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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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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?

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.

Welcome Longhorn Class of 2016

Last weekend, Austin became home for 7,000 incoming Longhorn freshman as they moved into their dorms and houses. CultureMap Austin captured all the move in madness – swing by to see UT’s MOOve-in day in pictures. Welcome Longhorns from the Furnish 123 team!

Photo by Jessica Pages, CultureMap Austin

Guest Post: Tolly Moseley from Austin Eavesdropper shares her deadly furniture “purchase”

To celebrate the fact that “You Never Forget Your First,” Austin Blogger Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper and Austin designer/blogger Maureen Stevens of  Inspired Mrs. Stevens  have been guest blogging on our F123 blog about their first and worst furniture adventures. They’re also designing beautiful spaces at F123 which will be showcased at our Back to School Bash on Tuesday August 30th from 6 pm – 9pm.  (Here’s a sneak peak)

Tolly’s guest post about her first “adult” furniture purchase was about a beautiful fainting couch.  Today, Tolly shares about a purchase that wasn’t quite as pretty but could cause someone to faint from the ugly.

Here’s Tolly talking about her worst:

Last week, I shared a story about my apple green fainting sofa, a story about the first adult furniture purchase I ever made.  A love story.

But this week, I’d like to tell you about the couch that one replaced.

When I was 22, I rented a little studio apartment on 45th and Speedway that lacked a couch.  So I walked to what was once Hyde Park Thrift Store (and what is now a scuba supply shop) and picked something out.  It was burnt orange, with seams bursting apart, and weighed roughly the same as a vehicle.  That’s because it contained a whole fold-out bed, and while I wasn’t sure how I would get it up to my second floor apartment, I knew I’d think of something.

Tolly's Worst Furniture "purchase"

On the day that I moved, it was raining.  My then boyfriend (now husband) and his buddy agreed to move my monstrosity of a couch upstairs, up a winding wet staircase, while they themselves also got rained on.  Long story short, this couch nearly killed my future husband.

It was such a God-awful, ugly couch that when I moved out of that apartment, I “gifted” it to the next tenant.

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We want to hear about your WORST furniture purchase! Was it an ugly sofa you picked up for free on the side of the road? Was it an old hand-me-down from your Great Aunt’s basement? How long did it follow you around until you were able to upgrade?

Here’s how you can win:

  1. To enter to win, you can swing by the Furnish 123 store (6601 Burnet Road) and share a story or photo of your first (or worst) furniture purchase on our“Conquest Wall” or “Wall of Shame.” Haven’t bought any furniture yet? That’s okay – just share what you would buy your first time! We know there’s something you have your eye on.
 When you share your first or worst in the store, you’ll receive a FREE throw blanket from us.
2. Guests attending the F123 Back to School Party on Tuesday, August 30, will vote for their fave entry, and the winner will be hooked up with a brag-worthy sofaa dinette set with chairs and a table, or a dresser drawer chest.Facebook posts of your firsts and worsts are welcome but only in-store entries will count.

Guest Post: Maureen Stevens remembers her worst furniture purchase

 Maureen blog, Inspired Mrs. Stevens, inspires us daily and we’re so excited  about her  joining us for another guest post.   In her  last guest post she shared her memories of  investing in beautiful  white tuffed chairs.

Today,  Maureen shares about her absolute worst furniture buy.

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