Less is more. This is certainly true when it comes to designing small interior spaces. Making selective choices in furniture could save you money in the long run, as well as, fashion mishaps. Just because you live in a smaller home, apartment, or condo doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. Dwell Home Furnishings Designer, Heather DeWaard, offers interior design tips to many clients and says, contrary to what a lot of people think, there aren’t fewer options with smaller spaces, just different ones.

According to Heather, it’s a matter of scale. Everything at Dwell is scaled to your home’s blueprints to fit its individual needs. For instance, with a smaller area, you might need a sofa that’s 36-inches deep rather than 40-inches deep. This does not sacrifice the style or comfort.

Heather mentions, “In smaller homes, layers are good. You’re not spreading outward, but upward. You can add texture and color. Just about anything.” Splashes of personality, spread throughout a small space, go a long way yet still provide a usable and welcoming space.

The upward, not outward idea is something Heather has helped homeowners carry out in their dream homes, apartments, and condos. Another good rule, for small spaces, is to add items that have more than one use. An ottoman can be a footrest or it can function as a coffee table, where a tray can rest. One might also consider a drop leaf table that can be placed behind the sofa. Instead of just placing your drink in front of you, on a coffee table, place it behind you. Lift the leaves up when company comes and you can place snacks and beverages there. Finding pieces with multiple uses will enhance your space without leaving someone feeling overwhelmed or wanting more space for more furniture items.
As another example, TVs can be mounted on the wall so they don’t take up a lot of surface space. Media cabinets are needed for storing components, as well as, to visually ground the TV. Tall, large, and bulky entertainment cabinets are unnecessary. A simple, narrow table will do.

Lastly, it is important to not forget about detailing; for example, window treatments. In Dwell’s opinion, window treatments finish a room whether the room is small or large. In Heather’s opinion, “It creates another layer and finishes the space. The biggest drapery mistake is not extending the rod past the window trim. When one does not do this, part of the window is blocked by the drapery panel and that cuts out light. It also blocks the view and makes the window look much smaller. Pitfalls to be avoided in any space whether that is large or small. When draperies are open, the entire window should be visible. This lets in as much natural light as possible and brightens up the entire space.”

Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design is moving beyond unrealistic parameters; mixing both a vision and functionality, to bring you comfort and design, to both large and small spaces. Heather and all of our other designers are here to help with any and all of your needs.

For professionals in the interior design industry, going to High Point Market in the fall or spring is like being a kid in a candy store. There’s the serious business of networking and assessing new merchandise and interior design trends, but it’s also a chance to renew creative energy and bring back ideas for your own market.

Designer Krystal Loes of Dwell Home Furnishings has gone to the High Point, NC Market for several years and always comes back to her Coralville home furnishing business with fresh interior design inspiration.

“As a buyer, we can set trends for our own area based on what we see at market. This is something Dwell Home Furnishings does very well—it’s what we’re known for,” according to Krystal. Market ideas can also push clients to do more edgy things, more than they might do otherwise.

High Point Market Provides New Interior Design Trends

So what interior design ideas had the wow factor at the High Point Market? Krystal says too much to just pick one or two. Creative interior lighting topped her list. So did the mixture of colors and metals. “Navy is definitely hot, but we saw unique ways to use this familiar color. Some of that was mixing navy with metals including brass, which we saw a lot of.”

In fact, expect to see brass blended with other colors like black. Mixing metals like brass with brushed nickel was popular at High Point Market, too.

But for overall style, Krystal was struck by the popularity of mid-century rustic design. Previously she had seen mid-century modern but the rustic brings in rich textures and layers that Krystal thinks her clients will like. It also moves colors away from popular gray to warmer hues.

Adapting Interior Design Trends To Clients

Most showcases of new trends tend to “push the envelope” and provide a whole new look each season. That’s certainly true in fashion shows, but Krystal says not so with High Point Market. She says you can always use touches of what you see market throughout an entire home, giving it a fresh look. Krystal says one of the things market does for designers is to help them visualize new interior design trends for their clients. With the latest styles and product offerings top of mind, we can paint a picture of what we envision for a home.

“Clients appreciate the fresh ideas and the fact that we bring them back from market. High Point is the mothership of furniture production in the U.S. so this market is always an important one,” said Krystal.

New ideas from market aren’t the only thing new at Dwell Home Furnishings. Dwell has been doing significant remodeling lately. If you’d like to see what’s up, visit our Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design Facebook page and stay in touch!


As the seasons change and temperatures drop, it’s natural to start thinking about ways to turn your home or condo into a destination for the winter months. There are plenty of ways to add comfort and not all of them require a major expense. In fact, Dwell Home Furnishings Sales Manager Jenny Bimson says if you’ve chosen the major pieces for your home well, there are simple ways to bring extra comfort to your home in the colder months.

Color, Texture, Fabric and Light Can Make Home Cozy

Jenny suggests that you can easily work with your existing furniture pieces but introduce a new color scheme with the accents. For instance, you may have used a brighter and more intense color scheme during the summer/spring months, but through the use of deeper/richer color tones you can prepare your living space for the winter. Don’t focus on having your color scheme consist of several colors, keep it simple and use a variation of one color tone. This creates a soft and quiet effect.

Jenny notes it’s not just about color, “Think rich textures like a fur throw over the arm of your favorite chair, textured accent pillows, even introducing a plush rug. The texture in itself will ‘warm’ up your room.”

Make home cozy for winter with Dwell Home Furnishings, Coralville, IA

Texture, throws and lighting can make a home feel cozy for the winter.

When addressing area rugs you might use a seagrass rug during summer months, by winter, a rich, textured rug can really make a room more inviting.

Options don’t end there. Consider using a softer bulb in your lamps to light your living areas. Jenny recommends using a lamp with a 3-way switch to give you the option of softening the setting with varied levels of light.

Finally, Jenny mentions that people often overlook the use of draperies.  This added layer is often the missing link of completing a space.  It may be more of an investment, but the dramatic effect that they add is priceless.  Draperies can be added to any space in your home and improve the overall aesthetic.

Dwell Home Furnishings Can Help

Color, texture, fabric and lighting are the four top ways to bring warmth into your home this winter.  If you find you’re missing that final touch, visit Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design in Coralville, IA.  They have a large, unique collection of home furnishings and a staff of professionals to help you design the perfect feel for your home.



Too often when families gather and night falls, some unlucky relative gets to pull out the sleeper sofa and has a restless night’s sleep on a flimsy mattress with support from a steel bar. Maybe you’ve been that unlucky relative. However, newer sleeper sofas erase any concerns you might have about assigning family to the “pullout.” Or to put it in other terms, “This isn’t your grandfather’s sleeper sofa.”

Today’s Sleeper Sofas Outshine Predecessors

Sleeper sofas or sofa beds as they’re often called have gone through an evolution that is nothing short of amazing. Gone are the bars and springs that left some people preferring to sleep on the floor. Instead, many now offer solid platforms that provide even, comfortable support provided you choose the right model.

Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather is a great example. By day, you have a luxurious leather sofa, even a sectional if you prefer. By night, a comfortable place to lay your head—and body. Taller than average? That’s not a problem because these sleeping surfaces are 80-inches long, 8 inches longer than the average sleepers.

But, best of all are options. The old saying, “one size doesn’t fit all” gets a boost in the sleeper sofa market. Comfort Sleeper® has sofa beds in 7 sizes ranging from king to cot and everything in between. These size options provide design options for smaller spaces that you might not have considered. Couple one of these new designs with a Tempur-Pedic® mattress available in three levels of firmness and you have more than a sleeper sofa; you have a great bed!

Comfort Sleeper Diagram Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design

Size drawings courtesy Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather



While we tend to think of sleeper sofas for times when family or friends visit and we need an extra bed, a high quality sleeper sofa can also provide a space saving solution for a studio apartment. Whether you’re a young professional just starting out or a parent trying to help, Comfort Sleeper by American Leather is a good option to consider. A well-made and functional piece of furniture is a feature that can be used in many places in your home or apartment or even passed on to other family members. With designs ranging from sectionals to loveseats, you have many Comfort Sleeper® options.


Limited Sleeper Sofa Sale

From now through Sept. 27, Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design in Coralville is featuring $300 off any Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather. It’s an incredible savings on an important addition to any home. Stop by our showroom at 250 12th Avenue in Coralville and visit us on Facebook. You’ll find more than sleeper sofas. You’ll find timeless designs!



Choosing upholstery for 3-Seasons RoomA 3-seasons room is a practical and often favorite spot in a home. The furniture and upholstery for the 3-seasons room can make an impression and add stylish function to the room.

Express Your Style in Your 3 or 4-Seasons Room

While some sunrooms are a catch-all for old furniture, yours can be a beautiful expression of your own personality, or your family’s hobbies or activities. Pick a theme and find some textures you love to make your sunroom a place where people find comfort and are drawn to gather. Whether you choose traditional or contemporary seating, wrought iron or wicker, your upholstery selection can pull in your favorite colors and trendy patterns that making your sunroom your favorite place to be when the weather warms up.

Easy To Clean Upholstery Great for the Sunroom

3-Seasons Room - Upholstery for Sunrooms - Iowa City, IALife happens, so you may as well be prepared with 3-seasons room fabrics that are easy to clean.

Most often, 3 and 4-seasons rooms are located just off the kitchen, and in close proximity to the outdoor barbeque. That means you want comfortable, easy to clean upholstery. Sunbrella and other upholstery companies offer all-weather cushions and upholstery that can simply be spot cleaned with a light detergent and hosed off to get back their original appeal.

Fade Resistant Upholstery is Best

With windows on 3 sides of the room, the sun is bound to beat down on your patio furniture. Another reason that indoor-outdoor furniture is great for the sunroom is that the high quality upholstery used in good patio furniture is fade resistant. While the sun will eventually cause fading and damage to almost any upholstery, you can get many extra years out of the right weather resistant fabric.

Fast Drying Fabric for a Humid Sunroom

Outdoor Living Furniture Upholstery - Iowa City, IAWhile many sunrooms today are completely enclosed with double-pane windows and even temperature controlled with heating and cooling systems, others are just screened in porches. Iowa summers can get hot and humid. A regular sofa will likely stay damp for long periods of time and get even moldy.

Whether you’re looking for a complete patio furniture set for your 3 or 4-seasons room, or just need the upholstery refreshed with new cushions, you’ll find beautiful options at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design. Our designers and upholstery department staff can help you find the perfect furniture or upholstery for your room if it is totally enclosed or a little exposed to the weather.

Finding the Right Area Rug - Iowa City, IAIf you’re looking for a new area rug, you probably already have a vision of what you want for color, size and maybe texture. However, those three characteristics should be secondary to others, especially for area rugs that will anchor a high traffic area. Think of your area rug as floor art. You don’t want your art to get dingy and worn, especially if you’re spending a fair amount of money on it.

In high traffic areas, a flat weave that is easy to clean will be easy to maintain. On the other hand, in rooms that are largely used for formal parties, you may enjoy a more unique rug with less use, wear and tear may not be as important.

Before You Choose a Rug, Answer Some Questions:

  1. How long do you want to keep your rug?
  2. Will your area rug be placed in a high traffic area?
  3. Will there be potential for dropping food or drinks on the rug?
  4. Do you have children, and what ages are they?
  5. If you have pets, are they well trained and do they shed?

Know What Materials are in Your Area Rug

The fibers in your rug will react differently to wear, stains and cleaning depending on the materials that make up the fibers.

Wool Area Rugs – Wool is one of the most expensive and luxurious fibers used in area rugs today, and it has its advantages and disadvantages over synthetic fibers. Wool area rugs will wear down in high traffic areas. Vacuum regularly avoiding the binding. Avoid scrubbing spots as the wool may shrink or break down.

Jute or Natural Fiber Area Rugs – These rugs are becoming increasingly popular with the consumer trend to use more natural materials, and are made of dried plant fibers similar to hemp. Jute rugs are typically thicker and softer than rugs made from some other materials. They typically require just vacuuming with a hard floor attachment, and should not be steam cleaned, or have rug or spot cleaners used on them. Keep these rugs out of areas like bathrooms that are damp. Jute rugs will also hold onto stains and odors, which is good to know if you are a pet owner.

Sisal Area Rugs – Sisal is made from agave plant, and is a great natural material that tends to be stiff and very durable. These rugs will have a lower pile, making them a great base for layering other, more colorful rugs on top. Regular vacuuming of sisal area rugs will keep it looking clean and fresh, as dirt will not cling to the hard fibers. Never steam or shampoo, as the natural fibers will break down and may mold when left too wet. Remove dry dirt with a dull knife or nail file and vacuum up, or liquid spills with a cloth dampened with water or club soda.

Synthetic Area Rugs – Otherwise known as Polypropylene rugs made of polyester and acrylic, these rugs will be cheaper but also will not stand up to the test of time like other materials. These rugs tend to be harder to clean, because they hang on to dirt and grime, and they yellow and wear faster than rugs made of natural fibers. They are typically more colorful than natural fiber rugs, and if you like to change up the look of a rook regularly, this might be a good option.

You May Pay for Time and Effort

Area rugs can range from several hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the cost is dependent on what they are made of and how they are made.

Hand Knotted Area Rugs are made in the same way they were thousands of years ago, and they can take more than one year of hand knotting by artist to complete. These will be among the most expensive area rugs, but will stand up to the test of time. They are also made of materials that will last for decades or more. These are the finest rugs you can find and will be more expensive.

Tufted Area Rugs are most often made of wool. These rugs are made using a special tool “gun” that pushes the fiber through the backing and produces a pattern on the front side. These will come in a variety of colors and the quality will vary.

Machine Made Area Rugs will be quickly manufactured and fashion forward. They are an exceptional value for the price and are typically made of synthetic fibers. They will not last through generations, but can be beautiful and reflect the latest color trends.

If you’re looking for a quality area rug and need help selecting the right rug for your space, the rug experts and interior designers at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design can help. Come to our Coralville location and check out the great selection.

norwalkYou have been looking at those blank walls for long enough, and while you have a vision of the perfect living space, you struggle finding the right colors and artwork to put it together. It’s to make a New Year’s Resolution, so make your resolution to hire an interior designer and get your home organized and decorated the way you really want it.

1.      A Good Interior Designer Will Get to Know You

After looking at in-store samples and catalogues, perusing paint colors and drapes, and talking about what you have that you wish to keep in your home or a specific room, your interior designer will take that information and run with it. The designer will know how to take what you have and the colors, furniture and artwork they find to meld it into the look and feel you are hoping for in your home.

2.      Choosing Color Schemes is Hard

Most people come up with one color that they love and try as they might to make that the prominent color in in the room. Not every color is meant to be the dominant color that overtakes every wall in your house. Pairing them with a softer version of the same color, or a marriage of a bolder color and a neutral like tan, grey or white may make for a more striking design.

But how do you choose the best color pairs?A trained interior designer will provide confident choices based on the colors and artistic styles that you tend to comment on.

scale3.      Patterns are Scary

Yes… Patterns can be frightening when overdone! An interior designer will find a pattern you love and use it for the focal point of the room, then accent it with other fabrics, textures and furniture that will not overwhelm the eye.

4.      Problem Solving in Your Room or Home

Every project has its problems! Sometimes redesigning your home to be more sleek and less cluttered causes storage issues that make you have to rehome some of the things that you really should hang onto.

Maybe you are not sure how to create two distinct sitting areas in the room that you are designing, but truly need extra seating without cluttering the house with couches.

Perhaps you just need more balance and are having trouble with that because of the room size or window placement.

A good interior designer will be able to look at your room and tell you if these things can be done, and suggest a couple of ways to achieve them.

5.      Prevent Costly Mistakes

We have all done it… made a purchase that seemed like a great idea, got it home, and realized after spending the time and money that it really does not work. Whether it is curtains, area rugs, shelving, or furniture, they are all costly items that you just can’t use for a week (to see if it grows on you) and then return it. A designer will find things you love and make it look great, or they will find something that suits you better

Paint is not terribly expensive, but if you are doing the work yourself, it can be a time consuming effort that you hate to do over.

6.      Procrastinator’s Dream Come True

Since you have been considering doing this interior design project for a couple of years now. You know you need somebody to keep you on track and help you make important design decision. An interior designer will keep you engaged in decision-making, but will ultimately do the hard part for you.  Your house will finally become a home if you ask for help from a trained professional.

If 2016 is the year to complete your interior decorating project, contact the interior design team at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design at 319-338-8909.

cabinet-soundbar-entertainment center-coralville IAIf you are shopping for a new entertainment center this holiday season there are many beautiful designs available in all shapes and sizes.

Whether your television hangs on the wall or stands on an entertainment center, this area is often the focal point in the family room or living room. It’s now easier than ever to find attractive, functional pieces that work for both display and for storage of extra entertainment components, DVDs and books.

If you are thinking about purchasing a new TV or hooking up the family with additional streaming capabilities this Christmas, you’ll want to think about adding an entertainment center with a more sophisticated or welcoming look.

5 Things to Consider When Buying an Entertainment Center

  1. How large is the television you have, and will you be buying a bigger one in the near future?
  2. Does the television hang on the wall and what other entertainment device storage and decorative purposes do you want it to serve?
  3. How large is the room or how big is the wall that it will sit against? Will it cause crowding issues if it is too large?
  4. What type of atmosphere does your living room convey? Rustic, casual, elegant, formal?
  5. Do you want your entertainment center to double as a small library or as a display for collectables?

Other Furniture for Unique Entertainment Centers

Televisions keep getting larger, flatter and wider, so many older entertainment centers have become obsolete.  There are several furniture alternatives to traditional entertainment centers that Entertainment Center- Dwell Home Furnishings - Iowa City, Coralvilleserve the same purpose while offering more interesting interior design options.

Buffets, decorative trunks, sideboards, armoires or media chests, and dressers can create the perfect space for your entertain equipment. This expands your interior decorating any number of styles including antique, contemporary, shabby chic and simple but elegant just to name a few. Whether you repurpose furniture you already have or if you are looking for new options, your home décor options are only limited by your imagination. If you see a piece of furniture you love that will work for the intended purpose, it does not matter what its original purpose was.

The Option of Moving Your TV Around the Room

If you only have one wall or corner that can realistically house your entertainment equipment, hanging your television on the wall may be the most logical solution. Even if you hang your television on the wall, you’ll still probably need a storage solution for everything else. If your room provides more than one blank wall or empty corner, you may want a piece that will hold your television but also allows you to rearrange your furniture occasionally. If you’re looking for a new entertainment center, or a unique piece of furniture that will look great in your living room, the experts at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design, of Coralville, IA can help you find the perfect solution.

Ekornes Stressless City High Back Recliner

Ekornes Stressless City High Back Recliner

A comfortable chair should be part of every living room, home theater or office, and an Ekornes Stressless chair is the holiday gift that keeps on giving comfort and joy. If you know someone who just won’t let go of that favorite old chair, it’s time to introduce them to stressless chairs

Why Stressless Chairs?

Back Problems – If you have back or neck problems, stressless chairs provide the lumbar support you need for comfort and healing. People rave in reviews about them being the only chairs they sit in, and that their Ekornes chairs provide comfort, despite that they have preexisting back and neck problems, like arthritis and degenerative disc disease.

Durability – Ekornes Stressless furniture has been known to withstand more than two decades and still look great and feel the same as they did the day they were purchased. Other brands will have worn leather after a few years and springs poking out every direction after less than a 10 years. These chairs are more pricey than the competition, but the quality will ensure that it is well worth the up-front investment.

What Kind of Stressless Furniture is Available?

Ekornes Stressless Consul in brown with footstool

Ekornes Stressless Consul Recliner

Recliners – Every home needs a recliner, and stressless recliners take comfort to a new level.  Ekornes has several styles of recliners with ottomans, from compact to maximum padding. Low back recliners and other sleek styles that will be perfect for in front of the entertainment center, or in the reading corner.

Home Office Chairs – You sit by your desk for hours per day, so comfort is key to good posture and keeping your back strong and healthy. If you know someone who has a desk chair that is on its last leg, Christmas is the perfect time to breathe a little life into their home office with an Ekornes Stressless Office Chair.

Home Theater Chairs – Your theater room could have the most comfortable seating in the house. You won’t want to go to the movies anymore, because your theater chairs will be far superior with the Ekornes Stressless Home Theater Collection.

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift that will provide comfort for years to come, check out the Ekornes Stressless chair collection at Dwell Home Furnishings today. If we don’t have it in store, we can order it.

Haven Dining Table at Dwell Home Furnishings in Coralville.

Haven Dining Table

Your family is coming to gather for the holidays and your old dining table will not seat enough people, you have no place to set out the buffet, and some of your dining room chairs are not sturdy enough for company. It may be time for an upgrade from the table you used in college to some dining room furniture that looks like it belongs to the young professional that you are.

Dining room sets are a thing of the past, so you can create a dining experience that is unique to you with select chairs, tables and buffet tables or sidebars. Dining room furniture should be both beautiful and functional and, if coordinated well, will give your family a comfortable place to gather while making a statement about your style.

What’s Trendy in Dining Tables?

Cyrise Dining Chair at Dwell Home Furnishings in Coralville.

Cyrise Dining Chair

Your table no longer needs to blend with the hardwood floors or window trim in your home.

  • Texture will add an interesting focal point, and a rustic roughhewn wood dining table can provide texture in almost any shade or style.
  • Glass top tables might be the way to go for a sleek dining room décor with a more formal feel. This is one trend to stay away from if you have little kids with greasy hands.
  • Traditional wood dining tables with decorative legs are timeless, especially if you’re redecorating an older home.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match the sleek contemporary dining tables of today with more vintage décor.

Dining Chairs for Comfort and Style

Your family will spend a fair amount of time sitting at your dining room table, whether it is family meals, game time or homework, so you want your dining room to be comfortable and stylish. Think about who will be using your dining chairs. People with children will want chairs that wipe off easily, while more mature couples may want the comfort of upholstery for when guests visit. The amount of space you have in your dining area will also play into the equation of whether to choose a more compact design, or bench seating, rather than a larger design of upholstered captain’s chairs.

  • Traditional wood styles are always safe and timeless.
  • Leather upholstery is sleek, and comfortable, but still provide an easily cleaned surface.
  • Upholstered chairs are a great option to add color and texture, or even work a pattern into your dining room décor.
  • Rustic wood chairs can provide an interesting base for further experimentation with rustic décor.
  • Contemporary wood and molded metal chairs offer a smaller design and allow your other décor to catch the attention of visitors. They often save space if there is limited room available.

A Table that’s Functional and Fits with Your Décor

When you’re looking for a new buffet table to fill that empty wall in the dining room, consider what you want to use it for. If your love of wine leaves you with a cabinet full of bottles, a sideboard with a wine rack and wine glass holders may be the perfect fit for your family. You may just be seeking extra storage for your “good dishes” or table clothes. Your new buffet could feature:

  • Spacious cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Wine racks and glass holders
  • Elegant, classic, rustic or contemporary design

No matter what your taste in furniture and décor, the possibilities for creating a comfortable, beautiful or stylish dining room are endless.

If you need help putting together the perfect dining room for the holiday, or just want to add one piece of furniture, the interior designers and staff at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design can help.