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Tips for keeping your home cozy in the winter

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

There are many things to love about the wintertime — and then there are some not-so-loveable things. The weather is cold, the days are short and a large amount of time is spent indoors.

This year, before the inevitable cabin fever strikes, take the opportunity to decorate your home in a way that will celebrate the season and lift your mood. These are my five tips for creating a cozy home you’ll be happy to hibernate in until spring.

Add color

Combat the winter blues by adding a healthy dose of color to your interior. Just because it’s dull and dreary outside doesn’t mean the inside of your house has to be. If you’re bold enough to commit to it, paint a central wall in your home a cheery color, such as royal blue, kelly green or even a pastel pink. For a temporary trick, simply add a slip cover to your couch, fun throw pillows to your bed or a colorful piece of art over the mantel.

Let there be light

It’s important to maximize the amount of light in your home to keep spirits high amidst short days and long nights. The first order of business is adding a few extra mirrors to double the amount of light your room recieves. Not only will a mirror amplify the light source, but it will also create the illusion of space. After the sun sets, you’ll want to have a nice selection of lamps and light fixtures to rely on. Remember: Not all lightbulbs are created equal! Choose soft, white lightbulbs to create a nice ambiance.

Functional fabrics

Stay warm throughout the winter with a smart mix of seasonally appropriate fabrics. Whether you’re adding curtains to the windows, slip covers to the dining room chairs or a throw blanket at the end of your bed, choose thick fabrics with an inviting, cozy texture. Some of my favorite fabrics for winter include velvet, flannel and knit. Wool is another great choice — not only is it warm, but it comes in a number of manufactured variations from chenille to cashmere.

Face the fireplace

During the winter, the fireplace becomes the center of attention. If the hearth in your home is a subtle architectural detail for most of the year, allow it to be functional and stylish this season. Begin by rearranging your furniture so that nothing is blocking the fireplace and you can safely use it. Place your couch or chairs so that they are angled toward the warmth. Next, top the mantel with plants, porcelain or collections of any kind, then decorate the fireplace with a grate and screen that complements your home’s style.

Layer up

Winter layers don’t apply just to clothing — they apply to home decor, too! Keep your feet warm as the temperature drops by layering rugs on top of hardwood, tile or even carpet. For a rustic, bohemian look, layer rugs in a patchwork pattern, and don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing color and texture. If your style is more traditional or contemporary, layer a smaller, neutral rug directly on top of a larger, colorful rug. To avoid a tripping hazard, rugs with a higher pile should be the top layer.

How do you make your home a cozy winter hideaway?

Bree

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The benefits of sleeping on an adjustable mattress

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Are you riddled with aches and pains when you roll out of bed in the morning? For many people, a sore back and stiff neck are as much a part of their daily routine as that first cup of coffee. It’s easy to blame the pain on stress or age, but the real issue may lie with the mattress itself.

Instead of confronting a sub-par sleeping arrangement with a cohort of pillows and a new set of high thread count sheets, lay the foundation for a good night’s sleep by choosing a quality mattress. Home Zone Furniture offers a number of different mattress types to fit a wide variety of people.

In general, the best mattress is one that keeps your body in complete alignment from head to heels. Since everyone’s mattress needs are different depending on their body type, weight and a host of other variables, be sure to try all types of mattresses, from memory foam to innerspring and even adjustable mattresses.

Personally, I love adjustable mattresses and the many health benefits they offer. First and foremost, an adjustable mattress allows for ergonomically correct positioning of the body. Unlike traditional mattresses, adjustable mattresses cater specifically to the natural curvature of your spine, spreading the weight out evenly and adjusting to your changing needs over time.

By supporting the various pressure points throughout your body, an adjustable mattress can promote both a healthy posture and proper circulation. People with heart problems, breathing trouble and swollen legs and feet will appreciate the effects of an adjustable mattress, but everyone can benefit in some way from customizable support.

If you’re tired of an achy lower back being a regular part of your day, consider switching over to one of our many comfortable mattresses. Sweet dreams may be just within reach!

Bree

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Finding the right furniture to fit your home’s size

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

When you’re decorating a home, there are a number of things to keep in mind. What style will your home be? Which color scheme will you choose? Which pieces of furniture will fit your lifestyle?

To me, one of the most essential things to consider is whether or not your furniture is proportional to the spaces you’re decorating. So whether you’re cozy in a studio apartment or living large in a multi-bedroom home, employ the right combination of size, color and style to get the most our of your living spaces.

For a large space…

In a living space with large proportions, you’re dealing with plentiful square footage, high ceilings and big windows. To fill the space and complement the grandiose quality of your room, you’ll need equally large furniture with presence.

For rooms like this, I suggest decorating with a living room collection like the Delta Collection, which features multiple pieces that go together seamlessly. Once you’ve chosen the right collection for you, add a coffee table, end tables and maybe even an entertainment center. If you’re faced with decorating a large space, go with darker colors to help visually fill the space, and choose warm textures like leather to make a drafty space feel cozy.

For a small space…

If your space is limited, on the other hand, you’ll want to maximize the room you have with small furniture. Choose furniture that’s not only small in stature, but also delicate in style and light in color. These three variables together will create the illusion of lightness, making your room appear larger.

For a small space, I like pieces from the Ben Collection. A couch might overpower the dimensions of the space, but with a cream-colored loveseat and matching chairs, you can easily construct a proportional arrangement. If the Ben Collection isn’t your style, look for other neutral, light-colored pieces with visible legs. Whether you’re dealing with a couch or a chair, visible legs on a piece of furniture creates the illusion that the room is larger.

For a studio apartment…

In a studio apartment, you’re faced with the challenge of creating several different living spaces from one large room. Sculpt a living room out of the studio by using long, linear couches to your advantage. Define your living room with a bold, structured couch, then add a rug, a coffee table and a few additional chairs to really set the scene.

As you choose your couch, be mindful of the other colors you’re using in your studio. I like the Grant Sofa for a studio apartment because it makes a statement and has a low, tufted back. Since a studio apartment doesn’t have the luxury of doors, make sure that the colors are consistent throughout so it looks well-coordinated at a glance.

For a strange configuration…

Everyone has had that oddly shaped apartment or living room that’s nearly impossible to decorate. In these instances, the best thing you can do is measure the room then play around with different combinations of couches, chairs, ottomans and the like. What might seem like a plausible arrangement in your head may turn out to be awkward in person.

My advice for these situations is to stick with smaller-scale furniture so it’s easier to adjust if you change your mind. The Toronto Sea Loveseat is a stylish, versatile addition to any living space. The pop of color is the perfect accent in a room that needs a clear visual anchor.

Bree

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5 Cabinets Perfect for Holiday Entertaining

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Fall is here, and with it comes the urge to slow down, relax and enjoy the comforts of home. Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are on the horizon, and I look forward to fine-tuning the communal spaces in my home, from the dining room to the den.

For a well-appointed living or dining space, a well-chosen cabinet is a piece of furniture that shouldn’t be overlooked. Whether you need extra storage, additional surface space or simply to fill a bare wall, a cabinet is a versatile, useful piece for any home.

Triangle Server

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For newlyweds and those entertaining in their home for the first time this holiday season, look no further than the Triangle Server. This sleek, modern piece is youthful and has all the components you could possibly need. Place your wine collection in the central rack and use the side cabinets for any entertaining-related storage. One of my favorite things about the Triangle Server is that it offers two shelves for easy accessibility to your most-used dishes.

Brasilia Server

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The Brasilia is an easy-to-use cabinet that’s understated and highly versatile. If you need some extra storage but have limited space to fill, the Brasilia is the ultimate choice. Crafted from hand-selected marble, oak solids and ash veneer, the Brasilia has a warm, rustic look that’s great for dining and living spaces alike.

Meadow Server

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If you have either a contemporary or rustic aesthetic, the Meadow Server is an interesting choice for your dining space. Made from solid rubberwood, the Meadow has a farmhouse-inspired look combined with modern, metallic hardware. The Meadow has space for extra linens, placemats, china — you name it. Last but not least, don’t forget to add a few wine bottles to the central shelves for an inviting, hospitable appearance.

Montecarlo Server

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The Montecarlo is a classic choice with clean lines, an inlaid marble top and an irresistibly contemporary feel. Entertain comfortably using the surface to present multiple trays of food, which you can serve with the wine bottles directly below. Not only is the cabinetry accessible and the surface easy to clean, but you’ll find that the Montecarlo’s simple design and neutral colors go well with any design scheme you might already have in your dining room.

Mason Server

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For a refined cabinet that could complement a variety of home décor styles, try the Mason Server. This cabinet has a strong presence, crafted from ash hardwoods and embellished with beautiful gold hardware. I’d suggest placing the Mason Server in a formal dining room because of its sophisticated, traditional aesthetic. Use the plentiful storage space underneath for your favorite set of formal dishes, and place table accouterments like napkin rings and salt and pepper shakers in the felt-lined drawers.

Happy entertaining!

Bree

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8 Essentials for a Couple’s First Home Together

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Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Wedding season is over, which means that move-in season has officially begun. During this time of year, many couples are trading in prenuptial stress for the excitement of a joint home lease or purchase.

While investment items, such as a couch or a bed, might be at the top of your move-in list, don’t forget that it’s often the smallest items that turn a house into a home. These eight additions will make your first place together functional and cozy as you navigate the brand-new world of cohabitation.

Welcome mat

Set the tone of your home before you even walk inside with a welcome mat. Whether it’s traditional or emblazoned with a quirky saying, a sturdy welcome mat is sure to add a little personality to your threshold and minimize the amount of dirt you track into your home.

Wall hooks

What could be more adult than hanging up your coat, scarf or bag when you walk in the door? If your new place doesn’t have a small closet near the front or back door, hang a few hooks to keep everything looking neat, organized and easy to find.

Catch-all tray

When you’ve got two people living in the same place, it becomes twice as difficult to find small, important things like car keys or cell phones. Commit to placing a catch-all tray in a high-traffic part of your home, and use it religiously!

Throw pillows

Pull your home together with a handful of fun throw pillows. Experiment with layering different textures, colors and sizes to create a look that’s all your own. Throw pillows are also an easy way to incorporate seasonal shades into your living room and bedroom without breaking the bank. Hello, fall jewel tones!

Lighting

Create an inviting ambiance in your home with a varied selection of lighting. Instead of settling for stark overhead lighting, light your home with table lamps, floor lamps or even wall-mounted sconces. Not only will your rooms be well-lit, but you’ll also have another chance to show off your home décor style.

Photos

Regardless of size, your home isn’t complete without a personal touch. Put the memories you’ve made with your sweetie on display in the form of framed photos. For a youthful, contemporary look, play around with hanging frames of different sizes and shapes together to create a gallery wall. Have a few pieces of artwork? Mix those in, too!

Table settings

A grown-up home isn’t complete without a few matching table settings. Whether it’s just the two of you or you’re planning on entertaining often, a complete table setting with a placemat, plate, glass and flatware is the sign of a mature, fully-outfitted abode.

Nice sheets

Last but not least, don’t forget a nice set of sheets! In my opinion, there’s nothing that refreshes a bedroom and induces sweet dreams better than crisp, new bed linens. Before you shop, determine whether you want a cooling or warming weave to ensure you choose the right set for you and your partner.

Have you mastered the art of cohabitation? Tell us about the items that were essential to your first home together in the comments below!

Bree