Author: Ashley Perry

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Cozy Up Your Living Room

I love winter because it’s the season in which we enjoy the simple cozy things: curling up to read a great book by the evening fire, relishing the comforts of a warm home with family and friends or savoring a steaming bowl of homemade goodness. Making your home cozy doesn’t have to be daunting. Making […]

Furniture Row Global Pursuits

Make a global-inspired statement with unique artisan products from around the world with the Lost and Found collection from Furniture Row. Product list top to bottom, left to right: Raja End Table // Scallops, finials and style – The Raja End Table brings intricately carved style to your space. With scalloped detailing, elegantly sculpted finials, and […]

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Recipe: Low Country Boil

Just in time for Thanksgiving! This Low Country Boil recipe is popular in the coastal states, this simplified version uses shrimp — but other shellfish can be added if you desire. Make sure you have plenty of friends and family on hand since a “boil” is more of a gathering than just a meal. Low […]

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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Dinner all comes together easily with this delicious roasted chicken dish. Placing a lemon inside the cavity while roasting gives the bird a nice citrus flavor. So simple, this meal will soon be your go-to favorite. Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe (Serves 4 to 5) Ingredients: 1 Approximately 3-pound chicken, preferably free-range, organic 2 medium onions […]

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Recipe: Grilled Cheese with apple, bacon, and cheddar

Gooey cheddar, crisp bacon and tangy green apples combine to create this grilled cheesy goodness. For a tasty twist, try these combinations: pear, ham and ricotta; caramelized onions and Swiss; raspberry jam and cream cheese; or pesto, ham and mozzarella. Grilled cheese stuffed with apple, bacon, and cheddar recipe (Serves 4): Ingredients: 8 ¾” slices country-style […]

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Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Recipe

We continue our cheese voyage with the parmesan and cheddar cheese biscuits recipe. Take biscuits to the next level with these cheesy, flavorful delights. Serve them with a bowl of hearty soup on a cold winter day. Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits (Makes about 8 biscuits)  INGREDIENTS: 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Dash of […]

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Fall Recipe: Mushroom and Gruyère Potato Gratin

Mushroom + Gruyére Potato Gratin Comfort food meets gourmet taste for this potato gratin dish. Perfect served as a side dish for your next family gathering. Next is our Fall Recipe series, we’re cooking up the ultimate comfort foods for any evening including Thanksgiving. (Makes 8–10 servings)  INGREDIENTS: 1/4 ¾cup olive oil 4 cups finely chopped leeks (about […]

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Choosing Storage for Electronics and Media

Today’s must-have electronics aren’t always visually compatible with today’s home decors. Finding storage options isn’t always easy. Fortunately, says Dennis Crouthers, senior buyer for Oak Express, there are many clever, stylish ways to conceal, display and maximize accessibility to electronic equipment and media. 1. Inventory your technology- Make a room-by-room list of your equipment and […]

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Recipe: Perfect Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie: This traditional British dish gets its flavor from lamb and savory winter vegetables. A stick-to-your-ribs meal that’s perfect for chasing away hunger on cool winter nights. Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup milk, warm 1 stick butter 2 tablespoons sour cream Salt and pepper, to […]

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Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo Recipe

This Italian-inspired indulgence is a coffee, (and chocolate) lovers’ dream. The perfect sophisticated dessert for your next adult dinner party is the Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo. Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo Recipe: (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 3/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing the pan Filling: 4 large eggs, yolks and […]

Top 10 Ways to Relax at Home

It may sound silly, but relaxing at home can really turn into a chore. There are so many distractions in the home. Preparing meals, organizing clutter, checking the mail, watering the garden, and walking the dog can all turn a relaxing evening at home, into a continued work shift. The Bedroom Expressions team has gathered […]

Top 10 Summer Backyard Games

Get out, get moving, and enjoy the great outdoors with our favorite new – and retro – games for the whole family. Reclaim your backyard with the new Outdoor Collection from Oak Express. Top 10 Summer Backyard Games: 1. Cornhole: Played with bean bags and a raised platform. 2. Bocce Ball: The Italian version of […]

Summer Recipe: Frozen Fruit Pops

Summer is the perfect season for turning the fresh fruits and berries you find at your local market into icy indulgences. Whether you’re wild for strawberries, or it’s blueberries that tickle your taste buds, mix-and-match your favorite berries to create your own signature frozen fruit pops. Enjoy these frozen treats with Oak Express‘ new Outdoor […]

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5 Tips for Decorating with Accent Pillows

An easy and affordable way to add creative drama to a room is by carefully selecting accent pillows. By including pillows with distinct patterns, textures or colors, you can give character to any space. 5 Tips for Decorating with Accent Pillows: 1. Bring the outdoors in with pillows that showcase botanical patterns. 2. Pillows are the perfect […]

Big and Bold Stripes

Show your true colors, and stripes, this season! Whether you’re in the market for new bedding, an area rug or other home furnishings, bold stripes are this summer’s hot ticket. Go for bold solid stripes, or choose multicolor thin stripes for a more textured look. Whatever your style, Sofa Mart, Oak Express, and Bedroom Expressions […]

7 Tips for a More Tranquil Bedroom

Subtle changes can go a long way when it comes to creating a tranquil bedroom. Take lighting, clutter, and even texture into consideration when giving your bedroom a tranquil makeover. For the full article visit, Creating the Tranquil Bedroom.     Tranquil Tips: Rugs– Use pattern very deliberately, taking care not to overdo it. Rugs […]

Trending Home Accessories

Artfully arranged groupings of accessories add interest to even small spaces such as bookshelves. This Spring, bring touches of the outside world into the home with carefully selected home accessories.   Trending Home Accessories 1. Profile Vase Small // Sofa Mart 2. Little Sparrow // Bedroom Expressions 3. Grant Park Wall Mirror // Sofa Mart […]

How to DIY an Indoor Garden

A great way to celebrate spring while bringing a little fun and relaxation into your home at the same time is through creating an indoor garden.  Instructions: 1. Begin by scouting out the best location in your home for an indoor garden. Southern-facing areas are ideal, but any area with good sunlight will work. 2. […]

How to Choose Pet-Friendly Furniture

To guide your choices in pet-friendly furniture, we consulted with Bruce Galbraith, Sofa Mart’s national merchandise manager, and David Cox, Sofa Mart’s leather buyer. Question: What’s the best type of furniture to buy if I have pets? Answer: No furniture is indestructible, but many options are perfect for furry friends who just want to curl […]

6 Must Have Nailhead Trim Furnishings for your Home

Create a bold statement and draw attention to decorative details with nailhead trim furniture and accessories from Sofa Mart and Bedroom Expressions at Furniture Row.  Featured Products: 1. Calico Hills Sofa // Sofa Mart 2. Carson Ottoman // Sofa Mart 3. Kendi Accent Chair // Sofa Mart 4. Rosemont Chairside End Table // Sofa Mart 5. Annabella […]

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DIY Bulletin Board

Take your home workstation from drab to fab by creating your own bold bulletin board. A framed fabric bulletin board adds personal style and function to your work space.   Directions for DIY Bulletin Board: 1. Cut a piece of cork board to match your desired size. Then, mark the size on your chosen fabric, […]

Top 10 Holiday Cookies: Rugelach Recipe

Holiday Rugelach Recipe from our Top 10 Favorite Holiday Cookies article.   INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, finely chopped   DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, sift together […]

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Top 10 Holiday Cookies: Angelettis Recipe

Angelettis Recipe from our Top 10 Favorite Holiday Cookies article.       INGREDIENTS: 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 6 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons water colored sugar for […]

Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s a WRAP. Quick and easy unique gift wrapping ideas brought to you by the experts at Sofa Mart. These gift wrapping tips will add a touch of unique eclecticism to any gift large and small. It’s the thought that counts, but clever packaging can make any gift more special.

DIY Bird Seed Ornaments

Treat backyard birds with homemade DIY bird seed ornaments they’ll love to munch on this summer. Oak Express outdoor experts have put together this simple craft for both children and adults. The best part is that cleanup is easy and fast! Make sure to check out Oak Express’ Outdoor Living collection, so the fun will last all day.   […]

Top 10 Veggies that Pack a Punch

In this Top 10, we’ve provided our picks for tasty garden vegetables that are easy to grow and pack a punch when it comes to providing healthy nutrients for you and your family. Spend more time outdoors in your backyard garden, with Oak Express‘ new Outdoor Living Collection.   Top 10 Garden Veggies: 1. Kale- It’s […]