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May 2nd, 2011

The New Sealy Posturepedics Are Here!

In 2010, Sealy® enlisted the design expertise of IDEO® (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”), who is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.   Picture2

The Sealy® project began by defining the market opportunities for all innerspring beds.  In-depth interviews with consumers and sleep experts provided inspiration and direction for a revolutionary bed design and, more importantly, shaped our thinking about the mattress purchase and ownership experience. Consumers wanted a brand that acknowledged the bed as more than a piece of furniture to sleep on, and spoke to the emotional aspects of rest.

Well, those Sealy® visions have come to life, and they are available now!  It all begins with the right support and Sealy® has developed a patented “Titanium Steel Innerspring” coil unit that retains 98% of it shape for the life of your mattress.  For the first time ever, Sealy® Posturepedic® now incorporates a lumbar support in the center third portion of the mattress called “CoreSupport™”.  CoreSupport™ is comprised of tightening the stitching in the middle of the quilt, adding the use of the power-packed memory foam for cushioning your lumbar and Titanium Steel Innerspring coils for support.  In addition to supporting your lumbar region Sealy® has developed a strong side support called “SitRight™”.  This edge support allows you to sleep all the way to the edge of the bed without rolling off, and keeps the edges from breaking down over the years.

logoAnother feature that has been welcomed is the new handles!  Sealy’s® incorporation of “LiftRight™” handles finally make turning a mattress end to end a pleasure.  Some of the better models have handles that almost go all the way around the mattress!  If you have a mattress that slides off the box spring during the night, Sealy has invented the “StayTight™” non-skid box spring, so once your mattress is in place it will never slide again and your sheets will be held tight to the mattress.

It’s no coincidence that the new 2011 Sealy Posturepedic is the most anticipated product introduction in bedding history!  With all of these exciting new features, you are able to sleep better with the confidence that your back is supported and you investment will last for years to come!

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April 26th, 2011

“Bonded Leather”, A Good Thing!

In some ways explaining what bonded leather is can be the same as describing the difference between ground beef and a sirloin steak.  The food is all steak, only one is ground up and one is a whole piece.   sofaBonded leather is similar whereas you have bonded leather and a full grain leather hide.  Bonded leather is leather scraps that are “left over” on the factory floor.  These leather scraps are gathered and ground up, then pressed together with a bonding agent to form a “hide”.  Thus the name “bonded leather”.  Sometimes the process stops here and the bonded leather is 100% leather.  Other times the pressed hide is covered in polyurethane that is colored and textured to match a premium hide.  This bonded product has much better characteristics than vinyl.

The difference between bonded leather and genuine leather, in terms of quality and looks, can be hard to see. If it is done properly, the grains and textures of bonded leather should look very close to that of genuine leather.  In some cases, the only different may be that the texture of the bonded leather may not be quite as pronounced as that of natural-grained genuine leather. The function, smell, and overall appearance can remain much the same, however.

The other major difference with bonded leather is in the cost. It is often available at a substantial discount over genuine leather.  This is because the leather scraps, or leather fibers, would have no other value, or very little value, if not made into a bonded form.   Therefore, it is still considered a good deal for the manufacturer to sell it at a reduced cost.

One of the most common applications for bonded leather is in the covers for books, especially Bibles.  The leather for Bibles can be bonded and still very easily create the desired look and feel.  While full disclosure often means the words “bonded leather” appear somewhere on the cover, it would otherwise be hard to tell the difference.  It has become such a product of choice for Bibles that finding them in genuine leather is becoming more difficult.

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April 18th, 2011

Will the “iPad” Replace Store Catalogs?

iPads are quite prevalent in the furniture industry.  Recently I attended the International Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, and iPads were everywhere.  In a sales meeting a sales rep pointed out that he carries all of his product photos and order forms on on his iPad and can give a presentation to a furniture store owner seamlessly.  Furniture factories are underwriting iPads for their salesforce because of all the money saved on photos.  Some companies spend upwards of $25,000 annually on such photos.

Along those lines, a retail salesperson will be able to virtually carry every item in the store under their arm.  All sofa fabrics will be current (no more reelections…).  No more walking back to a catalog room and fumbling for the right catalog (probably missing anyway…).  Also, a salesperson will be able search their iPad for a category and item, then check with supplier on availability.

So, thanks Apple for changing the way furniture is sold!

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April 11th, 2011

Spring Furniture Market

Well, it was that time again, where all of the furniture industry join together in High Point, North Carolina to view hot new furniture styles and colors!  This year was no exception.  In sofa fabrics we saw a lot of bright colors and bold reds.  Leather is trending with button cushions.  In bedroom furniture, the storage bed is still very popular, as is the marble top Louis Philippe.  As for formal dining, that business is dropping because people are moving away from the formal dining room, but we did see some counter height formal dining which was eye catching.  The mattress designs have not changed much but we are beginning to see a hint of color in what is normally an off-white world.

Large retail buyers were looking for exclusives and all buyers were looking for great values, which is tough to find right now as manufactures are forced to push through price increases during the coming months.  Market attendance seems to be at an all time low due to retailers either not being able to afford to travel, or buyers are staying home to mind the store.

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January 31st, 2011

Royal Heritage® Gives Back to Help Kids and Support Autism Research

Las Vegas, January 26, 2010: Tuesday evening the furniture industry and Royal Heritage  gave back in a very big way to Autism Speaks.  Co-hosts Jerry Williams and Scott Graham, both of Royal Heritage, along with Co-hosts David Wachendorfer, Phil Miner, Mike McQuiston, Mark Quinn, Joe Amato, Randy Coconis, Stuart Carlitz and Doug Krinsky conducted the 3rd Annual Ante4Autism event at the Las Vegas furniture market and raised over $9,000!  “We had a great group of players and we were very pleased with the turnout” Krinsky said.   The combined donations, entry fees and corporate support totaled over $9,000 and we continue to receive donations.  Jim Ralph was the Grand Champion this year and Co-Host Jerry Wiliams was our runner up.  Both graciously donated their winnings back to Autism Speaks, as did other top finishers.    Tom Daley finished in 3rd place and Co-host Phil Miner placed 4th.

The hosts would also like to thank several supporters of the event:  Leggett and Platt, David Wachendorfer of Tempur-Pedic, Phil Miner and Mike McQuiston at Symbol and Bob Quinn at Restonic for their corporate donations of prizes for the raffle drawing.   The hosts would also like to thank Mack Mattress Outlet in Columbus, OH, and the Serta Mattress Company for sponsoring our food for the evening. In addition we want to thank Kyle Doran at R & A Marketing, Marv Beneteau at RMG, David Lively of The Lively Merchant and Binion’s for their help and support of the event.   In addition, co-host Doug Krinsky said, “We would like to thank everyone that attended or donated to 3rd Annual Ante4Autism event.”  “We will also continue to accept donations on line or by check as well.”  Donations can be made by visiting:   http://www.ramarketing.com/ante4autism or checks can be made out to “Autism Speaks” and mailed to Doug Krinsky, 5405 Blackhawk Forest Drive, Westerville, OH  43082. If you would like to help us with the next event please contact Doug Krinsky at (614)554-0802 or yogi1125@aol.com.

“We were very excited with the turnout this year and look forward to an even bigger event next January” said Krinsky.  “The furniture industry has a big heart when it comes to giving back and once again we were not disappointed!”  “There is hope with new treatments, therapies and the research being done right now that some day in the near future we can find the cause of autism, and prevent it.”   “The prevalence of Autism is now 1 in 110 births and we need do more research to stop this epidemic from continuing to rise.”  “We thank everyone for their support and hope to see everyone again next year” said Krinsky.

gave back in a very big way to Autism Speaks.  Co-hosts David Wachendorfer, Phil Miner, Mike McQuiston, Mark Quinn, Jerry Williams, Scott Graham, Joe Amato, Randy Coconis, Stuart Carlitz and Doug Krinsky conducted the 3rd Annual Ante4Autism event at the Las Vegas furniture market and raised over $9,000!  “We had a great group of players and we were very pleased with the turnout” Krinsky said.   The combined donations, entry fees and corporate support totaled over $9,000 and we continue to receive donations.  Jim Ralph was the Grand Champion this year and Co-Host Jerry Wiliams was our runner up.  Both graciously donated their winnings back to Autism Speaks, as did other top finishers.    Tom Daley finished in 3rd place and Co-host Phil Miner placed 4th.

The hosts would also like to thank several supporters of the event:  Leggett and Platt, David Wachendorfer of Tempur-Pedic, Phil Miner and Mike McQuiston at Symbol and Bob Quinn at Restonic for their corporate donations of prizes for the raffle drawing.   The hosts would also like to thank Mack Mattress Outlet in Columbus, OH, and the Serta Mattress Company for sponsoring our food for the evening. In addition we want to thank Kyle Doran at R & A Marketing, Marv Beneteau at RMG, David Lively of The Lively Merchant and Binion’s for their help and support of the event.   In addition, co-host Doug Krinsky said, “We would like to thank everyone that attended or donated to 3rd Annual Ante4Autism event.”  “We will also continue to accept donations on line or by check as well.”  Donations can be made by visiting:   http://www.ramarketing.com/ante4autism or checks can be made out to “Autism Speaks” and mailed to Doug Krinsky, 5405 Blackhawk Forest Drive, Westerville, OH  43082. If you would like to help us with the next event please contact Doug Krinsky at (614)554-0802 or yogi1125@aol.com.

“We were very excited with the turnout this year and look forward to an even bigger event next January” said Krinsky.  “The furniture industry has a big heart when it comes to giving back and once again we were not disappointed!”  “There is hope with new treatments, therapies and the research being done right now that some day in the near future we can find the cause of autism, and prevent it.”   “The prevalence of Autism is now 1 in 110 births and we need do more research to stop this epidemic from continuing to rise.”  “We thank everyone for their support and hope to see everyone again next year” said Krinsky.

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December 14th, 2010

Sealy Designing New Product for Royal Heritage in 2011

sealy logoSealy Mattress, the world’s largest mattress company, invited Royal Heritage executives to look at an exciting new Sealy/Royal Heritage line being designed for early 2011!  During a private showing in High Point, North Carolina, Sealy executives showcased new product designs that will truly revolutionize the industry!

Sealy recently enlisted the design expertise of IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”), who is anIDEO_logo_100 award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

The Sealy project began by defining the market opportunities for all innerspring beds. In-depth interviews with consumers and sleep experts provided inspiration and direction for a revolutionary bed design and, more importantly, shaped our thinking about the mattress purchase and ownership experience. Consumers wanted a brand that acknowledged the bed as more than a piece of furniture to sleep on, and spoke to the emotional aspects of rest.

royal-heritage-logo 22As much as we would love to divulge the exciting new Sealy/Royal Heritage mattress design by IDEO – we were sworn to secrecy by Sealy.  So, stay tuned, as the world of mattresses will change on March 1st forever!

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December 8th, 2010

Furniture’s Roll in Holiday Decorating

What a wonderful time of the year for furniture!  Who doesn’t remember decorating the housegoing down in the basement each year to bring up the many boxes of Christmas decorations for the tree, mantle and furniture?  For most of us it is some of our earliest memories.  The wonderful sights of the various holiday decorations along with the seasonal smells.

Furniture has always played a large roll in Christmas decorating.  Where else but the living room end table would Mom put her favorite decoration of two elves helping Santa that she’s had since she was a child?  And doesn’t the nativity scene look perfect on a server or sofa table?  christmas_bows_dining_chairWhat end table doesn’t have a ceramic Christmas tree?  And a coffee table just doesn’t look right without a beautiful arrangement of poinsettas.

Remember the old radio and TV consoles of the 50’s and 60’s?  Those were always decorated for Christmas with candles and pine garland, or a couple of reindeer.

The dining room table is always a focal point for Christmas decorations.  Most tables are decorated with a holiday runner and a beautiful centerpiece.  Sofas, love seats and chairs are also the perfect place for holiday decorations.   christmas comforterA festive Christmas pillow or beautiful holiday throw are a wonderful touch.

Isn’t it better to dream about visions of sugar plums while waiting for Santa Clause in our comfy bed covered in holiday sheets and comforter?  Children would easily go off to bed when their beds are decorated with Christmas trees and holly!

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October 20th, 2010

“Honey, Don’t Always Sit on That Side of the Sofa.”

“Honey, why do you always sit on that side of the sofa when you watch TV!?” my wife says.  29042 loveseatWhat!?  “It’s my house and my furniture too” I reply!  I can’t believe it…  She goes on to explain that sitting on one cushion will ruin the sofa.  I need to change it up and spend equal amounts of time on each cushion to even the wear.

A few months ago we bought a beautiful new leather sofa.   My wife had talked about it for months.  I wasn’t paying attention.  But I should have taken a hint. I hate to shop, can think of nothing more heinous, especially for furniture.  I think I would rather stand in line at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for days than hang around a furniture store for an hour.

Anyway, we shop and shop and shop.  Finally, we find a nice soft Royal Heritage® leather sofa that feels soft as a baby’s butt. Long enough to stretch out on and take a Sunday nap.  Even the arms were padded enough to cradle my head perfectly.  Better yet, the thing comes with a large ottoman that I can put my feet up on.  If this is how the sofas are in heaven, I can’t wait to get there!

So, it’s Monday night, I’ve worked hard all day and I am beat.  All I can think of is getting home, getting into sweat pants and a big t-shirt, grabbing a beer and potato chips, maybe sneak a few pieces of candy my wife has hidden, then plopping on my new leather sofa with feet propped up on the ottoman (socks only of course).  I have the end table strategically placed on my left and at the perfect height.  The lamp switch is at shoulder height for easy on and off.  Huge matching leather storage ottoman placed perfectly in front of me.

heated-throw-blanket~360204_304I grab my favorite blanket out of the storage ottoman along with a pillow.  I put the pillow beside me as an arm rest and throw the blanket over my lap and legs.  The beer, chips and candy are placed on the end table to my left exactly at arm distance.  The computer is on my lap and NFL.com dialed up.  I reach across to the TV remote control (placed a half inch from the beer).  Monday Night football begins and the opening song of the show drifts heavenly through the room.

“You always sit on that cushion” a voice says.  What? Who is talking – oh crap, that’s right, my wife is sitting just seven feet away in a chair reading.  I completely forgot she was there – forgot she was even home…    Look, I am a big guy, with a computer on my lap; I do tend to punish a sofa cushion.  “This is MY spot” I say.  “I have all the comforts of home right here, I always sit here – I HAVE to sit here” I reply defiantly.  I even went into an explanation about dominant eye…  “I don’t care, you are ruining that cushion!  Look, it already looks more smashed than the one at the end, and we’ve only had the sofa for a couple of months” my wife replies.  “Ok, ok, geesh, I will sit on the other end I guess”.

I slowly throw the blanket off my lap, set the lap top down and push the pillow away.  I shove the ottoman out so I can stand up.  I pick up my beer, chips and candy (which she now sees and makes a comment that she has to change the hiding place…), and carry them over to the other end table on the right side of the sofa.  I sit down.  The cushion sits much harder at this end, and higher.  dog-on-sofaI don’t like it.  There is no lamp on this side and it is uncomfortable to make the reach now with my opposite hand…  I put my feet back up on the ottoman, pull the blanket back over me and put the pillow under my arm as the armrest.  I am uncomfortable and a plant is in the way…

My wife is now happy.  I am not. This end of the sofa is too hard.  I can’t reach my beer and food comfortably. The pillow does not feel the same under my arm.  The blanket is cold now.  And I can’t see the football game as well because I am not using my dominant eye…  So, I remove the pillow and call my dog Benson up on the sofa.

He gets comfortable next to me and I have a new soft arm rest on my left side.  It’s a little better now..  Then I hear “Andrew, how many times have I told you to not let the dog on the sofa!?”  Geesh, I can’t win…

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September 29th, 2010

“Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!”

Bed-bugsWhat!? Bed bugs have been found inside the Indiana University campus library?  And inside the store “Niketown” in NYC?  Bloomingdales NYC?  How creepy can this get?  What’s next, finding them inside the local country club?

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small little wingless insects that feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded mammals.  Humans are the ideal host.  They can be light tan or burnt orange in color.  Just after molting most of them are plane white.  Bed bugs have evolved over millions of years as nest parasites – inhabiting the nest of birds and bats for instance.  Some of them have learned to adapt to the human environment and live in “our nest”.

They are called bed bugs because they prefer to live in our beds, mattresses, sofas and other soft furniture.

Bed bugs feed for about 5 minutes, then go into hiding for about 5 to 10 days then feed again.  If there is no food readily available (human blood), bed bugs have been known to lie dormant for months waiting to feed again.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous to Humans?

Not really.  Other than a mosquito bite type look or a small rash, there is not much danger to bed bug bites and they are not known to carry any diseases.  In extreme cases people can have an allergic reaction.  Bed bugs bite by injecting a small amount of their saliva into the human host which results in a painless reaction.  Quite often the bite does not manifest itself for an hour or two, maybe much longer.  Therefore, sometimes it is hard to detect that you have bed bugs right away because you don’t have symptoms.

How do Bed Bugs Get in to Your Home?

Although studies have shown that bed bugs can travel in one’s luggage, the most common way to bring them into your home is via used furniture and mattresses.

How to Eliminate and Prevent Bed Bugs?

Once you detect that you have a bed bug problem you may want to call a pest removal professional first as they can help in the detection and recommend a removal process for your particular situation.

If you decide to do it yourself the first step would be to remove the coverings on any item of furniture or mattress that is infected.  If you are able to wash the fabric in hot water do so, if not, wash normally but set the dryer on hot – at least 120º.  If in the winter, you may take these coverings outside and leave in the freezing weather for 24 hours.

Then vacuum the mattress or sofa all over especially in the folds and cracks.  Then use insecticides to kill the bugs.

Preventing Bed Bugs by Encasing Your Mattress and Box Spring.

Bed-Bug-Kit-258x300You could encase both the mattress and box spring as a proactive measure.  As soon as you put the encasement on your bed any bed bugs trapped inside will eventually die, provided you do not unzip shortly after putting them on.  Some people encase their new beds as it prevents bugs from getting in and makes it easier to clean.

Bed bug covers can be purchased online and from most reputable retailers.  Make sure you are buying “bed bug specific” and that you cover both the mattress and box.

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August 4th, 2010

The staple of American design

the-lakesWhether it was a holiday spent at grandma’s house, or a family trip up north to the country, many of us have stayed at a country or cottage-styled home at one time in our very eventful lives. Country and cottage-styled homes are a staple of American design and can be a peaceful place to live or visit, and are a place where your problems  seem to fade away.

But what exactly is meant when refereeing to a country or cottage-styled home?

Continuing with our design style theme, we will explore the different types of country and cottage designs, and how these styles are represented in homes across the U.S.

If you have ever visited  a home on the Great Lakes, then you probably know what a Classic Costal design is. Designed to look like a beach house, homes that are designed with a Costal look will embrace a relaxed approach and display nautical themes.

However, there are different variations to a Costal theme. Gulf Coast styles bring together Art Deco and vibrant colors, with wicker and rattan, sending you back in time to the ‘50s. Done correctly, Gulf Coast styled homes can be a very cool place to live or visit. Pacific Coast designed homes tend to be influenced heavily by Asian influence, and will be decorated in deep finishes with very comfortable fabrics.  Similar to the Classic Costal look, Atlantic Seaboard designed homes have louvers and shutters with a color palette similar to that of lighthouses.

Emphasized by natural woods with deep finishes, Americana style homes are very simple when it comes to ornamentation but tend to have a very patriotic feel. Fabrics are muted colors and are adorned with starts and stripes. This style of home can be a perfect place to spend a Fourth of July or other patriotic holiday.

On the other hand, a Cottage-styled home typically has lots of wicker or iron pieces of furniture and gets its style from the natural surroundings that encompasses it. Cotton and linen fabrics found in the home will have a floral or checkered pattern giving the home an almost country like feel.

Finally, Rustic and Lodge styled homes are designed with a rugged approach but still offer the advantage of relaxation. Earth tones are predominant here, while exposed wood in very light finishes are adorned with Native American artwork, wood carvings and natured inspired accessories. Fabrics that line the beds and couches will usually have a hand-woven feel.

Whether its Rustic, Classic Coastal, or Country styled homes, visit your local Royal Heritage Furnishings Retailer and shop their immense selection of cottage styled furniture from the Royal Heritage Home Furnishings Collection and give your home the vacation style feel you have been looking for!

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