12 Days of DirectBuy

One the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree! On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … wait, who can afford to get gifts for loved ones beyond the first day of Christmas? Almost no one – if they’re buying retail, that is.

With DirectBuy’s incredible selection and unparalleled direct-from-manufacturer savings, it’s possible to give your true love gifts on any or all of the 12 Days of Christmas. Check out our suggestions below:

12 Drummers Drumming | Mountain Lodge Drum Cocktail Table 

Drum table

11 Pipers Piping | Gears Down Bridge Table Lamp – Antique Pipe

Lamp

10 Lords A-Leaping | Stamina® InTone® Plus 38″ Rebounder Trampoline

Trampolines

9 Ladies Dancing | Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies Figurines Collection

Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies

8 Maids A-Milking | 24 oz. Milk Frothing Pitcher – Mirror

Milk frother

7 Swans A-Swimming | Swan Shaped Spoon Rest – White

Swans

6 Geese A-Laying | Abbott Place Panel Bed – Rich Warm Cherry

Beds

5 Golden Rings | Women’s Solitaire Medium Shank Semi-Mount Diamond Ring

Solitaire rings

4 Calling Birds | Selective Call Intercom 4-Location Kit – White

Selective Call Intercom 4-Location Kit - White

3 French Hens | Hen Statue

Hen Statues

2 Turtle Doves | Dove Ornament

Dove Ornaments

And A Partridge in a Pear Tree | Partridge II SculpturePreserved Boxwood Tree Topiary

Partridge in a Pear Tree

For these and many more holiday gift ideas, DirectBuy members should be sure to check out the array of items on DirectBuy’s Product Site.

Non-members, on the other hand, should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn how DirectBuy can help them to save on furnishings for their own homes, as well as gifts for their friends and family, too!

Year in Review: Greatest Home Trends for 2013 … and Beyond

The past year was a great one for home decor trends – especially because so many of the looks that were so beloved this year will remain relevant for years to come.

From brass accessories to black and white looks to industrial style, check out some of our favorite looks from 2013:

Brass

brass accessories

Clockwise from top left: House Number – 1 – Lifetime (PVD) Polished BrassYorkshire 32-Light Chandelier – Aged BrassFlower Vase with Stand – Hand Antiqued Solid Brass/Cut CrystalSeagulls II Brass Wall SculptureBrass Tree SculptureFox Sculpture – Yellow Bronze On Cast Brass

Nothing can quite compare to the warm, classically antique look that brass accessories give to a home.

B&W

Black and White

Clockwise from top left: Palma Sideboard – White Gloss/Black AshPouf – Coal Black/Winter WhiteAngelo: Home Hudson Park Area Rug – Jet Black/WhiteMikasa® Cheers Black & White 8½” Salad Plates – Set of 4Jumeirah Coffee Table – Black & White

Black and white looks were incredibly hot this year – a trend that’s sure not to cool down anytime soon.

Industrial

Industrial Style

Clockwise from top left: Industrial Trunks – Set of 3 – Stained WoodIndustrial Menagerie Iron Wall ArtIndustrial Fold Away Storage CartIndustrial Fan Blade Wall Decor – Restoration Rusted BlackLangley Industrial 15-Drawer Chest

Industrial style is a little bit rough around the edges – and a whole lot of chic.

To see our unparallelled selection of trendy, classic and “new classic” home decor and more, DirectBuy members should browse the Product Site, while non-members should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn how DirectBuy can help them to save on furnishings for their own homes, as well as gifts for their friends and family, too!

DirectBuy Member of the Month: Debbie Schexnaildre of DirectBuy of New Orleans

Kitchen RemodelWhen it comes to Debbie Schexnaildre’s newly remodeled kitchen, there’s nothing she doesn’t like about it.

A DirectBuy member since May 2012, Schexnaildre and her husband just upgraded the kitchen in their Louisiana home with purchases from DirectBuy including cabinetry, flooring, a stove, a range hood, a refrigerator and a sink faucet.

Schexnaildre has been in her home for 22 years. In the past, she’d done some upgrades in the kitchen, but they weren’t exactly what she wanted. As such, she was determined to give her kitchen the facelift she dreamed of before she retired.

As Debbie’s husband is an electrician and her brother is a carpenter, they were able to handle most of the upgrades after purchasing supplies from DirectBuy. Their timeline was relatively quick – the project started in July and wrapped at the end of September.

“I love the kitchen,” Debbie says. “It’s just so modern and contemporary. My whole house looks totally different just by re-doing my kitchen. Everyone likes it.”

Before kitchen remodel

Before kitchen remodel

Kitchen after remodel

Kitchen after remodel

Though she enjoys all aspects of her upgraded space, the cabinetry is one of her favorite elements – especially in terms of savings.

With DirectBuy, she says she was able to stretch her budget while getting all the bells and whistles with her cabinetry – glass doors, pantry cabinets with pull-out shelving, soft-close drawers and more. Through DirectBuy, these upgrades wound up costing the same as basic cabinetry from another source; she estimates that shopping through DirectBuy saved her about $6,000 on cabinetry alone.

Debbie emphasized that she strives to make smart buying decisions, doing extensive research and price comparisons before she makes a purchase. Because of this, she says she was especially thrilled to know just how much she saved.

“We work hard for everything we have, so I want my money to go the furthest possible,” she says, which is why shopping through DirectBuy was so satisfying.

On top of her kitchen purchases, she’s also bought through DirectBuy a front door, a back door, a leather sofa, two chairs, a rug, a mailbox, an address plate, bedroom furniture for her daughter, a big-screen TV and more.

“I’ve definitely gotten my money back,” Debbie said.

In addition, DirectBuy’s associates made her experience all the better.

“The people at DirectBuy are very accommodating,” she says.

To browse our selection of home goods, DirectBuy members should visit DirectBuy’s Product Site.

Non-members, on the other hand, should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn how DirectBuy can help them to save on furnishings for their own homes, as well as gifts for their friends and family, too!

 

Baby, It’s Gold Inside!

Baby, it’s cold outside!

While the wind is whistling and the snow is falling outdoors, it’s time to decorate and prepare for the holiday season inside. And this year, one of the absolute hottest trends for the holiday season is gold.

Add any of the following items to your home’s decor, and soon you’ll be singing, “Baby, It’s Gold Inside”:

Cheryl's Crystal Christmas Tree - Gold

Cheryl’s Crystal Christmas Tree – Gold

This crystal and gold holiday tree is a glamourous take on the classic evergreen.

Brackenhead Mirror - Cambelside Gold

Brackenhead Mirror – Cambelside Gold

Deck the halls with boughs of holly … and also, golden mirrors! Fa la la la la la la la la, indeed!

Alfi 1 Liter 8 Cup Juwel Thermal Carafe - Gold

Alfi 1 Liter 8 Cup Juwel Thermal Carafe – Gold

This golden carafe is so stunning you may be compelled to use it all throughout the holidays … and beyond!

Byzantine 24K Dinner Knife

Byzantine 24K Dinner Knife

With golden flatware from Yamazaki Tableware Inc., your holiday table will glow.

Renaissance Rochelle Gold 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

Renaissance Rochelle Gold 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

How about some gilded dinnerware to go along with the flatware above? This set has just the right amount of gold trim to complement the flatware perfectly.

Bamboo Serving Tray - Gold

Bamboo Serving Tray – Gold

After your holiday dinner, how about moving to a sitting room and serving some coffee to your guests on this serving tray?

For more lovely gold items for your home, DirectBuy members should be sure to check out the unparalleled selection on DirectBuy’s Product Site.

Non-members, on the other hand, should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn how DirectBuy can help them to save on furnishings for their own homes, as well as gifts for their friends and family, too! 

Do These Holiday Entertaining Woes Sound Familiar? It Might Be Time to Upgrade

During the holiday season – a time when we’re busy, stressed and feeling the pressures that come along with hosting – is often the time that we’re most aware of the shortcomings of our homes. There just isn’t enough cooking space for everything you need to make. Space for overnight guests is limited. The whole “pull-up-a-card-table-so-everyone-has-a-place-to-eat” bit is wearing thin.

If you could relate to these issues this holiday season, it might be time for an upgrade.

Thankfully, DirectBuy has got you covered. Check out our suggestions below:

Upgrading Your Cooking Space

Kitchen appliances

 

Clockwise from top left: 48″ All-Gas Range (Natural Gas)36″ Induction Cooktop – Stainless SteelLegacy 30″ Electric Double French Doors Innovection® Wall OvenProfile™ 30″ Warming Drawer – Stainless Steel

Perhaps your meal got cold, your dishes didn’t finish cooking at the same time, or your holiday meal prep seemed to take forever just because you just didn’t have the capacity for cooking a feast in your current kitchen. Before the next holiday season rolls around, consider upgrading with such items as a new double oven, warming drawer, cooktop and/or range.

Converting Space to Accommodate Guests

Bedroom

Did you experience a tight squeeze during the holidays?

It might finally be time to convert that under-utilized craft room or a grown kid’s old bedroom into a more usable space. How about turning one of your rooms into a luxurious space for overnight guests, with gorgeous furniturebedding and accessories?

Adding More Dining Space to Your Home

Dining Nook

Are you through with pulling out the ol’ card tables every time you have guests over for holiday dinners? A unique and utilitarian option for solving this lack-of-seating problem could be creating a dining nook in your kitchen, adding bonus dining space to that which you already have available in the dining room. Your guests will have more room to dine during holiday dinners, and you’ll have a nice, casual dining area to enjoy yourself all year round!

For home-upgrade options, DirectBuy members should browse the Product Site, while non-members should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn how DirectBuy can help them to save on furnishings for their own homes, as well as gifts for their friends and family, too!

DirectBuy’s Service Standards

DirectBuy has a lot to offer its members. Not only does membership to DirectBuy give consumers access to a wide selection of brand-name household products – from furniture and large appliances, to cabinetry and flooring, to home theatre equipment and lighting – at unparalleled prices, but joining DirectBuy also gives members access to other benefits, including our dedication to and focus on second-to-none customer service.

Each day, those of us on the DirectBuy team come to work with four Service Standards in mind: Assert Integrity, Act with Courtesy, Be Professional and Deliver Value. We strive to bring these Service Standards to each and every thing we do, and to provide our members with excellent experiences, no matter whether they’re brand-new members or have been a part of the club for years.

To learn more about our customer-centric philosophy, read on for details about the four primary Service Standards that our team members are dedicated to:

DB_Service Standards1

ASSERT INTEGRITY: We aim to steadfastly adhere to principles.

DirectBuy's Service Standards

ACT WITH COURTESY: We aim to preserve each person’s dignity.

DirectBuy's Service Standards

BE PROFESSIONAL: We aim to demonstrate the highest standards. 

DirectBuy's Service Standards

DELIVER VALUE: We aim to execute beyond expectation.

As our Service Standards above indicate, DirectBuy is here to serve our members – and to serve them well.

To all our members: We appreciate you and look forward to serving you.

To all non-members: We’d love for you to join DirectBuy, so we can serve you, as well. For more information, please set up an Open House visit at your local DirectBuy showroom today.

Style Forecast: Six Hot Home Trends for 2014

barIn regards to home design trends, 2013 was the year of the outdoor kitchen, of neutral colors, of industrial-style decor and of spa-style bathrooms.

We’re still digging these trends, but we can’t help but wondering: What’s on the horizon for home trends in 2014? 

Check out our roundup below of six forecasted home trends for next year:

Masculine Accessories

Items with a masculine feel – like the sideboard shown above – will be quite popular in the year ahead. So now’s a great time to invest in that deep leather reading chair you’ve been wanting, or a new set of Old Fashioned glasses.

Alpine Style

The rustic style of cool mountain homes will be hot, hot, hot for homes around the country in 2014. Incorporate into your home snowy prints, faux fur throw blankets and wool plaids to attain this look.

Neo-Classical/Egyptian Revival

Add pieces like the pillars and columns, Egyptian-printed accessories and bust sculptures (shown below) to give your home a flair of distinction and trendiness in 2014.

Dining room

Yellow

When the calendar flips, look for the sunny color to make its mark on home interiors – from paint to furniture to accessories.

Hand-Crafted Pieces

Hand-made items like crocheted throws, embroidered pillows and woven baskets (shown below) will add an element of craftiness to homes next year.

Living room

Pantone’s Pick: Dazzling Blue

This bold blue is the color of choice from Pantone for 2014. Add some throw pillows to the living room for a touch of the trend, or make a big Dazzling Blue statement by painting an accent wall with the color.

What trends are your favorite? Let us know on the DirectBuy Facebook page, and be sure to browse our Pinterest boards for awesome inspiration for 2014.

To get an early start on shopping for next year’s trends, DirectBuy members should visit their local showroom, while non-members should visit directbuy.com to schedule an Open House visit today! 

 

DirectBuy Designer Spotlight: Leigh Ann Bedient of Southwest Houston

LeighAnnJust one of the many great services offered to DirectBuy members is access to designers who can guide members through everything from style and design, to products and room layouts – and beyond.

One of our expert designers is Leigh Ann Bedient, a contract interior designer with DirectBuy’s Southwest Houston location in Texas. Leigh Ann brings to DirectBuy 25 years of design experience, and she assists DirectBuy members with anything and everything they might need.

“I help the DirectBuy members with choosing their fabric, their furniture, their draperies, their rugs, their lamps … all that stuff,” she said. “I do a lot of remodeling with DirectBuy and building from the ground up!”

Leigh Ann has been in this role at DirectBuy for five and a half years, and she’s incredibly passionate about what she does.

“Design is a building block. Everything depends upon everything else. You have to start somewhere with something in order to build. You start with your bones – the frame of the home and the integrity of the home – and build from there,” she says.

“I love the process of working with the customer and how each one is an individual and has different likes and dislikes,” she continues. “The fabrics, the colors, the textures – I love how everything comes together!”

Leigh Ann’s personal favorite design trends of today include Transitional Style, grey tones, porcelain tile, rich woods and outdoor accessories like water features, pool furniture and outdoor rugs. And while she loves these looks, she approaches her work with a keen focus on the individual’s tastes and goals.

“My motto is, ‘I don’t live there,’” she explains. “I don’t have one style. My job is to help the client find what they like, what works for their family and what keeps the integrity of their home.”

Want more information on how DirectBuy’s designers can help you achieve the look you want in your own home? Members should stop in at their home location, while non-members should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn more.

Add a Midcentury Modern Touch to Your Home with These Fabulous Pieces

When it comes to home interior design, what’s old is new again.

And with the popularity of “Mad Men” and other such midcentury-focused pop culture sensations, retro design looks from the ’50s and ’60s have never been hotter. Think clean lines, geometric prints and designs inspired by the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Charles & Ray Eames.

Looking to bring a touch of midcentury modern chic to your home? Add any – or all! – of these cool pieces to your space:

Sputnik Light Fixtures

Sputnik

These incredibly cool light fixtures feel like something straight out of “The Jetsons”! Hang one of these in your home, and you’ll have graced your space with a dash of style that feels both futuristic and retro.

Follow the link to check out DirectBuy’s array of sputnik lighting fixtures.

Midcentury Sofas

MCM sofas 

These beautiful sofas are the perfect combination of comfortable and chic,  and they’re sure to add a streamlined feel to any den or sitting room.

Follow the link to view our selection of Younger Funiture Inc sofas.

Slick ’50s Accessories

Accessories

Classic pieces like these candleholders, jars and boxes help to balance out a room by bringing more whimsical accessories – like sputnik light fixtures – back down to earth.

Click the link to find more classic midcentury accessories.

A few more excellent resources for tips on midentury modern decorating include the Elements of Style blog, PadStyle.com and design-milk.com.

For lots more great midcentury modern decor options, DirectBuy members should browse the Product Site and log in to the Member Site to purchase, while non-members should set up an Open House visit at their local DirectBuy showroom to learn how DirectBuy can help them to save on midcentury modern furnishings for their own homes, as well as gifts for their friends and family, too!

Your Checklist for Setting a Perfect Table

DirectBuy InspiredThe fall and winter holidays are just around the corner, and along with planning their holiday menus and guest lists, cleaning their homes from top to bottom and preparing the holiday meals,  hosts and hostesses must also put together a checklist for all they’ll need to set a perfect table.

But not to worry about this final detail! DirectBuy has put together an exhaustive checklist of items you’ll need to host a big holiday dinner. Now, all the planning of this particular aspect has been taken care of for you; you simply have to execute! Check out our list of essentials below:

Table Linens

  • Napkins
  • Place mats
  • Table cloths

Serving Dishes & Utensils

Dinnerware

  • Service plates
  • Main course plates
  • Appetizer plates
  • Soup plates
  • Saucers
  • Bread and butter plates

Flatware

  • Appetizer forks and knives
  • Fish forks and knives
  • Meat forks
  • Butter knives
  • Teaspoon
  • Dessert knives, spoons and forks

Glassware

  • Champagne flutes
  • Red wine glasses
  • White wine glasses
  • Liquor glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Teacups

Decorations

  • Centerpieces
  • Candlesticks
  • Placecards

Once you’ve assembled the items you need for the holiday, follow the basic model below to set your table:

How to Set a Table

For tons of holiday decoration inspiration, be sure to check out DirectBuy’s Pinterest page! It’ll help get your creative juices flowing for sure! In addition, be sure to visit our products page to view our wide selection of the items mentioned in this checklist.

And to purchase any of the items you’ll need to set the perfect holiday table, DirectBuy members should visit their local showroom, while non-members should visit directbuy.com to schedule an Open House visit.