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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?

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? 

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.

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?

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

Can’t get a break from the triple digit heat, but we can give you a break on taxes at F123


Hey, Texans!

We can’t give you a break from this triple digit heat, but we can give you a break from taxes!

Enjoy your Tax Free Weekend THIS WEEKEND and make those furniture purchases you’ve been wanting to make.

We’ll give you a discount that is equivalent to the sales tax on your F123 purchase.

A sampling of some of our items:

 

Tax Free Weekend