It is often to the customer’s benefit to purchase large items such as furniture from a brick and mortar business (in-store) and not online.

The tug of war between online sales and in-store shopping continues. But, to the surprise of many, in-store shopping is holding its own despite the convenience features now available in a variety of online platforms. This is especially true in the furniture business.

Why do we say that? A recent article on RetailDive.com, Why Most Shoppers Still Choose Brick-and-Mortar Stores Over E-commerce stated the following reasons people still prefer to purchase many things in a brick and mortar:

 

“The ability to see, touch and feel products as well as take items home immediately rank highest among the reasons consumers choose to shop in stores versus online…”

“One in five consumers cites easy returns as a key reason for shopping in stores versus online.”

To those reasons, add:

  • The customer does not have to assemble the item
  • The item is inspected for damage before customer takes delivery – not  after
  • Store handles warranty issues if items are damaged
  • The customer does not have to handle repacking and shipping a large item if that becomes necessary

 

Before you walk into our store and touch or sit on a piece of furniture, we have to unpack, inspect, and assemble. And if a piece is damaged, we contact the manufacturer, we pack and ship the item. These are things you don’t have to deal with.

When you walk through our doors we have performed due diligence to make sure the piece you purchase is ready to go home with you and make you happy. Like a puppy. And again, if there is a defect we missed, we call the company and we handle the warranty issues. Not you.

So yes. We get it. Sometimes, ordering online saves money. Or does it? It depends. How is your blood pressure? And what is your time worth?

 
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The matchey-matchey trend is old news.
The current trend is the mix-and-match approach, which focuses on unique style and personality.

Why is this so popular? Home decor is now about creating a look that displays personality as well as “things”.  “But,” you ask, “what if I don’t have that ‘style gene’ (air quotes). I don’t know how to put things together in a unique but stylish way? “

We understand and you are not alone. Most of us were NOT born with that home-decor-meets-Cher gene.

Good news! Cindy at Maupin’s Home Furniture has that gene and she’s a certified Home Guru. Plus, she is happy to help you create your own home decor style. Bring in a picture of the target room and watch her go to work.

Plus, Maupin’s continues to bring in pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a look for any room that perfectly says YOU!

 
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The industrial trend or industrial chic style in home decor probably got its start somewhere similar to the So Ho district in New York, NY – an area full of loft apartments transformed by factory-fashionable decor comprised of  tarnished metals, dark woods, exposed pipe, exposed brick, concrete and tall ceilings. It took hold in the late 2000’s and continues to be popular today,  This buzz in extreme trends has caught on in decorator hives worldwide sometime in the late 2000’s and continues strong today.  MHF has both furniture and accessories to complete the industrial look. Lamps. Shelves. Desks. One of our favorites is this pipe, metal, and large globe lamp. It is stunning in the living room, den, man cave, bedroom… you name it. Ultra versatile, it will give any room that industrial appeal.

The building blocks for the industrial look include a natural color palette such as a mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colors. These simple colors create a silent backdrop that allows for industrial pieces to do their stark but stunning dance, while creating a natural flow to the room.  Large open spaces and minimal barriers, exposed frames, and interior windows complement the effect.

 
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The chair and a half, by La Z Boy is the loveseat’s little brother. As one observer put it, if you sit facing forward, your feet on the ground – military tribunal style – this chair’s probably not for you. On the other hand, if you are a curler, who likes to wrap up, curl up, ball up, and settle in for a good, comfortable sit, this just might be the chair for you. The size is perfect for people and for rooms. For spaces that need a bit of a statement but not a full on reckoning.

Loveseat’s were ok. But the only people that didn’t avoid them were hormonal teenagers and children who liked the idea of being big enough to stretch out to the entire length of a couch some day. So we were “conflicted” about loveseats. It seems the Chair and a Half is loved or hated, embraced or shunned. But the curlers know. The people who site by wrapping around and under themselves and pillows. The people who settle in for a good chat. The long haul sitter loves the Chair and A Half…the loveseats little brother.

 
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Great question! And “Hi”! Welcome the Maupin’s Home Furniture blog. Let’s talk about trends. It seems, these days, everything runs in trend cycles. Right? Smart phones. Clothes. Cars. Friends. Home decor. You name it. But  the trend of living up to trends gets expensive. Who has the pocketbook or time to give their home a makeover in lock step with the latest trends? But have you ever met that person who can make something out of nothing? That person’s whose sense of style transcends trends? They don’t have to recreate the latest look because they have a sixth sense about how to work with what they already have and by adding the right touch here and the odd but right touch there they create a look that is unique, non-trendy, and unforgettable.

Home stylist Cindy Stagner has that touch. Bring your favorite Pinterest picture to Maupin’s and let Cindy help you create the room you dream about. All within your budget. Or, if budget isn’t the issue, but a sense of style is, let Cindy help you put together a look that says “come on in, take off your skin, rattle around in your bones.”

Trends and style are relative. Comfort and taste are classic elements that can be added to any room with the right pieces. If you need a little help finding your sense of flare, Cindy’s there and ready to help.

So trends come, trends go. What’s stays? A classic sense of style that can be re-interpreted to enhance your taste in home decor. Come to Maupin’s Home Furniture and let us help you put your home together.

 
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