Design Tips for A Kid Friendly Living Room

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We all want to boast a beautiful living room. After all, it should be the one room in your home where you can relax with your family, enjoy your favorite television show after a busy workday, and entertain guests. It shouldn’t be the one room in your home that lacks style, organization or upkeep. And just because you have children, doesn’t mean your living room – or the rest of your home for that matter – has to lack style. There are plenty of ways to make your living room look elegant and clean, while also making it kid-friendly and safe.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a clutter-free, organized and visually appealing living room, no matter how young your children may be.

Find the Right Paint

Fingerprints, markers, crayons and other imperfections can make your walls look dirty and unmaintained, which can take away from the overall beauty of your living space. Once the marks are on the wall, there’s no going back – unless you paint your walls with a washable paint sheen! Colors in eggshell, satin or semi-gloss are all great options for families with young children, as imperfections can be washed away easily with soap and water.

Don’t feel limited to traditional paint options either. Chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are all wonderful accent wall options that take the cake for being parent and living room approved. In fact, you’ll want your kids to draw as much as they want on the walls coated in one of these fun and family-oriented options!

Protect Your Furniture

Kids are always jumping around on the furniture, and if they aren’t doing that, they’re either eating or drinking on them. To ensure your furniture investments are protected and maintain their like-new appearance for a long time, take advantage of couch and chair covers. These slipcovers are easy to take on and off, and they’re even washable. Use them to cover your furniture during play dates, and then whisk them off with ease before your dinner party.

Another family-friendly furniture option is leather. Both durable and comfortable, leather furniture is less likely to reveal stains, spills and other imperfections than fabric is.

Choose the Right Flooring

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When you have young children, spills, dirt, allergens, and crumbs can easily accumulate and make your floors look downright dirty. Make sure you install floors that are easy to maintain and clean up should your son spill his glass of orange juice everywhere. Durable, stain-resistant carpeting is also a wonderful way to cover your gorgeous hardwood floors until your kids are a bit older. Plush and warm, carpeting can also protect your kids from bumps and bruises should they fall.

Chose Stylish Storage Options

With children, you are bound to end up with a plethora of toys lying around the house. Instead of banishing toys to their room, you can incorporate stylish design pieces that can hide these toys. You can choose a coffee table that doubles as an

For families looking for fine furnishings and interior design assistance in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area, Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services. Visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lane Road or give us a call at 248-855-1600 to get started on your living room upgrade!

Energy-Saving Design Tips for Winter

As the weather begins to get chillier, and the sun sets earlier in the day, you may begin to spend more and more time at home. The bitter cold that winter brings tends to make people choose staying in, rather than heading out for dinner or drinks with friends. This is also a time of year when many people host gatherings like holiday parties and dinners.

Whether you’re bundled up on the sofa, preparing dinner for holiday celebrations, or curled up in bed with a good book- make your home as cozy and efficient as possible this season!

Light Up Your Home

If you will be hanging Christmas lights, consider using LED light bulbs. LED lights are a great way to decorate your home and save energy. You can also use lights that include a timer to be sure that the lights are only displayed when necessary to avoid using too much power. LED lights can also be used inside your home for a more energy-efficient lighting option. You can also incorporate motion-activated lights to ensure that the lights are only in use when necessary.

Area Rugs

As the weather gets colder, you may notice a draft in your home. Depending on what kind of flooring option you have, it can become particularly chilly. A great way to insulate your floors and keep the heat inside your home is to use area rugs. A thick wool area rug will help protect your feet from the cold floor. Area rugs are also a great option for seasonal décor because they can be easily rolled up and stored during the warmer seasons.

Cozy it Up

Textures are a great way to add dimension and a beautiful design element. You can use fluffy pillows, chunky knit blankets, and fuzzy throw rugs to add textures to an otherwise dull room.

Winter Curtains

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Window dressings are a great way to insulate your home this winter. It is time to pack away the light, flowy curtains, and opt for a darker, more heavier set of curtains to help keep a draft from entering your home through the windows.

Move Furniture

Changing your living room’s furniture around is not only a way to change around the look and feel of your home but it can also help to save energy and keep your home warm. To save energy by moving your furniture, first, locate all heating vents in your home. If you have any couches, ottomans, or dressers blocking the air vents, move them so they do not obstruct the airflow from your vents. Some people like to hide their air vents for aesthetic reasons, but if possible, move your furniture around to help the airflow more freely throughout your home.

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services which include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures and more!  Contact us today to set up a consultation with our professional interior designers! Check out our furniture selection to browse our stylish yet functional sofas and sectionals.

Simple Ways To Update Your Home

Many people love sprucing up their home, but it can get expensive to totally redesign every room, especially if you love to constantly change things around. There are some simple solutions to updating your home décor that won’t take up too much money or effort.

Here are some suggestions on simple home décor updates that can help improve your space:

Update Your Cabinets

Most kitchens consist of a lot of cabinets. If you’re unhappy with your cabinets, you’re likely unhappy with your kitchen. Consider painting your cabinets to give them a brand new look and change the appearance of your entire kitchen with one project. If you’re not looking to do a big project, consider just changing the hardware on the cabinets. Choose knobs that are colorful or unique for a small detail that all guests are guaranteed to notice.

Paint Your Living Room

A fresh paint job is the perfect way to update your home without breaking the bank. It can also transform the way a room looks completely. If you are satisfied with your current furnishings be sure to select a color that compliments your existing furniture and décor. Neutral tones like green, grey, off white, beige, and black are very popular tones for living rooms and other common areas. These colors are so popular because of their versatility. If you would like to demo a color before painting your living room or running out to buy a bunch of different paint samples, check out PPG’s Visualizer. Simply upload a photo of the room you would like to paint, and they will digitally apply the color to your wall!

Switch Up Your Furniture

There is a good chance that your furniture is the focal point in most rooms, even if you’re unaware of it. If you can trade out an old chair and replace it with a new statement chair, you can give the space a whole new look without painting the room or changing the flooring. You can also add statement pillows to older furniture pieces to give the furniture a new look. Don’t be afraid to purchase statement pillows that showcase your personality and preferences.

Add a Small Gallery

If you have a wall that feels plain, but you aren’t sure what to fill it with, consider putting up a bit of a “mismatched” gallery. You can easily fill the walls with pictures of your loved ones and cherished memories.  Purchase a number of frames that are corky, but somehow coincide with one another, and stagger them on the wall to fill the space. For instance, you could choose all wood frames, but they could all be a different type of wood.

Update Lighting Fixtures

Many people have overhead lights that they aren’t happy with, but they eventually become “out of sight, out of mind.” If you have a light fixture hanging above your head that you can’t stand to look up at, consider replacing it. Although you might be used to the fixture, it’s something that most people will notice upon walking in that don’t see it daily. Updating a simple light fixture, even if it is just a hand-me-down lamp that you’ve grown tired of, can help a room feel brand new.

If you have a vision for your home, contact Sherwood Studios, we can help you make it into a reality. Visit our Pinterest page for more home inspiration and give us a call when you’re ready to get started. Remember to check our blog frequently for other design tips and tricks to create your ideal living space! These simple suggestions should help you update the look of your home without totally redoing it all together. Before you get started, visit Sherwood Studios for fine furniture and interior design services.

Why You Should Trust an Experienced Interior Designer With Your New Home

Why You Should Trust an Experienced Interior Designer With Your New Home

Buying a new home is a big investment—probably one of the biggest ones you’ll make in life. Chances are, you’ve waited for the absolutely perfect listing to come along, crossed your fingers on an offer and celebrated with jubilation when it was accepted. In Southeast Michigan and beyond, homebuyers go through this life-changing process all the time.

Still, once you’ve celebrated the purchase of a new home, the journey has only just begun. You’ll spend so much of your life inside your home, so why would you get careless when it comes time to decide what it will look like inside? Even if you have an understanding of your personal style and what design items you like, it can be difficult to translate your wants into the actual items you want in your home. An interior designer can take your ideas along with their expert knowledge in the field to create the perfect place just for you.  

If you are thinking of hiring an interior designer, here are five reasons to trust an experienced professional to make the decisions that could last a lifetime:

A Personal Touch

You can read all the interior design magazines and blogs you want. Without a designer who truly knows you and your family, you’re likely to end up with a cookie-cutter home that feels like a model for everyone else. The great thing about a professionally well-designed interior is that it fits perfectly with your unique lifestyle while looking absolutely fabulous at the same time.

Furniture that Fits

Think about the last time you stepped foot in a furniture store. You probably remember seeing way too many couches, shelves, tables and chairs with absolutely no clue where to start. It’s one thing to have a nice piece of furniture catch your eye, but it takes another level of expertise to understand how to put it all together. With a great interior designer, you won’t feel the need for a furniture store return for a long time.

Why You Should Trust an Experienced Interior Designer With Your New Home

Lighting You Can Feel

We’ve all heard about how much the lighting in a room can affect the mood of those inside. There’s actually a diagnosed mood disorder—winter seasonal affective disorder—that’s treated with increased light exposure. Don’t worry about which lights to choose from in the never-ending aisle at the hardware store. An experienced interior designer can set the mood exactly the way you want it.

The Perfect Colors

Interior designers fancy color choices as somewhat of a science. The color wheel is our artist’s palette—we know which colors work and which ones don’t. We’ve seen plenty of new homebuyer’s stumble into absolutely horrendous color combinations that sounded great at the time. Don’t let yourself make that mistake.

Coordination is Key

Try designing the entire interior of your home by yourself and you’ll end up with a list of contacts longer than the paperwork to buy the home itself. Who has the time to keep track of everyone involved, not to mention making sure they work effectively together. Professional interior designers have years of experience working with all sorts of contractors to make sure things run smoothly from start to finish. They also have connections that the average person would know nothing about, which can help with pricing and getting the job done in a timely manner.

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services, that include fabric selections, custom furnishings, artwork accessories, and much more! If you’re looking for the best interior design studio in West Bloomfield, servicing clients across Southeast Michigan in areas such as Birmingham, Troy, and more, give Sherwood Studios a call right away! Let us help design the home of your dreams!

Questions to Consider Before Hiring an Interior Designer

What to Ask Your Interior Designer

Whether you are moving into a new home or are looking to redefine the style of your current space, there are many advantages to working with an interior designer to do so. An interior designer can do so much more than tell you what paint colors work best together; they can work with you to develop a style that weaves harmoniously through each and every space in your home. Interior designers specialize in creating beautiful spaces cultivated with your personal style in mind. In order to understand what kind of décor will work.

Of course, there are a few things that your interior designer will need to know about your family and your home before they get started and thinking about these questions ahead of time will help to ensure your home is renovated and styled to perfection.

What Elements are a Must?

Are there any design elements or themes that you absolutely need included in your home re-design. Maybe it is modern artwork or Victorian style antiques. This can help establish a theme and create a design plan that flows from one room to the next.

What are Your Color Likes and Dislikes?

Before your interior designer gets to work choosing the new paint colors for your walls and picking out signature furniture pieces and accents to decorate your home, it is important to let them know what colors you like. Do you prefer grays and blues? Or do you like beiges and browns?

This differentiation will help your interior designer to hone in on your style and help them to choose the right pieces to fill your space.

Don’t forget to mention if there are any colors you absolutely wouldn’t want to see inside of your home. While we do think it’s best to keep an open mind when working with a professional, it is also good to let them know if there is anything you just couldn’t live with.

How Would You Describe Your Interior Design Style?

Another important thought to consider is how you would describe your style. What design trends appeal to you and which do you dislike?

While your interior designer will be able to get a feel for your style when they visit your home, it is always good to describe your style in your own words, as it will give them a better feel for your needs.

What to Ask Your Interior Designer

How Do You Like to Spend Your Time at Home?

Don’t forget to give your interior designer an insight into your life, letting them know a little bit about how you like to spend your time at home. Maybe you are an avid reader who will need extra lighting next to your bed and in the living room. Or you love to bake and will need extra storage space throughout your kitchen for supplies and kitchen gadgets.

Whatever you love, be sure to mention this to the interior designer you work with so that they are able to consider your unique needs while re-designing your home.

Now that you are ready to redefine your home’s style with the help of an interior designer, it’s time to call Sherwood Studios. With a showroom located in West Bloomfield, our interior design team can help you turn your dream home into a reality. Let us design a space you absolutely love!

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services which include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures and more!  Contact us today to set up a consultation with our professional interior designers! Check out our furniture selection to browse our stylish yet functional sofas and sectionals.

Preparing Your Home For Fall

Fall has finally begun, which means we are heading towards the busy holiday season. This means family coming in from out of town, and more people entering your home. Get ahead of your nit-picky relatives by beautifully decorating your home for the season with these tips.

Here is how to create a welcoming and cozy environment your guests will love to visit:

Porch and Entry Hall

Make your front porch warm and inviting from the chill outdoors.  Add a decorative touch with pumpkins and other autumn-themed décor and set your lights on a timer, turning on as the sun sets each evening. This way, friends and family will feel welcomed no matter what time they arrive for the holiday festivities.

Also tidy up the entrance to your home, making room for the extra coats, boots and cold weather accessories that will accompany your visitors. Clear off coat hooks, set up a shelf for shoes and add a basket for your family to place their hats, gloves and scarves in. An organized entry will make your guests feel welcome from the moment they arrive and help to keep your home clutter-free throughout the busy holiday season ahead. Because Fall weather can be unpredictable, you may wat to use a vinyl rug cover to protect your rug and floor from rain and muddy shoes.


Stock up on all the essentials before your loved ones come to stay for the holidays and give the guest bathroom a good scrub. Since this is a room that may not see much use, now is the perfect time to restock towels and add a new bar of soap to help make your guests feel at home while they visit this November and December.

Living Room

Create an intimate atmosphere in your living room this fall by placing a warm throw blanket over the arm of the couch and adding a bit of extra light. With the sun setting earlier each day, an extra lamp and some well-placed candles can add to the cozy ambience.


To prepare for company this holiday season, freshen up guest bedrooms, swapping out the current bedding for fresh sheets and a comfy quilt for the cold weather. Place an extra blanket on the end of the bed as well, to ensure guests will be cozy throughout their stay.

Make your home come to life this holiday season with some help from Sherwood Studios. A full-scale furniture store and premier interior design studio in West Bloomfield, Michigan, we can make your house a home no matter what your decorative taste. Browse furniture options online and contact us at 248-855-1600 to set up an interior design consultation today.

How Social Media Has Impacted Interior Design Trends

How Social Media Has Impacted the Interior Design Trends

Many of us remember spending weekends walking through furniture stores and inspecting throw pillows in department stores. We spent hours in hardware stores looking at paint swatches and silver faucet heads, trying to put together a vision that we could so easily picture in our heads. Before the age of social media’s instant gratification, it took lots of time to plan a design and fully execute it.

Today, we have Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, among many other social media outlets putting our vision directly in front of us. We scroll through social media and see pictures of our dream kitchen or our ideal bedroom. We spot the couch that would fit perfectly in the living room or a bench that finally matches the mudroom. Instead of having to go to a friend’s house, to the department store or even venturing beyond your own bedroom, you can design your dream home in a matter of minutes with a few simple clicks and swipes of your finger. The home industry has exploded in the past few years.

Likes, Shares, & Pinterest

Pinterest has been a huge contributor to the revolution that the home industry has experienced over the last few years. Pinterest has allowed home décor and interior design businesses with an opportunity to connect directly and easily with customers.  It has also given them an outlet to advertise their products and services on social media where people are actively seeking them. If someone is searching for a “red couch” on Pinterest, hundreds of results from different businesses will fill their screen simultaneously. In fact, 40 percent of consumers search online for the products they want.

Social Media’s Influence

How Social Media Has Impacted the Interior Design Trends

Social media has also allowed businesses to track how many people are interested in certain products or services through likes, retweets, and pins. Stores are able to publish their products to customers in an instant which allows followers to see each new product as it arrives. With online options being readily available, less people are coming into stores to look at products. However, it allows customers to show business exactly what they are looking for when they do arrive in the store which simplifies the shopping process and cuts down on the time customers need to spend in the store. Social media posts also help to help buyers find compatible items by showing things related to their searches and likes. This also helps businesses to connect with customers and to personalize their shopping experience.

Social media can also be held responsible for the major increase in the number of people interested in aesthetics and design. Social media has provided people with more resources to design their home and achieve their desired look. People are able to spend countless hours looking through thousands of design ideas from the comfort of their home, inspiring them to redesign their homes on a regular basis. Years ago, we would get our home to our “ideal” and leave it that way for several years.  Now, people are quick to follow and seek home décor trends, constantly re-doing rooms to fit their latest find. Social media has also encouraged people to share more which helps to influence different design trends.

If you have a vision for your home, contact Sherwood Studios, we can help you make it into a reality. Visit our Pinterest page for more home inspiration and give us a call when you’re ready to get started. Remember to check our blog frequently for other design tips and trick to crate your ideal living space!

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Six Essential Furniture Pieces for Your First Home

 Whether you just tied the knot or are moving into your first apartment post-college, there are sure to be plenty of furniture items you will need to purchase. For people looking to do away with mismatched dining chairs and that old couch with the sunken cushions, you are probably wondering where it is best to save and where you deserve to splurge.

We recommend spending a little extra on the pieces that will grow with you, moving to different areas of your home as your family – and floor space – increases in size.

Nesting Tables

The perfect way to provide extra room for snacks and beverages during a get-together in your small starter-home, stacking tables can be put together neatly and stylishly for everyday use. As your family grows, each table of your set is sure to find its own space in the home, whether it’s as a space for your little one to color in their bedroom, a spot to rest your coffee in your home office or as a living room end table.

Depending on the type of nesting tables you purchase, they can even be moved outdoors during summer afternoons.

Café Table and Chairs

Don’t have a dining room in your first home? A café table and set of chairs can be placed in a corner of your kitchen or living room, adding a touch of elegance and the perfect amount of space to enjoy your meals.

As your home grows and your family expands, this table set can provide extra seating on your patio or a spot for your children to enjoy breakfast and after school snacks in your kitchen nook.

Wooden Chest of Drawers

Especially if your bedroom is on the smaller side, a wooden chest of drawers is the perfect spot to store your clothes. A classic piece that will always remain in style, this chest can be placed in your entryway, living room or dining room down the road. Filled with winter gear, placemats, and extra serving ware or your collection of remotes, there is a purpose for this piece regardless of where you place it.

Simple Love Seat

A lovely option for a small living room, a simple love seat with a classic shape and neutral hue will always have a place in your home. Whether you pair it with a larger couch down the road or move it into a guest bedroom, office or study, this piece will see plenty of use.

Add color with bold pillows or a patterned throw blanket, allowing your style to change according to the season and your mood.

Comfy Footstool

Regardless of how large or small your space is, there is nothing better than putting your feet up and relaxing after a busy day at work. Your home will never lack the need for a footstool, so treat yourself to an attractive option that suits your design style.

Whether you love the look of leather poofs or fabric footstools that open to provide storage space within, this piece provides a place to rest your feet, set books, remotes, and trays of snacks while also providing extra seating when guests come to visit.

Comfortable Arm Chair

This is a great addition to your living room. Not only does it provide a comfortable place for you and your guests to sit, but it takes up dead space in your living room.

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services which include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures and more! . Contact us today to set up a consultation with our professional interior designers!

Pet-Proofing Your Furniture

If you have a dog or a cat, chances are you have had issues with them scratching, biting, or shedding on your furniture. Of course, you love your pets, but it can be very frustrating to come home to a chewed-up couch leg. You can yell at them until you’re blue in the face but that won’t necessarily deter them from doing it again. The best way to protect your furniture from an overly excited dog or cat is to keep them off it. If you have been struggling with this issue, here are a few ways to protect your furniture from your claw-happy pets:

Couch Covers– Not your granny’s plastic covers-these couch covers are resistant to hair and dirt and look great on your couch.

Get them their own furniture- Your cat or dog may be feeling left out if the whole family is curled up on the couch and they’re forced to sit on the floor. This will make them want to get on your couch even more. To remedy this, purchase a couch just for them.

Grooming– If you have pet hair all over your couch, chances are your pet is not being groomed regularly. The grooming schedule will depend on your type of pet and the length of their hair. If your pet sheds a lot in between grooming, you can purchase a pet brush to remove any excess hair that could potentially end up on your furniture.

Lint rollers– If you have a pet that sheds excessively, a lint roller will help to remove hair quickly.

Bitter Apple Spray– This spray is a deterrent for pets that like to nibble on furniture. It is safe for dogs so it will not harm them. Simply spay this non-toxic mixture anywhere you want to keep your pets away from. If your pet likes to chew on things make sure they have plenty of chew toys.

Sherwood Studios is a full-service interior design studio and furniture showroom. With over 75 years in business, you can trust that your design needs will be met at our studio. Check out our furniture selection to browse our stylish yet functional sofas and sectionals.

Increasing Your Home’s Value + Benefits of Interior Designers

Whether you have just bought your home, or you’ve lived there for years, there may be things you want to change. Home improvements are a great way to increase curb appeal, increase your home’s value and improve your quality of life. It is important when planning home renovations to be deliberate and plan thoroughly. Interior design is a way to create functional and beautiful spaces that work for your lifestyle and personal style. There are important factors to consider when making changes to your space. You may think that you know what’s best for your home, but a professional can offer services that will not only save you money but, time as well.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a professional interior designer:


Everything comes with a cost, and it’s always smart to find ways to save money while working on your home. But when considering interior design work, many people fail to see that, much like other home improvement projects, it can be a smart long-term investment. Instead of thinking of home design as a place to pinch pennies, many savvy homeowners are seeing it as a way to save in the long run.


One of the most important jobs of a professional interior designer is to put an effective plan into place. Instead of haphazardly tackling projects in a nonsensical order, interior designers strive for efficiency. This helps avoid costly mistakes, like remodeling an area only to realize that it needs to be torn up again for a new addition. A good plan will account for every detail of each room and tackle jobs in an orderly, straightforward fashion. It can really payoff to be decisive about what you want and take care of it the right way.

Better Resources

If you were to tackle your home redesign all by yourself, there are issues that you may run into you may not be prepared for. A professional interior designer has the connections to find the best people to help with updating your home.

When redesigning your home, it is also important to consider the resale value. On average, homeowners under the age of 37 occupy their current home for about six years. If you design your home to blow you away, it should do the same for others when it comes time to sell, especially if you find yourself in a competitive market. It’s always smart to think long term.


These days everyone is busying with work, school, and side hustles. Redesigning a home is another task that will consume a lot of your time if you take on this project alone. With the help of a professional, you can work on other more important tasks.

Finally, consider the time you can save by delegating responsibility to an expert. Put the design of your home in the hands of the right person and see how much more rewarding and relaxing the decorating process can be. Interior design work is a valuable service that, if done right, can really pay off in the end.

Sherwood Studios offers professional interior design services that include furniture design, window treatments, floor coverings, fabric selections, custom fixtures and more! Sherwood Studios’ professional team will prepare a thorough presentation personally created for your design needs. We will work with you to find the best contractors and accents that best suit your home and style. Contact us today to set up a consultation with our professional interior designers!