Friday, October 20, 2017

Moving in Together? How to Get Rid of His Favored Old Chair

You know what they say, his treasure is her mess! Moving in together is a big step in any relationship, but it can also be tricky. Is his favorite, old chair clashing with your fuzzy throw pillows? Don’t panic. Just scroll down for some easy tips and suggestions on how to build a home as unique as your relationship!

Step 1: Set Some Ground Rules

If you’ve reached the stage in your relationship where you feel ready to move in with your significant other then you should be able to tell them that their TV chair makes it seem like bear with a bad hair day has taken up residence in your living room, right? Absolutely! Just make sure that you are respectful about it. The worst thing you can do is to throw out the words “it’s ugly” because your partner could take that as a personal insult. Instead, use “I” statements. Rephrasing your thoughts into something like, “I don’t like it because I think it doesn’t work with the rest of the room” will drive your same point home while making it less confrontational.

Keep in mind that your significant other might have different interests than you, and those interests will manifest themselves in your home life. If your partner would rather watch TV while you’d prefer to snuggle up with a good book, discuss ways in which you can both be happy. That might mean adding a reading light to your couch or dividing the space up so you can multitask separately. Whatever the solution might be, discussing your differences before they create conflict is a great way to making your transitions into one home go smoothly!

Step 2: Compromise!

Living with someone takes a little bit of patience and a whole lot of compromise, especially when deciding what stays and what goes. Here are some strategies that can help you navigate your way through it!

First of all, decide on a number of items that each one of you are allowed to bring to the mix. This will help both you and your partner narrow everything down to the must-haves you can’t live without. Is your significant other set on displaying the ugly bookcase he bought with his first paycheck? Take a deep breath and let it be. You can take comfort in the fact that your prized collection of succulents will brighten it up! 

Next, tackle all the duplicates. If both of you have nice couches but there’s only room for one in the living room choose the one that best fits the space. In this case, bigger is definitely better! Don’t try and cram two people in furniture that was intended for one. 

In situations where you simply can’t decide whose furniture would be a better fit, sell both sets! Host a garage sale with everything you can’t agree on and whatever else you might not be taking with you to your new home. Use the money you receive to buy something more adaptable to the space (and that you both love). It can even be something that brings you closer together, like a cuddle couch tailored to couples such as yourselves. You can also choose to save the money from your combined garage sale to go on vacation! Moving in together can be stressful, and a small vacation is the perfect way to reconnect and remind yourselves of why you’ve chosen to take this step in your relationship.

Or, if he’s a sports or gaming fanatic, splurge to find him the perfect chair or sectional for complete comfort! Looking for a chair and a chaise? Seatcraft offers an all-in-one option. Meet the Grenada. Complete with a chaiselounger footrest, lighted cupholders, and leather gel, he may not even look up as you explain you’re headed out on your 3rd shopping trip of the week. 

Maybe he’s more into the bells and whistles? You can’t do any better than the Seatcraft Equinox. With adjustable power lumbar, headrest, and recline, it’s love at first seat. If he wants a fully immersive movie and gaming experience, add the SoundShaker and he will see it, hear it, and feel it.

The most important thing when moving in with together is to keep an open mind. Yes, it might feel overwhelming to find someplace to store his abundance of Star Wars figurines but remember that he might be feeling just as overwhelmed by the amount of hair you shed in the shower. It’s a give and take process, so give a little and take your relationship to a whole new level. You can do it!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Creating the Ultimate Sports Fan-Cave

Love sports but don’t have the time to go out to every game? Look no further than the fan-cave, a room that will place you directly in the front row from the comfort of your own home! Follow these four easy steps to create your ultimate sports fan-cave:

Step 1: Flooring

The first step to designing any themed room is finding the right flooring for you. Are you an NFL fan? Consider some astroturf flooring that will transport you and your guests right onto the field. More of a MLB kind of person? No problem! Incorporate a dugout themed rug into your flooring plans to get a similar feel. For the NHL fans, hockey flooring tiles could be a fun way to give your fan-cave an authentic feel. Just be careful not to slip! Did someone say NBA? Look into some wood flooring to show your team spirit. You could also choose to add a basketball themed carpet for a softer feel.

Finally, if you are the ultimate sports fan and are looking to build a fan-cave that reflects all sports, look into more neutral carpeting and tile solutions. You could even select your favorite team colors to make the room your own!

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Step 2: Walls

There are many directions you could go in when it comes to choosing your walls’ color scheme. If your flooring is rather neutral, you might want to go with team colors on the walls! For the football fans, a green wall could even be marked with white lines to mimic a football field. Another option could be to select an iconic sports image and turn it into a wall mural! Or, add life-size wall stickers of your favorite players. This would be a fun way to amp up your game day spirit.

Step 3: Furniture

The right furniture is essential to any fan-cave, especially seating! Find the right seating for your room size and style by determining how many seats you would need and which colors you’d like to use. If you are looking for a classic look with leather, the Seatcraft Vader home theater seating might be right for you. This option is particular popular for it’s wallhugger seating that can be placed directly against most walls. It can also hold tray tables that are perfect for game day snacking. Another great option for seating is the Seatcraft Seville Recliner. Attach a SoundShaker seat vibration kit and bring the game to life!  The kit receives a wireless audio signal which tells your seat transducer when to vibrate.

Another important piece in your fan-cave is a screen! Whether you prefer a flat screen TV or projector, this item will be the centerpiece of your room so choose wisely.

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Last but not least, spice up your fan-cave with some fun games for everyone. Add a pool or foosball table to keep the good times rolling even through commercial breaks. You could also add basketball hoops or a couple of small goal posts if you’ve got some wide, empty spaces! For hockey fans, add a couple of pairs of rollerblades and street hockey sticks. This way, not only will you be following the sports events, you’ll be participating in your own!

Step 4: Decor

Final step: decorate, decorate, decorate. Personalize your seating with helpful additions such as a wine glass caddy, LED lighting, or even a tablet holder that are perfect for multitasking. Once that’s done, move onto other domains of decor such as jerseys, autographs, old tickets, and other memorabilia. If you have stairs leading to your fan-cave, replace the railings with baseball bats or hockey sticks! Or, frame your television screens with pictures of your past game days and sports experiences. You could even build a sports bar to complete your fan-cave look!
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Score the ultimate goal by creating a fan-can your friends and family won’t want to miss out on! Not only will it be fun to build, the memories made in it will be just as priceless as the first time you ate a hot dog at a baseball game (and comfier too!).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Best Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween

What is that strange chill in the air? It could be the general fall weather, or, more likely, it is the spooky realization that Halloween is creeping up on us all. Yes, it is the time of year where we feel the need to be scared, especially when it comes to our movie watching. Are you ready to branch out and explore new sources of terror to fill your heart as well as your home theater? Get ready to explore both new and classic horror movies that are guaranteed to give you all the thrills and chills you desire for this Halloween. Sit back, relax, and recline in your favorite Seatcraft home theater seats and get ready for a wild and terrifying evening.

The Babadook (2014) NR

Creepy and ominous monsters are something that can make your movie iconic, and this movie is no exception. In this film, a widowed mother and her fearful son are haunted by a monster that came through the pages of a children’s book with the goal to take over their lives.
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Slow-building suspense, the sense of dread, and the lack of jump scares are what set this movie apart from others within the genre, and the tactic works excellently to make the audience truly terrified of what could happen next. If you’re a fan of monsters or the paranormal, then this is certainly something worth a watch. You will truly understand that no matter what you do, or where you go, you won’t be able to escape the Babadook.

Alien (1979) R

If the vast unknown of space is what scares you, then you can’t go wrong with the science fiction/ horror classic, Alien. After receiving a distress call from an unknown moon, the crew aboard a space vessel investigate. After disrupting one of the eggs they discover, they leave, only to realize that they brought a dangerous, mysterious life form back on board with them.
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This film has quite a lot of memorable and terrifying moments, like the chestburster scene, that come together to make this a classic, and all viewers will remember how scary the alien looked as it stalks throughout the ship, terrorizing the entire crew. There is a reason why it has spawned an entire franchise and made an entire generation fearful of what other lifeforms can be out there.

The Conjuring 1 & 2 (2013/2016) R

The first installment was so terrifying that they just had to make another! These films focus on Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators who are called upon to help families that are terrorized by dark presences.
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The Conjuring has become known as one of the best paranormal franchises of the modern age, due to its background of being a true story, along with horrifying suspense within the cinematography. This horror/mystery/ thriller has spawned an equally terrifying sequel, along with a newly successful spin off series, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, and an upcoming spin off, The Nun. If you love your horror movies with a splash of demonic activity, then this franchise is one that you must check out!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) R

Why not make sure that the horror you see on screen follows you into your dreams? This 80’s classic horror has made a name for itself for a reason, and although the sequels are clearly inferior, the original holds steady as one of the scariest movies made.
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This movie follows several people as they try to stay awake and solve the mystery as to why this disfigured serial killer murders people in their dreams. The face of Freddy Krueger is enough to send a shiver down your spine, but including him in a scenario where you are never save, not even in your dreams, is horrifying. Even though it was a low budget film, we can’t seem to get over how terrifying the effects were, or how scared we were to see that Freddy made such an impression, that we could see him in our own dreams. Who can save you, when you’re asleep?

Sinister (2012) R

Although not the most original horror flick made, we can’t help but be drawn by this supernatural horror/ found footage hybrid. The story follows a true crime writer that moves his family into a house that recently hosted a grisly murder, where he discovers that the killer had tapes of eight other murders that date back to the 1960’s.
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No matter how you feel about the paranormal, you can’t deny how immensely creepy the Bughuul is, and the increasing levels of dread that he brings as the movie goes on. The more tapes that Ellison Oswalt watches, the more he dooms himself and his family to the creature’s murderous wrath, and the more fearful the audience becomes of the idea that the Bughuul can push himself through your own television.

Halloween (1978) R

How can we recommend horror movies to watch on Halloween, without mentioning the most notorious film of them all? This movie defines the holiday by being the epitome of Halloween terror. After fifteen years in an asylum, Michael Myers returns to his hometown to continue his killing where he left off.
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He is the true horror icon behind the holiday, and even though he falls into the same category as A Nightmare on Elm Street in which the sequels are inferior, you just can’t be a Halloween fan without seeing this classic. The dread and creep factor is enhanced as time goes on, and even though the movie lacks blood and gore, which many horror movies overuse, it still holds strong as one of the best horrors ever made. It’s amazing how scared you can get when things are kept clean and simplistic.
Before you settle in your home theater to watch these amazing horrors, check out the SoundShaker Seat Vibration Kit by to enhance your experience. Horror will never be the same after you see (and feel) for yourself how intense it is! Make your Halloween a truly horrific night.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5 Subscription Ideas to Enhance Your Home Theater Experience

There comes times in every person’s week where you just want to take a break from reality and all the busyness to dive into some of your favorite movies and TV shows. Why not kick up your relaxing even a notch and try out a subscription plan for food, drink, streaming services, or even personal items?!. You work hard and deserve to relax “hard,” too. Take a look at some of our favorite subscriptions to enhance your home theater experience!

Do you want all the goodness of the foods you love, but don’t want your waistline to pay the price? How about substituting those snacks for healthier, but equally delicious alternatives? Graze is a monthly subscription where you get to choose from 100+ healthy and wholesome snacks you want delivered to your door and how often. With usually 8 individual sized snacks to a box, you decide whether a box each week, every two weeks, or once a month.

You can shop through their intensive shop categories that will satisfy any craving, and also fulfill whatever health specifications you have. Are you watching your calories or sugar count? They will show you the perfect snacks to help. They also have specialized categories for any occasion, including when you are watching a movie! So, get ready to have all the delicious flavors from your favorite candy and popcorn in new, healthy forms. For those of you who love the lightly salted or black pepper popcorn, you’re in luck, because has both vintage and contemporary popcorn machines that will ensure that each batch is perfectly popped each time, and will also look incredibly stylish in your home theater. All you sweet tooths out there will adore the chocolate pecan pie bags and the salted fudge and peanut cookie assortments. You can’t go wrong with these snacks!

When you join Graze’s subscription, your first box of snacks will be half off, and all others will be $13.99, so you’ll get awesome flavors for pretty cheap. It is the perfect accompaniment for any casual or serious movie going experience.

For all of you wine enthusiasts out there who enjoy sipping on a glass while you watch movies, this could be your perfect subscription. Vinebox is the first ever box subscription that sends you three or six measured amounts of wine straight to your doorstep. All you need to do is order, receive the box, and pour the small tube of wine into your glass. It’s perfect for everyone who wishes they could sample a new wine before they waste money on a bottle they might not enjoy. These wines are specifically chosen from boutique wineries in Europe just to suit your tastes, and if you discover one you love, you have the option of ordering an entire bottle.

The process is very simple: Vinebox has you take a quiz about yourself and your wine preferences, then you choose how many samples of wine you would like per month (either three or six), and finally you decide for how many months you would like this service. It’s so simple! Each wine also comes with tasting notes, a list of recommendations for other wines you might enjoy, and pairings to go with the wine. So, it’s like having a sommelier right by your side.

The subscription boxes start at $25 per month, so while it might cost more than other subscriptions, you will be getting quality wine without overpaying for a bottle that doesn’t do anything for you. Keep that prized glass upright with a wine glass caddy from Seatcraft that connects directly into your theater seat!

It’s time to add a little adventure to your snack menu! Explore food from countries all around the world without ever leaving your home theater. Universal Yums is a subscription service that sends a box of popular, regional snacks from a different country each month. You never know what you’re going to get, so each unboxing is a unique experience. Past boxes include: Colombia, Korea, Mexico, Japan, Austria, and many more. If you’re sad about missing out on a country you’ve been willing to try, don’t worry, for there’s a chance that they will revisit fan favorites in the future.

There are two different boxes that subscribers can choose from: The Yum Box, and the Yum Yum Box. The Yum Box includes 6+ snacks per box and an eight page booklet about the country the snacks are from, along with trivia and games. The Yum Yum Box is very similar, but includes 12+ snacks per box and a 12 page booklet. After you choose how big of a box you want, you can choose to pay for a full year of snacks, or just month to month. There is also free shipping if you live in the USA!

Pricing varies depending on the length of time you want the service along with the size of the box, but the Yum Box starts at around $13-14, and the Yum Yum box starts at $23-25. This service is perfect for those of you who want to try new things and experience new cultures all at the same time, and it will be an amazing addition for your movie or TV watching.

If you’re someone who wants the perfect date night with the one you love, but don’t want to deal with large, annoying crowds of strangers ruining the mood for you, then you might want to check this out. Hello Fresh is a weekly subscription that delivers boxes of fresh, healthy ingredients alongside recipes for you to cook at home. Each ingredient is pre-measured, so all you have to do it follow the directions and add a bit of salt. It is a great solution for everyone who has had a bad restaurant or movie theater experience, or just want to spend a romantic night at home.

All the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality, so you don’t have to worry about being sold bad produce. The site also offers vegetarian options for those who just don’t like meat, and family meal plans for a couple with kids. Whether you’re using this service for a night with your special someone, or for a family movie night, you will be all set for your dinner needs.

Pricing starts at $9.99 per meal serving, so it’s cheaper than wasting time and gas driving to the grocery store! They will also offer discounts for both your first and second box, along with free delivery. If you’re worried about the food being delivered when you’re not at home, then it’ll ease your mind to know that each package is insulated and 100% recyclable, so contents will stay fresh for up to 24 hours. Can you ask for a better deal?

Streaming Subscriptions
We’ve gone over all the snacks, meals, and drinks that you can get to accompany your home theater experience, but is there something we are missing? Of course! The movies! Are you tired of the collection of DVDs that you’ve watched probably once or twice over, and want to experience something new? Then, why not try out one of these popular streaming services? You’ll be treated to a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which you may never have heard of! It will revolutionize everything you know about movie night, and you won’t be sorry for giving it a try.

Netflix: This service is perfect for the viewer that loves original programming. It provides thousands of movies and shows just at the press of a button, and they’re filtering in and out new content each month, so you’ll never run out of things to watch. Pricing starts at $7.99 per month, and supports 1-4 concurrent streams, so you and your family can enjoy your own personalized selections. There isn’t any live TV, but there are also no ads, so that’s something to rejoice over.

Hulu: This service is specialized for the TV lovers out there. Just like Netflix, Hulu has thousands of movies and TV shows you can watch, so you’ll never run out of content. Pricing starts at $7.99 a month, but it only supports one unlimited stream, so everyone will have to share! There is live TV and original programming, but it also has ads, and the ad free service costs extra. If you aren’t bothered by a few ads, then this will be perfect for you!

Amazon Video: This service is perfect for all of you bargain hunters who want that to stretch over to your movie going experience. There are thousands of TV shows and movies at your fingertips, with the option of buying or renting movies from other streaming sources, so there are many cheap and easy options for you. The service supports two concurrent streams, so your very special friend can have their own streaming site if they don’t like what you’re watching. It has plenty of original programming and no live TV, but the lack of ads should make up for it. The service starts at $8.99 a month, so while it’s an extra dollar when compared to Netflix and Hulu, you are getting plenty of content, so it is worth the payment.

There you have it, all of you movie and home theater enthusiasts! You have your fun time snacks, wine, complete meals, and even the sources for your movies that you can combine to create an amazing night for you and the ones you love. Check them all out if you’re interested in enhancing your movie night experiences, and make sure to check out if you are interested in upgrading your home theater room with high quality seating and accessories. You have to sit somewhere! Might as well be in luxury home theater seating!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Home Theater Designs We Love: September Edition

What are you passionate about? The answer could be a wide variety of things, from art, to sports, or even video games. Whatever your mind drifts to when you hear that question, we can guarantee that you wish you had a room where you could display all of that passion. This is where you’re in luck, for this month’s edition of Home Theater Designs We Love, we are taking a journey through the internet to give you inspiration for your own home theater that will showcase everything you are passionate about. You won’t have to worry about storing away your fandom posters or finding a place to put all your Pop! Figures, because now you can have a room that you will not only cherish, but can also have a ton of fun in.

Art Museum
If you’re the kind of person that has a love for all things art, then this can be the perfect room for you. The designer made it to be the exact resemblance of a high-class art museum right out of New York, so anyone can be a famous artist on display in the comfort of their own home. With your big screen television the main focus in your room, you can easily add one of Seatcraft’s majestic home theater seating to add an extra touch of class. In addition, if you love to collect paintings and sculptures, you can decorate as you see fit, making the room your personalized museum.

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Super Mario Bros. Theme
No one can resist that catchy, bit tune theme song, and trust us, we’ve tried! So, instead of trying to deny our love for one of the most iconic video game characters in the world, why not just embrace it instead? This home theater was designed with the fans in mind, for it captures the fun and wonder that the Mushroom Kingdom gave to all of us as kids. Put in shelving so that you can showcase all of your figurines, amiibos, video games, and most importantly, your movies! It is your room, so you never have to hide away your geek culture! Make the room more relaxing with cuddle couches, so you can have a more intimate experience with the friends of your choosing. The possibilities are endless, and the best part is, you don’t have to be stuck with Mario if you aren’t a super fanboy. Expand your horizons with The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Mega Man, or anything your mind can come up with. It’s your home theater, so you can make it how you want it!

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Sci-fi Theme
Do you love everything science fiction? What better place to show off your science fiction movie collection, collectables, and memorabilia than in your home theater? This designer went above and beyond when it comes to the decoration in the room, making it the sci-fi fanatics’ dream setup. The image shows that the designer chose to add in a projector and screen, but it would be just as easy to fit in the big screen of your choice to complete the overall look. Utilize wall space and shelving to make the most out of showing off your impressive collection, and don’t forget to go bold with it! This is your theater, so make it your own!

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Disney Theme
We all know that one person in our lives that loves everything Disney. The amusement parks, the souvenirs, the clothes, and especially the movies! Now, that person can bring those amazing movies to life through the design of their home theater. The designer of this room kept it simplistic with a red, white, and black color palette and old school artwork of famous Disney characters, but, if you choose to follow your Disney dreams, you can go as crazy as you desire. Maybe add different wall accents or curtains to enhance the overall look of the room. In the end, you’re only limited to your imagination.

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European Street Theme
Many of us have that one special city or country that we’ve always wanted to visit. Now, you can bring all the beauty and culture of the place right into your home by decorating your home theater like a street. Not quite visualizing it? When James Potter put his vision of a European town to life, it became a spectacle everyone must see. With the theater portion resembling a French Pavilion with a rolling sunset overhead and architecturally gorgeous buildings in the background surrounding the theater seating of your choice, this setting is perfect for anyone that enjoys a good foreign film, or just love foreign cultures. Don’t feel trapped by the European theme; branch out and try to go Italian, Japanese, or any other culture you’re passionate about. Just go and have fun with it!

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Your home theater already has so much thought and dedication placed into it, so why not add a little more of what makes you, you? Your passions are not limited to the ones listed here, so go out and make the home theater of your dreams! Just take inspiration from designers that brought what they loved to life to show to the world. Remember to check out for all of your theater seating and decoration needs, and have fun exploring what you’re passionate about!