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Focus on: dining rooms for holiday entertaining

With everyone enjoying good conversations, friends and family while sitting around the table for holiday get together’s, we thought we’d highlight some of our Furnish 123 dining sets. All of the dining sets we sell start at $399. Sets include a table and four chairs making them a great value for your home! Take a look at some of the casual and beautiful dining sets we carry.

Hayley Extention Dining Set

The rich finish and stylish contemporary design of the Hayley dining room collection transforms your dining area with an atmosphere of exciting details that command a presence within any decor. The select veneers are bathed in a dark brown finish that flows smoothly over the concave drawers and profile details to beautifully capture the refreshing contemporary design. With the classic look of antique nickel color hardware perfectly complementing the rich finish, this collection is sure to enhance any dining environment. Complete the look of any dining room decor with the rich contemporary beauty of the Hayley dining room collection.

Urbandale Bench Seat Dining Room Group

Urbandale Bench Seat Dining Room Group

With an exquisite two-tone finish and subtle contemporary style, the solid wood construction of the “Urbandale” dining room collection transforms your dining room with its unique design. The furniture features a solid wood table top and seats bathed in a unique two-toned finish that covers a subtle curved design. This collection captures rich contemporary style with a hint of country beauty to create a truly unique design that stands out from the rest. Add some style to your dining experience with the beauty of the “Urbandale” dining room collection

Lakota Dining Room Set

Welcome to the lodge. This is the feeling you will share with your family. The Lakota dining room group captures the lodge feel with dark birch stained finish accented with burnished edges flowing beautifully over the rustic style of the planked effect table top design. The wood side chairs feature a soft faux leather upholstered seat and back to add comfort to your dining experience. Create a rustic dining area with the lodge design of the Lakota dining room group.

Cedar Heights Dining Set

The combination of rich cherry stained and black finish make the country styling of the Cedar Heights Dinette Set from the Cedar Heights Dining Room Collection stand out from the other country styled furniture collections. Detailed with a beautifully embossed running leaf motif and a distressed black finish, this dining room furniture embodies the country styling of finely crafted furniture. The complementing cherry stained finish adds to the rustic style this collection brings to your dining experience. Decorate your home with the beautifully detailed Cedar Heig

Which dining set could you see in your home?

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How to: winterize your home

The temperatures are  starting to get colder and soon we’ll be facing another winter season. Fortunately here in Austin, our winters aren’t too brutal (we did get some snow last year!) but it’s still important to get your home ready for the colder temperatures. We know your home is an investment and we want to make sure it stays safe and warm throughout winter.

(We’ve also got some great winter deals for your home)

Here are our top tips for winterizing your home.

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  • Check for leaks. Be sure to look all around windows and doors for leaks and drafts that your warm air may be escaping from. If you find any holes, weather-stripping and caulking are a surefire way to seal them up. Make sure your door seals properly, as well.
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  • Prepare your fireplace. Cap your chimney to keep out pesky rodents and birds and if the chimney hasn’t been cleaned it awhile, call an expert to come remove soot.
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  • Check you insulation. Often times, it doesn’t get cold enough in Austin to need extra insulation through the winter but it’s still important to check your insulation and make sure every thing is still intact.
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  • Prepare an emergency kit. Don’t let rolling blackouts get you down! Have a supply of indoor candles and lighters ready in case you lose power. Be sure your computers are plugged in to power strips to avoid shortages and grab an extra battery pack to protect your computer, too.
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Are you ready for winter?

Using Pinterest for our Turkey Day Inspiration

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? We’ve put together this autumnal inspiration board full of all the warm shades of the season to get you inspired for decorating your Thanksgiving table. Don’t forget the turkey!

*all images via pinterest

How will you be decorating your home for Thanksgiving this year? Are you prepared for all your holiday  guests?

Budget friendly Halloween decor during scary economic times

We love holidays at Furnish 123 because we love to decorate (surprised?)! We could go on and on about all the fun DIY Halloween projects out there but instead we put together a quick roundup of some of our very favorite spooky creations. Check ’em out!

Martha Stewart’s Glittered Skulls

Nothing says creepy quite like glittering skulls and bones, right? We dig this instant and easy centerpiece.

Real Simple’s Chalkboard Pumpkins

Can’t decide what you want to carve this year? Paint your pumpkin with chalkboard paint and change your mind all October!

Better Homes and Gardens’ Prettiest Pumpkin Vases

White pumpkins become vases for all the beautiful fall flowers.

Graveyard Moss Drop Kit on Etsy

Create a mossy graveyard like this Etsy design – a super creative and unique DIY.

How did you decorate this year? What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for?

How to: find your perfect apartment

Whether you’re moving to a new apartment in the city you live in now or are moving to a whole new city, finding an apartment takes work. It can be hard to know all the details about a neighborhood and whether it will be a good fit until you’ve really spent some time there. Luckily for you, there’s the Internet and lots of great resources to make finding your perfect apartment as easy as possible!

  1. Prioritize. Figure out what your non-negotiables are for your new apartment. Proximity to the grocery store? Brand new appliances? An apartment gym? Know what you must have and what you can live with out to help narrow down and focus your search.
  2. Keep an open mind. Maybe you thought you knew everything about a particular neighborhood but try to look at each new place with an open mind. You might surprise yourself and end up in an awesome place you never would have expected.
  3. Research. Do your homework on the Internet first – there are so many resources out there so start taking advantage of them. Google is a great place to start to give you a general base of knowledge. Look for user-generated forums, like on Yelp, to determine the personality of an area and see if it will be a match. Check out Craigslist, too, for a real look at the area’s vibe. Tools like WalkScore are also great for figuring out what is close by and whether the area is walkable. Last but not least, try to find some blogs written by community members. This last research might take a little bit more time but ultimately can give you a clear understanding of area’s energy.
  4. Visit. Now that you know so more information from your Googling, get in the car and scout out your potential new neighborhood! Drive around and check out what you like and what you don’t like. Plan to stop in to area restaurants and businesses and really get the feel the place.
  5. Shop around. If you are lucky enough to have the luxury of time, you might as well take advantage of it! Check out all of your options beforehand and know that when you do sign the lease, you’ve made a well-informed decision.

Happy apartment hunting! Any apartment search horror stories?

Make the most of your studio

Here at Furnish 123, we understand small spaces! Studio apartments are fun and affordable rental options but can be difficult to decorate. If you’re planning on furnishing a studio apartment, dividing your room will help make your place feel more spacious and unique. Here are our suggestions for dividing studios and making the most of an efficiency apartment.

  • Utilize furniture to create barriers. A desk, bookshelf or sofa are all great options that create the impression of two different rooms. We love this option because it’s inexpensive when using furniture you already own, it’s easy and it really makes the most of a small space.

This F123 desk separates the living room from the bedroom AND creates an efficient workspace in this studio.

  • Add a folding screen or curtains in between rooms. These are both equally inexpensive options that are also easy to put up and take down. You’ll have the freedom to rearrange your space as often as you please with this simple option.
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  • Decorate with mirrors. They’ll help add the illusion and more depth in your small space and help it feel lighter and brighter.
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  • Let the light in! Use light curtains and blinds that allow light to shine through your small space. The more light you let in, the larger the room will feel.
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Have you ever lived in a studio apartment? How did you make the most of your space?

Office Space

Whether your desk is at home or in an office, your workspace is an important area to decorate. You’ll want to be sure your desk is a comfortable space that reflects your personal style and allows you to be as productive as possible. Here are our favorite tips for making your workspace work for you.

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  • Add some plants. No we’re not talking about plastic trees here – we mean the real deal. Find some greenery that thrives in your office light and incorporate the plants in to your desk design. We love simple succulents to brighten up a desk.
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  • Color is key. You don’t have to go crazy with color but pick a palette that fuels your work and stick with it. Splashes of color will add personal style to your workspace. Bright colors are said to help stimulate creativity!
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  • Organize, organize, organize. Taking the time to arrange your office will make your life easier in the future. Limit the chaos and add cord organizers, paper organizers and supplies in accessible spots.
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  • Pay attention to where you sit. Choose a chair that is the most comfortable and ergonomic for you. It’s so important to be physically comfortable while working so take the time to select a chair that meets your needs.
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What do you do to make sure your workspace is unique to your style?