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Movie Night at Home: Favorite Sectional Round-Up!

Who said you have to go out to the movies to have a great evening that your family or friends will long remember and frequently want to recreate? A movie night at home is a budget-friendly, easy, and enjoyable way to spend time together. The key to a successful movie night at home is making it special. When you have great snacks, sweet treats, comfy seats and blankets, and of course, something great on the screen, you have all you need to create lasting memories!

Whether your crew is all about award-winning productions or the latest rom-com, picking the perfect movie is important. Equally as important is how you set up your at-home theater. Comfy blankets are a must, and of course, you need special snacks and treats. We've gathered up a few of our must-haves for the perfect movie night at home, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.


Popcorn: The key to any great movie night experience is the popcorn! Whether you throw a few bags in the microwave or pop it on the stove old-fashion style, don’t forget to add butter to make it taste just like the theater favorite! Serve family style in a large bowl that you pass around or make individual servings for everyone to enjoy. 


Photo by Amanda Johnson of Sequins and Sales Blog


Candy and Treats: A trip to the theater isn’t complete without a little something sweet. Purchase individual candy containers or whip up some homemade sweet treats for your family to devour. The great part of movie night at home is you are in charge of the sugar intake which is especially important when you have little ones with bedtimes. Create healthy versions of your favorite candies or serve cut up fruit for a sweet and satisfying option.


Comfy Seating: You can’t properly enjoy movie night without comfy seating. You can always opt for bean bags on the floor but for a truly unforgettable movie night, a plush sectional for the whole family to pile up on is the way to go! Whether you go with a Southern Motion Reclining Sectional or a large 5 Piece Palmer Sectional, you and your family or friends are sure to be relaxed and ready to enjoy the featured film.


Comfy and stylish Southern Motion Dazzle Sectional at Furniture of Dalton 


A Great Movie: Of course, the most important part of movie night is a great movie! If you are having movie night with small children, a Disney movie may be the perfect way to keep their attention and make sure the content is appropriate. If you have older children or are inviting over friends, browse popular new releases or consider a throwback to a classic. Be sure it's a movie that everyone can agree on and even consider making a fun theme based on the movie you chose. 


We hope this inspires you to host your own movie night at home! If you feel like you are lacking the perfect sectional to complete your experience, we have so many great options in our 120,000 sq ft showroom. Schedule an appointment on Facebook to visit us today! Take advantage of free same-day shipping within 50 miles of the store on Black Friday. We are open Monday - Saturday from 9 AM - 6 PM. Our friendly staff and knowledgeable sales associates will help bring your movie night dreams to life! 

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Thanksgiving Entertaining: Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving!

Hosting a Thanksgiving celebration can be both exciting and intimidating. From the turkey prep to the table settings, nerves and expectations are high. If it is your first year as a host, or even your 20th, we’ve rounded up a few Thanksgiving entertaining ideas and tips that will help make the day satisfying for both you and your guests. Here are a few easy steps to make your Thanksgiving dinner a success!


It Starts with the Table: When it comes to setting the tone for your Thanksgiving celebration, there’s no better place to start than with your table setting. Play off of the natural rich colors of autumn by incorporating deep reds, browns, orange, gold, and green. Select a stunning table runner to drape over the edges of the table, and scatter small pumpkins and gourds as a fun way to incorporate natural elements. Of course, starting with a stunning dining table will provide the perfect landscape for your decor and ensure your guests have adequate seating and dining space. Furniture of Dalton has a stunning selection of in-stock dining sets that you can take home today to accommodate any size gathering or style. From large farmhouse tables to elegant dining sets, we have you covered! Visit our Pinterest page for more table setting ideas.

Gorgeous Roxbury Dining Table at Furniture of Dalton 


Exceptional Service: With COVID-19, how your guests are served may look a little different this year. Buffet-style is traditionally a great way to allow your guests to sample all of their favorite dishes. If you have a small gathering with immediate family, this style of dining may suit you well. However, if you are hosting a larger gathering, consider having individual servings lined up so guests can grab and go. Incorporate your serving dishes into your decor for an easy and simple setup.   


Photo by HGTV 


Incorporate Kindness: Remember the spirit of Thanksgiving and extend love and grace to your guests by keeping them at the center of your mind when it comes to table decor and food. Keep centerpieces and other table settings at eye level so guests can mingle and chat with unobstructed views. Be sure to ask if any of your guests have dietary restrictions like a dairy allergy or if they are vegetarian. Be sure to have options to accommodate these preferences so your guests feel welcome and acknowledged. 


Sweet Endings: At Thanksgiving, dessert is as much of a main attraction as the turkey. Arrange cakes and pies on stands of varying heights to display your sweet spread, or pass cookies and pastries around the table family style. You can also prepare desserts in individual serving containers so guests can grab and go. Don’t forget to serve tea and coffee along with dessert to keep guests alert after the infamous turkey coma that is sure to ensue.


Encourage Lingering: While Thanksgiving is undeniably about the food, the true testament of a great celebration is when your guests want to stay after the meal to mingle and enjoy each other’s company. Help facilitate the lingering with plenty of casual seating. Include a DIY bar for guests to make an after-dinner cocktail. Be sure to enjoy the fun yourself. After all, you deserve it!


 

Photo by Samantha Hammack 


Thanksgiving is truly a time to reflect on all of our many blessings and create cherished memories with friends and family. We hope these tips and ideas help make your Thanksgiving celebration one you will remember and enjoy! As you prepare your grocery shopping list and pull out family recipes, let Furniture of Dalton help you with all your entertaining needs. We have on-stock options for small and large gatherings that you can take home the same day! Visit us on Black Friday and enjoy free same-day shipping within 50 miles of the store. Book an appointment on Facebook, message us on Instagram, or call us today at (800) 262-3132. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!



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Tailgating at Home

Football season is here and we couldn’t be more excited! While stadium capacities have been decreased and less people are able to gather in-person at the games, that doesn’t mean the tailgating fun is over. Tailgating at home is the next best thing to being at the game in person, and we might even argue, better! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can turn your living room, backyard, driveway or man-cave into the ultimate tailgating destination. 


  1. The Right Decor - Tailgating is all about creating the game-day experience and having the right decor can make all the difference. Set up tailgating tents outside, have the pregame on the TV, and incorporate team colors in fun ways! Colored plates, koozies, and flags are a great way to show team spirit, and you can make it as simple or elaborate as you like. Try out DIY decorations, like this fun Goalpost Centerpiece, to take your at-home tailgate to the next level! 


  1. Game Day Food - If we’re being honest, the food alone is all the reason we need to have a tailgating party at home! The game is great, but if you have the right game day spread, you’re happy regardless of whether or not your team is victorious. There are so many fun options when it comes to tailgate food, but the name of the game is to keep it simple. Finger foods are always a good idea and these Cajun Sausage Puffs with Bourbon Mustard are the perfect dressed-up pigs in a blanket! Loaded Nachos are also a crowd-pleaser and they are simple to make and pile high on your plate. We can’t forget dessert! Football Woopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream are the ultimate sweet treats that are festive and delicious. 

  1. The Ultimate Game Watching Setup - You can’t have a tailgating party without a great place to watch the game comfortably. This is where Furniture of Dalton has you covered! We have a huge selection of couches, motion sofas, sectionals, recliners, and more to help you create the perfect game day experience. Whether you prefer a movie room setup complete with individual recliners or a large sectional for everyone to pile onto in the living room, our Hooker gallery has it all! Not to mention, most items are in-stock, so you can take them home today and have your home game day ready in time for the next game!

Visit our 120,000 square foot showroom today to see all of the great options available for your at-home tailgating. We are open Monday - Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm, and you can call today at (800) 262-3132 to schedule an appointment with one of our expert designers to bring your dreams to life. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see products and inspiration! Happy Tailgating! 

 
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Fall Outdoor Entertaining

With chilly nights, changing leaves, and the return of football, fall is officially here! All of that means one thing: fall entertaining with close friends and family! This year more than ever, enjoying good company at home is a great way to get in the fall mood. Here are several ways you can spruce up your outdoor living area for the season:  


Enjoy a bonfire. Crisp fall weather is perfect for gathering around a fire. Furniture of Dalton has a great selection of fire pits to compliment any outdoor area! Whether you will be hosting friends for an outdoor tailgate or gathering with immediate family to roast marshmallows for s’mores, a cozy fire screams fall fun.



Enjoy all of the fall food favorites. Fall food is amazing, and enjoying it outside by the fire makes it even better! Keep it simple with wood-fired pizzas on the Big Green Egg, or take it to the next level with Brown Sugar and Pineapple Roasted Acorn Squash. Serve up warm apple cider to the whole family, or try this delicious spiked Apple Cider for the adults. Don’t forget something sweet! Set up a caramel apple bar and let the kids and adults alike get creative with their toppings.



Host a pumpkin carving party. Once you find the perfect pumpkins in the patch, invite over the neighbors for an old fashioned pumpkin carving! Print out fun design templates for everyone or have fun with the templates that come in your carving kit. Save the pumpkin seeds for roasting and toss them in salads, granola, or use in desserts! Add a little friendly competition by having everyone vote for their favorite pumpkin, or keep it fun and lighthearted by simply admiring all of the awesome creations.


Create a Fall Harvest Centerpiece. This DIY Fall Harvest Centerpiece from HGTV is the perfect addition to any fall get-together! With simple, step-by-step instructions and minimal materials required, this centerpiece is easy to put together and will look great on your outdoor dining set or seating area. Incorporating cinnamon sticks, apples, and fall foliage will set the tone for your fall outdoor gatherings and is sure to impress your guests. 



Enjoy an outdoor Halloween Party. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it is the perfect timing for a Halloween party! No matter how you chose to celebrate the festive holiday, keeping everyone outside not only helps you practice social distancing, but also takes the pressure of cleaning the inside of your house off of you! Serve chili, hot dogs, and other fun finger foods while enjoying all of the costumes and spooky decorations! Check out Furniture of Dalton’s Pinterest for more Halloween Decor ideas. 


Now that you are inspired for your fall outdoor gatherings, visit the Furniture of Dalton showroom today to get your outdoor space ready to go with the perfect fire pit or patio set! We have a huge selection of outdoor furniture and fire pits that you can take home today, so you can start enjoying all of the fun fall activities ASAP. Book an appointment on Facebook or give us a call at (800) 262-3132. Follow us on Instagram for in-stock pieces and more. We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM - 6 PM. We can’t wait to help you get your outdoor area ready for fall! 

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How is COVID-19 Affecting the Furniture Industry?

This year has looked vastly different than many of us would have anticipated as we entered into 2020. COVID-19 has impacted our lives in so many areas from travel, to social gatherings, and even schools. We have been spending more time at home, and you may find yourself wanting to create or update different rooms throughout your house. Whether your children are learning digitally and need a dedicated virtual learning space, or you need more functional furniture as you have more family members at home than in the past; now is the perfect time to bring in new pieces that make our new normal an easier adjustment. 


Sadly, if you have browsed furniture stores, you may be disappointed to find that shipping and order fulfillment has been greatly delayed due to COVID-19. Many furniture retailers only carry a small stock in-store or online and have to place orders for the new demand. Fulfilling these new orders can take months! This can be extremely frustrating when you are trying to make your home more functional now only to realize that you will have to wait several months for that to happen. 


Thankfully, at Furniture of Dalton we have a huge warehouse with in-stock furniture that you can take home the same day! We pride ourselves on maintaining a robust selection and inventory for our customers especially during these unprecedented times. If you are preparing for virtual learning for your children and need a new desk for them to work at, we have great options like the Two-Drawer Desk below. This is the perfect space for little ones and teens to house their schoolwork and participate in online class, and the best part is that you can take it home today! 



We also have our Labor Day Sale happening from August 20 - September 9. Pay 0% interest for 60 months on purchases of $1,999 or more with equal monthly payments or receive 15% off of your purchase. This is a great opportunity to get the furniture that you have been eying at a great price! With Furniture of Dalton's large selection of in-stock furniture, you can pick out the perfect piece and take it home that day.  


As we get ready to enter into the holiday season, we also have the selection you need to make family gatherings a success with our Gathering Sale from September 10 - October 3. Receive a 20% discount on chairs with the purchase of a table. Enjoy spending time with close friends and family around a gorgeous new table complete with enough chairs so that everyone has a seat at this year’s holiday celebration!

 


With the uncertainty that this year has brought on, don’t let delayed furniture orders cause you undue stress. Visit our 120,000 square-foot showroom today and take advantage of in-stock pieces that you can take home immediately! We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. You can schedule an appointment on Facebook or give us a call at 800-262-3132. We look forward to helping you create a home that embraces our new normal and will last you for many years to come! 

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Labor Day Fun Ideas

As the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day is perfect for spending special time with family and friends. Amidst the current social distancing practices, the long weekend presents a great opportunity for small outdoor gatherings, BBQs, camping and so much more. As we embrace our new normal and prepare for all the fun that fall can bring, here are a few fun ideas to make your Labor Day celebrations a blast!


  1. A Classic Cookout- You can never go wrong with grilling out a delicious lunch or dinner spread for Labor Day. One way to ensure that you have the best cookout possible is to start with a top-of-the-line grill. The Big Green Egg is the best kamado grill, ceramic grill & charcoal smoker on the planet, with 7 convenient sizes! While summer gardens are still bountiful with fresh fruits and vegetables, take advantage of the farm to table opportunity and try these Grilled Vidalia® Onion Chicken Peach Skewers or go with a crowd-pleaser like Perfect Ribs. 

  1. Patio Party- Take advantage of the great weather that Labor Day presents with al fresco dining and gathering as we transition into cooler temperatures. Whether your Labor Day plans include a final dip in the pool or enjoying your deck or patio, a great outdoor furniture set can help seamlessly connect your Labor Day festivities from inside to outdoors. Create defined spaces and add a fun pop of color with an outdoor rug! Outdoor gatherings are also perfect for social distancing as they allow for ample space between guests and fresh air.

  1. Outdoor Movie Night! - With movie theaters across the country shut down due to COVID-19, an outdoor movie at home is a fun way to recreate a night out at the movies! Whether you prefer to watch an old favorite or stream a new release, follow these easy steps to setup a movie theater in your own backyard. Be sure to pop some popcorn, have plenty of your favorite candies, and refreshing drinks! 

  1. Backyard Camping- A great way to enjoy your Labor Day weekend is by getting in touch with nature. If you aren’t ready to fully embrace camping in the woods, your own backyard is a great place to set up a tent, listen to the sounds of nature, and enjoy quality time with family. Gather around the firepit and roast marshmallows while telling funny stories or play a game of Two Truths and a Lie. No need to worry about forgetting a crucial s'mores ingredient or bug spray! When your backyard is the campground, you can always run in and grab what you need. You also have the option to sleep in your own bed if the tent life isn’t your thing! 


With the unusual and challenging year we have had, making plans for enjoying Labor Day is a fun way to lift your spirits and get excited for all that the rest of the year has to offer! One of the greatest takeaways from the new pace of life is that you can have a great time in your own home with a little creativity. Furniture of Dalton is here to help you create the perfect setup to enjoy your Labor Day weekend and beyond. We have a great selection of competitively priced furniture in stock at our 120,000 square-foot showroom. Schedule an appointment today on Facebook or call us at (800) 262-3132. We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm. We would love to meet with you safely to make your home dreams a reality!
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Back to School Tips

As summer draws to an end and we get ready for the transition back to school, preparation this year is sure to look different from years past. Whether you are planning for your children to head back to in-person learning, fully digital learning, or a combination of the two, prepping for you and your children’s “new normal” can be difficult to navigate. We understand, and we wanted to share a few ways you can best prepare for the school year ahead! 


  1. Continue your back-to-school traditions (with slight adjustments). If you always take the kids shopping for back-to-school clothes and new school supplies, continue that tradition, even if it’s online. Even if they will be participating in fully digital learning, continuing habits and traditions that you have practiced in previous years will help make the transition into the new school year feel more familiar. Still take your traditional first day of school photos and, if you’re learning from home, create a new tradition that reinforces the positive side of the new normal like a mid-day dance party. Making this new routine a positive experience is a great way to get your kids excited for the upcoming school year!


  1. Create a structured and inviting learning environment. Teachers do a great job of decorating and arranging their classrooms in fun and engaging ways because they know it affects how their students learn. Even if your child won’t be learning in the traditional classroom this year, you can still create a space at home that encourages learning and creativity. Setting up a desk like they would have in class will help your child recognize that this is the space where they get their schoolwork done. Encourage reading by having a bookshelf stocked with fun, age-appropriate books and create a reading nook with a fun rug and reading chair. If you have young children, try to actively participate in reading with them. If your children are old enough for independent reading, designate 30 minutes to an hour a day of reading. Check out our Pinterest board for more great Homeschool Space Ideas!


 
  1. Incorporate exercise. Learning digitally can be very effective, but it can be difficult to make sure your child is moving and exercising throughout the day. Incorporating a fun family exercise in your day is a great way to help your children burn energy so they can be effective learners. Plus it gets the whole family involved! There are great options online for family-friendly workouts or you can incorporate a fun game or hobby like tennis or walking. Switch it up daily or every few days to make exercise fun and engaging!


No matter what your learning situation looks like this year, know that you are not alone. Every family is facing a new normal that we are each navigating the best we can. At Furniture of Dalton, we are rallying alongside you and would love to help you create a space in your home for digital learning, so that you have the best school year possible! We have a wide selection of desks, bookshelves, comfy reading chairs, and rugs to create a classroom in your home that helps your kids feel ready to learn and excel in the year ahead. Call us today to schedule an appointment or book an appointment online through Facebook. We look forward to helping you navigate these times!    
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Rug Trends to Inspire Your Next Decorating Project

RUG TRENDS TO INSPIRE YOUR NEXT DECORATING PROJECT

As we prepare to transition into fall, there is no better time to refresh the space in your home that you have been dreaming of updating! Whether that is your living room, foyer, bedroom or dining room, adding or replacing a rug is a great way to add a touch of on-trend style and color, and bring your space together. We have rounded up several rug trends to inspire your next decorating project!


Natural Material Rugs: The use of natural materials like jute, sisal, wool, and silk is a hot trend for good reason. These natural fibers are eco-friendly and incredibly durable. They also add the perfect natural element to a space and balance out bolder choices in accent pieces. 


Rug Layering: Layering rugs is a trend that is here to stay! This popular design technique calls for layering different sized or shaped rugs on top of one another to add dimension and texture to a space. You can go more conservative and layer a bold pattern on top of a more natural base or combine two bolder patterns together to create a completely unique look. 



Fun patterns: From more traditional borders and florals to geometric shapes, rug design trends have varied for years. Oriental rugs are a fun combination of traditional and modern, with timeless design and color mixed with trendy shapes and accent colors. The Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines rug below is a great example of incorporating fun patterns and colors in your rug choice that complement the wood accents and leather beautifully. 



Neutral Hues: Bold colors and patterns from years past are giving way to more earth-tones with minimalistic design and texture. This allows for fun accent pieces like chairs and wall decor to shine on a more neutral canvas. 



If you are loving one of these fun rug trends and considering refreshing your home for fall, you are in luck! Furniture of Dalton’s Last Chance Rug Clearance Sale is happening in-store now. The sale runs from August 1-15 with savings of up to 70% off hundreds of designer rugs! We are open Monday-Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm. We are also open after hours by appointment, which you can schedule on Facebook or by giving us a call at (800) 262-3132. We look forward to helping you create the design aesthetic you have been dreaming of with a gorgeous new rug at a great price!
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Waterproof Hardwood

(Calabria Oak-Verona Cafe)


In today’s chaotic world, there is no shortage of potential accidents. Whether you have small kids running in and out of the house with wet feet, or you just got an adorable puppy who is still potty training, keeping your flooring from getting wet isn’t always easy. But just because life is sometimes messy, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on creating the aesthetic you love in your home. That is why waterproof hardwoods are the perfect solution that allows you to have the look you desire with the functionality that you need.


Carpets of Dalton understands the importance of meeting both your wants and needs when it comes to flooring. We have several options in waterproof flooring that will allow you to bring your vision to life and give you peace of mind from life’s everyday accidents. 


Our waterproof hardwoods are backed with a waterproof core and attached IXPE pad for noise reduction, ensuring that those occasional spills don’t cause warping. The surface is a real wire-brushed hardwood veneer that gives you the authentic look and feel of hardwood, unlike other waterproof flooring options that only mimic the look of hardwood. The surface is also sealed with extra protection from water for easy cleanup. 


The planks come in random lengths to create a more natural look, and they are beveled on all 4 sides with click profiles for fast & easy installation. They are scratch and dent resistant, stain-resistant, and pet-friendly, making them the perfect choice for all seasons of life! 


Waterproof hardwoods also allow you to have the beautiful look of hardwood in places that were previously off-limits like the bathroom or laundry room. This is because you don’t have to worry about the water that will inevitably get onto the floors in these areas. You can simply wipe up large puddles, and go about your day. Waterproof hardwoods are also super easy to clean because they can be mopped, unlike traditional hardwoods.  


(Calabria Oak -Sorrento Brandy)


If you have been dreaming of achieving a real hardwood look in your home, but know that your lifestyle demands something more durable, waterproof hardwood flooring is a perfect choice! Call us at (800) 262-3132 or visit us on Facebook to schedule an appointment today to see all of the great options we have available. You can also check out our website for more details. 
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Hooker Furniture Spotlight

At Furniture of Dalton, we pride ourselves on carrying quality brands who care about our customers, their workers, and the communities they operate in. One of those companies is Hooker Furniture. Hooker Furniture has been an industry leader for quality bedroom sets, dining room sets, living room furnishings, and home office furniture for over 90 years! With a commitment to social responsibility and its people, Hooker Furniture focuses on responsible, environmentally-friendly manufacturing and employs around 800 workers at their Virginia and North Carolina locations along with several hundred more around the world. 

The company was spearheaded by Clyde Hooker Jr. from 1960-2000 before he passed the torch of leadership to Paul B. Toms Jr, grandson of the company's founder, making Hooker a third-generation company and one of the few furniture firms still led by a member of the founding family. Clyde Hooker Jr. was a true visionary who led the company with passion and humility that still inspires and motivates employees to this day. He was a decorated World War II veteran, a community philanthropist, and a smart businessman who truly cared about his employees and the quality of the furniture that his company produced. 

Their custom upholstery by Sam Moore Furniture is manufactured in Bedford, Va. Much of their upscale leather upholstery line is manufactured in Hickory, N.C. by Bradington-Young. Hooker also imports an extensive line of wood bedroom, living room accents, dining room, home office, and home entertainment furniture, and some leather furniture from factories around the world. The design and engineering of these imported furnishings are all carefully overseen by Hooker or Bradington-Young in compliance with their high-quality standards.

Hooker is an active, contributing corporate citizen in the Virginia and North Carolina communities. The company is a leading contributor to several local charitable organizations and through The Hooker Educational Foundation, they have awarded more than one million dollars in scholarships to over 300 children of company employees since the foundation’s inception. They are also committed to environmental stewardship through sustainable business practices that help preserve the earth's beauty and resources for future generations.

We are proud to carry several Hooker Furniture pieces in the store. These quality pieces are sure to stand the test of time and look amazing in your home. Be sure to schedule a visit on Facebook or by phone at (800) 262-3132. You can also visit our website to see more. 
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