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How to Decorate a Coffee Table

Decorating your coffee table gives you the opportunity to let your style shine in your living room. Adding the right pieces adds an intriguing sophistication that is sure to charm. Impress your guests with these quick and easy steps. Let’s get right into this quick read:

PRIOR TO DECORATING:
Using tape, create squares around where you would like to place objects. This technique will help you measure what will fit and how much of the table you wish to decorate. 

COLOR:
Find decor that will be eye-catching on your table. For example, if your table is constructed of dark wood, enhance it with white accents. 

SHAPE & HEIGHT
Try to incorporate a mixture of shapes. Rectangular objects are great for structure but will look too stuffy without any variation. Round trays, bowls, and candles come in handy to break up these stuffy lines.

Height falls under the same concept, find one central piece with substantial height compared to the rest for chic symmetry.

ELEMENTS
Start with a Base: Stack objects on top of books or a decorative tray. The rule of three applies excellent to coffee table design. Create three separate collections on your table, each with a different base. I recommend staying within the same color theme in each group, to avoid clashing. Two collections work just as well, especially if you are working with a small table. Read about the rule of three here

Greenery: Flowers and plants add that pop of color that every room needs. Find glistening vases to feature your greenery. Even though real flowers are stunning, faux flowers are cheaper and last longer.

Small Objects: Small unique decor pieces are perfect to set on top of coasters, trays and books. Find objects that tie in with your theme and personal style. 

Candles: Everyone loves a great smelling candle! Place your favorite candle onto one of the bases to add maturity to a space.

THE HOME OFFICE HURDLE:  HOW CAN I MAKE IT FIT?THE HOME OFFICE HURDLE: 
HOW CAN I MAKE IT FIT?

Don't Cut Corners
To be able to fit an office into your small space you must become a master at utilizing the most out of your space! Finding a small nook desk is the easy part, but finding this nook in your home can be a little bit more challenging. Even the tiniest of nooks can be rearranged to fit in a desk and a chair.  Sometimes, the desk will be the only thing you can squeeze. Don’t stop here! Think tall not wide! Open walls can be just as valuable as bare floors. Floating shelves are very inexpensive and can be easily installed to hold a variety of office supplies, not to mention decor!  Small nooks can be easily hidden by hanging some sheer curtains.

Storage Savy
We all fall head over heels for a piece of accent furniture that is stunning and also comes along with spacious storage features. Some of us though, can get a little carried away. These spacious pieces usually are larger than other regular furniture, causing more space to be used in the apartment in the long run. If you have a nightstand, ottoman, side tables, etc., all with storage features, do you think you are actually using all of them? For myself, I realized I had some things stored here and some things stored there. Take a look at your space and get rid of furniture that you don’t  necessarily need. For example, if you have an accent table that has a few drawers full of things, transfer those materials to other storage spaces with room (dresser, closet, nightstand) now you can make space for an office desk!

The Entryway Exception
Instead of the expected chest or console table (which is usually unneeded storage space). Find a small office desk with a great accent chair to cozy up and make the entry more inviting. I myself have been obsessing with accent chairs and look for any opportunity to fit them into my space.

White for the Win
Compact spaces are the most likely to look cluttered quickly. Sticking with light tones will help to make your small nook look clean and more balanced. Need more pop?  Break the monotony of white by adding a patterned wallpaper or floor tiles but stick to the same family of colors.

Kitchen Kozy
Everyone loves a nice open kitchen, but adding a small office will not close yours off! You can still add a small office to your kitchen and keep a great open feeling. Look for the dead space and walls in your kitchen. Here you can repurpose some of your kitchen storage and shelves to be double-duty. A lot of us keep calendars, to do lists and more in our kitchen, why not fit in the rest of your work here?! Some of your kitchen storage may not be fully utilized, see where you can reorganize your area to feature both office and kitchen elements. 

DECORATING IN THREE’S 

If there is such a thing as a “magic number” for assuring good visual design, it’s three. Artists and designers use visual elements in sets of three to help their compositions feel more harmonious. Left, center, right. Small, medium, large. It’s a series that’s familiar, balanced, and orderly. Three is important when it comes to structure, it has symbolic significance to many religions, and it has a natural connection to the way we process information.

As a design principle, combinations of three are considered more engaging and memorable. Our brains are programmed to find patterns and respond to proportions. Our eyes seek to keep moving. You can create this kind of visual interest in your own décor by applying the “Rule of Three.”

COMPOSITION

Arrangements composed of an odd number of objects are more appealing – a center point anchors the arrangement and the other pieces add symmetry.Move larger furniture into groupings. Three pieces with similar visual weight will create cozy conversation zones.Working with a standard shape in the room also creates cohesion. A round mirror, roundtable, and the curve of a sofa arm encourage you to think in threes.

SCALE

Varying size and scale engage a sense of depth.Three levels of height draw the eye into following a triangular path.Using patterns of three different scales (small, medium, large) or motifs (plaid, stripe, floral) in a room adds dimension and texture.

COLOR

A typical formula for a color palette consists of the primary color, a secondary color, and an accent color.If you introduce a pop of color, repeat it in two more places to keep the observer’s gaze traveling around the room.Layered lighting improves color and ambiance. Most plans incorporate three sources: natural illumination from windows, overhead fixtures, and task lighting.

How to fix your Flooded Basement

Fall brings the cold, winter brings the wind, summer brings the construction… and spring brings the rain.

Flood season is upon us and after the constant downpour of rain this week, we thought this article could be quite helpful. Even though our agricultural thrive off rain, homeowners often suffer from severe damage. Flooding can ruin the insides of a home from the carpeting & padding, furniture and walls plus everything in between. Not all homes are affected to the extent of others, but the majority of all homes experience flooding at some point. That being said, we thought it was the perfect time to share our flooring specialist’s tips for flood cleanup & damage. For help further, please contact our flooring department below.

Insurance
Flood cleanup may require the work of a professional. Our tips below are designed to help you cleanup on your own, but sometimes outside help is needed. If you have flood insurance, always report the damages. It is possible that all your damages may be covered including the help of a professional contractor.

Preparation
Before digging into water damage repairs, protect yourself by wearing boots, gloves and cover all exposed skin. Some water can contain E.coli and unsanitary bacteria. Water can also can tend to be very hot and will burn skin quickly. Next, shut off all electricity and check twice! The last thing you need is a deadly matchup between water and electric, the results could be very dangerous.

The Air in Your Home
Now that you know to take precaution when handling unsanitary water, open up the windows! Water can bring strong odors from sewers and that’s the last thing you need! Open all entries including doors, so air will blow through and speed up the drying process. Unnatural sources like fans also help after standing water is removed and electricity can be restored.

Water Removal
The fastest solution to water damage and removal is seeking the help of a professional. Some situations are worse than others and can be handled on your own. If you are on your own, seek out a shop vac, or pump to remove all standing water. After water is removed and a cause it determined, take the correct steps to ensure it won’t happen again. Of course, there are many causes of water in the home aside from just flooding. Read The Causes of Basement Flooding for a full understanding.

Wet Items
A knowledgeable professional is the best option when attempting to save water damaged items. Of course, remove all wet items from the area to properly perform flood clean up. Unfortunately, most carpet & furniture will need to be thrown out. Here at Montgomery’s, we do offer a line of waterproof carpet that has been tested on the floor of a swimming pool. If you are looking at installing new carpet after water damage, this line would be your best option. Learn more our flooring here.

Mold Cleanup
Everything that has been touched by unsanitary water will need to be fully disinfected. Mold & bacteria thrive in damp areas, ensuring that your space has been completely dried will prevent these growths in the long run. Keep fans and open ventilation to the area for a few days to speed up the process. Remember, if you are ever questioning your tactics call a professional for assistance.

Do You Have A Home Emergency Kit?

We normally don’t think to be prepared for an emergency until it is too late. Below is a list of items you should have in your home emergency kit.

- Water - Plan for 1 gallon per person per day and don’t forget your furry friends!
- Battery-operated electronics - A battery or crank radio, cell phones with battery pack for charging, charger cords, and lots of spare batteries in different sizes
- Easy to prepare food - Again, don’t forget your pets!
- First aid kit - First aid supplies, flashlights and medications
- Protected documents - Important documents should be stored in a waterproof bag or off site in a safety deposit box.
- Extra cash and emergency contact information
- Blankets, sleeping bags, and personal items

General Home Preparation
- Bring anything in from outside that can act as a projectile
- Find your “safe haven” inside the house. Avoid windows. The basement, inner rooms and below the stairs are good places.
- Look over your homeowner’s policy. You might want to ask your agent to go over damage and replacement costs with you ahead of time. Do you even have or need flood insurance?

Know Your Weather Lingo
- A “watch” means that hazardous weather is possible. It does not mean that they will occur.
- A “warning” is issued when a storm is imminent. When a tornado warning is issued, seek safe shelter immediately.
- A “heat advisory” is issued when the heat index is expected to reach 100 to 104 degrees within the next 12-24 hours.
- A “winter weather advisory” will be issued for any freezing rain or when 2-4 inches of snow is expected to cause a significant inconvenience, but not serious enough to warrant a warning.

Home Improvements That Help With Energy Efficiency

- Caulk around windows and doors to make sure all cracks and holes are sealed
- Add area rugs to your tile and wood floors. This helps add an extra layer of insulation
- Window coverings can significantly improve your energy efficiency by preventing heat loss and solar heat retention by at least 30% or more
- Buy insulated garage doors and exterior doors
- Add insulation throughout your home. Experts recommend that you add insulation if you haven’t done so in more than 20 years
- Reverse your ceiling fans. Running them counter clockwise makes it cooler during the summer months and running them clockwise in the winter helps circulate warm air back into the room
- Replace your furnace filters. Generally speaking, filters should be replaced every month during the heating season.
- Replace your outdated furnace. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s do-it-yourself energy audit on their website.

How Purchasing A Good Mattress Can Improve Your Sleep And You Don’t Need To Break The Bank!

How long does the average mattress retain its support and comfort? That question remains unanswered, but Oklahoma State University did a study by having their participants sleep on mattresses 5 years old or older and then new ones. The average age of the old mattresses were 9.5 years old. They used the same set of variables for old and new mattresses. Through the university’s research they found that a new mattress improved sleep quality by 62%, sleep comfort by 70.8%, reduced back pain by 55.3%, and back stiffness by 50.7% over a four-week period. The reduction in pain and improvement in sleep became even more prominent over time. Oklahoma State University also studied the participants’ stress levels on their old mattress and again on their new mattress. They found that both stress behavior and symptoms were greatly reduced. Additionally, a follow up after six months indicated that the stress levels remained as low as or lower than those recorded a month after the introduction of the new mattress. Oklahoma State University’s findings overall strongly suggest that a new mattress system can significantly improve sleep variables and that continuous and sustained sleep quality may be dependent on timely replacement of mattress systems.

Most of us do recognize the importance of a good mattress system for improved health, but a lot of us don’t have the budget to spend $4500 or more on a mattress we think will give us that good night’s sleep. What people don’t realize is they don’t have to spend as much as they think to get a high quality mattress. Why do you think some of those mattresses are so expensive? Do you think it’s because it’s better made or has higher quality materials? Actually, those more well known, expensive brands cost more due to advertising dollars. They spend so much on advertising that the money has to come from somewhere and that is usually by charging more for the mattress. There are high quality, comparable mattresses out there for sale that offer similar benefits for a fraction of the cost. The reason being they don’t spend their money on advertising, but on creating a high quality mattress and then relying on the furniture store to sell the mattress for them.

One such mattress company that you probably haven’t heard of is the Englander Mattress Company. This mattress company was started in 1894 by Max Englander in New York. His vision was simple: To provide a mattress system for consumers who wanted a more comfortable night’s sleep. The Englander mattress provides state of the art design for the ultimate in sleep comfort. They offer a variety of mattresses to choose from that are equivalent to the more expensive brands. Yetzer’s has been a retailer for Englander Mattresses for many years due to the low cost and high quality.

If you’ve been having health problems, increased stress, aches and pains it may be time to replace your current mattress system with a new one. Come into Yetzer’s and learn more about the Englander Mattress brand, try one or several of their mattresses out, and find yourself on the road to improved health!

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency And Style With Window Treatments

You’ve bought new furniture, applied fresh paint and even changed your flooring, but your room still feels like it is lacking something. Also, your room feels drafty and cold in the winter and hot in certain areas in the summer. It may be time to take a look at your window coverings. Gone are the days of the plain metal, horizontal, white blinds we are used to. The variety of window coverings available today can change your window to match your room’s style making it more stylish and updated. Also, your window coverings can change your room’s lighting. The right light can change everything from your room’s style to your mood.

Windows do more than just allow light in and offer a view. They’re also like a valve that allows heat and cold to flow through the glass very easily. Your home can lose up to 50% of it’s heating and cooling energy through your windows. Hunter Douglas offers a variety of energy-efficient styles in a range of insulation levels to help reduce heat loss in the winter or solar heat gain in the summer. A study done with an infrared camera showed the Hunter Douglas Duette Architella shades had a reduction of unwanted solar heat through the windows by 80% and a reduction of 40% heat loss in the winter. No matter where you live, Hunter Douglas has a window covering that will help conserve energy at the window and offer you year round comfort. The energy efficiency Hunter Douglas provides your windows is a smart investment for your home for many years to come.

Hunter Douglas has mastered the art of window dressing. They are not only stylish and versatile, but energy efficient with modern operating systems, child safety, light control and motorization. Superior products are a given, but it’s the experienced dealers,

like Yetzer’s, that make Hunter Douglas special. Yetzer’s can offer a wealth of design and product knowledge by helping you find the right window covering, fabrics, and options that best fit your specific needs, as well as provide precise measurement and installation. With Yetzer’s, you can count on well-informed advice and outstanding customer service every step of the way. Please call Yetzer’s to set up an appointment to visit our Hunter Douglas design room at 952-442-4242. The benefits of a Hunter Douglas window covering are not only energy efficiency, but also a dramatically beautiful window.

Looking for some inspiration?

If you’re looking for something new and interesting to do come visit us at Yetzer’s Home Furnishings in Waconia, MN. We would love to meet you and share some decorating concepts and give you some amazing new ideas for your home. It’s easy to get in a rut when it comes to decorating - using the same style over and over for years. At Yetzer’s, we offer FREE in home design services. The Yetzer’s designers understand the power of transformation and want to help you create a beautiful and livable home that will inspire creativity and comfort. Do you need some design inspiration before stopping in? Check out Yetzer’s on Pinterest and Instagram or our website www.yetzers.com. We would love to help you so please call today at 952-442-4242.