Living Room Layouts – 3D Designs 


When designing a space it is very important to understand the functionality and purpose of the room. The living and family room can be two of the most used spaces in a home. There are many purposes for these spaces like watching television, conversing with loved ones and simply just relaxing. These spaces also need to be designed with certain age groups in mind. Below are 3D spaces created to show a few living room layouts that are functional for focal points, conversation spaces, kid-friendly areas and symmetrical areas.


When creating this layout, there is most likely a known focal point in the room. This could be the television, the fireplace or some other ‘important’ object. In the layout below the focal point is the television. The main idea in this layout is to focus all furniture toward the known focal point. The sofa is in the middle facing straight toward the focal point as the chairs are positioned diagonally toward both the sofa and the focal point. In order make this space more inviting with company you can add rotating chairs or moveable ottomans that make for easier conversation.


Those with children know that when planning a space it is important to keep them in mind. Creating an open space for play is important, while also maintaining an ‘adult area’ for conversation. Create this space with a sofa and complimentary chairs on one side, add a coffee table as a small barrier and two chairs on the opposite side of the room for children. This ‘barrier’ creates a differentiation of ‘adult’ space and ‘child’ space. Add functional pieces of furniture to this space with storage for toys, books and supplies.


Do you have company often? Get togethers, book clubs or church groups? Then this layout is perfect for your space. Position the sofa and complimentary chairs in almost a circular position so that any seat in the room is seen and part of the ‘conversation’.  It is important to position furniture so that it is easy to walk around each piece instead of ‘through’ the conversation. The main focal point in this layout are those who are also in the space with you.



For those with a sensitive eye to design balance, these spaces are great for you! These spaces not only contain balance and symmetry, but they are also great conversation spaces. For visual balance it is important to add pieces across from one another with the same visual height and weight. As in the picture, there is a sofa and then two accent chairs that are visually the same weight. Then you have the chairs in the middle directly across from one another. This layout creates visual balance to the eye.

Many prefer symmetry as well. The second layout is created with a coffee table in the middle of the room as an anchor. Two similar, if not the same, sofas and end tables are added across from one another. This symmetrical layout works best for formal living rooms.


When creating any of these spaces it is important to think about the functionality of the space and how it will fit your needs. Also keep in mind the size of the room and what can fit appropriately.

Olde Mill Furniture & Design can help you create the living room space that works best in your home. Our in-home design services will allow us to observe your home and create an appropriate layout. Visit Olde Mill Furniture and let us help you transform your space!

– The Beyond The Mill Team 


New Year. New Home

Trends are very common in home design. Some last and some just can’t stand the test of time. We are going to talk about some common home design ideas that are out of style. We will also look at some new home design ideas that will make your home one to desire!

1. Out with CHEVRON & In with fun, modern prints.

As much as we all loved Chevron (on just about anything) it just can’t stand up to the changing design inspirations. Change those chevron walls and upholstery to things like houndstooth, damask and quatrefoil, like the picture below!

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In addition to these fun new patterns, wallpaper is making a huge comback and is a great way to create an accent wall!

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2. No More Matching Furniture. Add fun accent pieces in different patterns or colors!

It is common for the untrained eye to want everything to match from the sofa to the love seat to the ottomans. But, it is very important to break up the same color scheme with a coordinating and complimentary fabric or pattern on a least one piece. Instead of creating a space with all matching pieces, add pieces like the accent chairs in the second picture. Add coordinating pillows on the sofa or sectional to pull everything together and achieve your desired look.

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3. Nix the Painted Accent Wall and Pop on some Eclectic Wallpaper!

The idea of adding an accent wall to a room is still commonly used, but now it is come with more style in mind. Take a drab painted accent wall and add an elegant, coordinating wallpaper for an eye popping addition.

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4. Silver Kitchen Fixtures are so 2015, Add a POP in 2016 with GOLD!

Even though silver kitchen fixtures will remain a favorite for many years, it is most certainly playing it safe. Create a unique kitchen by adding gold fixtures and accent lighting.

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5. Let your COLOR FEARS of 2015 be in the past. 2016 is about sensory stimulating COLOR schemes!, a very well known paint company says that 2016 is about using these different hues and intensities to create you very own sensory driven space. Don’t you just love these colors below?
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So, let’s make 2016 the best home design year yet! Contact Beyond The Mill Design and ask us about out Design Services and let us help you create a space that is timeless. Our goal is for you to love your space for a lifetime!

New Year. New Home.

– The Beyond The Mill Team 


New Years Decor Ideas 

New Years Eve is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than in style! Planning a dinner or get together in your home? Use some of these simple decor ideas and you are sure to impress your guests. The New Year is all about new beginnings and fresh starts, so make sure to end 2015 with a decorative bang!
Create an elegant table setting for guests by using black, gold and silver color palettes. Add candles and crystal to add glitz to the setting. Use minimal flowers for a simple, yet graceful look.
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Add your very own champagne bar for that ‘night on the town’ feel! Create special trays for deserts and candy. Add fun, sparkly garland or banners to make the space more festive. Pop in a few champagne flutes, bottles and fruit to garnish and the space is ready for entertainment.

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Now of course you must have a festive mantle for your gathering! Add a banner like those below in blacks, whites, silvers and golds. Keep your silver and sparkly Christmas decor out to coordinate with the rest of your decor. Add snowflakes and festive ornaments for that winter wonderland pop!

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Have a safe and Happy New Year from all of us at Beyond The Mill Design! Don’t forget to visit us in the new year at Olde Mill for your home decor needs, including furniture, custom furniture, design consultations, home interiors and more!

– The Beyond The Mill Team


Classic, Cozy & Custom Closets


It is not unknown that women love a great closet! The idea of organization and a beautiful display of clothing, shoes and accessories is an important part of a home. Men are also jumping on the bandwagon and realizing the functional of a well put together closet.

No matter the size of your closet, creating a space that is functional and organized can help save time, money and make it easier to care for your clothing and accessories. Below are some of my favorite closets from It is important to create a space that is most efficient for your needs. It may sound silly because it is ‘just a closet’, but create a space that feels warm. This will help reduce time looking for your favorite pair of pants or make it easier to find the right shoes.

First up is a great idea for a child’s closet. This space is playful and is set up like a team locker room. This closet helps keep the kids organized and their items have a specific space. These built in drawers help keep the space looking tidy while still remaining accessible.

Next up, for the men. Now not all of us are able to have two separate closets, but if you are so lucky, these two closets are great! The first closet space is great because of the built in cabinetry for storage, as well as the cubbies for ties or shoes. No more searching for that special tie, these little nooks create a visible, organized space.

In the next photo the dark built in pieces create a masculine space, while still maintaining its elegance. Each separate rack is great for dividing different items of clothing. Keeping those items separate makes life easier when getting ready. Adding built in hampers keeps dirty clothes in their space while they await the wash! Add a large floor mirror for the ability to check your outfit before heading out.

And, of course, some great ideas for the beloved women’s closet. The first picture shows a great way to add to a small closet. Don’t let a smaller space discourage you! Adding shelving can help keep more organization as well as built in drawers for storage. Keep things tidy with shoe racks and randomized racks.

Next, if you do have the space, add more shelving and shoe racks. Like the next photo, adding a floating island in the closet with a functional drawer or cabinet can create more space and storage. Create this space to lay out your clothes for each day and be prepared for a carefree morning!

Lastly, like in the last photo, adding sectioned cubbies on shelves can create a home for accessories like belts, scarves, hats and more. And of course, what about those purses? Create shelving just for those purses. By having these accessories in your closet and so close to your clothing, it makes it easier to get ready in the morning, afternoon or night!


Visit Beyond The Mill for more guidance on how to recreate your closet space to suit your needs. Create a space that makes life easier, as well as one that properly displays your items.

– The Beyond The Mill Team

Transform a Space with These Simple Tips 

Sometimes a complete remodel isn’t in the budget. That’s ok, because at times all it takes is a minor transformation of a few things and the space feels complete. Below are some tips and tricks that are relatively inexpensive for creating an updated space. These are possible DIY projects or maybe you need a little bit of professional help. Either way, these ideas are sure to change the look of your home.
1. Repaint Your Island

Kitchen renovations can be beautiful, yet sometimes costly. If you are in the market for a complete reno, that’s great! If not, here is a possible quick fix that will transform from drab to fab. Below is a before and after of a typical wood island in a kitchen. With a few coats of paint, it is changed to a sleek, crisp kitchen island that better suits the space.

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2. Change the Hardware

Like the photos below, transform your cabinetry in a few simple steps. Hardware can change the overall look of your kitchen and cabinets. The color and style of the hardware can make you cabinets stand out and create a ‘finished’ look that is often desired. Like the second picture, you can take a very traditional canbinet, pop on a modern, sleek handle and you get a more contemporary look. It is all in the details.

You can also repaint or stain your cabinets to bring them back to life. Or paint just your island and leave the cabinetry the same for an extra pop!
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3. Paint Your Banister

With colors and style permitting, painting your stairway banister can be a beautiful, yet simple upgrade that adds character to your home. The contrast in the picture below makes the stairway stand out and has a very rich and finished look.

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4. Add a Custom Built-in for Your Space!

A beautiful piece designed by owner, Julie, at Olde Mill! Customized to fit the customer’s space and needs. Adding a built in can create organization and a completed space. The piece becomes a part of your home and is created with your style in mind.

5. Finish a Space with Beautiful Drapery

Custom drapery is a simple solution to finishing off a space. While using complementary colors and patterns with existing pieces, drapery can add a more tailored look to a room. Based on your space and style, drapes create the lines and curves that draw your eye into the room. Whether your like cornices, swags or regular panels, Olde Mill can create the look that suits your needs. You would be surprised just how completed your space will be afterwards!

Below are custom drapes from Olde Mill Furniture!  

One very important lesson to be learned when designing and decorating, is to finish off a space completely to make it cohesive. Leaving rooms unfinished can inhibit a home from feeling cozy & warm. Wih these few ideas and tips, your space can become more sophisticated and stylish! Visit Beyond The Mill Design for more tips and ideas for your space. Inquire about a Design Consultation and let us help you.

– The Beyond The Mill Team

4 Must Have Mud Rooms! 

Do you get frustrated when your loved ones throw their jackets on the floor or across the banisters when entering the home? Or is that pile of shoes piling up in front of the sofa? Well, one popular renovation to many homes at the moment are Mud Rooms. Recreate your mud room with more organization, functionality and hide unsightly items. Help your children find their items easier and still stay stylish while doing so! Below are four different, yet similar, mud room ideas perfect for any space.

First up, don’t have a mud room? That’s ok, create this look in your garage. Add baskets for storage and hooks for hanging coats and scarves. Add a large basket for shoes! No more lost or straggling shoes. Shelving is also another solution for this space for shoes and boots. Fill space with clocks or other accessories to make this outside space a little more homey.

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Next up, let’s be kid-friendly as well! Let’s face it, a lot of the time, we need these spaces more organized for our children! Create single cubbies for each family member so everyone has their items in their own spaces. No more, “That’s my glove!” and wasted time searching for that missing shoe. Create drawers for small items or electronics. Add labeled baskets for storage and hooks to hang jackets and more! Adding labels, to spaces helps keep things organized. It also gives children a sense of ownership and the importance of taking care of things.

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So the kids are grown you say? That’s ok, create an organized space for YOU! Create a more sophisticated look with a beautiful painted built-in with functional shelving. Use more mature style baskets to store personal belongings. Add classic hooks for items. Create a seat perfect for putting shoes on and taking them off. Add an upholstered cushion and coordinating pillow to finish off the space. Throw in a piece of artwork or alternative artwork to complete your desired look! Also a great feature is the mixture of both shelving and cabinetry. Have space for visible display, but also hide your unwanted items.

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Lastly, here is a more modern look. Great for any home, but beautiful in a city home or penthouse. This sleek styles has lots of storage! Great in homes with a lack of storage and organizational space. This space lends itself to being modern with the cabinetry style and hardware. It contains simple lines and the space itself is rather basic in design, yet very gorgeous. This space lacks visible shelving, but is great for storage and for those who prefer to hide their items. Thought it is simple, one could add an upholstered cushion or pillow to complete this space.

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Like what you see? Need more guidance, ideas or plans? Visit us at Beyond The Mill Design and let us help. We can customize a built-in perfect for your space. We can customize the size, styles, cabinetry, shelving and so much more. From a traditional stained piece to a painted farmhouse style, we can help your achieve your vision. Not only will your piece be beautiful, it will also be functional because it is created with your needs in mind. Let us also help with the upholstery and accessories. Hope we can help!

– The Beyond The Mill Team 


4 Holiday Table Settings For Your Home

It is Thanksgiving week and we have family and friends on our minds. As well as food, football and fun, of course! After the families disperse, it is time to start planning for Christmas dinners and events. One beautiful thing about decorating for the holidays is the ability to create a unique table setting that captures your style. Don’t know your style? That’s ok, read on and let’s find it!

Modern + Glitz 

Create these looks by using a table cloth, plates and napkins with a modern pattern. Create clean lines with simple accessories. Use golds and silvers to add a pop to the simplicity. Using the ornaments in holiday dishes adds the feature of ‘holiday setting’. This setting is also versatile and can be used year ’round.

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Colorful + Kid Friendly 

        Create a colorful and playful setting for the little ones in your life! Children love the magic of Christmas, so let them be young and create a space that both adults and children will love. To achieve this look, use fun colored ornaments, wrapping paper and ribbon. Fill an accent bowl with ornaments add them to garland for an extra pop! Wrap your bowls, plates and napkins in ribbon to create a ‘present’ for your guests. Be playful this holiday season!

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Traditional + Classic 

    Have a more traditional event? That’s ok! Keep things classy like the setting below. Use one solid color and add a pop of gold or silver. The red and gold decor below is a classic combo that has stood the test of time. Fresh flowers in the table add a warm, freshness perfect for the holidays. Use a classic table cloth and China or crystal. Lastly, create a special treat with a small present on each plate, either empty or filled with chocolates! Spoil your guests this holiday season with beauty.

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Rustic Simplicity

Very trendy right now is the rustic look. This look is perfect to achieve the warm + cozy cabin feeling! Use a plaid runner or table cloth complete with a natural centerpiece. Like below, a few logs or pine creates a rustic feel. Add burlap and pine cones paired with deer place card holders or silhouettes for an added feature. Dress this look up with golds and silvers for a more classic look.

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Now matter your style, by following a few of these ideas, you are sure to impress those guests this holiday season! Don’t be afraid to mix and match different elements. For example, adding those gold and silver pops can dress up a table scape with a few simple items.

– The Beyond The Mill Team