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Good, Affordable, Smart Design – It’s What Defines Us

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

A couple of years ago, we put a lot of thought into determining the direction our company should take. Our process considered a number of factors, such as the changing consumer landscape brought about by the Boomers’ moving out of their peak purchasing years and the arrival of Generations X and Y; new opportunities emerging from the global economy; recent economic upheavals; and consumer technologies that have accelerated the pace of change, sharpened the trend curve and revolutionized not only the ways we spend our time, but also how we use our living spaces.
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Smart Curves

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

Confession: My dining room is small.

My dining room is small and my rectangular dining room table makes it feel even smaller. Lovely as it is, my table takes up most of the room—a room really better suited for a round table. But I didn’t choose a round one because I was looking for expandability. I need to accommodate added guests during the holidays, so I add a table leaf or two. Now if there was a round table that could expand like that…
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Goodnight Moon

06 Mar
March 6, 2014
I’m a firm believer in the power of a good night’s sleep. And while a quality mattress is crucial, nothing puts the mind at ease and the day to rest better than a beautiful bedroom.

Why Distressed Is Good

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

There are only a few ways being “distressed” can be good, and furniture is one of them. I love the look of distressed furniture because it already looks lived in. I like furniture that’s livable. That’s just what works for my family. Anything too shiny, formal or delicate doesn’t fit us—and doesn’t stay looking that way for long. So our best furniture choices are ones already slightly distressed—since everything ends up looking distressed here eventually anyway. At least this way we’re a little stylish.

One of my favorite pieces this spring is the Garden Dining Table from the Great Rooms collection. It’s just my style. Or the style I want anyway. It’s solid and classic, yet comfortable and relaxed. I love the finish (Terrace Gray) and the way it looks with the creamy side chairs in Washed Linen.

I can just picture this table with a big family meal set out under 100-year old oak trees, with mismatched chairs and wildflowers in mason jars…Ok, I’m letting my imagination run wild. Realistically, it wouldn’t be outside, it would be in my (desperately-in-need-of-a-makeover) dining room. And when it’s not being used, it will hold homework, craft projects and papers to be filed. But I think I’ll add the fresh flowers in mason jars to keep the dream alive.

Some women look at clothing catalogs and get excited, I feel that way about furniture and decorating. When I see something I like, I want it. And I really like “The Entertainer” from the Great Rooms collection.

This is such a stylish way to display a TV. Now that flatscreens are the norm, housing TVs has become a design challenge. Old armoires and over-sized entertainment units don’t seem to fit the new technology and yet most people don’t want the cost or hassle of a wall mount (assuming you even like this look—which I don’t).

The Entertainer is fun and functional. It’s open and has lots of room for displaying things, plus it has two drop-down drawers that are perfect for electronic components. A hidden power outlet and adjustable shelves make it practical as well. And with my favorite Terrace Gray finish, it’s already “pre-distressed” for my family, so fingerprints and dings from passing dump trucks and fire engines won’t be as noticeable.

Come Home to Comfort

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

When it comes to comfort, it’s all about what makes you feel good. Everyone has their favorite comfort foods. Ours are homemade macaroni and cheese, buttery biscuits, and of course—chocolate cake. Then there are creature comforts: well-worn PJs, a snuggly throw, a favorite pillow…things that make you feel ‘at-home’ no matter where you are. So, shouldn’t furniture be the same way…comfortable, inviting and welcoming? Paula Deen thinks so!

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Authentic Style

05 Mar
March 5, 2014

At the end of a stressful day, most of us long to escape. Our home is our haven, a place of comfort where we can relax and be ourselves. This comes easiest when we’re surrounded by furnishings and accessories that are meaningful and authentic.

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Perfectly Paula

04 Mar
March 4, 2014

There’s just something about Paula Deen. I love to watch her in her kitchen cooking up her signature southern recipes. I’ve found myself watching her show when I wasn’t even interested in the dish, just because she’s so entertaining. (Don’t even get me started on the time she was on the Oprah show and dropped the cup into the electric mixer). And I’ll admit to having dreams about more than a few of her recipes—like her yummy Gooey Butter Cake.

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Aunt Peggy

04 Mar
March 4, 2014

How great would it be to have an Aunt you like so much you actually named a bed after her? Just ask Paula Deen. If you’re a fan of Paula’s, you’ve heard of her Aunt Peggy. As Paula puts it, “My dear Aunt Peggy is one of the most important people in my life.”

So it comes as no surprise that when she designed a special bed in her home furnishings collection, Paula named it “Aunt Peggy’s Bed.” Now that’s a compliment coming from one of the South’s most gracious hostesses.

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Relaxing with River House

04 Mar
March 4, 2014

We all know that decorating is fun. But who knew it could be good for you?

There’s just something about Paula Deen’s furniture that feels right. It’s as if it’s actually good for you. You’ve heard of “soul food,” well this is like furniture for the soul.

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