Smarter Study Habits: 3 Tips To Help Your Child Succeed This School Year

Smarter Study Habits: 3 Tips To Help Your Child Succeed This School Year

As your kids head back to school, you may find yourself wondering how to help them succeed in the new school year. Education doesn’t stop when your children leave the classroom. In fact, some experts would argue that education at home is just as important as what your child learns at school. Make sure that your child is off to a good start this school year by keeping in mind these smart study habits: Dedicate A Space To Analog Learning Author and artist Austin Kleon famously keeps two separate desks: an analog desk and a digital desk. At his analog desk, no computers or digital devices are allowed. The analog desk, filled with pens, markers and paper, is where most of his books and projects get their start. In this digital day and age, it’s important to allow our minds to focus on both learning and creativity away from computer screens. Whether it is offering your child two separate desk areas, or dedicating a study table as a “no screens allowed zone,” leaving space for analog study can be highly productive for your child. (Or yourself!) Many people, both children and adults, focus best with some light background noise, so you may want to allow a radio or music player into your “analog” zone. Try to avoid music with words. Spotify offers an entire music genre called “Focus” which features multiple playlists of music perfect to study by. Noisli is a free browser-based tool that creates soothing nature sounds or white noise for children who find it hard to study in silence. Play it from the computer speakers across...
College Apartment and Dorm Room Furniture Ideas

College Apartment and Dorm Room Furniture Ideas

It’s that time of year… back-to-school season. If you have a teen that’s off to college for the first time this year, you may be worried about what their dorm room does and does not include. While most university dorm rooms come equipped with basic furniture like a bed, desk and chair, your son or daughter would probably prefer a few more homey comforts. And what if your child will be living off-campus in their first apartment? We’ve got you covered, with more than 100,000 square feet of incredible bargains. We’ll share a few of our favorite college dorm room furniture ideas below, but you’ll have to visit one of our Atlanta area furniture showrooms to see everything we have to offer! While your child’s dorm room will probably come equipped with a basic chair, it may not be ideal for sitting in for many hours while writing term papers and cramming for finals. The Prestige Black Desk Chair by Parker House offers your student plenty of back support, with comfy arm rests and a soft, comfortable seat. Your star pupil can adjust the seat height to fit their dorm room desk perfectly. If your teen’s new dorm room is short on space, the #myRoom Swivel Desk Chair is a perfect option. This stylish and modern desk chair features a hidden storage compartment under the seat. If your daughter or son will be living off-campus in their first apartment, they may prefer something a bit more grown-up than a bean bag chair. Instead, opt for a classic ottoman that will stay with them after graduation. The Brielyn Oversized Accent...
5 Easy Home Office Organization Ideas

5 Easy Home Office Organization Ideas

Now that summer is almost over, it’s time to get re-organized. For many, fall means a fresh start. The kids are going back to school and things often get busy at work as people return home from summer vacations. If you work from home, it can be difficult to stay on track, but it doesn’t have to be. Try these 5 easy home office organization ideas to jump start your productivity. 1. Start with adequate home office furniture and storage. In order to stay organized, first you’ll want to make sure that your home office has the right amount of storage space and work-space to suit your needs. If you run a home-based business and have a dedicated home office, you might opt for a spacious desk with plenty of storage space built in. One example we love is the Ravenwood Curved Desk, which offers 3 utility drawers for storing office supplies, plus a file drawer that can accommodate letter or legal sized paperwork. If your home business deals with a lot of paperwork, you may also need a stylish office cabinet or file drawers to store your files out of sight. The Burkesville Office Cabinet is a great choice for creating a printing station in your home office. The drawers and shelves are the perfect size for storing printing paper. However, if you simply need a place where you can sit to pay bills and take care of household paperwork, you may want a sleek and simple desk that can easily blend into a multi-purpose room. 2. Work smarter, store things vertically. When you store paperwork and other objects...
How To Sleep Better: 6 Tips To Help You Get More Sleep

How To Sleep Better: 6 Tips To Help You Get More Sleep

We’ve been told throughout our lives the importance of a good night’s sleep. While some people are blessed with the ability to fall asleep easily and sleep through the night, many of us struggle with insomnia. No matter where you fall on the sleeping spectrum, there are a few things you can be doing to get a better night’s sleep. 1. Get on a regular sleeping schedule. All animals, including humans, have a circadian rhythm. This 24 hour cycle regulates our body’s processes throughout the day, including our sleep. When we go to sleep at different times each day, it messes with our body’s natural rhythms and makes it more difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. It is very important to go to sleep at the same time every day, and sleep for the same amount of time each day. While sleeping in late on the weekends seems like a great way to make up for lost sleep, it can actually have the opposite affect on your overall sleep habits. Set a daily alarm to go to sleep as well as to wake up when you’re getting started on a regular sleep schedule. Once your sleeping schedule is regulated and you are getting enough sleep, your body should wake up on time naturally, eliminating the need for an alarm in the morning. 2. Harness the power of light. Light, both from the sun and from your electronic devices, can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep. Expose yourself to as much natural sunlight in the morning and throughout the day as possible. Not only...
How to Choose the Perfect Sofa for Your Atlanta Home!

How to Choose the Perfect Sofa for Your Atlanta Home!

Picking out the right sofa style for your home can be a bit tricky. There are so many designs, sizes and color options, it can be difficult to choose. A sofa is an investment that is not to be taken lightly, since you’ll have this piece of furniture in your life for years to come. Need help finding the perfect sofa for your Atlanta area home? Read on, or stop by our furniture store locations in Acworth and Dallas, GA to speak with one of our design specialists! Choose The Right Sofa Size or Layout The right size of sofa will depend on the size of your room, as well as the other furniture you plan to pair it with. A room that feels cluttered or too full of furniture can negatively impact your mood, so pay close attention when choosing a new couch. A very spacious living room or den might do well with a sectional or sleeper sofa, while a smaller living room might be better suited for a love seat or compact sofa. If you prefer to snooze or lie down on your sofa, look for a sofa that is at least 90″ long to accommodate most bodies with ease. Know Your Sofa Styles Before you can decide on the right sofa for your home, you’ll need to select the style of sofa you prefer. There are three basic sofa styles: traditional, contemporary and transitional. Our friend Robin explains the three styles in this video: The traditional style is elegant and rooted in European heritage. Its features include ornate finishes, elaborate carvings, and dark woods. The traditional...
Sail Away This Summer With These Kitchen Islands!

Sail Away This Summer With These Kitchen Islands!

Dreaming of sailing away to a tropical island retreat this summer? Even if vacation plans aren’t in your near future, there’s a way to bring the islands to you… kitchen islands, that is! Does your kitchen have an open-floor plan and you’re looking for more counter space? Or maybe you just want to change up the look of your kitchen with more storage? Either way, our kitchen islands can be a great addition to any home. We love the distressed wood and industrial metal styling on this antique kitchen island. This sizable island features lots of drawers for storing cutlery, dish towels or your favorite takeout menus. The caster wheels also make it easy to move this rustic kitchen island around the room. Paula Deen’s Dogwood furniture collection is a customer favorite around these parts, and the Cobblestone Island is no exception! The stainless steel top offers an overhang for seating on one side. Pair this island with the Paula Dean Dogwood Blossom Kitchen Stool for a cozy breakfast dining space! The Cabin Fever Island, manufactured by Liberty Furniture, feels as perfectly at home in the dining room as it does in the kitchen. Made from select hardwoods & oak veneers with a luxurious bistro brown finish, this island offers storage for wine bottles and dishware. To get the look pictured here, pick up a few of the matching Cabin Fever Stools. Your Favorite Atlanta Furniture Store! As always, our Atlanta area furniture stores feature many more options than you’ll see in our online storefront, so be sure to stop by and visit us today in Acworth or Dallas, GA! We...
Perfect Pairings: Favorite Summer Recipes From Paula Deen + The Furniture To Serve Them On

Perfect Pairings: Favorite Summer Recipes From Paula Deen + The Furniture To Serve Them On

We’re big fans of Paula Deen’s Dogwood furniture collection. Inspired by Paula’s hometown of Savannah, this collection is a perfect fit for any Georgia home. We are proud to carry an extensive range of this high-quality collection in our Atlanta area furniture stores. The Dogwood furniture collection gets its name from Paula’s kitchen studio, inside her home on Dogwood Avenue. We all know and love Paula’s Southern hospitality as well as her delicious edible creations, so we thought… what better way to get inspired than to pair some of her best summer recipes with the perfect furniture pieces to serve them on? Prepping for a summer soiree? Here are a few of our favorite summertime recipes from Paula Deen and our picks for their matching furniture: Paula Deen Dogwood Cobblestone Iced Tea Cart + Paula Deen’s Mint Iced Tea Recipe What better way to serve up Paula’s Mint Iced Tea than on her Dogwood Cobblestone Iced Tea Cart? This cart is crafted from birch veneers and select hardwood solids, in a beautiful soft gray Cobblestone finish. The caster wheels and handles at the top of the cart make it easy to move this cart to the center of the party. (Or even out to the porch for sipping tea on warm summer nights!) Paula Deen’s Mint Iced Tea Recipe is as easy to make as it is tasty. In less than 25 minutes, you can brew up a delicious batch of refreshing sweet mint tea. It’s a great way to use up fresh mint from your backyard herb garden. Cutting back on sweets? Substitute Stevia for sugar. Paula Deen...
How To Choose The Perfect Rug for Your Home

How To Choose The Perfect Rug for Your Home

The acquisition of a beautiful new rug will make any room in your house feel like home. Rugs should appeal to one’s taste, much like artwork. Think of rugs as artwork for the floor. The rug can be simple and subtle or even bold and intricate. Rug shopping can be somewhat daunting, especially if you have never shopped for a rug previously. Having some basic knowledge about rugs before you begin shopping can help you choose the perfect rug for your home. Read on, or watch the video below for our must-know tips for choosing the perfect rug for your home: 1. Determine what size of rug you need. The first step to picking the right rug is making sure you understand what size of rug you need to fill your space. You’ll want to consider what room you are placing the rug in as well as what furniture it will be paired with. Many people often err on the side of picking a rug that is too small, which can leave a room feeling unorganized. How you arrange your furniture around your rug is important. Furniture should be placed on top of or around the rug in a uniform fashion. For example, if you place a rug at the center of a seating arrangement in a living room, all chairs and sofas that surround the rug should have the same number of legs on or off of the rug. Chairs and sofas could surround a smaller rug without being placed on top of it, or each seat could have the front two legs resting on top of the rug....
Sofa Table Ideas You’re Sure To Love!

Sofa Table Ideas You’re Sure To Love!

Have you found yourself with an expansive living room or den, and need a little help creating defined areas within your spacious room? A sofa table (sometimes known as a console table) is a great way to create definition between zones in a room. If your home includes an open floor-plan, you can place your sofa near the middle of the living room, with a console table behind it to break the room in half. No matter what your personal style, we have a wide variety of sofa tables and console tables to ensure the perfect fit for your home. Modern Industrial Inspired Sofa Tables The Franklin Sofa Table by Liberty Furniture is a perfect choice for families whose tastes lean towards the modern but who still want to keep it fairly simple. This table offers clean lines and is crafted from metal tubing and oak veneers, with a rustic brown finish and arched accents. For those that love an industrial loft inspired look, the Urban Gold Sofa Table makes a great choice with plenty of storage. There’s plenty of space on the bottom shelf to stack books or store wine, plus two drawers offer a discreet place to tuck away instruction manuals or remote controls. Classic and Traditional Console Tables Desire a more traditional look? The Key Town Sofa Table from Ashley Furniture features a sophisticated finish and ornate details that will instantly elevate the look of your room. Combining a dark brown wood finish with dark bronze color hardware and embossed recycled leather accents, this console table would pair perfectly with a classic leather loveseat. Opt for...
Patriotic 4th of July Party Ideas!

Patriotic 4th of July Party Ideas!

Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with a backyard barbeque? Once you’ve transformed your outdoor living space, there’s only one thing left to do: party! The perfect 4th of July celebration includes plenty of patriotic red, white and blue home decor, plus fun games for the family and sweet treats to eat. Here are a few of our favorite 4th of July party ideas: DIY Patriotic Home Decor Ideas With a little paint, masking tape and some mason jars, it’s easy to make a fun and affordable DIY table centerpiece for your backyard soiree! We love these DIY Patriotic Mason Jars created by Melanie of Afloral.com. Classic red, white and blue handkerchiefs are an easy and inexpensive way to add some 4th of July flair to your party. Use them to make a pendant banner for decoration, stitch them together into a patriotic tablecloth or blanket, or wrap them around utensils to serve as napkins like blogger Kim from Too Much Time On My Hands did. Not crafty? Opt for red, white and blue accessories that look great in your home year round, like these stylish accents found at Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet. Our selection of home accents and accessories is always changing, so be sure to stop by our Altanta area stores often! Easy 4th of July Treats to Make and Eat Of course you’ll want plenty of savory foods like hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad at your backyard barbeque, but dessert is where your creativity can really shine! Pair some melted...