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 Names like Sunbrella (originally made for outdoor cushions), Crypton, Sustain, and Revolution have been added to the fabric selections for both companies.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 Flynn - Dream House

Styled Shelves

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 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»

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!




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!


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😊!



“What is the difference between a Comfort Sleeper and the average sofa bed?” @theperennialstyle

We’ve been selling American Leather’s Comfort Sleeper Sofas for years because we love them and our customers have told us over and over that they do too! Not everyone knows what makes them stand out, so in anticipation of our big Comfort Sleeper sale, we found a fabulous explanation and had to share.

After purchasing a Sleeper, The Perennial Style blogger Ellen raves, “What I loved the most about the Comfort Sleeper is how it comes in so many different colors and fabrics. I could also choose between a couch or any-shaped sectional, plus I could choose three different size bed options – Queen, Queen Plus, and King! [At Dream House, you can choose Cot through King plus many additional features.] Based on the size of my living room, I chose the Perry shape in a size Queen Plus in the Sunbrella fabric. The reason I loved the Sunbrella fabric so much was due to the durability, as well as the luxurious texture and color!” To read the rest of Ellen’s post go here»

We are excited to offer 10% off any American Leather Sleeper from August 30th through September 16th at Dream House! 

Ellen @theperennialstyle creates a comfortable and inviting space for her guests.

In need of some creative inspiration?

We’ll let you in on one of our newest obsessions – the @Firmdale_Hotels Instagram account. Run by Interior Designer, Kit Kemp, her page showcases the luxury hotel company’s unique style and their love affair with mixing fabulous wallpaper and upholstery patterns. The hotel company, which is run by Kemp and her husband, is currently only in New York and London but their influence on the design world is expansive. Kit has partnered with several other designers and brands in the industry including Anthropologie and, most recently, one of our favorite textile resources Kravet Inc.

The bold patterns, colors, and textures she uses push beyond some of the more typical design trends seen on TV or in magazines. This proves the ingenuity of each of her spaces and gives us the creative tickle to push for better design ideas and creative custom applications. There is no limit to how you can outfit a piece of furniture with custom applications and fabulous designer lines like Kit’s. Give her a follow and be inspired with us.

For other upholstery designer collaborations we love from Kravet check out:

Linherr Hollingsworth  | Nate Berkus  |  Kelly Wearstler

Kit Kemp and Andrew Martin for Kravet Inc.