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May 22 2018

Step-by-Step Office Relocation Checklist

Moving your business to a new location may be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. A new space marks a new opportunity to expand and prosper. It’s a progressive and exciting step in the life of your business, not unlike when you just started out. And, like those critical first days, taking time to develop a plan is essential for a successful office relocation.

Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for the perfect office move. That said, you can make it easier on yourself and your employees by taking a systematic approach and using an office relocation checklist to ensure that everything gets done on time and stays on track. The only “trick” is starting early and planning, planning, planning. In fact, depending on the size of your office, you may need to start developing a timeline as far as six or eight months out from the actual moving date. For smaller offices, start at least three months beforehand.

It’s also important to consider everything from floor layout and the location of electrical outlets to potential issues such as storage. This is why using a checklist makes sense. It allows you to make sure you consider everything from files and paperclips to conference tables and reception areas. This is one way to ensure that the details of your office relocation are all under control before you even bring out the packing tape. Another important consideration you may make is a temporary solution such as furniture rental, which can ease the transition and get your new location up and running as soon as possible.

Need more help? Check out our step-by-step guide to see what you need to do — and when — to make sure your office relocation is smooth and stress free.

Ready to execute your office relocation plan? See how CORT can help you design furniture rental solutions fit for any size business.

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May 21 2018

Honoring the Fallen With Folds of Honor This Memorial Day

When most people think about Memorial Day, they envision cook outs, beach trips, and kicking back and relaxing on a day off. While we certainly support people enjoying the long weekend, we hope they will use the day for what it was intended for – to honor our former United States veterans.

Whether recognizing our fallen heroes with a moment of silence, or stopping by a local veteran’s memorial or cemetery to lay flowers in remembrance, take some time this Memorial Day to honor our military members and their families.

Interested in alternative options to show support? Consider supporting a military-focused charity like the Folds of Honor Foundation (FoH). FoH provides education through scholarships to spouses and children of soldiers lost or severely disabled during service to our country. Currently, there are more than one million dependents of military service men and women, 87 percent of whom do not qualify for educational assistance. FoH helps make up that difference.

CORT has been a proud partner of FoH for the last five years, helping FoH award over 16,000 scholarships to-date. Scholarships are used to subsidize the costs of tuition, books, fees, on-campus room and board, tutoring, and other approved educational expenses that a student’s school may deem appropriate.

To hear some of the scholarship recipient stories, click here. If you would like to make a donation, become a wingman, fill out an application or learn more about the Folds of Honor mission, please visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

This Memorial Day – have fun, be safe, but most of all, take time to honor the fallen heroes of the United States military.

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May 17 2018

Top Considerations for Tenting Your Summer Party

As warmer weather approaches, we all look to spend more time outdoors. When an afternoon in the sun turns sour with a summer storm, having a tent for your event can save the party. Tenting your event gives your guests the best of both worlds by offering the fun of the sun and protection from some of the less glamorous elements. Keep the following in mind to help you plan the party of the season.

Photo courtesy of Bethalee Photography, Sinclair and Moore Events

Plan It Out

Once you have decided on the location of your outdoor event, there are certain things to consider before the tent installation. The first factor to consider is the ground surface where the tent will be placed. Take a good look around the area and consider any obstructions that could get in the way. This could include fountains, power lines, or pipes underground that can pop up as problems on the day of your event. Be sure the ground is level and that there is plenty of perimeter space, at least ten to fifteen feet on all sides. Besides ease of mobility and construction, you’ll need to factor in room for the stake lines that lead from the tent to stakes. Plan your logistics in advance of the event for smooth sailing on set-up day.

Photo courtesy of O’Malley Photographers, Vows Wedding Planning

Safety First

When it comes to tenting an event, guest safety is the most important element. Any seasoned tenting professional will tell you that staking is a better option than ballasting, but your venue may make that decision for you. Some surfaces, like patios or parking garages, do not allow for staking, which would mean you need to ballast your tent to secure it during your event.

When staking the tent, you’ll want to keep in mind that the stake ropes run 5-10’ away from the tent and attach to the stake. Ballasting, the use of steel or concrete weights, is another option to secure the tent. Tents are engineered to be staked and that is the manufacturer’s recommended process to secure a tent. Tents can be dangerous if not installed properly, so be sure you’ve made the safest choice for your guests as prepare for your event. Also, ensure that you have an emergency evacuation plan in place for severe weather.

Safety is always the priority, so ensure that your event is planned in advance and follows all your local tenting codes. Choosing a professional tenting partner will keep your event guests safe and your celebration one that your attendees will remember for years to come.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Land, Gather Events

Make it beautiful 

Depending on your vision for the event, selecting the right feel and look for your gathering starts with your tent. Different tent styles require different set-up processes, so factor in logistics and budget when deciding which is right for your venue. Pole tents use center poles, which can obstruct views, but can be used to add lighting and decorations around the tent. In addition, pole tents like the Tidewater tent have a unique profile and canvas that evokes a vintage feel. Frame tents are easily constructed and can range in size from 10×10 all the way up to a 50’ width and infinite lengths. For larger projects, structure tents are commonly used with sizes ranging from 10’ up to 164’ in width. Want to bring in a little natural light for your event? Opt for clear canvas instead of traditional white canvas and let nature be part of your décor plan.

Depending on the type of event you’re hosting, you can deck your tent with many fun options. Tent walls can provide privacy and protection from the elements. Opt for elegant French doors to provide a grand entrance for your guests the moment they arrive. String lights across the top of the tent for a starry effect or hang majestic chandeliers from the beams to create a unique environment within your space. Upgrade the floor in your tent to a carpeted surface or even a wood deck to add a completely different feel for your celebration. Add in heat or cooling options to keep your guests comfortable. The options are only limited to your imagination!

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May 16 2018

College and Beyond: A Guide to Moving Away from Home for the First Time

The college years are a time of rapid, frequent change filled with exciting new adventures and, in many cases, a steep learning curve. Many of those lessons have nothing to do with the classroom and more to do with learning how to navigate the new world around you. If you are moving away from home for the first time, it can seem a bit daunting, but learning how to live on your own is an important part of becoming an independent young adult.

Roommates 101

Chances are, when you move away from home for the first time, you’re going to share your space with others. Whether you are moving away for college or just moving into a place that doesn’t belong to your parents, having a roommate (or two) usually goes with the territory.

Start out on the right foot by establishing some ground rules that will make sharing your space easier. From how to handle privacy and overnight guests to how to split refrigerator space and chores, discussing real-world situations before they arise is a great way to keep the peace with your roommates.

Making Ends Meet

It can be overwhelming to suddenly take on the financial responsibility that accompanies moving away from home. Learning how to create and stick to a budget is a skill that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

If you are sharing space with a roommate, you’re also sharing costs, so decide up front how costs will be divided, who will be responsible for collecting the money and making the payment, and whose name things like utilities, internet service, and cable television service will be in.

Keep in mind that in addition to covering all these basic costs, you’ll need to have enough for groceries, entertainment, and any other financial obligations, such as a car payment and car insurance. Then make a practice of putting aside money for savings or an emergency fund so you’ll have cash on hand if you need it unexpectedly.

Dining and Dollars

Food is essential, but it also can become a big expense — particularly if you develop a habit of eating out. Before you move away from home, it’s wise to take some time to learn your way around the grocery store as well as the kitchen.

Eating out is an easy way to blow your budget, so learn how to cook a few basics like pasta, chicken, and vegetables. This can save you the cost of buying frozen dinners or ordering takeout, and it’s going to be much healthier for you, too.

Decorating Like a Grown-up

Your first home away from home doesn’t have to look like you furnished it from a yard sale. If you and your roommates are all moving into your first apartment, student rental packages that provide all the necessities can make for a smooth transition. Splitting the cost of furniture rental makes it manageable for your budget, and it gives you the freedom and flexibility to stay on trend as your decorating needs change.

Moving away for college is an adventure that should stretch you to grow but not stress you out. Make things easier, and let CORT Furniture Rental help you create a space that you are proud to call home.

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May 15 2018

VIP Event Inspired by Orlando

The CORT Events team approached the Orlando VIP Event, hosted at the Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium, as an opportunity to be inspired by the spirit of central Florida. By focusing on the effervescence and heart of Orlando’s bustling downtown, the result was a showcase of the urban tropical jungle that is the city of Orlando.

We realized our vision for an event that celebrated the diversity of the semi-tropical city by combining exciting on-trend products with expert design consultation. The result truly captured the multifaceted personality of Orlando. Because Florida is known for its tropical climate, palm trees and year-round sun and fun, we wanted the event to reflect that cool, casual effervescence. This VIP Event showcased the ways that CORT can help create special events using client inspiration and go beyond their expectations.

Evan Carbotti, owner and designer at Carbotti Experiences, spoke to how Florida’s unique aesthetic led to the hip, yet elegant event that included so many hot trends, like mixed materials, and floral and tropical patterned pillows and graphics. Carbotti said, “We’re bringing in the new energy that’s happening downtown. We’re bringing lots of printed elements and modern pieces with eclectic mixes. We’re using all new CORT products that we haven’t used in the past. They’re really on trend. They’re funky. There’s a lot of different textures.”  They combined different style furnishings, like the modern Island double sofa with the classical Napoleon collection to surprising and successful effect.

Clients always come to us with an idea for an event. We take that inspiration and through design consultation as well as 2-D and 3-D space planning, create environments that will realize that design vision. Then, of course, we can deliver it anywhere.

Leaning into the whimsical personality of Orlando allowed us to create an unforgettable event that spoke to the spirit of the city.

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May 14 2018

#WorkspacesChat: Key Takeaways for Small Business Owners

Starting a business is hard and learning to scale it can be even harder, which is why CORT assembled a team of experts for the 2018 CORT Small Business Week Twitter Chat to break down smart business practices.

During the chat, CORT engaged with small business owners, industry professionals and entrepreneurs to share ideas on how small businesses can grow successfully. Chat co-hosts included Allison Ballard, Executive Director of Tapdn™; Brian Moran, founder of Small Business Edge and advocate for entrepreneurs; and Michelle Guilbeau, columnist and radio host for CBS Small Business Pulse.

For those who missed it, check out some of the key takeaways from the discussion below.

Create a “GPS Plan” for your business

Brian Moran recommends creating a “GPS Plan” to help business owners envision where they want to be and map out an effective pathway to reach that destination. Once this initial plan is established, you can review and reference your growth throughout the year to stay on track. Moran points out this approach will not only give your business much needed direction, but will also help in addressing possible stress points.

Invest in your employees

The co-hosts and participants all agreed that a key strategy in growing a business is investing in the right people. As stated by chat participant and creative agency, ThreeSixtyEight, “Hire people smarter than you, treat them well, give them the power to execute the vision.” Allison Ballard also urged businesses to prioritize talent acquisition to create a well-oiled machine and drive growth.

Promote productivity with smart technology

It’s important to utilize technology within a business to streamline workflows and optimize efficiency. Ballard suggests harnessing data to empower employees and maximize productivity with Tapdn, a new IoT platform that acquires and analyzes real-time data to interpret patterns of workplace operations for businesses.

Consider alternative options to furnish your office space

EVAN, a network of IT professionals dedicated to assisting small businesses, said that the company initially went to Craigslist and consignment stores for furniture, but ran into trouble when repairs or replacement furniture was needed. Michelle Guilbeau recommended furniture rental as a creative solution to furnish the new space without stressing about capital and avoid roadblocks.

All in all, there are many obstacles than can pop up for small businesses, but being proactive can alleviate preventable stress.

Thank you to everyone who participated! To read the full discussion, search #WorkspacesChat on Twitter.

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Make Your Home Lighter and Brighter with Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Summertime, and the living is easy — or so the song goes. After a long, hard winter and a fickle spring, summer finally gives you the chance to get outside and enjoy some sunshine.

But you don’t have to spend all your time outdoors to enjoy the lighter, brighter days of summer. Just as you switch your clothes to a summer wardrobe, you can change your home’s look to suit the carefree, breezy days of summer. Here are some tried-and-true summer decorating ideas that will help make your home instantly look and feel lighter and brighter.

Start with Your Walls

One of the simplest and most effective ways to bring all the freshness of summer indoors is with a couple of coats of paint. Paint is a great option because you can lighten up a room for spring and summer with bright greens and yellows, or perhaps a pleasing pastel, and then transform it into an entirely different room for fall and winter. If you don’t want to commit to repainting an entire room, then use light, summery paint to cover just one wall or even a few small décor items.

Embrace the Accents

You don’t have to completely renovate your rooms; you can reinvent them with the right accent pieces. Swap out those darker winter throw pillows and table linens with some summer-friendly colors. Lighter-weight fabrics help carry out the summer theme, and consider storing that cozy winter rug in exchange for a lighter-colored and lighter-weight floor covering. Experiment beyond fabrics with natural materials like sisal, jute, and seagrass.

Give It a Pop

Small pops of color can have a big impact in any room. Look for ways you can bring just a touch of brightness to every room in the house, whether that means fresh, colorful flowers in the dining room, brightly colored serving dishes in the kitchen, or vibrantly colored soaps in the bathroom.

Create a Theme

It’s summer, so why not pick a summer decorating theme that you can enjoy until fall? Give your home a beachfront feel with accents like white linen curtains, throw pillows with tropical prints, or vases adorned with seashells. Bathrooms are a great place to celebrate summer, with shower curtains and towels adorned with pineapples or palm trees.

Take It Outside

This is the time you want to spend as much time as possible outdoors, whether it’s just you and your family or a weekend party with friends. Set the mood for summer by breaking out the bamboo torches, paper lanterns, and string lights. For your outdoor furniture cushions, choose super-bright colors and patterns that proclaim “summer fun.” (You may also consider giving your patio a complete summer makeover.)

Bring the Outside In

When you can’t be outside, you might as well look at ways to bring all the joys of summer inside. Plants, especially seasonal favorites like succulents, are an easy and natural way to bring a little bit of summer to your home. Plants are versatile and work in all styles, so you can never go wrong with a little touch of green.

When you’re ready to give your home a summer facelift, CORT Furniture Rental can help. With summer home décor like plants, rugs, and throw pillows, you can turn your cozy winter hideaway into a cool summer retreat.

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May 11 2018

5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Military Moms

All moms deserve recognition on Mother’s Day (and every day). Military moms get extra credit for their sacrifice, as they accept the stress, uncertainty, and changes associated with military life because they know it’s for a greater good. This Mother’s Day (or any other day), give the military mom in your life one of these gifts to show her how much she means to you.

1. Jewelry with Meaning

It’s nice to have bling, and it’s even nicer when the bling has special meaning. Online marketplace R. Riveter, featuring artisans of American-made products, donates a portion of its proceeds to fund the Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Award, which is granted to military spouses to help grow or start their own businesses. Any item from its collection of jewelry, handbags, and wallets would make the perfect gift.

2. A Flying Scarf

Flying Scarfs is an all-volunteer team of military veterans that employs widows in Afghanistan who otherwise wouldn’t be able to work outside the home to provide for their children. Not only does the company exist for a good cause, it sells gorgeous Pashmina and silk scarves.

3. Charm Her

Personalize a charm bracelet by adding silver engraved tags for children or a spouse. Customize with names, dates, or trinkets with special meaning. Every time she hears the charms clink, she’ll think of you.

4. Send a Care Package

Is mom the one on active duty? Send her a care package with lots of goodies. Fill it full of mom’s favorite things from home. What are her favorite snacks? What are her favorite scents? Get creative. A few ideas to get you started include:

  • Chocolates and/or other snacks
  • Good books
  • Lotion and hair accessories
  • Gift cards to shops that ship to APO/FPO addresses
  • Handmade cards and/or love notes
  • Photos of her family and friends

5. Home Accessories

From furniture to art, even the smallest touches can give a room a fresh new look. Give mom something to complement her home that’s easy to move when it’s time to relocate.

Suggestions include:

  • Artwork
  • A storage ottoman
  • Framed photos
  • Decorative mirrors
  • A vase
  • A fleece throw

No matter what you decide to get her, CORT Clearance Centers has a great selection of home and office furniture, as well as accessories at up to 70 percent off retail prices. All furniture is inspected and CORT-certified, so you know you’re getting quality items. Shop at a CORT Clearance Center today to find a gift your military mom will love.

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May 09 2018

Productive Things to Do Over the Summer to Gear Up for College

With graduation behind you, it may seem like the hard work is over. You toured campuses, scored that coveted acceptance letter, and walked across the stage to retrieve your diploma. While it’s true that summer is made for having fun, it’s also the perfect time to prepare mentally and physically for your next life adventure: college.

Use your time wisely, balancing the minutes between sun and fun and checking off these ideas for productive things to do over the summer to smooth the transition ahead.

Get Organized

It could take an entire summer to do this. Use your free time to figure out what you need to buy for college, what you want to take with you if you’re going away to school, and how you can keep your schedule straight once you start classes. Invest in a calendar — either an app on your phone or an old-school print calendar — to note important dates like when classes start and stop, midterms, finals, and vacation dates. This helps you set good study habits and prioritize your time right at the onset.

Organize Your Finances

When it comes to productive things to do over the summer before college, this one is possibly one of the most important steps for minimizing stress once you start school. Having an upfront understanding of the expenses you are expected to cover and the expenses covered by parents and financial aid is essential. Depending on the state of your bank account, you might need to take on a part-time job during the summer or during the semester to supplement your income.

Spend More Time with Family

While many summer activities for college students revolve around connecting with friends, it’s important to also include spending a little extra time with your parents, grandparents, and siblings in your plans. Once you’re in the groove with college, even your summers could be filled with extra classes, internships, and working.

Connect with Your Roommate

If you will be living in a dorm, you’re going to be sharing living space with a roommate for at least the next semester or two. Start by making a phone call or friend request on social media to break the ice and hopefully start a friendship. You could even set some early ground rules for visitors and noise at the dorm so you can both be good roommates.

Invest in Some Furnishings

Having a good desk lamp, comfortable bedding, and fun décor can really help make college feel like your home away from home. If you’re moving into an off-campus apartment, consider easily outfitting your space with furniture rental from CORT. You get the convenience of having stylish furniture delivered and set up for you at an affordable package price that never changes for easy budgeting.

Find your style

Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. It’s natural and normal to feel a little anxious when you’re heading off to college. When you follow these tips for summer activities for college students, you start feeling like a campus pro in no time.

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May 07 2018

Forget the Cookout: Put a Fun Twist on Memorial Day Celebrations

There’s certainly no shortage of Memorial Day activities during the last weekend in May. The long weekend traditionally serves as the kick-off to the summer season, making it a popular time for hitting the lake and hosting a backyard barbecue.

Of course, Memorial Day is a special day to honor those members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice, and the holiday is particularly special for anyone currently serving in the military. It’s fun to gather family and friends for a cookout, but it’s also a great day for creating new traditions. Put a fun twist on your Memorial Day celebration this year by trying one of the following fun ideas.

Host a Patriotic Picnic

Picnics are a terrific way to celebrate any occasion; they honor a sense of old-fashioned values and remind us of simpler times. Give your Memorial Day celebration a twist by adding a patriotic theme to your outing. Look for plates and napkins with a red, white, and blue motif, and visit your local party store to pick up small American flags to decorate your picnic area. As a finishing touch, break out your iPad and Bluetooth speaker and fire up a patriotic playlist.

Catch a Parade

Memorial Day parades are fun for the whole family, and they bring out your most patriotic tendencies. With marching bands, floats, and probably more than one or two vintage cars, a parade is a great way to start your day. Look for one near you, grab the lawn chairs, and go.

Try a Progressive Dinner

This is a great way to get to know your neighbors better. A progressive block party — where each home hosts a different part of the meal — can be a fun way to spend an afternoon and evening. Keep a Memorial Day theme going at each home with red, white, and blue decorations, and work together to create a menu that makes everyone happy.

Plan a Getaway

Memorial Day is a popular time for gathering at the home of friends or family, but it can also be the perfect time for a getaway. Look for a place that has enough accommodations for everyone and is near fun activities that all can enjoy, whether that means renting some cabins in the woods, a big house in the mountains, or a campsite by the lake. It’s a relaxing way to escape the norm while bringing together those you care about the most.

Get Chic

For something entirely different, throw an upscale cocktail party with a patriotic theme. While the rest of the country reaches for shorts and swimsuits, host a party in your home or garden with cocktail attire and sophisticated food and drinks.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Memorial Day, this is a time to remember fallen soldiers and pay tribute to the sacrifices they made to ensure every American enjoys freedom. As you plan your event, remember that CORT Furniture Rental can help you find the temporary furniture you need for every celebration as well as outfit your entire home.

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May 04 2018

Savvy Ways to Store Winter Clothes

After winter fades away, you move on to your spring (or maybe even summer) wardrobe. That raises the question of how to store winter clothes until you need them again next winter.

While there are many options for storing winter clothes, not every solution is right for every person. If you have a lot of room in your home, you might want to use something like an armoire or dresser with extra space for stashing your cold weather clothes. If you have less space, you might need to resort to using empty spaces under your bed or beneath a dresser.

If you’re short on space and live in a city, you might even consider services that provide storage options for consumers who don’t need to rent a full storage unit but definitely need a little extra storage space.

Prepping for Winter

Figuring out where to store bulky winter clothes is the first step, but making sure your clothes are stored properly is just as important. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to make sure your clothes come out looking as good next winter as they do today:

  • Do store similar items together. That way, if you want to locate a certain piece of clothing, it will be easier to find it.
  • Don’t store dirty clothes. Make sure all your clothes are clean before you pack them — for obvious reasons.
  • Do add a little freshener. Whether it’s a scented dryer sheet or a sachet, this can keep clothes from getting musty while they’re stored.
  • Do remember your boots and shoes. The same rules apply for your footwear; make sure you clean any stains or dirt from outside the shoe or boot, and put a dryer sheet or sachet inside the shoe for a fresh smell.
  • Do make sure your clothes are properly folded or hung to ensure they keep their shape while being stored.

Finding the Right Storage Solution

When it comes to storing winter clothes properly, you have several different options. Experts recommend avoiding cardboard boxes or plastic bins for long-term storage, as both can lead to smells and discoloration. (Plastic is fine for short-term clothing storage.)

Other options to consider include:

  • Plastic trash bags: They aren’t fancy, but they do the trick.
  • Vacuum-sealed storage bags: These can save a lot of space, but you won’t have much flexibility to add or remove clothes.
  • Suitcase: If you have suitcases that aren’t in use, they make great storage options.

Making sure you store your winter clothes the right way pays off with a great-looking, ready-to-go wardrobe when winter arrives the next year. If you need more space for your clothes, the range of furniture options offered by CORT Furniture Rental may have all the answers you need.

 

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May 03 2018

Big Data and the Evolving Workplace

A decade ago, cloud-based data processing was a foreign concept. When the first iPhone arrived in 2007, the idea of a touchscreen phone interacting with computers was mind-boggling to most consumers. Today, technologies have evolved to the point where our personal devices are now essential fixtures in our daily routines. While these advancements have largely occupied the consumer space, the technology is now being incorporated into the modern-day workplace.

This March, CORT partnered with Tango Mobile LLC to launch Tapdn™, a new IoT platform to revolutionize how people experience workspaces. Tapdn uses minimal footprint wireless sensors to acquire and analyze real-time data – including space utilization, utility and asset usage – to interpret patterns of workplace operations for businesses.

With these results, businesses can make the changes necessary to their workplace to optimize their most important asset: employees. Here’s a closer look into how big data is allowing employers to shape their businesses to best fit the needs of their workforce.

Understanding an Evolving Workplace

The workplace is always evolving, ushering in new talent each year. Younger generations have different lifestyles and work preferences compared to their more seasoned peers, and these inclinations have a direct impact on how businesses operate. With these changes, businesses are relying on big data and the latest technologies to understand and cater to the needs of employees.

For example, as Generation Z  (born between 1995 – 2010) continues to enter the workforce, they are looking for work environments that align with their skillsets and workstyle preferences, which are rooted in a strong reliance on and affinity for technology. Considering many of these employees use connected devices in their homes, cars and throughout public settings, it’s critical they also have regular access in the workplace to maximize efficiencies.

Implementing technology and connected devices in offices will help businesses attract and retain employees, reducing costs and maximizing productivity along the way. Tapdn gives businesses the data necessary to make decisions and understand current workplace needs, inefficiencies and liabilities. These results will give insights into multiple areas of any built space, including which assets are being used, as well as opportunities to create efficiencies within utilities, parking and shared space.

One Platform. Infinite Impact.

Technology is constantly evolving, with even more exciting advancements on the horizon. To keep up with the needs and expectations of an ever-changing workforce, businesses need to have a clear understanding of how their employees operate in built space. Through Tapdn, employers have the power to optimize the productivity of employees by investing in what’s most important for their particular workforce.

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January 30 2018

Love Your Empty Nest: How to Make It a Happy Phase in Your Life

When the kids are away, the adults will play — at least that’s the mindset of today’s empty nesters. Regardless of whether they are retired, semi-retired, or still working, modern empty nesters are a different breed than previous generations.

According to The Boston Globe, empty nesters are looking for the trifecta of freedom, community, and adventure — and they are finding it in different ways. The rise in active adult communities, tailored to adults 55 and older, has brought solutions, such as smaller homes in developments that offer activities like book and gardening clubs, golf, tennis, dance lessons, and yoga. Some empty nesters trade in the big house in suburbia for a simpler, urban lifestyle, while some may even hit the road in an RV.

The Washington Post reports that more adults are looking for housing that suits their current situation, not their previous one, now that the kids are no longer living at home. While previous generations saw parents living in the “family home” long after the family flew the coop, today’s parents are moving to smaller homes that fit their needs. Many opt for a single-level home, sparking a building boom in one-story homes with less square footage. Another common theme is an open floor plan that allows them to do more with less space.

Regardless of what path empty nesters take, there is really no one-size-fits-all solution, but in virtually every situation, it requires some serious re-thinking of what they need to fit their new lifestyle.

The Downsizing Decision

Linda Allen and her long-time fiancé, Ron Sturgeon, lived in a 10,000-square-foot mansion in an upscale suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, for several years when they decided to try something entirely new. Sturgeon had three adult sons, and both of Allen’s sons were out of high school, so the six-bedroom house was underused.

“We realized that we were only using the kitchen, the bedroom, and the bathroom,” Allen says. “You should enjoy where you live, and we just weren’t using it.”

No longer concerned about having a fenced yard for the kids to play or the schools available nearby, they began looking at their options and agreed on something that was a 180-degree turn from their stately home with two five-car garages: a two-bedroom condo in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. It hit all three of those common desires for freedom, community, and adventure, Allen says.

“We love the lack of maintenance, and we think of it as smart living instead of having all that empty space,” she says. “We really did look at it as an adventure, so we decided to rent for a couple of years to see if we really liked it. And we just fell in love with this way of living.”

Today, they walk to restaurants or the grocery store instead of driving. Allen says they don’t miss a big backyard because she can walk to the dog park — where her dogs can run free and she meets new friends.

“We meet new people every time we go out,” she says. “We love that.”

The Paring-Down Process

Living in a smaller space means you truly can’t take it with you — and that can be a good thing. Along with the attraction of less space, downsizing is the opportunity to reinvent the look of your home.

Those who are coping with an empty nest find that their current furniture may not fit the look or size of their new space, but they still want the high-end finishes and furniture of their previous home.

The new downsizing boom has caused a spike in the sale of used furniture, appealing to adults who want a new look and seek quality but who don’t necessarily want to pay top dollar to achieve that look.

“This is a time to have fun with it. Try something new that you always wanted to do,” Allen advises.

To find a new look you love, consider buying high-quality used furniture and see how CORT Furniture Clearance Center can help you get the right pieces for less.

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Disaster Relief Housing Solutions: How to Furnish Your Space After a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters displaced homeowners in record numbers in 2017, leaving many with little more than the clothes on their backs. According to the National Center for Environmental Information, the U.S. experienced 15 natural disasters that cost the country at least $1 billion — and that was before the wildfires that ravaged Southern California at year’s end.

In the wake of such troubling news, it’s nice to know that you have helpful options for setting up temporary housing should you ever lose your home in a flood or a fire. Temporary apartments, mobile homes, trailers, and innovative designs, such as modern microhouses from Kasita, all provide temporary disaster relief housing solutions.

If you’re rebuilding your house after a tornado, flood, fire, or other natural disaster, here are a few ways to make your temporary home feel like home.

Choose a Type of Temporary Home

Temporary housing can be expensive, even if your homeowner’s insurance covers some of the cost. If your policy includes “loss of use” coverage, it typically covers expenses for maintaining a second temporary residence while your home is repaired or rebuilt. Check your policy and talk to your insurance agent to understand your coverage.

If you expect your displacement to last fewer than 30 days, then you may do fine staying in a hotel room with a kitchenette. However, as Mark Edelen of Corporatehousing.com notes, most insurers don’t want you to stay in a hotel for more than 30 days.

If repairs are expected to take several months or more, then you will most likely need to rent an apartment or corporate housing. These types of housing give you more space and privacy as well as a full kitchen for preparing home-cooked meals. Additionally, there’s often an option to select a space that has been fully furnished.

If you need to be on or near your property as you rebuild, a mobile home might be a good choice. Several companies offer temporary disaster relief housing solutions that include mobile homes and travel trailers. Newer companies like Kasita even offer contemporary portable homes.

Replace Essential Clothing

Many people emerge from a natural disaster with virtually nothing. Kids may wear the same clothes to school day after day until parents get back on their feet. Food, water, and housing take priority over clothing, but you will need a few essentials right away.

Pick up the basics (socks, underwear) at discount stores, and scout thrift stores for quality clothing at deep discounts. You can also research local community organizations for clothing donation assistance and register with FEMA. If you qualify, the organization’s disaster assistance funds can help pay for clothing and other non-housing disaster assistance.

As life slowly returns to some semblance of normalcy, you can gradually add to your wardrobe with new pairs of jeans, outfits for work, and back-to-school clothes for the kids. When buying toiletries, household goods, and other items, take your time and focus on the essentials first.

Furnish Wisely

If you lost your furniture in a natural disaster, it’s tempting to replace everything right away to regain a sense of normalcy. Resist the temptation. What works in your temporary home may not work in your permanent abode. It’s also a good idea to stay conservative with spending until you resolve insurance claims and other issues.

CORT Furniture Rental offers a stress-free solution for displaced homeowners. In just a few clicks, you can furnish your entire temporary home — or even your permanent one — to suit your style and budget. CORT offers everything from high-quality furniture to essentials like bedding, appliances, and towels with delivery in as little as 48 hours. If you purchase new furniture when moving back into your permanent home, simply give CORT a call to schedule a pickup. No heavy lifting required.

As a first responder during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina and a supporter of Hurricane Harvey and Irma recovery efforts, CORT understands the stress that comes with losing your home in a natural disaster. The company works closely with disaster relief agencies, insurance companies, and individuals to make the process of furnishing your home as smooth as possible.

When you need a furniture solution for your temporary home, contact CORT for all the help you need.

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Patio Refresh: Transform Your Outdoor Space with DIY Furniture Painting

Patio furniture is often the design anchor of an outdoor space. Because of exposure to the elements, outdoor furniture is also destined to see the most wear. Even if you’re able to store your outdoor pieces for the harsh winter season, exposure to sun, wind, and rain at other times of year leave your favorite patio features looking dull after a while.

Before buying new pieces, consider creating a patio refresh with a DIY furniture painting project. No matter which material adorns your backyard, there are plenty of helpful tips for a fun, easy outdoor furniture DIY makeover.

Wicker Wonderland

Wicker is beloved for its functional charm and adaptability. If your wicker is made from a traditional plant-based material, such as rattan, follow the steps below to repaint it. (If you have all-weather wicker, which is usually made from plastic, follow the steps for repainting plastic furniture instead.)

  • Step 1: Clean using a soft brass or wire brush to remove dirt, debris, and flaking paint.
  • Step 2: Let the wicker dry completely.
  • Step 3: Lightly sand any rough edges.
  • Step 4: Apply two coats of oil-based primer, and allow it to completely dry.
  • Step 5: Apply two to three coats of paint using a brush, spray can, or compressor sprayer.
  • Step 6: Add new cushions or other accents to complete your look.

Use these steps for other types of wood patio furniture as well.

Metal Makeover

Ideal for its durability, metal is a classic outdoor furniture choice. Whether you opt for wrought iron, steel, or more lightweight cast aluminum, metal offers a sharp, clean aesthetic. Although it’s long lasting, metal is also prone to rust. When your rusty metal pieces need a makeover, follow these steps for your DIY furniture painting project:

  • Step 1: Scrape using a wire brush to remove dirt, debris, and large flakes of rust.
  • Step 2: Use a palm sander to remove remaining rust. (You could also sand by hand, but it adds a lot of time.) When the rust is gone, switch to a higher grit paper and sand until smooth.
  • Step 3: Wipe down using a solvent, such as acetone, and allow to dry.
  • Step 4: Apply two to three coats of a rust-preventing primer, and allow it to completely dry.
  • Step 5: Apply two to three coats of oil-based paint using a spray can or compressor sprayer.
  • Step 6: Protect with a clear, oil-based urethane sealant to prevent future rust and fading.

Pretty Plastics

Could your patio plastics use some prettying up? Follow these steps for a fresh new look.

  • Step 1: Clean with hot water and an ammonia-based cleaner in a well-ventilated area.
  • Step 2: Let the plastic dry completely.
  • Step 3: Apply painter’s tape to any non-plastic features.
  • Step 4: Apply two coats of plastic-specific primer, and allow it to completely dry.
  • Step 5: Apply two coats of paint using a spray can or compressor sprayer, and allow it to dry and cure before use.

Reviving your outdoor space with freshly painted patio furniture is a simple and fun DIY project, but it’s not the only way to make over your space. If you need new pieces to create the look you want, consider the value of premium, gently used furniture at CORT Furniture Clearance Centers for both inside and outside your home.

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Creating Great Office Layouts to Maximize Productivity

Just 32 percent of American workers report feeling engaged on the job, according to a 2015 Gallup Poll. When people “check out” at work, productivity suffers. Happily, changes in design can help, especially in an office environment. Employers can create great office layouts by incorporating functional furniture, improving the furniture arrangement, and adding color and texture. A few changes can breathe new life into the workplace, resulting in happier and more productive employees.

Open vs. Private Layouts

The most successful office layout depends on the type of work involved. For instance, if employees are required to engage in confidential conversations on a frequent basis or absorb large amounts of reading material, then a setting with private offices is the obvious choice. If most of the day involves collaborative work or group meetings, then an open concept makes the most sense. If you’re still not sure, then why not poll staff to see what they prefer?

The Perfect Mix

A report from The Brookings Institution suggests that many businesses benefit from a blend of open and private spaces. A large, open work area encourages a sense of community and saves money on heating, cooling, and cleaning. Meanwhile, a few private offices help prevent distraction, reduce noise, and provide a secure work environment when needed. A private work room or library with a no-talking rule makes a quiet option for focus and concentration, while a centralized conference room with glass walls keeps business meetings moving at a good clip.

Furniture and Design

Great office layouts start with stylish and practical furniture. When it comes to small business office design, two employees can share a table or desk without too much distraction, but if you have lots of workers occupying one spacious room, then invest in half-height desk dividers or booth seating. Huddle spaces with tall tables and no chairs offer an ideal option for short meetings, and plug-and-play work benches placed near common areas provide convenient spaces for sending a quick email.

To promote a healthy workplace, many businesses provide adjustable desks, ergonomic chairs, noise-cancelling headphones, a comfortable break room, and plenty of natural light.

Color and Texture in the Workplace

Different colors promote office productivity in varying ways. The color red is thought to boost energy and motivation, while yellow evokes a happy, creative vibe. Because it has a calming effect, the color blue makes sense for employees working long hours, and green hues encourage good communication and balance in the workplace.

Texture takes an office from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming. Employers can add texture with:

  • Exposed brick walls and wood beams
  • Woven area rugs and throw pillows
  • Fabric window treatments
  • Paintings and sculptures
  • Baskets and pottery

The Importance of Natural Elements

In addition to adding texture to an office environment, natural elements offer a variety of other benefits like greater wellbeing and increased productivity. Plants like philodendrons, devil’s ivy, and fig trees require little maintenance, and they improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and carbon dioxide. Other design elements that bring the outdoors in include wooden walls or room dividers, stone tile flooring, and large windows with natural views.

Comfortable office design plays a big role when it comes to worker satisfaction, and CORT Furniture Rental can help. As a company grows and office design evolves, renting office furniture allows employers to adapt quickly with new and stylish pieces.

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Temporarily Yours: Finding a Place to Stay While Remodeling Your Home

Living in your home through a one-room remodel can be challenging enough, so when you’re facing a major home overhaul that requires a lengthy exit from your house, it helps to add some necessary order and comfort to your life by choosing the right temporary housing. That doesn’t automatically mean staying at a high-priced luxury hotel or moving in with family and friends. There are plenty of reliable and comfortable temporary housing solutions to give you and your family a sense of normalcy during the house remodeling process.

Which Type of Temporary Housing Is Right for You?

The right type of temporary housing can keep you sane during the already stressful renovation process. Four good housing options include:

  • A rented onsite RV
  • A rented house or apartment
  • An extended stay hotel
  • Corporate housing

Even if your house is uninhabitable, you can at least stay on your property by “camping out” in a rented mobile trailer or recreational vehicle. First, find out if parking a portable home on your property is allowed. Locate it near your utility outlets unless your utilities will be turned off during renovation. If so, consider a different option, such as renting a house, condo, or apartment. A local real estate agent can help you find both furnished and unfurnished rental properties in your area and steer you toward month-to-month rentals if you’re not sure how long you’ll be out of your home.

Extended stay hotels are designed for stays of about 30 days. Expect your suite to come equipped with a full kitchen, full-size refrigerator, and stovetop augmented with additional housewares while yours are packed away. This option has more of a hotel feel with possible onsite laundry and free breakfast served in a common dining room. Additionally, these hotels are typically located close to shopping areas and usually have amenities to help keep your kids busy.

Corporate housing — also referred to as furnished apartments, executive rentals and suites, and serviced apartments — is a full-service solution that gives you all the comforts of home. Most include luxury amenities, such as top-of-the-line appliances and heady views that make you feel like you’re at a retreat. Corporate housing units are typically located in condominiums but can also take the form of houses of all sizes.

“At 86 nights, the average length of stay in corporate accommodations is significantly longer than hotel stays or extended stay hotels,” says Mary Ann Passi of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA). To find a corporate housing provider, Passi suggests heading to the CHPA website where the national membership directory is openly available. Alternatively, contact a local realty office and ask the agents to refer you to trusted corporate housing providers.

Costs of Temporary Housing

You’ll want to compare costs because prices vary for every option, depending on location and length of stay. A typical corporate housing unit has double the square footage of hotel rooms and suite hotels, according to Pessi. Consequently, the average daily rate for corporate housing falls into the $150 per day range, according to CHPA, but it all depends on location and amenities provided. That’s about the same cost as renting an RV for a day, according to CruiseAmerica.com, an RV rental company.

Extended stay hotels should cost less than or about the same as corporate housing options, but a hotel’s space is likely smaller. With extended stay hotels, the more consecutive nights you spend there, the lower your rate. When renting a house or other property, you pay a negotiated fixed rate per month.

What About Pets?

Pets are welcome in many types of temporary housing, but it’s important to search for and choose an animal-friendly venue. Most extended stay hotels, for example, cater to families with pets.

“Extended Stay America hotels welcome pets all year round, so families don’t need to make the difficult decision of leaving their beloved animal companions behind,” says Terry Atkins of Extended Stay America hotels. “We want our guests to enjoy all the comforts of home, and that absolutely should include their four-legged friends.”

At Extended Stay America and other properties, be prepared to pay a small fee for pets and understand that a maximum of two pets are allowed in each suite. And a little advice for hotel residents with pets — put out the “Do Not Disturb” sign when you’re not there so housekeeping won’t startle your animals.

Making Your Temporary Space Comfortable

Full-service housing offers flat-screen TVs, premium cable and Wi-Fi, and room for additional electronics to round out your home-away-from-home experience. Corporate housing, for example, is typically customized to a client’s specific needs, explains Passi, and that can include furniture, a full kitchen and bath, linens, housewares, electronics, and utilities. Corporate housing and extended stay hotels typically work with rental companies to create a full-scale home sweet home.

If you opt for an unfurnished home or onsite portable home accommodations that need some TLC, turn to CORT Furniture Rental to make your time living in temporary housing feel more complete, welcoming, warm, and homey. An unfurnished rental can be move-in ready with rented furniture before you even step foot in the door.

When it comes to a temporary move, the bottom line is to compare costs, locate near school and work, and decide which amenities you prefer during the long haul of house remodeling.

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January 26 2018

5 Ways to Reconnect with Your Family When Deployment Ends

The end of a deployment is an exciting time for everyone in the family. Reuniting with your spouse, children, and extended family members is something you’ve looked forward to during your time away, but the reality is that even a wonderful homecoming requires some adjustments, not just for you but for other family members.

Out of necessity, your family developed a routine in your absence — and so did you. Adjusting to the “new normal” comes with a learning curve for everyone. It’s best to prepare for these changes in advance and make a plan for reconnecting with loved ones to make reintegration easier and more enjoyable.

1. Understand That Everyone Has Changed

Relearning how to spend more time with your family might sound like a simple suggestion, but the truth is everyone — including you — has changed during your deployment. Don’t expect to jump back in and pick up where you left off with little effort. Recognize that there is going to be an adjustment period as you reacquaint yourself with family members as they are now.

2. Don’t Overschedule

Pacing yourself is important as you adjust to life with family again. Engaging in too many activities and events too quickly can be overwhelming and counterproductive. Build in plenty of downtime for both you alone and you with your family.

3. Make a Communication Plan

Great communication is crucial to reintegration, but it doesn’t just happen on its own. Make a plan for expressing your thoughts and feelings by thinking about what you want to say to each person and setting a time when you can say it.

4. Give Children Extra Attention

According to military resource site After Deployment, it can take up to a year for families with children to completely readjust to being around each other again. Time spent with children should be about reconnection and bonding. For small children, this can be as simple as learning how to play together. For older children, it might mean listening and supporting their educational and extracurricular activities.

5. Get Outside Support if Needed

If you’re having trouble connecting as a family, you’re not alone. That’s why there are many resources to help. Talking with others who are going through the same thing can make you feel less alone, and working with a professional counselor can provide you with an emotional outlet as well as tools for helping you with the process of reconnecting.

To make your reintegration simpler, keep in mind that CORT Furniture Rental can help you furnish your home to meet every changing need.

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Bare Necessities: Decorate Like a Minimalist

For many people, home is the place to showcase their treasures in a shrine to the places they’ve been and the things they’ve done. Others like to keep it simple when it comes to decorating, preferring to take a “less is more” approach with a minimalist design theme throughout their homes.

Fans of minimalist design often claim the appeal of this approach is that it’s easier to keep their homes clean due to less clutter. It’s a great option for people moving into their first home or apartment as well as those who are starting over and looking for a smooth transition. The minimalist approach allows you to create a trendy look without having to buy a lot of furnishings and accessories. You could stick to a plan of slowly acquiring pieces or opt for furniture rental as a temporary solution.

Although it sounds like a simple idea that should be easy to accomplish, decorating with a minimalist design scheme is actually harder than it seems. The trick is to create a balance with the bare-bones look so you still have an interesting, inviting place to entertain guests or just relax at the end of a long day without tripping over “stuff.” With the right approach, you can transform your space with minimalist design.

Know What You Need

Understanding what minimalist design is all about is your first step to achieving it. This style uses very little furniture and accessories, so each item in the room is important and has a specific use. For example, instead of a full bedroom set with a dresser, two nightstands, a built-in bookshelf, and perhaps even a chair and entertainment center, the bedroom would only have what is essential, such as a bed with a small headboard — or none at all — and perhaps a single nightstand and dresser.

In the living room, this means no giant entertainment center with shelves packed with video games and movies. This room’s contents could be as simple as a small stand for the television, a couch, a chair, and possibly a small table.

Throughout the minimalist home, there is very little clutter or décor, although a few simple, stylish items are necessary to keep the space from looking vacant. Instead of a desk or sofa table lined with framed family photos, choose a strategic place to display a single photo. Likewise, you don’t want walls that are completely bare, but you should stick to no more than a single, simple piece of art per wall.

Making It Work for You

If the minimalist design aesthetic appeals to you, the best way to try on this style is to do it gradually. Focus on one room at a time to get used to the new, streamlined look, and have some fun experimenting with what works best for you. It’s a great style to work with when you move into a new place, and renting your furniture rather than buying allows you to create the look you want without the hassle and cost of owning it.

One of the easiest ways to start is to tackle the furniture first. Look closely at your room, and decide which pieces could be removed without harming the functionality of the room. The idea is to make it livable and comfortable — and to eliminate what isn’t truly necessary.

Furniture tends to dominate a space, so these selections are usually the easiest. After you’ve pared down the furniture in a room, turn your attention to more complex areas. Which remaining items are essential? You may find that with part of the furniture gone, other items in the room — such as a lamp or freestanding bookcase — no longer seem to fit the design theme.

One of the hallmarks of minimalist design is a lack of clutter, and that means flat surfaces should be clear. If you leave a coffee table in the living room, don’t toss stacks of magazines on it or add a decorative centerpiece. Keep it bare and simple. You could add a couple of carefully placed decorations around the room to give it some personality, but it shouldn’t be excessive.

Once you master the art of decorating in the minimalist style, you can find ways to streamline every room in your home. If you’re moving to a new space, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out the minimalistic approach for yourself. CORT Furniture Rental is a great resource that allows you to easily try out this design concept while furnishing your space with minimal fuss.

 

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Embracing the Wabi-Sabi Style of Decorating

If you haven’t heard much about Wabi-Sabi style, then chances are good that’ll change in 2018. It’s a trend you will likely fall in love with if your home has that “lived in” look.

The glossy layouts pictured in home magazines typically look pristine and perfect, but Wabi-Sabi revels in imperfections and encourages you to choose authenticity over flawlessness. For anyone embracing the contemporary living theme in their home, Wabi-Sabi is a perfect fit for that on-the-go lifestyle. There’s a lot to love about this style, which is one reason why designers expect to see it emerging as one of the most popular design trends for 2018.

According to Robyn Lawrence, author of the books “The Wabi-Sabi House” and “Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House,” Wabi-Sabi is more of an attitude than a specific style. It does embrace some very clear attributes, however, such as soft, dim lighting, a lack of clutter, and the presence of items with history and meaning.

The Nature of Wabi-Sabi

Understanding the Wabi-Sabi mindset means tracing it back to its origins. Rooted in Japanese culture, “Wabi” describes a simple approach that is humble, in tune with nature, and eschews materialism. It’s a term that is often used in Japanese culture to describe someone who is content with few possessions and who seeks wisdom.

The second half of this decorating equation, “Sabi,” translates to “the bloom of time,” and refers to things (and people) growing older and faded but not diminishing in worth or appreciation.

Paired together in home design, Wabi-Sabi becomes a term for a style that can sometimes be messy and imperfect and that places value on keeping the things you love. It’s similar to the Scandinavian trend of lagom, and even though both of these trends lean toward minimalism, Wabi-Sabi is also about embracing natural materials. That is reflected in the colors favored in Wabi-Sabi decorating: soft whites, earthy greens, browns, rusts, and grays create a muted sort of rainbow that designers draw from to create a serene environment that invites comfort over style.

Letting Go of Perfection

Creating a Wabi-Sabi environment begins with letting go of what you think your home “should” look like and instead exploring what it takes to make you happy and comfortable in your space. That might lead to an eclectic look; for example, your late grandmother’s scarred and timeworn cedar chest might take the place of that artfully designed cocktail table, and that perfect crystal vase is replaced by the less-than-perfect pottery your daughter made at school.

Instead of showroom perfection, Wabi-Sabi celebrates the reality of life and living in the moment. It’s more about the personality of the people who live in the space than the furniture and things that fill it. And, because the purpose is more about paring down and keeping what you love and what you need instead of accumulating more things, it can also lead to living simpler and smaller rather than larger.

Going Against the Grain

If you’re ready to bring Wabi-Sabi design into your own home, then Lawrence recommends that you start by looking at the things you love and deciding what items hold the most meaning for you. Think about whether or not each item resonates with you or if it just fills a space.

If you’re adding furniture to the mix, the Wabi-Sabi way is about reusing, recycling, and redecorating. Slight imperfections, such as cracks and scratches, are welcomed in Wabi-Sabi, so refurbishing used furniture is a great start to embracing this mindset. As you embrace the Wabi-Sabi way, this new-to-you furniture becomes part of your ongoing story.

Renting furniture to see what works and what doesn’t is another way to home in on your new design vision. CORT Furniture Rental offers furnishings for every room in your home so that you can quickly fill your space if you’re just starting out or starting fresh.

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