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Are You Emotionally Ready For Your Remodeling Project?

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Guest Posted by RC Willey Community on May 28, 2015

At some point many of us decide to undertake a major remodeling project, and sometimes you have no idea what you have done until the project is in full swing. I know when we redid our kitchen I had no idea what a pain it would be to eat peanut butter sandwiches everyday and wash dishes in the bathroom sink. Throw children and pets in the mix and you end up with white painted paw prints across your brand new floors! It can get messy very quickly. So I reached out to Kristen Floyd, the owner of THM Construction & Remodeling, to see if there were some pro tips to ease the pain. Since Kristen does this every day, the first thing she wanted to do was help you know the ins and outs of remodeling and whether you are emotionally prepared for a new project. Here are her tips for remodeling success!

  • Ease your worries and concerns right from the beginning by selecting a reputable company that is able to show proof of a contractor’s license. A business license is not the same as a contractor’s license. You will want to see proof of both.
  • Check references for the company you have selected. 
  • Ask for assistance selecting items that are necessary for your project. These people are the experts so let them help you. If possible, meet with the on staff interior designer or establish an online HOUZZ account. If you are able to see how everything will look before it is installed you will reduce the chance of getting selection remorse.
  • Get a schedule from your contractor and find out what the process will be if the schedule needs to change. Make sure you know the normal days and hours of operation for your project so you can plan for your personal life. Sometimes there are surprises during a construction project that will delay or shorten the schedule, so it will be important to know how you will be notified. Sudden changes in schedule can cause a lot of anxiety for the homeowner but can be avoided through communication.
  • Introduce yourself to the staff. You will feel more comfortable if you know everyone by their first name.
  • The DIRT! Your house is about to get dirty. Even with the best protection, dirt will go through your vents, get into your carpet, coat the walls, and end up in places you least expected. Don’t try to keep up with it all, wait until it is done. You may want to add a professional cleaner to the cost of your project. The best place to start is your vents. The dirt accumulates there the most and is always the place we forget to clean.
  • OHHHH the Noise! Do you work from home or will be home frequently during the construction process? You may want to find somewhere else to be or limit your time around the construction zone. Even having a simple phone conversation will be difficult. Most types of construction involve hammering, stapling, cutting, sawing, and other loud activities. For those not around construction every day, we tend to forget there is noise involved.
  • Surprise, Surprise. Everyone starts out thinking they know exactly how much everything will cost and how “easy” the project is going to be. However, most projects come with some sort of unexpected surprise that was not part of the original budget. In order to avoid the emotional toll of a surprise, tuck a little extra in your budget just in case. Don’t tell anyone how much you have in the surprise fund but take comfort knowing it is there.
  • So, you thought it looked good at the store but now that it is installed you hate it! Lean on the experts to help you put all of your materials together. Believe it or not, your paint selection can change the way everything looks when put together. Select items that will compliment each other based on color, texture, and style. The best examples can be seen on different design sites such HOUZZ. Put together an online portfolio on the free sites and utilize the expertise of those in the field.
  • Lastly, just breathe. Even with all the noise and different surprises, your project will look beautiful when it is all said and done.

Remodeling is a big commitment and you need to be ready emotionally and financially. However, it will also be a fabulous experience you will want to share with everyone. Take pictures throughout the process so you can remember where you started and the journey that brought you an amazing result. Enjoy!

If you have any further questions contact Kristen Floyd at THM Construction|Remodeling at 1483 Wall Ave. Ogden, UT, 84404. 801-648-5939.

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Add a little red, white & blue to your home!

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 22, 2015

 

Memorial Day serves as a reminder to all of us what sacrifices were made to build this great country and many times when you visit a veteran's home or the parents of an active-duty soldier, you see this pride in their home decor or color choices. They display flags, needlepoint pillows and framed photos...and for some they don't even realize they do it until you point out their bright red sectional with blue pillows and the white blanket draped across the back.

As I walked around the store today I started noticing a ton of items in red, white, and blue, from bedspreads to washing machines, and I assume they stood out because this holiday is a time of reflection. If you are one of these people who has chosen to design your home with patriotism you will love this array I put together - and other's of you might see something in one of these great colors that would add a touch of color to your home. Most importantly though, I hope each one of you takes a moment to reflect in the sacrifices that built up this country that we are so proud of and you enjoy the company of those who continue to make it great. Happy Memorial Day to all of you, and a big thanks to my grandfathers who served in WWII and my two cousins who currently serve in the United States Air Force. 

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How to Smoke Ribs on a Traeger Grill

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 15, 2015

 

In this week's episode of #rcwilleycommunity we introduce you to Rod and Roger from R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City. Rod & Roger are brothers and the owners of R&R BBQ and they just won best ribs in Utah! They teamed up with RC Willey and Traeger Grills to bring you some simple smoker recipes for the summer - the first of which is St. Louis style ribs. Watch how easy it is to cook award-winning ribs at home with the proper ingredients and the right smoker. If you want to get a solid gift for your Dad this Father's Day that will pay your stomach dividends, check out Traeger Grills and accessories at RC Willey. Or, if you are hungry now, head on down to R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City and let Rod and Roger know you liked their video.  

Each RC Willey store is a proud neighbor to diverse people and businesses who make their local communities thrive, contributing services, goods, and expertise to the common good in order to help make our lives stimulating and meaningful. This #rcwilleycommunity project will showcase our neighbors who dedicate energy and creativity to this cause, focusing specifically on people who work to improve ours lives at home.

 

 

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How to Choose a New Mattress

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 11, 2015

 

Knowing how to choose the right mattress can be an intimidating process. It's something you need, they can be expensive, and most of us don't even have a starting point in mind. I too need a new mattress so I decided to do some research and I'm here to share that info with you. As always, I would reccommend visiting one of our stores and getting the info from one of our professional salespeople, but I hope I can at least give you a starting point. I wrote up a decent page on our site about all the different types of mattresses including innerspring, memory foam, gel, latex, air, and adjustable as well as their pros and cons.

Once you are ready to purchase a new mattress make sure you have your dimensions (don't want too big of a bed in a little room), personal preferences on comfort, and of course your budget. Remember, most of us spend a third of our lives asleep, so if there's one place you should be comfortable it is your bed! Now follow this link to our Which Mattress is Right for Me page and let me know if you think I left anything out! 

 

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How To Make A Mother's Day Cupcake Centerpiece

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 8, 2015

 

The RC Willey Community is a project dedicated to recognizing and reaching out to the communities that support us. 

Each RC Willey store is a proud neighbor to diverse people and businesses who make their local communities thrive, contributing services, goods, and expertise to the common good in order to help make our lives stimulating and meaningful. This project will showcase our neighbors who dedicate energy and creativity to this cause, focusing specifically on people who work to improve ours lives at home.

We know what it takes to start and build a small business: it was only 83 years ago that RC Willey started selling electric appliances door to door, and only 61 years ago when Willey's son-in-law, Bill Child, took over the tiny business from his ailing father-in-law. Since then, thousands of women and men have worked tirelessly to grow RC Willey into the robust company it is today. We want to honor our neighbors who — like RC, like Bill, like those who followed them — are working hard to develop the fabulous places we call home. We want to connect with you; we want to pay tribute to you; we want to thank you.

Today is our very first #rcwilleycommunity experience — a lesson from Leslie Fiet, owner of Mini's Cupcakes in Salt Lake City. Many of you who live in Salt Lake City will remember Leslie as the woman who saved baby Bella after she was kidnapped in a car theft earlier this year. Leslie was the perfect person to comfort that sweet girl, and we wanted to give back to Leslie for her good deed. So when we found out that her old bakery mixer had kicked the bucket, we brought her a new BOSCH Universal Plus mixer with all the bells and whistles. While we were at Mini’s, we asked Leslie to teach us some tricks of the treats, and she graciously obliged.

Here begins a series of cupcake and bread tutorials by Leslie, which will air on our YouTube channel throughout the summer. Please head on over to the RC Willey YouTube channel now and subscribe — we don’t want for you to miss a single video from Leslie, nor from our other #rcwilleycommunity members and stay tuned to the Room to Talk blog where other members will be guest blogging for us!

Now, without further ado, sit back and relax, and learn how to make the mothers in your life a beautiful and delicious cupcake centerpiece for Mother's Day. 

You can visit Leslie’s cupcake bakery, Mini’s Cupcakes, in Salt Lake City or on the web at www.mini-cupcakes.com.

 

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World's Toughest Job

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Andrea Posted by Andie on May 7, 2015

  

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"All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother."- Abraham Lincoln

I couldn't agree more with Abraham Lincoln.  It's only since becoming a mother myself that I've begun to understand just how much my own mom has done for me throughout my life.  I love you mom!!

And to all of you mothers out there, I salute you!  

And now, one of my favorite Mother's day videos of all time....... enjoy!

 

 

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Andie's Mother's Day Gift Guide

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Andrea Posted by Andie on May 6, 2015

 

Mother's day is just around the corner! Have you picked up a gift for your mom yet?

If you answered yes, good for you!  You're on the ball!

If you're not so prepared, don't worry.  You've still got time!  To help you out, I've put together a little Mother's day gift guide featuring some fun & affordable items that are sure to please. (click on images for details)

Happy Shopping! 

 

via rc willey (I literally almost bought this pillow just last week for my sofa. (I still plan on buying it).  Isn't it darling?  And such a great price!) 

 

via amazon

Coloring books for adults are all the rage right now.  Such a great stress reliever while bringing out your inner child!

 

 

via anthropologie

I have no words.  Besides, pretty.  Really really pretty.

 

 

via pro flowers

 Succulents!  So hot right now, and perfect for people that tend to kill plants:)  Easy maintenance!

 

 

 

via amazon

The waffles in this cookbook got me one step close to heaven.  Really though.

 

 

 

via rc willey

Cute, cute, cute.   

 

via rc willey

 Hello green smoothie! This blender is a fraction of the price of other blenders on the market.  Total steal!

 

 

via rc willey

Because vases rock my world (and I have a closet full of them to prove it)!

 

 

 

 via anthropologie

Because it's always more fun to cook in a cute apron.

 

 

via sephora

The skincare regimen that literally changed my skin.  In a good way!

 

 

 

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Oh hi, I'll take one of these!  And it's on sale too!

via sephora

Giving perfume as a gift can be awkward.  I mean, perfumes smell different on every person.  What smells good in the store might smell like rotten fruit on your mother (I'm so not kidding). This is the perfect solution!  Perfume Sampler sets come with approximately 10 little sample perfumes to test & wear, and a gift certificate to come back and pick up the winning scent! 

 

 What other Mother's day gift ideas do you have?

And, to all the mother's out there, what's the best Mother's day gift you've ever received?

 

 

 

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What is Berber carpet?

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 5, 2015

Deciding what flooring to put in your home or even one room of your home is not an easy choice. There are so many factors to consider from maintenance, budget, use, comfort, climate, subfloor, allergies, rooms, decor...the list really goes on. This is why I really think it's important to visit our flooring center where our experienced people can help you narrow down literally thousands of choices to that perfect solution for your home. They will ask you the right questions, they can tell you which products will best fit your lifestyle and decor, and most importantly they can show you an array of options to fit your budget. Now, what I would like to do is get all of us as informed as possible so maybe you have a starting point when you visit an RC Willey flooring center. This will be an ongoing series on the blog where I will cover all different kinds of carpet, laminate, wood, tile, and vinyl, and you can cherry pick which articles really matter to you. Once I get a few of these articles written, we will find a repository on the site that you can reference back to in the future. So who wants to join me on this journey into the wonderful world of Berber carpet? That has to be a question you have literally never been asked before which is why you should take a chance and click this link on What is Berber Carpet? 

 

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What is Xeriscaping?

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 4, 2015

 

Xeriscaping is a type of landscape design or gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental watering. Since RC Willey is predominantly located in desert/water-conscious states, I am sure you have seen xeriscaping in your neighborhood or town before. The problem with xeriscaping is the same as most lawns, there are some that are beautiful and others that are not. 

Here are a few pros to xeriscaping:

  • Less Water: according to results from Mesa, Arizona, xeriscaped yards use up to 2/3 less water than regular lawns
  • Reduced Maintenance: a xeriscaped yard requires occasional weeding, trimming, and mulching but far less effort than a lawn
  • Efficiency: when plants are set up properly with soil grading and design, rainfall goes much further in your landscape
  • Lower maintenance costs: xeriscaping requires less fertilizer, equipment, and water
  • Less waste & pollution: less lawn mowing, less fertilizer runoff into the water system

And here are a few cons to xeriscaping:

  • Might not be your bag baby! Some people want a mean green lawn and I get that. 
  • Less lush green space for sports or play area
  • Some plants may literally hurt you or your pets like cacti and agave
  • Initial costs can be more that you can handle right now/sometimes it's cheaper to maintain what you have.

Now we get to where my family is in this process. We have decided to take a hybrid approach. As we free up time and money we are removing areas of our landscape and replacing it with water conscious native plants. I want to keep a nice side lawn for my daughter to play in and for us to look at while we BBQ, but there are other areas in our yard where our lawn never really took and that's where we are starting to dig out some beds that will be xeriscaped. Baby steps...

According to Denver Water, the inventors of xeriscaping, there are 7 steps to xeriscaping your lawn.

Planning: create a scale diagram that shows your landscape including your home, driveway, sidewalk, trees, etc.  Once this diagram is created, you can add a planting plan that shows your areas for turf, perennial beds, slopes, etc.

Soil amendment: plants, like people, need a good environment to thrive in. Make sure your soil meets the needs of the plant you want to enjoy.

Efficient irrigation: whether you plan on watering by hand or by a sprinkler system you want to make sure the water is delivered the most efficient way possible with the least amount of evaporation. Make sure your new plants are planted in zones based on water needs and delivery. Water deeply and infrequently to develop deep roots. You gotta make your plants work for that water! Don't water midday or you will lose a ton to evaporation. Finally, make sure you install a rain sensor on your automatic system or else you might end up watering during a rainstorm.

Plant Zones: plant based on light, wind, and moisture. Group your like-minded plants together to maximize water/light delivery. Moderate-water-use plants can be placed in low-lying drainage areas or in the shade of other plants. Turf requires the most water and perennial beds usually require half that. Plant a variety of plants in each zone to maximize color and interest.

Mulch: mulch is your friend! It keeps plant roots cool, prevents your soil from crusting, and helps to minimize evaporation and weed growth. Organic mulches such as bark or wood grindings should be applied 2"-4" deep. Inorganic mulches, such as gravel or rocks, should be applied 2"-3" deep. Beware though, surrounding plants with rocks will make the area hotter so make sure your plant can handle it.

Limited Turf Areas: native grasses such as buffalo grass or blue grama can survive with 1/4 the water of a bluegrass variety. Warm-season grasses will be greenest from June to September and will look straw blown the rest of the year. Cool season native grasses such as bluegrass and tall fescue are greenest in the spring and fall and go dormant in the hot heat of the summer. New strains of bluegrass such as Reveille and tall fescue can reduce typical bluegrass water requirements by at least 30%. Fine fescues are best used in low traffic or shady areas.

Maintenance: all landscapes require some form of maintenance during the year - even the guy who paves his front lawn with concrete and paints it green has to repaint every once in a while (and kill the little bits of real grass that ironically grows through the cracks)! Turf requires spring and fall aeration as well as regular fertilization every six to eight weeks. Trim your grass high, around 3", and allow the grass clippings to fall back on the lawn. Tall grass will help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth. Trees, bushes, and perennials will need to be trimmed and shaped but you can add these trimmings to your compost heap. 

Now, if you are still with me you might be sold on xeriscaping. Let's take a moment to look at a few shining examples. The following examples are from Houzz and are linked.

 Traditional home, colorful xeriscape

Minimalist xeriscape

 Modern xeriscape with river rocks and concrete

 Native grasses and a beautiful view in this xeriscape

 Here's a xeriscape that's great for entertaining and nice on the feet!

Once you have your plan in place you have to incorporate the fun stuff like places to rest and relax, outdoor cooking, and fun and games for the kids. Check out the RC Willey outdoor collection now!

 

 

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Fantasy Friday - Living Room Edition

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 1, 2015

It's Friday and today I decided to build a fantasy living room based on the above 5 colors. It started with a rug which led to a color scheme which led to side chairs and end tables and new flooring and accessories and it's all available here at RC Willey! I'm not sure what to call this style. It has a little bit of the southwest and a bit of vintage and I think it mixes well between the masculine and feminine. Let me know what you think! You might think it's hideous or maybe you can think of a few items that would really seal it for you, or if you fancy yourself a designer, put together your own setup from our catalog and I will try and feature it on the Room to Talk blog! I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend!

1. Charlemagne White Accent Chair

2. Ovation Industrial Bronze Floor Lamp

3. Pinebrook Magnussen End Table

4. Vintage 91" Chocolate Leather Sofa

5. Dristen Aluminum Oval Tray

6. Copper Coffee Table

7. Assorted Vintage Bottles

8. Champagne Gold & Black Leaner Mirror

9. Cadiz 18" Pillow

10. Cadiz Red & White 18" Pillow

11. Crackle Turquoise Blue 3-Drawer Chest

12. Birch Candle Holder

13. Sand & Cinnamon Herringbone Throw

14. Bahari Wooden Tray

15. Vintage Yellow Picture Frame

16. Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable

17. Ceramic Stool

18. Manual Notch Desk Calendar

19. Antique Metal Door Console

20. Brio Area Rug

Flooring: Mannington Black Isle Hickory

 

 

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