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Time for a Furniture Inventory!

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Look around whatever room you’re sitting in. Go ahead, just a quick look around. What do you see? Do you see a sofa or a bed or a desk? Or do you see piles of mail in the corner of the dining table and that one cushion on the sofa that sags in the middle? Take another look around, but pretend that you’re a guest in your home and you’re seeing it all for the first time.

Taking a good look at your home through the eyes of another is a great way to inventory your furniture to see what might need to be replaced or updated. Think about it – when you’re expecting guests to your home, you’re never more aware of what your home looks like right? So, think like that. Grab a notebook and pen/pencil, then go around your home. Walk out the front door and walk back in if it helps you get in the mindset. Then look around. Does your sofa look more worn that you remember? Is that lamp older than you thought? Maybe you’ll decide that you need a new accent chair, or a new paint job.

You can also figure out what might be able to be moved to a better place. Maybe you have a piece of furniture in the attic that you can actually use somewhere in the house. Or perhaps you can move your sofa to the opposite wall and change the entire focus of the room. Even swapping chairs or lamps will freshen up the look of a room.

Take a look at your accessories while you’re at it. If you’ve had your family photo in the same frame for years, it’s not even being noticed anymore. Get a new one! Move your favorite art piece to a new place where it can always be seen. Don’t take the small things for granted – they can make a world of difference!

Doing a furniture inventory is a good way to start out a new year. Repainting, replacing, or just moving the furniture in your home can spice things up and give you a sense of renewed pride in your living space. It’s simple to do and if you decide you want or need new furniture just call us at Suburban Furniture or visit one of our stores. We’ll help you find what you need in no time!

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Why You Should Invest in a Sideboard

Sideboards have been around since the 18th Century, storing our stuff and generally helping us be more organized. While sideboards (also known as buffets, consoles, and credenzas) started out in dining rooms as a place to hold cutlery, dishes, napkins, etc., they’re now being incorporated throughout the entire house. Wherever you use them, sideboards serve a great many purposes and offer a great many uses.

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  1. Sideboards slip into slim spaces. Most sideboards are thin/shallow which makes them easy to fit into tight spaces like hallways or next to the bed. Choose a design with sliding doors to save more space.

  2. Have an open floor plan like a loft space? A sideboard can divide the space up. Place the sideboard behind the sofa to create space between the living area and dining area.

  3. Sideboards make great alternatives to the typical media cabinets and dressers. Mount your TV above a sideboard that’s equally as wide to create balance (or just place it on the sideboard) or simply use a sideboard in place of a dresser.

  4. Use a sideboard to organize your entry hallway. Your foyer/entry hallway can be a hectic place since it’s where everyone tends to dump their stuff. Having a sideboard there means each member of the family can have a drawer or compartment for their keys, scarves, gloves, etc. Voila, cleanliness!

  5. Sideboards blend in. Furniture used for storage tends to be fairly open (think bookcases and modular shelving units) but with sideboards, everything is hidden for a streamlined, clutter-free look.

  6. Make your kid’s room more stylish with a funky sideboard used for storage. They’re perfect for storing things like Legos and art supplies plus you can fit bigger stuff in the cabinet parts.

  7. Create a bar. Add a tray for an ice bucket, serving glasses, and whatever your poison to a sidebar and you’re set!

  8. Sideboards can ground artwork. Placing a sideboard underneath a piece of art on the wall draws the eye to the art. If you have a piece you particularly love, try this trick out.

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Sideboards are useful creatures, can be eye-catching pieces, and are fabulous for organization. Whatever you decide to use them for and wherever you decide to put them, it’s a sure bet you’ll be happy. If you need help deciding what sideboard is best for you, visit us online today, drop by the store or call, and we’ll be happy to help out! We can’t wait to help you find your new piece!

One Great Sale!

Here at Suburban Furniture we’re fond of saving you money – it’s kind of our thing. We also know home fashion and design. So, once again we’ve combined our furniture know-how with our love of helping you guys out to offer One Great Sale! (No, that’s actually the name of it…) Our One Great Sale has prices up to 40% off storewide so you can get amazing deals on pretty much everything! Plus you can pay no interest for 3 whole years! How’s that for One Great Sale?

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Want to take advantage of our One Great Sale but not sure what your design style is? We’ve got you covered there too with our online Design Style quiz that will ask a handful of fun questions to determine what kind of style would work best for you. Our incredibly helpful staff is also always available to give you a hand in determining the best look for your home; simply ask!

Our One Great Sale won’t last forever so hurry down to one of our locations to take advantage! You’ll be happy you did.

Spice Up Your Outdoor Living Space

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Summer is officially here and that means you’ll be using your outdoor living space more & more (we hope!). Patio furniture can sometimes get a bit…mundane with the metal tables and chairs and umbrellas however. We think you should live your best life indoors AND out, starting with creative furniture design. Here are a few great ideas if you’re feeling change in the air this season.

  1. Bring your sofa outdoors. Okay, not REALLY, but get an outdoor sofa. It’s much more comfortable than metal or plastic chairs and will save room.

  2. Don’t forget the coffee…table that is. If you have an outdoor sofa (or even if you don’t go that route), an outdoor coffee table can complete the look – especially if you use a little creativity. Match the great outdoors with a tree stump coffee table or swing the other way to ultra-modern. Whichever you choose, tables are a must for a fabulous outdoor gathering.

  3. Organize your outdoor space with a cabinet or shelves. If you garden or work outdoors, you can neatly store your supplies in this space. If you don’t, you can use it for decorative purposes – think how lovely it would look to have a wall of flickering candles during a late night soiree!

  4. If you’re lounging outdoors – reading a good book or just taking a nap – you’ll definitely want to prop up your feet. Grab an ottoman made for the outdoors and make yourself comfy.

  5. If you really want a chair or two to complete your outdoor look, consider a rocking chair (especially if you have a porch!). There’s just something about gently rocking on the porch while engaged in long conversations that’s so perfectly summer.

  6. If you want to get really creative, have a hanging bed in your backyard. Nights spent sleeping under the stars are some of the best and, besides, how cool is a hanging bed?

Be creative this summer with your outdoor living spaces. There’s so much you can do besides patio furniture or just a table + chairs. And if you’re still looking for that one perfect piece, stop by one of our stores or drop by our website – you’re sure to find it. Try one of the ideas above or find another piece of furniture that’s typically thought of as “indoor” that you could use outside as well and before you know it, you’ll have the coolest backyard on the block!

Feng Shui for Kids

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You’ve heard of feng shui before but what exactly is it and what is it good for? Feng shui is an ancient art and science that was formalized over 3,000 years ago in China (though some elements date back at least 6000 years!). It contains elements of physics, philosophy, astronomy, astrology, and other branches of scholarly study. Basically, it’s thought to be the art of placement – understanding how the placement of yourself and objects within a space affects your life in various areas of experience. What’s the point of that? Well, it teaches us how to balance the energies in a space and aims to assure good fortune (hey, we’re down with that!). Plenty of people think it’s just mumbo jumbo, while plenty of other people swear by it. We figure it never hurts to give something a try at least once, right? And when it comes to feng shui and kids’ rooms, feng shui is supposed to help create a space where your child feels genuinely happy, empowered and loved by balancing their creativity and freedom with structures and boundaries. (Also, one of the supposed benefits of feng shui is that it can help children feel more calm and centered, which can translate to better sleep at night – and as parents, we understand the importance of good sleep!) If you’re interested in giving it a go, check out these tips to get started.

  1. A Good Foundation. To start, you need a good foundation. What does that look like? It looks like a clean, clutter free space! We know the words “kids” and “clutter-free” don’t exactly always go together, but clutter clearing and organizing are absolutely necessary steps for good feng shui in your child’s room. Not having a clear organization system and clear space can lead to chaos and low energy. Create a clutter clearing system that really works and stick to it! Creating space and visual openness helps your child to feel less pressured, and more likely to be imaginative and creative. And if you need help clearing that clutter, Suburban Furniture has fabulous solutions!

  2. The Bed. Align the child’s bed to the widest part of the room. Make sure your child can see the door from his or her bed easily, but is not in direct line of the door.

  3. Subtle Authority. Be sure to place a happy picture of the parents in kids’ rooms. Why? It subtly exerts authority and prominence of parents as heads of household. Plus, if you child is a bit unruly, this is a subtle feng shui solution to calm their energy.

  4. Let’s Study! Having a dedicated space where your child can study, such as a specific desk or beanbag, etc., demonstrates the importance you place on education. As to where you should have this dedicated study space – if your child has been having issues in school (ie low grades), place the study area in the NE corner of the bedroom. And, if possible, celebrate your child’s accomplishments with an area along the south wall! Displaying awards, trophies, ribbons, crafts, etc. here reinforces that you’re proud of your child and their efforts.

  5. Colors. This one might be a bit tougher, if only because there’s more to take into account. Your child’s bedroom should have the right balance of yin & yang energy – meaning not too bright and not too dark – but should also fit their personal taste/personality. When painting a room, it’s recommended that you avoid bright colors like neon (or even busy wallpaper) because it can overstimulate a child and disrupt their sleep and go with pastel blues, greens, or pinks to create a calming, healing atmosphere.

  6. Fresh Air. Houses can get a little stale from time to time and Febreeze is not a fix-all, and kids definitely need to get plenty of fresh air! Monitor the air quality in kids’ rooms and open the windows when possible. You can also add some air-purifying plants to keep things healthy & green!

  7. Encourage Free Expression. Boundaries are good and necessary, but so is freedom. Let your child choose art for their room (and especially display their own art!) and help develop the look and feel of the room. The more control your child has over his or her space, the more empowered they will feel, and this is always good feng shui!

Feng shui doesn’t have to be complicated; there are lots of simple little tricks you can try out to see if they have an effect on your home before committing to anything in depth and more complicated. And Suburban Furniture is here to help you feng shui away with plenty of storage options, amazing mattresses and beds, and more! Right now our entire store is ½ off with 6 months interest-free financing, so it’s a fabuous time to try some feng shui of your own!