Royal Heritage Home Furnishings


Monday, 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!

Tuesday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The almighty recliner

705-jaguar-tanPeople need to relax. More importantly YOU need to relax. It is very important to your survival that you lower the amount of stress you put on yourself after a long hard day’s work and increase the time you spend relaxing.

One of the single best pieces of furniture to relax in is the almighty recliner.  A recliner is a piece of furniture, such as a large armchair or sofa, that can be adjusted into a reclining position by lowering the back of the piece and raising the footrest. A reclining chair can adjust to different levels from a slight incline, to lying almost flat.

But what type of recliner is right for you?
Swivel Recliners
Swivel recliners are probably the most popular recliners today since they provide extreme comfort. The swivel base of the recliner allows it to turn in a 360-degree motion, allowing you to see all sides of the room without having to stand up. It reclines using a small lever, and has both a chair and an ottoman with a base that contains the swivel mechanism.  Pull the lever, lean back, kick your feet up and give yourself the much needed relaxation to recharge your batteries for the next day’s activities.
Stressless Recliners
Stressless recliners are perfect for a family with a contemporary home who want to maintain the home’s sleek style while still having a piece of furniture they can relax in and enjoy the day. Stressless Recliners come in two separate pieces: the reclining chair and a matching footstool to elevate your feet. The chair typically reclines to about 45 degrees and can come in either a high or low back. These recliners come in a whole range of fabrics and colors, allowing you to find the perfect match for your stylish home.
Massage Recliners
What they lack in style, they gain in extreme comfort.  Massage recliners are the perfect item for treatment of tired legs and backs. They come with a variety of massage types and many different reclining positions.  Your legs are cared for too as they include mechanisms to massage your feet, calves, and upper leg.  Typically, they are operated manually but sometimes offer pre-programmed massages for specific parts of your body.
Sofa Recliners
Not to be left out, many sofas are manufactured with reclining mechanisms of their own, giving your family or guests ultimate comfort in any occasion. Reclining sofas have backs that recline in at least two places and have a footrest which comes up as the back reclines. These can come in a variety of sizes and styles, giving them the ability to fit any kind of décor.

Whether it’s after a long day’s work or enjoying a good movie, visit your local Royal Heritage Furnishings Retailer and shop their immense selection of reclining furniture from the Royal Heritage Home Furnishings Collection and give yourself the ultimate in relaxation!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The questions that matter when shopping for furniture

questions“Should I go with fabric?…..What color do I need?….. will this even fit?….what style do I need?…… do I have enough money?!!”………

We’ve  all been there before. Planning on buying a new piece of furniture can be a very stressful time, especially when there are so many factors to take into consideration. Take your time and don’t make a hurried decision, this will save you from detesting your furniture for years to come. In order to help you find the right piece of furniture, we have assembled a list of factors you need to take into consideration before you go shopping. Each recommendation will help you find that perfect item you will treasure for years.

  • Measurements: You want to bring your furniture in your house, right?. Many people find the perfect piece, buy it, get it home and oops it doesn’t fit through the door. Keep in mind that some sofas are simply too big to bring into your home. In order to get the piece into the room, it has to first fit through the door. Measure all your furniture pieces already in the home. This will give you a solid base of measurements to look for in a piece of furniture.  This will save you the stress on the way home about whether it will fit through the door.
  • Space is key: How much space do you have to work with? This is the first question you need to ask yourself. It’s simple…regardless of what you want, if you don’t have the space, then don’t even consider it!  The shape and size of your room will help you determine what to look for. For instance, if you’re looking for a living room sectional and don’t have a lot of room to work with, consider a loveseat over a sofa.
  • Budget: It’s simple. Don’t buy what you can’t afford. Always plan around your budget. You shouldn’t burden yourself with the added stress that accompanies paying off home décor you can’t afford. Quality furniture costs more, but will last longer. Cheap furniture, while easy on the budget, doesn’t last long and you may find yourself buying furniture again in several years. Determine how long you want your home décor to last and shop for items that fit that time range, and most importantly your budget.
  • What’s your lifestyle: What is your life like? Is it just you or are you a part of a large family? Will the piece you buy often have smaller children on it? Your lifestyle determines what type of piece you should buy. If you entertain guests regularly, consider a sturdy, comfortable couch. Buy pieces of furniture that will flow with your lifestyle and won’t leave you pulling your hair out every time you have guests over.

When following these steps for purchasing a piece of furniture, visit your local PMD Furniture Direct ™ franchisee and shop their enormous selection of high quality furniture from the Royal Heritage Home Furnishings Collection and leave in peace, knowing you got that perfect piece!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Contemporary vs. Contemporary

S7350Are you in style? Does your home have a look that would be considered cool by today’s standards? If so, then your home probably has a contemporary or modern look to it. But what does “contemporary” really mean?

Many times people classify contemporary as a distinct style that doesn’t encompass other design styles. Commonly, and un-knowingly, they think furniture considered contemporary is something they are most likely to find in an upscale art gallery in New York city. What they fail to realize is that the word contemporary simply means “of the present time,” and this can encompass a broad range of designs.

“Artsy” furniture, the most common label for contemporary furniture, is likely to be found in urban locations and lofts. This furniture often has flare and is extremely simple. Furniture pieces in this category are not always adorned with straight lines, but typically showcase curved lines to give them a unique look and shape. Leather and microfibers are usually the upholstery of choice in this case.

If you are looking to stay within the contemporary style but want more of a straight lined look, then look for pieces that are of Danish or Scandinavian design. Contemporary Scandinavian designers often use straight lines in their designs and leave their pieces unadorned and crafted of walnut and teak. Sometimes their pieces will have gentle curves, but these will not be at a premium.

Finally, minimalist styled furniture takes the contemporary look to the extreme and is known for its use of straight lines. The Minimalist approach was inspired by Bauhaus design and puts emphasis on free space, functionality, and economical design. You won’t find a lot of furniture in a minimalistic room. Instead, you will find one of two pieces accompanied by a lot of space.

Whether its straight lined or curvy lines, minimalistic or urban, visit your local PMD Furniture Direct ™ franchisee and shop their massive selection of contemporary furniture from the Royal Heritage Home Furnishings Collection and give your home the modern style you are looking for!