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It’s that time of year again. In the midst of all the new releases you are surely seeing from all your favorite businesses, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the options. We want to make sure you are as prepared as possible as we head into the busiest time of the year – and what better place to start than with a few of our current favorite pieces!

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How to Incorporate 2017’s Top 4 Color Trends Into Your Home

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Home trends change from year to year, and so does the color palette. Inspired by innovative designs, vintage styles and popular culture, the year’s color trends come from a variety of sources and manifest themselves in many ways, depending on the home.

From the daring Pantone color of the year to modern neutrals, these are the top four color trends for 2017 and the best ways to incorporate them into your living space this season.

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The health benefits of sleeping on a high-quality mattress

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Humans spend over a third of their lives sleeping, so it’s no surprise that poor sleep can cause more than a crick in the neck. From increased stress levels to aging skin and the onset of heart-related conditions, the laundry list of symptoms caused by lack of sleep is alarming.

So where does poor sleep start? For many, the culprit is simple: the mattress. While mattresses aren’t most glamorous investment purchase, they are essential to good health. These are just a few ways in which a new, supportive mattress could change your health for the better.


If you think insomnia and morning drowsiness are simply the result of a stressful day, think again. A low-quality mattress can force your body into unnatural sleeping positions that twist and strain your back. Once you find the right mattress to keep you in proper alignment, you’ll sleep soundly through the night and wake up feeling rested and pain-free. Sometimes a well-rested body and mind is simply all you need to increase daily productivity and lessen the impact of anxiety, depression and other disorders.


We spend a lot of time sleeping, which means that the skin cells we shed naturally accumulate in our mattresses. Over time, dust mites invade old mattresses and feed on these skin cells. Many people are allergic to dust mites, so it’s important to clean your existing mattress and swap it out for a new one after no more than ten years. If it’s not time to get a new mattress, be sure to use a mattress cover, clean your sheets regularly with hot water and occasionally vacuum your mattress.


Among other things, sleep is important because it helps regulate stress hormones and keeps your nervous system healthy. It’s no coincidence that when you’re well-rested, you’re able to perform better at work. If sleep isn’t helping you to regulate your stress hormones, it will not only affect your day-to-day existence, but also lead to high blood pressure. Make it easier to catch more ZZZs with the perfect mattress.


A good mattress can also directly affect your cardiovascular health. When you have a good mattress, your body is in complete alignment from head to heels. This alignment maximizes blood flow to and from the heart and brain. On the other hand, when your mattress isn’t supportive, more stress is put on your heart and even your lungs, leading to issues such as high blood pressure and snoring. 


Last but not least, sleep can even affect your skin health. Poor sleep reduces blood flow not only to the heart and brain, but also to the skin. Reduced blood flow to the skin interferes with collagen production, meaning reduced elasticity and premature aging. If you wake up with dark circles or bags under your eyes, consider finding a new mattress before shopping for a new undereye concealer.

Ready to buy that new mattress now? Thought so! Find the perfect mattress for you today at Home Zone Furniture.


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Top spring cleaning tips for a sparkling home

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

If you’re like me, spring cleaning is both a refreshing and a completely exhausting exercise. While it feels great to clean up, clean out and simplify, sometimes it feels overwhelming and you don’t know where to start.

Sound familiar? If you’re not looking forward to this annual ritual, remember that you don’t have to finish your spring cleaning in a day. Pick a weekend, pick a room, get to work, and you’ll be done in no time!


The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and it deserves a thorough spring cleaning. After you finish your normal routine — wash the dishes, wipe the cabinets, sweep the floor — go one step further. First, turn your attention to your appliances such as the fridge, the dishwasher, the oven and the microwave. On each of these, you can use a combination of baking soda and warm water to get rid of gunk, and vinegar to banish odor. To clean your oven, use a baking soda paste. To clean your microwave, microwave a bowl of water on high for a minute, then wipe out the condensation with a sponge. To buff your stainless steel, put a few drops of olive oil on a paper towel and rub in a circular motion.

Living Room

In my experience, the living room accumulates clutter faster than any other room in the house. To spring clean your living room, the most important thing is to take a good look at everything that resides in this room. Peak in every drawer, examine every shelf, and make sure that everything you find in the living room belongs in the living room. Once you’ve weeded out the unnecessary, create a designated spot in the room for all of the random items that stay. Once you’re organized, take your regular cleaning a step further. Clean the upholstery, dust those hard-to-reach places (like the blades of a ceiling fan), and clean your carpets by deodorizing with baking soda and removing stains with vinegar.


Spring cleaning in the bedroom is all about swapping fall and winter for spring and summer. Starting with the bed, take off, clean and store any layers that are appropriate for the cold weather. Replace thick, heavy textiles with something light, gauzy and refreshing. After you’ve swapped your linens, turn to your closet and pull your winter wardrobe out and put your spring wardrobe in. Last but not least, take this time to simplify your bedroom for the season ahead. Make sure the surfaces of your bedside table, vanity and dresser aren’t only clean, but uncluttered, too. By putting things such as your lipstick stash or jewelry collection out of sight, you’ll create a more peaceful, serene space.


Last but not least, give your bathroom a deep clean to make it truly sparkle. To avoid harsh chemicals that are harmful to you and your family, begin by making your own all-purpose cleaner with a combination of castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and lemon juice. This cleaner can be used on everything from the floors to the sink. To get rid of grime in the bathtub, scrub the porcelain with baking soda. For noticeably cleaner grout around your tiles, use vinegar, a brush and a little elbow grease. If your drains are clogged, first sprinkle them with salt — an all-natural exfoliant — then flush them with boiling hot water.

With all of these tips and tricks at your disposal, my final piece of advice for successful spring cleaning is to start now! As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, you’ll want to spend your time outdoors, so I encourage you to tackle your seasonal chores as soon as possible.


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5 holiday recipes we love

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is whipping up an extravagant feast for my family on Thanksgiving Day. From the turkey to the sweet potatoes, I find great joy in ushering in the holiday season with traditional family recipes. That being said, cooking the same dishes the same way year after year can get a little dull for you and your guests.

This year, put a fresh spin on classic holiday favorites with a few clever changes and substitutions. After all, Granny’s famous pecan pie could always use a modern reinvention!

Apple Pecan Cornbread Dressing


  • 1 9×9-inch pan of cornbread, cooled and crumbled
  • 8 oz. herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 3 eggs, beaten


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.

In a large bowl, combine the cornbread, stuffing mix, parsley, ginger and salt. Mix in the celery and onion mixture, chopped apple, chopped pecans, apple juice and beaten eggs. Spoon dressing into prepared casserole dish.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through, and lightly browned on top.

Butternut Squash Gratin


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 4-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until the onions soften and turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the butternut squash and brown sugar. Continue cooking and stirring until the butternut squash begins to brown on the edges, but is still somewhat firm in the center, about 10 minutes more. Scrape the squash into the prepared baking dish, and pour in the chicken broth. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven until the liquid has been absorbed and the squash is tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Toss together the Gruyere cheese, Cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, thyme, and rosemary in a bowl until evenly combined. Remove the foil from the baking dish, and sprinkle the squash evenly with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Return to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes more until the topping is lightly crunchy and brown.

Green Beans with Walnuts


  • 2 lbs. fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp walnut oil
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste


Place the walnuts on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 to 8 minutes.

Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse beans with cold water, and drain well. Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Melt butter or margarine with oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add beans and toss until heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add walnuts and parsley and toss. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce


  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 large pear, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 oz candied ginger, minced
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 whole star anise pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp salt


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Remove cinnamon stick and star anise. Chill until ready to serve.

Caramel Pecan Pie


  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
  • 36 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan over low heat, combine caramels, butter and milk. Cook, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually mix in the melted caramel mixture. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool until filling is firm.


Happy cooking!