Fireplace Season

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The cool weather is here and if you are fortunate enough to be able to light a fire, you’ll want to do it right! There is an art to building a fire – and we don’t just mean camping. When setting up the fireplace at your home:

  1. Open the flue.
  2. Clean out any old ashes.
  3. Layer the bottom grate with three or four split logs (depending on the size of your fireplace).
  4. Layer twisted newspaper and kindling wood (twigs or a small firestarter log).
  5. Light kindling.
  6. As the kindling wood starts to catch and burn the logs, place two smaller logs on top. This should give you a nice slow burn with minimal smoke.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Tips and Tricks:

  • Be sure to use very dry wood.
  • Twist a knot at the end of the newspaper for a longer burn.
  • Push the bottom grate to the back of the fireplace wall so it’s directly under the flue.
  • Place the screen in front of the fireplace when it’s lit to avoid flying sparks.
  • Make sure someone is always present whenever a fire is burning or smoldering.
  • Keep all flammable items away from the fireplace.
  • If/when possible, take a nice walk through the woods or park and find twigs for kindling wood – just for the fun of it!

 

Celebrate Autumn with England Furniture

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We’ve recently posted an article on England Furniture What’s Inside that explores how you can create an autumnal feel in your living room.

A great way to begin is with blankets.  Blankets add an instant sense of warmth in your living and you can place autumn colored blankets anywhere, on your couches, loveseats, chairs, and in store-away totes.

Read more about our England Furniture autumn-design post.

Tips for pets and furniture

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People love their pets, but furniture is an investment they want to preserve. Choosing the right furniture takes time, so when it is finally in the home, it must be maintained (visit England Furniture Care for some great overall tips). Protecting your furniture from your pets involves some specific steps.

  1. Decide If the Pets are Allowed

It’s important to define clear boundaries with pets. Either they are consistently allowed on a piece of furniture, or they’re not. If they’re not, provide comfortable alternatives for the pets in the same room. Pets are social animals; they often want to be with their people. A dog bed or a cat tower in the same room will provide the animals a safe place to be with their family. Train the animal using vet-approved methods, such as offering treats to a dog for using the bed, or catnip on the cat tower. Encourage the animal to use their own furniture, and remind them consistently that the couch is for humans.

  1. Sweep and Wipe

Use a small whisk broom or vacuum for furniture, if the animals are allowed to sit with the humans. Simply clean the upholstery once a week to remove pet hair. Additionally, keep a towel by the door to wipe off paws coming back from a romp outside. Many dogs will look forward to the foot rub, and it’s vet recommended to clean a dog’s paws to remove any irritants from their time outside.

  1. Cover It Up

Many homes include attractive covers for the furniture, especially if pets are allowed on it. These covers come in a variety of designs and sizes. It is surprisingly common to cover furniture to protect its longevity, so these covers are easy to find. Simply clean the cover in the washing machine every week to keep the home sparkling clean and free of pet hair.

  1. Redirect and Offer Alternatives

Cat lovers know the cons of cat scratching which can destroy furniture. Keep a scratching post or pad near the furniture to deter the cat, and offer treats to kitty when she uses the post for scratching. Add catnip to the post or pad to attract the cat to the item, and away from the furniture. Additionally, offer a soft kitty bed near any furniture the cat may favor, and give the cat treats for using the kitty bed instead of the furniture for afternoon naps.

How to pick the right color for your furniture

Furniture is central to every room. They are first thing guests notice and often the topic of conversation. Having furniture that harmonizes with the color scheme of your room is key. This is why it can be difficult for furniture shoppers to find the perfect pieces for the home. However, it doesn’t have to be hard.

  1. Consider Color

It helps to know the colors of the existing furniture in the room, and the color of the walls or flooring. People have been known to bring paint swatches to a furniture store to make sure the furniture will look good in the room. Throw rugs have also been used to pull furniture together, and help the colors harmonize with each other. Pictures of existing furniture, floors, walls, or whole rooms also help when trying to buy new furniture that matches in color and style.  Also, be sure to explore the wide range of colored fabrics options available from England Furniture.

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  1. Accent

Consider accenting the room with chairs, cushions, pillows and blankets. People find that these options are inexpensive and easy to change as tastes or needs change. These items also add a personal touch to more permanent furniture, such as beds, couches, or dressers. Toss a blanket or throw pillow across the furniture, and the style changes to suit current needs. Remember to match the patterns of these items to the whole room.

  1. Consider Material

A leather couch matches better with darker colors, where micro-suede may work better with patterned prints. Consider the material of the furniture when purchasing accent pieces or new permanent furniture for the room. Remember to avoid too many loud pieces on the same piece of furniture, because this overwhelms the brain, and may make guests uncomfortable.

  1. Look Up, Look Down

Bring the room together by considering the floor and the walls when color-matching furniture. Use rugs to centralize the color scheme, and use wall hangings to enhance it. Adding a picture gives the room a pop of color, and adding a rug pulls the room together, creating a warmer, more comforting environment.

  1. Express Yourself

Remember to express your style when choosing a color scheme. Consider the family’s personality overall, and choose colors that show it off. The available color schemes are vast, giving individual families the opportunity to make a home their own, so it’s important to consider wants as well as needs. Bring beauty and personality to a room with a properly matched color scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 England Furniture Employee Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Arnold Dwight England Award. This award goes to employees who best exemplify and represent the England brand, both in the workplace and in their community!

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We would like to thank these employees for 30 years of dedicated service here at England.

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We would like to thank these employees for 20 years of dedicated service here at England.

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We would like to thank these employees for 15 years of dedicated service here at England.

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England Furniture Receives Seven Seals Award from National Guard

england-furniture-seven-seals-awardEngland Furniture recently won the Seven Seals Award from the National Guard. The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of a significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.

We are honored to have received this award!

England Furniture Reviews the Lorenza Collection

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Leather won’t ever lose its charm and neither will this handsome silhouette.  The England Furniture Lorenza collection packs quite a punch with its impeccable style elements.  From its generous size and shelter arm to its optional nailhead trim and block leg, it’s sure to please!  We also offer standard down wrapped cushions and down blend pillows on this particular style to create a comfort oasis.  The collection includes a sofa, loveseat, chair, and ottoman.  Take a look at our England Furniture Keck for the fabric version.

England Furniture Reviews the Keck Series

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Our England Furniture Keck series achieves sophistication with ease.  Its shelter arm, generous size, optional nailhead trim, and block leg create a transitional style that’s hard to resist.  You’ll have to experience it to believe the indulgent comfort of its plush down wrapped cushions and down blend pillows.  We manufacture a sofa, loveseat, chair, and ottoman in this collection.  To see the leather version, take a look at our England Furniture Lorenza.

England Furniture Introduces Lanie and Manning Collections

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After you admire the decorative top stitching and nail head trim of the all leather Lanie collection, you can sit back and relax. Get lost in this beauty and comfort of the rolled arm, plush back, and tapered wood leg. This style is available as a sectional, reclining sofa, reclining loveseat and reclining chair to complete any room. See our Manning collection for fabric cover options.

England Furniture Introduces 3F00 Finneran

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Our England Furniture Finneran group is just the right mix of sass and class. From its round shape to its button tufted back and its tapered wooden leg to its gently sloping track arm, this is a true winner. Make a true statement of your style by selecting from a vast array of available fabric combinations. Available as a sofa, chair, and round sectional.