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How To Ruin Your Living Room

The living room is the room in the house that no one wants to leave. You want it to have everything, from comfort to the latest gadgets. Finding Audio Video Installers that can implement an easy to use system would be ideal too. How you choose to decorate this space can determine the atmosphere of the room – most everyone wants their living room to be an inviting environment for friends and family to relax. Although no one wants to intentionally ruin their living room, the following list is a sure way to do it.

1) Buying uncomfortable furniture

Stylish but uncomfortable furniture
That sofa you saw in the store may look great, but is it actually comfortable? A good looking sofa is practically useless if you can’t sit comfortably in it. The easiest way to ruin your living room is to fill it with useless stuff. It’s important to create a comfortable environment that you can see yourself spending hours binge-watching your favorite TV show or playing a board game with the family.

What to do: Test out your furniture while you’re in the store before you make the purchase. Instead of just sitting on it, lay back and get comfortable to figure out whether or not you can see yourself spending countless hours on it comfortably.

2) Not choosing a focal point

Choosing Focal Point in living room
This is a common mistake made by many when decorating their living room. Not setting a focal point in your room can create an unorganized and cluttered feel.

What to do: Choose a focal point such as the fireplace or TV to arrange your furniture around.

3) Trying to match every detail

This can be tricky since it’s naturally tempting to want to create flow and harmony in your space. However, matching every single color and pattern tends to make a room appear flat. Unless you particularly want your living room to look like a hotel room, mixing and matching styles is a great way to create contrast.

What to do: Incorporate contrasting colors and patterns into your living room decor to create a more dimensional look.

4) Using too many throw pillows

Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are a great way to add an accent color to a couch or loveseat, but adding too many can make your sofa feel cluttered. Not to mention the pain of having to awkwardly ask your guests to move the pillows every time they sit down.

What to do: Limit your use of throw pillows or purchase pillows that you are okay with people sitting on.

5) Pushing furniture against the walls

Furniture Against Wall
Although it can be tempting to arrange your furniture against the wall to create an extra room, doing this can make a small room appear even smaller. Arranging your furniture closer together towards the middle of the room invites your guests to converse with one another.

What to do: “Float” your furniture away from the walls to create space in your living room.

6) Not properly caring for your furniture

Not taking care of your furniture can quickly lead to the downfall of your once beautiful living room. When properly taken care of, furniture can last much longer which eliminates the need of having to replace it as frequently.

What to do: Check out our last blog post for tips on how to properly care for your furniture to make it last longer.

7) Buying furniture that doesn’t fit

Furniture that fits

It’s easy to underestimate the size of furniture when you’re in a large showroom and buy something that’s way too big for your own home.

What to do: Use our Room Planner to enter your room dimensions and find out exactly how furniture would fit into your living room before you take it home.

8) Trying to float rugs

Floating rugUsing a rug in the middle of your living room with no furniture resting on it can cause the room to appear disproportional.

What to do: Measure your room and buy a rug large enough that all of the front feet of your furniture will be resting on top of it. If you are still struggling to decide on what rug to get, then it might be a good idea to check out something like Bazaar Velvet to give you a bit more inspiration on the type of rug you should get for your room.

9) Leaving clutter out in the open

This is a surefire way to make a perfectly good living room feel unorganized and messy.

What to do: Buy furniture that have storage options such as a storage ottoman or coffee table to quickly get rid of your living room clutter.

10) Not having proper lighting


Lighting is an easy way to set the ambiance in your living room. Not having enough lighting can make a room dark and uninviting. Considering you can buy floor lamps here, for example, there shouldn’t be any excuses when it comes to investing in proper lighting for the home.

What to do: Properly use the 3 types of lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the overhead lighting that provides illumination to the entire room. Task lighting directs light to specific areas, such as lamps. Accent lighting provides drama and contrast in your room. If you wanted to keep the cost of these lights down, it might be a good idea to consider changing home energy providers. I hear Money Expert has a fantastic price comparison service worth checking out.

Ready to tackle your own living room? Check out the living room section on our website or our Pinterest board for inspiration.

We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.

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Recliners and More – 8 Unique Reasons to Love La Z Boy

La Z Boy has been a household brand in America for almost a century. The brand is known for its recliners and people often visit La Z Boy first when they’re looking for the best recliners for their home. However, La Z Boy offers more than people think. Here’s a glimpse of the reasons we love La Z Boy Furniture and think you should too:


1) Hundreds of customization options.

La Z Boy Custom Sofa and Love SeatYou’ll never have to worry about finding the right look to fit in your space. La Z Boy offers over 900 types of fabrics and leathers that fit your unique style and family’s specific needs. Even if you’re not a design expert, our furniture specialists can help you pick the right fabric to match your room.


2) Unique features.

La Z Boy Leather Recliners and Reclining SofaIn addition, La Z Boy products offer several patented features that you won’t find anywhere else. The 16 click mechanism allows for 16 individual reclining positions — more than any other motion furniture brand. The Reclina-Rocker® recliners also offer the ability to recline while you rock, which is unique to La Z Boy.


3) Made in the USA.

La Z Boy Recliners Being Manufactured in the USLa Z Boy is one of the few American furniture brands that decided to remain on local soil during the recession. The company has five manufacturing plants across the USA that employ thousands of people to ensure top quality products. Because of this, getting repairs and replacement parts for your La Z Boy furniture is much quicker and easier than with many other brands that rely on foreign manufacturing.


4) Trustworthy brand.

1969 Photo of La Z Boy Reclining Love SeatLa Z Boy recently celebrated their 90 year anniversary. The brand invented the first mechanical rocking chair in 1928 by creating a chair that had the same features as the recliners they make today. Since then, the brand has continuously improved the features that they offer by innovative updates that build off of the original characteristics that they are known for.


5) More than recliners.

La Z boy is a brand that most people know for the quality of their recliners. What many don’t know is that they offer a full range of living room furniture. Inside the La Z Boy Comfort Studio at Great American Home Store, you can try out dozens of couches, love seats, and sleeper sofas. Each one features the special qualities that generations of families have loved about La Z Boy, all available with a plethora of options. The Great American Home Store is proud to serve the mid-south as the largest authorized La Z Boy dealer in the area.


6) Quality you can count on.

La Z Boy Laurel Sofa and Chair in Living Room SettingThese days it’s rare to find a company that will stand behind their product for life. La Z Boy offers a lifetime warranty to cover your product. All fabrics are tested for durability, giving you peace of mind that your product will withstand everyday wear and tear.


7) Let the kids and pets on the sofa.

La Z Boy Stain Resistant Fabric is Pet and Kid FriendlyWith La Z Boy’s iClean Technology, stains are a thing of the past. Spills and messes can be easily removed with water and a cloth or towel. Their website offers specific pattern properties and cleaning tips for care after purchase. So go ahead go for that chic white sofa look that you’ve been wanting!


8) Not just your dad’s favorite recliner.

Although they are a go to for comfortable recliners, they also provide stylish options for all tastes. From traditional to bold and modern, anyone can find their ideal look without sacrificing comfort.

Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration:

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Rachael Ray Home: The Upholstered Pieces

Hello again, Rachael Ray fans! This is the third post in our new four-part preview series. Are you a big interior designer fan? Are you always browsing Easy Home Concepts for the best sleeper ottoman that would add some flair to your room? Well, if you’re missing a centerpiece then get ready for the cozy comfort of upholstered sofas, sectionals, benches, chairs and more!


So many of us have loved watching Rachael Ray over the years on Food Network shows like 30 Minute Meals, $40 a Day, Tasty Travels, Inside Dish, and more. She has her own daytime talk show, cookware line, magazine, pet food company, cookbooks… the list goes on. But now, Rachael can add “furniture designer” to her lengthy resume.


There’s a feeling that happens when family and friends gather around a table to share a meal and conversation, and Rachael Ray Home brings this warmth and joy to every room.


Her line is divided into 3 collections: Upstate, Soho, and Highline – and since there were so many upholstered items in each, we separated and compiled them into this post.


Rachael Ray Home is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Most of the upholstered pieces aren’t available to purchase online just yet, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to purchase or order. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! This line is so large, we just weren’t able to carry everything in-stock.)


We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in these lines, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!


Click below to get a FREE copy of our Rachael Ray Home e-catalog! It features 206 pages of gorgeous room shots and furniture photos – plus, the items are clickable for shopping info.













































Let us know in the comments which pieces you’re most interested in! Once each post is published, the rest of the series will be linked below:

Rachael Ray Home Preview Series:

Upstate Collection
Highline Collection
Soho Collection
Upholstered Pieces (you are here)

You can also check out our Rachael Ray Pinterest board to browse some of the room shots:


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Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines: A Sneak Peek

We’re so excited to announce that The Great American Home Store was chosen to be the Mid-South retailer of Magnolia Home Furnishings (which is the furniture line created by Joanna Gaines). Soon we’ll be able to incorporate Joanna’s enviable style into our homes – even though we don’t live anywhere near Waco, TX. 👍

We’ll be creating separate posts about each style collection in the coming weeks. Intrigued?! Read on to learn more!

Magnolia Home Room View

All of us here at GAHS have been preparing for this launch for many months, so we couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s almost time to debut it. We’ve even expanded our showroom floor space to give this line the display it deserves.

Click below to get a FREE copy of our exclusive Magnolia Home e-catalog! It features 101 pages of gorgeous room shots, and each item is clickable for shopping info. 

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UPDATE 7/26/16: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Everything we’re carrying at our stores is also available to be purchased ONLINE and can be delivered within a 200-mile radius of us. If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! We just weren’t able to carry everything in stock because this line is so large.)

Magnolia Home Living Room

Since we’re getting close to the release day this Spring, we thought we’d start a series to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the Magnolia Home pieces. We’ll dedicate a post to each group of items, so make sure to keep checking back.

To kick off this series, we’re going to give you a basic rundown of the different collections and inspiration behind the line. It’s surprisingly diverse style-wise, so you’re sure to find something you love!

Magnolia Home Collections

The line is divided into specific genres: Industrial, Primitive, French Inspired, Traditional, Boho, and Farmhouse. Upholstered living room furniture, accessories, and elements are also included.

Magnolia Home Color Palette

Magnolia Home’s color palette is mostly neutral and cool-toned, true to Joanna’s style. It’s refreshing yet calming to come home to.

Magnolia Home Finishes

Many of the pieces are inspired by Joanna’s antiquing finds, so you can get the same look without the frustration of the hunt. Everything is crafted to add charm and character to your home.

Magnolia Home Dining

Home is the most important place. My passion is to help people create beautiful and meaningful spaces in their home…This isn’t about designing furniture, this is about creating timeless pieces that help tell your home story. 

– Joanna Gaines on the Magnolia Home project

Magnolia Home Bedroom

Which collection are YOU most excited for? Let us know in the comments! Also remember to keep tabs on our future posts, where we’ll be taking an even closer look at this line’s individual collections. You can sign up below to receive an email when we post something new. In the meantime, our Magnolia Home Pinterest board features lots of the room settings for you to browse and re-pin.


Magnolia Home Preview Series:
Overall Sneak Peek
Upholstered Living Room
Elements & Accessories: Part One
Elements & Accessories: Part Two

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Game Day Essentials

In the immortal words of Don Henley, the boys of summer have gone. It’s FOOTBALL SEASON.

football-1583642_1280You might not get to tailgate with friends, but you can always find a comfy chair and prop your feet up (while munching on some delicious game-worthy snacks). Here are some Game Day ideas to help make your watch party a personal victory:

65_GP1) Rearrange the layout as necessary

A watch party is a very specific kind of get-together, so temporarily rearranging the furniture may be in order. Try moving all the seating to face the TV without obstructions. Remember that your guests will need to set down their drinks and plates, so we recommend strategically-placed accent tables in addition to the coffee table.

7NZ47-23286C_RECLINER_MODEL_V232) Put out Multiple TVs

If you have TVs in other parts of the house, such as your bedroom, move them to the common areas for the party. No one will worry about heading to the kitchen for second helpings if there’s a TV on the counter!

DeathtoStock_Creative Community103) Decorate with team colors

Set the tone of the day! Sure, you could just wear the team colors – but why not incorporate them into your living room? Start by adding wall art of your team’s logo and scatter some assorted team merchandise on shelves or accent tables. Most online spirit shops carry home decor items such as throw pillows and blankets, and this is another great way to pepper team loyalty into your space.

KR4d_Easton_LB126885_2034) Feed the masses

Finger foods make for good snacks – especially chips and dip. There are so many homemade treats you could whip up (Pinterest is chock full of them), or you can cheat a little and order takeout from a local hot wing/pizza restaurant. We also recommend raiding the grocery store’s frozen appetizer section for snacks like Bagel Bites and pigs-in-a-blanket. You can somewhat offset the unhealthier options with a raw vegetable plate and low-fat ranch dip.

Then try to find party plates and cups in your team colors to stick with your theme. It’ll be like tailgating in the comfort of your home.

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One of our ultimate favorite party recipes is Baked Potato Dip – trust us, it’s DELICIOUS and easy to make!Loaded Baked Potato Dip Recipe5) Prevent messes

Make sure to put plastic team-colored tablecloths over your wooden tables to protect them from spills (and folks who aren’t apt to use a coaster ?). You can also purchase an inexpensive slipcover for your sofa, or just cover it in washable throw blankets to easily clean up crumbs and debris.

If you’re concerned about your carpets, keep a small Rug Doctor or foaming cleaner close by to tackle potential stains right away.

KR3cc_Tyler_E134174_sports_m2736) Seize the opportunity for an upgrade

The best part about watching the game from home is not having to sit on hard stadium seating, but it’s not much of an improvement if your recliner is worn out. But at least we’ll have our Promotional Stadium Cups in our hands full of beer!A good brand to look at for an upgrade is La-Z-Boy. The Great American Home Store houses a La-Z-Boy Custom Design Studio, so you can not only test out which chair is right for you and your comfort level but also choose from lots of fabric/leather options. Our other favorite recliners are by Flexsteel, Franklin, Washington, and Best Home Furnishings. If you’d rather go for a lift chair, try Catnapper and UltraComfort. Any of these would be a good choice for your next “easy chair” so you can watch the game in comfort.

You may even want to prepare for unexpected overnight guests with a sleeper sofa or new mattress in the guest room. If you’re having lots of guests over for the night, you’ll need to think about where they’ll sleep a few weeks in advance. Check out a website like Modern Digs Furniture if you need to buy some new furniture.

S856CP4_EDITORIAL_37) Provide for the non-fans

Not everyone loves football, so you may want to carve out a space for guests who’d like to avoid anything sports-related. They could sit at the dining room table to chat, or maybe watch a movie in a spare room. This would also be great for kids if they were brought along for the festivities.


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Custom Design Bassett Furniture


GAHSBlog_CustomBassett3At Great American Home Store we are excited to be the exclusive dealer for Bassett Furniture in the Mid South area! With this exciting addition to our product line we can now offer a unique design option for your home… customized sofas. With every detail from fabric choices, arm styles and leg options you can choose everything to match your home’s current or new decor!

There are custom steps to follow to design you dream sofa, and during this blog I am going to discuss each one in depth. You are always welcome to come into our store and speak to a salesperson as well. They will be happy to show you our gorgeous Custom Design Gallery so you can see and feel all the options in person.


The first step in designing your new sofa is to pick out your length. Bassett offers 4 versions, varying from a smaller 77″ to an extra large 95″ and whichever one fits your space is available. Take length and depth measurements of your space, write them down and decide which size best suits your needs. The specifics are listed below:

Loft || Total Length: 77″-81″ – Total Depth: 39″ – Arm Height: 26″
Townhouse ||  Total Length: 84″-88″ – Total Depth: 37″ – Arm height: 27″
Manor || Total Length: 82″-92″ – Total Depth: 38′ – Arm height: 28″
Estate || Total Length: 87″-95″ – Total Depth: 41″ – Arm height: 28″



The next choice you have with your custom sofa is the arm style. Bassett offers 5 different styles that range from traditional to a more modern look. With each arm style there will be a corresponding cushion; either T-cushion or a straight cushion (with a full front arm). The  simplicity and clean lines of the Sock style mean it leans in a more contemporary direction, while the Pleated is much like the sock arm but has pleats on the front. It works quite well in this more traditional living room, but is very versatile and fits just as comfortably in a contemporary setting.

RenderImageThe track arm style (like in the example image) is for you if you like a more contemporary look; it’s rarely used with a T-cushion, because most people think the straight cushion goes better with a contemporary design.

Note: Although each of the arm styles here tends to lean in a direction that’s characteristic of a period or look, there are no hard and fast rules. As usual in interior design, the main thing is what you like the best.


Next is to choose your base. There are 5 different types of bases that come in a variety of finishes. From every color wood you can match to Antique Brass or Nickel accents. There is unlimited amounts of custom options to make your sofa your own, and a salesperson at The Great American Home Store is always available to help you decide.

GAHSBlog_BackOptionsAfter you choose your size, fabric, arm and style leg- next is to choose your back style! Each of these 3 styles, Boxed, Knife and Bed Pillow all come with the option of semi-attached and loose fit. If you have children or pets around your home, it might be a good idea to get the loose fit for easier maintenance.

Once you design the sofa the way you want, you have the color options to choose from. With over 1,000 fabrics this is where it can become tricky if you are not familiar with the many variations with fabric… Which is why we carry a sample of each and every Bassett fabric option for you to be able to touch and feel. No guess work involved!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using Bassett’s Custom Upholstery Program, along with our talented sales staff to help you with the process.

Be sure to stop by our Basset Gallery and watch each upholstery piece that you build unfold before your eyes at our online station.