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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? 

Blazing Bovine

At Furnish 123 we love to support our local Austin artists so each month we feature Austin artists‘ work at our store. It’s great for Furnish 123 customers looking to add a little something to their furniture purchases, great for the artists to show off and sell their work and great for us because we get to look at inspiring artwork all day!

One of our featured artists, Doug Naugle, was recently commissioned to paint a life-size cow for Austin’s public art event CowParade.

Doug's cow pre-painting

CowParade, a traveling art show, has just recently come to our city of Austin. Cows will be on parade all over the city from July 28, 2011 – October 16, 2011. Here’s what CowParade is all about straight from the horse’s cow’s mouth:

CowParade is the largest and most recognized public art event in the world. CowParade exhibits, held in 75 cities in 30 countries on six continents to date, have produced more than 5,000 of the signature cow canvases by local artists. Partnering with the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, CowParade Austin will display between 100-150 cow sculptures all around town.

Doug’s cow took him about two hours to complete and we think the result is spectacular.

Not your average cow

Doug’s completed cattle, Blazing Bovine, will soon be put out to pasture somewhere in the Austin area. We can’t wait to see where this Blazing Bovine ends up!

Blazing Bovine ready to be released into the wild

What does it take to paint a life-size cow? See this awesome time lapse video of the first stage of Doug painting his cow featured on KVUE.


Have you seen these cows around Austin? What’s your favorite so far?

Furnish 123 at the Violet Crown Spring Festival

Last Saturday, May 7, Furnish 123 was fortunate enough to participate in the Violet Crown Spring Festival as a sponsor! Violet Crown Community Works is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, helping build and sustain community in Brentwood and Crestview by supporting neighborhood enhancement projects.

Violet Crown Festival

The Spring Festival featured arts and crafts vendors, family fun, children’s activities, live music, refreshments, and a very special event — the grand opening of the new farmer’s market: 6701 Burnet Road Market.

Shannon braved the heat!

The event benefited an excellent cause, too: Urban Patchwork. Urban Patchwork is a Violet Crown-based non-profit CSA (community-support agriculture) dedicated to making local, natural food affordable and accessible for all of Austin. It was such an honor to be a part of such a fun and exciting community event!

Live music

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our tent to say hi. We had a great time meeting you and look forward to seeing you all in the store! Don’t forget that the farmer’s market, 6701 Burnet Road Market, will be open Thursdays from 4 p.m to 8 p.m, and Saturdays from 9 a.m to 2 p.m next to door to Furnish 123. Stop by on Thursdays and Saturdays and support local farmers and artisans in Austin!

Popsicles at the Farmer's Market? Count us in!

Did you attend the Violet Crown Spring Festival? What was your favorite part about it?

SXSW: F123 Austin’s top picks

Going to SXSW?  Here are F123’s top picks for the entire conference period.

Fast Society House Party
Social butterfly?  You’re just in time for the Fast Society Party, who is launching an app     just in time for SXSW that helps you find your buds all over the city so you can meet in one place!  And with Patron as a sponsor, why wouldn’t you want to meet there?  And while you’re there, take a seat, F123 is providing all the furniture for the lounge area.

The Good Capitalist Party 3.12.11
We love the mission behind this party!  Their tagline “Can you really do good for the world and make a profit at the same time?” is something that F123 believes in.  We do our best to give back to the community that supports us, so meet the folks that make it their business to do that everyday.  Literally.  And the best part?  No badge needed.

Reel to Reality: A Lights. Camera. Help Event
Can’t wait for the official festivities to begin?  Find yourself at the Reel to Reality party this Friday, 3/4 at Union Park and learn more about the Austin based non-profit that produces the world’s first ever cause driven film festival.  Convio is sponsoring drink tickets, so we suggest to get their early and grab ‘em!

SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage Concert Series
What’s better than free live music?  Free live music with awesome bands that you actually want to see, that’s what!  For three days between March 17-19, free concerts in  the park with the city as its backdrop welcome the badgeless music fans.  We recommend Thuesday the 17th to see The Strokes on stage at 8:00 PM and Blue October March 18th at 8:00 PM.  But bands will be hitting the stage for a few hours, so check the website for showtimes, come early, bring a blanket, and enjoy an open air kind     if night in Austin.

See everybody out there!

SXSW Survival Guide: Getting ready for couch crashers

SXSW is almost upon us Austinities, which for many of you readers means extended houseguests!  Having house guests can be a stressful situation for you AND for your guests, so below are our SXSW tips to survive the month of March.

The best way to maximize and turn a room in to a multi-functional space?  Sleeper sofas!  Turn your living room in to a giant slumber party where guests can both sleep and relax between  those British bands that you’re New Yorker friends have been dying to see.  Immediately, when furniture buyers think of sleeper sofas, they think twice as expensive as a regular sofa, but at Furnish 123, our sleeper sofas are still low priced, at $649.

Below is our sleek and stylish Marietta sofa in Onyx, and yes, it really is $649.

As stressed as you are getting your space ready for your guests, remember, your guests are stressed too.  So here are two little things that you can do to make your guests just a little more at ease, and take the pressure off of you:

Tip 1: Decorative Pillows Make Guests Feel at Home

A couple of decorative pillows on the bed or couch go a long way to bring warmth and coziness to a room. Show your guests that the space they will be inhabiting will really be theirs during their time with you and literally toss your decorative pillows aside as you get them settled in.  A small gesture like that lets your guests drop their guard and truly relax.

The best part? If you come in and sign up for our email list at the store, you get two pillows for FREE!

One of the most stressful things about being a house guest happens when it’s time to take a shower.  Thoughts that may go through your mind:

Can I go ahead and take a shower?  When do they take a shower?  What about towels?  Are they in the bathroom or in the bedroom?  I don’t want to open up their cabinets to look for a towel!

Tip 2. Hang Towels Where Guests Can See Them —

Why not address these potentially stressful questions by not just showing your guests where the bathroom is, but by hanging their towels where they can see them.

Tip 3. Give Guests An Outline of Shower Times —

Can’t get off from work to join in on the SXSW fun?  Give your guests a quick outline of what time you typically leave for work and what time your shower time usually takes place.

Tip 4.  There’s no such thing as too much bedding —

Most people only have enough bedding for the number of beds they have in their home, but when house guests are involved, it never hurts to have extra in easy reach.  Accidents happen, and let’s face it, SXSW is notorious for party hopping.  After a long night, stomachs and that last open bar may lead to messy accidents, so have your extra bedding handy.  It’s not something you want to be caught without in the middle of the night!

Stop by F123 and pick up an extra set or two to avoid the midnight scramble.

The Furnish 123 family hope you and your guests enjoy the SXSW fun!

Furnish 123 Austin at the University of Texas Housing Fair

On February 23, 2011, F123 Austin participated in the University of Texas Housing Fair.  We we’re very excited to meet UT students and introduce them to our products.  Before we headed to the fair, we designed the “showrooms” that we would place in the tent at our stores.

On Housing Fair day, the sea of Longhorns was amazing!  

Our tent was a great place for students to not only experience what F123 Austin had to offer, but to take a load off.  We really got to know some students!  Throughout the day, we raffled off two of our living room storage cubes.  Below is a photo of our two winners.

We learned a lot about University of Texas Students during our time at housing fair!  We also met representatives from student oriented apartments, so to better serve the student community, we will be partnering with various housing options that are available to students to assist them with furniture options for their college pads.  Look for special offers in the near future!  For the students that bought a coupon for $100 worth of furniture for $25, don’t forget that your coupons are good till October 3, 2011!  We look forward to seeing you at our store!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!