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Home Happenings: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Redesigning or Redecorating Your Home

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Accent Chairs Add Flare To A Room

With so many TV shows and magazines focusing on home fashion trends, almost everyone has some degree of interest in decorating and design. Whether you are updating your kitchen or sprucing up your living room, there are some questions you should ask yourself before you get started.

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Sectionals are wonderful way to add more seating capacity to any room

1. What is your budget? 

Once you get started, you’ll discover quite a few variables in home décor. However, one thing is certain: Budget will dictate the extent of what you can do. Ripping cabinets and flooring out of the kitchen will cost substantially more than painting the existing cabinets and adding some throw rugs. Determine your budget before you get started so you at least have some idea of what you have to work with.  

2. What are your priorities? 

Do you need a more open space that involves knocking down a wall or two? Or is it more important to replace the appliances that are on their last legs? Perhaps the sofa is threadbare and needs to be replaced. Determine the importance of all the tasks you want to tackle and list them in order.

 

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Accent pieces are a great way to bring together the colours of your room.

3. Do you want to do it yourself or work with a professional? 

If you don’t trust your personal taste in decorating and worry that you’ll make a costly mistake, consider hiring an interior decorator or deal with experience furniture experts. Ask what he or she charges. Remember that industry professionals often get discounts on goods and services, so you may save money on the back end. Chances are, you’ll save time too, so if you’re in a hurry to finish the project, this might be your best bet. Always have a signed contract before you even get started.  

There are some things you can easily do yourself, so it might be silly to hire a professional. For example, changing out the pictures on the walls, adding pillows to your sofa, and even painting furniture for a fresher, more updated look can be done as a weekend project. However, when you start eyeing electrical, plumbing, or structural changes, unless you have experience, you’re better off calling a professional. Make sure anyone you hire has a license and references, and don’t be afraid to check on them.

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Quality Sofas will last for years.

4. How much should you pay for furniture? 

Most experts recommend purchasing the best quality furniture you can afford. Look for a company that offers a guarantee. If you have a tight budget, watch for sales. Don’t think you have to purchase everything all at once. You can start with a few main pieces and add more as your budget allows.  

Carefully choose where you spend your money. Anything that bears weight, such as a sofa or chair, should be extremely well built. If you plan to keep the item for many years, look for the highest quality you can afford. Don’t spend as much on items that are on-trend and will probably be replaced in a year or two.  

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Neutral Foundation Pieces anchor a room like this neutral sofa.

5. What colours should you use? 

Starting with a neutral foundation and working out from there can make your decorating task much less daunting. If you have a sofa in any shade of brown, black, navy, gray, taupe, or beige, you can accent with whatever colours you are in the mood for each season. There is no reason to feel that you must stick with one tone of wood; it’s perfectly fine to mix and match light, dark, and medium shades for a more personalized look.

Drop by and see one of our knowledgable staff who will help you pick out your new decor or furniture pieces. We are located 4735 Tecumseh Rd. E., in Windsor.  Don’t forget to bring your room measurements.

 

Home Happenings: Quality Sofas for Small Spaces.

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Sectional Sofas are an ideal choice for small spaces

By Richard

Getting the best use of space out of relatively small areas is all about furniture arrangement. And using a sectional sofa can anchor your space and make your living area look larger.
Whether you are furnishing a new home or simply redecorating, sectional sofas are timeless and popular furniture choices that can add character to a room. In addition, they can do a lot to reshape or divide a room. But for best results, you should choose a sectional piece with care to ensure the proper fit and also to reflect your personal design style.

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Leather sectionals are stylish and long lasting

Why Use a Sectional Sofa?
It seems counterintuitive to use a rather large piece of furniture in a small space, but designers use sectionals effectively in both large and small areas. Sectionals, like other types of furniture, come in different sizes. You can get very bulky pieces to divide spaces or you can choose minimalist pieces for smaller areas. Room size and architectural layout are the biggest things to take into consideration when deciding what style of sectional to purchase. For example, a larger sectional can be placed in an open floor plan that combines living room and dining room. Or in contrast, a more modern, compact design would be better suited for small, partitioned rooms. Another advantage to using sectional sofas is that many designs can be arranged in a variety of ways. For example, you could go with the standard L-shape, or you could opt to add pieces to form a U-shape or a J-shaped design depending on the available space and shape of your room.

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An example of the L-Shape Sofa

 

Measuring for a Sectional

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An example of an U-shape sofa

After you have a particular style and design in mind, it’s important to make sure it fits properly in your room. Here are some great tips for making sure your choice is a good fit for the area that you are furnishing:

  • First, take a cloth measuring tape to the showroom floor and measure width and length of your furnishings.
  • Buy a newspaper on your way home.
  • Lay out the newspaper sections on your floor to the specified measurements.
  • Position your coffee table in front of the newspaper and any end tables or accent furniture that will go in the room.
  • Don’t forget to measure the door that your sectional will have to go through, as well.
  • Small spaces can be hard to furnish, but sectionals offer a solution that creates a comfortable atmosphere and an inviting seating arrangement. And with the different styles and sizes available, sectionals can fit nicely into almost any living space.

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    Don’t forget to add the ottoman for style and functionality

Home Happenings: 4 Tips on How To Choose A Quality Area Rug From Guaranteed A Fine Furniture.

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An area rug in contrasting colour can add a pop of colour to a room

By Richard

If you have just finished redoing a room’s interior design and find that something is missing, odds are what the room needs is an area rug. An area rug is the perfect element to help tie the décor of a room together, helping to bring balance to the space and create a harmonious feel. However, choosing the right area rug is important. Throwing down an area rug that isn’t the right size or style can do more harm than good. The following are four things to keep in mind when choosing an area rug:

. The materials – Where your rug will be placed is a huge factor in what material you should look for. If you plan on putting your area rug in a space that experiences a lot of foot traffic, you’ll want something that is more durable. Materials that will last a long time include high quality wool, which not only wears well but will also look better as it ages, and silk.

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Even neutral coloured area rugs can adds life to a room.

. The size of the rug – Size is a huge factor in how well your rug will work in any given room. If its too big, it will swallow up the entire space, whereas if it’s too small, it will look like it was left there by accident. The size of the rug will depend on where and how you use it. Rugs in the dining room should be large enough to accommodate the dining room table as well as the chairs. You won’t want the back legs of your chairs to fall off of the rug. If you need a rug for the hallway, measure it so that none of the furniture in the hallway will rest on it. If you are placing it in the living room, just make sure your coffee table will fit on it properly.

 

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Area rugs are the perfect accessory to any room.

. The cost of the rug – Obviously, if you have a small budget, then you’ll be somewhat limited to how much you can spend on an area rug. However, this doesn’t mean that if budget is no factor that you should splurge on the most expensive area rug that you can find. A rug that is cheaper than all the furniture in your room is going to look out of place, but so is a rug that is more expensive than all the furniture in your room. A good indicator of how much you should pay for your rug is how much you paid for your couch.

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Don’t forget to consider texture when considering an area rug

. The style of the rug – There are tons of styles to choose from, and much of it will depend on your taste as well as the rest of your décor. Generally, neutral styled area rugs work best in contemporary or modern style rooms. Rugs with floral or striped designs work well for a more casual look. Oriental style rugs work better in more traditional style rooms.

An area rug can be a great addition to your interior design, as long as you pick up the right area rug for the space you need it in. Use these four tips to help determine what kind of area rug you need.

Home Happenings: Ideas for Decorating a Kitchen with Contemporary Style

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Chrome Kitchen Table

A chrome kitchen table with leather chairs are sure to make a statement

By Richard

Stylish Metal and More

A kitchen that is decorated with contemporary style is not cold and unwelcoming. On the contrary, it can be quite warm and very inviting. The look is minimalist, but it does not have to be sterile and unappealing like a garage or an unfinished loft. Learn new ideas for decorating a kitchen with contemporary style, and add one-of-a-kind furnishings, storage solutions and more.

 

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Brushed Metal Table with glass is a great contemporary design

Consider a Table and Chairs with Unique Contemporary Style

When seeking ideas for decorating a kitchen with contemporary style, begin with new furnishings. Consider a table and chair set designed from stainless or chrome metal. It will provide function as well as form, and it will add visual interest and amazing appeal. Select a set with punched designs to add more style and visual flair. Punched and grinded metal adds a touch of design without going outside of the boundaries of true contemporary style. You can also seek out metallic top finishes, or glass with metal. Your options are limitless.

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This powerful red vase with faux green plant would be a perfect match to your contemporary style kitchen

Add a Little Colour with Live or Faux Plants

A kitchen with contemporary style does not have to be void of colour. However, it should not be splashed with every colour of the rainbow. Consider adding a little colour with live plants. Select one blooming plant in a colour of your choice, and use it as the focal piece when decorating a countertop or the dining table. Since it will be one of very few items of colour in the kitchen, all eyes will be drawn toward it. In accordance with true contemporary style, consider planting a blooming flower in a plain metal container with a plain matte finish. A small brushed metal or chrome bucket without added embellishments is ideal when it lined with stone to provide adequate drainage.

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Chrome Shelving can be added to any kitchen

 

Repurpose Heavy Metal Cabinets, Shelves and More

When decorating and furnishing a kitchen with contemporary style, search for a set of old metal lockers and metal shelf units with metal drawers. The sleeker the lockers are, the better they will mesh with the style of the kitchen. They should look as if they came from a factory locker room, and it does not matter if the paint is stressed. This adds to the patina as well as the decorating style of the kitchen. They can be used to hold everything from canned goods to notepads. Use metal shelf units with drawers for additional kitchen storage space. Besides decorating the kitchen with contemporary style, both of these solutions will provide a lot of extra storage space.

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Add some flare to your kitchen with a chrome rolling bar!

These are just some of the many ways to begin decorating a kitchen with contemporary style. Drop by our store, Guaranteed A Fine Furniture at 4735 Tecumseh Road. East Windsor, Ontario and we will help you pick your contemporary kitchen décor and accessories. In addition to the above, we have amazing wall art and table accessories.

Home Happenings:Create a Timeless Look with the Right Bedroom Furniture

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By Richard

Bedroom Sets

Modern Designs are perfect for your bedroom

Perhaps more than any other room in the house, the furniture you choose for the bedroom can really set the right tone. That is why it is so important to choose pieces that are beautiful, timeless and of the highest quality.

No matter what type of home you have, the bedroom lends itself well to a more modern style. There are many wonderful pieces of modern bedroom furniture that look at home in any setting – from a cozy guest bedroom to a spacious master suite.

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Add a dramatic carpet to set off your bedroom suite


Choosing the Right Pieces

Finding the right furniture for the bedroom can be one of the most challenging parts of decorating your home. Whether you are decorating a brand new home or updating the style of an existing one, the bedroom is perhaps the most critical part of the process. You want to choose pieces that have a modern feel, but also a classic and timeless look.

Going with the latest trend may make you happy for a few years, but those trendy pieces can quickly start to show their age. Choosing modern furniture with a timeless style will give you the best value in the long run.

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It’s important that the suite you pick fits the space that it is going into.

Measuring the Space
One of the smartest things you can do when decorating the bedroom is carefully measure the space you have available. Many homeowners fail to take this first step, only to end up with furnishings that are too large or too small for the room. Measuring the room ahead of time allows you to model the finished room – you can experiment with various furniture placements before actually putting those pieces in the room.

Once you know how much space you have available, you can start to look at various furnishings and accessories. The bed will obviously be the centrepiece of the room, and choosing the right style is essential. A quality North American-made bed in a modern yet timeless style can serve as an anchor to the remaining pieces of furniture. That modern style can then carry over into the other pieces you choose – from the dressing table and side chairs to accessories like mirrors and decorative panels.

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Wrought and Wood is a classic combination.

Caring for Your Furniture Properly
A carefully chosen set of modern North American bedroom furniture is no small investment, and it is important to protect your purchase properly. You can start by reading the care instructions that come with each piece and following them precisely. Some types of wood and styles of finish require special care, so you may need to clean them differently than you did with your old bedroom furniture. Caring for the finish properly is the best way to make those pieces last and look great years from now.

Making that care a normal part of your cleaning routine is the best way to keep those modern North American furnishings looking their best. Frequent light cleanings can be much more effective, and much less damaging, than occasional deep cleaning. Bedroom furniture is an investment that should last for years – and you need to treat your precious investment with care.

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Coming home to a beautiful bedroom is good for the body and soul

Drop by today! Guaranteed A Fine Furniture is located at  4735 Tecumseh Road. East Windsor, Ontario and let us show you how to create the perfect bedroom for you.

Have a great day. Richard.

Home Happenings: A Guide to Shopping for a New Sofa

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Sofas for everyday living.

By Richard Venettilli

A new sofa can refresh the look and feel of an entire room without requiring an exorbitant investment of time or money. Whether your goal is to make a room more attractive and stylish or simply to ensure that you are comfortable while relaxing at home, a new sofa can get the job done. That is not to say, however, that the same sofa will work in every situation. Keeping these principles in mind while shopping for a new sofa can help ensure that you are pleased with your purchase.

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From classic to contemporary, we have a sofa for everyone

Style

Sofas today are available in a wide variety of different styles, designs, colours and materials. Whether you prefer a traditional or a sectional sofa, you can find options to suit virtually any taste or decorating preference. Keep in mind the space you have available when choosing the style of your new couch; some styles can accentuate a limited amount of space, while others can make a large, open area feel more cozy.

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Pattern sofas make a unique decorating statement

Brand

Of course, your new sofa’s brand will likely be the factor that has the biggest impact on the amount of money you spend. For that reason, your budget will likely limit to some degree the brands you consider. In many cases, of course, you do get what you pay for – a high-end (and therefore more expensive) brand is likely to last well, maintaining a sharp, pristine appearance even after years of wear. That is not to say, however, that all off-brand sofas are a waste of money. If you check online reviews from a brand’s prior owners, you will improve your odds of finding a sofa that is both affordable and high-quality.

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Leather Sofas create a sleek look

Construction

Although the frame of your new sofa may not be as noticeable as its style and shape and the material with which it is covered, the type of frame you choose can still have a significant impact on both the sofa’s appearance and its durability. Hardwood frames are a classic choice that is still beautiful and long-lasting. However, more modern materials, such as metal and fibreglass, are becoming quite popular as well – and they can be crafted into uniquely artistic furniture. Fibreboard and plastic frames, however, will generally only last for a relatively short period of time.

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Unique styling sofas

Features

Finally, you should also consider features of a sofa that might not be readily apparent at first glance. For example, you should try sitting and even lying on the sofa for a few minutes before you buy it to ensure that it is comfortable and that it suits your build. If you notice any protruding springs or awkward angles digging uncomfortably into your back, keep looking for a model you prefer. You should also try a variety of different fillings to decide which you prefer. You might be surprised just how many options you have when choosing a sofa filling; popular options include polyester fibre, goose down, various types of foam and feathers. Whichever you prefer, take your time to try it out thoroughly before buying. After all, no matter how great your new sofa looks, you will soon start to hate it if it is too uncomfortable to use.

 

Creating Your Bedroom Oasis

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White and Navy make a wonderful combination

By Richard Vennettilli

When we look at the rooms in our houses, what room is more special than the master bedroom? It is the place where we spend our most intimate time with the person we love—or at least we hope we are. And after a long and exhausting day, we all want to rest in a bedroom that oozes calm and serenity. Today, we look at creating an oasis-style bedroom.

Let us at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture show you the way:

Beds: I have already done a blog on how to pick the perfect mattress, and I am including the link here. But I’m talking headboards and footboards now. If you are looking to create an easy and breezy bedroom, you’ll want to pick a bedroom headboard and footboard that have some natural elements. The headboard may be covered in leather or soft fabric or a light-coloured wood such as bamboo.

Lovely make up table is perfect for an oasis bedroom

For the oasis look, you would want a minimalist style in which the lines are sleek and there is not a great deal of appliqué.

Your bedding should be light-textured to keep the airiness in the room. You’ll want to layer your patterns. Go ahead and mix your stripes with florals, but be sure that they are in complementary hues. Or add a lace bedcover to your rustic-style bed, or use a bed ruffle instead of a bed skirt as an alternative that adds whimsy to the room.

Have you tried bamboo bedsheets? They are fabulous, and there is no softer fabric.

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Oasis Wall Art…set the tone for serene bedroom experience

Walls: For an oasis bedroom, you are going to want to choose a paint colour in soft pastel tones such as sea-foam green, light beige, or even white. Or you are going to want to adopt a navy blue–and-white colour combination. Your wall decor should be beach-inspired in contrasting colours to the walls.

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Island Inspiration

Artwork: I have taken some pictures of some of the artwork in our store that would add to an oasis bedroom.

Floors: If you are going with a light-coloured wall, there is no reason why you can’t go with a darker-coloured floor. If you have hardwood, you may want to choose a deep espresso for contrast. If you have old floors and want to paint them, you can choose a navy blue if your walls are white or near-white to create that ocean feel. If you are a carpet fan, you can look at a darker rug. You are going to need to give the room some drama, and the floor is a great place to start. If you decided to go with the navy wall, you may want to stick with a light-coloured floor.

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Light Coloured Lamps will certainly put the room together

Lamps: Lighting is everything in a bedroom. In keeping with the minimalist theme, I would suggest lamps that have either clear or light colured glass or brushed nickel bases.

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This shell lamp creates the right ambience in oasis bedroom

Little details: You’ll want to pick those pieces that add detail and charm to the room but are still inspired by nature, such as filling candleholders with decorative sand, shells, or leaves.
Accessories can really add to the overall ambience of a room. Don’t forget to add small vases, marine-inspired figurines, and flowers!

Oasis Accessories

Oasis Style Accessories

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This vase adds just the right amount of colour to any light coloured room

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Spring Cleaning: Simple Tips for Getting Rid of the Clutter in Your Home

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Spring has Sprung at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture where we give sound advice on home decor tips and furniture selctions

        Whether you’re a pack rat or you’ve just been a bit busy lately, it’s easy to let your home become unorganized.  A pile of junk mail here.  A stash of magazines there.  Before you know it, you’re drowning in a sea of clutter and you’re not sure how to swim out of it.  Fortunately, it is possible to regain control of the chaos with a little organizational know-how and spring is a great time to start anew. Here are some simple tips for getting rid of the clutter in your home:

1.     Take it one step at a time. 

        If the mess has gotten out of hand, you might feel intimidated at the thought of tidying everything up.  You may even feel like abandoning the idea of organization entirely.  Looking at the big picture will probably be seem too daunting.  Instead, try breaking down your overall organization project into smaller tasks.  For example, if your closet looks like a disaster area, you might take a day to sort through your clothes and donate the ones you don’t want to charity.  Another day you could get rid of all the expired food items that are cluttering up your pantry.  By focusing on one chore per day, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.  Take things a step at a time and you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in only a week or two.
 
2.     Start with a clean slate. 

        Once you’ve gotten rid of the major clutter culprits in your home, you need to ask yourself an important question: Is your main issue the mess or the dirt?  If it’s the latter, giving your house a good cleaning can go a long way toward giving you a more organized mindset.  Think about it:  Doesn’t your home just feel a bit more orderly when the kitchen counter is sparkly and the carpet is vacuumed?  As a bonus, that clean feeling may encourage you to keep things that way.  After all, it’s hard to wipe tables and mop floors if your stuff is piled everywhere.  Give your house a thorough scrubbing from top to bottom and try to maintain that level of cleanliness.  A clean home is a great way to ensure a fresh start when it comes to organization.

3.     Learn to let go. 

        If you’re trying to keep clutter out of your home, you have to make a conscious decision to let go of unnecessary possessions.  It’s best to follow the “In-and-out” rule.  (No, not the fast-food burger joint.)  This simply means that when you bring a new item into any room, you need to take out another item to keep things in balance.  For example, if you buy a new lamp for your den, then you’ll probably want to remove the old one.  However, it doesn’t always have to be an even exchange.  A pair of new vases for your mantle could be swapped out with those bookends that no longer suit your style.  You’ll also want to watch for duplicate pieces in your rooms.  If you purchase a new candle for your bedroom nightstand, take stock of how many similar ones you already have in that area.  It’s fine to have a few decorative elements here and there, but don’t go overboard.  You should always strive to replace rather than add to a collection.  The same goes for any throws or pillows on your beds and sofas.  Keeping more than a couple in each room can lead to clutter if you’re not careful.  By only bringing in the same number of items you take out, you’ll help keep the mess in check.

        If your home is unorganized, it’s easy to feel like you’re in over your head.  However, organization doesn’t have to be overly complicated.  Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.  Use the simple tips on this list to help you begin your quest to conquer the clutter.  You’ll have a clean and clutter-free home in no time at all!

And don’t forget at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, we have great furniture pieces that offer storage to help you declutter. We also carry a line of cleaning products for your furniture. Stop by today at 4735 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor On.

Thank you for 50 Years!

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Founded in 1962, Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, Windsor On was built on the viewpoint that home furnishings should be outstanding in quality, style and value.  As Windsor’s premier home furniture store, we take pride in our wide-selection of styles that will furnish your bedroom to the kitchen to the home office.  We have everything you need to create your ideal home.

We understand that the customers that shop in our store view their home as a haven to play,dine, work, sleep and dream.  Our job is not only to inspire you but to guide you and help you with your home furnishing selections. Our staff provides expert decorating and entertaining advice whether your style is traditional or contemporary. We are here to ensure that your home design dream is achieved.

And that is why we would like to thank you for coming out to our Anniversary Sale.  It was great to see so many faces-some new and some old friends.  It is the support of all of you that has allowed us to enjoy 50 years of providing services.  We look forward to serving you for another 50 years.

Enjoy Your Day, Richard

My Comfort Sofabed

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The My Comfort sofabed transforms from a fashionable two or three seat sofa to a comfortable bed without removing any cushions or sacrificing any style.