Posted by Andie on September 30, 2010
Area rugs can be one of your greatest assets in home decorating because they have the ability to alter the feel of an entire room. If you are going to invest in a quality rug, understanding how to preserve it's value is absolutely essential. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your rugs live long, healthy lives......
1. Use rug pads
Be sure that you have a 3mm- 6mm rug pad underneath all of your rugs. This will help to keep your rug from sliding around, allow more support throughout your rug, and keep your floors looking nice by acting as a protective surface.
2. Don't vacuum the fringe!!
Fringe is usually the first thing to wear out on an area rug, and so keeping it looking nice should be top priority when it comes to rug maintenance. The best thing you can do is fluff the fringe by hand instead of using a vacuum. It may seem quicker and easier to run a vacuum over the fringe, but it actually causes a lot of damage because the fringe gets sucked into the beater bar of your vacuum.
3. Get your rug professionally cleaned
Just like carpets, rugs need to be deep cleaned every once in a while. Depending on how much foot traffic your rug gets, you should get it professionally cleaned ever 3-5 years, and spot treat it yourself in between treatments.
4. Spot treat carefully!
Beware of abrasive stain removers when treating small stains, as they often they do more harm than good to your rug. Here are some of the home remedies that rug experts recommend:
- For stains caused by soda, red wine, pets, coffee, or anything with dye or an acid base, use club soda. Since these are the toughest stains to reverse once they dry, the quicker you act, the better. Pour the club soda directly on the area, and let it absorb into the rug. The salt in the soda will neutralize the acid. Continue to blot until the stain is gone.
- For bloodstains, blot with milk.
- For soil and grease-based stains, mix one part Ivory soap detergent with 16 parts water.
If you can't get rid of a stain on your own, don't wait too long to call an expert!
Congratulations to Lindsey Livingston, of Orem, UT!
She is our 'What Would Your Grandma Think?' Amy Butler Contest Winner! Stay tuned to see which rug from the Amy Butler Collection she picks for her home!
Thanks for entering everyone!
Posted by Andie on September 26, 2010
It's time to THINK PINK!
Between Sept. 26 and October 5, We are making a donation to support cancer research, treatment and prevention at the primary cancer research and treatment center in each of our markets. Our goal is to also raise cancer awareness by inviting you to start thinking pink!
While ultimately you can't control cancer, research suggests that there are plenty of things that you can be doing every day to help reduce your risk of getting cancer. 'Thinking Pink' is taking control of your own health by making positive lifestyle changes.
Visit our Think Pink Contest Page, where you can leave your personal pledge to think pink! Every day, a random pledge will be chosen to win one of our Think Pink Prizes!
Here are some of the ways you can Think Pink.....
1. Don't smoke or chew tobacco. Tobacco, including secondhand smoke, increases cancer risk and can cause other long-term health complications.
Smoking Cessation Podcast
2. Maintain a healthy body weight and get regular physical activity.
3. Reduce consumption of high-fat, sugary, and highly processed foods and drinks.
4. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Reduce consumption of red meat and meat that is cured or smoked.
5. Limit your sun exposure. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and wear protective clothing or seek shade when outdoors.
6. Limit alcohol consumption. The American Cancer Society suggests limiting intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women, and women at high risk of breast cancer may want to consider not drinking any alcohol.
7. If you work with or near harmful chemicals, follow protective measures carefully.
8. Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, females age 9-26 have the option to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus; these vaccinations can help prevent cervical cancer.
9. Get to know your family health history, and share any illness patterns or concerns you have with your doctor.
10. Perform skin, breast, and testicular self-exams that can aid in the early detection of these cancers.
11. Find stress-reducing activities you enjoy, such as meditation, yoga, reading, or exercising. Reduced stress aids in overall wellness and can improve immune system function.
- Steps to reduce your risk of Cancer by the Huntsman Cancer Institute of Utah
Utah Cancer Resources
* Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital
* Huntsman Online Patient Education
* Utah Cancer Control Program
* Utah Cancer Resource and Education for Women
* Cancer Wellness House
* Rocky Mountain Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
* Comunidades Unidas
* Reel Recovery
* Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
* American Cancer Society
* Colon Cancer Alliance
* Utah Pain Initiative
Idaho Cancer Resources
* St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute
* Comprehensive Cancer Alliance for Idaho
* A Better Way Coalition
* American Lung Association of Idaho/Nevada
* Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
* Cancer Data Registry of Idaho
* Environmental Health
* Idaho Careline
* Idaho End-of-Life Coalition
* Operation Pink Bag
* Project Filter
* Rural Health
* Saint Alphonsus Women's Healthcare Fund/Ovarian Cancer
* Vital Statistics
* Women's Health Check
Reno-area Cancer Resources
Las Vegas-area Cancer Resources
* Nevada Cancer Institute
* Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
* Leukemia Lymphoma Society
* Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Nevada
* National Cancer Institute
* Southern Nevada Health District
* Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
* Access to Healthcare Network
* Prostate Cancer Resource
* Women's Cancer Center
* Nevada Cancer Research Foundation
Sacramento-area Cancer Resources
* UC Davis Cancer Center
* Albie Carson Breast Cancer Foundation
* Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Resource Center
* Knock out Breast Cancer
* California Department of Public Health - Cancer Detection Programs
* Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment for California Men with Prostate Cancer
* California Breast Cancer Research Program
* Healing Journeys
* California Dialogue on Cancer
Posted by Andie on September 24, 2010
Originally nail heads were used as a decorative rustic accent on leather chests, but luckily for us they can be found on virtually everything today- including tables, chairs, beds, lamps, picture frames, wastebaskets, and even coasters! I love how the metal studs accentuate beauty by outlining each piece's natural curves and design. Whether you're looking for something classic or contemporary, chances are, you'll be able to find a piece with intricate nailhead trim.
Some of the most glamorous pieces I've seen lately are sporting nailhead trim.....
Image courtesy of Traditional Home
Image courtesy of Casa Sugar
Image courtesy of Decor Pad
Image courtesy of Traditional Home
Image courtesy of Decor Pad
Image courtesy of Decor Pad
Are you a fan?
Check out all of RC Willey's selection of nailhead trimmed furniture!
Posted by Andie on September 21, 2010
Steer Clear of Hyper-Active, Pesky Middle School Kids at BMX Dirt Jumping Competitions
Unless of course....
A. You are okay with risking your life by leaning your body over barriers in an attempt to kiss the competitors as they ride past you.
B. You like asking competitors if they will kiss you.
C. You are more than happy to punch your best friend in order to get a used, sweaty glove your favorite competitor wore.
D. You have no problem plowing over a woman with a drink in her hands and a baby in her arms because she's in your way.
E. You have no shame in screaming, begging, and crying to take home sweat soaked helmets, gloves, and other used biking gear.
F. You'll literally do anything to be on TV.
G. You are a hyper-active, pesky middle school kid yourself!
Under these circumstances, you'd probably really enjoy yourself.
*This lesson was learned this past weekend when husband and I ended up on the front row of the BMX dirt jumping competition at the dew tour with a big group of 14 year old's. Precious, eh?
Posted by Andie on September 16, 2010
Photos Courtesy of BHG
Get ready for fall by prepping your interiors! Try incorporating a few of these simple ideas to help your home reflect the season change....
1. Warm things up by bringing out cozy quilts, blankets and throws.
2. Add more lamps to light each room, and turn them on!
3. Pile on the Pillows! The more texture they've got, the better
4. Bring out your heavy area rugs and cover your floors.
5. Pick up some autumn scented candles and light them to create a warm ambiance.
6. Switch out light summer sheers for heavier draperies.
7. Place an umbrella stand or a boot tray in your foyer to prepare for cold, rainy weather.
8. Incorporate nature into your decor- display pumpkins, gourds, nuts, leaves, pinecones, chestnuts, twigs, and seasonal vegetables throughout your home.
Posted by Andie on September 14, 2010
I have mixed feelings about seeing summer go this year.
While I'm excited to pull out my fall wardrobe, visit corn mazes, eat caramel apples, go to football games, and appreciate the beautiful leaves.....
I'm sad to say goodbye to swimming pools, flip flops, and BBQs.
Especially the BBQ Part.
Well, you're in luck if you're like me, and just hearing the word 'barbeque' makes your insides jump with excitement and your mouth water...
Because you're invited to one last Summer BBQ.
Where: All RC Willey Store Locations
When: Wednesday, Sept. 15th
Time: 6:00- 8:00pm
A Gas Grill will be given away to a lucky customer at each location, and RC Willey will pay the sales tax on any purchase of $499 or higher from 5:00 pm till 9:00pm that evening!
Posted by Andie on September 9, 2010
We think Amy Butler's Rugs are pretty fabulous, which is why RC Willey just started carrying some of them online! The beautiful patterns she creates are bold, fresh, and modern.....yet lovely, classic and vintage looking at the same time. Analyzing her breathtaking designs brought up a hot debate in our office.... while many of the younger generation are attracted to her rugs, what would a grandma think?
My great grandmother was a remarkable woman for many reasons, but I always idolized her because of her unique, eclectic personal style. She loved shopping for clothes (she could sniff out the best bargains around), dressing up, and accessorizing. As a little girl, I would sneak into her bedroom and admire all the rows of pretty colored high heels, fancy hats and gloves, frilly purses, and the many boxes filled to the brim with beautiful flashy jewelry. Even with old age she never lost site of her style. She dyed her hair and wore bright coral lipstick, high heels, and lots of jewelry up until she was 100 years old. I'm pretty sure these rugs would have been right up my Grandma Vie's ally.
So, What Would Your Grandmother Think?
Enter our 'What Would Your Grandmother Think?' Contest for a chance to win your own Amy Butler Area Rug! Simply sign up and leave a comment on our Contest page, and become a follower of this blog if you aren't already. On September 30th, we'll select one lucky random winner, and they'll get to pick out any 5'x7' Amy Butler Area Rug on our website (retailed at $835) to grace their home!
Take a look at what People are saying about their Grandma's!
Check out our new Amy Butler Rug Collection and start picking out your favorites!
Here are a few of mine.....
Aren't they lovely?
Posted by Andie on September 7, 2010
Confused about 3D TV?
Don't worry. Help is on the way.
Question asking has always been my forte (I was a curious child, and maybe possibly slightly a tiny bit obnoxious in my daily quests for knowledge), but this time, after much research, I'm doing the answering bit.
My mother will be so proud.
What exactly is 3D TV?
How do the glasses work?
What do I need in order to watch a 3D movie at home?
Should I buy a 3D-Ready HDTV if I'm not sure I'll want to watch everything in 3D?
What kind of 3D content is available right now?
Check out the Answers to all of these 3D TV Questions!
Posted by Andie on September 3, 2010
I think that popcorn should have its own food group.
But that's coming from a girl who goes to the movies for dining purposes alone.
When I think about popcorn, a few memories come to mind.
#1. the time that my little brother shoved a piece of popcorn up his nose at a birthday party (for reasons none of us could ever figure out) which caused hysteria among children and neighborhood women alike. Thankfully, said nasal cavities weren't affected long term.
#2. the summer my friend went on a diet of popcorn, butter spray, and crystal light. true story.
#3. the hair scare....
Once upon a time I went to the movies with my family. I was thirteen, and in the eighth grade and a at that point in life it was lame to hang out with your family on a Saturday night. Due to the fact that I had a raging social life to attend to, I convinced my parents to round up the troops for the matinee.
As the previews for the movie (I wish I could remember what movie it was!) were starting, my dad found his way to our seats, and handed my brother, sister and I a bucket of popcorn and a large fruit punch to fight over. Perfect.
The only problem was that I had just put a brand new piece of gum in my mouth. When you're in junior high and addicted to Wrigley's EXTRA Polar Ice gum, the 15 pieces in the pack just aren't enough. Especially since each pack runs you $1.19 and the only employment you've got is scrubbing bathrooms, dusting banisters, and taking out the garbage for your weekly allowance.
No, I wasn't going to waste that precious fresh piece of gum. Not for anything. But the smell of buttery popcorn was too much to refuse. So I came up with a simple solution. I took the wet, sticky white blob out of my mouth and smashed it into the palm of my hand. That quickly got in the way of popcorn grabbing and so I switched it to the back of my hand. This proved to be a distraction as well. I needed to find a safe, out of sight place for my gum.
Suddenly a light went on! My ear! Behind my year! Yes, that was it. So I moved the wad of slimy gum to the back of my ear lobe, between the back of my earring, and my head. Genius. For the next hour and a half I watched the movie, enjoyed the popcorn, and managed to completely forget about my gum.
(Please remember at this point that I was THIRTEEN. And yes, totally stupid. Don't judge me for it now.)
After the movie ended and we were walking out of the theater my mom looked over in my direction and suddenly gasped, "Oh my gosh what happened to your hair?!" I reached my fingers up to my head in confusion, and to my horror felt a huge sticky mess. The right side of my head and my chewed up EXTRA Polar Ice Gum had decided to marry and start a family of nastiness. It was literally ALL OVER.
I can't remember all of the details, but I'm sure I screamed in terror and bolted to the poorly sanitized movie theater bathrooms in search of a solution. What I do remember is that all of my plans were thrown out the window that night as we experimented with ice, peanut butter, and other home remedies to strip hair of gum.
Lesson Learned: Never. I repeat, NEVER be so dumb as to park your chewed up gum on any of your body parts, especially on body parts next to your head.
Because we like you, and want you to make popcorn memories of your own (sans hair scares), if you come in this Labor Day Weekend and spend $499.99 or more, we'll give you this AWESOME Movie-Theater Style Popcorn Maker AND a dvd of your choice for just 10 whoppers!!