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Brumbaugh’s 3 Favorite Fall Rugs of 2017

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At Brumbaugh’s, we think the fall season calls for some refreshing new interior pieces. After all, Mother Nature updates her look during autumn – why shouldn’t you?

As you begin to revamp your home’s appearance for the upcoming cooler months, there are always countless options for changing the look and feel of your home. Anyone who’s been on Pinterest at all knows seasonal decor begins flooding social feeds once September rolls around.

But if you want to update decor the quick and easy way, one of the most effective things you can do is simply change a room’s floor space. Adding a brand new rug to a room can drastically change the area’s ambiance. So, if you’re looking to go for something a little different this fall, purchasing a new rug for your home is a great option.

So, without further ado, here are three of our favorite rugs for the 2017 fall season, all available at Brumbaugh’s:

1. Ella Rose Rug

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Part of the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines collection, the Ella Rose rug is considered a modern interpretation of the traditional Persian style and is the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. Beige and cream hues complement the muted blues, and a low-key floral pattern prevents the rug from visually overpowering a space. The warm subtlety of this beautiful piece makes it perfect for fall and a great addition to any room.

Additionally, for added drama, consider placing the Ella Rose rug alongside an accent piece like this console or beneath a recliner like this.

2. Emmie Kay Rug

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Another beautiful option is the Emmie Kay Rug. Also by Magnolia Home, Emmie Kay is one of our favorites for autumn thanks to its beautiful Nordic-inspired motif and reversible pattern! Made of 100% wool, this navy and cream piece will keep you and your family warm for years to come.

Also, this rug would look particularly stunning placed alongside furniture with deep chestnut hues, like this leather recliner or this sectional.

3. Prismatic Rug

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Finally, if you’re interested in a rug that doubles as a statement piece, the hand-tufted Prismatic is the one to consider. With an abstract pattern which boasts neutral shades contrasted with pops of jade, this rug will dramatically enhance the appearance of your space.

Pictured above, Prismatic is paired with the Val Verde Diamond Buckley Chair but would look just as bold with a more traditional leather set as well.

Looking for something different?

Brumbaugh’s carries a vast selection of over 1,200 rugs in-house. Visit us here to view a sample of our collection or stop by the showroom to browse our entire selection! With so much to choose from, you will certainly find the perfect piece for you.

 

Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings
11651 W. Camp Bowie Blvd.
Aledo, Texas 76008
817-244-9346

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13 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in Fort Worth

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Get the most out of your visit to Cowtown by visiting these must-see hotspots for western-loving cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. Here are the best things to do in Fort Worth:

At Brumbaugh’s, we know a thing or two about rodeos. If you’re heading into Fort Worth to watch or compete in rodeo events, you’ll almost certainly find us at Will Rogers Memorial Center cheering on our own Elizabeth Brumbaugh as she competes in NCHA events or lounging in our booth in the Amon Carter Exhibition Hall.

But are you wondering what else to do once the rodeo is said and done? We believe in good ol’ fashioned Texas hospitality, so you won’t be bored on our watch. Here are 13 of the best western-themed things to do in Fort Worth – because it ain’t called Cowtown for nothin’.

1. Heim BBQ

Have you ever heard of a BBQ joint serving food so expertly crafted that it’ll draw people to stand in line for hours in the blazing Texas heat just to get a bite? Well, we have!

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Heim BBQ is a new kid on the Fort Worth block, but they’ve already achieved near-legendary status thanks to their mouth-watering menu. Their offerings include what you might typically expect on a BBQ menu, but don’t be fooled: it is next-level. If you stop by Heim during their not-so-busy hours (between 3 pm and 6 pm on the weekends), you shouldn’t expect a terrible wait.

Pro-tip: Locals know that if you’re gonna eat at Heim, you gotta order the Bacon Burnt Ends. Shhh…. Just between us.

 

2. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.

After some BBQ, think about heading around the corner and visit the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company, home of the now very popular TX Whiskey. While there are lots of brewery-related things to do in Fort Worth, this distillery is a little more unique.

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If you’ve never tried this particular spirit before, it’s a little different than you might expect from a typical whiskey. As a blended whiskey, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its sweet notes of vanilla and honey, the earthy taste of pecan, and a bright, citrusy finish of fresh oranges.

Located in another historical, pre-prohibition era warehouse near the Justin Boots factory, you can not only tour the distillery but also participate in tastings. Complete your time here with a look around their gift shop, which offers gifts and souvenirs for whiskey lovers galore, including tiny TX Whiskey bottles.

 

3. The Brumbaugh’s Mural

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our famous “Postcard of Texas” mural, which emblazons the side of Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings on the west side of Fort Worth. This fun wall celebrates Texas, western heritage, the Aggies (Gig ‘Em), and was recently named by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as one of the city’s most Instagram-worthy spots.

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Not only is this place a photo shoot hotspot, the inside boasts 50,000 square feet of the finest-quality western furniture Fort Worth can offer. Love leather? Crazy about cowhide? Totally tantalized by Tuscan decor? Then Brumbaugh’s is the place for you.

And don’t worry about hauling your discovered treasures back home – Brumbaugh’s will be happy to send your finds to you.

 

4. Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

No respectable ranch-dwelling cowboy can visit Fort Worth without taking a look around the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. This unique museum honors men (and women) who’ve made Texas proud through rodeo, philanthropic, and business success.

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Included in their many exhibits is one in particular which takes a special look into the life of the legendary Fort Worthian, John Justin, of Justin Boots fame. Also included are optional tours, a gift shop, and special exhibits for children, too!

Famous inductees include Lyle Lovett, Nolan Ryan, George Strait, and countless legendary horsemen. Texas country music star Pat Green will be inducted in January of 2018 and, if you’ve got some spare change to throw around, you can purchase tickets to attend the induction ceremony here.

 

5. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Just around the corner from the Will Rogers complex and located next door to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is yet another fascinating must-see for all ages.

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum Fort Worth

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This visually stunning museum includes fascinating exhibits showcasing legendary women who, according to their website, “exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West.”

This attraction is known for its beautiful architecture, modern design, and its ability to inspire even the littlest of cowgirls with fun exhibits and interactive events. They also have a great souvenir shop which offers everything from home goods to art.

 

6. Billy Bob’s Texas

If you’re from anywhere in Texas, you’ve probably already heard about Billy Bob’s. As one of the most popular things to do in Fort Worth, the largest honky tonk in the world is famous for its lineup of country music events, huge dance floors, bull riding, and western atmosphere. 

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This 100,000 square foot club is a Fort Worth Stockyards staple and was once an open-air barn used for cattle back in the good ol’ days. Billy Bob’s is the real deal – it’s been nominated as Club of the Year by the Country Music Association 12 times. 

Another famous Fort Worth “landmark” actually lies within this honky tonk, where some of the most legendary country singers of all time have left moulds of their handprints on its walls. Famous prints include Gary Stewart, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and many more. Newer artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait (long live the King), Dwight Yoakum, and Miranda Lambert also have their prints showcased here. You’ll just have to make a visit to see for yourself!

 

7. Fred’s Texas

Not in the mood for a huge crowd? Fred’s Texas is a great place to watch live country music, grab a few cold ones, enjoy the evening air, and hang out with the family without all the hullabaloo of a nightclub.

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Fred’s is also famous for its burgers – especially the Fredburger, a ½ pound menu item which comes with hand-cut fries. A half pound patty not enough for ya? The Big Fred will certainly satisfy even the largest appetites and weighs in at a whopping ¾ pound.

Fort Worth has two Fred’s locations: the original, located in the 7th Street area (pictured above), and the newer location, which is located near TCU’s campus.

 

8. M.L. Leddy’s

Since 1922, Leddy’s has been hand-crafting exceptional-quality leather goods, like boots, saddles, and more. Once the Fort Worth location opened in 1941, locals have been relying on Leddy’s for only the finest in goods and customer service.

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This storied establishment is now so ingrained in Fort Worth’s culture, getting your first custom-made pair of boots is a well-known rite of passage in these parts. If you’re making your way to the Fort Worth Stockyards (and we know you are), a visit to Leddy’s has to be a part of your itinerary.

 

9. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Looking for some upscale things to do in Fort Worth? Lonesome Dove is the western bistro headed up by famed Chef Tim Love and it’s located right in the heart of the Stockyards.

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Their gourmet menu includes interesting fixin’s like rabbit-rattlesnake sausage, kangaroo carpaccio nachos (to die for), and rocky mountain elk loin. Although the menu may seem like it’s for adventurous eaters, trust us – their offerings are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Plus, the atmosphere is candlelit, romantic, and perfect for special occasions.

 

10. Fort Worth Herd

If you’re interested in a family activity that’s easy on the wallet, visiting the Stockyards to watch the Fort Worth Herd’s daily cattle drive through the streets is as budget friendly as it gets (hint, hint: it’s free)!

Fort Worth Herd by Dalton Zarko

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You can watch cattle drivers bring in the herd on East Exchange Avenue in front of the Fort Worth Stock Exchange Building at 1:00pm and 4:00pm each day. Plus, in between drives, you and the kiddos can even visit the herd in their pens behind the exchange building.

Local tip: On the weekends, there’s usually a steer hanging around on Exchange Avenue available for photo ops with you and the family!

 

11. Cattle Pen Maze

Another fun, family-friendly activity located in the Stockyards is the Cattle Pen Maze!

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At only $6.00 a piece, visitors can make their way through the maze together or can compete against each other (and the clock). If you’d rather watch your pals attempt to finish the maze, an observatory deck is available for spectators.

 

12. Justin Boots Outlet

Remember the famous John Justin we mentioned before? You can see another little piece of history by visiting the Justin Boots Outlet store, which is located at the Justin Boots Factory right in the heart of Fort Worth.

Justin Boots Outlet Fort Worth

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Here, you can find great deals on over 15,000 pairs of boots straight from the source and visit a historical site all in one. This is a can’t-miss stop for western-wear lovers of all ages, with great service to boot!

 

13. Sid Richardson Museum

If you’re into the finer things in life, the Sid Richardson Museum might be the place for you.

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This museum holds the personal collection of art collector and famous Fort Worth philanthropist and oilman Sid Richardson. Also featured here are various exhibits that typically showcase art meant to highlight the beauty of the American Southwest. Located in downtown’s Sundance Square, plenty of restaurants and bars are within walking distance after you’ve completed your tour.

 

Y’all Come Back Now, Ya Hear?

Fort Worth is rapidly becoming a world-class city full of historical, fascinating, and fun activities and events. The people are friendly, the food is good, and we’re just the right mix of country and class. With plenty of things to do in Fort Worth, you won’t be disappointed.

Have fun enjoying your time in our great city, and we hope to see you at Brumbaugh’s soon!

 

Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings

11651 West Freeway

Fort Worth, TX 76008

817-244-9377

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Jewelry For Your Home: How To Select a Great Rug

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Trying to select a great rug but not sure where to begin? Here are four different types of rugs that can make all the difference in your home.


There are not many of us, male or female, that don’t like some kind of jewelry. Maybe you like earrings, that great squash blossom necklace to make a statement, or maybe it is just a watch. (People still wear those!)

When you select your final accessories for that special outfit, business or pleasure, you almost always choose a piece of jewelry. The same idea works for your home. You have chosen the perfect sofa, coffee table, lamps and even artwork, but it is the choice you make in a rug that brings your home together.  

Brumbaughs Empress RugEmpress Rug: Available Here

Select something subdued when you want your leather/fabric sofa to pop or when working with a monochromatic color scheme. But for that leather sofa, be bold and choose something with color and dimension.

Select the jewelry that makes your room.

Rugs come in various types of construction. At Brumbaugh’s, we carry them all. Here are four types of rugs we carry:

Hand-Knotted

Hand-knotted rugs are the most expensive. A smaller 5×7 hand-knotted rug may take 4-7 months to knot, whereas a large room-sized rug could take upwards of 18 months just to complete one rug. Your investment in a hand-knotted rug is something of great value.  

Hand-Tufted

Hand-tufted rugs are more affordable and have great design, patterns, and textures. A ‘tufting-gun’ is used to create the pattern of the rug.

Hand-Hooked

Hand-hooked rugs are made by tufting loops of yarn or fabric over linen, which has been stretched over a canvas. These are usually a plush, heavily-textured rug.

Power Loomed

This is a machine-made rug, which allows it to be very affordable. Colors, styles, sizes, and designs are endless. Synthetic yarns are used to create luster and depth of design. These yarns are also very soil resistant

Are you looking for the perfect rug?

To browse a sample of our selection, click here. To see everything we offer, stop by our showroom to explore our vast selection of rugs. We will help you find something that fits your style and budget.

For questions and contact information, click here.

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Host the Perfect Football Watch Party with These 5 Essentials

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Fall is arguably one of the most festive seasons of the year. With it comes pumpkin-spiced-everything, cozy sweaters, and falling leaves of autumnal reds, oranges, and yellows. And there’s nothing quite like the chill of that first frosty morning, is there?

And, of course, we can’t forget about football season! Football is one of the most popular fall festivities – it brings together tradition and ritual, competition and the spirit of sportsmanship, but above all else, it brings together people.

Nothing compares to the feel of a happy, warm home filled with friends and family rooting together (or against each other) in support of their alma mater or their hometown team.

If you’re planning to host football watch parties this fall, below are five must-haves for throwing the perfect gathering!

1. A Sweet Setup

Wow your guests as soon as they arrive by creating a festive spread in your kitchen or dining area! There are so many options when it comes to party decor, and you can go as big (or as low-key) as you’d like.

Party decor is all about themes and schematics, so consider color-coordinating the decor to match team colors for a spirited gathering. If you’re expecting some rival fans in the house, you can always stick to a neutral football theme like the one pictured below, too!

Perfect football watch party decorVia Anders Ruff

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By the way, all the cute labels and signage pictured above? They’re available for download from Anders Ruff here.

 

2. Finger Foods

Is a football watch-party really a party if it doesn’t have finger foods? We don’t think so, either.

Easy-to-grab food like these french onion beef sliders probably won’t last long, but they’ll definitely make an impression. Onions caramelized in butter, seasoned beef, gruyere cheese, toasty buns – sweet Vince Lombardi, we can’t wait to try them! Get the recipe here.

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3. Boozy Concoctions

Now, we love a good sports-gathering as much as the next person. But what we don’t love is the messy cans and bottles that are left strewn all over our kitchens.

One way we’ve chosen to cut down on the garbage clutter is by offering our adult guests festive cocktails instead! Cocktails displayed in beautiful glass beverage dispensers can even double as party decor, especially if you throw in some bright fruit as a garnish.

One of our favorite football-themed cocktails is the Super Bowl Slammer. It’s essentially an adult Cherry Dr. Pepper and is always a huge hit. For the recipe and instructions for the DIY mason jar, click here.

football party drinksVia Wine and Glue

If cherry isn’t your thing, perhaps a fall-themed drink will lift your spirits and warm your belly! This Apple Cider Bourbon Whiskey only uses two ingredients, so it’s simple to make. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and an apple slice and you’re all set!

(Pssst – soaking your apple slices for a few minutes in some water with a pinch of salt will keep them from turning brown so quickly!)

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4. Cozy Blankets

To make your guests feel at home, consider setting some warm fall blankets around the TV area. We’ve noticed children and ladies especially love to utilize blankets during football games, but by halftime, they’re usually wrapped around the gentlemen snoozing in their recliners. It’s just an added touch that’ll make your space all the more inviting and welcoming.

If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving and the football after-party on the same day, cozy blankets will be even more important for folks recovering from their turkey-comas!

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5. Comfortable Seating – and Plenty of It!

If you decide to skip any of our tips for hosting the perfect football watch-party, do not let it be this final one! Comfort is key when bringing guests into your home, especially when they’re coming to watch a game that could exceed four or more hours.

What’s more, you don’t want to have people awkwardly sitting on the floor or under your fireplace mantle in order to get a view of the TV. When hosting any party, you really need to make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating.

Here are some suggestions:

Dover Chocolate Recliner

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For example, who wouldn’t love to watch their team while lounging in a luxurious leather recliner? This inviting chair is the pinnacle of relaxation with its plush cushioning and velvety-smooth feel. Plus, its deep-chocolate color and classic frame allow it to fit in perfectly with almost any decor.

Croc Cowhide Recliner

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If you’re in the market for something with more of a western feel, this crocodile and cowhide recliner is the piece for you. The combined textures of distinct crocodile and coarse cowhide add rustic character, while the smoother leather of the arms and seat cushions make it a cozy resting place.

For more rustic chic decor ideas, read our post here!

Abbeville Sectional

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Let’s face it – football parties are rarely gatherings for one. Since you’ll likely be hosting a slew of guests throughout the coming months, a sofa like the Abbeville Sectional is a great option for accommodating everyone who stops by! Clean lines and unique stitching detail will make this an elegant and impressive addition to your home.

Can’t decide between leather or fabric sofas? Take a look at our guidelines for choosing between the two here.

 

Want to see more?

Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings boasts over 50,000 square feet of magnificent items for your home or office. Visit us here to browse more of our collection, or stop by our Fort Worth showroom!

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How to Use Jewel Tones In Your Decor

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Is your western decor feeling a little lusterless lately? Need to add a little flare to the farm?

We have some pointers for infusing this year’s color trends into your traditionally neutral, rustic interiors.

After Benjamin Moore revealed their deep-magenta shade “Shadow” as 2017’s Color of the Year, jewel tones have been everywhere from runways to showrooms.

While it’s no surprise that fashionistas and interior designers alike are drawing inspiration from sultry shades like magenta, mulberry, and burgundy, you may be wondering how to incorporate them into your western decor.

Here are some ideas:

1. Southwest Print Armchair

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Selecting a piece adorned in a southwestern print but in a trendy, eye-popping color is a great option for boosting color into your space.

This is a rich, jewel-toned chair great for relaxation and comfort. The beautiful plum fabric is accented with a sultry leather. Current design trends of red, plum, and merlot look great with amber hues of more traditional leather materials.

2. Patterned Rug

Brumbaugh's Southwestern Rug

Worried about changing your western space a little too much?

A great way to highlight an area without completely changing the look and feel of your furniture is by adding a vibrant rug to the room. Rugs are usually considered to be one of the most effective items for pulling a room “together.” But if you’re in the mood for something playful, they’re also a great way to imbue some color into your world!

You can stay true to your rustic roots and be a little adventurous! Select a rug that features traditional southwestern prints in jewel tones (like the one pictured above). Today’s interior design trends are all about mixing and matching prints, so don’t be afraid to play around with contrast.

3. Crocodile Patterned Ottoman

Brumbaugh's Crocodile Ottoman

Not really in the mood for a merlot color palette? Fear not.

If you love the finer things in life, you know not all jewels come in purples and reds. Brighten up a room and steer clear of fuchsias with a true statement piece like this turquoise ottoman. This beautiful leather piece is embossed with a crocodile pattern. It’s the perfect alternative for capturing your unique flair.

Statement pieces like this are meant to be the belle of the ball, so placing them in a space where they can stand out is best!

4. Diamond Quilted Leather Chair

Brumbaugh's Quilted Leather Chair

If you’d prefer to stick with traditional leather but still want to try incorporating trendy colors into your decor, selecting just a few unique pieces to stand out will do the trick. Jade looks amazing alongside those pink and purple jewel tones, so don’t be afraid to branch out a bit.

It goes without saying that when it comes to western decor, leather is a common staple. But leathers and hides don’t always have to come in the traditional brown and tan shades. Consider purchasing a statement piece like this diamond quilted leather chair in order to put a little pop into your space.

Contrast is key, here! The baroque chair frame and unexpected jade leather put a fun twist on what we usually consider to be a more formal style.

Need help updating your western decor?

In the end, the most important thing to remember when it comes to decorating your western space is to invest in those pieces you absolutely love, regardless of the rules. After all, your home is your haven.

Like anything else these days, interior design trends are sure to evolve. We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with the latest fads. Call us at 817-244-9346 or visit our showroom to see how we can help you with all of your interior design needs!

How are you planning to incorporate jewel tones into your western decor?

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Rustic Chic: Why Everyone’s Going Crazy About This Style

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Rustic chic is a whimsical style that’s taking the home decor world by storm. With its mixture of old world charm and modern personality, there’s something for everyone in this style. The key to successful Rustic Chic decor lies in walking the line of honoring tried and true design laws and unapologetically breaking conventions. Do this right and you’ll achieve a space that will stun your guests. Here are five things Rustic Chic allows you to do that will make you love it, too!

Grab attention
One-of-a-Kind Coffee Table

One of the most fun elements of this style are the statement pieces that are used. Rustic Chic rooms often form around a singular piece. Whether it’s a cowhide loveseat or a driftwood coffee table, start by finding a piece that speaks to you, and find other elements to support or contrast your star piece.

Mix neutrals
Bennington Dining Chair

Believe it or not, this faux paux is actually a common theme in Rustic Chic. By mixing grays, blacks, and browns, you add visual interest while still keeping the color palette subdued. Plus, nothing says “bold” quite like doing what is commonly an interior design “no-no”.

[Pssst, love this look? Get it here: https://www.brumbaughs.com/shop/bennington-dining-chair/]

Old and New
WESTERN LIFESTYLE

Rustic Chic is all about expressing individuality with contrasting pieces. Rich, tuscan furniture and modern sculptures may not be conventional, but it totally works! Make sure to maintain cohesiveness by incorporating a color theme. 

Try the Unexpected
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We’ve said the statement pieces are pivotal to Rustic Chic, but don’t forget those details! The room accessories are where you can really get creative. Try contrasting the heavy lines of your furniture with light, airy wall art. 

Make it Your Own
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When it comes to Rustic Chic, eclectic is good! Feel free to experiment with the elements you use. You’ll find your space will not only become a more welcoming, attractive place, it will also serve as a conversation piece for your guests! Keep an open mind with the keepsakes you have packed away; they could become the perfect display piece.

Conclusion
Whether you want a look that’s raw or refined, masculine or feminine, cozy or classic, Rustic Chic can help you attain that look. The best place to start is to find those star pieces that speak to you. Once you have pieces that allow you to express yourself, the rest is a breeze! Start your Rustic Chic journey at our gallery where you’ll find furniture worth falling for!

5 Gift Ideas For Dad That Reflect The Character He Instilled In You

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Whether you call him dad or daddy says a lot about your relationship with your father. So does the gift you choose to give him on Father’s Day. Skip the tie and opt for something more meaningful. Give Dad a gift that reflects what he’s done for you, that depicts the character traits he instilled in you. It’s the least you could do for the man who taught you to drive a car and grill a steak.

For the strength and toughness he instilled in you

By words or actions, whether you are son or daughter, Dad taught you to be tough. What was toughness as a kid developed into strength as an adult. Without him you would cower to an opposing viewpoint, wince at the idea of hard work, and run from your fears. His protection and guidance challenged those weaknesses, and you’re a better person because of it.

Sure, you could get him a gym membership or a weight set to reflect this character trait, but the message might be misconstrued to mean “You need to lose weight”. Don’t insult Dad on his day. Give him a gift he’ll enjoy, not just one that’s good for him. What’s tougher than a piece of furniture crafted from croc skins and cowhide? Thank Dad for giving you thick skin by returning the favor in the form of this comfortable recliner.

For the work ethic he taught you to have

Some things Dad taught you without ever saying a word. He modeled the behavior and it was contagious. You can’t imagine life any other way. A strong work ethic is one of those character traits. He worked hard to provide you with everything you needed and then some. Thank him by tipping your hat to his efforts with this beautiful desk or executive chair for his home office. Because hard workers never really retire; they just adjust their focus.

For the confidence he gave you

Confidence is learned behavior. It’s learned by achieving success and encouragement in a variety of arenas. Dad was your biggest fan on the sideline and your toughest coach off the field. He taught you to take risks strategically, not haphazardly, to try new things, and to be yourself. Thank him by giving him a wonderful symbol of risk-taking: a game table. Give him the opportunity to continue taking reasonable risks from the comfort of his own home.

For teaching you to be self-sufficient

Dad taught you how to drive a car, how to get a job, and how to hunt for food (should the need ever arise). While he provided for and protected you, he was preparing you to be an independent adult, someone who could fend for themselves. Thank him by giving him a gift that stands alone like you do now. This Furious Cat Armoire speaks for itself and becomes the focal point of any room.

For making you try and try again

Kids may be resilient, but more often than not, they have to be taught to be so. Every time Dad urged you to keep trying, to practice harder, or to not be a quitter, he was teaching you to be resilient. He was teaching you to keep pressing on when others would give up. He was strengthening your perseverance. It’s tough to think of a gift that reflects such a character trait, but we’ve got an entire selection. Thank Dad for persevering through your teen years and teaching you to be resilient by giving him an area rug. No other home accessory withstands more elements and challenges while maintaining its beauty and value, and Dad will appreciate a gift that lasts longer than a bottle of aftershave.

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More than Flowers: Mother’s Day Gifts with Meaning

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If we’re being honest, we often dismiss Mother’s Day as an afterthought. “I’ll just get Mom some flowers. She likes those.” While that may be true (mothers appreciate any gesture of love from their children), don’t you think she deserves something more after all she’s done for you? Childbirth alone means no gift you give will ever fully repay her, but here are some gift ideas to help get you started. Give a gift that represents all mom has done for you.

For making the house you grew up in feel like a home

Moms transform four walls and a roof into a cozy place of refuge. Chances are that the sights, sounds, and smells you remember about your childhood home had your mother’s fingerprints on them somehow. The throw pillows and blankets, the smell of baked goods, the sounds of humming while she folded laundry… these are the intangible things that made your house a home.

Give her a gift that tips your hat to her efforts by making her house feel more like a home, even though the sounds of children running through the halls long ago passed. Consider buying your mom a sofa. It’s somewhere she can share family memories with those who stop by, it’s somewhere she can put her feet up. It’s a home’s home base.

For providing a solid foundation beneath your feet

When you didn’t make the team, when you fell off your bike and skinned your knee, puberty, heartbreak, bullies, and college applications could have knocked your off base. In those moments, you could have crashed and burned, but mom kept you grounded (in the good way). In success and failure, she provided a foundation that kept you steady in the storms of life.

Give her a gift that represents the sure footing she gave you. Area rugs provide color, connect decor, and offer a soft place to walk in stocking feet.

For all the nights she tucked you in

Bedtime routines reminded you that, at the end of the day, everything would be alright. All the lullabies, bedtime stories, stuffed animal searches and last minute cups of water were nothing compared to mom’s nightly prayers. Isn’t it funny how you never noticed when the night light turned off or how your favorite blanket managed to stay clean? Sometimes mom’s love was more subtle than goodnight kisses.

Return the favor and tuck mom in, at least metaphorically. Give mom new bedroom furniture and wish her sweet dreams.

For all the crayon art she proudly displayed on the refrigerator

Whether you tore the page out of a coloring book or mimicked Picasso on the back of a paper plate, Mom was proud to curate your art collection on her refrigerator. It didn’t matter to her whether your color scheme clashed with the table runner or you couldn’t color inside the lines. She loved you, so the art was valuable to her.

Give her the gift of real art she can use to decorate her walls. Instead of showing off your stick figures, she can show off your thoughtfulness.

For bringing home the bacon

Moms who work don’t get enough credit for the number of hats they wear. Meeting deadlines during the day and wrestling you into footie pajamas at night is not for the faint of heart. Scheduling conference calls around carpool and chicken pox should have earned her a merit badge.

Give her the home office that she deserves. Just because she doesn’t have to navigate your soccer games or dirty socks anymore doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the luxury of an executive chair.

For all the meals she prepared

Not only did Mom make your favorite spaghetti dish on your birthday, she also introduced you to vegetables, breakfast for dinner, and the wonders of grilled cheese. If you took the time to do the math on the number of lunches she prepared or meals she has provided, you’d need a calculator. The least you can do is say, “Thanks.”

Give her a new dining room table to show your appreciation. A new dining room suite will let her know you’re thankful for the meals she’s provided while simultaneously gifting her with the place of future holiday meals, like the one you’ll prepare on Mother’s Day next year.

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Leather vs. Fabric Sofa Upholstery

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Sofas are a big investment and usually are the central point of your living space. We understand that this means you should take the decision very seriously and thoroughly evaluate all of your options.

One of the options you have to evaluate when sofa shopping is if you want a leather or fabric upholstered sofa. Fabric and leather sofas have their own set of pros and cons, so here are some things to think about to help you determine which one is best for you.

Comfort
If comfort is at the top of your priority list, you probably want to consider getting a fabric sofa. Fabric sofas are known for being the softer and cozier option of the two. Just like you experience in a car with leather seats, leather sofas can be very cold in the winter and warm and sticky in hot weather.

Maintenance
Fabric and leather sofas each come with their own maintenance requirements. With a fabric sofa you can expect to have to do some deep cleaning in order to eliminate stains, odors, and allergens that collect in the fabric. All three of these things are bound to happen to eventually to fabric sofas, even if you are extremely clean and tidy. Cleaning leather sofas, on the other hand, usually just means wiping them down with a soft cloth. In order to prevent your leather sofa from aging, you will need to regularly apply leather conditioner. This small thing will keep your leather sofa looking fabulous for years!

Appearance
One of the most important things to consider when buying a sofa is the look you are striving for. Leather furniture brings elegance and luxury to almost any space, while fabric offers a more modern and fun feeling to the atmosphere. Be sure to spend plenty of time researching photos of sofas in homes to determine which look you are drawn to.

Durability
Durability depends a lot of the quality of the specific fabric on a sofa; some will handle wear and tear much better than others. You can also find fabrics that are stain resistant (to a certain extent of course). Overall, leather is much more durable than fabric. If cared for correctly, a leather sofa can last 10-15 years. The downside to leather is that it can be scratched very easily, which can be problematic if you have house pets.

Allergies
No doubt about it, if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, a leather sofa is the best option for you. Fabric sofas collect dust mites and pet dander, making what should be the most comfortable place in your home a place where you will be bombarded with allergens. Suffer from allergies but just can’t give up the comfort of a fabric sofa? Consider having your sofa professionally cleaned on a regular basis, your (lack of) allergies will thank you.

Budget
There are a lot of factors that determine the cost of a sofa, not just the material. The frame and cushions are just two aspects of a sofa that can make or break the overall quality of a sofa. When buying a sofa be sure that you are researching its quality beyond the material it is upholstered with. However, as a general rule, you can expect fabric sofas to be less expensive than leather sofas.

Options
In general, when you go the leather route you are limited to neutral color tones. Leather sofas can come in stained colors but fabric sofas offer endless possibilities of patterns, textures, and color hues.

In conclusion, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to leather and fabric upholstered sofas. It’s up to you what will be a better fit for you and your family.

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Area Rugs Versus Wall-to-wall Carpet

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Are you currently renovating a room in your home and struggling to decide what you should do about flooring? Or perhaps you’ve purchased an older home and want to look at the possibility of some updates before you move in. Rugs or carpet? Which is the better option? We vote for rugs and here are our reasons why:

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More versatile
Area rugs are simply more versatile than wall-to-wall carpet. You can move rugs from one room to another to change looks or make room for a new rug. Place rugs at different angle to create an entirely different room flow and feel. Or, when you get tired of a rug, you can change it out for a different one without rendering a room uninhabitable for a day or more.

Add a pop of color
Most people choose carpet in a neutral color. It makes sense. Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. With rugs, you can add a pop of color (or colors) to an otherwise neutral room without overdoing it. For example, if your sofa and chairs are neutral, a rug and some throw pillows add splashes of color and style.

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Easier install
You can install your own area rug. It’s doubtful you could say the same about wall-to-wall carpet. Additionally, you can usually move the furniture in a room from one side to the other to accomplish an area rug install, but wall-to-wall carpet requires the removal of all furniture from the room.

Room segmentation
Open floor plans are wonderful, especially when you can segment the room any way you choose. Area rugs enable you to clearly segment a room and tie other pieces of furniture together in a space. Pro tip: set front legs of chairs or sofas on the edge of the rug.

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Show off hardwoods
If your home has beautiful hardwood floors, why would you ever dream of covering them up? Area rugs give you the opportunity to show off those wood floors, while still making the room feel cozy and providing a soft surface on which to walk.

Better for allergies
One of the least commonly known benefits to owning area rugs is the potential relief they provide allergy sufferers. There is less surface area for animal dander and dust mites to accumulate on rugs than there is on carpet. Not only that, but the pads underneath rugs can be removed or replaced, if necessary, rather easily. Rugs themselves can be professionally (and thoroughly) cleaned. Carpets can only be cleaned from the surface, often leaving behind allergens in the carpet pad regardless of how often they’re vacuumed.

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An investment you keep
Rugs are an investment, to be sure, but the beauty of this investment in contrast to the investment of carpet is that you can take them with you when you move and use them in a new home. You already know they match your decor, and you know how well they’ve been cared for.

To find a high-quality rug you can proud to have in your home and that will last for years to come, check out the broad selection we offer at Brumbaugh’s here and here.