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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.

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Sectional or Sofa?

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The age-old living room design debate: sectional or sofa? If you’re looking for a definitive answer, you won’t find one here. All else equal, one isn’t better than the other. Some people despise the typical sofa, while others vow to never furnish their living room with a sectional. The multi-person seating option that is right for you, may not be right for your neighbor. If you’re unsure about which is right for you, we’ve laid out some factors to help you in your decision.

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Flexibility can really be applied to two areas of design: room layout and style. Sofas offer more flexibility in room layout, so they win that battle. You have more options when it comes to moving and adding chairs, recliners, and end tables around a sofa.

Additionally, sofas offer you the chance to add more colors and patterns to your living space as you add additional seating. With sectionals, you have to commit to a single style, as you won’t have as much space to add additional seating in. However, if you’re a person who has more of a minimalist style or fears clashing more than the average person, a sectional might be the right choice for you.

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Stemming off of flexibility is mobility. If you don’t like to stay in once place for too long, or see a move in your foreseeable future, a sofa may be a smart seating choice. Sectionals are harder to move and transport. Additionally, once you’re in your new home, there’s no promise that your old sectional will fit the new room layout.

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Sectionals offer more intimacy with your family and friends. They close you in with those you are visiting or relaxing with, without squeezing you into too tight of a space. On the other hand, if you desire a more formal atmosphere, whether it be for when you have guests over or another reason, a sofa offers you that formality. Furthermore, a sofa may offer a more open floor plan for people to navigate.

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If you’re big on lounging in the living room and enjoy relaxing in front of the television or fire, you may want to consider a sectional. Sectionals give off a very distinct vibe that calls you in to lounge and relax. However, this is not to say that sofas aren’t comfortable. Indeed, they may be more comfortable to some, as they don’t have the corner section of sectionals that many find awkward.

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If you have a large living room, you’re in luck (unless you’re indecisive). A sofa or sectional could both be great for your room! Since you’re not limited to a small space, you have the opportunity to plan your seating however you see fit.

However, a small space typically calls for a sectional. A sofa with a chair or two against a wall has the potential to make the room appear cluttered due to the lack of space. An appropriate sectional can provide a look of uniformity and the same amount of seating while without eating up extra space.

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Ultimately, your decision will depend on what you value most in a living space. Whether it be any of the above factors or others, only you can determine the perfect seating arrangement for your home. After all, you’re the one living there! Take a good look at your space, how you interact with it, and what you value in a living room. It’s sure to steer you in the right direction.

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Caring For Your Oriental Rug

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It is a well-known fact that many oriental rugs have survived for centuries. They are high-quality pieces and, therefore, an investment, so it is important to care for them. When treated properly and regularly maintained, oriental rugs retain their beauty and last a remarkably long time.

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The first (and best) way to care for your rug is to vacuum frequently to remove dirt. It is imperative to use suction-only vacuums on a low level, not beater bar or rotating powerhead types; these are too rough on fine rugs. Additionally, change out the bag as often as possible. If you use a bagless vacuum, you are good to go.

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Before you begin vacuuming, determine the direction of the nap by running your hand across the pile so that you can vacuum in the direction of the nap. Vacuuming against the nap is counterintuitive, as it presses dirt back into the rug. Another rule of thumb is to sweep the fringes of your rug with a broom to clean them. Never vacuum the fringes of a rug! Continued catching of fringe in your vacuum’s suction will cause fringes to tear or break.
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Of course, dirt is not the only mess that rugs attract. It is crucial to remove liquid spills as soon as possible by blotting with a white towel, white cloth, or white paper towel. Keyword: white. You do not want any ink from colored towels to bleed onto the rug. Also, make sure you blot the stain, do not rub. Rubbing a spill can work liquid deeper into the rug fibers and cause the spill to become a stain.

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To double the life of your rug, take advantage of a good-quality rug pad. A rug pad will protect your rug from excessive wear and tear, especially in heavy traffic areas. The best are hair- or fiber-filled pads with rubberized surfaces to keep a rug from moving and wrinkling.

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Finally, it is important to note that continuous exposure to both direct and indirect sunlight will damage the dyes used in Oriental rugs. If you do not maintain your rug by vacuuming often, you will not be able to recognize the fading. Faded areas are often hidden by soils and will not be apparent until the entire surface is cleaned. The first trick to combatting this problem is to frequently rotate your rug. Rotating your rug will balance the effects that sunlight has on your rug, as well as the wear and tear that may occur over time. Secondly, it is wise to use window shades, shutters, or curtains on sunny days to reduce the chances of fading and possible sun damage.

We hope this information will assist you in prolonging the life of your Oriental rug. When properly cared for and maintained, our fine handcrafted wool area rugs will offer you and your family a lifetime of beauty, use, and enjoyment.

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Wooden Bed Frames Are The Best Bed Frames: 4 Reasons Why

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One of the pieces of furniture most often overlooked is the bed frame. Its importance tends to carry less weight than the mattress in the minds of many homeowners – but why? Bed frames outlive mattresses. So, while the investment in a mattress is significant, the purchase of a bed frame is equally so.

Beds are arguably the most important pieces of furniture in a house. After all, we spend a third of our lives in them. To this fact, we can apply a basic rule of thumb: The Comfort Principle. It states that you should spend your money where you spend your time. Seeing as we spend so much time in our beds, they are worthy of a considerable investment. At Brumbaugh’s, we believe one of the smartest investments you can make is in a high-quality wooden bed frame. Here’s why:

Wooden bed frames are more robust.

Sturdiness is a concrete and observable measure for determining the quality of a bed. If properly cared for, wooden beds can last a lifetime, and even for generations. Modern frames are firm and durable. They can tolerate room-to-room and house-to-house moves. More importantly, they can handle the bumps and bruises of everyday life. Wooden beds give you the power to make your long-term investment extra-long.

Wooden bed frames are less likely to keep you up at night.

Compared to metal bed frames, wooden bed frames are far less likely to creak. Consequently, the individual sleeping in a wooden bed is less vulnerable to the annoyances of a creaky, squeaky bed keeping him up at night. In this case, saving sleep takes precedence over saving money. You may come to regret saving a few dollars at the expense of your quality of sleep.

You can choose from an array of finishes.

Wood is a popular material because it can be stained and re-stained to match a variety of shades. A wooden bed gives you the versatility to adjust your bed to match the rest of your bedroom as it evolves and changes. Staining wood also gives you the opportunity to truly make a piece your own. Similarly, each wooden bed frame offers a unique pattern of wood grain to enhance that feeling of originality that homeowners so often desire.

Wooden bed frames provide a feeling of warmth.

Wooden bed frames yield a warmth that metal beds are typically incapable of putting off. The bedroom is often made to be the coziest room of the house and wooden beds are well-suited to emphasize that sentiment. If you are after a rustic bedroom atmosphere, a wooden frame is the choice for you.

You can scan pro-con lists of bed types all day long, but the most important question to ask yourself when purchasing a new bed is if it is right for YOU. After all, you are the one making the investment and you are the one who will incorporate this piece into your daily life. Make sure that you are comfortable with your purchase and it fits your specific needs and style.

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Choosing The Perfect Area Rug

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We all love area rugs.  They are the perfect home decor piece to both define a space and enhance your interior design. Not to mention the fact that they add a warm and cozy vibe to your home.

Choosing the perfect area rug is no small task. There are multiple factors that you need to consider, and the rug you choose will make a big impact on your space, good or bad.  The rug needs to be the perfect size for the room, the colors and pattern need to be cohesive with your current decor, and there are very specific ways you should arrange your furniture on the rug. Here’s what you need to have in mind when shopping for your next area rug.

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Choosing The Right Size

Before you even begin your search for area rugs, know the size of your space!  It will be beneficial to know both the size of your room and the size of your seating arrangement because all of this will come into play.

Keep in mind that rugs may look overwhelmingly large in the store, but can easily get swallowed up when placed in your room. Rugs that only fit one piece of furniture like a coffee table will looked dwarfed in the room and will not add much to your interior design.

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Choosing The Right Arrangement

In a master or guest bedroom, the standard placement of a rug is under the bottom two-thirds of the bed. Be sure that your area rug is large enough that sticks out a few feet on the sides so you can step down onto it from bed.

Kids’ bedrooms are a little bit different, considering they typically have smaller beds and more floor space to play. Instead of placing it directly underneath the bed, place the rug beside the bed for playtime on the floor!

When it comes to rugs in your living room, Aimee Beatty, a stylist for Pier 1 Imports, says to be sure to choose a rug that extends beyond the coffee table and at least under the first set of legs on sofas or chairs.

Arrangement is pretty obvious when it comes to dining areas: the table and all four legs of the chairs should be on the rug. When using a rug in a dining space, remember to always use a flat rug! Flat rugs make cleaning up easy after meals, especially if you have little ones!

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Choosing The Right Shape

Look for a rug that fits the orientation of the room it will be in. It is hard to go wrong with a rectangular rug, they look fabulous in almost any space.  

Some shapes, like squares, are more difficult as they typically only work in a square room. Round rugs are great for foyers, kids rooms, or anywhere that is a more casual and playful space. They are also great for square rooms, as they soften the space.

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Choosing The Right Pattern

More likely than not, your furniture will be around a lot longer than your rug.  Since this is the case, be sure to base your rug around your furniture, not your furniture around your rug.

You definitely want to mix patterns with your rug and furniture. The important thing is to know how to mix patterns correctly. If you have furniture with a large print design you should definitely pair it with a small patterned rug (and vice versa).

When choosing a rug pattern, be sure to consider the amount of furniture that would be covering up the pattern. Rugs with an all-over repeat pattern are a great choice because you don’t have to worry about covering up a significant part of the rug design.

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At Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings we pride ourselves in our vast rug selection, including over 800 rugs in many sizes and colors. We have rugs to fit any room and any lifestyle. Whether it be traditional, transitional or contemporary, you can find the perfect rug for you at Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings.