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There’s nothing more relaxing than gathering around a fire with friends or family on a cooled-down summer evening. For most, those kinds of nights are reserved for camping weekends or cottage getaways. But there are ways to create that warm and comforting environment right in your own backyard.

There are options for you as well, depending on what your local bylaws will allow on private property. For example, you can choose a wood burning pit, if you want the most authentic fire experience. These are often built with heat-absorbing custom cut granite, which looks beautiful in a landscaped back yard area. They also come in large bowl shapes, which can look amazing in the middle of a space surrounded by Adirondack chairs.

If you decide to go with a gas-burning firepit, you can take your pick from a wide range of styles, from elegant fire bowls to tables with a built-in pit, and you can choose natural gas or propane burners. For this kind, you can fill the pit with elegant lava rock or an array of clear or coloured river stones or glass stones, depending on your design needs. Many stores carry a huge variety of options if you want to go the glass bead route.

Once again, it’s important to check your local laws to see what you’re permitted to have on your property, so do your due diligence to ensure you’re not breaking the law.

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Are you ready to covet some out-of-this-world bathtub designs that are more than just a figment of a designer’s imagination…they are real, and in some very lucky people’s homes. Whether you want a bathtub with an infinity edge, or one that makes you feel like you’re bathing in a rocky grotto, we’ve found some of the most uniquely amazing bathtubs in the world.

There’s a bathtub that looks a lot like yours, but the outer wall is made of crystal clear glass. We’ve found round bathtubs made of granite, marble and stone that look like they’ve been carved out of a quarry and placed in your bathroom directly. How about sunken bathtubs that will make you feel like you’re at a nordic spa?

Take a look at some of these tubs, and you’ll never be quite happy with your plain old bathtub again! Check out the Furniture Home Design store for more modern bathroom ideas.

Ideas for Reclaimed Dining Room Tables

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If you’re lucky enough to have an actual dining room in your home that can accommodate a large dining table, you should consider getting one that’s made from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably harvested wood. These kind of tables have a rustic modern charm, and fit well into a number of different decor styles, from a country style home, to a modern, minimalist living space. Take a look at some of the different styles of rustic dining room tables that are available these days!

There are plenty of options when it comes to the kind of woods you can use to make these tables yourself, or for having one custom made for your dining space. One of the most popular reclaimed material is barn wood, and another really cool one is old rail ties that have been repurposed and refinished to be used in furniture. Older wood has a ton of character and the age of the wood bestows it with incredible and unique patterns and color.

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For years people have been playing DIY with IKEA furniture and then releasing the specs on how to make modifications to their classic designs to better suit your needs. Never a company to shy away from trends, the Swedish furniture champs are getting into the hack game themselves.

IKEA’s first foray into this world comes in the form of a modifiable, flat pack sofa that will change with the times and be adaptable as possible. They are calling it the Delaktig sofa (meaning “participating”), tand it is a collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon and students from London’s Royal College of Art. The sofa is expected to hit stores as early as nest year and is being priced at between USD $399 and $899.

Made out of light, recycled extruded aluminum, it will come ready with bolt holes to be used for a number of options from third party designers like side tables, lamps, charging stations and even baby gear like sleepers.

The goal is to push the company in a new direction for a new era and a new kind of shopper. They want to be seen as way more of a tech company than a furniture company. Their creative director Marcus Engman said the following recently when discussing the future of IKEA:

“Open-source thinking is one of the things that I believe will affect a lot of the way we do things. When we look at mass production and what’s ‘good,’ the measurements of quality are set by engineers. It’s very much that everything should be exactly the same. But what if that’s not the goal? Is [an experiment] ‘wrong’ but in the right way? That’s how the software industry works and how they develop.”

2017 Design Trends: Lighting

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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.

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25 Amazingly Cool Treehouses

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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.

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Huxley’s Ladder Wooden Bookshelves

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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.

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Eco-Friendly Mojuhlar Flatpack Furniture

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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!

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Feist Forest Sustainable Work Tables

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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.

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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.

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