Posted by RC Willey Community on September 23, 2016
Fall is here—Cue changes in colors, cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything and trips up to the mountains or the local Farmer’s Market with friends and family. During this time of year, we are able to find apples at their freshest and a trip to the local orchard may leave you with more apples than you know what to do with. We all need something to snack on as we curl up with a good book and sip on a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. This recipe for apple chips will ensure that you can enjoy all the flavors of fall to their fullest and makes for a great family activity or side dish at any one of the parties that will be thrown this Fall.
First Variation (Pumpkin Spice)
- 2 tbsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 ½ ground cloves
Second Variation (Chai Spice)
- 2 ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- Optional: sprinkle sugar
Step 1: Make sure the oven is preheated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Now it's time to core your apples (for thicker chips, slice the apple with its core and pick out the seeds). Use the mandolin to make thin apple slices into rounds (discard the bottom slice) and place the rounds onto the baking sheet, or place the apple chips on top of a baking rack placed over a baking sheet.
Step 2: Mix together your chosen blend of spices into a small bowl. Lightly sprinkle the apples.
Step 3: Bake the apples for an hour and a half, remove from the oven and flip the chips and sprinkle the new side with more of the spices. Bake for another hour and check. If the apples are at the desired level of crispiness then turn off the oven and keep the chips inside the oven as it cools down as this will allow them to become crispier (If you prefer chewier chips, reduce the baking time and pull them out when they have reached your desired level of crunch). Store in an airtight container.
Posted by Andie on September 23, 2016
All white kitchens have been absolutely huge in the design world for the past few years...... and for good reason! I mean, what's not to love? They are classic, fresh, and beautifully simple. White kitchens are by no means on their way out, one of the hottest kitchen design trends of 2016 is changing things up a bit with two toned kitchen cabinets.
Many designers and homeowners are opting for darker wood tones and colored lower cabinets, while keeping upper kitchen cabinets neutral or white. I love this look! The darker cabinets on the bottom really anchor the kitchen, and the white cabinets up top keep things light, airy, and clean. I think the visual contrast between light and dark is just stunning, and creates a gorgeous, energized kitchen space. Here are some inspiring examples.....
What do you think? Love the two-toned kitchen cabinets or would you stick to all white (or one color)?
Posted by RC Willey Community on August 11, 2016
RC Willey has plenty of bunk beds for sale that your kids would really love – and you would too! Whether sharing a room or not, a bunk bed is great because there is always an extra spot for a friend to sleep over or to have another child sleep in, in order to free up a larger bed if you have guests. Bunk beds come in plenty of color and design options too, so you're not limited by style. Collaborate with your favorite little person and create a bedroom you will both love! Every kid wants a cool bedroom and for most, that starts with an awesome bunk bed!
check out this classic white bunk bed - great for any little girl's room!
Check out this storage loft bed! Eliminate the need for a chest of drawers and with this great space saver!
Looking for a stylish and cheap bunk bed for the kids? We have those too! Click below to see our full range of bunk beds for every style and budget! Give your kids the dream bedroom they deserve.
Posted by RC Willey Community on August 10, 2016
A corner T V stand is a great solution for tricky room configurations. Available floor space or odd traffic patterns can prove to make decorating and arranging your tv a little tricky. Most corners in a room go unutilized, as it can be difficult to know exactly how to arrange furniture pieces in a way that best work for your space. With a corner TV stand, you can take advantage of that often unused space and either create a focal point or give the TV a little more tucked away feeling. You’ll want to be sure to really check your dimensions because, depending on the size of your TV, it can come out into your room a bit more than you anticipate. Either way, a corner t v stand is a really fun option for any home and RC Willey has a great selection for you to choose from. Here are a few from our tv stand collection.
Posted by RC Willey Community on June 20, 2016
Living in a small space is not always easy. We’re currently in an apartment that is a bit more cramped than we’d like, but that’s part of the grad student life. We quickly discovered that every inch of floor seemed to be relegated to the basics and there wasn’t any designated office space. No worries, it just meant we had to get creative. There are so many options for creating a home office almost anywhere in your home. A sofa or console table is a great option as they aren’t as deep as traditional desks and tables. You can use it in a walkway/hallway or even behind the sofa with a great chair tucked underneath making it ready to use at any time. It also makes a great option for a tight bedroom space as well.
Just because you don't have a lot of space doesn't mean you can't have a stylish desk in your small home office. Here are a few desks that would work with your small home office idea.
You can also make a great small corner office space with a writing table. Smaller than a traditional desk and usually without bulky drawers, it’s the perfect for creating a cozy home office since most of us use laptops and don’t need a ton of desktop space.
A small dining table may also make a great desk, depending upon how much space you have to work with. It really doesn’t matter as long as it works for you and your space functions the way you need it to. As long as you have a work surface, chair, and something that makes the space your own, you’ll be happy working there!
If you’re ready to make your own small home office space, RC Willey has so many options – from traditional desks to tables. Be creative. Think outside the box. You’ll find a piece you love and enjoy pulling different elements together to make the space a unique one in your home.
Posted by RC Willey Community on May 27, 2016
Sleep. If you’re not getting enough of it, we should be friends because neither am I. With a two year old and a newly minted one year old, this is a club I wish I didn’t belong to. Our kids sleep through the night, so once I’m asleep – I’m good to go. It’s falling asleep that’s the hard part.
There are several tricks that definitely help you fall asleep faster. First and foremost, be mindful of what you drink and eat during the day. Avoiding caffeine after mid-afternoon is a must. Not only in soda, but medications as well. Also, don’t eat a large meal before bedtime or go to bed hungry. Both can distract you from your overall goal – falling asleep. Another great tip is to clear your mind of all of the “to do’s” that keep your brain alert. I’ve found I need to distract myself and the best way to do this is to read. You also need to avoid electronic devices and the light they emit, so this means good-old-fashioned-ink-on-paper book reading.
Other pointers that are extremely helpful are:
- Keep your room cool, 65° or below is ideal
- Keep your feet and hands warm
- Avoid exercise in the evening
- Take a warm shower before bed
- Scent of lavender (Essential oil in an atomizer on your nightstand is awesome!)
Honestly, it takes a combination of things to help me fall asleep fast, but they are easy to implement. It helps to create a nightly routine because the consistency also makes a difference.
Feeling comfortable once you climb into bed is essential for falling asleep and overall sleep health! If it’s your mattress that’s keeping you from getting comfortable, a new mattress is in order. You can find exactly what you need at RC Willey. Shop mattresses now.
Posted by RC Willey Community on May 20, 2016
Admit it. You have no idea what it is either. I’ve seen it advertised so many times and wondered why I or anyone else would need this. We have smart TVs, smart phones, smart tablets and smart children who can do things with my iPad that I can’t undo. Why would we need another device? I’m here to tell you – this is awesome and will revolutionize TV in our homes. We need this and I can’t wait to get one!
Apple TV brings all of your favorite apps to one place. Streaming TV, games, movies, music, and more. Every app you can imagine: Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, AMC, iTunes, MLB, ABC, FOX, education, fitness - if there’s an app, it’s there or you can download it. Of course you have to subscribe to the apps service (if applicable) to get the content, but that’s a given.
That concept alone is pretty fantastic. However, the greatest thing of all.......it has Siri!! No more searching through all of the different services you subscribe to; Siri will search them and find what you’re looking for! New TV shows, dramas, 80’s comedies, the latest albums that dropped this week - just ask and you shall receive. This in and of itself is worth buying Apple TV. My husband and I spend 45 minutes scrolling through Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu only to decide we can’t find anything and forget it. With Apple TV, you tell Siri what you’d like to watch or listen to and she’ll do the work for you.
Now, all you need is to buy your very own Apple TV from RC Willey! You pay the purchase price, get your Apple TV with a super cool swipe remote and you’re off to the races.
P.S. If you’re a gamer, Apple TV supports MFi-based controllers.
Posted by RC Willey Community on May 16, 2016
Painting ANY room in your home is a big deal. It’s a serious production to even get to the point where you can put a roller to the wall. Before that, you have to make the hardest decision of all: choosing the paint color. Deciding on a living room paint color can be especially difficult. It’s the main living space of your home, usually adjoins other rooms and is the foundation that ties your overall design together. Don’t be nervous though. Color can make your space feel calm, inviting, and chic.
I love the 2016 color trends. They are colors I’ve always enjoyed and you can take them in so many different directions. It’s all about blues and grays, with many paint choices having subtle undertones that lend to both colors. These colors are great because there are so many options! From the soft and subtle to the dark and bold, you’re bound to find a color that you’ll be able to enjoy for years.
There are also so many complementary colors that you can decorate with when choosing from these wall color trends. Use different accessories from throw pillows to vases and lamps that will bring a contemporary, classic, shabby chic or farmhouse look to your space. RC Willey has everything you need to make you living room a place everyone will want to be.
Did you know that RC Willey offers interior design services? Simply purchase a $100 gift card to RC Willey and let one of our designers help you transform your home into a showpiece. Learn more about our design services now. Here are some more living room paint ideas for your home!
Posted by Andie on May 13, 2016
When we moved to the east coast last summer we were shocked when we arrived to our new apartment and found that there were literally NO LIGHTS in the family room and bedrooms. This was our 6th move in 6 years of marriage, and no lights? That was a first for us! There were a few canned lights in the kitchen and bathrooms, and that was it. The craziest part about it was that we were literally the very first to move into our apartment, which was in a brand new building. We couldn't even figure it was just one of the quirks you have to put up with in an old structure!
It turns out you don't realize just how important good lighting is until you don't have any lighting! (Isn't that how it is with most things in life?) The place has amazing windows, and in the daytime it's flooded with loads and loads of natural light and sunshine, but at night you are basically sunk. It only took us about 24 hours to get out and purchase a whole bunch of lamps to make the place more homey, and bright (quite literally).
Lighting is one of those basic essentials in a home that can be overlooked. While it's easy to find other things that seem more pertinent to allocate your funds towards, don't skimp on lighting! Statement lighting is one of the best ways to bring style, personality and character to your home.
"Statement lighting- think glittering table lamps and bold ceiling fixtures- has always been a key component of great design, but the emphasis these days is on items that looks as good off as they do on."- Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, Elle Decor
I'm really loving all the glamorous chandeliers and unique pendent lights I've been seeing lately. They look beautiful even when the lights are turned off, and they create gorgeous light when they are on. Get inspired from the photos below, and remember, just say no to boring lights!
Posted by Andie on April 30, 2016
The interior design world has been in love with mid-century modern design for a few years now. With all the natural materials, contemporary patterns, and the seamless flow between inside & outside (think wall to ceiling windows, sliding glass doors, etc), what's not to like? Many people wonder if this obsession is just a passing fad brought back by television shows like 'Mad Men', or if this throwback style from the 1940's-1970's actually has long term staying power. Thoughts?
There are opinions on both sides of the fence, but according to Houzz.com, mid-century modern isn't going anywhere any time soon. Anoushka Allum from Smartspace Interiors told Houzz,
"As our lives become busier and more complicated, and our environments more built-up, we crave a simple connection to nature and the warm and comfort that provides. MCM (mid-century modern) design delivers this in spades.....It's not a design trend, it's here to stay. It never really went away. The days of over-consumption and extravagance are hopefully behind us, as many of us are trying to live more consciously. MCM design embodies this with its use of minimal finishes, clean design and pared-back aesthetics."
Personally, I love the fresh clean lines, clutter-free, less is more approach of mid-century modern, but I do think there can be too much of a good thing. You don't want your house to turn into a shrine to the 1960's, right? I'm all about mixing in mid-century modern pieces with other styles like vintage, industrial, modern, and antique to keep things eclectic and interesting. Rebekah Chichero from Small Room Interiors said, “As homeowners’ awareness of the style grows, they are learning they don’t have to have a house full of mid-century modern to appreciate it. It’s about getting the balance right."
And now, for some mid-century modern inspiration....
How have you incorporated MCM pieces into your home design? Do you agree with the experts? Think it's here to stay or are you ready to see it go away?