Some of the greatest moments of our lives happen when we are entertaining our loved ones in the comfort of our own homes. Even so, there are some spaces that simply do not work well for entertaining. At face value, it can be difficult to understand why some spaces seem tailor-made for entertaining guests – but we want you to know that there are certain things you can do to bring out the best in your spaces and ensure that you can entertain your guests as best as possible. Below is everything that you need to know regarding the art of entertaining.
Rearrange your furniture
If you have noticed that some spaces seem to minimize conversation rather than maximizing it, it could be that your furniture needs to be re-arranged. Take a look at the walking path at the space in question: does the path force guests to awkwardly walk in front of and around your other guests? What path do guests have to take if they want to grab a seat and talk to someone?
It is essential that the entryway to the room acts as a bridge to the rest of the room. When a guest enters the room, they need to be able to walk to any seat in the room without breaking up any conversation. Once they sit down, they need to be able to have a comfortable conversation everyone else in the room. Eliminate segregation from every room of your home, and be sure that no matter where someone is standing or sitting in the room, they are able to have a comfortable conversation with someone in their proximity.
New entertainment center
Sometimes, the difference between having one of the most entertaining evenings in recent memory and having a regular, entertaining night is the entertainment center. No, we are not saying that you need to purchase a bigger entertainment center: rather, be sure that your entertainment center acts more like an ‘entertainment center’ and less like a glorified television stand. Especially if your entertainment center is using only a fraction of its shelf space, you need to take full advantage of the space and make it a little more interesting.
For example, record players are hip once again. A great conversation starter would be to purchase a brand-new record player (fairly inexpensive at your local home entertainment store), buy a few records (new or used at a local flea market), and display them on your entertainment center. After a nice dinner, you can liven the mood even further by putting on a record and enjoy a nice, nostalgic evening.
Alternatively, store board games, video games, card games, photos of your family – essentially, anything that will invoke conversation. If you need a new or larger entertainment center to pull this off, we have exactly what you need.
Regular nightcaps? You need a cocktail bar
If you want to bring out the best in your nightcaps, then a cocktail bar is essential. Complete it with attractive stools that will allow your guests to sit around, enjoy their beverages, and have delightful conversations with one another that may or may not last until the wee hours of the morning. Place the bar in a room that is reserved mainly for entertaining your guests, and we guarantee that your guests will be entertained in your home more than ever before.
Benefits Of Purchasing A New Mattress
Spring is right around the corner – and if you are like most people, you are probably planning to do a little spring cleaning to kick off the season. While we go out of our way to clean our garage, attic, closets, and the little nooks-and-by throwing away unwanted clutter accrued throughout the year, one of the things we never think about throwing out is our mattress. It may sound unnecessary, but there is an assortment of benefits to purchasing a brand-new mattress for your bedroom. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Restful night’s sleep
The most obvious benefit of purchasing a new mattress is that it will provide you with one of the best, most restful sleeps you have had in years. While you may think that your older mattress will suffice, the reality is that it may be causing you to sleep restlessly; and a mattress that is properly supported will fix this. We offer a variety of mattresses – from extremely soft to firm – that you can try out in our store today. Believe us: when you lie down on one of them, you are going to feel the difference right away!
Most of us have come to the conclusion that waking up with a headache or some other type of bodily ache is normal. We chock it up to aging, staying up too late, or another excuse that seems logical. Yet, the problem could be that your mattress does not have the support that your body requires. Properly supported mattresses barely have any solid surfaces (if any at all) inside the mattress. This reduces various stress points in your body which could be the culprit of the aches and pains you experience the morning after.
A brand-new mattress will also improve the overall quality of your health. Older mattresses tend to breed nasty pests that often trigger allergies (such as mold). Especially if you suffer from indoor allergies, replacing your mattress could eliminate the bulk of your problems. Moreover, a new mattress will also help you to maintain your weight. You see, when you consistently sleep restlessly due to your older mattress, this can cause you gain weight while losing muscle mass; a cocktail combination that could present additional health issues.
Replacing your mattress will also boost your immune system. Research states that the absence of consistent, well-rested sleep causes the immune system to take a nosedive. Thus, it makes those affected much more prone to sickness.
You will feel amazing!
That in itself is enough of a reason to purchase a new mattress. Take it from us: the first night you sleep on a new mattress, you are going to wish you had made the switch years ago! You will healthier, sleep better, eliminate those aches and pains, and your quality of life will increase dramatically.
If you have any questions regarding which mattress is right for you, stop by our store today and let us help you to find the perfect mattress for your needs!
No matter how the rooms of your home are laid out, no matter the type of furniture that encompasses each room, know that a mirror (or in some cases, mirrors) can bring out the absolute best in your room. We often think of mirrors as nothing more than a tool for touching up your looks before you walk out the door or to admire your newest piece of clothing; but they are so much more than that. They can used for decoration, improving lighting in room, transforming the vibe of a room, and…
We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Mirrors have a multitude of uses. Discover a few of our favorites by checking out our tips below.
Mirrors make spaces seem larger
Do you hate how small one (or more) of your rooms feel? If so, know that one mirror propped against the wall (at least 75% as tall as your wall) can make the room feel larger and more inviting. In fact, this optical illusion will make the room feel as if it has actually doubled in size; ridiculously cheaper than hiring a contractor to physically expand the room. Hang a mirror in front of a window for the same effect.
They also bring brightness to a room
Don’t you hate rooms that never seem to be able to get enough lighting? They feel dark, a bit depressing, and simply uninviting. Eliminate this moody vibe immediately by hanging a mirror on the room’s wall, hanging another mirror directly across from it, then shining a light source on one of the mirrors. Essentially, this will bounce the lighting from the surface of the mirror to the other, creating an extra light source that makes the room feel brighter than ever.
Mirrors as artistic pieces
If you have multiple mirrors of different shapes and sizes, consider creating a collage out of them to create an artistic piece. If you only have a few, angle the mirrors to reflect a favorite painting or photo hanging in your home. You can even place a mirror in the entrance to a fireplace while lighting candles in front of it; perfect for those spring and summer months when the fireplace is no longer in use!
Place them in entryways
There is something elegant and beautiful about placing a large mirror in an entryway. If you have an open space next to a doorway, feel free to hang/sit a mirror next to the entryway to give the space a sense of ambience and reflection. Placing mirrors in this spot is also ideal for the front door of your home, as it will allow you to check to ensure you have not left anything behind (such as your wallet or purse) or have powered everything off (like a coffeemaker) before heading out into the world.
With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about how you are going to decorate your dining room table for one of the most celebrated holidays around the world.
But first: what if your dining room table is currently too small for all of the guests you are expecting this year? You want to have enough room for loved ones to ‘take in’ the beauty of your decorative table, so you need to do something fast. Moreover, what if your dining room table has seen ‘better days,’ and you know that it’s time for an update? Don’t fret: we have plenty of beautiful dining room tables – no matter if you want a casual or formal look.
No matter if you are happy with your current dining room table or you need a new one (just hop on by and we will find the perfect one for you), it’s time to make this Easter one of the most memorable of all time. With our decorative dining room table ideas below, your loved ones will be talking about your beautiful decorations for years to come!
Colours inspired by nature
Easter and Spring go hand-in-hand – so why not display items on your dining room table that represent the beauty of this amazing season. Utilizing bright greens that look right at home on a freshly cut lawn, baby blues that look like a beautiful, Spring afternoon, and bright yellows, pinks, etc. that look as if they belong on one of the many Springtime flowers. Get creative, and your guests will be blown away by the beauty of your table.
Bring the table outside
If the weather during Easter Sunday is beautiful, it would be a waste to keep everyone indoors for the day. What can you do? Take your dining room table outside! If you have a place to sit your dining room table – such as a deck or a concrete slab around your backyard – you can still have a decorative look while enjoying the outside air. Plus, there’s no better way to bring the beauty of Spring to your Easter Sunday!
Paint eggs for your centerpiece
It wouldn’t be Easter Sunday without colourful, painted eggs; make them the centerpiece of your Easter dinner with only a few items. With only a footed bowl, Easter grass, and painted eggs, you can have a stunning dining room table display that your guests won’t be able to stop admiring. If you want to make it even better? Consider placing candy eggs in the dish as well.
Plenty of flowers
Easter dinner wouldn’t be the same without plenty of flowers. Place a few vases of flowers on and around your dining room table (use our first tip if you need help choosing colours) to brighten up the room and give your dining room table that colourful, seasonal look you desire. Feel free to mix and match or stick to a certain type of flower – either way, you can’t go wrong!
The elegant simplicity of black and white décor has been a mainstay since the dawn of modern society. Though its popularity fluctuates annually, it’s a colour scheme you can always count on to be ‘in season.’ 2015 is no different. Without further ado, here are some of the most popular black and white décor style trends to watch for in 2015.
Black and White Graphic Patterns
Graphic patterns are popular in 2015 (as evident by the recent popularity of wallpaper), and the most popular colour scheme of these patterns? You guessed it: black and white. We’ve all seen large black and white prints when browsing our favorite furniture stores, and these prints are thankfully still in style. If you want to add a few graphics to your home, consider hanging large black and white photos from a bygone era. If you want to a more abstract look, consider hanging blurred black and white images. For an extra shot of creativity, consider getting these images printed on fabric!
Also consider purchasing black and white floor covers (but we’re getting ahead of ourselves – more on that in a moment).
Black and White in the Bedroom
If you want to incorporate a black and white style into the bedroom, consider purchasing a black, elegant comforter to drape atop new, white sheets. For an extra layer of black and white, consider purchase gray pillowcases. If you typically fold your comforter and flat sheet to the middle of your bed every morning, you should also consider purchasing black pillowcases, to create a ‘black-to-white-to-black’ appearance. Simple yet sophisticated, it’s a timeless look you won’t grow tired of anytime soon.
Black and White in the Living Room
The same principle can be applied to the living room as well. Especially if it is time to purchase a new coffee table, now is the time to incorporate this timeless look into your living room and/or family room. The easiest way to achieve this look is to purchase a black coffee table and rug (or a gray rug if you want an extra layer) combined with the white upholstery of your furniture – or vice-versa!
Therein lies the evidence as to why the black-and-white colour scheme is so popular: regardless of how you decide to mix-and-match, the look is going to be elegant and classy every single time. If you want to decorate even further, consider draping your flooring with a black and/or white floor cover in various areas of your spaces.
Black and White furnishings with sharp shapes
Finally, if you want to decorate your home with black and white furnishings – lamps, end tables, etc. – know that black and white furniture with sharp shapes are definitely in-style. Furnishings that seem to twist, curve, sink in, and expand out are all fair game; like everything else black and white in this list, it’s sure to add a level of sophistication that will bring out the best in your spaces.
However you decide to decorate with black and white décor, be sure to get creative with it. You cannot go wrong with decorating with black and white anything (after all, that’s one of this colour scheme’s biggest positives), so mix-and-match to your heart’s content. After it’s all said and done, you’re bound to be proud of what your new, stylish décor!
If there is one thing that we can say about the furniture colour trends of 2015, it is this: if it was once old, it is new again. Moreover, if the colour seems stripped from nature, it is in season once more. 2015 is going to be a year of decorating change. It’s time to rethink colour and transition into the latter part of the ‘10s with these hot, new furniture colours.
Gold is in
As a whole, the look of the Renaissance is in style. Both bold and soft gold colours are one of the coolest new looks for 2015. From strong, gold trimming around the upholstery of a family chair to soft shades of gold accenting the armrests of a sofa, that classical look of elegance and sophistication is one of the signature looks of the year.
Blue is most certainly the new black of 2015. Greek blue, sour green with blue, glossy blue – it’s all fair game! If you want to give your furniture a beautiful dash of blue, consider placing any type of furniture throw with a blue accent atop the furniture. Feel free to use this tip every year as well, as it is a cheap and easy way to update your furniture with the year’s trendiest colour.
As we mentioned a moment ago, colours that feel as if they belong in nature is one of the most in style trends of the year – and olive green is at the top. If you are tired of dark, bold furniture and you want to brighten up your room, you should seriously consider all of green; and who knows? The next time you fall asleep on your olive green sofa, you may literally feel as if you are falling asleep in a relaxing, calm forest.
A look of the ‘60s
Thanks to hit television shows such as Mad Men, the look of the ‘60s is new again. Because colours of the 1960s used colours borrow from nature, this is one of the reasons why olive green is in such high demand. Other colours such as yellow, antique red, Tiger Lily, and so on are all stylish once more. If you want furniture that is as much of a throwback as it is a fashion statement, 60s-esque furniture is worthy of consideration.
2015 is not just about bright, shiny colours; neutral gray is also a hot commodity. If you want furniture that blends in with anything but you are not keen on blue, the perfect substitute is neutral gray. Arguably, this could also be considered the ‘new black’ of 2015; it really depends on whom you ask. A surefire tone that is certain to blend in with the rest of your furniture, neutral gray is sophisticated while still subtle: the best of both worlds!
Here at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, we regularly have bridal parties for soon-to-be brides. Couples simply register at our store, and from there family and friends pool their money together and purchase furniture pieces for the couple’s room. In many cases, attendees actually pool enough money together to finish an entire room! It’s one of the many things that makes our furniture store unique – and we want to share with you a few of the more popular furniture pieces. If you and your partner are thinking about getting married (or you know of a couple that is about to get married) and a bridal party is just around the corner, consider the following items below.
An end table is a great way to bring a room together. Often, couples are usually gifted a bunch of knickknacks for their first home that they would normally not have enough room for. Candy dishes, candleholders, etc. are the types of items that are perfect for an end table. Plus, end tables truly do bring a sense of beauty to a room!
Speaking of end tables, we left off possibly the most popular item for end tables: lamps! In fact, all types of lighting items are incredibly popular at our bridal parties. Not only can extra lighting give a couple’s first home that warm and cozy feeling that makes home feel like home, but it can also make a small space look much larger. Whether you cannot think of another item to add to your wedding registry or you are having difficulties thinking of that perfect gift for your favourite couple, lamps and other type of lighting items are always appreciated!
It is said that one can never have too many dishes – and this is certainly true for newlyweds. As a couple makes the transition from living a bachelor/bachelorette lifestyle to living as a married couple, it can be easy for them to forget that they probably do not have enough dishes between the two of them. Even then, the dishes they own are probably already worse for wear.
Thus, a dinette set is always welcomed. There is nothing better for a married couple than being gifted fine silverware, plates, glasses, coffee cups, and more. Besides, the couple is probably going to want to show off their first home anyway – so what better way to celebrate than with a new dinette set?
If you want to purchase a big-ticket item for your favourite newlyweds, consider purchasing a coffee table. While the couple may already own a coffee table apiece, it may not be in the best shape. We have an assortment of beautiful coffee tables just begging to live in a happy couple’s home – so give us a visit and see what we have to offer!
If you want to blow the socks off of the soon to be bride, one of the best ways to do this is to purchase bedding essentials. New pillowcases, comforters, sheets, etc. are all great choices. If you really want to make her day (before the big day)? Make sure the material is silk!
Have a great day,
There is something magical about a family room. The room that brings family and friends together, it is a place where everyone feels comfortable and welcomed. It is also the room where you will be in entertaining guests for most of their visit; thus, it is vital that you create the perfect look for your family room. But where do you start?
With our tips.
Follow our simple-yet-effective tips below, and create a family room that you will be complimented on for years to come.
Find the focal point of the room
Creating the perfect family room begins with finding the focal point of the room. If you have a television in the room, it is almost a certainty that this is the room’s focal point. Alternatively, you may solely have a fireplace or even an aquarium in the room with the television in the living room.
Whatever your case may be, place your largest piece of furniture opposite the room’s focal point (about 8-12 feet away). This will allow you to appropriately entertain guests while in the room. If you have smaller furniture (i.e. a recliner, smaller chairs) that have always acted as ‘extensions’ to your largest piece of furniture, consider facing those opposite of the focal point as well (more on those in a moment).
Make conversations happen
Great conversations occur in family rooms as well. When you decide to turn off the television or you want to get lost in a conversation with the glow of your fireplace and/or aquarium lighting the room, your room will need an area designed solely for maximizing conversation. If you already have smaller furniture that acts as extensions to your sofa as mentioned in the above, simply arrange the smaller furniture in a horseshoe shape near the sofa. It’s a perfect addition for those that want to have a separate conversation in the family room.
If you don’t have enough furniture to work with, consider purchasing 2-3 smaller chairs; just be sure the upholstery allows the furniture to blend in with the rest the family room.
Bookshelves are a must
Nothing says ‘family room’ quite like bookshelves. Consider placing a few bookshelves along one of the walls of the room. If you do not have enough books to fill up more than one bookshelf – that’s okay! Bookshelves are perfect for storing games, family heirlooms and photos, films, or anything else that is decorative and offers entertainment. Bookshelves are a funny thing: they can make a house feel like ‘home,’ and allow your guests to feel comfortable and welcomed.
With these tips, we guarantee you will also make your family room feel like ‘home.’ Follow our tips to bring out the best in your family room, and ensure that you create moments with your friends and family that will last a lifetime.
“Hey! How did we get so much stuff?!”
Sound familiar? With spring cleaning just around the corner, it’s a given that you are going to mutter this phrase at least once during this mandatory ritual. Without knowing it, we collect an abundance of stuff that ends up cluttering our spaces and making our homes feel cramped. Your home is your castle – so consider updating rooms with furniture that doubles as storage space. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, so check out our list below of furniture updates to give yourself more room than ever for your belongings.
Here at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, we have amazing cabinets that doubles as storage space. In fact, you may even want to use our cabinets primarily as storage! Swing into our store at your convenience, inquire about our large-space cabinets, and finally have an appropriate space to store your clutter!
Tiered coffee table
Have you noticed that your coffee table is getting cluttered? If you have been considering replacing it, you may want to consider purchasing a tiered occasional table. Especially if you love showing off your coffee table books and other knickknacks, a tiered coffee table is ideal. If you want even more space? Consider placing small baskets on the bottom tier of the table to store small items such as television remotes, controllers for your video game consoles, and more.
Have you noticed that you never have quite enough seating for your guests? Don’t make that unfortunate guest sit in the uncomfortable, wooden kitchen chair again: instead, purchase an ottoman (or a few) so you always have enough seating for your guests. Not only are ottomans comfortable and attractive, but they also double as serious storage space or coffee table for your home. Whether you want suitable storage space for those new blankets you purchased throughout the year or something else entirely, ottomans are a convenient way to store a variety of items both mid-sized and small.
The idea behind a console table is a lot like the tiered coffee table – except on a much larger scale. Console tables have a bottom tier just like a coffee table – except the table stands tall like a regular table. What this means for your spaces is simple: you can store larger items underneath the bottom tier of the table; so really, you have two tiers in one! If you want to maximize the space, purchase a few tall baskets to sit side-by-side underneath the table. If you have extra, open space behind your sofa, consider this type of table!
If you have a few rooms with a lot of clutter but space to spare, consider a storage bench. Perfect for bedrooms, a storage bench is complete with a cushion on top with cubbies below it that are ideal for storing all sorts of items: craft supplies, children’s stories, board games, – if it’s a small-to-midsized item, you can store it. If you really want to get serious about spring cleaning and like the idea of having attractive seating in multiple rooms, a storage bench is ideal.
Spring cleaning is all about disposing of what you do not want while finding storage for the items you want to keep. It sounds like a solid plan until you discover that you do not have room to properly store the items you want to hang onto. With our furniture recommendations above that also double as storage spaces, you are going to have plenty of room to store everything that you want to keep and then some! Happy Spring cleaning!
With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away and the hockey playoffs on the horizon, now is the perfect time to purchase new furniture for your man cave. Luckily, we have the perfect suggestions for sprucing up that man cave and turning it into the perfect hideaway. Impress your friends with our picks below.
There is no better way to watch the big game than by relaxing in a comfortable recliner. Ensure every guest is able to watch in comfort as well by purchasing a few recliners for your man cave. Depending on how much care you want to put into maintaining the recliners depends on which types of recliners you should purchase. For example, leather has a longer life than ordinary recliners, but to keep its ideal look, you will have to maintain it for the life of the recliner. Plus, leather is usually more expensive than regular recliners. We can help you to find a happy medium, so give us a visit and allow us to find the perfect recliners for your next big game!
Bars and Bar Stools
A man cave without a bar is like an automobile without an engine: in other words, it’s mandatory. Nobody likes drinking while standing up, and you probably don’t want your friends drinking in your new recliners. Besides, the best place to enjoy a few cold ones is directly at the bar, and that’s where your new bar stools will come into play. We also have a host of bars. You don’t need to have something custom built to create a bar in your man cave.
While this is optional, a solid card table can really bring a man cave together during poker night. If you have the space for a large, round card table, stick it in the corner of your man cave and complete the set with a few (cheap) fold-out chairs and colourful poker chips. With a full bar and a few cigars to share with the guys, you’re bound to make your next poker night a huge success.
Unique Lighting and Wall Art
A man cave is required to have decorations – that’s just the way it is. Decorate your man cave with posters of your favourite sports team, films, bands, etc. You will be surprised how a few posters and pictures can transform your man cave from looking boring to being full of life.
Be sure to dress your space with unique lighting as well. Remember the card table we mentioned earlier? A hanging lamp hanging above the table would be a perfect way add unique lighting to your space. Signs with lighting are also a great idea for decorating the man cave. Again, you will be amazed how a few unique lights can transform your man cave from drab to awesome!
Finally (and perhaps the most important item in this list), every man cave needs an entertainment centre. How else are you going to watch the big game without one? It’s a great idea to purchase an entertainment centre that has a lot of room for other items too, such as gaming consoles, Blu-Ray/DVD players, films, music, games, etc. There is nothing better than sitting around and enjoying the big game or playing a few rounds of your favourite multiplayer video game, and an entertainment centre will allow you to do this in comfort and style.
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