Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
February 9, 2016

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Looking at celebrity homes, the first word that springs to mind is often “expensive”. You can tell at a glance that the owner of the home is a multi-millionaire. But quite often the rooms look impersonal and cold. There’s a lot of shine, a lot of enormity, but very little warmth.

You want your home to look like a home. You don’t want guests to be afraid to touch anything. When you see opulent celebrity rooms, the decor sometimes looks jagged. Like they’re trying too hard to look like royalty. This is decorating to show off to other people, or to give yourself a daily reminder that you are filthy rich. But your rooms should have personality!

The truth is, when you buy furniture that looks pretty, you’re often sacrificing comfort. That shiny leather is telling people you have the dough, but it might also be telling your guests to keep off of it. Filling your room with expensive objects doesn’t always create a friendly atmosphere. Don’t be suckered into designing an alienating room!

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Pull up a chair

With such a comfy carpet, you may be tempted to sit down on that instead of on a chair or a sofa. If you don’t mind being too close to the floor, you may want to consider a bean bag. People sometimes associate bean bags with teenagers, not luxury living. But don’t be fooled by these youthful associations! I’ve yet to meet a grown-up who doesn’t appreciate a bean bag.

Maybe an average bean bag doesn’t sound very impressive to you. Solution: get a really big bean bag. Better solution: get a really big personalised bean bag! Getting a Fombag will allow you to choose colour and size. Check out their product builder here: http://www.fombag.com/ProductBuilder.html?p=6&s=OTT&f=MS008. Perhaps opt for the Fompancake. Who isn’t tempted to sit on something called a Fompancake?

As for your sofa, don’t buy something you’re going to cover in plastic. It’s always struck us as absurd to invite a guest onto a plastic-covered sofa. Doesn’t that just suggest the guest is filthy in some way? And the noise! Sitting down shouldn’t produce this crinkly, hard sound. Your guests will be too scared to lean back!

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Designer sofas don’t have to say “don’t touch me”. Your main goal for getting a sofa isn’t to make the room look pretty. It’s to give you and your guests somewhere to sit! Keeping it elegant but simple is the key.

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That’s entertainment

Your entertainment setup is also important. Ever been to someone’s house and seen a ridiculous entertainment setup that you were scared to actually use? It shouldn’t be this way. Your TV, your gaming consoles, all your entertainment devices – the setup should be elegant and intuitive.Image from Flickr

Pull up a chair

With such a comfy carpet, you may be tempted to sit down on that instead of on a chair or a sofa. If you don’t mind being too close to the floor, you may want to consider a bean bag. People sometimes associate bean bags with teenagers, not luxury living. But don’t be fooled by these youthful associations! I’ve yet to meet a grown-up who doesn’t appreciate a bean bag.

Maybe an average bean bag doesn’t sound very impressive to you. Solution: get a really big bean bag. Better solution: get a really big personalised bean bag! Getting a Fombag will allow you to choose colour and size. Check out their product builder here: http://www.fombag.com/ProductBuilder.html?p=6&s=OTT&f=MS008. Perhaps opt for the Fompancake. Who isn’t tempted to sit on something called a Fompancake?

As for your sofa, don’t buy something you’re going to cover in plastic. It’s always struck us as absurd to invite a guest onto a plastic-covered sofa. Doesn’t that just suggest the guest is filthy in some way? And the noise! Sitting down shouldn’t produce this crinkly, hard sound. Your guests will be too scared to lean back!

Designer sofas don’t have to say “don’t touch me”. Your main goal for getting a sofa isn’t to make the room look pretty. It’s to give you and your guests somewhere to sit! Keeping it elegant but simple is the key.

Ever watched an episode of MTV Cribs? Many wealthy celebrities have an elaborate setup in this area. You have to push a button to expose the television screen. Or open specific cabinets to access the DVD player. You should keep it simple, so guests can look at the system and know exactly how to work it. Make sure that television screen is big, though! That’s one feature that’s welcome in any home!

Where can I put my mug?

Space. That’s one of the key terms of modern design. Many would urge you to keep it minimal. Minimalism can be brilliant, but some people can take it too far. If you don’t have a table or a similar surface on which guests can rest mugs or other items, then you’ve taken it too far. If your conversation creates echoes, you’ve taken it too far. Having enough space to dance around in is all well and good, but don’t remove all the character!

A table near the sofa is a must. But a keen eye can tell when you’ve just thrown a table in there just to have a table. Keep the aesthetic in line with the rest of the room! A big, elegant table isn’t going to work well. Try something more unique. Don’t get the kind of table that makes you demand guests use coasters for their mugs. No-one likes the coaster guy.

Watch the vase!

Something we still see in the rooms of the rich and famous: valuable, even priceless items placed across the room. That expensive vase resting on that ornate pillar? Bad idea. If you want some art where your guests will be hanging out, keep it to paintings. If it looks like it could fall at the slightest knock and break, it won’t make people feel that comfortable.

At the end of the day, your home is your home. You should design it in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Maybe that means ignoring this article altogether! But don’t be over the top for the sake of it.

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