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.