Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Home Prints and Patterns

Summer is the peak season for moving to and decorating new homes as well as renovating and revamping old ones! This summer a trendy home decor addition like a rug can make a big difference in your home. Various prints and patterns are popping in many houses this season, here are some of the top trends.

Animal Print

Zebra Print Rug

Nature and Flowers 

Dahlia Rug

Colorful Abstract Patterns 

Jazz Rug
If you liked these rugs and patterns, check our online selection of home furnishings and decor or visit one of our stores today!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tips to Keep Your Home Energy Costs Down this Summer

As the hot summer temperatures rises, so can your home's energy consumption and bill costs. Being energy conscience can help save you money and is good for the environment! Here are a few steps that you can take to help limit the amount of energy you use during the summer months.

  1. Unplug nonessential appliances - This is especially true for when you go on vacation. Unplug the nonessential appliances like lamps and other items. If you are going on vacation for more than 2 days and your house will be empty, turning off and unplugging the air conditioning is a good idea as well.  
  2. Limit house light use and go outside - One of the perks of summer is that it usually means there is sunshine. Enjoy the sunshine by going outside and reading a book. Using the light outside can also save you from unnecessarily turning on lights indoors during the day. 
  3. Change air conditioning filters regularly - The more the air has to push to flow through, the more energy it's using.  Change your filters in your air conditioner monthly and it will improve its efficiency!
  4. Keep cool with curtains - Sunshine can be great lighting, but if you're trying to keep cool indoors it can be an obstacle. Adding some dark colored curtains to a room can help block out the sunlight and heat from it. 
  5. Update household appliances - Some household appliances like washers, dryers and refrigerators are power suckers. If any of your household appliances are 10 or more years old it is time to upgrade to a new model. The amount you spend on a new appliance can be made up with the amount of energy you conserve. Look for the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of appliances to gauge their effectiveness. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last-Minute Father's Day Home Recipes

If you are still rushing to find dad a gift for Father's Day, time is running out! But don't panic, there is always one thing you can give to surprise the father figure in your life: delicious food. If you are having a cookout at your home this weekend to celebrate dear dad here are a few recipes to try: 
Roasted Pepper Pesto Rubbed Grilled T-BonesServes 4
  • 4 T-Bone Steaks

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

  • 1/4 Cup Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Seasoning or Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Recipe Roasted Pepper Pesto
  • 4 each Fresh Basil Sprigs
  1. Preheat grill on medium.

  2. Brush steaks with olive oil and season with Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Seasoning or salt and pepper.

  3. Brush both sides of steaks with Roasted Pepper Pesto.

  4. Place steaks on the grill and cook to desired doneness. (For a Medium Rare steak about 8 minutes on the first side and 6-7 minutes on the second side.)

  5. When steaks are finished brush both sides one final time with un-used pesto.
5. Serve steaks with a dollop of unused pesto in the center of each steak and garish with a fresh Basil Sprig.
Roasted Pepper Pesto Makes about 2 cups
  • 1 Cup Roasted Red Peppers peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1⁄4 Cup Garlic Cloves, peeled
1⁄2 Cup Pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Chopped Basil

  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt

  • 1⁄4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated

  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

  • 1⁄2 Cup Olive Oil
  1. Combine all ingredients but the Olive Oil in a food processor or a blender and purée until smooth.
  2. Next add the oil slowly in a thin stream with the food processor running until it is completely combined.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Home Gifts for Father's Day

Father's Day is June 15! If you want to surprise the father figure in your life with some new comfy furniture, check out our selection of living room sets. You can view our online selection to see more of our inventory or visit one of our store locations near you!

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