Monthly Archives: June 2017

Don’t Miss RST Brands 4th of July Saving Event!

 

On the 4th of July, we celebrate freedom: the freedom we enjoy living in these United States of America, and the freedom to save money while we create our own American Dream.

Are you looking forward to a summer full of family, friends, and entertaining? We have what you need to whip your home into shape, both indoors and out, during our big 4th of July Savings Event.

Have you been hoping to create an intimate outdoor seating area, but just haven’t found the right pieces to fit your budget? Check out our Bloom and Knoxville collections for beautiful, durable furniture to create an outdoor space you’ll love.

Looking for an excuse to huddle up close with those you love? A fire pit is the perfect addition to your yard if you’re looking to extend your outdoor days into the night, with the added bonus of always having a means to make s’mores.

Patio umbrellas serve well to create more shade in your yard, covering your seating or dining area to make it usable no matter how hot the sun shines.

Is your outdoor area ready for a party, but your indoor spaces could use some work? Our Portofino Home and The Curated Room collections are full of lovely, comfortable, and contemporary pieces that will add character to any room in your home.

From June 29 through July 5, 2017, the more you buy, the more you save!

Use coupon code PATRIOT17 and use this 4th of July to celebrate not only your freedom to choose, but your freedom to save!

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas For Your Backyard This Summer

 

Make the most of the warm weather by hosting a fun and memorable outdoor party. These seven outdoor party ideas will establish you as the king or queen of outdoor entertaining, and your parties will be remembered and talked about for years to come. Make sure to start planning well in advance to make your party an unforgettable experience for your guests.

Ice Cream Social

Kick off the summer season with an ice cream social block party! Start by planning the food, arranging for home-made ice cream, a buffet of self-serve toppings, and tasteful bowls and dishware appropriate for all ages. Make sure you have proper seating for your guests, and keep the ice cream cool by serving it and the toppings under a patio umbrella and/or in a cooler.

If you don’t already have an outdoor umbrella, it’s a smart backyard patio idea to purchase at the start of the summer, because the cooling shade and protection from the elements can extend the fun and preserve the food for your outdoor parties.

Tropical Luau

Bring out the tiki torches and flower leis for a taste of the tropics at this intimate party. Serve fruity cocktails in coconuts and set out your loungers for your guests, allowing them to relax in the sun as if they were on the beach. Plan fun beach-theme games, such as a limbo or hula contest, and serve luau-themed food, such as roasted pork and grilled pineapple.

After-dark Soiree

Hire a babysitter for this party, because the after-dark soiree is best kept for the adults. Outdoor seating around a fireplace or fire table can help set the mood for this elegant party. Send invitations requesting semi-formal attire for this event, and create stylish table settings and decor with an eclectic, exciting menu. Hang solar string lights for an energy-efficient yet attractive ambiance.

Red Carpet Movie Premiere

Go all out with a fun red carpet movie premier party. Invitations should include the dress code of “red carpet, dress-to-impress,” and you can even lay down an actual red carpet to lead your high-profile guests to the main event. A fun idea for this party is to create a photo backdrop like those at red-carpet events, and set up a camera for your guests to take pictures.

Set up a large movie screen and play a movie that will please a large group of people. Consider setting out hammocks and plenty of pillows for your guests to watch in comfort as they sit for the length of the movie.

All-American Party

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a classic BBQ bash for your neighbors, friends, and family. Choose traditional red, white, and blue for your decorations and dinnerware, and use patriotic flags and banners to accent your outdoor seating furniture, patio, and yard. Fireworks and sparklers will enthrall the children and, let’s be honest, even the adults. Serve traditional Fourth of July food, such as hot dogs, burgers, lemonade, and ice cream.

Summer Olympics Party

Bring out the competitive side of your friends and family with a summer Olympics party! Upon arrival, assign each person, or team of people, a country to represent. Prepare team uniforms in advance, or you could send invitations in advance with country assignments, instructing each person to wear a particular color. Purchase or make trophies and medals for each winner, and display them on an outdoor accent table to motivate the competitors.

Create a Home Away from Home with Your Guest Room Design

 

It’s easy to miss the comforts of home when traveling—particularly when accommodations are anything but comfortable. When you play host, take a moment to ensure your guests feel right at home by creating a warm and welcoming space. With a little extra effort in your guest room design, you can arrange a wonderful, cozy space for your friends, family, and other guests enjoy during their stay in your home.

 

The Bedroom

When it comes to the guest room, the bed can make or break the room. No amount of decorations or amenities can make up for uncomfortable sleeping accommodations. Of course, no two people are alike, and most guests will have their own preferences for bed firmness, temperature, and so on.

It’s best to pick a high-quality mattress which is neither particularly firm or soft. Instead, choose a medium-firm mattress (paired with a softer mattress topper guests can use if they’d like) which allows your guests the luxury of a choice between the two options.

Remember to cover the bed with high-thread-count sheets to maximize the comfort level. Cotton sheets paired with a cotton coverlet and a down duvet allow your guests to adjust according to their temperature preferences. It’s always a good idea to provide a couple of additional blankets in a basket or an easy, accessible drawer just in case they need some extra warmth.

Top it all off with an assortment of pillows (functional and decorative) to accommodate your guests and pull together the guest bedroom design. Some of your guests will like flat, firm pillows, and others will prefer soft, fluffy pillows.

 

Bookshelves

Provide your guest with a selection of books for them to check out to help them unwind before bed or to enjoy whiling relaxing during the morning or afternoon. As you build your guest library, try to feature a wide variety of books and authors to match your guests’ varied interests.

Even if your collection isn’t especially large, bookshelves are a great way to tie a room together with pictures and decor adorning the shelves. Our modern wall bookshelves provide a stylish way to house your book collection, decor, or whatever else you’d like to display.

 

Sitting Area

A guest bedroom should be more than a bed, nightstand, and alarm clock. Ideally, your guests will be able to use the room as their own private home away from home and will enjoy the option of some alone time beyond sleeping hours.

A proper sitting area will allow your guests to rest and relax somewhere other than the bed. Pick a high-quality arm chair such as the Astra Arm Chair or the Victoria Wingback to create a relaxing space for your guests to read, respond to their emails, or simply rest throughout the day.

Consider investing in a side or accent table to go in the sitting area for added convenience. To avoid water stains from cups, either provide coasters or choose a table with a glass top.

 

Lighting

Proper lighting can enhance or ruin your guest bedroom design. If your guest room is an area where natural light can come in, you might consider hanging blackout curtains over the windows in guest rooms. This could be especially helpful if the room faces a busy street or the rising sun. During the day, your guests can let in as much light as they’d like. At night, they can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep without interruption from an early sunrise.

In your own home, you might be able to walk around with your eyes closed without running into anything. Your guests will not likely share that level of familiarity with your home. Guest rooms can benefit from sconces or lamps near the bed so your visitors won’t have to fumble around a dark room after shutting off a light. Localized lighting is also often less harsh than overhead lighting.

Be sure to also check out our outdoor furniture collections to create a relaxing outdoor space to relax and entertain guests while they are staying at your home.

Cool Room Ideas: Freshen Up that Stale Room In Your Home

 

Science has repeatedly shown that keeping your home clean is beneficial to your health in many ways: you sleep better, you feel happier, you’re more likely to exercise, and it boosts your feeling of accomplishment.

But for some of us, the thought of keeping our home clean evokes long-buried feelings of resentment and rebellion surrounding undesirable chores of childhood. “Clean your room before you go outside!” – Bring back any memories? So how can you make the thought of keeping your home tidy more appealing?

The answer: make it a space you love! It’s time for a home makeover. If you love how it looks when it’s put together, you’ll be more motivated to keep it that way. So here are some easy ways to update your home and turn your rooms into a place you’ll want to entertain.

Add Some Color

Keep your walls and larger furniture pieces in neutral, nondescript colors and include pops of color to make the room stand out. This also makes it easy to swap out whatever color you pick for some new hues if you get bored with it. Choose a couple of colors you love and show them off in vibrant accent pieces, artwork, throw pillows, and blankets. If you need help deciding on which colors to use, take a hint from your wardrobe.

You will probably see a trend in the colors you tend to gravitate towards and wear the most – it’s what you feel the most comfortable in. So, dress your room in the same way. If you feel your best in deep jewel tones, feature some artwork with bold plum or emerald. If you feel your best in bright, spring-time hues, look for citrusy throw pillows and decorative accents.

Set the Tone with Accent Pillows and Window Treatments

They’ve been mentioned above, but the versatility of accent pillows can’t be overstated – especially in the bedroom where the bed draws the most attention. They let you quickly change the personality and overall feel of your bedroom by adding volume to your bed, variations in texture, and pops of color.

Window treatments also play into this because of their large size, and because they are framing a light source they naturally draw the eye. Incorporate them into the color scheme that you’ve chosen from your room. Go with gauzy, flowy curtains for a light, airy feel. Use patterned curtains for an informal look, and blinds if modern is more your style.

Incorporate Personalized Artwork

Your home is a personal spot – which makes it ideal for displaying personal photos. Surround yourself with images of people and pets you love. Determine a hanging layout by tracing the frames you intend to use onto paper, cutting out the shapes, and arranging them in different ways until you find one that works. You can also look up common gallery wall configurations online.

Move Things Around

This is quite effective for making your room feel like a whole new place, and the best part is that rearranging furniture costs nothing but can give your large or small design space a different feel. For a funky new arrangement, try angling your furniture from a corner instead of the typical wall placement.

Mix Up the Textures

Sight isn’t the only sense that plays into a feeling of comfort – touch is important too. It’s an easy fix also – swap out a furry accent pillow from winter for a linen one when the weather warms up. Consider your tastes and the style you want to convey when choosing textures. If your bedroom has a modern feel, look for smooth, crisp lines like leather and stainless steel. If it’s more of a romantic vibe, consider velvet or furred throw pillows, embroidery, and lace.