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!

plants

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.

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!