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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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Are you ready for winter?

Tips for pet-proofing your furniture

The month of May is National Pet Month and at Furnish 123 Austin, we absolutely love our pets! There are many reasons why owning a pet is a rewarding and beneficial experience (for you and your furry friend alike) – they provide love, they can encourage you to get more exercise, they can protect you in your home and, most importantly, you can help save an animal’s life by adopting! If you’ve been considering bringing a pet into your home, we can’t think of a better month to do so. Consider adopting a pet here in Austin and rescue an animal that is in need of your love.

Jasper was rescued from an Austin shelter!

As rewarding as owning a pet can be, there are always necessary concerns that come with providing a home for an animal. Whether they’re furry, feathered, fluffy or fuzzy, pets have the tendency to make your furniture their very own. BUT by taking the proper precautions, you can pet-proof your home and leave plenty of time for sofa snuggles with your fluffy friend. Here are a few of our favorite pet-proofing tips for your furniture:

  • Spray pet friendly lemon or bitter apple scents (or any other natural spray deterrent) on furniture. These are not harmful for your pet and simply produce a smell your pet will dislike. Always test a patch of hidden furniture first, though!
  • To prevent pets from jumping on your sofa or chair, try placing masking tape (sticky side up!) on the furniture. The tape will stick to your pets paws, drive them crazy and keep them from coming back.
  • Puppies and kittens tend to chew and destroy when they are bored. Keep plenty of toys around the house and exercise your animal during the day to keep them active and engaged.
  • Does your pet always gravitate to that one, special spot on the sofa? Consider buying a pretty throw to place in your dog or cat’s favorite sleeping spot to keep it looking fresh – and brighten up your room!
  • Keep lint rollers handy! They are a great quick solution to picking up any left behind pet hair.
Are there any tips we missed? Have you found a fool-proof way to keep your furniture fresh and new?