Home for the Holidays

Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s time to think ahead to the holidays. First, let’s take a hard, honest look back to how your dining set and living room furniture have performed during past holidays. Ask yourself this: when your family huddles to watch the game, do you see more bodies scattered around your living room floor than out on the field? Are mealtimes a nightmare? That was scary! Let’s say goodbye to Scrooge and the ghost of holidays past and get into the spirit of holiday present…

Coffee’s on!

Is it standing room only at breakfast? It may be time to re-think your kitchen layout. A breakfast nook doesn’t have to take up your entire kitchen, is great for everyday use and might be just the thing you need for extra seating over the holidays. A corner breakfast nook in a natural wood finish provides wraparound bench seating and the extra bench can be moved to the dining room if needed. If space is limited, try a versatile counter and stool dining set. The counter height table is no wider than a console table and the stools can nest underneath when not in use. A three piece set can do double duty as a breakfast nook or bar set. And don’t rule out stools for comfortable extra seating at your kitchen counter.

Let’s eat!   

Now, let’s look at your dining room. When it comes to holiday sit-down dinners, does your ping pong table get a whole new reason for living? Today’s dining sets accommodate any sized space and come in designs that match your lifestyle and coordinate with the rest of your home’s décor. Large families who prefer classic formal dining can look to an expandable rectangular pedestal table dining set. Choose a table that has one or two expansion leaves so you can easily seat from 8 to 12 people comfortably. Small families or those who prefer intimate casual dining have plenty of options, too! For a trendy loft, a contemporary round table dining set makes a definite statement while defining your dining spaces. Or choose a square counter height dining set  for a small separate dining room.

Game’s on!

As you think back to past holiday seasons, do you wish everyone could have gathered more comfortably? If you’ve never owned a sectional sofa, maybe it’s time for another look. Not only are sectional sofas more popular than ever, there’s no doubt that they maximize seating space. Sectional sofas come in many fabrics and styles. For a streamlined Euro-contemporary look, you can’t beat the plush look of black or white leather. Try a U-shaped sectional  with built in lighting and side tables and when the gang’s gone home you can lounge on the chaise side with your favorite novel. For those who love a U-shaped configuration with a chaise, but prefer something more traditional, a fabric sectional sofa with rolled arms and a skirted bottom offers cozy seating. What if you love to recline in casual comfort? Motorized reclining sectional sofas  are ready and set to go for a relaxing game or movie night. In fact, you can “go all out” for this year’s holiday feast knowing that your new sectional sofa will be on hand for everyone to relax in. Pour some of your own personal touches into the mix and you’ve got a tried and true recipe for creating an inviting home for the holidays.

Things to Consider When Shopping Online for Furniture

So, you’ve decided to shop online to purchase some new furniture for your home. What’s the next step? Here are a few things to consider when shopping for furniture online.

Style

Begin by thinking about the style of furniture you are looking for. Is your style traditional, ultra-modern, or somewhere in between? It is important to choose new items that will complement your existing décor and fit into your current lifestyle. With a little thought and some product investigation online you should have no trouble finding several different versions of your dream furniture set.

Functionality

Another point to consider is how the furniture will be used. Will it be in your formal living room mostly for aesthetics and barely get any use, or will it be in front of the television and used every day? These are factors to consider with regards to the comfort and durability of a piece of furniture.

The people and pets in your life will also impact the wear of your new furniture and is another important factor to take into consideration while you are in this exploratory phase. A white sofa set might not be the best choice for a household with small children or pets that regularly get into the furniture. If you regularly host guests, you might want to consider the number of seats available in each room where you will be entertaining.

Measurements

Another great place to start is by measuring your room and taking note of how much room you have available for new furniture. You will want to make sure that the furniture will fit into your room and not fill the entire space to the point that you are not able to walk comfortably through the room. It is also important to measure your doorways, hallways and narrow corners to make sure that the furniture will be able to get to your room of choice.

Experience & Reliability 

One of the most important things to consider is the online retailer you are doing business with. You want to make sure that the company you choose has a lot of experience with shipping furniture and dealing with any issues that could arise with your furniture delivery. It is a good idea to call online retailers with any of your questions or concerns. Remember that professional retailers will have a trained staff to answer any questions you might have as well as take care of any issues that you may experience after you new furniture arrives.

 

Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy

Remember when dinner on the patio would mean gathering around a picnic table and sitting on hard wooden benches? If you were lucky, you got to sink into a folding lawn chair that your host or partner would have to help you out of, at the end of the evening!

Today, sitting outdoors is easy and comfortable. Handsome weather-friendly wicker patio sets come complete with plush padded love seats, armchairs and matching glass topped tables.

Modular and sectional seating are a smart choice, especially if you have an odd shaped backyard or want to arrange your poolside deck to create a quiet retreat in a splash-free zone. And just like your sectional sofa on the inside, patio sectionals are just the thing for creating cozy seating around the fireplace or fire bowl.

Decorating tip: Add some colorful cushions in outdoor-friendly fabrics for a pop of color and to keep your guests comfy.

Get in Touch with Your Inner Tiki

From the 1930’s to the 1950’s Tiki or island-themed bars and restaurants were all the rage and now Tiki bars and Palapas are popping up all over, again!

A bamboo Tiki bar will transform a bland backyard or outdoor deck into a Polynesian paradise. Choose an authentic Thatched roof Tiki bar for an open air patio or a plain bamboo bar for a covered courtyard. Think of the fun you’ll have serving rum drinks to all your friends from your very own Tiki bar.

Decorating tip: Gather fresh tropical pineapples and coconuts together on the bar to dress it up Tiki style.

What’s a Palapa, you ask? Sometimes called grass or Tiki huts, Palapas are open-sided thatched roof structures that provide shade and shelter. If you thought you’d have to take a trip to the tropics to ever see one, think again. Our Palapas come with a thatched umbrella top, bar height table and matching bamboo chairs; perfect for backyard entertaining with a tropical flavor.

Decorating tip: Go full out Tiki with some Tiki masks, carvings, glass floats and fish nets.

Light the way

Stringing lights or planting Tiki torches in the garden will add some flair to outdoor summer entertaining, but quality outdoor lighting that matches your home’s exterior will light the way season after season.

Pathways between buildings can get very dark, so light up sidewalks and flagstone walkways with matching exterior pole lighting.

Decorating tip: Floating candles in a large bowl can add a romantic touch to the evening.

With the right outdoor lights, comfortable outdoor patio furniture and some tropical Tiki touches, throwing some real backyard bashes this summer will be a breeze.