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Energy Star Appliances: Good for your Home and the Environment

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 21, 2014 2:15:34 PM

Whether you’re looking for a brand-new kitchen appliance to meet the demand of your summer groceries, or want to upgrade your home air conditioning units to something both effective and cost-effective, make sure that you consider the energy rating for the most efficient options. There are a lot refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and laundry machines out there, but not all of them will work to help keep your energy bills down over time. 

The joint program with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy has helped produce a line of appliances that you may recognize as ENERGY STAR®. When you choose ENERGY STAR® appliances from Sam’s Furniture, you’re making the decision to cut the cost of your energy bills while contributing to saving the environment!

But what does an Energy Star rating actually do?

Sam's Furniture Energy Star AppliancesENERGY STAR® appliances help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use a significantly smaller amount of energy than non-certified devices, keeping you cooler, your items fresher, and the environment safer for you year-round. Plus, we can make it easier than ever to upgrade your existing ones to ENERGY STAR® with our unique lease-to-own program (shameless plug).

Need some more guidance on where to start when you are looking for new appliances? Check out our tips for how to find the perfect appliances to build your dream kitchen

So you're saving energy, and that's great, but how exactly does that work? So glad you asked. While you're shopping, just look for the blue Energy Star icon to make sure that you're looking in the right place. Fun fact: Front-loading ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use 40-75% less water and 30-85% less energy than typical top-loaders, which equals 10 to 24 gallons per load vs. up to 40 gallons with top load washers.

The average American family washes almost 400 loads of laundry each year. Over the life of your new ENERGY STAR qualified washer, you’ll save enough money in operating costs to pay for the matching dryer. With your water savings, you could fill three swimming pools.

Replacing your old washer with a new ENERGY STAR qualified washer could save you over $135 each year on your utility bills. That’s like getting your detergent for free year round. With those kinds of savings, there really is no reason not to choose Energy Star rated appliances for your home. 

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Dryers Need Love Too: Here's Some Maintenance Tips

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 15, 2014 10:51:17 AM

Laundry isn't glamorous, and it may seem like a never ending chore, but having the right appliances can help make the job easier. The good news is that no matter what your budget is, you can find a washer and dryer that will last you a long time with proper maintenance and care...so be proactive in taking care of your laundry helpers, and they will return the favor! Here we have outlined some easy things you can do to make sure your dryer works great for the long haul. 

Sam's Furniture Dryer MaintenenceAs with any appliance, maintaining your dryer is key to prolonging its life expectancy. However, when you neglect basic cleaning and upkeep practices, your machine and wallet may suffer due to costly repairs. To stop that from happening, we've listed 4 important maintenance procedures that can protect your dryer from needless wear and tear.

Clean The Vent Trap

You're probably sick of hearing it, but cleaning your dryer's lint trap after each use is a crucial maintenance routine. Another wise but often ignored cleaning practice entails removing the lint from the chute that holds the lint trap. An easy way to do this is by using your vacuum to suck up the lint that has fallen into the chute. Not only will doing this regularly help your dryer perform better, it also is important to prevent a fire risk. Safety first!

Use The Right Vent Tubing

Before you install your new dryer, make sure you have the correct tubing. Flexible white vinyl tubing is no longer recommended for a dryer's venting system, in fact, it fails to meet national fire code standards and is considered a fire hazard. To make your dryer as safe as possible, you must use aluminum tubing, which does not cause air restriction like its vinyl predecessor.

Watch For Increased Drying Times

An increase in drying time, generally indicates a lint clog in the appliance's venting system. Cleaning the Sam's Furniture Dryer Maintenenceventing tube at least once a year can prevent major clogs from occurring. You can either choose to do this project yourself by using a dryer vent brush or you can hire a professional repairman to clean any excessive lint from your machines tubing.

Keep It Level

Your dryer should always sit level; otherwise your appliance may become extremely noisy and its unevenness will eventually lead to certain parts wearing out prematurely. Thankfully, leveling your appliance is easy. You will simply need a leveling tool to determine which legs need adjusting. Once you've figured that out, refer to your dryer's owners manual to learn how to properly realign the legs. You should check whether or not your dryer is still level at least every 6 months to avoid potential damage.

If your appliance has already dried its last load of laundry and you're searching for the perfect replacement, shopping for a new dryer doesn't have to be a burden on you our your wallet. You can find a great machine at any price point with as many or as few features as you need. 

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The "Big Kid Bed": Shopping for Fun and Functional Kids Furniture

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jul 9, 2014 12:23:17 PM

So this is it...they're ready for their "big kid" bed. It's time to move out of that crib and into some furniture that they can really grow with. There's a lot of youth furniture out there, but how do you figure out the best next step that makes the kids AND your budget happy? Sam's Furniture Kid's Furniture

The best place to start is to think long term. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How many years will they be using this furniture?
  • Do we want it to be able to transition with them into their pre-teen or teen years?
  • Do we want something gender specific, or more neutral?

The great thing about investing in a youth bedroom is that pieces can be customized to meet your needs. For example, most beds come in a variety of types including bunk beds, trundle beds, or even beds with storage options built in. 

Choosing a collection that can be styled in different ways is the key to making your kid's furniture last them for many years. This way, the bed itself stays the same, but as they grow and their interests change, they can change out the decor details to grow with them (thus preventing you from having to buy Sam's Furniture Kid's Furnitureeven more furniture down the line). 

It's easy to get caught up in the "cute factor" when you're looking at kid's furniture, but if you're wanting a bed that will last them through their teenage years, keep it fun and simple. Of course, you can always go the princess bed or race car bed route. Find what works best for you!

Once you find something you like, find out which pieces you would like to have in addition to a bed (or if the bed works great by itself). Most youth collections include the usual dresser, mirror, chest, and night stand. Other collections may also have fun pieces like a desk or vanity. 

Thinking of going with a bunk bed? Check out our How To on creating a space with bunk beds that's for more than just sleeping! 

Most importantly, once you have the furniture, let your little ones create a space that they love and are comfortable in. Whether they're sharing a room with siblings or have a room all to themselves, letting kids have a say in their own space makes them feel just as excited as you are about decorating. 

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Topics: Home Decor

Energy Efficient Appliances = Money In Your Pocket

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 23, 2014 5:34:10 PM

If your utility bills have you scratching your head and wondering how they got so high, you'll most likely find the answer in your kitchen and laundry room. The major appliances in your home have the ability to waste large amounts of energy. Fortunately, you can cut back on their power consumption by combining proper appliance maintenance and efficient operating procedures. Luckily, in recent years most appliance manufacturers have started to make more energy efficient products that save you money while maintaining the quality you expect from such a major purchase. How can you tell if it's energy efficient? Just look for the blue Energy Star seal! 

In addition to an Energy Star rating, these tips can help you save while using your home's major appliances

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Clothes Dryer 

  • After drying a load of laundry, always clean the lint filter. Doing so improves air circulation, and it's also a preventive measure against fires breaking out in your appliance.
  • Take advantage of your dryer's retained heat by drying two or more loads in a row.
  • Don't ignore your dryer's vent. Checking the vent every few months will alert you to blockage issues which can cause your appliance a number of issues, including increased energy consumption.

Washing Machine

  •  Using hot water to wash your clothes will definitely leave you with a large utility bill. Sticking with warm or cold water is the easiest way to cut back on energy expenses.
  • Avoid washing small batches of clothes. Doing one large load of laundry a day, instead of two or three small loads is much more energy efficient.
  • Don't overuse detergent. When you put too much soap in your appliance, the machine will have to work harder which is an obvious waste of power.

Dishwasher

  • Whether you have 10 plates in your dishwasher or both racks are completely filled, your appliance uses the same amount of water. That's why constantly running smaller loads will result in higher energy costs. Refraining from turning on your dishwasher until it's filled will help you conserve energy  Energy Star Appliancesand money.
  • Instead of using your dishwasher's drying feature, turn the appliance off once the wash cycle is done and open its door to let the dishes inside air dry. While it may take a little longer, the energy you save will be well worth it.
  • Reading through your dishwasher's owners manual, to learn the correct loading arrangement, guarantees the appliance's energy and water use is optimized.

The Refrigerator

  • Unlike your dishwasher or dryer, your fridge is constantly working to keep your food fresh. Managing its energy use begins with the right temperature settings. When your refrigerator and freezer are kept too cold, you are wasting energy and money. To stop this from happening, it is recommended your fridge maintains a temperature of 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer stays at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The door gasket, also know as the door seal, plays an important part when it comes to refrigerator efficiency. If the gasket is dirty or cracked, your appliance will not form a proper seal and that leads to cold air seeping out of it. Giving the gasket a good cleaning with a soft bristle toothbrush and warm soapy water will eliminate any gunk from the rubber. Unfortunately, if there are cracks in the gasket, you will need to replace the part.
  • Dirty condenser coils will cause your fridge to consume more power. When you allow dirt to build up, your refrigerator will have to work harder and longer to stay cool. To rid the appliance's condenser coils of dust simply use your vacuum.
  • Food and liquid left uncovered in your refrigerator produces moisture which leads to the compressor working overtime. Wrapping up foods and keeping liquids in closed containers will keep energy use down.

Energy Star Appliances

 

 

The ultimate way to cut back on energy expenses is by upgrading your older appliances to energy star appliances. 

While you're shopping around and comparing models, be sure to check the Energy Star rating. You can even look up how much it costs to run certain appliances in your home. Keep in mind how frequently you will be using it and its longevity in your home. Most major appliances can last you many years with proper care and maintenance. 

 

 

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Simple Steps for Selecting a Sofa

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 19, 2014 3:29:14 PM

Decisions...decisions. When you're shopping for a new sofa, it can be overwhelming looking at all the different variations of fabrics, sizes, styles, and colors. Sofa…even the word itself sounds soft and luxurious. It just makes you want to stretch out and relax, doesn't it? Or, maybe you prefer to get comfy on a "couch," or – as grandma used to say – a "davenport".

No matter what you call it, it is usually the anchor of your furniture selection, especially for your living room. The size, style, color and quality of this vital element will set the tone for not only other large pieces, but accents and accessories as well.

So, how can you go about selecting a sofa that will satisfy your needs, wants and maybe even your whims? These simple steps will help:

Select-A-Size

Although it may seem obvious, many sofa shoppers tend to forget that size matters. Will your sofa be gracing a spacious open-concept floor plan or be tucked into a cozy enclave? Will it need to settle in between immovable features such as windows or doors?

Showroom display areas can make even the largest sofa seem smaller, so be sure to take accurate measurements of the actual space your sofa will live in. Length, depth and height are all important numbers to bring along when shopping, and be sure to keep "volume" in mind as well – meaning, can your space visually support a heavier overstuffed style, or do you need to lean more toward a sleek, slim profile?

Identify and Embrace Your Style

How do you answer if someone asks you to describe the style and atmosphere you want to create in your home? Formal… casual… traditional… contemporary… practical… extravagant? The list goes on and you don't have to limit yourself to one particular identity. Maybe you'd say "I'm country elegant," "eclectic yet formal," or "big-city sleek with an island vibe thrown in!" Whatever style – or combination thereof – that screams your name, select a sofa that can serve as a springboard for your entire decor.

Want to foster a relaxed atmosphere that will make family and friends take off their shoes and stay a while? A deep, soft sofa with casual fabric and fluffy loose cushions will help establish that welcoming feeling. Accessorize with snuggly throws, ambient lighting and coffee-cups-welcome-here end tables.

Is stylish after-dinner conversation more to your liking? You might choose a contemporary sofa with clean lines, track arms and boxed-style seat backs. Matching accent chairs or loveseat, and glass or chrome accessories, will establish an upscale environment and encourage quiet, pleasant interaction.

Are You a Lover or a Leaver?

Are you the type of person that searches diligently for the perfect thing and then remains happy with it for a long time to come, or do you prefer to change things up more frequently? When selecting furniture, it's important not only to embrace your style, but to determine how long you want to live with that identity.

For example, is your closet full of classic items and interchangeable accessories, or do you chuck everything and go all out for the latest trends each season? Similarly, it's wise to factor in your personal "love it or leave it" quotient when choosing your sofa.

If you desire longevity, choose a sofa that can serve as an unobtrusive backdrop. Perhaps monochrome fabric, minimal detailing and modest size will best allow you to maintain a consistent foundation, while occasionally rotating decorative accents for updated interest. For you, investing in the highest-quality your budget will allow is wise and will pay off in many years of satisfaction.

On the other hand, if you want to make a bold statement, but not be tied to it when a trendy new option comes along, you're a candidate for a value-priced selection. Go ahead, grab a red faux-leather sofa and throw in a floor-to-ceiling lava lamp and shagadelic rug for a joy-filled oasis of personality! When you're ready to embrace something different, you can have a fabulous garage sale or donate them to charity – if a friend or family member with an equally exuberant sense of style doesn't talk you out of them first!

Utilize the Experts

In any case, don't hesitate to ask questions and obtain recommendations from the experts. Knowledgeable furniture sales staff will offer valuable insights into not only style trends and fabric differences, but also provide information about quality considerations, warranties, manufacturer details and other important factors which you might not think of during the thrill of shopping.

At Sam's, our staff members are thoroughly trained and committed to providing the highest level of customer service, including helping you select furniture that will make you smile not just when you select it in the showroom, but as it becomes part of your home as well.

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Summer Home Decor Tips to Keep you Looking Cool

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 9, 2014 5:26:04 PM

The official start of summer is just days away, and summer in Texas is unlike anywhere else. The Fort Worth community stands in solidarity to cope with the heat they know would make others wilt. Homeowners take on the challenge of lightening up their space to keep their family and friends cool and comfortable by harnessing the occasional breeze (or at least a breezy vibe!). We've got some ideas to help you make it feel like summer indoors (sans the crazy heat), when it’s too hot to go out. With the following interior design tips for summer you can find relief from the Texas heat (while you’re taking a break from running through the sprinklers)!

Here are a few easy ways to update your home for the summer:

  • Experiment with sunny colors! Use patterns with your favorite bold bright yellow and orange wall paper or accent pieces like throw pillows. Patterns are a great way to experiment with the accents you love without having a block of color that might overwhelm the room. Fresh Summer Color Palettes
  • A fun, easy way to change up your furniture without paying a fortune is removable covers. Perhaps the floral prints you love are a bit heavy for the summer months. Instead, purchase a nice canvas cover, which will lighten up the whole room and make it easy to change your color scheme (not to mention they’re easy to wash when your little barefooted kids go skittering through the house!).
  • If you prefer natural sunlight and views outside to your winter drapery, switch to valences for the summer. Valances are window treatments that cover the top part of the window. They can be used alone or paired with curtains or blinds. They’re decorative and adaptable—making them a great update for your home this summe

We've got everything from air conditioners to colorful accessories to help you beat the heat this summer. Whether you're looking for a new sofa or ways to add color to your decor, we're here to help! 

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Topics: Home Decor

Tips for Buying Furniture for a Small Apartment

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 7, 2014 3:45:23 PM

When you walk into a furniture store, you are often presented with plenty of furniture choices, but many of the options you have may be designed for a larger home. Whether you're furnishing a room that is small or an entire apartment, the right furniture can help you maximize your space without sacrificing style (and you don't have to go to a build-it-yourself furniture warehouse to do it). While these options are great for many homeowners, this is also an issue for those that live in apartments with not much space to work with to furnish their entire home. With these tips you can have an apartment or room that feels just as functional as a larger space.

Buy Small Furniture Rather than Trying to Fit Large Furniture

There's no rule that says you have to have a full size sofa, espeically if you live alone. Get the style and  comfort you like, but opt for just the loveseat or chairs. If you do need more seating, opt for something modular, like a two piece sectional that can be rearranged. Bonus points if the pieces can be used separately. Large furniture is meant to be used in large spaces, which means it will be much more difficult trying to fit into the overall layout of a small space. It is better to buy small furniture to accommodate the limited space you have, which will then allow you to get every piece of furniture you need, as opposed to having to settle for a single couch in your living room.

Dual Purpose is a Great Solution to Storage Needs

Although you are likely to have storage with the sole purpose being to provide storage, this does not mean everything should be this way. It is an incredible use of space to get a couch, ottomans, or coffee table that serves multiple purposes, with the second one being added storage. Storage isn't the only double benefit your furnture can have...check out these pieces with super cool hidden features that are perfect for a small apartment or room. Getting a piece with a built it reclining mechanism can also save you from having to buy additional seating. 

Create Extra Space

Getting furniture that sits on the floor may seem like a great idea, but this can actually make your home feel a little more enclosed. Instead, you should really consider couches, ottomans, and other furniture with legs to create a more open environment. This can also be accomplished by purchasing glass furniture, such as a glass coffee table or dining room table.Choosing lighter colors for your upholstery and accent pieces and adding light can also help your space feel more open. 

Go Vertical

Another way to make the most use of space is by going vertical, and this is because you almost always run out of horizontal space before vertical space. While you are not going to get a couch that is six feet in height, you can definitely get a bookcase or two that almost touches the ceiling. Adding shelves and storage that stack vertically give you more space and prevent things from looking cluttered. 

Overall, furnish smarter, not smaller. You definitely don't have to sacrifice style or comfort just because you're in a confined space. Get creative, and make your furniture work for you!

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How To Clean and Maintain your Washing Machine

Posted by Kady Anderson

Jun 2, 2014 5:47:38 PM

Buying a new washer is an investment that can last you for many years with the proper care. Nobody enjoys having to replace an appliance prematurely, which is why proper maintenance and cleaning is an essential part of appliance ownership. If you've recently bought a new washing machine and you're looking for ways to prolong its life expectancy, we have a few crucial tips that can help you make sure you will have your machine for years to come.

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  • Checking the hoses and fittings on your washing machine for cracks and corrosion at least once every 6 months can help you avoid leaks that can ruin your flooring and cause mold growth behind or underneath your appliance. Replacing your machine's hoses and fittings every 3 to 4 years is also a wise maintenance choice that can help the machine last longer.
  • Over using detergent is never a good idea. For starters, it won't get your clothes any cleaner, and it could actually end up damaging your clothes and your machine due to residue build up.
  • If you notice your washing machine tends to shake excessively during a cycle, it probably isn't level. A non-leveled machine will wear out much faster than a leveled one. Fixing this issue is easy and should only take a few minutes. First, pull out your leveler from your handy toolbox to check how uneven the washing machine really is. Once you've established a readjustment is required, you will need to modify the legs. Afterward, you should again use your leveler to ensure the appliance is now even. Unfortunately, at some point your machine may face this issue again, while there is no way to stop it, you should pay close attention to how your appliance is operating, so you can repair it immediately.

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Cleaning Tips

  • To begin the cleaning process, fill the tub of your washer up with hot water and add a quart of bleach. Allow the combination to agitate for a minute or two to ensure it is adequately mixed together, then open the top of your washing machine to allow the water and bleach to sit for an hour.
  • After an hour has passed, shut the washing machine's door and let it run through a wash cycle.
  • Once the machine has drained, fill it again with hot water, but this time add a quart of white vinegar. Let the appliance agitate for a minute or two, before leaving the mixture to sit for an hour.
  • Dip a cloth into the water and vinegar combination and proceed to clean the exterior of your washing machine.
  • When, an hour has passed, run a final wash cycle to finish the job.

Taking care of your appliances ensures that they can keep taking care of you (after all, your underwear isn't going to wash itself). It will also save you money in the long term by preventing costly repairs and possibly having to buy a new machine. So even while you're washing a washer, you're really helping build a return on your investment. 

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Pro Tips: Buying Your Next Mattress

Posted by Kady Anderson

May 26, 2014 10:45:58 AM

Your mattress is the most important piece of furniture in your home. You’ll spend a third of your life on it. Hopefully, that’s more than any large screen television or even your kids’ computers. And no other piece of furniture contributes so profoundly to your health and well-being.

Buying a mattress is a decision that you should carefully think about. Since most people replace their mattress every seven to ten years, you’ll have to live with your decision for a long time. To most buyers, comfort is the single most important factor. Support and durability rank close behind. When it comes to comfort, there is no right and wrong. Only what’s right for you. It’s worth the effort to find out what works best for you.

While spending one sleepless night tossing and turning is frustrating enough, weeks or even months of waking up with back or joint pain may indicate you're in need of a new mattress. Shopping for a mattress can be overwhelming when you're trying to understand all the specifications and different types, but finding the right one for you is an investment in your health for years to come. However, before you make a purchase, you should follow these simple but helpful tips for buying a mattress. 

Comfort Test

The key to getting a good night's sleep rests heavily on the comfort of your mattress. Therefore, testing a Sam's Furniture How to Buy Mattressbed out prior to making your final decision is an essential step in the buying process. Unfortunately, laying on the mattress for one or two minutes will not provide you with an adequate measurement of comfort. To truly get the full experience of a bed, you should at least lie down for several minutes. While you may feel a bit silly doing this, it will help you discover whether a bed is too plush or firm for your taste.

ProTip: When you're testing a mattress, make sure you lay in the position that you normally sleep in. If you test a mattress on your back, but you usually sleep on your side, it might not feel the same later. 

The Support Factor

How firm is too firm? People often make the mistake of believing a firm mattress is automatically better, but that is not necessarily true. Purchasing a mattress that is too firm can actually increase your joint and back pain by putting too much pressure on key areas of your body. It is often recommended that a medium firm mattress is the best choice due to its ability to reduce the pressure on your joints and correctly support your spine.

ProTip: There are many more options beyond just "firm" and "not firm"! With plush, pillow top, and gel mattress options, finding the right support for you is easy. Being aware of any problems you have while sleeping may be an indicator of the firmness you should be looking for. 

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Believe it or not, but the size of a mattress also plays a role in how well you sleep at night. If you're buying for two, you'll probably want to stick to a queen or even a king. Unfortunately, squeezing two people onto a full sized bed doesn't afford you or your partner much room to move around and stretch out, which can lead to a great deal of discomfort in the morning. Furthermore, bringing your significant other on your mattress buying quest is also highly recommended. By doing so, you can really get a feel of how your nights will go when you test mattresses.

Don't Forget The Box Spring

When the time comes to replace your mattress, you may also want to look into replacing your box spring. Just like your mattress your box spring has a life expectancy and after years of use its structural integrity lessens. Placing your new mattress on a box spring that lacks the proper support can cause it to sag and age faster, that's why purchasing both pieces at the same time is best.

ProTip: Buying your mattress at the same time as the foundation can save you money and hassle down the line. Adjustable bases are now a popular option if you spend time reading or sitting up in bed. 

How Do You Know When It's Time to Replace it?

Signs it might be time to replace your sleep set:

  • A valley has developed in the section of the mattress where you sleep.
  • Sagging across the middle third of the mattress or along the sides makes you roll toward your partner.
  • The mattress makes creaking noises.
  • Soft, non-supportive edges are a sign of edge breakdown.
  • You’re waking up sore or stiff in the morning.
  • You’ve developed reoccurring back pain.

Signs you're not getting enough sleep or your sleep quality is poor:

  • Always tired in the morning.
  • Have constant difficulty getting out of bed.
  • In need of a nap during the day.
  • Irritable.
  • Unable to concentrate.
  • Not sleeping well. Poor sleeping habits or sleep deprivation is usually the first sign of a low-quality or older mattress.

So don't get caught up in the coil counts and fancy gel or foam mattresses...take the time and find one that works best for you. Don't feel silly getting comfortable while you're trying them out...that's what they are set up for! Most importantly, remember how vital a good night's sleep is for your health and how much time you spend on your mattress when you're deciding which one to invest in.

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Home Decor Inspiration from the Red, White, and Blue

Posted by Kady Anderson

May 21, 2014 11:39:32 AM

Memorial Day is a holiday where we honor and remember those that have served in the United States Armed Forces. There's no doubt that these individuals are a true inspiration and a reminder of the freedoms we are able to enjoy. During this annual holiday (and the upcoming Independence Day celebrations), we are inspired to bring out the red, white, and blue into our decor inspiration. Current furniture trends have introduced new colors and materials that make incorporating whatever inspires you easy, especially your patriotic pride!

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Opt for a colored sofa or accent chair to compliment your decor. Red is a very popular color for upholstery pieces so you can find a shade that works best with your color pallette. 

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Summer means cookouts and family time together around the table. Give your Memorial Day or July 4th celebration that WOW factor by incorporating patriotic shades into your table settings. Red and blue printed bandanas make a fun and easy table decor for any outdoor event. If you're going for a more formal affair, try selecting darker shades of red and blue and using a cream accent. For more casual, fun events go bright and bold!

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For a more subtle look, start with a netural cream or off white color and highlight with deep blue and red accents. Selecting a craem neutral piece as the focus point of your room gives you more felxibility than going with a brown or black since you can change your accent colors more easily (We love this Hannin Love Seat in Stone by Ashley Furniture). 

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Whether you're hosting an intimate family gathering to honor the spirit of Memorial Day or the ultimate 4th of July cookoff, you can create a color pallette that honors the red, white, and blue beautifully. Once you have an idea of which shades are the best for you...it's time to start shopping! 

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Topics: Home Decor, Holiday

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Hey there! I'm Kady and I love exploring Fort Worth, good food, and my dogs. My degrees are in
Marketing and Communications (Go Mean Green!), but I love helping you make your home beautiful and sharing my favorite life hacks. KadyAnderson

Here on the Family, Fun & Furniture Blog you will find everything from design tips and furniture trends to community and culture posts. My favorite sources of inspiration are Pinterest and the latest furniture industry buzz. 

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