Pouf from AddvantageUSA

What’s the Difference between a Pouf, an Ottoman, and a Hassock?

Until recently, most of us probably didn’t know the difference between a pouf and a puff. Today, poufs are an essential fashion item for many home decorators. The pouf may have a funny name, but it is useful because it (1) is versatile, (2) comes in shapes and sizes to fit almost any space, and (3) has as many colors, textures, patterns, and weaves as there are upholstery fabrics.pouf

Pouf is defined by the British Dictionary as “a large solid cushion, usually cylindrical or cubic in shape, used as a seat.” It is derived from the French word, “pouffe,” which has the same meaning.pouf

Poufs have great utility. As chairs, they can be easily moved around a room to add an extra seat wherever needed. Placed in front of your favorite sofa or chair, they also make a great footrest. They are also used as tabletops, especially if you keep a flat wood surface handy. Simply lay the wood on top to make a serving table.

poufBecause they are ordinarily much smaller than an upholstered chair, poufs make good accent pieces for your home furnishings. Select a bright color combination, and they will light up your room. On the other hand, with the right muted color a pouf will blend perfectly with your décor, and you will only notice it when you need it.

Now, back to our first question. What is the difference between a Pouf, an Ottoman, a Hassock, and a footstool? First, the typical footstool is made of wood. Though it may be used much like a pouf, the footstool is designed as a short step to reach up in cabinets and closets.  It is not really meant to be a comfortable place to sit.ottoman

The typical ottoman is a low seat made with wooden legs, a wooden box frame, and a cushioned top. Unlike the soft pillowy look of a pouf, the ottoman tends to look like what we might call “real furniture.” It is harder to make it blend. You would not put one in a corner and forget about it when it was not in use.

The hassock is more similar to the pouf than is the ottoman. However, the hassock was originally conceived as a kneeler or footstool. The true hassock, then, is shorter and smaller than a pouf. Over the course of time the word hassock has become more often associated with the utility of a pouf, and often the words can be used interchangeably to describe the same thing.

Take a look at the AddvantageUSA selection of poufs. See if the pouf would be right for your den, entertainment room, or kid’s bedroom. While you are at it, you might also want to take a look at earlier posts about color. These may help you choose the perfect poufs for your home.

National Ice Cream Month

Let’s Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

We are a people who love to celebrate. Give us an excuse, and we will celebrate just about anything, especially if it has to do with food. Search the internet, and you can probably find a day to celebrate your favorite food with others who adore it as much as you do.

Take July alone, and you will find a long list of wonderful foods that have been given a day in their honor. National Chocolate Day, Sugar Cookie Day, Tapioca Pudding Day, National Caviar Day, Junk Food Day, National Lasagna Day, and National Cheesecake Day are just a few that are celebrated in July. But one that can’t be overlooked is National Ice Cream Day. It’s such a favorite that it doesn’t stop with just the day, but rather the whole month of July is known as National Ice Cream Month.

This wonderful celebration started back in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and the whole month as National Ice Cream Month. Ice cream is such a beloved treat that the International Dairy Foods Association claims, “About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.”

You can enjoy it at your favorite local ice cream shop, buy it at the local grocery store, or better yet, experiment with making it right in the comfort of your own home. You may want to start with the basic flavors, but don’t be afraid to get creative and try mixing it up with different flavors and toppings. Check out Kristin Appenbrink’s post, 30 Must-Try Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day, for a variety of combinations, some of which you probably wouldn’t think of on your own. You may even stumble across some recipes that will trick your pickiest little eater into eating some healthy ingredients hidden in this delectable treat.

So don’t miss out on all of the fun this month! Make sure you are taking time to enjoy this creamy and cool treat in all its greatness. And, visit AddvantageUSA to learn more about the ice cream makers we offer, and find the one that will help you make ice cream you can enjoy all year-long.

Personal Computer

4 Reasons Why Personal Computers Aren’t Dead

If you want to see through the hype around tablets and mobile devices, you could start by remembering why you love the personal computer.

Gartner, a major technology analyst firm, says that personal computers are in a “relative revival”, based on the growth in PC sales for many manufacturers, including HP, Lenovo, and Dell.  It’s not circumstantial either –they contribute the growth to the needs of users to have more computing power, storage capabilities, and business software (like Microsoft Office).

We believe there are a few more reasons why PCs aren’t dead, and we’ve highlighted them below:

The latest high-tech gadgets still require a connection to a PC

It turns out that many of these great new gadgets require you to plug them into a port on a traditional computer to set them up or transfer information from them.  Take, for example, the latest fitness trackers instruct you to download a PC application from the internet, plug the device into the USB port on a computer, and use the PC application to configure the device for first-time use.  And it’s not just fitness trackers – almost anything that records video or takes photos, including popular adventure cameras require either an SD card slot or USB connection to a PC to download the video and photos from the device.  Try doing that, and editing the video and photos, on anything but a computer.

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