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Your Home Design Dilemmas Answered

Have a spot in your home you’re just not sure how to decorate? We’ve asked blogger Lindsay Hines from Whimsy Girl Design for her inspirational ideas to address some of your toughest design questions.  

Design dilemmas … we all have them. From achieving perfect furniture placement to styling those awkward areas in your home, they can be frustrating to figure out! But not to worry, I’m here to help. Tuesday Morning asked its social media followers to share their biggest design dilemmas, and challenged me to come up with the solutions. I must say, I had a blast shopping at Tuesday Morning and working on a plan for each problem! So, let’s get started on turning these dilemmas into your new favorite part of your home:

Design Dilemma #1:

Are chairs okay in front of the fireplace? – Cindy via Facebook


Absolutely! I actually love to use chairs to create a cozy conversation area anchored by the fireplace. Angle the chairs toward the center of the room, add a small cocktail table or large basket holding cozy throw blankets and you’ve created the perfect spot to gather with family and friends. This design board is a great guide for creating a similar space in your own home.


1. Topiary: $12.99 (compare at $24.99) 2. Clock: $79.99 (compare at $160) 3. Cafer chair: $299.99 (compare at $900) 4. Script pillow: $9.99 (compare at $30) 5. Rustic end table: $19.99 (compare at $40) 6. Basket: $19.99 (compare at $54) 7. Throw blanket: $19.99 (compare at $39.99).

Speaking of chairs, are you in the market for some new chairs to add to your space? Check out these great options I came across at my local Tuesday Morning. They had a great selection of styles and colors available … and the best part is that each chair shown here is under $300 (compare at $399-$900).


Design Dilemma #2:

My wine fridge has no place. It overly dominates whenever I put it on my counters, and I haven’t found a stand that looks good to put it on. – Tracey via Instagram


I was brainstorming this one for a few days and happened to walk into Tuesday Morning and the solution was waiting for me! Two words: Bar Cart. Tuesday Morning has some great bar carts, as well as other furniture pieces, that would be the perfect fit. You can place your wine fridge on the upper or lower shelf, depending on which works better for your home, and then add some fun accessories to the remaining space! Here are several items from Tuesday Morning that would create the perfect “wine bar” in your home. Cheers!


1. Metal bar cart: $99.99 (compare at $200) 2. Bottle opener wall plaque: $39.99 (compare at $80) 3. Maxwell bar cart: $129.99 (compare at $300) 4. Metal wine rack: $22.99 (compare at $46) 5. Bordeaux stemware: $3.99/each (compare at $10) 6. Wine storage sideboard: $399.99 (compare at $1,100) 7. Wine glass guest towel: $3.99 (compare at $12) 8. Wooden wine crate: $12.99 (compare at $25.99).

Design Dilemma #3:

I can’t figure out how to decorate a builder-designed wall alcove. I have two; one curved and one flat. Would love design ideas! – Kelly via Instagram


Oh yes … art niches, a fancy name for, “What do I put in here?” They can be tricky to decorate. But I’ve come up with a few ideas to make the challenge fun.

  1. Paint the inside a bold accent color to make it stand out, then add accessories (see inspiration below).
  2. Paint the inside with chalkboard paint and use a variety of quotes or sayings for different seasons and holidays!
  3. Use craft paper or wallpaper to add a fun pattern to the space while creating an interesting backdrop for the accessories you decorate with.
  4. If you have a deep niche or curved niche, you could add simple wood shelves to create a built-in bookcase!

Tuesday Morning has a huge assortment of home accessories that would be the perfect fit for those tricky spots! Here are a few unique items I came across while shopping:


1. Shutter shelf: $59.99 (compare at $120) 2. Distressed mirror with shelf: $49.99 (compare at $100) 3. Clock cabinet: $129.99 (compare at $260) 4. Bird wall plaque: $49.99 (compare at $100) 5. Clock/organizer: $39.99 (compare at $80) 6. Birdcage decor: $29.99 (compare at $50) 7. Crest mirror: $69.99 (compare at $140) 8. White Paris clock: $24.99 (compare at $50).

Need more inspiration? Check out our Home Décor on a Budget pinboard for more great ideas to transform any area of your home!

Dining and Kitchen, Furniture, Home Decor
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Lindsay Hines

Meet the Contributor

Blog: Whimsy Girl Design

My home Tuesday Morning location: Farmers Branch, TX

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: This is a trick question, right? I love them all! I usually head straight for the furniture, then home decor, stop by the housewares and then end up in the seasonal department. I literally go down every aisle, you never know what you might come across!

A little about me: I am a wife and mom of 2 girls living outside of Dallas, TX. I love bargain shopping, antiquing, eating Mexican food and decorating my home!

What I love to write about: I love sharing my love for design, decor, DIY projects and great deals with my blog audience! It’s a fun place to connect with others who share the same interests!

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  1. Reply Theresa

    I’m looking for a small stool for our back hall/mud room that my guests can sit on to put their shoes or boots on and possibly with storage underneath like for gloves/hats…. Can you help me?

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      Hi Theresa, Because our selection and inventories vary by location, your best bet is to visit your local store. You can find your nearest location by entering your zip code here: Hope this helps!

    • Lindsay@
      Reply Lindsay@

      Hi Theresa, I saw some great benches at my local stores while I was shopping for this post. Be sure and check your nearest location. What I find is that they get in new stuff every week so if you don’t see it the first time, always check back! They also have a great selection of baskets that you could use under the bench for storage! Maybe we can cover this topic in a future post!! Have fun shopping!

  2. Reply Chuck`

    Just went to the “NEW” Petaluma, CA store and what a change over the old store—the new store has got to be at least 5 times larger than the old store. This has always been a great store but this new store is over the top with merchandise—Very glad to see the improvement.

  3. Reply claire

    Need layout and decor suggestion ; small bedroom,2 twin beds,a table for homework station.My idea is to create a environment for teenager that does not look like a bedroom.

  4. Reply Mary Pat Higley

    Tuesday Morning has nice quality papergoods and seasonal items!!!

  5. Reply Alice Bisuano

    Hi …I am looking for help in decoration my living room for me, my husband and new adopted puppy. Before adopting our puppy I bought my long awaited, always wanted white sofa which I just love. The layout of the room is difficult for me to decorate. In the middle of the longest wall is the fireplace with( facing) the wall on the right side half way up has painted brick the color of the walls. (Stone color) the other half of the wall is bare. Across this wall is the large entry to the room. On one end of the room are large windows which I have transparent pulldown window coverings. On the opposite side of the room sits a large screen TV on a tall tv stand with wood and wroth iron inserts on the doors. Our house is Spanish style. Most important I need a good furniture layout. I would say my style is casual elegance. Any ideas?

  6. Reply Kathryn Fandel

    Tuesday morning had a small white accent table that had doors on the front and a charge station on the back of the top. My store sold out before I could purchase. It was a small narrow table. Do you know if any of the stores may still have one. I’m sorry I did not get the item number.

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      Hi Kathryn! Please call Customer Service at 1-800-457-0099, 8am-5pm CST Monday through Friday, and we will do our best to help you locate this item. Thanks!