a wall, especially in a hallway where there is little decor.  To break the monotony and create a little style, hall console tables are a wise choice.  Often we see pictures or mirrors hanging on a wall along [...]


The console table may be one of the most overlooked pieces of furniture when creating a home decor.  In fact, the narrow table may be an after thought in many cases.  Originally designed as a display piece with little real function other than filling a space along a wall, with modern variations the console table [...]

Simple Glass top table in white

Deciding on a white console table as an addition to the home decor can be tricky.  When considering a white accent table, one of the primary concerns is the shade of white.  Another consideration is the style and the placement of the furniture. The simple white table to the left offers a two panel glass [...]

Black Console Table

Console tables can best be described as accent pieces.  Of all the furniture purchased for the home, the console table is one of the few pieces that is purchased separately.   It is not included as a part of a living room suite or any other furniture set.  This table is the one piece that relies [...]


The oak console table is one that is commonly found in many of the more casual areas of the home.  Oak is a wood that offers a heavier and more substantial appearance and is often associated with casual furniture, although it can be used for any style.  The grain of the oak, especially when stained [...]


The idea of a glass console table was sure to be a favorite, as the tables evolved from the days of Louis XIV.  When the concept of the small half table came into being, hallways were larger and far wider than many rooms in modern homes.  The king's halls were actually waiting rooms for those [...]


The pedestal table is one of the most useful of tables when used in the breakfast room or kitchen.  In the formal dining room a double pedestal table is quite common with excellent eye appeal.  It is also one of the most attractive designs for occasional tables and game tables, as well as end tables. [...]


This is an example of an updated Queen Anne style dressing table with bench and mirror.  The Queen Anne styling has definitely been updated for a more feminine look.  The feet of the table and the bench are more delicate than the original Queen Anne styles, although this design is more appealing as it offers [...]