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Score or roundup GREAT FINDS NOW for your home with February sales and specials
By Lindsay Canright

Our city plays hostest-with-the-mostest to hordes of football fans ready to watch the gauntlet unfold at NRG Stadium, where Super Bowl LI tips off Feb. 5., and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks up its heels March 7-26 at NRG Park.

Take a cue from Super Bowl halftime headliner Lady Gaga, who says, “Creativity is the greatest form of rebellion,” and get creative with your home’s decor and necessities for both extravaganzas. There are a host of local deals to go gaga over that are also on trend for 2017. 

This year, Houston designer Gin Braverman is a fan of comfy seating that is perfect for lounging game day away.

“The juxtaposition of clean architectural lines with cozy overstuffed upholstered sofas, chairs and poufs is pretty irresistible,” Braverman says.

Karen Davis, the local creator of design blog Marker Girl, predicts jewel tones are a winning bet for 2017. Colors are key to Davis’ budget-friendly design strategy, which adds pizzazz using pops of accessories.

“Adding color by updating accessories is my favorite way to change a room without the cost,” she says. “First take all of the accessories out of the room and only add back what you really love. Then buy fresh, new, colorful accessories to freshen up your room.”

To give your home a refresh before company arrives, take to the streets of Houston to hunt for furnishings, housewares and appliances. You’ll find some colorful, some practical and all dynamite in the deal department.

DEALS
Tech Geo woven throw blanket, $49.99, regularly $89
Right on target with the green trend, this throw blanket is a comfy wrap for lounging at home.
Urban Outfitters, 2501 University Blvd., 713-529-3023, www.urbanoutfitters.com

SKOGSTA platter with stand, $19.99 
Assemble a collection of crudités ripe for the gobbling on this platter. At an affordable $19.99, this acacia snack stand is worth making the trek to IKEA. Its rounded shape is all-out attractive and vaguely reminiscent of a football.
IKEA, 7810 Katy Freeway, 888-888-4532, www.ikea.com

55-inch Smart HDTV by Samsung, $449.99, regularly $599.99
As you gear up to watch the big game, look out for big deals on big screens, like this 55-inch behemoth by Samsung. Best Buy has knocked $150 off the price, which makes this HDTV too good to pass up. So, go long!
Best Buy, multiple locations, www.bestbuy.com

34-bottle wine cellar by Whirlpool, $719.10, regularly $799
Keep your wine bottles at crisp temperatures for all events. 
The Home Depot, multiple locations, www.homedepot.com

Industrial two-tone wine serving cart by Beltran, $287.99, regularly $359.99 
Retail giant Target is pitching a collection especially for football fans. The Super Bowl Entertaining Collection from Threshold includes a few sale items like this solid server by Beltran.
Target, multiple locations, www.target.com

GE Cafe dishwasher, up to $1,000
The only thing that might deter a football fan from hosting a Super Bowl gathering is the thought of cleaning up afterwards. But, you’ve won the toss: This GE rebate, available until the end of July, throws in a free dishwasher when you buy three or more qualifying GE Cafe appliances.
Acceptance Appliance, 6765 N. Sam Houston Parkway West,
281-955-0861, www.acceptanceappliance.com

Cowboy boot salt and pepper set by Arthur Court, $49
Show some state pride on your buffet table with these pretty spice dispensers, which are a good deal to boot. 
Bering’s Hardware, 6102 Westheimer Road, 713-785-6400;
3900 Bissonnet St., 713-665-0500; www.berings.com

LOCAL SALES
Don’t miss out on the soon-to-be-famous Black Dot BOGO sale at MainStreet Furniture & Accessories featuring accessories, lamps, art and mirrors. When you purchase one black dot BOGO item, you take home a second black dot BOGO item for free.
MainStreet Furniture & Accessories, 18750 Interstate 45,281-825-4491, www.mainstreetamerica.com

If you have tots in tow, hit up the half-price event at the Just Between Friends sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18.
www.thewoodlands.jbfsale.com

Furniture phenom Louis Shanks is closing the doors of its Houston store. Shop for deep discounts on fine home furnishings, accessories and more.
2800 Fondren Road, 713-780-9770, www.louisshanksfurniture.com

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