Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips

Today is the largest environmental event in the world – Earth day! In fact, it is the perfect day to get involved in activities that can help make the planet cleaner, healthier and more sustainable. Even if one starts being eco-friendly at home by buying organic products, using energy-star appliances and recycling, it is a different story with furniture. In order to remain with today’s green spirit and lending our planet a helping hand, here are some tips on how to be eco-friendly while cleaning your furniture and upholstery.

First, you need to check your furniture cleaning code as it gives instructions and precautions on how to clean and care for it! If you bought or are planning to buy Ashley Furniture, you will find a cleaning code on your upholstery and furniture. Following these cleaning codes will help you make your furniture look newer and to maintain them longer. Here are the guidelines:

CLEANINGCODE MEANING WASH:Cleaning products, water… DRY
DC Dry Cleaning only û ü
HW Washing by hand ü û
S Clean only with dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate. Do not use water. û ü
W Water only. Do not over wet. Do not use solvents to spot clean. ü û
SW, WS Spot clean. Do not saturate with liquid. ü ü
X Vacuuming or light brushing only û û
E, N Use the Millennium Leather Care Kit û û

Once, the cleaning tag is found, read and understood; it’s time to get equipped! In order to be efficient, you will need 3 things:

1-      a vacuum cleaner

2-      accessories like small brushes,  cloth/towels, buckets

3-      cleaning products and water

How to proceed?

  1. Vacuum your furniture till it is dust free. If you vacuum your furniture frequently you will maintain it clean and well kept.

2.       Spot clean with cleaning products and water on the stains you wish to remove if the code is a “W, SW, WS “. You can also use a brush to take off the stains as well. This accessory works well while using powder on a stain.  Use cleaning products from manufacturers or you can make your own! If you need to clean pillows, check whether they have removable covers, as it will be easier to wash them separately.

3.       Dry your furniture by applying a cloth on it, if you washed it with water and foam. Vacuum it again to remove any dry powder residue. Then, you can start using your furniture again!

Home-made/Natural products tips:

Make your own cleaning product depending on your needs:

-mix lemon with some olive oil or jojoba oil will clean leather sofaschairs and fabric upholstery. It will also remove undesirable odors

– mix water and vinegar to help you get rid of food stains and/or pet little disaster!

Make your own dry cleaning powder with baking soda and corn starch to remove grease stains on leather and vinyl. After sprinkling the solution on the stains, let it sit for 4 hours. Finally wipe it with a clean cloth.

Everybody can contribute to the environment and make the planet a cleaner and healthier place. Happy Earth Day!

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Choosing The Right Upholstery For Your Lifestyle

Believe it or not, selecting the right fabric that works for your home requires putting your lifestyle and design taste into perspective. In fact, here are some helpful questions you should ask yourself before choosing and upholstery for your furniture:

1)      Will it be exposed to sunlight?

2)      Can it sustain heavy wear due to children, pets & high traffic?

3)      Is it spill & stain proof?

 

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To help you make your decision for the purpose of practicality and durability, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of natural fabrics vs. man-made or engineered fabrics.

Natural Fabrics:

Fabric Pros Cons
Cotton Durable & easy to clean Not as resistant to soiling & wrinkling
Leather Forgiving & easy to clean Develops more character with age
Linen Stays clean & absorbs moisture Does not resist piling & fading
Wool Water repellent & durable Blended with a synthetic fiber for cleaning purposes
Hemp Durable Wrinkles easily

 

Man-made Fabrics:

Fabric Pros Cons
Acrylic Resists wear & lightweight Low-quality will pill in high-wear situations
Microfiber Durable & easy to clean Electrostatically charged; can pick up dust & lint
Olefin Durable & fashionable Low moisture absorption
Rayon Durable Wrinkles easily
Vinyl Easy care & less expensive than leather May crack with time

 

Now that you have your upholstery choice down pat, don’t be afraid to opt for a vibrant color. To inspire yourself with the latest color trends, you can refer to Pantone’s color trends of the year. Also, a pattern will add visual interest. Besides adding depth to your space, it just may help camouflage spills and other mishaps that are inevitable. Choosing durable upholstery is applicable for sofas, dining chairs and rugs, especially in high traffic areas. The idea is to achieve bulletproof decorating. That sums up how you can achieve your desired look that meets your needs.

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Bookcase Organizing

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Here is a fact; everybody has books in their home! Whether you are a passionate reader, a book collector or a person who rarely reads; what do you do with these books? Where do you put them? Surely, we’ve all asked ourselves these questions at some point and came up with this conclusion. A Bookcase is the most appropriate furniture to organize them. It can actually bring a new look to your home!

Are there any rules for bookcases? No need to organize your books on shelves as if you are in a library unless you are a neat freak. Bookcase shelves can be unstructured masterpieces of furniture where you can also arrange home accents.

Here are some suggestions to make your bookcase multifunctional and stylish at the same time: ashley_deagan-bookcaseBe creative in your books arrangement!

Place some books horizontally and vertically on the shelves. Magazines and articles can also find some room on the shelves. You can also brighten your shelves by playing with the color of the books while placing them!

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Don’t fall into the classic bookcase use…feel free to add home accents too! Now you can definitely display all of your little collectibles on the shelves. These items will give more perspective and depth to your bookcase; it will surely catch all your guests ‘eyes!

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Open bookcase shelves can give a fresh and contemporary look to your room! Dare to innovate in choosing your bookcase.

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In kids’ room, a bookshelf is a must-have for storage. Kids can arrange books and all their others unexpected items such as dolls, mega blocks or cars in baskets. It is also a great way for parents to teach them at a young age how to be organized, in hopes that they will apply it later on. As a short term solution, their room will stay tidy!

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Bedroom Furniture: Make your bedroom your sanctuary

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As a whole, most of us tend to focus our decorative ideas on things like living rooms, dens, basements, dining rooms, etc. While these are all important, and should reflect your personality and style, it’s easy to ignore the bedroom. We don’t often consider our bedrooms to be much more than a place to sleep, lounge, etc. But those two actions alone should make you want to turn your bedroom into the ultimate escape of relaxation and comfort. Thankfully, something as simple as your bedroom furniture can do just that.

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Start out by listing off a few things that first come to your mind when you think about a personal sanctuary. This will be different for everyone – after all, your bedroom should be a reflection of you, not someone else. Start with the wall color, the decor, and then move onto bigger items like the beddressers, side tables, etc.

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The focal point of every bedroom is, of course, the bed. It’s okay to make your bed an investment, and make it absolutely abundant. If it’s going to be the main focus of the room, it should be something luxurious.

Your furniture is truly the foundation of your bedroom. Once you have the details in place for the overall theme, and you have the bed you want, your furniture should accent it. Again, bedroom furniture should be an investment. With so many options, grains, woods, and colors to choose from, it’s an investment that can be incredibly personal. The bottom line? Don’t be afraid to ‘go big’ when it comes to your bedroom. You may spend most of your time just lounging around there, but making it feel like a special occasion each time you get into bed can make a world of difference, and add a lot of value to that room of your home.

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The Best Dining Room Furniture Set for Your Holiday Gathering

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The Best Dining Room Furniture Set for Your Holiday Gathering

We don’t often think about the furniture in our dining room until it’s absolutely necessary to do so. The furniture is typically comfortable enough for us to enjoy a quick breakfast, or a dinner with the family. But, when it comes to hosting guests, it’s easy to second guess yourself, and your furniture. Thankfully, there are a few tips you can keep in mind. Whether you’re in the market for a new dining set, or you want to spruce up your own, take into account both timeless classics, and recent trends.

Traditions Never Fade

The holidays are all about family, warmth, and comfort. One way to provide that with dining room furniture is by focusing on something more traditional, vintage, rustic, etc. If you have an old dining set already, you might actually benefit from ‘roughing it up’ a bit more. The distressed look is not only in style right now, but it never goes out of style. Capitalize on a comforting dining set you already have by giving it a more rustic look. There are plenty of online tutorials and step-by-step guides that can help you give your furniture a welcoming farmhouse appeal.

Modern Comfort

People also tend to think about class and sophistication at the holidays. If you’re in the market for new dining room furniture, don’t be afraid to make a bold statement. Rich, warm colors will never go out of style. Oversized tables and chairs will make every meal feel like a special occasion. Clean, smooth lines will make the dining set comfortable enough to use all year long, even for a simple, casual meal.

Whatever you decide, know that dining room furniture should reflect your space and personality all the time. How you decorate and accent it for the holidays is also completely a personal choice. So, choose your modern flare, or timeless traditional look, and your friends and family will love it.

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Marble: A Timeless Piece

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Perhaps one of the hottest home design trends to make an appearance this year will be marble without a doubt! Design experts predict that marble will not only become an increasingly sought after material for countertops, flooring and backsplash, but there will be a surge in demand for household furniture and home decor. In fact, some of the staple furniture pieces will be buffetsoccasional tables and home decor. Let’s take a look at how the marble trend will affect these categories.

The buffet

As you know, the buffet compliments your diningroom, by storing your favorite china and displaying your family keepsakes and heirlooms. It adds depth to the room, all while offering extra storage space. When marble is mixed in the equation, you get a beautiful and timeless design. The popular marble buffet features a faux marble top, a light brown finish, open storage shelves, three draws and dark hardware to add a pop of color.

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Bear in mind the same beauty for a contemporary tablelamp or floorstanding lamp. If you loved the picture you painted so far with the buffet, then you will surely find that adding this accessory to your occasional table, your desk or in a corner beside the sofa is a great way to emphasize luxury. Picture a beautiful arc-style design, an adjustable post, a brushed silvertone metal and a marble foot. The Asabi lamp is just what your need to have your room scream luxury.

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Occasional tables

Last but not least, the Radilyn occasional tables will project elegance right in the center of your conversation space, as it will tie together your living room seating. Not to mention it will serve you well to rest refreshments for your guest! Even on days that they will stand alone, the focal point of your living room will embody a certain refinement.

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Adding these pieces to your home is the perfect stylish solution to creating a touch of elegance. From white to grey and any shade in between, faux marble paired with either a wood byproduct or steel will capture much of the refinement seen in some of the most beautifully designed homes.

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All You Should Know About Memory Foam Mattress

Does your body ache every morning? Are you restless and sleepless? A memory foam mattress can help remedy these problems and make the day feel better. Lucky for you, the memory foam invented by NASA 50 years ago to protect astronauts is now used in mattresses. When you lie on a memory foam mattress, its soft foam adjusts to every part of your body from head to foot. The temperature-sensitive material distributes body weight evenly and reduces pain. If you suffer with back, neck, hip and joint pain, mattress brands like Ashley-Sleep®, Tempur-Pedic® and other premium brands are perfect for you. They adapt to your body so you can rest easy in personalized comfort. Add an adjustable base and with the touch of a button, you’ll discover that perfect ergonomic position. In addition to pain relief, there are five more great health benefits of memory foam mattresses.


HELPS EASE SLEEP APNEA

When a memory foam mattress and pillow are used together, your head will be properly elevated. This helps clear the path to easier breathing because your airways are no longer obstructed.

HELPS ALLERGY SUFFERERS

There’s nothing to sneeze at with memory foam. Since these mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, the interior of your mattress will always be free of allergy-causing dust mites. By eliminating one of the major allergens, these mattresses can also help control asthma.

IMPROVES METABOLISM

If your partner constantly tosses and turns, you’ll never know it with a memory foam mattress. The foam isolates all motion and you’ll enjoy uninterrupted sleep. This will positively impact your metabolism, which may in turn help you lose weight, deal with daily stress and improve your overall health.

PROVIDES PROPER SPINAL ALIGNMENT

Contouring support provided by a memory foam mattress keeps the back aligned and delivers pressure-relieving comfort while you sleep. This helps with preventing back pain and future spinal problems. As time goes on, these mattresses are less likely to sag and lose shape, so your back will not suffer.

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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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