Kid Friendly Furniture

Pet Friendly Furniture
One comment we hear every day in the store is, “I can’t get a sofa, I have kids and pets.” We are happy to inform you that the world of upholstery has expanded and improved, and it’s really exciting!

Years ago, when we first started working in the furniture industry, the fabrics for durability were Olefin and Herculon. They were ugly, uncomfortable, and rough. If you wanted something that would wear, they were your only options. Yuk.

Pet & Kid Friendly Furniture

Happily, over the past few years, we have seen a big change in the fabrics offered. There is no reason to wait to buy upholstery when there are now so many options available. American Leather and CR Laine, the two upholstery companies we carry, offer a variety of family and pet-friendly fabrics. Names like Sunbrella (originally made for outdoor cushions), Crypton, Sustain, and Revolution have been added to the fabric selections for both companies. These fabrics are not only extremely durable and easy to clean, but they also feel soft and are comfortable! Even a pale color sofa could be an option.

Kid Friendly Furniture

The next time you’re ready to replace an old sofa, but feel you have to wait because of children and pets, come to Dream House and explore the new fabrics. By purchasing a quality sofa frame and a quality durable fabric, your sofa should last for a long time!

~Wendy

Wendy Flynn - Dream House

Style Guide Shelves

Bookshelves, new or old, pose the same design dilemma: how do you find a balance between practical, sentimental, and decorative items to make the perfect eye-appealing display? It is a daunting task, but we have a few tips to get your shelves in beautiful order.

The first step is to assess what you need on the shelves. They often have to hold many books, some decorative pieces, and a few functional items that don’t look great displayed (like coasters, remotes, etc.). Once you decide what has to be on the shelves (this is a great opportunity to declutter), your journey begins.


Some of our shelf staples:

Faux Plants

Faux Plant by Kalalou found at Dream House


Bookends

Bookends

Bookends by Cyan found at Dream House


Coordinating picture frames

Picture Frame by Dekorayson found at Dream House


A decorative object

Urchins by Global Views found at Dream House


A box or basket

Styled Shelves

Styled by Mary

Begin by assembling your shelves with the necessities. Mix in our “staples” with what you already have. Books can be stacked upright, sideways, piled, or even placed backward. One tip for a book-heavy shelf is to break them up! By grouping books and changing their orientation, it helps a shelf look staged and adds decor value. Make sure to space out any plants or pictures. You don’t want a whole shelf to feel like it is devoted to a certain item. Skipping shelves and zig-zagging placement from one to the next helps them look organic.

Styled Bookshelves

Shelf by Studio A

We wish you well on your shelf-designing projects! If you have any questions or want some help, please stop by, email, message, or call us! We’d love to see your pictures, and we love to help accessorize, so come by and see what’s new!

2020 Trends

New year, new trends and we are loving some of what’s forecasted! We’ve already jumped on board with these favorites:

2020 Trends

Here are more trends we know will be great:
Rooms Painted From Head to Toe
Rattan and Wicker Furniture
Bold Wallpapers for Powder Rooms

Looking for more “In” and “Out” predictions?
Read the list of 50 predictions for 2020 here»

Holiday Entertaining

Holiday Entertaining
Find festive and pretty tableware at Dream House to show off all your favorite holiday treats this season. Not sure what to make? We share some of our favorite recipes below…

Cheesecake

—Miriam Rosenthal

This family recipe is always on our holiday table. Simple. Classic. Delicious.—Cassie

Ingredients

Filling

(3) 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
(4) eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
A squeeze of lemon juice or 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained, added at end of mixing.

Crust
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers or vanilla wafers

Topping
1-pint sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine all filling ingredients and beat in an electric mixer for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Use butter to grease cheesecake pan and melt the rest to combine with ground graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
  3. Pour mixture into a cheesecake form and pack firmly with a small bowl to make a firm crust. Add filling.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
    (Cheesecake is ready when the center does not jiggle, but take it out before it cracks.)
  5. Cool for 10 minutes. Combine sour cream with with 1 tsp. vanilla and spoon on top.
  6. Bake 6 minutes at 475 degrees. Refrigerate. (Preferably made the day before serving.)

Ginger Short Bread

l make these delicious treats for friends and family every year and they are a huge hit! —Wendy

Ingredients
1 cup butter softened
2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp ground crystallized ginger
2 cups Flour

  1. Mix butter, ginger, and sugar until creamy
  2. Add flour (The dough will be crumbly.)
  3. Press into a 9 x 12 glass pan  1/2” thick
  4. Take a knife and score into equal bite-size pieces.
  5. Bake at 325 for 32-35 minutes until edges are golden brown
  6. Cut along score marks as soon as it comes out of the oven wiping knife as you go.
  7. Cool. (Can be stored in a plastic container up to 2 weeks.)

Bread Arugula Salad

This dish has become a big winner for my family around the holidays, and it easily transforms into a vegetarian-friendly option. —Mary

Ingredients

8 ounces slightly stale open-crumbed, chewy, peasant-style bread (not sourdough)
6 tablespoons to 8 tablespoons mild-tasting olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 pinch salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons pine nuts
2 to 3 garlic cloves, slivered
1/4 cup slivered scallions (about 4 scallions)
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
2 tablespoons lightly salted chicken stock or lightly salted water
3 handfuls of arugula, frisée, or red mustard greens, carefully washed and dried

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Tear bread into irregular 2- to 3-inch chunks—you should get about 4 cups.
  3. Toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, lightly coating them, and broil very briefly, just to lightly color the edges. If you’d like to toast the pine nuts (recommended) you can put them on your broiler tray as well, but watch them very carefully because they cook quickly!
  4. Combine about 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the white wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Toss about 1/4 cup of this tart vinaigrette with the torn toasted bread in a wide salad bowl; the bread will be unevenly dressed.
  6. Taste one of the more saturated pieces. If it is bland, add a little salt and pepper and toss again.
  7. Heat a spoonful of the olive oil in a small skillet, add the garlic and scallions, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until softened. Don’t let them color.
  8. Scrape into the bread and fold to combine.
  9. Add the dried cranberries along with the pine nuts, if they were not already mixed with the bread scraps from the broiling step. Dribble the chicken stock or lightly salted water over the salad and fold again.
  10. Taste a few pieces of bread—a fairly saturated one and a dryish one. If it is bland, add salt, pepper, and/or a few drops of vinegar, then toss well.
  11. Add the greens, a drizzle of vinaigrette, and fold well. Taste again.

Enjoy!

Daydreaming

Daydreaming

These days I find myself daydreaming about snuggling into a cozy, made bed and sleeping for days (as, I am sure, most new moms do). Peeling back soft plush layers, curling beneath crisp sheets, and weighed down by quilts and duvets is a universally enjoyable experience. Some of my current obsessions are inspired by one of our bedding lines…

The boho ombré mixed with the structured geometric is unexpectedly pleasing.

Monotone is always a favorite go-to for bedrooms.

Here’s the trending neutral with a pop of color look.

A pattern that nods to animal print is fun and luxurious at the same time.

Pillows are also one of my favorite things. Interior designer Alisa Bovino’s Pillow Size Combinations is a good reference for anyone looking to mix up their bedroom decor.

Are you in need of new bedding, pillows, or paint colors for your bedroom? We’ve got several wonderful lines and full-service design resources to make your bedroom goals a reality. Call us 301-360-0680 or come see us and enjoy the cozy season!


Layer art and mirrors. Try leaning them against the wall instead of hanging.
Add decorative elements to clear cylinders to add character.
Layer mix-matched pillows on sofas to add personality and interest.
Group small accent tables together for versatility especially in small spaces.

There’s something to be said about fall: I love the crisp mornings warming up to delightful humidity-free afternoons; these are days meant for hot drinks, football, and watching leaves turn vibrant.

With this seasonal switch, many of us change accessories and florals both inside and outside our home. We put away the flowers and accessories of spring and summer and change them for mums and pumpkins. We may even switch out seasonal pillows, adding ones that are chunky and soft, along with a warm throw to a sofa.

Lately, when selling furniture, I have noticed the trend seems to be moving toward neutral furniture with many rich textures, tone on tone neutrals, and leather. Whether it’s a cooler grey or a warmer cream tone, it seems to be the trend.

I love this!! As I tell my clients, when using neutrals, it’s so easy to change things up! A new rug, a few new pillows, or a piece of art can completely transform the space. Not to mention, changing decor for the seasons. Neutrals allow you to add colors and accessories from season to season without having to worry that a color scheme won’t work together.


So, take a moment to remove spring flowers from arrangements, and add some fall picks, grasses, and mums. Add a rustic lantern or a nice ceramic pumpkin to your space. Snuggle in and enjoy this wonderful season. Before we know it, the busy holidays will be here!

~Wendy

 

 

How to pick paint

Looking to change out your wall colors and don’t know where to start? When we go on a color consult with a client, the first step is always getting to know the space. It is important to determine if you are just selecting wall color or if the room is getting a makeover. If color is not the only change, picking paint first may be putting the cart before the horse. When choosing colors, it is important to know all the elements in the room: fabric colors, wood tones, lighting, etc.

SO, stop if you are looking to drop other pieces in your space before you roll on a color that doesn’t work.

The next step is to decide on a color. Take your color option(s) around the room. Hold your color up on a sunny wall and look at it with the rest of the finishes. Now move it to a shaded wall and do the same thing. Making sure the color looks good with all the light in the space is key.

Extra Tip: Those small swatches give a very limited visual representation. Try grabbing a poster board and painting a large swatch for a better idea of how that color will look once it’s all over your walls!

swatch

The final step is to determine the sheen of the paint. There are lots of guides out there so we will keep this part short and sweet.

Paint Chart

Extra Tip: Egg-Shell is between Flat and Satin which makes it less shiny than satin but still more cleanable than flat.  

Still having trouble choosing a palette? We offer color consultation services and love the opportunity to give fresh life to a space with a new paint scheme. Thinking of painting but stopping because new paint isn’t the only item on your interior design agenda? We would love to help you create a beautiful new space whether you want to keep some old pieces or start afresh.

Call us at 301-360-0680 to set up a consultation, our Design Team is always excited to help.

We love CR Laine’s versatile, beautifully crafted, American-made furniture. Their extensive selection of fabrics and leathers allow for a multitude of styles that work in any home. Take 40% off CR Laine until October 7th at Dream House. Our team of designers can help choose the best look for your home!

Marcoux Long Sofa
Retail: $4758
Sale Price: $2855

Vallone Chair
Retail: $1971
Sale Price: $1183


Wyatt Leather Recliner
Retail: $5040
Sale Price: $3024

Sully Swivel Ottoman
Retail: $1203
Sale Price: $ 722

 

Austin Sofa 
Retail: $3963
 Sale Price: $2378

Remy Leather Chair 
Retail: $3255
Sale Price: $1953

Barrett Sofa
Retail: $4578
Sale Price: $2747

Thayer Leather Chair

Thayer Leather Chair
Retail: $3000
Sale Price: $1800

Trevor Ottoman
Retail: $960
Sale Price: $576

Inspiration 1

As summer winds down, my thoughts turn to all the inspiration each of us has gathered from our summer travels, whether they were near or far. I know you all took some pictures on your phone!! I was lucky enough to travel with great friends to Quebec City this summer. That quaint city sandwiched my love of design, architecture, flowers, and fantastic food perfectly. The use of ordinary objects to create impact and delight to the eye in outdoor spaces was so thoughtful and creative. I had to wonder if French Canadians did the summer thing even better than the winter.

This window dressing outside an art gallery was made with paint cans, brushes, a few sticks, and a little green and it was GENIUS!

Inspiration 1

 

So why not hang umbrellas upside down from a tree for a little instant outdoor fun or suspend them from an indoor space and for a special occasion?

 

Inspiration 2

 

The old walled part of Quebec City is very traditional architecturally but give someone a bucket of paint, and a little confidence to go bold, and the result stops everyone in their tracks.

Inspire 3

Here at Dream House, we try every day to spark your creativity and encourage you to build an interior space that is unique, comfortable, but never boring. So, go ahead, be inspired by your past and future travels or by the beautiful outdoors that surrounds us every day. Just turn it upside down, paint it, reimagine its purpose -express yourself!! It will make you smile😊!

~Cassie