Energy (And Money) Saving Measures Start at Home

Ways to Save on Energy Costs at Home in 2017

 

Hanging LED and incandescent lightbulbs against a green background. The right lightbulb can save on energy costs at home in 2017.

For most people, home ownership is the most expensive purchase they will ever make. However, those costs go far beyond the list price and the mortgage. Inefficient appliances, poor insulation, and simply wasting resources (aka, water, electricity, etc.) can add up to thousands of dollars each year. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple things you can do to save on energy costs and keep a few bucks in your pocket in 2017.

With this week celebrating National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, here are some helpful tips to get you started down an energy (and dollar) saving path.

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2016: LOOKING BACK AT TRENDS WE LOVED IN HOME DECOR

Looking Back At The Design, Architecture, And Home Decor Trends Of 2016

 

The BDI Stream coffee table and Corridor home bar in Charcoal Finish, against a dark hardwood floor.

This has been a big year for design, from home décor trends to architecture. With all new trends on the horizon in the New Year, we’re looking back at some of our favorite trends we saw in 2016.

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS START AT HOME

How To Set Yourself Up For A Great Year Ahead

You know the drill by now. It’s 2017, which means it’s time to get serious about those New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re aiming to get fit, save money, advance your career or spend more time with your family, your home is square-one for success.

Lucky for you, we’ve got a few ideas for making your home work for you.

The Nora Slim media console by BDI in Natural Walnut finish with black micro-etched glass doors.

Getting a jump start on your new year’s resolutions often starts right at home.

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Helpful Tips For Big Holiday Entertaining in Small Spaces

Don’t Let Your Small Space Keep You From Throwing A Big Holiday Party

 

Entertaining for the holidays in small spaces

The holidays are full of events and soirees – office parties, ugly sweater contests, Christmas Eve at your crazy aunt’s house. If you find yourself playing host to your own party this season, you may be worried about crowding your friends and family into your home. After all, your studio apartment may be perfect for you, but it isn’t exactly ideal for entertaining.

This holiday, don’t let a small space keep you from going big on a holiday affair to remember. To get you jingling in the festivities in a grand way, we’ve rounded up a few helpful tips and tricks for stylishly hosting and entertaining in small spaces.

 

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SPRUCE UP YOUR HOLIDAY DECOR

Deck the Halls with a Twist: New Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

 

A modern and contemporary home with holiday decor and Christmas tree.

‘Tis the season to trim the tree, deck the halls, and hang your stockings from the chimney with care. However, you may already be tired of the red, green and holly-laden overload that tends to take over home décor this time of year.

If your decorations are in need of a refresher, we rounded up a few non-traditional, yet festive holiday décor ideas to keep your home merry and bright all winter long. (more…)

Go Small and Go Home: Baby Boomers Move Toward Downsizing

Baby Boomers Embrace Smaller Spaces to Enjoy Retirement Living

 

Baby boomers downsizing to embrace retirement living

 

Who would have ever guessed that going small would be the next big thing?

Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, make up a good chunk of the population — 76 million people, to be exact. According to the AARP, 8,000 Boomers will turn 65 every day for the next decade and a half. As they reach or approach retirement age, many Baby Boomers are downsizing and taking advantage of smaller living spaces.

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Giving Thanks This Year

A Look Back at BDI’s Accomplishments and Milestones in 2016

 

Happy Thanksgiving from BDI Furniture

Over the years, we have taken this time of year to reflect back on our accomplishments and successes, and to thank all the people who have been instrumental along the way.

Between several new additions to our growing team, well-deserved awards for our talented designers, and the continuing support our retail partners and customers, 2016 was an exciting year at BDI. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many reasons we have to be thankful.

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Middle Market Thought Leader: A Podcast with Lorri Kelley

A Look at the Past and Future of the Home Furnishings Industry, and BDI’s Unique Place in the Market

 

BDI’s own Lorri Kelley spent some time with the Middle Market Thought Leader host, Jack Sweeney, to discuss where the furniture industry has been, where it’s going, and the role BDI plays in providing innovative solutions for home entertainment and office.

The following is a great overview from our company President on the growth of BDI, and how the company is uniquely positioned to anticipate and respond to consumers’ needs with thoughtful, timeless and functional design that also incorporates beautiful styling for today’s homes.

 

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Modern vs. Contemporary Design

Understanding The Difference Between Modern And Contemporary Design

 

An iconic sculpted chair design from Vladimir Kagan on dark hardwood floor, and against a brick wall.

An iconic sculpted chair design from Vladimir Kagan.

 

The words “modern” and “contemporary” get thrown around together a lot, often used interchangeably to refer to something that’s happening now, in the present — for example, “modern love” and “contemporary fiction.”

However, when it comes to art and design, there is an important difference between modern and contemporary.

The term “modern” – as we understand it in the design world – comes from the Modern art movement, which spanned between the 1860s to 1970s. Modern artists explored new approaches to seeing and understanding nature and art functions. Consider the work of Manet, Monet, Picasso and Matisse and you’ll get the picture. 

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Age of Style: The Millennial Furniture Buyer

How Millennials Are Influencing Furniture Trends

 

An attractive Millennial woman relaxes to music while using the BINK mobile media table by BDI.

Millennials make up a powerful buying segment, influencing furniture trends and spending outcomes.

News and online articles often paint a grim picture of Millennials. They’re lazy, they’re entitled, they’re obsessed with their iPhones, they say. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Well, everything but that last bit about their iPhones, maybe.

At 80 million strong, Millennials are the largest generation in American history. They make up about a third of the U.S. adult population, and they hold substantial purchasing power, spending an estimated $600 billion each year. And with many entering their peak home-buying years — 25 to 45 as defined by Goldman Sachs — Millennials are influencing furniture trends as well. (more…)