Home Office Guest Bedroom Ideas

Short on space? We’ve got small bedroom office combo ideas that can help you create a home office that also works as a cozy guest room when friends and family visit.

Home Office Guest Bedroom Idea #1: Stick with a Sleeper Sofa

When you’re trying to make a room serve dual purposes, it helps to conserve space wherever possible. That’s why sleeper sofas can be such a great option if you’re decorating a small office guest bedroom. When not in use, sleeper sofas take up little space, and they also provide great seating options for curling up with a book or chatting with friends. At night, your guests can easily turn the sofa into a comfortable bed and have the privacy they wouldn’t have if they were sleeping in the living room.

Home Office Guest Bedroom Idea #2: Consider a Writing Desk

While executive desks offer grandeur and ample storage space, they also take up a lot of room. If you’re trying to combine a home office and a guest bedroom, it might make more sense to choose a writing desk. While writing desks often come with a few smaller drawers, they tend to fit well in corners and small spaces. Even though they’re small, for most people, writing desks provide everything they need to work from home.

Home Office Guest Bedroom Idea #3: Take Advantage of Vertical Space

While writing desks and sleeper sofas don’t take up as much as room as more traditional guest bedroom and home office furniture, we understand that it can still feel challenging to combine them into one functional room. Taking advantage of vertical space can help things from feeling too crowded. From tall bookshelves to dresser chests, choosing taller items gives you the storage space you need without making the room feel cramped.

Home Office Guest Bedroom Idea #4: Separate Your Space with Bookcases

If you want to create the illusion of two separate spaces, try using furniture to split the room into two distinct spaces: the home office and the guest bedroom. One good way to do this is by separating the two areas with tall bookcases. This not only gives each area more privacy, but it can create great opportunities for stylish home décor and accessories.

We hope these small bedroom office combo ideas help you create a room you and your guests love. Once you’re ready to get started, visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store near you. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog, where we cover everything from how to upgrade your guest room to how to clean different couch upholsteries.

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Choosing the right dining room table can be challenging, but it pays off when you’re enjoying a lovely dinner around the table with your family and friends. This rectangular dining room table from the Magnolia Home Collection features trestle supports, which in addition to adding a level of style and charm, also creates more leg room so you can comfortably fit larger groups around the table. You’ll love the V-match planked top, the rugged Shop Floor finish, and the antique chair style.

Magnolia Manor Coffee Table

Magnolia Home Iron Trestle Dining Table

Rustic furniture is one of the hottest interior design trends of 2019, and this Magnolia Manor Coffee Table incorporates the rugged, farmhouse feel paired with a more traditional, antique look. You’ll love the leg detailing, the stunning table top, and the convenient drawer, perfect for storing items you want out of sight. Looking for a whole living room set, check out your other Magnolia furniture options, including the Magnolia Manor chairside table, end table, and media console, pictured above.

Liberty Magnolia Manor Upholstered Bed

Magnolia Manor Upholstered Bed

What could be better than an upholstered bed? Not only are upholstered beds one of the top interior design trends of 2019, but they also give your bedroom a warm, cozy feeling. You’ll love the grey chenille tufted headboard, the rustic white finish, and the combination of rounded curves and straight lines, which make for a visually-pleasing, layered look.

Magnolia Manor Vanity Desk

Magnolia Manor Vanity Desk With Mirror

Whether you’re looking to fill up a large master bedroom, add extra storage space, or create a pleasant place to get ready in the morning, the Magnolia Manor Vanity Desk has everything you need. Storage-wise, you have five fully stained interior drawers, as well as a spacious table top for additional storage and decorations. You’ll love the elegant, antique style, which is sure to take your master bedroom to the next level.

Planning on upgrading your home décor? Be sure to visit one of the eleven Star Furniture stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or Bryan, Texas. We have an array of furniture styles for your kitchen, bedroom, dining room, and living room. Plus, our in-store interior designers can help you choose the perfect pieces for your space and style with our free in-store design service. Visit us today!


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Harmony Floral Print Accent Chair

Wondering how to create a focal point in your living room? We’ve got you covered! In today’s blog, the Star Furniture interior design experts cover everything you need to know about creating a focal point in your living room.

What is a Focal Point in Interior Design?

A focal point is a specific area or furniture piece that attracts attention and draws people’s eyes when they walk into a room. A focal point can also create a certain mood or theme for the room. A living room with a television as its focal point, for example, has a different vibe than a living room with a fireplace as its focal point. Because the focal point of the room is likely the first thing people notice, it’s a great stylistic starting point when decorating.

How to Create a Focal Point?

Creating a focal point is all about deciding what you want to make your focal point. Essentially, you create a focal point by drawing visual attention to something in the room. If, for example, you want a specific wall to be your focal point, you might paint it a different color or arrange artwork in a specific way. Choosing a stylistically bold piece of furniture like a bright couch or a unique coffee table can be enough to draw attention in a room, especially if its balanced with other neutrals.

Living Room Focal Point Ideas

Creating a focal point can completely refresh a room, so whether you’re starting from scratch or simply rearranging furniture, focusing on a new focal point can transform your living room. Here are some of our favorite living room focal point ideas.

Use Mirrors

Especially if you’re decorating a small living room, using a mirror as a focal point is a great way to brighten the room and make the space seem bigger. If you’re hanging only one mirror, it’s best to hang it at eye level, and choosing something with an intricate or distinct frame can help draw attention to it.

Design a Focal Wall

Decorating a small, narrow living room? Utilizing vertical space can make the room feel bigger. That’s why designing a focal wall can work so well in these spaces. Try painting the wall a different color than the others, arranging multiple pieces of artwork, or hanging shelving to display some of your favorite decorations. While you want to draw people’s attention, remember to leave a little space between items, as this can prevent things from looking cluttered.

Utilize Accent Furniture

Bold accent furniture is one of the hottest interior design trends of 2019, and it works extremely well as a focal point, especially if the living room is balanced with neutrals. Whether it’s a floral-patterned couch, a visually distinct coffee table, or a bright accent chair, choosing furniture with bold patterns, shapes, or colors can make for an interesting and fun focal point.


Ready to start decorating? Visit one of our Star Furniture & Mattress stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio or Bryan, Texas today to browse our extensive living room furniture collection. During your visit, you can even take advantage of free interior design services from our team of home design experts. We hope to see you soon!

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With so many different furniture styles, it can be hard to find the look that best fits your personality and needs. If you think the transitional style might be right for you, this guide covers everything from the history of transitional furniture to how to decorate each room in your home in the transitional style.

What is Transitional Furniture?

Transitional furniture blends traditional and modern contemporary design elements, creating a look that’s classic yet modern. It tends to create a moderate look that’s neither too stuffy and traditional nor too trendy and modern. In terms of transitional design, many describe it as a balancing of masculine and feminine style, wherein each room in your home incorporates a combination of sleek, straight lines and ornate, curved lines.

History of Transitional Furniture

Gaining popularity in the last twenty years, transitional furniture is a fairly new furniture style that marries the traditional with the modern. Its traditional roots go as far back as 17th century Europe and is most heavily inspired by Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, and Neoclassical styles. Transitional furniture’s modern roots can be traced back to modernism, which originated in the 19th century and served as a rejection of more traditional aesthetics in favor of more impressionist, abstract, and minimalist styles. While these two styles can seem at odds with one another, in transitional design, modern and traditional furniture complement each other, creating a room that borrows from both traditions to create something classic but fresh. In other words, transitional furniture takes the best from both worlds to create a style all its own.

Major Elements of Transitional Furniture

More than with other interior design styles, the major elements of transitional furniture are more varied, borrowing elements from both traditional and modern contemporary design. While the elements are more varied, they rely more on thoughtful combination to create a balance between the two extremes.

Mixture of Curved & Straight Lines

In the transitional furniture style, there’s a pairing of furniture with sleek, straight lines and furniture featuring rounded curves and soft edges. While one piece of furniture can display both curved and straight lines, you can also get the same effect by pairing two or furniture pieces together.

Simple Silhouettes

Transitional furnishings tend to have crisp profiles and straightforward style, which comes in part from combining curved and straight lines. While the furniture and accessories may have decorative flourishes, they tend to be less intricate than more strictly traditional furniture, and the gentle curves and rigid lines work together to create energy and texture.

Tone-on-Tone Palettes

If you love creating vibrant color patterns, the transitional design style might not be for you. In fact, most transitional design incorporates mainly warm neutrals. That said, both traditional and modern design offer opportunities for strategic accents, which can include brightly colored or bold patterned furniture. While monochromatic design can feel boring, utilizing shading variations and accent pieces helps keep the room lively and exciting.

Complementary Textures

Since transitional furniture tends to rely predominantly on neutral tones and colors, texture is where much of the visual variety comes from. When decorating in the transitional style, you’ll want to pair complementary textures, including wood, glass, fabric, and metal. Pay special attention to layering these different textures together to create a visually interesting and inviting look.

Minimal Accents & Accessories

Minimalism might seem at odds with traditional style, but transitional style adopts the minimalism of modern design and applies it less on the furniture itself and more to the use of accents and accessories. While accent pieces may be bold and bright, they tend to lack heavy ornamentation. In terms of wall art and other accessories, the transitional style favors a less-is-more approach, in which accessories are limited but carefully curated.

Warm & Inviting Atmosphere

Like traditional furniture, transitional furniture prioritizes warmth and comfort, creating an inviting and welcoming ambiance in your home. This warmth and comfort can come from plush fabrics, soft edges, overstuffed sofas, and upholstered ottomans.

Symmetry & Balance

When decorating in the transitional style, it’s important to prioritize symmetry and balance, both in the furniture placement and in the furniture itself. Be sure to keep furnishings similar in scale, which can create a certain harmony, especially when dealing with furniture in a range of styles.

Medium Scale

In interior design, scale is the visual representation of size and how different objects interact with one another in a given space. Different styles of furniture can have different scale, and transitional furniture tends to have a medium scale, meaning that the furniture tends to be neither too large or too small. This makes transitional furniture a great option for any size room in your house.

Examples of Transitional Furniture Styles

While traditional and modern design include a wide range of niche furniture styles, transitional style tends to borrow from both trends to create a few, broad categories.

Classic Contemporary

Contemporary furniture is a blanket term that describes any furniture that is currently in style, and the classic contemporary furniture style can best be described as transitional, as it pairs a more traditional look with a modern flair. Common characteristics include complementary colors, simplified shapes, rounded edges, curved furniture, plush fabrics, warm tones, and varied textures.

Casual Contemporary Design

Perhaps the most familiar contemporary look, casual contemporary takes the hard edges of mid-century modern styles and softens them, creating a more relaxed, softer look. Like transitional design, casual contemporary furniture is quite neutral, which makes it incredibly popular across the country. In addition to rounded edges, casual contemporary design tends to feature medium wood tones, complementary textures, and soft, overstuffed sofas.

Vintage Contemporary Design

Vintage furniture is defined as furniture that is at least twenty years old, but in transitional design, there are plenty of items that are inspired by and made to mimic the vintage styles of the past, while still showcasing a more contemporary aesthetic. Common characteristics of vintage contemporary design include clean lines, organic materials, bold accents, and low profiles.

Modern Country Design

Modern country design can vary from a trendy farmhouse style to a more natural, rustic look. True to its transitional style, modern country design tends to have a cozy feel, prioritizing comfort and functionality. Common characteristics of modern country design include distressed wood, antique accessories, raw wood, soft colors, and understated prints.

Celebrity Furniture Lines

Many of the celebrity furniture lines we carry at Star Furniture & Mattress fall into the transitional design style. Both TV personality and chef Rachael Ray’s Home Collection and country music star Trisha Yearwood’s furniture line can best be described as transitional, as they pair more classic traditional design with modern trends to create a casual elegance.

Transitional Furniture Available at Star Furniture

Looking to furnish your home or apartment with transitional furniture? At Star Furniture & Mattress, we have a huge inventory of transitional furniture for every room in the house. Plus, with our free interior design services, we can help you hone your style, choose the perfect furniture for your look, and provide the decorating tips you need to design a comfortable, stylish home.

Transitional Living Room Furniture

Drexler Transitional White Sofa

(Pictured Above: The Drexler Living Room Collection)

In addition to combining the traditional and the modern, transitional living room furniture tends to be casual and comfortable. To that end, transitional storage furniture tends to be long, large, and horizontal, rather than tall and petite, and transitional sofas tend to incorporate neutral colors and soft upholstery. Pay special attention to layering, finding ways to balance more modern and traditional pieces into one cohesive look with similar scale. When choosing home décor and accessories, transitional style balances the minimalism of modern design with the more cluttered look of traditional design. We recommend a well-curated and subtle mix of decorative throw pillows, books, ottomans, candlesticks, flowers, lamps, wall art, and rugs.

Transitional Bedroom Furniture

Rachael Ray Home Upholstered Shelter Bed

(Pictured Above: Rachael Ray Home Upholstered Shelter Bed)

When decorating a transitional bedroom, the emphasis is always on relaxation and comfort. In fact, upholstered headboards, which are one of the hottest interior design trends of 2019, work especially well in transitional bedrooms, as the upholstery contributes to the overall feeling over comfort. In addition to large, oversized beds, transitional bedrooms are often decorated with mounds of decorative pillows, comfortable quilts, neutral colors, soft pastels, and flowing window treatments. Remember, texture is especially important in transitional design, so try layering different patterns and fabrics to make the room pop. Light is also incredibly important, so be sure to utilize large windows, mirrors, and stylish lamps to create that bright, casual look.

Transitional Dining Room Furniture

(Pictured Above: Trisha Yearwood 5-Piece Dining Room Set)

When furnishing a transitional dining room, it’s all about finding the right balance between the modern and the traditional. We recommend choosing a substantial table that’s elegant yet understated. Rather than the elaborate details of more traditional dining tables, consider choosing a more modern looking table with upholstered chairs with more casual detailing. If you’re considering buffets or china cabinets, consider large, horizontal cabinets, rather than tall, skinny ones. You might also consider mixing metals in your decorating, especially when it comes to accent pieces and lighting, and wall art should be used sparingly, with an emphasis on wood frames and country style prints.

Transitional Accent Furniture

(Pictured Above: Sophie Accent Chair)

Looking for transitional accent furniture? While the majority of transitional furniture tends to be neutral colored, with accent furniture, there is a chance to branch out with some color. Whether you choose pastels or brights, accent furniture is a great place to add a statement piece or a pop of color and playfulness to your room. Velvet furniture can also work as a great accent, as its soft fabric plays into the comfort and relaxed feeling of transitional design. Plus, it’s one of the hottest trends of 2019, which means you’ll be on the cutting edge of design. Regardless of what accent furniture you choose, remember that it’s the perfect place to incorporate some of your own personal style.

Transitional Home Décor

(Pictured Above: Joplin 2-Door Ivory Cabinet)

When it comes to transitional home décor, you’ll want to limit accessories, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a memorable, stylish look. Think about different ways to curate your accessories, curating a combination of your favorite décor while layering multiple textures in the room. Rather than grouping art all over the room, for example, choose one or two impactful pieces. Remember, in transitional décor, you want to let your furniture take center stage, so be sure that any home décor you choose doesn’t draw too much attention away from the furniture in the room. You can also use home décor to balance out the room. If, for example, your couch is more traditional in style, it might make sense to choose more modern home décor to create some harmonious contrast.

Ready to furnish your home or apartment? Visit a Star Furniture & Mattress store today. Not only do we have a huge selection of transitional furniture for every room in the house, but our free room planning tool can help you preview different furniture arrangements without the heavy lifting. Start shopping today!

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Our Favorite Furniture from our Memorial Day Furniture Sale

May 22, 2019

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Fun Interior Design Trends for Spring: Floral Print Furniture

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Floral prints have been around for generations, and for good reason! While floral furniture has never gone out of style, it’s steadily increased in popularity to become one of the hottest interior design trends of 2019. Not sure how to make floral prints work for you? There are plenty of possibilities for utilizing floral print […]

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How to Decorate a Long Narrow Living Room

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Wondering how to decorate a long, narrow living room? While it can be tricky to decorate an oddly-shaped space, there are certain tips and tricks to help you prevent your living room arrangement from creating the tunnel effect, which can make the room resemble a bowling alley rather than a welcoming living space. These long, […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Innerspring Mattresses

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