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Joseph Senegal - Employee Spotlight September 2022
Joseph Senegal - Employee Spotlight September 2022



Joseph Senegal
Distribution Center and Delivery Teams Driver

Joseph’s Journey Here:

Joseph Senegal has been a delivery driver for Home Furniture Plus Bedding since 2007. He is a superb driver who exhibits great customer service and problem-solving skills.

Before joining our team, Joseph was a driver for Stine Lumber. He also has experience in law enforcement, as well as management in the casino industry!

 What do you like best about your job?

“I love to drive and being able to meet customers. I also like training our helpers out on the road but training them the Home Furniture way!”

Johnathan Savoy, Delivery Operations Manager, adds, “Joseph is a pleasure to work with! He is the ‘Go-To’ guy when training new drivers. He personifies Home Furniture’s philosophy in providing true above and beyond service and he takes on the most challenging and intricate deliveries on a daily basis.”

 When Joseph is not at work:

“Number one is that I love going to Church and spending time with my family! I also enjoy working on cars, fishing, and working around the house.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“I grew up grooming, exercising, and breaking-in horses. I come from a family of racehorse jockeys. I always wanted to be one.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Accept the fact that you have to be responsible. Don’t be clowning. Stay focused and always be ready to learn. If you follow the Home Furniture way, you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

 Born in Lafayette, LA, and raised in the Welsh, Elton, and Vinton areas, Joseph resides in Lafayette with his wife, Jessica.

September Is a Great Month to Show Your Support
September Is a Great Month to Show Your Support



Join us in recognizing Sickle Cell Awareness Month 

Tessa Anderson understands what it is like to have 2 of her beloved family members fighting every day to stay healthy.  Tessa, who works in our accounting office in Lake Charles, LA, has dedicated much of her free time and energy to working with Sickle Cell support groups and fundraising events.  Many of Tessa's co-workers have also supported her efforts by participating in Hydration Campaigns and Walk/Run events. 

In a previous article, Tessa shared that “every now and then I get a little weak, and I get upset because I feel like we are battling it by ourselves.  It’s exciting to work for a company that does a lot for so many different causes… It makes the battle a little easier.”   

Quick Facts about Sickle Cell Disease from the CDC 

  • According to the CDC, Sickle Cell Disease is a group of inherited blood disorders 
  • Healthy red blood cells are round and move through blood vessels carrying oxygen throughout the body 
  • In Sickle Cell Disease, the red blood cells become hard and stick and C-shaped like a ‘sickle’ 
  • Sickle cells may stick in small blood vessels and block the flow of blood and oxygen 
  • Sickle cell blockages cause repeated episodes of pain, organ damage, infections and even strokes 

Sickle Cell is a painful genetic blood disorder impacting more than 100,000 people in the United States. With 2.5 million carrying the trait, it is the most inherited blood disorder in America.   

Learn more about Sickle Cell Awareness Month and how you can support Tessa and other families affected by Sickle Cell Disease in your community by checking out these organizations:  

Louisiana
Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana | (scasl.org) 

Texas
Home - Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation (sicklecelltx.org) 

Home | Houston Sickle Cell (sicklecellhouston.org) 

About Home Furniture Plus Bedding: Home Furniture Plus Bedding is a furniture and mattress retail company that provides employment and career opportunities to over 300 dedicated employees. With 8 locations across the Gulf Coast (Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, New Iberia LA, Lake Charles LA, Nederland TX and Beaumont TX), Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Distribution Center and Main Office is in Lafayette LA.

 

Best Beds and Mattresses for College Students
Best Beds and Mattresses for College Students



If you’re a college student in the market for a new mattress, the task may seem as simple as testing out a few at a local mattress store. However, once you start researching the best mattress for you, you’ll soon realize just how many factors there are to consider, and Home Furniture Plus Bedding has an answer to all of your concerns! 

Dorm Living

If you are living in a dorm, your best option is to get yourself a twin XL mattress. It will save space while giving you the length that you need for a good night's sleep. Home Furniture Plus Bedding has a wide assortment of twin xl mattresses for you to choose from! Whether it’s a Purple mattress, a Nectar mattress, a Sealy mattress, or any of our other name-brand mattresses, we are confident that we have the perfect twin xl mattress to get you through the year!

Dorms are notorious for not having the best air conditioning units. It is hard to get the sleep that is essential to your academic success when you are sweating all night. Home Furniture Plus Bedding also offers cooling pillows that will keep your temperature regulated to help get you through the night. 

Apartment Living

If you are a college student living in an apartment, you tend to have a bit more space. Home Furniture offers a wide inventory of daybeds for you to choose from. If you want to make a small space, like an off-campus apartment, serve multiple functions, you might benefit from a daybed that easily transitions into a couch to save space when not functioning as a bed. 

If you are looking for a mattress that offers a painless delivery, consider a Purple mattress that gets delivered to your doorstep in a box. Remove the stress of carrying a massive mattress up a flight of stairs and getting it through doorways and try out a mattress in a box! 

Bedding Options for College Students Available at Home Furniture Plus Bedding

Don’t put the pressure of choosing the sleeping arrangement directly onto your shoulders. Let us help! Stop into any of our 8 locations across East Texas and Louisiana, or contact us with any questions you may have about bedding for college students.
Chaz Zenon - Employee Spotlight September 2022
Chaz Zenon - Employee Spotlight September 2022



Chaz Zenon
Distribution Center and Delivery Teams Driver

Chaz’s Journey Here:

Chaz Zenon has been a team member at our Home Furniture Plus Bedding Distribution Center since September 3rd, 2012. He began as an Assembly Specialist moving on to working as a Receiver and Intercompany Loader. Chaz is now both a delivery driver and an intercompany driver. Before joining our team, Chaz was a delivery driver for Republic National Liquor Distribution in Lafayette, LA.

What do you like best about your job?

“I like the camaraderie at Home Furniture. It has a good family atmosphere. I also like being on the road every day.

Carleen Melancon, Co-Distribution Center Manager, adds, “No matter what challenges Chaz faces, he always has a positive attitude and enjoys working with his fellow co-workers. Chaz set a goal for himself to become an 18-wheeler driver, and he achieved it. He has been our dedicated 18-wheeler, intercompany driver, for our Beaumont store for the past four years. Chaz comes in early every morning not only to load his trailer but also to assist in helping the other drivers load their trucks. He always volunteers to do any project, including store remodels. Chaz is very dependable and always has a ‘can-do’ attitude.”

When Chaz is not at work:

“I’m a big sports fan and I love playing basketball in my spare time. I’m also very involved with my two oldest son’s sports programs. I’m also a big car enthusiast.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“In high school, I was a lifeguard for the City of Lafayette at Girard Park!”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is a good company to work for. Have patience in the process and always give it your best; you too can get to the top.”

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Chaz resides in his hometown with his wife, Vondeasha, and their three sons, Chaz, Braylen, and Colin.

Thrisha Augustine - Employee Spotlight August 2022
Thrisha Augustine - Employee Spotlight August 2022



Thrisha
’s Journey Here:

Thrisha Augustine, an Assembly Specialist, has been a team member at our Lafayette, LA Distribution Center since September 2006. Thrisha’s skills ensure that our customers receive attention to detail and top-quality inspection and assembly. Before joining our team, Thrisha worked as an inspector at Fruit of the Loom in Saint Martinville, LA.

 

What do you like best about your job?

“I like what I do. I assemble and prep the customer’s furniture as if it were my own. The job can be a challenge at times, but I like challenges. I love the people I work with and Home Furniture is a good company to work for.”

 

Johnathan Savoy, Delivery Operations Manager, adds, “Thrisha is a joy to work alongside with. Her authenticity is unmatched daily. She is self-motivated and takes pride in making sure the furniture she assembles is top caliber. She can always be relied upon and demonstrates a willingness to help others.”

 

When Thrisha is not at work:

“Spending time with my family is the main thing. I love our cookouts, weddings, and I love dancing!”

 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“Back in the ’90s, I was able to be on stage watching ‘Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’ perform in Baton Rouge!”

 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Working here is like a second family. Be positive, and when you work hard, you get rewarded.”

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA Thrisha resides in Parks, LA with her fiancé, Germaine, and her daughter, Germani, of whom they are extremely proud of her attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Rebecca Boudreaux - Employee Spotlight August 2022
Rebecca Boudreaux - Employee Spotlight August 2022

Rebecca’s Journey Here: 

Heeding the wise advice from a neighbor, Rebecca Boudreaux filled out an application for a sales position for Home Furniture in Baton Rouge, LA, and as of October 2004, she has been a top-producing salesperson with us ever since.  She currently is a team member at our Julia Aubin, Baton Rouge location. 

Prior to joining our team, Rebecca was a Delta Airlines flight attendant for 8 years. She also has a bachelor's degree in Pre Med with a minor in Biochemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University. 

What do you like best about your job? 

“I like people. I like helping people. I believe in the Home Furniture way of ‘If you make a friend, you’ll make a fortune!” 

Charles George, store manager, adds, “Rebecca is a true professional.  She handles every customer with the same level of respect, courtesy, and kindness.  Her customers love her and she enjoys working for them.  She has a clientele that will last because she goes the extra mile for her clients.  She even ensures the mailman and the FedEx driver have a cold bottle of water in the summer and a hot cup of coffee in the winter.  That’s the mark of a true professional.” 

When Rebecca is not at work: 

“My husband, Karl, and I love nature! We love to visit state parks where we fish and hike. There have been some days that we’ve hiked over 30 miles!” 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know: 

“I donate monthly to five different charities, including various animal shelters and food banks. I also prepare ‘Take Care’ packages that I hand out to the homeless.” 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team: 

“As long as you keep the primary goal of helping customers, then Home Furniture is the home for you.” 

Born in Baton Rouge, LA,  and raised in Loranger, LA, Rebecca currently resides in Gonzales, LA, with her husband, Karl, a professional drummer, along with their three dogs.

Home Gives Hope to St. Jude
Home Gives Hope to St. Jude


Updated June 30, 2022

Home Furniture Continues to Give Hope to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

“Thank you to everyone who put thought, energy, and creativity into this campaign! And thanks to everyone who donated! Your efforts will be a blessing to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! from Jill Mills, Accounting & Home Furniture Outreach Coordinator.  

When April rolls around Jill Mills and her fellow employees at Home Furniture Plus Bedding kick off their annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraising campaign.  This year the employees really rocked the effort by making one of the largest donations in the events history.  Each of the 8 store’s employees gave a tremendous effort and encouraged their customers, friends and families from Beaumont, Texas to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to join them in giving hope to the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  

These are just a few quick facts about the incredible work that St Jude does: 

  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened in 1962 
  • St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes 
  • Every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use the knowledge to save thousands more children 
  • Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food  
  • St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases 
  • St Jude creates more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital and turns laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments that benefit patients 

Over the last 6 years, a total of $172,570.28 has been donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital from customers, employees and company matches as part of Home Furniture’s annual fundraising campaign. On June 26, 2022, Madelyn Murphy, Development Specialist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a team from Home Furniture Plus Bedding participated in a virtual check presentation. The 2022 total donated was $40,007.16.

Employees of Home Furniture Plus Bedding have once again committed to supporting the incredible work performed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

If you are interested in joining Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s efforts, visit any one of the 8 locations located in Lafayette LA, Baton Rouge LA, New Iberia LA, Lake Charles LA, Nederland TX and Beaumont TX.

#WeAreHomeFurniture, #StJude, #HomeGivesHope 

 

Cody Kendall - Employee Spotlight July 2022
Cody Kendall - Employee Spotlight July 2022


Cody’s Journey Here:

Cody Kendall, a man whose actions speak for themselves, has been a member of the Home Furniture team at our Beaumont location since 2008. Since then, he has fulfilled each position in the warehouse. For the three and a half years, Cody has been the Warehouse Supervisor.

Before joining our team, Cody worked at a local competitor for two and a half years.

 What do you like best about your job?

“I like the responsibility of being a team leader. It’s very rewarding to see our team succeed and accomplish great things. We’re in a much better position than we used to be.”

Larry Domingue, Beaumont store manager, adds, “Cody has been a great addition to our store. He is a man of few words, but don’t let that fool you. Cody is very observant and in tune with what is going on in many areas around the store. As a delivery driver, Cody was who we utilized on the long-haul deliveries to Central and West Texas. He never complained, and customers always enjoyed him as much as we did. For many years, he excelled as the go-to person for long hauls or difficult stops. Three and a half years ago, we promoted him to a supervisory role. He continues to work very hard in his role. Cody is so very eager to learn new things and contribute more to the store’s success. Within the last few months, it has been a pleasure to see him emerging as an effective leader in our store. Cody is an essential, important member of our leadership team, and I’m glad he’s here!”

 When Cody is not at work:

“That’s easy: spending time with my family. I also enjoy hunting and fishing.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is a place that will reward you if you work hard. It’s a great place for advancement. You may have to arrive earlier or stay later than everyone else, but if you work hard, you can get what you want.”

Cody was born in Orange, TX, and was raised in Vidor, TX, where he currently resides with his girlfriend, Lacy, and their two-year-old daughter, Kylie.

Home Furniture Plus Bedding - Executive Team 2022
Home Furniture Plus Bedding - Executive Team 2022


Home Furniture Plus Bedding is very pleased to announce several key promotions. 
Each of these employees brings extensive experience, talent, and knowledge to their new role. 

Our new President is Dwayne Arceneaux. Dwayne has filled many roles within our company throughout the years, most recently serving as our Distribution Center Manager.  His primary focus will continue to be operations and logistics within our company, as he will also serve as our Vice President of Logistics.  Dwayne joined Home Furniture in 2000 and assisted in the opening of our first Baton Rouge store on Airline Highway.  Tony Kemp, our CEO, says “This promotion recognizes the significant contributions Dwayne has made to Home Furniture's leadership team and every employee.”  Dwayne previously served our company as Delivery Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager, and Distribution Center Manager.  As President, Dwayne will join our executive team which includes Karol Fleming-Shea, Owner/Chairman of the Board; Tony Kemp, Chief Executive Officer; Ross Dees, Chief Operating Officer/VP Stores and Sales; and Lori Berwick, Chief Financial Officer.

Nathan Smith has been named Vice-President of Merchandising and Marketing for Home Furniture Plus Bedding.  Nathan joined the company two years ago.  In that time, he has successfully worked through extremely uncertain and challenging times navigating an ever-changing furniture supply chain.  His efforts have been key to the tremendous success our company has experienced recently.  Nathan brings over 20 years of retail furniture experience to our team and is excited to lead the efforts of our stellar merchandising and marketing departments.

Carleen Melancon has been named Co-DC Manager in charge of warehouse operations.  With 15 years of service to the Home Team, Carleen has always been a vital part of our Distribution Center management team.  Her performance has been key to the development and success of our fast-paced logistical operation.  Carleen is a consistent leader with unwavering loyalty and an unmatched work ethic.  We are confident she will continue to lead us in our future growth.

Faith Dorsey has been named Co-DC Manager in charge of delivery operations.  Faith joined our team in 2020 and brought years of warehouse operations experience with her.  Faith has been instrumental in helping our company navigate the home delivery challenges of the past couple of years and has led the reintroduction of our industry-leading Next Day Delivery Service.  Faith is assisted by Vicky Hargroder, our Delivery Office Manager, and Johnathan Savoy, our Delivery Operations Manager.

The best is yet to come.

Our entire Administrative and Management Team congratulates Dwayne, Nathan, Carleen, and Faith.

Karol Fleming-Shea | Owner/Chairman of the Board
Tony Kemp | Chief Executive Officer
Ross Dees | Chief Operating Officer/VP Stores/Sales
Lori Berwick | Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Phifer | IT Director
Theresa Brough | Training & Development
Doug Smith | Marketing Director
Karen Holston | Marketing
Jonathan Richter | Merchandising Buyer
Craig Holston | Safety/Facilities/HR
Flint Davis | Customer Service Director
Rebecca Bonvillain | Controller
Riggins Dore | Surrey St, Lafayette LA Store Manager
Gene Bertrand | Lake Charles LA Store Manager
Joe Davis | New Iberia LA Store Manager
Larry Domingue | Beaumont TX Store Manager
Harry Wiggins | Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge LA Store Manager
Frank Kolarik | Johnston St, Lafayette LA Store Manager
Kasey Brough | Nederland TX Store Manager
Charles George | Julia Aubin, Baton Rouge LA Store Manager
Krystin Franco - Employee Spotlight June 2022
Krystin Franco - Employee Spotlight June 2022



Krystin’s Journey Here:

Krystin Franco has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding in Lake Charles for two and half years working, full-time while maintaining a full-time college schedule in Accounting.

What do you like best about your job?

“I like the fact that everyone is very supportive and willing to help me with me working both inside the store at the counter as well as working next door in Accounting. I love how they all encourage me to succeed!”

Gene Bertrand, store manager, adds, “Having Krystin working in our store has been a key element to our success. There are many reasons for this, but the main thing being her determination to do the right thing.

As many of you are aware we have had a ‘whirlwind’ of business over the last year and a half, and Krystin has been in the middle of that whirlwind the entire time. It’s almost funny to say this, but it really doesn’t surprise me as to the excellent level of her work because that is just how good she really is. She is simply a great person to work with and she continues to learn and get better every day.

Even with all of that hard work and focus on display daily, one of the things about Krystin that really shines through is how much she cares for her niece Myla. Any time a conversation changes over to Myla, Krystin just lights up! It is usually a funny story or situation, but the way Krystin delivers that conversation fully conveys a message of who she really is.

She is also very focused on school and somehow manages a work/academic schedule that leaves neither side lacking excellence.

One more thing about her is her keen sense of humor. You ALWAYS have to be ready with Krystin around—because if you aren’t she’s going to cleverly slip in a ‘joke’ cleverly hidden as a ‘teaching moment’. Grammar, proper STORIS procedures, and ticket errors are her favorite targets and no one is safe!!

I’ve been at this job for a long time, and I’ve been fortunate to meet many really good, hard-working people that I’ve admired and been proud to work alongside. Krystin is definitely one of those people.

I look forward to seeing Krystin continue to grow both with our company as well as academically in her accounting field of study.”

 When Krystin is not at work:

“I really like to read, but these days, when I’m not at work, my free time is occupied with school and studying.”

 Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“You must accept that the work can be demanding, but the work culture is unlike any other place. It’s a great team!”


Wil Weston, assistant store manager, adds, “What can I say about Krystin & her work journey since she has been here? It has been one amazing transformation from the beginning up to now. She truly cares what goes on with her co-workers as well as with the customer. She has been very enthusiastic about learning how Home Furniture operates from the front counter to the warehouse and even from a management standpoint. She is sweet and polite to everyone that encounters her. Her work ethic has been amazing. With her juggling a full-time school schedule and being a full-time employee, she has been able to perform at a high level without missing a beat. From the time I made her my lead, through ‘baptism by fire’ as we call it, she has grown from a young lady into a leader. I remember her saying, ‘Thanks for trusting me so much with the ladies at the front counter.’ Her passion for wanting to know more about the Home Furniture way has allowed her to adventure into our accounting department, which is her college major. Her future is bright in whatever path she chooses to go down. While she is here in the Lake Charles store, we like to call her our ‘Lil GG’ or ‘Wonder Woman.”

 Krystin currently resides in Sulphur, LA, where she was born and raised. She will be graduating in Accounting from McNeese State University in the Fall of 2023.

Amanda Doucet - Employee Spotlight May 2022
Amanda Doucet - Employee Spotlight May 2022

Amanda’s Journey Here:

Amanda Doucet has been with our Home Furniture marketing team since November 2020.

Says Amanda, “The stars aligned, allowing me to come ‘Home!’ Home Furniture, that is! Plus, I’m now living where I grew up! I’m really home!”

Prior to joining our team, Amanda worked in the hotel industry for 20 years as well as for Ashley Furniture in Durham, North Carolina as a “Retail Experience” manager, which consisted of customer relations, overseeing employees, and assisting the store manager as well as corporate headquarters.

In 2018, Amanda returned to Louisiana where she worked in marketing for Ivan Smith Furniture in Shreveport.

What do you like best about your job?

“Definitely the people I work with and for! The collaboration and teamwork here is phenomenal! The way people treat each other is heartfelt with true interest in your well-being.”

Karen Holston, with marketing, says, “There are days when you just need a bit of inspiration and a boost of positive energy. Since Amanda has joined our team, we don’t have to look far. She’s our sunshine on a rainy day!”

Doug Smith, with marketing, adds, “Amanda is a wonderful asset to our company. Not only does she contribute much knowledge and experience, she is eager to learn new things. She has a wonderful attitude and brings a lot of creativity along with being a great team member.”

When Amanda is not at work:

“First and foremost, is being ‘Granna’ to my one and only granddaughter (so far), Kamille! I also enjoy spending time with my family, going to estate sales, and thrifting, as well as spoiling my dog, Lalalu!”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“As a teenager, I met Jane Goodall and got to speak to her briefly one on one. I did not want to run off to the jungle to work with the chimps. I had a healthy fear of them and creepy crawly things that might live near them. I did respect and idolize Dr. Goodall’s passion and compassion for the animals and their well-being.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Be ready to work as a team member. The success of this company relies on everyone, regardless of which department you work in. To get, for example, furniture into our customer’s homes, we all must do our part. Learn to learn from those around you. Everyone has some knowledge to offer that will help you grow not only as an employee but as a person as well!”

Amanda was raised in Acadiana and has lived in Louisiana most of her life. She now resides in Church Point, LA with her son, Chase, taking frequent excursions to Shreveport to visit her daughters, Kaylsea and Alaina, and their families.

Living Room Sets for Small Spaces
Living Room Sets for Small Spaces

Picking out sensible furniture for small spaces, like an apartment, can be tricky. Not only do you have to choose pieces that fit your space, but you also should consider pieces that are versatile! Home Furniture Plus Bedding has the perfect living room set for your smaller space, and here are a few that we recommend! 

Sofa Set - Off White

The delightfully comfortable small profile sofa set brings a stunning addition to your home, while not taking up a ton of space! Choose an off-white linen-look upholstery that gives a sense of natural fibers that blend well with the accent pillows with hints of blues, greens, and golds. Crisply tailored roll arms and block feet, offer classic styling with comfort. Accent pillows are often included. Most Living Room Sofa Sets include a sofa, loveseat, and chair!

Sofa Set - Brown Tweed

Enhance your family room or entertainment room with a tranisitional style sofa set by Lane Home Furnishings! Choices include a soft and breathable brown tweed microfiber-polyester upholstery that is both stain and water resistant. Most transitional groups have appealing design features such as plush button tufted back cushions, comfy seat cushions and large toss pillows along with track arms for endless hours of entertaining without taking up the entire room!

POWER Reclining Sofa Set - Diamond Beige

Up your relaxation game with a POWER Reclining Sofa Set. Elevate your feet with the easy-to-use POWER controls and allow your mind to levitate on a cloud of relaxation. Customized positioning at the touch of a button allows you to lean back at your favorite angle. The popular and convenient pad over chaise design between seat and feet provides a continuous surface both for comfort and convenience. These reclining sets will take up a bit more space, but will still fit perfectly in a smaller area! 

Visit Home Furniture Plus Bedding

The friendly staff at Home Furniture Plus Bedding can help you get the right pieces that fit your small space perfectly. We are passionate about what we do because we understand the importance of good furniture pieces. Visit one of our eight locations across East Texas and Louisiana, or contact us today!

David Texada - Employee Spotlight April 2022
David Texada - Employee Spotlight April 2022



David’s Journey Here:

While teaching an 8th grade catechism class in Lake Charles, LA, Home Furniture’s original founding father, Mr. George P. Fleming, mentioned to his students that if they ever needed anything, to let him know. Four years later, in 1970, 30 days after his high school graduation, David Texada did just that. He approached Mr. Fleming for a job as a warehouseman. Not only was David hired, but Mr. Fleming had David obtain a chauffeur's license that same day.

About a year later, Mr. Fleming’s son, George E. (Ged) Fleming, asked David to go into sales, and David never looked back. Then, in 1972, Ged asked David to do something else. Ged informed David that he was going to open up a Home Furniture store in Lafayette, LA, and asked David to transfer with him.  

“Let’s go! And as they say, the rest was history!” was David’s response. And he never looked back.

Adds David, “I then jumped on my motorcycle and rode to Lafayette to check it out. I had never been there in my life!”

Aside from a short stint of moving back to Lake Charles, LA for 5 years in management and sales, David has been at the Lafayette Home Furniture stores ever since, first at the original Lafayette location on Jefferson street, and then at the current location on Surrey street.

 What do you like best about your job?

“I like people! I like talking with everyone…coworkers and customers alike!”

Riggins Dore, Surrey Street store manager, adds, “David has been a staple at home furniture for 52 years. He shows up every day with a smile and is ready to go. He is great with his customers and is a team player through and through.”

Ross Dees, Home Furniture’s Chief Operating Officer and District Manager, adds, “Congratulations David on over 50 years with Home Furniture! You have set a very high bar that I am not sure will ever be broken in terms of years of service. Thanks for all the dedication to our customers and the company throughout your career.”

 

When David is not at work:

“I love fishing, working in my yard, visiting with friends and clients, and of course, spending time with my family.

My son, William, lives in Orlando, FL while my daughter, Dawn, lives in Houston, TX with my two grandchildren, Thad and Avery.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“I am the unofficial and unopposed mayor of Swords, LA!”

 Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Be friendly. Ask a lot of questions, including our manufacturer’s reps along with your co-workers. You’re never too old to learn something new.”  Tony Kemp, Home Furniture’s Chief Executive Officer, adds, “Congratulations David. May we all be as fortunate as you to have such a long career.”

Born and raised in Lake Charles, LA, David currently resides in Swords, LA.  Great job, David, on your 52 years of continued dedication and loyalty along with being the very first sales hiree of Home Furniture in Lafayette 50 years ago!

Queen vs. Full Size Mattress
Queen vs. Full Size Mattress

According to mattress industry experts, the biggest difference between a queen and a full mattress is, of course, the size and dimensions. A full mattress is 75 inches long and 54 inches wide, making it a good option for teens and adults who sleep alone. A queen mattress is 5 inches longer and 6 inches wider than a full mattress, at a total of 80 inches long and 60 inches wide. The larger size makes it an ideal option for couples.

Here at Home Furniture Plus Bedding, we have a large variety of both queen and full-size mattresses. But, how do you know which size is right for you?

Perks Of A Queen Size Mattress
Couples sharing a full bed may feel pretty cramped, as the sleeping area per person is only 27 inches.

Most couples will opt for a queen bed, with its extra length and width. This allows for each adult to have room to turn in their own space without disrupting the other. The queen bed is a great match for a master bedroom that may be a bit too small to accommodate a king bed.

Because it’s slightly larger, a queen mattress will cost a bit more than a full mattress. It’s also important to consider the accessories you’ll need. Queen-size bed sheets will cost more than full size, for example, as will the foundation or frame that you choose. You may also want additional pillows to fill in the extra space.

Perks Of A Full-Size Mattress
A full mattress is a wonderful size and choice for a guest room or child’s room in the house. A full bed is the same length as a twin but slightly wider, allowing for a parent to comfortably lay alongside a child reading a bedtime story. As expected full size mattresses are lower in cost, since they are the smaller mattress.
Full-size beds will work nicely in a smaller room and have more possibilities to fit into a floor plan, as they look nice whether protruding from the center of a wall or with a side against a wall. Queen beds, on the other hand, look best with the head against a wall.

Find Your Queen or Full-Size Mattress At Home Furniture Plus Bedding
Here at Home Furniture Plus Bedding, we have your dream mattress in stock waiting for you to come and pick it up! Choose from our selection of tried and true mattresses, or any of our new arrivals. If you don’t find one you like right off the bat, surely one that fits your needs is on its way to us so you can sleep like royalty!

Visit any of our eight locations across East Texas and Louisiana today and take home your new favorite piece of furniture. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
3 Reasons to Buy a Sierra Sleep Mattress
3 Reasons to Buy a Sierra Sleep Mattress

Sierra Sleep mattresses are some of the most popular mattresses on the market, and for good reason. Home Furniture Plus Bedding is stacked with an inventory of Sierra Sleep mattresses for your choosing, but first, here are three reasons why we think you should choose Sierra Sleep!

Easy and Convenient Delivery

Sierra Sleep mattresses offer bed-in-a-box options for easy delivery and set up! According to The Sleep Judge, a bed-in-a-box is just that: a mattress made of memory foam, compressed and rolled up so it can be shipped and delivered in a box. Which makes it extremely easy to maneuver up or down stairs, through doorways, and around tight spaces. When it arrives on your doorstep, you simply need to unroll it and wait for it to reinflate. Then, voila! You have a Sierra Sleep mattress ready to go! 

Traditional Innerspring & New Hybrid Mattress Options

Looking for a no-frills, tried and true mattress? We have that for you with our traditional innerspring mattress options, like the Chime Mattress! Innerspring mattresses are the oldest, most commonly used mattress design out of the three most common mattress types. Innerspring mattresses use a metal wire system combined with springs to create a support frame covered in fabric with cushioning material used on top of the mattress for extra support.

Looking for something a bit more modern and tailored to your sleeping style? We have something for you too! Sierra Sleep offers a great selection of hybrid mattresses, like the Hybrid 1200. Hybrid mattresses balance conformability, support, and responsiveness. They're good mattresses for couples with sleepers who have different comfort preferences. If one likes firmer support and another likes deep contouring, a hybrid gives them the best of both worlds.

Available in All Sizes, In Stock Now! 

From Twin to King, we have every size available in every style! Stop by any of our locations across East Texas and Louisiana and take home your perfect and affordable Sierra Sleep mattress today! 

Shop Sierra Sleep at Home Furniture Plus Bedding

Ready to experience Sierra Sleep first hand? Stop in to any of our locations across East Texas and Louisiana! Our team is eager to help you take home your perfect mattress. Contact us today with any questions! 

Bill Gragg - Employee Spotlight March  2022
Bill Gragg - Employee Spotlight March 2022

Bill’s Journey Here:

Bill Gragg began his journey as an inventory manager at our Beaumont location in 2000. For the next 13 years, he fulfilled the position of assistant manager, and in 2014, Bill became manager of our Nederland store.

What do you like best about your job?

“It’s all about the people. I never wake up in the morning and not want to come to work. The people make all the difference.”

Ross Dees, CFO and District Manager of Home Furniture, adds, “Bill has contributed to the success of Home Furniture for over 21 years!  His personal values are definitely in alignment with our company values. We are extremely grateful for all he has done to help the Beaumont and Nederland stores be so successful during his years of service!”


When Bill is not at work:

“I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes seven grandchildren! And I enjoy watching sports. I love my Astros!”

 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“That I sold flooring and I was in the restaurant business before joining Home Furniture.”

 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Be open-minded. Stay positive, and have a plan. Home Furniture doesn’t work inside a box. Enthusiasm will carry you a long way!”

Born and raised in Mid-County, TX, Bill resides in Nederland with his wife, Kay.

After 21 years of service, Bill will be retiring on March 31st, 2022.

Larry Domingue, Beaumont store manager, adds, “Bill and I have worked with each other for more than two decades.  Every position that Bill worked for me, he excelled.  Bill was, and is, well liked in Beaumont by everyone.  He is honest, hard-working, smart, and funny.  The first time that I experienced Bill’s creative sense of humor was at a Christmas party years ago.  Unbeknown to me, Bill went to several employees and video taped them as he asked them who was the best manager.  Each employee responded that Larry was.  The clip ended with him coming home to Kay and asking her who was the best manager at Home Furniture.  She, of course, told Bill that he was, and hugged him.  Then she whispered to the camera, it’s Larry.  It was hilarious.  Bill and I have discussed kids, grandkids, politics, faith, sports, vacationing, and everything that two good friends would discuss.  Bill is a man of faith with very strong convictions. I have loved the times that Bill and I have worked with each other.  Bill has made a great impact on my life and he has been a positive influence on me as a husband, father, grandfather, friend, and manager.  I wish him the best of times as he embarks on a new journey.

Tony Kemp, Home Furniture CEO, adds, “I’m really going to miss Bill. He is a great leader of his team, but he is an even better husband and father.”

Bill, You will always be remembered for your hard work throughout the years. Thank you for your dedication to the team. Enjoy your retirement!

Home Furniture Plus Bedding Celebrates Exceptional Sales Performances for 2021
Home Furniture Plus Bedding Celebrates Exceptional Sales Performances for 2021



Each year an elite group of our sales associates at Home Furniture Plus Bedding earn a place in the Top 15 at the annual President’s Club Banquet. Our 2021 President’s Club recipients are recognized for achieving the highest levels of sales excellence across multiple categories. The 2021 banquet was recently held in Lafayette, Louisiana with an evening of celebration and recognition for the exceptional work our members performed. Each of our 8 stores' top performers were also recognized.  

The 2021 President’s Club winners are as follows (rankings reflect position earned out of a total of 68 associates):

Jacob Ross, Lake Charles, Ranked #1 in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Lake Charles

Jay Moon, Lake Charles, Ranked 2nd in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Paul D Le, New Iberia, Ranked 3rd in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for New Iberia Location

Hannah Albers, Lake Charles, Ranked 4th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Sales Volume for All Locations

Blake Welch, Lake Charles, Ranked 5th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Sharon Ford, Lake Charles, Ranked 6th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

David Burge, Lake Charles, Ranked 7th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Burke Eastin, Lafayette, Ranked 8th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Johnston Street Location

Darren Spell, Lafayette, Ranked 9th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Surrey Street Location

Adele Dearing, Lake Charles, Ranked 10th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Beau DeRouen, New Iberia, Ranked 11th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Carl Hudson, Baton Rouge, Ranked 12th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Airline Hwy Location

Lisa A Brittain, Nederland, Ranked 13th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Nederland Location

Lane T Cortez, Lafayette, Ranked 14th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

John Truong, Beaumont, Ranked 15th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Beaumont Location

Kevin O’Connor, Baton Rouge, Top Overall Sales Performance for Julia Aubin Location

Home Furniture Plus Bedding was founded in 1945 by George P. Fleming in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Several years later, Mr. Fleming's son, George E. (Ged) Fleming, joined his father's company. The young entrepreneur would soon spread his wings even further and opened his first Home Furniture store in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1972.  Ged Fleming would go on to open several more retail locations in the Lafayette area before eventually expanding his scope to Texas in 1996 with a store in Beaumont. Home Furniture Plus Bedding has expanded in incredible ways over the years. The heart of the company, however, remains with the customer. All members of our staff, from sales associates who work at our retail locations to those who work in our distribution center in Lafayette, are committed to providing you with quality furniture and exceptional service. 

Home Furniture is a Furniture Today's Top 100 Furniture Company in America for the past 15 years.  Shop, save and become part of the ever-growing family of satisfied customers at any of our Home Furniture Plus Bedding locations in Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, New Iberia LA, Lake Charles LA, Nederland TX, or Beaumont TX.  Welcome home!

New Year, New TV Stand
New Year, New TV Stand
Start the new year off right by adding a beautiful new TV stand to your space! Gathering your family to watch your favorite movie or the next binge-able television show after a long day can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether you’re watching TV, listening to music, or just organizing your decorations and DVD's, nothing makes getting the most out of your living room appliances more than the right entertainment center.

At Home Furniture Plus Bedding, East Texas and Louisiana shoppers can find the perfect entertainment center to suit their personal tastes. Here at Home Furniture Plus Bedding serving East Texas and Louisiana, we have any and every style you’ll need to fit the aesthetic of your home!

Shop TV Stands at Home Furniture Plus Bedding
Home Furniture Plus Bedding offers many styles of TV stands. All of our TV Stands offer many different storage options and have their own appeal and advantages, so the choice is yours! Choose from our most popular styles like traditional TV Stand consoles, or Rustic TV Stands that offer lots of shelving and storage compartments.

Looking for a piece that offers maximum storage options? Our Magnolia Manor 74-inch TV Stand is a great option! Need a smaller piece to fit your space? Check out our Diego 50-inch TV Stand! We are sure to have a style to fit your space perfectly.
Visit Home Furniture Plus Bedding of East Texas and Louisiana
Stop in, to any of our showrooms and seek out the assistance of any of our furniture experts to aid you in your quest for the perfect piece for your home. Contact us with any questions you may have. We are eagerly awaiting your call!
Home Furniture Helps Future Business Grads Through Ged Fleming Endowment at UL
Home Furniture Helps Future Business Grads Through Ged Fleming Endowment at UL

Home Furniture Plus Bedding Creates the George E. “Ged” Fleming Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Business

The George E. Fleming Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Business at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette grows to over $250,000 as of June 2021.

Home Furniture Plus Bedding's partnership with the University of Louisiana has allowed us to successfully memorialize Ged and carry on his legacy of success. Ged believed in the value of education and its ability to change lives forever. 

A recent recipient of UL's endowed scholarships shared the impact of the scholarships by stating: "I may never have the opporttunityto meet the donors who funded the schloarships I have received...And no matter where I go in life, I'll be walking - Together - alongside them, and I am proud to carry their legacy."

Updated 12/20/2021


“We thought it would be a wonderful way to remember him, as a local business man and supporter of education,” says Craig Holston, the HR & Safety Manager out of the Home Furniture Lafayette office.

Ged Fleming established the first Home Furniture store in Lafayette in 1972. His father had opened up the first store in Lake Charles back in 1945. Over the course of 40 years, he purchased his father’s original business and successfully expanded Home Furniture Company to eight retail stores located along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast.

According to his employees and friends, Ged always held a deep and heartfelt gratitude to the 300+ employees of Home Furniture. He appreciated their hard work, sacrifices, and dedication that ultimately led to the success of his company.  As of 2019, Home Furniture Company was recognized as a “TOP 100” furniture retailer nationally by the respected trade publication Furniture for the 13th consecutive year. Ged died unexpectedly in 2012, but his wife, Karol, and his devoted employees became inspired to make his legacy live on through an endowment scholarship fund at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“We opened the endowment up to the employees and friends to participate, and the response was overwhelming.” says Holston.

Together they created a permanent scholarship named the George E. “Ged” Fleming Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Business from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Although he was unable to achieve his college degree himself, Holston says, Ged greatly appreciated the value of education and its ability to change lives forever. 

“We funded the scholarship, and it continues to grow year after year. Actually, people can donate a percentage of their pay checks to the endowment to keep it growing, and they do.”

This endowment recently eclipsed the $150,000.00 mark and continues to grow thanks to contributions from the many employees, friends and business associates of Ged and Home Furniture Company. Junior and Senior students in UL’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply.  Coupled with a non-endowed version of the scholarship, awards commenced with the spring 2014 semester and are granted yearly.

If you’d like to learn more about the George E. “Ged” Fleming Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Business at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, please call 337-291-7900.


How Do Tempur-Pedic® Mattresses Work?
How Do Tempur-Pedic® Mattresses Work?

Tempur-Pedic® memory-foam mattresses offer unbeatable comfort and support. You may hear Tempur-Pedic mattress owners bragging about their good night’s sleep for weeks at a time, but what makes it so good? Home Furniture Plus Bedding serving East Texas and Louisiana is here to tell you exactly how Tempur-Pedic mattresses work – and what makes them so comfortable.

What’s Inside a Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Mattress?
What makes a Tempur-Pedic mattress so comfortable? It’s a specialized type of foam that’s history will surprise you. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are made with TEMPUR foam, a memory foam originally developed for NASA to help keep astronauts comfortable and protected during missions to space. Slow-moving foam cells helped to absorb the shock of take-off!

Three Properties of Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam
TEMPUR material has adapted and evolved from its space shuttle days. You too can experience what it’s like to sleep on a bed that responds and adjusts to your exact temperature, shape, and weight.

Let’s take a look at the properties of Tempur-Pedic memory foam:

Temperature-responsiveness: With breezy, open-cell designs and moisture-wicking technologies, Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses will draw heat and humidity away from you as you sleep.
Shape-responsiveness: TEMPUR material slowly conforms to your exact shape for flawless support and comfort.
Weight-responsiveness: TEMPUR responsive foam cells adjust to your highest pressure points to envelop you in an ever-adapting, always-supportive sleep environment.


East Texas and Louisiana Sleepers Get Comfortable With Tempur-Pedic

When your body comes in contact with TEMPUR memory foam, your joints won’t sink as they would on regular spring mattresses. The resistance of TEMPUR will help to relieve pressure as well as provide comfort.

If you’re interested in getting the good night’s sleep you’ve been searching for, visit one of our eight locations across East Texas and Louisiana and find your Tempur-Pedic mattress today.