Kid Friendly Furniture

Pet Friendly Furniture
One comment we hear every day in the store is, “I can’t get a sofa, I have kids and pets.” We are happy to inform you that the world of upholstery has expanded and improved, and it’s really exciting!

Years ago, when we first started working in the furniture industry, the fabrics for durability were Olefin and Herculon. They were ugly, uncomfortable, and rough. If you wanted something that would wear, they were your only options. Yuk.

Pet & Kid Friendly Furniture

Happily, over the past few years, we have seen a big change in the fabrics offered. There is no reason to wait to buy upholstery when there are now so many options available. American Leather and CR Laine, the two upholstery companies we carry, offer a variety of family and pet-friendly fabrics. Names like Sunbrella (originally made for outdoor cushions), Crypton, Sustain, and Revolution have been added to the fabric selections for both companies. These fabrics are not only extremely durable and easy to clean, but they also feel soft and are comfortable! Even a pale color sofa could be an option.

Kid Friendly Furniture

The next time you’re ready to replace an old sofa, but feel you have to wait because of children and pets, come to Dream House and explore the new fabrics. By purchasing a quality sofa frame and a quality durable fabric, your sofa should last for a long time!

~Wendy

Wendy Flynn - Dream House

Holiday Entertaining

Holiday Entertaining
Find festive and pretty tableware at Dream House to show off all your favorite holiday treats this season. Not sure what to make? We share some of our favorite recipes below…

Cheesecake

—Miriam Rosenthal

This family recipe is always on our holiday table. Simple. Classic. Delicious.—Cassie

Ingredients

Filling

(3) 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
(4) eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
A squeeze of lemon juice or 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained, added at end of mixing.

Crust
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers or vanilla wafers

Topping
1-pint sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine all filling ingredients and beat in an electric mixer for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Use butter to grease cheesecake pan and melt the rest to combine with ground graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
  3. Pour mixture into a cheesecake form and pack firmly with a small bowl to make a firm crust. Add filling.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
    (Cheesecake is ready when the center does not jiggle, but take it out before it cracks.)
  5. Cool for 10 minutes. Combine sour cream with with 1 tsp. vanilla and spoon on top.
  6. Bake 6 minutes at 475 degrees. Refrigerate. (Preferably made the day before serving.)

Ginger Short Bread

l make these delicious treats for friends and family every year and they are a huge hit! —Wendy

Ingredients
1 cup butter softened
2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp ground crystallized ginger
2 cups Flour

  1. Mix butter, ginger, and sugar until creamy
  2. Add flour (The dough will be crumbly.)
  3. Press into a 9 x 12 glass pan  1/2” thick
  4. Take a knife and score into equal bite-size pieces.
  5. Bake at 325 for 32-35 minutes until edges are golden brown
  6. Cut along score marks as soon as it comes out of the oven wiping knife as you go.
  7. Cool. (Can be stored in a plastic container up to 2 weeks.)

Bread Arugula Salad

This dish has become a big winner for my family around the holidays, and it easily transforms into a vegetarian-friendly option. —Mary

Ingredients

8 ounces slightly stale open-crumbed, chewy, peasant-style bread (not sourdough)
6 tablespoons to 8 tablespoons mild-tasting olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 pinch salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons pine nuts
2 to 3 garlic cloves, slivered
1/4 cup slivered scallions (about 4 scallions)
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
2 tablespoons lightly salted chicken stock or lightly salted water
3 handfuls of arugula, frisée, or red mustard greens, carefully washed and dried

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Tear bread into irregular 2- to 3-inch chunks—you should get about 4 cups.
  3. Toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, lightly coating them, and broil very briefly, just to lightly color the edges. If you’d like to toast the pine nuts (recommended) you can put them on your broiler tray as well, but watch them very carefully because they cook quickly!
  4. Combine about 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the white wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Toss about 1/4 cup of this tart vinaigrette with the torn toasted bread in a wide salad bowl; the bread will be unevenly dressed.
  6. Taste one of the more saturated pieces. If it is bland, add a little salt and pepper and toss again.
  7. Heat a spoonful of the olive oil in a small skillet, add the garlic and scallions, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until softened. Don’t let them color.
  8. Scrape into the bread and fold to combine.
  9. Add the dried cranberries along with the pine nuts, if they were not already mixed with the bread scraps from the broiling step. Dribble the chicken stock or lightly salted water over the salad and fold again.
  10. Taste a few pieces of bread—a fairly saturated one and a dryish one. If it is bland, add salt, pepper, and/or a few drops of vinegar, then toss well.
  11. Add the greens, a drizzle of vinaigrette, and fold well. Taste again.

Enjoy!

Daydreaming

Daydreaming

These days I find myself daydreaming about snuggling into a cozy, made bed and sleeping for days (as, I am sure, most new moms do). Peeling back soft plush layers, curling beneath crisp sheets, and weighed down by quilts and duvets is a universally enjoyable experience. Some of my current obsessions are inspired by one of our bedding lines…

The boho ombré mixed with the structured geometric is unexpectedly pleasing.

Monotone is always a favorite go-to for bedrooms.

Here’s the trending neutral with a pop of color look.

A pattern that nods to animal print is fun and luxurious at the same time.

Pillows are also one of my favorite things. Interior designer Alisa Bovino’s Pillow Size Combinations is a good reference for anyone looking to mix up their bedroom decor.

Are you in need of new bedding, pillows, or paint colors for your bedroom? We’ve got several wonderful lines and full-service design resources to make your bedroom goals a reality. Call us 301-360-0680 or come see us and enjoy the cozy season!