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Ashley Furniture HomeStore

November 08, 2011 14:30 ET

'Tis the Season to Transform Your Dining Room From Dull to Divine

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Offers Five Easy Tips for Holiday Entertaining

ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - 'Tis the season for holiday entertaining -- and there's nothing more festive than a beautifully decorated dining room. Whether you're planning an open-house gala or an intimate dinner with family and friends, Ashley Furniture HomeStore has some easy holiday decorating tips that will help to transform one of the most popular holiday gathering spots in your home:

  • Add a festive accent rug. Using an accent rug is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to make a seasonal statement in any dining room. Choose warm colors like those featured in Ashley's Nutmeg or Thistle rugs, or add a vibrant splash of holiday color with a Scarlet hue. Keep in mind, when placing an accent rug under a dining room table, it should extend a minimum of two feet beyond each edge of the table, so it's easy for guests to sit and stand without catching the chair's legs under the rug.
  • Design a beautiful centerpiece. After you've chosen your table cloth or festive table runner, it's time to think about the centerpiece. For autumn celebrations, it's all about yellows and oranges, pumpkins and sunflowers. For an easy DIY centerpiece, arrange colorful autumn corn in a clear glass bowl or tie it together to create a maze "bouquet." Add an assortment of small, colorful gourds to accent. For a festive holiday display, consider using a beautiful natural centerpiece, like a decorative tabletop spruce, classic red and white holiday amaryllis, poinsettias (pink, red or white), or a fresh pine and berry wreath with a candle in the center.
  • Choose inviting aromas. The right scent can conjure up warm feelings of family, friends and fun. For the ultimate holiday vibe, place scented holiday candles around the room or showcase them in elegant candlesticks, like those featured in Ashley's Nicolette and Mitzi accessory groups. If small children are around, be sure to place candles at a safe distance. Some of the most popular seasonal candle scents for holiday entertaining include evergreen, pine, eucalyptus, cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg.
  • Infuse your own traditions. Holiday entertaining is all about family and friends. Create a new take on family traditions or vintage holiday pieces by adding your own twist. For example, introduce a silver or gold jewelry tree into the space -- adorn it with ornaments passed down from generation to generation, or small framed pictures of family and loved ones. Drape grandma's favorite holiday lights over the fireplace mantel or her favorite red berries strings over a chandelier. No matter what you choose to do, you'll add a truly personal touch to your space.
  • Consider a new dining room set. Maybe you've outgrown your dining room table or it's seen better days, it may be time to purchase a new set. If you're looking beyond adding just a few seasonal touches and want to truly transform your space, Ashley Furniture HomeStore has a variety of formal dining room furniture to choose from.

"Our Barclay Place Dining Table, for example, features a rich traditional style that adds a sophisticated atmosphere to any dining experience," says Kris Woodcock, VP of Merchandising. "Its deep brown finish, cabriole legs and pilaster details all perfectly complement the traditional styled hardware. It's extendable, so it seats many guests -- pair it with the stunning Barclay Place Buffet & China piece and you have a truly remarkable room."

Ashley also has several other dining sets to choose from, both formal and casual. To browse all of the Ashley Furniture HomeStore collections, as well as accent rugs and other accessories, visit

About Ashley Furniture HomeStore
Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the #1 furniture retailer in the United States, delivers quality, affordable furniture to customers at over 425 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is an exclusive provider of furniture from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States.

Contact Information

    Paulette Rippley
    Media Relations
    Ashley Furniture HomeStore
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    Phone: (608) 323-3377


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