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Decluttering Before the Holiday Chaos

Ahh, the sweet smell of November. Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Or smell that pumpkin spice scent? We sure can. Now that we are that much closer to the two major holidays of the year, we are (inevitably) that much closer to having to make sure our homes are as clean and tidily kept as possible for all those guests and parties. It can seem like a daunting task, so we wanted to let you in on two tips to get you started in decluttering your stuff while still making sure your home is nicely decorated and presentable.


Categorizing your items into seasonal uses is one of the first things you could do in order to minimize which items you still want to leave out on display. Take down any summer-esque decorations, random knick-knacks, or anything that doesn’t fit your fall theme. Thinking about it in terms of what fits the season will make it a bit easier to determine what you should stay and what should get put away (for now).


Once you’ve determined what is staying for the fall and winter seasons, it’s time to put them away. How, you might ask? There are many options you can take when it comes to how you organize things that are not currently in use – you can throw them under the bed, pile them up in the garage, or in the corners of your house and hope that no one asks about it. But is that most effective? Certainly not.

Instead, we suggest investing in a few boxes (very cost effective) that double as decor. You can find these at Target, Walmart, or IKEA to name a few places. Most of the time, you can buy a small shelf to store them in – feel free to mix and match patterns, colors, etc., to also spruce up your space at the same time. We have also included a few of our favorite picks for shelves (on sale)!

If you are wanting a more durable, stylish option, investing in a chest or storage ottoman might be one of the best decisions for you. Easily a statement piece, they can really liven up the appearance of your living room or bedroom, and often times double as a small table/space to place more decor on top. Be sure to check out a few of our picks (that are also on SALE)!


Have any other tips for decluttering your home? Be sure to leave us a comment below!

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Why Your Living Room Needs a Sofa Table


A sofa table is an often-overlooked element in a living room. It’s a long, slim table that’s placed directly behind the sofa or in close proximity to it. Sofa tables can come in a variety of colors and textures, but the most important thing is making sure that it’s proportionate to your couch.

Don’t know whether or not you need a sofa table? These are just four reasons why this low-profile piece of furniture could be surprisingly beneficial to your space!

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5 Dorm Room Must-Haves For New College Students

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

It’s hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close and school will soon be back in session. Regardless of how old your children are, gearing up for school is a big task, especially if said child is heading off to college.

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From books to organizational tools and that rite-of-passage shower caddy, there are many must-haves for an easy transition into dorm life. In order to make the transition a little easier, I suggest making your student’s dorm room as homey and functional as possible with these five essentials.

Area rug

A colorful area rug will instantly make a dorm room feel more like home. Most dorm rooms are tiled with unsightly linoleum, making for a sterile environment that lacks personality. An area rug will not only add a dose of color to a bland room, but it will also help maintain warmth when the temperatures drop. Don’t know which color to choose? Try something dark or bold. That way, if something spills on the rug during the school year, it won’t be a big deal!

Good lighting


Dorm rooms have notoriously bad lighting. Whether your child likes to study solo or gather with friends in their room, a soft glow will create a nice atmosphere they’ll want to spend time in. Place a functional lamp on the desk for those long evening hours spent writing papers, and a fun standing lamp at the bedside. Since dorm rooms don’t allow residents to mount anything to the wall (lighting included), it’s up to you to find lighting that fits the space without taking up too much real estate.



Good storage is a priority in all dorm rooms. Many rooms are equipped with a desk and a dresser, but an extra drawer or two can never hurt. It’s a great idea to raise your bed and then use space underneath for multi-drawer storage. Still need more space for clothes, papers and the like? You could also try a nightstand with organizational components.

Small couch


If space permits, spring for a small couch. A couch is a great way to instantly transform a dorm room into an inviting space for entertaining. As you select your couch, keep in mind color scheme and size. You’ll want to make sure your couch complements your space and doesn’t dominate it.

Added comfort

Last but not least, a dorm room isn’t a haven without a few added layers of cushion. Dorm rooms aren’t necessarily known for their comfortable mattresses, so put yourself ahead of the game with memory foam, an egg crate or a pillow-top mattress cover. From there, add throw pillows for color, and don’t forget a seat cushion for your desk chair, too!

Which dorm room essentials did you rely on in college?


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Entertainment Sets That Balance Technology and Style

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

In this day and age, technology in the home makes our lives easier in myriad ways. From smart thermostats to tablets that hold all our favorite recipes, home technology increases efficiency and saves time.

That being said, one of my biggest pet peeves is when home decor falls victim to the necessities of the modern day. A television takes the place of a well-styled mantel, or unsightly cords clutter up an otherwise spotless room. While these are common conundrums everyone faces today, the Home Zone Furniture collection offers a selection of entertainment sets sure to make your home both stylish and functional.


For the empty zone behind the sofa, try the Zanders sofa table. This thin table fits comfortably into a variety of spaces and is unassuming yet beautiful, with rich birch veneer and natural slate mosaic inlay. Use the shelf underneath to keep the remote and extra cords out of view, yet easily accessible. Leave the top surface empty to hold the drinks and snacks that are sure to make an appearance once the TV comes on!


Stay organized with the Bonnie Black TV console. This sturdy black console offers a number of shelves to store extra DVDs, CDs and accompanying hardware. By closing the doors, you’ll keep the interior neat, tidy and under control, but you’ll still be able to see the contents from afar. With its clean lines and simple hardware, the Bonnie Console is an ideal addition to the contemporary home.


Update a traditional bedroom with the Condor TV stand. The Condor has the look and feel of traditional furniture with its rich wood finish and classic structure, but it’s built with a modern sensibility. Use the power port to charge everything from your smartphone to your iPad, and the drawers to tuck away remotes, disks or even extra clothing you’ve run out of room for. You’ll love not only the slick metallic drawer pulls, but also how easily and quietly the drawers open and close.


Complement a rustic home with the Seattle TV stand. This weathered-looking stand is nicely crafted from ash veneers and pine wood solids, ensuring both strength and style. Store gadget and non-gadget items inside the drawers, which open and close easily with ball bearing glides. One of my favorite aspects of the Seattle TV stand is the built-in power port, which allows you to keep all of your electronics together and eliminates the appearance of cords. The Seattle TV stand would work nicely in a bedroom, but could also be placed in a small-scale living room as well.


Create the ultimate home entertainment center with the Clyde Merlot TV console. This impressive structure offers a series of cabinets for all of your TV-watching needs, and leaves sufficient space overhead to add personal styled vignettes. By taking advantage of the overhead nooks, you’ll find that the Clyde Merlot Console can be incorporated into a wide variety of home styles, from contemporary to traditional. In my experience, incorporating other objects aside from TV-related items into the shelves of the Console disguises the technological presence and maintains the style of your home.

How do you balance design and electronics in your home?



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How to de-clutter your Home Zone media center

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

The media center is so much more than a holding place for your electronics; it’s a gathering place for your family. Whether you’re watching a movie together or turning on music to play during dinner, the media center (wires and all) brings families together.

But while we can admit the media center is a household necessity, that doesn’t mean it can’t become an eyesore, with monitors, speakers, remotes and cables woven throughout. Take control of this jumbled scene with these simple tips.

Clean and sort

The first thing to do is jump into the thick of it. Disconnect the tangle of cords, disassemble all the parts and use a damp rag to wipe everything down. Electronics always seem to collect a good amount of dust, so might as well address this while you’re at it!

Once the pieces are clean, sort through everything media-related. Do you really need all of the cables you see? Are all of the speakers actually working? How about the DVD and video game collections—are all the disks being used and in good condition?


Once you’ve sorted and eliminated the under-used and useless items, you can graduate to organizing. Before you start putting things away in an orderly manner, assess the furniture situation. The media center alone might be working for your family’s needs, but you might need extra shelving, drawers or surface space for your media center to be truly functional.

After you have these components in place, you can begin putting things away. Give DVDs, CDs, video games, what have you, each their own drawer and then move on to the cables. Organizing cables is where things get tricky. Plug all of the cables into their end point (e.g., TV, router, etc.) and tie nearby ones together before everything becomes mixed up again. Shortening the cables to the desired length will also help keep things neat.


As you organize, it’s important to prioritize. If you use your iPod more than your CD collection, there’s no need to give your CDs a prime spot in the front drawer. Think through what your family uses most, and you’ll be surprised at how many electronic components you’ll be able to eliminate simply based on use. A well-organized and prioritized media center will also cut down on the amount of time your family has to spend searching for those elusive electronics on a daily basis.

Get crafty

Last but not least, there’s always a way to get crafty with home projects. If you’re still struggling with the cable dilemma, try clipping binder clips to the edge of a surface (hidden from view) to weave cables through on the way to their final plug-in destination. This way, if you have to unplug again for any reason, each cable will rest on a binder clip without falling into a cable abyss. Speaking of hidden from view, you can even conquer the remote control situation with a fun craft!

Here’s to pain-free movie nights!