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kids. According to the National Retail Federation, 76% of adults have already decided what to dress as this Halloween. Since it’s an election year, plan to see plenty of Hillarys and Donalds, but there are lots of other popular choices.
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Here are lists of the top 10 costumes for Millennials and adults over 35:
Millennials (age 18-34)
Batman Characters, like Batman, Harley Quinn, and The Joker
Animal, such as a cat, dog or rabbit
Tie: Marvel Superhero, such as Deadpool and Spiderman, and DC Superhero, such as Wonder Woman and Superman
Video Game Character
Slasher Movie Villains, like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers
Star Wars Character
Political figure, such as Trump or Clinton
Tie: DC Superhero and Star Wars Character
Tie: Ghost and Zombie
Marvel Superhero, such as Iron Man, Hulk and Spider-Man
When it comes to choosing furniture for your home, there are so many reasons to fall in love with leather. Nothing looks and feels more luxurious. Leather fits any style décor, from urban to traditional to modern and casual. Leather is comfortable, conforming to your body and room temperature better than other materials. And leather is durable, holding up to busy family life and lasting at least as long as three fabric sofas.
Unlike other upholstery options, leather improves with age, developing a beautiful patina over time. And with a variety of grades and finishes, there is a leather option for virtually every budget.
Tips From Our Leather Buyer
We sat down with our leather furniture buyer Sharon Gjertsen to get her insider tips on shopping for leather furniture, especially when it comes to price points. Her first suggestion is to make sure what you’re buying is indeed leather!
“There are many fabrics on the market that look like leather,” she says. Before you buy, make sure your leather sofa is real. If you like the look but don’t have the budget, however, one of the faux leather products may be a good choice.”
Know that when it comes to purchasing leather furniture, you have two choices: Leather that has had some correction made in tanning process or natural leather that is dyed but left as is. Each choice has its benefits.
“Leather that has been treat is more durable for families,” says Gjertsen. “Protection also hides marks on the material, such as scarring, barbed wire marks and insect bites.”
Natural leathers do the exact opposite. “They show everything, and some believe that’s the beauty of leather,” says Gjertsen. “Natural leather is more expensive and not as durable.”
Natural and treated leather are both tanned, which adds color. “There are no green cows,” says Gjertsen.
When shopping for furniture, you should also know that not all sofas are created equal. Price can be affected by the construction of the piece as well as the different types of leather. Also, looking at grades is not a good comparison, says Gjertsen. “There is not a universal system, and grades will vary from company to company,” she says. “The only time it helps is if you are comparing pieces within the same company.”
When you use leather in your home, feel free to mix it with other materials. “The cool thing is people are mixing upholsteries,” says Gjertsen. “You might have fabric sofa and a genuine leather chair. It doesn’t have to be all leather. People more eclectic and item driven. That makes leather very exciting.”
Now that you know more about leather, here are a few things to consider before you head to our showroom to find the perfect piece:
Your family’s lifestyle. Leather is a durable material that can take normal wear and tear of busy family life. In fact, leather is four times more durable than fabric, so you don’t have to be afraid to let the kids use it. If you have pets, however, you need to be aware that their claws or nails could puncture the material.
Your personal style. From contemporary to casual to rustic and urban, leather furniture comes in a variety of styles with one that is sure to match your décor. Since leather furniture lasts for years, make sure you choose a style that fits your home design. You could also choose something transitional that will blend effortlessly if you change your look.
Your color preferences. Full-grain leather has natural imperfections that include one-of-a kind markings or irregularities from the cowhide. This is not a defect, and full-grain leather is prized for its quality and finish. If you prefer an even finish, you can purchase pigmented leather, which has been treated to have a more uniform color. This is a less expensive, stiffer type of leather, and it’s more resistant to stains and scratches, which is great for family use. Leather is a natural material, and no two hides are identical in color and markings. When you buy pieces of leather furniture, it’s best to purchase them all at once in order to avoid color variations that can happen.
Your floor plan. Leather is a natural material, and it will naturally age. This process develops a rich patina that adds depth and softness. Direct sunlight, however, will speed up the process and can potentially damage the finish. Keep furniture placement in mind when you’re shopping, or ensure that you have window treatments that will block the sun to keep your leather furniture protected.
While leather is a durable upholstery choice, it’s important to understand how to care for it. Its lifespan can be shortened if you don’t maintain it properly. Daily care is minimal, says Gjertsen. “All you do is dust or vacuum and wipe with a damp cloth,” she says.
Leather should also be treated with a conditioner every six to 12 months, to avoid cracking and peeling. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification offers tips for the care and cleaning of your leather furniture:
- Leather can be sensitive to spills and liquid stains. As soon as anything is spilled on the furniture, it must be removed from the surface immediately. This substance is highly porous, like living skin, and will quickly soak up any liquids. Once this occurs, it will be much harder to get rid of the stain.
- Leather normally comes with tags that offer many leather cleaning tips. This information can help a homeowner decide which substances to use when conditioning the item.
- Many cleaners are too harsh for this type of furniture. Even soap that is appropriate for hard leather may be too much for the softer material commonly used on sofas and chairs. In general, anything with ammonia or alkaline can damage the furniture beyond repair, so avoid them completely.
- A good substance to use when treating this type of furniture is any mild soap that can be safely used on people but care should be exercised even with these products, especially on brushed leather.
- Before using any soap or water on the furniture, use a soft brush to remove any dirt. This should be done regularly, because solid debris can scratch the furniture. This will also allow the material to breathe and prevent any microbes from growing.
- Do not use any scrubbing or abrasive pads on the furniture, because this will likely remove the finish and damage the furniture.
- One of the most important leather cleaning tips to observe is maintaining the furniture’s finish. This is normally done with a product sold for this purpose particularly, or some form of oil. The substance should be applied a few times and buffed on with a soft cloth.
- Avoid using any oils that contain silicon or wax. These may permanently adhere to the surface of the material and make it sticky.
- To protect the furniture from cracking or drying out, keep it out of direct sunlight and move it away from anything that produces heat.
- Professionals should be hired to treat the furniture when it is damaged or badly stained. This is necessary to restore and preserve the material.
If you’ve never shopped for leather furniture, here’s a quick guide to help you understand the terminology:
Aniline. Leather that is treated in an aniline dye bath so that scratches won’t reveal a different color beneath. This leather is very soft as only the best hides are used for this process.
Antiqued. Leather that has been dyed twice in a lighter and darker color to give an aged distressed appearance.
Bonded. A leather-like material made from leather scraps, polyurethane and cotton layers. This leather is less expensive and is created for durability.
Embossed. Leather that has been imprinted to create a texture as a design element.
Full Grain. Leather that includes one-of-a kind natural markings or irregularities from the cowhide.
Nubuck. A top-grain leather that is lightly brushed to create a short, plush nap that feels like velvet and is resistant to scratches.
Pigmented. Leather treated with a pigment to give it a more uniform color. This is a less expensive, stiffer type of leather, and it’s more resistant to stains and scratches, which is great for family use.
Pull-up. Leather that is treated with anilines to create a weathered or distressed look.
Sauvage. Leather that has been treated with a two-toned effect to create a marbled design.
Semi-aniline. Leather that has a small amount of pigment added, which provides better protection against stains and fading.
Split Grain. The layer of leather found beneath the top-grain layer. This type is usually given an embossed or surface treatment, and it’s usually less expensive than top grain.
Top Grain. This leather comes from the outer surface of the hide, which is considered to be strongest section. It can be left natural or embossed.
Some families want the whole house dressed up on Halloween, including their pets. Sixteen percent of consumers plan to dress their pets in costume this year and 86.7 percent of those consumers already have a plan for their pet’s costumes, according to the National Retail Federation.
If you’re not sure how to get Fido or Fluff into the action, pick up one of the top-10 costumes for pets:
- Hot Dog
- Bumble Bee
- Tie: Lion and Star Wars Character
- Batman Character
Round pedestal tables are the perfect solution for a kitchen or dining room, giving everyone an equal seat. Classic and versatile, they can also be used as a display table in a foyer or a game table in a family room.
These two tables are nearly identical. One is the 48” Cameron Round Dining Table from Ethan Allen. Made of pine, it sells for $2279. The other is the 54” San Rafael Round Dining Table from Art Van Furniture. Made of mango wood, it sells for $699. The Art Van table is six inches wider, giving you and your family more elbowroom, and mango wood has a greater Janka, or hardness, level than pine. You can even add four tufted Parsons Chairs for $199/each, and still have $784 left.
Can you tell which table won’t break your budget? Larger and more durable … the choice seems easy. Plus, Art Van offers savings of almost 70% and delivers the same look. Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!)
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Move over princesses. Today’s girls are looking to be super heroes, instead. For the first time in 11 years, princess costumes have fallen to the number-two spot for favorite Halloween costumes, according to the National Retail Federation.
If you’re looking for ideas, here are the top-10 costumes for kids:
- Action or Superhero
- Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
- Batman Character
- Star Wars Character
- Tie: Witch AND DC Superhero
- Frozen Character, such as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf
- Marvel Superhero
What’s your favorite?
The air is crisp. The cider mills are fragrant with spice and doughnuts. And Halloween is on the horizon. The calendar and the weather say Fall, and that means it’s time to generate warmth inside your home.
One of the best ways to prepare for cooler temps is by adding layers to each room in your home. Here are some tips for feathering your nest:
Kitchen and Dining Room
Add warmth to your table by using placemats and table runners. Use centerpieces in the deep colors of nature, by bringing in flowers and leaves from your back yard. Add accents to the room, such as baskets, pottery and bowls of fruit.
Dress up your table with a new statement chandelier, such as this Candle Chandelier. Give the area a more intimate and cozy feel by hanging lighting lower; a good rule of thumb is that the bottom of the fixture should hang 30” to 36” from the tabletop.
Wood furniture visually warms up a room with the energy of its grain. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen set or dining room suit, consider cherry, pine or oak. Our Derevo Dining Collection would be the perfect setting for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Living Room and Family Room
Add throw pillows covered in textured fabrics such as tweed or faux fur to sofas and chairs. Drape blankets and throws over chair backs or on sofa arms. Functional, they make the room appear visually warmer, as well. Layer the room with plush rugs underfoot, choosing rich colors to both ground and insulate. Our Indochine Cream Shag Rug is a great choice.
When adding new furnishings, choose those covered in soft fabrics. Warm and welcoming in trendy charcoal gray, our Sidney Road Truffle Collection is a great choice for fall entertaining. Or choose leather, which adds visual warmth to a room and variety to the texture mix. Wooden coffee and end tables also add warmth. Layer them with lamps, pottery accents and trays to hold candles or mugs.
Dress your room for the season by adding drapes over existing shades or blinds. Cover the floor or carpet with an area rug to provide a warm entrance into your day. And always add a blanket to the bed; consider faux fur that will add visual and physical warmth, taking the chill out of the air.
Throw a tablecloth on the nightstand and use a dimmer on bedside lamps to create an intimate and cozy setting. Add more texture to the room with an upholstered headboard. Choose a plush fabric like velvet, microsuede or leather, coordinated with throw pillows.
The goal in getting ready for fall is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere … for guests, but especially for you and your family.
If you want a fast and affordable way to update the look of your living room, adding new throw pillows is a great place to start. Pillows are like little design gems that can completely change the feel of your room. While they’re easy to add, there are a few principles you should keep in mind:
Stick to a color palette. Choose two or three main colors and select pillows based off of this palette. It helps to pull colors from other places in the room, such as the rug or draperies. Pillows make a statement when you stick to single or complementary shades.
Coordinate your patterns. Mixing prints in pillows is a fun way to add interest, but there are a few helpful guidelines that will help make the arrangement look purposeful:
1 Pattern + 1 Solid. Find a pillow with a pattern you love, and then choose a solid-colored pillow in a single or complementary color.
1 Busy Pattern + 1 Simple Pattern. Stick to the same color family, and combine a bold print with something more subtle.
1 Busy Pattern + 1 Simple Pattern + 1 Solid. Combine geometrics with intricate florals, for example, or stripes with animal print. Then anchor the two by using a solid pillow that picks up one of the colors.
Or stick to the principle of 1. Choose pillows from the same pattern family, such as floral, geometric or animal prints. Or if your room already has a lot of pattern with wallpaper or draperies, stick with solid-color throw pillows. Pick a single shade or two or three colors from your patterns. When you forego pattern, you can put the emphasis on the shape of the pillow, such as square, rectangle or round.
Stagger the sizes. Arrange your pillows by putting the largest pillows at the corners of your sofa. The pillows should get smaller as you move to the inside of the sofa. Using a rectangular or kidney shaped pillow at the center is pleasing to the eye and it also adds comfortable back support.
The most important thing to know about using throw pillows is that you should have fun mixing and matching. Feel free to play outside the rules, creating your own personal design statement.
While most of us get our houses in shape during Spring, Fall maintenance projects are just as important. This is the time of year to get ready for winter. Here are three tasks to take on before the temperatures dip:
Check your foundation for cracks. Prevent heat from escaping by caulking areas around the windows and doors.
Install storm windows and doors. Remove and clean your screens. If any suffered damage, be sure to clean and repair them before storing them for next season.
Check your roof for missing or lose shingles. Ice and snow can cause damage that leads to leaks. Check from the ground or hire a professional.
Channing Tatum is the star of Magic Mike XXL, but the Beverly Hills, California home he shares with his wife and daughter is anything but edgy. Designed in soft neutrals and lots of white, the décor is elegant and understated. One of the best features of this house is that many of the rooms open to a veranda overlooking a gorgeous landscape. When you have a beautiful surrounding, using a streamlined collection of accent pieces won’t detract from the view.
If you like Tatum’s style, we’ve got the look.
One of the striking features in the living room is the sleek white leather sofas. The lines are modern and clean, and the look is very sophisticated. Our ROMA Marco sofa offers the same style. The small-scaled design will allow you to use two in your room without overcrowding the space. The curved arms and wooden legs are very modern, and the 100% genuine leather upholstery is supple and chic.
Anchoring Tatum’s room is a heavy wooden cocktail table, with simple straight lines. Our Sheesham Cocktail Table would be a great choice. The asymmetrical legs and breathtaking wood grains give the neutral room a focal point, and the generous size provides plenty of space for resting beverages or displaying accessories. To add a sense of balance, we’ve chosen to use the matching end table, featuring the same striking wood grains and a large base.
Tatum’s room has a pair of contemporary accent chairs with a metal base. Our Avery Accent Chair would be a great choice. Upholstered in 100% genuine leather that features a pearl effect, its exposed chrome frame continues the modern and light feel of the room.
Tatum’s room includes a set of lamps that have contemporary drum shades and light bases. Our elegant Contempo Table Lamp would be a great addition. It features a crystal ball accent and taupe drum shade, adding shine and style to the décor.
Finally, Tatum’s room gets a pop of color with an abstract canvas hung above the fireplace in vibrant shades of blue. Our Shades of Blue & Green hand-painted canvas panels will add a similar sense of drama to your walls, making a bold statement. Use them set together or hang them around the room, spreading color.
Do you think Tatum’s style is magic? Let us know in the comments below.
Ready for some Fall cleaning? Instead of saving chores for spring, take advantage of the mild weather and tackle these three tasks this weekend:
Clean gutters and downspouts. After the last leaves have dropped, remove any that were caught in your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams.
Maintain your garage door. Make sure the weather strip is intact. If it’s worn or town, replace it to prevent drafts and keep out small animals that are looking to get out of the cold.
Inspect your driveway. Look for cracks, and repair any damage with driveway filler, which is available at your local home improvement store.