How To: Hanging Pictures like a Pro

You don’t have to pay for an Interior Designer in order to get that perfect display of artwork. You’ll find everything you’ll need to hang pieces with the utmost precision, how to create a gallery wall, and extra tips on layout and spacing.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

There are 4 aspects to consider when hanging pieces; height, space, weight & look.

HEIGHT is always a question that pops up, possibly after you’ve already hung your pictures and canvases only to see that they should have been placed a tad higher. Standard rule, measure 57-60 inches from the floor to the very center of your art or gallery. When displaying more than one piece, treat them as if they are one complete piece when measuring. If you’re hanging pieces above any furniture, follow the 57-60″ rule and make sure that the piece measures at least 12″ above. Apply these rules throughout your home for a cohesive look. Spacing between pieces should be 1.5-2″ apart and placed symmetrically to create a balanced display.

QUICK TIPS: To preview your gallery or art before you start putting holes in your walls, trace the frames on paper, cut them out and tape to the wall with correct spacing. Get creative and move things around, line things up or create an overlapped work of art.

If you want a GALLERY WALL, ask yourself, “What do I want to display?” family pictures or personal interests are topics in which to create a theme and color palette that will compliment the room. Try not to limit yourself when choosing pieces for you gallery. Display anything from pictures, canvases, paintings, mirrors, clocks, sconces, signs, and other decor from Gardner-White.com. Collect all the pieces and lay them out for a quick preview, and make sure they fit within the space you’ve chosen.

Always take into account the WEIGHT of the items that you plan to hang. The weight of the object itself will help secure it to the wall with specific hanging hooks. Single nail hooks for anything between 0-30 lbs., double nail hooks for 31-50 lbs., and triple nail hooks for anything 51-100 lbs. Larger frames might require two sets of hooks, place them 4-6 inches apart depending on the placement of the studs in your walls.

Seems like a lot of work, but I promise, you’ll be happy you took the extra time for well thought out pieces and placement for your wall décor.

 

 

How to Survive Winter: Home Edition

This Michigan winter has been brutal. It hurts just to step outside. With these negative windchills and constant snow, we don’t blame you for wanting to stay inside! If you want to just cuddle up at home and stay warm, we’re here to help. Here’s our rules on how to survive winter: home edition.

Stay Cozy

Cuddle up in that soft, warm blanket or that big comforter that just wraps you up in bed. We have a few favorites here that are sure to keep you warm!

The Rosemaria Comforter Set gives you that soft, velvety touch that will make you want to stay in bed all day! If grey isn’t your color, this set also comes in taupe!

Rosemaria Queen Comforter Set in Dark Grey by Ashley®

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Add some comfy pillows to your sofa or bed that will add texture and coziness. Try the Smythe Pillow that has a plaid pattern and a faux fur trim – perfect for winter!

Smythe Pillow in Gray by Ashley®

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the soft feeling of the faux fur Himena Throw, it’s perfect for a movie night on the couch that will keep you warm all night. Pair with some hot chocolate and you’ll never have to leave.

Himena Throw in Brown by Ashley®

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Start Organizing

Don’t wait for spring cleaning, start now! If you’re stuck inside all day, might as well make it useful. Freshen up that linen closet or finally add that extra storage you’ve been wanting to add.

Franklin Bookcase

Cosmo Microfiber Storage Ottoman

Bellpine Buffet

Globe Trotter Oval Wicker Baskets (Set of 3) by UMA

54″ Greyson Entertainment Console

Updated Traditional Wood Cabinet with 4 Wicker Basket Drawers in Gloss White by UMA

 

 

Spend Time in the Kitchen

The best memories are made in the kitchen! Try that old family recipe or make up a recipe as a family! Plus, using your oven is an easy way to heat up your house! Here are some items to help you get started!

Stainless Steel Top Kitchen Cart/Island With Optional Stool Storage in White by Crosley

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Empire Red

Keurig K425 2.0 Plus Series Coffeemaker in Black

Kitchen Cupboard Ceramic Utensil Jars in White (Set of 2) by UMA

 

 

Have a Movie Night

There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with your favorite snack to watch a movie. Grab a your coziest blanket and pick out a crowd favorite to enjoy your time at home. Upgrade your seating to the best movie night options from reclining to the best for cuddling!

The Cooper is hands down the best collection if you want to cuddle or take the comfiest nap of your life. The microfiber upholstery is unbelievably soft, while the seats are so deep, your feet won’t be able to touch the floor. This one is worth coming into the store to try out.

The Cooper Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to recline in style while you watch, check out the Bastille Collection. Made with high-performance fabric that simulates leather, this collection features premium automotive inspired performance seating with power recline and power headrests. The center sofa seat has a dropdown table with two USB ports, two AC plug ins, lighted cup holders with touchpad controls, hidden arm storage and LED reading lights. Also comes in beige! Check out the Turismo Collection!

The Bastille Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You need something stylish and functional to store all of your electronics and movies. But why not have a fireplace with it too? The Deerfield Fireplace doubles as a TV stand that will give you ample storage plus warmth! Plus, this fireplace includes bluetooth speakers for that surround sound!

Deerfield Fireplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To: Properly Size & Place a Rug

Ever wondered how to properly place a rug? What size is best? Well I’m here to help you out with all of that, no more guesswork for you! Rugs are tricky, I’ve had my fair share of struggle finding the right rug and purchasing the wrong size even though I swore it was going to be PERFECT! You don’t want to make your space feel small, instead create the illusion of a larger, more spacious room. Sometimes things just don’t work out how we envision them, so here are some easy to do layouts with rugs for each room.

First off, don’t let your furniture be the only pieces you take into consideration when choosing a rug, room size is very important. If a sofa is placed on a rug, allow 6 inches per side for proper scale.

 

Cocktail Table on the Rug

This layout works great in small and narrow spaces, creating a larger feel. The rug should fit within the interior dimensions of your furniture, not just the size of the cocktail table. You want to fill in the negative space within your furniture to tie them all together.

 

Front Legs on the Rug

If you furniture is pressed against the wall, this is the layout for you. Choose a rug that will allow only the front legs of each piece of furniture on the rug, except the cocktail table of course. Paying for a rug that covers spaces no one ever sees is a waste of your hard earned dollars.

 

All Legs on the Rug

Open concept? No problem, find the biggest rug you possibly can that will fit all your furniture on it. Bringing the pieces together to create the sense of a defined area. This works well for any area of the house where furniture floats (aka isn’t up against the wall).

All Legs on the Rug

Rule of thumb would be that all legs stay on the rug – be sure the rug extends a max. of 36 inches beyond the table and a minimum of 24. You want to keep the chairs sitting on a flat surface even when they’re pulled out. Don’t forget to take into account a leaf to allow for more guests if your table has one, be sure to purchase a rug that will fit with the leaf.

Beds are always the focal point of the room, and as such, should be used as a baseline for placing any rug. I know I love waking up and having my toes hit a nice soft piece of carpet, especially when the rest of the room is hardwood.

All Legs on the Rug

With about 18-24 inches left of space, your bed and nightstands (possibly a foot bench) should be placed entirely on the rug with all other items such as dressers and chests left on their own. Make sure the rug isn’t intrusive on any regular walkways, no one needs to trip. If it doesn’t fit right then it just doesn’t fit right, you can always try one of these other options.

2/3 Bed on the Rug

Still allowing 18-24 inches of room on the sides and past the end of the bed. Typically a Queen bed calls for an 8×10 rug and 9×12 for Kings. Keep rug placement just below where your pillows lay on your bed, the nightstands shouldn’t be placed on the rug either.

Runners on Each Side

Runners offer a much more flexible layout and accommodates beds of all sizes. Simply place one on either side of the bed centered with each nightstand. Ideally runners should be slightly wider than the nightstand and don’t extend farther than the footboard. Open entryway? A round or oval rug is best for this space.
Is your entryway straight into a hallway? Might want to stick with a runner for that one.
Always use the width of the front door as a reference for how wide your rug should be. Also make sure the door will clear the rug and not get caught up when opened.

Runners are best for any hallway, keep them decluttered by placing them in the center and keeping all furniture legs off.

Runners easily extend a space so these work perfect in small kitchen areas, even around a large island.  A small rectangular rug in front of the sink will help create some dimension if runners don’t quite work in your kitchen.

CHOOSE YOUR RUG SIZE: 

#Charituesday – EHM Senior Solutions vs. All Worthy of Love

 

Join us in participating with this week’s #Charituesday contest!  We’ve chosen two non-profit organizations from the Fox 2 Gift Giving Guide for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Gardner-White!  No matter what, both organizations will receive at least a $500 gift certificate to Gardner-White – however – the winning organization will receive a $1,000 gift certificate!  Vote for your favorite organization below and join us by donating benefit to our community. #GWCommunityHelp

 

(VOTE ONCE PER DAY FROM 1/16/18 AT 10:00 A.M. THROUGH 1/23/18 AT 10:00 A.M.)

 

EHM Senior Solutions

   

 
   
 
 
EHM Senior Solutions is a health & human services ministry, called to provide quality health and wellness services to the frail elderly of southeastern Michigan. We provide hands-on care, training, education, and technology solutions to seniors who wish to maximize their independence.Over the past five years, EHM has contributed nearly $18 million to help those who are unable to pay the full cost of care and services. EHM was named Business of the Year by the Saline Chamber, received a Leading Edge Award from Aging Services of Michigan, and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as the 13th largest nonprofit in southeast Michigan. AREAS SERVED: Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Monroe County AGES SERVED: The frail elderly / senior citizens WISH LIST: Contact for information. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We are always looking for caring individuals who want to spend time with a senior. AGE OF VOLUNTEERS? All ages / children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
 
 

All Worthy of Love

       

All Worthy of Love is an anti-trafficking organization. We are reaching and rescuing slaves through weekly outreach to individuals entangled in prostitution because we believe all are worthy of love!

AREAS SERVED: Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, State of Michigan AGES SERVED: All ages WISH LIST: New: Blankets, hats, gloves, hand warmers, scarves VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Visit www.allworthyoflove.org for more information on how to get involved. AGE OF VOLUNTEERS? 18+

Get the Coziest of Bedrooms this Winter

Tis the season of blustery winds and a flurry of snowflakes, some days the chill seems never-ending. I find that there’s no better way to end the day than walking into an inviting bedroom that just emits the coziest feels ever. Bring thick and fluffy to your home with these simple additions that can turn your bedroom from drab to a fabulous cozy getaway.

BEDDING

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PILLOWS + THROWS

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SEATING

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ROOM DÉCOR

Lighting

Mirrors

Accent Tables

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How to Get That Spaghetti Stain Out!

It’s National Spaghetti Day! I know what I’m making for dinner! But when it comes to spaghetti, you know there will be some sort of mess, especially if you have kids!

Here are some tips to get spaghetti sauce out of your furniture and carpets!

Upholstery:
1. Scrape off any excess spaghetti sauce with a spatula or flat-edged knife. Make sure not to spread the stain further!
2. Mix a solution of two cups water and one tablespoon dish soap.
3. Dab the solution onto the stain with a clean white cloth.
4. Blot at the spot until the liquid is absorbed.
5. Repeat these steps until the spots are removed.
6. Take plain cold water and a new cloth to sponge the area to remove the solution. Blot dry.

To get a stain out of carpet, use the same steps as you would for upholstery! If that still doesn’t work, try mixing one tablespoon ammonia with two cups warm water. This will usually work as a stain removal solution.

You can also try white vinegar as a stain removal. But before you use that on your stain, test it out on a hidden area of the fabric in case it affects the color of the fabric.

We hope these tips help in case your spaghetti dinner ends up all over your house. There are many other solutions to getting a stain out, share yours in the comments below!

Gardner-White Hosts Blood Drive Near You on January 18th!

There is a significant need for blood & platelet donors right now. Patients are depending on us. Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

Gardner-White is sponsoring a blood drive near you on Thursday, January 18, 2018:

As a token of our appreciation, all participants will receive a certificate for $50 off their next purchase at any Gardner-White. Plus, each store will have a drawing in which one participant will receive a $500 Gardner-White gift certificate.

How do I know if I am eligible to donate at the blood drive?

You must be in good health, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. You will also need to pass physical and health history reviews prior to donating. There is no upper age limit on your ability to donate. Conditions that require a temporary deferral are pregnancy, travel to certain parts of the world, inoculations, some health conditions and certain medications.

Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to get answers to specific eligibility questions you may have. Final eligibility is determined by medical professionals at the time of donation.

Can I schedule an appointment?

The American Red Cross has convenient appointment scheduling online. Just click this link and choose the Gardner-White location & time that is best for you. Make sure you click “Show More Blood Drives on This Date” at the bottom of the list to see all of the Gardner-White blood drive locations. You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS to set up your appointment.

Gardner-White Job Fair: On The Spot Hiring! – January 9, 2018

Interviewing and on the spot hiring:
SALES – RECEIVING – STOCK – 3RD SHIFT WAREHOUSE – DRIVERS

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Gardner-White recruiters will be doing on-the-spot hiring at ALL Gardner-White locations throughout metro Detroit. If you have experience, skill, drive and a desire to be part of a winning and growing team with room for advancement in the future – come join our family and be a part of the only real hometown team!

Gardner-White Furniture was founded in 1912 as a place where customers could find great styles at a great value.  More than a century later, Gardner-White is the only family owned and operated home furnishings business serving the Metro Detroit market!  We are a nimble organization and have a lot of industry firsts to our name.  We lead the industry in bedding sales, in sales-per-square-foot, and in sales associate pay.

Gardner-White is also a leader in the community, partnering with terrific organizations like COTS, Humble Design, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Volunteers for America, and many others, to keep improving the metro Detroit community. Beyond working with and supporting these great partners, last year Gardner-White provided 1,000 mattresses to children in need in preparation for the school year.

With just over 500 employees and an average tenure of 20 years, Gardner-White has a stellar reputation for providing extensive training and mentoring.  The idea behind this is to prepare our team members that with our growth and success, comes promotion opportunities from within the company.  Gardner-White has created a training and succession plan for our warehouse staff members.

If the team is successful, we ALL are successful!  This is what has kept Gardner-White as one of the leading furniture retailers in Detroit, and why people want to be part of our family.  Success!

Sales and stock positions are available at ALL Gardner-White store locations. We are looking for candidates interested in long and successful careers with us. Gardner-White will hire candidates who possess passion, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to excellence.

Gardner-White is also recruiting drivers and warehouse personnel at the Auburn Hills Distribution Center. If you are a go-getter who likes to stay on the move and work within a team environment then the Driver and Warehouse positions are for you! Both positions offer the ability to learn areas of logistics and warehouse operations — including picker and fork lift training and certification.

Gardner-White Offers:

·       Exceptional Benefits Plan including medical, dental, and vision

·       Short and Long Term Disability coverage

·       Life Insurance

·       Paid time off earned in your first year of employment

·       Employee Discounts

·       Bonus opportunities – including new hire referral bonuses

·       Tuition Reimbursement Program

·       401(k) – with Partial Company Match

Candidates should come equipped with a resume, identification, and be prepared for multiple interviews. A pre-hire background check and drug screening are required for successful candidates.

Recruitment Drive Details: 
Tuesday, January 9th, 11 am – 7 pm, all Gardner-White locations:

Auburn Hills Store & Distribution Center: 4445 North Atlantic Blvd., Auburn Hills (248) 481-2108

Brighton Store: 8393 W Grand River Avenue, Brighton (810) 229-1754

Canton Store: 39453 Ford Road, Canton (734) 844-3190

Macomb Store: 45300 Hayes Road, Macomb (586) 566-2610

Novi Store: 43825 W Oaks Dr., Novi (586) 774-8853 ex 1132 (TO OPEN SOON)

Southfield Store: 21100 W 8 Mile Road, Southfield (248) 357-1380

Taylor Store: 7680 S Telegraph Road, Taylor (313) 295-1820

Warren Store: 4400 E 14 Mile Road, Warren (586) 826-8300

Warren Store: 20999 Groesbeck Highway, Warren (586) 776-8860

Waterford: 4945 Dixie Highway, Waterford (248) 674-8990

How To: Transform your Ottoman into a Cocktail Table

Cocktail tables, or coffee tables as many people call them, are very nice to have in the living room. The unfortunate part is that they usually take up a good amount of space for walking or sitting. Lately, there’s a new trend that allows for more seating and still gives you the perks of having a table: THE OTTOMAN.

“Isn’t an ottoman for you feet,” you might ask. Well they use to be, not anymore! You can turn an oversized ottoman into the perfect cocktail table with very little effort.

Add a simple tray to the center for a solid surface instead of setting things directly on the cushion. You can decorate the tray with a small vase of flowers, I suggest using fake ones to avoid water stains if knocked over. Trays are great for a stack of light reading, a designated place to keep the remotes, coasters, and table figurines for décor. Check out Gardner-White’s ottoman’s here!

Another option is to have a wooden board that takes up the majority of the ottoman. Giving you a full solid, flat surface to set your beverages and popcorn on, easy enough to remove and allow for more seating. It’s a win win either way!

Swapping an ottoman in place of your cocktail table is a wonderful way to update your living room and add some more seating for guests. And possibly eliminate the missing remote epidemic. Shop with us today and find that decorative tray for your ottoman, click here to shop!