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Redesign Your Home (For Free!)

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Are you tired of looking at the same old sofa/coffee table/side table layout in your living room? Living in a tiny space and can’t figure out how to best utilize the space you’ve got? Sounds like you could use a little help…and we’re here to offer it for FREE! Well, to one lucky winner that is (of course there’s a catch, isn’t there always?). That’s right – it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!

First things first, you need to head over to our Facebook page and give us a “Like” because this contest is for social media followers. After you’ve done that, entering is easy! Just take a photo of the room you want to see redesigned and share that photo on YOUR Facebook page with the caption “My room needs a Suburban Furniture makeover!” and tag our page in it so we’ll see it. Plus you can share your photo daily to increase your odds of winning! (one share per day = one entry)

But wait, you say, what exactly is it that I’m winning? Oh, just a super amazing prize that you’ll love – our lucky winner will receive a FREE in-home design session with our awesome interior design team PLUS a $250 gift certificate! Yep, you can redesign that annoying room for free with a fabulous professional design team, then stock up on new furniture or odds’n’ends. How cool is that?

Now that you know where, how, and what, the only question left is when. You have till October 8th to get those entries in so you’d better hurry! Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go visit our Facebook page NOW! (We can’t wait to see your pictures!)

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Get Your Home Fall-Ready

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Autumn is officially here and while the weather may not have gotten the memo just yet, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for fall weather. Now is the perfect time to get your home fall-ready with the help of a few easy tips. Have a look below to see what you should be doing to get ready!

  1. Cozy bedding – Cooler weather means it’s time to break out cozy everything! Don’t forget to include your cozy bedding like down comforters, cotton sheets, & knits. Take ’em out of storage and give ’em a good wash, then you’ll be good to go when the nights get truly cold.

  2. Clean off outdoor furniture – It’s time to get your outdoor & patio furniture ready for next year. That means hosing them down to remove dirt & stains, cleaning off any cobwebs, and removing the cushions. After that, simply store them till you need them again.

  3. Clean your chimney – You’ll likely be using your fireplace a lot come winter so schedule a chimney cleaning now to avoid chimney fires!

  4. Stock up on firewood – While you’re at it, this is also a good time to get a start on your firewood pile. Trust us, you’ll be super glad you did when winter comes around.

  5. Organize your garage – We know, we know; organizing your garage is probably the least fun thing you could do. But come fall, when you aren’t tripping over things while looking for the rake and you find it in one try, you’ll be thankful you did. It’s also a great opportunity to see if you need any new tools.

  6. Flip your rugs – Help your rugs live long, healthy lives by flipping them every fall. Chances are if you have rugs in a room, parts of them are covered by furniture. This results in the parts underneath the furniture looking brand new while the other parts get faded by the sun and look worn & traveled. Flipping will alleviate this problem.

  7. Check the furnace/boiler – Whichever of these you have, you need to have it checked to make sure it’s working properly. Also, if you have a furnace remember to change the filters regularly throughout fall and winter. It will keep energy costs down!

  8. Reverse your ceiling fans – This one is as easy as flipping a switch. Reversing your ceiling fan so it turns in a clockwise direction moves warm that is close to the ceiling down to the floor and can help you save on heating bills.

  9. Fall Gardening – Prep your garden for spring! There are plenty of flowers to plant in the fall that will bloom in the spring such as tulips, iris, daffodil, hyacinth, and lily.

  10. Wash the outside of windows – How often do you clean the outside of your windows? Bring in a little extra sunlight on those cold, dreary days by doing just that! Simply attach a window cleaner to your hose and you’re set!

These tips will not only make fall a breeze, but they’ll help you & your family stay safe AND help you save money. It’s pretty win-win all around. Cheers, to fall!

 

Featured Brand: Bassett

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We love telling you more about some of the brands we carry and we hope you enjoy learning more about some of your favorite brands as well! Today we’d like to tell you a little more about Bassett. Sit back, relax and have a closer look at Bassett!

Where did Bassett begin? Once upon a time, circa late 1800s, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, there was a family named Bassett. They ran a sawmill that supplied rail ties for a new rail line that was being built through the family property. When the rail line was finally completed in 1892, the Bassett family wondered where else they could market their lumber.

Family member J.D. traveled the countryside selling goods for general stores and carrying lumber samples from the mill. He soon returned home with the knowledge of the growing furniture industry and demand for raw lumber. It wasn’t long before he had orders for oak from several furniture stores in North Carolina. He then quickly learned that the best market for Appalachian oak was up north and set about conquering those. Eventually, he realized that instead of shipping raw lumber out to various northern locations to be made into furniture that was, in turn, shipped back to the South (amongst other places) that there was no reason furniture couldn’t be made right there!

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So, in 1902 the Bassett Furniture Company was born. To start, the company had approximately 50 men from the surrounding area, and focused on styles made of oak and featured simple profiles with carved overlays. Early dressers sold for $4.75, washstands for $2.75 and beds for $1.50. (Yes, BEDS were the cheapest. Wha-?) By 1917, company sales reached $1 million (or approximately $21,252,068 in today’s dollar).

Post-war years brought rapid growth as suburbs sprang up around the country. Then in the early ’60s, the company bought Prestige Furniture Corp. and added upholstery to its repertoire; after they acquired three other companies to expand bedroom and dining room production. The 1990s saw trends & markets shift again with the death of the “mom-and-pop” stores and the growth of the chain store. So in 1997, Bassett opened their first store.

The Bassett of today is similar to the Bassett of yesteryear in their commitment that great, quality, and stylish furniture should be affordable and available to all. They create custom furniture and solutions that make it easy to express your unique sense of style.

You can check out their furniture on our site plus use our super neat HGTV Home Studio to create a living room set that is representative of your style, floor plan, and the way you use your room. Or drop by one of our locations today to see everything in person!

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!

Summer Savings

What would you do with a few extra bucks this summer? Take a vacation? Go to the beach? Buy a new summer wardrobe? Now you can find out with our ½ Off Sale currently going on! Prices are cut up to HALF OFF through out the entire store which means extra savings for YOU. Plus with 6 months of interest-free financing, you’ll be set thru the entire summer! What kind of great furniture can you get right now to spice up your home for the summer months all while still having lots left over for fun? Have a look below!

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Grab a new coffee table like this Akono Honey Coffee Table by Uttermost and keep your living area homey and more organized!

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Have a small living space? Hanging mirrors will make the space seem larger!

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Serve up some space in the kitchen with a new hutch that gives you a ton of extra storage!

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Clean up those unisghtly cords from TVs, game consoles, and more with a minimalistic, contemporary TV stand!

This is just a small sampling of the fabulous furniture finds you’ll get at Suburban Furniture during our ½ Off Sale so drop by now to find your home’s perfect setting for less!

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!

Which Choice Will You Make?

Life is full of choices – cat or dog; apple or orange; yes or no – some good, some bad. We have a choice for you to make right now that is nothing BUT good! Would you rather have 50% off your purchase or 5 years interest-free financing? (*some restrictions may apply to both offers) Now THAT is a great way to start off spring 2018 and your spring cleaning/home makeover, right?

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Also keep in mind, should you not find your perfect furniture choice in-store, we’ll custom order it for you! We offer hundreds of fabrics in colors that span the imagination! We also have a design team ready to help you design the perfect room if that’s what you need. And if you’re looking to buy for yourself AND a pet, we have great tips on how to do so HERE. Essentially, we’ve got you covered from all angles. So. Which choice are you making?

How to Buy Pet-Friendly Furniture

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If you’re the proud parent of a furbaby, you have some extra things to keep in mind when shopping for furniture like “will my cat approve of this or will he/she turn up their nose?”, lol. We adore animals as much as the next person but we do recognize they bring unique challenges with them – scratching, licking, fur everywhere. We’ve gathered some tips to help you purchase the best furniture for both you AND your pet, so that everyone is happy!

  1. Know thy pet. Different pets have different habits and quirks. Your cat may scratch everything in sight while your dog may shed like a fiend. These things are good to know when buying furniture. Knowing this and more will help you correctly identify which kind of fabric to pick for sofas and chairs.

  2. Speaking of fabric…Choosing the right fabric to go on your furniture will be the most important decision you make – choose wisely! Leather, distressed leathers, and synthetic fabrics are, in most cases, the best choices for pets. Microfiber, Ultrasuede and Crypton are also good choices as they’re stain-resistant and easy to clean. Avoid tweed, chenille, velvet, and silks as they’ll be utterly destroyed by nails or licks.

  3. Also helpful? Choose a fabric that matches your pet so pet hair is more easily hidden. Patterns are particularly good for this. Of course, weigh this against how the color will actually look as a design choice (ie will it go with the rest of the room?) and use your best judgement overall.

  4. Keep things out of reach. Sometimes our furry friends want what’s not theirs or are just accident-prone and knock things over. Keep things out of reach when possible (it’s easier than it sounds!). In the kitchen, try large stools to deter small dogs (and often large breeds) from getting on chairs or tables. If your cat is jumping from another area to where you don’t want him, block the area with a sturdy plant or decoration the cat can’t knock over.

  5. Keep sharp edges to a minimum. Like small children, animals (especially younger ones) often have boundless energy and love to play. Chances are they’re going to run into things every now and then – I nearly got a helmet for my kitten when she was months old, no joke, because she kept hitting things with her head; it was terrible. If you have a rounded coffee table vs a rectangular, there’s less chance your pupper is going to be bruised when he goes skidding into while chasing the cat.

  6. Break up space! Ottomans and other small furniture pieces can be used to block off areas you’d rather your pet not stray into (like near a breakable vase). If your pup can’t get through easily, your breakables are less likely to get knocked over by a stray tail-wag.

  7. Make your pet their own little home within a home. Make your pet their own little corner and they’re less likely to come hang out in your area. It can be as simple as a cat tree for the kittehs or an awesome dog bed for the puppy (or you can go super-elaborate if you really want!). Giving pets their own space to scratch away at or lick or fuzz up = less incentive to do it elsewhere.

Believe us, it’s absolutely possible to have beautiful furniture AND pets. Head over to our website to ask us any questions you have about buying pet-friendly furniture or drop by one of our stores today to talk to any of our knowledgeable sales people!

How Will You Spend YOUR Tax Refund?

Did you know that the the first income tax suggested in the United States was during the War of 1812? It was never imposed though because a treaty was signed, thus ending the war (and the taxes were to support the war). Then there was the Tax Act of 1861 that was passed but never put into force. Then came the Tax Act of 1862 which was both passed AND enforced but which a ton of people just kind of ignored…then came the Tax Act of 1864…and finally there was the 16th Amendment in 1913 allowing Congress the authority to tax the citizenry on income from whatever source derived. Just a little history lesson for tax season! Which leads us to…

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We decided that since it’s tax season, you guys deserve a little break. That’s why we’ve currently slashed prices on America’s top-name furniture and mattress maker! It’s all part of our IRS (Inventory Reduction Sale) Event. We have AWESOME savings on everything from living rooms to dining rooms to bedrooms and more! And as an extra bonus, you won’t have to pay interest for THREE WHOLE YEARS!

So come on down and get this cheerful spring rug to brighten up your place!

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Bring the outdoors inside with this unique silver tree stump stool!

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Or use your tax refund and go golden with this sweet accessory set!

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No matter your choice or style, we’re guaranteed to have something perfect for you. You can count on it! Now make sure you’ve got those taxes finished, then come down to see us!

Spring for a Home Makeover

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Spring is right around the corner and boy are we excited! Spring is one of our favorite times of year because it’s a time of renewal and change (also cleaning, lots of spring cleaning). It’s also a time for giving your home a fresh new look – why should you be the only one to get a new spring look? Here are some tips we’ve chosen for this spring to make your house look fabulous!

  1. Make what’s old new again by reupholstering your furniture. It’s a fairly inexpensive way to change things up while somewhat designing the look yourself. And did we mention that we do custom upholstery?

  2. Go floral. Faux floral, that is. Flowers are never out of style come spring and fresh flowers are the BEST but faux flowers require less upkeep and look just as good. Just burn a candle for that fresh floral scent.

  3. Replace your curtains. Another spring style staple that’s quick, easy, and inexpensive. Swapping out curtains can make a major aesthetic impact on your space, depending on the color, style and texture you use.

  4. Go for the gold! Gilded accents are totally in and having gold-tinted accents around your home will make it look shiny & new (plus catch lots of sunshine if you have them in the right place!).

  5. Give your space a focal point. Does your living room or bedroom lack focus? Do you walk in and find that your eyes just sweep over everything without landing on any particular thing? Give your eyes a place to rest by investing in a piece of furniture that stands out from the rest in either color or shape!

  6. Quietly quirky. Everyone loves a little quirk in their life and a simple way to add some to yours is by getting a quirky light fixture. It can be the only change you make to your room and can still change the whole dynamic & draw attention! Plus, fun!

  7. Make it pop. Spring is all about vibrancy so make sure your home has some bright colors in it. Whether it’s a brightly colored pillow, flowers, wall art, or whatever, nothing will say “spring” more than this.

  8. Paint the bedroom to sleep better. Yep, that’s right. No scientific studies or anything here but think about the places where you’ve slept the best (was it a hotel room? Your bff’s bedroom? Your parents’?) and paint your bedroom the same color. It might help you catch more winks!

  9. Change the hardware. Another super easy, quick, and inexpensive way to redecorate for spring is to switch out the knobs and drawer pulls on your kitchen and/or bath cabinets. It’s an instant noticeable switch that will change things up for the better. Go wild and live it up!

  10. Go green. Bring the outdoors indoors. Spruce things up with some plants (if you have pets though always check to see if the plants are pet-friendly!). Grow fresh herbs for cooking in your window. What better way to make your house look like spring?

Giving your house a fresh look for the spring season is easier than you think and we can help you out with dozens of ideas. Just drop by, email, check out our online catalog, or give us a call at (973) 927-7100 and we’ll be ready to give you a hand with your home’s facelift!