Lest We Forget

Tomorrow is Veterans Day! Let’s take some time on this national holiday to honor the service of all our U.S. military veterans who have served their country during times of war, conflict and peace.

Veterans Day ceremonies will be held at war memorials throughout the country. Parades, church services will be on the program in some cities, where the community will pay tribute to their country heroes!

What will you do at the 11th hour of on the 11th day of the 11th month to celebrate that day?

Why not start simply! Salute a veteran around you; thank him for serving and protecting the country!

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Living Room Sets: Mix & Match

The living room or family room is known to be the family’s favorite room to chat together and spend some quality time.  This room should combine a mix of warmth and comfort, in order to enable a family to be inclined to gather in this space. Style, comfort and quality all matter to pull off this setting.  In order to achieve this mood, one must select the appropriate pieces to blend together. Blending furniture pieces in a living room does not necessarily imply that they must be from the same collection. On the contrary, a good living room design is a mix of cohesive pieces that blend in color, style and texture. In fact, one might say that even some opposites work well together to create an eclectic mix.

Sofa:

The Azlyn sofa features a vintage casual style, and infuses a mixed media look in such an elegant manner. In this mixture, we have exposed feet in a wood finish, a nailhead trim and gorgeous tufted upholstery. The curvaceous rolled arms provide added character to the sofa. Despite the elegance of the piece, the warm earthy tones create an inviting atmosphere.

Chair(s):

The Kannerdy chair features elegant refinement and rugged good looks that blend beautifully with the selected sofa. The dramatic style of the turned feet and the Charles of London arms enhance the English style with this pairing. In addition, the muted neutral tones harmonize well together and create an opportunity to add little pops of color in the room. Lastly, depending on the dimensions of your room, for an optimal design, allow for two chairs facing the sofa.

Ottoman:

Finally, the Hindell Park ottoman features a vintage casual style with button tufting detail.  The soft upholstery brightens any room with its colorful and soothing pattern. You’ll enjoy the comfortable atmosphere set by this ottoman once you have your feet up!

Although these pieces are very different and unique in their own way, some key elements such as the similarities with the feet, the muted natural tones and elegant refinement make them mesh well together.

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Abstract Wall Art

According to Aristotle, “the aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”. As we know, art is deemed subjective; therefore one can choose to accept a piece as art or to reject it. That being said, it seems that in 2016, the most on-trend art to hang on your walls is within the abstract category. Clearly to some, this form of art is not art at all. In fact, it uses color, shapes, and lines to a certain degree of independence from things portrayed in the world. Nonetheless, the beautiful shapes and colors still make for a pretty accent to hang in your home! Basically, abstract art is having a moment this year – with a few specifications that is. The most popular themes are the following:

Blue shades: Art in blue hues seems to be in high demand, and rightfully so, because of its peaceful & serene nature. Try picking an abstract piece with different shades, in order to maximize the soothing feeling and your possibilities to match with the elements in your home.

Patterns: Another popular theme is patterns. Repetitive patterns are also a form of abstract art, and this year these little bursts of pattern are making their way in! If your walls are plain, then patterns will definitely draw the eye. Despite being simplistic artwork, it is definitely a show-stopper!

Statement art: Statement art? I thought abstract art was already making a statement?! A statement piece is one that measure over 5 feet. So when it comes to making a statement, this piece of art will take its fair share of room.

Let your imagination wander as you stare at the abstract pieces hung in your home. It is the perfect home accent! Each piece is unique and will leave you wondering what the artist was thinking about when he/she came up with the design.

 

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Bedroom Sets: Mix & Match

Bedroom Sets: Mix and Match:

Did you know that the average person spends 33% of their lifetime sleeping? This statistic is based on 8 hours of sleep per day. That being said, if you spend one third of your lifetime in yourbedroom, then why not make it into a beautiful retreat and comfortable haven? So how exactly are you supposed to achieve a look that reflects peace and tranquility? Opt for neutral tones and gorgeous natural materials. In fact, here are a few propositions to help paint you a picture!

Bed:

The Maribel B138 Panel Bed features a beautiful relaxed cottage design with an urban appeal. The details along the scalloped top and base are bathed in a rich black finish, to create an earthy aesthetic.  This is an exemplary piece of how to transform your bedroom décor into an inviting atmosphere.

Nightstand:

Who said that bedroom furniture needed to be matchy-matchy and from the same collection? Mixing furniture pieces from different collections can be just as delightful! The Charlowe B013-191 nightstand pairs beautifully with the panel bed, as it enhances the dark undertones found in the grain of the planks. The vintage charm of this piece, along with the distressing marks fit well with the casual cottage design of the bed.

Dresser:

Finally, who can forget a staple piece in the bedroom, the dresser! The Emerfielddresser features a chic farmhouse style which would work well from a country cottage to an urban city loft. The lovely two-tone finish and weatherworn appeal will add a bit of warmth to all the black hues paired together with all the pieces. In addition, the round metal hardware echoes the vintage-inspired look as seen on the nightstand.

As you can see, the edgy blend of these three pieces from separate collections is an argument well disputed – that random pieces can be put together to create a well-harmonized bedroom style.

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Traditional Home Decor

Traditional Home Design:

Traditional furniture & home décor has thrived for so long and with reason! Although the traditional style is stale and outdated, a look that reflects the past preserves a sense of familiarity and comfort. Traditional deemed rooms emphasize formal arrangements which encourage conversation, with curvy furniture that avoids sharp angles and neutral colors that do not make a large statement. Instead, beauty is found in the finishing touches, such as molding and trims. If a piece is not timeless, then it is not graceful enough to fit in this type of décor! Here is a traditional home décor video to help you get started.

Now that you have some inspiration, browse our Millennium products to help piece your space!

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A Quick Summer Recipe

During the summer, folks have a tendency to lean toward lighter meals in the evening. In fact, they like to toss something relatively simple together. Summertime offers a myriad of local fresh produce and the opportunity to fire up the grill. A quick and easy meal will help you save the fuss of lengthy preparation and leave plenty of time to have fun in the sun. Here are a few quick and savory possibilities for summer dishes:
Grilled Shrimp Souvlaki
Ingredients:
1lb of large shrimp, peeled & deveined
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice (divided)
2 tsp olive (divided)
3 tbsp fresh dill (divided)
1 tbsp fresh oregano
¾ cup Greek yogurt (divided)
2 minced garlic cloves (divided)
2 cucumbers
Black pepper
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 red onion
4 whole-wheat flatbreads
8 romaine lettuce leaves
Directions:
1)     Preheat grill pan
2)    Rinse the shrimp well and make sure they are well cleaned. Then stir together 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of olive oil, and 1tbsp of dill and oregano into a bowl. Add the shrimp and toss them in the mixture. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes.
3)    Mix ¼ cup of Greek yogurt with one minced clove of garlic, 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of dill in another bowl. Then, with a vegetable peeler, cut the cucumbers into lengthwise ribbons and discard the largely seeded area. Add the ribbons into the yogurt mixture and pepper to taste.
4)    Mix the remaining ½ cup of yogurt with 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of dill and the other half of the minced garlic into another bowl for raita sauce. Add pepper to taste.
5)   Combine cherry tomatoes and 1/3 inch rings of onions in remaining olive oil into a bowl. Grill the shrimp with tomatoes and onion in a lightly oiled cast iron skillet or grill pan. Cook for about 5 minutes or until shrimps are bright red, tomatoes are soft and onions are golden and tender.
6)   Grill flatbread until slightly crisp. Then top flatbread evenly with cucumber salad, shrimp, onions, tomatoes and romaine. Add raita sauce if desired.
 Now you can sit outdoors and soak in the beautiful warm sunset. Enjoy!
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is a day which fathers are honored and appreciated by their loved ones for their paternal bonds. Along with the celebration, it is customary to offer a gift. Are you out of ideas and need some inspiration for a great father’s day gift? Then throw those cliché gifts out the window! Rather than spending your money on dust collectors, why not spend it on something useful?

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We all know many dads love to kickback on the sofa in front of the television in order to unwind after a long day. Most dads enjoy their “alone time” by watching their favorite sports and movies. Of course not all dads enjoy sports. Some fathers also enjoy gaming to detach from reality once in a while!

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That being said, why not invest in a tv console that will enhance your father’s cinematic or gaming experience? There’s an idea! That way he can store all of his favorite movies, games and gaming console all in one place. Not only will he appreciate having all of his stuff neatly organized in one place, but surely mum will too! In fact, there are a variety of styles that Ashley furniture offers, in order to accommodate your home décor. Now there’s a gift that’s worth twice the deal!

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See his eyes light up when you present him with an awesome gift that he will appreciate. Don’t forget a hug and a kiss! Happy Father’s Day!

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Outdoor Accessories

Your backyard resort is never complete without the associated outdooraccessories! Add a number of accessories that will make your outdoor lounging experience another level of comfortable and luxurious. Hello fun in the sun, and spectacular evening beneath the stars. Let’s take a look at a number of accessories that can make all the difference with your summer outdoor experience;
Patio Heaters:
First off, enjoy the warmth and enduring performance of an outdoor heater. On chilly summer nights, ignite the Hatchlands Outdoor Heater to enjoy a beautiful ambiance of dancing flames, while the heat emanated from the cylinder top will provide you warmth.
Umbrellas:
Nowadays, it is recommended to sit in the shade during peak hours of the day, as the sun emits harmful UV rays. Do you enjoy the sun, but want to be cautious between these hours? The perfect solution is a patio umbrella! The Oakengrove umbrella features a coral canopy with a slider mechanism that pivots as needed. The umbrella is perfect for shading adjacent lounge areas during the day. At night, it has solar-powered LED lights that shine below for an ambient-looking canopy.
Storage Boxes:
Coordinate your fire pit and other propane fueled accents with the remainder of your stylish outdoor space. The Hatchlands propane tank storagebox features a richly grained wood look, while acting as a secondary handy accent table or plant stand. It’s the perfect way to conceal a propane gas tank and to ensure all outdoor décor ties in together!
All in all, the outdoor accessories will make your summer a memosrable one. Sit outdoors in comfort and luxury, just as you would expect in a 5-star resort!
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Outdoor Lounge Seating

Are you looking for comfortable furniture that is ideal for lounging on sunny days? Ashley Furniture introduces their new contemporary outdoor furniture to blend with any style and budget. Create a space for chatting with friends and family or for hosting gatherings. When picking outdoor lounge seating, begin by selecting the configuration of the seating and the number of people you intend to seat, in order to accommodate your needs. Then you can make a decision about budget, design and comfort. Let’s take a look at some examples of outdoor lounge seating configurations;
First is a sectional. This is a classic choice among people who like to entertain or simple have the space for extra seating in their backyard. Take the Peckham Park 4-piece outdoor sectional set for example. Drift away in the deeply cushioned comfort of this 4-piece outdoor sectional set. It’s sleek l-shape, along with the matching ottoman, are made for entertaining, reading or taking a nap on a beautiful sunny day. Driftwood-hued wicker, mixed with high performing cushions and throws will create an enhanced setting.

Next, is a sofa or loveseat configuration which seats between 2-3 people. The Partanna loveseat will treat friends and family to rest and relaxation with its motion feature. Constructed of a durable aluminum frame and a chevron-woven wicker, the rocking base adds a delightful experience that will allow you and your guests to rock for hours. Get that country-feel right in your backyard!

Finally, the last configuration to consider is a lounge chair. The Partannaoutdoor motion lounge chair will have you while away in peace and tranquility for hours. A lounge chair is perfect for relaxing if you happen to be a lone wolf, and can be paired easily with any other form of seating as the easy addition when in need!

What kind of lounge seating do you see yourself choosing for your very own backyard resort?
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Outdoor Dining

 

Ashley Outdoor Dining
The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here! Ashley Furniture has released their Outdoor Dining Furniturecollection. Bring the same indoor elegance to your outdoor space and create your own  little bistro right in the comfort of your own backyard. Spruce it up with ornate, stylish and comfortable pieces that will be sure to last you for years to come! Now that you have your hands on affordable outdoor dining, narrow down your choice based on whether you plan to entertain a large group or if you intend to enjoy a quiet meal alone. A variety of sets are available to you to meet your needs! Hello morning lattes, delicious cocktails and gourmet meals in the sun!
Choosing a table
First and foremost, choosing a table that best suits your needs is a must! Depending on whether you plan to entertain or if you’re just looking to sit outdoors to soak up some rays, your intention will determine the size of table. Most outdoor dining tables are either rectangular or round. The number of seating ranges from 4-10 people. If you’re leaning toward a rectangular table, then you may want to consider the rustic Peachstone rectangular dining table. Its rectangular shape has a woodsy look you will love in a resilient rust-resistant aluminum frame. If you’re leaning toward a round-shaped table, opt for the beautiful Carmadelia round diningtable. Its glass tabletop is hand-painted to resemble leather, which is quite the visual treat.
Chairs or benches
Next, you need to choose your form of seating. The current trend is either dining chairs or benches. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, then chairs are the way to go! Benches have a tendency to be on the modern side. If you want to go for an eclectic look, you can always opt for a mix of both!
Of course, there is always the option to buy the matching dining chairs for the Peachstone & Carmadelia dining tables. You can always spice up the Peachstone seating by throwing a bench into the mix! The Moresdale bench is the ultimate option in terms of style and comfort. Its plush cushion will have you comfortable for hours!
Don’t miss out on the release of these great outdoor dining furniture pieces. Make your backyard a beautiful retreat this summer!
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