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Black and White Rooms

Posted by Alyssa on July 21, 2018

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There is something so classy about black and white rooms. I love the neutral colors and how just adding a pop of color makes such a big difference! I also love how clean a black and white room can feel. If you are looking for a cool, unique room consider making black and white your primary colors. Go big and even paint an entire wall black! Check out some of these ideas for your black and white inspiration. 

Black and White Rooms

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Are you having trouble knowing where to start designing in your room or home? Did you recently move to a new place and your old decor just isn't working with the new space? Are you recently living with a new person and running into a design disaster? RC Willey's trained design consultants are here to help. We have an amazing staff of interior design consultants who will help you with anything from furniture layout, color therapy, accessories, or even a whole home makeover! You're only five simple steps away from having a home that reflects your personal style and incorporates those things you love the most. Click here to get started!

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5 Hot Appliance Trends

Posted by Andie on July 20, 2018

We are in the middle of a huge kitchen renovation, which means a ton of big decisions!  One of the hardest choices for me was what kind of appliances to get--- which brands do we go with?  What kinds of features are must-have?  How do we know what the best bang for our buck is?  For my own personal research, I decided to turn to the experts- Brett Hiatt (RC Willey's Corporate Appliance/Electronics Merchandise Manager), and Jennifer Udy (our cooking/dishwasher buyer) to help me understand some of the latest trends when it comes to kitchen appliances.  It was so informative, and really helped us make what I feel was a great decision.  Here are 5 of the hottest appliance trends right now....

1. New Finish Options
When it comes to appliances, new finish options are all the rage!  GE has Stainless, Black Stainless, Slate and Black Slate. LG has Stainless, Black Stainless and Matt Black Stainless.  Whirlpool has Stainless, Black Stainless and a new Sunset Bronze finish that will begin shipping soon. Samsung, Bosh and Kitchenaid all have stainless and Black Stainless options available. Many people are choosing to replace their appliances before they break down or need repair because they love the new color options!


LG 4 Piece Black Stainless Steel Gas Appliance Package

2. Built in Options
More and more people are opting for the look of custom, built-in appliances.  What exactly does this look like, you might ask?  Think counter-depth refrigerators that don't stick out into the middle of the kitchen.  Hooray!  Front-control or slide-in ranges that don't have a back-guard are also growing rapidly, as are wall ovens and cooktops, all of which give the kitchen an elevated, refined look.

3. New Cooking Methods
New technology doesn't just affect your electronics and TV's, it has a huge impact on cooking!  We have definitely seen a major shift to gas ranges and cooktops over electric in the last few years, as price points on gas have come down and cooks like the precision it offers.

Induction is another cooking technology that I believe is still up-and-coming, and in the customer education phase still.  (Did you know that in Europe, induction cooking makes up about 60% of the market?) More manufactures are offering induction cooktops & ranges in lower price points and configurations, like double-ovens to encourage customers formerly using standard radiant cooking to switch to a more efficient, safe, and responsive heat source.
 
 
4. Dishwashers with pocket handles
We have also seen a strong trend towards dishwashers with a pocket handle as opposed to a bar handle that matches other kitchen appliances.  This has given brands like Bosch, KitchenAid and now LG and Samsung the ability to sell stand alone dishwashers easily with other kitchen packages, since many also do not have a badge on the front.  Price points have also encouraged consumers to step up to features like 3-racks and improved drying performance, in this space! 
 
5. Wi-Fi Connectivity
You guys, this one is pretty unreal!  WiFi connectivity is also something that all major brands except for Frigidaire are putting their money on right now.  There are many bundle offers with Alexa, Google, Etc. that allow consumers to get deals on their connected home hubs with their appliance purchase.  With WiFi consumers can monitor their appliances, diagnose service issues, and manage their food storage, with the use of apps on their phone.  Although not everyone has adopted the tech in appliances, it feels that with the growth of Smart Home  technologies in general, the connected  capability will become the standard in the near future as opposed to an upgrade.
 
RC Willey's top appliance brands are LG, Samsung, Whirlpool, Frigidaire and Maytag. We also sell Sub Zero, Wolfe and Asko in Utah.  Check out our selection of incredible appliances!
 
 
 

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Porch Decor Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on July 19, 2018

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The front porch of your house can make or break your home’s curb appeal. Having a porch that is welcoming, fits the style of your home, and decorated in your personal aesthetic will make your home stand out in your neighborhood. No matter the size of your porch put a little thought into how you would like to decorate it and make it happen this summer. You won’t regret the time you put into it whenever you pull up to your house! Check out some of these porch decor ideas and see if there is something you can use on your own front porch. 

Porch Decor Ideas

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One of the first things you can do to change up your front porch is to paint your front door. If you’re feeling brave, go for a bold color. You’ll love the pop it will give to your home! Even if the thought of a bright front door is too intimidating, a fresh coat of paint will give your front door and your front porch the facelift it needs.

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If you have a small front porch and don’t have room for any front porch furniture, get a couple of flower pots and fill those things up! Flowers will brighten your porch and create a homey look.

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For large porches, think about including seating options. Put out a bench, a couple of outdoor chairs, or even a small outdoor loveseat and invite your neighbors over!

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With front porches that have sturdy ceilings, make your front porch as classic as possible by installing a front porch swing. Add a couple of outdoor pillows, make yourself some lemonade, and get ready to relax.

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Even if you can’t fit furniture or would rather keep things simple, consider changing out your light fixtures, hardware, and house numbers. Just changing out these small things will update your home and personalize your front porch.

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Finally, don’t forget to include seasonal touches to your front porch. Pumpkins in the fall, a wreath during the winter, or a flag during July will make your home feel festive and cared for.

What are some of your ideas for front porch decor?

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How to Tile Backsplash

Posted by Alyssa on July 18, 2018

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If you're curious about how to tile a backsplash, look no further. Adding a tile backsplash, whether it is glass, ceramic, or natural stone, to your kitchen or bathroom will immediately make the room feel more complete and finished. It may seem daunting to think about doing the tiling yourself, but don't get scared! You'll be able to save yourself a lot of money if you install the backsplash yourself. If you're interested in knowing how to tile a backsplash or are wanting to see if it's something you'd be able to do, check out this video below. 

How to Tile a Backsplash: Pro-Tips

  1. Prepare surface by filling or sanding if necessary
  2. Make sure you use a level and follow that line because your counter/cabinets may not be level
  3. Start tiling from the bottom and put your cut tiles at the top - they won't be seen as much up top
  4. Use your field tile as an edger - it's cheaper than buying tile specifically made for edging
  5. Don't force tile through tile saw - you will chip it or break it
  6. Mesh-backed tile makes it easy to cut around obstacles such as electrical outlets
  7. Back-butter your tile in hard to reach spaces - this means to put the adhesive on the tile - not the wall
  8. Choose a sanded grout or un-sanded grout based on your tile choice
  9. Ask your tile retailer if you need sealant
  10. Remember the peanut butter rule - adhesive and grout should be the consistency of peanut butter
  11. Grout all seams except for the bottom seam of the tile - that seam will be caulked
  12. You might need longer screws for your wallplates on your electrical outlets due to the new depth of the wall

Have you ever tiled something? Let us know how it went!

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Kid Room Organization

Posted by Alyssa on July 17, 2018

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I didn’t realize this when my daughter was just a baby, but now that she has all of the sudden become a little kid, I’m realizing how hard is is to keep her room organized! We don’t have space for a designated playroom so her room not only has the usual bedroom stuff, it also has all her toys. Somehow she has collected way more toys than I thought she would ever have, and I have no idea where they came from. Does anyone else feel that way? Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to get serious about organizing her room and have done some research. If you’re interested in kid room organization, here’s what I’ve found out. 

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Before you even start working on an organization system, go through everything that is in your child’s room. Go through toys and get rid of or donate anything that isn’t played with or that is worn or broken. This will get you to the starting point to actually get your kids' room organized.

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Obviously, you will need storage options. Make use of bookcases or storage benches to keep less played with things out of sight. Baskets and clear boxes are great options that will (hopefully) keep your kids from dumping everything out just to find one toy.

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Label everything! For kids who are too young to read, include pictures. If your kids know where their shoes, toys, shirts, pants, socks, etc. belong they’ll at least know where they should be putting them.

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Think like a kid when you start organizing. Get on their level and think through how they play, what they can reach, and what objects they go for most consistently. If you make it easy for them, there won’t be an excuse to not keep things in order.

How have you kept your kids' rooms organized?

 

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5 Tips to Help Make Your Move Go Smoothly

Posted by Andie on July 16, 2018

Last week, we moved for the 8th time.... 

In case you're wondering, we've been married for 8 years.

Yeah.  You'd think by the pattern we've established that we love moving or something.  In reality, I LOATHE it.  While we don't plan on moving again for a very long time, my husband and I have become somewhat expert when it comes to packing, moving, and unpacking a house by ourselves.  I've tried everything!  I've read tons of interesting ideas about color coding boxes for certain rooms, but to be honest, that was way too intense for my style and didn't really work for me.  Here are 5 simple, yet fail proof moving tips that have worked wonders for me, and will for you too!...

1. Get Rid of Your Crap!  
The last thing you want is to spend time, energy & resources hauling your trash and junking up your new place right away.  If you have the luxury of starting a month or so before your move, you can methodically go through every room, closet and cupboard.  If not, simply trash stuff as you are packing! If you haven't used something in over a year, toss it or donate it.  You'll be SO glad you did this when you start with a clean slate in your new home.

2. Wrap Dishes in T-shirts, Dish Towels, and Blankets.
Packing paper is so expensive.  Don't waste your money on it!  I didn't learn this until a couple moves ago, and wish I would have figured it out sooner.  Instead of wrapping dishes and fragile items in packing paper, simply wrap them in t-shirts, dish towels, and even blankets!  They are just as protected (maybe even more so) and you kill two birds with one stone!

3. Keep Your Clothes on Hangers 
This is a game changer, guys.  Don't mess with taking every item of clothing off of it's hanger and wasting precious moving boxes, because you'll just have to spend time hanging them all up again!  Instead, look no further than a trusty garbage bag. Stuff your clothes into a garbage bag while they're still hanging in your closet, leaving the hooks out, and then you're good to go.  This makes it super easy to transport everything (you can literally lay them all on top of each other in the back seat of your car), and even easier to hang your clothes up in your new closet in 5 seconds flat.  

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4. Fill Up Your Suitcases! 
Don't you dare move empty suitcases to your new place!  Use everything you have to hold your things before you turn to traditional moving boxes.  Fill up all of your suitcases with linens, clothes, towels and clothing.  Best part?  It's super easy to transport because suitcases are on wheels!

5. Rent a Moving Truck, and Hire a Couple of Movers by the Hour
Again, we've learned through time and many experiences how to move on the cheap.  In the beginning, we always forked out a ton of money to hire moving companies.  (I really hated asking friends and family throw out their backs moving our stuff, and I also wanted to make sure my furniture was protected properly!) . The problem is, moving companies are crazy expensive.  By the end of the move, you typically pay at least $400 more than you thought you would.  So, listen carefully- here's the solution.  Instead of hiring a professional moving company, rent a U-Haul.  It's cheap.  About $80 for an entire day.  But, don't stop there!  Hire a couple of guys to help you move by the hour. (We went through U-Haul, but I'm sure other truck companies have this option.)  We paid $60 for two movers per hour.  A steal!  My husband had a co-worker that recently paid $8,000 for a local move, and he felt a little sheepish when she asked how much our move was and he told her that we paid less than $300!  Shop around, and don't get taken advantage of!  


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What shortcuts have you found that make moving easier?

 

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Sewing Rooms

Posted by Alyssa on July 15, 2018

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Growing up, the sewing room in our house was a source of endless inspiration. To be honest, it was more of a sewing room/craft room combination. The cupboards were filled with art supplies, fabric, buttons, poster board - pretty much anything you can think of! My mom was so good at letting us get our hands dirty and make a big, creative mess as long as we cleaned up after ourselves, and I loved it! A sewing room can be so much more than a place you store your sewing machine and fabric. Check out these sewing room ideas below and see what would work in your house. 

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How have you decorated your sewing room? 

Are you having trouble knowing where to start designing in your room or home? Did you recently move to a new place and your old decor just isn't working with the new space? Are you recently living with a new person and running into a design disaster? RC Willey's trained design consultants are here to help. We have an amazing staff of interior design consultants who will help you with anything from furniture layout, color therapy, accessories, or even a whole home makeover! You're only five simple steps away from having a home that reflects your personal style and incorporates those things you love the most. Click here to get started!

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Removing Hard Water Stains

Posted by Alyssa on July 14, 2018

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Have you scrubbed your bathroom only to step back and feel like you haven’t made a difference at all? Chances are, you have hard water stains on your the glass in your shower. Hard water has a high mineral content which leaves deposits on glass, toilets, shower heads, etc. These stains can be extremely difficult to remove, so it’s important to stay on top of it if you see a problem coming! This video shows you a number of ways to clean your hard water stains from something simple like lemon juice and vinegar to harsh acids. 

Hard Water Stains

If you can't watch the video now I'll let you in on the secret - Bar Keeper's Friend. Have you found a different way to remove hard water stains? Share below!

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Homemade Window Cleaner

Posted by Alyssa on July 13, 2018

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Why spend money year after year paying someone to clean your windows when you can do it yourself? It may seem like a daunting task, but I can promise you that there are few things more satisfying than seeing the dirt and grime fall off your windows. Save money not only by doing the job yourself but by making your own homemade window cleaner. Check out the video below for tips on how to clean your own windows. 

Homemade Window Cleaner

Do you have a different way you've cleaned your windows? Share below!

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Painted Brick: Yay or Nay?

Posted by Andie on July 12, 2018

I've been trying to decide whether to paint the red brick fireplace in our family room.  I really love the traditional look of the red, but part of me thinks it could look really cool with a fresh coat of paint!  Have you painted your brick fireplace?  Here are a few pro's and cons to painting brick....

PRO'S:
- It's hot in the design world right now
- It makes the entire room feel more updated and modern
- It can cover up stains on the brick that you can't get rid of 


CONS:
- It's PERMANENT.  Once you paint brick you can never go back!  Brick is super porous, and it's virtually impossible to remove paint later on.
- Painting brick is very time consuming.  There are several steps (and lots of paint) involved, and unless you know what you're doing, it's really easy to mess up.
- Painted brick can be high maintenance to clean- whites or light colors actually show quite a bit of dirt!

What do you think?  Do you love the look?  Hate it?  Here are some pretty painted brick fireplaces for reference...


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Should I paint my fireplace?  Or keep it as is?  
I would appreciate input!

 

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