5 Ways to Add Character to Your Home

We all flip through the latest home magazine or scroll through Pinterest thinking, ” how do they get their home to look like that?!”. You would be surprised to know that you can achieve a similar look and feel without hiring a designer and breaking the bank. The secret is adding character, which means adding a bit of YOU! Here are our top 5 suggestions for helping your home feel a bit more cozy:


Before you run to the store to buy all new things, go up to the attic, check your hand-me-downs,  and gather up all of your favorite family heirlooms. These are the items that will add warmth and a characteristic that no other home will have. Do you have Grandma’s quilt stashed in the linen closet? Perfect! Take it down and drape it over a bench or put it on display!

2.  Shop Thrift Stores and Yard Sales

Shop around at local yard sales, thrift stores, or Goodwill! You will be surprised at the pieces you find that will perfectly fill that space that needed a bit of love. Pieces that look a little worn give you more texture. You may even find something completely out of the ordinary, like the end table pictured below.

3.  Mix Old With New

This goes hand in hand with 1 and 2. If you find something old at a yard sale or something given to you by a family member, pair it with a new pillow or chair that you have had your eye on! This layering technique adds instant character and you can’t go wrong! Below you will see an antique natural wood table paired with contemporary windsor chairs, antique candle holders, and new dinnerware.

4.  Window Treatments

Adding curtains to any space instantly adds warmth, softness, and that oh-so-cozy feel you have been dreaming of.  Make sure to hang your curtains higher than the window frame to add height to your space.

5. Live first and take your time!

The best way to add character to your home is to wait and see how you use your space. Make each corner functional and stylish!

Let us know if you have any more tips and tricks to make your home more cozy! Leave any comments in the box below or on our Facebook!


#BuyersGuide: Tips For Buying A Sectional

Sectional buying can be a daunting task if you are new to the game. What size do I need? What If I move ? Do I need to have a huge room for it to fit? We hope this post helps clarify some questions you may have and gives you the nudge you need to make that big decision.

Whether you are  custom ordering from a store in person or ordering online, you will come across terminology that may be confusing. Sectional components mostly consist of Right arm facing (RAF), Left arm facing (LAF), corner pieces, chaises or armless pieces. Right or left arm facing means that when you are looking at the sectional, the arm is on the right or left. An armless piece is useful to connect your LAF or RAF end pieces or add length to your piece and chaise lounges add an L-shaped length without the extra cushions.

Contrary to popular belief. you do not need a huge space for a sectional to work. Actually, a sectional may be the solution to that small awkward space you can’t seem to figure out. A large piece of furniture in a small space can actually anchor the space and help it seem bigger! Eliminating multiple pieces of furniture and using a sectional to accommodate all of your seating needs will make for a cozier, softer space. Here are a couple of examples:

The sectional above features a left arm facing love seat and right arm facing chaise. A sofa with a chaise is a great option for a small space.

This sectional is traditional L-shaped with a RAF love seat and LAF sofa with return.

Before you start shopping, measure your space and draw out a floor plan! You need to know exactly how much room you have to work with, especially because the majority of sectional purchases are special orders and non-returnable. You want to take note of your high traffic areas, point of entrance and all doors and openings. Sectionals are great, but if you are blocking your entrances and flow of traffic, it may not be the best option for your space.

Think you will be moving in a few years? Maybe you should consider a modular sectional. These versatile pieces allow you to add and subtract any number of pieces to fit your space perfectly. See an example of a modular sectional below:

This 8 piece sectional can be modified to be smaller or in a different configuration very easily. See it with all of its pieces here:

Try not to become overwhelmed, find your measurements, and head to Turner’s so a designer can help you find the perfect sectional. We are confident that a sectional can quickly add functionality, comfort, and style that few other furnishings can provide.

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#BuyersGuide: How to Buy Furniture on a Budget


We’ve all been there! You have a new home and have no furniture to fill it! How do you stomach purchasing a new home AND new furniture? Don’t worry, we are here to help! There are ways to shop without feeling overwhelmed and to leave with your wallet still in tact. Here are a few tips we have come up with:

1. Choose quality over quantity. You may be tempted to buy cheap so you can furnish all at once, but you must think about the future. Cheap furniture is a short term solution and will only last a few years before you purchase again. It is more economical to save and buy one thing at a time and invest in quality, so you won’t have to purchase again. Don’t worry about furnishing your whole space at once! Be patient. Don’t rush. You will thank yourself later!

2. Take advantage of special financing with approved credit, but don’t skimp on the down payment! Putting more than the minimum amount required will minimize your monthly payment and increase your chances of paying off early. Save and pay in full if you can! Remember, don’t rush!

3. Hunt your space. Using pieces you already have and mixing in a few new items will result in a space that has more personality. You may hate that table in your foyer now, but with a new coat of paint, lamps, and a few accessories, it could take on a new life! We have found that mixing in pieces you already own prevents your space from becoming overly “matchy” and also saves money!

4. Buy timeless, not trendy. When you are deciding on a piece of furniture, think about whether or not it will be “in style” a year from now. Choosing items that are too trendy will prompt new purchases when they are no longer current. It is also a good idea to purchase multifunctional items that can move from space to space and serve different purposes.

We hope these tips help you on your furniture buying journey! Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!

#DesignDilemma: How to Create a Functional Outdoor Space

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we decided to come up with some ideas to make your outdoor space as functional as possible for your celebration. Despite the heat, it is always fun to grill a few hamburgers, take a swim, and watch fireworks at the end of the day.

So, how do you make sure your guests are comfortable, while maximizing your backyard potential?

Have an outdoor dining area. This may seem like a no brainer, but people love to sit across from one another while having a place to graze and chat. Here are a few options available at Turners:

To add an instant ambiance, go with this fire pit table that has a mini flame that will light up your area while enjoying those freshly grilled hamburgers outside. Shelves behind a cabinet provide extra storage (perfect for hiding the extra chips!).

Or you can stick with a classic outdoor dining table and chairs that make for a comfortable pit stop after a dip in the pool.

Create a conversation area with four comfortable chairs around a fire pit. It’s never too hot for some smores, right?

Imagine your July 4th party with a stocked cooler! This solid wood cooler is the perfect addition to any backyard shindig.

We hope this gave you some ideas on how to make the best outdoor space possible! All of these items are available at Turner’s Fine Furniture!

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#DesignDilemma: Dress Up Your Boring Neutral Sofa

If you have been furniture shopping lately, you may have noticed that 90% of the market consists of beige or white sofas. At first glance, they can seem… well… BORING. That’s okay! We believe that a neutral sofa is the gateway to functional decorating, being the chameleon that it is. Keeping your large pieces neutral gives you the design freedom to use any decorative item your heart desires, but you may need some help! This is why we are here. Here are a few tips we have come up with:


1.  Add colorful decorative pillows to contrast your sofa. Choose a pillow you love and go from there! Any color, pattern, or style will work. Use these pillows as the inspiration for the surrounding area.

2. Find a textured throw blanket that adds dimension to your drab sofa. A throw helps add visual interest and a sense of coziness you are sure to love.

3.  Fun artwork can attract the eye and take the attention away from your sofa. In this case, the artwork accents the pillows perfectly to create a balance of color.

4. Who said a lamp can’t be fun? Don’t be afraid to bring in color here!

5. Last, but not least, the rug. A rug should visually ground the sofa, add color interest, and have a contrasting texture.

Follow these steps and you are on your way to a full makeover!

All of these items are available to order at your local Turner’s Fine Furniture location. As always, our designers are here to help make your interior design goals a reality.

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#BuyersGuide: Quality Wood Furniture Characteristics

As we have gone over in previous posts, buying furniture is scary. How do you know if the pieces you are considering are worth the price? Sometimes, it is hard to tell! In our buyers guide series, we hope to eliminate some of that fear and help you decide which pieces are worth investing in.

In this week’s post, we are covering wood products, such as dressers, chests, and nightstands. There are simple ways to tell if the piece you are buying is worth that pricey tag.

1. It all starts with the wood. A high quality piece will be made of a solid hardwood. This wood will then be kiln dried to release any moisture that will cause the wood from expanding or contracting over time. Unfortunately, solid wood is rare to find so your next contender should be an engineered wood with solid wood veneer. An engineered wood should not be dismissed because of its overall strength and durability.

2.Pay attention to the drawers. In a high quality drawer, you will find the following:

       a. A smooth, even dovetail joint is the most visible joint technique that showcases quality. This type of joint is noted for its tensile strength and once glued together, requires no mechanical fasteners.


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       b. Corner blocks underneath the drawers. If you take a peek under the drawer, you will notice a small block in the corners. This adds extra strength and stability by enforcing joints.

Dust panels. A high quality wood chest should have thin pieces of wood in-between the drawers. This adds extra strength, keeps dust off of your clothes, and allows the drawers to glide properly.

Glides. Whether your furniture has a mechanical glide or a wood glide, you want to make sure the drawers glide smoothly, close flush, and have stoppers so they don’t fall out.

Back panels. If you look on the back of your piece, notice how the back panel is attached. You want to look for a sanded smooth and well-fitted engineered wood that has been screwed in, not stapled.

Here is an example of a few more quality characteristics seen in Kincaid Furniture, available to order at Turner’s Fine Furniture:

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As always, if you are unsure about your purchase, any of Turner’s designers would be happy to explain the quality difference and go over these steps with you.

If you have any other concerns about the buying process, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

#DesignDilemma: Creating A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are the perfect way to show off your collection and to create a focal point in your space. However, building your art collection and figuring out how to display them, normally scares people away. We hope that these few tips will eliminate your fear and send you on the way to an expertly styled gallery wall.

1. Start collecting! 

It takes time to build a big enough collection to display in a gallery configuration. Our best tip is to be patient and collect pieces you love instead of trying to buy it all at once. The best gallery walls are made up of quality pieces that have meaning. You can get creative; however, and use found objects, letters, mirrors, photographs and other memorabilia that will add dimension and texture to your wall.

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2. Plan your layout. 

After framing and before hanging anything on the wall, plan your layout by laying every thing out on the floor. This will give you the opportunity to visualize how they will look together.

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3. Start big. 

If you are having trouble creating a layout, start with your largest pieces first, and let the smaller pieces fall naturally into place. You want your largest pieces to be distributed evenly throughout the layout.

4. Get Krafty. 

Once you are happy with your layout, use kraft paper to cut out the different sizes and shapes of your items. You can use painters tape to attach each cutout on the wall in your desired design to make sure everything is perfect before hanging.

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5. Hammer and hang! 

While your kraft paper is still on the wall, hammer your nails in their designated places, then rip off your kraft paper to replace with a frame! So easy!


With a little practice and patience, you can achieve an expertly curated gallery wall in no time! There is no better way to impress your guests and add personality to your home.

If you have another Design Dilemma you would like to tackle, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!

#BuyersGuide: How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

We have concluded over the years that a mattress purchase is a NEED and not a WANT. Nobody wants to shop for a new mattress and if you have shopped for one recently, you know that the experience is comparable to buying a new car. It is overwhelming! If you are in the market for a new mattress, chances are you are having 1 (or more) of the problems listed below:

1. You are tossing and turning and it is preventing you (or your partner) from getting a good night sleep.

2. You are waking up with back pain and stiffness.

3. You are sleeping too hot or too cold.

4. Your partners movement disturbs your sleep.

5.  You are rolling off the edge or rolling towards the middle.

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These are all very common problems that can be solved with the right mattress. But where do you start? We hope to help you with that today and give you insider tips and tricks to choosing the mattress that will meet your needs.

So, what kind of mattresses are available in today’s market and what can they do for you?

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam is the “up and coming” product in the industry. This product is mostly recommended for those who have chronic back pain, are tossing and turning, and are disturbed by partner’s movement during the night. Memory foam is a sensitive material that will conform to your body, reduce pressure points, and keep your spine aligned during the night.

There have been complaints over the years about this product trapping heat, but manufacturers are now including high tech cooling systems that will act like a thermostat and regulate your temperature through the night.

At Turners, we carry memory foam mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and Serta.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are made up of a hypoallergenic Talalay Latex that is one of the most resilient products on the market. These are great if you are having a support problem (waking up with back pain) and if your mattress is dipping. Mattresses that are 100% latex are less likely to “dip” over time than any other type of mattress.

Unlike a memory foam mattress that conforms to your body, latex will push back, providing a firm support. If you do not like the feel of a firmer mattress, latex may not be for you.

Turner’s carries latex mattresses from Restonic.

InnerSpring Mattresses 

Innerspring mattress are the oldest and most commonly used mattresses. If you enjoy the traditional feel of a quilted mattress and don’t like the feel of a latex or memory foam, these might be for you.

Coils in mattress now are more advanced and stronger than those in the past. They are individually wrapped, which helps distribute weight, reducing movement during the night. They are also better equipped to reduce pressure, because they are able to act individually and conform to the weight of your body. It is recommended that you look for innerspring mattresses with a medium to high coil count, foam encasement around the edge, and dense support foam. Choosing the cheapest inner spring mattress will not solve back pain issues over time.

Turner’s carries innerspring styles from Serta and Restonic.

Lifestyle Bases

“Lifestyle Bases,” as we call them, can offer further solutions to your sleep problems. Lifestyle bases replace the boxspring and provide a head and foot lift to help you get out of bed, support you in a TV watching or book reading position, and relieves pressure in lower back. These are especially helpful for those who have sleep apnea, because raising your head while sleeping opens up your airways and prevents your tongue from falling to the back of the throat. The same concept also applies to those with acid reflux.

Lifestyle bases, or adjustable bases, are compatible with all memory foam or latex mattresses, and a few innerspring mattresses. Turner’s carries bases from Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Restonic.

Although there is always going to be some confusion in mattress shopping, we hope this clarifies some questions you may have had. We always suggest you make a trip to the store and try them out for yourself. Mattresses feel very different to different people, making reviews bias to the owner. It is essential to invest in sleep, considering we spend half our lives catching some zzz’s!

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#DesignDilemma: Choosing a color palette for your whole home.

We’ve all been there! When you are building/remodeling your home and you are asked what colors you would like to choose for your ENTIRE HOME, we all tend to panic! Do I use the same color throughout? How do I mix colors so they don’t clash? The list goes on. This tends to lead to what we like to call, paint color procrastination. We are here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be stressful! There is a simple way to make sure that the colors you are choosing are cohesive and create a stunning flow through your home.

1. Start with your main/largest area and go from there. This is going to help you identify the palette for the rest of the home. Is there a certain color you absolutely love? Start there. We also suggest allowing this color to be fairly neutral and not too dark. Since it is the largest area of your home, you want the space to feel open and accepting to other accent colors. If the color you love is dark, look at the lighter shade of the same color (you can use the paint indexes found at any paint supply store). For this example, we are starting with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

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2.  Start to build your palette using different shades of the same hue. This is a guaranteed way to make sure the colors you are choosing are cohesive. This helps that “paint color procrastination” we were talking about. Using tints or shades of the same color work especially well in spaces that are visually connected.

3. Use accent colors in bathrooms and bedrooms, but make sure they still flow with your main house colors. Using random colors in every bedroom and bathroom can make the paint colors seem like an afterthought. Create continuity by selecting hues with similar undertones. If you love reds with blue undertones, look for other colors with blue undertones.

4. Still unsure? Test your potential palette and see if they visually work together.

You will be able to tell if your color palette is cohesive. If something doesn’t seem right, try taking out a color to see which one is the culprit.

We hope this helps ease some paint color anxiety and helps you tackle your next project! Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or have another #DesignDilemma you would like to solve! Make sure to follow us on Facebook for sale items, new arrivals, and interior design inspiration.

#BuyersGuide: Why is my sofa so expensive?

Today’s furniture buying experience is much like buying a new car. You may want to find the best deal on a car regardless the brand, or you know you want the top of the line, so you expect to spend more money. We all know that the top of the line vehicle is going to have the best construction, highest safety ratings, and longer warranty. However, we seemed to be blinded by furniture quality.  That being said, all furniture is not made equally. The sofa you find at Target for $399 is not going to be the same quality as the sofa at a fine furniture store for $3000. There is a reason why a sofa is priced so high, and we would like to explain and justify that difference today.

It all starts with the frame:

1. A top of the line sofa starts with a solid hard wood like walnut, maple, or oak. Then, the wood is Kiln dried, which eliminates all of the excess moisture in the wood, resulting in a strong product that will not bow or bend over time.

2. That wood is then doubled doweled and glued to each other to create stability and a structurally sound product. In some cases, the wood is cut to interlock with each other, then it is glued together. Corner blocks are triple reinforced with staples, glue and screws to create strong joints that will not loosen over time.

3. There are several different types of spring units that could be added to a frame, but an 8-way hand tied spring system is by far the strongest, most resilient type of support. High gauge spring coil units are dropped into the frame, then hand tied with twine 8 different directions to themselves and to the frame. This creates a unit that distributes weight evenly and keeps the coils from shifting, which eliminates sagging in the frame.

4. The next step in creating a strong piece of furniture includes the added foam for frame protection and comfort. In a high quality frame, there is a strong molded foam lining the edges of the piece to create a sharp look and reduce the risk of the foam breaking down. Then layers of polyester foam will wrap around the frame. Your fabric is then backed and added to the top layer.

Most high end manufactures will have a variety of cushions to choose based on comfort and quality. In brands like Wesley Hall and Taylor King, a high end cushion consists of a molded polyester foam, encased spring coils, memory foam, and/or blend down fill. All of these options have been carefully thought out to make sure the lifetime of your cushion outlasts the competitors. Not only can you customize your cushions, but you have the choice of hundreds of different high end fabrics to fit your personal style and lifestyle.

These are just a few of the reasons why a sofa can be so expensive. But, we believe that investing on an heirloom quality piece will pay for itself in the long run. When buying a sofa based on the price, you may find yourself replacing the sofa every couple of years due to its quality.

So, the next time you are in the store and have a little sticker shock, ask your salesperson to explain to you the quality difference and you will understand why we take pride in well thought out pieces that will last a lifetime.

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