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How We Find a Happy Home for Your Old Furniture

Where does old furniture go when its owners no longer need it?

Every year, thousands of Coloradans treat themselves to wonderful new furnishings– king-sized beds, ornate dressers, and beautiful dining tables. And their old items have to  go somewhere, right?

Depressingly, all too often that “somewhere” is the local dumpster. But don’t worry; we’ve found a much happier solution for all your surplus goods. In fact, the question of what happens to unwanted used furniture when people buy new products from HW Home is something that our team members have thought long and hard about from the beginning.

After all, when we deliver an item to a home – especially a bulky item – there’s almost always an older version already sitting there needing to be cleared out. In an age beset by so much consumer waste, the HW Home team recognizes the importance of acting as a responsible custodian for the sofas, chairs, dining tables, beds, and dressers that our customers no longer need.

Besides, our customers have awesome taste. (We know; we would say that.) But it’s true: A lot of the older items that our new products replace are great looking, high quality pieces of furniture. More to the point, they’re generally still fully functional.

nightstands HW Home

Think about it: if a couple decide on a bedroom style makeover after seven or so years, their “old” furniture is hardly going to be falling apart. And it strikes us as a terrible idea to just let such good stuff go to waste.

That’s why HW Home works in partnership with the Provider’s Resource Clearinghouse (PRC), a non-profit organization that collects and distributes new and refurbished furniture to help Colorado families in crisis.

Since the inception of their foundation 20-plus years ago, PRC has diverted more than 75 tons of materials from landfills. They have refurbished and redistributed goods worth more than $22 million to 1,200+ community agencies and countless families throughout the Denver Metro Area. In 2015-2016 alone, they distributed over $1 million worth of goods to hundreds of low-income families.

We love their core concept of “social recycling” – making sure that items no longer needed by the original owners are put to responsible use by another person or organization. Over two decades, PRC has saved hundreds of thousands of good, useful furniture items from a grisly landfill fate. We’re inspired by this organization’s commitment to our city and the environment – and are proud to help them continue their excellent work.

sectionals HW Home

And the good news is that you can help too! If you’re an HW Home customer, making a donation of your unwanted furniture is easy. Just let your HW Home Design Consultant  know that you have items to donate. (Please note, we respectfully request that only items that are gently used be donated. Any items that are torn, damaged, soiled, or unusable place undue financial burden on PRC.)

Next, fill out this form and either fax it to HW Home or give to your HW Home Design Consultant. Then, when your new furniture arrives, our delivery team will remove the items you have designated for donation. Simple!

Donating in this way means that your unwanted furniture gets a new lease on life and makes a difference for another family in your community. Remember that groundswell of happiness and pride you felt when that sofa/chair/dresser first arrived at your own home? Well, now someone else will get to enjoy that same experience all over again.

It really is a win-win situation. So the next time you buy a nice piece of furniture from HW Home, you’ll not only have the peace of mind of knowing your gently used furniture can be collected and taken awayyou’ll also know that it’s going to a very good home.

Las Vegas Market Recap 2016

Two weeks ago, our team made the trip out to Las Vegas for the twice-yearly furniture market. It may seem odd to mix a professional trip with a city full of vacationers, but I absolutely loved the palpable excitement and energy throughout the city. This was also my first time visiting Las Vegas (shocking, I know), so I was on sensory overload.

HW Home team trip

The Las Vegas Market is special because it gives us a glimpse into what’s happening design-wise on the West Coast; which tends to be more contemporary than its market counterpart in North Carolina. When compared to High Point Market, this experience felt unexpectedly more intimate and laid-back, but our days were still packed full of showroom appointments with our favorite vendors, and ample time to explore a few new manufacturers, too.

For those who have never been to a furniture market, it is an odd process to describe, but I’ll give it a shot.

The best (and often, the trickiest) part of being a buyer is the challenge of setting aside your own personal style and thinking about what would be best for the store and clientele as a whole. Luckily, we at HW Home have a very eclectic design aesthetic, which allows us to work with a variety of vendors to source beautiful and unique items for everyone. My inner shopaholic wishes I could bring everything from Vegas back to share in our showrooms in Colorado! Good thing my colleagues have a bit more self-control.

HW Home new decor

The market is full of long days networking with new and familiar manufacturers, lots of time on your feet walking from showroom to showroom and building to building, and late nights of exploring the strip (it’s team building, right?). I loved every single minute!

Here are a few of my personal favorite finds making their way to our showrooms over the upcoming weeks:

  • Sirius Adjustable height table 
  • Atherton Shagreen Desk 
  • Flower Wall Decor 
  • And, of course, I always love the accessories! They are a great source of inspiration for our vignettes back home. 

Flower Wall Art

Now we are back in Colorado, with a ton of new sources, plenty of new connections, and lots of excitement to bring our new finds to the stores and to your homes! We can’t wait to share them with you.

Lauren is a manager at HW Home. She has always had a passion for design and enjoys creating spaces that are eclectic, enticing, and exciting. She is a Colorado native with a life-long enthusiasm for football, tacos, and ice cream.

Creating Your Ideal Home Office

Whether you work from home, regularly telecommute, or just need a place to occasionally extend your workday, we at HW Home understand. We can assist you in designing a creative, comfortable, and stylish space where you can focus on setting and meeting your goals for you and your family. No one-size-fits-all design will work for every customer, and that’s why HW Home offers a wide range of options, from a busy staging area for bill paying, to homework stations, to a cozy, cerebral study devoted to quiet concentration. Wherever you and your needs may fall on this spectrum, HW Home has you covered.

For example, a business-focused home office demands organization and simplicity. The mid-century inspired Chauncey Desk is a perfect piece of furniture to build around with its broad work surface and built-in file drawers. Choose a couple of simple but stunning shelves like the Copenhagen Etagere to pair against one wall, perhaps separated by a piece of signature art such as the Bicycle on Frame, and you’ll  have a room that shows off a bit of levity within its purposeful design.

Chauncey Desk HW Home

On the other hand, maybe what you’re looking for is a family workspace for both parents and kids to use independently or together. The sleek lines of the Crawford Desk are aesthetically pleasing, while allowing for visual elbow room in a shared space. Think about pairing two of these desks back-to-back: the kids studying across from a parent working from home is not only efficient, but a good way to make sure that homework gets done! Continue the campaign-furniture look with a gorgeous and functional Officer’s Chest of 9 Drawers, where paper goods, pens and pencils, and the kids’ paraphernalia can be tucked away out of sight. By selecting unique finishing pieces like the Mayfield Sculpture and statement lighting such as the Brigitte Tripod Table Lamps, your family office will be a space where everyone wants to work.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted a cozy study for writing or another artistic endeavorthe sort of room that used to demand a long-stem pipe and long, pensive hours. Consider the Vintage Patina Desk, a gorgeous throwback to an earlier age with mahogany veneers and a tobacco-and-molasses finish. Include a few Elon Bookcases to serve the interests of both beauty and function—and don’t forget one with the optional ladders for that expansive, old-world library feel. Finish the warmth of the room with Carlo Table Lamps in Bronze and a Verdigris Pug Dog for that head-tilt of character. You’ll have a room that’s not only thoughtful and productive, but serene and beautifully designed.

Elon Bookcase HW Home

HW Home would be pleased to help you create the home office that meets the needs of both your family and career. Every home office has the potential to be an inviting and satisfying room, and the furnishings offered by HW Home are varied enough to suit any situation. Allow us to help design that special workspace in your home where you can get down to the business of your life—in style.

Stylize Your Home Office with HW Home

 

With the school year fast approaching, it’s time for home offices to start transitioning from vacation casual back to work mode. HW Home can help make that process beautiful and seamless—even inviting. We have an endless supply of unique accessories and timeless furniture to once again create a space that inspires creativity, supports efficiency, and helps you strike that work-life balance. Let us show you how simple it is to carve out a place and get down to work in style.

So let’s start with the basics; the desk is often the focal point of the room, and because we understand that family life is busy and challenging, we carry pieces with organization and ease in mind. Our Vintage Patina desk is sophisticated, sturdy, and has plenty of storage space for those important documents. But what’s a beautiful desk without a comfy chair? You can’t get more elegant than our classic Koffi Leather Chair; it’s not only functional, but adds a touch of elegance.

HW Home vintage patina desk

HW Home furnishings provide beauty in the intricate details. Our designers work diligently to fit every space in your home with just the right piece of furniture or decor. And no home office is complete without proper lighting. You can’t work if you can’t see! Our array of home office lighting and floor lamps will supply your work space with the just the right mood lighting for inspiration and concentration.   

A key element of home office organization is space-saving hutches and chests. With our Officer’s Chest you’ll have plenty of room for your important documents and even an electronic docking station. Or, for a homework nook created especially for kids, this spacious chest has plenty of room to file away the little one’s art, assignments, and workbooks to keep clutter at bay.

HW Home Diana floor lamp

When setting up a space that is unique to you and your workflow, personal touches can make a huge difference. Display family photos or artwork on the walls. Artfully arrange antique vases. The creative options are endless! And for more “traditional” bookshelves, cradle your first edition publications between these petrified wood bookends. It’s the gentle, creative touches that give every room a sense of your personal style.    

Kids need a space for hard work, too! Encourage them to define an area for homework, whether it is a unique space or a shared one inside the home office. Doing this is a wonderful way to encourage strong study habits. Allow your children to hang their artwork on the wall, display their stellar grades, and provide them with their own storage space. This is easy to do when you set up a Quinn Nesting Table and Calder Stool next to your desk. The kids will love being close to you and also they’ll be inspired to get their homework done by watching you complete yours! A kid-friendly study environment is good for the whole family.

HW Home Quinn Nesting Table

The transition from summer to fall can be challenging, but if you make your home office space one that encourages family, organization, and style, the move will prove to be far easier.

HW Home is here to ensure your space is versatile and works for your family dynamic. Share your home office tricks and tips in our comments section.

 

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