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Bring in the Spring

Spring is the season of renewal. Plants sprouting and turning green, birds returning, and our thoughts turn to warmer weather to come. It’s also the time to tackle those spring-cleaning jobs and give your home a fresh, revived look. Including some of the latest design trends for spring can really boost your home’s interior.

Add Pops of Colour

Having a neutral toned sofa, grey or beige, gives you a chance to easily add some bright primary colours to bring in some spring. Yellows, lime greens, pinks and oranges are super choices for cushions or throws. For those feeling a little bolder, selecting a vibrant colour for a piece of furniture can be an impactful statement for your room.

Mix and Match

The trend this spring is focusing on botanical prints, but then mixing those with different patterns like plaids, ginghams and houndstooth fabrics. By adding layers of similar and complimentary tones, the room becomes welcoming and inviting.

Global Inspired Prints

Another great new trend this season is adding prints that reflect a global influence. Wonderful inspiration can be found in rich velvets, jewel toned patterns and warm, welcoming linens. They are sure to add some worldly charm to your home.

Personalize “Your” Design

Being your authentic self and reflecting your personal taste should always be in style, but this season it has certainly come to the forefront of design. Reflect your style through textures and materials that tell your story. Including off beat accessories or conversation starting pieces elevates the look of your room and adds charm. Sometimes the kookier the better. Let your imagination go.

Following this season’s trends can be a wonderful guideline for refreshing your decor for spring. Using bursts of colour and amazing textures, is a great way to bring a bit of newness in to your home. Also, this season brings the trend of Bucking the trend. The very embodiment of spring is finding and nurturing your personalized and unique style for your own little nest. Love what you surround yourself with and relish the fresh,  new season.

Applicable Appendix for Appliances

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Applicable Appendix for Appliances

Appealing alliteration aside, the language surrounding today’s household appliances and their new features may seem a little complex. Our knowledgeable sales staff here at Homestead are always on hand to help you navigate through the new terminology, but we thought we would put together a handy glossary to familiarize yourself before your next appliance purchase.

Energy Star: a Rating that is granted indicating that the appliance is energy efficient.

Energy Guide: the label provided by manufacturers that estimates the annual use and operating cost of the appliance.

ADA Compliant: signifies a product’s compliance with the standards of accessibility of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Refrigerators

Max Cool: a feature that drops the refrigerator temperature to the coldest level within one hour to help chill groceries, beverages, and ingredients for serving. After 2 hours, the temperature will automatically be restored to previous setting.

Counter Depth: Refrigerators that are designed to match the depth of your cabinets and counter tops. On average they measure 28-30” deep, while their full-sized friends on average are 33” deep.

Ranges

Induction: the type of heating elements on cook tops or ranges that uses electromagnetic energy to create heat. The magnetic waves heat the contents of the pot while the surface of the cooktop remains cool.  Special magnetic cookware is required for cooking.

Fan Convection/True Convection: A fan in the oven that moves the hot air around the inside of the oven, allowing for a more even bake or roast. In True convection, there is a heated element behind the fan that generates more warm air for the fan to circulate throughout the oven.

Bridge Element: a feature on cooktops or ranges that lets you connect 2 burners to make 1 longer cooking surface. Great for roast pans and making gravy!

Dishwashers

Dual Power Filtration: Skip pre-rinsing with this convenient feature. Dual Power Filtration combines 100% microfiltration and a 4-blade stainless steel chopper to filter out then disintegrate any food in its path.

3rd Level Rack: a specialized wash zone for small mugs or bowls and long cutlery. This extra rack brings more loading space and cleaning power right to the top of the dishwasher.

Microwaves

Flush Mount: when closed, the door sits flush with standard depth cabinets for a stylish and seamless look.

Under counter Drawer: a top loading microwave that installs in a kitchen island or wall, freeing up counter space for food preparation.

Washers

Agitator: the central column in the drum of the washer that rotates in the opposite direction of the spin.

Impeller: similar to a “fan” of water at the base of the washer, also spinning in the opposite direction, but uses water to create a counter current through the clothes to get them clean.

Dryers

Moisture sensor: found in dryers it detects the amount of moisture in the drum and helps prevent over drying.

Steam Refresh: releases wrinkles and reduces odours without rewashing. Using water and a bit of heat, items will be ready to wear in no time!

 

Appliance features sure have advanced lately, we hope this guide will help you understand just some of the new technology and its terminology for all the great appliances that make your life easier in your home.

Happy Valentines Day

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Your Homestead Valentines

Our blog this month is going to offer a bit of a personal insight to your Homestead team. With Valentine’s day fast approaching, I have challenged the team to think of 14 things they love and share them here for February’s blog. An interesting and hopefully fun exercise to get to know us a bit better. Enjoy!

Heather:

  1. Laughter
  2. Live Music
  3. All Animals
  4. Getting out with my camera
  5. That feeling of adventure before you take off in a plane
  6. My Family & Friends
  7. Cheering on my favourite sports teams
  8. A great meal (preferably with great people)
  9. Starting a good book
  10. Comfy pajamas
  11. Drives with the roof off my Jeep
  12. Time at the cottage
  13. Christmas time
  14. Learning new things

Corina:

  1. My Family and friends
  2. Meeting new people
  3. Making people laugh and putting a smile on their face
  4. The warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you help someone out
  5. A good joke
  6. Being alive
  7. My job & co-workers…they’re the BEST! They have made loving my job so surreal
  8. Decorating and Re-Designing is a serious passion I can’t get enough of.
  9. Entertaining family and friends and creating memories both on holidays and other occasions
  10. Creating art in all forms
  11. Fresh smell of spring air
  12. A little play and a good snuggle with a pup
  13. Beauty of Nature in all forms
  14. The innocence of a child telling a story, along with their genuine laughter.

Miranda:

  1. Fresh Baked Cookies
  2. My dog and cat
  3. My family, friends and boyfriend
  4. The warmth of the sun
  5. The Philadelphia Eagles
  6. Truly dancing like no one is watching
  7. Karaoke night with my friends
  8. Harry Potter
  9. The Glorious Sons, especially live in concert
  10. A scalp message at the hair dressers
  11. Rainbows and anything bright and colourful
  12. A day in the wilderness
  13. Helping others
  14. Babies’ laughter

Joanne:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Coffee
  3. Puppies
  4. Fireplace
  5. Warm Blanket
  6. Homecooked dinner
  7. Family
  8. Friends
  9. Air Conditioning
  10. Homemade Soup on a cold day
  11. Walking Trails
  12. Comedy Movies
  13. A Good Book
  14. A Good Night’s Sleep

Tyler:

  1. Time with Family
  2. Watching my Favourite sports especially my boys playing hockey.
  3. Cottage time
  4. Boat Rides
  5. Music/Playing Guitar
  6. A good Pub
  7. Good friends
  8. Golf
  9. Motorcycle Rides
  10. Birds
  11. Green/White Tea
  12. Great food
  13. Philanthropy
  14. Homestead/Our Customers

Chad:

  1. Cars
  2. Trucks
  3. Hockey
  4. Derbys
  5. Food
  6. Tools
  7. Buttertarts
  8. Dirt Bikes
  9. Friends
  10. Family
  11. Work
  12. Dogs
  13. Chocolate
  14. Chips

Riley:

  1. Hockey
  2. Trucks
  3. Dirt Biking
  4. Truck Pulls
  5. Derbys
  6. Co-workers
  7. My License
  8. My Friends
  9. Video Games
  10. Dogs
  11. Chips
  12. Cars
  13. My Family
  14. Tools

We would love to hear some things that you love!

Happy Valentines Day,

with Love from Homestead Furniture!

Ringing in the New Year

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Making New Year’s resolutions is not only a great personal tradition, but a smart approach for small businesses looking to thrive in a competitive market. By setting clear goals, being adaptable and striving for continuous improvement, small businesses can plan for prolonged success.

We thought it would be fun to share some of our goals for 2024 here at Homestead.

Community Engagement:

As a small business in a small, but growing town, Homestead Furniture is always looking for ways to make a positive difference in our neighbourhood. So, our first resolution is more of a re-commitment to the people in our local community, in both welcoming new residents and cherishing long-time Port Perry-ans.

We will continue to participate in local charitable initiatives such as fundraisers and sponsorship of events. From our ongoing support to local causes like Oak Ridges Hospice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, to seemingly little things like donating large cardboard boxes to the Legion for their toy drive, Homestead will continue to strive to be an active and helpful member of the Port Perry community.

We will continue to foster our relationships with other local businesses and endeavour to offer some fun cross-promotions in 2024.

Supe Up our Socials:

With over 4.2 billion active social media users now, building a solid online presence for a small business is crucial. While we currently are posting some fun and interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, our resolution this year will be to be more consistent and strive to be more engaging with our posts. Including some video content, in store specials, and even links to community events are all things we would love to include on our sites. Truly making it more social!

Sustainability:

*Defined as the ability to maintain or support a process continuously over time.

Our “Green Resolution” for 2024 is to recognize the importance of sustainability in our business and the products we offer here at Homestead. Did you know that our number one carpet supplier, Mohawk, manufactures their Everstrand broadloom using recycled plastic bottles? During this process they save 3 billion (yes, Billion with a B) plastic bottles every single year from going to the landfill which also minimizes their use of fossil fuels.

Serta mattresses are also going green with their new iComfort Eco lineup. Using recycled materials like steel for their coils, plastic bottles for their Cool Temp covers, and even plant based materials in their memory foam, Serta is giving us the opportunity for us all to reduce our carbon “sleep print”.

La-Z-Boy and Palliser both have designed and developed leather alternatives for their upholstery items. They are cleanable and durable making them a great green choice for any sofa or chair.

 

Whether your resolutions are big or small, taking that step towards any positive change is a great thing. As a small business our hope for the upcoming year is to remain an affirmative part of our vibrant community, represent Eco friendly products and bring some enjoyment to Social Media. We wish you all a happy and hopeful 2024!

What Happens When You Shop Local?

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What happens when you shop local?

  • You invest in the community.

Local businesses play a significant role in supporting and donating to neighbourhood charities. Small businesses contribute 250% more than the big box stores, to local non-profits, and regional causes. Here at Homestead we donate and fundraise for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Durham, Operation Scugog, Oakridge Hospice and Community care. We are also proud sponsors of some fantastic local softball and hockey teams, as well as our curling and lawn bowling clubs. By supporting charities, youth groups and local service groups, small businesses like Homestead create a positive cycle of giving back.

For every $100 spent in a small business, roughly $68 recirculates in other regional businesses. The employees tend to be more engaged members of the community themselves.

  • You receive better customer service.

All small businesses value each of their customers. Every interaction, purchase and positive review matter. Employees tend to be more knowledgeable of the products they are selling and take the time to get to know their clients, making for a happier, personalized shopping experience. If any problems do arise a small business is more likely to do everything they can to make it right.

  • You find creativity and originality.

Small businesses need to stand out from the big box stores. Entrepreneurs tend to offer unique products to sell. In this busy shopping season, finding that perfect, particular gift can be easy at a local store. They also become more innovative in meeting each of the clients’ specific needs and situations, making that custom shopping experience even easier.

  • You support vibrant communities.

When a town or city’s streets are lined with local shops and businesses, they inject a wonderful character to that area and can offer memorable shopping moments. The sounds of laughter and music from the local pub, the smell of fresh baked goods from the bakery, and during this time of year, the festive decorations for the holidays all add to a dynamic community.

  • You reduce your environmental impact.

Shopping local reduces your carbon footprint and helps cut down on pollution. Local businesses often source their products from manufacturers close to their region and understand the importance of supporting other Canadian companies.

Its’s a busy time of year, and obviously a great way to support small businesses is by stopping in and checking off your shopping list. But there are other great ways to show your support for your favourite local stores.

Start by leaving a positive review on the internet. Many people are referring to online reviews before they shop, your affirmation can make a difference.

Take to your Socials! Share your favourite local business, post a nice comment on one of their posts or follow new local businesses on their social pages.

Tell your friends! Word of mouth is the best form of advertising for a small business. Let your friends know about a great experience or a wonderful store.

Fun facts about Furniture!

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We all like a little bit of useless knowledge to store away for those Trivia nights out, or to channel your very best Cliff Claven at the bar with your friends. This month we are offering up a few bits of frivolous wisdom all about furniture.

  1. The word “furniture” comes from the French word “fournir” which means “ to furnish”.
  2. Charles Darwin inspired the design for our modern office chair. He fitted his occasional chair with cast iron bed legs and then attached castors to move around his office faster and more efficiently.
  3. The famous “Chesterfield” sofa was made for well-to-do gentlemen and enable them sit in their exclusive clubs for long hours without creasing their suits.
  4. One of the oldest bookshelves in the world is located in the Bodleian library at Oxford University. “The Bods” library dates back to the 15th century.
  5. Winged back furniture was designed to keep you warm. The curved back helps retain the body heat of the sitter. Perfect to cozy up by the fire.
  1. The first completely upholstered chair was crafted in 1705 and called a “Sleeping Chayre” because it had a design that allowed leaning the head on its backrest or its sides.
  2. There are examples of bed structures dating back to Egypt and other countries from 3000BC. They would have been a simple angled platform padded with grass or hay in cloth bags. Later beds were strapped with ropes to hold up the “mattress”. They would have occasionally need tightened when they sagged, giving us the term “Good night, sleep tight”.
  3. During the 16th Century, bunk beds were first used by sailors on ships to save space. It wasn’t until the 18oo’s that they became popular in homes, also taking advantage of the space conserving properties.
  1. In 1927 cousins Edward Knabusch and Edwin shoemaker quit their jobs to design furniture. In 1928 they built the first La-Z-Boy recliner, a folding wood slat chair. Fast forward to today when La-Z-Boy chairs are capable of rocking, swivelling, gliding and lifting. They also now can be equipped with massage and heat functions, storage compartments, and wireless chargers for your phone.

While it’s all fun and games to win the coveted triangle piece in Trivial Pursuit, the staff at Homestead pride themselves with current and practical knowledge of today’s furniture and the up coming trends.

Celebrating Boss’s Day and our Boss Tyler

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I’m offering up something a little different for the blog for the month of October.

The 16th of this month is Boss’s Day. A day to offer appreciation to all the bosses that make the workplace wonderful and foster open communication and understanding. October 16th serves as a reminder of the importance of leadership and decision making that bosses manage on a daily basis.

Tyler began working at Homestead part time doing deliveries many years ago, taking over the role as General Manager in 2012. In those many years, Tyler has brought a few changes to the store by the causeway, but has retained it’s personal, small town customer service. Under his guidance, Homestead offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere whether you are here as a client or here as an employee.

He is involved with, and contributes to many local charities in the Port Perry area, including Oak Ridges Hospice, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and 100 Men.

Tyler knows and appreciates the importance of supporting community based causes. A great role model for his employees and people that shop at Homestead.

From Heather:

I have had the privilege of working with Tyler for many years in both my own and his previous career in the art industry. Even then he always went the extra mile to help my business. In the last 3 years of working at Homestead I have come to know that same sense of going above and beyond for the customers here has not waivered. As a boss he is understanding, patient and open to new ideas. I am fortunate to call him my friend, and appreciate that he does in fact have the hardest job….managing me. ????

 

From Joanne:

I have worked with Tyler here at Homestead for the last 13+ years.  I love that he embraces technology.  He keeps our computer systems running smoothly!  He has introduced some new vendors to our line up to add further value for our customers. He also knows the importance of work/life balance and having a happy staff.

 

From Miranda:

Tyler hired me a little over 2 years ago, and I have loved every day working here since. I have never worked in a more supportive, uplifting environment. Tyler is always listening to my crazy stories, answering my 700 questions (before lunch time), often reminds me that I’m doing a good job, and treats everyone he comes across with kindness. We truly are a family here at Homestead, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. Not everyone can say they Love what they do, I’m so lucky to.

 

From Corina:

As the newest family member to Homestead, having only been here a very short few Months. I have to say that Tyler by far has been the most Caring, naturally Genuine, bend over backwards boss I have met in all my working years. Right from the first moment I met him in my interview, he has stood by his words and has made me feel like part of the team/family. He truly is a one of a kind Boss with a very big heart.

 

Through his leadership, Tyler has made a positive, successful difference to Homestead Furniture, it’s employees and the community of Port Perry.

It’s a small thing to post a blog, but big thing to be a great boss.

 

From all of us, Thanks Ty!

Autumn is the Season for Hygge

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Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Scandinavian word for the feeling of warmth, togetherness, and enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Taking in fall’s changing colours,  embracing the cooler weather and wearing your coziest sweater are great ways of achieving a sense of Hygge. Can you get that same snuggly feeling by decorating and enjoying your home? You bet!

Here are 5 ideas to create a cozy, Hygge filled home.

1. Incorporate Wood

Choose the timeless look of hardwood or the ease of Luxury Vinyl and give your room a warm feeling from the ground up.

Wood furniture and accent pieces always add a comfortable, mellow atmosphere to your room. It welcomes you to put your feet up and enjoy your morning coffee and a good book, or enjoy a good meal in an inviting dining space with friends.

2. Add Textures

Adding interesting textures to your décor is a great way to invoke a warm cozy feel to your home. Rattan accents, sculptural pieces and soft snuggly fabrics for throw blankets and pillows all add to the Hygge feeling.

3. Use Warm Metals:

 

If you love the look of metal in your home, adding tones of brass and champagne are in keeping with pleasant, warm atmosphere.

4. Layer with Rugs

Much like adding textures, layering some area rugs gives your room an added cozy dimension. Select visually striking patterns and soft , pleasing-on-the-toes materials.

5. Cozy Cooking, Cozy Kitchen

Nothing makes your home feel cozy and welcoming quite like fresh baked bread, or a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove. Enjoying these warm, comforting foods with friends or family during the autumn months is a great way to celebrate the Hygge way of life.

 

So, grab a cozy blanket, your favourite hot beverage and snuggle up to Fall. This time of year offers so many wonderful ways to embrace Hygge and bring that feeling home.

Finding the Right Mattress for You

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We all grew up with the Goldilocks story and her search for a good night’s sleep.

“This bed is too soft!”

“This bed is too hard!”

“This bed is juuuussst right”

But just how does someone channel their inner Goldilocks and find the perfect mattress? And what should you consider on how to get your best night’s sleep in your own bed?

You should try to stick to the same sleep schedule as much as possible.

 We set bedtimes for children, yet we forget that having a set time to sleep as adults is actually quite beneficial to achieving a good night’s rest. Even with busy schedules we should try to stick to the same schedule for sleep. Consistency is important.

Practice a relaxing bedtime routine.

Spending even half an hour before bed relaxing or unwinding from the chaos of the day is a great way to transition to a more restful bedtime. Meditation, a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to clam music or a relaxation app are great ways to slow down and prepare for a good sleep.

Minimize potential disruptions and silence your devices.

Switching off your devices, no matter how hard that may seem, is so important. Checking emails or social media can actually create more worry or stress before bed. The light that some devices emit may even affect your internal clock, making it harder to be properly rested.

Keep your bedroom darkened and at a cooler temperature are 2 great ways to minimize your nightly interruptions as well.

Above all, choose the best mattress that is supportive and comfortable.

We spend a lot of time in our beds, and for that reason they say most mattresses should be replaced about every 8 years. If you are noticing discomfort or “pressure points” in your hips, back or shoulders, it could be from the lack of, or wrong kind of support in your mattress. Perhaps a different firmness level or even a new type of mattress material may be the answer.

Mattresses are now available in an all-foam construction, great for side sleepers who need a little softer, more contoured support. The classic coil is generally firmer in it’s support and suitable for back sleepers. The Hybrid mattresses offer the best of both worlds with soft foam on the top and pocket coils on the inside.

Did you know that 50-60% of people with insomnia are experiencing some sort of pain, finding hard to get to, or stay asleep. A good mattress may alleviate some of that discomfort.

Searching for your “Just Right”

The best way to begin the search is to visit a mattress showroom near you. A good retail store should have a wide selection of firmness levels and styles on display for you to lay on. Take your time during this process, as you should allow yourself 15 minutes to adjust to the mattress you are trying out. This should give you an insight on what you like or dislike about each model.

If you have a sleeping partner, bring them along. Each of you may experience the comfort and support differently. Their movements beside you on the mattress should also be considered as motion transfers differently depending on the mattress.

Even if budget is a factor, consider that even a $2000 mattress costs you about 68 cents a night over the average 8 year life of your mattress, less than a good bowl of porridge.

It is currently recommended that the average adult needs roughly 7 hours of solid sleep per night. By following a few simple bedtime routines and having a comfortable mattress as your foundation, you should awaken feeling  refreshed, alert, and ready for the day… certainly not with 3 Bears standing over you.

La-Z-Boy meets Wellness Technology

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La-Z-Boy has introduced a new fabric that offers Nanobionic technology on a number of their recliners and sofas.

What is Nanobionic fabric you ask? And why would I want it on my chair?

Nanobionic Technology is a blend of ethically sourced minerals that is made into a liquid form which is then applied to the back of the fabric before it is upholstered to the final product.

The combination of those minerals converts body heat into infrared rays which is then reflected back into the body, as invisible waves of energy.

What do Infrared rays do?

Infrared rays are known to be unique in their ability to soothe and stimulate the human body, helping users feel more energized and recharged.

Studies have shown that infrared rays are known to redirect energy back to the body for health benefits like:

*Aiding Relaxation

*Helping reduce muscle tension

*Aiding in reducing inflammation

*Promoting restful sleep

Will I feel it working?

You will not necessarily feel the Nanobionic technology working, as it temporarily stimulates local micro-circulation. This allows your body to better balance it’s temperature without you feeling either warm or hot.

The Nanobionics start working within the first few minutes and continues to work while you are relaxing in your La-Z-Boy furniture. Contact with the furniture’s upholstery is all that is required with no side effects as the technology is non-invasive.

What are the benefits?

Along with adding a stylish piece La-Z-Boy furniture into your space, you may also benefit from:

  • A boost of energy
  • Release of muscle tension
  • More relaxed
  • Well rested
  • Overall sense of wellness

In fact, NASA is utilizing new Nanobionics for fabrics in the Mars Mission!

Will it match my décor?

La-Z-Boy is offering 3 different patterns that are made in 14 soft neutral colours to match any room. Most of La-Z-Boy’s chair and sofa styles are available in the new Nanobionic fabrics.

Keeping up with technology can sometimes be hard, but La-Z-Boy has just made it easier and more beneficial for your health to embrace it in a new piece of furniture.

"Unmatched customer service along with endless selection and amazing prices. The list goes on, you won’t be disappointed! Highly recommend purchasing your home goods from homestead!" - Colt R.