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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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New Collection: Updated Organic Living

For our latest collection, Updated Organic Living, we were inspired by the limitless beauty of nature – the colors, textures and serenity of the Earth. We treasure the bliss of bathing in sunlight while the smell of grass and flowers lure us to a leisurely stroll through the woods. Celebrating natural materials, such as wood, stone, rattan, linen and more, we have created a diverse, luxurious collection that lets you bring the splendor of nature inside.

Natural Woods & Subtle Fabrics

From dining chairs and bedroom benches to outdoor lounges for relaxing in the shade, this collection’s seating honors the unique inconsistencies and calming colors of nature. Experience Earth’s smooth, flowing lines in a solid, hand-carved trunk or a side chair in cool blue linen and oak. Most seating options in this collection are proudly handmade and exclusive to Wisteria.

Plush Pops of Color

Just as nature creates brilliant accents with colorful pops of flowers, we invite you to add a splash of color with the bright, vivid patterns and designs adorning our pillows. They’re the perfect complement to bare woods and subtle hues.

Framed Flora and Fauna

An expanse of mediums and a variety of subjects offer a delightful study in nature. From rich floral paintings to intricate, black and white animal illustrations, Mother Earth accents any space with a touch of the wild outdoors.

Discover the full collection here

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How To: Setting Your Summer Table

It’s that time of year to pour yourself a cold drink and invite guests for delectable summer dining experience. We all love to host, but often times it's difficult to come up with a clever (and simple) way to set your table. Whether it be an indoor or outdoor gathering, the following designer tips will help you throw your best soirée of the season!

Choose a Color Scheme

A great place to begin is deciding the color scheme you'd like to showcase. Our designers chose a vibrant yellow paired with cool blue and lush, natural greens with wooden pieces. They'd added color by including accent pillows and colorful chairs to complement the table setting.

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Mix & Match 

One way to spice up your table setting is to mix textures and patterns to achieve a setting that is as casual or elegant as you’d like. Our designers used rattan placemats to contrast with a smooth white ceramic plates. They also included blue & white Chinoiserie plates with yellow gingham napkins to for a sophisticated, yet fun take on pattern mixing.

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Add Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a delightful addition to any table setting. The arrangement can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Place single tulips into glass vases for a minimalistic feel, or go above and beyond with a colorful mixture of hydrangeas, gerber daisies, and garden roses. (If your table setting is lacking vibrancy, flowers are a great and simple way to add pops of color.)

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Select Chic Storage

Another great tip to limit the clutter on your summer table is to have a bar cart or console set up nearby for easy access to additional dining needs. Place your colorful glasses with your favorite beverages on rattan trays and add in fresh flowers to set up the perfect spot to grab a quick drink without having to escape to the kitchen.

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5 Summer Styles to Update Your Entryway

Though one of the last rooms in the home one thinks of, the entryway or foyer is one of the most important in terms of design and style. It’s the first impression when a guest enters, the first space you might see before a day at the office, and one of the most trafficked areas in your home, so it’s worth putting extra thought and consideration into your entryway. One of the wonderful things about this space is the great potential there is to do fun and unique things—you can even make a few quick updates every season to keep it fresh.

With the summer season just on the horizon (and our new summer collection in full swing), we’re introducing five of our favorite entryway looks from the summer catalog. We think there’s a style for just about everyone, each with a twist of summer elements to make it updated for the season. Try getting one of these looks in your home or, if you’re really daring, go for different ones to see which suit your style best.

1. Natural Coastal

Coastal gets an unexpected look in this space. Instead of tonal blues and watery sleekness, think neutral naturals and raw textures. This Teak Root Console has the look of washed driftwood and the textural, photographic art lends a dramatic element.

Get the Look: Natural elements, sandy neutrals, beachy finds

2. Island Eclectic

This look is rich with our Indonesian Summer inspiration. The pairing of this Hand-Carved Bone Mirror and Vintage Dowry Chest is a match made in heaven with interest and charm for days. To provide harmony in the space, simple white tones and dark woods form the palette.

Get the Look: Exotic silhouettes, lush greenery, harmonious palette

3. Exotic Travels

The initial feel of this one is a wild summer safari, but take it all in and you see the elegance behind the bold patterns. Our Kuba Cloth Panel makes a beautiful backdrop for the Moroccan-inspired mirror and these exotic Indonesian necklaces add a bit of fun and interest.

Get the Look: Bold textures, traveled accents, weathered materials

4. Airy Modern

Minimalism goes a long way in this handsome combination of modern art and sleek polish. The wall art—a Wisteria favorite for years—presides over our grand Alton Media Console to create a look that’s simple, refined, and extraordinary.

Get the Look: Modern fixtures, colorful art, minimal accents

5. Tropical Vibrance

The brilliance of color in exotic flora and metallic shine give the illusion of a tropical getaway. The acrylic and glass console is nice and clear, so the look isn’t too weighted, and the natural wood accents ground the space with organic subtlety.

Get the Look: Vibrant pops, metallic shine, organic elements

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