Inner Tech: Me and My Aero

CaptureYou know how a melody gets stuck in your head? Well, as I started to organize the components of my new media center I kept singing “Wherever we go, everyone knows- It’s me and my arrow.” It had been years since I heard this song from the fable “The Point” by American songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson about a boy named Oblio. He was the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything must have a point.

Having grown up with this animated movie with Ringo Starr narrating the Father’s voice, I was reminded of my early years of being a geek and not fitting in with the 70’s movement.  It wasn’t until 1977 with the release of “Star Wars” that I finally felt at home with my surround sound system, characterized by a sweet spot where the audio effects work best.  Yes, this was the moment in time that I heard the voice of my inner tech and knew from that point on everything in my life had to nourish my technical sensibilities.

Today I am still every bit the geek that I was back then, but now geeks are cool. As a seasoned marketing specialist, I get plenty of technical challenges every day and work in a world filled with resolving issues with the IT department. So I’ve decided to create a media oasis in my home where I can work remotely, as well as enjoy the pleasures of Netflix, iTunes and Hulu.

Aero-BLK-16_brandedI was happy to discover a sleek design and roomy work surface with the Bush Furniture Aero Collection Sofa Table/Writing Desk in classic black as the foundation of my home office. Its durable gray tinted-glass top fits my tech décor with a spacious bottom shelf that can store more. The desk provides the perfect amount of space for work, and its small footprint allows flexibility if I want to rearrange.  The rounded quarter-turned legs are strikingly stylish and match the design of the Aero Collection’s most brilliant contribution to home entertainment – the Aero TV Stand.

First and foremost, it’s the perfect size for my 60-inch flat screen TV. The top open compartment offers functional space for my Apple TV and sound bar, plus the side cabinets have adjustable shelves for my numerous vintage gaming systems. Some things, like the Nintendo 64, are just too good to ever let go. The tinted glass doors keep everything out of sight and the wire management zip-ties neatly align my cables and keep the controllers organized.

I completed my media wall by adding a 2-Door Media Library Storage cabinet to the left to store my DVD’s and games, with a matching cabinet on the right to store my CD music collection. The Coffee Table fits just right in front of my well-worn sofa and provides a seamless style throughout. It’s my favorite place for work and play.

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This is a great solution for today’s generation of young, social, tech-savvy individuals. Sure, there have been surveys and studies and focus groups conducted on trying to understand their needs and desires, but this is what they truly want.  As I kick back with my new Aero Collection media center and home office from Bush Furniture, I figure once a geek always a geek. It’s time to turn off the lights, turn up the sound and watch “The Point,” which I found on Google and streamed directly to my TV. Oh, the joys of technology – “Me and my Aero.”

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Inner Tech: Me and My Aero

Black and White

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Ansel Adams is one of the great photography masters, known for his iconic black and white images of the American West.  Let’s follow this lead and consider how we might apply his visual insights to my modern day apartment and office design. In an attempt to bring a sense of sophistication and refined elegance, I selected his black and white color palette because it seemed easy to work with and offered plenty of advantages with my limited budget.

One of the most important things Ansel Adams left with us was his principle of pre-visualization. The obvious contrast between the two colors helps highlight specific architectural features and decor additions with ease. While other color schemes come and go with changing seasons and interior design trends, black and white offers a safe alternative that stays relevant even decades down the line.

Using Ansel’s pre-visualization method in approaching my living room design, I immediately visualized how I could work with the New York Skyline Collection by Kathy Ireland as the core to my black and white palette. This is a complete line of Ready-to-Assemble living and office furniture that delivers fashion, quality, value and safety while fulfilling the needs of working people like me.

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To make a statement,  I selected the Plumeria White painted wood finish Bow Front Desk with the combination Credenza TV stand to establish my living room office. The desk features a gleaming (and reversible) frosted glass desktop, plus plenty of filing space with drawers for office supplies. The matching Credenza TV stand accommodates my 60” flat panel TV, plus it comes with a StabiliBar TV safety brace to keep my TV firmly in place.

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Then, I chose the New York Skyline Collection 16-Cube Bookcase Room Divider in Modern Mocha to quietly begin dividing my apartment into both living and working zones, without obstructing the room’ spaciousness. When I added the NYS Three Table set to finish off my sofa area, it all started to come together in a harmonizing contrast of black and white.

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While black anchors the living room section of the apartment, I’ve highlighted the prominent architectural elements; the white office furniture lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop. By adding Ansel Adam’s polarizing filter, I was able to see why painting a blue sky with clouds ceiling mural could add more saturated color and create a dark and contrasting sky with my evening lighting, versus the sunlit room that evolves naturally during the day.

Even if you decide you don’t want to master a full-blown minimal style, starting off with a black and white color palette is absolutely perfect for a few cornerstone furniture pieces to begin your decorating. Once you uncover what you need or want to improve upon, these two hues will help keep you focused on your true artistic expressions.

Check back next month when we explore Minimalist Décor Accented with Colors of the Season.

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Long, Golden Rays of Summer Days

day lilyOnce again, the end of August is upon us. I recently wrote a blog about going back to school, and I can’t believe it’s that time again. If you’ve been around the area this summer at all, I hope you’ve been taking advantage of the many fun things the western New York region has to offer! We have wineries, trails, festivals, concerts, other shows, and two lakes where people can boat or simply enjoy being by the water. I grew up in Chautauqua County and fondly remember chasing hot air balloons around with my parents and sister on hot evenings; summer is a beautiful time of year in this part of the state. (Check out the Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureau website for more information about what to do in the region!)

In conjunction with copious things to do, places to go, and people to see, this region is home to Chautauqua Institution. After nine weeks of intensive programming, lectures, and religious dialogue, everything will conclude this coming Sunday night with the Chautauqua’s IMG_4597President’s traditional speech, and then the customary three taps of the gavel. Despite everything to look forward to this fall, including apple cider, sweater weather, changing leaves, and spending time with family/friends, it can be difficult to leave places like Chautauqua or abandon the summer activities you’ve enjoyed during these warm months.

On behalf of everyone at Bush, we wish you good days as you conclude your summer and drift toward autumn. As an integral part of the community and Jamestown’s fascinating furniture legacy, Bush Industries is proud to be located here in the western New York region year-round. As the season changes, we hope you consider us for your back-to-school and autumn decoration ideas. For now, enjoy the remaining lazy, hazy, crazy days, and know that next year’s warm breezes are never too far away. On behalf of the team here at Bush, we hope you’ve been having a very good summer!

Long, Golden Rays of Summer Days

No More Apartment Apathy!

Recently, we wrote a post about decorating your college dorm, and how formative that part of life is throughout your college career. If living in a dorm is a coming of age moment, shutterstock_76358908however, I would argue that transitioning from that dorm into your first apartment is even more of a foray into adult life than living in the dorms is.

In the dorms, there are still some things that are closely regulated by your RA…like when quiet hours occur, whether or not you can have candles or even Christmas lights in your room, and being reprimanded for boiling water on your small coffee maker because you aren’t allowed a hot plate. Apartments, at least in my experience, are a completely different story. Without as many rules and regulations, college students are thrust into a brave, new, exciting, and simultaneously scary way of life. When I signed my first lease, I was barely nineteen and very nervous to be signing my life away/ensuring I could pay rent for the coming year. However, it worked out and suddenly I had two beautiful roommates, a large room, new bed, and a whole lot of decorating to do!

shutterstock_270871793Even as an apartment newbie, I desperately wanted my apartment to look good. This was in contrast to some of my peers, who often had a general sense of apathy about what their living spaces looked like. Maybe their philosophy was that they wouldn’t be living there for that long, it took too much time to put some effort into decorating (even cleaning, in some instances), or maybe they just weren’t into posters. shutterstock_287373770While first apartments often contain a lot of mismatched plates, secondhand couches, and artwork displaying celebrities in your favorite movies, whatever you add I think it’s important to put some effort in and make the new space your own. Don’t forget your favorite chachkies!

Here at Bush Furniture, we’d like to help you design and enjoy your first apartment. Maybe you’d like your apartment to be a warm, inviting atmosphere with a modern flair. If you need some extra storage space in any room or are running low on closets, check out the Buena Vista 2-Door Tall Storage Unit. You can store your towels, put off-season clothes away, or keep books and papers inside that you hope to keep out of sight:BV 2-Door Tall StorageFor a home ambiance with traditional appeal, try the Cabot L-Desk and Hutch that will help you establish a place to get your work done and organize all your files.

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Finally, if you have a more contemporary style and are planning to set up a home office in your apartment, the Aero Writing Desk puts a sleek aesthetic face to hard work. It can also double as a convenient surface for you and your roommates to put the mail or set things down when you first get home.

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A little effort can go a long way in making your first apartment feel homey and comfortable, whether you’re studying alone or have friends that come to hang out. If this blog leaves you feeling inspired, check out our Pinterest Board for some more ideas about first apartment organization! Do you have any decorating tips of your own? Share with us in the comments section below!

No More Apartment Apathy!

Go Back to School with Bush Furniture

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This has been a beautiful summer thus far in Western New York! With lots of sunny days and comfortable temperatures, everyone has been able to enjoy their time with friends and family to the fullest extent. As these days slip gracefully into fall, however, it will be time to think about going back to school. Stores are already thrilled about pushing their back-to-school discounts, and children are getting excited about their new school supply lists.

When I was young, these lists were often printed and sent to office supply stores around the area so we would know what our teachers wanted us to buy. Despite how much I loved summer, I remained consistently excited about purchasing my own new school things. In particular, I loved getting pretty colored folders and notebooks that I hoped would hold up throughout the year.  shutterstock_163556519

Most importantly, aside from the cursory notebooks, pens, and pencils, children need a comfortable place to do their work at home. Establishing consistency in a designated “homework spot” helps get them into a routine and be diligent about completing their work, even from an early age. Without having to shift papers and projects off the dining room table when it comes time to eat,  (Stay tuned for a further blog about good study habits!)

We know you value your child’s education, and we hope your children value it, too. Let Bush Furniture assist you by giving your kids a dependable workspace. With a wide range of desks for any space size and home décor, you are sure to find one to suit your family’s needs at reasonable prices. The Salinas Desk and Hutch are a perfect starter set for your den or office area:

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For small spaces and a clean look, try the Buena Vista Writing Desk:

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Finally, the Alamosa Ladder Desk gives your child a conventional and
fun space to do their homework:

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We know this is a time of mixed emotions…thrill at returning to school to see friends, sadness and nostalgia over summer’s conclusion, and some potential relief on parents’ parts. No matter what you’re feeling, establishing that sense of consistency will help keep you grounded. Make a Bush Furniture desk part of your back-to-school shopping, and study hard!

Go Back to School with Bush Furniture

What Happened in Vegas…?

…From our perspective, a lot. And, for once, we’d like to tell you about it!

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T~1217908he Las Vegas World Market occurs twice a year, in January and August. This trade show is a prime opportunity for Bush Furniture to showcase its products, facilitate company growth, and gauge what direction to take regarding sales and new products going forward. This is an exciting time for our staff as we have face-to-face conversations with dealers and customers about our products and get to interact on such an immediate basis.

This year, our showroom moved to a new location! Our crew worked very hard to prepare our beautiful new and slightly smaller space when they arrived in Las Vegas in late July. Connie Marucci, a Bush E-Commerce Account Manager, stated, “The new showroom was certainly received well by all. The smaller footprint allowed us to focus on the new products and concepts, with less footsteps giving us more time to discuss and develop growth opportunities.” Mark Weppner, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Design, and Engineering was also very impressed with how the new showroom came together and was optimistic about how it would effect Bush Furniture’s show presence going forward.

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One of the most fun parts of our show is showcasing several of our new product collections!

The Broadview Collection combines pieces for living spaces and home offices
in one inviting, comfortable collection.

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In an old-world style with endless charm and function, the
Yorktown Collection is the perfect choice for a new home workspace.

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With an Arts and Crafts influence, the Prairie Collection captures the Midwestern openness and attitude with convenient storage and ample work surface options.

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Ironworks is uniquely defined by iron legs and a wood-worn look.

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Although the Las Vegas World Market Show is primarily where we showcase our home furniture products, this year we were so excited about some new Bush Business Furniture items we just had to bring them along! Our new line, Series C Elite, is highly functional and can be configured for a variety of office spaces depending on the user’s specific needs. Further, we’ve designed Height Adjustable Tables for an even more comfortable and ergonomic work experience. You can shop both of these collections and so much more at Bush Business Furniture’s website.

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Congratulations to this year’s Apple Gift Card winner! Jim Solomon participated in our contest this Market and was awarded $600 towards an Apple Watch or other Apple product of choice. Jim’s company, Solomon Furniture, is an existing Bush customer, and we are very pleased to announce him as our winner!

Thank you for stopping by this virtual excerpt of our new showroom debut at the Las Vegas World Market. Hope to see you at the next show!

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What Happened in Vegas…?

Summer Sales

shutterstock_110827829The summer sun is beating down, and that means it’s prime time for garage sales! If you grew up in a small town like me, you inevitably see large, enthusiastic signs on the weekends to advertise these events: “Garage Sale: Newland Ave., Sat-Sun,” “YARD SALE HERE TODAY,” or even the simple approach of “SALE.” There is great ambiguity surrounding the terms used to describe these sales, which my sibling never fails to mention: “But WHY is it a yard sale if it’s indoors?!,” or, “Don’t they know it’s in their garage and not the house itself?!” Nevertheless, these events are a summer staple for people who love discovering diamonds in the rough.

Once you finally get to this sale, whatever it’s called, there’s the question of what you may or may not buy. Maybe you’re one of those people who is exceptionally good at scoping the shutterstock_54125911sale out to find small gems, valuable antiques, or exactly what you hoped to give your mother-in-law as a gift. Maybe you’re not, and you’re lucky to come away with a decent wooden cigar box once and awhile. This hunting about is, from where I’m shopping, a cultivated art form; it takes time to learn what’s worth buying.

At Bush, we won’t make you pick through a whole slew of things to find what you’re really wanting. Instead, take a look at some of the things we have marked down this summer so you can outfit your living room or home office without rummaging at a neighborhood sale.

The Kathy Ireland Grand Expressions Collection features a number of beautiful home accent pieces, all of which are currently for sale at discounted prices. The pictured end tables and coffee table below come in a set and are just one of the many ways you can create convenient surfaces in your home.Grand Expressions Three Tables

Additionally, perhaps you are looking to create or revamp your home office this summer, but space is a little tight. Try one of our small desks with technology integration, so you can work comfortably and hide computer wires or phone chargers at the same time.

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Maybe if you’ve been visiting all those garage sales, you need some help getting your new belongings organized. Our Kathy Ireland collapsible storage bins are a stylish and practical addition to any home office.KI storage bin_2

We hope you take advantage of these summer clearance items here at Bush! Also, if you still choose to shop around your neighborhood this summer for some great garage sale deals, let us know how it goes in the comments section below. Happy shopping!

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