Posted by Andie on August 31, 2010
For a while there the color purple had an image problem. I don't think Barney the purple dinosaur helped.
But things have changed. Now, purple is definitely In.
While any shade of purple is hot right now, rich plums and violets are ideal this fall. If you don't want to go all out with purple sofas and walls, you can still incorporate pretty purple accents into your home. Either way, I'm a huge fan. Check out these purple themed rooms for inspiration!
The dark purple walls and bright accents make this room pop
Photo Courtesy of BHG
These darling chairs are light, frivolous and unique
Photo Courtesy Frugal Design Girl
The soft lavender stripes on the wall are so inviting
Photo Courtesy Frugal Design Girl
Bright purples and golds are a perfect match
Photo Courtesy Home in Furniture
Dark purple hues combined with silver accents = Stunning
Photo Courtesy Inter1or
Oh what a difference 2 purple pillows can make
Photo Courtesy Elle Decor
These cool lavender tones give this room a peaceful ambiance
Photo Courtesy Elle Decor
So light and subtle, you barely notice the walls are purple
Photo Courtesy Traditional Home
Purple bedding and a few accents. Not too little. Not too much.
Photo Courtesy Traditional Home
The violet shade & headboard trimmed in dark ribbon are so feminine and flirty
Photo Courtesy Amanda Nisbet
These purple curtains give the room an airy, whimsical effect
Photo Courtesy Austin Harrelson LLC.
What do you think about purple?
Posted by Andie on August 28, 2010
Goodbye Summer Vacation, Hello New School Year!
If you're like me, and sometimes miss being in school, don't fret. I'm going to help you feel like a student again today! In honor of the beginning of a new school year, the wannabee teacher in me decided to put together a little 'school' quiz....
1. Name that movie...
"The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school."
2. How many students in the nation will be enrolled in elementary school through high school this fall (grades K-12)?
A. 41 million
B. 77 million
C. 56 million
D. 29 million
3. Name that movie...
"Well, I never thought I would make it here today. I would make a great class president because I promise to put two new pop machines in the cafeteria, and I'm also gonna get a glitter Bonne Bell dispenser for all the girls' bathrooms. Oh, and we're gonna get new cheerleading uniforms. Anyway, I think I'd be a great class president. So, who wants to eat chiminichangas next year? Not me. See, with me it will be summer all year long."
4. How much money does the average teacher spend each year on classroom supplies?
5. Name that movie....
"I would like to say this. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I'd never be tardy."
6. RC Willey has a large selection of Student Desks, starting at just...
7. Name that movie....
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."
8. How much money was spent in the nation at family clothing stores for back to school shopping in August 2009?
A. 7.2 billion
B. 9.3 billion
C. 3.1 billion
D. 4.9 billion
9. Name that Movie.....
"So, look: Mom asked me to give you some advice about middle school. It's real simple: don't talk to anyone, don't look at anyone, don't go anywhere, don't sit down, don't raise your hand, don't go to the bathroom, don't get noticed, don't choose the wrong locker, don't... Ahhh, who am I kidding? You'll be dead or homeschooled by the end of the year anyway."
10. List 10 School supplies kids need for back to school....
UPDATE: To everyone who left comments with answers.... It's 1:24 a.m. on Saturday morning, and I'm just now getting a chance to check all of the comments (and unlock them so that they show up). Sorry for making you wait a few hours. There were several people who got all of the correct answers, but Congratulations to Hyrum for being the first with all the right answers! Hyrum, please email me your contact info so I can get you your prize! (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks everyone!
And now, the correct answers:
1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
2. (C) 56 million
3. Napolean Dynamite
4. (B) $500
6. (C) $94.99
7. Dead Poets Society
8. (A) 7.2 billion
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
10. school supplies....
Posted by Andie on August 25, 2010
Selecting paint colors for the walls of your home is like picking out names for your children.
It's an important decision.
Okay, maybe not as permanent as the name of a human being, but still.
Lately I've been deliberating over what color I should paint my kitchen. Yesterday I found this quiz that helps you determine your own personal style as far as paint palettes go, and points you in a color scheme direction for different rooms in your home. According to my quiz results, my kitchen is in the market for something "Bright & Bold".
Take this "What Color Should You Paint Your Room?" Quiz to get help on your next painting project!
Posted by Andie on August 20, 2010
I know what you're thinking. Because I thought the same thing at first. Bikes? RC Willey? Couldn't be.... but yes, I assure you folks, it's true. RC Willey is now carrying select Electric Bikes!
I wanted to see what all this madness was about for myself, and so I test rode a bike bright and early this morning, before the parking lot was full (I wasn't about to crash into a car and have a law suit on my hands). I did as I was instructed and strapped on a bright blue helmet, twisted the throttle, and held on for dear life. Man, did I fly. I think everyone in the neighborhood heard my giddy yelps and "WAHOOOO's". It was actually WAY more fun that I anticipated, so fun that I didn't want to come back to my desk. Three guys literally had to rip me off the bike and carry me back to my swivel chair.
Just kidding about that last part.
Anyway. Now that I'm back at my desk, contemplating a career in electric bike testing, I thought I'd share a few of the reasons why I would love to own one of these bikes....
1. You've got options.
It's nice to have choices in life, and this bike offers plenty of them. You can turn off the motor and ride it like your normal everyday bike, you can pedal in tandem with the motor, or you can turn on the motor and simply ride without pedaling.
2. Laziness is allowed.
In what other life scenario do you get rewarded by being lazy? You can sit as still as a dead fish and get shuttled around town on this electric bike without moving a muscle. If you're lucky you might even fool people into thinking you're actually working out!
3. Workouts just got easier...
So let's say you're planning on using this bike to burn some serious calories. Great! Just know, that when you've reached the end of your road (no pun intended) and your legs have given out, or you're struggling and fighting to make it up an enormous hill..... you've got a friend in your motor. No one has to know.
Is it too early to start a Christmas list?
FYI: Just so you know, RC Willey sells the electric bike that I rode today for $899.99, while other retailers sell the same bike for $1,599.99.
Posted by Andie on August 18, 2010
While I love the look and feel of leather furniture, I've always been curious as to why it seems to cost so more than other upholstered pieces (I know hides are expensive... but still). So I decided to do a little research. I talked with several leather reps, asked a million questions, and read everything I could get my hands on. Turns out, leather is expensive for some very good reasons.
Truth be told, producing a beautiful leather sofa takes a lot more time, work, manpower, and money than I thought. If you're considering leather furniture for your home, check out the Why Leather? page I wrote to learn about the benefits, and also the different types of leather that are available out there. Make sure you watch the How Leather is Made video clip... I promise you'll never look at a leather sofa the same way again.
Also, remember to enter the 'What Furniture Inspires You?' Contest by this Friday for your chance to win a $500 and $1,500 RC Willey Gift Card!
Posted by Andie on August 16, 2010
Posted by Andie on August 12, 2010
Hire a Moving Company.
I simply can not stress this enough.
Some of you might remember that a few months ago the Mr. and I moved to a new apartment. As a last minute decision, we hired a moving company to pick up, haul, and deliver all of our big furniture to our new place. This was possibly one of the best decisions we've made as a married couple to date. Seriously though.
I know some of you are probably thinking, "Why hire a moving company when I can round up all my neighbors, friends and family to get the job done for FREE?!" Well, because nothing in life is really free, and there are a couple major reasons why you should make friends with the moving company...
1. Safety First. Moving furniture is dangerous business. Fingers get squashed, toes get broken, and backs give out. Do you really want to be responsible for sending your father/father-in-law/husband/brother/neighbor or anyone else for that matter to the hospital in an ambulance because you asked them to carry your 2,000 lb. armoire down the stairs? Didn't think so. Instead of killing off your loved ones, hire people that actually know what they're doing, and that do it for 8 hours a day!
2. Be Kind to Your Furniture. If you spend good money on beautiful furniture for your home, spend a little money to insure that your furniture will be in the same good condition after you move. A friend of mine has an unmistakable 6" carving in the front of her piano that came about when a neighbor tried to help move it with a set of keys hooked to his belt. Yes, accidents do happen. But you can decrease the chances of dinging up your furniture by hiring professionals.
3. Take a Load Off. Every aspect of moving is stressful. Finding a new place to live, filling out paperwork, packing up your house, saying goodbyes......it's no walk in the park. Hire a moving company so that the morning of the move you can relax and eat waffles with strawberries and whipped cream while you watch the professionals do the hard work. You'll be thanking your lucky stars it's them and not you.
So there you have it. If you're relocating any time soon, go call a moving company. You'll thank me later.
Posted by Andie on August 10, 2010
Q: What do Sushi, Hot Dogs and Tamales have in common???....
A: Absolutely nothing.....
except for the fact that RC Willey is serving them on Wednesday night!
Already have plans? Change them! Come taste FREE Sushi Rolls at all of our RC Willey Store locations on Wednesday, August 11th, from 6:00 pm- 8:00pm! We'll even pick up the sales tax on purchases of $499 or more!
And if sushi just isn't your thing, stop by one of our clearance centers for free hot dogs (catered by J dawgs... I can tell you from personal experience it will beat any hot dog you've ever eaten), and tamales!
See you there folks!
Posted by Andie on August 6, 2010
Posted by Andie on August 4, 2010