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Go Back to School with Help from Home Zone

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

It’s hard to believe, but school will be back in session before we know it. While you and your kids might not be ready to make the transition from pool parties to homework, your home should be prepared for the change of pace.

This August, fall back into a seamless routine with a helpful selection of furniture that will keep life running smoothly during the school year and beyond.

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Upgrade Your Dining Room with the Perfect Dining Collection

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

In our house, the dining room is where family comes together to share a meal and cultivate tradition. Whether your dining room is where family gathers at the end of every day or is reserved for special occasions, this space is a reflection of both style and lifestyle. Upgrade your dining room this summer with one of these five Home Zone Furniture dining sets.

The Madison Pub Collection

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Transport yourself to Paris with the café style Madison Pub dining collection. This charming set is the perfect complement to a home with some European flair. While the Madison appears delicate and feminine, the design is perfectly sturdy, with metal legs and a wood top. Place the Madison Pub in a dining room with small proportions — it will get the job done without overpowering the room visually. If you love classic design and consider yourself a Francophile, this is the dining set for you!

The Colours Red Collection

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Make a statement in your home this summer with the Colours Red dining collection. From the beveled glass top to the wood base, the table is a modern combination of light and heavy materials. The glass topper provides a neutral canvas for your culinary creations, while the wood base assures solidity. The dining set includes four comfy chairs upholstered in easy-to-clean microfiber. When food goes flying, you’ll love how easy it is to clean these chairs. Between its daring accent color and its durability, you’ll be smitten with this set!

The Ellen Collection

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If you’ve got a small space to work with, try the Ellen dining room set. The light stone top combined with the airy structure of the table and chairs results in a dining set that is utilitarian yet unassuming. The coffee-and-cream-colored faux stone top can hold up to four place settings and provides plenty of room underneath for leg space. This dining set would look especially elegant in a white room accented with metallic, feminine details.

The Astor Collection

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The contemporary home is best suited to the Astor dining collection. Featuring a glass topper and metal base, the rectangular table is strong, durable and can hold up to six of your closest friends. I love the substantial, metallic chairs with button-tufted backs. These stylish chairs have quite the design presence, and are made of polyurethane for an easy wipe-down after dinner. If your home is dominated by modern, clean lines, this is the ideal choice for you!

The Montana Collection

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Make room for guests or a growing family with the Montana dining set. This five-piece traditional beauty includes a butterfly leaf feature, which allows you to easily expand the table to fit six guests when the time comes. Aside from its versatility in size, the Montana is also equipped with built-in storage underneath — it’s the perfect nook for placemats, napkins or napkin rings. With its solid wood table and sturdy, oversized chairs, the Montana is the perfect choice for a young family that needs a highly functional dining set to stand the test of time.

Bon appétit!

Bree

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Tips for choosing the right dining furniture

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture. As you all know, each and every room in our house speaks to our sense of style. But the rooms in our home are more than just a display of personal taste.

The dining room, for instance, not only adheres to our decorating schemes but also serves as a functional space for our families and a gathering place for meals and special occasions. Here are three easy tips for choosing dining furniture to fit your style and your needs.

Assess the room.

Figure out what you’re working with. What are the measurements of the room? Is it rectangular, square or circular? Knowing this information is a must before you go to pick out furniture. It would be nothing short of heartbreaking to fall in love with a dining table only to find that it doesn’t fit your space. Keep in mind there should be at least 3 feet between the table and the wall or other obstructions. This wiggle room ensures diners can get in and out of their seats with ease.

Feeling good about table size but unsure about table shape? Round tables are great for conversation, rectangular tables can hold several guests (especially with a leaf inserted), square tables offer a unique look and oval tables are ideal for giving an angular room some soft curves.

Consider function.

Ask yourself what you use the dining table for. This step will inform the table finish you choose, as well as the type of chairs you need. Is the dining room primarily for Thanksgiving feasts, Easter brunches and the like? Do your kids use the table for homework and crafts? If your table is for formal dining and accommodating guests, a rectangular or oval table is a wise choice. Select a table with a leaf that you can insert when extra guests show up. For more intimate dining, circular or square tables will do the trick.

Regardless of the size of the table, each guest should have about 30 inches of table space. This allows dishes to be passed and for everyone to have ample elbowroom. For those buying chairs separately from the table, measure accordingly to be sure guests will be able to cross and uncross their legs.

As for finishes, tables that are used for more formal occasions can be made of solid wood or feature glossy sheens, dark stains, glass tops or ornate carvings. Casual, kid-friendly tables are better off in distressed wood or painted white, as they hide nicks easier. Painting a wood table with a gloss or semi-gloss makes for an easy-to-clean surface. If you want to see the wood grain but still add a color, try a cherry or maple stain.

Identify your style.

Last but not least, consider your style. Popular decorating styles here at Home Zone include traditional, country, eclectic and modern. Traditional style leans toward wood finishes, carved legs and upholstered chairs for a comfortable, yet formal dining experience. Country or cottage style is reflected through distressed wood, painted finishes, bench seating or open-backed chairs. Eclectic style is all about mix-and matching—chairs, colors and details. Modern style is expressed through clean lines, classic shapes, metallic finishes and no added detailing.

Finding the perfect dining furniture for your house and lifestyle is simple. Just consider your space, function and style for a hassle-free furniture shopping experience. Before you know it, your dining room will be your family’s go-to spot for every occasion!

Happy dining!

Bree