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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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How to Tips: Art and Decor

The possibilities are limitless when we begin buying art. We are potentially embarking on a lifelong journey of exploration and sharing— sharing with ourselves and our friends an artist’s message that we, too embrace and bring into our homes and offices. Many people often perceive art as a commodity reserved for the cold, white walls of […]

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Decorating a Log Home

When Lori and James Proctor couldn’t find their dream home in Colorado, they quickly devised a Plan B: They bought a 20-acre parcel just outside Golden and had their dream log home built for them.   James and Lori Proctor’s 5,400– square-foot log home, located just outside Golden, Colorado, faces south, the better to capture stunning views […]

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Using Color at Home

Most everyone over the age of 10 remembers that moment in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps from the black-and-white world of Kansas into the kaleidoscope of color that is Oz. Dorothy’s eyes widen at the site of the sparkling sky, the radiant green trees and, of course, the Yellow Brick Road. No other movie could make a stronger point […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Top Tips for Spring Cleaning

Whether you do it at the beginning of spring or, like most of us, somewhat later, the annual ritual of spring cleaning is all about the heavy lifting that gets rid of dirt and debris, especially in places unseen. Tackling them signals a breath of fresh air in any season. Before the soap/water/vacuum detail of cleaning, confront your stuff and discard or reorganize. De-clutter […]

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Outdoor Dining Tips

The outdoors is unpredictable. Things don’t always go as planned. In fact, things often go better. When the weather is right, or even close to it, people naturally gravitate there. Add food to the equation, and you’ll never hear complaints about the fact that there isn’t television or air conditioning. Who needs them? You’ve got familiar […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Decorate with Accent Tables

Accent tables complement a room without demanding the spotlight. Selecting the right accent table effortlessly joins function and feel, fosters continuity in a room’s design, directs traffic flow and serves as a building block for just-right interior design. It’s important to keep in mind accent tables are not bound by one style, color or shape. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]