5 Time & Money Saving Laundry Room Hacks

5 Time & Money Saving Laundry Room Hacks

We’re always looking for ways to save a few bucks, which is why we’ve been helping the Atlanta community save money on furniture since 1988. While our furniture outlet pricing can help you save plenty of cash on a new living room or dining room set, what about other areas of your house where you can save? We know that when you have a large family the costs of doing laundry can quickly add up. Learn how to cut costs in your laundry room with a few of our favorite time and money-saving laundry room hacks. 1. Keep old-school products on hand for stain removal. Rather than spending lots of money on expensive specialty cleaning products, many traditional and natural items can do double or triple duty when cleaning your home. We recommend always stocking white vinegar, baking soda, oxygen bleach, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and natural soap in your cleaning cabinet. These items can be used for all sorts of household cleaning including your laundry. 2. Don’t underestimate the power of the sun! Solar power is also multi-purpose. Whether your home’s energy is powered by solar panels or not, almost anyone can take advantage of solar power while doing laundry. We all know that it saves money when you dry your clothes outside the old-fashioned way, but for certain tough stains the sun has super stain-fighting powers. One blogger found it particularly useful for getting stains out of cloth diapers. The trick is to hang your clothing out to dry when it is still very wet. Then let the sun do its magic! 3. Use household items to...
Perfect Pairings: Paula Deen Winter Soup Recipes & Cozy Bedroom Furniture

Perfect Pairings: Paula Deen Winter Soup Recipes & Cozy Bedroom Furniture

Chilly winter days make us want to curl up in bed with a warm bowl of soup. Whether it’s because we’re sick in bed with the flu or just because it’s so much warmer under the covers, we know that Paula Deen has the perfect pairings to keep us cozy on blustery days. Here are a few of our favorite soup recipes from Paula Deen, plus the perfect bedroom furniture to pair them with. Paula Deen Dogwood Tybee Island Blossom King Bed and The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe There’s no better bed to snuggle up and stay warm in than the Paula Deen Dogwood Tybee Island Blossom King Bed. Inspired by the historic charm of Savannah, Georgia, this chalk white colored bed is perfect for piling high with pillows, quilts and duvet covers. If you’re stuck in bed because you’re sick, The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup recipe will help cure what ails you. This soup packs a flavorful punch full of garlic, rosemary, onion and bay leaves. Featuring a whole chicken and plenty of carrots and celery, this hearty soup will nourish your body and inspire a speedy recovery. Paula Deen Dogwood Cobblestone Dresser and Bubba’s Shrimp Gumbo Recipe If you’re in more of the mood for seafood but still want something warm and hearty, try Bubba’s Shrimp Gumbo recipe by Paula Deen. This tasty concoction requires you to make a dark brown roux first, which gives the gumbo its rich flavor. The flavor gets enhanced even more with the addition of fresh okra, shrimp stock and clam juice. Serve it over white rice, and enjoy! The Paula...
5 Easy Steps To Declutter Your Closet

5 Easy Steps To Declutter Your Closet

Fresh year, fresh clean wardrobe? That’s certainly the way some people approach it, and de-cluttering is often a top New Year’s resolution. If your bedroom feels overwhelmed by piles of unworn and unloved clothing, follow these 5 easy tips to declutter your closet. 1. Ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?” Best-selling author Marie Kondo suggested this tactic in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Rather than looking at your wardrobe and asking, “When was the last time I wore this?” she suggests taking each and every piece of clothing in your hands and asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” Kondo suggests going through your wardrobe in sections, starting with your shirts. It’s important to hold each piece of clothing and to be honest with yourself. After all, if your life isn’t joyful, what’s the point? 2. Try each item on. In addition to removing each piece of clothing from your closet or dresser in order to hold and touch it, we also suggest trying it on. Some older pieces of clothing may spark the joy of a memory when you hold them in your hands, but that old dress or out of date pair of pants may be ill-fitting once you put them on your body. Try each item on and ask yourself, “Does this garment make me FEEL joyful?” If the answer is “No,” put it in a pile for Goodwill. 3. Swap with a friend. If you have nice clothing items that you’re hesitant to part with even though they’re not a good fit for you anymore, consider hosting a clothing swap party. What’s...
Top 5 Ways To Exercise Indoors In Atlanta

Top 5 Ways To Exercise Indoors In Atlanta

Tis the season to get fit! It’s the beginning of the year and that means time to work off all of those holiday pounds and start getting in shape before springtime. The only problem is, outdoor workouts are out of the question during the coldest winter months. Here are a few of our favorite indoor exercise activities in the Atlanta area: 1. Jump around, jump around! Fun for all ages, jumping on a trampoline uses about 30 percent more energy than running on a flat surface. Lucky for you, Sky Zone Trampoline Park offers plenty of indoor jumping activities including an open jump and freestyle jumping into a foam pit, plus Ultimate Dodgeball and basketball inspired SkySlam. There are locations in Kennesaw, McDonough, Newnan, Roswell and Suwanee. 2. Row, row, row your boat. American Row House offers an indoor take on rowing. Based in the Marietta Square historic district, their indoor water rowing program is paired with high intensity interval training for a workout that is low impact and easy on your joints. Their workout program promises to melt fat away while building lean muscle mass. 3. Shake your groove thing. Dancing is always a great way to burn a few calories, and our hometown of Acworth has some of the best places to do it. Impact Dance of Atlanta offers a wide variety of dance and fitness classes including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, tumbling, ballroom, Zumba and Pilates. Noted hip hop dancer Honey Rockwell also teaches hip hop and break dancing to all ages and skill levels at her Acworth dance studio....
New Year’s Resolution Ideas (And How To Achieve Them)

New Year’s Resolution Ideas (And How To Achieve Them)

It’s that time of year again. We’re all starting to think about everything that has happened in our lives over the last few months and look forward to what a new year may bring. Many people make resolutions each year, but how many people actually stick to them and see them out? Here are a few of our favorite New Year’s resolution ideas along with some tips on how to achieve them. Pick the right type of resolution. There really are some types of goals and resolutions that are more achievable than others. Rather than picking non-specific resolutions like “Get skinny this year” you should set a measurable goal that you can work towards. Choose a resolution like “I will lose 20 pounds by April 2017” or “I will work out for at least 30 minutes 4 days a week.” Only work on one resolution at a time. Speaking of picking specific, measurable goals, while you’re at it you should also focus on only one goal at a time. It’s easy to get off track if you’re trying to change too much too fast. If you try go vegan AND exercise 5 times a week AND start a daily journal all at the same time, you may find yourself burnt out and back to your old lifestyle in no time. Focus on a single goal at a time and once that behavior has become second nature, THEN add a new goal. Plan for the right amount of time. Additionally, it can be better to set a goal for a shorter time frame than a year. A lot can change...
Coffee Table Styling Ideas: 7 Simple Ways To Update Your Living Room

Coffee Table Styling Ideas: 7 Simple Ways To Update Your Living Room

When it comes to a well-designed living space, occasional tables not only add a finishing touch, they also provide a lot of style and function. In some homes, a coffee table acts as a dinner table or is an obvious place to prop your feet after a long day in the office. For others, the coffee table is a beautiful addition to the home that isn’t to be soiled by food or feet. To bring flair and personality to your room, as well as storage and organization, consider these design-savvy coffee table styling tips: 1. Think about function first. Function is as critical as fashion when it comes to finding the right tables for your space. Think about how you plan to use your tables before you shop. Does your lifestyle require extra storage, durability or stain-resistance? Will the table be just decorative or will you be working from this room? Do you need extras such as cord management or charging stations? 2. Play with color. Don’t be afraid to play with color in your living room! Whether it’s a bright pop of red on your accent pillows or a colorful vase on your coffee table, smaller home decor items are an easy way to brighten up the room. If you do choose to go with bold colors on a wall or with a piece of furniture, opt for neutral but eye-catching colors as accent pieces on your coffee table. Here we’ve styled this coffee table with rich gold accent pieces to play up the vibrant reds of the chair and pillows. 3. Tie your decor together. Choose cocktail...
Perfect Pairings: Holiday Appetizer Recipes by Paula Deen & The Furniture For Hosting Friends & Family

Perfect Pairings: Holiday Appetizer Recipes by Paula Deen & The Furniture For Hosting Friends & Family

We’re back with another edition of Perfect Pairings, featuring our favorite Paula Deen furniture paired with some of her most delicious holiday appetizer recipes! During the holiday season, it’s all about easy appetizers and stress-free ways to entertain your house guests. Here are a few of our favorite bite-sized ideas to serve up at your next holiday party. Paula Deen Guest Room Metal Bed + Paula Deen’s Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe Once you’ve brushed up on the essential elements of the perfect guest bedroom experience, you’ll want to make sure you have a comfy bed where your houseguests can sleep. Paula Deen’s Guest Room Queen Metal Bed is the perfect bed for your guest bedroom. (It also comes in king size.) Whether you’re throwing a full-blown holiday party or if you just want a warm snack to welcome your house-guests with, Paula Deen’s Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a delicious snack that are easy to prepare. Simply fill fresh mushroom caps with a mixture of spinach, feta cheese, cream cheese and green onions, and then top with Parmesan cheese. Bake it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes and enjoy! Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Host & Hostess Chair + Paula Deen’s Crab Balls Recipe Need some extra seating for all of those extra holiday guests? The Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Host & Hostess Chair or Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Friend’s Chair are a beautiful way to expand your seating options, whether around a dining room table or in the living room. These upholstered arm chairs evoke the Southern sensibilities of historic Savannah, Georgia. Another thing that...
5 Family-Friendly Things To Do This Holiday Season in Atlanta

5 Family-Friendly Things To Do This Holiday Season in Atlanta

The holiday season is meant for spending time with your family. Lucky for you, the Atlanta area offers plenty of things to do this December for you and yours. Here are just five of the many family-friendly activities you can do this holiday season in and near Atlanta. Watch The Nutcracker. Taking the family to see The Nutcracker is a time-honored holiday tradition. Watching this classic ballet performance is a great way to bring a little culture to your family fun this December, as you watch the tale of dueling soldiers, enchanting fairies and delicately dancing snowflakes. Head to The Fox Theatre December 9-24, 2016 to watch the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker performed live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. The Georgia Ballet will present their version of The Nutcracker December 2-4, 2016 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at Cobb Civic Center. You can also catch the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rialto Center for the Arts December 9-10, 2016. Bring the family to the Atlanta Christmas Parade. A favorite holiday tradition among Atlanta residents is watching the Children’s Christmas Parade in Midtown Atlanta. The parade begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Peachtree Street and 16th Street. This festive holiday celebration features floats, marching bands, the Distinguished Clown Corps and giant helium-filled balloons, making it the largest holiday parade in the southeast. If you’re planning to watch the parade, we recommend taking the MARTA to the Midtown or Arts Center station in order to avoid parking hassles. The kids will enjoy riding the train. Make it even more festive and pack a Thermos or...
5 Guest Bedroom Essentials: How To Create A Welcoming Retreat Your Guests Will Love

5 Guest Bedroom Essentials: How To Create A Welcoming Retreat Your Guests Will Love

Inviting friends and family to stay in your guest bedroom during the holidays? While you may not run a boutique hotel, you can certainly take a few cues from them to make your guests feel welcomed. Ensure that your holiday guests feel right at home with these five guest bedroom essentials: 1. A comfortable mattress and plenty of cozy bedding. While you may not be ready to splurge on a Tempur-pedic mattress for the guest bedroom, you can always upgrade your own mattress early and shift your own comfy mattress into the guest bedroom. Whether you use a hand-me-down mattress for your guest bedroom or purchase a new affordable mattress, make sure that the mattress your guests are sleeping on is comfortable. You’ll also want to make sure there are plenty of cozy pillows and extra blankets for your guests. If you have frequent guests in your home, you may want to take a cue from modern hotel chains. They use white sheets, blankets, quilts and duvet covers for a reason, because they can be easily washed and bleached to look like new. Opt for the highest thread count you can afford – your guests will thank you for their good night’s sleep! 2. All the comforts of a hotel room. In a hotel room you’ll find plenty of finishing touches that you might not expect in a normal bedroom. Consider adding some of the same accouterments to your guest bedroom to make your guests feel right at home. Consider adding an iron and ironing board or steamer to your guest bedroom’s closet. Fresh flowers are always a beautiful finishing...
Perfect Pairings: Thanksgiving Recipes by Paula Deen & The Dining Room Furniture Made For Entertaining

Perfect Pairings: Thanksgiving Recipes by Paula Deen & The Dining Room Furniture Made For Entertaining

Thanksgiving is right around the corner… are you ready? After you’ve started the preparations with our time-saving Thanksgiving tips, you’ll want to make sure you have the furniture you need to entertain your friends and family. These delicious Thanksgiving recipes from Paula Deen will be the perfect finishing touch for your turkey day celebration: Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Dinner Table + Paula Deen’s Roasted Turkey Recipe A big holiday gathering needs a big dining room table and a big turkey to feed the whole family. When you pair the Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Dinner Table with Paula’s roasted turkey recipe you get both. The turkey is as simple to prepare as it is delicious! Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Side Chair + Paula Deen’s Mashed Cauliflower Recipe Once you’ve got the perfect dining room table, you’ll need the perfect dining chairs to pair it with! The Paula Deen Dogwood side chairs feature an upholstered linen seat along with a mid-tone brown Low Tide finish, reminiscent of the antique furniture found throughout the South. This dining room set will be the perfect way to serve up a sharing-sized bowl of Paula’s mashed cauliflower. It’s a nutritious alternative to mashed potatoes. Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Breakfast Table + Paula Deen’s Southern Cornbread Stuffing Recipe If you’re hosting a smaller gathering this year, or need to separate the kid’s table from the grown-ups, the Paula Deen Dogwood Low Tide Breakfast Table is a great place to gather round. This sturdy breakfast table features a fancy face oak top with an octagonal pedestal base and stylized pear feet. A great...