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Designing a Transitional Bedroom

There’s no other feeling quite like the one you have when you begin decorating a nursery. You want every detail to be perfect. Your baby’s safety and comfort are at the forefront of your mind. You also want the room to be aesthetically appealing. Quicker than you can imagine, your baby will be a curious little toddler, a young child and then a teenager. With that thought in mind, you may want to consider ways to transition the nursery you lovingly created into a fun kid’s room and a functional room for a teenager.

Designing a Child’s Bedroom

A child’s room should have some free floor space and wall space. Choosing a bunk bed for their room is one way to free up some floor space. Kids need a play area in their room. A large rug can be used to define that space. Walls that aren’t covered with furniture pieces are a great space for personalizing the décor. Wall words or decals, pictures, a chalkboard or various other decorative elements can be included that reflect your child’s interests and personality. Typically, young children like bold colors. When designing a child’s bedroom, it’s best to invest in a few items of furniture that can remain a part of the décor as your child matures and select accessories that can easily and affordably be changed as your child’s personality and interests change.

Designing a Teenager’s Bedroom

Bunk beds are not just for young children. Phoenix area furniture stores have numerous bunk bed designs that are ideal for a teenager’s bedroom. A bed and desk combination is a great design young children and teens. Daybeds are also a popular option for a teenager’s room. These two options leave more space available for the addition of a bookcase or an additional chest of drawers. Teens often like to have a sitting area in their bedroom. It’s important to let teens personalize their room as they wish even if their choices differ from your ideas, and most likely they will.

When it comes to children and teens, it’s best to relax the décor rules so that their personality can be reflected in the décor. When they move out you can transform the room into your dream guest bedroom, office or whatever type of room you desire.

The Psychology of Your Sofa

We all know the age old stereotype of the psychiatrist’s sofa, upon which one may discover the secrets of one’s soul. But what if it is the sofa itself which can tell the most about who we are as people? What many may not have realised is that their couches offer a window into their personalities that is often much more revealing than they may have intended.

Photo not mine

Photo not mine

Why the Sofa?

That your sofa should be so connected to who you are as a person should come as no surprise. After all, it’s probably the most used of all items of furniture in the home and the only one which can step in and function in the same way that other furniture types can, from sleeping to working. Whether you’re a couch potato or a rarely-sit-still, the role that your sofa plays in your life will both determine and be determined by what type of sofa you choose – and the role it plays will be to reveal all about you as a person.


Colours can be very revealing; so much so that almost everyone is aware of the most common associations between colour and personality type. Fiery, passionate types prefer red; fun, outgoing types prefer yellow; cool, calm types prefer soothing blues and greens. Muted colours tend to be preferred by people who are more reserved in nature, whereas rich, sumptuous sofa colours tend to found in the homes of people who are confident, self-assured and even a little sensual.


There are almost too many styles of sofa to count, but a good place to start is with size. Smaller sofas tend to be preferred by people who like familiarity. But don’t be fooled; the presence of a small sofa is a clear indicator that even while you may have a family-oriented-type person on your hands, they probably don’t have a family … yet.

Chaise lounges and sofa beds tend to occur on opposite ends of the spectrum; the former being preferred by people of a spontaneous nature and the latter tending to belong to more practical types. However, both chaise lounges and sofa beds can come in an array of styles so make sure to take note of how modern (or not) the sofa in question is. Older sofas are indicative of a comfortable homebody-type who may be a little resistant to change, whereas modern sofas indicate a contemporary, fashionable and probably quite decisive individual.


Finally, the placement of your sofa can reveal the biggest tell of all. Where is your sofa situated and in what direction is it pointed? Does it face towards the television or the window? Is it in the corner by the fire or does it take up the majority of space in your living room? By asking yourself these simple questions, you will easily be able to find out where your true priorities lie.

Get Furniture that Fits Your Lifestyle


If you are like the new breed of person, everything that you own is disposable. You don’t want to have to move from place to place hauling a houseful of furniture with you. You want to be able to move without all of the trappings, especially if you work in a fluid industry that requires going from one place to another. That makes finding the right furniture in Gulfport or wherever else you are moving really important. However, that furniture needs to be adapted to how you plan on living.

Six Months
If your job is going to require you to be someplace for three to six months, spending money on furniture may be a low priority. You are going to want to find a mattress, a chair, a desk to work at, and probably a bookcase. Add a couple of lamps, and you are good to go. The essentials are all you need, especially when you are only going to be around for a couple of months.

However, if you are uncomfortable with the transient lifestyle, you are going to want to get some more substantial furniture. Finding something that says who you are doesn’t have to be a chore. The most important thing is that you put your stamp on the place that you have moved into. You don’t want your home to feel like a motel. That means that you have to strike a balance between too much and too little furniture. Of course, the only thing that you will need to be aware of is that some assignments turn into something longer than was previously thought.

Staying Longer Than a Year
If you plan on staying any place longer than a year, you are going to need some substantial furniture in Gulfport or wherever you may be. Chances are that you will meet people that you will want to have over to your place. If it looks like you are still moving in after three months, you will be seen as a little weird. Plus, that type of living makes people a little leery of getting to know you. Who wants to get attached to someone that is just going to leave?

Buying The Right Sofa Bed

The sofa bed has been championing the multi-functional cause for many years and is no less valuable today, when the home design market demands both style and functionality as standard. But how do you make sure this versatile piece of furniture does both of its jobs well?

Here are a few tips on how to buy a sofa bed that ticks all the right boxes.

Firstly, measure the intended space and make sure you factor in the extra room for access, once the bed is folded out. It doesn’t hurt to research the different sofa beds, so you know what to ask in the stores and what to look for in terms of material and mechanism. The main types are the pull-out, futon and davenport.

All three types rely on a mechanism which usually involves pushing down the sofa back and/or pulling out the seating. It’s essential that you test this in store yourself, as well as watching the assistant do it, as sofa beds can vary in weight and ease of adjustment so it’s important to get one that won’t take all night to set up.

Hardwood frames are usually the most durable: look out for slat systems with webbing for good support. In terms of upholstery, options like faux-leather offer practicality and an appealing look for the main living area or there are plenty of wipe-clean alternatives for a child’s bedroom. Designs are by no means as boxy and uniform as they used to be. Comprising curved options are available, as well as armless sofa-chairs and even corner units for a decent-sized double guest-bed.

Sofa beds are often employed as a money-saving device and they are successful in this regard, but make sure you invest enough for comfort. This is where a quick lie-down in the shop comes in handy. As a piece of furniture, it will always be a compromise between a bed and a sofa, but it’s still important to aim for the best of both.

Floral Accent Chair

Photo credit: Argos.co.uk

I am not very fond of floral prints. I don’t dislike them but I’m just not thrilled to have any floral prints in the house. But that changed when I saw this gorgeous chair in Argos. The bold floral pattern is so lively and it brings color to the house even if you just place it in a corner. I think this arm chair will look very good in my future house 

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