Author: Dawn Pick Benson

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How to Pack for Camping

Summer is coming to an end, and some of us are checking off those summer bucket list items like camping. Earlier we gave tips on How to Pack for the Road. Now we’re giving you an easy list of items to always bring when camping. To ensure the best camping experience possible, plan ahead and […]

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Back to School Organization Tips

We all collect things over time. But the key to getting — and staying — organized is to simply have less stuff to manage. Utilize storage bins and label them for a specific person or purpose.  Enlist the help of the whole family in keeping your home organized. By creating designated bins to store items, […]

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DIY Stepping Stones

Add inspiration to your walkway or home garden by creating your own personalized DIY stepping stones. DIY Stepping Stones Instructions: 1. Gather your materials — You’ll need a bag of stepping stone concrete, safety glasses, gloves, a pen, colored stones and plastic molds, all of which can be purchased from your local craft store. Pie […]

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The Farm to Table Dinner

Everything tastes better when it’s fresh. And the latest trend for fresh food lovers is indulging in farm to table dinners. Extending beyond visiting local, farm-to-table restaurants, diners are now traveling directly to the farm to enjoy mouthwatering meals served family style at harvest tables surrounded by nature’s bounty. Swallowtail Farm in Alachua, Florida is […]

How to go Backyard Camping

Backyard Camping: Summer is made for adventure. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. With just a little bit of preparation and some basic equipment, you can create an unforgettable camping experience— right in your own backyard! Head on over to Oak Express for their NEW Outdoor Living Collection. With warmer weather […]

Home Decor: Rustic and Refined

Rustic décor is no longer found simply in cabins and country homes. Today, by mixing rural elements with modern ones, the two diverse components can come together in harmony to create a rustic, yet refined space. “The rustic style of yore was characterized by lodge décor — heavy leather furnishings, wood paneled walls, and taxidermy […]

How to Increase Your Home’s Value with Home Improvements

Adding value to your home doesn’t always mean spending a fortune on costly home improvement projects,” says Terry Churches, real estate broker from Grand Rapids, Mich. “There are also many smaller improvements you can make to your home in a series of targeted weekend projects.” These weekend projects, says Churches, not only help to spruce […]

Strawberry Salad Recipe

The perfect spring snack: Strawberry salad recipe with mixed field greens, candied pecans, goat cheese and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. INSTRUCTIONS For Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: 2 pints strawberries 2 tbs lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbs dijon 1 shallot 1 cup balsamic 2 cups canola oil Reduce strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar in pan to […]

The Neutral Nursery

Transform a tiny spare room into a beautiful baby sanctuary. Our experts have teamed up to create this beautiful neutral nursery that is suited for both baby and parents. Before: The tiny guest room was sparsely decorated with a few items of furniture. It lacked storage, character and a clear purpose.   After: The room was transformed […]

Double Fudge Layer Cake Recipe

We recently featured a Double Fudge Layer Cake in our Easy and Elegant Entertaining Series. A Double Fudge Layer Cake exudes elegance, and we’ve made the Double Fudge Layer Cake Recipe as easy as possible for your next gathering.   Double Fudge Layer Cake (serves 8-10) INGREDIENTS: For the Cake 1 cup butter, softened 1/4 […]

Stuffed Pork Loin Recipe

On the menu from the Easy and Elegant Entertaining Series, is a stuffed pork loin recipe that cannot be beaten.    Pork Loin Stuffed with Fig and Blue Cheese (serves 6)  INGREDIENTS: 1 (4–5 lb.) boneless pork loin 1 large onion, halved and then sliced into 1/8″ slices 1 1/2 cups diced dried figs 1 […]

Cranberry Punch Recipe

Throwing an elegant party has never been easier. Follow our Easy and Elegant Entertaining series for the best tips, tricks, and ideas for your next party. Skip the sodas, and wow your guests with this easy and elegant Cranberry Punch recipe. Cranberry Punch 1 quart White Cranberry Juice 2 cups Unsweetened Pineapple Juice 2 tablespoons […]

Carmel Walnut Tart Recipe

We recently featured a scrumptious Carmel Walnut Tart in our Easy and Elegant Entertaining – Part II Pre Party Checklist. This tart can easily be made the night before and served warm or cold the next day.   WALNUT TART (Serves 8-10) INGREDIENTS: For the crust 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 1/4 […]

Inspired Winter Centerpieces

Wintery Wonderful Centerpieces you can create at home. This season, create an array of unique winter centerpieces to fit any décor by simply grouping wintery white flowers with simple elements that can be found in your home.   Winter Center Pieces Highlights: Hobnail glass is the perfect item to host a fragrant array of stock flowers. […]

Easy and Elegant Entertaining – Part III Party Details

The final installation in our Easy and Elegant Entertaining series is all about the party details. We created a woodland-inspired themed dinner party and are sharing all of the details with you. One thing Furniture Row’s Regional Visual Merchandising Manager, Greg Utsinger, stresses is to not worry about things being perfect. “Don’t make things so […]

Easy and Elegant Entertaining – Part I Simple Stylish Gathering

Easy & Elegant Entertaining from Furniture Row: The wonder of the season’s first snowfall. The warm glow of a fire. A house full of laughter. And a mug full of cheer. May you thoroughly enjoy all the sights and sounds of this new season!   When it comes to hosting an elegant party, Greg Utsinger, Regional Visual Merchandising […]