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How-To: Make the Most of Small Living Spaces

What if we told you that you can make your apartment or dorm space look twice as big? There's an art to finding pieces that can transform a small living space into an area that feels double the size. The key is knowing what type of products to include and how to include them.

Deck Out Your Desk

A desk serves an array of purposes in college. It’s where you eat dinner, watch Netflix, put on your makeup and even where you fall asleep after studying into the wee hours of the night. Desks somehow always manage to take up space and appear bulky in small rooms. Choose an Acrylic desk to fix this problem! Their lucite qualities blend into your room seamlessly.

Utilize Multipurpose Pieces

It’s important to make the most of your space when you’re living in a dorm or apartment, therefore, having versatile furniture is vital. Think about breaking up space and putting a console table in your room. You can place a stylish lamp, decorative accessories, or even a television on the top of the console while utilizing the drawers below for storage. You can choose a sleek, modern look or a more classic, wooden approach, to add style to your room.

Choose Sleek Storage

Having trouble keeping things neat and orderly in your small space? Add in a side table with storage capabilities to help with preventing clutter. Our designers recommend hiding things away in the drawers, displaying accessories on the shelves, and using the top surface for a lamp.

Reflect on Mirrors

By creating an illusion of larger space, mirrors are magical additions to a room. Add a mirror to an entryway, or an empty wall above your couch or a seating area to create more depth in the place. Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, so use a mirror as a way to express the style you'd like to achieve for any given room.

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Top 5 Must-Have Handmade Products

For our latest collection, our designers highlighted elegance with an organic twist. Many products at Wisteria are handmade, but within this collection, our designers have five pieces that they believe stand out among the rest! Here are our top five must-have handmade pieces from our new collection:

1. Bone Inlay Desk

This marvelous desk was inspired by ancient Islamic geometric design. Originally, the bone inlay details stood to portray unity and order, and that same message is present in our Bone Inlay Desk. In this piece, the elaborate and intricate details seen throughout the piece are hand-cut and hand-laid pieces of bone. The stark cream of the bone contrasts with the richness of the wood, creating a perfect harmony. This handmade desk is an eye-catcher in any room and with its unique beauty, it is easy to see why it is on our designers top five handmade product list.

2. Live Edge Teak Coffee Table

Our hand-carved Live Edge Teak Coffee Table is a showstopper! Exclusive to Wisteria, this coffee table brings the outdoors in. Aiming to maintain the natural curvature of the teak wood, this piece brings organic character to any room. Our designers love the amazing growth rings visible in the teak of this piece, allowing the piece to tell its unique story.

3. Burl and Brass Chest of Drawers

Exclusive to Wisteria, our Burl and Brass Chest of Drawers is a sleek piece that is the result of a somewhat odd natural occurrence. Burl wood occurs when a tree is under stress. From that stress, the unique attributes of the wood are formed. Craftsmen must sculpt and polish the burl wood in order for this piece to come to life. Our handmade Burl and Brass Chest of Drawers is a prime example of the beauty that come from within, both ourselves and nature.

4. Amora Armchair

Our minimalistic Amora Armchair is a wonderful blend of wood and rattan. The contrast between the woven rattan and the sleek teak wood creates an organic, yet contemporary vibe radiating from this piece. This versatile piece is a great addition to any home, and alongside its functionality, the handmade nature of the piece brings even more pizzazz to the chair.

5. Roller Pin Mirror

Many remember their mother or grandmothers standing in the kitchen with their roller pin ready and eager to bake the day away. Now, you can bring those happy memories into your space in a new way, with our Roller Pin Mirror. This handmade piece consists of natural wood roller pins with each individual pin, consisting of a different shade of wood, allowing for a vibrant texture to the piece. Hand constructed, each pin is shaped from reclaimed wood making each piece a handmade treasure.

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4 Ways To Personalize Your Space

In every living space, whether it be a house, apartment, or dorm, it is important to add accessories that radiate your personality. These personal touches can make your living space unique and allow for additional self-expression on top of your own personal interior design.

Monogrammed Pillows

Monogrammed pillows are always an easy, great “go-to” when it comes to personalizing your space. With a variety of sizes, patterns, and colors, the personalizing possibilities are endless. Our designers recommend adding in a few vibrant monogrammed pillows to brighten up your bedroom, living room, or even just simply adding one to your desk chair.

Colorful Throws

Adding a few extra throws in a woven basket or draped across a couch can add a soft, personal touch that feels like home. Plus, when you add in vibrant colored throws, you achieve a brighter room with pops of color or patterns that are easily interchangeable. (We know your guests will also love to have the option of curling up with a cozy throw next time they’re visiting!)

Wall Art

Art truly radiates your personal touch. By adding wall art, your space will come alive and express your style. You can choose from an assortment of genres from a vibrant, abstract painting to a beautifully crafted sketch. Our designers recommend selecting a style that personally resonates with you and tells a story. (We love including decorative pieces that serve as conversation starters!)

Decorative Accessories

To personalize any small space, decorative accessories provide subtle, yet heartwarming, personal touches throughout your home. From picture frames to petite pots with succulents, to jewelry stands for displaying your favorite pieces, there are so many stylish accessories that help personalize your space.

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5 Must-Have Products To Organize Your Space

Summer break comes and goes in a blink of an eye, and before you know it, preparation for going back to school and work is in full force.

We've put together a list of must-haves to ensure you're ahead of the game for creating an organized environment that is conducive to being at your very best, most productive self. We're firm believers that organization and a clean, well kept space is key to starting off the new season.

Whether it be adding in a sleek acrylic bookshelf or a variety of stylish boxes to keep clutter at bay, there are always ways to keep your space neat.

Here are five items that can help get your space spick and span for your new working season:

1. Acrylic Bookshelf

With each school year, we tend to accumulate more and more books, but there never seems to be enough space for all the old and new. Our designers recommend adding an Acrylic Leaning Bookshelf. This piece is truly the ideal combination of beauty, form, and function, giving those extra books and decorative accessories a home, while maintaining a chic and clean look.

2. Stacked Boxes

As school and work begins, so does the build-up of knick-knacks around your space. To manage the clutter, add in a variety of decorative boxes. Each box could be designated to a specific category, thus creating an organized work space.

3. Acrylic Trunks

Finding new ways to store the items you've collected can be a challenge. For a unique twist on organized storage, try adding an Acrylic Trunk, as these trunks offer more than extra space - they also function as a side table or a coffee table.

4. Desks

Arguably the most important component of getting organized for school and work is your desk. The Alton Trestle Desk or Contemporary Lacquer Desk are options that offer more than just good looks. They have great storage capabilities which will help keep your desk top spotless.

5. Acrylic Easel

Technology has increasingly become more integrated into education (and our daily lives). While reading an E-book or online article for work or class, the Acrylic Easel allows you to multitask when needed and maintains a light and airy presence. Place the easel on your desk while you are hard at work, or move it to the kitchen counter so that you could easily see the new recipe you are trying. The useful possibilities are endless!

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Naturally Stylish: Summer Organic Must-Have Looks

We have a bit of a philosophy about summer style at Wisteria, and we’re about to let you in on our little secret: No matter the room or style you’re going for, bringing in one or a few natural elements add warmth and a genuine quality to the look. You can soften modern spaces with a teak table, spice up a neutral space with bold, botanical wall art, or even layer woods and summery textures to maximize the seasonal style.

The great thing about organic summer looks is that they don’t just have to be brown woods and basic neutrals. Natural summer elements can be found in the entire spectrum, thanks to beautiful blooms, lush greenery, active waters, and lively wildlife. We’ve selected a few items from our wide range of new organic pieces to help you get started on your own fresh and natural update:

This exquisite wall art was originally developed as a copper engraving in William Curtis's Botanical Magazine in the early 19th century. This engraving (and its companion print) is prized for its large, lavish, beautifully hand-colored details.

Our Rope Mirror brings everything back to basics with its earthy, natural charm. The frame is wrapped in hemp rope, which gives it a raw, organic texture—just the thing for a touch of coastal edge.

Rattan is known for its incredible strength and flexibility. Here, it’s been formed in the frame of this mirror to resemble delicate fish bones. The open design lends a unique statement, while also showcasing seaside charm.

The pattern on this coffee table is similar to Balinese designs that have been a part of their cultural tradition in Indonesia for centuries. The look is gloriously dramatic and is a bold way to incorporate organic in a big way.

This piece evokes the essence of modern island living—you'll feel like you're lounging at an island resort in the tropics with a table like this! The teak top has wonderful, natural textures and the minimalist metal base is just the right balance for a modern space.

That’s not all! You can shop all our new organic items here, or shop our entire selection of natural beauties here.

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