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

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

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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Dorm Décor

We had to start living on our own somehow, and the dorm was it. I know what you’re thinking when you hear me say those words: terrible roommate, infinitesimal living quarters, communal bathroom, and possibly party central. I was fortunate to experience only the communal bathroom, which was not actually that bad (and had really good water pressure in the showers.)

It’s funny how places like that make you function. Mine was two things for me: a place to get some sleep (once and a great while, if I was lucky enough) and a refuge when school got too overwhelming. It was the place from which my adult existence stemmed, and where I feel I really started to learn about myself as a person. Quite importantly, I did not do this alone; my room came equipped with a wonderful roommate – Roomie #1, as I called her. She was one of the greatest parts of living in the dorms, and we ended up living together three out of four years in college.

Our decently sized room was a perfect starting place…for college, for adult life, and for our friendship. It had everything two freshmen needed, with an elevator right outside our door to the left, a laundry room to the right, dining hall downstairs (we could go in our pajamas!) and a bathroom just around the corner in the hallway. If you think about the mechanics of all of this, we subsisted together in just one room and, save a couple small disagreements, really loved our time there. Although we had a large room by comparison to many dorms, space was occasionally a little tight. Despite that, we decorated freely with posters on the walls and fairy lights hung around the large window.BV Laptop End Table Detail

We never worried about was our desks; they were provided for us. We had the option to buy a hutch for them, but my parents made me one instead for a fraction of the cost. However, even now as I work at a furniture company I realize not every school may provide their students with optimal furniture choices so they can work well. If you’re getting ready to make the move to a dorm or are planning on helping someone else, consider a Buena Vista Laptop End Table or the Wheaton Corner Desk that both fit perfectly and economically into small spaces. Even in dorms, “stuff” can accumulate very quickly: let our furniture help you out.

Wheaton Corner DeskYears later, I’m proud to say we decorated well in our dorm room. That was a formative year, and we did it right. I can’t believe so much time has passed from the day we first moved in – it was seven years ago, now – but decorating that space was the springboard for apartments to come. Check back soon for the second installment: transitioning from dorms to apartments!

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