Mindful Living: From the Outside, In

As January is whizzing by, 2014 is turning out to be like any other year: exhausting. We are constantly running from one thing to the next, and life becomes increasingly chaotic, stressful, and overwhelming.  Try as we might to control it, it throws us bumps in the road and it’s all we can do to keep our heads above water.  As a coping mechanism, we have learned to live absent-mindedly, not paying attention to what is going on inside or outside of us, and we become machines, seeing the world through habit, sacrificing the beauty and freshness of life.  To combat this mechanical existence, we must reclaim our awareness of the present moment amidst all the chaos.

Mindfulness is a state of awareness we find in the present moment to keep us grounded within our daily routines to continue to find freshness and motivation in the mundane.  Mindfulness is about easing in to the now, reflecting, slowing down, and simply being.  As studies show that mindfulness offers “reduced rumination,” “stress reduction,” “boosts to memory,” “increased focus,” “less emotional reactivity,” “more cognitive flexibility,” and “relationship satisfaction,” mindful activities such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are becoming increasingly popular.  The Huffington Post even declared 2014 the Year of Mindful Living.  This type of focused awareness of the present moment opens up space into your life to be aware of your surroundings, and ultimately, more at peace with your life.

Mindfulness begins at home.  Our homes- the physical extensions of ourselves- say a lot about what is going on inside of us. It is important to reflect upon our surroundings and what they reveal about our inner workings: when you walk in the door after a long day, does your space remember who you are even when the world does not?  Does it give you a feeling of calm?  Does your space re-center and recharge you?  Inspire you?  Does it offer you the opportunity to stay present, exactly where you are in your life?


You deserve to reside in a place where you can fully inhabit, and be fully present, so that this outer calm will seep into your innermost self.  Begin to find this sense of peace by intentionally organizing your space: what is it that you can organize in your external space to spur changes in your inner self?  Purge what you don’t need and rearrange what you do.  Create your space to express the inner calm- and the greater version of you- to which you aspire. The new presence and peace you find in your home will seep into other areas of your life.

Life is going to continue to be messy, so find your tools to combat it. As you begin to cleanse yourself, starting at home, Houseworks is here to help you.  Find a cleaner, lighter, and more inspired space with some of our unique pieces. Come talk to one of our in store professionals about how you can customize our pieces to fit your needs.


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Father’s Favorite

Of course Dad cherishes the handmade cards and construction-paper ties the little ones create for him.

But wouldn’t you love to be the one who wows him with something a little more sophisticated? We’ve gathered some ideas for your particular papa here at Houseworks.


1. Show Pops some love and help him take his fierce gaming skills old school with our BonBon XOXO Game for a new take on tic-tac-toe.

2. The best gift of all this Father’s Day might be time to rest, relax, and recharge. Broken in does not mean broken down with the Comfort Recliner, and this may be the only day Dad doesn’t have to compete with the rest of the family to reserve the coziest spot in the house. The elegant take on a living room staple comes in leather, a variety of fabrics, or Ultrasuede.

3. Shine a little light on your father’s finer points with this Silva lamp. The rich wood tones and strong lines add a very masculine flair to thoroughly modern décor.

4. Encourage Dad to dream, plan, and travel with the modern Mapster. The tri-panel flat relief of the planet will showcase his love of adventure.

5. Throw a Don Draper soiree to celebrate Dad complete with slick suits, narrow ties and classy cocktails, served on the colorful Torque Coaster Set.



1. Kitchen utensils don’t have to be quaint. This silver and black utensil caddy looks more artful than practical, but rest assured, Dad will work his culinary magic in style.

2. An iPad in the kitchen calls for an iSpoon for the chef. The custom handle allows him to consult his cooking apps without leaving messy fingerprints all over the screen.

3. Uncompromising taste in vino calls for our Napa Wine Rack. The contemporary design is perfect for your elegant wine connoisseur.

4. Black with a hint of color is a stylish combo for a man’s wardrobe, and it works in the kitchen as well. Joseph Joseph goes high-fashion with this knife set.

5. Whether he prefers to carry out or create his own when it comes to pizza, this colorful cutter is razor sharp and never wobbly, so he’ll serve up perfect slices every time.


1. Wall and blotter calendars fall absolutely flat next to the sculptural essence of the Perpetual Calendar. A unique dad deserves a unique way to mark the passage of time.

2. Add a little fun to his coffee break with a genuine Scrabble mug. Choose “D” for Dad, or select his first initial, complete with point value.

3. Save Dad the trouble of always searching for an adapter and an available outlet when his phone dies. The sleek Pixo desk lamp features a USB port for charging his phone, iPod and other electronics.

4. The Skyline Office Board can double as a cool place to keep crucial items on Dad’s to-do list or a piece of contemporary art when the work’s all done.

5. Turn his book collection into décor with the stronger-than-it-looks Conceal L shelf. He’ll be amazed by the gravity-defying design and the space he’ll gain without bulky shelving units.


Gifts That Shine

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Come in for a test drive!

With gorgeous lines and precision tuning, Comfort Recliner™ is the BMW of seating. It brings on relaxation so fast, you’ll never sit anywhere else. Ten reasons why you can only truly relax in a Comfort Recliner from Houseworks:

Size matters


Goldilocks knew one size did not fit all. Test drive Comfort Recliner’s three sizes for your ideal fit; they all come with the Infinity System, a unique weight-balanced mechanism that allows for infinite back-reclining positions.

It’s a gas


The unique, gas-assisted footrest allows for smooth, infinite adjustment by gently pulling the Comfort Release.

It suits you

Your car seat adjusts, why shouldn’t your chair? Comfort Recliner has hidden tension knobs, easily accessible beneath the chair, to fine tune resistance in the back recline.

You’re in control….


The back recline and footrest in the Comfort Recliner are fully independent of each other, giving you complete control.

…when you’re in the driver’s seat


The contoured shell back envelopes you for added comfort while showcasing a clean, tailored look.

You’ll step on the gas…


Comfort Recliner’s extra-long footrest extension with chaise ottoman eliminates gaps and provides complete leg support, no matter how tall you are.

…to get ahead.


The headrest pillow can be raised for complete head and neck support and you can articulate it forward to watch TV.

Ride low or sit tall.

Comfort Recliner’s proprietary, height-adjustable swivel base allows you to set your chair at the height that fits you best, five turns = 1 inch.

Check out all the options


Choose from leathers and designer prints, family and pet-friendly fabric and the popular Ultrasuede®. Bases vary, too: Pick from wood, metal or upholstered bases and wood legs in Acorn, Espresso and Walnut finishes.

You’ll win in the future… and when you order now

There’s even a 10-year warranty on the internal mechanism and a lifetime frame warranty. We’re so comfy recommending the Comfort Recliner—and lounging in it—that Houseworks will give you $200 off through June 16. Don’t Mom, Dad and your furniture-poor grad deserve a quality winner like this?

Affordable, stylish and worry-free

We know that many of our customers are looking for sustainable furniture that’s certified free from toxins and irresponsible practices. And that what you sit on should be nothing short of fabulous! That’s why we love this new collection of eco-friendly, Old-World-Style-meets-MidCentury Modern sofas and chairs.


Designer Carl Gustafson scopes out flea markets for vintage finds, then updates their comfort, colors and proportions for modern living spaces. When you add pieces like the Swivelette chair and the Arcadia sofa you’ll:

  • Thumb your nose at Big Oil. Clever pieces like the Arcadia contain foam created from soy-based BiOH polyols that leave a smaller environmental footprint than the petroleum materials they replace.
  • Breathe easier. Sustainable upholstery meets globally uniform standards for the safe use of chemicals to guard your indoor air quality.
  • Give trees a hug. Carl’s pieces use certified wood from U.S. manufacturers that follow sustainable forestry practices.


This green line of upholstered seating is approved by the Sustainable Furnishings Council. But let’s get to the fun part: Houseworks’ design consultants will help you choose from 88 fabrics to create sofa and chair combinations that will rock your world.  So hurry in. Check out our in-store models, and their very friendly price tags. Then order from Carl Gustafson’s entire line.

Watch this space for more eco-friendly Houseworks home furnishings to enhance your mean green lifestyle.

Comfort Sleeper: No bars, no springs, no sagging


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on any Comfort Sleeper!

No bars, no springs, no sagging.


The Comfort Sleeper™ is not only a gorgeous piece of furniture, it’s the only sleeper with the Tiffany 24/7™ Sleep System. The patented mechanism opens and closes almost effortlessly, with solid platforms that provide even support with no bars, no springs, and no sagging.

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More size options than any other sleeper.

Choose the Comfort Sleeper™ that fits your living space. Every Comfort Sleeper is available in King, Queen Plus, Queen, Full, Twin, Cot and Double Cot.

Available with 3 amazing mattress options.

ComfortSleeperTempur-Pedic®, world-renowned.
Gel, a little on the softer side.
Premier, a little on the firmer side.

More sleep space requires less floor space. 

All of our mattresses offer a full 80 inches of sleeping surface, yet they take up less total floor area than conventional sleepers (whose mattresses are only 70-75 inches in length) because our patented sleep system extends from within the seat back of the sofa.

Small space? Narrow hallways? No problem.


We make Comfort Sleepers to fit the smallest apartments, condos and cottages. Your authorized Comfort Sleeper dealer easily can disassemble your sleeper to get it through tight entries. Perfect for converting any room into a guest room, queen-size Comfort Sleepers come as small as 69 inches wide. The unique design also fits through narrow hallways and doorways.

Dust barrier prevents dirt or dust from every touching the mattress.

The  Comfort Sleeper is protected by a cloth under shield. When guests arrive, your Comfort Sleeper mattress will fold out without any dust bunnies clinging to the mechanism. They’ll never experience a cleaner sleep. (Not available on Brynlee and Hannah as the mattresses on these styles are not near the floor.)

An enduring value.

American Leather builds furniture that provides years of trouble-free service. And should something go wrong, your Comfort Sleeper mechanism is warrantied against defects in materials and workmanship for three years.

Choose leather, fabric, Ultrasuede or Crypton.

Never compromise on style with a choice of coverings. See our selection here.

Reclining into Comfort

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For people who take their relaxation seriously
Life continues to become more and more hectic and the pursuit of a comfortable retreat in the home is becoming more and more demanding. Upon coming home you want a place where you can relax the back, put your feet up and place yourself somewhere you can enjoy lounging and cuddling with a warm blanket. Houseworks has researched some of the best solutions for these needs. American Leather provides some of the most luxurious recliners. These are not your standard “I have three positions” I can sit in. These recliners are as customizable as the individual needs of the person who uses them. Click here to view all of the Houseworks recliners!


We highly recommend coming into the store and trying out the various styles that Houseworks provides in recliners however to get you started here are a few quick highlights!

Independent back and footrest operation.

Now you can lean back and relax without having to engage the ottoman thanks to the Comfort Recliner’s independent back and footrest. When you recline, the weight-balanced mechanism moves with you, so you can lean back almost effortlessly, no need to push on the arms. The amount of resistance in the back can be adjusted using two hidden tension knobs located beneath the chair.

A footrest that’s better than other recliners.

The Comfort Recliner’s gas cylinder-assist footrest stops in any position without clicking or ratcheting. Pull the stainless steel lever to raise the chaise-style ottoman to your desired position. In the open position, the chair has an elegant footrest extension that hides all mechanical linkages and accentuates the full-length ottoman.

A two-way headrest system.

The Comfort Recliner headrest adjusts in two ways to get you to your perfect position. Find the ultimate movie-watching position by pulling the back forward. And for complete head and neck support, a simple up and down movement adjusts the headrest height without any visible hardware.

Available in three sizes.

In the quest for ultimate personalized comfort one size does not fit all. Every Comfort Recliner™ is available in the Infinity 5, the Infinity 7 or the Infinity 9 to accommodate the differences in height, weight and personal preferences. Try all three sizes and pick the perfect chair for you.

Design your perfect look too.

American Leather offers a wide range of fabrics and leathers. Their leather is among the finest in the world: full aniline dyed for beauty, softness, and a supple hand. There are hundreds of fabric options including designer prints, family and pet-friendly fabric and the popular Ultrasuede®.

You can also choose from a variety of base options. The height-adjustable round base is offered in stainless steel, three wood finishes, or upholster it with any fabric or leather. For a more traditional look, choose the four legs option, available in Walnut, Acorn, and Espresso finish.

Relax with a great warranty.

American Leather provides a 10 year warranty on the internal mechanism and lifetime warranty on the frame of the Comfort Recliner.

To sit, to sleep, to dream.

A home furnishing jewel Houseworks is proud to display in the store is the American Leather Comfort Sleeper. The sleepers blend comfort & style with Function & Fashion. An enduring value, American Leather builds furniture that provides years of trouble-free service. And should something go wrong, your Comfort Sleeper mechanism is warrantied against defects in materials and workmanship for three years.

Sweet dreams are made of these.

American Leather’s Comfort Sleeper is like no other. Rated as a best value by Consumers Digest, and a top pick by the editors of Apartment Therapy, this is the only sofa sleeper worthy of the name.  With over 350 covering choices and six bed sizes, there is one for every space need.

Below are some quick tips on the American Leather Sleeper Sofa:

  • Available in King, Queen, Queen Plus, Full, Twin, Cot Sizes or Sectionals.
  • Mattresses are 80 inches long, 8 inches longer than average sleepers.
  • Patented Tiffany 24/7™ platform sleep system is designed without bars or springs for a more comfortable bed.
  • Patented design minimizes the mattresses’ length when open, giving you more sleep surface while using less floor space.
  • The only sleeper mattress protected by Crypton® fabric, a waterproof, stain-proof covering that resists allergens and dust mites.

  • Under-carriage dust barrier protects the mattress from dirt.
  • Unique engineering allows the sleeper to fit in narrow doorways and hallways – as small as 27 inches.
  • Choose regular or firm high-density foam, or a mattress. This comfort sleeper is the only sofa sleeper available with this revolutionary sleep technology.

Comfort Sofa Sleeper Styles

More sleep space requires less floor space. The patented Comfort Sleeper mechanism folds out from the back of the sofa. When the bed is open, it takes up as much as 9 inches less floor space than a conventional sleeper. And the Comfort Sleeper is the only sleeper with 80-inch mattresses in King, Queen, Queen Plus, Twin XL and Cot sizes, just like all the beds in your home. Conventional sleepers are only 70 to 75 inches long.

Feeling is believing.

With no bars, no springs and the patented Tiffany 24/7™ sleep system, you can enjoy a bed that is comfortable enough to sleep on every night. Based on European sleep systems, this mattress features five inches of high-density foam for excellent ergonomic support.

Clean & simple.

The Comfort Sleeper mattress is the only sleeper mattress covered with Crypton™ fabric, a waterproof, stain-proof covering that also protects against dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria and allergens. There’s no cleaner way to sleep. The waterproof and stain proof covering adds years to the life of the mattress and ensures that the bed is fresh every time you open it.

Dust barrier prevents dirt or dust from every touching the mattress. Every Comfort Sleeper is protected by a cloth under shield. When guests arrive, your Comfort Sleeper mattress will fold out without any dust bunnies clinging to the mechanism. they’ll never experience a cleaner sleep.

Tempur-Pedic® option.

Choose regular or firm high-density foam mattress, or the revolutionary Tempur-Pedic mattress.

Tempur-Pedic mattresses create a custom fit for your body, virtually eliminating painful pressure points & greatly reducing your body’s need to toss and turn.

Small space saver.

Narrow hallways and doors? No problem. With a few simple adjustments the sleeper can fit through a passage just 27 inches wide.

Choices. Choices. Choices.

With over 80 leathers and 350 fabric options, the Comfort Sleeper can help you create a look you love. The leathers available are among the finest available: full aniline-dyed for beauty, softness and a supple hand. Fabrics include ultra-durable microfibers, beautiful velvets, boucles and selection of high-fashion prints.

Preview of Fabric & Leather swatches

Children and/or pets?

Child and Pet Proof

For families with kids and pets, we have stain-resistant, easy-to-clean leathers and microfiber fabrics, perfect for busy families with active lifestyles.

The only true King sofa sleeper with 80 inches long and 76 inches wide, is built with no springs, no bars and no sagging. The Comfort Sleeper is also available as a stationary sofa, love seat, chair, swivel recliner, ottoman and double – wide storage ottoman.


Introducing a great new configuration, the Queen Plus chaise is a sectional with an extra bonus. Under the chaise you will find a handy, removable storage ottoman. Available with right- or left-arm chaise configuration.

Now with sectional choices.

Go ahead and put your feet up. Stretch out and relax with friends. No one will guess the beautiful sectional in your living room is really a sofa sleeper. The Comfort Sleeper sectional is available in two different configurations. Choose the chaise with storage ottoman option, or the longer and roomier Comfort

Sleeper L-shaped sectional, both available only with a Queen Plus sleeper.

Complete your room.

Finish your room design with matching stationary furniture. All of the Comfort Sleeper collections have complementary chairs, recliners, sofas and love seats to help you create a beautiful room. Mix and match leather and fabric for a sophisticated look.

How well do you know Houseworks?

Houseworks has been in business for almost 27 years. What is the secret to long lasting business? A few things that the company can attest to is to create a sense of family and community for staff and customers. Many of the staff members have been with the company for 10+ years. Houseworks understands the importance of family and needs outside of the workplace. The staff really gets to know its customers and their needs as well. The sales associates are welcomed into the homes of customers to help decide on their product choices as well as finishes for the room.

Below is a profile of some of the staff at Houseworks. Each month the staff picks their favorite furniture piece and shares a little insight to who they are. Check out the five members below…more to follow!


Dustin has worked with the Houseworks team for 9 1/2 years. He loves his job and the people he works with- “we are a big family here at Houseworks”.

When we asked Dustin to pose with his favorite piece at Houseworks he chose the Lisben recliner. Dustin says “It is the most comfortable recliner in the store”.

With our hectic lives and the stress of the economy we asked the staff to dream about their favorite place to retreat to-Dustin’s is golfing.











One thing Jillian wants Houseworks customers know is that she can be funny or serious. “Interior Design is my passion. I graduated from the Art Insitute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Interior Design and I am currently working towards my NCIDQ certification.”

After a stressful day you will see Jillian at the gym! “After a long day I hit the treadmill or a dance class for a good work out.”

Jillian’s June favorite pick is the Jesper 500 series. She believes the clean lines and white lacquer finish give any work area personality and style. “We spend as much time at work as we do at home. Why not love both spaces equally?”








Brian has been with the Houseworks team for 15 Years!

To know Brian you know he is a big music fan. “I particularly enjoy the Down Tempo / New Jazz electronic music that sets vibe here at Houseworks”.

Brian is not a big fan of cold weather, so any place that is warm and the sun is shining is where Brian loves to retreat!

Brian is an avid reader which is why for the month of June Brian’s Housework pick is the Shaw bed and the Tolomeo light because a comfortable bed and a great reading light are essential.







At David’s request he had to take his photo with the Brand NEW Arrival at the Houseworks Warehouse-the 2-Seater David Sofa!

David loves Mid-Century Modern Design and that is why the David sofa is his June favorite pick! David has been on the Houseworks team for 2 1/2 years and “LOVES to sell American Made Products & A great deal of Houseworks products are just that”!

When David gets to relax he loves to “just kickback and play music with his friends-enjoying American Roots-Country”.








Andy-A.K.A. Houseworks Warehouse Manager & Profit Systems Administrator has been on the Houseworks team for 10 years! 10 years

One thing to know about Andy is that he is ” a big sports nut. I enjoy watching Formula 1 and rooting on my favorite teams. Notre Dame, the Colts, the Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. I am currently in my 6th year of playing the ancient sport of hurling for the Indianapolis Hurling Club”.
When Andy needs to get away from the desk, “I like to ride bikes with my wife and daughter or go to the park. I enjoy being outdoors. If I could go on vacation, I’d go back to Maine in a heartbeat”.

Andy’s June Furniture pick is- “The Lisbon recliner is my favorite piece because it’s the most comfortable chair we have and I could easily nap in it. Unfortunately, it won’t fit at my desk”…..Sshhhh-don’t tell Ed!




Another smiling face at Houseworks is Forrestine! A.K.A. Flo…has worked at Houseworks for 12 years!

“Back in the day, I was an avid Housework’s shopper, Ha ! Ha ! more like day dreamer. I loved going to Housework’s in Broadripple….I would go once every month or so just to get my monthly fix of modern furniture. The Modern furniture in Housework’s inspired me to become a welder / furniture maker”.

When thinking of her ideal retreat, “I would love to visit Milan….( The Capital of Contemporary / Modern furniture)…to be in that atmosphere would be intoxicating…..”!

The Twist Sectional is Flo’s June pick because it is “the epitome of what I believe Modern furniture is…sleek, and sophisticated….”