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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?

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Furnish 123’s Fall Inspiration Mood board

This week we finally welcomed the fall season! Okay, so the weather may still be extra hot here in Austin but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about autumn colors and decor. In honor of this lovely season, we’ve created another mood board with our favorite tool, Olioboard. We loved creating our first mood board  and this fall mood board was just as fun. Check it out:

Click to make larger!

By incorporating warm shades of eggplant purple in our Renee sofa (only $399!) and sand colored walls, we channeled the coziness of fall without going over the top! The dark wood in our Ripley tables (3 tables for $199) bring all the warm features together in a perfectly palatable fall-inspired room. What we love the most is that these fall colors are subtle enough to go well with any season.

Are you ready for autumn? What decor changes do you make as the weather gets cooler?

Announcing our You Never Forget Your First contest winners!

Throughout August, we asked Furnish 123 friends and fans to come in to the store and share with us stories of their first and worst furniture purchases on our Wall of Shame and Wall of Conquest.

We received so many awesome entries and were blown away by each entry’s creativity (why should we be surprised, though – you guys rock!).

On August 30, we hosted a champagne and confection Back to School celebration at our store and selected winners from our Wall of Shame/Wall of Conquest. Check out our winners below and see photos and stories of their first or worst furniture purchase.

Courtney won a brand new chest from us to replace this dresser that has definitely seen better days.

Sara is the winner of a new Furnish 123 sofa that we're hoping will replace her 16 year-old Thrift Town purchase 🙂

Tara is also the winner of a new sofa. RIP purple couch...it's time for a new one!

Jenny's first furniture purchase is pretty impressive...but now she's a winner of a sparkling new dinette set.

Also, Chef Jocelyn, of SugaPlump Pastries, generously gave away four certificates to party guests for use on her delicious desserts. Below are the winners of SugaPlump Pastries gift certificates and their funny entries.

Andrea's traveling, versatile furniture

Christine's circus act!

Sonny and her hobbit table

Zach's second hand mattress

Thanks to EVERYONE who entered! We had so much fun reading your stories and seeing your photos. Congratulations to all of our winners…can’t wait to see how your new Furnish 123 pieces look in your place.

Furnish 123’s Austin City Limits Festival Picks

Start the countdown to Friday…Austin City Limits is almost here! This three-day festival is celebrating its 10th year and with 130 fantastic acts, we’re sure 2011 will be a year to remember. Just in time for ACL, we’ve put together a list of our top musical picks for this weekend:

1. Elbow

Elbow, a British band that has been around since 1990 producing a wide collection of work, is a band that will definitely deliver this weekend. With a sound different than many of the ACL acts this year (one that’s a little reminiscent of Sting!), Elbow’s set is worth making time for. In their native UK, each of their five studio albums have made top twenty lists and in 2008, the band won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Elbow is playing on Sunday at 5:30 PM on the Google+ stage.

2. James Blake

Admittedly, we don’t know too much about James Blake but from what we do know and have heard – we like! We’re looking forward to an amazing live performance that mixes electronic sound with a soothingly soulful voice. James Blake’s music is inventive and we can’t deny that this man is incredibly talented. James Blake is playing on Friday at 3:10 on the Honda stage.

3. The Antlers

The Antlers are an indie-rock band based out of Brooklyn, New York with a passion for musical exploration. The band’s first album Hospice was a decidedly different album than what The Antlers are currently producing.  Experimenting with synthesizers and other electronic instrumentation, The Antlers are making music that pushes the boundaries of how we classify and interpret music. The Antlers are playing Saturday at 12:30 PM on the AMD stage.

4. Bomba Estéreo

Formed by visual artist and musician Simón Mejía, Bomba Estéreo is a band from Columbia producing a fantastic mix of electronic and Latin sounds. We’re guessing this is going to be a really fun show to see this weekend! Combining Afro-Columbian and hip-hop cultures in their music, Bomba Estéreo produces a unique sound and is racking up accolades like  MTV’s “The Best New Band in the World.” Bomba Estéro is playing on Sunday at 4:30 PM on the Vista Equity stage.

No matter what bands you see at ACL, the festival will be a fantastic weekend of live music, beautiful art, fine Austin weather and delicious local food. Our final tips for the weekend (totally non-music related!): drink lots of water, bring cash, make a schedule but be flexible and please remember that Burn Ban is in effects for Austin Parks!

What bands will you be seeing this year? 

Austin Museum of Art “Good Design” Art Exhibit

Attention interior design lovers and Herman Miller fans! This week is the last week to check out the Austin Museum of Art’s design-friendly exhibit, Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller. The exhibit “explores the collaborative problem-solving design process employed at the world-renowned and West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc,” according to the AMOA website.

Herman Miller designers are best-known for their beautiful, practical furniture and for giving the world some of the most iconic pieces of the century.

On Thursday, September 1, in conjunction with the exhibit, local interior designers and architects were invited to the Austin Museum of Art-Downtown for the Herman Miller and Workplace Resources’ Good Design Challenge. In celebration of the exhibit, Herman Milller challenged local designers and artists to use the classic white Eames molded plastic chair as a canvas to their self-expression. AMOA will display the chairs in the Community Room and daily visitors will be asked to ‘vote’ on their favorites by making a donation in support of their most loved chair.

Lisa Retrum’s “Threads” chair. Photo by Michael Yetter, Austin American-Statesman

The display donations and live auction proceeds will benefit The Art School at Laguna Gloria Scholarship Program and Community in Schools-Central Texas. You can also see the chairs in this AMOA video posted to the museum’s Facebook page.

Have you been to the Good Design exhibit yet? Do you have a favorite chair?

Disaster Relief for Texas Wildfire Victims

Over the Labor Day weekend, wind-fueled wildfires destroyed nearly 500 homes and charred about 25,000 acres of land in Central Texas. Hundreds of families in Bastrop, Spicewood, Steiner Ranch and Pflugerville have been affected by these wildfires and many have had their homes and possessions destroyed.

Deanna Roy's much tweeted and shared photo of the Austin skyline

Furnish 123 and our parent store, Gage Furniture, in Austin are making a concerted effort to offer disaster relief  to our neighbors who have been devastated by these wildfires.

We will be taking donations toward gift certificates to help furnish housing and rebuild these communities for those who have lost so much. Gift certificates in the amount of $25, $50 and $100 are available to purchase and will go towards furniture, bedding and necessities. We will also be accepting donations of bottled water and pet foods for the pets and animals affected by the fires.

Victims of the Central Texas wildfires will also receive an additional 25% off of the saleprice on any item at Furnish 123 or Gage Furniture. 

Donations will be accepted at both stores:

Furnish 123
6601 Burnet Road, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78755

Gage Furniture
7725 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78751

Thank you to all working hard to fight these wildfires and assist in rebuilding communities.

Furnish 123 Champagne and Confection Back to School Celebration

On Tuesday, August 30, 2011 we hosted a champagne and confection Back to School celebration at our store.

Party time!

We toasted the new school year and all the nostalgic memories it brings with glasses of champagne and mouthwatering morsels from SugaPlump Pastries and Cornucopia Gourmet Popcorn.

Dill pickle and sundried tomato basil flavored popcorn from our friends at Cornucopia

We couldn’t get enough of  the delicious popcorn and pastries.  A big thank you  to SugaPlump and Cornucopia for providing the treats.

Lemondrop cake pops & white chocolate Irish creme infused cakeballs & mini french vanilla and strawberry cupcakes from SugaPlump Pastries & Catering

Guests met our “artists in residence” Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper and Maureen Stevens of Inglenook Decor and Inspired Mrs. Stevens.

Room designers & guest bloggers Maureen & Tolly

Both Tolly and Maureen designed spaces at F123 and were our “You Never Forget Your First” guest bloggers. We unveiled their well-styled spaces at the party.

Maureen's Furnish 123 Room

Maureen used Furnish 123’s Riverton sofa in Spa, Cubit ivory cubes, Aaron Spa chairs and  Marsha lamps in her relaxing room design.

With its soft blues and vanilla tones, we felt like it was a room one would want to retreat to after a long day. A little “seaside” get away.

Another shot of Maureen's beautiful room

In Tolly’s room, she used our Oakmere Truffle Leather Sofa, Showwood Accent Chair, Flanders coffee table and Natane lamps for her awesomely styled space. We called it “the cigar room.”  Tolly remarked that she was used to have male roommates in college and that she was accustomed to designing for the male color palette: deep browns and leather.

Tolly's room design

Tolly's dashing room

Guests also wrote on the Conquest Wall/Wall of Shame on the days leading up to the party and during the party and we gave away a free throw blanket to all contest entrants.

Checking out the wall of shame and wall of conquest

Posting a first furniture purchase story

We drew from the first and worst furniture purchases on our Wall of Shame/Conquest Wall from our Never Forget Your First Contest and awarded the winners a FREE sofa, a dinette set with chairs and a table, or a dresser drawer chest. Contestants to be called this week.

Furnish 123 owner, Kyle Gage, drawing our contest winners

Here’s to memories of your first day of college, your first dorm room, your first apartment, your first home and your first adult furniture purchase.

Cheers!

Thanks to all who joined us for our Back to School celebration. We enjoyed meeting new people and seeing some of our regulars. We also enjoyed reading all of the fun and creative  You Never Forget Your First contest entries. For more photos of the party,  like us and check out our Facebook page.