How to Sleep Better the Natural Way

Seems everyone these days is looking for natural ways to sleep better. And for good reason. Getting better sleep is the most important thing you can do for yourself. It impacts every part of your day – from your relationships with other people to your memory and your job or school performance.

When you get better sleep, it lets your body recover over the course of the night. You live healthier and it allows your attitude to be happier by keeping your brain chemistry balanced.

It’s about quality, not quantity.

sleep better not moreWe have learned from sleep studies over the last couple of decades that how many hours you sleep may not be as important as the quality of the sleep you get. If you’re getting proper sleep, you may only require five or six hours of sleep. Every person is unique and our needs really vary. So, it’s all about creating the proper environment for better sleep.

One way to create a good environment for sleep is to eliminate any distractions and things that would normally signal your body to be awake. Laptops, cell phones and TVs are a big part of things that signal our body’s skin that it’s still time to stay awake. The blue light that comes from these devices tells our body that it’s awake time.

Proper support is important

Mattresses are probably a good 70 – 80% of the way to get naturally better sleep. A good portion of the reason we need sleep aids is because we don’t have the right support underneath us or we don’t have the proper pressure relief and it’s causing us to toss and turn.

sleep better with proper supportWhen you have the proper support, your body’s able to relax. When you don’t have the proper support, your muscles are still doing all the work to hold your spinal structure in place and hold your body in that structure.  Having the correct support allows your muscles to relax and releases all that tension. It takes away all the energy that’s required to keep you in position, because now the bed is doing all the work, suspending you in your sleep surface. Now, all those systems within you can shut off. It allows your body to slow down and your metabolism to slow down. Your oxygen supply balances and it allows you to really calm down to the point where sleep is inevitable.

Make sure it’s right for you

sleep better with a partnerNo two people are alike in their support needs. That’s why we have so many mattress choices on the floor. It allows us to help you find the best mattress for you. That’s where our Zeez technology comes into play. It can help us determine what is the best mattress to make sure you’re getting better sleep.

You don’t have to compromise if you sleep with a partner, either. Zeez can help find a balance where both partners can find a happy place in the mattress, where they’re both getting the support and comfort they need to make sure both of them are getting better sleep.

This part of a series on how to sleep better written by Matt Cox, one of Grand’s top Sleep Specialists and one of our Assistant Store Managers.
If you have questions/comments for Matt, or to schedule some time with one of our Sleep Specialists, please email MattressExpert@grandhomefurnishings.com.
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#StyleTip: How to Prepare to Downsize Your Home

You’re looking around the house and you realize you’re ready for something smaller. Something easier to maintain. Then you ask yourself, “how do I get ready for downsizing my home and be ready for my new place?” Follow our tips and you’ll be ready for your new space in no time.

You’ve done it. You crossed the finish line. Maybe you’re getting ready to send your last kid off to college. Maybe your last child moved into a place of their own. No matter how it happened, you’re on to the next stage of your life: Being empty nesters.

In the last few weeks, we’ve looked at how to style your tween’s bedroom and your teenager’s room. Now, we go to the other end of the scale – when the kids are gone and it’s all about you.

Start early

Style tips sort boxesAs you plan your upcoming move, don’t put off going through all of your things. You’d be amazed what you will find as you start going through your closets and storage boxes you haven’t gone through in years. Give yourself time to thoughtfully sort through the items (and memories) so you can weed out the items you don’t need to take with you.

Take it one room at a time

Don’t attempt to take on the entire house in one go. You’ll become burned out and overwhelmed. Start and finish with one room before moving on to the next. Don’t feel you have to finish the room in one go. Take breaks if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed.

Enlist help

Hire a professional downsizer if you need to. They can help you determine what to keep and what to get rid of so you don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment as you sift through your possessions.

A professional downsizer can help you remove some of the emotions of sorting through your things and help you make the difficult decisions. Often we sort things into “keep”, “get rid of” and “maybe.” A professional can help you eliminate the “maybe” pile and make decisive calls. They can also help you break things down into smaller tasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed by taking everything on at once.

Talk with family and friends

Grand style tips downsizingBefore you get rid of your things, ask your family and friends if there are any pieces they would like. You never know when that table you’re not taking with you is a piece your daughter or granddaughter wants in her home.

Plan ahead

You’ll want to know how much you can take with you to your new place. Try to get measurements for each room so you can determine what furniture will fit and what will need to be donated or sold. You don’t want to arrive at the new place with a bunch of furniture that won’t fit.

Grand downsize style topOnce you know what you are taking with you, you’ll be able to determine what pieces you’ll need to replace. Now the fun part: Grab your tape measure and head to your favorite furniture store to do some shopping.

Try something new

Always wanted a white sofa, but were afraid of stains from your chocolate-covered kids? Now’s your chance. Trade in your queen bed for a king. Donate the guest bedroom set and buy a futon or sleeper sofa.

Grand downsize style tip sofaYou’ve entered a new phase in your life so don’t feel like the new place has to match the look and feel of your old home. Add new accessories to your coffee or end tables, treat yourself to new linens or some new scented candles.

You raised your kids and now it’s time to focus on yourselves. Don’t let the stress of downsizing get to you. Take it step by step and enjoy the beginning of your next adventure.

 

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How to Balance Quality and Budget When Shopping for Affordable Furniture

You’re ready to buy new furniture, but you’re not sure how to find that balance between good quality and price. Two big things to consider: why you’re buying new furniture and how much you want to spend. With these tips you can find the right balance to get truly affordable furniture.

You’re ready to replace your old couch or it’s time for a new mattress, but you’re not sure how to find what you need and still have it be a piece of affordable furniture. As you start your research, you’ll want to consider two big things: Why you’re buying new furniture and how much you want to spend. Continue reading “How to Balance Quality and Budget When Shopping for Affordable Furniture”

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#StyleTip: Give Your Tween the Bedroom of Their Dreams

How do you give your tween a room that represents them when what they like is constantly changing? Follow our tips to give your tween a space they will love that is ready to change as quickly as their interests do.

Last week, we looked at how to style your teen’s room. Today, we step back a few years and share some tips for your tween bedroom– for kids that are no longer children, but not yet teenagers. Continue reading “#StyleTip: Give Your Tween the Bedroom of Their Dreams”

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The Four Most Popular Styles in Home Décor Today

When it comes to home décor, as with any fashion category, what’s popular changes over time. Some of the changes are surprising and some aren’t. Here is a brief overview of the top four styles for home décor today, what they are and what is trending with each.

When it comes to home décor, as with any fashion category, what’s popular changes over time. Some of the changes are surprising and some aren’t. Based on what I’ve seen in the industry marketplace, with our own clients and what everyone is talking about, the most popular styles for your home décor, in order, are:

  1. Rustic Farmhouse
  2. Modern
  3. Glam
  4. Traditional

The traditional style of furniture has really slid in popularity in recent years. It’s still in the top four, but definitely moving down the list. Resale shops today are full of the heirloom quality, traditional furniture our parents bought because the next generation it was intended to be passed down to just doesn’t want it.

Conversely, modern has been on the rise because young people like the more minimalist look. They want the simple, clean line look. They don’t want their taste to be seen as the same as their parents. Rather than furniture that will be around forever, they prefer to change the look of their home decor when they move; just toss out the old and get something new.

Here is a brief overview of the top four styles for home décor, what they are and what is trending with each.

Rustic Farmhouse

home decor - Kincaid solid pine bedWhat really defines Rustic Farmhouse is the wood – the live edge, the natural wood tone. So many people are doing the shiplap, or wood ceilings, having visible beams – decorating with a lot of natural wood. That is the Rustic Farmhouse look. When it comes to Rustic Farmhouse accessories, everything is geared towards trees, branches, even pottery – anything that is more of a natural product. You have nothing that feels like it’s fake or a fake product. Even in the living rooms, you’re looking at more natural colors, fabrics and fibers, including leather.

Home decor from Magnolia HomeI think what has made the Rustic Farmhouse looks so popular in home décor is you see so much of it on HDTV these days. Magnolia Home and all those shows really show a lot of that style. And, I think it’s just more comfortable. More people like that look and live in that lifestyle today. It’s just cozy and simplistic. Yet, it’s eclectic because you can pair anything with it really. Even the Glam style works with it.

Modern

home decor modernModern home décor is all about super clean lines. Nothing fussy. It’s no thrills, no fluff. It also tends to be brighter colors: more navy, more jewel tones. Modern furniture might have a simple metal leg, a real tight back. It could be tufted, but with simple, tiny little arms. The furniture tends to be not as deep or as big as other styles. And when it comes to accessories, a Modern house tends to have less artwork, less pillows – just a more minimalistic approach.

home decor - modern styleModern is what younger people seem to like best. It’s what they’re coming in and asking for. They don’t want to spend a lot of money on it and want to be able to swap it out like any other fashion accessory. They don’t want big furniture sets that all match and are meant to be kept in one room together. Modern home décor allows them to be a bit more eclectic.

Glam

Home decor glam styleLike the name suggests, Glam home décor is more sparkly and shimmery. It has more beaded stuff, more fur and tends to be a bit more girly. It has a more “bling” feel to it. The colors are softer and tend towards the pastels.  Blush is really popular, along with the soft greens and lavender. Accessories will have lots of chandeliers, lots of crystals.

Grand Home Decor Glam bedroomYou can see the Glam look in our Aico Glimmering Heights bedroom group that we have now. It has crystals in the headboard and a faux snakeskin on it. It has a metal leg and a clear plastic leg. So, we’ve decorated it very girly. It has a vanity with cool lights in it.

Traditional

home decor traditional Belmont loveseatTraditional home décor has been skirted sofas, English arms and tea cushions. More of your Chippendale and cherry wood and mahogany. But today’s Traditional furniture is more toned down. It still has that old traditional feel to it, but the look has been updated so it’s not so 18th Century looking. It’s been modernized to a degree. This tends to be your darker woods and canopy beds. Brands like Hinkle Harris and Baker – they all lean towards traditional, but with some modernization.

There are other styles that are popular with different people, but these are the top looks you find most people leaning towards for their home décor today. And of course, you can mix and match looks, as more people enjoy eclectic looks these days.

If you want to know more and to see what each style looks like, just stop in and talk to me or one of our design consultants. We’ll be happy to show you the differences.

This part of a series of posts detailing the best in home decor by Jill Truitt, Grand’s Corporate Display Coordinator/Buyer. She’s been a part of the Grand family for over 25 years, and today, she’s in charge of the look you’ll find in the showrooms of all 17 Grand stores.

If you have questions/comments for Jill or our design team, or to schedule time with a design consultant, please email designer@grandhomefurnishings.com.

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#StyleTip: Seven Tips for Creating the Ideal Space for Your Teen

When you picture your house, you see a use for each room. Your kitchen is where you cook and eat, your family room is where you watch TV and spend time with your family and your bedroom is where you store your clothes and sleep.

When you picture your house, you see a use for each room. Your kitchen is where you cook and eat, your family room is where you watch TV and spend time with your family and your bedroom is where you store your clothes and sleep.

Your teenager, on the other hand, sees their bedroom as an all-purpose room. It is where they sleep, sure, but it’s where they do their homework, where they hang out with their friends and where they go to get away from it all. It is a space where they are free to express themselves and it should be a space where they can show off who they are.

With a few tips, you and your teen can create a space that bridges the gap between child and adulthood, represents who they are and doesn’t break the bank.

Go bold

teen room bright colorsMany teens enjoy high-energy spaces. You can achieve this look with a bold paint choice or patterned wallpaper. If that doesn’t fit your own style for your home, you can try something a little less permanent, like a patterned or brightly colored throw pillow or colorful curtains.

Find the right vibe

Does your teen love music? Hang a guitar on the wall or choose a few band posters to frame for the walls. Are they a car enthusiast? Find a vinyl desk chair or metal signage to hang above their bed. Take what interests your child and let that be the theme that brings the room together.

Create a place to hang out

Your teen’s bedroom isn’t just their oasis from the world. It’s also a space to entertain friends. Create a comfortable spot to host friends with club chairs, if you have the space, or over-sized pillows for them to lounge on.

Plenty of storage

Help your teen take care of their busy lives and keep their rooms free from clutter with a variety of storage options. From traditional bookshelves to floating shelves, your kid’s room will be organized and look good.

Let there be light

colorful lamps for teensLamps are a great way to provide functional lighting while also adding a pop of color or a bold pattern. Lampshades come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles or you can also choose a fun and trendy base.

Space to be studious

Enhance your teens learning with a study space of their own. A desk large enough to hold their computer and spread out papers is a must and a comfy chair shouldn’t be too far down your list of necessities. Let your teen add a personal touch with pictures, artwork and cork boards or magnetic dry erase boards – great for reminding them of upcoming tests or due dates.

Catching zzzz in style

Teens use their beds to sleep, relax and, sometimes, to study. Make it a comfortable space with a nice set of sheets, a comfy comforter and some stylish throw pillows. Bonus tip: Consider upgrading the old bunk bed or twin for a full or queen-sized bed if you have the space.

Creating a dream space for your teen can be a challenge, but it isn’t impossible. Follow our tips and remember: The space you are creating is for your teen. Try not to impose your style or what you think is cool as it can differ greatly from your teen’s style. Giving your child some freedom to design their space will make them happy and it could even earn you some cool points – what more could you ask for?

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Selecting Quality Living Room Furniture You’ll Love for Years

The living room is where life happens for most people and that’s why it makes sense to look for quality pieces that will last and stay looking good for years. But getting good quality doesn’t mean spending a lot. You can afford quality pieces for your home.

The living room is where life happens for most people and that’s why it makes sense to look for quality pieces that will last and stay looking good for years. But getting good quality doesn’t mean spending a lot. You can afford quality pieces for your home. Continue reading “Selecting Quality Living Room Furniture You’ll Love for Years”

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#StyleTip: Add a Touch of Summer to Your Home With Area Rugs

The summer season has officially kicked off. We’ve shared tips for creating the perfect outdoor space. Now it’s time to bring a little bit of summer into your home. Area rugs can be the perfect way to brighten up a room and bring a touch of summer into your living space.

The summer season has officially kicked off. We’ve shared tips for creating the perfect outdoor space. Now it’s time to bring a little bit of summer into your home. Area rugs can be the perfect way to brighten up a room and bring a touch of summer into your living space.

Bring the outdoors inside with a floral area rug. Added bonus: You don’t have to water them

Give your room a splash of color honoring summer. Allow an area rug to add color to the room without the heavy commitment of using a strong color on the furnishings or window treatments.

Rugs aren’t just for indoors. Add an accent piece to a sheltered patio for a bit of added flair.

Choosing the right area rug isn’t just about the design. Here are key details to keep in mind:

Location

Where you place your new rug can have a huge impact on the feel of the room. If it’s in a room with furniture, be sure the rug is large enough that the front legs of each piece sit on the rug. Otherwise your rug will look like it’s floating and out of place.

Choose the right size

Rug sizes can make all the difference. The biggest mistake people make when buying an area rug is going to small, which will make the room look smaller.

Staying put

Save the floor or carpet underneath and keep your carpet from finding its way into another room with rug pads. Added bonus: Pads also mean more comfort for your feet.

summer rug on carpetLayering

Area rugs aren’t just for bare floors. They can add boundaries and a hint of playfulness when used on top of wall-to-wall carpeting.

 

 

 

 

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What Makes Tempur-Pedic® One of the Best Mattress Brands?

At Grand, we carry some of the best mattress brands in the world. So, which one should you choose? I’m here to help. This is the first in a series of blog posts where I will break down some of the best mattress brands, what I like about them and what the differences are for you. I’m starting with one of my favorites, Tempur-Pedic.

At Grand, we carry some of the best mattress brands in the world. So, which one should you choose? I’m here to help. This is the first in a series of blog posts where I will break down some of the best mattress brands, what I like about them and what the differences are for you. I’m starting with one of my favorites, Tempur-Pedic.

One thing that makes Tempur-Pedic one of the best mattress brands is the consistency of its products. What you get in the store is exactly what you get at home. And I think it ages the best out of all the different mattresses out there. It offers the most consistent support and comfort for your body over the lifetime of your mattress.

Engineered for Pressure Relief

If you look at the pressure relief mattress category, Tempur-Pedic has some advantages over the other brands. It is engineered so specifically and so uniquely to allow the mattress to keep its support level and its comfort level for a much longer time. This means you don’t have to worry about it slowly moving away underneath you and changing the way your back is supported.

The thing with most mattresses is, over time, they just tend to wear out – just like a pair of shoes or jeans. The more you use it, the more it gets creases and general wear and tear. Eventually, it just becomes time to replace it. With Tempur-Pedic, you don’t have as much of an issue with wear as you do with some other mattress brands.

Not all Memory Foam is Alike

Tempur-Pedic mattress with adjustable baseA lot of different mattress brands have a memory foam options, but Tempur-Pedic’s is a unique formulation of material. In fact, it’s actually not a true memory foam at all. Tempur-Pedic has its own unique proprietary formula that allows it to have a more consistent performance over the life of the mattress. It doesn’t break down the same way other materials do, so you get to keep your mattress’s original shape and feel. Your support level is much more consistent over the long run.

Finding the Right One for You

Tempur-Pedic adjustable mattress 2 sidesWe stock 12 different Tempur-Pedic models, all different support and comfort levels, which are all input into our Zeez technology to help us figure out exactly which one might be a perfect fit for you. It’s about finding that right support and comfort level. It’s all about having that pressure relief and that good night’s sleep you get from the proper support for your body. Tempur-Pedic has a product that will suit almost everyone from the variations of models that they have.

My Tempur-Pedic

As a Grand sleep specialist, I have had the opportunity to try out a lot of different mattresses as part of my job function. And they’ve all been comfortable. But, when I finally got my Tempur-Pedic, the thing that changed for me was that, whether I was getting just 3 or 4 hours of sleep because of my schedule or I was getting a full 8 hours, I felt good. My brain may not always be refreshed (on the short nights), but my body always is. I have not once woken up with aches or pains or discomfort anywhere in my body. My body always feels refreshed after sleeping on that mattress. So, it’s easy for me to recommend a Tempur-Pedic mattress to anyone.

 

This is the first in a series on the best mattress brands, written by Matt Cox, one of Grand’s top Sleep Specialists and one of our Assistant Store Managers.
If you have questions/comments for Matt, or to schedule some time with one of our Sleep Specialists, please email MattressExpert@grandhomefurnishings.com.
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#StyleTip: Tips and Tricks for Mixing Different Furniture Styles

Even most people who love a particular furniture style above all others will still have multiple furniture styles in their home. I think that’s what makes your house a home – your personal touch, how you mix and match what you love. That’s what makes your home unique to you and your personal style.

Even most people who love a particular furniture style above all others will still have multiple furniture styles in their home. I think that’s what makes your house a home – your personal touch, how you mix and match what you love. That’s what makes your home unique to you and your personal style.

My own home is very eclectic. I have family heirlooms, personal things that I’ve collected in all the moves that we’ve made, a wide variety of styles. But I think it all goes together because even though they’re all different, they are all things that I love. Everybody has those different things that they love. All they need to do is figure out how to make everything work together.

If you’re not sure how to make the things you love work together, this post is for you. I’m going to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years for mixing different furniture styles together.

Placement in the room

The first thing I would look at if you want to mix furniture styles is where you plan to place them in the room and how close they are going to be together. This makes a big difference. If they’re on opposite sides of the room, they would probably blend better than being right next to each other.

Some styles work better together than others

Certain furniture styles are very easy to mix. You can use Asian pieces with pretty much anything, Also, an antique piece is something you can use with any style, it doesn’t matter. An antique just gives your room that unique flavor and I think it makes for a good conversation piece.

Although, I think any styles can be mixed together, there are some that don’t go match up as well as others. If you put contemporary and rustic together, for instance, I don’t think those go together quite as well. Or putting something super traditional, like 18th century, and rustic – that’s a lot harder to mix. It can work, but you have to be a lot more careful in how you do it.

Focus on the colors

One of the keys to mixing just about any furniture styles together, is making sure the colors work well together. The easy way to do this is to have your main color scheme focus on two or three complimentary colors. If you’re using upholstery or rugs or accessories to tie everything together, make sure those two to three colors are in each of them. Having these colors represented throughout the room will go a long way towards helping tie together the different styles.

Think about the finishes

One thing to consider, when mixing multiple furniture styles, is whether you’re going to keep it in the natural finish or are you going to paint it. Painting it is going to change the total feel of that piece. A lot of people are taking old pieces or antique pieces and they’re painting them, which updates it and makes it unique. This works especially well if the piece has clean lines. Painting it will give a different feel for your room. And, if you’re mixing three or more furniture styles, painting one will help it blend with the rest.

Size matters

When you’re mixing multiple furniture styles, don’t make them all big pieces. You don’t want each one to be a big, huge focal point. Make one a big piece, another a small piece and a medium piece. Maybe even one style is just an accent piece. Just don’t make them all monster pieces. Mix up the sizes and you can pull off lots of different styles. As I’ve mentioned, y own house is very eclectic, but it’s not all big pieces and that’s a big part of what makes it work.

Use your accessories to really mix it up

Your accessories can be just the trick to be a little funky with your home décor. Don’t be afraid to go a little out there with them. Do a shag rug with the antiques. Or choose artwork that’s very contemporary and mix it with more traditional style furnishings.

You can also use your accessories to tie everything together nicely. For instance you can use the same pillows on two or three different styles of sofa and chairs to tie them all together.

Those are just a few tips you can use to mix and match different furniture styles in your home. Go ahead and experiment, see what works for you. And if you’re still not sure, come in and talk to one of our design consultants at Grand. We’re always happy to help.

Each week, Grand’s top designers will share their best insider decorating tips, style tricks and the latest trends in interior design to help make your home happy!

This week’s article comes from Jill Truitt, Grand’s Corporate Display Coordinator/Buyer. She’s been a part of the Grand family for over 25 years, and today, she’s in charge of the look you’ll find in the showrooms of all 17 Grand stores.

For questions/comments for Jill or our design team, or to schedule a design consult, please email designer@grandhomefurnishings.com.

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