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Living Room Special Events

Let the Summer Games Begin: Party Essentials

barThe Rio 2016 Summer Games are officially here!

The only way to properly watch the Opening Ceremonies tonight is to throw a party, and we can make that happen in a few easy steps.

First, we need to talk decorations. You could go in a couple different directions with decorations – all international, root for the home team, or a combination of both. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Hang flags over doorways – the smaller, 6 x 7″ flags with the vinyl rope (find them at places such as Party City).
  • Get patriotic garland to wrap around banisters, fences, etc.
  • Make cutout torches to pass out at the start of the ceremony.
  • Utilize The Games rings – you can hang them on the walls or display the rings and colors in your food.
  • Make a personalized Summer Games banner for your front door.
  • Go all out by getting an athlete cutout that welcomes people into The Village.
  • If you want the whole party to participate, tell people to come dressed as their favorite athlete. You can also have a bin of fun accessories they can put on during the party. This bin can consist of sweat bands, light-up necklaces/bracelets, pom poms, and so on.

Next, you need to think about the menu. Whether you plan on serving finger food or a sit down dinner, choose a theme. You can embrace the South African menu, the international mix-of-everything menu, or a USA menu! With the international and USA menu you can offer your guests a lot of variety. For example, an international menu can consist of: sushi (Japan), egg rolls (China), pizza (Italy), hot pretzels (Germany), and so on. We all know what an American menu would look like – burgers, corn on the cob, apple pie, fried chicken, etc.

With food, also comes the beverages! We’ve discovered some great celebratory sporty cocktails, such as the Camarena torch, Star Spangled Sparkler and World Record Splash. Check out these recipes and more here. You can also create gold, silver and bronze drinks and serve them in three big punch bowls.

people cheering at a gameWhile everyone is not crowded around the television, make sure you plan other ways to keep your guests entertained. Whether it consists of a photo op with the life-sized cutout athlete, a team based activity in the backyard, or a pass the torch drinking game, find a way to keep your guests occupied for the whole night.

Good luck and go USA!

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Trends & Inspirations

Breakfast in Bed: Tips & Recipes

Everyone likes to be pampered – especially if it involves the words “breakfast” and “bed” in the same sentence. We have some tips, tricks and recipes to share with you to create the perfect breakfast in bed experience.

First things first, make sure you have a fun tray to create a great presentation. Add some personal touches if the tray doesn’t have much to it. Whether that’s a place-mat, flowers or anything fun to add a personal touch. Secondly, (and most importantly) food! Make sure you know exactly what you are making and have all the ingredients that the recipe requires before you begin. You don’t want to have to make a grocery run in the middle of frying eggs! If you haven’t decided what to make yet, we have some great ideas that will impress – they are sophisticated and easy. wood kitchen cabinet

Waffled Brioche French Toast

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • Four 1 1/2-inch-thick slices brioche or challah bread
  • Melted unsalted butter, for brushing waffle iron
  • Maple syrup, raspberries and icing sugar, for topping
  • Special equipment: waffle iron (preferably Belgian style)

Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (to keep cooked waffles warm). Whisk together the milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs in a bowl or baking dish. Soak a piece of bread in the mixture for 2 minutes per side.

Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with butter. Place the soaked bread on the waffle iron and close gently (don’t push down). Cook until golden brown and dry underneath when you lift a corner, 5 to 6 minutes. Keep the warm in the oven or covered with foil on a plate. Repeat with the remaining bread.

Top French toast with syrup, raspberries and confectioners’ sugar. (Prep: 10 min, Cook: 25 min, Skill: Easy). Link to recipe here.

Baked Eggs in Cheesy Hash Brown Bowls

  • 2 cups shredded hash browns (used Simply Potatoes), all excess moisture squeezed out and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt, to taste for personal preference (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 425F. Have two 12-ounce ramekins ready (if you don’t have ramekins, use 8″ round pan, and can add up to two extra eggs). In a large bowl, mix together the hash browns, cheese, onion, olive oil, and salt. Divide evenly between the two ramekins and make a wide enough indent in the middle for adding the egg later.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the tops just start to turn golden brown (don’t let them get too brown as you still need to cook the egg). Cool for 5 minutes.

Crack each egg into the middle of each bowl. Bake for another 8-12 minutes or until the egg whites are set. Top evenly with bacon and herbs. Serve immediately. (Prep: 15 min, Cook: 60 min, Skill: Easy). Link to recipe here.

Toast with Avocado Spread, Smoked Salmon & A Poached Egg

  • 2 slices of granary bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon

Toast the bread. Cut the avocado in half and remove the flesh into bowl. Use a folk to mash it up. Mix together the lime juice and salt then add to the avocado. Spread the avocado onto the toast. Put a small pan of water onto boil. Once it comes to a boil turn the water down to a low simmer. Crack your first egg into a saucer. Give the water a gently stir and slide the egg into the water. Repeat with the second egg.
Cook the eggs for 3 minutes. Make sure you time them, 3 minutes goes really quickly. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a tea-towel. Place two slices of salmon on each slice of toast and top with an egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (Prep & Cook: 10 min, Skill: Easy). Link to recipe here.

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there’s a lot more where that came from! If you are looking to make pancakes, yogurt parfaits, breakfast bread, oatmeal, breakfast burritos, crepes, casseroles, etc. go to this site and pick any and all that look appetizing!Sleep, bed, mattress

After you’ve made the breakfast, make sure to pick the cute plates and glassware to put the food and drinks on. Hopefully they are still asleep and you can really surprise them by waking them up with that smell of beautiful banana’s foster waffles coming through the door! If they aren’t already awake, turn on some light tunes, light some candles and crack open the blinds. Your presentation will be on point and it’ll be the perfect start to their day.

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Summer Trends & Inspirations

Staying In, In Style

You’ve discovered that you’re sick of going out, spending money, or just want to spend time in your pajamas and can’t think of ways to change up the plans? We can help you out! Whether you’re staying in with your friends, your boyfriend, or your spouse, we have some clever, fun and creative ideas to make staying at home more fun!

  • Games galore. No matter the age, people always forget and underestimate how much fun game night can get. Whether you decide to include alcohol or not, games like Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, Risk and Charades always involve a lot of laughter.
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  • Night centered around the meal. There are many options if you want to take a night to celebrate food with your friends or family. You could host a pot luck dinner where everyone is required to bring their favorite dish with a recipe. You can host an international dinner night and everyone must agree upon a country and you make their most popular dishes. Each person must come with a fact about that place to share with others. If it’s just you and your beau, have a fun night in the kitchen and cook together.
  • Movie + sleepover. Pick out a couple of your favorite movies or a TV show to binge watch all night long. To make it more interesting, create a sleepover setting – bring all the blankets, pillows, popcorn and wine in front of the big screen and cuddle up in front of the TV.
  • Plan an indoor scavenger hunt. Hide and seek related games always bring people entertainment. Hide a number of things and give everyone a list of items that they have to find around the house. Allow your clues to involve some thinking before they run from room to room. To make it trickier, put a time limit on it and whoever collects the most items before the timer runs out wins a prize.bar game day
  • Host a costume or themed party. Invite your friends over and have a dress up night. Halloween or not, dressing up as someone else is always a creative way to get people involved and invested in having a great night.
  • Karaoke night. A classic way to entertain a larger or smaller crowd is singing to them. Even if you may not have the best voice, everyone always enjoys an opportunity to bust a lung or a dance move on center stage.

 

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Life Events Special Events Summer

Recent Grads: How to Make a House a Home

For anyone who has recently graduated, your life might feel like it’s turning upside down when it’s time to make the transition into the real world. Your own apartment, a “grown up” job, time away from your family and friends – it can be quite the adjustment! We are going to tackle one of these new adventures now.

Moving into your own apartment or house may be overwhelming at first, but it’s also exciting! Here are some pointers to keep in mind when decorating a new place.

  • Picking a theme for your pad is a great place to start. Whether you’re living alone or with a roommate, you need to come up with a theme that everyone is happy with. It will make your decorating decisions much easier about what goes together and what doesn’t. If you’re having a hard time with this, go neutral. It’s easy and you can’t get sick of colors like white, black, gray or tan.

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    We love choosing a theme for every room in the house. The more rooms you have the more imaginative you can get!
  • Seek the unique furniture and accessories that reflect your personality and go well with your general theme. If you’ve chosen more timeless furniture, unique accessories are a good way to spice the place up.
  • Details are what really turns your house into a home. This includes pillows, candles, curtains, books and artwork. One striking piece of wall art can really tie the room together. If you are on a budget, get creative and make your own decor.
  • blue chair plants living roomBring nature indoors. Whether you have a small plant in your kitchen, or a big fern in your living room, it adds life and color to a room. Adding in bits of nature to your space can even make the air smell better!
  • Lighting can also help with the presentation of your home. Choose lights that will add a soft glow, and with this will come a cozy and secure feeling right when you enter, especially in the bedroom.
  • Lastly, in order to truly break in your space, create memories there. You can do this in many different ways – throwing a housewarming party or cooking your favorite meal for your loved one. Make these memories and continue them as rituals and that’s the true trick to turning your space into your own!
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Trends & Inspirations

Go monochrome!

A monochromatic black and white design is a great way to create a sleek, bold look that will never go out of fashion. This sophisticated color scheme is the epitome of high contrast in more ways than one. Both current and classic, masculine and feminine, strong and subtle, this design  is perfect for a design beginner or expert alike. Check out some tips for how to make the most of your black and white design:
  • Go high gloss. The sleek, reflective effect of silver and chrome accents are the perfect complement to the contemporary feel of a black and white design.
  • Keep it clean. Black and white design is perfect for the sleek, clean lines of a modern aesthetic. Keep your main pieces simple as a backdrop to show off other patterns and accents. Sofas, chairs and dining room tables that have an uncomplicated silhouette will really anchor the bold design of the room.
  • Put in pattern. The high contrast of black and white makes geometric patterns stand out even more. When done in black and white, geometric patterns, angles, lines, stripes, etc can make an even more stylish statement.
  • A little color is okay. A few colorful accessories won’t take away from the overall design (just make sure to stick with one or two accent colors). Adding a little bit of color can give the room the perfect finishing touch.
  • Mix hard and soft. Make sure the room has some softer textures and elements to keep the space feeling comfortable. Soft leathers, velvety throw blankets and a house plant or two will all help bring a homey, welcoming vibe to the room.

Love this style? Check out our Black & White Collection.

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Living Room

Create a Grown Up Space with Leather Furniture

Thinking your apartment might be due for an upgrade? Well, we all know there are few things that will instantly add more sophistication to a room than the look of leather! But real leather is like… so expensive right? Not anymore!

While there are lots of alternatives available that have the look of leather, there’s nothing quite like the real thing.

The Real Authentic Leather Collection uses high quality, top grain leather EVERYWHERE YOU SIT! That means you’re always getting the seating experience of genuine, high-end leather. The backs and sides are then covered with color-matched, bonded leather to create a seamless look and totally budget friendly price.

Plus, these pieces are SO FREAKING STYLISH! I mean… just look at them. THIS is how you do adulting right.
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Check out the entire collection here.

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Let Us Upgrade You: Ultimate Comfort 2.0

A year ago, our President Jonathan Schottenstein came to us with a simple, but powerful request…to make the most comfortable sofa ever. We rose to the occasion with our most durable, comfortable sit: The Ultimate Comfort Collection. This isn’t just any old sofa collection, this is a marvelous piece of comfort technology that no one else is really doing. Why? Probably because we care more about your butt and back than they do 😉

But in all seriousness, our line helped thousands of customers already to upgrade the comfort level in their home. People have went from not having any living room furniture to having a perfect spot to lounge in with their family. That’s the stuff that warms our heart!

This year our line has gotten a status update with 3 new collections and 2 new colors for our fan favorite, Ventura. These different collections are perfect for different times of homes and families, whether you’re living by yourself, with a roommate or you’ve got 4 kids; any of these pieces will fit right into your space!

A little glamour while you binge watch

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Our Athens Collection is simply stunning! Turn your home into an every day getaway. Large enough for you and hubby to lay on comfortably. If you have a large space, the Athens is the right fit for you. It’s also modular so you can move the pieces around as you please or break them up to make little seating areas around the room. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

A place to gather your friends around

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If you’re the type that always has friends over for cocktails or Winesdays, then we think the Jules is the best for you. It’s got the perfect amount of seating for you and your friends to sit and enjoy a cocktail or two! Jules is great for an apartment, you can move around the pieces to your heart’s desire. Catch up on the latest episode of Scandal in comfort and style!

A lazy Sunday favorite

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This set is perfect for everyday lounging. Plenty of room and space for your family to spread out, play games, watch football and just chill. Have your remotes right next to you and cup of coffee at the ready. Turn on your TV and spend the next few hours watching your favorite team kick butt!

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Trends & Inspirations

What’s the Best Home Decor For You?

Shopping for furniture, you always hear words get thrown around like “mid-century modern,” “traditional,” “rustic,” “French country,” and often you have no idea what they’re talking about or have a very vague idea. Sometimes, home decor salespeople like to throw these terms around to dazzle and entice the customer without ever properly explaining what they mean. We’re here to help you by explaining some of the best and popular home decor styles!

  1. Mid-Century Modern or “Mod”

    Some of the most iconic furniture design styles came in the mid-1900s. A modern design that was noteworthy because of the elegant lines and chic minimalism. The frequent use of molded plastic, natural wood and aluminum are very common with this style. It’s very reminiscent of what people in the 60s thought the space age future would look like. Bold colors are a key component to adopting this look. Orange and blue? Not a problem!
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  2. Contemporary or “NOW”

    This look is all about balance, not too cold, not too formal, never too much. Contemporary is your more NOW design, more fluid than mod and a lot cleaner and less dramatic than traditional styles. This is for the everyday home. It’s warm and versatile with a lot of wood and beige/neutral tones. It’s modern, updated to our present day. Perfect for people living in the city or in small spaces.ventura sectional

  3. Shabby Chic or “Vintage”

    This style is defined by its soft, hand-me-down vibe. A look you could piece together from a thrift shop or flea market. Not fussy or overbearing, this looks utilizes reclaimed wood, mismatching chairs, muted or faded colors on accent pieces; nothing looks quite like it fits together but somehow it does. A neutral, natural color palette works best with this style. portico dining table

  4. French Country

    This is style often gets mixed in with Shabby Chic and Vintage because of its lived in vibe, but whereas Shabby Chic is loose and soft, French Country is more refined and based on a certain period in French history. The emphasis of this look is based on restoring something to its former glory. A cross between traditional, vintage and glam; this style is for those who probably don’t have kids and love surrounding themselves with beautiful antiques. madeline4

  5. Rustic or “Farmhouse Chic”

    A style literally defined by living in the country in a cabin or on a farm. Deer head on the wall? Check. Brick fireplaces? Check. Logs in and on literally everything? Check. Rustic home decor is all about finding beauty in the natural or maybe the mundane. It’s about using what’s around to create something special. Brick red, wood, with some metals defines the look of this style. rustic leather style

  6. Glam

    You may already know what this look is all about: mirrors, silver, gold, texture, animal prints. It’s all about that Hollywood or old school glamor. The shinier the better! The Glam look has been around in different forms for a number of years, it’s defined by the bling, the excess. It looks expensive, even though it may not be. Silver and gold and light grays and whites are the perfect color scheme for this look. angelina1

  7. Traditional or “Classic”

    This style exudes simple elegance, classic shapes and intricate details. It’s defined by it’s carved moldings and fine woodwork, very sturdy and typically darker. This look doesn’t go against the grain, it establishes it. This is an Old World, early America style that’ll outlast pretty much every other on this list. Neutrals work best here with darker neutrals really selling the look. ashton classic dining room

  8. Industrial

    A turn-of-the-century style that emphasizes the use of raw steel and exposed brick. Anyone living in the city will automatically be familiar with this look. It heavily features reclaimed wood and metals like copper, brass, and iron. There are various ways to approach this look from steam punk to urban loft and now more home goods stores are selling furniture pieces specifically for this style. Add in pops of color like mint or blue and you’ve got your look! leather sectional urban loft

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Autumn Trends & Inspirations

The Most Attractive Colors for Fall

Pantone®’s hottest colors for fall are here and they are rich in earthy neutrals with big, bold colors to create unique color combinations that will fill your home with love, hope, energy and beauty! See below for the fall colors combinations you should have in your space!

Here’s a appealing way to mix Biscay Bay with Oak Buff, in the accents with our Coronado reclining sectional as the foundation. This combination has a sweet coastal feel that opens the room up with soothing colors. Biscay Bay is a bold teal that matches well with beiges, golds and darker blues. Oak Buff is a glimmering, yet earthy color that can go with just about anything.

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Ottomans are such a neat, easy way to add color to a space that might be lacking some. If you’re the bold sort, break out the Cadmium Orange but balance it out with Stormy Weather! Cadmium is a so big and bright, it will immediately be the focus of your room so choose accents wisely. Stormy Weather is a perfect neutral color that compliments everything you already have.

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Accents are the only way to add fall colors into your home! Paint the walls!! Dried Herb or Desert Sage are amazing earthy neutrals that are both sophisticated and understated. These colors would match perfectly with your wooden dining collection and a carpet that matches!

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Color Story | Inspired by Nature

You have a vision for your home, we can help you achieve it.

Get inspired with this gorgeous design featuring the Soho Sectional by Kroehler and Journey Table Collection.

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The texture of life. Rich in rustic beauty, this design consists of deep earth tones in interesting textures like hardwood accents and velvety soft microfiber for a space that’s undeniably warm and inviting.