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2017 Design Trends: Lighting


Design shifts every year in the world of interior design. Whether it be colors, materials, textures, furniture styles, flooring or lighting, new concepts and ideas are brought to the consumer every year.

2017 promises to be an exciting year in lighting design. The last decade has seen a resurgence of industrial design, geometric shapes, and because of emerging technologies..adjustable and programmable light emissions.

For designers and homeowners, it presents many new opportunities to create warmth and ambience in any home, working with any budget. Here’s a quick look at some of the new trends in lighting you can expect to see in 2017.

Check out the Modern Lighting section of the Furniture Home Design store to see the newest trends in modern lumination.







25 Amazingly Cool Treehouses


EVERYBODY wants to live in a treehouse. Even if it’s just for a warm summer’s night or a lazy weekend in the autumn when the leaves around your house are changing.

We collected 25 images of the most magical, fairytale treehouses we could find to tickle your imagination. Many of these are made from sustainably sourced materials, like reclaimed hardwood, corrugated steel reused from shipping containers, and many other unique materials that you could only use on projects like these ones.






Huxley’s Ladder Wooden Bookshelves


As a collector of all things readable, I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to show off my favorite books. One of the issues I have (I guess its not really a bad issue, but it makes getting the perfect bookcases a chore!) is that I have very high ceilings in my office, which is where I keep a lot of my book collection. So as you can imagine, I was thrilled to come across these new wooden shelves from Huxley’s. The true genius of this bookshelf? YOU CAN CLIMB IT. I’m in love.

The Huxley’s Ladder is the ideal combination of modern design and perfectly realized functionality that makes grabbing your favorite books off the shelf not just easy, but fun as well! They make for six amply sized sections where you can put your knick knacks, your plants and get this, your books. I’ve even had people sitting on them like seating when I have parties.

You can just get one and have it as a standalone, or you can get a few, depending on how much space you have, and combo them all together to make one big library slash climbing gym. Just kidding. You probably don’t want to let the kids play on these like an actual climbing wall because this ladder is mostly fun for grownups. They are lovingly made of quarter-sawn white oak finished off with a goes-with-anything satin white lacquer.

Unsurprisingly, this ladder bookshelf won the 2015/2016 A’Design Award in Furniture Category. So cool.




Eco-Friendly Mojuhlar Flatpack Furniture


When Ed Reynolds saw how much used furniture was ending up in landfills in the United States, he decided to do something about it, and started a new furniture company that would make furniture that simply used less material, took up less space, and could be used for a multitude of different reasons and rooms, so that it would be easier to reuse or sell. He wrote about it on his site, saying:

“Most modular furniture today primarily serves only one functional use, like modular shelving for storage, or modular sofas for seating. I wanted to design a system that could be reconfigured to serve multiple functional uses and continue to adapt as needs and spaces change.”

His flatpack furniture is very cool, modern and super stylish. The company, called Mojuhlar, makes their furniture from top quality Baltic birch plywood which has feen finished with a Wilsonart laminate. Then, they drill a pattern of holes into the pieces so that they can be fastened together in a number of different ways, creating tons of opportunities for variety. They even use a special kind of screw that fits flush with the wood so that you don’t have the issue of exposed screw heads.

Check out the Furniture Home Design eco-friendly furniture store for more sustainable furniture ideas!




Feist Forest Sustainable Work Tables


We came across this UK-based company while searching for sturdy work tables that also met our standards for being sustainably created pieces of eco-friendly furniture. We were thrilled by their designs, as well as the beautiful British Ash wood that they use to created them.

The ash is responsibly sourced, and each of the work tables is expertly handcrafted at their factory, which is housed in a tin tabernacle in Devon.

According the the team at Feist Forest, the tables and the colors they’ve chosen “reflect the wooden Ash stem and black buds seen in winter.”

Check out Feist Forest here.




Hickory-Butcher-Block-reclaimed furniture

A company in Chicago called Reclaimed Table is creating some beautiful pieces, all using reclaimed and FSC certified wood. They even were sure to use low-VOC finishes and formaldehyde-free Baltic birch plywood. As a nod to a more sustainable history of furniture making, they have even tried to go old-school with the way they make furniture, using equipment like a wood planer from the Smithsonian.

Subfloor hickory and wood reclaimed from an abandoned school gym, paneling from a Kentucky farm, tables made from the barnwood and other sources of reclaimed materials make up the bulk of their furniture pieces.

Check out their website here.

Hickory-Butcher-Block-reclaimed furniture

Hickory-Live-Edge-Slab-recaimed table


Christopher Duffy’s Abyss Table

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This gorgeous and beautifully conceived dining table is from the mind of designer Christopher Duffy and is one of the most unique tables we’ve ever seen at Furniture Home Design. Is it eco-friendly? Yes. The table is created from high grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources. The Abyss table represents abstracted geological sections of the ocean and the land in topography form.

Is it expensive? You’d better believe it. The cost of the Abyss Dining Table will set you back around $40,000 USD.

Designer Christopher Duffy said this about his incredible table: “I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepens. I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.”

There’s a limited edition of 25 available through the designer’s website, so if you have some (a lot) spare cash lying around and want the most conversation-starting dining room experience ever, make your move as soon as possible.

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wassup rustic cottage sofa


There’s just something so magical about being at your lakehouse or summer cottage and relaxing on the sofa in front of a big roaring fire in the evening. Designers who help create the most rustic design aesthetics for log homes and hunting lodges will tell you that one of the most important pieces of furniture you can buy to get this look in your cabin or cottage is a sofa.

Picking the perfect sofa or couch for your getaway home is the key to the creation of that feeling of pure country luxury and comfort. There are some very commonly used design components that show up a lot when we start looking at sofas that meet this aesthetic. Rough-hewn logs make up the structure of some of these rustic sofas, as well as dark brown leathers and intricate patterns of wool for materials. Have a look at some of the different styles available, and consider how many people you’ll have as guests, and how easy you want the care and cleaning to be.

The Wassup Sofa

wassup rustic cottage sofa

Rustic flair has found its home in the Wassup Sofa, which features a soft, marbled chenille in dark chocolate brown and is partnered with a distressed microdenier that resembles rough hewn leather.”

Riva Utah Sofa


This modern rustic sofa, created by Riva of Italy, uses reclaimed and recycled timbers from Venetian lagoons to create clean lines with extremely comfortable seating, perfect for the lodge look.

High Country Sofa

high country rustic sofa

This is a great cottage sofa for a very reasonable price. Features mossy forest green chenille and durable leather look micro-suede. We love the authentically country pattern on the couch cushions.

Rustic Outlaw Sofa

distressed leather rustic sofa cottage

Nothing says country luxury like the well-worn comfort and easy elegance of a distressed leather rustic sofa. This sophisticated sofa combines country ease with rich dark brown leather to create the perfect living room centerpiece for your cottage or lakehouse retreat.

Black Forest Berea Hickory Sofa

rustic log sofa cabin cottage

Soft, luxurious sofa pillows resting on beautiful, natural logs makes for the ultimate in cabin or hunting lodge aesthetics for the living room of your recreational home. This log built rustic sofa is made from hickory logs and features plush cushions you can sink into. Made from hickory grown in American forests.

pantone colors of the year 2016

Every year, Pantone – the color experts – release a statement revealing the upcoming year’s official color. This year, they’ve announced two. Serenity, which is a soft light blue, and Rose Quartz, a very gentle and warm pink. Pantone picks this yearly color based on what they think will be a relevant choice for the upcoming year’s trends in fashion, home décor and multiple design disciplines.

In their annual press release today, Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Institute, explained their decision this year to include both colors.

“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,”

“This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

The 2015 color of the year was Marsala, an deep and sultry red.

pantone colors of the year 2016

pantone rose quartz and serenity

Japanese Kotatsu Heated Table Beds


We recently came across several articles on different design blogs all coveting the same thing – Japanese Kotatsu heated table beds, which are, exactly what they sound like. Perfect little pods of warm coziness that anyone would want as a central piece in their tv room or den. How do they work? Imagine a sectional sofa, with a center table, set up with a super comfortable blanket over top, with a heater installed beneath the table to warm the space created in the tent blanket. That’s basically how it works. The entire concept dates back to the 14th century, when the first Kotatsu arrangements started to appear in Japanese homes.

Check out these awesome pictures of the Kotatsu in action!