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Is Your Home Ready For The Holidays?

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Christmas is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to prepare your home for the holiday functions that you will be hosting. This may seem like a daunting task, but it really isn’t! There are many things you can do to ensure that everything is prepared – just follow this checklist provided by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture and you’ll be entertaining friends and family in an environment full of holiday cheer.

 

Make Room

The most important thing when it comes to having guests in your home is ensuring you have the proper amount of space. Without space, your guests will likely feel claustrophobic and uncomfortable. Maximizing the amount of space in your house can go a long way.

Making room isn’t just referring to space to walk. It’s also important that you do things such as clearing your doorway and emptying your coat closet. The key to maximizing space is planning ahead – don’t save this task for the last minute. Start emptying your closet and clearing space in your rooms weeks ahead and save yourself the stress!

 

Create Hotel-Like Stations

This is a great tip if you’re going to be having guests stay at your home during the holidays. When you have family or friends staying over during the holidays, you want to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible. Why not take some tips from luxury hotel rooms? This idea is inspired by the necessity stations that are provided to you in many luxury hotel rooms.

Necessity stations have everything a guest could possibly need during their stay. For example, many of these miniature stations will include things such as travel toothpaste, Kleenex, lotion even small packets of coffee! At the end of the day, you want your guests to look back fondly at their stay at your home!

 

Holiday Touches

It’s the holidays – make sure you spruce your home up with some holiday cheer! If you don’t decorate appropriately, your home will seem very bland to guests. Using simple tricks can go a long way. For example – place tinsel on surfaces, wrap old boxes in Christmas wrapping paper and place around your home and hang a reef. These all give guests the holiday cheer they crave during this special season!

 

Create Stunning Displays

You have beautiful furniture decorations – why not utilize them to create stunning displays and wow your guests? Rearranging your decorative products into stunning displays is a great way to show off your home. Just make sure that the colours match with your holiday theme!

 

Breathe

Lastly, make sure you take a breather in the middle of all this craziness. It’s important that you don’t stress yourself out too much over making your home perfect. It’s important that you make sure you’re also enjoying the holidays – at the end of the day the most important thing this holiday season is to enjoy quality time with those you love.

 

If you’re having guests over for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure your home is ready. Follow these tips and your home will be set up properly for all the family and friends you’ll be having over! Remember, if you need any furniture for the holidays, stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture at 4735 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor Ontario!

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What To Do With The Spare Bedroom

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The spare room always gets short shrift when it comes to home design and décor. But when you consider the high cost of real estate — and the shrinking square footage of new homes and condos — that spare room is a valuable asset.

Here are some suggestions we at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture have come up with for what to do with that room so you will want to spend time in it!

 

Office

Having a home office separate from the rest of the home is a real luxury. The separation allows you to close the door, have privacy, do business calls without distraction. As more and more people work at least part-time from home, it’s increasingly important to have your own space to do this.

Every room needs a focal point and in the home office that would be the desk. Pick one that is the right size for the room, and for the kind and amount of work it must accommodate. If your job involves multiple monitors or lots of paperwork, you will need more surface space as opposed to simply needing room for a laptop. If you use a lot of reference materials, you will need shelving – built-ins save space and pack in a lot of storage. If you have clients come to your home, it will need to be decorated accordingly.

 

Dressing and Make-up Room

In many of today’s condos, the bedrooms are big enough for a bed and side table or two. There’s not really the space for extra clothes and a make-up table. But if you have a spare room, you can take yourself there to get ready for your day.

Also having this extra closet space will save on family feuds – keeping clothes separate is a good tool for peace!

 

Music Room

Are you an accomplished or aspiring musician? The spare room could be the answer to space and privacy issues – you can safely store your instruments and you can close the space off for better soundproofing. There are multiple ways to sound proof a room to keep your rehearsing out of earshot of others, and can restrict outside noises if you’re setting up your own recording studio.

 

Guest Bedroom

This can also be used as a spare bedroom! There are a couple of options – designed properly it can accommodate guest sleeping quarters as well as a home office or a music room. It just takes the right kind of furniture – a murphy bed, for example, or a pull out sofa bed. Opt for high quality on the sofa bed so that the mattress is comfortable.

Keep the décor neutral, but in keeping with the rest of your home in terms of colour and texture.

 

These are just a few ideas for your spare room. But our experts at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture have tons more ideas. Stop by today!

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Dinner Party Tips

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about dinner parties. Whether it’s for family, close friends or the neighbours – having dinner together is a great way to connect. If you’ve never hosted a dinner party, you may feel intimidated — but we’re here to help! At Guaranteed A Fine Furniture we don’t just offer high-quality furniture we also help with your whole home lifestyle. The following tips are a start – the rest is up to your gracious hosting.

 

Space

Make sure to leave lots of space for your dinner guests to move around, so go easy on the extra décor for the occasion. Otherwise, the spaces feel crowded and guests won’t feel free to mingle. And that totally defeats the purpose.

 

Extra Chairs and Settings

Even if you have an estimate of how many people are coming to dinner, it’s always wise to have extra chairs and table settings ready in case those who didn’t RSVP, do show up. Keep them out of the way in one of the bedrooms so they don’t crowd the main entertaining space.

 

Keep things Active

It’s nice to enhance the dinner party with activities, but gear them to your guests. If they’re avid football fans, bring out the big screen not a deck of cards. If they’re into games, then Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples or a deck of cards will work. Create a schedule with plenty of activities, but don’t expect to adhere rigidly to it. Maybe your guests just want to talk, so if your activity suggestions aren’t picked up on, don’t force it.

 

Plan Ahead

If this is your first dinner party, you’re bound to be nervous and want things perfect. As with anything else, practice makes perfect, so do a test run. If the menu is new to you practice making the dishes several days ahead so you’re familiar with the recipes (these are not the dishes you will serve!) You can also prep some things the day before, dips that go with crackers or marinating the ribs. Arrange the furniture to promote conversation, clean and tidy the house. This kind of planning ahead will give you peace of mind and let you enjoy your guests.

 

Pick The Right Guests

Invite guests you think will mesh and invite the right number – no more than six for this first dinner party. Invite people who have some things in common, although sometimes serendipity is the best party guide! And most of all make sure none of the guests has a romantic history. Otherwise, you’re in for an evening of awkward silences and grumpy moods.

 

And if you’re wanting a little something special, like furniture to wow your guests, stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture today! We are located at 4735 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor Ontario.

 

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How to Properly Take Care of Wooden Furniture

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Wooden furniture can instantly spruce up a home and give both an antique and unique feel to any room. Whether it’s cabinets, chairs or tables – wooden furniture can fit into any home. However, when it comes to maintaining wooden furniture, many people aren’t taking proper care. Not taking proper care of your wooden furniture can not only make its shine go away, but can also reduce its durability. That’s why in today’s blog, Guaranteed A Fine Furniture wants to give you tips on how to properly take care of your wooden furniture!

 

Get Rid of Old Polish

One step that many people tend to skip when it comes to taking care of wooden furniture – especially if they’ve had said furniture for years – is to leave layers of old polish on the furniture. By leaving that build-up on, you are keeping the wood from having its natural look. In order to revitalize your wooden furniture, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to remove its old polish.

It’s very simple to do this. Simply boil a few tea bags, grab a cloth and wring the tea out from the bags until it’s only damp. After that, you can scrub off the furniture’s old polish. The tannic acid from the tea is the key ingredient – it’ll easily remove the build-up and get your wooden furniture looking like new!

Use Coasters

Nothing is more heart-breaking than seeing a beautiful wooden coffee table covered in stains from drinks being put on it without a coaster. These stains can be difficult can erase, and the fix is to simply not let it happen in the first place by using coasters. No matter how careful you are, you are going to find cup stains on your table eventually – so be proactive and use coasters!

If this advice came too late, there is an efficient way of removing water stains. Simply grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste, apply it to the stain and run gently with a cloth. After the stain has disappeared, wipe away the toothpaste with a damp cloth. This trick may not work on tougher stains but should work well enough for simple water stains.

 

Be Vigilant About Dust

In order to keep your wooden furniture in prime condition, you need to stay vigilant about dust. Dust can make your furniture lose its shine – not to mention you don’t want guests seeing your house in a dusty condition. Dusting is quick and easy, and should be done weekly at the very least!

 

Use Proper Cleaning Materials

Lastly, it’s incredibly important that you are using the proper cleaning materials when taking care of your wooden furniture. If there is no plastic or glass covering the furniture, it’s important that you do not use universal cleaning sprays as it can damage the wood. Only use materials that are specifically designed for wooden furniture!

 

It’s important to remember that your wooden furniture needs love and care. Keeping the furniture clean will extend its life and ensure that it will stay free of stains, scratches and stay shiny. Do you love wooden furniture? Stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture and view our beautiful selection of wooden cabinets, coffee tables and more!

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Maximizing Space In Your Living Room

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A living room is one of the most important spaces in any home. However, not all living rooms are incredibly spacious. This is especially true for today’s modern condo-living trend. However, small spaces doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice decorative design. Today, we will be going over how you can utilize your furniture to maximize the space in your living room. These tips will allow you to do the most with the space you have so that you can entertain guests or relax in a spacious environment.

 

Keep Furniture Off Walls

One of the easiest things you can do to maximize your space without sacrificing your beautiful furniture is simply backing your furniture off of the wall. This simple trick can make your living space appear much larger while still including all the furniture that you hold dear.

When backing your furniture off the walls, keep everything level. You don’t want a table lamp closer to the wall than your sofa. By keeping everything slightly off the wall, it will give your living room a more ‘floaty’ look.

 

Use Light Colours

While dark colours are not bad by nature, they can make a room appear smaller. When you’re already working with limited space, having a room with dark paint and dark furniture can make the room appear claustrophobic. Using lighter colours will have a reverse effect.

Colours such as white, cream, light blues or gray are the best choices to go with if your trying to make your living room appear larger. It creates the illusion of openness, and make your living room much more comfortable.

 

Mirrors

If you’ve ever been in a funhouse, you’ve experienced what a room with mirrors can do. It gives it the sense of infinite space, and can make even the smallest of spaces appear large and open. This same idea can be applied to your living room.

Of course, lining your entire walls with mirrors will cause confusion more than anything else. However, strategically placing a mirror in your living room can give it the illusion of more space. Place a full-sized mirror on your main wall and not only will your room appear larger – you’ll also have a great mirror to look at before you head out!

 

Leave The Drapes

Lastly, keep the drapes and blinds off of your windows! These are not only darkening your room but are giving it a more congested feel. As we stated previously, brighter rooms create the illusion of more space, and by leaving windows open, you will create an even greater sense of an open-air environment. If privacy is a concern, use sheer white drapes to give the room the added brightness, without the nosey neighbours.

 

In today’s world, many people are opting out of larger homes for smaller condo spaces. Just because you have less space, doesn’t mean you can’t create a living room that’s suitable for multiple guests without feeling congested. Follow these tips, and you will maximize your beautiful living room’s space without having to sacrifice your decorative design. Need furniture to give your room a more spacey feel? Stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture today!

 

 

 

 

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How to Build an Elegant Bedroom

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Since we spend about a third of our lives in bed, it stands to reason the bedroom should be restful and beautiful. To achieve such an oasis of calm, it’s important to have a vision for your room, one that is uniquely you, before picking out new furniture.  Will it be romantic, masculine, country, beachy or xxx? Will it use the same palette as the rest of the house, or be unique? Clip pictures out of magazines or from Pinterest to get ideas. Some of these you should bring in to the showroom to get help realizing that décor look.

 

The Most Important piece of Furniture is … the Mattress

The right mattress makes all the difference in getting a great night’s rest.  There are many options but the key to deciding is testing them out. By lying on them for at least five minutes, you’ll get a sense of what suits — firm or soft, made of memory foam or coils, pillowtop or a combination of the three.

The Bedroom Set

This again depends on you. Some people, especially tall people, don’t like footboards for good reason, so you may have to pick a bed frame that comes only with a headboard. Whatever you choose – whether the bed and dressers and night tables match or are an eclectic choice – should fit with your overall design choices. Talking to the salesperson, and showing them your storyboard of ideas (from magazines and online pictures), will steer you in the right direction. A good salesperson will have a good eye for design and will be able to show you options you might not have thought about before, and will help you keep a consistent visual theme including wood finish and style.

 

Lighting

Consider the room’s natural light sources when creating the furniture layout plan.  If morning light streams in a large window, you may want to place the bed away from it so you’re not woken up early although black out linings on drapery will prevent this as well. Bedside lamps will add task light for nighttime reading. Best to put an overhead light on a dimmer so you get enough light for dressing but can lower in the evening.

 

Add Some Décor

Décor makes a room personal and adds colour – this includes your choice of bedding and pillows, but also artwork. Of all rooms in the home, this is a great place to display family photos. Bedrooms are meant to be cozy, so the more texture the better. In addition to a bedspread or duvet, you can add faux fur or knitted throws, cashmere accent pillows, a reading chair in wool, drapes in rich velvet. A rug also adds texture and keeps feet cozy and warm. In the summer, when the aim is for a cooler, fresher, breezier feel, remove the wool carpet and cashmere throws, and add cotton, seagrass, and lighter colours.

 

Keep It Clutter Free

To help keep the room visually clean, look for a bedside table that includes storage and routing for cables. This will conceal power cords for lamps, alarm clocks and cell phone chargers.

 

Guaranteed A Fine Furniture has a brilliant showroom filled with everything from mattresses, foundations, headboards, footboards, dressers, end tables, lamps, rugs and throw pillows.  Come into the showroom and see our experts today to bring your dream bedroom to life!

Guaranteed A Fine Furniture 4735 Tecumseh Road. East Windsor, Ontario, Canada N8T 1B6

Refresh Your Home Office For The Holidays

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Considering that fully a quarter of all people work from home at least some of the time, we don’t invest enough energy or money into how that home office looks and feels. And research suggests that when you feel good and comfortable in your home office, productivity increases. Rather than use up all those pieces furniture left over from college days, carefully choose new furniture that is ergonomically correct for your body – and looks good too.

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How to Get Your Dining Room Ready For The Holidays

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The dining room is making a comeback. Although open-concept main floors are the norm, some homes still have a cozy dining room, and in more traditional homes, the dining room never left. Even if you don’t use it all that often, you still want it to look great, because the reality is many of us still like to entertain in the dining room.

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Tips for Hosting a Great Fall Dinner Party

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Fall is such a festive time of the year to entertain — the chapter has closed on summer grilling parties and the pressures of large holiday family gatherings are not yet upon us. It is the perfect time of year to invite a small group of friends over for an intimate dinner that celebrates nothing but the season of bounty.

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Designing the Perfect Man Cave

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Everyone needs a special place to get away from the stresses of daily life. For men, it can be the golf course or the local pub. Or it could be some place right in your own home.

We’re talking man cave here, having a little piece of paradise right at home where you can unwind alone, or where you can invite the guys over to watch football or play poker.

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