Posted by Andie on March 30, 2012
This Just In!
I was absolutely SHOCKED the other day when I found out that in addition to furniture, electronics, appliances, mattresses, carpet, and seasonal products, we are now carrying JEWELRY! Yes, we're branching out folks. Jewelry! Who would have ever thought?
As of right now, we're testing it out in a couple of our Utah locations. Just a couple days ago, we set up new boutique style jewelry displays in South Salt Lake and Murray to see how the concept goes. We've got a great selection of cute necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, scarves, clutches and wallets, and the best part is that it's all totally affordable!
I've already bought myself the two necklaces below and a pair of earrings. This might be a dangerous new development after all......
So what do you think?
Would you like to be able to buy jewelry at RC Willey?
Personally, I think it sure makes shopping for something like a water heater a lot more enjoyable!
Posted by Andie on March 28, 2012
Spring has finally sprung, and bright colorful florals are huge in the design world this season! They are showing up everywhere! This might be surprising, but some of the coolest, contemporary floral prints can be found in the world of wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper has come a LONG way over the years and the designs and patterns found on the wallpaper of today are pretty amazing.
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Wallpapering your home is a big commitment though. It's something you want to be sure about, because it's a decision that's fairly labor intensive to reverse. So, if you aren't quite ready to paste funky florals on your wall, just scale back a bit and hang up pieces of wallpaper in picture frames! It's a simple and cheap alternative that can still really spice up a room. The best part? If you hate it in 6 months, you can switch out the wallpaper easy peasy.
Here are some of my favorite floral wallpaper prints- wouldn't they be cute in picture frames?? This just might be my next project.....
Kabloom Artichoke via Flavor Paper
Amy Butler Passion Lily via Graham & Brown
Amy Butler Fountain Midnight via Graham & Brown
Feroz Booyah via Flavor Paper
Toile de Lapins via Fabrics & Papers
Vivid Victorian via Flavor Paper
Iris Fuschia via Flavor Paper
Monaco Scrubs via Flavor Paper
Pop Bouquets via Flavor Paper
Amy Butler Love Paradise Garden via Little Cherubs
Party Girl Blush via Flavor Paper
Kabloom Fruit Punch via Flavor Paper
Posted by Andie on March 23, 2012
I'm a big fan of coasters. Not only do they protect your tables from unwanted water and beverage marks, but using them is also a fun and easy way to decorate your home! The only downside is that nice coasters can be quite costly. In my experience I've gotten them for about $8 a pop, which starts to get pretty expensive when you want to buy at least a dozen of them!
A few weeks ago my mom, sister-in-law and I were feeling crafty and decided to try making our own coasters. I'm telling you, all of this time I had NO idea how fun, simple, and inexpensive it is to make your own! I'll never buy another coaster for as along as I live!
We referred to a great tutorial online by two girls being crafty. I would highly recommend looking at their post if you are going to mod podge your own coasters- the instructions are so detailed and easy to follow!
We started out by picking up a bunch of plain white ceramic tiles. Nothing too fancy, just the most basic kind we could find. Each tile cost only .22 cents.
Next, we picked out paper to mod podge onto our tiles. I had been hanging on to some Amy Butler stationary for a while, and I decided this was the perfect time to put it to use!
We traced and cut out the paper to fit the tiles, then got our mod podge on! First, we applied a coat of glue to the tile itself, then we laid down the paper on top and layered on another coat of glue right away.
We let all of the tiles dry for 15-20 minutes, then added a few more coats of mod podge for good measure.
After they had all dried, we glued felt to the bottoms (the last thing you want is a coaster that scratches up your furniture), then we sprayed them with a clear acrylic glossy spray for optimum shine. Voila, check out the finished product!
I LOVE how they turned out. I'd say they are just as cute, and just as functional as the coasters I got from Anthropology. All in all, we figured that each coaster only cost about .60 to .80 cents to make. That means I made 10 coasters for less than the price of one store bought coaster. Awesome, right?
Congratulations to Jessica, our last Vacation Giveaway Winner!! Jessica, email me your information so that we can send you guys on a much needed vacation for your anniversary!
Thanks for entering everyone! I wish we could have given everyone who left a comment a vacation- heaven knows you all deserve one!
Posted by Andie on March 21, 2012
I've caught myself a nasty case of college basketball fever.
Sadly, my bracket is basically destroyed already, but gosh, whose isn't? The thing I love about filling out brackets is that you don't really have to know anything. In fact, the less you pay attention to stats and seeds and rankings, the better you usually end up doing. Upsets are pretty much what define March Madness anyway!
My picks are almost always based on whether I've been to or have a desire to go to the city the school is from, what color the team uniforms are, and what their mascot happens to be. How did you go about filling out your bracket?
Whether your bracket is shot to pieces or you're still feeling confident about your picks, you could always use a better TV to watch the games on, right?
That's where the RC Willey Sony Slam Dunk Sweepstakes comes in. Make sure you enter now for a chance to score a new 55" 1080p HDTV to watch the finals games on! We'll be picking four lucky random winners on March 31st! Until then, enjoy the games!
Posted by Andie on March 16, 2012
With St. Patrick's Day coming up this weekend, I thought it only appropriate that we talk about the color green. While it might not be your signature wardrobe color, there are so many pretty shades and tints of greens out there that it's hard not to find at least one that you like, especially when it comes to home decor.
Last fall I enrolled in a color theory class at the business college nearby just for the fun of it. It was absolutely fascinating. Did you know that colors can and do have a very real emotional effect on us? It turns out, green is one of the most fabulous, complex colors on the color wheel.
In design, green often symbolizes balance, stability, renewal, growth, nature and wealth. Depending on the amount of blue and yellow that make up a hue of green, it can be warm or cool.
Greens can carry the traits of blue or yellow, which can be problematic/interesting because they are so fundamentally different. Blue typically represents authority, efficiency, productivity, complex thinking, and tends to have a calming, soothing effect (it's actually been proven to lower blood pressure). On the other hand, yellow represents excitement, happiness, cheerfulness and sheer energy! Marry the two of these colors and you've got a lot of emotional possibilities!
Whether you prefer soothing or vibrant, you're sure to find a green that fits the bill! From kelly to olive, to emerald to lime, you can make just about any green look fantastic in your home! Here's some of my favorite examples........
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via martha stewart
Sea Foam Green
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Which color of green would you use to decorate your home?
FYI.... Congrats to our Vacation Getaway winner this week, Dustin, from Las Vegas!
Congrats Dustin! Sign up now for your chance to win next Friday if you haven't already!
Posted by Andie on March 12, 2012
As Part of RC Willey's 80th Birthday Celebration, we are hosting FREE design seminars at all of our full-line stores throughout the month of March! Mark your calendars and come ready to pick up helpful decorating tips and learn what the hottest new design trends are this season!
The seminars will be taught by our fabulous in-store Interior Designers at 7pm every Wednesday for the rest of the month. Here's the lineup of classes:
Wednesday, March 14th- "The Return of Retro: Old Styles with a Fresh New Look"
Wednesday, March 21st- "The Appeal of Minimalist Decorating"
Wednesday, March 28th- "The Wow Factor: Fresh Color- What Makes a Room Stand Out"
Everyone who attends will receive a free $25 RC Willey gift card, and a $50 gift card will be drawn at each location for a lucky attendee! Light refreshments will be served. You won't want to miss it!
In other news, Congratulations to our first Vacation Package Winner, Aubrey Harmon!
If you haven't already, enter the Vacation Giveaway now! Another random winner will be chosen this Friday!
Posted by Andie on March 7, 2012
Spring Break is just around the corner!
Aren't you just itching to get out of town for a few days? I know I am!!
Don't have plans yet? Good news! We'll help you make them! I'm going to give away 3 FREE Vacation Vouchers to a few of you Room to Talk readers!
Each vacation voucher must be used by May 31, 2012 and includes 3 Days 2 Nights Hotel accommodations in one of these 12 destinations- you get to choose!
1. Reno, NV
2. Niagara Falls, NY
3. San Diego, CA
4. Las Vegas, NV
5. Victoria, BC
6. Disneyland Area (La Mirada, CA)
7. San Francisco Area (Concord, CA)
8. St. George, UT
9. Miami, FL
10. Nashville, TN
11. Disney World Area, FL
12. San Antonio, TX
* Winners can work with the travel agency to get low prices on airfare and car rental.
Where do you want to go??
To be eligible to win a trip, simply become a follower of the blog if you aren't already, leave a comment telling me what destination you'd like to go to, and most importantly why you deserve a vacation! One comment per person. A random winner will be selected every Friday for the next three weeks (March 9th, 16th, and 23rd).
Posted by Andie on March 2, 2012
Home Invaders Aren't Always Human.
A few months ago, my husband and I traded in our tiny apartment in the city and moved into my grandparent's home to house sit for them for the next couple years. To say the extra space has been pleasant would be a huge understatement. We have a garage, a patio, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher, and most importantly a huge walk in closet! Oh the joy of modern day conveniences!
The other day I was working on my computer in the kitchen when all of a sudden I heard this loud banging/scratching sound that was coming from the front of the house. We live in a canyon, and so I was sure it was just a couple of deer on the porch. I curiously walked to the front door, only to find that the noise was coming from inside the house! It was only four o'clock in the afternoon, but it sounded like someone was trying to break in one of the upstairs windows!!
Chills ran down my spine, and I was completely paralyzed with fear. I had just finished working out, and still had my gym shoes on, but I could not move. My feet wouldn't budge. Meanwhile, the banging was getting louder and louder. After a few moments my fight or flight response kicked into gear and I ran to the kitchen, called my husband, and frantically explained that someone or something was in the house. He told me that it was probably just an animal outside, but that I should get in my car and drive to my parent's house if I was scared. I almost left, but suddenly I felt a responsibility to protect the place! A surge of bravery swept over me and I grabbed a stick, sure that I could fight off any intruders (this sounds so ridiculous now but in the moment I was extremely over-confident in my abilities).
For the next twenty minutes, I walked around the property looking for signs of a break in, stick in hand and ready to swing. I found absolutely nothing. My husband was still on the phone with me, but at this point he had to go back to work to take care of a patient and so I assured him I was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Surprisingly he bought it.
The truth is, I was still shaking in my boots. I went back inside the house, and with a healthy dose of courage, started walking through every room searching for the source of all of the commotion. I jumped about a foot in the air when I walked into the den and suddenly heard feverish scratching right above my head. Okay. I sighed in relief. It wasn't a human intruder, but I had a little critter on my hands.
At this point I pulled out the big guns and called my grandpa. He only lives a few miles away, and I thought I could use some more rational input (funny I called him once I realized it was an animal, but when I thought the intruder was human I was sure I could handle it on my own). He kindly came over a few minutes later, and after doing some inspecting he confirmed my suspicions.
We have a pet tree squirrel living in the ceiling and rafters of our entry way and den. Somehow he made his way through a little opening in the roof, and now he's living like a king. A very fat king, I suspect. I like to call him Freddy.
Here is a picture of him (or at least how I imagine him looking):
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For the past three days he's been tormenting me relentlessly with his scratching. Ironically, my husband still hasn't heard him. It seems he likes to make noise only when I'm home alone.
Is it weird that I'm feeling bad about calling an exterminator? I mean, the thought of killing the guy seems so harsh, but then again my sanity is hanging in the balance here.
Any of you ever had to deal with foreign critters in your home??? Do share!