Posted by RC Willey Community on November 14, 2022
Tips and Tricks for Effortless Christmas Décor
Christmas is a unique time of year. People are a little kinder, family comes a little closer, and our homes become a little more magical. Classic Christmas carols dance through our homes and the smell of gingerbread and pine drift through our halls. Sparkling Christmas décor adorns shelves, railings, tables, and walls, and a gorgeous Christmas tree with memories hanging from every branch tops it all off. Perry Como sang it best, “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.”
But how do you get that magical feeling in your home? Does it require intricate detail and a home loaded with Christmas décor? Or perhaps, can it be simpler?
Let us help you.
Make your home as detailed or as simple as you want this holiday season. Here are just a few tips to help you get started!
Deck the halls with... Christmas Carols
Go glitter and glam...
Who doesn’t enjoy just a tad bit of sparkle this time of year? You can incorporate sparkle with this gorgeous rhinestone candleholder, which will mix in flawlessly with your other seasonal accessories. Go for even more glam with this gold set of three Wisemen. If you don’t want to choose between sparkle or glam, combine them with this stunning angel. Not only is it lovely as is, but with a simple push of a button, it turns into a water globe with lights and sparkle galore.
...Or traditional Christmas
Gold and green Christmas trees and old, country villages with snow-dusted rooftops remind of us of Christmas past. Sometimes returning to the basics is the smartest way to go. Almost nothing is as old-school Christmas as Santa Clause. This beautiful, richly colored Santa Clause Wall Art features a beautiful interpretation of him holding Christmas berries and bells. Decorating your home with Christmas classics will bring a cozy and warm feeling to your home this holiday season.
Start your Christmas décor before anyone even opens the door! Hanging a wreath on your front door is a popular way to welcome in the holidays. RC Willey has a colorful variety of seasonal wreaths for you to choose from. Dried oranges and bright red berries create a beautiful wreath that will look gorgeous on your porch. Perhaps you are searching for more shine? If so, check out this colorful wreath full of festive ornaments and pine cones. This mixed ball and pine wreath is another great choice, with more ornaments but in an isolated blue and gold color scheme. Whatever style you are searching for, we have it!
Walk through your own winter wonderland without the freezing cold by creating it in your own home! Evergreen trees are never out of style during the Christmas season. There are so many fun options to choose from as you fabricate your own wonderland. Check out this fun Red and White Peppermint Tree. You’ll also need some pine needles, pine cones, and berries. Get those three Christmas essentials in a decorative box or a burlap bag. Either option will add a beautiful, outdoorsy element to your winter wonderland.
“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”
Mimic the beauty and simplicity of snow in your décor. Having a white, ivory, and beige seasonal theme is a modern and elegant way to decorate. We love these boho, rope Christmas trees with their star on top. This lightly finished Wooden Box With a White Magnolia Flower and Pine Cones is another beautiful way to add some neutral colors to your décor. Tic-tac-toe sets aren’t the most popular Christmas accessory, but this snowflake set is sure to become a favorite! It features white and gray snowflakes in a tray with a light, wooden finish. Not only is it stylish, but it adds an element of fun to your accessories this year.
Cozy for Christmas
Cozy up around the fireplace with all your favorite throw pillows. These can be placed in small corners and on furniture around your home to bring in some extra Christmas spirit. This Off-white Snowflake Pillow would make a beautiful addition to your home with its tasseled edges. Another great option with tasseled edges is this elegant, “Christmas Begins With Christ” pillow. throw pillows can be placed on accent benches, chairs, beds, and sofas. The options are endless!
With these simple tips, you will be able to create the perfect Christmas home for you and your family this year! Christmas truly is the “most wonderful time of the year.” Visit your local RC Willey today and find all sorts of Christmas inspiration!
Posted by Braden on October 25, 2022
The Ultimate TV Buying Guide
Are you in the market for a new TV, but have no idea how and where to start looking? With all the technical jargon that comes with them (does anyone really know the difference between HDTV and 4K Ultra HD?), it can get easy to feel overwhelmed when TV shopping.
Similarly, when you finally make that choice to part with your hard-earned dollars and buy a new TV, what do you do if you realize it doesn’t fit your household’s needs? Consult this handy-dandy guide beforehand, of course! Use this TV Buying Guide as a resource when making an educated television purchase. After all, buying a TV should be an exciting and enjoyable experience, not a stressful and defeating one.
Here are some of the key features to “watch” out for when shopping (see what we did there?):
Choosing the perfect television for your home begins with understanding the different resolution technology options available. A TV’s resolution is determined by the amount of vertical and horizontal pixels on its screen. With a higher resolution, images become sharper and clearer. This means that you’ll be able to see the finer details in your favorite games, movies, and TV shows.
Traditionally one of the best resolution options available on the market, 1920 x 1080 (also known as full HD) has become increasingly rare. Instead, many TV manufacturers are shifting toward Ultra HD sets, which makes it difficult to find anything below a 4K resolution. Although much of the current content on TV was originally created for HDTVs, new sets automatically adapt older content for higher resolution screens. This “upscaling” process multiplies the number of pixels in the existing content until it matches the amount available on your TV.
Understanding How 4K Works
Nowadays, Ultra HD televisions have become the new standard of viewing. With four times the number of pixels as a full HD TV screen, the 4K Ultra HD contains 8.1 million total pixels. Think of it like this: four pixels on a 4K TV fit inside just one pixel on a full HD screen. These added pixels provide exceptional detail and sharper images, which makes owning a 4K Ultra HD TV a huge benefit for viewers wanting those crisper viewing experiences.
Large streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube regularly make 4K content available on their platforms. Similarly, major gaming systems also utilize 4K resolution on newly released games, most notably PlayStation and Xbox. Although you don’t necessarily need a 4K TV to enjoy these watching and playing options, the amazing details that extra pixels provide will likely heighten your experience overall.
Are 8K TV Displays Worth It?
Boasting over 33 million pixels, 8K is the highest resolution available for Ultra HD TVs. 8K pixels are so tiny that they can’t be distinguished from each other even up close. In theory, 8K TVs seem like the best option for viewers wanting a top-of-the-line experience. The biggest problem, however, is that content hasn’t kept up with the demand for this technology.
Although 8K TVs are becoming increasingly more cost-effective, native 8K content is practically non-existent. Most of the available 8K content can be found on streaming services like YouTube. While you can use upscaling technology on 8K screens to play HDTV and 4K content, you still will be limited in the amount of 8K shows available for everyday viewing. If this is a concern, you may want to hold off on purchasing a 8K screen for now.
Shop TVs by Resolution
There are a few different options when it comes to TV display technology. In addition to the other acronyms to keep in mind when TV shopping, LED, QLED, and OLED are three more to know simply because they refer to display functionality.
LED stands for light-emitting diode. In other words, LED displays emit light when any sort of voltage is applied. This display technology uses a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel with an LED backlight to control where light is distributed when an image is displayed on the screen.
A simple way to think of this technology is to compare it to window shutters. Imagine thousands of tiny window shutters being opened and closed at lightning speed. These movements either let light in or block it out. LED displays distribute and block out light in the same fashion, which makes them relatively affordable and available in a wide variety of sizes.
QLED technology works in essentially the same way as its LED counterpart. The only real difference between the two options is quantum dots. Quantum dots are manufactured nanocrystals consisting of ultra-fine semiconductor materials. They produce different colors of light by varying the size of each particle.
Essentially, this process heightens the display’s brightness and colors, which makes light areas lighter and dark areas darker. This, in turn, makes it easier to pick out finer details, a particular benefit if the show you’re watching has a lot of dark scenes. Color-wise, QLED displays are the way to go, but keep in mind that the best position to watch them from is dead center. The further to each side you move as the viewer, the less crisp images will be. This consideration could be important if you plan to place the TV in a room with off-center seating.
OLED displays offer an entirely different viewing experience when it comes to screen lighting. Instead of using a backlight like LEDs and QLEDs, an OLED screen is made up of tiny LED lights that emit color. Every pixel includes three separate OLED lights in red, green, and blue. Since OLEDs lack a backlight, they can be made thinner and lighter than other options on the market.
Also, unlike LED and QLED TVs that require viewers to dim the backlight for particularly dark scenes, OLED displays simply turn off specific pixels. When pixels are off, they don’t emit any light or color, which means they offer a “true” black option and allow for better contrast control. Another benefit to OLED TVs is that their displays work well for viewers sitting at any angle to the set. No matter where you are in the room, you’ll be able to see a clear image with little luminance degradation.
Shop TVs by Display Technology
The first thing to do when determining the TV screen size you should purchase is to measure your available space. In order to get the most optimal TV viewing experience, bigger really is better. Thus, it makes a lot of sense to purchase the biggest TV display that you can fit since it ultimately offers the most bang for your buck.
TV screens are measured diagonally from corner to corner. This means that if the space you’re planning to utilize for your screen is 60 inches when measured, you can comfortably fit both a 55” or a 65” screen in there. Another good thing to check is the distance between your seating options and the TV screen. If you can see the individual pixels on the screen, you’re sitting too close. Ideally, you should sit at a distance roughly three times the height of the screen away for an HDTV and one and a half times the height for a 4K Ultra HD. Essentially, if you are in a cozier TV-watching space, getting a 4K is a better option since you won’t sacrifice quality for the shorter distance.
Explore TVs by Size
Buying a Smart TV
Just like smartphones, a Smart TV has internet connectivity capabilities, runs on an operating system, and comes with its own app service. Smart TV Apps connect you to your favorite streaming platforms and provide a variety of enjoyable content for you and your family.
A majority of televisions these days have smart capabilities and provide online streaming and catch-up services from the moment you purchase. Here are two things you’ll need when considering a smart TV purchase:
Good Internet Connection
Smart TVs need a strong internet connection for apps to run smoothly. Plugging your TV directly into an ethernet cable will offer a stronger, more stable connection overall. Ethernet cables can limit placement options since TVs need to be located near cable outlets.
As an alternative, you can also hook your screen up to WiFi. For optimal connectivity, place your internet router nearby. Better WiFi connections help minimize buffering and low-quality streaming. Whether you opt for an ethernet or WiFi setup, smart TVs will guide you through the setup process.
Internet access also means that your smart TV can install automatic software updates from the manufacturer. Similar to a computer’s operating system, updates typically add new features, fix errors, and improve security measures. If you do experience a software functionality issue on your smart TV, it’s a good idea to check for any available updates in your settings.
The downside to smart TVs is that, like smartphones and computers hooked up to WiFi, there can be connectivity issues. For smart TVs towards the lower end of the cost and quality spectrum, this problem can be especially pronounced since smaller brands sometimes have less resources to make quick, problem-solving updates. Regardless, smart TVs are a great option for customers that like the ability to see all their streaming options on one screen.
Smart TVs are a good choice for households on a budget, particularly if you already have subscriptions to multiple streaming services. If you don’t go the smart TV route and want access to streaming on a big screen, separate media players like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku TV Stick are available. Some of these streaming boxes offer content specific to their brand platforms; a good example of this is iTunes, which is only available on Apple TVs.
Some smart TVs have voice-activated controls via Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. Older models include microphones built into the included remote controls while more updated versions have far-field mics installed within the TV itself. These built-in microphones make it so you can utter commands from anywhere in the room, which makes powering up, changing volume, and switching channels a lot easier.
Similarly, if you already own other smart home devices (think doorbells, lights, and security systems), you can likely sync your smart TV up with an app that controls them all from one interface. Talk about convenience!
Manufacturing Brands for TVs
When it comes to TVs, quality really is key. Each manufacturing brand comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to do some research to know which options might work best for you. Luckily, we’ve already done that work for you! Read on for some insights into some of the most recognizable names in television (well, at least when it comes to buying televisions).
Samsung is a great brand choice if you want a reliable, high-quality TV that will last. Samsung TVs include some unique features that differentiate them from competitors. Launched in 2015, Samsung TV Plus is the company's free smart TV video service. You can watch live TV for free and gain access to sports, media, entertainment content, and more. For Samsung TV owners, this app can be accessed via the Smart Hub, which also includes the rest of your downloaded apps.
Samsung also offers built-in voice assistance on certain models. Before setting up, you can choose to configure Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, or Bixby. An intelligent assistant is a feature that responds to unique situations. For example, if it's late at night, you can set up an alert on your TV to notify you when it’s bedtime.
You can also use the SmartThings app to easily connect a phone to your Samsung TV. This will mirror movies, games, and music playing on your phone to the big screen. For an easier option, you can tap your phone on the TV to initiate “Tap View,” which also activates screen sharing.
The Samsung One Remote comes with everything you need to access your favorite content. With Netflix and Prime Video shortcut buttons, the remote also allows you to customize additional apps. When you connect a device like a Blu-ray player or gaming console, the TV immediately recognizes the kind of device it is. You can go from streaming to gaming without having to worry about switching between multiple remotes.
There are many different resolutions and sizes available for Samsung devices. You can choose from OLED, QLED, 4K UHD, and 8K QLED displays. You can even get a model called “the Frame” that transforms your TV into a beautiful work of art when it's turned off. With a surrounding picture frame, this model displays art pieces and photographs on a gorgeously rendered QLED screen.
As a brand, LG has some distinctive qualities. LG’s AI TVs come with an artificial intelligence system that listens to voice commands. By pressing the microphone icon on the remote, you can play music, ask for food recipes, change channels, and even turn the TV into “cinema mode” for Friday movie night. The brightness booster lightens screens so that content looks better than before. Similarly, the Dolby Vision IQ adjusts brightness automatically according to the amount of light in the room.
Another cool feature is the AI Sound Pro. After detecting sound, this capability converts two-channel audio into surround-sound, which makes for a more cinematic viewing experience. It also automatically changes the audio settings based on the scene in question.
For gamers, LG boasts some of the highest-grade display technology available on the market. Its AMD Freesync Premium feature ensures that frame rates are in sync with the TV for more fluid playing. With a refresh rate of 120Hz and an input lag of less than 0.1 seconds, you’ll definitely have an advantage when playing online multiplayer games.
When it comes to quality and reliability, Sony is a brand that has historically always delivered. Sony TVs now automatically include a Google TV integration that provides access to over 700,000 movies and television episodes along with a live TV option. Google TV automatically suggests new shows and movies based on your provided interests and also allows for voice commands. In addition, the Google Play store boasts a selection of over 7,000 apps and games for download.
Sony TV remotes are compact and made of aluminum. They even come with a backlight to make them easy to use in the dark. With lowered buttons, these remotes have flush surfaces, which makes them easier to clean. A built-in “Finder” function helps you locate a lost remote via a verbal command. You can also activate the feature by pressing a special button on the side of your TV.
Why Buy at RC Willey?
Televisions are a pricey purchase for any shopper, but when you purchase at RC Willey, you can take advantage of some great payment plan options. You can also join the RC Willey Blue Rewards program and start earning rewards immediately. The savings really start to add up with membership perks, which include free deluxe delivery for a year, rebates twice yearly, additional extended warranties, and member exclusives.
To learn more about RC Willey Blue Rewards, Payment Plans, and more, visit your nearest RC Willey location today.
Posted by RC Willey Community on October 17, 2022
3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Rug
Nothing pulls a room together better than the right area rug. Versatile in design and function, area rugs are a natural focal point that helps set the mood of a space. However, we understand that it can be overwhelming to find the *right one.* But have no fear! RC Willey is here to help you on your journey of saying yes to the perfect rug. Follow these three steps:
Step 1: Start with Rug Sizing
This one is pretty straightforward. Decide first what room/space you’re wanting a rug for, and we’ll go from there. Keep in mind that as a general rule, you’ll want to leave a minimum of 6 inches and a maximum of 18 inches of space between the edge of your rug and the walls to give your room the best aesthetic.
Picking the Right Living Room Rug
- In the living room, you’ll want the rug to be an anchor for your furniture setup. We recommend that all front legs stay on the rug to help blend the room nicely.
- Standard sizes such as 5 x 8 or 6 x 9 are great for smaller setups (i.e., loveseats, armchairs, small sofas) with front legs on the rug.
- Standard sizes such as 8 x 10 and 9 x 12 are more appropriate for mid-sized and larger setups (i.e., sectionals, chaise sofas, and multiple standard sofas). With these setups, place the rug under the furniture with just the front legs or all four legs on top.
Picking the Right Dining Room Rug
- Rugs are such a great addition to the dining area. Not only do they protect your floors from sliding chairs, but they also make the room more inviting by visually anchoring your dining furniture.
- For sizing, measure your table and add about 3 feet to both height and width. This provides enough room for chairs to stay on the rug when slid out from under the table.
- If you have an expandable table, keep the expanded size in mind when choosing your rug.
Picking the Right Bedroom Rug
- Placing an area rug in your bedroom will help define the space and tie your bedroom décor together. If you have hard flooring, an area rug can also help protect your floors from scratches.
- For twin or full-size beds, we recommend placing a 5 x 8 or 6 x 9 area rug in your room. For queen or king-size beds, we would recommend an 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 area rug.
- Generally, it’s a good idea to place your rug under the front two-thirds of the bed and the front two legs of the nightstands; or under the entire furniture setup depending on the size of your room.
- Measure your bed and add about 3 feet on both sides for design purposes and to give enough room for your feet to walk on in the morning.
Picking the Right Outdoor Rug
Outdoor rugs can really add so much charm to your porch, patio, or deck! Machine-woven synthetic fibers such as polyester easily withstand the elements and are a dream to clean. Leaves, dirt, or mud covering your rug? No problem. Pressure wash or spray it down with a hose and let it dry out in the sun. It’s fade-resistant by nature, so you can rest easy knowing that it’ll withstand the test of time!
Step 2: Consider Material & Construction
You want your rug to last and look good, too. Believe it or not, the right material and construction can make a big difference in the placement and durability of your rug!
In the living room, we would recommend a low-pile, easy-to-clean wool or polyester rug due to its fade and stain-resistant qualities. Sometimes people think that rugs made from these materials are “scratchy” and “unappealing.” We’d like to show you how they are not only a gorgeous addition to your home but also comfortable, inviting, and durable. Take a look!
Want to create a personal haven for your room? Add a high-pile, hand-tufted thick shag rug with neutral soothing tones. Imagine waking up and stepping onto a soft, warm pillow... Yeah, it’s time to add that rug to your room. We usually like polypropylene and polyester rugs for this space – but because this room usually doesn’t deal with dirt or high traffic, focus more on the pile height that suits your fancy.
Messes, crumbs, and spills! Should I even put a rug in the kitchen? If you’re wanting to cozy up the space or add some accent colors, we absolutely love how a rug can accomplish just that. Whether in the dining room or kitchen, hand-knotted wool or flat-weave jute rug can easily be maintained through their durable nature and their ability to absorb spills. You’ll definitely want something that is simple to clean, so we would also recommend our machine-washable area rugs (we’re not biased or anything, but we’re kind of in love with these).
Step 3: Decide on Style, Pattern, and Design
This can be the most intimidating part of finding that perfect area rug! It can be difficult to know how to find a rug that not only mirrors your personality but also meshes well with existing furniture and décor. Thankfully, there are some tried and true rules you can follow when determining what style is best for you.
Rugs are like a “work of art” for your floor! Don’t be afraid to choose vibrant colors and abstract patterns, especially if the room is full of solid-colored furniture. If your room already has a ton of color veer towards a more neutral pattern and tone. When choosing which color, it’s best to decide what you’d like for the overall feel of the room. Darker, moody colors such as cool purples, blues, blacks, and grays will create a more intimate setting and potentially make the room smaller. Whereas light whites, pinks, oranges, and other neutrals can visually open up and brighten the space. Starting out with this in mind can help you in your search! We’ll go over the different styles you can choose from to understand how this correlates with existing decor. RC Willey has furniture and accessories for every style, taste, and budget.
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These styles can feature abstract, floral, geometric, vintage, or other patterns for your specific taste! And we're going to let you in on a secret... We have a really easy way of finding the exact style and pattern for your rug. Just adjust the filters for your search and voila!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a rug pad?
Designers will always recommend a rug pad, no matter what rug you buy or where you place it! Not only does it hold your rug in place to prevent sliding, but it can also prolong the life of the rug by absorbing the impact of your footsteps – thus protecting the fibers from being damaged by constant floor traffic. If you have hard floors, this is a must as it adds warmth with the extra insulation from the pad. Having a rug is nice, but if you’re constantly having to readjust the position and lay it flat after some good rough-housing from the kids, you’ll most likely end up regretting adding that perfect splash of color to your room. Trust us, we speak from experience when we say - don’t make this mistake!
You’ll want something breathable and comfortable, especially with hard floors. If hard flooring doesn’t get enough air, it tends to become discolored. Your rug pad should be an inch or two smaller than the rug. Be sure to verify the size of your rug and rug pad to ensure you purchase one that fits accurately. You may need to trim the pad with scissors or a razor to get an accurate fit. Visit our page for more information!
Can I Vacuum My Rug?
Yes, you can vacuum your rug!
By removing the dust and dirt buildup that naturally occurs over time with a vacuum, you’re extending the life of your rug. However, vacuums are getting more and more powerful as the years go on, so make sure you do it the right way to protect your rug. Some newer vacuums have a specific “low-pile, area rug” option which will work for most rugs. If your vacuum does not have this feature, we recommend removing the beater bar as it can easily loosen or tear rug fibers. Using the gentle rug attachments is great and can also help remove dust on the binding of the rug as well. It is noteworthy to mention that some shedding is normal in the first few months of receiving your rug, so there is no cause for concern if this is happening.
How Do I Clean Spills?
Mud spots, milk spills, and smashed food... we get it! Life happens. That’s why spot-cleaning your rug is the best way to minimize stains. Most manufacturers recommend spot cleaning with mild soap and water using a clean, white cloth. Remember to only blot the stain, never rub it in. Treat the rug on both sides with the mixture, blot it with a dry cloth, and repeat until the stain fades away. If the stain is not coming out, it may warrant a trip to be professionally cleaned (we suggest doing this anyway every one to two years).
How do I Extend the Life of my Rug?
The Yearly Rotation
As a rule, rotate your rug a full 180 degrees every year. Doing so specific spots from fading or wearing more than others. Set that reminder up on your r up in your phone and forget about it!
Use the Rug Pad
Here’s our friendly reminder to get that rug pad! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again... A rug pad provides extra cushioning and prevents slips by keeping the rug in one place. Your rug will have a better chance of survival from continual foot traffic by having the rug pad absorb the friction and pressure.
Enjoy your New Rug!
Find the perfect rug for you and your home at RC Willey! Visit your local RC Willey or shop online 24/7 and add beauty, style, and texture to your living space!
Posted by RC Willey Community on October 5, 2022
Fall in Love with Autumnal Decor at RC Willey!
Leaves are changing color, everything is starting to smell and taste like pumpkin spice, and your closet is suddenly filled with your favorite sweaters. Now the only thing missing is your fall décor. Trying to find the perfect fall décor for your home can be overwhelming. Luckily, RC Willey has all the little knick-knacks that will turn your bright summer home into a cozy autumn refuge. We have pumpkins, throw pillows, wreaths, and door mats to help you welcome fall. When decorating for autumn, you can’t forget Halloween! Enjoy RC Willey’s collection of witches, candy corn décor, bats and spiders galore, and skeletons that will have your whole family excited for the spooky season.
Creating an Inviting Harvest Porch
Decorating for the holiday season starts with your porch. Hanging a decorative wreath on your front door is a beautiful and simple way to accessorize your doorway. Fall wreaths don’t take on the same vibe as your summer ones. Most fall wreaths include beautifully colored leaves, pinecones, small pumpkins, and dried flowers. This gorgeous Wreath with Pumpkins would be perfect for your porch this fall season!
Beauty is in the details. Try adding splashes of plaid to your home this fall season to help bring in that cozy vibe. You can do this with a Plaid Throw Blanket over your couch, bench, or chair. If throw blankets aren’t your thing, try a Fall Plaid Throw Pillow with that same, fun plaid pattern. Or think outside the box and include our Black Plaid Canisters in your kitchen, dining room, or living room for some additional fun. The concept is simple, but it can go a long way.
Seeing how the outdoors are so vibrant this time of year, why not feature them inside your home? To bring the outdoors in, try sprinkling Pumpkin Leaves, or Dancing Orchids in with your other décor. Add in some Rope Pumpkins, pine cones, and berries, and voila! You’ll have yourself a colorful autumn forest.
Fun with Seasonal Textures
Texture, texture, texture! One rich aspect of fall décor that we love is texture. Notice these Metal Milk Cans with their subtle details, and the soft brown, wooden stand with gorgeous bead accents around the top. Even the smooth, milky-white floral vases with light blue floral artwork provide beautiful textural diversity. All of these will provide a lovely depth of character to your home décor this season.
Get Ready for Spooky Season!
So now your house is beautifully decorated for the fall season, but what about Halloween? Try adding these simple additions to your home to help celebrate the spooky holiday. Start with a classic Halloween figure- a 48" Witch or Set of 2 Skeleton Banjo Players . Next, add some pumpkins. These Large Carved Leaf Pumpkins are timeless and elegantly done. Candy corn décor offers bright colors and a unique shape to offset the typical rectangular or circular décor that sits on your tables or mantle.
Most Importantly, Have Fun!
We know that decorating for the fall season, as well as Halloween, can be overwhelming and time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be. Use this guide to help steer you towards a more enjoyable experience dressing up your home for this festive season.
Posted by Alexandria on August 14, 2022
Refrigerator Buying Guide
Of all the appliances in your kitchen, the refrigerator stands out the most. A standard refrigerator has a lifespan of up to 13 years, which makes it incredibly important to find the right one for your home.
Making sure you won’t regret your purchase starts with research. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you! This buying guide has all the information you’ll need to choose the right refrigerator for your home.
Things to Consider Before Buying A Fridge
Finding the Perfect Size
When contemplating a new refrigerator, the first thing to consider is how much space you actually have. Moving a bulky refrigerator into your kitchen can pose issues, especially if you aren’t sure it will fit into its designated spot. The best way to avoid unwanted problems is to measure before you buy. Follow these tips to get the most accurate dimensions and ensure you get the perfect refrigerator for your home.
Measure the Kitchen Space
When measuring the space in your kitchen, focus on the area surrounding the refrigerator. Will the surrounding drawers, cupboards, and kitchen islands interfere with your new refrigerator’s ability to function? Make sure you measure the space where the actual refrigerator will sit, but also include the space that open doors and drawers will take up.
Measure Space for Ventilation
Refrigerators need room to breathe, meaning you need to measure for ventilation. Fridges need frequent air circulation in order to operate efficiently and last their entire lifespan. Before you purchase a refrigerator, double-check the manufacturer’s recommendations for the brand you’re interested in to make sure your space will work.
Consider Room for Fridge Doors and Drawers
Doors need to open at least 90 degrees for most refrigerators with pull-out drawers. This must be accounted for or your new fridge may not open wide enough to allow easy access to the drawers. Having accurate measurements for drawers and open doors is key in determining if the fridge you’re interested in will work in your kitchen.
Picking the Right Type of Refrigerator
Every family is different, so choosing a refrigerator to fit your family’s needs is important. Assess your current family situation to identify which key features will fit your household best. With so many different styles, knowing the measurements of the space you have to work with and the needs of your household will make it easier to choose the perfect refrigerator for your kitchen.
With the refrigerator on one side and the freezer on the other, the compartments in a side-by-side fridge are typically similar in size and allow for easy access to both sides. This style of refrigerator usually has a larger freezer than most as well as an integrated ice and water dispenser. The tall and slim design is perfect for a galley-style or narrow kitchen.
French Door Refrigerators
In a French door refrigerator, the doors are located at the top. A drawer, or set of drawers, is situated below. Many models feature a bottom-freezer drawer, while some offer drawer options that can be used as a refrigerator or a freezer. This style typically includes an integrated ice and water dispenser and a door-in-door option for easy access to frequently used items.
Counter-depth refrigerators offer a shallower profile than a standard refrigerator and are primarily available in the side-by-side and French door styles. Counter-depth refrigerators are a great option for a built-in look without having to pay out the cost of an actual built-in.
Top-Freezer and Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators
One of the most common refrigerator configurations, a top-freezer and bottom-freezer fridge are a cost-effective option. Top-freezers have the freezer compartment positioned above the refrigerator, while the bottom-freezer refrigerator has the freezer placed below the fridge. In both styles, the freezer takes up about one third of the total size.
A great option for large families or for someone who stores a lot of fresh food, the freezerless refrigerator is exactly that — freezerless. The entirety of the cooling compartment is used for refrigeration. It’s ideal if you have a full-size freezer you’re already utilizing.
Compacts and Mini Refrigerators
The compact refrigerator is great for any small space, including dorm rooms, small apartments, home entertainment bars, and home offices. In most versions of these miniature refrigerators, a small freezer section is housed inside the cooling compartment. These are perfect to keep snacks and drinks on hand in any of your small rooms.
Wine Coolers and Refrigerators
Designed specifically with beverages in mind, wine coolers and refrigerators are available in a variety of sizes ranging from mini to full-size models that can hold hundreds of bottles. This style is a must-have for wine enthusiasts, as it is designed for chilling wine to the perfect temperature without taking up space in your refrigerator.
Why Buy at RC Willey?
Payment Plans and Blue Rewards
Once you’ve chosen the perfect refrigerator for your home, the next step is actually buying it. Refrigerators are a pricey purchase for any shopper, but when you purchase at RC Willey, you can take advantage of some great payment options. Apply today to find the perfect payment plan for your budget!
Another great option is to join RC Willey Blue Rewards and start earning rewards today! The savings really start to add up with membership perks, which include free deluxe delivery for a year, rebates twice yearly, additional extended warranties, and member exclusives. To learn more about RC Willey Blue Rewards, Payment Plans and more, visit your nearest RC Willey location today.
Posted by Alexandria on August 1, 2022
How to Decorate a Small Bedroom
Having a small bedroom doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style or comfort. It just means you have to get creative! There are hundreds of small bedroom decoration ideas, but finding what works for you and your lifestyle may take some time.
You first need to figure out the best layout for your space. Real estate is limited to a small bedroom, so make sure you know exactly how much space you have available before you start redecorating. This can help you choose the furniture items that are the most realistic for your space. Maximizing a small bedroom’s potential takes careful planning and creativity. Take a look at these small bedroom ideas for some inspiration.
Find Extra Storage in Unused Spaces
Typically, beds take up the most space in any bedroom, but this is especially true in a small bedroom. Often unused, the area beneath your bed can offer a great storage solution for your room. Give yourself a little extra space by utilizing a storage bed like this Stella Off-White Queen Storage Bed. Under-bed storage not only frees up space elsewhere but also creates a beautiful, clutter-free aesthetic in your small bedroom.
A Place for Everything
If you’re going to use a nightstand, you’ll want to look for something small with good drawer space. Getting something classic – like this Walnut Brown Nightstand – offers a beautiful storage option with plenty of surface space for your before-bedtime novel, glasses, phone, and water bottle.
Another good option is looking into a floating nightstand, which offers a modern twist on the traditional end table and includes plenty of room for your nighttime necessities. RC Willey's Natural Walnut Floating Nightstand gives your room an airy feeling and opens up the floor space beneath for a small basket or two to store extra blankets or clothes.
Your Headboard Can Double as Storage
Saving space is crucial when working in a small bedroom. Eliminate the need for nightstands by getting a headboard with storage. This is a great option to personalize your room and gives you ample space to display framed photos, knick-knacks, plants, and your favorite books. RC Willey’s Fusion Full Pure White Bookcase Headboard has the added feature of a specially designed hole in the back for passing electrical cords through, which makes it easy to charge your phone or tablet while you sleep.
No Closet, No Problem!
Making sure you have enough storage with limited space is a difficult feat, especially if you don’t have a closet. A great way to bring in more storage options is by purchasing a dresser. Utilizing something like this Delmar White and Gray Dresser is a great way to go for smaller-sized rooms. Simply hang a mirror above your dresser to make it double as a vanity table. On the other hand, an option like the Farnel Cottage White Wardrobe Armoire also has its benefits since it offers more storage while taking up less overall floor space.
Add an Accent Chair
Create a comfortable corner by adding an accent chair for extra seating, cozy reading, or easy access to your bag at the end of a long day. Another great seating option for a small bedroom would be a bench at the foot of your bed. Think ahead and look for one like this Cara Gray Nail Button Storage Bench for added storage space.
Bedroom Decor Ideas
Once you’ve got the furniture you want, the next step is picking out your decor.
When decorating a small bedroom, paint color is a great place to start. Choosing a lighter color can give the room an airy feel and make the space feel larger. On the other hand, darker colors create a cozy atmosphere and make the space feel smaller. Whichever direction you decide to go, remember to create a color palette of 2-3 colors to accessorize with.
When picking out your accessories, it’s good to keep in mind the overall available space. Mirrors are a good way to make a small space feel larger. Try something like this gorgeous Antique Gold Leaf Leaner Mirror to create the illusion of extra walking room. Try to avoid anything bulky or large that might take up too much real estate.
Lighting is important in making a small room feel larger. The more light you have, the bigger the room feels. Take advantage of the natural light you have at the ready by using lightweight curtains instead of heavier fabrics. As for other lighting options, try to use wall-mount lights or pendant lights in order to free up the space that a traditional floor lamp would take.
Bedding and Accents
Keep in mind your color palette when choosing your bedding. Add texture and patterns with accent pillows and throw blankets. Don’t go overboard and try to stick to about two-to-five pillow options on your bed. Wall art is another great way to incorporate color and personality into your small bedroom. Try to add similar patterns to your art and accessories. This strategy will keep your room from looking cluttered and overwhelming. For surface spaces, add plants, books, and photos for a nice personal touch.
Remember to keep the clutter to a minimum to create the illusion of more space. Make sure everything has a home, which will ultimately help keep any messes at bay.
Above all else, be sure to have fun creating your own personal oasis. For more ideas on how to decorate your small bedroom, check out the bedroom section at an RC Willey located near you!
Posted by RC Willey Community on July 19, 2022
- Fill your Traeger Grill pellet box with Alder or Mesquite pellets and turn on the Traeger to the smoke setting or 180 degrees F.
- Cut pineapple into round slices. Set 1-4 slices aside, enough to cover the length of the salmon fillet. Then take a few of the slices and chop them smaller for the glaze.
- Put chopped pineapple and brown sugar in a small saucepan on the stovetop and heat on low. Mix together for about two minutes until a warm glaze forms.
- Place the salmon on a piece on a doubled-up piece of aluminum foil and pinch up the corners of the foil to form a shallow bowl.
- Pour an even coat of pineapple glaze on top of salmon.
- Top salmon with a light covering of the Traeger Fin & Feather rub (about 1/2 a tsp) or a BBQ seasoning of your choice.
- Add the slices of fresh pineapple on top of the fish.
- Smoke salmon in the Traeger for 20-30 min.
- Leave the salmon in the Traeger and turn up the temperature to 375 degrees F. Cook for another 15-20 min or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.10.Pull the salmon off the Traeger and allow to cool. Then ENJOY!
- 9 Tbsp Butter
- 1 ½ Cup Milk
- 9 Large Eggs
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour
Toppings for Serving:
- Maple Syrup
- Honey Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- When ready to cook, fill your Traeger pellet box with Apple, Cherry, or Pecan pellets. Start the Traeger on smoke for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Turn the heat up to 425 degrees F and allow the grill to preheat with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes.
- Place butter in a 10 x 15 glass baking dish and set in Traeger while the temperature raises to 425 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine milk and eggs. Whisk thoroughly.
- In another large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Sift the mixture. Slowly whisk in the milk and eggs until the batter is relatively smooth.
- By this time, the butter should be fully melted. Add batter to melted butter and close grill.
- Cook for 25 minutes. When complete, the edges should have risen above the pan by 1-3".
- Cut and serve with syrup, powdered sugar, honey butter or berries. Serves 6. Enjoy!
Posted by RC Willey Community on July 14, 2022
As for finishing off our room, I have one big blank wall and I am hoping to finish it by adding this gorgeous antique floor mirror. I think it will look beautiful and add warmth to the space with its gold leaf frame.
I have loved working with RC Willey. They delivered quality, beautiful and comfortable pieces to our home. Check out how great it looks!
Posted by Alexandria on July 8, 2022
Freezers are a must-have purchase for households of any size. Whether used for additional storage or an easy-to-heat-up meal, freezers are a modern convenience that can significantly aid in food preparation.
Freezers have a lifespan of up to 20 years, with the average one lasting around 11 years. That’s a long time to have an appliance, which makes your decision about buying a freezer all the more critical. This buying guide will give you all the information you need to choose the right freezer for your home and ensure you get the most out of your purchase.
Determine the Freezer Size You Need
Because every family is different, you’ll want to identify some key features that your household wants in a freezer. In order to do that, you’ll have to answer some questions:
- Do you eat out a lot?
- Do you typically serve frozen meals?
- Do you like to have space for food storage?
Your answers to these questions will help you determine the features and freezer size that is best for your family. You may just need a freezer that is attached to a fridge, or you may want a separate freezer that offers more space.
Once you know what your household’s requirements are, it’s time to determine the freezer size that will best suit those needs. If you don’t have a lot of space, you might settle for a fridge/freezer combo, but if you have space and require more storage, you could consider purchasing a deep freezer instead.
Types of Freezers
A joint fridge-freezer is one the most common freezer purchases because it comes in a variety of combinations, including units with freezers on the top, bottom, or side. For more information about the refrigerator side of this traditional combo, check out the RC Willey Refrigerator Buying Guide.
Sometimes your family may need a little extra space, and that’s where a chest or upright freezer can come in handy. Separate from your refrigerator unit, these are freezers that can store anything from frozen meats to pizza dough.
|Chest freezers maximize storage space and are slightly cheaper than upright freezers. They are typically short and long, but also come in smaller, more compact options like the Danby Chest Freezer, which is only 5 cubic feet and perfect for small spaces. Air doesn't circulate as much in a chest freezer as other models, which helps prevent freezer burn better than uprights. The downside to them, however, is that the lack of shelving means you may have a harder time finding particular items since everything tends to get lumped together.|
If room and organization are your concerns, then an upright freezer might be the solution for you. They take up less physical area than a traditional chest freezer and offer more shelving options for organization. However, this can also be a downside for some buyers as more shelving also means less space to put your frozen treats. Upright freezers also have a shorter lifespan compared to chest freezers, with an average upright freezer lasting only about 5 years.
There are many add-on features to consider when making a freezer purchase. It’s critical for you to pick and choose between all the available “bells and whistles” and select the ones most important to you and your household’s needs.
Some self-defrosting upright freezers come equipped with their own alarm system to alert you when the interior gets too warm. This feature can be a real cost and time-saver by helping you take fast and preventative action whenever your freezer stops working before all of your frozen treats go bad.
If you have kids in the house and like to keep alcohol or other valuables in your freezer, you may want to consider buying an appliance with a door lock. This will also prevent your freezer door from ever being left open on accident.
Manual vs. Self-Defrost
Ice build-up on the walls of your freezer can be notorious for decreasing its efficiency and increasing your energy bill. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your freezer’s defrosting capabilities. A manual-defrost freezer (which is the option available with chest models) will typically be more energy-efficient and less likely to cause freezer burn than a self-defrosting model. However, the downside of this is that manual-defrost uprights often have trouble keeping their door shelves as cool as the rest of the interior. Self-defrosting uprights, on the other hand, do a great job at keeping the entire freezer nice and cool. Plus, they save you the inconvenience of having to actively defrost.
Quick Freeze vs. Soft Freeze
If you are the type of person who hates having to wait for your ice cream to thaw after taking it out of the freezer, you may want to opt for a freezer model that is equipped with a soft freeze feature. On the flip side, if you’re looking to freeze large quantities of food all at once, a freezer with a quick freeze option might make more sense for you.
The last thing you want to do during a power outage is open your freezer door and let all of the cold air out. Instead, you can check whether your freezer is functioning properly by glancing at the power-on light. It’s an essential feature of any freezer that takes the guessing game out of the equation.
Ultimately, freezers are a pretty “meaty” purchase (get the frozen food pun?) for any shopper, so making sure you select one that fits all your needs is a must. For more information about freezers and to talk to a sales representative, visit your nearest RC Willey location today.
Posted by Alexandria on June 20, 2022
Washing Machine Buying Guide
It’s one of those dreaded household appliance replacements. Few things are worse than hearing your washing machine stutter to a discouraging clunk and knowing that it might be time for a replacement. But never fear – this washing machine buying guide will help you navigate the pitfalls of appliance shopping and get you set up with an upgraded device in no time.
First, though, how do you know for sure whether your washing machine needs replacing? The average washing machine lasts about 10-14 years. Towards of the end of its lifespan, most washing machines will start to give you clues that it’s on its last legs.
One sign of impending washer failure is that your clothes are still soaking wet at the end of a cycle. Extremely wet clothes suggest your washer unsuccessfully completed its spin cycle. Similarly, consistently loud sounds while running could indicate problems. If you have a single wash that was unusually loud, it may just be an uneven loading issue. However, if your machine is constantly loud while in use, it could be a sign of internal bearing problems.
While hose replacements are a common maintenance repair for washing machines, be aware that constant leaking hints that your machine’s tub has cracked, and it’s time to replace your washer. Also, if you allow leaks to occur for too long, you can end up with expensive water damage and mold problems.
Finally, if you notice that your clothes are still coming out with stains or may even have unwashed detergent left on them, it could signify that your machine isn’t properly going through its wash cycles. This is another sign that it may be time for a replacement.
Measure Your Space Before You Buy
Before you buy a new washing machine, it’s wise to consider a few factors about your household to ensure you purchase the best appliance for your family’s needs. Here are some points to consider:
How many people is your washing machine currently servicing? The average American family of four washes 50 pounds of laundry every week. That equals over 6,000 articles of clothing every year! Your household may wash more or less clothing than the average. This washing frequency largely depends on the number of people and age of your family since young children and babies require frequent changing and laundering.
What kind of laundry room do you have? The location and size of your laundry room should be a critical aspect for your washing machine considerations. It makes a big difference if your washer is located upstairs versus a basement bedroom. You should carefully measure both the width of the space your washing machine will inhabit, but also the measurements to get the machine into that area.
Consider stairs, corners, and entrances that may need to be navigated to get your washing machine installed. Washing machines are heavy and can average 135-205 pounds, so it’s best to choose a machine that can easily fit into your house or apartment without undue hardship. Remember to calculate enough space for open doors and tops within the area your washer will live. Aesthetics are also important. Don’t pick machine colors or styles that will clash with your surrounding space.
How often do you plan to do laundry? The average American family spends 1 hour and 15 minutes doing laundry a day, which equates to 1-2 loads of laundry a day. Larger capacity washers can cut down on the number of loads you end up doing, but they also take up a larger footprint within your home.
Are you pairing your washing machine with a matching dryer? Although it is not necessary to buy a washing machine and dryer at the same time, if you plan to have a matching set in the future, it is wise to take measurements for both at the same time.
Will you install your washing machine yourself or have it professionally installed? While self-installation is budget-friendly, some manufacturers require a professional installation of their appliances. Otherwise, any manufacturer warranties they offer could be voided. Professional installations often include services to remove old appliances from the home, which is a convenient way to move and dispose of old washing machines.
Types of Washing Machines
When shopping for washing machines, there are two main types to keep in mind. Agitator top-loading washing machines have a vertically oriented tub with a central agitator to churn and mix clothes in a pool of soapy water that removes dirt and stains. Agitator top-loaders generally are a less expensive option, and some consumers with mobility considerations find them easier to use as you don’t need to bend over to reach inside the appliance.
|There’s less maintenance required to keep a top-loading machine running well. However, agitator top-loaders use more water and energy, and they do not clean as well as their high-efficiency (HE) counterparts. Instead of a central agitator, HE top-loaders have a small center post that it uses to move and spin the clothes throughout the tub during the wash cycle. This means that loads can be larger, and the unit uses less water and energy to clean them. However, HE machines require the use of special laundry detergent.|
Unlike top-loading machines, front loaders have horizontally oriented tubs that use gravity and the natural friction of your clothes rubbing against each other to gently scrub at the material and lift away stains and soil. All front-loading washing machines are considered to be HE models as their unique design needs less water and energy than traditional top-loaders. However, this same design can lead to mold and mildew issues, so it’s highly recommended to leave the door open on your front-load washer when it’s not in use and run regular self-cleaning cycles.
|Front Load Washer in Washing Machine Buying Guide Front loaders typically are the gentlest on clothing and also earn high cleaning scores from Consumer Reports. However, like all HE washers, a special laundry detergent must be used. HE washers also generally take the longest time to clean and since the door locks once a cycle begins, you can’t sneak in a rogue sock you found after you’ve started your batch.|
Pedestal washers, or twin loaders, are another type of washer. These appliances are mini-HE-top-load machines designed to nest under a traditional front-load machine. Twin loaders save time by performing two different washes simultaneously (for example, a normal batch of laundry could go into the main front-load machine, and a smaller batch of delicate items could also go into the pedestal washer). However, you’ll need to pay for this added convenience as these machines are typically an expensive add-on and require more space in your home.
To sum it up here’s a quick run-down of the pros and cons when considering the kind of washing machine that is right for you.
Top Loader Front Loader
- Least expensive option
- Shorter wash times (30-45 minutes)
- More comfortable to load/unload
- Smaller footprint in home (you don’t need a large space in front of your machine to open the door)
- Uses more water and energy
- Clothes are wetter / spin cycle doesn’t remove as much water
- Doesn’t clean as well as front-loaders
- Can damage fabrics
- Exceptional cleaning
- Superior water savings
- High energy efficiency
- Can be stacked with a matching dryer
- Gentle on fabrics
- Generally has more load capacity
- Low, deep tubs can be difficult to load/unload
- Longer wash times (60-80 minutes)
- Must use HE detergent
- Mold and mildew issues if not maintained
Best Washing Machine Features
There are a couple of other considerations to make when shopping for washing machines. One thing is understanding the capacity of the washer you’re interested in purchasing. Depending on your household’s size and how often you want to run your washing machine, you may need a larger or smaller machine. On average, front-load washing machines have the largest capacity drums, but top-load machines come in a variety of different sizes to fit any home or apartment.
You can calculate capacity on your own by measuring the center of the tub to the outside wall. Once you have this number (the machine’s radius), then multiply it against the same radius squared. Finally, take that value and multiply by pi (3.14). In other words, the formula for measuring washing machine capacity is:
Volume in cubic feet = (pi) (r²) (D)
If math isn’t your strong suit, you can always look up manufacturer capacity online. Here’s also a quick guide to how typical washing machine sizes correspond with average load weight.
|Washer Size||Size in Cu. Ft.||Average Clothes Weight per Load|
|Small or compact||1.5 – 3.0||Under 5 pounds|
|Regular or medium||3.1 – 4.0||6 pounds|
|Large||4.0 – 4.5||11 pounds|
Like any household appliance, new washing machines can come with lots of bells and whistles that can help when doing laundry. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a new washing machine as this appliance can aid your family for well over a decade. To check out in-stock models, shop RC Willey’s vast selection of laundry appliances.