According to a U.S. Department of Commerce report, furniture and home furnishings store sales totaled $9.51 billion in June 2017, up from $9.27 billion in June 2016. And as spring approaches, many homeowners are shifting their focuses from their indoor furniture setups to their outdoor furniture setups. This is especially the case with porches, which often need revitalizing after a long winter of disuse. But with a few quick an easy steps, you can make sure your porch is ready for the spring season as well as the influx of guests and company. Here are just a few ways to add some pizzazz to your porch and prepare for springtime.
Evaluate Rug and Flooring
Before you take a look at your current patio furniture or call an outdoor furniture company, take a look at your patio’s current flooring. Ideally, your patio flooring should be comfortable enough to stand on while barefoot, so don’t hesitate to invest in a new rug to add some comfort and style to the area. In most cases, it’s best to look for rugs that can be used both indoors and outdoors, but don’t neglect your personal style either. In a survey of over 2,000 consumers, 72.7% of respondents agreed that, “The design of my furniture reflects my personality,” and 67% of respondents agreed with the statement, “A lot can be said about a person from the furniture s/he owns.” With that in mind, if you can find a rug with a unique pattern that speaks to your personality, go for it!
Choose Comfortable Furniture
When you’ve adequately prepared the surrounding area, you can then shift your focus to the furniture itself. The key is to find pieces that have the perfect balance of functionality, durability, style, and affordability.
“Think: sturdy pieces with deep and cushioned seats. Double check for wonky dining chairs and tables… Don’t worry about having a fully matching set if you’re on a budget. Look for similar color and finish options and remember that comfort is your priority,” writes Zoe Gowen on Southern Living.
The Freedonia Group forecasts household furnishings demand to reach $34.9 billion in 2021.
Plumbing is hugely important – even integral – to society in the United States and in most developed countries all throughout the world. The vast majority of people living in the United States have indoor plumbing, and always have. In fact, very few of us have lived without plumbing for a considerable period of time and the most of us would not even be able to picture what that life would be like. Plumbing is a convenience in life that we take for granted ninety nine percent of the time – until something goes wrong. When a problem occurs with your plumbing system, the issue can feel catastrophic. However, by having the problem swiftly repaired and providing your plumbing system with regular maintenance from a skilled and experienced plumber, you can mitigate that chances that a plumbing problem will develop in your home.
From drain cleaning to toilet repairs, plumbing companies find themselves busy all throughout the year, rain or shine, sun or snow. It is such a prevalent and im Continue Reading
If you are like most Americans, you have many kinds of valuable information on your laptop. Even if you have the information on your laptop backed up, the laptop itself is even valuable. For this reason a growing number of Americans are purchasing laptop safes to protect the technology that they depend on so much. In addition to these laptop safes, many property owners are also taking other measures to make sure that they they are also purchasing fireproof floor safes and other protective areas where they can store their valuables.
As more and more break ins happen in the country, there are a growing number of individuals and businesses who are taking extra measures to protect their property. Laptops that are sitting out on a kitchen table serve as a real temptation to anyone who is walking by. If someone does break into your home, every piece of ele Continue Reading
Are you currently trying to figure out, sell my house fast? If so, then take time to understand that you are not alone. So no matter how frustrated or lost you feel during the process, do not feel like you should give up. Instead, you should keep pushing through so that way you can sell your home and make some money. So here are some facts to help you with, sell my house fast!
Selling a home is never easy and selling a home as is can be even more difficult. Consider working with a real estate agent to get the most out of selling your home. Understand that there are nearly 10 million real estate investors that have more than just one property. So there is someone out there that is going to come in and try to buy your home eventually. So do not fret when trying to underst Continue Reading
Most people associate Vermont with cheese, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and hippies. They’re not wrong, but there’s much more to the Green Mountain State, making it an appealing place to call home. With numerous apartment complexes and quaint old homes to choose from, you can get your feet wet, figuratively speaking, by renting before deciding to buy a house. And you get a chance to sample all that Vermont has to offer, from hiking and skiing to music, beer and wine festivals.
Up, up and away
“How would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon…
The world is a nicer place, in my beautiful balloon…”
If it’s July, you can actually hold hands and chase your dreams across the sky. That’s the time for the Stowe Hot Air Balloon Festival, when scores of brightly colored hot air balloons fill the sky, against a breathtaking backdrop of the Green Mountains. Live music, craft beer, and a wine garden make it a quintessentially Vermont experience.
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Staying organized in today’s world of consumerism. From our houses to our offices, many of us live in a place where we are surrounded by things. Perhaps it is because of this reason that there are a number of mobile storage trailers for sale across the country. From on site storage units to storage containers for lease that can be used for any length of time, we have become a society that is dependent on the ability to have a place to keep our things when we are not using the,
Cargo containers have always been used for shipping purposes, both on land and on the sea, but they are now serving many additional purposes as well. As offices, as inventory management resources, and even as homes in some parts of the country, there are a number of demands for this product. One of the most recently popular uses is when Continue Reading
You are thrilled about having your daughter, son-in-law, and two grandkids move back near you. After two years of them living nearly 12 hours away, you were beyond excited when you found out that your daughter’s new job was going to require them to come back close to you. The fact that your son-in-law works remotely means that their family is able take care of this great opportunity.
The only downfall to the whole process is that this move means that your home will be a little crowded for the next few months. Your daughter and her husband quickly found a house that they want, but it needs a little bit of remodeling before they can move in. Renting a local storage unit is a pretty easy solution, though, and you are certain that you can find the patience that you will need to have a four extra people in your home for awhile. In fact, you are hoping that this will give you a chance to reconnect with your grandchildren that you typically only see once every two months.
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From bedroom furniture to living room furniture, there are many aspects to decorating your home and filling it with furniture and items of decor that are to your liking. Your home is your ultimate place to express yourself, and everything from your bedroom furniture to the art you hang on your walls can have a powerful impact in how you present yourself. In fact, because so many people define themselves by their home decoration and the furniture that they own, people are willing to spend a considerable amount of money on such things.
When redecorating a living room, many people do not even blink an eye at spending at least two thousand dollars, which is the average cost of fully redecorating a living room in the United States (though this is only an average, and some people will spend far less while others will spend even more). It has been found that when it comes to furniture, from bedroom furnitur Continue Reading
This is going to be one of the best vacations ever. Announced as a surprise on Father’s Day, you and your three adult children have been planning for months. The idea to surprise their father with a visit to a resort community was the idea of your oldest daughter. She explained to you and her siblings that Dad has spent a life time planning and taking the family on vacation and that now it should be the kids’ turn to make the arrangements. Their father has always loved the outdoors so they have planned a trip that will include golfing, hiking, and relaxing, all with the backdrop of some very gorgeous scenery.
There are many vacation homes that are available for rent across the country, so it should be pretty easy to find the kind of place that has all of the activities that Continue Reading
New home buyers tend to look for their homes on the internet. They also have new priorities, defined by a complex of features known as the new urbanism. These include walkable and environmentally friendly communities which are also healthier and more convenient than older suburbs. The classic community redefined comes with beautiful natural surroundings and luxury townhomes. It also offers convenient shopping nearby and excellent schools, as well as nearby dining and entertainment options. Besides the internet, real estate agents are a good source of information about neighborhoods as well other aspects of home home buying.
Redefining the classic community
The new urbanism redefines the classic community as walkable and environmentally friendly. Unlike older developments where suburbs were built around automobile use, these new homes tend to be located i Continue Reading