guest room redesign

One of the most exciting things about completely redoing a room is reimagining how the homeowner will use the space. This bonus room was so much fun to update.

guest room renovation

 The room is in a house that was previously a model home and designed to be a quirky guest room/playroom with bold patterns and colors. The clients needed a more functional room that fit the design of the whole house.

guest room before renovation

Maintaining a place for guests to sleep while not dominating the large open room was made easy with American Leather’s Comfort Sleeper Sofa collection.

redesign of guest room

The room transformed into a stylish and comfortable place to relax. The soft sloping arms of the Perry Sleeper Sofa give a little flare while keeping with a classic and beachy look that fit the feel of the rest of the home.

guest room redesign

Now, they can cozy up to watch tv and have a lovely room for guests. Several months after the installation, the owner confessed they use the space all the time – a total win for our design goals!

before and after

The versatility and intuitive features the American Leather Comfort Sleepers offers make creating multifunctional spaces an attractive and comfortable reality. Their sleepers feature 8 inches more sleeping area than a traditional sleeper with 80 inches of sleeping space on a plush, hi-density HiPerform mattress that comes standard on all models, or upgrade to a Cooling Gel or Tempur-Pedic mattress.

dining room renovation

dining room renovation power of rugs

We are here to remind you that rug orders in July are 20% off at Dream House and show you the power a new rug can have! Rugs can add depth, color, drama, and, of course, softness to your spaces! Take a scroll through these before and after images of rooms we designed in a recent client’s home and see the impact a rug can make!

renovation dining room

We offer a variety of beautifully crafted rugs from vendors we have partnered with for years. Shop area rugs, runners, and floor mats in every color and style imaginable – and even for your outdoor oasis!

impact a rug can make

This room came together beautifully and simply with a new rug, window treatment, and pillow in a complementary and pretty palate.

before bed

Don’t be overwhelmed! Come by Dream House, and we will help you find what you need for your home in a style you love. Whether you are looking for quick and simple interior design renovation with rugs or a complete room or home makeover, we can assist!

hallway interior renovation after see the impact a rug can make

A departure from the traditional wooden hallway bench, this plush and pretty upholstery adds a pop of color and pattern that compliments the entry rug.

before hallway renovation

See the impact a rug can make (and so much more) in these Before & Afters:

Sophisticated Living Room

Beautiful Basement Renovation

basement redesign

basement redesign

Even the most coveted aspects of home design can be challenging. Open floor plans are attractive for many reasons but can also be tricky. The first time we laid eyes on this project, it was under construction, and the layout was a large and long open space to include a bar and a second access to a storage room. Once we got in and assessed the area, it was clear that in order to maximize the room’s potential, we needed to make a few changes. The bar placement was critical, or we ran the risk of awkward, wasted spaces. Luckily, coming into the job so early, we had that flexibility. We shifted the bar down to one end of the room and closed off the wall with the door to the storage area (it was a secondary door and was not the primary access). This design made a well-defined area for entertaining with a tabletop surface: a dining table for games or food and drinks was perfect for the client.

basement design dining are

After tackling that feature, there was still a large and long space to work with. On the far wall was a fireplace, and one desire for function in the basement included a cozy spot to watch TV. The fireplace proved the natural spot to place the TV (a picture TV for the win since it doubles as art). We settled on the modular style of the Winston Sectional from CR Laine because it allows for ottomans to be used on the ends of the sofa to create chaise lounges or centered in the room to form a large ottoman/coffee table. We always aim for versatility, especially in a space for casual entertaining. An area in the middle was left – on one side, a large sectional, and on the other, a table for entertaining. We created a conversational space that could easily overflow from the table/bar area or as a reading, working, or resting place when not entertaining.

home interior design sitting area

The challenge always proves to be fun because that is where creativity comes into play. Sometimes that creativity requires small-scale changes that pay off in big ways when all is said and done. What was once a head-scratcher of a room is now a multi-functional hub for all ages. And it could not have turned out without the trust of such wonderful clients.

basement renovation

Check out more of our basement redesigns here:

CR Laine Upholstered Furniture

CR Laine Upholstered Furniture

We walk you through the top four reasons you may be hesitant to buy new upholstery furniture and offer ways to ensure you get the best item for your space without the worry.


The cost of new upholstery furniture can be a significant investment. As with many big purchases or projects, we believe there are areas to splurge and save. If your budget is restrictive, splurging on your main upholstery seating is the way to go. Our two American-made upholstery companies are made to last; they are not throw-away pieces. With frames guaranteed for life, cleanable fabric options, and excellent quality, choosing upholstery that lasts is a money-saver in the long run and is a more sustainable option.

Wood Turning


You may hesitate to purchase new upholstery furniture due to concerns about durability and wear. It is understandable to fear furniture will not hold up, especially with children, pets, or frequent entertaining. We sell upholstery frames that are solid and well-made, and to prove it, the frames have a warranty for life! Longevity is a huge proponent we assess when pairing fabrics on frames while considering your needs and comfort. We proudly sell upholstery we stand behind. We believe quality and craftsmanship are just as important as style.

American Leather


There are many different furniture styles, but popular retailers tend to carry a similar look (or whatever is trendy) that may not align with your style. At Dream House, we proudly showcase eclectic styles, with pieces ranging from contemporary to traditional, farmhouse to beachy, and more. Our upholstery and case good lines offer myriad styles, finishes, shapes, and configurations. Additional styles are available beyond what is on our floor -giving you the flexibility to choose what works for your home.

CR Laine Upholstered Furniture


Comfort is a critical consideration when purchasing new upholstery furniture! You may hesitate to buy furniture if you are unsure about comfort and want to try out an item before committing. Having a storefront is a huge advantage. The number of times Dream House customers have shared their regrets about buying upholstery online – let’s just say we know! That’s why we encourage you to find a frame in-store to test out various seat firmnesses to maximize comfort. Even if a style is not on our floor, there is a good chance another piece has a similar feel, eliminating any hesitation about buying.

CR Laine Upholstered Furniture

Neutral Design Trends

Neutral Design Trends


We have seen a lighter and softer design trend in the past year. Customers want to update their spaces by using lighter colors and textures instead of rich deep colors. Grey is still popular, but it has a much softer and warmer cast.

While designing this room, the client knew she would paint the walls a light, warm grey. Her stone fireplace had light grey and warmer shades. The floor was also more grey than red or yellow, and it became our color palette for the spaces. If the floor had been an orange or red tone, I would have pulled those colors into the scheme.

“Everything is my favorite. The light color palette that we chose is so timeless and feels really cozy against the darker flooring and stone in the fireplace. It feels and looks so comfortable and inviting. Also, the unique features on the actual pieces we picked – such as the tufted ottoman, spools on the chairs, and even the lines of the couch give it interest and character.” —Home Owner

Softer shades are echoed in the rugs -textured rugs, tone-on-tone rugs, natural rugs -all working together to tie in the colors and add interest to the lighter color scheme. This year, we have seen fewer traditional oriental rugs and more rugs with a softer look, whether it’s a beige or grey-ish shade or a combination of both. Current popular rugs have a traditional design but in very soft muted colors.

Furniture also tends to be lighter and features different textures and smaller designs. Textured or patterned pillows and art add interest and color to these soft-toned rooms.

I love these new trends in design and how my client’s home turned out. The space is soft and comfortable, and I feel it will be current and stylish for a long time.


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Design House room

‘Putting the cart before the horse’ is a commonly used idiom referring to doing things in the incorrect order or getting ahead of yourself before you have thoroughly thought something through. Well, at Dream House, we like the phrase, ‘don’t put the drywall up before the Designer’. Never heard of that term? We coined it. The heart of this message is our tried and true advice – you should bring in an Interior Designer on a new-build project before you have the drywall installed because it’s much harder to make changes once the project is that far along.

What are the top ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ comments our clients make when they tell us about a project they did without design help?


Fixture Placement – not just lighting, but outlets, light switches, etc. There’s nothing worse than having a gorgeous new home and thinking, “Well how am I going to access that light switch if I want drapes? Why didn’t I think about lighting for my built-in? Why isn’t there an outlet where I need it to be?”


Small But Important Details – like the fireplace, accent walls, or other architectural details. With so many decisions to make, it is important to think each of them through. Bringing in a Design professional (who’s only focus is to make your interior perfect for you) will ensure that trained eyes comb through the details so you don’t have costly and time consuming change orders.

Design House room

Finishes – with so many different choices, it’s hard to make sure all your selections point to the overall design direction. It’s easy to get lost along the way. Our Designers don’t get bogged down with personal styles, we simply focus on your look and how to best achieve it. From cabinets and countertops to light fixtures and doorknobs – leave no detail undesigned.

Design House Chair

Furniture – last but not least! We are seeing more and more clients on new projects, planning and ordering their furniture in the early phases of design and build, so everything is move-in ready when the home is complete.

We specialize in thoughtful, long-lasting design that takes both style and function into account. From turnkey design to one room, we offer furniture, accessories, lighting, window coverings, rugs, and more. Email or call us to schedule a Design Consultation.

Samsung Customized Fridge

Samsung Customized Fridge

Colorful, Coordinated Kitchen Appliances

Samsung has designed a new line of innovative, functional, and infinitely customizable kitchen appliances called Bespoke. Imagine a kitchen with color coordinating microwaves, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Partnering with Benjamin Moore, their design will eventually bring over 4,000 color options to homeowners. To start, Samsung only offers its customizable refrigerator in the US. We will have to wait a bit longer for all of the appliance options.

2021 Wallpaper Trends

Wallpaper is Booming

The popularity of wallpaper has been growing steadily, and it’s about to boom. Nothing can convey style and texture better than wallpaper. Bring color, pattern, and presence into your home through this incredibly versatile medium. Its benefits include durability and longevity. And it’s cost-effective in the long run.

2021 Warm Color Trends

Warmer Colors are Coming for Grey

Grey is still the most popular neutral, but earthy hues like rich, warm yellows, oranges, and browns are making their way into homes. Not only are these colors a great alternative, but they play off a neutral pallet beautifully. Our upholstery partners have beautifully incorporated these fantastic warm-toned textiles into their lines this season.

2021 Home Office Trends

Hello, Home Office

Home offices are a reality so why not make them a focal point? The temporary transfer to home has become a more permanent position for many so embrace the creative. While an office space has certain non-negotiable criteria, leave traditional office decor in the building, and design a space that meets or even rivals the rest of your home.


Dream House Design Philosophy

Design trends tend to come and go (some more quickly than others). We are experts at understanding your look and professionally work to steer you toward a direction you will enjoy for years and years to come. Be it trendy or classic, eclectic, or monotone. Our goal as designers is to create spaces that reflect the narrative you want to tell while allowing flexibility to incorporate new trends or a growing household. Our philosophy is to create spaces that are loved by our clients and enhance their lives. It’s as simple as that.

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Check out our design tips for dressing up your home for the holidays!

From Frederick Lifestyle: Dressing up your home for the holidays is a bit like dressing yourself for a holiday get together. Adding a sparkling necklace or shiny earrings can really brighten up your look. Similarly, bringing in a mirrored tray or mercury glass candle holders will enhance the festive mood. Mary Beutler of Dream House Furniture and Design in Frederick says, “Additionally when decorating your home for the holidays, keep in mind these key design principles.”  READ MORE»

outdoor furniture

We can all admit that this year has not panned out to be what we hoped and dreamed the new year and decade would bring. Amid the curveballs thrown, we are adjusting – perhaps resituating to balance our mostly at home life, to make it enjoyable and meaningful. The more time spent at home, the more of an oasis and haven it becomes. So what are some Designer recommended pieces that should be a staple in your home as we continue to settle into this new phase?

home office

1. Home Office

For many, working from home is no longer temporary, but has evolved into a more permanent situation. Your home office can and should feel like a place you look forward to going to every morning. A place where you are organized, energized, and even revitalized. We have several gorgeous desks, comfy chairs, and lots of wallpaper, lamps, and accessories to take your office to the next level.

sleeper sofa

2. Sleeper Sofa

As we look to travel without previous restraints, we are seeing people host family and friends for more extended periods of time. Give your family and friends the feeling of their own bed without having to give away a whole bedroom. Our Comfort Sleepers come in chairs, sofas, and sectionals so your “guestroom” can be anywhere.

outdoor furniture

3. Outdoor Furniture

Spending time outside has become essential now that we find our indoor activities limited. The second-best sofa to invest in, is the one outside. If you are looking for a dining set, sofas, chairs, poufs, or outdoor rugs, we’ve got it… It is so worth it to have nice seating outdoors. We love adding string lights, lanterns, and planters to create a welcoming paradise.

reading chair

4. Reading Chair

Reading, napping, working, really this chair should allow you to do everything in it. We have so many great options – our top picks being the Comfort Air Chair by American Leather (imagine floating on a cloud) or the Comfort Recliner also by American Leather. Because sitting is such a personal experience, we show our favorite styles on the floor for you to test for yourself, don’t just take our word for it!


5. Plants

Green thumb or no, greenery of any kind is a definite mood booster. Find yourself a succulent, vine, or fig tree and pair it with the perfect pot or basket. Make a gorgeous arrangement to hang on your front porch or a wreath. We’ve got something for everyone, and if all else fails, go faux! Take your plants indoors or outside with our versatile collections.

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!


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