Monthly Archives: April 2013

Bring Spring Inside!

Spring is finally here after much waiting and while we still are waiting for the temperatures to get just a little warmer, the trees have started to bloom and the days are longer.  But why only have spring outside your home?  Why not bring some spring season inside as well?  Here’s a few ways to lighten up your home to match the season!

1.    Using color is the most effective way to change the feel of a room, but it doesn’t mean you have to go in for a full room paint job. Try these tips:

  • Introduce a fresh new color into your accessories. Spring green, tangerine, coral or french blue are colors that express the season of spring.
  • Paint one focal piece of furniture in the room, instead of the walls.
  • Add a small cup or vase of garden flowers to every room.  Flowers add life and color to any space (and they smell great, too)!
  • Frame scrapbooking papers in bright, happy colors, and arrange them in like-minded color groups.

2.   A gallon of paint is among the easiest tools for changing a space. Choose a springtime color that makes you feel happy; paint an accent wall or the whole room. For a more substantial yet still easy makeover, start with two new accents for the room, such as new window treatments and a rug. Match a paint color to your new duds (it’s easier to match paint colors to fabric and accessories than the other way around) and with just three things, you can have a brand-new room.

3.   Think about using a garden cart as a coffee table.

4.    A simple pair of sheer panels moves with little effort and filters light. Lest you think sheers come only in a plain-white option, check out today’s choices, including pretty pale colors and punchy patterns such as the stripes shown here. Curtain clips make it easy to hang and replace later.

5.    Change your hand towels and kitchen towels to some with spring ier colors and floral motifs.

6.    Get a head start on the season by starting your herbs or flowers indoors and placing the pots on a sturdy, multitiered A-frame plant stand with galvanized shelf liners.

Spring has sprung so spruce up your surroundings with some seasonal fun and color!  Think about adding some new colors, a small end table or floral arrangements.  Visit our store today for even more ideas!

Unique Furniture from Around the World

Unique Furniture from Around the World

Sometimes it’s fun to play around with furniture styles and see what you can come up with in the way of new.  Whether it’s bold or big, sassy or small, your furniture style says a lot about you and your personality.  We found some of the more…interesting pieces of furniture out there for you – what do these say to you??

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Frightening or fun?

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A rocking bed…intriguing…

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This set turns into everything from a bed to and entire living room suite! 

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Gotta be  honest – this reminds us of Alice in Wonderland!

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No, it really is a chair…

And finally….we present….

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The Nest Bed!!

What do you guys think?  Do you like the more out there styles or would you rather stick with modern or traditional?  Leave us a comment!

Redecorate Without Breaking the Bank!

Redecorate Without Breaking the Bank!

You’re ready to redecorate (or at least update) your furniture but you’re worried about whether you can afford it.  It’s easy enough to spice up your home without breaking the bank, at least if you have a look at the tips below!  Whether you’re just in the mood for some spring spice or are trying to make some changes to sell your home, we can help you decorate on a budget.

  • Pick a theme for your home and stick to it! Planning is the most important part of saving money when decorating and the entire process starts in the mind. Pick a theme for your home and this will streamline the stuff that you need to purchase and will give you a clear idea about what exactly you need. Some themes are obviously better than others when it comes to saving cash. A minimalist theme is the most preferred when it comes to saving costs while a grand Victorian style is not really advisable.
  • Fix a budget. Obviously this may be the most important tip of all – if you pre-decide on how much you want to spend, you can break it down into how much you can spend on each item or each room of your home.
  • Research extensively and shop online!  Research on-line but beware of internet only furniture sites: As with anything, a well laid plan supported by research often gets you the best results and keeps you within your budget.  There is a myth that buying on-line is always cheaper.  While this may hold true for certain industries like books and electronics, where the model is the model and it is the same no matter where you buy it, furniture is different.  Furniture is a very “see it, feel it, touch it in person” purchase. Would you really buy a sofa without sitting on it?  Or a mattress without laying on it? Of course not.  It’s easy to make furniture look good in a picture, but what’s underneath the fabric and how that dresser is constructed is just as important as how it looks.  It could also mean the difference between you replacing your furniture in a couple of years or enjoying it for seven to ten or more years.  You may end up spending more in the long run replacing poor quality furniture.  Also, be aware of the return and repair policies of on-line sites.  They may not be as flexible as your local furniture store’s personalized customer service. And be cautious of Free Shipping.  Often times this means Curbside Delivery, where the truck pulls to the end of your drive way and you and your twelve year old are struggling with a 300 pound piece of furniture. We are all about great deals, but add all of these things up, and your local furniture is more often the better value.
  • Add an interesting item.  Bringing in a book shelf or mirror is an interior decorating idea that adds new life to the home and also organizes the space.
  • Sell old things to generate money for the new.  If you have old stuff lying around and it’s unlikely you will ever use them again, then sell it and buy new décor with that cash. Sure, it may not cover much, but whatever you earn with the sale will reduce your decorating costs. 

Decorating on a budget isn’t as hard as one would think – you just need the right mindset and a few handy tips.  Did you know you can browse our entire store online?  Check out what we have to offer at http://www.suburbanfurniture.com, then email us, visit our Facebook page or drop by and ask any questions you might have!