Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ten Decor Tips Everyone Should Follow

So you didn’t go to college to become a professional interior designer? No problem, we’ve got some tips for you! Just because you don’t have the proper training doesn’t mean your living spaces need to only consist of the essential couches, tables, chairs and beds! We’ve put together a list of 10 essential decorating tips that everyone should know and follow as they go about building rooms. Enjoy!

  1. Invest Where it Matters - Quit spending money on all of the little things. When designing a room, don’t buy a bunch of little trinkets because you think it will fill your space. Take that money and use it towards larger couches, better rugs, and end tables!
  2. Buy Rugs in Person - We understand that Amazon is your spirit animal, and why would you go to the store when you could just get it online? But for something that you’re going to walk on daily, you need to be able to feel the texture before it feels its way into your wallet.
  3. Do Your Homework - No, there’s no formal assignment, but you should do some looking and comparing before making any decision on home decor. Purchasing furniture isn’t a yearly thing, so why are you spending more time on choosing a restaurant to go to on night three of your vacation than the couch you’ll sit on for the next three years?
  4. Mix and Match - This isn’t kindergarten any more, everything doesn’t have to match. In fact, mixing metals is actually a great way to make any room stand out!
  5. Maximize Light with Mirrors - If you have very few windows, or just prefer natural light, use more mirrors. Larger mirrors help reflect the lighting into the room and will even save you money on electric since you won’t need to use lamps as much!
  6. Rule of Three - Remember the rule of three when it comes to small decorations like vases, candles and plants. Don’t let that candle burn all lonely by itself!
  7. Don’t Chase Trends - By the time you catch up with decorating trends, a new one has already arrived. Plus, changing your whole decor every year can add up quickly! A general rule of thumb is two new (or vintage) pieces of furniture per year.
  8. Add Greenery - You don’t have to deck out your space similar to the rain forest, but bringing in plants will help your house feel more like a home. Plants bring in color and texture to any room.
  9. Curtains - High and Simple - To make any room feel larger, install curtains at the tops of the ceilings rather than the window. Also remember that they are to designed to block light, not distract your guests from the rest of the room!
  10. Don’t Forget Art  - Your walls shouldn’t be a cluttered mess, but bring some culture into your rooms with pieces that fit well with your decor. Local art is also a great way to help spruce up your room and the community!
Have any essentials that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re starting a room renovation, follow tips two and three and come visit us in stores to help you make the right, informed decision before purchasing!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reupholster or Buy New?

There comes a time in every piece of furniture’s life where its owner must decide if it’s time to move on or fix the mistakes that have been made against it. Whether it's been stained, ripped, or just simply worn out, you must decide if you’ll reupholster your favorite piece or simply move on and buy a new one. Although reupholstery may seem expensive, there are reasons for or against it.

Sentimental Value

Possibly the best reason to reupholster any piece, regardless of the price, is because of the value it brings to you. If a certain chair or couch has been passed down to you through multiple generations, then there should be no reason you don’t at least get a quote for the price it will cost. Although many new memories can be made on new furniture, those memories you have made will slowly fade away just like the old piece your grandparents had when you were a child.

Breaking Sets  

Having to get rid of one piece of furniture won’t break your bank, but when it matches every other piece it can become expensive. Consider reupholstering a dining room chair, or the couch that everyone sat on instead of the love seat.


The most important factor when considering reupholstering is the current condition of your furniture or piece. Older furniture tend to be more sturdy and heavy compared to today’s. If your older furniture is still holding strong this may be your best reason for holding on to it!


Reupholstering can be pricey, and always make sure you can at least get a price or quote before making the decision. Although it may seem like a no brainer to get one chair out of the set done, if the fabric is no longer being made you may end up having to redo every piece.

When comparing prices, stop into one of our stores closest to you and see if we have a piece that will fit your needs! You can find all of our locations and more online.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Last Minute Decorating Ideas for Thanksgiving

The forgotten holiday is nearing, and if you haven’t given into the winter holiday spirit yet then your fall decor is most likely still in full swing. If you have relatives coming in to stuff their faces full of mashed potatoes and turkey, wait to break out the snowflakes until after the last pumpkin pies are devoured. To help ease the stress of your in-laws coming in, we’ve put together a list of simple ideas for showing how thankful and pro-thanksgiving you are this holiday season.

  1. Acorn Candle Holder - We’ll start off simple. Go out into your yard and grab a few handfuls of acorns off the ground. Make sure to wash and dry them off, then throw them into a large glass container and simply set your candles on top or partially buried in them.
  2. Gourd Holders - Have any over-sized candle holders that never get used? Simply replace the candles with small pumpkins or gourds. Be sure that your new decorations are secured, as one table bump could send a pumpkin rolling over a guest’s plate.
  3. Cornucopia - This is one of the most traditional Thanksgiving decorations. Fill yours with fall flowers or small gourds. And if you’re looking to involve any young kids, let them paint their own gourd to be included in the display.
  4. Corn Husk Wreath - If you read our Halloween post, we discussed an easy DIY wreath. This time, use corn husks, and even dried corn, to bring your Thanksgiving wreath to life.
  5. Thankful Tree - As the leaves fall from the tree, so may have a couple of large twigs. Grab one that resembles a tree and find a vase or styrofoam block that will stabilize it to stand straight up. Cut out small paper squares and add string to them to hang as ornaments. As your guests come in let them write what they are thankful for and use the tree as your table’s centerpiece.  
Have any other last minute ideas that you love to do for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments section below! And if you’re looking for more furniture to seat all of your guests this coming holiday season, visit us at a store near you or find us online!

Monday, November 14, 2016

5 Things Every Living Room Needs


Whether you use your living room for family time, watching the game, or a place to just hang out, it requires a few things to bring it together. The obvious things include couches, a TV, and if you’re lucky, a fireplace. But to make any living room feel like home there are a few things that you must include. These aren’t the most unique pieces, but more often the pieces that most don’t put enough thought into.

  1. Wall Decor - Too often do we focus on the color of the paint on the walls rather than the actual art or decorations that could be hung upon them. Invest in local art or a piece you really enjoy rather than a cliche print from another chain furniture store. It will not only make your room stand out, but can create a talking point for your guests.
  2. Window Treatments - Your windows are the portals to the outside world from inside your living room. Create a larger looking room by investing in curtains that reach floor levels. Try dressing your windows with multiple layers using sheer curtains to add a new dimension to the space.
  3. Proper Lighting - The key to every living room is the lighting. Too much lighting can make it feel like a dentist’s office, but not enough will have you turning on your phone’s light to find the remote. Figure out a proper level, and remember the different styles of lighting that will give the room distinct feels.
  4. Tables - Your living room needs two styles, a coffee and end table. Your coffee table can help you bring out your own style, whether you choose a glass or wooden version. Show off your creativity with what you keep on the coffee table, but don’t get too cluttered! Depending on the size your end tables can also serve as homes for lighting or only small enough to hold the remote and a drink. You don’t need to design a room around these tables, but when done right, they can bring flair to a simple room.
  5. Personal Touches - Although this includes family photos, they should not be the only unique touches to your living room. Find some art or decorations that are sure to bring memories every time you see them. Whether it be a decorative book, or memorable sports souvenir, try and bring something that gives guests a better understanding of your life beyond chairs and couches.

Have any other essentials that weren’t mentioned but you think should have been? Let us know in the comments section! To find some of the items mentioned above, visit us online or find a store nearest you!   

Friday, October 21, 2016

Last Minute Halloween Decor Ideas

If fall isn’t your favorite time of the year, then there’s a good chance Halloween isn’t your favorite holiday. If this is the case, then you’ve probably also put off decorating for the spookiest day of the year. Don’t worry though, there’s still time, and some decorations can be kept until at least Thanksgiving. To help you get into the spirit and make it so that the young trick-or-treaters won’t question your lack of decorations, we’ve put together some last minute ideas.

  1. Wine Bottle Potions - Instantly turn your home bar cart into a traveling potion cart. Using empty bottles, spray paint them using a matte black color. You’ll want to double or even triple coat them for the best effect. Then, design the scariest names for your potions and print out labels to be glued onto the sides of the bottles.
  2. Spooky Furniture - For this you’ll need cheesecloth to cover your furniture. Cover just one chair, or go all out and cover everything from the couches to the dining room table. The cloth can also be used to cover things like your mirror or a window you may have on your front door. Remember, the creepier it looks when draped across the furniture, the better!
  3. Fall Wreath - For this decoration you’ll need to do a little bit of work. At your local craft store purchase a wreath frame and an assortment of decorative leaves. Glue the leaves around the wreath, and if on-hand, grab some sticks and pine cones from your yard as well for the wreath. This can be hung on your front door for at least the next month. And if you want to go full Halloween on your wreath, spray paint the leaves with the black matte paint for a spooky effect.
  4. Ghostly Mirror - To best make this decoration, you’re going to need frosted window film. You can design your own ghost, or simply follow this pattern. The best part of this decoration is the film is made for glass, so there won’t be any mess left behind after!
Are you also a last minute decorator? In the comments section, tell us about your go to Halloween decorations! And if you’re looking to update your couches or bar cart, stop in to a store near you or find us online!

Friday, October 14, 2016

6 Things To Never Give Up When Moving In With Someone

So you’ve finally reached that tipping point of needing a roommate? Whether it’s a significant other, best friend, or total stranger, you’ll both probably have to make some serious adjustments to the amount of belongings you have. Deciding what can be junked, donated or sold is always a hard decision. You must learn to part with old trinkets and items that you no longer use. Although, there are some items that you should keep that you may not be thinking about. To help you make sure those items aren’t trashed or sold, we’ve put together a list for you.

  1. Heirlooms - This may seem like a no brainer for most, but when those plates passed down from your grandparents collect enough dust to make a dust bunny family, it can be hard not to toss them. Save them though, and use them when you have family over to bring back memories from old times. Antiques may also seem pointless now, but like wine, they’ll get better with age, and you’ll appreciate them when that time comes.  
  2. Lamps - Unless you live where the sun rarely sets, you’ll always need light at some point during the day. Lamps are also great for filling space on end tables, nightstands, and corners of rooms when using a stand up lamp. When used right, lighting can also bring a different ambiance to any room, which means the more options.
  3. Artwork - Aside from old tour posters signed by artists, there comes a time when we all realize that posters may not be the best ways to cover our walls. That’s where artwork comes in. Whether it be paintings, prints or photographs, anything beats an empty wall. It makes a home or apartment feel like it’s your own. Another great thing about art is that it can be re-framed and made to feel new again at any time.
  4. Home Bar - It might be time to stop buying off the bottom shelf, but there’s no reason to throw away your home bar just yet. You may no longer be trying to impress a significant other with your bar cart, but now you can impress friends and family. Keeping a well stocked bar is a great way to make sure every guest at dinner or a party enjoys their time.
  5. Old Towels - This one may seem like a mistake, but it’s not. An old towel can have a new life in a matter of seconds. Cut them down and use them for use as a cleaning rag around the house or in the garage. This will save you money on paper towels and allow you to spend that money elsewhere.
  6. Decorative Pillows - After moving in with someone your throw pillows may no longer match the furniture, but like the towel, you can bring them back in another way. Simply purchase covers or make your own for continued use. Lastly, don’t be afraid to use them in a different way than when you originally purchased them. A new cover can take your couch pillow to appropriately matching your bed decor.

Have any other essential items that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you’re looking for additional furniture to add to your new space, visit us online or at a store nearest you!

Friday, September 30, 2016

5 Tips For Updating Your Fall Decor

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The leaves are starting to change and the air is getting cooler, which means fall has arrived with all of its beautiful colors. It’s time to put away all the bright colors you’ve used all spring and summer, and start bringing out the Halloween and autumn decor. The great thing about fall decor is that the best colors to use are the ones naturally occurring in nature. If you like to change your decor season to season, now is the time to start. To help, we’ve put together tips to kick start your transition from summer to fall.

  1. Lamps - As the seasons change, so does the amount of light that you’ll be able to use. Start thinking about where you’ll need extra lighting, as the natural sunlight will mostly all be gone by dinner time. You can also utilize lampshades to help bring out the fall theme by decorating them yourself.  
  2. Rugs, Rugs, Rugs - As mentioned before, for most of the country the temperatures are slowly dropping, which means you’ll want an extra layer between you and the floor. Don’t be afraid to overdo it with rugs by layering when necessary. One other easy way to help bring more autumn into your life is a fall themed bath mat.
  3. Display Nature - Bring what’s outside, inside. Fall is a great time to use the natural resources around for decoration. Whether it’s firewood, or even small sticks, bringing in natural wood will change the feel from summer to fall instantly. Decorating with leaves will also instantly bring the season into your living space, whether it’s with pressed leaves or a whole wreath.
  4. Plaid - If there was one specific pattern that looked best during the fall season, it would be plaid. Try incorporating the pattern into many aspects of your decor, whether it be throw pillows, blankets, or even slip covers for your furniture.  
  5. Decorate Pumpkins - Although traditions tell you to carve your pumpkins, simply decorating them will stretch their longevity significantly. Painting them is a popular idea, but try adding other materials to them as well, such as ribbons or lace.  

Is fall your favorite season to decorate for? If so, let us know your favorite ways you spruce up your house this time of year! Be sure to also visit us online, or at a store near you, to help prepare for the upcoming seasons!

Friday, September 23, 2016

6 Ways to Liven Up a Room

As the seasons change, so do our styles. It may be relatively easy to update your wardrobe, but changing your decor from season to season can come at a costly price. Besides holiday decorations, most people don’t even think to update their living spaces until it is absolutely needed. But we think that shouldn’t have to be the case, and want to help you liven up your home decor. To help, we’ve come up with relatively inexpensive ways to help you bring new life into any room of your house.

  1. Bold Print - Whether it’s just a few throw pillows or an accent chair, a bold print will bring new energy to any room. It will draw the attention of any guests’ eyes that enter the room, and bring a different feel than they are used to.
  2. Sparkle - To help brighten up the room, introduce glass pieces into the room. Hanging a mirror in a room with natural light will brighten up the room significantly. Other ways to brighten up the room include using glass coffee tables and candy holders. Lastly, one option that is not often used is purchasing mirrored coasters. They will not only help protect your furniture, but reflect more natural light into your space.   
  3. Flowers - Whether real or fake, flowers bring new color to the room. And with all the different colors of flowers, it’s guaranteed you’ll be able to find one that matches the decor of your room. If you’re using real flowers, consider a crystal vase, as it will also bring sparkle into the room as well.
  4. Rearrange Furniture - Has your living room been set up the same way since you originally purchased the furniture? Step outside your comfort zone and change the room up. Don’t just flip-flop your love seat and chair either, try changing the way a guest will enter the space. If you’re changing up your living room, move the television to the opposite side of the room if possible to give everyone a new view.   
  5. Paint - Want to stand out and show off the new popular colors of next year? Follow Pantone Color Institute’s guide to next year’s popular colors. Changing the color of any room isn’t the most expensive change you can make, but it will take a bit of your time. If you’re looking for a quicker fix, try painting one wall a complementary color to the other walls.
  6. Upgrade Lighting - If you’re currently using only tabletop lighting, try switching to a stand-up light. New lighting can change the whole feeling of a room, but make sure you don’t overdo it to make your guests feel like they’re under the dentist’s chair. Too much artificial light tends to feel industrial. Make sure your rooms follow the basic rules of lighting.

Do you have any other ways you liven up your rooms from season to season? Let us know in the comments section! Visit us online or in store for more ideas on how you can liven up your decor.
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