Feng Shui Tips to Design Your Home with Positive Energy

A feng shui inspired bedroom

Many people who have only vaguely heard of Feng Shui are intimidated by this decorating concept because it sounds complicated and strangely unfamiliar. But there are actually very simple and practical steps that you can take to create a Feng Shui bedroom, Feng Shui living room, and incorporate Feng Shui colors all throughout your home. The energy in the rooms of your home affect your internal energy, which is why simple adjustments can make a big difference in how you feel.

To help you get started, here are five easy Feng Shui Tips to design or reorganize your home to create a space with positive energy.

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Incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year Into Your Home

A room inspired by the color of the year greenery

Whether we wear them, decorate with them, or make art with them, colors are trendy, fashionable, and fun. A leading authority on color in a variety of industries, Pantone, selects a new color each year to be a symbol of what’s taking place in the global culture and reflected in current attitudes and moods. The 2017 Pantone color of the year is greenery, which is a unique and beautiful shade of green with deep symbolic meanings.

In this article, the Furniture Barn team is taking a closer look at the Pantone color, greenery, to help you incorporate this vibrant color into various part of your home.

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The Importance of Having a High-Quality Office Chair

A woman with back pain because she has a poor quality office chair

Even with the inventions of standing desks, kneeling chairs, and sit-to-stand workstations, most office workers still spend the bulk of their days sitting. Numerous studies have been conducted that reveal just how detrimental sitting all day and every day can be to your health. But that doesn’t mean that office chairs are inherently dangerous or should be avoided at all costs.

There are many types of office chairs on the market today, and some of them offer significant benefits in terms of ergonomics and employee health. In the paragraphs that follow, we will be exploring the importance and benefits of having a high-quality office chair and offering some product recommendations for different types of work.

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The Dangers of Cheap Mattresses & Why a Non Toxic Mattress is So Important

Modern Bedroom

If you spend an average of eight hours in bed each night, that comes out to about 2,920 hours on your bed each and every year. That’s a significant part of your life dedicated to just one piece of furniture in your home. Not only should a mattress be comfortable and supportive, but it should also be free of toxins and hazardous materials that put your health at risk.

This article will describe the dangerous chemicals and manufacturing practices that cheaper mattress brands use and how to find a quality mattress that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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This Year’s Best Fall Events Near Cheshire

Adults can have fun this fall too!

It’s hard to not fall in love with the fall season here in Connecticut, but one thing we’ve noticed is how kid-centric so many of the fall events are in our area. Don’t get us wrong…the Furniture Barn staff absolutely adores kids! But there’s also more to this incredible time of year than just trick-or-treating and family-friendly festivities.

Fortunately, there are lots of mature fall-themed events coming up in the Cheshire area where you can relax and enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of the season. Maybe you don’t have kids, they’re all grown up, or you just need a well-deserved break from your little ones. Regardless, these are the adult activities we’re looking forward to the most this fall, and we hope to see you at some of these amazing events!

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Strategies for Designing an Open Space Living Room

A modern living room design in a Connecticut home

There are many different ways to design a living room depending on the size and shape of the room, as well as your personal style and how you entertain guests. However, one of the trendiest design styles of the moment is the open space living room. This room design makes it easy to move from one place to another and entertain guests. However, it can be a challenging style for homeowners who crave separation between rooms for the purposes of privacy or efficiency.

Here are a few of our favorite strategies for designing an open space living room that’s functional, livable, and stylish.

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Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Child’s Room While Away at College

Kid moving to college

It’s that time of year again…back to school season! If you have a college-age son or daughter, chances are that you’ve been busy stocking up on everything needed for a new dorm or apartment. Most of the focus has been on decorating a new college space, but what about your own home and that empty room left behind?

You could leave your child’s room exactly just the way it is to welcome him or her back home on holidays and college breaks. Or alternatively, you could make minor adjustments to the room to fill the extra space and focus on your own hobbies and interests. Watching your kids leave home is hard, but perhaps a room renovation is just the home project you need to fill the void!

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3 “Cool” Places to Find Outdoor Summer Fun

Stay Cool Connecticut (1)

By this point of the summer, many families in the Hartford area have hunkered down in their air-conditioned homes to await cooler days. But by locking yourselves indoors, you’re missing out on so much summer fun!

You don’t need A/C to stay cool, and in fact, there are lots of exciting ways to spend time in nature without getting overheated. The staff here at Furniture Barn loves getting outside and active, so we’re highlighting three of our favorite ways to cool off outside in the Hartford area. Perfect for families of all sizes, ages, and interests, here are the best local options for making the most of this hot and steamy season!

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Summer Cooking Strategies to Keep You & Your Kitchen Cool

Family cooking breakfast in the summer

The heat of the summer has arrived here in Connecticut, and many of us are doing everything in our power to stay cool. With the kids on summer vacation and guests coming over for weekend parties, foregoing homemade meals is not an option. However, working up a sweat in a hot kitchen is more than just uncomfortable. An overheated kitchen also competes with your air-conditioning system, making the whole house hotter and your electric bills rising by the month.

So, to beat the heat and still enjoy the delicious summer foods you love, here are some tips to try out at home. From alternative cooking methods to visiting your local house furniture store, summer meals have never been so easy!

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